ZnO, which can exist in various dimensions such as bulk, thin films, nanorods, and quantum dots, has interesting physical properties depending on its dimensional structures. When a typical bulk wurtzite ZnO structure is thinned to an atomic level, it is converted into a hexagonal ZnO layer such as layered graphene. In this study, we report the atomic arrangement and structural merging behavior of graphene-like ZnO nanosheets transferred onto a monolayer graphene using aberration-corrected TEM. In the region to which an electron beam is continuously irradiated, it is confirmed that there is a directional tendency, which is that small-patched ZnO flakes are not only merging but also forming atomic migration of Zn and O atoms. This study suggests atomic alignments and rearrangements of the graphene-like ZnO, which are not considered in the wurtzite ZnO structure. In addition, this study also presents a new perspective on the atomic behavior when a bulk crystal structure, which is not an original layered structure, is converted into an atomic-thick layered two-dimensional structure.
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