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Palladium ditelluride (PdTe2) is a novel transition‐metal dichalcogenide exhibiting type‐II Dirac fermions and topological superconductivity. To assess its potential in technology, its chemical and thermal stability is investigated by means of surface‐science techniques, complemented by density functional theory, with successive implementation in electronics, specifically in a millimeter‐wave receiver. While water adsorption is energetically unfavorable at room temperature, due to a differential Gibbs free energy of ≈+12 kJ mol−1, the presence of Te vacancies makes PdTe2 surfaces unstable toward surface oxidation with the emergence of a TeO2 skin, whose thickness remains sub‐nanometric even after one year in air. Correspondingly, the measured photocurrent of PdTe2‐based optoelectronic devices shows negligible changes (below 4%) in a timescale of one month, thus excluding the need of encapsulation in …
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2020

Gianluca D'Olimpio, Cheng Guo, Chia‐Nung Kuo, Raju Edla, Chin Shan Lue, Luca Ottaviano, Piero Torelli, Lin Wang, Danil W Boukhvalov, Antonio Politano

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Volume: 30 Issue: 5 Pages: 1906556
Advanced Functional Materials