Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and tungsten disulfide (WS2) are semiconducting analogs of famous graphene. Especially MoS2 is used in the industry already now, as a catalyst for oil desulfurization reaction (multi-billion industry) and as an additive in lubricants (multi-million industry). But it is also believed that thanks to the remarkable physical, chemical, optical and mechanical properties, the material will find use in future industries. Many excellent scientific groups across the globe are working to convert this vision to reality. Currently, there is a significant research interest here. Noteworthy, MoS2 can be found in nature as a relatively abundant mineral – molybdenite, which is a scalability resource.


We were the first to discover a way to significantly improve the properties of natural MoS2 by introducing perfect and highly controllable edges in the material. These edges follow the crystallographic axes of the material and thus form perfect hexagonal nanostructures. Based on this we formed a start-up company and filed a patent application. In a sense, we have invented a way to convert a standard MoS2 into a ”composite” MoS2 where useful properties of edges are combined with useful properties of planes in the same material.