Intrinsic Ferroelasticity and/or Multiferroicity in Two-Dimensional Phosphorene and Phosphorene Analogues

Menghao Wu, Xiao Cheng Zeng

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Phosphorene and phosphorene analogues such as SnS and SnSe monolayers are promising nanoelectronic materials with desired bandgap, high carrier mobility, and anisotropic structures. Here, we show first-principles calculation evidence that these monolayers are potentially the long-sought two-dimensional (2D) materials that can combine electronic transistor characteristic with nonvolatile memory readable/writeable capability at ambient condition. Specifically, phosphorene is predicted to be a 2D intrinsic ferroelastic material with ultrahigh reversible strain, whereas SnS, SnSe, GeS, and GeSe monolayers are multiferroic with coupled ferroelectricity and ferroelasticity. Moreover, their low-switching barriers render room-temperature nonvolatile memory accessible, and their notable structural anisotropy enables ferroelastic or ferroelectric switching readily readable via electrical, thermal, optical, mechanical, or even spintronic detection upon the swapping of the zigzag and armchair direction. In addition, it is predicted that the GeS and GeSe monolayers as well as bulk SnS and SnSe can maintain their ferroelasticity and ferroelectricity (anti-ferroelectricity) beyond the room temperature, suggesting high potential for practical device application.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3236-3241
Number of pages6
JournalNano Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 11 2016


  • anisotropic reading
  • ferroelasticity
  • ferroelectricity
  • first-principles calculation
  • phosphorene and phosphorene analogues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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