WorldWideScience

Sample records for nanorod array films

  1. Self-lubricated Array Film of Amorphous Carbon Nanorods on an Aluminum Substrate

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    JIANGChun-xi; TUJiang-ping; GUOShao-yi; FUMing-fu; ZHAOXin-bing

    2004-01-01

    A self-lubricated array film of amorphous carbon nanorods was prepared by chemical catalytic pyrolysis of acetylene on the anodic aluminum oxide membrane fabricated by two-step anodization of aluminum. The tribological properties of the array film of amorphous carbon nanorods in ambient air were investigated using a ball-on-disk tester at applied loads range from 245 mN to 1960 mN at a sliding velocity of 0.2 m/s. The self-lubricated array film exhibited a small value of the friction coefficient as well as good wear resistance. The friction coefficient of array film of amorphous carbon nanorods decreased gradually with increasing the applied load. The approach proposed demonstrated a new efficient route towards enhanced the friction and wear performances of aluminum.

  2. Characteristics of zinc oxide nanorod array/titanium oxide film heterojunction prepared by aqueous solution deposition

    Science.gov (United States)

    Lee, Ming-Kwei; Hong, Min-Hsuan; Li, Bo-Wei

    2016-07-01

    The characteristics of a ZnO nanorod array/TiO2 film heterojunction were investigated. A TiO2 film was prepared on glass by aqueous solution deposition with precursors of ammonium hexafluorotitanate and boric acid at 40 °C. Then, a ZnO seed layer was prepared on a TiO2 film/glass substrate by RF sputtering. A vertically oriented ZnO nanorod array was grown on a ZnO seed layer/TiO2 film/glass substrate by aqueous solution deposition with precursors of zinc nitrate and hexamethylenetetramine (HMT) at 70 °C. After thermal annealing in N2O ambient at 300 °C, this heterojunction used as an oxygen gas sensor shows much better rise time, decay time, and on/off current ratio than as-grown and annealed ZnO nanorods.

  3. Synthesis and conductivity enhancement of Al-doped ZnO nanorod array thin films.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Hsu, Chih-Hsiung; Chen, Dong-Hwang

    2010-07-16

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) nanorod array thin films with various Al/Zn molar ratios were synthesized by chemical bath deposition. The resultant AZO nanorods were well-aligned at the glass substrate, growing vertically along the c-axis [001] direction. In addition, they had an average diameter of 64.7 +/- 16.8 nm and an average length of about 1.0 microm with the structure of wurtzite-type ZnO. Analyses of energy dispersive x-ray spectra and x-ray photoelectron spectra indicated that Al atoms had been doped into the ZnO crystal lattice. The doping of Al atoms did not result in significant changes in the structure and crystal orientation, but the electrical resistivity was found to increase first and then decrease with increasing Al content owing to the increase of carrier concentration and the decrease of mobility. In addition, the transmission in the visible region increased but the increase was reduced at higher Al doping levels. After hydrogen treatment, the morphology of the AZO nanorod array thin films remained unchanged. However, the electrical resistivity decreased significantly due to the formation of oxygen vacancies and interstitial hydrogen atoms. When the real Al/Zn molar ratio was about 3.7%, the conductivity was enhanced about 1000 times and a minimum electrical resistivity of 6.4 x 10( - 4) Omega cm was obtained. In addition, the transmission of the ZnO nanorod array thin film in the visible region was significantly increased but the increase was less significant for the AZO nanorod array thin film, particularly at higher Al doping levels. In addition, the current-voltage curves of the thin film devices with ZnO or AZO nanorod arrays revealed that AZO had a higher current response than ZnO and hydrogen treatment led to a more significant enhancement of current responses (about 100-fold).

  4. Effect of Annealing on the Structure and Photoluminescence of Eu-Doped ZnO Nanorod Ordered Array Thin Films

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Wen-Wu Zhong

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Eu-doped ZnO nanorod ordered array thin films were synthesized on glass substrates with a ZnO seed layer via hydrothermal method. XRD reveals that the (002 diffraction peak of films annealed in hydrogen is sharper than that annealed in air. SEM reveals that the nanorods of films annealed in hydrogen are shortened and widened. TEM results demonstrate that the nanorods are single crystalline and the lattice spacing of 0.52 nm agrees with the d spacing of (001 crystal planes along c-axis. Room temperature photoluminescence (PL reveals that the PL of films annealed in hydrogen is the strongest and shifts to lower wavenumber. The point defect of Eu-doped ZnO nanorod array thin film is transferred from Oi to OZn by annealing in hydrogen.

  5. Silver nanorod arrays for photocathode applications

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Vilayurganapathy, Subramanian [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo MI (United States); Nandasiri, Manjula I. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo MI (United States); Joly, Alan G. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); El-Khoury, Patrick Z. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Varga, Tamas [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Coffey, Greg W. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Schwenzer, Birgit [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Pandey, Archana [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Kayani, Asghar N. [Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo MI (United States); Hess, Wayne P. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

    2013-10-16

    In this study, we explore the possibility of using plasmonic Ag nanorod arrays featuring enhanced photoemission as high-brightness photocathode material. Silver nanorod arrays are synthesized by the DC electrodeposition method and their dimensionality, uniformity, crystallinity and oxide/impurity content are characterized. These Ag nanorod arrays exhibit greatly enhanced two-photon photoemission under 400 nm femtosecond pulsed laser excitation. Plasmonic field enhancement in the array produces photoemission hot spots that are mapped using photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM). The relative photoemission enhancement of nanorod array hot spots relative to that of a flat Ag thin film is found to range between 102 and 3 x 103.

  6. Growth and characterization of ZnO nanorod arrays on boron-doped diamond films by low temperature hydrothermal reaction

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Gao Shiyong, E-mail: gaoshiyong@gmail.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Li Dongmei; Li Yingai; Lv Xianyi [State Key Laboratory of Superhard Materials, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China); Wang Jinzhong; Li Hongtao; Yu Qingjiang; Guo Fengyun; Zhao Liancheng [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China)

    2012-10-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Large-scale ZnO nanorods arrays were grown on boron-doped diamond films. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The growth behavior of ZnO nanorods is independent of diamond facets. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZnO nanorods show good optical properties and crystal quality. - Abstract: A facile hydrothermal method has been developed to grow large-scale ZnO nanorods arrays (NRs) on boron-doped diamond (BDD) films at a low temperature of 95 Degree-Sign C. The ZnO nanorods with average diameter of 200 nm are single-crystal hexagonal structure and grow along the [0 0 1] direction. The thin ZnO film plays a key role in driving the nucleation and growth of the ZnO NRs on BDD films. It has been demonstrated that the ZnO nanorods are grown vertically on diamond facets, and this growth behavior is independent of types of diamond facets. The growth mechanism and room temperature photoluminescence (PL) properties of ZnO NRs are investigated.

  7. Optical parameters of Al-doped ZnO nanorod array thin films grown via the hydrothermal method.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Kim, Soaram; Kim, Min Su; Nam, Giwoong; Park, Hyunggil; Yoon, Hyunsik; Leem, Jae-Young

    2013-09-01

    ZnO seed layers were deposited onto a quartz substrate using the sol--gel method, and Al-doped ZnO (AZO) nanorod array thin films with different Al concentrations that ranged from 0 to 2.0 at. % were grown on the ZnO seed layers via the hydrothermal method. Optical parameters, including the optical band gap, the absorption coefficient, the Urbach energy, the refractive index, the dispersion parameter, and the optical conductivity, were studied to investigate the effects of Al doping on the optical properties of AZO nanorod array thin films. The optical band gaps of the ZnO and AZO nanorod array thin films were 3.206 at 0 at.%, 3.214 at 0.5 at.%, 3.226 at 1.5 at.%, and 3.268 at 2.0 at.%. The Urbach energy gradually decreased from 126 meV (0 at.%) to 70 meV (2.0 at.%) as the Al concentration was increased. The dispersion energy, the single-oscillator energy, the average oscillator wavelength, the average oscillator strength, the refractive index, and the optical conductivity of the AZO nanorod array thin films were all affected by Al doping.

  8. CdS nanoparticles sensitization of Al-doped ZnO nanorod array thin film with hydrogen treatment as an ITO/FTO-free photoanode for solar water splitting

    National Research Council Canada - National Science Library

    Hsu, Chih-Hsiung; Chen, Dong-Hwang

    2012-01-01

    Aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) nanorod array thin film with hydrogen treatment possesses the functions of transparent conducting oxide thin film and 1-D nanostructured semiconductor simultaneously...

  9. Growth and optical properties of ZnO nanorod arrays on Al-doped ZnO transparent conductive film

    OpenAIRE

    Lin, Suanzhi; Hu, Hailong; Zheng, Weifeng; Qu, Yan; Lai, Fachun

    2013-01-01

    ZnO nanorod arrays (NRAs) on transparent conductive oxide (TCO) films have been grown by a solution-free, catalyst-free, vapor-phase synthesis method at 600°C. TCO films, Al-doped ZnO films, were deposited on quartz substrates by magnetron sputtering. In order to study the effect of the growth duration on the morphological and optical properties of NRAs, the growth duration was changed from 3 to 12 min. The results show that the electrical performance of the TCO films does not degrade after t...

  10. Cu-implanted ZnO nanorods array film: An aqueous synthetic approach

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Singh, Ajaya Kumar, E-mail: ajayaksingh_au@yahoo.co.in [Department of Chemistry, Govt. VYT PG. Autonomous College Durg, Chhattisgarh (India); Thool, Gautam Sheel [Department of Chemistry, Govt. VYT PG. Autonomous College Durg, Chhattisgarh (India); Singh, R.S. [Department of Physics, Govt. D.T. College, Utai, Durg, Chhattisgarh (India); Singh, Surya Prakash, E-mail: spsingh@iict.res.in [Inorganic and Physical Chemistry Division, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Uppal road, Tarnaka, Hyderabad 500007 (India)

    2015-01-05

    Highlights: • Cu doped ZnO nanorods were synthesized using low temperature aqueous solution method. • We demonstrated the capping action of TEA via theoretical simulation. • Raman analysis revealed the presence of tensile strain in Cu doped ZnO nanorods. • Growth rate was found to be high in Cu doped ZnO nanorods. - Abstract: Pure and Cu doped ZnO nanorods array are synthesized via two step chemical bath deposition method. The seed layer is prepared by successive ionic layer adsorption reaction (SILAR) method. The synthesized materials have been systematically characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDAX), Raman spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. SEM pictures show the existence of vertically well aligned hexagonal ZnO nanorods. EDAX spectrum confirms the presence of Cu in ZnO nanorods. High intense peak of (0 0 2) plane and E{sub 2}{sup high} mode for XRD and Raman spectrum respectively, suggest the ZnO nanorods are adopted c-axis orientation perpendicular to substrate. XRD and Raman analysis shows the presence of tensile strain in Cu doped ZnO nanorods. Effect of Cu doping on lattice constants, unit cell volume and Zn–O bond length of ZnO nanorods have also been studied. Room temperature PL measurement exhibits two luminescence bands in the spectra i.e. UV emission centered at 3.215 eV and a broad visible band. Theoretical investigation for capping action of triethanolamine is done by Hartree–Fock (HF) method with 3-21G basis set using Gaussian 09 program package.

  11. Photoluminescence properties of defect emissions in Al-doped ZnO nanorod array thin films.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Kim, Soaram; Nam, Giwoong; Park, Hyunggil; Yoon, Hyunsik; Kim, Min Su; Kim, Do Yeob; Kim, Sung-O; Leem, Jae-Young

    2013-09-01

    The power- and temperature-dependent photoluminescence properties of Al-doped ZnO nanorod array thin films grown by the hydrothermal method were investigated. The intensities of both the near-band-edge emission (NBE) and deep-level emission (DLE) as well as the overall spectral line shape were strongly affected by the excitation power. At low excitation power, the blue emission was found to show the highest intensity among the different emission lights. A low-temperature photoluminescence analysis revealed the bound-exciton-related luminescence peak at 3.362 eV. The dependence of peak energy with the excitation power indicates that these DLE processes are generated by DAP transitions. The overall intensity of DLE was found to decrease as the temperature increases. With regard to the blue emission (around 2.52 eV), it showed a well-pronounced shoulder at 200 K. The activation energy for this blue emission was 51.93 meV, which corresponds to the thermal dissociation energy required for the donor-acceptor pair transitions.

  12. Growth and optical properties of ZnO nanorod arrays on Al-doped ZnO transparent conductive film.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Lin, Suanzhi; Hu, Hailong; Zheng, Weifeng; Qu, Yan; Lai, Fachun

    2013-04-08

    ZnO nanorod arrays (NRAs) on transparent conductive oxide (TCO) films have been grown by a solution-free, catalyst-free, vapor-phase synthesis method at 600°C. TCO films, Al-doped ZnO films, were deposited on quartz substrates by magnetron sputtering. In order to study the effect of the growth duration on the morphological and optical properties of NRAs, the growth duration was changed from 3 to 12 min. The results show that the electrical performance of the TCO films does not degrade after the growth of NRAs and the nanorods are highly crystalline. As the growth duration increases from 3 to 8 min, the diffuse transmittance of the samples decreases, while the total transmittance and UV emission enhance. Two possible nanorod self-attraction models were proposed to interpret the phenomena in the sample with 9-min growth duration. The sample with 8-min growth duration has the highest total transmittance of 87.0%, proper density about 75 μm-2, diameter about 26 nm, and length about 500 nm, indicating that it can be used in hybrid solar cells.

  13. Monolayer graphene film on ZnO nanorod array for high-performance Schottky junction ultraviolet photodetectors.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Nie, Biao; Hu, Ji-Gang; Luo, Lin-Bao; Xie, Chao; Zeng, Long-Hui; Lv, Peng; Li, Fang-Ze; Jie, Jian-Sheng; Feng, Mei; Wu, Chun-Yan; Yu, Yong-Qiang; Yu, Shu-Hong

    2013-09-09

    A new Schottky junction ultraviolet photodetector (UVPD) is fabricated by coating a free-standing ZnO nanorod (ZnONR) array with a layer of transparent monolayer graphene (MLG) film. The single-crystalline [0001]-oriented ZnONR array has a length of about 8-11 μm, and a diameter of 100∼600 nm. Finite element method (FEM) simulation results show that this novel nanostructure array/MLG heterojunction can trap UV photons effectively within the ZnONRs. By studying the I-V characteristics in the temperature range of 80-300 K, the barrier heights of the MLG film/ZnONR array Schottky barrier are estimated at different temperatures. Interestingly, the heterojunction diode with typical rectifying characteristics exhibits a high sensitivity to UV light illumination and a quick response of millisecond rise time/fall times with excellent reproducibility, whereas it is weakly sensitive to visible light irradiation. It is also observed that this UV photodetector (PD) is capable of monitoring a fast switching light with a frequency as high as 2250 Hz. The generality of the above results suggest that this MLG film/ZnONR array Schottky junction UVPD will have potential application in future optoelectronic devices.

  14. Decoration of PbS nanoparticles on Al-doped ZnO nanorod array thin film with hydrogen treatment as a photoelectrode for solar water splitting

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Hsu, Chih-Hsiung; Chen, Chao-Hong [Department of Chemical Engineering and Research Center for Energy Technology and Strategy, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan, ROC (China); Chen, Dong-Hwang, E-mail: chendh@mail.ncku.edu.tw [Department of Chemical Engineering and Research Center for Energy Technology and Strategy, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan, ROC (China)

    2013-03-25

    Highlights: ► AZO nanorod array thin film is used as a photoanode for solar water splitting. ► Hydrogen treatment and sensitization by PbS nanoparticles enhance photocurrent. ► A novel ITO/FTO-free composite photoelectrode is developed. ► The pre-fabrication and use of an extra TCO thin film substrate is unnecessary. -- Abstract: Al-doped ZnO (AZO) nanorod arrays thin film with hydrogen treatment is directly used as a photoelectrode for solar water splitting without an extra transparent conducting oxide (TCO) thin film because it possesses the functions of TCO thin film and photoactive 1-dimensional nanostructured semiconductor simultaneously. To enhance the absorption in the visible region, PbS nanoparticles decorated the AZO nanorods via successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction route. The PbS nanoparticles have a face-centered cubic structure and their decoration does not destroy the 1-dimensional morphology of AZO nanorod arrays. With increasing the cycle number of PbS nanoparticles decoration, the grain size and loading of PbS nanoparticles become larger gradually which leads to lower energy bandgap and stronger absorption. A maximum photocurrent density of 1.65 mW cm{sup −2} is obtained when the cycle number is 20, which is much higher than those without PbS nanoparticles sensitization or hydrogen treatment. This demonstrates that the AZO nanorod array thin film with hydrogen treatment can be directly used as a photoelectrode without an extra TCO thin film. Because the use of expensive metals can be avoided and the pre-fabrication of TCO thin film substrate is necessary no more, the fabrication of such a composite photoelectrode becomes simple and low-cost. So, it has great potentials in solar water splitting after sensitization by quantum dots capable of visible light absorption.

  15. Fabrication and photoelectrochemical characteristics of In2S3 nano-flower films on TiO2 nanorods arrays

    Science.gov (United States)

    Han, Minmin; Yu, Limin; Chen, Wenyuan; Wang, Wenzhen; Jia, Junhong

    2016-04-01

    The In2S3 nano-flower films on TiO2/FTO (Fluorine-doped tin oxide) substrates were synthesized via hydrothermal method and the photoelectrochemical performances of In2S3/TiO2 photoelectrodes were characterized. The roles of PSS (poly(sodium-p-styrenesul-fonate)) and PEG (polyethylene glycol) on the structure controlling of In2S3 films were also discussed. The results show that the In2S3 nano-flower films consisted of ultrathin nanoflakes with a thickness of 5 nm are successfully grew on the surface of TiO2 nanorod arrays. PEG could play a role as the morphology-directing agent by confining crystal growth in certain directions, while PSS could provide coordination sites with long chains and lead to the formation of spherical structure. The energy conversion efficiency of In2S3 nano-flower/TiO2 photoelectrodes enhances thrice compared with that of bare TiO2 photoelectrode. This research presents further insight for improving the efficiency of semiconductors by using the suitable electron transfer channels, which may be promising for rational construction of solar conversion and storage devices.

  16. Photosensitive and temperature-dependent I–V characteristics of p-NiO film/n-ZnO nanorod array heterojunction diode

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Long, Hao; Ai, Lei [Key Laboratory of Artificial Micro- and Nano-structures of Ministry of Education of China, Department of Electronic Science and Technology, School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei 430072 (China); Li, Songzhan [Key Laboratory of Artificial Micro- and Nano-structures of Ministry of Education of China, Department of Electronic Science and Technology, School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei 430072 (China); School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Wuhan Textile University, Wuhan, Hubei 430073 (China); Huang, Huihui; Mo, Xiaoming; Wang, Haoning; Chen, Zhao; Liu, Yuping [Key Laboratory of Artificial Micro- and Nano-structures of Ministry of Education of China, Department of Electronic Science and Technology, School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei 430072 (China); Fang, Guojia, E-mail: gjfang@whu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Artificial Micro- and Nano-structures of Ministry of Education of China, Department of Electronic Science and Technology, School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei 430072 (China)

    2014-05-01

    Highlights: • A p-NiO film/n-ZnO nanorod array heterojunction was prepared. • The heterojunction shows good morphology and crystal properties. • The diode exhibits excellent rectifying behavior. • The diode exhibits strong temperature dependent I–V properties. • The hybrid diode shows good photosensitivity under the ultraviolet irradiation. - Abstract: A p-NiO film/n-ZnO nanorod (NR) array heterojunction was prepared by deposition of NiO film on ZnO NRs using radio-frequency reactive magnetron sputtering. The well-aligned ZnO NRs were fabricated by a simple and economic hydrothermal method on a ZnO:Al-coated glass substrate. Good morphology and crystal properties of the fabricated ZnO NRs and NiO film were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The p–n heterojunction exhibits excellent rectifying behaviour and strong temperature-dependent current–voltage properties in the range from −50 to 80 °C. The hybrid NR heterojunction diode shows good photosensitivity under the irradiation of 365 nm ultraviolet light. These results present potential applications in future microelectronic devices based on NiO films and the one-dimensional ZnO nanomaterials.

  17. Preparation of Aligned ZnO Nanorod Arrays on Sn-Doped ZnO Thin Films by Sonicated Sol-Gel Immersion Fabricated for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell

    OpenAIRE

    Saurdi, I.; Mamat, M. H.; M. F. Malek; M. Rusop

    2014-01-01

    Aligned ZnO Nanorod arrays are deposited on the Sn-doped ZnO thin film via sonicated sol-gel immersion method. The structural, optical, and electrical properties of the Sn-doped ZnO thin films were investigated. Results show that the Sn-doped ZnO thin films with small grain size (~20 nm), high average transmittance (96%) in visible region, and good resistivity 7.7 × 102 Ω·cm are obtained for 2 at.% Sn doping concentration. The aligned ZnO nanorod arrays with large surface area were also obtai...

  18. CdS nanoparticles sensitization of Al-doped ZnO nanorod array thin film with hydrogen treatment as an ITO/FTO-free photoanode for solar water splitting.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Hsu, Chih-Hsiung; Chen, Dong-Hwang

    2012-10-25

    Aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) nanorod array thin film with hydrogen treatment possesses the functions of transparent conducting oxide thin film and 1-D nanostructured semiconductor simultaneously. To enhance the absorption in the visible light region, it is sensitized by cadmium sulfide (CdS) nanoparticles which efficiently increase the absorption around 460 nm. The CdS nanoparticles-sensitized AZO nanorod array thin film with hydrogen treatment exhibits significantly improved photoelectrochemical property. After further heat treatment, a maximum short current density of 5.03 mA cm-2 is obtained under illumination. They not only are much higher than those without CdS nanoparticles sensitization and those without Al-doping and/or hydrogen treatment, but also comparable and even slightly superior to some earlier works for the CdS-sensitized zinc oxide nanorod array thin films with indium tin oxide (ITO) or fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) as substrates. This demonstrated successfully that the AZO nanorod array thin film with hydrogen treatment is quite suitable as an ITO/FTO-free photoanode and has great potentials in solar water splitting after sensitization by quantum dots capable of visible light absorption.

  19. Highly Uniform Epitaxial ZnO Nanorod Arrays for Nanopiezotronics

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Nagata T

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Highly uniform and c-axis-aligned ZnO nanorod arrays were fabricated in predefined patterns by a low temperature homoepitaxial aqueous chemical method. The nucleation seed patterns were realized in polymer and in metal thin films, resulting in, all-ZnO and bottom-contacted structures, respectively. Both of them show excellent geometrical uniformity: the cross-sectional uniformity according to the scanning electron micrographs across the array is lower than 2%. The diameter of the hexagonal prism-shaped nanorods can be set in the range of 90–170 nm while their typical length achievable is 0.5–2.3 μm. The effect of the surface polarity was also examined, however, no significant difference was found between the arrays grown on Zn-terminated and on O-terminated face of the ZnO single crystal. The transmission electron microscopy observation revealed the single crystalline nature of the nanorods. The current–voltage characteristics taken on an individual nanorod contacted by a Au-coated atomic force microscope tip reflected Schottky-type behavior. The geometrical uniformity, the designable pattern, and the electrical properties make the presented nanorod arrays ideal candidates to be used in ZnO-based DC nanogenerator and in next-generation integrated piezoelectric nano-electromechanical systems (NEMS.

  20. Fabrication and photoelectrochemical characteristics of In{sub 2}S{sub 3} nano-flower films on TiO{sub 2} nanorods arrays

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Han, Minmin; Yu, Limin; Chen, Wenyuan [State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080 (China); Wang, Wenzhen, E-mail: wzhwang@licp.cas.cn [State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Jia, Junhong, E-mail: jhjia@licp.cas.cn [State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2016-04-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • In{sub 2}S{sub 3} nano-flower films are deposited on TiO{sub 2} nanorods by a hydrothermal method. • The roles of PSS and PEG on structure controlling of In{sub 2}S{sub 3} films are discussed. • The energy conversion efficiency of In{sub 2}S{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} enhances thrice than TiO{sub 2}. - Abstract: The In{sub 2}S{sub 3} nano-flower films on TiO{sub 2}/FTO (Fluorine-doped tin oxide) substrates were synthesized via hydrothermal method and the photoelectrochemical performances of In{sub 2}S{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} photoelectrodes were characterized. The roles of PSS (poly(sodium-p-styrenesul-fonate)) and PEG (polyethylene glycol) on the structure controlling of In{sub 2}S{sub 3} films were also discussed. The results show that the In{sub 2}S{sub 3} nano-flower films consisted of ultrathin nanoflakes with a thickness of 5 nm are successfully grew on the surface of TiO{sub 2} nanorod arrays. PEG could play a role as the morphology-directing agent by confining crystal growth in certain directions, while PSS could provide coordination sites with long chains and lead to the formation of spherical structure. The energy conversion efficiency of In{sub 2}S{sub 3} nano-flower/TiO{sub 2} photoelectrodes enhances thrice compared with that of bare TiO{sub 2} photoelectrode. This research presents further insight for improving the efficiency of semiconductors by using the suitable electron transfer channels, which may be promising for rational construction of solar conversion and storage devices.

  1. A centimeter-scale sub-10 nm gap plasmonic nanorod array film as a versatile platform for enhancing light-matter interactions

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhou, Zhang-Kai; Xue, Jiancai; Zheng, Zebo; Li, Jiahua; Ke, Yanlin; Yu, Ying; Han, Jun-Bo; Xie, Weiguang; Deng, Shaozhi; Chen, Huanjun; Wang, Xuehua

    2015-09-01

    Strongly coupled plasmonic nanostructures with sub-10 nm gaps can enable intense electric field enhancements which greatly benefit the various light-matter interactions. From the point view of practical applications, such nanostructures should be of low-cost, facile fabrication and processing, large-scale with high-yield of the ultrasmall gaps, and easy for integration with other functional components. However, nowadays techniques for reliable fabrication of these nanostructures usually involve complex, time-consuming, and expensive lithography procedures, which are limited either by their low-throughput or the small areas obtained. On the other hand, so far most of the studies on the sub-10 nm gap nanostructures mainly focused on the surface-enhanced Raman scattering and high-harmonic generations, while leaving other nonlinear optical properties unexplored. In this work, using a scalable process without any lithography procedures, we demonstrated a centimeter-scale ordered plasmonic nanorod array film (PNRAF) with well-defined sub-10 nm interparticle gaps as a versatile platform for strongly enhanced light-matter interactions. Specifically, we showed that due to its plasmon-induced localized electromagnetic field enhancements, the Au PNRAF could exhibit extraordinary intrinsic multi-photon avalanche luminescence (MAPL) and nonlinear saturable absorption (SA). Furthermore, the PNRAF can be easily integrated with semiconductor quantum dots (SQDs) as well as wide bandgap semiconductors to strongly enhance their fluorescence and photocurrent response, respectively. Our method can be easily generalized to nanorod array films consisting of other plasmonic metals and even semiconductor materials, which can have multiple functionalities derived from different materials. Overall, the findings in our study have offered a potential strategy for design and fabrication of nanostructures with ultrasmall gaps for future photonic and optoelectronic applications.Strongly coupled

  2. Mechanistic study of ZnO nanorod array electrodeposition

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    El Belghiti, H.; Pauporte, T.; Lincot, D. [Laboratoire d' Electrochimie et Chimie Analytique, UMR7575, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Paris-Universite Paris 6 (France)

    2008-10-15

    The growth of ZnO nanorods by electrodeposition from oxygenated aqueous mixture of zinc chloride and potassium chloride is studied experimentally as a function of the deposition time, zinc concentration and the substrate. These parameters influence markedly the characteristics of the deposits (rod density, aspect ratio, orientation). A mechanistic model is presented in order to explain the formation of ZnO nanorod arrays by electrodeposition. The model is based on the effect of zinc concentration on the interfacial pH at the electrode surface and then on the charged stable zinc species able to react with the growing film. The charge of the complex seems to be the key parameter which stops the lateral growth and then significantly increases the aspect ratio of the single crystalline nanorods. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  3. Plasmon spectra in two-dimensional nanorod arrays

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Nie, Z H; Fava, D; Kumacheva, E [Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3H6 (Canada); Ruda, H E; Shik, A [Centre for Advanced Nanotechnology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3E4 (Canada)

    2009-07-22

    For various types of ensembles of metal nanorods, the frequencies of longitudinal and transverse plasmons were calculated and correlations between the plasmon frequency shifts and the topology of nanorod arrays were found. The theoretical predictions were compared with the experimentally determined optical absorption in arrays of polymer-terminated Au nanorods obtained by self-assembly in selective solvents.

  4. Lasing action in gallium nitride quasicrystal nanorod arrays.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Chang, Shih-Pang; Sou, Kuok-Pan; Chen, Chieh-Han; Cheng, Yuh-Jen; Huang, Ji-Kai; Lin, Chung-Hsiang; Kuo, Hao-Chung; Chang, Chun-Yen; Hsieh, Wen-Feng

    2012-05-21

    We report the observation of lasing action from an optically pumped gallium nitride quasicrystal nanorod arrays. The nanorods were fabricated from a GaN substrate by patterned etching, followed by epitaxial regrowth. The nanorods were arranged in a 12-fold symmetric quasicrystal pattern. The regrowth grew hexagonal crystalline facets and core-shell multiple quantum wells (MQWs) on nanorods. Under optical pumping, multiple lasing peaks resembling random lasing were observed. The lasing was identified to be from the emission of MQWs on the nanorod sidewalls. The resonant spectrum and mode field of the 12-fold symmetric photonic quasicrystal nanorod arrays is discussed.

  5. Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells Depending on TiO2 Nanorod Arrays.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Li, Xin; Dai, Si-Min; Zhu, Pei; Deng, Lin-Long; Xie, Su-Yuan; Cui, Qian; Chen, Hong; Wang, Ning; Lin, Hong

    2016-08-24

    Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with TiO2 materials have attracted much attention due to their high photovoltaic performance. Aligned TiO2 nanorods have long been used for potential application in highly efficient perovskite solar cells, but the previously reported efficiencies of perovskite solar cells based on TiO2 nanorod arrays were underrated. Here we show a solvothermal method based on a modified ketone-HCl system with the addition of organic acids suitable for modulation of the TiO2 nanorod array films to fabricate highly efficient perovskite solar cells. Photovoltaic measurements indicated that efficient nanorod-structured perovskite solar cells can be achieved with the length of the nanorods as long as approximately 200 nm. A record efficiency of 18.22% under the reverse scan direction has been optimized by avoiding direct contact between the TiO2 nanorods and the hole transport materials, eliminating the organic residues on the nanorod surfaces using UV-ozone treatment and tuning the nanorod array morphologies through addition of different organic acids in the solvothermal process.

  6. Growth of vertically aligned ZnO nanorods using textured ZnO films

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    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.

  7. Preparation and Electrocatalytic Activity of Tungsten Carbide Nanorod Arrays

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    2007-01-01

    High density tungsten carbide nanorod arrays have been prepared by magnetron sputtering (MS) using the aluminum lattice membrane (ALM) as template. Electrocatalytic properties of nitromethane electroreduction on the tungsten carbide nanorod arrays electrode were investigated by electrochemical method, and their electrocatalytic activity is approached to that of the Pt foil electrode.

  8. HIPS-GLAD core shell nanorod array photodetectors with enhanced photocurrent and reduced dark current

    Science.gov (United States)

    Keles, Filiz; Cansizoglu, Hilal; Badraddin, Emad O.; Brozak, Matthew P.; Watanabe, Fumiya; Karabacak, Tansel

    2016-10-01

    Vertically aligned core/shell nanorod array photodetectors were fabricated by high pressure sputter (HIPS) deposition of copper indium sulfide (CIS) films on glancing angle deposited (GLAD) indium sulfide (In2S3) nanorods. For comparison, we also studied nanorod photodetectors with conventional low pressure sputtered (LPS) CIS film coatings and counterpart thin film devices incorporating HIPS or LPS-CIS on In2S3 films. HIPS-GLAD core/shell photodetectors have shown a superior photocurrent density response along with lowest dark current density. Photoresponsivity defined with the photocurrent density/dark current density ratio γ = |J ph/J dark| was about ˜1820 for HIPS-GLAD nanorod devices, which is several orders of magnitude higher compared to those of LPS-CIS thin film (γ ˜ 2) and HIPS-CIS thin film (γ ˜ 9) devices, and also about four-fold higher than LPS-CIS nanorod devices (γ ˜ 490). Enhanced photoresponsivity is attributed to the porous microstructure and improved conformality of HIPS-CIS film around the In2S3 nanorods confirmed by SEM and EDS measurements. Due to randomization of the sputtered flux at higher working gas pressures, HIPS can provide a more conformal while at the same time a voidy low-density film around nanostructured surfaces. Reduced interelectrode distance and improved p-n junction interface due to the more uniform conformality of HIPS-CIS result in a higher photocurrent in our HIPS-GLAD devices. In addition, the voids in HIPS-CIS film as a result of its porous nature can behave as highly resistive spots that lower the dark current. Therefore, we have demonstrated that by utilizing a simple and low-temperature HIPS-GLAD method, high-photocurrent and low-dark-current photodetectors can be achieved by controlling the conformality and microstructure of a shell layer around nanorod arrays. HIPS shell coating method can be extended to almost any type of nanostructured substrate.

  9. Direct Growth of Crystalline Tungsten Oxide Nanorod Arrays by a Hydrothermal Process and Their Electrochromic Properties

    Science.gov (United States)

    Lu, Chih-Hao; Hon, Min Hsiung; Leu, Ing-Chi

    2016-12-01

    Transparent crystalline tungsten oxide nanorod arrays for use as an electrochromic layer have been directly prepared on fluorine-doped tin oxide-coated glass via a facile tungsten film-assisted hydrothermal process using aqueous tungsten hexachloride solution. X-ray diffraction analysis and field-emission scanning electron microscopy were used to characterize the phase and morphology of the grown nanostructures. Arrays of tungsten oxide nanorods with diameter of ˜22 nm and length of ˜240 nm were obtained at 200°C after 8 h of hydrothermal reaction. We propose a growth mechanism for the deposition of the monoclinic tungsten oxide phase in the hydrothermal environment. The tungsten film was first oxidized to tungsten oxide to provide seed sites for crystal growth and address the poor connection between the growing tungsten oxide and substrate. Aligned tungsten oxide nanorod arrays can be grown by a W thin film-assisted heterogeneous nucleation process with NaCl as a structure-directing agent. The fabricated electrochromic device demonstrated optical modulation (coloration/bleaching) at 632.8 nm of ˜41.2% after applying a low voltage of 0.1 V for 10 s, indicating the potential of such nanorod array films for use in energy-saving smart windows.

  10. Direct Growth of Crystalline Tungsten Oxide Nanorod Arrays by a Hydrothermal Process and Their Electrochromic Properties

    Science.gov (United States)

    Lu, Chih-Hao; Hon, Min Hsiung; Leu, Ing-Chi

    2017-04-01

    Transparent crystalline tungsten oxide nanorod arrays for use as an electrochromic layer have been directly prepared on fluorine-doped tin oxide-coated glass via a facile tungsten film-assisted hydrothermal process using aqueous tungsten hexachloride solution. X-ray diffraction analysis and field-emission scanning electron microscopy were used to characterize the phase and morphology of the grown nanostructures. Arrays of tungsten oxide nanorods with diameter of ˜22 nm and length of ˜240 nm were obtained at 200°C after 8 h of hydrothermal reaction. We propose a growth mechanism for the deposition of the monoclinic tungsten oxide phase in the hydrothermal environment. The tungsten film was first oxidized to tungsten oxide to provide seed sites for crystal growth and address the poor connection between the growing tungsten oxide and substrate. Aligned tungsten oxide nanorod arrays can be grown by a W thin film-assisted heterogeneous nucleation process with NaCl as a structure-directing agent. The fabricated electrochromic device demonstrated optical modulation (coloration/bleaching) at 632.8 nm of ˜41.2% after applying a low voltage of 0.1 V for 10 s, indicating the potential of such nanorod array films for use in energy-saving smart windows.

  11. Facile synthesis of ZnO/CuInS2 nanorod arrays for photocatalytic pollutants degradation.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yang, Yawei; Que, Wenxiu; Zhang, Xinyu; Xing, Yonglei; Yin, Xingtian; Du, Yaping

    2016-11-05

    Vertically-aligned ZnO nanorod arrays on a fluorine-doped tin oxide glass substrate were homogeneously coated with visible light active CuInS2 quantum dots by using a controllable electrophoretic deposition strategy. Compared with the pure ZnO nanorod arrays, the formation of high-quality ZnO/CuInS2 heterojunction with well-matched band energy alignment expanded the light absorption from ultraviolet to visible region and facilitated efficient charge separation and transportation, thus yielding remarkable enhanced photoelectrochemical performance and photocatalytic activities for methyl orange and 4-chlorophenol degradation. The ZnO/CuInS2 film with the deposition duration of 80min showed the highest degradation rate and photocurrent density (0.95mA/cm(2)), which was almost 6.33 times higher than that of the pure ZnO nanorod arrays film. The CuInS2 QDs sensitized ZnO nanorod arrays film was proved to be a superior structure for photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic applications due to the optimized CuInS2 loading and well-maintained one-dimensional nanostructure.

  12. Facile synthesis of ZnO/CuInS{sub 2} nanorod arrays for photocatalytic pollutants degradation

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Yang, Yawei [Electronic Materials Research Laboratory, International Center for Dielectric Research, Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education, School of Electronic & Information Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710049 (China); Que, Wenxiu, E-mail: wxque@mail.xjtu.edu.cn [Electronic Materials Research Laboratory, International Center for Dielectric Research, Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education, School of Electronic & Information Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710049 (China); Zhang, Xinyu [Frontier Institute of Science and Technology Jointly with College of Science, State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710049 (China); Xing, Yonglei; Yin, Xingtian [Electronic Materials Research Laboratory, International Center for Dielectric Research, Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education, School of Electronic & Information Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710049 (China); Du, Yaping, E-mail: ypdu2013@mail.xjtu.edu.cn [Frontier Institute of Science and Technology Jointly with College of Science, State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710049 (China)

    2016-11-05

    Highlights: • Vertically-aligned ZnO nanorod arrays were synthesized by the hydrothermal process. • Monodisperse CuInS{sub 2} QDs were synthesized by the one-pot colloidal chemistry method. • ZnO/CuInS{sub 2} nanorod arrays films were fabricated by the EPD process. • The homogeneous CuInS{sub 2} loading was optimized by EPD duration. • The photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic activities of the ZnO/CuInS{sub 2} nanorod arrays films were discussed. - Abstract: Vertically-aligned ZnO nanorod arrays on a fluorine-doped tin oxide glass substrate were homogeneously coated with visible light active CuInS{sub 2} quantum dots by using a controllable electrophoretic deposition strategy. Compared with the pure ZnO nanorod arrays, the formation of high-quality ZnO/CuInS{sub 2} heterojunction with well-matched band energy alignment expanded the light absorption from ultraviolet to visible region and facilitated efficient charge separation and transportation, thus yielding remarkable enhanced photoelectrochemical performance and photocatalytic activities for methyl orange and 4-chlorophenol degradation. The ZnO/CuInS{sub 2} film with the deposition duration of 80 min showed the highest degradation rate and photocurrent density (0.95 mA/cm{sup 2}), which was almost 6.33 times higher than that of the pure ZnO nanorod arrays film. The CuInS{sub 2} QDs sensitized ZnO nanorod arrays film was proved to be a superior structure for photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic applications due to the optimized CuInS{sub 2} loading and well-maintained one-dimensional nanostructure.

  13. Controlled growth of standing Ag nanorod arrays on bare Si substrate using glancing angle deposition for self-cleaning applications

    Science.gov (United States)

    Singh, Dhruv P.; Singh, J. P.

    2014-03-01

    A facile approach to manipulate the hydrophobicity of surface by controlled growth of standing Ag nanorod arrays is presented. Instead of following the complicated conventional method of the template-assisted growth, the morphology or particularly average diameter and number density (nanorods cm-2) of nanorods were controlled on bare Si substrate by simply varying the deposition rate during glancing angle deposition. The contact angle measurements showed that the evolution of Ag nanorods reduces the surface energy and makes an increment in the apparent water contact angle compared to the plain Ag thin film. The contact angle was found to increase for the Ag nanorod samples grown at lower deposition rates. Interestingly, the morphology of the nanorod arrays grown at very low deposition rate (1.2 Å sec-1) results in a self-cleaning superhydrophobic surface of contact angle about 157° and a small roll-off angle about 5°. The observed improvement in hydrophobicity with change in the morphology of nanorod arrays is explained as the effect of reduction in solid fraction within the framework of Cassie-Baxter model. These self-cleaning Ag nanorod arrays could have a significant impact in wide range of applications such as anti-icing coatings, sensors and solar panels.

  14. Preparation and Photoelectrochemical Performance for ZnO Nanorod Arrays/Nanoparticles Aggregate Composite Films%ZnO纳米棒阵列/纳米颗粒团聚复合膜的制备及其光电性能

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    贾伟; 刘海瑞; 党随虎; 张竹霞; 刘旭光; 许并社

    2013-01-01

    采用恒温水浴法在FTO导电玻璃上制备出了ZnO纳米棒阵列,然后对其进行二次生长后得到了ZnO纳米棒阵列/纳米颗粒团聚复合膜,最后它们分别与Pt形成对电极并与电解质溶液组装成染料敏化太阳能电池(DSSC).结果表明:当在模拟太阳光照射(AM 1.5,100 mW/cm2)下时,ZnO纳米棒阵列/纳米颗粒团聚复合膜太阳能电池的短路电流密度Jsc为11.7 mA/cm2,开路电压Voc为0.661 V,填充因子FF为0.384,光电转换效率为3.17%,均明显的高于ZnO纳米棒阵列太阳能电池和ZnO纳米颗粒团聚球太阳能电池.其主要原因是由于ZnO纳米棒阵列/纳米颗粒团聚复合膜染料敏化太阳能电池在具有较高的光生电子传输效率的同时,增加了比表面积和提高了光子的收集效率.%ZnO nanorod arrays were firstly grown on FTO conducting glass via a simple chemical bath deposition method, then ZnO nanorod arrays/nanoparticles aggregate composite films were obtained by sequential growth of ZnO nanorod arrays. The dye-covered ZnO electrodes, Pt counter electrode and electrolyte solution were assembled into dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Due to their relatively high surface area, fast electron transport, and enhanced light-scattering capability, a short current density(Jsc) of 11.7 mA/cm2, an open-circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.661 V, a fill factor( FF) of 0.384, and overall solar-to-electric energy conversion efficiency of 3.17% were achieved for the ZnO nanorod arrays/nanoparticles aggregate composite films DSSCs under sunlight illumination with AM1. 5 (100 mW/cm2), which were much higher than those obtained for the monodisperse aggregate DSSCs and ZnO nanorod array DSSCs.

  15. Fabrication and Wettability of ZnO Nanorod Array

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Meng Sun; Yi Du; Weichang Hao; Huaizhe Xu; Youxing Yu; Tianmin Wang

    2009-01-01

    ZnO nanorod arrays were prepared in an open system by using a simple aqueous solution method. Spindle-like, wimble-like, tower-like and hexagonal rod-like ZnO rods were obtained under different conditions. ZnO nanorod arrays with different morphology and size were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and contact angle measurement (CAM). The size of ordered zinc oxide rods can be controlled by temperature of water bath, because this temperature can influences growing speeds in different crystal directions. Some additives, such as urea and thiourea, were introduced into reaction solution to improve quality of arrays. Surface character of ZnO nanorod arrays can be changed from hydrophilic to hydrophobic, which was proved to be dependence on size of air grooves on surface.

  16. A CdSe thin film: a versatile buffer layer for improving the performance of TiO2 nanorod array:PbS quantum dot solar cells

    Science.gov (United States)

    Tan, Furui; Wang, Zhijie; Qu, Shengchun; Cao, Dawei; Liu, Kong; Jiang, Qiwei; Yang, Ying; Pang, Shan; Zhang, Weifeng; Lei, Yong; Wang, Zhanguo

    2016-05-01

    To fully utilize the multiple exciton generation effects in quantum dots and improve the overall efficiency of the corresponding photovoltaic devices, nanostructuralizing the electron conducting layer turns out to be a feasible strategy. Herein, PbS quantum dot solar cells were fabricated on the basis of morphologically optimized TiO2 nanorod arrays. By inserting a thin layer of CdSe quantum dots into the interface of TiO2 and PbS, a dramatic enhancement in the power conversion efficiency from 4.2% to 5.2% was realized and the resulting efficiency is one of the highest values for quantum dot solar cells based on nanostructuralized buffer layers. The constructed double heterojunction with a cascade type-II energy level alignment is beneficial for promoting photogenerated charge separation and reducing charge recombination, thereby responsible for the performance improvement, as revealed by steady-state analyses as well as ultra-fast photoluminescence and photovoltage decays. Thus this paper provides a good buffer layer to the community of quantum dot solar cells.To fully utilize the multiple exciton generation effects in quantum dots and improve the overall efficiency of the corresponding photovoltaic devices, nanostructuralizing the electron conducting layer turns out to be a feasible strategy. Herein, PbS quantum dot solar cells were fabricated on the basis of morphologically optimized TiO2 nanorod arrays. By inserting a thin layer of CdSe quantum dots into the interface of TiO2 and PbS, a dramatic enhancement in the power conversion efficiency from 4.2% to 5.2% was realized and the resulting efficiency is one of the highest values for quantum dot solar cells based on nanostructuralized buffer layers. The constructed double heterojunction with a cascade type-II energy level alignment is beneficial for promoting photogenerated charge separation and reducing charge recombination, thereby responsible for the performance improvement, as revealed by steady

  17. Fabrication of highly ordered TiO2 nanorod/nanotube adjacent arrays for photoelectrochemical applications.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhang, Haimin; Liu, Porun; Liu, Xiaolu; Zhang, Shanqing; Yao, Xiangdong; An, Taicheng; Amal, Rose; Zhao, Huijun

    2010-07-06

    This work reports a facile approach to fabricate a perpendicularly aligned and highly ordered TiO(2) nanorod/nanotube (NR/NT) adjacent film by directly anodizing a modified titanium foil. The titanium foil substrate was modified with a layer of crystalline TiO(2) film via a hydrothermal process in 0.05 M (NH(4))(2)S(2)O(8). The resultant NR/NT architecture consists of a highly ordered nanorod top layer that directly adjoins to a highly ordered nanotube array bottom layer. The thickness of the top nanorod layer was approximately 90 nm with average nanorod diameter of 22 nm after 20 min of anodization. The thickness of the bottom nanotube array layer was found to be ca. 250 nm after 20 min of anodization, having an average outer and inner tubular diameters of 120 and 80 nm, respectively. A broad implication of the method is that a simple modification to the substrate surface can lead to new forms of nanostructures. For as-anodized NR/NT samples, XRD analysis reveals that the nanorods are of anatase TiO(2) crystalline form while the nanotubes are amorphous. Anatase TiO(2) crystalline form of NR/NT film with high crystallinity can be obtained by thermally treating the as-anodized sample at 450 degrees C for 2 h in air. The resultant NR/NT film was used as a photoanode for photoactivity evaluation. Comparing with a nanotube array photoanode prepared by direct anodization of unmodified titanium foil, the NR/NT photoanode exhibits a unique feature of selective photocatalytic oxidation toward organics, which makes it very attractive to photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants, sensing, and other applications.

  18. Broadband resonances in indium-tin-oxide nanorod arrays

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Li, Shi-Qiang, E-mail: s-li@u.northwestern.edu, E-mail: r-chang@northwestern.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, 2220 Campus Dr., Evanston, Illinois 60208-3108 (United States); Sakoda, Kazuaki [National Institute for Materials Science, 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047 (Japan); NU-NIMS Materials Innovation Center, 2220 Campus Dr., Evanston, Illinois 60208-3108 (United States); Ketterson, John B. [NU-NIMS Materials Innovation Center, 2220 Campus Dr., Evanston, Illinois 60208-3108 (United States); Department of Physics, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, Illinois 60208-3113 (United States); Chang, Robert P. H., E-mail: s-li@u.northwestern.edu, E-mail: r-chang@northwestern.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, 2220 Campus Dr., Evanston, Illinois 60208-3108 (United States); NU-NIMS Materials Innovation Center, 2220 Campus Dr., Evanston, Illinois 60208-3108 (United States)

    2015-07-20

    There is currently much discussion within the nanophotonics community regarding the origin of wavelength selective absorption/scattering of light by the resonances in nanorod arrays. Here, we report a study of resonances in ordered indium-tin-oxide nanorod arrays resulting from waveguide-like modes. We find that with only a 2.4% geometrical coverage, micron-length nanorod arrays interact strongly with light across a surprisingly wide band from the visible to the mid-infrared, resulting in less than 10% transmission. Simulations show excellent agreement with our experimental observations. The field profile in the vicinity of the rods obtained from simulations shows that the electric field is mainly localized on the surfaces of the nanorods for all resonances. Based on our analysis, the resonances in the visible are different in character from those in the infrared. When light is incident on the array, part of it propagates in the space between the rods and part of it is guided within the rods. The phase difference (interference) at the ends of the rods forms the basis for the resonances in the visible region. The resonances in the infrared are Fabry-Perot-like resonances involving standing surface waves between the opposing ends of the rods. Simple analytical formulae predict the spectral positions of these resonances. It is suggested that these phenomena can be utilized for wavelength-selective photodetectors, modulators, and nanorod-based solar cells.

  19. Broadband resonances in indium-tin-oxide nanorod arrays

    Science.gov (United States)

    Li, Shi-Qiang; Sakoda, Kazuaki; Ketterson, John B.; Chang, Robert P. H.

    2015-07-01

    There is currently much discussion within the nanophotonics community regarding the origin of wavelength selective absorption/scattering of light by the resonances in nanorod arrays. Here, we report a study of resonances in ordered indium-tin-oxide nanorod arrays resulting from waveguide-like modes. We find that with only a 2.4% geometrical coverage, micron-length nanorod arrays interact strongly with light across a surprisingly wide band from the visible to the mid-infrared, resulting in less than 10% transmission. Simulations show excellent agreement with our experimental observations. The field profile in the vicinity of the rods obtained from simulations shows that the electric field is mainly localized on the surfaces of the nanorods for all resonances. Based on our analysis, the resonances in the visible are different in character from those in the infrared. When light is incident on the array, part of it propagates in the space between the rods and part of it is guided within the rods. The phase difference (interference) at the ends of the rods forms the basis for the resonances in the visible region. The resonances in the infrared are Fabry-Perot-like resonances involving standing surface waves between the opposing ends of the rods. Simple analytical formulae predict the spectral positions of these resonances. It is suggested that these phenomena can be utilized for wavelength-selective photodetectors, modulators, and nanorod-based solar cells.

  20. Tin Oxide Nanorod Array-Based Electrochemical Hydrogen Peroxide Biosensor

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Liu Jinping

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract SnO2 nanorod array grown directly on alloy substrate has been employed as the working electrode of H2O2 biosensor. Single-crystalline SnO2 nanorods provide not only low isoelectric point and enough void spaces for facile horseradish peroxidase (HRP immobilization but also numerous conductive channels for electron transport to and from current collector; thus, leading to direct electrochemistry of HRP. The nanorod array-based biosensor demonstrates high H2O2 sensing performance in terms of excellent sensitivity (379 μA mM−1 cm−2, low detection limit (0.2 μM and high selectivity with the apparent Michaelis–Menten constant estimated to be as small as 33.9 μM. Our work further demonstrates the advantages of ordered array architecture in electrochemical device application and sheds light on the construction of other high-performance enzymatic biosensors.

  1. Enhanced photocurrent and dynamic response in vertically aligned In₂S₃/Ag core/shell nanorod array photoconductive devices.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Cansizoglu, Hilal; Cansizoglu, Mehmet F; Watanabe, Fumiya; Karabacak, Tansel

    2014-06-11

    Enhanced photocurrent values were achieved through a semiconductor-core/metal-shell nanorod array photoconductive device geometry. Vertically aligned indium sulfide (In2S3) nanorods were formed as the core by using glancing angle deposition technique (GLAD). A thin silver (Ag) layer is conformally coated around nanorods as the metallic shell through a high pressure sputter deposition method. This was followed by capping the nanorods with a metallic blanket layer of Ag film by utilizing a new small angle deposition technique combined with GLAD. Radial interface that was formed by the core/shell geometry provided an efficient charge carrier collection by shortening carrier transit times, which led to a superior photocurrent and gain. Thin metal shells around nanorods acted as a passivation layer to decrease surface states that cause prolonged carrier lifetimes and slow recovery of the photocurrent in nanorods. A combination of efficient carrier collection with surface passivation resulted in enhanced photocurrent and dynamic response at the same time in one device structure. In2S3 nanorod devices without the metal shell and with relatively thicker metal shell were also fabricated and characterized for comparison. In2S3 nanorods with thin metal shell showed the highest photosensitivity (photocurrent/dark current) response compared to two other designs. Microstructural, morphological, and electronic properties of the core/shell nanorods were used to explain the results observed.

  2. Resonances and permittivity dispersion effects in ITO nanorod arrays

    CERN Document Server

    Li, Shi-Qiang; Ketterson, John B; Chang, Robert P H

    2014-01-01

    In the nanophotonics community, there is an active discussion regarding the origin of the selective absorption/scattering of light by the resonances with nanorod arrays. Here we report a study of the resonances in ordered indium-tin-oxide (ITO) nanorod arrays from the perspective of waveguides. We discover that with only 2.4% geometrical coverage, the micron-length nanorod arrays strongly interact with light across an extra-wide band from visible to mid-infrared resulting in less than 10% transmission at the first order destructive interference. Simulations show excellent agreement with our experimental observation. Near-field profile obtained from simulation reveals the electric field is mainly localized on the surfaces of the nanorods at all the resonances. Theoretical analysis is then applied to explain the resonances and it was found that the resonances in the visible are different from those in the infrared. The former resonances are the result of the interference between guided wave and wave propagated ...

  3. Electrochemical growth of controlled tip shapes of ZnO nanorod arrays on silicon substrate and enhanced photoluminescence emission from nanopyramid arrays compared with flat-head nanorods

    Science.gov (United States)

    Alimanesh, Mahmoud; Hassan, Z.; Zainal, Norzaini

    2017-10-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorod arrays (NRAs) with different morphologies such as; perfect hexagon flat-head, pyramidal, compact pencil, nail-shaped, and high-compact ZnO nanorod thin films, were successfully grown on silicon substrates. These NRAs were formed on substrates using a simple low-temperature electrochemical method without adding any catalyst or template via the precursors of zinc nitrate hexahydrate [Zn(NO3)2·6H2O] and hexamethylenetetramine [HMT; C6H12N4] with an equal molar concentration of 0.025 mol/l. The morphologies of the ZnO nanorods (NRs) could be controlled and transformed successfully in to other morphologies by changing the growth conditions, such as; growth temperature and applied current density. Detailed structural investigations reveal that the synthesized various NRs are single crystalline with wurtzite hexagonal phase and preferentially grow along the c-axis direction. The room temperature photoluminescence spectra show that each spectrum consists of an ultraviolet (UV) band and a relative broad visible light emission and infrared emission peak. The enhanced light emission intensity at UV peak (∼375 nm) is observed significantly from ZnO nanopyramid (NP) arrays because of the conical shape of NP. The photoluminescence intensity of the UV peak from the NPs is found to be 1.5-17 times larger than those from the other various NRs.

  4. Slanted n-ZnO/p-GaN nanorod arrays light-emitting diodes grown by oblique-angle deposition

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Ya-Ju Lee

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available High-efficient ZnO-based nanorod array light-emitting diodes (LEDs were grown by an oblique-angle deposition scheme. Due to the shadowing effect, the inclined ZnO vapor-flow was selectively deposited on the tip surfaces of pre-fabricated p-GaN nanorod arrays, resulting in the formation of nanosized heterojunctions. The LED architecture composed of the slanted n-ZnO film on p-GaN nanorod arrays exhibits a well-behaving current rectification of junction diode with low turn-on voltage of 4.7 V, and stably emits bluish-white luminescence with dominant peak of 390 nm under the operation of forward injection currents. In general, as the device fabrication does not involve passivation of using a polymer or sophisticated material growth techniques, the revealed scheme might be readily applied on other kinds of nanoscale optoelectronic devices.

  5. Slanted n-ZnO/p-GaN nanorod arrays light-emitting diodes grown by oblique-angle deposition

    Science.gov (United States)

    Lee, Ya-Ju; Yang, Zu-Po; Lo, Fang-Yuh; Siao, Jhih-Jhong; Xie, Zhong-Han; Chuang, Yi-Lun; Lin, Tai-Yuan; Sheu, Jinn-Kong

    2014-05-01

    High-efficient ZnO-based nanorod array light-emitting diodes (LEDs) were grown by an oblique-angle deposition scheme. Due to the shadowing effect, the inclined ZnO vapor-flow was selectively deposited on the tip surfaces of pre-fabricated p-GaN nanorod arrays, resulting in the formation of nanosized heterojunctions. The LED architecture composed of the slanted n-ZnO film on p-GaN nanorod arrays exhibits a well-behaving current rectification of junction diode with low turn-on voltage of 4.7 V, and stably emits bluish-white luminescence with dominant peak of 390 nm under the operation of forward injection currents. In general, as the device fabrication does not involve passivation of using a polymer or sophisticated material growth techniques, the revealed scheme might be readily applied on other kinds of nanoscale optoelectronic devices.

  6. Fabrication and Photocatalytic Properties of ZnSe Nanorod Films

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Jiajia Yin

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available ZnSe nanorod films grown on fused quartz glass substrates via a simple two-step synthesis protocol were demonstrated to be environmentally safe and effective recyclable photocatalysts. These films showed greatly enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to pulsed laser deposition ZnSe films in the degradation of methyl orange dye solutions. The well-crystalized ZnSe nanorods had a length of 15 µm and a diameter of 200 nm and were densely grown on the substrate. The morphology, crystal structure, crystal phase, and photophysical properties of the ZnSe nanorod films were investigated using field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM, UV-Vis spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM.

  7. Controlled growth of well-aligned ZnO nanorod arrays by hydrothermal method

    Science.gov (United States)

    Mihailova, I.; Gerbreders, V.; Bulanovs, A.; Tamanis, E.; Sledevskis, E.; Ogurcovs, A.; Sarajevs, P.

    2014-10-01

    The application prospect of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures largely relies on the ability to grow nanoobjects with necessary geometry. In this study well-aligned ZnO nanorod arrays with a high density and uniformity were successfully synthesized on the glass substrates by a hydrothermal method at low-temperature. The aqueous solutions of zinc nitrate hexahydrate and hexamethylenetetramine was used. The effect of seed layer (obtained by electrochemical method and by vacuum deposition method) on the alignment of ZnO nanorods has been investigated. The morphological properties of the ZnO nanorods were also examined in accordance with varying the magnetron sputtering angle for ZnO seeds deposition. It is also shown that the electric field can control the direction of the growth of ZnO nanorods. Morphological, structural and compositional characterizations of obtained films were carried out by scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis methods.

  8. Solution fabrication and photoelectrical properties of CuInS₂ nanocrystals on TiO₂ nanorod array.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhou, Zheng-Ji; Fan, Jun-Qi; Wang, Xia; Sun, Wei-Zhong; Zhou, Wen-Hui; Du, Zu-Liang; Wu, Si-Xin

    2011-07-01

    One-dimensional semiconductor architectures are receiving attention in preparing photovoltaic solar cells because of its superior charge transport as well as excellent light-harvesting efficiency. In this study, vertically aligned single-crystalline TiO(2) nanorods array was grown directly on transparent conductive glass (FTO), and then CuInS(2) nanocrystals were deposited on nanorods array by spin coating method to form TiO(2)/CuInS(2) heterostructure films. The resulting nanostructure assembly and composition was confirmed by field-emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) , transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM, and X-ray diffraction(XRD). Ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy (UV-vis) data indicates that the absorbance of the nanocomposite film extended into the visible region compared with bare TiO(2) nanorod arrays. The surface photovoltage spectra (SPS) also showed a new and enhanced response region corresponding to the absorption spectrum. These results suggest that the novel CuInS(2) nanocrystals sensitized TiO(2) nanorod array on FTO photoelectrodes has a potential application in photovoltaic devices.

  9. Electrodeposition of ZnO nanorod arrays on ZnO substrate with tunable orientation and optical properties.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Jehl, Z; Rousset, J; Donsanti, F; Renou, G; Naghavi, N; Lincot, D

    2010-10-01

    The electrodeposition of ZnO nanorods on ZnO:Al films with different orientations is reported. The influence of the total charge exchanged during electrodeposition on the nanorod's geometry (length, diameter, aspect ratio and surface density) and the optical transmission properties of the nanorod arrays is studied on a [0001]-oriented ZnO:Al substrate. The nanorods are highly vertically oriented along the c axis, following the lattice matching with the substrate. The growth on a [1010] and [1120] ZnO:Al-oriented substrate with c axis parallel to the substrate leads to a systematic deviation angle of 55 degrees from the perpendicular direction. This finding has been explained by the occurrence of a minority orientation with the [1011] planes parallel to the surface, with a preferential growth on corresponding [0001] termination. Substrate crystalline orientation is thereby found to be a major parameter in finely tuning the orientation of the nanorod array. This new approach allows us to optimize the light scattering properties of the films.

  10. Aligned Silver Nanorod Array as SERS Substrates for Viral Sensing

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhao, Yiping; Shanmukh, Saratchandra; Chaney, Stephen B.; Jones, Les; Dluhy, Richard A.; Tripp, Ralph A.

    2006-03-01

    The aligned silver nanorod array substrates prepared by the oblique angle deposition method are capable of providing extremely high enhancement factors (˜10^9) at near-infrared wavelengths (785 nm) for a standard reporter molecule 1,2 trans-(bis)pyridyl-ethene (BPE). The enhancement factor depends strongly on the length of the Ag nanorods, the substrate coating, as well as the polarization of the excitation laser beam. With the current optimum structure, we demonstrate that the detection limit for BPE can be lower than 0.1 fM. The applicability of this substrate to the detection of bioagents has been investigated by looking several viruses, such as Adenovirus, HIV, Rhinovirus and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), at low quantities (˜0.5uL). Different viruses have different fingerprint Raman spectrum. The detection of virus presented in infected cells has also been demonstrated.

  11. Simple and polarization-independent Dammann grating based on all-dielectric nanorod array

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yang, Sen; Li, Chuang; Liu, Tongming; Da, Haixia; Feng, Rui; Tang, Donghua; Sun, Fangkui; Ding, Weiqiang

    2017-09-01

    In this work, we comprehensively investigate a Dammann grating (DG) that can generate a 5 × 5 diffraction spot array with an extending angle of 18^\\circ × 18^\\circ around the fiber communication wavelength of 1550 {nm}. The DG is a simple metasurface structure composed of a silicon cuboid nanorod array on a silica substrate, and only two different sizes of nanorods with square cross-sections and uniform spatial orientations are used. These simple units and this configuration are favorable in practice, and the C4 symmetry cross section of the nanorods ensures the polarization-independent operation of the DG. The phase modulation of the nanorods is achieved by the guiding mode propagating in them rather than electric or magnetic Mie-type resonance, which makes the design of the cuboid nanorods easy and robust. More importantly, the two-dimensional nanorod array is generated from a one-dimensional array, which further decreases the design and fabrication complexity.

  12. Superior environment resistance of quartz crystal microbalance with anatase TiO{sub 2}/ZnO nanorod composite films

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Qiang, Wei, E-mail: weiqiang.tju@163.com [Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composite and Functional Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, 92 Weijin Road, Tianjin (China); Wei, Li; Shaodan, Wang [Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composite and Functional Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, 92 Weijin Road, Tianjin (China); Yu, Bai [Beijing Institute of Spacecrafts Environment Engineering, Beijing 100094 (China)

    2015-08-30

    Graphical abstract: ZnO nanorod array being prepared by an in situ method on the QCM coated with Au film via hydrothermal process and surface modification with coated TiO{sub 2} by sol–gel methods to form a superhydrophobic TiO{sub 2}/ZnO composite film the anatase TiO{sub 2}/ZnO nanorod composite film with a sharp, pencil-like structure exhibiting excellent superhydrophobicity (water contact angle of 155°), non-sticking water properties, and an autonomous cleaning property under UV irradiation. The anatase TiO{sub 2}/ZnO nanorod composite film facilitates the precise measurement and extended lifetime of the QCM for the detection of organic gas molecules. - Highlights: • This work combines, for the first time, the advantage of the TiO{sub 2}/ZnO composite film on photocatalysis and reversible super-hydrophobic and super-hydrophilic transition, and puts forward a solution to satisfy weatherability of quartz crystal microbalance in long-term application. • The anatase TiO{sub 2}/ZnO nanorod composite film with pencil structure exhibit excellent super-hydrophobicity (water contact angle can reach 155°), no-sticking water properties and self-cleaning property under UV irradiation. • The photocatalysis and reversible super-hydrophobic and super-hydrophilic transition of the TiO{sub 2}/ZnO nanorod composite film is stable in long-term application. - Abstract: The precise measurement of quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) in the detection and weighing of organic gas molecules is achieved due to excellent superhydrophobicity of a deposited film composite. Photocatalysis is utilized as a method for the self-cleaning of organic molecules on the QCM for extended long-term stability in the precision of the instrument. In this paper, ZnO nanorod array is prepared via in situ methods on the QCM coated with Au film via hydrothermal process. Subsequently, a TiO{sub 2}/ZnO composite film is synthesized by surface modification with TiO{sub 2} via sol–gel methods. Results

  13. Experimental and theoretical investigation of silver-coated ZnO nanorod arrays as antennas for the visible and near-IR spectral range

    Science.gov (United States)

    Kaidashev, E. M.; Lyanguzov, N. V.; Lerer, A. M.; Raspopova, E. A.

    2014-04-01

    A new design of optical antennas consisting of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods covered by a thin metal film is proposed. Arrays of highly oriented ZnO nanorods perpendicular to a substrate and covered by a thin silver film have been obtained using methods of carbothermal synthesis and magnetron sputtering. The problems of electromagnetic wave diffraction on a single metal/dielectric nanovibrator (situated at the interface of dielectrics) and on a two-dimensional periodic array of these nanovibrators have been solved. The results of calculations of the electrodynamic characteristics of optical antennas with various lengths have been compared to experimental data.

  14. Hybrid artificial pinning centers of elongated-nanorods and segmented-nanorods in YBa2Cu3O7 films

    Science.gov (United States)

    Horide, Tomoya; Sakamoto, Nobuhiro; Ichinose, Ataru; Otsubo, Koji; Kitamura, Takanori; Matsumoto, Kaname

    2016-10-01

    To control the anisotropy of critical current density (J c), hybrid artificial pinning centers (APCs) of elongated-nanorods and segmented-nanorods were incorporated into YBa2Cu3O7 films. The elongated-nanorods and segmented-nanorods were formed by fabricating multilayer films using YBa2Cu3O7+BaSnO3 targets with a different BaSnO3 content. According to the elastic calculation, the BaSnO3-free YBa2Cu3O7 regions between BaSnO3 segmented-nanorods were highly strained, resulting in their alignment along the c-axis. Pinning of the vortex kinks and straight vortices by the nanorod ends improved J c in a wide range around B//ab. The angular dependence of J c systematically varied with the multilayer structure of layer thickness and BSO content. J c depended on the layer thickness even with keeping the constant average BSO content, showing that the BaSnO3 distribution, as well as the average BaSnO3 content, affected the J c. The hybrid pinning effect of elongated-nanorods and nanorod ends improved the J c anisotropy although the effect was not so large in the present films. The control of strain and interface is expected to lead to further improvement of J c.

  15. Synthesis of TiO{sub 2} coated ZnO nanorod arrays and their stability in photocatalytic flow reactors

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    İkizler, Berrin; Peker, Sümer M., E-mail: sumermpeker@gmail.com

    2016-04-30

    Immobilized photocatalysts are preferred over suspended catalyst particles in slurry reactors due to elimination of filtration process. The requisite condition for their use is the mechanical and chemical stability under flow conditions. The stability of TiO{sub 2} coated ZnO nanorods (TiO{sub 2}/ZnO) immobilized at the bottom of a prototype continuous-flow reactor designed in the form of a rectangular channel is investigated under continuous flow conditions in this work. Morphology and structure of the nanorod arrays are characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Optical properties of the rods are determined by UV–Vis spectroscopy measurements. Dissolution trends of zinc ions from the TiO{sub 2}/ZnO rods are determined under dark, UV radiation and photodegradation conditions, and compared with the results of uncoated ZnO. The effect of the number of TiO{sub 2} film coatings and the calcination time of the spin-coated films are investigated as parameters. Coating of the ZnO nanorods with TiO{sub 2} has greatly reduced its dissolution under UV radiation to a level less than the dissolution of uncoated ZnO rods in complete darkness. Photocatalysis under UV radiation was found to increase the dissolution rate of zinc ions. This increase was attributed to cavity or pit formation on the upper surfaces of nanorods. TiO{sub 2} coating was found to decrease the dissolution rate significantly by reducing the extent of pit formation. TiO{sub 2} was also found to increase the catalytic effectiveness of ZnO nanorod film in the photodegradation of methyl orange dye selected as a model organic pollutant. - Highlights: • TiO{sub 2} layer on the top surfaces of ZnO increases its photocatalytic activity. • TiO{sub 2} coating on ZnO nanorods decreases surface dissolution of Zn{sup 2+} ions. • TiO{sub 2} gel in between ZnO nanorods improves the verticality and strength of the nanorods. • Point defects in the TiO{sub 2} coatings lead

  16. Growth and Characterization of ZnO Nanorod Arrays on the Mesoporous TiO2 Films%ZnO纳米棒阵列在TiO2介孔薄膜上的生长及其表征

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    田晓亮; 孙婉婷; 谢明政; 井立强

    2012-01-01

    通过低温水热法成功地将ZnO纳米棒阵列定向生长在了介孔锐铁矿TiO2纳米晶薄膜上,并主要利用X射线衍射、场发射扫描电子显微镜和光致发光光谱等对其进行了表征.所制备的纳米棒具有六边形的端面,纳米棒的尺寸及端面边长分布范围窄,并且沿c轴方向(002)表现出了明显的择优化生长.此外,相比于玻璃基底或TiO2纳米颗粒薄膜,生长在介孔TiO2薄膜上的ZnO纳米棒阵列表现出了较好的取向生长,表明基底的表面结构和组成对ZnO纳米棒阵列的生长有显著的影响.根据基底有序的多孔结构,讨论了纳米棒阵列可能的生长机理.所得到的ZnO纳米棒阵列在室温下分别表现出了以370 nm为中心的强近紫外光和以530 nm为中心的弱绿光两条荧光谱带.%Oriented ZnO nanorod arrays have been successfully grown on the mesoporous nanocrystalline anatase TiO2 films via low temperature hydrothermal processes, and characterized mainly by X-Ray Diffraction, Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy and Photoluminescence Spectroscopy. The as-prepared nanorods have narrow size distribution in the length and diameter with hexagonal end planes, and display markedly preferential growth along c-axis direction (002). Moreover, the ZnO nanorod arrays grown on the mesoporous nanocrystalline TiO2 films exhibit rather good orientation compared with those on the glasses or on the nanoparticle TiO2 films, demonstrating that the surface structure and the composition of the substrates have great effects on the formation and the orientation of ZnO nanorod arrays. A possible formation mechanism related to the ordered mesoporous structure of the oriented nanorod arrays is suggested. The typical ZnO nanorod array displays a strong near-ultraviolet photoluminescence band centering at about 370 nm and a weak green photoluminescence band centering at 530 nm at the room temperature.

  17. Electronic Structure Engineering of Cu2O Film/ZnO Nanorods Array All-Oxide p-n Heterostructure for Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Property and Self-powered Biosensing Application

    Science.gov (United States)

    Kang, Zhuo; Yan, Xiaoqin; Wang, Yunfei; Bai, Zhiming; Liu, Yichong; Zhang, Zheng; Lin, Pei; Zhang, Xiaohui; Yuan, Haoge; Zhang, Xueji; Zhang, Yue

    2015-01-01

    We have engineered the electronic structure at the interface between Cu2O and ZnO nanorods (NRs) array, through adjusting the carrier concentration of Cu2O. The electrodeposition of Cu2O at pH 11 acquired the highest carrier concentration, resulting in the largest interfacial electric field between Cu2O and ZnO, which finally led to the highest separation efficiency of photogenerated charge carriers. The optimized Cu2O/ZnO NRs array p-n heterostructures exhibited enhanced PEC performance, such as elevated photocurrent and photoconversion efficiency, as well as excellent sensing performance for the sensitive detection of glutathione (GSH) in PBS buffer even at applied bias of 0 V which made the device self-powered. Besides, the favorable selectivity, high reproducibility and extremely wide detection range, make such heterostructure a promising candidate for PEC biosensing applications, probably for the extended field of PEC water splitting or other solar photovoltaic beacons.

  18. Growth and investigation of antifungal properties of ZnO nanorod arrays on the glass

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Eskandari, M., E-mail: msnano1361@yahoo.co [Nanomaterial Research Group, Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research (ACECR) on TMU, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Haghighi, N. [Department of physics, Tehran University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ahmadi, V. [Department of Electrical Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Haghighi, F.; Mohammadi, SH.R. [Department of Mycology, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2011-01-01

    In this study, we have investigated the antifungal activity of ZnO nanorods prepared by the chemical solution method against Candida albicans. In the study, Zinc oxide nanorods have been deposited on glass substrates using the chemical solution method. The as-grown samples are characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). X-ray diffraction (XRD) showed zinc oxide nanorods grown in (0 0 2) orientation. The antifungal results indicated that ZnO nanorod arrays exhibit stable properties after two months and play an important role in the growth inhibitory of Candida albicans.

  19. Template based precursor route for the synthesis of CuInSe2 nanorod arrays for potential solar cell applications.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Pashchanka, Mikhail; Bang, Jonas; Gora, Niklas S A; Balog, Ildiko; Hoffmann, Rudolf C; Schneider, Jörg J

    2013-01-01

    Polycrystalline CuInSe2 (CISe) nanorods are promising for the fabrication of highly efficient active layers in solar cells. In this work we report on a nanocasting approach, which uses track-etched polycarbonate films as hard templates for obtaining three-dimensionally (3D) arranged CISe nanorod arrays. Copper and indium ketoacidoximato complexes and selenourea were employed as molecular precursors. Arrays of parallel isolated cylindrical pores of 100 nm nominal diameter and 5 μm length were used for the infiltration of the precursor solution under inert atmosphere, followed by drying, thermal conversion into a preceramic 'green body', a subsequent dissolution of the template, and a final thermal treatment at 450 °C. The nanorods that where synthesised in this way have dimensions equal to the pore sizes of the template. Investigation of the CuInSe2 nanorod samples by spectroscopic and diffraction methods confirmed a high purity and crystallinity, and a stoichiometric composition of the CISe ternary semiconductor compound.

  20. Template based precursor route for the synthesis of CuInSe2 nanorod arrays for potential solar cell applications

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Mikhail Pashchanka

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Polycrystalline CuInSe2 (CISe nanorods are promising for the fabrication of highly efficient active layers in solar cells. In this work we report on a nanocasting approach, which uses track-etched polycarbonate films as hard templates for obtaining three-dimensionally (3D arranged CISe nanorod arrays. Copper and indium ketoacidoximato complexes and selenourea were employed as molecular precursors. Arrays of parallel isolated cylindrical pores of 100 nm nominal diameter and 5 μm length were used for the infiltration of the precursor solution under inert atmosphere, followed by drying, thermal conversion into a preceramic ‘green body’, a subsequent dissolution of the template, and a final thermal treatment at 450 °C. The nanorods that where synthesised in this way have dimensions equal to the pore sizes of the template. Investigation of the CuInSe2 nanorod samples by spectroscopic and diffraction methods confirmed a high purity and crystallinity, and a stoichiometric composition of the CISe ternary semiconductor compound.

  1. Morphological effects on the plasma-induced emission properties of large area ZnO nanorod arrays

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Liao Qingliang; Qi Junjie; Yang Ya; Huang Yunhua; Zhang Yue; Zhang Zheng [Department of Materials Physics, State Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials, University of Science and Technology, Beijing 100083 (China); Xia Liansheng, E-mail: yuezhang@ustb.edu.c [Institute of Fluid Physics, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang 621900 (China)

    2009-11-07

    Large area well-aligned ZnO nanorod arrays with different morphologies were fabricated by hydrothermal methods. The plasma-induced emission properties of ZnO nanorod arrays with different morphologies under a pulsed electric field were investigated. When the aspect ratios of nanorods increased, the emission currents of arrays were enhanced remarkably. As for the synthesized high density ZnO nanorod arrays, the emission currents of the nanorod arrays decreased with the increase in the nanorod densities owing to the screening effect. The plasma-induced emission properties of the ZnO nanorod arrays were improved by controlling the array morphologies. Under the pulsed electric field of 7-8 V {mu}m{sup -1}, the highest emission current density of the ZnO nanorod arrays reached 91.16 A cm{sup -2}. Moreover, the surface plasmas on the ZnO nanorod arrays with different morphologies were always distributed uniformly. The results of this study provide a design strategy for ZnO nanorod arrays, which are used as plasma-flashover cathode emitters.

  2. Gallium nitride nanorod arrays as low-refractive-index transparent media in the entire visible spectral region.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Chen, Hung-Ying; Lin, Hon-Way; Wu, Chen-Ying; Chen, Wei-Chun; Chen, Jyh-Shin; Gwo, Shangjr

    2008-05-26

    Vertically aligned gallium nitride (GaN) nanorod arrays grown by the catalyst-free, self-organized method based on plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy are shown to behave as subwavelength optical media with low effective refractive indices. In the reflection spectra measured in the entire visible spectral region, strong reflectivity modulations are observed for all nanorod arrays, which are attributed to the effects of Fabry-Pérot microcavities formed within the nanorod arrays by the optically flat air/nanorods and nanorods/substrate interfaces. By analyzing the reflectivity interference fringes, we can quantitatively determine the refractive indices of GaN nanorod arrays as functions of light wavelength. We also propose a model for understanding the optical properties of GaN nanorod arrays in the transparent region. Using this model, good numerical fitting can be achieved for the reflectivity spectra.

  3. Stimulated Raman Scattering in Nanorod Silicon Carbide Films

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    2002-01-01

    When the film is excited by a very low excitation energy, the spontaneous Raman scattering emerges. The intensity of Raman scattering is proportional to the excitation power below the threshold excitation. When the excited power reaches the excitation threshold, the intensity of Stokes light strongly increases. Meanwhile an anti-Stokes light at 495nm and multiple order but small Stokes peaks occur. The intensity of Stokes light is much larger than that of anti-Stokes. The full width of half maximum (FWHM) of Stokes peak is reduced from 0.4nm to less than 0.2nm, the scattering angle between both Stokes and incident lights becomes less than 1°, and the angle between the Stokes and anti-Stokes lights is about 3°. When the exciting power is in excess of the threshold, anti-Stokes and multiple Raman scattering peaks reappear. These experiments can be unlimitedly repeated. From this experiment, we can exclude the possibility of spontaneous Raman scattering. It is suggested that the nanorods are a quantum line dimension having a large surface. There will be Raman differential scattering section so long as the nanorod films become very strong scattering media; the surface-enhanced Raman scattering will be produced, the nanorod films of SiC will form a strong multiple scattering resonance cavities so as to form the stimulated Raman scattering oscillation.

  4. Halide perovskite solar cells using monocrystalline TiO2 nanorod arrays as electron transport layers: impact of nanorod morphology

    Science.gov (United States)

    Thakur, Ujwal Kumar; Askar, Abdelrahman M.; Kisslinger, Ryan; Wiltshire, Benjamin D.; Kar, Piyush; Shankar, Karthik

    2017-07-01

    This is the first report of a 17.6% champion efficiency solar cell architecture comprising monocrystalline TiO2 nanorods (TNRs) coupled with perovskite, and formed using facile solution processing without non-routine surface conditioning. Vertically oriented TNR ensembles are desirable as electron transporting layers (ETLs) in halide perovskite solar cells (HPSCs) because of potential advantages such as vectorial electron percolation pathways to balance the longer hole diffusion lengths in certain halide perovskite semiconductors, ease of incorporating nanophotonic enhancements, and optimization between a high contact surface area for charge transfer (good) versus high interfacial recombination (bad). These advantages arise from the tunable morphology of hydrothermally grown rutile TNRs, which is a strong function of the growth conditions. Fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy of the HPSCs demonstrated a stronger quenching of the perovskite PL when using TNRs as compared to mesoporous/compact TiO2 thin films. Due to increased interfacial contact area between the ETL and perovskite with easier pore filling, charge separation efficiency is dramatically enhanced. Additionally, solid-state impedance spectroscopy results strongly suggested the suppression of interfacial charge recombination between TNRs and perovskite layer, compared to other ETLs. The optimal ETL morphology in this study was found to consist of an array of TNRs ∼300 nm in length and ∼40 nm in width. This work highlights the potential of TNR ETLs to achieve high performance solution-processed HPSCs.

  5. Hydrothermal synthesis of ZnO nanorod arrays for photocatalytic inactivation of bacteria

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Akhavan, O [Department of Physics, Sharif University of Technology, PO Box 11155-9161, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mehrabian, M; Mirabbaszadeh, K [Department of Physics, Amirkabir University of Technology, PO Box 15875-4413, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Azimirad, R, E-mail: azimirad@physics.sharif.ed [Institute of Physics, Malek-Ashtar University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2009-11-21

    Arrays of ZnO nanorods were synthesized on ZnO seed layer/glass substrates by a hydrothermal method at a low temperature of 70 {sup 0}C. The effect of pH > 7 of the hydrated zinc nitrate-NaOH precursor on the morphology and topography (e.g. size, surface area and roughness), the optical characteristics (e.g. optical transmission and band-gap energy), hydrophilicity and antibacterial activity of the grown ZnO nanostructure and nanorod coatings were investigated. For pH = 11.33 of the precursor (NaOH concentration of 0.10M), a fast growth of ZnO nanorods on the seed layer (length of {approx}1 {mu}m in 1.5 h) was observed. The fast growth of the ZnO nanorods resulted in a significant reduction in the optical band-gap energy of the nanorod coating, which was attributed to the formation of more defects in the nanorods during their fast growth. The surface of the ZnO nanorod arrays was relatively hydrophilic (with a water contact angle of 16{sup 0}) even after the subtraction of their surface roughness effect (with a contact angle of ca 27{sup 0}). This hydrophilicity of the ZnO nanorods was assigned to the observed surface OH bonds. These characteristics caused the ZnO nanorod arrays to show an excellent UV-induced photocatalytic degradation of Escherichia coli bacteria. Furthermore, the synthesized ZnO nanorods were found to be strong photo-induced antibacterial material, even without considering their high surface area ratio.

  6. Irreversible thermochromic behavior in gold and silver nanorod/polymeric ionic liquid nanocomposite films.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Tollan, Christopher M; Marcilla, Rebeca; Pomposo, Jose A; Rodriguez, Javier; Aizpurua, Javier; Molina, Jon; Mecerreyes, David

    2009-02-01

    The novel application of gold and silver nanorods as irreversible thermochromic dyes in polymeric ionic liquid (PIL) nanocomposites is proposed here. These materials have been synthesized by anion exchange of an imidazolium-based PIL in a solution that also contained gold nanorods. This resulted in the entrapment of the nanoobjects within a solid polymer precipitate. In this article, the effect of the temperature was studied in relation to the change of shape and, consequently, color of the gold or silver nanorods within the films. For the nanocomposites studied here, a maximum of two visual thermochromic transitions was observed for gold nanorods and up to three transitions were observed for silver nanorods.

  7. Solution-processed hybrid light emitting and photovoltaic devices comprising zinc oxide nanorod arrays and tungsten trioxide layers

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Wei-Chi Chen

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available The goal of this research is to prepare inverted optoelectronic devices with improved performance by combining zinc oxide (ZnO nanorod arrays and tungsten trioxide (WO3 layer. ZnO seed layers with thickness of 52 nm were established, followed by growth of ZnO nanorods with length of 300 nm vertical to the ITO substrates in the precursor bath. The ZnO nanorod arrays possess high transmittance up to 92% in the visible range. Inverted light-emitting devices with the configuration of ITO/ZnO nanorods/ionic PF/MEH-PPV/PEDOT:PSS/Au were constructed. The best device achieved a max brightness and current efficiency of 10,620 cd/m2 and 0.25 cd/A at 10 V, respectively, revealing much higher brightness compared with conventional devices using Ca/Al as cathode, or inverted devices based on ZnO thin film. By inserting a WO3 thin layer between PEDOT:PSS and Au electrode, the max brightness and current efficiency were further improved to 21,881 cd/m2 and 0.43 cd/A, respectively. Inverted polymer solar cells were also fabricated with the configuration of ITO/ZnO nanorods/ionic PF/P3HT:PC61BM/PEDOT/WO3/Au. The best device parameters, including the open-circuit voltage, short-circuit current density, fill factor, and power conversion efficiency, reached 0.54 V, 14.87 mA/cm2, 41%, and 3.31%, respectively

  8. Hydrogen peroxide generation and photocatalytic degradation of estrone by microstructural controlled ZnO nanorod arrays

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Liu Yangsi; Han Jie; Qiu Wei [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142 (New Zealand); Gao Wei, E-mail: w.gao@auckland.ac.nz [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142 (New Zealand)

    2012-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer H{sub 2}O{sub 2} generated by ZnO nanorod arrays during UV irradiation was detected. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZnO nanorod arrays were synthesized via a facile hydrothermal technique. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The microstructure can be controlled by varying reactants' concentration. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Photocatalytic degradation of estrone by ZnO nanorod arrays was studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Microstructures' effect on photocatalysis and H{sub 2}O{sub 2} generation was discussed. - Abstract: The strong oxidant, hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}), generated by ZnO nanorod arrays under UV light irradiation was monitored by fluorescence analysis. The ZnO nanorod arrays were synthesized via a low temperature hydrothermal method and their dimensions, i.e., diameter and height, can be controlled by adjusting the concentration of zinc nitrate (Zn(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}{center_dot}6H{sub 2}O) and hexamethylenetetramine (HMT). The morphology, nanostructure, surface roughness and optical property were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and transmittance spectra, respectively. The ZnO nanorod arrays were applied in the degradation of estrone, which is an emerging steroid estrogen contaminant. The results revealed that the ZnO nanorod array produced from 25 mM Zn{sup 2+} and HMT had the highest aspect ratio, the largest surface roughness and the lowest band gap energy, which was beneficial to the efficiency of UV light utilization, photocatalytic degradation of estrone and H{sub 2}O{sub 2} generation.

  9. Layered tantalum oxynitride nanorod array carpets for efficient photoelectrochemical conversion of solar energy: experimental and DFT insights.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Allam, Nageh K; Shaheen, Basamat S; Hafez, Ahmed M

    2014-04-09

    Anodically fabricated tantalum oxide (Ta2O5) nanorod array carpets are converted into the corresponding tantalum oxynitride (TaON) through nitridation in an ammonia atmosphere. The measured optical bandgap energy of TaON is ∼2.3 eV, which is also confirmed via the density functional theory calculations. When used to photoelectrochemically split water (AM 1.5G illumination, 1 M KOH, and 0.6 V applied DC bias), the multilayer nanorod films show visible-light incident photon conversion efficiencies (IPCE) as high as 7.5%. The enhanced photochemical activity is discussed in terms of the ordered one-dimensional morphology as well as the electron effective mass in TaON and Ta2O5.

  10. Effect of growth time on ZnO nanorod arrays by a facile sonicated sol-gel immersion technique

    Science.gov (United States)

    Malek, M. F.; Mamat, M. H.; Musa, M. Z.; Ishak, A.; Saurdi, I.; Alrokayan, Salman A. H.; Khan, Haseeb A.; Rusop, M.

    2016-07-01

    A facile sonicated sol-gel immersion technique has been presented for synthesizing ZnO nanorod arrays with controllable diameter and lengths on glass substrates. A sol-gel dip-coating deposition was first used to grow a thin layer of ZAO nanocrystals on substrate serving as seeds for the subsequent growth of the nanorod arrays. The effect of growth time of the ZnO nanorod arrays on the ZAO seed layer were investigated. The optical transmission properties of the ZnO nanorods has been investigated. The thickness of the nanorods can be controlled by the growth time. These highly oriented ZnO nanorod arrays are potential for the creation of functional materials, such as the electrode of the solar cells, optoelectronic devices and etc.

  11. Solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells based on ZnO nanoparticle and nanorod array hybrid photoanodes

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Sue Hung-Jue

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The effect of ZnO photoanode morphology on the performance of solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs is reported. Four different structures of dye-loaded ZnO layers have been fabricated in conjunction with poly(3-hexylthiophene. A significant improvement in device efficiency with ZnO nanorod arrays as photoanodes has been achieved by filling the interstitial voids of the nanorod arrays with ZnO nanoparticles. The overall power conversion efficiency increases from 0.13% for a nanorod-only device to 0.34% for a device with combined nanoparticles and nanorod arrays. The higher device efficiency in solid-state DSSCs with hybrid nanorod/nanoparticle photoanodes is originated from both large surface area provided by nanoparticles for dye adsorption and efficient charge transport provided by the nanorod arrays to reduce the recombinations of photogenerated carriers.

  12. Highly sensitive glucose biosensor based on Au-Ni coaxial nanorod array having high aspect ratio.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Hsu, Che-Wei; Wang, Gou-Jen

    2014-06-15

    An effective glucose biosensor requires a sufficient amount of GOx immobilizing on the electrode surface. An electrode of a 3D nanorod array, having a larger surface-to-volume ratio than a 2D nanostructure, can accommodate more GOx molecules to immobilize onto the surface of the nanorods. In this study, a highly sensitive Au-Ni coaxial nanorod array electrode fabricated through the integration of nano electroforming and immersion gold (IG) method for glucose detection was developed. The average diameter of the as-synthesized Ni nanorods and that of the Au-Ni nanorods were estimated to be 150 and 250 nm, respectively; both had a height of 30 μm. The aspect ratio was 120. Compared to that of a flat Au electrode, the effective sensing area was enhanced by 79.8 folds. Actual glucose detections demonstrated that the proposed Au-Ni coaxial nanorod array electrode could operate in a linear range of 27.5 μM-27.5mM with a detection limit of 5.5μM and a very high sensitivity of 769.6 μA mM(-1)cm(-2). Good selectivity of the proposed sensing device was verified by sequential injections of uric acid (UA) and ascorbic acid (AA). Long-term stability was examined through successive detections over a period of 30 days.

  13. Electrochemical deposition and superhydrophobic behavior of ZnO nanorod arrays

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Hsieh, Chien-Te, E-mail: cthsieh@saturn.yzu.edu.t [Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Yuan Ze Fuel Cell Center, Yuan Ze University, Taoyuan 320, Taiwan (China); Yang, Shu-Ying; Lin, Jia-Yi [Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Yuan Ze Fuel Cell Center, Yuan Ze University, Taoyuan 320, Taiwan (China)

    2010-06-30

    Vertically aligned ZnO nanorod arrays with different heights are grown on the ZnO seeded indium tin oxide substrate by cathodic electrochemical deposition from zinc nitrate at two temperatures of 60 {sup o}C and 80 {sup o}C. As-grown ZnO nanorods exhibit wurzite crystal structure and their heights can be well controlled by different deposition times. The fluorination coating tends to induce a superhydrophobicity of ZnO nanorods, i.e., the maximal value of contact angle: 166.9{sup o}. The super water repellency can be attributed to the fact that an air layer is confined in the nanorod arrays, and thus leads to water droplets sitting on the ZnO surfaces, referring as Cassie state. Interestingly, their water contact angles are found to vary with the heights of ZnO nanorods, ranged from 99.8 to 746 nm. The superhydrophobicity of ZnO surfaces can be well predicted by a proposed model that is capable of determining the wetted fraction of ZnO pillars. This satisfactory result would shed one light on how the variation of rod height would induce the superhydrophobic behavior of ZnO nanorod arrays.

  14. Ultrasensitive sliver nanorods array SERS sensor for mercury ions.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Song, Chunyuan; Yang, Boyue; Zhu, Yu; Yang, Yanjun; Wang, Lianhui

    2017-01-15

    With years of outrageous mercury emissions, there is an urgent need to develop convenient and sensitive methods for detecting mercury ions in response to increasingly serious mercury pollution in water. In the present work, a portable, ultrasensitive SERS sensor is proposed and utilized for detecting trace mercury ions in water. The SERS sensor is prepared on an excellent sliver nanorods array SERS substrate by immobilizing T-component oligonucleotide probes labeled with dye on the 3'-end and -SH on the 5'-end. The SERS sensor responses to the specific chemical bonding between thymine and mercury ions, which causes the previous flexible single strand of oligonucleotide probe changing into rigid and upright double chain structure. Such change in the structure drives the dyes far away from the excellent SERS substrate and results in a SERS signal attenuation of the dye. Therefore, by monitoring the decay of SERS signal of the dye, mercury ions in water can be detected qualitatively and quantitatively. The experimental results indicate that the proposed optimal SERS sensor owns a linear response with wide detecting range from 1pM to 1μM, and a detection limit of 0.16pM is obtained. In addition, the SERS sensor demonstrates good specificity for Hg(2+), which can accurately identify trace mercury ions from a mixture of ten kinds of other ions. The SERS sensor has been further executed to analyze the trace mercury ions in tap water and lake water respectively, and good recovery rates are obtained for sensing both kinds of water. With its high selectivity and good portability, the ultrasensitive SERS sensor is expected to be a promising candidate for discriminating mercury ions in the fields of environmental monitoring and food safety.

  15. Growth of Si nanorods in honeycomb and hexagonal-closed-packed arrays using glancing angle deposition

    Science.gov (United States)

    Patzig, Christian; Rauschenbach, Bernd; Fuhrmann, Bodo; Leipner, Hartmut S.

    2008-01-01

    Regular arrays of Si nanorods with a circular cross section in hexagonal-closed-packed and triangular cross section in honeycomblike arrangements were grown using glancing angle deposition on Si(100) and fused silica substrates that were patterned with Au dots using self-assembled mono- and double layers of polystyrene nanospheres as an evaporation mask. The Au dots were used as an etching mask for the underlying silica substrates in a reactive ion beam etching process, which greatly enhanced the height of the seeding spaces for the subsequent glancing angle deposition. An elongated shadowing length l of the prepatterned nucleation sites and less growth of Si structures between the surface mounds could be achieved this way. Differences in form, height, and diameter of the Si nanorods grown on either hcp or honeycomb arrays are explained by purely geometrical arguments. Different seed heights and interseed distances are found to be the main reasons for the strong distinctions between the grown nanorod arrays.

  16. Vapor phase growth and photoluminescence of oriented-attachment Zn2GeO4 nanorods array

    Science.gov (United States)

    Tang, Haiping; Zhu, Xingda; He, Haiping

    2016-10-01

    We carry out one-step vapor phase growth of high quality Zn2GeO4 nanorods array to provide insights into the growth mechanism of such ternary oxide nanostructures. The morphology and microstructure of these nanorods are investigated carefully. Under certain conditions, the nanorods follow the oriented-attachment growth which is unusual in vapor-based growth. Each nanorod consists of many nanocrystals aligned along the [110] direction. The nanorods show strong deep ultraviolet absorption around 260 nm and broad longlife green luminescence around 490 nm.

  17. Resistive switching characteristics of a compact ZnO nanorod array grown directly on an Al-doped ZnO substrate

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yoo, E. J.; Shin, J. Y.; Yoon, T. S.; Kang, C. J.; Choi, Y. J.

    2016-07-01

    ZnO’s resistive switching properties have drawn much attention because ZnO has a simple chemical composition and is easy to manipulate. The propulsion mechanism for resistive switching in ZnO is based on a conducting filament that consists of oxygen vacancies. In the case of film structure, the random formation of the conducting filaments occasionally leads to unstable switching characteristics. Limiting the direction in which the conducting filaments are formed is one way to solve this problem. In this study, we demonstrate reliable resistive switching behavior in a device with an Au/compact ZnO nanorod array/Al-doped ZnO structure with stable resistive switching over 105 cycles and a long retention time of 104 s by confining conducting filaments along the boundaries between ZnO nanorods. The restrictive formation of conducting filaments along the boundaries between ZnO nanorods is observed directly using conductive atomic force microscopy.

  18. Facet-mediated growth of silver nanoparticles on biaxial calcium fluoride nanorod arrays

    Science.gov (United States)

    Auer, Mathias; Ye, Dexian

    2017-01-01

    The surface orientation of metal nanoparticles is critical to their physical and chemical properties. This study aims on the understanding of the effect of surface orientation as well as heterogeneous epitaxy of metal nanoparticles at an interface between two materials with a large lattice mismatch. Silver nanoparticles of different diameters were grown on arrays of calcium fluoride (CaF2) nanorods using oblique angle deposition as a model system for this study. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging were used to verify that the nanoparticles were selectively grown on the desired {111} facets of the nanorod tips. Using selected area diffraction and dark field imaging in TEM, it was shown that the nanoparticles were grown at a (111) orientation at the CaF2 interface with large lattice strains. Thus biaxially textured CaF2 nanorod arrays can be used as a catalytic support.

  19. Synthesis of Ag/ZnO nanorods array with enhanced photocatalytic performance.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Ren, Chunlei; Yang, Beifang; Wu, Min; Xu, Jiao; Fu, Zhengping; Lv, Yan; Guo, Ting; Zhao, Yongxun; Zhu, Changqiong

    2010-10-15

    Silver-modified ZnO nanorods array has been prepared and the effect of silver modification has been studied. ZnO nanorods array were fabricated through a wet chemical route and a photo deposition method was taken to fabricate silver nano particulate on the ZnO nanorods. The structural and optical properties were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscope, high resolution transmission electron microscope, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman, UV-vis and photoluminescence (PL) spectra. The UV photocatalytic activity of these materials was studied by analyzing the degradation of methylene blue (MB) in aqueous solution. The photocatalytic performance indicated that Ag deposit acted as not only electron sinks to enhance the separation of photoexcited electrons from holes, but also charge carrier recombination centers, so the optimized amount of Ag deposit was investigated.

  20. Material and gas-sensing properties of tungsten oxide nanorod thin-films.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Kim, Yong Shin; Lee, Kwangyeol

    2009-04-01

    Tungsten oxide thin-films were deposited simply by drop-casting a solution containing single-crystalline and monodispersed W18O49 nanorods prepared by a large-scale colloidal synthesis route. They were verified to be highly porous, nonstoichiometric, and monoclinic crystal structure only with little carbon impurities. These material properties heavily reflect relevant nanostructural characteristics of the nanorods acting as a basic building block. It could be comprehended by the observed structure of randomly arranged tungsten oxide agglomerates formed by favorable parallel alignment of individual nanorod units. Tungsten oxide nanorod sensors exhibit sensitive detection capability even at room temperature to various reducing volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This anomalous performance seems to result from unique nanostructural features of the thin-films, allowing a high surface-to-volume ratio and a considerable amount of active sensing sites due to the highly anisotropic, nonstoichiometric structure of W18O49 nanorods.

  1. CuInS2 quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanorod array photoelectrodes: synthesis and performance optimization.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhou, Zhengji; Yuan, Shengjie; Fan, Junqi; Hou, Zeliang; Zhou, Wenhui; Du, Zuliang; Wu, Sixin

    2012-11-27

    CuInS2 quantum dots (QDs) were deposited onto TiO2 nanorod arrays for different cycles by using successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. The effect of SILAR cycles on the light absorption and photoelectrochemical properties of the sensitized photoelectrodes was studied. With optimization of CuInS2 SILAR cycles and introduction of In2S3 buffer layer, quantum dot-sensitized solar cells assembled with 3-μm thick TiO2 nanorod film exhibited a short-circuit current density (Isc) of 4.51 mA cm-2, an open-circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.56 V, a fill factor (FF) of 0.41, and a power conversion efficiency (η) of 1.06%, respectively. This study indicates that SILAR process is a very promising strategy for preparing directly anchored semiconductor QDs on TiO2 nanorod surface in a straightforward but controllable way without any complicated fabrication procedures and introduction of a linker molecule.

  2. Microwave Synthesized ZnO Nanorod Arrays for UV Sensors: A Seed Layer Annealing Temperature Study

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Ana Pimentel

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available The present work reports the influence of zinc oxide (ZnO seed layer annealing temperature on structural, optical and electrical properties of ZnO nanorod arrays, synthesized by hydrothermal method assisted by microwave radiation, to be used as UV sensors. The ZnO seed layer was produced using the spin-coating method and several annealing temperatures, ranging from 100 to 500 °C, have been tested. X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, atomic force microscopy (AFM and spectrophotometry measurements have been used to investigate the structure, morphology, and optical properties variations of the produced ZnO nanorod arrays regarding the seed layer annealing temperatures employed. After the growth of ZnO nanorod arrays, the whole structure was tested as UV sensors, showing an increase in the sensitivity with the increase of seed layer annealing temperature. The UV sensor response of ZnO nanorod arrays produced with the seed layer annealed temperature of 500 °C was 50 times superior to the ones produced with a seed layer annealed at 100 °C.

  3. Characterisation of ZnO nanorod arrays grown by a low temperature hydrothermal method

    Science.gov (United States)

    Kahraman, S.; Çetinkara, H. A.; Bayansal, F.; Çakmak, H. M.; Güder, H. S.

    2012-06-01

    In this paper, growth steps of well defined ZnO nanorod arrays deposited on seeded substrates were investigated. To obtain ZnO seed layer on glass substrates, a successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method was used and then ZnO nanorods were grown on seed layer using a chemical bath deposition (CBD) method. The effects of seed layer and deposition time on morphology, crystallographic structure (e.g. grain size, microstrain and dislocation density) and electrical characteristics of ZnO nanorods were studied. From the SEM micrographs, it could be seen that the ZnO nanorods densely covered the substrate and were nearly perpendicular to the substrate surface. The XRD patterns showed that the ZnO nanorod arrays had a hexagonal wurtzite structure with a preferred orientation along the (002) plane. An increase in deposition time resulted in an increase in the intensity of the preferred orientation and grain size, but a decrease in microstrain and dislocation density. Electrical activation energies of the structures were calculated as 0.15-0.85 eV from current-temperature characteristics. It was concluded that the morphologies of the structures obtained in this study via a simple and fast solution method can provide high surface areas which are important in area-dependent applications, such as solar cells, hydrogen conversion devices, sensors, etc.

  4. Control growth of single crystalline ZnO nanorod arrays and nanoflowers with enhanced photocatalytic activity

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Feng Jiuju [College of Geography and Environmental Science, Zhejiang Normal University (China); Wang Zhenzhen [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Henan Normal University (China); Li Yongfang [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Henan Institute of Science and Technology (China); Chen Jianrong; Wang Aijun, E-mail: ajwang@zjnu.cn [College of Geography and Environmental Science, Zhejiang Normal University (China)

    2013-04-15

    Single crystalline vertical nanorod arrays and nanoflowers of ZnO have been grown in situ on cheap zinc foils under hydrothermal conditions, by means of hexamethylenetetramine and ethanolamine, respectively. Their morphologies and crystal structures are characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The nanorods and flowers of ZnO grew along the {l_brace} 10 1-bar 1{r_brace} and {l_brace} 0001{r_brace} planes, respectively. Both types of ZnO display high photocatalytic ability toward the degradation of methylene orange under UV irradiation. The ZnO nanorods show better performance than that of the ZnO nanoflowers, and the {l_brace} 10 1-bar 1{r_brace} facets of the ZnO nanorods have higher photoactivity than that of the {l_brace} 000 1-bar {r_brace} or {l_brace} 10 1-bar 0{r_brace} crystal planes. This is because the weaker coordinated O atoms on the surface are more likely to be saturated by H atoms in aqueous solution, thereby releasing more free OH radicals.Graphical AbstractA facile method was developed for selective control synthesis of ZnO nanoflowers and nanorod arrays on Zinc foil, with the assistance of ethanolamine and the hexamethylenetetramine, respectively. The illustration shows the time evolution of the two ZnO structures.

  5. On-substrate, self-standing Au-nanorod arrays showing morphology controlled properties

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Habouti, S.; Mátéfi-Tempfli, M.; Solterbeck, C.-H.;

    2011-01-01

    We use supported alumina templates and electrodeposition to fabricate self-standing Au-nanorods (Au-NR) arrays. Depending on electrolyte and deposition conditions two different NR morphologies with either corrugated or smooth topologies are fabricated. We show that the properties of the NR arrays...... of the NR arrays as substrates for molecular detection using Raman scattering, and Rhodamine 6G (R6G) as model dye, also strongly depends on their morphology. R6G concentrations down to 1 pM are detected on the corrugated arrays yielding an effective enhancement factor (EF) of approximately 1 × 10...

  6. Low-temperature growth of well-aligned zinc oxide nanorod arrays on silicon substrate and their photocatalytic application.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Azam, Ameer; Babkair, Saeed Salem

    2014-01-01

    Well-aligned and single-crystalline zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorod arrays were grown on silicon (Si) substrate using a wet chemical route for the photodegradation of organic dyes. Structural analysis using X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and selected area electron diffraction confirmed the formation of ZnO nanorods grown preferentially oriented in the (001) direction and with a single phase nature with a wurtzite structure. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy micrographs showed that the length and diameter of the well-aligned rods were about ~350-400 nm and ~80-90 nm, respectively. Raman scattering spectra of ZnO nanorod arrays revealed the characteristic E2 (high) mode that is related to the vibration of oxygen atoms in the wurtzite ZnO. The photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) using ZnO nanorod arrays was performed under ultraviolet light irradiation. The results of photodegradation showed that ZnO nanorod arrays were capable of degrading ~80% of MB within 60 minutes of irradiation, whereas ~92% of degradation was achieved in 120 minutes. Complete degradation of MB was observed after 270 minutes of irradiation time. Owing to enhanced photocatalytic degradation efficiency and low-temperature growth method, prepared ZnO nanorod arrays may open up the possibility for the successful utilization of ZnO nanorod arrays as a future photocatalyst for environmental remediation.

  7. Abnormal Cathodic Photocurrent Generated on an n-Type FeOOH Nanorod-Array Photoelectrode.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Chen, Hongjun; Lyu, Miaoqiang; Liu, Gang; Wang, Lianzhou

    2016-03-24

    A simple, wet-chemical method for the synthesis of an FeOOH nanorod-array photoelectrode on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass is reported. Nanorods of diameter about 35 nm and length about 300 nm have been vertically grown on an FTO substrate. Upon calcination, the FeOOH phase could be easily converted to a hematite structure while maintaining the shape of the nanorod array. An interesting abnormal cathodic photocurrent is generated on the FeOOH nanorod-array photoelectrode under illumination, which is totally different from that obtained on a calcined hematite photoelectrode under the same experimental conditions. The cathodic photocurrent density generated on the FeOOH photoelectrode can also be tuned by applying an electrochemical anodic or cathodic treatment. Detailed analysis has revealed that higher valence state Fe(IV) species in the FeOOH photoelectrode play an important role in sacrificing the photoexcited electrons for generation of the cathodic photocurrent. Comparison between the FeOOH and hematite photoelectrodes allows for a better understanding of the interplay between crystal structure, surface reactions, and photocurrent. The findings on this new abnormal phenomenon could also provide guidance for the design of new types of semiconducting photoelectrochemical devices.

  8. Photocatalytic TiO2 Nanorod Spheres and Arrays Compatible with Flexible Applications

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Daniela Nunes

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available In the present study, titanium dioxide nanostructures were synthesized through microwave irradiation. In a typical microwave synthesis, nanorod spheres in the powder form were simultaneously produced with nanorod arrays grown on polyethylene terephthalate (PET substrates. The syntheses were performed in water or ethanol with limited temperature at 80 °C and 200 °C. A simple and low-cost approach was used for the arrays growth, which involved a PET substrate with a zinc oxide seed layer deposited by spin-coating. X-ray diffraction (XRD and Raman spectroscopy revealed that synthesis in water result in a mixture of brookite and rutile phases, while using ethanol as solvent it was only observed the rutile phase. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM showed that the synthesized spheres were in the micrometer range appearing as aggregates of fine nanorods. The arrays maintained the sphere nanorod aggregate structures and the synthesis totally covered the flexible substrates. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM was used to identify the brookite structure. The optical band gaps of all materials have been determined from diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. Photocatalytic activity was assessed from rhodamine B degradation with remarkable degradability performance under ultraviolet (UV radiation. Reusability experiments were carried out for the best photocatalyst, which also revealed notable photocatalytic activity under solar radiation. The present study is an interesting and competitive alternative for the photocatalysts existing nowadays, as it simultaneously results in highly photoactive powders and flexible materials produced with low-cost synthesis routes such as microwave irradiation.

  9. Hydroxyapatite coatings with oriented nanoplate and nanorod arrays: Fabrication, morphology, cytocompatibility and osteogenic differentiation

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Chen, Wei [The Education Ministry Key Lab of Resource Chemistry and Shanghai Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Functional Materials, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai 200234 (China); Tian, Bo [Shanghai Key Laboratory of Orthopedic Implant, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Shanghai Ninth People' s Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200011 (China); Lei, Yong; Ke, Qin-Fei [The Education Ministry Key Lab of Resource Chemistry and Shanghai Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Functional Materials, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai 200234 (China); Zhu, Zhen-An, E-mail: zhuzhenan2006@126.com [Shanghai Key Laboratory of Orthopedic Implant, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Shanghai Ninth People' s Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200011 (China); Guo, Ya-Ping, E-mail: ypguo@shnu.edu.cn [The Education Ministry Key Lab of Resource Chemistry and Shanghai Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Functional Materials, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai 200234 (China)

    2016-10-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) crystals exhibit rod-like shape with c-axis orientation and plate-like shape with a(b)-axis orientation in vertebrate bones and tooth enamel surfaces, respectively. Herein, we report the synthesis of HA coatings with the oriented nanorod arrays (RHACs) and HA coatings with oriented nanoplate arrays (PHACs) by using bioglass coatings as sacrificial templates. After soaking in simulated body fluid (SBF) at 120 °C, the bioglass coatings are hydrothermally converted into the HA coatings via a dissolution-precipitation reaction. If the Ca/P ratios in SBF are 2.50 and 1.25, the HA crystals on the coatings are oriented nanorod arrays and oriented nanoplate arrays, respectively. Moreover, the bioglass coatings are treated with SBF at 37 °C, plate-like HA coatings with a low crystallinity (SHACs) are prepared. As compared with the Ti6Al4V and SHACs, the human bone marrow stromal cells (hBMSCs) on the RHACs and PHACs have better cell adhesion, spreading, proliferation and osteogenic differentiation because of their moderately hydrophilic surfaces and similar chemical composition, morphology and crystal orientation to human hard tissues. Notably, the morphologies of HA crystals have no obvious effects on cytocompatibility and osteogenic differentiation. Hence, the HA coatings with oriented nanoplate arrays or oriented nanorod arrays have a great potential for orthopedic applications. - Highlights: • We prepare hydroxyapatite coatings with oriented nanoplate and nanorod arrays. • Hydroxyapatite coatings are in situ converted from bioglass coatings. • Hydroxyapatite coatings have good cytocompatibility and osteogenic differentiation. • Oriented hydroxyapatite coatings are used for orthopedic implants.

  10. Optical properties of self-organized gold nanorod-polymer hybrid films.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Tritschler, Ulrich; Zlotnikov, Igor; Keckeis, Philipp; Schlaad, Helmut; Cölfen, Helmut

    2014-11-25

    High fractions of gold nanorods were locally aligned by means of a polymeric liquid crystalline phase. The gold nanorods constituting >80 wt % of the thin organic-inorganic composite films form a network with side-by-side and end-to-end combinations. Organization into these network structures was induced by shearing gold nanorod-LC polymer dispersions via spin-coating. The LC polymer is a polyoxazoline functionalized with pendent cholesteryl and carboxyl side groups enabling the polymer to bind to the CTAB stabilizer layer of the gold nanorods via electrostatic interactions, thus forming the glue between organic and inorganic components, and to form a chiral nematic lyotropic phase. The self-assembled locally oriented gold nanorod structuring enables control over collective optical properties due to plasmon resonance coupling, reminiscent of enhanced optical properties of natural biomaterials.

  11. Linear and nonlinear optical properties of ZnO nanorod arrays

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Xiao Si; Su Xiong-Rui; Li Chun; Han Yi-Bo; Fang Guo-Jia; Wang Qu-Quan

    2008-01-01

    Polarization-dependent linear absorption, second-harmonic generation (SHG) and 3rd-order nonlinearities of wellaligned ZnO nanorod arrays have been investigated with ps pulses. The depressed spectral width and the enhanced intensity of reflective SHG along the long axis of ZnO nanorods were observed by using p-polarized pulses, which is explained by the optical confinements. The nonlinear absorption coefficient measured with s-polarization reached the maximum 4.0×104cm/GW at the wavelength ~750 nm, which revealed a large two-photon resonance absorption attributed to the quantum confined exciton when the polarization is vertical to the long axis of ZnO nanorod.

  12. Aligned copper nanorod arrays for highly efficient generation of intense ultra-broadband THz pulses

    CERN Document Server

    Mondal, S; Ding, W J; Hafez, H A; Fareed, M A; Laramée, A; Ropagnol, X; Zhang, G; Sun, S; Sheng, Z M; Zhang, J; Ozaki, T

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate an intense broadband terahertz (THz) source based on the interaction of relativistic-intensity femtosecond lasers with aligned copper nanorod array targets. For copper nanorod targets with length 5 \\mu m, a maximum 13.8 times enhancement in the THz pulse energy (in $\\leq$ 20 THz spectral range) is measured as compared to that with a thick plane copper target under the same laser conditions. A further increase in the nanorod length leads to a decrease in the THz pulse energy at medium frequencies ($\\leq$ 20THz) and increase of the electromagnetic pulse energy in the high-frequency range (from 20 - 200 THz). For the latter, we measure a maximum energy enhancement of 28 times for the nanorod targets of length 60 \\mu m . Particle-in-cell simulations reveal that THz pulses are mostly generated by coherent transition radiation of laser produced hot electrons, which are efficiently enhanced with the use of nanorod targets. Good agreement is found between the simulation and experimental results.

  13. Semiconductor nanorod-carbon nanotube biomimetic films for wire-free photostimulation of blind retinas.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Bareket, Lilach; Waiskopf, Nir; Rand, David; Lubin, Gur; David-Pur, Moshe; Ben-Dov, Jacob; Roy, Soumyendu; Eleftheriou, Cyril; Sernagor, Evelyne; Cheshnovsky, Ori; Banin, Uri; Hanein, Yael

    2014-11-12

    We report the development of a semiconductor nanorod-carbon nanotube based platform for wire-free, light induced retina stimulation. A plasma polymerized acrylic acid midlayer was used to achieve covalent conjugation of semiconductor nanorods directly onto neuro-adhesive, three-dimensional carbon nanotube surfaces. Photocurrent, photovoltage, and fluorescence lifetime measurements validate efficient charge transfer between the nanorods and the carbon nanotube films. Successful stimulation of a light-insensitive chick retina suggests the potential use of this novel platform in future artificial retina applications.

  14. Defects related room temperature ferromagnetism in Cu-implanted ZnO nanorod arrays

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Li, D. [Department of Physics and Development Center for New Materials Engineering and Technology in Universities of Guangdong, Zhanjiang Normal University, Zhanjiang 524048 (China); Li, D.K. [School of Physics and Telecommunication Engineering, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 511400 (China); Wu, H.Z.; Liang, F.; Xie, W. [Department of Physics and Development Center for New Materials Engineering and Technology in Universities of Guangdong, Zhanjiang Normal University, Zhanjiang 524048 (China); Zou, C.W., E-mail: qingyihaiyanas@163.com [Department of Physics and Development Center for New Materials Engineering and Technology in Universities of Guangdong, Zhanjiang Normal University, Zhanjiang 524048 (China); Shao, L.X. [Department of Physics and Development Center for New Materials Engineering and Technology in Universities of Guangdong, Zhanjiang Normal University, Zhanjiang 524048 (China)

    2014-04-05

    Highlights: • Room temperature ferromagnetism was observed in Cu-implanted ZnO nanorod arrays. • Cu-implanted ZnO nanorods show a saturation magnetization value of 1.82 μ{sub B}/Cu. • The origin of ferromagnetism can be explained by the defects related bound magnetic polarons. -- Abstract: Room temperature ferromagnetism (FM) was observed in Cu-implanted ZnO nanorod arrays. The implantation dose for Cu ions was 1 × 10{sup 16} cm{sup −2} and the implantation energy was 100 keV. The ion implantation induced defects and disorder has been observed by the XRD, PL and TEM experiments. The PL spectrum revealed a dominant luminescence peaks at 390 nm and a broad and strong green emission at 500–700 nm, which is considered to be related to the ionized oxygen vacancy. Cu-implanted ZnO nanorods annealed at 500 °C show a saturation magnetization value of 1.82 μ{sub B}/Cu and a positive coercive field of 68 Oe. The carrier concentration is not much improved after annealing and in the order of 10{sup 16} cm{sup −3}, which suggests that FM does not depend upon the presence of a significant carrier concentration. The origin of ferromagnetism behavior can be explained on the basis of electrons and defects that form bound magnetic polarons, which overlap to create a spin-split impurity band.

  15. Epitaxial growth of ZnO nanorod arrays via a self-assembled microspheres lithography

    Science.gov (United States)

    Lin, Bo-Cheng; Ku, Ching-Shun; Lee, Hsin-Yi; Wu, Albert T.

    2017-08-01

    Through a simple hydrothermal method, well-aligned and periodic honeycomb-like ZnO nanorod arrays were fabricated on a c-plane sapphire with an aluminum-doped ZnO (AZO) seed layer. Vertical and highly ordered ZnO nanostructures with the orientation were synthesized by employing a self-assembled monolayer of polystyrene (PS) microspheres as a mask. The optimal growth conditions allowed the growth of only one rod in the confined space between the microspheres. A ϕ-scan exhibited six-fold symmetry, which indicates a favorable epitaxial relationship between the ZnO nanorods, seed layer, and c-plane sapphire substrate. The epitaxial relation is as follows: [0001]ZnO∥[0001]AZO∥[0001]c-planesapphire. These results indicate that the AZO seed layer acts as a buffer layer that can relax the strain between ZnO and c-plane sapphire generated by the large lattice mismatch of 18%. The size of the resulting ZnO nanorods of diameter 20-90 nm could be tuned by varying the concentration of the solution, pH, and duration of reaction. The large aspect ratio of the ZnO nanorod arrays can serve as a template for high-surface-area applications.

  16. The fabrication of a patterned ZnO nanorod array for high brightness LEDs

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Park, Hyoungwon; Byeon, Kyeong-Jae; Yang, Ki-Yeon; Cho, Joong-Yeon; Lee, Heon, E-mail: heonlee@korea.ac.kr [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Korea University, 5-1 Anam-Dong, Seongbuk-Ku, Seoul 136-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-09-03

    In this study, a patterned ZnO nanorod array was formed on the ITO layer of GaN-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs), to increase the light extraction efficiency of the LED. The bi-layer imprinted resin pattern was used for selective growth of the ZnO nanorod array on the ITO layer. Compared to conventional LEDs grown on patterned sapphire substrate (PSS), the deposition of the blanket ZnO layer on the ITO layer increased the light extraction efficiency of the LED by about 10%. Further growth of the ZnO nanorod layer on the blanket ZnO layer increased the light extraction efficiency of the LED by about 23%. In the case that a patterned ZnO nanorod layer was formed on a blanket ZnO layer, the light extraction efficiency increased by about 34%. These enhancements of the device were caused by modulation of the refractive-index in ZnO layers and the surface roughening effects because of the unique design of the pattern, which was nanostructure-in-nanopattern, resulting in the formation of many escape cones on the LED surface.

  17. Synthesis and characterization of ZnO/TiO2 composite core/shell nanorod arrays by sol–gel method for organic solar cell applications

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    K Ahmadi; Ali Abdolahzadeh Ziabari; K Mirabbaszadeh; A Ahadpour Shal

    2015-06-01

    ZnO/TiO2 core/shell nanorod arrays were deposited on indium tin oxide (ITO) substrate via a facile sol–gel dip-coating process. Effects of solution pH for ZnO, annealing temperature, growth time and temperature on the physical properties of nanorods have been investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were employed to characterize the structural and morphological properties of the prepared composite nanorods. XRD result revealed wurtzite structure of ZnO with a mixed anatase and rutile structure phase for TiO2. Energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) and UV–vis spectroscopy were used to study the chemical composition and optical properties of the films, respectively. Electrical resistivity of the films was also investigated. The optical and electrical properties of the bare TiO2 thin film and core/shell composite were compared together. The results showed that owing to smaller band gap and lower resistivity, the core/shell structure as an electron transport layer for inverted photovoltaic devices is more suitable than bare TiO2 thin film.

  18. Chemical solution route to synthesize claw-like ZnO nanorod array and its optical properties

    Science.gov (United States)

    Hu, Ling-wei; Hu, Chun-hong; Tian, Hua; Zhang, Yu-xia; Jing, Ai-hua

    2014-03-01

    By using a low-cost and facile hydrothermal method, a peculiar claw-like ZnO nanorod array is successfully synthesized. The hydrothermal growth is done in an aqueous solution with equimolar zinc acetate (ZAc, Zn(CH3COO)2·2H2O) and hexamethylenetetramine (HMTA, C6H12N4). The obtained ZnO nanorod array is characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results indicate that the nanorods are high-quality monocrystals. The photoluminescence (PL) spectrum is performed to investigate the optical properties of this product.

  19. Controlled growth of ZnO pyramid arrays with nanorods and their field emission properties

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Xiao Jing; Wu Yue; Bai Xin; Zhang Wei; Yu Ligang [Key Laboratory for the Physics and Chemistry of Nanodevices, Department of Electronics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China)], E-mail: Xiao@pku.edu.cn, E-mail: Nanoele@gmail.com

    2008-07-07

    Two kinds of novel ZnO pyramid arrays with nanorods were synthesized by a simple pressure controlled thermal evaporation method without any catalyst. The field emission properties of the ZnO pyramid arrays with nanorods have been investigated: the turn-on electric field (at the current density of 10 {mu}A cm{sup -2}) was about 3.7 and 4.5 V {mu}m{sup -1} and the threshold electric field (at the current density of 1 mA cm{sup -2}) was 6.0 and 6.6 V {mu}m{sup -1}. The good field emission properties were believed to benefit from good arrangement and low emitter density. This work provided a simple and catalyst-free method to control the density of the emitters, which could efficiently suppress the field-screening effect and improve the field emission properties.

  20. Microwave Assisted Growth of ZnO Nanorods and Nanopolypods Nanostructure Thin Films for Gas and Explosives Sensing

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    A. K. Singh

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The growth of uniformly distributed and densely packed array of zinc oxide (ZnO nanorods (NRs and nanorods (NRs/nanopolypods (NPPs was successfully achieved through microwave-assisted chemical route at low temperature. The ZnO NRs and NRs/NPPs were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscope (SEM, energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX, and UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy. The ZnO NRs were of 100–150 nm diameter and 0.5–1 μm length, while the NPPs were of diameter about 150–200 nm and 1.5–2 μm pod length. The prepared films are polycrystalline in nature and highly oriented along (002 plane with a hexagonal wurtzite structure. These films were studied for the sensing properties of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG, oxygen, and hazardous explosives, that is, 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT and cyclotrimethylenetrinitramines (RDX, in the temperature ranges of 25–425 °C and 100–200 °C, respectively. The grown nanostructure films showed reliable stable response to several on-off cycles, and reduction in sensor recovery time was found with the increase in temperature. ZnO NRs and NRs/NPPs showed better sensitivity and recovery time for both LPG and oxygen, as compared to the literature-reported results for ZnO thin films.

  1. Synthesis of CdS nanorod arrays and their applications in flexible piezo-driven active H2S sensors.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wang, Penglei; Deng, Ping; Nie, Yuxin; Zhao, Yayu; Zhang, Yan; Xing, Lili; Xue, Xinyu

    2014-02-21

    A flexible piezo-driven active H2S sensor has been fabricated from CdS nanorod arrays. By coupling the piezoelectric and gas sensing properties of CdS nanorods, the piezoelectric output generated by CdS nanorod arrays acts not only as a power source, but also as a response signal to H2S. Under externally applied compressive force, the piezoelectric output of CdS nanorod arrays is very sensitive to H2S. Upon exposure to 600 ppm H2S, the piezoelectric output of the device decreased from 0.32 V (in air) to 0.12 V. Such a flexible device can be driven by the tiny mechanical energy in our living environment, such as human finger pinching. Our research can stimulate a research trend on designing new material systems and device structures for high-performance piezo-driven active gas sensors.

  2. Gold film resistor bolometric array

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Yin Fuxian [Academia Sinica, Hefei, AH (China). Inst. of Plasma Physics

    1997-03-01

    A new type of bolometric array diagnostic system has been developed for HT-6M tokamak and HT-7 superconductor tokamak plasma physics experimental research. This system is composed of temperature-sensitive detectors of gold film resistor and phase-sensitive rectifiers of the bridge excited by square waves. With this system, a radiation detection limit of 192.0 {mu}W cm{sup -2} at a spatial resolution of 2.0 cm and a temporal resolution of 1.0 mS. The system features a high temperature baking resistance, ultra high vacuum endurance, sufficient insensitivity to radiation damage, sufficient suppression of electromagnetic interference, good long-term stability, high radiation sensitivity and measurement data reliability. Absolute calibration of the detectors is performed simultaneously and in situ by means of a built-in electronic power pulse. (orig.) 9 refs.

  3. Template-Free Mesoporous Electrochromic Films on Flexible Substrates from Tungsten Oxide Nanorods.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Heo, Sungyeon; Kim, Jongwook; Ong, Gary K; Milliron, Delia J

    2017-09-13

    Low-temperature processed mesoporous nanocrystal thin films are platforms for fabricating functional composite thin films on flexible substrates. Using a random arrangement of anisotropic nanocrystals can be a facile solution to generate pores without templates. However, the tendency for anisotropic particles to spontaneously assemble into a compact structure must be overcome. Here, we present a method to achieve random networking of nanorods during solution phase deposition by switching their ligand-stabilized colloidal nature into a charge-stabilized nature by a ligand-stripping chemistry. Ligand-stripped tungsten suboxide (WO2.72) nanorods result in uniform mesoporous thin films owing to repulsive electrostatic forces preventing nanorods from densely packing. Porosity and pore size distribution of thin films are controlled by changing the aspect ratio of the nanorods. This template-free mesoporous structure, achieved without annealing, provides a framework for introducing guest components, therefore enabling our fabrication of inorganic nanocomposite electrochromic films on flexible substrates. Following infilling of niobium polyoxometalate clusters into pores and successive chemical condensation, a WOx-NbOx composite film is produced that selectively controls visible and near-infrared light transmittance without any annealing required. The composite shows rapid switching kinetics and can be stably cycled between optical states over 2000 times. This simple strategy of using anisotropic nanocrystals gives insight into mesoporous thin film fabrication with broader applications for flexible devices.

  4. UV-enhanced CO sensing using Ga2O3-based nanorod arrays at elevated temperature

    Science.gov (United States)

    Lin, Hui-Jan; Gao, Haiyong; Gao, Pu-Xian

    2017-01-01

    Monitoring and control of the gaseous combustion process are critically important in advanced energy systems such as power plants, gas turbines, and automotive engines. However, very limited gas sensing solutions are available in the market for such applications due to the inherent high temperature of the combustion gaseous atmosphere. In this study, we fabricated and demonstrated high-performance metal oxide based nanorod array sensors assisted with ultra-violet (UV) illumination for in situ and real-time high-temperature gas detection. Without UV-illumination, it was found that surface decoration of either 5 nm LSFO or 1 nm Pt nanoparticles can enhance the sensitivity over CO at 500 °C by an order of magnitude. Under the 254 nm UV illumination, the CO gas-sensing performance of Ga2O3-based nanorod array sensors was further enhanced with the sensitivity boosted by 125% and the response time reduced by 30% for the La0.8Sr0.2FeO3(LSFO)-decorated sample. The UV-enhanced detection of CO might be due to the increased population of photo-induced electron-hole pairs, whereas for LSFO-decorated nanorod array sensor under UV illumination, the enhancement is through a combination of the sensitizing effect and photocurrent effect.

  5. Improvement of inverted type organic solar cells performance by incorporating Mg dopant into hydrothermally grown ZnO nanorod arrays

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Ginting, Riski Titian [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Yap, Chi Chin, E-mail: ccyap@ukm.my [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Yahaya, Muhammad [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Mat Salleh, Muhamad [Institute of Microengineering and Nanoelectronics (IMEN), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2014-02-05

    Highlights: • Mg-doped ZnO nanorod arrays were synthesized by hydrothermal method. • Growth of ZnO nanorods was strongly correlated to Mg concentration. • The PCE of device with optimum Mg concentration increased by 225%. • The mechanism of PCE improvement by Mg doping was revealed. -- Abstract: The Mg concentration dependence of the performance of inverted type organic solar cells based on Mg-doped ZnO nanorod arrays and poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) has been investigated. The Mg dopants with various concentrations (0, 1, 3 and 5 at.%) were introduced during the hydrothermal growth of the ZnO nanorod arrays on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrate. The P3HT was deposited onto Mg-doped ZnO nanorod arrays by spin coating technique, followed by deposition of Ag as anode using magnetron sputtering technique. The length and density of Mg-doped ZnO nanorods increased, whereas the diameter decreased with the Mg concentration. The short circuit current density (J{sub sc}) and open circuit voltage (V{sub oc}) improved with increasing of Mg concentration up to 3 at.%, which could be attributed to increased interfacial area for more efficient exciton dissociation and reduced charge recombination as a result of lower number of oxygen interstitials which act as electron traps in ZnO. However, the J{sub sc} and V{sub oc} started to decrease at Mg concentration of 5 at.%, mainly due to poor infiltration of P3HT into the high-density 5 at.% Mg-doped ZnO nanorod arrays and increase of Mg dopant-related trapping centers. The highest power conversion efficiency of 0.36 ± 0.02% was achieved at Mg doping concentration of 3 at.%, an enhancement of 225% as compared to that based on undoped ZnO nanorod arrays.

  6. Low-temperature growth of well-aligned zinc oxide nanorod arrays on silicon substrate and their photocatalytic application

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Azam A

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Ameer Azam,1 Saeed Salem Babkair21Center of Nanotechnology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; 2Center of Nanotechnology, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi ArabiaAbstract: Well-aligned and single-crystalline zinc oxide (ZnO nanorod arrays were grown on silicon (Si substrate using a wet chemical route for the photodegradation of organic dyes. Structural analysis using X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and selected area electron diffraction confirmed the formation of ZnO nanorods grown preferentially oriented in the (001 direction and with a single phase nature with a wurtzite structure. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy micrographs showed that the length and diameter of the well-aligned rods were about ~350–400 nm and ~80–90 nm, respectively. Raman scattering spectra of ZnO nanorod arrays revealed the characteristic E2 (high mode that is related to the vibration of oxygen atoms in the wurtzite ZnO. The photodegradation of methylene blue (MB using ZnO nanorod arrays was performed under ultraviolet light irradiation. The results of photodegradation showed that ZnO nanorod arrays were capable of degrading ~80% of MB within 60 minutes of irradiation, whereas ~92% of degradation was achieved in 120 minutes. Complete degradation of MB was observed after 270 minutes of irradiation time. Owing to enhanced photocatalytic degradation efficiency and low-temperature growth method, prepared ZnO nanorod arrays may open up the possibility for the successful utilization of ZnO nanorod arrays as a future photocatalyst for environmental remediation.Keywords: ZnO, nanorods, XRD, photodegradation

  7. Growth of compact arrays of optical quality single crystalline ZnO nanorods by low temperature method

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    Manoranjan Ghosh; Ritwik Bhattacharyya; A K Raychaudhuri

    2008-06-01

    We report the synthesis and optical properties of compact and aligned ZnO nanorod arrays (dia, ∼ 50–200 nm) grown on a glass substrate with varying seed particle density. The suspension of ZnO nanoparticles (size, ∼ 15 nm) of various concentrations are used as seed layer for the growth of nanorod arrays via selfassembly of ZnO from solution. We studied the effect of various growth parameters (such as seeding density, microstructure of the seed layer) as well as the growth time on the growth and alignment of the nanorods. We find that the growth, areal density and alignment of the nanorods depend on the density of seed particles which can be controlled. It is observed that there is a critical density of the seed particles at which nanorod arrays show maximum preferred orientation along [002] direction. The minimum and maximum radius of the aligned nanorods synthesized by this method lie in the range 50–220 nm which depend on the seeding density and time of growth. These nanorods have a bandgap of 3.3 eV as in the case of bulk crystals and show emission in the UV region of the spectrum (∼ 400 nm) due to excitonic recombination and defect related emission in the visible region.

  8. Preparation and photovoltaic properties of perovskite solar cell based on ZnO nanorod arrays

    Science.gov (United States)

    Xu, Yang; Liu, Tian; Li, Zhaosong; Feng, Bingjie; Li, Siqian; Duan, Jinxia; Ye, Cong; Zhang, Jun; Wang, Hao

    2016-12-01

    A careful control of ZnO nanorod arrays with various densities and thickness were achieved by hydrothermal method. An obvious increase in the ZnO nanorod density is observed as the concentrations of zinc acetate dropped as expected through the surface SEM images. On the other hand, samples with and without TiO2 compact layer were also studied and results had been analyzed to seek for an optimized substrate structure for light absorbing layer and increase the efficiency. What's more, a deep research for the drying temperature for perovskite layer was also conducted. As a result, SEM images discribe a promising surface appearance of perovskite layer which is finely attached onto the nanorod structure. Final power conversion efficiency (PCE) of FTO/ZnO seed layer/ZnO nanorods/perovskite/spiro-OMe-TAD/Au electrode photovoltaic device reached ∼9.15% together with open-circuit voltage of 957 mV, short-circuit current density of 17.8 mA/cm2 and fill factor of 0.537.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of TiO{sub 2}/CdS core-shell nanorod arrays and their photoelectrochemical property

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Cao Chunlan [Department of Applied Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Department of Power Engineer, Chongqing Communication College, Chongqing 400035 (China); Hu Chenguo, E-mail: hucg@cqu.edu.cn [Department of Applied Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Shen Weidong [Department of Power Engineer, Chongqing Communication College, Chongqing 400035 (China); Wang, Shuxia [Department of Applied Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Tian Yongshu [Department of Applied Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Department of Power Engineer, Chongqing Communication College, Chongqing 400035 (China); Wang Xue [Department of Applied Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China)

    2012-05-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer TiO{sub 2}/CdS core-shell nanorod arrays were fabricated by spin-SILAR method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The enhanced photocurrent was found in the TiO{sub 2}/CdS core-shell nanorod arrays. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The CdS coated on TiO{sub 2} increases the e-h separation and enlarges light absorption range. - Abstract: TiO{sub 2}/CdS core-shell nanorod arrays have been fabricated via a two-step method. Vertically aligned TiO{sub 2} nanorod arrays (NRs) were synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method, and followed by depositing CdS nanoparticles on TiO{sub 2} NRs by spin-coating successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (spin-SILAR) method. The surface morphology, structure, optical and photoelectrochemical behaviors of the core-shell NRs films are considered. The UV-vis absorption spectrum results suggested that the absorption peak of the TiO{sub 2}/CdS core-shell NRs shifts from the ultraviolet region to the visible region in comparison to that of the pure TiO{sub 2} NRs. The obviously enhanced photoelectrochemical (PEC) performances of the heterojunction NRs were found under illumination of the simulated sunlight in comparison with that of the TiO{sub 2} NRs. The enhanced PEC performance and formation mechanism of TiO{sub 2}/CdS core-shell NRs were discussed in detail.

  10. Carbon-Coated SnO2 Nanorod Array for Lithium-Ion Battery Anode Material

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Ji Xiaoxu

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Carbon-coated SnO2 nanorod array directly grown on the substrate has been prepared by a two-step hydrothermal method for anode material of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs. The structural, morphological and electrochemical properties were investigated by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM and electrochemical measurement. When used as anodes for LIBs with high current density, as-obtained array reveals excellent cycling stability and rate capability. This straightforward approach can be extended to the synthesis of other carbon-coated metal oxides for application of LIBs.

  11. Microstructure evolution of zinc oxide films derived from dip-coating sol-gel technique: formation of nanorods through orientation attachment.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Huang, Nan; Sun, Chao; Zhu, Mingwei; Zhang, Bin; Gong, Jun; Jiang, Xin

    2011-07-01

    ZnO:Al thin films with Al incorporation of 0-20 at.% were deposited through the sol-gel technique. Such a film undergoes a significant microstructure development, from columnar to granular structures and then nanorod arrays with increasing Al content. The important role of Al incorporation level in the microstructure evolution was determined using scanning electron microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. At low Al level, the transition from columnar to granular grains can be attributed to the coarsening barrier resulting from the introduction of Al into the matrix. However, oriented structures of ZnO nanorod arrays are formed at a high Al level. TEM investigation reveals that a nanorod with smooth morphology at the top and rough morphology at the bottom has a single-crystalline wurtzite structure, which is the aggregation of nanoparticles of a few nanometers in size formed through the orientation attachment mechanism followed by epitaxial growth on the aggregated particles. Finally, the physical properties of the ZnO films with different degrees of Al concentration are discussed. Such detailed microstructure studies may aid the understanding of the doping effect process on the growth of a film, which is essential to altering its physical or chemical properties.

  12. Improving the photocatalytic activity of graphene oxide/ZnO nanorod films by UV irradiation

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Rokhsat, Eliza [Department of Physics, Central Tehran Branch, I. A. University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Akhavan, Omid, E-mail: oakhavan@sharif.edu [Department of Physics, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box 11155-9161, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box 14588-89694, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-05-15

    Highlights: • ZnO nanorod-graphene oxide composite thin films were synthesized. • The photocatalytic activity of the films was improved by UV irradiation. • The photocatalytic activity of the films was comparable with that of the corresponding powders. - Abstract: Graphene oxide (GO) sheets with a low concentration (∼1 wt%) were deposited on surface of hydrothermally synthesized ZnO nanorod films. The deposited films were heat treated at 450 °C in order to achieve suitable GO/ZnO hybrid thin films for photocatalytic purposes. The photocatalytic activity of the nanocomposite films was investigated based on degradation of methylene blue (MB) dye which is a typical pollutant model. The GO/ZnO hybrid thin films could degrade higher MB (∼90%) than the bare ZnO nanorods (which showed only ∼75% degradation) after 450 min UV irradiation. A further significant improvement (resulting in a nearly complete degradation of MB) was achieved by exposing the GO/ZnO films to UV irradiation. The improvement was assigned to UV-assisted photocatalytic reduction of GO sheets and separation of photoexcited electron-hole pairs of ZnO by the UV-treated GO sheets. These results highlight application of UV treatment in improving the photocatalytic activity of GO-containing ZnO nanostructures.

  13. Position controlled and seed/catalyst free growth of ZnO nanorod arrays on reduced graphene oxide nanosheets

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yang, Hui; Li, Jinliang; Li, Lan; Mo, Zhaojun

    2016-09-01

    A new type of seed/catalyst-free and selective-growth process is developed for in situ grown vertically-aligned ZnO nanorods on the reduced graphene oxide (rGO) nanosheets. The dense and single-crystalline ZnO nanorods have been successfully grow on rGO nanosheets with the position- and size-controlled. The effect of rGO layer on the ZnO nanorods and the growth mechanism were investigated. The position of ZnO nanorod arrays correlates well with the size and position of rGO nanosheets, which is determined by dangling bonds such as oxygen-containing groups on rGO surface. Meanwhile, ZnO nanorods could grow laterally to form a continuous arrays with a large coverage on rGO substrates, which is mainly due to the step edges in rGO boundaries. The diameter and density of ZnO nanorods were readily determined by the growth temperature, and the length was easily controlled by the growth time. The absorption and PL spectrums suggest that ZnO nanorods/rGO have a strong UV absorption ranging from 330 to 375 nm and no obvious UV PL emission at room temperature, which indicates that the ZnO nanorods/rGO nanohybrids could be an excellent candidate for application in UV photodetectors. This work represents the success in seed/catalyst-free fabrication of aligned ZnO nanorod arrays directly on rGO nanosheets and the process can be readily scaled up for industrial applications of optoelectronic devices.

  14. Synthesis of one-dimensional silver oxide nanoparticle arrays and silver nanorods templated by Langmuir monolayers.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Liu, Hong-Guo; Xiao, Fei; Wang, Chang-Wei; Xue, Qingbin; Chen, Xiao; Lee, Yong-Ill; Hao, Jingcheng; Jiang, Jianzhuang

    2007-10-01

    One-dimensional (1D) silver oxide nanoparticle arrays were synthesized by illuminating the composite Langmuir-Blodgett monolayers of porphyrin derivatives/Ag(+) and n-hexadecyl dihydrogen phosphate (n-HDP)/Ag(+) deposited on carbon-coated copper grids with daylight and then exposing them to air. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observation shows that the nanoparticle size is around 3 nm, with the separation of about 2-3 nm. High-resolution TEM (HRTEM) investigation indicates that the particles are made up of Ag(2)O. Ag nanorods with the width of 15-35 nm and the length of several hundreds of nanometers were synthesized by irradiating the composite Langmuir monolayers of porphyrin derivatives/Ag(+) and n-HDP/Ag(+) by UV-light directly at the air/water interface at room temperature. HRTEM image and selected-area electron diffraction (SAED) pattern indicate that the nanorods are single crystals with the (110) face of the face-centered cubic (fcc) silver parallel to the air/water interface. The formation of the 1D arrays and the nanorods should be attributed to the templating effect of the linear supramolecules formed by porphyrin derivative or n-HDP molecules in Langmuir monolayers through non-covalent interactions.

  15. Large-area zinc oxide nanorod arrays templated by nanoimprint lithography: control of morphologies and optical properties

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhang, Chen; Huang, Xiaohu; Liu, Hongfei; Chua, Soo Jin; Ross, Caroline A.

    2016-12-01

    Vertically aligned, highly ordered, large area arrays of nanostructures are important building blocks for multifunctional devices. Here, ZnO nanorod arrays are selectively synthesized on Si substrates by a solution method within patterns created by nanoimprint lithography. The growth modes of two dimensional nucleation-driven wedding cakes and screw dislocation-driven spirals are inferred to determine the top end morphologies of the nanorods. Sub-bandgap photoluminescence of the nanorods is greatly enhanced by the manipulation of the hydrogen donors via a post-growth thermal treatment. Lasing behavior is facilitated in the nanorods with faceted top ends formed from wedding cakes growth mode. This work demonstrates the control of morphologies of oxide nanostructures in a large scale and the optimization of the optical performance.

  16. Morphological and structural characterization of single-crystal ZnO nanorod arrays on flexible and non-flexible substrates

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Omar F. Farhat

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available We report a facile synthesis of zinc oxide (ZnO nanorod arrays using an optimized, chemical bath deposition method on glass, PET and Si substrates. The morphological and structural properties of the ZnO nanorod arrays were investigated using various techniques such as field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM and X-ray diffraction (XRD measurements, which revealed the formation of dense ZnO nanorods with a single crystal, hexagonal wurtzite structure. The aspect ratio of the single-crystal ZnO nanorods and the growth rate along the (002 direction was found to be sensitive to the substrate type. The lattice constants and the crystallite size of the fabricated ZnO nanorods were calculated based on the XRD data. The obtained results revealed that the increase in the crystallite size is strongly associated with the growth conditions with a minor dependence on the type of substrate. The Raman spectroscopy measurements confirmed the existence of a compressive stress in the fabricated ZnO nanorods. The obtained results illustrated that the growth of high quality, single-crystal ZnO nanorods can be realized by adjusting the synthesis conditions.

  17. Hydrothermal synthesis of highly crystalline ZnO nanorod arrays: Dependence of morphology and alignment on growth conditions

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Azzez, Shrook A., E-mail: shurouq44@yahoo.com [Institutes of Nano-Optoelectronic Research and Technology Laboratory (INOR), Ministry of Science and Technology, Baghdad (Iraq); Hassan, Z.; Alimanesh, M.; Rasheed, Hiba S.; Sabah, Fayroz A.; Abdulateef, Sinan A. [Institutes of Nano-Optoelectronic Research and Technology Laboratory (INOR), Ministry of Science and Technology, Baghdad (Iraq); Hassan, J. J. [Department of Physics, College of Science, University of Basrah, Basrah (Iraq)

    2016-07-06

    Highly oriented zinc oxide nanorod were successfully grown on seeded p-type silicon substrate by hydrothermal methode. The morphology and the crystallinty of ZnO c-axis (002) arrays were systematically studied using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods. The effect of seed layer pre-annealing on nanorods properties was explained according to the nucleation site of ZnO nanoparticles on silicon substrate. In addition, the variation of the equal molarity of zinc nitrate hexahydrate and hexamine concentrations in the reaction vessel play a crucial role related to the ZnO nanorods.

  18. Fabrication of Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotube or Zinc Oxide Nanorod Arrays for Optical Diffraction Gratings.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Kim, Jeong; Kim, Sun Il; Cho, Seong-Ho; Hwang, Sungwoo; Lee, Young Hee; Hur, Jaehyun

    2015-11-01

    We report on new fabrication methods for a transparent, hierarchical, and patterned electrode comprised of either carbon nanotubes or zinc oxide nanorods. Vertically aligned carbon nanotubes or zinc oxide nanorod arrays were fabricated by either chemical vapor deposition or hydrothermal growth, in combination with photolithography. A transparent conductive graphene layer or zinc oxide seed layer was employed as the transparent electrode. On the patterned surface defined using photoresist, the vertically grown carbon nanotubes or zinc oxides could produce a concentrated electric field under applied DC voltage. This periodic electric field was used to align liquid crystal molecules in localized areas within the optical cell, effectively modulating the refractive index. Depending on the material and morphology of these patterned electrodes, the diffraction efficiency presented different behavior. From this study, we established the relationship between the hierarchical structure of the different electrodes and their efficiency for modulating the refractive index. We believe that this study will pave a new path for future optoelectronic applications.

  19. Elaboration and characterization of Al doped ZnO nanorod thin films annealed in hydrogen

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Zhong Wenwu [Department of Physics, School of Physics and Nuclear Energy Engineering, Key Laboratory of Micro-nano Measurement-Manipulation and Physics (Ministry of Education), Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing 100191 (China); Liu Famin, E-mail: fmliu@buaa.edu.cn [Department of Physics, School of Physics and Nuclear Energy Engineering, Key Laboratory of Micro-nano Measurement-Manipulation and Physics (Ministry of Education), Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing 100191 (China); Cai Lugang; Peng Ding; Zhou Chuancang; Zeng Legui [Department of Physics, School of Physics and Nuclear Energy Engineering, Key Laboratory of Micro-nano Measurement-Manipulation and Physics (Ministry of Education), Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing 100191 (China); Liu Xuequan; Li Yi [Central Iron and Steel Research Institute, Beijing 100081 (China)

    2011-03-03

    Research highlights: > High transparent and conductive Al doped ZnO nanorod thin films were synthesized using sol-gel spin-coating method. > Al doped ZnO nanorod thin films can be got by annealing in hydrogen rather than in air. > Crystal orientation of Al doped ZnO thin film has been raised. > Resistivity of films has been remarkably reduced by annealing in hydrogen. - Abstract: ZnO thin films doped with Al concentrations of 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0 at% were prepared by a sol-gel spin-coating method on glass substrates and respectively annealed at 550 deg. C for 2 h in hydrogen and air. The X-ray diffraction and selected-area electron diffraction results confirm that the Al doped ZnO thin films are of wurtzite hexagonal ZnO. The scanning electron microscope results indicate that the Al doped ZnO nanorod thin films can be got by annealing in hydrogen rather than in air. The optical properties reveal that the Al doped ZnO thin films have obviously enhanced transmittance in the visible region. The electrical properties show that the resistivity of 1.0 at% Al doped ZnO thin films has been remarkably reduced from 0.73 {Omega} m by annealing in air to 3.2 x 10{sup -5} {Omega} m by annealing in hydrogen. It is originated that the Al doped ZnO nanorod thin films annealed in hydrogen increased in electron concentration and mobility due to the elimination of adsorbed oxygen species, and multicoordinated hydrogen.

  20. Microfluidic-based metal enhanced fluorescence for capillary electrophoresis by Ag nanorod arrays

    Science.gov (United States)

    Xiao, Chenyu; Cao, Zhen; Deng, Junhong; Huang, Zhifeng; Xu, Zheng; Fu, Junxue; Yobas, Levent

    2014-06-01

    As metal nanorods show much higher metal enhanced fluorescence (MEF) than metal nanospheres, microfluidic-based MEF is first explored with Ag nanorod (ND) arrays made by oblique angle deposition. By measuring the fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) solution sandwiched between the Ag NDs and a piece of cover slip, the enhancement factors (EFs) are found as 3.7 ± 0.64 and 6.74 ± 2.04, for a solution thickness at 20.8 μm and 10 μm, respectively. Because of the strong plasmonic coupling between the adjacent Ag NDs, only the emission of the fluorophores present in the three-dimensional NDs array gets enhanced. Thus, the corresponding effective enhancement factors (EEFs) are revealed to be relatively close, 259 ± 92 and 340 ± 102, respectively. To demonstrate the application of MEF in microfluidic systems, a multilayer of SiO2 NDs/Ag NDs is integrated with a capillary electrophoresis device. At a microchannel depth of 10 μm, an enhancement of 6.5 fold is obtained for amino acids separation detection. These results are very encouraging and open the possibility of MEF applications for the Ag ND arrays decorated microchannels. With the miniaturization of microfluidic devices, microfluidic-based MEF by Ag ND arrays will likely find more applications with further enhancement.

  1. CoS acicular nanorod arrays for the counter electrode of an efficient dye-sensitized solar cell.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Kung, Chung-Wei; Chen, Hsin-Wei; Lin, Chia-Yu; Huang, Kuan-Chieh; Vittal, R; Ho, Kuo-Chuan

    2012-08-28

    One-dimensional cobalt sulfide (CoS) acicular nanorod arrays (ANRAs) were obtained on a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate by a two-step approach. First, Co(3)O(4) ANRAs were synthesized, and then they were converted to CoS ANRAs for various periods. The compositions of the films obtained after various conversion periods were verified by X-ray diffraction, UV-visible spectrophotometry, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy; their morphologies were examined at different periods by scanning electron microscopic and transmission electron microscopic images. Electrocatalytic abilities of the films toward I(-)/I(3)(-) were verified through cyclic voltammetry (CV) and Tafel polarization curves. Long-term stability of the films in I(-)/I(3)(-) electrolyte was studied by CV. The FTO substrates with CoS ANRAs were used as the counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells; a maximum power conversion efficiency of 7.67% was achieved for a cell with CoS ANRAs, under 100 mW/cm(2), which is nearly the same as that of a cell with a sputtered Pt counter electrode (7.70%). Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was used to substantiate the photovoltaic parameters.

  2. Parallel collective resonances in arrays of gold nanorods

    OpenAIRE

    Vitrey, Alan; Aigouy, Lionel; Prieto Vizán, Patricia; García-Martín, José Miguel; González Sagardoy, María Ujué

    2014-01-01

    In this work we discuss the excitation of parallel collective resonances in arrays of gold nanoparticles. Parallel collective resonances result from the coupling of the nanoparticles localized surface plasmons with diffraction orders traveling in the direction parallel to the polarization vector. While they provide field enhancement and delocalization as the standard collective resonances, our results suggest that parallel resonances could exhibit greater tolerance to index asymmetry in the e...

  3. Hydrothermal deposition and photochromic performances of three kinds of hierarchical structure arrays of WO{sub 3} thin films

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Ding, Defang; Shen, Yi, E-mail: sysy7373@163.com; Ouyang, Yali; Li, Zhen

    2012-10-01

    Three kinds of tungsten oxide (WO{sub 3}) thin films have been fabricated by a simple hydrothermal deposition method. Scanning electron microscopy images of the products revealed that the capping agents did impact the microstructure of WO{sub 3} films. Films prepared without capping agents were ordered nanorod arrays, while the ones obtained with ethanol and oxalic acid revealed peeled-orange-like and cauliflower-like hierarchical structure arrays, respectively. Both of the two hierarchical structures were composed of much thinner nanorods compared with the one obtained without capping agents. All the WO{sub 3} films exhibited good photochromic properties and the two with inducers performed even better, which could be due to the changes in the microstructure that increased the amount of photogenerated electron-hole pairs and the proton diffusion rates. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ordered WO{sub 3} nanorod arrays were prepared by hydrothermal deposition process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Two hierarchical WO{sub 3} structure arrays were obtained with ethanol and oxalic acid. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mechanism for the improved photochromic performances of WO{sub 3} films is proposed.

  4. Controlled synthesis of ZnO branched nanorod arrays by hierarchical solution growth and application in dye-sensitized solar cells

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    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.

  5. Nonvolatile Resistance Random Access Memory Devices Based on ZnO Nanorod Arrays

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Liang-Wen Ji

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, a nonvolatile resistance random access memory (RRAM device based on ZnO nanorod arrays has been fabricated and characterized. Vertically aligned ZnO nanorod layers (NRLs were deposited on indium tin oxide (ITO electrodes using a hydrothermal process/ chemical bath deposition (CBD. It can be found the Ag/ZnO NRL/ITO capacitor exhibits bipolar resistive switching behavior. The resistive switching behavior may be related to the oxygen vacancies and/or zinc interstitials confined on the surface of the ZnO NRs, giving rise to the formation of straight and extensible conducting path along each ZnO NR. Furthermore, superior stability in resistive switching characteristics was also observed. Both growing times and annealing times were investigated and annealing was done in oxygen for 3, 6 and 9 minutes at different temperatures. For ZnO nanorods that had been annealed for 6 minutes the forming voltage was about 6.06V, the Set voltage was about 3.25V and the Reset voltage was -2.78V. The original resistance was 7×106Ω. The resistance in the low-resistance state was 108Ω and in the high-resistance state was 2016Ω, the resistance ratio was 18.7.

  6. Optimized emission in nanorod arrays through quasi-aperiodic inverse design.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Anderson, P Duke; Povinelli, Michelle L

    2015-06-01

    We investigate a new class of quasi-aperiodic nanorod structures for the enhancement of incoherent light emission. We identify one optimized structure using an inverse design algorithm and the finite-difference time-domain method. We carry out emission calculations on both the optimized structure as well as a simple periodic array. The optimized structure achieves nearly perfect light extraction while maintaining a high spontaneous emission rate. Overall, the optimized structure can achieve a 20%-42% increase in external quantum efficiency relative to a simple periodic design, depending on material quality.

  7. A novel method to encapsulate a Au nanorod array in 15 nm radius multiwalled carbon nanotubes

    Science.gov (United States)

    Liao, Gaomin; Pan, Yuanyuan; Wu, Qiang; Li, Shaoyun; Weng, Yuyan; Zhang, Xiaohua; Yang, Zhaohui; Guo, Jun; Chen, Muzi; Tang, Minghua; Tsui, Ophelia K. C.

    2014-11-01

    In this paper we demonstrate a novel complex array structure comprising well-aligned Au nanorods (10 nm in diameter) encapsulated inside 15 nm radius multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). A pre-aligned and open-ended nanoporous MWCNT membrane is used as the starting material. Au nanorods are precisely deposited and aligned inside the hollow channels of CNTs by inter-diffusing the HAuCl4 precursor and the reductant solution. Ultra-long Au nanowires and spherical Au nanoparticles are also observed in the CNT cavity with the same diameter in special cases. Using high-resolution TEM (HRTEM), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), 3-dimensional TEM (3D-TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), the precise location and composition of the encapsulated Au components with various structures are confirmed. This aligned Au@CNT endohedral material has important potential applications in nanocatalysis, waveguides, as well as in novel plasmonic devices.In this paper we demonstrate a novel complex array structure comprising well-aligned Au nanorods (10 nm in diameter) encapsulated inside 15 nm radius multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). A pre-aligned and open-ended nanoporous MWCNT membrane is used as the starting material. Au nanorods are precisely deposited and aligned inside the hollow channels of CNTs by inter-diffusing the HAuCl4 precursor and the reductant solution. Ultra-long Au nanowires and spherical Au nanoparticles are also observed in the CNT cavity with the same diameter in special cases. Using high-resolution TEM (HRTEM), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), 3-dimensional TEM (3D-TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), the precise location and composition of the encapsulated Au components with various structures are confirmed. This aligned Au@CNT endohedral material has important potential applications in nanocatalysis, waveguides, as well as in novel plasmonic devices. Electronic supplementary information (ESI

  8. Self-organized TiO2 nanorod arrays on glass substrate for self-cleaning antireflection coatings.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Mu, Qinghui; Li, Yaogang; Wang, Hongzhi; Zhang, Qinghong

    2012-01-01

    Herein we report the direct fabrication of TiO(2) subwavelength structures with 1-dimensional TiO(2) nanorods on glass substrate through solvothermal process to form self-cleaning antireflection coatings. TiO(2) precursor solutions with different solvent constituents create TiO(2) nanorods with much different morphologies grown on glass substrates. Apiculate TiO(2) nanorods with vertical orientation are grown on the glass substrate which is solvothermally treated in the precursor solution containing ethylene glycol. This glass substrate exhibit the highest transmittance of 70-85% in the range of 520-800 nm and negligible absorption in visible light region (400-800 nm). Furthermore, the TiO(2) nanorod arrays show high hydrophobicity and photocatalytic degradation ability which offer the glass substrate self-cleaning properties for both hydrophilic and oily contaminants.

  9. White-light-controlled resistive switching chearacteristics of TiO2/Cu2O composite nanorods array

    Science.gov (United States)

    Sun, Bai; Liu, Yonghong; Lou, Fangming; Chen, Peng

    2015-08-01

    TiO2/Cu2O composite nanorods array were grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate by hydrothermal process, and white-light-controlled resistive switching characteristics of Ag/[TiO2/Cu2O]/FTO structure were further investigated. The current-voltage characteristics of the composite nanorods array represent a good rectifying property and bipolar resistive switching behavior. Specially, the resistive switching behavior can be regulated by white-light illuminating at room temperature. This study is helpful for exploring the memory materials and their applications in nonvolatile light-controlled memory devices.

  10. Output power enhancement from ZnO nanorods piezoelectric nanogenerators by Si microhole arrays.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Baek, Seong-Ho; Hasan, Md Roqibul; Park, Il-Kyu

    2016-02-12

    We demonstrate the enhancement of output power from a ZnO nanorod (NR)-based piezoelectric nanogenerator by using Si microhole (Si-μH) arrays. The depth-controlled Si-μH arrays were fabricated by using the deep reactive ion etching method. The ZnO NRs were grown along the Si-μH surface, in holes deeper than 20 μm. The polymer layer, polydimethylsiloxane, which acts a stress diffuser and electrical insulator, was successfully penetrated into the deep Si-μH arrays. Optical investigations show that the crystalline quality of the ZnO NRs on the Si-μH arrays was not degraded, even though they were grown on the deeper Si-μH arrays. As the depth of the Si-μH arrays increase from 0 to 20 μm, the output voltage was enhanced by around 8.1 times while the current did not increase. Finally, an output power enhancement of ten times was obtained. This enhancement of the output power was consistent with the increase in the surface area, and was mainly attributed to the accumulation of the potentials generated by the series-connected ZnO NR-based nanogenerators, whose number increases as the depth of the Si-μH increases.

  11. Impact of Nanosize on Supercapacitance: Study of 1D Nanorods and 2D Thin-Films of Nickel Oxide.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Patil, Ranjit A; Chang, Cheng-Ping; Devan, Rupesh S; Liou, Yung; Ma, Yuan-Ron

    2016-04-20

    We synthesized unique one-dimensional (1D) nanorods and two-dimensional (2D) thin-films of NiO on indium-tin-oxide thin-films using a hot-filament metal-oxide vapor deposition technique. The 1D nanorods have an average width and length of ∼100 and ∼500 nm, respectively, and the densely packed 2D thin-films have an average thickness of ∼500 nm. The 1D nanorods perform as parallel units for charge storing. However, the 2D thin-films act as one single unit for charge storing. The 2D thin-films possess a high specific capacitance of ∼746 F/g compared to 1D nanorods (∼230 F/g) using galvanostatic charge-discharge measurements at a current density of 3 A/g. Because the 1D NiO nanorods provide more plentiful surface areas than those of the 2D thin-films, they are fully active at the first few cycles. However, the capacitance retention of the 1D nanorods decays faster than that of the 2D thin-films. Also, the 1D NiO nanorods suffer from instability due to the fast electrochemical dissolution and high nanocontact resistance. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy verifies that the low dimensionality of the 1D NiO nanorods induces the unavoidable effects that lead them to have poor supercapacitive performances. On the other hand, the slow electrochemical dissolution and small contact resistance in the 2D NiO thin-films favor to achieve high specific capacitance and great stability.

  12. Optimization of antireflective zinc oxide nanorod arrays on seedless substrate for bulk-heterojunction organic solar cells

    Science.gov (United States)

    Woo Choi, Hyung; Lee, Kyu-Sung; Alford, T. L.

    2012-10-01

    We report on the enhanced performance of hybrid photovoltaic devices consisting of poly(3-hexylthiophene), (6,6)-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester, and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorod arrays grown on seedless indium tin oxide (ITO) glass in aqueous zinc chloride solution. Introduction of optimized-length ZnO nanorod arrays between hole injection and ITO layers increased photocurrent density from 8.0 to 8.8 mA/cm2 and fill factor from 42% to 47%. The absence of a seed layer significantly reduced incident light reflection on the ITO glass and resulted in an overall 10% increase in photocurrent. A photovoltaic device based on a ZnO nanostructure length of 100 nm exhibited a maximum power conversion efficiency of 2.4%, 15% higher than that of an equivalent device without ZnO nanorods.

  13. Preparation and characterization of bionanocomposite film based ontapioca starch/bovine gelatin/nanorod zinc oxide

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Mehdi Marvizadeh, Mohammad; Oladzadabbasabadi, Nazila; Mohammadi Nafchi, Abdorreza

    2017-01-01

    To exploring a nano-packaging materials for using as coating or edible films, tapioca starch/gelatin/nanorod ZnO (ZnOsingle bondN) bionanocomposites were prepared via solution casting technique. The effects of nanofiller addition on the mechanical, physicochemical, and crystalline structures.......5% ZnOsingle bondN into biopolymer matrix. In summary combined starch/gelatin films supported by ZnOsingle bondN showed better properties compared to starch or gelatin alone. Thus, the bionanocomposite films can be used in food, medicine, and pharmaceutical packaging....

  14. Nitrogen-monoxide gas-sensing properties of transparent p-type copper-oxide nanorod arrays

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Park, Soojeong; Kim, Hyojin; Kim, Dojin [Chungnam National University, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-01-15

    We report the nitrogen-monoxide (NO) gas-sensing properties of transparent p-type copper-oxide (CuO) nanorod arrays synthesized by using the hydrothermal method with a CuO nanoparticle seed layer deposited on a glass substrate via sputtering process. We synthesized polycrystalline CuO nanorods measuring 200 to 300 nm in length and 20 to 30 nm in diameter for three controlled molarity ratios of 1:1, 1:2 and 1:4 between copper nitrate trihydrate [Cu(NO{sub 2}){sub 2}·3H{sub 2}O] and hexamethylenetetramine (C{sub 6}H{sub 12}N{sub 4}). The crystal structures and morphologies of the synthesized CuO nanorod arrays were examined using grazing incidence X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The gas-sensing measurements for NO gas in dry air indicated that the CuO nanorodarray-based gas sensors synthesized under hydrothermal condition at a molarity ratio of 1:2 showed the best gas sensing response to NO gas. These CuO nanorod-array gas sensors exhibited a highly sensitive response to NO gas, with a maximum sensitivity of about 650% for 10 ppm NO in dry air at an operating temperature of 100 .deg. C. These transparent p-type CuO nanorod-array gas sensors have shown a reversible and reliable response to NO gas over a range of operating temperatures. These results indicate certain potential use of p-type oxide semiconductor CuO nanorods as sensing materials for several types of gas sensors, including p - n junction gas sensors.

  15. Manganese phosphide thin films and nanorods grown on gallium phosphide and on glass substrates

    Science.gov (United States)

    Nateghi, N.; Lambert-Milot, S.; Ménard, D.; Masut, R. A.

    2016-05-01

    We report a simple and fast route to grow ferromagnetic manganese phosphide polycrystalline films and nanorods on GaP and on glass substrates using metalorganic vapor phase deposition. Increasing the growth temperature (≥600 °C) and growth time (≥30 min) results in nucleation of secondary MnP crystals on the primary grains. The secondary crystals grow faster along a specific direction of orthorhombic MnP (c-axis) and form long rods (up to 10 μm) whose diameters are in the nanoscale (20-100 nm). The nanorods can be easily detached from the glass substrate. The films exhibit ferromagnetic behavior with a range of transition temperatures, depending on the growth conditions.

  16. Inorganic Antiflaming Wood Caused by a TiO2-Decorated ZnO Nanorod Arrays Coating Prepared by a Facile Hydrothermal Method

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Hong Zhang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Wood materials with antiflaming capability were successfully fabricated by depositing a TiO2-decorated ZnO nanorod arrays (ZNAs film on wood surface using a facile and one-pot hydrothermal method. The prepared specimens were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDXA, and powder X-ray diffraction (XRD. To explore the antiflaming properties, the combustion parameters of the wood treated by TiO2-decorated ZNAs were measured using the cone calorimetry technique compared with the untreated wood. For treated wood, the burning duration was prolonged for 55 s; smoke production rate (SPR and total smoke production (TSP were obviously reduced, especially for the production of CO was almost zero. As a result, thin inorganic film of TiO2-decorated ZNAs had desirable fire resistance, and one-pot hydrothermal method was a feasible method to fabricate nonflammable wood materials.

  17. Ultrathin Polymer Films, Patterned Arrays, and Microwells

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yan, Mingdi

    2002-05-01

    The ability to control and tailor the surface and interface properties of materials is important in microelectronics, cell growth control, and lab-on-a-chip devices. Modification of material surfaces with ultrathin polymer films is attractive due to the availability of a variety of polymers either commercially or by synthesis. We have developed two approaches to the attachment of ultrathin polymer films on solid substrates. In the first method, a silane-functionalized perfluorophenyl azide (PFPA-silane) was synthesized and used to covalently immobilize polymer thin films on silicon wafers. Silanization of the wafer surface with the PFPA-silane introduced a monolayer of azido groups which in turn covalently attached the polymer film by way of photochemically initiated insertion reactions. The thickness of the film could be adjusted by the type and the molecular weight of the polymer. The method is versatile due to the general C-H and/or N-H insertion reactions of crosslinker; and therefore, no specific reactive functional groups on the polymers are required. Using this method, a new type of microwell array was fabricated from covalently immobilized polymer thin films on flat substrates. The arrays were characterized with AFM, XPS, and TOF-SIMS. The second method describes the attachment of polymer thin films on solid substrates via UV irradiation. The procedure consisted of spin-coating a polymer film and irradiating the film with UV light. Following solvent extraction, a thin film remained. The thickness of the film, from a few to over a hundred nanometers, was controlled by varying solution concentration and the molecular weight of the polymer.

  18. Interspace modification of titania-nanorod arrays for efficient mesoscopic perovskite solar cells

    Science.gov (United States)

    Chen, Peng; Jin, Zhixin; Wang, Yinglin; Wang, Meiqi; Chen, Shixin; Zhang, Yang; Wang, Lingling; Zhang, Xintong; Liu, Yichun

    2017-04-01

    Morphology of electron transport layers (ETLs) has an important influence on the device architecture and electronic processes of mesostructured solar cells. In this work, we thoroughly investigated the effect of the interspace of TiO2 nanorod (NR) arrays on the photovoltaic performance of the perovskite solar cells (PSCs). Along with the interspace in TiO2-NR arrays increasing, the thickness as well as the crystal size of perovskite capping layer are reduced accordingly, and the filling of perovskite in the channel becomes incomplete. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements reveal that this variation of perovskite absorber layer, induced by interspace of TiO2 NR arrays, causes the change of charge recombination process at the TiO2/perovskite interface, suggesting that a balance between capping layer and the perovskite filling is critical to obtain high charge collection efficiency of PSCs. A power conversion efficiency of 10.3% could be achieved through careful optimization of interspace in TiO2-NR arrays. Our research will shed light on the morphology control of ETLs with 1D structure for heterojunction solar cells fabricated by solution-deposited method.

  19. Growth of Well-Aligned ZnO Nanorod Arrays and Their Application for Photovoltaic Devices

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yuan, Zhaolin; Yao, Juncai

    2017-07-01

    We have fabricated well-aligned ZnO nanorod arrays (ZNRAs) on indium tin oxide-coated glass substrates by a facile chemical bath deposition method. We used field-emission scanning electron microscope, x-ray diffraction and UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy to study the morphology, crystalline structure and optical absorption of the fabricated ZNRAs, respectively. The results showed that ZnO nanorods stood almost perpendicularly on the substrate, were about 30-50 nm in diameter and 800-900 nm in length, and were wurtzite-structured (hexagonal) ZnO. In addition, well-aligned ZNRAs exhibited a weak absorption in the visible region and had an optical band gap value of 3.28 eV. Furthermore, a hybrid ZNRAs/polymer photovoltaic device was made, under 1 sun AM 1.5 illumination (light intensity, ˜100 mW/cm2), and the device showed an open circuit voltage (V oc) of 0.32 V, a short circuit current density (J sc) of 7.67 mA/cm2, and a fill factor (FF) of 0.37, yielding an overall power conversion efficiency of 0.91%. Also, the exciton dissociation and transportation processes of charge carriers in the device under illumination were explained according to its current density-voltage (J-V) curve and the energy level diagram.

  20. Photodegradation of Unsymmetrical Dimethylhydrazine by TiO2 Nanorod Arrays Decorated with CdS Nanoparticles Under Visible Light.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Gao, Xin; Liu, Xiangxuan; Wang, Xuanjun; Zhu, Zuoming; Xie, Zheng; Li, Jun

    2016-12-01

    Photocatalysis technology could utilize solar energy to degrade many toxic pollutants and provides possibility to deal with unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine (UDMH) wastewater with less energy consumption. In this study, well-aligned TiO2 nanorod arrays (TiO2 NRAs) were grown directly on transparent conductive glass (FTO) via a hydrothermal method, and TiO2 NRAs/CdS heterostructure films were prepared by decorating TiO2 NRAs with CdS nanoparticles through successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR). Under visible light, the TiO2 NRAs/CdS heterostructure displays enhanced photodegrading capacity compared with the bare TiO2 NRAs, and the highest photodegradation rate, 27.5% higher than that of the bare TiO2 NRAs, was achieved by the sample with 15 SILAR cycles. Additionally, the solution pH had some influence on the degradation process, which shows that the best degradation rate can be achieved in the neutral solution (pH is ca. 7.2), and the photodegradation process can be better in alkaline solution than in the acid solution. Moreover, the visible photocatalytic stability of the TiO2 NRAs/CdS sample was investigated. Finally, the underlying photocatalytic mechanism was discussed according to the photoelectrochemical and photoluminescence results.

  1. High density unaggregated Au nanoparticles on ZnO nanorod arrays function as efficient and recyclable photocatalysts for environmental purification.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yang, Tung-Han; Huang, Li-De; Harn, Yeu-Wei; Lin, Chun-Cheng; Chang, Jan-Kai; Wu, Chih-I; Wu, Jenn-Ming

    2013-09-23

    Photodegradation of organic pollutants in aqueous solution is a promising method for environmental purification. Photocatalysts capable of promoting this reaction are often composed of noble metal nanoparticles deposited on a semiconductor. Unfortunately, the separation of these semiconductor-metal nanopowders from the treated water is very difficult and energy consumptive, so their usefulness in practical applications is limited. Here, a precisely controlled synthesis of a large-scale and highly efficient photocatalyst composed of monolayered Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) chemically bound to vertically aligned ZnO nanorod arrays (ZNA) through a bifunctional surface molecular linker is demonstrated. Thioctic acid with sufficient steric stabilization is used as a molecular linker. High density unaggregated AuNPs bonding on entire surfaces of ZNA are successfully prepared on a conductive film/substrate, allowing easy recovery and reuse of the photocatalysts. Surprisingly, the ZNA-AuNPs heterostructures exhibit a photodegradation rate 8.1 times higher than that recorded for the bare ZNA under UV irradiation. High density AuNPs, dispersed perfectly on the ZNA surfaces, significantly improve the separation of the photogenerated electron-hole pairs, enlarge the reaction space, and consequently enhance the photocatalytic property for degradation of chemical pollutants. Photoelectron, photoluminescence and photoconductive measurements confirm the discussion on the charge carrier separation and photocatalytic experimental data. The demonstrated higher photodegradation rates demonstrated indicate that the ZNA-AuNPs heterostructures are candidates for the next-generation photocatalysts, replacing the conventional slurry photocatalysts.

  2. Superstrate CuInS2 photovoltaics with enhanced performance using a CdS/ZnO nanorod array.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Lee, Dongwook; Yong, Kijung

    2012-12-01

    An air-stable, low-temperature, solution-based process for preparing CuInS(2) (CIS) superstrate solar cells using CdS-decorated ZnO nanorod (NR) arrays is reported. Efficient light harvesting and photoexcited charge transport were achieved by fabricating a ZnO NR window layer with a large p-n junction area via a hydrothermal reaction. A CdS buffer layer was deposited on a transparent ZnO NR substrate at room temperature via successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) or nanocrystal layer deposition (NCLD). The prepared CdS/ZnO NR assembly was coated with a CIS absorber layer without the need for surface passivation organics or dispersion reagents. The CIS precursor solution, prepared using a metal salt, thiourea, and an amine solvent, yielded CIS nanocrystals (NCs) at temperatures up to 250 °C. The CIS/CdS/ZnO NR heterojunction structure exhibited an excellent photovoltaic performance compared to a planar ZnO film device due to enhanced light transmittance toward the absorber and a high charge collection efficiency. These results suggest that a superstrate CIS/CdS/ZnO NRs photovoltaic cell fabricated via the low-cost route described here has great potential as a next-generation solar cell device.

  3. Improving the photocatalytic activity of graphene oxide/ZnO nanorod films by UV irradiation

    Science.gov (United States)

    Rokhsat, Eliza; Akhavan, Omid

    2016-05-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) sheets with a low concentration (∼1 wt%) were deposited on surface of hydrothermally synthesized ZnO nanorod films. The deposited films were heat treated at 450 °C in order to achieve suitable GO/ZnO hybrid thin films for photocatalytic purposes. The photocatalytic activity of the nanocomposite films was investigated based on degradation of methylene blue (MB) dye which is a typical pollutant model. The GO/ZnO hybrid thin films could degrade higher MB (∼90%) than the bare ZnO nanorods (which showed only ∼75% degradation) after 450 min UV irradiation. A further significant improvement (resulting in a nearly complete degradation of MB) was achieved by exposing the GO/ZnO films to UV irradiation. The improvement was assigned to UV-assisted photocatalytic reduction of GO sheets and separation of photoexcited electron-hole pairs of ZnO by the UV-treated GO sheets. These results highlight application of UV treatment in improving the photocatalytic activity of GO-containing ZnO nanostructures.

  4. In Situ Growth of In2S3 Nanorods in Poly(3-Hexylthiophene) Hybrid Films

    Science.gov (United States)

    Cota-Leal, M.; Sotelo-Lerma, M.; Corona-Corona, I.; Quevedo-Lopez, M. A.

    2016-04-01

    A novel and efficient gas-liquid method for the in situ synthesis of In2S3 nanorods in a poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) matrix is demonstrated. The method involves a self-contained reaction between Na2S and HCl that produces H2S, which reacts with a P3HT/InCl3 solution resulting in hybrid P3HT/In2S3 films. The Na2S solution is regenerated for further use. The method yielded results in In2S3 nanoparticles and nanorods in a P3HT matrix, as observed by transmission electron microscopy. The In2S3 nanorods are 3 nm wide and ~30 nm long. The size of the nanorods is dependent on the P3HT concentration. The band gap (E g) of the resulting In2S3/P3HT is in the range of 2.97-3.71 eV, as measured by UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis) Charge transfer in the In2S3/P3HT was demonstrated by the presence of quenching in the fluorescence spectra of the composite. Chemical composition was investigated by energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy analysis, as well as x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Both techniques demonstrated the formation of In2S3.

  5. Composite Semiconductor Quantum Dots CdSe/CdS Co-sensitized TiO2 Nanorod Array Solar Cells

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    WANG Jingyang; ZHANG Tianjin; WANG Qingqing; WANG Duofa; PAN Ruikun; XIA Hanming

    2012-01-01

    CdSe/CdS semiconductor quantum dots co-sensitized TiO2 nanorod array was fabricated on the transparent conductive fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate using the hydrothermal and successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) process.The structural and morphological properties of the samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD),field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM),and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).The results indicate that CdSe/CdS QDs are uniformly coated on the surface of the TiO2 nanorods.The shift of light absorption edge was monitored by taking UV-visible absorption spectra.Compared with the absorption spectra of the TiO2 nanorod array,deposition of CdSe/CdS QDs shifts the absorption edge to the higher wavelength.The enhanced light absorption in the visible-light region of CdSe/CdS/TiO2 nanorod array indicates that CdSe/CdS layers can act as co-sensitizers in quantum dots sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs).By optimizing the CdSe layer deposition cycles,a photocurrent of 5.78 mA/cm2,an open circuit photovoltage of 0.469 V and a conversion efficiency of 1.34 % were obtained under an illumination of 100 mw/cm2.

  6. Enhanced photoelectrochemical properties of TiO2 nanorod arrays decorated with CdS nanoparticles

    Science.gov (United States)

    Xie, Zheng; Liu, Xiangxuan; Wang, Weipeng; Liu, Can; Li, Zhengcao; Zhang, Zhengjun

    2014-10-01

    TiO2 nanorod arrays (TiO2 NRAs) sensitized with CdS nanoparticles were fabricated via successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR), and TiO2 NRAs were obtained by oxidizing Ti NRAs obtained through oblique angle deposition. The TiO2 NRAs decorated with CdS nanoparticles exhibited excellent photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic properties under visible light, and the one decorated with 20 SILAR cycles CdS nanoparticles shows the best performance. This can be attributed to the enhanced separation of electrons and holes by forming heterojunctions of CdS nanoparticles and TiO2 NRAs. This provides a promising way to fabricate the material for solar energy conversion and wastewater degradation.

  7. Microwave-assisted synthesis and characterization of ZnO-nanorod arrays

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    ZHU Jian-yu; ZHANG Jing-xia; ZHOU Hui-fen; QIN Wen-qing; CHAI Li-yuan; HU Yue-hua

    2009-01-01

    High density ZnO-nanorod arrays (rod length 1.59 μm) were successfully synthesized via a microwave-assisted solution-phase method using zinc chloride and ammonia solution as reactants.The influence of concentration of ammonia solution,work power,and microwave irradiation time on the morphology and size of final products was carefully investigated.The crystal structure,chemical composition and morphologies of final products were characterized using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD),scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and photoluminescence (PL).The as-synthesized ZnO is composed of single crystalline and possesses three photoluminescence emissions centered at 400,469 and 534.5 nm,respectively.

  8. Highly enhanced hard x-ray emission from oriented metal nanorod arrays excited by intense femtosecond laser pulses

    Science.gov (United States)

    Mondal, Sudipta; Chakraborty, Indrani; Ahmad, Saima; Carvalho, Daniel; Singh, Prashant; Lad, Amit D.; Narayanan, V.; Ayyub, Pushan; Kumar, G. Ravindra; Zheng, J.; Sheng, Z. M.

    2011-01-01

    We report a 43-fold enhancement in the hard x-ray emission (in the 150-300 keV range) from copper nanorod arrays (compared to a polished Cu surface) when excited by 30-fs, 800-nm laser pulses with an intensity of 1016 W/cm2. The temperature of the hot electrons that emit the x rays is 11 times higher. Significantly, the x-ray yield enhancement is found to depend on both the aspect ratio as well as the cluster size of the nanorods. We show that the higher yield arises from enhanced laser absorption owing to the extremely high local electric fields around the nanorod tips. Particle-in-cell plasma simulations reproduce these observations and provide pointers to further optimization of the x-ray emission.

  9. Mesoporous titania-vertical nanorod films with interfacial engineering for high performance dye-sensitized solar cells

    Science.gov (United States)

    Ahmed, Irfan; Fakharuddin, Azhar; Wali, Qamar; Zainun, Ayib Rosdi Bin; Ismail, Jamil; Jose, Rajan

    2015-03-01

    Working electrode (WE) fabrication offers significant challenges in terms of achieving high-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). We have combined the beneficial effects of vertical nanorods grown on conducting glass substrate for charge transport and mesoporous particles for dye loading and have achieved a high photoconversion efficiency of (η) > 11% with an internal quantum efficiency of ˜93% in electrode films of thickness ˜7 ± 0.5 μm. Controlling the interface between the vertical nanorods and the mesoporous film is a crucial step in attaining high η. We identify three parameters, viz., large surface area of nanoparticles, increased light scattering of the nanorod-nanoparticle layer, and superior charge transport of nanorods, that simultaneously contribute to the improved photovoltaic performance of the WE developed.

  10. Hydrothermal Etching Treatment to Rutile TiO2 Nanorod Arrays for Improving the Efficiency of CdS-Sensitized TiO2 Solar Cells.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wan, Jingshu; Liu, Rong; Tong, Yuzhu; Chen, Shuhuang; Hu, Yunxia; Wang, Baoyuan; Xu, Yang; Wang, Hao

    2016-12-01

    Highly ordered TiO2 nanorod arrays (NRAs) were directly grown on an F:SnO2 (FTO) substrate without any seed layer by hydrothermal route. For a larger surface area, the second-step hydrothermal treatment in hydrochloric acid was carried out to the as-prepared TiO2 NRAs. The results showed that the center portion of the TiO2 nanorods were dissolved in the etching solution to form a nanocave at the initial etching process. As the etching time extended, the tip parts of the nanocave wall split into lots of nanowires with a reduced diameter, giving rise to a remarkable increase of specific surface area for the TiO2 NRAs. The TiO2 films after etching treatment were sensitized by CdS quantum dots (QDs) to fabricate quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs), which exhibited a significant improvement in the photocurrent density in comparison with that of the un-treated device, this mainly attributed to the enhancement of QD loading and diffused reflectance ability. Through modifying the etching TiO2 films with TiCl4, a relatively high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 3.14 % was obtained after optimizing the etching time.

  11. Photoelectrocatalytic activity of a hydrothermally grown branched Zno nanorod-array electrode for paracetamol degradation.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Lin, Chin Jung; Liao, Shu-Jun; Kao, Li-Cheng; Liou, Sofia Ya Hsuan

    2015-06-30

    Hierarchical branched ZnO nanorod (B-ZnR) arrays as an electrode for efficient photoelectrocatalytic degradation of paracetamol were grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide substrates using a solution route. The morphologic and structural studies show the ZnO trunks are single-crystalline hexagonal wurtzite ZnO with a [0001] growth direction and are densely covered by c-axis-oriented ZnO branches. The obvious enhancement in photocurrent response of the B-ZnR electrode was obtained than that in the ZnO nanoparticle (ZnO NP) electrode. For the photoelectrocatalytic degradation of paracetamol in 20 h, the conversion fraction of the drug increased from 32% over ZnO NP electrode to 62% over B-ZnR arrays with about 3-fold increase in initial reaction rate. The light intensity-dependent photoelectrocatalytic experiment indicated that the superior performance over the B-ZnR electrode was mainly ascribed to the increased specific surface area without significantly sacrificing the charge transport and pollutant diffusion efficiencies. Two aromatic intermediate compounds were observed and eventually converted into harmless carboxylic acids and ammonia. Hierarchical tree-like ZnO arrays can be considered effective alternatives to improve photoelectro degradation rates without the need for expensive additives.

  12. Enhancement of the Luminescence of ZnO Nanorod Arrays by SILAR Coating with a CdS Nanocrystalline Shell Layer

    Science.gov (United States)

    Krishnaveni, M.; Devadason, Suganthi

    2015-02-01

    ZnO/CdS core/shell-type nanorod arrays (NRAs) have been synthesized by a simple chemical method. The thickness of the CdS shell layers was controlled by varying the number of successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction cycles. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed the ZnO had a hexagonal crystal structure and the CdS had a cubic crystal structure. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy revealed that a highly conforming CdS shell layer ˜5 nm thick had been deposited on the ZnO nanorods. High-resolution scanning electron microscopy revealed the presence of hexagonal ZnO nanorods entirely coated with a nanocrystalline CdS shell. The ultraviolet-visible-near infrared absorption spectra of the films were red shifted and the calculated optical energy band gap decreased from 3.25 to 2.46 eV with progressive increase of CdS shell layer thickness. Photoluminescence spectra revealed enhancement of the near-band-edge emission centered at 380 nm of the ZnO NRAs after coating with the CdS shell layer. The observed shift in deep level emissions from yellow to green in the ZnO/CdS core/shell heterostructures has been explained. The measured electrical resistivity of bare ZnO and ZnO/CdS core/shell NRAs was 5.43 × 10-3 Ω cm and 1.25 × 10-3 Ω cm, respectively, when the films were illuminated with visible light.

  13. Kinetics of electron recombination of dye-sensitized solar cells based on TiO2 nanorod arrays sensitized with different dyes.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wang, Hongxia; Liu, Meinan; Zhang, Min; Wang, Peng; Miura, Hidetoshi; Cheng, Yan; Bell, John

    2011-10-14

    The performance and electron recombination kinetics of dye-sensitized solar cells based on TiO(2) films consisting of one-dimensional nanorod arrays (NR-DSSCs) which are sensitized with dyes N719, C218 and D205, respectively, have been studied. It has been found that the best efficiency is obtained with the dye C218 based NR-DSSCs, benefiting from a 40% higher short-circuit photocurrent density. However, the open circuit photovoltage of the N719 based cell is 40 mV higher than that of the organic dye C218 and D205 based devices. Investigation of the electron recombination kinetics of the NR-DSSCs has revealed that the effective electron lifetime, τ(n), of the different dye based NR-DSSCs shows the sequence of C218 > D205 > N719. The higher V(oc) with the N719 based NR-DSSC is originated from the more negative energy level of the conduction band of the TiO(2) film. In addition, in comparison to the DSSCs with the conventional nanocrystalline particles based TiO(2) films, the NR-DSSCs have shown over two orders of magnitude higher τ(n) when employing N719 as the sensitizer. Nevertheless, the τ(n) of the DSSCs with the C218 based nanorod arrays is only ten-fold higher than that of the nanoparticles based devices. The remarkable characteristic of the dye C218 in suppressing the electron recombination of DSSCs is discussed.

  14. Growing vertical ZnO nanorod arrays within graphite: efficient isolation of large size and high quality single-layer graphene.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Ding, Ling; E, Yifeng; Fan, Louzhen; Yang, Shihe

    2013-07-18

    We report a unique strategy for efficiently exfoliating large size and high quality single-layer graphene directly from graphite into DMF dispersions by growing ZnO nanorod arrays between the graphene layers in graphite.

  15. Fabrication of TiO2 nanoparticles/nanorod composite arrays via a two-step method for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Jingyang Wang

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available TiO2 nanoparticles/nanorod composite arrays were prepared on the F-doped tin oxide (FTO substrate through a two-step method of hydrothermal and d.c. magnetron sputtering. The microstructure and optical properties of the samples were characterized respectively by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD, field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM and UV–vis spectrometer. The results showed that the TiO2 composite nanorod arrays possess the nature of high surface area for more dye molecule absorption and the strong light scattering effects. The dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs based on TiO2 composite nanorod arrays exhibited a 80% improvement in the overall energy conversion efficiency compared with the pure TiO2 nanorod arrays photoanode.

  16. Fabrication of TiO2 nanoparticles/nanorod composite arrays via a two-step method for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Jingyang Wang; Shaohua Qu; Zhicheng Zhong; Song Wang; Ke Liu; Anzheng Hu

    2014-01-01

    TiO2 nanoparticles/nanorod composite arrays were prepared on the F-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate through a two-step method of hydrothermal and d.c. magnetron sputtering. The microstructure and optical properties of the samples were characterized respectively by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and UV–vis spectrometer. The results showed that the TiO2 composite nanorod arrays possess the nature of high surface area for more dye molecule absorption and the strong light scattering effects. The dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on TiO2 composite nanorod arrays exhibited a 80%improvement in the overall energy conversion efficiency compared with the pure TiO2 nanorod arrays photoanode.

  17. Strain relaxation and optical properties of etched In0.19Ga0.81N nanorod arrays on the GaN template

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Zhang Dong-Yan; Zheng Xin-He; Li Xue-Fei; Wu Yuan-Yuan; Wang Hui; Wang Jian-Feng; Yang Hui

    2012-01-01

    InGaN/GaN epilayers,which are grown on sapphire substrates by the metal-organic chemical-vapour deposition (MOCVD) method,are formed into nanorod arrays using inductively coupled plasma etching via self-assembled Ni nanomasks.The formation of nanorod arrays eliminates the tilt of the InGaN (0002) crystallographic plane with respect to its GaN bulk layer.Photoluninescence results show an apparent S-shaped dependence on temperature.The light extraction efficiency and intensity of photoluminescence emission at low temperature of less than 30 K for the nanorod arrays are enhanced by the large surface area,which increases the quenching effect because of the high density of surface states for the temperature above 30 K.Additionally,a red-shift for the InGaN/GaN nanorod arrays is observed due to the strain relaxation,which is confirmed by reciprocal space mapping measurements.

  18. Photo current generation in RGO - CdS nanorod thin film device

    Science.gov (United States)

    Chakraborty, Koushik; Chakrabarty, Sankalpita; Ibrahim, Sk.; Pal, Tanusri; Ghosh, Surajit

    2016-05-01

    Herein, we report the synthesis and characterization of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) - cadmium sulfide (CdS) nanocomposite materials. The reduction of GO, formation of CdS and decoration of CdS onto RGO sheets were done in a one- pot solvothermal process. We have observed that the PL intensity for CdS nanorods remarkably quenched after the attachment of RGO, which established the photo induced charge transformation from the CdS nanorod to RGO sheets through the RGO-CdS interface. The optoelectronic transport properties of our fabricated large area thin film device exhibits excellent photo induced charge generation under simulated solar light illumination. The photo sensitivity of the device increases linearly with the increase of illuminated light intensity. The RGO-CdS composite exhibits enhance photocatalytic dye degradation efficiency in compare to control CdS under simulated solar light illumination.

  19. Sequential growth of zinc oxide nanorod arrays at room temperature via a corrosion process: application in visible light photocatalysis.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Iqbal, Danish; Kostka, Aleksander; Bashir, Asif; Sarfraz, Adnan; Chen, Ying; Wieck, Andreas D; Erbe, Andreas

    2014-11-12

    Many photocatalyst systems catalyze chemical reactions under ultraviolet (UV) illumination, because of its high photon energies. Activating inexpensive, widely available materials as photocatalyst using the intense visible part of the solar spectrum is more challenging. Here, nanorod arrays of the wide-band-gap semiconductor zinc oxide have been shown to act as photocatalysts for the aerobic photo-oxidation of organic dye Methyl Orange under illumination with red light, which is normally accessible only to narrow-band semiconductors. The homogeneous, 800-1000-nm-thick ZnO nanorod arrays show substantial light absorption (absorbances >1) throughout the visible spectral range. This absorption is caused by defect levels inside the band gap. Multiple scattering processes by the rods make the nanorods appear black. The dominantly crystalline ZnO nanorod structures grow in the (0001) direction, i.e., with the c-axis perpendicular to the surface of polycrystalline zinc. The room-temperature preparation route relies on controlled cathodic delamination of a weakly bound polymer coating from metallic zinc, an industrially produced and cheaply available substrate. Cathodic delamination is a sequential synthesis process, because it involves the propagation of a delamination front over the base material. Consequently, arbitrarily large sample surfaces can be nanostructured using this approach.

  20. III-nitride core-shell nanorod array on quartz substrates.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Bae, Si-Young; Min, Jung-Wook; Hwang, Hyeong-Yong; Lekhal, Kaddour; Lee, Ho-Jun; Jho, Young-Dahl; Lee, Dong-Seon; Lee, Yong-Tak; Ikarashi, Nobuyuki; Honda, Yoshio; Amano, Hiroshi

    2017-03-27

    We report the fabrication of near-vertically elongated GaN nanorods on quartz substrates. To control the preferred orientation and length of individual GaN nanorods, we combined molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) with pulsed-mode metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). The MBE-grown buffer layer was composed of GaN nanograins exhibiting an ordered surface and preferred orientation along the surface normal direction. Position-controlled growth of the GaN nanorods was achieved by selective-area growth using MOCVD. Simultaneously, the GaN nanorods were elongated by the pulsed-mode growth. The microstructural and optical properties of both GaN nanorods and InGaN/GaN core-shell nanorods were then investigated. The nanorods were highly crystalline and the core-shell structures exhibited optical emission properties, indicating the feasibility of fabricating III-nitride nano-optoelectronic devices on amorphous substrates.

  1. III-nitride core–shell nanorod array on quartz substrates

    Science.gov (United States)

    Bae, Si-Young; Min, Jung-Wook; Hwang, Hyeong-Yong; Lekhal, Kaddour; Lee, Ho-Jun; Jho, Young-Dahl; Lee, Dong-Seon; Lee, Yong-Tak; Ikarashi, Nobuyuki; Honda, Yoshio; Amano, Hiroshi

    2017-01-01

    We report the fabrication of near-vertically elongated GaN nanorods on quartz substrates. To control the preferred orientation and length of individual GaN nanorods, we combined molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) with pulsed-mode metal–organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). The MBE-grown buffer layer was composed of GaN nanograins exhibiting an ordered surface and preferred orientation along the surface normal direction. Position-controlled growth of the GaN nanorods was achieved by selective-area growth using MOCVD. Simultaneously, the GaN nanorods were elongated by the pulsed-mode growth. The microstructural and optical properties of both GaN nanorods and InGaN/GaN core–shell nanorods were then investigated. The nanorods were highly crystalline and the core–shell structures exhibited optical emission properties, indicating the feasibility of fabricating III-nitride nano-optoelectronic devices on amorphous substrates. PMID:28345641

  2. Controlled synthesis of highly orientation-ordered single crystal Cd{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}S nanorod array

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Hou, Junwei, E-mail: Junw.hou@gmail.com [PetroChina Xinjiang Oilfield Company, Research Institute of Experiment and Detection, Karamay, Xinjiang 834000 (China); Lv, Xiaoyi [Colleges of Information Science and Engineering, Xinjiang University, Urumqi 830046 (China); Li, Zhihong [PetroChina Xinjiang Oilfield Company, Research Institute of Experiment and Detection, Karamay, Xinjiang 834000 (China); Zou, Hua [School of Mathematics and Physics, Jiangsu University of Technology, Changzhou 213001 (China); Zeng, Xiaofei [Department of Science, China University of Petroleum Beijing, Beijing 102249 (China)

    2014-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Well-aligned Cd{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}S nanorod arrays. - Highlights: • Single crystal Cd{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}S nanorods arrays were fabricated by chemical vapor deposition method. • The as-synthesized products are high uniformity. • The possible growth mechanism and process of arrays nanostructure has been discussed. - Abstract: In this article, a catalyst-free method for the preparation of orientation-ordered single-crystal Cd{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}S nanorod arrays on graphite substrates has been reported. The morphology and crystal structure of the Cd{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}S nanorod arrays were studied using scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The results showed that the nanorods with 40–100 nm in diameter and 2000 nm in length grew along the [0 0 1] direction of the hexagonal crystalline phase. A vapor–solid (VS) growth mechanism was proposed for the formation of the Cd{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}S nanorod arrays. The photoluminescence characterizations showed a strong blue emission at 420 nm for the Cd{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}S nanorod arrays when the value of x is 0.5. Thus, with a simple CVD technique, the high-density and orientation-ordered nanorod arrays would become a promising candidate in many applications such as building blocks for optoelectronics.

  3. Low temperature grown ZnO@TiO{sub 2} core shell nanorod arrays for dye sensitized solar cell application

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Goh, Gregory Kia Liang [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology, and Research), 3 Research Link, 117602 Singapore (Singapore); Le, Hong Quang, E-mail: lehq@imre.a-star.edu.sg [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology, and Research), 3 Research Link, 117602 Singapore (Singapore); Huang, Tang Jiao; Hui, Benjamin Tan Tiong [Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE), Faculty of Engineering National University of Singapore (NUS) BLK E3A, #04-10, 7 Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117574 (Singapore)

    2014-06-01

    High aspect ratio ZnO nanorod arrays were synthesized on fluorine-doped tin oxide glasses via a low temperature solution method. By adjusting the growth condition and adding polyethylenimine, ZnO nanorod arrays with tunable length were successfully achieved. The ZnO@TiO{sub 2} core shells structures were realized by a fast growth method of immersion into a (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}·TiF{sub 6} solution. Transmission electron microscopy, X-ray Diffraction and energy dispersive X-ray measurements all confirmed the existence of a titania shell uniformly covering the ZnO nanorod's surface. Results of solar cell testing showed that addition of a TiO{sub 2} shell to the ZnO nanorod significantly increased short circuit current (from 4.2 to 5.2 mA/cm{sup 2}), open circuit voltage (from 0.6 V to 0.8 V) and fill factor (from 42.8% to 73.02%). The overall cell efficiency jumped from 1.1% for bare ZnO nanorod to 3.03% for a ZnO@TiO{sub 2} core shell structured solar cell with a 18–22 nm shell thickness, a nearly threefold increase. - Graphical abstract: The synthesis process of coating TiO{sub 2} shell onto ZnO nanorod core is shown schematically. A thin, uniform, and conformal shell had been grown on the surface of the ZnO core after immersing in the (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}·TiF{sub 6} solution for 5–15 min. - Highlights: • ZnO@TiO{sub 2} core shell nanorod has been grown on FTO substrate using low temperature solution method. • TEM, XRD, EDX results confirmed the existing of titana shell, uniformly covered rod's surface. • TiO{sub 2} shell suppressed recombination, demonstrated significant enhancement in cell's efficiency. • Core shell DSSC's efficiency achieved as high as 3.03%, 3 times higher than that of ZnO nanorods.

  4. Superhydrophobic and anti-reflective ZnO nanorod-coated FTO transparent conductive thin films prepared by a three-step method

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Li, Bao-jia, E-mail: li_bjia@126.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, 212013 (China); Jiangsu Provincial Key Laboratory of Center for Photon Manufacturing Science and Technology, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, 212013 (China); Huang, Li-jing; Ren, Nai-fei [Jiangsu Provincial Key Laboratory of Center for Photon Manufacturing Science and Technology, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, 212013 (China); School of Mechanical Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, 212013 (China); Kong, Xia; Cai, Yun-long; Zhang, Jie-lu [Jiangsu Tailong Reduction Box Co. Ltd., Taixing, 225400 (China)

    2016-07-25

    A ZnO nanorod-coated FTO film was prepared by sputtering an AZO layer on FTO glass, thermal annealing of the AZO/FTO film, and hydrothermal growth of ZnO nanorods at 70 °C on the annealed AZO/FTO film using zinc foils as zinc source. Two other ZnO nanorod-coated FTO films were also prepared by hydrothermal growths of ZnO nanorods on the FTO glass and the unannealed AZO/FTO film respectively for comparison purpose. The results were observed in detail using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, water contact/sliding angle measurement, spectrophotometry and four-point probe measurement. The ZnO nanorods on the annealed AZO/FTO film were found to exhibit denser distribution and better orientation than those on the FTO glass and the unannealed AZO/FTO film. As a result, the ZnO nanorod-coated annealed AZO/FTO film demonstrated superhydrophobicity, high transparency and low reflectance in the visible range. Also this film had the lowest sheet resistance of 4.0 Ω/sq, implying its good electrical conductivity. This investigation provides a valuable reference for developing multifunctional transparent conductive films. - Highlights: • ZnO nanorod-coated annealed AZO/FTO film was obtained by a three-step method. • FTO and unannealed AZO/FTO films were also used as substrates for comparison. • ZnO nanorods on the annealed AZO/FTO film were denser and more vertically-oriented. • The ZnO nanorod-coated annealed AZO/FTO film (Z/TA-FTO) had superhydrophobicity. • The Z/TA-FTO exhibited high transparency, low reflectance and good conductivity.

  5. Flexible parylene-film optical waveguide arrays

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yamagiwa, S.; Ishida, M.; Kawano, T.

    2015-08-01

    Modulation of neuronal activities by light [e.g., laser or light-emitting diode] using optogenetics is a powerful tool for studies on neuronal functions in a brain. Herein, flexible thin-film optical waveguide arrays based on a highly biocompatible material of parylene are reported. Parylene-C and -N thin layers with the different refractive indices form the clad and the core of the waveguide, respectively, and neural recording microelectrodes are integrated to record optical stimuli and electrical recordings simultaneously using the same alignment. Both theoretical and experimental investigations confirm that light intensities of more than 90% can propagate in a bent waveguide with a curvature radius of >5 mm. The proposed flexible thin-film waveguide arrays with microelectrodes can be used for numerous spherical bio-tissues, including brain and spinal cord samples.

  6. A Facile Route to the Preparation of Highly Uniform ZnO@TiO2 Core-Shell Nanorod Arrays with Enhanced Photocatalytic Properties

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Yuanyuan Zhao

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Design and synthesis of ZnO@TiO2 core-shell nanorod arrays as promising photocatalysts have been widely reported. However, it remains a challenge to develop a low-temperature, low-cost, and environmentally friendly method to prepare ZnO@TiO2 core-shell nanorod arrays over a large area for future device applications. Here, a facile, green, and efficient route is designed to prepare the ZnO@TiO2 nanorod arrays with a highly uniform core-shell structure over a large area on Zn wafer via a vapor-thermal method at relatively low temperature. The growth mechanism is proposed as a layer-by-layer assembly. The photocatalytic decomposition reaction of methylene blue (MB reveals that the ZnO@TiO2 core-shell nanorod arrays have excellent photocatalytic activities when compared with the performance of the ZnO nanorod arrays. The improved photocatalytic activity could be attributed to the core-shell structure, which can effectively reduce the recombination rate of electron-hole pairs, significantly increase the optical absorption range, and offer a high density of surface active catalytic sites for the decomposition of organic pollutants. In addition, it is very easy to separate or recover ZnO@TiO2 core-shell nanorod array catalysts when they are used in water purification processes.

  7. Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Nanorod and Thin Film Gas Sensors

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wang, Hung-Ta; Gila, Brent P.; Lin, Jenshan; Pearton, Stepehn J.

    2006-01-01

    In this review we discuss the advances in use of GaN and ZnO-based solid-state sensors for gas sensing applications. AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) show a strong dependence of source/drain current on the piezoelectric polarization -induced two dimensional electron gas (2DEG). Furthermore, spontaneous and piezoelectric polarization induced surface and interface charges can be used to develop very sensitive but robust sensors for the detection of gases. Pt-gated GaN Schottky diodes and Sc2O3/AlGaN/GaN metal-oxide semiconductor diodes also show large change in forward currents upon exposure to H2 containing ambients. Of particular interest are methods for detecting ethylene (C2H4), which offers problems because of its strong double bonds and hence the difficulty in dissociating it at modest temperatures. ZnO nanorods offer large surface area, are bio-safe and offer excellent gas sensing characteristics.

  8. Effect of diameter and height of electrochemically-deposited ZnO nanorod arrays on the performance of piezoelectric nanogenerators

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Nagaraju, Goli; Ko, Yeong Hwan; Yu, Jae Su, E-mail: jsyu@khu.ac.kr

    2015-01-15

    We investigated the performance of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorod arrays (NRAs)-based piezoelectric nanogenerators (NGs) by controlling their diameter and height which are closely related to piezoelectric output current. The ZnO NRAs as a nanostructured piezoelectric material were synthesized on flexible indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated polyethylene terephthalate (PET) (i.e., ITO/PET) substrates by a facile electrochemical deposition (ED) method. As the zinc nitrate concentration and growth time increased, the diameter and height of ZnO NRAs also increased. Based on the ZnO NRAs on ITO/PET, piezoelectric NGs were fabricated with an opposite electrode of gold-coated PET film (i.e. Au/PET). At 10 mM of zinc nitrate concentration and 1 h of growth time, the ZnO NRAs exhibited relatively regular and higher output currents, leading to an estimated average value of ∼10.4 nA/cm{sup 2} under a low external pushing force of 0.98 N. For the samples at 1 and 100 mM, piezoelectric currents were relatively low (∼4.34 and 1.45–5.21 nA/cm{sup 2}, respectively). It was found that the ZnO NRAs with high diameter/height uniformity and good alignment tend to be bent more easily for efficiently generating piezoelectric currents. The bending efficiency of ZnO NRAs was also analysed theoretically by calculating the strain distribution of ZnO NRAs-based NGs with different diameters and heights of the nanorods. - Highlights: • ZnO NRAs were synthesized on ITO/PET substrate by a facile ED process. • The diameter and height of ZnO NRAs were controlled by varying growth parameters. • Under an optimized condition, the NG exhibited a relatively high output current. • Theoretical results confirmed the bending efficiency of various ZnO NRAs.

  9. Surface-roughness-assisted formation of large-scale vertically aligned CdS nanorod arrays via solvothermal method

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhou, Minmin; Yan, Shancheng; Shi, Yi; Yang, Meng; Sun, Huabin; Wang, Jianyu; Yin, Yao; Gao, Fan

    2013-05-01

    Large-scale cadmium sulfide (CdS) nanorod arrays were successfully synthesized on several different substrates through solvothermal reaction. During the growth experiments, we observed that the adhesion strength of the CdS nanorod arrays to different substrates differed dramatically, causing some of the CdS coating being easily flushed away by deionized water (DI water). With doubts and suspicions, we seriously investigate the original morphology of all the substrates by using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The phase, morphology, crystal structure and photoelectric property of all the products were characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectroscopy and current-voltage (I-V) probe station. The growth mechanism of solvothermal reaction was proposed on the basis of all the characterizations. Our approach presents a universal method of liquid phase epitaxy of 1D material on a wide range of substrates of any shape.

  10. Diffusion-Controlled Growth of Oxygen Bubble Evolved from Nanorod-Array TiO2 Photoelectrode

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Xiaowei Hu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanorod-array structure gains its popularity in photoelectrode design for water splitting. However, the structure’s effects on solid-liquid interface interaction and reaction product transportation still remain unsolved. Gas bubble generally evolved from photoelectrodes, which provides a starting point for the problem-solving. Based on this, investigations on the gas-evolving photoelectrode are carried out in this paper. By experimental studies of wettability on the photoelectrode nanorod-array surface and oxygen bubble growth from anode, we analyzed the interaction affecting the gas-solid-liquid contact behaviors and product transportation mechanism, which is controlled by diffusion due to the concentration gradient of dissolved gases in the aqueous electrolyte and the microconvection caused by the bubble interface movement. In the end, based on the bubble growth characteristics of RB(t~t0.5 in the experiment, a model describing the product transport mechanism was presented.

  11. LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanorod arrays: A potential three-dimensional cathode for lithium-ion microbatteries

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Tang, Xiao; Lin, Binghui [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Xiaolingwei 200, Nanjing 210094 (China); Herbert Gleiter Institute of Nanoscience, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094 (China); Ge, Yong; Ge, Yao; Lu, Changjie [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Xiaolingwei 200, Nanjing 210094 (China); Savilov, Serguei V. [Department of Chemistry, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Aldoshin, Serguei M. [Department of Physical Chemistry Engineering, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Xia, Hui, E-mail: xiahui@njust.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Xiaolingwei 200, Nanjing 210094 (China); Herbert Gleiter Institute of Nanoscience, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094 (China)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • Self-supported LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanorod arrays are prepared on the Pt substrates. • LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanorod array cathode exhibits a large areal capacity of 0.25 mAh cm{sup −2}. • LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanorod array cathode exhibits good cycle performance and rate capability. • LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanorod arrays are potential cathodes for 3D microbatteries. - Abstract: Although three-dimensional (3D) microbatteries represent great advantage compared to their two-dimensional counterparts, the fabrication of 3D cathode is still a challenge, which holds back the further development of 3D microbatteries. In this work, we present a novel approach for fabrication of LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanorod arrays as 3D cathode for microbatteries. α-MnO{sub 2} nanotube arrays are firstly grown on the Pt substrate as the template, and LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanorod arrays are then prepared by lithiation of α-MnO{sub 2} nanotube arrays in molten salt followed by 800 °C annealing in air. In the half cell test, the 3D LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanorod arrays exhibit both high gravimetric capacity (∼130 mAh g{sup −1}) and areal capacity (∼0.25 mAh cm{sup −2}), while maintaining good cycling stability and rate capability. The facile synthesis and superior electrochemical performance of the three-dimensional LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} cathode make it promising for application in microbatteries.

  12. Highly Transparent and UV-Resistant Superhydrophobic SiO2-Coated ZnO Nanorod Arrays

    Science.gov (United States)

    2015-01-01

    Highly transparent and UV-resistant superhydrophobic arrays of SiO2-coated ZnO nanorods are prepared in a sequence of low-temperature (superhydrophobic nanocomposite is shown to have minimal impact on solar cell device performance under AM1.5G illumination. Flexible plastics can serve as front cell and backing materials in the manufacture of flexible displays and solar cells. PMID:24495100

  13. Template-assisted fabrication of free-standing nanorod arrays of a hole-conducting cross-linked triphenylamine derivative: toward ordered bulk-heterojunction solar cells.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Haberkorn, Niko; Gutmann, Jochen S; Theato, Patrick

    2009-06-23

    Free-standing nanorod arrays of a thermally cross-linked semiconducting triphenylamine were fabricated on conductive ITO/glass substrates via an anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template-assisted approach. By using a solution wetting method combined with a subsequent thermal imprinting step to fill the nanoporous structure of the template with a cross-linkable triphenylamine derivative, a polymeric replication of the AAO was obtained after thermal curing and selective removal of the template. To obtain well-aligned and free-standing nanorod arrays, aggregation and collapse of the nanorods were prevented by optimizing their aspect ratio and applying a freeze-drying technique to remove the aqueous medium after the etching step. Because of their electrochemical properties and their resistance against organic solvents after curing, these high density nanorod arrays have potential application in organic photovoltaics.

  14. Fabrication of silver nanorods embedded in PDMS film and its application for strain sensing

    Science.gov (United States)

    Goel, Pratibha; Singh, J. P.

    2014-11-01

    Highly reflective and surface conductive strain gauges have been prepared by embedding the silver nanorods (AgNRs) into polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). Thermal curing of PDMS on AgNRs grown Si wafer leads to a flexible, reflective and conductive silver surface. The reflectance of the as prepared films were observed to be 60% with a low value of sheet resistance. The reflectance of the film was able to be tuned from 60% to 15% in the visible region. The fabrication of a parallel plate capacitor strain sensor from AgNRs embedded PDMS, and tuning of the capacitance with respect to the applied strain, leads to a gauge factor of ~1. These mechanically tunable AgNRs/PDMS films demonstrate potential application as a strain sensor.

  15. Structural and optical properties of dense vertically aligned ZnO nanorods grown onto silver and gold thin films by galvanic effect with iron contamination

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Scarpellini, D.; Paoloni, S.; Medaglia, P.G. [Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, 00133 Rome (Italy); Pizzoferrato, R., E-mail: pizzoferrato@uniroma2.it [Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, 00133 Rome (Italy); Orsini, A.; Falconi, C. [Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, 00133 Rome (Italy)

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • ZnO nanorods were grown on Au and Ag films in aqueous solution by galvanic effect. • The method is prone to metal contamination which can influence the ZnO properties. • Iron doping improves the lattice matching between ZnO and the substrate. • Energy levels of point defects are lowered and the light emission is red-shifted. • Galvanic-induced nucleation starts and proceeds continuously during the growth. - Abstract: Dense arrays of vertically aligned ZnO nanorods have been grown onto either silver or gold seedless substrates trough a simple hydrothermal method by exploiting the galvanic effect between the substrate and metallic parts. The nanorods exhibit larger bases and more defined hexagonal shapes, in comparison with standard non-galvanic wet-chemistry synthesis. X-ray diffraction (XRD) shows that the iron contamination, associated with the galvanic contact, significantly improves the in-plane compatibility of ZnO with the Au and Ag cubic lattice. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements indicate that the contamination does not affect the number density of localized defects, but lowers their energy levels uniformly; differently, the band-edge emission is not altered appreciably. Finally, we have found that the ZnO hetero-nucleation by galvanic effect initiates at different times in different sites of the substrate area. Our results can be useful for the fabrication of high performance piezonanodevices comprising high-density metal-to-ZnO nanoscaled junctions without intermediate polycrystalline layers.

  16. Enhanced anisotropy of gold nanorods-polymer composite films for optical applications

    Science.gov (United States)

    Stoenescu, Stefan; Badilescu, Simona; Packirisamy, Muthukumaran; Truong, Vo-Van

    2012-10-01

    The strong optical absorption, scattering and local electric field enhancement associated with the longitudinal Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) of gold nanorods (AuNRs) have important applications in imaging, sensing, nonlinear optics, thermal therapy and data encoding. The longitudinal SPR mode can be optimally excited only in the NRs that are most aligned with the electric field of a linearly polarized incident light. Thus, in cast polymer based nanorod composite films, where the NRs orientation is random, only a fraction of the embedded NRs is actually usable to the maximal extent for the intended applications. To enhance the degree of alignment of the AuNRs by uniaxial stretching and increase the application efficiency, we have improved the polymer matrix with respect to plastic deformation and designed a suitable drawing device to reduce the fracture risks of the polymer. The resulting nanocomposite film was characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and by spectroscopy using linearly polarized light in the UV-Visible range. The linear dichroic ratio of the stretched nanocomposite film was calculated based on the ratio of the peak absorbance of the incident light parallelly polarized, to that of the light polarized perpendicularly to the NRs long axes.

  17. Sputtered highly ordered TiO2 nanorod arrays and their applications as the electrode in dye-sensitized solar cells.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Meng, Lijian; Ma, Aifeng; Ying, Pinliang; Feng, Zhaochi; Li, Can

    2011-02-01

    For the first time, the TiO2 nanorod arrays have been prepared on ITO substrates at room temperature by dc reactive magnetron sputtering technique. These TiO2 nanorods have a preferred orientation along the (220) direction and are perpendicular to the ITO substrate. Both the X-ray diffraction and Raman scattering measurements show that the highly ordered TiO2 nanorod arrays have an anatase crystal structure. The diameter of the nanorod varies from 30 nm to 100 nm and the nanorod length can be varied from several hundred nanometers to several micrometers depending on the deposition time. The TiO2 nanorod arrays with about 3 micrometers length have been used as an electrode for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). Short-circuit photocurrent density, open-circuit voltage, fill factor and light-to-electricity conversion efficiency at 100 mW/cm2 light intensity are estimated to be 12.76 mA/cm2, 0.65 V, 0.63 and 5.25%, respectively, for the DSSC made of the TiO2 nanorods.

  18. Preparation of thin hexagonal highly-ordered anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template onto silicon substrate and growth ZnO nanorod arrays by electrodeposition

    Science.gov (United States)

    Chahrour, Khaled M.; Ahmed, Naser M.; Hashim, M. R.; Elfadill, Nezar G.; Qaeed, M. A.; Bououdina, M.

    2014-12-01

    In this study, anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates of Aluminum thin films onto Ti-coated silicon substrates were prepared for growth of nanostructure materials. Hexagonally highly ordered thin AAO templates were fabricated under controllable conditions by using a two-step anodization. The obtained thin AAO templates were approximately 70 nm in pore diameter and 250 nm in length with 110 nm interpore distances within an area of 3 cm2. The difference between first and second anodization was investigated in details by in situ monitoring of current-time curve. A bottom barrier layer of the AAO templates was removed during dropping the voltage in the last period of the anodization process followed by a wet etching using phosphoric acid (5 wt%) for several minutes at ambient temperature. As an application, Zn nanorod arrays embedded in anodic alumina (AAO) template were fabricated by electrodeposition. Oxygen was used to oxidize the electrodeposited Zn nanorods in the AAO template at 700 °C. The morphology, structure and photoluminescence properties of ZnO/AAO assembly were analyzed using Field-emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Atomic force microscope (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL).

  19. Effect of thermal implying during ageing process of nanorods growth on the properties of zinc oxide nanorod arrays

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Ismail, A. S., E-mail: kyrin-samaxi@yahoo.com; Mamat, M. H., E-mail: mhmamat@salam.uitm.edu.my; Rusop, M., E-mail: rusop@salam.uitm.my [NANO-ElecTronic Centre (NET), Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor (Malaysia); NANO-SciTech Centre (NST), Institute of Science (IOS), Universiti Teknologi MARA - UiTM, 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor (Malaysia); Malek, M. F., E-mail: firz-solarzelle@yahoo.com; Abdullah, M. A. R., E-mail: ameerridhwan89@gmail.com; Sin, M. D., E-mail: diyana0366@johor.uitm.edu.my [NANO-ElecTronic Centre (NET), Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2016-07-06

    Undoped and Sn-doped Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures have been fabricated using a simple sol-gel immersion method at 95°C of growth temperature. Thermal sourced by hot plate stirrer was supplied to the solution during ageing process of nanorods growth. The results showed significant decrement in the quality of layer produced after the immersion process where the conductivity and porosity of the samples reduced significantly due to the thermal appliance. The structural properties of the samples have been characterized using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) electrical properties has been characterized using current voltage (I-V) measurement.

  20. General Route to ZnO Nanorod Arrays on Conducting Substrates via Galvanic-cell-based approach

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zheng, Zhaoke; Lim, Zhi Shiuh; Peng, Yuan; You, Lu; Chen, Lang; Wang, Junling

    2013-08-01

    Wurtzite ZnO nanorod exhibits many unique properties, which make it promising for various optoelectronic applications. To grow well-aligned ZnO nanorod arrays on various substrates, a seed layer is usually required to improve the density and vertical alignment. The reported works about seedless hydrothermal synthesis either require special substrates, or require external electrical field to enhance the ZnO nucleation. Here, we report a general method for the one-pot synthesis of homogenous and well-aligned ZnO nanorods on common conducting substrates without a seed layer. This method, based on the galvanic-cell structure, makes use of the contact potential between different materials as the driving force for ZnO growth. It is applicable to different conducting substrates at low temperature. More importantly, the as-grown ZnO nanorods show enhanced photoelectric response. This unique large scale low-temperature processing method could be of great importance for the application of ZnO nanostructures.

  1. Development of Solution-Processed ZnO Nanorod Arrays Based Photodetectors and the Improvement of UV Photoresponse via AZO Seed Layers.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhang, Yuzhu; Xu, Jianping; Shi, Shaobo; Gao, Yanyan; Wang, Chang; Zhang, Xiaosong; Yin, Shougen; Li, Lan

    2016-08-31

    Designing a rational structure and developing an efficient fabrication technique for bottom-up devices offer a promising opportunity for achieving high-performance devices. In this work, we studied how Al-doped ZnO (AZO) seed layer films influence the morphology and optical and electrical properties for ZnO aligned nanorod arrays (NRs) and then the performance of ZnO NRs based ultraviolet photodetectors (UV PDs) with Au/ZnO NRs Schottky junctions and p-CuSCN/n-ZnO NRs heterojunctions. The PD with AZO thin film with 0.5 at. % Al doping (named as AZO (0.5%)) exhibited more excellent photoresponse properties than that with pristine ZnO and AZO (1%) thin films. This phenomenon can be ascribed to the good light transmission of the AZO layer, increased density of the NRs, and improved crystallinity of ZnO NRs. The PDs based on CuSCN/ZnO NRs heterojunctions showed good rectification characteristics in the dark and self-powered UV photoresponse properties with excellent stability and reproducibility under low-intensity illumination conditions. A large responsivity located at 365 nm of 22.5 mA/W was achieved for the PD with AZO (0.5%) thin film without applied bias. The internal electric field originated from p-CuSCN/n-ZnO NRs heterojunctions can separate photogenerated carriers in ZnO NRs and drift toward the corresponding electrode.

  2. Homogeneous vertical ZnO nanorod arrays with high conductivity on an in situ Gd nanolayer

    KAUST Repository

    Flemban, Tahani H.

    2015-10-30

    We demonstrate a novel, one-step, catalyst-free method for the production of size-controlled vertical highly conductive ZnO nanorod (NR) arrays with highly desirable characteristics by pulsed laser deposition using a Gd-doped ZnO target. Our study shows that an in situ transparent and conductive Gd nanolayer (with a uniform thickness of ∼1 nm) at the interface between a lattice-matched (11-20) a-sapphire substrate and ZnO is formed during the deposition. This nanolayer significantly induces a relaxation mechanism that controls the dislocation distribution along the growth direction; which consequently improves the formation of homogeneous vertically aligned ZnO NRs. We demonstrate that both the lattice orientation of the substrate and the Gd characteristics are important in enhancing the NR synthesis, and we report precise control of the NR density by changing the oxygen partial pressure. We show that these NRs possess high optical and electrical quality, with a mobility of 177 cm2 (V s)-1, which is comparable to the best-reported mobility of ZnO NRs. Therefore, this new and simple method has significant potential for improving the performance of materials used in a wide range of electronic and optoelectronic applications.

  3. Influence of TiO2 Nanorod Arrays on the Bilayered Photoanode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

    Science.gov (United States)

    Cao, Ya; Li, Zhen; Wang, Yang; Zhang, Tao; Li, Yinchang; Liu, Xueqin; Li, Fei

    2016-10-01

    A TiO2 bilayered structure consisting of TiO2 nanoparticles (TiO2NP) as an overlayer and single-crystal rutile TiO2 nanorods (TiO2 NRs) as an underlayer on a transparent conductive fluorine-doped tin oxide substrate was designed as the photoanode of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) through a facile hydrothermal treatment followed by a doctor-blade method. DSSCs based on the hierarchical TiO2 nano-architecture photoelectrode shows a power conversion efficiency of 7.39% because the relatively large specific surface area of TiO2NP increased the dye absorption, and oriented one-dimensional TiO2 NRs enhanced the light harvesting capability, accelerating interfacial electron transport. In particular, we observed the growth morphology of the TiO2 nanorod arrays in the bilayered photoanode and the influence of the whole solar cell. The result indicated that the TiO2 NRs layer clearly impacted the photoelectron chemical properties, while the vertical and intensive nanorod arrays significantly increased their performance.

  4. Influence of Y-doped induced defects on the optical and magnetic properties of ZnO nanorod arrays prepared by low-temperature hydrothermal process.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Kung, Chung-Yuan; Young, San-Lin; Chen, Hone-Zern; Kao, Ming-Cheng; Horng, Lance; Shih, Yu-Tai; Lin, Chen-Cheng; Lin, Teng-Tsai; Ou, Chung-Jen

    2012-07-07

    One-dimensional pure zinc oxide (ZnO) and Y-doped ZnO nanorod arrays have been successfully fabricated on the silicon substrate for comparison by a simple hydrothermal process at the low temperature of 90°C. The Y-doped nanorods exhibit the same c-axis-oriented wurtzite hexagonal structure as pure ZnO nanorods. Based on the results of photoluminescence, an enhancement of defect-induced green-yellow visible emission is observed for the Y-doped ZnO nanorods. The decrease of E2(H) mode intensity and increase of E1(LO) mode intensity examined by the Raman spectrum also indicate the increase of defects for the Y-doped ZnO nanorods. As compared to pure ZnO nanorods, Y-doped ZnO nanorods show a remarked increase of saturation magnetization. The combination of visible photoluminescence and ferromagnetism measurement results indicates the increase of oxygen defects due to the Y doping which plays a crucial role in the optical and magnetic performances of the ZnO nanorods.

  5. Rectangular bunched rutile TiO2 nanorod arrays grown on carbon fiber for dye-sensitized solar cells.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Guo, Wenxi; Xu, Chen; Wang, Xue; Wang, Sihong; Pan, Caofeng; Lin, Changjian; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2012-03-07

    Because of their special application in photovoltaics, the growth of one-dimensional single-crystalline TiO(2) nanostructures on a flexible substrate is receiving intensive attention. Here we present a study of rectangular bunched TiO(2) nanorod (NR) arrays grown on carbon fibers (CFs) from titanium by a "dissolve and grow" method. After a corrosion process in a strong acid solution, every single nanorod is etched into a number of small nanowires. Tube-shaped dye-sensitized solar cells are fabricated by using etched TiO(2) NRs-coated CFs as the photoanode. An absolute energy conversion efficiency of 1.28% has been demonstrated under 100 mW cm(-2) AM 1.5 illumination. This work demonstrates an innovative method for growing bunched TiO(2) NRs on flexible substrates that can be applied in flexible devices for energy harvesting and storage.

  6. Controllable hydrothermal synthesis of rutile TiO{sub 2} hollow nanorod arrays on TiCl{sub 4} pretreated Ti foil for DSSC application

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Xi, Min [Key Laboratory of Renewable Energy, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Zhang, Yulan; Long, Lizhen [Key Laboratory of Renewable Energy, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510640 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Li, Xinjun, E-mail: lixj@ms.giec.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Renewable Energy, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510640 (China)

    2014-11-15

    Rutile TiO{sub 2} nanorod arrays (TNRs) were achieved by hydrothermal process on TiCl{sub 4} pretreated Ti foil. Subsequently, TNRs were hydrothermally etched in HCl solution to form hollow TiO{sub 2} nanorod arrays (H-TNRs). The TiCl{sub 4} pretreatment plays key roles in enhancement of Ti foil corrosion resistance ability and crystal nucleation introduction for TNRs growth. TNRs with desired morphology can be obtained by controlling TiCl{sub 4} concentration and the amount of tetrabutyl titanate (TTB) accordingly. TNRs with the length of ∼1.5 μm and diameter of ∼200 nm, obtained on 0.15 M TiCl{sub 4} pretreated Ti foil with 0.6 mL TTB, exhibits relatively higher photocurrent. The increased pore volume of the H-TNRs has contributed to the increased surface area which is benefit for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC) application. And the 180 °C-H-TNRs photoanode obtained from the 0.15-TiCl{sub 4}-TNRs sample demonstrated 128.9% enhancement of photoelectric efficiency of DSSC compared to that of the original TNR photoanode. - Graphical abstract: Rutile hollow TiO{sub 2} nanorod array photoanode obtained from original TiO{sub 2} nanorod array photoanode by hydrothermal etching demonstrates enhanced photoelectric efficiency of DSSC. - Highlights: • TiO{sub 2} nanorods are prepared via hydrothermal process on TiCl{sub 4}-pretreated Ti foil. • Hollow TiO{sub 2} nanorods are obtained by hydrothermal etching of TiO{sub 2} nanorods. • TiCl{sub 4} pretreatment plays a key role in protecting Ti foil from chemical corrosion. • Hollow TiO{sub 2} nanorods photoanode shows enhanced photoelectric efficiency for DSSC.

  7. Arrays of ZnO nanorods decorated with Au nanoparticles as surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrates for rapid detection of trace melamine

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Yi, Zao [College of Physics and Electronics, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Joint Laboratory for Extreme Conditions Matter Properties, Southwest University of Science and Technology and Research Center of Laser Fusion, CAEP, Mianyang 621900 (China); Research Center of Laser Fusion, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang, Sichuan 621900 (China); Yi, Yong [Joint Laboratory for Extreme Conditions Matter Properties, Southwest University of Science and Technology and Research Center of Laser Fusion, CAEP, Mianyang 621900 (China); Luo, Jiangshan; Li, Xibo [Research Center of Laser Fusion, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang, Sichuan 621900 (China); Science and Technology on Plasma Physics Laboratory, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang, 621900 (China); Xu, Xibin [College of Physics and Electronics, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Research Center of Laser Fusion, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang, Sichuan 621900 (China); Jiang, Xiaodong [Research Center of Laser Fusion, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang, Sichuan 621900 (China); Science and Technology on Plasma Physics Laboratory, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang, 621900 (China); Yi, Yougen, E-mail: yougenyi@mail.csu.edu.cn [College of Physics and Electronics, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Tang, Yongjian [Joint Laboratory for Extreme Conditions Matter Properties, Southwest University of Science and Technology and Research Center of Laser Fusion, CAEP, Mianyang 621900 (China); Research Center of Laser Fusion, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang, Sichuan 621900 (China); Science and Technology on Plasma Physics Laboratory, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang, 621900 (China)

    2014-10-15

    In this paper, as a new, highly sensitive and uniform hybrid surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate, arrays of ZnO nanorods (ZnO-NRs) decorated with Au nanoparticles (Au-NPs) have been prepared. This hybrid substrate manifests high SERS sensitivity to melamine and a detection limit as low as 1.0×10{sup −10} M (1.26 µg L{sup −1}). A maximum enhancement factor of 1.0×10{sup 9} can be obtained with the ZnO NF–Au (sample 2) film. Au-NPs gaps in the array can create lots of SERS “hot spots” that mainly contribute to the high SERS sensitivity. Moreover, the supporting chemical enhancement effect of ZnO-NRs and the better enrichment effect ascribed to the large surface area of the substrate also help to achieve a lower detection limit. The promising advantages of easy sample pretreatment, short detection time and low cost makes the arrays of ZnO-NRs decorated with Au-NPs substrate a potential detection tool in the field of food safety.

  8. A Comparative Study on Structural and Optical Properties of ZnO Micro-Nanorod Arrays Grown on Seed Layers Using Chemical Bath Deposition and Spin Coating Methods

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Sibel MORKOÇ KARADENİZ

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available In this study, Zinc Oxide (ZnO seed layers were prepared on Indium Tin Oxide (ITO substrates by using Chemical Bath Deposition (CBD method and Sol-gel Spin Coating (SC method. ZnO micro-nanorod arrays were grown on ZnO seed layers by using Hydrothermal Synthesis method. Seed layer effects of structural and optical properties of ZnO arrays were characterized. X-ray diffractometer (XRD, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM and Ultraviolet Visible (UV-Vis Spectrometer were used for analyses. ZnO micro-nanorod arrays consisted of a single crystalline wurtzite ZnO structure for each seed layer. Besides, ZnO rod arrays were grown smoothly and vertically on SC seed layer, while ZnO rod arrays were grown randomly and flower like structures on CBD seed layer. The optical absorbance peaks found at 422 nm wavelength in the visible region for both ZnO arrays. Optical bandgap values were determined by using UV-Vis measurements at 3.12 and 3.15 eV for ZnO micro-nanorod arrays on CBD seed layer and for ZnO micro-nanorod arrays on SC-seed layer respectively.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.22.4.13443

  9. Light trapping considerations in self-assembled ZnO nanorod arrays for quantum dot sensitized solar cells

    Science.gov (United States)

    Luan, ChunYan; Cheung, King Tai; Foo, Yishu; Yu, Li Yu; Shen, Qing; Zapien, Juan Antonio

    2014-03-01

    We study light absorption in ZnO nanorod arrays sensitized with CdSe quantum dots as one of the factors affecting solar cell performance in need of improvement given their current performance well below expectations. Light trapping in nanorod arrays (NRAs) as it relates to array density and length as well as quantum dot (QD) loading is studied using the Finite Difference Time Domain model. It is shown that light absorption in such solar cell architecture is a sensitive function of the morphological dimensions and that a higher NRA density does not necessarily correspond to large absorption in the solar cell. Instead, light trapping efficiency depends significantly on the array density, QD axial distribution and refractive index contrast between NR and QDs thus suggesting strategies for improved quantum dot solar cell (QDSC) fabrication. In addition, we present experimental data showing dramatic improvement in photo conversion efficiency performance for relatively short ZnO NRAs (~1 μm) of low NRA density, but whose efficiency improvement can not be solely explained based on our current light trapping estimates from the numerical simulations.

  10. Synthesis of novel AuPd nanoparticles decorated one-dimensional ZnO nanorod arrays with enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting activity.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Lu, Yan; Zhang, Junlong; Ge, Lei; Han, Changcun; Qiu, Ping; Fang, Siman

    2016-12-01

    The vertically aligned one-dimensional (1D) ZnO nanorod arrays decorated with AuPd alloy nanoparticles have been synthesized with ZnO nanorod arrays as template via a mild hydrothermal method. In this work, the as-prepared AuPd/ZnO nanorod arrays demonstrated high light-harvesting efficiency. The microstructures, morphologies and chemical properties of the obtained AuPd/ZnO composite photocatalyst were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The photoelectrochemical (PEC) performances of as-obtained AuPd/ZnO nanorod arrays were examined, and the photocurrent density was up to 0.98mAcm(-2) at 0.787V versus Ag/AgCl, which was about 2.4 times higher than the pure ZnO sample. A possible photocatalytic mechanism of the AuPd/ZnO hybrid nanostructures under the simulated sunlight irradiation was proposed to guide further improvement of other desirable materials. According to the above experiment results, it can be clearly found that AuPd/ZnO composite nanorod arrays showed excellent PEC performance and had promising applications in the utilization of solar energy.

  11. Preparation and characterization of electrodeposited ZnO and ZnO:Co nanorod films for heterojunction diode applications

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Caglar, Yasemin, E-mail: yasemincaglar@anadolu.edu.tr [Anadolu University, Science Faculty, Physics Department, Eskisehir (Turkey); Arslan, Andaç [Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Art and Science Faculty, Chemistry Department, Eskisehir (Turkey); Ilican, Saliha [Anadolu University, Science Faculty, Physics Department, Eskisehir (Turkey); Hür, Evrim [Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Art and Science Faculty, Chemistry Department, Eskisehir (Turkey); Aksoy, Seval; Caglar, Mujdat [Anadolu University, Science Faculty, Physics Department, Eskisehir (Turkey)

    2013-10-15

    Highlights: •Undoped and Co-doped ZnO films were deposited on p-Si by electrodeposition method. •The effects of Co doping on some properties of ZnO films were investigated. •ZnO morphology was converted uniform multi-oriented rods with incorporation of Co. •Co-doped ZnO nanorod films showed a multi-oriented spear-like structure. -- Abstract: Well-aligned undoped and Co-doped nanorod ZnO films were grown by electrochemical deposition onto p-Si substrates from an aqueous route. Aqueous solution of Zn(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}⋅6H{sub 2}O and hexamethylenetetramine (HMT) were prepared using triple distilled water. Two different atomic ratios of Co(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}⋅6H{sub 2}O were used as a dopant element. Electrodepositions were carried out in a conventional three electrode cell for the working electrode (p-Si), reference electrode (Ag/AgCl, sat.) and counter electrode (platin wire). The effects of Co doping on the structural, morphological and electrical properties of ZnO films were investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement showed that the undoped ZnO nanorod film was crystallized in the hexagonal wurtzite phase and presented a preferential orientation along the c-axis. Only one peak, corresponding to the (0 0 2) phase, appeared on the diffractograms. The lattice parameters and texture coefficient values were calculated. The nanorods were confirmed by the field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) measurements. The FE-SEM image showed that the ZnO nanorods grow uniformly on the substrates, providing a surface with fairly homogeneous roughness. The surface morphology was transformed into uniform multi-oriented rods with incorporation of Co. Co-doped ZnO nanorod films showed a multi-oriented spear-like structure. The diffuse reflectance spectra of the films were measured and the optical band gap values were determined using Kubelka–Munk theory. The van der Pauw method was used to measure the sheet resistance of the films. The sheet resistance

  12. Single step synthesis of rutile TiO2 nanoflower array film by chemical bath deposition method

    Science.gov (United States)

    Dhandayuthapani, T.; Sivakumar, R.; Ilangovan, R.

    2016-05-01

    Titanium oxide (TiO2) nanostructures such as nanorod arrays, nanotube arrays and nanoflower arrays have been extensively investigated by the researchers. Among them nanoflower arrays has shown superior performance than other nanostructures in Dye sensitized solar cell, photocatalysis and energy storage applications. Herein, a single step synthesis for rutile TiO2 nanoflower array films suitable for device applications has been reported. Rutile TiO2 nanoflower thin film was synthesized by chemical bath deposition method using NaCl as an additive. Bath temperature induced evolution of nanoflower thin film arrays was observed from the morphological study. X-ray diffraction study confirmed the presence of rutile phase polycrystalline TiO2. Micro-Raman study revealed the presence of surface phonon mode at 105 cm-1 due to the phonon confinement effect (finite size effect), in addition with the rutile Raman active modes of B1g (143 cm-1), Eg (442 cm-1) and A1g (607 cm-1). Further, the FTIR spectrum confirmed the presence of Ti-O-Ti bonding vibration. The Tauc plot showed the direct energy band gap nature of the film with the value of 2.9 eV.

  13. Large-scale patterned ZnO nanorod arrays for efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Hu, Yaping [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Guilin University of Technology, Guilin 541004 (China); Yan, Xiaoqin; Gu, Yousong; Chen, Xiang; Bai, Zhiming; Kang, Zhuo [State Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 10083 (China); Long, Fei, E-mail: longf@glite.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Guilin University of Technology, Guilin 541004 (China); Zhang, Yue, E-mail: yuezhang@ustb.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 10083 (China); Key Laboratory of New Energy Materials and Technologies, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 10083 (China)

    2015-06-01

    Highlights: • Large-scale patterned ZnO NRAs are designed and fabricated via two-beam laser interference lithography and hydrothermal synthesis. • The ZnO NRA photoanodes with square pattern achieved a maximum efficiency of 0.18%, which is improved 135% compared to the control group with no patterned ZnO NRAs. • FDTD simulation data demonstrated that the square patterned ZnO NRAs with periodic architecture have superior light harvesting efficiency. • The patterned ZnO NRAs have enhanced light-harvesting ability. The enlarged surface area accelerated the charge transfer at the photoanode/electrolyte interface. - Abstract: Nowadays, the fabrication of photoanodes with high light-harvesting capability and charge transfer efficiency is a key challenge for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. In this paper, large-scale patterned ZnO nanorod arrays (NRAs) were designed and fabricated via two-beam laser interference lithography and hydrothermal synthesis, which were further applied as PEC photoanodes for the first time. By adopting the ZnO NRA photoanodes with square pattern, the PEC cells achieved a maximum efficiency of 0.18%, which was improved 135% compared to the control group with no patterned ZnO NRAs. The large-scale highly ordered ZnO NRAs have enhanced light-harvesting ability due to the light-scattering effect. In addition, the enlarged surface area of the patterned ZnO NRAs accelerated the charge transfer at the photoanode/electrolyte interface. This research demonstrates an effective mean to realize the efficient solar water splitting, and the results suggest that large-scale highly ordered nanostructures are promising candidates in the field of energy harvesting.

  14. Three-dimensional SiO2@Fe3O4 core/shell nanorod array/graphene architecture: synthesis and electromagnetic absorption properties

    Science.gov (United States)

    Ren, Yulan; Zhu, Chunling; Zhang, Shen; Li, Chunyan; Chen, Yujin; Gao, Peng; Yang, Piaoping; Ouyang, Qiuyun

    2013-11-01

    We developed a new strategy, i.e., a seed-assisted method, to fabricate a three-dimensional (3D) SiO2@Fe3O4 core/shell nanorod array/graphene architecture. The fabrication processes involved deposition of β-FeOOH seeds on the graphene surfaces in the ferric nitrate aqueous solution, subsequent growth of β-FeOOH nanorod arrays on the graphene surfaces in the ferric chloride aqueous solution under hydrothermal conditions, deposition of SiO2 coating on the surfaces of β-FeOOH nanorods, and final formation of the 3D architecture by a thermal treatment process. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy measurements showed that the SiO2@Fe3O4 core/shell nanorods with a length and diameter of about 60 and 25 nm, respectively, were almost grown perpendicularly on both side surfaces of graphene sheets. The measured electromagnetic parameters showed that the 3D architecture exhibited excellent electromagnetic wave absorption properties, i.e., more than 99% of electromagnetic wave energy could be attenuated by the 3D architecture with an addition amount of only 20 wt% in the paraffin matrix. In addition, the growth mechanism of the 3D architecture was proposed, and thus, the strategy presented here could be used as a typical method to synthesize other 3D magnetic graphene nanostructures for extending their application areas.We developed a new strategy, i.e., a seed-assisted method, to fabricate a three-dimensional (3D) SiO2@Fe3O4 core/shell nanorod array/graphene architecture. The fabrication processes involved deposition of β-FeOOH seeds on the graphene surfaces in the ferric nitrate aqueous solution, subsequent growth of β-FeOOH nanorod arrays on the graphene surfaces in the ferric chloride aqueous solution under hydrothermal conditions, deposition of SiO2 coating on the surfaces of β-FeOOH nanorods, and final formation of the 3D architecture by a thermal treatment process. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy

  15. Photocatalytic reduction of CO2 by CuxO nanocluster loaded SrTiO3 nanorod thin film

    Science.gov (United States)

    Shoji, Shusaku; Yin, Ge; Nishikawa, Masami; Atarashi, Daiki; Sakai, Etsuo; Miyauchi, Masahiro

    2016-08-01

    Photocatalytic carbon dioxide (CO2) conversion into carbon monoxide (CO) using H2O as an electron donor was achieved by the strontium titanate (SrTiO3: STO) nanorod thin films loaded with amorphous copper oxide (CuxO) nanoclusters. The loading of the CuxO-cocatalysts onto STO nanorods clearly improved the photocatalytic activity compared to bare STO nanorods. The CuxO-cocatalysts are composed of abundant and non-toxic elements, and can be loaded by using a simple and economical method. Our findings demonstrate that CuxO nanoclusters function as a general cocatalyst and can be used in combination with various semiconductors to construct low-cost and efficient photocatalytic CO2 reduction systems.

  16. Electromagnetic interference shielding efficiency of MnO2 nanorod doped polyaniline film

    Science.gov (United States)

    Bora, Pritom J.; Vinoy, K. J.; Ramamurthy, Praveen C.; Madras, Giridhar

    2017-02-01

    The polymer nanocomposite thin film is of interest due to many advantages for electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding. In this work, low temperature (-30  ±  2 °C) in situ synthesized polyaniline (PANI)-MnO2 nanorod composite (PMN) were solution processed, followed by acid vapor treatment for preparing free standing films and EMI shielding effectiveness (SE) were investigated in the frequency range i.e. X-band (8.2-12.4 GHz) and Ku-band (12.4-18 GHz). As prepared PMN film (169  ±  2 µm) shows most effective EMI SE ~ 35 dB (EMI shielding due to absorption, SEA ~ 24 dB and EMI shielding due to reflection SER ~ 11 dB) in the X-band which was observed to be ~39 dB (SEA ~ 29 dB and SER ~ 10 dB) in the Ku-band. The variations of conductivity, penetration depth, EM attenuation constant of the PMN film in the X-band and Ku-band were also investigated along with dielectric study.

  17. UV photoresponse properties of ZnO nanorods arrays deposited with CuSCN by SILAR method

    Science.gov (United States)

    Li, Shubin; Xu, Jianping; Shi, Shaobo; Shi, Xin; Wang, Xueliang; Wang, Chang; Zhang, Xuguang; Liu, Zeming; Li, Lan

    2015-01-01

    Ultraviolet (UV) photoresponse properties of ZnO nanorods arrays (NRs) deposited with copper thiocyanate (CuSCN) by different successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) cycles were investigated. Compared to the pristine ZnO NRs, the UV photosensitivity increases from 1.65 to 131.53 through lowering the dark current and the photoresponse speed has been obviously improved. As the number of SILAR cycles reaches 120, self-powered UV photoresponse property with fast response speed was observed, which was attributed to the photovoltaic behavior of ZnO/CuSCN.

  18. Highly transparent and UV-resistant superhydrophobic SiO2-coated ZnO nanorod arrays

    KAUST Repository

    Gao, Yangqin

    2014-02-26

    Highly transparent and UV-resistant superhydrophobic arrays of SiO 2-coated ZnO nanorods are prepared in a sequence of low-temperature (<150 C) steps on both glass and thin sheets of PET (2 × 2 in. 2), and the superhydrophobic nanocomposite is shown to have minimal impact on solar cell device performance under AM1.5G illumination. Flexible plastics can serve as front cell and backing materials in the manufacture of flexible displays and solar cells. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

  19. Preparation and Photocatalytic Activity of ZnO/Fe2O3 Nanorod Arrays and ZnO/NiO Nanotube Arrays

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    CUI Yin-Fang; WANG Cong; WU Su-Juan; LIU Yu; WANG Tian-Min

    2012-01-01

    ZnO/Fe2O3 nanorod arrays (NRs) and ZnO/NiO nanotube arrays (NTs) are synthesized on Si substrates by using a facile two-step growth method.The absorption spectrum of the ZnO/Fe2O3 NRs shows significant absorption in the visible light region.Their photocatalytic properties are evaluated by the degradation of methylene blue (MB).It is found that the ZnO/Fe2O3 NRs display higher photocatalytic activity than the ZnO/NiO nanotube arrays under UV-vis light irradiation.This is most likely attributed to an effective separation of photoelectrons and holes.

  20. Embedded vertically aligned cadmium telluride nanorod arrays grown by one-step electrodeposition for enhanced energy conversion efficiency in three-dimensional nanostructured solar cells.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wang, Jun; Liu, Shurong; Mu, Yannan; Liu, Li; A, Runa; Yang, Jiandong; Zhu, Guijie; Meng, Xianwei; Fu, Wuyou; Yang, Haibin

    2017-11-01

    Vertically aligned CdTe nanorods (NRs) arrays are successfully grown by a simple one-step and template-free electrodeposition method, and then embedded in the CdS window layer to form a novel three-dimensional (3D) heterostructure on flexible substrates. The parameters of electrodeposition such as deposition potential and pH of the solution are varied to analyze their important role in the formation of high quality CdTe NRs arrays. The photovoltaic conversion efficiency of the solar cell based on the 3D heterojunction structure is studied in detail. In comparison with the standard planar heterojunction solar cell, the 3D heterojunction solar cell exhibits better photovoltaic performance, which can be attributed to its enhanced optical absorption ability, increased heterojunction area and improved charge carrier transport. The better photoelectric property of the 3D heterojunction solar cell suggests great application potential in thin film solar cells, and the simple electrodeposition process represents a promising technique for large-scale fabrication of other nanostructured solar energy conversion devices. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Photoelectrical Properties of TiO2 Nanorods with An Array-cluster Double-layered Structure%具有阵列-簇双层结构的TiO2纳米棒的光电性能

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    孙琼; 孙先淼; 李阳; 董立峰

    2013-01-01

    选择硫酸氧钛(TiOSO4)作为无机钛源前驱体,通过温和的水热法在掺氟氧化锡导电玻璃基底(FTO)上直接合成单晶金红石相TiO2纳米棒薄膜,呈现阵列-簇双层结构.在模拟太阳光照射下,该纳米棒薄膜的短路电流可达到0.17 mA/cm2,是相同条件下由四异丙醇钛[Ti (iPro)4]为有机钛源而制备的TiO2纳米棒薄膜的2倍多.实验结果表明,多维层状结构和无机硫酸氧根离子(OSO44-)的存在对TiO2纳米棒薄膜的光电流响应有促进作用.%Titanium oxysulfate (TiOSO4) was used as an inorganic titanium precursor to synthesize TiO2 nanorods on a transparent,conductive fluorine-doped tin oxide (FFO) substrate by a facile hydrothermal process.The TiO2 nanorod film was rutile phase and exhibited an array-cluster double-layered structure.Under the illumination of a solar simulator,the short-circuit photocurrent density of TiO2 nanorods maximized at 0.17 mA/cm2,which was over twice that of samples originating from organic titanium isopropoxide [Ti(iPro)4] under the same conditions.Multidimensional structure and the participation of inorganic oxysulfate (OSO44-) anion contribute to the enhanced photocurrent response of TiO2 nanorod films.

  2. Synthesis and nanorod growth of n-type phthalocyanine on ultrathin metal films by chemical vapor deposition

    Science.gov (United States)

    Koshiba, Yasuko; Nishimoto, Mihoko; Misawa, Asuka; Misaki, Masahiro; Ishida, Kenji

    2016-03-01

    The thermal behavior of 1,2,4,5-tetracyanobenzene (TCNB), the synthesis of metal-2,3,9,10,16,17,23,24-octacyanophthalocyanine-metal [MPc(CN)8-M] (M = Cu, Fe, Ni) complexes by the tetramerization of TCNB, and the growth of MPc(CN)8-M nanorods were investigated. By chemical vapor deposition (CVD) in vacuum, MPc(CN)8 molecules were synthesized and MPc(CN)8-M nanorods were formed on all substrates. Among them, CuPc(CN)8 molecules were synthesized in high yield, and CuPc(CN)8-Cu nanorods were deposited uniformly and in high density, with diameters and lengths of 70-110 and 200-700 nm, respectively. The differences in the growth of MPc(CN)8-M nanorods were mainly attributed to the stability of the MPc(CN)8-M complex, the oxidation of ultrathin metal films, and the diffusion of metal atoms. Additionally, the tetramerization of TCNB by CVD at atmospheric pressure was performed on ultrathin Cu films, and the synthesis of CuPc(CN)8 molecules was observed by in situ UV-vis spectroscopy. CVD under atmospheric pressure is also useful for the synthesis of CuPc(CN)8 molecules.

  3. Efficient Solar-Induced Photoelectrochemical Response Using Coupling Semiconductor TiO2-ZnO Nanorod Film

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Nur Azimah Abd Samad

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Efficient solar driven photoelectrochemical (PEC response by enhancing charge separation has attracted great interest in the hydrogen generation application. The formation of one-dimensional ZnO nanorod structure without bundling is essential for high efficiency in PEC response. In this present research work, ZnO nanorod with an average 500 nm in length and average diameter of about 75 nm was successfully formed via electrodeposition method in 0.05 mM ZnCl2 and 0.1 M KCl electrolyte at 1 V for 60 min under 70 °C condition. Continuous efforts have been exerted to further improve the solar driven PEC response by incorporating an optimum content of TiO2 into ZnO nanorod using dip-coating technique. It was found that 0.25 at % of TiO2 loaded on ZnO nanorod film demonstrated a maximum photocurrent density of 19.78 mA/cm2 (with V vs. Ag/AgCl under UV illumination and 14.75 mA/cm2 (with V vs. Ag/AgCl under solar illumination with photoconversion efficiency ~2.9% (UV illumination and ~4.3% (solar illumination. This performance was approximately 3–4 times higher than ZnO film itself. An enhancement of photocurrent density and photoconversion efficiency occurred due to the sufficient Ti element within TiO2-ZnO nanorod film, which acted as an effective mediator to trap the photo-induced electrons and minimize the recombination of charge carriers. Besides, phenomenon of charge-separation effect at type-II band alignment of Zn and Ti could further enhance the charge carrier transportation during illumination.

  4. Direct growth of MnOOH nanorod arrays on a carbon cloth for high-performance non-enzymatic hydrogen peroxide sensing.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Xu, Weina; Liu, Jianlin; Wang, Mingjun; Chen, Lin; Wang, Xue; Hu, Chenguo

    2016-03-24

    Novel MnOOH nanorod arrays directly growing on a flexible carbon cloth substrate (MnOOH/CC) is first synthesized through a facile hydrothermal technique and utilized as an electrocatalyst for non-enzymatic detection of hydrogen peroxide. The as-prepared MnOOH nanorods are uniformly distributed on the carbon cloth with a 3D porous network structure, which provides a high specific surface area and numerous electroactive sites. The electrode based on the carbon cloth-supported MnOOH nanorod arrays exhibits a higher sensitivity (692.42 μA mM(-1) cm(-2)) and a wider linear range (20 μm-9.67 mM) with a detection limit of 3.2 μM (S/N = 3) compared with the electrode based on the rigid graphite substrate supported the random distributed MnOOH nanorods. Further, the MnOOH/CC possesses an outstanding flexibility and can conveniently be assembled into the required shape for a specific use, thus the arc-shaped MnOOH/CC electrodes are fabricated whose electrocatalytic activity toward the hydrogen peroxide reduction remains nearly unchanged in comparison with the unbent state. Due to its excellent sensitivity, reproducibility, anti-interference and stability, the electrode based on the carbon cloth-supported MnOOH nanorod arrays is believed to be promising for applications in high efficiency flexible hydrogen peroxide sensing.

  5. Bifunctional polydopamine thin film coated zinc oxide nanorods for label-free photoelectrochemical immunoassay.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yang, Yan; Hu, Weihua

    2017-05-01

    Photoelectrochemical (PEC) detection is a promising method for label-free immunoassay by reporting the specific biological recognition events with electrical signals. However, it is challenging to rationally incorporate immunosensing components with a photocurrent conversion interface, which generally necessitates multistep fabrication and careful tailoring of various components such as photoactive material and biological probe. For high detection reliability and reproducibility, it is highly desirable to rationally construct an efficient PEC interface with architecture as simple as possible. In this work, a novel yet simple PEC immunosensor based on bio-inspired polydopamine (PDA) thin film-coated zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods was reported. In this PEC immunosensor, the PDA thin film serves simultaneously as a unique sensitizer for charge separation as well as a functional layer for probe antibody attachment. The photocurrent on this electrode under illumination decreases upon the immunoreaction on the surface, possibly due to the blocking effect of formed immunocomplexes on the access of reducing reagent to the photoelectrode, thus offering a simple and reliable platform for PEC label-free immunoassay. By using an antibody-antigen pair as a model, successful label-free immunoassay was achieved with a detection limit of 10pgmL(-1) and a dynamic range from 100pgmL(-1) to 500ngmL(-1). This work demonstrates intriguing electro-optical property and bioconjugation activity of PDA film and may pave the way toward advanced PEC immunoassays.

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

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    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%.

  7. Visible Light Photoelectrochemical Properties of N-Doped TiO2 Nanorod Arrays from TiN

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Zheng Xie

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available N-doped TiO2 nanorod arrays (NRAs were prepared by annealing the TiN nanorod arrays (NRAs which were deposited by using oblique angle deposition (OAD technique. The TiN NRAs were annealed at 330°C for different times (5, 15, 30, 60, and 120 min. The band gaps of annealed TiN NRAs (i.e., N-doped TiO2 NRAs show a significant variance with annealing time, and can be controlled readily by varying annealing time. All of the N-doped TiO2 NRAs exhibit an enhancement in photocurrent intensity in visible light compared with that of pure TiO2 and TiN, and the one annealed for 15 min shows the maximum photocurrent intensity owning to the optimal N dopant concentration. The results show that the N-doped TiO2 NRAs, of which the band gap can be tuned easily, are a very promising material for application in photocatalysis.

  8. Effect of TiO2 blocking layer on TiO2 nanorod arrays based dye sensitized solar cells

    Science.gov (United States)

    Sivakumar, R.; Paulraj, M.

    2016-05-01

    Highly ordered rutile titanium dioxide nanorod (TNR) arrays (1.2 to 6.2 μm thickness) were grown on TiO2 blocking layer chemically deposited on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate and were used as photo-electrodes to fabricate dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC's). Homogeneous layer of TiO2 on FTO was achieved by using aqueous peroxo- titanium complex (PTC) solutions via chemical bath deposition. Structural and morphological properties of the prepared samples were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements. TNR arrays (6.2 μm) with TiO2 blocking layer showed higher energy conversion efficiency (1.46%) than that without TiO2 blocking layer. The reason can be ascertained to the suppression of electron-hole recombination at the semiconductor/electrolyte interface by the effect of TiO2 blocking layer.

  9. Vertically aligned Ta3N5 nanorod arrays for solar-driven photoelectrochemical water splitting

    KAUST Repository

    Li, Yanbo

    2012-09-18

    A vertically aligned Ta3N5 nanorod photoelectrode is fabricated by through-mask anodization and nitridation for water splitting. The Ta3N5 nanorods, working as photoanodes of a photoelectrochemical cell, yield a high photocurrent density of 3.8 mA cm -2 at 1.23 V versus a reversible hydrogen electrode under AM 1.5G simulated sunlight and an incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency of 41.3% at 440 nm, one of the highest activities reported for photoanodes so far. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. Photoelectrochemical characteristics of TiO2 nanorod arrays grown on fluorine doped tin oxide substrates by the facile seeding layer assisted hydrothermal method

    Science.gov (United States)

    Sui, Mei-rong; Han, Cui-ping; Gu, Xiu-quan; Wang, Yong; Tang, Lu; Tang, Hui

    2016-05-01

    TiO2 nanorod arrays (NRAs) were prepared on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates by a facile two-step hydrothermal method. The nanorods were selectively grown on the FTO regions which were covered with TiO2 seeding layer. It took 5 h to obtain the compact arrays with the nanorod length of ~2 μm and diameter of ~50 nm. The photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties of TiO2 NRAs are also investigated. It is demonstrated that the TiO2 NRAs indicate the good photoelectric conversion ability with an efficiency of 0.22% at a full-wavelength irradiation. A photocurrent density of 0.21 mA/cm2 is observed at 0.7 V versus the saturated calomel electrode (SCE). More evidences suggest that the charge transferring resistance is lowered at an irradiation, while the flat-band potential ( V fb) is shifted towards the positive side.

  11. Synthesis and optical characteristics of yttrium-doped zinc oxide nanorod arrays grown by hydrothermal method.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Park, Hyunggil; Kim, Younggyu; Ji, Iksoo; Lee, Sang-Heon; Kim, Jin Soo; Kim, Jin Soo; Leem, Jae-Young

    2014-11-01

    Yttrium-doped ZnO (YZO) nanorods were synthesized by hydrothermal growth on a quartz substrate with various post-annealing temperatures. To investigate the effects of post-annealing on the optical properties and parameters of the nanorods, X-ray diffractometry (XRD), photoluminescence (PL) measurement, and ultraviolet (UV)-visible spectroscopy were used. From the XRD investigation, the full width at half maximum (FWHM) and the dislocation density of the nanorods was found to increase with an increase in the post-annealing temperature. In the PL spectra, the intensity of the near band edge (NBE) emission peak in the UV region also increases with an increase in the temperature of post-annealing. The deep level emission (DLE) peak in the visible region changes with various post-annealing temperatures, and its intensity increases remarkably with post-annealing at 800 degrees C. In this paper, changes in the optical parameters of the nanorods caused by variation in the behavior of Y during post-annealing was investigated, with properties such as absorption coefficients, refractive indices, and dispersion parameters being obtained from transmittance and reflectance analysis.

  12. Growth of β-Ga2O3 nanorods by ammoniating Ga2O3/V thin films on Si substrate

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Wang Gong-Tang; Xue Cheng-Shan; Yang Zhao-Zhu

    2008-01-01

    This paper reports that β-Ga2O3 nanorods have been synthesized by ammoniating Ga2O3 films on a V middle layer deposited on Si(111) substrates. The synthesized nanorods were confirmed as monoclinic Ga2O3 by x-ray diffraction,Fourier transform infrared spectra. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy reveal that the grownβ-Ga2O3 nanorods have a smooth and clean surface with diameters ranging from 100 nm to 200 nm and lengths typically up to 2μm. High resolution TEM and selected-area electron diffraction shows that the nanorods are pure monoclinic Ga2O3 single crystal. The photolumineacence spectrum indicates that the Ga2O3 nanorods have a good emission property. The growth mechanism is discussed briefly.

  13. Self-Supported CoP Nanorod Arrays Grafted on Stainless Steel as an Advanced Integrated Anode for Stable and Long-Life Li-Ion Batteries.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Liu, Jun; Xu, Xijun; Hu, Renzong; Liu, Jiangwen; Ouyang, Liuzhang; Zhu, Min

    2017-03-05

    For alleviating the capacity degradation of anode materials caused by serious volume expansion and particle aggregation for Li-ion batteries, intensive attention has been devoted to the rational design and fabrication of novel anode architectures. Herein, self-supported CoP nanorod arrays have been facilely synthesized using hydrothemally deposited Co(CO3)0.5(OH)*0.11H2O nanorods array as the precursor via a gas-phase phosphidation method. As anode for Li-ion batteries, such 3D interconnected CoP nanorod arrays show an initial discharge capacity of 1067 mA h g-1 and high reversible charge capacity of 737 mA h g-1 at 0.4 A g-1. After long 400 cycles, their specific capacity can reach 510 mA h g-1, even after 900 cycles, they can still deliver a specific capacity of 390 mA h g-1. The CoP//LiCoO2 full-cells also exhibit a high revisable capacity of 400 mA h g-1 after 50 cycles. These unique 3D interconnected CoP nanorod arrays also show ultrastable cycling performance over 500 cycles when used as Na-ion battery anode.

  14. Synthesis of TiO2 nanotube array thin films and determination of the optical constants using transmittance data

    Science.gov (United States)

    Ahmadi, K.; Abdolahzadeh Ziabari, Ali; Mirabbaszadeh, K.; Ahmadi, S.

    2015-01-01

    TiO2 nanotube arrays were grown on glass substrate by ZnO nanorod sol-gel template process. XRD analysis and FESEM microscopy were employed to characterize the structural and morphological properties of the prepared nanotube. EDX and UV-Vis spectroscopy were used to assess the chemical composition and study the optical properties of the film. An optical model has been performed to simulate the optical constants and thicknesses of the films from transmittance data using the Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm via Drude model. The simulated transmittance is in good agreement with the measured spectrum in the whole measurement wavelength range. The refractive index and extinction coefficient, thickness and dielectric function of TiO2 nanotube films were calculated by Drude model. Also, the related absorption coefficient, optical bandgap and porosity were determined.

  15. Switching the Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance of Single Gold Nanorods with a Phase-Change Material and the Implementation of a Cellular Automata Algorithm Using a Plasmon Particle Array

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Takashi Hira

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We investigate the modulation of the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR of a gold nanorod (AuNR using a GeSbTe film as an active medium. We demonstrate high-contrast switching of LSPR in an AuNR/GST/Au thin film sandwich structure upon phase change. To go beyond this single-particle switching functionality, we consider a plasmon particle system interacting with a phase-change material (PCM to discuss the possibility of parallel processing devices with memory functionality, exploiting the plasticity and threshold behavior that are inherent characteristics of PCMs. We demonstrate that the temporal and spatial evolution of a plasmon-PCM array system can be equivalent to a cellular automata algorithm.

  16. Properties and Photoelectrocatalytic Activity of In2O3-Sensitized ZnO Nanorod Array%In2O3敏化ZnO纳米棒阵列的性能及其光电催化活性

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    闫伟平; 王德军; 陈礼平; 卢永春; 谢腾峰; 林艳红

    2013-01-01

      以掺氟SnO2(FTO)导电玻璃为基底,采用水热法制备了ZnO纳米棒阵列.通过In(NO3)3水溶液水洗的方法,合成了In2O3敏化ZnO纳米棒阵列光催化剂.采用场发射扫描电子显微镜(FESEM), X射线能谱(EDX), X射线衍射(XRD)及紫外-可见漫反射光谱(UV-Vis DRS)对样品的形貌、结构、组成、晶相等进行一系列的表征.以罗丹明B (RhB)为目标降解物,探究了In2O3敏化ZnO纳米棒阵列光电催化活性.采用场诱导表面光伏技术(FISPV)研究了不同含量的In2O3敏化ZnO纳米棒阵列在光照射下的光生电荷行为.结合电化学工作站检测不同样品的光电流,随着In2O3敏化量的改变,光电流和开路电压也随之改变.并探讨了In2O3敏化ZnO纳米棒阵列光生电荷行为与光电催化活性之间的关系.结果表明,适量In2O3敏化的ZnO光催化剂在可见光下2 h内对罗丹明B的降解效率达到95%,是单纯ZnO纳米棒阵列的2.4倍.%In2O3-sensitized ZnO nanorod array films were prepared in a two-step aqueous process on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-induced surface photovoltage (FISPV), and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-Vis DRS) were used to characterize films. The influence of In2O3 content on the transfer characteristics of photoinduced charge carriers is discussed based on photovoltage response. The photoelectrocatalytic degradation efficiency of In2O3-sensitized ZnO nanorod array films was monitored using UV-Vis spectrometer. The photoelectrocatalytic activity of ZnO nanorod array and In2O3-sensitized ZnO nanorod array were evaluated from the degradation efficiency of rhodamine B (RhB). The effect of the In2O3-sensitized ZnO heterostructure on photoinduced electrons was investigated using the electrochemical workstation and the relationship between the photoinduced

  17. Flexible piezoelectric nanogenerators based on a transferred ZnO nanorod/Si micro-pillar array

    Science.gov (United States)

    Baek, Seong-Ho; Park, Il-Kyu

    2017-03-01

    Flexible piezoelectric nanogenerators (PNGs) based on a composite of ZnO nanorods (NRs) and an array of Si micro-pillars (MPs) are demonstrated by a transfer process. The flexible composite structure was fabricated by hydrothermal growth of ZnO NRs on an electrochemically etched Si MP array with various lengths followed by mechanically delaminating the Si MP arrays from the Si substrate after embedding them in a polydimethylsiloxane matrix. Because the Si MP arrays act as a supporter to connect the ZnO NRs electrically and mechanically, verified by capacitance measurement, the output voltage from the flexible PNGs increased systematically with the increased density ZnO NRs depending on the length of the Si MPs. The flexible PNGs showed 3.2 times higher output voltage with a small change in current with increasing Si MP length from 5 to 20 μm. The enhancement of the output voltage is due to the increased number of series-connected ZnO NRs and the beneficial effect of a ZnO NR/Si MP heterojunction on reducing free charge screening effects. The flexible PNGs can be attached on fingers as a wearable electrical power source or motion sensor.

  18. Flexible piezoelectric nanogenerators based on a transferred ZnO nanorod/Si micro-pillar array.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Baek, Seong-Ho; Park, Il-Kyu

    2017-03-03

    Flexible piezoelectric nanogenerators (PNGs) based on a composite of ZnO nanorods (NRs) and an array of Si micro-pillars (MPs) are demonstrated by a transfer process. The flexible composite structure was fabricated by hydrothermal growth of ZnO NRs on an electrochemically etched Si MP array with various lengths followed by mechanically delaminating the Si MP arrays from the Si substrate after embedding them in a polydimethylsiloxane matrix. Because the Si MP arrays act as a supporter to connect the ZnO NRs electrically and mechanically, verified by capacitance measurement, the output voltage from the flexible PNGs increased systematically with the increased density ZnO NRs depending on the length of the Si MPs. The flexible PNGs showed 3.2 times higher output voltage with a small change in current with increasing Si MP length from 5 to 20 μm. The enhancement of the output voltage is due to the increased number of series-connected ZnO NRs and the beneficial effect of a ZnO NR/Si MP heterojunction on reducing free charge screening effects. The flexible PNGs can be attached on fingers as a wearable electrical power source or motion sensor.

  19. High-Performance Self-powered Photodetectors Based on ZnO/ZnS Core-Shell Nanorod Arrays

    Science.gov (United States)

    Lin, Hailing; Wei, Lin; Wu, Cuncun; Chen, Yanxue; Yan, Shishen; Mei, Liangmo; Jiao, Jun

    2016-09-01

    In recent years, there is an urgent demand for high-performance ultraviolet photodetectors with high photosensitivity, fast responsivity, and excellent spectral selectivity. In this letter, we report a self-powered photoelectrochemical cell-type UV detector using the ZnO/ZnS core-shell nanorod array as the active photoanode and deionized water as the electrolyte. This photodetector demonstrates an excellent spectral selectivity and a rapid photoresponse time of about 0.04 s. And the maximum responsivity is more than 0.056 (A/W) at 340 nm, which shows an improvement of 180 % compared to detectors based on the bare ZnO nanorods. This improved photoresponsivity can be understood from the step-like band energy alignment of the ZnO/ZnS interface, which will accelerate the separation of photoexcited electron-hole pairs and improve the efficiency of the photodetector. Considering its uncomplicated low-cost fabrication process, and environment-friendly feature, this self-powered device is a promising candidate for UV detector application.

  20. Enhancement of Perovskite Solar Cells Efficiency using N-Doped TiO2 Nanorod Arrays as Electron Transfer Layer.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhang, Zhen-Long; Li, Jun-Feng; Wang, Xiao-Li; Qin, Jian-Qiang; Shi, Wen-Jia; Liu, Yue-Feng; Gao, Hui-Ping; Mao, Yan-Li

    2017-12-01

    In this paper, N-doped TiO2 (N-TiO2) nanorod arrays were synthesized with hydrothermal method, and perovskite solar cells were fabricated using them as electron transfer layer. The solar cell performance was optimized by changing the N doping contents. The power conversion efficiency of solar cells based on N-TiO2 with the N doping content of 1% (N/Ti, atomic ratio) has been achieved 11.1%, which was 14.7% higher than that of solar cells based on un-doped TiO2. To get an insight into the improvement, some investigations were performed. The structure was examined with X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), and morphology was examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) and Tauc plot spectra indicated the incorporation of N in TiO2 nanorods. Absorption spectra showed higher absorption of visible light for N-TiO2 than un-doped TiO2. The N doping reduced the energy band gap from 3.03 to 2.74 eV. The photoluminescence (PL) and time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) spectra displayed the faster electron transfer from perovskite layer to N-TiO2 than to un-doped TiO2. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) showed the smaller resistance of device based on N-TiO2 than that on un-doped TiO2.

  1. Synthesis and photoelectrochemical response of CdS quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanorod array photoelectrodes

    Science.gov (United States)

    Hu, Yunxia; Wang, Baoyuan; Zhang, Jieqiong; Wang, Tian; Liu, Rong; Zhang, Jun; Wang, Xina; Wang, Hao

    2013-05-01

    A continuous and compact CdS quantum dot-sensitive layer was synthesized on TiO2 nanorods by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) and subsequent thermal annealing. The thickness of the CdS quantum dot layer was tuned by SILAR cycles, which was found to be closely related to light absorption and carrier transformation. The CdS quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanorod array photoelectrodes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy, and photoelectrochemical property measurement. The optimum sample was fabricated by SILAR in 70 cycles and then annealed at 400°C for 1 h in air atmosphere. A TiO2/CdS core-shell structure was formed with a diameter of 35 nm, which presented an improvement in light harvesting. Finally, a saturated photocurrent of 3.6 mA/cm2 was produced under the irradiation of AM1.5G simulated sunlight at 100 mW/cm2. In particular, the saturated current density maintained a fixed value of approximately 3 mA/cm2 without decadence as time passed under the light conditions, indicating the steady photoelectronic property of the photoanode.

  2. Enhancement of Perovskite Solar Cells Efficiency using N-Doped TiO2 Nanorod Arrays as Electron Transfer Layer

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhang, Zhen-Long; Li, Jun-Feng; Wang, Xiao-Li; Qin, Jian-Qiang; Shi, Wen-Jia; Liu, Yue-Feng; Gao, Hui-Ping; Mao, Yan-Li

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, N-doped TiO2 (N-TiO2) nanorod arrays were synthesized with hydrothermal method, and perovskite solar cells were fabricated using them as electron transfer layer. The solar cell performance was optimized by changing the N doping contents. The power conversion efficiency of solar cells based on N-TiO2 with the N doping content of 1% (N/Ti, atomic ratio) has been achieved 11.1%, which was 14.7% higher than that of solar cells based on un-doped TiO2. To get an insight into the improvement, some investigations were performed. The structure was examined with X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), and morphology was examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) and Tauc plot spectra indicated the incorporation of N in TiO2 nanorods. Absorption spectra showed higher absorption of visible light for N-TiO2 than un-doped TiO2. The N doping reduced the energy band gap from 3.03 to 2.74 eV. The photoluminescence (PL) and time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) spectra displayed the faster electron transfer from perovskite layer to N-TiO2 than to un-doped TiO2. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) showed the smaller resistance of device based on N-TiO2 than that on un-doped TiO2.

  3. Electrocatalysis by nanoparticles: Oxidation of formic acid at manganese oxide nanorods-modified Pt planar and nanohole-arrays

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Mohamed S. El-Deab

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The electro-oxidation of formic acid (an essential reaction in direct formic acid fuel cells is a challenging process because of the deactivation of anodes by the adsorption of the poisoning intermediate carbon monoxide (CO. Pt electrodes in two geometries (planar and nanohole-array were modified by the electrodeposition of manganese oxide nanorods (nano-MnOx. The modified Pt electrodes were then tested for their electrocatalytic activity through the electro-oxidation of formic acid in a solution of pH 3.45. Two oxidation peaks (Ipd and Ipind were observed at 0.2 and 0.55 V, respectively; these were assigned to the direct and indirect oxidative pathways. A significant enhancement of the direct oxidation of formic acid to CO2 was observed at the modified electrodes, while the formation of the poisoning intermediate CO was suppressed. Ipd increases with surface coverage (θ of nano-MnOx with a concurrent depression of Ipind. An increase in the ratio Ipd/ν1/2 with decreasing potential scan rate (ν indicates that the oxidation process proceeds via a catalytic mechanism. The modification of Pt anodes with manganese oxide nanorods results in a significant improvement of the electrocatalytic activity along with a higher tolerance to CO. Thus nano-MnOx plays a crucial role as a catalytic mediator which facilitates the charge transfer during the direct oxidation of formic acid to CO2.

  4. Improved photoelectrochemical water oxidation kinetics using a TiO2 nanorod array photoanode decorated with graphene oxide in a neutral pH solution.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Chae, Sang Youn; Sudhagar, Pitchaimuthu; Fujishima, Akira; Hwang, Yun Jeong; Joo, Oh-Shim

    2015-03-28

    We prepared TiO2 nanorod (NR) arrays on a fluorine-doped tin oxide substrate and decorated with graphene oxide (GO) to study their photoelectrochemical (PEC) water oxidation activities in two different electrolytes. The PEC performances of GO-decorated TiO2 NR photoanodes were characterized by optical and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements. In 1 M KOH, the photocurrent density of the TiO2 NR film decreased after deposition of GO, while in the neutral pH electrolyte (phosphate buffered 0.5 M Na2SO4), the TiO2 NR photoanode showed enhanced performance after deposition with the 2 wt% GO solution. This was a consequence of the decrease in charge transfer resistance between the electrode surface and the electrolyte. The improvement of photocurrents by GO decoration was obvious near the onset potential of the photocurrents in the neutral pH electrolyte. These opposite contributions of GO on the TiO2 NR photoanodes suggest that GO can promote water oxidation effectively in a neutral electrolyte because depending on the pH of the electrolyte, different chemical species interact with the surface of the photoanode in the water oxidation reaction.

  5. High performance of Mn-doped CdSe quantum dot sensitized solar cells based on the vertical ZnO nanorod arrays

    Science.gov (United States)

    Hou, Juan; Zhao, Haifeng; Huang, Fei; Jing, Qun; Cao, Haibin; Wu, Qiang; Peng, Shanglong; Cao, Guozhong

    2016-09-01

    Doping transition metal ions Mn2+ to semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are extremely interesting for the development of photovoltaic devices. Quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSCs) are able to show promising power conversion efficiencies (PCE) by employing Mn2+ doped QDs. Herein we achieve effective CdS/Mnsbnd CdSe/ZnS QDs co-sensitized vertical ZnO nanorod arrays film that provides an appreciable enhancement in photovoltaic performance. The measured PCE of the solar cells with Mn2+ doped CdSe QDs is 4.14%, which is higher than the efficiency of 2.91% for the solar cells without Mn2+ or a ∼42% increase. The improvement in PCE is ascribed to a higher open-circuit voltage (Voc = 0.74 V) and a superior short-circuit current density (Jsc = 12.6 mA cm-2) with the introduction of Mn2+ into CdSe QDs. The enhancement seen with Mn2+ doped CdSe QDs are investigated and explained by the fact that the enhanced light absorption and reduced charge recombination by the formation of Mnsbnd CdSe passivation layer covering the QDs.

  6. Sub-coherent growth of ZnO nanorod arrays on three-dimensional graphene framework as one-bulk high-performance photocatalyst

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yu, Mei; Ma, Yuxiao; Liu, Jianhua; Li, Xinjie; Li, Songmei; Liu, Shenyao

    2016-12-01

    Highly ordered ZnO nanorod arrays were grown vertically on the surface of three-dimensional graphene (3DG) framework bulk to prepare a one-bulk structure. In such structure, ZnO exhibits outstanding photocatalyst performance due to its hybridization with 3DG. The sub-coherency between ZnO and 3DG ensures the template-free growth of ZnO nanorod arrays and the exposing of its most active crystal surfaces {0001}. The hybridization prevents the agglomeration of ZnO nanoparticles, helping the formation of nanorod array morphology, enhancing the mass transfer of reactants and the separation of photogenerated holes. In the efficiency test, with tiny amount of ZnO catalyst (∼5.03 × 10-3 g), the concentration of methyl orange decreased to ∼11% of the initial value within four hours. The structure possesses high average photocatalytic efficiency of 6.56 × 10-3 h-1, much higher than that of bare ZnO nanorods.

  7. Optical extinction in a single layer of nanorods

    CERN Document Server

    Ghenuche, Petru; Laroche, Marine; Bardou, Nathalie; Haïdar, Riad; Pelouard, Jean-Luc; Collin, Stéphane

    2012-01-01

    We demonstrate that almost 100 % of incident photons can interact with a monolayer of scatterers in a symmetrical environment. Nearly-perfect optical extinction through free-standing transparent nanorod arrays has been measured. The sharp spectral opacity window, in the form of a characteristic Fano resonance, arises from the coherent multiple scattering in the array. In addition, we show that nanorods made of absorbing material exhibit a 25-fold absorption enhancement per unit volume compared to unstructured thin film. These results open new perspectives for light management in high-Q, low volume dielectric nanostructures, with potential applications in optical systems, spectroscopy, and optomechanics.

  8. Ordered Arrays of Ferroelectric Nanoparticles by Pulsed Laser Deposition on PS-b-P4VP(PDP) Supramolecule-Based Templates

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    van Zoelen, Wendy; Vlooswijk, Ard H. G.; Ferri, Anthony; Andringa, Anne-Marije; Noheda, Beatriz; ten Brinke, Gerrit

    2009-01-01

    Thin films of comb-shaped supramolecules have been used to create arrays of spatially separated ordered nanorods with a polystyrene core and a poly(4-vinyl pyridine) corona. Room temperature pulsed laser deposition of a uniform layer of lead titanate on top of these nanorod arrays and Subsequent hea

  9. Effect of precursor concentration on the growth of zinc oxide nanorod arrays on pre-treated substrates

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Urgessa, Z.N. [Department of Physics, P.O. Box 77000, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth 6031 (South Africa); Oluwafemi, O.S., E-mail: oluwafemi.oluwatobi@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha Campus, Private Bag XI, 5117 (South Africa); Botha, J.R. [Department of Physics, P.O. Box 77000, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth 6031 (South Africa)

    2012-05-15

    Well aligned zinc oxide nanorod arrays (ZNAs) synthesized by a simple chemical bath deposition method were fabricated on pre-treated Si substrates. By keeping the molar VI/II ratio constant, the effect of precursor concentration on the growth and optical quality of the ZNAs was investigated. The as-synthesized ZNAs were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). FESEM images show that both the diameter and aspect ratio of the ZNAs increase dramatically as the precursor concentration increases. The XRD analysis indicates that all the as-grown ZNAs are crystalline and are preferentially oriented along the c-axis. The high intensity ratio of the UV emission to visible emission in the room temperature PL spectra illustrate that high optical quality ZNAs were produced.

  10. TiO2/Au纳米棒阵列的制备及其光催化性能%Fabrication of a TiO2/Au Nanorod Array for Enhanced Photocatalysis

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    路莹; 陈硕; 全燮; 于洪涛

    2011-01-01

    采用电沉积和旋转涂膜相结合的方法成功制备了高度有序的TiO2/Au纳米棒阵列催化剂.扫描电镜和透射电镜结果表明,TiO2薄膜均匀地包覆在Au纳米棒的表面,形成核壳型的一维阵列结构.X射线衍射分析表明所获得TiO2为(101)晶面优先生长的锐钛矿晶相.紫外-可见漫反射光谱显示,由于Au和TiO2间肖特基结的存在造成吸收红移,Au纳米棒表面的等离子共振效应导致400~800 nm间出现吸收峰.在紫外光催化降解罗丹明B反应中,TiO2/Au纳米棒阵列催化剂表现出优异的催化活性,其动力学常数分别为TiO2和TiO2/Au膜的2.0和1.3倍.这主要归结于Au与TiO2间的肖特基结和一维阵列结构所带来的大的比表面积、宽的光响应范围和有效的光生载流子分离与传递.%A highly ordered TiO2/Au nanorod array was successfully fabricated by direct current electrodeposition and subsequent spin-coating.Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy images revealed that the TiO2 film completely covered the surface of the Au nanorods,which resulted in TiO2 shell Au core nanorods.X-ray diffraction patterns revealed that the TiO2 film was anatase with preferential orientation in the (101) plane.UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra showed a shift in the absorption edge toward the visible region because of the formation of a Schottky junction between Au and TiO2.A new absorption peak that ranged from 400 to 800 nm appeared because of the localized surface plasmon resonance of the Au nanorod arrays.For the photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B under UV light irradiation,the TiO2/Au nanorod array exhibited excellent photocatalytic activity and its kinetic constant was 2.0 times that of pristine TiO2 and 1.3 times that of a TiO2/Au film.The enhanced photocatalysis was attributed to the high surface volume ratio,an improved UV light response,efficient separation,and the convenient migration of photogenerated charge

  11. Defect-promoted photo-electrochemical performance enhancement of orange-luminescent ZnO nanorod-arrays.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Kegel, Jan; Laffir, Fathima; Povey, Ian M; Pemble, Martyn E

    2017-05-17

    Intentionally defect-rich zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorod-arrays were grown from solution by carefully adjusting the concentration ratio of the growth-precursors used followed by various post-deposition thermal treatments. Post-deposition rapid thermal annealing (RTA) at moderate temperatures (350 °C-550 °C) and in various atmospheres was applied to vary the defect composition of the grown nanorod-arrays. It is demonstrated that, intense, defect-related orange emission occurs solely upon RTA around 450 °C and is essentially independent of the atmosphere used. Extensive materials characterization was carried out in order to evaluate the origin of the orange-luminescent defects and what influence they have on the ZnO material properties. It is concluded that the oxygen vacancy-zinc interstitial defect complex (VO-Zni) is responsible for the orange luminescence in the prepared materials. A kinetic formation mechanism of the VO-Zni complex dependent on the RTA temperature is proposed and shown to be in accordance with the experimental findings. Furthermore it is shown that this bulk deep-level defect could act as a trap state for photo-generated electrons prolonging the charge carrier lifetime of photo-generated holes and therefore improving the charge carrier separation in the material. As a result the photo-current density under simulated sunlight is found to increase by almost 150% over as-grown samples. The potential use of this defective material in applications such as solar water splitting is outlined.

  12. Growth Mechanism of γ-MnS Nanorod-Arrays by Hydrothermal Method on Anodic Aluminum Oxide Template

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Huang, Jianming; Liu, Weifeng; Lv, Yong; Yao, Lianzeng [Chinese Academy of Science, Hefei, Anhui (China)

    2010-09-15

    Hydrothermal method is a general, low-cost and convenience method which was utilized for synthesis of nanomaterials. Our research group has reported that oriented MnS nanorods on anodic aluminum oxide template were synthesized under a hydrothermal condition and demonstrated the effect of precursor content on the morphology evolution of as-samples. In order to research the growth mechanism of the arrays, herein we synthesized MnS nanorod arrays by combination of anodic aluminum oxide template and hydrothermal method on different substrates. Through-hole anodic aluminum oxide templates were prepared using Al foil (99.999%) via a two-step anodization process as described in literature. To investigate the effect of different substrates on the morphology of the-products, different substrates including anodic aluminum oxide template (sample A), one-step anodization Al foil (sample B, which was prepared by first anodizing Al foil for 10h and then removing the alumina layer with the mixed acid (0.6 M H{sub 3}PO{sub 4} and 0.15 M H{sub 2}CrO{sub 4}), where the foil still kept the close-packed concave nano-pits consistently with the nanopole of anodic aluminum oxide template), Al foil (sample C, dipped in HNO{sub 3} solution and covered by a compact alumina layer), Si wafer (sample D) respectively were put into Teflon-lined stainless steel autoclaves of 20 mL capacity filled with 16 mL mixed solution consisting of 2 mol/L MnCl{sub 4} and 2 mol/L thiourea. We kept the reaction at 150 .deg. C for 20 h. When reactions completed the products were washed three times with distilled water and absolute ethanol, respectively. Then the products were dried in an oven at 60 .deg. C.

  13. Endothelialization of TiO2 Nanorods Coated with Ultrathin Amorphous Carbon Films

    Science.gov (United States)

    Chen, Hongpeng; Tang, Nan; Chen, Min; Chen, Dihu

    2016-03-01

    Carbon plasma nanocoatings with controlled fraction of sp3-C bonding were deposited on TiO2 nanorod arrays (TNAs) by DC magnetic-filtered cathodic vacuum arc deposition (FCVAD). The cytocompatibility of TNA/carbon nanocomposites was systematically investigated. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were cultured on the nanocomposites for 4, 24, and 72 h in vitro. It was found that plasma-treated TNAs exhibited excellent cell viability as compared to the untreated. Importantly, our results show that cellular responses positively correlate with the sp3-C content. The cells cultured on high sp3-C-contented substrates exhibit better attachment, shape configuration, and proliferation. These findings indicate that the nanocomposites with high sp3-C content possessed superior cytocompatibility. Notably, the nanocomposites drastically reduced platelet adhesion and activation in our previous studies. Taken together, these findings suggest the TNA/carbon scaffold may serve as a guide for the design of multi-functionality devices that promotes endothelialization and improves hemocompatibility.

  14. Transparent film with inverted conical microholes array for reflection enhancement

    Science.gov (United States)

    Lei, Biao; Liu, Hongzhong; Jiang, Weitao; Chen, Bangdao; Shi, Yongsheng; Yin, Lei; Liu, Xiaokang

    2016-04-01

    PDMS has been widely utilized for microfluidic chips and microchannel detections, as its good optical properties are the prerequisite to achieve accurate and efficient detection. However, it is difficult to obtain effective information for opaque liquids. With the development of microchannel detection for wider fields, it is imperative to obtain more comprehensive information of the observed objects by integrating high transmission with enhanced reflection. This article investigates reflection enhancement by Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) film with inverted conical microholes array. PDMS film with inverted conical microholes array is fabricated by replication from the silicon mold with inverted microcones array which is prepared by Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) etch tool. The monolayer PDMS film with inverted conical microholes array shows a two-fold effectively increase in reflection, approximately up to 15%, at a broad wavelength range of 637-1131 nm and 1214-1350 nm, compared with bare PDMS film. In addition, the reflection can be further enhanced by multilayered lamination of PDMS film with inverted conical microholes array, and the enhancement is also dependent on the lamination way, i.e., for bilayer laminations, the maximum reflection enhancement occurs when with face-to-back lamination, and 32.79% larger than that with back-to-face lamination. From the experiments, the maximum reflectivity of 8-layered PDMS films can obtain 64.4% while the maximum reflectivity of monolayer PDMS film barely has 17.5%. The transparent film with inverted conical microholes array for reflection enhancement may find a variety of applications in optical devices, microchips, and energy conservation technologies etc.

  15. Bismuth(III) dialkyldithiophosphates: Facile single source precursors for the preparation of bismuth sulfide nanorods and bismuth phosphate thin films

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Biswal, Jasmine B. [Department of Chemistry, University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari, Santacruz (East), Mumbai 400098 (India); Garje, Shivram S., E-mail: ssgarje@chem.mu.ac.in [Department of Chemistry, University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari, Santacruz (East), Mumbai 400098 (India); Nuwad, Jitendra; Pillai, C.G.S. [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400085 (India)

    2013-08-15

    Two different phase pure materials (Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} and Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13}) have been prepared under different conditions using the same single source precursors. Solvothermal decomposition of the complexes, Bi(S{sub 2}P(OR){sub 2}){sub 3} [where, R=Methyl (Me) (1), Ethyl (Et) (2), n-Propyl (Pr{sup n}) (3) and iso-Propyl (Pr{sup i}) (4)] in ethylene glycol gave orthorhombic bismuth sulfide nanorods, whereas aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition (AACVD) of the same precursors deposited monoclinic bismuth tetraphosphate (Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13}) thin films on glass substrates. Surface study of the thin films using SEM illustrated the formation of variety of nanoscale morphologies (spherical-, wire-, pendent-, doughnut- and flower-like) at different temperatures. AFM studies were carried out to evaluate quality of the films in terms of uniformity and roughness. Thin films of average roughness as low as 1.4 nm were deposited using these precursors. Photoluminescence studies of Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13} thin films were also carried out. - Graphical abstract: Solvothermal decomposition of bismuth(III) dialkyldithiophosphates in ethylene glycol gave Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanoparticles, whereas aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition of these single source precursors deposited Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13} thin films. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Preparation of phase pure orthorhombic Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanorods and monoclinic Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13} thin films. • Use of single source precursors for deposition of bismuth phosphate thin films. • Use of solvothermal decomposition and AACVD methods. • Morphology controlled synthesis of Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13} thin films. • Bi{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanorods and Bi{sub 2}P{sub 4}O{sub 13} thin films using same single source precursors.

  16. 16.1% Efficient Hysteresis-Free Mesostructured Perovskite Solar Cells Based on Synergistically Improved ZnO Nanorod Arrays

    KAUST Repository

    Mahmood, Khalid

    2015-06-01

    Significant efficiency improvements are reported in mesoscopic perovskite solar cells based on the development of a low-temperature solution-processed ZnO nanorod (NR) array exhibiting higher NR aspect ratio, enhanced electron density, and substantially reduced work function than conventional ZnO NRs. These features synergistically result in hysteresis-free, scan-independent, and stabilized devices with an efficiency of 16.1%. Electron-rich, nitrogen-doped ZnO (N:ZnO) NR-based electron transporting materials (ETMs) with enhanced electron mobility produced using ammonium acetate show consistently higher efficiencies by one to three power points than undoped ZnO NRs. Additionally, the preferential electrostatic interaction between the -nonpolar facets of N:ZnO and the conjugated polyelectrolyte polyethylenimine (PEI) has been relied on to promote the hydrothermal growth of high aspect ratio NR arrays and substantially improve the infiltration of the perovskite light absorber into the ETM. Using the same interactions, a conformal PEI coating on the electron-rich high aspect ratio N:ZnO NR arrays is -successfully applied, resulting in a favorable work function shift and altogether leading to the significant boost in efficiency from <10% up to >16%. These results largely surpass the state-of-the-art PCE of ZnO-based perovskite solar cells and highlight the benefits of synergistically combining mesoscale control with doping and surface modification. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Ag Nanorods-Oxide Hybrid Array Substrates: Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications in Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Lingwei Ma

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Over the last few decades, benefitting from the sufficient sensitivity, high specificity, nondestructive, and rapid detection capability of the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS technique, numerous nanostructures have been elaborately designed and successfully synthesized as high-performance SERS substrates, which have been extensively exploited for the identification of chemical and biological analytes. Among these, Ag nanorods coated with thin metal oxide layers (AgNRs-oxide hybrid array substrates featuring many outstanding advantages have been proposed as fascinating SERS substrates, and are of particular research interest. The present review provides a systematic overview towards the representative achievements of AgNRs-oxide hybrid array substrates for SERS applications from diverse perspectives, so as to promote the realization of real-world SERS sensors. First, various fabrication approaches of AgNRs-oxide nanostructures are introduced, which are followed by a discussion on the novel merits of AgNRs-oxide arrays, such as superior SERS sensitivity and reproducibility, high thermal stability, long-term activity in air, corrosion resistivity, and intense chemisorption of target molecules. Next, we present recent advances of AgNRs-oxide substrates in terms of practical applications. Intriguingly, the recyclability, qualitative and quantitative analyses, as well as vapor-phase molecule sensing have been achieved on these nanocomposites. We further discuss the major challenges and prospects of AgNRs-oxide substrates for future SERS developments, aiming to expand the versatility of SERS technique.

  18. Facet recovery and light emission from GaN/InGaN/GaN core-shell structures grown by metal organic vapour phase epitaxy on etched GaN nanorod arrays

    Science.gov (United States)

    Le Boulbar, E. D.; Gîrgel, I.; Lewins, C. J.; Edwards, P. R.; Martin, R. W.; Šatka, A.; Allsopp, D. W. E.; Shields, P. A.

    2013-09-01

    The use of etched nanorods from a planar template as a growth scaffold for a highly regular GaN/InGaN/GaN core-shell structure is demonstrated. The recovery of m-plane non-polar facets from etched high-aspect-ratio GaN nanorods is studied with and without the introduction of a hydrogen silsesquioxane passivation layer at the bottom of the etched nanorod arrays. This layer successfully prevented c-plane growth between the nanorods, resulting in vertical nanorod sidewalls (˜89.8°) and a more regular height distribution than re-growth on unpassivated nanorods. The height variation on passivated nanorods is solely determined by the uniformity of nanorod diameter, which degrades with increased growth duration. Facet-dependent indium incorporation of GaN/InGaN/GaN core-shell layers regrown onto the etched nanorods is observed by high-resolution cathodoluminescence imaging. Sharp features corresponding to diffracted wave-guide modes in angle-resolved photoluminescence measurements are evidence of the uniformity of the full core-shell structure grown on ordered etched nanorods.

  19. Enhanced reversible lithium storage in germanium nano-island coated 3D hexagonal bottle-like Si nanorod arrays

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yue, Chuang; Yu, Yingjian; Wu, Zhenguo; He, Xu; Wang, Jianyuan; Li, Juntao; Li, Cheng; Wu, Suntao; Li, Jing; Kang, Junyong

    2014-01-01

    The rapid development of numerous microscale electronic devices, such as smart dust, micro or nano bio-sensors, medical implants and so on, has induced an urgent demand for integratable micro or nano battery supplies with high energy and power densities. In this work, 3D hexagonal bottle-like Si/Ge composite nanorod (NR) array electrodes with good uniformity and mechanical stability potentially used in micro or nano rechargeable Li-ion batteries (LIBs) were fabricated on Si substrates by a cost-effective, wafer scale and Si-compatible process. The optimized Ge nano-islands coated Si NR composite arrays as anode materials exhibit superior areal capacities and cycling performances by virtue of their favourable structural and improved conductivity features. The unique Si-based composite electrode in nanostructures can be technically and fundamentally employed to configurate all-solid-state Li-ion micro-batteries as on-chip power systems integrated into micro-electronic devices such as M/NEMS devices or autonomous wireless microsystems.The rapid development of numerous microscale electronic devices, such as smart dust, micro or nano bio-sensors, medical implants and so on, has induced an urgent demand for integratable micro or nano battery supplies with high energy and power densities. In this work, 3D hexagonal bottle-like Si/Ge composite nanorod (NR) array electrodes with good uniformity and mechanical stability potentially used in micro or nano rechargeable Li-ion batteries (LIBs) were fabricated on Si substrates by a cost-effective, wafer scale and Si-compatible process. The optimized Ge nano-islands coated Si NR composite arrays as anode materials exhibit superior areal capacities and cycling performances by virtue of their favourable structural and improved conductivity features. The unique Si-based composite electrode in nanostructures can be technically and fundamentally employed to configurate all-solid-state Li-ion micro-batteries as on-chip power systems

  20. A novel electrochemiluminescent immunosensor based on CdS-coated ZnO nanorod arrays for HepG2 cell detection

    Science.gov (United States)

    Liu, Danqing; Wang, Lei; Ma, Shenghua; Jiang, Zhaohua; Yang, Bin; Han, Xiaojun; Liu, Shaoqin

    2015-02-01

    In this work, the highly oriented CdS-coated-ZnO nanorod arrays have been fabricated. The CdS-coated-ZnO nanorod arrays show high electrochemiluminescence intensity, fast response and good stability. All of the desirable properties spur the development of an ECL immunosensor for the detection of the liver cancer cell line (HepG2 cells). Two successive modification steps of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane and gold nanoparticles onto the CdS-coated-ZnO nanorod arrays not only offer the substrates for conjugation of antibody, but also effectively enhance the ECL signal, resulting in production of the high performance ECL immunosensor. The ECL immunosensor exhibits a sensitive response to HepG2 cells in a linear range of 300-10 000 cells mL-1 with a detection limit of 256 cells mL-1. The proposed sensor characteristics of high specificity, good reproducibility and remarkable stability will provide a sensitive, selective, and convenient approach for the clinical detection of cancer cells.In this work, the highly oriented CdS-coated-ZnO nanorod arrays have been fabricated. The CdS-coated-ZnO nanorod arrays show high electrochemiluminescence intensity, fast response and good stability. All of the desirable properties spur the development of an ECL immunosensor for the detection of the liver cancer cell line (HepG2 cells). Two successive modification steps of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane and gold nanoparticles onto the CdS-coated-ZnO nanorod arrays not only offer the substrates for conjugation of antibody, but also effectively enhance the ECL signal, resulting in production of the high performance ECL immunosensor. The ECL immunosensor exhibits a sensitive response to HepG2 cells in a linear range of 300-10 000 cells mL-1 with a detection limit of 256 cells mL-1. The proposed sensor characteristics of high specificity, good reproducibility and remarkable stability will provide a sensitive, selective, and convenient approach for the clinical detection of cancer cells

  1. Silicon Field Emission Arrays Coated with CNx Thin Films

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Chen Min-gan; Chen Ming-an; Li Jin-chai; Li Jin-chai; Liu Chuan-sheng; Liu Chuan-sheng; Ma You-peng; Ma You-peng; Lu Xian-feng; Lu Xian-feng; Ye Ming-sheng; Ye Ming-sheng

    2003-01-01

    Arrays of silicon micro-tips were made by etching the p-type (1 0 0) silicon wafers which had SiO2 masks with alkaline solution. The density of the micro-tips is 2 ×104 cm-2. The Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) photos showed that the tips in these arrays are uniform and orderly.The CNx thin film, with the thickness of 1.27μm was deposited on the silicon micro-tip arrays by using the middle frequency magnetron sputtering technology. The SEM photos showed that the films on the tips are smoothly without particles. Keeping the sharpness of the tips will benefit the properties of field emission. The X-ray photoelectron spectrum (XPS) showed that carbon, nitrogen and oxygen are the three major elements in the surfaces of the films. The percents of them are C: 69.5 %, N: 12.6 % and O: 17.9 %. The silicon arrays coated with CNx thin films had shown a good field emission characterization. The emission current intensity reached 3.2 mA/cm2 at 32.8 V/μm, so it can be put into use. The result showed that the silicon arrays coated with CNx thin films are likely to be good field emission cathode.The preparation and the characterization of the samples were discussed in detail.

  2. Silicon Field Emission Arrays Coated with CNx Thin Films

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    ChertMing-an; LiJin-chai; LiuChuan-sheng; MaYou-peng; LuXlan-feng; YeMing-sheng

    2003-01-01

    Arrays of silicon micro-tips were made by etching the p-type (1 0 0) silicon wafers which had SiO2 masks with alkaline solution. The density of the micro-tips is 2 ×104 cm-2. The Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) photos showed that the tips in these arrays are uniform and orderly.The CNx thin film, with the thickness of 1.27μm was deposited on the silicon micro-tip arrays by using the middle frequency magnetron sputtering technology. The SEM photos showed that the films on the tips are smoothly without particles. Keeping the sharpness of the tips will benefit the properties of field emission. The X-ray photoelectron spectrum (XPS) showed that carbon, nitrogen and oxygen are the three major elements in the surfaces of the films. The percents of them are C: 69.5 %, N: 12. 6 % and O: 17.9 %. The silicon arrays coated with CNx thin films had shown a good field emission characterization. The emission current intensity reached 3. 2 mA/cm2 at 32.8 V/μm, so it can be put into use. The result showed that the silicon arrays coated with CNx thin films are likely to be good field emission cathode.The preparation and the characterization of the samples were discussed in detail.

  3. Three-dimensional SiO2@Fe3O4 core/shell nanorod array/graphene architecture: synthesis and electromagnetic absorption properties.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Ren, Yulan; Zhu, Chunling; Zhang, Shen; Li, Chunyan; Chen, Yujin; Gao, Peng; Yang, Piaoping; Ouyang, Qiuyun

    2013-12-21

    We developed a new strategy, i.e., a seed-assisted method, to fabricate a three-dimensional (3D) SiO2@Fe3O4 core/shell nanorod array/graphene architecture. The fabrication processes involved deposition of β-FeOOH seeds on the graphene surfaces in the ferric nitrate aqueous solution, subsequent growth of β-FeOOH nanorod arrays on the graphene surfaces in the ferric chloride aqueous solution under hydrothermal conditions, deposition of SiO2 coating on the surfaces of β-FeOOH nanorods, and final formation of the 3D architecture by a thermal treatment process. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy measurements showed that the SiO2@Fe3O4 core/shell nanorods with a length and diameter of about 60 and 25 nm, respectively, were almost grown perpendicularly on both side surfaces of graphene sheets. The measured electromagnetic parameters showed that the 3D architecture exhibited excellent electromagnetic wave absorption properties, i.e., more than 99% of electromagnetic wave energy could be attenuated by the 3D architecture with an addition amount of only 20 wt% in the paraffin matrix. In addition, the growth mechanism of the 3D architecture was proposed, and thus, the strategy presented here could be used as a typical method to synthesize other 3D magnetic graphene nanostructures for extending their application areas.

  4. ZnO nanorod arrays for various low-bandgap polymers in inverted organic solar cells.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Ho, Ping-Yi; Thiyagu, Subramani; Kao, Shao-Hsuan; Kao, Chia-Yu; Lin, Ching-Fuh

    2014-01-07

    Due to the limited diffusion length of carriers in polymer solar cells (PSCs), the path of carriers is a crucial factor that determines the device performance. Zinc oxide nanorods (NRs) as the electron transport channel can reduce electron-hole recombination and transport the electron to the electrode efficiently for poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT), but have been seldom demonstrated for low-bandgap polymers. Here we successfully applied ZnO NRs, which were grown via the hydrothermal method, as a platform to enhance PSC efficiency for various low-bandgap polymers. In order to assure that the nanorod morphology functioned properly for PSCs, the growth time, the concentration, and the resulting morphology were systematically investigated in depths. Such ZnO NRs were applied to different organic systems, resulting in the increase of the PCE for PBDTTT-C/PC71BM from 4.76% to 6.07% and PBDTTT-C-T/PC71BM from 5.40% to 7.34%. Through those experiments, we established a potentially universal and efficient ZnO NRs platform for various low-bandgap polymers to achieve high efficiency of inverted PSCs.

  5. Bottom-up diamond nanorod growth in HFCVD from nanocrystalline diamond film as a template-free method

    Science.gov (United States)

    Motahari, Hamid; Malekfar, Rasoul

    2017-07-01

    Nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) films are being used in a large number of applications. Also, diamond nanorods (DNRs) exhibit distinctive features that are not present in diamond films, because of the tunable large surface-to-volume ratio and tubular configuration. In this work, we report on the synthesis of DNRs by means of the bottom-up and template-free method from NCD films by the hot filament chemical vapor deposition system. The substrate materials used for diamond deposition were stainless steel (AISI 316) and chromium nitride-coated stainless steel. On both substrates, NCD films and then DNRs have been synthesized. The micro-Raman confirms that the synthesized structure is NCD. In addition, the grazing incident x-ray diffraction pattern confirms the presence of cubic diamond and rhombohedral diamond as a film on the CrN and Cr2N interlayer. Also, the DNRs are encased in an amorphous carbon (a-C) shell. The DNRs are grown on the NCD grains by a bottom-up technology and template-free method. Their orientations are almost random in the diamond thin-film surface. In addition, the density of DNRs on the NCD film for the CrN interlayer is more than for the stainless-steel substrate. The NCD/DNR films are dense, adhesive, continuous, and almost uniform on the CrN-coated stainless-steel substrate.

  6. BiOI/TiO{sub 2}-nanorod array heterojunction solar cell: Growth, charge transport kinetics and photoelectrochemical properties

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Wang, Lingyun; Daoud, Walid A., E-mail: wdaoud@cityu.edu.hk

    2015-01-01

    Highlights: • BiOI/TiO{sub 2} photoanodes were fabricated by a simple solvothermal/hydrothermal method. • BiOI/TiO{sub 2} (PVP) showed a 13-fold increase in photocurrent density compared to TiO{sub 2}. • Charge transport kinetics within the BiOI/TiO{sub 2} heterojunctions are discussed. - Abstract: A series of BiOI/TiO{sub 2}-nanorod array photoanodes were grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass using a simple two-step solvothermal/hydrothermal method. The effects of the hydrothermal process, such as TiO{sub 2} nanorod growth time, BiOI concentration and the role of surfactant, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), on the growth of BiOI, were investigated. The heterojunctions were characterized by X-ray diffraction, UV–vis absorbance spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The photoelectrochemical properties of the as-grown junctions, such as linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) behavior, photocurrent response and incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiency (IPCE) under Xenon lamp illumination, are presented. The cell with BiOI/TiO{sub 2} (PVP) as photoanode can reach a short current density (J{sub sc}) of 0.13 mA/cm{sup 2} and open circuit voltage (V{sub oc}) of 0.46 V vs. Ag/AgCl under the irradiation of a 300 W Xenon lamp. Compared to bare TiO{sub 2}, the IPCE of BiOI/TiO{sub 2} (PVP) increased 4–5 times at 380 nm. Furthermore, the charge transport kinetics within the heterojunction is also discussed.

  7. Large-Area Au-Nanoparticle-Functionalized Si Nanorod Arrays for Spatially Uniform Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Lin, Dongdong; Wu, Zilong; Li, Shujie; Zhao, Wenqi; Ma, Chongjun; Wang, Jie; Jiang, Zuimin; Zhong, Zhenyang; Zheng, Yuebing; Yang, Xinju

    2017-01-18

    In this study, large-area hexagonal-packed Si nanorod (SiNR) arrays in conjunction with Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) were fabricated for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). We have achieved ultrasensitive molecular detection with high reproducibility and spatial uniformity. A finite-difference time-domain simulation suggests that a wide range of three-dimensional electric fields are generated along the surfaces of the SiNR array. With the tuning of the gap and diameter of the SiNRs, the produced long decay length (>130 nm) of the enhanced electric field makes the SERS substrate a zero-gap system for ultrasensitive detection of large biomolecules. In the detection of R6G molecules, our SERS system achieved an enhancement factor of >10(7) with a relative standard deviation as small as 3.9-7.2% over 30 points across the substrate. More significantly, the SERS substrate yielded ultrasensitive Raman signals on long amyloid-β fibrils at the single-fibril level, which provides promising potentials for ultrasensitive detection of amyloid aggregates that are related to Alzheimer's disease. Our study demonstrates that the SiNRs functionalized with AuNPs may serve as excellent SERS substrates in chemical and biomedical detection.

  8. Sensitivity of linear CCD array based film scanners used for film dosimetry.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Devic, Slobodan; Wang, Yi-Zhen; Tomic, Nada; Podgorsak, Ervin B

    2006-11-01

    Film dosimetry is commonly performed by using linear CCD array transmission optical densitometers. However, these devices suffer from a variation in response along the detector array. If not properly corrected for, this nonuniformity may lead to significant overestimations of the measured dose as one approaches regions close to the edges of the scanning region. In this note, we present measurements of the spatial response of an AGFA Arcus II document scanner used for radiochromic film dosimetry. Results and methods presented in this work can be generalized to other CCD based transmission scanners used for film dosimetry employing either radiochromic or radiographic films.

  9. On the frequency-selective features of gold nanorods-based columnar thin film metamaterial absorber

    Science.gov (United States)

    Ghasemi, Masih; Choudhury, P. K.; Baqir, M. A.; Mohamed, M. A.; Zain, A. R. M.; Majlis, B. Y.

    2016-09-01

    Metamaterials have been of great interest owing to multifarious technological applications. Among various applications of scientific need, the perfect absorber kind of property of metamaterials remains prudent. Within the context, this investigation describes the filtering/absorber applications of metasurfaces comprised of columnar nanorods of gold having circular and elliptical cross-sections. The spectral features of such absorbers are investigated in terms of absorptivity in the visible to infrared (IR) regimes. The results indicate of almost perfect absorption corresponding to certain wavelengths in the IR span. Also, multiple absorption peaks would determine the filtering characteristics of the structures under consideration. It has been found that the absorber having circular nanorods exhibits better performance than the one with elliptical nanorods in terms of the magnitude/smoothness of absorption peaks in the entire electromagnetic spectral region of interest; the case of elliptical nanorods makes the absorption spectra to yield too much of flickers in the IR range of wavelength.

  10. Photoelectrochemical cell/dye-sensitized solar cell tandem water splitting systems with transparent and vertically aligned quantum dot sensitized TiO2 nanorod arrays

    Science.gov (United States)

    Shin, Kahee; Yoo, Ji-Beom; Park, Jong Hyeok

    2013-03-01

    The present work reports fabrication of vertically aligned CdS sensitized TiO2 nanorod arrays grown on transparent conducting oxide substrate with high transparency as a photoanode in photoelectrochemical cell for water splitting. To realize an unassisted water splitting system, the photoanode and dye-sensitized solar cell tandem structures are tried and their electrochemical behaviors are also investigated. The hydrothermally grown TiO2 nanorod arrays followed by CdS nanoparticle decoration can improve the light absorption of long wavelength light resulting in increased photocurrent density. Two different techniques (electrodeposition and spray pyrolysis deposition) of CdS nanoparticle sensitization are carried out and their water splitting behaviors in the tandem cell are compared.

  11. A significant cathodic shift in the onset potential and enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting using Au nanoparticles decorated WO3 nanorod array.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Xu, Fang; Yao, Yanwen; Bai, Dandan; Xu, Ruishu; Mei, Jingjing; Wu, Dapeng; Gao, Zhiyong; Jiang, Kai

    2015-11-15

    Au nanoparticles decorated WO3 nanorod array was prepared and applied for solar water oxidation. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscop images showed that Au distributed on the surface of WO3 nanorod array. The surface plasmon resonance effect of Au nanoparticles contributed to the enhancement of photoelectrochemical performance of Au-WO3 photoanode, such as enhanced photocurrent density of 1.17mA/cm(2) at 1.0V vs Ag/AgCl, a cathodic shift of onset of ∼0.2V and higher stability. UV-vis absorption, electrochemical impedance and Mott-Schottky measurements proved that Au-WO3 photoanode has enhanced light absorption, lower transfer resistance, increased photogenerated carriers density and higher hole injection yield. Therefore, Au-WO3 photoanode exhibited higher photoelectrochemical performance than WO3 photoanode.

  12. Enhanced Osteogenic Activity of TiO2 Nanorod Films with Microscaled Distribution of Zn-CaP.

    Science.gov (United States)

    He, Meng; Chen, Xiaoyi; Cheng, Kui; Weng, Wenjian; Wang, Huiming

    2016-03-23

    The topography at the micro-/nanoscale level and bioactive composition of material surfaces have been thought to play vital roles in their interactions with cells. However, it is still a challenge to further modify special topography with biodegradable composition or vice versa. In this study, TiO2 nanorod films covered with microscale-distributed Zn-containing calcium phosphate (Zn-CaP) were prepared, trying to create a micro-/nanoscale topography and Zn(2+) release capability. MC3T3-E1 cells cultured on TiO2 nanorod film with sparsely distributed Zn-CaP (TiO2/S-ZCP) had significantly higher biological responses than those on the films with densely distributed Zn-CaP (TiO2/D-ZCP) and fully covered Zn-CaP (F-ZCP). TiO2/S-ZCP film was demonstrated to facilitate osteogenic differentiation much more strongly than F-ZCP and TiO2/D-ZCP films based on evaluations of ALP, related gene expressions, and extracellular matrix mineralization. The higher osteogenic differentiation on TiO2/S-ZCP film is ascribed to the micro-/nanoscale topography from Zn-CaP coverage promoting cell adhesion and filopodia extension, and inducing differentiation-orientation in the initial stage. And consequently Zn(2+) release results in enhancement of differentiation. Therefore, we believe that better organization of the micro-/nanotopography and bioactive ion release on the surface would be a promising way to enhance osteogenic activity for orthopedic and dental implants.

  13. One-step solvothermal deposition of ZnO nanorod arrays on a wood surface for robust superamphiphobic performance and superior ultraviolet resistance

    OpenAIRE

    Qiufang Yao; Chao Wang; Bitao Fan; Hanwei Wang; Qingfeng Sun; Chunde Jin; Hong Zhang

    2016-01-01

    In the present paper, uniformly large-scale wurtzite-structured ZnO nanorod arrays (ZNAs) were deposited onto a wood surface through a one-step solvothermal method. The as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetry (TG), and differential thermal analysis (DTA). ZNAs with a diameter of approximately 85 nm and a lengt...

  14. Improving photoelectrochemical performance by building Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} heterostructure on TiO{sub 2} nanorod arrays

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Cao, Chunlan [Department of Applied Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Key Laboratory of Special Power Supply, Chongqing Communication Institute, Chongqing 400035 (China); Hu, Chenguo, E-mail: hucg@cqu.edu.cn [Department of Applied Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Shen, Weidong [Key Laboratory of Special Power Supply, Chongqing Communication Institute, Chongqing 400035 (China); Wang, Shuxia, E-mail: wangshuxia@cqu.edu.cn [Department of Applied Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Song, Sihong [Key Laboratory of Special Power Supply, Chongqing Communication Institute, Chongqing 400035 (China); Wang, Mingjun [Department of Applied Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China)

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}@TiO{sub 2} heterostructure was fabricated by two-step method. • The photoelectrochemical properties were studied upon visible light irradiation. • Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}@TiO{sub 2} heterostructure shows superior photoelectrochemical property. • A possible mechanism for enhanced photoelectrochemical property was put forward. - Abstract: Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}@TiO{sub 2} heterostructure nanorod arrays were synthesized on a fluorine-doped tin oxide conductive (FTO) glass substrate via two-step method for improving photoelectrochemical activity of TiO{sub 2}. The TiO{sub 2} nanorod arrays on FTO substrate were first prepared by hydrothermal method and then Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles were coated onto the surface of TiO{sub 2} nanorod arrays through chemical bath deposition. The heterojunction yielded a photocurrent density of 39.75 μA cm{sup −2} at a bias potential of 0 V (vs. Ag/AgCl) under visible light irradiation, which is 2.2 times as much as that produced by the pure TiO{sub 2} nanorod arrays. The enhanced photoelectrochemical activity is attributed to the extension of the light response range and efficient separation of photogenerated carriers. Our results have demonstrated the advantage of the novel Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}@TiO{sub 2} heterojunction and will provide a new path to the fabrication of heterostructural materials.

  15. Preparation and characterization of bionanocomposite film based on tapioca starch/bovine gelatin/nanorod zinc oxide.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Marvizadeh, Mohammad Mehdi; Oladzadabbasabadi, Nazila; Mohammadi Nafchi, Abdorreza; Jokar, Maryam

    2017-06-01

    To exploring a nano-packaging materials for using as coating or edible films, tapioca starch/gelatin/nanorod ZnO (ZnON) bionanocomposites were prepared via solution casting technique. The effects of nanofiller addition on the mechanical, physicochemical, and crystalline structures, as well as the barrier properties of bionanocomposite films were investigated. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the bionanocomposite film incorporated with ZnON at a concentration of 3.5% w/w exhibited high intensity peaks compared with control samples. Results of UV-vis spectra analysis showed that incorporation of ZnON into the films can absorb the whole UV light. Tensile strength of the films was increased from 14 to 18MPa whereas elongation at breaks decreased from 18 to 8 percent and oxygen permeability decreased from 151.03 to 91.52cm(3)μm/(m(2)-day) by incorporation of 3.5% ZnON into biopolymer matrix. In summary combined starch/gelatin films supported by ZnON showed better properties compared to starch or gelatin alone. Thus, the bionanocomposite films can be used in food, medicine, and pharmaceutical packaging. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Short-length and high-density TiO2 nanorod arrays for the efficient charge separation interface in perovskite solar cells

    Science.gov (United States)

    Xiao, Guannan; Shi, Chengwu; Zhang, Zhengguo; Li, Nannan; Li, Long

    2017-05-01

    The TiO2 nanorod arrays with the length of 70 nm, the diameter of 20 nm, and the areal density of 1000 μm-2 were firstly prepared by the hydrothermal method using the aqueous grown solution of 38 mM titanium isopropoxide and 6 M hydrochloric acid at 170 °C for 60 min. Over-500 nm-thickness CH3NH3PbI3-xBrx absorber layers were successfully obtained by sequential deposition routes using 1.7 M PbI2·DMSO complex precursor solution and 0.465 M isopropanol solution of the methylammonium halide mixture with the molar ratio of CH3NH3I/CH3NH3Br=85/15. The perovskite solar cells based on the TiO2 nanorod array and 560 nm-thickness CH3NH3PbI3-xBrx absorber layer exhibited the best photoelectric conversion efficiency (PCE) of 15.93%, while the corresponding planar perovskite solar cells without the TiO2 nanorod array and with 530 nm-thickness CH3NH3PbI3-xBrx absorber layer gave the best PCE of 12.82% at the relative humidity of 50-54%.

  17. Facile construction of vertically aligned EuS-ZnO hybrid core shell nanorod arrays for visible light driven photocatalytic properties

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Ranjith, K. S. [Advanced Materials and Devices Laboratory (AMDL), Department of Physics, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu -641 046. India (India); Kumar, D. Ranjith [Department of Nanoscience and Technology, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu -641 046. India (India); Kumar, R. T. Rajendra, E-mail: rtrkumar@buc.edu.in [Advanced Materials and Devices Laboratory (AMDL), Department of Physics, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu -641 046. India (India); Department of Nanoscience and Technology, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu -641 046. India (India)

    2015-06-24

    We demonstrated the development of coupled semiconductor in the form of hybrid heterostructures for significant advancement in catalytic functional materials. In this article, we report the preparation of vertically aligned core shell ZnO-EuS nanorod photocatalyst arrays by a simple chemical solution process followed by sulfudation process. The XRD pattern confirmed formation of the hexagonal wurtzite structure of ZnO and cubic nature of the EuS. Cross sectional FESEM images show vertical rod array structure, and the size of the nanorods ranges from 80 to 120 nm. UV-Vis DRS spectra showed that the optical absorption of ZnO was significantly enhanced to the visible region by modification with EuS surfaces. TEM study confirmed that the surface of ZnO was drastically improved by the modification with EuS nanoparticle. The catalytic activity of EuS−ZnO core shell nanorod arrays were evaluated by the photodegradation of Methylene Blue (MB) dye under visible irradiation. The results revealed that the photocatalytic activity of EuS−ZnO was much higher than that of ZnO under natural sunlight. EuS−ZnO was found to be stable and reusable without appreciable loss of catalytic activity up to four consecutive cycles.

  18. Photocatalytic TiO2/glass nanoflake array films.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Ho, Wingkei; Yu, Jimmy C; Yu, Jiaguo

    2005-04-12

    A new approach for the fabrication of oriented TiO2/glass nanoflake arrays has been developed. The ceramic nanoflake array was formed on a glass substrate via a simple, low temperature, and one-step hydrothermally induced phase separation approach without using any templates or additives. The factors affecting the formation of ceramic nanoflakes were examined by various characterization techniques. The results showed that the leaching of the soluble phase from the glass surface through hydrothermal processes resulted in oriented uniform ceramic nanoflake arrays. Electron microscope observations revealed that the nanoflakes formed a continuous porous three-dimensional-network array with a large surface-to-volume ratio. In addition, an anatase TiO2 film was successfully coated onto the nanoflake array by the sol-gel method. The TiO2/glass nanoflake array exhibited high activity for the photocatalytic degradation of acetone and for photoinduced hydrophilic conversion. Such enhancements were attributed to the beneficial effects of the new continuous porous three-dimensional-interconnected nanoflake network and its surface geometrical nanostructure. The present approach provides a convenient route to modify a photocatalytic coating with a porous nano-architectured substrate. This opens extensive new opportunities in the design of semiconductor/ceramic nanostructural array thin films with unusual properties for future optical and electronic applications.

  19. Density- and adhesion-controlled ZnO nanorod arrays on the ITO flexible substrates and their electrochromic performance

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Hu Anzheng, E-mail: sporthaz@126.co [Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Central China Normal University, Wuhan 430079 (China) and School of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Xiangfan University, Xiangfan 441053, Hubei (China); Wu Fei; Liu Jinping; Jiang Jian; Ding Ruimin; Li Xin; Cheng Cuixia; Zhu Zhihong [Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Central China Normal University, Wuhan 430079 (China); Huang Xintang, E-mail: xthuang@phy.ccnu.edu.c [Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Central China Normal University, Wuhan 430079 (China)

    2010-09-24

    Research highlights: {yields} We embarked on for the first time a study that the large-scale ZnO nanorod arrays (NRs) were grown directly on flexible ITO/PET substrates. {yields} The density can be readily controlled by adjusting the thickness of pre-preparated ZnO seed layers. And the occupied space ratio (OSR) can be controlled by the density and relevant kinetics conditions of ZnO NRs growth. {yields} The experimental effect indicates that the ZnO NRs using sputtering-prepared seed layers show superior adhesion property to substrate and stability when compared with the spin-coated method. {yields} The ZnO NRs with optimum density and OSR (diameter, {approx}140 nm; density, {approx}3.34 x 109 rods cm{sup -2}; and OSR, {approx}52%) can be obtained by using the solution containing 0.05 M Zn(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}.6H{sub 2}O and 0.06 M C{sub 6}H{sub 12}N{sub 4} at 75 {sup o}C for 24 h, before about 4-5 nm thickness of ZnO seed layers were sputtered. {yields} It has been found that the ZnO NRs with optimum density and OSR (density, {approx}3.34 x 10{sup 9} rods cm{sup -2}; diameter, {approx} 140 nm; and OSR, {approx}52%) demonstrate optimal absorption capability to viologen molecules and excellent electrochromic performance. {yields} Our results would provide a promising route to study flexible electrochromic and further find the optimized electrode structure. - Abstract: We report large-scale density- and adhesion-controlled ZnO nanorod arrays (NRs) directly grown on flexible ITO/PET substrates and have studied their absorption capability to viologen molecules and electrochromic performance. The density can be readily controlled by adjusting the thickness of pre-preparated ZnO seed layers. And the adhesion property of the ZnO NRs to substrates can be controlled by different methods of pre-preparation ZnO seed layer. The effect indicates that the ZnO NRs using sputtering-prepared seed layers show superior adhesion property to substrate and resistance capacity to

  20. Synthesis and Luminescent Properties of Planar-tip and Tapered-tip ZnO Nanorod Arrays

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Chun-wen WANG; Jr-hau HE; Lih-juann CHEN

    2008-01-01

    Vertically aligned ZnO nanorods were synthesized on a-plane sapphire via a metal catalyzed vapor phase transport and condensation process in a two-zone vacuum furnace. Planar-tip and tapered-tip ZnO nanorods were successfully synthesized by utilizing different source materials under the same growth conditions. The growth mechanisms were proposed to be vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) process for planar-tip ZnO nanorods and a combination of VLS and self-catalyzed processes for tapered-tip ZnO nanorods. From cathodoluminescence (CL) measurements, tapered-tip ZnO nanorods have more intense green emission than planar-tip ZnO nanorods, and therefore possess higher oxygen vacancy concentration than planar-tip ZnO nanorods. From CL characteristics, well-aligned planar-tip ZnO nanorods shall serve effectively as laser source, while well-aligned tapered-tip ZnO nanorods are suitable for direction-related optical applications.

  1. Hybrid p-type ZnO film and n-type ZnO nanorod p-n homo-junction for efficient photovoltaic applications

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Lee, Jong Hyun; Lee, Jun Seok; Lee, Sang Hyo; Nam, Hye Won [Novel Functional Materials and Device Lab, Department of Physics, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Hong, Jin Pyo, E-mail: jphong@hanyang.ac.k [Novel Functional Materials and Device Lab, Department of Physics, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Cha, Seoung Nam; Park, Young Jun; Kim, Jong Min [Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, P.O. Box 11, 1 Suwon 440-600 (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-09-01

    Simple hybrid p-n homo-junctions using p-type ZnO thin films and n-type nanorods grown on fluorine tin oxide (FTO) substrates for photovoltaic applications are described. The ZnO nanorods (1.5 {mu}m) were synthesized via an aqueous solution method with zinc nitrate hexahydrate and hexamethylenetetramine on ZnO seed layers. The 10-nm-thick ZnO seed layers showed n-type conductivity on FTO substrates and were deposited with a sputtering-based method. After synthesizing ZnO nanorods, aluminum-nitride co-doped p-type ZnO films (200 nm) were efficiently grown using pre-activated nitrogen (N) plasma sources with an inductively-coupled dual-target co-sputtering system. The structural and electrical properties of hybrid p-n homo-junctions were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, transmittance spectrophotometry, and I-V measurements.

  2. Charge separation in branched TiO2 nanorod array homojunction aroused by quantum effect for enhanced photocatalytic decomposition of gaseous benzene

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wang, Xiaoxia; Ni, Qian; Zeng, Dawen; Liao, Guanglan; Xie, Changsheng

    2016-12-01

    As known, the electron transfer behavior in photocatalysis is short-distance transportation, which leads the photo-induced electrons and holes to be localized. The temporarily separated electrons and holes will recombine with each other in the localized region. In this paper, we successfully achieved electron transfer in a homojunction of branched rutile TiO2 nanorod @nanoparticle core-shell architecture by quantum confinement effect aroused by the nanoparticle, which is proved by the blue-shifting in UV-vis absorption spectrum of the homojunction. Meanwhile, an absolute charge separation is also achieved by the long-distance electron transfer along the single-crystalline rutile TiO2 nanorod as uninterrupted high-speed electron transfer channel to FTO substrates. Based on the effective charge separation, the photocatalytic decomposition of gaseous benzene by the homojunction is significantly enhanced, yielding 10 times CO2 than that of the nanorod array. This homojunction interfacial charge separation, aroused by quantum effect, through long-distance transfer along the single-crystalline nanorod gives us inspiration to achieve efficient charge separation with defect-less interfaces, which might can be utilized for real-time environmental abatement and energy generation simultaneously.

  3. Screen printed thick film based pMUT arrays

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Hedegaard, Tobias; Pedersen, T; Thomsen, Erik Vilain;

    2008-01-01

    This article reports on the fabrication and characterization of lambda-pitched piezoelectric micromachined ultrasound transducer (pMUT) arrays fabricated using a unique process combining conventional silicon technology and low cost screen printing of thick film PZT. The pMUTs are designed as 8...

  4. ZnO/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} core/shell nanorods array as excellent anti-reflection layers on silicon solar cells

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Lung, Chun-Ming; Wang, Wei-Cheng [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei, 10617, Taiwan (China); Chen, Ching-Hsiang [Graduate Institute of Applied Science and Technology, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 43, Section 4, Keelung Road, Taipei, 106, Taiwan (China); Chen, Liang-Yih, E-mail: sampras@mail.ntust.edu.tw [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 43, Section 4, Keelung Road, Taipei, 106, Taiwan (China); Chen, Miin-Jang, E-mail: mjchen@ntu.edu.tw [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei, 10617, Taiwan (China)

    2016-09-01

    A simple, low-temperature hydrothermal method and atomic layer deposition (ALD) were used to fabricate ZnO nanostructures as subwavelength-structure antireflection layers (SWS ARLs) on Si solar cells. ZnO seed layers with wafer-scale uniformity were prepared, and ALD was used to reproduce two types of ZnO-based structures, nanorod arrays (NRAs) and nanotip arrays (NTAs). The study examined diammonium phosphate concentrations during growth, conducted simulations based on three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain and reflection analyses, performed X-ray diffractometer, field-emission scanning electron microscope, and high-resolution transmission electron microscope characterizations, measured total reflectance spectra by using a spectrophotometer with integrated spheres, and ran solar simulations to determine the efficiency of the Si solar cells. Coating the ZnO NTAs on the Si solar cells yielded a low total reflectance over a broad band range and produced omnidirectional light scattering on the cells, causing incident light to have a shallow penetration depth near the p–n junction and leading to an increase in short current density ({sub Jsc}). Coating the ZnO NTAs with an Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} shell induced continuous variation in the refractive index, further decreasing the total reflectance to approximately 5.5%, and protected the ZnO NTAs from the harmful acidic environment. Significantly increasing the J{sub sc} and η levels of the Si solar cells, the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}@ZnO-NTA antireflection structure produced a high efficiency of 17.79%. Its superior performance, including low and wideband reflectance, a low process temperature, and a significant increase in efficiency, indicates the potential of this antireflective structure for enhancing solar cell efficiency in photovoltaic devices. - Highlights: • ZnO nanotip arrays were synthesized by hydrothermal methods as antireflection layer. • The total reflectance is low around 7.8% from 400 nm to 1000

  5. Wrinkle analysis of a space planar film reflect-array

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Wei-wei XIAO; Wu-jun CHEN; Gong-yi FU

    2011-01-01

    The presence of wrinkles in a membrane is the main factor that induces surface errors on space planar film reflect arrays. Based on the commercial finite element (FE) package ABAQUS, a numerical procedure for membrane wrinkle analysis was set up, and used to analyze a square planar film reflect-array under pure shear force to evaluate its induced wrinkle characteristics. First, the effect of shear force on the wrinkle pattern of the array was studied and validated by experiment. Second, the effect of prestress was studied. When the prestress increases, the quantity of the wrinkles increases, and the amplitude of the wrinkles decreases. Third, the influence of the boundary conditions was investigated. A frame side edge structure has a relatively smooth surface, but also relatively high stress. Finally, the behavior of a joint seam was analyzed. The results indicate that a joint band has a significant influence on the wrinkle pattern of the membrane.

  6. TiO2 nanorod arrays functionalized with In2S3 shell layer by a low-cost route for solar energy conversion.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Gan, Xiaoyan; Li, Xiaomin; Gao, Xiangdong; Qiu, Jijun; Zhuge, Fuwei

    2011-07-29

    We report the fabrication and characterization of a TiO(2)-In(2)S(3) core-shell nanorod array structure for application of semiconductor-sensitized solar cells. Hydrothermally synthesized TiO(2) nanorod arrays on FTO glass substrates are functionalized with a uniform In(2)S(3) shell layer by using the successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. This low-cost technique promotes a uniform deposition of In(2)S(3) nanoshells on the surface of TiO(2) nanorods, thus forming an intact interface between the In(2)S(3) shell and TiO(2) core. Results show that the thickness of In(2)S(3) shell layers as well as the visible light absorption threshold can be effectively controlled by varying the coating cycles during the SILAR process. The best reproducible performance of the sandwich solar cell using the TiO(2)-In(2)S(3) core-shell nanorod arrays as photoelectrodes was obtained after 30 SILAR cycles, exhibiting a short-circuit current (I(sc)) of 2.40 mA cm(-2), an open-circuit voltage (V(oc)) of 0.56 V, a fill factor (ff) of 0.40 and a conversion efficiency (η) of 0.54%, respectively. These results demonstrate a feasible and controllable route towards In(2)S(3) coating on a highly structured substrate and a proof of concept that such TiO(2)-In(2)S(3) core-shell architectures are novel and promising photoelectrodes in nanostructured solar cells.

  7. Impurity induced crystallinity and optical emissions in ZnO nanorod arrays

    Science.gov (United States)

    Panda, N. R.; Acharya, B. S.

    2015-01-01

    We report the growth of ZnO nanocrystallites doped with impurities such as B, N and S by green chemistry route using ultrasound. The effect of intrinsic defects and impurity doping on the structural and optical properties of ZnO nanostructures has been studied and discussed. Characterization studies carried out using x-ray diffraction (XRD) reveal the change in lattice parameters and crystallinity of ZnO in the presence of dopant. This has been explained on the basis of the dopant substitution at regular anion and interstitial sites. Study on surface morphology by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) shows a change from particle-like structure to aligned nanorods nucleated at definite sites. Elemental analysis such as x-ray photon electron spectroscopy (XPS) has been carried out to ascertain the dopant configuration in ZnO. This has been corroborated by the results obtained from FTIR and Raman studies. UV-vis light absorption and PL studies show an expansion of the band gap which has been explained on the basis of Moss-Burstein shift in the electronic band gap of ZnO by impurity incorporation. The optical emissions corresponding to excitonic transition and defect centres present in the band gap of ZnO is found to shift towards lower/higher wavelength sides. New PL bands observed have been assigned to the transitions related to the impurity states present in the band gap of ZnO along with intrinsic defects.

  8. Dense arrays of cobalt nanorods as rare-earth free permanent magnets.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Anagnostopoulou, E; Grindi, B; Lacroix, L-M; Ott, F; Panagiotopoulos, I; Viau, G

    2016-02-21

    We demonstrate in this paper the feasibility to elaborate rare-earth free permanent magnets based on cobalt nanorods assemblies with energy product (BH)max exceeding 150 kJ m(-3). The cobalt rods were prepared by the polyol process and assembled from wet suspensions under a magnetic field. Magnetization loops of dense assemblies with remanence to a saturation of 0.99 and squareness of 0.96 were measured. The almost perfect M(H) loop squareness together with electron microscopy and small angle neutron scattering demonstrate the excellent alignment of the rods within the assemblies. The magnetic volume fraction was carefully measured by coupling magnetic and thermogravimetric analysis and found in the range from 45 to 55%, depending on the rod diameter and the alignment procedure. This allowed a quantitative assessment of the (BH)max values. The highest (BH)max of 165 kJ m(-3) was obtained for a sample combining a high magnetic volume fraction and a very large M(H) loop squareness. This study shows that this bottom-up approach is very promising to get new hard magnetic materials that can compete in the permanent magnet panorama and fill the gap between the ferrites and the NdFeB magnets.

  9. Cobalt-phosphate-assisted photoelectrochemical water oxidation by arrays of molybdenum-doped zinc oxide nanorods.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Lin, Yan-Gu; Hsu, Yu-Kuei; Chen, Ying-Chu; Lee, Bing-Wei; Hwang, Jih-Shang; Chen, Li-Chyong; Chen, Kuei-Hsien

    2014-09-01

    We report the first demonstration of cobalt phosphate (Co-Pi)-assisted molybdenum-doped zinc oxide nanorods (Zn(1-x)Mo(x)O NRs) as visible-light-sensitive photofunctional electrodes to fundamentally improve the performance of ZnO NRs for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. A maximum photoconversion efficiency as high as 1.05% was achieved, at a photocurrent density of 1.4 mA cm(-2). More importantly, in addition to achieve the maximum incident photon to current conversion efficiency (IPCE) value of 86%, it could be noted that the IPCE of Zn(1-x)Mo(x)O photoanodes under monochromatic illumination (450 nm) is up to 12%. Our PEC performances are comparable to those of many oxide-based photoanodes in recent reports. The improvement in photoactivity of PEC water splitting may be attributed to the enhanced visible-light absorption, increased charge-carrier densities, and improved interfacial charge-transfer kinetics due to the combined effect of molybdenum incorporation and Co-Pi modification, contributing to photocatalysis. The new design of constructing highly photoactive Co-Pi-assisted Zn(1-x)Mo(x)O photoanodes enriches knowledge on doping and advances the development of high-efficiency photoelectrodes in the solar-hydrogen field.

  10. Self Powered Highly Enhanced Dual Wavelength ZnO@CdS Core-Shell Nanorod Arrays Photodetector: An Intelligent Pair.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Sarkar, Sanjit; Basak, Durga

    2015-08-01

    On the face of the impending energy crisis, developing low-energy or even zero-energy photoelectronic devices is extremely important. A multispectral photosensitivity feature of a self-powered device provides an additional powerful tool. We have developed an unprecedented high performance dual wavelength self-powered ZnO@CdS/PEDOT:PSS core-shell nanorods array photodetector through a simple aqueous chemical method wherein a suitable band alignment between an intelligent material pair, i.e. ZnO and CdS, has been utilized. Besides a noteworthy advantage of the devices being that they show a very sharp and prominent dual wavelength photosensitivity, both the ultraviolet and visible light sensitivity (ratio of current under illumination (Iphoto)/current under dark (Idark)) of the device are two orders of higher magnitude than those of pristine ZnO, attaining values of 2.8 × 10(3) and 1.07 × 10(3), respectively. At the same time, temporal responses faster than 20 ms could be achieved with these solution-processed photodetectors. The present study provides a very important direction to engineer core-shell nanostructured devices for dual wavelength high photosensitivity.

  11. Fabrication and Optimization of Vertically Aligned ZnO Nanorod Array-Based UV Photodetectors via Selective Hydrothermal Synthesis

    Science.gov (United States)

    Ko, Yeong Hwan; Nagaraju, Goli; Yu, Jae Su

    2015-08-01

    Vertically aligned ZnO nanorod array (NRA)-based ultraviolet (UV) photodetectors (PDs) were successfully fabricated and optimized via a facile hydrothermal process. Using a shadow mask technique, the thin ZnO seed layer was deposited between the patterned Au/Ti electrodes to bridge the electrodes. Thus, both the Au electrodes could be connected by the ZnO seed layer. As the sample was immersed into growth solution and heated at 90 °C, the ZnO NRAs were crystallized and vertically grown on the ZnO seed layer, thus creating a metal-semiconductor-metal PD structure. To investigate the size effect of ZnO NRAs on photocurrent, the PDs were readily prepared with different concentrations of growth solution. For the ZnO NRAs grown at 25 mM of concentration, the PD with 10 μm of channel width (i.e., gap distance between two electrodes) exhibited a high photocurrent of 1.91 × 10-4 A at an applied bias of 10 V under 365 nm of UV light illumination. The PD was optimized by adjusting the channel width. For 15 μm of channel width, a relatively high photocurrent on-off ratio of 37.4 and good current transient characteristics were observed at the same applied bias. These results are expected to be useful for cost-effective and practical UV PD applications.

  12. Enhanced photoelectrochemical performance of CdSe/Mn-CdS/TiO{sub 2} nanorod arrays solar cell

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Yu, Libo; Li, Zhen; Liu, Yingbo; Cheng, Fa; Sun, Shuqing, E-mail: sunshuqing@tju.edu.cn

    2014-08-01

    Vertically oriented single-crystalline one-dimensional TiO{sub 2} nanorod arrays was synthesized directly on transparent fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) conducting glass substrate by a facile hydrothermal method and was applied as photoanode in CdSe/Mn-doped CdS quantum dots sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs). The effect of coating cycles of QDs on the photovoltaic performance was investigated to find the optimal combination is 10 cycles of Mn-doped CdS and 9 cycles of CdSe, the CdSe(9)/Mn-CdS(10)/TiO{sub 2} solar cell exhibited the best performance due to the complementary effect in the light absorption of Mn-doped CdS and CdSe QDs. The power conversion efficiency of CdSe(9)/Mn-CdS(10)/TiO{sub 2} solar cell reached to 2.40% under one sun illumination (AM 1.5 G, 100 mW/cm{sup 2}), which was 46.34% higher than that of CdSe(9)/CdS(10)/TiO{sub 2} solar cell without doping of Mn (1.64%).

  13. Conformal Coating of a Phase Change Material on Ordered Plasmonic Nanorod Arrays for Broadband All-Optical Switching.

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Guo, Peijun; Weimer, Matthew S.; Emery, Jonathan D.; Diroll, Benjamin T.; Chen, Xinqi; Hock, Adam S.; Chang, Robert P. H.; Martinson, Alex B. F.; Schaller, Richard D.

    2017-01-01

    Actively tunable optical transmission through artificial metamaterials holds great promise for next-generation nanophotonic devices and metasurfaces. Plasmonic nanostructures and phase change materials have been extensively studied to this end due to their respective strong interactions with light and tunable dielectric constants under external stimuli. Seamlessly integrating plasmonic components with phase change materials, as demonstrated in the present work, can facilitate phase change by plasmonically enabled light confinement and meanwhile make use of the high sensitivity of plasmon resonances to the variation of dielectric constant associated with the phase change. The hybrid platform here is composed of plasmonic indium tin-oxide nanorod arrays (ITO-NRAs) conformally coated with an ultrathin layer of a prototypical phase change material, vanadium dioxide (VO2), which enables all-optical modulation of the infrared as well as the visible spectral ranges. The interplay between the intrinsic plasmonic nonlinearity of ITO-NRAs and the phase transition induced permittivity change of VO2 gives rise to spectral and temporal responses that cannot be achieved with individual material components alone.

  14. Detection of Mycoplasma pneumoniae in simulated and true clinical throat swab specimens by nanorod array-surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Suzanne L Hennigan

    Full Text Available The prokaryote Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a major cause of respiratory disease in humans, accounting for 20% of all community-acquired pneumonia and the leading cause of pneumonia in older children and young adults. The limitations of existing options for mycoplasma diagnosis highlight a critical need for a new detection platform with high sensitivity, specificity, and expediency. Here we evaluated silver nanorod arrays (NA as a biosensing platform for detection and differentiation of M. pneumoniae in culture and in spiked and true clinical throat swab samples by surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS. Three M. pneumoniae strains were reproducibly differentiated by NA-SERS with 95%-100% specificity and 94-100% sensitivity, and with a lower detection limit exceeding standard PCR. Analysis of throat swab samples spiked with M. pneumoniae yielded detection in a complex, clinically relevant background with >90% accuracy and high sensitivity. In addition, NA-SERS correctly classified with >97% accuracy, ten true clinical throat swab samples previously established by real-time PCR and culture to be positive or negative for M. pneumoniae. Our findings suggest that the unique biochemical specificity of Raman spectroscopy, combined with reproducible spectral enhancement by silver NA, holds great promise as a superior platform for rapid and sensitive detection and identification of M. pneumoniae, with potential for point-of-care application.

  15. Fabrication and Optimization of Vertically Aligned ZnO Nanorod Array-Based UV Photodetectors via Selective Hydrothermal Synthesis.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Ko, Yeong Hwan; Nagaraju, Goli; Yu, Jae Su

    2015-12-01

    Vertically aligned ZnO nanorod array (NRA)-based ultraviolet (UV) photodetectors (PDs) were successfully fabricated and optimized via a facile hydrothermal process. Using a shadow mask technique, the thin ZnO seed layer was deposited between the patterned Au/Ti electrodes to bridge the electrodes. Thus, both the Au electrodes could be connected by the ZnO seed layer. As the sample was immersed into growth solution and heated at 90 °C, the ZnO NRAs were crystallized and vertically grown on the ZnO seed layer, thus creating a metal-semiconductor-metal PD structure. To investigate the size effect of ZnO NRAs on photocurrent, the PDs were readily prepared with different concentrations of growth solution. For the ZnO NRAs grown at 25 mM of concentration, the PD with 10 μm of channel width (i.e., gap distance between two electrodes) exhibited a high photocurrent of 1.91 × 10(-4) A at an applied bias of 10 V under 365 nm of UV light illumination. The PD was optimized by adjusting the channel width. For 15 μm of channel width, a relatively high photocurrent on-off ratio of 37.4 and good current transient characteristics were observed at the same applied bias. These results are expected to be useful for cost-effective and practical UV PD applications.

  16. Improvement of Light Extraction Efficiency in Flip-Chip Light Emitting Diodes on SiC Substrate via Transparent Haze Films with Morphology-Controlled Collapsed Alumina Nanorods.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Baek, Seunghwa; Kang, Gumin; Shin, Dongheok; Bae, Kyuyoung; Kim, Yong Hyun; Kim, Kyoungsik

    2016-01-13

    We demonstrate GaN-based flip-chip light emitting diodes (FC-LEDs) on SiC substrate achieving high extraction efficiency by simply attaching the optically transparent haze films consisting of collapsed alumina nanorods. Through controlled etching time of alumina nanorods, we obtain four types of films that have different morphologies with different optical transmittance and haze properties. We show that the light output power of the FC-LEDs with film, which has 95.6% transmittance and 62.7% haze, increases by 20.4% in comparison to the bare LEDs. The angular radiation pattern of the LEDs also follows the Lambertian emission pattern without deteriorating the electrical properties of the device. The improvement of light extraction is mainly attributed to the reduced total internal reflection (TIR) via efficient out-coupling of guided light from SiC substrate to air by collapsed alumina nanorod structures in the film. The high transparency of film and reduced Fresnel reflection via graded refractive index transition between the film and SiC substrate also contribute to the extraction enhancement of the device. We systematically investigate the influence of haze film's geometrical or optical properties on the extraction efficiency of FC-LEDs, and this study will provide a novel approach to enhance the performance of various optoelectronic devices.

  17. UV and visible light synergetic photodegradation using rutile TiO2 nanorod arrays based on a p-n Junction.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Ji, Tao; Cui, Ze; Zhang, Wenlong; Cao, Yunjiu; Zhang, Yongfang; He, Shu-Ang; Xu, Mingdong; Sun, Yangang; Zou, Rujia; Hu, Junqing

    2017-03-27

    Herein, we report a photocatalytic heterojunction device of rutile TiO2 nanorod arrays based on a p-n silicon junction (TiO2@PN) and its full absorption of ultraviolet and visible light for synergistic photodegradation. The fabricated TiO2@PN had excellent photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange (MO) under irradiation of a 300 W Xe lamp, and its pseudo-first-order rate constant k was 0.221 h(-1), which was greatly higher than that for TiO2 nanorod arrays based on an n-p silicon junction (TiO2@NP, 0.078 h(-1)) and glass (TiO2@G, 0.032 h(-1)). The higher photocatalytic performance of TiO2@PN could be attributed to the fact that the photovoltage (PV) of the p-n junction promotes separation of the electron-hole pairs of the TiO2, and the holes are thus left within the TiO2 nanorods to produce a strong oxidant of hydroxyl radicals (˙OH). Moreover, this heterojunction device could be easily fabricated in a large size for easy recovery and recycling, which shows its promise in the solar-driven degradation of environmental pollution.

  18. CdS and CdS/CdSe sensitized ZnO nanorod array solar cells prepared by a solution ions exchange process

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Chen, Ling; Gong, Haibo; Zheng, Xiaopeng; Zhu, Min; Zhang, Jun [Key Laboratory of Inorganic Functional Materials in Universities of Shandong, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022, Shandong (China); Yang, Shikuan [Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802-6812 (United States); Cao, Bingqiang, E-mail: mse_caobq@ujn.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Inorganic Functional Materials in Universities of Shandong, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022, Shandong (China)

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • CdS and CdS/CdSe quantum dots are assembled on ZnO nanorods by ion exchange process. • The CdS/CdSe sensitization of ZnO effectively extends the absorption spectrum. • The performance of ZnO/CdS/CdSe cell is improved by extending absorption spectrum. - Abstract: In this paper, cadmium sulfide (CdS) and cadmium sulfide/cadmium selenide (CdS/CdSe) quantum dots (QDs) are assembled onto ZnO nanorod arrays by a solution ion exchange process for QD-sensitized solar cell application. The morphology, composition and absorption properties of different photoanodes were characterized with scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, energy-dispersive X-ray spectrum and Raman spectrum in detail. It is shown that conformal and uniform CdS and CdS/CdSe shells can grow on ZnO nanorod cores. Quantum dot sensitized solar cells based on ZnO/CdS and ZnO/CdS/CdSe nanocable arrays were assembled with gold counter electrode and polysulfide electrolyte solution. The CdS/CdSe sensitization of ZnO can effectively extend the absorption spectrum up to 650 nm, which has a remarkable impact on the performance of a photovoltaic device by extending the absorption spectrum. Preliminary results show one fourth improvement in solar cell efficiency.

  19. Wettability properties of PTFE/ZnO nanorods thin film exhibiting UV-resilient superhydrophobicity

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Bayat, A.; Ebrahimi, M. [Department of Physics, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box 11155-9161, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Nourmohammadi, A. [Department of Physics, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557 (United States); Moshfegh, A.Z., E-mail: moshfegh@sharif.edu [Department of Physics, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box 11155-9161, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box 14588-89694, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-06-30

    Highlights: • Thin layer of Teflon was deposited on ZnO nanorods using RF sputtering technique. • Water contact angle was measured from 3° for ZnO to 160° for the PTFE/ZnO. • Very low contact angle hysteresis of ∼2° and sliding angle of ∼1° was measured. • Excellent stability under UV illumination was observed for the PTFE/ZnO sample. • We have proposed a model to describe wettability property supporting our data. - Abstract: In this research, initially anodization process was used to fabricate ZnO nanorods on Zn substrate and then RF sputtering technique was applied to grow a thin layer of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE, Teflon) on the coated ZnO nanorods for producing a superhydrophobic surface. According to scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observations, ZnO nanorods were formed with average diameter and length of about ∼180 nm and 14 μm, respectively. Superhydrophilic property of ZnO nanorods and superhydrophobic property of PTFE/ZnO nanorods was investigated by water contact angle (WCA) measurements. It was found that the contact angle varied with the PTFE deposition time. The highest contact angle measurement was obtained at 160° for the PTFE (60 min coating)/ZnO as optimum sample which indicates its superhydrophobic property. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) determined surface chemical composition and F/C ratio of about 1.27 for this sample. A change of water contact angle from 3° to 160° indicates transition from superhydrophilic to superhydrophobic state. Very low contact angle hysteresis (CAH) of ∼2° and sliding angle (SA) of ∼1° as well as unchanged contact angle under UV illumination was observed for the synthesized optimum PTFE/ZnO sample exhibits an excellent superhydrophobic property. Based on our data analysis, the ZnO nanorods and the PTFE/ZnO nanorods obey Wenzel and Cassie–Baxter model, respectively.

  20. Effect of self-organization, defects, impurities, and autocatalytic processes on the parameters of ZnO films and nanorods

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Mezdrogina, M. M., E-mail: Margaret.M@mail.ioffe.ru; Eremenko, M. V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Ioffe Physical–Technical Institute (Russian Federation); Levitskii, V. S. [Saint-Petersburg State Electrotechnical University (LETI) (Russian Federation); Petrov, V. N.; Terukov, E. I. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Ioffe Physical–Technical Institute (Russian Federation); Kaidashev, E. M.; Langusov, N. V. [Southern Federal University (Russian Federation)

    2015-11-15

    The effects of the parameters of ZnO-film deposition onto different substrates using the method of ac magnetron sputtering in a gas mixture of argon and oxygen hare studied. The phenomenon of self-organization is observed, which leads to invariability of the surface morphology of the ZnO films upon a variation in the substrate materials and deposition parameters. The parameters of the macro- and micro-photoluminescence spectra of the films differ insignificantly from the parameters of the photoluminescence spectra of bulk ZnO crystals obtained by the method of hydrothermal growth. The presence of intense emission with a narrow full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) in different regions of the spectrum allows ZnO films obtained by magnetron sputtering doped with rare-earth metal impurities (REIs) to be considered as a promising material for the creation of optoelectronic devices working in a broad spectral range. The possibility of the implementation of magnetic ordering upon legierung with REIs significantly broadens the functional possibilities of ZnO films. The parameters of the photoluminescence spectra of ZnO nanorods are determined by their geometrical parameters and by the concentration and type of the impurities introduced.

  1. Synthesis and application of TiO2 single-crystal nanorod arrays grown by multicycle hydrothermal for dye-sensitized solar cells

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhu, Jian-Jing; Zhao, Yu-Long; Zhu, Lei; Gu, Xiu-Quan; Qiang, Ying-Huai

    2014-04-01

    TiO2 is a wide band gap semiconductor with important applications in photovoltaic cells. Vertically aligned TiO2 nanorod arrays (NRs) are grown on the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates by a multicycle hydrothermal synthesis process. The samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and selected-area electron diffraction (SAED). It is found that dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) assembled by the as-prepared TiO2 single-crystal NRs exhibit different trends under the condition of different nucleation and growth concentrations. Optimum cell performance is obtained with high nucleation concentration and low growth cycle concentration. The efficiency enhancement is mainly attributed to the improved specific surface area of the nanorod.

  2. Interstitial vortex in superconducting film with periodic hole arrays

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    He Shi-Kun; Zhang Wei-Jun; Wen Zhen-Chao; Xiao Hong; Han Xiu-Feng; Gu Chang-Zhi; Qiu Xiang-Gang

    2012-01-01

    The response of superconducting Nb films with a diluted triangular and square array of holes to a perpendicular magnetic field are investigated.Due to small edge-to-edge separation of the holes,the patterned films are similar to multi-connected superconducting islands.Two regions in the magnetoresistance R(H) curves can be identified according to the field intervals of the resistance minima.Moreover,in between these two regions,variation of the minima spacing was observed.Our results provide strong evidence of the coexistence of interstitial vortices in the islands and fluxoids in the holes.

  3. The role of seeding in the morphology and wettability of ZnO nanorods films on different substrates

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Rodríguez, Juan [Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, P.O. Box 31-139, Lima 31, Perú (Peru); Onna, Diego [DQIAQF-INQUIMAE, FCEyN-Universidad de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Universitaria, Pab. II, 1428 Buenos Aires (Argentina); Sánchez, Luis [Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, P.O. Box 31-139, Lima 31, Perú (Peru); Marchi, M. Claudia [DQIAQF-INQUIMAE, FCEyN-Universidad de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Universitaria, Pab. II, 1428 Buenos Aires (Argentina); Centro de Microscopias Avanzadas, FCEyN-Universidad ed Buenos Aires, Ciudad Universitaria, Pab. I, 1428 Buenos Aires (Argentina); Candal, Roberto, E-mail: rjcandal@gmail.com [DQIAQF-INQUIMAE, FCEyN-Universidad de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Universitaria, Pab. II, 1428 Buenos Aires (Argentina); ECyT, 3iA, Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Martín de Irigoyen No 3100 (1650), San Martín, Pcia de Buenos Aires (Argentina); Ponce, Silvia [Universidad de Lima, Av. Javier Prado Este s/n, Monterrico, Lima 33, Perú (Peru); Bilmes, Sara A. [DQIAQF-INQUIMAE, FCEyN-Universidad de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Universitaria, Pab. II, 1428 Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2013-08-15

    Spray pyrolysis (SP) and spray-gel (SG) techniques were used to deposit ZnO seeds on Fluor doped tin oxide glasses (FTO), heated at 350 °C or 130 °C, and PET heated at 90 °C. The effect of seeding on the morphology and wettability of ZnO nanorods (NRs) films grown by wet chemical methods was analyzed. The morphology and wettability of ZnO NRs films depend on the seeding process. SP seeds formed from zinc acetate dissolved in water ethanol mixtures yield vertically aligned ZnO NRs, whose diameters and dispersion size are determined by the ethanol/water ratio in the precursor solution. SG seeds formed from a methanol ZnO sol produce a ring patterned distribution on the FTO substrate. The drying of ZnO sol drops impinging on the substrate produces high density of seeds along a ring yielding textured films with NRs vertically oriented on the rings and multi-oriented outside them. This effect was not observed when ZnO NRs grown onto the ZnO/PET substrate, however rod diameter is related with the density of seeds. This way to control the density and diameter of NRs deposited onto a substrate modify the wettability and opens new possibilities for the design of tailored nanomaterials for photochemical applications. Both type of NRs films showed a strong luminescence emission in the UV and in the blue, associated with surface and intrinsic defects.

  4. The role of seeding in the morphology and wettability of ZnO nanorods films on different substrates

    Science.gov (United States)

    Rodríguez, Juan; Onna, Diego; Sánchez, Luis; Marchi, M. Claudia; Candal, Roberto; Ponce, Silvia; Bilmes, Sara A.

    2013-08-01

    Spray pyrolysis (SP) and spray-gel (SG) techniques were used to deposit ZnO seeds on Fluor doped tin oxide glasses (FTO), heated at 350 °C or 130 °C, and PET heated at 90 °C. The effect of seeding on the morphology and wettability of ZnO nanorods (NRs) films grown by wet chemical methods was analyzed. The morphology and wettability of ZnO NRs films depend on the seeding process. SP seeds formed from zinc acetate dissolved in water ethanol mixtures yield vertically aligned ZnO NRs, whose diameters and dispersion size are determined by the ethanol/water ratio in the precursor solution. SG seeds formed from a methanol ZnO sol produce a ring patterned distribution on the FTO substrate. The drying of ZnO sol drops impinging on the substrate produces high density of seeds along a ring yielding textured films with NRs vertically oriented on the rings and multi-oriented outside them. This effect was not observed when ZnO NRs grown onto the ZnO/PET substrate, however rod diameter is related with the density of seeds. This way to control the density and diameter of NRs deposited onto a substrate modify the wettability and opens new possibilities for the design of tailored nanomaterials for photochemical applications. Both type of NRs films showed a strong luminescence emission in the UV and in the blue, associated with surface and intrinsic defects.

  5. UV photo-detector based on p-NiO thin film/n-ZnO nanorods heterojunction prepared by a simple process

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Echresh, Ahmad, E-mail: ahmadechresh@gmail.com [Department of Science and Technology, Physical Electronics and Nanotechnology Division, Campus Norrköping, Linköping University, SE-601 74 Norrköping (Sweden); Department of Physics, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Chey, Chan Oeurn [Department of Science and Technology, Physical Electronics and Nanotechnology Division, Campus Norrköping, Linköping University, SE-601 74 Norrköping (Sweden); Zargar Shoushtari, Morteza [Department of Physics, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Khranovskyy, Volodymyr [Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM), Linköping University, SE-581 83 Linköping (Sweden); Nur, Omer; Willander, Magnus [Department of Science and Technology, Physical Electronics and Nanotechnology Division, Campus Norrköping, Linköping University, SE-601 74 Norrköping (Sweden)

    2015-05-25

    Highlights: • The p-NiO/n-ZnO heterojunction showed an obvious rectifying behavior and the response of the diode was excellent in generating photocurrent upon UV illumination. • Diode electrical performance presented here were superior to those achieved from similar heterojunction prepared by different methods. • The XPS results show that the heterojunction has a type-II band alignment with a valence band offset of 1.50 eV and conduction band offset of 1.83 eV. - Abstract: A UV photo-detector based on p-NiO thin film/n-ZnO nanorods heterojunction was fabricated using a simple two-step fabrication process. The aqueous chemical hydrothermal and thermal evaporation methods were combined to grow the ZnO nanorods and the NiO thin film, respectively. Structural investigation indicated that well aligned ZnO nanorods with hexagonal face having a preferential orientation along the c-axis (0 0 2) have been achieved and that the NiO thin film is covering all the ZnO nanorods. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to investigate the band alignment of the heterojunction and the valence and the conduction band offsets were determined to be 1.50 eV and 1.83 eV, respectively. The current–voltage characteristics of the p-NiO thin film/ZnO nanorods heterojunction showed a clear rectifying behavior under both dark and UV illumination conditions. The response of the heterojunction diode was excellent regarding the photocurrent generation. Although other similar heterojunction diodes demonstrated lower threshold voltage, the rectification ratio and the sensitivity of the fabricated diode were superior in comparison to other similar heterojunctions reported recently, implying the vitality of the presented two-step process.

  6. Forming lipid bilayer membrane arrays on micropatterned polyelectrolyte film surfaces.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhang, Ying; Wang, Lei; Wang, Xuejing; Qi, Guodong; Han, Xiaojun

    2013-07-01

    A novel method of forming lipid bilayer membrane arrays on micropatterned polyelectrolyte film surfaces is introduced. Polyelectrolyte films were fabricated by the layer-by-layer technique on a silicon oxide surface modified with a 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) monolayer. The surface pK(a) value of the APTES monolayer was determined by cyclic voltammetry to be approximately 5.61, on the basis of which a pH value of 2.0 was chosen for layer-by-layer assembly. Micropatterned polyelectrolyte films were obtained by deep-UV (254 nm) photolysis though a mask. Absorbed fluorescent latex beads were used to visualize the patterned surfaces. Lipid bilayer arrays were fabricated on the micropatterned surfaces by immersing the patterned substrates into a solution containing egg phosphatidylcholine vesicles. Fluorescence recovery after photobleaching studies yielded a lateral diffusion coefficient for probe molecules of 1.31±0.17 μm(2) s(-1) in the bilayer region, and migration of the lipid NBD PE in bilayer lipid membrane arrays was observed in an electric field.

  7. Self-standing corrugated Ag and Au-nanorods for plasmonic applications

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Habouti, S.; Mátéfi-Tempfli, M.; Solterbeck, C.-H.;

    2011-01-01

    We use home-made Si-supported anodized alumina thin film templates for the electrodeposition of large area self-standing Ag- and Au-nanorod (Au-NR) arrays. The deposition conditions chosen, i.e. electrolyte composition and deposition voltage, lead to a corrugated rod morphology, particularly for ...

  8. Specificity and Strain-Typing Capabilities of Nanorod Array-Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy for Mycoplasma pneumoniae Detection.

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Kelley C Henderson

    Full Text Available Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a cell wall-less bacterial pathogen of the human respiratory tract that accounts for > 20% of all community-acquired pneumonia (CAP. At present the most effective means for detection and strain-typing is quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR, which can exhibit excellent sensitivity and specificity but requires separate tests for detection and genotyping, lacks standardization between available tests and between labs, and has limited practicality for widespread, point-of-care use. We have developed and previously described a silver nanorod array-surface enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (NA-SERS biosensing platform capable of detecting M. pneumoniae with statistically significant specificity and sensitivity in simulated and true clinical throat swab samples, and the ability to distinguish between reference strains of the two main genotypes of M. pneumoniae. Furthermore, we have established a qualitative lower endpoint of detection for NA-SERS of < 1 genome equivalent (cell/μl and a quantitative multivariate detection limit of 5.3 ± 1 cells/μl. Here we demonstrate using partial least squares- discriminatory analysis (PLS-DA of sample spectra that NA-SERS correctly identified M. pneumoniae clinical isolates from globally diverse origins and distinguished these from a panel of 12 other human commensal and pathogenic mycoplasma species with 100% cross-validated statistical accuracy. Furthermore, PLS-DA correctly classified by strain type all 30 clinical isolates with 96% cross-validated accuracy for type 1 strains, 98% cross-validated accuracy for type 2 strains, and 90% cross-validated accuracy for type 2V strains.

  9. Using Standing Gold Nanorod Arrays as Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) Substrates for Detection of Carbaryl Residues in Fruit Juice and Milk.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Alsammarraie, Fouad K; Lin, Mengshi

    2017-01-25

    In recent years, there have been increasing concerns about pesticide residues in various foods. On the other hand, there is growing attention in utilizing novel nanomaterials as highly sensitive, low-cost, and reproducible substrates for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) applications. The objective of this study was to develop a SERS method for the rapid detection of pesticides that were extracted from different types of food samples (fruit juice and milk). A new SERS substrate was prepared by assembling gold nanorods into standing arrays on a gold-coated silicon slide. The standing nanorod arrays were neatly arranged and were able to generate a strong electromagnetic field in SERS measurement. The as-prepared SERS substrate was utilized to detect carbaryl in acetonitrile/water solution, fruit juices (orange and grapefruit), and milk. The results show that the concentrations of carbaryl spiked in fruit juice and milk were linearly correlated with the concentrations predicted by the partial least-squares (PLS) models with r values of 0.91, 0.88, and 0.95 for orange juice, grapefruit juice, and milk, respectively. The SERS method was able to detect carbaryl that was extracted from fruit juice and milk samples at a 50 ppb level. The detection limits of carbaryl were 509, 617, and 391 ppb in orange juice, grapefruit juice, and milk, respectively. All detection limits are below the maximum residue limits that were set by the U.S. EPA. Moreover, satisfactory recoveries (82-97.5%) were accomplished for food samples using this method. These results demonstrate that SERS coupled with the standing gold nanorod array substrates is a rapid, reliable, sensitive, and reproducible method for the detection of pesticide residues in foods.

  10. Controllable growth of vertically aligned Bi-doped TiO2 nanorod arrays for all-oxide solid-state DSSCs

    Science.gov (United States)

    Asemi, Morteza; Ghanaatshoar, Majid

    2016-09-01

    In this study, vertically aligned Bi-doped TiO2 nanorod arrays as photoanodes were successfully grown on the fluorine-doped tin oxide by hydrothermal method. Structural analysis showed that bismuth was successfully incorporated into the TiO2 lattice at low concentration, but at higher concentration, phase segregation of Bi2O3 in the TiO2 matrix was occurred. TiO2 nanorods with 3 % bismuth concentration had minimum electrical resistivity. As the solid-state electrolyte, Mg-doped CuCrO2 nanoparticles with p-type conductivity were synthesized by sol-gel method. The fabricated all-oxide solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells with Bi-doped TiO2 nanorods displayed better photovoltaic performance due to the presence of Bi. The improved cell performance was correlated with the higher dye loading, slower charge recombination rate and the higher electrical conductivity of the photoanodes. After mechanical pressing, the all-oxide solid-state DSSC exhibited enhanced photovoltaic performance due to the formation of the large neck between adjacent nanoparticles by mechanical sintering. The open-circuit photovoltage decay measurement of the devices and electrical conductivity of the nanoparticles before and after pressing revealed that the mechanical pressing technique reduces charge recombination rate and facilitates electron transport through the interconnected nanoparticles.

  11. Zinc oxide Chemical Bath Deposition on Functionalized organic thin films: Formation of nanorods, nanorockets and nanoflowers

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Shi, Zhiwei; Walker, Amy V., E-mail: amy.walker@utdallas.edu

    2016-05-01

    Controlling the morphology of nanostructured materials is critical for their use in technological applications including in sensing, electronics and energy harvesting. In this paper we investigate the reaction pathways involved and their dependence on reactant concentrations in the formation of ZnO nanomaterials on –COOH terminated self-assembled monolayers using a simple chemical bath deposition process which employs zinc acetate, which acts as the Zn source, and ethylenediamine, which acts as both the O source and a complexing agent for Zn{sup 2+}. At a deposition temperature of 318 K (45 °C) our data shows that the concentration of Zn{sup 2+} as well as the deposition bath pH, which is controlled by the ethylenediamine concentration, is critical in determining the ZnO morphology. Above 0.01 M zinc acetate at low bath pH (~ 7.7–8.5), nanorods and nanorockets are observed to form. The nanorods exhibit a clear interface in the middle indicating that they are composed of two crystals. At lower zinc acetate concentrations over a wide pH range (~ 8.0–10.5) nanoflowers form. The nanorockets and nanoflowers grow via a modified La Mer mechanism in which there are multiple nucleation and crystallization steps. The initial nuclei are sphelurites (nanoflowers) or nanocrystallites (nanorockets). Since the reagent concentrations limit the reaction, for these initial precursor crystallites to increase in size, it is required dissolution and re-precipitation must occur. Thus at later times nanorockets or nanoflowers develop. - Highlights: • Nanorods, nanorockets and nanoflowers form depending on the reaction conditions. • Nanorods grow slowly suggesting low supersaturation conditions are needed. • Nanoflowers and nanorockets form via multiple nucleation and precipitation steps.

  12. Role of Ag2S coupling on enhancing the visible-light-induced catalytic property of TiO2 nanorod arrays

    Science.gov (United States)

    Li, Zhengcao; Xiong, Shan; Wang, Guojing; Xie, Zheng; Zhang, Zhengjun

    2016-01-01

    In order to obtain a better photocatalytic performance under visible light, Ag2S-coupled TiO2 nanorod arrays (NRAs) were prepared through the electron beam deposition with glancing angle deposition (GLAD) technique, annealing in air, followed by the successive ionic layer absorption and reaction (SILAR) method. The properties of the photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange (MO) were thus conducted. The presence of Ag2S on TiO2 NRAs was observed to have a significant improvement on the response to visible light. It’s resulted from that Ag2S coupling can improve the short circuit photocurrent density and enhance the photocatalytic activity remarkably.

  13. High-performance and ultra-stable lithium-ion batteries based on MOF-derived ZnO@ZnO quantum dots/C core-shell nanorod arrays on a carbon cloth anode.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhang, Guanhua; Hou, Sucheng; Zhang, Hang; Zeng, Wei; Yan, Feilong; Li, Cheng Chao; Duan, Huigao

    2015-04-08

    MOF-derived ZnO@ZnO Quantum Dots/C core-shell nanorod arrays grown on flexible carbon cloth are successfully fabricated as a binder-free anode for Li-ion storage. In combination with the advantages from the ZnO/C core-shell architecture and the 3D nanorod arrays, this material satisfies both efficient ion and fast electron transport, and thus shows superior rate capability and excellent cycling stability. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Synthesis of Aligned ZnO Nanorod Array on Silicon and Sapphire Substrates by Thermal Evaporation Technique

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    K.M.K. Srivatsa; Deepak Chhikara; M. Senthil Kumar

    2011-01-01

    High density ZnO nanorods were grown by thermal evaporation of Zn powder at 700℃ on Si (100) and sapphire (0001) substrates at atmospheric pressure without adding any catalyst. The nanorods were characterizated in terms of their structural and optical properties. The nanorods grown on Si have a diameter of 350-400 nm and a length of 1.2 μm while those on sapphire have a diameter of 600-800 nm and a length of 2.5 μm. During the structural characterization, it is noticed that the rods grow along the (0002) plane with perfect hexagonal facet. The room temperature photoluminescence spectrum showed a strong UV emission peak at 385 nm with a weak green band emission, which confirms that nanorods have good optical properties. It is observed that the oxygen partial pressure plays an important role to control the shape and size of the nanorods in thermal evaporation growth technique.

  15. Thin films of porphyrin-perylene molecular array fabricated by electrophoresis methodology

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    SUN Jingzhi; YANG Xinguo; WANG Mang

    2005-01-01

    Thin solid films of organic conjugated molecules are at the center of organic electronics. Low solubility and high sublimation temperature of porphyrin-perylene arrays make it impossible to fabricate uniform solid films with spin-coating and vacuum deposition methodology, though these arrays have important applications in the area of opto-electronics. Here we show that high quality thin films of a porphyrin-perylene array can be prepared by electrochemical deposition, a facile and widely used film-forming technique. The electrophoretic species are protonated porphyrin-perylene molecules, which allow us to grow molecular array films on electrodes. By annealing in ammonia atmosphere or in vacuum at elevated temperature, the protons coordinated with molecular arrays on the deposited films can be eliminated and the porphyrin-perylene arrays recovered to their pristine state.

  16. Improved photovoltaic performance of CdSe/CdS/PbS quantum dot sensitized ZnO nanorod array solar cell

    Science.gov (United States)

    Justin Raj, C.; Karthick, S. N.; Park, Songyi; Hemalatha, K. V.; Kim, Soo-Kyoung; Prabakar, K.; Kim, Hee-Je

    2014-02-01

    Single crystalline zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorod array has been used for the fabrication of CdSe/CdS/PbS/ZnO quantum dot sensitized solar cell (QDSSC). The ZnO nanorod array photoanodes are sensitized with consecutive layer of PbS, CdS and CdSe quantum dots by employing simple successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) and chemical bath deposition (CBD) techniques. The performances of the QDSSCs are examined in detail using polysulfide electrolyte with copper sulfide (CuS) counter electrode. The combination of two successive layers of PbS with CdSe/CdS/ZnO shows an improved short circuit current density (12.223 mA cm-2) with a maximum power to conversion efficiency of 2.352% under 1 sun illumination. This enhancement is mainly attributed due to the better light harvesting ability of the PbS quantum dots and make large accumulation of photo-injected electrons in the conduction band of ZnO, and CdSe/CdS layers lower the recombination of photo-injected electrons with the electrolyte, these are well evidenced with the photovoltaic studies and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.

  17. Hierarchical three-dimensional branched hematite nanorod arrays with enhanced mid-visible light absorption for high-efficiency photoelectrochemical water splitting

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wang, Degao; Chang, Guoliang; Zhang, Yuying; Chao, Jie; Yang, Jianzhong; Su, Shao; Wang, Lihua; Fan, Chunhai; Wang, Lianhui

    2016-06-01

    Herein, we presented hierarchical three-dimensional (3D) branched hematite nanorod arrays (NAs) on transparent fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) conductive glass substrates, which exhibited high PEC water splitting performance due to the enhancement of mid-visible light harvesting as well as charge separation and transfer. The introduction of a TiO2 underlayer made the as-prepared 3D branched hematite NAs achieve a photocurrent density of 0.61 mA cm-2 at 1.23 V vs. reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE) without high-temperature activation.Herein, we presented hierarchical three-dimensional (3D) branched hematite nanorod arrays (NAs) on transparent fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) conductive glass substrates, which exhibited high PEC water splitting performance due to the enhancement of mid-visible light harvesting as well as charge separation and transfer. The introduction of a TiO2 underlayer made the as-prepared 3D branched hematite NAs achieve a photocurrent density of 0.61 mA cm-2 at 1.23 V vs. reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE) without high-temperature activation. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr03855g

  18. Controlled growth of high-density CdS and CdSe nanorod arrays on selective facets of two-dimensional semiconductor nanoplates

    KAUST Repository

    Wu, Xue-Jun

    2016-03-14

    The rational synthesis of hierarchical three-dimensional nanostructures with specific compositions, morphologies and functionalities is important for applications in a variety of fields ranging from energy conversion and electronics to biotechnology. Here, we report a seeded growth approach for the controlled epitaxial growth of three types of hierarchical one-dimensional (1D)/two-dimensional (2D) nanostructures, where nanorod arrays of II-VI semiconductor CdS or CdSe are grown on the selective facets of hexagonal-shaped nanoplates, either on the two basal facets of the nanoplate, or on one basal facet, or on the two basal facets and six side facets. The seed engineering of 2D hexagonal-shaped nanoplates is the key factor for growth of the three resulting types of 1D/2D nanostructures. The wurtzite- and zinc-blende-type polymorphs of semiconductors are used to determine the facet-selective epitaxial growth of 1D nanorod arrays, resulting in the formation of different hierarchical three-dimensional (3D) nanostructures. © 2016 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

  19. Controlled growth of high-density CdS and CdSe nanorod arrays on selective facets of two-dimensional semiconductor nanoplates.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wu, Xue-Jun; Chen, Junze; Tan, Chaoliang; Zhu, Yihan; Han, Yu; Zhang, Hua

    2016-05-01

    The rational synthesis of hierarchical three-dimensional nanostructures with specific compositions, morphologies and functionalities is important for applications in a variety of fields ranging from energy conversion and electronics to biotechnology. Here, we report a seeded growth approach for the controlled epitaxial growth of three types of hierarchical one-dimensional (1D)/two-dimensional (2D) nanostructures, where nanorod arrays of II-VI semiconductor CdS or CdSe are grown on the selective facets of hexagonal-shaped nanoplates, either on the two basal facets of the nanoplate, or on one basal facet, or on the two basal facets and six side facets. The seed engineering of 2D hexagonal-shaped nanoplates is the key factor for growth of the three resulting types of 1D/2D nanostructures. The wurtzite- and zinc-blende-type polymorphs of semiconductors are used to determine the facet-selective epitaxial growth of 1D nanorod arrays, resulting in the formation of different hierarchical three-dimensional (3D) nanostructures.

  20. Photoelectrochemical water splitting under visible light over anti-photocorrosive In{sub 2}O{sub 3}-coupling ZnO nanorod arrays photoanode

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Zhang, Yan, E-mail: zhangyanchem@qdu.edu.cn [Oceanology University of China, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (China); Zhang, Jinqiu [Qingdao University, Faculty of Chemical Science and Engineering (China); Nie, Mengyan [University of Southampton, National Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton, School of Engineering Sciences (United Kingdom); Sun, Kai [Qingdao University, Faculty of Chemical Science and Engineering (China); Li, Chunhu [Oceanology University of China, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (China); Yu, Jianqiang [Qingdao University, Faculty of Chemical Science and Engineering (China)

    2015-07-15

    In{sub 2}O{sub 3} quantum dots with a high crystallinity were deposited on the surface of ZnO nanorods through a chemistry bath method. The resulting In{sub 2}O{sub 3}-sensitizing ZnO nanorod arrays not only exhibited enhanced photoelectrochemical activity for water splitting under visible-light irradiation, but also possessed anti-photocorrosion property. The photo-induced charge-transfer property of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} could be improved greatly by coupling with ZnO. This observation demonstrated that the heterojunction at the interface between In{sub 2}O{sub 3} and ZnO could efficiently reduce the recombination of photo-induced electron–hole pairs and increase the lifetime of charge carriers and therefore enhance the photo-to-current efficiency of the In{sub 2}O{sub 3}–ZnO nanocrystalline arrays. It reveals that the heterojunction construction between two different semiconductors plays a very important role in determining the dynamic properties of their photogenerated charge carriers and their photo-to-current conversion efficiency.

  1. Controlled growth of high-density CdS and CdSe nanorod arrays on selective facets of two-dimensional semiconductor nanoplates

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wu, Xue-Jun; Chen, Junze; Tan, Chaoliang; Zhu, Yihan; Han, Yu; Zhang, Hua

    2016-05-01

    The rational synthesis of hierarchical three-dimensional nanostructures with specific compositions, morphologies and functionalities is important for applications in a variety of fields ranging from energy conversion and electronics to biotechnology. Here, we report a seeded growth approach for the controlled epitaxial growth of three types of hierarchical one-dimensional (1D)/two-dimensional (2D) nanostructures, where nanorod arrays of II-VI semiconductor CdS or CdSe are grown on the selective facets of hexagonal-shaped nanoplates, either on the two basal facets of the nanoplate, or on one basal facet, or on the two basal facets and six side facets. The seed engineering of 2D hexagonal-shaped nanoplates is the key factor for growth of the three resulting types of 1D/2D nanostructures. The wurtzite- and zinc-blende-type polymorphs of semiconductors are used to determine the facet-selective epitaxial growth of 1D nanorod arrays, resulting in the formation of different hierarchical three-dimensional (3D) nanostructures.

  2. Great enhancement in the excitonic recombination and light extraction of highly ordered InGaN/GaN elliptic nanorod arrays on a wafer scale.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhuang, Zhe; Guo, Xu; Liu, Bin; Hu, Fengrui; Dai, Jiangping; Zhang, Yun; Li, Yi; Tao, Tao; Zhi, Ting; Xie, Zili; Ge, Haixiong; Wang, Xiaoyong; Xiao, Min; Wang, Tao; Shi, Yi; Zheng, Youdou; Zhang, Rong

    2016-01-01

    A series of highly ordered c-plane InGaN/GaN elliptic nanorod (NR) arrays were fabricated by our developed soft UV-curing nanoimprint lithography on a wafer. The photoluminescence (PL) integral intensities of NR samples show a remarkable enhancement by a factor of up to two orders of magnitude compared with their corresponding as-grown samples at room temperature. The radiative recombination in NR samples is found to be greatly enhanced due to not only the suppressed non-radiative recombination but also the strain relaxation and optical waveguide effects. It is demonstrated that elliptic NR arrays improve the light extraction greatly and have polarized emission, both of which possibly result from the broken structure symmetry. Green NR light-emitting diodes have been finally realized, with good current-voltage performance and uniform luminescence.

  3. Rutile Nanorod/Anatase Nanowire Junction Array as Both Sensor and Power Supplier for High-Performance, Self-Powered, Wireless UV Photodetector.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yu, Xin; Zhao, Zhenhuan; Zhang, Jian; Guo, Weibo; Qiu, Jichuan; Li, Deshuai; Li, Zhou; Mou, Xiaoning; Li, Linlin; Li, Aixue; Liu, Hong

    2016-05-01

    Self-powered UV photodetectors based on TiO2 nanotree arrays have captured much attention in recent years because of their many advantages. In this work, rutile/anatase TiO2 (R/A-TiO2 ) heterostructured nanotree arrays are fabricated by assembling anatase nanowires as branches on rutile nanorods. External quantum efficiencies as high as 90% are reached at 325 nm. These high quantum efficiencies are related to the higher amount of light harvesting due to the larger surface area, the better separation ability of the photogenerated carriers by the rutile/anatase heterostructure, and the faster electron transport, related to the 1D nanostructure and lattice connection at the interface of the two kinds of TiO2 . Furthermore, a self-powered wireless UV photodetector is shown with excellent wireless detection performance. Such devices will enable significant advances for next-generation photodetection and photosensing applications.

  4. Effect of Composition on Electrical and Optical Properties of Thin Films of Amorphous GaxSe100−x Nanorods

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Abdallah El-Hamidy SM

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We report the electrical and optical studies of thin films of a-GaxSe100−x nanorods (x = 3, 6, 9 and 12. Thin films of a-GaxSe100−x nanorods have been synthesized thermal evaporation technique. DC electrical conductivity of deposited thin films of a-GaxSe100−x nanorods is measured as a function of temperature range from 298 to 383 K. An exponential increase in the dc conductivity is observed with the increase in temperature, suggesting thereby a semiconducting behavior. The estimated value of activation energy decreases on incorporation of dopant (Ga content in the Se system. The calculated value of pre-exponential factor (σ0 is of the order of 101 Ω−1 cm−1, which suggests that the conduction takes place in the band tails of localized states. It is suggested that the conduction is due to thermally assisted tunneling of the carriers in the localized states near the band edges. On the basis of the optical absorption measurements, an indirect optical band gap is observed in this system, and the value of optical band gap decreases on increasing Ga concentration.

  5. Three-dimensional Monte Carlo simulation of nanorod self-organization in REBa2Cu3O y thin films grown by vapor phase epitaxy

    Science.gov (United States)

    Ichino, Yusuke; Yoshida, Yutaka; Miura, Shun

    2017-01-01

    Some metal-complex oxides (MCOs) self-organize within REBa2Cu3O y (REBCO: RE = rare earth) superconducting thin films grown by vapor phase epitaxy. To clarify the self-organization mechanism, we developed a three-dimensional Monte Carlo (3D-MC) simulation code using a simple model and simulated nanorod growth under various growth conditions. As a result, the self-organization of nanorods was reproduced by 3D-MC simulations and we clarified the nanorod growth mechanism as follows. The growth mode of MCO particles was 3D island growth due to the instability of the interface of the MCO and the substrate. On the other hand, that of REBCO particles was 2D island growth. There were diverse nanostructures, which were strongly affected by substrate temperature (T s) and deposition rate (v dep). We constructed a contour plot of the nanorod number density and a phase diagram of the nanostructures depending on T s and v dep.

  6. Influence of cooling rate on optical properties and electrical properties of nanorod ZnO films

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Gao, Meizhen, E-mail: gaomz@lzu.edu.c [Key Lab for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of MOE, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Liu, Jing; Sun, Huina; Wu, Xiaonan; Xue, Desheng [Key Lab for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of MOE, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2010-06-25

    ZnO films are prepared on Ag-coated glass substrates by wet chemical method at low temperature using Zn(NO{sub 3}).6H{sub 2}O and dimethylamine borane complex (DMAB). The structural, electrical and optical properties of ZnO films are investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, four-point probe method and photoluminescence, respectively. The ZnO film deposited at 90 {sup o}C is the most compact films with a c-axis preferred orientation. The cooling rate affects the optical and electrical properties of ZnO films dramatically. The ZnO films cooled at -15 {sup o}C exhibit the lowest electrical resistivity of 0.525 {Omega} cm and the strongest photoluminescence in visible light. The increase of the conductivity and the enhancement of the photoluminescence are attributed to the increase of oxygen vacancies in the films.

  7. Fabrication of InGaN/GaN double heterojunction solar cells with p-GaN nanorod arrays%含有p-GaN纳米阵列的InGaN/GaN双异质结太阳能电池的制作

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    唐龙娟; 郑新和; 张东炎; 董建荣; 王辉; 杨辉

    2011-01-01

    A method with p-GaN nanorod arrays is proposed to enhance the external quantum efficiency (EQE) of p-GaN/i-InGaN/n-GaN double heterojunctional solar cells. Inductively coupled plasma ethcing is utilized to form the p-GaN nanorod arrays with self-assembled Ni cluster as the etching mask. To form a smooth n-GaN surface for subsequent metal deposition, we demonstrate two-step etching of n-GaN mesa. The peak EQE of solar cells with p-GaN nanorod arrays reaches 55%, which shows an enhancement of 10% as compared with the conventional device with p-GaN film.%提出了一种提高p-GaN/i-InGaN/n-GaN双异质结太阳能电池外量子效率的方法,即将p-GaN刻蚀成纳米阵列结构.我们使用Ni退火形成微结构掩模,通过感应耦合等离子体(ICP)将p-GaN刻蚀纳米阵列结构.同时,提出了两步刻蚀n-GaN台面的制作工艺,以此在形成p-GaN纳米阵列结构时获得光滑的n-GaN层表面,以此改善后续金属电极的沉积.经测试,含有p-GaN纳米阵列结构的电池峰值外量子效率可达55%,比常规p-GaN膜层基InGaN/GaN太阳能电池的外量子效率提高了10%.

  8. Vapor Phase Sensing Using Metal Nanorod Thin Films Grown by Cryogenic Oblique Angle Deposition

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Piyush Shah

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We demonstrate the chemical sensing capability of silver nanostructured films grown by cryogenic oblique angle deposition (OAD. For comparison, the films are grown side by side at cryogenic (~100 K and at room temperature (~300 K by e-beam evaporation. Based on the observed structural differences, it was hypothesized that the cryogenic OAD silver films should show an increased surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS sensitivity. COMSOL simulation results are presented to validate this hypothesis. Experimental SERS results of 4-aminobenzenethiol (4-ABT Raman test probe molecules in vapor phase show good agreement with the simulation and indicate promising SERS applications for these nanostructured thin films.

  9. Incorporation of N-doped TiO2 nanorods in regenerated cellulose thin films fabricated from recycled newspaper as a green portable photocatalyst.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Mohamed, Mohamad Azuwa; Salleh, W N W; Jaafar, Juhana; Ismail, A F; Abd Mutalib, Muhazri; Jamil, Siti Munira

    2015-11-20

    In this work, an environmental friendly RC/N-TiO2 nanocomposite thin film was designed as a green portable photocatalyst by utilizing recycled newspaper as sustainable cellulose resource. Investigations on the influence of N-doped TiO2 nanorods incorporation on the structural and morphological properties of RC/N-TiO2 nanocomposite thin film are presented. The resulting nanocomposite thin film was characterized by FESEM, AFM, FTIR, UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy, and XPS analysis. The results suggested that there was a remarkable compatibility between cellulose and N-doped TiO2 nanorods anchored onto the surface of the RC/N-TiO2 nanocomposite thin film. Under UV and visible irradiation, the RC/N-TiO2 nanocomposite thin film showed remarkable photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methylene blue solution with degradation percentage of 96% and 78.8%, respectively. It is crucial to note that the resulting portable photocatalyst produced via an environmental and green technique in its fabrication process has good potential in the field of water and wastewater treatment application. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Synergistic Effect of Surface Plasmonic particles and Surface Passivation layer on ZnO Nanorods Array for Improved Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting

    Science.gov (United States)

    Liu, Yichong; Yan, Xiaoqin; Kang, Zhuo; Li, Yong; Shen, Yanwei; Sun, Yihui; Wang, Li; Zhang, Yue

    2016-01-01

    One-dimensional zinc oxide nanorods array exhibit excellent electron mobility and thus hold great potential as photoanode for photoelelctrochemical water splitting. However, the poor absorption of visible light and the prominent surface recombination hider the performance improvement. In this work, Au nanoparticles and aluminium oxide were deposited onto the surface of ZnO nanorods to improve the PEC performance. The localized surface plasmon resonance of Au NPs could expand the absorption spectrum to visible region. Simultaneously, the surface of passivation with Au NPs and Al2O3 largely suppressed the photogenerated electron-hole recombination. As a result, the optimal solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of ZnO/Au/Al2O3 with 5 cycles was 6.7 times that of pristine ZnO, ascribed to the synergistic effect of SPR and surface passivation. This research reveals that the synergistic effect could be used as an important method to design efficient photoanodes for photoelectrochemical devices. PMID:27443692

  11. Low-Temperature Growth of Well-Aligned ZnO Nanorod Arrays by Chemical Bath Deposition for Schottky Diode Application

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yuan, Zhaolin

    2015-04-01

    A well-aligned ZnO nanorod array (ZNRA) was successfully grown on an indium tin oxide (ITO) substrate by chemical bath deposition at low temperature. The morphology, crystalline structure, transmittance spectrum and photoluminescence spectrum of as-grown ZNRA were investigated by field emission scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy and spectrophotometer, respectively. The results of these measurements showed that the ZNRA contained densely packed, aligned nanorods with diameters from 30 nm to 40 nm and a wurtzite structure. The ZNRA exhibited good optical transparency within the visible spectral range, with >80% transmission. Gold (Au) was deposited on top of the ZNRA, and the current-voltage characteristics of the resulting ITO/ZNRA/Au device in the dark were evaluated in detail. The ITO/ZNRA/Au device acted as a Schottky barrier diode with rectifying behaviour, low turn-on voltage (0.6 V), small reverse-bias saturation current (3.73 × 10-6 A), a high ideality factor (3.75), and a reasonable barrier height (0.65 V) between the ZNRA and Au.

  12. Pulsed laser deposition of CuInS2 quantum dots on one-dimensional TiO2 nanorod arrays and their photoelectrochemical characteristics

    Science.gov (United States)

    Han, Minmin; Chen, Wenyuan; Guo, Hongjian; Yu, Limin; Li, Bo; Jia, Junhong

    2016-06-01

    In the typical solution-based synthesis of colloidal quantum dots (QDs), it always resorts to some surface treatment, ligand exchange processing or post-synthesis processing, which might involve some toxic chemical regents injurious to the performance of QD sensitized solar cells. In this work, the CuInS2 QDs are deposited on the surface of one-dimensional TiO2 nanorod arrays by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. The CuInS2 QDs are coated on TiO2 nanorods without any ligand engineering, and the performance of the obtained CuInS2 QD sensitized solar cells is optimized by adjusting the laser energy. An energy conversion efficiency of 3.95% is achieved under one sun illumination (AM 1.5, 100 mW cm-2). The improved performance is attributed to enhanced absorption in the longer wavelength region, quick interfacial charge transfer and few chance of carrier recombination with holes for CuInS2 QD-sensitized solar cells. Moreover, the photovoltaic device exhibits high stability in air without any specific encapsulation. Thus, the PLD technique could be further applied for the fabrication of QDs or other absorption materials.

  13. Anisotropic conductance of the multiwall carbon nanotube array/silicone elastomer composite film

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Yao Yuan; Liu Changhong; Fan Shoushan [Tsinghua-Foxconn Nanotechnology Research Center and Department of Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2006-09-14

    Multiwall carbon nanotube array/silicone elastomer composite films have been fabricated with an in situ injection modelling method. The transverse conductivity of the composite films is larger than the lateral conductivity because the aligned carbon nanotube array is embedded into the polymer matrix. The nonlinear I-V curve has been analysed and the temperature-dependent transport behaviour has been investigated.

  14. Polarized light emitting diode by long-range nanorod self-assembling on a water surface.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Rizzo, Aurora; Nobile, Concetta; Mazzeo, Marco; De Giorgi, Milena; Fiore, Angela; Carbone, Luigi; Cingolani, Roberto; Manna, Liberato; Gigli, Giuseppe

    2009-06-23

    We demonstrate a straightforward strategy to fabricate a multilayer inorganic/organic polarized light-emitting diode device based on highly ordered arrays of rod-shaped nanocrystals as the active species. We have developed a simple and effective method that allows colloidal CdSe/CdS core/shell nanorods to be laterally aligned in smectic or nematic phases on the surface of water. A floating film of such ordered nanorods has been collected by a poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) stamp pad and transferred by contact printing onto previously evaporated organic layers. Thanks to the lateral nanorod alignment the as-prepared film exhibited strong polarized photoluminescence and it has been used as emissive layer in the polarized electroluminescent device.

  15. Sandwiched ZnO@Au@Cu2O nanorod films as efficient visible-light-driven plasmonic photocatalysts.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Ren, Shoutian; Wang, Benyang; Zhang, Hui; Ding, Peng; Wang, Qiang

    2015-02-25

    The design of efficient visible-light-driven photocatalysts has become a hot topic due to their potential applications in energy and environmental industries. In this work, sandwiched ZnO@Au@Cu2O nanorod films were prepared on stainless steel mesh substrates in the order of the following steps: electrodeposition, sputtering, and second electrodeposition. The as-synthesized nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and UV-visible spectrophotometry, respectively. Due to their coaxial structure to inhibit the carrier recombination and the localized surface plasmon resonance effect of Au nanoparticles to enhance the visible light absorption, an outstanding visible-light-driven photocatalytic performance is realized. The enhancement magnitude of Au nanoparticles on the catalytic performance of ZnO@Au@Cu2O was estimated as a function of the Cu2O loading amount. The corresponding enhancement mechanism was also explained according to the photocatalytic results under monochromatic visible light irradiation, the active species trapping experiments, and discrete dipole approximation simulation results.

  16. Fabrication and characterization of silicon wire solar cells having ZnO nanorod antireflection coating on Al-doped ZnO seed layer.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Baek, Seong-Ho; Noh, Bum-Young; Park, Il-Kyu; Kim, Jae Hyun

    2012-01-05

    In this study, we have fabricated and characterized the silicon [Si] wire solar cells with conformal ZnO nanorod antireflection coating [ARC] grown on a Al-doped ZnO [AZO] seed layer. Vertically aligned Si wire arrays were fabricated by electrochemical etching and, the p-n junction was prepared by spin-on dopant diffusion method. Hydrothermal growth of the ZnO nanorods was followed by AZO film deposition on high aspect ratio Si microwire arrays by atomic layer deposition [ALD]. The introduction of an ALD-deposited AZO film on Si wire arrays not only helps to create the ZnO nanorod arrays, but also has a strong impact on the reduction of surface recombination. The reflectance spectra show that ZnO nanorods were used as an efficient ARC to enhance light absorption by multiple scattering. Also, from the current-voltage results, we found that the combination of the AZO film and ZnO nanorods on Si wire solar cells leads to an increased power conversion efficiency by more than 27% compared to the cells without it.

  17. Inter-slit Coupling in Gold Film Hole Arrays

    CERN Document Server

    Carmeli, Itai; Schneider, Reinhard; Gerthsen, Dagmar; Kaufman, Yaron; Shvarzman, Ayala; Richter, Shachar; Cohen, Hagai

    2012-01-01

    Inter-slit interactions across one-dimensional arrays of sub-micro meter rectangular holes in gold films are explored. Using electron energy loss spectroscopy combined with scanning transmission electron microscopy, a series of cavity standing waves is resolved, indicating particularly high interslit interactions, about an order of magnitude larger than the intra-slit edge to edge coupling. Pronounced signal enhancements are thus induced, dominated by short-range interactions and high mode-localization, while yet, relatively long-range coherence is retained. The sub-nm electron beam, in spite of principal differences from broad-area probes, yields results similar to extraordinary optical transmission (EOT). Implications to EOT mechanisms, including its sub-wavelength, off-resonance limit, are pointed out.

  18. Nanorod Self-Assembly in High Jc YBa2Cu3O7−x Films with Ru-Based Double Perovskites

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Javier F. Baca

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Many second phase additions to YBa2Cu3O7−x (YBCO films, in particular those that self-assemble into aligned nanorod and nanoparticle structures, enhance performance in self and applied fields. Of particular interest for additions are Ba-containing perovskites that are compatible with YBCO. In this report, we discuss the addition of Ba2YRuO6 to bulk and thick-film YBCO. Sub-micron, randomly oriented particles of this phase were found to form around grain boundaries and within YBCO grains in bulk sintered pellets. Within the limits of EDS, no Ru substitution into the YBCO was observed. Thick YBCO films were grown by pulsed laser deposition from a target consisting of YBa2Cu3Oy with 5 and 2.5 mole percent additions of Ba2YRuO6 and Y2O3, respectively. Films with enhanced in-field performance contained aligned, self-assembled Ba2YRuO6 nanorods and strained Y2O3 nanoparticle layers. A 0.9 µm thick film was found to have a self-field critical current density (Jc of 5.1 MA/cm2 with minimum Jc(Q, H=1T of 0.75 MA/cm2. Conversely, Jc characteristics were similar to YBCO films without additions when these secondary phases formed as large, disordered phases within the film. A 2.3 µm thick film with such a distribution of secondary phases was found to have reduced self-field Jc values of 3.4 MA/cm2 at 75.5 K and Jc(min, Q, 1T of 0.4 MA/cm2.

  19. Solar energy harvesting scheme using syringe-like ZnO nanorod arrays for InGaN/GaN multiple quantum well solar cells.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Lin, G J; Lai, K Y; Lin, C A; He, J H

    2012-01-01

    Syringe-like ZnO nanorod arrays (NRAs) synthesized by a hydrothermal method were applied as the light-harvesting layer on InGaN-based multiple quantum well (MQW) solar cells. Theoretical calculations show that the NRAs with an abrupt shrinkage of tip diameter can further suppress surface reflectance in comparison with the flat NRAs. InGaN-based MQW solar cells with the syringe-like NRAs exhibit greatly improved conversion efficiencies by 36%. These results are attributed to the improved flatness of the refractive index profile at the air/device interface, which results in enhanced light trapping effect on the device surface. © 2012 Optical Society of America

  20. Photoelectrical properties of Ag2S quantum dot-modified TiO2 nanorod arrays and their application for photovoltaic devices.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Liu, Bingkun; Wang, Dejun; Zhang, Yu; Fan, Haimei; Lin, Yanhong; Jiang, Tengfei; Xie, Tengfeng

    2013-02-14

    Vertically aligned TiO(2) nanorod arrays (NRAs) modified with Ag(2)S quantum dots (QDs) have been successfully prepared via a successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) process. Ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) absorption spectra and surface photovoltage (SPV) measurements reveal that the Ag(2)S sensitization extends the range of the photoresponse of the TiO(2) NRAs to the visible region and exhibits higher photovoltage responses. With a polysulfide electrolyte, a maximum conversion efficiency of 0.148% with a superior J(sc) of 1.177 mA cm(-2) are obtained after 6 SILAR cycles under illumination at 100 mW cm(-2). These results indicate that the Ag(2)S QDs/TiO(2) NRAs photoelectrode has a promising application in solar cells.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of ZnO nanorod films for photocatalytic disinfection of contaminated water

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Rodriguez, Juan, E-mail: rodriguezback@gmail.co [Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, P.O. Box 31-139, Av. Tupac Amaru 210, Lima (Peru); Universidad de Tarapaca, Av. General Velasquez 1775, Arica (Chile); Paraguay-Delgado, F. [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados S. C. Miguel de Cervantes 120, Chihuahua, Chih, CP 31109 (Mexico); National Institute for Nanotechnology, 11421 Saskatchewan Drive, Edmonton, Canada T6G 2 M9 (Canada); Lopez, Alcides; Alarcon, Julio; Estrada, Walter [Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, P.O. Box 31-139, Av. Tupac Amaru 210, Lima (Peru)

    2010-11-01

    The growth of ZnO nanorods on a flat substrate was studied as a function of the main parameters used in their preparation and their ability to photocatalytically eliminate bacteria in water. The seed layer was obtained, by a spray pyrolysis technique, from a zinc acetate solution. Subsequently, to grow the rods, the seeds were immersed in a basic solution of zinc nitrate maintained at 90 {sup o}C. The growth parameters, thickness of the seed layer, acidity of the precursor solution used to obtain the seed layer, and the rate of crystal growth on the seed layer during the thermal bath treatment, were studied. The resulting materials were characterized morphologically by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM); X-ray diffraction and TEM were used to study their structure and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy to determine their absorbance. Most of the obtained materials were textured in the (002) direction perpendicular to the substrate. The rods have a hexagonal cross section between 60 and 150 nm. Using these rods, the photocatalytic degradation of Escherichia coli bacteria in water was studied; a positive influence of the surface area and crystalline growth on the degradation rate was observed.

  2. Core-Shell Vanadium Modified Titania@β-In2S3 Hybrid Nanorod Arrays for Superior Interface Stability and Photochemical Activity.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Mumtaz, Asad; Mohamed, Norani Muti; Mazhar, Muhammad; Ehsan, Muhammad Ali; Mohamed Saheed, Mohamed Shuaib

    2016-04-13

    Core-shell rutile TiO2@β-In2S3 and modified V-TiO2@β-In2S3 were synthesized to develop bilayer systems to uphold charge transport via an effective and stable interface. Morphological studies revealed that β-In2S3 was deposited homogeneously on V-TiO2 as compared to unmodified TiO2 nanorod arrays. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electron energy loss spectrometry studies verified the presence of various oxidation states of vanadium in rutile TiO2 and the vanadium surface was utilized for broadening the charge collection centers in host substrate layer and hole quencher window. Subsequently, X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and Raman spectra confirmed the rutile phases of TiO2 and modified V-TiO2 along with the phases of crystalline β-In2S3. XPS valence band study explored the interaction of valence band quazi Fermi levels of β-In2S3 with the conduction band quazi Fermi levels of modified V-TiO2 for enhanced charge collection at the interface. Photoelectrochemical studies show that the photocurrent density of V-TiO2@β-In2S3 is 1.42 mA/cm(2) (1.5AM illumination). Also, the frequency window for TiO2 was broadened by the vanadium modification in rutile TiO2 nanorod arrays, and the lifetime of the charge carrier and stability of the interface in V-TiO2@β-In2S3 were enhanced compared to the unmodified TiO2@β-In2S3. These findings highlight the significance of modifications in host substrates and interfaces, which have profound implications on interphase stability, photocatalysis and solar-fuel-based devices.

  3. Simulated Space Environmental Effects on Thin Film Solar Array Components

    Science.gov (United States)

    Finckenor, Miria; Carr, John; SanSoucie, Michael; Boyd, Darren; Phillips, Brandon

    2017-01-01

    The Lightweight Integrated Solar Array and Transceiver (LISA-T) experiment consists of thin-film, low mass, low volume solar panels. Given the variety of thin solar cells and cover materials and the lack of environmental protection typically afforded by thick coverglasses, a series of tests were conducted in Marshall Space Flight Center's Space Environmental Effects Facility to evaluate the performance of these materials. Candidate thin polymeric films and nitinol wires used for deployment were also exposed. Simulated space environment exposures were selected based on SSP 30425 rev. B, "Space Station Program Natural Environment Definition for Design" or AIAA Standard S-111A-2014, "Qualification and Quality Requirements for Space Solar Cells." One set of candidate materials were exposed to 5 eV atomic oxygen and concurrent vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation for low Earth orbit simulation. A second set of materials were exposed to 1 MeV electrons. A third set of samples were exposed to 50, 100, 500, and 700 keV energy protons, and a fourth set were exposed to >2,000 hours of near ultraviolet (NUV) radiation. A final set was rapidly thermal cycled between -55 and +125degC. This test series provides data on enhanced power generation, particularly for small satellites with reduced mass and volume resources. Performance versus mass and cost per Watt is discussed.

  4. Optically anisotropic microlens array film directly formed on a single substrate.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Ren, Hongwen; Xu, Su; Liu, Yifan; Wu, Shin-Tson

    2013-12-02

    An optically anisotropic microlens array film directly formed on a single substrate is demonstrated. UV curable diacrylate monomers are coated as a film on the substrate. Under the action of fringing field, not only the film surface is flattened by the generated dielectric force but also the monomers are reoriented to form a gradient refractive index (GRIN) distribution in the film. Via UV exposure, the GRIN distribution is fixed and the polymeric film behaves as a microlens array. The fabrication process is simple and the film offers a switchable focus through controlling the polarization direction of the incident light. Integrating with a 90° twisted-nematic liquid crystal cell, our polymeric microlens array film shows great potential for switchable 2D/3D autostereoscopic displays.

  5. Hydrothermal preparation of WO3 nanorod arrays and their photocatalytic properties%水热法制备WO3纳米棒阵列及其光催化性能

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    郑锋; 郭敏; 张梅

    2014-01-01

    采用水热法,以 Na2 WO4·2H2 O 为原料,NaCl 为添加剂,直接在氧化铟锡透明导电基底上制备了有序 WO3纳米棒阵列。利用 X 射线衍射、扫描电子显微镜、透射电子显微镜和高分辨透射电子显微镜等手段对制备的纳米棒进行了表征,考察了pH 值对产物形貌、尺寸和取向性的影响。结果表明:单根 WO3纳米棒具有六方单晶结构,随着前驱液 pH 值的增大,平行于基底生长的 WO3纳米棒捆逐渐转变为垂直于基底生长的纳米棒阵列。另外,对制备得到的两种不同取向的 WO3纳米棒结构进行了光催化降解甲基蓝溶液的研究,发现相比于 WO3纳米棒捆结构,纳米棒阵列的光催化性能更高。%WO3 nanorod arrays were prepared on indium tin oxide ( ITO ) substrates by hydrothermal synthesis with Na2 WO4·2H2 O as a raw material and NaCl as an additive. The nanorods were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The effects of pH values on the morphology, size, and orientation of products were studied. The results show that the single crystalline WO3 nanorod is hexagonal. When the pH value of the precursor solution increases, WO3 nanorod bundles parallel to the substrate turn into nanorod arrays vertical to the substrate. In addition, two different orientation WO3 nanorod structures were investigated by photocatalytic degradation of methyl blue solutions. It is found that the photocatalytic property of WO3 nanorod arrays is better than that of WO3 nanorod bundles.

  6. Preparation and photoelectrocatalytic activity of ZnO nanorods embedded in highly ordered TiO(2) nanotube arrays electrode for azo dye degradation.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhang, Zhonghai; Yuan, Yuan; Liang, Linhong; Cheng, Yuxiao; Shi, Guoyue; Jin, Litong

    2008-10-30

    In this article, the ZnO nanorods embedded in highly ordered TiO(2) nanotube arrays (ZnO/TiO(2) NR/Ts) electrodes were fabricated through two steps: (1) electrosynthesis of TiO(2) nanotube arrays (TiO(2) NTs) in HF solution by anodization method; (2) followed by cathodic electrodeposition of ZnO embedded in the TiO(2) nanotube arrays. The morphological characteristics and structures of ZnO/TiO(2) NR/Ts electrodes were examined by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, and UV-vis spectra. The linear-sweep photovoltammetry response on the ZnO/TiO(2) NR/Ts electrode was presented and the photocurrent was dramatically enhanced on the ZnO/TiO(2) NR/Ts electrode, comparing with that on bare TiO(2) NTs electrode. The photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic activity of ZnO/TiO(2) NR/Ts electrode was evaluated in degradation of methyl orange (MO) in aqueous solution.

  7. Efficient Electron Collection in Hybrid Polymer Solar Cells: In-Situ-Generated ZnO/Poly(3-hexylthiophene) Scaffolded by a TiO2 Nanorod Array.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Liao, Wen-Pin; Wu, Jih-Jen

    2013-06-06

    A nanoarchitectural hybrid polymer solar cell, integrating the ordered and the bulk heterojunction hybrid polymer solar cells, is fabricated by infiltrating the diethylzinc/poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) solution into the interstices of the TiO2 nanorod (NR) array. An inorganic network composed of tiny ZnO nanocrystals is constructed in the in-situ-generated hybrid within the interstice of the single-crystalline TiO2 NRs. The TiO2 NR array, which possesses a longer electron lifetime and an appropriate electron-transport rate, serves not only as an electron transporter/collector extended from fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) electrode to sustain the efficient electron collection but also as a scaffold to hold the sufficient amount of ZnO/P3HT hybrid. The in-situ-generated ZnO/P3HT hybrid layer with superior charge separation efficiency can therefore be thickened in the presence of a TiO2 NR array for increasing the light-harvesting efficiency. A notable efficiency of 2.46% is therefore attained in the TiO2 NR-ZnO/P3HT hybrid solar cell.

  8. Effect of Co-doping content on hydrothermal derived ZnO array films

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    He Xinhua, E-mail: imxhhe@scut.edu.cn [College of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Department of Information Systems, City University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong); Yang Hu; Chen Zhiwu [College of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Liao, Stephen S Y, E-mail: issliao@cityu.edu.hk [Department of Information Systems, City University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    2012-08-01

    Cobalt doped ZnO films are synthesised using a hydrothermal process. The effect of Co{sup 2+} concentration on morphology, phase composition, crystallisation and spectroscopic characteristics of ZnO films is investigated. The results indicate that both the structure and morphology of the ZnO films evolve with the concentration of cobalt ions incorporated into the lattice. In the presence of a small amount of Co{sup 2+} ions, films are formed that comprise hexagonal ZnO nanorods, oriented with the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate. With increasing amount of Co{sup 2+}, cracks in the ZnO nanorods can be observed and growth in the [0 0 1] direction is significantly inhibited. When the Co{sup 2+} concentration exceeds 0.010 M, ZnO rods with the typical hexagonal structure are no longer observed and instead, ZnO films comprising close-packed grains with an irregular polygonal structure are formed. The epitaxial growth of ZnO films is nearly completely inhibited when the concentration of Co{sup 2+} is increased above 0.050 M. This behaviour can be explained by the selective adsorption of the organic substances in the solution onto the (0 0 1) ZnO crystal face, thus inhibiting growth in the [0 0 1] direction and disrupting the crystallisation of ZnO films. Increasing the Co content deteriorates the crystallisation of ZnO rods and increases tensile stresses present in the ZnO films.

  9. Amplified spontaneous emission from core and shell transitions in CdSe/CdS nanorods fabricated by seeded growth

    Science.gov (United States)

    Krahne, Roman; Zavelani-Rossi, Margherita; Lupo, Maria Grazia; Manna, Liberato; Lanzani, Guglielmo

    2011-02-01

    We studied the optical properties of core-shell CdSe/CdS nanorods with various lengths and core diameters that were fabricated by wet chemical synthesis using the seeded growth method. We investigated the optical emission from thin films consisting of dense nanorod arrays, where we observed amplified spontaneous emission from states related either to the CdSe core or to the CdS shell depending on the nanorod's length. The optical gain of the nanorods was studied by transient absorption experiments and we found optical gain for the core and shell states of short rods, whereas for long rods, the optical gain of the core was quenched by defect states and we observed optical gain solely from the states of the shell material.

  10. Controllable synthesis of ZnxCd1-xS@ZnO core-shell nanorods with enhanced photocatalytic activity.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Xie, Shilei; Lu, Xihong; Zhai, Teng; Gan, Jiayong; Li, Wei; Xu, Ming; Yu, Minghao; Zhang, Yuan-Ming; Tong, Yexiang

    2012-07-17

    We report the synthesis of Zn(x)Cd(1-x)S@ZnO nanorod arrays via a facile two-step process and the implementation of these core-shell nanorods as an environmental friendly and recyclable photocatalyst for methyl orange degradation. The band gap of Zn(x)Cd(1-x)S@ZnO core-shell nanorods can be readily tunable by adjusting the ratio of Zn/Cd during the synthesis. These Zn(x)Cd(1-x)S@ZnO core-shell nanorods exhibit a high photocatalytic activity and good stability in the degradation of the methyl orange. Moreover, these films grown on FTO substrates make the collection and recycle of the photocatalyst easier. These findings may open new opportunities for the design of effective, stable, and easy-recyclable photocatalytic materials.

  11. Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Film Coated Silver Nanorods: An Effective Carrier System for Externally Activated Drug Delivery

    Science.gov (United States)

    Paramasivam, Gokul; Sharma, Varsha; Sundaramurthy, Anandhakumar

    2017-08-01

    Nanoparticle anisotropy offers unique functions and features in comparison with spherical nanoparticles (NPs) and makes anisotropic nanoparticles (ANPs) promising candidates in applications like drug delivery, imaging, biosensing and theranostics. Presence of surface active groups (e.g. amine, and carboxylate groups) on their surface provides binding sites for ligands or other biomolecules, and hence, this could be targeted for specific part or cells in our body. In the quest of such surface modification, functionalization of ANPs along Layer-by-Layer (LbL) coating of oppositely charged polyelectrolytes (PE) reduces cellular toxicity and promotes easy encapsulation of drugs. In this work, we report the silver nanorods (AgNRs) synthesis by adsorbate directed synthetic approach using cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB). The formed ANPs is investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and UV-Visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy revealing the shaping of AgNRs of 3-16 nm aspect ratio with some presence of triangles. These NRs were further coated with bio polymers of chitosan (CH) and dextran sulphate (DS) through LbL approach and used for encapsulation of water soluble anti-bacterial drugs like ciprofloxacin hydrochloride (CFH). The encapsulation of drugs and profiles of drug release were investigated and compared to that of spherical silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). The added advantages of the proposed drug delivery system (DDS) can be externally activated to release the loaded drug and used as contrast agents for biological imaging under exposure to NIR light. Such system shows unique and attractive characteristics required for drug delivery and bioimaging thus offering the scope for further development as theranostic material.

  12. All-solid, flexible solar textiles based on dye-sensitized solar cells with ZnO nanorod arrays on stainless steel wires

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Chae, Youngjin [Department of Clothing and Textiles, Yonsei University, 262 Seongsanno, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-749 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jung Tae; Koh, Jong Kwan [Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Yonsei University, 262 Seongsanno, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-749 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jong Hak, E-mail: jonghak@yonsei.ac.kr [Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Yonsei University, 262 Seongsanno, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-749 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Eunae, E-mail: eakim@yonsei.ac.kr [Department of Clothing and Textiles, Yonsei University, 262 Seongsanno, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-749 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-10-01

    Highlights: • All-solid, flexible solar textile fabricated with DSSCs is demonstrated. • DSSCs woven into a satin structure and transparent PET film are used. • Solar textile showed a high efficiency of 2.57%. -- Abstract: An all-solid, flexible solar textile fabricated with dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) woven into a satin structure and transparent poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) film was demonstrated. A ZnO nanorod (NR) vertically grown from fiber-type conductive stainless steel (SS) wire was utilized as a photoelectrode, and a Pt-coated SS wire was used as a counter electrode. A graft copolymer, i.e. poly(vinyl chloride)-graft-poly(oxyethylene methacrylate) (PVC-g-POEM) was synthesized via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and used as a solid electrolyte. The conditions for the growth of ZnO NR and sufficient dye loading were investigated to improve cell performance. The adhesion of PET films to DSSCs resulted in physical stability improvements without cell performance loss. The solar textile with 10 × 10 wires exhibited an energy conversion efficiency of 2.57% with a short circuit current density of 20.2 mA/cm{sup 2} at 100 mW/cm{sup 2} illumination, which is the greatest account of an all-solid, ZnO-based flexible solar textile. DSSC textiles with woven structures are applicable to large-area, roll-to-roll processes.

  13. Enhancing four-wave-mixing processes by nanowire arrays coupled to a gold film.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Poutrina, Ekaterina; Ciracì, Cristian; Gauthier, Daniel J; Smith, David R

    2012-05-07

    We consider the process of four-wave mixing in an array of gold nanowires strongly coupled to a gold film. Using full-wave simulations, we perform a quantitative comparison of the four-wave mixing efficiency associated with a bare film and films with nanowire arrays. We find that the strongly localized surface plasmon resonances of the coupled nanowires provide an additional local field enhancement that, along with the delocalized surface plasmon of the film, produces an overall four-wave mixing efficiency enhancement of up to six orders of magnitude over that of the bare film. The enhancement occurs over a wide range of excitation angles. The film-coupled nanowire array is easily amenable to nanofabrication, and could find application as an ultra-compact component for integrated photonic and quantum optic systems.

  14. Electrochemical determination of dopamine in the presence of ascorbic acid based on the gold nanorods/carbon nanotubes composite film

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Deng Chunyan, E-mail: dengchunyan81@126.com [Key Laboratory of Resources Chemistry of Nonferrous Metals, Central South University, Changsha, 410083 (China); Chen Jinzhuo; Yang Minghui [Key Laboratory of Resources Chemistry of Nonferrous Metals, Central South University, Changsha, 410083 (China); Nie Zhou [State Key Laboratory of Chemo/Biosensing and Chemometrics, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); Si Shihui [Key Laboratory of Resources Chemistry of Nonferrous Metals, Central South University, Changsha, 410083 (China)

    2011-10-01

    Highlights: > The GNR/CNT/GC electrode was fabricated simply. It has higher catalytic activity towards the oxidation of DA and ascorbic acid (AA). The selective determination of DA was carried out with low detection limit (0.8 nM, S/N = 3). The proposed method was feasible to detect the concentration of DA in human blood serum. - Abstract: In this paper, the gold nanorods (GNRs)/multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNT) composite film-modified glassy carbon (GC) electrode was fabricated simply by the electrostatic interaction between the positively charged GNRs and the negatively charged CNT. And the GNRs/CNT/GC electrode was used for the selective and sensitive determination of dopamine (DA) in the presence of ascorbic acid (AA). It was found that the GNRs/CNT/GC electrode had higher catalytic activity towards the oxidation of DA and ascorbic acid (AA) comparing with the bare GC and CNT/GC electrodes. It may be due to the synergic effect of GNRs and CNT, because the surface area of the GNRs/CNT/GC electrode increased, the edge plan sites presented on the CNT surface can improve the electron transfer between the modified electrode and DA, and the rod-shaped gold may be served as the mediator for the oxidation of dopamine and provided the electrocatalytic ability. Moreover, the voltammetric peaks of AA and DA were separated enough at the GNRs/CNT/GC electrode, which was sufficiently enough for the selective determination of DA. Thus, the selective determination of DA was carried out with low detection limit (0.8 nM, S/N = 3). Also it was obtained that the proposed method was feasible to detect the concentration of DA in human blood serum. Therefore, it can be concluded that the GNRs/CNT modified electrode may be advantageous for the DA determination.

  15. Ag-nanoparticles-decorated NiO-nanoflakes grafted Ni-nanorod arrays stuck out of porous AAO as effective SERS substrates.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhou, Qitao; Meng, Guowen; Huang, Qing; Zhu, Chuhong; Tang, Haibin; Qian, Yiwu; Chen, Bin; Chen, Bensong

    2014-02-28

    NiO-nanoflakes (NiO-NFs) grafted Ni-nanorod (Ni-NR) arrays stuck out of the porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template are achieved by a combinatorial process of AAO-confined electrodeposition of Ni-NRs, selectively etching part of the AAO template to expose the Ni-NRs, wet-etching the exposed Ni-NRs in ammonia to obtain Ni(OH)2-NFs grafted onto the cone-shaped Ni-NRs, and annealing to transform Ni(OH)2-NFs in situ into NiO-NFs. By top-view sputtering, Ag-nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) are decorated on each NiO-NFs grafted Ni-NR (denoted as NiO-NFs@Ni-NR). The resultant Ag-NPs-decorated NiO-NFs@Ni-NR (denoted as Ag-NPs@NiO-NFs@Ni-NR) arrays exhibit not only strong surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity but also reproducible SERS-signals over the whole array. It is demonstrated that the strong SERS-activity is mainly ascribed to the high density of sub-10 nm gaps (hot spots) between the neighboring Ag-NPs, the semiconducting NiO-NFs induced chemical enhancement effect, and the lightning rod effect of the cone-shaped Ni-NRs. The three-level hierarchical nanostructure arrays stuck out of the AAO template can be utilized to probe polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs, a kind of global environmental hazard) with a concentration as low as 5 × 10(-6) M, showing promising potential in SERS-based rapid detection of organic environmental pollutants.

  16. Enhanced photoelectrochemical performance of ZnO nanorod arrays decorated with CdS shell and Ag2S quantum dots

    Science.gov (United States)

    Holi, Araa Mebdir; Zainal, Zulkarnain; Talib, Zainal Abidin; Lim, Hong-Ngee; Yap, Chi-Chin; Chang, Sook-Keng; Ayal, Asmaa Kadim

    2017-03-01

    Ternary nanostructured Ag2S/CdS/ZnO thin film was prepared by using a simple low-cost hydrothermal method. The hexagonal phase of ZnO nanorods and CdS shells combined with monoclinic Ag2S quantum dots resulted in improved optical and photoelectrochemical properties. CdS shell with high absorption property efficiently compliment the energy levels of ZnO and improved the ability of light absorption. Furthermore, narrow band gap Ag2S also played a vital part in the light harvesting. The photoelectrochemical performance of the ternary nanostructured Ag2S/CdS/ZnO NRs was investigated in a mixture of Na2S and Na2SO3 aqueous solutions under visible light illumination. The Ag2S/CdS/ZnO NRs were found to be more efficient than ZnO NRs, CdS/ZnO NRs, and Ag2S/ZnO NRs as this particular sample gave a maximum photocurrent of 5.69 mA cm-2, which is around 2 and 1.5 times greater than CdS/ZnO NRs and Ag2S/ZnO NRs, respectively. Besides that, it was found that this ternary film possessed 15 times higher photocurrent density than plain ZnO NRs. This is attributed to the larger amount of visible light absorbed by the ternary nanostructured composite.

  17. Hydrothermal synthesis of porous Co(OH)2 nanoflake array film and its supercapacitor application

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    Z Chen; Y Chen; C Zuo; S Zhou; A G Xiao; A X Pan

    2013-04-01

    Porous -Co(OH)2 nanoflake array film is prepared by a facile hydrothermal synthesis method. The -Co(OH)2 nanoflake array film exhibits a highly porous net-like structure composed of interconnected nanoflakes with a thickness of 15 nm. The pseudo-capacitive behaviour of the Co(OH)2 nanoflake array film is investigated by cyclic voltammograms (CV) and galvanostatic charge–discharge tests in 2MKOH. The -Co(OH)2 nanoflake array film exhibits high capacitances of 1017 F g-1 at 2Ag-1 and 890 F g-1 at 40Ag-1 as well as rather good cycling stability for supercapacitor application. The porous architecture is responsible for the enhancement of the electrochemical properties because it provides fast ion and electron transfer, large reaction surface area and good strain accommodation.

  18. Effect of MWCNT Inclusion in TiO2 Nanowire Array Film on the Photoelectrochemical Performance

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Menglei Chang; Liangpeng Wu; Xinjun Li; Wei Xu

    2012-01-01

    Rutile TiO2 nanowire array films with multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) inclusion perpendicularly grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate were prepared by a facile hydrothermal method. The absorption edges of the TiO2 nanowire array films are blue-shifted with increasing MWCNT content. The resistance of the TiO2 nanowire array film is decreased by MWCNT inclusion. The optimum TiO2/MWCNT molar ratio in the feedstock is 1:0.1. For the TiO2 nanowire array film with MWCNT inclusion served as electrode in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC), an overall 194% increase of photoelectric conversion efficiency has been achieved.

  19. Preparation and Characterization of Branched ZnO-TiO2 Nanorod Arrays%枝状ZnO-TiO2复合纳米棒阵列的制备及表征

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    王碌; 丁雨田; 胡勇; 张杨; 董小丽

    2011-01-01

    The ZnO nanorod arrays were synthesized by chemical bath deposition method on seeds precoated substrates. Branched TiO2 were prepared by magnetron sputtering on ZnO nanorod arrays. The morphologies and microstructures of branched ZnO-TiO2 nanorod arrays were characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The formation mechanism of branched ZnO-TiO2 nanorod arrays was also studied.%采用化学水浴沉积法,在预制晶种层的基底上得到垂直底面生长的有序ZnO纳米棒阵列,再用反应磁控溅射方法,沉积制备ZnO-TiO2复合结构的纳米棒阵列.利用X射线衍射(XRD)和扫描电子显微镜(SEM)对制备得到的样品进行结构和形貌表征,研究了晶种层、水浴生长液浓度和磁控溅射氧氩比对复合纳米阵列的影响.制备得到了具有TiO2分枝的复合纳米棒阵列,并初步探讨了TiO2分枝的形成机理,为制备基于复合纳米棒阵列的器件提供了条件.

  20. Formation of arrayed holes on metal foil and metal film by multibeam interfering femtosecond laser beams

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Zhao Quan-Zhong; Qiu Jian-Rong; Zhao Chong-Jun; Jiang Xiong-Wei; Zhu Cong-Shan

    2005-01-01

    We report on an optical interference method to fabricate arrayed holes on metal nickel foil and aluminum film deposited on glass substrate by means of five-beam interference of femtosecond laser pulses. Optical microscope and scanning electron microscope observations revealed that arrayed holes of micrometre-order were fabricated on both metal foil and metal film. The present technique allows one-step, large-area, micrometric processing of metal materials for potential industrial applications.

  1. Facile Synthesis of ZnO@TiO2 Core-Shell Nanorod Thin Films for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Xiaoxu Ji

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available ZnO nanorod thin films grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO glasses have been synthesized via facile thermal evaporation. To optimize the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs, we fabricated ZnO@TiO2 core-shell composite by a simple dip-coating method immersed in the mixed solution of Ti(OC4H9 and ethanol. Results of solar cell testing showed that ZnO@TiO2 core-shell nanorod thin films on FTO significantly increased open circuit voltage (from 0.47 V to 0.53 V, short circuit current (from 10.78 mA/cm2 to 13.98 mA/cm2, and fill factor (from 51% to 55%. The photoelectric conversion efficiency (PEC increased from 3.3% for bare ZnO DSSCs to 4.85% for ZnO@TiO2 core-shell structured DSSCs. This is mainly ascribed to the improvement in light harvesting efficiency, electron transfer, and the effective suppression of charge recombination.

  2. Optical meta-films of alumina nanowire arrays for solar evaporation and optoelectronic devices (Conference Presentation)

    Science.gov (United States)

    Kim, Kyoungsik; Bae, Kyuyoung; Kang, Gumin; Baek, Seunghwa

    2017-05-01

    Nanowires with metallic or dielectric materials have received considerable interest in many research fields for optical and optoelectronic devices. Metal nanowires have been extensively studied due to the high optical and electrical properties and dielectric nanowires are also investigated owing to the multiple scattering of light. In this research, we report optical meta-films of alumina nanowire arrays with nanometer scale diameters by fabrication method of self-aggregate process. The aluminum oxide nanowires are transparent from ultraviolet to near infrared wavelength regions and array structures have strong diffusive light scattering. We integrate those optical properties from the material and structure, and produce efficient an optical haze meta-film which has high transparency and transmission haze at the same time. The film enhances efficiencies of optical devices by applying on complete products, such as organic solar cells and LEDs, because of an expanded optical path length and light trapping in active layers maintaining high transparency. On the other hands, the meta-film also produces solar steam by sputtering metal on the aluminum oxide nanowire arrays. The nanowire array film with metal coating exhibits ultrabroadband light absorption from ultraviolet to mid-infrared range which is caused by nanofocusing of plasmons. The meta-film efficiently produces water steam under the solar light by metal-coated alumina arrays which have high light-to-heat conversion efficiency. The design, fabrication, and evaluation of our light management platforms and their applications of the meta-films will be introduced.

  3. LEO resistant PI-B-PDMS block copolymer films for solar array applications

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    Lonkhuyzen, H. van; Bongers, E.; Fischer, H.R.; Dingemans, T.J.; Semprimoschnig, C.

    2013-01-01

    Due to their low atomic oxygen erosion yields PI-b-PDMS block copolymer films have considerable potential for application onto space exposed surfaces of satellites in low earth orbit. On solar arrays these materials might be used as electrical electrical insulation film, flexprint outer layer, elect

  4. LEO resistant PI-B-PDMS block copolymer films for solar array applications

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    Lonkhuyzen, H. van; Bongers, E.; Fischer, H.R.; Dingemans, T.J.; Semprimoschnig, C.

    2013-01-01

    Due to their low atomic oxygen erosion yields PI-b-PDMS block copolymer films have considerable potential for application onto space exposed surfaces of satellites in low earth orbit. On solar arrays these materials might be used as electrical electrical insulation film, flexprint outer layer,

  5. LEO resistant PI-B-PDMS block copolymer films for solar array applications

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    Lonkhuyzen, H. van; Bongers, E.; Fischer, H.R.; Dingemans, T.J.; Semprimoschnig, C.

    2013-01-01

    Due to their low atomic oxygen erosion yields PI-b-PDMS block copolymer films have considerable potential for application onto space exposed surfaces of satellites in low earth orbit. On solar arrays these materials might be used as electrical electrical insulation film, flexprint outer layer, elect

  6. Preparation and Haemocompatibility of Regular Array Microporous PLGA Films on Stainless Steel Surface

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    2005-01-01

    Regular array microporous films from poly ( L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) ( PLGA ) were prepared on stainless steel substrates utilizing the condensation of water droplets on polymer solutions. The size of the pores and regularity can be controlled by atmospheric humidity and concentration of polymer solution. The microporons films have strong hydrophobicity and good haemocompatibility.

  7. 磁控溅射法制备一维CdTe纳米棒阵列研究∗%One-dimensional CdTe nanorod arrays preparation by the magnetron sputtering method

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    罗炳威; 邓元; 高歌

    2015-01-01

    The different microstructures of CdTe thin films are prepared by magnetron sputtering method through changing the substrate temperature,working pressure and sputtering power.The XRD and SEM re-sults show that the abilities of growth and surface diffusion of CdTe particles are directly determined by the substrate temperature.Meanwhile,the working pressure can affect the energy of incident CdTe particles and the quantities of the CdTe particles are determined by the sputtering power.Finally,the uniform one-dimen-sional CdTe nanorod arrays with diameter about 150 nm are achieved at sputtering power of 84 W,working pressure of 0.4 Pa and the temperature of quartz substrate within 200-450 ℃.%利用磁控溅射法,研究了不同基底温度和工作气压对 CdTe 薄膜微纳米结构的影响. XRD 和SEM表征结果表明,基底温度直接决定着 CdTe 粒子的生长和表面扩散能力,工作气压会直接影响入射在衬底表面的粒子能量,溅射功率决定提供 CdTe 粒子的量.通过生长条件的进一步探索和优化,最终在溅射功率为84 W、工作气压为0.4 Pa和石英基底温度为200~450℃时成功获得直径约150 nm,形貌均一的一维CdTe纳米棒阵列.

  8. TiO{sub 2} nanorod arrays functionalized with In{sub 2}S{sub 3} shell layer by a low-cost route for solar energy conversion

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Gan Xiaoyan; Li Xiaomin; Gao Xiangdong; Qiu Jijun; Zhuge Fuwei, E-mail: ganxiaoyan@mail.sic.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructures, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1295 Ding Xi Road, Shanghai 200050 (China)

    2011-07-29

    We report the fabrication and characterization of a TiO{sub 2}-In{sub 2}S{sub 3} core-shell nanorod array structure for application of semiconductor-sensitized solar cells. Hydrothermally synthesized TiO{sub 2} nanorod arrays on FTO glass substrates are functionalized with a uniform In{sub 2}S{sub 3} shell layer by using the successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. This low-cost technique promotes a uniform deposition of In{sub 2}S{sub 3} nanoshells on the surface of TiO{sub 2} nanorods, thus forming an intact interface between the In{sub 2}S{sub 3} shell and TiO{sub 2} core. Results show that the thickness of In{sub 2}S{sub 3} shell layers as well as the visible light absorption threshold can be effectively controlled by varying the coating cycles during the SILAR process. The best reproducible performance of the sandwich solar cell using the TiO{sub 2}-In{sub 2}S{sub 3} core-shell nanorod arrays as photoelectrodes was obtained after 30 SILAR cycles, exhibiting a short-circuit current (I{sub sc}) of 2.40 mA cm{sup -2}, an open-circuit voltage (V{sub oc}) of 0.56 V, a fill factor (ff) of 0.40 and a conversion efficiency ({eta}) of 0.54%, respectively. These results demonstrate a feasible and controllable route towards In{sub 2}S{sub 3} coating on a highly structured substrate and a proof of concept that such TiO{sub 2}-In{sub 2}S{sub 3} core-shell architectures are novel and promising photoelectrodes in nanostructured solar cells.

  9. ZnO nanotube waveguide arrays on graphene films for local optical excitation on biological cells

    Science.gov (United States)

    Baek, Hyeonjun; Kwak, Hankyul; Song, Minho S.; Ha, Go Eun; Park, Jongwoo; Tchoe, Youngbin; Hyun, Jerome K.; Park, Hye Yoon; Cheong, Eunji; Yi, Gyu-Chul

    2017-04-01

    We report on scalable and position-controlled optical nanoprobe arrays using ZnO nanotube waveguides on graphene films for use in local optical excitation. For the waveguide fabrication, position-controlled and well-ordered ZnO nanotube arrays were grown on chemical vapor deposited graphene films with a submicron patterned mask layer and Au prepared between the interspace of nanotubes. Mammalian cells were cultured on the nanotube waveguide arrays and were locally excited by light illuminated through the nanotubes. Fluorescence and optogenetic signals could be excited through the optical nanoprobes. This method offers the ability to investigate cellular behavior with a high spatial resolution that surpasses the current limitation.

  10. WO{sub 3} thin film based multiple sensor array for electronic nose application

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Ramgir, Niranjan S., E-mail: niranjanpr@yahoo.com, E-mail: deepakcct1991@gmail.com; Goyal, C. P.; Datta, N.; Kaur, M.; Debnath, A. K.; Aswal, D. K.; Gupta, S. K. [Thin Film Devices Section, Technical Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai–400085 (India); Goyal, Deepak, E-mail: niranjanpr@yahoo.com, E-mail: deepakcct1991@gmail.com [Thin Film Devices Section, Technical Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai–400085 (India); Centre for Converging Technologies, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur-302004 (India)

    2015-06-24

    Multiple sensor array comprising 16 x 2 sensing elements were realized using RF sputtered WO{sub 3} thin films. The sensor films were modified with a thin layer of sensitizers namely Au, Ni, Cu, Al, Pd, Ti, Pt. The resulting sensor array were tested for their response towards different gases namely H{sub 2}S, NH{sub 3}, NO and C{sub 2}H{sub 5}OH. The sensor response values measured from the response curves indicates that the sensor array generates a unique signature pattern (bar chart) for the gases. The sensor response values can be used to get both qualitative and quantitative information about the gas.

  11. Different approaches to generate matching effects using arrays in contact with superconducting films.

    Science.gov (United States)

    del Valle, J.; Gomez, A.; Luis-Hita, J.; Rollano, V.; Gonzalez, E. M.; Vicent, J. L.

    2017-02-01

    Superconducting films in contact with non-superconducting regular arrays can exhibit commensurability effects between the vortex lattice and the unit cell of the pinning array. These matching effects yield a slowdown of the vortex flow and the corresponding dissipation decrease. The superconducting samples are Nb films grown on Si substrates. We have studied these matching effects with the array on top, embedded or threading the Nb superconducting films and using different materials (Si, Cu, Ni, Py dots and dots fabricated with Co/Pd multilayers). These hybrids allow for studying the contribution of different pinning potentials to the matching effects. The main findings are: (i) Periodic roughness induced in the superconducting film is enough to generate resistivity minima; (ii) A minor effect is achieved by magnetic pinning from periodic magnetic field potentials obtained by dots with out of plane magnetization grown on top of the superconducting film, (iii) In the case of array of magnetic dots embedded in the films, vortex flow probes the magnetic state; i.e. magnetoresistance measurements detect the magnetic state of very small nanomagnets. In addition, we have studied the role played by the local order in the commensurability effects. This was attained using an array that mimics a smectic crystal. We have found that preserving the local order is crucial. If the local order is not retained the magnetoresistance minima vanish.

  12. Photoelectric response properties under UV/red light irradiation of ZnO nanorod arrays coated with vertically aligned MoS2 nanosheets

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhang, Yuzhu; Xu, Jianping; Shi, Shaobo; Gao, Yanyan; Zhao, Xiangguo; Wei, Chengtai; Zhang, Xiaosong; Li, Lan

    2017-10-01

    MoS2 with layered structure and distinct physical properties has attracted attention for electronic or optoelectronic devices. The photoelectric response properties of MoS2/ZnO heterojunctions based devices fabricated by spin-coating MoS2 nanosheets solutions on ZnO nanorod arrays (NRs) were investigated. The results revealed that MoS2 nanosheets were vertically aligned on the surface of ZnO NRs and the devices exhibit good photoresponse stability and reproducibility under UV and red light illuminations. The vertically aligned MoS2 nanosheets facilitate the fast photogenerated carrier separation and transport. The devices with few-layered MoS2 nanosheets show a high responsivity and detectivity under UV and red light illuminations, which can be attributed to small contact resistance between MoS2 nanosheets and ZnO NRs. These results provide important insights in the facile fabrication strategy and understanding electronic and optoelectronic devices based on the heterostructures with vertically aligned MoS2.

  13. MEH-PPV and PCBM Solution Concentration Dependence of Inverted-Type Organic Solar Cells Based on Eosin-Y-Coated ZnO Nanorod Arrays

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Riski Titian Ginting

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The influence of polymer solution concentration on the performance of chlorobenzene- (CB- and chloroform- (CF- based inverted-type organic solar cells has been investigated. The organic photoactive layers consisted of poly(2-methoxy-5-(2-ethyl hexyloxy-1,4-phenylenevinylene (MEH-PPV and (6,6-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM were spin coated from CF with concentrations of 4, 6, and 8 mg/mL and from CB with concentrations of 6, 8, and 10 mg/mL onto Eosin-Y-coated ZnO nanorod arrays (NRAs. Fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO and silver (Ag were used as electron collecting electrode and hole collecting electrode, respectively. Experimental results showed that the short circuit current density and power conversion efficiency increased with decrease of solution concentration for both CB and CF devices, which could be attributed to reducing charge recombination in thinner photoactive layer and larger contact area between the rougher photoactive layer and Ag contact. However, the open circuit voltage decreased with decreasing solution concentration due to increase of leakage current from ZnO NRAs to Ag as the ZnO NRAs were not fully covered by the polymer blend. The highest power conversion efficiencies of 0.54 ± 0.10% and 0.87 ± 0.15% were achieved at the respective lowest solution concentrations of CB and CF.

  14. Multi-section core-shell InGaN/GaN quantum-well nanorod light-emitting diode array.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Tu, Charng-Gan; Yao, Yu-Feng; Liao, Che-Hao; Su, Chia-Ying; Hsieh, Chieh; Weng, Chi-Ming; Lin, Chun-Han; Chen, Hao-Tsung; Kiang, Yean-Woei; Yang, C C

    2015-08-24

    The growth of a two-section, core-shell, InGaN/GaN quantum-well (QW) nanorod- (NR-) array light-emitting diode device based on a pulsed growth technique with metalorganic chemical vapor deposition is demonstrated. A two-section n-GaN NR is grown through a tapering process for forming two uniform NR sections of different cross-sectional sizes. The cathodoluminescence (CL), photoluminescence (PL), and electrolumines-cence (EL) characterization results of the two-section NR structure are compared with those of a single-section NR sample, which is prepared under the similar condition to that for the first uniform NR section of the two-section sample. All the CL, PL, and EL spectra of the two-section sample (peaked between 520 and 525 nm) are red-shifted from those of the single-section sample (peaked around 490 nm) by >30 nm in wavelength. Also, the emitted spectral widths of the two-section sample become significantly larger than their counterparts of the single-section sample. The PL spectral full-width at half-maximum increases from ~37 to ~61 nm. Such variations are attributed to the higher indium incorporation in the sidewall QWs of the two-section sample due to the stronger strain relaxation in an NR section of a smaller cross-sectional size and the more constituent atom supply from the larger gap volume between neighboring NRs.

  15. Unique Core-Shell Nanorod Arrays with Polyaniline Deposited into Mesoporous NiCo2O4 Support for High-Performance Supercapacitor Electrodes.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Jabeen, Nawishta; Xia, Qiuying; Yang, Mei; Xia, Hui

    2016-03-09

    Polyaniline (PANI), one of the most attractive conducting polymers for supercapacitors, demonstrates a great potential as high performance pseudocapacitor materials. However, the poor cycle life owing to structural instability remains as the major hurdle for its practical application; hence, making the structure-to-performance design on the PANI-based supercapacitors is highly desirable. In this work, unique core-shell NiCo2O4@PANI nanorod arrays (NRAs) are rationally designed and employed as the electrode material for supercapacitors. With highly porous NiCo2O4 as the conductive core and strain buffer support and nanoscale PANI layer as the electrochemically active component, such a heterostructure achieves favorably high capacitance while maintaining good cycling stability and rate capability. By adopting the optimally uniform and intimate coating of PANI, the fabricated electrode exhibits a high specific capacitance of 901 F g(-1) at 1 A g(-1) in 1 M H2SO4 electrolyte and outstanding capacitance retention of ∼91% after 3000 cycles at a high current density of 10 A g(-1), which is superior to the electrochemical performance of most reported PANI-based pseudocapacitors in literature. The enhanced electrochemical performance demonstrates the complementary contributions of both componential structures in the hybrid electrode design. Also, this work propels a new direction of utilizing porous matrix as the highly effective support for polymers toward efficient energy storage.

  16. One-step solvothermal deposition of ZnO nanorod arrays on a wood surface for robust superamphiphobic performance and superior ultraviolet resistance

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yao, Qiufang; Wang, Chao; Fan, Bitao; Wang, Hanwei; Sun, Qingfeng; Jin, Chunde; Zhang, Hong

    2016-01-01

    In the present paper, uniformly large-scale wurtzite-structured ZnO nanorod arrays (ZNAs) were deposited onto a wood surface through a one-step solvothermal method. The as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetry (TG), and differential thermal analysis (DTA). ZNAs with a diameter of approximately 85 nm and a length of approximately 1.5 μm were chemically bonded onto the wood surface through hydrogen bonds. The superamphiphobic performance and ultraviolet resistance were measured and evaluated by water or oil contact angles (WCA or OCA) and roll-off angles, sand abrasion tests and an artificially accelerated ageing test. The results show that the ZNA-treated wood demonstrates a robust superamphiphobic performance under mechanical impact, corrosive liquids, intermittent and transpositional temperatures, and water spray. Additionally, the as-prepared wood sample shows superior ultraviolet resistance. PMID:27775091

  17. ZnO nanorod arrays and direct wire bonding on GaN surfaces for rapid fabrication of antireflective, high-temperature ultraviolet sensors

    Science.gov (United States)

    So, Hongyun; Senesky, Debbie G.

    2016-11-01

    Rapid, cost-effective, and simple fabrication/packaging of microscale gallium nitride (GaN) ultraviolet (UV) sensors are demonstrated using zinc oxide nanorod arrays (ZnO NRAs) as an antireflective layer and direct bonding of aluminum wires to the GaN surface. The presence of the ZnO NRAs on the GaN surface significantly reduced the reflectance to less than 1% in the UV and 4% in the visible light region. As a result, the devices fabricated with ZnO NRAs and mechanically stable aluminum bonding wires (pull strength of 3-5 gf) showed higher sensitivity (136.3% at room temperature and 148.2% increase at 250 °C) when compared with devices with bare (uncoated) GaN surfaces. In addition, the devices demonstrated reliable operation at high temperatures up to 300 °C, supporting the feasibility of simple and cost-effective UV sensors operating with higher sensitivity in high-temperature conditions, such as in combustion, downhole, and space exploration applications.

  18. Effect of AZO Substrates on Self-Seeded Electrochemical Growth of Vertically Aligned ZnO Nanorod Arrays and Their Optical Properties

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    A. Peić

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a single step and an electrochemical synthesis of vertically aligned ZnO nanorod (NR arrays, directly on transparent aluminium-doped zinc oxide (AZO electrodes. The NRs grow from mild, aqueous-based solution at low temperature, with no need for catalysts or additional seed layer. The use of textured AZO as substrate allows for highly effective growth of hexagonally faceted, single-crystalline ZnO NRs along the wurtzite c-axis. The matching of the crystal lattices initiates a self-seeding route, thus the inherent growth habit of the AZO crystallites advances the vertical growth and alignment of NRs. Moreover, the thickness-dependant grain size of the AZO layer provides a valuable feature for tuning the diameter of ZnO NRs grown atop. In the absence of any seed mediator, the interfacial quality is expected to improve significantly. This should enhance the thermal and electrical transport throughout the whole nanostructured transparent electrode. The NR growth was investigated under systematic manipulation of the synthesis variables in order to optimize growth conditions for highly aligned, single-crystalline NRs with a large aspect ratio and a good optical quality. The structure and optical property of the AZO/ZnO NR ensembles were characterized by atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence, and ultraviolet-visible transmission spectroscopy.

  19. One-step solvothermal deposition of ZnO nanorod arrays on a wood surface for robust superamphiphobic performance and superior ultraviolet resistance

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yao, Qiufang; Wang, Chao; Fan, Bitao; Wang, Hanwei; Sun, Qingfeng; Jin, Chunde; Zhang, Hong

    2016-10-01

    In the present paper, uniformly large-scale wurtzite-structured ZnO nanorod arrays (ZNAs) were deposited onto a wood surface through a one-step solvothermal method. The as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetry (TG), and differential thermal analysis (DTA). ZNAs with a diameter of approximately 85 nm and a length of approximately 1.5 μm were chemically bonded onto the wood surface through hydrogen bonds. The superamphiphobic performance and ultraviolet resistance were measured and evaluated by water or oil contact angles (WCA or OCA) and roll-off angles, sand abrasion tests and an artificially accelerated ageing test. The results show that the ZNA-treated wood demonstrates a robust superamphiphobic performance under mechanical impact, corrosive liquids, intermittent and transpositional temperatures, and water spray. Additionally, the as-prepared wood sample shows superior ultraviolet resistance.

  20. Growth, structure and applications of nanorods by glancing angle deposition

    Science.gov (United States)

    Kesapragada, Sree Rangasai V.

    Glancing angle deposition (GLAD) is a thin-film deposition technique where the deposition flux, consisting of atoms and molecules from gas phase, impinges on substrate at oblique angles, resulting in highly under-dense, columnar microstructures which are purposely engineering to achieve novel desired properties. GLAD is a simple, one-step process to obtain many novel nanostructures of current interest. The primary objective of this thesis is to extend the current capabilities of the GLAD technique for the creation of multi-component nanostructures. It is aimed to study the growth dynamics of nanostructures during GLAD. This work also aims to demonstrate, both theoretically and experimentally, the capabilities and limitations of a novel simultaneously opposing GLAD (SOGLAD) technique by creating branched Cu nanostructures. Two of the potential applications of the nanostructures have been investigated. It is shown for Cr, Si, and Ta single-component, and Cr-Si multi-component nanorods that growth on flat and patterned substrates results in strikingly different morphologies. This observation was explained on the basis of a competitive growth mode which occurs during the growth process favoring the larger rods to grow at the expense of smaller ones. Substrate patterning, achieved by colloid self-assembly and electron beam lithography, prior to GLAD delays or completely prevents intercolumnar competition. Intrinsic crystal properties such as stacking faults and three dimensional EhrlichSchwoebel barriers can result in the formation of branched nanostructures during glancing angle deposition. This is demonstrated using a combination of molecular dynamics simulations and GLAD experiments on Cu nanorod arrays. SOGLAD on to a stationery substrate results in the anisotropic broadening in Cu nanorods. A numerical model provides a qualitative understanding of the lateral growth in the nanorods when the deposition is switched from continuous substrate rotation to stationery

  1. Coupling effects in bilayer thick metal films perforated with rectangular nanohole arrays

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Li Yuan

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The coupling effects in bilayer thick metal (silver films perforated with rectangular nanohole arrays are investigated using the finite-difference time-domain technique. Many interesting light phenomena are observed as the distance between the metal rectangular nanohole arrays varies. Coupling effects are found to play very important roles on the optical and electronic properties of bilayer metal rectangular nanohole arrays: antisymmetric coupling between surface plasmon polaritons near the top and bottom film plane, and antisymmetric coupling between localized surface plasmon resonances near the two long sides of the rectangular hole, are probably excited in each layer of bilayer metal rectangular nanohole arrays; antisymmetric and symmetric magnetic coupling probably occur between the metal rectangular nanohole arrays.

  2. Solar hydrogen generation by a CdS-Au-TiO2 sandwich nanorod array enhanced with Au nanoparticle as electron relay and plasmonic photosensitizer.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Li, Jiangtian; Cushing, Scott K; Zheng, Peng; Senty, Tess; Meng, Fanke; Bristow, Alan D; Manivannan, Ayyakkannu; Wu, Nianqiang

    2014-06-11

    This paper presents a sandwich-structured CdS-Au-TiO2 nanorod array as the photoanode in a photoelectrochemical cell (PEC) for hydrogen generation via splitting water. The gold nanoparticles sandwiched between the TiO2 nanorod and the CdS quantum dot (QD) layer play a dual role in enhancing the solar-to-chemical energy conversion efficiency. First, the Au nanoparticles serve as an electron relay, which facilitates the charge transfer between CdS and TiO2 when the CdS QDs are photoexcited by wavelengths shorter than 525 nm. Second, the Au nanoparticles act as a plasmonic photosensitizer, which enables the solar-to-hydrogen conversion at wavelengths longer than the band edge of CdS, extending the photoconversion wavelength from 525 to 725 nm. The dual role of Au leads to a photocurrent of 4.07 mA/cm(2) at 0 V (vs Ag|AgCl) under full solar spectrum irradiation and a maximum solar-to-chemical energy conversion efficiency of 2.8%. An inversion analysis is applied to the transient absorption spectroscopy data, tracking the transfer of electrons and holes in the heterostructure, relating the relaxation dynamics to the underlying coupled rate equation and revealing that trap-state Auger recombination is a dominant factor in interfacial charge transfer. It is found that addition of Au nanoparticles increases the charge-transfer lifetime, reduces the trap-state Auger rate, suppresses the long-time scale back transfer, and partially compensates the negative effects of the surface trap states. Finally, the plasmonic energy-transfer mechanism is identified as direct transfer of the plasmonic hot carriers, and the interfacial Schottky barrier height is shown to modulate the plasmonic hot electron transfer and back transfer. Transient absorption characterization of the charge transfer shows defect states cannot be ignored when designing QD-sensitized solar cells. This facile sandwich structure combines both the electrical and the optical functions of Au nanoparticles into a

  3. Ag-TiO2纳米棒阵列的抗菌性和光催化性能研究%Antibacterial and Photocatalytic Properties of Ag-TiO2 Nanorod Arrays

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    李萌; 贺晓静; 王会珍; 杭瑞强; 黄晓波; 张翔宇; 唐宾

    2016-01-01

    目的:制备一种高抗菌性和高光催化活性的Ag掺杂TiO2(Ag-TiO2)纳米棒阵列。方法通过磁控溅射与水热复合处理法,在钛箔片表面制备出Ag掺杂TiO2(Ag-TiO2)纳米棒阵列,酸化处理过的试样在500℃下煅烧2 h。采用X射线衍射(XRD)进行物相分析,利用场发射扫描电子显微镜(SEM)、场发射透射电子显微镜(TEM)、能量分散谱仪(EDS)观察试样的表面、截面形貌、微观结构和组成,并探究其对大肠杆菌和金黄色葡萄球菌的杀菌性能和对亚甲基蓝的光催化降解能力。结果该工艺下制备的 Ag-TiO2纳米棒大小均匀,取向明显,主要由锐钛矿型 TiO2相组成。Ag-TiO2纳米棒对大肠杆菌和金黄色葡萄球菌具有优异的杀菌效果,杀菌率几乎达到100%。Ag-TiO2纳米棒能有效地提高亚甲基蓝的降解率。结论磁控溅射与水热复合处理法在钛箔片表面成功制备出Ag-TiO2纳米棒阵列,此阵列具有优异的杀菌能力、高抗菌和光催化降解性能。%Objective To prepare Ag-TiO2 nanorod arrays with excellent antibacterial activity and photocatalytic perfor-mance.Methods The Ag-TiO2 nanorod arrays were synthesized directly on Ti foils by magnetron sputtering and hydrothermal treatment method. The acid treated sample was calcined at 500 degrees for 2 hours. The phase composition of the synthesized samples was analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Surface cross sectional morphology microstructure and chemical elements were observed by scanning electron Microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and Energy Dispersive Spec- troscopy(EDS). The photocatalytic antibacterial performance after contact with S. aureus and E. coli was assessed. And the pho-tocatalytic degradation of methylene blue was measured under visible light.ResultsThe results showed that the anatase TiO2 phase nanorods had uniform size and obvious orientation. The Ag-TiO2 nanorod arrays

  4. Metal nanodot arrays fabricated via seed-mediated electroless plating with block copolymer thin film scaffolding.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Komiyama, Hideaki; Iyoda, Tomokazu; Sanji, Takanobu

    2015-10-02

    We present an alternative approach to fabricating hexagonally arranged nanodot arrays of various metals by seed-mediated electroless plating with a cylinder-forming block copolymer thin film, PEO-b-PMA(Az), as a scaffold. Metal ions were selectively incorporated into PEO cylinders, followed by their reduction to metal and the etching of the scaffold to obtain highly ordered seed arrays of Au, Pd, and Pt. Nanodot arrays of the target metals (Au, Ag, and Ni) were selectively grown on the seed with their highly ordered arrangement by electroless plating. We studied the fabrication processes' suitability for control of the nanodot array size, as well as the plasmonic properties thereof.

  5. Towards high efficiency air-processed near-infrared responsive photovoltaics: bulk heterojunction solar cells based on PbS/CdS core-shell quantum dots and TiO2 nanorod arrays.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Gonfa, Belete Atomsa; Kim, Mee Rahn; Delegan, Nazar; Tavares, Ana C; Izquierdo, Ricardo; Wu, Nianqiang; El Khakani, My Ali; Ma, Dongling

    2015-06-14

    Near infrared (NIR) PbS quantum dots (QDs) have attracted significant research interest in solar cell applications as they offer several advantages, such as tunable band gaps, capability of absorbing NIR photons, low cost solution processability and high potential for multiple exciton generation. Nonetheless, reports on solar cells based on NIR PbS/CdS core-shell QDs, which are in general more stable and better passivated than PbS QDs and thus more promising for solar cell applications, remain very rare. Herein we report high efficiency bulk heterojunction QD solar cells involving hydrothermally grown TiO2 nanorod arrays and PbS/CdS core-shell QDs processed in air (except for a device thermal annealing step) with a photoresponse extended to wavelengths >1200 nm and with a power conversion efficiency (PCE) as high as 4.43%. This efficiency was achieved by introducing a thin, sputter-deposited, uniform TiO2 seed layer to improve the interface between the TiO2 nanorod arrays and the front electrode, by optimizing TiO2 nanorod length and by conducting QD annealing treatment to enhance charge carrier transport. It was found that the effect of the seed layer became more obvious when the TiO2 nanorods were longer. Although photocurrent did not change much, both open circuit voltage and fill factor clearly changed with TiO2 nanorod length. This was mainly attributed to the variation of charge transport and recombination processes, as evidenced by series and shunt resistance studies. The optimal PCE was obtained at the nanorod length of ∼450 nm. Annealing is shown to further increase the PCE by ∼18%, because of the improvement of charge carrier transport in the devices as evidenced by considerably increased photocurrent. Our results clearly demonstrate the potential of the PbS/CdS core-shell QDs for the achievement of high PCE, solution processable and NIR responsive QD solar cells.

  6. 多种金属/TiO2核壳纳米棒阵列的通用制备方法%Synthesis of Various Metal/Ti02 Core/shell Nanorod Arrays

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    祝巍; 王冠中; 洪勋; 沈小双

    2011-01-01

    We present a general approach to fabricate metal/TiO2 core/shell nanorod structures by twostep electrodeposition. Firstly, TiO2 nanotubes with uniform wall thickness are prepared in anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes by electrodeposition. The wall thickness of the nanotubes could be easily controlled by modulating the deposition time, and their outer diameter and length are only limited by the channel diameter and the thickness of the AAO membranes, respectively. The nanotubes' tops prepared by this method are open, while the bottoms are connected directly with the Au film at the back of the AAO membranes.Secondly, Pd, Cu, and Fe elements are filled into the TiO2 nanotubes to form core/shell structures. The core/shell nanorods prepared by this two-step process are high density and free-standing, and their length is dependent on the deposition time.

  7. Nanorods on surface of GaN-based thin-film LEDs deposited by post-annealing after photo-assisted chemical etching.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Chen, Lung-Chien; Lin, Wun-Wei; Liu, Te-Yu

    2017-12-01

    This study investigates the optoelectronic characteristics of gallium nitride (GaN)-based thin-film light-emitting diodes (TF-LEDs) that are formed by a two-step transfer process that involves wet etching and post-annealing. In the two-step transfer process, GaN LEDs were stripped from sapphire substrates by the laser lift-off (LLO) method using a KrF laser and then transferred onto ceramic substrates. Ga-K nanorods were formed on the surface of the GaN-based TF-LEDs following photo-assisted chemical etching and photo-enhanced post-annealing at 100 °C for 1 min. As a result, the light output power of GaN-based TF-LEDs with wet etching and post-annealing was over 72% more than that of LEDs that did not undergo these treatments.

  8. Growth mechanism and photoluminescence of the SnO2 nanotwists on thin film and the SnO2 short nanowires on nanorods

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Wang Bing; Xu Ping

    2009-01-01

    SnO2 nanotwists on thin film and SnO2 short nanowires on nanorods have been grown on single silicon substrates by using Au-Ag alloying catalyst assisted carbothermal evaporation of SnO2 and active carbon powders. The morphology and the structure of the prepared nanostructures are determined on the basis of field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electronic diffraction (SAED), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman and photoluminescence (PL) spectra analysis. The new peaks at 356, 450, and 489 nm in the measured PL spectra of two kinds of SnO2 nanostructures are observed, implying that more luminescence centres exist in these SnO2 nanostructures due to nanocrystals and defects. The growth mechanism of these nanostructures belongs to the vapour-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism.

  9. Nanorods on surface of GaN-based thin-film LEDs deposited by post-annealing after photo-assisted chemical etching

    Science.gov (United States)

    Chen, Lung-Chien; Lin, Wun-Wei; Liu, Te-Yu

    2017-01-01

    This study investigates the optoelectronic characteristics of gallium nitride (GaN)-based thin-film light-emitting diodes (TF-LEDs) that are formed by a two-step transfer process that involves wet etching and post-annealing. In the two-step transfer process, GaN LEDs were stripped from sapphire substrates by the laser lift-off (LLO) method using a KrF laser and then transferred onto ceramic substrates. Ga-K nanorods were formed on the surface of the GaN-based TF-LEDs following photo-assisted chemical etching and photo-enhanced post-annealing at 100 °C for 1 min. As a result, the light output power of GaN-based TF-LEDs with wet etching and post-annealing was over 72% more than that of LEDs that did not undergo these treatments.

  10. Near-field coupling and resonant cavity modes in plasmonic nanorod metamaterials.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Song, Haojie; Zhang, Junxi; Fei, Guangtao; Wang, Junfeng; Jiang, Kang; Wang, Pei; Lu, Yonghua; Iorsh, Ivan; Xu, Wei; Jia, Junhui; Zhang, Lide; Kivshar, Yuri S; Zhang, Lin

    2016-10-14

    Plasmonic resonant cavities are capable of confining light at the nanoscale, resulting in both enhanced local electromagnetic fields and lower mode volumes. However, conventional plasmonic resonant cavities possess large Ohmic losses at metal-dielectric interfaces. Plasmonic near-field coupling plays a key role in a design of photonic components based on the resonant cavities because of the possibility to reduce losses. Here, we study the plasmonic near-field coupling in the silver nanorod metamaterials treated as resonant nanostructured optical cavities. Reflectance measurements reveal the existence of multiple resonance modes of the nanorod metamaterials, which is consistent with our theoretical analysis. Furthermore, our numerical simulations show that the electric field at the longitudinal resonances forms standing waves in the nanocavities due to the near-field coupling between the adjacent nanorods, and a new hybrid mode emerges due to a coupling between nanorods and a gold-film substrate. We demonstrate that this coupling can be controlled by changing the gap between the silver nanorod array and gold substrate.

  11. Near-field coupling and resonant cavity modes in plasmonic nanorod metamaterials

    Science.gov (United States)

    Song, Haojie; Zhang, Junxi; Fei, Guangtao; Wang, Junfeng; Jiang, Kang; Wang, Pei; Lu, Yonghua; Iorsh, Ivan; Xu, Wei; Jia, Junhui; Zhang, Lide; Kivshar, Yuri S.; Zhang, Lin

    2016-10-01

    Plasmonic resonant cavities are capable of confining light at the nanoscale, resulting in both enhanced local electromagnetic fields and lower mode volumes. However, conventional plasmonic resonant cavities possess large Ohmic losses at metal-dielectric interfaces. Plasmonic near-field coupling plays a key role in a design of photonic components based on the resonant cavities because of the possibility to reduce losses. Here, we study the plasmonic near-field coupling in the silver nanorod metamaterials treated as resonant nanostructured optical cavities. Reflectance measurements reveal the existence of multiple resonance modes of the nanorod metamaterials, which is consistent with our theoretical analysis. Furthermore, our numerical simulations show that the electric field at the longitudinal resonances forms standing waves in the nanocavities due to the near-field coupling between the adjacent nanorods, and a new hybrid mode emerges due to a coupling between nanorods and a gold-film substrate. We demonstrate that this coupling can be controlled by changing the gap between the silver nanorod array and gold substrate.

  12. Multilayer nanoparticle arrays for broad spectrum absorption enhancement in thin film solar cells

    CERN Document Server

    Krishnan, Aravind; Krishna, Siva Rama; Khan, Mohammed Zafar Ali

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we present a theoretical study on the absorption efficiency enhancement of a thin film amorphous Silicon (a-Si) photovoltaic cell over a broad spectrum of wavelengths using multiple nanoparticle arrays. The light absorption efficiency is enhanced in the lower wavelengths by a nanoparticle array on the surface and in the higher wavelengths by another nanoparticle array embedded in the active region. The efficiency at intermediate wavelengths is enhanced by the constructive interference of plasmon coupled light. We optimize this design by tuning the radius of particles in both arrays, the period of the array and the distance between the two arrays. The optimization results in 61.44% increase in total quantum efficiency for a 500 nm thick a-Si substrate.

  13. Plasmonic Properties of Nanostructured Diamond Like Carbon/Silver Nanocomposite Films with Nanohole Arrays

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Šarūnas MEŠKINIS

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Plasmonic properties of the diamond like carbon nanocomposite films with embedded silver nanoparticles with patterned nanohole arrays were analyzed in this study. The films were deposited by unbalanced reactive magnetron sputtering of silver target. Nanopatterning of the films was performed by combining electron beam nanolithography and ion beam etching techniques. Modeling of plasmonic properties was done using the classical Maxwell-Garnett theory. Modeling data and experimental results were in good accordance. Formation of the nanohole pattern in diamond like carbon films doped with silver resulted in decreased intensity of the surface plasmon resonance absorbance peak. No new absorbance or transmittance peaks were observed after the nanopattering. It was explained by extraordinary transmission effect in nanostructured DLC : Ag film films due to plasmon polariton resonance inside of the nanoholes.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.22.4.13193

  14. Using carbon nanotubes-gold nanocomposites to quench energy from pinnate titanium dioxide nanorods array for signal-on photoelectrochemical aptasensing.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Deng, Wenping; Shen, Lei; Wang, Xiu; Yang, Chunlei; Yu, Jinghua; Yan, Mei; Song, Xianrang

    2016-08-15

    On the basis of the absorption and emission spectra overlap, an enhanced resonance energy transfer caused by excition-plasmon resonance between carbon nanotubes-gold nanoparticles (CNTs-Au) and pinnate titanium dioxide nanorods array (P-TiO2 NA) was obtained. Three-dimensional single crystalline P-TiO2 were prepared successfully on fluorine-doped tin oxide conducting glass (FTO glass), and its optical absorption properties and photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties were investigated. With the synergy of CNTs-Au as energy acceptor, it resulted in the enhancement of energy transfer between excited P-TiO2 NA and CNTs-Au. Upon the novel sandwichlike structure formed via DNA hybridization, the exciton produced in P-TiO2 NA was annihilated and a damped photocurrent was obtained. With the use of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) as a model which bonded to its specific aptamer and destroyed the sandwichlike structure, the energy transfer efficiency was lowered, leading to PEC response augment. Thus a signal-on PEC aptasensor was constructed. Under the optimal conditions, the PEC aptasensor for CEA determination exhibited a linear range from 0.001 to 2.5ngmL(-1) with a detection limit of 0.39pgmL(-1) and was satisfactory for clinical sample detection. Furthermore, the proposed aptasensor shows satisfying performance, such as easy preparation, rapid detection and so on. Moreover, since different aptamer can specifically bind to different target molecules, the designed strategy has an expansive application for the construction of versatile PEC platforms.

  15. CdS Nanoparticle-Modified α-Fe2O3/TiO2 Nanorod Array Photoanode for Efficient Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yin, Ruiyang; Liu, Mingyang; Tang, Rui; Yin, Longwei

    2017-09-01

    In this work, we demonstrate a facile successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction process accompanied by hydrothermal method to synthesize CdS nanoparticle-modified α-Fe2O3/TiO2 nanorod array for efficient photoelectrochemical (PEC) water oxidation. By integrating CdS/α-Fe2O3/TiO2 ternary system, light absorption ability of the photoanode can be effectively improved with an obviously broadened optical-response to visible light region, greatly facilitates the separation of photogenerated carriers, giving rise to the enhancement of PEC water oxidation performance. Importantly, for the designed abnormal type-II heterostructure between Fe2O3/TiO2, the conduction band position of Fe2O3 is higher than that of TiO2, the photogenerated electrons from Fe2O3 will rapidly recombine with the photogenerated holes from TiO2, thus leads to an efficient separation of photogenerated electrons from Fe2O3/holes from TiO2 at the Fe2O3/TiO2 interface, greatly improving the separation efficiency of photogenerated holes within Fe2O3 and enhances the photogenerated electron injection efficiency in TiO2. Working as the photoanodes of PEC water oxidation, CdS/α-Fe2O3/TiO2 heterostucture electrode exhibits improved photocurrent density of 0.62 mA cm- 2 at 1.23 V vs. reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE) in alkaline electrolyte, with an obviously negatively shifted onset potential of 80 mV. This work provides promising methods to enhance the PEC water oxidation performance of the TiO2-based heterostructure photoanodes.

  16. Design, Build, and Testing of TacSat Thin Film Solar Arrays

    OpenAIRE

    Zuckermandel, J William; Enger, Scott; Gupta, Neeraj

    2006-01-01

    MicroSat Systems, Inc. (MSI) has developed a low cost, lightweight, solar array system using thinfilm photovoltaic (TFPV) material to meet power generation needs for future responsive space missions. The Fold Integrated Thin Film Stiffener (FITS) is the deployment portion of the system. FITS is an integrated, passively deployed solar array structure designed specifically for TFPV, however a variety of photovoltaic (PV) options can be utilized by using the FITS deployment technology. FITS exte...

  17. Improvement in Jc performance below liquid nitrogen temperature for SmBa2Cu3Oy superconducting films with BaHfO3 nano-rods controlled by low-temperature growth

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    S. Miura

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available For use in high-magnetic-field coil-based applications, the critical current density (Jc of REBa2Cu3Oy (REBCO, where RE = rare earth coated conductors must be isotropically improved, with respect to the direction of the magnetic field; these improvements must be realized at the operating conditions of these applications. In this study, improvement of the Jc for various applied directions of magnetic field was achieved by controlling the morphology of the BaHfO3 (BHO nano-rods in a SmBCO film. We fabricated the 3.0 vol. % BHO-doped SmBCO film at a low growth temperature of 720 °C, by using a seed layer technique (Ts = 720 °C film. The low-temperature growth resulted in a morphological change in the BHO nano-rods. In fact, a high number density of (3.1 ± 0.1 × 103 μm−2 of small (diameter: 4 ± 1 nm, discontinuous nano-rods that grew in various directions, was obtained. In Jc measurements, the Jc of the Ts = 720 °C film in all directions of the applied magnetic field was higher than that of the non-doped SmBCO film. The Jcmin (6.4 MA/cm2 of the former was more than 6 times higher than that (1.0 MA/cm2 of the latter at 40 K, under 3 T. The aforementioned results indicated that the discontinuous BHO nano-rods, which occurred with a high number density, exerted a 3D-like flux pinning at the measurement conditions considered. Moreover, at 4.2 K and under 17 T, a flux pinning force density of 1.6 TN/m3 was realized; this value was comparable to the highest value recorded, to date.

  18. Improvement in Jc performance below liquid nitrogen temperature for SmBa2Cu3Oy superconducting films with BaHfO3 nano-rods controlled by low-temperature growth

    Science.gov (United States)

    Miura, S.; Yoshida, Y.; Ichino, Y.; Xu, Q.; Matsumoto, K.; Ichinose, A.; Awaji, S.

    2016-01-01

    For use in high-magnetic-field coil-based applications, the critical current density (Jc) of REBa2Cu3Oy (REBCO, where RE = rare earth) coated conductors must be isotropically improved, with respect to the direction of the magnetic field; these improvements must be realized at the operating conditions of these applications. In this study, improvement of the Jc for various applied directions of magnetic field was achieved by controlling the morphology of the BaHfO3 (BHO) nano-rods in a SmBCO film. We fabricated the 3.0 vol. % BHO-doped SmBCO film at a low growth temperature of 720 °C, by using a seed layer technique (Ts = 720 °C film). The low-temperature growth resulted in a morphological change in the BHO nano-rods. In fact, a high number density of (3.1 ± 0.1) × 103 μm-2 of small (diameter: 4 ± 1 nm), discontinuous nano-rods that grew in various directions, was obtained. In Jc measurements, the Jc of the Ts = 720 °C film in all directions of the applied magnetic field was higher than that of the non-doped SmBCO film. The Jcmin (6.4 MA/cm2) of the former was more than 6 times higher than that (1.0 MA/cm2) of the latter at 40 K, under 3 T. The aforementioned results indicated that the discontinuous BHO nano-rods, which occurred with a high number density, exerted a 3D-like flux pinning at the measurement conditions considered. Moreover, at 4.2 K and under 17 T, a flux pinning force density of 1.6 TN/m3 was realized; this value was comparable to the highest value recorded, to date.

  19. Chemical synthesis of CdS onto TiO2 nanorods for quantum dot sensitized solar cells

    Science.gov (United States)

    Pawar, Sachin A.; Patil, Dipali S.; Lokhande, Abhishek C.; Gang, Myeng Gil; Shin, Jae Cheol; Patil, Pramod S.; Kim, Jin Hyeok

    2016-08-01

    A quantum dot sensitized solar cell (QDSSC) is fabricated using hydrothermally grown TiO2 nanorods and successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) deposited CdS. Surface morphology of the TiO2 films coated with different SILAR cycles of CdS is examined by Scanning Electron Microscopy which revealed aggregated CdS QDs coverage grow on increasing onto the TiO2 nanorods with respect to cycle number. Under AM 1.5G illumination, we found the TiO2/CdS QDSSC photoelectrode shows a power conversion efficiency of 1.75%, in an aqueous polysulfide electrolyte with short-circuit photocurrent density of 4.04 mA/cm2 which is higher than that of a bare TiO2 nanorods array.

  20. Effect of withdrawal speed on film thickness and hexagonal pore-array dimensions of SBA-15 mesoporous silica thin film.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Hwang, Junho; Shoji, Naoko; Endo, Akira; Daiguji, Hirofumi

    2014-12-30

    Two-dimensional hexagonal mesoporous silica thin films of SBA-15 were synthesized on Si substrates via dip-coating using an evaporation-induced self-assembly process. The effect of the withdrawal speed on the thicknesses, one-dimensional pore alignments, and two-dimensional hexagonal pore arrays of the films was elucidated. Detailed analyses of FE-SEM and TEM images and XRD and XRR patterns of the synthesized thin films clarified that the pore sizes, interplanar spacings, and film thicknesses depend on the withdrawal speed. Furthermore, the same films were synthesized on Si substrates with microtrenches. The local flow of coating solutions around microtrenches affects the pore direction as well as the film thickness. In order to form well-ordered mesoporous silica thin films with large surface areas, it is important to control the synthetic conditions such as the local flow of the coating solutions as well as the physicochemical properties of the silica precursor solutions or template molecules.

  1. Enhanced transmission through arrays of subwavelength holes in gold films coated by a finite dielectric layer

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Xiao, Sanshui; Mortensen, Niels Asger; Qiu, M.

    2007-01-01

    Enhanced transmissions through a gold film with arrays of subwavelength holes are theoretically studied, employing the rigid full vectorial three dimensional finite difference time domain method. Influence of air-holes shape to the transmission is firstly studied, which confirms two different...

  2. Microtrap arrays on magnetic film atom chips for quantum information science.

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    Leung, Y.F.V.; Tauschinsky, A.; van Druten, N.J.; Spreeuw, R.J.C.

    2011-01-01

    We present two different strategies for developing a quantum information science platform, based on our experimental results with magnetic microtrap arrays on a magnetic-film atom chip. The first strategy aims for mesoscopic ensemble qubits in a lattice of ~5 μm period, so that qubits can be individ

  3. Electrochemical Synthesis of ZnO Nanorods/Nanotubes/Nanopencils on Transparent Aluminium-Doped Zinc Oxide Thin Films for Photocatalytic Applications.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Le, Thi Ngoc Tu; Pham, Tan Thi; Ngo, Quang Minh; Vu, Thi Hanh Thu

    2015-09-01

    We report an electrochemical synthesis of homogeneous and well-aligned ZnO nanorods (NRs) on transparent conducting aluminium-doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films as electrodes. The selected ZnO NRs was then chemically corroded in HCl and KCl aqueous solutions to form nanopencils (NPs), and nanotubes (NTs), respectively. A DC magnetron sputtering was employed to fabricate AZO thin films at various thicknesses. The obtained AZO thin films have a c-direction orientation, transmittance above 80% in visible region, and sheet resistance approximately 40 Ω/sq. They are considered to be relevant as electrodes and seeding layers for electrochemical. The ZnO NRs are directly grown on the AZOs without a need of catalysts or additional seeding layers at temperature as low as 85 degrees C. Their shapes are strongly associated with the AZO thickness that provides a valuable way to control the diameter of ZnO NRs grown atop. With the addition of HCI and KCl aqueous solutions, ZnO NRs were modified their shape to NPs and NTs with the reaction time, respectively. All the ZnO NRs, NPs, and NTs are preferred to grow along c-direction that indicates a lattice matching between AZO thin films and ZnO nanostructrures. Photoluminescence spectra and XRD patterns show that they have good crystallinities. A great photocatalytic activity of ZnO nanostructures promises potential application in environmental treatment and protection. The ZnO NTs exhibits a higher photocatalysis than others possibly due to the oxygen vacancies on the surface and the polarizability of Zn2+ and O2-.

  4. Performance and Durability of Thin Film Thermocouple Array on a Porous Electrode.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Guk, Erdogan; Ranaweera, Manoj; Venkatesan, Vijay; Kim, Jung-Sik

    2016-08-23

    Management of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) thermal gradients is vital to limit thermal expansion mismatch and thermal stress. However, owing to harsh operation conditions of SOFCs and limited available space in stack configuration, the number of techniques available to obtain temperature distribution from the cell surface is limited. The authors previously developed and studied a thermocouple array pattern to detect surface temperature distribution on an SOFC in open circuit conditions. In this study, the performance in terms of mechanical durability and oxidation state of the thin film thermoelements of the thermocouple array on the porous SOFC cathode is investigated. A thin-film multi-junction thermocouple array was sputter deposited using a magnetron sputter coater. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) characterisation techniques were carried out to understand characteristics of the thin film before and after temperature (20 °C-800 °C) measurement. Temperature readings from the sensor agreed well with the closely placed commercial thermocouple during heating segments. However, a sensor failure occurred at around 350 °C during the cooling segment. The SEM and XPS tests revealed cracks on the thin film thermoelements and oxidation to the film thickness direction.

  5. Performance and Durability of Thin Film Thermocouple Array on a Porous Electrode

    Science.gov (United States)

    Guk, Erdogan; Ranaweera, Manoj; Venkatesan, Vijay; Kim, Jung-Sik

    2016-01-01

    Management of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) thermal gradients is vital to limit thermal expansion mismatch and thermal stress. However, owing to harsh operation conditions of SOFCs and limited available space in stack configuration, the number of techniques available to obtain temperature distribution from the cell surface is limited. The authors previously developed and studied a thermocouple array pattern to detect surface temperature distribution on an SOFC in open circuit conditions. In this study, the performance in terms of mechanical durability and oxidation state of the thin film thermoelements of the thermocouple array on the porous SOFC cathode is investigated. A thin-film multi-junction thermocouple array was sputter deposited using a magnetron sputter coater. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) characterisation techniques were carried out to understand characteristics of the thin film before and after temperature (20 °C–800 °C) measurement. Temperature readings from the sensor agreed well with the closely placed commercial thermocouple during heating segments. However, a sensor failure occurred at around 350 °C during the cooling segment. The SEM and XPS tests revealed cracks on the thin film thermoelements and oxidation to the film thickness direction. PMID:27563893

  6. Photoluminescence on cerium-doped ZnO nanorods produced under sequential atomic layer deposition-hydrothermal processes

    Science.gov (United States)

    Cervantes-López, J. L.; Rangel, R.; Espino, J.; Martínez, E.; García-Gutiérrez, R.; Bartolo-Pérez, P.; Alvarado-Gil, J. J.; Contreras, O. E.

    2017-01-01

    Doped and undoped ZnO nanorod arrays were produced combining atomic layer deposition and hydrothermal processes. First, a ZnO layer with preferential orientation normal to the c-axis was grown on the substrate by means of the decomposition of diethylzinc; subsequently, the nanorod arrays were produced through solvothermal process using a solution of Zn(NO3)2 as precursor. Doped ZnO nanorods were produced using Ce(C2H3O2)3·H2O as dopant agent precursor. Undoped and Ce-doped ZnO nanorod arrays showed high-intensity photoluminescence. The doping concentration of x = 0.04 (Zn1- x Ce x O) displayed the highest photoluminescence. Undoped ZnO showed an intense UV peak centered at 382 nm with a narrow full wide half maximum of 33 nm. Ce-doped ZnO PL spectra contain three bands, one signal in the UV region centered at 382 nm, other centered at 467 nm in the near-green region and other one emission centered at 560 nm. The results herein exposed demonstrate the capability to produce high-quality ZnO and Zn1- x Ce x O films.

  7. Stabilization of organometal halide perovskite films by SnO2 coating with inactive surface hydroxyl groups on ZnO nanorods

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wang, Peng; Zhao, Jinjin; Liu, Jinxi; Wei, Liyu; Liu, Zhenghao; Guan, Lihao; Cao, Guozhong

    2017-01-01

    Perovskite solar cells have advanced rapid in the last few years, however the thermal instability of perovskite film on ZnO nanorods (NRs) remains a big challenge limiting its commercialization. The present work demonstrated effective suppression of the decomposition of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite through inserting a thin tin oxide (SnO2) passivation layer between ZnO NRs and perovskite films. Although X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results showed no distinct difference in the amount of hydroxyl groups and oxygen vacancies on the surface of ZnO NRs and ZnO@SnO2 NRs, Raman spectra suggested the hydroxyl groups might be trapped in oxygen vacancies on SnO2 surface, preventing the decomposition of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite through reacting with the hydroxyl groups. The power conversion efficiency of perovskite solar cells was significantly increased from 6.92% to 12.17% and became hysteresis-free by applying SnO2 passivating layer between perovskite and ZnO layers.

  8. Förster resonance energy transfer and excited state life time reduction of rhodamine 6G with NiO nanorods in PVP films

    Science.gov (United States)

    Karthikeyan, B.

    2017-02-01

    In the present study, we report the preparation of NiO nanorods (NNR) and its Förster resonant energy transfer (FRET) behaviour with rhodamine 6G (R6G) in a Polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) polymer matrix. The prepared nanocomposite polymer (NCP) films contain PVP and R6G whose concentrations are kept constant and different concentrations of NNR. Spectral overlap between the absorption and fluorescence spectrum of R6G and NNR shows the possibility of FRET phenomena to be occurring in the prepared NCP films. Steady state and time resolved fluorescence measurements are carried out at two excitation wavelengths (330 and 510 nm) to study the energy transfer process between R6G and NNR in the PVP host. The obtained results show that the energy transfer is from R6G (serves as a donor) to NNR (functions as an acceptor). Calculated radiative efficiencies, donor-acceptor distances and average lifetime also confirm the energy transfer from R6G to NNR.

  9. Förster resonance energy transfer and excited state life time reduction of rhodamine 6G with NiO nanorods in PVP films.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Karthikeyan, B

    2017-02-15

    In the present study, we report the preparation of NiO nanorods (NNR) and its Förster resonant energy transfer (FRET) behaviour with rhodamine 6G (R6G) in a Polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) polymer matrix. The prepared nanocomposite polymer (NCP) films contain PVP and R6G whose concentrations are kept constant and different concentrations of NNR. Spectral overlap between the absorption and fluorescence spectrum of R6G and NNR shows the possibility of FRET phenomena to be occurring in the prepared NCP films. Steady state and time resolved fluorescence measurements are carried out at two excitation wavelengths (330 and 510nm) to study the energy transfer process between R6G and NNR in the PVP host. The obtained results show that the energy transfer is from R6G (serves as a donor) to NNR (functions as an acceptor). Calculated radiative efficiencies, donor-acceptor distances and average lifetime also confirm the energy transfer from R6G to NNR.

  10. Plasmon hybridization in silver nanoislands as semishell arrays coupled to a thin metallic film

    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)

    Maaroof, Abbas; Nygaard, Jens Vinge; Sutherland, Duncan S

    2011-01-01

    interactions for such a nanosystem exhibits two pronounced resonances and interpret the coupling in terms of Fano resonances. The higher energy resonance is identified as a symmetric hybridization mode between localized plasmon resonances in the island semishell array and surface plasmon polaritons...... in the metal film and while the lower energy resonance is identified as a corresponding anti-symmetric hybridization mode. Increasing the size of the particle arrays enhances and red shifts the resonances. We show that adding a dielectric spacer between the semishell island array and the metal film results...... in a red shifting of the resonances and introduce an additional high energy spectral peak. The effect of the spacer layer is interpreted as a reduced hybridization and the generation of additional localized surface plasmon resonances....

  11. Tunable pinning effects produced by non-uniform antidot arrays in YBCO thin films

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    George, J.; Jones, A.; Al-Qurainy, M. [Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, University of Wollongong, NSW (Australia); Fedoseev, S.A. [Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, University of Wollongong, NSW (Australia); Centre for Medical Radiation Physics, University of Wollongong, NSW (Australia); Rosenfeld, A. [Centre for Medical Radiation Physics, University of Wollongong, NSW (Australia); Pan, A.V. [Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, University of Wollongong, NSW (Australia); National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2017-04-15

    Uniform, graded and spaced arrays of 3 μm triangular antidots in pulsed laser deposited YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} (YBCO) superconducting thin films are compared by examining the improvements in the critical current density J{sub c} they produced. The comparison is made to establish the role of their lithographically defined (non-)uniformity and the effectiveness to control and/or enhance the critical current density. It is found that almost all types of non-uniform arrays, including graded ones enhance J{sub c} over the broad applied magnetic field and temperature range due to the modified critical state. Whereas uniform arrays of antidots either reduce or produce no effect on J{sub c} compared to the original (as-deposited) thin films. (copyright 2017 by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  12. Uniform non-stoichiometric titanium nitride thin films for improved kinetic inductance detector array

    CERN Document Server

    Coiffard, G; Driessen, E F C; Pignard, S; Calvo, M; Catalano, A; Goupy, J; Monfardini, A

    2015-01-01

    We describe the fabrication of homogeneous sub-stoichiometric titanium nitride films for microwave kinetic inductance detector (mKID) arrays. Using a 6 inch sputtering target and a homogeneous nitrogen inlet, the variation of the critical temperature over a 2 inch wafer was reduced to <25 %. Measurements of a 132-pixel mKID array from these films reveal a sensitivity of 16 kHz/pW in the 100 GHz band, comparable to the best aluminium mKIDs. We measured a noise equivalent power of NEP = 3.6e-15 Hz/Hz^(1/2). Finally, we describe possible routes to further improve the performance of these TiN mKID arrays.

  13. Domain wall energy landscapes in amorphous magnetic films with asymmetric arrays of holes

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Alija, A; Perez-Junquera, A; RodrIguez-RodrIguez, G; Velez, M; Alameda, J M; MartIn, J I [Depto. Fisica, Fac. Ciencias, Universidad de Oviedo - CINN, Av. Calvo Sotelo s/n, 33007 Oviedo (Spain); Marconi, V I; Kolton, A B; Parrondo, J M R [Depto. Fisica Atomica, Molecular y Nuclear, and GISC, Universidad Complutense, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Anguita, J V [Instituto de Microelectronica de Madrid, CNM-CSIC, Isaac Newton 8, PTM, Tres Cantos, 28760 Madrid (Spain)

    2009-02-21

    Arrays of asymmetric holes have been defined in amorphous Co-Si films by e-beam lithography in order to study domain wall motion across the array subject to the asymmetric pinning potential created by the holes. Experimental results on Kerr effect magnetooptical measurements and hysteresis loops are compared with micromagnetic simulations in films with arrays of triangular holes. These show that the potential asymmetry favours forward wall propagation for flat walls but, if the wall contains a kink, net backward wall propagation is preferred at low fields, in agreement with minor loop experiments. The difference between the fields needed for forward and backward flat wall propagation increases as the size of the triangular holes is reduced, becoming maximum for 1 {mu}m triangles, which is the characteristic length scale set by domain wall width.

  14. Confinement of gold quantum dot arrays inside ordered mesoporous silica thin film

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Chi Yaqing; Zhong Haiqin; Zhang Xueao; Fang Liang; Chang Shengli

    2009-01-01

    Periodic disposed quantum dot arrays are very useful for the large scale integration of single electron devices. Gold quantum dot arrays were self-assembled inside pore channels of ordered amino-functionalized mesoporous silica thin films, employing the neutralization reaction between chloroauric acid and amino groups. The diameters of quantum dots are controlled via changing the aperture of pore channels from 2.3 to 8.3 nm, which are characterized by HRTEM, SEM and FT-IR. UV-vis absorption spectra of gold nanoparticle/mesoporous silica composite thin films exhibit a blue shift and intensity drop of the absorption peak as the aperture of mesopores decreases,which represents the energy level change of quantum dot arrays due to the quantum size effect.

  15. Investigation of Luminescent Diode Arrays for Photochromic Film Recording

    Science.gov (United States)

    1969-06-30

    function of both the filn speed and the durations of the writing pulses. For a pulse of finite duration aA a non-. zero film valoci~ty, the pulse would not...t:ion deas~.yn wi thin 30 minutes Woft.I" wh ic~h i t In Inselnitive to bleaching, HCowever, Ita remlua colo r , a reddish hue, ramalne ror over 72 hora

  16. Portable surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy for insecticide detection using silver nanorod film fabricated by magnetron sputtering

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wong-ek, Krongkamol; Horprathum, Mati; Eiamchai, Pitak; Limnonthakul, Puenisara; Patthanasettakul, Viyapol; Chindaudom, Pongpan; Nuntawong, Noppadon

    2011-03-01

    In order to increase agricultural productivity, several countries heavily rely on deadly insecticides, known to be toxic to most living organisms and thus significantly affect the food chain. The most obvious impact is to human beings who come into contact, or even consume, pesticide-exposed crops. This work hence focused on an alternative method for insecticide detection at trace concentration under field tests. We proposed a compact Raman spectroscopy system, which consisted of a portable Raman spectroscope, and a surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate, developed for the purpose of such application, on a chip. For the selected portable Raman spectroscope, a laser diode of 785 nm for excitation and a thermoelectric-cooled CCD spectrometer for detection were used. The affordable SERS substrates, with a structure of distributed silver nanorods, were however fabricated by a low-energy magnetron sputtering system. Based on an oblique-angle deposition technique, several deposition parameters, which include a deposition angle, an operating pressure and a substrate rotation, were investigated for their immediate effects on the formation of the nanorods. Trace concentration of organophosphorous chemical agents, including methyl parathion, chlorpyrifos, and malathion, adsorbed on the fabricated SERS substrates were analyzed. The obtained results indicated a sensitive detection for the trace organic analyses of the toxic chemical agents from the purposed portable SERS system.

  17. Monitoring photonic nanojets from microsphere arrays by femtosecond laser ablation of thin films.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Grojo, D; Charmasson, L; Pereira, A; Sentis, M; Delaporte, P

    2011-10-01

    By comparing finite-difference time-domain near field simulations and femtosecond laser ablation of thin films, we characterize in three dimensional-space photonic nanojets from microsphere arrays. We demonstrate periodic drilling of transparent films with thickness up to 100 nm (onto absorbing substrates) is feasible with 1-microm diameter silica spheres. Working with larger polystyrene spheres, the apparent increase of the propagation length of the photonic nanojets makes possible to drill films as thick as 500 nm. Interestingly, the lateral width of the produced craters can be maintained below 400 nm evidencing the low divergence of the nanojets. For backside illumination of the arrays, the ablation features are located at the top of the microspheres. We reveal field enhancements in and out the spheres as well as laser energy confinement at the particle substrate interface. The wide variety of features observed in the experiments open routes to fabricating nanomaterials.

  18. Distributed thin film sensor array for damage detection and localization

    Science.gov (United States)

    Downey, Austin; Laflamme, Simon; Ubertini, Filippo

    2016-04-01

    The authors have developed a capacitive-based thin film sensor for monitoring strain on mesosurfaces. Arranged in a network configuration, the sensing system is analogous to a biological skin, where local strain can be monitored over a global area. The measurement principle is based on a measurable change in capacitance provoked by strain. In the case of bidirectional in-plane strain, the sensor output contains the additive measurement of both principal strain components. In this paper, we present an algorithm for retrieving unidirectional strain from the bidirectional measurements of the capacitive-based thin film sensor when place in a hybrid dense sensor network with state-of-the-art unidirectional strain sensors. The algorithm leverages the advantages of a hybrid dense network for application of the thin film sensor to reconstruct the surface strain maps. A bidirectional shape function is assumed, and it is differentiated to obtain expressions for planar strain. A least squares estimator (LSE) is used to reconstruct the planar strain map from the networks measurements, after the system's boundary conditions have been enforced in the model. The coefficients obtained by the LSE can be used to reconstruct the estimated strain map. Results from numerical simulations and experimental investigations show good performance of the algorithm.

  19. Ag nanoparticle/polymer composite barcode nanorods

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Hongxu Chen[1; Tieqiang Wang[2; Huaizhong Shen[1; Wendong Liu[1; Shuli Wang[1; Kun Liu[1; Junhu Zhang[1; Bai Yang[1

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate a facile method combining colloidal lithography, selective ion-exchange, and the in situ reduction of Ag ions (Ag+) for the fabrication of multi-segmented barcode nanorods. First, polymer multilayer films were prepared by spin-coating alternating thin films of polystyrene and polyacrylic acid (PAA), and then multi-segmented polymer nanorods were fabricated via reactive ion etching with colloidal masks. Second, Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs) were incorporated into the PAA segments by an ion exchange and the in situ reduction of the Ag~. The selective incorporation of the Ag NPs permitted the modification of the specific bars of the nanorods. Lastly, the Ag NP/polymer composite nanorods were released from the substrate to form suspensions for further coding applications. By increasing the number of segments and changing the length of each segment in the nanorods, the coding capacity of nanorods was improved. More importantly, this method can easily realize the density tuning of Ag NPs in different segments of a single nanorod by varying the composition of the PAA segments. We believe that numerous other coded materials can also be obtained, which introduces new approaches for fabricating barcoded nanomaterials.

  20. Periodic arrays of pinning centers in thin vanadium films.

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Brueck, S. R. J.; Chung, K.; Crabtree, G.; DeLong, L. E.; Hesketh, P. J.; Ilic, B.; Metlushko, V.; Watkins, B.; Welp, U.; Zhang, Z.

    1997-07-13

    Commensurability effects between the superconducting flux line lattice and a square lattice (period d=1{micro}m and diameter D=0.4{micro}m) of submicron holes in 1500 {angstrom} vanadium films were studied by atomic force microscopy, DC magnetization, AC susceptibility, magnetoresistivity and I-V measurements. Peaks in the magnetization and critical current at matching fields are found to depend nonlinearly upon the value of external AC field or current, as well as the inferred symmetry of the flux line lattice.

  1. Highly efficient ultrathin-film amorphous silicon solar cells on top of imprinted periodic nanodot arrays

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Yan, Wensheng, E-mail: yws118@gmail.com; Gu, Min, E-mail: mgu@swin.edu.au [Centre for Micro-Photonics, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122 (Australia); Tao, Zhikuo [College of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing 210023 (China); Ong, Thiam Min Brian [Plasma Sources and Application Center, NIE, Nanyang Technological University, 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616 (Singapore); Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), 3 Research Link, Singapore 117602 (Singapore)

    2015-03-02

    The addressing of the light absorption and conversion efficiency is critical to the ultrathin-film hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) solar cells. We systematically investigate ultrathin a-Si:H solar cells with a 100 nm absorber on top of imprinted hexagonal nanodot arrays. Experimental evidences are demonstrated for not only notable silver nanodot arrays but also lower-cost ITO and Al:ZnO nanodot arrays. The measured external quantum efficiency is explained by the simulation results. The J{sub sc} values are 12.1, 13.0, and 14.3 mA/cm{sup 2} and efficiencies are 6.6%, 7.5%, and 8.3% for ITO, Al:ZnO, and silver nanodot arrays, respectively. Simulated optical absorption distribution shows high light trapping within amorphous silicon layer.

  2. Study of NBE emission enhancement with an absence of DL emission from ZnO nanorods through controlled growth on ultra-thin Ag films

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Pal, Anil Kumar; Bharathi Mohan, D., E-mail: d.bharathimohan@gmail.com

    2015-04-01

    Highlights: • The growth of ZnO nanorods (NRs) is controlled on ultra-thin Ag layer after modifying its surface properties including particle size, number particles density, inter-particles distance and crystallinity. • Ag layer is not only acting as a catalyst for the vertical growth of ZnO NRs and also the corresponding plasmon resonance frequency is tuned and coupled with the excitonic frequency of ZnO NRs. • This type of hybrid structure leads to strong NBE emission enhancement without a broad deep level emission. The absence of DL emission suggests that there is no oxygen vacancy which is found to be very unusual in ZnO nanorods. • The possible reason for the NBE emission enhancement is explained through annealing of ultra thin Ag inter-layer, surface roughness and density of ZnO nanorods. The NBE emission enhancement on ZnO/Ag has been studied through charge transfers by giving a suitable band diagram. - Abstract: ZnO nanorods (NRs) exhibiting enhanced ultra-violet near band edge (UV-NBE) emission without a broad visible deep level (DL) emission has been investigated on catalytically grown ZnO/Ag hybrid nanostructure. The hybrid structure is fabricated in two steps, (1) Thermal evaporation of ultra-thin catalytic layer of Ag with mass thickness ∼1 nm on glass substrate followed by annealing process from 50 to 250 °C and (2) vertical growth of ZnO NRs by hydrothermal reaction process on all Ag films. The surface properties of Ag layer such as particle size, inter-particle distance, particles number density, surface roughness and surface coverage area were altered through annealing process. Annealing at 100 °C modifies Ag from quasi-amorphous to nanocrystalline leading to high density growth and high aspect ratio of ZnO NRs where as a random and less density growth was realized at 250 °C due to increase of both particle size and inter-particles distance in Ag layer. X-ray diffraction reveals a predominant growth of (0 0 2) plane at 100

  3. Near-unity transparency of a continuous metal film via cooperative effects of double plasmonic arrays.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Liu, Zheng-qi; Liu, Gui-qiang; Zhou, Hai-qing; Liu, Xiao-shan; Huang, Kuan; Chen, Yuan-hao; Fu, Guo-lan

    2013-04-19

    Metal structures with high optical transparency and conductivity are of great importance for practical applications in optoelectronic devices. Here we investigate the transparency response of a continuous metal film sandwiched by double plasmonic nanoparticle arrays. The upper nanoparticle array shows efficient light trapping of the incident field, acting as a light input coupler, and the lower nanoparticle array shows a light release gate opening at the other side, acting as the light output coupler. The strong near-field light-matter interactions of the nano-scale separated plasmonic nanoparticles, the excitation of surface plasmon waves of the metal film, and their cooperative coupling effects result in broadband scattering cancellation and near-unity transparency (up to 96%) in the optical regime. The transparency response in such a structure can be efficiently modified by varying the gap distance of adjacent nanoparticles, dielectric environments, and the distance between the plasmonic array and the metal film. This motif may provide a new alternative approach to obtain transparent and highly conducting metal structures with potential applications in transparent conductors, plasmonic filters, and highly integrated light input and output components.

  4. Elliptical concave microlens arrays built in the photosensitive TiO2/ormosils hybrid films

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhang, Xuehua; Que, Wenxiu; Javed, Hafiz M. Asif; Wei, Wei

    2014-11-01

    Photosensitive TiO2/organically modified silane hybrid thin films were prepared by a low-temperature sol-gel spin-coating technique. Optical and structural properties of the hybrid films with different titanium contents were characterized by prism coupling technique, UV-visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and thermal gravimetric analysis. Advantages for fabrication of elliptical concave micro-lens arrays (MLAs) based on the as-prepared hybrid films were demonstrated by combining polydimethylsiloxane soft mold with a UV-cured imprint technique. Results indicate that the as-prepared hybrid films have great applicability for the fabrication of photonic components, and the fabrication technique provides a simple and cost-effective way for the fabrication of the sol-gel elliptical concave MLAs.

  5. Cell culture arrays using micron-sized ferromagnetic ring-shaped thin films

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Huang, Chen-Yu; Wei, Zung-Hang, E-mail: wei@pme.nthu.edu.tw [Department of Power Mechanical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu City 300, Taiwan (China); Lai, Mei-Feng; Ger, Tzong-Rong [Institute of NanoEngineering and MicroSystems, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu City 300, Taiwan (China)

    2015-05-07

    Cell patterning has become an important technology for tissue engineering. In this research, domain walls are formed at the two ends of a ferromagnetic ring thin film after applying a strong external magnetic field, which can effectively attract magnetically labeled cells and control the position for biological cell. Magnetophoresis experiment was conducted to quantify the magnetic nanoparticle inside the cells. A ring-shaped magnetic thin films array was fabricated through photolithography. It is observed that magnetically labeled cells can be successfully attracted to the two ends of the ring-shaped magnetic thin film structure and more cells were attracted and further attached to the structures. The cells are co-cultured with the structure and kept proliferating; therefore, such ring thin film can be an important candidate for in-vitro biomedical chips or tissue engineering.

  6. Dual acceptor doping and aging effect of p-ZnO:(Na, N) nanorod thin films by spray pyrolysis

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Swapna, R., E-mail: swapna.ramella@yahoo.com, E-mail: santhoshmc@nitt.edu; Amiruddin, R., E-mail: swapna.ramella@yahoo.com, E-mail: santhoshmc@nitt.edu; Santhosh Kumar, M. C., E-mail: swapna.ramella@yahoo.com, E-mail: santhoshmc@nitt.edu [Advanced Materials Laboratory, Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli-620 015 (India)

    2014-01-28

    An attempt has been made to realize p-type ZnO by dual acceptor doping (Na-N) into ZnO thin films. Na and N doped ZnO thin films of different concentrations (0 to 8 at.%) have been grown by spray pyrolysis at 623 K. The grown films on glass substrate have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Hall measurement, UV-Vis spectrophotometer, Photoluminescence (PL) and Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) to validate the p-type conduction. The surface morphology and roughness of the ZnO:(Na, N) films are studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM), respectively. Hall measurement shows that all the films exhibit p-type conductivity except for 0 at.% Na-N doped ZnO film. The obtained resistivity (5.60×10{sup −2} Ω cm) and hole concentration (3.15×10{sup 18} cm{sup −3}) for the best dual acceptor doped film is 6 at.%. It has been predicted that (Na{sub Zn}−N{sub O}) acceptor complex is responsible for the p-type conduction. The p-type conductivity of the ZnO:(Na, N) films is stable even after 6 months. The crystallinity of the films has been studied by XRD. Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) confirms the presence of Na and N in 6 at.% ZnO:(Na, N) film. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of ZnO:(Na, N) films show NBE and deep level emissions in the UV and visible regions, respectively. The ZnO:(Na, N) films exhibit a high transmittance about 90% in the visible region.

  7. Flux Pinning Properties in YBa2Cu3Oy Films with BaSnO3 Nano-rods and Spatially-controlled Y2O3 Nano-dots

    Science.gov (United States)

    Sueyoshi, Tetsuro; Tokita, Yuuki; Fujiyoshi, Takanori; Mitsugi, Fumiaki; Ikegami, Tomoaki

    The quasi-multilayered films consisting of YBa2Cu3Oy layers with BaSnO3 nano-rods and pseudo-layers of Y2O3 were prepared using a multilayering process in a PLD method, in order to investigate the influence of the spatial distribution of Y2O3 nano-dots on the hybrid flux pinning. The additional doping of Y2O3, however, hardly contributed to the flux pinning at higher temperature, probably due to Y2O3 nano-dots in small size in this work. At lower temperature, on the other hand, all the multilayered films show higher critical current density Jc than the film only with BaSnO3 nano-rods in a wide range of magnetic field orientations centered at B || ab. In particular, more flat angular dependence of Jc at low magnetic field around B || ab was found for the multilayered film with Y2O3 nano-dots more distributed in the out-of-plane direction. For B || c, by contrast, the magnetic field dependence of Jc was more weakened for the multilayered film with more correlated row of Y2O3 nano-dots along the in-plane direction.

  8. Enhanced Field Emission from a Carbon Nanotube Array Coated with a Hexagonal Boron Nitride Thin Film.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Yang, Xiaoxia; Li, Zhenjun; He, Feng; Liu, Mingju; Bai, Bing; Liu, Wei; Qiu, Xiaohui; Zhou, Hang; Li, Chi; Dai, Qing

    2015-08-12

    A high-quality field emission electron source made of a highly ordered array of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) coated with a thin film of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) is fabricated using a simple and scalable method. This method offers the benefit of reproducibility, as well as the simplicity, safety, and low cost inherent in using B(2)O(3) as the boron precursor. Results measured using h-BN-coated CNT arrays are compared with uncoated control arrays. The optimal thickness of the h-BN film is found to be 3 nm. As a result of the incorporation of h-BN, the turn-on field is found to decrease from 4.11 to 1.36 V μm(-1), which can be explained by the significantly lower emission barrier that is achieved due to the negative electron affinity of h-BN. Meanwhile, the total emission current is observed to increase from 1.6 to 3.7 mA, due to a mechanism that limits the self-current of any individual emitting tip. This phenomenon also leads to improved emission stability and uniformity. In addition, the lifetime of the arrays is improved as well. The h-BN-coated CNT array-based field emitters proposed in this work may open new paths for the development of future high-performance vacuum electronic devices. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. Charge collection enhancement by incorporation of gold-silica core-shell nanoparticles into P3HT : PCBM/ZnO nanorod array hybrid solar cells

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    Wang, Ting-Chung; Su, Yen-Hsun; Hung, Yun-Kai; Yeh, Chen-Sheng; Huang, Li-Wen; Gomulya, Widianta; Lai, Lai-Hung; Loi, Maria A.; Yang, Jih-Sheng; Wu, Jih-Jen

    2015-01-01

    In this work, gold-silica core-shell (Au@silica) nanoparticles (NPs) with various silica-shell thicknesses are incorporated into P3HT:PCBM/ZnO nanorod (NR) hybrid solar cells. Enhancement in the short-circuit current density and the efficiency of the hybrid solar cells is attained with the appropria

  10. Fabrication and photoelectrochemical properties of ZnS/Au/TiO2 nanotube array films.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhu, Yan-Feng; Zhang, Juan; Xu, Lu; Guo, Ya; Wang, Xiao-Ping; Du, Rong-Gui; Lin, Chang-Jian

    2013-03-21

    A highly ordered TiO(2) nanotube array film was fabricated by an anodic oxidation method. The film was modified by Au nanoparticles (NPs) formed by a deposition-precipitation technique and was covered with a thin ZnS shell prepared by a successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. The photoelectrochemical properties of the prepared ZnS/Au/TiO(2) composite film were evaluated by incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE), and photopotential and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements under white light illumination. The results indicated that the Au NPs could expand the light sensitivity range of the film and suppress the electron-hole recombination, and the ZnS shell could inhibit the leakage of photogenerated electrons from the surface of Au NPs to the ZnS/electrolyte interface. When the 403 stainless steel in a 0.5 M NaCl solution was coupled to the ZnS/Au/TiO(2) nanotube film photoanode under illumination, its potential decreased by 400 mV, showing that the composite film had a better photocathodic protection effect on the steel than that of a pure TiO(2) nanotube film.

  11. Nanogroove array on thin metallic film as planar lens with tunable focusing

    CERN Document Server

    Wellems, L David; Leskova, T A; Maradudin, A A

    2012-01-01

    Numerical results for the distributions of light transmitted through metallic planar lenses composed of symmetric nanogroove arrays on the surfaces of a gold film are presented and explained. Both the near- and far-field distributions of the intensity of light transmitted are calculated by using a Green's function formalism. Results for an optimal transverse focus based on a quadratic variation of groove width are obtained. Meanwhile, a significant dependence of the focal length on the wavelength of light incident from the air side through the gold film into a dielectric substrate is found for this detector configuration.

  12. Beam Focusing by a Non-Uniformly-Spaced Nanoslit Array in a Metallic Film

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    JIAO Xiao-Jin; WANG Pei; ZHANG Dou-Guo; LU Yong-Hua; XIE Jian-Ping; MING Hai

    2006-01-01

    @@ A finite difference time domain simulation has been performed to analyse the optical transmission through a non-uniformly-spaced nanoslit array in silver film. The phase change of surface plasmons propagating on the silver film is used to modulate the initial phase of the output beam. The beam deflection and focusing function are designed, and the focal depth of the focusing metallic structure are mainly considered. It is found that the focal depth can be controlled by altering the effective width of this structure, i.e. the number of slits, when the relative spacing is fixed.

  13. Design and fabrication of the thin-film micromirror array-actuated for large projection displays

    CERN Document Server

    Hwang, K H; Kim, S G

    1998-01-01

    The Thin-film Micromirror Array-actuated (TMA) is a new reflective type light modulator that uses micromachined thin film piezoelectric actuators in conjunction with over 300,000 micromirrors. A working prototype of TMA display system with three TMA modules shows the world best light efficiency at the present time, which is more than 7 lumen per watt light efficiency. Projectors and projection TVs with TMAs will be the most promising device which will provide clear display of electronic image at normal room light condition.

  14. Fabrication and characterization of nanorod solar cells with an ultrathin a-Si:H absorber layer

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    Kuang, Y.; van der Werf, C.H.M.; Houweling, Z.S.; Di Vece, M.; Schropp, R.E.I.

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we present a three-dimensional nanorod solar cell design. As the backbone of the nanorod device, density-controlled zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods were synthesized by a simple aqueous solution growth technique at 80 °C on ZnO thin film pre-coated glass substrate. The as-prepared ZnO nanoro

  15. Fabrication and characterization of nanorod solar cells with an ultrathin a-Si:H absorber layer

    NARCIS (Netherlands)

    Kuang, Y.; van der Werf, C.H.M.; Houweling, Z.S.; Di Vece, M.; Schropp, R.E.I.

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we present a three-dimensional nanorod solar cell design. As the backbone of the nanorod device, density-controlled zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods were synthesized by a simple aqueous solution growth technique at 80 °C on ZnO thin film pre-coated glass substrate. The as-prepared ZnO nanoro

  16. Synthesis and Characterization of Well-aligned ZnO Nanorod Arrays under Specific Conditions%特定条件下的定向ZnO纳米棒的制备及表征

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    郑建华; 张晓凯; 卢慧粉

    2011-01-01

    Well-aligned ZnO nanorod arrays were synthesized successfully on Ag-deposited glass sub-strates using a two-step process and controlling specific conditions.The process involved modified sol-gel and chemical solution growth methods.The surface morphologies and structure of as-prepared ZnO nano-rods were characterized by X-ray diffraction(XRD),scanning electron microscopy(SEM),transmission electron microscope(TEM),the selected-area electron diffraction(SAED),energy dispersive X-ray spec-trum(EDS),fourier transform infrared spectra(FTIR).The XRD and SEM results showed that the ZnO nanorod arrays have hexagonal wurtzite structure and have been completely oxidized and translated into crystalline ZnO in the hexagonal wurtzite phase.The TEM and SAED investigation indicated that the ZnO nanorods have regular morphology and are single crystalline ZnO nanorods with hexagonal wurtzite struc-ture.The main absorption bands appeared at 1384 and 1636 cm-1 is corresponding to the stretching vibra-tion peak of Zn—O,and the main bands at 418 and 541 cm-1 corresponds to rod structure of ZnO.Further-more,the growth mechanism of ZnO nanorods were illustrated.%采用改进的溶胶凝胶和化学溶液生长两步法,并控制特定条件在镀银载玻片上制备出定向ZnO纳米棒.利用X射线衍射(XRD)、扫描电镜(SEM)、透射电镜(TEM)、选区电子衍射(SAED)、能谱(EDS)及傅里叶红外吸收光谱(FTIR)对纳米棒的表面形貌、结构、组分进行分析.XRD和SEM结果表明该ZnO纳米棒具有六角纤锌矿结构,结晶质量良好,垂直衬底生长.TEM和SAED结果表明该ZnO纳米棒形状规则,为单晶结构.FTIR谱中的位于418和541 cm-1的吸收峰对应于棒状ZnO结构的伸缩振动吸收峰,1384和1636 cm-1对应于六方纤锌矿ZnO晶体的Zn—O伸缩振动吸收峰.利用负离子配位四面体生长理论初步解释ZnO纳米棒的生长过程.

  17. Efficient nanorod-based amorphous silicon solar cells with advanced light trapping

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Kuang, Y. [Physics of Devices, Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science, Utrecht University, High Tech Campus, Building 21, 5656 AE Eindhoven (Netherlands); Department of Applied Physics, Plasma & Materials Processing, Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE), P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven (Netherlands); Lare, M. C. van; Polman, A. [Center for Nanophotonics, FOM Institute AMOLF, Science Park 104, 1098 XG Amsterdam (Netherlands); Veldhuizen, L. W.; Schropp, R. E. I., E-mail: r.e.i.schropp@tue.nl [Department of Applied Physics, Plasma & Materials Processing, Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE), P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven (Netherlands); Rath, J. K. [Physics of Devices, Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science, Utrecht University, High Tech Campus, Building 21, 5656 AE Eindhoven (Netherlands)

    2015-11-14

    We present a simple, low-cost, and scalable approach for the fabrication of efficient nanorod-based solar cells. Templates with arrays of self-assembled ZnO nanorods with tunable morphology are synthesized by chemical bath deposition using a low process temperature at 80 °C. The nanorod templates are conformally coated with hydrogenated amorphous silicon light absorber layers of 100 nm and 200 nm thickness. An initial efficiency of up to 9.0% is achieved for the optimized design. External quantum efficiency measurements on the nanorod cells show a substantial photocurrent enhancement both in the red and the blue parts of the solar spectrum. Key insights in the light trapping mechanisms in these arrays are obtained via a combination of three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain simulations, optical absorption, and external quantum efficiency measurements. Front surface patterns enhance the light incoupling in the blue, while rear side patterns lead to enhanced light trapping in the red. The red response in the nanorod cells is limited by absorption in the patterned Ag back contact. With these findings, we develop and experimentally realize a further advanced design with patterned front and back sides while keeping the Ag reflector flat, showing significantly enhanced scattering from the back reflector with reduced parasitic absorption in the Ag and thus higher photocurrent generation. Many of the findings in this work can serve to provide insights for further optimization of nanostructures for thin-film solar cells in a broad range of materials.

  18. Preparation and Photoelectrochemical and Photocatalytic Performance of CdSe Nanoparticle Sensitized TiO2 Nanorod Arrays%CdSe纳米颗粒敏化的TiO2纳米棒阵列的制备及其光电和光催化性能

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    谭帼英; 黄盼; 弓程; 孙岚; 林昌健

    2016-01-01

    CdSe is a kind of semiconductor materials with visible light response.Sensitizing TiO2 with CdSe can make composite ma-terial possessing visible light absorption and efficiently promote separation of photogenerated charges.In this work,TiO2 nanorod arrays were first synthesized on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)with a hydrothermal method.CdSe nanoparticles were then deposited on TiO2 nanorod arrays by a successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction method.At last,CdSe nanoparticle sensitized TiO2 nanorod arrays were obtained and characterized.Experimental results showed that CdSe nanoparticle sensitized TiO2 nanorod arrays exhibited enhanced visible light absorption,and its photocurrent density was 10 times as high as that of pure TiO2 nanorod arrays.The photo-catalytic degradation rate of methylene blue over CdSe nanoparticle sensitized TiO2 nanorod arrays increased by 85% and 75%,sepa-rately compared to that of methylene blue self-degradation and pure TiO2 nanorod arrays.%CdSe是一种具有可见光响应的半导体材料,利用CdSe对TiO2进行敏化有望使复合材料具有可见光吸收,有效促进光生电荷的分离。采用水热法在掺杂 F的 SnO2(FTO)导电玻璃表面制备金红石TiO2纳米棒阵列,再采用连续离子层吸附反应法在TiO2纳米棒阵列表面复合CdSe纳米颗粒,制得CdSe纳米颗粒敏化的TiO2纳米棒阵列,并对其进行了表征。实验结果表明,CdSe纳米颗粒敏化的TiO2纳米棒阵列在可见光区有较强的光吸收,其光电流密度是 TiO2纳米棒阵列的10倍,对亚甲基蓝的可见光催化降解速率较亚甲基蓝的自降解和TiO2纳米棒阵列分别提高了85%和75%。

  19. Enhanced photocatalytic performance of sandwiched ZnO@Ag@Cu₂O nanorod films: the distinct role of Ag NPs in the visible light and UV region.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Ren, Shoutian; Zhao, Guoliang; Wang, Yingying; Wang, Benyang; Wang, Qiang

    2015-03-27

    Sandwiched ZnO@Ag@Cu2O nanorod films were synthesized by successive electrodeposition, magnetron sputtering and the second electrodeposition. The as-synthesized composites were characterized by x-ray diffraction patterns, field emission scanning electron microscopy, low- and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and a UV-vis spectrophotometer. Their photocatalytic performance was estimated by the degradation of a methyl orange solution under UV or visible-light irradiation, respectively. In the visible region, due to localized surface plasmon resonance absorption of Ag NPs, ZnO@Ag@Cu2O showed a significantly enhanced photocatalytic performance. The enhancement factor of Ag NPs on the catalytic performance of ZnO@Ag@Cu2O was estimated as a function of the Cu2O deposition time, and the corresponding enhancement mechanism was also evaluated by the monochromatic photocatalytic experiment and discrete dipole approximation simulation. In the UV region, due to the formation of a Schottky junction (e.g. Ag/ZnO, Ag/Cu2O), a limited enhanced photocatalytic performance was also realized for ZnO@Ag@Cu2O photocatalysts.

  20. Mechanism for Spontaneous Growth of Nanopillar Arrays in Ultrathin Films Subject to a Thermal Gradient

    CERN Document Server

    Dietzel, Mathias

    2010-01-01

    Several groups have reported spontaneous formation of periodic pillar-like arrays in molten polymer nanofilms confined within closely spaced substrates maintained at different temperatures. These formations have been attributed to a radiation pressure instability caused by acoustic phonons. In this work, we demonstrate how variations in the thermocapillary stress along the nanofilm interface can produce significant periodic protrusions in any viscous film no matter how small the initial transverse thermal gradient. The linear stability analysis of the interface evolution equation explores an extreme limit of B\\'{e}nard-Marangoni flow peculiar to films of nanoscale dimensions in which hydrostatic forces are altogether absent and deformation amplitudes are small in comparison to the pillar spacing. Finite element simulations of the full nonlinear equation are also used to examine the array pitch and growth rates beyond the linear regime. Inspection of the Lyapunov free energy as a function of time confirms that...

  1. Periodic Arrays of Film-Coupled Cubic Nanoantennas as Tunable Plasmonic Metasurfaces

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Vassilios Yannopapas

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available We show theoretically that a two-dimensional periodic array of metallic nanocubes in close proximity to a metallic film acts as a metasurface with tunable absorbance. The presence of a metallic film underneath the array of plasmonic nanocubes leads to an impedance matched plasmonic metasurface enhancing up to 4 times the absorbance of incident radiation, in the spectral region below 500 nm. The absorbance spectrum is weakly dependent on the angle of incidence and state of polarization of incident light a functionality which can find application in thermo-photovoltaics. Our calculations are based on a hybrid layer-multiple-scattering (hLMS method based on a discrete-dipole approximation (DDA/T-matrix point matching method.

  2. Effects of calcination treatment on the morphology, crystallinity, and photoelectric properties of all-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells assembled by TiO2 nanorod arrays.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Sun, Xianmiao; Sun, Qiong; Li, Yang; Sui, Lina; Dong, Lifeng

    2013-11-14

    TiO2 has been extensively investigated due to its unique photoelectric properties. In this study, oriented single-crystal rutile TiO2 nanorod arrays were synthesized and then calcined at different temperatures in the atmosphere. The morphology and crystalline characterization indicated that the length of TiO2 nanorods increased rapidly and the nanorods became aggregated and fragile after calcination, yet the sintering treatment seemed to have almost no effect on the crystallinity. To obtain the all-solid-state, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), a newly reported solid inorganic semiconductor, CsSnI2.95F0.05, was employed as the electrolyte, and the Pt deposited on the conductive side of the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrate was used as the counter-electrode. The effects of the calcination treatment on the photoelectric properties of the solar cells, including external quantum efficiency (EQE), open circuit voltage (V(OC)), short-circuit current (J(SC)), and photoelectric conversion efficiency (η), were investigated under the illumination of a solar simulator. As a result, all of the EQE, V(OC), J(SC), and η values of the cells first increased and then declined with the increase of calcination temperatures, and the highest η of 2.81% was obtained by the cell assembled with its TiO2 electrode sintered at 450 °C for 3 h, a value almost 2.5 times that of the non-sintered sample (1.1%).

  3. Robust nonsticky superhydrophobicity by the tapering of aligned ZnO nanorods.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Tian, Jian; Zhang, Yaping; Zhu, Jie; Yang, Zhongzhen; Gao, Xuefeng

    2014-04-04

    The robust nonsticky superhydrophobicity of aligned nanoneedle films is reported. A facile, efficient, cheap, and available method based on the diffusion-limited crystal growth principle is proposed for controlling the tapering of ZnO nanorods, the profiles of which can be tuned effectively by synergetic control over reaction time and temperature in an extremely strong alkaline reaction system. The synthesized nanoneedle, nanopencil, and nanorod arrays are chosen for studying the effects of nanoscale topography on anti-droplet-sticking ability. After silanization, all of them show excellent quasi-static anti-droplet-stickiness, and water adhesion along the normal and lateral directions can be greatly reduced by the tapering of nanorods and eliminated by sharp nanoneedles. However, their antisticking stability is distinct under the droplet impact: the nanoneedle sample is still nonsticky but the nanorod sample loses its antisticking ability. Only ensuring the liquid/air interface is in the suspended nonwetting state is insufficient to obtain robust nonsticky surfaces, which also require extremely low solid-liquid van der Waals attraction.

  4. Nanogroove array on thin metallic film as planar lens with tunable focusing

    OpenAIRE

    Wellems, L. David; Huang, Danhong; Leskova, T. A; Maradudin, A. A.

    2012-01-01

    Numerical results for the distributions of light transmitted through metallic planar lenses composed of symmetric nanogroove arrays on the surfaces of a gold film are presented and explained. Both the near- and far-field distributions of the intensity of light transmitted are calculated by using a Green's function formalism. Results for an optimal transverse focus based on a quadratic variation of groove width are obtained. Meanwhile, a significant dependence of the focal length on the wavele...

  5. High optical transmittance of aluminum ultrathin film with hexagonal nanohole arrays as transparent electrode

    KAUST Repository

    Du, Qing Guo

    2016-02-24

    We fabricate samples of aluminum ultrathin films with hexagonal nanohole arrays and characterize the transmission performance. High optical transmittance larger than 60% over a broad wavelength range from 430 nm to 750 nm is attained experimentally. The Fano-type resonance of the excited surface plasmon plaritons and the directly transmitted light attribute to both of the broadband transmission enhancement and the transmission suppression dips. © 2016 Optical Society of America.

  6. Synthesis and Photoelectrochemical Properties of CdSe Nanorods Arrays%CdSe 纳米棒阵列的制备及其光电化学性能

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    田乐成; 张鑫; 丁娟; 杨海滨; 李云辉; 绍晶; 孙晶; 董群; 凌宏志; 王硕; 温祖旺

    2016-01-01

    CdSe nanorods arrays were grown on ITO substrate by electrochemical deposition method at room temperature.Using X-ray diffraction (XRD),energy dispersive X-ray (EDX),field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM)and UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy,we characterized the CdSe nanorods array,and studied its photoelectric chemical properties.We tested the photoelectric properties of CdSe nanorods array electrodes under the standard three electrode system.The results show that the sample is preferentially grown along [001 ]direction,and has obvious light response properties.When the light intensity is 100 mW/cm2 ,the optical current density (J sc ),open circuit voltage (V oc ), the fill factor (FF ) are 2.93 mA/cm2 , 1.1 6 V, 0.278, and the photoelectric conversion efficiency of the batteryη=0.947%.%在室温条件下,用电化学沉积方法在铟锡氧化物(ITO)基底表面生长 CdSe 纳米棒阵列,并利用 X 射线衍射(XRD)、能量色散 X 射线(EDX)、场发射扫描电子显微镜(FESEM)和紫外-可见吸收光谱(UV-Vis)表征 CdSe 纳米棒阵列的晶体结构和表面形貌,考察其光电化学性能;在标准三电极体系下,测试 CdSe 纳米棒阵列电极的光电化学性能.结果表明:样品沿[001]方向择优生长,并具有明显的光响应特性;在光强为100 mW/cm2的模拟太阳光照射下,该电极光电流密度 J sc =2.93 mA/cm2,开路电压 V oc =1.16 V,填充因子FF=0.278,该电池的光电转化效率η=0.947%.

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

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    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.

  8. Crack-free and scalable transfer of carbon nanotube arrays into flexible and highly thermal conductive composite film.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wang, Miao; Chen, Hongyuan; Lin, Wei; Li, Zhuo; Li, Qiang; Chen, Minghai; Meng, Fancheng; Xing, Yajuan; Yao, Yagang; Wong, Ching-ping; Li, Qingwen

    2014-01-08

    Carbon nanotube (CNT) arrays show great promise in developing anisotropic thermal conductive composites for efficiently dissipating heat from high-power devices along thickness direction. However, CNT arrays are always grown on some substrates and liable to be deformed and broken into pieces during transfer and solution treatment. In the present study, we intentionally synthesized well-crystallized and large-diameter (~80 nm) multiwalled CNT (MWCNT) arrays by floating catalyst chemical vapor deposition (FCCVD) method. Such arrays provided high packing density and robust structure from collapse and crack formation during post solution treatment and therefore favored to maintain original thermal and electrical conductive paths. Under optimized condition, the CNT arrays can be transferred into flexible composite films. Furthermore, the composite film also exhibited excellent thermal conductivity at 8.2 W/(m·K) along thickness direction. Such robust, flexible, and highly thermal conductive composite film may enable some prospective applications in advanced thermal management.

  9. Zonal wavefront sensing using a grating array printed on a polyester film

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Pathak, Biswajit; Boruah, Bosanta R., E-mail: brboruah@iitg.ernet.in [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, Assam 781039 (India); Kumar, Suraj [Department of Applied Sciences, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam 781014 (India)

    2015-12-15

    In this paper, we describe the development of a zonal wavefront sensor that comprises an array of binary diffraction gratings realized on a transparent sheet (i.e., polyester film) followed by a focusing lens and a camera. The sensor works in a manner similar to that of a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor. The fabrication of the array of gratings is immune to certain issues associated with the fabrication of the lenslet array which is commonly used in zonal wavefront sensing. Besides the sensing method offers several important advantages such as flexible dynamic range, easy configurability, and option to enhance the sensing frame rate. Here, we have demonstrated the working of the proposed sensor using a proof-of-principle experimental arrangement.

  10. Fabrication of ordered NiO coated Si nanowire array films as electrodes for a high performance lithium ion battery.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Qiu, M C; Yang, L W; Qi, X; Li, Jun; Zhong, J X

    2010-12-01

    Highly ordered NiO coated Si nanowire array films are fabricated as electrodes for a high performance lithium ion battery via depositing Ni on electroless-etched Si nanowires and subsequently annealing. The structures and morphologies of as-prepared films are characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. When the potential window versus lithium was controlled, the coated NiO can be selected to be electrochemically active to store and release Li+ ions, while highly conductive crystalline Si cores function as nothing more than a stable mechanical support and an efficient electrical conducting pathway. The hybrid nanowire array films exhibit superior cyclic stability and reversible capacity compared to that of NiO nanostructured films. Owing to the ease of large-scale fabrication and superior electrochemical performance, these hybrid nanowire array films will be promising anode materials for high performance lithium-ion batteries.

  11. Investigation of surface plasmon resonance in composite nanostructure of silver film and nanowire array

    Science.gov (United States)

    Li, Jun; Yang, Junyi; Wu, Xingzhi; Song, Yinglin

    2016-10-01

    We investigate the surface plasmon resonance in a new composite nanostructure (Nanowires array beneath metal film). Computational simulation results exhibit that, for both transverse electric(TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) polarization, the positions of resonance peaks is extremely sensitive to the change of center distance (Filling ratio of nanowires). When the diameter of Nanowires is 4nm and under TM polarization, the resonance angle increasing with the increase of center distance. In the case of TE polarization, the result is completely the opposite within limits. It is also shown that changes in thickness of Ag film(At the top of the Ag nanowire) has little direct effect on the resonance angle, But the characteritics of SPR intensity is influenced by the thickness of Ag film in the most degree. When the thickness of Ag film is 50 nm, In range of 10nm to 100nm, the minimum value of the reflectance is only 0.05, the result is consistent with the previous studies. Additionally, the nano composite structure material is very sensitive to the refractive index change of the lowest layer when under the TE- polarization. we have done mode analysis of the SPR structure for both simple and practical structures using comsol multiphysics, our approach is intend to show the feasibity and extend the applicability of the plasmonic nanowires, could lead to provide the basis for design the new structure of nanowires array.

  12. Transmission properties of terahertz waves through asymmetric rectangular aperture arrays on carbon nanotube films

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Yue Wang

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Transmission spectra of terahertz waves through a two-dimensional array of asymmetric rectangular apertures on super-aligned multi-walled carbon nanotube films were obtained experimentally. In this way, the anisotropic transmission phenomena of carbon nanotube films were observed. For a terahertz wave polarization parallel to the orientation of the carbon nanotubes and along the aperture short axis, sharp resonances were observed and the resonance frequencies coincided well with the surface plasmon polariton theory. In addition, the minima of the transmission spectra were in agreement with the location predicted by the theory of Wood’s anomalies. Furthermore, it was found that the resonance profiles through the carbon nanotube films could be well described by the Fano model.

  13. Effect of Carrier Gas Flux on ZnO Nanorod Arrays Grown by MOCVD%载气流量对氧化锌纳米棒阵列的影响

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    蔡芳芳; 魏鸿源; 范海波; 杨安丽; 张攀峰; 刘祥林

    2008-01-01

    ZnO nanorod arrays with different morphologies were grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition(MOCVD).The diameters of nanorods range from 150 nm to 20 nm through changing the carrier gas flux during the growth process.Measurements such as scanning electron microscope(SEM),X-ray diffraction(XRD),Raman scattering and photoluminescence(PL)spectrum were employed to analyze the differences of these nanorods.It was found that when both carrier gas flux of Zn and O reactant are 1 SLM,we can obtain the best vertically aligned and uniform nanorods.Furthermore,the PL spectrum reveals a blueshift of UV emission peak,which may be assigned to the increase of surface effect.%本文研究了在金属有机化学气相沉积法(MOCVD)生长过程中,锌(Zn)源和氧(O)源载气流量的改变对ZnO纳米棒阵列的影响.通过改变源材料载气的流量,得到了直径从150 nm到20 nm范围、均一性明显改善的ZnO纳米棒.采用扫描电子显微镜(SEM),X射线衍射图谱(XRD),拉曼光谱(Raman)和光致荧光光谱(PL)等测试手段对样品的形貌结构和光学特性进行了表征.SEM和XRD结果表明当Zn源和O源的载气流量均为1 SLM时,所得的纳米棒直径最均匀,排列整齐,垂直于衬底生长,且结晶度最好.PL谱显示纳米棒的紫外带边峰发生了蓝移,可能与表面效应的增加有关.

  14. Interfacial effects of the Cu2O nano-dots decorated Co3O4 nanorods array and its photocatalytic activity for cleaving organic molecules

    Science.gov (United States)

    Qiu, X. P.; Yu, J. S.; Xu, H. M.; Chen, W. X.; Hu, W.; Chen, G. L.

    2016-09-01

    A heterogeneous nanocomposite catalyst constructed by the Co3O4 nanorods decorated with the Cu2O quantum dots (QDs) were successfully synthesized via a simple hydrothermal method followed by an oxidation-reduction processing. The fabricated Cu2O/Co3O4 nanocomposite was characterized by the SEM, TEM, XPS, XRD, UV-vis and PL, and the (2 2 0) and (3 1 1) facets of the Co3O4 were exposed. Compared with the original Co3O4 nanorods with an average diameter of 350 nm, a substantial decrease in the band gap was observed after doping the nanorods with the Cu2O QDs (average diameter of 5 nm). Such a dramatic decrease in the band gap indicated a significant enhancement of the photocatalytic activities under visible light. The methylene blue (MB) dye and the phenol were used as model organic pollutants, and the Cu2O/Co3O4 nanocomposite catalyst exhibited both high catalytic activity and good recycling stability. The catalytic activities of the Cu2O/Co3O4/potassium monopersulfate triple salt (PMS) system for cleaving the MB and the phenol were dependent on the dosages of the Cu2O QDs, and the calculated degradation rates achieved by 7.0 wt% Cu2O/Co3O4 nanocomposite catalyst were about 11.3 and 1.8 times than that of the pristine Co3O4 nanorod catalyst for the MB and the phenol, respectively. The reactive species of rad O2- and the holes were determined to be the main active species for the phenol photocatalytic degradation by the 7 wt% Cu2O/Co3O4/PMS system and the 7 wt% Cu2O/Co3O4/H2O2 system, respectively.

  15. Hybrid nanorod-polymer solar cells.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Huynh, Wendy U; Dittmer, Janke J; Alivisatos, A Paul

    2002-03-29

    We demonstrate that semiconductor nanorods can be used to fabricate readily processed and efficient hybrid solar cells together with polymers. By controlling nanorod length, we can change the distance on which electrons are transported directly through the thin film device. Tuning the band gap by altering the nanorod radius enabled us to optimize the overlap between the absorption spectrum of the cell and the solar emission spectrum. A photovoltaic device consisting of 7-nanometer by 60-nanometer CdSe nanorods and the conjugated polymer poly-3(hexylthiophene) was assembled from solution with an external quantum efficiency of over 54% and a monochromatic power conversion efficiency of 6.9% under 0.1 milliwatt per square centimeter illumination at 515 nanometers. Under Air Mass (A.M.) 1.5 Global solar conditions, we obtained a power conversion efficiency of 1.7%.

  16. Controlled novel route to synthesis and characterization of silver nanorods.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Gautam, A; Mukherjee, Shaibal; Ram, S

    2010-07-01

    Silver nanorods were synthesized by burning out the as prepared Ag-PVA nanocomposite films at 300 degrees C in air. Aqueous PVA solution is acts as stabilizing agents for silver nanorods. The formation of silver nanorods was confirmed from the appearance of two surface plasmon absorption maxima at 425 and 465 nm due to transverse and longitudinal mode of vibration of electrons. SEM micrograph showed the resultant nanorods were 500-600 nm in length and 50-70 nm in diameter. It is supported by TEM with more 1000 nm in length and 40-60 nm diameters. The XRD demonstrated that the nanorods were present in fcc crystal of pure silver. Finally the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) also confirmed the formation of silver nanorods with 3d(5/2) and 3d(3/2) band at 368.6 and 374.6 eV respectively.

  17. Direct Low-Temperature Growth of Single-Crystalline Anatase TiO2 Nanorod Arrays on Transparent Conducting Oxide Substrates for Use in PbS Quantum-Dot Solar Cells.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Chung, Hyun Suk; Han, Gill Sang; Park, So Yeon; Shin, Hee-Won; Ahn, Tae Kyu; Jeong, Sohee; Cho, In Sun; Jung, Hyun Suk

    2015-05-20

    We report on the direct growth of anatase TiO2 nanorod arrays (A-NRs) on transparent conducting oxide (TCO) substrates that can be directly applied to various photovoltaic devices via a seed layer mediated epitaxial growth using a facile low-temperature hydrothermal method. We found that the crystallinity of the seed layer and the addition of an amine functional group play crucial roles in the A-NR growth process. The A-NRs exhibit a pure anatase phase with a high crystallinity and preferred growth orientation in the [001] direction. Importantly, for depleted heterojunction solar cells (TiO2/PbS), the A-NRs improve both electron transport and injection properties, thereby largely increasing the short-circuit current density and doubling their efficiency compared to TiO2 nanoparticle-based solar cells.

  18. Electrode modified with a composite film of ZnO nanorods and Ag nanoparticles as a sensor for hydrogen peroxide.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Lin, Chia-Yu; Lai, Yi-Hsuan; Balamurugan, A; Vittal, R; Lin, Chii-Wann; Ho, Kuo-Chuan

    2010-06-30

    A conducting fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) electrode, first modified with zinc oxide nanorods (ZnONRs) and subsequently attached with photosynthesized silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), designated as AgNPs/ZnONRs/FTO electrode, was used as an amperometric sensor for the determination of hydrogen peroxide. The first layer (ZnONRs) was obtained by chemical bath deposition (CBD), and was utilized simultaneously as the catalyst for the photoreduction of Ag ions under UV irradiation and as the matrix for the immobilization of AgNPs. The aspect ratio of ZnONRs to be deposited was optimized by controlling the number of their CBDs to render enough surface area for Ag deposition, and the amount of AgNPs to be attached was controlled by adjusting the UV-irradiation time. The immobilized AgNPs showed excellent electrocatalytic response to the reduction of hydrogen peroxide. The resultant amperometric sensor showed 10-fold enhanced sensitivity for the detection of H(2)O(2), compared to that without AgNPs, i.e., only with a layer of ZnONRs. Amperometric determination of H(2)O(2) at -0.55 V gave a limit of detection of 0.9 microM (S/N=3) and a sensitivity of 152.1 mA M(-1) cm(-2) up to 0.983 mM, with a response time (steady-state, t(95)) of 30-40 s. The selectivity of the sensor was investigated against ascorbic acid (AA) and uric acid (UA). Energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis, transmission electron microscopic (TEM) image, X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns, cyclic voltammetry (CV), and scanning electron microscopic (SEM) images were utilized to characterize the modified electrode. Sensing properties of the modified electrode were studied both by CV and amperometric analysis.

  19. Plasmonic properties of nanoparticle-film systems and periodic nanoparticle arrays

    Science.gov (United States)

    Le, Fei

    In this thesis we perform theoretical investigations on the optical properties of geometrically infinite metallic nano-structures such as nanoparticle/film systems and periodic nanoparticle arrays. We apply both Plasmon Hybridization (PH) and Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) methods and we obtain quantitative agreement with experimental measurements as well as other theoretical methods such as Mie Theory and Finite Element simulation. For the nanoparticle over film structure, our research shows that the plasmonic interaction between the nanoparticle and the film is an electromagnetic analogue of the spinless Anderson-Fano model, which was used to describe the interaction of a localized electronic state with a continuous band of electronic states. Three characteristic regimes of the model are realized as the energy of the nanoparticle plasmon resonance lies above, within, or below the energy band of the surface plasmon state. These three interaction regimes are controlled by the film thickness. In the thin film limit, the plasmonic coupling between the nanoshell and the film induces a low-energy virtual state (VS) mainly composed of delocalized film, which can be further tuned as the aspect ratio of the nanoshell changes. The calculations are found to agree well with experimental measurements. Using FDTD method, we show that the electromagnetic field enhancement induced by the VS in the thin film limit can be very large and the nanoparticle/film system could serve as an ideal substrate for Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) and Tip Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS). The plasmonic properties of nanoparticle arrays are investigated using FDTD with Periodic Boundary Conditions (PBC). Our research shows that 2D hexagonal (hcp) nanoshell arrays possess ideal properties as a substrate that combines SERS and Surface Enhanced Infrared Absorption (SEIRA), with large electric field enhancements at the same spatial locations in the structure. With small

  20. Assessment of Anisotropic Semiconductor Nanorod and Nanoplatelet Heterostructures with Polarized Emission for Liquid Crystal Display Technology

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Cunningham, Patrick D.; Souza, João B.; Fedin, Igor; She, Chunxing; Lee, Byeongdu; Talapin, Dmitri V.

    2016-06-28

    Semiconductor nanorods can emit linear-polarized light at efficiencies over 80%. Polarization of light in these systems, confirmed through single-rod spectroscopy, can be explained on the basis of the anisotropy of the transition dipole moment and dielectric confinement effects. Here we report emission polarization in macroscopic semiconductor polymer composite films containing CdSe/CdS nanorods and colloidal CdSe nanoplatelets. Anisotropic nanocrystals dispersed in polymer films of poly butyl-co-isobutyl methacrylate (PBiBMA) can be stretched mechanically in order to obtain unidirectionally aligned arrays. A high degree of alignment, corresponding to an orientation factor of 0.87, was achieved and large areas demonstrated polarized emission, with the contrast ratio I-parallel to/I-perpendicular to= 5.6, making these films viable candidates for use in liquid crystal display (LCD) devices. To some surprise, we observed significant optical anisotropy and emission polarization for 2D CdSe nanoplatelets with the electronic structure of quantum wells. The aligned nanorod arrays serve as optical funnels, absorbing unpolarized light and re-emitting light from deep-green to red with quantum efficiencies over 90% and high degree of linear polarization. Our results conclusively demonstrate the benefits of anisotropic nanostructures for LCD backlighting. The polymer films with aligned CdSe/CdS dot-in-rod and rod-in-rod nanostructures show more than 2-fold enhancement of brightness compared to the emitter layers with randomly oriented nanostructures. This effect can be explained as the combination of linearly polarized luminescence and directional emission from individual nanostructures.

  1. Growth of Cu2ZnSnS4 Nanocrystallites on TiO2 Nanorod Arrays as Novel Extremely Thin Absorber Solar Cell Structure via the Successive-Ion-Layer-Adsorption-Reaction Method.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Wang, Zhuoran; Demopoulos, George P

    2015-10-21

    Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) is an environmentally benign semiconductor with excellent optoelectronic properties that attracts a lot of interest in thin film photovoltaics. In departure from that conventional configuration, we fabricate and test a novel absorber-conductor structure featuring in situ successive-ion-layer-adsorption-reaction (SILAR)-deposited CZTS nanocrystallites as a light absorber on one-dimensional TiO2 (rutile) nanorods as an electron conductor. The effectiveness of the nanoscale heterostructure in visible light harvesting and photoelectron generation is demonstrated with an initial short circuit current density of 3.22 mA/cm(2) and an internal quantum efficiency of ∼60% at the blue light region, revealing great potential in developing CZTS extremely thin absorber (ETA) solar cells.

  2. Ferromagnetic resonance and magnetization in permalloy films with nanostructured antidot arrays of variable size

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Vassallo Brigneti, E. [Centro Atomico Bariloche, Universidad de Cuyo, CNEA-UNSAM, Av. Bustillo 9500, 8400 S.C. de Bariloche, RN. Argentina (Argentina); Ramos, C.A. [Centro Atomico Bariloche, Universidad de Cuyo, CNEA-UNSAM, Av. Bustillo 9500, 8400 S.C. de Bariloche, RN. Argentina (Argentina)], E-mail: cramos@cab.cnea.gov.ar; Bermudez Urena, E. [Centro de Investigacion en Ciencias e Ingenieria de Materiales, Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose (Costa Rica); Pirota, K. [Instituto de Ciencias de Materiales CSIC, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Vazquez, M.; Prieto, P.; Sanz, J.M. [Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2008-07-15

    We present the results of structural and magnetic characterization of Permalloy (Fe{sub 20}Ni{sub 80}) films deposited by sputtering on self-organized nanoporous alumina previously treated with phosphoric acid to vary the pore diameters. SEM and AFM images of the top film surfaces show a triangular array of pores with diameters similar to the untreated porous alumina. However, the underlying pore enlargement is evidenced by the magnetic study. Indeed magnetization measurements reveal a decrease in the easy-plane anisotropy energy with elapsing time of chemical etching. Consistent with these results, ferromagnetic resonance measurements perpendicular to the film indicate a systematic reduction of the resonance field which can be directly related to an increase in the pore diameter. The effect of lateral confinement (due to the pores) in the spin-wave resonance is evidenced in multiple absorption lines when the applied field is in the film plane and perpendicular to it. This contrasts with the results for the continuous test film.

  3. CoPt alloy films on SiO{sub 2} nanoparticle arrays

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Makarov, Denys; Schatz, Guenter [University of Konstanz (Germany). Department of Physics; Bermudez, Esteban; Schmidt, Oliver G. [IFW, Dresden (Germany); Brombacher, Christoph; Albrecht, Manfred [Chemnitz University of Technology (Germany). Institute of Physics; Liscio, Fabiola; Maret, Mireille [ENSEEG, Saint Martin d' Heres (France)

    2008-07-01

    Combining self-assembled SiO{sub 2} nanoparticle arrays with magnetic film deposited onto the particles, enables an elegant possibility to create magnetic nanostructure arrays with defined magnetic properties. In this regard, materials such as CoPt alloy are of particular interest due to their large magnetic anisotropy required for thermal stability in the high density magnetic recording applications. In order to induce high perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in CoPt alloys, the L1{sub 0} phase with (001) texturing is required. For this purpose, a 10 nm thick MgO(001) seed layer was introduced. Results on planar amorphous SiO{sub 2} substrates reveal an uniaxial out-of-plane magnetic anisotropy and saturation magnetization for the CoPt alloy grown at 450 C of about 5x10{sup 5} J/m{sup 3} and 800 kA/m. These properties were transfered to CoPt alloy deposited onto arrays of SiO{sub 2} particles with diameters down to 50 nm. The formed CoPt nanocaps are in a magnetic single domain state with a large out-of-plane coercivity, which increases with decreasing particle size. In this presentation, the structural and magnetic properties are discussed and compared to the planar film.

  4. Effect of annealing temperature on wettability of TiO2 nanotube array films

    Science.gov (United States)

    2014-01-01

    Highly ordered TiO2 nanotube array (TN) films were prepared by anodization of titanium foil in a mixed electrolyte solution of glycerin and NH4F and then annealed at 200°C, 400°C, 600°C, and 800°C, respectively. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), water contact angle (WCA), and photoluminescence (PL). It was found that low temperature (below 600°C) has no significant influence on surface morphology, but the diameter of the nanotube increases from 40 to 50 nm with increasing temperature. At 800°C, the nanotube arrays are completely destroyed and only dense rutile film is observed. Samples unannealed and annealed at 200°C are amorphous. At 400°C, anatase phase appears. At 600°C, rutile phase appears. At 800°C, anatase phase changes into rutile phase completely. The wettability of the TN films shows that the WCAs for all samples freshly annealed at different temperatures are about 0°. After the annealed samples have been stored in air for 1 month, the WCAs increase to 130°, 133°, 135°, 141°, and 77°, respectively. Upon ultraviolet (UV) irradiation, they exhibit a significant transition from hydrophobicity to hydrophilicity. Especially, samples unannealed and annealed at 400°C show high photoinduced hydrophilicity. PMID:25426006

  5. Construction of (001) facets exposed ZnO nanosheets on magnetically driven cilia film for highly active photocatalysis

    Science.gov (United States)

    Peng, Fengping; Zhou, Qiang; Lu, Chunhua; Ni, Yaru; Kou, Jiahui; Xu, Zhongzi

    2017-02-01

    ZnO nanosheet arrays with exposed (001) facets have been constructed onto a biomimetic inner-motile film, using a seed-mediated hydrothermal growth technology without adding capping agents. The growth of ZnO nanoparticles along the [001] direction is impeded because of a physical steric hindrance, and therefore (001) planes are left behind as the dominant crystal facets. In comparison to ZnO nanorod arrays film, the photocatalytic activity of the actuated (001) facets exposed ZnO nanosheet arrays film is dramatically improved to approximately 2.48 times. Moreover, when it is subjected to a rotational magnetic field, the ZnO nanosheet arrays film is driven to mimic ciliary motion like nature beating cilia, which can boost the interior mass transfer and help to promote release of active sites for improving the photocatalytic activity. As a consequence of the exposed (001) high active facets, the singular ability of microfluidic manipulation has greater effect on ZnO nanosheet arrays films. The enhancement of photocatalytic activity of the actuated ZnO nanosheet arrays film is much more than that of ZnO nanorod arrays film.

  6. Vertically aligned ZnO nanorods on hot filament chemical vapor deposition grown graphene oxide thin film substrate: solar energy conversion.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Ameen, Sadia; Akhtar, M Shaheer; Song, Minwu; Shin, Hyung Shik

    2012-08-01

    Vertically aligned zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods (NRs) were grown by the low-temperature hydrothermal method on graphene oxide (GO) coated FTO substrates, where GO was directly deposited on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates using hydrogen (H(2), 65 sccm) and methane (CH(4), 50 sccm) through hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD) technique. The vertically aligned ZnO NRs were applied as effective photoanode for the fabrication of efficient dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Highly uniform ZnO NRs were grown on GO deposited FTO substrate with the average length of ∼2-4 μm and diameter of ∼200-300 nm. The possible mechanism of grown ZnO NRs clearly revealed the significant role of GO on FTO in architecting the aligned growth of ZnO NRs. The grown vertically aligned ZnO NRs possessed a typical wurtzite hexagonal crystal structure. The structural and the optical studies confirmed the formation of partial hydrogen bonding between surface functional groups of GO and ZnO NRs. A solar-to-electricity conversion efficiency of ∼2.5% was achieved by DSSC fabricated with ZnO NRs deposited on graphene oxide (GO-ZnO NRs) thin film photoanode. The presence of GO on FTO substrate expressively increased the surface area of GO-ZnO photoanode, which resulted in high dye loading as well as high light harvesting efficiency and thus ensued the increased photocurrent density and the improved performance of DSSCs.

  7. Deposited metamaterial thin film with negative refractive index and permeability in the visible regime.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Jen, Yi-Jun; Chen, Chih-Hui; Yu, Ching-Wei

    2011-03-15

    Thin films are fabricated from arrays of silver nanorods with thicknesses of 160 nm and 200 nm, to function as a metamaterial. The negative refractive index and negative permeability are retrieved from measured reflection and transmission coefficients using walk-off interferometer in the visible regime. A negative-index-material thin film with negative permittivity or (and) permeability can be produced by glancing angle deposition.

  8. Validation of the entire 2D array Octavius by radiochromic films; Validacion del conjunto Octavius 2D array mediante peliculas radiocromicas

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Iriondo Igerabide, U.; Former Forner, A.; Otal Palacin, A.; Martin Albina, M. L.; Lozares Cordero, S.; Maneru Camara, F.; Pellejero Pellejero, S.; Miquelez Alonso, S.; Soto Prados, P. M.; Rubio Arroniz, A.

    2011-07-01

    We have validated the 2D-array Octavius set for verification of IMRT plans complete, radiating with the same angles of incidence in the patient's actual plan. This has been taken as reference measurements with radiochromic films, since they are almost isotropic response, higher resolution and we already have experience with them.

  9. FePt films on self-assembled SiO2 particle arrays

    Science.gov (United States)

    Makarov, D.; Brombacher, C.; Liscio, F.; Maret, M.; Parlinska, M.; Meier, S.; Kappenberger, P.; Albrecht, M.

    2008-03-01

    Chemically L10 ordered (001) textured FePt thin films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy can be grown on amorphous planar SiO2 substrate with an underlayer stack of [Pt (3nm )/Cr (50nm)] adopting a [002] orientation when deposited at 350°C. This knowledge of optimum layer stack was transferred to self-assembled SiO2 particle arrays. While 330nm SiO2 particle arrays reveal perpendicular magnetic anisotropy with a remanence of almost one and a coercivity of 370mT, on 160nm particles, the FePt caps show a (111) texturing, leading to the random orientation of the easy axis of the magnetization.

  10. Absorption efficiency enhancement in inorganic and organic thin film solar cells via plasmonic honeycomb nanoantenna arrays.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Tok, Rüştü Umut; Sendur, Kürşat

    2013-08-15

    We demonstrate theoretically that by embedding plasmonic honeycomb nanoantenna arrays into the active layers of inorganic (c-Si) and organic (P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS) thin film solar cells, absorption efficiency can be improved. To obtain the solar cell absorption spectrum that conforms to the solar radiation, spectral broadening is achieved by breaking the symmetry within the Wigner-Seitz unit cell on a uniform hexagonal grid. For optimized honeycomb designs, absorption efficiency enhancements of 106.2% and 20.8% are achieved for c-Si and P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS thin film solar cells, respectively. We have demonstrated that the transverse modes are responsible for the enhancement in c-Si solar cells, whereas both the longitudinal and transverse modes, albeit weaker, are the main enhancement mechanisms for P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS solar cells. For both inorganic and organic solar cells, the absorption enhancement is independent of polarization.

  11. Microchannel plate fabrication using glass capillary arrays with Atomic Layer Deposition films for resistance and gain

    Science.gov (United States)

    Popecki, M. A.; Adams, B.; Craven, C. A.; Cremer, T.; Foley, M. R.; Lyashenko, A.; O'Mahony, A.; Minot, M. J.; Aviles, M.; Bond, J. L.; Stochaj, M. E.; Worstell, W.; Elam, J. W.; Mane, A. U.; Siegmund, O. H. W.; Ertley, C.; Kistler, L. M.; Granoff, M. S.

    2016-08-01

    Microchannel plates (MCPs) have been used for many years in space flight instrumentation as fast, lightweight electron multipliers. A new MCP fabrication method combines a glass substrate composed of hollow glass capillary arrays with thin film coatings to provide the resistive and secondary electron emissive properties. Using this technique, the gain, resistance, and glass properties may be chosen independently. Large-area MCPs are available at moderate cost. Secondary emission films of Al2O3 and MgO provide sustained high gain as charge is extracted from the MCP. Long lifetimes are possible, and a total extracted charge of 7 C/cm2 has been demonstrated. Background rates are low because the glass substrate has little radioactive potassium 40. Curved MCPs are easily fabricated with this technique to suit instrument symmetries, simplifying secondary electron steering and smoothing azimuthal efficiency.

  12. Abnormal magnetoresistance behavior in Nb thin films with rectangular arrays of antidots

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    Zhang Wei-Jun; Zhao Shi-Ping; Qiu Xiang-Gang; He Shi-Kun; Li Bo-Hong; Cheng Fei; Xu Bing; Wen Zhen-Chao; Cao Wen-Hui; Xiao Hong; Han Xiu-Feng

    2012-01-01

    Magnetoresistance in superconducting Nb films perforated with rectangular arrays of antidots (holes) is investigated at various temperatures and currents.Normally,the magnetoresistance increases with the increasing magnetic field.In this paper,we report a reverse behavior in a certain range of high fields after vortex reconfiguration transition,where the resistances at non-matching fields are smaller than those in the low field regime.This phenomenon is due to a strong caging effect,in which the interstitial vortices are trapped among the pinned multiquanta vortices.This effect is temperature and current dependent.

  13. Film-Evaporation MEMS Tunable Array for Picosat Propulsion and Thermal Control

    Science.gov (United States)

    Alexeenko, Alina; Cardiff, Eric; Martinez, Andres; Petro, Andrew

    2015-01-01

    The Film-Evaporation MEMS Tunable Array (FEMTA) concept for propulsion and thermal control of picosats exploits microscale surface tension effect in conjunction with temperature- dependent vapor pressure to realize compact, tunable and low-power thermal valving system. The FEMTA is intended to be a self-contained propulsion unit requiring only a low-voltage DC power source to operate. The microfabricated thermal valving and very-high-integration level enables fast high-capacity cooling and high-resolution, low-power micropropulsion for picosats that is superior to existing smallsat micropropulsion and thermal management alternatives.

  14. Dispersion characteristics of silicon nanorod based carpet cloaks.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Tamma, Venkata A; Blair, John; Summers, Christopher J; Park, Wounjhang

    2010-12-06

    A wide range of transformation media designed with conformal mapping are currently being studied extensively due to their favorable properties: isotropy, moderate index requirements, low loss and broad bandwidth. For optical frequency operation, the transformation media are commonly fabricated on high index semiconductor thin films. These 2D implementations, however, inevitably introduces waveguide dispersion, which affects the bandwidth and loss behavior. In this paper, for carpet cloaks implemented by a silicon nanorod array, we have confirmed that waveguide dispersion limits the bandwidth of the transformation medium by direct visualizing the cut-off conditions with near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM). Furthermore, we have experimentally demonstrated the extension of cut-off wavelength by depositing a conformal dielectric layer. This study illustrates the constraints on the 2D transformation media imposed by the waveguide dispersion and suggests a general technique to tune and modify their optical properties.

  15. Atomic-force microscopy investigations of semiconductor nanorods

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Teichert, C. [Institute of Physics, University of Leoben (Austria); Brauer, G. [Institut f. Ionenstrahlphysik und Materialforschung, Forschungszentrum Rossendorf (Germany); Djurisic, A. [Department of Physics, University of Hong Kong (China); Sivakov, V.; Scholz, R. [Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Halle (Germany); Andrae, G. [Institute of Physical High Technology (IPHT), Jena (Germany); Christiansen, S.H. [Physics Department, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    One-dimensional nanostructures, such as nanorods or nanotubes, exhibit technological potential for many device applications like electronic, photonic or sensing devices. However, achieving control on the growth of such nanostructures leading to proper dimensional confinement (nanorods diameter, length, density and orientation) is still a challenging task. So far, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy are the methods of choice to characterize arrays of free standing semiconductor nanowires. Atomic force microscopy - at a first glance - might not be suited for such a task. Analyzing arrays of vertical ZnO nanorods grown on Si and ITO substrates and individual Si nanowhiskers grown by electron beam evaporation on Si(111), we demonstrate the capabilities of atomic-force microscopy to yield integral information for example on the height variation of the nanorod arrays as well as detailed information on the facet structure of the nanowhiskers.

  16. Aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition of tungsten oxide films and nanorods from oxo tungsten(VI) fluoroalkoxide precursors.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Kim, Hankook; Bonsu, Richard O; O'Donohue, Christopher; Korotkov, Roman Y; McElwee-White, Lisa; Anderson, Timothy J

    2015-02-04

    Aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition (AACVD) of WOx was demonstrated using the oxo tungsten(VI) fluoroalkoxide single-source precursors, WO[OCCH3(CF3)2]4 and WO[OC(CH3)2CF3]4. Substoichiometric amorphous tungsten oxide thin films were grown on indium tin oxide (ITO) substrates in nitrogen at low deposition temperature (100-250 °C). At growth temperatures above 300 °C, the W18O49 monoclinic crystalline phase was observed. The surface morphology and roughness, visible light transmittance, electrical conductivity, and work function of the tungsten oxide materials are reported. The solvent and carrier gas minimally affected surface morphology and composition at low deposition temperature; however, material crystallinity varied with solvent choice at higher temperatures. The work function of the tungsten oxide thin films grown between 150 and 250 °C was determined to be in the range 5.0 to 5.7 eV, according to ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS).

  17. High Light Absorption and Charge Separation Efficiency at Low Applied Voltage from Sb-Doped SnO2/BiVO4 Core/Shell Nanorod-Array Photoanodes.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhou, Lite; Zhao, Chenqi; Giri, Binod; Allen, Patrick; Xu, Xiaowei; Joshi, Hrushikesh; Fan, Yangyang; Titova, Lyubov V; Rao, Pratap M

    2016-06-08

    BiVO4 has become the top-performing semiconductor among photoanodes for photoelectrochemical water oxidation. However, BiVO4 photoanodes are still limited to a fraction of the theoretically possible photocurrent at low applied voltages because of modest charge transport properties and a trade-off between light absorption and charge separation efficiencies. Here, we investigate photoanodes composed of thin layers of BiVO4 coated onto Sb-doped SnO2 (Sb:SnO2) nanorod-arrays (Sb:SnO2/BiVO4 NRAs) and demonstrate a high value for the product of light absorption and charge separation efficiencies (ηabs × ηsep) of ∼51% at an applied voltage of 0.6 V versus the reversible hydrogen electrode, as determined by integration of the quantum efficiency over the standard AM 1.5G spectrum. To the best of our knowledge, this is one of the highest ηabs × ηsep efficiencies achieved to date at this voltage for nanowire-core/BiVO4-shell photoanodes. Moreover, although WO3 has recently been extensively studied as a core nanowire material for core/shell BiVO4 photoanodes, the Sb:SnO2/BiVO4 NRAs generate larger photocurrents, especially at low applied voltages. In addition, we present control experiments on planar Sb:SnO2/BiVO4 and WO3/BiVO4 heterojunctions, which indicate that Sb:SnO2 is more favorable as a core material. These results indicate that integration of Sb:SnO2 nanorod cores with other successful strategies such as doping and coating with oxygen evolution catalysts can move the performance of BiVO4 and related semiconductors closer to their theoretical potential.

  18. SnO2/Pt Thin Film Laser Ablated Gas Sensor Array

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Rahman Wagiran

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available A gas sensor array was developed in a 10 × 10 mm2 space using Screen Printing and Pulse Laser Ablation Deposition (PLAD techniques. Heater, electrode, and an insulator interlayer were printed using the screen printing method on an alumina substrate, while tin oxide and platinum films, as sensing and catalyst layers, were deposited on the electrode at room temperature using the PLAD method, respectively. To ablate SnO2 and Pt targets, depositions were achieved by using a 1,064 nm Nd-YAG laser, with a power of 0.7 J/s, at different deposition times of 2, 5 and 10 min, in an atmosphere containing 0.04 mbar (4 kPa of O2. A range of spectroscopic diffraction and real space imaging techniques, SEM, EDX, XRD, and AFM were used in order to characterize the surface morphology, structure, and composition of the films. Measurement on the array shows sensitivity to some solvent and wood smoke can be achieved with short response and recovery times.

  19. SnO2/Pt thin film laser ablated gas sensor array.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Shahrokh Abadi, Mohammad Hadi; Hamidon, Mohd Nizar; Shaari, Abdul Halim; Abdullah, Norhafizah; Wagiran, Rahman

    2011-01-01

    A gas sensor array was developed in a 10 × 10 mm(2) space using Screen Printing and Pulse Laser Ablation Deposition (PLAD) techniques. Heater, electrode, and an insulator interlayer were printed using the screen printing method on an alumina substrate, while tin oxide and platinum films, as sensing and catalyst layers, were deposited on the electrode at room temperature using the PLAD method, respectively. To ablate SnO(2) and Pt targets, depositions were achieved by using a 1,064 nm Nd-YAG laser, with a power of 0.7 J/s, at different deposition times of 2, 5 and 10 min, in an atmosphere containing 0.04 mbar (4 kPa) of O(2). A range of spectroscopic diffraction and real space imaging techniques, SEM, EDX, XRD, and AFM were used in order to characterize the surface morphology, structure, and composition of the films. Measurement on the array shows sensitivity to some solvent and wood smoke can be achieved with short response and recovery times.

  20. TiO2/CuInS2复合纳米棒阵列的制备及其光电性能%Fabrication of CuInS2 Sensitized TiO2 Nanorod Arrays for Photovoltaic Devices

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    范俊奇; 周正基; 周文辉; 武四新

    2012-01-01

    采用两步溶剂热法在氧化氟锡(FTO)导电玻璃基底上制备了CuInS2敏化TiO2纳米棒阵列复合薄膜光阳极.利用X射线衍射仪(XRD)和扫描电子显微镜(SEM)表征了复合阵列薄膜的晶体结构和表面形貌,同时采用紫外-可见吸收分光光度计(UV-Vis)及光电流-电压(I-V)曲线研究了CuInS2敏化TiO2纳米阵列薄膜的光学及光电化学性质.研究结果表明,TiO2纳米棒阵列薄膜被CuInS2敏化后在可见光区的吸收有明显的增强.在模拟太阳光照射下(100 mW/cm2),利用这种复合薄膜作为光阳极组装的量子点敏化太阳能电池的开路电压为0.29 V,短路电流密度为0.15 mA/cm2,具有一定的光电转换能力.%Vertically oriented single-crystalline TiO2 nanorod arrays sensitized with CuInS2 quantum dots (QDs) were synthesized directly on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates by two-step solvothermal method. The as-prepared nanostructure assembly was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The results indicated that CuInS2 QDs were uniformly covered on the surface of the single-crystalline TiO2 nanorods. Ultraviolet visible (UV-Vis) absorption spectra showed that the absorbance of the TiO2/CuInS2 nanocomposite film was extended to the visible region. Under illumination of simulated AM 1.5 G (100 mW/cm2) at one sun intensity, the QD sensitized solar cells (QD-SSCs) assembled with FTO/TiO2/CuInS2 photoelectrodes exhibited an open-circuit voltage of 0.29 V and a short-circuit current density of 0.15 mA/cm2.

  1. Hierarchical ZnO Nanosheet-Nanorod Architectures for Fabrication of Poly(3-hexylthiophene)/ZnO Hybrid NO2 Sensor.

    Science.gov (United States)

    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.

  2. Organic thin-film transistor arrays for active-matrix organic light emitting diode

    Science.gov (United States)

    Lee, Sangyun; Moon, Hyunsik; Kim, Do H.; Koo, Bon-Won; Jeong, Eun-Jeong; Lee, Bang-Lin; Kim, Joo-Young; Lee, Eunkyung; Hahn, Kook-Min; Han, Jeong-Seok; Park, Jung-Il; Seon, Jong-Baek; Kim, Jung-Woo; Chun, Young-Tea; Kim, Sangyeol; Kang, Sung K.

    2007-09-01

    We developed an active matrix organic light-emitting diodes (AMOLEDs) on a glass using two organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) and a capacitor in a pixel. OTFTs switching-arrays with 64 scan lines and 64 (RGB) data lines were designed and fabricated to drive OLED arrays. In this study, OTFT devices have bottom contact structures with an ink-jet printed polymer semiconductor and an organic insulator as a gate dielectric. The width and length of the switching OTFT is 500μm and 10μm, respectively and the driving OTFT has 900μm channel width with the same channel length. The characteristics of the OTFTs were examined using test cells around display area. On/off ratio, mobility, on-current of switching OTFT and on-current of driving OTFT were 10 6, 0.1 cm2/V-sec, order of 8μA and over 70 μA respectively. These properties were enough to drive the AMOLEDs over 60 Hz frame rate. AMOLEDs composed of the OTFT switching arrays and OLEDs made by deposition of small molecule materials were fabricated and driven to make moving images, successfully.

  3. Design and operation of a 2-D thin-film semiconductor neutron detector array for use as a beamport monitor

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Unruh, Troy C.; Bellinger, Steven L. [SMART Laboratory, Kansas State University, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department, Manhattan, KS 66506 (United States); Huddleston, David E. [Electronics Design Laboratory, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506 (United States); McNeil, Walter J.; Patterson, Eric [SMART Laboratory, Kansas State University, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department, Manhattan, KS 66506 (United States); Sobering, Tim J. [Electronics Design Laboratory, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506 (United States); McGregor, Douglas S. [SMART Laboratory, Kansas State University, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Department, Manhattan, KS 66506 (United States)], E-mail: mcgregor@ksu.edu

    2009-06-01

    Silicon-based diodes coated with a thin film of neutron reactive materials have been shown to produce excellent low-efficiency neutron detectors. This work employs the same technology, but groups 25 equally sized and spaced diodes on a single 29 mm by 29 mm substrate. A 5x5 array was fabricated and coated with a thin film of {sup 6}LiF for use as a low-efficiency neutron beam monitor. The 5x5 neutron detector array is coupled to an array of amplifiers, allowing the response to be interpreted using a LabVIEW FPGA. The 5x5 array has been characterized in a diffracted neutron beam. This work is a part of on-going research to develop various designs of high- and low-efficiency semiconductor neutron detectors.

  4. A First Step Towards a Microfabricated Thin-Film Sensor Array on the Basis of Chalcogenide Glass Materials

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Michael J. Schöning

    2002-09-01

    Full Text Available A first step towards a microfabricated potentiometric thin-film sensor array for the simultaneous detection of Pb2+, Cd2+ and Cu2+ has been realized. The sensitive layers used are on the basis of chalcogenide glass materials. These thin-film chalcogenide glass materials that consist of mixtures of Pb-Ag-As-I-S, Cd-Ag-As-I-S or Cu-Ag-As-Se have been prepared by pulsed laser deposition technique. The developed sensor array has been physically characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. The electrochemical sensor characterization has been performend by potentiometric measurements.

  5. Mechanical control of the plasmon coupling with Au nanoparticle arrays fixed on the elastomeric film via chemical bond

    Science.gov (United States)

    Bedogni, Elena; Kaneko, Satoshi; Fujii, Shintaro; Kiguchi, Manabu

    2017-03-01

    We have fabricated Au nanoparticle arrays on the flexible poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) film. The nanoparticles were bound to the film via a covalent bond by a ligand exchange reaction. Thanks to the strong chemical bonding, highly stable and uniformly dispersed Au nanoparticle arrays were fixed on the PDMS film. The Au nanoparticle arrays were characterized by the UV–vis, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). The UV–vis and SEM measurements showed the uniformity of the surface-dispersed Au nanoparticles, and SERS measurement confirmed the chemistry of the PDMS film. Reflecting the high stability and the uniformity of the Au nanoparticle arrays, the plasmon wavelength of the Au nanoparticles reversely changed with modulation of the interparticle distance, which was induced by the stretching of the PDMS film. The plasmon wavelength linearly decreased from 664 to 591 nm by stretching of 60%. The plasmon wavelength shift can be explained by the change in the strength of the plasmon coupling which is mechanically controlled by the mechanical strain.

  6. Fabrication of Syringe-Shaped GaN Nanorods

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    XUE Cheng-Shan; CAO Yu-Ping; WU Yu-Xin; ZHUANG Hui-Zhao; TIAN De-Heng; LIU Yi-An; HE Jian-Ting; AI Yu-Jie; SUN Li-Li; WANG Fu-Xue

    2006-01-01

    @@ Syringe-shaped GaN nanorods are synthesized on Si(111) substrates by annealing sputtered Ga2O3/BN films under flowing ammonia at temperature of 950° C. Most of the nanorods consist of a main rod and a top needle, looking like a syringe. X-ray diffraction and selected-area electron diffraction confirm that the syringe-shaped nanorods are hexagonal wurtzite GaN. Scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy reveal that these nanorods are as long as several micrometres, with diameters ranging from 100 to 300 nm. In addition to the BN intermediate layer, the proper annealing temperature has been demonstrated to be a crucial factor for the growth of syringe-shaped nanorods by this method.

  7. Enormous enhancement of ZnO nanorod photoluminescence

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Wang, Y.H.; Duan, W.J. [Department of Physics, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Wu, Z.L.; Zheng, D. [Analytic and Testing Center, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Zhou, X.W.; Zhou, B.Y.; Dai, L.J. [Department of Physics, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Wang, Y.S., E-mail: yswang@bnu.edu.cn [Department of Physics, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China)

    2012-08-15

    ZnO nanorod arrays were grown on quartz slices in the aqueous solution of zinc acetate and hexamethylenetetramine at 90 Degree-Sign C. Then ZnO:Mg shells were epitaxially grown on the nanorods to form core/shell structures in the aqueous solution of zinc acetate, magnesium acetate and hexamethylenetetramine at the same temperature. Effects of the shells and UV laser beam irradiation on the crystal structure and photoluminescence properties of ZnO nanorods were studied. ZnO:Mg shells suppress the green emission and enhance the UV emission intensity of the nanorods by 38 times. Enhancement of the UV emission depends on the Mg content in the shells. Short time UV laser beam irradiation could improve ZnO nanorod emission efficiently. The UV emission intensity of ZnO nanorods is enhanced by 71 times by capping and subsequent UV laser beam irradiation. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZnO nanorod arrays were grown on quartz slices in solution at 90 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The nanorods were capped by ZnO:Mg layers to form core/shell structures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZnO:MgO shells suppress the green emission and enhance the UV emission intensity by 38 times. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The enhancement depends on the Mg content in the shells. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Exposing the nanorods to 325 laser beam improves the UV emission efficiently. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Capping and 325 nm laser beam irradiation could enhance the nanorod UV emission intensity by 71 times.

  8. Directed Nanorod Assembly Using Block Copolymer-Based Supramolecules

    Science.gov (United States)

    Thorkelsson, Kari; Mastroianni, Alexander; Ercius, Peter; Xu, Ting

    2013-03-01

    Nanorods display many unique electrical, mechanical, and optical properties unavailable in traditional bulk materials, and are attractive building blocks toward functional materials. The collective properties of anisotropic building blocks often depend strongly on their spatial arrangements, interparticle ordering, and macroscopic alignment. We have systematically investigated the phase behavior of nanocomposites composed of nanorods and block copolymer (BCP)-based supramolecules forming spherical, cylindrical and lamellar morphologies. Initial exploration showed that the nanorods can be readily dispersed in polymeric matrix and the overall morphology of nanorod-containing supramolecular nanocomposite depends on the nanorod-polymer interactions, inter-rod interactions and entropy associated with polymer chain deformation. The energetic contributions from the components of the system can be tailored to disperse nanorods with control over inter-rod ordering and the alignment of nanorods within BCP microdomains. By varying the supramolecular morphology and composition, arrays, sheets, and interconnected networks of nanorods are demonstrated that may prove useful for fabrication of optically and electrically active nanodevices.

  9. Current Approach in Surface Plasmons for Thin Film and Wire Array Solar Cell Applications

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Keya Zhou

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Surface plasmons, which exist along the interface of a metal and a dielectric, have been proposed as an efficient alternative method for light trapping in solar cells during the past ten years. With unique properties such as superior light scattering, optical trapping, guide mode coupling, near field concentration, and hot-electron generation, metallic nanoparticles or nanostructures can be tailored to a certain geometric design to enhance solar cell conversion efficiency and to reduce the material costs. In this article, we review current approaches on different kinds of solar cells, such as crystalline silicon (c-Si and amorphous silicon (a-Si thin film solar cells, organic solar cells, nanowire array solar cells, and single nanowire solar cells.

  10. Phase-field simulations of faceted Ge/Si-crystal arrays, merging into a suspended film

    Science.gov (United States)

    Salvalaglio, Marco; Bergamaschini, Roberto; Backofen, Rainer; Voigt, Axel; Montalenti, Francesco; Miglio, Leo

    2017-01-01

    We simulate the morphological evolution of Ge microcrystals, grown out-of-equilibrium on deeply patterned Si substrates, as resulting from surface diffusion driven by the tendency toward the minimization of the surface energy. In particular, we report three-dimensional phase-field simulations accounting for the realistic surface energy anisotropy of Ge/Si crystals. In Salvalaglio et al. (2015) [10] it has been shown both by experiments and simulations that annealing of closely spaced crystals leads to a coalescence process with the formation of a suspended film. However, this was explained only by considering an isotropic surface energy. Here, we extend such a study by showing first the morphological changes of faceted isolated crystals. Then, the evolution of dense arrays is considered, describing their coalescence along with the evolution of facets. Combined with the previous results without anisotropy in the surface energy, this work allows us to confirm and assess the key features of the coalescence process.

  11. Intensity correlations in metal films with periodic-on-average random nanohole arrays

    Science.gov (United States)

    Kumar, Randhir; Mujumdar, Sushil

    2016-12-01

    We report detailed numerical studies based on three-dimensional finite-difference time domain computations of the intensity-intensity correlations in deliberately randomized, periodic-on-average systems. Correlation analyses are carried out in plasmonic thin films with nanohole arrays as a function of strength of disorder. We find that the intensity at certain uncharacteristic wavelengths remains strongly correlated with that in the periodic system, and these wavelengths do not match the global maxima of the periodic transmission spectrum. The study indicates that the strength of correlations is related to the pinning of the intensity to the holes. Since the intensity pinning is special characteristic of metals, the effect is only applicable in plasmonic systems.

  12. Current Approach in Surface Plasmons for Thin Film and Wire Array Solar Cell Applications.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Zhou, Keya; Guo, Zhongyi; Liu, Shutian; Lee, Jung-Ho

    2015-07-22

    Surface plasmons, which exist along the interface of a metal and a dielectric, have been proposed as an efficient alternative method for light trapping in solar cells during the past ten years. With unique properties such as superior light scattering, optical trapping, guide mode coupling, near field concentration, and hot-electron generation, metallic nanoparticles or nanostructures can be tailored to a certain geometric design to enhance solar cell conversion efficiency and to reduce the material costs. In this article, we review current approaches on different kinds of solar cells, such as crystalline silicon (c-Si) and amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin film solar cells, organic solar cells, nanowire array solar cells, and single nanowire solar cells.

  13. Integration of field emitter array and thin-film transistor using polycrystalline silicon process technology

    CERN Document Server

    Song, Y H; Kang, S Y; Park Jeong Man; Cho, K I

    1998-01-01

    We present the monolithic integration of a gated polycrystalline silicon field emitter array (poly-Si FEA) and a thin-film transistor(TFT) on an insulating substrate for active-matrix field emission displays (AMFEDs). The TFT was designed to have low off-state currents even at a high drain voltage. Amorphous silicon has been used as a starting material of the poly-Si FEA for improving surface smoothness and uniformity of the tips, and the gate holes have been formed by using an etch-back process. The integrated poly-Si TFT controlled electron emissions of the poly-Si FEA actively, resulting in great improvement in the emission reliability along with a low-voltage control, below 15 V, of field emission, The developed technology has potential applications in AMFEDs on glass substrates.

  14. Strong optical transmission through the ellipsoid metal-film nanohole arrays

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    2009-01-01

    The transmission characteristics of a metallic film with subwavelength ellipsoid nanohole arrays are investigated by using the three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain (3D-FDTD) method. The extraordinary transmission is attributed to the collaboration of localized waveguide resonance and surface plasmon resonance. The influences of the lattice constant and the hole shape on the transmission are studied. By analyzing the picture of electric field and electromagnetic energy distribution, we show the mechanisms of the two different resonances: Localized waveguide resonance mode can be confined inside the ellipsoid holes region, while electric field and electromagnetic energy are localized separately at the two ends of ellipsoid holes for the surface plasma resonance mode.

  15. Enhancement of antibacterial properties of Ag nanorods by electric field

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Omid Akhavan and Elham Ghaderi

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The effect of an electric field on the antibacterial activity of columnar aligned silver nanorods was investigated. Silver nanorods with a polygonal cross section, a width of 20–60 nm and a length of 260–550 nm, were grown on a titanium interlayer by applying an electric field perpendicular to the surface of a Ag/Ti/Si(100 thin film during its heat treatment at 700 °C in an Ar+H2 environment. The optical absorption spectrum of the silver nanorods exhibited two peaks at wavelengths of 350 and 395 nm corresponding to the main surface plasmon resonance bands of the one-dimensional silver nanostructures. It was found that the silver nanorods with an fcc structure were bounded mainly by {100} facets. The antibacterial activity of the silver nanorods against Escherichia coli bacteria was evaluated at various electric fields applied in the direction of the nanorods without any electrical connection between the nanorods and the capacitor plates producing the electric field. Increasing the electric field from 0 to 50 V cm−1 resulted in an exponential increase in the relative rate of reduction of the bacteria from 3.9×10−2 to 10.5×10−2 min−1. This indicates that the antibacterial activity of silver nanorods can be enhanced by applying an electric field, for application in medical and food-preserving fields.

  16. Enhancement of antibacterial properties of Ag nanorods by electric field

    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)

    Akhavan, Omid [Department of Physics, Sharif University of Technology, PO Box 11155-9161, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ghaderi, Elham [Tehran University of Medical Sciences, PO Box 14155-6447, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: oakhavan@sharif.edu

    2009-01-15

    The effect of an electric field on the antibacterial activity of columnar aligned silver nanorods was investigated. Silver nanorods with a polygonal cross section, a width of 20-60 nm and a length of 260-550 nm, were grown on a titanium interlayer by applying an electric field perpendicular to the surface of a Ag/Ti/Si(100) thin film during its heat treatment at 700 deg. C in an Ar+H{sub 2} environment. The optical absorption spectrum of the silver nanorods exhibited two peaks at wavelengths of 350 and 395 nm corresponding to the main surface plasmon resonance bands of the one-dimensional silver nanostructures. It was found that the silver nanorods with an fcc structure were bounded mainly by {l_brace}100{r_brace} facets. The antibacterial activity of the silver nanorods against Escherichia coli bacteria was evaluated at various electric fields applied in the direction of the nanorods without any electrical connection between the nanorods and the capacitor plates producing the electric field. Increasing the electric field from 0 to 50 V cm{sup -1} resulted in an exponential increase in the relative rate of reduction of the bacteria from 3.9x10{sup -2} to 10.5x10{sup -2} min{sup -1}. This indicates that the antibacterial activity of silver nanorods can be enhanced by applying an electric field, for application in medical and food-preserving fields.

  17. Detection of Neisseria meningitidis from Negative Blood Cultures and Cerebrospinal Fluid with the FilmArray Blood Culture Identification Panel

    OpenAIRE

    Pardo, Joe; Klinker, Kenneth P.; Borgert, Samuel J.; Butler, Brittany M.; Rand, Kenneth H.; Iovine, Nicole M.

    2014-01-01

    The FilmArray blood culture identification (BCID) panel is a rapid molecular diagnostic test approved for use with positive blood culture material. We describe a fatal case of meningococcemia with central nervous system (CNS) involvement detected using the BCID test with culture-negative blood and cerebrospinal fluid.

  18. Detection of Neisseria meningitidis from negative blood cultures and cerebrospinal fluid with the FilmArray blood culture identification panel.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Pardo, Joe; Klinker, Kenneth P; Borgert, Samuel J; Butler, Brittany M; Rand, Kenneth H; Iovine, Nicole M

    2014-06-01

    The FilmArray blood culture identification (BCID) panel is a rapid molecular diagnostic test approved for use with positive blood culture material. We describe a fatal case of meningococcemia with central nervous system (CNS) involvement detected using the BCID test with culture-negative blood and cerebrospinal fluid.

  19. Rapid Identification of Pathogens from Pediatric Blood Cultures by Use of the FilmArray Blood Culture Identification Panel

    Science.gov (United States)

    Polanco, Wanda; Carter, Donna; Shulman, Stanford

    2014-01-01

    The performance of the FilmArray blood culture identification (BCID) panel has been studied in adult patients. We describe here an evaluation of this assay for the rapid identification of pathogens in Bactec Peds Plus/F and Bactec standard anaerobic/F bottles that contained blood samples from pediatric patients at a tertiary care children's hospital. PMID:25274998

  20. Clinical evaluation of the FilmArray blood culture identification panel in identification of bacteria and yeasts from positive blood culture bottles.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Altun, Osman; Almuhayawi, Mohammed; Ullberg, Måns; Ozenci, Volkan

    2013-12-01

    The FilmArray platform (FA; BioFire, Salt Lake City, UT) is a closed diagnostic system allowing high-order multiplex PCR analysis with automated readout of results directly from positive blood cultures in 1 h. In the present study, we evaluated the clinical performance of the FilmArray blood culture identification (BCID) panel, which includes 19 bacteria, five yeasts, and three antibiotic resistance genes. In total, 206 blood culture bottles were included in the study. The FilmArray could identify microorganisms in 153/167 (91.6%) samples with monomicrobial growth. Thirteen of the 167 (7.8%) microorganisms were not covered by the FilmArray BCID panel. In 6/167 (3.6%) samples, the FilmArray detected an additional microorganism compared to blood culture. When polymicrobial growth was analyzed, the FilmArray could detect all target microorganisms in 17/24 (71%) samples. Twelve blood culture bottles that yielded a positive signal but showed no growth were also negative by FilmArray. In 3/206 (1.5%) bottles, the FilmArray results were invalid. The results of the FilmArray were reproducible, as demonstrated by the testing and retesting of five bottles in the same day and a longitudinal follow-up of five other blood cultures up to 4 weeks. The present study shows that the FilmArray is a rapid identification method with high performance in direct identification of bacteria and yeasts from positive blood culture bottles.

  1. Fabrication of Novel 2D NiO Nanosheet Branched on 1D-ZnO Nanorod Arrays for Gas Sensor Application

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    Le Thuy Hoa

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Fabrication of 3D structures composed of 1D n-type ZnO nanorods (NRs and 2D p-type NiO nanosheets (NSs by a low-cost, low-temperature, and large-area scalable hydrothermal process and its use in highly sensitive NO2 gas sensors were studied. The p-n heterojunctions formed by NiO-ZnO interfaces as well as large area two-dimensional NiO NSs themselves increased the adsorption of NO2. Moreover, the charge transfer between NiO and ZnO enhanced the responsivity and sensitivity of NO2 sensing even at a concentration of 1 ppm. The 30-min NiO NS growth on ZnO NRs in the hybrid sensor showed the highest sensitivity due to the formation of optimum p-n heterojunctions between ZnO NRs and NiO NSs for gas adsorption and carrier transport. Low responsivity toward reducing gases was also observed.

  2. Diamond-Like Carbon Nanorods and Fabrication Thereof

    Science.gov (United States)

    Varshney, Deepak (Inventor); Makarov, Vladimir (Inventor); Morell, Gerardo (Inventor); Saxena, Puja (Inventor); Weiner, Brad (Inventor)

    2017-01-01

    Novel sp. (sup 3) rich diamond-like carbon (DLC) nanorod films were fabricated by hot filament chemical vapor deposition technique. The results are indicative of a bottom-up self-assembly synthesis process, which results in a hierarchical structure that consists of microscale papillae comprising numerous nanorods. The papillae have diameters ranging from 2 to 4 microns and the nanorods have diameters in the 35-45 nanometer range. A growth mechanism based on the vapor liquid-solid mechanism is proposed that accounts for the morphological aspects in the micro- and nano-scales.

  3. Vertically oriented Ti-Fe-O nanotube array films: toward a useful material architecture for solar spectrum water photoelectrolysis.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Mor, Gopal K; Prakasam, Haripriya E; Varghese, Oomman K; Shankar, Karthik; Grimes, Craig A

    2007-08-01

    In an effort to obtain a material architecture suitable for high-efficiency visible spectrum water photoelectrolysis, herein we report on the fabrication and visible spectrum (380-650 nm) photoelectrochemical properties of self-aligned, vertically oriented Ti-Fe-O nanotube array films. Ti-Fe metal films of variable composition, iron content ranging from 69% to 3.5%, co-sputtered onto FTO-coated glass are anodized in an ethylene glycol + NH4F electrolyte. The resulting amorphous samples are annealed in oxygen at 500 degrees C, resulting in nanotubes composed of a mixed Ti-Fe-O oxide. Some of the iron goes into the titanium lattice substituting titanium ions, and the rest either forms alpha-Fe2O3 crystallites or remains in the amorphous state. Depending upon the Fe content, the band gap of the resulting films ranges from about 380 to 570 nm. The Ti-Fe oxide nanotube array films are utilized in solar spectrum water photoelectrolysis, demonstrating 2 mA/cm2 under AM 1.5 illumination with a sustained, time-energy normalized hydrogen evolution rate by water splitting of 7.1 mL/W.hr in a 1 M KOH solution with a platinum counter electrode under an applied bias of 0.7 V. The surface morphology, structure, elemental analysis, optical, and photoelectrochemical properties of the Ti-Fe oxide nanotube array films are considered.

  4. Enhance photoelectrochemical hydrogen-generation activity and stability of TiO2 nanorod arrays sensitized by PbS and CdS quantum dots under UV-visible light.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Li, Lei; Dai, Haitao; Feng, Liefeng; Luo, Dan; Wang, Shuguo; Sun, Xiaowei

    2015-12-01

    We develop a composite photoanode by sensitizing TiO2 nanorod arrays with PbS quantum dots (QDs) and CdS QDs. Benefitted from additional introduced PbS QDs and CdS QDs onto TiO2, the absorption of the composite photoanodes are broaden from UV to visible region. The experimental results showed that the PbS sandwiched between TiO2 and CdS cannot only broad the absorption properties but also improve the stability. The stability can be explained by the hole facile transmission from PbS to CdS because of the valence band offsets between PbS and CdS which cause a small energy barrier and reduce the hole accumulation. The photocurrent density reached 1.35 mA cm(-2) at 0.9716 V vs. RHE (0 V vs. Ag/AgCl, under 60 mW cm(-2) illumination) for TiO2/PbS/CdS. The highest photocurrent of TiO2/PbS/CdS can be explained by the smallest of total resistance (138 Ω cm(-2)) compared to TiO2/CdS and pristine TiO2.

  5. Improved characteristics of near-band-edge and deep-level emissions from ZnO nanorod arrays by atomic-layer-deposited Al2O3 and ZnO shell layers

    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)

    He Jr-Hau

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We report on the characteristics of near-band-edge (NBE emission and deep-level band from ZnO/Al2O3 and ZnO/ZnO core-shell nanorod arrays (NRAs. Vertically aligned ZnO NRAs were synthesized by an aqueous chemical method, and the Al2O3 and ZnO shell layers were prepared by the highly conformal atomic layer deposition technique. Photoluminescence measurements revealed that the deep-level band was suppressed and the NBE emission was significantly enhanced after the deposition of Al2O3 and ZnO shells, which are attributed to the decrease in oxygen interstitials at the surface and the reduction in surface band bending of ZnO core, respectively. The shift of deep-level emissions from the ZnO/ZnO core-shell NRAs was observed for the first time. Owing to the presence of the ZnO shell layer, the yellow band associated with the oxygen interstitials inside the ZnO core would be prevailed over by the green luminescence, which originates from the recombination of the electrons in the conduction band with the holes trapped by the oxygen vacancies in the ZnO shell. PACS 68.65.Ac; 71.35.-y; 78.45.+h; 78.55.-m; 78.55.Et; 78.67.Hc; 81.16.Be; 85.60.Jb.

  6. Electrically tunable terahertz metamaterials with embedded large-area transparent thin-film transistor arrays.

    Science.gov (United States)

    Xu, Wei-Zong; Ren, Fang-Fang; Ye, Jiandong; Lu, Hai; Liang, Lanju; Huang, Xiaoming; Liu, Mingkai; Shadrivov, Ilya V; Powell, David A; Yu, Guang; Jin, Biaobing; Zhang, Rong; Zheng, Youdou; Tan, Hark Hoe; Jagadish, Chennupati

    2016-03-22

    Engineer