Nano Research

, Volume 11, Issue 9, pp 4574–4586 | Cite as

Emergence of photoluminescence on bulk MoS2 by laser thinning and gold particle decoration

  • Lili Gong
  • Qi Zhang
  • Liangjun Wang
  • Jianfeng Wu
  • Cheng Han
  • Bo Lei
  • Wei Chen
  • Goki Eda
  • Kuan Eng Johnson Goh
  • Chorng Haur SowEmail author
Research Article


We demonstrate a facile and effective approach to significantly improve the photoluminescence of bulk MoS2 via laser thinning followed by gold particle decoration. Upon laser thinning of exfoliated bulk MoS2, photoluminescence emerges from the laser-thinned region. After further treatment with an AuCl3 solution, gold particles self-assemble on the laser-thinned region and thick edges, further increasing the fluorescence of bulk MoS2 28 times and the Raman response 3 times. Such fluorescence enhancement can be attributed to both surface plasmon resonance and p-type doping induced by gold particles. The combination of laser thinning and AuCl3 treatment enables the functionalization of bulk MoS2 for optoelectronic applications. It can also provide a viable strategy for mask-free and area-selective p-type doping on single MoS2 flakes.


bulk MoS2 photoluminescence laser thinning gold particle plasmonic effect doping 


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L. L. G., K. E. J. G. and C. H. S. acknowledge financial support from A*STAR Grant No. 1527000016

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Emergence of photoluminescence on bulk MoS2 by laser thinning and gold particle decoration


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lili Gong
    • 1
  • Qi Zhang
    • 1
  • Liangjun Wang
    • 1
  • Jianfeng Wu
    • 1
  • Cheng Han
    • 1
  • Bo Lei
    • 1
  • Wei Chen
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Goki Eda
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Kuan Eng Johnson Goh
    • 4
    • 1
  • Chorng Haur Sow
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.Centre for Advanced 2D Materials and Graphene Research CentreNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  4. 4.Institute of Materials Research and EngineeringAgency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)SingaporeSingapore

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