Interlocking Friction Governs the Mechanical Fracture of Bilayer MoS2

Gang Seob Jung, Shanshan Wang, Zhao Qin, Francisco J. Martin-Martinez, Jamie H. Warner, Markus J. Buehler

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A molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) layered system is a two-dimensional (2D) material, which is expected to provide the next generation of electronic devices together with graphene and other 2D materials. Due to its significance for future electronics applications, gaining a deep insight into the fundamental mechanisms upon MoS2 fracture is crucial to prevent mechanical failure toward reliable applications. Here, we report direct experimental observation and atomic modeling of the complex failure behaviors of bilayer MoS2 originating from highly variable interlayer frictions, elucidated with in situ transmission electron microscopy and large-scale reactive molecular dynamics simulations. Our results provide a systematic understanding of the effects that different stacking and loading conditions have on the failure mechanisms and crack-tip behaviors in the bilayer MoS2 systems. Our findings unveil essential properties in fracture of this 2D material and provide mechanistic insight into its mechanical failure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3600-3608
Number of pages9
JournalACS nano
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 24 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • MoS
  • crack propagation
  • in situ TEM
  • two-dimensional material
  • van der Waals bilayer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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