Visualizing Thermally Activated Memristive Switching in Percolating Networks of Solution-Processed 2D Semiconductors

Vinod K. Sangwan*, Sonal V. Rangnekar, Joohoon Kang, Jianan Shen, Hong Sub Lee, David Lam, Junhua Shen, Xiaolong Liu, Ana C.M. de Moraes, Lidia Kuo, Jie Gu, Haihua Wang, Mark C. Hersam

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Memristive systems present a low-power alternative to silicon-based electronics for neuromorphic and in-memory computation. 2D materials have been increasingly explored for memristive applications due to their novel biomimetic functions, ultrathin geometry for ultimate scaling limits, and potential for fabricating large-area, flexible, and printed neuromorphic devices. While the switching mechanism in memristors based on single 2D nanosheets is similar to conventional oxide memristors, the switching mechanism in nanosheet composite films is complicated by the interplay of multiple physical processes and the inaccessibility of the active area in a two-terminal vertical geometry. Here, the authors report thermally activated memristors fabricated from percolating networks of diverse solution-processed 2D semiconductors including MoS2, ReS2, WS2, and InSe. The mechanisms underlying threshold switching and negative differential resistance are elucidated by designing large-area lateral memristors that allow the direct observation of filament and dendrite formation using in situ spatially resolved optical, chemical, and thermal analyses. The high switching ratios (up to 103) that are achieved at low fields (≈4 kV cm−1) are explained by thermally assisted electrical discharge that preferentially occurs at the sharp edges of 2D nanosheets. Overall, this work establishes percolating networks of solution-processed 2D semiconductors as a platform for neuromorphic architectures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2107385
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number52
StatePublished - Dec 22 2021


  • in situ imaging
  • liquid phase exfoliation
  • memristor
  • neuromorphic computing
  • van der Waals materials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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