Materials-Informatics-Assisted High-Yield Synthesis of 2D Nanomaterials through Exfoliation

Gentoku Nakada, Yasuhiko Igarashi, Hiroaki Imai, Yuya Oaki

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A variety of inorganic and organic nanosheets with characteristic structures and properties can be synthesized through exfoliation of layered materials. However, in general, immense time and efforts are required for exploration of exfoliation conditions and characterization of nanosheets. In addition, it is challenging to improve the yield of nanosheets obtained through exfoliation. Here a materials-informatics-assisted high-yield synthesis of nanosheets is proposed, which does not require experience and intuition. Layered composites containing inorganic layers and interlayer organic guests are delaminated into nanosheets in a variety of dispersion media. First, an experimental screening is performed to find efficient exfoliation conditions and obtain a training dataset for the informatics approach. Sparse modeling is then used facilitating the extraction of important factors predicting the yield of nanosheets. High-yield (up to ≈50%) synthesis of nanosheets is demonstrated in unknown systems in a minimum number of experiments. The yield is higher than those typically reported for layered materials. It is expected that the effective combination has potentials for not only discovery of compounds but also structure control of materials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1800180
JournalAdvanced Theory and Simulations
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Apr 1


  • 2D nanomaterials
  • exfoliation
  • layered materials
  • materials informatics
  • sparse modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • General


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