Efficient Prediction of Structural and Electronic Properties of Hybrid 2D Materials Using Complementary DFT and Machine Learning Approaches

Sherif Abdulkader Tawfik, Olexandr Isayev, Catherine Margaret Stampfl, Joe Shapter, David Winkler, Michael J. Ford

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There are now, in principle, a limitless number of hybrid van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures that can be built from the rapidly growing number of 2D layers. The key question is how to explore this vast parameter space in a practical way. Computational methods can guide experimental work. However, even the most efficient electronic structure methods such as density functional theory, are too time consuming to explore more than a tiny fraction of all possible hybrid 2D materials. A combination of density functional theory (DFT) and machine learning techniques provide a practical method for exploring this parameter space much more efficiently than by DFT or experiments. As a proof of concept, this methodology is applied to predict the interlayer distance and band gap of bilayer heterostructures. The methods quickly and accurately predict these important properties for a large number of hybrid 2D materials. This work paves the way for rapid computational screening of the vast parameter space of vdW heterostructures to identify new hybrid materials with useful and interesting properties.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1800128
Number of pages11
JournalAdvanced Theory and Simulations
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019


  • 2D materials
  • density functional theory
  • machine learning
  • van der Waals heterostructures
  • van der Waals materials

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