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  1. Superhydrophobicity of Hierarchical and ZNO Nanowire Coatings

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    2014-01-01

    KOH (3 wt%), distilled water and isopropyl alcohol (10% vol%) at 95 C for 50 min. Subsequently, a 10 nm ZnO seed layer wasThis journal is © The Royal...ZnO have been widely used in sensors, piezo-nanogenerators, and solar cells. The hierarchical structures of ZnO nanowires grown on Si pyramid surfaces...exhibiting superhydrophobicity in this work will have promising applications in the next generation photovoltaic devices and solar cells

  2. Hierarchical Carbon Fibers with ZnO Nanowires for Volatile Sensing in Composite Curing (Postprint)

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    2014-07-01

    AFRL-RX-WP-JA-2014-0171 HIERARCHICAL CARBON FIBERS WITH ZnO NANOWIRES FOR VOLATILE SENSING IN COMPOSITE CURING (POSTPRINT) Gregory...REPORT TYPE Interim 3. DATES COVERED (From – To) 16 April 2012 – 02 June 2014 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE HIERARCHICAL CARBON FIBERS WITH ZnO NANOWIRES...needed to demonstrate the use of Zinc Oxide ( ZnO ) nanowire coated carbon fibers as a volatile sensor. ZnO nanowires are demonstrated to function as

  3. Hierarchical growth of TiO2 nanosheets on anodic ZnO nanowires for high efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Miles, David O.; Lee, Chang Soo; Cameron, Petra J.; Mattia, Davide; Kim, Jong Hak

    2016-09-01

    We present a novel route to hierarchical core-shell structures consisting of an anodic ZnO nanowire core surrounded by a shell of TiO2 nanosheets (ZNW@TNS). This material combines the beneficial properties of enhanced electron transport, provided by the nanowire core, with the high surface area and chemical stability of the TiO2 shell. Quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (qssDSSCs) are prepared using different quantities of either the bare ZnO nanowires or the hierarchical nanowire structures and the effect on cell performance is examined. It is found that whilst the addition of the bare ZnO nanowires results in a decrease in cell performance, significant improvements can be achieved with the addition of small quantities of the hierarchical structures. Power conversion efficiencies of up to 7.5% are achieved under 1 Sun, AM 1.5 simulated sunlight, with a ∼30% increase compared to non-hierarchical mesoporous TiO2 films. A solid-state DSSC (ssDSSC) with a single component solid polymer also exhibits excellent efficiency of 7.2%. The improvement in cell performance is related to the improved light scattering, surface area and electron transport properties via the use of reflectance spectroscopy, BET surface area measurements and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.

  4. ZnO nanowires coated stainless steel meshes as hierarchical photocatalysts for catalytic photodegradation of four kinds of organic pollutants

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    Ko, Fu-Hsiang; Lo, Wei-Ju [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, 30010, Taiwan (China); Chang, Yu-Cheng, E-mail: ychang0127@gmail.com [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Feng Chia University, Taichung, 40724, Taiwan (China); Guo, Jin-You; Chen, Chien-Ming [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Feng Chia University, Taichung, 40724, Taiwan (China)

    2016-09-05

    ZnO nanostructures were grown on the stainless steel mesh substrates using an aqueous chemical growth method. The different additives (such as 1,3-diaminopropane and polyethyleneimine) can be used to control the morphology of ZnO nanostructures. ZnO nanowires exhibit very prominent green emission and week UV emission from defect and band gap in the cathodoluminescence spectrum, respectively. The different morphology of ZnO nanostructures on the stainless steel mesh substrates can be used to irradiate UV light for the photocatalytic degradation of four kinds of organic pollutants, such as methylene blue, rhodamine 6G, methyl orange, and 4-nitrophenol. The ZnO nanowires can provide a higher surface-to-volume ratio and stronger defect emission, resulting in their highest photocatalytic performance in 10 W UV light irradiation. The ZnO nanowire arrays on the stainless steel mesh substrates provide a large-scale, facile, low-cost, high surface area, and high photocatalytic efficiency, which shall be of significant value for practical applications of the decomposition of environment pollutants and reusing of wastewater treatment. - Highlights: • ZnO NWs were grown on the stainless steel mesh by aqueous chemical growth method. • Longer ZnO NW arrays have been grown at short reaction time (2 h). • ZnO NWs revealed green emission from surface defect in the CL spectrum. • The different morphologies of ZnO were evaluated organic pollutant degradation. • ZnO NWs were also exhibited great photocatalytic activity and reusability.

  5. Hierarchical ZnO Nanowires-loaded Sb-doped SnO2-ZnO Micrograting Pattern via Direct Imprinting-assisted Hydrothermal Growth and Its Selective Detection of Acetone Molecules.

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    Choi, Hak-Jong; Choi, Seon-Jin; Choo, Soyoung; Kim, Il-Doo; Lee, Heon

    2016-01-08

    We propose a novel synthetic route by combining imprinting transfer of a Sb-doped SnO2 (ATO)-ZnO composite micrograting pattern (MP), i.e., microstrip lines, on a sensor substrate and subsequent hydrothermal growth of ZnO nanowires (NWs) for producing a hierarchical ZnO NW-loaded ATO-ZnO MP as an improved chemo-resistive sensing layer. Here, ATO-ZnO MP structure with 3-μm line width, 9-μm pitch, and 6-μm height was fabricated by direct transfer of mixed ATO and ZnO nanoparticle (NP)-dispersed resists, which are pre-patterned on a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) mold. ZnO NWs with an average diameter of less than 50 nm and a height of 250 nm were quasi-vertically grown on the ATO-ZnO MP, leading to markedly enhanced surface area and heterojunction composites between each ATO NP, ZnO NP, and ZnO NW. A ZnO NW-loaded MP sensor with a relative ratio of 1:9 between ATO and ZnO (1:9 ATO-ZnO), exhibited highly sensitive and selective acetone sensing performance with 2.84-fold higher response (R air/R gas = 12.8) compared to that (R air/R gas = 4.5) of pristine 1:9 ATO-ZnO MP sensor at 5 ppm. Our results demonstrate the processing advantages of direct imprinting-assisted hydrothermal growth for large-scale homogeneous coating of hierarchical oxide layers, particularly for applications in highly sensitive and selective chemical sensors.

  6. Optical and Electrical Investigation of ZnO Nano-Wire Array to Micro-Flower from Hierarchical Nano-Rose Structures.

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    Pal, Kaushik; Zhan, Bihong; Ma, Xiao; Wang, Guoping; Schirhagl, Romana; Murgasen, Priya

    2016-01-01

    We have demonstrated a simple solvo-chemical and solvo-thermal route to design various nano-structures growth of zinc oxide (ZnO). The shapes and morphologies can be easily controlled by using different ambient conditions. We successfully fabricated ZnO nano-wires array on ITO substrate. Those nano-wire array center gradually formed micro-flower like structure evolved in this solvo-chemical route. This novel synthesis happened under cationic surfactant CTAB in the solution helps to form hierarchical structures of ZnO. The length of nano-wire is around 2.0 µm, which formed micro-flower diameter 5.0 µm. Micro-flowers were scratched out from ITO substrate thin film and annealed at 650 °C in electric oven for 1 hour, eventually this micro-flower transformed to novel nano-rose structure confirmed by electron microscopic study. Synthesized nano-rose diameter was around 730 nm. Moreover, we found a drastic change of dielectric behavior and DC conductivity of ZnO nanostructures depending on geometry regulated by the duration of preparation. Interestingly enough, optical and electrical properties also changed due to different crystalline structure formation. The dielectric constant is higher at 7.5 also high threshold voltages at 4 V, corresponds to nano-wires array with micro-flower system. A detail dielectric analysis of one step behavior of broad single relaxation peak was obtained only shows the normal dispersion in this system from 1000 kHz to 10 MHz. While less dielectric constant 1.7 and low threshold voltage 1 V, investigated nano-wires with micro-flower, then nano-rose transition appeared in two step behaviors of double relaxations phenomenon appeared one at low frequency and other at higher frequency region. Besides, I~V response characteristics is new idea about different breakdown voltages and bi-stable DC switching capability. Our work demonstrates the possibility of a fast novel synthesis route using a Solvo-chemical process for this type of nanomaterials

  7. Optical and Electrical Investigation of ZnO Nano-Wire Array to Micro-Flower from Hierarchical Nano-Rose Structures

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    Pal, Kaushik; Zhan, Bihong; Ma, Xiao; Wang, Guoping; Schirhagl, Romana; Murgasen, Priya

    2016-01-01

    We have demonstrated a simple solvo-chemical and solvo-thermal route to design various nano-structures growth of zinc oxide (ZnO). The shapes and morphologies can be easily controlled by using different ambient conditions. We successfully fabricated ZnO nano-wires array on ITO substrate. Those nano-

  8. Optical and Electrical Investigation of ZnO Nano-Wire Array to Micro-Flower from Hierarchical Nano-Rose Structures

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    Pal, Kaushik; Zhan, Bihong; Ma, Xiao; Wang, Guoping; Schirhagl, Romana; Murgasen, Priya

    2016-01-01

    We have demonstrated a simple solvo-chemical and solvo-thermal route to design various nano structures growth of zinc oxide (ZnO). The shapes and morphologies can be easily controlled by using different ambient conditions. We successfully fabricated ZnO nano-wires array on ITO substrate. Those nano-

  9. Optical and Electrical Investigation of ZnO Nano-Wire Array to Micro-Flower from Hierarchical Nano-Rose Structures

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    Pal, Kaushik; Zhan, Bihong; Ma, Xiao; Wang, Guoping; Schirhagl, Romana; Murgasen, Priya

    We have demonstrated a simple solvo-chemical and solvo-thermal route to design various nano structures growth of zinc oxide (ZnO). The shapes and morphologies can be easily controlled by using different ambient conditions. We successfully fabricated ZnO nano-wires array on ITO substrate. Those

  10. ZnO hierarchical nanostructures and application on high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Fu Yingsong [Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composite and Functional Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); MFAL-TJ, Motorola (China) Electronics Ltd, Tianjin 300457 (China); Sun Jing; Xie Yang [Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composite and Functional Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Liu, Jim [MFAL-TJ, Motorola (China) Electronics Ltd, Tianjin 300457 (China); Wang Hongli [School of Mechanical Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Du Xiwen, E-mail: xwdu@tju.edu.c [Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composite and Functional Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China)

    2010-02-15

    Uniform hierarchical ZnO nanostructures are synthesized on a large scale based on a solution approach at low temperature. The primary ZnO hexagonal prisms are firstly produced by the reaction of Zn(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} with hexamethylenetetramine, and then ZnO branches grow on the primary prisms by using ethylenediamine molecules as an evocator. The morphology of the hierarchical nanostructure can be controlled conveniently by adjusting the molar ratio of [EDA]/[Zn{sup 2+}]. The hierarchical structure provides an effective pathway for carrier transport as well as larger surface area for dye adsorption, when ZnO hierarchical nanostructures serve as photoanode materials, the solar cells show higher conversion efficiency than that of primary ZnO nanowires.

  11. Synthesis and Characterization of ZnO Nanowires

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    Huang Michael Hsuan-Yi; Mao Samuel; Henning Feick; Yan Haoquan; Wu Yiying; Hennes Kind; Richard Russo; Eicke Weber; Yang Peidong

    2004-01-01

    Zinc oxide is a wide bandgap (3.37 eV) semiconductor with a hexagonal wurtzite crystal structure. ZnO prepared in nanowire form may be used as a nanosized ultraviolet light-emitting source. In this study, ZnO nanowires were prepared by vapor-phase transport of Zn vapor onto gold-coated silicon substrates in a tube furnace heated to 900 C. Gold serves as a catalyst to capture Zn vapor during nanowire growth.Size control of ZnO nanowires has been achieved by varying the gold film thickness, using fine gold clusters, or tuning other growth conditions. Nanowire diameters ranging from 20 - 200 nm and lengths between 2 - 40 μm can be made. Structural characterization of the nanowires was mainly performed using powder X-ray diffractometry, scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Orientational control of ZnO nanowires can be achieved by growing the nanowires on sapphire substrates. Nearly perfect lattice match between the (002) c-axis growth of ZnO nanowires and the (110) a-plane surface of sapphire substrate allows vertical growth of ZnO nanowires. Fabrication of patterned ZnO nanowire array was then made by patterning the gold layer on the sapphire substrates.Optical characterization of the ZnO nanowires using a He-Cd laser (325 nm) shows that the nanowires possess a strong emission band around 375 - 380 nm. Room temperature power-dependent photoluminescence study using a Nd:YAG laser (266 nm, 3-ns pulse width) shows that the nanowires exhibit lasing emission property. This is the first nanowire system displaying such phenomenon.

  12. Controllable synthesis of branched ZnO/Si nanowire arrays with hierarchical structure.

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    Huang, Shengli; Yang, Qianqian; Yu, Binbin; Li, Dingguo; Zhao, Ruisheng; Li, Shuping; Kang, Junyong

    2014-01-01

    A rational approach for creating branched ZnO/Si nanowire arrays with hierarchical structure was developed based on a combination of three simple and cost-effective synthesis pathways. The crucial procedure included growth of crystalline Si nanowire arrays as backbones by chemical etching of Si substrates, deposition of ZnO thin film as a seed layer by magnetron sputtering, and fabrication of ZnO nanowire arrays as branches by hydrothermal growth. The successful synthesis of ZnO/Si heterogeneous nanostructures was confirmed by morphologic, structural, and optical characterizations. The roles of key experimental parameters, such as the etchant solution, the substrate direction, and the seed layer on the hierarchical nanostructure formation, were systematically investigated. It was demonstrated that an etchant solution with an appropriate redox potential of the oxidant was crucial for a moderate etching speed to achieve a well-aligned Si nanowire array with solid and round surface. Meanwhile, the presence of gravity gradient was a key issue for the growth of branched ZnO nanowire arrays. The substrate should be placed vertically or facedown in contrast to the solution surface during the hydrothermal growth. Otherwise, only the condensation of the ZnO nanoparticles took place in a form of film on the substrate surface. The seed layer played another important role in the growth of ZnO nanowire arrays, as it provided nucleation sites and determined the growing direction and density of the nanowire arrays for reducing the thermodynamic barrier. The results of this study might provide insight on the synthesis of hierarchical three-dimensional nanostructure materials and offer an approach for the development of complex devices and advanced applications.

  13. Measurement of light diffusion in ZnO nanowire forests

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    Versteegh, Marijn A M; Dijkhuis, Jaap I

    2016-01-01

    Optimum design of efficient nanowire solar cells requires better understanding of light diffusion in a nanowire array. Here we demonstrate that our recently developed ultrafast all-optical shutter can be used to directly measure the dwell time of light in a nanowire array. Our measurements on disordered ZnO nanowire arrays, "nanowire forests," indicate that the photon mean free path and the dwell time of light can be well predicted from SEM images.

  14. Synthesis of Vertically Aligned Dense ZnO Nanowires

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    Lihong Gong; Xiang Wu; Huibo Chen; Fengyu Qu; Maozhong An

    2011-01-01

    We reported the synthesis of vertically aligned dense ZnO nanowires using Zn powder as the source material by a hydrothermal method and a postannealing process at 200°C. The as-synthesized ZnO nanowires are 100–200 nm in diameter and several micrometers in length and each nanowire has a tapered tip. The morphologies of the products remain after post-annealing treatment. Structural analysis indicates the ZnO nanowire is single crystalline and grows along the [0001] direction. The possible grow...

  15. A Novel Way for Synthesizing Phosphorus-Doped Zno Nanowires.

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    Gao, Jingyun; Zhao, Qing; Sun, Yanghui; Li, Guo; Zhang, Jingmin; Yu, Dapeng

    2011-12-01

    We developed a novel approach to synthesize phosphorus (P)-doped ZnO nanowires by directly decomposing zinc phosphate powder. The samples were demonstrated to be P-doped ZnO nanowires by using scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction spectra, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, energy dispersive spectrum, Raman spectra and photoluminescence measurements. The chemical state of P was investigated by electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) analyses in individual ZnO nanowires. P was found to substitute at oxygen sites (PO), with the presence of anti-site P on Zn sites (PZn). P-doped ZnO nanowires were high resistance and the related P-doping mechanism was discussed by combining EELS results with electrical measurements, structure characterization and photoluminescence measurements. Our method provides an efficient way of synthesizing P-doped ZnO nanowires and the results help to understand the P-doping mechanism.

  16. Passivation of ZnO Nanowire Guests and 3D Inverse Opal Host Photoanodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Labouchere, Philippe

    2014-04-23

    A hierarchical host-guest nanostructured photoanode is reported for dye-sensitized solar cells. It is composed of ZnO nanowires grown in situ into the macropores of a 3D ZnO inverse opal structure, which acts both as a seed layer and as a conductive backbone host. Using a combination of self-assembly, hydrothermal or electrodeposition of single crystalline ZnO nanowires and TiO2 passivation, a novel photoanode with scattering capability for optimal light harvesting is fabricated. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Fabrication and green emission of ZnO nanowire arrays

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    2009-01-01

    Well-aligned single-crystalline wurzite zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowire arrays were successfully fabricated on a Si substrate by a simple physical vapor-deposition (PVD) method at a relatively low temperature of about 500℃. The as-fabricated nanowires were preferentially arranged along the [001] direction of ZnO. The photoluminescence spectrum of ZnO nanowire arrays showed two emission bands: a strong green emission at around 500 nm and a weak ultraviolet emission at 380 nm. The strong green light emission was related to the existence of the oxygen vacancies in ZnO crystals. Corresponding growth mecha- nism of the ZnO nanowires was briefly discussed.

  18. A novel hierarchical ZnO disordered/ordered bilayer nanostructured film for dye sensitized solar cells

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    Feng, Yamin, E-mail: yaminfengccnuphy@outlook.com; Wu, Fei; Jiang, Jian; Zhu, Jianhui; Fodjouong, Ghislain Joel; Meng, Gaoxiang; Xing, Yanmin; Wang, Wenwu; Huang, Xintang, E-mail: xthuang@phy.ccnu.edu.cn

    2013-12-25

    Graphical abstract: A novel hierarchical disordered/ordered bilayer ZnO nanostructured film in the length of 18 μm have been successfully synthesized on the FTO substrate; the hierarchical ZnO nanostructured film electrodes applied in DSSCs exhibit photoelectric conversion efficiency as high as 5.16%. Highlights: •A novel hierarchical ZnO structure film was fabricated on a FTO substrate. •Hierarchical ZnO film is applied as the electrodes for dye sensitized solar cells. •The film possess high specific surface area and fast electron transport effect. •The light-scattering effect of the hierarchical film is pronounced. •The energy conversion efficiency of hierarchical ZnO electrode reaches to 5.16%. -- Abstract: A novel hierarchical ZnO nanostructured film is synthesized via a chemical bath deposition (CBD) method followed by a treatment of thermal decomposition onto a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate. This hierarchical film is composed of disordered ZnO nanorods (NRs) (top layer) and ordered ZnO nanowires (NWs) (bottom layer). The products possess the following features such as high specific surface area, fast electron transport, and pronounced light-scattering effect, which are quite suitable for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) applications. A light-to-electricity conversion efficiency of 5.16% is achieved when the hierarchical ZnO nanostructured film is used as the photoanode under 100 mW cm{sup −2} illumination. This efficiency is found to be much higher than that of the DSSCs with pure ordered ZnO NWs (1.45%) and disordered ZnO NRs (3.31%) photoanodes.

  19. Density-controlled growth of well-aligned ZnO nanowires using chemical vapor deposition

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    2010-01-01

    Well-aligned ZnO nanowires were grown on Si substrate by chemical vapor deposition.The experimental results showed that the density of nanowires was related to the heating process and growth temperature.High-density ZnO nanowires were obtained under optimal conditions.The growth mechanism of the ZnO nanowires was presented as well.

  20. Permanent bending and alignment of ZnO nanowires.

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    Borschel, Christian; Spindler, Susann; Lerose, Damiana; Bochmann, Arne; Christiansen, Silke H; Nietzsche, Sandor; Oertel, Michael; Ronning, Carsten

    2011-05-06

    Ion beams can be used to permanently bend and re-align nanowires after growth. We have irradiated ZnO nanowires with energetic ions, achieving bending and alignment in different directions. Not only the bending of single nanowires is studied in detail, but also the simultaneous alignment of large ensembles of ZnO nanowires. Computer simulations reveal how the bending is initiated by ion beam induced damage. Detailed structural characterization identifies dislocations to relax stresses and make the bending and alignment permanent, even surviving annealing procedures.

  1. Permanent bending and alignment of ZnO nanowires

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    Borschel, Christian; Spindler, Susann; Oertel, Michael; Ronning, Carsten [Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena, Max-Wien-Platz 1, 07743 Jena (Germany); Lerose, Damiana [MPI fuer Mikrostrukturphysik, Weinberg 2, 06120 Halle/Saale (Germany); Institut fuer Photonische Technologien, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 9, 07745 Jena (Germany); Bochmann, Arne [Institut fuer Photonische Technologien, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 9, 07745 Jena (Germany); Christiansen, Silke H. [Institut fuer Photonische Technologien, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 9, 07745 Jena (Germany); MPI fuer die Physik des Lichts, Guenther-Scharowsky-Str. 1, 91058 Erlangen (Germany); Nietzsche, Sandor [Zentrum fuer Elektronenmikroskopie, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena, Ziegelmuehlenweg 1, 07743 Jena (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    Ion beams can be used to bend or re-align nanowires permanently, after they have been grown. We have irradiated ZnO nanowires with ions of different species and energy, achieving bending and alignment in various directions. We study the bending of single nanowires as well as the simultaneous alignment of large ensembles of ZnO nanowires in detail. Computer simulations show that the bending is initiated by ion beam induced damage. Dislocations are identified to relax stresses and make the bending and alignment permanent and resistant against annealing procedures.

  2. Development of multifunctional fiber reinforced polymer composites through ZnO nanowire arrays

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    Malakooti, Mohammad H.; Patterson, Brendan A.; Hwang, Hyun-Sik; Sodano, Henry A.

    2016-04-01

    Piezoelectric nanowires, in particular zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires, have been vastly used in the fabrication of electromechanical devices to convert wasted mechanical energy into useful electrical energy. Over recent years, the growth of vertically aligned ZnO nanowires on various structural fibers has led to the development of fiber-based nanostructured energy harvesting devices. However, the development of more realistic energy harvesters that are capable of continuous power generation requires a sufficient mechanical strength to withstand typical structural loading conditions. Yet, a durable, multifunctional material system has not been developed thoroughly enough to generate electrical power without deteriorating the mechanical performance. Here, a hybrid composite energy harvester is fabricated in a hierarchical design that provides both efficient power generating capabilities while enhancing the structural properties of the fiber reinforced polymer composite. Through a simple and low-cost process, a modified aramid fabric with vertically aligned ZnO nanowires grown on the fiber surface is embedded between woven carbon fabrics, which serve as the structural reinforcement as well as the top and the bottom electrodes of the nanowire arrays. The performance of the developed multifunctional composite is characterized through direct vibration excitation and tensile strength examination.

  3. ZnO nanowire arrays with and without cavity tops

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    Li Hongyu; Quan Baogang; Tang Haoying; Guo Chuanfei [National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190 (China); Jiang Peng, E-mail: pjiang@nanoctr.cn [National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190 (China); Yu Aifang [National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190 (China); Xie Sishen, E-mail: ssxie@aphy.iphy.ac.cn [Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing 100190 (China); Wang Zhonglin, E-mail: zhong.wang@mse.gatech.edu [National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Beijing 100190 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0245 (United States)

    2011-10-03

    Highlights: {yields} ZnO NW array structure was formed on a ZnO-seed-layer-patterned Si substrate. {yields} Both e-beam lithography and a wet chemical method were employed. {yields} A bubble-assisted method was used for constructing ZnO nanowire arrays with cavity tops. {yields} ZnO NW array structures with different morphologies exhibited different photoluminescence properties. - Abstract: We report a new bubble-assisted growing and etching method for constructing ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays with cavity tops. Firstly, a ZnO NW array structure was formed on a ZnO-seed-layer-patterned Si substrate by combining e-beam lithography and a wet chemical method. Secondly, a new kind of ZnO NW array with cavity tops could be formed by a subsequent bubble-assisted growing and etching. These ZnO NW array structures with different morphologies exhibited different photoluminescence properties, showing their potential applications in lasing cavities, stimulated emitters, nanogenerator, photocatalysis and light-emitting diodes. The bubble-assisted etching method will open a new door for morphology design of ZnO and other semiconductor nanowire arrays at special sites.

  4. Growth of ZnO nanowires on nonwoven polyethylene fibers

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    Sunandan Baruah et al

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available We report the growth of ZnO nanowires on nonwoven polyethylene fibers using a simple hydrothermal method at a temperature below the boiling point of water. The ZnO nanowires were grown from seed ZnO nanoparticles affixed onto the fibers. The seed ZnO nanoparticles, with diameters of about 6–7 nm, were synthesized in isopropanol by reducing zinc acetate hydrate with sodium hydroxide. The growth process was carried out in a sealed chemical bath containing an equimolar solution of zinc nitrate hexahydrate and hexamethylene tetramine at a temperature of 95 °C over a period of up to 20 h. The thickness and length of the nanowires can be controlled by using different concentrations of the starting reactants and growth durations. A 0.5 mM chemical bath yielded nanowires with an average diameter of around 50 nm, while a 25 mM bath resulted in wires with a thickness of up to about 1 μm. The length of the wires depends both on the concentration of the precursor solution as well as the growth duration, and in 20 h, nanowires as long as 10 μm can be grown. The nonwoven mesh of polyethylene fibers covered with ZnO nanowires can be used for novel applications such as water treatment by degrading pollutants by photocatalysis. Photocatalysis tests carried out on standard test contaminants revealed that the polyethylene fibers with ZnO nanowires grown on them could accelerate the photocatalytic degradation process by a factor of 3.

  5. Gold as an intruder in ZnO nanowires.

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    Méndez-Reyes, José M; Monroy, B Marel; Bizarro, Monserrat; Güell, Frank; Martínez, Ana; Ramos, Estrella

    2015-09-07

    Several techniques for obtaining ZnO nanowires (ZnO NWs) have been reported in the literature. In particular, vapour-liquid-solid (VLS) with Au as a catalyst is widely used. During this process, Au impurities in the ZnO NWs can be incorporated accidentally, and for this reason we named these impurities as intruders. It is thought that these intruders may produce interesting alterations in the electronic characteristics of nanowires. In the experiment, it is not easy to detect either Au atoms in these nanowires, or the modification that intruders produce in different electrical, optical and other properties. For this reason, in this density functional theory investigation, the effect of Au intruders on ZnO NWs is analysed. Au extended (thread) and point defects (atoms replacing Zn or O, or Au interstitials) are used to simulate the presence of gold atoms. Optimised geometries, band-gaps and density of states indicate that the presence of small amounts of Au drastically modifies the electronic states of ZnO NWs. The results reported here clearly indicate that small amounts of Au have a strong impact on the electronic properties of ZnO NWs, introducing states in the band edges that may promote transitions in the visible spectral region. The presence of Au as an intruder in ZnO NWs enhances the potential use of this system for photonic and photovoltaic applications.

  6. Hierarchical structures of ZnO spherical particles synthesized solvothermally

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    Saito, Noriko; Haneda, Hajime

    2011-12-01

    We review the solvothermal synthesis, using a mixture of ethylene glycol (EG) and water as the solvent, of zinc oxide (ZnO) particles having spherical and flower-like shapes and hierarchical nanostructures. The preparation conditions of the ZnO particles and the microscopic characterization of the morphology are summarized. We found the following three effects of the ratio of EG to water on the formation of hierarchical structures: (i) EG restricts the growth of ZnO microcrystals, (ii) EG promotes the self-assembly of small crystallites into spheroidal particles and (iii) the high water content of EG results in hollow spheres.

  7. Hierarchical structures of ZnO spherical particles synthesized solvothermally

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    Noriko Saito and Hajime Haneda

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available We review the solvothermal synthesis, using a mixture of ethylene glycol (EG and water as the solvent, of zinc oxide (ZnO particles having spherical and flower-like shapes and hierarchical nanostructures. The preparation conditions of the ZnO particles and the microscopic characterization of the morphology are summarized. We found the following three effects of the ratio of EG to water on the formation of hierarchical structures: (i EG restricts the growth of ZnO microcrystals, (ii EG promotes the self-assembly of small crystallites into spheroidal particles and (iii the high water content of EG results in hollow spheres.

  8. Hydrothermal Synthesis of ZnO Structures Formed by High-Aspect-Ratio Nanowires for Acetone Detection.

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    Cao, Zhen; Wang, Yong; Li, Zhanguo; Yu, Naisen

    2016-12-01

    Snowflake-like ZnO structures originating from self-assembled nanowires were prepared by a low-temperature aqueous solution method. The as-grown hierarchical ZnO structures were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). The results showed that the snowflake-like ZnO structures were composed of high-aspect-ratio nanowires. Furthermore, gas-sensing properties to various testing gases of 10 and 50 ppm were measured, which confirms that the ZnO structures were of good selectivity and response to acetone and could serve for acetone sensor to detect low-concentration acetone.

  9. ZnO nanowire-based CO sensor

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    Ho, Mon-Shu; Chen, Wei-Hao; Chen, Yu-Lin; Chang, Meng-Fan

    This study applied ZnO nanowires to the fabrication of a CO gas sensor operable at room temperature. Following the deposition of a seed layer by spin coating, an aqueous solution method was used to grow ZnO nanowires. This was followed by the self-assembly of an electrode array via dielectrophoresis prior to the fabrication of the CO sensing device. The material characteristics were analyzed using FE-SEM, EDS, GIXRD, FE-TEM, and the measurement of photoluminescence (PL). Our results identified the ZnO nanowires as a single crystalline wurtzite structure. Extending the growth period from 30 min to 360 min led to an increase in the length and diameter of the nanowires. After two hours, the ZnO presented a preferred crystal orientation of [002]. Sensor chips were assembled using 60 pairs of electrodes with gaps of 2 μm, over which were lain nanowires to complete the sensing devices. The average sensing response was 48.37 s and the average recovery time was 65.61 s, with a sensing response magnitude of approximately 6.8% at room temperature.

  10. Materialization of single multicomposite nanowire: entrapment of ZnO nanoparticles in polyaniline nanowire

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    Park Seong

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We present materialization of single multicomposite nanowire (SMNW-entrapped ZnO nanoparticles (NPs via an electrochemical growth method, which is a newly developed fabrication method to grow a single nanowire between a pair of pre-patterned electrodes. Entrapment of ZnO NPs was controlled via different conditions of SMNW fabrication such as an applied potential and mixture ratio of NPs and aniline solution. The controlled concentration of ZnO NP results in changes in the physical properties of the SMNWs, as shown in transmission electron microscopy images. Furthermore, the electrical conductivity and elasticity of SMNWs show improvement over those of pure polyaniline nanowire. The new nano-multicomposite material showed synergistic effects on mechanical and electrical properties, with logarithmical change and saturation increasing ZnO NP concentration.

  11. Tritium beta-luminescence in ZnO nanowires

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    Liu, B; Yan, F; Chen, K P [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); Philipose, U; Ruda, H [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3E4 (Canada); Kherani, N P [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3G4 (Canada); Shmayda, W, E-mail: kherani@ecf.utoronto.c, E-mail: kchen@engr.pitt.ed [Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14623 (United States)

    2010-10-20

    This paper reports on the observation of tritium-powered beta-luminescence (BL) in ZnO nanowires (NWs). The ZnO NWs, prepared using standard vapour-liquid-solid growth, were exposed to tritium betas emanating from a tritium gas source over a range of pressures and from a scandium tritide source. BL spectra were measured at room temperature, showing increasing signal strength with increasing tritium pressure and thus beta energy flux. Complementary photoluminescence studies with and without hydrogen impregnation indicate the quenching effect of hydrogen in ZnO NWs and thus reduced emission.

  12. Effect of growth temperature on photoluminescence and piezoelectric characteristics of ZnO nanowires

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    Water, Walter [Institute of Electro-Optical and Materials Science, National Formosa University, Yunlin 632, Taiwan (China); Fang, T.-H. [Institute of Electro-Optical and Materials Science, National Formosa University, Yunlin 632, Taiwan (China); Institute of Mechanical and Electromechanical Engineering, National Formosa University, Yunlin 632, Taiwan (China)], E-mail: fang.tehua@msa.hinet.net; Ji, L.-W.; Lee, C.-C. [Institute of Electro-Optical and Materials Science, National Formosa University, Yunlin 632, Taiwan (China)

    2009-02-25

    ZnO nanowire arrays were synthesized on Au-coated silicon (1 0 0) substrates by using vapour-liquid-solid process in this work. The effect of growth temperatures on the crystal structure and the surface morphology of ZnO nanowires were investigated by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope. The absorption and optical characteristics of the nanowires were examined by Ultraviolet/Visible spectroscopy, and photoluminescence, respectively. The photoluminescence results exhibited ZnO nanowires had an ultraviolet and blue emission at 383 and 492 nm. Then a nanogenerator with ZnO nanowire arrays was fabricated and demonstrated Schottky-like current-voltage characteristics.

  13. Biofunctionalization of ZnO nanowires for DNA sensory applications

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    Schroeder, Ulrich Christian; Gnauck, Martin; Ronning, Carsten [Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Jena, Max-Wien-Platz 1, D-07743 Jena (Germany); Moeller, Robert; Rudolph, Bettina; Fritzsche, Wolfgang [Institut fuer Photonische Technologien e.V., Albert-Einstein-Strasse 9, D-07745 Jena (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    In recent years, DNA detecting systems have received a growing interest due to promising fields of application like DNA diagnostics, gene analysis, virus detection or forensic applications. Nanowire-based DNA biosensor allows both miniaturization and easy continuous monitoring of a detection signal by electrical means. The label free detection scheme based on electrochemical changes of the surface potential during immobilization of specific DNA probes was heretofore mainly studied for silicon. In this work a surface decoration process with bifunctional molecules known as silanization was applied to VLS-grown ZnO nanowires which both feature a large sensitivity for surface modification, are biocompatible and easy to synthesize as well. Successfully bound DNA was proved by fluorescence microscopy. Dielectrophoresis (DEP) was chosen and optimized for quickly contacting the ZnO nanowires. Furthermore, electrical signal characterization was performed in preparation for DNA sensory applications.

  14. Optical Properties of Indium Doeped ZnO Nanowires

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    Tsung-Shine Ko

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We report the synthesis of the ZnO nanowires (NWs with different indium concentrations by using the thermal evaporation method. The gold nanoparticles were used as the catalyst and were dispersed on the silicon wafer to facilitate the growth of the ZnO NWs. High resolution transmission electron microscopy confirms that the ZnO NWs growth relied on vapor-liquid-solid mechanism and energy dispersion spectrum detects the atomic percentages of indium in ZnO NWs. Scanning electron microscopy shows that the diameters of pure ZnO NWs range from 20 to 30 nm and the diameters of ZnO:In were increased to 50–80 nm with increasing indium doping level. X-ray diffraction results point out that the crystal quality of the ZnO NWs was worse with doping higher indium concentration. Photoluminescence (PL study of the ZnO NWs exhibited main photoemission at 380 nm due to the recombination of excitons in near-band-edge (NBE. In addition, PL results also indicate the slightly blue shift and PL intensity decreasing of NBE emission from the ZnO NWs with higher indium concentrations could be attributed to more donor-induced trap center generations.

  15. Electronic Structure, Optical and Sensor Properties of ZnO Nanowires

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    O.V. Bovgyra

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Density functional theory calculations of structural, electronic and optical properties of nanowires ZnO were performed. The obtained results are showing that the band gap increase with the decrease of the ZnO nanowire size. The calculated ZnO nanowires dielectric function shows a significant blueshift with those of bulk ZnO. Our results give some reference to the thorough understanding of optical properties of ZnO, and also enable more precise monitoring and controlling during the growth of ZnO materials to be possible. Also theoretical calculations of adsorption of the different gases molecules on side of nanowires ZnO were performed. Their charge transfer to the nanowire sidewall is investigated in order to determine the donor or acceptor character of molecular adsorbing.

  16. Cellular interactions on hierarchical poly(ε-caprolactone) nanowire micropatterns.

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    Du, Ke; Gan, Zhihua

    2012-09-26

    A double template method to fabricate poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) hierarchical patterned nanowires with highly ordered nano- and microscaled topography was developed in this study. The topography of PCL film with a patterned nanowire surface can be easily and well controlled by changing the template and melting time of PCL film on the templates. The surface morphology, water contact angle, protein adsorption, and cell growth behavior on the PCL films with different surface structures were well studied. The results revealed that the PCL nanowire arrays and the hierarchical patterned nanowires showed higher capability of protein adsorption and better cell growth than the PCL film with smooth surface. Typically, the PCL surface with hierarchical nanowire patterns was most favorable for cell attachment and proliferation. The present study was innovative at fabrication of polymer substrates with hierarchical architecture of nanowires inside microscaled islands to gain insight into the cell response to this unique topography and to develop a new method of constructing the bionic surface for tissue engineering applications.

  17. Fivefold Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Properties of ZnO Nanowire Arrays Modified with C3N4 Quantum Dots

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    Hao Yang

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available A facile and effective growing strategy of graphite-like carbon nitride quantum dots (CNQDs modified on ZnO nanowire array composite electrodes has been successfully designed and prepared for the first time. The remarkable quantum enhanced properties were carefully studied by means of scanning electron microscope (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS, UV-vis diffuse reflectance, PEC performance, and photocatalytic hydrogen production, and the results were in good agreement. Fivefold enhanced photoelectrochemical performances of this novel hierarchical hetero-array prepared in this paper compared with pure ZnO nanowire arrays were obtained under UV-light. The effect was attributed to the remarkable charge separation between CNQDs and ZnO nanowire arrays. Additional investigations revealed that the particular structure of CNQDs/ZnO composites contributed to the separation of a photon-generation carrier and an enhanced photoelectric current. Moreover, the absorption edge of CNQD-modified ZnO nanowire arrays was slightly broadened, and the diameter was reduced as well. The photoelectrochemistry hydrogen evolution splitting water using simulated solar irradiation exhibited the foreground of a possible application of a mechanism of photoelectrochemistry hydrogen evolution over CNQDs/ZnO composite electrodes.

  18. Highly Ordered Vertical Arrays of TiO2/ZnO Hybrid Nanowires: Synthesis and Electrochemical Characterization.

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    Gujarati, Tanvi P; Ashish, Ajithan G; Rai, Maniratnam; Shaijumon, Manikoth M

    2015-08-01

    We report the fabrication of vertically aligned hierarchical arrays of TiO2/ZnO hybrid nanowires, consisting of ZnO nanowires grown directly from within the pores of TiO2 nanotubes, through a combination of electrochemical anodization and hydrothermal techniques. These novel nano-architectured hybrid nanowires with its unique properties show promise as high performance supercapacitor electrodes. The electrochemical behaviour of these hybrid nanowires has been studied using Cyclic voltammetry, Galvanostatic charge-discharge and Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements using 1.5 M tetraethylammoniumtetrafluoroborate in acetonitrile as the electrolyte. Excellent electrochemical performances with a maximum specific capacitance of 2.6 mF cm-2 at a current density of 10 µA cm-2, along with exceptional cyclic stability, have been obtained for TiO2/ZnO-1 h hybrid material. The obtained results demonstrate the possibility of fabricating new geometrical architectures of inorganic hybrid nanowires with well adhered interfaces for the development of hybrid energy devices.

  19. Controlled growth of well-aligned ZnO nanowire arrays using the improved hydrothermal method

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    Han Zhitao; Li Sisi; Chu Jinkui; Chen Yong

    2013-01-01

    Well-aligned ZnO nanowires were hydrothermally synthesized based on a facile method for preparing the ZnO seed layer which was derived from the combination of a sol-gel process and the spin-coating technique.The effect of the contents of growth solution and the growth duration on the morphology ofZnO nanowires has been investigated.The results indicated that long and vertically aligned ZnO nanowires could be obtained by adjusting the contents of ammonia and polyethyleneimine (PEI) in the growth solution.Under the optimized condition,the length of ZnO nanowires increased fast and almost linearly with the growth duration.After 10 h incubation,ZnO nanowires more than 25μm in length were obtained.By combining the conventional photolithographic method with this hydrothermal approach,long and well-aligned ZnO nanowire arrays were selectively grown on the substrate.In addition,the bottom fusion at the foot of the nanowires has been obviously improved.The results demonstrated that the improved hydrothermal process is favorable to synthesize long and well-aligned ZnO nanowires,and possesses good process compatibility with the conventional photolithographic technique for preparing ZnO nanowire arrays.So it has great potential in applications such as display and field emission devices.

  20. Abnormal Photoluminescence Properties of Polycrystalline ZnO Nanowire Arrays Synthesized by Electrodeposition

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    XUE De-Sheng; GONG Yu

    2006-01-01

    @@ Large-scale ZnO nanowire arrays are synthesized by electrodeposition with subsequent heat treatment in atmosphere ambient at 450-650℃. Photoluminescence (PL) is investigated at 295K. Abnormal PL properties of an unusual sharp emission at 485nm and a broad ultraviolet emission which are different from the other works of ZnO PL before are observed. Field emission scanning electronic microscopy and transmission electron microscopy results show that the length of ZnO nanowires is nearly 5μm and their diameter is about 70 nm. X-ray diffraction and electron diffraction results reveal that the ZnO nanowires are a polycrystalline structure.

  1. Nanowire-based polypyrrole hierarchical structures synthesized by a two-step electrochemical method.

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    Ge, Dongtao; Huang, Sanqing; Qi, Rucai; Mu, Jing; Shen, Yuqing; Shi, Wei

    2009-08-03

    A simple two-step electrochemical method is proposed for the synthesis of nanowire-based polypyrrole hierarchical structures. In the first step, microstructured polypyrrole films are prepared by electropolymerization. Then, polypyrrole nanowires are electrodeposited on the surface of the as-synthesized microstructured polypyrrole films. As a result, hierarchical structures of polypyrrole nanowires on polypyrrole microstructures are obtained. The surface wettabilities of the resulting nanowire-based polypyrrole hierarchical structures are examined. It is expected that this two-step method can be developed into a versatile route to produce nanowire-based polypyrrole hierarchical structures with different morphologies and surface properties.

  2. Synthesis of Fe Doped ZnO Nanowire Arrays that Detect Formaldehyde Gas.

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    Jeon, Yoo Sang; Seo, Hyo Won; Kim, Su Hyo; Kim, Young Keun

    2016-05-01

    Owing to their chemical and thermal stability and doping effects on providing electrons to the conduction band, doped ZnO nanowires have generated interest for use in electronic devices. Here we report hydrothermally grown Fe-doped ZnO nanowires and their gas-sensing properties. The synthesized nanowires have a high crystallinity and are 60 nm in diameter and 1.7 μm in length. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) are employed to understand the doping effects on the microstructures and gas sensing properties. When the Fe-doped ZnO nanowire arrays were evaluated for gas sensing, responses were recorded through changes in temperature and gas concentration. Gas sensors consisting of ZnO nanowires doped with 3-5 at.% Fe showed optimum formaldehyde (HCHO) sensing performance at each working temperature.

  3. Transport and structural characterization of solution-processable doped ZnO nanowires

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    Noriega, Rodrigo

    2009-08-18

    The use of ZnO nanowires has become a widespread topic of interest in optoelectronics. In order to correctly assess the quality, functionality, and possible applications of such nanostructures it is important to accurately understand their electrical and optical properties. Aluminum- and gallium-doped crystalline ZnO nanowires were synthesized using a low-temperature solution-based process, achieving dopant densities of the order of 1020 cm-3. A non-contact optical technique, photothermal deflection spectroscopy, is used to characterize ensembles of ZnO nanowires. By modeling the free charge carrier absorption as a Drude metal, we are able to calculate the free carrier density and mobility. Determining the location of the dopant atoms in the ZnO lattice is important to determine the doping mechanisms of the ZnO nanowires. Solid-state NMR is used to distinguish between coordination environments of the dopant atoms.

  4. Improved seedless hydrothermal synthesis of dense and ultralong ZnO nanowires

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    Tian Jinghua; Hu Jie; Li Sisi; Zhang Fan; Liu Jun; Shi Jian; Li Xin; Chen Yong [Ecole Normale Superieure, CNRS-ENS-UPMC UMR 8640, 24 rue Lhomond, 75005 Paris (France); Tian Zhongqun, E-mail: yong.chen@ens.fr [State Key Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Solid Surfaces and LIA CNRS XiamENS ' NanoBioChem' , College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, Fujian (China)

    2011-06-17

    Seedless hydrothermal synthesis has been improved by introducing an adequate content of ammonia into the nutrient solution, allowing the fabrication of dense and ultralong ZnO nanowire arrays over large areas on a substrate. The presence of ammonia in the nutrient solution facilitates the high density nucleation of ZnO on the substrate which is critical for the nanowire growth. In order to achieve an optimal growth, the growth conditions have been studied systematically as a function of ammonia content, growth temperature and incubation time. The effect of polyethyleneimine (PEI) has also been studied but shown to be of no benefit to the nucleation of ZnO. Ultradense and ultralong ZnO nanowires could be obtained under optimal growth conditions, showing no fused structure at the foot of the nanowire arrays. Due to different reaction kinetics, four growth regimes could be attributed, including the first fast growth, equilibrium phase, second fast growth and final erosion. Combining this simple method with optical lithography, ZnO nanowires could be grown selectively on patterned areas. In addition, the as-grown ZnO nanowires could be used for the fabrication of a piezoelectric nanogenerator. Compared to the device of ZnO nanowires made by other methods, a more than twice voltage output has been obtained, thereby proving an improved performance of our growth method.

  5. Growth of aligned ZnO nanowires via modified atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition

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    Zhao, Yuping; Li, Chengchen [Faculty of Science, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, 212013 (China); Chen, Mingming, E-mail: andychain@live.cn [Faculty of Science, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, 212013 (China); Yu, Xiao; Chang, Yunwei [Faculty of Science, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, 212013 (China); Chen, Anqi [State Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials and Technologies, School of Electronics & Information Technology, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center (University Town), Guangzhou, 510006 (China); Zhu, Hai, E-mail: zhuhai5@mail.sysu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials and Technologies, School of Electronics & Information Technology, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center (University Town), Guangzhou, 510006 (China); Tang, Zikang, E-mail: zktang@umac.mo [State Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials and Technologies, School of Electronics & Information Technology, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center (University Town), Guangzhou, 510006 (China); The Institute of Applied Physics and Materials Engineering, University of Macau, Avenida da Universidade, Taipa, Macau (China)

    2016-12-09

    In this work, we report the growth of high-quality aligned ZnO nanowires via a facile atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. The CVD reactor chamber used was more complicated than a conventional one due to the quartz boats loaded with sources (ZnO/C) and substrates being inserted into a semi-open quartz tube, and then placed inside the CVD reactor. The semi-open quartz tube played a very important role in growing the ZnO nanowires, and demonstrated that the transportation properties of Zn and O vapor differ from those in the conventional CVD reactor chamber. Aligned ZnO nanowires were successfully obtained, though they were only found at substrates located upstream. The very high crystalline quality of the obtained ZnO nanowires was demonstrated by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and room temperature photoluminescence investigations. Such ZnO nanowires with high crystalline quality may provide opportunities for the fabrication of ZnO-based nano-devices in future. - Highlights: • High-quality aligned ZnO nanowires were obtained via modified chemical vapor deposition under atmospheric pressure. • The semi-open quartz tube plays very important roles in growing ZnO nanowires. • The transportation properties of Zn and O vapor differ from those in the conventional CVD reactor chamber.

  6. Synthesis of ZnO/Si Hierarchical Nanowire Arrays for Photocatalyst Application.

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    Li, Dingguo; Yan, Xiaolan; Lin, Chunhua; Huang, Shengli; Tian, Z Ryan; He, Bing; Yang, Qianqian; Yu, Binbin; He, Xu; Li, Jing; Wang, Jiayuan; Zhan, Huahan; Li, Shuping; Kang, Junyong

    2017-12-01

    ZnO/Si nanowire arrays with hierarchical architecture were synthesized by solution method with ZnO seed layer grown by atomic layer deposition and magnetron sputtering, respectively. The photocatalytic activity of the as-grown tree-like arrays was evaluated by the degradation of methylene blue under ultraviolet light at ambient temperature. The comparison of morphology, crystal structure, optical properties, and photocatalysis efficiency of the two samples in different seeding processes was conducted. It was found that the ZnO/Si nanowire arrays presented a larger surface area with better crystalline and more uniform ZnO branches on the whole sidewall of Si backbones for the seed layer by atomic layer deposition, which gained a strong light absorption as high as 98% in the ultraviolet and visible range. The samples were proven to have a potential use in photocatalyst, but suffered from photodissolution and memory effect. The mechanism of the photocatalysis was analyzed, and the stability and recycling ability were also evaluated and enhanced.

  7. Synthesis of ZnO/Si Hierarchical Nanowire Arrays for Photocatalyst Application

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    Li, Dingguo; Yan, Xiaolan; Lin, Chunhua; Huang, Shengli; Tian, Z. Ryan; He, Bing; Yang, Qianqian; Yu, Binbin; He, Xu; Li, Jing; Wang, Jiayuan; Zhan, Huahan; Li, Shuping; Kang, Junyong

    2017-01-01

    ZnO/Si nanowire arrays with hierarchical architecture were synthesized by solution method with ZnO seed layer grown by atomic layer deposition and magnetron sputtering, respectively. The photocatalytic activity of the as-grown tree-like arrays was evaluated by the degradation of methylene blue under ultraviolet light at ambient temperature. The comparison of morphology, crystal structure, optical properties, and photocatalysis efficiency of the two samples in different seeding processes was conducted. It was found that the ZnO/Si nanowire arrays presented a larger surface area with better crystalline and more uniform ZnO branches on the whole sidewall of Si backbones for the seed layer by atomic layer deposition, which gained a strong light absorption as high as 98% in the ultraviolet and visible range. The samples were proven to have a potential use in photocatalyst, but suffered from photodissolution and memory effect. The mechanism of the photocatalysis was analyzed, and the stability and recycling ability were also evaluated and enhanced.

  8. Ultraviolet photodetection of flexible ZnO nanowire sheets in polydimethylsiloxane polymer

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    Jinzhang Liu

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available ZnO nanowires are normally exposed to an oxygen atmosphere to achieve high performance in UV photodetection. In this work we present results on a UV photodetector fabricated using a flexible ZnO nanowire sheet embedded in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS, a gas-permeable polymer, showing reproducible UV photoresponse and enhanced photoconduction. PDMS coating results in a reduced response speed compared to that of a ZnO nanowire film in air. The rising speed is slightly reduced, while the decay time is prolonged by about a factor of four. We conclude that oxygen molecules diffusing in PDMS are responsible for the UV photoresponse.

  9. Cathodoluminescent and electrical properties of an individual ZnO nanowire with oxygen vacancies

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    He Xiao-Bo; Yang Tian-Zhong; Cai Jin-Ming; Zhang Chen-Dong; Guo Hai-Ming; Shi Dong-Xia; Shen Cheng-Min; Gao Hong-Jun

    2008-01-01

    A single ZnO nanowire with intrinsic oxygen vacancies is utilized to fabricate four-contact device with focus ion beam lithography technique.Cathodoluminescent spectra indicate strong near-UV and green emission at both room temperature and low temperatures.Experimented measurement shows the temperature-dependent conductivity of the ZnO nanowire at low temperatures(below 100 K).The further theoretical analysis confirms that weak localization plays an important role in the electrical transport,which is attributed to the surface states induced by plenty of oxygen vacancies in ZnO nanowire.

  10. Optical and morphological properties of graphene sheets decorated with ZnO nanowires via polyol enhancement

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    Sharma, Vinay, E-mail: winn201@gmail.com; Rajaura, Rajveer Singh, E-mail: winn201@gmail.com [Centre for Converging Technologies, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur - 302004 (India); Sharma, Preetam K.; Srivastava, Subodh; Vijay, Y. K. [Department of Physics, Thin Film and Membrane Science Lab., University of Rajasthan, Jaipur - 302004 (India); Sharma, S. S. [Department of Physics, Govt. Women Engineering College, Ajmer- 305002 (India)

    2014-04-24

    Graphene-ZnO nanocomposites have proven to be very useful materials for photovoltaic and sensor applications. Here, we report a facile, one-step in situ polymerization method for synthesis of graphene sheets randomly decorated with zinc oxide nanowires using ethylene glycol as solvent. We have used hydrothermal treatment for growth of ZnO nanowires. UV-visible spectra peak shifting around 288nm and 307 nm shows the presence of ZnO on graphene structure. Photoluminiscence spectra (PL) in 400nm-500nm region exhibits the luminescence quenching effect. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) image confirms the growth of ZnO nanowires on graphene sheets.

  11. A low-temperature ZnO nanowire ethanol gas sensor prepared on plastic substrate

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    Lin, Chih-Hung; Chang, Shoou-Jinn; Hsueh, Ting-Jen

    2016-09-01

    In this work, a low-temperature ZnO nanowire ethanol gas sensor was prepared on plastic substrate. The operating temperature of the ZnO nanowire ethanol gas sensor was reduced to room temperature using ultraviolet illumination. The experimental results indicate a favorable sensor response at low temperature, with the best response at 60 °C. The results also reveal that the ZnO nanowire ethanol gas sensor can be easily integrated into portable products, whose waste heat can improve sensor response and achieve energy savings, while energy consumption can be further reduced by solar irradiation.

  12. Correction: β-Sialon nanowires, nanobelts and hierarchical nanostructures: morphology control, growth mechanism and cathodoluminescence properties

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    Huang, Juntong; Huang, Zhaohui; Liu, Yangai; Fang, Minghao; Chen, Kai; Huang, Yaoting; Huang, Saifang; Ji, Haipeng; Yang, Jingzhou; Wu, Xiaowen; Zhang, Shaowei

    2016-07-01

    Correction for `β-Sialon nanowires, nanobelts and hierarchical nanostructures: morphology control, growth mechanism and cathodoluminescence properties' by Juntong Huang, et al., Nanoscale, 2014, 6, 424-432.

  13. A ZnO nanowire bio-hybrid solar cell

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    Yaghoubi, Houman; Schaefer, Michael; Yaghoubi, Shayan; Jun, Daniel; Schlaf, Rudy; Beatty, J. Thomas; Takshi, Arash

    2017-02-01

    Harvesting solar energy as a carbon free source can be a promising solution to the energy crisis and environmental pollution. Biophotovoltaics seek to mimic photosynthesis to harvest solar energy and to take advantage of the low material costs, negative carbon footprint, and material abundance. In the current study, we report on a combination of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires with monolayers of photosynthetic reaction centers which are self-assembled, via a cytochrome c linker, as photoactive electrode. In a three-probe biophotovoltaics cell, a photocurrent density of 5.5 μA cm-2 and photovoltage of 36 mV was achieved, using methyl viologen as a redox mediator in the electrolyte. Using ferrocene as a redox mediator a transient photocurrent density of 8.0 μA cm-2 was obtained, which stabilized at 6.4 μA cm-2 after 20 s. In-depth electronic structure characterization using photoemission spectroscopy in conjunction with electrochemical analysis suggests that the fabricated photoactive electrode can provide a proper electronic path for electron transport all the way from the conduction band of the ZnO nanowires, through the protein linker to the RC, and ultimately via redox mediator to the counter electrode.

  14. ZnO nanowire-based glucose biosensors with different coupling agents

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    Jung, Juneui [Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Yonsei University, 50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-749 (Korea, Republic of); Lim, Sangwoo, E-mail: swlim@yonsei.ac.kr [Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Yonsei University, 50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-749 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-01-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fabrication of ZnO nanowire-based glucose biosensors using different coupling agents. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Highest sensitivity for (3-aminopropyl)methyldiethoxysilane-treated biosensor. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Larger amount of glucose oxidase and lower electron transfer resistance for (3-aminopropyl)methyldiethoxysilane-treated biosensor. - Abstract: ZnO-nanowire-based glucose biosensors were fabricated by immobilizing glucose oxidase (GOx) onto a linker attached to ZnO nanowires. Different coupling agents were used, namely (3-aminopropyl)trimethoxysilane (APTMS), (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES), and (3-aminopropyl)methyldiethoxysilane (APS), to increase the affinity of GOx binding to ZnO nanowires. The amount of GOx immobilized on the ZnO nanowires, the performance, sensitivity, and Michaelis-Menten constant of each biosensor, and the electron transfer resistance through the biosensor were all measured in order to investigate the effect of the coupling agent on the ZnO nanowire-based biosensor. Among the different biosensors, the APS-treated biosensor had the highest sensitivity (17.72 {mu}A cm{sup -2} mM{sup -1}) and the lowest Michaelis-Menten constant (1.37 mM). Since APS-treated ZnO nanowires showed the largest number of C-N groups and the lowest electron transfer resistance through the biosensor, we concluded that these properties were the key factors in the performance of APS-treated glucose biosensors.

  15. Hierarchical nanoflowers assembled with Au nanoparticles decorated ZnO nanosheets toward enhanced photocatalytic properties

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    Yu, Cuiyan; Yu, Yanlong; Xu, Tao

    2017-01-01

    Hierarchical nanoflowers assembled with Au nanoparticles (NPs) decorated ZnO nanosheets (Au-ZnO nanosheet flowers, AZNSFs) were successful synthesized. The AZNSFs showed more efficient activity to photodegradation of RhB than that of pure ZnO nanosheet flowers and commercial ZnO nanopowders...

  16. Fabrication and 8reen emission of ZnO nanowire arrays

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    ZHANG Bin; ZHOU ShaoMin; LIU Bing; GONG HeChun; ZHANG XingTang

    2009-01-01

    Well-aligned single-crystalline wurzite zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowire arrays were successfully fabricated on a Si substrate by a simple physical vapor-deposition (PVD) method at a relatively low temperature of about 500℃. The as-fabricated nanowires were preferentially arranged along the [001] direction of ZnO.The photoluminescence spectrum of ZnO nanowire arrays showed two emission bands: a strong green emission at around 500 nm and a weak ultraviolet emission at 380 nm. The strong green light emission was related to the existence of the oxygen vacancies in ZnO crystals. Corresponding growth mechanism of the ZnO nanowires was briefly discussed.

  17. Field emission property of ZnO nanowires prepared by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis

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    2015-01-01

    The field emission property of cold cathode emitters utilizing the ZnO nanowires with various conditions prepared by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis technique was discussed. It is found that the emission current was enhanced in the emitters having higher aspect ratio as well as smaller sheet resistance. Applying of post-annealing process, utilization of additional Mo back electrode in the cathode, and coating of Moon the ZnO nanowires resulted in the improvement of the emission current and lowerin...

  18. Gravitational level effects on optical properties of electrodeposited ZnO nanowire arrays

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    2008-01-01

    Two types of electrode configurations were employed in order to quantitatively examine the effect of gravitational strength on electrodeposited ZnO nanowire array: (a) a horizontal Cathode surface facing downward over an Anode (C/A) and (b) an Anode over a Cathode (A/C). The former configuration may simulate a quasi-microgravity environment, because macroscopic natural convection is not induced. Free standing ZnO nanowire array was successfully electrodeposited on ITO (Indium Tin Oxide)/FTO (...

  19. ZnO Nanowire-Based Corona Discharge Devices Operated Under Hundreds of Volts

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    Yang, Wenming; Zhu, Rong; Zong, Xianli

    2016-01-01

    Minimizing the voltage of corona discharges, especially when using nanomaterials, has been of great interest in the past decade or so. In this paper, we report a new corona discharge device by using ZnO nanowires operated in atmospheric air to realize continuous corona discharge excited by hundreds of volts. ZnO nanowires were synthesized on microelectrodes using electric-field-assisted wet chemical method, and a thin tungsten film was deposited on the microchip to enhance discharging perform...

  20. Imaging Single ZnO Vertical Nanowire Laser Cavities using UV-Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy

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    Gargas, D.J.; Toimil-Molares, M.E.; Yang, P.

    2008-11-17

    We report the fabrication and optical characterization of individual ZnO vertical nanowire laser cavities. Dilute nanowire arrays with interwire spacing>10 ?m were produced by a modified chemical vapor transport (CVT) method yielding an ideal platform for single nanowire imaging and spectroscopy. Lasing characteristics of a single vertical nanowire are presented, as well as high-resolution photoluminescence imaging by UV-laser scanning confocal microscopy. In addition, three-dimensional (3D) mapping of the photoluminescence emission performed in both planar and vertical dimensions demonstrates height-selective imaging useful for vertical nanowires and heteronanostructures emerging in the field of optoelectronics and nanophotonics.

  1. Using the hydrothermal method to grow p-type ZnO nanowires on Al-doped ZnO thin film to fabricate a homojunction diode.

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    Tseng, Yung-Kuan; Hung, Meng-Chun; Su, Shun-Lung; Li, Sheng-Kai

    2014-10-01

    In this study, the hydrothermal method is used to grow phosphorus-doped ZnO nanowires on Si/SiO2 substrates deposited with Al-doped ZnO thin film. This structure forms a homogeneous p-n junction. In this study, we are the pioneers to use ammonium hypophosphite (NH4H2PO2) as a source of phosphorus to prepare the precursor solution. Ammonium hypophosphite of different concentration levels is used to observe its effects on the growth of nanowires. The results show that the precursor solution prepared from ammonium hypophosphite can produce good crystalline ZnO nanowires while there is no linear relationship between the amounts and concentration levels of phosphorus doped into the nanowires. Whether the phosphorus-doped ZnO nanowires have the characteristics of a p-type semiconductor is indirectly verified by measuring whether the p-n junction made up of Al-doped ZnO thin film and phosphorus-doped ZnO nanowires shows rectifying behavior. I-V measurements are made on the specimens. The results show good rectifying behavior, proving that the phosphorus-doped ZnO nanowires and Al-doped AZO films have p-type and n-type semiconductor properties, constituting a good p-n junction. This result also proves that ammonium hypophosphite is a better source of phosphorus in the hydrothermal method to synthesize phosphorus-doped ZnO nanowires.

  2. Carrier density driven lasing dynamics in ZnO nanowires

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    Wille, Marcel; Michalsky, Tom; Röder, Robert; Ronning, Carsten; Schmidt-Grund, Rüdiger; Grundmann, Marius

    2016-01-01

    We report on the temporal lasing dynamics of high quality ZnO nanowires using time-resolved micro-photoluminescence technique. The temperature dependence of the lasing characteristics and of the corresponding decay constants demonstrate the formation of an electron-hole plasma to be the underlying gain mechanism in the considered temperature range from 10 K to 300 K. We found that the temperature dependent emission onset-time ($t_{\\text{on}}$) strongly depends on the excitation power and becomes smallest in the lasing regime, with values below 5 ps. Furthermore, the observed red shift of the dominating lasing modes in time is qualitatively discussed in terms of the carrier density induced change of the refractive index dispersion after the excitation laser pulse. This theory is supported by extending an existing model for the calculation of the carrier density dependent complex refractive index for different temperatures. This model coincides with the experimental observations and reliably describes the evolu...

  3. Vertically integrated nanogenerator based on ZnO nanowire arrays

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    Yu, Aifang; Li, Hongyu; Tang, Haoying; Liu, Tengjiao; Jiang, Peng [National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, No.11, Beiyitiao Zhongguancun, Beijing 100190 (China); Wang, Zhong Lin [National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, No.11, Beiyitiao Zhongguancun, Beijing 100190 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0245 (United States)

    2011-04-15

    We report a technique to construct a vertically integrated nanogenerator (VI-NG) based on ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays. The VI-NG consists of nine single NGs connected mixed parallel and serial by a layer-by-layer stacking. For the single layer NG, the peak output voltage and current are 0.045 V and 2.5 nA, respectively. The VI-NG produces an output power density of 2.8 nW/cm{sup 2} with a peak output voltage of 0.15 V and output current of 7.2 nA. The vertical integration of the multi-NG provides a feasible technique for effectively converting mechanical energies to electricity from environment. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  4. Luminance behavior of lithium-doped ZnO nanowires with p-type conduction characteristics.

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    Ko, Won Bae; Lee, Jun Seok; Lee, Sang Hyo; Cha, Seung Nam; Sohn, Jung Inn; Kim, Jong Min; Park, Young Jun; Kim, Hyun Jung; Hong, Jin Pyo

    2013-09-01

    The present study describes the room-temperature cathodeluminescence (CL) and temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) properties of p-type lithium (Li)-doped zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs) grown by hydrothermal doping and post-annealing processes. A ZnO thin film was used as a seed layer in NW growth. The emission wavelengths and intensities of undoped ZnO NWs and p-type Li-doped ZnO NWs were analyzed for comparison. CL and PL observations of post-annealed p-type Li-doped ZnO NWs clearly exhibited a dominant sharp band-edge emission. Finally, a n-type ZnO thin film/p-type annealed Li-doped ZnO NW homojunction diode was prepared to confirm the p-type conduction of annealed Li-doped ZnO NWs as well as the structural properties measured by transmission electron microscopy.

  5. Electrochemical growth of ZnO nanowires inside nanoporous alumina templates. A comparison with metallic Zn nanowires growth

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    Ramirez, Daniel [Instituto de Quimica, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Valparaiso (Chile); Laboratoire d' Electrochimie et Chimie Analytique (UMR CNRS 7575), Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Paris (ENSCP) (France); Pauporte, Thierry; Lincot, Daniel [Laboratoire d' Electrochimie et Chimie Analytique (UMR CNRS 7575), Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Paris (ENSCP) (France); Gomez, Humberto [Instituto de Quimica, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Valparaiso (Chile)

    2008-10-15

    Molecular oxygen reduction in presence of Zn(II) allowed to get arrays of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs) inside thick anodic alumina membranes (AAM), previously made by anodization in oxalic acid. A Zinc (Zn) NWs array made by electrochemical deposition (ED) was employed as a metal reference in order to compare its growth behavior with respect to that of ZnO, a semiconducting material. Chronoamperometric measurements for Zn NWs showed a typical response for metallic growth inside porous templates while ZnO NWs did not show this behavior. We observed that Zn NWs grew faster than ZnO NWs as checked by the electrical charge. SEM images showed the presence of ZnO NWs only after long deposition time. X-ray diffraction data confirmed the ZnO structure. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  6. Amino acids assisted hydrothermal synthesis of hierarchically structured ZnO with enhanced photocatalytic activities

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    Guo, Yanxia; Lin, Siwen; Li, Xuan; Liu, Yuping

    2016-10-01

    Novel hierarchically structured ZnO, including rose-like, dandelion-like and flower-like, have been synthesized through a simple hydrothermal process using different amino acids (glutamine, histidine and glycine) as structure-directing agents and urea as deposition agent, followed by subsequent calcination. Amino acids played a crucial role in the formation of hierarchically structured ZnO, and different amino acids could induce different exquisite shapes and assembly ways, as well as more oxygen defects. The prepared hierarchically structured ZnO exhibited excellent photocatalytic activities for the photodegradation of Rhodamine B, which was associated with their special hierarchical structures, large BET surface area and the existence of more oxygen defects. Amino acid-assisted growth mechanism of hierarchically structured ZnO was also discussed.

  7. Structural and optical properties of periodically ordered ZnO nanowires

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    J.B.CUI

    2009-01-01

    Periodically ordered ZnO nanowire arrays were fabricated by a combination of soft templates created by electron beam lithography and an electrochemical process. Individual ZnO nanowires were pre-cisely placed in desired locations to form two-dimensional periodic structures with specific patterns. Scanning electron microscopy and light diffraction measurements confirmed the long-range ordered structures in the nanowire arrays. Variable temperature photoluminescence revealed both band edge and defect emissions. The obtained photonic structures may have potential applications in optical and optoelectronic devices.

  8. Structural and optical properties of periodically ordered ZnO nanowires

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    2009-01-01

    Periodically ordered ZnO nanowire arrays were fabricated by a combination of soft templates created by electron beam lithography and an electrochemical process. Individual ZnO nanowires were precisely placed in desired locations to form two-dimensional periodic structures with specific patterns. Scanning electron microscopy and light diffraction measurements confirmed the long-range ordered structures in the nanowire arrays. Variable temperature photoluminescence revealed both band edge and defect emissions. The obtained photonic structures may have potential applications in optical and optoelectronic devices.

  9. Synthesis of SnO2-ZnO Core-Shell Nanowires and Their Optoelectronic Properties

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    Ko-Ying Pan

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Zinc oxides deposited on Tin dioxide nanowires have been successfully synthesized by atomic layer deposition (ALD. The diameter of SnO2-ZnO core-shell nanowires is 100 nm by ALD 200 cycles. The result of electricity measurements shows that the resistance of SnO2-ZnO core-shell nanowires (ALD: 200 cycles is 925 Ω, which is much lower than pure SnO2 nanowires (3.6 × 106 Ω. The result of UV light test shows that the recovery time of SnO2-ZnO core-shell nanowires (ALD: 200 cycles is 328 seconds, which is lower than pure SnO2 nanowires (938 seconds. These results demonstrated that the SnO2-ZnO core-shell nanowires have potential application as UV photodetectors with high photon-sensing properties.

  10. Synthesis of ZnO Nanowires and Their Photovoltaic Application: ZnO Nanowires/AgGaSe2 Thin Film Core-Shell Solar Cell

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    Elif Peksu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this investigation, hydrothermal technique was employed for the synthesis of well-aligned dense arrays of ZnO nanowires (NWs on a wide range of substrates including silicon, soda-lime glass (SLG, indium tin oxide, and polyethylene terephthalate (PET. Results showed that ZnO NWs can be successfully grown on any substrate that can withstand the growth temperature (~90°C and precursor solution chemicals. Results also revealed that there was a strong impact of growth time and ZnO seed layer deposition route on the orientation, density, diameter, and uniformity of the synthesized nanowires. A core-shell n-ZnO NWs/p-AgGaSe2 (AGS thin film solar cell was fabricated as a device application of synthesized ZnO nanowires by decoration of nanowires with ~700 nm thick sputtering deposited AGS thin film layer, which demonstrated an energy conversion efficiency of 1.74% under 100 mW/cm2 of simulated solar illumination.

  11. Enhanced field emission from ZnO nanowire arrays utilizing MgO buffer between seed layer and silicon substrate

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    Chen, Si [The Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of MOE, School of Physical Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Chen, Jiangtao [State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 18 Tianshui Mid. Road, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Liu, Jianlin [Quantum Structures Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521 (United States); Qi, Jing, E-mail: qijing@lzu.edu.cn [The Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of MOE, School of Physical Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Wang, Yuhua, E-mail: wyh@lzu.edu.cn [Department of Material Science, School of Physical Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2016-11-30

    Highlights: • We obtained ZnO nanowire arrays grown on ZnO seed layer on Si with MgO buffer. • FE properties of ZnO nanowire arrays grown on ZnO seed layer on Si with MgO buffer is better than that without MgO buffer. • With MgO buffer, the ZnO seed layer shows lower top-bottom resistance and better electron transport. • The enhanced field emission properties can be attributed to good electron transport in seed layer, good nanowire alignment because of MgO buffer. - Abstract: Field emitters based on ZnO nanowires and other nanomaterials are promising high-brightness electron sources for field emission display, microscopy and other applications. The performance of a ZnO nanowire field emitter is linked to the quality, conductivity and alignment of the nanowires on a substrate, therefore requiring ways to improve these parameters. Here, ZnO nanowire arrays were grown on ZnO seed layer on silicon substrate with MgO buffer between the seed layer and Si. The turn-on field and enhancement factor of these nanowire arrays are 3.79 V/μm and 3754, respectively. These properties are improved greatly compared to those of ZnO nanowire arrays grown on ZnO seed layer without MgO buffer, which are 5.06 V/μm and 1697, respectively. The enhanced field emission properties can be attributed to better electron transport in seed layer, and better nanowire alignment because of MgO buffer.

  12. An Sb-doped p-type ZnO nanowire based random laser diode.

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    Bashar, Sunayna B; Suja, Mohammad; Morshed, Muhammad; Gao, Fan; Liu, Jianlin

    2016-02-12

    An electrically pumped Sb-doped ZnO nanowire/Ga-doped ZnO p-n homojunction random laser is demonstrated. Catalyst-free Sb-doped ZnO nanowires were grown on a Ga-doped ZnO thin film on a Si substrate by chemical vapor deposition. The morphology of the as-grown titled nanowires was observed by scanning electron microscopy. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results indicated the incorporation of Sb dopants. Shallow acceptor states of Sb-doped nanowires were confirmed by photoluminescence measurements. Current-voltage measurements of ZnO nanowire structures assembled from p- and n-type materials showed a typical p-n diode characteristic with a threshold voltage of about 7.5 V. Very good photoresponse was observed in the UV region operated at 0 V and different reverse biases. Random lasing behavior with a low-threshold current of around 10 mA was demonstrated at room temperature. The output power was 170 nW at 30 mA.

  13. Synthesis and efficient field emission characteristics of patterned ZnO nanowires

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    张永爱; 吴朝兴; 郑泳; 郭太良

    2012-01-01

    Patterned ZnO nanowires were successfully synthesized on ITO electrodes deposited on the glass substrate by using a simple thermal evaporation approach.The morphology,crystallinity and optical properties of ZnO nanowires were characterized by scanning electron microscopy,X-ray diffraction,energy dispersive X-ray and photoluminescence spectroscopy.Their field emission characteristics were also investigated.SEM images showed that the ZnO nanowires,with a diameter of 100-200 nm and length up to 5μm,were highly uniform and well distributed on the linear ITO electrodes.The field emission measurement indicated that patterned ZnO nanowire arrays have a turn-on field of 1.6 V/μm at current density of 1 μA/cm2 and a threshold field of 4.92 V/μm at current density of 1 mA/cm2 at an emitter-anode gap of 700 μm.The current density rapidly reached 2.26 mA/cm2 at an applied field of 5.38 V/μm.The fluctuation of emission current was lower than 5% for 4.5 h.The low turn-on field,high current density and good stability of patterned ZnO nanowire arrays indicate that it is a promising candidate for field emission application.

  14. ZnO nanowire-based all-optical switch with Reset-Set flip-flop function

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    Mu, L. X.; Shi, W. S.; Zhang, T. P.; Zhang, H. Y.; Wang, Y.; She, G. W.; Gao, Y. H.; Wang, P. F.; Chang, J. C.; Lee, S. T.

    2011-04-01

    An all-optical switch with Reset-Set (RS) flip-flop function has been developed by attaching a derivative of spiropyran on the surface of zinc oxide (ZnO) Nanowire. Using UV/visible irradiation and the fluorescence of spiropyran-modified ZnO nanowire as inputs—set/reset and output, RS flip-flop function can be performed on a single ZnO nanowire or a nanowire array. The configuration of the current all-optical switch represents a potential for developing small-sized all-optical devices, which could be further exploited at higher level of integration.

  15. Photoluminescence of Nominally Undoped Heavy n-Type ZnO Nanowires

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    TANG Hai-Ping; HE Hai-Ping; LIU Chao; KWON Bong-Jun; YE Zhi-Zhen; LEE Soonil; PARK Ji-Yong

    2011-01-01

    @@ We report the identification of a donor band and the correlation between n-type conductivity and the green emission in ZnO nanowires.Temperature-dependent photoluminescence is used to investigate nominally undoped ZnO nanowires with high n-type conductivity.Within the whole temperature range, a dominant free-to-bound transition with a donor band of about 150meV below the conduction band minimum is observed.The nanowires show very strong green emission, which is quenched with activation energy of about 220 meV.The correlation between the high n-type conductivity and the strong green emission is discussed in detail, and we suggest that they may have different origins.%We report the identification of a donor band and the correlation between n-type conductivity and the green emission in ZnO nanowires. Temperature-dependent photoluminescence is used to investigate nominally undoped ZnO nanowires with high n-type conductivity. Within the whole temperature range, a dominant free-to-bound transition with a donor band of about 150 me V below the conduction band minimum is observed. The nanowires show very strong green emission, which is quenched with activation energy of about 220meV. The correlation between the high n-type conductivity and the strong green emission is discussed in detail, and we suggest that they may have different origins.

  16. Hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 Heterostructure Nanowire Arrays

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    Liu Jian

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Novel hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 based heterostructure nanowire arrays were fabricated on silicon substrates by a one-step thermal evaporation of CdS powder. The as-grown products were characterized using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. Studies reveal that a typical hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 heterostructure nanowire is composed of a single crystalline Cd4SiS6 nanowire core sheathed with amorphous SiO2 sheath. Furthermore, secondary nanostructures of SiO2 nanowires are highly dense grown on the primary Cd4SiS6 core-SiO2 sheath nanowires and formed hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 based heterostructure nanowire arrays which stand vertically on silicon substrates. The possible growth mechanism of hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 heterostructure nanowire arrays is proposed. The optical properties of hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 heterostructure nanowire arrays are investigated using Raman and Photoluminescence spectroscopy.

  17. First-Principles Study of Magnetic Properties of 3dTransition Metals Doped in ZnO Nanowires

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The defect formation energies of transition metals (Cr, Fe, and Ni doped in the pseudo-H passivated ZnO nanowires and bulk are systematically investigated using first-principles methods. The general chemical trends of the nanowires are similar to those of the bulk. We also show that the formation energy increases as the diameter of the nanowire decreases, indicating that the doping of magnetic ions in the ZnO nanowire becomes more difficult with decreasing diameter. We also systematically calculate the ferromagnetic properties of transition metals doped in the ZnO nanowire and bulk, and find that Cr ions of the nanowire favor ferromagnetic state, which is consistent with the experimental results. We also find that the ferromagnetic coupling state of Cr is more stable in the nanowire than in the bulk, which may lead to a higherT cuseful for the nano-materials design of spintronics.

  18. Colour electroluminescence with end light-emitting from ZnO nanowire/polymer film

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    He Ying; Wang Junan [Institute of Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); Zhang Wenfei; Chen Xiaoban; Huang Zonghao; Gu Qiuwen [Department of Polymer Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, 149 Yanchang Road, Shanghai 200072 (China)], E-mail: yinghe@staff.shu.edu.cn

    2009-03-01

    The ZnO nanowires with polymer film were self-assembly grown on n-type (111) plane of the silicon substrate using polymer assisted complexing soft-template process through a simple polymer complexation and low-temperature oxidizing-sintering, which have smooth top and fine hexagonal columnar structure with average length of about 6 {mu}m and the diameter of about 40 nm. These columnar structured ZnO nanowires had strong near-band ultraviolet emission at {approx}383 nm and blue electrically driven emission at {approx} 400 nm with a relatively low turn-on voltage, as well as a typical diode characteristic property at room temperature. In particular, these structures, being of high aspect ratio and small tip radius of curvature, may possess a good amplified stimulated emission and lasing property. These results suggested a potential application of ZnO nanowire/polymer film as electroluminescence flat panel displays or illuminations in the future.

  19. Effective piezoelectric response of substrate-integrated ZnO nanowire array devices on galvanized steel.

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    Velazquez, By Jesus M; Baskaran, Sivapalan; Gaikwad, Anil V; Ngo-Duc, Tam-Triet; He, Xiangtong; Oye, Michael M; Meyyappan, M; Rout, Tapan K; Fu, John Y; Banerjee, Sarbajit

    2013-11-13

    Harvesting waste energy through electromechanical coupling in practical devices requires combining device design with the development of synthetic strategies for large-area controlled fabrication of active piezoelectric materials. Here, we show a facile route to the large-area fabrication of ZnO nanostructured arrays using commodity galvanized steel as the Zn precursor as well as the substrate. The ZnO nanowires are further integrated within a device construct and the effective piezoelectric response is deduced based on a novel experimental approach involving induction of stress in the nanowires through pressure wave propagation along with phase-selective lock-in detection of the induced current. The robust methodology for measurement of the effective piezoelectric coefficient developed here allows for interrogation of piezoelectric functionality for the entire substrate under bending-type deformation of the ZnO nanowires.

  20. Photocatalytic Degradation of E.coli Membrane Cell in the Presence of ZnO Nanowires

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    WANG Xuefei; WANG Wei; LIU Peng; WANG ping; ZHANG Lianmeng

    2011-01-01

    The photocatalytic degradation of E. coli membrane cell by ZnO nanowires was studied using field-emission scanning electron microscope(FE-SEM), fluorescence microscopy, and Attenuated total reflection fourier transform infrared(ATR-FTIR). The outer membrane of E.coli was removed completely in the presence of ZnO nanowires under UV irradiation, and the cells became twisted shapes without a mechanically strong network. After ZnO nanowires photocatalysis, the permeability of the treated cells increased to some degree that could be confirmed by quantum dots labeling technique. Structural changes in the cell wall membrane were revealed by the decay of the characteristic groups bands in ATR-FTIR spectra.

  1. Ethanol-Sensing Characteristics of Nanostructured ZnO: Nanorods, Nanowires, and Porous Nanoparticles

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    Quy, Chu Thi; Hung, Chu Manh; Van Duy, Nguyen; Hoa, Nguyen Duc; Jiao, Mingzhi; Nguyen, Hugo

    2017-06-01

    The morphology and crystalline size of metal oxide-sensing materials are believed to have a strong influence on the performance of gas sensors. In this paper, we report a comparative study on the ethanol-sensing characteristics of ZnO nanorods, nanowires, and porous nanoparticles. The porous ZnO nanoparticles were prepared using a simple thermal decomposition of a sheet-like hydrozincite, whereas the nanorods and nanowires were grown by hydrothermal and chemical vapor deposition methods, respectively. The morphology and crystal structure of the synthesized materials were characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction. Ethanol gas-sensing characteristics were systematically studied at different temperatures. Our findings show that for ethanol gas-sensing applications, ZnO porous nanoparticles exhibited the best sensitivity, followed by the nanowires and nanorods. Gas-sensing properties were also examined with respect to the role of crystal growth orientation, crystal size, and porosity.

  2. Microwave-assisted Synthesis of Hierarchical ZnO Nanostructures and Their Photocatalytic Properties

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    Ou Ming

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Hierarchical ZnO nanostructures were fabricated via a rapid and facile microwave-assisted route with different zinc salts as reactants. The obtained hierarchical ZnO nanostructures have good crystallinity and high purity. Moreover, it was found that various zinc salts have an obvious effect on the morphologies and microstructures of the final products. Additionally, the photocatalytic activity of the obtained ZnO samples under visible-light irradiation was also evaluated by degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB.

  3. Synthesis of high aspect ratio ZnO nanowires with an inexpensive handcrafted electrochemical setup

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    Taheri, Ali; Saramad, Shahyar; Setayeshi, Saeed

    2016-12-01

    In this work, high aspect ratio zinc oxide nanowires are synthesized using templated one-step electrodeposition technique. Electrodeposition of the nanowires is done using a handcrafted electronic system. Nuclear track-etched polycarbonate membrane is used as a template to form the high aspect ratio nanowires. The result of X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy shows that nanowires with a good crystallinity and an aspect ratio of more than 30 can be achieved in a suitable condition. The height of electrodeposited nanowires reaches to about 11 μm. Based on the obtained results, high aspect ratio ZnO nanowires can be formed using inexpensive electrodeposition setup with an acceptable quality.

  4. Nanostructured Zn and ZnO nanowire thin films for mechanical and self-cleaning applications

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    Shaik, Ummar Pasha [Advanced Centre of Research in High Energy Materials, University of Hyderabad, Prof. C R Rao Road, Gachibowli, Hyderabad 500046 (India); Purkayastha, Debarun Dhar, E-mail: ddebarun@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology Nagaland, Chumukedima, Dimapur 797103 (India); Krishna, M. Ghanashyam [Advanced Centre of Research in High Energy Materials, University of Hyderabad, Prof. C R Rao Road, Gachibowli, Hyderabad 500046 (India); School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Prof. C R Rao Road, Gachibowli, Hyderabad 500046 (India); Madhurima, V. [Department of Physics, Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur 610004 (India)

    2015-03-01

    Highlights: • Zn metal films were deposited by thermal evaporation, on various substrates. • Upon annealing Zn there is transformation of the Zn nanosheets into ZnO nanowires. • ZnO nanowires are superhydrophobic and exhibit wetting transition on UV exposure. • ZnO will be useful in self-cleaning, mechanical and oxidation resistance surfaces. - Abstract: Nanostructured Zn metal films were deposited by thermal evaporation, on borosilicate glass, Quartz, sapphire, lanthanum aluminate and yttria stabilized zirconia substrates. The as-deposited films are nanocrystalline and show a morphology that consists of triangular nanosheets. The films are hydrophobic with contact angles between 102° and 120° with hardness and Young's modulus between 0.15–0.8 GPa and 18–300 GPa, respectively. Thermal annealing of the films at 500 °C results only in partial oxidation of Zn to ZnO, which indicates good oxidation resistance. Annealing also causes transformation of the Zn nanosheets into ZnO nanowires that are polycrystalline in nature. The ZnO nanowires are superhydrophobic with contact angles between 159° and 162°, contact angle hysteresis between 5° and 10° and exhibit a reversible superhydrophobic–hydrophilic transition under UV irradiation. The nanowires are much softer than the as-deposited Zn metal films, with hardness between 0.02 and 0.4 GPa and Young's modulus between 3 and 35 GPa. The current study thus demonstrates a simple process for fabrication of nanostructured Zn metal films followed by a one-step transformation to nanowires with properties that will be very attractive for mechanical and self-cleaning applications.

  5. Carrier density driven lasing dynamics in ZnO nanowires.

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    Wille, Marcel; Sturm, Chris; Michalsky, Tom; Röder, Robert; Ronning, Carsten; Schmidt-Grund, Rüdiger; Grundmann, Marius

    2016-06-01

    We report on the temporal lasing dynamics of high quality ZnO nanowires using the time-resolved micro-photoluminescence technique. The temperature dependence of the lasing characteristics and of the corresponding decay constants demonstrate the formation of an electron-hole plasma to be the underlying gain mechanism in the considered temperature range from 10 K to 300 K. We found that the temperature-dependent emission onset-time ([Formula: see text]) strongly depends on the excitation power and becomes smallest in the lasing regime, with values below 5 ps. Furthermore, the observed red shift of the dominating lasing modes in time is qualitatively discussed in terms of the carrier density induced change of the refractive index dispersion after the excitation laser pulse. This theory is supported by extending an existing model for the calculation of the carrier density dependent complex refractive index for different temperatures. This model coincides with the experimental observations and reliably describes the evolution of the refractive index after the excitation laser pulse.

  6. Eu-doped ZnO nanowire arrays grown by electrodeposition

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    Lupan, O., E-mail: oleg-lupan@chimie-paristech.fr [Laboratoire d’Electrochimie, Chimie des Interfaces et Modélisation pour l’Energie (LECIME), UMR-7575, ENSCP-Chimie Paristech, 11 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75231 Paris cedex 05 (France); Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris, UMR 7574, ENSCP, 11 rue P. et M. Curie, 75231 Paris cedex 05 (France); Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816 (United States); Department of Microelectronics and Semiconductor Devices, Technical University of Moldova, 168 Stefan cel Mare Blvd., Chisinau MD-2004, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Pauporté, T., E-mail: thierry-pauporte@chimie-paristech.fr [Laboratoire d’Electrochimie, Chimie des Interfaces et Modélisation pour l’Energie (LECIME), UMR-7575, ENSCP-Chimie Paristech, 11 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75231 Paris cedex 05 (France); Viana, B.; Aschehoug, P. [Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris, UMR 7574, ENSCP, 11 rue P. et M. Curie, 75231 Paris cedex 05 (France); Ahmadi, M.; Cuenya, B. Roldan; Rudzevich, Y.; Lin, Y.; Chow, L. [Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816 (United States)

    2013-10-01

    The preparation of efficient light emitting diodes requires active optical layers working at low voltage for light emission. Trivalent lanthanide doped wide-bandgap semiconducting oxide nanostructures are promising active materials in opto-electronic devices. In this work we report on the electrochemical deposition (ECD) of Eu-doped ZnO (ZnO:Eu) nanowire arrays on glass substrates coated with F-doped polycrystalline SnO{sub 2}. The structural, chemical and optical properties of ZnO:Eu nanowires have been systematically characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry, and photoluminescence. XRD results suggest the substitution of Zn{sup 2+} by Eu ions in the crystalline lattice. High-resolution TEM and associated electron diffraction studies indicate an interplanar spacing of 0.52 nm which corresponds to the (0 0 0 1) crystal plane of the hexagonal ZnO, and a growth along the c-direction. The ZnO:Eu nanowires have a single crystal structure, without noticeable defects. According to EDX, SIMS and XPS studies, cationic Eu species are detected in these samples showing the incorporation of Eu into the ZnO matrix. The oxidation states of europium ions in the nanowires are determined as +3 (74%) and +2 (26%). Photoluminescence studies demonstrated red emission from the Eu-doped ZnO nanowire arrays. When Eu was incorporated during the nanowire growth, the sharp {sup 5}D{sub 0}–{sup 7}F{sub 2} transition of the Eu{sup 3+} ion at around 612 nm was observed. These results suggest that Eu doped ZnO nanowires could pave the way for efficient, multispectral LEDs and optical devices.

  7. Single ZnO Nanowire-Based Gas Sensors to Detect Low Concentrations of Hydrogen

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    Marlene N. Cardoza-Contreras

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Low concentrations of hazardous gases are difficult to detect with common gas sensors. Using semiconductor nanostructures as a sensor element is an alternative. Single ZnO nanowire gas sensor devices were fabricated by manipulation and connection of a single nanowire into a four-electrode aluminum probe in situ in a dual-beam scanning electron microscope-focused ion beam with a manipulator and a gas injection system in/column. The electrical response of the manufactured devices shows response times up to 29 s for a 121 ppm of H2 pulse, with a variation in the nanowire resistance appreciable at room temperature and at 373.15 K of approximately 8% and 14% respectively, showing that ZnO nanowires are good candidates to detect low concentrations of H2.

  8. Hydrothermal Growth and Application of ZnO Nanowire Films with ZnO and TiO2Buffer Layers in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Jiang Chunhua

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract This paper reports the effects of the seed layers prepared by spin-coating and dip-coating methods on the morphology and density of ZnO nanowire arrays, thus on the performance of ZnO nanowire-based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs. The nanowire films with the thick ZnO buffer layer (~0.8–1 μm thick can improve the open circuit voltage of the DSSCs through suppressing carrier recombination, however, and cause the decrease of dye loading absorbed on ZnO nanowires. In order to further investigate the effect of TiO2buffer layer on the performance of ZnO nanowire-based DSSCs, compared with the ZnO nanowire-based DSSCs without a compact TiO2buffer layer, the photovoltaic conversion efficiency and open circuit voltage of the ZnO DSSCs with the compact TiO2layer (~50 nm thick were improved by 3.9–12.5 and 2.4–41.7%, respectively. This can be attributed to the introduction of the compact TiO2layer prepared by sputtering method, which effectively suppressed carrier recombination occurring across both the film–electrolyte interface and the substrate–electrolyte interface.

  9. Hydrothermal Growth and Application of ZnO Nanowire Films with ZnO and TiO2 Buffer Layers in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Yang, Weiguang; Wan, Farong; Chen, Siwei; Jiang, Chunhua

    2009-12-01

    This paper reports the effects of the seed layers prepared by spin-coating and dip-coating methods on the morphology and density of ZnO nanowire arrays, thus on the performance of ZnO nanowire-based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The nanowire films with the thick ZnO buffer layer (~0.8-1 μm thick) can improve the open circuit voltage of the DSSCs through suppressing carrier recombination, however, and cause the decrease of dye loading absorbed on ZnO nanowires. In order to further investigate the effect of TiO2 buffer layer on the performance of ZnO nanowire-based DSSCs, compared with the ZnO nanowire-based DSSCs without a compact TiO2 buffer layer, the photovoltaic conversion efficiency and open circuit voltage of the ZnO DSSCs with the compact TiO2 layer (~50 nm thick) were improved by 3.9-12.5 and 2.4-41.7%, respectively. This can be attributed to the introduction of the compact TiO2 layer prepared by sputtering method, which effectively suppressed carrier recombination occurring across both the film-electrolyte interface and the substrate-electrolyte interface.

  10. Physical model for the exotic ultraviolet photo-conductivity of ZnO nanowire films

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    Pan, Yue-Wu; Ren, Shou-Tian; Qu, Shi-Liang; Wang, Qiang

    2013-11-01

    Employing a simple and efficient method of electro-chemical anodization, ZnO nanowire films are fabricated on Zn foil, and an ultraviolet (UV) sensor prototype is formed for investigating the electronic transport through back-to-back double junctions. The UV (365 nm) responses of surface-contacted ZnO film are provided by I—V measurement, along with the current evolution process by on/off of UV illumination. In this paper, the back-to-back metal—seconductor—metal (M—S—M) model is used to explain the electronic transport of a ZnO nanowire film based structure. A thermionic-field electron emission mechanism is employed to fit and explain the as-observed UV sensitive electronic transport properties of ZnO film with surface-modulation by oxygen and water molecular coverage.

  11. Hydrothermal Synthesis of Various Hierarchical ZnO Nanostructures and Their Methane Sensing Properties

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    Lingna Xu

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Hierarchical flower-like ZnO nanorods, net-like ZnO nanofibers and ZnO nanobulks have been successfully synthesized via a surfactant assisted hydrothemal method. The synthesized products were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy, respectively. A possible growth mechanism of the various hierarchical ZnO nanostructures is discussed in detail. Gas sensors based on the as-prepared ZnO nanostructures were fabricated by screen-printing on a flat ceramic substrate. Furthermore, their gas sensing characteristics towards methane were systematically investigated. Methane is an important characteristic hydrocarbon contaminant found dissolved in power transformer oil as a result of faults. We find that the hierarchical flower-like ZnO nanorods and net-like ZnO nanofibers samples show higher gas response and lower operating temperature with rapid response-recovery time compared to those of sensors based on ZnO nanobulks. These results present a feasible way of exploring high performance sensing materials for on-site detection of characteristic fault gases dissolved in transformer oil.

  12. Hydrothermal synthesis of various hierarchical ZnO nanostructures and their methane sensing properties.

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    Zhou, Qu; Chen, Weigen; Xu, Lingna; Peng, Shudi

    2013-05-10

    Hierarchical flower-like ZnO nanorods, net-like ZnO nanofibers and ZnO nanobulks have been successfully synthesized via a surfactant assisted hydrothemal method. The synthesized products were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy, respectively. A possible growth mechanism of the various hierarchical ZnO nanostructures is discussed in detail. Gas sensors based on the as-prepared ZnO nanostructures were fabricated by screen-printing on a flat ceramic substrate. Furthermore, their gas sensing characteristics towards methane were systematically investigated. Methane is an important characteristic hydrocarbon contaminant found dissolved in power transformer oil as a result of faults. We find that the hierarchical flower-like ZnO nanorods and net-like ZnO nanofibers samples show higher gas response and lower operating temperature with rapid response-recovery time compared to those of sensors based on ZnO nanobulks. These results present a feasible way of exploring high performance sensing materials for on-site detection of characteristic fault gases dissolved in transformer oil.

  13. Formation of hierarchical ZnO nanostructure on tinfoil substrate and the application on wetting repellency

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    Wu, Jun; Xia, Jun; Jing, Chen; Lei, Wei; Wang, Bao-ping

    2011-10-01

    Hierarchical ZnO (zinc oxide) nanostructures composed with nano-sheet and micro-flower structures (made from the nano-sheet) have been generated on tinfoil substrate via a chemical bath deposition process. Benefiting from an inherent distinct lattice constant compared with commonly used glass or other kinds of substrate, the tinfoil substrate played an important role on the formation of the hierarchical ZnO nanostructures. The resulting hierarchical ZnO surface shows excellent superhydrophobicity and extremely low water rolling angle after being modified with spin coating Teflon. The flexible and superhydrophobic characteristics of such fabricated substrate will be beneficial for applications requiring bendable and lightweight superhydrophobic substrates. In addition, the multifunctional properties of ZnO nanostructures are expected to broaden the applications to electronic and optical applications.

  14. Formation of hierarchical ZnO nanostructure on tinfoil substrate and the application on wetting repellency

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    Wu, Jun [Southeast University, School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing (China); University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Los Angeles, CA (United States); Xia, Jun; Jing, Chen; Lei, Wei; Wang, Bao-ping [Southeast University, School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing (China)

    2011-10-15

    Hierarchical ZnO (zinc oxide) nanostructures composed with nano-sheet and micro-flower structures (made from the nano-sheet) have been generated on tinfoil substrate via a chemical bath deposition process. Benefiting from an inherent distinct lattice constant compared with commonly used glass or other kinds of substrate, the tinfoil substrate played an important role on the formation of the hierarchical ZnO nanostructures. The resulting hierarchical ZnO surface shows excellent superhydrophobicity and extremely low water rolling angle after being modified with spin coating Teflon. The flexible and superhydrophobic characteristics of such fabricated substrate will be beneficial for applications requiring bendable and lightweight superhydrophobic substrates. In addition, the multifunctional properties of ZnO nanostructures are expected to broaden the applications to electronic and optical applications. (orig.)

  15. Enhanced Visible Light Photocatalytic Activity of ZnO Nanowires Doped with Mn2+ and Co2+ Ions

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    Li, Wei; Wang, Guojing; Chen, Chienhua; Liao, Jiecui; Li, Zhengcao

    2017-01-01

    In this research, ZnO nanowires doped with Mn2+ and Co2+ ions were synthesized through a facile and inexpensive hydrothermal approach, in which Mn2+ and Co2+ ions successfully substituted Zn2+ in the ZnO crystal lattice without changing the morphology and crystalline structure of ZnO. The atomic percentages of Mn and Co were 6.29% and 1.68%, respectively, in the doped ZnO nanowires. The photocatalytic results showed that Mn-doped and Co-doped ZnO nanowires both exhibited higher photocatalytic activities than undoped ZnO nanowires. Among the doped ZnO nanowires, Co-doped ZnO, which owns a twice active visible-light photocatalytic performance compared to pure ZnO, is considered a more efficient photocatalyst material. The enhancement of its photocatalytic performance originates from the doped metal ions, which enhance the light absorption ability and inhibit the recombination of photo-generated electron-hole pairs as well. The effect of the doped ion types on the morphology, crystal lattice and other properties of ZnO was also investigated.

  16. Enhanced Visible Light Photocatalytic Activity of ZnO Nanowires Doped with Mn2+ and Co2+ Ions

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    Wei Li

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available In this research, ZnO nanowires doped with Mn2+ and Co2+ ions were synthesized through a facile and inexpensive hydrothermal approach, in which Mn2+ and Co2+ ions successfully substituted Zn2+ in the ZnO crystal lattice without changing the morphology and crystalline structure of ZnO. The atomic percentages of Mn and Co were 6.29% and 1.68%, respectively, in the doped ZnO nanowires. The photocatalytic results showed that Mn-doped and Co-doped ZnO nanowires both exhibited higher photocatalytic activities than undoped ZnO nanowires. Among the doped ZnO nanowires, Co-doped ZnO, which owns a twice active visible-light photocatalytic performance compared to pure ZnO, is considered a more efficient photocatalyst material. The enhancement of its photocatalytic performance originates from the doped metal ions, which enhance the light absorption ability and inhibit the recombination of photo-generated electron-hole pairs as well. The effect of the doped ion types on the morphology, crystal lattice and other properties of ZnO was also investigated.

  17. pH-Dependent Toxicity of High Aspect Ratio ZnO Nanowires in Macrophages Due to Intracellular Dissolution

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    H. Müller, Karin

    2010-11-23

    High-aspect ratio ZnO nanowires have become one of the most promising products in the nanosciences within the past few years with a multitude of applications at the interface of optics and electronics. The interaction of zinc with cells and organisms is complex, with both deficiency and excess causing severe effects. The emerging significance of zinc for many cellular processes makes it imperative to investigate the biological safety of ZnO nanowires in order to guarantee their safe economic exploitation. In this study, ZnO nanowires were found to be toxic to human monocyte macrophages (HMMs) at similar concentrations as ZnCl2. Confocal microscopy on live cells confirmed a rise in intracellular Zn2+ concentrations prior to cell death. In vitro, ZnO nanowires dissolved very rapidly in a simulated body fluid of lysosomal pH, whereas they were comparatively stable at extracellular pH. Bright-field transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed a rapid macrophage uptake of ZnO nanowire aggregates by phagocytosis. Nanowire dissolution occurred within membrane-bound compartments, triggered by the acidic pH of the lysosomes. ZnO nanowire dissolution was confirmed by scanning electron microscopy/energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry. Deposition of electron-dense material throughout the ZnO nanowire structures observed by TEM could indicate adsorption of cellular components onto the wires or localized zinc-induced protein precipitation. Our study demonstrates that ZnO nanowire toxicity in HMMs is due to pH-triggered, intracellular release of ionic Zn2+ rather than the high-aspect nature of the wires. Cell death had features of necrosis as well as apoptosis, with mitochondria displaying severe structural changes. The implications of these findings for the application of ZnO nanowires are discussed. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  18. Optical properties of electrochemically processed ZnO nanowire array in quasi-microgravity condition

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    2007-01-01

    Free standing ZnO (Zinc Oxide) nanowire array was successfully synthesized on ITO (Indium Tin Oxide)/FTO (Fluorine-doped Tin Oxide) substrate by template-free method in Zn(NO3)2 aqueous solutions. Two types of electrode configurations were employed in order to quantitatively examine the effect of gravitational strength on electrodeposited ZnO nanowire array: (a) a horizontal cathode surface facing downward over an anode (C/A) and (b) an anode over a cathode (A/C). The former configuration may...

  19. Low-temperature synthesis of novel ZnO nanowire microspheres on silicon substrates

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    LI Xinyu; GUO Jian; DING Shulong; LIN Tiejun; DONG Jingtao

    2007-01-01

    Microspheres covered with ZnO nanowires were fabricated by oxidative evaporation of pure zinc powder without catalyst at 450℃. X-ray diffraction (XRD) demonstrates that the as-obtained sample can be indexed to high crystallinity with wurtzite structure. The structural features associated with different growth stages were monitored using scanning electron microscope (SEM), which described the direct observation nucleation and growth process. Meanwhile, room temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectrum showed a UV emission at ~388 nm and a broad green emission at ~505 nm. The ZnO nanowires with the self-catalyzed growth mechanism were discussed in detail.

  20. Self-assembled ZnO agave-like nanowires and anomalous superhydrophobicity

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    Yang, Y H; Li, Z Y; Wang, B; Wang, C X; Chen, D H; Yang, G W [State Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials and Technologies, School of Physics Science and Engineering, Zhongshan University, Guangzhou 510275 (China)

    2005-09-07

    Thin films of ZnO agave-like nanowires were prepared on amorphous carbon thin layers on silicon substrates using thermal chemical vapour transport and condensation without any metal catalysts. The unusual superhydrophobicity of the fabricated surface was measured; the water contact angle reaches 151.1 deg. On the basis of experimental and theoretical analyses, it appears likely that the biomimetic microcomposite and nanocomposite surfaces of the prepared thin films of ZnO agave-like nanowires are responsible for the excellent superhydrophobicity.

  1. Self-assembled ZnO agave-like nanowires and anomalous superhydrophobicity

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    Yang, Y. H.; Li, Z. Y.; Wang, B.; Wang, C. X.; Chen, D. H.; Yang, G. W.

    2005-09-01

    Thin films of ZnO agave-like nanowires were prepared on amorphous carbon thin layers on silicon substrates using thermal chemical vapour transport and condensation without any metal catalysts. The unusual superhydrophobicity of the fabricated surface was measured; the water contact angle reaches 151.1°. On the basis of experimental and theoretical analyses, it appears likely that the biomimetic microcomposite and nanocomposite surfaces of the prepared thin films of ZnO agave-like nanowires are responsible for the excellent superhydrophobicity.

  2. Electrospun ZnO Nanowires as Gas Sensors for Ethanol Detection

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    Huang Po-Jung

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract ZnO nanowires were produced using an electrospinning method and used in gas sensors for the detection of ethanol at 220 °C. This electrospinning technique allows the direct placement of ZnO nanowires during their synthesis to bridge the sensor electrodes. An excellent sensitivity of nearly 90% was obtained at a low ethanol concentration of 10 ppm, and the rest obtained at higher ethanol concentrations, up to 600 ppm, all equal to or greater than 90%.

  3. First-principles study of the electronic and optical properties of ZnO nanowires

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    Zhang Fu-Chun; Zhang Zhi-Yong; Zhang Wei-Hu; Yan Jun-Feng; Yong Jiang-Ni

    2009-01-01

    The geometric, energetic, electronic structures and optical properties of ZnO nanowires (NWs) with hexagonal cross sections are investigated by using the first-principles calculation of plane wave ultra-soft pseudo-potential technology based on the density functional theory (DFT). The calculated results reveal that the initial Zn-O double layers merge into single layers after structural relaxations, the band gap and binding energies decrease with the increase of the ZnO nanowire size. Those properties show great dimension and size dependence. It is also found that the dielectric functions of ZnO NWs have different peaks with respect to light polarization, and the peaks of ZnO NWs exhibit a significant blueshift in comparison with those of bulk ZnO. Our results gives some reference to the thorough understanding of optical properties of ZnO, and also enables more precise monitoring and controlling during the growth of ZnO materials to be possible.

  4. Power generation from base excitation of a Kevlar composite beam with ZnO nanowires

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    Malakooti, Mohammad H.; Hwang, Hyun-Sik; Sodano, Henry A.

    2015-04-01

    One-dimensional nanostructures such as nanowires, nanorods, and nanotubes with piezoelectric properties have gained interest in the fabrication of small scale power harvesting systems. However, the practical applications of the nanoscale materials in structures with true mechanical strengths have not yet been demonstrated. In this paper, piezoelectric ZnO nanowires are integrated into the fiber reinforced polymer composites serving as an active phase to convert the induced strain energy from ambient vibration into electrical energy. Arrays of ZnO nanowires are grown vertically aligned on aramid fibers through a low-cost hydrothermal process. The modified fabrics with ZnO nanowires whiskers are then placed between two carbon fabrics as the top and the bottom electrodes. Finally, vacuum resin transfer molding technique is utilized to fabricate these multiscale composites. The fabricated composites are subjected to a base excitation using a shaker to generate charge due to the direct piezoelectric effect of ZnO nanowires. Measuring the generated potential difference between the two electrodes showed the energy harvesting application of these multiscale composites in addition to their superior mechanical properties. These results propose a new generation of power harvesting systems with enhanced mechanical properties.

  5. Role of surface in high photoconductive gain measured in ZnO nanowire-based photodetector

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    Mallampati, Bhargav [University of North Texas, Department of Electrical Engineering (United States); Nair, S. V.; Ruda, H. E. [University of Toronto, Centre for Advanced Nanotechnology (Canada); Philipose, U., E-mail: usha.philipose@unt.edu [University of North Texas, Department of Physics (United States)

    2015-04-15

    On account of their large surface-to-volume ratio, nanowires contain an extremely high density of surface states which can lead to significantly enhanced photocarrier lifetimes resulting in persistent photoconductivity. There are reports that attribute the high photoconductive gain of ZnO nanowire-based photodetectors to hole trapping and de-trapping following oxygen adsorption and desorption from the nanowire surface. Through this work we provide experimental evidence of the role of surface and defects in carrier dynamics, resulting in enhanced photoresponse. ZnO nanowires with an average length of about 20 μm and diameters in the range of 60–80 nm were used in this experiment. Using intensity and temperature dependence of the rise and decay rate of photocurrent, we present a detailed analysis that provides an estimate of the activation energies of carrier trapping mechanisms. The high gain ZnO nanowire photodetector was sensitive to photoexcitation at or below 370 nm corresponding to the band-edge absorption profile of ZnO. At an incident wavelength of 370 nm and at a bias field of 5 kV/cm, it was found that the maximum responsivity is over 10{sup 5} A/W corresponding to an extremely high photoconductive gain of the order of 10{sup 6}. This corresponds to a normalized photoconductive gain of 4 × 10{sup −3} m{sup 2}V{sup −1}.

  6. Magnetic properties of ZnO nanowires with Li dopants and Zn vacancies

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    Guan, Xinhong; Cai, Ningning [Key Laboratory of Information Photonics and Optical Communications (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications), Ministry of Education, P.O. Box 72, Beijing 100876 (China); Yang, Chuanghua [School of Physics and Telecommunication Engineering, Shanxi University of Technology (SNUT), Hanzhong 723001, Shanxi (China); Chen, Jun [Beijing Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics, Beijing 100088 (China); Lu, Pengfei, E-mail: photon.bupt@gmail.com [Key Laboratory of Information Photonics and Optical Communications (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications), Ministry of Education, P.O. Box 72, Beijing 100876 (China)

    2016-04-30

    The electronic and magnetic properties of ZnO nanowire with Li dopants and vacancies have been investigated using first-principles density functional theory. It is found that the Zn vacancy can induce magnetism while increasing the formation energy of the system. However, the calculated results indicate that the introduction of Li-dopants will reduce the formation energy of system. We also have studied the magnetic couplings with vacancies as well as their corresponding configurations with Li-dopants for four configurations of ZnO nanowires. The results show that ferromagnetic properties can be improved/reversed after the introduction of Li-dopants. Ferromagnetic mechanism is originated from the fierce p–p hybridization of O near the Fermi level. We find that ferromagnetism of Li-doped ZnO nanowires with Zn vacancies can be realized at room temperature and they are promising spintronic materials. - Highlights: • Li-dopants will reduce the formation energy of ZnO nanowires with Zn vacancy. • The fierce p–p hybridization of O near Fermi level is responsible for FM properties. • Li-doped ZnO–V{sub Zn} nanowire is a promising FM semiconductor material.

  7. Persistent photoconductivity in ZnO nanowires: Influence of oxygen and argon ambient

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    Madel, M.; Huber, F.; Mueller, R.; Amann, B.; Dickel, M.; Xie, Y.; Thonke, K.

    2017-03-01

    ZnO nanowires typically show persistent photoconductivity (PPC), which depends in their temporal behaviour on the ambient. We investigate ZnO nanowires in oxygen and argon ambient and analyze the PPC both on the short and on the long time scale to sort out the underlying mechanisms. Wavelength dependent excitation shows the energy barrier for the PPC to be around 150 meV below the band gap of ZnO, independent of the ambient atmosphere. In photocurrent measurements at constant wavelength, a log-logistic dependence of the conductivity on the partial oxygen pressure is observed. The experimental results are compared to a model of Bonasewicz et al. [J. Electrochem. Soc. 133, 2270 (1986)] and can be explained by oxygen adsorption processes occurring on the surface of the ZnO nanowires. From temperature dependent measurements of the decay times in oxygen and argon ambient, the related activation energies for the fast and slow decay processes are determined. Comparing our results to theoretical calculations of energy levels of intrinsic defects [Janotti and Van de Walle, Phys. Status Solidi B 248, 799 (2011)], we find oxygen vacancies to be related to the fast decay processes, whereas adsorption and desorption processes of oxygen on the ZnO nanowire surface account for the slow part.

  8. Growth of hierarchical based ZnO micro/nanostructured films and their tunable wettability behavior

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    Suresh Kumar, P.; Dhayal Raj, A.; Mangalaraj, D.; Nataraj, D.; Ponpandian, N.; Li, Lin; Chabrol, G.

    2011-05-01

    Hierarchical zinc oxide (ZnO) micro/nanostructured thin films were grown onto as-prepared and different annealed ZnO seed layer films by a simple two step chemical process. A cost effective successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method was employed to grow the seed layer films at optimal temperature (80 °C) and secondly, different hierarchical based ZnO structured thin films were deposited over the seed layered films by chemical bath deposition (CBD). The influence of seed layer on the structural, surface morphological, optical and wettability behavior of the ZnO thin films were systematically investigated. The XRD analysis confirms the high crystalline nature of both the seed layer and corresponding ZnO micro/nanostructured films with a perfect hexagonal structure oriented along (0 0 2) direction. The surface morphology revels a complex and orientated hierarchical based ZnO structured films with diverse shapes from plates to hexagonal rod-like crystal to tube-like structure and even much more complex needle-like shapes during secondary nucleation, by changing the seed layer conditions. The water contact angle (WCA) measurements on hierarchical ZnO structured films are completely examined to study its surface wettability behavior for its suitability in future self-cleaning application. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the ZnO structured film exhibit UV and visible emissions in the range of 420-500 nm. The present approach demonstrates its potential for low-temperature, large-scale, controlled synthesis of crystalline hierarchical ZnO nanostructures films.

  9. Surfactant-assisted carbon doping in ZnO nanowires using Poly Ethylene Glycol (PEG)

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    Amanullah, Malik; Javed, Qurat-ul-Ain, E-mail: Quratulain@sns.nust.edu.pk; Rizwan, Syed

    2016-09-01

    Zinc Oxide (ZnO) provides unique properties owing to its wide bandgap, large resistivity range and possibility to tune the physical properties. The surfactant assisted carbon doping was made possible due to the lowering of surface energy. The ZnO and carbon doped ZnO (C-ZnO) nanowires fabricated by hydrothermal process, Poly Ethylene Glycol (PEG) is used as surfactant in hydrothermal synthesis followed by post growth annealing treatment at 600 °C–700 °C. At 5%–10% of diluted PEG carbon is doped in ZnO. The crystallinity, structural morphology and elemental composition analysis for ZnO and C-ZnO nanowires were carried out using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy techniques respectively. Carbon doping in ZnO nanowires in the presence of different percentage of surfactant is explained by calculating the change in surface energy with respect to change in PEG molecule concentration. It was found that the surface energy per molecule modulates from 3.92 × 10{sup −8} J/m{sup 2} to 8.16 × 10{sup −7} J/m{sup 2} in the PEG concentration range between 5% and 10%. Our results provides a new theoretical calculations, implemented on real system, to observe the details of PEG-assisted Carbon doping in II-VI semiconductor nanowires. - Highlights: • ZnO and C-ZnO was synthesized by PEG assisted post growth annealing process. • At 5% and 10% of PEG successful synthesis of C-ZnO was found. • XRD, SEM and EDX characterizations confirm the successful synthesis of ZnO and C-ZnO. • Change in surface energy with respect to PEG molecule concentration was calculated.

  10. Hierarchical ZnO with twinned structure: Morphology evolution, formation mechanism and properties

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    Shi, Ruixia; Song, Xueling; Li, Jia; Yang, Ping, E-mail: mse_yangp@ujn.edu.cn

    2015-04-15

    Various hierarchical ZnO architectures constructed by twinned structures have been synthesized via a trisodium citrate assisted hydrothermal method on a large scale. The probable formation mechanisms of hierarchical ZnO structures with twinned structure were proposed and discussed. The hierarchical ZnO with twinned structures are composed of two hemispheres with a center concave junction to join them together at their waists. The ZnO microspheres with rough surfaces were obtained when the concentration of trisodium citrate is 0.1 M. However, the football-like microspheres consisted of hexagonal nanosheets were formed when adding glycerol into the water, which should be attributed to the slower nucleation and growth rate of nanocrystals. The hamburger-like ZnO with different aspect ratio and nonuniform ZnO microspheres were generated due to the different quantity of initial nuclei and growth units when simply modulating the concentration of trisodium citrate. The surface area of football-like ZnO is about 3.51 times of microspheres composed of irregular particles. However their photocatalytic performances are similar under UV light irradiation, which indicates that pore sizes of the sample have more important influences on the photocatalytic activity. - Highlights: • Hierarchical ZnO constructed by twinned structures have been synthesized. • The formation mechanisms of ZnO with twinned structure were discussed. • Football-like microspheres were obtained due to the slower nucleation and growth. • Hamburger-like ZnO was formed due to the amount of initial nuclei and growth units. • Pore sizes have important effects on the photocatalytic activity of sample.

  11. ZnO Nanowire-Based Corona Discharge Devices Operated Under Hundreds of Volts

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    Yang, Wenming; Zhu, Rong; Zong, Xianli

    2016-02-01

    Minimizing the voltage of corona discharges, especially when using nanomaterials, has been of great interest in the past decade or so. In this paper, we report a new corona discharge device by using ZnO nanowires operated in atmospheric air to realize continuous corona discharge excited by hundreds of volts. ZnO nanowires were synthesized on microelectrodes using electric-field-assisted wet chemical method, and a thin tungsten film was deposited on the microchip to enhance discharging performance. The testing results showed that the corona inception voltages were minimized greatly by using nanowires compared to conventional dischargers as a result of the local field enhancement of nanowires. The corona could be continuously generated and self-sustaining. It was proved that the law of corona inception voltage obeyed the conventional Peek's breakdown criterion. An optimal thickness of tungsten film coated over ZnO nanowires was figured out to obtain the lowest corona inception voltage. The ion concentration of the nanowire-based discharger attained 1017/m3 orders of magnitude, which is practicable for most discharging applications.

  12. ZnO Nanowire-Based Corona Discharge Devices Operated Under Hundreds of Volts.

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    Yang, Wenming; Zhu, Rong; Zong, Xianli

    2016-12-01

    Minimizing the voltage of corona discharges, especially when using nanomaterials, has been of great interest in the past decade or so. In this paper, we report a new corona discharge device by using ZnO nanowires operated in atmospheric air to realize continuous corona discharge excited by hundreds of volts. ZnO nanowires were synthesized on microelectrodes using electric-field-assisted wet chemical method, and a thin tungsten film was deposited on the microchip to enhance discharging performance. The testing results showed that the corona inception voltages were minimized greatly by using nanowires compared to conventional dischargers as a result of the local field enhancement of nanowires. The corona could be continuously generated and self-sustaining. It was proved that the law of corona inception voltage obeyed the conventional Peek's breakdown criterion. An optimal thickness of tungsten film coated over ZnO nanowires was figured out to obtain the lowest corona inception voltage. The ion concentration of the nanowire-based discharger attained 10(17)/m(3) orders of magnitude, which is practicable for most discharging applications.

  13. Chemical bath deposition of ZnO nanowires at near-neutral pH conditions without hexamethylenetetramine (HMTA): understanding the role of HMTA in ZnO nanowire growth.

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    McPeak, Kevin M; Le, Thinh P; Britton, Nathan G; Nickolov, Zhorro S; Elabd, Yossef A; Baxter, Jason B

    2011-04-05

    Chemical bath deposition (CBD) is an inexpensive and reproducible method for depositing ZnO nanowire arrays over large areas. The aqueous Zn(NO(3))(2)-hexamethylenetetramine (HMTA) chemistry is one of the most common CBD chemistries for ZnO nanowire synthesis, but some details of the reaction mechanism are still not well-understood. Here, we report the use of in situ attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy to study HMTA adsorption from aqueous solutions onto ZnO nanoparticle films and show that HMTA does not adsorb on ZnO. This result refutes earlier claims that the anisotropic morphology arises from HMTA adsorbing onto and capping the ZnO {10 1 0} faces. We conclude that the role of HMTA in the CBD of ZnO nanowires is only to control the saturation index of ZnO. Furthermore, we demonstrate the first deposition of ZnO nanowire arrays at 90 °C and near-neutral pH conditions without HMTA. Nanowires were grown using the pH buffer 2-(N-morpholino)ethanesulfonic acid (MES) and continuous titratation with KOH to maintain the same pH conditions where growth with HMTA occurs. This semi-batch synthetic method opens many new opportunities to tailor the ZnO morphology and properties by independently controlling temperature and pH.

  14. A Review on the Fabrication of Hierarchical ZnO Nanostructures for Photocatalysis Application

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    Yi Xia

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Semiconductor photocatalysis provides potential solutions for many energy and environmental-related issues. Recently, various semiconductors with hierarchical nanostructures have been fabricated to achieve efficient photocatalysts owing to their multiple advantages, such as high surface area, porous structures, as well as enhanced light harvesting. ZnO has been widely investigated and considered as the most promising alternative photocatalyst to TiO2. Herein, we present a review on the fabrication methods, growth mechanisms and photocatalytic applications of hierarchical ZnO nanostructures. Various synthetic strategies and growth mechanisms, including multistep sequential growth routes, template-based synthesis, template-free self-organization and precursor or self-templating strategies, are highlighted. In addition, the fabrication of multicomponent ZnO-based nanocomposites with hierarchical structures is also included. Finally, the application of hierarchical ZnO nanostructures and nanocomposites in typical photocatalytic reactions, such as pollutant degradation and H2 evolution, is reviewed.

  15. Growth behavior and field emission property of ZnO nanowire arrays on Au and Ag films

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    Sung Hyun Kim

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available We propose a facile method to control the growth and areal density of zinc-oxide (ZnO nanowire arrays using gold or silver films deposited on aluminum-doped ZnO (AZO layers coated on glass substrates. Nanowires exceeding 5 μm in length grew on both the glass/AZO-layer and on the glass/AZO-layer/Au-film where the areal array density was controlled primarily by changing the annealing temperature. In contrast, the nanowire arrays grew only on the AZO surface but not on the Ag film owing to the formation of an Ag-oxide layer. We fabricated field emitter devices with density controlled ZnO nanowire arrays and low turn-on electric field of ∼6 V/μm and a field enhancement factor of up to 1188 were obtained with density controlled ZnO nanowire arrays.

  16. Study on synthesis and optical properties of Al-doped ZnO hierarchical nanostructures

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    Highly densified Al-doped ZnO (denoted as Al-ZnO) hierarchical nanostructures were synthesized on transparent quartz substrate by chemical vapor deposition. It is found that the heating temperature plays a key role on controlling the morphologies of the Al-ZnO hierarchical nanostructures through a temperature dependent migration of Al atoms. Such uneven distribution of Al element in the hierarchical nanostructures is clearly evidenced by the x-ray photoelectron spectrum (XPS) measurements. Th...

  17. Spatial mapping of exciton lifetimes in single ZnO nanowires

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    J. S. Reparaz

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available We investigate the spatial dependence of the exciton lifetimes in single ZnO nanowires. We have found that the free exciton and bound exciton lifetimes exhibit a maximum at the center of nanowires, while they decrease by 30% towards the tips. This dependence is explained by considering the cavity-like properties of the nanowires in combination with the Purcell effect. We show that the lifetime of the bound-excitons scales with the localization energy to the power of 3/2, which validates the model of Rashba and Gurgenishvili at the nanoscale.

  18. Fast synthesis of ultrathin ZnO nanowires by oxidation of Cu/Zn stacks in low-pressure afterglow

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    Altaweel, A.; Imam, A.; Ghanbaja, J.; Mangin, D.; Miska, P.; Gries, T.; Belmonte, T.

    2017-02-01

    The synthesis of ultrathin, single-crystalline zinc oxide nanowires was achieved by treating in a flowing microwave plasma oxidation process, zinc films coated beforehand by a sputtered thin buffer layer of copper. The aspect ratio of the nanowires can be controlled by the following experimental parameters: treatment duration, furnace temperature, oxygen concentration. An average diameter of 6 nm correlated with a mean length of 750 nm can be reached with a fairly high surface number density for very short treatments, typically less than 1 min. The oxidized samples are characterized by means of SEM, XRD, SIMS, HRTEM and EDX techniques. Structural characterization reveals that these nanowires are single-crystalline, with the wurtzite phase of ZnO. Nanowires are only composed of ZnO without copper particles inside or at the end of the nanowires. Temperature-dependent photoluminescence measurements confirm that ZnO nanowires are of high crystalline quality and thin enough to produce quantum confinement.

  19. Facile fabrication of hierarchical ZnO microstructures assisted with PAMPSA and enhancement of green emission

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    Huang, Qiang; Cun, Tangxiang; Zuo, Wenbin; Liu, Jianping

    2015-03-01

    We report the fabrication of hierarchically microstructured flower-like ZnO by a facile and single-step procedure involving poly(2-acrylamido-2-methyl-1-propanesulfonic acid) (PAMPSA) assisted aqueous chemical method. The shapes and sizes can be controlled just by varying the concentrations of the water-soluble polymer. When a suitable PAMPAS concentration was utilized, uniform well-defined and mono-dispersed chrysanthemum-like ZnO microstructures based on nanorod building blocks were obtained. The formation mechanism of the hierarchical structure was presented. The structured studies using XRD, HRTEM and SAED reveal these ZnO nanorods are composed of a single phase nature with wurtzite structure and grow along with the c-axis. FTIR spectrum indicated the incorporation of a trace of PAMPSA into ZnO crystals. HRTEM, Raman and XPS analyses showed that the hierarchical ZnO microstructures contain high concentration of oxygen vacancies which enable them exhibiting a significant intense deep-level emission centered at green luminescence in its photoluminescence spectra. They also show enhanced photocatalytic efficiency in degradation of methylene blue. It is hoped that the present work may provide a simple method to fabricate ZnO hierarchical microstructures and a positive relationship among polar plane, oxygen vacancy and green emission.

  20. Hydrothermal growth of ZnO nanowires on flexible fabric substrates

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    Hong, Gwang-Wook; Yun, Sang-Ho; Kim, Joo-Hyung

    2016-04-01

    ZnO nanowires (NWs) would provide significant enhancement in sensitivity due to high surface to volume ratio. We investigated the first methodical study on the quantitative relationship between the process parameters of solution concentration ratio, structure, and physical and properties of ZnO NWs grown on different flexible fabric surfaces. To develop a fundamental following concerning various substrates, we controlled the growth speed of ZnO NWs and nanowires on cotton surface with easy and moderate cost fabrication method. Using ammonium hydroxide as the reactant with zinc nitrate hexahydrate, ZnO NWs layer have been grown on metal layers, instead of seed layer. ZnO NWs fabrication was done on different fabric substrates such as wool, nylon and polypropylene (PP). After the ZnO NWs grown to each substrates, we coated insulating layer with polyurethane (PU) and ethyl cellulose for prevent external intervention. Detailed electrical characterization was subsequently performed to reveal the working characteristics of the hybrid fabric. For electrical verification of fabricated ZnO NWs, we implemented measurement impact test and material properties with FFT analyzer and LCR meter.

  1. Wafer-scale high-throughput ordered growth of vertically aligned ZnO nanowire arrays.

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    Wei, Yaguang; Wu, Wenzhuo; Guo, Rui; Yuan, Dajun; Das, Suman; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2010-09-01

    This article presents an effective approach for patterned growth of vertically aligned ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays with high throughput and low cost at wafer scale without using cleanroom technology. Periodic hole patterns are generated using laser interference lithography on substrates coated with the photoresist SU-8. ZnO NWs are selectively grown through the holes via a low-temperature hydrothermal method without using a catalyst and with a superior control over orientation, location/density, and as-synthesized morphology. The development of textured ZnO seed layers for replacing single crystalline GaN and ZnO substrates extends the large-scale fabrication of vertically aligned ZnO NW arrays on substrates of other materials, such as polymers, Si, and glass. This combined approach demonstrates a novel method of manufacturing large-scale patterned one-dimensional nanostructures on various substrates for applications in energy harvesting, sensing, optoelectronics, and electronic devices.

  2. Electronic Structure and Magnetism of Mn-Doped ZnO Nanowires

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    Zhang, Fuchun; Chao, Dandan; Cui, Hongwei; Zhang, Weihu; Zhang, Weibin

    2015-01-01

    The geometric structures, electronic and magnetic properties of Mn-doped ZnO nanowires were investigated using density functional theory. The results indicated that all the calculated energy differences were negative, and the energy of the ground state was 0.229 eV lower than ferromagnetic coupling, which show higher stability in antiferromagnetic coupling. The calculated results indicated that obvious spin splitting phenomenon occurred near the Femi level. The Zn atoms on the inner layer of ZnO nanowires are easily substituted by Mn atoms along the [0001] direction. It was also shown that the Mn2+-O2−-Mn2+ magnetic coupling formed by intermediate O atom was proved to be caused by orbital hybridization between Mn 3d and O 2p states. The magnetic moments were mainly attributed to the unpaired Mn 3d orbitals, but not relevant with doping position of Mn atoms. Moreover, the optical properties of Mn-doped ZnO nanowires exhibited a novel blue-shifted optical absorption and enhanced ultraviolet-light emission. The above results show that the Mn-doped ZnO nanowires are a new type of magneto-optical materials with great promise.

  3. Fabrication and photoelectrical characteristics of ZnO nanowire field-effect transistors

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    Fu Xiaojun; Zhang Haiying; Guo Changxin; Xu Jingbo; Li Ming

    2009-01-01

    rease by almost half of the source-drain current (Ids, from 560 nA to 320 nA) due to drain-induced barrier lowering.Continued work is underway to reveal the intrinsic properties of suspended ZnO nanowires and to explore their device applications.

  4. Engineering of the photoluminescence of ZnO nanowires by different growth and annealing environments

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    Fernandes Cauduro, André Luis; Sombrio, C I L; Franzen, P L

    2015-01-01

    Optical properties of ZnO nanowires were investigated through photoluminescence (PL) at room and low temperatures. An excitonic structure was observed in the UV band emission and we are able to distinguish between free excitons, bound excitons and donor acceptor pairs. The PL spectra shows deep...

  5. Enhanced Response Speed of ZnO Nanowire Photodetector by Coating with Photoresist

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    Xing Yang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Spin-coating photoresist film on ZnO nanowire (NW was introduced into the fabrication procedure to improve photoresponse and recovery speed of a ZnO NW ultraviolet photoelectric detector. A ZnO NW was first assembled on prefabricated electrodes by dielectrophoresis. Then, photoresist was spin-coated on the nanowire. Finally, a metal layer was electrodeposited on the nanowire-electrode contacts. The response properties and I-V characteristics of ZnO NW photodetector were investigated by measuring the electrical current under different conditions. Measurement results demonstrated that the detector has an enhanced photoresponse and recovery speed after coating the nanowire with photoresist. The photoresponse and recovery characteristics of detectors with and without spin-coating were compared to demonstrate the effects of photoresist and the enhancement of response and recovery speed of the photodetector is ascribed to the reduced surface absorbed oxygen molecules and binding effect on the residual oxygen molecules after photoresist spin-coating. The results demonstrated that surface coating may be an effective and simple way to improve the response speed of the photoelectric device.

  6. Electronic Structure and Magnetism of Mn-Doped ZnO Nanowires

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    Fuchun Zhang

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The geometric structures, electronic and magnetic properties of Mn-doped ZnO nanowires were investigated using density functional theory. The results indicated that all the calculated energy differences were negative, and the energy of the ground state was 0.229 eV lower than ferromagnetic coupling, which show higher stability in antiferromagnetic coupling. The calculated results indicated that obvious spin splitting phenomenon occurred near the Femi level. The Zn atoms on the inner layer of ZnO nanowires are easily substituted by Mn atoms along the [0001] direction. It was also shown that the Mn2+-O2−-Mn2+ magnetic coupling formed by intermediate O atom was proved to be caused by orbital hybridization between Mn 3d and O 2p states. The magnetic moments were mainly attributed to the unpaired Mn 3d orbitals, but not relevant with doping position of Mn atoms. Moreover, the optical properties of Mn-doped ZnO nanowires exhibited a novel blue-shifted optical absorption and enhanced ultraviolet-light emission. The above results show that the Mn-doped ZnO nanowires are a new type of magneto-optical materials with great promise.

  7. Magnetic properties in (Mn,Fe)-codoped ZnO nanowire

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    Cao, Huawei [Key Laboratory of Information Photonics and Optical Communications (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications), Ministry of Education, Beijing 100876 (China); Lu, Pengfei, E-mail: photon.bupt@gmail.com [Key Laboratory of Information Photonics and Optical Communications (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications), Ministry of Education, Beijing 100876 (China); Cong, Zixiang [School of Information and Communication Engineering, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing 100976 (China); Yu, Zhongyuan; Cai, Ningning; Zhang, Xianlong [Key Laboratory of Information Photonics and Optical Communications (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications), Ministry of Education, Beijing 100876 (China); Gao, Tao [Institute of Atomic and Molecular Physics, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China); Wang, Shumin [Photonics Laboratory, Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, Chalmers University of Technology, 41296 Gothenburg (Sweden); State Key Laboratory of Functional Materials for Informatics, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China)

    2013-12-02

    Using the first-principles density functional theory, we have studied the electronic structures and magnetic properties of Mn/Fe codoped ZnO nanowires systematically. The calculated results of formation energy indicate that the configuration of the lowest energy where Mn and Fe atoms form nearest neighbors on the outer cylindrical surface layer along the [0001] direction, will be determined. The magnetic coupling of 8 types of Mn/Fe codoped ZnO nanowires was investigated and ferromagnetic state was found in certain configurations. The mechanism is from the fierce hybridization between 3d of Mn and Fe with O 2p near the Fermi level. The relative energy difference for configuration VIII is 0.221 eV, which indicates that room temperature ferromagnetism could be obtained in such a system and Mn/Fe codoped ZnO nanowires are a promising nanoscale spintronic material. - Highlights: • The stable structure prefers that Mn/Fe form nearest neighbors on the outer surface. • The fierce p–d hybridization is responsible for ferromagnetic (FM) coupling. • Mn/Fe codoped ZnO nanowire is a promising FM semiconductor material.

  8. Conductivity of ZnO nanowires, nanoparticles, and thin films using time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy.

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    Baxter, Jason B; Schmuttenmaer, Charles A

    2006-12-21

    The terahertz absorption coefficient, index of refraction, and conductivity of nanostructured ZnO have been determined using time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy, a noncontact optical probe. ZnO properties were measured directly for thin films and were extracted from measurements of nanowire arrays and mesoporous nanoparticle films by applying Bruggeman effective medium theory to the composite samples. Annealing significantly reduces the intrinsic carrier concentration in the ZnO films and nanowires, which were grown by chemical bath deposition. The complex-valued, frequency-dependent photoconductivities for all morphologies were found to be similar at short pump-probe delay times. Fits using the Drude-Smith model show that films have the highest mobility, followed by nanowires and then nanoparticles, and that annealing the ZnO increases its mobility. Time constants for decay of photoinjected electron density in films are twice as long as those in nanowires and more than 5 times those for nanoparticles due to increased electron interaction with interfaces and grain boundaries in the smaller-grained materials. Implications for electron transport in dye-sensitized solar cells are discussed.

  9. Ferromagnetism in Gd doped ZnO nanowires: A first principles study

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    Aravindh, S. Assa

    2014-12-19

    In several experimental studies, room temperature ferromagnetism in Gd-doped ZnO nanostructures has been achieved. However, the mechanism and the origin of the ferromagnetism remain controversial. We investigate the structural, magnetic, and electronic properties of Zn 48O48 nanowires doped with Gd, using density functional theory. Our findings indicate that substitutionally incorporated Gd atoms prefer occupying the surface Zn sites. Moreover, the formation energy increases with the distance between Gd atoms, signifying that no Gd-Gd segregation occurs in the nanowires within the concentration limit of ≤2%. Gd induces ferromagnetism in ZnO nanowires with magnetic coupling energy up to 21 meV in the neutral state, which increases with additional electron and O vacancy, revealing the role of carriers in magnetic exchange. The potential for achieving room temperature ferromagnetism and high TC in ZnO:Gd nanowires is evident from the large ferromagnetic coupling energy (200 meV) obtained with the O vacancy. Density of states shows that Fermi level overlaps with Gd f states with the introduction of O vacancy, indicating the possibility of s-f coupling. These results will assist in understanding experimental findings in Gd-doped ZnO nanowires.

  10. ZnO nanowire arrays as substrates for cell proliferation and differentiation

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    Ciofani, Gianni, E-mail: g.ciofani@sssup.it [Italian Institute of Technology, Center of MicroBioRobotics c/o Scuola Superiore Sant' Anna, Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34, 56025 Pontedera (Pisa) (Italy); Genchi, Giada Graziana [BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant' Anna, Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34, 56025 Pontedera (Pisa) (Italy); Mattoli, Virgilio [Italian Institute of Technology, Center of MicroBioRobotics c/o Scuola Superiore Sant' Anna, Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34, 56025 Pontedera, Pisa (Italy)

    2012-02-01

    In the latest years, the use of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures has been proposed in different biomedical applications, however, to date, only a few contrasting results concerning their biocompatibility can be found in the literature. In particular, the application of the extraordinary piezoelectric properties of ZnO nanostructures has poorly been explored for the culture of electrically excitable cells, and, for this reason, systematic investigations of their interactions with these living systems appear to be necessary. In this paper, we report about adhesion, proliferation and differentiation of two mammalian cell lines (PC12, as model of neuronal cells, and H9c2, as model of muscle cells) over ZnO nanowire arrays. We demonstrate suitability of these arrays in sustaining cellular functions, and their potential in applications that range from tissue engineering to minimally invasive sensing and/or stimulation. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZnO nanowire arrays were exploited as mammalian cell substrates. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Two cell lines were investigated: PC12 (neuronal-like) and H9c2 (muscle-like). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer An intimate connection between cells and nanostructured substrates was highlighted. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Adhesion, proliferation and differentiation was well sustained by ZnO nanowire arrays.

  11. Optical and photocatalytic properties of Mn doped flower-like ZnO hierarchical structures

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    Ma, Qun; Lv, Xiangzhou; Wang, Yongqian; Chen, Jieyu

    2016-10-01

    A novel Mn doped flower-like ZnO hierarchical structures were successfully synthesized with a facile ion-exchange method. Structural properties of the synthesized photocatalysis have been investigated with XRD, FESEM equipped with energy dispersive spectroscopy, while UV-vis and PL spectroscopy were employed to study their optical properties. The inner structure of doped ZnO hierarchical structure can be finely transformed from nanosheets to nanorods and to nanoparticles with the increasing of doping contents. All the synthesized Mn/ZnO samples exhibit strong blue-violet emission. Furthermore, the optical absorption towards visible light of ZnO was significantly enhanced due to the incorporation of Mn ions. The photocatalytic results indicate that photocatalytic activity of ZnO was enhanced with the doping of Mn and there is an optimum Mn doping level, leading to the highest photocatalytic performance.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of ZnO nanowires by thermal oxidation of Zn thin films at various temperatures.

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    Khanlary, Mohammad Reza; Vahedi, Vahid; Reyhani, Ali

    2012-05-02

    In this research high-quality zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires have been synthesized by thermal oxidation of metallic Zn thin films. Metallic Zn films with thicknesses of 250 nm have been deposited on a glass substrate by the PVD technique. The deposited zinc thin films were oxidized in air at various temperatures ranging between 450 °C to 650 °C. Surface morphology, structural and optical properties of the ZnO nanowires were examined by scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) and photoluminescence (PL) measurements. XRD analysis demonstrated that the ZnO nanowires has a wurtzite structure with orientation of (002), and the nanowires prepared at 600 °C has a better crystalline quality than samples prepared at other temperatures. SEM results indicate that by increasing the oxidation temperature, the dimensions of the ZnO nanowires increase. The optimum temperature for synthesizing high density, ZnO nanowires was determined to be 600 °C. EDX results revealed that only Zn and O are present in the samples, indicating a pure ZnO composition. The PL spectra of as-synthesized nanowires exhibited a strong UV emission and a relatively weak green emission.

  13. Synthesis and Characterization of ZnO Nanowires by Thermal Oxidation of Zn Thin Films at Various Temperatures

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    Ali Reyhani

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available In this research high-quality zinc oxide (ZnO nanowires have been synthesized by thermal oxidation of metallic Zn thin films. Metallic Zn films with thicknesses of 250 nm have been deposited on a glass substrate by the PVD technique. The deposited zinc thin films were oxidized in air at various temperatures ranging between 450 °C to 650 °C. Surface morphology, structural and optical properties of the ZnO nanowires were examined by scanning electron microscope (SEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD, energy dispersive X-ray (EDX and photoluminescence (PL measurements. XRD analysis demonstrated that the ZnO nanowires has a wurtzite structure with orientation of (002, and the nanowires prepared at 600 °C has a better crystalline quality than samples prepared at other temperatures. SEM results indicate that by increasing the oxidation temperature, the dimensions of the ZnO nanowires increase. The optimum temperature for synthesizing high density, ZnO nanowires was determined to be 600 °C. EDX results revealed that only Zn and O are present in the samples, indicating a pure ZnO composition. The PL spectra of as-synthesized nanowires exhibited a strong UV emission and a relatively weak green emission.

  14. A comparative study of magnetic and optical properties of Mn-, Gd-, and Nd-doped ZnO nanowires

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    Chakraborty, Arup; Jong, Chol-Sam; Ganguli, Nirmal; Dasgupta, I.

    2017-01-01

    We present a comparative study of magnetism and optical properties for 3d transition metal (TM) (Mn)-doped and 4f rare-earth metals (Gd and Nd)-doped ultrathin ZnO nanowires using ab-initio density functional calculation. Our calculations indicate Nd-doped ZnO nanowires with oxygen vacancies are more favorable for ferromagnetism. Calculations including spin-orbit coupling for Nd-doped ZnO nanowires reveal not only giant anisotropy where magnetism parallel to the nanowire axis is found to be favorable but also stabilized ferromagnetism. We have calculated the absorption spectra for Mn-, Gd- and Nd-doped ZnO nanowires and found that the absorption intensity increases upon increasing the concentration of dopant ions. While Mn-doped ZnO nanowire allows absorption of light in the large energy window ranging from visible to ultraviolet, Gd- and Nd-doped systems absorb light primarily in the ultraviolet region. Our result indicates transition-metal-doped as well as rare-earth-doped ZnO nanowires may be ideal for spintronics and optoelectronic devices.

  15. Synthesis and photocatalytic application of oriented hierarchical ZnO flower-rod architectures

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    Han, Zhizhong; Liao, Lan [Fujian Engineering Research Center of Functional Materials, Yishan Campus, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (China); Institute of Research on the Functional Materials, Yishan Campus, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (China); College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Qishan Campus, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350108 (China); Wu, Yueting [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Qishan Campus, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350108 (China); Fujian Key Lab of Medical Instrument and Pharmaceutical Technology, Yishan Campus, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (China); Pan, Haibo, E-mail: hbpan@fzu.edu.cn [Fujian Engineering Research Center of Functional Materials, Yishan Campus, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (China); Institute of Research on the Functional Materials, Yishan Campus, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (China); College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Qishan Campus, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350108 (China); Fujian Key Lab of Medical Instrument and Pharmaceutical Technology, Yishan Campus, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (China); Shen, Shuifa [Fujian Engineering Research Center of Functional Materials, Yishan Campus, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (China); Institute of Research on the Functional Materials, Yishan Campus, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (China); College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Qishan Campus, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350108 (China); Chen, Jianzhong, E-mail: j.z.chen@fzu.edu.cn [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Qishan Campus, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350108 (China)

    2012-05-30

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZnO flower-rod arrays based on ITO was firstly used as a photocatalytic device. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This photocatalytic device is convenient to recycle without centrifugation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electrochemical method was used to research the photodegradation mechanism. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The degradation efficiency of Rhodamine B is enhanced by ZnO flower-rod arrays. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This structure could be found in applications in solar cells, sensors and other devices. - Abstract: An oriented hierarchical ZnO flower-rod arrays (FRs) were prepared on indium doped tin oxide (ITO) glass using a facile solution-based method assisted with ZnO seed layer. And the as-prepared ZnO FRs/ITO was used as a convenient photocatalytic device that recycled without centrifugation. The results show that ZnO FRs are wurtzite phase with single crystalline grown along the [0 0 1] direction. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra illustrate that there are more oxygen vacancies on the surface of ZnO FRs compared with ZnO nanoparticles (NPs). The electrochemical methods using Rhodamine B (RhB) as electrolyte are also performed to study on the photodegradation mechanism where RhB is acted as photocatalytic substrate. For ZnO FRs, the higher photoinduced currents under UV irradiation and current density prove that the recombination of electron-hole pairs is restrained with oxygen vacancies, and the lower charge transfer resistance suggest that the charges could move quickly through ZnO oriented structures. Therefore, the photocatalytic activity is enhanced by ZnO FRs compared with ZnO NPs, and RhB degradation efficiency of ZnO FRs photocatalysts is nearly 100% by UV irradiation for 1.5 h.

  16. Investigation of Nucleation Mechanism and Tapering Observed in ZnO Nanowire Growth by Carbothermal Reduction Technique.

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    Kar, Ayan; Low, Ke-Bin; Oye, Michael; Stroscio, Michael A; Dutta, Mitra; Nicholls, Alan; Meyyappan, M

    2011-12-01

    ZnO nanowire nucleation mechanism and initial stages of nanowire growth using the carbothermal reduction technique are studied confirming the involvement of the catalyst at the tip in the growth process. Role of the Au catalyst is further confirmed when the tapering observed in the nanowires can be explained by the change in the shape of the catalyst causing a variation of the contact area at the liquid-solid interface of the nanowires. The rate of decrease in nanowire diameter with length on the average is found to be 0.36 nm/s and this rate is larger near the base. Variation in the ZnO nanowire diameter with length is further explained on the basis of the rate at which Zn atoms are supplied as well as the droplet stability at the high flow rates and temperature. Further, saw-tooth faceting is noticed in tapered nanowires, and the formation is analyzed crystallographically.

  17. Investigation of Nucleation Mechanism and Tapering Observed in ZnO Nanowire Growth by Carbothermal Reduction Technique

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    Oye Michael

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract ZnO nanowire nucleation mechanism and initial stages of nanowire growth using the carbothermal reduction technique are studied confirming the involvement of the catalyst at the tip in the growth process. Role of the Au catalyst is further confirmed when the tapering observed in the nanowires can be explained by the change in the shape of the catalyst causing a variation of the contact area at the liquid–solid interface of the nanowires. The rate of decrease in nanowire diameter with length on the average is found to be 0.36 nm/s and this rate is larger near the base. Variation in the ZnO nanowire diameter with length is further explained on the basis of the rate at which Zn atoms are supplied as well as the droplet stability at the high flow rates and temperature. Further, saw-tooth faceting is noticed in tapered nanowires, and the formation is analyzed crystallographically.

  18. Morphology-dependent field emission properties and wetting behavior of ZnO nanowire arrays

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    Ma Li

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The fabrication of three kinds of ZnO nanowire arrays with different structural parameters over Au-coated silicon (100 by facile thermal evaporation of ZnS precursor is reported, and the growth mechanism are proposed based on structural analysis. Field emission (FE properties and wetting behavior were revealed to be strongly morphology dependent. The nanowire arrays in small diameter and high aspect ratio exhibited the best FE performance showing a low turn-on field (4.1 V/μm and a high field-enhancement factor (1745.8. The result also confirmed that keeping large air within the films was an effective way to obtain super water-repellent properties. This study indicates that the preparation of ZnO nanowire arrays in an optimum structural model is crucial to FE efficiency and wetting behavior.

  19. Fabrication and Characterization of ZnO Nanowire Arrays with an Investigation into Electrochemical Sensing Capabilities

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    Jessica Weber

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available ZnO nanowire arrays were grown on a Si (100 substrate using the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS method. ZnO nanowires were characterized by XRD, SEM, bright field TEM, and EDS. They were found to have a preferential orientation along the c-axis. The as-prepared sample was functionalized with glucose oxidase by physical adsorption. FTIR was taken before and after functionalization to verify the presence of the attached enzyme. Electrochemical measurements were performed on the nanowire array by differential pulse voltammetry in the range of −0.6 to 0.4 V. The nanoarray sensor displayed high sensitivity to glucose in the range of 1.0 ×10−4 to 1.0 ×10−2 mol L−1.

  20. Fast growth of well-aligned ZnO nanowire arrays by a microwave heating method and their photocatalytic properties

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    Cao, Guangxia; Hong, Kunquan; Wang, Wenda; Liu, Liqing; Xu, Mingxiang

    2016-10-01

    The fast growth of aligned ZnO nanowire arrays with optimized structure is attractive for electrical and optical devices. In this paper, we report a controllable and rapid growth of ZnO nanowire arrays by a microwave-assisted hydrothermal method. When using different zinc salts as the precursors, the morphology of the samples changes a lot and the length growth rate is several times different. The growth mechanism is also investigated. It is found that the solution near neutral pH value is ideal for fast nanowire growth, in which the length of the nanowires increases linearly with growth time and the growth rate is over ten times faster than that in the traditional hydrothermal method. Therefore, aligned ZnO nanowire arrays can grow up to tens of microns in a few hours, while the density and sizes of these nanowires can be well controlled. The ZnO nanowire arrays used as photocatalysts present good photocatalytic performance to the degradation of methyl orange (MO) due to the large surface area. So this paper provides an effective method to obtain vertically aligned ZnO nanowire arrays for practical applications.

  1. One-pot synthesis of ZnO nanowires and belts through orientation attachment mechanism

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    Hossain, Mohammad Kamal

    2017-01-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) is one of the promising materials for optoelectronics and advanced electronics-based device fabrication. Nanostructured features include further flavor to the applications as well due to inherent and unprecedented properties. With this view, a sol-gel route for the synthesis of nanostructured ZnO, such as nanoparticles, nanowires and nanobelts subsequently obtained in one-pot has been reported. The process includes synthesis of monodispersed nanoparticles that can find potential applications as gas sensing layers and transparent conducting layers. Hexagonal wurtzite crystal structure with cell constants, a = 3.2427 Ǻ and c = 5.1948 Ǻ was confirmed by X-ray diffraction. Strong preferential growth along {101} plane indicated the growth of ZnO crystallites along c-axis. Vibrational band for Zn-O stretching and deformation modes was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared absorption spectroscopy. A reasonably well-coverage of ZnO nanoparticles, ca. 1 × 107 nanoparticles/cm2 along with size distribution of (13.5 ± 9.0) nm diameter, was obtained by topographic observation of scanning electron microscopy. A series of scanning electron micrographs revealed that as-synthesized nanoparticles were further processed to obtain nanometric wires and belts under controlled conditions. The nanowires were formed from anisotropic agglomeration of nanometric particles, and the belts were formed by agglomeration of these nanometric wires into bundles. A close observation indicated that ZnO nanowires of diameter 40-50 nm were consisted of one to three constituent colloids. Control of these selective agglomeration processes is a key challenge for application of nanowires and belts into useful devices.

  2. Study on synthesis and optical properties of Al-doped ZnO hierarchical nanostructures

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    X. H. Wang

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Highly densified Al-doped ZnO (denoted as Al-ZnO hierarchical nanostructures were synthesized on transparent quartz substrate by chemical vapor deposition. It is found that the heating temperature plays a key role on controlling the morphologies of the Al-ZnO hierarchical nanostructures through a temperature dependent migration of Al atoms. Such uneven distribution of Al element in the hierarchical nanostructures is clearly evidenced by the x-ray photoelectron spectrum (XPS measurements. The obtained Al-ZnO hierarchical nanostructures have transmittance of above 60% in the visible region. The photoluminescence (PL spectra at low-temperature (20 K were also measured.

  3. Compared growth mechanisms of Zn-polar ZnO nanowires on O-polar ZnO and on sapphire.

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    Perillat-Merceroz, G; Thierry, R; Jouneau, P H; Ferret, P; Feuillet, G

    2012-03-30

    Controlling the growth of zinc oxide nanowires is necessary to optimize the performance of nanowire-based devices such as photovoltaic solar cells, nano-generators, or light-emitting diodes. With this in mind, we investigate the nucleation and growth mechanisms of ZnO nanowires grown by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy either on O-polar ZnO or on sapphire substrates. Whatever the substrate, ZnO nanowires are Zn-polar, as demonstrated by convergent beam electron diffraction. For growth on O-polar ZnO substrate, the nanowires are found to sit on O-polar pyramids. As growth proceeds, the inversion domain boundary moves up in order to remain at the top of the O-polar pyramids. For growth on sapphire substrates, the nanowires may also originate from the sapphire/ZnO interface. The presence of atomic steps and the non-polar character of sapphire could be the cause of the Zn-polar crystal nucleation on sapphire, whereas it is proposed that the segregation of aluminum impurities could account for the nucleation of inverted domains for growth on O-polar ZnO.

  4. Facile Synthesis of Rambutan-Like ZnO Hierarchical Hollow Microspheres with Highly Photocatalytic Activity

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    Ke-Jian Ju

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Rambutan-like ZnO hierarchical hollow microspheres (ZnO HHMs were constructed under hydrothermal conditions, using carboxyl methyl starch (CMS as a soft template. The resulting products were characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The experimental parameters and growth mechanism of rambutan-like ZnO HHMs were discussed in some detail. The as-prepared samples displayed improved photocatalytic activity for the degradation of rhodamine B under ultraviolet (UV irradiation.

  5. Novel epoxy-silicone thermolytic transparent packaging adhesives chemical modified by ZnO nanowires for HB LEDs

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    He Ying, E-mail: yinghe@staff.shu.edu.c [Shanghai University, Department of Polymer Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering (China); Wang Junan [Shanghai University, Institute of Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering (China); Pei Changlong; Song Jizhong; Zhu Di; Chen Jie [Shanghai University, Department of Polymer Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering (China)

    2010-10-15

    A novel high transparent thermolytic epoxy-silicone for high-brightness light-emitting diode (HB-LED) is introduced, which was synthesized by polymerization using silicone matrix via diglycidyl ether bisphenol-A epoxy resin (DGEBA) as reinforcing agent, and filling ZnO nanowires to modify thermal conductivity and control refractive index of the hybrid material. The interactions of ZnO nanowires with polymers are mediated by the ligands attached to the nanoparticles. Thus, the ligands markedly influence the properties of ZnO nanowires/epoxy-silicone composites. The refractive indices of the prepared hybrid adhesives can be tuned by the ZnO nanowires from 1.4711 to 1.5605. Light transmittance can be increased by 20% from 80 to 95%. The thermal conductivity of the transparent packaging adhesives is 0.89-0.90 W/mK.

  6. Novel epoxy-silicone thermolytic transparent packaging adhesives chemical modified by ZnO nanowires for HB LEDs

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    He, Ying; Wang, Jun-An; Pei, Chang-Long; Song, Ji-Zhong; Zhu, Di; Chen, Jie

    2010-10-01

    A novel high transparent thermolytic epoxy-silicone for high-brightness light-emitting diode (HB-LED) is introduced, which was synthesized by polymerization using silicone matrix via diglycidyl ether bisphenol-A epoxy resin (DGEBA) as reinforcing agent, and filling ZnO nanowires to modify thermal conductivity and control refractive index of the hybrid material. The interactions of ZnO nanowires with polymers are mediated by the ligands attached to the nanoparticles. Thus, the ligands markedly influence the properties of ZnO nanowires/epoxy-silicone composites. The refractive indices of the prepared hybrid adhesives can be tuned by the ZnO nanowires from 1.4711 to 1.5605. Light transmittance can be increased by 20% from 80 to 95%. The thermal conductivity of the transparent packaging adhesives is 0.89-0.90 W/mK.

  7. Title: Using Alignment and 2D Network Simulations to Study Charge Transport Through Doped ZnO Nanowire Thin Film Electrodes

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    Phadke, Sujay

    2011-09-30

    Factors affecting charge transport through ZnO nanowire mat films were studied by aligning ZnO nanowires on substrates and coupling experimental measurements with 2D nanowire network simulations. Gallium doped ZnO nanowires were aligned on thermally oxidized silicon wafer by shearing a nanowire dispersion in ethanol. Sheet resistances of nanowire thin films that had current flowing parallel to nanowire alignment direction were compared to thin films that had current flowing perpendicular to nanowire alignment direction. Perpendicular devices showed ∼5 fold greater sheet resistance than parallel devices supporting the hypothesis that aligning nanowires would increase conductivity of ZnO nanowire electrodes. 2-D nanowire network simulations of thin films showed that the device sheet resistance was dominated by inter-wire contact resistance. For a given resistivity of ZnO nanowires, the thin film electrodes would have the lowest possible sheet resistance if the inter-wire contact resistance was one order of magnitude lower than the single nanowire resistance. Simulations suggest that the conductivity of such thin film devices could be further enhanced by using longer nanowires. Solution processed Gallium doped ZnO nanowires are aligned on substrates using an innovative shear coating technique. Nanowire alignment has shown improvement in ZnO nanowire transparent electrode conductivity. 2D network simulations in conjunction with electrical measurements have revealed different regimes of operation of nanowire thin films and provided a guideline for improving electrical performance of nanowire electrodes. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. ZnO nanowires array grown on Ga-doped ZnO single crystal for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Hu, Qichang; Li, Yafeng; Huang, Feng; Zhang, Zhaojun; Ding, Kai; Wei, Mingdeng; Lin, Zhang

    2015-06-23

    High quality ZnO nanowires arrays were homoepitaxial grown on Ga-doped ZnO single crystal (GZOSC), which have the advantages of high conductivity, high carrier mobility and high thermal stability. When it was employed as a photoanode in the DSSCs, the cell exhibited a 1.44% power-conversion efficiency under the illumination of one sun (AM 1.5G). The performance is superior to our ZnO nanowires/FTO based DSSCs under the same condition. This enhanced performance is mainly attributed to the perfect interface between the ZnO nanowires and the GZOSC substrate that contributes to lower carrier scattering and recombination rates compared with that grown on traditional FTO substrate.

  9. Opto-mechano-electrical tripling in ZnO nanowires probed by photocurrent spectroscopy in a high-resolution transmission electron microscope

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    Zhang, C.; Golberg, D., E-mail: xuzhi@iphy.ac.cn, E-mail: golberg.dmitri@nims.go.jp [International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Namiki 1-1, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 3050044 (Japan); Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tennodai 1, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 3058577 (Japan); Xu, Z., E-mail: xuzhi@iphy.ac.cn, E-mail: golberg.dmitri@nims.go.jp [Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Kvashnin, D. G. [National University of Science and Technology, MISIS, Leninskiy Prospect 4, Moscow 119049 (Russian Federation); Tang, D.-M.; Xue, Y. M.; Bando, Y. [International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Namiki 1-1, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 3050044 (Japan); Sorokin, P. B. [National University of Science and Technology, MISIS, Leninskiy Prospect 4, Moscow 119049 (Russian Federation); Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Institutsky Lane 9, Dolgoprudny 141700 (Russian Federation)

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    Photocurrent spectroscopy of individual free-standing ZnO nanowires inside a high-resolution transmission electron microscope (TEM) is reported. By using specially designed optical in situ TEM system capable of scanning tunneling microscopy probing paired with light illumination, opto-mechano-electrical tripling phenomenon in ZnO nanowires is demonstrated. Splitting of photocurrent spectra at around 3.3 eV under in situ TEM bending of ZnO nanowires directly corresponds to nanowire deformation and appearance of expanded and compressed nanowire sides. Theoretical simulation of a bent ZnO nanowire has an excellent agreement with the experimental data. The splitting effect could be explained by a change in the valence band structure of ZnO nanowires due to a lattice strain. The strain-induced splitting provides important clues for future flexible piezo-phototronics.

  10. Plasma versus thermal annealing for the Au-catalyst growth of ZnO nanocones and nanowires on Al-doped ZnO buffer layers

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    Güell, Frank; Martínez-Alanis, Paulina R.; Roso, Sergio; Salas-Pérez, Carlos I.; García-Sánchez, Mario F.; Santana, Guillermo; Marel Monroy, B.

    2016-06-01

    We successfully synthesized ZnO nanocones and nanowires over polycrystalline Al-doped ZnO (AZO) buffer layers on fused silica substrates by a vapor-transport process using Au-catalyst thin films. Different Au film thicknesses were thermal or plasma annealed in order to analyze their influence on the ZnO nanostructure growth morphology. Striking differences have been observed. Thermal annealing generates a distribution of Au nanoclusters and plasma annealing induces a fragmentation of the Au thin films. While ZnO nanowires are found in the thermal-annealed samples, ZnO nanocones and nanowires have been obtained on the plasma-annealed samples. Enhancement of the preferred c-axis (0001) growth orientation was demonstrated by x-ray diffraction when the ZnO nanocones and nanowires have been grown over the AZO buffer layer. The transmittance spectra of the ZnO nanocones and nanowires show a gradual increase from 375 to 900 nm, and photoluminescence characterization pointed out high concentration of defects leading to observation of a broad emission band in the visible range from 420 to 800 nm. The maximum emission intensity peak position of the broad visible band is related to the thickness of the Au-catalyst for the thermal-annealed samples and to the plasma power for the plasma-annealed samples. Finally, we proposed a model for the plasma versus thermal annealing of the Au-catalyst for the growth of the ZnO nanocones and nanowires. These results are promising for renewable energy applications, in particular for its potential application in solar cells.

  11. Electrodeposition of ZnO nano-wires lattices with a controlled morphology; Electrodepot de reseaux de nanofils de ZnO a morphologie controlee

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    Elias, J.; Tena-Zaera, R.; Katty, A.; Levy-Clement, C. [Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Lab. de Chimie Metallurgique des Terres Rares, UPR 209, 94 - Thiais (France)

    2006-07-01

    In this work, it is shown that the electrodeposition is a changeable low cost method which allows, according to the synthesis conditions, to obtain not only plane thin layers of ZnO but different nano-structures too. In a first part, are presented the formation conditions of a compact thin layer of nanocrystalline ZnO electrodeposited on a conducing glass substrate. This layer plays a buffer layer role for the deposition of a lattice of ZnO nano-wires. The step of nano-wires nucleation is not only determined by the electrochemical parameters but by the properties of the buffer layer too as the grain sizes and its thickness. In this context, the use of an electrodeposition method in two steps allows to control the nano-wires length and diameter and their density. The morphology and the structural and optical properties of these nano-structures have been analyzed by different techniques as the scanning and transmission electron microscopy, the X-ray diffraction and the optical spectroscopy. These studies show that ZnO nano-structures are formed of monocrystalline ZnO nano-wires, presenting a great developed surface and a great optical transparency in the visible. These properties make ZnO a good material for the development of nano-structured photovoltaic cells as the extremely thin absorber cells (PV ETA) or those with dye (DSSC) which are generally prepared with porous polycrystalline TiO{sub 2}. Its replacement by a lattice of monocrystalline ZnO nano-wires allows to reduce considerably the number of grain boundaries and in consequence to improve the transport of the electrons. The results are then promising for the PV ETA cells with ZnO nano-wires. (O.M.)

  12. ZnO Hemisphere Pits Nanowire/CdS Photoelectrode for High-Efficiency Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting

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    Chen, Peiyang; Liu, Zhifeng; Geng, Xuemin; Wang, Jialu; Zhang, Min; Liu, Junqi; Yan, Lu

    2017-03-01

    In this paper, a ZnO hemisphere pits nanowire (HPW) photoelectrode is fabricated by using polystyrene (PS) nanospheres as templates, and CdS is deposited on ZnO nanowires to improve further its photoelectrochemical performance. Firstly, PS nanospheres are deposited on ZnO seed layers by air-liquid interface self-assembling method. Subsequently, ZnO HPWs are grown which effected by PS nanospheres. Finally, CdS nanoparticles were deposited on the ZnO HPWs to construct ZnO/CdS heterojunction photoanodes by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction method. This hemisphere pits nanowires composite structure demonstrated a highly efficient photoelectrocatalytic performance with a remarkable photocurrent density of 2.27 mA cm-2 determined at 0.8 V versus Ag/AgCl. The enhanced performance of ZnO hemisphere pits nanowires/CdS nanoparticles (ZnO/CdS) composite photoanodes originated from the enhanced light absorption in the visible region and reduced photogenerated charges recombination rate. Furthermore, compared with ordinary nanowire arrays, hemisphere pits nanowire structure can reflect light more times to facilitate light harvesting. This work exhibits the important significance in constructing photoelectrodes for photoelectrochemical water splitting and other photoelectric devices.

  13. Synthesis and Strong Blue-Green Emission Properties of ZnO Nanowires

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    刘东方; 唐东升; 慈立杰; 闫小琴; 梁迎新; 周振平; 袁华军; 周维亚; 王刚

    2003-01-01

    ZnO nanowires were catalytically grown on Au-coated silicon substrates by the carbon thermal reduction method.The process involved addition of a low partial pressure of hydrogen sulphide to the argon carrier flow. The addition of H2S led to the higher yield and longer nanowires without any morphology change, and no sulphuric content was observed by the energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy in the resulting nanowires. The nanowires exhibited strong blue-green emission at room temperature and an increasing intensity when the partial pressure of H2S was raised. The temperature-dependent photoluminescence spectra show that intensity of the blue-green emission,almost without shift, decreases slowly with increasing temperature. Heat treatments indicated that quenching resulted in a higher ratio of blue-green emission to ultraviolet emission.

  14. Nanoparticulate PdZn as a Novel Catalyst for ZnO Nanowire Growth

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    Rachamim Aron

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract ZnO nanowires have been grown by chemical vapour deposition (CVD using PdZn bimetallic nanoparticles to catalyse the process. Nanocatalyst particles with mean particle diameters of 2.6 ± 0.3 nm were shown to catalyse the growth process, displaying activities that compare well with those reported for sputtered systems. Since nanowire diameters are linked to catalyst morphology, the size-control we are able to exhibit during particle preparation represents an advantage over existing approaches in terms of controlling nanowire dimensions, which is necessary in order to utilize the nanowires for catalytic or electrical applications. (See supplementary material 1 Electronic supplementary material The online version of this article (doi:10.1007/s11671-010-9567-4 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users. Click here for file

  15. ZnO nanowire network transistors based on a self-assembly method

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    Dai Zhenqing; Chen Changxin; Zhang Yaozhong; Wei Liangming; Zhang Jing; Xu Dong; Zhang Yafei

    2012-01-01

    Dense,uniform ZnO nanowire (NW) networks are prepared by using a simple and sufficient selfassembly method.In this method,ZnO NWs are modified with aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) to form positively charged amine-terminated surfaces.The modified ZnO NWs are adsorbed on negatively charged SiO2/Si substrates to form ZnO NW networks by the electrostatic interaction in an aqueous solution.Field-effect transistors (FETs) are fabricated and studied based on the ZnO NW networks.For a typical device with an NW density of 2.8 μm-2,it exhibits a current on/off ratio of 2.4 × 105,a transconductance of 336 nS,and a field-effect mobility of 27.4 cm2/(V·s).

  16. Piezoelectric Nanogenerator Using p-Type ZnO Nanowire Arrays

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    Lu, Ming-Pei

    2009-03-11

    Using phosphorus-doped ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays grown on silicon substrate, energy conversion using the p-type ZnO NWs has been demonstrated for the first time. The p-type ZnO NWs produce positive output voltage pulses when scanned by a conductive atomic force microscope (AFM) in contact mode. The output voltage pulse is generated when the tip contacts the stretched side (positive piezoelectric potential side) of the NW. In contrast, the n-type ZnO NW produces negative output voltage when scanned by the AFM tip, and the output voltage pulse is generated when the tip contacts the compressed side (negative potential side) of the NW. In reference to theoretical simulation, these experimentally observed phenomena have been systematically explained based on the mechanism proposed for a nanogenerator. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

  17. Nanostructured Zn and ZnO nanowire thin films for mechanical and self-cleaning applications

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    Shaik, Ummar Pasha; Purkayastha, Debarun Dhar; Krishna, M. Ghanashyam; Madhurima, V.

    2015-03-01

    Nanostructured Zn metal films were deposited by thermal evaporation, on borosilicate glass, Quartz, sapphire, lanthanum aluminate and yttria stabilized zirconia substrates. The as-deposited films are nanocrystalline and show a morphology that consists of triangular nanosheets. The films are hydrophobic with contact angles between 102° and 120° with hardness and Young's modulus between 0.15-0.8 GPa and 18-300 GPa, respectively. Thermal annealing of the films at 500 °C results only in partial oxidation of Zn to ZnO, which indicates good oxidation resistance. Annealing also causes transformation of the Zn nanosheets into ZnO nanowires that are polycrystalline in nature. The ZnO nanowires are superhydrophobic with contact angles between 159° and 162°, contact angle hysteresis between 5° and 10° and exhibit a reversible superhydrophobic-hydrophilic transition under UV irradiation. The nanowires are much softer than the as-deposited Zn metal films, with hardness between 0.02 and 0.4 GPa and Young's modulus between 3 and 35 GPa. The current study thus demonstrates a simple process for fabrication of nanostructured Zn metal films followed by a one-step transformation to nanowires with properties that will be very attractive for mechanical and self-cleaning applications.

  18. Effects of ZnO nanowire synthesis parameters on the photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Jung, Juneui; Myoung, Jihyun; Lim, Sangwoo, E-mail: swlim@yonsei.ac.kr

    2012-06-30

    Determination of the effects of ZnO nanowires on the efficiency of ZnO nanowire-based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is important. In this study, we determined the effects of different OH{sup -} precursors, concentrations, the ratio of zinc nitrate to hexamethylene tetramine (HMT), and the hydrothermal synthesis temperature on the physical, crystal, and optical properties of ZnO nanowires and investigated the performance of the resulting DSSCs. We observed that ZnO nanowires synthesized using an equimolar ratio of HMT to zinc nitrate yielded a DSSC with high incident photon-to-current efficiency (IPCE), cell efficiency, short circuit current density (J{sub sc}), and fill factor (FF), and low ZnO-dye-electrolyte interface resistance due to an increased amount of dye and a decreased density of defects. Furthermore, ZnO nanowires made using optimal concentrations and ratios of zinc nitrate to HMT had a high surface area and low defect density. All the photovoltaic performance parameters of DSSCs assessed such as IPCE, cell efficiency, J{sub sc}, open circuit potential (V{sub oc}), and FF increased with synthesis temperature, which was related to a decrease in the resistance at the ZnO-dye-electrolyte interface. We attributed these results to an increased amount of dye facilitated by a large nanowire surface area and fast electron transfer because of the improved crystalline structure of the ZnO nanowires and their low defect density. By optimizing the ZnO nanowires, we increased DSSC efficiency to 0.26% using ZnO nanowires synthesized with 25 mM of both zinc nitrate and HMT at 90 Degree-Sign C, while only a 0.02% increase in efficiency was obtained when NH{sub 4}OH was used as OH{sup -} precursor. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fabrication of ZnO nanowire-based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Correlation of synthesis parameters with ZnO nanowires' properties and DSSC performance Black

  19. First principles investigations on the electronic structure of anchor groups on ZnO nanowires and surfaces

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    Dominguez, A.; Lorke, M.; Rosa, A. L.; Frauenheim, Th. [BCCMS, Universität Bremen, Am Fallturm 1, 28359 Bremen (Germany); Schoenhalz, A. L.; Dalpian, G. M. [CCNH, Universidade Federal do ABC, Av. dos Estados 5001, Santo André (Brazil); Rocha, A. R. [IFT, Universidade Estadual Paulista, R. Dr. Bento Teobaldo Ferraz, 271, São Paulo (Brazil)

    2014-05-28

    We report on density functional theory investigations of the electronic properties of monofunctional ligands adsorbed on ZnO-(1010) surfaces and ZnO nanowires using semi-local and hybrid exchange-correlation functionals. We consider three anchor groups, namely thiol, amino, and carboxyl groups. Our results indicate that neither the carboxyl nor the amino group modify the transport and conductivity properties of ZnO. In contrast, the modification of the ZnO surface and nanostructure with thiol leads to insertion of molecular states in the band gap, thus suggesting that functionalization with this moiety may customize the optical properties of ZnO nanomaterials.

  20. 海胆状ZnO纳米线阵列的制备及其光学性能%Fabrication and Optical Properties of Urchin-like ZnO Nanowire Arrays

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    徐志堃; 赵东旭; 孙兰兰; 鄂书林; 张振中; 秦杰明; 申德振

    2012-01-01

    A low-cost and effective method to fabricate hexagonally patterned urchin-like ZnO nanowire arrays was demonstrated. The ordered monolayer of polystyrene ( PS) spheres is obtained by self-assembly, and the monolayer is used as a template to grow ZnO nanowires with complex hierarchical structures via hydrothermal method. The urchin-like ZnO nanowire arrays are composed of PS sphere and ZnO nanowires. The nanowires have uniform diameter, and the length of the nanowires can be controlled by the growth time. This method provides a promising way to fabricate ZnO one-dimensional nanostructures for applications as sensor arrays, solar cells and photocatalysis.%采用一种低成本的有效方法制备出了有序排列的海胆状ZnO纳米线阵列.首先利用自组装的方法得到了单层的聚苯乙烯(Ps)小球,以其为模板用水热法在小球表面生长ZnO纳米线,得到了由PS小球和ZnO纳米线构成的海胆状结构.纳米线的直径均一,长度可通过水热反应时间进行控制.利用这种方法制备的一维ZnO纳米结构在传感器、太阳能电池及光催化领域有潜在的应用价值.

  1. Controllable hydrothermal synthesis of ZnO nanowires arrays on Al-doped ZnO seed layer and patterning of ZnO nanowires arrays via surface modification of substrate

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    Zhang Jin [Electronic Materials Research Laboratory, School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049, Shaanxi (China); Que Wenxiu, E-mail: wxque@mail.xjtu.edu.cn [Electronic Materials Research Laboratory, School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049, Shaanxi (China); Jia Qiaoying [Electronic Materials Research Laboratory, School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049, Shaanxi (China); Ye Xiangdong; Ding Yucheng [State Key Laboratory of Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049, Shaanxi (China)

    2011-09-15

    ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays are assembled on the Al-doped ZnO (AZO) seed layer by a hydrothermal process. Effects of the temperature and growth time of the hydrothermal process on morphological and photoluminescence properties of the as-assembled ZnO NW arrays are characterized and studied. Results indicate that the length and diameter of the ZnO NWs increase with a lengthening of the growth time at 80 deg. C and the hydrothermal temperature has a significant effect on the growth rate and the photoluminescence properties of the ZnO NW arrays. The patterned AZO seed layer is fabricated on a silicon substrate by combining a sol-gel process with an electron-beam lithography process, as well as a surface fluorination technique, and then the ZnO NW arrays are selectively grown on those patterned regions of the AZO seed layer by the hydrothermal process. Room-temperature photoluminescence spectra of the patterned ZnO NW arrays shows that only a strong UV emission at about 380 nm is observed, which implies that few crystal defects exist inside the as-grown ZnO NW arrays.

  2. First-Principles Study of Fe-Doped ZnO Nanowires

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    张富春; 张威虎; 董军堂; 张志勇

    2011-01-01

    Using Srst-principles theory, we predict magnetic, electronic and optical properties in Fe-doped ZnO nanowires. The results show that ferromagnetic (FM) coupling of configuration V is the most stable, and the strong hybridization effect between FeZd and O2p states is found near the Fermi level, and it is obvious that the ferromagnetic system is electron-spin polarization of 100% and half-metallic. Given antiferromagnetic (AFM) coupling, the system generates small spin polarization near the Fermi level, indicating metalh'city. The magnetic moments mainly arise from FeZd orbitals. In addition, the results of optical properties show that the Fe-doped ZnO nanowires have apparent absorption peaks in the ultraviolet band and that there is a small red shift and a strong blue shift in the near and far ultraviolet band, indicating that Fe-doped ZnO nanowires are a type of magneto-optical materials with great promise.%Using first-principles theory,we predict magnetic,electronic and optical properties in Fe-doped ZnO nanowires.The results show that ferromagnetic(FM)coupling of configuration V is the most stable,and the strong hybridization effect between Fe3d and O2p states is found near the Fermi level,and it is obvious that the ferromagnetic system is electron-spin polarization of 100% and half-metallic.Given antiferromagnetic(AFM)coupling,the system generates small spin polarization near the Fermi level,indicating metallicity.The magnetic moments mainly arise from Fe3d orbitals.In addition,the results of optical properties show that the Fe-doped ZnO nanowires have apparent absorption peaks in the ultraviolet band and that there is a small red shift and a strong blue shift in the near and far ultraviolet band,indicating that Fe-doped ZnO nanowires are a type of magneto-optical materials with great promise.

  3. Structural and photovoltaic characteristics of hierarchical ZnO nanostructures electrodes

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    Saleem, Muhammad, E-mail: saleem.malikape@gmail.com [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Technology and Systems of the Education Ministry of China, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Fang, L. [Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Technology and Systems of the Education Ministry of China, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Shaukat, Saleem F.; Ahmad, M. Ashfaq [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Raza, Rizwan, E-mail: razahussaini786@gmail.com [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Akhtar, Majid Niaz; Jamil, Ayesha; Aslam, Samia [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Abbas, Ghazanfar [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad 44000 (Pakistan)

    2015-04-15

    Highlights: • Hierarchically ZnO nanostructures electrodes were grown using hot plate magnetic stirring at different growth reaction temperature. • We have investigated the effect of working temperature of 160°, 170°, 180°, and 190° on the growth mechanism of nanospheres and on the power conversion efficiency of DSSCs. • ZnO nanospheres with perfect aggregation show superior power conversion efficiency of 1.24% which is about 83% higher than nanoparticles DSSC. • An obvious vogue is that the overall power conversion efficiency decreases as the degree of the spherical aggregation is gradually destroyed. - Abstract: Structural and photovoltaic characteristics of hierarchical ZnO nanostructures solar cell have been studied in relation to growth reaction temperature. It is found that the hierarchical ZnO nanostructures network to act not only as large surface area substrates but also as a transport medium for electrons injected from the dye molecules. The incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency is decreased by increasing the growth reaction temperature of ZnO electrodes. The best conversion efficiency of a 0.25 cm{sup 2} cell is measured to be 1.24% under 100 mW cm{sup −2} irradiation.

  4. Photoelectrochemical properties of hierarchical ZnO micro-nanostructure sensitized with Sb2S3 nanoparticles

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    Zhimin GUO

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available By using electrochemical deposition method, and assisted with additions of PEG-400 and EDA, well-aligned ZnO nanorods and hierarchical ZnO micro-nanostructure are fabricated directly on indium doped tin oxide coated conducting glass (ITO substrate. The shell-core Sb2S3/ZnO nanorod structure and the shell-core hierarchical Sb2S3/ZnO micro-nanostructure are prepared by chemical bath deposition method. SEM, XRD, UV-Vis and photocurrent test are used to characterize the morphology, nanostructures and their photoelectrochemical properties. The studies show that the photocurrent on the array membranes with shell-core hierarchical Sb2S3/ZnO micro-nanostructure is apparently higher than that with shell-core Sb2S3/ZnO nanorods array.

  5. Hierarchical ZnO particles grafting by fluorocarbon polymer derivative: Preparation and superhydrophobic behavior

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    Gao, Dahai; Jia, Mengqiu, E-mail: jiamq@mail.buct.edu.cn

    2015-07-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The hierarchical particles were prepared by a simple, mild hydrothermal process. • The obtained “chestnut” ZnO particles show dual-scale morphology with high roughness. • FEVE derivative was creatively imported to graft onto hierarchical particles. • Superhydrophobic surfaces were obtained, on which the contact angles surpass 150°. • A special model was proposed to explain the wetting state in this work. - Abstract: Superhydrophobic surfaces on the basis of hierarchical ZnO particles grafted by fluoroethylene-vinylether (FEVE) polymer derivative were prepared using a facile, mild and low-cost method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) revealed that the resulting ZnO particles via hydrothermal process exhibit micro–nano dual-scale morphology with high purity under a suitable surfactant amount and alkali concentration. The grafting of FEVE derivative was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS), suggesting that hierarchical surface of ZnO particles was an imported monomolecular layer of fluorocarbon polymer. The obtained surface fabricated by drop-casting shows considerably high contact angle and good resistance to water immersion. The wetting behavior in this work was furthermore analyzed by theoretical wetting model. This work demonstrates that the sufficient low-wettable surface and high roughness both take a vital role in the superhydrophobic behavior.

  6. In Situ Confocal Raman Mapping Study of a Single Ti-Assisted ZnO Nanowire

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    Gandhi Ashish

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract In this work, we succeeded in preparing in-plane zinc oxide nanowires using a Ti-grid assisted by the chemical vapor deposition method. Optical spatial mapping of the Confocal Raman spectra was used to investigate the phonon and geometric properties of a single ZnO nanowire. The local optical results reveal a red shift in the non-polar E 2 high frequency mode and width broadening along the growth direction, reflecting quantum-confinement in the radial direction.

  7. Experimental study of electrical properties of ZnO nanowire random networks for gas sensing and electronic devices

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    Zhang, D.; Lee, S.K.; Devitt, R.; Katkanant, V. [California State University, Fresno, Department of Physics, Fresno, CA (United States); Chava, S.; Berven, C. [University of Idaho, Department of Physics, Moscow (United States)

    2010-07-15

    In this paper, we report on studying of ZnO nanowire mats as an electrical nanomaterial with particular interest in their interaction with various gas surroundings for gas sensing characteristics. The ZnO nanowires were synthesized on sapphire substrates using a horizontal tube furnace. The techniques of Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDS), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) were applied to determine the as-grown ZnO nanowires' morphological and crystal structures, chemical composition and electronic states. Four-terminal current-voltage (I-V) measurements were used to examine the electrical conductance of the ZnO nanowire mats exposed to various testing gases with reference to the vacuum condition. Gas exposure experiments were conducted in a custom-built environmental chamber, which was filled with different testing gases. We observed the current being significantly influenced with ambient CO gas. The I-V behavior of CO gas was also found to be reversible and repeatable after the chamber evacuation, which indicates that the ZnO nanowire mats can be used for gas sensing purposes. A possible interactive model of nanowires and testing gas molecules is proposed to elucidate the sensing selective and sensitive mechanism for gas sensors. (orig.)

  8. Effects of annealing on the ferromagnetism and photoluminescence of Cu-doped ZnO nanowires

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    Xu, H. J.; Zhu, H. C.; Shan, X. D.; Liu, Y. X.; Gao, J. Y.; Zhang, X. Z.; Zhang, J. M.; Wang, P. W.; Hou, Y. M.; Yu, D. P.

    2010-01-01

    Room temperature ferromagnetic Cu-doped ZnO nanowires have been synthesized using the chemical vapor deposition method. By combining structural characterizations and comparative annealing experiments, it has been found that both extrinsic (CuO nanoparticles) and intrinsic (Zn1-xCuxO nanowires) sources are responsible for the observed ferromagnetic ordering of the as-grown samples. As regards the former, annealing in Zn vapor led to a dramatic decrease of the ferromagnetism. For the latter, a reversible switching of the ferromagnetism was observed with sequential annealings in Zn vapor and oxygen ambience respectively, which agreed well with previous reports for Cu-doped ZnO films. In addition, we have for the first time observed low temperature photoluminescence changed with magnetic properties upon annealing in different conditions, which revealed the crucial role played by interstitial zinc in directly mediating high Tc ferromagnetism and indirectly modulating the Cu-related structured green emission via different charge transfer transitions.

  9. Role of surface chemistry in adhesion between ZnO nanowires and carbon fibers in hybrid composites.

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    Ehlert, Gregory J; Galan, Ulises; Sodano, Henry A

    2013-02-01

    Low interface strength is a persistent problem in composite materials and cascades to limit a variety of bulk material properties such as lamina shear strength. Whiskerization has long been pursued as a method to reinforce the interphase and improve both the single fiber interface strength as well as the bulk properties. Recent developments have shown that ZnO nanowire whiskerization can effectively improve the properties of a bulk composite without requiring the high temperatures that previous deposition processes needed. Although the efficacy of a ZnO nanowire interphase has been established, the mechanism for adhesion of the interphase to the fiber has not been identified. Specifically, the addition of the ZnO nanowires to the surface of the fibers requires that the ZnO nanowires have strong chemical adhesion to the fiber surface. This work will create a variety of chemical environments on the surface of the fibers through new and common chemical functionalization procedures and quantify the surface chemistry through X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The effect of fiber surface chemistry on the adhesion of the ZnO is assessed through single fiber fragmentation testing. The interface strength is found to strongly correlate with the concentration of ketone groups on the surface of the fibers. Following the experimental observations, liftoff of a ZnO crystal from a graphene surface was simulated with a variety of surface functionalizations. The computational models confirm the preference for ketone groups in promoting adhesion between ZnO and graphite.

  10. Effects of Hydroxylation and Silanization on the Surface Properties of ZnO Nanowires

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    García Núñez, C.; Sachsenhauser, M.; Blashcke, B.; A. García Marín; Garrido, J. A.; Pau, J.L.

    2015-01-01

    Silanization is commonly used to form bonds between inorganic materials and biomolecules as a step in the surface preparation of solid-state biosensors. This work investigates the effects of silanization with amino-propyldiethoxymethylsilane on hydroxylated sidewalls of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs). The surface properties and electrical characteristics of NWs are analyzed by different techniques after their hydroxylation and later silanization. Contact angle measurements reveal a stronger...

  11. Flexible Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell Based on Vertical ZnO Nanowire Arrays

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    Chu Sheng

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Flexible dye-sensitized solar cells are fabricated using vertically aligned ZnO nanowire arrays that are transferred onto ITO-coated poly(ethylene terephthalate substrates using a simple peel-off process. The solar cells demonstrate an energy conversion efficiency of 0.44% with good bending tolerance. This technique paves a new route for building large-scale cost-effective flexible photovoltaic and optoelectronic devices.

  12. Gallium ion implantation greatly reduces thermal conductivity and enhances electronic one of ZnO nanowires

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    Minggang Xia

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The electrical and thermal conductivities are measured for individual zinc oxide (ZnO nanowires with and without gallium ion (Ga+ implantation at room temperature. Our results show that Ga+ implantation enhances electrical conductivity by one order of magnitude from 1.01 × 103 Ω−1m−1 to 1.46 × 104 Ω−1m−1 and reduces its thermal conductivity by one order of magnitude from 12.7 Wm−1K−1 to 1.22 Wm−1K−1 for ZnO nanowires of 100 nm in diameter. The measured thermal conductivities are in good agreement with those in theoretical simulation. The increase of electrical conductivity origins in electron donor doping by Ga+ implantation and the decrease of thermal conductivity is due to the longitudinal and transverse acoustic phonons scattering by Ga+ point scattering. For pristine ZnO nanowires, the thermal conductivity decreases only two times when its diameter reduces from 100 nm to 46 nm. Therefore, Ga+-implantation may be a more effective method than diameter reduction in improving thermoelectric performance.

  13. Solution-process coating of vertical ZnO nanowires with ferroelectrics.

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    Kawasaki, Susumu; Fan, Hong Jin; Catalan, Gustau; Morrison, Finlay D; Tatsuta, Toshiaki; Tsuji, Osamu; Scott, James F

    2008-09-17

    We have developed a modified misted deposition process by combining substrate and mist heating for the deposition of ferroelectrics on 3D nanostructures. Arrays of vertical ZnO nanowires, sputter coated with Pd bottom electrodes, are used as the substrate. Scanning electron microscopy investigations show that conformal coating of ferroelectric Pb(Zr,Ti)O(3) (PZT) with good step coverage is obtained at deposition temperatures above 140 °C. The substrate heating also eliminates the common 'bundling' problem of the nanowire arrays. On the basis of data on x-ray diffraction, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and P-E hysteresis of PZT films on flat substrates, we obtain the optimum substrate temperature window to be 180-220 °C, in terms of best step coverage and an evident ferroelectricity. This is a significant step towards the end-goal of fully integrated ZnO nanowires with ferroelectric capacitors, which may be useful for the light-emitting applications of ZnO.

  14. Wireless Remote Monitoring of Glucose Using a Functionalized ZnO Nanowire Arrays Based Sensor

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    Magnus Willander

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a prototype wireless remote glucose monitoring system interfaced with a ZnO nanowire arrays-based glucose sensor, glucose oxidase enzyme immobilized onto ZnO nanowires in conjunction with a Nafion® membrane coating, which can be effectively applied for the monitoring of glucose levels in diabetics. Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM services like General Packet Radio Service (GPRS and Short Message Service (SMS have been proven to be logical and cost effective methods for gathering data from remote locations. A communication protocol that facilitates remote data collection using SMS has been utilized for monitoring a patient’s sugar levels. In this study, we demonstrate the remote monitoring of the glucose levels with existing GPRS/GSM network infra-structures using our proposed functionalized ZnO nanowire arrays sensors integrated with standard readily available mobile phones. The data can be used for centralized monitoring and other purposes. Such applications can reduce health care costs and allow caregivers to monitor and support to their patients remotely, especially those located in rural areas.

  15. Transmission type flat-panel X-ray source using ZnO nanowire field emitters

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    Chen, Daokun; Song, Xiaomeng; Zhang, Zhipeng; Chen, Jun, E-mail: stscjun@mail.sysu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials and Technologies, Guangdong Province Key Laboratory of Display Material and Technology, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China); School of Physics and Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China); Li, Ziping [The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China); She, Juncong; Deng, Shaozhi; Xu, Ningsheng [State Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials and Technologies, Guangdong Province Key Laboratory of Display Material and Technology, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China); School of Microelectronics, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China)

    2015-12-14

    A transmission type flat-panel X-ray source in diode structure was fabricated. Large-scale patterned ZnO nanowires grown on a glass substrate by thermal oxidation were utilized as field emitters, and tungsten thin film coated on silica glass was used as the transmission anode. Uniform distribution of X-ray generation was achieved, which benefited from the uniform electron emission from ZnO nanowires. Self-ballasting effect induced by the intrinsic resistance of ZnO nanowire and decreasing of screening effect caused by patterned emitters account for the uniform emission. Characteristic X-ray peaks of W-L lines and bremsstrahlung X-rays have been observed under anode voltages at a range of 18–20 kV, the latter of which were the dominant X-ray signals. High-resolution X-ray images with spatial resolution less than 25 μm were obtained by the flat-panel X-ray source. The high resolution was attributed to the small divergence angle of the emitted X-rays from the transmission X-ray source.

  16. Enhanced UV photosensitivity from rapid thermal annealed vertically aligned ZnO nanowires

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    Dhara Soumen

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We report on the major improvement in UV photosensitivity and faster photoresponse from vertically aligned ZnO nanowires (NWs by means of rapid thermal annealing (RTA. The ZnO NWs were grown by vapor-liquid-solid method and subsequently RTA treated at 700°C and 800°C for 120 s. The UV photosensitivity (photo-to-dark current ratio is 4.5 × 103 for the as-grown NWs and after RTA treatment it is enhanced by a factor of five. The photocurrent (PC spectra of the as-grown and RTA-treated NWs show a strong peak in the UV region and two other relatively weak peaks in the visible region. The photoresponse measurement shows a bi-exponential growth and bi-exponential decay of the PC from as-grown as well as RTA-treated ZnO NWs. The growth and decay time constants are reduced after the RTA treatment indicating a faster photoresponse. The dark current-voltage characteristics clearly show the presence of surface defects-related trap centers on the as-grown ZnO NWs and after RTA treatment it is significantly reduced. The RTA processing diminishes the surface defect-related trap centers and modifies the surface of the ZnO NWs, resulting in enhanced PC and faster photoresponse. These results demonstrated the effectiveness of RTA processing for achieving improved photosensitivity of ZnO NWs.

  17. Enhancement of exciton radiative recombination for In-doped ZnO nanowires with aluminum cylindrical micropillars

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    Wang, Jen-Cheng; Liang, Yu-Ting; Cheng, Fang-Ching; Fang, Chia-Hui; Chen, Hung-Ing; Tsai, Chung-Yuan [Graduate Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering and Department of Electronic Engineering, Chang Gung University, 259 Wen-Hwa 1st Road, Kwei-Shan, Tao-Yuan 333, Taiwan, ROC (China); Jiang, Joe-Air [Department of Bio-Industrial Mechatronics Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan, ROC (China); Nee, Tzer-En, E-mail: neete@mail.cgu.edu.tw [Graduate Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering and Department of Electronic Engineering, Chang Gung University, 259 Wen-Hwa 1st Road, Kwei-Shan, Tao-Yuan 333, Taiwan, ROC (China)

    2013-04-15

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) has attracted intensive research effort in recent years, due to its unique properties and versatile applications. Recent work on the conservation of surface plasmon (SP) and light through period metal arrays has elucidated the propagation of SP resonance behavior. In this paper, we discuss the enhancement of exciton radiative recombination of the ZnO nanowires with Al cylindrical micropillars. Optical characterization of exciton interacted with SP resonance for indium-doped ZnO nanowires with Al cylindrical micropillars has been also investigated. From photoluminescence spectra of In-doped ZnO nanowires, it is found that the In-doped ZnO nanowires have a blue emission at 425 nm, which resulted from the ZnO band-to-band transition. Prior to the arrays of samples were annealed, a broad green emission centered at 500 nm was observed, which is attributed to ZnO native point defects. The relatively strong green band emission results from the radiative recombination that arises from the ionized oxygen vacancy and surface-defect related luminescence. Compare the In-doped ZnO on Si substrate, the enhancement of PL intensity for In-doped ZnO with deposited Al pattern film can be attributed to strong interaction with SP resonance and exciton over a broad temperature range. These experimental results indicate that Al cylindrical micropillars can significantly enhance carrier confinement and increase the quantum efficiency of In-doped ZnO/Al heterostructures due to the interaction of SP resonance between the In-doped ZnO nanowires and Al cylindrical micropillar structures, the surface-defect related luminescence, and the auxiliary test structures with variable micropillar parameters. -- Highlights: ► We examine the exciton radiative recombination of the ZnO nanowires. ► Al cylindrical micropillars affect the carrier recombination of ZnO/Al structures. ► The interaction of SP resonance between In-doped ZnO nanowire and Al pattern film. ► The carrier

  18. Superhydrophobic surface based on a coral-like hierarchical structure of ZnO.

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    Jun Wu

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces has attracted much interest in the past decade. The fabrication methods that have been studied are chemical vapour deposition, the sol-gel method, etching technique, electrochemical deposition, the layer-by-layer deposition, and so on. Simple and inexpensive methods for manufacturing environmentally stable superhydrophobic surfaces have also been proposed lately. However, work referring to the influence of special structures on the wettability, such as hierarchical ZnO nanostructures, is rare. METHODOLOGY: This study presents a simple and reproducible method to fabricate a superhydrophobic surface with micro-scale roughness based on zinc oxide (ZnO hierarchical structure, which is grown by the hydrothermal method with an alkaline aqueous solution. Coral-like structures of ZnO were fabricated on a glass substrate with a micro-scale roughness, while the antennas of the coral formed the nano-scale roughness. The fresh ZnO films exhibited excellent superhydrophilicity (the apparent contact angle for water droplet was about 0°, while the ability to be wet could be changed to superhydrophobicity after spin-coating Teflon (the apparent contact angle greater than 168°. The procedure reported here can be applied to substrates consisting of other materials and having various shapes. RESULTS: The new process is convenient and environmentally friendly compared to conventional methods. Furthermore, the hierarchical structure generates the extraordinary solid/gas/liquid three-phase contact interface, which is the essential characteristic for a superhydrophobic surface.

  19. Controllable synthesis of ZnO hierarchical architectures and their photocatalytic property

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    Fang, Linxia; Zhang, Baoliang; Li, Wei; Li, Xiangjie; Xin, Tinjun; Zhang, Qiuyu

    2014-11-01

    A facile solution route to synthesize ZnO hierarchical architectures was carried out employing trisodium citrate as structure-directing agent. Three different morphologies and crystal phase samples, including double-layer hexagonal prism ascribed to wurtzite ZnO (JCPDS No. 36-1451), porous microspheres ascribed to an unusual ZnO phase (JCPDS No. 21-1486) and smooth solid amorphous zinc citrate microsphere, were obtained. FESEM, TEM, XRD and FT-IR spectroscope were used to investigate the structure character of the products. The influence of the citrate concentration on ZnO microstructure was studied. It was found that the citrate concentration played a key role in evolution of the morphology and crystal phase. On the basis of experimental results, a possible formation mechanism of the ZnO hierarchical nanostructures was proposed. Photocatalytic property of the samples was evaluated by photodegradation reaction of methylene blue (MB) under UV irradiation. Among these products, double-layer hexagonal prism samples exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity.

  20. Fabrication of ZnO Nanowires Arrays by Anodization and High-Vacuum Die Casting Technique, and Their Piezoelectric Properties.

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    Kuo, Chin-Guo; Chang, Ho; Wang, Jian-Hao

    2016-03-24

    In this investigation, anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) with arrayed and regularly arranged nanopores is used as a template in the high-vacuum die casting of molten zinc metal (Zn) into the nanopores. The proposed technique yields arrayed Zn nanowires with an aspect ratio of over 600. After annealing, arrayed zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires are obtained. Varying the anodizing time yields AAO templates with thicknesses of approximately 50 μm, 60 μm, and 70 μm that can be used in the fabrication of nanowires of three lengths with high aspect ratios. Experimental results reveal that a longer nanowire generates a greater measured piezoelectric current. The ZnO nanowires that are fabricated using an alumina template are anodized for 7 h and produce higher piezoelectric current of up to 69 pA.

  1. Fabrication of ZnO Nanowires Arrays by Anodization and High-Vacuum Die Casting Technique, and Their Piezoelectric Properties

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    Chin-Guo Kuo

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available In this investigation, anodic aluminum oxide (AAO with arrayed and regularly arranged nanopores is used as a template in the high-vacuum die casting of molten zinc metal (Zn into the nanopores. The proposed technique yields arrayed Zn nanowires with an aspect ratio of over 600. After annealing, arrayed zinc oxide (ZnO nanowires are obtained. Varying the anodizing time yields AAO templates with thicknesses of approximately 50 μm, 60 μm, and 70 μm that can be used in the fabrication of nanowires of three lengths with high aspect ratios. Experimental results reveal that a longer nanowire generates a greater measured piezoelectric current. The ZnO nanowires that are fabricated using an alumina template are anodized for 7 h and produce higher piezoelectric current of up to 69 pA.

  2. Room Temperature Ferromagnetism of (Mn,Fe Codoped ZnO Nanowires Synthesized by Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Yongqin Chang

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available (Mn,Fe codoped ZnO nanowires were synthesized on silicon substrates in situ using a chemical vapor deposition method. The structure and property of the products were investigated by X-ray, electron microscopy, Raman, photoluminescence, and superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer. The doped nanowires are of pure wurtzite phase with single crystalline, and the elements distribute homogeneously in the doped nanowires. Photoluminescence spectrum of the doped nanowires is dominated by a deep-level emission with a negligible near-band-edge emission. The magnetic hysteresis curve with a coercive field of 35 Oe is clearly observed at 300 K, resulting from room-temperature ferromagnetic ordering in the (Mn,Fe codoped ZnO nanowires, which has great potential applications for spintronics devices.

  3. The Modulation of Optical Property and its Correlation with Microstructures of ZnO Nanowires

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    Hope Greg

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract ZnO nanowires with both good crystallinity and oxygen vacancies defects were synthesized by thermal oxidation of Zn substrate pretreated in concentrated sulfuric acid under the air atmosphere, Ar- and air-mixed gas stream. The photoluminescence spectra reveal that only near-band-edge (NBE emission peak was observed for the sample grown in the air atmosphere; the broad blue–green and the red-shifted NBE emission peaks were observed for the sample grown in the mixed gas stream, indicating that the sample grown in the mixed gas stream has a defective structure and its optical properties can be modulated by controlling its structure. The high-resolution transmission electron microscope and the corresponding structural simulation confirm that the oxygen vacancies exist in the crystal of the nanowires grown in the mixed gas stream. The ZnO nanowires with oxygen vacancies defects exhibit better photocatalytic activity than the nanowires with good crystallinity. The photocatalytic process obeys the rules of first-order kinetic reaction, and the rate constants were calculated.

  4. Growth of ZnO nanowires on polypropylene membrane surface-Characterization and reactivity

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    Bojarska, Marta; Nowak, Bartosz; Skowroński, Jarosław; Piątkiewicz, Wojciech; Gradoń, Leon

    2017-01-01

    Need for a new membrane is clearly visible in recent studies, mostly due to the fouling phenomenon. Authors, focused on problem of biofouling caused by microorganisms that are present in water environment. An attempt to form a new membrane with zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires was made; where plasma treatment was used as a first step of modification followed by chemical bath deposition. Such membrane will exhibit additional reactive properties. ZnO, because of its antibacterial and photocatalytic properties, is more and more often used in commercial applications. The authors used SEM imaging, measurement of the contact angle, XRD and the FT-IR analysis for membrane characterization. Amount of ZnO deposited on membrane surface was also investigated by dithizone method. Photocatalytic properties of such membranes were examined through methylene blue and humic acid degradation in laboratory scale modules with LEDs as either: wide range white or UV light source. Antibacterial and antifouling properties of polypropylene membranes modified with ZnO nanowires were examined through a series of tests involving microorganisms: model gram-positive and -negative bacteria. The obtained results showed that it is possible to modify the membrane surface in such a way, that additional reactive properties will be given. Thus, not only did the membrane become a physical barrier, but also turned out to be a reactive one.

  5. Growth and Transfer of Monolithic Horizontal ZnO Nanowire Superstructures onto Flexible Substrates

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    Xu, Sheng

    2010-04-28

    A method of fabricating horizontally aligned ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays with full control over the width and length is demonstrated. A cross-sectional view of the NWs by transmission electron microscopy shows a "mushroom-like" structure. Novel monolithic multisegment superstructures are fabricated by making use of the lateral overgrowth. Ultralong horizontal ZnO NWs of an aspect ratio on the order often thousand are also demonstrated. These horizontal NWs are lifted off and transferred onto a flexible polymer substrate, which may have many great applications in horizontal ZnO NW-based nanosensor arrays, light-emitting diodes, optical gratings, integrated circuit interconnects, and high-output-power alternating-current nanogenerators. © 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.

  6. Growth of Horizonatal ZnO Nanowire Arrays on Any Substrate

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    Qin, Yong

    2008-12-04

    A general method is presented for growing laterally aligned and patterned ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays on any substrate as long as it is flat. The orientation control is achieved using the combined effect from ZnO seed layer and the catalytically inactive Cr (or Sn) layer for NW growth. The growth temperature (< 100 °C) is so low that the method can be applied to a wide range of substrates that can be inorganic, organic, single crystal, polycrystal, or amorphous. The laterally aligned ZnO NW arrays can be employed for various applications, such as gas sensor, field effect transistor, nanogenerator, and flexible electronics. © 2008 American Chemical Society.

  7. Hierarchical porous NiCo2O4 nanowires for high-rate supercapacitors.

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    Jiang, Hao; Ma, Jan; Li, Chunzhong

    2012-05-11

    We demonstrate a simple and scalable strategy for synthesizing hierarchical porous NiCo(2)O(4) nanowires which exhibit a high specific capacitance of 743 F g(-1) at 1 A g(-1) with excellent rate performance (78.6% capacity retention at 40 A g(-1)) and cycling stability (only 6.2% loss after 3000 cycles).

  8. Photocatalytic properties of hierarchical ZnO flowers synthesized by a sucrose-assisted hydrothermal method

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    Lv, Wei; Wei, Bo; Xu, Lingling; Zhao, Yan; Gao, Hong; Liu, Jia

    2012-10-01

    In this work, hierarchical ZnO flowers were synthesized via a sucrose-assisted urea hydrothermal method. The thermogravimetric analysis/differential thermal analysis (TGA-DTA) and Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR) showed that sucrose acted as a complexing agent in the synthesis process and assisted combustion during annealing. Photocatalytic activity was evaluated using the degradation of organic dye methyl orange. The sucrose added ZnO flowers showed improved activity, which was mainly attributed to the better crystallinity as confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis. The effect of sucrose amount on photocatalytic activity was also studied.

  9. Electrophoretic deposition of ZnO nanostructures: Au nanoclusters on Si substrates induce self-assembled nanowire growth

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    Sandoval, Claudia [Laboratorio de Nanomateriales y Propiedades Dieléctricas, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnología, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina); Marin, Oscar [CONICET – LAFISO, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnología, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina); Real, Silvina [Laboratorio de Nanomateriales y Propiedades Dieléctricas, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnología, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina); Comedi, David [CONICET – LAFISO, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnología, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina); Tirado, Mónica, E-mail: mtirado@herrera.unt.edu.ar [Laboratorio de Nanomateriales y Propiedades Dieléctricas, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnología, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina)

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • ZnO nanowires were grown on silicon substrate by electrophoretic deposition technique without use a porous template. • The growth was induced by Au nanoclusters and was performed at room temperature. • The photoluminescence spectrum for the nanowires obtained shows a broad UV-blue excitonic emission peak and a low emission in the green region. - Abstract: The present work reports the self-assembled growth of ZnO nanowires on silicon substrate with nanometer sized Au clusters using electrophoretic deposition technique at room temperature without a sacrificial template. A colloidal suspension of ≈5 nm sized ZnO nanoparticles dispersed in 2-propanol was used (nanoparticle bandgap of 3.47 eV as determined from absorbance measurements). The results show that the Au nanoclusters on the silicon substrate induce the self-assembly of the ZnO nanoparticles into vertically aligned ZnO nanowires. This effect is tentatively explained as being due to increased electric field intensities near the Au nanoclusters during the electrophoretic deposition. Photoluminescence measurements reveal the presence of quantum confined excitons and a relatively low concentration of deep defects in the nanowires. The electric field guided growth of semiconductor nanostructures at room temperature has great industrial potential as it minimizes production costs and enables the use of substrate materials not withstanding high temperatures.

  10. Conformal growth of ZnO on TiO{sub 2} nanowire array for enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Tao, Ru-Hua [Key Laboratory of Photonic Devices and Materials, Anhui Province, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Department of Physics, University of Coimbra, Rua Larga, Coimbra 3004-516 (Portugal); Wu, Jin-Ming, E-mail: msewjm@zju.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials and Zhejiang Provincial Key Laboratory of Organic Pollution Process and Control, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Xiao, Jing-Zhong [Department of Physics, University of Coimbra, Rua Larga, Coimbra 3004-516 (Portugal); Zhao, Yi-Ping; Dong, Wei-Wei; Fang, Xiao-Dong [Key Laboratory of Photonic Devices and Materials, Anhui Province, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Key Laboratory of New Thin Film Solar Cells, Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China)

    2013-08-15

    Quasi-aligned core–shell TiO{sub 2}/ZnO nanowires were fabricated by a conformal growth of ZnO along TiO{sub 2} nanowires through pulsed laser deposition. The TiO{sub 2} nanowire array was fabricated simply by direct oxidation of metallic Ti substrates in hydrogen peroxide solutions containing trace melamine and nitric acid. The X-ray diffraction pattern shows that, the ZnO layer was oriented grown to exhibit an abnormal strong X-ray peak corresponding to (0 0 2). The UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectra reveal that the bandgap of TiO{sub 2} nanowire array and that after the ZnO deposition for 30 min was 3.1 eV and 2.7 eV, respectively. The pulsed laser deposition of ZnO on the TiO{sub 2} nanowire array is effective to improve both the photoelectrochemical response and the efficiency to assist photodegradation of rhodamine B in water.

  11. Experimental study of electrical properties of ZnO nanowire random networks for gas sensing and electronic devices

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    Zhang, D.; Chava, S.; Berven, C.; Lee, S. K.; Devitt, R.; Katkanant, V.

    2010-07-01

    In this paper, we report on studying of ZnO nanowire mats as an electrical nanomaterial with particular interest in their interaction with various gas surroundings for gas sensing characteristics. The ZnO nanowires were synthesized on sapphire substrates using a horizontal tube furnace. The techniques of Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDS), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) were applied to determine the as-grown ZnO nanowires’ morphological and crystal structures, chemical composition and electronic states. Four-terminal current-voltage (I-V) measurements were used to examine the electrical conductance of the ZnO nanowire mats exposed to various testing gases with reference to the vacuum condition. Gas exposure experiments were conducted in a custom-built environmental chamber, which was filled with different testing gases. We observed the current being significantly influenced with ambient CO gas. The I-V behavior of CO gas was also found to be reversible and repeatable after the chamber evacuation, which indicates that the ZnO nanowire mats can be used for gas sensing purposes. A possible interactive model of nanowires and testing gas molecules is proposed to elucidate the sensing selective and sensitive mechanism for gas sensors.

  12. Electrospun ZnO nanowire plantations in the electron transport layer for high-efficiency inverted organic solar cells.

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    Elumalai, Naveen Kumar; Jin, Tan Mein; Chellappan, Vijila; Jose, Rajan; Palaniswamy, Suresh Kumar; Jayaraman, Sundaramurthy; Raut, Hemant Kumar; Ramakrishna, Seeram

    2013-10-09

    Inverted bulk heterojunction organic solar cells having device structure ITO/ZnO/poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT):[6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) /MoO3/Ag were fabricated with high photoelectric conversion efficiency and stability. Three types of devices were developed with varying electron transporting layer (ETL) ZnO architecture. The ETL in the first type was a sol-gel-derived particulate film of ZnO, which in the second and third type contained additional ZnO nanowires of varying concentrations. The length of the ZnO nanowires, which were developed by the electrospinning technique, extended up to the bulk of the photoactive layer in the device. The devices those employed a higher loading of ZnO nanowires showed 20% higher photoelectric conversion efficiency (PCE), which mainly resulted from an enhancement in its fill factor (FF). Charge transport characteristic of the device were studied by transient photovoltage decay and charge extraction by linearly increasing voltage techniques. Results show that higher PCE and FF in the devices employed ZnO nanowire plantations resulted from improved charge collection efficiency and reduced recombination rate.

  13. High performance hydrogen sensor based on Mn implanted ZnO nanowires array fabricated on ITO substrate.

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    Renitta, A; Vijayalakshmi, K

    2017-08-01

    In the present research, we propose a novel approach for the detection of hydrogen gas using Mn implanted ZnO nanowires fabricated onto ITO coated glass substrate by chemical spray pyrolysis deposition. The effect of Mn concentration on the structural, optical and morphological properties of ZnO films were investigated. X-ray diffraction studies showed that the Mn implanted ZnO films were grown as a polycrystalline hexagonal wurtzite phase without any impurities. The (101) peak position of ZnO-Mn films was shifted towards a lower angle with increasing Mn concentration. The optical band gap decreased from 3.45eV to 3.23eV with increasing Mn content. PL spectra, revealed sharp and strong near band edge emission which suggests that ZnO nanowires exhibit high crystalline quality. FE-SEM images of Mn implanted ZnO show perfectly aligned nanowires for all the films fabricated on ITO. The material (Zn, O, Mn) was confirmed by EDX spectra. The hydrogen sensing mechanism of the Mn implanted ZnO nanowire sensor was also discussed. It was found that H2 response was significantly enhanced by more than one order of magnitude with increasing Mn doping concentrations. The studied ZnO-Mn films coated on ITO substrate can be used as a low cost and easy-fabrication hydrogen sensing material. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Hierarchical Assembly of SnO2/ZnO Nanostructures for Enhanced Photocatalytic Performance.

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    Zhu, Liangliang; Hong, Minghui; Ho, Ghim Wei

    2015-06-25

    SnO2/ZnO hierarchical heterostructures have been successfully synthesized by combining electrospinning technique and hydrothermal method. Various morphologies of the secondary ZnO nanostructures including nanorods (NRs) and nanosheets (NSs) can be tailored by adding surfactants. Photocatalytic performance of the heterostructures was investigated and obvious enhancement was demonstrated in degradation of the organic pollutant, compared to the primary SnO2-based nanofibers (NFs) and bare ZnO. Furthermore, it was found that the H2 evolution from water splitting was achieved by photocatalysis of heterostructured nanocomposites after sulfurization treatment. This synthetic methodology described herein promises to be an effective approach for fabricating variety of nanostructures for enhanced catalytic applications. The heterostructured nanomaterials have considerable potential to address the environmental and energy issues via degradation of pollutant and generation of clean H2 fuel.

  15. Electro-physical characterization of individual and arrays of ZnO nanowires

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    Mallampati, Bhargav [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle, Denton, Texas 76203 (United States); Singh, Abhay; Philipose, U. [Department of Physics, University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle, Denton, Texas 76203 (United States); Shik, Alex; Ruda, Harry E. [Centre for Advanced Nanotechnology, University of Toronto, Toronto M5S 3E3 (Canada)

    2015-07-21

    Capacitance measurements were made on an array of parallel ZnO nanowires embedded in a polymer matrix and provided with two electrodes perpendicular to the nanowires. The capacitance monotonically increased, and saturated at large negative (depleting) and large positive (accumulating) voltages. A qualitative explanation for this behavior is presented, taking into account specific features of quasi-one-dimensional screening. The increasing or decreasing character of the capacitance-voltage characteristics were determined by the conductivity type of the nanowires, which in our case was n-type. A dispersion of the experimental capacitance was observed over the entire frequency range of 1 kHz to 5 MHz. This phenomenon is explained by the slow discharge of the nanowires through the thin dielectric layer that separates them from the top electrode. Separate measurements on individual identical nanowires in a field effect transistor configuration yielded an electron concentration and mobility of approximately 10{sup 17 }cm{sup −3} and 150 cm{sup 2}/Vs, respectively, at room temperature.

  16. ZnO Nanowires Synthesized by Vapor Phase Transport Deposition on Transparent Oxide Substrates

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    Taylor Curtis

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Zinc oxide nanowires have been synthesized without using metal catalyst seed layers on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO substrates by a modified vapor phase transport deposition process using a double-tube reactor. The unique reactor configuration creates a Zn-rich vapor environment that facilitates formation and growth of zinc oxide nanoparticles and wires (20–80 nm in diameter, up to 6 μm in length, density <40 nm apart at substrate temperatures down to 300°C. Electron microscopy and other characterization techniques show nanowires with distinct morphologies when grown under different conditions. The effect of reaction parameters including reaction time, temperature, and carrier gas flow rate on the size, morphology, crystalline structure, and density of ZnO nanowires has been investigated. The nanowires grown by this method have a diameter, length, and density appropriate for use in fabricating hybrid polymer/metal oxide nanostructure solar cells. For example, it is preferable to have nanowires no more than 40 nm apart to minimize exciton recombination in polymer solar cells.

  17. Wafer-Scale High-Throughput Ordered Growth of Vertically Aligned ZnO Nanowire Arrays

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    Wei, Yaguang

    2010-09-08

    This article presents an effective approach for patterned growth of vertically aligned ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays with high throughput and low cost at wafer scale without using cleanroom technology. Periodic hole patterns are generated using laser interference lithography on substrates coated with the photoresist SU-8. ZnO NWs are selectively grown through the holes via a low-temperature hydrothermal method without using a catalyst and with a superior control over orientation, location/density, and as-synthesized morphology. The development of textured ZnO seed layers for replacing single crystalline GaN and ZnO substrates extends the large-scale fabrication of vertically aligned ZnO NW arrays on substrates of other materials, such as polymers, Si, and glass. This combined approach demonstrates a novel method of manufacturing large-scale patterned one-dimensional nanostructures on various substrates for applications in energy harvesting, sensing, optoelectronics, and electronic devices. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  18. Photoluminescence study of basal plane stacking faults in ZnO nanowires

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    Khranovskyy, V., E-mail: volkh@ifm.liu.se [Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM), Linköping University, 58183 Linköping (Sweden); Eriksson, M.O. [Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM), Linköping University, 58183 Linköping (Sweden); Radnoczi, G.Z. [Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM), Linköping University, 58183 Linköping (Sweden); Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science (MFA), Konkoly-Thege M. U. 29-33, H-1121 Budapest (Hungary); Khalid, A.; Zhang, H. [School of Physics and Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN), Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2 (Ireland); Holtz, P.O.; Hultman, L.; Yakimova, R. [Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM), Linköping University, 58183 Linköping (Sweden)

    2014-04-15

    We have investigated the photoluminescence (PL) of ZnO nanowires (NWs) containing a high density (∼1×10{sup 6} cm{sup −1}) of basal plane stacking faults (BSFs). It was observed that the BSFs result in a specific PL peak at ∼3.329 eV along with a donor bound excitonic emission (D{sup o}X) peak at 5 K. The observed BSF-related emission is of excitonic type and possesses longer PL lifetime than D{sup o}X (∼360 ps vs. ∼70 ps). Via comparison of the microstructural and the PL properties of the ZnO NWs, it is shown that the observed BSF-related emission is due to the formation of crystal phase quantum wells (QWs). This is explained by the fact that BSF in wurtzite (WZ) ZnO is the thinnest segment of zinc blende (ZB) phase ZnO inserted in the WZ matrix, resulting in band alignment of type II due to the conduction and valence band offsets of ZB with respect to WZ ZnO. The mechanism of the BSF related PL is suggested to be an indirect exciton transitions due to the recombination of electrons confined in the ZB QWs to holes in the WZ barriers localized near the BSFs.

  19. Shadow mask assisted direct growth of ZnO nanowires as a sensing medium for surface acoustic wave devices using a thermal evaporation method

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    Achath Mohanan, Ajay; Parthiban, R.; Ramakrishnan, N.

    2016-02-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires were directly synthesized on high temperature stable one-port surface acoustic wave (SAW) resonators made of LiNbO3 substrate and Pt/Ti electrodes using a self-seeding catalyst-free thermal evaporation method. To enhance post-growth device functionality, one half of an SAW resonator was masked along the interdigital transducer aperture length during the nanowire growth process using a stainless steel shadow mask, while the other half was used as the ZnO nanowire growth site. This was achieved by employing a precisely machined stainless steel sleeve to house the chip and mask in the reaction chamber during the nanowire growth process. The ZnO nanowire integrated SAW resonator exhibited ultraviolet radiation sensing abilities which indicated that the ZnO nanowires grown on the SAW device were able to interact with SAW propagation on the substrate even after the device was exposed to extremely harsh conditions during the nanowire growth process. The use of a thermal evaporation method, instead of the conventionally used solution-grown method for direct growth of ZnO nanowires on SAW devices, paves the way for future methods aimed at the fabrication of highly sensitive ZnO nanowire-LiNbO3 based SAW sensors utilizing coupled resonance phenomenon at the nanoscale.

  20. A metal-semiconductor-metal detector based on ZnO nanowires grown on a graphene layer

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    Xu, Qiang; Cheng, Qijin; Zhong, Jinxiang; Cai, Weiwei; Zhang, Zifeng; Wu, Zhengyun; Zhang, Fengyan

    2014-02-01

    High quality ZnO nanowires (NWs) were grown on a graphene layer by a hydrothermal method. The ZnO NWs revealed higher uniform surface morphology and better structural properties than ZnO NWs grown on SiO2/Si substrate. A low dark current metal-semiconductor-metal photodetector based on ZnO NWs with Au Schottky contact has also been fabricated. The photodetector displays a low dark current of 1.53 nA at 1 V bias and a large UV-to-visible rejection ratio (up to four orders), which are significantly improved compared to conventional ZnO NW photodetectors. The improvement in UV detection performance is attributed to the existence of a surface plasmon at the interface of the ZnO and the graphene.

  1. A metal-semiconductor-metal detector based on ZnO nanowires grown on a graphene layer.

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    Xu, Qiang; Cheng, Qijin; Zhong, Jinxiang; Cai, Weiwei; Zhang, Zifeng; Wu, Zhengyun; Zhang, Fengyan

    2014-02-07

    High quality ZnO nanowires (NWs) were grown on a graphene layer by a hydrothermal method. The ZnO NWs revealed higher uniform surface morphology and better structural properties than ZnO NWs grown on SiO2/Si substrate. A low dark current metal-semiconductor-metal photodetector based on ZnO NWs with Au Schottky contact has also been fabricated. The photodetector displays a low dark current of 1.53 nA at 1 V bias and a large UV-to-visible rejection ratio (up to four orders), which are significantly improved compared to conventional ZnO NW photodetectors. The improvement in UV detection performance is attributed to the existence of a surface plasmon at the interface of the ZnO and the graphene.

  2. Morphology-controlled ZnO nanowire arrays for tailored hybrid composites with high damping.

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    Malakooti, Mohammad H; Hwang, Hyun-Sik; Sodano, Henry A

    2015-01-14

    Hybrid fiber reinforced composites using a nanoscale reinforcement of the interface have not reached their optimal performance in practical applications due to their complex design and the challenging assembly of their multiscale components. One promising approach to the fabrication of hybrid composites is the growth of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowire arrays on the surface of carbon fibers to provide improved interfacial strength and out of plane reinforcement. However, this approach has been demonstrated mainly on fibers and thus still requires complex processing conditions. Here we demonstrate a simple approach to the fabrication of such composites through the growth of the nanowires on the fabric. The fabricated composites with nanostructured graded interphase not only exhibit remarkable damping enhancement but also stiffness improvement. It is demonstrated that these two extremely important properties of the composite can be controlled by tuning the morphology of the ZnO nanowires at the interface. Higher damping and flexural rigidity of these composites over traditional ones offer practical high-performance composites.

  3. XPS investigation of titanium contact formation to ZnO nanowires

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    Barnett, Chris J.; Castaing, Ambroise; Jones, Daniel R.; Lewis, Aled R.; Jenkins, Lewys J.; Cobley, Richard J.; Maffeis, Thierry G. G.

    2017-02-01

    Ti is often used to form an initial Ohmic interface between ZnO and Au due to its low work function, and the TiO2/ZnO heterojunction is also of great importance for many practical applications of nanoparticles. Here, Ti has been controllably deposited onto hydrothermally grown ZnO nanowires and the formation of metal-semiconductor contact has been investigated using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. XPS results showed that that the Ti initially reacts with surface oxygen species to form TiO2, and further deposition results in the formation of oxides with oxidation state numbers lower than four, and eventually metallic Ti on top of the TiO2. The formation of TiC was also observed. XPS showed that the onset of metallic Ti coincided with a Zn 3p core level shift to lower binding energy, indicating upwards band bending and the formation of a rectifying contact. Annealing caused a near-complete conversion of the metallic Ti to TiO2 and caused the Zn 3p to shift back to its original higher binding energy, resulting in downwards band bending and a more Ohmic contact. PL measurements showed that the optical properties of the nanowires are not affected by the contact formation.

  4. Hybrid ZnO nanowire/a-Si:H thin-film radial junction solar cells using nanoparticle front contacts

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    Pathirane, M., E-mail: minoli.pathirane@uwaterloo.ca; Iheanacho, B.; Lee, C.-H.; Wong, W. S. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 (Canada); Tamang, A.; Knipp, D. [Research Center for Functional Materials and Nanomolecular Science, Jacobs University Bremen, Bremen 28759 (Germany); Lujan, R. [Electronic Materials and Devices Laboratory, Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto, California 93003 (United States)

    2015-10-05

    Hydrothermally synthesized disordered ZnO nanowires were conformally coated with a-Si:H thin-films to fabricate three dimensional hybrid nanowire/thin-film structures. The a-Si:H layer formed a radial junction p-i-n diode solar cell around the ZnO nanowire. The cylindrical hybrid solar cells enhanced light scattering throughout the UV-visible-NIR spectrum (300 nm–800 nm) resulting in a 22% increase in short-circuit current density compared to the reference planar p-i-n device. A fill factor of 69% and a total power conversion efficiency of 6.5% were achieved with the hybrid nanowire solar cells using a spin-on indium tin oxide nanoparticle suspension as the top contact.

  5. Effect of Sb-doping on the morphology and dielectric properties of chrysanthemum-like ZnO nanowire clusters

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    Yan Jun-Feng; You Tian-Gui; Zhang Zhi-Yong; Tian Jiang-Xiao; Yun Jiang-Ni; Zhao Wu

    2012-01-01

    Chrysanthemum-like ZnO nanowire clusters with different Sb-doping concentrations were prepared using a hydrothermal process. The microstructures,morphologies,and dielectric properties of the as-prepared products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD),high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM),field emission environment scanning electron microscope (FEESEM),and microwave vector network analyzer respectively.The results indicate that the as-prepared products are Sb-doped ZnO single crystallines with a hexagonal wurtzite structure,the flower bud saturation degree Fd is obviously different from that of the pure ZnO nanowire clusters,the good dielectric loss property is found in Sb-doped ZnO products with low density,and the dielectric loss tangent tanδe increases with the increase of the Sb-doping concentration in a certain concentration range.

  6. Mechanical and field-emission properties of individual ZnO nanowires studied in situ by transmission electron microscopy

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    2007-01-01

    The mechanical and field-emission properties of individual ZnO nanowires,grown by a solid-vapour phase thermal sublimation process,were studied in situ by transmission electron microscopy(TEM)using a home-made TEM specimen holder.The mechanical resonance is electrically induced by applying an oscillating voltage,and in situ imaging has been achieved simultaneously.The mechanical results indicate that the elastic bending modulus of individual ZnO nanowires were measured to be~58 GPa.A nanobalance was buil...

  7. Electrodeposition of hierarchical ZnO nanorod arrays on flexible stainless steel mesh for dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Lu, Hui; Zhai, Xiangyang; Liu, Wenwu; Zhang, Mei; Guo, Min, E-mail: guomin@ustb.edu.cn

    2015-07-01

    Hierarchical ZnO nanorod arrays (ZNRAs) were synthesized on flexible stainless steel mesh (SSM) in large scale by a two-step facile electrodeposition method. The structure and morphology of the as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The growth mechanism of the ZnO hierarchical nanostructures was also discussed. Moreover, the effect of ZnO morphology on the photovoltaic performance of the flexible DSSCs based on SSM supported ZnO nanostructures was investigated in detail. It is shown that the flexible DSSCs exhibited a relatively higher power conversion efficiency of 1.11% compared with that based on primary ZNRAs. - Highlights: • Hierarchical ZnO nanorod arrays (ZNRAs) were prepared by electrodeposition method. • Flexible stainless steel mesh (SSM) supported with hierarchical ZNRAs was first used for DSSCs. • The effect of ZnO morphology on the photovoltaic performance of flexible DSSCs was investigated. • The DSSC based on 3-Hierarchical ZNRAs/ZNPs showed a relatively efficiency of 1.11%.

  8. Catalyst-Free Synthesis of ZnO Nanowires on Oxidized Silicon Substrate for Gas Sensing Applications.

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    Behera, B; Chandra, S

    2015-06-01

    In the present work, we report the synthesis of nanostructured ZnO by oxidation of zinc film without using a seed or catalyst layer. The zinc films were deposited on oxidized Si substrates by RF magnetron sputtering process. These were oxidized in dry and wet air/oxygen ambient. The optimized process yielded long nanowires of ZnO having diameter of around 60-70 nm and spread uniformly over the surface. The effect of oxidation temperature, time, Zn film thickness and the ambient has strong influence on the morphology of resulting nanostruxctured ZnO film. The films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy for morphological studies and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis to study the phase of the nanostructured ZnO. Room temperature photoluminescence (PL) measurements of the nanowires show UV and green emission. A sensor was designed and fabricated using nanostructured ZnO film, incorporating inter-digital-electrode (IDE) for the measurement of resistance of the sensing layer. The gas sensing properties were investigated from the measurement of change in resistance when exposed to vapours of different volatile organic compound (VOC) such as acetone, ethanol, methanol and 2-propanol. The results suggest that ZnO nanowires fabricated by this method have potential application in gas sensors.

  9. Molecular nitrogen acceptors in ZnO nanowires induced by nitrogen plasma annealing

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    Ton-That, C.; Zhu, L.; Lockrey, M. N.; Phillips, M. R.; Cowie, B. C. C.; Tadich, A.; Thomsen, L.; Khachadorian, S.; Schlichting, S.; Jankowski, N.; Hoffmann, A.

    2015-07-01

    X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy, photoluminescence, cathodoluminescence, and Raman spectroscopy have been used to investigate the chemical states of nitrogen dopants in ZnO nanowires. It is found that nitrogen exists in multiple states: NO,NZn, and loosely bound N2 molecule. The results establish a direct link between a donor-acceptor pair emission at 3.232 eV and the concentration of loosely bound N2. This work confirms that N2 at Zn site is a potential candidate for producing a shallow acceptor state in N-doped ZnO as theoretically predicted by Lambrecht and Boonchun [Phys. Rev. B 87, 195207 (2013), 10.1103/PhysRevB.87.195207]. Additionally, shallow acceptor states arising from NO complexes have been ruled out in this paper.

  10. Optical Properties of ZnO Nanowires and Nanorods Synthesized by Two Step Oxidation Process

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    Vahid ghafouri

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available ZnO nanowires with a diameter of 70 nm and nanorods with a diameter in the range of 100-150 nm and two micrometer in length were grown on glass substrates by resistive evaporation method and applying a two step oxidation process at low temperatures, without using any catalyst, template or buffer layer. XRD pattern of these nanostructures indicated a good crystallinity property with wurtzite hexagonal structure. Photoluminescence measurement revealed three band emissions; one sharp strong peak in the UV region and two weaker peaks in the visible region, indicate good optical properties of nanorods synthesized by this method. Heat treatment in oxygen-rich atmosphere results to decrease of deep-level emission intensity in the PL spectra. The relatively high intensity of UV emission implies that this approach is a simple and promising method for fabricating ZnO nanorods in order to be used in optoelectronic devices especially in the UV range of the spectrum.

  11. Multilevel resistance in ZnO nanowire memristors enabled by hydrogen annealing treatment

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    Lee, Sunghun; Park, Jung-Bong; Lee, Myoung-Jae; Boland, John J.

    2016-12-01

    In non-volatile memory technology, various attempts to overcome both technology and physical limits have led to development of neuromorphic devices like memristors. Moreover, multilevel resistance and the potential for enhanced memory capability has attracted much attention. Here, we report memristive characteristics and multilevel resistance in a hydrogen annealed ZnO nanowire device. We find that the memristive behavior including negative differential resistance arises from trapped electrons in an amorphous ZnO interfacial layer at the injection electrode that is formed following hydrogen annealing. Furthermore, we demonstrate that it is possible to control electrons trapping and detrapping by the controlled application of voltage pulses to establish a multilevel memory. These results could pave the way for multifunctional memory device technology such as the artificial neuromorphic system.

  12. Fabrication of a Miniaturized ZnO Nanowire Accelerometer and Its Performance Tests

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    Hyun Chan Kim

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports a miniaturized piezoelectric accelerometer suitable for a small haptic actuator array. The accelerometer is made with zinc oxide (ZnO nanowire (NW grown on a copper wafer by a hydrothermal process. The size of the accelerometer is 1.5 × 1.5 mm2, thus fitting the 1.8 × 1.8 mm2 haptic actuator array cell. The detailed fabrication process of the miniaturized accelerometer is illustrated. Performance evaluation of the fabricated accelerometer is conducted by comparing it with a commercial piezoelectric accelerometer. The output current of the fabricated accelerometer increases linearly with the acceleration. The miniaturized ZnO NW accelerometer is feasible for acceleration measurement of small and lightweight devices.

  13. Multilevel resistance in ZnO nanowire memristors enabled by hydrogen annealing treatment

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    Sunghun Lee

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available In non-volatile memory technology, various attempts to overcome both technology and physical limits have led to development of neuromorphic devices like memristors. Moreover, multilevel resistance and the potential for enhanced memory capability has attracted much attention. Here, we report memristive characteristics and multilevel resistance in a hydrogen annealed ZnO nanowire device. We find that the memristive behavior including negative differential resistance arises from trapped electrons in an amorphous ZnO interfacial layer at the injection electrode that is formed following hydrogen annealing. Furthermore, we demonstrate that it is possible to control electrons trapping and detrapping by the controlled application of voltage pulses to establish a multilevel memory. These results could pave the way for multifunctional memory device technology such as the artificial neuromorphic system.

  14. Cobalt-doped ZnO nanowires on quartz: Synthesis by simple chemical method and characterization

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    Vempati, Sesha; Shetty, Amitha; Dawson, P.; Nanda, Karunakar; Krupanidhi, S. B.

    2012-03-01

    The synthesis of cobalt-doped ZnO nanowires is achieved using a simple, metal salt decomposition growth technique. A sequence of drop casting on a quartz substrate held at 100 °C and annealing results in the growth of nanowires of average (modal) length ˜200 nm and diameter of 15±4 nm and consequently an aspect ratio of ˜13. A variation in the synthesis process, where the solution of mixed salts is deposited on the substrate at 25 °C, yields a grainy film structure which constitutes a useful comparator case. X-ray diffraction shows a preferred [0001] growth direction for the nanowires while a small unit cell volume contraction for Co-doped samples and data from Raman spectroscopy indicate incorporation of the Co dopant into the lattice; neither technique shows explicit evidence of cobalt oxides. Also the nanowire samples display excellent optical transmission across the entire visible range, as well as strong photoluminescence (exciton emission) in the near UV, centered at 3.25 eV.

  15. Luminescence studies of isolated ZnO nanowires grown by the vapour-liquid-solid method

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    Martinez, Oscar; Hortelano, Vanesa; Jimenez, Juan [Optronlab Group, Edificio I and D, Universidad de Valladolid, Paseo de Belen 1, 47011 Valladolid (Spain); Gueell, Frank; Cornet, Albert [Departament d' Electronica, Universitat de Barcelona, C/Marti i Franques 1, 08028 Barcelona, Catalunya (Spain); Morante, Joan Ramon [Departament d' Electronica, Universitat de Barcelona, C/Marti i Franques 1, 08028 Barcelona, Catalunya (Spain); IREC, Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya, C/Josep Pla 2, 08019 Barcelona, Catalunya (Spain)

    2012-07-15

    In this work we analysed, by means of Spectral Imaging Cathodoluminescence, the luminescence properties of individual ZnO nanowires (NWs) grown by chemical vapour deposition. The NWs show a general increase of the radiative recombination channels, and a decrease of the relative intensity of the visible band respect to the bound exciton emission, pointing to a high crystal quality. Local changes in the peak position and intensity of the near band edge were found by studying the luminescence of individual NWs, which have been ascribed to structural changes along them (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  16. Paper-based, sound driven piezoelectric ZnO nanowire devices

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    Bu, Ian Yi-Yu

    2017-04-01

    Vertically aligned ZnO nanowire arrays on the paper substrate are integrated into a novel, sound-driven, piezoelectric nanogenerator device. The intrinsic impedance of the circuit causes phase differences between the input and output signals. For the input sound of around 40 db, an AC output voltage of about 5 mV is achieved. Because of the paper substrate allows the acoustic energy to dissipate, the fabricated device has detected a 4.88 db loss in the input sound signal.

  17. Growth of Vertically Aligned ZnO Nanowire Arrays Using Bilayered Metal Catalysts

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    2012-01-01

    2010. [9] K. S. Leschkies, R. Divakar, J. Basu et al., “Photosensitization of ZnO nanowires with CdSe quantum dots for photovoltaic devices,” Nano...376, no. 5-6, pp. 653–658, 2003. [25] G. Z. Dai, Q. L. Zhang, Z.W. Peng et al., “One-step synthesis of low-dimensional CdSe nanostructures and...vapor-solid) mechanism, which has been reported by Dong et al. and Dai et al. [24, 25], in the CdSe and CdS system. In our case, during the early

  18. Co-doped branched ZnO nanowires for ultraselective and sensitive detection of xylene.

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    Woo, Hyung-Sik; Kwak, Chang-Hoon; Chung, Jae-Ho; Lee, Jong-Heun

    2014-12-24

    Co-doped branched ZnO nanowires were prepared by multistep vapor-phase reactions for the ultraselective and sensitive detection of p-xylene. Highly crystalline ZnO NWs were transformed into CoO NWs by thermal evaporation of CoCl2 powder at 700 °C. The Co-doped ZnO branches were grown subsequently by thermal evaporation of Zn metal powder at 500 °C using CoO NWs as catalyst. The response (resistance ratio) of the Co-doped branched ZnO NW network sensor to 5 ppm p-xylene at 400 °C was 19.55, which was significantly higher than those to 5 ppm toluene, C2H5OH, and other interference gases. The sensitive and selective detection of p-xylene, particularly distinguishing among benzene, toluene, and xylene with lower cross-responses to C2H5OH, can be attributed to the tuned catalytic activity of Co components, which induces preferential dissociation of p-xylene into more active species, as well as the increase of chemiresistive variation due to the abundant formation of Schottky barriers between the branches.

  19. Spinning Hierarchical Gold Nanowire Microfibers by Shear Alignment and Intermolecular Self-Assembly.

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    Reiser, Beate; Gerstner, Dominik; Gonzalez-Garcia, Lola; Maurer, Johannes H M; Kanelidis, Ioannis; Kraus, Tobias

    2017-05-23

    Hierarchical structures lend strength to natural fibers made of soft nanoscale building blocks. Intermolecular interactions connect the components at different levels of hierarchy, distribute stresses, and guarantee structural integrity under load. Here, we show that synthetic ultrathin gold nanowires with interacting ligand shells can be spun into biomimetic, free-standing microfibers. A solution spinning process first aligns the wires, then lets their ligand shells interact, and finally converts them into a hierarchical superstructure. The resulting fiber contained 80 vol % organic ligand but was strong enough to be removed from the solution, dried, and mechanically tested. Fiber strength depended on the wire monomer alignment. Shear in the extrusion nozzle was systematically changed to obtain process-structure-property relations. The degree of nanowire alignment changed breaking stresses by a factor of 1.25 and the elongation at break by a factor of 2.75. Plasma annealing of the fiber to form a solid metal shell decreased the breaking stress by 65%.

  20. Synthesis of hierarchical TiO2 nanowires with densely-packed and omnidirectional branches.

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    Lee, Daeho; Rho, Yoonsoo; Allen, Frances I; Minor, Andrew M; Ko, Seung Hwan; Grigoropoulos, Costas P

    2013-11-21

    In this study, a hierarchical TiO2 nanostructure with densely-packed and omnidirectional branches grown by a hydrothermal method is introduced. This morphology is achieved via high-concentration TiCl4 treatment of upright backbone nanowires (NWs) followed by hydrothermal growth. Secondary nanobranches grow in all directions from densely distributed, needle-like seeds on the jagged round surface of the backbone NWs. In addition, hierarchical, flower-like branches grow on the top surface of each NW, greatly increasing the surface area. For dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) applications, the TiO2 nanostructure demonstrated a photoconversion efficiency of up to 6.2%. A parametric study of the DSSC efficiency showed that branched TiO2 DSSCs can achieve nearly four times the efficiency of non-branched TiO2 nanowire DSSCs, and up to 170% the efficiency of previously-reported sparsely-branched TiO2 NW DSSCs.

  1. Ultra-low Thermal Conductivity in Si/Ge Hierarchical Superlattice Nanowire.

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    Mu, Xin; Wang, Lili; Yang, Xueming; Zhang, Pu; To, Albert C; Luo, Tengfei

    2015-11-16

    Due to interfacial phonon scattering and nanoscale size effect, silicon/germanium (Si/Ge) superlattice nanowire (SNW) can have very low thermal conductivity, which is very attractive for thermoelectrics. In this paper, we demonstrate using molecular dynamics simulations that the already low thermal conductivity of Si/Ge SNW can be further reduced by introducing hierarchical structure to form Si/Ge hierarchical superlattice nanowire (H-SNW). The structural hierarchy introduces defects to disrupt the periodicity of regular SNW and scatters coherent phonons, which are the key contributors to thermal transport in regular SNW. Our simulation results show that periodically arranged defects in Si/Ge H-SNW lead to a ~38% reduction of the already low thermal conductivity of regular Si/Ge SNW. By randomizing the arrangement of defects and imposing additional surface complexities to enhance phonon scattering, further reduction in thermal conductivity can be achieved. Compared to pure Si nanowire, the thermal conductivity reduction of Si/Ge H-SNW can be as large as ~95%. It is concluded that the hierarchical structuring is an effective way of reducing thermal conductivity significantly in SNW, which can be a promising path for improving the efficiency of Si/Ge-based SNW thermoelectrics.

  2. Self-assembly and template-free synthesis of ZnO hierarchical nanostructures and their photocatalytic properties.

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    Zhou, Hongshun; Zhang, Haijiao; Wang, Yong; Miao, Yu; Gu, Lanbing; Jiao, Zheng

    2015-06-15

    Despite significant progress in the field of semiconductor photocatalysis has been made, it is still a great challenge to prepare low-cost photocatalysts with high activities. In our work, three dimensional (3D) flower-like ZnO hierarchical nanostructures assembled with numerous nanosheets were fabricated by a simple, template-free and one-step hydrothermal route. The products were characterized by XRD, UV-Vis, PL, SEM, TEM, HRTEM techniques. In the process, NH4F played a crucial role for the formation of ZnO hierarchical nanostructures, which was acted both as the alkali source and morphology director. Furthermore, the growth of ZnO involved a phase transformation from intermediate compound ZnF(OH) to ZnO. To further improve the photocatalytic activity, Ag-doped ZnO photocatalyst was also prepared. The photocatalytic results indicated that the Ag/ZnO exhibited higher photocatalytic activity than the pure ZnO. The great enhancement was mainly ascribed to their unique hierarchical nanostructures as well as the modification of Ag nanoparticles. Additionally, both ZnO and Ag/ZnO microspheres showed good recycling stabilities over several separation cycles in photodegradation.

  3. One step solution synthesis towards ultra-thin and uniform single-crystalline ZnO nanowires

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    Ho, G. W.; Wong, A. S. W.

    2007-03-01

    Bundles of high-aspect-ratio single-crystalline ZnO nanowires were fabricated by a single-step mild hydrothermal condition without the use of a seeding layer, thus eliminating an annealing step. The growth yields nanowires of high aspect ratio (>200). No significant lateral growth takes place with prolonged reaction time. The morphology and aspect ratio of the final products depend on the concentration of the precursors; a highly water-soluble tetradentate cyclic tertiary amine and zinc nitrate system. The nanowires grow along the [0001] direction and have an average width of <10 nm and a narrow distribution of ±5 nm. Photoluminescence measurements of the ultra-thin nanowires exhibit a strong band-edge emission at room temperature. The highly crystalline sub tens of nanometer scale diameter nanowires can, in combination, be a good one-dimensional candidate to study optical and electronic properties.

  4. Structural analysis of ZnO nanowires synthesized by using a low-temperature hydro-thermal method

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    Lee, Sang Hyo; Lee, Jun Seok; Ko, Won Bae; Kang, Tae Seong; Hong, Jin Pyo [Hanyang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Cha, Seung Nam [Samsung Institute of Advanced Technology, Yongin (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-05-15

    The structural properties of vertically aligned ZnO nanowires (NWs) prepared using hydrothermal synthesis at various temperatures and different precursor concentrations are systematically described. The ZnO NWs were synthesized on ZnO seed layers via an aqueous solution method with zinc nitrate (Zn(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}·6H{sub 2}O) hexahydrate and hexamethylenetetramine (HMT). The growth speed and the shape of the ZnO NWs were determined for various mole concentrations. A structural analysis of the ZnO NWs was performed using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and tunneling electron microscopy. Finally, the correlation of structural results with growth conditions, such as the mole concentration and the growth temperature of chemical precursors, based on Gibbs free energy.

  5. CdTe deposition by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) technique onto ZnO nanowires

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    Salazar, Raul; Delamoreanu, Alexandru; Saidi, Bilel; Ivanova, Valentina [CEA, LETI, MINATEC Campus, 17 Rue des Martyrs, 38054, Grenoble (France); Levy-Clement, Claude [CNRS, Institut de Chimie et des Materiaux de Paris-Est, 94320, Thiais (France)

    2014-09-15

    In this study is reported CdTe deposition by Successive Ionic Layer Adsorption and reaction (SILAR) at room temperature onto ZnO nanowires (NWs). The as-deposited CdTe layer exhibits poor crystalline quality and not well defined optical transition which is probably result of its amorphous nature. The implementation of an annealing step and chemical treatment by CdCl{sub 2} to the classical SILAR technique improved significantly the CdTe film quality. The XRD analysis showed that the as treated layers are crystallized in the cubic zinc blende structure. The full coverage of ZnO nanowires and thickness of the CdTe shell, composed of small crystallites, was confirmed by STEM and TEM analysis. The layer thickness could be controlled by the number of SILAR cycles. The sharper optical transitions for the annealed and CdCl{sub 2} treated heterostructures additionally proves the enhancement of the layer crystalline quality. For comparison CdTe was also deposited by close space sublimation (CSS) method onto ZnO nanowires. It is shown that the SILAR deposited CdTe exhibits equal crystalline and optical properties to that prepared by CSS. These results demonstrate that SILAR technique is more suitable for conformal thin film deposition on nanostructures. CdTe extremely thin film deposited by SILAR method onto ZnO nanowire. (copyright 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  6. ZnO nanowire/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites for significantly enhanced photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine 6G

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    Zhang, Chao; Zhang, Jing; Su, Yanjie; Xu, Minghan; Yang, Zhi; Zhang, Yafei

    2014-02-01

    We have demonstrated a facile and low-cost approach to synthesize ZnO nanowire (NW)/reduced graphene oxide (RGO) nanocomposites, in which ZnO NWs and graphene oxide (GO) were produced in large scale separately and then hybridized into ZnO NW/RGO nanocomposites by mechanical mixing and low-temperature thermal reduction. Rhodamine 6G (Rh6G) was used as a model dye to evaluate the photocatalytic properties of ZnO NW/RGO nanocomposites. The obtained nanocomposites show significantly enhanced photocatalytic performance, which took only 10 min to decompose over 98% Rh6G. Finally the mechanism of the great enhancement about photocatalytic activity of ZnO NW/RGO nanocomposites is studied. It is mainly attributed to that RGO nanosheets can transfer the electrons of ZnO NWs excited by ultraviolet (UV) irradiation, increase electron migration efficiency, and then longer the lifetime of the holes in ZnO NWs. The high charge separation efficiency of photo-generated electron-hole pairs directly leads to the lower recombination rate of ZnO NW/RGO nanocomposites, makes more effective electrons and holes to participate the radical reactions with Rh6G, thus significantly improving the photocatalytic properties. The high degradation efficiency makes the ZnO NW/RGO nanocomposites promising candidates in the application of environmental pollutant and wastewater treatment.

  7. Optical processes in the formation of stimulated emission from ZnO nanowires

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    Liu Rui-Bin; Pan An-Lian; Wang Fei-Fei; Zou Bing-Suo

    2007-01-01

    This paper studies power dependent photoluminescence spectra, the stimulated emission occurring at ultraviolet (UV) band instead of the green emission band of ZnO nanowires, which are prepared with a chemical reduction method.The dynamics of the UV emission and green emission is given to demonstrate the reason of stimulated emission occurring at UV band but not the green emission band under high excitation, which indicates that the slow decay rate of trap state makes it easy to be fully filled and saturated, while the fast decay rate of near-band-edge exciton state makes the UV emission dominate the radiative recombination under high excitation. The UV emission, as well as the corresponding stimulated emission, occurs in competition with the green deep-trap emission. In addition, when pump fluence further increases, the multiple lasing modes appear. The dependence of these lasing modes on the pump fluence is first discussed.This diagram should be helpful to understand and design the optical nanodevices of ZnO nanowires.

  8. Growth of ZnO nanowires through thermal oxidation of metallic zinc films on CdTe substrates

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    Martinez, O., E-mail: oscar@fmc.uva.es [Optronlab Group, Dpto. Fisica Materia Condensada, Edificio I-D, Universidad de Valladolid, Paseo de Belen 1, 47011, Valladolid (Spain); Hortelano, V.; Jimenez, J. [Optronlab Group, Dpto. Fisica Materia Condensada, Edificio I-D, Universidad de Valladolid, Paseo de Belen 1, 47011, Valladolid (Spain); Plaza, J.L.; Dios, S. de; Olvera, J.; Dieguez, E. [Laboratorio de Crecimiento de Cristales, Departamento de Fisica de Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Fath, R.; Lozano, J.G.; Ben, T.; Gonzalez, D. [Dpto. Ciencia de los Materiales e Ingenieria Metalurgica y Q.I., Facultad de Ciencias, Apdo. 40, 11510 Puerto Real, Cadiz (Spain); Mass, J. [Dpto. de Fisica, Universidad del Norte, Km.5 Via Puerto Colombia, Barranquilla (Colombia)

    2011-04-28

    Research highlights: > ZnO nanowires grown from thermal Zn oxidation. > TEM reveals high quality thin nanowires several microns long. > New phase formation at long oxidation time. > Good spectroscopic properties measured by Raman, Photo and Cathodoluminsecence spectroscopies. - Abstract: <112-bar 0> wurtzite ZnO nanowires (NWs) have been obtained by oxidizing in air at 500 deg. C thermally evaporated Zn metal films deposited onto CdTe substrates. The presence of Cd atoms from the substrate on the ZnO seeding layer and NWs seems to affect the growth of the NWs. The effects of the oxidation time on the structural and optical properties of the NWs are described in detail. It is shown that the NWs density decreases and their length increases when increasing the oxidation time. Thicker Zn layers result in thinner and longer ZnO NWs. Very long oxidation times also lead to the formation of a new CdO phase which is related to the partial destruction and quality reduction of the NWs. The possible process for ZnO NW formation on CdTe substrates is discussed.

  9. Optical properties of ZnO nanowire arrays electrodeposited on n- and p-type Si(1 1 1): Effects of thermal annealing

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    Lupan, O., E-mail: oleg-lupan@chimie-paristech.fr [Laboratoire d' Electrochimie, Chimie des Interfaces et Modelisation pour l' Energie (LECIME), UMR 7575 CNRS, Chimie ParisTech, 11 rue P. et M. Curie, 75231 Paris (France); Pauporte, Th., E-mail: thierry-pauporte@chimie-paristech.fr [Laboratoire d' Electrochimie, Chimie des Interfaces et Modelisation pour l' Energie (LECIME), UMR 7575 CNRS, Chimie ParisTech, 11 rue P. et M. Curie, 75231 Paris (France); Tiginyanu, I.M.; Ursaki, V.V. [Institute of Electronic Engineering and Nanotechnologies, Institute of Applied Physics, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Chisinau MD-2028 (Moldova, Republic of); Heinrich, H.; Chow, L. [Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, PO Box 162385 Orlando, FL 32816-2385 (United States)

    2011-09-25

    Highlights: > A new template-free electrochemical deposition method for the synthesis of ZnO nanorods/nanowires directly on n- and p-type silicon (Si) substrates. > Improved structural, electrical and optical properties of the ZnO nanowires/p-Si (1 1 1) heterojunction have been demonstrated. > Photodetectors have been fabricated based on the n-ZnO nanowires/p-Si heterojunction obtained by electrodeposition. - Abstract: Electrodeposition is a low temperature and low cost growth method of high quality nanostructured active materials for optoelectronic devices. We report the electrochemical preparation of ZnO nanorod/nanowire arrays on n-Si(1 1 1) and p-Si(1 1 1). The effects of thermal annealing and type of substrates on the optical properties of ZnO nanowires electroplated on silicon (1 1 1) substrate are reported. We fabricated ZnO nanowires/p-Si structure that exhibits a strong UV photoluminescence emission and a negligible visible emission. This UV photoluminescence emission proves to be strongly influenced by the thermal annealing at 150-800 deg. C. Photo-detectors have been fabricated based on the ZnO nanowires/p-Si heterojunction.

  10. A Sensor-on-Chip Based on Second-Order Optical Effect of ZnO Nanowires

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    ZHU Jing; ZHU Guang-Ping; LU Chang-Gui; XU Chun-Xiang; CUI Yi-Ping

    2009-01-01

    Strong second-order nonlinear effect of ZnO nanowires on a silicon wafer are demonstrated by using the hyper-Rayleigh scattering (HRS) measurement. The large nonlinear effect can be attributed to the following two factors: (1) the large total dipole moment caused by high surface defect density and electrostatic potential gradient, (2) coherent effect due to high crystal quality of single nanowire. Moreover, the second-order nonlinear effect is found to become weaker when the chip is put into organic solvent due to modification of surface defect caused by organic molecules. The variation of second-order signal in the solvent indicated the potential applications of ZnO nanowires as a sensor-on-chip (SoC).

  11. Enhanced visible light photocatalytic performance of ZnO nanowires integrated with CdS and Ag2S.

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    Chen, Chienhua; Li, Zhengcao; Lin, Hehnan; Wang, Guojing; Liao, Jiecui; Li, Mingyang; Lv, Shasha; Li, Wei

    2016-03-07

    A series of ZnO-CdS-Ag2S ternary nanostructures with different amounts of Ag2S were prepared using simple and low-cost successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) and a chemical precipitation method. The ZnO nanowires, with a diameter of ∼ 100 nm and a length of ∼ 1 μm, were modified by coating CdS and Ag2S. CdS has a high absorption coefficient and can efficiently match with the energy levels of ZnO, which can enhance the light absorption ability of the nanostructures. In addition, Ag2S with a narrow band gap was used as the main light absorber and played an important role in increasing the light absorption in the visible light region. The photocatalytic activity of the ZnO-CdS-Ag2S ternary nanostructures was investigated using the degradation of methyl orange (MO) in an aqueous solution under visible light. The ZnO-CdS-Ag2S ternary nanostructures were found to be more efficient than ZnO nanowires, ZnO-CdS nanowires, and ZnO-Ag2S nanowires. There is 7.68 times more photocatalytic activity for MO degradation in terms of the rate constant for ZnO-CdS-Ag2S 15-cycle ternary nanostructure compared to the as-grown ZnO. Furthermore, the effect of the amount of Ag2S and CdS on the ZnO surface on the photocatalytic activity was analyzed. The superior photo-absorption properties and photocatalytic performance of the ZnO-CdS-Ag2S ternary nanostructures can be ascribed to the heterostructure, which enhanced the separation of the photo-induced electron-hole pairs. In addition, visible light could be absorbed by ZnO-CdS-Ag2S ternary nanostructures rather than by ZnO.

  12. Earth-abundant oxygen evolution catalysts coupled onto ZnO nanowire arrays for efficient photoelectrochemical water cleavage.

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    Jiang, Chaoran; Moniz, Savio J A; Khraisheh, Majeda; Tang, Junwang

    2014-09-26

    ZnO has long been considered as a model UV-driven photoanode for photoelectrochemical water splitting, but its performance has been limited by fast charge-carrier recombination, extremely poor stability in aqueous solution, and slow kinetics of water oxidation. These issues were addressed by applying a strategy of optimization and passivation of hydrothermally grown 1D ZnO nanowire arrays. The length and diameter of bare ZnO nanowires were optimized by varying the growth time and precursor concentration to achieve optimal photoelectrochemical performance. The addition of earth-abundant cobalt phosphate (Co-Pi) and nickel borate (Ni-B) oxygen evolution catalysts onto ZnO nanowires resulted in substantial cathodic shifts in onset potential to as low as about 0.3 V versus the reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE) for Ni-B/ZnO, for which a maximum photocurrent density of 1.1 mA cm(-2) at 0.9 V (vs. RHE) with applied bias photon-to-current efficiency of 0.4 % and an unprecedented near-unity incident photon-to-current efficiency at 370 nm. In addition the potential required for saturated photocurrent was dramatically reduced from 1.6 to 0.9 V versus RHE. Furthermore, the stability of these ZnO nanowires was significantly enhanced by using Ni-B compared to Co-Pi due to its superior chemical robustness, and it thus has additional functionality as a stable protecting layer on the ZnO surface. These remarkable enhancements in both photocatalytic activity and stability directly address the current severe limitations in the use of ZnO-based photoelectrodes for water-splitting applications, and can be applied to other photoanodes for efficient solar-driven fuel synthesis.

  13. Nanoscale piezoelectric response of ZnO nanowires measured using a nanoindentation technique.

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    Broitman, Esteban; Soomro, Muhammad Yousuf; Lu, Jun; Willander, Magnus; Hultman, Lars

    2013-07-14

    We report the piezoelectric properties of ZnO nanowires (NWs) obtained by using a nanoindenter with a conductive boron-doped diamond tip. The direct piezoelectric effect was measured by performing nanoindentations under load control, and the generated piezoelectric voltage was characterized as a function of the applied loads in the range 0.2-6 mN. The converse piezoelectric effect was measured by applying a DC voltage to the sample while there was a low applied force to allow the tip being always in physical contact with the NWs. Vertically aligned ZnO NWs were grown on inexpensive, flexible, and disposable paper substrates using a template-free low temperature aqueous chemical growth method. When using the nanoindenter to measure the direct piezoelectric effect, piezopotential values of up to 26 mV were generated. Corresponding measurement of the converse piezoelectric effect gave an effective piezoelectric coefficient d33(eff) of ∼9.2 pm V(-1). The ZnO NWs were also characterized using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The new nanoindentation approach provides a straightforward method to characterize piezoelectric material deposited on flexible and disposable substrates for the next generation of nanodevices.

  14. Growth of Vertically Aligned ZnO Nanowire Arrays Using Bilayered Metal Catalysts

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    Hua Qi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Vertically aligned, high-density ZnO nanowires (NWs were grown for the first time on c-plane sapphire using binary alloys of Ni/Au or Cu/Au as the catalyst. The growth was performed under argon gas flow and involved the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS growth process. We have investigated various ratios of catalyst components for the NWs growth and results indicate that very thin adhesion layers of Ni or Cu deposited prior to the Au layer are not deleterious to the ZnO NW array growth. Significant improvement of the Au adhesion on the substrate was noted, opening the potential for direct catalyst patterning of Au and subsequent NW array growth. Additionally, we found that an increase of in thickness of the Cu adhesion layer results in the simultaneous growth of NWs and nanoplates (NPs, indicating that in this case the growth involves both the VLS and vapor-solid (VS growth mechanisms. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS studies were also performed to characterize the resulting ZnO NW arrays, indicating that the NWs grown using a thin adhesion layer of Ni or Cu under the Au show comparable SERS enhancement to those of the pure Au-catalyzed NWs.

  15. Access to residual carrier concentration in ZnO nanowires by calibrated scanning spreading resistance microscopy

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    Wang, L., E-mail: lin.wang@insa-lyon.fr; Brémond, G. [Institut des Nanotechnologies de Lyon (INL), Université de Lyon, CNRS UMR 5270, INSA Lyon, Bat. Blaise Pascal, 7 Avenue Jean Capelle, 69621 Villeurbanne (France); Chauveau, J. M. [Centre de Recherche sur l' Hétéro-Epitaxie et ses Applications (CRHEA), CNRS UPR10, rue Bernard Grégory 06560 Valbonne Sophia Antipolis (France); Physics Department, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS), Parc Valrose, 06103 Nice (France); Brenier, R. [Institut Lumière Matière (ILM), Université de Lyon, CNRS UMR 5306, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 43 Boulevard du 11 Novembre 1918, 69622 Villeurbanne (France); Sallet, V.; Jomard, F.; Sartel, C. [Groupe d' Étude de la Matière Condensée (GEMaC), CNRS-Université de Versailles St Quentin en Yvelines, Université Paris-Saclay, 45 Avenue des Etats-Unis, 78035 Versailles (France)

    2016-03-28

    Scanning spreading resistance microscopy (SSRM) was performed on non-intentionally doped (nid) ZnO nanowires (NWs) grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition in order to measure their residual carrier concentration. For this purpose, an SSRM calibration profile has been developed on homoepitaxial ZnO:Ga multilayer staircase structures grown by molecular beam epitaxy. The Ga density measured by SIMS varies in the 1.7 × 10{sup 17 }cm{sup −3} to 3 × 10{sup 20 }cm{sup −3} range. From measurements on such Ga doped multi-layers, a monotonic decrease in SSRM resistance with increasing Ga density was established, indicating SSRM being a well-adapted technique for two dimensional dopant/carrier profiling on ZnO at nanoscale. Finally, relevant SSRM signal contrasts were detected on nid ZnO NWs, and the residual carrier concentration is estimated in the 1–3 × 10{sup 18 }cm{sup −3} range, in agreement with the result from four-probe measurements.

  16. Two-layer ZnO nanowire arrays: Fabrication and its photovoltaic property sensitized by CdSe and CdS quantum dots

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    Yin, Jingzhi [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); State Key Laboratory on Integrated Optoelectronics, College of Electronic Science and Engineering, Jilin University, 2699 Qianjin Street, Changchun 130012 (China); Wang, Jianxiong; Sun, Xiaowei [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore)

    2015-09-01

    Two-layer ZnO nanowire arrays have been synthesized by a low temperature hydrothermal method. The two-layer structure enables the absorption of CdSe and CdS quantum dots (QDs) on different nanostructured layers, respectively. Solar cell based on the QD sensitized ZnO nanowire arrays is fabricated. Because sequential light adsorption of different sensitizers happens in two different layers, the photoanode can reduce the interaction possibility among different QDs and extend the absorption range, and result in improved photovoltaic properties. - Highlights: • Two-layer ZnO nanowire array has been synthesized by a low temperature hydrothermal. • A two-layer quantum dot sensitized ZnO nanowire array solar cell has been fabricated. • The structure can reduce interaction possibility among different quantum dots. • The structure can extend the range of light absorption.

  17. Facile method for preparing superoleophobic surfaces with hierarchical microcubic/nanowire structures

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    Kwak, Wonshik; Hwang, Woonbong

    2016-02-01

    To facilitate the fabrication of superoleophobic surfaces having hierarchical microcubic/nanowire structures (HMNS), even for low surface tension liquids including octane (surface tension = 21.1 mN m-1), and to understand the influences of surface structures on the oleophobicity, we developed a convenient method to achieve superoleophobic surfaces on aluminum substrates using chemical acid etching, anodization and fluorination treatment. The liquid repellency of the structured surface was validated through observable experimental results the contact and sliding angle measurements. The etching condition required to ensure high surface roughness was established, and an optimal anodizing condition was determined, as a critical parameter in building the superoleophobicity. The microcubic structures formed by acid etching are essential for achieving the formation of the hierarchical structure, and therefore, the nanowire structures formed by anodization lead to an enhancement of the superoleophobicity for low surface tension liquids. Under optimized morphology by microcubic/nanowire structures with fluorination treatment, the contact angle over 150° and the sliding angle less than 10° are achieved even for octane.

  18. Cl-doped ZnO nanowires with metallic conductivity and their application for high-performance photoelectrochemical electrodes.

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    Wang, Fei; Seo, Jung-Hun; Li, Zhaodong; Kvit, Alexander V; Ma, Zhenqiang; Wang, Xudong

    2014-01-22

    Doping semiconductor nanowires (NWs) for altering their electrical and optical properties is a critical strategy for tailoring the performance of nanodevices. ZnO NWs grown by hydrothermal method are pervasively used in optoelectronic, photovoltaic, and piezoelectric energy-harvesting devices. We synthesized in situ Cl-doped ZnO NWs with metallic conductivity that would fit seamlessly with these devices and improve their performance. Possible Cl doping mechanisms were discussed. UV-visible absorption spectroscopy confirmed the visible light transparency of Cl-doped ZnO NWs. Cl-doped ZnO NW/TiO2 core/shell-structured photoelectrochemical (PEC) anode was fabricated to demonstrate the application potential of highly conductive ZnO NWs. Higher photocurrent density and overall PEC efficiency compared with the undoped ZnO NW-based device were achieved. The successful doping and low resistivity of ZnO could unlock the potential of ZnO NWs for applications in low-cost flexible transparent electrodes.

  19. Surface engineering of hierarchical platinum-cobalt nanowires for efficient electrocatalysis

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    Bu, Lingzheng; Guo, Shaojun; Zhang, Xu; Shen, Xuan; Su, Dong; Lu, Gang; Zhu, Xing; Yao, Jianlin; Guo, Jun; Huang, Xiaoqing

    2016-06-01

    Despite intense research in past decades, the lack of high-performance catalysts for fuel cell reactions remains a challenge in realizing fuel cell technologies for transportation applications. Here we report a facile strategy for synthesizing hierarchical platinum-cobalt nanowires with high-index, platinum-rich facets and ordered intermetallic structure. These structural features enable unprecedented performance for the oxygen reduction and alcohol oxidation reactions. The specific/mass activities of the platinum-cobalt nanowires for oxygen reduction reaction are 39.6/33.7 times higher than commercial Pt/C catalyst, respectively. Density functional theory simulations reveal that the active threefold hollow sites on the platinum-rich high-index facets provide an additional factor in enhancing oxygen reduction reaction activities. The nanowires are stable in the electrochemical conditions and also thermally stable. This work may represent a key step towards scalable production of high-performance platinum-based nanowires for applications in catalysis and energy conversion.

  20. Complex hierarchical arrangements of stacked nanoplates in Al-doped ZnO

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    Ortega, Y. [Departamento de Fisica de Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Mikrostrukturanalytik, Christian-Albrechts Universitaet zu Kiel, 24143 Kiel (Germany); Haeussler, D.; Jaeger, W. [Mikrostrukturanalytik, Christian-Albrechts Universitaet zu Kiel, 24143 Kiel (Germany); Piqueras, J.; Fernandez, P. [Departamento de Fisica de Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2012-08-15

    Al-doped micro- and nanostructures have been grown by an evaporation-deposition method with a mixture of ZnS and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders as precursor. It has been found that the presence of Al is the cause of the growth of complex morphologies, as rods formed by stacks of nanoplates and other complex hierarchical structures. The role of Al in the growth process has been investigated by electron microscopy techniques. Al-rich particles in specific sites of a central rod lead to hierarchical growth. Transmission electron microscopy shows that in some cases the Al-rich zones are clusters of spinel ZnAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles adhered to ZnO nanorods. Al incorporation into the structures and the dopant effect on the luminescence behavior of the ZnO structures were investigated by energy dispersive spectroscopy and by cathodoluminescence. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  1. A rapid synthesis/growth process producing massive ZnO nanowires for humidity and gas sensing

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    Hsu, Nai-Feng; Chung, Tien-Kan

    2014-09-01

    We report a rapid and simple process to massively synthesize/grow ZnO nanowires capable of manufacturing massive humidity/gas sensors. The process utilizing a chemical solution deposition with an annealing process (heating in vacuum without gas) is capable of producing ZnO nanowires within an hour. Through depositing the ZnO nanowires on the top of a Pt-interdigitated-electrode/SiO2/Si-Wafer, a humidity/gas-hybrid sensor is fabricated. The humidity sensitivity (i.e., ratio of the electrical resistance of the sensor at 11-95 % relative humidity level) is approximately 104. The response and recovery time with the humidity changing from 11 to 95 % directly and reversely is 6 and 10 s, respectively. The gas sensitivity (i.e., ratio of electrical resistance of the sensor under the air to vaporized ethanol) is increased from 2 to 56 when the concentration of the ethanol is increased from 40 to 600 ppm. Both the response and recovery times are less than 15 s for the gas sensor. These results show the sensor utilizing the nanowires exhibits excellent humidity and gas sensing.

  2. Effect of atomic layer deposition temperature on the performance of top-down ZnO nanowire transistors.

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    Sultan, Suhana M; Ditshego, Nonofo J; Gunn, Robert; Ashburn, Peter; Chong, Harold Mh

    2014-01-01

    This paper studies the effect of atomic layer deposition (ALD) temperature on the performance of top-down ZnO nanowire transistors. Electrical characteristics are presented for 10-μm ZnO nanowire field-effect transistors (FETs) and for deposition temperatures in the range 120°C to 210°C. Well-behaved transistor output characteristics are obtained for all deposition temperatures. It is shown that the maximum field-effect mobility occurs for an ALD temperature of 190°C. This maximum field-effect mobility corresponds with a maximum Hall effect bulk mobility and with a ZnO film that is stoichiometric. The optimized transistors have a field-effect mobility of 10 cm(2)/V.s, which is approximately ten times higher than can typically be achieved in thin-film amorphous silicon transistors. Furthermore, simulations indicate that the drain current and field-effect mobility extraction are limited by the contact resistance. When the effects of contact resistance are de-embedded, a field-effect mobility of 129 cm(2)/V.s is obtained. This excellent result demonstrates the promise of top-down ZnO nanowire technology for a wide variety of applications such as high-performance thin-film electronics, flexible electronics, and biosensing.

  3. Digital selective growth of a ZnO nanowire array by large scale laser decomposition of zinc acetate

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    Hong, Sukjoon; Yeo, Junyeob; Manorotkul, Wanit; Kang, Hyun Wook; Lee, Jinhwan; Han, Seungyong; Rho, Yoonsoo; Suh, Young Duk; Sung, Hyung Jin; Ko, Seung Hwan

    2013-04-01

    We develop a digital direct writing method for ZnO NW micro-patterned growth on a large scale by selective laser decomposition of zinc acetate. For ZnO NW growth, by replacing the bulk heating with the scanning focused laser as a fully digital local heat source, zinc acetate crystallites can be selectively activated as a ZnO seed pattern to grow ZnO nanowires locally on a larger area. Together with the selective laser sintering process of metal nanoparticles, more than 10 000 UV sensors have been demonstrated on a 4 cm × 4 cm glass substrate to develop all-solution processible, all-laser mask-less digital fabrication of electronic devices including active layer and metal electrodes without any conventional vacuum deposition, photolithographic process, premade mask, high temperature and vacuum environment.We develop a digital direct writing method for ZnO NW micro-patterned growth on a large scale by selective laser decomposition of zinc acetate. For ZnO NW growth, by replacing the bulk heating with the scanning focused laser as a fully digital local heat source, zinc acetate crystallites can be selectively activated as a ZnO seed pattern to grow ZnO nanowires locally on a larger area. Together with the selective laser sintering process of metal nanoparticles, more than 10 000 UV sensors have been demonstrated on a 4 cm × 4 cm glass substrate to develop all-solution processible, all-laser mask-less digital fabrication of electronic devices including active layer and metal electrodes without any conventional vacuum deposition, photolithographic process, premade mask, high temperature and vacuum environment. Electronic supplementary information available. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr34346d

  4. Green method for producing hierarchically assembled pristine porous ZnO nanoparticles with narrow particle size distribution

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    Escobedo-Morales, A., E-mail: alejandro.escobedo@correo.buap.mx [Facultad de Ingeniería Química, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, C.P. 72570 Puebla, Pue. (Mexico); Téllez-Flores, D.; Ruiz Peralta, Ma. de Lourdes [Facultad de Ingeniería Química, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, C.P. 72570 Puebla, Pue. (Mexico); Garcia-Serrano, J.; Herrera-González, Ana M. [Centro de Investigaciones en Materiales y Metalurgia, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Carretera Pachuca Tulancingo Km 4.5, Pachuca, Hidalgo (Mexico); Rubio-Rosas, E. [Centro Universitario de Vinculación y Transferencia de Tecnología, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, C.P. 72570 Puebla, Pue. (Mexico); Sánchez-Mora, E. [Instituto de Física, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Apdo. Postal J-48, 72570 Puebla, Pue. (Mexico); Olivares Xometl, O. [Facultad de Ingeniería Química, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, C.P. 72570 Puebla, Pue. (Mexico)

    2015-02-01

    A green method for producing pristine porous ZnO nanoparticles with narrow particle size distribution is reported. This method consists in synthesizing ZnO{sub 2} nanopowders via a hydrothermal route using cheap and non-toxic reagents, and its subsequent thermal decomposition at low temperature under a non-protective atmosphere (air). The morphology, structural and optical properties of the obtained porous ZnO nanoparticles were studied by means of powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and nitrogen adsorption–desorption measurements. It was found that after thermal decomposition of the ZnO{sub 2} powders, pristine ZnO nanoparticles are obtained. These particles are round-shaped with narrow size distribution. A further analysis of the obtained ZnO nanoparticles reveals that they are hierarchical self-assemblies of primary ZnO particles. The agglomeration of these primary particles at the very early stage of the thermal decomposition of ZnO{sub 2} powders provides to the resulting ZnO nanoparticles a porous nature. The possibility of using the synthesized porous ZnO nanoparticles as photocatalysts has been evaluated on the degradation of rhodamine B dye. - Highlights: • A green synthesis method for obtaining porous ZnO nanoparticles is reported. • The obtained ZnO nanoparticles have narrow particle size distribution. • This method allows obtaining pristine ZnO nanoparticles avoiding unintentional doping. • A growth mechanism for the obtained porous ZnO nanoparticles is proposed.

  5. Mechanisms involved in the hydrothermal growth of ultra-thin and high aspect ratio ZnO nanowires

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    Demes, Thomas; Ternon, Céline; Morisot, Fanny; Riassetto, David; Legallais, Maxime; Roussel, Hervé; Langlet, Michel

    2017-07-01

    Hydrothermal synthesis of ZnO nanowires (NWs) with tailored dimensions, notably high aspect ratios (AR) and small diameters, is a major concern for a wide range of applications and still represents a challenging and recurring issue. In this work, an additive-free and reproducible hydrothermal procedure has been developed to grow ultra-thin and high AR ZnO NWs on sol-gel deposited ZnO seed layers. Controlling the substrate temperature and using a low reagent concentration (1 mM) has been found to be essential for obtaining such NWs. We show that the NW diameter remains constant at about 20-25 nm with growth time contrary to the NW length that can be selectively increased leading to NWs with ARs up to 400. On the basis of investigated experimental conditions along with thermodynamic and kinetic considerations, a ZnO NW growth mechanism has been developed which involves the formation and growth of nuclei followed by NW growth when the nuclei reach a critical size of about 20-25 nm. The low reagent concentration inhibits NW lateral growth leading to ultra-thin and high AR NWs. These NWs have been assembled into electrically conductive ZnO nanowire networks, which opens attractive perspectives toward the development of highly sensitive low-cost gas- or bio-sensors.

  6. Input/output pulse operation of ZnO nanowire threshold integrators

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    White, Richard; Colli, Alan; Li Hongwei; Kivioja, Jani, E-mail: alan.colli@nokia.com [Nokia Research Center, Broers Building, 21 J J Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0FA (United Kingdom)

    2011-01-14

    Integrating more functionality into individual nano-components is a key step to exploit alternative architectures for energy-efficient computation, such as, for instance, neuromorphic computing. Here, we show how to configure ZnO nanowire field-effect transistors as light pulse integrators with programmable threshold. We demonstrate that these single-component devices can be operated as both synchronous and asynchronous neuron-like structures, where the firing threshold and the form of the output signal, either step-like or spiked, can be controlled by using several operational parameters, including the environment in which the device operates. A detailed study showing how environmental variables, such as relative humidity, ambient light and temperature, affect device operation is presented.

  7. Room temperature strong coupling effects from single ZnO nanowire microcavity

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    Das, Ayan

    2012-05-01

    Strong coupling effects in a dielectric microcavity with a single ZnO nanowire embedded in it have been investigated at room temperature. A large Rabi splitting of ?100 meV is obtained from the polariton dispersion and a non-linearity in the polariton emission characteristics is observed at room temperature with a low threshold of 1.63 ?J/cm2, which corresponds to a polariton density an order of magnitude smaller than that for the Mott transition. The momentum distribution of the lower polaritons shows evidence of dynamic condensation and the absence of a relaxation bottleneck. The polariton relaxation dynamics were investigated by timeresolved measurements, which showed a progressive decrease in the polariton relaxation time with increase in polariton density. © 2012 Optical Society of America.

  8. Transmission electron microscopy of solution-processed, intrinsic and Al-doped ZnO nanowires for transparent electrode fabrication.

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    Kusinski, G J; Jokisaari, J R; Noriega, R; Goris, L; Donovan, M; Salleo, A

    2010-03-01

    A solution-based chemistry was used to synthesize intrinsic and Al-doped (1% and 5% nominal atomic concentration of Al) ZnO nanostructures. The nanowires were grown at 300 degrees C in trioctylamine by dissolving Zn acetate and Al acetate. Different doping conditions gave rise to different nanoscale morphologies. The effect of a surfactant (oleic acid) was also investigated. An electron microscopy study correlating morphology, aspect ratio and doping of the individual ZnO wires to the electrical properties of the spin coated films is presented. HRTEM revealed single crystalline [0001] wires.

  9. Quantitative and simultaneous analysis of the polarity of polycrystalline ZnO seed layers and related nanowires grown by wet chemical deposition

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    Guillemin, Sophie; Parize, Romain; Carabetta, Joseph; Cantelli, Valentina; Albertini, David; Gautier, Brice; Brémond, Georges; Fong, Dillon D.; Renevier, Hubert; Consonni, Vincent

    2017-03-01

    The polarity in ZnO nanowires is an important issue since it strongly affects surface configuration and reactivity, nucleation and growth, electro-optical properties, and nanoscale-engineering device performances. However, measuring statistically the polarity of ZnO nanowire arrays grown by chemical bath deposition and elucidating its correlation with the polarity of the underneath polycrystalline ZnO seed layer grown by the sol–gel process represents a major difficulty. To address that issue, we combine resonant x-ray diffraction (XRD) at Zn K-edge using synchrotron radiation with piezoelectric force microscopy and polarity-sensitive chemical etching to statistically investigate the polarity of more than 107 nano-objects both on the macroscopic and local microscopic scales, respectively. By using high temperature annealing under an argon atmosphere, it is shown that the compact, highly c-axis oriented ZnO seed layer is more than 92% Zn-polar and that only a few small O-polar ZnO grains with an amount less than 8% are formed. Correlatively, the resulting ZnO nanowires are also found to be Zn-polar, indicating that their polarity is transferred from the c-axis oriented ZnO grains acting as nucleation sites in the seed layer. These findings pave the way for the development of new strategies to form unipolar ZnO nanowire arrays as a requirement for a number of nanoscale-engineering devices like piezoelectric nanogenerators. They also highlight the great advantage of resonant XRD as a macroscopic, non-destructive method to simultaneously and statistically measure the polarity of ZnO nanowire arrays and of the underneath ZnO seed layer.

  10. Quantitative and simultaneous analysis of the polarity of polycrystalline ZnO seed layers and related nanowires grown by wet chemical deposition

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    Guillemin, Sophie; Parize, Romain; Carabetta, Joseph; Cantelli, Valentina; Albertini, David; Gautier, Brice; Brémond, Georges; Fong, Dillon D.; Renevier, Hubert; Consonni, Vincent

    2017-01-30

    The polarity in ZnO nanowires is an important issue since it strongly affects surface configuration and reactivity, nucleation and growth, electro-optical properties, and nanoscaleengineering device performances. However, measuring statistically the polarity of ZnO nanowire arrays grown by chemical bath deposition and elucidating its correlation with the polarity of the underneath polycrystalline ZnO seed layer grown by the sol–gel process represents a major difficulty. To address that issue, we combine resonant x-ray diffraction (XRD) at Zn K-edge using synchrotron radiation with piezoelectric force microscopy and polarity-sensitive chemical etching to statistically investigate the polarity of more than 107 nano-objects both on the macroscopic and local microscopic scales, respectively. By using high temperature annealing under an argon atmosphere, it is shown that the compact, highly c-axis oriented ZnO seed layer is more than 92% Zn-polar and that only a few small O-polar ZnO grains with an amount less than 8% are formed. Correlatively, the resulting ZnO nanowires are also found to be Zn-polar, indicating that their polarity is transferred from the c-axis oriented ZnO grains acting as nucleation sites in the seed layer. These findings pave the way for the development of new strategies to form unipolar ZnO nanowire arrays as a requirement for a number of nanoscaleengineering devices like piezoelectric nanogenerators. They also highlight the great advantage of resonant XRD as a macroscopic, non-destructive method to simultaneously and statistically measure the polarity of ZnO nanowire arrays and of the underneath ZnO seed layer.

  11. ZnO nanowire arrays coating on TiO2 nanoparticles as a composite photoanode for a high efficiency DSSC.

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    Wang, Meili; Wang, Yan; Li, Jingbo

    2011-10-28

    A novel composite photoanode with ZnO nanowire arrays coating on the top of TiO(2) nanoparticles is fabricated, and an efficiency of 4.52% is achieved for the composite cell, far higher than both 0.90% of the ZnO nanowire cell and 3.56% of the TiO(2) nanoparticle cell. The improved efficiency is resulted from the high surface area of nanoparticles, as well as fast electron transport and light scattering effect of nanowires.

  12. Electric-field control of ferromagnetism in Mn-doped ZnO nanowires.

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    Chang, Li-Te; Wang, Chiu-Yen; Tang, Jianshi; Nie, Tianxiao; Jiang, Wanjun; Chu, Chia-Pu; Arafin, Shamsul; He, Liang; Afsal, Manekkathodi; Chen, Lih-Juann; Wang, Kang L

    2014-01-01

    In this Letter, the electric-field control of ferromagnetism was demonstrated in a back-gated Mn-doped ZnO (Mn-ZnO) nanowire (NW) field-effect transistor (FET). The ZnO NWs were synthesized by a thermal evaporation method, and the Mn doping of 1 atom % was subsequently carried out in a MBE system using a gas-phase surface diffusion process. Detailed structural analysis confirmed the single crystallinity of Mn-ZnO NWs and excluded the presence of any precipitates or secondary phases. For the transistor, the field-effect mobility and n-type carrier concentration were estimated to be 0.65 cm(2)/V·s and 6.82 × 10(18) cm(-3), respectively. The magnetic hysteresis curves measured under different temperatures (T = 10-350 K) clearly demonstrate the presence of ferromagnetism above room temperature. It suggests that the effect of quantum confinements in NWs improves Tc, and meanwhile minimizes crystalline defects. The magnetoresistace (MR) of a single Mn-ZnO NW was observed up to 50 K. Most importantly, the gate modulation of the MR ratio was up to 2.5 % at 1.9 K, which implies the electric-field control of ferromagnetism in a single Mn-ZnO NW.

  13. Passivation of surface states in the ZnO nanowire with thermally evaporated copper phthalocyanine for hybrid photodetectors

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    Chen, Qi; Ding, Huaiyi; Wu, Yukun; Sui, Mengqiao; Lu, Wei; Wang, Bing; Su, Wenming; Cui, Zheng; Chen, Liwei

    2013-05-01

    The adsorption of O2/H2O molecules on the ZnO nanowire (NW) surface results in the long lifetime of photo-generated carriers and thus benefits ZnO NW-based ultraviolet photodetectors by suppressing the dark current and improving the photocurrent gain, but the slow adsorption process also leads to slow detector response time. Here we show that a thermally evaporated copper phthalocyanine film is effective in passivating surface trap states of ZnO NWs. As a result, the organic/inorganic hybrid photodetector devices exhibit simultaneously improved photosensitivity and response time. This work suggests that it could be an effective way in interfacial passivation using organic/inorganic hybrid structures.The adsorption of O2/H2O molecules on the ZnO nanowire (NW) surface results in the long lifetime of photo-generated carriers and thus benefits ZnO NW-based ultraviolet photodetectors by suppressing the dark current and improving the photocurrent gain, but the slow adsorption process also leads to slow detector response time. Here we show that a thermally evaporated copper phthalocyanine film is effective in passivating surface trap states of ZnO NWs. As a result, the organic/inorganic hybrid photodetector devices exhibit simultaneously improved photosensitivity and response time. This work suggests that it could be an effective way in interfacial passivation using organic/inorganic hybrid structures. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental section includes materials growth, device fabrication, device characterization and the measurement process. Supplementary results and discussion includes electrical properties of the ZnO NW/CuPc device, fitting functions and parameters of photoresponse. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr01088k

  14. Identifying individual n- and p-type ZnO nanowires by the output voltage sign of piezoelectric nanogenerator

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    Lin, S S; Song, J H; Wang, Z L [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332 (United States); Lu, Y F, E-mail: zlwang@gatech.ed [State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, 310027 (China)

    2009-09-09

    Based on a comparative study between the piezoelectric outputs of n-type nanowires (NWs) and n-core/p-shell NWs along with the previous study (Lu et al 2009 Nano. Lett. 9 1223), we demonstrate a one-step technique for identifying the conductivity type of individual ZnO nanowires (NWs) based on the output of a piezoelectric nanogenerator without destroying the sample. A negative piezoelectric output voltage indicates an NW is n-type and it appears after the tip scans across the center of the NW, while a positive output voltage reveals p-type conductivity and it appears before the tip scans across the central line of the NW. This atomic force microscopy based technique is reliable for statistically mapping the majority carrier type in ZnO NWs arrays. The technique may also be applied to other wurtzite semiconductors, such as GaN, CdS and ZnS.

  15. Identifying individual n- and p-type ZnO nanowires by the output voltage sign of piezoelectric nanogenerator

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    Lin, S S

    2009-08-18

    Based on a comparative study between the piezoelectric outputs of n-type nanowires (NWs) and n-core/p-shell NWs along with the previous study (Lu et al 2009 Nano. Lett. 9 1223), we demonstrate a one-step technique for identifying the conductivity type of individual ZnO nanowires (NWs) based on the output of a piezoelectric nanogenerator without destroying the sample. A negative piezoelectric output voltage indicates an NW is n-type and it appears after the tip scans across the center of the NW, while a positive output voltage reveals p-type conductivity and it appears before the tip scans across the central line of the NW. This atomic force microscopy based technique is reliable for statistically mapping the majority carrier type in ZnO NWs arrays. The technique may also be applied to other wurtzite semiconductors, such as GaN, CdS and ZnS. © 2009 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  16. ZnO Nanowire Formation by Two-Step Deposition Method Using Energy-Controlled Hollow-Type Magnetron RF Plasma

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    Hideki Ono

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available ZnO nanowire was produced in RF (radio frequency discharge plasma. We employed here a two-step deposition technique. In the 1st step, zinc atoms were sputtered from a zinc target to create zinc nuclei on a substrate before the growth of ZnO nanostructure. Here, we used pure argon plasma for physical sputtering. In the 2nd step, we employed an oxygen discharge mixed with argon, where oxygen radicals reacted with zinc nuclei to form ZnO nanostructures. Experimental parameters such as gas flow ratio and target bias voltage were controlled in O2/Ar plasma. Properties of the depositions were analysed by SEM and Raman spectroscopy. We found that many folded and bundled nanowires formed in the 2nd step. The diameter of wires was typically 10–100 nm. We also discussed a growth mechanism of ZnO nanowires.

  17. Hierarchically mesoporous CuO/carbon nanofiber coaxial shell-core nanowires for lithium ion batteries

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    Park, Seok-Hwan; Lee, Wan-Jin

    2015-05-01

    Hierarchically mesoporous CuO/carbon nanofiber coaxial shell-core nanowires (CuO/CNF) as anodes for lithium ion batteries were prepared by coating the Cu2(NO3)(OH)3 on the surface of conductive and elastic CNF via electrophoretic deposition (EPD), followed by thermal treatment in air. The CuO shell stacked with nanoparticles grows radially toward the CNF core, which forms hierarchically mesoporous three-dimensional (3D) coaxial shell-core structure with abundant inner spaces in nanoparticle-stacked CuO shell. The CuO shells with abundant inner spaces on the surface of CNF and high conductivity of 1D CNF increase mainly electrochemical rate capability. The CNF core with elasticity plays an important role in strongly suppressing radial volume expansion by inelastic CuO shell by offering the buffering effect. The CuO/CNF nanowires deliver an initial capacity of 1150 mAh g-1 at 100 mA g-1 and maintain a high reversible capacity of 772 mAh g-1 without showing obvious decay after 50 cycles.

  18. Room temperature sputter deposited catalyst-free nanowires with wurtzite/zinc blende ZnO superstructure and their application in electromechanical nanogenerators on polymer and paper substrates

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    Borysiewicz, M. A.; Gryglas-Borysiewicz, M.; Masłyk, M.; Wojciechowski, T.; Wzorek, M.; Kaczmarski, J.; Wojtowicz, T.; Kamińska, E.

    2017-02-01

    Catalyst-free growth of ZnO nanowires using reactive magnetron sputtering at room temperature is reported. We discuss the growth of the nanowires using reactive magnetron sputtering as a function of argon and oxygen flow values changing at a set ratio of 10:2. A transition from nanostructured Zn to nanowire ZnO growth is observed at 20 sccm Ar and 4 sccm O2. Densification and improved alignment of the nanowires is visible for increasing flow values up to 50 sccm Ar and 10 sccm O2. Nanowires exhibit stacking fault regions of zinc blende ZnO in wurtzite ZnO. The regions encompass the whole width of the nanowires and their quantum well behavior is manifested in the photoluminescence spectra. The nanowires were subsequently deposited on paper and PET substrates and electromechanical nanogenerators were fabricated. Manual pressing and depressing of the devices induced voltages of 50 μV and 2 μV for the devices on PET and paper substrates, respectively.

  19. Controlled synthesis of aligned ZnO nanowires and the application in CdSe-sensitized solar cells

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    Deng, Jianping; Wang, Minqiang, E-mail: mqwang@mail.xjtu.edu.cn; Song, Xiaohui; Liu, Jing

    2014-03-05

    Highlights: • ZnO NWs were synthesized by a composite hydrothermal method. • The morphology of ZnO NWs were optimized by pretreatment of seeds. • The growth of ZnO NWs were explained with vapor–liquid equilibrium theory. -- Abstract: According to the two-step hydrothermal method, ZnO nanowires (NWs) were successfully synthesized through the pretreatment of seeds in the NaOH/Zn(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} solution and the subsequent growth of ZnO NWs in the Zn(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}/HMTA/PEI/NH{sub 4}OH solution. The method overcomes the disadvantages in the fusion and tilt of NWs. The morphology of ZnO NWs was controlled through regulating the concentration of zinc acetate in the seed precursor and changing pretreatment time of ZnO seeds. SEM images show that the length of ZnO NWs increases with the increase of the volume ratio (V{sub gas}:V{sub liquid}) in the sealed system. The absorption spectra of the bulk solution confirm that decreasing vapor pressure can release more Zn{sup 2+} and accelerate the growth of NWs. The effect of vapor pressure on the growth of NWs was explained by the vapor–liquid equilibrium theory. With ZnO NW films synthesized in the three systems as the photoanodes, we fabricated CdSe quantum-dots-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs) and tested photovoltaic (PV) performances. The result exhibits a remarkably enhanced short-circuit current density (J{sub sc}) of 6.71 mA/cm{sup 2} and power conversion efficiency (η) of 2.17%.

  20. Thiol-capped ZnO nanowire/nanotube arrays with tunable magnetic properties at room temperature.

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    Deng, Su-Zi; Fan, Hai-Ming; Wang, Miao; Zheng, Min-Rui; Yi, Jia-Bao; Wu, Rong-Qin; Tan, Hui-Ru; Sow, Chorng-Haur; Ding, Jun; Feng, Yuan-Ping; Loh, Kian-Ping

    2010-01-26

    The present study reports room-temperature ferromagnetic behaviors in three-dimensional (3D)-aligned thiol-capped single-crystalline ZnO nanowire (NW) and nanotube (NT) arrays as well as polycrystalline ZnO NT arrays. Besides the observation of height-dependent saturation magnetization, a much higher M(s) of 166 microemu cm(-2) has been found in NTs compared to NWs (36 microemu cm(-2)) due to larger surface area in ZnO NTs, indicating morphology-dependent magnetic properties in ZnO NW/NT systems. Density functional calculations have revealed that the origin of ferromagnetism is mainly attributed to spin-polarized 3p electrons in S sites and, therefore, has a strong correlation with Zn-S bond anisotropy. The preferential magnetization direction of both single-crystalline NTs and NWs lies perpendicular to the tube/wire axis due to the aligned high anisotropy orientation of the Zn-S bonds on the lateral (100) face of ZnO NWs and NTs. Polycrystalline ZnO NTs, however, exhibit a preferential magnetization direction parallel to the tube axis which is ascribed to shape anisotropy dominating the magnetic response. Our results demonstrate the interplay of morphology, dimensions, and crystallinity on spin alignment and magnetic anisotropy in a 3D semiconductor nanosystem with interfacial magnetism.

  1. Epitaxial growth of ZnO Nanodisks with large exposed polar facets on nanowire arrays for promoting photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Chen, Haining; Wei, Zhanhua; Yan, Keyou; Bai, Yang; Zhu, Zonglong; Zhang, Teng; Yang, Shihe

    2014-11-01

    Single-crystalline and branched 1D arrays, ZnO nanowires/nanodisks (NWs/NDs) arrays, are fabricated to significantly enhance the performance of photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. The epitaxial growth of the ZnO NDs with large exposed polar facets on ZnO NWs exhibits a laminated structure, which dramatically increases the light scattering capacity of the NWs arrays, especially in the wavelength region around 400 nm. The ND branching of the 1D arrays in the epitaxial fashion not only increase surface area and light utilization, but also support fast charge transport, leading to the considerable increase of photocurrent. Moreover, the tiny size NDs can facilitate charge separation and reduce charge recombination, while the large exposed polar facets of NDs reduce the external potential bias needed for water splitting. These advantages land the ZnO NWs/NDs arrays a four times higher power conversion efficiency than the ZnO NWs arrays. By sensitizing the ZnO NWs/NDs with CdS and CdSe quantum dots, the PEC performance can be further improved. This work advocates a trunk/leaf in forest concept for the single-crystalline NWs/NDs in array with enlarged exposure of polar facets, which opens the way for optimizing light harvesting and charge separation and transport, and thus the PEC water splitting.

  2. Enhanced non-volatile resistive switching in suspended single-crystalline ZnO nanowire with controllable multiple states

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    Zhang, Rui; Pang, Wei; Zhang, Qing; Chen, Yan; Chen, Xuejiao; Feng, Zhihong; Yang, Jianhua; Zhang, Daihua

    2016-08-01

    Resistive switching nanostructures are a promising candidate for next-generation non-volatile memories. In this report, we investigate the switching behaviors of single-crystalline ZnO nanowires suspended in air. They exhibit significantly higher current density, lower switching voltage, and more pronounced multiple conductance states compared to nanowires in direct contact with substrate. We attribute the effect to enhanced Joule heating efficiency, reduced surface scattering, and more significantly, the positive feedback established between the current density and local temperature in the suspended nanowires. The proposed mechanism has been quantitatively examined by finite element simulations. We have also demonstrated an innovative approach to initiating the current-temperature mutual enhancement through illumination by ultraviolet light, which further confirmed our hypothesis and enabled even greater enhancement. Our work provides further insight into the resistive switching mechanism of single-crystalline one-dimensional nanostructures, and suggests an effective means of performance enhancement and device optimization.

  3. Synthesis and stress relaxation of ZnO/Al-doped ZnO core-shell nanowires.

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    Wang, Hong-Bo; Ma, Fei; Li, Qian-Qian; Dong, Ce-Zhou; Ma, Da-Yan; Wang, Hong-Tao; Xu, Ke-Wei

    2013-04-07

    Doping nanostructures is an effective method to tune their electrical and photoelectric properties. Taking ZnO nanowires (NWs) as a model system, we demonstrate that atomic layer deposition (ALD) can be adopted for the realization of a doping process by the homo-epitaxial growth of a doped shell on the NW core. The Al-doped ZnO NWs have a layered superlattice structure with dopants mainly occupying the interstitial positions. After annealing, Al(3+) ions diffuse into the ZnO matrix and occupy substitutional locations, which is desirable for dopant activation. The stress accumulated during epitaxial growth is relaxed by the nucleation of dislocations, dislocation dipoles and anti-phase boundaries. We note that the proposed method can be easily adopted for doping different types of nanostructures, and fabricating superlattices and multiple quantum wells on NWs in a controllable way.

  4. Patterned growth of ZnO nanowires on flexible substrates for enhanced performance of flexible piezoelectric nanogenerators

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    Yang, Dechao; Qiu, Yu; Jiang, Qingyu; Guo, Zhaoshuai; Song, Wenbin; Xu, Jin; Zong, Yang; Feng, Qiuxia; Sun, Xiaoling

    2017-02-01

    Flexible piezoelectric nanogenerators (NGs) based on patterned growth of ZnO nanowires (PNWs) by the hydrothermal method are proposed for high-efficiency energy harvesting applications. The use of the PNWs in ZnO-based FPNGs results in a significant improvement in terms of the magnitude of the output currents of up to 6 times when compared with pristine ZnO NW-based FPNGs without patterned growth mode. The maximum output current was measured to be about 150 nA, which was enough to drive some micro/nanoelectronic devices. The improved output performance is mainly attributed to the patterned growth mode in FPNGs, which may significantly reduce the piezoelectric potential screening effect caused by free electrons in ZnO. This strategy may provide a highly promising platform as energy harvesting devices for viable industrial applications in portable/wearable nanodevices.

  5. Multifunctional ZnO interfaces with hierarchical micro- and nanostructures: bio-inspiration from the compound eyes of butterflies

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    Liu, Sha; Yang, Yefeng; Jin, Yizheng; Huang, Jingyun; Zhao, Binghui; Ye, Zhizhen [Zhejiang University, State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Hangzhou (China)

    2010-07-15

    Multifunctional zinc oxide (ZnO) interfaces were fabricated by utilizing the technique of low-temperature metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). The ZnO interfacial material exhibit antiwetting, antireflectance, and photonic properties derived from the unique hierarchical micro- and nanostructures of the compound eye of the butterflies. We demonstrate that the fabrication of the multifunctional interfaces by using biotemplates can be applied to other materials, such as Pt. Our study provides an excellent example to obtain multifunctional interfaces by learning from nature. (orig.)

  6. Piezo and photoelectric coupled nanogenerator using CdSe quantum dots incorporated ZnO nanowires in ITO/ZnO NW/Si structure

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    Kathalingam, A.; Valanarasu, S.; Senthilkumar, V. [Millimeter-wave INnovation Technology Research Center (MINT), Dongguk University, Seoul 100-715 (Korea, Republic of); Rhee, Jin-Koo, E-mail: jkrhee@dongguk.edu [Millimeter-wave INnovation Technology Research Center (MINT), Dongguk University, Seoul 100-715 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-02-15

    We report the fabrication of ITO/n-ZnO NW/p-Si sandwiched structure and its photoelectric and piezoelectric conversion properties. This hybrid cell was designed to harvest simultaneously both solar and mechanical energies. ZnO nanowires used in the work were grown on p-type Si substrates employing seed mediated low-temperature aqueous solution method. The synthesized ZnO nanowires were characterized by XRD, SEM and EDX characterization for their structural and morphological evaluation. The as-grown ZnO nanowires showed good crystallinity with c-axis preferable orientation. Free ZnO nanowires and CdSe quantum dots were also incorporated with the vertically grown nanowires and their response in harvesting optical and mechanical energies were investigated. The piezoelectric and photoelectric coupled effects of a ZnO nanowire device in the simultaneous conversion of both optical and mechanical energies have been studied for the first time with the goal of designing piezoelectric and photoelectric hybrid nanogenerator. This presented ITO/n-ZnO NW/p-Si heterojunction architecture is envisaged as a potentially valuable candidate for the next generation energy harvesting devices. Graphene-coated ITO was also used and its response was studied. - Highlights: ► Fabricated an unique sandwich type ITO/n-ZnO NW/p-Si nanogenerator. ► Simultaneous harvesting of both light and mechanical energy achieved. ► CdSe incorporation with ZnO nanowires increased the performance of the device. ► First report integrated both nanogenerator and solar cell in a same surface. ► Incorporating nanoantenna this structure can harvest light, heat and sound.

  7. Ammonia plasma modification towards a rapid and low temperature approach for tuning electrical conductivity of ZnO nanowires on flexible substrates

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    Ong, Wei Li; Zhang, Chun; Ho, Ghim Wei

    2011-10-01

    Though the fabrication of ZnO nanostructures is economical and low temperature, the lack of a facile, reliable and low temperature methodology to tune its electrical conductivity has prevented it from competing with other semiconductors. Here, we carried out surface modification of ZnO nanowires using ammonia plasma with no heat treatment, and studied their electrical properties over an extended time frame of more than a year. The fabrication of flexible devices was demonstrated via various methods of transferring and aligning as-synthesized ZnO nanowires onto plastic substrates. Hall measurements of the plasma modified ZnO nanowires revealed p-type conductivity. The N1s peak was present in the X-ray photoelectron spectrum of the surface modified ZnO, showing the presence of ammonia complexes. Low temperature photoluminescence showed evidence of acceptor-bound exciton emission. The resulting electrical devices, a chemical sensor and p-n homojunction, show the tunable electrical response of the surface modified ZnO nanowires.

  8. Hierarchical Nanocomposites of Polyaniline Nanowire Arrays on Reduced Graphene Oxide Sheets for Supercapacitors

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    Wang, Li; Ye, Yinjian; Lu, Xingping; Wen, Zhubiao; Li, Zhuang; Hou, Haoqing; Song, Yonghai

    2013-01-01

    Here we reported a novel route to synthesize a hierarchical nanocomposite (PANI-frGO) of polyaniline (PANI) nanowire arrays covalently bonded on reduced graphene oxide (rGO). In this strategy, nitrophenyl groups were initially grafted on rGO via C-C bond, and then reduced to aminophenyl to act as anchor sites for the growth of PANI arrays on rGO. The functionalized process was confirmed by atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis. The electrochemical properties of the PANI-frGO as supercapacitor materials were investigated. The PANI-frGO nanocomposites showed high capacitance of 590 F g−1 at 0.1 A g−1, and had no loss of capacitance after 200 cycles at 2 A g−1. The improved electrochemical performance suggests promising application of the PANI-frGO nanocomposites in high-performance supercapacitors. PMID:24356535

  9. The Antibacterial Polyamide 6-ZnO Hierarchical Nanofibers Fabricated by Atomic Layer Deposition and Hydrothermal Growth

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    Wang, Zhengduo; Zhang, Li; Liu, Zhongwei; Sang, Lijun; Yang, Lizhen; Chen, Qiang

    2017-06-01

    In this paper, we report the combination of atomic layer deposition (ALD) with hydrothermal techniques to deposit ZnO on electrospun polyamide 6 (PA 6) nanofiber (NF) surface in the purpose of antibacterial application. The micro- and nanostructures of the hierarchical fibers are characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). We find that NFs can grow into "water lily"- and "caterpillar"-like shapes, which depend on the number of ALD cycles and the hydrothermal reaction period. It is believed that the thickness of ZnO seed layer by ALD process and the period in hydrothermal reaction have the same importance in crystalline growth and hierarchical fiber formation. The tests of antibacterial activity demonstrate that the ZnO/PA 6 core-shell composite fabricated by the combination of ALD with hydrothermal are markedly efficient in suppressing bacteria survivorship.

  10. Broadband light-absorption InGaN photoanode assisted by imprint patterning and ZnO nanowire growth for energy conversion

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    Kang, Junjie; Quang Dang, Vinh; Li, Hongjian; Moon, Sungjin; Li, Panpan; Kim, Yangdoo; Kim, Chaehyun; Choi, Jinyoung; Choi, Hakjong; Liu, Zhiqiang; Lee, Heon

    2017-01-01

    In this research, an InGaN-based photoanode with a broadband light-absorption range from ultraviolet to green, patterned by imprint lithography and branched by ZnO nanowires, has been applied to water splitting. Over the solar spectrum range, the absorbance increases due to the scattering effect of the micro-structure compared to that of flat surface InGaN, which reaches a maximum of over 90% at 380 nm as ZnO nanowires are further employed in this novel photoanode. Consequently, the induced photocurrent density of the InGaN photoanode with a domelike structure and ZnO nanowires on the surface shows a remarkable enhancement of seven times that of the one with a flat surface. Further investigation indicates the wet-etching process for defect removal has an essential impact on photocurrent efficiency. This design demonstrates an innovative approach for water splitting.

  11. Heteroepitaxial Patterned Growth of Vertically Aligned and Periodically Distributed ZnO Nanowires on GaN Using Laser Interference Ablation

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    Yuan, Dajun

    2010-08-23

    A simple two-step method of fabricating vertically aligned and periodically distributed ZnO nanowires on gallium nitride (GaN) substrates is described. The method combines laser interference ablation (LIA) and low temperature hydrothermal decomposition. The ZnO nanowires grow heteroepitaxially on unablated regions of GaN over areas spanning 1 cm2, with a high degree of control over size, orientation, uniformity, and periodicity. High resolution transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy are utilized to study the structural characteristics of the LIA-patterned GaN substrate in detail. These studies reveal the possible mechanism for the preferential, site-selective growth of the ZnO nanowires. The method demonstrates high application potential for wafer-scale integration into sensor arrays, piezoelectric devices, and optoelectronic devices. © 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Intense intrashell luminescence of Eu-doped single ZnO nanowires at room temperature by implantation created Eu-Oi complexes.

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    Geburt, Sebastian; Lorke, Michael; da Rosa, Andreia L; Frauenheim, Thomas; Röder, Robert; Voss, Tobias; Kaiser, Uwe; Heimbrodt, Wolfram; Ronning, Carsten

    2014-08-13

    Successful doping and excellent optical activation of Eu(3+) ions in ZnO nanowires were achieved by ion implantation. We identified and assigned the origin of the intra-4f luminescence of Eu(3+) ions in ZnO by first-principles calculations to Eu-Oi complexes, which are formed during the nonequilibrium ion implantation process and subsequent annealing at 700 °C in air. Our targeted defect engineering resulted in intense intrashell luminescence of single ZnO:Eu nanowires dominating the photoluminescence spectrum even at room temperature. The high intensity enabled us to study the luminescence of single ZnO nanowires in detail, their behavior as a function of excitation power, waveguiding properties, and the decay time of the transition.

  13. Effects of bias stress on ZnO nanowire field-effect transistors fabricated with organic gate nanodielectrics

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    Ju, Sanghyun; Janes, David B.; Lu, Gang; Facchetti, Antonio; Marks, Tobin J.

    2006-11-01

    The effects of bias stress (gate stress or drain stress) on nanowire field-effect transistor (NW-FET) stability were investigated as a function of stress bias and stress time. The n-channel NW-FETs used a nanoscopic self-assembled organic gate insulator, and each device contained a single ZnO nanowire. Before stress, the off current is limited by a leakage current in the 1nA range, which increases as the gate to source bias becomes increasingly negative. The devices also exhibited significant changes in threshold voltage (Vth) and off current over 500 repeated measurement sweeps. The leakage current was significantly reduced after gate stress, but not after drain stress. Vth variations observed upon successive bias sweeps for devices following gate stress or drain stress were smaller than the Vth variation of unstressed devices. These observations suggest that gate stress and drain stress modify the ZnO nanowire-gate insulator interface, which can reduce electron trapping at the surface and therefore reduce the off current levels and variations in Vth. These results confirm that gate and drain stresses are effective means to stabilize device operation and provide high performance transistors with impressive reliabilities.

  14. Electrodeposited ZnO nanowires as photoelectrodes in solid-state organic dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Muguerra, Hervé; Berthoux, Gaëlle; Yahya, Wan Zaireen Nisa; Kervella, Yann; Ivanova, Valentina; Bouclé, Johann; Demadrille, Renaud

    2014-04-28

    A new approach for developing solid-state dye-sensitised solar cells (DSSCs) on glass/ITO and plastic substrates (PEN/ITO) is presented in this manuscript. A two step electrodeposition technique has been employed to realize the ZnO photoelectrodes. First a ZnO thin film is deposited on the ITO substrate and subsequently on this buffer layer 650 nm long ZnO nanowires are grown. The different nanostructured electrodes are crystallized and show a transparency close to 80% in the visible spectral range. The electrodes are then sensitized with a new purely organic dye, whose synthesis is presented here, which reveals a wide absorption spectrum and a high molar extinction coefficient. Finally, the sensitized electrodes were employed for the fabrication of liquid and solid-state DSSCs, using, respectively, a liquid iodine/iodide electrolyte and the spiro-OMeTAD hole transporter. These devices represent the first solid-state DSSCs fabricated using electrodeposited zinc oxide nanowires. Their power conversion efficiency is still limited, respectively, 0.18% and 0.03% under standard AM 1.5G sunlight (100 mW cm(-2)), nevertheless, these results prove the interest in this low-temperature deposition method for the realization of nanostructured electrodes on rigid and flexible substrates, and open up new perspectives for the development of solid state DSSCs on plastic substrates.

  15. Surface state modulation through wet chemical treatment as a route to controlling the electrical properties of ZnO nanowire arrays investigated with XPS

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    Lord, Alex M., E-mail: a.m.lord@swansea.ac.uk [Centre for Nanohealth, College of Engineering, University of Swansea, Singleton Park, SA2 8PP (United Kingdom); Maffeis, Thierry G. [Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Centre, College of Engineering, University of Swansea, Singleton Park, SA2 8PP (United Kingdom); Allen, Martin W. [MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, 8014 (New Zealand); Morgan, David; Davies, Philip R. [Cardiff Catalysis Institute, School of Chemistry, Cardiff University, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT (United Kingdom); Jones, Daniel R.; Evans, Jonathan E. [Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Centre, College of Engineering, University of Swansea, Singleton Park, SA2 8PP (United Kingdom); Smith, Nathan A.; Wilks, Steve P. [Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Centre, Department of Physics, College of Science, University of Swansea, Singleton Park, SA2 8PP (United Kingdom)

    2014-11-30

    Highlights: • Direct measurement of the surface band bending exhibited by ZnO nanowires using monochromatic XPS. • Modulation of the surface depletion region using wet chemical treatment (EtOH, H{sub 2}O{sub 2}). • The measured surface potential barrier agrees with electrical measurements of individual nanowires. • H{sub 2}O{sub 2} depletes the nanowire of charge carriers while EtOH donates electrons at the surface. • EtOH has the effect of restoring the surface potential barrier of oxidised nanowires. - Abstract: ZnO is a wide bandgap semiconductor that has many potential applications including solar cell electrodes, transparent thin film transistors and gas/biological sensors. Since the surfaces of ZnO materials have no amorphous or oxidised layers, they are very environmentally sensitive, making control of their semiconductor properties challenging. In particular, the electronic properties of ZnO nanostructures are dominated by surface effects while surface conduction layers have been observed in thin films and bulk crystals. Therefore, the ability to use the ZnO materials in a controlled way depends on the development of simple techniques to modulate their surface electronic properties. Here, we use monochromatic x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to investigate the use of different wet chemical treatments (EtOH, H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) to control the electronic properties of ZnO nanowires by modulating the surface depletion region. The valence band and core level XPS spectra are used to explore the relationship between the surface chemistry of the nanowires and the surface band bending.

  16. Optimization of dielectric matrix for ZnO nanowire based nanogenerators

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    Kannan, Santhosh; Parmar, Mitesh; Tao, Ran; Ardila, Gustavo; Mouis, Mireille

    2016-11-01

    This paper reports the role of selection of suitable dielectric layer in nanogenerator (NG) structure and its influence on the output performance. The basic NG structure is a composite material integrating hydrothermally grown vertical piezoelectric zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs) into a dielectric matrix. To accomplish this study, three materials - poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA), silicon nitride (Si3N4) and aluminium oxide (Al2O3) are selected, processed and used as matrix dielectric in NGs. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis shows the well-aligned NWs with a diameter of 200±50 nm and length of 3.5±0.3 μm. This was followed by dielectric material deposition as a matrix material. After fabricating NG devices, the output generated voltage under manual and automatic bending were recorded, observed and analyzed for the selection of the best dielectric material to obtain an optimum output. The maximum peak-to-peak open-circuit voltage output for PMMA, Si3N4 and Al2O3 under manual bending was recorded as approximately 880 mV, 1.2 V and 2.1 V respectively. These preliminary results confirm the predicted effect of using more rigid dielectrics as matrix material for the NGs. The generated voltage is increased by about 70% using Si3N4 or Al2O3, instead of a less rigid material as PMMA.

  17. Investigation of the Photocatalytic Activity of ZnO Nanowires: Substrate Effect and Kinetics Analysis

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    Jan-Hau Chang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The photocatalytic activity of substrate-supported ZnO nanowires is investigated with a focus on the substrate effect and the photodegradation kinetics. The employed NWs are grown on various substrates by thermal evaporation and a 50 μM rhodamine B solution is used as the target solution. It is found that the photocatalytic activity is facilitated by using a conductive substrate and such a result can be reasonably attributed to the improvement of charge separation. The photodegradation is found to follow a zeroth-order kinetics at high concentrations and a first-order kinetics at low concentrations with a transition at around 10 μM. The present observation is opposed to the commonly accepted first-order kinetics. Degradation constants of 0.58 μM·min−1 for the zeroth-order and 0.028 min−1 for the first-order have been achieved. The first-order constant also compares favorably with reported values.

  18. Characteristics of CVD graphene nanoribbon formed by a ZnO nanowire hardmask

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    Kang, Chang Goo; Kang, Jang Won; Lee, Seung Yong; Hwang, Hyeon Jun; Lee, Young Gon; Park, Seong-Ju; Lee, Byoung Hun [School of Material Science and Engineering, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Oryong-dong 1, Buk-gu, Gwangju, 500-712 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Sang Kyung; Cho, Chun Hum [Department of Nanobio Materials and Electronics, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Oryong-dong 1, Buk-gu, Gwangju, 500-712 (Korea, Republic of); Heo, Jinseong; Chung, Hyun-Jong; Yang, Heejun [Semiconductor Devices Lab, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Yongin (Korea, Republic of); Seo, Sunae [Department of Physics, Sejong University, Gunja-Dong, Kwanggin-gu, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Ko, Ki Young; Ahn, Jinho, E-mail: bhl@gist.ac.kr [Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Hanyang University, 17 Haengdang-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul, 133-791 (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-07-22

    A graphene nanoribbon (GNR) is an important basic structure to open a bandgap in graphene. The GNR processes reported in the literature are complex, time-consuming, and expensive; moreover, the device yield is relatively low. In this paper, a simple new process to fabricate a long and straight graphene nanoribbon with a high yield has been proposed. This process utilizes CVD graphene substrate and a ZnO nanowire as the hardmask for patterning. 8 {mu}m long and 50-100 nm wide GNRs were successfully demonstrated in high density without any trimming, and {approx} 10% device yield was realized with a top-down patterning process. After passivating the surfaces of the GNRs using a low temperature atomic layer deposition (ALD) of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, high performance GNR MOSFETs with symmetric drain-current-gate-voltage (I{sub d}-V{sub g}) curves were demonstrated and a field effect mobility up to {approx} 1200 cm{sup 2} V{sup -1} s{sup -1} was achieved at V{sub d} = 10 mV.

  19. Effects of hydroxylation and silanization on the surface properties of ZnO nanowires.

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    García Núñez, C; Sachsenhauser, M; Blashcke, B; García Marín, A; Garrido, Jose A; Pau, Jose L

    2015-03-11

    Silanization is commonly used to form bonds between inorganic materials and biomolecules as a step in the surface preparation of solid-state biosensors. This work investigates the effects of silanization with amino-propyldiethoxymethylsilane on hydroxylated sidewalls of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs). The surface properties and electrical characteristics of NWs are analyzed by different techniques after their hydroxylation and later silanization. Contact angle measurements reveal a stronger hydrophobic behavior after silanization, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results show a reduction of the surface dipole induced by the replacement of the hydroxyl group with the amine terminal group. The lower work function obtained after silanization in contact potential measurements corroborates the attenuation of the surface dipole observed in XPS. Furthermore, the surface band bending of NWs is determined from surface photovoltage measurements upon irradiation with UV light, yielding a 0.5 eV energy in hydroxylated NWs, and 0.18 eV, after silanization. From those results, a reduction in the surface state density of 3.1 × 10(11) cm(-2) is estimated after silanization. The current-voltage (I-V) characteristics measured in a silanized single NW device show a reduction of the resistance, due to the enhancement of the conductive volume inside the NW, which also improves the linearity of the I-V characteristic.

  20. Modeling and characterization of extremely thin absorber (eta) solar cells based on ZnO nanowires.

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    Mora-Seró, Iván; Giménez, Sixto; Fabregat-Santiago, Francisco; Azaceta, Eneko; Tena-Zaera, Ramón; Bisquert, Juan

    2011-04-21

    Extremely thin absorber (eta)-solar cells based on ZnO nanowires sensitized with a thin layer of CdSe have been prepared, using CuSCN as hole transporting material. Samples with significantly different photovoltaic performance have been analyzed and a general model of their behavior was obtained. We have used impedance spectroscopy to model the device discriminating the series resistance, the role of the hole conducting material CuSCN, and the interface process. Correlating the impedance analysis with the microstructural properties of the solar cell interfaces, a good description of the solar cell performance is obtained. The use of thick CdSe layers leads to high recombination resistances, increasing the open circuit voltage of the devices. However, there is an increase of the internal recombination in thick light absorbing layers that also inhibit a good penetration of CuSCN, reducing the photocurrent. The model will play an important role on the optimization of these devices. This analysis could have important implications for the modeling and optimization of all-solid devices using a sensitizing configuration.

  1. Optical and Electrical Characterization of Quantum Dots Decorated ZnO Nanowires for Energy Conversion

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    Mu, Richard; Mayo, Anthony; Xu, Haiyang; Liu, Yichun

    2014-03-01

    Significant progress has been made recently in understanding optoelectronic properties of metallic and semiconducting quantum dots and their interactions with their surrounding nano-environments. It is shown that nanostructured photovoltaic devices do have clear advantages over the bulk counterparts to address energy challenges facing humanity. They require much less mass, not exclusively limited by materials of choice, and favoring integration for multifunctionality to be able to effectively harvest solar energy by tuning the optical gap and enhancing photon absorption across section through various nanomaterials syntheses. The other challenge is to be able to purposely control and manipulate the energy transfer pathways for particular needs. As for nanostructured photovotaic devices, charge and exciton transports must be carefully evaluated. The knowledge of charge and exciton mobility, coherent and incoherent hopping due to electronic coupling, energy redistribution and partition in may be the critical steps. CdTe and Si functionalized bare ZnO nanowires, and core/shell have been fabricated with Glazing Angle Deposition technique as the model systems. A series materials characterization techniques (confocal Raman, optical, photoluminancence and electrical) have been conducted to provide valuable information about the nanostructure. Results will be presented and discussed along with their scientific implications. NSF-STC DMR-0423914, NSF-CREST HRD-0420516, DOD W911NF-11-1-0156 and -13-1-0153, and China 111 Project

  2. Use of the Thermal Chemical Vapor Deposition to Fabricate Light-Emitting Diodes Based on ZnO Nanowire/p-GaN Heterojunction

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    Sheng-Po Chang

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The fabrication and characteristics of grown ZnO nanowire/p-GaN heterojunction light-emitting diodes are reported. Vertically aligned ZnO nanowire arrays were grown on a p-GaN substrate by thermal chemical vapor deposition in quartz tube. The rectifying current-voltage characteristics indicate that a p-n junction was formed with a heterostructure of n-ZnO nanowire/p-GaN. The room temperature electroluminescent emission peak at 425 nm was attributed to the band offset at the interface between the n-ZnO nanowire and p-GaN and to defect-related emission from GaN; it was also found that the there exist the yellow band in the hetrojunction. It would be attributed to the deep defect level in the heterojunction.

  3. Preparation and characterization of sol-gel Al-doped ZnO thin films and ZnO nanowire arrays grown on Al-doped ZnO seed layer by hydrothermal method

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    Zhang, Jin; Que, Wenxiu [Electronic Materials Research Laboratory, School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Xi' an, Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049, Shaanxi (China)

    2010-12-15

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) nanocrystalline thin films are prepared by a sol-gel technique. Effects of the Al-doped concentration on microstructural, electrical and optical properties of the AZO thin films are studied and discussed. Results indicate that the AZO crystalline thin film with a highly preferred c-axis orientation perpendicular to the substrate is grown, and the AZO thin film with a small crystal grain size of 30-40 nm, high transmittance of above 90% in visible region, and low resistivity of 1.9 x 10{sup -2} {omega} cm can be obtained when the Al-doped concentration is up to 1 at%. Furthermore, ZnO nanowire (ZnO NW) arrays with a large surface area are grown on the sol-gel derived AZO thin film, which acts as a seed layer, by using a hydrothermal method. Optical properties of the grown ZnO NW arrays reveal that a high transmittance in visible region can be obtained, and only a strong UV emission at about 380 nm is observed in the room-temperature photoluminescence spectra, which implies that few crystal defects exist inside the as-assembled ZnO NW arrays. (author)

  4. Enhanced power conversion efficiency of CdS quantum dot sensitized solar cells with ZnO nanowire arrays as the photoanodes

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    Qi, Junjie; Liu, Wang; Biswas, Chandan; Zhang, Guangjie; Sun, Lifang; Wang, Zengze; Hu, Xiaofeng; Zhang, Yue

    2015-08-01

    We report the fabrication of CdS quantum dot sensitized solar cells with ZnO nanowire arrays as the photoanodes. The influences of precursor solution temperature and sensitizing cycles on the performance of CdS quantum dots sensitized ZnO nanowires solar cells were studied. Successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method was applied to deposit CdS quantum dots on the surface of ZnO nanowire arrays for assembling ZnO/CdS electrodes. The results of scanning electron microscopic (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns and UV-vis absorption spectroscopy indicated that the ZnO nanowires electrodes were well-covered with CdS quantum dots. The temperature of the ethanol sensitizing solutions significantly influenced the performance of ZnO/CdS electrodes by affecting the rate of deposition reaction and the penetration ability of ethanol solution. The CdS quantum dots sensitized ZnO-based solar cells exhibited a short-circuit current density (Jsc) of 3.1 mA/cm2, an open-circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.55 V and a photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 0.72%, which is much higher than that reported in literatures, under the illumination of one sun (AM 1.5, 100 mW/cm2) when the temperature of the ethanol solutions was 60 °C and ZnO arrays were sensitized for seven times.

  5. ZnO Quantum Dot Decorated Zn2SnO4 Nanowire Heterojunction Photodetectors with Drastic Performance Enhancement and Flexible Ultraviolet Image Sensors.

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    Li, Ludong; Gu, Leilei; Lou, Zheng; Fan, Zhiyong; Shen, Guozhen

    2017-03-27

    Here we report the fabrication of high-performance ultraviolet photodetectors based on a heterojunction device structure in which ZnO quantum dots were used to decorate Zn2SnO4 nanowires. Systematic investigations have shown their ultrahigh light-to-dark current ratio (up to 6.8 × 10(4)), specific detectivity (up to 9.0 × 10(17) Jones), photoconductive gain (up to 1.1 × 10(7)), fast response, and excellent stability. Compared with a pristine Zn2SnO4 nanowire, a quantum dot decorated nanowire demonstrated about 10 times higher photocurrent and responsivity. Device physics modeling showed that their high performance originates from the rational energy band engineering, which allows efficient separation of electron-hole pairs at the interfaces between ZnO quantum dots and a Zn2SnO4 nanowire. As a result of band engineering, holes migrate to ZnO quantum dots, which increases electron concentration and lifetime in the nanowire conduction channel, leading to significantly improved photoresponse. The enhancement mechanism found in this work can also be used to guide the design of high-performance photodetectors based on other nanomaterials. Furthermore, flexible ultraviolet photodetectors were fabricated and integrated into a 10 × 10 device array, which constitutes a high-performance flexible ultraviolet image sensor. These intriguing results suggest that the band alignment engineering on nanowires can be rationally achieved using compound semiconductor quantum dots. This can lead to largely improved device performance. Particularly for ZnO quantum dot decorated Zn2SnO4 nanowires, these decorated nanowires may find broad applications in future flexible and wearable electronics.

  6. Trimethylamine Sensors Based on Au-Modified Hierarchical Porous Single-Crystalline ZnO Nanosheets

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    Fanli Meng

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available It is of great significance for dynamic monitoring of foods in storage or during the transportation process through on-line detecting trimethylamine (TMA. Here, TMA were sensitively detected by Au-modified hierarchical porous single-crystalline ZnO nanosheets (HPSCZNs-based sensors. The HPSCZNs were synthesized through a one-pot wet-chemical method followed by an annealing treatment. Polyethyleneimine (PEI was used to modify the surface of the HPSCZNs, and then the PEI-modified samples were mixed with Au nanoparticles (NPs sol solution. Electrostatic interactions drive Au nanoparticles loading onto the surface of the HPSCZNs. The Au-modified HPSCZNs were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM and energy dispersive spectrum (EDS, respectively. The results show that Au-modified HPSCZNs-based sensors exhibit a high response to TMA. The linear range is from 10 to 300 ppb; while the detection limit is 10 ppb, which is the lowest value to our knowledge.

  7. Ag-nanowire films coated with ZnO nanoparticles as a transparent electrode for solar cells

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    Morgenstern, Frederik S. F.; Kabra, Dinesh; Massip, Sylvain; Brenner, Thomas J. K.; Lyons, Philip E.; Coleman, Jonathan N.; Friend, Richard H.

    2011-10-01

    We demonstrate that solution-processible silver-nanowire films coated with zinc-oxide-nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) can be used as transparent electrodes in organic photovoltaic devices. The ZnO-NP coating acts as electron extraction layer and as encapsulating agent, protecting the wires from oxidation and improving their mechanical stability. Scanning photocurrent microscopy showed photocurrent generation to be more efficient at the active material surrounding the wires. Ultra-violet illumination as present in the solar spectrum was found to enhance photocurrent by improving the ZnO in-layer conductivity through the photoconductive effect. Inverted polythiophene:fullerene devices using ZnO-NP coated silver-nanowires or indium-tin-oxide as transparent electrode reached power conversion efficiencies of 2.4%.

  8. Flexible photodiodes constructed with CdTe nanoparticle thin films and single ZnO nanowires on plastics.

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    Kwak, Kiyeol; Cho, Kyoungah; Kim, Sangsig

    2011-10-14

    We construct a flexible pn heterostructured photodiode using a CdTe nanoparticle thin film and a single ZnO nanowire (NW) on a plastic substrate. The photocurrent characteristics of the flexible photodiode are examined under illumination with 325 nm wavelength light and the photocurrent efficiencies at bias voltages of ± 2.5 V are estimated to be 8.0 and 2.1 µA W(-1) under forward and reverse bias conditions, respectively. The photocurrent generation of the pn heterostructured photodiode is dominantly associated with the transport of the photogenerated charge carriers in the single ZnO NW. Furthermore, the operations of our flexible photodiode are investigated in the upwardly and downwardly bent states, as well as in the flat state.

  9. Magnetic coupling prop erties of Gd-dop ed ZnO nanowires studied by first-principles calculations%Gd掺杂ZnO纳米线磁耦合性质的第一性原理研究∗

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    2015-01-01

    Magnetic coupling properties of Gd-doped ZnO nanowires are studied theoretically by using first-principles calcu-lations. Several positions of Zn atoms that may be substituted by Gd atoms in ZnO nanowires are discussed. Numerical results show that the magnetic coupling is ferromagnetic when the two Gd atoms doped in ZnO nanowires are near each other. Injection of suitable amount of electrons can enforce these ferromagnetic properties in Gd-doped ZnO nanowires. It is also found that s-f coupling becomes remarkable when the Gd atoms are doped in ZnO nanowires, making the ferromagnetic coupling state more stable than the anti-ferromagnetic coupling state, and this is also the mechanism to elucidate the origination of ferromagnetic state in Gd-doped ZnO nanowires in experiments. These results will give a theoretical support for those who found experimentally that Gd-doped ZnO nanowires show ferromagnetic properties.

  10. Photoelectric probing of the interfacial trap density-of-states in ZnO nanowire field-effect transistors.

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    Raza, Syed Raza Ali; Lee, Young Tack; Chang, Youn-Gyoung; Jeon, Pyo Jin; Kim, Jae Hoon; Ha, Ryong; Choi, Heon-Jin; Im, Seongil

    2013-02-28

    We have fabricated transparent top-gate ZnO nanowire (NW) field effect transistors (FETs) on glass and measured their trap density-of-states (DOS) at the dielectric/ZnO NW interface with monochromatic photon beams during their operation. Our photon-probe method showed clear signatures of charge trap DOS at the interface, located near 2.3, 2.7, and 2.9 eV below the conduction band edge. The DOS information was utilized for the photo-detecting application of our transparent NW-FETs, which demonstrated fast and sensitive photo-detection of visible lights.

  11. Modification of the optical and structural properties of ZnO nanowires by low-energy Ar+ ion sputtering

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    Allah, Rabie Fath; Ben, Teresa; González, David; Hortelano, Vanesa; Martínez, Oscar; Plaza, Jose Luis

    2013-04-01

    The effects of low-energy (≤2 kV) Ar+ irradiation on the optical and structural properties of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs) grown by a simple and cost-effective low-temperature technique were investigated. Both photoluminescence spectra from ZnO NW-coated films and cathodoluminescence analysis of individual ZnO NWs demonstrated obvious evidences of ultraviolet/visible luminescent enhancement with respect to irradiation fluence. Annihilation of the thinner ZnO NWs after the ion bombardment was appreciated by means of high-resolution scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), which results in an increasing NW mean diameter for increasing irradiation fluences. Corresponding structural analysis by TEM pointed out not only significant changes in the morphology but also in the microstructure of these NWs, revealing certain radiation-sensitive behavior. The possible mechanisms accounting for the decrease of the deep-level emissions in the NWs with the increasing irradiation fluences are discussed according to their structural modifications.

  12. Optimizing and Improving the Growth Quality of ZnO Nanowire Arrays Guided by Statistical Design of Experiments.

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    Xu, Sheng; Adiga, Nagesh; Ba, Shan; Dasgupta, Tirthankar; Wu, C F Jeff; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2009-07-28

    Controlling the morphology of the as-synthesized nanostructures is usually challenging, and there lacks of a general theoretical guidance in experimental approach. In this study, a novel way of optimizing the aspect ratio of hydrothermally grown ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays is presented by utilizing a systematic statistical design and analysis method. In this work, we use pick-the-winner rule and one-pair-at-a-time main effect analysis to sequentially design the experiments and identify optimal reaction settings. By controlling the hydrothermal reaction parameters (reaction temperature, time, precursor concentration, and capping agent), we improved the aspect ratio of ZnO NWs from around 10 to nearly 23. The effect of noise on the experimental results was identified and successfully reduced, and the statistical design and analysis methods were very effective in reducing the number of experiments performed and in identifying the optimal experimental settings. In addition, the antireflection spectrum of the as-synthesized ZnO NWs clearly shows that higher aspect ratio of the ZnO NW arrays leads to about 30% stronger suppression in the UV-vis range emission. This shows great potential applications as antireflective coating layers in photovoltaic devices.

  13. Sandwiched assembly of ZnO nanowires between graphene layers for a self-powered and fast responsive ultraviolet photodetector.

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    Boruah, Buddha Deka; Mukherjee, Anwesha; Misra, Abha

    2016-03-04

    A heterostructure of graphene and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs) is fabricated by sandwiching an array of ZnO NWs between two graphene layers for an ultraviolet (UV) photodetector. This unique structure allows NWs to be in direct contact with the graphene layers, minimizing the effect of the substrate or metal electrodes. In this device, graphene layers act as highly conducting electrodes with a high mobility of the generated charge carriers. An excellent sensitivity is demonstrated towards UV illumination, with a reversible photoresponse even for a short period of UV illumination. Response and recovery times of a few milliseconds demonstrated a much faster photoresponse than most of the conventional ZnO nanostructure-based photodetectors. It is shown that the generation of a built-in electric field between the interface of graphene and ZnO NWs effectively contributes to the separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs for photocurrent generation without applying any external bias. Upon application of external bias voltage, the electric field further increases the drift velocity of photogenerated electrons by reducing the charge recombination rates, and results in an enhancement of the photocurrent. Therefore, the graphene-based heterostructure (G/ZnO NW/G) opens avenues to constructing a novel heterostructure with a combination of two functionally dissimilar materials.

  14. Fast Response and High Sensitivity of ZnO Nanowires-Cobalt Phthalocyanine Heterojunction Based H2S Sensor.

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    Kumar, Ashwini; Samanta, Soumen; Singh, Ajay; Roy, Mainak; Singh, Surendra; Basu, Saibal; Chehimi, Mohmad M; Roy, Kallol; Ramgir, Niranjan; Navaneethan, M; Hayakawa, Y; Debnath, Anil K; Aswal, Dinesh K; Gupta, Shiv K

    2015-08-19

    The room temperature chemiresistive response of n-type ZnO nanowire (ZnO NWs) films modified with different thicknesses of p-type cobalt phthalocyanine (CoPc) has been studied. With increasing thickness of CoPc (>15 nm), heterojunction films exhibit a transition from n- to p-type conduction due to uniform coating of CoPc on ZnO. The heterojunction films prepared with a 25 nm thick CoPc layer exhibit the highest response (268% at 10 ppm of H2S) and the fastest response (26 s) among all samples. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and work function measurements reveal that electron transfer takes place from ZnO to CoPc, resulting in formation of a p-n junction with a barrier height of 0.4 eV and a depletion layer width of ∼8.9 nm. The detailed XPS analysis suggests that these heterojunction films with 25 nm thick CoPc exhibit the least content of chemisorbed oxygen, enabling the direct interaction of H2S with the CoPc molecule, and therefore exhibit the fastest response. The improved response is attributed to the high susceptibility of the p-n junctions to the H2S gas, which manipulates the depletion layer width and controls the charge transport.

  15. An aqueous solution-based doping strategy for large-scale synthesis of Sb-doped ZnO nanowires

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    Wang Fei; Bayerl, Dylan; Shi Jian; Wang Xudong [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Wisconsin at Madison (United States); Seo, Jung-Hun; Mi Hongyi; Ma Zhenqiang [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin at Madison (United States); Zhao Deyin; Shuai Yichen; Zhou Weidong, E-mail: xudong@engr.wisc.edu [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington (United States)

    2011-06-03

    An aqueous solution-based doping strategy was developed for controlled doping impurity atoms into a ZnO nanowire (NW) lattice. Through this approach, antimony-doped ZnO NWs were successfully synthesized in an aqueous solution containing zinc nitrate and hexamethylenetetramine with antimony acetate as the dopant source. By introducing glycolate ions into the solution, a soluble antimony precursor (antimony glycolate) was formed and a good NW morphology with a controlled antimony doping concentration was successfully achieved. A doping concentration study suggested an antimony glycolate absorption doping mechanism. By fabricating and characterizing NW-based field effect transistors (FETs), stable p-type conductivity was observed. A field effect mobility of 1.2 cm{sup 2} V{sup -1} s{sup -1} and a carrier concentration of 6 x 10{sup 17} cm{sup -3} were achieved. Electrostatic force microscopy (EFM) characterization on doped and undoped ZnO NWs further illustrated the shift of the metal-semiconductor barrier due to Sb doping. This work provided an effective large-scale synthesis strategy for doping ZnO NWs in aqueous solution.

  16. Chromium inhibition and size-selected Au nanocluster catalysis for the solution growth of low-density ZnO nanowires

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    Vito Errico; Giuseppe Arrabito; Plant, Simon R.; Pier Gianni Medaglia; Palmer, Richard E.; Christian Falconi

    2015-01-01

    The wet chemical synthesis of nanostructures has many crucial advantages over high-temperature methods, including simplicity, low-cost, and deposition on almost arbitrary substrates. Nevertheless, the density-controlled solution growth of nanowires still remains a challenge, especially at the low densities (e.g. 1 to 10 nanowires/100 μm2) required, as an example, for intracellular analyses. Here, we demonstrate the solution-growth of ZnO nanowires using a thin chromium film as a nucleation in...

  17. Chlorine Gas Sensing Performance of On-Chip Grown ZnO, WO3, and SnO2 Nanowire Sensors.

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    Tran, Van Dang; Nguyen, Duc Hoa; Nguyen, Van Duy; Nguyen, Van Hieu

    2016-02-01

    Monitoring toxic chlorine (Cl2) at the parts-per-billion (ppb) level is crucial for safe usage of this gas. Herein, ZnO, WO3, and SnO2 nanowire sensors were fabricated using an on-chip growth technique with chemical vapor deposition. The Cl2 gas-sensing characteristics of the fabricated sensors were systematically investigated. Results demonstrated that SnO2 nanowires exhibited higher sensitivity to Cl2 gas than ZnO and WO3 nanowires. The response (RCl2/Rair) of the SnO2 nanowire sensor to 50 ppb Cl2 at 50 °C was about 57. Hence, SnO2 nanowires can be an excellent sensing material for detecting Cl2 gas at the ppb level under low temperatures. Abnormal sensing characteristics were observed in the WO3 and SnO2 nanowire sensors at certain temperatures; in particular, the response level of these sensors to 5 ppm of Cl2 was lower than that to 2.5 ppm of Cl2. The sensing mechanism of the SnO2 nanowire sensor was also elucidated by determining Cl2 responses under N2 and dry air as carrier gases. We proved that the Cl2 molecule was first directly adsorbed on the metal oxide surface and was then substituted for pre-adsorbed oxygen, followed by lattice oxygen.

  18. Synthesis of ZnO Nanowires via Hotwire Thermal Evaporation of Brass (CuZn Assisted by Vapor Phase Transport of Methanol

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    Tamil Many K. Thandavan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Zinc oxide (ZnO nanowires (NWs were synthesized using vapor phase transport (VPT and thermal evaporation of Zn from CuZn. Time dependence of ZnO NWs growth was investigated for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 minutes. Significant changes were observed from the field electron scanning electron microscopy (FESEM images as well as from the X-ray diffraction (XRD profile. The photoluminescence (PL profile was attributed to the contribution of oxygen vacancy, zinc interstitials, and hydrogen defects in the ZnO NWs. Raman scattering results show a significant peak at 143 cm−1 and possible functionalization on the wall of ZnO NWs. Growth of ZnO NWs in (0002 with an estimated distance between adjacent lattice planes 0.26 nm was determined from transmission electron microscopy (TEM analysis.

  19. Low-Cost and High-Productivity Three-Dimensional Nanocapacitors Based on Stand-Up ZnO Nanowires for Energy Storage

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    Wei, Lei; Liu, Qi-Xuan; Zhu, Bao; Liu, Wen-Jun; Ding, Shi-Jin; Lu, Hong-Liang; Jiang, Anquan; Zhang, David Wei

    2016-04-01

    Highly powered electrostatic capacitors based on nanostructures with a high aspect ratio are becoming critical for advanced energy storage technology because of their high burst power and energy storage capability. We report the fabrication process and the electrical characteristics of high capacitance density capacitors with three-dimensional solid-state nanocapacitors based on a ZnO nanowire template. Stand-up ZnO nanowires are grown face down on p-type Si substrates coated with a ZnO seed layer using a hydrothermal method. Stacks of AlZnO/Al2O3/AlZnO are then deposited sequentially on the ZnO nanowires using atomic layer deposition. The fabricated capacitor has a high capacitance density up to 92 fF/μm2 at 1 kHz (around ten times that of the planar capacitor without nanowires) and an extremely low leakage current density of 3.4 × 10-8 A/cm2 at 2 V for a 5-nm Al2O3 dielectric. Additionally, the charge-discharge characteristics of the capacitor were investigated, indicating that the resistance-capacitance time constants were 550 ns for both the charging and discharging processes and the time constant was not dependent on the voltage. This reflects good power characteristics of the fabricated capacitors. Therefore, the current work provides an exciting strategy to fabricate low-cost and easily processable, high capacitance density capacitors for energy storage.

  20. Fabrication of nanowires of Al-doped ZnO using nanoparticle assisted pulsed laser deposition (NAPLD) for device applications

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    Thanka Rajan, S. [ECMS Division, CSIR – Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi 630 006 (India); Subramanian, B., E-mail: subramanianb3@gmail.com [ECMS Division, CSIR – Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi 630 006 (India); Nanda Kumar, A.K.; Jayachandran, M. [ECMS Division, CSIR – Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi 630 006 (India); Ramachandra Rao, M.S. [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600 036 (India)

    2014-01-25

    Graphical abstract: -- Highlights: • Novel technique of NP assisted PLD was employed to obtain Al doped ZnO. • AZO nano wires with aspect ratios exceeding 20 were obtained at 500 sccm Ar gas pressure. • AZO films belong to the most stable wurtzite type. • Films show near band edge emission and defect related emission. -- Abstract: Aluminium doped zinc oxide (AZO) nanostructures have been successfully synthesized on sapphire substrates by using nanoparticle assisted pulsed laser deposition (NAPLD) in Ar atmosphere without using any catalyst. The growth of the AZO nanowires has been investigated by varying the argon flow rates. The coatings have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), Atomic force microscopy (AFM), Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy (DRS), Laser Raman spectroscopy and Photoluminescence spectroscopy. The results of XRD indicate that the deposited films are crystalline ZnO with hexagonal wurtzite structure with (0 0 2) preferred orientation. FESEM images also clearly reveal the hexagonal structure and the formation of nanowires with aspect ratios between 15 and 20. The surface roughness value of 9.19 nm was observed from AFM analysis. The optical properties of the sample showed that under excitation with λ = 325 nm, an emission band was observed in UV and visible region. The characteristic Raman peaks were detected at 328, 380, 420, 430 cm{sup −1}.

  1. Optimization of the design of extremely thin absorber solar cells based on electrodeposited ZnO nanowires.

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    Lévy-Clément, Claude; Elias, Jamil

    2013-07-22

    The properties of the components of ZnO/CdSe/CuSCN extremely thin absorber (ETA) solar cells based on electrodeposited ZnO nanowires (NWs) were investigated. The goal was to study the influence of their morphology on the characteristics of the solar cells. To increase the energy conversion efficiency of the solar cell, it was generally proposed to increase the roughness factor of the ZnO NW arrays (i.e. to increase the NW length) with the purpose of decreasing the absorber thickness, improving the light scattering, and consequently the light absorption in the ZnO/CdSe NW arrays. However, this strategy increased the recombination centers, which affected the efficiency of the solar cell. We developed another strategy that acts on the optical configuration of the solar cells by increasing the diameter of the ZnO NW (from 100 to 330 nm) while maintaining a low roughness factor. We observed that the scattering of the ZnO NW arrays occurred over a large wavelength range and extended closer to the CdSe absorber bandgap, and this led to an enhancement in the effective absorption of the ZnO/CdSe NW arrays and an increase in the solar cell characteristics. We found that the thicknesses of CuSCN above the ZnO/CdSe NW tips and the CdSe coating layer were optimized at 1.5 μm and 30 nm, respectively. Optimized ZnO/CdSe/CuSCN solar cells exhibiting 3.2% solar energy conversion efficiency were obtained by using 230 nm diameter ZnO NWs.

  2. Controlled Synthesis of Hierarchically Assembled Porous ZnO Microspheres with Enhanced Gas-Sensing Properties

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The ZnO microspheres constructed by porous nanosheets were successfully synthesized by calcinating zinc hydroxide carbonate (ZHC microspheres obtained by a sample hydrothermal method. The samples were characterized in detail with scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD, and thermogravimetric and differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC. The results indicated that the prepared ZnO microspheres were well crystalline with wurtzite hexagonal phase. The effects of reaction time, temperature, the amount of trisodium citrate, and urea on the morphology of ZnO microspheres were studied. The formation mechanism of porous ZnO microspheres was discussed. Furthermore, the gas-sensing properties for detection of organic gas of the prepared porous ZnO microspheres were investigated. The results indicated that the prepared porous ZnO microspheres exhibited high gas-sensing properties for detection of ethanol gas.

  3. Controllable growth of polyaniline nanowire arrays on hierarchical macro/mesoporous graphene foams for high-performance flexible supercapacitors

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    Yu, Pingping; Zhao, Xin; Li, Yingzhi; Zhang, Qinghua

    2017-01-01

    Free-standing hierarchical macro/mesoporous flexible graphene foam have been constructed by rational intergration ofwell dispersed graphene oxide sheets and amino-modified polystyrene (PS) spheres through a facile ;templating and embossing; technique. The three dimensional (3D) macro/mesoporous flexible graphene foam not only inherits the uniform porous structures of graphene foam, but also contains hierarchical macro/mesopores on the struts by sacrificing PS spheres and the activation of KOH, which could providing rapid pathways for ionic and electronic transport to high specific capacitance. Vertically polyaniline (PANI) nanowire arrays are then uniformly deposited onto the hierarchical macro/mesoporous graphene foam(fRGO-F/PANI) by a simple in situ polymerization, which show a high specific capacitance of 939 F g-1. Thanks to the synergistic function of 3D bicontinuous hierarchical porous structure of graphene foam and effective immobilization of PANI nanowires on the struts, the assembled symmetric supercapctior with fRGO-F/PANI as electrodes exhibits a maximum energy density and power density of 20.9 Wh kg-1 and 103.2 kW kg-1, respectively. Moreover, it also displays an excellent cyclic stability with a 88.7% retention after 5000 cycles.

  4. In Situ X-ray Absorption Near-Edge Structure Spectroscopy of ZnO Nanowire Growth During Chemical Bath Deposition

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    McPeak, Kevin M.; Becker, Matthew A.; Britton, Nathan G.; Majidi, Hasti; Bunker, Bruce A.; Baxter, Jason B. (Drexel); (Notre)

    2010-12-03

    Chemical bath deposition (CBD) offers a simple and inexpensive route to deposit semiconductor nanostructures, but lack of fundamental understanding and control of the underlying chemistry has limited its versatility. Here we report the first use of in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy during CBD, enabling detailed investigation of both reaction mechanisms and kinetics of ZnO nanowire growth from zinc nitrate and hexamethylenetetramine (HMTA) precursors. Time-resolved X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectra were used to quantify Zn(II) speciation in both solution and solid phases. ZnO crystallizes directly from [Zn(H{sub 2}O){sub 6}]{sup 2+} without long-lived intermediates. Using ZnO nanowire deposition as an example, this study establishes in situ XANES spectroscopy as an excellent quantitative tool to understand CBD of nanomaterials.

  5. Tuning of multifunctional Cu-doped ZnO films and nanowires for enhanced piezo/ferroelectric-like and gas/photoresponse properties.

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    Ong, Wei Li; Huang, Hejin; Xiao, Juanxiu; Zeng, Kaiyang; Ho, Ghim Wei

    2014-01-01

    The prospect of tuning and enhancing multiple properties of ZnO from optical, electrical, piezo to ferroelectricity/magnetism with Cu dopants will certainly spur the pursuit of facile doping methodology to immensely advance this field of research. Here, a one-step aqueous synthesis of Cu-doped ZnO nanostructured materials with effective controllability over the morphology (film to nanowire) and doping concentrations both on rigid and flexible substrates has been developed. High structural integrity Cu-doped ZnO films and nanowires were achieved without multiple/harsh post-processing which tends to degrade their functional properties. Comprehensive investigations of varying doping concentrations on the enhancement and tunability of room temperature piezo/ferroelectricity to gas/photosensing multifunctional properties were systematically reported for the first time.

  6. Electrochemical Characterization of CdSe-Coated ZnO Nanowire Extremely-Thin-Absorber Solar Cells

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    Four different CdSe-coated nanostructured ZnO ETA configurations as photoelectrochemical cells with polysulfide electrolyte were studied using both conventional and electrochemical characterization techniques. ETA configurations with different ZnO nanowire lengths of 500 nm and 1000 nm were varied with different CdSe absorber-layer thicknesses of 15 nm and 45 nm to examine the effects on PV performance, carrier transport, and carrier recombination. Linear-sweep voltammetry (J-V) measurements showed that longer ZnO nanowires with thinner CdSe absorber layers gave better PV performance with the 1000 nm length/15 nm CdSe thickness samples having the highest JSC ˜4.4 mA/cm2, VOC ˜0.38 V, Pmax ˜0.52 mW/cm2, and second-highest FF ˜0.32. Mott-Schottky (MS) analysis was performed on individual ETA-layer materials to obtain estimates of their ND and VFB for insight into how individual layers in an ETA cell can assist in carrier separation. MS results were shown to be irrespective of illumination, exposed area, or the electrolyte used. Annealed ZnO nanowires had an ND ˜2x10 19 cm-3, a VFB ˜(-0.4) V. versus Ag/AgCl, and were observed to be n-type. MS analysis of planar CdSe showed it to be slightly n-type and gave parameter estimates of ND ˜3x10 17 cm-3 and VFB ˜-1.1 V v. Ag/AgCl, which were also used to calculate its VBI to be ˜0.4 V, and its depletion width, W to be ˜44 nm. Carrier transport studies were performed using IMPS and photocurrent decay measurements to estimate the time constant for carrier transport, with the fastest observed for shorter nanowires and thicker CdSe absorber layers at ˜10 micros. Carrier recombination studies were also performed using IMVS, photovoltage decay, and EIS measurements to estimate the time constant for carrier recombination, with the slowest estimated for the samples with 45 nm CdSe thickness samples at ˜100 ms. Therefore, shorter nanowires with thicker CdSe absorber layers showed the best potential for improving carrier

  7. Growth of self-organized hierarchical ZnO nanoarchitectures by a simple In/In2S3 controlled thermal evaporation process.

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    Shen, Guozhen; Bando, Yoshio; Lee, Cheol-Jin

    2005-06-02

    Novel hierarchical ZnO nanoarchitectures, such as microtrepangs, microbelts, nanoflowers, nanocombs, nanowheels, and nanofans assembled by ZnO nanocones, nanobowling pins, nanobottles, nanoarrows, and nanonails, have had their growth controlled by the thermal evaporation of Zn and a mixture of In and In2S3. Both the morphologies of the products and their construction units could be efficiently controlled by simple adjustment of the weight ratio of In/In2S3. The phase structure, morphologies, and photoluminescence properties of the ZnO products were investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and photoluminescence spectroscopy. These novel hierarchical ZnO nanoarchitectures may be attractive building blocks for creating optical or other nanodevices.

  8. CdSe-CdS quantum dots co-sensitized ZnO hierarchical hybrids for solar cells with enhanced photo-electrical conversion efficiency

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    Yuan, Zhimin; Yin, Longwei

    2014-10-01

    We have developed a facile method to fabricate CdSe-CdS quantum dot sensitized hierarchical ZnO nanostructures for quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSCs) by combining a hydrothermal method, successive ionic layer adsorption and chemical reaction (SILAR) techniques. The method consists of the growth of the ZnO hierarchical structure on ITO substrates via a hydrothermal method and the layer deposition of double quantum dots CdSe and CdS by SILAR. The CdSe-CdS QDs co-sensitized ZnO hierarchical structures show enhanced light absorption in the entire visible light range. The photovoltaic performance of QDCSs based on CdSe-CdS QDs co-sensitized ZnO hierarchical structures was evaluated. As photoanodes for QDSCs, the CdSe-CdS QDs double-sensitized ZnO hierarchical structures demonstrate an increased Jsc and improved power conversion efficiency of up to 1.39%. Under light illumination, photons are captured by QDs, yielding electron-hole pairs that are rapidly separated into electrons and holes at the interface between the ZnO and the QDs. The electrons are transferred to the conduction band of ZnO and the holes are released by redox couples in the liquid polysulfide (S2-/Sx2-) electrolyte, resulting in greatly improved photo-electrical conversion efficiency of QDSCs. The results suggest that it is very promising and feasible to enhance light absorption, carrier generation, and effective carrier separation via band engineering by CdSe-CdS QDs co-sensitization, and the method reported here displays a great potential for applications to be scaled up.We have developed a facile method to fabricate CdSe-CdS quantum dot sensitized hierarchical ZnO nanostructures for quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSCs) by combining a hydrothermal method, successive ionic layer adsorption and chemical reaction (SILAR) techniques. The method consists of the growth of the ZnO hierarchical structure on ITO substrates via a hydrothermal method and the layer deposition of double quantum dots

  9. Fabrication and Characterization of ZnO Nanowire-based Piezoelectric Nanogenerators for Low Frequency Mechanical Energy Harvesting

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    Poulin-Vittrant, G.; Oshman, C.; Opoku, C.; Dahiya, A. S.; Camara, N.; Alquier, D.; Hue, L.-P. Tran Huu; Lethiecq, M.

    The present work investigates the possibility to charge a Lithium micro-battery (LiB) via direct conversion of ambient mechanical energy into electricity using piezoelectric ZnO nanowire (NW) based microgenerators (PGs). An estimate is provided for the power levels at the different stages of mechanical-to-electrical energy conversion chain, in the following areas: (1) PG output, (2) power management block and (3) LiB storage unit. Also covered in this work is the synthesis, which is a prerequisite for realising such PGs. ZnO NWs of 2 μm in length and 200 nm in diameter have been grown using a low temperature (galvanic cell in the growth nutrients, which acted as an electrolyte medium. This necessitated ZnO NWs growth on conductive surfaces, even in the absence of seed layers and/or substrate with specific lattice parameters. Finally, the assembly steps undertaken to realise the fully functional PGs are discussed, and the performances of the final PG are described thereafter. Subjecting such devices to a 10 Hz sinusoidal bending force resulted in a measured PG output of ∼56 mV peak to peak, on 1 MΩ resistive load.

  10. Parameters Influencing the Growth of ZnO Nanowires as Efficient Low Temperature Flexible Perovskite-Based Solar Cells

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    Alex Dymshits

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite has proved to be a superior material for photovoltaic solar cells. In this work we investigate the parameters influencing the growth of ZnO nanowires (NWs for use as an efficient low temperature photoanode in perovskite-based solar cells. The structure of the solar cell is FTO (SnO2:F-glass (or PET-ITO (In2O3·(SnO2 (ITO on, polyethylene terephthalate (PET/ZnAc seed layer/ZnO NWs/CH3NH3PbI3/Spiro-OMeTAD/Au. The influence of the growth rate and the diameter of the ZnO NWs on the photovoltaic performance were carefully studied. The ZnO NWs perovskite-based solar cell demonstrates impressive power conversion efficiency of 9.06% on a rigid substrate with current density over 21 mA/cm2. In addition, we successfully fabricated flexible perovskite solar cells while maintaining all fabrication processes at low temperature, achieving power conversion efficiency of 6.4% with excellent stability for over 75 bending cycles.

  11. High performance ZnO nanowire field effect transistors with organic gate nanodielectrics: effects of metal contacts and ozone treatment

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    Ju, Sanghyun [School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (United States); Lee, Kangho [School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (United States); Yoon, Myung-Han [Department of Chemistry and Materials Research Center, and Institute for Nanoelectronics and Computing, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208-3113 (United States); Facchetti, Antonio [Department of Chemistry and Materials Research Center, and Institute for Nanoelectronics and Computing, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208-3113 (United States); Marks, Tobin J [Department of Chemistry and Materials Research Center, and Institute for Nanoelectronics and Computing, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208-3113 (United States); Janes, David B [School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (United States)

    2007-04-18

    High performance ZnO nanowire field effect transistors (NW-FETs) were fabricated using a nanoscopic self-assembled organic gate insulator and characterized in terms of conventional device performance metrics. To optimize device performance and understand the effects of interface properties, devices were fabricated with both Al and Au/Ti source/drain contacts, and device electrical properties were characterized following annealing and ozone treatment. Ozone-treated single ZnO NW-FETs with Al contacts exhibited an on-current (I{sub on}) of {approx}4 {mu}A at 0.9 V{sub gs} and 1.0 V{sub ds}, a threshold voltage (V{sub th}) of 0.2 V, a subthreshold slope (S) of {approx}130 mV/decade, an on-off current ratio (I{sub on}:I{sub off}) of {approx}10{sup 7}, and a field effect mobility ({mu}{sub eff}) of {approx}1175 cm{sup 2} V{sup -1} s{sup -1}. In addition, ozone-treated ZnO NW-FETs consistently retained the enhanced device performance metrics after SiO{sub 2} passivation. A 2D device simulation was performed to explain the enhanced device performance in terms of changes in interfacial trap and fixed charge densities.

  12. High performance ZnO nanowire field effect transistors with organic gate nanodielectrics: effects of metal contacts and ozone treatment

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    Ju, Sanghyun; Lee, Kangho; Yoon, Myung-Han; Facchetti, Antonio; Marks, Tobin J.; Janes, David B.

    2007-04-01

    High performance ZnO nanowire field effect transistors (NW-FETs) were fabricated using a nanoscopic self-assembled organic gate insulator and characterized in terms of conventional device performance metrics. To optimize device performance and understand the effects of interface properties, devices were fabricated with both Al and Au/Ti source/drain contacts, and device electrical properties were characterized following annealing and ozone treatment. Ozone-treated single ZnO NW-FETs with Al contacts exhibited an on-current (Ion) of ~4 µA at 0.9 Vgs and 1.0 Vds, a threshold voltage (Vth) of 0.2 V, a subthreshold slope (S) of ~130 mV/decade, an on-off current ratio (Ion:Ioff) of ~107, and a field effect mobility (μeff) of ~1175 cm2 V-1 s-1. In addition, ozone-treated ZnO NW-FETs consistently retained the enhanced device performance metrics after SiO2 passivation. A 2D device simulation was performed to explain the enhanced device performance in terms of changes in interfacial trap and fixed charge densities.

  13. Synthesis of Highly Stable Silver-Loaded Vertical ZnO Nanowires Array and its Acetylene Sensing Properties

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    Uddin, Abu Sadat Mohammad Iftekhar; Chung, Gwiy-Sang

    2016-09-01

    A silver-loaded one-dimensional (1D) vertical ZnO nanowires (NWs) array synthesized by a facile seed mediated hydrothermal-RF magnetron sputtering method has been investigated for the fabrication of a highly stable and reproducible acetylene (C2H2) gas sensor. Successful immobilization of silver nanoparticles (NPs) as a sensitizer on the ZnO NWs array significantly enhanced the C2H2 sensing properties and showed a stable sensing performance. The grown structure exhibited high response magnitude (30.8 at 1000ppm), short response time (43s) and excellent selectivity at 220∘C. The enhanced performance can probably be accounted for the effect of combining the highly orientated ZnO NWs and catalytically active silver-based network. The superior sensing features toward C2H2 along with broad detection range (1-1000ppm), outstanding stability and excellent reproducibility indicate that the sensor is a promising candidate for practical applications.

  14. Parameters Influencing the Growth of ZnO Nanowires as Efficient Low Temperature Flexible Perovskite-Based Solar Cells.

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    Dymshits, Alex; Iagher, Lior; Etgar, Lioz

    2016-01-19

    Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite has proved to be a superior material for photovoltaic solar cells. In this work we investigate the parameters influencing the growth of ZnO nanowires (NWs) for use as an efficient low temperature photoanode in perovskite-based solar cells. The structure of the solar cell is FTO (SnO₂:F)-glass (or PET-ITO (In₂O₃·(SnO₂) (ITO)) on, polyethylene terephthalate (PET)/ZnAc seed layer/ZnO NWs/CH₃NH₃PbI₃/Spiro-OMeTAD/Au. The influence of the growth rate and the diameter of the ZnO NWs on the photovoltaic performance were carefully studied. The ZnO NWs perovskite-based solar cell demonstrates impressive power conversion efficiency of 9.06% on a rigid substrate with current density over 21 mA/cm². In addition, we successfully fabricated flexible perovskite solar cells while maintaining all fabrication processes at low temperature, achieving power conversion efficiency of 6.4% with excellent stability for over 75 bending cycles.

  15. Cobalt(II/III) redox electrolyte in ZnO nanowire-based dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Fan, Jiandong; Hao, Yan; Cabot, Andreu; Johansson, Erik M J; Boschloo, Gerrit; Hagfeldt, Anders

    2013-03-01

    In this work, we explore the use of cobalt complex redox shuttles in dye sensitized solar cells (DSCs) based on ZnO nanowires (NWs). Arrays of vertically aligned ZnO NWs produced by a low-cost hydrothermal method are used to fabricate DSCs with [Co(bpy)3](2+/3+) as electrolyte. A direct comparison of the performance of [Co(bpy)3](2+/3+)-based ZnO DSC with I(-)/I3(-)-based ones demonstrates the higher suitability of the cobalt complex, both in terms of a larger open circuit voltage (VOC) and a higher photocurrent. The [Co(bpy)3](2+/3+) electrolyte results in VOC enhancements above 200 mV. This VOC increase is associated to the better match between the cobalt complex redox potential and the oxidation potential of the dye. The incident photon-to-current efficiency (IPCE) enhancement is attributed to a less competitive visible light absorption of the cobalt redox couple. Thus the present study opens new opportunities to improve energy conversion efficiency in ZnO-based DSCs.

  16. Construction of 1D SnO2-coated ZnO nanowire heterojunction for their improved n-butylamine sensing performances

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    Wang, Liwei; Li, Jintao; Wang, Yinghui; Yu, Kefu; Tang, Xingying; Zhang, Yuanyuan; Wang, Shaopeng; Wei, Chaoshuai

    2016-01-01

    One-dimensional (1D) SnO2-coated ZnO nanowire (SnO2/ZnO NW) N-N heterojunctions were successfully constructed by an effective solvothermal treatment followed with calcination at 400 °C. The obtained samples were characterized by means of XRD, SEM, TEM, Scanning TEM coupled with EDS and XPS analysis, which confirmed that the outer layers of N-type SnO2 nanoparticles (avg. 4 nm) were uniformly distributed onto our pre-synthesized n-type ZnO nanowire supports (diameter 80~100 nm, length 12~16 μm). Comparisons of the gas sensing performances among pure SnO2, pure ZnO NW and the as-fabricated SnO2/ZnO NW heterojunctions revealed that after modification, SnO2/ZnO NW based sensor exhibited remarkably improved response, fast response and recovery speeds, good selectivity and excellent reproducibility to n-butylamine gas, indicating it can be used as promising candidates for high-performance organic amine sensors. The enhanced gas-sensing behavior should be attributed to the unique 1D wire-like morphology of ZnO support, the small size effect of SnO2 nanoparticles, and the semiconductor depletion layer model induced by the strong interfacial interaction between SnO2 and ZnO of the heterojunctions. The as-prepared SnO2/ZnO NW heterojunctions may also supply other novel applications in the fields like photocatalysis, lithium-ion batteries, waste water purification, and so on. PMID:27734963

  17. Construction of 1D SnO2-coated ZnO nanowire heterojunction for their improved n-butylamine sensing performances

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    Wang, Liwei; Li, Jintao; Wang, Yinghui; Yu, Kefu; Tang, Xingying; Zhang, Yuanyuan; Wang, Shaopeng; Wei, Chaoshuai

    2016-10-01

    One-dimensional (1D) SnO2-coated ZnO nanowire (SnO2/ZnO NW) N-N heterojunctions were successfully constructed by an effective solvothermal treatment followed with calcination at 400 °C. The obtained samples were characterized by means of XRD, SEM, TEM, Scanning TEM coupled with EDS and XPS analysis, which confirmed that the outer layers of N-type SnO2 nanoparticles (avg. 4 nm) were uniformly distributed onto our pre-synthesized n-type ZnO nanowire supports (diameter 80~100 nm, length 12~16 μm). Comparisons of the gas sensing performances among pure SnO2, pure ZnO NW and the as-fabricated SnO2/ZnO NW heterojunctions revealed that after modification, SnO2/ZnO NW based sensor exhibited remarkably improved response, fast response and recovery speeds, good selectivity and excellent reproducibility to n-butylamine gas, indicating it can be used as promising candidates for high-performance organic amine sensors. The enhanced gas-sensing behavior should be attributed to the unique 1D wire-like morphology of ZnO support, the small size effect of SnO2 nanoparticles, and the semiconductor depletion layer model induced by the strong interfacial interaction between SnO2 and ZnO of the heterojunctions. The as-prepared SnO2/ZnO NW heterojunctions may also supply other novel applications in the fields like photocatalysis, lithium-ion batteries, waste water purification, and so on.

  18. Correlation between the Morphology and Performance Enhancement of ZnO Hierarchical Flower Photoanodes in Quasi-Solid Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Chao Zhu; Yantao Shi; Chun Cheng; Lin Wang; Kwok Kwong Fung; Ning Wang

    2012-01-01

    We report an effective method for mass production of ZnO hierarchical flowers (HFs) that are constructed by interlaced single crystalline ZnO nanosheets with dominant surfaces of {112¯0} and {11¯00}. The size of ZnO HFs, thickness and parking density of the nanosheets, and HF inner porosity can be tuned by changing the synthesis conditions. The HFs containing porous inner structures showed an excellent performance as the photoanode material in quasi-solid (using polymer gel electrolytes) dye-...

  19. Effect of Mn-doping on the growth mechanism and electromagnetic properties of chrysanthemum-like ZnO nanowire clusters

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    Yan Jun-Feng; You Tian-Gui; Zhang Zhi-Yong; Tian Jiang-Xiao; Yun Jiang-Ni; Zhao Wu

    2011-01-01

    Chrysanthemum-like ZnO nanowire clusters with different Mn-doping concentrations are prepared by a hydrothermal process. The microstructure, morphology and electromagnetic properties are characterized by x-ray diffractometer high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), a field emission environment scanning electron microscope (FEESEM)and a microwave vector network analyser respectively.The experimental results indicate that the asprepared products are Mn-doped ZnO single crystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite structure, that the growth habit changes due to Mn-doping and that a good magnetic loss property is found in the Mn-doped ZnO products, and theaverage magnetic loss tangent tan6m is up to 0.170099 for 3% Mn-doping, while the dielectric loss tangent tanSe is weakened, owing to the fact that ions Mn2+ enter the crystal lattice of ZnO.

  20. 3D rod-like copper oxide with nanowire hierarchical structure: Ultrasound assisted synthesis from Cu2(OH)3NO3 precursor, optical properties and formation mechanism

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    Ba, Ningning; Zhu, Lianjie; Li, Hongbin; Zhang, Guangzhi; Li, Jianfa; Sun, Jingfeng

    2016-03-01

    3-dimensional (3D) rod-like CuO with nanowire hierarchical structure has been synthesized successfully by a facile ultrasound assisted method combined with thermal conversion, using rouaite Cu2(OH)3NO3 as the precursor. The product was characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, HRTEM and FT-IR spectrum. Its optical properties were studied by means of UV-Vis diffuse reflectance absorption spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) spectrum. Series of control experiments have been performed to explore influencing factors to the product morphologies and a possible formation mechanism has been proposed. The results show that each CuO rod assembled by tens of nanowires is 200-300 nm in diameter and about 1000 nm in length. Each nanowire contains many interconnected nanoparticles with sizes of about 15 nm. Particularly, ultrasound processing was found beneficial to the formation of the 3D rod-like CuO with nanowire hierarchical structure.

  1. Photoelectric properties and charge dynamics in ZnO nanowires/Cu{sub 4}Bi{sub 4}S{sub 9} and ZnO nanowires/In{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Cu{sub 4}Bi{sub 4}S{sub 9} heterostructures

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    Liu, Xiangyang, E-mail: lxy081276@126.com, E-mail: yzgu@henu.edu.cn; Wang, Shun; Gu, Yuzong, E-mail: lxy081276@126.com, E-mail: yzgu@henu.edu.cn [Institue of Microsystems Physics and School of Physics and Electronics, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China); Zhang, Jingwei; Zhang, Jiwei [The Key Laboratory for Special Functional Materials of MOE, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004 (China)

    2014-12-28

    ZnO nanowires arrays were preformed in a horizontal double-tube system. Two types of heterostructures (ZnO nanowires/Cu{sub 4}Bi{sub 4}S{sub 9} and ZnO nanowires/In{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Cu{sub 4}Bi{sub 4}S{sub 9}) and three-dimensional solar cells were fabricated with ZnO nanowires arrays as working electrode, In{sub 2}O{sub 3} as buffer layer, and Cu{sub 4}Bi{sub 4}S{sub 9} as inorganic dye and hole collector. It is suggested that two types of heterostructures have the similar absorption properties with single Cu{sub 4}Bi{sub 4}S{sub 9}. However, the results of steady state and electric field-induced surface photovoltage indicate that ZnO nanowires/In{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Cu{sub 4}Bi{sub 4}S{sub 9} exhibits the higher photovoltaic response than ZnO nanowires/Cu{sub 4}Bi{sub 4}S{sub 9}. Using the transient surface photovoltage spectroscopy, we further studied the separation and transport mechanism of photogenerated charges. Furthermore, Cu{sub 4}Bi{sub 4}S{sub 9}/In{sub 2}O{sub 3}/ZnO cells presents the better performance than Cu{sub 4}Bi{sub 4}S{sub 9}/ZnO cells and the highest efficiencies are about 6.4% and 5.2%, respectively. It is suggested that direct paths, interface barrier, built-in electric field, and double energy level matchings between conduction bands (Cu{sub 4}Bi{sub 4}S{sub 9} and In{sub 2}O{sub 3}, In{sub 2}O{sub 3} and ZnO) have obvious effect on the separation of photogenerated charges. Then we discussed the synthetic action on the charge dynamics from these factors.

  2. Influences of ZnO Film Characteristics on ZnO Nanowire Arrays Prepared by Hydrothermal Method%ZnO薄膜的性质对水热生长ZnO纳米线阵列的影响

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    徐志堃; 赵东旭; 孙兰兰; 鄂书林; 张振中; 秦杰明; 申德振

    2012-01-01

    用水热法在ZnO薄膜上制备了直径、密度及取向可控的ZnO纳米线阵列.ZnO薄膜是通过原子层沉积(ALD)方法制备并在不同温度下退火处理得到的,退火温度对ZnO薄膜的晶粒尺寸、结晶质量和缺陷性质有很大的影响.而ZnO薄膜的性质对随后生长的ZnO纳米线的直径、密度及取向能起到调节控制的作用.通过扫描电子显微镜( SEM)、X射线衍射(XRD)仪和光致发光(PL)测试对ZnO薄膜和ZnO纳米线进行了表征.最后得到的垂直取向的ZnO纳米线阵列适合在发光二极管和太阳能电池等领域使用.%ZnO nanowire arrays with controlled diameter, density and orientation were prepared on the ZnO film coated substrates via hydrothermal method. The ZnO film were fabricated by atomic layer deposition (ALD) method and annealed at different temperatures. The annealing temperature has strong influences on the grain size, crystalline structure and defect property of the ZnO film. The diameter, density and orientation of ZnO nanowires depended on the features of the ZnO film. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy ( SEM), X-ray diffraction ( XRD) and photoluminescence (PL) were applied to analyze the ZnO film and ZnO nanowire arrays. The as-prepared vertical aligned ZnO nanowires are highly suitable for use in nanodevices, such as light-emitting diodes and solar cells.

  3. Shape-selective dependence of room temperature ferromagnetism induced by hierarchical ZnO nanostructures

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available . These materials were synthesized in a shape-selective manner using simple microwave assisted hydrothermal synthesis. Thermogravimetric analyses demonstrated the as-synthesized ZnO nanostructures to be stable and of high purity. Structural analyses showed...

  4. Size-controlled growth of ZnO nanowires by catalyst-free high-pressure pulsed laser deposition and their optical properties

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    W. Z. Liu

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Single crystalline ZnO nanowires were fabricated on Si (100 substrates by catalyst-free high-pressure pulsed laser deposition. It is found that the nanowires start to form when the substrate temperature and growth pressure exceed the critical values of 700 oC and 700 Pa, and their size strongly depends on these growth conditions. That is, the aspect ratio of the nanowires decreases with increasing temperature or decreasing pressure. Such a size dependence on growth conditions was discussed in terms of surface migration and scattering of ablated atoms. Room-temperature photoluminescence spectrum of ZnO nanowires shows a dominant near-band-edge emission peak at 3.28 eV and a visible emission band centered at 2.39 eV. Temperature-dependent photoluminescence studies reveal that the former consists of the acceptor-bound exciton and free exciton emissions; while the latter varies in intensity with the aspect ratio of the nanowires and is attributed to the surface-mediated deep level emission.

  5. Growth of ZnO nanowires on fibers for one-dimensional flexible quantum dot-sensitized solar cells.

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    Chen, Haining; Zhu, Liqun; Liu, Huicong; Li, Weiping

    2012-02-24

    One-dimensional flexible solar cells were fabricated through vertical growth of ZnO nanowires on freestanding carbon fibers and subsequent deposition of CdS quantum dots (QDs). Under light illumination, excitons were generated in the CdS QDs and dissociated in the ZnO/CdS interface. Photoelectrochemical characterization indicates that fiber quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSCs) could effectively absorb visible light and convert it to electric energy. The photoelectrochemical performance was enhanced after the deposition of a ZnS passivating layer on the CF/ZnO/CdS surface. The highest conversion efficiency of about 0.006% was achieved by the fiber QDSCs. A higher conversion efficiency was expected to be achieved after some important parameters and cell structure were optimized and improved.

  6. Synthesis of ZnO nanowire arrays/3D graphene foam and application for determination of levodopa in the presence of uric acid.

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    Yue, Hong Yan; Zhang, Hong; Huang, Shuo; Lin, Xuan Yu; Gao, Xin; Chang, Jing; Yao, Long Hui; Guo, Er Jun

    2017-03-15

    Three-dimensional (3D) graphene foam (GF) was prepared by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) using nickel foam as the template. ZnO nanowire arrays (ZnO NWAs) were vertically grown on the 3D GF by hydrothermal synthesis to prepare ZnO NWAs/GF. This hybrid combines the properties of ZnO NWAs and 3D GF, which has favorable electrocatalysis and outstanding electrical conductivity. The vertically aligned ZnO NWAs grown on the GF enlarged the electroactive surface area, which was investigated from the Fe(CN)6(3-4+) redox kinetic study. The ZnO NWAs/GF was used as an electrochemical electrode for the determination of Levodopa (LD) in the presence of uric acid (UA). The electrochemical responses of the ZnO NWAs/GF electrode were investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). The results show that the sensitivity of the electrode for LD is 3.15μAμM(-1) in the concentration range of 0.05-20μM and the measured detection limit of the electrode for LD is 50nM. The electrode also shows good selectivity, reproducibility and stability. The proposed electrode is succsefully used to determine LD in human plasma samples and it is potential for use in clinical research.

  7. Enhanced photoelectric performance in self-powered UV detectors based on ZnO nanowires with plasmonic Au nanoparticles scattered electrolyte

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    Zeng, Yiyu; Ye, Zhizhen; Lu, Bin; Dai, Wei; Pan, Xinhua

    2016-04-01

    Vertically aligned ZnO nanowires (NWs) were grown on a fluorine-doped tin-oxide-coated glass substrate by a hydrothermal method. Au nanoparticles were well dispersed in the mixed solution of ethanol and deionized water. A simple self-powered ultraviolet detector based on solid-liquid heterojunction was fabricated, utilizing ZnO NWs as active photoanode and such prepared mixed solution as electrolyte. The introduction of Au nanoparticles results in considerable improvements in the responsivity and sensitivity of the device compared with the one using deionized water as electrolyte, which is attributed to the enhanced light harvesting by Au nanoparticles.

  8. Magnetic nanoparticles as a seed layer for growing ZnO nanowires for optical applications

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    AlSalhi, M. S.; Atif, M.; Ansari, Anees A.; Khun, K.; Ibupoto, Z. H.; Willander, M.

    2013-02-01

    In the present work, cerium oxide CeO2 nanoparticles were synthesised by sol-gel method and used for the growth of ZnO nanorods. The synthesised nanoparticles were studied by x-ray diffraction technique [XRD]. Furthermore, these nanoparticles were used as seed layer for the growth of ZnO nanorods by following the hydrothermal growth method. The structural study of ZnO nanorods was carried out by using field emission scanning electron microscopy [FESEM], and x-ray diffraction [XRD] techniques. This study demonstrated that the grown ZnO nanorods are well align, uniform, good in crystal quality and possess diameter of less than 200 nm. Energy dispersive x-rays [EDX] revealed that the ZnO nanorods are only composed of zinc, cerium as seed atom and oxygen atoms and no any other impurity in the grown nanorods. Moreover, photoluminescence [PL] approach was applied for the optical characterisation and it was observed that the near-band-edge emission [NBE] was same to that of zinc acetate seed layer, however the green emission and orange/red emission peaks were slightly raised due to possible higher level of defects in the cerium oxide seeded ZnO nanorods. This study provides an alternative approach for the synthesis of controlled ZnO nanorods using cerium oxide nanoparticles as seed nucleation layer which in reverse describe the application of these nanoparticles as well as due to controlled morphology of ZnO nanorods the performance of nanodevices based on ZnO can be increased using these particles as seed.

  9. Glucose biosensor based on functionalized ZnO nanowire/graphite films dispersed on a Pt electrode

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    Gallay, P.; Tosi, E.; Madrid, R.; Tirado, M.; Comedi, D.

    2016-10-01

    We present a glucose biosensor based on ZnO nanowire self-sustained films grown on compacted graphite flakes by the vapor transport method. Nanowire/graphite films were fragmented in water, filtered to form a colloidal suspension, subsequently functionalized with glucose oxidase and finally transferred to a metal electrode (Pt). The obtained devices were evaluated using scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry. The electrochemical responses of the devices were determined in buffer solutions with successive glucose aggregates using a tripolar electrode system. The nanostructured biosensors showed excellent analytical performance, with linear response to glucose concentrations, high sensitivity of up to ≈17 μA cm-2 mM-1 in the 0.03-1.52 mM glucose concentration range, relatively low Michaelis-Menten constant, excellent reproducibility and a fast response. The detection limits are more than an order of magnitude lower than those achievable in commercial biosensors for glucose control, which is promising for the development of glucose monitoring methods that do not require blood extraction from potentially diabetic patients. The strong detection enhancements provided by the functionalized nanostructures are much larger than the electrode surface-area increase and are discussed in terms of the physical and chemical mechanisms involved in the detection and transduction processes.

  10. Design Concepts, Fabrication and Advanced Characterization Methods of Innovative Piezoelectric Sensors Based on ZnO Nanowires

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    Rodolfo Araneo

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Micro- and nano-scale materials and systems based on zinc oxide are expected to explode in their applications in the electronics and photonics, including nano-arrays of addressable optoelectronic devices and sensors, due to their outstanding properties, including semiconductivity and the presence of a direct bandgap, piezoelectricity, pyroelectricity and biocompatibility. Most applications are based on the cooperative and average response of a large number of ZnO micro/nanostructures. However, in order to assess the quality of the materials and their performance, it is fundamental to characterize and then accurately model the specific electrical and piezoelectric properties of single ZnO structures. In this paper, we report on focused ion beam machined high aspect ratio nanowires and their mechanical and electrical (by means of conductive atomic force microscopy characterization. Then, we investigate the suitability of new power-law design concepts to accurately model the relevant electrical and mechanical size-effects, whose existence has been emphasized in recent reviews.

  11. Design Concepts, Fabrication and Advanced Characterization Methods of Innovative Piezoelectric Sensors Based on ZnO Nanowires.

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    Araneo, Rodolfo; Rinaldi, Antonio; Notargiacomo, Andrea; Bini, Fabiano; Pea, Marialilia; Celozzi, Salvatore; Marinozzi, Franco; Lovat, Giampiero

    2014-12-08

    Micro- and nano-scale materials and systems based on zinc oxide are expected to explode in their applications in the electronics and photonics, including nano-arrays of addressable optoelectronic devices and sensors, due to their outstanding properties, including semiconductivity and the presence of a direct bandgap, piezoelectricity, pyroelectricity and biocompatibility. Most applications are based on the cooperative and average response of a large number of ZnO micro/nanostructures. However, in order to assess the quality of the materials and their performance, it is fundamental to characterize and then accurately model the specific electrical and piezoelectric properties of single ZnO structures. In this paper, we report on focused ion beam machined high aspect ratio nanowires and their mechanical and electrical (by means of conductive atomic force microscopy) characterization. Then, we investigate the suitability of new power-law design concepts to accurately model the relevant electrical and mechanical size-effects, whose existence has been emphasized in recent reviews.

  12. Improving Morphological Quality and Uniformity of Hydrothermally Grown ZnO Nanowires by Surface Activation of Catalyst Layer

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    Murillo, Gonzalo; Lozano, Helena; Cases-Utrera, Joana; Lee, Minbaek; Esteve, Jaume

    2017-01-01

    This paper presents a study about the dependence of the hydrothermal growth of ZnO nanowires (NWs) with the passivation level of the active surface of the Au catalyst layer. The hydrothermal method has many potential applications because of its low processing temperature, feasibility, and low cost. However, when a gold thin film is utilized as the seed material, the grown NWs often lack morphological homogeneity; their distribution is not uniform and the reproducibility of the growth is low. We hypothesize that the state or condition of the active surface of the Au catalyst layer has a critical effect on the uniformity of the NWs. Inspired by traditional electrochemistry experiments, in which Au electrodes are typically activated before the measurements, we demonstrate that such activation is a simple way to effectively assist and enhance NW growth. In addition, several cleaning processes are examined to find one that yields NWs with optimal quality, density, and vertical alignment. We find cyclic voltammetry measurements to be a reliable indicator of the seed-layer quality for subsequent NW growth. Therefore, we propose the use of this technique as a standard procedure prior to the hydrothermal synthesis of ZnO NWs to control the growth reproducibility and to allow high-yield wafer-level processing.

  13. Electrical Characterization of Zn and ZnO Nanowires Grown on PEDOT:PSS Conductive Polymer Thin Films by Physical Vapor Deposition

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    Chamberlin, Matthew; Constantin, Costel

    2011-10-01

    Physical vapor deposition (PVD) techniques offer tremendous possibilities for easy fabrication of nanostructure arrays for use in thin film electronics. In this study we examine inorganic/organic heterojunctions produced by growing conductive Zn and semiconductive ZnO nanowire arrays on organic conductive PEDOT:PSS polymer thin films using simple and cost-effective PVD methods. Understanding the electrical properties of these hybrid films are of particular interest for applications in organic electronics. However, traditional systems for measuring conductivity and resistivity of thin films by the Van Der Pauw method prove problematic when dealing with soft polymeric surfaces. We present here electrical studies of ZnO- and Zn-nanowire/PEDOT:PSS heterojunctions using a modified 2-point probe method constructed from inexpensive and easily available materials.

  14. Multilevel resistance in ZnO nanowire memristors enabled by hydrogen annealing treatment

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    Lee, Sunghun; Park, Jung-Bong; Lee, Myoung-Jae; Boland, John J

    2016-01-01

    .... We find that the memristive behavior including negative differential resistance arises from trapped electrons in an amorphous ZnO interfacial layer at the injection electrode that is formed following hydrogen annealing...

  15. ZnO nanowires for the modification of evanescence-field sensors and the development of novel solar cells; ZnO-Nanodraehte zur Modifizierung von Evaneszenzfeldsensoren und der Entwicklung neuartiger Solarzellen

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    Boerner, Susanne

    2008-10-02

    The photoluminescence of single structures and the nanowire ensemble were analyzed and compared. This pursued in dependence on the excitation density and the sample temperature. The excitonic emission contributes essentially to the near-band-edge photoluminescence. The ZnO nanowire ensemble exhibits a laser threshold of 500 kW/cm{sup 2} at room temperature. To the photoluminescence spectra the single exciton processes were assigned. The wave-guiding properties were practically detected by means of optical microscopy and micromanipulation. While the main topic of this thesis lied in the analysis of the optical properties of the ZnO nanowires in the last part the implementation of nanostructures in hybrid solar cells was discussed and first results of the characterization of the material complex of p-conducting polymer (Clevios P) and ZnO nanowires presented.

  16. GISAXS/GIXRD View of ZnO Films with Hierarchical Structural Elements

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    M. Lučić Lavčević

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available ZnO films constituted of porous sheet-like structures, formed by calcination of precursor, were examined using scanning electron microscopy and simultaneous small-angle scattering and diffraction of the synchrotron-sourced X-rays, under the grazing-incidence conditions. The presented analysis enabled insight into the complexity of the film morphology, which revealed substrate sensitivity on the microscopic and nanoscopic length scales. The average size and spatial arrangement of nanoparticles, single-crystal domains, and the average size and features of nanopores in sheet-like structures were determined for films deposited on glass, polycrystalline ZnO layer, and silicon.

  17. Single ZnO nanowire/p-type GaN heterojunctions for photovoltaic devices and UV light-emitting diodes

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    Bie, Ya-Qing; Liao, Zhi-Min; Wang, Peng-Wei; Zhou, Yang-Bo; Han, Xiao-Bing; Ye, Yu; Zhao, Qing; Wu, Xiao-Song; Dai, Lun; Xu, Jun; Sang, Li-Wen; Deng, Jun-Jing; Laurent, K.; Yu, Da-Peng [State Key Laboratory for Mesoscopic Physics, Department of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Leprince-Wang, Y. [Laboratoire de Physique des Materiaux Divises et Interfaces (LPMDI), CNRS-UMR 8108, Universite Paris-Est., Marne la Vallee Cedex 2, 77454, (France)

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    We fabricate heterojunctions consisting of a single n-type ZnO nanowire and a p-type GaN film. The photovoltaic effect of heterojunctions exhibits open-circuit voltages ranging from 2 to 2.7 V, and a maximum output power reaching 80 nW. Light-emitting diodes with UV electroluminescence based on the heterojunctions are demonstrated. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  18. Low-Cost and High-Productivity Three-Dimensional Nanocapacitors Based on Stand-Up ZnO Nanowires for Energy Storage.

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    Wei, Lei; Liu, Qi-Xuan; Zhu, Bao; Liu, Wen-Jun; Ding, Shi-Jin; Lu, Hong-Liang; Jiang, Anquan; Zhang, David Wei

    2016-12-01

    Highly powered electrostatic capacitors based on nanostructures with a high aspect ratio are becoming critical for advanced energy storage technology because of their high burst power and energy storage capability. We report the fabrication process and the electrical characteristics of high capacitance density capacitors with three-dimensional solid-state nanocapacitors based on a ZnO nanowire template. Stand-up ZnO nanowires are grown face down on p-type Si substrates coated with a ZnO seed layer using a hydrothermal method. Stacks of AlZnO/Al2O3/AlZnO are then deposited sequentially on the ZnO nanowires using atomic layer deposition. The fabricated capacitor has a high capacitance density up to 92 fF/μm(2) at 1 kHz (around ten times that of the planar capacitor without nanowires) and an extremely low leakage current density of 3.4 × 10(-8) A/cm(2) at 2 V for a 5-nm Al2O3 dielectric. Additionally, the charge-discharge characteristics of the capacitor were investigated, indicating that the resistance-capacitance time constants were 550 ns for both the charging and discharging processes and the time constant was not dependent on the voltage. This reflects good power characteristics of the fabricated capacitors. Therefore, the current work provides an exciting strategy to fabricate low-cost and easily processable, high capacitance density capacitors for energy storage.

  19. Thermo-enhanced field emission from ZnO nanowires: Role of defects and application in a diode flat panel X-ray source

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    Zhang, Zhipeng; Chen, Daokun; Chen, Wenqing; Chen, Yicong; Song, Xiaomeng; Zhan, Runze; Deng, Shaozhi; Xu, Ningsheng; Chen, Jun

    2017-03-01

    A thermo-enhanced field emission phenomenon was observed from ZnO nanowires. The field emission current increased by almost two orders of magnitude under a constant applied electric field, and the turn-on field decreased from 6.04 MV/m to 5.0 MV/m when the temperature increased from 323 to 723 K. The Poole-Frenkel electron excitation from the defect-induced trapping centers to the conduction band under high electric fields is believed to be the primary cause of the observed phenomenon. The experimental results fit well with the proposed physical model. The field emission from ZnO nanowires with different defect concentrations further confirmed the role of defects. Using the thermo-enhanced field emission phenomenon, a diode flat panel X-ray source was demonstrated, for which the energy and dose can be separately tuned. The thermo-enhanced field emission phenomenon observed from ZnO nanowires could be an effective way to realize a large area flat panel multi-energy X-ray source.

  20. Effect of pressure and Al doping on structural and optical properties of ZnO nanowires synthesized by chemical vapor deposition

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    Mohanta, Antaryami [Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, Research Participation Program, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898 (United States); Simmons, Jay G. [Department of Chemistry, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708 (United States); Everitt, Henry O. [U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC), Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898 (United States); Shen, Gang; Margaret Kim, Seongsin [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 (United States); Kung, Patrick, E-mail: patkung@eng.ua.edu [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 (United States)

    2014-02-15

    The effect of Al doping concentration and oxygen ambient pressure on the structural and optical properties of chemical vapor deposition-grown, Al-doped ZnO nanowires is studied. As Al doping increases, the strength of the broad visible emission band decreases and the UV emission increases, but the growth rate depends on the oxygen pressure in a complex manner. Together, these behaviors suggest that Al doping is effective in reducing the number of oxygen vacancies responsible for visible emission, especially at low oxygen ambient pressure. The intensities and quantum efficiencies of these emission mechanisms are discussed in terms of the effect growth and doping conditions have on the underlying excitonic decay mechanisms. -- Highlights: • Correlated study of the photoluminescence of undoped and Al-doped ZnO nanowires. • Comparative study of structural and optical properties of ZnO and Al:ZnO nanowires. • Study of excitonic decay relaxation channels as function of pressure and Al doping. • More effective reduction of oxygen vacancies by Al doping at lower pressure.

  1. Ligand-free attachment of plasmonic Au nanoparticles on ZnO nanowire to make a high-performance broadband photodetector using a laser-based method

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    Ram Ghimire, Rishi; Nath, Rajib; Neogy, Rajesh Kr; Raychaudhuri, A. K.

    2017-07-01

    We report a new strategy for ligand-free attachment of plasmonic Au nanoparticles on the surface of a ZnO nanowire to make high-performance broadband photodetectors using a pulsed laser ablation technique in a liquid medium. The photoresponse of the ZnO-based photodetector is enhanced and the photodetection limit is broadened from UV to visible, which can be controlled by varying the concentration of Au nanoparticles attached to the ZnO surface. This Au nanoparticle concentration can be tuned by varying the number of laser pulses used in the ablation process. We found that the responsivity of the detector is 10 mA W-1 for λ ˜ 525 {nm} and increases to as much as 0.4 A W-1 for λ ≤ 400 nm for the maximum Au concentration. The enhanced responsivity was found to be linked to increased absorption over a broad spectral range arising from direct and indirect plasmonic processes due to Au nanoparticle attachment, and the enhanced absorption also leads to a large increment in photocurrent generation. We also found that the attachment of Au nanoparticles makes the relaxation of the photocurrent (persistence) considerably faster in both the UV and visible regions of the spectrum and that the persistence directly depends on the concentration of Au nanoparticles attached to the ZnO nanowire. This single-step pulsed laser ablation-based nanoparticle attachment process can be further used to make other plasmonic nanoparticle-decorated nanowire devices.

  2. Photovoltaic and Impedance Properties of Hierarchical TiO2 Nanowire Based Quantum Dot Sensitized Solar Cell

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    Amanullah Fatehmulla

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Growth and characterization of TiO2 nanowire (NW assemblies on FTO glass using a typical hydrothermal synthesis have been reported. CdS quantum dots (QDs have been deposited on TiO2 nanowires by successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR method. FESEM image exhibits the flower-like hierarchical TiO2 bunch of nanowires. HRTEM image confirms the size of CdS QDs between 5 and 6 nm. XRD and absorption studies revealed proper growth of CdS quantum dots on TiO2 nanowires. At AM 1.5 illumination intensity, the solar cell, with the configuration FTO/TiO2-NW/CdS-QDs/Pt-FTO, displays a short circuit current (Jsc of 1.295 mA and an open circuit voltage (Voc of 0.38 V. The Voc and Jsc showed linear behavior at higher illumination intensities. The peak in power-voltage characteristics at various illuminations showed a shift towards higher Voc values. Capacitance-voltage (C-V, conductance-voltage (G-V, and series resistance-voltage (Rs-V measurements of the cell in the frequency ranging from 5 kHz to 5 MHz showed decreasing trend of capacitance with increase of frequency whereas increase in conductance and decrease in resistance have been noticed with increase of frequency. All the results including the individual behavior of the plots of capacitance, conductance, and series resistance as a function of bias voltage have been discussed.

  3. Three-dimensional mesoscale heterostructures of ZnO nanowire arrays epitaxially grown on CuGaO2 nanoplates as individual diodes.

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    Forticaux, Audrey; Hacialioglu, Salih; DeGrave, John P; Dziedzic, Rafal; Jin, Song

    2013-09-24

    We report a three-dimensional (3D) mesoscale heterostructure composed of one-dimensional (1D) nanowire (NW) arrays epitaxially grown on two-dimensional (2D) nanoplates. Specifically, three facile syntheses are developed to assemble vertical ZnO NWs on CuGaO2 (CGO) nanoplates in mild aqueous solution conditions. The key to the successful 3D mesoscale integration is the preferential nucleation and heteroepitaxial growth of ZnO NWs on the CGO nanoplates. Using transmission electron microscopy, heteroepitaxy was found between the basal planes of CGO nanoplates and ZnO NWs, which are their respective (001) crystallographic planes, by the observation of a hexagonal Moiré fringes pattern resulting from the slight mismatch between the c planes of ZnO and CGO. Careful analysis shows that this pattern can be described by a hexagonal supercell with a lattice parameter of almost exactly 11 and 12 times the a lattice constants for ZnO and CGO, respectively. The electrical properties of the individual CGO-ZnO mesoscale heterostructures were measured using a current-sensing atomic force microscopy setup to confirm the rectifying p-n diode behavior expected from the band alignment of p-type CGO and n-type ZnO wide band gap semiconductors. These 3D mesoscale heterostructures represent a new motif in nanoassembly for the integration of nanomaterials into functional devices with potential applications in electronics, photonics, and energy.

  4. Growth and characterization of ZnO nanowires for optical applications

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    AlSalhi, M. S.; Atif, M.; Ansari, A. A.; Khun, K.; Ibupoto, Z. H.; Willander, M.

    2013-06-01

    In the present work, cerium oxide CeO2 nanoparticles were synthesized by the sol-gel method and used for the growth of ZnO nanorods. The synthesized nanoparticles were studied by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopic techniques. Furthermore, these nanoparticles were used as the seed layer for the growth of ZnO nanorods by following the hydrothermal growth method. The structural study of ZnO nanorods was carried out by means of field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and XRD techniques. This study demonstrated that the grown ZnO nanorods are well aligned, uniform, of good crystal quality and have diameters of less than 200 nm. Energy dispersive x-ray (EDX) analysis revealed that the ZnO nanorods are composed only of zinc, cerium as the seed atom, and oxygen atoms, with no other impurities in the grown nanorods. Moreover, a photoluminescence (PL) approach was applied for the optical characterization, and it was observed that the near-band-edge (NBE) emission was the same as that of the zinc acetate seed layer, however the green and orange/red emission peaks were slightly raised due to possibly higher levels of defects in the cerium oxide seeded ZnO nanorods. This study provides an alternative approach for the controlled synthesis of ZnO nanorods using cerium oxide nanoparticles as the seed nucleation layer, improving both the morphology of the nanorods and the performance of devices based upon them.

  5. Hierarchical NiCo2O4@MnO2 core-shell heterostructured nanowire arrays on Ni foam as high-performance supercapacitor electrodes.

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    Yu, Le; Zhang, Genqiang; Yuan, Changzhou; Lou, Xiong Wen David

    2013-01-07

    An advanced integrated electrode for high-performance supercapacitors has been designed by growing hierarchical NiCo(2)O(4)@MnO(2) core-shell heterostructured nanowire arrays on nickel foam. Such unique array nanoarchitectures exhibit remarkable electrochemical performance with high capacitance and desirable cycle life at high rates.

  6. Low-Temperature Preparation of Ag-Doped ZnO Nanowire Arrays, DFT Study, and Application to Light-Emitting Diode.

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    Pauporté, Thierry; Lupan, Oleg; Zhang, Jie; Tugsuz, Tugba; Ciofini, Ilaria; Labat, Frédéric; Viana, Bruno

    2015-06-10

    Doping ZnO nanowires (NWs) by group IB elements is an important challenge for integrating nanostructures into functional devices with better and tuned performances. The growth of Ag-doped ZnO NWs by electrodeposition at 90 °C using a chloride bath and molecular oxygen precursor is reported. Ag acts as an electrocatalyst for the deposition and influences the nucleation and growth of the structures. The silver atomic concentration in the wires is controlled by the additive concentration in the deposition bath and a content up to 3.7 atomic % is reported. XRD analysis shows that the integration of silver enlarges the lattice parameters of ZnO. The optical measurements also show that the direct optical bandgap of ZnO is reduced by silver doping. The bandgap shift and lattice expansion are explained by first principle calculations using the density functional theory (DFT) on the silver impurity integration as an interstitial (Ag(i)) and as a substitute of zinc atom (Ag(Zn)) in the crystal lattice. They notably indicate that Ag(Zn) doping forms an impurity band because of Ag 4d and O 2p orbital interactions, shifting the Fermi level toward the valence band. At least, Ag-doped ZnO vertically aligned nanowire arrays have been epitaxially grown on GaN(001) substrate. The heterostructure has been inserted in a light emitting device. UV-blue light emission has been achieved with a low emission threshold of 5 V and a tunable red-shifted emission spectrum related to the bandgap reduction induced by silver doping of the ZnO emitter material.

  7. ZnO Nanowires Synthesized by Vapor Phase Transport Deposition on Transparent Oxide Substrates.

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    Yu, Dongshan; Trad, Tarek; McLeskey, James T; Craciun, Valentin; Taylor, Curtis R

    2010-05-28

    Zinc oxide nanowires have been synthesized without using metal catalyst seed layers on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates by a modified vapor phase transport deposition process using a double-tube reactor. The unique reactor configuration creates a Zn-rich vapor environment that facilitates formation and growth of zinc oxide nanoparticles and wires (20-80 nm in diameter, up to 6 μm in length, density oxide nanostructure solar cells. For example, it is preferable to have nanowires no more than 40 nm apart to minimize exciton recombination in polymer solar cells.

  8. Hierarchical ZnO Nanosheet-Nanorod Architectures for Fabrication of Poly(3-hexylthiophene)/ZnO Hybrid NO2 Sensor.

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    Wang, Jing; Li, Xian; Xia, Yi; Komarneni, Sridhar; Chen, Haoyuan; Xu, Jianlong; Xiang, Lan; Xie, Dan

    2016-04-06

    A facile one-step solution method has been developed here to fabricate hierarchical ZnO nanosheet-nanorod architectures for compositing with poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) for fabricating a hybrid NO2 sensor. The hierarchical ZnO nanosheet-nanorod architectures were controllably synthesized by aging the solutions containing 0.05 mol·L(-1) Zn(2+) and 0.33 mol·L(-1) OH(-) at 60 °C through a metastable phase-directed mechanism. The concentration of OH(-) played a huge role on the morphology evolution. When the [OH(-)] concentration was decreased from 0.5 to 0.3 mol·L(-1), the morphology of the ZnO nanostructures changed gradually from monodispersed nanorods (NR) to nanorod assemblies (NRA), and then to nanosheet-nanorod architectures (NS-NR) and nanosheet assemblies (NSA), depending on the formation of various metastable, intermediate phases. The formation of NS-NR included the initial formation of ZnO nanosheets/γ-Zn(OH)2 mixed intermediates, followed by the dissolution of Zn(OH)2, which served as soluble zinc source. Soluble Zn(OH)2 facilitated the dislocation-driven secondary growth of ZnO nanorod arrays on the primary defect-rich nanosheet substrates. Hybrid sensors based on composite films composed of P3HT and the as-prepared ZnO nanostructures were fabricated for the detection of NO2 at room temperature. The P3HT/ZnO NS-NR bilayer film exhibited not only the highest sensitivity but also good reproducibility and selectivity to NO2 at room temperature. The enhanced sensing performance was attributed to the formation of the P3HT/ZnO heterojunction in addition to the enhanced adsorption of NO2 by NS-NR ZnO rich in oxygen-vacancy defects.

  9. Solution Growth and Functional Properties of Vertically Aligned ZnO Nanowires

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    Fan, Jiandong

    2013-01-01

    This dissertation has focused on three main topics: (1) Synthesis and characterization of ZnO:Cl NWs; (2) Hetero and homo nanostructures based on ZnO:Cl NWs for efficient PEC cells; (3) Photovoltaic performance of DSCs based on ZnO NWs. (1) Vertically aligned single-crystal and chlorine-doped ZnO NWs can be grown by a low-cost, high-yield and seed-free electrochemical route with controlled morphology, structural and optoelectronic properties. The carrier concentration of such ZnO:Cl NWs ...

  10. Renewable Lignosulfonate-Assisted Synthesis of Hierarchical Nanoflake-Array-Flower ZnO Nanomaterials in Mixed Solvents and Their Photocatalytic Performance.

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    Li, Yue; Zuo, Hong-Fen; Guo, Yuan-Ru; Miao, Ting-Ting; Pan, Qing-Jiang

    2016-12-01

    With the assistance of sodium lignosulfonate, hierarchical nanoflake-array-flower nanostructure of ZnO has been fabricated by a facile precipitation method in mixed solvents. The sodium lignosulfonate amount used in our synthetic route is able to fine-tune ZnO morphology and an abundance of pores have been observed in the nanoflake-array-flower ZnO, which result in specific surface area reaching as high as 82.9 m(2) · g(-1). The synthesized ZnO exhibits superior photocatalytic activity even under low-power UV illumination (6 W). It is conjectured that both nanoflake-array structure and plenty of pores embedded in ZnO flakes may provide scaffold microenvironments to enhance photocatalytic activity. Additionally, this catalyst can be used repeatedly without a significant loss in photocatalytic activity. The low-cost, simple synthetic approach as well as high photocatalytic and recycling efficiency of our ZnO nanomaterials allows for application to treat wastewater containing organic pollutants in an effective way.

  11. Highly-sensitive detection of the lattice distortion in single bent ZnO nanowires by second-harmonic generation microscopy

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    Han, Xiaobo; Long, Hua; Hu, Hongbo; Chen, Jiawei; Wang, Bing; Lu, Peixiang

    2015-01-01

    Nanogenerators based on ZnO nanowires (NWs) realize the energy conversion at nanoscale, which are ascribed to the piezoelectric property caused by the lattice distortion of the ZnO NWs. The lattice distortion can significantly tune the electronic and optical properties, and requires a sensitive and convenient measurement. However, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) technique provides a limited sensitivity of 0.01 nm on the variation of the lattice spacing and requires vacuum conditions. Here we demonstrate a highly-sensitive detection of the lattice distortion in single bent ZnO NWs by second-harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy. As the curvature of the single bent ZnO NW increases to 21 mm-1 (<4% bending distortion), it shows a significant decrease (~70%) in the SHG intensity ratio between perpendicular and parallel excitation polarization with respect to c-axis of ZnO NWs. Importantly, the extraordinary non-axisymmetrical SHG polarimetric patterns are also observed, indicating the t...

  12. Application of Chemical Doping and Architectural Design Principles To Fabricate Nanowire Co2Ni3ZnO8 Arrays for Aqueous Asymmetric Supercapacitors.

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    Liu, Qi; Yang, Bin; Liu, Jingyuan; Yuan, Yi; Zhang, Hongsen; Liu, Lianhe; Wang, Jun; Li, Rumin

    2016-08-10

    Electrode materials derived from transition metal oxides have a serious problem of low electron transfer rate, which restricts their practical application. However, chemically doped graphene transforms the chemical bonding configuration to enhance electron transfer rate and, therefore, facilitates the successful fabrication of Co2Ni3ZnO8 nanowire arrays. In addition, the Co2Ni3ZnO8 electrode materials, considered as Ni and Zn ions doped into Co3O4, have a high electron transfer rate and electrochemical response capability, because the doping increases the degree of crystal defect and reaction of Co/Ni ions with the electrolyte. Hence, the Co2Ni3ZnO8 electrode exhibits a high rate property and excellent electrochemical cycle stability, as determined by electrochemical analysis of the relationship between specific capacitance, IR drop, Coulomb efficiency, and different current densities. From the results of a three-electrode system of electrochemical measurement, the Co2Ni3ZnO8 electrode demonstrates a specific capacitance of 1115 F g(-1) and retains 89.9% capacitance after 2000 cycles at a current density of 4 A g(-1). The energy density of the asymmetric supercapacitor (AC//Co2Ni3ZnO8) is 54.04 W h kg(-1) at the power density of 3200 W kg(-1).

  13. Facile fabrication of hierarchical ZnCo2O4/NiO core/shell nanowire arrays with improved lithium-ion battery performance.

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    Sun, Zhipeng; Ai, Wei; Liu, Jilei; Qi, Xiaoying; Wang, Yanlong; Zhu, Jianhui; Zhang, Hua; Yu, Ting

    2014-06-21

    We report a facile and controllable strategy for the fabrication of three-dimensional (3D) ZnCo2O4/NiO core/shell nanowire arrays (ZCO/NiO NWs) on nickel (Ni) foam substrates by a simple, cost-effective, two-step, solution-based method. Ultra-thin NiO nanosheets are revealed to grow uniformly on the porous ZnCo2O4 nanowires with many interparticle mesopores, resulting in the formation of 3D core/shell nanowire arrays with hierarchical architecture. In comparison with the pristine ZnCo2O4 nanowire arrays (ZCO NWs), the ZCO/NiO NWs exhibit significantly improved Li storage properties, in terms of higher capacity, enhanced rate capability and improved cycling stability when applied as binders and additive-free anode materials for lithium-ion batteries. The superior Li storage performance of the ZCO/NiO NWs could be attributed to the synergetic effect between the ZnCo2O4 core and the NiO shell, as well as its unique hierarchical architecture, which ensures a large specific surface area and good conductivity. Our results may offer very useful guidelines in scrupulously designing 3D core/shell nanowire-array electrodes using cheap, earth-abundant materials in energy storage applications.

  14. Hierarchical MnO2 nanowire/graphene hybrid fibers with excellent electrochemical performance for flexible solid-state supercapacitors

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    Ma, Wujun; Chen, Shaohua; Yang, Shengyuan; Chen, Wenping; Cheng, Yanhua; Guo, Yiwei; Peng, Shengjie; Ramakrishna, Seeram; Zhu, Meifang

    2016-02-01

    Towards rapid development of lightweight, flexible, and even wearable electronics, a highly efficient energy-storage device is required for their energy supply management. Graphene fiber-based supercapacitor is considered as one of the promising candidates because of the remarkable mechanical and electrical properties of graphene fibers. However, supercapacitors based on bare graphene fibers generally suffer a low capacitance, which certainly restricts their potentially wide applications. In this work, hierarchically structured MnO2 nanowire/graphene hybrid fibers are fabricated through a simple, scalable wet-spinning method. The hybrid fibers form mesoporous structure with large specific surface area of 139.9 m2 g-1. The mass loading of MnO2 can be as high as 40 wt%. Due to the synergistic effect between MnO2 nanowires and graphene, the main pseudocapacitance of MnO2 and the electric double-layer capacitance of graphene are improved simultaneously. In view of the practical demonstration, a highly flexible solid-state supercapacitor is fabricated by twisting of two MnO2/graphene fibers coated by polyvinyl alcohol/H3PO4 electrolyte. The supercapacitor exhibits a high volumetric capacitance (66.1 F cm-3, normalized by the total volume of two fiber electrodes), excellent cycling stability (96% capacitance retention over 10,000 cycles), high energy and power density (5.8 mWh cm-3 and 0.51 W cm-3, respectively).

  15. Correlation between the Morphology and Performance Enhancement of ZnO Hierarchical Flower Photoanodes in Quasi-Solid Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Chao Zhu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We report an effective method for mass production of ZnO hierarchical flowers (HFs that are constructed by interlaced single crystalline ZnO nanosheets with dominant surfaces of {112¯0} and {11¯00}. The size of ZnO HFs, thickness and parking density of the nanosheets, and HF inner porosity can be tuned by changing the synthesis conditions. The HFs containing porous inner structures showed an excellent performance as the photoanode material in quasi-solid (using polymer gel electrolytes dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs because of their superior optical and electrical properties. The high current density (10.26 mA cm−2 and efficiency (4.93% of the HF-based DSCs indicate a great potential for the development of high-efficient quasi-solid DSCs.

  16. Schottky-Gated Probe-Free ZnO Nanowire Biosensor

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    Yeh, Ping-Hung

    2009-12-28

    (Figure Presented) A nanowire-based nanosensor for detecting biologically and chemically charged molecules that is probe-free and highly sensitive is demonstrated. The device relies on the nonsymmetrical Schottky contact under reverse bias (see figure) and is much more sensitive than the device based on the symmetric ohmic contact. This approach serves as a guideline for designing more practical chemical and biochemical sensors. © 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.

  17. Pd/PdO functionalization of SnO2 nanowires and ZnO nanotetrapods

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    2010-01-01

    Tin oxide (SnO2) and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures are widely studied because of their peculiar physical and chemical properties and the large number of possible application fields. Among these application, nanostructure-based chemoresistive gas sensing devices are very promising because they are considered faster and more stable than traditional thin or thick film sensors. Metallic oxide gas sensors are usually very sensitive towards a large number of gases and volatile organic compounds (...

  18. Magnetic properties of cobalt and manganese doped ZnO nanowires

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    Clavel, G.; Pinna, N. [Department of Chemistry, CICECO, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Zitoun, D. [LAMMI, Institut Charles Gerhardt, Universite Montpellier II, Place Eugene Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier (France)

    2007-01-15

    The study focuses on synthesis and characterization of transition-metal doped zinc oxide (Zn{sub 1-x}M{sub x}O), which has been theoretically predicted to be ferromagnetic at room temperature. Although this system has been under experimental study for some time, the vast majority of research conducted on this material has been done on bulk crystals or thin films. There are very few reports on the fabrication of one-dimensional nanostructures of Zn{sub 1-x}M{sub x}O, and all of these syntheses employ high-temperature, vapor-phase methods. While this approach has proven quite effective for the production of a multitude of nanoscale semiconductors, gas-phase synthesis have considerable limits on nanowire yield and reaction scalability. We present the synthesis and characterization of cobalt- or manganese-doped zinc oxide (Zn{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}O and Zn{sub 1-x}Mn {sub x}O) nanowires grown from a solution phase synthesis. The article reports the structural and magnetic characterization of the nanowires, the effect of annealing on secondary phase precipitation and on magnetic properties. The dopant concentration was determined by EDX (Energy Dispersive X-ray) spectroscopy, the dopant distribution by EDX and EPR (Electron Paramagnetic Resonance). (copyright 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  19. Developing Seedless Growth of ZnO Micro/Nanowire Arrays towards ZnO/FeS2/CuI P-I-N Photodiode Application

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    Yang, Zhi; Wang, Minqiang; Shukla, Sudhanshu; Zhu, Yue; Deng, Jianping; Ge, Hu; Wang, Xingzhi; Xiong, Qihua

    2015-06-01

    A seedless hydrothermal method is developed to grow high density and vertically aligned ZnO micro/nanowire arrays with low defect density on metal films under the saturated nutrition solution. In particular, the mechanism of seedless method is discussed here. A buffer layer can be confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), which may release the elastic strain between ZnO and substrate to achieve this highly mismatched heteroepitaxial structures. Based on ZnO micro/nanowire arrays with excellent wettability surface, we prepared ZnO-FeS2-CuI p-i-n photodiode by all-solution processed method with the high rectifying ratio of 197 at ±1 V. Under AM 1.5 condition, the Jsc of 0.5 mA/cm2, on-off current ratio of 371 and fast photoresponse at zero bias voltage were obtained. This good performance comes from excellent collection ability of photogenerated electrons and holes due to the increased depletion layer width for p-i-n structure. Finally, the high responsivity around 900 nm shows the potential as near infrared photodetectors applications.

  20. Self-powered ultraviolet photodetectors based on selectively grown ZnO nanowire arrays with thermal tuning performance.

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    Bai, Zhiming; Chen, Xiang; Yan, Xiaoqin; Zheng, Xin; Kang, Zhuo; Zhang, Yue

    2014-05-28

    A self-powered Schottky-type ultraviolet photodetector with Al-Pt interdigitated electrodes has been fabricated based on selectively grown ZnO nanowire arrays. At zero bias, the fabricated photodetector exhibited high sensitivity and excellent selectivity to UV light illumination with a fast response time of 81 ms. By tuning the Schottky barrier height through the thermally induced variation of the interface chemisorbed oxygen, an ultrahigh sensitivity of 3.1 × 10(4) was achieved at 340 K without an external power source, which was 82% higher than that obtained at room temperature. According to the thermionic emission-diffusion theory and the solar cell theory, the changes in the photocurrent of the photodetector at zero bias with various system temperatures were calculated, which agreed well with the experimental data. This work demonstrates a promising approach to modulating the performance of a self-powered photodetector by heating and provides theoretical support for studying the thermal effect on the future photoelectric device.

  1. Preparation and performance of ZnO nanowires modified carbon fibers reinforced NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ceramic matrix composite

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    Zhang, Lei, E-mail: jwlzl77@163.com; Jiao, Wanli

    2013-12-25

    Highlights: •Unlike existing chemical modification, the liquid growth remains fiber’s strength. •ZnO nanowires array are grown on carbon fibers with controllable morphology. •ZnO nanowires array modified carbon fibers can reinforce the strength of ceramic matrix composite. •This research will provide a means to produce multifunctional composites. -- Abstract: The surface of carbon fibers was modified by ZnO nanowires using the liquid growth method. NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ceramic matrix composites reinforced by the modified carbon fibers were prepared by a high-temperature solid-state reaction method at 1300 °C for 5 h in N{sub 2} atmosphere. The influences of modified carbon fibers on the mechanical performances of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} composites were investigated. The crystal structure of modified carbon fibers and the morphology of modified carbon fibers surface and the NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} composites fracture cross-section were observed by meaning of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM), respectively. The results showed that hexagonal wurtzite ZnO nanowires array grew from the surface of carbon fibers vertically, with nanowires diameters ranging from 170 nm to 380 nm and lengths up to 2.8 μm. Unlike existing chemical modification and high temperature oxidation method, the liquid growth allowed morphology control and maintained the single fiber tensile strength substantially unchanged under certain growth procedures. Compared to pure NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ceramic and bare carbon fibers reinforced NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} composite, the bending strength of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} composite reinforced with ZnO nanowires surface modified carbon fibers was shown to increase by up to 70% and 45%, respectively. The development of an interphase offering control over the morphology will provide a means to produce multifunctional composites.

  2. Controlled synthesis, asymmetrical transport behavior and luminescence properties of lanthanide doped ZnO mushroom-like 3D hierarchical structures.

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    Yue, Dan; Lu, Wei; Jin, Lin; Li, Chunyang; Luo, Wen; Wang, Mengnan; Wang, Zhenling; Hao, Jianhua

    2014-11-21

    Lanthanide doped ZnO mushroom-like 3D hierarchical structures have been fabricated by polyol-mediated method and characterized by various microstructural and optical techniques. The results indicate that the as-prepared ZnO:Ln(3+) (Ln = Tb, Eu) samples have a hexagonal phase structure and possess a mushroom-like 3D hierarchical morphology. The length of the whole mushroom from stipe bottom to pileus top is about 1.0 μm, and the diameters of pileus and stipe are about 0.8 μm and 0.4 μm, respectively. It is found that the flow of N2 is the key parameter for the formation of the novel ZnO structure and the addition of (NH4)2HPO4 has a prominent effect on the phase structure and the growth of mushroom-like morphology. The potential mechanism of forming this morphology is proposed. The pileus of the formed mushroom is assembled by several radial ZnO:Ln(3+) nanorods, whereas the stipe is composed of over layered ZnO:Ln(3+) nanosheets. Moreover, asymmetrical I-V characteristic curves of ZnO:Ln(3+) mushrooms indicate that the texture composition of the 3D hierarchical morphology might lead to the asymmetrical transport behavior of electrical conductivity. Lanthanide doped ZnO samples can exhibit red or green emission under the excitation of UV light.

  3. Optical XAFS of ZnO Nanowires at the Zn K-Edge and Related Phenomena

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    Heigl, F.; Sun, X.H.J; Lam, S.; Sham, T.K.; Gordon, R.; Brewe, D.; Rosenberg, R.; Shenoy, G.; Yablonskikh, M.; MacNaughton, J.; Moewes, A. (APS); (UWO); (Simon); (Saskatchewan)

    2008-10-06

    We report x-ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL) from one-dimensional nanostructures of ZnO excited with photon energies across the Zn K-edge. The optical luminescence shows an UV and a green emission band characteristic of near band edge and defect emission, respectively. The optical channels were used in turn to monitor the Zn K-edge XAFS to high k values. The densities of states of oxygen character in the valence band were also studied with x-ray emission spectroscopy (XES). The Zn K-edge decay dynamics was examined with time-resolved x-ray excited optical luminescence.

  4. Effects of external surface charges on the enhanced piezoelectric potential of ZnO and AlN nanowires and nanotubes

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    Seong Min Kim

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available We theoretically investigate external surface charge effects on piezoelectric potential of ZnO and AlN nanowires (NWs and nanotubes (NTs under uniform compression. The free carrier depletion caused by negative surface charges via surface functionalization on vertically compressed ZnO and AlN NWs/NTs is simulated using finite element calculation; this indicates the enhancement of piezoelectric potential is due to the free carriers (electrons being fully depleted at the critical surface charge density. Numerical simulations reveal that full coverage of surface charges surrounding the NTs increases the piezoelectric output potential exponentially within a relatively smaller range of charge density compared to the case of NWs for a typical donor concentration (∼1017 cm−3. The model can be used to design functional high-power semiconducting piezoelectric nanogenerators.

  5. Cl-Doped ZnO Nanowire Arrays on 3D Graphene Foam with Highly Efficient Field Emission and Photocatalytic Properties.

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    Shao, Dali; Gao, Jian; Xin, Guoqing; Wang, Yiping; Li, Lu; Shi, Jian; Lian, Jie; Koratkar, Nikhil; Sawyer, Shayla

    2015-09-01

    An environmentally friendly, low-cost, and large-scale method is developed for fabrication of Cl-doped ZnO nanowire arrays (NWAs) on 3D graphene foam (Cl-ZnO NWAs/GF), and investigates its applications as a highly efficient field emitter and photocatalyst. The introduction of Cl-dopant in ZnO increases free electrons in the conduction band of ZnO and also leads to the rough surface of ZnO NWAs, which greatly improves the field emission properties of the Cl-ZnO NWAs/GF. The Cl-ZnO NWAs/GF demonstrates a low turn-on field (≈1.6 V μm(-1)), a high field enhancement factor (≈12844), and excellent field emission stability. Also, the Cl-ZnO NWAs/GF shows high photocatalytic efficiency under UV irradiation, enabling photodegradation of organic dyes such as RhB within ≈75 min, with excellent recyclability. The excellent photocatalytic performance of the Cl-ZnO NWAs/GF originates from the highly efficient charge separation efficiency at the heterointerface of Cl-ZnO and GF, as well as improved electron transport efficiency due to the doping of Cl. These results open up new possibilities of using Cl-ZnO and graphene-based hybrid nanostructures for various functional devices.

  6. Biomolecule-adsorption-dependent piezoelectric output of ZnO nanowire nanogenerator and its application as self-powered active biosensor.

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    Zhao, Yayu; Deng, Ping; Nie, Yuxin; Wang, Penglei; Zhang, Yan; Xing, Lili; Xue, Xinyu

    2014-07-15

    Self-powered active biosensor has been realized from ZnO nanowire (NW) nanogenerator (NG). The piezoelectric output generated by ZnO NW NG can act not only as a power source for driving the device, but also as a biosensing signal. After immersing in 10(-3) g ml(-1) human immunoglobulin G (IgG), the piezoelectric output voltage of the device under compressive deformation decreases from 0.203±0.0176 V (without IgG) to 0.038±0.0035 V. Such a self-powered biosensor has higher response than transistor-type biosensor (I-V behavior). The response of self-powered biosensor is in a linear relationship with IgG concentration (logarithm, 10(-7)-10(-3) g ml(-1)) and the limit of detection (LOD) on IgG of the device is about 6.9 ng ml(-1). The adsorption of biomolecules on the surface of ZnO NWs can modify the free-carrier density, which vary the screening effect of free-carriers on the piezoelectric output. The present results demonstrate a feasible approach for actively detecting biomolecules by coupling the piezotronic and biosensing characteristics of ZnO NWs. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. A novel maskless approach towards aligned, density modulated and multi-junction ZnO nanowires for enhanced surface area and light trapping solar cells.

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    Kevin, M; Fou, Y H; Wong, A S W; Ho, G W

    2010-08-06

    A maskless method of employing polymer growth inhibitor layers is used to modulate the conflicting parameters of density and alignment of multi-junction nanowires via large-scale low temperature chemical route. This low temperature chemical route is shown to synthesize multi-junction nanostructures without compromising the crystal quality at the interfaces. The final morphology of optimized multi-junctions nanowire arrays can be demonstrated on various substrates due to substrate independence and low temperature processing. Here, we also fabricated devices based on density modulated multi-junction nanowires tuned to infiltrate nanoparticles. The fabrication of hierarchically structured nanowire/nanoparticles composites presents an advantageous structure, one that allows nanoparticles to provide large surface areas for dye adsorption, whilst the nanowires can enhance the light harvesting, electron transport rate, and also the mechanical properties of the films. This work can be of great scientific and commercial interest since the technique employed is of low temperature (<90 degrees C) and economical for large-scale solution processing, much valued in today's flexible display and photovoltaic industries.

  8. A novel maskless approach towards aligned, density modulated and multi-junction ZnO nanowires for enhanced surface area and light trapping solar cells

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    Kevin, M.; Fou, Y. H.; Wong, A. S. W.; Ho, G. W.

    2010-08-01

    A maskless method of employing polymer growth inhibitor layers is used to modulate the conflicting parameters of density and alignment of multi-junction nanowires via large-scale low temperature chemical route. This low temperature chemical route is shown to synthesize multi-junction nanostructures without compromising the crystal quality at the interfaces. The final morphology of optimized multi-junctions nanowire arrays can be demonstrated on various substrates due to substrate independence and low temperature processing. Here, we also fabricated devices based on density modulated multi-junction nanowires tuned to infiltrate nanoparticles. The fabrication of hierarchically structured nanowire/nanoparticles composites presents an advantageous structure, one that allows nanoparticles to provide large surface areas for dye adsorption, whilst the nanowires can enhance the light harvesting, electron transport rate, and also the mechanical properties of the films. This work can be of great scientific and commercial interest since the technique employed is of low temperature (economical for large-scale solution processing, much valued in today's flexible display and photovoltaic industries.

  9. Construction of Hierarchical CuO/Cu2O@NiCo2S4 Nanowire Arrays on Copper Foam for High Performance Supercapacitor Electrodes

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    Luoxiao Zhou

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Hierarchical copper oxide @ ternary nickel cobalt sulfide (CuO/Cu2O@NiCo2S4 core-shell nanowire arrays on Cu foam have been successfully constructed by a facile two-step strategy. Vertically aligned CuO/Cu2O nanowire arrays are firstly grown on Cu foam by one-step thermal oxidation of Cu foam, followed by electrodeposition of NiCo2S4 nanosheets on the surface of CuO/Cu2O nanowires to form the CuO/Cu2O@NiCo2S4 core-shell nanostructures. Structural and morphological characterizations indicate that the average thickness of the NiCo2S4 nanosheets is ~20 nm and the diameter of CuO/Cu2O core is ~50 nm. Electrochemical properties of the hierarchical composites as integrated binder-free electrodes for supercapacitor were evaluated by various electrochemical methods. The hierarchical composite electrodes could achieve ultrahigh specific capacitance of 3.186 F cm−2 at 10 mA cm−2, good rate capability (82.06% capacitance retention at the current density from 2 to 50 mA cm−2 and excellent cycling stability, with capacitance retention of 96.73% after 2000 cycles at 10 mA cm−2. These results demonstrate the significance of optimized design and fabrication of electrode materials with more sufficient electrolyte-electrode interface, robust structural integrity and fast ion/electron transfer.

  10. Fabrication of Ag nanowire and Al-doped ZnO hybrid transparent electrodes

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    You, Sslimsearom; Park, Yong Seo; Choi, Hyung Wook; Kim, Kyung Hwan

    2016-01-01

    Among the materials used as transparent electrodes, silver nanowires (AgNWs) have attracted attention because of their high transmittance and excellent conductivity. However, AgNWs have shortcomings, including their poor adhesion, oxidation by atmospheric oxygen, and unstable characteristics at high temperature. To overcome these shortcomings, multi-layer thin films with an aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO)/AgNW/AZO structure were fabricated using facing targets sputtering. The samples heated to 350 °C exhibited stable electrical characteristics. In addition, the adhesion to the substrate was improved compared with AgNWs layer. The AZO/AgNW/AZO thin films with multilayer structure overcame the shortcomings of AgNWs, and we propose their use as transparent electrodes with excellent properties for optoelectronic applications.

  11. Hierarchical ternary Ni-Co-Se nanowires for high-performance supercapacitor device design.

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    Guo, Kailu; Cui, Shizhong; Hou, Hongwei; Chen, Weihua; Mi, Liwei

    2016-12-06

    Large-scale uniform Ni-Co-Se bimetallic ternary nanowires have been successfully synthesized through a successive cation exchange. First, NiSe nanowires in situ grown on nickel foam (NF) were prepared by a facile solvothermal route. Next, a series of ternary materials possessing different proportions of Ni and Co were fabricated by a Co-exchange method using the Ni@NiSe material as a template, which effectively achieved morphological inheritance from the parent material. To explore the electrochemical performance, all synthetic materials were assembled into asymmetric supercapacitor devices. Among asymmetric supercapacitor devices, the Ni@Ni0.8Co0.2Se//active carbon (AC) device exhibited a high specific capacitance of 86 F g(-1) at a current density of 1 A g(-1) and excellent cycling stability with virtually no decrease in capacitance after 2000 continuous charge-discharge cycles. This device still delivered an energy density of 17 Wh kg(-1) even at a high power density of 1526.8 W kg(-1). These superior electrochemical properties of Ni@Ni0.8Co0.2Se as an electrode material for supercapacitor devices confirmed the synergistic effect between Co and Ni ions, suggesting their potential application in the field of energy storage.

  12. A case for ZnO nanowire field emitter arrays in advanced x-ray source applications

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    Robinson, Vance S.; Bergkvist, Magnus; Chen, Daokun; Chen, Jun; Huang, Mengbing

    2016-09-01

    Reviewing current efforts in X-ray source miniaturization reveals a broad spectrum of applications: Portable and/or remote nondestructive evaluation, high throughput protein crystallography, invasive radiotherapy, monitoring fluid flow and particulate generation in situ, and portable radiography devices for battle-front or large scale disaster triage scenarios. For the most part, all of these applications are being addressed with a top-down approach aimed at improving portability, weight and size. That is, the existing system or a critical sub-component is shrunk in some manner in order to miniaturize the overall package. In parallel to top-down x-ray source miniaturization, more recent efforts leverage field emission and semiconductor device fabrication techniques to achieve small scale x-ray sources via a bottom-up approach where phenomena effective at a micro/nanoscale are coordinated for macro-scale effect. The bottom-up approach holds potential to address all the applications previously mentioned but its entitlement extends into new applications with much more ground-breaking potential. One such bottom-up application is the distributed x-ray source platform. In the medical space, using an array of microscale x-ray sources instead of a single source promises significant reductions in patient dose as well as smaller feature detectability and fewer image artifacts. Cold cathode field emitters are ideal for this application because they can be gated electrostatically or via photonic excitation, they do not generate excessive heat like other common electron emitters, they have higher brightness and they are relatively compact. This document describes how ZnO nanowire field emitter arrays are well suited for distributed x-ray source applications because they hold promise in each of the following critical areas: emission stability, simple scalable fabrication, performance, radiation resistance and photonic coupling.

  13. CdS/CdSe quantum dot shell decorated vertical ZnO nanowire arrays by spin-coating-based SILAR for photoelectrochemical cells and quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells.

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    Zhang, Ran; Luo, Qiu-Ping; Chen, Hong-Yan; Yu, Xiao-Yun; Kuang, Dai-Bin; Su, Cheng-Yong

    2012-04-23

    A CdS/CdSe composite shell is assembled onto the surface of ZnO nanowire arrays with a simple spin-coating-based successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction method. The as-prepared photoelectrode exhibit a high photocurrent density in photoelectrochemical cells and also generates good power conversion efficiency in quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells.

  14. Controlled synthesis of ZnO branched nanorod arrays by hierarchical solution growth and application in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Fang Xiaoming, E-mail: cexmfang@scut.edu.cn; Peng Lihua; Shang Xiaoying; Zhang Zhengguo

    2011-07-29

    We demonstrate the controlled synthesis of ZnO branched nanorod arrays on fluorine-doped SnO{sub 2}-coated glass substrates by the hierarchical solution growth method. In the secondary growth, the concentration of Zn(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}/hexamethylenetetramine plays an important role in controlling the morphology of the branched nanorod arrays, besides that of diaminopropane used as a structure-directing agent to induce the growth of branches. The population density and morphology of the branched nanorod arrays depend on those of the nanorod arrays obtained from the primary growth, which can be modulated though the concentration of Zn(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}/hexamethylenetetramine in the primary growth solution. The dye-sensitized ZnO branched nanorod arrays exhibit much stronger optical absorption as compared with its corresponding primary nanorod arrays, suggesting that the addition of the branches improves light harvesting. The dye-sensitized solar cell based on the optimized ZnO branched nanorod array reaches a conversion efficiency of 1.66% under the light radiation of 1000 W/m{sup 2}. The branched nanorod arrays can also be applied in other application fields of ZnO.

  15. Silver Nanowires Binding with Sputtered ZnO to Fabricate Highly Conductive and Thermally Stable Transparent Electrode for Solar Cell Applications.

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    Singh, Manjeet; Rana, Tanka R; Kim, SeongYeon; Kim, Kihwan; Yun, Jae Ho; Kim, JunHo

    2016-05-25

    Silver nanowire (AgNW) film has been demonstrated as excellent and low cost transparent electrode in organic solar cells as an alternative to replace scarce and expensive indium tin oxide (ITO). However, the low contact area and weak adhesion with low-lying surface as well as junction resistance between nanowires have limited the applications of AgNW film to thin film solar cells. To resolve this problem, we fabricated AgNW film as transparent conductive electrode (TCE) by binding with a thin layer of sputtered ZnO (40 nm) which not only increased contact area with low-lying surface in thin film solar cell but also improved conductivity by connecting AgNWs at the junction. The TCE thus fabricated exhibited transparency and sheet resistance of 92% and 20Ω/□, respectively. Conductive atomic force microscopy (C-AFM) study revealed the enhancement of current collection vertically and laterally through AgNWs after coating with ZnO thin film. The CuInGaSe2 solar cell with TCE of our AgNW(ZnO) demonstrated the maximum power conversion efficiency of 13.5% with improved parameters in comparison to solar cell fabricated with conventional ITO as TCE.

  16. High-Performance Photo-Modulated Thin-Film Transistor Based on Quantum dots/Reduced Graphene Oxide Fragment-Decorated ZnO Nanowires

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    Zhi Tao; Zichen Zhang; Yi-an Huang; Xiang Liu; Jing Chen; Wei Lei; Xiaofeng Wang; Lingfeng Pan; Jiangyong Pan; Qianqian Huang

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, a photo-modulated transistor based on the thin-film transistor structure was fabricated on the flexible substrate by spin-coating and magnetron sputtering. A novel hybrid material that composed of CdSe quantum dots and reduced graphene oxide (RGO) fragment-decorated ZnO nanowires was synthesized to overcome the narrow optical sensitive waveband and enhance the photo-responsivity. Due to the enrichment of the interface and heterostructure by RGO fragments being utilized, the photo-responsivity of the transistor was improved to 2000 A W-1 and the photo-sensitive wavelength was extended from ultraviolet to visible. In addition, a positive back-gate voltage was employed to reduce the Schottky barrier width of RGO fragments and ZnO nanowires. As a result, the amount of carriers was increased by 10 folds via the modulation of back-gate voltage. With these inherent properties, such as integrated circuit capability and wide optical sensitive waveband, the transistor will manifest great potential in the future applications in photodetectors.

  17. Novel magnetic behavior of Mn-doped ZnO hierarchical hollow spheres

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    Hao Yaoming; Lou Shiyun; Zhou Shaomin, E-mail: shaominzhou@yahoo.com; Wang Yongqiang; Chen Xiliang; Zhu Gongyu; Yuan Ruijian; Li Ning [Henan University, Key Lab for Special Functional Materials of Ministry of Education (China)

    2012-01-15

    In this study, unique three-dimensional Zn{sub 0.98}Mn{sub 0.02}O hierarchical hollow microspheres (HHMs) with diameters of 5-8 {mu}m have been synthesized by a simple hydrothermal approach. In particular, room-temperature magnetization measurements indicate that novel co-existence of ferromagnetism (FM)/paramagnetism (PM) and only PM behaviors for the as-annealed Zn{sub 0.98}Mn{sub 0.02}O HHMs at 673 and 1,073 K, respectively, in Ar gas atmosphere appear, whereas the as-synthesized ones show merely pure FM. Based on the Photoluminescence and Raman spectra, it is confirmed that the concentrations of oxygen vacancies in Zn{sub 0.98}Mn{sub 0.02}O HHMs were becoming larger and larger with increasing annealing temperature. Corresponding magnetic evolution mechanism is proposed to relate to oxygen vacancies based on annealing processes. This novel magnetic property will enrich our understanding of diluted magnetic semiconductors.

  18. Cellulose nanofiber-templated three-dimension TiO2 hierarchical nanowire network for photoelectrochemical photoanode

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    Li, Zhaodong; Yao, Chunhua; Wang, Fei; Cai, Zhiyong; Wang, Xudong

    2014-12-01

    Three dimensional (3D) nanostructures with extremely large porosity possess a great promise for the development of high-performance energy harvesting and storage devices. In this paper, we developed a high-density 3D TiO2 fiber-nanorod (NR) heterostructure for efficient photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. The hierarchical structure was synthesized on a ZnO-coated cellulose nanofiber (CNF) template using atomic layer deposition (ALD)-based thin film and NR growth procedures. The tubular structure evolution was in good agreement with the recently discovered vapor-phase Kirkendall effect in high-temperature ALD processes. The NR morphology was formed via the surface-reaction-limited pulsed chemical vapor deposition (SPCVD) mechanism. Under Xenon lamp illumination without and with an AM 1.5G filter or a UV cut off filter, the PEC efficiencies of a 3D TiO2 fiber-NR heterostructure were found to be 22-249% higher than those of the TiO2-ZnO bilayer tubular nanofibers and TiO2 nanotube networks that were synthesized as reference samples. Such a 3D TiO2 fiber-NR heterostructure offers a new route for a cellulose-based nanomanufacturing technique, which can be used for large-area, low-cost, and green fabrication of nanomaterials as well as their utilizations for efficient solar energy harvesting and conversion.

  19. Au catalyst assisted growth of ZnO nanowires by vapour phase transport method on p-Si and fabrication of p-Si/n-ZnO heterojunction diode

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    Bhat, Shashidhara; V, Shrisha B.; Naik, K Gopalakrishna, E-mail: gopal-mng@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, Mangalore University, Mangalagangotri – 574199 (India)

    2015-06-24

    In this work ZnO nanowires were grown on p type silicon (p-Si) substrate using Vapor-Liquid-Solid (VLS) approach using Au as catalyst by vapor phase transport growth method. Surface morphology and structural properties of the grown ZnO nanowires were examined by Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), respectively. Using the n-ZnO nanowires (NW) grown on p-type silicon, n-ZnO NW/p-Si heterojunction diode was fabricated. The rectification property of the fabricated diode was studied by room temperature as well as high temperature (up to 370 K) current-voltage (I-V) measurements.

  20. NOT and NAND logic circuits composed of top-gate ZnO nanowire field-effect transistors with high-k Al(2)O(3) gate layers.

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    Yeom, Donghyuk; Keem, Kihyun; Kang, Jeongmin; Jeong, Dong-Young; Yoon, Changjoon; Kim, Dongseung; Kim, Sangsig

    2008-07-02

    Electrical characteristics of NOT and NAND logic circuits fabricated using top-gate ZnO nanowire field-effect transistors (FETs) with high-k Al(2)O(3) gate layers were investigated in this study. To form a NOT logic circuit, two identical FETs whose I(on)/I(off) ratios were as high as ∼10(8) were connected in series in a single ZnO nanowire channel, sharing a common source electrode. Its voltage transfer characteristics exhibited an inverting operation and its logic swing was 98%. In addition, the characteristics of a NAND logic circuit composed of three top-gate FETs connected in series in a single nanowire channel are discussed in this paper.

  1. Synthesis of ZnO Hierarchical Nanostructures by Fiber-template Method%纤维模板合成ZnO分级纳米结构

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    黄惜惜; 田永涛; 王杰; 王文闯; 何豪; 王新昌; 李新建

    2013-01-01

    The ZnO hierarchical nanostructures were synthesized by a simple chemical solution method under a low temperature condition using fiber (cotton fiber,nylon fiber,copper filament,silver filament and hair) as template.The ZnO nanorods covered on the fiber surface vertically and densely.The diameter of ZnO nanorod was about several hundred nanometers and the length was about 2 ~ 3 micrometers.The fiber of fabric (cotton fiber,nylon fiber),metal filament (copper,silver) and animal hair (human hair) could be used as template to synthesize ZnO hierarchical nanostructure,which was universalistic.The ZnO hierarchical nanostructure had a larger specific surface area and could be assembled into twodimensional or three-dimensional structures which could have important potential applications in sensors and solar cells.%在低温条件下,以纤维(棉纤维、尼龙纤维、铜丝、银丝、头发)为模板,通过简单的化学溶液生长,合成由ZnO纳米棒组成的分级结构,ZnO纳米棒竖直包覆在纤维表面,生长密集,棒的直径约几百纳米,长度为2~3 μm.该方法可以以织物纤维(棉纤维、尼龙纤维)、金属细丝(铜丝、银丝)和动物毛发(头发)为模板合成由ZnO纳米棒组成的分级结构,具有一定的普适性.该分级结构比表面积较大,同时可以通过组合构成二维或三维结构,在传感器和太阳能电池等方面具有重要的潜在应用价值.

  2. Electrical, photoelectrical and morphological properties of ZnO nanofiber networks grown on SiO{sub 2} and on Si nanowires

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    Vega, Nadia Celeste; Comedi, David [Universidad Nacional de Tucuman (FACET/UNT), (Argentina). Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnologia. Dept. de Fisica. Lab. de Fisica del Solido; Audebert, Fernando [Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas (CONICET) (Argentina); Tirado, Monica, E-mail: mtirado@herrera.unt.edu.ar [Universidad Nacional de Tucuman (FACET/UNT), (Argentina). Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnologia. Dept. de Fisica. Lab. de Nanomateriales y de Propiedades Dielectricas; Rodriguez, Andres; Rodriguez, Tomas [Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (ETSIT/UPM), Madrid (Spain). Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieros de Telecomucacion. Tecnologia Electronica; Hughes, Gareth M.; Grovenor, Chris R.M. [University of Oxford, Parks Road, OX (United Kingdom). Dept. of Materials

    2013-11-01

    ZnO nanofibre networks (NFNs) were grown by vapour transport method on Si-based substrates. One type of substrate was SiO{sub 2} thermally grown on Si and another consisted of a Si wafer onto which Si nanowires (NWs) had been grown having Au nanoparticles catalysts. The ZnO-NFN morphology was observed by scanning electron microscopy on samples grown at 600 Degree-Sign C and 720 Degree-Sign C substrate temperature, while an focused ion beam was used to study the ZnO NFN/Si NWs/Si and ZnO NFN/SiO{sub 2} interfaces. Photoluminescence, electrical conductance and photo conductance of ZnO-NFN was studied for the sample grown on SiO{sub 2}. The photoluminescence spectra show strong peaks due to exciton recombination and lattice defects. The ZnO-NFN presents quasi-persistent photoconductivity effects and ohmic I-V characteristics which become nonlinear and hysteretic as the applied voltage is increased. The electrical conductance as a function of temperature can be described by a modified three dimensional variable hopping model with nanometer-ranged typical hopping distances. (author)

  3. Interfacially Al-doped ZnO nanowires: greatly enhanced near band edge emission through suppressed electron-phonon coupling and confined optical field.

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    Wu, Yiming; Dai, Yanmeng; Jiang, Shenlong; Ma, Chao; Lin, Yue; Du, Dongxue; Wu, Yukun; Ding, Huaiyi; Zhang, Qun; Pan, Nan; Wang, Xiaoping

    2017-04-05

    Aluminium (Al)-doped zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs) with a unique core-shell structure and a Δ-doping profile at the interface were successfully grown using a combination of chemical vapor deposition re-growth and few-layer AlxOy atomic layer deposition. Unlike the conventional heavy doping which degrades the near-band-edge (NBE) luminescence and increases the electron-phonon coupling (EPC), it was found that there was an over 20-fold enhanced NBE emission and a notably-weakened EPC in this type of interfacially Al-doped ZnO NWs. Further experiments revealed a greatly suppressed nonradiative decay process and a much enhanced radiative recombination rate. By comparing the finite-difference time-domain simulation with the experimental results from intentionally designed different NWs, this enhanced radiative decay rate was attributed to the Purcell effect induced by the confined and intensified optical field within the interfacial layer. The ability to manipulate the confinement, transport and relaxation dynamics of ZnO excitons can be naturally guaranteed with this unique interfacial Δ-doping strategy, which is certainly desirable for the applications using ZnO-based nano-photonic and nano-optoelectronic devices.

  4. Electrical, photoelectrical and morphological properties of ZnO nanofiber networks grown on SiO2 and on Si nanowires

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    Nadia Celeste Vega

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available ZnO nanofibre networks (NFNs were grown by vapour transport method on Si-based substrates. One type of substrate was SiO2 thermally grown on Si and another consisted of a Si wafer onto which Si nanowires (NWs had been grown having Au nanoparticles catalysts. The ZnO-NFN morphology was observed by scanning electron microscopy on samples grown at 600 °C and 720 °C substrate temperature, while an focused ion beam was used to study the ZnO NFN/Si NWs/Si and ZnO NFN/SiO2 interfaces. Photoluminescence, electrical conductance and photoconductance of ZnO-NFN was studied for the sample grown on SiO2. The photoluminescence spectra show strong peaks due to exciton recombination and lattice defects. The ZnO-NFN presents quasi-persistent photoconductivity effects and ohmic I-V characteristics which become nonlinear and hysteretic as the applied voltage is increased. The electrical conductance as a function of temperature can be described by a modified three dimensional variable hopping model with nanometer-ranged typical hopping distances.

  5. Detecting Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) at Room Temperature Using ZnSnO3/ZnO Nanowire Piezo-Nanogenerator as Self-Powered Gas Sensor.

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    Fu, Yongming; Nie, Yuxin; Zhao, Yayu; Wang, Penglei; Xing, Lili; Zhang, Yan; Xue, Xinyu

    2015-05-20

    High sensitivity, selectivity, and reliability have been achieved from ZnSnO3/ZnO nanowire (NW) piezo-nanogenerator (NG) as self-powered gas sensor (SPGS) for detecting liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) at room temperature (RT). After being exposed to 8000 ppm LPG, the output piezo-voltage of ZnSnO3/ZnO NW SPGS under compressive deformation is 0.089 V, much smaller than that in air ambience (0.533 V). The sensitivity of the SPGS against 8000 ppm LPG is up to 83.23, and the low limit of detection is 600 ppm. The SPGS has lower sensitivity against H2S, H2, ethanol, methanol and saturated water vapor than LPG, indicating good selectivity for detecting LPG. After two months, the decline of the sensing performance is less than 6%. Such piezo-LPG sensing at RT can be ascribed to the new piezo-surface coupling effect of ZnSnO3/ZnO nanocomposites. The practical application of the device driven by human motion has also been simply demonstrated. This work provides a novel approach to fabricate RT-LPG sensors and promotes the development of self-powered sensing system.

  6. Enhanced photovoltaic performance of fully flexible dye-sensitized solar cells based on the Nb2O5 coated hierarchical TiO2 nanowire-nanosheet arrays

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    Liu, Wenwu; Hong, Chengxun; Wang, Hui-gang; Zhang, Mei; Guo, Min

    2016-02-01

    Nb2O5 coated hierarchical TiO2 nanowire-sheet arrays photoanode was synthesized on flexible Ti-mesh substrate by using a hydrothermal approach. The effect of TiO2 morphology and Nb2O5 coating layer on the photovoltaic performance of the flexible dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on Ti-mesh supported nanostructures were systematically investigated. Compared to the TiO2 nanowire arrays (NWAs), hierarchical TiO2 nanowire arrays (HNWAs) with enlarged internal surface area and strong light scattering properties exhibited higher overall conversion efficiency. The introduction of thin Nb2O5 coating layers on the surface of the TiO2 HNWAs played a key role in improving the photovoltaic performance of the flexible DSSC. By separating the TiO2 and electrolyte (I-/I3-), the Nb2O5 energy barrier decreased the electron recombination rate and increased electron collection efficiency and injection efficiency, resulting in improved Jsc and Voc. Furthermore, the influence of Nb2O5 coating amounts on the power conversion efficiency were discussed in detail. The fully flexible DSSC based on Nb2O5 coated TiO2 HNWAs films with a thickness of 14 μm displayed a well photovoltaic property of 4.55% (Jsc = 10.50 mA cm-2, Voc = 0.75 V, FF = 0.58). The performance enhancement of the flexible DSSC is largely attributed to the reduced electron recombination, enlarged internal surface area and superior light scattering ability of the formed hierarchical nanostructures.

  7. Hierarchical core-shell NiCo2O4@NiMoO4 nanowires grown on carbon cloth as integrated electrode for high-performance supercapacitors

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    Huang, Liang; Zhang, Wei; Xiang, Jinwei; Xu, Henghui; Li, Guolong; Huang, Yunhui

    2016-08-01

    Hierarchical core-shell NiCo2O4@NiMoO4 nanowires were grown on carbon cloth (CC@NiCo2O4@NiMoO4) by a two-step hydrothermal route to fabricate a flexible binder-free electrode. The prepared CC@NiCo2O4@NiMoO4 integrated electrode was directly used as an electrode for faradaic supercapacitor. It shows a high areal capacitance of 2.917 F cm‑2 at 2 mA cm‑2 and excellent cycling stability with 90.6% retention over 2000 cycles at a high current density of 20 mA cm‑2. The superior specific capacitance, rate and cycling performance can be ascribed to the fast transferring path for electrons and ions, synergic effect and the stability of the hierarchical core-shell structure.

  8. Hierarchical core-shell NiCo2O4@NiMoO4 nanowires grown on carbon cloth as integrated electrode for high-performance supercapacitors.

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    Huang, Liang; Zhang, Wei; Xiang, Jinwei; Xu, Henghui; Li, Guolong; Huang, Yunhui

    2016-01-01

    Hierarchical core-shell NiCo2O4@NiMoO4 nanowires were grown on carbon cloth (CC@NiCo2O4@NiMoO4) by a two-step hydrothermal route to fabricate a flexible binder-free electrode. The prepared CC@NiCo2O4@NiMoO4 integrated electrode was directly used as an electrode for faradaic supercapacitor. It shows a high areal capacitance of 2.917 F cm(-2) at 2 mA cm(-2) and excellent cycling stability with 90.6% retention over 2000 cycles at a high current density of 20 mA cm(-2). The superior specific capacitance, rate and cycling performance can be ascribed to the fast transferring path for electrons and ions, synergic effect and the stability of the hierarchical core-shell structure.

  9. Water- and humidity-enhanced UV detector by using p-type La-doped ZnO nanowires on flexible polyimide substrate.

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    Hsu, Cheng-Liang; Li, Hsieh-Heng; Hsueh, Ting-Jen

    2013-11-13

    High-density La-doped ZnO nanowires (NWs) were grown hydrothermally on flexible polyimide substrate. The length and diameter of the NWs were around 860 nm and 80-160 nm, respectively. All XRD peaks of the La-doped sample shift to a larger angle. The strong PL peak of the La-doped sample is 380 nm, which is close to the 3.3 eV ZnO bandgap. That PL dominated indicates that the La-doped sample has a great amount of oxygen vacancies. The lattice constants ~0.514 nm of the ZnO:La NW were smaller when measured by HR-TEM. The EDX spectrum determined that the La-doped sample contains approximately 1.27 at % La. The La-doped sample was found to be p-type by Hall Effect measurement. The dark current of the p-ZnO:La NWs decreased with increased relative humidity (RH), while the photocurrent of the p-ZnO:La nanowires increased with increased RH. The higher RH environment was improved that UV response performance. Based on the highest 98% RH, the photocurrent/dark current ratio was around 47.73. The UV response of water drops on the p-ZnO:La NWs was around 2 orders compared to 40% RH. In a water environment, the photocurrent/dark current ratio of p-ZnO:La NWs was 212.1, which is the maximum UV response.

  10. Hierarchical Si/ZnO trunk-branch nanostructure for photocurrent enhancement

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    Dee, Chang Fu; Chong, Su Kong; Rahman, Saadah Abdul; Omar, Fatin Saiha; Huang, Nay Ming; Majlis, Burhanuddin Yeop; Salleh, Muhamad Mat

    2014-09-01

    Hierarchical Si/ZnO trunk-branch nanostructures (NSs) have been synthesized by hot wire assisted chemical vapor deposition method for trunk Si nanowires (NWs) on indium tin oxide (ITO) substrate and followed by the vapor transport condensation (VTC) method for zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods (NRs) which was laterally grown from each Si nanowires (NWs). A spin coating method has been used for zinc oxide (ZnO) seeding. This method is better compared with other group where they used sputtering method for the same process. The sputtering method only results in the growth of ZnO NRs on top of the Si trunk. Our method shows improvement by having the growth evenly distributed on the lateral sides and caps of the Si trunks, resulting in pine-leave-like NSs. Field emission scanning electron microscope image shows the hierarchical nanostructures resembling the shape of the leaves of pine trees. Single crystalline structure for the ZnO branch grown laterally from the crystalline Si trunk has been identified by using a lattice-resolved transmission electron microscope. A preliminary photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell testing has been setup to characterize the photocurrent of sole array of ZnO NR growth by both hydrothermal-grown (HTG) method and VTC method on ITO substrates. VTC-grown ZnO NRs showed greater photocurrent effect due to its better structural properties. The measured photocurrent was also compared with the array of hierarchical Si/ZnO trunk-branch NSs. The cell with the array of Si/ZnO trunk-branch NSs revealed four-fold magnitude enhancement in photocurrent density compared with the sole array of ZnO NRs obtain from VTC processes.

  11. Ultra violet sensors based on nanostructured ZnO spheres in network of nanowires: a novel approach

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    Full Text Available AbstractThe ZnO nanostructures consisting of micro spheres in a network of nano wires were synthesized by direct vapor phase method. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy measurements were carried out to understand the chemical nature of the sample. ZnO nanostructures exhibited band edge luminescence at 383 nm. The nanostructure based ZnO thin films were used to fabricate UV sensors. The photoresponse measurements were carried out and the responsivity was measured to be 50 mA W−1. The rise and decay time measurements were also measured.

  12. Strong visible and near infrared photoluminescence from ZnO nanorods/nanowires grown on single layer graphene studied using sub-band gap excitation

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    Biroju, Ravi K.; Giri, P. K.

    2017-07-01

    Fabrication and optoelectronic applications of graphene based hybrid 2D-1D semiconductor nanostructures have gained tremendous research interest in recent times. Herein, we present a systematic study on the origin and evolution of strong broad band visible and near infrared (NIR) photoluminescence (PL) from vertical ZnO nanorods (NRs) and nanowires (NWs) grown on single layer graphene using both above band gap and sub-band gap optical excitations. High resolution field emission scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction studies are carried out to reveal the morphology and crystalline quality of as-grown and annealed ZnO NRs/NWs on graphene. Room temperature PL studies reveal that besides the UV and visible PL bands, a new near-infrared (NIR) PL emission band appears in the range between 815 nm and 886 nm (1.40-1.52 eV). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies revealed excess oxygen content and unreacted metallic Zn in the as-grown ZnO nanostructures, owing to the low temperature growth by a physical vapor deposition method. Post-growth annealing at 700 °C in the Ar gas ambient results in the enhanced intensity of both visible and NIR PL bands. On the other hand, subsequent high vacuum annealing at 700 °C results in a drastic reduction in the visible PL band and complete suppression of the NIR PL band. PL decay dynamics of green emission in Ar annealed samples show tri-exponential decay on the nanosecond timescale including a very slow decay component (time constant ˜604.5 ns). Based on these results, the NIR PL band comprising two peaks centered at ˜820 nm and ˜860 nm is tentatively assigned to neutral and negatively charged oxygen interstitial (Oi) defects in ZnO, detected experimentally for the first time. The evidence for oxygen induced trap states on the ZnO NW surface is further substantiated by the slow photocurrent response of graphene-ZnO NRs/NWs. These results are important for tunable light emission, photodetection, and other cutting edge

  13. Spatially branched hierarchical ZnO nanorod-TiO2 nanotube array heterostructures for versatile photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic applications: towards intimate integration of 1D-1D hybrid nanostructures

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    Xiao, Fang-Xing; Hung, Sung-Fu; Tao, Hua Bing; Miao, Jianwei; Yang, Hong Bin; Liu, Bin

    2014-11-01

    Hierarchically ordered ZnO nanorods (NRs) decorated nanoporous-layer-covered TiO2 nanotube array (ZnO NRs/NP-TNTAs) nanocomposites have been prepared by an efficient, two-step anodization route combined with an electrochemical deposition strategy, by which monodispersed one-dimensional (1D) ZnO NRs were uniformly grown on the framework of NP-TNTAs. The crystal phases, morphologies, optical properties, photocatalytic as well as photoelectrocatalytic performances of the well-defined ZnO NRs/NP-TNTAs heterostructures were systematically explored to clarify the structure-property correlation. It was found that the ZnO NRs/NP-TNTAs heterostructure exhibits significantly enhanced photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic performances, along with favorable photostability toward degradation of organic pollutants under UV light irradiation, as compared to the single component counterparts. The remarkably enhanced photoactivity of ZnO NRs/NP-TNTAs heterostructure is ascribed to the intimate interfacial integration between ZnO NRs and NP-TNTAs substrate imparted by the unique spatially branched hierarchical structure, thereby contributing to the efficient transfer and separation of photogenerated electron-hole charge carriers. Moreover, the specific active species during the photocatalytic process was unambiguously determined and photocatalytic mechanism was tentatively presented. It is anticipated that our work could provide new insights for the construction of various hierarchical 1D-1D hybrid nanocomposites for extensive photocatalytic applications.Hierarchically ordered ZnO nanorods (NRs) decorated nanoporous-layer-covered TiO2 nanotube array (ZnO NRs/NP-TNTAs) nanocomposites have been prepared by an efficient, two-step anodization route combined with an electrochemical deposition strategy, by which monodispersed one-dimensional (1D) ZnO NRs were uniformly grown on the framework of NP-TNTAs. The crystal phases, morphologies, optical properties, photocatalytic as well as

  14. Hierarchical MoO2/Mo2C/C Hybrid Nanowires as High-Rate and Long-Life Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Yang, Lichun; Li, Xiang; Ouyang, Yunpeng; Gao, Qingsheng; Ouyang, Liuzhang; Hu, Renzong; Liu, Jun; Zhu, Min

    2016-08-10

    Hierarchical MoO2/Mo2C/C hybrid nanowires (MoO2/Mo2C/C HNWs) have been fabricated through facile calcination of Mo3O10(C6H5NH3)2·2H2O nanowires which serve as both precursors and self-templates. In the MoO2/Mo2C/C HNWs, nanoparticles dispersed in the nanowires are beneficial for Li(+) transportation due to the decreased diffusion paths. Moreover, hybridization with Mo2C and carbon facilitates the electron transfer and increases the structural stability without sacrifice of capacity. As anode materials for lithium-ion batteries, the MoO2/Mo2C/C HNWs exhibit a reversible capacity of 950 mA h g(-1) after 320 cycles at a current density of 200 mA g(-1). Even when cycled at 2000 mA g(-1), they maintained a reversible capacity of 602 mA h g(-1) after 500 cycles. By incorporation of Mo2C and C with MoO2, the MoO2/Mo2C/C HNWs show high-rate capability and long cycle life and can be a promising candidate for lithium-ion battery anodes.

  15. The clash of mechanical and electrical size-effects in ZnO nanowires and a double power law approach to elastic strain engineering of piezoelectric and piezotronic devices.

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    Rinaldi, Antonio; Araneo, Rodolfo; Celozzi, Salvatore; Pea, Marialilia; Notargiacomo, Andrea

    2014-09-10

    The piezoelectric performance of ultra-strength ZnO nanowires (NWs) depends on the subtle interplay between electrical and mechanical size-effects. "Size-dependent" modeling of compressed NWs illustrates why experimentally observed mechanical stiffening can indeed collide with electrical size-effects when the size shrinks, thereby lowering the actual piezoelectric function from bulk estimates. "Smaller" is not necessarily "better" in nanotechnology.

  16. 图案化ZnO纳米线阵列制备与应用的研究进展%Progress in Preparation and Application of Patterned ZnO Nanowire Arrays

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    蒋雪梅; 俎喜红; 张政; 黄海亮; 易国斌

    2013-01-01

    Various patterning technologies of ZnO nanowire arrays,such as electron beam lithography,nanosphere lithography,laser interferometric lithography,nanoimprint lithography and block copolymer nanolithography,are reviewed.And the applications of patterned ZnO nanowire arrays in functional devices,such as sensors,UV detectors and solar cells,etc,are introduced.The advantages,values and problems in the preparation and application of patterned ZnO nanowire arrays are analyzed,and its development trend is previewed.%综述了多种图案化制备ZnO纳米线阵列的技术,包括电子束光刻技术、纳米球蚀刻技术、激光干涉光刻技术、纳米压印技术和嵌段共聚物蚀刻技术等.介绍了图案化ZnO纳米线阵列在传感器、太阳能电池和UV检测器等功能器件中的应用进展,分析了图案化ZnO纳米线阵列制备与应用中的优点、意义及存在的问题,并展望了其未来发展趋势.

  17. Functionalised zinc oxide nanowire gas sensors: Enhanced NO2 gas sensor response by chemical modification of nanowire surfaces

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    Eric R. Waclawik

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Surface coating with an organic self-assembled monolayer (SAM can enhance surface reactions or the absorption of specific gases and hence improve the response of a metal oxide (MOx sensor toward particular target gases in the environment. In this study the effect of an adsorbed organic layer on the dynamic response of zinc oxide nanowire gas sensors was investigated. The effect of ZnO surface functionalisation by two different organic molecules, tris(hydroxymethylaminomethane (THMA and dodecanethiol (DT, was studied. The response towards ammonia, nitrous oxide and nitrogen dioxide was investigated for three sensor configurations, namely pure ZnO nanowires, organic-coated ZnO nanowires and ZnO nanowires covered with a sparse layer of organic-coated ZnO nanoparticles. Exposure of the nanowire sensors to the oxidising gas NO2 produced a significant and reproducible response. ZnO and THMA-coated ZnO nanowire sensors both readily detected NO2 down to a concentration in the very low ppm range. Notably, the THMA-coated nanowires consistently displayed a small, enhanced response to NO2 compared to uncoated ZnO nanowire sensors. At the lower concentration levels tested, ZnO nanowire sensors that were coated with THMA-capped ZnO nanoparticles were found to exhibit the greatest enhanced response. ΔR/R was two times greater than that for the as-prepared ZnO nanowire sensors. It is proposed that the ΔR/R enhancement in this case originates from the changes induced in the depletion-layer width of the ZnO nanoparticles that bridge ZnO nanowires resulting from THMA ligand binding to the surface of the particle coating. The heightened response and selectivity to the NO2 target are positive results arising from the coating of these ZnO nanowire sensors with organic-SAM-functionalised ZnO nanoparticles.

  18. EDITORIAL: Nanowires for energy Nanowires for energy

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    LaPierre, Ray; Sunkara, Mahendra

    2012-05-01

    This special issue of Nanotechnology focuses on studies illustrating the application of nanowires for energy including solar cells, efficient lighting and water splitting. Over the next three decades, nanotechnology will make significant contributions towards meeting the increased energy needs of the planet, now known as the TeraWatt challenge. Nanowires in particular are poised to contribute significantly in this development as presented in the review by Hiralal et al [1]. Nanowires exhibit light trapping properties that can act as a broadband anti-reflection coating to enhance the efficiency of solar cells. In this issue, Li et al [2] and Wang et al [3] present the optical properties of silicon nanowire and nanocone arrays. In addition to enhanced optical properties, core-shell nanowires also have the potential for efficient charge carrier collection across the nanowire diameter as presented in the contribution by Yu et al [4] for radial junction a-Si solar cells. Hybrid approaches that combine organic and inorganic materials also have potential for high efficiency photovoltaics. A Si-based hybrid solar cell is presented by Zhang et al [5] with a photoconversion efficiency of over 7%. The quintessential example of hybrid solar cells is the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) where an organic absorber (dye) coats an inorganic material (typically a ZnO nanostructure). Herman et al [6] present a method of enhancing the efficiency of a DSSC by increasing the hetero-interfacial area with a unique hierarchical weeping willow ZnO structure. The increased surface area allows for higher dye loading, light harvesting, and reduced charge recombination through direct conduction along the ZnO branches. Another unique ZnO growth method is presented by Calestani et al [7] using a solution-free and catalyst-free approach by pulsed electron deposition (PED). Nanowires can also make more efficient use of electrical power. Light emitting diodes, for example, will eventually become the

  19. 片上制备横向结构ZnO纳米线阵列紫外探测器件∗%On-chip fabrication of lateral growth ZnO nanowire array UV sensor

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    李江江; 高志远; 薛晓玮; 李慧敏; 邓军; 崔碧峰; 邹德恕

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we integrate nano technology into traditional microelectronic processing, and develop an on-chip UV sensor based on lateral growth ZnO nanowire arrays. Traditional procedures are used to fabricate the interdigital electrodes, and ZnO nanowires are self-organized and grown between electrodes laterally by hydrothermal method. Additional inclined nanowires are removed during the post-processing procedures, such as ultrasound cleansing and electrode reinforcement. Two kinds of electrode structures are applied, i.e. , Cr and Au. For the Cr electrode device structure, because Cr will restrain nanowires from growing vertically on its top, the laterally grown nanowire is long enough to reach the other side of the electrode. The corresponding photoelectric response mechanism is photoconduction controlled by surface oxide ion adsorption. Although the photocurrent is large, the gain is low, and the response speed is slow. Under the UV radiations of 20 mW/cm2 and of 365 nm in wavelength, the dark current is 2.2 × 10−4 A with 1 V bias voltage, the gain is up to 64, the photocurrent cannot reach saturation after 25 s, and the recovery time is 51.9 s. A secondary electrode can be fabricated after growing the nanowire arrays to reinforce the connection between the electrode and the ends of the nanowires. However, the direct contact between metal and semiconductor will form a Schottky contact. The photoelectric response mechanism is then changed to photovoltaic effect, which can greatly improve the gain and response speed. Under UV radiations of 20 mW/cm2 and of 365 nm in wavelength, the dark current is 4.3 × 10−8 A with 1 V bias voltage, the gain is up to 1300, the respond time is 3.8 s, and the recovery time is 5.7 s. For the Au electrode device structure, because Au is catalysis for ZnO nanowire growth, nanowires grown in lateral direction will compete with those grown in vertical direction, and hence the laterally grown nanowires are not long enough to

  20. Construction of Hierarchical α-MnO2 Nanowires@Ultrathin δ-MnO2 Nanosheets Core-Shell Nanostructure with Excellent Cycling Stability for High-Power Asymmetric Supercapacitor Electrodes.

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    Ma, Zhipeng; Shao, Guangjie; Fan, Yuqian; Wang, Guiling; Song, Jianjun; Shen, Dejiu

    2016-04-13

    Poor electrical conductivity and mechanical instability are two major obstacles to realizing high performance of MnO2 as pseudocapacitor material. The construction of unique hierarchical core-shell nanostructures, therefore, plays an important role in the efficient enhancement of the rate capacity and the stability of this material. We herein report the fabrication of a hierarchical α-MnO2 nanowires@ultrathin δ-MnO2 nanosheets core-shell nanostructure by adopting a facile and practical solution-phase technique. The novel hierarchical nanostructures are composed of ultrathin δ-MnO2 nanosheets with a few atomic layers growing well on the surface of the ultralong α-MnO2 nanowires. The first specific capacitance of hierarchical core-shell nanostructure reached 153.8 F g(-1) at the discharge current density of as high as 20 A g(-1), and the cycling stability is retained at 98.1% after 10,000 charge-discharge cycles, higher than those in the literature. The excellent rate capacity and stability of the hierarchical core-shell nanostructures can be attributed to the structural features of the two MnO2 crystals, in which a 1D α-MnO2 nanowire core provides a stable structural backbone and the ultrathin 2D δ-MnO2 nanosheet shell creates more reactive active sites. The synergistic effects of different dimensions also contribute to the superior rate capability.

  1. Formation mechanism, structural characterization, optical properties and photocatalytic activity of hierarchically arranged sisal-like ZnO architectures

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    Xu, Fen; Du, Gao-Hui; Halasa, Matej; Su, Bao-Lian

    2006-07-01

    A simple low-temperature solution-based self-construction approach has been demonstrated for fabricating the highly uniform assembly of ZnO nanocones with much higher aspect ratio, in which a highly non-equilibrium chemical environment favors for the large-scale generation of the complex architectures mimicking the sisal-like structures. The formation mechanism has been studied at molecular level. The optical and photocatalytic properties of the as-synthesized product have been correlated with their chemical composition, morphology and structural features. These sisal-like ZnO nanocone assemblies have shown a strong UV emission with a broad blue emission band and a high photocatalytic activity in decomposition of polyaromatics, suggesting their potentials in light and field emission and environmental applications.

  2. Nanowire-based three-dimensional hierarchical core/shell heterostructured electrodes for high performance proton exchange membrane fuel cells

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    Saha, Madhu Sudan; Li, Ruying; Sun, Xueliang [Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario N6A 5B9 (Canada); Cai, Mei [General Motors Research and Development Center, Warren, MI 48090-9055 (United States)

    2008-12-01

    In order to effectively utilize expensive Pt in fuel cell electrocatalyst and improve the durability of PEM fuel cells, new catalyst supports with three-dimensional (3D) open structure are highly desirable. Here, we report the fabrication of a 3D core/shell heterostructure consisting tin nanowire core and carbon nanotube shell (SnC) grown directly onto fuel cell backing (here carbon paper) as Pt catalyst support for PEM fuel cells. Compared with the conventional Pt/C membrane electrode assembly (MEA), SnC nanowire-based MEA shows significantly higher oxygen reaction performance and better CO tolerance as well as excellent stability in PEM fuel cells. The results demonstrate that the core/shell nanowire-based composites are very promising supports in making cost effective and electrocatalysts for fuel cell applications. (author)

  3. Self-supporting hierarchical rGO@Ni nanosheet@Co3O4 nanowire array and its application in high-rate batteries

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    Shi, F.; Xie, D.; Zhong, Y.; Wang, D. H.; Xia, X. H.; Gu, C. D.; Wang, X. L.; Tu, J. P.

    2016-09-01

    To meet the design requirements for high-rate battery electrodes, self-supporting hierarchical rGO@Ni nanosheet@Co3O4 nanowire array film with light weight is synthesized via a series of controllable fabrication processes. Due to modifying the highly conductive nickel nanosheets onto the surface of rGO film, the energy storage performance of this hybrid film is enhanced, especially in rate capability. The whole high-rate battery, which is fabricated by using this film as the positive electrode, manifests the maximum energy density of 20.3 Wh kg-1 at a power density of 326 W kg-1 along with excellent capacity retention of 81.4% after 5000 cycles. Therefore, the rGO-Ni-Co3O4 hybrid film is a promising electrode material for flexible long-life cycling high-rate batteries.

  4. A hierarchical nanostructure consisting of amorphous MnO 2, Mn 3O 4 nanocrystallites, and single-crystalline MnOOH nanowires for supercapacitors

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    Hu, Chi-Chang; Hung, Ching-Yun; Chang, Kuo-Hsin; Yang, Yi-Lin

    In this communication, a porous hierarchical nanostructure consisting of amorphous MnO 2 (a-MnO 2), Mn 3O 4 nanocrystals, and single-crystalline MnOOH nanowires is designed for the supercapacitor application, which is prepared by a simple two-step electrochemical deposition process. Because of the gradual co-transformation of Mn 3O 4 nanocrystals and a-MnO 2 nanorods into an amorphous manganese oxide, the cycle stability of a-MnO 2 is obviously enhanced by adding Mn 3O 4. This unique ternary oxide nanocomposite with 100-cycle CV activation exhibits excellent capacitive performances, i.e., excellent reversibility, high specific capacitances (470 F g -1 in CaCl 2), high power property, and outstanding cycle stability. The highly porous microstructures of this composite before and after the 10,000-cycle CV test are examined by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

  5. Hierarchical silicon nanowires-carbon textiles matrix as a binder-free anode for high-performance advanced lithium-ion batteries

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    Liu, Bin; Wang, Xianfu; Chen, Haitian; Wang, Zhuoran; Chen, Di; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Zhou, Chongwu; Shen, Guozhen

    2013-01-01

    Toward the increasing demands of portable energy storage and electric vehicle applications, the widely used graphite anodes with significant drawbacks become more and more unsuitable. Herein, we report a novel scaffold of hierarchical silicon nanowires-carbon textiles anodes fabricated via a facile method. Further, complete lithium-ion batteries based on Si and commercial LiCoO2 materials were assembled to investigate their corresponding across-the-aboard performances, demonstrating their enhanced specific capacity (2950 mAh g−1 at 0.2 C), good repeatability/rate capability (even >900 mAh g−1 at high rate of 5 C), long cycling life, and excellent stability in various external conditions (curvature, temperature, and humidity). Above results light the way to principally replacing graphite anodes with silicon-based electrodes which was confirmed to have better comprehensive performances. PMID:23572030

  6. Efficiency Investigation of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Based on the Zinc Oxide Nanowires

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    Ahmad Afifi

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we synthesized ZnO nanowires in dye sensitized solar cells. The nanowires have been fabricated using fast-microwave-hydrothermal process.We verify the effects of different lengths of ZnO nanowires on efficiency and absorptionofdye sensitized solar cells. J–V curves of the fabricated ZnO nanowire-based mercurochrome-sensitized solar cellsindicated that the short-circuit current density wouldincrease with increasing the length of nanowires.We also fabricate more efficient N719-sensitized solar cellsand investigate the effect of different length of Zno nanowires on the efficiency.

  7. Controllable assembly of well-defined monodisperse Au nanoparticles on hierarchical ZnO microspheres for enhanced visible-light-driven photocatalytic and antibacterial activity

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    Wang, Yuan; Fang, Hua-Bin; Zheng, Yan-Zhen; Ye, Rongqin; Tao, Xia; Chen, Jian-Feng

    2015-11-01

    A high-efficiency visible-light-driven photocatalyst composed of homogeneously distributed Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) well-defined on hierarchical ZnO microspheres (ZMS) via a controllable layer-by-layer self-assembly technique is demonstrated. The gradual growth of the characteristic absorption bands of Au loaded on ZnO in the visible light region with an increasing number of assemblies indicates the enhancement of the light harvesting ability of the ZMS/Au composites as well as the reproducibility and controllability of the entire assembly process. Results on the photoelectrochemical performance characterized by EIS and transient photocurrent response spectra indicate that the ZMS/Au composites possess increased photoinduced charge separation and transfer efficiency compared to the pure ZMS film. As a result, the hybrid composites exhibited enhanced decomposition activity for methylene blue and salicylic acid as well as antibacterial activity in killing S. aureus and E. coli under visible light irradiation. It can be noted that well-distributed Au components even at a rather low Au/ZnO weight ratio of ~1.2% also exhibited extraordinary photocatalysis. Such a facile and controllable self-assembly approach may be viable for preparing high-performance visible-light-driven ZMS/Au photocatalysts in a simple and controllable way, and consequently, the technology may extend to other plasmon-enhanced heterostructures made of nanostructured semiconductors and noble metals for great potential application in environmental protection.A high-efficiency visible-light-driven photocatalyst composed of homogeneously distributed Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) well-defined on hierarchical ZnO microspheres (ZMS) via a controllable layer-by-layer self-assembly technique is demonstrated. The gradual growth of the characteristic absorption bands of Au loaded on ZnO in the visible light region with an increasing number of assemblies indicates the enhancement of the light harvesting ability of

  8. A high-sensitivity, fast-response, rapid-recovery UV photodetector fabricated based on catalyst-free growth of ZnO nanowire networks on glass substrate

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    Alsultany, Forat H.; Hassan, Z.; Ahmed, Naser M.

    2016-10-01

    Here, we report for the first time the fabrication of metal-semiconductor-metal ultraviolet photodetector based on catalyst-free growth of ZnO nanowire networks on ITO seeds/glass substrates by thermal evaporation method. The morphological, structural, and optical properties of the sample were studied by using field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence, and UV-Vis spectrophotometer. Upon exposure to 365 nm light (1.5 mW/cm2) at five-bias voltage, the device showed 2.32 × 103 sensitivity. In addition, the photocurrent was 1.79 × 10-4 A, and the internal gain of the photodetector was 24.2. The response and the recovery times were calculated to be 3.9 and 2.6 s, respectively, upon illumination to a pulse UV light (365 nm, 1.5 mW/cm2) at five-bias voltage. All of these results demonstrate that this high-quality detector can be a promising candidate as a low-cost UV photodetector for commercially integrated photoelectronic applications.

  9. Hierarchical Ni0.54Co0.46O2 nanowire and nanosheet arrays grown on carbon fiber cloth for high-performance supercapacitors

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    Jiang, Yuanzhi; Zhang, Lijuan; Zhang, Hang; Zhang, Cui; Liu, Shuangxi

    2016-10-01

    Hierarchical Ni0.54Co0.46O2 architectures composed by nanowires or nanosheets were successfully grown on bio-mass carbon fiber cloth (CFC) by hydrothermal method. The morphology of Ni0.54Co0.46O2 can be effectively controlled by using different precipitators. The structural effects of the two kinds of morphologies were researched. the results suggest that the Ni0.54Co0.46O2 nanosheet arrays grown on CFC (NCO-NSs/CFC) shows a higher Faradaic areal capacity of 438 μAh cm-2 (238.1 mAh g-1) at a current density of 1 mA cm-2 and still about 90.3% initial capacity retention even at the high current density of 50 mA cm-2. Moreover, an all-solid-state flexible symmetric supercapacitor device has been successfully assembled. The optimized device delivers superior electrochemical performance with an outstanding energy density of 92.4 Wh kg-1 at a power density of 207.2 W kg-1. Such hierarchical nanostructure composed by well-aligned uniform Ni0.54Co0.46O2 nanosheet arrays grown on bio-mass carbon fiber cloth might hold great promise as battery-type electrode material for high-performance supercapacitor.

  10. Ultrasensitive non-enzymatic glucose sensor based on three-dimensional network of ZnO-CuO hierarchical nanocomposites by electrospinning

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    Three-dimensional (3D) porous ZnO–CuO hierarchical nanocomposites (HNCs) nonenzymatic glucose electrodes with different thicknesses were fabricated by coelectrospinning and compared with 3D mixed ZnO/CuO nanowires (NWs) and pure CuO NWs electrodes. The structural characterization revealed that the ZnO–CuO HNCs were composed of the ZnO and CuO mixed NWs trunk (~200 nm), whose outer surface was attached with small CuO nanoparticles (NPs). Moreover, a good synergetic effect between CuO and ZnO w...

  11. ZnO纳米线的控制生长及在染料敏化太阳能电池中的应用%Controlled Growth of ZnO Nanowire with Application to Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    韩龙飞; 钱军民; 崔宁

    2013-01-01

    利用旋涂法在FTO导电玻璃板上制备一层ZnO籽晶,再经水热生长,得到杂乱的和规整的ZnO纳米线;重复该过程,制备得到带分枝结构的ZnO纳米线.利用X射线衍射仪、扫描电子显微镜、紫外-可见分光光度计和光电转换测试系统等手段,研究了水热生长条件对ZnO形态和晶体结构的影响,以及它们对染料吸附率和光电转换效率的影响.结果表明:在生长液中添加聚乙烯亚胺有利于ZnO籽晶择优取向单向生长;原位生长形成的ZnO纳米线均为纤锌矿结构,结晶性良好;影响带分支结构ZnO纳米线制备的关键因素为悬挂籽晶次数和晶化热处理升温速率.解吸附和光电性能测试结果表明,相对于初始的ZnO纳米线,带分枝结构的ZnO纳米线具有更高的染料吸附率和太阳能转换效率.%The FTO glass coated with ZnO seed layer was prepared by spin-coating, and it was further placed in growth solution to form messy and neat ZnO nanowires ( NWs) via hydrothermal growth. By repeating the procedure, branched ZnO NWs were obtained. X-ray diffraction, UV-visible spectrophotometer, and photoelectric conversion test system were employed to analyzed the influences of growth conditions on the morphology and crystal structure of ZnO NWs, and on dye adsorption ratio and conversion efficiency. The results show that the addition of polyethylenimine to the growth solution facilitates the growth of ZnO seed along the optimal crystal face. ZnO NWs are of hexagonal wurtzite structure with good crystallinity. The key factors affecting the formation of branched ZnO NWs are the number of hanging seeds and the heating rate of crystallization heat treatment. Compared with bare ZnO NWs, branched ZnO NWs show higher dye adsorption ratio and conversion efficiency.

  12. All-printable band-edge modulated ZnO nanowire photodetectors with ultra-high detectivity.

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    Liu, Xi; Gu, Leilei; Zhang, Qianpeng; Wu, Jiyuan; Long, Yunze; Fan, Zhiyong

    2014-06-05

    High-performance photodetectors are critical for high-speed optical communication and environmental sensing, and flexible photodetectors can be used for a wide range of portable or wearable applications. Here we demonstrate the all-printable fabrication of polycrystalline nanowire-based high-performance photodetectors on flexible substrates. Systematic investigations have shown their ultra-high photoconductive gain, responsivity and detectivity up to 3.3 × 10(17) Jones. Further analysis shows that their high performance originates from the unique band-edge modulation along the nanowire axial direction, where the existence of Schottky barriers in series leads to highly suppressed dark current of the device and also gives rise to fast photoelectric response to low-intensity optical signal owing to barrier height modulation. The discovered rationale in this work can be utilized as guideline to design high-performance photodetectors with other nanomaterial systems. The developed fabrication scheme opens up possibility for future flexible and high-performance integrated optoelectronic sensor circuitry.

  13. Interplay of Internal Structure and Interfaces on the Emitting Properties of Hybrid ZnO Hierarchical Particles.

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    Distaso, Monica; Bertoni, Giovanni; Todisco, Stefano; Marras, Sergio; Gallo, Vito; Manna, Liberato; Peukert, Wolfgang

    2017-05-03

    The design of hybrid organic/inorganic nanostructures with controlled assembly drives the development of materials with new or improved properties and superior performances. In this paper, the surface and internal structure of hybrid ZnO poly-N-vinylpyrrolidone (ZnO/PVP) mesocrystals are investigated in detail and correlated with their emitting properties. A photoluminescence study at room temperature reveals that the as-synthesized particles show a remarkable ultraviolet (UV) emission, whereas an emission from defects in the visible region is not observed. On the other hand, a visible emission is achieved upon calcination of the hybrid ZnO/PVP particles in air, and its intensity is found to increase with the calcination temperature and, in some cases, to overwhelm the UV emission. A molecular description is proposed for the absence of a visible emission from defects in the as-synthesized ZnO/PVP mesocrystals on the basis of Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and solid-state (13)C NMR (SSNMR) spectroscopy. An in-depth electron microscopy study sheds light on the internal organization of mesocrystals and reveals the formation of nanoreactors, that is, particles with enclosed porosity, upon thermal treatment.

  14. Investigating the energy harvesting capabilities of a hybrid ZnO nanowires/carbon fiber polymer composite beam.

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    Masghouni, N; Burton, J; Philen, M K; Al-Haik, M

    2015-03-06

    Hybrid piezoelectric composite structures that are able to convert mechanical energy into electricity have gained growing attention in the past few years. In this work, an energy harvesting composite beam is developed by growing piezoelectric zinc oxide nanowires on the surface of carbon fiber prior to forming structural composites. The piezoelectric behavior of the composite beam was demonstrated under different vibration sources such as water bath sonicator and permanent magnet vibration shaker. The beam was excited at its fundamental natural frequency (43.2 Hz) and the open circuit voltage and the short circuit current were measured to be 3.1 mV and 23 nA, respectively. Upon connecting an optimal resistor (1.2 kΩ) in series with the beam a maximum power output 2.5 nW was achieved.

  15. Hierarchical carbon cloth supported Li4Ti5O12@NiCo2O4 branched nanowire arrays as novel anode for flexible lithium-ion batteries

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    Xu, Fenghua; Yu, Fangli; Liu, Chao; Han, Pengde; Weng, Baicheng

    2017-06-01

    The hierarchical carbon cloth supported Li4Ti5O12@NiCo2O4 branched nanowire (NW) arrays were fabricated as the flexible, binder-free anode for lithium-ion batteries. The novel composite exhibits greatly improved specific capacity and rate capability as well as excellent cyclic stability compared to carbon cloth supported Li4Ti5O12 NW arrays. The results clearly demonstrate that branched growth of NiCo2O4 NWs on the surface of Li4Ti5O12 NWs on carbon cloth enhances lithium diffusion. The superior electrochemical performance is ascribed to the unique architecture as well as the synergetic effect of good flexibility and high conductivity of carbon cloth, almost zero volume change during charge/discharge process of Li4Ti5O12, and high capacity and conductivity of NiCo2O4. This novel anode possesses high potential for applications in high-performance, flexible lithium-ion batteries.

  16. Characteristics of Al-doped ZnO films grown by atomic layer deposition for silicon nanowire photovoltaic device.

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    Oh, Byeong-Yun; Han, Jin-Woo; Seo, Dae-Shik; Kim, Kwang-Young; Baek, Seong-Ho; Jang, Hwan Soo; Kim, Jae Hyun

    2012-07-01

    We report the structural, electrical, and optical characteristics of Al-doped ZnO (ZnO:Al) films deposited on glass by atomic layer deposition (ALD) with various Al2O3 film contents for use as transparent electrodes. Unlike films fabricated by a sputtering method, the diffraction peak position of the films deposited by ALD progressively moved to a higher angle with increasing Al2O3 film content. This indicates that Zn sites were effectively replaced by Al, due to layer-by-layer growth mechanism of ALD process which is based on alternate self-limiting surface chemical reactions. By adjusting the Al2O3 film content, a ZnO:Al film with low electrical resistivity (9.84 x 10(-4) Omega cm) was obtained at an Al2O3 film content of 3.17%, where the Al concentration, carrier mobility, optical transmittance, and bandgap energy were 2.8 wt%, 11.20 cm2 V(-1) s(-1), 94.23%, and 3.6 eV, respectively. Moreover, the estimated figure of merit value of our best sample was 8.2 m7Omega(-1). These results suggest that ZnO:Al films deposited by ALD could be useful for electronic devices in which especially require 3-dimensional conformal deposition of the transparent electrode and surface passivation.

  17. ZnO纳米线掺杂Ag对CO气体气敏特征的影响%Effect of ZnO Nano-wire Doped with Ag on Characteristic of CO Gas Sensitivity

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    王鑫; 于灵敏; 范新会; 严文

    2011-01-01

    ZnO nano-wire was prepared by thermal evaporation using pure Zn and Zn doping with Ag as raw material under the same condition. The morphology of the two nano-wires which were used as gas sensitivities matrix to make sensitive element was analyzed by SEM. The CO gas sensitivity was measured. The results indicate that ZnO nano-wires making with pure Zn present as a radial shape, branching diameter even approximately 300 nm, length approximately 10 pm;ZnO nanowires, which are made in Zn doping with Ag, the morphology is also presented as a radial, but the branching diameter gradually reduces, and ends in punctual, thc length approximately 3 μm; at the operating temperature 270 ℃, the effect of two nano-wires on the sensitivity of CO gas can reach the maximum; and the sensitivity of the two nano-wires is also maximum; compared with pure Zn, ZnO nano-wires, which is made with Zn doping with Ag, the gas sensitivities is enhanced by 61.5%. The CO gas sensitivity at the operating temperature 270 ℃ is increased by 107.2%, the CO gas response time is reduced by 3 s, when the CO density sensitivitie is 0.27%.%以纯Zn和Zn中掺杂Ag为原料在相同条件下用物理热蒸发法分别制备ZnO纳米线,对两种纳米线进行了SEM分析,并将其作为气敏基料制成旁热式气敏组件,对CO气体进行气敏性测试.结果表明,纯Zn制得的ZnO纳米线的形貌呈现放射状,分枝的直径均为约300hm、长度约10μm;而Zn中掺杂Ag制得的ZnO纳米线形貌虽也呈现放射状,但分枝的直径逐渐减小,最终成为点状,长度约3μm;在工作温度270℃下,两种纳米线对CO气体的灵敏度都达到最大值,且Zn中掺杂Ag相对于纯Zn的ZnO纳米线对CO气体灵敏度提高了61.5%;在CO浓度为0.27%时,两种纳米线的灵敏度也都达到最大值,Zn中掺杂Ag相对于纯zn的ZnO纳米线对CO气体灵敏度提高了107.2%,也对CO气体的响应时间缩短了3s.

  18. 水热法制备ZnO带/ZnO线复合结构以及光催化性质研究%Fabriication and Photocatalytic Properties of ZnO Nanobelt/ZnO Nanowire Composite Structrue by Hydrothermal Process

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    曲铭镭

    2015-01-01

    A sample hydrothermal process is proposed for the fabrication of ZnO nanobelt,Through secondary growth in preparation of ZnO nanowire on the ZnO nanobelt,The as-grown samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy( SEM),X-ray diffraction( XRD)and photoluminescence( PL). We reserch the influence of diauxic growth on the photocatalytic activity of ZnO nanobelts,The tesults turn out that,the photocatalytic activity of ZnO nanobelt /ZnO nanowire composite structrue is enhanced.%通过水热法制备ZnO纳米带,再通过二次生长的方法在ZnO纳米线上制备ZnO纳米线。通过扫描电镜、X射线衍射、光致发光等测试手段对样品的形貌、结构和光学性质进行表征。研究在二次生长前后光催化活性的变化,结果表明,ZnO带/ZnO线复合材料对甲基橙降解效果有明显的提高。

  19. Three-dimensional hierarchical NiCo2O4 nanowire@Ni3S2 nanosheet core/shell arrays for flexible asymmetric supercapacitors

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    Liu, Bo; Kong, Dezhi; Huang, Zhi Xiang; Mo, Runwei; Wang, Ye; Han, Zhaojun; Cheng, Chuanwei; Yang, Hui Ying

    2016-05-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) hierarchical NiCo2O4@Ni3S2 core/shell arrays on Ni foam were synthesized by a facile, stepwise synthesis approach. The 3D heterogeneous NiCo2O4 nanostructure forms an interconnected web-like scaffold and serves as the core for the Ni3S2 shell. The as-prepared NiCo2O4@Ni3S2 nanowire array (NWA) electrodes exhibited excellent electrochemical performance, such as high specific areal capacitance and excellent cycling stability. The specific areal capacitance of 3.0 F cm-2 at a current density of 5 mA cm-2 is among the highest values and the only 6.7% capacitance decay after 10 000 cycles demonstrates the excellent cycling stability. A flexible asymmetric supercapacitor (ASC) was fabricated with activated carbon (AC) as the anode and the obtained NiCo2O4@Ni3S2 NWAs as the cathode. The ASC device exhibited a high energy density of 1.89 mW h cm-3 at 5.81 W cm-3 and a high power density of 56.33 W cm-3 at 0.94 mW h cm-3. As a result, the hybrid nanoarchitecture opens a new way to design high performance electrodes for electrochemical energy storage applications.Three-dimensional (3D) hierarchical NiCo2O4@Ni3S2 core/shell arrays on Ni foam were synthesized by a facile, stepwise synthesis approach. The 3D heterogeneous NiCo2O4 nanostructure forms an interconnected web-like scaffold and serves as the core for the Ni3S2 shell. The as-prepared NiCo2O4@Ni3S2 nanowire array (NWA) electrodes exhibited excellent electrochemical performance, such as high specific areal capacitance and excellent cycling stability. The specific areal capacitance of 3.0 F cm-2 at a current density of 5 mA cm-2 is among the highest values and the only 6.7% capacitance decay after 10 000 cycles demonstrates the excellent cycling stability. A flexible asymmetric supercapacitor (ASC) was fabricated with activated carbon (AC) as the anode and the obtained NiCo2O4@Ni3S2 NWAs as the cathode. The ASC device exhibited a high energy density of 1.89 mW h cm-3 at 5.81 W cm-3 and a high power

  20. Failure mechanisms and electromechanical coupling in semiconducting nanowires

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    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available One dimensional nanostructures, like nanowires and nanotubes, are increasingly being researched for the development of next generation devices like logic gates, transistors, and solar cells. In particular, semiconducting nanowires with a nonsymmetric wurtzitic crystal structure, such as zinc oxide (ZnO and gallium nitride (GaN, have drawn immense research interests due to their electromechanical coupling. The designing of the future nanowire-based devices requires component-level characterization of individual nanowires. In this paper, we present a unique experimental set-up to characterize the mechanical and electromechanical behaviour of individual nanowires. Using this set-up and complementary atomistic simulations, mechanical properties of ZnO nanowires and electromechanical properties of GaN nanowires were investigated. In ZnO nanowires, elastic modulus was found to depend on nanowire diameter decreasing from 190 GPa to 140 GPa as the wire diameter increased from 5 nm to 80 nm. Inconsistent failure mechanisms were observed in ZnO nanowires. Experiments revealed a brittle fracture, whereas simulations using a pairwise potential predicted a phase transformation prior to failure. This inconsistency is addressed in detail from an experimental as well as computational perspective. Lastly, in addition to mechanical properties, preliminary results on the electromechanical properties of gallium nitride nanowires are also reported. Initial investigations reveal that the piezoresistive and piezoelectric behaviour of nanowires is different from bulk gallium nitride.

  1. LED-controlled tuning of ZnO nanowires’ wettability for biosensing applications

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    Kaushalkumar Bhavsar

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Wettability is an important property of solid materials which can be controlled by surface energy. Dynamic control over the surface wettability is of great importance for biosensing applications. Zinc oxide (ZnO is a biocompatible material suitable for biosensors and microfluidic devices. Nanowires of ZnO tend to show a hydrophobic nature which decelerates the adhesion or adsorption of biomolecules on the surface and, therefore, limits their application. Methods: Surface wettability of the ZnO nanowires can be tuned using light irradiation. However, the control over wettability using light-emitting diodes (LEDs and the role of wavelength in controlling the wettability of ZnO nanowires are unclear. This is the first report on LED-based wettability control of nanowires, and it includes investigations on tuning the desired wettability of ZnO nanowires using LEDs as a controlling tool. Results: The investigations on spectral properties of the LED emission on ZnO nanowires' wettability have shown strong dependency on the spectral overlap of LED emission on ZnO absorption spectra. Results indicate that LEDs offer an advanced control on dynamically tuning the wettability of ZnO nanowires. Conclusion: The spectral investigations have provided significant insight into the role of irradiating wavelength of light and irradiation time on the surface wettability of ZnO nanowires. This process is suitable to realize on chip based integrated sensors and has huge potential for eco-friendly biosensing and environmental sensing applications.

  2. Efficiency Investigation of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Based on the Zinc Oxide Nanowires

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    Ahmad Afifi; Mohammad Kazem Tabatabaei

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we synthesized ZnO nanowires in dye sensitized solar cells. The nanowires have been fabricated using fast-microwave-hydrothermal process.We verify the effects of different lengths of ZnO nanowires on efficiency and absorptionofdye sensitized solar cells. J–V curves of the fabricated ZnO nanowire-based mercurochrome-sensitized solar cellsindicated that the short-circuit current density wouldincrease with increasing the length of nanowires.We also fabricate more efficient N719-se...

  3. Magnetically aligned polymer-nanowire composites for solar energy harvesting

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    Majewski, Pawel; Pelligra, Candice; Osuji, Chinedum

    2013-03-01

    We present a solution-based approach of producing aligned arrays of ZnO nanowire-polythiophene composites for photovoltaic applications. We employ a two-step hierarchical self-assembly to maximize the efficiency of electron and hole transport in the system. First, we coat the wires with the polymer utilizing nanowire surface-directed crystallization and alignment of the polymer backbones along the long axes of the wires, then we employ magnetic fields to direct the assembly of the composites into the ordered arrays. We present quantitative SAXS data taken in-situ during the alignment process addressing the influence of paramagnetic doping level of ZnO and the magnetic field strength on the quality of the alignment. We compare the electrical conductivity of the aligned arrays of the composites to non-aligned ones and discuss the possible degree of conductivity enhancement upon the alignment in this and in analogous systems. This work is funded by the NSF under DMR-0847534 and DMR-0934520

  4. A hierarchical three-dimensional NiCo2O4 nanowire array/carbon cloth as an air electrode for nonaqueous Li-air batteries.

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    Liu, Wei-Ming; Gao, Ting-Ting; Yang, Yin; Sun, Qian; Fu, Zheng-Wen

    2013-10-14

    A 3D NiCo2O4 nanowire array/carbon cloth (NCONW/CC) was employed as the cathode for Li-air batteries with a non-aqueous electrolyte. After its discharge, novel porous ball-like Li2O2 was found to be deposited on the tip of NiCo2O4 nanowires. The special structure of Li2O2 and active sites of catalysts are also discussed.

  5. 3D hierarchical MnO2 nanorod/welded Ag-nanowire-network composites for high-performance supercapacitor electrodes.

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    Qiao, Zhensong; Yang, Xiaopeng; Yang, Shuhua; Zhang, Liqiang; Cao, Bingqiang

    2016-06-28

    3D MnO2 nanorod/welded Ag-nanowire-network supercapacitor electrodes were prepared. Welding treatment of the Ag nanowire-network leads to low resistance and long lifetime. Galvanostatic charge/discharge (GCD) induces an ever-lasting morphology changing from flower-like to honeycomb-like for MnO2, which manifests as increasing specific capacitance to 663.4 F g(-1) after 7000 GCD cycles.

  6. EDITORIAL: Nanowires Nanowires

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    Jagadish, Chennupati

    2010-02-01

    Nanowires are considered as building blocks for the next generation of electronics, photonics, sensors and energy applications. One-dimensional nanostructures offer unique opportunities to control the density of states of semiconductors, and in turn their electronic and optical properties. Nanowires allow the growth of axial heterostructures without the constraints of lattice mismatch. This provides flexibility to create heterostructures of a broad range of materials and allows integration of compound semiconductor based optoelectronic devices with silicon based microelectronics. Nanowires are widely studied and the number of papers published in the field is growing exponentially with time. Already nanowire lasers, nanowire transistors, nanowire light emitting diodes, nanowire sensors and nanowire solar cells have been demonstrated. This special issue on semiconductor nanowires features 17 invited papers from leading experts in the field. In this special issue, the synthesis and growth of semiconductor nanowires of a broad range of materials have been addressed. Both axial and radial heterostructures and their structural properties have been discussed. Electrical transport properties of nanowires have been presented, as well as optical properties and carrier dynamics in a range of nanowires and nanowire heterostructures. Devices such as nanowire lasers and nanowire sensors have also been discussed. I would like to thank the Editorial Board of the journal for suggesting this special issue and inviting me to serve as the Guest Editor. Sincere thanks are due to all the authors for their contributions to this special issue. I am grateful to the reviewers and editorial staff at Semiconductor Science and Technology and the Institute of Physics Publishing for their excellent efforts. Special thanks are due to Dr Claire Bedrock for coordinating this special issue.

  7. Biofunctionalization of zinc oxide nanowires for DNA sensory applications

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We report on the biofunctionalization of zinc oxide nanowires for the attachment of DNA target molecules on the nanowire surface. With the organosilane glycidyloxypropyltrimethoxysilane acting as a bifunctional linker, amino-modified capture molecule oligonucleotides have been immobilized on the nanowire surface. The dye-marked DNA molecules were detected via fluorescence microscopy, and our results reveal a successful attachment of DNA capture molecules onto the nanowire surface. The electrical field effect induced by the negatively charged attached DNA molecules should be able to control the electrical properties of the nanowires and gives way to a ZnO nanowire-based biosensing device.

  8. Characteristics of THz carrier dynamics in GaN thin film and ZnO nanowires by temperature dependent terahertz time domain spectroscopy measurement

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    Balci, Soner; Baughman, William; Wilbert, David S.; Shen, Gang; Kung, Patrick; Kim, Seongsin Margaret

    2012-12-01

    We present a comprehensive study of the characteristics of carrier dynamics using temperature dependent terahertz time domain spectroscopy. By utilizing this technique in combination with numerical calculations, the complex refractive index, dielectric function, and conductivity of n-GaN, undoped ZnO NWs, and Al-doped ZnO NWs were obtained. The unique temperature dependent behaviors of major material parameters were studied at THz frequencies, including plasma frequency, relaxation time, carrier concentration and mobility. Frequency and temperature dependent carrier dynamics were subsequently analyzed in these materials through the use of the Drude and the Drude-Smith models.

  9. Fabrication of hierarchical flower-like porous ZnO nanostructures from layered ZnC{sub 2}O{sub 4}·3Zn(OH){sub 2} and gas sensing properties

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    Cui, Jiashan; Sun, Jianbo, E-mail: xiaohan2298@163.com; Liu, Xin; Li, Jinwei; Ma, Xinzhi; Chen, Tingting

    2014-07-01

    ZnO materials with porous and hierarchical flower-like structure were synthesized through mild hydrothermal and simple calcination approach, in which the flower-like layered zinc oxalate hydroxide (ZnC{sub 2}O{sub 4}·3Zn(OH){sub 2}) precursor was first synthesized and then calcined at 600 °C. The obtained products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopic (TEM), Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) and thermogravimetric (TG) analysis. We proposed the possible growth mechanism of the material via studying the time evolution experiment results. In the process of reaction, oxalic acid as a structure-directing agent hydrolyzed and then formed primarily sheets-like intermediate ZnC{sub 2}O{sub 4}·2H{sub 2}O. Hexamethylenetetramine (HMT) as surfactant, with directional adsorption, leads to the formation of layered zinc oxalate hydroxide precursor. Furthermore, the gas sensitivity also can be characterized, whose results indicated that the synthesized materials had a preferable selectivity to ethanol gas. The fast response rate and reversible performance can be attributed to the produced greater specific surface area produced, which was caused by the porous and hierarchical flower-like structure.

  10. Materials and Devices Research of PPV-ZnO Nanowires for Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Zhang Xiao-Zhou; Jian Xi-Gao; Zu Li-Wu

    2012-01-01

    Bulk heterojunction photovoltaic devices, which use the conjugated polymer poly(2-methoxyl-5-(2′-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene) (MEH-PPV) as the electron donor and crystalline ZnO nanowires as the electron acceptor, have been studied in this work. The ZnO nanowires were prepared through a chemical vapor deposition mechanism. The dissolved MEH-PPV polymer was spin-coated onto the nanowires. The scanning electron microscope images showed that the ZnO nanowires were covered with a single ...

  11. Wide band gap semiconductor nanowires for optical devices 1 low-dimensionality related effects and growth

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    Consonni , Vincent

    2014-01-01

    GaN and ZnO nanowires can by grown using a wide variety of methods from physical vapor deposition to wet chemistry for optical devices. This book starts by presenting the similarities and differences between GaN and ZnO materials, as well as the assets and current limitations of nanowires for their use in optical devices, including feasibility and perspectives. It then focuses on the nucleation and growth mechanismsof ZnO and GaN nanowires, grown by various chemical and physical methods. Finally, it describes the formation of nanowire heterostructures applied to optical devices.

  12. Pyrolytically grown indium sulfide sensitized zinc oxide nanowires for solar water splitting

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    Komurcu, Pelin; Can, Emre Kaan; Aydin, Erkan; Semiz, Levent [Micro and Nanotechnology Graduate Program, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, 06560 Ankara (Turkey); Gurol, Alp Eren; Alkan, Fatma Merve [Department of Materials Science and Nanotechnology Engineering, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, 06560 Ankara (Turkey); Sankir, Mehmet; Sankir, Nurdan Demirci [Micro and Nanotechnology Graduate Program, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, 06560 Ankara (Turkey); Department of Materials Science and Nanotechnology Engineering, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, 06560 Ankara (Turkey)

    2015-11-15

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires, sensitized with spray pyrolyzed indium sulfide, were obtained by chemical bath deposition. The XRD analysis indicated dominant evolution of hexagonal ZnO phase. Significant gain in photoelectrochemical current using ZnO nanowires is largely accountable to enhancement of the visible light absorption and the formation of heterostructure. The maximum photoconversion efficiency of 2.77% was calculated for the indium sulfide sensitized ZnO nanowire photoelectrodes. (copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  13. P-Cu2O/n-ZnO nanowires on ITO glass for solar cells.

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    Zhang, Jin; Que, Wenxiu; Zhong, Peng; Zhu, Gangqiang

    2010-11-01

    In this paper, the fabrication and characterization of a heterojunction solar cell based on p-Cu2O/n-ZnO nanowires on ITO glass are presented. ZnO aligned nanocrystal seed layer is firstly prepared by RF magnetron sputtering technique, and then vertical ZnO nanowire arrays with an acicular crystal structure are obtained by using a chemical bath deposition processing. The results indicate that the ZnO nanowires with a diameter of about 50 nm and 500 nm in length can be easily obtained. The absorption and transmittance of the ZnO nanowires are studied. It is also noted that the Cu2O can fill well into the space between ZnO nanowires by an electrodeposition process. Furthermore, the effect of the Cu2O orientation on the cell performance is also presented.

  14. Synthesis of CuO Nanowires ZnO Heterojunction Shape Control of Quantum Dots%合成CuO纳米线ZnO量子点的异质结形态控制

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    周明

    2014-01-01

    To explore the different growth time, temperature, gas and water conditions on the thermal evaporation method is used to grow CuO nanowires in shape, length, density and diameter, etc. Simple analysis of the CuO nanowires growth process, growth mechanism, and to further grow in the CuO ZuO quantum dot is studied. By changing the experiment condition, the research in different decomposition temperature and time, the influence of the concentration of zinc acetate ZuO quantum dot shape. The study found that growth temperature will affect the CuO nanoparticles within a certain scope of diameter and density;time will affect the length of the nanowires. In addition, produce different shapes under different conditions of ZnO nanoparticles. These parameters on nucleation, growth and migration of the quantum dots have very important influence.%探索了不同的生长时间、生长温度、气体和水分条件对采用热蒸发法生长CuO纳米线在成型、长度、致密度和直径等方面的影响。简单分析了CuO纳米线的生长过程、生长机理,并进一步研究了在CuO上生长ZuO量子点。通过改变实验条件,研究在不同温度、分解时间、乙酸锌浓度对ZuO量子点外形的影响。研究发现,生长温度会在一定范围内影响CuO纳米带的直径和致密度,时间会影响纳米线的长度。此外,在不同条件下可生成不同形状的ZnO纳米颗粒。这些参数条件对量子点的成核、生长和迁移有着至关重要的影响。

  15. Carbon-coated ZnO mat passivation by atomic-layer-deposited HfO2 as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Jung, Mi-Hee

    2017-11-01

    ZnO has had little consideration as an anode material in lithium-ion batteries compared with other transition-metal oxides due to its inherent poor electrical conductivity and large volume expansion upon cycling and pulverization of ZnO-based electrodes. A logical design and facile synthesis of ZnO with well-controlled particle sizes and a specific morphology is essential to improving the performance of ZnO in lithium-ion batteries. In this paper, a simple approach is reported that uses a cation surfactant and a chelating agent to synthesize three-dimensional hierarchical nanostructured carbon-coated ZnO mats, in which the ZnO mats are composed of stacked individual ZnO nanowires and form well-defined nanoporous structures with high surface areas. In order to improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries, HfO2 is deposited on the carbon-coated ZnO mat electrode via atomic layer deposition. Lithium-ion battery devices based on the carbon-coated ZnO mat passivation by atomic layer deposited HfO2 exhibit an excellent initial discharge and charge capacities of 2684.01 and 963.21mAhg(-1), respectively, at a current density of 100mAg(-1) in the voltage range of 0.01-3V. They also exhibit cycle stability after 125 cycles with a capacity of 740mAhg(-1) and a remarkable rate capability. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. ZnO nanostructures and their applications

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    Xiaowei, Sun

    2011-01-01

    This book focuses on the various functional properties and potential applications of one-dimensional ZnO nanostructures, from basic principles to our most recent discoveries. It comprises experimental analysis of various properties of ZnO nanostructures, preparation techniques, research methods, and some promising applications. The areas of focus include ZnO-based gas/biochemical sensing devices, field emitters, solar cells, light-emitting diodes, e-papers, and single-nanowire-based transistors.

  17. Weak Localization and Mobility in ZnO Nanostructures

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    We conduct a comprehensive investigation into the electronic and magnetotransport properties of ZnO nanoplates grown concurrently with ZnO nanowires by the vapor-liquid-solid method. We present magnetoresistance data showing weak localization in our nanoplates and probe its dependence on temperature and carrier concentration. We measure phase coherence lengths of 50–100 nm at 1.9 K and, because we do not observe spin-orbit scattering through antilocalization, suggest that ZnO nanostructures m...

  18. Multi-photon excitation in ZnO materials

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    2008-01-01

    A brief introduction on the advance in the fabrication technology of ZnO materials was given.Related research on the multi-photon excitation processes in several kinds of ZnO materials under intense pump conditions by fs pulses were reviewed.Stimulated emission properties in ZnO microtubes and nanowires have also been dealt with.Possible nonlinear effects that emerged under the extremely intense field were discussed.

  19. Control of optical and electrical properties of ZnO nanocrystals by nanosecond-laser annealing

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    Shimogaki, T.; Ofuji, T.; Tetsuyama, N.; Kawahara, H.; Higashihata, M.; Ikenoue, H.; Nakamura, D.; Okada, T.

    2014-03-01

    Effects of laser annealing on electrical and optical properties of Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocrystals, which are expected as building blocks for optoelectronic devices, have been investigated in this study. In the case of fabricating p-n junction in single one-dimensional ZnO nanocrystal, phosphorus-ions implanted p-type ZnO nanocrystals were recrystallized and recovered in the optical properties by nanosecond-laser annealing using a KrF excimer laser. Antimony-doped p-type ZnO nanocrystals were synthesized by irradiating laminated structure which antimony thin film were deposited on ZnO nanocrystals with the laser beam. Additionally, it is possible to control the growth rate of ZnO nanowires by using laser annealing. Irradiating with pulsed laser a part of ZnO buffer layer deposited on the a-cut sapphire substrate, then ZnO nanowires were grown on the ZnO buffer layer by the nanoparticle assisted pulsed laser deposition method. As a result, the clear boundary of the laser annealed and non-laser annealed area was appeared. It was observed that ZnO nanowires were grown densely at non-laser annealed area, on the other hand, sparse ones were grown at the laser-annealed region. In this report, the possibility of laser annealing techniques to establish the stable and reliable fabrication process of ZnO nanowires-based LD and LED are discussed on the basis of experimental results.

  20. Investigation of electrical and optoelectronic properties of zinc oxide nanowires

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    Zhang, D.; Lee, S. K.; Chava, S.; Berven, C. A.; Katkanant, V.

    2011-10-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires have been synthesized by using tubular furnace chemical vapor deposition technique. The morphology, chemical composition and crystal structure of as-synthesized ZnO nanowires were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques. Four-terminal current-voltage ( I- V) measurements were employed to study the electrical conductance of ZnO nanowires under various testing gas environments for gas sensing purpose. The I- V curves at temperature ranging from 150 to 300 K were recorded in the testing chamber under vacuum. The Arrhenius plot shows perfect linear relationship between the logarithm of the current I and inverse temperature 1/ T. The donor level of the semiconducting nanowires is about 326 meV. The I- V behaviors were found to be reversible and repeatable with testing gases. The electrical conductivity was enhanced by a factor of four with ambient CO gas compared to that in vacuum and other testing gases. The optoelectronic properties of the ZnO nanowires were obtained by two-terminal I- V measurement method while the nanowires were illuminated by a ruby laser. The electrical conductivity was increased by 60% when the laser was present in comparison to that when the laser was off. Those significant changes suggest that nano-devices constructed by the ZnO nanowires could be used in gas sensing and optical switching applications.

  1. Preparation of ZnO/PANi Composite Nanowire and Their Interactions on Interface between ZnO and PANi%聚苯胺/ZnO复合材料纳米线的制备及界面特性研究

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    张青青; 丁晶晶; 马兴法; 高明军; 贺笑春; 李光

    2011-01-01

    In order to obtain nano/micro-structured organic-inorganic composite with unique properties for nanoelectronic/microelectronic device applications, a study on growth of ZnO using hydrothermal synthesis approach in the presence of suspension containing polyaniline nanowires was carried out. A series of characterizations were examined by transmission electron microscopy(TEM), the Fourier-Transform Infrared spectra(FTIR), X-ray diffraction(XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), etc. The results indicated that the resulting-product was ZnO/PANi composite nanowire structure. The charge transfer was possibly taken place at the interface between ZnO and polyaniline nanowire. A chemical prototype sensor was constructed based on ZnO/PANi composite nanowire and an interdigital electrodes on flexible polymer substrate. The gas-sensing behaviors of the sensor to ammonia and HCI gas at room temperature were investigated. Results showed that the effects of the presence of ZnO on the sensitivity of polyaniline based chemical sensors were remarkably. This proved further that the strong interaction between ZnO and oolvaniline was existed.%为获得优异性能的纳/微米结构的有机一无机复合功能材料,进而探讨在纳/微米结构的电子器件或其它领域的潜在应用,在纳米线聚苯胺(PANi)悬浮液的存在下,采用水热方法进行了ZnO的生长,并用所制得的ZnO/PANi复合材料构筑了叉指结构的聚合物基柔性化学传感器原型器件。采用透射电镜(TEM)、X射线衍射(XRD)、X射线光电子能谱(XPS)等进行了表征,对原型器件的部分响应特性进行了对比考察。结果表明,所制得的ZnO/PANi复合材料为纳米线结构,ZnO的存在对原型器件的敏感特性有明显的影响,影响到聚苯胺的质

  2. Growth of vertically aligned ZnO nanorods using textured ZnO films

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    Meléndrez Manuel

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract A hydrothermal method to grow vertical-aligned ZnO nanorod arrays on ZnO films obtained by atomic layer deposition (ALD is presented. The growth of ZnO nanorods is studied as function of the crystallographic orientation of the ZnO films deposited on silicon (100 substrates. Different thicknesses of ZnO films around 40 to 180 nm were obtained and characterized before carrying out the growth process by hydrothermal methods. A textured ZnO layer with preferential direction in the normal c-axes is formed on substrates by the decomposition of diethylzinc to provide nucleation sites for vertical nanorod growth. Crystallographic orientation of the ZnO nanorods and ZnO-ALD films was determined by X-ray diffraction analysis. Composition, morphologies, length, size, and diameter of the nanorods were studied using a scanning electron microscope and energy dispersed x-ray spectroscopy analyses. In this work, it is demonstrated that crystallinity of the ZnO-ALD films plays an important role in the vertical-aligned ZnO nanorod growth. The nanorod arrays synthesized in solution had a diameter, length, density, and orientation desirable for a potential application as photosensitive materials in the manufacture of semiconductor-polymer solar cells. PACS 61.46.Hk, Nanocrystals; 61.46.Km, Structure of nanowires and nanorods; 81.07.Gf, Nanowires; 81.15.Gh, Chemical vapor deposition (including plasma-enhanced CVD, MOCVD, ALD, etc.

  3. Development of Biodegradable Zinc Oxide Nanowires Targeting Breast Cancer Metastasis

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    2013-09-01

    diagnosis, and personalized treatment of cancer. Herein we report the synthesis of green/red fluorescent ZnO nanoplatforms (including both NWs and NPs) and...is to develop a biodegradable ZnO nanomaterial platform (mainly focusing on the nanowire [NW] morphology) for efficient vasculature targeting of BCa...hypothesis is that suitably functionalized ZnO NWs can have long circulation lifetime and efficient tumor targeting for future drug delivery

  4. Investigation on the Tunable-Length Zinc Oxide Nanowire Arrays for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Shou-Yi Kuo

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We had successfully fabricated ZnO-based nanowires by vapor transport method in the furnace tube. ZnO nanowire arrays grown in 600°C for 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes, and 120 minutes had applied to the dye-sensitized solar cells. The dye loading is proportional to the total equivalent surface area of ZnO nanowire arrays in the cells and plays an important role in improving power conversion efficiency. The highest efficiency was observed in DSSC sample with ZnO nanowires grown for 90 minutes, which had the largest equivalent surface area and also the highest dye loading. According to our experimental results, the enhancement in power conversion efficiency is attributed to the higher light harvesting and reduction of carrier recombination. In addition, ZnO nanowires also contribute to the photocurrent in the UV region.

  5. Fabrication and characterization of a composite ZnO semiconductor as electron transporting layer in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Karst, N.; Rey, G. [Laboratoire des Materiaux et du Genie Physique (LMGP) Grenoble INP, 38016 Grenoble (France); Doisneau, B. [Laboratoire de Science et Ingenierie des Materiaux et Procedes (SIMAP), 38402 Saint Martin d' Heres (France); Roussel, H.; Deshayes, R. [Laboratoire des Materiaux et du Genie Physique (LMGP) Grenoble INP, 38016 Grenoble (France); Consonni, V. [Laboratoire des Materiaux et du Genie Physique (LMGP) Grenoble INP, 38016 Grenoble (France); Laboratoire des Technologies de la Microelectronique (LTM), 38054 Grenoble (France); Ternon, C. [Laboratoire des Technologies de la Microelectronique (LTM), 38054 Grenoble (France); Bellet, D., E-mail: daniel.bellet@grenoble-inp.fr [Laboratoire des Materiaux et du Genie Physique (LMGP) Grenoble INP, 38016 Grenoble (France)

    2011-05-15

    ZnO nanocomposites involving nanowires and nanoparticles with a thickness of 4 {mu}m were grown by chemical bath deposition and used as electron transporting layer in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The growth of ZnO nanowires was initially achieved in a zinc nitrate and hexamethylenetetramine aqueous solution on a fluorine-doped tin oxide thin film seeded with ZnO nanoparticles. Subsequently, layered hydroxide zinc acetate (LHZA) nanoparticles were deposited on the nanowires by dip coating in a zinc acetate methanolic solution. A relatively conformal deposit of nanoparticles all along the nanowires was revealed by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. It is shown by X-ray diffraction measurements that a subsequent annealing convert the LHZA nanoparticles into ZnO nanoparticles. The resulting DSSCs present a short circuit current density almost three times higher when the ZnO nanowire interstices were filled with ZnO nanoparticles, which is due to a higher dye loading for a constant device thickness. This is correlated with a very high specific surface area in ZnO nanocomposites, which is 250 times larger than the geometrical surface area. Although a decrease in both the open circuit voltage and the fill factor was shown by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy owing to an increase in electron radiative and nonradiative recombinations, the efficiency of ZnO nanocomposite-based-DSSCs was on average 1.75%, which is 70% higher than for single ZnO nanowire-based-DSSCs.

  6. Non-destructive characterization of vertical ZnO nanowire arrays by slow positron implantation spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and nuclear reaction analysis

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    Brauer, G [Institut fuer Ionenstrahlphysik und Materialforschung, Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Postfach 510119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Anwand, W [Institut fuer Ionenstrahlphysik und Materialforschung, Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Postfach 510119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Grambole, D [Institut fuer Ionenstrahlphysik und Materialforschung, Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Postfach 510119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Skorupa, W [Institut fuer Ionenstrahlphysik und Materialforschung, Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Postfach 510119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Hou, Y [Institut fuer Physik, Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Franz Josef Strasse 18, A-8700 Leoben (Austria); Andreev, A [Institut fuer Physik, Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Franz Josef Strasse 18, A-8700 Leoben (Austria); Teichert, C [Institut fuer Physik, Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Franz Josef Strasse 18, A-8700 Leoben (Austria); Tam, K H [Department of Physics, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (China); Djurisic, A B [Department of Physics, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (China)

    2007-05-16

    ZnO nanorods, grown by a hydrothermal method, have been characterized by slow positron implantation spectroscopy (SPIS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). It has been demonstrated that such non-destructive characterization techniques can provide a comprehensive picture of the nanorod structure (including its length, shape, orientation, and seed layer thickness), as well as provide additional information about defects present in the structure. Nanorods were also characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD), and it was found that the SPIS/AFM combination is more sensitive to the nanorod orientation and the thickness of the seed layer. To obtain still more information about defects in the nanorods, as well as to confirm the findings on the sample structure, nuclear reaction analysis (NRA) was performed and a large concentration of bound hydrogen was found. The results obtained by different characterization techniques are discussed.

  7. High-performance supercapacitor and lithium-ion battery based on 3D hierarchical NH4F-induced nickel cobaltate nanosheet-nanowire cluster arrays as self-supported electrodes

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    Chen, Yuejiao; Qu, Baihua; Hu, Lingling; Xu, Zhi; Li, Qiuhong; Wang, Taihong

    2013-09-01

    A facile hydrothermal method is developed for large-scale production of three-dimensional (3D) hierarchical porous nickel cobaltate nanowire cluster arrays derived from nanosheet arrays with robust adhesion on Ni foam. Based on the morphology evolution upon reaction time, a possible formation process is proposed. The role of NH4F in formation of the structure has also been investigated based on different NH4F amounts. This unique structure significantly enhances the electroactive surface areas of the NiCo2O4 arrays, leading to better interfacial/chemical distributions at the nanoscale, fast ion and electron transfer and good strain accommodation. Thus, when it is used for supercapacitor testing, a specific capacitance of 1069 F g-1 at a very high current density of 100 A g-1 was obtained. Even after more than 10 000 cycles at various large current densities, a capacitance of 2000 F g-1 at 10 A g-1 with 93.8% retention can be achieved. It also exhibits a high-power density (26.1 kW kg-1) at a discharge current density of 80 A g-1. When used as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), it presents a high reversible capacity of 976 mA h g-1 at a rate of 200 mA g-1 with good cycling stability and rate capability. This array material is rarely used as an anode material. Our results show that this unique 3D hierarchical porous nickel cobaltite is promising for electrochemical energy applications.A facile hydrothermal method is developed for large-scale production of three-dimensional (3D) hierarchical porous nickel cobaltate nanowire cluster arrays derived from nanosheet arrays with robust adhesion on Ni foam. Based on the morphology evolution upon reaction time, a possible formation process is proposed. The role of NH4F in formation of the structure has also been investigated based on different NH4F amounts. This unique structure significantly enhances the electroactive surface areas of the NiCo2O4 arrays, leading to better interfacial/chemical distributions

  8. Rapid Hydrothermal Synthesis of Zinc Oxide Nanowires by Annealing Methods on Seed Layers

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    Jang Bo Shim

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Well-aligned zinc oxide (ZnO nanowire arrays were successfully synthesized on a glass substrate using the rapid microwave heating process. The ZnO seed layers were produced by spinning the precursor solutions onto the substrate. Among coatings, the ZnO seed layers were annealed at 100°C for 5 minutes to ensure particle adhesion to the glass surface in air, nitrogen, and vacuum atmospheres. The annealing treatment of the ZnO seed layer was most important for achieving the high quality of ZnO nanowire arrays as ZnO seed nanoparticles of larger than 30 nm in diameter evolve into ZnO nanowire arrays. Transmission electron microscopy analysis revealed a single-crystalline lattice of the ZnO nanowires. Because of their low power (140 W, low operating temperatures (90°C, easy fabrication (variable microwave sintering system, and low cost (90% cost reduction compared with gas condensation methods, high quality ZnO nanowires created with the rapid microwave heating process show great promise for use in flexible solar cells and flexible display devices.

  9. Single-crystalline zinc oxide nanowires as photoanode material for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Ho, Shu-Te; Hsiao, Ching-Lun; Lin, Hsin-Yu; Chen, Hsiang-An; Wang, Chiu-Yen; Lin, Heh-Nan

    2010-10-01

    This study reports the use of single-crystalline and well-aligned ZnO nanowires as photoanode material for dye-sensitized solar cells. The ZnO nanowires are grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide coated glass substrates without catalysts by thermal evaporation. In spite of low roughness factors of around 25 for the nanowire photoanodes, the fabricated solar cells yield power conversion efficiencies of around 1.3% under AM 1.5G (100 mW cm-2) illumination. Moreover, fill factors of around 0.5 have been achieved and are relatively high when compared with reported values from ZnO nanowire photoanodes. The results reveal the advantage of using single-crystalline nanowires as photoanode material and provide clues for the advancement of nanowire based dye-sensitized solar cells.

  10. High-performance supercapacitor and lithium-ion battery based on 3D hierarchical NH4F-induced nickel cobaltate nanosheet-nanowire cluster arrays as self-supported electrodes.

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    Chen, Yuejiao; Qu, Baihua; Hu, Lingling; Xu, Zhi; Li, Qiuhong; Wang, Taihong

    2013-10-21

    A facile hydrothermal method is developed for large-scale production of three-dimensional (3D) hierarchical porous nickel cobaltate nanowire cluster arrays derived from nanosheet arrays with robust adhesion on Ni foam. Based on the morphology evolution upon reaction time, a possible formation process is proposed. The role of NH4F in formation of the structure has also been investigated based on different NH4F amounts. This unique structure significantly enhances the electroactive surface areas of the NiCo2O4 arrays, leading to better interfacial/chemical distributions at the nanoscale, fast ion and electron transfer and good strain accommodation. Thus, when it is used for supercapacitor testing, a specific capacitance of 1069 F g(-1) at a very high current density of 100 A g(-1) was obtained. Even after more than 10,000 cycles at various large current densities, a capacitance of 2000 F g(-1) at 10 A g(-1) with 93.8% retention can be achieved. It also exhibits a high-power density (26.1 kW kg(-1)) at a discharge current density of 80 A g(-1). When used as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), it presents a high reversible capacity of 976 mA h g(-1) at a rate of 200 mA g(-1) with good cycling stability and rate capability. This array material is rarely used as an anode material. Our results show that this unique 3D hierarchical porous nickel cobaltite is promising for electrochemical energy applications.

  11. Nanowire-quantum-dot solar cells and the influence of nanowire length on the charge collection efficiency

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    Leschkies, Kurtis S.; Jacobs, Alan G.; Norris, David J.; Aydil, Eray S.

    2009-11-01

    External quantum efficiency in solar cells based on junctions between PbSe quantum dots (QDs) and thin ZnO films is increased by replacing the ZnO films with a vertically oriented array of single-crystalline ZnO nanowires, and infiltrating this array with colloidal QDs. When illuminated with 100 mW/cm2 of simulated solar light, QD-nanowire solar cells exhibited power conversion efficiencies approaching 2%, approximately three times higher than that achieved with thin-film ZnO devices constructed with the same amount of QDs. Significant photocurrent and power conversion improvement with increasing nanowire length is consistent with higher exciton and charge collection efficiencies.

  12. Ultrasonic synthesis of fern-like ZnO nanoleaves and their enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Ma, Qing Lan [School of Mathematics and Physics, Changzhou University, Jiangsu 213164 (China); School of Electronics and Information, Nantong University, Jiangsu 226019 (China); Xiong, Rui [School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Hubei 430072 (China); Zhai, Bao-gai [School of Mathematics and Physics, Changzhou University, Jiangsu 213164 (China); Huang, Yuan Ming, E-mail: dongshanisland@126.com [School of Mathematics and Physics, Changzhou University, Jiangsu 213164 (China)

    2015-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Fern-like ZnO nanoleaves were synthesized by ultrasonicating Zn microcrystals in water. • A fern-like ZnO nanoleaf is a self-assembly of ZnO nanoplates along one ZnO nanorod. • Fern-like ZnO nanoleaves exhibit enhanced photocatalytic activity than ZnO nanocrystals. • The branched hierarchical structures are responsible for the enhanced photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: Two-dimensional fern-like ZnO nanoleaves were synthesized by ultrasonicating zinc microcrystals in water. The morphology, crystal structure, optical property and photocatalytic activity of the fern-like ZnO nanoleaves were characterized with scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy and ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy, respectively. It is found that one fern-like ZnO nanoleaf is composed of one ZnO nanorod as the central trunk and a number of ZnO nanoplates as the side branches in opposite pairs along the central ZnO nanorod. The central ZnO nanorod in the fern-like nanoleaves is about 1 μm long while the side-branching ZnO nanoplates are about 100 nm long and 20 nm wide. Further analysis has revealed that ZnO nanocrystals are the building blocks of the central ZnO nanorod and the side-branching ZnO nanoplates. Under identical conditions, fern-like ZnO nanoleaves exhibit higher photocatalytic activity in photodegrading methyl orange in aqueous solution than spherical ZnO nanocrystals. The first-order photocatalytic rate constant of the fern-like ZnO nanoleaves is about four times as large as that of the ZnO nanoparticles. The branched architecture of the hierarchical nanoleaves is suggested be responsible for the enhanced photocatalytic activity of the fern-like ZnO nanoleaves.

  13. Phonon States and Dispersive Spectra of Polar Optical Phonons in Quasi-One-Dimensional Nanowires of Wurtzite ZnO and Zinc-Blend MgO Semiconductors*

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    ZHANG Li

    2011-01-01

    Within the framework of the macroscopic dielectric continuum model and Loudon's uniaxial crystal model,the phonon modes of a wurtzite/zinc-blende one-dimensional (ID) cylindrical nanowire (NW) are derived and studied.The analytical phonon states of phonon modes are given.It is found that there exist two types of polar phonon modes,i.e.interface optical (IO) phonon modes and the quasi-confined (QC) phonon modes existing in 1D wurtzite/zinc-blende NWs.Via the standard procedure of field quantization, the Frohlich electron-phonon interaction Hamiltonians are obtained.Numerical calculations of dispersive behavior of these phonon modes on a wurtzite/zinc-blende ZnO/MgO NW are performed.The frequency ranges of the I0 and QC phonon modes of the ZnO/MgO NWs are analyzed and discussed.It is found that the IO modes only exist in one frequency range, while QC modes may appear in three frequency ranges.The dispersive properties of the IO and QC modes on the free wave-number kz and the azimuthal quantum number m are discussed.The analytical Hamiltonians of electron-phonon interaction obtained here are quite useful for further investigating phonon influence on optoelectronics properties of wurtzite/zinc-blende 1D NW structures.

  14. Solution processed semiconductor alloy nanowire arrays for optoelectronic applications

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    Shimpi, Paresh R.

    In this dissertation, we use ZnO nanowire as a model system to investigate the potential of solution routes for bandgap engineering in semiconductor nanowires. Excitingly, successful Mg-alloying into ZnO nanowire arrays has been achieved using a two-step sequential hydrothermal method at low temperature (green-yellow-red band (˜400-660 nm) increased whereas intensity of NBE UV peak decreased and completely got quenched. This might be due to interface diffusion of oxidized Si (SiOx) and formation of (Zn,Mg)1.7SiO4 epitaxially overcoated around individual ZnMgO nanowire. On the other hand, ambient annealed ZnMgO nanowires grown on quartz showed a ˜6-10 nm blue-shift in NBE UV emission, indicating significantly enhanced inter-diffusion of Mg into ZnO nanowires in this oxygen-rich environment. The successfully developed solution process for semiconductor nanowires alloying has few advantages in low cost, large yield, environmental friendliness and low reaction temperature. This solution processed ZnMgO nanowire arrays could provide a new class of nanoscale building blocks for various optoelectronic devices in UV lighting and visible solar energy harvesting.

  15. Synthesis and Characterization of ZnO/ZnS Core/Shell Nanowires

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available ZnO nanowires of approximately 3 µm length and 200 nm diameter are prepared and implanted vertically on substrate glass which is coated with thin layer of ITO which is too covered with bulk ZnO thin layer via electrodeposition process by cyclic voltammetry-chronoamperometry and with a chemical process that is described later; we have synthesized a ZnS nanolayer. ZnO/ZnS core/shell nanowires are formed by ZnO nanowires core surrounded by a very thin layer of porous ZnS shell principally constituted with a crystal which is about 15–20 nm in diameter. In the method, ZnS nanoparticles were prepared by reaction of ZnO nanowires with Na2S in aqueous solution at low temperature and also we have discussed the growth mechanism of ZnO/ZnS nanowires. The morphology, structure, and composition of the obtained nanostructures were obtained by using X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS. For the structure, SEM and XRD measurements indicated that the as-grown ZnO nanowires microscale was of hexagonal wurtzite phase with a high crystalline quality, and TEM shows that the ZnS is uniformly distributed on the surface of the ZnO nanowires.

  16. Organic Nanowires

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    Balzer, Frank; Schiek, Manuela; Al-Shamery, Katharina;

    Single crystalline nanowires from fluorescing organic molecules like para-phenylenes or thiophenes are supposed to become key elements in future integrated optoelectronic devices [1]. For a sophisticated design of devices based on nanowires the basic principles of the nanowire formation have...

  17. Rational design of hierarchically porous birnessite-type manganese dioxides nanosheets on different one-dimensional titania-based nanowires for high performance supercapacitors

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    Zhang, Yu Xin

    2014-12-01

    A facile and large-scale strategy of mesoporous birnessite-type manganese dioxide (MnO2) nanosheets on one-dimension (1D) H2Ti 3O7 and anatase/TiO2 (B) nanowires (NWs) is developed for high performance supercapacitors. The morphological characteristics of MnO2 nanoflakes on H2Ti 3O7 and anatase/TiO2 (B) NWs could be rationally designed with various characteristics (e.g., the sheet thickness, surface area). Interestingly, the MnO2/TiO2 NWs exhibit a more optimized electrochemical performance with specific capacitance of 120 F g-1 at current density of 0.1 A g-1 (based on MnO 2 + TiO2) than MnO2/H2Ti 3O7 NWs. An asymmetric supercapacitor of MnO 2/TiO2//activated graphene (AG) yields a better energy density of 29.8 Wh kg-1 than MnO2/H2Ti 3O7//AG asymmetric supercapacitor, while maintaining desirable cycling stability. Indeed, the pseudocapacitive difference is related to the substrates, unique structure and surface area. Especially, the anatase/TiO2 (B) mixed-phase system can provide good electronic conductivity and high utilization of MnO2 nanosheets. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Tunable synthesis of hierarchical NiCo2O4 nanosheets-decorated Cu/CuOx nanowires architectures for asymmetric electrochemical capacitors

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    Kuang, Min; Zhang, Yu Xin; Li, Tong Tao; Li, Kai Feng; Zhang, Sheng Mao; Li, Gang; Zhang, Wei

    2015-06-01

    We demonstrate a facile and tunable preparative strategy of porous NiCo2O4 nanosheets-decorated Cu-based nanowires hybrids as high-performance supercapacitor electrodes. A fast faradic reaction has been realized by inducing elementary copper core in the composite, which assists in high electric conductivity of the cell and creates intimate channels for fast charge collection and electron transfer. As a result, this hybrid composite electrode displays high specific capacitance (578 F g-1 at current density of 1.0 A g-1) and rate capability (80.1% capacitance retention from 1 A g-1 to 10 A g-1). Additionally, asymmetric device is constructed from NiCo2O4/Cu-based NWs and activated graphene (AG) with an operation potential from 0 to 1.4 V. The asymmetric device exhibits an energy density of 12.6 Wh kg-1 at a power density of 344 W kg-1 and excellent long-term cycling stability (only 1.8% loss of its initial capacitance after 10,000 cycles). These attractive findings suggest that such unique NiCo2O4/Cu-based NWs hybrid architecture is promising for electrochemical applications as efficient electrode material.

  19. Rational design of hierarchically porous birnessite-type manganese dioxides nanosheets on different one-dimensional titania-based nanowires for high performance supercapacitors

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    Zhang, Yu Xin; Kuang, Min; Hao, Xiao Dong; Liu, Yan; Huang, Ming; Guo, Xiao Long; Yan, Jing; Han, Gen Quan; Li, Jing

    2014-12-01

    A facile and large-scale strategy of mesoporous birnessite-type manganese dioxide (MnO2) nanosheets on one-dimension (1D) H2Ti3O7 and anatase/TiO2 (B) nanowires (NWs) is developed for high performance supercapacitors. The morphological characteristics of MnO2 nanoflakes on H2Ti3O7 and anatase/TiO2 (B) NWs could be rationally designed with various characteristics (e.g., the sheet thickness, surface area). Interestingly, the MnO2/TiO2 NWs exhibit a more optimized electrochemical performance with specific capacitance of 120 F g-1 at current density of 0.1 A g-1 (based on MnO2 + TiO2) than MnO2/H2Ti3O7 NWs. An asymmetric supercapacitor of MnO2/TiO2//activated graphene (AG) yields a better energy density of 29.8 Wh kg-1 than MnO2/H2Ti3O7//AG asymmetric supercapacitor, while maintaining desirable cycling stability. Indeed, the pseudocapacitive difference is related to the substrates, unique structure and surface area. Especially, the anatase/TiO2 (B) mixed-phase system can provide good electronic conductivity and high utilization of MnO2 nanosheets.

  20. Development of gas sensors using ZnO nanostructures

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    S K Gupta; Aditee Joshi; Manmeet Kaur

    2010-01-01

    Different ZnO nanostructures such as nanowires, nanobelts and tetrapods have been grown and used for preparation of thick film (with random grain boundaries) as well as isolated nanowire/nanobelt gas sensors. Sensitivity of different type of sensors has been studied to H2S and NO gases. The results show that the response of ZnO sensors to H2S arises from grain boundary only whereas both grain boundaries and intragrain resistances contribute towards response to NO. In addition, oxygen vacancies in the lattice were also seen to help in improvement of sensor response. Room temperature operating H2S and NO sensors based on ZnO nanowires have been demonstrated. Further, sensors based on isolated nanobelts were found to be highly selective in their response to NO.

  1. A review of the electrical properties of semiconductor nanowires: insights gained from terahertz conductivity spectroscopy

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    Joyce, Hannah J.; Boland, Jessica L.; Davies, Christopher L.; Baig, Sarwat A.; Johnston, Michael B.

    2016-10-01

    Accurately measuring and controlling the electrical properties of semiconductor nanowires is of paramount importance in the development of novel nanowire-based devices. In light of this, terahertz (THz) conductivity spectroscopy has emerged as an ideal non-contact technique for probing nanowire electrical conductivity and is showing tremendous value in the targeted development of nanowire devices. THz spectroscopic measurements of nanowires enable charge carrier lifetimes, mobilities, dopant concentrations and surface recombination velocities to be measured with high accuracy and high throughput in a contact-free fashion. This review spans seminal and recent studies of the electronic properties of nanowires using THz spectroscopy. A didactic description of THz time-domain spectroscopy, optical pump-THz probe spectroscopy, and their application to nanowires is included. We review a variety of technologically important nanowire materials, including GaAs, InAs, InP, GaN and InN nanowires, Si and Ge nanowires, ZnO nanowires, nanowire heterostructures, doped nanowires and modulation-doped nanowires. Finally, we discuss how THz measurements are guiding the development of nanowire-based devices, with the example of single-nanowire photoconductive THz receivers.

  2. Growth and luminescence characterization of large-scale zinc oxide nanowires

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    Dai, L; Wang, W J; Zhou, T; Hu, B Q

    2003-01-01

    Large-scale zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires were grown via a simple chemical reaction involving water vapour. Electron microscopy observations reveal that the ZnO nanowires are single crystalline and grow along the c-axis ([001]) direction. Room temperature photoluminescence measurements show a striking blue emission at 466 nm along with two other emissions in the ultraviolet and yellow regions. Annealing treatment of the as-grown ZnO nanowires results in an apparent reduction of the intensity of the blue emission, which indicates that the blue emission might be originating from the oxygen or zinc defects generated in the process of growth of the ZnO nanowires.

  3. Single-Crystal Mesoporous ZnO Thin Films Composed of Nanowalls

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    Wang, Xudong

    2009-02-05

    This paper presents a controlled, large scale fabrication of mesoporous ZnO thin films. The entire ZnO mesoporous film is one piece of a single crystal, while high porosity made of nanowalls is present. The growth mechanism was proposed in comparison with the growth of ZnO nanowires. The ZnO mesoporous film was successfully applied as a gas sensor. The fabrication and growth analysis of the mesoporous ZnO thin film gi ve general guidance for the controlled growth of nanostructures. It also pro vides a unique structure with a superhigh surface-to-volume ratio for surface-related applications. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

  4. Thermodynamic functions of the ZnO nanoweeds

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    Fan Gaochao; Jiang Junying; Li Yanfen [College of Chemistry and Ecological Engineering, Guangxi University for Nationalities, Nanning 530006 (China); Huang Zaiyin, E-mail: hzy210@163.com [College of Chemistry and Ecological Engineering, Guangxi University for Nationalities, Nanning 530006 (China) and Key Laboratory of Forest Chemicals Development and Application of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Nanning 530006 (China)

    2011-11-01

    Highlights: {yields} ZnO nanoweeds were prepared by microemulsion-mediated hydrothermal route. {yields} Thermodynamic functions of nano ZnO with bulk ZnO were associated by designing a novel thermochemical cycle. {yields} Coupled with in situ microcalorimetry, thermodynamic functions of the products were acquired. {yields} Striking differences, compared to thermodynamic functions of bulk ZnO, can be rooted to surface effect of nano ZnO. - Abstract: ZnO nanoweeds were prepared by a simple microemulsion-mediated hydrothermal route. SEM observation revealed that each weed consisted of several nanowires which were about 1 {mu}m in length and 40 nm in diameter. In order to associate thermodynamic functions of nano ZnO with bulk ZnO, a novel thermochemical cycle was designed. Combined with in situ microcalorimetry, the standard molar enthalpy of formation, standard molar Gibbs free energy of formation and standard molar entropy of the obtained products at 298.15 K were successfully acquired as (-319.10 {+-} 0.42) kJ mol{sup -1}, (-318.53 {+-} 0.03) kJ mol{sup -1} and (54.85 {+-} 1.02) J mol{sup -1} K{sup -1}, respectively. It can be concluded that the striking differences between thermodynamic functions of nano ZnO and bulk ZnO can be rooted to surface effect of nano material.

  5. Coupled Mode Theory for Semiconductor Nanowires

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    Buschlinger, Robert; Peschel, Ulf

    2016-01-01

    We present a model to describe the spatiotemporal evolution of guided modes in semiconductor nanowires based on a coupled mode formalism. Light-matter interaction is modelled based on semiconductor Bloch equations, including many-particle effects in the screened Hartree-Fock approximation. Appropriate boundary conditions are used to incorporate reflections at waveguide endfacets, thus allowing for the simulation of nanowire lasing. We compute the emission characteristics and temporal dynamics of CdS and ZnO nanowire lasers and compare our results both to Finite-Difference Time-Domain simulations and to experimental data. Finally, we explore the dependence of the lasing emission on the nanowire cavity and on the materials relaxation time.

  6. Mode Switching and Filtering in Nanowire Lasers.

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    Röder, Robert; Sidiropoulos, Themistoklis P H; Buschlinger, Robert; Riediger, Max; Peschel, Ulf; Oulton, Rupert F; Ronning, Carsten

    2016-04-13

    Coherent light sources confining the light below the vacuum wavelength barrier will drive future concepts of nanosensing, nanospectroscopy, and photonic circuits. Here, we directly image the angular emission of such a light source based on single semiconductor nanowire lasers. It is confirmed that the lasing switches from the fundamental mode in a thin ZnO nanowire to an admixture of several transverse modes in thicker nanowires approximately at the multimode cutoff. The mode competition with higher order modes substantially slows down the laser dynamics. We show that efficient photonic mode filtering in tapered nanowires selects the desired fundamental mode for lasing with improved performance including power, efficiency, and directionality important for an optimal coupling between adjacent nanophotonic waveguides.

  7. Ultrasonic synthesis of fern-like ZnO nanoleaves and their enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Ma, Qing Lan; Xiong, Rui; Zhai, Bao-gai; Huang, Yuan Ming

    2015-01-01

    Two-dimensional fern-like ZnO nanoleaves were synthesized by ultrasonicating zinc microcrystals in water. The morphology, crystal structure, optical property and photocatalytic activity of the fern-like ZnO nanoleaves were characterized with scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, respectively. It is found that one fern-like ZnO nanoleaf is composed of one ZnO nanorod as the central trunk and a number of ZnO nanoplates as the side branches in opposite pairs along the central ZnO nanorod. The central ZnO nanorod in the fern-like nanoleaves is about 1 μm long while the side-branching ZnO nanoplates are about 100 nm long and 20 nm wide. Further analysis has revealed that ZnO nanocrystals are the building blocks of the central ZnO nanorod and the side-branching ZnO nanoplates. Under identical conditions, fern-like ZnO nanoleaves exhibit higher photocatalytic activity in photodegrading methyl orange in aqueous solution than spherical ZnO nanocrystals. The first-order photocatalytic rate constant of the fern-like ZnO nanoleaves is about four times as large as that of the ZnO nanoparticles. The branched architecture of the hierarchical nanoleaves is suggested be responsible for the enhanced photocatalytic activity of the fern-like ZnO nanoleaves.

  8. Field emission from zinc oxide nanowires

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    陈亮; 张耿民; 王鸣生; 张琦锋

    2005-01-01

    An array of random-oriented zinc oxide nanowires (ZnO NWs) was fabricated on silicon substrate by thermal evaporation. After a thermal evaporation process, the silicon substrate was covered with a large number of uniformly distributed ZnO islands, from which non-aligned NWs with a diameter of several ten nanometres were grown. During this process, the temperature around the substrate was intentionally kept below 500℃ for practical consideration.From these ZnO NWs field emission was achieved. The turn-on field, under which a 10μA/cm2 current density was extracted, was measured to be 3.0V/μm. Also, the emission site distribution was investigated using the transparent anode technique. The field emission was observed to have occurred from the whole sample surface. These results suggest that ZnO NWs have great potential application in flat panel displays.

  9. Nanowire Lasers

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    Couteau C.; Larrue A.; Wilhelm C.; Soci C.

    2015-01-01

    We review principles and trends in the use of semiconductor nanowires as gain media for stimulated emission and lasing. Semiconductor nanowires have recently been widely studied for use in integrated optoelectronic devices, such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs), solar cells, and transistors. Intensive research has also been conducted in the use of nanowires for subwavelength laser systems that take advantage of their quasione- dimensional (1D) nature, fl...

  10. Light-induced antifungal activity of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles/ZnO nanowires

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    Haghighi, N. [Nano-Physics Research Lab., Department of Physics, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Abdi, Y., E-mail: y.abdi@ut.ac.ir [Nano-Physics Research Lab., Department of Physics, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Haghighi, F. [Department of Medical Mycology, School of Medical sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2011-09-15

    Antifungal activity of TiO{sub 2}/ZnO nanostructures under visible light irradiation was investigated. A simple chemical method was used to synthesize ZnO nanowires. Zinc acetate dihydrate, Polyvinyl Pyrrolidone and deionized water were used as precursor, capping and solvent, respectively. TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles were deposited on ZnO nanowires using an atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition system. X-ray diffraction pattern of TiO{sub 2}/ZnO nano-composite has represented the diffraction peaks relating to the crystal planes of the TiO{sub 2} (anatase and rutile) and ZnO. TiO{sub 2}/ZnO nanostructure antifungal effect on Candida albicans biofilms was studied and compared with the activity of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles and ZnO nanowires. The high efficiency photocatalytic activity of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles leads to increased antifungal activity of ZnO nanowires. Scanning electron microscope was utilized to study the morphology of the as prepared nanostructures and the degradation of the yeast.

  11. ZnO Hexagonal Prism with Hierarchical Structure: Synthesis and Performance for 5-Substituted 1H-Tetrazoles Catalytic Reaction%分级结构ZnO六棱柱:制备及对5-取代-1氢四氮唑催化性能

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    郎雷鸣; 柳闽生

    2013-01-01

    ZnO hexagonal prisms with hierarchical structure were synthesized by a simple liquid phase method. ZnO with different morphologies can be obtained by changing the reaction conditions such as surfactant and alkali source. The results show that cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) and hexamethylenetetramine are the optimum surfactant and alkali source, respectively, for synthesis of ZnO hexagonal prism. The formation mechanism for ZnO hexagonal prisms was suggested based on the effect of the CTAB concentration and reaction time on the sample's morphology. The prepared product shows high catalytic activity with over 85% yield for synthesis of 5-substituted 1H-tetrazoles when using different substituted nitriles as starting materials.%以简单有效的液相法合成了具有分级结构的ZnO六棱柱,通过改变不同表面活性剂、碱源等反应条件调控ZnO的形貌,结果表明CTAB(十六烷基三甲基溴化铵)和六亚甲基四胺为合成ZnO六棱柱最佳的表面活性剂和碱源,通过研究CTAB的浓度以及反应时间对产品形貌的影响,初步提出了分级结构ZnO六棱柱的形成机理.对制备的ZnO六棱柱进行四氮唑催化性能研究,以不同取代腈为底物显示了良好的催化活性,产率大多在85%以上.

  12. Sound-driven piezoelectric nanowire-based nanogenerators

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    Cha, Seung Nam; Kim, Seong Min; Kim, Hyun Jin; Park, Young Jun; Kim, Jong Min [Frontier Research Laboratory, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Yongin, Gyeonggi, 446-712 (Korea, Republic of); Seo, Ju-Seok; Kim, Sang-Woo [School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, SKKU Advanced Institute of Nanotechnology (SAINT), Center for Human Interface Nanotechnology (HINT), Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, 440-746 (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-11-09

    Sound-driven power generation using nanogenerators based on piezoelectric ZnO nanowires has been demonstrated. Systematic investigations on the power-generating performance of sound-driven nanogenerators clearly support that the measured output voltage originated from the sound-driven nanogenerator. This study shows that sound can be one of promising energy sources when using highly efficient nanogenerators based on piezoelectric nanowires. (Copyright copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  13. Nanowire piezo-phototronic photodetector: theory and experimental design.

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    Liu, Ying; Yang, Qing; Zhang, Yan; Yang, Zongyin; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2012-03-15

    The piezo-phototronic effect is about the use of the inner crystal piezoelectric potential to tune/control charge carrier generation, separation, transport and/or recombination in optoelectronic devices. In this paper, a theoretical model for describing the characteristics of a metal-nanowire-metal structured piezo-phototronic photodetector is constructed. Numerical simulations fit well to the experimental results of a CdS and ZnO nanowire based visible and UV detector, respectively.

  14. UV enhanced synthesis of high density Au coated ZnO nanocomposite.

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    Song, Kwan-Woo; Park, Min-Ho; Kim, Tae-Hoon; Lim, Su-Hee; Yang, Cheol-Woong

    2014-11-01

    We report the synthesis of high density Au coated ZnO nanocomposites by UV irradiation using a mixed solution of ZnO nanowires, HAuCl4 and Na2CO3. This synthesis process is easier and faster than a hydrothermal process in synthesizing Au/ZnO nanocomposites. The morphology, size distribution and density of the Au nanoparticles on the ZnO nanowires, which affect the photocatalytic efficiency of the synthesized Au/ZnO nanocomposite, were affected by the pH of the mixed solution. In order to obtain damage-free ZnO nanowires and small Au nanoparticles, the pH of the mixed solution should be adjusted to 7-8. UV irradiation promoted the formation of metallic Au nuclei, regardless of the presence of a ZnO photocatalyst. Au/ZnO nanocomposites were fabricated by Au reduction due to UV irradiation, followed by attachment of metallic Au nuclei to the ZnO nanowires, rather than by the photocatalytic reaction of ZnO. We propose this process as the dominent mechanism of the UV enhanced synthesis of Au/ZnO nanocomposites.

  15. Taheri-Saramad x-ray detector (TSXD): A novel high spatial resolution x-ray imager based on ZnO nano scintillator wires in polycarbonate membrane

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    Taheri, A., E-mail: at1361@aut.ac.ir; Saramad, S.; Ghalenoei, S.; Setayeshi, S. [Department of Energy Engineering and Physics, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran 15875-4413 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-01-15

    A novel x-ray imager based on ZnO nanowires is designed and fabricated. The proposed architecture is based on scintillation properties of ZnO nanostructures in a polycarbonate track-etched membrane. Because of higher refractive index of ZnO nanowire compared to the membrane, the nanowire acts as an optical fiber that prevents the generated optical photons to spread inside the detector. This effect improves the spatial resolution of the imager. The detection quantum efficiency and spatial resolution of the fabricated imager are 11% and <6.8 μm, respectively.

  16. Taheri-Saramad x-ray detector (TSXD): A novel high spatial resolution x-ray imager based on ZnO nano scintillator wires in polycarbonate membrane

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    Taheri, A.; Saramad, S.; Ghalenoei, S.; Setayeshi, S.

    2014-01-01

    A novel x-ray imager based on ZnO nanowires is designed and fabricated. The proposed architecture is based on scintillation properties of ZnO nanostructures in a polycarbonate track-etched membrane. Because of higher refractive index of ZnO nanowire compared to the membrane, the nanowire acts as an optical fiber that prevents the generated optical photons to spread inside the detector. This effect improves the spatial resolution of the imager. The detection quantum efficiency and spatial resolution of the fabricated imager are 11% and <6.8 μm, respectively.

  17. Growth of a Novel Nanostructured ZnO Urchin: Control of Cytotoxicity and Dissolution of the ZnO Urchin.

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    Imani, Roghayeh; Drašler, Barbara; Kononenko, Veno; Romih, Tea; Eleršič, Kristina; Jelenc, Janez; Junkar, Ita; Remškar, Maja; Drobne, Damjana; Kralj-Iglič, Veronika; Iglič, Aleš

    2015-12-01

    The applications of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs) in implantable wireless devices, such as diagnostic nanobiosensors and nanobiogenerators, have recently attracted enormous attention due to their unique properties. However, for these implantable nanodevices, the biocompatibility and the ability to control the behaviour of cells in contact with ZnO NWs are demanded for the success of these implantable devices, but to date, only a few contrasting results from their biocompatibility can be found. There is a need for more research about the biocompatibility of ZnO nanostructures and the adhesion and viability of cells on the surface of ZnO nanostructures. Here, we introduce synthesis of a new nature-inspired nanostructured ZnO urchin, with the dimensions of the ZnO urchin's acicula being controllable. To examine the biocompatibility and behaviour of cells in contact with the ZnO urchin, the Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) epithelial cell line was chosen as an in vitro experimental model. The results of the viability assay indicated that, compared to control, the number of viable cells attached to the surface of the ZnO urchin and its surrounding area were reduced. The measurements of the Zn contents of cell media confirmed ZnO dissolution, which suggests that the ZnO dissolution in cell culture medium could lead to cytotoxicity. A purposeful reduction of ZnO cytotoxicity was achieved by surface coating of the ZnO urchin with poly(vinylidene fluorid-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP), which changed the material matrix to slow the Zn ion release and consequently reduce the cytotoxicity of the ZnO urchin without reducing its functionality.

  18. Ultrasensitive non-enzymatic glucose sensor based on three-dimensional network of ZnO-CuO hierarchical nanocomposites by electrospinning

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    Zhou, Chunyang; Xu, Lin; Song, Jian; Xing, Ruiqing; Xu, Sai; Liu, Dali; Song, Hongwei

    2014-12-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) porous ZnO-CuO hierarchical nanocomposites (HNCs) nonenzymatic glucose electrodes with different thicknesses were fabricated by coelectrospinning and compared with 3D mixed ZnO/CuO nanowires (NWs) and pure CuO NWs electrodes. The structural characterization revealed that the ZnO-CuO HNCs were composed of the ZnO and CuO mixed NWs trunk (~200 nm), whose outer surface was attached with small CuO nanoparticles (NPs). Moreover, a good synergetic effect between CuO and ZnO was confirmed. The nonenzymatic biosensing properties of as prepared 3D porous electrodes based on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) were studied and the results indicated that the sensing properties of 3D porous ZnO-CuO HNCs electrodes were significantly improved and depended strongly on the thickness of the HNCs. At an applied potential of + 0.7 V, the optimum ZnO-CuO HNCs electrode presented a high sensitivity of 3066.4 μAmM-1cm-2, the linear range up to 1.6 mM, and low practical detection limit of 0.21 μM. It also showed outstanding long term stability, good reproducibility, excellent selectivity and accurate measurement in real serum sample. The formation of special hierarchical heterojunction and the well-constructed 3D structure were the main reasons for the enhanced nonenzymatic biosensing behavior.

  19. Influence of the Hydrothermal Method Growth Parameters on the Zinc Oxide Nanowires Deposited on Several Substrates

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We report the synthesis of ZnO nanowires grown on several substrates (PET, glass, and Si using a two-step process: (a preparation of the seed layer on the substrate by spin coating, from solutions of zinc acetate dihydrate and 1-propanol, and (b growth of the ZnO nanostructures by dipping the substrate in an equimolar solution of zinc nitrate hexahydrate and hexamethylenetetramine. Subsequently, films were thermally treated with a commercial microwave oven (350 and 700 W for 5, 20, and 35 min. The ZnO nanowires obtained were characterized structurally, morphologically, and optically using XRD, SEM, and UV-VIS transmission, respectively. XRD patterns spectra revealed the presence of Zn(OH2 on the films grown on glass and Si substrates. A preferential orientation along c-axis directions for films grown on PET substrate was observed. An analysis by SEM revealed that the growth of the ZnO nanowires on PET and glass is better than the growth on Si when the same growth parameters are used. On glass substrates, ZnO nanowires less than 50 nm in diameter and between 200 nm and 1200 nm in length were obtained. The ZnO nanowires band gap energy for the films grown on PET and glass was obtained from optical transmission spectra.

  20. Electrical characteristics and optoelectronic properties of metal-semiconductor-metal structure with zinc oxide nanowires across Au electrodes

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    Wang Ding-Qu; Zhou Zhao-Ying; Zhu Rong; Ye Xiong-Ying

    2008-01-01

    This paper reports on a method of assembling semiconducting ZnO nanowires onto a pair of Au electrodes to construct a metal-semiconductor-metal(MSM)structure by dielectrophoresis and studying on its electrical characteristics by using current-voltage(Ⅰ-Ⅴ)measurements.An electronic model with two back to back Schottky diodes in series with a semiconductor of nanowires was established to study the electrical transport of the MSM structures.By fitting the measured Ⅰ-Ⅴ characteristics using the proposed model,the parameters of the Schottky contacts and the resistance of nanowires could be acquired.The photoelectric properties of the MSM structures were also investigated by analysing the measurements of the electrical transports under various light intensities.The deduced results demonstrate that ZnO nanowires and their Schottky contacts with Au electrodes both contribute to photosensitivity and the MSM structures with ZnO nanowires are potentially applicable for photonic devices.

  1. Synthesis of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide nanowires for excitonic solar cells

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    Boercker, Janice Elaine

    Dye-sensitized, quantum-dot sensitized, quantum-dot, and hybrid organic/inorganic solar cells are promising excitonic photovoltaic devices for the generation of low cost, carbon free energy. Wide-band gap semiconductor nanowire photoanodes have the potential to increase the efficiencies of these excitonic solar cells. Controlling and tailoring the dimensions of the nanowires (i.e. nanowire height, diameter, and planar number density) for each solar cell type is important for efficiency improvement. Obtaining such control will require a detailed and fundamental understanding of the nanowire growth process. Towards this end, the synthesis of TiO2 and ZnO nanowire films in aqueous solutions was studied. Anatase TiO2 nanowire films were grown on flexible titanium foil substrates using a three step hydrothermal synthesis. First, the top surface of the titanium foil was transformed to Na2Ti2O 4(OH)2 nanotubes through hydrothermal oxidation in NaOH. Next, the Na2Ti2O4(OH)2 nanotubes were converted to H2Ti2O4(OH)2 nanotubes by ion exchange. Finally, the H2Ti2O 4(OH)2 nanotubes were converted to polycrystalline anatase nanowires through a topotactic transformation. The film morphology evolution, crystal structure transformations, and growth mechanism were examined in detail. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were assembled from these TiO 2 nanowire films. Transient photocurrent and photovoltage spectroscopies were used to measure the electron transport and recombination rates in these solar cells. Compared to TiO2 nanoparticle DSSCs the electron collection efficiency in the TiO2 nanowire DSSCs was increased due to decreased electron recombination. However, the electron transport in the nanowire DSSCs was similar to that of TiO2 nanoparticle DSSCs. The synthesis of ZnO nanowires from aqueous solutions of methenamine (HMT) and zinc nitrate hexahydrate on substrates was studied in detail. A ZnO nanowire growth mechanism was proposed which predicts that the precursor is a zinc

  2. Sub-1 nm Nickel Molybdate Nanowires as Building Blocks of Flexible Paper and Electrochemical Catalyst for Water Oxidation.

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    Liu, Huiling; Li, Haoyi; He, Peilei; Wang, Xun

    2016-02-24

    Sub-1 nm, extremely long nickel molybdate nanowires are synthesized based on a good/poor solvent system. The ultrathin nanowires can be hierarchically assembled into flexible, free-standing films with good mechanical properties. Compared with the large-size counterpart, nickel molybdate ultrathin nanowires display promising oxygen evolution reaction catalytic performance derived from the ultrathin feature.

  3. Dimensional effects in semiconductor nanowires; Dimensionseffekte in Halbleiternanodraehten

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    Stichtenoth, Daniel

    2008-06-23

    Nanomaterials show new physical properties, which are determined by their size and morphology. These new properties can be ascribed to the higher surface to volume ratio, to quantum size effects or to a form anisotropy. They may enable new technologies. The nanowires studied in this work have a diameter of 4 to 400 nm and a length up to 100 {mu}m. The semiconductor material used is mainly zinc oxide (ZnO), zinc sulfide (ZnS) and gallium arsenide (GaAs). All nanowires were synthesized according to the vapor liquid solid mechanism, which was originally postulated for the growth of silicon whiskers. Respective modifications for the growth of compound semiconductor nanowires are discussed. Detailed luminescence studies on ZnO nanowires with different diameters show pronounced size effects which can be attributed to the origins given above. Similar to bulk material, a tuning of the material properties is often essential for a further functionalization of the nanowires. This is typical realized by doping the source material. It becomes apparent, that a controlled doping of nanowires during the growth process is not successful. Here an alternative method is chosen: the doping after the growth by ion implantation. However, the doping by ion implantation goes always along with the creation of crystal defects. The defects have to be annihilated in order to reach an activation of th introduced dopants. At high ion fluences and ion masses the sputtering of surface atoms becomes more important. This results in a characteristic change in the morphology of the nanowires. In detail, the doping of ZnO and ZnS nanowires with color centers (manganese and rare earth elements) is demonstrated. Especially, the intra 3d luminescence of manganese implanted ZnS nanostructures shows a strong dependence of the nanowire diameter and morphology. This dependence can be described by expanding Foersters model (which describes an energy transfer to the color centers) by a dimensional parameter

  4. Materials and Devices Research of PPV-ZnO Nanowires for Heterojunction Solar Cells

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    Zhang Xiao-Zhou

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Bulk heterojunction photovoltaic devices, which use the conjugated polymer poly(2-methoxyl-5-(2′-ethylhexyloxy-1,4-phenylenevinylene (MEH-PPV as the electron donor and crystalline ZnO nanowires as the electron acceptor, have been studied in this work. The ZnO nanowires were prepared through a chemical vapor deposition mechanism. The dissolved MEH-PPV polymer was spin-coated onto the nanowires. The scanning electron microscope images showed that the ZnO nanowires were covered with a single layer of the polymer, and these materials were used to design a heterojunction solar cell. This solar cell displayed improved performance compared with the devices that were made from only the MEH-PPV polymer. This observed improvement is correlated with the improved electron transport that is perpendicular to the plane of the film. A solar power conversion efficiency of 1.37% was achieved under an AM1.5 illumination.

  5. Facile synthesis and photocatalytic activity of zinc oxide hierarchical microcrystals

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    2013-04-04

    ZnO microcrystals with hierarchical structure have been synthesized by a simple solvothermal approach. The microcrystals were studied by means of X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. Research on the formation mechanism of the hierarchical microstructure shows that the coordination solvent and precursor concentration have considerable influence on the size and morphology of the microstructures. A possible formation mechanism of the hierarchical structure was suggested. Furthermore, the catalytic activity of the ZnO microcrystals was studied by treating low concentration Rhodamine B (RhB) solution under UV light, and research results show the hierarchical microstructures of ZnO display high catalytic activity in photocatalysis, the catalysis process follows first-order reaction kinetics, and the apparent rate constant k = 0.03195 min-1.

  6. Zinc Oxide Nanowire Interphase for Enhanced Lightweight Polymer Fiber Composites

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    Sodano, Henry A.; Brett, Robert

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this work was to increase the interfacial strength between aramid fiber and epoxy matrix. This was achieved by functionalizing the aramid fiber followed by growth of a layer of ZnO nanowires on the fiber surface such that when embedded into the polymer, the load transfer and bonding area could be substantially enhanced. The functionalization procedure developed here created functional carboxylic acid surface groups that chemically interact with the ZnO and thus greatly enhance the strength of the interface between the fiber and the ZnO.

  7. Direct-write fabrication of a nanoscale digital logic element on a single nanowire

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    Roy, Somenath; Gao Zhiqiang, E-mail: sroy@ibn.a-star.edu.sg [Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, 31 Biopolis Way, 138669 (Singapore)

    2010-06-18

    In this paper we report on the 'direct-write' fabrication and electrical characteristics of a nanoscale logic inverter, integrating enhancement-mode (E-mode) and depletion-mode (D-mode) field-effect transistors (FETs) on a single zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowire. 'Direct-writing' of platinum metal electrodes and a dielectric layer is executed on individual single-crystalline ZnO nanowires using either a focused electron beam (FEB) or a focused ion beam (FIB). We fabricate a top-gate FET structure, in which the gate electrode wraps around the ZnO nanowire, resulting in a more efficient gate response than the conventional back-gate nanowire transistors. For E-mode device operation, the gate electrode (platinum) is deposited directly onto the ZnO nanowire by a FEB, which creates a Schottky barrier and in turn a fully depleted channel. Conversely, sandwiching an insulating layer between the FIB-deposited gate electrode and the nanowire channel makes D-mode operation possible. Integrated E- and D-mode FETs on a single nanowire exhibit the characteristics of a direct-coupled FET logic (DCFL) inverter with a high gain and noise margin.

  8. Direct-write fabrication of a nanoscale digital logic element on a single nanowire

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    Roy, Somenath; Gao, Zhiqiang

    2010-06-01

    In this paper we report on the 'direct-write' fabrication and electrical characteristics of a nanoscale logic inverter, integrating enhancement-mode (E-mode) and depletion-mode (D-mode) field-effect transistors (FETs) on a single zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowire. 'Direct-writing' of platinum metal electrodes and a dielectric layer is executed on individual single-crystalline ZnO nanowires using either a focused electron beam (FEB) or a focused ion beam (FIB). We fabricate a top-gate FET structure, in which the gate electrode wraps around the ZnO nanowire, resulting in a more efficient gate response than the conventional back-gate nanowire transistors. For E-mode device operation, the gate electrode (platinum) is deposited directly onto the ZnO nanowire by a FEB, which creates a Schottky barrier and in turn a fully depleted channel. Conversely, sandwiching an insulating layer between the FIB-deposited gate electrode and the nanowire channel makes D-mode operation possible. Integrated E- and D-mode FETs on a single nanowire exhibit the characteristics of a direct-coupled FET logic (DCFL) inverter with a high gain and noise margin.

  9. Synthesis of Vertically-Aligned Zinc Oxide Nanowires and Their Application as a Photocatalyst

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    Qiong Zhou

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Vertically aligned zinc oxide (ZnO nanowires were hydrothermally synthesized on a glass substrate with the assistance of a pre-coated ZnO seeding layer. The crystalline structure, morphology and transmission spectrum of the as-synthesized sample were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM, and ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis spectrophotometry, respectively, indicating a wurzite ZnO material of approximately 100 nm wire diameter and absorbance at 425 nm and lower wavelengths. The photocatalytic activity of the sample was tested via the degradation of methyl orange in aqueous solution under UV-A irradiation. The synthesized nanowires showed a high photocatalytic activity, which increased up to 90% degradation in 2 h as pH was increased to 12. It was shown that the photocatalytic activity of the nanowires was proportional to the length to diameter ratio of the nanowires, which was in turn controlled by the growth time and grain size of the seed layer. Estimates suggest that diffusion into the regions between nanowires may be significantly hindered. Finally, the reusability of the prepared ZnO nanowire samples was also investigated, with results showing that the nanowires still showed 97% of its original photoactivity after ten cycles of use.

  10. Synthesis of Vertically-Aligned Zinc Oxide Nanowires and Their Application as a Photocatalyst

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    Zhou, Qiong; Wen, John Z.; Zhao, Pei; Anderson, William A.

    2017-01-01

    Vertically aligned zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires were hydrothermally synthesized on a glass substrate with the assistance of a pre-coated ZnO seeding layer. The crystalline structure, morphology and transmission spectrum of the as-synthesized sample were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), and ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectrophotometry, respectively, indicating a wurzite ZnO material of approximately 100 nm wire diameter and absorbance at 425 nm and lower wavelengths. The photocatalytic activity of the sample was tested via the degradation of methyl orange in aqueous solution under UV-A irradiation. The synthesized nanowires showed a high photocatalytic activity, which increased up to 90% degradation in 2 h as pH was increased to 12. It was shown that the photocatalytic activity of the nanowires was proportional to the length to diameter ratio of the nanowires, which was in turn controlled by the growth time and grain size of the seed layer. Estimates suggest that diffusion into the regions between nanowires may be significantly hindered. Finally, the reusability of the prepared ZnO nanowire samples was also investigated, with results showing that the nanowires still showed 97% of its original photoactivity after ten cycles of use. PMID:28336843

  11. Nanowire photonics

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    Peter J. Pauzauskie

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available The development of integrated electronic circuitry ranks among the most disruptive and transformative technologies of the 20th century. Even though integrated circuits are ubiquitous in modern life, both fundamental and technical constraints will eventually test the limits of Moore's law. Nanowire photonic circuitry constructed from myriad one-dimensional building blocks offers numerous opportunities for the development of next-generation optical information processors and spectroscopy. However, several challenges remain before the potential of nanowire building blocks is fully realized. We cover recent advances in nanowire synthesis, characterization, lasing, integration, and the eventual application to relevant technical and scientific questions.

  12. Study of optical and dielectric properties of annealed ZnO nanoparticles in the terahertz regime

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    WANG Ming-wei; Boon Kuan Woo; TIAN Zhen; HAN Jia-guang; CHEN Wei; ZHANG Wei-li

    2009-01-01

    The frequency-dependent optical and dielectric properties of annealed ZnO nanoparticles in the range of 0.1 to 0.9 THz are studied by using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS). The refractive index, power absorption and complex dielectric constants are obtained and the experimental results are well fit with a simple effective medium theory in conjunc-tion with a pseudo-harmonic model. This study reveals that annealed ZnO nanoparticles exhibit the similar phonon response characteristics to the single ZnO crystal and other ZnO nanostructures, such as tetrapods and nanowires.

  13. Surface structure and field emission properties of cost effectively synthesized zinc oxide nanowire/multiwalled carbon nanotube heterojunction arrays

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    Dehghan Nayeri, F.; Darbari, S.; Soleimani, E. A.; Mohajerzadeh, S.

    2012-07-01

    A cost-effective and efficient approach for the synthesis of single-crystalline zinc oxide nanowires on vertically aligned multiwalled carbon nanotube (CNT) array is presented. ZnO nanowires are grown on the base of individual CNT through the low-temperature wet-chemical batch deposition technique, while the size and interspacing of the nanowires can be controlled by precursor concentration, growth temperature and time duration. The scanning electron microscopy image showed that the ZnO nanostructures are successfully grown on the CNT's surface uniformly. The produced nanostructures are characterized by x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy. Also, field emission characteristics of the fabricated double-stage ZnO nanowire/CNT array are investigated and compared with the emission behaviour of CNT and ZnO nanowire arrays. The ZnO nanowire/CNT heterojunction array resulted in a low turn-on field of 1.5 V µm-1 and a threshold field of 4.5 V µm-1, which were lower than both the vertical CNT and ZnO arrays. The field emission properties and stability of the fabricated nanostructures also demonstrated great potential for field emission applications.

  14. ZnO-nanowire as a nanogenerator?

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    Schubert, Markus Andreas; Senz, Stephan; Alexe, Marin; Goesele, Ulrich [Max Planck Institut fuer Mikrostrukturphysik, Halle (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    Recently nanogenerators for powering nanodevices were reported in which ZnO-nanowire arrays convert mechanical energy in electrical energy by bending the ZnO-nanowires. We simulate the experiments in which the ZnO nanowires were bent by AFM tip by FEM-calculations for an ideal nonconducting piezoelectric ZnO-nanowire with a length of 600 nm and a diameter of 50 nm fixed perpendicular to a substrate. The top part of this nanowire was bent about 140 nm by a force applied at the top of the nanowire. At the point of the applied force the electrical potential has a maximum of +1.3 V. In the rest of the nanowire the electrical potential is +0.3 V for the stretched side and -0.3 V for the compressed. The piezoelectric charge generate the signal on the capacitance between the two sides, which is about 10{sup -5} pF for the whole wire. A lower value of 10{sup -7} pF is estimated for the AFM point contact. However, most ZnO-nanowires are n-doped semiconductors with a typically resistivity of 1 {omega}cm. One consequence is a very fast discharging of the piezoelectric generate charge in the order of magnitude of 1 ps. Even, in the case of an ideal nonconducting nanowire, the voltage at the input capacity of any preamplifier ({proportional_to}1-5 pF) would be of the order of 10{sup -7} V, which corresponds to a charge of about one electron.

  15. Gallium nitride nanowire based nanogenerators and light-emitting diodes.

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    Chen, Chih-Yen; Zhu, Guang; Hu, Youfan; Yu, Jeng-Wei; Song, Jinghui; Cheng, Kai-Yuan; Peng, Lung-Han; Chou, Li-Jen; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2012-06-26

    Single-crystal n-type GaN nanowires have been grown epitaxially on a Mg-doped p-type GaN substrate. Piezoelectric nanognerators based on GaN nanowires are investigated by conductive AFM, and the results showed an output power density of nearly 12.5 mW/m(2). Luminous LED modules based on n-GaN nanowires/p-GaN substrate have been fabricated. CCD images of the lighted LED and the corresponding electroluminescence spectra are recorded at a forward bias. Moreover, the GaN nanowire LED can be lighted up by the power provided by a ZnO nanowire based nanogenerator, demonstrating a self-powered LED using wurtzite-structured nanomaterials.

  16. Nanowire Lasers

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    Couteau, C.; Larrue, A.; Wilhelm, C.; Soci, C.

    2015-05-01

    We review principles and trends in the use of semiconductor nanowires as gain media for stimulated emission and lasing. Semiconductor nanowires have recently been widely studied for use in integrated optoelectronic devices, such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs), solar cells, and transistors. Intensive research has also been conducted in the use of nanowires for subwavelength laser systems that take advantage of their quasione- dimensional (1D) nature, flexibility in material choice and combination, and intrinsic optoelectronic properties. First, we provide an overview on using quasi-1D nanowire systems to realize subwavelength lasers with efficient, directional, and low-threshold emission. We then describe the state of the art for nanowire lasers in terms of materials, geometry, andwavelength tunability.Next,we present the basics of lasing in semiconductor nanowires, define the key parameters for stimulated emission, and introduce the properties of nanowires. We then review advanced nanowire laser designs from the literature. Finally, we present interesting perspectives for low-threshold nanoscale light sources and optical interconnects. We intend to illustrate the potential o