Method to Predict Piezoelectric Activity of Heterobilayer Materials

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Researchers at Purdue University have developed a density-functional tight-binding (DFTB) method for predicting piezoelectric coefficients of fully relaxed, twisted 2D heterobilayer materials. Piezoelectric materials have applications in nanoelectromechanical systems and nanoscale electronics. 2D monolayers have piezoelectric activity. Stacking monolayers provides higher piezoelectricity than the sum of the piezoelectricity of the monolayers. The twist angle between the layers can be tuned. The Purdue researchers created an electronic model to predict the piezoelectric coefficient of corrugated and twisted 2D heterobilayer systems. The model predicts the relationship between piezoelectric coefficient and twist angle.

Technology Validation: In an untwisted hBN/hBP heterobilayer, the model reproduces all relevant piezoelectric bands obtained from DFT.

- Model gives reliable convergence in contrast to small-supercell limited DFT

- Prediction of piezoelectric activity in heterobilayers
Jul 13, 2022
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