Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) is one of the most attractive 2D materials because of its remarkable properties. Combining h-BN with other components (e.g., graphene, carbonitride, semiconductors) to form heterostructures opens new perspectives to developing advanced functional devices. In this review, the state-of-the-art in h-BN heterojunctions is highlighted. The preparation of high-quality 2D h-BN structures with fewer defects can maximize its intrinsic properties, such as thermal conductivity and electrical insulation, which are particularly important in 2D van der Waals electronics. On the other hand, the controlled introduction in 2D h-BN of multiple defects creates new properties and advanced functions. In this last case, only through a better understanding of the nature and function of defects, it is possible to develop advanced applications based on h-BN heterostructures. Engineering of the heterojunctions, such as the design of bonding at the interfaces, also plays a primary role. Several applications are proposed for h-BN heterostructures, mostly in sensing and photocatalysis, and some new perspectives worth further studies are opened. Finally, the current challenges and the rising opportunities for the future developments of next-generation h-BN heterostructures are discussed.

2D Boron Nitride Heterostructures: Recent Advances and Future Challenges / Ren, Jk; Innocenzi, P. - In: SMALL STRUCTURES. - ISSN 2688-4062. - 2:11(2021), p. 2100068. [10.1002/sstr.202100068]

2D Boron Nitride Heterostructures: Recent Advances and Future Challenges

Innocenzi, P
2021-01-01

Abstract

Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) is one of the most attractive 2D materials because of its remarkable properties. Combining h-BN with other components (e.g., graphene, carbonitride, semiconductors) to form heterostructures opens new perspectives to developing advanced functional devices. In this review, the state-of-the-art in h-BN heterojunctions is highlighted. The preparation of high-quality 2D h-BN structures with fewer defects can maximize its intrinsic properties, such as thermal conductivity and electrical insulation, which are particularly important in 2D van der Waals electronics. On the other hand, the controlled introduction in 2D h-BN of multiple defects creates new properties and advanced functions. In this last case, only through a better understanding of the nature and function of defects, it is possible to develop advanced applications based on h-BN heterostructures. Engineering of the heterojunctions, such as the design of bonding at the interfaces, also plays a primary role. Several applications are proposed for h-BN heterostructures, mostly in sensing and photocatalysis, and some new perspectives worth further studies are opened. Finally, the current challenges and the rising opportunities for the future developments of next-generation h-BN heterostructures are discussed.
2021
2D Boron Nitride Heterostructures: Recent Advances and Future Challenges / Ren, Jk; Innocenzi, P. - In: SMALL STRUCTURES. - ISSN 2688-4062. - 2:11(2021), p. 2100068. [10.1002/sstr.202100068]
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