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Heated Assembly and Transfer of Van der Waals Heterostructures with Common Nail Polish

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Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV 89154, USA
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International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics, National Institute for Materials Science, 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba 305-0044, Japan
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Research Center for Functional Materials, National Institute for Materials Science, 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba 305-0044, Japan
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Academic Editors: Andres Castellanos-Gomez and Fabrizio Pirri
Received: 14 May 2021 / Revised: 2 June 2021 / Accepted: 4 June 2021 / Published: 15 June 2021
Recent advances in the manipulation and control of layered, two-dimensional materials has given way to the construction of heterostructures with new functionality and unprecedented electronic properties. In this study, we present a simple technique to assemble and transfer van der Waals heterostructures using common nail polish. Commercially available nail polish acts as a resilient sticky polymer, allowing for the fabrication of complex multi-material stacks without noticeable fatigue. Directly comparing four commercially available brands of nail polish, we find that one stands out in terms of stability and stacking characteristics. Using this method, we fabricate two top-gated devices and report their electrical properties. Our technique reduces the complexity in assembling van der Waals heterostructures based on the proven van der Waals pick up method. View Full-Text
Keywords: 2D material; van der Waals; assembly; stacking; pick up; nail polish; transfer 2D material; van der Waals; assembly; stacking; pick up; nail polish; transfer
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Haley, K.L.; Cloninger, J.A.; Cerminara, K.; Sterbentz, R.M.; Taniguchi, T.; Watanabe, K.; Island, J.O. Heated Assembly and Transfer of Van der Waals Heterostructures with Common Nail Polish. Nanomanufacturing 2021, 1, 49-56. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/nanomanufacturing1010005

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Haley KL, Cloninger JA, Cerminara K, Sterbentz RM, Taniguchi T, Watanabe K, Island JO. Heated Assembly and Transfer of Van der Waals Heterostructures with Common Nail Polish. Nanomanufacturing. 2021; 1(1):49-56. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/nanomanufacturing1010005

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Haley, Kristine L., Jeffrey A. Cloninger, Kayla Cerminara, Randy M. Sterbentz, Takashi Taniguchi, Kenji Watanabe, and Joshua O. Island 2021. "Heated Assembly and Transfer of Van der Waals Heterostructures with Common Nail Polish" Nanomanufacturing 1, no. 1: 49-56. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/nanomanufacturing1010005

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