Applied Surface Science, Vol.252, No.22, 7941-7947, 2006
Pressure induced anisotropy of electrical conductivity in polycrystalline molybdenum disulfide
Anisotropic specimens of MoS2 are obtained by pressing the microcrystalline powder into special die. This inelastic compression results in a rearrangement of the disulfide micro platelets observed by atomic force microscopy and reflected in the macroscopic anisotropy in electrical conductivity in these samples. The conductivity measured parallel and perpendicular to the direction of applied pressure exhibits an anisotropy factor of similar to 10 at 1 GPa. This behaviour of the conductivity as a function of applied pressure is explained as the result of the simultaneous influence of a rearrangement of the micro platelets in the solid and the change of the inter-grain distances. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.