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Tungsten Disulfide (WS2) Powders and Solutions

Product Code M841
Price $350.00 ex. VAT

WS2, available as a high purity powder ready for re-dispersion or pre-made solutions

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Like Molybdenum Disulfide (MoS2), Tungsten Disulfide (WS2) is a member of the family of materials known as transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). These materials are much like graphene in their nature, being 2-D materials that have properties differing significantly from those of their bulk properties. Thanks to its unique properties, WS2 is currently one of the most studied TMDs in literature.

At Ossila we sell a range of tungsten disulfide (WS2) products, including powders for depositing monolayer and multilayers. In addition, we offer pre-made solutions of these powders for quick and easy deposition.

Tungsten disulfide powder chemical structure

What is Tungsten Disulfide?

Tungsten disulfide (WS2) in bulk has been used for many years as a dry lubricant due to how it exhibits similar properties to Molybdenum Disulfide (MoS2), such as a low coefficient of friction, high chemical stability, and thermal stability. In 1992, it was discovered that the structure of WS2 made it capable of forming nanotube structures. These nanotubes were the first examples of WS2 being used as a low-dimensional material.

After the discovery of simple mechanical exfoliation techniques to isolate single layers of 2-D materials, it was possible to study the properties of WS2 flakes. It was shown that, just like MoS2, the band-gap of WS2 change from an indirect band-gap of 1.4eV to a direct band-gap of 2eV when changing from a bulk material to a 2-D material. Due to its band-gap, WS2 is seen as a significantly interesting material for many areas of application.

Just like MoS2, WS2 possesses a high on/off ratio in field-effect transistors, controllable spin and valley polarisation, strong geometrical confinement of excitons, and tunable photoluminescence. Additionally, WS2 could lead to increased interest in areas such as photodetectors and multi-junction photovoltaics.

Tungsten Disulfide SEM
SEM Image of a Tungsten Disulfide flake on a scaffold

Dispersion Guide

Tungsten disulfide readily goes into dispersion in a range of different polar solvents. At Ossila, we have found that the most stable dispersion for mono-layers and multi-layers can be produced using the following recipe:

  • Weigh out desired amount of material (this can go up to 1
  • Add 1:1 ratio of ethanol to deionized water
  • Shake vigorously to break up material
  • A 2 hour treatment in an ultrasonic bath will homogeneously disperse the material (40 kHz, 100 W ultrasonic bath)


  • Electrically Tunable Valley-Light Emitting Diode (vLED) Based on CVD-Grown Monolayer WS2, W. Yang et al., Nano Lett., 16 (3), 1560–1567 (2016); DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b04066
  • Synthesis and Transfer of Large-Area Monolayer WS2 Crystals: Moving Toward the Recyclable Use of Sapphire Substrates, Z. Xu et al., ACS Nano, 9(6), 6178-6187 (2015); DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b01480.
  • Light Generation and Harvesting in a van der Waals Heterostructure, O. Lopez-Sanchez et al., ACS Nano, 8 (3), 3042–3048 (2014); DOI: 10.1021/nn500480u.
  • Chemically Driven Tunable Light Emission of Charged and Neutral Excitons in Monolayer WS2, N. Peimyoo et al., ACS Nano, 8 (11), 11320–11329 (2014); DOI: 10.1021/nn504196n
  • Exciton and charge carrier dynamics in few-layer WS2, V. Vega-Mayoral et al., Nanoscale, 8, 5428 (2016); DOI: 10.1039/c5nr08384b.
  • Identification of individual and few layers of WS2 using Raman Spectroscopy, A. Berkdemir et al., Sci. Rep., 3, 1755 (2013); doi:10.1038/srep01755.
  • Direct Observation of Degenerate Two-Photon Absorption and Its Saturation in WS2 and MoS2 Monolayer and Few-Layer Films, S. Zhang et al., ACS Nano, 9 (7), 7142–7150 (2015); DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b03480.
  • Layered semiconductortungsten disulfide: photoactive material in bulk heterojunction solar cells, M. Shanmugam et al., Nano Energy 2, 419–424 (2013);

Technical Data

CAS Number 12138-09-9
Chemical Formula WS2
HOMO/LUMO HOMO = 5.82 eV; LUMO = 3.84 eV
Bandgap Eg = 1.98 eV (low dimensional bandgap), Eg = 1.4 eV (bulk bandgap)
Recommended Solvents H2O, NMP, Ethanol, IPA
Synonyms Tungsten(4+) disulfide, Tungsten sulfide
Classification / Family 2D semiconducting materials, Monolayer materials, Thin-layered transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), N-type semiconductors
Colour Black powder/granules

At Ossila we have a range of Tungsten Disulfide powders for sale, including monolayer Tungsten Disulfide, WS2 (M841), and multi-layer WS2 (M851). These materials come packed as dry powders that are ready for re-dispersion within your solvent of choice. In addition, we sell pre-made solutions using M841 and M851 and concentrations of 1 and 0.1

Tungsten Disulfide Powders

Product Code M841 M851
Flake Size 0.1 - 4 μm ~0.2 - 10 μm
Flake Thickness 0.6 - 1.2 nm 0.6 - 6 nm
Single Layer Ratio 95% N/A
Purity >99.9% 99.9%
Packaging Information Light-resistant bottle Light-resistant bottle

Tungsten Disulfide Solutions

Product Code M842 M843 M852 M853
Solution Volume 100 ml 100 ml 100 ml 100 ml
Concentration 1 0.1 1 0.1
Solvents Water:Ethanol Water:Ethanol Water:Ethanol Water:Ethanol
WS2 M841 M841 M851 M851
Packaging Information 4 x 25 ml Bottles 4 x 25 ml Bottles 4 x 25 ml Bottles 4 x 25 ml Bottles

MSDS Documents

Tungsten Disulfide Monolayer Powder MSDSTungsten disulfide monolayer powder

Tungsten Disulfide Multilayer PowderTungsten disulfide multilayer powder

Tungsten Disulfide Solution MSDSTungsten disulfide solutions

Pricing Table

Product Code Form Flake Size / Concentration Weight/Volume Pricing
M841 Powder (Monolayer) 0.1 - 4 μm 200 mg £280
M841 Powder (Monolayer) 0.1 - 4 μm 500 mg £560
M842 Solution (Monolayer) 1 100 ml (4 x 25 ml) £180
M843 Solution (Monolayer) 0.1 100 ml (4 x 25 ml) £120
M851 Powder (Multilayer) ~0.2 - 10 μm 200 mg £175
M851 Powder (Multilayer) ~0.2 - 10 μm 500 mg £360
M852 Solution (Multilayer) 1 100 ml (4 x 25 ml) £145
M853 Solution (Multilayer) 0.1 100 ml (4 x 25 ml) £120

To the best of our knowledge the information provided here is accurate. However, Ossila assume no liability for the accuracy of this page. The values provided are typical at the time of manufacture and may vary over time and from batch to batch. All products are for laboratory and research and development use only, and may not be used for any other purpose including health care, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food or commercial applications.

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