High Selective Gas Detection for small molecules based on Germanium selenide monolayer

Lian Liu, Qun Yang, Zeping Wang, Huaiyu Ye*, Xianping Chen, Xuejun Fan, Guoqi Zhang

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Predictive calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) are used here to study the electronic and optical properties of GeSe monolayer after adsorbing gas molecules (O2, NH3, SO2, H2, CO2, H2S, NO2, CH4, H2O, NO, CO). Our results reveal that for all the gas molecules considered, only NH3 is adsorbed on GeSe monolayer by physisorption. Whereas SO2 and NO2 are chemisorbed on GeSe monolayer with strong adsorption energies. In addition, the adsorption of O2, NO and NO2 distinctly enhances the optical absorbance and broaden the absorbance range of GeSe monolayer in visible light region. Also, it is found that the adsorption of H2S, NO and NH3 can reduce the work function of the GeSe monolayer. The results indicate that GeSe monolayer is not only a promising candidate for the sensing, capture, and storage of NH3, but also an anticipated disposable gas sensor or metal-free catalyst for detecting and catalyzing SO2 and NO2. Furthermore, it has excellent potential to be applied to optical sensors, solar cells, nanoelectronics or optoelectronics devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)575-581
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Surface Science
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Density functional theory
  • Gas sensor
  • GeSe monolayer


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