Predicting Van der Waals Heterostructures by a Combined Machine Learning and Density Functional Theory Approach. Academic Article uri icon


  • Van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures are constructed by different two-dimensional (2D) monolayers vertically stacked and weakly coupled by van der Waals interactions. VdW heterostructures often possess rich physical and chemical properties that are unique to their constituent monolayers. As many 2D materials have been recently identified, the combinatorial configuration space of vdW-stacked heterostructures grows exceedingly large, making it difficult to explore through traditional experimental or computational approaches in a trial-and-error manner. Here, we present a computational framework that combines first-principles electronic structure calculations, 2D material database, and supervised machine learning methods to construct efficient data-driven models capable of predicting electronic and structural properties of vdW heterostructures from their constituent monolayer properties. We apply this approach to predict the band gap, band edges, interlayer distance, and interlayer binding energy of vdW heterostructures. Our data-driven model will open avenues for efficient screening and discovery of low-dimensional vdW heterostructures and moir superlattices with desired electronic and optical properties for targeted device applications.

published proceedings

  • ACS Appl Mater Interfaces

altmetric score

  • 0.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Willhelm, D., Wilson, N., Arroyave, R., Qian, X., Cagin, T., Pachter, R., & Qian, X.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Willhelm, Daniel||Wilson, Nathan||Arroyave, Raymundo||Qian, Xiaoning||Cagin, Tahir||Pachter, Ruth||Qian, Xiaofeng

publication date

  • June 2022