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  1. Sonochemically grown 1D ZnO nanostructures and their applications

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    Bayam, Yavuz; Rodrigues, Debora; Atalay, Ramazan; Zafer, Ceylan; Okur, Salih; Bala, Rukayya K.; Okyay, Tugba O.; Gültekin, Burak; Caha, Ihsan; Tural, Enis E.; Duyar, Sinem; Özbek, Cebrail; Guler, Telat

    2015-08-01

    Sonochemical growth technique is based upon the chemical effect of ultrasound on chemical reactions. This process is carried out at an ambient atmosphere without the need for a complex experimental set up and additional heating. This method is of significant importance because of it's vital application in various fields. ZnO nanorods were grown on glass substrates without any additional heat or surfactance by sonochemical growth technique. The grown nanostructures were characterized by Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Sonochemically grown ZnO nanorod networks were characterized for their antibacterial properties toward B.subtilis. These structures were also characterized for their CO sensing properties and photovoltaic performances for dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) application. All material characterization and device performances suggest that sonochemsitry can be utilized as an alternative growth method for 1D ZnO nanostructures.

  2. PVP Assisted Shape-Controlled Synthesis of Self-Assembled 1D ZnO and 3D CuO Nanostructures

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    Haque, Fozia Z.; Parra, Mohammad Ramzan; Siddiqui, Hafsa; Singh, Neha; Singh, Nitu; Pandey, Padmini; Mishra, K. M.

    2016-03-01

    Self-assembled one-dimensional (1D) zinc oxide (ZnO) rods and three-dimensional (3D) cupric oxide (CuO) cubes like nanostructures with a mean crystallite size of approximately 33 and 32 nm were synthesized through chemical route in the presence of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) under mild synthesis conditions. The technique used for the synthesis of nanoparticles seems to be an efficient, inexpensive and easy method. X-Ray diffraction patterns confirmed well crystallinity and phase purity of the as prepared samples, followed by the compositional investigation using Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. The formation of ZnO nanorods and CuO nanocubes like structures were through Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) images. The mechanism and the formation factors of the self-assembly were discussed in detail. It was clearly observed from results that the concentration of precursors and PVP were important factors in the synthesis of self-assembly ZnO and CuO nanostructures. These self-assembly nanostructures maybe used as novel materials in various potential applications.

  3. Controlled growth of 1D and 2D ZnO nanostructures on 4H-SiC using Au catalyst

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    2014-01-01

    A perfect control of nanostructure growth is a prerequisite for the development of electronic and optoelectronic device/systems. In this article, we demonstrate the growth of various ZnO-derived nanostructures, including well-ordered arrays of high aspect ratio single crystalline nanowires with preferred growth direction along the [0001] axis, nanowalls, and hybrid nanowire-nanowall structures. The growths of the various ZnO nanostructures have been carried out on SiC substrates in a horizontal furnace, using Au thin film as catalyst. From experimental observations, we have ascribed the growth mechanisms of the different ZnO nanostructures to be a combination of catalytic-assisted and non-catalytic-assisted vapor–liquid-solid (VLS) processes. We have also found that the different ZnO nanoarchitectures' material evolution is governed by a Zn cluster drift effects on the SiC surface mainly driven by growth temperature. Au thin film thickness, growth time, and temperature are the parameters to optimize in order to obtain the different ZnO nanoarchitectures. PMID:25136283

  4. Spatially branched hierarchical ZnO nanorod-TiO2 nanotube array heterostructures for versatile photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic applications: towards intimate integration of 1D-1D hybrid nanostructures.

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    Xiao, Fang-Xing; Hung, Sung-Fu; Tao, Hua Bing; Miao, Jianwei; Yang, Hong Bin; Liu, Bin

    2014-12-21

    Hierarchically ordered ZnO nanorods (NRs) decorated nanoporous-layer-covered TiO2 nanotube array (ZnO NRs/NP-TNTAs) nanocomposites have been prepared by an efficient, two-step anodization route combined with an electrochemical deposition strategy, by which monodispersed one-dimensional (1D) ZnO NRs were uniformly grown on the framework of NP-TNTAs. The crystal phases, morphologies, optical properties, photocatalytic as well as photoelectrocatalytic performances of the well-defined ZnO NRs/NP-TNTAs heterostructures were systematically explored to clarify the structure-property correlation. It was found that the ZnO NRs/NP-TNTAs heterostructure exhibits significantly enhanced photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic performances, along with favorable photostability toward degradation of organic pollutants under UV light irradiation, as compared to the single component counterparts. The remarkably enhanced photoactivity of ZnO NRs/NP-TNTAs heterostructure is ascribed to the intimate interfacial integration between ZnO NRs and NP-TNTAs substrate imparted by the unique spatially branched hierarchical structure, thereby contributing to the efficient transfer and separation of photogenerated electron-hole charge carriers. Moreover, the specific active species during the photocatalytic process was unambiguously determined and photocatalytic mechanism was tentatively presented. It is anticipated that our work could provide new insights for the construction of various hierarchical 1D-1D hybrid nanocomposites for extensive photocatalytic applications. PMID:25363649

  5. Fabrication and characterization of hexagonally patterned quasi-1D ZnO nanowire arrays

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    2014-01-01

    Quasi-one-dimensional (quasi-1D) ZnO nanowire arrays with hexagonal pattern have been successfully synthesized via the vapor transport process without any metal catalyst. By utilizing polystyrene microsphere self-assembled monolayer, sol–gel-derived ZnO thin films were used as the periodic nucleation sites for the growth of ZnO nanowires. High-quality quasi-1D ZnO nanowires were grown from nucleation sites, and the original hexagonal periodicity is well-preserved. According to the experimental results, the vapor transport solid condensation mechanism was proposed, in which the sol–gel-derived ZnO film acting as a seed layer for nucleation. This simple method provides a favorable way to form quasi-1D ZnO nanostructures applicable to diverse fields such as two-dimensional photonic crystal, nanolaser, sensor arrays, and other optoelectronic devices. PMID:24521308

  6. Rational design of hierarchical ZnO superstructures for efficient charge transfer: mechanistic and photovoltaic studies of hollow, mesoporous, cage-like nanostructures with compacted 1D building blocks.

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    Chetia, Tridip Ranjan; Ansari, Mohammad Shaad; Qureshi, Mohammad

    2016-02-21

    Mesoporous and hollow zinc oxide (ZnO) hierarchical superstructures assembled with compact 1D building blocks that provide an efficient and faster transport pathway for photo-generated charge carriers have been synthesized using a biomass derived polysaccharide "alginic acid". To understand the interactions between the organic bio-template and inorganic growth units of ZnO in aqueous medium, the effects of additives such as the alginate ion (ALGI) and ammonium hydroxide (NH4OH), along with the controlled reaction conditions, are investigated using Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) and powder X-ray diffraction. Dynamic and steady-state photoluminescence measurements are carried out to understand the charge transfer processes in the compact 1D superstructures. Experimental analyses reveal that the alginate ions, under hydrothermal reaction conditions, act as a structure directing agent and assemble 1D ZnO nanorods (NRs) hierarchically while NH4OH assists the formation of ZnO growth units. A plausible mechanism for ZnO cage formation is proposed based on the experimental observations. Morphology dependent photovoltaic properties of ZnO heterostructures, i.e., for ZnO cages, ZnO NRs and ZnO PNPs, have been studied along with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Enhancement of ∼ 60% and ∼ 35% in power conversion efficiency (PCE) is observed in ZnO cage based devices as compared to ZnO NR- and ZnO PNP-based devices, respectively. PMID:26818181

  7. Preparation of 1D nanostructures using biomolecules

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    Pruneanu, Stela; Olenic, Liliana; Barbu Tudoran, Lucian; Kacso, Irina; Farha Al-Said, Said A.; Hassanien, Reda; Houlton, Andrew; Horrocks, Benjamin R.

    2009-08-01

    In this paper we have shown that one-dimensional (1D) particle arrays can be obtained using biomolecules, like DNA or amino-acids. Nano-arrays of silver and gold were prepared in a single-step synthesis, by exploiting the binding abilities of λ-DNA and L-Arginine. The morphology and optical properties of these nanostructures were investigated using AFM, TEM and UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy.

  8. Coalescence phenomena in 1D silver nanostructures

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    Gutiérrez-Wing, C.; Pérez-Alvarez, M.; Mondragón-Galicia, G.; Arenas-Alatorre, J.; Gutiérrez-Wing, M. T.; Henk, M. C.; Negulescu, I. I.; Rusch, K. A.

    2009-07-01

    Different coalescence processes on 1D silver nanostructures synthesized by a PVP assisted reaction in ethylene glycol at 160 °C were studied experimentally and theoretically. Analysis by TEM and HRTEM shows different defects found on the body of these materials, suggesting that they were induced by previous coalescence processes in the synthesis stage. TEM observations showed that irradiation with the electron beam eliminates the boundaries formed near the edges of the structures, suggesting that this process can be carried out by the application of other means of energy (i.e. thermal). These results were also confirmed by theoretical calculations by Monte Carlo simulations using a Sutton-Chen potential. A theoretical study by molecular dynamics simulation of the different coalescence processes on 1D silver nanostructures is presented, showing a surface energy driven sequence followed to form the final coalesced structure. Calculations were made at 1000-1300 K, which is near the melting temperature of silver (1234 K). Based on these results, it is proposed that 1D nanostructures can grow through a secondary mechanism based on coalescence, without losing their dimensionality.

  9. Nanodamage and Nanofailure of 1d Zno Nanomaterials and Nanodevices

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    Li, Peifeng; Yang, Ya; Huang, Yunhua; Zhang, Yue

    2012-08-01

    One-dimensional (1D) ZnO nanomaterials include nanowires, nanobelts, and nanorods etc. The extensive applied fields and excellent properties of 1D ZnO nanomaterials can meet the requests of the electronic and electromechanical devices for "smaller, faster and colder", and would be applied in new energy convention, environmental protection, information science and technology, biomedical, security and defense fields. While micro porous, etching pits nanodamage and brittle fracture, dissolving, functional failure nanofailure phenomena of 1D ZnO nanomaterials and nanodevices are observed in some practical working environments like illumination, currents or electric fields, external forces, and some chemical gases or solvents. The more important thing is to discuss the mechanism and reduce or prohibit their generation.

  10. 1D Nanostructures: Controlled Fabrication and Energy Applications

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    Hu, Michael Z.

    2013-01-01

    Jian Wei, Xuchun Song, Chunli Yang, and Michael Z. Hu, 1D Nanostructures: Controlled Fabrication and Energy Applications, Journal of Nanomaterials, published special issue (http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jnm/si/197254/) (2013).

  11. One-dimensional and quasi-one-dimensional ZnO nanostructures prepared by spray-pyrolysis-assisted thermal evaporation

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    Liu, Wen-Cheng; Cai, Wei

    2008-03-01

    One-dimensional (1D) and quasi-1D ZnO nanostructures have been fabricated by a kind of new spray-pyrolysis-assisted thermal evaporation method. Pure ZnO powder serves as an evaporation source. Thus-obtained products have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, scanning electron microscope (SEM) equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscope (TEM). The room temperature photoluminescence spectrum of these ZnO nanostructures is presented. The results show that as-grown ZnO nanomaterials have a hexagonal wurtzite crystalline structure. Besides nanosaws, nanobelts and nanowires, complex ZnO nanotrees have also been observed in synthesized products. The study provides a new simple route to construct 1D and quasi-1D ZnO nanomaterials, which can probably be extended to fabricate other oxide nanomaterials with high melting point and doped oxide nanomaterials.

  12. Enhancing Solar Cell Efficiencies through 1-D Nanostructures

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    2009-01-01

    The current global energy problem can be attributed to insufficient fossil fuel supplies and excessive greenhouse gas emissions resulting from increasing fossil fuel consumption. The huge demand for clean energy potentially can be met by solar-to-electricity conversions. The large-scale use of solar energy is not occurring due to the high cost and inadequate efficiencies of existing solar cells. Nanostructured materials have offered new opportunities to design more efficient solar cells, particularly one-dimensional (1-D) nanomaterials for enhancing solar cell efficiencies. These 1-D nanostructures, including nanotubes, nanowires, and nanorods, offer significant opportunities to improve efficiencies of solar cells by facilitating photon absorption, electron transport, and electron collection; however, tremendous challenges must be conquered before the large-scale commercialization of such cells. This review specifically focuses on the use of 1-D nanostructures for enhancing solar cell efficiencies. Other nanostructured solar cells or solar cells based on bulk materials are not covered in this review. Major topics addressed include dye-sensitized solar cells, quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells, and p-n junction solar cells.

  13. Resonant indirect exchange in 1D semiconductor nanostructures

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    Rozhansky, I. V.; Krainov, I. V.; Averkiev, N. S.; Lähderanta, E.

    2015-06-01

    We consider resonant indirect exchange interaction between magnetic centers in 1D nanostructures. The magnetic centers are assumed to be coupled to the 1D conducting channel by the quantum tunneling which can be of resonant character. The indirect exchange between the centers is mediated by the free carriers of the channel. The two cases of quadratic and linear energy dispersion of the 1D free carriers are considered. The former case is attributed to conventional semiconductor (InGaAs based to be concrete) nanowires or nanowhiskers, while the latter case is associated with carbon nanotubes with magnetic adatoms. We demonstrate that whenever the energy of a bound state at the magnetic center lies within the continuum energy spectra of the delocalized carriers in the channel the indirect exchange is strongly enhanced due to effective tunnel hybridization of the bound states with the continuum.

  14. A simple route to vertical array of quasi-1D ZnO nanofilms on FTO surfaces: 1D-crystal growth of nanoseeds under ammonia-assisted hydrolysis process

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    2011-01-01

    A simple method for the synthesis of ZnO nanofilms composed of vertical array of quasi-1D ZnO nanostructures (quasi-NRs) on the surface was demonstrated via a 1D crystal growth of the attached nanoseeds under a rapid hydrolysis process of zinc salts in the presence of ammonia at room temperature. In a typical procedure, by simply controlling the concentration of zinc acetate and ammonia in the reaction, a high density of vertically oriented nanorod-like morphology could be successfully obtained in a relatively short growth period (approximately 4 to 5 min) and at a room-temperature process. The average diameter and the length of the nanostructures are approximately 30 and 110 nm, respectively. The as-prepared quasi-NRs products were pure ZnO phase in nature without the presence of any zinc complexes as confirmed by the XRD characterisation. Room-temperature optical absorption spectroscopy exhibits the presence of two separate excitonic characters inferring that the as-prepared ZnO quasi-NRs are high-crystallinity properties in nature. The mechanism of growth for the ZnO quasi-NRs will be proposed. Due to their simplicity, the method should become a potential alternative for a rapid and cost-effective preparation of high-quality ZnO quasi-NRs nanofilms for use in photovoltaic or photocatalytics applications. PACS: 81.07.Bc; 81.16.-c; 81.07.Gf. PMID:22027275

  15. Photocurrent detection of chemically tuned hierarchical ZnO nanostructures grown on seed layers formed by atomic layer deposition

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    2012-01-01

    We demonstrate the morphological control method of ZnO nanostructures by atomic layer deposition (ALD) on an Al2O3/ZnO seed layer surface and the application of a hierarchical ZnO nanostructure for a photodetector. Two layers of ZnO and Al2O3 prepared using ALD with different pH values in solution coexisted on the alloy film surface, leading to deactivation of the surface hydroxyl groups. This surface complex decreased the ZnO nucleation on the seed layer surface, and thereby effectively screened the inherent surface polarity of ZnO. As a result, a 2-D zinc hydroxyl compound nanosheet was produced. With increasing ALD cycles of ZnO in the seed layer, the nanostructure morphology changes from 2-D nanosheet to 1-D nanorod due to the recovery of the natural crystallinity and polarity of ZnO. The thin ALD ZnO seed layer conformally covers the complex nanosheet structure to produce a nanorod, then a 3-D, hierarchical ZnO nanostructure was synthesized using a combined hydrothermal and ALD method. During the deposition of the ALD ZnO seed layer, the zinc hydroxyl compound nanosheets underwent a self-annealing process at 150 °C, resulting in structural transformation to pure ZnO 3-D nanosheets without collapse of the intrinsic morphology. The investigation on band electronic properties of ZnO 2-D nanosheet and 3-D hierarchical structure revealed noticeable variations depending on the richness of Zn-OH in each morphology. The improved visible and ultraviolet photocurrent characteristics of a photodetector with the active region using 3-D hierarchical structure against those of 2-D nanosheet structure were achieved. PMID:22672780

  16. Synthesis and Optical Properties of ZnO Nanostructures

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    Wang, Duo-Fa; Liao, Lei; Li, Jin-Chai; Fu, Qiang; Peng, Ming-Zeng; Zhou, Jun-Ming

    2005-08-01

    ZnO nanostructures with different morphologies were fabricated by changing the partial oxygen pressure. The structures, morphologies and optical properties of ZnO nanostructures were investigated by x-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy and photoluminescence (PL) spectra at room temperature. All the samples show preferred orientation along the c-axis. The oxygen partial pressure and the annealing atmosphere have important effect on the PL property of ZnO nanostructures. The high oxygen partial pressure during growth of samples and high-temperature annealing of the ZnO samples in oxygen can increase oxygen vacancies and can especially increase antisite oxygen (Ozn) defects, which degraded the near band-edge emission. However, the annealing in H2 can significantly modify the NBE emission.

  17. Hydrothermal synthesis of a 3D double-sided comb-like ZnO nanostructure and its growth mechanism analysis.

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    Li, Wenqiang; Gao, Shiyong; Li, Lin; Jiao, Shujie; Li, Hongtao; Wang, Jinzhong; Yu, Qingjiang; Zhang, Yong; Wang, Dongbo; Zhao, Liancheng

    2016-07-01

    Self-assembly of two-dimensional (2D) nanosheets and one-dimensional (1D) nanorods into three-dimensional (3D) double-sided comb-like ZnO nanostructures has been successfully performed via a simple one-step hydrothermal method on Si and ITO substrates. It is found that the thickness of the ZnO seeds plays a vital role in the formation of 3D double-sided comb-like ZnO. PMID:27279279

  18. Controlled modification of multiwalled carbon nanotubes with Zno nanostructures

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    Wang Xiuying; Xia Baiying; Zhu Xingfu; Chen Jiesheng; Qiu Shilun; Li Jixue

    2008-04-15

    Multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) have been successfully modified with ZnO nanostructures by zinc-ammonitum complex ion covalently attached to the MWNTs through the C-N bonds. Flower-like ZnO on the tips of MWNTs and ZnO nanoparticles on the surface of MWNTs have been obtained, respectively, via adjusting the reaction time. The modified MWNTs have been characterized with X-ray diffraction, scanning electron and transmission electron microscopy. A growth mechanism has been proposed in which the soaking time plays a key role in controlling the size, morphology, and site of ZnO nanostructures. Photoluminescence properties of the as-synthesized products have also been investigated. - Multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWNT)/flower-like ZnO heterojunctions and MWNT/ZnO nanoparticle composites were prepared by zinc-ammonitum complex ion covalently attached to the MWNTs through the C-N bonds via adjusting the reaction time. A growth mechanism has been proposed in which the soaking time plays a key role in controlling the size, morphology, and site of ZnO nanostructures.

  19. Rapid synthesis of flower-like ZnO nanostructures.

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    Movahedi, Maryam; Mahjoub, Ali Reza; Yavari, Issa; Kowsari, Elaheh

    2010-09-01

    Flower-like ZnO nanostructures were prepared via microwave assisted heating in the presence and absence of ionic liquid (IL). X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy SEM and room temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectra have been employed for characterization of the products. The SEM image illustrates the surface of flower-like ZnO prepared in the presence of IL is not smooth and consists of nanoparticles with grain size of about 48 nm. PL spectra of flower-like ZnO in absence and presence IL reveal similar photoluminescence features: a strong UV, weak blue and green-yellow emissions peak at a bout 393 nm, 448 nm and 583 nm respectively. The strong UV photoluminescence and the weak green emission indicate the good crystallization quality of the flower-like nanostructure. The results show that imidazolium-based IL can be used as template for achieving very high level control over the size and shape of nanostructures. The approach developed in this work can potentially be used as a viable method for making various other uniform nanostructures in the presence of IL. This method is simple, fast, low-cost and suitable for large-scale production of ZnO nanostructures. PMID:21133168

  20. Solution precursor plasma deposition of nanostructured ZnO coatings

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    Tummala, Raghavender; Guduru, Ramesh K.; Mohanty, Pravansu S.

    2011-08-15

    Highlights: {yields} The solution precursor route employed is an inexpensive process with capability to produce large scale coatings at fast rates on mass scale production. {yields} It is highly capable of developing tailorable nanostructures. {yields} This technique can be employed to spray the coatings on any kind of substrates including polymers. {yields} The ZnO coatings developed via solution precursor plasma spray process have good electrical conductivity and reflectivity properties in spite of possessing large amount of particulate boundaries, porosity and nanostructured grains. -- Abstract: Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a wide band gap semiconducting material that has various applications including optical, electronic, biomedical and corrosion protection. It is usually synthesized via processing routes, such as vapor deposition techniques, sol-gel, spray pyrolysis and thermal spray of pre-synthesized ZnO powders. Cheaper and faster synthesis techniques are of technological importance due to increased demand in alternative energy applications. Here, we report synthesis of nanostructured ZnO coatings directly from a solution precursor in a single step using plasma spray technique. Nanostructured ZnO coatings were deposited from the solution precursor prepared using zinc acetate and water/isopropanol. An axial liquid atomizer was employed in a DC plasma spray torch to create fine droplets of precursor for faster thermal treatment in the plasma plume to form ZnO. Microstructures of coatings revealed ultrafine particulate agglomerates. X-ray diffraction confirmed polycrystalline nature and hexagonal Wurtzite crystal structure of the coatings. Transmission electron microscopy studies showed fine grains in the range of 10-40 nm. Observed optical transmittance ({approx}65-80%) and reflectivity ({approx}65-70%) in the visible spectrum, and electrical resistivity (48.5-50.1 m{Omega} cm) of ZnO coatings are attributed to ultrafine particulate morphology of the coatings.

  1. Low-temperature synthesis of one-dimensional ZnO nanostructures on screen-printed carbon nanotube films

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    Park, Seung-Sik; Lee, Jin-Moo; Yoon, Seung-Il; Lee, Dong-Gu; Kim, Sung-Jin; Kim, Sang-Hyeob; Maeng, Sunglyul; Kim, Sang-Woo

    2008-05-01

    One-dimensional (1D) ZnO nanostructures including nanowires, nanobelts, and nanorods were synthesized on screen-printed multi-walled carbon nanotube (MW-CNT) films in a thermal chemical vapor deposition process by gold (Au) nanoparticle-catalyst and self-catalyst driving at low temperatures of 400 and 500 °C. ZnO nanowires and nanobelts by introducing Au nanoparticles were grown via the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism, while ZnO nanorods were realized via a self-catalytic VLS process. It was found that the diameter of ZnO nanowires strongly depends on that of Au nanoparticles, indicating the typical metal catalyst-driving VLS process. On the other hand, ZnO nanorods without Au-alloyed tips are comprised of hexagonal facets, suggesting self-catalytic VLS formation of the ZnO nanorods on the MW-CNT films. Room temperature photoluminescence spectra of the 1D ZnO nanostructures exhibit an ultraviolet emission band around 378 nm and deep-level emission band centered around 505 nm.

  2. Photoluminescence and field emission of 1D ZnO nanorods fabricated by thermal evaporation

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    Wang, B.; Jin, X.; Ouyang, Z. B.; Xu, P.

    2012-07-01

    Four kinds of new one-dimensional nanostructures, celery-shaped nanorods, needle-shaped nanorods, twist fold-shaped nanorods, and awl-shaped nanorods of ZnO, have been grown on single silicon substrates by an Au catalyst assisted thermal evaporation of ZnO and active carbon powders. The morphology and structure of the prepared nanorods are determined on the basis of field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD). The photoluminescence spectra (PL) analysis noted that UV emission band is the band-to-band emission peak and the emission bands in the visible range are attributed to the oxygen vacancies, Zn interstitials, or impurities. The field-emission properties of four kinds of ZnO nanorods have been invested and the awl-shaped nanorods of ZnO have preferable characteristics due to the smallest emitter radius on the nanoscale in the tip in comparison with other nanorods. The growth mechanism of the ZnO nanorods can be explained on the basis of the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) processes.

  3. Anodized ZnO nanostructures for photoelectrochemical water splitting

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    Huang, Mao-Chia; Wang, TsingHai; Wu, Bin-Jui; Lin, Jing-Chie; Wu, Ching-Chen

    2016-01-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures were fabricated on the polished zinc foil by anodic deposition in an alkaline solution containing 1.0 M NaOH and 0.25 M Zn(NO3)2. Potentiostatic anodization was conducted at two potentials (-0.7 V in the passive region and -1.0 V in the active region vs. SCE) which are higher than the open circuit potential (-1.03 V vs. SCE) and as-obtained ZnO nanostrcutures were investigated focusing on their structural, optical, electrical and photoelectrochemical (PEC) characteristics. All samples were confirmed ZnO by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectra. Observations in the SEM images clearly showed that ZnO nanostructures prepared at -0.7 V vs. SCE were composed of nanowires at while those obtained at -1.0 V vs. SCE possessed nanosheets morphology. Result from transmission electron microscope and X-ray diffraction patterns suggested that the ZnO nanowires belonged to single crystalline with a preferred orientation of (0 0 2) whereas the ZnO nanosheets were polycrystalline. Following PEC experiments indicated that ZnO nanowires had higher photocurrent density of 0.32 mA/cm2 at 0.5 V vs. SCE under 100 mW/cm2 illumination. This value was about 1.9 times higher than that of ZnO nanosheets. Observed higher photocurrent was likely due to the single crystalline, preferred (0 0 2) orientation, higher carrier concentration and lower charge transfer resistance.

  4. Specifications of ZnO growth for heterostructure solar cell and PC1D based simulations

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    Hussain, Babar; Ebong, Abasifreke

    2015-01-01

    This data article is related to our recently published article (Hussain et al., in press [1]) where we have proposed a new solar cell model based on n-ZnO as front layer and p-Si as rear region. The ZnO layer will act as an active n-layer as well as antireflection (AR) coating saving considerable processing cost. There are several reports presenting use of ZnO as window/antireflection coating in solar cells (Mansoor et al., 2015; Haq et al., 2014; Hussain et al., 2014; Matsui et al., 2014; Ding et al., 2014 [2], [3], [4], [5], [6]) but, here, we provide data specifically related to simultaneous use of ZnO as n-layer and AR coating. Apart from the information we already published, we provide additional data related to growth of ZnO (with and without Ga incorporation) layers using MOCVD. The data related to PC1D based simulation of internal and external quantum efficiencies with and without antireflection effects of ZnO as well as the effects of doping level in p-Si on current–voltage characteristics have been provided. PMID:26587557

  5. "Secondary Growth" in Hydrothermal Synthesis of Aligned ZnO Nanostructures and Its Application in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Liu, Wenjun; Huang, Qiaoling; Huang, Tengji; Cao, Peijiang; Han, Shun; Jia, Fang; Zhu, Deliang; Ma, Xiaocui; Lul, Youming

    2016-04-01

    One-dimensional (1D) aligned ZnO nanostructures were prepared on ZnO film seeded substrates using a low-temperature hydrothermal method, and zinc nitrate and hexamethylenetetramine (HMT) precursors. It was observed that increasing the concentration ratio of Zn2+/HMT from 1 to 100 led to a "secondary growth," and a change in the morphologies of the ZnO nanostructures from arrays of thick nanorods to arrays of thin nanorod-step-thick nanorods. The morphological evolution of ZnO nanostructures with increased growth time at high Zn2+/HMT concentration ratios showed the same transformation. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were fabricated using ZnO nanostructures as the photoanodes, and the electron transport properties were determined by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Although the DSSCs showed low power conversion efficiencies due to the short lengths, the arrays of the thin nanorods demonstrated excellent electron transport with an electron diffusion coefficient (Dn) of 1.57 x 10(-3) cm2/s, and an effective diffusion length (L) of 140 µm. PMID:27451759

  6. Growth modes of ZnO nanostructures from laser ablation

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    Amarilio-Burshtein, I.; Tamir, S.; Lifshitz, Y.

    2010-03-08

    ZnO nanowires (NWs) and other nanostructures were grown by laser ablation of a ZnO containing target onto different substrates with and without the presence of an Au catalyst. The morphology and structure of the NWs were studied using high resolution scanning and transmission electron microscopes [including imaging, selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS)]. The different growth modes obtainable could be tuned by varying the Zn concentration in the vapor phase keeping other growth parameters intact. Possible growth mechanisms of these nanowires are suggested and discussed.

  7. Growth modes of ZnO nanostructures from laser ablation

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    Amarilio-Burshtein, I.; Tamir, S.; Lifshitz, Y.

    2010-03-01

    ZnO nanowires (NWs) and other nanostructures were grown by laser ablation of a ZnO containing target onto different substrates with and without the presence of an Au catalyst. The morphology and structure of the NWs were studied using high resolution scanning and transmission electron microscopes [including imaging, selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS)]. The different growth modes obtainable could be tuned by varying the Zn concentration in the vapor phase keeping other growth parameters intact. Possible growth mechanisms of these nanowires are suggested and discussed.

  8. Quasi-one dimensional (Q1D) nanostructures: Synthesis, integration and device application

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    Chien, Chung-Jen

    Quasi-one-dimensional (Q1D) nanostructures such as nanotubes and nanowires have been widely regarded as the potential building blocks for nanoscale electronic, optoelectronic and sensing devices. In this work, the content can be divided into three categories: Nano-material synthesis and characterizations, alignment and integration, physical properties and application. The dissertation consists of seven chapters as following. Chapter 1 will give an introduction to low dimensional nano-materials. Chapter 2 explains the mechanism how Q1D nanostructure grows. Chapter 3 describes the methods how we horizontally and vertically align the Q1D nanostructure. Chapter 4 and 5 are the electrical and optical device characterization respectively. Chapter 6 demonstrates the integration of Q1D nanostructures and the device application. The last chapter will discuss the future work and conclusion of the thesis.

  9. Au-coated ZnO nanostructures for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy applications

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    Dikovska, A O; Nedyalkov, N N; Imamova, S E; Atanasova, G B; Atanasov, P A

    2012-03-31

    Thin ZnO nanostructured films were produced by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) studies. The experimental conditions used for preparation of the samples were chosen to obtain different types of ZnO nanostructures. The Raman spectra of rhodamine 6G (R6G) were measured at an excitation wavelength of 785 nm after coating the ZnO nanostructures with a thin Au layer. The influence of the surface morphology on the Raman signal obtained from the samples was investigated. High SERS signal enhancement was observed from all Au-coated ZnO nanostructures.

  10. Synthesis of ZnO Nanostructures for Low Temperature CO and UV Sensing

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    Amin, Muhammad; Manzoor, Umair; Islam, Mohammad; Bhatti, Arshad Saleem; Shah, Nazar Abbas

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, synthesis and results of the low temperature sensing of carbon monoxide (CO) gas and room temperature UV sensors using one dimensional (1-D) ZnO nanostructures are presented. Comb-like structures, belts and rods, and needle-shaped nanobelts were synthesized by varying synthesis temperature using a vapor transport method. Needle-like ZnO nanobelts are unique as, according to our knowledge, there is no evidence of such morphology in previous literature. The structural, morphological and optical characterization was carried out using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and diffused reflectance spectroscopy techniques. It was observed that the sensing response of comb-like structures for UV light was greater as compared to the other grown structures. Comb-like structure based gas sensors successfully detect CO at 75 °C while other structures did not show any response. PMID:23202024

  11. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity of 1D TiO2 nanostructures.

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    Cabrera, Julieta; Alarcón, Hugo; López, Alcides; Candal, Roberto; Acosta, Dwight; Rodriguez, Juan

    2014-01-01

    Nanowire/nanorod TiO(2) structures of approximately 8 nm in diameter and around 1,000 nm long were synthesized by alkaline hydrothermal treatment of two different TiO(2) nanopowders. The first precursor was TiO(2) obtained by the sol-gel process (SG-TiO(2)); the second was the well-known commercial TiO(2) P-25 (P25-TiO(2)). Anatase-like 1D TiO(2) nanostructures were obtained in both cases. The one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures synthesized from SG-TiO(2) powders turned into rod-like nanostructures after annealing at 400 °C for 2 h. Conversely, the nanostructures synthesized from P25-TiO(2) preserved the tubular structure after annealing, displaying a higher Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area than the first system (279 and 97 m²/g, respectively). Despite the higher surface area shown by the 1D nanostructures, in both cases the photocatalytic activity was lower than for the P25-TiO(2) powder. However, the rod-like nanostructures obtained from SG-TiO(2) displayed slightly higher efficiency than the sol-gel prepared powders. The lower photocatalytic activity of the nanostructures with respect to P-25 can be associated with the lower crystallinity of 1D TiO(2) in both materials. PMID:25259484

  12. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity of PVP stabilized ZnO and modified ZnO nanostructures

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    Bandekar, Gauri; Rajurkar, N. S.; Mulla, I. S.; Mulik, U. P.; Amalnerkar, D. P.; Adhyapak, P. V.

    2013-01-01

    In the present study, ZnO nanostructures have been successfully synthesized by hydrothermal, sonochemical and precipitation methods using polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) as the capping agent. The ZnO nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), UV-Visible spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) techniques. The XRD results revealed the hexagonal wurtzite structure of the ZnO nanostructures for all the samples. Furthermore, the morphology of the ZnO particles was obtained from FESEM micrographs. Particles prepared by hydrothermal method were found to be rice grain shaped and that prepared by precipitation and sonochemical methods were spherical shaped. Sunlight driven photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) was studied for ZnO nanostructures synthesized by various methods. The ZnO nanostructures were further decorated with Ag nanoparticles to enhance its dye degradation efficiency. The Ag decorated ZnO nanoparticles exhibited a higher degradation rate as compared to pure ZnO nanoparticles which was independent of pH. Since this process of dye degradation relies on the degradation of dye due to oxidation by highly reactive hydroxyl radicals, there are many factors which affect the efficiency of this process. Hence a study was conducted on the effect of various parameters on ZnO viz amount of catalyst, reaction pH and concentration of MB dye.

  13. Growth of a Novel Nanostructured ZnO Urchin: Control of Cytotoxicity and Dissolution of the ZnO Urchin

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    Imani, Roghayeh; Drašler, Barbara; Kononenko, Veno; Romih, Tea; Eleršič, Kristina; Jelenc, Janez; Junkar, Ita; Remškar, Maja; Drobne, Damjana; Kralj-Iglič, Veronika; Iglič, Aleš

    2015-11-01

    The applications of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs) in implantable wireless devices, such as diagnostic nanobiosensors and nanobiogenerators, have recently attracted enormous attention due to their unique properties. However, for these implantable nanodevices, the biocompatibility and the ability to control the behaviour of cells in contact with ZnO NWs are demanded for the success of these implantable devices, but to date, only a few contrasting results from their biocompatibility can be found. There is a need for more research about the biocompatibility of ZnO nanostructures and the adhesion and viability of cells on the surface of ZnO nanostructures. Here, we introduce synthesis of a new nature-inspired nanostructured ZnO urchin, with the dimensions of the ZnO urchin's acicula being controllable. To examine the biocompatibility and behaviour of cells in contact with the ZnO urchin, the Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) epithelial cell line was chosen as an in vitro experimental model. The results of the viability assay indicated that, compared to control, the number of viable cells attached to the surface of the ZnO urchin and its surrounding area were reduced. The measurements of the Zn contents of cell media confirmed ZnO dissolution, which suggests that the ZnO dissolution in cell culture medium could lead to cytotoxicity. A purposeful reduction of ZnO cytotoxicity was achieved by surface coating of the ZnO urchin with poly(vinylidene fluorid-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP), which changed the material matrix to slow the Zn ion release and consequently reduce the cytotoxicity of the ZnO urchin without reducing its functionality.

  14. Growth of a Novel Nanostructured ZnO Urchin: Control of Cytotoxicity and Dissolution of the ZnO Urchin.

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    Imani, Roghayeh; Drašler, Barbara; Kononenko, Veno; Romih, Tea; Eleršič, Kristina; Jelenc, Janez; Junkar, Ita; Remškar, Maja; Drobne, Damjana; Kralj-Iglič, Veronika; Iglič, Aleš

    2015-12-01

    The applications of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs) in implantable wireless devices, such as diagnostic nanobiosensors and nanobiogenerators, have recently attracted enormous attention due to their unique properties. However, for these implantable nanodevices, the biocompatibility and the ability to control the behaviour of cells in contact with ZnO NWs are demanded for the success of these implantable devices, but to date, only a few contrasting results from their biocompatibility can be found. There is a need for more research about the biocompatibility of ZnO nanostructures and the adhesion and viability of cells on the surface of ZnO nanostructures. Here, we introduce synthesis of a new nature-inspired nanostructured ZnO urchin, with the dimensions of the ZnO urchin's acicula being controllable. To examine the biocompatibility and behaviour of cells in contact with the ZnO urchin, the Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) epithelial cell line was chosen as an in vitro experimental model. The results of the viability assay indicated that, compared to control, the number of viable cells attached to the surface of the ZnO urchin and its surrounding area were reduced. The measurements of the Zn contents of cell media confirmed ZnO dissolution, which suggests that the ZnO dissolution in cell culture medium could lead to cytotoxicity. A purposeful reduction of ZnO cytotoxicity was achieved by surface coating of the ZnO urchin with poly(vinylidene fluorid-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP), which changed the material matrix to slow the Zn ion release and consequently reduce the cytotoxicity of the ZnO urchin without reducing its functionality. PMID:26573932

  15. Surfactant mediated one- and two-dimensional ZnO nanostructured thin films for dye sensitized solar cell application

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    Marimuthu, T.; Anandhan, N.; Thangamuthu, R.; Mummoorthi, M.; Rajendran, S.; Ravi, G.

    2015-01-01

    One-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional (2D) nanostructured zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films were electrodeposited from aqueous zinc chloride on FTO glass substrates. The effects of organic surfactant such as cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) on structural, morphological, crystal quality and optical properties of electrodeposited ZnO films were investigated. The x-ray diffraction pattern revealed that the prepared thin films were pure wutrzite hexagonal structure. The thin films deposited using organic surfactant in this work showed different morphologies such as nanoplatelet and flower. The hexagonal platelet and flower-like nanostructures were obtained in the presence of CTAB and PVA surfactant, respectively. The crystal quality and atomic vacancies of the prepared nanostructured thin films were investigated by micro Raman spectroscopic technique. The emission properties and optical quality of the films were studied by photoluminescence spectrometry. PEMA-LiClO4-EC gel polymer electrolyte has been used to replace the liquid electrolyte for reducing the leakage problem. Graphene counter electrode was used as an alternative for platinum electrode. Eosin yellow dye was used as a sensitizer. J-V characterizations were carried out for different 1D and 2D nanostructures. The nanoflower structure exhibited higher efficiency (η = 0.073%) than the other two nanostructures.

  16. Synthesis, characterization, and physical properties of 1D nanostructures

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    Marley, Peter Mchael

    The roster of materials exhibiting metal---insulator transitions with sharply discontinuous switching of electrical conductivity close to room temperature remains rather sparse despite the fundamental interest in the electronic instabilities manifested in such materials and the plethora of potential technological applications, ranging from frequency-agile metamaterials to electrochromic coatings and Mott field-effect transistors. Vanadium oxide bronzes with the general formula MxV2O 5, provide a wealth of compositions and frameworks where strong electron correlation can be systematically (albeit thus far only empirically) tuned. Charge fluctuations along the quasi-1D frameworks of MxV 2O5 bronzes have evinced much recent interest owing to the manifestation of colossal metal---insulator transitions and superconductivity. We start with a general review on the phase transitions, both electronic and structural, of vanadium oxide bronzes in Chapter 1. In Chapter 2, we demonstrate an unprecedented reversible transformation between double-layered (delta) and tunnel (beta) quasi-1D geometries for nanowires of a divalent vanadium bronze CaxV2O5 (x ˜0.23) upon annealing-induced dehydration and hydrothermally-induced hydration. Such a facile hydration/dehydration-induced interconversion between two prominent quasi-1D structures (accompanied by a change in charge ordering motifs) has not been observed in the bulk and is posited to result from the ease of propagation of crystallographic slip processes across the confined nanowire widths for the delta→beta conversion and the facile diffusion of water molecules within the tunnel geometries for the beta→delta reversion. We demonstrate in Chapter 3 unprecedented pronounced metal-insulator transitions induced by application of a voltage for nanowires of a vanadium oxide bronze with intercalated divalent cations, beta-PbxV 2O5 (x ˜0.33). The induction of the phase transition through application of an electric field at room

  17. Synthesis, characterization, and physical properties of 1D nanostructures

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    Marley, Peter Mchael

    The roster of materials exhibiting metal---insulator transitions with sharply discontinuous switching of electrical conductivity close to room temperature remains rather sparse despite the fundamental interest in the electronic instabilities manifested in such materials and the plethora of potential technological applications, ranging from frequency-agile metamaterials to electrochromic coatings and Mott field-effect transistors. Vanadium oxide bronzes with the general formula MxV2O 5, provide a wealth of compositions and frameworks where strong electron correlation can be systematically (albeit thus far only empirically) tuned. Charge fluctuations along the quasi-1D frameworks of MxV 2O5 bronzes have evinced much recent interest owing to the manifestation of colossal metal---insulator transitions and superconductivity. We start with a general review on the phase transitions, both electronic and structural, of vanadium oxide bronzes in Chapter 1. In Chapter 2, we demonstrate an unprecedented reversible transformation between double-layered (delta) and tunnel (beta) quasi-1D geometries for nanowires of a divalent vanadium bronze CaxV2O5 (x ˜0.23) upon annealing-induced dehydration and hydrothermally-induced hydration. Such a facile hydration/dehydration-induced interconversion between two prominent quasi-1D structures (accompanied by a change in charge ordering motifs) has not been observed in the bulk and is posited to result from the ease of propagation of crystallographic slip processes across the confined nanowire widths for the delta→beta conversion and the facile diffusion of water molecules within the tunnel geometries for the beta→delta reversion. We demonstrate in Chapter 3 unprecedented pronounced metal-insulator transitions induced by application of a voltage for nanowires of a vanadium oxide bronze with intercalated divalent cations, beta-PbxV 2O5 (x ˜0.33). The induction of the phase transition through application of an electric field at room

  18. Solution-processed, barrier-confined, and 1D nanostructure supported quasi-quantum well with large photoluminescence enhancement.

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    Yan, Keyou; Zhang, Lixia; Kuang, Qin; Wei, Zhanhua; Yi, Ya; Wang, Jiannong; Yang, Shihe

    2014-04-22

    Planar substrate supported semiconductor quantum well (QW) structures are not amenable to manipulation in miniature devices, while free-standing QW nanostructures, e.g., ultrathin nanosheets and nanoribbons, suffer from mechanical and environmental instability. Therefore, it is tempting to fashion high-quality QW structures on anisotropic and mechanically robust supporting nanostructures such as nanowires and nanoplates. Herein, we report a solution quasi-heteroepitaxial route for growing a barrier-confined quasi-QW structure (ZnSe/CdSe/ZnSe) on the supporting arms of ZnO nanotetrapods, which have a 1D nanowire structure, through the combination of ion exchange and successive deposition assembly. This resulted in highly crystalline and highly oriented quasi-QWs along the whole axial direction of the arms of the nanotetrapod because a transition buffer layer (Zn(x)Cd(1-x)Se) was formed and in turn reduced the lattice mismatch and surface defects. Significantly, such a barrier-confined QW emits excitonic light ∼17 times stronger than the heterojunction (HJ)-type structure (ZnSe/CdSe, HJ) at the single-particle level. Time-resolved photoluminescence from ensemble QWs exhibits a lifetime of 10 ns, contrasting sharply with ∼300 ps for the control HJ sample. Single-particle PL and Raman spectra suggest that the barrier layer of QW has completely removed the surface trap states on the HJ and restored or upgraded the photoelectric properties of the semiconductor layer. Therefore, this deliberate heteroepitaxial growth protocol on the supporting nanotetrapod has realized a several micrometer long QW structure with high mechanical robustness and high photoelectric quality. We envision that such QWs integrated on 1D nanostructures will largely improve the performance of solar cells and bioprobes, among others. PMID:24580094

  19. ZnO nanostructures growth with silver catalyst—Effect of annealing

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    Panda, S. K.; Jacob, C.

    2009-03-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures have been grown on both the as-deposited silver thin-film templates over silicon substrates and annealed silver thin-film templates on silicon substrates. ZnO was grown by evaporation of metallic zinc over the silver templates followed by thermal annealing in air. Sword-like ZnO nanostructures grew densely throughout the surface of the annealed silver template sample. A small number of ZnO swords embedded in a porous surface were found for the as-deposited silver template sample. It is observed that the annealing treatment of the Ag thin-film is the key factor in controlling the formation of ZnO nanostructures. XRD study shows that the nanostructures have very good crystallinity and have the hexagonal wurtzite ZnO structure. The room-temperature photoluminescence spectrum indicates that the nanostructures grown on annealed Ag template are less defective and have high optical quality. On the other hand, a very weak UV emission peak and the blue emission doublet band reveal that the ZnO sample grown on the as-deposited silver template are highly defective. The micro-Raman spectra of the ZnO nanostructures grown on both types of Ag templates show enhanced Raman scattering which is related to surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS).

  20. Polystyrene-microsphere-assisted patterning of ZnO nanostructures: growth and characterization.

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    Dong, J J; Zhang, X W; Zhang, S G; Tan, H R; Yin, Z G; Gao, Y; Wang, J X

    2013-02-01

    In this work, periodic arrays of various ZnO nanostructures were fabricated on both Si and GaN substrates via a facile hydrothermal process. To realize the site-specific growth, two kinds of masks were introduced. The polystyrene (PS) microsphere self-assembled monolayer (SAM) was employed as the mask to create a patterned seed layer to guide the growth of ZnO nanostructures. However, the resulting ZnO nanostructures are non-equidistant, and the diameter of the ZnO nanostructures is uncontrollable. As an alternative, TiO2 sol was used to replicate the PS microsphere SAM, and the inverted SAM (ISAM) mask was obtained by extracting the PS microspheres with toluene. By using the ISAM mask, the hexagonal periodic array of ZnO nanostructures with high uniformity were readily produced. Furthermore, the effect of the underlying substrates on the morphology of ZnO nanostructures has been investigated. It is found that the highly ordered and vertically aligned ZnO nanorods epitaxially grow on the GaN substrate, while the ZnO nanoflowers on Si substrates are random oriented. PMID:23646580

  1. Self-assembly of functional molecules into 1D crystalline nanostructures.

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    Guo, Yanbing; Xu, Liang; Liu, Huibiao; Li, Yongjun; Che, Chi-Ming; Li, Yuliang

    2015-02-01

    Self-assembled functional nanoarchitectures are employed as important nanoscale building blocks for advanced materials and smart miniature devices to fulfill the increasing needs of high materials usage efficiency, low energy consumption, and high-performance devices. One-dimensional (1D) crystalline nanostructures, especially molecule-composed crystalline nanostructures, attract significant attention due to their fascinating infusion structure and functionality which enables the easy tailoring of organic molecules with excellent carrier mobility and crystal stability. In this review, we discuss the recent progress of 1D crystalline self-assembled nanostructures of functional molecules, which include both a small molecule-derived and a polymer-based crystalline nanostructure. The basic principles of the molecular structure design and the process engineering of 1D crystalline nanostructures are also discussed. The molecular building blocks, self-assembly structures, and their applications in optical, electrical, and photoelectrical devices are overviewed and we give a brief outlook on crucial issues that need to be addressed in future research endeavors. PMID:25523368

  2. Laser nanostructuring of ZnO thin films

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    Nedyalkov, N.; Koleva, M.; Nikov, R.; Atanasov, P.; Nakajima, Y.; Takami, A.; Shibata, A.; Terakawa, M.

    2016-06-01

    In this work, results on laser processing of thin zinc oxide films deposited on metal substrate are presented. ZnO films are obtained by classical nanosecond pulsed laser deposition method in oxygen atmosphere on tantalum substrate. The produced films are then processed by nanosecond laser pulses at wavelength of 355 nm. The laser processing parameters and the film thickness are varied and their influence on the fabricated structures is estimated. The film morphology after the laser treatment is found to depend strongly on the laser fluence as two regimes are defined. It is shown that at certain conditions (high fluence regime) the laser treatment of the film leads to formation of a discrete nanostructure, composed of spherical like nanoparticles with narrow size distribution. The dynamics of the melt film on the substrate and fast cooling are found to be the main mechanisms for fabrication of the observed structures. The demonstrated method is an alternative way for direct fabrication of ZnO nanostructures on metal which can be easy implemented in applications as resistive sensor devices, electroluminescent elements, solar cell technology.

  3. Localized self-heating in large arrays of 1D nanostructures.

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    Monereo, O; Illera, S; Varea, A; Schmidt, M; Sauerwald, T; Schütze, A; Cirera, A; Prades, J D

    2016-03-01

    One dimensional (1D) nanostructures offer a promising path towards highly efficient heating and temperature control in integrated microsystems. The so called self-heating effect can be used to modulate the response of solid state gas sensor devices. In this work, efficient self-heating was found to occur at random networks of nanostructured systems with similar power requirements to highly ordered systems (e.g. individual nanowires, where their thermal efficiency was attributed to the small dimensions of the objects). Infrared thermography and Raman spectroscopy were used to map the temperature profiles of films based on random arrangements of carbon nanofibers during self-heating. Both the techniques demonstrate consistently that heating concentrates in small regions, the here-called "hot-spots". On correlating dynamic temperature mapping with electrical measurements, we also observed that these minute hot-spots rule the resistance values observed macroscopically. A physical model of a random network of 1D resistors helped us to explain this observation. The model shows that, for a given random arrangement of 1D nanowires, current spreading through the network ends up defining a set of spots that dominate both the electrical resistance and power dissipation. Such highly localized heating explains the high power savings observed in larger nanostructured systems. This understanding opens a path to design highly efficient self-heating systems, based on random or pseudo-random distributions of 1D nanostructures. PMID:26868599

  4. Recombinant Phage Coated 1D Al2O3 Nanostructures for Controlling the Adhesion and Proliferation of Endothelial Cells

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    Lee, Juseok; Jeon, Hojeong; Haidar, Ayman; Abdul-Khaliq, Hashim; Veith, Michael; Kim, Youngjun

    2015-01-01

    A novel synthesis of a nanostructured cell adhesive surface is investigated for future stent developments. One-dimensional (1D) Al2O3 nanostructures were prepared by chemical vapor deposition of a single source precursor. Afterwards, recombinant filamentous bacteriophages which display a short binding motif with a cell adhesive peptide (RGD) on p3 and p8 proteins were immobilized on these 1D Al2O3 nanostructures by a simple dip-coating process to study the cellular response of human endothelial EA hy.926. While the cell density decreased on as-deposited 1D Al2O3 nanostructures, we observed enhanced cell proliferation and cell-cell interaction on recombinant phage overcoated 1D Al2O3 nanostructures. The recombinant phage overcoating also supports an isotropic cell spreading rather than elongated cell morphology as we observed on as-deposited Al2O3 1D nanostructures. PMID:26090458

  5. Hyperbranched quasi-1D TiO2 nanostructure for hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells.

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    Ghadirzadeh, Ali; Passoni, Luca; Grancini, Giulia; Terraneo, Giancarlo; Li Bassi, Andrea; Petrozza, Annamaria; Di Fonzo, Fabio

    2015-04-15

    The performance of hybrid solar cells is strongly affected by the device morphology. In this work, we demonstrate a poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl)/TiO2 hybrid solar cell where the TiO2 photoanode comprises an array of tree-like hyperbranched quasi-1D nanostructures self-assembled from the gas phase. This advanced architecture enables us to increase the power conversion efficiency to over 1%, doubling the efficiency with respect to state of the art devices employing standard mesoporous titania photoanodes. This improvement is attributed to several peculiar features of this array of nanostructures: high interfacial area; increased optical density thanks to the enhanced light scattering; and enhanced crystallization of poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) inside the quasi-1D nanostructure. PMID:25822757

  6. Selective growth of ZnO thin film nanostructures: Structure, morphology and tunable optical properties

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    Krishnakanth, Katturi Naga; Rajesh, Desapogu; Sunandana, C. S.

    2016-05-01

    The ZnO nanostructures (spherical, rod shape) have been successfully fabricated via a thermal evaporation followed by dip coating method. The pure, doped ZnO thin films were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and UV-Vis spectroscopy, respectively. A possible growth mechanism of the spherical, rod shape ZnO nanostructures are discussed. XRD patterns revealed that all films consist of pure ZnO phase and were well crystallized with preferential orientation towards (002) direction. Doping by PVA, PVA+Cu has effective role in the enhancement of the crystalline quality and increases in the band gap.

  7. Direct formation of ZnO nanostructures by chemical solution deposition and EUV exposure.

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    Auzelyte, V; Sigg, H; Schmitt, B; Solak, H H

    2010-05-28

    The development of effective methods for the fabrication of ZnO nanostructures is important for the use of this semiconductor material with interesting optical and electronic properties. Chemical solution deposition methods have been demonstrated for creating ZnO films and electron beam exposure of a precursor film, zinc naphthenate, has been shown to yield ZnO nanostructures. Here, we report on the fabrication of ZnO nanostructures with photon beam exposure of a precursor film in the extreme ultraviolet range followed by a high temperature anneal in air. Interference lithography at this wavelength (13.5 nm) led to the production of extremely smooth line/space and dot array type periodic nanostructures with sizes as small as 10 nm. ZnO films obtained through EUV exposure exhibit markedly improved PL spectra with a sharp emission line in the UV range and much suppressed green emission. Electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction measurements also show strong effects of the EUV exposure step in ZnO formation as a function of precursor film thickness, EUV exposure dose and anneal temperature. The use of energetic photons for direct formation of ZnO nanostructures is found to be a method that warrants more investigation for the fabrication of patterned ZnO films with controlled properties. PMID:20431188

  8. Shape controlled Sn doped ZnO nanostructures for tunable optical emission and transport properties

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    Rakshit, T.; Manna, I.; Ray, S. K.

    2013-11-15

    Pure and Sn doped ZnO nanostructures have been grown on SiO{sub 2}/Si substrates by vapor-solid technique without using any catalysts. It has been found that the morphology of the nanostructures depend strongly on the growth temperature and doping concentration. By proper tuning of the growth temperature, morphology of pure ZnO can be changed from tetrapods to multipods. On the other hand, by varying the doping concentration of Sn in ZnO, the morphology can be tuned from tetrapods to flower-like multipods to nanowires. X-ray diffraction pattern reveals that the nanostructures have a preferred (0002) growth orientation, and they are tensile strained with the increase of Sn doping in ZnO. Temperature-dependent photoluminescence characteristics of these nanostructures have been investigated in the range from 10 to 300 K. Pure ZnO tetrapods exhibited less defect state emissions than that of pure ZnO multipods. The defect emission is reduced with low concentration of Sn doping, but again increases at higher concentration of doping because of increased defects. Transport properties of pure and Sn doped ZnO tetrapods have been studied using complex-plane impedance spectroscopy. The contribution from the arms and junctions of a tetrapod could be distinguished. Sn doped ZnO samples showed lower conductivity but higher relaxation time than that of pure ZnO tetrapods.

  9. Effects of Au on the Growth of ZnO Nanostructures on Si by MOCVD

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    Cong, Chen; Fan, Lu Yang; Ping, He Hai; Wei, Wu Ke; Zhen, Ye Zhi

    2013-08-01

    The effects of Au on the growth of ZnO nanostructures on Si by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) at a relatively low temperature (450°C) were investigated. The experimental results showed that Au nanoparticles played a critical role during the growth of the ZnO nanostructures and affected their morphology and optical properties. It was found that Au nanoparticles particularly affected the nucleation of ZnO nanostructures during the growth process and the Au-assisted growth mechanism of ZnO nanostructures should be ascribed to the vapor-solid (VS) mechanism. The formation of a nanoneedle may be attributed to a more reactive interface between Au and ZnO, which leads to more zinc gaseous species absorbed near the interface. Different nucleation sites on ZnO nuclei resulted in the disorder of ZnO nanoneedles. Moreover, the crystalline quality of nano-ZnO was improved due to the presence of Au, according to the smaller full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the low-temperature exciton emission. We confirmed that ZnO nanoneedles showed better crystalline quality than ZnO nanorods through the HRTEM images and the SAED patterns. The reason for the improvement of the crystalline quality of nano-ZnO may be due to the less lattice mismatch.

  10. Quantitative 3D electromagnetic field determination of 1D nanostructures from single projection.

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    Phatak, C; de Knoop, L; Houdellier, F; Gatel, C; Hÿtch, M J; Masseboeuf, A

    2016-05-01

    One-dimensional (1D) nanostructures have been regarded as the most promising building blocks for nanoelectronics and nanocomposite material systems as well as for alternative energy applications. Although they result in confinement of a material, their properties and interactions with other nanostructures are still very much three-dimensional (3D) in nature. In this work, we present a novel method for quantitative determination of the 3D electromagnetic fields in and around 1D nanostructures using a single electron wave phase image, thereby eliminating the cumbersome acquisition of tomographic data. Using symmetry arguments, we have reconstructed the 3D magnetic field of a nickel nanowire as well as the 3D electric field around a carbon nanotube field emitter, from one single projection. The accuracy of quantitative values determined here is shown to be a better fit to the physics at play than the value obtained by conventional analysis. Moreover the 3D reconstructions can then directly be visualized and used in the design of functional 3D architectures built using 1D nanostructures. PMID:26998702

  11. Preparation and properties of ZnO nanostructures by electrochemical anodization method

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    He, Shuanghu; Zheng, Maojun; Yao, Lujun; Yuan, Xiaoliang; Li, Mei; Ma, Li; Shen, Wenzhong

    2010-02-01

    ZnO thin films with diverse nanostructures, including nanodot, nanowire and nanoflower, have been fabricated on zinc foils by a simple and rapid electrochemical anodization method. The ZnO thin films reveal very strong visible emission that is ascribed to the transition between V OZn i and valence band. Under the dc or ac electric field, the electroinduced surface wettability conversion from the superhydrophobic to hydrophilic state was observed and the generation of surface defective sites on ZnO films under electric field was used to explain the transition mechanism. This work provides a simple and rapid method for synthesizing different ZnO nanostructures in large scale, and electric field can be used to modulate the wettability of ZnO nanostructures.

  12. Photoluminescence from quasi-dendritic ZnO nanostructures grown in anodic alumina nanochannels

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    Chen, Shih-Yung; Chen, Wei-Liang; Ko, Chung-Ting; Lai, Ming-Yu; Li, Feng-Chieh; Lee, Yu-Yang; Tsai, Kun-Tong; Chen, Miin-Jang; Chang, Yu-Ming; Wang, Yuh-Lin

    2015-11-01

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) has been used to grow zinc oxide (ZnO) into a template of anodic aluminum oxide with quasi-dendritic nanochannels to form quasi-dendritic nanostructures. The characteristic photoluminescence (PL) emission from the inner region of the quasi-dendritic ZnO nanostructure peaks at 397 nm while that from its outer region at 424 nm. In between the two regions, the PL peak shows monotonic shift. In other words, the different layers of the single quasi-dendritic ZnO nanostructure emit PL with graded wavelengths spontaneously. The red shift in the PL peak positions is likely to be caused by the change in local stoichiometry between Zn and O, which are resulted from the limited supply of materials through the quasi-dendritic nanochannels during the ALD. The process to fabricate such quasi-dendritic ZnO nanostructures with spontaneously graded emission could help expand applications of ZnO-based devices.

  13. Photo-driven autonomous hydrogen generation system based on hierarchically shelled ZnO nanostructures

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    Kim, Heejin; Yong, Kijung

    2013-11-25

    A quantum dot semiconductor sensitized hierarchically shelled one-dimensional ZnO nanostructure has been applied as a quasi-artificial leaf for hydrogen generation. The optimized ZnO nanostructure consists of one dimensional nanowire as a core and two-dimensional nanosheet on the nanowire surface. Furthermore, the quantum dot semiconductors deposited on the ZnO nanostructures provide visible light harvesting properties. To realize the artificial leaf, we applied the ZnO based nanostructure as a photoelectrode with non-wired Z-scheme system. The demonstrated un-assisted photoelectrochemical system showed the hydrogen generation properties under 1 sun condition irradiation. In addition, the quantum dot modified photoelectrode showed 2 mA/cm{sup 2} current density at the un-assisted condition.

  14. Fabrication of nanostructured Al-doped ZnO thin film for methane sensing applications

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    Shafura, A. K.; Sin, N. D. Md.; Azhar, N. E. I.; Saurdi, I.; Uzer, M.; Mamat, M. H.; Shuhaimi, A.; Alrokayan, Salman A. H.; Khan, Haseeb A.; Rusop, M.

    2016-07-01

    CH4 gas sensor was fabricated using spin-coating method of the nanostructured ZnO thin film. Effect of annealing temperature on the electrical and structural properties of the film was investigated. Dense nanostructured ZnO film are obtained at higher annealing temperature. The optimal condition of annealing temperature is 500°C which has conductivity and sensitivity value of 3.3 × 10-3 S/cm and 11.5%, respectively.

  15. Synthesis and field emission properties of different ZnO nanostructure arrays

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    2012-01-01

    In this article, zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures of different shapes were fabricated on silicon substrate. Well-aligned and long ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays, as well as leaf-like ZnO nanostructures (which consist of modulated and single-phase structures), were fabricated by a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method without the assistance of a catalyst. On the other hand, needle-like ZnO NW arrays were first fabricated with the CVD process followed by chemical etching of the NW arrays. The use of chemical etching provides a low-cost and convenient method of obtaining the needle-like arrays. In addition, the field emission properties of the different ZnO NW arrays were also investigated where some differences in the turn-on field and the field-enhancement factors were observed for the ZnO nanostructures of different lengths and shapes. It was experimentally observed that the leaf-like ZnO nanostructure is most suitable for field emission due to its lowest turn-on and threshold field as well as its high field-enhancement factor among the different synthesized nanostructures. PMID:22444723

  16. Localized self-heating in large arrays of 1D nanostructures

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    Monereo, O.; Illera, S.; Varea, A.; Schmidt, M.; Sauerwald, T.; Schütze, A.; Cirera, A.; Prades, J. D.

    2016-02-01

    One dimensional (1D) nanostructures offer a promising path towards highly efficient heating and temperature control in integrated microsystems. The so called self-heating effect can be used to modulate the response of solid state gas sensor devices. In this work, efficient self-heating was found to occur at random networks of nanostructured systems with similar power requirements to highly ordered systems (e.g. individual nanowires, where their thermal efficiency was attributed to the small dimensions of the objects). Infrared thermography and Raman spectroscopy were used to map the temperature profiles of films based on random arrangements of carbon nanofibers during self-heating. Both the techniques demonstrate consistently that heating concentrates in small regions, the here-called ``hot-spots''. On correlating dynamic temperature mapping with electrical measurements, we also observed that these minute hot-spots rule the resistance values observed macroscopically. A physical model of a random network of 1D resistors helped us to explain this observation. The model shows that, for a given random arrangement of 1D nanowires, current spreading through the network ends up defining a set of spots that dominate both the electrical resistance and power dissipation. Such highly localized heating explains the high power savings observed in larger nanostructured systems. This understanding opens a path to design highly efficient self-heating systems, based on random or pseudo-random distributions of 1D nanostructures.One dimensional (1D) nanostructures offer a promising path towards highly efficient heating and temperature control in integrated microsystems. The so called self-heating effect can be used to modulate the response of solid state gas sensor devices. In this work, efficient self-heating was found to occur at random networks of nanostructured systems with similar power requirements to highly ordered systems (e.g. individual nanowires, where their thermal

  17. Effect of ZnO Nanostructured Thin Films on Pseudomonas Putida Cell Division

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    Ivanova, I.; Lukanov, A.; Angelov, O.; Popova, R.; Nichev, H.; Mikli, V.; Dimova-Malinovska, Doriana; Dushkin, C.

    In this report we study the interaction between the bacteria Pseudomonas putida and nanostructured ZnO and ZnO:H thin films prepared by magnetron sputtering of a ZnO target. The nanostructured ZnO and ZnO:H thin films possess some biological-active properties when in contact with bacteria. Our experimental data show that these films have no destructive effect on the cell division of Pseudomonas putida in poor liquid medium and can be applied in biosensor devices.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of ZnO nanostructures on noble-metal coated substrates

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    Dikovska, A. Og.; Atanasova, G. B.; Avdeev, G. V.; Nedyalkov, N. N.

    2016-06-01

    In this work, ZnO nanostructures were fabricated on noble-metal (Au, Ag and Au-Ag alloys) coated silicon substrates by applying pulsed laser deposition. The samples were prepared at a substrate temperature of 550 °C, an oxygen pressure of 5 Pa, and a laser fluence of 2 J cm-2 - process parameters usually used for deposition of smooth and dense thin films. The metal layer's role is substantial for the preparation of nanostructures. Heating of the substrate changed the morphology of the metal layer and, subsequently, nanoparticles were formed. The use of different metal particles resulted in different morphologies and properties of the ZnO nanostructures synthesized. The morphology of the ZnO nanostructures was related to the Au-Ag alloy's content of the catalyst layer. It was found that the morphology of the ZnO nanostructures evolved from nanorods to nanobelts as the ratio of Au/Ag in the alloy catalyst was varied. The use of a small quantity of Ag in the Au-Ag catalyst (Au3Ag) layer resulted predominantly in the deposition of ZnO nanorods. A higher Ag content in the catalyst alloy (AuAg2) layer resulted in the growth of a dense structure of ZnO nanobelts.

  19. Synthesis of porous ZnO nanostructures using bamboo fibers as templates

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    Lian, Xiaoxue; Li, Yan; An, Dongmin; Zou, Yunling; Wang, Qiong; Zhang, Nan

    2014-09-01

    In this study, we fabricated ZnO nanostructures using bamboo fibers as templates. The starting material used was zinc acetate, and the nanostructures were synthesized by soaking and calcining the bamboo fibers. The fabricated nanostructures were characterized using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometry. The results showed that the size of the ZnO nanoparticles was approximately 20-100 nm. When the ZnO nanoparticles were used as the catalyst in the photodegradation of methyl orange, the dye degraded by 95.98 % in 80 min. The response and recovery times of a gas sensor based on the ZnO nanoparticles were 25 and 24 s, respectively, during the detection of C2H5OH in a concentration of 10 ppm at 270 °C.

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

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

    2011-10-01

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

  1. ZnO three-dimensional hedgehog-like nanostructure: synthesis, growth mechanism and optical enhancement

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    Liu, Huiqiang; Chu, Sheng; Peng, Rufang; Chu, Shijin; Jin, Bo

    2014-07-01

    The 3D hedgehog-like ZnO nanostructures were synthesized on Si substrate through chemical vapor deposition process. The morphology and structure of the products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, as well as transmission electron microscopy. The ZnO 3D hedgehog-like architectures were found to consist of a central nucleus and multiple side-growing nanowires with diameter of 100-250 nm and length up to 10 µm. The growth mechanism of the hedgehog-like ZnO nanostructures was studied. It revealed a three-step process during the entire growth. Finally, room temperature photoluminescence spectra of ZnO 3D nanostructures showed that the center excitation would render much stronger PL emission intensity. Furthermore, simulation results indicated that the enhanced emission came from light-trapping-induced excitation light field enhancement.

  2. Facile solvothermal synthesis of abnormal growth of one-dimensional ZnO nanostructures by ring-opening reaction of polyvinylpyrrolidone

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    Xu, G.; Wang, X. L.; Liu, G. Z.

    2015-02-01

    Abnormal growth of one-dimensional (1-D) ZnO nanostructures (NSs) have been accomplished with the assistance of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) under a super high alkaline alcoholic solvothermal condition. The products were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR) spectroscopy. The effect of synthetic conditions, such as reaction temperature and the addition of PVP, on the morphologies of ZnO products were investigated. The results show that PVP molecules had the significant role in the transformation of morphologies of ZnO NSs ranging from nanorods, nanoparticles to pyramids, as well as flower-like assembly features. The possible growth mechanism of ZnO pyramids was proposed based on ring-opening reaction of PVP.

  3. Fabrication and properties of ZnO nanorods within silicon nanostructures for solar cell application

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    Feng, Zezeng; Jia, Rui; Dou, Bingfei; Li, Haofeng; Jin, Zhi; Liu, Xinyu; Li, Feng; Zhang, Wei; Wu, Chenyang

    2015-02-01

    ZnO nanorods (NRs) were synthesized via a two-step hydrothermal method on silicon (Si) nano-textured solar cells. The optical and photovoltaic properties of silicon nanostructures coated with ZnO NRs were measured and discussed. It was found that silicon nanostructures combined with ZnO NRs can maximize the light absorption and significantly enhance the electrode contact and carrier transport ability. The series resistance was reduced from 0.98 Ω to 0.45 Ω, and short circuit current density was dramatically increased from 22.5 mA/cm2 to 27.9 mA/cm2 due to the incorporation of the ZnO NRs. The experimental results show the potential of ZnO NRs' application to the enhancement of the performance of nano-textured solar cells.

  4. Effect of morphology on the non-ohmic conduction in ZnO nanostructures

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    Praveen, E.; Jayakumar, K.

    2016-05-01

    Nanostructures of ZnO is synthesized with nanoflower like morphology by simple wet chemical method. The structural, morphological and electrical characterization have been carried out. The temperature dependent electrical characterization of ZnO pellets of thickness 1150 µm is made by the application of 925MPa pressure. The morphological dependence of non-ohmic conduction beyond some arbitrary tunneling potential and grain boundary barrier thickness is compared with the commercially available bulk ZnO. Our results show the suitability of nano-flower like ZnO for the devices like sensors, rectifiers etc.

  5. Toxicity evaluation of ZnO nanostructures on L929 fibroblast cell line using MTS assay

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    Bakhori, Siti Khadijah Mohd; Mahmud, Shahrom; Ann, Ling Chuo; Mohamed, Azman Seeni; Saifuddin, Siti Nazmin; Masudi, Sam'an Malik; Mohamad, Dasmawati

    2015-04-01

    ZnO has wide applications in medical and dentistry apart from being used as optoelectronic devices such as solar cells, photodetectors, sensors and light emitting diodes (LEDs). Therefore, the toxicity evaluation is important to know the toxicity level on normal cell line. The toxicity of two grades ZnO nanostructures, ZnO-4 and ZnO-8 have been carried out using cytotoxicity test of MTS assay on L929 rat fibroblast cell line. Prior to that, ZnO-4 and ZnO-8 were characterized for its morphology, structure and optical properties using FESEM, X-ray diffraction, and Photoluminescence respectively. The two groups revealed difference in morphology and exhibit slightly shifted of near band edge emission of Photoluminescence other than having a similar calculated crystallite size of nanostructures. The viability of cells after 72h were obtained and the statistical significance value was calculated using SPSS v20. The p value is more than 0.05 between untreated and treated cell with ZnO. This insignificant value of p>0.05 can be summarized as a non-toxic level of ZnO-4 and ZnO-8 on the L929 cell line.

  6. Toxicity evaluation of ZnO nanostructures on L929 fibroblast cell line using MTS assay

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    Bakhori, Siti Khadijah Mohd; Mahmud, Shahrom; Ann, Ling Chuo; Mohamed, Azman Seeni; Saifuddin, Siti Nazmin; Masudi, Sam’an Malik; Mohamad, Dasmawati

    2015-04-24

    ZnO has wide applications in medical and dentistry apart from being used as optoelectronic devices such as solar cells, photodetectors, sensors and light emitting diodes (LEDs). Therefore, the toxicity evaluation is important to know the toxicity level on normal cell line. The toxicity of two grades ZnO nanostructures, ZnO-4 and ZnO-8 have been carried out using cytotoxicity test of MTS assay on L929 rat fibroblast cell line. Prior to that, ZnO-4 and ZnO-8 were characterized for its morphology, structure and optical properties using FESEM, X-ray diffraction, and Photoluminescence respectively. The two groups revealed difference in morphology and exhibit slightly shifted of near band edge emission of Photoluminescence other than having a similar calculated crystallite size of nanostructures. The viability of cells after 72h were obtained and the statistical significance value was calculated using SPSS v20. The p value is more than 0.05 between untreated and treated cell with ZnO. This insignificant value of p>0.05 can be summarized as a non-toxic level of ZnO-4 and ZnO-8 on the L929 cell line.

  7. Characterization and thermal stability of cobalt-modified 1-D nanostructured trititanates

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    Morgado, Edisson; Abreu, Marco A.S. de

    2009-01-15

    One-dimensional (1-D) nanostructured sodium trititanates were obtained via alkali hydrothermal method and modified with cobalt via ion exchange at different Co concentrations. The resulting cobalt-modified trititanate nanostructures (Co-TTNS) were characterized by TGA, XRD, TEM/SAED, DRS-UV-Vis and N{sub 2} adsorption techniques. Their general chemical formula was estimated as Na{sub x}Co{sub y/2}H{sub 2-x-y}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 7}.nH{sub 2}O and they maintained the same nanostructured and multilayered nature of the sodium precursor, with the growth direction of nanowires and nanotubes along [010]. As a consequence of the Co{sup 2+} incorporation replacing sodium between trititanate layers, two new diffraction lines became prominent and the interlayer distance was reduced with respect to that of the precursor sodium trititanate. Surface area was slightly increased with cobalt intake whereas pore size distribution was hardly affected. Besides, Co{sup 2+} incorporation in trititanate crystal structure also resulted in enhanced visible light photon absorption as indicated by a strong band-gap narrowing. Morphological and structural thermal transformations of Co-TTNS started nearly 400 deg. C in air and the final products after calcination at 800 deg. C were found to be composed of TiO{sub 2}-rutile, CoTiO{sub 3} and a bronze-like phase with general formula Na{sub 2x}Ti{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}O{sub 2}. - Graphical abstract: Co{sup 2+} incorporation in 1D-trititanate crystal nanostructure (Co-TTNS) causes reduction in interlayer distance by comparison with its sodium precursor (Na-TTNS) and leads to enhanced visible light photon absorption efficiency due to a strong band-gap narrowing.

  8. The Strategy to Control the Morphology of ZnO Nanostructure UV Sensor

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    Humayun, Q.; Hashim, U.; Ruzaidi, C. M.; Loong Foo, Kai

    2015-11-01

    The control morphology of ZnO nanostructures at specific area of electrodes by implemented a cost effective fabrication process, is extremely a challenging task. Rapid sensing, fast response and fast detection capability of the electronics devices is nowadays hot subject of keen interest. Our research is one of the successful attempts to achieve the desired goal at certain levels. Therefore in the current research article the ZnO thin film and ZnO nanorods were selectively deposited by low cost sol-gel and hydrothermal growth process at the selective area of microgap electrodes spacing and further the comparative study of ZnO thin film and ZnO nanorods were conducted electrically, for ultraviolet (UV) sensing application. On exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light the current gains, response/recovery times, repeatability, of the ZnO nanorods compared with ZnO thin film was improved probably due to the role of large surface area covered by the deposited nanostructures, and the most important is the bridging nanorods at the microgap electrodes tips. All the characterization including, surface, electrical and structural of the deposited nanostructures were completed by using SEM, sourcemeter and XRD respectively.

  9. Enhanced ultraviolet photoresponse based on ZnO nanocrystals/Pt bilayer nanostructure

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    Tong, Xiao-Lin; Xia, Xiao-Zhi; Li, Qing-Xia

    2015-06-01

    The development of solution strategies for Zinc oxide (ZnO) quantum dots provides a pathway to utilizing ZnO nanocrystal thin films in optoelectronic devices. In this work, quasi-spherical ZnO quantum dots with a diameter of 5 nm are synthesized by using ethanol as a solvent. ZnO nanocrystal thin film is obtained by spin-coating ZnO quantum dots on a Au interdigital electrode (IDE)/Al2O3 substrate and annealing at different temperatures in order to yield the optimal photosensitive on/off ratio of ZnO. For further enhancing the responsivity, ion sputtering is utilized to deposit Pt nanoparticles on the surface of ZnO nanocrystal thin film, the responsivity of the ZnO/Pt bilayer nanostructure increases from 0.07 A/W to 54 A/W, showing that the metal/inorganic nanocrystal bilayer nanostructure can be used to improve the performance of optoelectronic devices. The excellent properties of ZnO/Pt bilayer nanostructure have important applications in future electronic and optoelectronic devices. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 41176156).

  10. Comparative study of ultraviolet detectors based on ZnO nanostructures grown on different substrates

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    Abdulgafour, H. I.; Hassan, Z.; Ahmed, N. M.; Yam, F. K.

    2012-10-01

    Pd/ZnO/Pd metal-semiconductor-metal photodetectors have been successfully fabricated using a variety of high-quality ZnO nanostructures. The nanostructures used included well-aligned nanorods, tetrapod-like nanorods, and hair-like nanowires and were synthesized on Si (100), porous silicon (PS/Si), and quartz substrates, respectively, using a catalyst-free vapor-solid mechanism for comparison. The morphological, structural, and optical properties of these nanostructures were investigated. Upon illumination with ultraviolet light (365 nm), the responsivity values of the fabricated photodetectors on PS/Si, Si, and quartz substrates were 0.22, 0.073, and 0.053 A/W, which correspond to quantum efficiencies of 85%, 28%, and 20%, respectively, at an applied bias of 5 V. The present study demonstrated that ZnO nanowires/PS exhibited a relatively fast photoresponse, with a rise time of 0.089 s and fall time of 0.085 s. The ZnO nanorods/Si and ZnO nanotetrapods/quartz exhibited a slow response, with rise times of 0.128 and 0.194 s and fall times of 0.362 and 0.4 s, respectively. The study suggests that the response time of the ZnO nanostructures to ultraviolet exposure is dependent on the type of substrate used. Results show that these nanostructures are suitable for sensing applications.

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

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

    2013-01-01

    Hierarchical flower-like ZnO nanorods, net-like ZnO nanofibers and ZnO nanobulks have been successfully synthesized via a surfactant assisted hydrothemal method. The synthesized products were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy, respectively. A possible growth mechanism of the various hierarchical ZnO nanostructures is discussed in detail. Gas sensors based on the as-prepared ZnO nanostructures were fabricated by screen-printing on a flat ceramic substrate. Furthermore, their gas sensing characteristics towards methane were systematically investigated. Methane is an important characteristic hydrocarbon contaminant found dissolved in power transformer oil as a result of faults. We find that the hierarchical flower-like ZnO nanorods and net-like ZnO nanofibers samples show higher gas response and lower operating temperature with rapid response-recovery time compared to those of sensors based on ZnO nanobulks. These results present a feasible way of exploring high performance sensing materials for on-site detection of characteristic fault gases dissolved in transformer oil. PMID:23666136

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

    PubMed

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

    2013-01-01

    Hierarchical flower-like ZnO nanorods, net-like ZnO nanofibers and ZnO nanobulks have been successfully synthesized via a surfactant assisted hydrothemal method. The synthesized products were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy, respectively. A possible growth mechanism of the various hierarchical ZnO nanostructures is discussed in detail. Gas sensors based on the as-prepared ZnO nanostructures were fabricated by screen-printing on a flat ceramic substrate. Furthermore, their gas sensing characteristics towards methane were systematically investigated. Methane is an important characteristic hydrocarbon contaminant found dissolved in power transformer oil as a result of faults. We find that the hierarchical flower-like ZnO nanorods and net-like ZnO nanofibers samples show higher gas response and lower operating temperature with rapid response-recovery time compared to those of sensors based on ZnO nanobulks. These results present a feasible way of exploring high performance sensing materials for on-site detection of characteristic fault gases dissolved in transformer oil. PMID:23666136

  13. Growth of hybrid carbon nanostructures on iron-decorated ZnO nanorods.

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    Mbuyisa, Puleng N; Rigoni, Federica; Sangaletti, Luigi; Ponzoni, Stefano; Pagliara, Stefania; Goldoni, Andrea; Ndwandwe, Muzi; Cepek, Cinzia

    2016-04-01

    A novel carbon-based nanostructured material, which includes carbon nanotubes (CNTs), porous carbon, nanostructured ZnO and Fe nanoparticles, has been synthetized using catalytic chemical vapour deposition (CVD) of acetylene on vertically aligned ZnO nanorods (NRs). The deposition of Fe before the CVD process induces the presence of dense CNTs in addition to the variety of nanostructures already observed on the process done on the bare NRs, which range from amorphous graphitic carbon up to nanostructured dendritic carbon films, where the NRs are partially or completely etched. The combination of scanning electron microscopy and in situ photoemission spectroscopy indicate that Fe enhances the ZnO etching, and that the CNT synthesis is favoured by the reduced Fe mobility due to the strong interaction between Fe and the NRs, and to the presence of many defects, formed during the CVD process. Our results demonstrate that the resulting new hybrid shows a higher sensitivity to ammonia gas at ambient conditions (∼60 ppb) than the carbon nanostructures obtained without the aid of Fe, the bare ZnO NRs, or other one-dimensional carbon nanostructures, making this system of potential interest for environmental ammonia monitoring. Finally, in view of the possible application in nanoscale optoelectronics, the photoexcited carrier behaviour in these hybrid systems has been characterized by time-resolved reflectivity measurements. PMID:26916977

  14. Effects of growth pressure on morphology of ZnO nanostructures by chemical vapor transport

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    Babu, Eadi Sunil; Kim, Sungjin; Song, Jung-Hoon; Hong, Soon-Ku

    2016-08-01

    The effect of growth pressure on the morphology of the ZnO nanostructures in chemical vapor transport by using Zn powder and oxygen as source materials has been investigated. Highly uniform aligned ZnO nanorods or multifaceted tripod structures were grown depending on the growth pressure. The mechanism governing the morphology change was explained by the relative concentration of Zn vapor and supersaturation based on experimental observations. It was concluded that heterogeneous nucleation on the substrate is enhanced at low growth pressure, while homogeneous nucleation from vapor phase is enhanced at high growth pressure. The difference resulted in different morphology of ZnO nanostructures. ZnO nanorods grown at optimized condition were used for the fabrication of gas sensor for the detection of H2 gas.

  15. Synthesis High Sensivity ZnO Cholesterol Biosensor with One Dimensional Nanostructures

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    Lu, Y. M.; Jhuang, P. G.; Tang, J. F.; Chu, S. Y.; Hsu, CW

    2016-05-01

    Chelosterol ZnO biosensors were synthesized by hydrothermal method with predeposited ALD-ZnO seed layers. The ZnO nanostructures were examined by SEM, XRD, AFM, respectively. The XRD is used to analyze the crystal structures of ZnO seed layers that were grown by ALD process, then using SEM and AFM to analysis the surface morphologies of them. Growing of one dimensional ZnO nanostructures on seed layer of 10nm thickness, reveals high sensitivity of 3.15 uA (mg/dl)-1cm-2(121.96 uAmM-1cm-2) and low Km value of 29mM in 25-100mg/dl cholesterol concentration range. The response time could be as low as 10seconds. In the study, it is found that increasing the aspect ratio of ZnO one dimensional nanostructure also increases the sensitivity and expends the linear measureable range of detecting cholesterol in solution. The thickness of seed layer has a significant influence on sensitivity for one dimensional nano ZnO cholesterol biosensor.

  16. Advanced thermopower wave in novel ZnO nanostructures/fuel composite.

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    Lee, Kang Yeol; Hwang, Hayoung; Choi, Wonjoon

    2014-09-10

    Thermopower wave is a new concept of energy conversion from chemical to thermal to electrical energy, produced from the chemical reaction in well-designed hybrid structures between nanomaterials and combustible fuels. The enhancement and optimization of energy generation is essential to make it useful for future applications. In this study, we demonstrate that simple solution-based synthesized zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures, such as nanorods and nanoparticles are capable of generating high output voltage from thermopower waves. In particular, an astonishing improvement in the output voltage (up to 3 V; average 2.3 V) was achieved in a ZnO nanorods-based composite film with a solid fuel (collodion, 5% nitrocellulose), which generated an exothermic chemical reaction. Detailed analyses of thermopower waves in ZnO nanorods- and cube-like nanoparticles-based hybrid composites have been reported in which nanostructures, output voltage profile, wave propagation velocities, and surface temperature have been characterized. The average combustion velocities for a ZnO nanorods/fuel and a ZnO cube-like nanoparticles/fuel composites were 40.3 and 30.0 mm/s, while the average output voltages for these composites were 2.3 and 1.73 V. The high output voltage was attributed to the amplified temperature in intermixed composite of ZnO nanostructures and fuel due to the confined diffusive heat transfer in nanostructures. Moreover, the extended interfacial areas between ZnO nanorods and fuel induced large amplification in the dynamic change of the chemical potential, and it resulted in the enhanced output voltage. The differences of reaction velocity and the output voltage between ZnO nanorods- and ZnO cube-like nanoparticles-based composites were attributed to variations in electron mobility and grain boundary, as well as thermal conductivities of ZnO nanorods and particles. Understanding this astonishing increase and the variation of the output voltage and reaction velocity, precise

  17. Synthesis and characterization of flowerlike ZnO nanostructures via an ethylenediamine-meditated solution route

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    Gao Xiangdong . E-mail: xdgao@mail.sic.ac.cn; Li Xiaomin; Yu Weidong

    2005-04-15

    Flowerlike ZnO nanostructures were deposited on Si substrate by choosing hexamethylenetetramine as the nucleation control reagent and ethylenediamine as the chelating and capping reagent. Structural and optical measurements reveal that obtained ZnO exhibits well-defined flowerlike morphology, hexagonal wurtzite structure, uniform distribution on substrate, and strong photoluminescence in ultraviolet band. The well-arrayed pedals of each ZnO flower possess the typical tapering feature, and are built up by many well-aligned ZnO nanorods. Moreover, each single nanorod building up the pedal exhibits the single crystal nature and the growth direction along c-axis. Effects of the precursor composition on the morphology of ZnO were discussed.

  18. Fabrication of ZnO photonic amorphous diamond nanostructure from parrot feathers for modulated photoluminescence properties

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    Zhang, Zhengli; Yu, Ke; Liao, Na; Yin, Haihong; Lou, Lei; Yu, Qian; Liao, Yuanyuan; Zhu, Ziqiang

    2011-12-01

    A ZnO photonic amorphous diamond nanostructure was successfully synthesised using a feather barb of the Rosy-Faced Lovebird as supporting template via a facile sol-gel process. Different from ordered structures, an isotropic PBG around 500 nm was evidenced from reflectance spectra and an optical metallurgical microscopy image, which overlaps with the visible emission peak of ZnO. As a result, the inhibition of visible emission inside the PBG and the enhancement of UV emission at the PBG edges have both been observed, which is independent from the incident angle. Moreover, the rapid thermal annealing can also help improve the crystallinity of ZnO and raise the UV/visible emission ratio without affecting the structure. These results can be very useful for the study of the modification of the optical emission properties of ZnO and other semiconductor materials as well as research on ZnO random lasing.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of ZnO nanostructured film for optoelectronic applications

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    Kumar, Vijay E-mail: sanjeev04101977@gmail.com; Singh, Harpreetpal

    2015-05-15

    ZnO nanostructured film is synthesized by solution combustion technique. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies show that preferred orientation is along (101) confirming the hexagonal wurtzite phase and no secondary phase is observed. The rietveld refinement of the XRD data was used to calculate different lattice parameters. I-V characterization of ZnO film shows non linear behavior. These ZnO films are photosensitive, may be due to defect states. This property of these films can be utilized in optoelectronic applications.

  20. Hierarchical ZnO Nanostructures with Blooming Flowers Driven by Screw Dislocations

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    Huang, Chengzi; Shi, Run; Amini, Abbas; Wu, Zefei; Xu, Shuigang; Zhang, Linfei; Cao, Wei; Feng, Jiangwei; Song, Haisheng; Shi, Yantao; Wang, Ning; Cheng, Chun

    2015-02-01

    Hierarchical ZnO nanostructures with a large yield were fabricated by a simple thermal evaporation method. For the first time, novel ZnO flowers were observed blooming at certain sites of a variety of spines, identified as Zn-terminated polar (0001) planes or tips. The spines for as-synthesized hierarchical structures can be nanowires, nanobelts, nanodendrites, nanobrushes, etc. This growth phenomenon determines the key role of polar sites in the fabrication of hierarchical structures. The spiral feature of ZnO flowers indicates an unusual screw dislocation driven growth mechanism, which is attributed to a high concentration of Zn vapor.

  1. Optical properties of graphene nanostructures from first-principles: from 1D to 0D

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    Varsano, Daniele; Prezzi, Deborah; Ruini, Alice; Molinari, Elisa

    2010-03-01

    The possibility of patterning graphene sheets in a controllable manner to design semiconducting low-dimensional nanostructures opens exciting opportunities also in view of novel phenomena occurring under light excitation as well as nanoscale optoelectronics applications. We discuss the main characteristics of optical excitations in quasi-1D armchair graphene nanoribbons (A-GNRs) by means of ab-initio many-body calculations [1]. Our theoretical approach includes both self-energy corrections and excitonic effects through the GW-BSE formalism, providing full understanding of excited-state properties. Electron-hole interaction is found to suppress the van Hove singularities -as known for other 1D systems- and introduces strongly bound excitonic peaks. Starting from these ideal structures, we discuss the effect of width modulation on confinement and optical response [2]. Our results show that edge-modulated A-GNRs are efficient systems for the creation of carbon-based QD structures with prominent exciton localization features. [1] D. Prezzi, D. Varsano, A. Ruini, A. Marini, and E. Molinari, Phys. Rev. B 77, 041404 (2008). [2] D. Prezzi, D. Varsano, A. Ruini, and E. Molinari, to be published (2009)

  2. Formation of quasi-single crystalline porous ZnO nanostructures with a single large cavity

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    Cho, Seungho; Kim, Semi; Jung, Dae-Won; Lee, Kun-Hong

    2011-09-01

    We report a method for synthesizing quasi-single crystalline porous ZnO nanostructures containing a single large cavity. The microwave-assisted route consists of a short (about 2 min) temperature ramping stage (from room temperature to 120 °C) and a stage in which the temperature is maintained at 120 °C for 2 h. The structures produced by this route were 200-480 nm in diameter. The morphological yields of this method were very high. The temperature- and time-dependent evolution of the synthesized powders and the effects of an additive, vitamin C, were studied. Spherical amorphous/polycrystalline structures (70-170 nm in diameter), which appeared transitorily, may play a key role in the formation of the single crystalline porous hollow ZnO nanostructures. Studies and characterization of the nanostructures suggested a possible mechanism for formation of the quasi-single crystalline porous ZnO nanostructures with an interior space.We report a method for synthesizing quasi-single crystalline porous ZnO nanostructures containing a single large cavity. The microwave-assisted route consists of a short (about 2 min) temperature ramping stage (from room temperature to 120 °C) and a stage in which the temperature is maintained at 120 °C for 2 h. The structures produced by this route were 200-480 nm in diameter. The morphological yields of this method were very high. The temperature- and time-dependent evolution of the synthesized powders and the effects of an additive, vitamin C, were studied. Spherical amorphous/polycrystalline structures (70-170 nm in diameter), which appeared transitorily, may play a key role in the formation of the single crystalline porous hollow ZnO nanostructures. Studies and characterization of the nanostructures suggested a possible mechanism for formation of the quasi-single crystalline porous ZnO nanostructures with an interior space. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: TEM images and the corresponding SAED image of a ZnO

  3. Growth of ZnO nanostructures on Au-coated Si: Influence of growth temperature on growth mechanism and morphology

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    Kumar, R. T. Rajendra; McGlynn, E.; Biswas, M.; Saunders, R.; Trolliard, G.; Soulestin, B.; Duclere, J.-R.; Mosnier, J. P.; Henry, M. O.

    2008-10-01

    ZnO nanostructures were grown on Au-catalyzed Si silicon substrates using vapor phase transport at growth temperatures from 800 to 1150 °C. The sample location ensured a low Zn vapor supersaturation during growth. Nanostructures grown at 800 and 850 °C showed a faceted rodlike morphology with mainly one-dimensional (1D) growth along the nanorod axis. Samples grown at intermediate temperatures (900, 950, and 1050 °C) in all cases showed significant three dimensional (3D) growth at the base of 1D nanostructures. At higher growth temperatures (1100 and 1150 °C) 3D growth tended to dominate resulting in the formation of a porous, nanostructured morphology. In all cases growth was seen only on the Au-coated region. Our results show that the majority of the nanostructures grow via a vapor-solid mechanism at low growth temperatures with no evidence of Au nanoparticles at their tip, in sharp contrast to the morphology expected for the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) process often reported as the growth mechanism on Au-catalyzed Si. We see VLS growth only at 900 and 950 °C. Transmission electron microscopy data indicate that the nanorods are single crystalline without gross structural defects. Luminescence data reveal strong ultraviolet emission in all samples and weak defect emission in the visible region. We discuss the growth mechanisms with reference to various models in the literature and suggest reasons for VLS growth only in a narrow temperature range. We also discuss the potential effects of the Zn oxidation reaction on the growth morphologies, aspects largely ignored in the general literature on this subject.

  4. Experimental demonstration of anomalous nonreciprocal optical response of 1D periodic magnetoplasmonic nanostructures

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    Halagačka, L.; Vanwolleghem, M.; Vaurette, F.; Ben-Youssef, J.; Gogol, P.; Yam, N.; Postava, K.; Dagens, B.; Pištora, J.

    2014-03-01

    In this paper we analyze the optical and transversal magnetooptical (MO) response of magnetoplasmonic (MP) nanostructures. The MP structure is a 1D periodic gold grating fabricated by lift-off technique on the MO dielectric substrate (Bi-substituted yttrium iron garnet BixY3-xFe5O12). Following our recent theoretical work (Opt. Express 21, pp. 2174121755, Sep 2013.), we confirm here experimentally the predicted dependence of the MO response on the geometry of the grating, that is directly attributed to the anticrossing behavior of the Fabry-Perot (FP) resonance in the grating's slits and the surface plasmon resonances (SPPs) at its interfaces. The experimental results were achieved by Mueller matrix spectroscopic ellipsometry. Observed fine tuning of the transverse magneto-optic Kerr opens up new possibilities for the design of compact nonreciprocal devices.

  5. Evaluation of gas-sensing properties of ZnO nanostructures electrochemically doped with Au nanophases

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    Penza, Michele; Alvisi, Marco; Di Franco, Cinzia; Palmisano, Francesco; Torsi, Luisa

    2016-01-01

    Summary A one-step electrochemical method based on sacrificial anode electrolysis (SAE) was used to deposit stabilized gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) directly on the surface of nanostructured ZnO powders, previously synthesized through a sol–gel process. The effect of thermal annealing temperatures (300 and 550 °C) on chemical, morphological, and structural properties of pristine and Au-doped ZnO nancomposites (Au@ZnO) was investigated. Transmission and scanning electron microscopy (TEM and SEM), as well as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), revealed the successful deposition of nanoscale gold on the surface of spherical and rod-like ZnO nanostructures, obtained after annealing at 300 and 550 °C, respectively. The pristine ZnO and Au@ZnO nanocomposites are proposed as active layer in chemiresistive gas sensors for low-cost processing. Gas-sensing measurements towards NO2 were collected at 300 °C, evaluating not only the Au-doping effect, but also the influence of the different ZnO nanostructures on the gas-sensing properties. PMID:26925349

  6. On-chip surface modified nanostructured ZnO as functional pH sensors.

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    Zhang, Qing; Liu, Wenpeng; Sun, Chongling; Zhang, Hao; Pang, Wei; Zhang, Daihua; Duan, Xuexin

    2015-09-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures are promising candidates as electronic components for biological and chemical applications. In this study, ZnO ultra-fine nanowire (NW) and nanoflake (NF) hybrid structures have been prepared by Au-assisted chemical vapor deposition (CVD) under ambient pressure. Their surface morphology, lattice structures, and crystal orientation were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Two types of ZnO nanostructures were successfully integrated as gate electrodes in extended-gate field-effect transistors (EGFETs). Due to the amphoteric properties of ZnO, such devices function as pH sensors. We found that the ultra-fine NWs, which were more than 50 μm in length and less than 100 nm in diameter, performed better in the pH sensing process than NW-NF hybrid structures because of their higher surface-to-volume ratio, considering the Nernst equation and the Gouy-Chapman-Stern model. Furthermore, the surface coating of (3-Aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES) protects ZnO nanostructures in both acidic and alkaline environments, thus enhancing the device stability and extending its pH sensing dynamic range. PMID:26266876

  7. On-chip surface modified nanostructured ZnO as functional pH sensors

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    Zhang, Qing; Liu, Wenpeng; Sun, Chongling; Zhang, Hao; Pang, Wei; Zhang, Daihua; Duan, Xuexin

    2015-09-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures are promising candidates as electronic components for biological and chemical applications. In this study, ZnO ultra-fine nanowire (NW) and nanoflake (NF) hybrid structures have been prepared by Au-assisted chemical vapor deposition (CVD) under ambient pressure. Their surface morphology, lattice structures, and crystal orientation were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Two types of ZnO nanostructures were successfully integrated as gate electrodes in extended-gate field-effect transistors (EGFETs). Due to the amphoteric properties of ZnO, such devices function as pH sensors. We found that the ultra-fine NWs, which were more than 50 μm in length and less than 100 nm in diameter, performed better in the pH sensing process than NW-NF hybrid structures because of their higher surface-to-volume ratio, considering the Nernst equation and the Gouy-Chapman-Stern model. Furthermore, the surface coating of (3-Aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES) protects ZnO nanostructures in both acidic and alkaline environments, thus enhancing the device stability and extending its pH sensing dynamic range.

  8. Enhancement of NH3 sensing performance in flower-like ZnO nanostructures and their growth mechanism

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    Zhang, Yu; Liu, Tianmo; Hao, Jinghua; Lin, Liyang; Zeng, Wen; Peng, Xianghe; Wang, Zhongchang

    2015-12-01

    ZnO nanostructures hold substantial promise for gas-sensing applications owing to their outstanding ethanol sensing performance, yet their sensing performance toward NH3 has rarely been reported. Here, we report on a successful preparation of sunflower-like ZnO nanostructures and ZnO nanoparticle via a facile hydrothermal method, and demonstrate that the ZnO nanoflowers have high gas-sensing performances toward NH3 under a low concentration of 10-50 ppm. Further structural characterization reveals that the sunflower-like nanostructure comprises six triangles-like and one sphere-like nanostructures, and the triangle-like nanostructure is single crystalline with {0 0 1} crystal face. As a consequence of their unique morphology, the nanoflowers show much improved NH3 sensing performances than the nanoparticles with a high sensitivity of 49.5.

  9. Comparative studies on the structural and luminescent properties of ZnO micro and nanostructures prepared by different hydrothermal growth

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    Sun, Qi; Wang, Yongqian; Yuan, Ximing; Li, Yinchang; Yang, Jun; Jin, Hongyun; Li, Fei

    2013-12-01

    In the present work, various ZnO micro and nanostructures were successively prepared under a certain pH value at the temperature of 180 °C by non-surfactant and surfactant-assisted hydrothermal growth. The crystalline structure and morphology of the as-obtained products were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The results of characterization indicated that all ZnO micro and nanostructures were high quality, hexagonal wurtzite crystal, exhibiting different morphology, such as flower-like and cabbage-like micro and nanostructures. Photoluminescence measurement of the ZnO micro and nanostructures was conducted and it showed that all products showed similar emission peaks. In addition, the growth mechanism of these ZnO micro and nanostructures by different hydrothermal growth was preliminarily discussed.

  10. Photoluminescence of ZnO nanostructures grown by the aqueous chemical growth technique

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    Kenanakis, G.; Androulidaki, M.; Koudoumas, E.; Savvakis, C.; Katsarakis, N.

    2007-07-01

    Zinc oxide nanostructured films were grown by the aqueous chemical growth technique using equimolar aqueous solutions of zinc nitrate and hexamethylenetetramine as precursors. Silicon(100) and glass substrates were placed in Pyrex glass bottles with polypropylene autoclavable screw caps containing the precursors described above, and heated at 95 ∘C for several hours. X-ray diffraction 2θ/θ scans showed that the only crystallographic phase present was the hexagonal wurtzite structure. Scanning electron microscopy showed the formation of flowerlike ZnO nanostructures, consisting of hexagonal nanorods with a diameter of a few hundred nanometers. The photoluminescence spectra of the ZnO nanostructures were recorded at 18-295 K using a cw He-Cd laser (325 nm) and a pulsed laser (266 nm). The ZnO nanostructures exhibit an ultraviolet emission band centered at ˜3.192 eV in the vicinity of the band edge, which is attributed to the well-known excitonic transition in ZnO.

  11. Changing the shape of ZnO nanostructures by controlling Zn vapor release: from tetrapod to bone-like nanorods

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    Hang Leung, Yu; Djurišić, Aleksandra B.; Gao, Ju; Xie, Mao Hai; Chan, Wai Kin

    2004-02-01

    Different morphologies of ZnO nanostructures were fabricated by changing the type of starting material (ZnO powder vs. ZnO nanoparticles, graphite vs. carbon nanotubes). The structure of deposited materials was investigated by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and selected area electron diffraction. The obtained shapes and sizes of ZnO nanostructures were found to be strongly dependent on the type and quantity of starting materials, which control the release of Zn vapor and thusly control the diameter and shape of fabricated structures.

  12. Surface enhanced Raman scattering and photoluminescence properties of catalytic grown ZnO nanostructures

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    Panda, S. K.; Jacob, C.

    2009-09-01

    Sword-like (diameter ranging from 40 nm to 300 nm) and needle-like zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures (average tip diameter ˜40 nm) were synthesized on annealed silver template over silicon substrate and directly on silicon wafer, respectively via thermal evaporation of metallic zinc followed by a thermal annealing in air. The surface morphology, microstructure, chemical analysis and optical properties of the grown samples were investigated by field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, room temperature photoluminescence and Raman spectroscopy. The sword-like ZnO nanostructures grown on annealed silver template are of high optical quality compared to needle-like ZnO nanorods for UV emission and show enhanced Raman scattering.

  13. Nanoporous ZnO nanostructures for photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants

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    Ying, Yulong; Song, Tao; Huang, Hongwen; Peng, Xinsheng

    2013-02-01

    ZnO porous bamboo-leave-like nanorods and nanoporous networks were prepared by thermal conversion from Zn2CO3(OH)2ṡH2O bamboo-leave-like nanorods, Zn(OH)2 nanoparticle networks and Zn(OH)2 long nanostrand networks, respectively. Among them, the ZnO nanoporous networks prepared from Zn(OH)2 nanostrands had the highest surface area of 78.57 m2/g and presented the best photocatalytic decomposition of organics. The morphologies of the Zn(OH)2 nanostructures significantly depended on the solvent used for the precursors of aminoethanol and Zn(NO3)2 and then determined the corresponding structures and properties of the final ZnO nanostructures. The ethanol/water mixture solvent dramatically increased the stability of Zn(OH)2 nanostrands. This is very beneficial for the collection and application of Zn(OH)2 nanostrands.

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

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

    2015-01-01

    SnO2/ZnO hierarchical heterostructures have been successfully synthesized by combining electrospinning technique and hydrothermal method. Various morphologies of the secondary ZnO nanostructures including nanorods (NRs) and nanosheets (NSs) can be tailored by adding surfactants. Photocatalytic performance of the heterostructures was investigated and obvious enhancement was demonstrated in degradation of the organic pollutant, compared to the primary SnO2-based nanofibers (NFs) and bare ZnO. Furthermore, it was found that the H2 evolution from water splitting was achieved by photocatalysis of heterostructured nanocomposites after sulfurization treatment. This synthetic methodology described herein promises to be an effective approach for fabricating variety of nanostructures for enhanced catalytic applications. The heterostructured nanomaterials have considerable potential to address the environmental and energy issues via degradation of pollutant and generation of clean H2 fuel. PMID:26109295

  15. Facile synthesis of ZnO nanostructures and investigation of structural and optical properties

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    Tripathi, Neeti Rath, Shyama

    2013-12-15

    ZnO nanostructures were synthesized by chemical bath deposition method, using zinc nitrate [Zn(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}] and hexa-methylene-tetra-amine [(HMT),C(H{sub 2}){sub 6}N{sub 4}] as precursors. Controlled size and shape evolution of ZnO nanostructures were achieved by changing the HMT concentration from 0.025 M to 0.1 M, whereas Zn(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} concentration kept constant. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman study confirmed the formation of single crystalline, hexagonal wurtzite ZnO structure. Sharp peaks in Raman spectra, corresponding to E{sub 2}(low) and E{sub 2}(high) referred to wurtzite structure with higher order of crystallinity. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed that the shape and size of the nanostructures reduced, with increasing concentration of HMT. Further, effect of structure's size was observed in the band gap (shift). Photoluminescence study showed two peaks at ∼ 380 nm and ∼ 540 nm corresponding to the band to band transition and defect transitions. Modifications of properties are explained in detail on the basis of shape and size change of the structures and possible mechanism is discussed. - Highlights: • ZnO nanostructures were synthesized by chemical bath deposition method. • Particle’s shape and sizes were controlled by varying the HMT concentrations. • Effect of particle’s sizes was observed in the band gap (shift) and photoluminescence. • HMT is an effective suppressor of ZnO directional growth. • Shape evolution of ZnO particles can be tailored by varying the HMT concentrations.

  16. Nanoscale optical and electrical characterizations of ZnO nanostructures by near-field microscopy

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    Bercu, Bogdan; Giraudet, Louis; Molinari, Michael

    2014-03-01

    The interest in the recent years for nanostructure studies has led to the development of a wide palette of characterization techniques such as the electrical modes in scanning probe microscopy (STM, EFM, KPFM...). Optical characterization at nanoscale remains nevertheless a challenge especially for wide gap semiconductors where high energy is required. In this presentation, we will present our work focusing in the development and the improvement of near-field microscopy techniques to investigate nanoscale properties of ZnO nanostructures and related semiconducting objects. For the optical characterization, cathodoluminescence (CL) studies present many advantages over the classical photoluminescence experiments for ZnO analysis. This contribution presents the development of a scanning near-field cathodoluminescence microscope where a bimorph piezoelectric cantilever is simultaneously used for both actuation and oscillation amplitude detection. Operated inside a scanning electron microscope (SEM) it offers the possibility of performing simultaneous topography and cathodoluminescence charting of the sample surface additionally to the SEM imaging with a resolution in the order of several tenths of nanometers. Different measurements of ZnO nanostructures and related objects will be presented to show the potentiality of our optical characterization setup. Complementary STEM-CL measurements at higher beam energy were performed on the ZnO nanowires confirming the good quality of the investigated nanostructures. As for the electrical characterization, we will focus on the local surface potential mapping of ZnO nanowires used for photoconduction using Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy. While ZnO nanowire photoconduction gains as high as 1010 in the UV region were reported, several issues come into play when it comes to making a precise measurement of a single nanowire. An important issue is the good quality of the injecting contacts on the nanowire and the reproducibility of its

  17. Sn doping induced enhancement in the activity of ZnO nanostructures against antibiotic resistant S. aureus bacteria

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    Jan, Tariq; Iqbal, Javed; Ismail, Muhammad; Zakaullah, M; Naqvi, Sajjad Haider; Badshah, Noor

    2013-01-01

    Highly ionic metal oxide nanostructures are attractive, not only for their physiochemical properties but also for antibacterial activity. Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures are known to have inhibitory activity against many pathogens but very little is known about doping effects on it. The antibacterial activity of undoped ZnO and tin (Sn) doped ZnO nanostructures synthesized by a simple, versatile, and wet chemical technique have been investigated against Escherichia coli, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacterial strains. It has been interestingly observed that Sn doping enhanced the inhibitory activity of ZnO against S. aureus more efficiently than the other two bacterial strains. From cytotoxicity and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production studies it is found that Sn doping concentration in ZnO does not alter the cytotoxicity and ROS production very much. It has also been observed that undoped and Sn doped ZnO nanostructures are biosafe and biocompatible materials towards SH-SY5Y Cells. The observed behavior of ZnO nanostructures with Sn doping is a new way to prevent bacterial infections of S. aureus, especially on skin, when using these nanostructures in creams or lotions in addition to their sunscreen property as an ultraviolet filter. Structural investigations have confirmed the formation of a single phase wurtzite structure of ZnO. The morphology of ZnO nanostructures is found to vary from spherical to rod shaped as a function of Sn doping. The excitation absorption peak of ZnO is observed to have a blue shift, with Sn doping leading toward a significant tuning in band gap. PMID:24109181

  18. Facilitating ZnO nanostructure growths by making seeds for self-catalytic reactions

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    Yin Liang; Yu, Choongho

    2012-03-15

    Long and straight single-crystalline ZnO nanowires were successfully synthesized on ZnCl{sub 2}-coated Zn foils in oxygen environment by using simple thermal annealing processes. With relatively low reaction temperatures (410 and 700 Degree-Sign C), nanowires whose lengths and diameters are up to {approx}50 {mu}m and 10-100 nm were obtained. We found that ZnO seeds created from ZnCl{sub 2} played an important role in facilitating the ZnO nanowire growth via self-catalytic reactions. Systematic studies by altering critical synthesis factors that determine shape, length, diameter, and density of the nanowires were performed in order to unveil the growth mechanisms. We also compared the nanowires synthesized from Zn foils with tetrapod ZnO nanostructures synthesized from Zn powders at various temperatures. - Graphical abstract: (Left panel) ZnO seeds from ZnCl{sub 2} after thermal annealing at 500 Degree-Sign C for 5 min, (right panel) dense ZnO nanowires grown from Zn foils with ZnCl{sub 2} coating after thermal annealing at 700 Degree-Sign C for 60 min. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZnCl{sub 2} facilitated ZnO nanowire growth by creating ZnO seeds. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZnO nanowires were synthesized via self-catalytic reactions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Long and straight single-crystalline ZnO nanowires were synthesized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Key parameters in thermal annealing processes were identified.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of aluminum–boron co-doped ZnO nanostructures

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    Kumar, Vinod; Singh, R.G.; Singh, Neetu; Kapoor, Avinashi; Mehra, R.M.; Purohit, L.P.

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: In this paper, we have reported the development of aluminum boron co-doped ZnO (AZB) nanostructures deposited by sol–gel method using spin coating technique. The structure of AZB nanostructure films has been found to exhibit the hexagonal wurtzite structure. The shape of nanostructures has been changed from seed structure to tetra-pods, tetra-pods to nanorods and finally nanorods to nanofiber with variation in Al concentration. The structural, electrical and optical properties of AZB nanostructures are tuned with shape and size of the nanostructures. The effect of Al concentration on the resistivity (ρ), carrier concentration (n) and mobility (μ) of nanostructure films is shown in graph below. A minimum resistivity of 6.8 × 10{sup −4} Ω cm is obtained in AZB films at doping concentration of B 0.6 at.% and Al 0.4 at.% with a sheet resistance of 24 Ω/□ and transmittance of ∼88% for nanorods structure. These nanostructures could be applicable for a various nano-regime devices such as photovolatics, gas sensing and field emission device. Display Omitted Highlights: ► Synthesis of Al and B co-doped ZnO (AZB) nanostructures. ► Minimum resistivity (ρ) of 6.8 × 10{sup −4} Ω cm in AZB films. ► Minimum sheet resistance (R{sub s}) 24 Ω/□ in nanorods (NRs). ► Maximum transmittance ∼88% in NRs. ► Application in nano-electronic devices. -- Abstract: In this paper, we have reported the development of aluminum boron co-doped ZnO (AZB) nanostructures deposited by sol–gel method using spin coating technique. The structure of AZB nanostructure films has been found to exhibit the hexagonal wurtzite structure. The shape of AZB nanostructures has changed from seed structure to tetra-pods, tetra-pods to nanorods and finally to nanofibers with increase in aluminum concentration. The structural, electrical and optical properties of AZB films are tuned with shape and size of the nanostructures. These AZB nanostructures could be

  20. Improved photovoltaic performance of multiple carbon-doped ZnO nanostructures under UV and visible light irradiation.

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    Liu, Xianbin; Du, Hejun; Sun, Xiao Wei; Zhan, Zhaoyao; Sun, Gengzhi; Li, Fengji; Zheng, Lianxi; Zhang, Sam

    2014-09-01

    We report synthesis of multiple carbon-doped ZnO nanostructures by using carbon cloth as substrates to obtain multiple hollow ZnO microtube-nanowire structures. X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy analysis clearly show that carbon is doped into ZnO through substitution of carbon for oxygen in the growth and annealing processes. Upon exposure to 633-nm red laser, a distinct photoresponse can be observed, which indicates that carbon doping in ZnO can well extend its light harvesting to visible light region. Furthermore, a prototype of photovoltaic cell was fabricated to demonstrate the photovoltaic performance of multiple carbon-doped ZnO nanostructures under UV and visible light irradiation. This result shows that carbon-doped ZnO can act as effective photoactive materials for photoelectric components. PMID:25924372

  1. Novel low temperature synthesis of ZnO nanostructures and its efficient field emission property

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    Maiti, U.N.; Ahmed, Sk.F.; Mitra, M.K.; Chattopadhyay, K.K.

    2009-01-08

    We have developed a novel, simple and cost effective wet chemical synthetic route for the production of ZnO nanoneedles and nanoflowers at low temperature. The synthesis process does not require any surfactant, template or pre-seeding. The synthesized ZnO nanoneedles have very sharp tips with their lengths in the range 2-3 {mu}m, while for the case of nanoflowers, the nanoneedles were bunched together. X-ray diffraction study and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies confirmed the formation of pure ZnO phase. Studies on the electron field emission property of the grown nanostructures showed that they are very efficient field emitter. The turn-on fields and the threshold fields are 3.6 V/{mu}m, 4.4 V/{mu}m and 5.4 V/{mu}m, 6.8 V/{mu}m for the ZnO nanoneedles and ZnO nanoflowers, respectively. The enhanced field emission property was attributed to the presence of sharp tips of the nanostructures.

  2. Band Gap Narrowing and Widening of ZnO Nanostructures and Doped Materials.

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    Kamarulzaman, Norlida; Kasim, Muhd Firdaus; Rusdi, Roshidah

    2015-12-01

    Band gap change in doped ZnO is an observed phenomenon that is very interesting from the fundamental point of view. This work is focused on the preparation of pure and single phase nanostructured ZnO and Cu as well as Mn-doped ZnO for the purpose of understanding the mechanisms of band gap narrowing in the materials. ZnO, Zn0.99Cu0.01O and Zn0.99Mn0.01O materials were prepared using a wet chemistry method, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) results showed that all samples were pure and single phase. UV-visible spectroscopy showed that materials in the nanostructured state exhibit band gap widening with respect to their micron state while for the doped compounds exhibited band gap narrowing both in the nano and micron states with respect to the pure ZnO materials. The degree of band gap change was dependent on the doped elements and crystallite size. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealed that there were shifts in the valence bands. From both UV-visible and XPS spectroscopy, it was found that the mechanism for band gap narrowing was due to the shifting of the valance band maximum and conduction band minimum of the materials. The mechanisms were different for different samples depending on the type of dopant and dimensional length scales of the crystallites. PMID:26319225

  3. Hierarchical ZnO nanostructures: Growth mechanisms and surface correlated photoluminescence

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    Grinblat, G.; Capeluto, M. G.; Tirado, M.; Bragas, A. V.; Comedi, D.

    2012-06-01

    ZnO nanowires were grown by vapor-transport and deposition on Au nanocluster covered fused and thermal silica and c-Si. The nanowire size and density depended strongly on the substrate type. By decreasing the O2 to local Zn partial pressure ratio, the growth pattern changed to nanocombs and nanosheets. ZnO nanohedgehogs were found on bare c-Si. We observe a remarkable correlation between the defect to exciton photoluminescence intensity ratio and the nanostructures specific surface areas. These results indicate that changes in strain and O deficiency defects at surfaces are behind the observed morphology changes, one to two-dimensional growth transition, and corresponding luminescence.

  4. Controllable synthesis of hierarchical flower-like ZnO nanostructures assembled by nanosheets and its optical properties

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    Ma, Qun; Wang, Yongqian; Kong, Junhan; Jia, Hanxiang; Wang, Zhengshu

    2015-08-01

    The uniform and regular hierarchical flower-like ZnO nanostructures assembled by nanosheets have been controllably synthesized by a facile and efficient solution route on a large scale without using any templates, substrate or seed layers. The results of the experiment indicated that reaction temperature, time and the molar ratio of Zn2+/OH- had a strong influence on the formation of the hierarchical flower-like ZnO nanostructures. ZnO with flower-like nanostructures can be controllable synthesized with appropriate temperature, time and the molar ratio of Zn2+/OH-. The optical properties of the as-synthesized ZnO were investigated by UV-Vis absorption and photoluminescence. Consequently, the value of the band gap for this kind of ZnO crystals was calculated to be 3.26 eV and the ZnO nanostructures possess a relatively strong UV emission, violet emission and a blue emission. Moreover, The ZnO may be tempting for further application such as photocatalyst, gas sensors and UV lasers. The facile and efficient solution route has high potentials to synthesize ZnO crystals on a large scale for industry application.

  5. Photoluminescence of Sequential Infiltration Synthesized ZnO nanostructures

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    Ocola, Leonidas; Gosztola, David; Yanguas-Gil, Angel; Connolly, Aine

    We have investigated a variation of atomic layer deposition (ALD), called sequential infiltration synthesis (SiS), as an alternate method to incorporate ZnO and other oxides inside polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and other polymers. Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) results show that we synthesize ZnO up to 300 nm inside a PMMA film. Photoluminescence data on a PMMA film shows that we achieve a factor of 400X increase in photoluminescence (PL) intensity when comparing a blank Si sample and a 270 nm thick PMMA film, where both were treated with the same 12 alternating cycles of H2O and diethyl zinc (DEZ). PMMA is a well-known ebeam resist. We can expose and develop patterns useful for photonics or sensing applications first, and then convert them afterwards into a hybrid polymer-oxide material. We show that patterning does indeed affect the photoluminescence signature of native ZnO. We demonstrate we can track the growth of the ZnO inside the PMMA polymer using both photoluminescence and Raman spectroscopy and determine the point in the process where ZnO is first photoluminescent and also at which point ZnO first exhibits long range order in the polymer. This work was supported by the Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357. Use of the Center for Nanoscale Materials was supported by the U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  6. Thermoelectric Transport Properties of Fe-Enriched ZnO with High-Temperature Nanostructure Refinement.

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    Liang, Xin

    2015-04-22

    Thermoelectric properties of Fe-doped ZnO materials are investigated and correlated with the phase and microstructural evolution. Both a ZnO solid solution phase and a ZnFe2O4 spinel phase are observed. Analysis was made of temperature measurements of Seebeck coefficients as combined with the law of mixture to estimate the Fermi level in the constituent phases, which are further correlated with the Fe solute concentration in ZnO lattices and the overall electrical conductivity. In addition, the thermoelectric figure of merit is found to increase with the actual Fe content in ZnO lattices, due to the reduced thermal conductivity by point defect scattering of phonons and enhanced electrical transport via electron doping. The maximum achievable power factor of Fe-doped ZnO material is found to be similar to that of the ZnO-In2O3 system. Another important finding of the present work is the significant nanostructure refinement in 18 month old FeO1.5-doped ZnO after high-temperature thermal treatment, leading to further reduced thermal conductivity, which is beneficial and promising for high-temperature thermoelectric performance. PMID:25839985

  7. Superhydrophobic Ag decorated ZnO nanostructured thin film as effective surface enhanced Raman scattering substrates

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    Jayram, Naidu Dhanpal; Sonia, S.; Poongodi, S.; Kumar, P. Suresh; Masuda, Yoshitake; Mangalaraj, D.; Ponpandian, N.; Viswanathan, C.

    2015-11-01

    The present work is an attempt to overcome the challenges in the fabrication of super hydrophobic silver decorated zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructure thin films via thermal evaporation process. The ZnO nanowire thin films are prepared without any surface modification and show super hydrophobic nature with a contact angle of 163°. Silver is further deposited onto the ZnO nanowire to obtain nanoworm morphology. Silver decorated ZnO (Ag@ZnO) thin films are used as substrates for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) studies. The formation of randomly arranged nanowire and silver decorated nanoworm structure is confirmed using FESEM, HR-TEM and AFM analysis. Crystallinity and existence of Ag on ZnO are confirmed using XRD and XPS studies. A detailed growth mechanism is discussed for the formation of the nanowires from nanobeads based on various deposition times. The prepared SERS substrate reveals a reproducible enhancement of 3.082 × 107 M for Rhodamine 6G dye (R6G) for 10-10 molar concentration per liter. A higher order of SERS spectra is obtained for a contact angle of 155°. Thus the obtained thin films show the superhydrophobic nature with a highly enhanced Raman spectrum and act as SERS substrates. The present nanoworm morphology shows a new pathway for the construction of semiconductor thin films for plasmonic studies and challenges the orderly arranged ZnO nanorods, wires and other nano structure substrates used in SERS studies.

  8. Cytotoxic evaluation of nanostructured zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films and leachates.

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    Petrochenko, Peter E; Zhang, Qin; Bayati, Reza; Skoog, Shelby A; Phillips, K Scott; Kumar, Girish; Narayan, Roger J; Goering, Peter L

    2014-09-01

    Nanostructured ZnO films have potential use as coatings on medical devices and food packaging due to their antimicrobial and UV-protection properties. However, their influence on mammalian cells during clinical use is not fully understood. This study investigated the potential cytotoxicity of ZnO thin films in RAW 264.7 macrophages. ZnO thin films (∼96nm thick with a 50nm grain) were deposited onto silicon wafers using pulsed laser deposition. Cells grown directly on ZnO thin film coatings exhibited less toxicity than cells exposed to extracts of the coatings. Cells on ZnO thin films exhibited a 43% and 68% decrease in cell viability using the MTT and 7-AAD/Annexin V flow cytometry assays, respectively, after a 24-h exposure as compared to controls. Undiluted 100% 24- and 48-h extracts decreased viability by 89%, increased cell death by LDH release to 76% 24h after treatment, and increased ROS after 5-24h of exposure. In contrast, no cytotoxicity or ROS were observed for 25% and 50% extracts, indicating a tolerable concentration. Roughly 24 and 34μg/m(2) Zn leached off the surfaces after 24 and 48h of incubation, respectively. ZnO coatings may produce gradual ion release which becomes toxic after a certain level and should be evaluated using both direct exposure and extraction methods. PMID:24878115

  9. Facile Hydrothermal Preparation of ZNO/CO3O4 Heterogeneous Nanostructures and its Photovoltaic Effect

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    Wei, Fanan; Jiang, Minlin; Liu, Lianqing

    2015-07-01

    Photovoltaic technology offers great potential in the replacement of fossil fuel resources, but still suffers from high device fabrication cost. Herein, we attempted to provide a solution to these issues with heterogeneous nanostructures. Firstly, Zinc oxide (ZnO)/cobalt oxide (Co3O4) heterojunction nanowires are prepared through facile fabrication methods. By assembling Co(OH)2 nanoplates on ZnO nanowire arrays, the ZnO/Co3O4 heterogeneous nanostructures are uniformly synthesized on ITO coated glass and wafer. Current (I)-voltage (V) measurement through conductive atomic force microscope shows excellent photovoltaic effect. And, the heterojunction nanostructures shows unprecedented high open circuit voltage. Therefore, the potential application of the heterogeneous nanostructures in solar cells is demonstrated.

  10. ZnO Nanostructure-Based Intracellular Sensor.

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    Asif, Muhammad H; Danielsson, Bengt; Willander, Magnus

    2015-01-01

    Recently ZnO has attracted much interest because of its usefulness for intracellular measurements of biochemical species by using its semiconducting, electrochemical, catalytic properties and for being biosafe and biocompatible. ZnO thus has a wide range of applications in optoelectronics, intracellular nanosensors, transducers, energy conversion and medical sciences. This review relates specifically to intracellular electrochemical (glucose and free metal ion) biosensors based on functionalized zinc oxide nanowires/nanorods. For intracellular measurements, the ZnO nanowires/nanorods were grown on the tip of a borosilicate glass capillary (0.7 µm in diameter) and functionalized with membranes or enzymes to produce intracellular selective metal ion or glucose sensors. Successful intracellular measurements were carried out using ZnO nanowires/nanorods grown on small tips for glucose and free metal ions using two types of cells, human fat cells and frog oocytes. The sensors in this study were used to detect real-time changes of metal ions and glucose across human fat cells and frog cells using changes in the electrochemical potential at the interface of the intracellular micro-environment. Such devices are helpful in explaining various intracellular processes involving ions and glucose. PMID:26007730

  11. ZnO Nanostructure-Based Intracellular Sensor

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    Asif, Muhammad H.; Danielsson, Bengt; Willander, Magnus

    2015-01-01

    Recently ZnO has attracted much interest because of its usefulness for intracellular measurements of biochemical species by using its semiconducting, electrochemical, catalytic properties and for being biosafe and biocompatible. ZnO thus has a wide range of applications in optoelectronics, intracellular nanosensors, transducers, energy conversion and medical sciences. This review relates specifically to intracellular electrochemical (glucose and free metal ion) biosensors based on functionalized zinc oxide nanowires/nanorods. For intracellular measurements, the ZnO nanowires/nanorods were grown on the tip of a borosilicate glass capillary (0.7 µm in diameter) and functionalized with membranes or enzymes to produce intracellular selective metal ion or glucose sensors. Successful intracellular measurements were carried out using ZnO nanowires/nanorods grown on small tips for glucose and free metal ions using two types of cells, human fat cells and frog oocytes. The sensors in this study were used to detect real-time changes of metal ions and glucose across human fat cells and frog cells using changes in the electrochemical potential at the interface of the intracellular micro-environment. Such devices are helpful in explaining various intracellular processes involving ions and glucose. PMID:26007730

  12. Double-layered ZnO nanostructures for efficient perovskite solar cells

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    Mahmood, Khalid; S. Swain, Bhabani; Amassian, Aram

    2014-11-01

    To date, a single layer of TiO2 or ZnO has been the most successful implementations of any electron transport layer (ETL) in solution-processed perovskite solar cells. In a quest to improve the ETL, we explore a new nanostructured double-layer ZnO film for mesoscopic perovskite-based thin film photovoltaics. This approach yields a maximum power conversion efficiency of 10.35%, which we attribute to the morphology of oxide layer and to faster electron transport. The successful implementation of the low-temperature hydrothermally processed double-layer ZnO film as ETL in perovskite solar cells highlights the opportunities to further improve the efficiencies by focusing on the ETL in this rapidly developing field.

  13. Double-layered ZnO nanostructures for efficient perovskite solar cells.

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    Mahmood, Khalid; S Swain, Bhabani; Amassian, Aram

    2014-12-21

    To date, a single layer of TiO2 or ZnO has been the most successful implementations of any electron transport layer (ETL) in solution-processed perovskite solar cells. In a quest to improve the ETL, we explore a new nanostructured double-layer ZnO film for mesoscopic perovskite-based thin film photovoltaics. This approach yields a maximum power conversion efficiency of 10.35%, which we attribute to the morphology of oxide layer and to faster electron transport. The successful implementation of the low-temperature hydrothermally processed double-layer ZnO film as ETL in perovskite solar cells highlights the opportunities to further improve the efficiencies by focusing on the ETL in this rapidly developing field. PMID:25373624

  14. Fluorescence enhancement and multiple protein detection in ZnO nanostructure microfluidic devices.

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    Sang, Chen-Hsiang; Chou, Shu-Jen; Pan, F M; Sheu, Jeng-Tzong

    2016-01-15

    In this study, different morphological ZnO nanostructures, those of sharp nanowires (NWs), rod NWs, and hexahedral-puncheon nanostructures, were grown in microfluidic channels on the same glass substrate. Characterizations of correspondent biomolecule binding properties were simulated and demonstrated. The surface was modified using 3-ammineopropyl-triethoxysilane (3-APTES) and biotin-N-hydroxysuccinimide ester (NHS-biotin). Different concentrations (4.17pM to 41.7nM) of dye-conjugated streptavidin were simultaneously infused through the second microfluidic channels, which lie 90° from the first microfluidic channels. The florescent intensity at the crossover areas showed good agreement with simulations, with sharp ZnO NWs exhibiting the largest dynamic range and the highest fluorescent intensity. We further characterize correspondent protein detection using sharp ZnO NWs. The surfaces of these ZnO NWs were modified with mouse immunoglobulin G (IgG), infused through the second microfluidic channels with dye-conjugated (Alexa 546) anti-mouse IgG in different concentrations. Concentrations ranging from 417fM to 41.7nM can be resolved using sharp ZnO NWs. Finally, multiple protein detection was demonstrated using a five-by-eight microfluidic channel array. Fluorescence images present clear multiple detections at the crossover areas when using the sharp ZnO NWs for simultaneous dye-conjugated anti-mouse IgG and dye-conjugated anti-rabbit IgG (Alexa 647) detection. PMID:26322591

  15. Influence of Fe-Doping on the Structural, Morphological, Optical, Magnetic and Antibacterial Effect of ZnO Nanostructures.

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    Basith, N Mohamed; Vijaya, J Judith; Kennedy, L John; Bououdina, M; Shenbhagaraman, R; Jayavel, R

    2016-02-01

    Pure and Fe-doped ZnO nanostructures with different weight ratios (0.5, 1.0, 1.5, and 2.0 at wt% of Fe) were successfully synthesized by a facile microwave combustion method using urea as a fuel. The detailed structural characterization was performed by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HR-SEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). XRD patterns refined by the Rietveld method indicated that Fe-doped ZnO have a single pure phase with wurtzite structure, suggesting that Fe ions are successfully incorporated into ZnO crystal lattice by occupying Zn ionic sites. Interestingly, the morphology was found to change substantially from grains to nanoflakes and then into nanorods with the variation of Fe-content. The optical band gap estimated using DRS was found to be red-shifted from 3.220 eV for the pure ZnO nanostructures, then decreases up to 3.200 eV with increasing Fe-content. Magnetic studies showed that Fe-doped ZnO nanostructures exhibit room temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM) and the saturation magnetization attained a maximum value of 8.154 x 10(-3) emu/g for the highest Fe-content. The antibacterial activity of pure and Fe-doped ZnO nanostructures against a Gram-positive bacteria and Gram-negative bacteria was investigated. Pure ZnO and Fe-doped ZnO exhibited antibacterial activity, but it was considerably more effective in the 1.5 wt% Fe-doped ZnO nanostructures. PMID:27433623

  16. Blue emitting ZnO nanostructures grown through cellulose bio-templates.

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    Oudhia, Anjali; Sharma, Savita; Kulkarni, Pragya; Kumar, Rajesh

    2016-06-01

    This paper presents a green and cost-effective recipe for the synthesis of blue-emitting ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) using cellulose bio-templates. Azadirachta indica (neem) leaf extract prepared in different solvents were used as biological templates to produce nanostructures of wurtzite ZnO with a particle size ~12-36 nm. A cellulose-driven capping mechanism is used to describe the morphology of ZnO NPs. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR) and photoluminescence (PL) studies showed that solvents affect the growth process and the capping mechanism of bio-template severely. Structural changes in ZnO NPs were evident with variation in pH, dielectric constants (DC) and boiling points (BP) of solvents. Furthermore, an energy band model is proposed to explain the origin of the blue emission in the as-obtained ZnO NPs. PL excitation studies and the theoretical enthalpy values of individual defects were used to establish the association between the interstitial-zinc-related defect levels and the blue emission. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26597927

  17. 1D versus 3D quantum confinement in 1-5 nm ZnO nanoparticle agglomerations for application in charge-trapping memory devices.

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    El-Atab, Nazek; Nayfeh, Ammar

    2016-07-01

    ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) have attracted considerable interest from industry and researchers due to their excellent properties with applications in optoelectronic devices, sunscreens, photocatalysts, sensors, biomedical sciences, etc. However, the agglomeration of NPs is considered to be a limiting factor since it can affect the desirable physical and electronic properties of the NPs. In this work, 1-5 nm ZnO NPs deposited by spin- and dip-coating techniques are studied. The electronic and physical properties of the resulting agglomerations of NPs are studied using UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and their application in metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) memory devices is analyzed. The results show that both dip- and spin-coating techniques lead to agglomerations of the NPs mostly in the horizontal direction. However, the width of the ZnO clusters is larger with dip-coating which leads to 1D quantum confinement, while the smaller ZnO clusters obtained by spin-coating enable 3D quantum confinement in ZnO. The ZnO NPs are used as the charge-trapping layer of a MOS-memory structure and the analysis of the high-frequency C-V measurements allow further understanding of the electronic properties of the ZnO agglomerations. A large memory window is achieved in both devices which confirms that ZnO NPs provide large charge-trapping density. In addition, ZnO confined in 3D allows for a larger memory window at lower operating voltages due to the Poole-Frenkel charge-emission mechanism. PMID:27232717

  18. 1D versus 3D quantum confinement in 1–5 nm ZnO nanoparticle agglomerations for application in charge-trapping memory devices

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    El-Atab, Nazek; Nayfeh, Ammar

    2016-07-01

    ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) have attracted considerable interest from industry and researchers due to their excellent properties with applications in optoelectronic devices, sunscreens, photocatalysts, sensors, biomedical sciences, etc. However, the agglomeration of NPs is considered to be a limiting factor since it can affect the desirable physical and electronic properties of the NPs. In this work, 1–5 nm ZnO NPs deposited by spin- and dip-coating techniques are studied. The electronic and physical properties of the resulting agglomerations of NPs are studied using UV–vis–NIR spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and their application in metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) memory devices is analyzed. The results show that both dip- and spin-coating techniques lead to agglomerations of the NPs mostly in the horizontal direction. However, the width of the ZnO clusters is larger with dip-coating which leads to 1D quantum confinement, while the smaller ZnO clusters obtained by spin-coating enable 3D quantum confinement in ZnO. The ZnO NPs are used as the charge-trapping layer of a MOS-memory structure and the analysis of the high-frequency C–V measurements allow further understanding of the electronic properties of the ZnO agglomerations. A large memory window is achieved in both devices which confirms that ZnO NPs provide large charge-trapping density. In addition, ZnO confined in 3D allows for a larger memory window at lower operating voltages due to the Poole–Frenkel charge-emission mechanism.

  19. Facile synthesis of one dimensional ZnO nanostructures for DSSC applications

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    Marimuthu, T.; Anandhan, N.

    2016-05-01

    Development of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructure based third generation dye sensitized solar cell is interesting compared to conventional silicon solar cells. ZnO nanostructured thin films were electrochemically deposited onto fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrate. The effect of ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetic acid (EDTA) on structural, morphological and optical properties is investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) meter, field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and micro Raman spectroscopy. XRD patterns reveal that the prepared nanostructures are hexagonal wutrzite structures with (101) plane orientation, the nanostructure prepared using EDTA exhibits better crystallinity. FE-SEM images illustrate that the morphological changes are observed from nanorod structure to cauliflower like structure as EDTA is added. Micro Raman spectra predict that cauliflower like structure possesses a higher crystalline nature with less atomic defects compared to nanorod structures. Dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is constructed for the optimized cauliflower structure, and open circuit voltage, short circuit density, fill factor and efficiency are estimated from the J-V curve.

  20. Surface enhanced Raman scattering of light by ZnO nanostructures

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    Milekhin, A. G. Yeryukov, N. A.; Sveshnikova, L. L.; Duda, T. A.; Zenkevich, E. I.; Kosolobov, S. S.; Latyshev, A. V.; Himcinski, C.; Surovtsev, N. V.; Adichtchev, S. V.; Feng, Zhe Chuan; Wu, Chia Cheng; Wuu, Dong Sing; Zahn, D. R. T.

    2011-12-15

    Raman scattering (including nonresonant, resonant, and surface enhanced scattering) of light by optical and surface phonons of ZnO nanocrystals and nanorods has been investigated. It has been found that the nonresonant and resonant Raman scattering spectra of the nanostructures exhibit typical vibrational modes, E{sub 2}(high) and A{sub 1}(LO), respectively, which are allowed by the selection rules. The deposition of silver nanoclusters on the surface of nanostructures leads either to an abrupt increase in the intensity (by a factor of 10{sup 3}) of Raman scattering of light by surface optical phonons or to the appearance of new surface modes, which indicates the observation of the phenomenon of surface enhanced Raman light scattering. It has been demonstrated that the frequencies of surface optical phonon modes of the studied nanostructures are in good agreement with the theoretical values obtained from calculations performed within the effective dielectric function model.

  1. Significance of postgrowth processing of ZnO nanostructures on antibacterial activity against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria

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    Mehmood, Shahid; Rehman, Malik A; Ismail, Hammad; Mirza, Bushra; Bhatti, Arshad S

    2015-01-01

    In this work, we highlighted the effect of surface modifications of one-dimensional (1D) ZnO nanostructures (NSs) grown by the vapor–solid mechanism on their antibacterial activity. Two sets of ZnO NSs were modified separately – one set was modified by annealing in an Ar environment, and the second set was modified in O2 plasma. Annealing in Ar below 800°C resulted in a compressed lattice, which was due to removal of Zn interstitials and increased O vacancies. Annealing above 1,000°C caused the formation of a new prominent phase, Zn2SiO4. Plasma oxidation of the ZnO NSs caused an expansion in the lattice due to the removal of O vacancies and incorporation of excess O. Photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy was employed for the quantification of defects associated with Zn and O in the as-grown and processed ZnO NS. Two distinct bands were observed, one in the ultraviolet (UV) region, due to interband transitions, and other in the visible region, due to defects associated with Zn and O. PL confirmed the surface modification of ZnO NS, as substantial decrease in intensities of visible band was observed. Antibacterial activity of the modified ZnO NSs demonstrated that the surface modifications by Ar annealing limited the antibacterial characteristics of ZnO NS against Staphylococcus aureus. However, ZnO NSs annealed at 1,000°C or higher showed a remarkable antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli. O2 plasma–treated NS showed appreciable antibacterial activity against both E. coli and S. aureus. The minimum inhibition concentration was determined to be 0.5 mg/mL and 1 mg/mL for Ar-annealed and plasma-oxidized ZnO NS, respectively. It was thus proved that the O content at the surface of the ZnO NS was crucial to tune the antibacterial activity against both selected gram-negative (E. coli) and gram-positive (S. aureus) bacterial species. PMID:26213466

  2. ZnO thin films and nanostructures for emerging optoelectronic applications

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    Rogers, D. J.; Teherani, F. H.; Sandana, V. E.; Razeghi, M.

    2010-02-01

    ZnO-based thin films and nanostructures grown by PLD for various emerging optoelectronic applications. AZO thin films are currently displacing ITO for many TCO applications due to recent improvements in attainable AZO conductivity combined with processing, cost and toxicity advantages. Advances in the channel mobilities and Id on/off ratios in ZnO-based TTFTs have opened up the potential for use as a replacement for a-Si in AM-OLED and AM-LCD screens. Angular-dependent specular reflection measurements of self-forming, moth-eye-like, nanostructure arrays grown by PLD were seen to have <0.5% reflectivity over the whole visible spectrum for angles of incidence between 10 and 60 degrees. Such nanostructures may be useful for applications such as AR coatings on solar cells. Compliant ZnO layers on mismatched/amorphous substrates were shown to have potential for MOVPE regrowth of GaN. This approach could be used as a means to facilitate lift-off of GaN-based LEDs from insulating sapphire substrates and could allow the growth of InGaN-based solar cells on cheap substrates. The green gap in InGaN-based LEDs was combated by substituting low Ts PLD n-ZnO for MOCVD n-GaN in inverted hybrid heterojunctions. This approach maintained the integrity of the InGaN MQWs and gave LEDs with green emission at just over 510 nm. Hybrid n-ZnO/p-GaN heterojunctions were also seen to have the potential for UV (375 nm) EL, characteristic of ZnO NBE emission. This suggests that there was significant hole injection into the ZnO and that such LEDs could profit from the relatively high exciton binding energy of ZnO.

  3. Characterization of mechanothermally processed nanostructured ZnO

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    Karimi, Saeed; Ataie, Abolghasem

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, the Taguchi method with an L9(34) orthogonal array was used as experimental design to determine the optimum conditions for preparing ZnO nanoparticles via a mechanothermal route. ZnSO4·H2O and Na2CO3 were used as starting materials. The effects of milling time, Na2CO3/ZnSO4·H2O molar ratio, and ball-to-powder mass ratio (BPR) on the bandgap ( E g) of ZnO nanoparticles were investigated. The ranges of the investigated experimental conditions were 5-15 h for the milling time ( t), 1.0-1.2 for the Na2CO3/ZnSO4·H2O molar ratio ( M), and 10-30 for BPR. The milling time and BPR exhibited significant effects; an increase in milling time reduced the bandgap. The optimum conditions from this study were t 3 = 15 h, M 1 = 1, and BPR2 = 20. Only two significant factors ( t 3, 15 h; BPR2, 20) were used to estimate the performance at the optimum conditions. The calculated bandgap was 3.12 eV, in reasonable agreement with the experimental results obtained under the optimized conditions.

  4. Use of additives in the electrodeposition of nanostructured Eu3+/ZnO films for photoluminescent devices.

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    Li, Gao-Ren; Dawa, Ci-Ren; Lu, Xi-Hong; Yu, Xiao-Lan; Tong, Ye-Xiang

    2009-02-17

    Rare-earth ion-doped ZnO has been the focus of numerous investigations because of its unique optical properties and promising applications in optoelectronic devices. Here we presented a facile electrochemical deposition route for the controllable preparation of Eu3+/ZnO nanostructures on a large scale. The prepared Eu3+/ZnO deposits were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, selected area electron diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Herein, the growth mechanisms of Eu3+/ZnO nanosheets and nanorods were discussed. The formation process of Eu3+/ZnO foam-like nanostructures is illuminated in this paper. The room temperature photoluminescence properties of the Eu3+/ZnO foam-like nanostructures were investigated. The sharp 4f-4f transition emissions of Eu3+ can be directly observed at 593, 617, and 698 nm. An energy transfer between ZnO and Eu3+ is shown to occur under UV excitation. PMID:19199740

  5. Synthesis of porous and nonporous ZnO nanobelt, multipod, and hierarchical nanostructure from Zn-HDS

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    Jang, Eue-Soon; Won, Jung-Hee; Kim, Young-Woon; Cheng, Zhen; Choy, Jin-Ho

    2010-08-15

    Zn based hydroxide double salts (Zn-HDS) with an interlayer spacing of 20 A was produced by dissolving dumbbell-like ZnO crystal. The resulting Zn-HDS with a ribbon-like shape has a suitable morphology to explore the remarkably mild procedure for synthesis of ZnO nanobelts. We found that the intercalated water molecules into the Zn-HDS could play a key role in the ZnO nanobelts porosity. The nonporous ZnO nanobelts were successfully synthesized from the Zn-HDS by soft-solution process at 95 {sup o}C through mild dehydration agent as Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3}. As-synthesized ZnO nanobelts were grown along not only the [0 1 -1 0], but also the [2 -1 -1 0]. On the other hand, the porous ZnO nanobelts were obtained from the Zn-HDS by calcinations at 200 and 400 {sup o}C. In addition, flower-like ZnO multipod and hierarchical nanostructures were produced from the Zn-HDS by using of strong dehydration agent (NaOH) through hydrothermal reaction at 150 and 230 {sup o}C. - Graphical abstract: Porous and nonporous ZnO nanobelts, multipod, and hierarchical nanostructure were successfully synthesized from Zn based hydroxyl double salts by hydrothermal reaction.

  6. Facile synthesis of ZnO nanorod arrays and hierarchical nanostructures for photocatalysis and gas sensor applications.

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    Ma, Shuaishuai; Li, Rong; Lv, Changpeng; Xu, Wei; Gou, Xinglong

    2011-08-30

    A facile one-step hydrothermal route was demonstrated to grow ZnO nanorod arrays and hierarchical nanostructures on arbitrary substrates without any catalysts and seeds coated before the reaction, which are prerequisite in the current two-step protocol. Meanwhile, ZnO nanoflowers composed of nanorods were obtained at the bottom of the autoclaves in the absence of substrates. An in situ spontaneous-seeds-assisted growth mechanism was tentatively proposed on the basis of the experimental data to explain the growth process of ZnO nanostructures. Moreover, the obtained ZnO nanorod arrays exhibited superior photocatalytic activity for decomposing methyl orange, and the nanoflowers showed better gas sensing performance towards some flammable gases and corrosive vapors with high sensitivity, rapid response-recovery characteristics, good selectivity and long-term stability. PMID:21684076

  7. Synthesis and characterization of ZnO nanostructures using palm olein as biotemplate

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    2013-01-01

    Background A green approach to synthesize nanomaterials using biotemplates has been subjected to intense research due to several advantages. Palm olein as a biotemplate offers the benefits of eco-friendliness, low-cost and scale-up for large scale production. Therefore, the effect of palm olein on morphology and surface properties of ZnO nanostructures were investigated. Results The results indicate that palm olein as a biotemplate can be used to modify the shape and size of ZnO particles synthesized by hydrothermal method. Different morphology including flake-, flower- and three dimensional star-like structures were obtained. FTIR study indicated the reaction between carboxyl group of palm olein and zinc species had taken place. Specific surface area enhanced while no considerable change were observed in optical properties. Conclusion Phase-pure ZnO particles were successfully synthesized using palm olein as soft biotemplating agent by hydrothermal method. The physico-chemical properties of the resulting ZnO particles can be tuned using the ratio of palm olein to Zn cation. PMID:23601826

  8. Photoluminescence and Raman behaviors of ZnO nanostructures with different morphologies

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    Chen, S. J.; Liu, Y. C.; Lu, Y. M.; Zhang, J. Y.; Shen, D. Z.; Fan, X. W.

    2006-03-01

    The morphology, structure and photoluminescence properties of ZnO nanostructures synthesized from different zinc precursors by a vapor transport process were investigated. The zinc precursors involved pure zinc powder, zinc powder mixed with graphite and zinc powder mixed with carbon nanotubes. The products were characterized by XRD, FESEM, TEM, Raman and PL techniques. The results indicated that the zinc precursors have a strong effect on the morphology and structural properties of the ZnO nanostructures. For the pure zinc, zinc mixed with graphite and zinc mixed with carbon nanotube, uniform tetrapod-, chrysanthemum- and needle-like morphologies are obtained, respectively. Photoluminescence measurements show that all the products have a strong near-band-edge UV emission accompanied by weak visible emissions. The relatively stronger green-light emission from the tetrapods implies that more defects exist in the tetrapods. A peak at 445 nm is found in the spectrum of the tetrapod-like nanostructures, which may be caused by oxygen-depletion interface traps. Furthermore, products synthesized at 600 °C demonstrate better photoluminescence properties than those synthesized at 450 °C.

  9. Supramolecules-assisted ZnO nanostructures growth and their UV photodetector application

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    Khun, Kimleang; Elhag, Sami; Ibupoto, Zafar Hussain; Khranovskyy, Volodymyr; Nur, Omer; Willander, Magnus

    2015-03-01

    In this work, the supramolecules (riboflavin and melamine) were used as a template for the self-assemble of ZnO nanostructures by adding into the growth solutions. After that, the composite nanostructures of nanoflowers-like p-type NiO/n-type ZnO nanosheets were grown following a two-step on the fluorine doped tin oxide substrate by the hydrothermal method. The riboflavin and melamine have a role in UV emission. Taking these advantages into account, the current-voltage (I-V) characterization of the ZnO/NiO heterojunction was performed at room temperature and showed an obvious nonlinear and rectifying response. Strong UV absorption with fast switching was observed from the ZnO/NiO composite heterojunction. The proposed UV photodetector based on this nanocomposite is more stable, possesses fast rising and decaying time response of approximately 100 ms. Further, a low leakage current was observed for the presented device. The findings in the present study indicates that the controlled nanostructures morphology is important to develop the efficient nanodevices for various applications.

  10. Growth and properties of electrodeposited transparent Al-doped ZnO nanostructures

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    Baka, O.; Mentar, L.; Khelladi, M. R.; Azizi, A.

    2015-12-01

    Al-doped zinc oxide (AZO) nanostructures were fabricated on fluorine-doped tin-oxide (FTO)- coated glass substrates by using electrodeposition. The effects of the doping concentration of Al on the morphological, microstructural, electrical and optical properties of the nanostructures were investigated. From the field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) observation, when the amount of Al was increased in the solution, the grains size was observed to decreases. The observed changes in the morphology indicate that Al acts as nucleation centers in the vacancy sites of ZnO and destroys the crystalline structure at high doping level. Effectively, the X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis indicated that the undoped and the doped ZnO nanostructures has a polycrystalline nature and a hexagonal wurtzite structure with a (002) preferential orientation. The photoluminescence (PL) room-temperature measurements showed that the incorporation of Al in the Zn lattice can improve the intensity of ultraviolet (UV) emission, thus suggesting its greater prospects for use in UV optoelectronic devices.

  11. Doping concentration driven morphological evolution of Fe doped ZnO nanostructures

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    Sahai, A.; Goswami, N.; Kumar, Y.; Agarwal, V.; Olive-Méndez, S. F.

    2014-10-28

    In this paper, systematic study of structural, vibrational, and optical properties of undoped and 1-10 at.% Fe doped ZnO nanostructures, synthesized adopting chemical precipitation route, has been reported. Prepared nanostructures were characterized employing an assortment of microscopic and spectroscopic techniques, namely Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX) Spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR), Micro-Raman Spectroscopy (μRS), and UV-visible and Photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. With Fe incorporation, a gradual morphological transformation of nanostructures is demonstrated vividly through SEM/TEM characterizations. Interestingly, the morphology of nanostructures evolves with 1–10 at. % Fe doping concentration in ZnO. Nanoparticles obtained with 1 at. % Fe evolve to nanorods for 3 at. % Fe; nanorods transform to nanocones (for 5 at. % and 7 at. % Fe) and finally nanocones transform to nanoflakes at 10 at. % Fe. However, at all these stages, concurrence of primary hexagonal phase of Zn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O along with the secondary phases of cubic ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and rhombohedric Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, is revealed through XRD analysis. Based on collective XRD, SEM, TEM, and EDX interpretations, a model for morphological evolution of nanostructures was proposed and the pivotal role of Fe dopant was deciphered. Furthermore, vibrational properties analyzed through Raman and FTIR spectroscopies unravel the intricacies of formation and gradual enhancement of secondary phases with increased Fe concentration. UV-visible and PL spectroscopic analyses provided further insight of optical processes altering with Fe incorporation. The blue shift and gradual quenching of visible photoluminescence with Fe doping was found in accordance with structural and vibrational analyses and explicated accordingly.

  12. Control of the morphology and optical properties of ZnO nanostructures via hot mixing of reverse micelles.

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    Mao, Jing; Li, Xiao-Lei; Qin, Wen-Jing; Niu, Kai-Yang; Yang, Jing; Ling, Tao; Du, Xi-Wen

    2010-09-01

    ZnO nanostructures with controllable morphology were obtained by hot mixing reverse micelles containing Zn(NO(3))(2) or monoethanol amine aqueous solution. The ratio of water to surfactant concentration (omega(0)) was found to play a decisive role in determining the final morphology, namely, nanotetrahedrons formed at a lower omega(0) value and nanorods formed at a higher value. However, the hot mixing technique is propitious for obtaining nanostructures with uniform size. The ZnO nanotetrahedrons obtained gave a strong blue emission arising from interface state, and the ZnO nanorods emitted green light related to donor defects. Our results indicate that the hot mixing of reverse micelles is a unique way to tune the morphology and properties of nanostructures. PMID:20666465

  13. Ionic pH and glucose sensors fabricated using hydrothermal ZnO nanostructures

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    Wang, Jyh-Liang; Yang, Po-Yu; Hsieh, Tsang-Yen; Juan, Pi-Chun

    2016-01-01

    Hydrothermally synthesized aluminum-doped ZnO (AZO) nanostructures have been adopted in extended-gate field-effect transistor (EGFET) sensors to demonstrate the sensitive and stable pH and glucose sensing characteristics of AZO-nanostructured EGFET sensors. The AZO-nanostructured EGFET sensors exhibited the following superior pH sensing characteristics: a high current sensitivity of 0.96 µA1/2/pH, a high linearity of 0.9999, less distortion of output waveforms, a small hysteresis width of 4.83 mV, good long-term repeatability, and a wide sensing range from pHs 1 to 13. The glucose sensing characteristics of AZO-nanostructured biosensors exhibited the desired sensitivity of 60.5 µA·cm-2·mM-1 and a linearity of 0.9996 up to 13.9 mM. The attractive characteristics of high sensitivity, high linearity, and repeatability of using ionic AZO-nanostructured EGFET sensors indicate their potential use as electrochemical and disposable biosensors.

  14. Consequence of cobalt on structural, optical and dielectric properties in ZnO nanostructures

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    Zia, Amir; Ahmed, S.; Shah, N. A.; Anis-ur-Rehman, M.; Khan, E. U.; Basit, M.

    2015-09-01

    The critical role of cobalt dopant in ZnO nanostructures with different cobalt concentrations has been explored on the basis of structural, optical and dielectric mechanisms. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis shows that the Co+2 ions replace Zn+2 ions in the ZnO matrix, producing lattice strain. Diffused Reflectance Spectroscopy (DRS) shows a red shift in optical energy band gap with increase in cobalt content, along with the presence of transitions in high spin states due to tetrahedrally coordinated cobalt ions. The dielectric characterization explains the disparity in dynamic dielectric parameters like capacitance, dielectric constant, tangent loss, AC conductivity and impedance as a function of frequency. Capacitance and both static and dynamic dielectric constants found to be decreasing with cobalt addition. The anomaly in these pronounced parameters can address the key problems of the material at higher frequencies device operation.

  15. Comprehensive study of ZnO nanostructures grown using chemical bath deposition: from growth to application

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    Urgessa, Z. N.; Murape, D. M.; Oluwafemi, O. S.; Venter, A.; Wagner, M.; Botha, J. R.

    2011-12-01

    ZnO nanostructures were grown using a simple and environmentally friendly chemical bath deposition technique on pre-treated p-type silicon substrate at temperatures below 100°C. The effects of growth parameters like seed layer density, growth time, growth temperature, precursor concentration and annealing temperature on the structural, morphological, electrical and optical properties of ZnO nanorods were systematically studied using field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence spectroscopy and current-voltage measurements. A variety of architectures is demonstrated, ranging from single crystalline nanoparticles and c-axis orientated nanorods to highly compact crystalline thin films. Post-growth annealing at different temperatures profoundly affects the optical properties of the nanorods by, for example, reducing hydrogen- and intrinsic defect-related emission. The rectifying properties of the ZnO/Si heterojunction are discussed.

  16. Significant enhancement of power conversion efficiency for dye sensitized solar cell using 1D/3D network nanostructures as photoanodes

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    Wang, Hao; Wang, Baoyuan; Yu, Jichao; Hu, Yunxia; Xia, Chen; Zhang, Jun; Liu, Rong

    2015-01-01

    The single–crystalline TiO2 nanorod arrays with rutile phase have attracted much attention in the dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) applications because of their superior chemical stability, better electron transport properties, higher refractive index and low production cost. However, it suffers from a low surface area as compared with TiO2 nanoparticle films. In order to enlarge the surface area of TiO2 nanorod arrays, the 1D nanorods/3D nanotubes sample was synthesized using a facile two-step hydrothermal process involving hydrothermal growth 1D/3D nanorods and followed by post-etching treatment. In such bi-layer structure, the oriented TiO2 nanorods layer could provide direct pathway for fast electron transportation, and the 3D nanotubes layer offers a higher surface area for dye loading, therefore, the 1D nanorods/3D nanotubes photoanode exhibited faster electron transport and higher surface area than either 1D or 3D nanostructures alone, and an highest efficiency of 7.68% was achieved for the DSSCs based on 1D nanorods/3D nanotubes photoanode with further TiCl4 treatment. PMID:25800933

  17. Significant enhancement of power conversion efficiency for dye sensitized solar cell using 1D/3D network nanostructures as photoanodes

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    Wang, Hao; Wang, Baoyuan; Yu, Jichao; Hu, Yunxia; Xia, Chen; Zhang, Jun; Liu, Rong

    2015-03-01

    The single-crystalline TiO2 nanorod arrays with rutile phase have attracted much attention in the dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) applications because of their superior chemical stability, better electron transport properties, higher refractive index and low production cost. However, it suffers from a low surface area as compared with TiO2 nanoparticle films. In order to enlarge the surface area of TiO2 nanorod arrays, the 1D nanorods/3D nanotubes sample was synthesized using a facile two-step hydrothermal process involving hydrothermal growth 1D/3D nanorods and followed by post-etching treatment. In such bi-layer structure, the oriented TiO2 nanorods layer could provide direct pathway for fast electron transportation, and the 3D nanotubes layer offers a higher surface area for dye loading, therefore, the 1D nanorods/3D nanotubes photoanode exhibited faster electron transport and higher surface area than either 1D or 3D nanostructures alone, and an highest efficiency of 7.68% was achieved for the DSSCs based on 1D nanorods/3D nanotubes photoanode with further TiCl4 treatment.

  18. Significant enhancement of power conversion efficiency for dye sensitized solar cell using 1D/3D network nanostructures as photoanodes.

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    Wang, Hao; Wang, Baoyuan; Yu, Jichao; Hu, Yunxia; Xia, Chen; Zhang, Jun; Liu, Rong

    2015-01-01

    The single-crystalline TiO2 nanorod arrays with rutile phase have attracted much attention in the dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) applications because of their superior chemical stability, better electron transport properties, higher refractive index and low production cost. However, it suffers from a low surface area as compared with TiO2 nanoparticle films. In order to enlarge the surface area of TiO2 nanorod arrays, the 1D nanorods/3D nanotubes sample was synthesized using a facile two-step hydrothermal process involving hydrothermal growth 1D/3D nanorods and followed by post-etching treatment. In such bi-layer structure, the oriented TiO2 nanorods layer could provide direct pathway for fast electron transportation, and the 3D nanotubes layer offers a higher surface area for dye loading, therefore, the 1D nanorods/3D nanotubes photoanode exhibited faster electron transport and higher surface area than either 1D or 3D nanostructures alone, and an highest efficiency of 7.68% was achieved for the DSSCs based on 1D nanorods/3D nanotubes photoanode with further TiCl4 treatment. PMID:25800933

  19. Simulating the focusing of light onto 1D nanostructures with a B-spline modal method

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    Bouchon, P.; Chevalier, P.; Héron, S.; Pardo, F.; Pelouard, J.-L.; Haïdar, R.

    2015-03-01

    Focusing the light onto nanostructures thanks to spherical lenses is a first step to enhance the field, and is widely used in applications, in particular for enhancing non-linear effects like the second harmonic generation. Nonetheless, the electromagnetic response of such nanostructures, which have subwavelength patterns, to a focused beam can not be described by the simple ray tracing formalism. Here, we present a method to compute the response to a focused beam, based on the B-spline modal method. The simulation of a gaussian focused beam is obtained thanks to a truncated decomposition on plane waves computed on a single period, which limits the computation burden.

  20. Persistent Photoconductivity Studies in Nanostructured ZnO UV Sensors

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    2009-01-01

    The phenomenon of persistent photoconductivity is elusive and has not been addressed to an extent to attract attention both in micro and nanoscale devices due to unavailability of clear material systems and device configurations capable of providing comprehensive information. In this work, we have employed a nanostructured (nanowire diameter 30–65 nm and 5 μm in length) ZnO-based metal–semiconductor–metal photoconductor device in order to study the origin of persistent photoconductivity. The current–voltage measurements were carried with and without UV illumination under different oxygen levels. The photoresponse measurements indicated a persistent conductivity trend for depleted oxygen conditions. The persistent conductivity phenomenon is explained on the theoretical model that proposes the change of a neutral anion vacancy to a charged state. PMID:20652149

  1. Photoluminescent properties of SPAN-80 coated intrinsic and extrinsic ZnO nanostructures

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    Kavita; Kumar, Dinesh; Singh, Karamjit; Kumar, Sunil; Bhatti, H. S.

    2016-05-01

    Semiconductor nanostructures catch the attention due to morphology tunable properties. SPAN-80-Capped intrinsic and extrinsic ZnO nanostructures have been synthesized by the simple wet-chemical synthesis route. Structural behavior (morphology and crystallography) and photoluminescence performance of synthesized nanomaterials have been explored as a function of variable SPAN-80 concentration (0.05-0.125%). Crystallographic studies reveal that the prepared products possess wurtzite structure. Electron microscopy infers that the quantum dots are bunched together to form multifaceted morphology for 0.05% SPAN-80 concentration, whereas rectangular shape has been observed for extreme capping concentration. Photoluminescence properties have affected drastically with the introduction of SPAN-80 during the precipitation reaction. Photoluminescent properties of the synthesized nanostructures are strongly dependent on SPAN-80 concentration. Augmentation of capping concentration from 0.05% to 0.075% diminishes the luminescence quantum yield due to increased surface passivation whereas further addition of capping agent beyond the optimum capping concentration (0.075%) enhances the PL intensity due to increased energy transfer from capping shell to the nanostructure core.

  2. Controlling of ZnO nanostructures by solute concentration and its effect on growth, structural and optical properties

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    Kumar, Yogendra; Rana, Amit Kumar; Bhojane, Prateek; Pusty, Manojit; Bagwe, Vivas; Sen, Somaditya; Shirage, Parasharam M.

    2015-10-01

    ZnO nanostructured films were prepared by a chemical bath deposition method on glass substrates without any assistance of either microwave or high pressure autoclaves. The effect of solute concentration on the pure wurtzite ZnO nanostructure morphologies is studied. The control of the solute concentration helps to control the nanostructure to form nano-needles, and -rods. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies revealed highly c-axis oriented thin films. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) confirms the modification of the nanostructure dependent on the concentration. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results show the single crystalline electron diffraction pattern, indicating high quality nano-material. UV-vis results show the variation in the band gap from 3.20 eV to 3.14 eV with increasing concentration as the nanostructures change from needle- to rod-like. Photoluminescence (PL) data indicate the existence of defects in the nanomaterials emitting light in the yellow-green region, with broad UV and visible spectra. A sharp and strong peak is observed at ˜438 cm-1 by Raman spectroscopy, assigned to the {{{{E}}}2}{{high}} optical mode of ZnO, the characteristic peak for the highly-crystalline wurtzite hexagonal phase. The solute concentration significantly affects the formation of defect states in the nanostructured films, and as a result, it alters the structural and optical properties. Current-voltage characteristics alter with the measurement environment, indicating potential sensor applications.

  3. On the self-assembly of TiOx into 1D NP network nanostructures

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    Redel, Engelbert; Sai Kiran Chakravadhanula, Venkata; Lan, Yanhua; Natzeck, Carsten; Heissler, Stefan

    2015-02-01

    Here, we report for the first time a ‘ligand free’ method of designing 1D TiOx supramolecular network materials, which starts from Ti bare metal powder. Each TiOx oxidation step has been carefully investigated with different analytical techniques, including high resolution transmission electron microscopy/high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRTEM/HRSEM), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy and superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) measurements. The self-assembly of TiOx nanoparticles (NPs) into 1D supramolecular nanoparticle networks is induced by the formation of mixed valent TiII,III species. The synthesis starts with etching a bare Ti surface, followed by a continuous oxidation of TiOx clusters and NPs, and it finally ends with the self-assembly into rigid 1D NPs chains. Today, such self-assembled 1D NP TiOx network materials are bridging the gap between the nanoscale and the macroscopic material world and will further provide interesting research opportunities.

  4. New ZnO nanostructures as non-enzymatic glucose biosensors.

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    Tarlani, Aliakbar; Fallah, Mahtab; Lotfi, Behzad; Khazraei, Avideh; Golsanamlou, Sommayeh; Muzart, Jacques; Mirza-Aghayan, Maryam

    2015-05-15

    In a new approach, shape controlled synthesis of zinc oxide nanostructures were carried out using a solvothermal route assisted amino acids such as L-Lysine (lysine), L-Cysteine (cysteine) and L-Arginine (arginine) as bifunctional species with (or without) urea or oxalic acid as additives which affect the pH of the reaction. Rod, powder, particle, cube, rock candy-like, sheet, sphere, brain-like, groundnut-like and pussy willow-like morphologies were obtained through the synthetic route. Particle sizes varied from 25 nm to4 μm. To test the application, nine ZnO nanostructures, formulated by multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) on glassy carbon electrode (GCE) were applied as new nanobiosensors for detecting glucose in a simple and inexpensive way without using any glucose oxidase or nafion. Glucose sensing accomplished in a phosphate buffer solution (PBS, pH=7) for ZnO/MWCNT/GCE samples. Results showed that in this non-enzymatic biosensor system, spherical ZnO obtained from zinc acetate/cycteine/oxalic acid synthetic route has the highest sensitivity of 64.29 μA/cm(2) mM with repeatable results. For the mentioned sensor, no interference observed in the presence of dopamine, uric acid and fructose. PMID:25305803

  5. Morphological effects on optical and electrical properties of ZnO nanostructures

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    Lee, Sang Hyun; Xu, Jun

    2012-02-01

    Morphology control of semiconductor nanostructures is of great interest in recent years owing to their unique capabilities in achieving desired chemical and physical properties as well as enabling great potential in electronic and optoelectronic applications. In this paper, we review our recent study on morphological control of ZnO nanocones and how the optical and electrical properties of such nanostructure-based photovoltaic solar cells are affected. The nanocone shape is obtained by altering the ratio of oxygen to argon gas during thermal chemical vapor deposition. The nanocones grown on Si substrates show antireflective properties in a broad spectral range. We further found that incident light was confined in the nanocones, which enhances the antireflective properties through multi-reflection/absorption. The performance dependency of a ZnO-CdTe solar cell on the morphology of ZnO was explored by introducing the nanocones. Small junction area and strong electric field at the tip of nanocones contribute to effective charge transport across the heterojunction, resulting in improved the conversion efficiency of solar cells.

  6. Nanostructured ZnO films in forms of rod, plate and flower: Electrodeposition mechanisms and characterization

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    Kıcır, Nur; Tüken, Tunç; Erken, Ozge; Gumus, Cebrail; Ufuktepe, Yuksel

    2016-07-01

    Uniformity and reproducibility of well-defined ZnO nanostructures are particularly important issues for fabrication and applications of these nanomaterials. In present study, we report selective morphology control during electrodeposition, by adjusting the hydroxyl generation rate and Zn(OH)2 deposition. In presence of remarkably high chloride concentration (0.3 M) and -1.0 V deposition potential, slow precipitation conditions were provided in 5 mM Zn(NO3)2 solution. By doing so, we have obtained highly ordered, vertically aligned and uniformly spaced hexagon shaped nanoplates, on ITO surface. We have also investigated the mechanism for shifting the morphology from rod/plate to flower like structure of ZnO, for better understanding the reproducibility. For this reason, the influence of various supporting electrolytes (sodium/ammonium salts of acetate) has been investigated for interpretation of the influence of OH- concentration nearby the surface. From rod to plate and flower nanostructures, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis were realized for characterization, also the optical properties were studied.

  7. Room Temperature Ferromagnetism in Transition Metal Doped CVD-Grown ZnO Films and Nanostructures

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    Hill, D. H.; Gateau, R.; Bartynski, R. A.; Wu, P.; Lu, Y.; Wielunski, L.; Poltavets, V.; Greenblatt, M.; Arena, D. A.; Dvorak, J.; Calvin, S.

    2006-03-01

    We have characterized the chemical, compositional, and magnetic properties of Mn- and Fe-ion implanted epitaxial ZnO films and single crystal nanostructures grown by MOCVD as candidate room temperature diluted magnetic semiconductors. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (SXAS) shows that Mn-implanted films contain Mn^2+ ions which convert to a mixture of Mn^3+ and Mn^4+ upon annealing. Fe-implanted films contain a mixture of Fe^2+ and Fe^3+ which converts to a higher concentration of Fe^3+ upon annealing. XAS and preliminary analysis of EXAFS data indicate that the TM ions are substitutional for Zn. SQUID magnetometry shows that as-implanted films are ferromagnetic at 5K and the annealed films are ferromagnetic at room temperature. X-ray diffraction shows that the annealed films remain epitaxial with excellent long range order. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry indicates a substantial recovery of local order upon annealing as well. The properties of in-situ Fe-doped MOCVD-grown ZnO epitaxial films and nanostructures will also be discussed.

  8. On-chip Fabrication of High Performance Nanostructured ZnO UV Detectors

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    Alenezi, Mohammad R.; Henley, Simon J.; Silva, S. R. P.

    2015-01-01

    Developing rationally controlled bottom-up device fabrication processes is essential for the achievement of high performance optimal devices. We report a controlled, seedless and site-selective hydrothermal technique to fabricate high-performance nanostructured ZnO UV-detectors directly on-chip. We demonstrate that by controlling the nanowire growth process, via tuning the experimental parameters such as the concentration of reactants and the growth time, and by introducing a refresh of the growth solution, the device structure efficiency can be enhanced to significantly improve its performance. The on-chip fabricated bridging nanosyringe ultraviolet detector demonstrates improved sensitivity (~105), nanowatts detectability, and ultrafast response-time (90 ms) and recovery-time (210 ms). The improvement in response-time and recovery-time is attributed to the unique nanowire-nanowire junction barrier dominated resistance and the direct contact between ZnO and Au electrodes. Furthermore, the enhanced sensitivity and nanowatts detectability of the bridging nanosyringe device are due to the reduction in dimensionality and ultrahigh surface-to-volume ratio. This work paves the way toward low cost, large scale, low temperature, seedless and site-selective fabrication of high performance ZnO nanowire sensors on flexible and transparent substrates. PMID:25687120

  9. On-chip Fabrication of High Performance Nanostructured ZnO UV Detectors

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    Alenezi, Mohammad R.; Henley, Simon J.; Silva, S. R. P.

    2015-02-01

    Developing rationally controlled bottom-up device fabrication processes is essential for the achievement of high performance optimal devices. We report a controlled, seedless and site-selective hydrothermal technique to fabricate high-performance nanostructured ZnO UV-detectors directly on-chip. We demonstrate that by controlling the nanowire growth process, via tuning the experimental parameters such as the concentration of reactants and the growth time, and by introducing a refresh of the growth solution, the device structure efficiency can be enhanced to significantly improve its performance. The on-chip fabricated bridging nanosyringe ultraviolet detector demonstrates improved sensitivity (~105), nanowatts detectability, and ultrafast response-time (90 ms) and recovery-time (210 ms). The improvement in response-time and recovery-time is attributed to the unique nanowire-nanowire junction barrier dominated resistance and the direct contact between ZnO and Au electrodes. Furthermore, the enhanced sensitivity and nanowatts detectability of the bridging nanosyringe device are due to the reduction in dimensionality and ultrahigh surface-to-volume ratio. This work paves the way toward low cost, large scale, low temperature, seedless and site-selective fabrication of high performance ZnO nanowire sensors on flexible and transparent substrates.

  10. Structural, optical and ferroelectric behavior of hydrothermally grown ZnO nanostructures

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    Chand, Prakash; Gaur, Anurag; Kumar, Ashavani

    2013-12-01

    In the present study, zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures have been synthesized at 100 °C for different aging periods, 1, 24, 48 and 96 h by hydrothermal method. Structural, optical and ferroelectric properties were investigated using X-ray diffractometer, field emission scanning electron microscope, Transmission electron microscope, photoluminescence, UV-visible, Raman spectroscopy and P-E loop tracer. The X-ray diffractometer pattern indicates the pure phase formation of ZnO without any impurity for the samples synthesized from 1 to 96 h aging periods, respectively. Field emission scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope analysis also shows that the average diameter and length of these nanorods increases with increasing the aging periods. Moreover Raman and Photoluminescence spectrum also confirm the wurtzite phase formation of ZnO. The optical band gaps calculated through UV-visible spectroscopy are found to decrease from 3.81 to 3.45 eV with increase in aging periods, 1-96 h, respectively. Further, improved ferroelectric behavior has been observed for 48 and 96 h aged samples.

  11. Controlled hydrothermal growth of ZnO nanostructures by sequestering the Zn metal ions with the chelating agent EDTA

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    Ram, S. D. Gopal; Ravi, G.; Manikandan, MR.; Mahalingam, T.; Anbu Kulandainathan, M.

    2011-10-01

    In the present work, a controlled growth of ZnO nanostructures by manipulating Zn metal ion concentration by the chelating action of ethylene diaminetetra acetic acid in hydrothermal method is studied. EDTA produces metal-chelate complex by the formation of bidentate ligand with Zn 2+ in the solution and diminishes the reactivity of Zn metal cations. Concentration of EDTA in the mother solution was varied in different ranges like 3, 5 and 10 mM while retaining the zinc metal salt and the NaOH concentration the same. Three different morphologies of wurtzite structured ZnO nanostructures such as nanorods-bunch, separate/discrete uniformly sized hexagonal nanorods and tapered flower petals like shapes are achieved by 3, 5 and 10 mM strengths of EDTA, respectively. The medium concentration 5 mM of EDTA is found to have moderate control over producing ZnO nanostructures of uniform diameter and a high aspect (length to diameter) ratio. An array of vertically aligned free standing ZnO nanorods with uniform spacing is successfully achieved by the addition of 5 mM of EDTA in the mother solution and the same is studied for its fluorescence property at an excitation of 325 nm and it has exhibited a characteristic UV emission of ZnO around 383 nm.

  12. Room Temperature Deposition of Crystalline Nanoporous ZnO Nanostructures for Direct Use as Flexible DSSC Photoanode

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    Han, Byung Suh; Caliskan, Salim; Sohn, Woonbae; Kim, Miyoung; Lee, Jung-Kun; Jang, Ho Won

    2016-04-01

    A facile approach to fabricate dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is demonstrated by depositing (001) oriented zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures on both glass and flexible substrates at room temperature using pulsed laser deposition. Unique crystallographic characteristics of ZnO combined with highly non-equilibrium state of pulsed laser-induced ablated species enabled highly crystalline ZnO nanostructures without aid of any chemically induced additives or organic/inorganic impurities at room temperature. Film morphology as well as internal surface area is tailored by varying ambient oxygen pressure and deposition time. It is revealed that the optimization of these two experimental factors was essential for achieving structure providing large surface area as well as efficient charge collection. The DSSCs with optimized ZnO photoanodes showed overall efficiencies of 3.89 and 3.4 % on glass and polyethylene naphthalate substrates, respectively, under AM 1.5G light illumination. The high conversion efficiencies are attributed to elongated electron lifetime and enhanced electrolyte diffusion in the high crystalline ZnO nanostructures, verified by intensity-modulated voltage spectroscopy and electrochemical impedance measurements.

  13. Room Temperature Deposition of Crystalline Nanoporous ZnO Nanostructures for Direct Use as Flexible DSSC Photoanode.

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    Han, Byung Suh; Caliskan, Salim; Sohn, Woonbae; Kim, Miyoung; Lee, Jung-Kun; Jang, Ho Won

    2016-12-01

    A facile approach to fabricate dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is demonstrated by depositing (001) oriented zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures on both glass and flexible substrates at room temperature using pulsed laser deposition. Unique crystallographic characteristics of ZnO combined with highly non-equilibrium state of pulsed laser-induced ablated species enabled highly crystalline ZnO nanostructures without aid of any chemically induced additives or organic/inorganic impurities at room temperature. Film morphology as well as internal surface area is tailored by varying ambient oxygen pressure and deposition time. It is revealed that the optimization of these two experimental factors was essential for achieving structure providing large surface area as well as efficient charge collection. The DSSCs with optimized ZnO photoanodes showed overall efficiencies of 3.89 and 3.4 % on glass and polyethylene naphthalate substrates, respectively, under AM 1.5G light illumination. The high conversion efficiencies are attributed to elongated electron lifetime and enhanced electrolyte diffusion in the high crystalline ZnO nanostructures, verified by intensity-modulated voltage spectroscopy and electrochemical impedance measurements. PMID:27112352

  14. Facile Synthesis of Three-Dimensional ZnO Nanostructure: Realization of a Multifunctional Stable Superhydrophobic Surface

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    Wu, Jun; Xia, Jun; Lei, Wei; Wang, Baoping

    2011-01-01

    Background After comprehensive study of various superhydrophobic phenomena in nature, it is no longer a puzzle for researchers to realize such fetching surfaces. However, the different types of artificial surfaces may get wetted and lose its water repellence if there exist defects or the liquid is under pressure. With respect to the industry applications, in which the resistance of wetting transition is critical important, new nanostructure satisfied a certain geometric criterion should be designed to hold a stable gas film at the base area to avoid the wet transition. Methodology A thermal deposition method was utilized to produce a thin ZnO seeds membrane on the aluminum foil. And then a chemical self-assemble technology was developed in present work to fabricate three-dimensional (3D) hierarchical dune-like ZnO architecture based on the prepared seeds membrane. Results Hierarchical ZnO with micro scale dune-like structure and core-sharing nanosheets was generated. The characterization results showed that there exist plenty of gaps and interfaces among the micro-dune and nanosheets, and thus the surface area was enlarged by such a unique morphology. Benefited from this unique 3D ZnO hierarchical nanostructure, the obtained surface exhibited stable water repellency after modification with Teflon, and furthermore, based on solid theory analysis, such 3D ZnO nanostructure would exhibit excellent sensing performance. PMID:22194987

  15. Low temperature growth of ZnO nanostructures on flexible polystyrene substrates for optical, photoluminescence and wettability applications

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    Durga Prasad, Muvva; Pasha Shaik, Ummar; Madhurima, V.; Ghanashyam Krishna, M.

    2016-08-01

    The growth of ZnO nanostructures on flexible polystyrene substrates by a simple vacuum thermal evaporation process is reported. The ZnO films are deposited on polystyrene surfaces of 6 μm thickness which are initially anchored on glass substrates. The as-deposited films are annealed at temperatures up to 180 °C for 6–24 h after which the polystyrene is lifted off from the glass substrates to yield nanostructured films on a flexible substrate. At 180 °C there is transformation of the partially oxidized as-deposited films into nearly stoichiometric ZnO. This is accompanied by the formation of nanostructures such as nanorods, nanotubes and nanodoughnuts. The films, which were 50–200 nm in thickness, are polycrystalline in nature and also exhibit Zn/ZnO core–shell structures under favorable conditions. The nanostructures exhibit transmission greater than 80% in the visible and near infrared regions and band gaps of the order of 4 eV. The films exhibit strong blue photoluminescence and the peak position as well as intensity of emission can be tuned by varying thickness and annealing conditions. To demonstrate the flexibility, the ZnO coated polystyrene substrates were wrapped around a LED to show UV blocking property. Wettability studies indicate that films are hydrophobic with water contact angles between 92°–95°.

  16. Strongly enhanced ultraviolet emission of an Au@SiO2/ZnO plasmonic hybrid nanostructure

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    Wang, Li; Wang, Xiaodong; Mao, Shengcheng; Wu, Hua; Guo, Xia; Ji, Yuan; Han, Xiaodong

    2016-02-01

    We present the surface plasmon polariton (SPP)-enhanced ultraviolet (UV) emission of an Au@SiO2/ZnO hybrid nanostructure. We achieved approximately 20- and 8-fold enhancements of the UV-emitting intensities from Au-SPP coupled nanometre- and micrometre-scaled ZnO wires through an optimized 5 nm-thick SiO2 spacer compared to that obtained from bare ZnO on a Si substrate without SPP coupling. Cathodoluminescence measurements and simulations demonstrated that the plasmonic hybrid nanostructure enables the strong localization of the SPP field, resulting in significantly enhanced UV emission. This plasmonic structure paves the way to nanoscale UV-optical lasers and sensors.

  17. Strongly enhanced ultraviolet emission of an Au@SiO2/ZnO plasmonic hybrid nanostructure.

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    Wang, Li; Wang, Xiaodong; Mao, Shengcheng; Wu, Hua; Guo, Xia; Ji, Yuan; Han, Xiaodong

    2016-02-11

    We present the surface plasmon polariton (SPP)-enhanced ultraviolet (UV) emission of an Au@SiO2/ZnO hybrid nanostructure. We achieved approximately 20- and 8-fold enhancements of the UV-emitting intensities from Au-SPP coupled nanometre- and micrometre-scaled ZnO wires through an optimized 5 nm-thick SiO2 spacer compared to that obtained from bare ZnO on a Si substrate without SPP coupling. Cathodoluminescence measurements and simulations demonstrated that the plasmonic hybrid nanostructure enables the strong localization of the SPP field, resulting in significantly enhanced UV emission. This plasmonic structure paves the way to nanoscale UV-optical lasers and sensors. PMID:26818908

  18. Oxygen vacancy mediated enhanced photo-absorption from ZnO(0001) nanostructures fabricated by atom beam sputtering

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    Solanki, Vanaraj; Joshi, Shalik R.; Mishra, Indrani; Kabiraj, D.; Mishra, N. C.; Avasthi, D. K.; Varma, Shikha

    2016-08-01

    The nanoscale patterns created on the ZnO(0001) surfaces during atom beam irradiation have been investigated here for their photo absorption response. Preferential sputtering, during irradiation, promotes Zn-rich zones that serve as the nucleation centers for the spontaneous creation of nanostructures. Nanostructured surfaces with bigger (78 nm) nanodots, displaying hexagonal ordering and long ranged periodic behavior, show higher photo absorption and a ˜0.09 eV reduced bandgap. These nanostructures also demonstrate higher concentration of oxygen vacancies which are crucial for these results. The enhanced photo-response, as observed here, has been achieved in the absence of any dopant elements.

  19. Influence of ZnO nanostructures in liquid crystal interfaces for bistable switching applications

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    Pal, Kaushik; Zhan, Bihong; Madhu Mohan, M. L. N.; Schirhagl, Romana; Wang, Guoping

    2015-12-01

    The controlled fabrication of nanometer-scale objects is without doubt one of the central issues in current science and technology. In this article, we exhibit a simple, one-step bench top synthesis of zinc oxide nano-tetrapods and nano-spheres which were tailored by the facial growth of nano-wires (diameter ≈ 24 nm; length ≈ 118 nm) and nano-cubes (≈395 nm edge) to nano-sphere (diameter ≈ 585 nm) appeaded. The possibilities of inexpensive, simple solvo-chemical synthesis of nanostructures were considered. In this article, a successful attempt has been made that ZnO nano-structures dispersed on well aligned hydrogen bonded liquid crystals (HBLC) comprising azelaic acid (AC) with p-n-alkyloxy benzoic acid (nBAO) by varying the respective alkyloxy carbon number (n = 5). The dispersion of nanomaterials with HBLC is an effective route to enhance the existing functionalities. A series of these composite materials were analyzed by polarizing optical microscope's electro-optical switching. An interesting feature of AC + nBAO is the inducement of tilted smectic G phase with increasing carbon chain length. Phase diagrams of the above hybrid ZnO nanomaterial influenced LC complex and pure LC were constructed and compared. The switching times, the contrast ratio and spontaneous polarization of the nanostructures-HBLC composite film were carried out by systematic investigation. The sample preparation parameters, such as the curing time and curing intensity were optimized. The critical applied voltage to achieve the switching bi-stability of our device is only 4.5 V, which is approximately twice its threshold voltage for Freedericksz transition. This performance puts the hybrid structure at the top level in the state of the art in application oriented research in optics of liquid crystalline composite materials.

  20. Design of Highly Sensitive C2H5OH Sensors Using Self-Assembled ZnO Nanostructures

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    Kim, Kang-Min; Kim, Hae-Ryong; Choi, Kwon-Il; Kim, Hyo-Joong; Lee, Jong-Heun

    2011-01-01

    Various ZnO nanostructures such as porous nanorods and two hierarchical structures consisting of porous nanosheets or crystalline nanorods were prepared by the reaction of mixtures of oleic-acid-dissolved ethanol solutions and aqueous dissolved Zn-precursor solutions in the presence of NaOH. All three ZnO nanostructures showed sensitive and selective detection of C2H5OH. In particular, ultra-high responses (Ra/Rg = ∼1,200, Ra: resistance in air, Rg: resistance in gas) to 100 ppm C2H5OH was attained using porous nanorods and hierarchical structures assembled from porous nanosheets, which is one of the highest values reported in the literature. The gas response and linearity of gas sensors were discussed in relation to the size, surface area, and porosity of the nanostructures. PMID:22163720

  1. A facile route for 3D aerogels from nanostructured 1D and 2D materials

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    Jung, Sung Mi; Jung, Hyun Young; Dresselhaus, Mildred S.; Jung, Yung Joon; Kong, Jing

    2012-01-01

    Aerogels have numerous applications due to their high surface area and low densities. However, creating aerogels from a large variety of materials has remained an outstanding challenge. Here, we report a new methodology to enable aerogel production with a wide range of materials. The method is based on the assembly of anisotropic nano-objects (one-dimensional (1D) nanotubes, nanowires, or two-dimensional (2D) nanosheets) into a cross-linking network from their colloidal suspensions at the transition from the semi-dilute to the isotropic concentrated regime. The resultant aerogels have highly porous and ultrafine three-dimensional (3D) networks consisting of 1D (Ag, Si, MnO2, single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs)) and 2D materials (MoS2, graphene, h-BN) with high surface areas, low densities, and high electrical conductivities. This method opens up a facile route for aerogel production with a wide variety of materials and tremendous opportunities for bio-scaffold, energy storage, thermoelectric, catalysis, and hydrogen storage applications. PMID:23152940

  2. Engineering of lead chalcogenide nanostructures for carrier multiplication: Core/shell, 1D, and 2D

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    Lin, Qianglu

    Near infrared emitting semiconductors have been used widely in industry especially in solar-cell fabrications. The efficiency of single junction solar-cell can reach the Shockley-Queisser limit by using optimum band gap material such as silicon and cadmium telluride. The theoretical efficiency can be further enhanced through carrier multiplication, in which a high energy photon is absorbed and more than one electron-hole pair can be generated, reaching more than 100% quantum efficiency in the high energy region of sunlight. The realization of more than unity external quantum efficiency in lead selenide quantum dots solar cell has motivated vast investigation on lowering the carrier multiplication threshold and further improving the efficiency. This dissertation focuses on synthesis of lead chalcogenide nanostructures for their optical spectroscopy studies. PbSe/CdSe core/shell quantum dots were synthesized by cation exchange to obtain thick shells (up to 14 monolayers) for studies of visible and near infrared dual band emissions and carrier multiplication efficiency. By examining the reaction mechanism, a thermodynamic and a kinetic model are introduced to explain the vacancy driven cation exchange. As indicated by the effective mass model, PbSe/CdSe core/shell quantum dots has quasi-type-II band alignment, possessing electron delocalized through the entire quantum dot and hole localized in the core, which breaks down the symmetry of energy levels in the conduction and valence band, leading to hot-hole-assisted efficient multi-exciton generation and a lower carrier multiplication threshold to the theoretical value. For further investigation of carrier multiplication study, PbTe, possessing the highest efficiency among lead chalcogenides due to slow intraband cooling, is synthesized in one-dimensional and two-dimensional nanostructures. By using dodecanethiol as the surfactant, PbTe NRs can be prepared with high uniformity in width and resulted in fine quantum

  3. Synthesis of 1D Silica Nanostructures with Controllable Sizes Based on Short Anionic Peptide Self-Assembly.

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    Wang, Shengjie; Cai, Qingwei; Du, Mingxuan; Xue, Junyi; Xu, Hai

    2015-09-10

    Artificial synthesis of silica under benign conditions is usually achieved by using cationic organic matrices as templates while the anionic analogues have not received enough consideration, albeit they are also functioning in biosilica formation. In this work, we report the design and self-assembly of an anionic peptide amphiphile (I3E) and the use of its self-assemblies as templates to synthesize 1D silica nanostructures with tunable sizes. We show that short I3E readily formed long nanofibrils in aqueous solution via a hierarchical self-assembly process. By using APTES and TEOS as silica precursors, we found that the I3E nanofibrils templated the production of silica nanotubes with a wide size distribution, in which the silica size regulation was achieved by tuning the interactions among the peptide template and silicon species. These results clearly illustrate a facile method for generating silica nanomaterials based on anionic matrices. PMID:26301578

  4. Growth mechanism, surface and optical properties of ZnO nanostructures deposited on various Au-seeded thickness obtained by mist-atomization

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    Afaah, A. N.; Aadila, A.; Asib, N. A. M.; Mohamed, R.; Rusop, M.; Khusaimi, Z.

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, growth mechanisms of ZnO nanostructures on non-seeded glass, 6 nm and 12 nm Au seed layer obtained by mist-atomization was proposed. ZnO films were successfully deposited on glass substrate with different thickness of Au seed layer i.e. 6 nm and 12 nm. The surface and optical properties of the prepared samples were investigated using Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and photoluminescence (PL). FESEM micrograph show that ZnO nanostructure deposited on 6 nm Au seed layer has uniform formation and well distributed. From PL spectroscopy, the UV emission shows that ZnO deposited on 6 nm Au seed layer has the more intense UV intensity which proved that high crystal quality of nanostructured ZnO deposited on 6 nm Au seed layer.

  5. Structural and optical properties of ZnMgO nanostructures formed by Mg in-diffused ZnO nanowires

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    Pan, C.-J.; Hsu, H.-C.; Cheng, H.-M.; Wu, C.-Y.; Hsieh, W.-F.

    2007-04-15

    ZnMgO nanostructures with wurtzite phase were prepared by thermal diffusion of Mg into the ZnO nanowires. As ZnO light-emitting devices have been operated by using ZnMgO layers as energy barrier layers to confine the carriers, it is essential to realize the characterization of ZnMgO particularly. In this work, the Mg content in Zn{sub 1} {sub -x} Mg {sub x} O alloy determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL) shows a good coincidence. The variation of lattice constant and the blueshift of near-band-edge emission indicate that Zn{sup 2+} ions are successfully substituted by Mg{sup 2+} ions in the ZnO lattice. In Raman-scattering studies, the change of E {sub 2}(high) phonon line shape in ZnO:Mg nanostructures reveals the microscopic substitutional disorder. In addition to the host phonons of ZnO, two additional bands around 383 and 510 cm{sup -1} are presumably attributed to the Mg-related vibrational modes. - Graphical abstract: We reported the synthesis of the ZnMgO nanostructures prepared by a simple vapor transport method. Magnesium-related anomalous modes are observed by Raman spectra for the first time in ZnMgO system.

  6. Application of electrochemically deposited nanostructured ZnO layers on quartz crystal microbalance for NO2 detection

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    Georgieva, B.; Petrov, M.; Lovchinov, K.; Ganchev, M.; Georgieva, V.; Dimova-Malinovska, D.

    2014-11-01

    The research was fixed on sensing behavior of ZnO nanostructured (NS) films to NO2 concentrations in the environment. The ZnO NS layers are deposited by electrochemical method on quartz resonators with Au electrodes. The sorption properties of ZnO layers were defined by measuring the resonant frequency shift (Δf) of the QCM-ZnO structure for different NO2 concentrations. The measurements were based on the correlation between the frequency shift of the QCM and additional mass loading (Δm) on the resonator calculated using Sauerbrey equation for the AT-cut quartz plate. Frequency - Time Characteristics (FTCs) of the samples were measured as a function of different NO2 concentrations in order to define the sorption abilities of ZnO layers. The experiments were carried out on a special set up in a dynamical regime. From FTCs the response and the recovery times of the QCM-ZnO structure were measured with varying NO2. Frequency shift changed from 23 Hz to 58Hz when NO2 was varied in the range of 250ppm - 5000ppm. The process of sorption was estimated as reversible and the sorption as physical. The obtained results demonstrated that QCM covered with the electrochemically deposited nanostructured ZnO films can be used as application in NO2 sensors.

  7. Anomalous luminescence phenomena of indium-doped ZnO nanostructures grown on Si substrates by the hydrothermal method

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    2012-01-01

    In recent years, zinc oxide (ZnO) has become one of the most popular research materials due to its unique properties and various applications. ZnO is an intrinsic semiconductor, with a wide bandgap (3.37 eV) and large exciton binding energy (60 meV) making it suitable for many optical applications. In this experiment, the simple hydrothermal method is used to grow indium-doped ZnO nanostructures on a silicon wafer, which are then annealed at different temperatures (400°C to 1,000°C) in an abundant oxygen atmosphere. This study discusses the surface structure and optical characteristic of ZnO nanomaterials. The structure of the ZnO nanostructures is analyzed by X-ray diffraction, the superficial state by scanning electron microscopy, and the optical measurements which are carried out using the temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) spectra. In this study, we discuss the broad peak energy of the yellow-orange emission which shows tendency towards a blueshift with the temperature increase in the PL spectra. This differs from other common semiconductors which have an increase in their peak energy of deep-level emission along with measurement temperature. PMID:22647253

  8. The influence of Au film thickness and annealing conditions on the VLS-assisted growth of ZnO nanostructures

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    Govatsi, K.; Chrissanthopoulos, A.; Dracopoulos, V.; Yannopoulos, S. N.

    2014-05-01

    High temperature evaporation methods, such as the vapor-liquid-solid mechanism, have been exploited for the controlled growth of ZnO nanostructures on various substrates. While Au is the most frequently used catalyst for growing ZnO nanowires, its morphological features on the substrate, which determine the size and shape of the nanostructures grown, have not yet been methodically explored. In the current work, we investigated the details of the thermal dewetting of Au films into nanoparticles on Si substrates. Au films of various thicknesses ranging from 2 to 15 nm were annealed under slow and fast rates at various temperatures and the morphological details of the nanoparticles formed were investigated. The dependence of the mean particle size on the nominal film thickness is in fair agreement with theoretical predictions. The vapor-liquid-solid method was employed to investigate the role of the Au nanoparticles on the growth details of ZnO nanowires. The efficient and high throughput growth of ZnO nanowires, for a given growth time, is realized in cases of thin Au films, i.e. when the thickness is lower than 10 nm. Based on these experimental findings, a two-step mechanism is proposed to account for the growth of ZnO nanorods ending in ultrathin (˜30 nm), micron-long tips.

  9. Light-directing chiral liquid crystal nanostructures: from 1D to 3D.

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    Bisoyi, Hari Krishna; Li, Quan

    2014-10-21

    Endowing external, remote, and dynamic control to self-organized superstructures with desired functionalities is a principal driving force in the bottom-up nanofabrication of molecular devices. Light-driven chiral molecular switches or motors in liquid crystal (LC) media capable of self-organizing into optically tunable one-dimensional (1D) and three-dimensional (3D) superstructures represent such an elegant system. As a consequence, photoresponsive cholesteric LCs (CLCs), i.e., self-organized 1D helical superstructures, and LC blue phases (BPs), i.e., self-organized 3D periodic cubic lattices, are emerging as a new generation of multifunctional supramolecular 1D and 3D photonic materials in their own right because of their fundamental academic interest and technological significance. These smart stimuli-responsive materials can be facilely fabricated from achiral LC hosts by the addition of a small amount of a light-driven chiral molecular switch or motor. The photoresponsiveness of these materials is a result of both molecular interaction and geometry changes in the chiral molecular switch upon light irradiation. The doped photoresponsive CLCs undergo light-driven pitch modulation and/or helix inversion, which has many applications in color filters, polarizers, all-optical displays, optical lasers, sensors, energy-saving smart devices, and so on. Recently, we have conceptualized and rationally synthesized different light-driven chiral molecular switches that have very high helical twisting powers (HTPs) and exhibit large changes in HTP in different states, thereby enabling wide phototunability of the systems by the addition of very small amounts of the molecular switches into commercially available achiral LCs. The light-driven chiral molecular switches are based on well-recognized azobenzene, dithienylcyclopentene, and spirooxazine derivatives. We have demonstrated high-resolution and lightweight photoaddressable displays without patterned electronics on

  10. Enhanced Gas Sensitivity and Selectivity on Aperture-Controllable 3D Interconnected Macro-Mesoporous ZnO Nanostructures.

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    Liu, Jing; Huang, Huawen; Zhao, Heng; Yan, Xiaoting; Wu, Sijia; Li, Yu; Wu, Min; Chen, Lihua; Yang, Xiaoyu; Su, Bao-Lian

    2016-04-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) macro-mesoporous structures demonstrate effective performance for gas sensing. In this work, we have designed and successfully prepared aperture-controllable three-dimensional interconnected macro-mesoporous ZnO (3D-IMM-ZnO) nanostructures by template-based layer-by-layer filtration deposition. XRD, SEM, and TEM have been used to characterize the obtained hexagonal wurzite 3D-IMM-ZnO nanostructures. Owing to its special 3D interconnected hierarchically porous structure, the 3D-IMM-ZnO nanostructures exhibit excellent gas sensing performances toward acetone and methanol. The 3D-IMM-ZnO nanostructure with the largest macropore demonstrates the best gas sensitivity owing to its largest cavity providing enough space for gas diffusion. On the basis of the results and analyses, we propose that the synergistic effect of electron liberation and electron density of acetone and the special structure make the 3D-IMM-ZnO nanostructures demonstrate better gas sensing properties than many other porous ZnO nanostructures and preferred selectivity to acetone. PMID:26998736

  11. Characterization of nanostructured ZnO thin films deposited through vacuum evaporation

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    Maldonado, Arturo; Juarez, Héctor; Pacio, Mauricio; Perez, Rene

    2015-01-01

    Summary This work presents a novel technique to deposit ZnO thin films through a metal vacuum evaporation technique using colloidal nanoparticles (average size of 30 nm), which were synthesized by our research group, as source. These thin films had a thickness between 45 and 123 nm as measured by profilometry. XRD patterns of the deposited thin films were obtained. According to the HRSEM micrographs worm-shaped nanostructures are observed in samples annealed at 600 °C and this characteristic disappears as the annealing temperature increases. The films obtained were annealed from 25 to 1000 °C, showing a gradual increase in transmittance spectra up to 85%. The optical band gaps obtained for these films are about 3.22 eV. The PL measurement shows an emission in the red and in the violet region and there is a correlation with the annealing process. PMID:25977868

  12. Measured efficiency of a ZnO nanostructured diode piezoelectric energy harvesting device

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    Briscoe, J.; Bilotti, E.; Dunn, S.

    2012-08-01

    We used controlled bending of a ZnO/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene): poly(styrenesulfonate) diode at known strain rates to measure the mechanical-to-electrical energy conversion efficiency. The mechanical energy input into the nanostructured diode was measured as 330 ± 2 nJ cm-2. The electrical energy output was calculated by integrating the product of the short-circuit current and open-circuit voltage over time. This gives a measured external efficiency of the device at a bending rate of 500 mm/min of 0.0067%. The efficiency increased exponentially with bending rate, though this increase must slow as the mechanical coupling efficiency is approached, which gives a maximum possible efficiency of 23% for ZnO.

  13. Apoferritin fibers: a new template for 1D fluorescent hybrid nanostructures.

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    Jurado, Rocío; Castello, Fabio; Bondia, Patricia; Casado, Santiago; Flors, Cristina; Cuesta, Rafael; Domínguez-Vera, José M; Orte, Angel; Gálvez, Natividad

    2016-05-01

    Recently, research in the field of protein amyloid fibers has gained great attention due to the use of these materials as nanoscale templates for the construction of functional hybrid materials. The formation of apoferritin amyloid-like protein fibers is demonstrated herein for the first time. The morphology, size and stiffness of these one-dimensional structures are comparable to the fibers formed by β-lactoglobulin, a protein frequently used as a model in the study of amyloid-like fibrillar proteins. Nanometer-sized globular apoferritin is capable of self-assembling to form 1D micrometer-sized structures after being subjected to a heating process. Depending on the experimental conditions, fibers with different morphologies and sizes are obtained. The wire-like protein structure is rich in functional groups and allows chemical functionalization with diverse quantum dots (QD), as well as with different Alexa Fluor (AF) dyes, leading to hybrid fluorescent fibers with variable emission wavelengths, from green to near infrared, depending on the QD and AFs coupled. For fibers containing the pair AF488 and AF647, efficient fluorescence energy transfer from the covalently coupled donor (AF488) to acceptor tags (AF647) takes place. Apoferritin fibers are proposed here as a new promising template for obtaining hybrid functional materials. PMID:27103107

  14. Characteristics of ZnO nanostructures synthesized by sonochemical reaction: Effects of continuous and pulse waves

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    Widiyastuti, W.; Machmudah, Siti; Kusdianto, Nurtono, Tantular; Winardi, Sugeng

    2015-12-01

    Nanostructured ZnO was synthesized by a sonochemical reaction. Ultrasonic irradiation were set up in continuous, pulse in 3 seconds on and a second off (on:off=3:1), and pulse in 2 seconds on and a second off (on:off=2:1) wave modes for 1.5 hours. The characteristics of particles generated by these modes such as morphology, crystallinity, FTIR, photoluminescence, and photocatalytic activity to degrade methylene blue were compared. Zinc nitrate and ammonia water-based solutions were selected as chemicals without the addition of other surfactants. The morphology of the generated ZnO particles could be tuned from flower-like, needle- or hairy-like, and spherical structures by changing the mode of ultrasonic irradiation from continuous, on:off=3:1, and on:off=2:1 modes, respectively. The generated particles indicated that a wurtzite structure of ZnO in a hexagonal phase was formed. The crystalline sizes of particles generated in continuous, on:off=3:1, and on:off=2:1 modes were 28, 27, 24 nm. A similar position of reduction peak of FTIR in all samples indicated that no differences in particles chemical bonding characteristics. Photoluminescence intensity was also decreased with changes the wave mode from continuous to pulse. Photocatalytic activity was also evaluated resulting in particles synthesized by continuous mode had the highest methylene blue degradation degree following by on:off=3:1, and on:off=2:1 modes.

  15. Characteristics of ZnO nanostructures synthesized by sonochemical reaction: Effects of continuous and pulse waves

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    Widiyastuti, W. Machmudah, Siti; Kusdianto,; Nurtono, Tantular; Winardi, Sugeng

    2015-12-29

    Nanostructured ZnO was synthesized by a sonochemical reaction. Ultrasonic irradiation were set up in continuous, pulse in 3 seconds on and a second off (on:off=3:1), and pulse in 2 seconds on and a second off (on:off=2:1) wave modes for 1.5 hours. The characteristics of particles generated by these modes such as morphology, crystallinity, FTIR, photoluminescence, and photocatalytic activity to degrade methylene blue were compared. Zinc nitrate and ammonia water-based solutions were selected as chemicals without the addition of other surfactants. The morphology of the generated ZnO particles could be tuned from flower-like, needle- or hairy-like, and spherical structures by changing the mode of ultrasonic irradiation from continuous, on:off=3:1, and on:off=2:1 modes, respectively. The generated particles indicated that a wurtzite structure of ZnO in a hexagonal phase was formed. The crystalline sizes of particles generated in continuous, on:off=3:1, and on:off=2:1 modes were 28, 27, 24 nm. A similar position of reduction peak of FTIR in all samples indicated that no differences in particles chemical bonding characteristics. Photoluminescence intensity was also decreased with changes the wave mode from continuous to pulse. Photocatalytic activity was also evaluated resulting in particles synthesized by continuous mode had the highest methylene blue degradation degree following by on:off=3:1, and on:off=2:1 modes.

  16. Ultrasonic spray pyrolysis growth of ZnO and ZnO:Al nanostructured films: Application to photocatalysis

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    Kenanakis, G.; Katsarakis, N.

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Al–ZnO thin films and nanostructures were obtained by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis. • The texture and morphology of the samples depend on the deposition parameters. • The photocatalytic degradation of stearic acid was studied upon UV-A irradiation. - Abstract: Pure and Al-doped ZnO (Al = 1, 3, 5%) nanostructured thin films were grown at 400 °C on glass substrates by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis, a simple, environmental-friendly and inexpensive method, using aqueous solutions as precursors. The structural and morphological characteristics of the samples depend drastically on deposition parameters; ZnO nanostructured films, nanopetals and nanorods were systematically obtained by simply varying the precursor solution and/or the spraying time. Transmittance measurements have shown that all samples are transparent in the visible wavelength region. Finally, the photocatalytic properties of the samples were investigated against the degradation of stearic acid under UV-A light illumination (365 nm); both pure and Al-doped ZnO nanostructured thin films show good photocatalytic activity regarding the degradation of stearic acid, due to their good crystallinity and large surface area.

  17. Structural, microstructural, optical and magnetic properties of Mn-doped ZnO nanostructures

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    Fabbiyola, S.; Kennedy, L. John; Dakhel, A. A.; Bououdina, M.; Vijaya, J. Judith; Ratnaji, T.

    2016-04-01

    Pure and Mn2+ doped ZnO nanoparticles (Zn1-xMnxO with 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.2) were prepared by co-precipitation method followed by drying at 200 °C. A non-ionic surfactant, Tween-80, was used during preparation process to control the particles growth. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed the formation of hexagonal wurtzite for pure and Mn2+ doped ZnO samples with a minor secondary phase. The Rietveld analysis confirmed the formation of hexagonal wurtzite structure as well as the secondary phase as Mn3O4 for all doping levels. Morphological observations showed the formation of nanoparticles with remarkable morphologies of which spherical nanostructures seem to be more dominant. The quantitative analysis from EDAX confirmed the purity of the as-prepared nanopowders and that the chemical composition of Zn, Mn and O seem to be close to the starting stoichiometries. Emission bands in both UV and visible regions were revealed by photoluminescence spectra, which were due to defect centers acting as trap levels. The diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) indicated a decrease in the value of bandgap with increasing Mn doping concentration. The ferromagnetic behaviour was very clear from the Magnetisation-Field (M-H) hysteresis curves, where the magnetic characteristics such as coercivity and saturation magnetization values, were found to be sensitive to Mn doping level.

  18. Absorption spectra and sunlight conversion efficiency in fullerene bonded supramolecules on nanostructured ZnO

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    Zakhidov, Erkin; Kokhkharov, Abdumutallib; Kuvondikov, Vakhobjon; Nematov, Sherzod; Nusretov, Rafael

    2015-10-01

    The efficiency of solar radiation conversion in a model system of artificial photosynthesis, the porphyrin-fullerene assembly, is analyzed. A study of the optical absorption spectra of the porphyrin and the fullerene molecules, as well as their assembly in organic solutions, made it possible to estimate the energy efficiency of the conversion. Numerical values of the energy efficiency, defined as the fraction of the light quantum energy converted to the chemical potential of separated charges, are calculated for low- and high-concentration solutions of such a supramolecular system. The possibility of the efficient utilization of long-wavelength solar radiation in the high-concentration porphyrin-fullerene assembly solution in toluene and benzene is shown. In the photovoltaic system consisting of such a supramolecular active element, a thin ZnO film with a nanostructured surface may be introduced as a secondary acceptor of electrons from fullerene molecules. An enhancement of the transformation of separated charges of the porphyrin-fullerene assembly into electrical current by means of the ZnO film deposited on the surface of the anode electrode in such a heterogenic photovoltaic unit is proposed.

  19. Apoferritin fibers: a new template for 1D fluorescent hybrid nanostructures

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    Jurado, Rocío; Castello, Fabio; Bondia, Patricia; Casado, Santiago; Flors, Cristina; Cuesta, Rafael; Domínguez-Vera, José M.; Orte, Angel; Gálvez, Natividad

    2016-05-01

    Recently, research in the field of protein amyloid fibers has gained great attention due to the use of these materials as nanoscale templates for the construction of functional hybrid materials. The formation of apoferritin amyloid-like protein fibers is demonstrated herein for the first time. The morphology, size and stiffness of these one-dimensional structures are comparable to the fibers formed by β-lactoglobulin, a protein frequently used as a model in the study of amyloid-like fibrillar proteins. Nanometer-sized globular apoferritin is capable of self-assembling to form 1D micrometer-sized structures after being subjected to a heating process. Depending on the experimental conditions, fibers with different morphologies and sizes are obtained. The wire-like protein structure is rich in functional groups and allows chemical functionalization with diverse quantum dots (QD), as well as with different Alexa Fluor (AF) dyes, leading to hybrid fluorescent fibers with variable emission wavelengths, from green to near infrared, depending on the QD and AFs coupled. For fibers containing the pair AF488 and AF647, efficient fluorescence energy transfer from the covalently coupled donor (AF488) to acceptor tags (AF647) takes place. Apoferritin fibers are proposed here as a new promising template for obtaining hybrid functional materials.Recently, research in the field of protein amyloid fibers has gained great attention due to the use of these materials as nanoscale templates for the construction of functional hybrid materials. The formation of apoferritin amyloid-like protein fibers is demonstrated herein for the first time. The morphology, size and stiffness of these one-dimensional structures are comparable to the fibers formed by β-lactoglobulin, a protein frequently used as a model in the study of amyloid-like fibrillar proteins. Nanometer-sized globular apoferritin is capable of self-assembling to form 1D micrometer-sized structures after being subjected to a

  20. Effect of growth solution concentration on the performance of gallium doped ZnO nanostructures dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs)

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    Iwantono, I.; Tugirin, S.; Anggelina, F.; Awitdrus, Taer, Erman; Roza, L.; Umar, A. A.

    2016-02-01

    This paper reports the synthesis of gallium doped ZnO nanostructures via seed mediated growth hydrothermal technique and their application as photo-anode in DSSC. ZnO nanostructures have been grown on Flourin Tin Oxide (FTO). The precursor used in this research was zinc-nitrate-hexahydrate (Zn (NO3)2.6H2O) and hexa-metylene-tetramine (HMT) was chosen as surfactant. The growth process was carried out at various precursor solution concentrations, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 and 0.4 M at 90°C for 8 hours. The growth solution was then doped with 1% wt gallium nitrate hydrate. The grown ZnO nanostructures were characterized by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) and Energy Dispersive X-Ray (EDX) and UV-Vis Spectroscopy. The samples were crystalline with wurtzite-hexagonal and their crystal orientation was (100), (002), (101), and (110). The morphological shape of the samples changed with the concentration of the precursor. The optical absorption decreased as the concentration increased. As can be seen from SEM images that the diameter of the particles ranged from 95 to 500 nm and the thickness ranged from 1540 to 3640 nm (1.54-3.64 µm). The best performance of DSSC was obtained from the sample utilizing the ZnO nanostructures prepared at 0.1 M precursor, with their photovoltaic parameters were the Jsc of 2.190 mA cm-2, FF of 0.39, and η of 0.41%, respectively.

  1. Crystal synthesis and effects of epitaxial perovskite manganite underlayer conditions on characteristics of ZnO nanostructured heterostructures

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    Liang, Yuan-Chang; Hu, Chia-Yen; Zhong, Hua; Wang, Jyh-Liang

    2013-02-01

    This study presents the synthesis of high-density aligned wurtzite ZnO nanostructures using thermal evaporation on perovskite (La,Sr)MnO3(LSMO) epitaxy to form a heterostructure without the assistance of metallic catalysis. LSMO epitaxial films are RF-sputtered with various crystal qualities to examine the correlation between the interface and electrical characteristics of the heterostructures. The ZnO nanostructures-LSMO epitaxial heterostructures show electrical rectifying behavior without inserting an ultrathin insulating layer at the hetero-interface. Misfit strain, intrinsic strain, and crystal defects are major factors in causing a phase separation in the as-prepared manganite LSMO epitaxial films. The coexistence of a charge-ordered insulating domain and a ferromagnetic metallic domain causes inhomogeneous electrical contact at the ZnO-LSMO heterointerfaces, further deteriorating the junction characteristics. A high-temperature annealing procedure and moderate LSMO epitaxy film thickness are required for the construction of an efficient ZnO nanostructures-LSMO epitaxy junction.

  2. The synthesis of Cu/plate-like ZnO nanostructures and their self-assembly mechanism

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    Wang, Hongmei; Lu, Zhufeng; Lu, Dingze; Li, Chunhe; Fang, Pengfei; Wang, Xiao

    2016-05-01

    A composite Cu/ZnO nanostructure with Cu nanoparticles supported on ZnO hexagonal nanoplates has been successfully fabricated by a heating approach, using their metal oleate salts as the precursors without any additives. Combined Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and other examination technologies, the structural properties and formation mechanism of as-synthesized Cu/ZnO nanocomposites are studied in detail. The results reveal that the nanostructures are plate-like with uniform shape and size, and Cu nanoparticles exhibit specific (111) plane matching with the (002) facet of ZnO, indicating a surface-induced interaction mechanism. Further characterization demonstrates that copper nanoparticles can be generated by a decomposition/self-reduction route of copper salts, and the oleate ions act as dual roles in the process: reducing and protecting agents. The difference of decomposition temperature between metal oleates also plays important roles in the formation of Cu/ZnO nanostructure. In addition, the catalytic performance of these nanocomposites is evaluated and it can be found that compared with Cu/rod-like ZnO, as-synthesized samples are highly selective for methanol.

  3. Role of the Exposed Polar Facets in the Performance of Thermally and UV Activated ZnO Nanostructured Gas Sensors

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    2013-01-01

    ZnO nanostructures with different morphologies (nanowires, nanodisks, and nanostars) were synthesized hydrothermally. Gas sensing properties of the as-grown nanostructures were investigated under thermal and UV activation. The performance of the ZnO nanodisk gas sensor was found to be superior to that of other nanostructures (Sg ∼ 3700% to 300 ppm ethanol and response time and recovery time of 8 and 13 s). The enhancement in sensitivity is attributed to the surface polarities of the different structures on the nanoscale. Furthermore, the selectivity of the gas sensors can be achieved by controlling the UV intensity used to activate these sensors. The highest sensitivity value for ethanol, isopropanol, acetone, and toluene are recorded at the optimal UV intensity of 1.6, 2.4, 3.2, and 4 mW/cm2, respectively. Finally, the UV activation mechanism for metal oxide gas sensors is compared with the thermal activation process. The UV activation of analytes based on solution processed ZnO structures pave the way for better quality gas sensors. PMID:24009781

  4. Optical properties and I-V characteristics of ZnO nanostructures grown by electrochemical deposition on Si (1 1 1) and Si (1 0 0)

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    Hassan, N. K.; Hashim, M. R.; Bououdina, M.

    2013-10-01

    ZnO nanostructures were grown using the electrochemical deposition method from Zn (NO3)2ṡ6H2O on Si substrate with different crystallographic orientations. Scanning electron microscopy results showed the ZnO nanostructures developed two different shapes, nanoflakes along Si (1 1 1) and pyramids-like shape on Si (1 0 0). X-ray diffraction results revealed that the deposited ZnO was crystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite phase. Room temperature photoluminescence spectrum showed a stronger ultraviolet peak for the nanoflakes that were grown on Si (1 1 1) than pyramids-shape like grown on Si (1 0 0) with the same green emission (deep-level emission (DLE)) intensities. Therefore, it can be concluded that Si substrate orientation played the most important role in shaping the structural and optical properties of ZnO nanostructure. The crystallinity of materials and the defects in the crystal structure were studied through Raman spectroscopy. Aluminum formed an ohmic contact on MSM UV PD indicated by linear relationship between current and bias voltage. Our results showed that photoresponse properties of the photodetectors strongly dependent on the surface to volume ratio. The nanoflakes ZnO enhanced UV detection performance, high sensitivity and shortened rise times compared to pyramids-shape like ZnO. We showed that photodetectors based on nanoflakes (high surface to volume ratio) ZnO have a faster response than ones based on pyramids-shape like ZnO.

  5. Characteristics of ZnO nanostructures produced with [DMIm]BF{sub 4} using ultrasonic radiation

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    Rahman, I. B. Abdul; Ayob, M. T. M.; Ishak, I. S.; Mohd Lawi, R. L.; Isahak, W. N. R. W.; Hamid, M. H. N. Abd; Othman, N. K.; Radiman, S.

    2012-11-27

    Great interests in metallic oxides have emerged because of the promising properties of these materials for various applications such as solar cells and sensors. ZnO nanostructures with different morphologies were successfully synthesized from Zn(CH{sub 3}COO){sub 2} Bullet 2H{sub 2}O, NaOH and room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) 1-decyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, [DMIm][BF{sub 4}] with ultrasound irradiation. Parameters such as the effect of sonication time (30, 60 and 90 minutes) and Zn(Ac){sub 2} precursor to [DMIm][BF{sub 4}] ratios of 3:5, 5:5 and 5:3 were investigated. X-ray diffraction patterns revealed that the ZnO nanocrystals were hexagonal zincite crystalline in structure. The band gap energies (E{sub g}) were estimated to be 3.35-3.55 eV from the UV-Visible spectrum. The solution with the highest ratio of Zn was analysed with photoluminescence spectroscopy, which exhibited peaks at 362, 403, 468 and 539 nm, at room temperature. The micrographs of field emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy showed that the synthesis products were spherical (30-60 nm), spindle ({approx}10 Multiplication-Sign 70 nm for width Multiplication-Sign length) and whisker-like (100-200 nm), with their dimensions decreasing systematically with increased sonication time. Chemical compositions were approximated at 1:1 for Zn and O, estimated by electron dispersive x-ray spectrum.

  6. Development of novel implants with self-antibacterial performance through in-situ growth of 1D ZnO nanowire.

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    Wang, Wenhao; Li, Tak Lung; Wong, Hoi Man; Chu, Paul K; Kao, Richard Y T; Wu, Shuilin; Leung, Frankie K L; Wong, Tak Man; To, Michael K T; Cheung, Kenneth M C; Yeung, Kelvin W K

    2016-05-01

    To prevent the attachment of bacteria to implant surfaces, the 1D zinc oxide nanowire-coating has been successfully developed on material surfaces by using a custom-made hydrothermal approach. The chemical nature, surface topography and wettability of spike-like 1D ZnO nanowire-coating are comprehensively investigated. The anti-adhesive and antimicrobial properties of 1D nanowire-coating are tested against Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli by using in vitro live/dead staining and scanning electron microscopy. We find that the adhesion of bacteria can be reduced via the special spike-like topography and that the release of Zn(2+) ions can help suppress the growth of attached bacteria. Furthermore, the antimicrobial effect is also evaluated under in vivo conditions by using a rat model infected with bioluminescent S. aureus. The amount of live bacteria in the rat implanted with a nanowire-coated sample is less than that of the control at various time points. Hence, it is believed that the nanowire-coated material is promising for application in orthopaedic implantation after the long-term animal studies have been completed. PMID:26918511

  7. Microwave-assisted Facile and Ultrafast Growth of ZnO Nanostructures and Proposition of Alternative Microwave-assisted Methods to Address Growth Stoppage

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    Rana, Abu ul Hassan Sarwar; Kang, Mingi; Kim, Hyun-Seok

    2016-01-01

    The time constraint in the growth of ZnO nanostructures when using a hydrothermal method is of paramount importance in contemporary research, where a long fabrication time rots the very essence of the research on ZnO nanostructures. In this study, we present the facile and ultrafast growth of ZnO nanostructures in a domestic microwave oven within a pressurized environment in just a few minutes. This method is preferred for the conventional solution-based method because of the ultrafast supersaturation of zinc salts and the fabrication of high-quality nanostructures. The study of the effect of seed layer density, growth time, and the solution’s molar concentration on the morphology, alignment, density, and aspect ratio of ZnO nanorods (ZNRs) is explored. It is found in a microwave-assisted direct growth method that ~5 mins is the optimum time beyond which homogeneous nucleation supersedes heterogeneous nucleation, which results in the growth stoppage of ZNRs. To deal with this issue, we propound different methods such as microwave-assisted solution-replacement, preheating, and PEI-based growth methods, where growth stoppage is addressed and ZNRs with a high aspect ratio can be grown. Furthermore, high-quality ZnO nanoflowers and ZnO nanowalls are fabricated via ammonium hydroxide treatment in a very short time. PMID:27103612

  8. Microwave-assisted Facile and Ultrafast Growth of ZnO Nanostructures and Proposition of Alternative Microwave-assisted Methods to Address Growth Stoppage.

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    Rana, Abu Ul Hassan Sarwar; Kang, Mingi; Kim, Hyun-Seok

    2016-01-01

    The time constraint in the growth of ZnO nanostructures when using a hydrothermal method is of paramount importance in contemporary research, where a long fabrication time rots the very essence of the research on ZnO nanostructures. In this study, we present the facile and ultrafast growth of ZnO nanostructures in a domestic microwave oven within a pressurized environment in just a few minutes. This method is preferred for the conventional solution-based method because of the ultrafast supersaturation of zinc salts and the fabrication of high-quality nanostructures. The study of the effect of seed layer density, growth time, and the solution's molar concentration on the morphology, alignment, density, and aspect ratio of ZnO nanorods (ZNRs) is explored. It is found in a microwave-assisted direct growth method that ~5 mins is the optimum time beyond which homogeneous nucleation supersedes heterogeneous nucleation, which results in the growth stoppage of ZNRs. To deal with this issue, we propound different methods such as microwave-assisted solution-replacement, preheating, and PEI-based growth methods, where growth stoppage is addressed and ZNRs with a high aspect ratio can be grown. Furthermore, high-quality ZnO nanoflowers and ZnO nanowalls are fabricated via ammonium hydroxide treatment in a very short time. PMID:27103612

  9. Fabrication of ZnO nanostructures sensitized with CdS quantum dots for photovoltaic application using a convenient solution method

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    Liu, Huan; Zhang, Gengmin; Yin, Jianbo; Liang, Jia; Sun, Wentao; Shen, Ziyong

    2015-01-15

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures sensitized with cadmium sulfide quantum dots (CdS QDs) were fabricated using a simple and inexpensive solution method. ZnO nanostructures, in the form of either nanocones or nanorods, were first grown directly from fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates in aqueous solutions of zinc nitrate (Zn(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}) and hexamethylenetetramine (HMTA, C{sub 6}H{sub 12}N{sub 4}) under external voltages. Then, CdS QDs were attached to these ZnO nanostructures via reactions in the mixed aqueous solutions of cadmium nitrate (Cd(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}) and thioacetamide (C{sub 2}H{sub 5}NS). Photovoltaic responses were obtained from the quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs) in which these CdS QD-covered ZnO nanostructures were employed as the photoanodes. The morphologies of the ZnO nanostructures, which could be effectively modulated via the substrate location in the solutions during the fabrication, were found to have played an important role in determining the properties of the QDSSCs.

  10. Studies of surface morphology and optical properties of ZnO nanostructures grown on different molarities of TiO2 seed layer

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    Asib, N. A. M.; Afaah, A. N.; Aadila, A.; Rusop, M.; Khusaimi, Z.

    2016-07-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) seed layer was prepared by using sol-gel spin-coating technique, followed by growth of 0.01 M of Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures by solution-immersion. The molarities of TiO2 seed layer were varied from 1.1 M to 0.100 M on glass substrates. The nanostructures thin films were characterized by Field Emission Scanning Electrons Microscope (FESEM), Photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and Ultraviolet-Visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy. FESEM images demonstrate that needle-like ZnO nanostructures are formed on all TiO2 seed layer. The smallest diameter of needle-like ZnO nanostructures (90.3 nm) were deposited on TiO2 seed layer of 0.100 M. PL spectra of the TiO2: ZnO nanostructures thin films show the blue shifted emissions in the UV regions compared to the ZnO thin film. Meanwhile, UV-vis spectra of films display high absorption in the UV region and high trasparency in the visible region. The highest absorbance at UV region was recorded for sample which has 0.100 M of TiO2 seed layer.

  11. An economic approach to fabricate photo sensor based on nanostructured ZnO thin films

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    Huse, Nanasaheb; Upadhye, Deepak; Sharma, Ramphal

    2016-05-01

    Nanostructural ZnO Thin Films have been synthesized by simple and economic Chemical Bath Deposition technique onto glass substrate with bath temperature at 60°C for 1 hour. Structural, Optical, Electrical and topographical properties of the prepared Thin Films were investigated by GIXRD, I-V Measurement System, UV-Visible Spectrophotometer and AFM respectively. Calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the standard JCPDS card (36-1451) values, exhibits Hexagonal Wurtzite crystal structure. I-V Measurement curve has shown ohmic nature in dark condition and responds to light illumination which reveals Photo sensor properties. After illumination of 60W light, decrease in resistance was observed from 110.9 KΩ to 104.4 KΩ. The change in current and calculated Photo sensitivity was found to be 3.51 µA and 6.3% respectively. Optical band gap was found to be 3.24 eV. AFM images revealed uniform deposition over entire glass substrate with 32.27 nm average roughness of the film.

  12. Various Shapes of ZnO and CdO Nanostructures Grown by Atmospheric-Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Terasako, Tomoaki; Fujiwara, Tetsuro; Yagi, Masakazu; Shirakata, Sho

    2011-01-01

    Various shapes of ZnO and CdO nanostructures were successfully grown on a- and c-plane sapphire substrates coated with Au nanocolloidal solution by atmospheric-pressure chemical vapor deposition methods under a simultaneous source supply of metal powder (Zn or Cd) and H2O. The ZnO and CdO nanorods (NRs) grown at higher substrate temperatures (TSs) exhibited tapered shapes, resulting from the competition between the axial growth due to the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism and the radial growth due to the vapor-solid (VS) mechanism. The alternate source supply of Zn and H2O was found to be effective for suppressing the tapering of ZnO NRs. The appearance of the Y- and T-shaped nanotrees of CdO may be due to the splitting and migration of catalytic particles during the growth process. These results suggest that both the source supply sequence and the substrate temperature are important factors for the shape design of oxide nanostructures.

  13. Synthesis of nanostructured and microstructured ZnO and Zn(OH)2 on activated carbon cloth by hydrothermal and microwave-assisted chemical bath deposition methods

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    Mosayebi, Elham; Azizian, Saeid; Hajian, Ali

    2015-05-01

    Nanostructured and microstructured ZnO and Zn(OH)2 loaded on activated carbon cloth were synthesized by microwave-assisted chemical bath deposition and hydrothermal methods. By hydrothermal method the deposited sample on carbon fiber is pure ZnO with dandelion-like nanostructures. By microwave-assisted chemical bath method the structure and composition of deposited sample depends on solution pH. At pH = 9.8 the deposited sample on carbon fiber is pure ZnO with flower-like microstructure; but at pH = 10.8 the sample is a mixture of ZnO and Zn(OH)2 with flower-like and rhombic microstructures, respectively. The mechanism of crystal grow by microwave-assisted chemical bath method was investigated by SEM method at both pH.

  14. Theoretical study of optical dielectric response of ZnO nanostructure film deposited on silica substrate using Maxwell-Garnett effective medium theory

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    Bissa, Shivangi; Naruka, Preeti; Bishnoi, Nidhi

    2016-05-01

    In the present study the dielectric optical response of various nanostructures of ZnO deposited on silica substrate has been studied using Maxwell-Garnett Effective Medium Theory. Using the volume filling factors for different nanostructures of ZnO the effective dielectric constant has been evaluated. The variation of this effective dielectric constant with the frequency of applied signal has been investigated. Moreover, the reflectance of the film, power absorption and variation of refractive index with frequency has been studied. The results obtained show that the quantum confinement effects in ZnO nano-structural films deposited on silica substrate give rise to distinct optical properties making it an ideal choice for high power THz generation.

  15. Morphology-dependent luminescence from ZnO nanostructures - An X-ray excited optical luminescence study at the Zn K-edge

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    Lobacheva, Olga; Murphy, Michael W; Ko, Jun Young Peter; Sham, Tsun-Kong

    2009-08-28

    ZnO nanostructures have been synthesized by thermal evaporation on Si substrates. It is found that the morphologies of the nanostructures are governed by growth conditions such as temperature, carrier-gas flow rate, and the nature of the substrate (with and without a catalyst). We report X-ray excited optical luminescence from ZnO nanostructures of distinctly different morphologies in the energy and time domain using excitation photon energies across the Zn K-edge. X-ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL) and X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) study has clearly shown the morphology dependence of the ZnO optical properties. A correlation of luminescence with morphology, size, and crystallinity emerges.

  16. Synthesis of bamboo-leaf-shaped ZnO nanostructures by oxidation of Zn/SiO 2 composite films deposited with radio frequency magnetron co-sputtering

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    Shi, Liwei; Li, Yuguo; Xue, Chengshan; Zhuang, Huizhao; He, Jianting; Tian, Dengheng

    2006-02-01

    Bamboo-leaf-shaped ZnO nanostructures were synthesized by oxidation of metal Zn/SiO 2 matrix composite thin films deposited on Si(1 1 1) substrates with radio frequency magnetron co-sputtering. The synthesized bamboo-leaf-shaped ZnO are single crystalline in nature with widths ranging from 30 to 60 nm and lengths of up to 5-10 μm, room temperature photoluminescence spectrum of the nanostructures shows a strong and sharp UV emission band at 372 nm and a weak and broad green emission band at about 520 nm which indicates relatively excellent crystallization and optical quality of the ZnO nanostructures synthesized by this novel method.

  17. Optimized performances of tetrapod-like ZnO nanostructures for a triode structure field emission planar light source

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    Chen, Yiren; Hu, Liqin; Song, Hang; Jiang, Hong; Li, Dabing; Miao, Guoqing; Li, Zhiming; Sun, Xiaojuan; Zhang, Zhiwei; Guo, Tailiang

    2014-10-01

    Tetrapod-like ZnO (T-ZnO) nanostructures were synthesized by a simple vapor phase oxidation method without any catalysts or additives. We optimized the performances of T-ZnO nanostructures by adjusting the partial pressure of Zn vapour in the total pressure of the quartz chamber and obtained T-ZnO nanostructure materials of high purity, uniform morphology and size and high aspect ratio with a low turn-on electric field of 2.75 V μm-1, a large field enhancement factor of 3410 and good field emission stability for more than 70 hour continuous emission. Besides, based on the optimized T-ZnO, we developed metal grid mask-assisted water-based electrostatic spraying technology, and fabricated a large-scale, pollution-free, hole-shaped array T-ZnO nanostructure cathode used in a triode structure field emission planar light source. The controllable performances of the triode device were intensively investigated and the results showed that the triode device uniformly illuminated with a luminous intensity as high as 8000 cd m-2 under the conditions of 200 V grid voltage and 3300 V anode voltage. The research in this paper will benefit the development of a high performance planar light source based on T-ZnO nanostructures.

  18. Optimized performances of tetrapod-like ZnO nanostructures for a triode structure field emission planar light source.

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    Chen, Yiren; Hu, Liqin; Song, Hang; Jiang, Hong; Li, Dabing; Miao, Guoqing; Li, Zhiming; Sun, Xiaojuan; Zhang, Zhiwei; Guo, Tailiang

    2014-11-21

    Tetrapod-like ZnO (T-ZnO) nanostructures were synthesized by a simple vapor phase oxidation method without any catalysts or additives. We optimized the performances of T-ZnO nanostructures by adjusting the partial pressure of Zn vapour in the total pressure of the quartz chamber and obtained T-ZnO nanostructure materials of high purity, uniform morphology and size and high aspect ratio with a low turn-on electric field of 2.75 V μm(-1), a large field enhancement factor of 3410 and good field emission stability for more than 70 hour continuous emission. Besides, based on the optimized T-ZnO, we developed metal grid mask-assisted water-based electrostatic spraying technology, and fabricated a large-scale, pollution-free, hole-shaped array T-ZnO nanostructure cathode used in a triode structure field emission planar light source. The controllable performances of the triode device were intensively investigated and the results showed that the triode device uniformly illuminated with a luminous intensity as high as 8000 cd m(-2) under the conditions of 200 V grid voltage and 3300 V anode voltage. The research in this paper will benefit the development of a high performance planar light source based on T-ZnO nanostructures. PMID:25268368

  19. Formation and dissolution of twin ZnO nanostructures promoted by water and control over their emitting properties.

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    Distaso, Monica; Mačković, Mirza; Spiecker, Erdmann; Peukert, Wolfgang

    2014-06-23

    By using ZnO as a model system, the formation of twinned nanostructures has been investigated under microwave irradiation, exploiting experimental conditions ranging from purely solvothermal when N,N-dimethylformamide was used, to purely hydrothermal when water was the solvent. A progressive increase in size, elongation and roughness of the surface was observed with increasing water content in the solvent mixture. Particular attention was paid to the reactivity of the ZnO surfaces towards dissolution. Our results show that the formation of twinned nanorods is a dynamic process and that the coupling interphase itself is highly reactive. Consequently, the twinned rods undergo a number of complex dissolution processes that are responsible for the appearance of a wide distribution of defects either on the surface or inside the structure. Poly(N-vinyl pyrrolidone) influences the photoluminescent properties of the as-synthesised materials and allows control of the ratio of the intensity of the UV and visible emission. PMID:24828278

  20. Custom-made morphologies of ZnO nanostructured films templated by a poly(styrene-block-ethylene oxide) diblock copolymer obtained by a sol-gel technique.

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    Sarkar, Kuhu; Rawolle, Monika; Herzig, Eva M; Wang, Weijia; Buffet, Adeline; Roth, Stephan V; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter

    2013-08-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructured films are synthesized on silicon substrates to form different morphologies that consist of foamlike structures, wormlike aggregates, circular vesicles, and spherical granules. The synthesis involves a sol-gel mechanism coupled with an amphiphilic diblock copolymer poly(styrene-block-ethylene oxide), P(S-b-EO), which acts as a structure-directing template. The ZnO precursor zinc acetate dihydrate (ZAD) is incorporated into the poly(ethylene oxide) block. Different morphologies are obtained by adjusting the weight fractions of the solvents and ZAD. The sizes of the structure in solution for different sol-gels are probed by means of dynamic light scattering. Thin-film samples with ZnO nanostructures are prepared by spin coating and solution casting followed by a calcination step. On the basis of various selected combinations of weight fractions of the ingredients used, a ternary phase diagram is constructed to show the compositional boundaries of the investigated morphologies. The evolution and formation mechanisms of the morphologies are addressed in brief. The surface morphologies of the ZnO nanostructures are studied with SEM. The inner structures of the samples are probed by means of grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering to complement the SEM investigations. XRD measurements confirm the crystallization of the ZnO in the wurtzite phase upon calcination of the nanocomposite film in air. The optical properties of ZnO are analyzed by FTIR and UV/Vis spectroscopy. PMID:23881752

  1. Real time observation of ZnO nanostructure formation via the solid-vapor and solid-solid-vapor mechanisms

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    Kim, B. J.; Kim, M. W.; Jang, J. S.; Stach, E. A.

    2014-05-01

    We report in situ transmission electron microscopy studies of the formation of ZnO nanostructures - nanoscale depressions, nanoholes, nanoribbons, and nanosheets - and the phase stability and kinetics of Au catalysts on ZnO. During annealing, the ZnO layer produces hexagonally shaped, vertical nanoscale depressions, which increase in size along the <0001> growth direction through preferential dissociation from the {101&cmb.macr;0} facet and which subsequently form hexagonal islands at their six-fold junctions. Real time observations of the annealing of Au deposited on ZnO show that the catalysts remain solid up to 900 °C, an observation that has implications regarding ZnO nanowire growth via the vapor-solid-solid mechanism (VSS). The Au also creates hexagonal nanoscale holes only at the location of solid Au catalysts, via the solid-solid-vapor (SSV) mechanism. Importantly, coarsening of the Au particles is negligible due to limited Au diffusion on the side facets of the nanoscale depressions, suggesting an approach to the growth of uniform hybrid nanowires with control over both diameter and location. Furthermore, we directly monitor the evolution of the transformation of a nanoribbon into a nanosheet with {101&cmb.macr;0} facets. This process takes place through a periodic, kinetic roughening transition of the surface, which is controlled by the kinetic competition between surface growth and the transfer of evaporated gases. In total, these observations give new insights into multiple growth processes occurring in this important materials system.We report in situ transmission electron microscopy studies of the formation of ZnO nanostructures - nanoscale depressions, nanoholes, nanoribbons, and nanosheets - and the phase stability and kinetics of Au catalysts on ZnO. During annealing, the ZnO layer produces hexagonally shaped, vertical nanoscale depressions, which increase in size along the <0001> growth direction through preferential dissociation from the {101

  2. The effect of induced strains on photoluminescence properties of ZnO nanostructures grown by thermal evaporation method

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    Arjmand, Yaser; Eshghi, Hosein

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, ZnO nanostructures have been synthesized by thermal evaporation process using metallic zinc powder in the presence of oxygen on p-Si (100) at different distances from the boat. The structural and optical characterizations have been carried out. The morphological study shows various shape nanostructures. XRD data indicate that all samples have a polycrystalline wurtzite hexagonal structure in such a way that the closer sample has a preferred orientation along (101) while the ones farther are grown along (002) direction. From the structural and optical data analysis, we found that the induced strains are the main parameter controlling the UV/green peaks ratios in the PL spectra of the studied samples.

  3. Sol-Gel and Thermally Evaporated Nanostructured Thin ZnO Films for Photocatalytic Degradation of Trichlorophenol

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    Abdel Aal, A.; Mahmoud, Sawsan A.; Aboul-Gheit, Ahmed K.

    2009-07-01

    In the present work, thermal evaporation and sol-gel coating techniques were applied to fabricate nanostructured thin ZnO films. The phase structure and surface morphology of the obtained films were investigated by X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM), respectively. The topography and 2D profile of the thin ZnO films prepared by both techniques were studied by optical profiler. The results revealed that the thermally evaporated thin film has a comparatively smoother surface of hexagonal wurtzite structure with grain size 12 nm and 51 m2/g. On the other hand, sol-gel films exhibited rough surface with a strong preferred orientation of 25 nm grain size and 27 m2/g surface area. Following deposition process, the obtained films were applied for the photodegradation of 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (TCP) in water in presence of UV irradiation. The concentrations of TCP and its intermediates produced in the solution during the photodegradation were determined by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) at defined irradiation times. Complete decay of TCP and its intermediates was observed after 60 min when the thermal evaporated photocatalyst was applied. However, by operating sol-gel catalyst, the concentration of intermediates initially increased and then remained constant with irradiation time. Although the degradation of TCP followed first-order kinetic for both catalysts, higher photocatalytic activity was exhibited by the thermally evaporated ZnO thin film in comparison with sol-gel one.

  4. Enhanced photoluminescence and Raman properties of Al-Doped ZnO nanostructures prepared using thermal chemical vapor deposition of methanol assisted with heated brass.

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    Thandavan, Tamil Many K; Gani, Siti Meriam Abdul; San Wong, Chiow; Md Nor, Roslan

    2015-01-01

    Vapor phase transport (VPT) assisted by mixture of methanol and acetone via thermal evaporation of brass (CuZn) was used to prepare un-doped and Al-doped zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures (NSs). The structure and morphology were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD). Photoluminescence (PL) properties of un-doped and Al-doped ZnO showed significant changes in the optical properties providing evidence for several types of defects such as zinc interstitials (Zni), oxygen interstitials (Oi), zinc vacancy (Vzn), singly charged zinc vacancy (VZn-), oxygen vacancy (Vo), singly charged oxygen vacancy (Vo+) and oxygen anti-site defects (OZn) in the grown NSs. The Al-doped ZnO NSs have exhibited shifted PL peaks at near band edge (NBE) and red luminescence compared to the un-doped ZnO. The Raman scattering results provided evidence of Al doping into the ZnO NSs due to peak shift from 145 cm-1 to an anomalous peak at 138 cm-1. Presence of enhanced Raman signal at around 274 and 743 cm-1 further confirmed Al in ZnO NSs. The enhanced D and G band in all Al-doped ZnO NSs shows possible functionalization and doping process in ZnO NSs. PMID:25756598

  5. Enhanced Photoluminescence and Raman Properties of Al-Doped ZnO Nanostructures Prepared Using Thermal Chemical Vapor Deposition of Methanol Assisted with Heated Brass

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    Thandavan, Tamil Many K.; Gani, Siti Meriam Abdul; San Wong, Chiow; Md. Nor, Roslan

    2015-01-01

    Vapor phase transport (VPT) assisted by mixture of methanol and acetone via thermal evaporation of brass (CuZn) was used to prepare un-doped and Al-doped zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures (NSs). The structure and morphology were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD). Photoluminescence (PL) properties of un-doped and Al-doped ZnO showed significant changes in the optical properties providing evidence for several types of defects such as zinc interstitials (Zni), oxygen interstitials (Oi), zinc vacancy (Vzn), singly charged zinc vacancy (VZn-), oxygen vacancy (Vo), singly charged oxygen vacancy (Vo+) and oxygen anti-site defects (OZn) in the grown NSs. The Al-doped ZnO NSs have exhibited shifted PL peaks at near band edge (NBE) and red luminescence compared to the un-doped ZnO. The Raman scattering results provided evidence of Al doping into the ZnO NSs due to peak shift from 145 cm-1 to an anomalous peak at 138 cm-1. Presence of enhanced Raman signal at around 274 and 743 cm-1 further confirmed Al in ZnO NSs. The enhanced D and G band in all Al-doped ZnO NSs shows possible functionalization and doping process in ZnO NSs. PMID:25756598

  6. Enhancing the numerical aperture of lenses using ZnO nanostructure-based turbid media

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    Khokhra, Richa; Kumar, Manoj; Rawat, Nitin; Bir Barman, Partha; Jang, Hwanchol; Kumar, Rajesh; Lee, Heung-No

    2013-12-01

    Nanosheets, nanoparticles, and microstructures of ZnO were synthesized via a wet chemical method. ZnO films with a thickness of 44-46 μm were fabricated by spray coating, and these have been investigated for their potential use in turbid lens applications. A morphology-dependent comparative study of the transmittance of ZnO turbid films was conducted. Furthermore, these ZnO turbid films were used to enhance the numerical aperture (NA) of a Nikon objective lens. The variation in NA with different morphologies was explained using size-dependent scattering by the fabricated films. A maximum NA of around 1.971 of the objective lens with a turbid film of ZnO nanosheets was achieved.

  7. Photochemical performance of ZnO nanostructures in dye sensitized solar cells

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    Das, Partha Pratim; Mukhopadhyay, Soumita; Agarkar, Shruti A.; Jana, Arpita; Devi, P. Sujatha

    2015-10-01

    In this work, the photoconversion efficiencies of ZnO having diverse microstructures and structural defects have been investigated. A conversion efficiency of 1.38% was achieved for the DSSCs fabricated with as prepared ZnO nanorods having minimum vacancy defects and a favourable one dimensional directional pathway for electron conduction. The DSSCs fabricated with ZnO nanoparticles exhibited relatively low conversion efficiency of 1.004% probably due to multiple trapping/detrapping phenomena within the grain boundaries and ZnO flowers though exhibited a high dye adsorption capability exhibited the lowest conversion efficiency of 0.59% due to a high concentration of structural defects. Based on the experimental evidences, we believe that the type of defects and their concentrations are more important than shape in controlling the overall performance of ZnO based DSSCs.

  8. Tuning the work function of randomly oriented ZnO nanostructures by capping with faceted Au nanostructure and oxygen defects: enhanced field emission experiments and DFT studies.

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    Ghosh, Arnab; Guha, Puspendu; Thapa, Ranjit; Selvaraj, Sinthika; Kumar, Mohit; Rakshit, Bipul; Dash, Tapan; Bar, Rajshekhar; Ray, Samit K; Satyam, Parlapalli Venkata

    2016-03-29

    The lowering of the work function (Φ) can lead to a better field emission (FE) behavior at lower threshold fields. We report on enhanced FE from randomly oriented and faceted Au-capped ZnO hetero-nanostructures (HNs) having more oxygen defects. Large-area arrays of non-aligned, faceted Au-capped ZnO HNs, such as nanowires (NWs) and triangular nanoflakes (TNFs) are grown using the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. Enhanced FE properties from the TNF sample resulted in a turn-on field as low as 0.52 V μm(-1) at a current density of 0.1 mA cm(-2) and a field enhancement factor (β) as high as ≈5.16 × 10(5). Under similar experimental conditions, drawing the same current density from an NW specimen needs a higher turn-on field (0.86 V μm(-1)) and to exhibit nearly four times less field enhancement factor compared to the TNFs samples. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and photoluminescence (PL) measurements confirm the presence of more oxygen defects in the TNF samples compared to the NW samples. Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) measurements show the average local work function to be 4.70 ± 0.1 eV for the TNF sample, which is ≈ 0.34 eV lower than the NW sample. Using density functional theory (DFT) calculations, the estimated Φ values are found to be 4.98 eV for ZnO(0001), 4.17 eV for Au(001)/ZnO(0001) and 3.91 eV for Au(001)/Ovac-ZnO(0001) surfaces. The DFT results are qualitatively in agreement with our experimental results. The presence of Au nanostructures on top of O-deficient and sharp-tipped TNFs results in enhanced FE performance following their reduced tunneling barrier via pinning of effective Φ. PMID:26883495

  9. Tuning the work function of randomly oriented ZnO nanostructures by capping with faceted Au nanostructure and oxygen defects: enhanced field emission experiments and DFT studies

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    Ghosh, Arnab; Guha, Puspendu; Thapa, Ranjit; Selvaraj, Sinthika; Kumar, Mohit; Rakshit, Bipul; Dash, Tapan; Bar, Rajshekhar; Ray, Samit K.; Venkata Satyam, Parlapalli

    2016-03-01

    The lowering of the work function (Φ) can lead to a better field emission (FE) behavior at lower threshold fields. We report on enhanced FE from randomly oriented and faceted Au-capped ZnO hetero-nanostructures (HNs) having more oxygen defects. Large-area arrays of non-aligned, faceted Au-capped ZnO HNs, such as nanowires (NWs) and triangular nanoflakes (TNFs) are grown using the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. Enhanced FE properties from the TNF sample resulted in a turn-on field as low as 0.52 V μm-1 at a current density of 0.1 mA cm-2 and a field enhancement factor (β) as high as ≈5.16 × 105. Under similar experimental conditions, drawing the same current density from an NW specimen needs a higher turn-on field (0.86 V μm-1) and to exhibit nearly four times less field enhancement factor compared to the TNFs samples. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and photoluminescence (PL) measurements confirm the presence of more oxygen defects in the TNF samples compared to the NW samples. Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) measurements show the average local work function to be 4.70 ± 0.1 eV for the TNF sample, which is ≈ 0.34 eV lower than the NW sample. Using density functional theory (DFT) calculations, the estimated Φ values are found to be 4.98 eV for ZnO(0001), 4.17 eV for Au(001)/ZnO(0001) and 3.91 eV for Au(001)/Ovac-ZnO(0001) surfaces. The DFT results are qualitatively in agreement with our experimental results. The presence of Au nanostructures on top of O-deficient and sharp-tipped TNFs results in enhanced FE performance following their reduced tunneling barrier via pinning of effective Φ.

  10. Enhanced room temperature ferromagnetism in electrodeposited Co-doped ZnO nanostructured thin films by controlling the oxygen vacancy defects

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    Simimol, A.; Anappara, Aji A.; Greulich-Weber, S.; Chowdhury, Prasanta; Barshilia, Harish C.

    2015-06-07

    We report the growth of un-doped and cobalt doped ZnO nanostructures fabricated on FTO coated glass substrates using electrodeposition method. A detailed study on the effects of dopant concentration on morphology, structural, optical, and magnetic properties of the ZnO nanostructures has been carried out systematically by varying the Co concentration (c.{sub Co}) from 0.01 to 1 mM. For c.{sub Co }≤ 0.2 mM, h-wurtzite phase with no secondary phases of Co were present in the ZnO nanostructures. For c.{sub Co} ≤ 0.2 mM, the photoluminescence spectra exhibited a decrease in the intensity of ultraviolet emission as well as band-gap narrowing with an increase in dopant concentration. All the doped samples displayed a broad emission in the visible range and its intensity increased with an increase in Co concentration. It was found that the defect centers such as oxygen vacancies and zinc interstitials were the source of the visible emission. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies revealed, Co was primarily in the divalent state, replacing the Zn ion inside the tetrahedral crystal site of ZnO without forming any cluster or secondary phases of Co. The un-doped ZnO nanorods exhibited diamagnetic behavior and it remained up to a c.{sub Co} of 0.05 mM, while for c.{sub Co }> 0.05 mM, the ZnO nanostructures exhibited ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature. The coercivity increased to 695 G for 0.2 mM Co-doped sample and then it decreased for c.{sub Co }> 0.2 mM. Our results illustrate that up to a threshold concentration of 0.2 mM, the strong ferromagnetism is due to the oxygen vacancy defects centers, which exist in the Co-doped ZnO nanostructures. The origin of strong ferromagnetism at room temperature in Co-doped ZnO nanostructures is attributed to the s-d exchange interaction between the localized spin moments resulting from the oxygen vacancies and d electrons of Co{sup 2+} ions. Our findings provide a new insight for tuning the

  11. Effects of optical band gap energy, band tail energy and particle shape on photocatalytic activities of different ZnO nanostructures prepared by a hydrothermal method

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    Klubnuan, Sarunya; Suwanboon, Sumetha; Amornpitoksuk, Pongsaton

    2016-03-01

    The dependence of the crystallite size and the band tail energy on the optical properties, particle shape and oxygen vacancy of different ZnO nanostructures to catalyse photocatalytic degradation was investigated. The ZnO nanoplatelets and mesh-like ZnO lamellae were synthesized from the PEO19-b-PPO3 modified zinc acetate dihydrate using aqueous KOH and CO(NH2)2 solutions, respectively via a hydrothermal method. The band tail energy of the ZnO nanostructures had more influence on the band gap energy than the crystallite size. The photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue increased as a function of the irradiation time, the amount of oxygen vacancy and the intensity of the (0 0 0 2) plane. The ZnO nanoplatelets exhibited a better photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue than the mesh-like ZnO lamellae due to the migration of the photoelectrons and holes to the (0 0 0 1) and (0 0 0 -1) planes, respectively under the internal electric field, that resulted in the enhancement of the photocatalytic activities.

  12. Influence Al doped ZnO nanostructure on structural and optical properties

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    Ramelan, Ari Handono; Wahyuningsih, Sayekti; Chasanah, Uswatul; Munawaroh, Hanik

    2016-04-01

    The preparation of Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films prepared by the spin-coating method was reported. Preparation of AZO was conducted by annealing treatment at a temperature of 700°C. While the spin-coating process of AZO thin films were done at 2000 and 3000 rpm respectively. The structural properties of ZnO were determined by X- ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. ZnOnanostructure was formed after annealed at atemperature of 400°C.The morphology of ZnO was determined by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) showed the irregular morphology about 30-50µm in size. Al doped on ZnO influenced the optical properties of those material. Increasing Al contain on ZnO cause of shifting to the lower wavelength. The optical properties of the ZnO as well as AZO films showed that higher reflectance on the ultraviolet region so those materials were used as anti-reflecting agent.Al addition significantly enhance the optical transparency and induce the blue-shift in optical bandgap of ZnO films.

  13. The size controlled structural and optical properties of ZnO nanorods

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    Chen, Yanwei; Yang, Guoliang; Qiao, Qian; Liu, Yichun

    2008-03-01

    In comparison with zero dimensional (0D) nanostructures, one-dimensional (1D) semiconducting nanostructures can facilitate more efficient carrier transport due to decreased grain boundaries, surface defects and disorders, and discontinuous interfaces. In order to utilize 1D ZnO nanostructures for optoelectronic nanodevices, it is essential to have detailed information about their size and other properties and to have the ability to tune these properties in the fabrication process. The application of the 1D nanostructures depend on this tenability. At present, it is still a challenge to fabricate well-controlled 1D ZnO nanostructures and to characterize their properties. We used convenient and flexible sol-gel and hydrothermal methods to synthesize 1D ZnO nanorods with diameters in the order of 10 to 20 nm. The crystallite size, morphology, the structural and optical properties could be well controlled by modulating the crystal nucleus quantity, the solution concentration and the reaction time. We obtained a strong ultraviolet exciton emission for the ZnO nanorods with a size about 10 nm, and also observed the size effect on the photoluminescence.

  14. Plasmonic enhanced optical characteristics of Ag nanostructured ZnO thin films

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    Sarkar, Arijit; Gogurla, Narendar; Shivakiran Bhaktha, B. N.; Ray, Samit K.

    2016-04-01

    We have demonstrated the enhanced photoluminescence and photoconducting characteristics of plasmonic Ag–ZnO films due to the light scattering effect from Ag nanoislands. Ag nanoislands have been prepared on ITO-coated glass substrates by thermal evaporation followed by annealing. Plasmonic Ag–ZnO films have been fabricated by depositing ZnO over Ag nanoislands by sol–gel process. The band-edge emission of ZnO is enhanced for 170 nm sized Ag nanoislands in ZnO as compared to pure ZnO. The defect emission is also found to be quenched simultaneously for plasmonic Ag–ZnO films. The enhancement and quenching of photoluminescence at different wavelengths for Ag–ZnO films can be well understood from the localized surface plasmon resonance of Ag nanoislands. The Ag–ZnO M–S–M photoconductor device showed a tenfold increment in photocurrent and faster photoresponse as compared to the control ZnO device. The enhancement in photoresponse of the device is due to the increased photon absorption in ZnO films via scattering of the incident illumination.

  15. Continuous fabrication of scalable 2-dimensional (2D) micro- and nanostructures by sequential 1D mechanical patterning processes

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    Ok, Jong G.; Panday, Ashwin; Lee, Taehwa; Jay Guo, L.

    2014-11-01

    We present a versatile and simple methodology for continuous and scalable 2D micro/nano-structure fabrication via sequential 1D patterning strokes enabled by dynamic nano-inscribing (DNI) and vibrational indentation patterning (VIP) as well as a `single-stroke' 2D patterning using a DNI tool in VIP.

  16. Continuous fabrication of scalable 2-dimensional (2D) micro- and nanostructures by sequential 1D mechanical patterning processes.

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    Ok, Jong G; Panday, Ashwin; Lee, Taehwa; Jay Guo, L

    2014-12-21

    We present a versatile and simple methodology for continuous and scalable 2D micro/nano-structure fabrication via sequential 1D patterning strokes enabled by dynamic nano-inscribing (DNI) and vibrational indentation patterning (VIP) as well as a 'single-stroke' 2D patterning using a DNI tool in VIP. PMID:25363145

  17. Facile synthesis of ZnO micro-nanostructures with controllable morphology and their applications in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Zhou, Yi; Li, Dang; Zhang, Xiangchao; Chen, Jianlin; Zhang, Shiying

    2012-11-01

    Different morphologies of ZnO micro-nanostructures were successfully prepared by hydrothermal method at relatively mild conditions using ammonia to adjust the pH of the reaction system. The samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, optical reflectance spectra, and photocurrent-voltage curve. The results demonstrated that the morphologies of ZnO changed from "wire" to "flower", "urchin" and "wire" with increase in the pH of the reaction system due to the increased concentration of ammonia. The diffused reflectance spectra illustrated that the reflectance of denser urchin-like ZnO was low at 18% in the visible region. When the as-synthesized ZnO micro-nanostructures were used as the anode of the dye sensitization solar cell, the denser urchin-like ZnO exhibited the best photoelectric properties. The short circuit current (Jsc), open circuit voltage (Voc), and conversion efficiency (η) were 6.50 mA/cm2, 0.682 V, and 1.92%, respectively.

  18. Enhanced super-hydrophobic and switching behavior of ZnO nanostructured surfaces prepared by simple solution--immersion successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction process.

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    Suresh Kumar, P; Sundaramurthy, J; Mangalaraj, D; Nataraj, D; Rajarathnam, D; Srinivasan, M P

    2011-11-01

    A simple and cost-effective successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method was adopted to fabricate hydrophobic ZnO nanostructured surfaces on transparent indium-tin oxide (ITO), glass and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates. ZnO films deposited on different substrates show hierarchical structures like spindle, flower and spherical shape with diameters ranging from 30 to 300 nm. The photo-induced switching behaviors of ZnO film surfaces between hydrophobic and hydrophilic states were examined by water contact angle and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis. ZnO nanostructured films had contact angles of ~140° and 160°±2 on glass and PET substrates, respectively, exhibiting hydrophobic behavior without any surface modification or treatment. Upon exposure to ultraviolet (UV) illumination, the films showed hydrophilic behavior (contact angle: 15°±2), which upon low thermal stimuli revert back to its original hydrophobic nature. Such reversible and repeatable switching behaviors were observed upon cyclical exposure to ultraviolet radiation. These biomimetic ZnO surfaces exhibit good anti-reflective properties with lower reflectance of 9% for PET substrates. Thus, the present work is significant in terms of its potential application in switching devices, solar coatings and self-cleaning smart windows. PMID:21831394

  19. Accelerated Thermal-Aging-Induced Degradation of Organometal Triiodide Perovskite on ZnO Nanostructures and Its Effect on Hybrid Photovoltaic Devices.

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    Kumar, S; Dhar, A

    2016-07-20

    Organometal halide perovskite materials are presently some of the pacesetters for light harvesting in hybrid photovoltaic devices because of their excellent inherent electrical and optical properties. However, long-term durability of such perovskite materials remains a major bottleneck for their commercialization especially in countries with hot and humid climatic conditions, thus violating the international standards for photovoltaic technology. Albeit, TiO2 as an electron-transport layer has been well investigated for perovskite solar cells; the high-temperature processing makes it unsuitable for low-cost and large-scale roll-to-roll production of flexible photovoltaic devices. Herein, we have chosen low-temperature (<150 °C)-processable nanostructured ZnO as the electron-selective layer and used a two-step method for sensitizing ZnO nanorods with methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) perovskite, which is viable for flexible photovoltaic devices. We have also elaborately addressed the effect of the annealing duration on the conversion of a precursor solution into the required perovskite phase on ZnO nanostructures. The investigations show that the presence of ZnO nanostructures accelerates the rate of degradation of MAPbI3 films under ambient annealing and thus requires proper optimization. The role of ZnO in enhancing the degradation kinetics of the perovskite layer has been investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and a buffer layer passivation technique. The effect of the annealing duration of the MAPbI3 perovskite on the optical, morphological, and compositional behavior has been closely studied and correlated with the photovoltaic efficiency. The study captures the degradation behavior of the commercially interesting MAPbI3 perovskite on a ZnO electron-transport layer and thus can provide insight for developing alternative families of perovskite material with better thermal and environmental stability for application in low-cost flexible photovoltaic

  20. Experimental and theoretical determination of the low-loss electron energy loss spectroscopy of nanostructured ZnO.

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    Morales-Rodríguez, H J; Espinosa-Magaña, F

    2012-02-01

    The dielectric properties of nanostructured wurtzite-type ZnO are studied by analyzing the low-loss region of the electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) in a transmission electron microscope. Characteristic peaks at about 12 and 32 eV in the imaginary part of the dielectric function shift to lower energies as particle size decreases. A comparison of experimental EELS spectra and ab initio density-functional theory calculations (WIEN2k code) within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA), GGA+U and modified Becke-Johnson (mBJ) is presented. The origins of interband transitions are identified in the electronic band structure by calculating the partial imaginary part of the dielectric function and the partial density of states of Zn and O. PMID:21813282

  1. Revealing the surface origin of green band emission from ZnO nanostructures by plasma immersion ion implantation induced quenching

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    Yang, Y.; Sun, X. W.; Tay, B. K.; Cao, Peter H. T.; Wang, J. X.; Zhang, X. H.

    2008-03-15

    Surface defect passivation for ZnO nanocombs (NCBs), random nanowires (RNWs), and aligned nanowires (ANWs) was performed through a metal plasma immersion ion implantation with low bias voltages ranging from 0 to 10 kV, where Ni was used as the modification ion. The depth of surface-originated green band (GB) emission is thus probed, revealing the surface origin of the GB. It is also found that the GB is closely related to oxygen gas content during growth of the nanostructures. The GB origin of NCBs and RNWs grown with higher oxygen content is shallower ({approx}0.5 nm), which can be completely quenched with no bias applied. However, the GB origin of ANWs grown at lower oxygen content is much deeper ({approx}7 nm) with a complete quenching bias of 10 kV. Quenching of the GB can be attributed to passivation of the surface hole or electron trapping sites (oxygen vacancies) by Ni ions.

  2. Realizing ferromagnetic ordering in SnO2 and ZnO nanostructures with Fe, Co, Ce ions.

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    Verma, Kuldeep Chand; Kotnala, R K

    2016-07-14

    We report the defects/vacancies that attribute to room temperature ferromagnetism in SnO2 in contrast to ZnO [Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 5647], which has observed ferromagnetic ordering below room temperature, since both the systems involve similar dopant Fe, Co, and Ce ions. The Fe, Co, Ce doped SnO2 nanostructures were synthesized by a sol-gel process. The Rietveld refinement of the X-ray diffraction data detects a rutile SnO2 structure, with structural defects due to the deformation of the unit cell with doping. The pure, Fe and Co doped SnO2 have nanoparticle formation that is induced to nanorods with Ce co-doping. However, ZnO retained a nanorod-type shape with Fe and Co ions and changed to nanoparticles with Ce co-doping. The rutile SnO2 structure and defect formation with Fe, Co, and Ce ions is also confirmed with Raman vibrational modes. The observed lattice defects due to oxygen vacancies are shown by the photoluminescence study. The weak room temperature ferromagnetism is observed with Fe and Co ions in SnO2, which is enhanced with Ce ions. The zero field (ZFC) and field cooling magnetic measurements indicate an improvement in magnetization with a cusp in the ZFC curve at low temperature, observed due to an antiferromagnetic transition. It also induced variations in the magnetic coercive field due to the phenomenon of superparamagnetism, spin glasses, and magnetic clustered growth. This can be further confirmed with ac magnetic susceptibility measurements that show magnetic transitions as well as frequency dispersive and dependent behaviors of χ'(T)/χ''(T). However, the Fe, Co, Ce doped ZnO exhibit paramagnetic behavior at room temperature due to favorable antiferromagnetic interactions and have a ferromagnetic transition at low temperature with little ferromagnetic cluster growth. PMID:27305970

  3. The use of novel biodegradable, optically active and nanostructured poly(amide-ester-imide) as a polymer matrix for preparation of modified ZnO based bionanocomposites

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    Abdolmaleki, Amir; Mallakpour, Shadpour; Borandeh, Sedigheh

    2012-05-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A novel biodegradable and nanostructured PAEI based on two amino acids, was synthesized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZnO nanoparticles were modified via two different silane coupling agents. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer PAEI/modified ZnO BNCs were synthesized through ultrasound irradiation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZnO particles were dispersed homogeneously in PAEI matrix on nanoscale. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The effect of ZnO nanoparticles on the properties of synthesized polymer was examined. -- Abstract: A novel biodegradable and nanostructured poly(amide-ester-imide) (PAEI) based on two different amino acids, was synthesized via direct polycondensation of biodegradable N,N Prime -bis[2-(methyl-3-(4-hydroxyphenyl)propanoate)]isophthaldiamide and N,N Prime -(pyromellitoyl)-bis-L-phenylalanine diacid. The resulting polymer was characterized by FT-IR, {sup 1}H NMR, specific rotation, elemental analysis, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) analysis. The synthesized polymer showed good thermal stability with nano and sphere structure. Then PAEI/ZnO bionanocomposites (BNCs) were fabricated via interaction of pure PAEI and ZnO nanoparticles. The surface of ZnO was modified with two different silane coupling agents. PAEI/ZnO BNCs were studied and characterized by FT-IR, XRD, UV/vis, FE-SEM and TEM. The TEM and FE-SEM results indicated that the nanoparticles were dispersed homogeneously in PAEI matrix on nanoscale. Furthermore the effect of ZnO nanoparticle on the thermal stability of the polymer was investigated with TGA and DSC technique.

  4. Growth of Comb-like ZnO Nanostructures for Dye-sensitized Solar Cells Applications

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    2009-01-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were fabricated by using well-crystallized ZnO nanocombs directly grown onto the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) via noncatalytic thermal evaporation process. The thin films of as-grown ZnO nanocombs were used as photoanode materials to fabricate the DSSCs, which exhibited an overall light to electricity conversion efficiency of 0.68% with a fill factor of 34%, short-circuit current of 3.14 mA/cm2, and open-circuit voltage of 0.671 V. To the best of our knowledge, this is first report in which thin film of ZnO nanocombs was used as photoanode materials to fabricate the DSSCs. PMID:20596445

  5. Facile synthesis of {alpha}-MnO{sub 2} one-dimensional (1D) nanostructure and energy storage ability studies

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    Yousefi, Taher; Golikand, Ahmad Nozad; Hossein Mashhadizadeh, Mohammad; Aghazadeh, Mustafa

    2012-06-15

    The dense manganese oxide nanorods with an extremely narrow distribution are synthesized at a low temperature using first cathodic electrodeposition subsequently heat treatment. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images show that the nanorods have bar shapes, and their average diameter is less than 50 nm. The Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) study, the selected area electron diffraction (SAED) pattern in TEM images and the X-ray diffraction (XRD) result show that the nanorods are {alpha}-MnO{sub 2} single crystal. The results of N{sub 2} adsorption-desorption analysis indicate that the BET surface area of the {alpha}-MnO{sub 2} nanorods is 93 m{sup 2} g{sup -1}. By recording the potential-time curve during the electrodeposition process, it is revealed that water reduction reaction has a major role in the electrogeneration of base at the cathode surface under the applied electrochemical conditions. Finally, based on the H{sub 2} bubbling on the cathode surface, the mechanism of the formation and the growth of {alpha}-MnO{sub 2} nanorods are proposed and discussed. For the electrochemical supercapacitor application, electrochemically prepared {alpha}-MnO{sub 2} is found to be stable for a large number of cycles with high specific capacitance, 338 F g{sup -1} at a scan rate of 10 mV s{sup -1}. Finally, the charge-discharge mechanism is discussed. - Graphical abstract: Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer New nanostructures of MnO{sub 2} is synthesized by simple method of cathodicelectrodeposition. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The product has unique one-dimensional morphology with average diameter size of 50 nm. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The experiment conditions (temperature, current density) has not been reported. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The one-nanostructures obtained without using of hard template or surfactant.

  6. Enhanced ultraviolet fluorescence in surface modified ZnO nanostructures: Effect of PANI

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    Pandiyarajan, T.; Mangalaraja, R. V.; Karthikeyan, B.

    2015-08-01

    ZnO:polyaniline nanocomposite (ZnO:PANI) films were prepared and their steady state fluorescence and time resolved photoluminescence properties were discussed. X-ray diffraction and infrared spectroscopy analyses confirmed the interaction and formation of ZnO:PANI composite films. Optical absorption spectrum of pure PANI showed two bands at 325 and 625 nm which were ascribed to π → π∗ transition in the benzoid and exciton formation in the quinoid rings, respectively. Pure ZnO nanoparticles exhibited a band at 369 nm was due to their exciton absorption and the composite films showed a broad band in the visible region and small intensity band at the UV region. Fluorescence spectra showed that the ultra violet emission of ZnO was enhanced about tenfold due to the electron transfer from PANI to ZnO nanoparticles and the suppression of visible emission was attributed to the surface passivation effect. The transfer of electron from PANI to ZnO and its decay dynamics were experimentally analyzed through time resolved fluorescence measurements.

  7. Removal of Micrometer Size Morphological Defects and Enhancement of Ultraviolet Emission by Thermal Treatment of Ga-Doped ZnO Nanostructures

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    Manzoor, Umair; Kim, Do K.; Islam, Mohammad; Bhatti, Arshad S.

    2014-01-01

    Mixed morphologies of Ga-doped Zinc Oxide (ZnO) nanostructures are synthesized by vapor transport method. Systematic scanning electron microscope (SEM) studies of different morphologies, after periodic heat treatments, gives direct evidence of sublimation. SEM micrographs give direct evidence that morphological defects of nanostructures can be removed by annealing. Ultra Violet (UV) and visible emission depends strongly on the annealing temperatures and luminescent efficiency of UV emission is enhanced significantly with each subsequent heat treatment. X-Ray diffraction (XRD) results suggest that crystal quality improved by annealing and phase separation may occur at high temperatures. PMID:24489725

  8. Hydrothermal synthesis of Mn(OH)O nanowires and their thermal conversion to (1D)-manganese oxides nanostructures

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    Mohamed Ahmed, Khalid Abdelazez; Abbood, Hayder A.; Huang, Kaixun

    2012-11-01

    Manganite Mn(OH)O nanowires were successfully synthesized using a hydrothermal method based on a mild and direct reaction between potassium permanganate and ethylene glycol. Subsequent heat treatment of Mn(OH)O nanowires in air at 400 °C for 4 h and 900 °C for 2 h, was conducted to prepare pyrolusite MnO2 nanobelts and necklace-like bixbyite-C Mn2O3 nanowires, respectively. A variety of techniques, including X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SA-ED), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) and thermogravimetry-differential thermal analyzer (TG-DTA), were employed to characterize the resulting materials. The ethylene glycol and heating furnace imposed an effect on the morphology evolution of one dimensional (1D) manganese oxides nanocrystals.

  9. Integration of flower-like ZnO nanostructures with crystalline-Si interdigitated back contact photovoltaic cell as a self-powered humidity sensor

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    Hsueh, Han-Ting; Chen, Yung-Hsiang; Lin, Yu-De; Lai, Kuang-Chieh; Chen, Jhih-Wei; Wu, Chung-Lin

    2013-11-01

    In this article, flower-like ZnO nanostructures were integrated with crystalline-Si interdigitated back contact photovoltaic cell by direct growth on its surface. These ZnO nanostructures not only possess the anti-reflective characteristics to increase the converting efficiency of photovoltaic cell but also serve as the humidity sensing material. For measurement of the self-powered humidity sensor, it can be seen that the measured current increased monotonically as we increased the related humidity (RH) from 40% to 95%. The plot of log-resistance as a function of RH also showed good linearity (Y = -0.0089X + 7.0914 and R2 = 0.9874).

  10. CuO-Decorated ZnO Hierarchical Nanostructures as Efficient and Established Sensing Materials for H2S Gas Sensors

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    Vuong, Nguyen Minh; Chinh, Nguyen Duc; Huy, Bui The; Lee, Yong-Ill

    2016-01-01

    Highly sensitive hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas sensors were developed from CuO-decorated ZnO semiconducting hierarchical nanostructures. The ZnO hierarchical nanostructure was fabricated by an electrospinning method following hydrothermal and heat treatment. CuO decoration of ZnO hierarchical structures was carried out by a wet method. The H2S gas-sensing properties were examined at different working temperatures using various quantities of CuO as the variable. CuO decoration of the ZnO hierarchical structure was observed to promote sensitivity for H2S gas higher than 30 times at low working temperature (200 °C) compared with that in the nondecorated hierarchical structure. The sensing mechanism of the hybrid sensor structure is also discussed. The morphology and characteristics of the samples were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis absorption, photoluminescence (PL), and electrical measurements. PMID:27231026

  11. CuO-Decorated ZnO Hierarchical Nanostructures as Efficient and Established Sensing Materials for H2S Gas Sensors.

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    Vuong, Nguyen Minh; Chinh, Nguyen Duc; Huy, Bui The; Lee, Yong-Ill

    2016-01-01

    Highly sensitive hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas sensors were developed from CuO-decorated ZnO semiconducting hierarchical nanostructures. The ZnO hierarchical nanostructure was fabricated by an electrospinning method following hydrothermal and heat treatment. CuO decoration of ZnO hierarchical structures was carried out by a wet method. The H2S gas-sensing properties were examined at different working temperatures using various quantities of CuO as the variable. CuO decoration of the ZnO hierarchical structure was observed to promote sensitivity for H2S gas higher than 30 times at low working temperature (200 °C) compared with that in the nondecorated hierarchical structure. The sensing mechanism of the hybrid sensor structure is also discussed. The morphology and characteristics of the samples were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis absorption, photoluminescence (PL), and electrical measurements. PMID:27231026

  12. Immobilization and direct electrochemistry of glucose oxidase on a tetragonal pyramid-shaped porous ZnO nanostructure for a glucose biosensor.

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    Dai, Zhihui; Shao, Guojian; Hong, Jianmin; Bao, Jianchun; Shen, Jian

    2009-01-01

    A tetragonal pyramid-shaped porous ZnO (TPSP-ZnO) nanostructure is used for the immobilization, direct electrochemistry and biosensing of proteins. The prepared ZnO has a large surface area and good biocompatibility. Using glucose oxidase (GOD) as a model, this shaped ZnO is tested for immobilization of proteins and the construction of electrochemical biosensors with good electrochemical performances. The interaction between GOD and TPSP-ZnO is examined by using AFM, N(2) adsorption isotherms and electrochemical methods. The immobilized GOD at a TPSP-ZnO-modified glassy carbon electrode shows a good direct electrochemical behavior, which depends on the properties of the TPSP-ZnO. Based on a decrease of the electrocatalytic response of the reduced form of GOD to dissolved oxygen, the proposed biosensor exhibits a linear response to glucose concentrations ranging from 0.05 to 8.2mM with a detection limit of 0.01mM at an applied potential of -0.50V which has better biosensing properties than those from other morphological ZnO nanoparticles. The biosensor shows good stability, reproducibility, low interferences and can diagnose diabetes very fast and sensitively. Such the TPSP-ZnO nanostructure provides a good matrix for protein immobilization and biosensor preparation. PMID:18774704

  13. CuO-Decorated ZnO Hierarchical Nanostructures as Efficient and Established Sensing Materials for H2S Gas Sensors

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    Vuong, Nguyen Minh; Chinh, Nguyen Duc; Huy, Bui The; Lee, Yong-Ill

    2016-05-01

    Highly sensitive hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas sensors were developed from CuO-decorated ZnO semiconducting hierarchical nanostructures. The ZnO hierarchical nanostructure was fabricated by an electrospinning method following hydrothermal and heat treatment. CuO decoration of ZnO hierarchical structures was carried out by a wet method. The H2S gas-sensing properties were examined at different working temperatures using various quantities of CuO as the variable. CuO decoration of the ZnO hierarchical structure was observed to promote sensitivity for H2S gas higher than 30 times at low working temperature (200 °C) compared with that in the nondecorated hierarchical structure. The sensing mechanism of the hybrid sensor structure is also discussed. The morphology and characteristics of the samples were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis absorption, photoluminescence (PL), and electrical measurements.

  14. Multiscale modeling of nanostructured ZnO based devices for optoelectronic applications: Dynamically-coupled structural fields, charge, and thermal transport processes

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    Abdullah, Abdulmuin; Alqahtani, Saad; Nishat, Md Rezaul Karim; Ahmed, Shaikh; SIU Nanoelectronics Research Group Team

    Recently, hybrid ZnO nanostructures (such as ZnO deposited on ZnO-alloys, Si, GaN, polymer, conducting oxides, and organic compounds) have attracted much attention for their possible applications in optoelectronic devices (such as solar cells, light emitting and laser diodes), as well as in spintronics (such as spin-based memory, and logic). However, efficiency and performance of these hybrid ZnO devices strongly depend on an intricate interplay of complex, nonlinear, highly stochastic and dynamically-coupled structural fields, charge, and thermal transport processes at different length and time scales, which have not yet been fully assessed experimentally. In this work, we study the effects of these coupled processes on the electronic and optical emission properties in nanostructured ZnO devices. The multiscale computational framework employs the atomistic valence force-field molecular mechanics, models for linear and non-linear polarization, the 8-band sp3s* tight-binding models, and coupling to a TCAD toolkit to determine the terminal properties of the device. A series of numerical experiments are performed (by varying different nanoscale parameters such as size, geometry, crystal cut, composition, and electrostatics) that mainly aim to improve the efficiency of these devices. Supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation Grant No. 1102192.

  15. Influence of rare earth ions on microstructural and optical properties of ZnO nanostructures

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    Riyajuddin, Sk.; Naseem, Swaleha; Khan, Wasi; Ahmad, Shabbir; Faizan, M.; Naqvi, A. H.

    2016-05-01

    Pure and 3% rare earth ions (Nd3+ & Gd3+) doped ZnO samples were synthesized by sol-gel method, followed by annealing at temperature 450°C for 2hr. The samples were characterized by XRD, FTIR and UV-visible spectroscopy. XRD result confirmed single phase nature of all samples with crystalline structure. The average crystallite size of the doped samples found to be decreases as caculated using Debye-Scherrer's formula. FTIR spectra indicate absorption band centered at 464 cm-1 which is attributed to Zn-O lattice vibration. It confirms the formaton of compounds. UV-visible spectroscopy was used to study the optical properties and band gap of the synthesised materials using Tauc's relation.

  16. Effect of Morphology of ZnO Nanostructures on Their Toxicity to Marine Algae

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    Peng, X.; Wong, S.; Palma, S.; Fisher, N.S.

    2011-04-01

    The influence of ZnO nanoparticle morphology on its toxicity for marine diatoms was evaluated. Four ZnO nanoparticle motifs, possessing distinctive sizes and shapes, were synthesized without adding surfactants. Diameters of ZnO spheres ranged from 6.3 nm to 15.7 nm, and lengths of rod-shaped particles were 242 nm to 862 nm. Their effects on the growth of the marine diatoms, Thalassiosira pseudonana, Chaetoceros gracilis, and Phaeodactylum tricornutum, were determined in laboratory cultures. Between 4.1 and 4.9% of the Zn from all types of nanoparticles dissolved within 72 h and was neither concentration dependent nor morphology dependent. Addition of all nanoparticles at all concentrations tested stopped growth of T. pseudonana and C. gracilis, whereas P. tricornutum was the least sensitive, with its growth rate inversely proportional to nanoparticle concentration. Bioaccumulation of Zn released from nanoparticles in T. pseudonana was sufficient to kill this diatom. The toxicity of rod-shaped particles to P. triocornutum was noted to be greater than that of the spheres. The overall results suggest that toxicity studies assessing the effects of nanoparticles on aquatic organisms need to consider both the dissolution of these particles and the cellular interaction of nanoparticle aggregates.

  17. Substrate Temperature Effects on Room Temperature Sensing Properties of Nanostructured ZnO Thin Films.

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    Reddy, Jonnala Rakesh; Mani, Ganesh Kumar; Shankar, Prabakaran; Rayappan, John Bosco Balaguru

    2016-01-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films were deposited on glass substrates using chemical spray pyrolysis technique at different substrate temperatures such as 523, 623 and 723 K. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns confirmed the formation of polycrystalline films with hexagonal wurtzite crystal structure and revealed the change in preferential orientation of the crystal planes. Scanning electron micrographs showed the formation of uniformly distributed spherical shaped grains at low deposition temperature and pebbles like structure at the higher temperature. Transmittance of 85% was observed for the film deposited at 723 K. The band gap of the films was found to be increased from 3.15 to 3.23 eV with a rise in deposition temperature. The electrical conductivity of the films was found to be improved with an increase in substrate temperature. Surface of ZnO thin films deposited at 523 K, 623 K and 723 K were found to be hydrophobic with the contact angles of 92°, 105° and 128° respectively. The room temperature gas sensing characteristics of all the films were studied and found that the film deposited at 623 K showed a better response towards ammonia vapour. PMID:27398478

  18. Self-Styled ZnO Nanostructures Promotes the Cancer Cell Damage and Supresses the Epithelial Phenotype of Glioblastoma

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    Wahab, Rizwan; Kaushik, Neha; Khan, Farheen; Kaushik, Nagendra Kumar; Choi, Eun Ha; Musarrat, Javed; Al-Khedhairy, Abdulaziz A.

    2016-01-01

    Extensive researches have been done on the applications of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) for the biological purposes. However, the role and toxicity mechanisms of ZnO nanostructures (ZnO-NSts) such as nanoplates (NPls), nanorods (NRs), nanosheets (NSs), nanoflowers (NFs) on cancer cells are not largely known. Present study was focused to investigate the possible mechanisms of apoptosis induced by self-designed ZnO-NSts, prepared at fix pH via solution process and exposed against human T98G gliomas including various cancers and non-malignant embryonic kidney HEK293, MRC5 fibroblast cells. NSts were used for the induction of cell death in malignant human T98G gliomas including various cancers and compared with the non-malignant cells. Notably, NRs were found to induce higher cytotoxicity, inhibitory effects on cancer and normal cells in a dose dependent manner. We also showed that NRs induced cancer cell death through oxidative stress and caspase-dependent pathways. Furthermore, quantitative and qualitative analysis of ZnO-NSts have also been confirmed by statistical analytical parameters such as precision, accuracy, linearity, limits of detection and limit of quantitation. These self-styled NSts could provide new perception in the research of targeted cancer nanotechnology and have potentiality to improve new therapeutic outcomes with poor diagnosis.

  19. A new perspective of ablative pulsed laser propulsion: study on different morphologies of nano-structured ZnO

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    Ahmad, Muhammad Raza; Jamil, Yasir; Saeed, Humaima; Hussain, Tousif

    2015-05-01

    We report for the first time a new application of four different morphologies including nano-noodles of zinc oxide as a laser ablation micro-thruster. Nano-noodles represent a unique class of materials in which the electrons are confined near the surface owing to the majority of the near surface atoms. The synthesized samples of ZnO were of single phase, having a wurtzite hexagonal structure. Three different morphologies, viz. initial (nanoparticles), intermediate (nano-noodles) and final (complete nano-noodles) of zinc oxide were ablated using a Nd : YAG laser operating at 1064 nm for the measurement of propulsion parameters. The momentum coupling coefficient (Cm) and the specific impulse (Isp) were evaluated using the non-contact optical triangulation method. It has been observed that the morphology of the material affects the laser ablation propulsion (LAP) parameters. For each sample, the laser fluence for the optimum coupling coefficient owing to the plasma shielding effect has also been found. The synthesized nanostructured zinc oxide samples have been found useful as efficient laser propellants that can be used in a variety of applications due to diversity in their momentum coupling coefficient and specific impulse values.

  20. Study on the growth of ZnO micro and nano-structures at low temperature and atmospheric pressure

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    Morales, M.; Claflin, B.; Farlow, G. C.; Look, D. C.

    2007-03-01

    Deposition of ZnO from the vapor in flowing carrier gases has been studied for use in the growth of micro- and nano- structures. We have investigated how variations in the carrier gas composition and flow rate and the position of the substrate control the morphology of the nanostructures. Source material was either Zn powder or Zn acetate, either evaporated (powder) or decomposed (acetate) in the temperature range 500^oC to 650^oC in flowing Ar/O2 at atmospheric pressure. It was also found that Zn powder must be washed in HCl to achieve reliable deposition at the lower temperatures. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images of samples grown from a Zn acetate source show micron-sized chimneys forming at 5 cm from the source, to 100 nm dispersed crystals at 7 cm or greater distance from the source. SEM images of samples grown from a Zn powder source show forrested needles ˜ 100 nm in diameter by 1 micron long.Photoluminescence measurements from these samples show a dominate line at 3.36 eV with additional features at 3.32 and 3.37 eV. The line widths are ˜ 3.5 meV, indicating good quality material. The usual gree-band emission is also observed.

  1. Self-Styled ZnO Nanostructures Promotes the Cancer Cell Damage and Supresses the Epithelial Phenotype of Glioblastoma

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    Wahab, Rizwan; Kaushik, Neha; Khan, Farheen; Kaushik, Nagendra Kumar; Choi, Eun Ha; Musarrat, Javed; Al-Khedhairy, Abdulaziz A.

    2016-01-01

    Extensive researches have been done on the applications of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) for the biological purposes. However, the role and toxicity mechanisms of ZnO nanostructures (ZnO-NSts) such as nanoplates (NPls), nanorods (NRs), nanosheets (NSs), nanoflowers (NFs) on cancer cells are not largely known. Present study was focused to investigate the possible mechanisms of apoptosis induced by self-designed ZnO-NSts, prepared at fix pH via solution process and exposed against human T98G gliomas including various cancers and non-malignant embryonic kidney HEK293, MRC5 fibroblast cells. NSts were used for the induction of cell death in malignant human T98G gliomas including various cancers and compared with the non-malignant cells. Notably, NRs were found to induce higher cytotoxicity, inhibitory effects on cancer and normal cells in a dose dependent manner. We also showed that NRs induced cancer cell death through oxidative stress and caspase-dependent pathways. Furthermore, quantitative and qualitative analysis of ZnO-NSts have also been confirmed by statistical analytical parameters such as precision, accuracy, linearity, limits of detection and limit of quantitation. These self-styled NSts could provide new perception in the research of targeted cancer nanotechnology and have potentiality to improve new therapeutic outcomes with poor diagnosis. PMID:26818603

  2. Self-Styled ZnO Nanostructures Promotes the Cancer Cell Damage and Supresses the Epithelial Phenotype of Glioblastoma.

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    Wahab, Rizwan; Kaushik, Neha; Khan, Farheen; Kaushik, Nagendra Kumar; Choi, Eun Ha; Musarrat, Javed; Al-Khedhairy, Abdulaziz A

    2016-01-01

    Extensive researches have been done on the applications of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) for the biological purposes. However, the role and toxicity mechanisms of ZnO nanostructures (ZnO-NSts) such as nanoplates (NPls), nanorods (NRs), nanosheets (NSs), nanoflowers (NFs) on cancer cells are not largely known. Present study was focused to investigate the possible mechanisms of apoptosis induced by self-designed ZnO-NSts, prepared at fix pH via solution process and exposed against human T98G gliomas including various cancers and non-malignant embryonic kidney HEK293, MRC5 fibroblast cells. NSts were used for the induction of cell death in malignant human T98G gliomas including various cancers and compared with the non-malignant cells. Notably, NRs were found to induce higher cytotoxicity, inhibitory effects on cancer and normal cells in a dose dependent manner. We also showed that NRs induced cancer cell death through oxidative stress and caspase-dependent pathways. Furthermore, quantitative and qualitative analysis of ZnO-NSts have also been confirmed by statistical analytical parameters such as precision, accuracy, linearity, limits of detection and limit of quantitation. These self-styled NSts could provide new perception in the research of targeted cancer nanotechnology and have potentiality to improve new therapeutic outcomes with poor diagnosis. PMID:26818603

  3. Oriented assembly of bacteriorhodopsin on ZnO nanostructured electrode for enhanced photocurrent generation.

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    Molaeirad, Ahmad; Rezaeian, Niloofar

    2015-01-01

    Bacteriorhodopsin (bR) is a photoactive protein that has great potential to be used in bioelectronics applications. For the first time, a monolayer of bR created by the Langmuir-Blodgett method is immobilized on a ZnO nanoporous film. Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy analyses are used to study the morphological properties of the electrodes. In addition, an efficient biosolar cell is designed and fabricated, and the performance of produced nano-biohybrid electrode is investigated by the measurement of power conversion efficiency of biosolar cell. Under AM1.5 irradiation, a short-circuit current of 0.39 mA cm(-2) , open-circuit voltages of 0.5 V, fill factor of 0.52, and an overall energy conversion efficiency of 0.1% are achieved. PMID:25223865

  4. Photo electrical and optical anomaly in ferromagnetic cobalt doped ZnO nanostructures

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    Zia, Amir; Ahmed, S.; Shah, N. A.; Khan, E. U.

    2015-06-01

    For the development of novel devices, the correlation of oxygen vacancies and room temperature ferromagnetism in cobalt doped zinc oxide nanostructures synthesized by Co precipitation route reported earlier Zia et al (2014 Phys. Scr. 89 105802) has been further explored on the basis of structural, optical, magnetic and photoelectrical measurements. In the current study, x-ray diffraction data is further exploited for the measurement of d-spacing, c-direction growth for the plane (002) and cell volume. Increased volume of the unit cell is observed with the increase in cobalt content. UV-visible absorption spectroscopy analysis reveals the reduction in optical energy band gap with the increase in cobalt concentration. The saturated and remanence magnetization were found to be increasing with cobalt addition during the magnetic analysis. The photoelectrical conductivity has maximum value for the sample Co (3% mol) and least recovery time as compared to Co (0% mol). The sensing response was found to be decreasing with the addition of cobalt. The anomalies in the photoelectric parameters clearly reflect the presence of photoconductive nature, which may have ramifications for device engineers.

  5. Fabrication and characterization of one dimensional zinc oxide nanostructures

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    Cheng, Chun

    In this thesis, one dimensional (1D) ZnO nanostructures with controlled morphologies, defects and alignment have been fabricated by a simple vapor transfer method. The crystal structures, interfaces, growth mechanisms and optical properties of ZnO nanostructures have been investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Great efforts have been devoted to the patterned growth and assembly of ZnO nanostructures as well as the stability of ZnO nanowires (NWs). Using carbonized photoresists, a simple and very effective method has been developed for fabricating and patterning high-quality ZnO NW arrays. ZnO NWs from this method show excellent alignment, crystal quality, and optical properties that are independent of the substrates. The carbonized photoresists provide perfect nucleation sites for the growth of aligned ZnO NWs and also perfectly connect to the NWs to form ideal electrodes. This approach is further extended to realize large area growth of different forms of ZnO NW arrays (e.g., the horizontal growth and multilayered ZnO NW arrays) on other kinds of carbon-based materials. In addition, the as-synthesized vertically aligned ZnO NW arrays show a low weighted reflectance (Rw) and can be used as antireflection coatings. Moreover, non c-axis growth of 1D ZnO nanostructures (e.g., nanochains, nanobrushes and nanobelts) and defect related 1D ZnO nanostructures (e.g., Y-shaped twinned nanobelts and hierarchical nanostructures decorated by flowers induced by screw dislocations) is also present. Using direct oxidization of pure Zn at high temperatures in air, uniformed ZnO NWs and tetrapods have been fabricated. The spatially-resolved PL study on these two kinds of nanostructures suggests that the defects leading to the green luminescence (GL) should originate from the structural changes along the legs of the tetrapods. Surface defects in these ZnO nanostructures play an unimportant

  6. Uniform Fe3O4 coating on flower-like ZnO nanostructures by atomic layer deposition for electromagnetic wave absorption.

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    Wan, Gengping; Wang, Guizhen; Huang, Xianqin; Zhao, Haonan; Li, Xinyue; Wang, Kan; Yu, Lei; Peng, Xiange; Qin, Yong

    2015-11-21

    An elegant atomic layer deposition (ALD) method has been employed for controllable preparation of a uniform Fe3O4-coated ZnO (ZnO@Fe3O4) core-shell flower-like nanostructure. The Fe3O4 coating thickness of the ZnO@Fe3O4 nanostructure can be tuned by varying the cycle number of ALD Fe2O3. When serving as additives for microwave absorption, the ZnO@Fe3O4-paraffin composites exhibit a higher absorption capacity than the ZnO-paraffin composites. For ZnO@500-Fe3O4, the effective absorption bandwidth below -10 dB can reach 5.2 GHz and the RL values below -20 dB also cover a wide frequency range of 11.6-14.2 GHz when the coating thickness is 2.3 mm, suggesting its potential application in the treatment of the electromagnetic pollution problem. On the basis of experimental observations, a mechanism has been proposed to understand the enhanced microwave absorption properties of the ZnO@Fe3O4 composites. PMID:26458422

  7. Comparison of photocatalytic and transport properties of TiO2 and ZnO nanostructures for solar-driven water splitting.

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    Hernández, Simelys; Hidalgo, Diana; Sacco, Adriano; Chiodoni, Angelica; Lamberti, Andrea; Cauda, Valentina; Tresso, Elena; Saracco, Guido

    2015-03-28

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures have been widely used as photo-catalysts due to their low-cost, high surface area, robustness, abundance and non-toxicity. In this work, four TiO2 and ZnO-based nanostructures, i.e. TiO2 nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs), TiO2 nanotubes (TiO2 NTs), ZnO nanowires (ZnO NWs) and ZnO@TiO2 core-shell structures, specifically prepared with a fixed thickness of about 1.5 μm, are compared for the solar-driven water splitting reaction, under AM1.5G simulated sunlight. Complete characterization of these photo-electrodes in their structural and photo-electrochemical properties was carried out. Both TiO2 NPs and NTs showed photo-current saturation reaching 0.02 and 0.12 mA cm(-2), respectively, for potential values of about 0.3 and 0.6 V vs. RHE. In contrast, the ZnO NWs and the ZnO@TiO2 core-shell samples evidence a linear increase of the photocurrent with the applied potential, reaching 0.45 and 0.63 mA cm(-2) at 1.7 V vs. RHE, respectively. However, under concentrated light conditions, the TiO2 NTs demonstrate a higher increase of the performance with respect to the ZnO@TiO2 core-shells. Such material-dependent behaviours are discussed in relation with the different charge transport mechanisms and interfacial reaction kinetics, which were investigated through electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The role of key parameters such as electronic properties, specific surface area and photo-catalytic activity in the performance of these materials is discussed. Moreover, proper optimization strategies are analysed in view of increasing the efficiency of the best performing TiO2 and ZnO-based nanostructures, toward their practical application in a solar water splitting device. PMID:25715190

  8. Effects of sol concentration on structural, morphological and optical waveguiding properties of sol-gel ZnO nanostructured thin films

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    Tazerout, Mohand; Chelouche, Azeddine; Touam, Tahar; Djouadi, Djamel; Boudjouan, Fares; Khodja, Sebti; Ouhenia, Salim; Fischer, Alexis; Boudrioua, Azzedine

    2014-07-01

    Nanostructured ZnO thin films with different precursor concentrations (0.5-0.8 M) have been deposited on glass substrates by sol-gel dip coating technique. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), UV-visible spectrophotometer, and m-lines spectroscopy have been employed to investigate the effect of solution concentration on structural, morphological, optical and waveguiding properties of the ZnO thin films. XRD spectra have shown that all the films are polycrystalline and exhibit the wurtzite hexagonal structure. SEM micrographs and AFM images have revealed that morphology and surface roughness of the thin films depend on sol concentration. The UV-visible transmittance results show a high transparency in the visible range and a shift of the maximum transmittance to the higher wavelength with increasing sol concentration. Waveguiding properties such as refractive index, number of propagating modes and attenuation coefficient measured at 632.8 nm wavelength by m-lines spectroscopy indicate that our ZnO slab waveguides are single mode and demonstrate optical losses estimated around 1.5 decibel per cm (dB/cm) for the thin film prepared with a sol concentration of 0.7 M.

  9. ZnO Hierarchical Nanostructure Photoanode in a CdS Quantum Dot-Sensitized Solar Cell.

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    Liu, Huan; Zhang, Gengmin; Sun, Wentao; Shen, Ziyong; Shi, Mingji

    2015-01-01

    A hierarchical array of ZnO nanocones covered with ZnO nanospikes was hydrothermally fabricated and employed as the photoanode in a CdS quantum dot-sensitized solar cell (QDSSC). This QDSSC outperformed the QDSSC based on a simple ZnO nanocone photoanode in all the four principal photovoltaic parameters. Using the hierarchical photoanode dramatically increased the short circuit current density and also slightly raised the open circuit voltage and the fill factor. As a result, the conversion efficiency of the QDSSC based on the hierarchical photoanode was more than twice that of the QDSSC based on the simple ZnO nanocone photoanode. This improvement is attributable to both the enlarged specific area of the photoanode and the reduction in the recombination of the photoexcited electrons. PMID:26379268

  10. ZnO Hierarchical Nanostructure Photoanode in a CdS Quantum Dot-Sensitized Solar Cell

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    Liu, Huan; Zhang, Gengmin; Sun, Wentao; Shen, Ziyong; Shi, Mingji

    2015-01-01

    A hierarchical array of ZnO nanocones covered with ZnO nanospikes was hydrothermally fabricated and employed as the photoanode in a CdS quantum dot-sensitized solar cell (QDSSC). This QDSSC outperformed the QDSSC based on a simple ZnO nanocone photoanode in all the four principal photovoltaic parameters. Using the hierarchical photoanode dramatically increased the short circuit current density and also slightly raised the open circuit voltage and the fill factor. As a result, the conversion efficiency of the QDSSC based on the hierarchical photoanode was more than twice that of the QDSSC based on the simple ZnO nanocone photoanode. This improvement is attributable to both the enlarged specific area of the photoanode and the reduction in the recombination of the photoexcited electrons. PMID:26379268

  11. Highly selective NH3 gas sensor based on Au loaded ZnO nanostructures prepared using microwave-assisted method.

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    Shingange, K; Tshabalala, Z P; Ntwaeaborwa, O M; Motaung, D E; Mhlongo, G H

    2016-10-01

    ZnO nanorods synthesized using microwave-assisted approach were functionalized with gold (Au) nanoparticles. The Au coverage on the surface of the functionalized ZnO was controlled by adjusting the concentration of the Au precursor. According to X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results, it was confirmed that Au form nanoparticles loaded on the surface of ZnO. The small Au loading level of 0.5wt% showed the highest response of 1600-100ppm of NH3 gas at room temperature (RT) whereas further increase of Au loading level resulted in poor detection of NH3. All Au loaded ZnO (Au/ZnO) based sensors exhibited very short recovery and response times compared to unloaded ZnO sensing materials. The responses of ZnO and Au/ZnO based sensors (0.5-2.5wt%) to other flammable gases, including H2, CO and CH4, were considerably less, demonstrating that Au/ZnO based sensors were highly selective to NH3 gas at room temperature. Spill over mechanism which is the main reason for the observed enhanced NH3 response with 0.5 Au loading level is explained in detail. PMID:27388126

  12. Selective growth of hierarchical ZnO nanorod arrays on the graphene nanosheets

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

    2016-01-01

    We report directly selective-area grown (SAG) high-quality hierarchical ZnO nanorod arrays on the graphene nanosheets without invoking damage or introducing a catalyst. The SAG behavior in the non-catalytic growth mechanism is attributed to dangling bonds on the boundary edges of graphene nanosheets, which serve as the preferential adsorption and nucleation sites of ZnO nanorod. High densities of hierarchical ZnO nanorods show single-crystalline hexagonal wurtzite structure and are vertically well-aligned on the graphene nanosheets, with the diameter and the density strongly dependent on the growth temperature. Furthermore, no carbon impurity can be seen in the tips of the ZnO nanorods and also no carbon-related defect peak in the 10 K PL spectrum of ZnO nanorods. Our approach using a graphene-nanosheet substrate provides an efficient route for the growth of high-quality ZnO with a one-dimensional (1D) hierarchical nanostructure, which is highly desirable for fabricating 1D ZnO hybrid optoelectronic devices, particularly for a fast-response UV photodetector and highly-sensitive gas sensor.

  13. Effect of doping on structural, optical and electrical properties of nanostructure ZnO films deposited onto a-Si:H/Si heterojunction

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    Sali, S.; Boumaour, M.; Kermadi, S.; Keffous, A.; Kechouane, M.

    2012-09-01

    We investigated the structural; optical and electrical properties of ZnO thin films as the n-type semiconductor for silicon a-Si:H/Si heterojunction photodiodes. The ZnO film forms the front contact of the super-strata solar cell and has to exhibit good electrical (high conductivity) and optical (high transmittance) properties. In this paper we focused our attention on the influence of doping on device performance. The results show that the X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra revealed a preferred orientation of the crystallites along c-axis. SEM images show that all films display a granular, polycrystalline morphology and the ZnO:Al exhibits a better grain uniformity. The transmittance of the doped films was found to be higher when compared to undoped ZnO. A low resistivity of the order of 2.8 × 10-4 Ω cm is obtained for ZnO:Al using 0.4 M concentration of zinc acetate. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra exhibit a blue band with two peaks centered at 442 nm (2.80 eV) and 490 nm (2.53 eV). It is noted that after doping the ZnO films a shift of the band by 22 nm (0.15 eV) is recorded and a high luminescence occurs when using Al as a dopant. Dark I-V curves of ZnO/a-Si:H/Si structure showed large difference, which means there is a kind of barrier to current flow between ZnO and a-Si:H layer. Doping films was applied and the turn-on voltages are around 0.6 V. Under reverse bias, the current of the ZnO/a-Si:H/Si heterojunction is larger than that of ZnO:Al/a-Si:H/Si. The improvement with ZnO:Al is attributed to a higher number of generated carriers in the nanostructure (due to the higher transmittance and a higher luminescence) that increases the probability of collisions.

  14. Effect of Sn Doping on the Properties of Nano-Structured ZnO Thin Films Deposited by Co-Sputtering Technique.

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    Islam, M A; Rahman, K S; Haque, F; Khan, N A; Akhtaruzzaman, M; Alam, M M; Ruslan, H; Sopian, K; Amin, N

    2015-11-01

    In this study, tin doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Sn) nano-structured thin films were successfully deposited by co-sputtering of ZnO and Sn on top of glass substrate. The effect of Sn doping on the microstructure, phase, morphology, optical and electrical properties of the films were extensively investigated by means of XRD, EDX, SEM, AFM, Hall Effect measurement, and UV-Vis spectrometry. The results showed that the undoped ZnO film exhibited preferred orientation along the c-axis of the hexagonal wurtzite structure. With increase of Sn doping, the peak position of the (002) plane was shifted to the higher 20 values, and ultimately changed to amorphous structure. The absorption edge was shifted to blue region which confirmed the excitonic quantum confinement effect in the films. Consequently, improved surface morphology with optical bandgap, reduced average particle size, reduced resistivity, enhanced Hall mobility and carrier concentration were observed in the doped films after vacuum annealing. Among all of the as-deposited and annealed ZnO:Sn films investigated in this study, annealed film doped with 8 at.% of Sn concentration exhibited the best properties with a bandgap of 3.84 eV, RMS roughness of 2.51 nm, resistivity of 2.36 ohm-cm, and Hall mobility of 83 cm2 V(-1) s(-1). PMID:26726665

  15. Vertically aligned nanostructures based on Na-doped ZnO nanorods for wide band gap semiconductor memory applications.

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    Huang, Jian; Qi, Jing; Li, Zonglin; Liu, Jianlin

    2013-10-01

    Vertically aligned undoped ZnO nanotips, nanotubes and nanorods were synthesized on the top facets of Na-doped ZnO nanorods without catalytic assistance under different growth times in a chemical vapor deposition system. The growth mechanism is discussed. The Na-doped nanorods were grown on a ZnO seed layer on Si. The p-type conductivity of the Na-doped nanorods was studied by temperature-dependent photoluminescence and nanorod back-gated field effect transistor measurements. The undoped nanorods, Na-doped nanorods and undoped seed layer form an n-p-n memory structure. The programming and retention characteristics have been demonstrated. PMID:24013400

  16. Vapor phase synthesis and characterization of one-dimensional zinc oxide nanostructures

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    Park, Joodong

    One dimensional (1D) zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures, called nanorods, were synthesized using chemical vapor transport and condensation process and their electrical and optical properties were characterized by field emission and luminescence measurements. In-situ indium (In) doping was successfully achieved showing feasibility of the property tailoring. Aligned single crystalline ZnO nanorods were successfully synthesized on Au coated Si substrates via a vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth mechanism using the 2-step gas flow controlled evaporation process. The diameter of ZnO nanorods was controlled by changing the processing temperature and by the thickness of Au catalyst film. The formation of tetrapod-shaped ZnO nanostructures at higher oxygen partial pressure indicated that the partial pressure of oxygen during the synthesis plays critical role in the morphology of ZnO nanorods. Patterned structure of ZnO nanorods with a high fidelity was achieved by patterning the Au catalyst films. As an alternative synthesis technique, vapor-solid (VS) growth was introduced and was regarded as a more promising process for the synthesis of the ZnO nanorods. Thermodynamic consideration for the formation of ZnO nanorods was reviewed to develop an understanding of the growth system for the VS growth of ZnO nanorods and revealed that the degree of supersaturation determines the prevailing growth morphology of ZnO nanorods. The heterostructure of ZnO nanorod/ZnO thin film/(100) Si substrate was successfully obtained with optimized process conditions and was proposed as a novel approach to obtain aligned ZnO nanorods on Si substrate with high density. The average diameter of ZnO nanorods ranged from 60 nm to 100 nm and the density of ZnO nanorods was observed to be in the range of 10 8--109/cm2. To tailor electrical and optical characteristics of ZnO nanorods, in-situ doping process was conducted using the chemical vapor transport and condensation process and vertically aligned indium

  17. From sheets to fibers: A novel approach to gamma-AlOOH and gamma-A12O3 1D nanostructures.

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    Zhang, Meng; Zhang, Rui; Xi, Guangcheng; Liu, Yi; Qian, Yitai

    2006-05-01

    The gamma-AIOOH (boehmite) nanofiber bundles have been synthesized via a convenient quencher method. Most nanofibers contain even smaller nanowires with an average diameter of 5 nm. A series of contrast experiments reveal that the evolvement from nanosheets to nanofibers occurs in the quencher process. gamma-Al2O3 nanofiber bundles with mesoporous character can be obtained by calcining relevant gamma-AlOOH nanostructures at 500 degrees C. PMID:16792377

  18. A Comprehensive Review of One-Dimensional Metal-Oxide Nanostructure Photodetectors

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    Zhai, Tianyou; Fang, Xiaosheng; Liao, Meiyong; Xu, Xijin; Zeng, Haibo; Yoshio, Bando; Golberg, Dmitri

    2009-01-01

    One-dimensional (1D) metal-oxide nanostructures are ideal systems for exploring a large number of novel phenomena at the nanoscale and investigating size and dimensionality dependence of nanostructure properties for potential applications. The construction and integration of photodetectors or optical switches based on such nanostructures with tailored geometries have rapidly advanced in recent years. Active 1D nanostructure photodetector elements can be configured either as resistors whose conductions are altered by a charge-transfer process or as field-effect transistors (FET) whose properties can be controlled by applying appropriate potentials onto the gates. Functionalizing the structure surfaces offers another avenue for expanding the sensor capabilities. This article provides a comprehensive review on the state-of-the-art research activities in the photodetector field. It mainly focuses on the metal oxide 1D nanostructures such as ZnO, SnO2, Cu2O, Ga2O3, Fe2O3, In2O3, CdO, CeO2, and their photoresponses. The review begins with a survey of quasi 1D metal-oxide semiconductor nanostructures and the photodetector principle, then shows the recent progresses on several kinds of important metal-oxide nanostructures and their photoresponses and briefly presents some additional prospective metal-oxide 1D nanomaterials. Finally, the review is concluded with some perspectives and outlook on the future developments in this area. PMID:22454597

  19. ZnO nanostructures directly grown on paper and bacterial cellulose substrates without any surface modification layer.

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    Costa, Saionara V; Gonçalves, Agnaldo S; Zaguete, Maria A; Mazon, Talita; Nogueira, Ana F

    2013-09-21

    In this report, hierarchical ZnO nano- and microstructures were directly grown for the first time on a bacterial cellulose substrate and on two additional different papers by hydrothermal synthesis without any surface modification layer. Compactness and smoothness of the substrates are two important parameters that allow the growth of oriented structures. PMID:23912253

  20. Detection of spinel ZnI n2O4 formed as nanostructures in ZnO

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    Sato, W.; Komatsuda, S.; Yamada, Y.; Ohkubo, Y.

    2014-12-01

    A local structure formed by dilute In ions doped in ZnO was investigated by means of a nuclear spectroscopic technique and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Comparative studies on a presumably isomorphous CdI n2O4 unveiled the local structure: the impurity In ions form in ZnO a spinel ZnI n2O4 , which has been only a hypothetical binary oxide so far. The most stable structure of the spinel was determined by DFT calculations, and the hyperfine interaction parameters obtained for the structure show excellent agreement with the experimental values. The experimental synthesis and detection of the normal spinel ZnI n2O4 are presented.

  1. Water Amount Dependence on Morphologies and Properties of ZnO nanostructures in Double-solvent System

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    Yin, Jinzhou; Gao, Feng; Wei, Chengzhen; Lu, Qingyi

    2014-01-01

    ZnO materials with a range of different morphologies have been successfully synthesized via a simple double-solvothermal method in the presence of glycine. The morphologies of the products can be controlled from superstructures to microrods by adjusting the amount of water in the EtOH/H2O system. Photoluminescence (PL) studies reveal that the more amount of water was used, the stronger PL relative intensity of the green emission is, but the weaker ultraviolet emission. This might be attributed to the more defects of the products when the more water was used. The catalytic studies show that all the samples have good abilities to decrease decomposition temperature around 300°C and the decomposition temperature lowers with the increase of the relative intensity of ZnO green emission. PMID:24435133

  2. Large-scale growth of density-tunable aligned ZnO nanorods arrays on GaN QDs

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    Qi, Zhiqiang; Li, Senlin; Sun, Shichuang; Zhang, Wei; Ye, Wei; Fang, Yanyan; Tian, Yu; Dai, Jiangnan; Chen, Changqing

    2015-10-01

    An effective approach for growing large-scale, uniformly aligned ZnO nanorods arrays is demonstrated. The synthesis uses a GaN quantum dot (QD) template produced by a self-assembled Stranski-Krastanow mode in metal organic chemical vapor deposition, which serves as a nucleation site for ZnO owing to the QD’s high surface free energy. The resultant ZnO nanorods with uniform shape and length align vertically on the template, while their density is easily tunable by adjusting the density of GaN QDs, which can be adjusted by simply varying growth interruption. By controlling the density of ZnO nanorod arrays, their optical performance can also be improved. This approach opens the possibility of combining one-dimensional (1D) with 0D nanostructures for applications in sensor arrays, piezoelectric antenna arrays, optoelectronic devices, and interconnects.

  3. Nanostructured gold microelectrodes for SERS and EIS measurements by incorporating ZnO nanorod growth with electroplating.

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    Zong, Xianli; Zhu, Rong; Guo, Xiaoliang

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, a fine gold nanostructure synthesized on selective planar microelectrodes in micro-chip is realized by using an advanced hybrid fabrication approach incorporating growth of nanorods (NRs) with gold electroplating. By this developed nanostructure, integration of in-situ surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) detection with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurement for label-free, nondestructive, real-time and rapid monitoring on a single cell has been achieved. Moreover, parameters of Au nanostructures such as size of nanoholes/nanogaps can be controllably adjusted in the fabrication. We have demonstrated a SERS enhancement factor of up to ~2.24 × 10(6) and double-layer impedance decrease ratio of 90% ~ 95% at low frequency range below 200 kHz by using nanostructured microelectrodes. SERS detection and in-situ EIS measurement of a trapped single cell by using planar microelectrodes are realized to demonstrate the compatibility, multi-functions, high-sensitivity and simplicity of the micro-chip system. This dual function platform integrating SERS and EIS is of great significance in biological, biochemical and biomedical applications. PMID:26558325

  4. Nanostructured gold microelectrodes for SERS and EIS measurements by incorporating ZnO nanorod growth with electroplating

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    Zong, Xianli; Zhu, Rong; Guo, Xiaoliang

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, a fine gold nanostructure synthesized on selective planar microelectrodes in micro-chip is realized by using an advanced hybrid fabrication approach incorporating growth of nanorods (NRs) with gold electroplating. By this developed nanostructure, integration of in-situ surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) detection with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurement for label-free, nondestructive, real-time and rapid monitoring on a single cell has been achieved. Moreover, parameters of Au nanostructures such as size of nanoholes/nanogaps can be controllably adjusted in the fabrication. We have demonstrated a SERS enhancement factor of up to ~2.24 × 106 and double-layer impedance decrease ratio of 90% ~ 95% at low frequency range below 200 kHz by using nanostructured microelectrodes. SERS detection and in-situ EIS measurement of a trapped single cell by using planar microelectrodes are realized to demonstrate the compatibility, multi-functions, high-sensitivity and simplicity of the micro-chip system. This dual function platform integrating SERS and EIS is of great significance in biological, biochemical and biomedical applications.

  5. Nanostructured gold microelectrodes for SERS and EIS measurements by incorporating ZnO nanorod growth with electroplating

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    Zong, Xianli; Zhu, Rong; Guo, Xiaoliang

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, a fine gold nanostructure synthesized on selective planar microelectrodes in micro-chip is realized by using an advanced hybrid fabrication approach incorporating growth of nanorods (NRs) with gold electroplating. By this developed nanostructure, integration of in-situ surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) detection with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurement for label-free, nondestructive, real-time and rapid monitoring on a single cell has been achieved. Moreover, parameters of Au nanostructures such as size of nanoholes/nanogaps can be controllably adjusted in the fabrication. We have demonstrated a SERS enhancement factor of up to ~2.24 × 106 and double-layer impedance decrease ratio of 90% ~ 95% at low frequency range below 200 kHz by using nanostructured microelectrodes. SERS detection and in-situ EIS measurement of a trapped single cell by using planar microelectrodes are realized to demonstrate the compatibility, multi-functions, high-sensitivity and simplicity of the micro-chip system. This dual function platform integrating SERS and EIS is of great significance in biological, biochemical and biomedical applications. PMID:26558325

  6. Synthesis, characterizations and applications of some nanomaterials (TiO2 and SiC nanostructured films, organized CNT structures, ZnO structures and CNT-blood platelet clusters)

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    Srivastava, O. N.; Srivastava, A.; Dash, D.; Singh, D. P.; Yadav, R. M.; Mishra, P. R.; Singh, J.

    2005-10-01

    TiO_{2} nanostructured films have been synthesized by the hydrolysis of Ti[OCH(CH_{3})_{2}]_{4} as the precursor. These films have been utilized for the dissociation of phenol contaminant in water. Free-standing nanostructured film of silicon carbide (SiC) has been synthesized, employing a simple and new route of spray pyrolysis technique utilizing a slurry of Si in hexane. Another study is done on organized carbon nanotube (CNT) structures. These are made in the form of hollow cylinders (50 mm length, 4 mm diameter and 1.5 mm wall thickness). These CNT-based cylinders are made of conventional CNT and bamboo-shaped CNT. The filtrations of heavy hydrocarbons and E. coli bacteria from water have been carried out. In addition to this, ZnO nanostructures have also been studied. Another study concerns CNT-blood platelet clusters.

  7. Solution-phase synthesis and high photocatalytic activity of wurtzite ZnSe ultrathin nanobelts: a general route to 1D semiconductor nanostructured materials.

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    Xiong, Shenglin; Xi, Baojuan; Wang, Chengming; Xi, Guangcheng; Liu, Xiaoyan; Qian, Yitai

    2007-01-01

    A general and facile synthetic route has been developed to prepare 1D semiconductor nanomaterials in a binary solution of distilled water and ethanol amine. The influence of the volume ratio of mixed solvents and reaction temperature on the yield and final morphology of products was investigated. Significantly, this is the first time that wurtzite ZnSe ultrathin nanobelts have been synthesized in solution. It has been confirmed that the photocatalytic activity of ZnSe nanobelts in the photodegradation of the fuchsine acid is higher than that of TiO(2) nanoparticles. The present work shows that the solvothermal route is facile, cheap, and versatile. Thus, it is very easy to realize scaled-up production, and brings new light on the synthesis and self-assembly of functional materials. PMID:17616961

  8. Solution-processed Cu2ZnSnS4 superstrate solar cell using vertically aligned ZnO nanorods.

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    Lee, Dongwook; Yong, Kijung

    2014-02-14

    One-dimensional (1D) zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures are considered to be promising materials for use in thin film solar cells because of their high light harvesting and charge collection efficiencies. We firstly report enhanced photovoltaic performances in Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin film solar cells prepared using ZnO nanostructures. A CdS-coated, vertically well-aligned ZnO nanorod (NR) array was prepared via a hydrothermal reaction and nanocrystal layer deposition (NCLD) and was used as a transparent window/buffer layer in a CZTS thin film photovoltaic. A light absorber CZTS thin film was prepared on the CdS/ZnO NRs in air by depositing a non-toxic precursor solution that was annealed in two steps at temperatures up to 250 °C. The crystallized CZTS phase completely infiltrated the CdS/ZnO NR array. The nanostructured ZnO array provided improved light harvesting behavior compared to a thin film configuration by measuring UV-vis transmittance spectroscopy. The prepared CZTS/CdS/ZnO NR device exhibited a solar energy conversion efficiency of 1.2%, which is the highest efficiency yet reported for nanostructured superstrate CZTS solar cells. PMID:24434835

  9. CdS sensitized 3D hierarchical TiO2/ZnO heterostructure for efficient solar energy conversion.

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    Zheng, Zhaoke; Xie, Wen; Lim, Zhi Shiuh; You, Lu; Wang, Junling

    2014-01-01

    For conventional dye or quantum dot sensitized solar cells, which are fabricated using mesoporous films, the inefficient electron transport due to defects such as grain boundaries and surface traps is a major drawback. To simultaneously increase the carrier transport efficiency as well as the surface area, optimal-assembling of hierarchical nanostructures is an attractive approach. Here, a three dimensional (3D) hierarchical heterostructure, consisting of CdS sensitized one dimensional (1D) ZnO nanorods deposited on two dimensional (2D) TiO2 (001) nanosheet, is prepared via a solution-process method. Such heterstructure exhibits significantly enhanced photoelectric and photocatalytic H2 evolution performance compared with CdS sensitized 1D ZnO nanorods/1D TiO2 nanorods photoanode, as a result of the more efficient light harvesting over the entire visible light spectrum and the effective electron transport through a highly connected 3D network. PMID:25030846

  10. CdS sensitized 3D hierarchical TiO2/ZnO heterostructure for efficient solar energy conversion

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    Zheng, Zhaoke; Xie, Wen; Lim, Zhi Shiuh; You, Lu; Wang, Junling

    2014-01-01

    For conventional dye or quantum dot sensitized solar cells, which are fabricated using mesoporous films, the inefficient electron transport due to defects such as grain boundaries and surface traps is a major drawback. To simultaneously increase the carrier transport efficiency as well as the surface area, optimal-assembling of hierarchical nanostructures is an attractive approach. Here, a three dimensional (3D) hierarchical heterostructure, consisting of CdS sensitized one dimensional (1D) ZnO nanorods deposited on two dimensional (2D) TiO2 (001) nanosheet, is prepared via a solution-process method. Such heterstructure exhibits significantly enhanced photoelectric and photocatalytic H2 evolution performance compared with CdS sensitized 1D ZnO nanorods/1D TiO2 nanorods photoanode, as a result of the more efficient light harvesting over the entire visible light spectrum and the effective electron transport through a highly connected 3D network. PMID:25030846

  11. Effects of Growth Conditions on Structural Properties of ZnO Nanostructures on Sapphire Substrate by Metal–Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    2009-01-01

    ZnO was grown on sapphire substrate by metal–organic chemical vapor deposition using the diethylzinc (DEZn) and oxygen (O2) as source chemicals at 500 °C. Influences of the chamber pressure and O2/DEZn ratio on the ZnO structural properties were discussed. It was found that the chamber pressure has significant effects on the morphology of ZnO and could result in various structures of ZnO including pyramid-like, worm-like, and columnar grain. When the chamber pressure was kept at 10 Torr, the lowest full width at half-maximum of ZnO (002) of 175 arc second can be obtained. On the other hand, by lowering the DEZn flow rate, the crystal quality of ZnO can be improved. Under high DEZn flow rate, the ZnO nanowall-network structures were found to grow vertically on the sapphire substrate without using any metal catalysts. It suggests that higher DEZn flow rate promotes three-dimensional growth mode resulting in increased surface roughness. Therefore, some tip on the ZnO surface could act as nucleation site. In this work, the growth process of our ZnO nanowall networks is said to follow the self-catalyzed growth mechanism under high-DEZn flow rate. PMID:20596413

  12. Self-assembled photosystem-I biophotovoltaics on nanostructured TiO2 and ZnO

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    Mershin, Andreas; Matsumoto, Kazuya; Kaiser, Liselotte; Yu, Daoyong; Vaughn, Michael; Nazeeruddin, Md. K.; Bruce, Barry D.; Graetzel, Michael; Zhang, Shuguang

    2012-01-01

    The abundant pigment-protein membrane complex photosystem-I (PS-I) is at the heart of the Earth’s energy cycle. It is the central molecule in the “Z-scheme” of photosynthesis, converting sunlight into the chemical energy of life. Commandeering this intricately organized photosynthetic nanocircuitry and re-wiring it to produce electricity carries the promise of inexpensive and environmentally friendly solar power. We here report that dry PS-I stabilized by surfactant peptides functioned as both the light-harvester and charge separator in solar cells self-assembled on nanostructured semiconductors. Contrary to previous attempts at biophotovoltaics requiring elaborate surface chemistries, thin film deposition, and illumination concentrated into narrow wavelength ranges the devices described here are straightforward and inexpensive to fabricate and perform well under standard sunlight yielding open circuit photovoltage of 0.5 V, fill factor of 71%, electrical power density of 81 µW/cm2 and photocurrent density of 362 µA/cm2, over four orders of magnitude higher than any photosystem-based biophotovoltaic to date. PMID:22355747

  13. Self-assembled photosystem-I biophotovoltaics on nanostructured TiO2 and ZnO

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    Mershin, Andreas; Matsumoto, Kazuya; Kaiser, Liselotte; Yu, Daoyong; Vaughn, Michael; Nazeeruddin, Md. K.; Bruce, Barry D.; Graetzel, Michael; Zhang, Shuguang

    2012-02-01

    The abundant pigment-protein membrane complex photosystem-I (PS-I) is at the heart of the Earth's energy cycle. It is the central molecule in the ``Z-scheme'' of photosynthesis, converting sunlight into the chemical energy of life. Commandeering this intricately organized photosynthetic nanocircuitry and re-wiring it to produce electricity carries the promise of inexpensive and environmentally friendly solar power. We here report that dry PS-I stabilized by surfactant peptides functioned as both the light-harvester and charge separator in solar cells self-assembled on nanostructured semiconductors. Contrary to previous attempts at biophotovoltaics requiring elaborate surface chemistries, thin film deposition, and illumination concentrated into narrow wavelength ranges the devices described here are straightforward and inexpensive to fabricate and perform well under standard sunlight yielding open circuit photovoltage of 0.5 V, fill factor of 71%, electrical power density of 81 µW/cm2 and photocurrent density of 362 µA/cm2, over four orders of magnitude higher than any photosystem-based biophotovoltaic to date.

  14. Self-assembled photosystem-I biophotovoltaics on nanostructured TiO(2 )and ZnO.

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    Mershin, Andreas; Matsumoto, Kazuya; Kaiser, Liselotte; Yu, Daoyong; Vaughn, Michael; Nazeeruddin, Md K; Bruce, Barry D; Graetzel, Michael; Zhang, Shuguang

    2012-01-01

    The abundant pigment-protein membrane complex photosystem-I (PS-I) is at the heart of the Earth's energy cycle. It is the central molecule in the "Z-scheme" of photosynthesis, converting sunlight into the chemical energy of life. Commandeering this intricately organized photosynthetic nanocircuitry and re-wiring it to produce electricity carries the promise of inexpensive and environmentally friendly solar power. We here report that dry PS-I stabilized by surfactant peptides functioned as both the light-harvester and charge separator in solar cells self-assembled on nanostructured semiconductors. Contrary to previous attempts at biophotovoltaics requiring elaborate surface chemistries, thin film deposition, and illumination concentrated into narrow wavelength ranges the devices described here are straightforward and inexpensive to fabricate and perform well under standard sunlight yielding open circuit photovoltage of 0.5 V, fill factor of 71%, electrical power density of 81 µW/cm(2) and photocurrent density of 362 µA/cm(2), over four orders of magnitude higher than any photosystem-based biophotovoltaic to date. PMID:22355747

  15. Nanostructures having high performance thermoelectric properties

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    Yang, Peidong; Majumdar, Arunava; Hochbaum, Allon I.; Chen, Renkun; Delgado, Raul Diaz

    2015-12-22

    The invention provides for a nanostructure, or an array of such nanostructures, each comprising a rough surface, and a doped or undoped semiconductor. The nanostructure is an one-dimensional (1-D) nanostructure, such a nanowire, or a two-dimensional (2-D) nanostructure. The nanostructure can be placed between two electrodes and used for thermoelectric power generation or thermoelectric cooling.

  16. Nanostructures having high performance thermoelectric properties

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    Yang, Peidong; Majumdar, Arunava; Hochbaum, Allon I; Chen, Renkun; Delgado, Raul Diaz

    2014-05-20

    The invention provides for a nanostructure, or an array of such nanostructures, each comprising a rough surface, and a doped or undoped semiconductor. The nanostructure is an one-dimensional (1-D) nanostructure, such a nanowire, or a two-dimensional (2-D) nanostructure. The nanostructure can be placed between two electrodes and used for thermoelectric power generation or thermoelectric cooling.

  17. Synthesis and antibacterial properties of ZnO brush pens

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    Wang, Dan; Zhang, Rong; Li, Yilin; Weng, Yuan; Liang, Weiquan; Zhang, Wenfeng; Zheng, Weitao; Hu, Haimei

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, ZnO with a novel hierarchical nanostructure has been synthesized by a new solution method. The novel hierarchical structure is named a ‘brush pen’. The biocompatibility and antibacterial properties of ZnO brush pens have been evaluated. The results demonstrate that ZnO brush pens show good antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus.

  18. SEM and XRD Characterization of ZnO Nanostructured Thin Films Prepared by Sol-Gel Method with Various Annealing Temperatures

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    Amizam, S.; Abdullah, N.; Rafaie, H. A.; Rusop, M.

    2010-03-01

    ZnO thin films were fabricated by the sol-gel method using Zn(CH3COO)2.2H2O (zinc acetate) as starting material. A homogenous and stable solution was prepared by dissolving the zinc acetate in a solution of ethanol and ethanolamine. Deposition of ZnO solution on Si substrate was performed by spin-coating technique and annealed at various temperatures from 200° C to 600° C. The surface morphologies and structural properties of the obtained product were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). SEM analysis showed that the surface boundaries of ZnO thin films were decreased with the increasing of annealing temperature. X-ray analysis showed that the crystallinity of ZnO thin films increased with increasing annealing temperature. The effect of annealing temperature of ZnO thin films was studied.

  19. Effect of deposition parameters and strontium doping on characteristics of nanostructured ZnO thin film by chemical bath deposition method

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    Sheeba, N. H.; Naduvath, J.; Abraham, A.; Weiss, M. P.; Diener, Z. J.; Remillard, S. K.; DeYoung, P. A.; Philip, R. R.

    2014-10-01

    Polycrystalline thin films of ZnO and Sr-doped ZnO (ZnO:Sr) on ultrasonically cleaned soda lime glass substrates are synthesized through successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction. The XRD profiles of ZnO and ZnO:Sr films prepared at different number of deposition cycles exhibit hexagonal wurtzite structure with preferred orientation along (002) direction. The crystallites are found to be nano sized, having variation in size with the increase in number of depositions cycles and also with Sr doping. Optical absorbance studies reveal a systematically controllable blueshift in band gap of Sr-doped ZnO films. SEM images indicate enhanced assembling of crystallites to form elongated rods as number of dips increased in Sr doped ZnO. The films are found to be n-type with the Sr doping having little effect on the electrical properties.

  20. Effect of deposition parameters and strontium doping on characteristics of nanostructured ZnO thin film by chemical bath deposition method

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    Sheeba, N. H.; Naduvath, J.; Abraham, A. Philip, R. R.; Weiss, M. P. E-mail: zachary.diener@hope.edu E-mail: deyoung@hope.edu; Diener, Z. J. E-mail: zachary.diener@hope.edu E-mail: deyoung@hope.edu; Remillard, S. K. E-mail: zachary.diener@hope.edu E-mail: deyoung@hope.edu; DeYoung, P. A. E-mail: zachary.diener@hope.edu E-mail: deyoung@hope.edu

    2014-10-15

    Polycrystalline thin films of ZnO and Sr-doped ZnO (ZnO:Sr) on ultrasonically cleaned soda lime glass substrates are synthesized through successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction. The XRD profiles of ZnO and ZnO:Sr films prepared at different number of deposition cycles exhibit hexagonal wurtzite structure with preferred orientation along (002) direction. The crystallites are found to be nano sized, having variation in size with the increase in number of depositions cycles and also with Sr doping. Optical absorbance studies reveal a systematically controllable blueshift in band gap of Sr-doped ZnO films. SEM images indicate enhanced assembling of crystallites to form elongated rods as number of dips increased in Sr doped ZnO. The films are found to be n-type with the Sr doping having little effect on the electrical properties.

  1. Origin of enhanced photocatalytic activity and photoconduction in high aspect ratio ZnO nanorods.

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    Leelavathi, A; Madras, Giridhar; Ravishankar, N

    2013-07-14

    Faceted ZnO nanorods with different aspect ratios were synthesized by a solvothermal method by tuning the reaction time. Increased reaction leads to the formation of high aspect ratio ZnO nanorods largely bound by the prism planes. The high aspect ratio rods showed significantly higher visible light photocatalytic activity when compared to the lower aspect ratio structures. It is proposed that the higher activity is due to better charge separation in the elongated 1D structure. In addition, the fraction of unsaturated Zn(2+) sites is higher on the {1010} facets, leading to better adsorption of oxygen-containing species. These species enhance the production of reactive radicals that are responsible for photodegradation. The photocurrent for these ZnO nanostructures under solar light was measured and a direct correlation between photocurrent and aspect ratio was observed. Since the underlying mechanisms for photodegradation and photocurrent generation are directly related to the efficiency of electron-hole creation and separation, this observation corroborates that the charge separation processes are indeed enhanced in the high aspect ratio structures. The efficiency of photoconduction (electron-hole pair separation) could be further improved by attaching Au nanoparticles on ZnO, which can act as a sink for the electrons. This heterostructure exhibits a high chemisorption of oxygen, which facilitates the production of highly reactive radicals contributing to the high photoreactivity. The suggested mechanisms are applicable to other n-type semiconductor nanostructures with important implications for applications relating to energy and the environment. PMID:23694926

  2. Self-assembled, aligned ZnO nanorod buffer layers for high-current-density, inverted organic photovoltaics.

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    Rao, Arun D; Karalatti, Suresh; Thomas, Tiju; Ramamurthy, Praveen C

    2014-10-01

    Two different soft-chemical, self-assembly-based solution approaches are employed to grow zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods with controlled texture. The methods used involve seeding and growth on a substrate. Nanorods with various aspect ratios (1-5) and diameters (15-65 nm) are grown. Obtaining highly oriented rods is determined by the way the substrate is mounted within the chemical bath. Furthermore, a preheat and centrifugation step is essential for the optimization of the growth solution. In the best samples, we obtain ZnO nanorods that are almost entirely oriented in the (002) direction; this is desirable since electron mobility of ZnO is highest along this crystallographic axis. When used as the buffer layer of inverted organic photovoltaics (I-OPVs), these one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures offer: (a) direct paths for charge transport and (b) high interfacial area for electron collection. The morphological, structural, and optical properties of ZnO nanorods are studied using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and ultraviolet-visible light (UV-vis) absorption spectroscopy. Furthermore, the surface chemical features of ZnO films are studied using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and contact angle measurements. Using as-grown ZnO, inverted OPVs are fabricated and characterized. For improving device performance, the ZnO nanorods are subjected to UV-ozone irradiation. UV-ozone treated ZnO nanorods show: (i) improvement in optical transmission, (ii) increased wetting of active organic components, and (iii) increased concentration of Zn-O surface bonds. These observations correlate well with improved device performance. The devices fabricated using these optimized buffer layers have an efficiency of ∼3.2% and a fill factor of 0.50; this is comparable to the best I-OPVs reported that use a P3HT-PCBM active layer. PMID:25238197

  3. Interfacial Engineering Importance of Bilayered ZnO Cathode Buffer on the Photovoltaic Performance of Inverted Organic Solar Cells.

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    Ambade, Rohan B; Ambade, Swapnil B; Mane, Rajaram S; Lee, Soo-Hyoung

    2015-04-22

    The role of cathode buffer layer (CBL) is crucial in determining the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of inverted organic solar cells (IOSCs). The hallmarks of a promising CBL include high transparency, ideal energy levels, and tendency to offer good interfacial contact with the organic bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) layers. Zinc oxide (ZnO), with its ability to form numerous morphologies in juxtaposition to its excellent electron affinity, solution processability, and good transparency is an ideal CBL material for IOSCs. Technically, when CBL is sandwiched between the BHJ active layer and the indium-tin-oxide (ITO) cathode, it performs two functions, namely, electron collection from the photoactive layer that is effectively carried out by morphologies like nanoparticles or nanoridges obtained by ZnO sol-gel (ZnO SG) method through an accumulation of individual nanoparticles and, second, transport of collected electrons toward the cathode, which is more effectively manifested by one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures like ZnO nanorods (ZnO NRs). This work presents the use of bilayered ZnO CBL in IOSCs of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT)/[6, 6]-phenyl-C60-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) to overcome the limitations offered by a conventionally used single layer CBL. We found that the PCE of IOSCs with an appropriate bilayer CBL comprising of ZnO NRs/ZnO SG is ∼18.21% higher than those containing ZnO SG/ZnO NRs. We believe that, in bilayer ZnO NRs/ZnO SG, ZnO SG collects electrons effectively from photoactive layer while ZnO NRs transport them further to ITO resulting significant increase in the photocurrent to achieve highest PCE of 3.70%. The enhancement in performance was obtained through improved interfacial engineering, enhanced electrical properties, and reduced surface/bulk defects in bilayer ZnO NRs/ZnO SG. This study demonstrates that the novel bilayer ZnO CBL approach of electron collection/transport would overcome crucial interfacial recombination issues and

  4. Gas sensors based on one dimensional nanostructured metal-oxides: a review.

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    Arafat, M M; Dinan, B; Akbar, Sheikh A; Haseeb, A S M A

    2012-01-01

    Recently one dimensional (1-D) nanostructured metal-oxides have attracted much attention because of their potential applications in gas sensors. 1-D nanostructured metal-oxides provide high surface to volume ratio, while maintaining good chemical and thermal stabilities with minimal power consumption and low weight. In recent years, various processing routes have been developed for the synthesis of 1-D nanostructured metal-oxides such as hydrothermal, ultrasonic irradiation, electrospinning, anodization, sol-gel, molten-salt, carbothermal reduction, solid-state chemical reaction, thermal evaporation, vapor-phase transport, aerosol, RF sputtering, molecular beam epitaxy, chemical vapor deposition, gas-phase assisted nanocarving, UV lithography and dry plasma etching. A variety of sensor fabrication processing routes have also been developed. Depending on the materials, morphology and fabrication process the performance of the sensor towards a specific gas shows a varying degree of success. This article reviews and evaluates the performance of 1-D nanostructured metal-oxide gas sensors based on ZnO, SnO(2), TiO(2), In(2)O(3), WO(x), AgVO(3), CdO, MoO(3), CuO, TeO(2) and Fe(2)O(3). Advantages and disadvantages of each sensor are summarized, along with the associated sensing mechanism. Finally, the article concludes with some future directions of research. PMID:22969344

  5. Gas Sensors Based on One Dimensional Nanostructured Metal-Oxides: A Review

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    Arafat, M. M.; Dinan, B.; Akbar, Sheikh A.; Haseeb, A. S. M. A.

    2012-01-01

    Recently one dimensional (1-D) nanostructured metal-oxides have attracted much attention because of their potential applications in gas sensors. 1-D nanostructured metal-oxides provide high surface to volume ratio, while maintaining good chemical and thermal stabilities with minimal power consumption and low weight. In recent years, various processing routes have been developed for the synthesis of 1-D nanostructured metal-oxides such as hydrothermal, ultrasonic irradiation, electrospinning, anodization, sol-gel, molten-salt, carbothermal reduction, solid-state chemical reaction, thermal evaporation, vapor-phase transport, aerosol, RF sputtering, molecular beam epitaxy, chemical vapor deposition, gas-phase assisted nanocarving, UV lithography and dry plasma etching. A variety of sensor fabrication processing routes have also been developed. Depending on the materials, morphology and fabrication process the performance of the sensor towards a specific gas shows a varying degree of success. This article reviews and evaluates the performance of 1-D nanostructured metal-oxide gas sensors based on ZnO, SnO2, TiO2, In2O3, WOx, AgVO3, CdO, MoO3, CuO, TeO2 and Fe2O3. Advantages and disadvantages of each sensor are summarized, along with the associated sensing mechanism. Finally, the article concludes with some future directions of research. PMID:22969344

  6. A critical assessment of the specific role of microwave irradiation in the synthesis of ZnO micro- and nanostructured materials.

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    Baghbanzadeh, Mostafa; Skapin, Srečo D; Orel, Zorica Crnjak; Kappe, C Oliver

    2012-04-27

    A rapid, microwave-assisted hydrothermal method has been developed to access ultrafine ZnO hexagonal microrods of about 3-4 μm in length and 200-300 nm in width by using a 1:5 zinc nitrate/urea precursor system. The size and morphology of these ZnO materials can be influenced by subtle changes in precursor concentration, solvent system, and reaction temperature. Optimized conditions involve the use of a 1:3 water/ethylene glycol solvent system and 10 min microwave heating at 150 °C in a dedicated single-mode microwave reactor with internal temperature control. Carefully executed control experiments ensuring identical heating and cooling profiles, stirring rates, and reactor geometries have demonstrated that for these preparations of ZnO microrods no differences between conventional and microwave dielectric heating are observed. The resulting ZnO microrods exhibited the same crystal phase, primary crystallite size, shape, and size distribution regardless of the heating mode. Similar results were obtained for the ultrafast preparation of ZnO nanoparticles with diameters of approximately 20 nm, synthesized by means of a nonaqueous sol-gel process at 200 °C from a Zn(acac)(2) (acac=acetylacetonate) precursor in benzyl alcohol. The specific role of microwave irradiation in enhancing these nanomaterial syntheses can thus be attributed to a purely thermal effect as a result of higher reaction temperatures, more rapid heating, and a better control of process parameters. PMID:22454084

  7. Nano-structural Characteristics of N-doped ZnO Thin Films and Fabrication of Film Bulk Acoustic Resonator Devices

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    Lee, E. J.; Zhang, R. R.; Yoon, G. W.; Park, J. D.

    2011-12-23

    N-doped ZnO thin films (ZnO:N) with c-axis preferred orientation were prepared on p-Si(100) wafers, using an RF magnetron sputter deposition. For ZnO deposition, N{sub 2}O gas was employed as a dopant source and various deposition conditions such as N{sub 2}O gas fraction and RF power were applied. In addition, the film bulk acoustic resonator (FBAR) devices with three kinds of top electrodes patterns were fabricated by using the N-doped ZnO thin films as the piezoelectric layers. The depth profiles of the nitrogen [N] atoms incorporated into the ZnO thin films were investigated by an Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES) and the nano-scale structural characteristics of the N-doped ZnO (ZnO:N) thin films were also investigated by a scanning electron microscope (SEM) technique. The fabricated resonators were evaluated by measuring the return loss (S{sub 11}) characteristics using a probe station and E8361A PNA Network Analyzer.

  8. Structural and optical properties of ZnO nanostructures grown by aerosol spray pyrolysis: Candidates for room temperature methane and hydrogen gas sensing

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    Motaung, D. E.; Mhlongo, G. H.; Kortidis, I.; Nkosi, S. S.; Malgas, G. F.; Mwakikunga, B. W.; Ray, S. Sinha; Kiriakidis, G.

    2013-08-01

    We report on the synthesis of ZnO films by aerosol spray pyrolysis method at different deposition times. The surface morphology, crystal structure and the cross-sectional analysis of the prepared ZnO films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). XRD analysis revealed that the ZnO films are polycrystalline in nature. Structural analysis exploiting cross-sectional TEM profile showed that the films composed of nano-particles and columnar structures growing perpendicular to the substrate. AFM revealed that the columnar structures have a higher surface roughness as compared to the nanoparticles. The effect of ZnO crystallite size and crystallinity on the gas sensing performance of hydrogen and methane gases was also evaluated. Sensing film based on ZnO nanoparticles has numerous advantages in terms of its reliability and high sensitivity. These sensing materials revealed an improved response to methane and hydrogen gases at room temperature due to their high surface area, indicating their possible application as a gas sensor.

  9. Controlling the surface nanostructure of ZnO and Al-doped ZnO thin films using electrostatic spraying for their application in 12% efficient perovskite solar cells.

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    Mahmood, Khalid; Swain, Bhabani Sankar; Jung, Hyun Suk

    2014-08-01

    In this paper, ZnO and Al-doped ZnO films were deposited using the electrospraying method and studied for the first time as photoanodes for efficient perovskite solar cells. Effects of substrate temperature, deposition time, applied voltage, substrate-to-nozzle distance and flow rate (droplet size) on the morphology of ZnO were studied with the help of FE-SEM images. The major factors such as the droplet size of the spray, substrate temperature and substrate-to-nozzle distance at deposition control the film morphology. Indeed, these factors determine the density of the film, its smoothness and the flow of solution over the substrate. The droplet size was controlled by the flow rate of the spray. The substrate-to-nozzle distance and flow rate will both regulate the solution amount deposited on the surface of the substrate. The most favorable conditions for a good quality ZnO thin film were a long substrate-to-nozzle distance and lower solution flow rates. In situ droplet size measurement shows that the size and dispersion of particles were narrowed. The method was shown to have a high deposition rate and efficiency relative to well-established thin film deposition techniques such as chemical and physical vapor deposition. In addition, it also allows easy control of the microstructure and stoichiometry of the deposits. The pure ZnO film produced under optimum conditions (440 nm thick) demonstrated a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 10.8% when used as a photoanode for perovskite solar cells, owing to its high porosity, uniform morphology and efficient electron transport. For thicker films a drastic decrease in PCE was observed due to their low porosity. We also observed that the open-circuit voltage increases from 1010 mV to 1045 mV and also the PCE increases from 10.8% to 12.0% when pure ZnO films were doped with aluminum (Al). Under atmospheric pressure, the electrospraying system produces the reasonably uniform-sized droplets of smaller size, so the films

  10. Controlling the surface nanostructure of ZnO and Al-doped ZnO thin films using electrostatic spraying for their application in 12% efficient perovskite solar cells

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    Mahmood, Khalid; Swain, Bhabani Sankar; Jung, Hyun Suk

    2014-07-01

    In this paper, ZnO and Al-doped ZnO films were deposited using the electrospraying method and studied for the first time as photoanodes for efficient perovskite solar cells. Effects of substrate temperature, deposition time, applied voltage, substrate-to-nozzle distance and flow rate (droplet size) on the morphology of ZnO were studied with the help of FE-SEM images. The major factors such as the droplet size of the spray, substrate temperature and substrate-to-nozzle distance at deposition control the film morphology. Indeed, these factors determine the density of the film, its smoothness and the flow of solution over the substrate. The droplet size was controlled by the flow rate of the spray. The substrate-to-nozzle distance and flow rate will both regulate the solution amount deposited on the surface of the substrate. The most favorable conditions for a good quality ZnO thin film were a long substrate-to-nozzle distance and lower solution flow rates. In situ droplet size measurement shows that the size and dispersion of particles were narrowed. The method was shown to have a high deposition rate and efficiency relative to well-established thin film deposition techniques such as chemical and physical vapor deposition. In addition, it also allows easy control of the microstructure and stoichiometry of the deposits. The pure ZnO film produced under optimum conditions (440 nm thick) demonstrated a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 10.8% when used as a photoanode for perovskite solar cells, owing to its high porosity, uniform morphology and efficient electron transport. For thicker films a drastic decrease in PCE was observed due to their low porosity. We also observed that the open-circuit voltage increases from 1010 mV to 1045 mV and also the PCE increases from 10.8% to 12.0% when pure ZnO films were doped with aluminum (Al). Under atmospheric pressure, the electrospraying system produces the reasonably uniform-sized droplets of smaller size, so the films

  11. Facile green fabrication of nanostructure ZnO plates, bullets, flower, prismatic tip, closed pine cone: Their antibacterial, antioxidant, photoluminescent and photocatalytic properties

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    Madan, H. R.; Sharma, S. C.; Udayabhanu; Suresh, D.; Vidya, Y. S.; Nagabhushana, H.; Rajanaik, H.; Anantharaju, K. S.; Prashantha, S. C.; Sadananda Maiya, P.

    2016-01-01

    Green synthesis of multifunctional Zinc oxide nanoparticles (NPs) with a variety of morphologies were achieved by low temperature solution combustion route employing neem (Azadirachta indica) extract as fuel. The nanoparticles were characterized by PXRD, FTIR, XPS, Raman and UV-Visible spectroscopic studies. The Morphologies were studied by SEM and TEM analysis. The NPs were subjected for photoluminescence, photocatalytic, antibacterial and antioxidant activity studies. PXRD pattern confirmed the hexagonal wurtzite structure of the product. SEM images indicated the transformation of mushroom like hexagonal disks to bullets, buds, cones, bundles and closed pine cone structured NPs with increase in the concentration of neem extract in reaction mixture. The NPs exhibited prominent green emission due to the presence of intrinsic defect centers. The as-formed bullet shaped ZnO with 4 ml of neem extract was found to decolorize Methylene blue (MB) under Sunlight and UV light irradiation. The antibacterial studies indicated that ZnO NPs of concentration 500, 750 and 1000 μg resulted in significant antibacterial activity on Klebsiella aerogenes and Staphylococcus aureus but not against Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in agar well diffusion method. Further, ZnO NPs exhibited significant antioxidant activity against scavenging DPPH free radicals. The current investigation demonstrated green engineering method for the synthesis of multifunctional ZnO NPs with interesting morphologies using neem extract.

  12. Facile green fabrication of nanostructure ZnO plates, bullets, flower, prismatic tip, closed pine cone: Their antibacterial, antioxidant, photoluminescent and photocatalytic properties.

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    Madan, H R; Sharma, S C; Udayabhanu; Suresh, D; Vidya, Y S; Nagabhushana, H; Rajanaik, H; Anantharaju, K S; Prashantha, S C; Sadananda Maiya, P

    2016-01-01

    Green synthesis of multifunctional Zinc oxide nanoparticles (NPs) with a variety of morphologies were achieved by low temperature solution combustion route employing neem (Azadirachta indica) extract as fuel. The nanoparticles were characterized by PXRD, FTIR, XPS, Raman and UV-Visible spectroscopic studies. The Morphologies were studied by SEM and TEM analysis. The NPs were subjected for photoluminescence, photocatalytic, antibacterial and antioxidant activity studies. PXRD pattern confirmed the hexagonal wurtzite structure of the product. SEM images indicated the transformation of mushroom like hexagonal disks to bullets, buds, cones, bundles and closed pine cone structured NPs with increase in the concentration of neem extract in reaction mixture. The NPs exhibited prominent green emission due to the presence of intrinsic defect centers. The as-formed bullet shaped ZnO with 4ml of neem extract was found to decolorize Methylene blue (MB) under Sunlight and UV light irradiation. The antibacterial studies indicated that ZnO NPs of concentration 500, 750 and 1000μg resulted in significant antibacterial activity on Klebsiella aerogenes and Staphylococcus aureus but not against Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in agar well diffusion method. Further, ZnO NPs exhibited significant antioxidant activity against scavenging DPPH free radicals. The current investigation demonstrated green engineering method for the synthesis of multifunctional ZnO NPs with interesting morphologies using neem extract. PMID:26241826

  13. Dye-Sensitization Of Nanocrystalline ZnO Thin Films

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    Ajimsha, R. S.; Tyagi, M.; Das, A. K.; Misra, P.; Kukreja, L. M.

    2010-12-01

    Nannocrystalline and nanoporus thin films of ZnO were synthesized on glass substrates by using wet chemical drop casting method. X-ray diffraction measurements on these samples confirmed the formation of ZnO nanocrystallites in hexagonal wurtzite phase with mean size of ˜20 nm. Photo sensitization of these nanostructured ZnO thin films was carried out using three types of dyes Rhodamine 6 G, Chlorophyll and cocktail of Rhodamine 6 G and Chlorophyll in 1:1 ratio. Dye sensitized ZnO thin films showed enhanced optical absorption in visible spectral region compared to the pristine ZnO thin films.

  14. Dye-Sensitization Of Nanocrystalline ZnO Thin Films

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    Ajimsha, R. S.; Tyagi, M.; Das, A. K.; Misra, P.; Kukreja, L. M.

    2010-12-01

    Nannocrystalline and nanoporus thin films of ZnO were synthesized on glass substrates by using wet chemical drop casting method. X-ray diffraction measurements on these samples confirmed the formation of ZnO nanocrystallites in hexagonal wurtzite phase with mean size of {approx}20 nm. Photo sensitization of these nanostructured ZnO thin films was carried out using three types of dyes Rhodamine 6 G, Chlorophyll and cocktail of Rhodamine 6 G and Chlorophyll in 1:1 ratio. Dye sensitized ZnO thin films showed enhanced optical absorption in visible spectral region compared to the pristine ZnO thin films.

  15. Growth of ZnO nanorod arrays by sol-gel method: transition from two-dimensional film to one-dimensional nanostructure

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    Zhu, M. W.; Huang, N.; Gong, J.; Zhang, B.; Wang, Z. J.; Sun, C.; Jiang, X.

    2011-04-01

    ZnO nanorod arrays were prepared by a sol-gel method in the present work. The effects of doping concentration and annealing time on the morphologies of ZnO:Al (ZAO) layers were investigated to clearly explore the growth process of ZnO nanorods by designing gradient structures and adjusting the annealing time. The results show that the doping level in the films is a key factor for the formation of nanorods and they cannot form at a low doping level. Out-of-plane anisotropic grain growth instead of the traditional in-plane coarsening process is observed with increasing annealing time. The growth model of nanorods is proposed in terms of the surface diffusion and Ehrlich-Schwoebel barrier (ES barrier) theory.

  16. High-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells of up to 8.03% by air plasma treatment of ZnO nanostructures.

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    He, Yitao; Hu, Jing; Xie, Yahong

    2015-11-21

    By using the simple but effective method-air plasma to treat the precursor Zn(OH)2, the hydrogen-related defects in ZnO, which lead to increased charge carrier recombination, have been reduced. Successfully, a photoelectric conversion efficiency of 8.03% for pure ZnO-based DSSCs has been achieved, which is the highest one up to now. PMID:26401528

  17. Optical and morpho-structural properties of ZnO nanostructured particles synthesized at low temperature via air-assisted USP method

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    Flores-Carrasco, G.; Carrillo-López, J.; Martínez-Martínez, R.; Espinosa-Torres, N. D.; Muñoz, L.; Milosevic, O.; Rabanal, M. E.

    2016-03-01

    Here, we report on the ZnO nanoparticles processing employing low-temperature (500 °C) ultrasonic spray pyrolysis (USP) method, using different Zn nitrate precursor solution concentrations (0.01, 0.1 and 1.0 M). Particle structural, morphological and luminescence characteristics were studied based on X-ray powder diffractometry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM/HRTEM), thermal analysis, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra and photoluminescence measurements (PL). The generated so-called secondary particles have a hexagonal ZnO wurtzite-type crystalline structure with preferred orientation of (101) plane and quasi-spherical in shape. It was shown that such particle structural and morphological features are independent on the precursor solution concentrations used. All the PL spectra illustrate a strong green-yellow typical emission band exhibiting the corresponding redshift and variation of direct band gap from 3.22 to 3.12 eV with the increase in precursor concentration. The thermal analysis confirmed high thermal nanoparticles stability. The results proved that USP method successfully produces ZnO nanoparticles using neither dispersing agents nor post-heating treatments at high temperature, which allows rapid, continuous, single-step preparation, demonstrating a high potential for industrial applications.

  18. Homoepitaxial regrowth habits of ZnO nanowire arrays

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    2011-01-01

    Synthetic regrowth of ZnO nanowires [NWs] under a similar chemical vapor transport and condensation [CVTC] process can produce abundant ZnO nanostructures which are not possible by a single CVTC step. In this work, we report three different regrowth modes of ZnO NWs: axial growth, radial growth, and both directions. The different growth modes seem to be determined by the properties of initial ZnO NW templates. By varying the growth parameters in the first-step CVTC process, ZnO nanostructures (e.g., nanoantenna) with drastically different morphologies can be obtained with distinct photoluminescence properties. The results have implications in guiding the rational synthesis of various ZnO NW heterostructures. PMID:22151820

  19. A comparative study of supercapacitive performances of nickel cobalt layered double hydroxides coated on ZnO nanostructured arrays on textile fibre as electrodes for wearable energy storage devices

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    Trang, Nguyen Thi Hong; Ngoc, Huynh Van; Lingappan, Niranjanmurthi; Kang, Dae Joon

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrated an efficient method for the fabrication of novel, flexible electrodes based on ZnO nanoflakes and nickel-cobalt layered double hydroxides (denoted as ZnONF/NiCoLDH) as a core-shell nanostructure on textile substrates for wearable energy storage devices. NiCoLDH coated ZnO nanowire (denoted as ZnONW/NiCoLDH) flexible electrodes are also prepared for comparison. As an electrode for supercapacitors, ZnONF/NiCoLDH exhibits a high specific capacitance of 1624 F g-1, which is nearly 1.6 times greater than ZnONW/NiCoLDH counterparts. It also shows a maximum energy density of 48.32 W h kg-1 at a power density of 27.53 kW kg-1, and an excellent cycling stability with capacitance retention of 94% and a Coulombic efficiency of 93% over 2000 cycles. We believe that the superior performance of the ZnONF/NiCoLDH hybrids is due primarily to the large surface area of the nanoflake structure and the open spaces between nanoflakes, both of which provide a large space for the deposition of NiCoLDH, resulting in reduced internal resistance and improved capacitance performance. Our results are significant for the development of electrode materials for high-performance wearable energy storage devices.We demonstrated an efficient method for the fabrication of novel, flexible electrodes based on ZnO nanoflakes and nickel-cobalt layered double hydroxides (denoted as ZnONF/NiCoLDH) as a core-shell nanostructure on textile substrates for wearable energy storage devices. NiCoLDH coated ZnO nanowire (denoted as ZnONW/NiCoLDH) flexible electrodes are also prepared for comparison. As an electrode for supercapacitors, ZnONF/NiCoLDH exhibits a high specific capacitance of 1624 F g-1, which is nearly 1.6 times greater than ZnONW/NiCoLDH counterparts. It also shows a maximum energy density of 48.32 W h kg-1 at a power density of 27.53 kW kg-1, and an excellent cycling stability with capacitance retention of 94% and a Coulombic efficiency of 93% over 2000 cycles. We believe that the

  20. Growth of vertically aligned one-dimensional ZnO nanowire arrays on sol-gel derived ZnO thin films

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    Kitazawa, Nobuaki; Aono, Masami; Watanabe, Yoshihisa

    2014-11-01

    Vertically aligned one-dimensional ZnO nanowire arrays have been synthesized by a hydrothermal method on sol-gel derived ZnO films. Sol-gel derived ZnO films and corresponding ZnO nanowire arrays have been characterized by X-ray diffraction and field-emission scanning electron microscopy. The effect of sol-gel derived ZnO film surface on the morphology of ZnO nanowire arrays has been investigated. The authors suggest from our investigation that sol-gel derived ZnO films affect the growth of one-dimensional ZnO nanostructures. Not only crystalline ZnO films but also amorphous ones can act as a scaffold for ZnO nucleus. Tilted ZnO micro-rods are grown on ZnO gel films, whereas vertically aligned ZnO nanowire arrays are grown on nanometer-sized ZnO grains. The average diameter of ZnO nanowire arrays are correlated strongly with the grain size of sol-gel derived ZnO films.

  1. High Performance Flexible Actuator of Urchin-Like ZnO Nanostructure/Polyvinylenefluoride Hybrid Thin Film with Graphene Electrodes for Acoustic Generator and Analyzer.

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    Cheong, Oug Jae; Lee, James S; Kim, Jae Hyun; Jang, Jyongsik

    2016-05-01

    A bass frequency response enhanced flexible polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) based thin film acoustic actuator is successfully fabricated. High concentrations of various zinc oxide (ZnO) is embedded in PVDF matrix, enhancing the β phase content and the dielectric property of the composite thin film. ZnO acts as a nucleation agent for the crystallization of PVDF. A chemical vapor deposition grown graphene is used as electrodes, enabling high electron mobility for the distortion free acoustic signals. The frequency response of the fabricated acoustic actuator is studied as a function of the film thickness and filler content. The optimized film has a thickness of 80 μm with 30 wt% filler content and shows 72% and 42% frequency response enhancement in bass and midrange compared to the commercial PVDF, respectively. Also, the total harmonic distortion decreases to 82% and 74% in the bass and midrange regions, respectively. Furthermore, the composite film shows a promising potential for microphone applications. Most of all, it is demonstrated that acoustic actuator performance is strongly influenced by degree of PVDF crystalline. PMID:27028524

  2. Enhanced dielectric properties of three-phase-percolative composites based on thermoplastic-ceramic matrix (BaTiO3 + PVDF) and ZnO radial nanostructures.

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    Wang, Guangsheng

    2010-05-01

    Three-phase-percolative composites with ZnO radial nanoclusters (R-ZnO) and BaTiO(3) (BT) nanoparticles embedded into polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) were prepared by using a simple blending and hot-molding technique. The BT + PVDF composite with a volume fraction of 30 vol % BT particles were employed as a thermoplastic-ceramic matrix. Compared with the two-phase-percolative composites of R-ZnO/PVDF, the three-phase-percolative (R-ZnO/(BT + PVDF)) composites showed enhanced dielectric constant and decreased dielectric loss. The percolation theory was used to explain the experimental results. The increased percolation threshold was studied in detail, and the thermal stability was also investigated. PMID:20415481

  3. Hydrodynamic fabrication of structurally gradient ZnO nanorods.

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    Kim, Hyung Min; Youn, Jae Ryoun; Song, Young Seok

    2016-02-26

    We studied a new approach where structurally gradient nanostructures were fabricated by means of hydrodynamics. Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods were synthesized in a drag-driven rotational flow in a controlled manner. The structural characteristics of nanorods such as orientation and diameter were determined by momentum and mass transfer at the substrate surface. The nucleation of ZnO was induced by shear stress which plays a key role in determining the orientation of ZnO nanorods. The nucleation and growth of such nanostructures were modeled theoretically and analyzed numerically to understand the underlying physics of the fabrication of nanostructures controlled by hydrodynamics. The findings demonstrated that the precise control of momentum and mass transfer enabled the formation of ZnO nanorods with a structural gradient in diameter and orientation. PMID:26807679

  4. Wedding Cake Growth Mechanism in One-Dimensional and Two-Dimensional Nanostructure Evolution.

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    Yin, Xin; Shi, Jian; Niu, Xiaobin; Huang, Hanchen; Wang, Xudong

    2015-11-11

    The kinetic processes and atomistic mechanisms in nanostructure growth are of fundamental interest to nanomaterial syntheses with precisely controlled morphology and functionality. By programming deposition conditions at time domain, we observed the wedding cake growth mechanism in the formation of 1D and 2D ZnO nanostructures. Within a narrow growth window, the surfaces of the 1D and 2D structures were covered with a unique concentric terrace feature. This mechanism was further validated by comparing the characteristic growth rates to the screw dislocation-driven model. An interesting 1D to 2D morphology transition was also found during the wedding cake growth, when the adatoms overcome the Ehrlich-Schwoebel (ES) barrier along the edge of the top crystal facet triggered by lowering the supersaturation. The wedding cake model might be a general growth mechanism for flat-tipped nanowires that do not possess any dislocations. This study enriches our understanding on the fundamental kinetics of nanostructured crystal growth and provides a transformative strategy to achieve rational design and control of nanoscale geometry. PMID:26501960

  5. Study of morphology effects on magnetic interactions and band gap variations for 3d late transition metal bi-doped ZnO nanostructures by hybrid DFT calculations

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    Datta, Soumendu Baral, Sayan; Mookerjee, Abhijit; Kaphle, Gopi Chandra

    2015-08-28

    Using density functional theory (DFT) based electronic structure calculations, the effects of morphology of semiconducting nanostructures on the magnetic interaction between two magnetic dopant atoms as well as a possibility of tuning band gaps have been studied in the case of the bi-doped (ZnO){sub 24} nanostructures with the impurity dopant atoms of the 3d late transition metals—Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, and Cu. To explore the morphology effect, three different structures of the host (ZnO){sub 24} nano-system, having different degrees of spatial confinement, have been considered: a two dimensional nanosheet, a one dimensional nanotube, and a finite cage-shaped nanocluster. The present study employs hybrid density functional theory to accurately describe the electronic structure of all the systems. It is shown here that the magnetic coupling between the two dopant atoms remains mostly anti-ferromagnetic in the course of changing the morphology from the sheet geometry to the cage-shaped geometry of the host systems, except for the case of energetically most stable bi-Mn doping, which shows a transition from ferromagnetic to anti-ferromagnetic coupling with decreasing aspect ratio of the host system. The effect of the shape change, however, has a significant effect on the overall band gap variations of both the pristine as well as all the bi-doped systems, irrespective of the nature of the dopant atoms and provides a means for easy tunability of their optoelectronic properties.

  6. Synthesis of ZnO nanorods and their application in the construction of a nanostructure-based electrochemical sensor for determination of levodopa in the presence of carbidopa.

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    Molaakbari, Elahe; Mostafavi, Ali; Beitollahi, Hadi; Alizadeh, Reza

    2014-09-01

    A novel carbon paste electrode modified with ZnO nanorods and 5-(4'-amino-3'-hydroxy-biphenyl-4-yl)-acrylic acid (3,4'-AAZCPE) was fabricated. The electrochemical study of the modified electrode, as well as its efficiency for the electrocatalytic oxidation of levodopa, is described. The electrode was employed to study the electrocatalytic oxidation of levodopa, using cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronoamperometry (CHA), and square-wave voltammetry (SWV) as diagnostic techniques. It has been found that the oxidation of levodopa at the surface of the modified electrode occurs at a potential of about 370 mV less positive than that of an unmodified carbon paste electrode. The SWV results exhibit a linear dynamic range from 1.0 × 10(-7) M to 7.0 × 10(-5) M and a detection limit of 3.5 × 10(-8) M for levodopa. In addition, this modified electrode was used for the simultaneous determination of levodopa and carbidopa. Finally, the modified electrode was used for the determination of levodopa and carbidopa in some real samples. PMID:25014312

  7. Influence of Oblique Angle Deposition on the Nano-structure and Characteristics of ZnO Thin Films Produced by Annealing of Zn Films

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    Savaloni, Hadi; Abbaszadeh, Neda

    2016-07-01

    Zinc oxide films were prepared using oblique angle deposition of Zn at four deposition angles of 0°, 30°, 45°, and 60° and subsequent annealing with the flow of oxygen. Structural characteristics of the films were obtained using atomic force microscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy while their crystallography was investigated by x-ray diffraction analysis. The largest value of void fraction and the highest preferred orientation were obtained for the ZnO(101) diffraction line for the Zn film deposited at 45°. The former is explained in the published literature on the basis of rearrangement of atoms resulting from the diffusion or thermal vibration and the available crystallographic sites and surface energy on the substrate/growing film surface for relaxation of an adatom. Zn film anisotropy due to the bundling effect resulting from oblique angle deposition was examined by sheet resistivity measurements along x and y directions of the samples. Optical spectra of the samples were measured using both polarized light and unpolarized light from which optical constants were deduced. Both direct and indirect band gap energies were obtained and compared with the reported theoretical calculations. Our results are consistent with the experimental data in the literature; while they are larger than the theoretical reported values.

  8. Doping effect on SILAR synthesized crystalline nanostructured Cu-doped ZnO thin films grown on indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates and its characterization

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    Dhaygude, H. D.; Shinde, S. K.; Velhal, Ninad B.; Takale, M. V.; Fulari, V. J.

    2016-08-01

    In the present study, a novel chemical route is used to synthesize the undoped and Cu-doped ZnO thin films in aqueous solution by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. The synthesized thin films are characterized by x-ray diffractometer (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDAX), contact angle goniometer and UV–Vis spectroscopic techniques. XRD study shows that the prepared films are polycrystalline in nature with hexagonal crystal structure. The change in morphology for different doping is observed in the studies of FE-SEM. EDAX spectrum shows that the thin films consist of zinc, copper and oxygen elements. Contact angle goniometer is used to measure the contact angle between a liquid and a solid interface and after detection, the nature of the films is initiated from hydrophobic to hydrophilic. The optical band gap energy for direct allowed transition ranging between 1.60–2.91 eV is observed.

  9. Influence of Oblique Angle Deposition on the Nano-structure and Characteristics of ZnO Thin Films Produced by Annealing of Zn Films

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    Savaloni, Hadi; Abbaszadeh, Neda

    2016-04-01

    Zinc oxide films were prepared using oblique angle deposition of Zn at four deposition angles of 0°, 30°, 45°, and 60° and subsequent annealing with the flow of oxygen. Structural characteristics of the films were obtained using atomic force microscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy while their crystallography was investigated by x-ray diffraction analysis. The largest value of void fraction and the highest preferred orientation were obtained for the ZnO(101) diffraction line for the Zn film deposited at 45°. The former is explained in the published literature on the basis of rearrangement of atoms resulting from the diffusion or thermal vibration and the available crystallographic sites and surface energy on the substrate/growing film surface for relaxation of an adatom. Zn film anisotropy due to the bundling effect resulting from oblique angle deposition was examined by sheet resistivity measurements along x and y directions of the samples. Optical spectra of the samples were measured using both polarized light and unpolarized light from which optical constants were deduced. Both direct and indirect band gap energies were obtained and compared with the reported theoretical calculations. Our results are consistent with the experimental data in the literature; while they are larger than the theoretical reported values.

  10. Zinc oxide nanostructures and nanoengineering

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    Banerjee, Debasish

    ZnO is a large band-gap (3.37 eV) semiconductor, a potentially important material for numerous optoelectronic applications. Nanostructures, by definition are the structures having at least one dimension between 1--100 nm. In this thesis we will investigate a brief account of the strategies to grow ZnO nanostructures. Since invariably nanomaterial properties tend to change significantly during scale-up from development on limited volume equipment. Goal of this study is to demonstrate a practical technique which is able to synthesize large quantities of nanowires while keeping the unique properties of nano-sized materials. Using ZnO as an example, we discussed a strategy to produce nanowires in gram quantity. Ability to define position, size, and density of nanostructures on surfaces enable detailed studies of the properties of individual sites as well as collective properties of the assembly. These periodic structures are usually manufactured using electron beam lithography, photolithography, or x-ray lithography techniques. These methods allow fabrication of nanostructures and provide highly reproducible results. However, they are mostly not scalable to large areas, and are limited by a multistage, time-consuming, and expensive preparation procedure. We described an unique technique combining nanosphere self-assembly lithography and vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) approach of fabricating periodic array of catalyst dots in various geometry and subsequently grow vertically aligned ZnO nanowires in a large area hoping to achieve enhanced ultraviolet lasing and many other photonic devices. ZnO being a transparent conducting oxide, the fabrication of ZnO field emitters can be easily integrated with ITO and ZnO thin film fabrication process. Thus a low cost solution for fabrication of field emission display can be realized using ZnO nanowires as field emitters. There have been several demonstrations of using ZnO nanowires as field emitters. However no significant improvement in

  11. Structural and electrical properties of electric field assisted spray deposited pea structured ZnO film

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    Chaturvedi, Neha; Swami, Sanjay Kumar; Dutta, Viresh

    2016-05-01

    Spray deposition of ZnO film was carried out. The uneven growth of ZnO nanostructures is resulted for spray deposited ZnO film. Application of DC voltage (1000V) during spray deposition provides formation of pea like structures with uniform coverage over the substrate. Electric field assisted spray deposition provides increased crystallinity with reduced resistivity and improved mobility of the ZnO film as compared to spray deposited ZnO film without electric field. This with large area deposition makes the process more efficient than other techniques.

  12. Highly integrated synthesis of heterogeneous nanostructures on nanowire heater array

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    Jin, Chun Yan; Yun, Jeonghoon; Kim, Jung; Yang, Daejong; Kim, Dong Hwan; Ahn, Jae Hyuk; Lee, Kwang-Cheol; Park, Inkyu

    2014-11-01

    We have proposed a new method for the multiplexed synthesis of heterogeneous nanostructures using a top-down fabricated nanowire heater array. Hydrothermally synthesized nanostructures can be grown only on the heated nanowire through nanoscale temperature control using a Joule heated nanowire. We have demonstrated the selective synthesis of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires and copper oxide (CuO) nanostructures, as well as their surface modification with noble metal nanoparticles, using a nanowire heater array. Furthermore, we could fabricate an array of heterogeneous nanostructures via Joule heating of individual nanowire heaters and changing of the precursor solutions in a sequential manner. We have formed a parallel array of palladium (Pd) coated ZnO nanowires and gold (Au) coated ZnO nanowires, as well as a parallel array of ZnO nanowires and CuO nanospikes, in the microscale region by using the developed method.We have proposed a new method for the multiplexed synthesis of heterogeneous nanostructures using a top-down fabricated nanowire heater array. Hydrothermally synthesized nanostructures can be grown only on the heated nanowire through nanoscale temperature control using a Joule heated nanowire. We have demonstrated the selective synthesis of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires and copper oxide (CuO) nanostructures, as well as their surface modification with noble metal nanoparticles, using a nanowire heater array. Furthermore, we could fabricate an array of heterogeneous nanostructures via Joule heating of individual nanowire heaters and changing of the precursor solutions in a sequential manner. We have formed a parallel array of palladium (Pd) coated ZnO nanowires and gold (Au) coated ZnO nanowires, as well as a parallel array of ZnO nanowires and CuO nanospikes, in the microscale region by using the developed method. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr04216f

  13. Hydrothermally Grown In-doped ZnO Nanorods on p-GaN Films for Color-tunable Heterojunction Light-emitting-diodes

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    Park, Geun Chul; Hwang, Soo Min; Lee, Seung Muk; Choi, Jun Hyuk; Song, Keun Man; Kim, Hyun You; Kim, Hyun-Suk; Eum, Sung-Jin; Jung, Seung-Boo; Lim, Jun Hyung; Joo, Jinho

    2015-01-01

    The incorporation of doping elements in ZnO nanostructures plays an important role in adjusting the optical and electrical properties in optoelectronic devices. In the present study, we fabricated 1-D ZnO nanorods (NRs) doped with different In contents (0% ~ 5%) on p-GaN films using a facile hydrothermal method, and investigated the effect of the In doping on the morphology and electronic structure of the NRs and the electrical and optical performances of the n-ZnO NRs/p-GaN heterojunction light emitting diodes (LEDs). As the In content increased, the size (diameter and length) of the NRs increased, and the electrical performance of the LEDs improved. From the electroluminescence (EL) spectra, it was found that the broad green-yellow-orange emission band significantly increased with increasing In content due to the increased defect states (oxygen vacancies) in the ZnO NRs, and consequently, the superposition of the emission bands centered at 415 nm and 570 nm led to the generation of white-light. These results suggest that In doping is an effective way to tailor the morphology and the optical, electronic, and electrical properties of ZnO NRs, as well as the EL emission property of heterojunction LEDs. PMID:25988846

  14. The influence of anatase-rutile mixed phase and ZnO blocking layer on dye-sensitized solar cells based on TiO2nanofiberphotoanodes

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    2013-01-01

    High performance is expected in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) that utilize one-dimensional (1-D) TiO2 nanostructures owing to the effective electron transport. However, due to the low dye adsorption, mainly because of their smooth surfaces, 1-D TiO2 DSSCs show relatively lower efficiencies than nanoparticle-based ones. Herein, we demonstrate a very simple approach using thick TiO2 electrospun nanofiber films as photoanodes to obtain high conversion efficiency. To improve the performance of the DSCCs, anatase-rutile mixed-phase TiO2 nanofibers are achieved by increasing sintering temperature above 500°C, and very thin ZnO films are deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) method as blocking layers. With approximately 40-μm-thick mixed-phase (approximately 15.6 wt.% rutile) TiO2 nanofiber as photoanode and 15-nm-thick compact ZnO film as a blocking layer in DSSC, the photoelectric conversion efficiency and short-circuit current are measured as 8.01% and 17.3 mA cm−2, respectively. Intensity-modulated photocurrent spectroscopy and intensity-modulated photovoltage spectroscopy measurements reveal that extremely large electron diffusion length is the key point to support the usage of thick TiO2 nanofibers as photoanodes with very thin ZnO blocking layers to obtain high photocurrents and high conversion efficiencies. PMID:23286741

  15. Gas Sensing Properties of ZnO-SnO2 Nanostructures.

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    Chen, Weigen; Li, Qianzhu; Xu, Lingna; Zeng, Wen

    2015-02-01

    One-dimensional (1D) semiconductor metal oxide nanostructures have attracted increasing attention in electrochemistry, optics, magnetic, and gas sensing fields for the good properties. N-type low dimensional semiconducting oxides such as SnO2 and ZnO have been known for the detection of inflammable or toxic gases. In this paper, we fabricated the ZnO-SnO2 and SnO2 nanoparticles by hydrothermal synthesis. Microstructure characterization was performed using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and surface morphologies for both the pristine and doped samples were observed using field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Then we made thin film gas sensor to study the gas sensing properties of ZnO-SnO2 and SnO2 gas sensor to H2 and CO. A systematic comparison study reveals an enhanced gas sensing performance for the sensor made of SnO2 and ZnO toward H2 and CO over that of the commonly applied undecorated SnO2 nanoparticles. The improved gas sensing properties are attributed to the size of grains and pronounced electron transfer between the compound nanostructures and the absorbed oxygen species as well as to the heterojunctions of the ZnO nanoparticles to the SnO2 nanoparticles, which provide additional reaction rooms. The results represent an advance of compound nanostructures in further enhancing the functionality of gas sensors, and this facile method could be applicable to many sensing materials, offering a new avenue and direction to detect gases of interest based on composite tin oxide nanoparticles. PMID:26353640

  16. A Comparison of ZnO and ZnO(-)

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Partridge, Harry; Arnold, James (Technical Monitor)

    1998-01-01

    Ab initio electronic structure calculations are performed to support and to help interpret the experimental work reported in the proceeding manuscript. The CCSD(T) approach, in conjunction with a large basis set, is used to compute spectroscopic constants for the X(exp 1)Epsilon(+) and (3)II states of ZnO and the X(exp 2)Epsilon(+) state of ZnO(-). The spectroscopic constants, including the electron affinity, are in good agreement with experiment. The ZnO EA is significantly larger than that of O, thus relative to the atomic ground state asymptotes, ZnO(-) has a larger D(sub o) than the (1)Epsilon(+) state, despite the fact that the extra electron goes into an antibonding orbital. The changes in spectroscopic constants can be understood in terms of the X(exp 1)Epsilon(+) formally dissociating to Zn (1)S + O (1)D while the (3)II and (2)Epsilon(+) states dissociate to Zn (1)S + O (3)P and Zn (1) and O(-) (2)P, respectively.

  17. A Comprehensive Review of Semiconductor Ultraviolet Photodetectors: From Thin Film to One-Dimensional Nanostructures

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    Sang, Liwen; Liao, Meiyong; Sumiya, Masatomo

    2013-01-01

    Ultraviolet (UV) photodetectors have drawn extensive attention owing to their applications in industrial, environmental and even biological fields. Compared to UV-enhanced Si photodetectors, a new generation of wide bandgap semiconductors, such as (Al, In) GaN, diamond, and SiC, have the advantages of high responsivity, high thermal stability, robust radiation hardness and high response speed. On the other hand, one-dimensional (1D) nanostructure semiconductors with a wide bandgap, such as β-Ga2O3, GaN, ZnO, or other metal-oxide nanostructures, also show their potential for high-efficiency UV photodetection. In some cases such as flame detection, high-temperature thermally stable detectors with high performance are required. This article provides a comprehensive review on the state-of-the-art research activities in the UV photodetection field, including not only semiconductor thin films, but also 1D nanostructured materials, which are attracting more and more attention in the detection field. A special focus is given on the thermal stability of the developed devices, which is one of the key characteristics for the real applications. PMID:23945739

  18. A comprehensive review of semiconductor ultraviolet photodetectors: from thin film to one-dimensional nanostructures.

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    Sang, Liwen; Liao, Meiyong; Sumiya, Masatomo

    2013-01-01

    Ultraviolet (UV) photodetectors have drawn extensive attention owing to their applications in industrial, environmental and even biological fields. Compared to UV-enhanced Si photodetectors, a new generation of wide bandgap semiconductors, such as (Al, In) GaN, diamond, and SiC, have the advantages of high responsivity, high thermal stability, robust radiation hardness and high response speed. On the other hand, one-dimensional (1D) nanostructure semiconductors with a wide bandgap, such as β-Ga2O3, GaN, ZnO, or other metal-oxide nanostructures, also show their potential for high-efficiency UV photodetection. In some cases such as flame detection, high-temperature thermally stable detectors with high performance are required. This article provides a comprehensive review on the state-of-the-art research activities in the UV photodetection field, including not only semiconductor thin films, but also 1D nanostructured materials, which are attracting more and more attention in the detection field. A special focus is given on the thermal stability of the developed devices, which is one of the key characteristics for the real applications. PMID:23945739

  19. Application of ZnO nanopillars and nanoflowers to field-emission luminescent tubes

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    Yun, Ye; Tailiang, Guo; Yadong, Jiang

    2012-04-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanopillars on a ZnO seed layer and ZnO nanoflowers were synthesized by electrochemical deposition on linear wires. The morphologies and crystal orientation of the ZnO nanostructures were investigated by a scanning electron microscopy and an X-ray diffraction pattern, respectively. Detailed study on the field-emission properties of ZnO nanostructures indicates that nanopillars with a high aspect ratio show good performance with a low turn-on field of 0.16 V/μm and a high field enhancement factor of 2.86 × 104. A luminescent tube with ZnO nanopillars on a linear wire cathode and a transparent anode could reach a luminance of about 1.5 × 104 cd/m2 under an applied voltage of 4 kV.

  20. The effects of addition of citric acid on the morphologies of ZnO nanorods

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    Yang Zao . E-mail: yangzao888@tom.com; Liu Quanhui; Yang Lei

    2007-02-15

    ZnO nanorods of 25-100 nm in diameter and 0.2-1 {mu}m in length were fabricated through citric acid assisted annealing process. The microstructure of ZnO nanorods was characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and field-emission scanning electron microscopy, respectively. As a result, it was found that ZnO nanorods were single crystalline and pure. The effects of the growth conditions such as addition of citric acid, annealing temperature on the morphologies of ZnO nanostructures have also been investigated. At the given temperature the length decreased but the diameter increased with addition of the mass of citric acid. With the rising of the calcining heat, the shape of ZnO changed from rod to granule for a given amount of citric acid. Finally, the mechanism for citric acid assisted annealing synthesis of the ZnO nanostructure is discussed.

  1. Crystallographically oriented Zn nanocrystals formed in ZnO by Mn{sup +}-implantation

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    Li, Y. J.; Zhang, B.; Lu, W.; Wang, Y.; Zou, J.

    2008-09-29

    The nanostructural characteristics of ZnO implanted with Mn{sup +} to doses ranging from 1x10{sup 15} to 1x10{sup 17} cm{sup -2} are systematically studied for both as-implanted and postannealed cases. The detailed structural characterizations confirmed that the Mn{sup +} implantation and postannealing result in (1) the formation of crystallographically orientated Zn nanocrystals in the ZnO matrix and (2) Mn atoms occupy the Zn sites in ZnO.

  2. Zinc oxide nanostructure-modified textile and its application to biosensing, photocatalysis, and as antibacterial material.

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    Hatamie, Amir; Khan, Azam; Golabi, Mohsen; Turner, Anthony P F; Beni, Valerio; Mak, Wing Cheung; Sadollahkhani, Azar; Alnoor, Hatim; Zargar, Behrooz; Bano, Sumaira; Nur, Omer; Willander, Magnus

    2015-10-01

    Recently, one-dimensional nanostructures with different morphologies (such as nanowires, nanorods (NRs), and nanotubes) have become the focus of intensive research, because of their unique properties with potential applications. Among them, zinc oxide (ZnO) nanomaterials has been found to be highly attractive, because of the remarkable potential for applications in many different areas such as solar cells, sensors, piezoelectric devices, photodiode devices, sun screens, antireflection coatings, and photocatalysis. Here, we present an innovative approach to create a new modified textile by direct in situ growth of vertically aligned one-dimensional (1D) ZnO NRs onto textile surfaces, which can serve with potential for biosensing, photocatalysis, and antibacterial applications. ZnO NRs were grown by using a simple aqueous chemical growth method. Results from analyses such as X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed that the ZnO NRs were dispersed over the entire surface of the textile. We have demonstrated the following applications of these multifunctional textiles: (1) as a flexible working electrode for the detection of aldicarb (ALD) pesticide, (2) as a photocatalyst for the degradation of organic molecules (i.e., Methylene Blue and Congo Red), and (3) as antibacterial agents against Escherichia coli. The ZnO-based textile exhibited excellent photocatalytic and antibacterial activities, and it showed a promising sensing response. The combination of sensing, photocatalysis, and antibacterial properties provided by the ZnO NRs brings us closer to the concept of smart textiles for wearable sensing without a deodorant and antibacterial control. Perhaps the best known of the products that is available in markets for such purposes are textiles with silver nanoparticles. Our modified textile is thus providing acceptable antibacterial properties, compared to available commercial modified textiles. PMID:26372851

  3. Hierarchical structures of ZnO spherical particles synthesized solvothermally

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    Saito, Noriko; Haneda, Hajime

    2011-12-01

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

  4. ZnO Nanocoral Structures for Photoelectrochemical Cells

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    Ahn, K. S.; Yan, Y.; Shet, S.; Jones, K.; Deutsch, T.; Turner, J.; Al-Jassim, M.

    2008-01-01

    We report on synthesis of a uniform and large area of a new form of ZnO nanocorals. These nanostructures can provide suitable electrical pathways for efficient carrier collection as well as large surface areas for the photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells. PEC devices made from these ZnO nanocoral structures demonstrate significantly enhanced photoresponse as compared to ZnO compact and nanorod films. Our results suggest that the nanocoral structures could be an excellent choice for nanomaterial-based applications such as dye-sensitized solar cells, electrochromic windows, and batteries.

  5. Photovoltaic properties of graphene oxide sheets beaded with ZnO nanoparticles

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    Wang, Huan; Wang, Li; Qu, Chaoqun; Su, Yadong; Yu, Shansheng; Zheng, Weitao; Liu, Yichun

    2011-04-15

    A hybrid material of graphene oxide (GO) sheets beaded with ZnO nanoparticles was prepared. The material extends over a few hundred square nanometers, in which the ZnO nanoparticles (average diameter ({approx}5 nm)) are dispersed evenly on the GO sheet. Both the surface photovoltage or surface photocurrent intensity for the material are much stronger than for pure ZnO nanoparticles, meaning that the free charge carriers can effectively be transferred from ZnO nanoparticles to GO sheets, which can serve as a probe to monitor the electron transfer from excited ZnO to GO. Anchoring ZnO nanoparticles on two dimensional carbon nanostructures such as GO can pave a way towards the design of ordered nanostructure assemblies that can harvest light energy efficiently. -- Graphical Abstract: Upon irradiating the GO-ZnO sample with a light having an energy equalizing the band gap energy, the photogenerated charge-hole pairs are produced, and have been separated effectively. Display Omitted Research highlights: > A hybrid material of graphene oxide (GO) sheets beaded with ZnO nanoparticles was prepared. > The ordered nanostructure assemblies can harvest light energy efficiently and the free charge carriers can effectively be transferred from ZnO nanoparticles to GO sheet. > A hybrid material can serve as a probe to monitor the electron transfer from excited ZnO to GO.

  6. A study on different morphological structures of zinc oxide nanostructures for humidity sensing application

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    Ismail, A. S.; Mamat, M. H.; Malek, M. F.; Abdullah, M. A. R.; Sin, M. D.; Rusop, M.

    2016-07-01

    Effects of different morphological structures of ZnO to the performance of the device in the humidity sensing have been studied. Two different kinds of nanostructures were obtained which are nanords and nanoflakes. From the surface morphology image, the ZnO nanoflakes has lower diameter size of 100 nm compared to ZnO nanorods of 250 nm. The ZnO nanoflakes are not aligned and has low porous structure compared to ZnO nanorods. The humidity sensor performance of ZnO nanorods has superior performance compared to ZnO nanoflakes. The sensitivity of the ZnO nanorods sensor is 3.20 which are almost two times higher than the ZnO nanoflakes of 1.65. 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.

  7. Physical synthesis methodology and enhanced gas sensing and photoelectrochemical performance of 1D serrated zinc oxide-zinc ferrite nanocomposites.

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    Liang, Yuan-Chang; Liu, Shang-Luen; Hsia, Hao-Yuan

    2015-12-01

    We successfully prepared one-dimensional ZnO-ZnFe2O4 (ZFO) heterostructures for acetone gas-sensing and photoelectrochemical applications, by using sputter deposition of ZFO crystallites on ZnO nanostructure templates. The nanoscale ZFO crystallites were homogeneously coated on the surfaces of the ZnO nanostructures. Electron microscope images revealed that the ZnO-ZFO heterostructures exhibited a serrated surface morphology. Coating the ZnO nanostructures with a ZFO aggregated layer appreciably enhanced their acetone gas-sensing capability at 250 °C in comparison with pure ZnO nanostructures. The presence of many depleted nanoscale ZFO crystallites, the rugged surface of the heterostructures, and electron depletion at the ZnO/ZFO interface might contribute to the enhanced acetone gas-sensing response. Furthermore, the larger surface area and higher light absorption of ZnO-ZFO relative to the surface area and light absorption of ZnO were correlated with a substantial enhancement of the photocurrent value of ZnO-ZFO in photoelectrochemical tests produced by the simulated solar light irradiation. PMID:26334546

  8. Ag-ZnO nanostructure for ANTA explosive molecule detection

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    Shaik, Ummar Pasha; Sangani, L. D. Varma; Gaur, Anshu; Mohiddon, Md. Ahamad; Krishna, M. Ghanashyam

    2016-05-01

    Ag/ZnO nanostructure for surface enhanced Raman scattering application in the detection of ANTA explosive molecule is demonstrated. A highly rough ZnO microstructure was achieved by rapid thermal annealing of metallic Zn film. Different thickness Ag nanostructures are decorated over these ZnO microstructures by ion beam sputtering technique. Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopic studies carried out over Ag/ZnO substrates have shown three orders higher enhancement compared to bare Ag nanostructure deposited on the same substrate. The reasons behind such huge enhancement are discussed based on the morphology of the sample.

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

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    Dominguez, A.; Lorke, M.; Rosa, A. L.; Frauenheim, Th.; Schoenhalz, A. L.; Dalpian, G. M.; Rocha, A. R.

    2014-05-28

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

  10. ZnO nanorod growth by plasma-enhanced vapor phase transport with different growth durations

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    Kim, Chang-Yong; Oh, Hee-bong; Ryu, Hyukhyun; Yun, Jondo; Lee, Won-Jae

    2014-09-01

    In this study, the structural properties of ZnO nanostructures grown by plasma-enhanced vapor phase transport (PEVPT) were investigated. Plasma-treated oxygen gas was used as the oxygen source for the ZnO growth. The structural properties of ZnO nanostructures grown for different durations were measured by scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. The authors comprehensively analyzed the growth of the ZnO nanostructures with different growth durations both with and without the use of plasma-treated oxygen gas. It was found that PEVPT has a significant influence on the growth of the ZnO nanorods. PEVPT with plasma-treated oxygen gas facilitated the generation of nucleation sites, and the resulting ZnO nanorod structures were more vertical than those prepared by conventional VPT without plasma-treated oxygen gas. As a result, the ZnO nanostructures grown using PEVPT showed improved structural properties compared to those prepared by the conventional VPT method.

  11. Luminescence dynamics of bound exciton of hydrogen doped ZnO nanowires

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    Yoo, Jinkyoung; Yi, Gyu -Chul; Chon, Bonghwan; Joo, Taiha; Wang, Zhehui

    2016-04-11

    In this study, all-optical camera, converting X-rays into visible photons, is a promising strategy for high-performance X-ray imaging detector requiring high detection efficiency and ultrafast detector response time. Zinc oxide is a suitable material for all-optical camera due to its fast radiative recombination lifetime in sub-nanosecond regime and its radiation hardness. ZnO nanostructures have been considered as proper building blocks for ultrafast detectors with spatial resolution in sub-micrometer scale. To achieve remarkable enhancement of luminescence efficiency n-type doping in ZnO has been employed. However, luminescence dynamics of doped ZnO nanostructures have not been thoroughly investigated whereas undoped ZnO nanostructures havemore » been employed to study their luminescence dynamics. Here we report a study of luminescence dynamics of hydrogen doped ZnO nanowires obtained by hydrogen plasma treatment. Hydrogen doping in ZnO nanowires gives rise to significant increase in the near-band-edge emission of ZnO and decrease in averaged photoluminescence lifetime from 300 to 140 ps at 10 K. The effects of hydrogen doping on the luminescent characteristics of ZnO nanowires were changed by hydrogen doping process variables.« less

  12. In-vitro antibacterial study of zinc oxide nanostructures on Streptococcus sobrinus

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    Bakhori, Siti Khadijah Mohd; Mahmud, Shahrom; Ann, Ling Chuo; Sirelkhatim, Amna; Hasan, Habsah; Mohamad, Dasmawati; Masudi, Sam'an Malik; Seeni, Azman; Rahman, Rosliza Abd

    2014-10-01

    Zinc oxide nanostructures were prepared using a pilot plant of zinc oxide boiling furnace. Generally, it produced two types of nanostructures different in morphology; one is rod-like shaped (ZnO-1) and a plate-like shape (ZnO-2). The properties of ZnO were studied by structural, optical and morphological using XRD, PL and FESEM respectively. The XRD patterns confirmed the wurtzite structures of ZnO with the calculated crystallite size of 41 nm (ZnO-1) and 42 nm (ZnO-2) using Scherrer formula. The NBE peaks were determined by photoluminescence spectra which reveal peak at 3.25 eV and 3.23 eV for ZnO-1 and ZnO-2 respectively. Prior to that, the morphologies for both ZnO-1 and ZnO-2 were demonstrated from FESEM micrographs. Subsequently the antibacterial study was conducted using in-vitro broth dilution technique towards a gram positive bacterium Streptococcus sobrinus (ATCC 33478) to investigate the level of antibacterial effect of zinc oxide nanostructures as antibacterial agent. Gradual increment of ZnO concentrations from 10-20 mM affected the inhibition level after twenty four hours of incubation. In conjunction with concentration increment of ZnO, the percentage inhibition towards Streptococcus sobrinus was also increased accordingly. The highest inhibition occurred at 20 mM of ZnO-1 and ZnO-2 for 98% and 77% respectively. It showed that ZnO has good properties as antibacterial agent and relevancy with data presented by XRD, PL and FESEM were determined.

  13. Highly efficient yttrium-doped ZnO nanorods for quantum dot-sensitized solar cells

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    Kim, Soo-Kyoung; Gopi, Chandu V. V. M.; Srinivasa Rao, S.; Punnoose, Dinah; Kim, Hee-Je

    2016-03-01

    Yttrium-doped ZnO nanorod arrays were applied to photoanodes of quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSCs). The introduction of yttrium to ZnO nanostructures facilitates the growth of ZnO nanorods and increases the amount of QD deposition with a large surface area. Furthermore, lower electrical resistance and longer electron lifetime were achieved with yttrium-doping owing to fewer defects and trap sites on the surface of yttrium-doped ZnO nanorods. As a result, the conversion efficiency of 3.3% was achieved with the optimized concentration of yttrium.

  14. Noble metal nanodisks epitaxially formed on ZnO nanorods and their effect on photoluminescence

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    Chu, Sheng; Ren, Jingjian; Yan, Dong; Huang, Jian; Liu, Jianlin

    2012-07-01

    Triangular and hexagonal shaped noble metal (Au, Ag, Pt, Pd) nanodisks were synthesized on the top facets of ZnO nanorods via simple deposition-annealing method. Other metals (Ni, Cu, Cr, Pb, Al) only formed irregular shaped nanostructures on ZnO nanorods. The morphology, elemental composition, as well as growth mechanism of the metal nanodisks/ZnO nanorod composite materials were studied. The localized surface plasmon resonant effects from different metal nanodisks on the photoluminescence of ZnO nanorods were investigated. It was demonstrated that the carriers transfer between the metal nanodisks and ZnO can efficiently manipulate the photoluminescence intensities from the nanorods.

  15. Vapor Transport of ZnO in Closed Ampoules

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    Palosz, Witold

    2005-01-01

    Vapor transport of ZnO by PVT and CVT using carbon, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen as the transport agents was studied. Theoretical calculations of the mass flux were based on equilibrium thermodynamics and 1-D diffusional mass transport. Experimental results were found to be consistent with theoretical predictions. NO apparent kinetic limitations to sublimation were observed. Slow reaction of carbon with ZnO source was found.

  16. A three-dimensional interconnected hierarchical FeOOH/TiO₂/ZnO nanostructural photoanode for enhancing the performance of photoelectrochemical water oxidation.

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    Li, Zhenhu; Feng, Shuanglong; Liu, Shuangyi; Li, Xin; Wang, Liang; Lu, Wenqiang

    2015-12-01

    A novel ZnO/TiO2/FeOOH hierarchical nanostructure has been synthesized by a low temperature chemical bath deposition method. The integrated three-dimensional (3D) nanostructure consists of one-dimensional (1D) ZnO/TiO2 core-shell nanowire arrays and two-dimensional (2D) interconnected FeOOH nanosheets. By applying such a hierarchical nanostructure as a photoanode for photoelectrochemical water reaction, higher photostability and photocurrent density are gained compared with the reported ZnO based nanostructures. It is concluded that the giant enhancement of the properties is because, in the process of photoelectrochemical reaction, electron-hole separation and transfer are enhanced efficiently through the ZnO/TiO2 heterojunction, and in the meanwhile, terminal interconnected FeOOH nanosheets play both the roles of a surface catalyst and a protective layer effectively to accelerate water splitting reaction and enhance photostability. Based on such an environmentally friendly hierarchical nanostructure, photoelectrochemical water splitting and other similar reactions could be performed effectively and economically. PMID:26523803

  17. Light emission from electrically stressed ZnO nanorods

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    Lucera, Luca; Adnane, Lhacene; Cil, Kadir; Manthina, Venkata; Agrios, Alexander; Silva, Helena; Gokirmak, Ali

    2012-02-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods were grown on various substrates by a chemical growth process based on a ZnO seed solution, and starting from Zinc acetate (ZnAc) material. The nanorods were grown on insulating silicon (low doped) and oxidized silicon substrates, and also over patterned conducting (highly-doped) nanocrystalline silicon microwires. When high voltage is applied directly to the ZnO film using tungsten needles (˜ 50-60 V across ˜ 5-10 μm), high intensity blue and white light emission is observed, both in air and under high vacuum (10-4 - 10-5 Torr). Blue light appears as broad bright flashes covering a large area whereas white light is more localized and appears to come from individual nanostructures. The results suggest a combination of electroluminescence and photoluminescence processes that take place after an electrical breakdown (possibly across individual ZnO nanorods) that is observed as an exponential increase in current. Percolative conduction and light paths are also observed during the measurements. Measurements of the ZnO films of rods on conducting silicon substrate give more repeatable results, likely due to the higher probability of conducting paths between the two probes. The electrical stress results in significant self-heating and modification of the ZnO nanostructures and the contacts.[4pt] [1] Greene L. E. et al. Solution-Grown Zinc oxide nanowires. Innorganic Chemistry. Vol 45. 7535-7543. (2006)

  18. High efficient ZnO nanowalnuts photocatalyst: A case study

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    Yan, Feng; Zhang, Siwen; Liu, Yang; Liu, Hongfeng; Qu, Fengyu; Cai, Xue; Wu, Xiang

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Walnut-like ZnO nanostructures are synthesized through a facile hydrothermal method. • Morphologies and microstructures of the as-obtained ZnO products were investigated. • The photocatalytic results demonstrate that methyl orange (MO) aqueous solution can be degraded over 97% after 45 min under UV light irradiation. - Abstract: Walnut-like ZnO nanostructures are successfully synthesized through a facile hydrothermal method. The structure and morphology of the as-synthesized products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The photocatalytic properties of ZnO nanowalnuts are investigated by photodegradating several organic dyes, such as Congo red (CR), methyl orange (MO) and eosin red aqueous solutions under UV irradiation, respectively. The results demonstrate that methyl orange (MO) aqueous solution can be degraded over 97% after 45 min under UV light irradiation. In addition, eosin red and Congo red (CR) aqueous solution degradation experiments are also conducted in the same condition, respectively. It showed that ZnO nanowalnuts represent high photocatalytic activities with a degradation efficiency of 87% for CR with 115 min of irradiation and 97% for eosin red with 55 min of irradiation. The reported ZnO products may be promising candidates as the photocatalysts in waste water treatment.

  19. ZnO based potentiometric and amperometric nanosensors.

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    Willander, Magnus; Khun, Kimleang; Ibupoto, Zafar Hussain

    2014-09-01

    The existence of nanomaterials provides the solid platform for sensing applications due to owing of high sensitivity and a low concentration limit of detection. More likely used nanomaterials for sensing applications includes gold nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, magnetic nanoparticles such as Fe3O4, quantum dots and metal oxides etc. Recently nanomaterial and biological detection becomes an interdisciplinary field and is very much focussed by the researchers. Among metal oxides ZnO is largely considered due to its less toxic nature, biocompatible, cheap and easy to synthesis. ZnO nanomaterial is highly used for the chemical sensing, especially electrochemical sensing due to its fascinating properties such as high surface to volume ratio, atoxic, biosafe and biocompatible. Moreover, ZnO nanostructures exhibit unique features which could expose a suitable nanoenviroment for the immobilization of proteineous material such as enzymes, DNA, antibodies, etc. and in doing so it retains the biological efficiency of the immobilized bio sensitive material. The following review describes the two different coatings (i.e., ionophore and enzyme) on the surface of ZnO nanorods for the chemical sensing of zinc ion detection, thallium (I) ion detection, and L-lactic acid and the measurement of galactose molecules. ZnO nanorods provide the excellent transducing properties in the generation of strong electrical signals. Moreover, this review is very much focused on the applications of ZnO nanostructures in the sensing field. PMID:25924295

  20. Multiscaled hierarchical nanostructures for enhancing the conversion efficiency of crystalline silicon solar cells

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    Liu, Bingfa; Qiu, Shenyu; Hu, Ruiyi; Liao, Yuanbin; Chen, Nan; Du, Guoping

    2012-10-01

    High-performance antireflection structure is critical for enhancing the conversion efficiency of solar cells. One of the most effective antireflection techniques for solar cells is the introduction of nanostructures to the cells. In this work, we prepared multiscaled hierarchical Er-doped ZnO nanostructures on the plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposited silicon nitride-coated texturized single crystalline silicon solar cells for antireflection. The multiscaled hierarchical Er-doped ZnO nanostructures were needle-like nanotip arrays, and they were grown using the hydrothermal method. The dependence of microstructure and antireflection performance of the multiscaled hierarchical Er-doped ZnO nanostructures on the growth time were studied. It was shown that longer growth time resulted in greater length and diameter for the Er-doped ZnO nanostructures. For longer growth time, the needle-like tips of the multiscaled hierarchical Er-doped ZnO nanostructures were found to transform to flat tops, which greatly degraded their antireflection performance. An optimal growth time for the multiscaled hierarchical Er-doped ZnO nanostructures was determined, and a large enhancement in the photovoltaic performance of sc-Si solar cells was resulted.

  1. MOCVD growth of magnesium zinc oxide films and nanostructures for photovoltaics

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    Duan, Ziqing

    MgxZn1-xO, which is formed by alloying ZnO with MgO, has been developed as a promising window layer in chalcopyrite thin film solar cells and hybrid polymer solar cells for enhanced open-circuit voltage and solar conversion efficiency because of its bandgap tunability. The surface morphology of MgxZn1-xO layers in those photovoltaic applications plays important roles on the performances of solar cells. Two-dimensional (2-D) dense and smooth film is preferred in the inorganic p-n junction solar cells while one-dimensional (1-D) nanostructures are favorable for the hybrid polymer solar cells. In this dissertation, metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) is used to grow both of MgxZn1-xO polycrystalline 2-D films and single crystalline 1-D nanostructures for solar cells. A low-temperature (~250°C) ZnO buffer layer, followed by the high-temperature (~500°C) growth of MgxZn1-xO, is found to be beneficial for the formation of a 2-D dense and smooth film. On the other hand, a high-temperature (~520°C) ZnO buffer layer followed by a high temperature (530°C-560°C) growth of MgxZn1-xO is needed to grow the 1-D Mg xZn1-xO (0≤x≤0.15) nanostructures on Si. For the first time, 1-D MgxZn1-xO nanostructures (0≤x≤0.1) are sequentially grown on a Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) 2-D film to form the 3-D photoelectrode, which is used to fabricate the P3HT-MgxZn1-xO hybride solar cells. The preliminary testing results of solar cells show that Mg xZn1-xO is promising to be used in hybrid polymer solar cells for the enhancement of open circuit voltage (VOC). MgxZn1-xO (0≤x≤0.1) polycrystalline films are used in Cu2O-MgxZn1-x O heterojunction solar cells. The current density-voltage (J-V) measurements of solar cells under illumination show that VOC, shunt resistance Rsh and the solar conversion efficiency η are improved with increasing of Mg% until 10%. A relatively high solar conversion efficiency, η AM1.5 = 0.71 % with a short circuit current JSC = 3.0 mA/cm 2 and VOC

  2. Gas-phase supersaturation effects on morphology properties of ZnO nano and microstructures grown by PVT

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    Montenegro, D. N.; Martínez Tomas, M. C.; Muñoz Sanjosé, V.; Sallet, V.

    2016-02-01

    A systematic study of the morphology evolution of ZnO nanostructures grown by physical vapour transport was carried out. The evolution of the shape with the growth time is shown to depend on the different gas-phase supersaturation and temperature conditions encountered in the crystallization zone of the tube furnace. The observed morphology transitions are discussed, and a growth model for ZnO nanostructures is given.

  3. Assembly of one dimensional inorganic nanostructures into functional 2D and 3D architectures. Synthesis, arrangement and functionality.

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    Joshi, Ravi K; Schneider, Jörg J

    2012-08-01

    This review will focus on the synthesis, arrangement, structural assembly, for current and future applications, of 1D nanomaterials (tubes, wires, rods) in 2D and 3D ordered arrangements. The ability to synthesize and arrange one dimensional nanomaterials into ordered 2D or 3D micro or macro sized structures is of utmost importance in developing new devices and applications of these materials. Micro and macro sized architectures based on such 1D nanomaterials (e.g. tubes, wires, rods) provide a platform to integrate nanostructures at a larger and thus manageable scale into high performance electronic devices like field effect transistors, as chemo- and biosensors, catalysts, or in energy material applications. Carbon based, metal oxide and metal based 1D arranged materials as well as hybrid or composite 1D materials of the latter provide a broad materials platform, offering a perspective for new entries into fascinating structures and future applications of such assembled architectures. These architectures allow bridging the gap between 1D nanostructures and the micro and macro world and are the basis for an assembly of 1D materials into higher hierarchy domains. This critical review is intended to provide an interesting starting point to view the current state of the art and show perspectives for future developments in this field. The emphasis is on selected nanomaterials and the possibilities for building three dimensional arrays starting from one dimensional building blocks. Carbon nanotubes, metal oxide nanotubes and nanowires (e.g. ZnO, TiO(2), V(2)O(5), Cu(2)O, NiO, Fe(2)O(3)), silicon and germanium nanowires, and group III-V or II-VI based 1D semiconductor nanostructures like GaS and GaN, pure metals as well as 1D hybrid materials and their higher organized architectures (foremost in 3D) will be focussed. These materials have been the most intensively studied within the last 5-10 years with respect to nano-micro integration aspects and their functional and

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

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    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. PMID:27552423

  5. Pulsed laser deposition and characterization of ZnO nanopores

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    Ghosh, Poulami; Sharma, Ashwini K.

    2016-04-01

    We report on the deposition and characterization of ZnO nanopore structures by pulsed laser deposition technique at a fixed substrate temperature and at different deposition times on a silicon (100) substrate. X-ray diffraction shows that ZnO nanopore structures are highly oriented along c-axis. Morphological analysis of the nanostructures studied by FESEM and AFM confirms the pores nature of the structures. The morphological evolution of the nanostructures as a function of deposition time is discussed on the basis of Stranski-Krastanov growth model. Optical properties of the nanostructures studied by photoluminescence spectra indicate that the observed transitions are from near band edge as well as from defect-related states.

  6. Controllable Growth of Ultrathin P-doped ZnO Nanosheets

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    Zhu, Yuankun; Yang, Hengyan; Sun, Feng; Wang, Xianying

    2016-04-01

    Ultrathin phosphor (P)-doped ZnO nanosheets with branched nanowires were controllably synthesized, and the effects of oxygen and phosphor doping on the structural and optical properties were systematically studied. The grown ZnO nanosheet exhibits an ultrathin nanoribbon backbone with one-side-aligned nanoteeth. For the growth of ultrathin ZnO nanosheets, both oxygen flow rate and P doping are essential, by which the morphologies and microstructures can be finely tuned. P doping induces strain relaxation to change the growth direction of ZnO nanoribbons, and oxygen flow rate promotes the high supersaturation degree to facilitate the growth of nanoteeth and widens the nanoribbons. The growth of P-doped ZnO in this work provides a new progress towards the rational control of the morphologies for ZnO nanostructures.

  7. Controllable Growth of Ultrathin P-doped ZnO Nanosheets.

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    Zhu, Yuankun; Yang, Hengyan; Sun, Feng; Wang, Xianying

    2016-12-01

    Ultrathin phosphor (P)-doped ZnO nanosheets with branched nanowires were controllably synthesized, and the effects of oxygen and phosphor doping on the structural and optical properties were systematically studied. The grown ZnO nanosheet exhibits an ultrathin nanoribbon backbone with one-side-aligned nanoteeth. For the growth of ultrathin ZnO nanosheets, both oxygen flow rate and P doping are essential, by which the morphologies and microstructures can be finely tuned. P doping induces strain relaxation to change the growth direction of ZnO nanoribbons, and oxygen flow rate promotes the high supersaturation degree to facilitate the growth of nanoteeth and widens the nanoribbons. The growth of P-doped ZnO in this work provides a new progress towards the rational control of the morphologies for ZnO nanostructures. PMID:27033851

  8. Synthesis and photoluminescence properties of aligned Zn{sub 2}GeO{sub 4} coated ZnO nanorods and Ge doped ZnO nanocombs

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    Su Yong; Meng Xia Chen Yiqing; Li Sen; Zhou Qingtao; Liang Xuemei; Feng Yi

    2008-07-01

    Aligned Zn{sub 2}GeO{sub 4} coated ZnO nanorods and Ge doped ZnO nanocombs were synthesized on a silicon substrate by a simple thermal evaporation method. The structure and morphology of the as-synthesized nanostructure were characterized using scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The growth of aligned Zn{sub 2}GeO{sub 4} coated ZnO nanorods and Ge doped ZnO nanocombs follows a vapor-solid (VS) process. Photoluminescence properties were also investigated at room temperature. The photoluminescence spectrum reveals the nanostructures have a sharp ultraviolet luminescence peak centered at 382 nm and a broad green luminescence peak centered at about 494 nm.

  9. Growth of catalyst-free high-quality ZnO nanowires by thermal evaporation under air ambient

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    2012-01-01

    ZnO nanowires have been successfully fabricated on Si substrate by simple thermal evaporation of Zn powder under air ambient without any catalyst. Morphology and structure analyses indicated that ZnO nanowires had high purity and perfect crystallinity. The diameter of ZnO nanowires was 40 to 100 nm, and the length was about several tens of micrometers. The prepared ZnO nanowires exhibited a hexagonal wurtzite crystal structure. The growth of the ZnO nanostructure was explained by the vapor-solid mechanism. The simplicity, low cost and fewer necessary apparatuses of the process would suit the high-throughput fabrication of ZnO nanowires. The ZnO nanowires fabricated on Si substrate are compatible with state-of-the-art semiconductor industry. They are expected to have potential applications in functional nanodevices. PMID:22502639

  10. Electronic nose based on multipatterns of ZnO nanorods on a quartz resonator with remote electrodes.

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    Ko, Wooree; Jung, Namchul; Lee, Moonchan; Yun, Minhyuk; Jeon, Sangmin

    2013-08-27

    An electrodeless monolithic multichannel quartz crystal microbalance (MQCM) sensor was developed via the direct growth of ZnO nanorod patterns of various sizes onto an electrodeless quartz crystal plate. The patterned ZnO nanorods acted as independent resonators with different frequencies upon exposure to an electric field. The added mass of ZnO nanostructures was found to significantly enhance the quality factor (QF) of the resonator in electrodeless QCM configuration. The QF increased with the length of the ZnO nanorods; ZnO nanorods 5 μm in length yielded a 7-fold higher QF compared to the QF of a quartz plate without ZnO nanorods. In addition, the ZnO nanorods offered enhanced sensitivity due to the enlarged sensing area. The developed sensor was used as an electronic nose for detection of vapor mixtures with impurities. PMID:23883314

  11. Aqueous chemical growth of free standing vertical ZnO nanoprisms, nanorods and nanodiskettes with improved texture co-efficient and tunable size uniformity

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    Ram, S. D. Gopal; Ravi, G.; Athimoolam, A.; Mahalingam, T.; Kulandainathan, M. Anbu

    2011-12-01

    Tuning the morphology, size and aspect ratio of free standing ZnO nanostructured arrays by a simple hydrothermal method is reported. Pre-coated ZnO seed layers of two different thicknesses (≈350 nm or 550 nm) were used as substrates to grow ZnO nanostructures for the study. Various parameters such as chemical ambience, pH of the solution, strength of the Zn2+ atoms and thickness of seed bed are varied to analyze their effects on the resultant ZnO nanostructures. Vertically oriented hexagonal nanorods, multi-angular nanorods, hexagonal diskette and popcorn-like nanostructures are obtained by altering the experimental parameters. All the produced nanostructures were analysed by X-ray powder diffraction analysis and found to be grown in the (002) orientation of wurtzite ZnO. The texture co-efficient of ZnO layer was improved by combining a thick seed layer with higher cationic strength. Surface morphological studies reveal various nanostructures such as nanorods, diskettes and popcorn-like structures based on various preparation conditions. The optical property of the closest packed nanorods array was recorded by UV-VIS spectrometry, and the band gap value simulated from the results reflect the near characteristic band gap of ZnO. The surface roughness profile taken from the Atomic Force Microscopy reveals a roughness of less than 320 nm.

  12. Morphologically manipulated Ag/ZnO nanostructures as surface enhanced Raman scattering probes for explosives detection

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    Shaik, Ummar Pasha; Hamad, Syed; Ahamad Mohiddon, Md.; Soma, Venugopal Rao; Ghanashyam Krishna, M.

    2016-03-01

    The detection of secondary explosive molecules (e.g., ANTA, FOX-7, and CL-20) using Ag decorated ZnO nanostructures as surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) probes is demonstrated. ZnO nanostructures were grown on borosilicate glass substrates by rapid thermal oxidation of metallic Zn films at 500 °C. The oxide nanostructures, including nanosheets and nanowires, emerged over the surface of the Zn film leaving behind the metal residue. We demonstrate that SERS measurements with concentrations as low as 10 μM, of the three explosive molecules ANTA, FOX-7, and CL-20 over ZnO/Ag nanostructures, resulted in enhancement factors of ˜107, ˜107, and ˜104, respectively. These measurements validate the high sensitivity of detection of explosive molecules using Ag decorated ZnO nanostructures as SERS substrates. The Zn metal residue and conditions of annealing play an important role in determining the detection sensitivity.

  13. Well-ordered ZnO nanotube arrays and networks grown by atomic layer deposition

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    Zhang, Yijun; Liu, Ming; Ren, Wei; Ye, Zuo-Guang

    2015-06-01

    Semiconductor ZnO, possessing a large exciton binding energy and wide band gap, has received a great deal of attention because it shows great potential for applications in optoelectronics. Precisely controlling the growth of three-dimensional ZnO nanotube structures with a uniform morphology constitutes an important step forward toward integrating ZnO nanostructures into microelectronic devices. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique, featured with self-limiting surface reactions, is an ideal approach to the fabrication of ZnO nanostructures, because it allows for accurate control of the thickness at atomic level and conformal coverage in complex 3D structures. In this work, well-ordered ZnO nanotube arrays and networks are prepared by ALD. The morphology, crystallinity and wall thickness of these nanotube structures are examined for different growth conditions. The microstructure of the ZnO nanotubes is investigated by transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The high aspect ratio of ZnO nanotubes provides a large specific area which could enhance the kinetics of chemical reactions taking place between the ZnO and its surroundings, making the potential devices more efficient and compact.

  14. Visible WGM emissions from rare earth ion doped ZnO microspheres

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    K, Fabitha; Rao, M. S. Ramachandra

    ZnO is known to be an ideal candidate for short wavelength range opto-electronic device applications due to its wide and direct bandgap (3.37 eV) and high excitonic binding energy (60 meV). Apart from the UV emission at ~380 nm (free exciton emission) ZnO also possesses a broad emission band centered at ~530 nm which is expected to be originated from the oxygen vacancy (Vo) defects. In rare earth (RE) ion doped ZnO, emissions originate from the 4f levels of RE ions will be obtained in addition to the characteristic emissions of ZnO. Small micro/nanostructures made of ZnO with high crystalline quality show unique characteristics in light emission, especially in lasing applications. A micro/ nanostructured ZnO crystal generally has a wurtzite structure with a natural hexagonal cross section, which serves as a WGM lasing micro cavity owing to its high reflective index (~2). However, there exists a potential optical loss at corners of hexagons; therefore, an isotropic structure like spheres may be a better candidate to achieve efficient light confinement. In our work, highly smooth micro spheres with different diameters were grown. Raman spectroscopy measurements confirm the hexagonal wurtzite structure of ZnO, SEM and AFM studies shows the smooth surfaced spheres. WGM lasing characteristics of ZnO spheres have been investigated using optical pumping with 488 nm laser in a micro-PL system. Details of the results will be presented.

  15. pH effect on structural and optical properties of nanostructured zinc oxide thin films

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    Munef, R. A.

    2015-03-30

    ZnO nanostructures were Deposited on Objekttrager glasses for various pH values by chemical bath deposition method using Zn (NO3)2·6H2O (zinc nitrate hexahydrate) solution at 75°C reaction temperature without any posterior treatments. The ZnO nanostructures obtained were characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD, UV). The structure was hexagonal and it was found that some peaks disappear with various pH values. The grain sizes of ZnO films increases from 22-to-29nm with increasing pH. The transmission of the films was (85-95%)

  16. Comparative study of ZnO nanorods and thin films for chemical and biosensing applications and the development of ZnO nanorods based potentiometric strontium ion sensor

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    Khun, K.; Ibupoto, Z. H.; Chey, C. O.; Lu, Jun.; Nur, O.; Willander, M.

    2013-03-01

    In this study, the comparative study of ZnO nanorods and ZnO thin films were performed regarding the chemical and biosensing properties and also ZnO nanorods based strontium ion sensor is proposed. ZnO nanorods were grown on gold coated glass substrates by the hydrothermal growth method and the ZnO thin films were deposited by electro deposition technique. ZnO nanorods and thin films were characterised by field emission electron microscopy [FESEM] and X-ray diffraction [XRD] techniques and this study has shown that the grown nanostructures are highly dense, uniform and exhibited good crystal quality. Moreover, transmission electron microscopy [TEM] was used to investigate the quality of ZnO thin film and we observed that ZnO thin film was comprised of nano clusters. ZnO nanorods and thin films were functionalised with selective strontium ionophore salicylaldehyde thiosemicarbazone [ST] membrane, galactose oxidase, and lactate oxidase for the detection of strontium ion, galactose and L-lactic acid, respectively. The electrochemical response of both ZnO nanorods and thin films sensor devices was measured by using the potentiometric method. The strontium ion sensor has exhibited good characteristics with a sensitivity of 28.65 ± 0.52 mV/decade, for a wide range of concentrations from 1.00 × 10-6 to 5.00 × 10-2 M, selectivity, reproducibility, stability and fast response time of 10.00 s. The proposed strontium ion sensor was used as indicator electrode in the potentiometric titration of strontium ion versus ethylenediamine tetra acetic acid [EDTA]. This comparative study has shown that ZnO nanorods possessed better performance with high sensitivity and low limit of detection due to high surface area to volume ratio as compared to the flat surface of ZnO thin films.

  17. Self-assembly of ZnO nanosheets into nanoflowers at room temperature

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    Zhao Wei; Song Xinyu Yin Zhilei; Fan Chunhua; Chen Guozhu; Sun Sixiu

    2008-11-03

    A singularity flower-like ZnO nanostructure was prepared on a large scale through a very simple solution method at room temperature and under ambient pressure in a very short time. The flower-like ZnO nanostructures were self-assembled by thin and uniform nanosheets, with a thickness of around 5 nm. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) were used to characterize the structure and morphology. The possible growth mechanism was discussed based on the reaction process. The blue shift in the UV-vis spectra of the ZnO nanostructures was also observed.

  18. Hydrogen Gas Sensors Based on Semiconductor Oxide Nanostructures

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    Gu, Haoshuang; Wang, Zhao; Hu, Yongming

    2012-01-01

    Recently, the hydrogen gas sensing properties of semiconductor oxide (SMO) nanostructures have been widely investigated. In this article, we provide a comprehensive review of the research progress in the last five years concerning hydrogen gas sensors based on SMO thin film and one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures. The hydrogen sensing mechanism of SMO nanostructures and some critical issues are discussed. Doping, noble metal-decoration, heterojunctions and size reduction have been investigated and proved to be effective methods for improving the sensing performance of SMO thin films and 1D nanostructures. The effect on the hydrogen response of SMO thin films and 1D nanostructures of grain boundary and crystal orientation, as well as the sensor architecture, including electrode size and nanojunctions have also been studied. Finally, we also discuss some challenges for the future applications of SMO nanostructured hydrogen sensors. PMID:22778599

  19. Complex ZnO nanotree arrays with tunable top, stem and branch structures

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    ZhaoThese Authors Contributed Equally To This Work., Fenghua; Zheng, Jian-Guo; Yang, Xianfeng; Li, Xiuyan; Wang, Jing; Zhao, Fuli; Wong, Kam Sing; Liang, Chaolun; Wu, Mingmei

    2010-09-01

    Hierarchical tree-, mushroom- and cockscomb-like ZnO arrays with increasing branching order and complexities have been grown in situ on cheap zinc plates by a simple hydrothermal oxidation approach. Their morphology, crystal structure and orientation relationship are characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and cross-sectional high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The wurtzite ZnO arrays, growing mainly in the [0001] direction, show a special orientation relationship between the stem and the branch as well as a novel stem-branch boundary which might be attributed to the least mismatch between {101&cmb.macr;1} and (0002) lattice planes. The co-solvent ethylenediamine (en) was used to control the morphology and complexing of these complex ZnO nanostructures. Correspondingly, the physical properties of ZnO nanostructure assembly arrays were tuned and a stronger UV emission was observed with negligible emissions in the visible range, indicating the highly crystalline features of the complex ZnO micro-/nanostructured materials.Hierarchical tree-, mushroom- and cockscomb-like ZnO arrays with increasing branching order and complexities have been grown in situ on cheap zinc plates by a simple hydrothermal oxidation approach. Their morphology, crystal structure and orientation relationship are characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and cross-sectional high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The wurtzite ZnO arrays, growing mainly in the [0001] direction, show a special orientation relationship between the stem and the branch as well as a novel stem-branch boundary which might be attributed to the least mismatch between {101&cmb.macr;1} and (0002) lattice planes. The co-solvent ethylenediamine (en) was used to control the morphology and complexing of these complex ZnO nanostructures. Correspondingly, the physical properties of ZnO nanostructure assembly arrays

  20. Fast and enhanced broadband photoresponse of a ZnO nanowire array/reduced graphene oxide film hybrid photodetector from the visible to the near-infrared range.

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    Liu, Hao; Sun, Qi; Xing, Jie; Zheng, Zhiyuan; Zhang, Zhili; Lü, Zhiqing; Zhao, Kun

    2015-04-01

    In the present work, a ZnO nanowire array/reduced graphene oxide film hybrid nanostructure was realized, and the photovoltaic responses from the visible to the near-infrared range were investigated. Compared with the pure ZnO nanowire array and rGO thin film, the hybrid composite exhibited a fast and greatly enhanced broadband photovoltaic response that resulted from the formation of interfacial Schottky junctions between ZnO and rGO. PMID:25768384

  1. Hydrothermal Synthesis and Acetylene Sensing Properties of Variety Low Dimensional Zinc Oxide Nanostructures

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    Chen, Weigen; Peng, Shudi; Zeng, Wen

    2014-01-01

    Various morphologies of low dimensional ZnO nanostructures, including spheres, rods, sheets, and wires, were successfully synthesized using a simple and facile hydrothermal method assisted with different surfactants. Zinc acetate dihydrate was chosen as the precursors of ZnO nanostructures. We found that polyethylene glycol (PEG), polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), glycine, and ethylene glycol (EG) play critical roles in the morphologies and microstructures of the synthesized nanostructures, and a series of possible growth processes were discussed in detail. Gas sensors were fabricated using screen-printing technology, and their sensing properties towards acetylene gas (C2H2), one of the most important arc discharge characteristic gases dissolved in oil-filled power equipments, were systematically measured. The ZnO nanowires based sensor exhibits excellent C2H2 sensing behaviors than those of ZnO nanosheets, nanorods, and nanospheres, indicating a feasible way to develop high-performance C2H2 gas sensor for practical application. PMID:24672324

  2. Ultraviolet-enhanced room-temperature gas sensing by using floccule-like zinc oxide nanostructures

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    Ho, Yu-Hsuan; Huang, Wen-Sheng; Chang, Hao-Chun; Wei, Pei-Kuen; Sheen, Horn-Jiunn; Tian, Wei-Cheng

    2015-05-01

    The self-aggregation of floccule-like ZnO nanostructures that were shaped by an anodic aluminum oxidation (AAO) template to improve photoactivation and sensing performance was demonstrated. Because of differences in the surface energy between the densely distributed nanopores of AAO templates, sputtered ZnO materials were located in constricted regions and aggregated into roughened nanostructures with a high surface-to-volume ratio. Because of the generation of oxygen ions by ultraviolet illumination, the room-temperature-sensing responses showed a high degree of linearity with a resistance variation of 1.758% per 100 ppm of octane gas. The optimized sensing performance of the self-organized ZnO nanostructures was increased and was 15.4 times higher than that of an unpatterned ZnO thin film.

  3. Superhydrophilic nanostructure

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    Mao, Samuel S; Zormpa, Vasileia; Chen, Xiaobo

    2015-05-12

    An embodiment of a superhydrophilic nanostructure includes nanoparticles. The nanoparticles are formed into porous clusters. The porous clusters are formed into aggregate clusters. An embodiment of an article of manufacture includes the superhydrophilic nanostructure on a substrate. An embodiment of a method of fabricating a superhydrophilic nanostructure includes applying a solution that includes nanoparticles to a substrate. The substrate is heated to form aggregate clusters of porous clusters of the nanoparticles.

  4. Low-temperature growth of well-aligned ZnO nanorods/nanowires on flexible graphite sheet and their photoluminescence properties

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    Zhong, Guo; Kalam, Abul; Al-Shihri, Ayed Sad; Su, Qingmei; Li, Jie; Du, Gaohui

    2012-06-15

    Highlights: ► Well-aligned ZnO nanostructures were grown on flexible graphite sheets at 500–650 °C. ► ZnO nanostructures are formed via self-catalytic vapor–solid process assisted by immiscibility of ZnO with graphite. ► The ZnO nanostructures show intensive green emission. ► The photoluminescence property can be easily tuned by changing growth condition or annealing treatment. -- Abstract: We have grown large-scale well-aligned ZnO nanorods/nanowires on commercial flexible graphite sheet (FGS) at low temperature via chemical vapor deposition method. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The effects of the growth temperature and oxygen flow rate on the morphology of ZnO nanostructures have been investigated. The growth mechanism of ZnO is found to be a self-catalytic vapor–solid process assisted by the immiscibility of ZnO with graphite. The as-grown ZnO/FGS products show strong green emission and their photoluminescence properties can be tuned by changing growth condition or annealing treatment.

  5. Reliable thermal processing of organic perovskite films deposited on ZnO

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    Zakhidov, Alex; Manspeaker, Chris; Lyashenko, Dmitry; Alex Zakhidov Team

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a promising semiconducting material to serve as an electron transport layer (ETL) for solar cell devices based on organo-halide lead perovskites. ZnO ETL for perovskite photovoltaics has a combination of attractive electronic and optical properties: i) the electron affinity of ZnO is well aligned with valence band edge of the CH3NH3PbI3, ii) electron mobility of ZnO is >1 cm2/(Vs), which is a few orders of magnitude higher than that of TiO2 (another popular choice of ETL for perovskite photovoltaic devices), and iii) ZnO has a large of band gap of 3.3 eV, which ensures optical transparency and large barrier for the hole injection. Moreover, ZnO nanostructures can be printed on flexible substrates at room temperatures in cost effective manner. However, it was recently found that organic perovskites deposited on ZnO are unstable and readily decompose at >90°C. In this work, we further investigate the mechanism of decomposition of CH3NH3PbI3 film deposited on ZnO and reveal the role of the solvent in the film during the annealing process. We also develop a restricted volume solvent annealing (RVSA) process for post annealing of the perovskite film on ZnO without decomposition. We demonstrate that RVSA enables reliable perovskite solar cell fabrication.

  6. Highly Sensitive and Selective Ethanol Sensor Fabricated with In-Doped 3DOM ZnO.

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    Wang, Zhihua; Tian, Ziwei; Han, Dongmei; Gu, Fubo

    2016-03-01

    ZnO is an important n-type semiconductor sensing material. Currently, much attention has been attracted to finding an effective method to prepare ZnO nanomaterials with high sensing sensitivity and excellent selectivity. A three-dimensionally ordered macroporous (3DOM) ZnO nanostructure with a large surface area is beneficial to gas and electron transfer, which can enhance the gas sensitivity of ZnO. Indium (In) doping is an effective way to improve the sensing properties of ZnO. In this paper, In-doped 3DOM ZnO with enhanced sensitivity and selectivity has been synthesized by using a colloidal crystal templating method. The 3DOM ZnO with 5 at. % of In-doping exhibits the highest sensitivity (∼88) to 100 ppm ethanol at 250 °C, which is approximately 3 times higher than that of pure 3DOM ZnO. The huge improvement to the sensitivity to ethanol was attributed to the increase in the surface area and the electron carrier concentration. The doping by In introduces more electrons into the matrix, which is helpful for increasing the amount of adsorbed oxygen, leading to high sensitivity. The In-doped 3DOM ZnO is a promising material for a new type of ethanol sensor. PMID:26844815

  7. Investigation of sol-gel yttrium doped ZnO thin films: structural and optical properties

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    Ivanova, T.; Harizanova, A.; Koutzarova, T.; Vertruyen, B.

    2016-02-01

    Nanostructured metal oxide films are extensively studied due to their numerous applications such as optoelectronic devices, sensors. In this work, we report the Y-Zn-O nanostructured films prepared by sol-gel technology from sols with different concentration of yttrium precursor, followed by post-annealing treatment. The Y doped ZnO thin films have been deposited on Si and quartz substrates by spin coating method, then treated at temperatures ranging from 300-800oC. XRD analysis reveals modification of the film structure and phases in the doped ZnO films.

  8. Fabrication of tunable hydrophobic surface of ZnO nanorods with Cu doping

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    Chakraborty, Mohua; Thangavel, R.

    2015-08-28

    In this work, tunable wettability of the Zinc Oxide (ZnO) nanorod surface with Cu doping prepared by a hydrothermal method. These grown samples were characterized by XRD, FESEM, AFM and water contact angle measurements. The wettability of the ZnO nanorods surface area was controlled and tuned by different concentration of copper doping. It was found that the hydrophobic surface of doped ZnO Nanorods shows a maximum and minimum contact angle of about 156.60° and 136.36° was achieved with doping concentration of 10 and 20 M % respectively. Further, the surface properties such as surface energy and work of adhesion were calculated for undoped and Cu doped ZnO nanostructure surfaces. These nanosructures can be potentially applicable to enlarge time honoured application of ZnO based electronic devices.

  9. Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Combining ZnO Nanotip Arrays and Nonliquid Gel Electrolytes

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    Chen, Hanhong; Duan, Ziqing; Lu, Yicheng; Du Pasquier, Aurelien

    2009-08-01

    We present a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) using a nanostructured ZnO photoelectrode and a gel electrolyte. The photoelectrode consists of well-aligned ZnO nanotips on a Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) transparent conducting film. The GZO film (400 nm, sheet resistance ~25 Ω/sq, transmittance over 85% in the visible wavelength) and ZnO nanotips (3.2 μm length) are sequentially grown on a glass substrate using metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. The ZnO photoelectrode is sensitized with dye N719 and impregnated with N-methyl pyrolidinone (NMP) gelled with poly(vinyl-difluoroethylene-hexafluoropropylene) copolymer (PVDF-HFP). The cell exhibits an open-circuit voltage of 726 mV and a power conversion efficiency of 0.89% under one sun illumination. The aging testing shows that the cell using a gel electrolyte has better stability than its liquid electrolyte counterpart.

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

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

    2010-09-01

    This article presents an effective approach for patterned growth of vertically aligned ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays with high throughput and low cost at wafer scale without using cleanroom technology. Periodic hole patterns are generated using laser interference lithography on substrates coated with the photoresist SU-8. ZnO NWs are selectively grown through the holes via a low-temperature hydrothermal method without using a catalyst and with a superior control over orientation, location/density, and as-synthesized morphology. The development of textured ZnO seed layers for replacing single crystalline GaN and ZnO substrates extends the large-scale fabrication of vertically aligned ZnO NW arrays on substrates of other materials, such as polymers, Si, and glass. This combined approach demonstrates a novel method of manufacturing large-scale patterned one-dimensional nanostructures on various substrates for applications in energy harvesting, sensing, optoelectronics, and electronic devices. PMID:20681617

  11. Bio-inspired synthesis of ZnO polyhedral single crystals under eggshell membrane direction

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    Su, Huilan; Song, Fang; Dong, Qun; Li, Tuoqi; Zhang, Xin; Zhang, Di

    2011-07-01

    A simple and versatile technique was developed to prepare hierarchical ZnO single crystals by introducing eggshell membrane (ESM) to a bio-inspired approach. Based on the control of nucleation and gestation, ZnO nanocrystallites could grow at three dimensions into polyhedral single crystals through a surface sol-gel process followed by a calcination treatment. Different from traditional wet chemical techniques, our synthetic process depends more on the restrictive or directing functions of the ESM biomacromolecules. The hierarchical ZnO nanostructures doped with polyhedral single crystallites could be desirable for catalysts, photoelectrochemical devices, especially solar cells.

  12. ZnO disk-like structures and their application in dye sensitized solar cell

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    Wang, J. X.; Yang, Y.; Sun, X. W.

    2016-08-01

    Hexagonal ZnO nanodisks, nanorings and porous nanodisks were synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method. The morphologies, structure and their optical properties of the various ZnO disk-like structures were characterized and their growth mechanism was investigated. The prepared ZnO disk-like nanostructures were used in the fabrication of the dye-sensitized solar cells. Improved photovoltaic properties were achieved for the porous disk solar cells due to their special geometry enabled better light harvesting and reduced recombination.

  13. Novel Nanostructured Zinc Oxide Ammonia Gas Sensor

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    Kumari, Surbhi; Sahare, P. D.; Gupta, Meenakshi; Kapoor, J. C.

    2011-12-01

    In the present study, we report a novel and easy technique to synthesize a ZnO nanostructured porous network using activated carbon (AC) that is used as a sensor material for an interacting gas at room temperature. The formation of the material was confirmed by XRD and HRTEM image. The porous nature of the synthesized ZnO could be used to incorporate a laser dyes into it which makes it more fluorescent material. Broad absorption/excitation band(s) in laser dye (Stilbene) helps to get it excited over a range and broad fluorescent emission that enhances the sensitivity on integration. The changes in the intensities of the absorption/emission spectra of sensitized ZnO on interaction with gas molecules could be used to fabricate a gas sensor working at room temperature.

  14. Vertically Aligned ZnO Nanorods: Effect of Synthesis Parameters.

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    Rehman, Zeeshan Ur; Heo, Si-Nae; Cho, Hyeon Ji; Koo, Bon Heun

    2016-06-01

    This report is devoted to the synthesis of high quality nanorods using spin coating technique for seed layer growth. Effect of different parameter i.e., spins coating counts, spin coating speed, and the effect of temperature during the drying process was analyzed. Hot plate and furnace technique was used for heating purpose and the difference in the morphology was carefully observed. It is worthy to mention here that there is a substantial effect of all the above mentioned parameters on the growth and morphology of the ZnO nanostructure. The ZnO nanorods were finally synthesized using wet chemical method. The morphological properties of the obtained nanostructures were analyzed by using FESEM technique. PMID:27427752

  15. One-Dimensional Oxide Nanostructures as Gas-Sensing Materials: Review and Issues

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    Choi, Kyoung Jin; Jang, Ho Won

    2010-01-01

    In this article, we review gas sensor application of one-dimensional (1D) metal-oxide nanostructures with major emphases on the types of device structure and issues for realizing practical sensors. One of the most important steps in fabricating 1D-nanostructure devices is manipulation and making electrical contacts of the nanostructures. Gas sensors based on individual 1D nanostructure, which were usually fabricated using electron-beam lithography, have been a platform technology for fundamental research. Recently, gas sensors with practical applicability were proposed, which were fabricated with an array of 1D nanostructures using scalable micro-fabrication tools. In the second part of the paper, some critical issues are pointed out including long-term stability, gas selectivity, and room-temperature operation of 1D-nanostructure-based metal-oxide gas sensors. PMID:22319343

  16. Functional zinc oxide nanostructures for electronic and energy applications

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    Prasad, Abhishek

    ZnO has proven to be a multifunctional material with important nanotechnological applications. ZnO nanostructures can be grown in various forms such as nanowires, nanorods, nanobelts, nanocombs etc. In this work, ZnO nanostructures are grown in a double quartz tube configuration thermal Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) system. We focus on functionalized ZnO Nanostructures by controlling their structures and tuning their properties for various applications. The following topics have been investigated: (1) We have fabricated various ZnO nanostructures using a thermal CVD technique. The growth parameters were optimized and studied for different nanostructures. (2) We have studied the application of ZnO nanowires (ZnONWs) for field effect transistors (FETs). Unintentional n-type conductivity was observed in our FETs based on as-grown ZnO NWs. We have then shown for the first time that controlled incorporation of hydrogen into ZnO NWs can introduce p-type characters to the nanowires. We further found that the n-type behaviors remained, leading to the ambipolar behaviors of hydrogen incorporated ZnO NWs. Importantly, the detected p- and n- type behaviors are stable for longer than two years when devices were kept in ambient conditions. All these can be explained by an ab initio model of Zn vacancy-Hydrogen complexes, which can serve as the donor, acceptors, or green photoluminescence quencher, depend on the number of hydrogen atoms involved. (3) Next ZnONWs were tested for electron field emission. We focus on reducing the threshold field (Eth) of field emission from non-aligned ZnO NWs. As encouraged by our results on enhancing the conductivity of ZnO NWs by hydrogen annealing described in Chapter 3, we have studied the effect of hydrogen annealing for improving field emission behavior of our ZnO NWs. We found that optimally annealed ZnO NWs offered much lower threshold electric field and improved emission stability. We also studied field emission from ZnO NWs at moderate

  17. Arrays of nanorods composed of ZnO nanodots exhibiting enhanced UV emission and stability

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    Yin, Y.; Sun, Y.; Yu, M.; Liu, X.; Yang, B.; Liu, D.; Liu, S.; Cao, W.; Ashfold, Michael N. R.

    2014-08-01

    A novel one-step coating and assembly approach for fabricating well-defined ZnO nanodot/SiO2 nanorod arrays by hydrolysis-recrystallization growth from 1-D ZnO nanorods is described. The resultant composite nanorod arrays exhibit much enhanced UV emission efficiencies and excellent stability, and thus offer particular promise for application in UV emission devices operating in harsh environments.A novel one-step coating and assembly approach for fabricating well-defined ZnO nanodot/SiO2 nanorod arrays by hydrolysis-recrystallization growth from 1-D ZnO nanorods is described. The resultant composite nanorod arrays exhibit much enhanced UV emission efficiencies and excellent stability, and thus offer particular promise for application in UV emission devices operating in harsh environments. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Suggested reaction scheme for the chemical processes occurring in this work; TEM images of ZnO NRs treated with 50 μL of TEOS; the diameter distribution of the ZnO NDs inside the ZnO/SiO2 NRs; PL spectra of as-grown ZnO NRs and of NRs after O2 and Ar plasma treatment; PL spectra of as-grown ZnO NRs and of NRs after annealing in O2 and in Ar; plot showing the time dependence of the relative UV emission intensity of the as-grown ZnO NRs and the TEOS-treated ZnO NRs immersed in an aqueous buffer solution at pH = 9.18; PL spectra of as-grown ZnO NRs and of the silica powders formed by hydrolysis and condensation reactions of TEOS; PL spectra of SiO2 powder after annealing in O2 at 300, 600 and 900 °C. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr01558d

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

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

    2016-02-18

    A series of ZnO-CdS-Ag2S ternary nanostructures with different amounts of Ag2S were prepared using simple and low-cost successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) and a chemical precipitation method. The ZnO nanowires, with a diameter of ∼100 nm and a length of ∼1 μm, were modified by coating CdS and Ag2S. CdS has a high absorption coefficient and can efficiently match with the energy levels of ZnO, which can enhance the light absorption ability of the nanostructures. In addition, Ag2S with a narrow band gap was used as the main light absorber and played an important role in increasing the light absorption in the visible light region. The photocatalytic activity of the ZnO-CdS-Ag2S ternary nanostructures was investigated using the degradation of methyl orange (MO) in an aqueous solution under visible light. The ZnO-CdS-Ag2S ternary nanostructures were found to be more efficient than ZnO nanowires, ZnO-CdS nanowires, and ZnO-Ag2S nanowires. There is 7.68 times more photocatalytic activity for MO degradation in terms of the rate constant for ZnO-CdS-Ag2S 15-cycle ternary nanostructure compared to the as-grown ZnO. Furthermore, the effect of the amount of Ag2S and CdS on the ZnO surface on the photocatalytic activity was analyzed. The superior photo-absorption properties and photocatalytic performance of the ZnO-CdS-Ag2S ternary nanostructures can be ascribed to the heterostructure, which enhanced the separation of the photo-induced electron-hole pairs. In addition, visible light could be absorbed by ZnO-CdS-Ag2S ternary nanostructures rather than by ZnO. PMID:26815888

  19. Solubility enhancement and epitaxial core-shell structure of Si-doped ZnO via a specific pulsed laser ablation route

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    Huang, Chang-Ning; Chen, Shuei-Yuan; Zheng, Yuyuan; Shen, Pouyan

    2015-09-01

    Wurtzite (W)-type ZnO nanocondensates and particulates with enhanced solid solubility of Si4+ and special defect nanostructures were synthesized via pulsed laser ablation of Zn2SiO4/ZnO composite target under a relatively high peak power density of 1.4 × 1012 W/cm2 in high vacuum (3.5 × 10-5 torr). The nanocondensates were either dispersed in an amorphous Zn-O-Si phase as a composite sphere up to submicrons in size or coalesced by the {}, {}, and {} facets as unity and twin. The particulates tended to have an epitaxial 1D commensurate 2× (0002) superstructure (i.e., 1 × 1 × 2 superstructure in 3D) at the edge with enhanced Si4+ doping and the amorphous phase coverage. Such W-ZnO nanocondensates and particulates have modified Raman bands and photoluminescence due to internal compressive stress and overdoped Si4+ in substitutional and/or interstitial sites coupled with charge/volume compensating defects for potential optoelectronic and optocatalytic applications.

  20. Efficient nitrogen incorporation in ZnO nanowires

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    Stehr, Jan E.; Chen, Weimin M.; Reddy, Nandanapalli Koteeswara; Tu, Charles W.; Buyanova, Irina A.

    2015-01-01

    One-dimensional ZnO nanowires (NWs) are a promising materials system for a variety of applications. Utilization of ZnO, however, requires a good understanding and control of material properties that are largely affected by intrinsic defects and contaminants. In this work we provide experimental evidence for unintentional incorporation of nitrogen in ZnO NWs grown by rapid thermal chemical vapor deposition, from electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. The incorporated nitrogen atoms are concluded to mainly reside at oxygen sites (NO). The NO centers are suggested to be located in proximity to the NW surface, based on their reduced optical ionization energy as compared with that in bulk. This implies a lower defect formation energy at the NW surface as compared with its bulk value, consistent with theoretical predictions. The revealed facilitated incorporation of nitrogen in ZnO nanostructures may be advantageous for realizing p-type conducting ZnO via N doping. The awareness of this process can also help to prevent such unintentional doping in structures with desired n-type conductivity. PMID:26299157

  1. Efficient nitrogen incorporation in ZnO nanowires

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    Stehr, Jan E.; Chen, Weimin M.; Reddy, Nandanapalli Koteeswara; Tu, Charles W.; Buyanova, Irina A.

    2015-08-01

    One-dimensional ZnO nanowires (NWs) are a promising materials system for a variety of applications. Utilization of ZnO, however, requires a good understanding and control of material properties that are largely affected by intrinsic defects and contaminants. In this work we provide experimental evidence for unintentional incorporation of nitrogen in ZnO NWs grown by rapid thermal chemical vapor deposition, from electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. The incorporated nitrogen atoms are concluded to mainly reside at oxygen sites (NO). The NO centers are suggested to be located in proximity to the NW surface, based on their reduced optical ionization energy as compared with that in bulk. This implies a lower defect formation energy at the NW surface as compared with its bulk value, consistent with theoretical predictions. The revealed facilitated incorporation of nitrogen in ZnO nanostructures may be advantageous for realizing p-type conducting ZnO via N doping. The awareness of this process can also help to prevent such unintentional doping in structures with desired n-type conductivity.

  2. Water induced protonation of amine-terminated micelles for direct syntheses of ZnO quantum dots and their cytotoxicity towards cancer

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    Zhang, Yinzhu; Wang, Huangping; Jiang, Hui; Wang, Xuemei

    2012-05-01

    This work designs a new strategy for the direct synthesis of different zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures at low temperatures. Micelles of dodecylamine (DDA) assembled in an ethanol-water system have been explored as a template to direct the growth of the ZnO nanostructures. The key species for the formation of the ZnO nanostructures, OH-, can be provided by the water-induced protonation of DDA. The pH of the reaction micro-environment can be regulated by changing the input amount of water and DDA. By controlling the reaction temperature and pH, various ZnO nanostructures, i.e. quantum dots with green or yellow-green emissions, have been prepared. The relationship of the optical properties and the synthetic conditions has been further discussed. This strategy realizes the convenient preparation of ZnO QDs, indicating the potential prospects in the nanotechnology field for their low-cost synthesis. Meanwhile, the cellular toxicity study of ZnO nanoparticles toward cancer cells, including leukemia K562 and K562/A02 cells as well as HepG2 cells, indicates a selective cytotoxic effect of ZnO QDs against a broad range of human cancer cell lines.

  3. Selective growth of ZnO nanowires on substrates patterned by photolithography and inkjet printing

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    Laurenti, M.; Verna, A.; Fontana, M.; Quaglio, M.; Porro, S.

    2014-05-01

    Zinc oxide nanowires (ZnO NWs) were grown by a two-step growth method, involving the deposition of a patterned ZnO thin seeding layer and the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of ZnO NWs. Two ways of patterning the seed layer were performed. The seeding solution containing ZnO precursors was deposited by sol-gel/spin-coating technique and patterned by photolithography. In the other case, the seeding solution was directly printed by inkjet printing only on selected portion of the substrate areas. In both cases, crystallization of the seed layer was achieved by thermal annealing in ambient air. Vertically aligned ZnO NWs were then grown by CVD on patterned, seeded substrates. The structure and morphology of ZnO NWs was analyzed by means of X-ray diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy measurements, respectively, while the vibrational properties were evaluated through Raman spectroscopy. Results showed that less-defective, vertically aligned, c-axis oriented ZnO NWs were grown on substrates patterned by photolithography while more defective nanostructures were grown on printed seed layer. A feature size of 30 µm was transferred into the patterned seed layer, and a good selectivity in growing ZnO NWs was obtained.

  4. Tunable Design of Structural Colors Produced by Pseudo-1D Photonic Crystals of Graphene Oxide.

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    Tong, Liping; Qi, Wei; Wang, Mengfan; Huang, Renliang; Su, Rongxin; He, Zhimin

    2016-07-01

    It is broadly observed that graphene oxide (GO) films appear transparent with a thickness of about several nanometers, whereas they appear dark brown or almost black with thickness of more than 1 μm. The basic color mechanism of GO film on a sub-micrometer scale, however, is not well understood. This study reports on GO pseudo-1D photonic crystals (p1D-PhCs) exhibiting tunable structural colors in the visible wavelength range owing to its 1D Bragg nanostructures. Striking structural colors of GO p1D-PhCs could be tuned by simply changing either the volume or concentration of the aqueous GO dispersion during vacuum filtration. Moreover, the quantitative relationship between thickness and reflection wavelength of GO p1D-PhCs has been revealed, thereby providing a theoretical basis to rationally design structural colors of GO p1D-PhCs. The spectral response of GO p1D-PhCs to humidity is also obtained clearly showing the wavelength shift of GO p1D-PhCs at differently relative humidity values and thus encouraging the integration of structural color printing and the humidity-responsive property of GO p1D-PhCs to develop a visible and fast-responsive anti-counterfeiting label. The results pave the way for a variety of potential applications of GO in optics, structural color printing, sensing, and anti-counterfeiting. PMID:27171200

  5. Synthesis, characterization, structural, and optical properties of zinc oxide nanostructures embedded in silicon based substrates

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    Pandey, Bimal

    Structural and optical properties of ZnO nanostructures synthesized by low energy ion implantation technique were examined. ZnO molecular ions were implanted into Si/SiO2 substrates at room temperature and then furnace annealed under different temperatures and environments. In all as-implanted samples only Zn nanostructures with varying diameters distributed into the Si/SiO2 matrices were observed. No trace of ZnO was found. The distributions of Zn nanostructures in Si/SiO2 closely matched results from Stopping and Range of Ions in Matter (SRIM) simulations. During annealing at 750 °C, Zn diffused both toward and away from the surface of the substrate and combine with oxygen to form ZnO nanostructures. At higher annealing temperatures ZnO bonding started to break down and transfer to zinc silicate (Zn2SiO4), and at 900 °C the ZnO was completely converted into Zn2SiO4. The average sizes of Zn/ZnO nanostructures depended on the ion fluence. If the fluence increased the average sizes of nanostructures also increased and vice versa. For room temperature photoluminescence (RT-PL), band-edge emission in the ultraviolet (UV) region was observed from all samples annealed at 700 °C/750 °C and were slightly blue shifted as compare to bulk ZnO. Donor-bound exciton (D,X) and acceptor-bound exciton (A,X) transitions were observed in low temperature photoluminescence (PL). The lifetime of both donor-bound excitonic emission (D, X) and acceptor-bound excitonic emission (A, X) were found to be in the picosecond (ps) range.

  6. Atomic Layer Deposition of ZnO on Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes and Its Use for Synthesis of CNT-ZnO Heterostructures.

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    Li, X L; Li, C; Zhang, Y; Chu, D P; Milne, W I; Fan, H J

    2010-01-01

    In this article, direct coating of ZnO on PECVD-grown multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) is achieved using atomic layer deposition (ALD). Transmission electron microscopy investigation shows that the deposited ZnO shell is continuous and uniform, in contrast to the previously reported particle morphology. The ZnO layer has a good crystalline quality as indicated by Raman and photoluminescence (PL) measurements. We also show that such ZnO layer can be used as seed layer for subsequent hydrothermal growth of ZnO nanorods, resulting in branched CNT-inorganic hybrid nanostructures. Potentially, this method can also apply to the fabrication of ZnO-based hybrid nanostructures on other carbon nanomaterials. PMID:21124621

  7. Atomic Layer Deposition of ZnO on Multi-walled Carbon Nanotubes and Its Use for Synthesis of CNT-ZnO Heterostructures

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    Li, X. L.; Li, C.; Zhang, Y.; Chu, D. P.; Milne, W. I.; Fan, H. J.

    2010-11-01

    In this article, direct coating of ZnO on PECVD-grown multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) is achieved using atomic layer deposition (ALD). Transmission electron microscopy investigation shows that the deposited ZnO shell is continuous and uniform, in contrast to the previously reported particle morphology. The ZnO layer has a good crystalline quality as indicated by Raman and photoluminescence (PL) measurements. We also show that such ZnO layer can be used as seed layer for subsequent hydrothermal growth of ZnO nanorods, resulting in branched CNT-inorganic hybrid nanostructures. Potentially, this method can also apply to the fabrication of ZnO-based hybrid nanostructures on other carbon nanomaterials.

  8. Electrochemical template-assisted fabrication of CdS micro/nanostructures

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    Jindal, Zinki; Verma, N. K.

    2009-10-01

    One-dimensional (1D) cadmium sulphide (CdS) nanostructures, including micro/nanorods, and nanostructures resembling flowers and cactus have been synthesized by electrochemical template deposition technique, using polycarbonate membranes, by controlling various reaction parameters. These 1D CdS nanostructures were characterized structurally through the X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies and morphologically through scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It was found that apart from the dimensions of the pores of the templates, the geometrical morphologies of the CdS 1D nanostructures were significantly influenced by the synthesizing parameters also. The optical characterization has been done by UV-visible absorption and room-temperature photoluminescence (PL) studies.

  9. A detailed approach to study the antibacterial mechanisms of nanostructure

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    Fang, Fang; Fang, Xuan; Li, Jinhua; Wei, Zhipeng; Wang, Xin; Wang, Xiaohua

    2012-03-01

    To overcome the limitations of the conventional inhibition method for mechanism study, here we developed a combined CLSM technique as an alternative approach to evaluate and explain the antibacterial process of nanostructure at single cell level. Three different nanostructures (dumbbell-shaped ZnO, rod-shaped ZnO and ZnO/Ag composites) were examined here as a model system. Their antibacterial processes against Escherichia coli (E. coli) were quantitatively studied in detail. According to the obtained time-dependent mean fluorescence intensity (MFI) decay dynamics, an interesting two-step cellular disruption process was observed and discussed for the first time. The combined CLSM technique described here is superior to standard growth method for they can provide a more detailed and reliable description of cell-nanostructure interactions.

  10. Self-assembled zinc oxide nanostructures via a rapid microwave-assisted route

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    Mohajerani, Matin Sadat; Mazloumi, Mahyar; Lak, Aidin; Kajbafvala, Amir; Zanganeh, Saeid; Sadrnezhaad, S. K.

    2008-07-01

    Self-assembled ZnO nanostructures with various morphologies were prepared via a rapid and simple microwave-assisted technique. The spherical, raspberry-like and hollow spherical nanostructures were synthesized in the presence of triethanolamine (TEA) as a capping agent and in different adjusted pHs. The volumetric amount of TEA has affected the particle size and crystallite size of the obtained nanostructures significantly. The ZnO nanostructures were obtained due to self-assembly of Zn 2+ ionic complexes, and the internal voids of the hollow spheres were formed by the Ostwald ripening mechanism. The obtained nanostructures were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The optical properties of the synthesized materials were investigated by Raman spectroscopy.

  11. Effect of annealing in hydrogen atmosphere on ZnO films for field emission display

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    Zulkifli, Zurita; Sharma, Subash; Shinde, Sachin; Kalita, Golap; Tanemura, M.

    2015-11-01

    Surface morphology, crystallinity, conductivity and optical transmittance of ZnO films can be modified by annealing process. Hydrogen is one of the popular annealing gases as well as nitrogen, argon, oxygen and air which are commonly used for thin film cleaning or the removal of native oxide. In general, annealing is done at high temperatures (> 600degC) to improve the film properties. From a view point of environment, however, lower annealing temperature is preferable. In this work, low annealing process was challenged to understand the effect of annealing temperature on properties of ZnO thin films and nanostructured film grown on glass substrates for transparent field emission device applications. The annealing temperature employed was 100, 200 and 450°C at 100 sccm hydrogen flow rate. ZnO thin films were deposited by RF magnetron sputtering. The ZnO thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), UV-VIS and Raman spectroscopy. The sheet resistances reduced about 15 kohm/sq at low annealing temperature. By contrast, the optical transmittance did not show any significant changes after annealing. The FE current density increased after the ZnO nanostructures film was annealed in 100°C. The results obtained could motivate a surface treatment for flexible ZnO thin film since the substrate is always suffered by heat.

  12. ZnO nanomaterials based surface acoustic wave ethanol gas sensor.

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    Wu, Y; Li, X; Liu, J H; He, Y N; Yu, L M; Liu, W H

    2012-08-01

    ZnO nanomaterials based surface acoustic wave (SAW) gas sensor has been investigated in ethanol environment at room temperature. The ZnO nanomaterials have been prepared through thermal evaporation of high-purity zinc powder. The as-prepared ZnO nanomaterials have been characterized with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray Diffraction (XRD) techniques. The results indicate that the obtained ZnO nanomaterials, including many types of nanostructures such as nanobelts, nanorods, nanowires as well as nanosheets, are wurtzite with hexagonal structure and well-crystallized. The SAW sensor coated with the nanostructured ZnO materials has been tested in ethanol gas of various concentrations at room temperature. A network analyzer is used to monitor the change of the insertion loss of the SAW sensor when exposed to ethanol gas. The insertion loss of the SAW sensor varies significantly with the change of ethanol concentration. The experimental results manifest that the ZnO nanomaterials based SAW ethanol gas sensor exhibits excellent sensitivity and good short-term reproducibility at room temperature. PMID:22962774

  13. A new method to integrate ZnO nano-tetrapods on MEMS micro-hotplates for large scale gas sensor production.

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    Marasso, S L; Tommasi, A; Perrone, D; Cocuzza, M; Mosca, R; Villani, M; Zappettini, A; Calestani, D

    2016-09-23

    A new method, which is easily scalable to large scale production, has been developed to obtain gas sensor devices based on zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures with a 'tetrapod' shape. The method can be easily extended to other kinds of nanostructures and is based on the deposition of ZnO nanostructures through polymeric masks by centrifugation, directly onto properly designed MEMS micro-hotplates. The micromachined devices, after the mask is peeled off, are ready for electrical bonding and sensing test. Sensor response has been successfully measured for some gases and volatile organic compounds with different chemical properties (ethanol, methane, nitrogen dioxide, hydrogen sulfide). PMID:27532770

  14. Efficient photon management with nanostructures for photovoltaics

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    Hua, Bo; Lin, Qingfeng; Zhang, Qianpeng; Fan, Zhiyong

    2013-07-01

    Efficient photon management schemes are crucial for improving the energy conversion efficiency of photovoltaic devices; they can lead potentially to reduced material usage and cost for these devices. In this review, photon trapping mechanisms are discussed briefly in the beginning, followed by a summary of recent progress on a number of major categories of nanostructures with intriguing photon management properties. Specifically, nanostructures including nanowires, nanopillars, nanopyramids, nanocones, nanospikes, and so forth, have been reviewed comprehensively with materials including Si, Ge, CdS, CIGS, ZnO, etc. It is found that these materials with diverse configurations have tunable photon management properties, namely, optical reflectance, transmittance and absorption. Investigations on these nanostructures have not only shed light on the fundamental interplay between photons and materials at the nanometer scale, but also suggested a potential pathway for a new generation of photovoltaic devices.

  15. "High Quantum Efficiency of Band-Edge Emission from ZnO Nanowires"

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    GARGAS, DANIEL; GAO, HANWEI; WANG, HUNGTA; PEIDONG, YANG

    2010-12-01

    External quantum efficiency (EQE) of photoluminescence as high as 20 percent from isolated ZnO nanowires were measured at room temperature. The EQE was found to be highly dependent on photoexcitation density, which underscores the importance of uniform optical excitation during the EQE measurement. An integrating sphere coupled to a microscopic imaging system was used in this work, which enabled the EQE measurement on isolated ZnO nanowires. The EQE values obtained here are significantly higher than those reported for ZnO materials in forms of bulk, thin films or powders. Additional insight on the radiative extraction factor of one-dimensional nanostructures was gained by measuring the internal quantum efficiency of individual nanowires. Such quantitative EQE measurements provide a sensitive, noninvasive method to characterize the optical properties of low-dimensional nanostructures and allow tuning of synthesis parameters for optimization of nanoscale materials.

  16. High quantum efficiency of band-edge emission from ZnO nanowires.

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    Gargas, Daniel J; Gao, Hanwei; Wang, Hungta; Yang, Peidong

    2011-09-14

    External quantum efficiency (EQE) of photoluminescence as high as 20% from isolated ZnO nanowires were measured at room temperature. The EQE was found to be highly dependent on photoexcitation density, which underscores the importance of uniform optical excitation during the EQE measurement. An integrating sphere coupled to a microscopic imaging system was used in this work, which enabled the EQE measurement on isolated ZnO nanowires. The EQE values obtained here are significantly higher than those reported for ZnO materials in forms of bulk, thin films or powders. Additional insight on the radiative extraction factor of one-dimensional nanostructures was gained by measuring the internal quantum efficiency of individual nanowires. Such quantitative EQE measurements provide a sensitive, noninvasive method to characterize the optical properties of low-dimensional nanostructures and allow tuning of synthesis parameters for optimization of nanoscale materials. PMID:21859081

  17. Matrix-assisted energy conversion in nanostructured piezoelectric arrays

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    Sirbuly, Donald J.; Wang, Xianying; Wang, Yinmin

    2013-01-01

    A nanoconverter is capable of directly generating electricity through a nanostructure embedded in a polymer layer experiencing differential thermal expansion in a stress transfer zone. High surface-to-volume ratio semiconductor nanowires or nanotubes (such as ZnO, silicon, carbon, etc.) are grown either aligned or substantially vertically aligned on a substrate. The resulting nanoforest is then embedded with the polymer layer, which transfers stress to the nanostructures in the stress transfer zone, thereby creating a nanostructure voltage output due to the piezoelectric effect acting on the nanostructure. Electrodes attached at both ends of the nanostructures generate output power at densities of .about.20 nW/cm.sup.2 with heating temperatures of .about.65.degree. C. Nanoconverters arrayed in a series parallel arrangement may be constructed in planar, stacked, or rolled arrays to supply power to nano- and micro-devices without use of external batteries.

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

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    Behera, B; Chandra, S

    2015-06-01

    In the present work, we report the synthesis of nanostructured ZnO by oxidation of zinc film without using a seed or catalyst layer. The zinc films were deposited on oxidized Si substrates by RF magnetron sputtering process. These were oxidized in dry and wet air/oxygen ambient. The optimized process yielded long nanowires of ZnO having diameter of around 60-70 nm and spread uniformly over the surface. The effect of oxidation temperature, time, Zn film thickness and the ambient has strong influence on the morphology of resulting nanostruxctured ZnO film. The films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy for morphological studies and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis to study the phase of the nanostructured ZnO. Room temperature photoluminescence (PL) measurements of the nanowires show UV and green emission. A sensor was designed and fabricated using nanostructured ZnO film, incorporating inter-digital-electrode (IDE) for the measurement of resistance of the sensing layer. The gas sensing properties were investigated from the measurement of change in resistance when exposed to vapours of different volatile organic compound (VOC) such as acetone, ethanol, methanol and 2-propanol. The results suggest that ZnO nanowires fabricated by this method have potential application in gas sensors. PMID:26369077

  19. Vought F4U-1D Corsair

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    1945-01-01

    Vought F4U-1D Corsair: In February and March of 1945 this Corsair was examined in the NACA's 30 x 60 Full Scale Tunnel at Langley Field. The F4U-1D has rockets mounted on its wings for this test. After installation and during testing, the wings would be lowered to their flight position.

  20. Length-dependent charge generation from vertical arrays of high-aspect-ratio ZnO nanowires.

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    Rivera, Vivian Farías; Auras, Florian; Motto, Paolo; Stassi, Stefano; Canavese, Giancarlo; Celasco, Edvige; Bein, Thomas; Onida, Barbara; Cauda, Valentina

    2013-10-18

    Aqueous chemical growth of zinc oxide nanowires is a flexible and effective approach to obtain dense arrays of vertically oriented nanostructures with high aspect ratio. Herein we present a systematic study of the different synthesis parameters that influence the ZnO seed layer and thus the resulting morphological features of the free-standing vertically oriented ZnO nanowires. We obtained a homogeneous coverage of transparent conductive substrates with high-aspect-ratio nanowire arrays (length/diameter ratio of up to 52). Such nanostructured vertical arrays were examined to assess their electric and piezoelectric properties, and showed an electric charge generation upon mechanical compressive stress. The principle of energy harvesting with these nanostructured ZnO arrays was demonstrated by connecting them to an electronic charge amplifier and storing the generated charge in a series of capacitors. We found that the generated charge and the electrical behavior of the ZnO nanowires are strictly dependent on the nanowire length. We have shown the importance of controlling the morphological properties of such ZnO nanostructures for optimizing a nanogenerator device. PMID:24027171

  1. Direct in situ observation of ZnO nucleation and growth via transmission X-ray microscopy.

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    Tay, S E R; Goode, A E; Nelson Weker, J; Cruickshank, A A; Heutz, S; Porter, A E; Ryan, M P; Toney, M F

    2016-01-28

    The nucleation and growth of a nanostructure controls its size and morphology, and ultimately its functional properties. Hence it is crucial to investigate growth mechanisms under relevant growth conditions at the nanometer length scale. Here we image the nucleation and growth of electrodeposited ZnO nanostructures in situ, using a transmission X-ray microscope and specially designed electrochemical cell. We show that this imaging technique leads to new insights into the nucleation and growth mechanisms in electrodeposited ZnO including direct, in situ observations of instantaneous versus delayed nucleation. PMID:26738407

  2. Covalent functionalization of metal oxide and carbon nanostructures with polyoctasilsesquioxane (POSS) and their incorporation in polymer composites

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    Gomathi, A.; Gopalakrishnan, K.; Rao, C.N.R.

    2010-12-15

    Polyoctasilsesquioxane (POSS) has been employed to covalently functionalize nanostructures of TiO{sub 2}, ZnO and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} as well as carbon nanotubes, nanodiamond and graphene to enable their dispersion in polar solvents. Covalent functionalization of these nanostructures with POSS has been established by electron microscopy, EDAX analysis and infrared spectroscopy. On heating the POSS-functionalized nanostructures, silica-coated nanostructures are obtained. POSS-functionalized nanoparticles of TiO{sub 2}, Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and graphite were utilized to prepare polymer-nanostructure composites based on PVA and nylon-6,6.

  3. Interfacial dominated ferromagnetism in nanograined ZnO: a μSR and DFT study.

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    Tietze, Thomas; Audehm, Patrick; Chen, Yu-Chun; Schütz, Gisela; Straumal, Boris B; Protasova, Svetlana G; Mazilkin, Andrey A; Straumal, Petr B; Prokscha, Thomas; Luetkens, Hubertus; Salman, Zaher; Suter, Andreas; Baretzky, Brigitte; Fink, Karin; Wenzel, Wolfgang; Danilov, Denis; Goering, Eberhard

    2015-01-01

    Diamagnetic oxides can, under certain conditions, become ferromagnetic at room temperature and therefore are promising candidates for future material in spintronic devices. Contrary to early predictions, doping ZnO with uniformly distributed magnetic ions is not essential to obtain ferromagnetic samples. Instead, the nanostructure seems to play the key role, as room temperature ferromagnetism was also found in nanograined, undoped ZnO. However, the origin of room temperature ferromagnetism in primarily non-magnetic oxides like ZnO is still unexplained and a controversial subject within the scientific community. Using low energy muon spin relaxation in combination with SQUID and TEM techniques, we demonstrate that the magnetic volume fraction is strongly related to the sample volume fraction occupied by grain boundaries. With molecular dynamics and density functional theory we find ferromagnetic coupled electron states in ZnO grain boundaries. Our results provide evidence and a microscopic model for room temperature ferromagnetism in oxides. PMID:25747456

  4. Interfacial dominated ferromagnetism in nanograined ZnO: a μSR and DFT study

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    Tietze, Thomas; Audehm, Patrick; Chen, Yu–Chun; Schütz, Gisela; Straumal, Boris B.; Protasova, Svetlana G.; Mazilkin, Andrey A.; Straumal, Petr B.; Prokscha, Thomas; Luetkens, Hubertus; Salman, Zaher; Suter, Andreas; Baretzky, Brigitte; Fink, Karin; Wenzel, Wolfgang; Danilov, Denis; Goering, Eberhard

    2015-03-01

    Diamagnetic oxides can, under certain conditions, become ferromagnetic at room temperature and therefore are promising candidates for future material in spintronic devices. Contrary to early predictions, doping ZnO with uniformly distributed magnetic ions is not essential to obtain ferromagnetic samples. Instead, the nanostructure seems to play the key role, as room temperature ferromagnetism was also found in nanograined, undoped ZnO. However, the origin of room temperature ferromagnetism in primarily non-magnetic oxides like ZnO is still unexplained and a controversial subject within the scientific community. Using low energy muon spin relaxation in combination with SQUID and TEM techniques, we demonstrate that the magnetic volume fraction is strongly related to the sample volume fraction occupied by grain boundaries. With molecular dynamics and density functional theory we find ferromagnetic coupled electron states in ZnO grain boundaries. Our results provide evidence and a microscopic model for room temperature ferromagnetism in oxides.

  5. Understanding of ZnO morphologies in the presence of surfactants

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    Singh, Baljinder; Kaura, Aman; Singh, Gurinder; Saini, G. S. S.; Tripathi, S. K.

    2016-05-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures (dumbbell, flower and tablets) are synthesized using zinc precursor, anionic surfactant Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS) and cationic surfactant Dodecyl Trimethyl Ammonium bromide (DTAB) by chemical route. Inadequate covering of ZnO with SDS leads to ZnO dumbbells, which are assembled to form flower like geometry. Mixture of SDS and DTAB retards the growth along polar planes i.e. (0001) and (000 1 ¯) respectively, resulting in the formation of tablets. The experimental results are studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and UV-Vis spectroscopy (UV-Vis), which indicates that chemical nature of surfactants, is responsible for the variation of ZnO morphologies.

  6. Interfacial dominated ferromagnetism in nanograined ZnO: a μSR and DFT study

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    Tietze, Thomas; Audehm, Patrick; Chen, Yu–Chun; Schütz, Gisela; Straumal, Boris B.; Protasova, Svetlana G.; Mazilkin, Andrey A.; Straumal, Petr B.; Prokscha, Thomas; Luetkens, Hubertus; Salman, Zaher; Suter, Andreas; Baretzky, Brigitte; Fink, Karin; Wenzel, Wolfgang; Danilov, Denis; Goering, Eberhard

    2015-01-01

    Diamagnetic oxides can, under certain conditions, become ferromagnetic at room temperature and therefore are promising candidates for future material in spintronic devices. Contrary to early predictions, doping ZnO with uniformly distributed magnetic ions is not essential to obtain ferromagnetic samples. Instead, the nanostructure seems to play the key role, as room temperature ferromagnetism was also found in nanograined, undoped ZnO. However, the origin of room temperature ferromagnetism in primarily non–magnetic oxides like ZnO is still unexplained and a controversial subject within the scientific community. Using low energy muon spin relaxation in combination with SQUID and TEM techniques, we demonstrate that the magnetic volume fraction is strongly related to the sample volume fraction occupied by grain boundaries. With molecular dynamics and density functional theory we find ferromagnetic coupled electron states in ZnO grain boundaries. Our results provide evidence and a microscopic model for room temperature ferromagnetism in oxides. PMID:25747456

  7. Improvement in the performance of inverted organic solar cell using electric field assisted spray deposited ZnO layer

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    Chaturvedi, Neha; Swami, Sanjay Kumar; Dutta, Viresh

    2015-06-01

    ZnO film was deposited using spray technique. The application of electric field (applying a DC voltage = 700V to the nozzle) during spray deposition provide compact nanostructured film of ZnO as compared to agglomerated ZnO film deposited using spray process. The ZnO film deposited after applying DC voltage during spray process showed good crystallinity as well as transmittance in the visible range. Use of this crystalline, compact layer of ZnO in inverted organic solar cell (ITO/ZnO/P3HT: PCBM/Ag) provide improved efficiency of 2.8% with JSC of 14.0 mA/cm2, VOC of 0.55V and FF of 36%. Thus the process remove the need of any post deposition treatment to improve the film quality as well as solar cell performance.

  8. Microstructural and optical properties of nanocrystalline ZnO deposited onto vertically aligned carbon nanotubes by physical vapor deposition

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    Borkar, Tushar; Chang, Won Seok; Hwang, Jun Yeon; Shepherd, Nigel D.; Banerjee, Rajarshi

    2012-10-15

    Nanocrystalline ZnO films with thicknesses of 5 nm, 10 nm, 20 nm, and 50 nm were deposited via magnetron sputtering onto the surface of vertically aligned multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). The ZnO/CNTs heterostructures were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction studies. No structural degradation of the CNTs was observed and photoluminescence (PL) measurements of the nanostructured ZnO layers show that the optical properties of these films are typical of ZnO deposited at low temperatures. The results indicate that magnetron sputtering is a viable technique for growing heterostructures and depositing functional layers onto CNTs.

  9. ZnO nanorods prepared via ablation of Zn with millisecond laser in liquid media.

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    Honda, Mitsuhiro; Goto, Taku; Owashi, Tatsuki; Rozhin, Alex G; Yamaguchi, Shigeru; Ito, Tsuyohito; Kulinich, Sergei A

    2016-09-14

    ZnO nanomaterials with controlled size, shape and surface chemistry are required for applications in diverse areas, such as optoelectronics, photocatalysis, biomedicine and so on. Here, we report on ZnO nanostructures with rod-like and spherical shapes prepared via laser ablation in liquid using a laser with millisecond-long pulses. By changing laser parameters (such as pulse width and peak power), the size or aspect ratio of such nanostructures could be tuned. The surface chemistry and defects of the products were also strongly affected by applied laser conditions. The preparation of different structures is explained by the intense heating of liquid media caused by millisecond-long pulses and secondary irradiation of already-formed nanostructures. PMID:27507010

  10. Sensitized solar cells based on nanostructures

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    Lu, Liyou

    Sensitized solar cells (SSCs) based on nanostructures including dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs) have attracted great research interest due to their potential in converting sunlight into electricity and solving the energy problem. Metal oxide nanowires, as an important type of nanostructures were grown and applied in the SSCs. In this dissertation, two types of nanowires, ZnO and Zn2GeO4 nanowires were successfully grown onto fluorine-doped-tin-oxide (FTO) coated substrates using a chemical vapor deposition method. This method provides an important way to grow ZnO nanowires directly on FTO substrates without using any catalyst. ZnO nanowires with length of more than 30 mum were used as the photoanode for DSSCs. The dependence of solar cell performance on nanowire length and annealing temperature was studied. Zn2GeO4 nanowires were also directly synthesized on FTO substrates and were utilized as the photoanode in DSSCs and QDSSCs. Transient photocurrent and photovoltage decay measurements were conducted in the SSCs, which showed that the dye sensitization pH was important for DSSCs and that both the QDs coverage and band alignment between QDs and nanowires were key parameters for QDSSCs in order to have a good energy conversion efficiency.

  11. Atmospheric pressure microplasmas in ZnO nanoforests under high voltage stress

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    Noor, Nafisa; Manthina, Venkata; Cil, Kadir; Adnane, Lhacene; Agrios, Alexander G.; Gokirmak, Ali; Silva, Helena

    2015-09-01

    Atmospheric pressure ZnO microplasmas have been generated by high amplitude single pulses and DC voltages applied using micrometer-separated probes on ZnO nanoforests. The high voltage stress triggers plasma breakdown and breakdown in the surrounding air followed by sublimation of ZnO resulting in strong blue and white light emission with sharp spectral lines and non-linear current-voltage characteristics. The nanoforests are made of ZnO nanorods (NRs) grown on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) glass, poly-crystalline silicon and bulk p-type silicon substrates. The characteristics of the microplasmas depend strongly on the substrate and voltage parameters. Plasmas can be obtained with pulse durations as short as ˜1 μs for FTO glass substrate and ˜100 ms for the silicon substrates. Besides enabling plasma generation with shorter pulses, NRs on FTO glass substrate also lead to better tunability of the operating gas temperature. Hot and cold ZnO microplasmas have been observed with these NRs on FTO glass substrate. Sputtering of nanomaterials during plasma generation in the regions surrounding the test area has also been noticed and result in interesting ZnO nanostructures (`nano-flowers' and `nano-cauliflowers'). A practical way of generating atmospheric pressure ZnO microplasmas may lead to various lighting, biomedical and material processing applications.

  12. ZnO deposition on metal substrates: Relating fabrication, morphology, and wettability

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    Beaini, Sara S.; Kronawitter, Coleman X.; Carey, Van P.; Mao, Samuel S.

    2013-05-01

    It is not common practice to deposit thin films on metal substrates, especially copper, which is a common heat exchanger metal and practical engineering material known for its heat transfer properties. While single crystal substrates offer ideal surfaces with uniform structure for compatibility with oxide deposition, metallic surfaces needed for industrial applications exhibit non-idealities that complicate the fabrication of oxide nanostructure arrays. The following study explored different ZnO fabrication techniques to deposit a (super)hydrophobic thin film of ZnO on a metal substrate, specifically copper, in order to explore its feasibility as an enhanced condensing surface. ZnO was selected for its non-toxicity, ability to be made (super)hydrophobic with hierarchical roughness, and its photoinduced hydrophilicity characteristic, which could be utilized to pattern it to have both hydrophobic-hydrophilic regions. We investigated the variation of ZnO's morphology and wetting state, using SEMs and sessile drop contact angle measurements, as a function of different fabrication techniques: sputtering, pulsed laser deposition (PLD), electrodeposition and annealing Zn. We successfully fabricated (super)hydrophobic ZnO on a mirror finish, commercially available copper substrate using the scalable electrodeposition technique. PLD for ZnO deposition did not prove viable, as the ZnO samples on metal substrates were hydrophilic and the process does not lend itself to scalability. The annealed Zn sheets did not exhibit consistent wetting state results.

  13. Morphological, physical, antimicrobial and release properties of ZnO nanoparticles-loaded bacterial cellulose films.

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    Shahmohammadi Jebel, Fereshteh; Almasi, Hadi

    2016-09-20

    Bacterial cellulose (BC) monolayer and multilayer films, incorporating 5wt.% ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) have been obtained. Ultrasound (US) irradiation (40kHz) was applied during ZnO-BC nanocomposites preparation. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns showed that ZnO NPs were crystallized in their pure phase. SEM scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results indicated that US treatment causes to decrease ZnO particle size, forming a stable hybrid nanostructure and evenly distributed ZnO NPs coated BC nanofibers. ZnO NPs enhanced the mechanical properties and diminished water vapor permeability and moisture absorption of BC films. Antibacterial activity of ZnO-BC films against Staphylococcus aureus was more than Escherichia coli. The antibacterial activity was enhanced with the utilization of US irradiation. The ZnO release was influenced by films composition; the multilayer and US treated films being promising in order to achieve controlled release of ZnO. Results suggest that ZnO-BC films may be used as controlled release antimicrobial food active packaging. PMID:27261725

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

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    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.

  15. Surface Structure Modification of ZnO and the Impact on Electronic Properties.

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    Hewlett, Robert M; McLachlan, Martyn A

    2016-05-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a widely utilized, versatile material implemented in a diverse range of technological applications, particularly in optoelectronic devices, where its inherent transparency, tunable electronic properties, and accessible nanostructures can be combined to confer superior device properties. ZnO is a complex material with a rich and intricate defect chemistry, and its properties can be extremely sensitive to processing methods and conditions; consequently, surface modification of ZnO using both inorganic and organic species has been explored to control and regulate its surface properties, particularly at heterointerfaces in electronic devices. Here, the properties of ZnO are described in detail, particularly its surface chemistry, along with the role of defects in governing its electronic properties, and methods employed to modulate the behavior of as-grown ZnO. An outline is also given on how the native and modified oxide interact with molecular materials. To illustrate the diverse range of surface modification methods and their subsequent influence on electronic properties, a comprehensive review of the modification of ZnO surfaces at molecular interfaces in hybrid photovoltaic (hPV) and organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices is presented. This is a case study rather than a progress report, aiming to highlight the progress made toward controlling and altering the surface properties of ZnO, and to bring attention to the ways in which this may be achieved by using various interfacial modifiers (IMs). PMID:26936217

  16. Enhanced UV absorbance and photoluminescence properties of ultrasound assisted synthesized gold doped ZnO nanorods

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    Sahu, Dojalisa; Panda, N. R.; Acharya, B. S.; Panda, A. K.

    2014-06-01

    Au doped ZnO (ZnO:Au) nanostructures were synthesized by ultrasound assisted wet chemical method. The concentration of dopant was varied and both structural and optical properties of ZnO:Au were investigated. The crystal structure and morphology of the samples were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). These results showed the formation of nanorods of ZnO:Au having wurtzite structure and c-axis orientation. Gradual increase in crystallite size and bond length was also observed with the increase in gold concentration in ZnO intending the expansion of lattice after gold doping. The optical absorption measurements showed high ultraviolet (UV) absorbance property of ZnO:Au with sharp and intense absorption band in this region as compared to pristine ZnO. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements showed excitonic emission band of ZnO around 390 nm for both undoped and Au doped ZnO nanoparticles. Further, a strong emission around 467 nm was observed in the PL spectra of ZnO/ZnO:Au which was attributed to the transitions related to excess of oxygen vacancies. Interestingly, a new band was observed at 582 nm for doped ZnO samples which grew in intensity with doping concentration. This band was ascribed to the gold nanoparticle adsorbed on the surface of ZnO.

  17. Nanoparticle Self-Assembled Grain Like Curcumin Conjugated ZnO: Curcumin Conjugation Enhances Removal of Perylene, Fluoranthene, and Chrysene by ZnO

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    Moussawi, Rasha N.; Patra, Digambara

    2016-04-01

    Curcumin conjugated ZnO, referred as Zn(cur)O, nanostructures have been successfully synthesized, these sub-micro grain-like structures are actually self-assemblies of individual needle-shaped nanoparticles. The nanostructures as synthesized possess the wurtzite hexagonal crystal structure of ZnO and exhibit very good crystalline quality. FT-Raman and TGA analysis establish that Zn(cur)O is different from curcumin anchored ZnO (ZnO@cur), which is prepared by physically adsorbing curcumin on ZnO surfaces. Chemically Zn(cur)O is more stable than ZnO@cur. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy indicates Zn(cur)O have more impurities compared to ZnO@cur. The solid-state photoluminescence of Zn(cur)O has been investigated, which demonstrates that increase of curcumin concentration in Zn(cur)O suppresses visible emission of ZnO prepared through the same method, this implies filling ZnO defects by curcumin. However, at excitation wavelength 425 nm the emission is dominated by fluorescence from curcumin. The study reveals that Zn(cur)O can remove to a far extent high concentrations of perylene, fluoranthene, and chrysene faster than ZnO. The removal depends on the extent of curcumin conjugation and is found to be faster for PAHs having smaller number of aromatic rings, particularly, it is exceptional for fluoranthene with 93% removal after 10 minutes in the present conditions. The high rate of removal is related to photo-degradation and a mechanism has been proposed.

  18. Nanoparticle Self-Assembled Grain Like Curcumin Conjugated ZnO: Curcumin Conjugation Enhances Removal of Perylene, Fluoranthene, and Chrysene by ZnO.

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    Moussawi, Rasha N; Patra, Digambara

    2016-01-01

    Curcumin conjugated ZnO, referred as Zn(cur)O, nanostructures have been successfully synthesized, these sub-micro grain-like structures are actually self-assemblies of individual needle-shaped nanoparticles. The nanostructures as synthesized possess the wurtzite hexagonal crystal structure of ZnO and exhibit very good crystalline quality. FT-Raman and TGA analysis establish that Zn(cur)O is different from curcumin anchored ZnO (ZnO@cur), which is prepared by physically adsorbing curcumin on ZnO surfaces. Chemically Zn(cur)O is more stable than ZnO@cur. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy indicates Zn(cur)O have more impurities compared to ZnO@cur. The solid-state photoluminescence of Zn(cur)O has been investigated, which demonstrates that increase of curcumin concentration in Zn(cur)O suppresses visible emission of ZnO prepared through the same method, this implies filling ZnO defects by curcumin. However, at excitation wavelength 425 nm the emission is dominated by fluorescence from curcumin. The study reveals that Zn(cur)O can remove to a far extent high concentrations of perylene, fluoranthene, and chrysene faster than ZnO. The removal depends on the extent of curcumin conjugation and is found to be faster for PAHs having smaller number of aromatic rings, particularly, it is exceptional for fluoranthene with 93% removal after 10 minutes in the present conditions. The high rate of removal is related to photo-degradation and a mechanism has been proposed. PMID:27080002

  19. Nanoparticle Self-Assembled Grain Like Curcumin Conjugated ZnO: Curcumin Conjugation Enhances Removal of Perylene, Fluoranthene, and Chrysene by ZnO

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    Moussawi, Rasha N.; Patra, Digambara

    2016-01-01

    Curcumin conjugated ZnO, referred as Zn(cur)O, nanostructures have been successfully synthesized, these sub-micro grain-like structures are actually self-assemblies of individual needle-shaped nanoparticles. The nanostructures as synthesized possess the wurtzite hexagonal crystal structure of ZnO and exhibit very good crystalline quality. FT-Raman and TGA analysis establish that Zn(cur)O is different from curcumin anchored ZnO (ZnO@cur), which is prepared by physically adsorbing curcumin on ZnO surfaces. Chemically Zn(cur)O is more stable than ZnO@cur. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy indicates Zn(cur)O have more impurities compared to ZnO@cur. The solid-state photoluminescence of Zn(cur)O has been investigated, which demonstrates that increase of curcumin concentration in Zn(cur)O suppresses visible emission of ZnO prepared through the same method, this implies filling ZnO defects by curcumin. However, at excitation wavelength 425 nm the emission is dominated by fluorescence from curcumin. The study reveals that Zn(cur)O can remove to a far extent high concentrations of perylene, fluoranthene, and chrysene faster than ZnO. The removal depends on the extent of curcumin conjugation and is found to be faster for PAHs having smaller number of aromatic rings, particularly, it is exceptional for fluoranthene with 93% removal after 10 minutes in the present conditions. The high rate of removal is related to photo-degradation and a mechanism has been proposed. PMID:27080002

  20. Electromechanical phenomena in semiconductor nanostructures

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    Lew Yan Voon, L. C.; Willatzen, M.

    2011-02-01

    Electromechanical phenomena in semiconductors are still poorly studied from a fundamental and an applied science perspective, even though significant strides have been made in the last decade or so. Indeed, most current electromechanical devices are based on ferroelectric oxides. Yet, the importance of the effect in certain semiconductors is being increasingly recognized. For instance, the magnitude of the electric field in an AlN/GaN nanostructure can reach 1-10 MV/cm. In fact, the basic functioning of an (0001) AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistor is due to the two-dimensional electron gas formed at the material interface by the polarization fields. The goal of this review is to inform the reader of some of the recent developments in the field for nanostructures and to point out still open questions. Examples of recent work that involves the piezoelectric and pyroelectric effects in semiconductors include: the study of the optoelectronic properties of III-nitrides quantum wells and dots, the current controversy regarding the importance of the nonlinear piezoelectric effect, energy harvesting using ZnO nanowires as a piezoelectric nanogenerator, the use of piezoelectric materials in surface acoustic wave devices, and the appropriateness of various models for analyzing electromechanical effects. Piezoelectric materials such as GaN and ZnO are gaining more and more importance for energy-related applications; examples include high-brightness light-emitting diodes for white lighting, high-electron mobility transistors, and nanogenerators. Indeed, it remains to be demonstrated whether these materials could be the ideal multifunctional materials. The solutions to these and other related problems will not only lead to a better understanding of the basic physics of these materials, but will validate new characterization tools, and advance the development of new and better devices. We will restrict ourselves to nanostructures in the current article even though the

  1. Structural transformation in monolayer materials: a 2D to 1D transformation.

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    Momeni, Kasra; Attariani, Hamed; LeSar, Richard A

    2016-07-20

    Reducing the dimensions of materials to atomic scales results in a large portion of atoms being at or near the surface, with lower bond order and thus higher energy. At such scales, reduction of the surface energy and surface stresses can be the driving force for the formation of new low-dimensional nanostructures, and may be exhibited through surface relaxation and/or surface reconstruction, which can be utilized for tailoring the properties and phase transformation of nanomaterials without applying any external load. Here we used atomistic simulations and revealed an intrinsic structural transformation in monolayer materials that lowers their dimension from 2D nanosheets to 1D nanostructures to reduce their surface and elastic energies. Experimental evidence of such transformation has also been revealed for one of the predicted nanostructures. Such transformation plays an important role in bi-/multi-layer 2D materials. PMID:27388501

  2. Nanostructured zinc oxide films synthesized by successive chemical solution deposition for gas sensor applications

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    Lupan, O. Chow, L.; Shishiyanu, S.; Monaico, E.; Shishiyanu, T.; Sontea, V.; Roldan Cuenya, B.; Naitabdi, A.; Park, S.; Schulte, A.

    2009-01-08

    Nanostructured ZnO thin films have been deposited using a successive chemical solution deposition method. The structural, morphological, electrical and sensing properties of the films were studied for different concentrations of Al-dopant and were analyzed as a function of rapid photothermal processing temperatures. The films were investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron and micro-Raman spectroscopy. Electrical and gas sensitivity measurements were conducted as well. The average grain size is 240 and 224 A for undoped ZnO and Al-doped ZnO films, respectively. We demonstrate that rapid photothermal processing is an efficient method for improving the quality of nanostructured ZnO films. Nanostructured ZnO films doped with Al showed a higher sensitivity to carbon dioxide than undoped ZnO films. The correlations between material compositions, microstructures of the films and the properties of the gas sensors are discussed.

  3. Spatially resolved photoresponse on individual ZnO nanorods: correlating morphology, defects and conductivity

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    Bandopadhyay, K.; Mitra, J.

    2016-06-01

    Electrically active native point defects have a significant impact on the optical and electrical properties of ZnO nanostructures. Control of defect distribution and a detailed understanding of their physical properties are central to designing ZnO in novel functional forms and architecture, which ultimately decides device performance. Defect control is primarily achieved by either engineering nanostructure morphology by tailoring growth techniques or doping. Here, we report conducting atomic force microscopy studies of spatially resolved photoresponse properties on ZnO nanorod surfaces. The photoresponse for super-band gap, ultraviolet excitations show a direct correlation between surface morphology and photoactivity localization. Additionally, the system exhibits significant photoresponse with sub-bandgap, green illumination; the signature energy associated with the deep level oxygen vacancy states. While the local current-voltage characteristics provide evidence of multiple transport processes and quantifies the photoresponse, the local time-resolved photoresponse data evidences large variations in response times (90 ms–50 s), across the surface of a nanorod. The spatially varied photoconductance and the range in temporal response display a complex interplay of morphology, defects and connectivity that brings about the true colour of these ZnO nanostructures.

  4. Spatially resolved photoresponse on individual ZnO nanorods: correlating morphology, defects and conductivity.

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    Bandopadhyay, K; Mitra, J

    2016-01-01

    Electrically active native point defects have a significant impact on the optical and electrical properties of ZnO nanostructures. Control of defect distribution and a detailed understanding of their physical properties are central to designing ZnO in novel functional forms and architecture, which ultimately decides device performance. Defect control is primarily achieved by either engineering nanostructure morphology by tailoring growth techniques or doping. Here, we report conducting atomic force microscopy studies of spatially resolved photoresponse properties on ZnO nanorod surfaces. The photoresponse for super-band gap, ultraviolet excitations show a direct correlation between surface morphology and photoactivity localization. Additionally, the system exhibits significant photoresponse with sub-bandgap, green illumination; the signature energy associated with the deep level oxygen vacancy states. While the local current-voltage characteristics provide evidence of multiple transport processes and quantifies the photoresponse, the local time-resolved photoresponse data evidences large variations in response times (90 ms-50 s), across the surface of a nanorod. The spatially varied photoconductance and the range in temporal response display a complex interplay of morphology, defects and connectivity that brings about the true colour of these ZnO nanostructures. PMID:27334573

  5. Spatially resolved photoresponse on individual ZnO nanorods: correlating morphology, defects and conductivity

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    Bandopadhyay, K.; Mitra, J.

    2016-01-01

    Electrically active native point defects have a significant impact on the optical and electrical properties of ZnO nanostructures. Control of defect distribution and a detailed understanding of their physical properties are central to designing ZnO in novel functional forms and architecture, which ultimately decides device performance. Defect control is primarily achieved by either engineering nanostructure morphology by tailoring growth techniques or doping. Here, we report conducting atomic force microscopy studies of spatially resolved photoresponse properties on ZnO nanorod surfaces. The photoresponse for super-band gap, ultraviolet excitations show a direct correlation between surface morphology and photoactivity localization. Additionally, the system exhibits significant photoresponse with sub-bandgap, green illumination; the signature energy associated with the deep level oxygen vacancy states. While the local current-voltage characteristics provide evidence of multiple transport processes and quantifies the photoresponse, the local time-resolved photoresponse data evidences large variations in response times (90 ms–50 s), across the surface of a nanorod. The spatially varied photoconductance and the range in temporal response display a complex interplay of morphology, defects and connectivity that brings about the true colour of these ZnO nanostructures. PMID:27334573

  6. Enhanced wettability performance of ultrathin ZnO nanotubes by coupling morphology and size effects

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    Yang, Peihua; Wang, Kun; Liang, Zhiwen; Mai, Wenjie; Wang, Cheng-Xin; Xie, Weiguang; Liu, Pengyi; Zhang, Long; Cai, Xiang; Tan, Shaozao; Song, Jinhui

    2012-08-01

    In this work, we report on the detailed characterization and mechanism analysis of the improved wettability performance of a new type of ZnO nanostructure, the ultrathin ZnO nanotube, whose growth is induced by screw-dislocation. The newly discovered enhanced wettability properties are suggested to be caused by coupling the morphology and size effects of the nanostructured surface. These ultrathin nanotubes with low density and small dimension form a wet-hair-like hierarchical morphology, which shows a further improved superhydrophobic property with an 8.6 +/- 1.6° larger contact angle than that of ZnO nanorods due to the morphology effect. In addition, owing to the large surface to volume ratio and increased effective UV-irradiated area of the ultrathin tubular structure, the ZnO nanotubes exhibit ~5 times faster superhydrophobicity to superhydrophilicity conversion speed than nanorods under 254 nm UV illumination. Furthermore, UV light with a wavelength of 254 nm exhibits ~40 times faster wettability conversion speed for nanotubes than that of 365 nm, which is suggested to be a result of the band gap shift at the nanoscale. The combined advantages of enhanced superhydrophobicity, improved sensitivity, and faster conversion speed by coupling morphology and size effects of these ZnO nanotubes should give them broad applications in self-cleaning surfaces and wettability switches.

  7. Tartaric acid assisted hydrothermal synthesis of different flower-like ZnO hierarchical architectures with tunable optical and oxygen vacancy-induced photocatalytic properties

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    Liu, Tingzhi; Li, Yangyang; Zhang, Hao; Wang, Min; Fei, Xiaoyan; Duo, Shuwang; Chen, Ying; Pan, Jian; Wang, Wei

    2015-12-01

    Different flower-like ZnO hierarchical architectures were prepared by tartaric acid assisted hydrothermal synthesis, especially four flower-like ZnO nanostructures were obtained simultaneously under the same reaction condition. The cauliflower-like ZnO is assembled by spherical shaped nanoparticles, and the chrysanthemum-like and other flower-like ZnO nanostructures are assembled by hexagonal rods/prisms with from planar to semi-pyramid, and to pyramid tips. TA acts as a capping agent and structure-directing agent during the synthesis. All ZnO possess the hexagonal wurtzite structure. The PL spectra can be tuned by changing TA concentration. XRD, PL and Raman spectra confirmed that oxygen vacancies mainly come from the ZnO surface. The flower-like samples of 1:4.5 and 1:3 with the largest aspect ratios have highest photocatalytic performance. They decompose 85% MB within 60 min. Combining PL Gaussian fitting with K, the higher content of oxygen vacancy is, the higher photocatalytic activity is. The enhanced photocatalytic performance is mainly induced by oxygen vacancy of ZnO. The possible formation mechanism, growth and change process of flower-like ZnO were proposed.

  8. Carbon Nanosheets and Nanostructured Electrodes in Organic Photovoltaic Devices: Cooperative Research and Development Final Report, CRADA Number CRD-08-321

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    Olson, D.

    2012-04-01

    Carbon nanosheet thin films were employed as nanostructured electrodes in organic solar cells. Due to the nanostructured texture of the carbon nanosheet electrodes, there was an increase in performance over standard ITO electrodes with very thick active layers. ZnO deposited via atomic layer deposition (ALD) was used as a hole blocking layer to provide for carrier selectivity of the carbon nanosheets.

  9. Room temperature ferromagnetism in undoped and Fe doped ZnO nanorods: Microwave-assisted synthesis

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    Limaye, Mukta V.; Singh, Shashi B.; Das, Raja; Poddar, Pankaj; Kulkarni, Sulabha K.

    2011-02-15

    One-dimensional (1D) undoped and Fe doped ZnO nanorods of average length {approx}1 {mu}m and diameter {approx}50 nm have been obtained using a microwave-assisted synthesis. The magnetization (M) and coercivity (H{sub c}) value obtained for undoped ZnO nanorods at room temperature is {approx}5x10{sup -3} emu/g and {approx}150 Oe, respectively. The Fe doped ZnO samples show significant changes in M -H loop with increasing doping concentration. Both undoped and Fe doped ZnO nanorods exhibit a Curie transition temperature (T{sub c}) above 390 K. Electron spin resonance and Moessbauer spectra indicate the presence of ferric ions. The origin of ferromagnetism in undoped ZnO nanorods is attributed to localized electron spin moments resulting from surface defects/vacancies, where as in Fe doped samples is explained by F center exchange mechanism. -- Graphical abstract: Room temperature ferromagnetism has been reported in undoped and Fe doped ZnO nanorods of average length {approx}1 {mu}m and diameter {approx}50 nm. Display Omitted Research Highlights: {yields} Microwave-assisted synthesis of undoped and Fe doped ZnO nanorods. {yields} Observation of room temperature ferromagnetism in undoped and Fe doped ZnO nanorods. {yields} Transition temperature (T{sub c}) obtained in undoped and doped samples is above 390 K. {yields} In undoped ZnO origin of ferromagnetism is explained in terms of defects/vacancies. {yields} Ferromagnetism in Fe doped ZnO is explained by F-center exchange mechanism.

  10. Vertically Aligned Nanostructured Arrays of Inorganic Materials: Synthesis, Distinctive Physical Phenomena, and Device Integration

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    Velazquez, Jesus Manuel

    The manifestation of novel physical phenomena upon scaling materials to finite size has inspired new device concepts that take advantage of the distinctive electrical, mechanical, and optical, properties of nanostructures. The development of fabrication approaches for the preparation of their 1D nanostructured form, such as nanowires and nanotubes, has contributed greatly to advancing fundamental understanding of these systems, and has spurred the integration of these materials in novel electronics, photonic devices, power sources, and energy scavenging constructs. Significant progress has been achieved over the last decade in the preparation of ordered arrays of carbon nanotubes, II---VI and III---V semiconductors, and some binary oxides such as ZnO. In contrast, relatively less attention has been focused on layered materials with potential for electrochemical energy storage. Here, we describe the catalyzed vapor transport growth of vertical arrays of orthorhombic V2O 5 nanowires. In addition, near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy is used to precisely probe the alignment, uniformity in crystal growth direction, and electronic structure of single-crystalline V2O5 nanowire arrays prepared by a cobalt-catalyzed vapor transport process. The dipole selection rules operational for core-level electron spectroscopy enable angle-dependant NEXAFS spectroscopy to be used as a sensitive probe of the anisotropy of these systems and provides detailed insight into bond orientation and the symmetry of the frontier orbital states. The experimental spectra are matched to previous theoretical predictions and allow experimental verification of features such as the origin of the split-off conduction band responsible for the n-type conductivity of V2O5 and the strongly anisotropic nature of vanadyl-oxygen-derived (V=O) states thought to be involved in catalysis. We have also invested substantial effort in obtaining shape and size control of metal oxide

  11. Engineering safer-by-design, transparent, silica-coated ZnO nanorods with reduced DNA damage potential.

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    Sotiriou, Georgios A; Watson, Christa; Murdaugh, Kimberly M; Darrah, Thomas H; Pyrgiotakis, Georgios; Elder, Alison; Brain, Joseph D; Demokritou, Philip

    2014-04-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles absorb UV light efficiently while remaining transparent in the visible light spectrum rendering them attractive in cosmetics and polymer films. Their broad use, however, raises concerns regarding potential environmental health risks and it has been shown that ZnO nanoparticles can induce significant DNA damage and cytotoxicity. Even though research on ZnO nanoparticle synthesis has made great progress, efforts on developing safer ZnO nanoparticles that maintain their inherent optoelectronic properties while exhibiting minimal toxicity are limited. Here, a safer-by-design concept was pursued by hermetically encapsulating ZnO nanorods in a biologically inert, nanothin amorphous SiO2 coating during their gas-phase synthesis. It is demonstrated that the SiO2 nanothin layer hermetically encapsulates the core ZnO nanorods without altering their optoelectronic properties. Furthermore, the effect of SiO2 on the toxicological profile of the core ZnO nanorods was assessed using the Nano-Cometchip assay by monitoring DNA damage at a cellular level using human lymphoblastoid cells (TK6). Results indicate significantly lower DNA damage (>3 times) for the SiO2-coated ZnO nanorods compared to uncoated ones. Such an industry-relevant, scalable, safer-by-design formulation of nanostructured materials can liberate their employment in nano-enabled products and minimize risks to the environment and human health. PMID:24955241

  12. Engineering safer-by-design, transparent, silica-coated ZnO nanorods with reduced DNA damage potential

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    Sotiriou, Georgios A.; Watson, Christa; Murdaugh, Kimberly M.; Darrah, Thomas H.; Pyrgiotakis, Georgios; Elder, Alison; Brain, Joseph D.; Demokritou, Philip

    2014-01-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles absorb UV light efficiently while remaining transparent in the visible light spectrum rendering them attractive in cosmetics and polymer films. Their broad use, however, raises concerns regarding potential environmental health risks and it has been shown that ZnO nanoparticles can induce significant DNA damage and cytotoxicity. Even though research on ZnO nanoparticle synthesis has made great progress, efforts on developing safer ZnO nanoparticles that maintain their inherent optoelectronic properties while exhibiting minimal toxicity are limited. Here, a safer-by-design concept was pursued by hermetically encapsulating ZnO nanorods in a biologically inert, nanothin amorphous SiO2 coating during their gas-phase synthesis. It is demonstrated that the SiO2 nanothin layer hermetically encapsulates the core ZnO nanorods without altering their optoelectronic properties. Furthermore, the effect of SiO2 on the toxicological profile of the core ZnO nanorods was assessed using the Nano-Cometchip assay by monitoring DNA damage at a cellular level using human lymphoblastoid cells (TK6). Results indicate significantly lower DNA damage (>3 times) for the SiO2-coated ZnO nanorods compared to uncoated ones. Such an industry-relevant, scalable, safer-by-design formulation of nanostructured materials can liberate their employment in nano-enabled products and minimize risks to the environment and human health. PMID:24955241

  13. An advanced fabrication method of highly ordered ZnO nanowire arrays on silicon substrates by atomic layer deposition.

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    Subannajui, Kittitat; Güder, Firat; Danhof, Julia; Menzel, Andreas; Yang, Yang; Kirste, Lutz; Wang, Chunyu; Cimalla, Volker; Schwarz, Ulrich; Zacharias, Margit

    2012-06-15

    In this work, the controlled fabrication of highly ordered ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays on silicon substrates is reported. Si NWs fabricated by a combination of phase shift lithography and etching are used as a template and are subsequently substituted by ZnO NWs with a dry-etching technique and atomic layer deposition. This fabrication technique allows the vertical ZnO NWs to be fabricated on 4 in Si wafers. Room temperature photoluminescence and micro-photoluminescence are used to observe the optical properties of the atomic layer deposition (ALD) based ZnO NWs. The sharp UV luminescence observed from the ALD ZnO NWs is unexpected for the polycrystalline nanostructure. Surprisingly, the defect related luminescence is much decreased compared to an ALD ZnO film deposited at the same time ona plane substrate. Electrical characterization was carried out by using nanomanipulators. With the p-type Si substrate and the n-type ZnO NWs the nanodevices represent p–n NW diodes.The nanowire diodes show a very high breakthrough potential which implies that the ALD ZnO NWs can be used for future electronic applications. PMID:22609898

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

  15. Growth characteristics of ultra long double-ended acicular ZnO synthesized by a hydrothermal process

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    Tzeng, S. K.; Hon, M. H.; Leu, I. C.

    2009-10-01

    Double-ended acicular ZnO structure can be synthesized via a hydrothermal process with tetramethylammonium hydroxide and zinc acetate as precursors and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as a structure-directing agent. The as-prepared ZnO products show the well crystalline wurtzite structure with growth direction along [0 0 0 1]. For the first time, PVA is found to be employed as a reservoir of Zn 2+ ions in the present study, and can control the concentration of Zn 2+ in reaction solution, and the acicular morphology can be formed at the two ends of the 1-D ZnO structure, due to the effect of secondary growth that occurs as the sufficient concentration of Zn 2+ ions chelated by PVA releasing to the reaction solution. Furthermore, the size of the 1-D ZnO structure can be tuned by different amounts of PVA addition.

  16. Electrodeposited ZnO thin film as an efficient alternative blocking layer for TiCl4 pre-treatment in TiO2-based dye sensitized solar cells

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    Kouhestanian, E.; Mozaffari, S. A.; Ranjbar, M.; SalarAmoli, H.; Armanmehr, M. H.

    2016-08-01

    Recently, ZnO nanostructures have received considerable attention in fabrication of dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) photoanodes due to their unique transport properties. In the present study, a chronoamperometric method was performed to fabricate the ZnO nanostructures as an appropriate alternative of TiCl4 pre-treatment to reduce the recombination reactions, while retaining the TiO2-based DSSC performance. The effect of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) on ZnO electrodeposition to control the growth and crystallization of ZnO nanostructures was investigated. ZnO/TiO2 based-DSSCs were fabricated using N719 ruthenium dye and all photovoltaic parameters were characterized. Incident photon to current efficiency (IPCE), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), cyclic voltammetry (CV) and VOC decay techniques were employed for studying the cell properties which is resulted in a significant enhancement in cell performance.

  17. Attachment-driven morphology evolvement of rectangular ZnO nanowires.

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    Zhang, Dong-Feng; Sun, Ling-Dong; Yin, Jia-Lu; Yan, Chun-Hua; Wang, Rong-Ming

    2005-05-12

    The rectangular cross-sectional ZnO nanowires were synthesized in a solution method. An attachment-driven growth mechanism was proposed for the morphology evolvement of ZnO nanocrystals from nanoparticles to nanoplates and eventually to nanowires. Due to the pileup attachment of the nanoplates to recrystallize into nanowires, unique one-dimensional (1D) ZnO nanowires with the rectangular cross section were obtained, which is different from those nanowires in the previous reports. It is the first time the evidence that "oriented attachment" can occur not only for nanoparticles but also for nanoplates was obtained, suggesting that "oriented attachment" is an intrinsic behavior for nanosized materials. According to the growth model proposed based on the direct TEM observations, ZnO nanocrystals can be easily controlled as nanoparticles, nanoplates, or nanowires by tuning the synthetic parameters. PMID:16852043

  18. Spatially resolved photoluminescence study of single ZnO tetrapods.

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    Feng, L; Cheng, C; Lei, M; Wang, N; Loy, M M T

    2008-10-01

    ZnO tetrapods and nanowires were fabricated by a simple method of thermal evaporation of pure Zn powder in the air. These nanostructures, formed in different temperature regions of the same apparatus, displayed distinct photoluminescence (PL) characteristics. Spatially resolved PL measurements on legs of individual tetrapods show that the green luminescence (GL) decreases with decreasing leg diameter, and there was no detectable GL from nanowires grown simultaneously. These PL properties suggest that the green luminescence may not come from surface states, but rather from bulk defects. PMID:21832631

  19. Optical attenuation coefficient in individual ZnO nanowires.

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    Little, Anree; Hoffman, Abigail; Haegel, Nancy M

    2013-03-11

    Attenuation coefficient measurements for the propagation of bandedge luminescence are made on individual ZnO nanowires by combining the localized excitation capability of a scanning electron microscope (SEM) with near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) to record the distribution and intensity of wave-guided emission. Measurements were made for individual nanostructures with triangular cross-sections ranging in diameter from 680 to 2300 nm. The effective attenuation coefficient shows an inverse dependence on nanowire diameter (d(-1)), indicating scattering losses due to non-ideal waveguiding behavior. PMID:23482201

  20. Nanostructured photovoltaics

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    Fu, Lan; Tan, H. Hoe; Jagadish, Chennupati

    2013-01-01

    Energy and the environment are two of the most important global issues that we currently face. The development of clean and sustainable energy resources is essential to reduce greenhouse gas emission and meet our ever-increasing demand for energy. Over the last decade photovoltaics, as one of the leading technologies to meet these challenges, has seen a continuous increase in research, development and investment. Meanwhile, nanotechnology, which is considered to be the technology of the future, is gradually revolutionizing our everyday life through adaptation and incorporation into many traditional technologies, particularly energy-related technologies, such as photovoltaics. While the record for the highest efficiency is firmly held by multijunction III-V solar cells, there has never been a shortage of new research effort put into improving the efficiencies of all types of solar cells and making them more cost effective. In particular, there have been extensive and exciting developments in employing nanostructures; features with different low dimensionalities, such as quantum wells, nanowires, nanotubes, nanoparticles and quantum dots, have been incorporated into existing photovoltaic technologies to enhance their performance and/or reduce their cost. Investigations into light trapping using plasmonic nanostructures to effectively increase light absorption in various solar cells are also being rigorously pursued. In addition, nanotechnology provides researchers with great opportunities to explore the new ideas and physics offered by nanostructures to implement advanced solar cell concepts such as hot carrier, multi-exciton and intermediate band solar cells. This special issue of Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics contains selected papers on nanostructured photovoltaics written by researchers in their respective fields of expertise. These papers capture the current excitement, as well as addressing some open questions in the field, covering topics including the

  1. Structural and Luminescence Features of Lithium-Doped p-Type Film-Like ZnO Nanorods.

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    Ko, Wonbae; Lee, Sanghyo; Hong, Jin Pyo

    2015-11-01

    We report the structural and optical characteristics of p-type lithium (Li)-doped ZnO film-like nano-structures prepared by utilizing a simple hydro-thermal method in an aqueous solution at a low temperature (< 90 degrees C). The diameters and densities of the Li-doped ZnO nanostructures were controlled by adjusting the molar concentration. A relatively high molar concentration resulted in hexagonal and flat surface-shaped ZnO nanostructures. In addition, a post-annealing process in the range of 400 to 600 degrees C effectively leads to the incorporation of lithium dopant as an acceptor, resulting in optical p-type behavior. The p-type features of synthesized Li-doped ZnO nanostructures were analyzed using a photoluminescence measurement using a He-Cd laser as an excitation source at 10 K. Closer investigation of the fine donor- and acceptor-bound exciton emission peaks from the low temperature PL spectra revealed the occurrence of several peaks related to free excitons (FX), excitons bound to acceptor (A(0)X), free electron to the acceptor transition peak (FA), and its LO phonon replicas. PMID:26726574

  2. Direct in situ observation of ZnO nucleation and growth via transmission X-ray microscopy

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    Tay, S. E. R.; Goode, A. E.; Nelson Weker, J.; Cruickshank, A. A.; Heutz, S.; Porter, A. E.; Ryan, M. P.; Toney, M. F.

    2016-01-01

    The nucleation and growth of a nanostructure controls its size and morphology, and ultimately its functional properties. Hence it is crucial to investigate growth mechanisms under relevant growth conditions at the nanometer length scale. Here we image the nucleation and growth of electrodeposited ZnO nanostructures in situ, using a transmission X-ray microscope and specially designed electrochemical cell. We show that this imaging technique leads to new insights into the nucleation and growth mechanisms in electrodeposited ZnO including direct, in situ observations of instantaneous versus delayed nucleation.The nucleation and growth of a nanostructure controls its size and morphology, and ultimately its functional properties. Hence it is crucial to investigate growth mechanisms under relevant growth conditions at the nanometer length scale. Here we image the nucleation and growth of electrodeposited ZnO nanostructures in situ, using a transmission X-ray microscope and specially designed electrochemical cell. We show that this imaging technique leads to new insights into the nucleation and growth mechanisms in electrodeposited ZnO including direct, in situ observations of instantaneous versus delayed nucleation. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Methods and videos of nanoparticle growth. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr07019h

  3. Fe-tannic acid complex dye as photo sensitizer for different morphological ZnO based DSSCs.

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    Çakar, Soner; Özacar, Mahmut

    2016-06-15

    In this paper we have synthesized different morphological ZnO nanostructures via microwave hydrothermal methods at low temperature within a short time. We described different morphologies of ZnO at different Zn(NO3)2/KOH mole ratio. The ZnO nanostructures were characterized via X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and UV-vis spectrophotometry. All ZnO structures have hexagonal wurtzite type structures. The FESEM images showed various morphologies of ZnO such as plate, rod and nanoparticles. Dye sensitized solar cells have been assembled by these different morphological structures photo electrode and tannic acid or Fe-tannic acid complex dye as sensitizer. We have achieved at maximum efficiencies of photovoltaic cells prepared with ZnO plate in all dye systems. The conversion efficiencies of dye sensitized solar cells are 0.37% and 1.00% with tannic acid and Fe-tannic acid complex dye, respectively. PMID:27043871

  4. Fe-tannic acid complex dye as photo sensitizer for different morphological ZnO based DSSCs

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    Çakar, Soner; Özacar, Mahmut

    2016-06-01

    In this paper we have synthesized different morphological ZnO nanostructures via microwave hydrothermal methods at low temperature within a short time. We described different morphologies of ZnO at different Zn(NO3)2/KOH mole ratio. The ZnO nanostructures were characterized via X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and UV-vis spectrophotometry. All ZnO structures have hexagonal wurtzite type structures. The FESEM images showed various morphologies of ZnO such as plate, rod and nanoparticles. Dye sensitized solar cells have been assembled by these different morphological structures photo electrode and tannic acid or Fe-tannic acid complex dye as sensitizer. We have achieved at maximum efficiencies of photovoltaic cells prepared with ZnO plate in all dye systems. The conversion efficiencies of dye sensitized solar cells are 0.37% and 1.00% with tannic acid and Fe-tannic acid complex dye, respectively.

  5. Chemical protection of ZnO nanorods at ultralow pH To form a hierarchical BiFeO3/ZnO core-shell structure.

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    Loh, Leonard; Briscoe, Joe; Dunn, Steve

    2015-01-14

    ZnO is an interesting material for photoactive and optoelectronic devices because of the wide range of available nanostructures and advantageous semiconducting properties. However, a significant drawback of ZnO is the low stability in high or low pH solutions. This has limited the development of ZnO core-shell materials for use in Z-scheme systems or photovoltaics, where any secondary phase is produced using chemical solution processing at low or high pH. Here, we show a simple process to produce an organic capping layer of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane that can successfully stabilize nanostructured ZnO for processing below pH 1. We demonstrate that this process can be used to produce a ZnO-BiFeO3 (BFO) core-shell structure by a sol-gel process. Using a range of physical and analytical techniques, we show that BFO is highly crystalline and produces a conformal coating with a thickness of 2.5 nm. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction confirm the phase and expected chemical composition of BFO. Finally we are able to demonstrate that diodes produced using the ZnO-BFO core-shell structure have improved performance with a rectification ratio at ±3 V of 2800 because of the reduction in reverse current typically associated with surface recombination on ZnO. Our process opens a route to producing a range of hitherto prohibited ZnO core-shell structures that may have applications ranging from photovoltaic devices to core-shell photocatalysts. PMID:25247787

  6. Chemical growth of ZnO nanorod arrays on textured nanoparticle nanoribbons and its second-harmonic generation performance

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    Gui, Zhou; Wang, Xian; Liu, Jian; Yan, Shanshan; Ding, Yanyan; Wang, Zhengzhou; Hu, Yuan

    2006-07-01

    On the basis of the highly oriented ZnO nanoparticle nanoribbons as the growth seed layer (GSL) and solution growth technique, we have synthesized vertical ZnO nanorod arrays with high density over a large area and multi-teeth brush nanostructure, respectively, according to the density degree of the arrangement of nanoparticle nanoribbons GSL on the glass substrate. This controllable and convenient technique opens the possibility of creating nanostructured film for industrial fabrication and may represent a facile way to get similar structures of other compounds by using highly oriented GSL to promote the vertical arrays growth. The growth mechanism of the formation of the ordered nanorod arrays is also discussed. The second-order nonlinear optical coefficient d31 of the vertical ZnO nanorod arrays measured by the Maker fringes technique is 11.3 times as large as that of d36 KH 2PO 4 (KDP).

  7. 1D ferrimagnetism in homometallic chains

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    Coronado, E.; Gómez-García, C. J.; Borrás-Almenar, J. J.

    1990-05-01

    The magnetic properties of the cobalt zigzag chain Co(bpy)(NCS)2 (bpy=2,2'-bipyridine) are discussed on the basis of an Ising-chain model that takes into account alternating Landé factors. It is emphasized, for the first time, that a homometallic chain containing only one type of site can give rise to a 1D ferrimagneticlike behavior.

  8. DESIGN PACKAGE 1D SYSTEM SAFETY ANALYSIS

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    L.R. Eisler

    1995-02-02

    The purpose of this analysis is to systematically identify and evaluate hazards related to the Yucca Mountain Project Exploratory Studies Facility (ESF) Design Package 1D, Surface Facilities, (for a list of design items included in the package 1D system safety analysis see section 3). This process is an integral part of the systems engineering process; whereby safety is considered during planning, design, testing, and construction. A largely qualitative approach was used since a radiological System Safety analysis is not required. The risk assessment in this analysis characterizes the accident scenarios associated with the Design Package 1D structures/systems/components in terms of relative risk and includes recommendations for mitigating all identified risks. The priority for recommending and implementing mitigation control features is: (1) Incorporate measures to reduce risks and hazards into the structure/system/component (S/S/C) design, (2) add safety devices and capabilities to the designs that reduce risk, (3) provide devices that detect and warn personnel of hazardous conditions, and (4) develop procedures and conduct training to increase worker awareness of potential hazards, on methods to reduce exposure to hazards, and on the actions required to avoid accidents or correct hazardous conditions. The scope of this analysis is limited to the Design Package 1D structures/systems/components (S/S/Cs) during normal operations excluding hazards occurring during maintenance and ''off normal'' operations.

  9. Effect of substrate (ZnO) morphology on enzyme immobilization and its catalytic activity

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    Zhang, Yan; Wu, Haixia; Huang, Xuelei; Zhang, Jingyan; Guo, Shouwu

    2011-07-01

    In this study, zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocrystals with different morphologies were synthesized and used as substrates for enzyme immobilization. The effects of morphology of ZnO nanocrystals on enzyme immobilization and their catalytic activities were investigated. The ZnO nanocrystals were prepared through a hydrothermal procedure using tetramethylammonium hydroxide as a mineralizing agent. The control on the morphology of ZnO nanocrystals was achieved by varying the ratio of CH3OH to H2O, which were used as solvents in the hydrothermal reaction system. The surface of as-prepared ZnO nanoparticles was functionalized with amino groups using 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane and tetraethyl orthosilicate, and the amino groups on the surface were identified and calculated by FT-IR and the Kaiser assay. Horseradish peroxidase was immobilized on as-modified ZnO nanostructures with glutaraldehyde as a crosslinker. The results showed that three-dimensional nanomultipod is more appropriate for the immobilization of enzyme used further in catalytic reaction.

  10. ZnO based heterojunctions and their application in environmental photocatalysis.

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    Gu, Xiuquan; Li, Cuiyan; Yuan, Shuai; Ma, Mingguo; Qiang, Yinghuai; Zhu, Jiefang

    2016-10-01

    As an alternative to TiO2 photocatalysts, ZnO exhibits a large potential for photocatalytic (PC) applications in environmental treatments, such as degradation of wastewater, sterilization of drinking water, and air cleaning. However, the efficiency achieved with ZnO to date is far from that expected for commercialization, due to rapid charge recombination, photo-corrosion as well as poor utilization of solar energy. Fortunately, in recent years, a great number of breakthroughs have been achieved in PC performance (including activity and stability) of micro-/nano- structured ZnO by forming heterojunctions (HJs) with metal nanoparticles (NPs), carbon nanostructures and other semiconductors. In most cases, the improvement of PC performance was ascribed to the better charge separation at the interfaces between ZnO and the other components. Sometimes, the formation of hybrids is also in favor of visible light harvesting. This review summarizes recent advances in the fields of environmental photocatalysis by ZnO based HJs, and especially emphasizes their abilities in degradation of organic pollutants or harmful substances in water. We aim to reveal the mechanism underlying the enhanced PC performance by constructing HJs, and extend the potential of ZnO HJ photocatalysts for future trends, and practical, large-scale applications in environment-related fields. PMID:27575520

  11. Strain Loading Mode Dependent Bandgap Deformation Potential in ZnO Micro/Nanowires.

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    Fu, Xuewen; Liao, Zhi-Min; Liu, Ren; Lin, Fang; Xu, Jun; Zhu, Rui; Zhong, Wei; Liu, Yingkai; Guo, Wanlin; Yu, Dapeng

    2015-12-22

    The electronic-mechanical coupling in semiconductor nanostructures under different strain loading modes can modulate their photoelectric properties in different manners. Here, we report the systematic investigation on the strain mode dependent bandgap deformation potential of ZnO micro/nanowires under both uniaxial tensile and bending strains at room temperature. Uniaxial stretching-photoluminescence results show that the deformation potential of the smaller ZnO nanowire (with diameter d = 260 nm) is -30.6 meV/%, and is close to the bulk value, whereas it deviates the bulk value and becomes to be -10.6 meV/% when the wire diameter is increased to d = 2 μm. This unconventional size dependence stems from surface effect induced inhomogeneous strain in the surface layer and the core of the ZnO micro/nanowires under uniaxial tension. For bending load mode, the in situ high-resolution transmission electron microscope analysis reveals that the local strain distributes linearly in the bending cross section. Further cathodoluminescence measurements on a bending ZnO microwire (d = 1.8 μm) demonstrate that the deformation potential is -27 meV/%, whose absolute value is much larger than that of the ZnO microwire under uniaxial tension. Further analysis reveals that the distinct deformation potentials originate from the different deforming modes in ZnO micro/nanowires under bending or uniaxial tensile strains. Our results should facilitate the design of flexible optoelectronic nanodevices. PMID:26517647

  12. Auto-fluorescent mesoporous ZnO nanospheres for drug delivery carrier application.

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    Bakrudeen, Haja Bava; Sugunalakshmi, Madurai; Reddy, Boreddy S R

    2015-11-01

    The zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures are very interesting materials because of their practical bio-applications in various areas such as drug delivery, construction of biomaterial, optical and acoustic devices as well as their bactericidal properties. Herein, we have prepared spheroidal mesoporous auto-fluorescent ZnO nanospheres by modified continuous distillation method, showed a blue emission in the concentration of 2mg/ml at 444nm. The auto-fluorescent property of ZnO nanospheres can be used in biomaterials for target sites of tissues/cells, thereby enabling site drug delivery especially in cancer therapy. Initially, the auto-fluorescent property of the ZnO material was characterized by different techniques like PXRD, FESEM with EDAX graph, TEM, ICP-OES, particle sizes, zeta potentials and BET analysis. The mesoporous ZnO nanospheres has attracted well for their crystalline, functionalized and intensified fluorescent properties. The surface of the ZnO nanospheres was porous, spherical and nanometric in size. The synthesized material has enormous potential as a nano-drug-carrier. Preliminary studies indicated that the material prepared has an excellent scope for detection and delivery at the site of therapeutic action. PMID:26249598

  13. Effect of substrate (ZnO) morphology on enzyme immobilization and its catalytic activity.

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    Zhang, Yan; Wu, Haixia; Huang, Xuelei; Zhang, Jingyan; Guo, Shouwu

    2011-01-01

    In this study, zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocrystals with different morphologies were synthesized and used as substrates for enzyme immobilization. The effects of morphology of ZnO nanocrystals on enzyme immobilization and their catalytic activities were investigated. The ZnO nanocrystals were prepared through a hydrothermal procedure using tetramethylammonium hydroxide as a mineralizing agent. The control on the morphology of ZnO nanocrystals was achieved by varying the ratio of CH3OH to H2O, which were used as solvents in the hydrothermal reaction system. The surface of as-prepared ZnO nanoparticles was functionalized with amino groups using 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane and tetraethyl orthosilicate, and the amino groups on the surface were identified and calculated by FT-IR and the Kaiser assay. Horseradish peroxidase was immobilized on as-modified ZnO nanostructures with glutaraldehyde as a crosslinker. The results showed that three-dimensional nanomultipod is more appropriate for the immobilization of enzyme used further in catalytic reaction. PMID:21752255

  14. Nanostructured Al-ZnO/CdSe/Cu2O ETA solar cells on Al-ZnO film/quartz glass templates

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    2011-01-01

    The quartz/Al-ZnO film/nanostructured Al-ZnO/CdSe/Cu2O extremely thin absorber solar cell has been successfully realized. The Al-doped ZnO one-dimensional nanostructures on quartz templates covered by a sputtering Al-doped ZnO film was used as the n-type electrode. A 19- to 35-nm-thin layer of CdSe absorber was deposited by radio frequency magnetron sputtering, coating the ZnO nanostructures. The voids between the Al-ZnO/CdSe nanostructures were filled with p-type Cu2O, and therefore, the entire assembly formed a p-i-n junction. The cell shows the energy conversion efficiency as high as 3.16%, which is an interesting option for developing new solar cell devices. PACS: 88.40.jp; 73.40.Lq; 73.50.Pz. PMID:22136081

  15. Nanostructured Al-ZnO/CdSe/Cu2O ETA solar cells on Al-ZnO film/quartz glass templates.

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    Wang, Xianghu; Li, Rongbin; Fan, Donghua

    2011-01-01

    The quartz/Al-ZnO film/nanostructured Al-ZnO/CdSe/Cu2O extremely thin absorber solar cell has been successfully realized. The Al-doped ZnO one-dimensional nanostructures on quartz templates covered by a sputtering Al-doped ZnO film was used as the n-type electrode. A 19- to 35-nm-thin layer of CdSe absorber was deposited by radio frequency magnetron sputtering, coating the ZnO nanostructures. The voids between the Al-ZnO/CdSe nanostructures were filled with p-type Cu2O, and therefore, the entire assembly formed a p-i-n junction. The cell shows the energy conversion efficiency as high as 3.16%, which is an interesting option for developing new solar cell devices.PACS: 88.40.jp; 73.40.Lq; 73.50.Pz. PMID:22136081

  16. Nanostructured Al-ZnO/CdSe/Cu2O ETA solar cells on Al-ZnO film/quartz glass templates

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    Wang, Xianghu; Li, Rongbin; Fan, Donghua

    2011-12-01

    The quartz/Al-ZnO film/nanostructured Al-ZnO/CdSe/Cu2O extremely thin absorber solar cell has been successfully realized. The Al-doped ZnO one-dimensional nanostructures on quartz templates covered by a sputtering Al-doped ZnO film was used as the n-type electrode. A 19- to 35-nm-thin layer of CdSe absorber was deposited by radio frequency magnetron sputtering, coating the ZnO nanostructures. The voids between the Al-ZnO/CdSe nanostructures were filled with p-type Cu2O, and therefore, the entire assembly formed a p-i-n junction. The cell shows the energy conversion efficiency as high as 3.16%, which is an interesting option for developing new solar cell devices. PACS: 88.40.jp; 73.40.Lq; 73.50.Pz.

  17. Synthesis and characterization of CuO nanofibers, and investigation for its suitability as blocking layer in ZnO NPs based dye sensitized solar cell and as photocatalyst in organic dye degradation

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    Sahay, R.; Sundaramurthy, J.; Suresh Kumar, P.; Thavasi, V.; Mhaisalkar, S.G.; Ramakrishna, S.

    2012-02-15

    Electrospun copper based composite nanofibers were synthesized using the copper acetate/polyvinyl alcohol/water solution as starting material. Synthesized composite nanofibers were sintered at 500 Degree-Sign C to obtain CuO nanofibers. XRD, FTIR and XPS techniques were used to confirm the presence of pure CuO nanostructures. The effect of annealing cycle on the crystalline structure of the CuO nanofibers was analyzed and observed that the decrease in crystallite size with an increase in the dwelling time improved the orientation of the CuO crystallite. The blue-shift in the band-gap energies of CuO nanofibers was observed as a result of quantum confinement from bulk CuO (1.2 eV) to one dimensional (1D) nanostructures ({approx}1.746 eV). The catalytic activity of the CuO fibers for the degradation of methyl orange was carried out and as a blocking layer in ZnO based DSSC was fabricated and observed a {approx}25% increase in the current density. - Graphical abstract: The study on the suitability of highly crystalline CuO nanofibers as the blocking layer in ZnO based DSSC was demonstrated and fabricated with possible energy applications. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer CuO nanofibers were successfully synthesized by using electrospinning technique. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The effect of the dwelling time of the annealing cycle for the formation of the crystallite CuO nanofibers was analyzed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A 25% increase in the current density was observed with the application of CuO as blocking layer.

  18. Electrochemical growth of ZnO nanoplates

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    Illy, B.; Shollock, B. A.; MacManus-Driscoll, J. L.; Ryan, M. P.

    2005-02-01

    ZnO films were grown on polycrystalline Zn foil by cathodic electrodeposition in an aqueous zinc chloride/calcium chloride solution at 80 °C. Variation in the electrochemical parameters resulted in a variation in growth morphology from 1D (nanorods), 2D ('nanoplates') to 3D crystal growth. An as-received or mechanically polished substrate proved the most suitable substrate finish and allowed more highly aligned, dense structures to be grown; in contrast, electropolished substrates formed inhomogeneous deposits. Substrate annealing gave rise to large homogenous areas of nanorod deposition. Two-dimensional sheet growth was found to occur in conjunction with nanorods under specific electrochemical conditions. Hexagonal 'plates' approximately 50 nm in thickness and several microns in diameter were formed normal to the substrate.

  19. Atomistic characterization and continuum modeling of novel thermomechanical behaviors of zinc oxide nanostructures

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    Kulkarni, Ambarish J.

    2007-05-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires and nanorods are a new class of one-dimensional (1D) nanomaterials with a wide range of potential applications as catalysts, chemical and biomedical sensors, resonators, transparent conductors, and electronic and photonic interconnects in nano-electro-mechanical systems (NEMS). The motivation for this work stems from the lack of understanding and characterization of their mechanical and thermal behaviors which are essential for their incorporation in nanosystems. Furthermore, it is imperative to characterize the dimensional dependence of the thermomechanical responses observed due to the high surface-to-volume ratios at the nanoscale. The overall goal of this work is to develop a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms controlling the responses of these nanostructures. The specific focus of this research is threefold: (1) development of a molecular dynamics (MD) based computational framework for analyzing the thermomechanical behavior, (2) characterization of the thermal and mechanical behaviors and their coupling in ZnO nanowires and (3) development of models for the behavior with focus on pseudoelasticity and thermal conductivity. The thermal response analyses use an equilibrium Green-Kubo approach to quantify the thermal conductivity of 19-41 A sized wires in the 500-1500 K temperature range. Values of thermal conductivity obtained are one order of magnitude lower than that for bulk ZnO single crystal and decrease for smaller sizes due to enhanced surface scattering of phonons. A modified equation for phonon radiative transport (EPRT) incorporating the effect of surface scattering is used to model the thermal conductivity as a function of size and temperature. Quasistatic tensile loading of wires in the same size range show that the elastic moduli values are 68.2-27.8% higher than the corresponding values for bulk ZnO. More importantly, phase transformations from the initial wurtzite (WZ) structure to a previously unknown graphite

  20. Morphology Control of Zinc Oxide Nanostructure on Single Layer Graphene.

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    Ahn, Seungbae; Vijayarangamuthu, K; Jeon, Ki-Jeon

    2016-05-01

    Various morphologies of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures on single layer graphene were synthesized by electrodeposition method. The current density was utilized to control the morphology of the ZnO. The Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) was used to examine the surface morphology of the samples. SEM analysis shows morphology changes to nanorod, flower, and flakes with increase in the current density from 0.1, 0.2, and 0.3 mA/cm(-1) respectively. The XRD, XPS, and Raman spectroscopy were adopted to characterize the ZnO nanostructure and to understand the formation of various morphologies. The Raman result clearly shows extra modes due to for flakes structure caused by c-axis orientation along the substrate direction. Further, XPS data also supports formation of ZnO without any other intermediate compound such as Zn(OH)2. The formation of various morphologies was correlated to the formation different ratio of Zn2+ and OH- ions and the change in growth direction due to various current densities. PMID:27483766

  1. Growth and characterization of uniform ZnO films as piezoelectric materials using a hydrothermal growth technique

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    Makarona, E.; Fritz, C.; Niarchos, G.; Speliotis, Th.; Arapoyanni, A.; Tsamis, C.

    2011-06-01

    ZnO nanostructures, especially in the form of dense arrays of nanorods or belts have the ability to efficiently convert mechanical energy to electrical energy. One of the drawbacks though for the exploitation of nanorod technology for commercial devices is the ability to make the electrical contacts to these nanostructured piezoelectric converting elements. Although technologies have been developed that provide solutions for electrical contact issues, metal contact on uniform thin films are much simpler, and can readily be implemented to commercial mass-produced applications. At the same time it is known that high piezoelectric coefficients ZnO uniform films with columnar grains having their c-axis perpendicular to the substrate are required. In this work, we investigate the growth of uniform ZnO films, using a low temperature, low cost hydrothermal process typically used for the fabrication of ZnO nanorods. Under appropriate conditions coalescence of the nanorods occur resulting in uniform films with a columnar structure. The study focuses on understanding the role of the growth factors in order to be able to fully control the proposed process. Moreover, the hydrothermal method is further exploited for the fabrication of uniform ZnO nanostructures on patterned substrates with Au interdigitated electrodes (IDE) using standard lithography as a proof-of-concept of the applicability of the method to standard microfabrication techniques. The piezoelectric films with the IDEs are electrically characterized in order to assess the electrical properties of the grown films. From this analysis, process conditions have been identified for the growth of uniform nanostructured ZnO films, suitable for piezoelectric microgenerators.

  2. An enzyme free Vitamin C augmented sensing with different ZnO morphologies on SnO2/F transparent glass electrode: A comparative study.

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    Singhal, Chaitali; Malhotra, Nitesh; Pundir, C S; Deepshikha; Narang, Jagriti

    2016-12-01

    Three types of Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures viz. ZnO nanocrystals (ZnONCs), ZnO nanoparticles (ZnONPs) and ZnO nanobelts (ZnONBs) were synthesized and characterized by UV-Vis, FTIR and SEM. A comparison of signal amplification by these ZnO nanostructures as judged by cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and Linear Sweep Voltammetry (LSV) revealed that ZnONCs are better sensing interface for electrochemical detection. When these ZnO nanostructure were compared electrochemically for sensing Vitamin C, ZnONC's sensor outperformed the ZnONP and ZnONB sensor and previously reported sensors. The ZnONCs/MB/FTO electrode showed a wide linear sensing range (0.001μM to 4000μM), low detection limit (0.0001μM), a small response time (5s) and a storage stability of 6months. To the best of our knowledge, this elevated sensitivity and remarkable stability for electrochemical Vitamin C detection using ZnONC's have not been reported so far. PMID:27612771

  3. Room-temperature synthesis of nanoporous 1D microrods of graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) with highly enhanced photocatalytic activity and stability

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    Pawar, Rajendra C.; Kang, Suhee; Park, Jung Hyun; Kim, Jong-Ho; Ahn, Sunghoon; Lee, Caroline S.

    2016-08-01

    A one-dimensional (1D) nanostructure having a porous network is an exceptional photocatalytic material to generate hydrogen (H2) and decontaminate wastewater using solar energy. In this report, we synthesized nanoporous 1D microrods of graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) via a facile and template-free chemical approach at room temperature. The use of concentrated acids induced etching and lift-off because of strong oxidation and protonation. Compared with the bulk g-C3N4, the porous 1D microrod structure showed five times higher photocatalytic degradation performance toward methylene blue dye (MB) under visible light irradiation. The photocatalytic H2 evolution of the 1D nanostructure (34 μmol g‑1) was almost 26 times higher than that of the bulk g-C3N4 structure (1.26 μmol g‑1). Additionally, the photocurrent stability of this nanoporous 1D morphology over 24 h indicated remarkable photocorrosion resistance. The improved photocatalytic activities were attributed to prolonged carrier lifetime because of its quantum confinement effect, effective separation and transport of charge carriers, and increased number of active sites from interconnected nanopores throughout the microrods. The present 1D nanostructure would be highly suited for photocatalytic water purification as well as water splitting devices. Finally, this facile and room temperature strategy to fabricate the nanostructures is very cost-effective.

  4. Room-temperature synthesis of nanoporous 1D microrods of graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) with highly enhanced photocatalytic activity and stability.

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    Pawar, Rajendra C; Kang, Suhee; Park, Jung Hyun; Kim, Jong-Ho; Ahn, Sunghoon; Lee, Caroline S

    2016-01-01

    A one-dimensional (1D) nanostructure having a porous network is an exceptional photocatalytic material to generate hydrogen (H2) and decontaminate wastewater using solar energy. In this report, we synthesized nanoporous 1D microrods of graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) via a facile and template-free chemical approach at room temperature. The use of concentrated acids induced etching and lift-off because of strong oxidation and protonation. Compared with the bulk g-C3N4, the porous 1D microrod structure showed five times higher photocatalytic degradation performance toward methylene blue dye (MB) under visible light irradiation. The photocatalytic H2 evolution of the 1D nanostructure (34 μmol g(-1)) was almost 26 times higher than that of the bulk g-C3N4 structure (1.26 μmol g(-1)). Additionally, the photocurrent stability of this nanoporous 1D morphology over 24 h indicated remarkable photocorrosion resistance. The improved photocatalytic activities were attributed to prolonged carrier lifetime because of its quantum confinement effect, effective separation and transport of charge carriers, and increased number of active sites from interconnected nanopores throughout the microrods. The present 1D nanostructure would be highly suited for photocatalytic water purification as well as water splitting devices. Finally, this facile and room temperature strategy to fabricate the nanostructures is very cost-effective. PMID:27498979

  5. Room-temperature synthesis of nanoporous 1D microrods of graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) with highly enhanced photocatalytic activity and stability

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    Pawar, Rajendra C.; Kang, Suhee; Park, Jung Hyun; Kim, Jong-ho; Ahn, Sunghoon; Lee, Caroline S.

    2016-01-01

    A one-dimensional (1D) nanostructure having a porous network is an exceptional photocatalytic material to generate hydrogen (H2) and decontaminate wastewater using solar energy. In this report, we synthesized nanoporous 1D microrods of graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) via a facile and template-free chemical approach at room temperature. The use of concentrated acids induced etching and lift-off because of strong oxidation and protonation. Compared with the bulk g-C3N4, the porous 1D microrod structure showed five times higher photocatalytic degradation performance toward methylene blue dye (MB) under visible light irradiation. The photocatalytic H2 evolution of the 1D nanostructure (34 μmol g−1) was almost 26 times higher than that of the bulk g-C3N4 structure (1.26 μmol g−1). Additionally, the photocurrent stability of this nanoporous 1D morphology over 24 h indicated remarkable photocorrosion resistance. The improved photocatalytic activities were attributed to prolonged carrier lifetime because of its quantum confinement effect, effective separation and transport of charge carriers, and increased number of active sites from interconnected nanopores throughout the microrods. The present 1D nanostructure would be highly suited for photocatalytic water purification as well as water splitting devices. Finally, this facile and room temperature strategy to fabricate the nanostructures is very cost-effective. PMID:27498979

  6. Fabrication of ZnO and doped ZnO waveguides deposited by Spin Coating

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    Mohan, Rosmin Elsa; R, Neha P.; T, Shalu; C, Darshana K.; Sreelatha, K. S.

    2015-02-01

    In this paper, the synthesis of ZnO and doped Zn1-xAgxO (where x=0.03) nanoparticles by co- precipitation is reported. The precursors used were Zinc Nitrate and Potassium hydroxide pellets. For doping, 3% AgNO3 in ZnNO3 was considered as a separate buffer solution. The prepared nanoparticles were subsequently spin coated onto silica glass substrates at a constant chuck rate of 3000 rpm. The substrate acts as the lower cladding of a waveguide structure. The upper cladding is assumed to be air in the present investigation. The nanostructures of the ZnO powders in the doped and undoped cases were studied using X-ray Diffraction patterns. There was a decrease in the grain size with doping which increase the tunability of the powders to be used as photoluminescent devices. The optical characteristics of the sample were also investigated using UV-Visible spectrophotometer at 200-900 nm wavelengths. The photoluminescence peaks also report a dramatic increase in intensity at the same wavelength for the doped case compared to the undoped one.

  7. Effect of seed layer on the self assembly of spray pyrolyzed Al-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Dwivedi, Charu; Dutta, V.

    2013-03-01

    Al-doped ZnO (AlZO) nanorod arrays and nanostructures were fabricated on seed coated glass substrates via CoSP (Continuous Spray Pyrolysis) reactor. The as-synthesized aluminium doped ZnO nanoparticles and nanorods were analyzed through different characterization techniques. There were no significant changes found in the structure with doping of Al but the morphology of the film changed to branched nanorods and nanosheets with the change in seed solution and annealing temperature, respectively. Also, the current-voltage curves of the ZnO and AZO nanorod arrays was measured and it was found that the current response of AZO nanorods was higher than that of ZnO nanorods, proving the Al incorporation as a dopant.

  8. From 1D chain to 3D network: A theoretical study on TiO2 low dimensional structures

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    Guo, Ling-ju; Zeng, Zhi; He, Tao

    2015-06-01

    We have performed a systematic study on a series of low dimensional TiO2 nanostructures under density functional theory methods. The geometries, stabilities, growth mechanism, and electronic structures of 1D chain, 2D ring, 2D ring array, and 3D network of TiO2 nanostructures are analyzed. Based on the Ti2O4 building unit, a series of 1D TiO2 nano chains and rings can be built. Furthermore, 2D ring array and 3D network nanostructures can be constructed from 1D chains and rings. Among non-periodic TiO2 chain and ring structures, one series of ring structures is found to be more stable. The geometry model of the 2D ring arrays and 3D network structures in this work has provided a theoretical understanding on the structure information in experiments. Based on these semiconductive low dimensional structures, moreover, it can help to understand and design new hierarchical TiO2 nanostructure in the future.

  9. From 1D chain to 3D network: A theoretical study on TiO{sub 2} low dimensional structures

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    Guo, Ling-ju; He, Tao; Zeng, Zhi

    2015-06-14

    We have performed a systematic study on a series of low dimensional TiO{sub 2} nanostructures under density functional theory methods. The geometries, stabilities, growth mechanism, and electronic structures of 1D chain, 2D ring, 2D ring array, and 3D network of TiO{sub 2} nanostructures are analyzed. Based on the Ti{sub 2}O{sub 4} building unit, a series of 1D TiO{sub 2} nano chains and rings can be built. Furthermore, 2D ring array and 3D network nanostructures can be constructed from 1D chains and rings. Among non-periodic TiO{sub 2} chain and ring structures, one series of ring structures is found to be more stable. The geometry model of the 2D ring arrays and 3D network structures in this work has provided a theoretical understanding on the structure information in experiments. Based on these semiconductive low dimensional structures, moreover, it can help to understand and design new hierarchical TiO{sub 2} nanostructure in the future.

  10. Homogeneous and stable p-type doping of graphene by MeV electron beam-stimulated hybridization with ZnO thin films

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    Song, Wooseok; Kim, Yooseok; Hwan Kim, Sung; Youn Kim, Soo; Cha, Myoung-Jun; Song, Inkyung; Jeon, Cheolho; Sung Jung, Dae; Lim, Taekyung; Lee, Sumi; Ju, Sanghyun; Chel Choi, Won; Wook Jung, Min; An, Ki-Seok; Park, Chong-Yun

    2013-02-04

    In this work, we demonstrate a unique and facile methodology for the homogenous and stable p-type doping of graphene by hybridization with ZnO thin films fabricated by MeV electron beam irradiation (MEBI) under ambient conditions. The formation of the ZnO/graphene hybrid nanostructure was attributed to MEBI-stimulated dissociation of zinc acetate dihydrate and a subsequent oxidation process. A ZnO thin film with an ultra-flat surface and uniform thickness was formed on graphene. We found that homogeneous and stable p-type doping was achieved by charge transfer from the graphene to the ZnO film.

  11. Taheri-Saramad x-ray detector (TSXD): A novel high spatial resolution x-ray imager based on ZnO nano scintillator wires in polycarbonate membrane

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    Taheri, A. Saramad, S.; Ghalenoei, S.; Setayeshi, S.

    2014-01-15

    A novel x-ray imager based on ZnO nanowires is designed and fabricated. The proposed architecture is based on scintillation properties of ZnO nanostructures in a polycarbonate track-etched membrane. Because of higher refractive index of ZnO nanowire compared to the membrane, the nanowire acts as an optical fiber that prevents the generated optical photons to spread inside the detector. This effect improves the spatial resolution of the imager. The detection quantum efficiency and spatial resolution of the fabricated imager are 11% and <6.8 μm, respectively.

  12. Centrosome Positioning in 1D Cell Migration

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    Adlerz, Katrina; Aranda-Espinoza, Helim

    During cell migration, the positioning of the centrosome and nucleus define a cell's polarity. For a cell migrating on a two-dimensional substrate the centrosome is positioned in front of the nucleus. Under one-dimensional confinement, however, the centrosome is positioned behind the nucleus in 60% of cells. It is known that the centrosome is positioned by CDC42 and dynein for cells moving on a 2D substrate in a wound-healing assay. It is currently unknown, however, if this is also true for cells moving under 1D confinement, where the centrosome position is often reversed. Therefore, centrosome positioning was studied in cells migrating under 1D confinement, which mimics cells migrating through 3D matrices. 3 to 5 μm fibronectin lines were stamped onto a glass substrate and cells with fluorescently labeled nuclei and centrosomes migrated on the lines. Our results show that when a cell changes directions the centrosome position is maintained. That is, when the centrosome is between the nucleus and the cell's trailing edge and the cell changes direction, the centrosome will be translocated across the nucleus to the back of the cell again. A dynein inhibitor did have an influence on centrosome positioning in 1D migration and change of directions.

  13. Self-assembled ultra small ZnO nanocrystals for dye-sensitized solar cell application

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    Patra, Astam K.; Dutta, Arghya; Bhaumik, Asim

    2014-07-01

    We demonstrate a facile chemical approach to produce self-assembled ultra-small mesoporous zinc oxide nanocrystals using sodium salicylate (SS) as a template under hydrothermal conditions. These ZnO nanomaterials have been successfully fabricated as a photoanode for the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) in the presence of N719 dye and iodine–triiodide electrolyte. The structural features, crystallinity, purity, mesophase and morphology of the nanostructure ZnO are investigated by several characterization tools. N{sub 2} sorption analysis revealed high surface areas (203 m{sup 2} g{sup −1}) and narrow pore size distributions (5.1–5.4 nm) for different samples. The mesoporous structure and strong photoluminescence facilitates the high dye loading at the mesoscopic void spaces and light harvesting in DSSC. By utilizing this ultra-small ZnO photoelectrode with film thickness of about 7 μm in the DSSC with an open-circuit voltage (V{sub OC}) of 0.74 V, short-circuit current density (J{sub SC}) of 3.83 mA cm{sup −2} and an overall power conversion efficiency of 1.12% has been achieved. - Graphical abstract: Ultra-small ZnO nanocrystals have been synthesized with sodium salicylate as a template and using it as a photoanode in a dye-sensitized solar cell 1.12% power conversion efficiency has been observed. - Highlights: • Synthesis of self-assembled ultra-small mesoporous ZnO nanocrystals by using sodium salicylate as a template. • Mesoporous ZnO materials have high BET surface areas and void space. • ZnO nanoparticles serve as a photoanode for the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). • Using ZnO nanocrystals as photoelectrode power conversion efficiency of 1.12% has been achieved.

  14. Prospects for the pulsed electrodeposition of zinc-oxide hierarchical nanostructures

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    Klochko, N. P.; Myagchenko, Y. O.; Melnychuk, E. E.; Kopach, V. R.; Klepikova, E. S.; Lyubov, V. N.; Khrypunov, G. S.; Kopach, A. V.

    2013-08-15

    Studies into the effect of the conditions of pulsed electrodeposition upon the structural and sub-structural parameters, morphology, and optical properties of ZnO-crystallite arrays make it possible to establish those parameters optimal for the formation of ZnO nanorods oriented normally to the substrate surface. These parameters are as follows: an electrolyte temperature of 70-85 Degree-Sign C, duty cycle of 40%, and a pulse-repetition frequency of 2 Hz. The nanorod dimensions can be varied by heating or cooling the electrolyte within the above-indicated limits; as a result, small-sized nanorods can be electrically deposited on the surface of larger nanorods to form hierarchical nanostructures. By varying the duty cycle, it is possible to modify the surface morphology of the arrays up to the formation of mesoporous ZnO networks. In combination with ZnO nanorods, such networks are capable of forming hierarchical nanostructures with large specific areas.

  15. The optical band gap investigation of PVP-capped ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by sol-gel method

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    Yuliah, Yayah; Bahtiar, Ayi; Fitrilawati, Siregar, Rustam E.

    2016-02-01

    ZnO Nanoparticles (NPs) has unique natures on their crystal structure, direct band gap and high exciton binding energy, consequently applied in optoelectronic devices such as solar cells, optical wave guide and light emitting diodes (LED). However the drawback was ZnO NPs tend to agglomerate and turn to nano-structured materials with poor properties. Effort to avoid agglomerations generally resolved by surface modification of ZnO NPs to obtain well-dispersed suspension. However changes in the surface of ZnO NPs may change the electronic structure and density of states of ZnO NPs, in turn may change the optical band gap. Thus, the objective of current research is investigation of optical band gap of ZnO NPs due to surface modification by capping agent of poly-4-vinylpyrrolidone (PVP) molecules. Uncapped and PVP-capped ZnO nanoparticles were prepared by sol-gel method. The characteristics of surface modifications were investigated by UV-Vis and Photo Luminescence spectroscopy and Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM). The results shows the surface modification has change the band gap of ZnO NPs obtained at second precipitated stage. In contrast, the change of the optical band gap did not observe due to the surface modification of ZnO NPs obtained at the first stage. It was concluded that PVP capping on ZnO NPs did not affect on the band gap when the capping was performed on first stage. It is emphasized that this statement also supported by TEM images observations.

  16. AFM characterization of nonwoven material functionalized by ZnO sputter coating

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    Deng Bingyao; Yan Xiong; Wei Qufu Gao Weidong

    2007-10-15

    Sputter coatings provide new approaches to the surface functionalization of textile materials. In this study, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) nonwoven material was used as a substrate for creating functional nanostructures on the fiber surfaces. A magnetron sputter coating was used to deposit functional zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures onto the nonwoven substrate. The evolution of the surface morphology of the fibers in the nonwoven web was examined using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The AFM observations revealed a significant difference in the morphology of the fibers before and after the sputter coating. The AFM images also indicated the effect of the sputtering conditions on the surface morphology of the fibers. The increase in the sputtering time led to the growth of the ZnO grains on the fiber surfaces. The higher pressure in the sputtering chamber could cause the formation of larger grains on the fiber surfaces. The higher power used also generated larger grains on the fiber surfaces.

  17. Y-shaped ZnO Nanobelts Driven from Twinned Dislocations

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    Shi, Yuan; Bao, Shuhan; Shi, Run; Huang, Chengzi; Amini, Abbas; Wu, Zefei; Zhang, Linfei; Wang, Ning; Cheng, Chun

    2016-01-01

    Y-shaped ZnO nanobelts are fabricated by a simple thermal evaporation method. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) investigation shows that these ZnO nanobelts are crystals with twinned planes {11–21}. Convergent Beam Electron Diffraction studies show that the two sides of twinned nanobelts are O-terminated towards the twinned boundary and Zn-terminated outwards. The two branches of twinned ZnO nanobelts grow along [11–26] from the trunk and then turn to the polarization direction [0001]. The featured Y-shape morphology and TEM characterizations indicate that the growth of these novel nanostructures is driven by an unusual twinned dislocation growth mechanism. PMID:26931057

  18. Nanoscale calibration of n-type ZnO staircase structures by scanning capacitance microscopy

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    Wang, L.; Laurent, J.; Chauveau, J. M.; Sallet, V.; Jomard, F.; Brémond, G.

    2015-11-01

    Cross-sectional scanning capacitance microscopy (SCM) was performed on n-type ZnO multi-layer structures homoepitaxially grown by molecular beam epitaxy method. Highly contrasted SCM signals were obtained between the ZnO layers with different Ga densities. Through comparison with dopant depth profiles from secondary ion mass spectroscopy measurement, it is demonstrated that SCM is able to distinguish carrier concentrations at all levels of the samples (from 2 × 1017 cm-3 to 3 × 1020 cm-3). The good agreement of the results from the two techniques indicates that SCM can be a useful tool for two dimensional carrier profiling at nanoscale for ZnO nanostructure development. As an example, residual carrier concentration inside the non-intentionally doped buffer layer was estimated to be around 2 × 1016 cm-3 through calibration analysis.

  19. Effect of vacuumization on the photoluminescence and photoresponse decay of the zinc oxide nanostructures grown by different methods

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    Kapustianyk, Volodymyr; Turko, Borys; Rudyk, Viktor; Rudyk, Yuriy; Rudko, Mykola; Panasiuk, Myron; Serkiz, Roman

    2016-06-01

    Influence of vacuumization on the photoluminescence (PL) spectra and photoresponse decay of ZnO nanostructures fabricated by different methods was investigated. The visible band of photoluminescence and ultraviolet (UV) photosensitivity of the samples grown from a vapor phase was associated with the intrinsic defects such as doubly charged zinc vacancies, and for the samples grown by hydrothermal method - with presence of the oxygen vacancies. The experimental results show that ZnO nanostructures grown from the vapor phase would be promising for producing of the low cost and effective UV detecting devices.

  20. Probing the effect of intrinsic defects and dopants on the structural evolution and optical properties of ZnO nanocrystallites

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    Panda, N. R.; Sahu, D.; Acharya, B. S.; Nayak, P.

    2015-06-24

    Role of intrinsic defects and external impurities in modifying the structural and optical properties of ZnO nanostructures has been studied and discussed. ZnO nanocrystallites doped with B, N and S elements have been prepared by ultrasound assisted wet chemical method. Structural evolution of ZnO in presence of dopant ions has been studied by XRD and electron microscopic measurements. Elemental analysis like XPS has been carried out to ascertain the dopant configuration. A variation in crystallographic parameters and microstructure is found to be observed as impurity is incorporated into ZnO. This has been explained on the basis of the substitution of dopant at Zn{sup 2+} and O{sup −} sites rearranging the lattice. Optical absorption measurements and PL studies reflect a change in band gap of ZnO by impurity adsorption. Most of the cases, the band gap is found to be broadened which has been explained in the line of Moss-Burstein effect. The excitonic emission in ZnO is observed to blue shift supporting the above results and the defect emissions also get modified in terms of position and intensity. New PL bands observed have been assigned to the transitions related to the defect states present in the band gap of ZnO along with intrinsic defects.

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

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    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.

  2. Crystal orbital studies on the 1D silic-diyne nanoribbons and nanotubes.

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    Zhu, Ying; Bai, Hongcun; Huang, Yuanhe

    2016-02-01

    This work presents crystal orbital studies on novel one-dimensional (1D) nanoscale materials derived from a Si-diyne sheet, based on the density functional theory. The two-dimensional (2D) Si-diyne layer is observed to be carbo-merized silicene, with a similar structure to graphdiyne. The 2D Si-diyne and its 1D ribbons and tubes, of different size and chirality, have been addressed systematically. The low dimensional Si-diyne materials studied exhibit relatively high stability, according to phonon-frequency calculations and molecular dynamics simulations. With comparable diameters, the Si-diyne tubes have lower strain energies than silicene and silicon carbide nanotubes. The Si-diyne layer and its 1D derivatives are all semiconductors, regardless of the size and chirality of the strips and tubes. In addition, the band gaps of the 1D Si-diyne nanoribbons and nanotubes with different chirality, always monotonically decrease as their sizes increases. A quantitative relationship between the band gap and the size of the ribbons and tubes was obtained. The mobility of charge carriers for the 1D Si-diyne structures was also investigated. It was found that both hole and electron mobility of the ribbons and tubes exhibit linear increase with increasing size. The electrons have greater mobility than the holes for each strip and tube. In addition, the mechanical properties of the Si-diyne nanostructures were also investigated by calculation of the Young's modulus and the Poisson's ratio. PMID:26744378

  3. One-Dimensional Nanostructure Field-Effect Sensors for Gas Detection

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    Zhao, Xiaoli; Cai, Bin; Tang, Qingxin; Tong, Yanhong; Liu, Yichun

    2014-01-01

    Recently; one-dimensional (1D) nanostructure field-effect transistors (FETs) have attracted much attention because of their potential application in gas sensing. Micro/nanoscaled field-effect sensors combine the advantages of 1D nanostructures and the characteristic of field modulation. 1D nanostructures provide a large surface area-volume ratio; which is an outstanding advantage for gas sensors with high sensitivity and fast response. In addition; the nature of the single crystals is favorable for the studies of the response mechanism. On the other hand; one main merit of the field-effect sensors is to provide an extra gate electrode to realize the current modulation; so that the sensitivity can be dramatically enhanced by changing the conductivity when operating the sensors in the subthreshold regime. This article reviews the recent developments in the field of 1D nanostructure FET for gas detection. The sensor configuration; the performance as well as their sensing mechanism are evaluated. PMID:25090418

  4. Facile route to high-density, ordered ZnO nanowire arrays and their photoluminescence properties

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    Chen, Wei; Tao, Xiaoming; Liu, Yuyang; Sun, Xiaohong; Hu, Zhigang; Fei, Bin

    2006-10-01

    A simple template-directed wet chemistry route based on traditional thermal decomposition technique has been developed for the preparation of high-density, ordered ZnO nanowire arrays. The fabrication was performed at relative low temperature without involving complex procedures, sophisticated equipment and rigorous experiment conditions, thereby providing a straightforward and mild method to produce metal/metal oxide ordered nanostructures. The nanowire array system was evaluated by SEM, XRD, TEM and PL. A stable luminescence at 425 nm was present.

  5. Improved sensing response of photo activated ZnO thin film for hydrogen peroxide detection.

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    Parthasarathy, S; Nandhini, V; Jeyaprakash, B G

    2016-11-15

    The nanostructured ZnO thin films were deposited using spray pyrolysis technique. Formation of polycrystalinity with hexagonal wurtzite structure was observed from the structural study. Highly dense spherical shaped nanoparticles with fine crystallites were observed from the surface morphological studies. The light induced hydrogen peroxide vapour sensing was done using chemi-resistive method and its effect on the sensing response was studied and reported. PMID:27491004

  6. Resistive switching characteristics of ZnO nanowires.

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    Yoo, Eun Ji; Shin, Il Kwon; Yoon, Tae Sik; Choi, Young Jin; Kang, Chi Jung

    2014-12-01

    Binary transition metal oxides such as ZnO, TiO2, and MnO; and their various structures such as thin film, nanowire, and nanoparticle assembly; have been widely investigated for use in insulators in resistive random access memory (ReRAM), considered a next-generation nonvolatile memory device. Among the various driving mechanisms of resistive switching in insulating materials, the conductive filament model is one of the most widely accepted. Studies on spatially confined structures such as one-dimensional nanostructures and zero-dimensional nanoparticles to reveal the detailed filament constructing mechanism are warranted because low-dimensional nanostructures can provide more localized properties with a narrow dispersion of operational parameter values compared with thin-film structures. We investigated the resistive switching characteristics of ZnO nanowire (NW) structures. The NWs were grown on an Au/Ti/SiO2/Si substrate via the hydrothermal method. The empty space between the top and bottom electrodes was filled with a photoresist to prevent direct connection between the electrodes. The top electrode (Cr) and bottom electrode (Au), both with a thickness of -100 nm, were deposited by DC sputtering. The current-voltage (I-V) measurements were performed using a semiconductor characterization system. Additionally, the local current image and the point I-V characteristics for each NW were examined by replacing the top electrode with a conducting atomic force microscope tip. The Au-ZnO NW-Cr devices exhibited bipolar resistive switching behavior. PMID:25971083

  7. Charging gold nanoparticles in ZnO by electric fields.

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    Obradovic, M; Di Vece, M; Grandjean, D; Houben, K; Lievens, P

    2016-01-27

    Controlling the plasmon resonance frequency of metal nanostructures holds promise for both fundamental and applied research in optics. The plasmon resonance frequency depends on the number of free electrons in the metal. By adding or removing electrons to a metal nano-object, the plasmon resonance frequency shifts. In this study we indirectly change the number of free electrons in gold nanoparticles by applying an electrical potential difference over a heterostructure consisting of a ZnO layer with embedded gold nanoparticles. The potential difference induces shifts of defect energy levels in the ZnO by the electric field. This results in an exchange of electrons between particles and matrix which in turn modifies the gold nanoparticle plasmon properties. The positive charge shifts the ZnO optical absorption peak from 377 nm to 386 nm and shifts the nanoparticle plasmon from 549 nm to 542 nm. This electro-optical effect is a promising way to obtain fast optical switching in a solid state composition. PMID:26732742

  8. Understanding the interaction of DNA-RNA nucleobases with different ZnO nanomaterials.

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    Saha, Supriya; Sarkar, Pranab

    2014-08-01

    Due to the potential application of different nanostructure materials in biomedical nanotechnologies, understanding the interaction between the inorganic nanoparticles and biological molecules at the atomic level is of paramount importance. We present here the results of our theoretical investigation of the interaction of different nucleotide bases--adenine (A), guanine (G), cytosine (C), thymine (T) and uracil (U) of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA)--with different ZnO nanoparticles, such as ZnO nanowires (NWs), nanotubes (NTs), surfaces and quantum dots (QDs). As the size of the systems we studied is relatively large, we have used the self-consistent-charge density-functional tight-binding (SCC-DFTB) method to optimize the complex systems. We have studied in detail the site-specific binding nature and the adsorption strength of these nucleobases with different ZnO nanoparticles. The calculated binding energy order and the interaction strength of nucleobases are very much dependent on the nature of the nanoparticle surfaces and are different for different nanostructures. In most of the cases ZnO prefers to bind either through the top site of the nucleobases or with the ring nitrogen atom having a lone pair relative to other binding sites of the bases. PMID:24942064

  9. Direct fabrication of superhydrophobic ceramic surfaces with ZnO nanowires

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    Chung, Jihoon; Lee, Sukyung; Yong, Hyungseok; Lee, Sangmin; Park, Yong Tae

    2016-02-01

    Super-hydrophobic surfaces having contact angles > 150° for water are of great interest due to their potential use in a wide variety of applications. Although many reports on the wettability of different surfaces have been published, few or no studies have been done on the formation of a super-hydrophobic surface on a ceramic substrate. In this paper, we demonstrate the creation of a super-hydrophobic surface on a ceramic substrate by using zinc oxide nanowires (ZnO NWs) prepared by using a direct hydrothermal method. A self-assembled monolayer of heptadecafluoro- 1,1,2,2-tetrahydrodecyl trichlorosilane (HDFS) lowered the surface energy between the water droplet and the nano-textured surface. The length of the ZnO NWs was found to play a key role in the formation of a nanostructure that increased the surface roughness of the substrate. Furthermore, the length of the ZnO NWs could be controlled by changing the growth time, and HDFS-coated ZnO NWs were found to be super-hydrophobic after a growth time of 3 h. We have demonstrated the potential application of this nanostructure for ceramic tableware by introducing a ZnO-NW-textured surface on a ceramic cup, which resulted in water and alcohol repellency. This method is a simple and practical way to achieve a super-hydrophobic surface; hence, our method is expected to be widely used in various ceramic applications.

  10. 1-D EQUILIBRIUM DISCRETE DIFFUSION MONTE CARLO

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    T. EVANS; ET AL

    2000-08-01

    We present a new hybrid Monte Carlo method for 1-D equilibrium diffusion problems in which the radiation field coexists with matter in local thermodynamic equilibrium. This method, the Equilibrium Discrete Diffusion Monte Carlo (EqDDMC) method, combines Monte Carlo particles with spatially discrete diffusion solutions. We verify the EqDDMC method with computational results from three slab problems. The EqDDMC method represents an incremental step toward applying this hybrid methodology to non-equilibrium diffusion, where it could be simultaneously coupled to Monte Carlo transport.

  11. A comprehensive secondary ion mass spectrometry analysis of ZnO nanowalls: Correlation to photocatalytic responses

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    Bayan, Sayan Satpati, Biswarup; Chakraborty, Purushottam

    2015-03-07

    We report on the visible light induced photocatalytic responses of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures in the form of nanowires and nanowalls grown on aluminum substrates. Morphological and microstructural characteristics of these nanostructures have been analyzed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and high resolution electron microscopy (HRTEM). The presence of surface-adsorbed H{sup +}, O{sub 2}{sup −}, and OH{sup −} species on ZnO nanostructures has been established through secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). The relative change in substrate coverage under varying reaction time has also been evidenced through SIMS and is in agreement with SEM observation. Compared to nanowires, oxygen adsorption on ZnO surfaces and subsequent oxygen in-diffusion are found to be prominent for the nanowall-like structures and are seen to be highest for nanowalls grown in lower reaction time. In contrast to nanowires, nanowalls are found to exhibit higher photocatalytic activity and this can be attributed to higher adsorption of oxygen. The photocatalytic activity of the samples under visible light is originated from the native defect-states and the photocatalytic efficiency is largely influenced by the surface-adsorbants. Control of surface adsorption characteristics of the nanowalls upon tuning wall thicknesses can lead to the development of futuristic efficient photocatalytic devices.

  12. A comprehensive secondary ion mass spectrometry analysis of ZnO nanowalls: Correlation to photocatalytic responses

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    Bayan, Sayan; Choudhury, Biswajit; Satpati, Biswarup; Chakraborty, Purushottam; Choudhury, Amarjyoti

    2015-03-01

    We report on the visible light induced photocatalytic responses of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures in the form of nanowires and nanowalls grown on aluminum substrates. Morphological and microstructural characteristics of these nanostructures have been analyzed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and high resolution electron microscopy (HRTEM). The presence of surface-adsorbed H+, O2-, and OH- species on ZnO nanostructures has been established through secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). The relative change in substrate coverage under varying reaction time has also been evidenced through SIMS and is in agreement with SEM observation. Compared to nanowires, oxygen adsorption on ZnO surfaces and subsequent oxygen in-diffusion are found to be prominent for the nanowall-like structures and are seen to be highest for nanowalls grown in lower reaction time. In contrast to nanowires, nanowalls are found to exhibit higher photocatalytic activity and this can be attributed to higher adsorption of oxygen. The photocatalytic activity of the samples under visible light is originated from the native defect-states and the photocatalytic efficiency is largely influenced by the surface-adsorbants. Control of surface adsorption characteristics of the nanowalls upon tuning wall thicknesses can lead to the development of futuristic efficient photocatalytic devices.

  13. A 1-D dusty plasma photonic crystal

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    Mitu, M. L.; Ticoş, C. M.; Toader, D.; Banu, N.; Scurtu, A.

    2013-09-21

    It is demonstrated numerically that a 1-D plasma crystal made of micron size cylindrical dust particles can, in principle, work as a photonic crystal for terahertz waves. The dust rods are parallel to each other and arranged in a linear string forming a periodic structure of dielectric-plasma regions. The dispersion equation is found by solving the waves equation with the boundary conditions at the dust-plasma interface and taking into account the dielectric permittivity of the dust material and plasma. The wavelength of the electromagnetic waves is in the range of a few hundred microns, close to the interparticle separation distance. The band gaps of the 1-D plasma crystal are numerically found for different types of dust materials, separation distances between the dust rods and rod diameters. The distance between levitated dust rods forming a string in rf plasma is shown experimentally to vary over a relatively wide range, from 650 μm to about 1350 μm, depending on the rf power fed into the discharge.

  14. Injectable composites via functionalization of 1D nanoclays and biodegradable coupling with a polysaccharide hydrogel.

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    Del Buffa, Stefano; Rinaldi, Elia; Carretti, Emiliano; Ridi, Francesca; Bonini, Massimo; Baglioni, Piero

    2016-09-01

    The use of injectable materials in minimally invasive surgical procedures could help in facing the bone diseases connected to the ageing of world population. To this aim, materials integrating the rheological properties of biocompatible polymers with the mechanical properties of 1D inorganic nanostructures represent promising scaffolds. Here we describe the preparation of hydrogel composites made of carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and halloysite nanotubes (HNT) as injectable materials for the local treatment of bone defects. The rheology and injectability of the materials reflects their structural properties, showing the possibility of successfully injecting the prepared composites over a large range of operative conditions. PMID:27281242

  15. Aligned ZnO nanorod arrays growth on GaN QDs for excellent optoelectronic applications

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    Sang, Dandan; Li, Hongdong; Wang, Qinglin

    2016-02-01

    Uniformly aligned ZnO nanorod (NR) arrays grown on GaN quantum dots (QDs) as preferred nucleation sites are imperative for designing field emission emitters, ultraviolet photodetectors and light-emitting diodes for a wide range of new optoelectronic applications. In a recent study (2015 Nanotechnology 26 415601), Qi et al reported a novel method of fabricating ZnO NRs arrays with uniform shape, the density of which is easily tunable by adjusting the density of GaN QDs. This approach opens a door to obtaining a combination of 0D and 1D structures for optoelectronic applications.

  16. Investigations of rapid thermal annealing induced structural evolution of ZnO: Ge nanocomposite thin films via GISAXS

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    Ceylan, Abdullah; Ozcan, Yusuf; Orujalipoor, Ilghar; Huang, Yen-Chih; Jeng, U.-Ser; Ide, Semra

    2016-06-01

    In this work, we present in depth structural investigations of nanocomposite ZnO: Ge thin films by utilizing a state of the art grazing incidence small angle x-ray spectroscopy (GISAXS) technique. The samples have been deposited by sequential r.f. and d.c. sputtering of ZnO and Ge thin film layers, respectively, on single crystal Si(100) substrates. Transformation of Ge layers into Ge nanoparticles (Ge-np) has been initiated by ex-situ rapid thermal annealing of asprepared thin film samples at 600 °C for 30, 60, and 90 s under forming gas atmosphere. A special attention has been paid on the effects of reactive and nonreactive growth of ZnO layers on the structural evolution of Ge-np. GISAXS analyses have been performed via cylindrical and spherical form factor calculations for different nanostructure types. Variations of the size, shape, and distributions of both ZnO and Ge nanostructures have been determined. It has been realized that GISAXS results are not only remarkably consistent with the electron microscopy observations but also provide additional information on the large scale size and shape distribution of the nanostructured components.

  17. Nanostructured zinc oxide thin film by simple vapor transport deposition

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    Athma, P. V.; Martinez, Arturo I.; Johns, N.; Safeera, T. A.; Reshmi, R.; Anila, E. I.

    2015-09-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures find applications in optoelectronic devices, photo voltaic displays and sensors. In this work zinc oxide nanostructures in different forms like nanorods, tripods and tetrapods have been synthesized by thermal evaporation of zinc metal and subsequent deposition on a glass substrate by vapor transport in the presence of oxygen. It is a comparatively simpler and environment friendly technique for the preparation of thin films. The structure, morphology and optical properties of the synthesized nanostructured thin film were characterized in detail by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and photoluminescence (PL). The film exhibited bluish white emission with Commission International d'Eclairage (CIE) coordinates x = 0.22, y = 0.31.

  18. Nanoscale stabilization of zintl compounds: 1D ionic Li-P double helix confined inside a carbon nanotube

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    Ivanov, Alexander S.; Kar, Tapas; Boldyrev, Alexander I.

    2016-02-01

    One-dimensional (1D) ionic nanowires are extremely rare materials due to the difficulty in stabilizing 1D chains of ions under ambient conditions. We demonstrate here a theoretical prediction of a novel hybrid material, a nanotube encapsulated 1D ionic lithium monophosphide (LiP) chain, featuring a unique double-helix structure, which is very unusual in inorganic chemistry. This nanocomposite has been investigated with density functional theory, including molecular dynamics simulations and electronic structure calculations. We find that the formation of the LiP double-helical nanowire is facilitated by strong interactions between LiP and CNTs resulting in a charge transfer. This work suggests that nanostructured confinement may be used to stabilize other polyphosphide 1D chains, thus opening new ways to study the chemistry of zintl compounds at the nanoscale.One-dimensional (1D) ionic nanowires are extremely rare materials due to the difficulty in stabilizing 1D chains of ions under ambient conditions. We demonstrate here a theoretical prediction of a novel hybrid material, a nanotube encapsulated 1D ionic lithium monophosphide (LiP) chain, featuring a unique double-helix structure, which is very unusual in inorganic chemistry. This nanocomposite has been investigated with density functional theory, including molecular dynamics simulations and electronic structure calculations. We find that the formation of the LiP double-helical nanowire is facilitated by strong interactions between LiP and CNTs resulting in a charge transfer. This work suggests that nanostructured confinement may be used to stabilize other polyphosphide 1D chains, thus opening new ways to study the chemistry of zintl compounds at the nanoscale. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional DOS, band structures, and Bader charges for LiP@SWCNTs. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr07713c

  19. Semiconducting and piezoelectric nanoarchitectures of ZnO

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    Wang, Zhong Lin

    2005-03-01

    ZnO is a semiconducting and piezoelectric material. The structure of ZnO can be described as a number of alternating planes composed of tetrahedrally coordinated O^2- and Zn^2+ ions, stacked alternatively along the c-axis. The oppositely charged ions produce positively charged (0001)-Zn and negatively charged (000-1)-O polar surfaces, resulting in a normal dipole moment and spontaneous polarization along the c-axis. We have synthesized a series of novel nanostructures of ZnO utilizing the effect from the polar surface [1-4]e. The piezoelectric coefficient of a piezoelectric nanobelt has been found to be almost tripled compared to the value of the bulk [5], clearly indicating the exciting applications of piezoelectric ZnO nanobelts for nano-scale electromechanical coupled sensors, transducers, switches and resonators. This presentation will focus on the growth mechanisms and potential applications of piezoelectric nanobelts, nanorings and nanosprings. [1] Z.W. Pan, Z.R. Dai and Z.L. Wang, Science, 209 (2001) 1947. [2] X.Y. Kong and Z.L. Wang, Nano Letters, 2 (2003) 1625 + cover. [3] Z.L. Wang, X.Y. Kong and J.M. Zuo, Phys. Rev. Letts. 91 (2003) 185502. [4] X.Y. Kong, Y. Ding, R.S. Yang, Z.L. Wang, Science, 303 (2004) 1348. [5] M. Zhao, Z.L. Wang^, S. X.Mao, Nano Letters, 4 (2004) 587. [6] For details please visit http://www.nanoscience.gatech.edu/zlwang/

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

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

    2014-11-01

    Single-crystalline and branched 1D arrays, ZnO nanowires/nanodisks (NWs/NDs) arrays, are fabricated to significantly enhance the performance of photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. The epitaxial growth of the ZnO NDs with large exposed polar facets on ZnO NWs exhibits a laminated structure, which dramatically increases the light scattering capacity of the NWs arrays, especially in the wavelength region around 400 nm. The ND branching of the 1D arrays in the epitaxial fashion not only increase surface area and light utilization, but also support fast charge transport, leading to the considerable increase of photocurrent. Moreover, the tiny size NDs can facilitate charge separation and reduce charge recombination, while the large exposed polar facets of NDs reduce the external potential bias needed for water splitting. These advantages land the ZnO NWs/NDs arrays a four times higher power conversion efficiency than the ZnO NWs arrays. By sensitizing the ZnO NWs/NDs with CdS and CdSe quantum dots, the PEC performance can be further improved. This work advocates a trunk/leaf in forest concept for the single-crystalline NWs/NDs in array with enlarged exposure of polar facets, which opens the way for optimizing light harvesting and charge separation and transport, and thus the PEC water splitting. PMID:24990800