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ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2019 Oct 16;11(41):38061-38067. doi: 10.1021/acsami.9b13711. Epub 2019 Oct 7.

Facile Synthesis of Ti3C2Tx-Poly(vinylpyrrolidone) Nanocomposites for Nonvolatile Memory Devices with Low Switching Voltage.

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State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, Jiangsu National Synergetic Innovation Center for Advanced Materials (SICAM), College of Chemical Engineering , Nanjing Tech University , Nanjing 211816 , China.
Key Laboratory of Flexible Electronics (KLOFE) & Institute of Advanced Materials (IAM), Jiangsu National Synergetic Innovation Center for Advanced Materials (SICAM) , Nanjing Tech University , Nanjing 210009 , China.
Shaanxi Institute of Flexible Electronics (SIFE) , Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) , Xi'an 710072 , China.


MXenes, an emerging class of two-dimensional (2D) transition-metal carbide materials, have received increasing attention for their interesting physiochemical properties. For not only MXenes but also other 2D materials, delamination is a requisite step for the exploitation of their unique properties. In this work, a facile method for exfoliating Ti3C2Tx MXene to nanosheets of small size with the aid of poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) is designed, which has never been reported to our knowledge. Since both hydrophobic methylene groups and hydrophilic amide groups are provided with PVP, this method is applicable in a wide range of solvents, such as ethanol, water, and chloroform. Considering the charge detrapping and trapping behavior of 2D transition-metal materials in PVP dielectric, a memory device with the configuration of reduced graphene oxide (rGO)/Ti3C2Tx-PVP/Au is directly fabricated with these well-dispersed Ti3C2Tx-PVP composites by the solution process technique. Interestingly, the resultant device exhibits a typical bistable electrical switching, ultralow switching voltage (∼0.9 V), and a nonvolatile rewritable memory effect with the function of flash. This work might pave the way of using MXenes for future data storage, which is an indispensable field nowadays.


Ti3C2Tx−MXene nanosheets; delamination; flash; nonvolatile memory; poly(vinylpyrrolidone)


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