Elastic properties of freely suspended MoS2 nanosheets

Andres Castellanos-Gomez, Menno Poot, Gary A. Steele, Herre S.J. Van Der Zant, Nicolás Agraït, Gabino Rubio-Bollinger

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The elastic deformation of few layers (5 to 25) of thick, freely suspended MoS2 nanosheets by means of a nanoscopic version of a bending test experiment, carried out with the tip of an atomic force microscope is reported. Young's modulus of these nanosheets is extremely high (E = 0.33 TPa), comparable to that of graphene oxide, and the deformations are reversible up to tens of nanometers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)772-775
Number of pages4
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number6
StatePublished - 7 Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • atomically thin crystal
  • freely suspended
  • mechanical exfoliation
  • mechanical properties
  • molybdenum disulfide nanosheets


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