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  1. Synthesis and properties of Ag-doped ZnO films with room temperature ferromagnetism

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    Xu, Qin; Wang, Zhi-Jun; Chang, Ze-Jiang; Liu, Jing-Jin; Ren, Ya-Xuan; Sun, Hui-Yuan

    2016-12-01

    A series of Ag-doped ZnO films were prepared by DC magnetron sputtering. XRD and SEM results showed that the doping amount of Ag had a great influence on the films' morphology and ferromagnetism, and their magnetism can be improved by doping an appropriate amount of Ag. The theoretical analysis suggested that the magnetism resulted mainly from the film grain boundary surfaces. Further research revealed that these films had strong timeliness. Such a result indicated that the room temperature ferromagnetism of Ag-doped ZnO films did not stem from the cation vacancies but from the oxygen vacancies on the boundary surfaces.

  2. Ag-doped ZnO nanorods synthesized by two-step method

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    Chen, Xian-Mei; Ji, Yong; Gao, Xiao-Yong; Zhao, Xian-Wei

    2012-11-01

    A two-step method is adopted to synthesize Ag-doped ZnO nanorods. A ZnO seed layer is first prepared on a glass substrate by thermal decomposition of zinc acetate. Ag-doped ZnO nanorods are then assembled on the ZnO seed layer using the hydrothermal method. The influences of the molar percentage of Ag ions to Zn ions (RAg/Zn) on the structural and optical properties of the ZnO nanorods obtained are carefully studied using X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy and spectrophotometry. Results indicate that Ag ions enter into the crystal lattice through the substitution of Zn ions. The (002) c-axis-preferred orientation of the ZnO nanorods decreases as RAg/Zn increases. At RAg/Zn > 1.0%, ZnO nanorods lose their c-axis-preferred orientation and generate Ag precipitates from the ZnO crystal lattice. The average transmissivity in the visible region first increases and then decreases as RAg/Zn increases. The absorption edge is first blue shifted and then red shifted. The influence of Ag doping on the average head face, and axial dimensions of the ZnO nanorods may be optimized to improve the average transmissivity at RAg/Zn < 1.0%.

  3. Ag-doped ZnO nanoellipsoids: potential scaffold for photocatalytic and sensing applications.

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    Kumar, Ramesh; Rana, Dilbag; Umar, Ahmad; Sharma, Pankaj; Chauhan, Suvarcha; Chauhan, Mohinder Singh

    2015-05-01

    Well-crystalline Ag-doped ZnO nanoellipsoids (NEs) were synthesized in large quantity and used as effective photocatalyst for the photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange (MO) and efficient electron mediator for the fabrication of highly sensitive, reliable and robust hydrazine chemical sensor. The Ag-doped NEs were synthesized by facile low-temperature (~60°C) solution process and characterized in detail using various characterization techniques. The characterizations revealed that the synthesized nanostructures are well-crystalline, possessing ellipsoidal shapes and were grown in very high density. The photocatalytic activities of these Ag-doped NEs were evaluated by measuring the rate of photodegradation reaction of hazardous methyl orange (MO) dye under UV light irradiation. By comparing the photocatalytic performance of Ag-doped ZnO NEs with those of ZnO nanoflowers, the former was found to be a much superior photocatalyst than the later. Further, Ag-doped ZnO NEs based hydrazine sensor exhibited a high sensitivity of ~9.46 µA/cm(2)µM and detection limit of 0.07 µM in a response time of <10s. Thus we find that Ag-doped ZnO nanomaterials synthesized by simple solution process holds potential as efficient photocatalysts and efficient electron mediators for the fabrication of robust and highly sensitive chemical sensors.

  4. Synthesis of highly efficient antibacterial agent Ag doped ZnO nanorods: Structural, Raman and optical properties

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    Jan, Tariq; Iqbal, Javed; Ismail, Muhammad; Mahmood, Arshad

    2014-04-21

    Here, synthesis, structural, morphological, Raman, optical properties and antibacterial activity of undoped and Ag doped ZnO nanorods by chemical co-precipitation technique have been reported. Structural analysis has revealed that Ag doping cannot deteriorate the structure of ZnO and wurtzite phase is maintained. Lattice constants are found to be decreased with the Ag doping. Fourier transform infrared and Raman spectroscopy also confirm the X-ray diffraction results. Scanning electron microscopy results have demonstrated the formation of ZnO nanorods with average diameter and length of 96 nm and 700 nm, respectively. Raman spectroscopy results suggest that the Ag doping enhances the number of defects in ZnO crystal. It has been found from optical study that Ag doping results in positional shift of band edge absorption peak. This is attributed to the successful incorporation of Ag dopant into ZnO host matrix. The antibacterial activity of prepared nanorods has been determined by two different methods and compared to that of undoped ZnO nanorods. Ag doped ZnO nanorods exhibit excellent antibacterial activity as compared to that of undoped ZnO nanorods. This excellent antibacterial activity may be attributed to the presence of oxygen vacancies and Zn{sup 2+} interstitial defects. Our preliminary findings suggest that Ag doped ZnO nanorods can be used externally to control the spreading of infections related with tested bacterial strains.

  5. Synthesis of highly efficient antibacterial agent Ag doped ZnO nanorods: Structural, Raman and optical properties

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    Jan, Tariq; Iqbal, Javed; Ismail, Muhammad; Mahmood, Arshad

    2014-04-01

    Here, synthesis, structural, morphological, Raman, optical properties and antibacterial activity of undoped and Ag doped ZnO nanorods by chemical co-precipitation technique have been reported. Structural analysis has revealed that Ag doping cannot deteriorate the structure of ZnO and wurtzite phase is maintained. Lattice constants are found to be decreased with the Ag doping. Fourier transform infrared and Raman spectroscopy also confirm the X-ray diffraction results. Scanning electron microscopy results have demonstrated the formation of ZnO nanorods with average diameter and length of 96 nm and 700 nm, respectively. Raman spectroscopy results suggest that the Ag doping enhances the number of defects in ZnO crystal. It has been found from optical study that Ag doping results in positional shift of band edge absorption peak. This is attributed to the successful incorporation of Ag dopant into ZnO host matrix. The antibacterial activity of prepared nanorods has been determined by two different methods and compared to that of undoped ZnO nanorods. Ag doped ZnO nanorods exhibit excellent antibacterial activity as compared to that of undoped ZnO nanorods. This excellent antibacterial activity may be attributed to the presence of oxygen vacancies and Zn2+ interstitial defects. Our preliminary findings suggest that Ag doped ZnO nanorods can be used externally to control the spreading of infections related with tested bacterial strains.

  6. Doping effect of Ag+, Mn2+ ions on Structural and Optical Properties of ZnO nanoparticles

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    Sankara Reddy, B.; Venkatramana Reddy, S.; Venkateswara Reddy, P.; Koteeswara Reddy, N.; Vijayalakshmi, R. P.

    2015-02-01

    Pure ZnO and co-doped (Mn, Ag) ZnO nanoparticles have been successfully prepared by chemical co-precipitation method without using a capping agent. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies confirms the presence of wurtzite (hexagonal) crystal structure similar to undoped ZnO, suggesting that doped Mn, Ag ions are substituted to the regular Zn sites. The morphology of the samples were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The chemical composition of pure and co-doped ZnO nanoparticles were characterized by energy dispersive X-ray analysis spectroscopy (EDAX). Optical absorption properties were determined by UV-vis Diffuse Reflectance Spectrophotometer. The incorporation of Ag+, Mn2+ in the place of Zn2+ provoked to decrease the size of nanocrystals as compared to pure ZnO. Optical absorption measurements indicates blue shift in the absorption band edge upon Ag, Mn ions doped ZnO nanoparticles.

  7. Spectroscopic studies on photoelectron transfer from 2-(furan-2-yl)-1-phenyl-1H-phenanthro[9,10-d]imidazole to ZnO, Cu-doped ZnO and Ag-doped ZnO.

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    Thanikachalam, V; Arunpandiyan, A; Jayabharathi, J; Karunakaran, C; Ramanathan, P

    2014-09-01

    The 2-(furan-2-yl)-1-phenyl-1H-phenanthro[9,10-d]imidazole [FPI] has been designed and synthesized as fluorescent sensor for nanoparticulate ZnO. The present work investigates the photoelectron transfer (PET) from FPI to ZnO, Cu-doped ZnO and Ag- doped ZnO nanoparticles using electronic and life time spectral measurements. Broad absorption along with red shift indicates the formation of charge-transfer complex [FPI-Nanoparticles]. The photophysical studies indicate lowering of HOMO and LUMO energy levels of FPI on adsorption on ZnO due to FPI- ZnO interaction. The obtained binding constant implies that the binding of FPI with nanoparticles was influenced by the surface modification of ZnO nanoparticles with Cu and Ag.

  8. Structural and nonlinear optical behavior of Ag-doped ZnO films

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    Tan, Ming-Yue; Yao, Cheng-Bao; Yan, Xiao-Yan; Li, Jin; Qu, Shu-Yang; Hu, Jun-Yan; Sun, Wen-Jun; Li, Qiang-Hua; Yang, Shou-Bin

    2016-01-01

    We present the structural and nonlinear optical behavior of Ag-doped ZnO (AZO) films prepared by magnetron sputtering. The structural of AZO films are systematically investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), respectively. The results show that AZO films can still retain a wurtzite structure, although the c-axis as preferred orientation is decreased by Ag doping. As the amounts of the Ag dopant were increased, the crystallinity as well as the absorptivity and optical band gap were increased. Moreover, the nonlinear optical characterized of the AZO films was studied using Z-scan technique. These samples show self-defocusing nonlinearity and good nonlinear absorption behavior which increases with increasing Ag volume fraction. AZO is a potential nanocomposite material for the development of nonlinear optical devices with a relatively small limiting threshold.

  9. Synthesis and Characterization of Varying Concentrations of Ag-doped ZnO Thin Films

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    Hachlica, Justin; Wadie-Ibrahim, Patrick; Sahiner, M. Alper

    Silver doped ZnO is a promising compound for photovoltaic solar cell use. Doping this compound with varying amounts of silver will theoretically make this type of thin film more efficient by reducing the overall resistance and increasing the voltage and current output. The extent of this promise is being tested experimentally, by analysis of both the electrical and the surface roughness properties of the cells. Ag-doped Zinc Oxide is deposited by method of Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) onto Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) coated Glass. Annealing effects were also observed by varying the temperature at which the annealing occurred after synthesis of the sample. Thickness is confirmed by use of Ellipsometery. X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) measurements confirmed a ZnO crystal structure on the thin films. The active dopant carrier concentrations were determined using a Hall Effect Measuring System. Finally, the photovoltaic properties of the film are recorded by using a Keithley Source Meter. The structural characterization and electrical results of the effect of Ag doping on ZnO will then be discussed.

  10. Tuning the emission of ZnO nanorods based light emitting diodes using Ag doping

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    Echresh, Ahmad; Chey, Chan Oeurn; Shoushtari, Morteza Zargar; Nur, Omer; Willander, Magnus

    2014-11-01

    We have fabricated, characterized, and compared ZnO nanorods/p-GaN and n-Zn0.94Ag0.06O nanorods/p-GaN light emitting diodes (LEDs). Current-voltage measurement showed an obvious rectifying behaviour of both LEDs. A reduction of the optical band gap of the Zn0.94Ag0.06O nanorods compared to pure ZnO nanorods was observed. This reduction leads to decrease the valence band offset at n-Zn0.94Ag0.06O nanorods/p-GaN interface compared to n-ZnO nanorods/p-GaN heterojunction. Consequently, this reduction leads to increase the hole injection from the GaN to the ZnO. From electroluminescence measurement, white light was observed for the n-Zn0.94Ag0.06O nanorods/p-GaN heterojunction LEDs under forward bias, while for the reverse bias, blue light was observed. While for the n-ZnO nanorods/p-GaN blue light dominated the emission in both forward and reverse biases. Further, the LEDs exhibited a high sensitivity in responding to UV illumination. The results presented here indicate that doping ZnO nanorods might pave the way to tune the light emission from n-ZnO/p-GaN LEDs.

  11. Effects on the optical properties and conductivity of Ag-N co-doped ZnO

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    Xu, Zhenchao; Hou, Qingyu; Qu, Lingfeng

    2017-01-01

    Nowadays, the studies of the effects on the optical bandgap, absorption spectrum, and electrical properties of Ag-N co-doped ZnO have been extensively investigated. However, Ag and N atoms in doped systems are randomly doped, and the asymmetric structure of ZnO is yet to be explored. In this paper, the geometric structure, stability, density of states, absorption spectra and conductivity of pure and Ag-N co-doped Zn1‑xAgxO1‑xNx(x=0.03125, 0.0417 and 0.0625) in different orientations are calculated by using plane-wave ultrasoft pseudopotential on the basis of density functional theory with GGA+U method. Results show that the volume, equivalent total energy and formation energy of the doped system increase as the concentration of Ag-N co-doped Zn1‑xAgxO1‑xNx increases at the same doping mode. The doped systems also become unstable, and difficulty in doping. At the same concentration of Ag-N co-doped Zn1‑xAgxO1‑xNx, the systems with Ag-N along the c-axis orientation is unstable, and doping is difficult. The optical bandgap of Ag-N co-doped systems is narrower than that of the pure ZnO. At the same doping mode, the optical bandgap of the systems with Ag-N perpendicular to the c-axis orientation becomes narrow as the concentration of Ag-N co-doped Zn1‑xAgxO1‑xNx increases. The absorption spectra of the doped systems exhibit a red shift, and this red shift becomes increasingly significant as the concentration of Ag-N co-doped Zn1‑xAgxO1‑xNx increases. Under the same condition, the relative hole concentrations of the doped systems increases, the hole effective mass in valence band maximum decreases, the hole mobility decreases, the ionization energy decreases, Bohr radius increases, the conductance increases and the conductivity become better. Our results may be used as a basis for the designing and preparation of new optical and electrical materials for Ag-N co-doped ZnO applied in low temperature end of temperature difference battery.

  12. The synthesis and characterization of Ag-N dual-doped p-type ZnO: experiment and theory.

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    Duan, Li; Wang, Pei; Yu, Xiaochen; Han, Xiao; Chen, Yongnan; Zhao, Peng; Li, Donglin; Yao, Ran

    2014-03-07

    Ag-N dual-doped ZnO films have been fabricated by a chemical bath deposition method. The p-type conductivity of the dual-doped ZnO:(Ag, N) is stable over a long period of time, and the hole concentration in the ZnO:(Ag, N) is much higher than that in mono-doped ZnO:Ag or ZnO:N. We found that this is because AgZn-NO complex acceptors can be formed in ZnO:(Ag, N). First-principles calculations show that the complex acceptors generate a fully occupied band above the valance band maximum, so the acceptor levels become shallower and the hole concentration is increased. Furthermore, the binding energy of the Ag-N complex in ZnO is negative, so ZnO:(Ag, N) can be stable. These results indicate that the Ag-N dual-doping may be expected to be a potential route to achieving high-quality p-type ZnO for use in a variety of devices.

  13. A study on Cu and Ag doped ZnO nanoparticles for the photocatalytic degradation of brilliant green dye: synthesis and characterization.

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    Gnanaprakasam, A; Sivakumar, V M; Thirumarimurugan, M

    2016-09-01

    Novel polyvinyl pyrrolidone capped pure, Ag (1-3%) and Cu doped (1-3%) zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) were successfully synthesized via the co-precipitation method. The synthesized NPs were characterized by UV-visible spectrophotometry, X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). Compared to pure ZnO, the absorption bands of Ag and Cu doped ZnO NPs were shifted and, further, the band gap energy was also decreased which confirms the incorporation of Ag and Cu into the ZnO lattice. The XRD diffraction peak confirms that all the synthesized compounds are found to be of highly crystalline hexagonal wurtzite structure. In addition, the presence of Ag and Cu in the ZnO NPs was further evidenced from EDS analysis. FE-SEM images established the morphology of the doped ZnO NPs which was not affected by the addition of Ag and Cu. The photocatalytic activity of undoped, Ag doped (1-3%) and Cu doped (1-3%) ZnO NPs were tested with brilliant green dye under UV irradiation. Degradation study reveals that doping has a distinct effect on the photocatalytic behavior of ZnO NPs. In addition to that, kinetic, thermodynamic and reusability studies have been performed for the 2% Ag doped ZnO NPs.

  14. Solution-processed Ag-doped ZnO nanowires grown on flexible polyester for nanogenerator applications

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    Lee, Sanghyo; Lee, Junseok; Ko, Wonbae; Cha, Seungnam; Sohn, Junginn; Kim, Jongmin; Park, Jaegun; Park, Youngjun; Hong, Jinpyo

    2013-09-01

    The integration of ZnO nanowire-based energy harvesting devices into flexible polyesters or clothes would have a significant effect on the energy harvesting building block for harvesting the mechanical energy from human motions. Moreover, the demonstration of high output power via a doping process opens an important method for enhancing the output power. Here, we report solution-based synthesis of Ag-doped ZnO nanowires on flexible polyester substrates without using any high temperature annealing processes. Along with the structural and optical characteristics of the Ag-doped ZnO nanowires, we demonstrate the efficient features of Ag-doped nanogenerators through the measurement of a sound-driven piezoelectric energy device with an output power of 0.5 μW, which is nearly 2.9 times that of a nanogenerator with un-doped ZnO NWs. This finding could provide the possibility of high output nanogenerators for practical applications in future portable/wearable personal displays and motion sensors.The integration of ZnO nanowire-based energy harvesting devices into flexible polyesters or clothes would have a significant effect on the energy harvesting building block for harvesting the mechanical energy from human motions. Moreover, the demonstration of high output power via a doping process opens an important method for enhancing the output power. Here, we report solution-based synthesis of Ag-doped ZnO nanowires on flexible polyester substrates without using any high temperature annealing processes. Along with the structural and optical characteristics of the Ag-doped ZnO nanowires, we demonstrate the efficient features of Ag-doped nanogenerators through the measurement of a sound-driven piezoelectric energy device with an output power of 0.5 μW, which is nearly 2.9 times that of a nanogenerator with un-doped ZnO NWs. This finding could provide the possibility of high output nanogenerators for practical applications in future portable/wearable personal displays and motion

  15. Tri-functional Fe2O3-encased Ag-doped ZnO nanoframework: magnetically retrievable antimicrobial photocatalyst

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    Karunakaran, Chockalingam; Vinayagamoorthy, Pazhamalai

    2016-11-01

    Fe2O3-encased ZnO nanoframework was obtained by hydrothermal method and was doped with Ag through photoreduction process. Energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution TEM, selected area electron diffractometry, x-ray diffractometry and Raman spectroscopy were employed for the structural characterization of the synthesized material. While the charge transfer resistance of the prepared nanomaterial is larger than those of Fe2O3 and ZnO the coercivity of the nanocomposite is less than that of hydrothermally obtained Fe2O3 nanostructures. Although Fe2O3/Ag-ZnO exhibits weak visible light absorption its band gap energy does not differ from that of ZnO. The photoluminescence of the fabricated nanoframework is similar to that of ZnO. The radiative recombination of charge carriers is slightly slower in Fe2O3/Ag-ZnO than in ZnO. The synthesized Fe2O3-encased Ag-doped ZnO, under UV A light, exhibits sustainable photocatalytic activity to degrade dye and is magnetically recoverable. Also, the Fe2O3/Ag-ZnO nanocomposite disinfects bacteria effectively in absence of direct illumination.

  16. Photocatalytic activity of ZnO doped with Ag on the degradation of endocrine disrupting under UV irradiation and the investigation of its antibacterial activity

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    Bechambi, Olfa; Chalbi, Manel; Najjar, Wahiba; Sayadi, Sami

    2015-08-01

    Ag-doped ZnO photocatalysts with different Ag molar content (0.0, 0.5, 1.0, 2.0 and 4.0%) were prepared via hydrothermal method. The X-ray diffraction (XRD), Nitrogen physisorption at 77 K, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV--Visible spectroscopy, Photoluminescence spectra (PL) and Raman spectroscopy were used to characterize the structural, textural and optical properties of the samples. The results showed that Ag-doping does not change the average crystallite size with the Ag low content (≤1.0%) but slightly decreases with Ag high content (>1.0%). The specific surface area (SBET) increases with the increase of the Ag content. The band gap values of ZnO are decreased with the increase of the Ag doping level. The results of the photocatalytic degradation of bisphenol A (BPA) and nonylphenol (NP) in aqueous solutions under UV irradiation and in the presence of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) showed that silver ions doping greatly improved the photocatalytic efficiency of ZnO. The TOC conversion BPA and NP are 72.1% and 81.08% respectively obtained using 1% Ag-doped ZnO. The enhancement of photocatalytic activity is ascribed to the fact that the modification of ZnO with an appropriate amount of Ag can increase the separation efficiency of the photogenerated electrons-holes in ZnO. The antibacterial activity of the catalysts which uses Escherichia coli as a model for Gram-negative bacteria confirmed that Ag-doped ZnO possessed more antibacterial activity than the pure ZnO.

  17. Li and Ag Co-Doped ZnO Photocatalyst for Degradation of RO 4 Dye Under Solar Light Irradiation.

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    Dhatshanamurthi, P; Shanthi, M

    2016-06-01

    The synthesis of Li doped Ag-ZnO (Li-Ag-ZnO) has been successfully achieved by a sonochemically assisted precipitation-decomposition method. The synthesized catalyst was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), photoluminescence spectra (PL), X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) and BET surface area measurements. The photocatalytic activity of Li-Ag-ZnO was investigated for the degradation of Reactive orange 4 (RO 4) dye in aqueous solution under solar light irradiation. Co-dopants shift the absorbance of ZnO to the visible region. Li-Ag-ZnO is found to be more efficient than Ag-ZnO, Li-ZnO, commercial ZnO and prepared ZnO at pH 7 for the mineralization of RO 4 dye under solar light irradiation. The influences of operational parameters such as the amount of photocatalyst, dye concentration, initial pH on photo-mineralization of RO 4 have been analyzed. The mineralization of RO 4 dye has been confirmed by COD measurements. A degradation mechanism is proposed for the degradation of RO 4 under solar light. The catalyst was found to be more stable and reusable.

  18. Low-Temperature Preparation of Ag-Doped ZnO Nanowire Arrays, DFT Study, and Application to Light-Emitting Diode.

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    Pauporté, Thierry; Lupan, Oleg; Zhang, Jie; Tugsuz, Tugba; Ciofini, Ilaria; Labat, Frédéric; Viana, Bruno

    2015-06-10

    Doping ZnO nanowires (NWs) by group IB elements is an important challenge for integrating nanostructures into functional devices with better and tuned performances. The growth of Ag-doped ZnO NWs by electrodeposition at 90 °C using a chloride bath and molecular oxygen precursor is reported. Ag acts as an electrocatalyst for the deposition and influences the nucleation and growth of the structures. The silver atomic concentration in the wires is controlled by the additive concentration in the deposition bath and a content up to 3.7 atomic % is reported. XRD analysis shows that the integration of silver enlarges the lattice parameters of ZnO. The optical measurements also show that the direct optical bandgap of ZnO is reduced by silver doping. The bandgap shift and lattice expansion are explained by first principle calculations using the density functional theory (DFT) on the silver impurity integration as an interstitial (Ag(i)) and as a substitute of zinc atom (Ag(Zn)) in the crystal lattice. They notably indicate that Ag(Zn) doping forms an impurity band because of Ag 4d and O 2p orbital interactions, shifting the Fermi level toward the valence band. At least, Ag-doped ZnO vertically aligned nanowire arrays have been epitaxially grown on GaN(001) substrate. The heterostructure has been inserted in a light emitting device. UV-blue light emission has been achieved with a low emission threshold of 5 V and a tunable red-shifted emission spectrum related to the bandgap reduction induced by silver doping of the ZnO emitter material.

  19. Fabrication of Ag nanowire and Al-doped ZnO hybrid transparent electrodes

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    You, Sslimsearom; Park, Yong Seo; Choi, Hyung Wook; Kim, Kyung Hwan

    2016-01-01

    Among the materials used as transparent electrodes, silver nanowires (AgNWs) have attracted attention because of their high transmittance and excellent conductivity. However, AgNWs have shortcomings, including their poor adhesion, oxidation by atmospheric oxygen, and unstable characteristics at high temperature. To overcome these shortcomings, multi-layer thin films with an aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO)/AgNW/AZO structure were fabricated using facing targets sputtering. The samples heated to 350 °C exhibited stable electrical characteristics. In addition, the adhesion to the substrate was improved compared with AgNWs layer. The AZO/AgNW/AZO thin films with multilayer structure overcame the shortcomings of AgNWs, and we propose their use as transparent electrodes with excellent properties for optoelectronic applications.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of one-dimensional Ag-doped ZnO/Ga-doped ZnO coaxial nanostructure diodes.

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    Chiu, Hsien-Ming; Chang, Yu-Tsui; Wu, Wen-Wei; Wu, Jenn-Ming

    2014-04-09

    In the pursuit of high injection current diode nanodevices, entire one-dimensional (1D) ZnO coaxial nanostructures with p-n homojunctions is one of the ideal structures. In this study, we synthesized entire 1D ZnO-based coaxial homojunction diodes with p-type Ag-doped ZnO (SZO) nanostructure shells covering n-type Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) nanopagoda (NPG) cores by a metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) technique. The entire 1D SZO-GZO and SZO-ZnO coaxial nanostructures exhibit better diode characteristics, such as lower threshold voltage, better rectification ratios, and better ideality factor n, than that reported for either 2D or 2D-1D p-n heterojunction and/or homojunction diodes. The binding energies of Ga and Ag were evaluated by low-temperature and temperature-dependent photoluminescence. In comparison, the SZO-GZO coaxial p-n nanostructures display better diode performance than the SZO-ZnO ones.

  1. Photoluminescence study of p-type vs. n-type Ag-doped ZnO films

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    Myers, M. A.; Jian, J.; Khranovskyy, V.; Lee, J. H.; Wang, Han; Wang, Haiyan E-mail: hwang00@tamu.edu

    2015-08-14

    Silver doped ZnO films have been grown on sapphire (0001) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. Hall measurements indicate that p-type conductivity is realized for the films deposited at 500 °C and 750 °C. Transmission electron microscopy images show more obvious and higher density of stacking faults (SFs) present in the p-type ZnO films as compared to the n-type films. Top view and cross sectional photoluminescence of the n- and p-type samples revealed free excitonic emission from both films. A peak at 3.314 eV, attributed to SF emission, has been observed only for the n-type sample, while a weak neutral acceptor peak observed at 3.359 eV in the p-type film. The SF emission in the n-type sample suggests localization of acceptor impurities nearby the SFs, while lack of SF emission for the p-type sample indicates the activation of the Ag acceptors in ZnO.

  2. Ag-doped ZnO nanorods coated metal wire meshes as hierarchical photocatalysts with high visible-light driven photoactivity and photostability.

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    Hsu, Mu-Hsiang; Chang, Chi-Jung

    2014-08-15

    Ag-doped ZnO nanorods were grown on stainless-steel wire meshes to fabricate the hierarchical photocatalysts with excellent visible light driven activity and anti-photocorrosion property. Effects of Ag doping and the surface structure on the surface chemistry, surface wetting properties, absorption band shift, photoelectrochemical response, and photocatalytic decolorization properties of the hierarchical photocatalysts, together with the stability of photocatalytic activity for recycled photocatalysts were investigated. Ag doping leads to red-shift in the absorption band and increased visible light absorption. Nanorods coated wire meshes hierarchical structure not only increases the surface area of photocatalysts but also makes the surface hydrophilic. The photocatalytic activity enhancement and reduced photocorrosion can be achieved because of increased surface area, enhanced hydrophilicity, and the interaction between the metal wire/ZnO and Ag/ZnO heterostructure interface which can improve the charge separation of photogenerated charge carriers.

  3. Preparation and structural properties of pure and codoped (Mg, Ag) ZnO nanoparticles

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    Reddy, B. Sankara; Reddy, S. Venkatramana; Reddy, N. Koteeswara

    2013-06-01

    Pure and co-doped (Mg, Ag) ZnO nanoparticles (Zn0.90Mg0.05Ag0.05O) are synthesized by chemical co-precipitation method in the presence of capping agent Polyethylene glycol 600 (PEG 600) and annealed at 500°C in air ambient for 1h. The XRD measurements reveals that the pure and co-doped ZnO samples have hexagonal structure without any change and the size of ZnO nanoparicles were decreased from 17 nm to 13 nm. FESEM images indicates that they are flake like structures of the ZnO and co-doped ZnO samples and ED AX spectra reveals that the successful doping concentration of Mg and Ag. From the TEM results, the size of the ZnO nanoparticles which are in good agreement with the XRD results.

  4. Oxidative degradation of acid orange 7 using Ag-doped zinc oxide thin films.

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    Shinde, S S; Bhosale, C H; Rajpure, K Y

    2012-12-05

    Ag-doped ZnO thin films with preferred c-axis orientation along (002) have been prepared by spray pyrolysis technique in aqueous medium on to the corning glass substrates. The effect of Ag-doping on to the photoelectrochemical, structural, morphological, optical, luminescence, electrical and thermal properties has been investigated. XRD and Raman study indicates that the films have hexagonal (wurtzite) crystal structure. The effect of Ag loading on the photocatalytic activity of Ag-doped ZnO in the degradation of azo dye is studied and results are compared with pure ZnO. The results show that the rate of degradation of azo dye over Ag-doped ZnO is much higher as compared to pure ZnO. Ag doping in ZnO is highly effective and can significantly enhance the photocatalytic degradation and mineralization of azo dye. The enhancement of photocatalytic activity of Ag-doped ZnO thin films is mainly due to their smaller crystallite size and capability for reducing the electron-hole pair recombination. Kinetic parameters have been investigated in terms of a first order rate equation. The rate constant (-k) for this heterogeneous photocatalysis is evaluated as a function of the initial concentration of original species. Substantial reduction in azo dye is achieved as analyzed from COD and TOC studies.

  5. Single and couple doping ZnO nanocrystals characterized by positron techniques

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    Pasang, Tenzin; Namratha, Keerthiraj; Guagliardo, Paul; Byrappa, Kullaiah; Ranganathaiah, Chikkakuntappa; Samarin, S.; Williams, J. F.

    2015-04-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocrystals have been synthesized using a mild hydrothermal process using low temperatures and pressures with the advantages of free growth catalyst, low cost and alternative technology. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and coincidence Doppler broadening (CDB) spectroscopic methods have been used to investigate the roles of single- and co-dopants and native defects of the ZnO nanocrystals controlled by the synthesis process. It is shown that single Ag1+ and Pd2+ dopants occupy interstitial sites of the ZnO lattice and single Ru3+ doping replaces Zn vacancies substitutionally with a significant effect on the CDB momentum ratio curves when compared using ZnO as the reference spectrum. The co-doping of the ZnO lattice with (Sn4+ + Co2+) shows similar CDB ratios as Ru3+ single-doping. Also co-doping with (Ag1+ + Pd2+) or (Ag1+ + W6+) shows significant decreases in the band gap energy up to about 12.6% compared to single doping. The momentum ratio curves, referenced to undoped ZnO, indicate dopants in interstitial and substitutional sites. The presence of transition metal ions interstitially will trap electrons which resist the recombination of electrons and in turn affect the conductivity of the material.

  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. Sodium doping in ZnO crystals

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    Parmar, N. S. Lynn, K. G.

    2015-01-12

    ZnO bulk single crystals were doped with sodium by thermal diffusion. Positron annihilations spectroscopy confirms the filling of zinc vacancies, to >6 μm deep in the bulk. Secondary-ion mass spectrometry measurement shows the diffusion of sodium up to 8 μm with concentration (1–3.5) × 10{sup 17 }cm{sup −3}. Broad photoluminescence excitation peak at 3.1 eV, with onset appearance at 3.15 eV in Na:ZnO, is attributed to an electronic transition from a Na{sub Zn} level at ∼(220–270) meV to the conduction band. Resistivity in Na doped ZnO crystals increases up to (4–5) orders of magnitude at room temperature.

  8. Loading effect of Ag/AgO on the photocatalytic performance of ZnO rods

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    Samsuddin, Aida Fitri; Aziz, Siti Nor Qurratu Aini Abd; Pung, Swee-Yong

    2017-01-01

    The photocatalytic performance of ZnO rods in degradation of Rhodamine B dye under UV light was improved by 7.3% via deposition of Ag/AgO using 1.0 × 10-3 g mL-1 of silver nitrate solution. However, its photodegradation efficiency decreased with the increase in silver nitrate concentration which was used to prepare the Ag/AgO-ZnO rods. This result suggests that the loading of Ag/AgO on the surface of ZnO rods affected the photocatalytic performance differently. The scavenger study indicates that the main reactive species responsible for the degradation of Rhodamine B dye by Ag-/AgO-deposited ZnO rods were holes, followed by superoxide anion free radicals, hydroxyl free radicals and electrons. Based on these findings, a refined photodegradation mechanism of Rhodamine B by Ag/AgO-ZnO rods is proposed.

  9. Preparation of new morphological ZnO and Ce-doped ZnO

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    Chelouche, A.; Djouadi, D.; Aksas, A.

    2013-12-16

    ZnO micro-tori and cerium doped hexangulars ZnO have been prepared by the sol-gel method under methanol hypercritical conditions of temperature and pressure. X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement has revealed the high crystalline quality and the nanometric size of the samples. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) has shown that the ZnO powder has a torus-like shape while that of ZnO:Ce has a hexangular-like shape, either standing free or inserted into the cores of ZnO tori. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) has revealed that the ZnO particles have sizes between 25 and 30 nm while Ce-doped ZnO grains have diameters ranging from 75 nm to 100 nm. Photoluminescence spectra at room temperature of the samples have revealed that the introduction of cerium in ZnO reduces the emission intensity lines, particularly the ZnO red and green ones.

  10. Hydrothermal fabrication of selectively doped organic assisted advanced ZnO nanomaterial for solar driven photocatalysis.

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    Namratha, K; Byrappa, K; Byrappa, S; Venkateswarlu, P; Rajasekhar, D; Deepthi, B K

    2015-08-01

    Hydrothermal fabrication of selectively doped (Ag(+)+Pd(3+)) advanced ZnO nanomaterial has been carried out under mild pressure temperature conditions (autogeneous; 150°C). Gluconic acid has been used as a surface modifier to effectively control the particle size and morphology of these ZnO nanoparticles. The experimental parameters were tuned to achieve optimum conditions for the synthesis of selectively doped ZnO nanomaterials with an experimental duration of 4 hr. These selectively doped ZnO nanoparticles were characterized using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), UV-Vis spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The solar driven photocatalytic studies have been carried out for organic dyes, i.e., Procion MX-5B dye, Cibacron Brilliant Yellow dye, Indigo Carmine dye, separately and all three mixed, by using gluconic acid modified selectively doped advanced ZnO nanomaterial. The influence of catalyst, its concentration and initial dye concentration resulted in the photocatalytic efficiency of 89% under daylight.

  11. ZnO - Defects and Doping

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    Hofmann, Detlev M.

    2002-03-01

    Due to its large (3.37 eV) and direct bandgap ZnO is a potential competitor for up to now GaN-based light-emitting devices in the blue spectral range. However, like for other wide bandgap semiconductors controlled p-type doping is a problem, as grown undoped ZnO is n-type conducting. To achieve the desired p-type conduction requires to suppress the residual donors and to avoid any deep level defects which hinder the activity of the potential p-type dopants. On this way a clear atomistic identification of the electrical active species in the material is helpful. In the past Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) and Electron Nuclear Double Resonance (ENDOR) spectroscopy were used successfully to identify shallow donor dopants such as Indium in ZnO. Our recent investigations show that also unintentionally present Hydrogen forms a shallow donor with a thermal activation energy of 35 meV, i.e. it is smaller than the effective mass value of about 50 meV. Annealing experiments give evidence that the H-donors can be removed from the material in the temperature range from 850 K to 1050 K which is accompanied by a destruction of the I4 excitons at 3.364 eV. The presence of deep level defects in ZnO is evident from broad unstructured emission bands located in the visible spectral range (2.75 eV - 2.25 eV). With the help of the Optically Detected Magnetic Resonance (ODMR) we are able to separate these frequently superimposed recombinations and to distinguish between the bands originating from Cu, Oxygen-vacancies, and Li and Na related defects. As potential p-type dopant Nitrogen is in the discussion. The observation of N-related local vibrational modes by Raman spectroscopy confirms that nitrogen can be incorporated in the lattice of ZnO. However, a strong correlation to unintentionally present Hydrogen is found, which suggests a passivation of the N-acceptors.

  12. Doped ZnO nanowires obtained by thermal annealing.

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    Shan, C X; Liu, Z; Wong, C C; Hark, S K

    2007-02-01

    Doped ZnO nanowires were prepared in a very simple and inexpensive thermal annealing method using ZnSe nanowires as a precursor. As doped, P doped, and As/P codoped ZnO nanowires were obtained in this method. X-ray diffraction shows that the zincblende ZnSe nanowires were converted to doped wurtzite ZnO nanowires. The incorporation of the dopants was confirmed by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The doping concentration could be adjusted by changing the annealing temperature and duration. Scanning electron microscopy indicated that the morphology of the ZnSe nanowires was essentially retained after the annealing and doping process. Photoluminescence spectroscopy also verified the incorporation of the dopants into the nanowires.

  13. Electrical and mechanical properties of ZnO doped silver-molybdate glass-nanocomposite system

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    Kundu, Ranadip; Roy, Debasish; Bhattacharya, Sanjib

    2016-05-01

    Zno doped silver-molybdate glass-nanocomposites, 0.3 Ag2O - 0.7 [0.075 ZnO - 0.925 MoO3] have been prepared by melt-quenching method. Ionic conductivity of these glass-nanocomposites has been measured in wide temperature and frequency windows. Vicker's hardness methods have been employed to study micro-hardness of the as-prepared samples. Heat-treated counterparts for this glass-nanocomposites system has been analyzed in different temperature to observe the changes in conductivity as well as micro-hardness for that system.

  14. Intrinsic and extrinsic doping of ZnO and ZnO alloys

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    Ellmer, Klaus; Bikowski, André

    2016-10-01

    In this article the doping of the oxidic compound semiconductor ZnO is reviewed with special emphasis on n-type doping. ZnO naturally exhibits n-type conductivity, which is used in the application of highly doped n-type ZnO as a transparent electrode, for instance in thin film solar cells. For prospective application of ZnO in other electronic devices (LEDs, UV photodetectors or power devices) p-type doping is required, which has been reported only minimally. Highly n-type doped ZnO can be prepared by doping with the group IIIB elements B, Al, Ga, and In, which act as shallow donors according to the simple hydrogen-like substitutional donor model of Bethe (1942 Theory of the Boundary Layer of Crystal Rectifiers (Boston, MA: MIT Rad Lab.)). Group IIIA elements (Sc, Y, La etc) are also known to act as shallow donors in ZnO, similarly explainable by the shallow donor model of Bethe. Some reports showed that even group IVA (Ti, Zr, Hf) and IVB (Si, Ge) elements can be used to prepare highly doped ZnO films—which, however, can no longer be explained by the simple hydrogen-like substitutional donor model. More probably, these elements form defect complexes that act as shallow donors in ZnO. On the other hand, group V elements on oxygen lattice sites (N, P, As, and Sb), which were viewed for a long time as typical shallow acceptors, behave instead as deep acceptors, preventing high hole concentrations in ZnO at room temperature. Also, ‘self’-compensation, i.e. the formation of a large number of intrinsic donors at high acceptor concentrations seems to counteract the p-type doping of ZnO. At donor concentrations above about 1020 cm-3, the electrical activation of the dopant elements is often less than 100%, especially in polycrystalline thin films. Reasons for the electrical deactivation of the dopant atoms are (i) the formation of dopant-defect complexes, (ii) the compensation of the electrons by acceptors (Oi, VZn) or (iii) the formation of secondary phases, for

  15. Ferromagnetism in ZnO doped with alkaline elements

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    Wang, Yiren; Piao, Jingyuan; Xin, Guozhong; Lu, Yunhao; Ao, Zhimin; Bao, Nina; Ding, Jun; Li, Sean; Yi, Jiabao

    We have observed room temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM) in ZnO doped with alkaline elements Using first-principles calculations we found the magnetization in these systems is originated from the O2p hole states around Zn vacancies. Calculations indicate that the formation energy of Zn vacancies alone is rather high while further investigation indicates the formation can be much stabilized by the alkaline dopants in the form of defect complexes. By calculating the formation energy of concerned defects and complexes, we found the role of the dopants that under a certain doping concentration: Zn vacancy, substitutional and interstitial dopants can form a defect complex, which can lower formation energy, therefore stabilizing Zn vacancies. Moreover K dopants have shown unique functions on the ferromagnetism since the substitutional K can induce magnetic moments to the system by forming partial zinc vacancy via lattice distortion. Hence K doped ZnO can be magnetic at low doping concentrations. Experimentally, Li, Na doped ZnO films and K doped ZnO nanorods with different doping levels are synthesized, RTFM can be observed in all these systems. The magnetization is found to be greatly influenced by the doping concentrations. The experimental results have shown good consistence with our theoretical calculations. Our studies can inspire the defect induced ferromagnetism as a new route for the fabrication of new diluted magnetic semiconductors.

  16. Theoretical investigation of ZnO and its doping clusters.

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    Wang, Chunlei; Xu, Shuhong; Ye, Lihua; Lei, Wei; Cui, Yiping

    2011-05-01

    Four clusters of ZnO, O-Zn-SR (-SR = ligand) and doping ZnO structures (with Cr, Cu, Al atoms) were investigated using density functional theory at theB3LYP/Lanl2dz level. The characteristics of Zn(3)O(3) and Zn(4)O(4) structures, which are the units of experimental wurtzite and zinc blende structures, were found to be similar to those of experimental ZnO nanocrystals. Moreover, the calculated Raman and IR spectra of ZnO clusters were almost consistent with experimental results. Raman spectra were observed to shift to higher frequencies with decreasing numbers of atoms. Both ligands and solvent make the wavelength of absorption peaks shift to blue. All transitions of absorption peaks for these pure clusters were from d to p orbitals. Finally, doping clusters and experimental doping nanocrystals were similar in character. The doping of metal changed the orbital of ZnO nanocrystals. The transitions in doping clusters (Cr-ZnO, Cu-ZnO) are from d to d orbitals, while Al-ZnO clusters have s-p transitions.

  17. Co doped ZnO nanowires as visible light photocatalysts

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    Šutka, Andris; Käämbre, Tanel; Pärna, Rainer; Juhnevica, Inna; Maiorov, Mihael; Joost, Urmas; Kisand, Vambola

    2016-06-01

    High aspect ratio cobalt doped ZnO nanowires showing strong photocatalytic activity and moderate ferromagnetic behaviour were successfully synthesized using a solvothermal method and characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activities evaluated for visible light driven degradation of an aqueous methylene orange (MO) solution were higher than for Co doped ZnO nanoparticles at the same doping level and synthesized by the same synthesis route. The rate constant for MO visible light photocatalytic degradation was 1.9·10-3 min-1 in case of nanoparticles and 4.2·10-3 min-1 in case of nanowires. We observe strongly enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity for moderate Co doping levels, with an optimum at a composition of Zn0.95Co0.05O. The enhanced photocatalytic activities of Co doped ZnO nanowires were attributed to the combined effects of enhanced visible light absorption at the Co sites in ZnO nanowires, and improved separation efficiency of photogenerated charge carriers at optimal Co doping.

  18. Optical characterization of Eu3+ doped ZnO nanocomposites.

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    Grandhe, Bhaskar Kumar; Bandi, Vengala Rao; Jang, Kiwan; Lee, Ho-Sueb; Shin, Dong-Soo; Yi, Soung-Soo; Jeong, Jung-Hyun

    2013-11-01

    A rare-earth metal ion (Eu3+) doped ZnO nanocomposites have been successfully synthesized by employing wet chemical procedure using multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT's) as removable template. The preparation was carried out by immersing empty and dried MWCNT's in a stoichiometric composition of zinc nitrate and europium nitrate solution followed by filtration and sintering. The synthesized Eu3+ doped ZnO nanocomposites were characterized by means of different characterization techniques namely XRD, SEM, EDS, FT-IR and Raman spectroscopy. The XRD profile of the Eu3+ doped ZnO nanocomposites indicated its hexagonal nature while the photoluminescent analysis reveals that the prepared nanocomposite exhibits a strong red emission peak at 619 nm due to 5D0 --> 7F2 forced electric dipole transition of Eu3+ ions. Such luminescent materials are expected to find potential applications in display devices.

  19. Scintillation of Un-doped ZnO Single Crystals

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    Colosimo, A. M.; Ji, Jianfeng; Stepanov, P. S.; Boatner, L. A.; Selim, F. A.

    2016-01-07

    In this paper, scintillation properties are often studied by photo-luminescence (PL) and scintillation measurements. In this work, we combine X-ray-induced luminescence (XRIL) spectroscopy [Review of Scientific Instruments 83, 103112 (2012)] with PL and standard scintillation measurements to give insight into the scintillation properties of un-doped ZnO single crystals. XRIL revealed that ZnO luminescence proportionally increases with X-ray power and exhibits excellent linearity - indicating the possibility of developing radiation detectors with good energy resolution. Finally, by coupling ZnO crystals to fast photomultiplier tubes and monitoring the anode signal, rise times as fast as 0.9 ns were measured.

  20. Green emission in carbon doped ZnO films

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    Tseng, L. T.; Yi, J. B. Zhang, X. Y.; Xing, G. Z.; Luo, X.; Li, S.; Fan, H. M.; Herng, T. S.; Ding, J.; Ionescu, M.

    2014-06-15

    The emission behavior of C-doped ZnO films, which were prepared by implantation of carbon into ZnO films, is investigated. Orange/red emission is observed for the films with the thickness of 60–100 nm. However, the film with thickness of 200 nm shows strong green emission. Further investigations by annealing bulk ZnO single crystals under different environments, i.e. Ar, Zn or C vapor, indicated that the complex defects based on Zn interstitials are responsible for the strong green emission. The existence of complex defects was confirmed by electron spin resonance (ESR) and low temperature photoluminescence (PL) measurement.

  1. Doping dependent properties of Cr-doped ZnO nanostructures prepared by microwave irradiation.

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    Ahmed, Faheem; Arshi, Nishat; Anwar, M S; Koo, Bon Heun

    2014-11-01

    In this work, undoped and Cr-doped single-crystalline ZnO nanorods were prepared by a facile microwave assisted solution method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results showed that Cr-doped ZnO was comprised of single phase nature with hexagonal wurtzite structure up to 5% Cr doping, however, secondary phase ZnCr2O4 appeared upon further increasing the Cr dopant concentration. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and TEM micrographs suggested that the undoped nanorods with an average length of -~2 μm and a diameter in the range of 150-200 nm, respectively were observed. Interestingly, the size of nanorods decreased with the increase of Cr concentration in ZnO. Optical studies depicted that the energy bandgap was decreased with the increase of Cr concentration. Raman scattering spectra of Cr-doped ZnO revealed the lower frequency shift of E2(high) phonon mode with the increase in concentration of Cr dopant, suggested the successful doping of Cr into Zn site in ZnO. Magnetic studies showed that Cr-doped ZnO exhibited room temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM) and the value of magnetization was continuously decreased with the increase in Cr doping.

  2. Doped ZnO 1D nanostructures: synthesis, properties, and photodetector application.

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    Hsu, Cheng-Liang; Chang, Shoou-Jinn

    2014-11-01

    In the past decades, the doping of ZnO one-dimensional nanostructures has attracted a great deal of attention due to the variety of possible morphologies, large surface-to-volume ratios, simple and low cost processing, and excellent physical properties for fabricating high-performance electronic, magnetic, and optoelectronic devices. This article mainly concentrates on recent advances regarding the doping of ZnO one-dimensional nanostructures, including a brief overview of the vapor phase transport method and hydrothermal method, as well as the fabrication process for photodetectors. The dopant elements include B, Al, Ga, In, N, P, As, Sb, Ag, Cu, Ti, Na, K, Li, La, C, F, Cl, H, Mg, Mn, S, and Sn. The various dopants which act as acceptors or donors to realize either p-type or n-type are discussed. Doping to alter optical properties is also considered. Lastly, the perspectives and future research outlook of doped ZnO nanostructures are summarized.

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

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

    2013-09-01

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

  4. Stabilization Mechanism of ZnO Nanoparticles by Fe Doping

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    Xiao, Jianping; Kuc, Agnieszka; Frauenheim, Thomas; Heine, Thomas

    2014-03-01

    Surprisingly low solubility and toxicity of Fe-doped ZnO nanoparticles is elucidated on the basis of first-principles calculations. Various ZnO surfaces that could be present in nanoparticles are subject to substitutional Fe doping. We show that Fe stabilizes polar instable surfaces, while nonpolar surfaces, namely (101_0) and (112_0), remain intact. Polar surfaces can be stabilized indirectly through Fe2+-Fe3+ pair-assisted charge transfer, which reduces surface polarity and therefore, the solubility in polar solvents.

  5. Preparation of ZnO nanorods on conductive PET-ITO-Ag fibers

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    Li, Yiwen; Ji, Shuai; Chen, Yuanyu; Zhang, Hong; Gong, Yumei; Guo, Jing

    2016-12-01

    We studied the vertical ZnO nanorods grown on conductive conventional polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fibers which are prepared by electroless silver depositing on tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) coated PET fibers through an efficient and low-cost green approach. The PET fibers were firstly functionalized with a layer of ITO gel synthesized through a sol-gel process at rather low temperature, simply by immersing the fibers into ITO sol for several minutes followed by gelation at 120 °C. Once the ITO gel layer surface was activated by SnCl2, a continuous, uniform, and compact layer of silver was carried out on the surface of the PET-ITO fibers through electroless plating operation at room temperature. The as-prepared PET-ITO-Ag fibers had good electrical conductivity, with surface resistivity as low as 0.23 mΩ cm. The overall procedure is simple, efficient, nontoxic, and controllable. The conductive PET-ITO-Ag fiber was used successfully as a flexible basal material to plant vertical ZnO nanorods through controlling the seeding and growth processes. The morphology of the PET-ITO, PET-ITO-Ag, and PET-ITO-Ag-ZnO fibers were observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Undergone the whole process, although the tensile strength of the fiber decreased slightly, they may still exert their applications in flexible electronic such as photovoltaic and piezoelectric devices.

  6. Transparent conductivity modulation of ZnO by group-IVA doping

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    Liu, J.; Fan, X. F.; Sun, C. Q.; Zhu, W.

    2016-04-01

    We examined the effect of group-IVA doping on the electronic structure and transmittance of ZnO using first-principle calculations. All these doped ZnO materials are found to perform n-type conductive behavior. Si-doped ZnO and Pb-doped ZnO are found to have larger optical band gap than those of Ge-doped ZnO and Sn-doped ZnO. The transmittance of Si-doped ZnO is found to be high in both UV and visible region. The enhancement of UV region transmittance can be attributed to the enhanced optical band gap, while the reduction of visible region transmittance is due to the intraband optical transition.

  7. Facile synthesis and improved optical activity in ZnO nanocrystallites doped with coinage metals

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

    2015-06-01

    We report the growth of well-oriented rod and flower-like nanostructures of ZnO doped with copper, gold and silver synthesized by sonochemical method. The nanostructures were grown in a nutrient solution made of zinc nitrate (Zn(NO3)2 . 6H2O) and ammonia at low temperature with varying the dopant. XRD, TEM, UV-VIS, photoluminescence and FTIR spectra were recorded to study the crystallinity, microstructure and optical properties of the samples. XRD results show the formation of hexagonal wurtzite phase of ZnO with changing lattice parameters with doping. Both direct and indirect evidences were obtained from the XRD pattern confirming the incorporation of the dopant. Enhanced UV absorbance and PL emissions for ZnO has been observed and the role of Cu, Ag and Au in altering these properties has been investigated. Shift in UV band and evolution of new visible emission bands in the Pl spectra have been explained on the basis of incorporation of impurity occupying different states in the band gap of ZnO.

  8. Growth of Ga-doped ZnO nanowires by two-step vapor phase method

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    Xu, C.; Kim, M.; Chun, J.; Kim, D.

    2005-03-28

    A two-step route is presented to dope Ga into ZnO nanowires and also fabricate heterostructures of Ga-doped ZnO nanowires on ZnO. The content of Ga in ZnO nanowires is about 7 at. % from energy-dispersive x-ray analysis. The single crystal Ga doped ZnO nanowires with the diameter of 40 nm and the length of 300-500 nm are well aligned on the ZnO bulk. The growth direction is along [001]. Raman scattering analysis shows that the doping of Ga into ZnO nanowires depresses Raman E{sub 1L} mode of ZnO, manifesting that Ga sites in ZnO are Zn sites (Ga{sub Zn}). The formation mechanism of Zn{sub 1-x}Ga{sub x}O nanowires/ZnO heterostructures is proposed.

  9. Indirect excitons in hydrogen-doped ZnO

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    Zhu, Liangchen; Lem, Laurent L. C.; Nguyen, Thien-Phap; Fair, Kit; Ali, Sajid; Ford, Michael J.; Phillips, Matthew R.; Ton-That, Cuong

    2017-03-01

    We present a correlative experimental and theoretical study of bound excitons in hydrogen-doped ZnO, with a particular focus on the dynamics of their metastable state confined in the sub-surface region, using a combination of surface-sensitive characterisation techniques and density functional theory calculations. A metastable sub-surface emission at 3.31 eV found in H-doped ZnO is attributed to the radiative recombination of indirect excitons localised at basal plane stacking faults (BSFs) where the excitonic transition involves electrons bound to bond-centre hydrogen donors in the potential well of the BSF. Additionally, our work shows the electrical transport of ZnO Schottky junctions is dominated by electrons confined at BSFs in the near-surface region.

  10. Li doped ZnO thin films for optoelectronic applications

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    Sandeep, K. M.; Bhat, Shreesha; Serrao, F. J.; Dharmaprakash, S. M.

    2016-05-01

    We have prepared undoped (ZnO) and Li doped ZnO (LZO) thin films using cost effective sol gel spin coating method.The structural properties were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, and it showed that Li ions occupied interstitial positions in the LZO film. The optical properties like band bending effect, absorption length, band edge sharpness, which have direct impact on solar cell performance has been calculated. The room temperature photoluminescence spectra of the films showed dominant blue emission with CIE coordinate numbers (0.1384, 0.0836) for ZnO and (0.1356, 0.0910) for LZO. The dominating wavelength of the blue emission is present at 470.9 nm and 472.3 nm for ZnO and LZO films respectively. The structural and optical parameters determined in the present study could be used in LED applications.

  11. Controlled fabrication of oriented co-doped ZnO clustered nanoassemblies.

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    Barick, K C; Aslam, M; Dravid, Vinayak P; Bahadur, D

    2010-09-01

    Clustered nanoassemblies of Mn doped ZnO and co-doped ZnO (Mn, Sn co-doped ZnO; Mn, Sb co-doped ZnO; and Mn, Bi co-doped ZnO) were prepared by refluxing their respective precursors in diethylene glycol medium. The co-doping elements, Sn, Sb and Bi exist in multi oxidation states by forming Zn-O-M (M=Sb, Bi and Sn) bonds in hexagonal wurtzite nanostructure. The analyses of detailed structural characterization performed by XRD, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), show that co-doping ions are successfully incorporated into the ZnO nanostructure and do not appear as precipitates or secondary phases. HRTEM analysis also confirmed the oriented attachment of nanocrystals as well as their defect structures. The formation/activation of higher amount of intrinsic host defects, for instance, oxygen vacancies in co-doped ZnO as compared to Mn doped ZnO sample is evident from Raman spectra. The doped and co-doped samples exhibit ferromagnetic like behavior at room temperature presumably due to the presence of defects. Specifically, it has been observed that the incorporation of dopant and co-dopants into ZnO structure can modulate the local electronic structure due to the formation/activation of defects and hence, cause significant changes in their structural, vibrational, optical and magnetic properties.

  12. Characterization of undoped and Co doped ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by DC thermal plasma method

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    Nirmala, M.; Anukaliani, A.

    2011-02-01

    ZnO nanopowders doped with 5 and 10 at% cobalt were synthesized and their antibacterial activity was studied. Cobalt doped ZnO powders were prepared using dc thermal plasma method. Crystal structure and grain size of the particles were characterized by X-ray diffractometry and optical properties were studied using UV-vis spectroscopy. The particle size and morphology was observed by SEM and HRTEM, revealing rod like morphology. The antibacterial activity of undoped ZnO and cobalt doped ZnO nanoparticles against a Gram-negative bacterium Escherichia coli and a Gram-positive bacterium Bacillus atrophaeus was investigated. Undoped ZnO and cobalt doped ZnO exhibited antibacterial activity against both E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus but it was considerably more effective in the cobalt doped ZnO.

  13. Heteroepitaxial Growth and Doping of ZnO for Optoelectronic Applications

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    2005-08-19

    synthesis and characterization of highly monodisperse transition metal doped ZnO nanoparticles," S.P. Singh, 0. Prealez...presented in MRS fall meeting, Nov.29-Dec.3, (2004). 9. " Synthesis and characterization of ZnO and Mn- ZnO nanocrystals for spintronic applications... synthesis of Mn doped ZnO was performed by a solution process at room temperature. This route is based on dehydration properties of

  14. Optical properties of ZnO doped with Cobalt ions

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    Ivanov, V. Yu; Zakrzewski, A. J.; Witkowski, B. S.; Godlewski, M.

    2016-09-01

    While doping with rare earth ions is used for emission activation, doping with transition metal ions is often used to get specific magnetic properties of a given host material. Recently investigations of transition metal doped materials focused on chances of achieving a room temperature ferromagnetic response. This is because carrier mediated room temperature ferromagnetic order was theoretically predicted for ZnO doped with Mn or Co ions. Such order is required for some of spintronics applications. To realize RT FM both Mn and Co should stay in 2+ charge state, expected when Mn/Co substitute zinc in ZnO. Both ZnMnO and ZnCoO alloys show a strong absorption band, which appears below ZnO band gap transitions. The origin of this absorption in ZnCoO is discussed in the present work. We show based on the results of photoluminescence and photo-ESR investigations that the broad absorption band is related to Co photo-ionization.

  15. Preparation, characterization and photocatalytic properties of Ho doped ZnO nanostructures synthesized by sonochemical method

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    Phuruangrat, Anukorn; Yayapao, Oranuch; Thongtem, Titipun; Thongtem, Somchai

    2014-03-01

    The three-dimensional flowerlike undoped and Ho doped ZnO microstructure was successfully synthesized by a sonochemical method. The morphologies and structures of the phase were characterized by the analyses of XRD, SEM and TEM. The flower-like structure composed of numerous one-dimensional hexagonal nanoprisms ZnO and Ho doped ZnO were revealed as hexagonal crystal structure with exposure (0 0 1) facet. The Ho doped ZnO exhibited a relatively higher photocatalytic activity than the pure ZnO in the degradation of methylene blue under UV light.

  16. Electronic structure of Co-doped ZnO nanorods

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    Neffati, Ahmed; Souissi, Hajer; Kammoun, Souha

    2012-10-01

    The optical transmission spectra, the photoluminescence (PL), and the photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectra of the cobalt doped zinc oxide nanorods Zn1-xCoxO (x = 0.01, 0.10) were measured by Loan et al. [J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 42, 065412 (2009)] in the region 1.5-4 eV. These spectra exhibit a group of ultraviolet narrow lines in the region of 3.0-3.4 eV related to the near-band-edge emission of the host ZnO materials and a group of emission lines in the red region of 1.8-1.9 eV assigned to the radiative transitions within the tetrahedral Co2+ ions in the ZnO host crystal. The group of lines in the visible region provides important information about the electronic structure of the cobalt doped zinc oxide nanorods. This work investigates a theoretical crystal-field analysis of the visible lines associated to the Co2+ ion transition occupying a Td site symmetry in ZnO host crystal. A satisfactory correlations were obtained between experimental and calculated energy levels. The electronic structure was compared with the reported for cobalt transition ion doped in ZnO nanoparticles and bulk crystals [Volbers et al., Appl. Phys. A 88, 153 (2007) and H. J. Schulz and M. Thiede, Phys. Rev. B 35, 18 (1987)]. In order to explain the existence of excitation peaks observed near the band edge of the ZnO host, an energy transfer mechanism is proposed.

  17. Opto-electrical properties of Sb-doped p-type ZnO nanowires

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    Kao, Tzu-Hsuan; Chen, Jui-Yuan; Chiu, Chung-Hua; Huang, Chun-Wei; Wu, Wen-Wei

    2014-03-17

    P-type ZnO nanowires (NWs) have attracted much attention in the past years due to the potential applications for optoelectronics and piezotronics. In this study, we have synthesized Sb-doped p-type ZnO NWs on Si (100) substrates by chemical vapor deposition with Aucatalyst. The Sb-doped ZnO NWs are single crystalline with high density, grown along [1-1-2] direction. The doping percentage of Sb is about 2.49%, which has been confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The ZnO NW field effect transistor demonstrated its p-type characteristics. A high responsivity to ultraviolet photodetection was also observed. In addition, compared to intrinsic ZnO NWs, the conductivity of the Sb-doped ZnO NWs exhibited ∼2 orders of magnitude higher. These properties make the p-type ZnO NWs a promising candidate for electronic and optoelectronic devices.

  18. Half-metallic ferromagnetism in Cu doped ZnO?

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    Ye, Lin-Hui; Freeman, A. J.

    2004-03-01

    It has been shown that diluted magnetic semiconductors could form by hole doping into ZnO(T.Dietl, et al.,) Science 287, 1019(2000). In this work doping by non-magnetic Cu into ZnO has been simulated by the accurate ab initio FLAPW method(E.Wimmer, H.Krakauer, M.Weinert, and A.J.Freeman, Phys. Rev. B 24), 864(1981), and references therein, using GGA to represent the exchange-correlation potential. For a 1/8 doping concentration which is simulated by a 16 atom supercell, we find magnetic moments of 0.58 μB on Cu, and 0.08 μB or 0.05 μB on neighboring O. Decreasing the doping concentration to 1/16 causes the magnetic moments change by 0.005 μ_B. In the ferromagnetic (FM) phase, the system is half-metallic. The hole states on the Fermi surface are mainly determined by Cu 3d and O 2p hybridization. The calculated exchange splitting is 0.45 eV which opens a half-metallic gap of 0.30 eV. For comparison with the FM phase, several anti-ferromagnetic (AFM) phases are being investigated using the doubled supercell. To design possible diluted magnetic semiconductors, simulations of doping by other non-magnetic ions into ZnO are also in progress.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. The Antibacterial Activity of Ta-doped ZnO Nanoparticles.

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    Guo, Bing-Lei; Han, Ping; Guo, Li-Chuan; Cao, Yan-Qiang; Li, Ai-Dong; Kong, Ji-Zhou; Zhai, Hai-Fa; Wu, Di

    2015-12-01

    A novel photocatalyst of Ta-doped ZnO nanoparticles was prepared by a modified Pechini-type method. The antimicrobial study of Ta-doped ZnO nanoparticles on several bacteria of Gram-positive Bacillus subtilis (B. subtilis) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Gram-negative Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) were performed using a standard microbial method. The Ta-doping concentration effect on the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of various bacteria under dark ambient has been evaluated. The photocatalytical inactivation of Ta-doped ZnO nanoparticles under visible light irradiation was examined. The MIC results indicate that the incorporation of Ta(5+) ions into ZnO significantly improve the bacteriostasis effect of ZnO nanoparticles on E. coli, S. aureus, and B. subtilis in the absence of light. Compared to MIC results without light irradiation, Ta-doped ZnO and pure ZnO nanoparticles show much stronger bactericidal efficacy on P. aeruginosa, E. coli, and S. aureus under visible light illumination. The possible antimicrobial mechanisms in Ta-doped ZnO systems under visible light and dark conditions were also proposed. Ta-doped ZnO nanoparticles exhibit more effective bactericidal efficacy than pure ZnO in dark ambient, which can be attributed to the synergistic effect of enhanced surface bioactivity and increased electrostatic force due to the incorporation of Ta(5+) ions into ZnO. Based on the antibacterial tests, 5 % Ta-doped ZnO is a more effective antimicrobial agent than pure ZnO.

  3. The Antibacterial Activity of Ta-doped ZnO Nanoparticles

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    Guo, Bing-Lei; Han, Ping; Guo, Li-Chuan; Cao, Yan-Qiang; Li, Ai-Dong; Kong, Ji-Zhou; Zhai, Hai-Fa; Wu, Di

    2015-08-01

    A novel photocatalyst of Ta-doped ZnO nanoparticles was prepared by a modified Pechini-type method. The antimicrobial study of Ta-doped ZnO nanoparticles on several bacteria of Gram-positive Bacillus subtilis ( B. subtilis) and Staphylococcus aureus ( S. aureus) and Gram-negative Escherichia coli ( E. coli) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa ( P. aeruginosa) were performed using a standard microbial method. The Ta-doping concentration effect on the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of various bacteria under dark ambient has been evaluated. The photocatalytical inactivation of Ta-doped ZnO nanoparticles under visible light irradiation was examined. The MIC results indicate that the incorporation of Ta5+ ions into ZnO significantly improve the bacteriostasis effect of ZnO nanoparticles on E. coli, S. aureus, and B. subtilis in the absence of light. Compared to MIC results without light irradiation, Ta-doped ZnO and pure ZnO nanoparticles show much stronger bactericidal efficacy on P. aeruginosa, E. coli, and S. aureus under visible light illumination. The possible antimicrobial mechanisms in Ta-doped ZnO systems under visible light and dark conditions were also proposed. Ta-doped ZnO nanoparticles exhibit more effective bactericidal efficacy than pure ZnO in dark ambient, which can be attributed to the synergistic effect of enhanced surface bioactivity and increased electrostatic force due to the incorporation of Ta5+ ions into ZnO. Based on the antibacterial tests, 5 % Ta-doped ZnO is a more effective antimicrobial agent than pure ZnO.

  4. Anomalous antibacterial activity and dye degradation by selenium doped ZnO nanoparticles.

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    Dutta, Raj Kumar; Nenavathu, Bhavani Prasad; Talukdar, Soumita

    2014-02-01

    Selenium doped ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by mechanochemical method were spherically shaped of size distribution of 10.2±3.4 nm measured by transmission electron microscopy. Diffused reflectance spectroscopy revealed increase in the band gap, ranging between 3.47 eV and 3.63 eV due to Se doping in ZnO nanoparticles. The antibacterial activity of pristine and Se doped ZnO nanoparticles was attributed to ROS (reactive oxygen species) generation in culture media confirmed by TBARS assay. Compared to complete inhibition of growth by 0.45 mg/mL of pristine ZnO nanoparticles, the batches of 0.45 mg/mL of selenium doped ZnO nanoparticles exhibited only 51% inhibition of growth of Escherichia coli. The reduced antibacterial activity of selenium doped ZnO nanoparticles was attributed to two opposing factors, e.g., ROS generation for inhibition of growth, countered by sustaining growth of E. coli due to availability of Se micronutrients in culture media, confirmed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer measurement. Higher ROS generation by selenium doped ZnO nanoparticles was attributed to creation of oxygen vacancies, confirmed from green emission peak observed at 565 nm. The impact of higher ROS generation by selenium doped ZnO nanoparticles was evident from enhanced photocatalytic degradation of trypan blue dye, than pristine ZnO nanoparticles.

  5. Halloysite Nanotubes Supported Ag and ZnO Nanoparticles with Synergistically Enhanced Antibacterial Activity.

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    Shu, Zhan; Zhang, Yi; Yang, Qian; Yang, Huaming

    2017-12-01

    Novel antimicrobial nanocomposite incorporating halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) and silver (Ag) into zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles is prepared by integrating HNTs and decorating Ag nanoparticles. ZnO nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) and Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs) with a size of about 100 and 8 nm, respectively, are dispersively anchored onto HNTs. The synergistic effects of ZnO NPs, Ag NPs, and HNTs led to the superior antibacterial activity of the Ag-ZnO/HNTs antibacterial nanocomposites. HNTs facilitated the dispersion and stability of ZnO NPs and brought them in close contact with bacteria, while Ag NPs could promote the separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs and enhanced the antibacterial activity of ZnO NPs. The close contact with cell membrane enabled the nanoparticles to produce the increased concentration of reactive oxygen species and the metal ions to permeate into the cytoplasm, thus induced quick death of bacteria, indicating that Ag-ZnO/HNTs antibacterial nanocomposite is a promising candidate in the antibacterial fields.

  6. Halloysite Nanotubes Supported Ag and ZnO Nanoparticles with Synergistically Enhanced Antibacterial Activity

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    Shu, Zhan; Zhang, Yi; Yang, Qian; Yang, Huaming

    2017-02-01

    Novel antimicrobial nanocomposite incorporating halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) and silver (Ag) into zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles is prepared by integrating HNTs and decorating Ag nanoparticles. ZnO nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) and Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs) with a size of about 100 and 8 nm, respectively, are dispersively anchored onto HNTs. The synergistic effects of ZnO NPs, Ag NPs, and HNTs led to the superior antibacterial activity of the Ag-ZnO/HNTs antibacterial nanocomposites. HNTs facilitated the dispersion and stability of ZnO NPs and brought them in close contact with bacteria, while Ag NPs could promote the separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs and enhanced the antibacterial activity of ZnO NPs. The close contact with cell membrane enabled the nanoparticles to produce the increased concentration of reactive oxygen species and the metal ions to permeate into the cytoplasm, thus induced quick death of bacteria, indicating that Ag-ZnO/HNTs antibacterial nanocomposite is a promising candidate in the antibacterial fields.

  7. ZnO Nanorod Array Grown on Ag Layer: A Highly Efficient Fluorescence Enhancement Platform

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    Yin, Yongqi; Sun, Ye; Yu, Miao; Liu, Xiao; Jiang, Tingting; Yang, Bin; Liu, Danqing; Liu, Shaoqin; Cao, Wenwu

    2015-01-01

    ZnO nanorods (NRs) are known for ultra-sensitive biomolecule detection through fluorescence enhancement. In this work, we demonstrate that ZnO NR arrays grown on Ag layers can significantly improve the enhancement up to 86 times compared to that grown on bare Si, and the enhancement can be modified in a controlled manner by varying Ag thickness. The much improved waveguide properties are attributed to the high reflectance of the Ag layers and their tuning effect on the diameters of ZnO NRs. Our results provide a deep insight into the mechanism of NRs-based fluorescence enhancement platform. PMID:25633246

  8. 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.

  9. Synthesis of nitrogen-doped ZnO nanoparticles by RF thermal plasma

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    Hiragino, Yuto; Tanaka, Toshimi; Takeuchi, Hiroshi; Takeuchi, Akira; Lin, Jie; Yoshida, Toshiyuki; Fujita, Yasuhisa

    2016-04-01

    The nitrogen-doped ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) were successfully synthesized by using an RF thermal plasma process which would be a promising technique to the massive production. XRD measurements revealed that the formation of the hexagonal ZnO wurtzite structure. The synthesized nitrogen-doped ZnO NPs showed the nitrogen and carbon concentrations of 3.1-4.6 × 1020 cm-3 and 1.1-1.2 × 1020 cm-3. The hole injection was confirmed by evaluating band edge electroluminescence from the LED structures using nitrogen doped ZnO NPs as a p-type layer.

  10. Synthesis and characterization of Mn-doped ZnO column arrays

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    Yang, Mei; Guo, Zhixing; Qiu, Kehui; Long, Jianping; Yin, Guangfu; Guan, Denggao; Liu, Sutian; Zhou, Shijie

    2010-04-01

    Mn-doped ZnO column arrays were successfully synthesized by conventional sol-gel process. Effect of Mn/Zn atomic ratio and reaction time were investigated, and the morphology, tropism and optical properties of Mn-doped ZnO column arrays were characterized by SEM, XRD and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The result shows that a Mn/Zn atomic ratio of 0.1 and growth time of 12 h are the optimal condition for the preparation of densely distributed ZnO column arrays. XRD analysis shows that Mn-doped ZnO column arrays are highly c-axis oriented. As for Mn-doped ZnO column arrays, obvious increase of photoluminescence intensity is observed at the wavelength of ˜395 nm and ˜413 nm, compared to pure ZnO column arrays.

  11. Electron paramagnetic resonance in Cu-doped ZnO

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    Buchheit, R.; Acosta-Humánez, F.; Almanza, O.

    2016-04-01

    In this work, ZnO and Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles (Zn1-xCuxO, x = 3%), with a calcination temperature of 500∘C were synthesized using the sol-gel method. The particles were analyzed using atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) at X-band, measurement in a temperature range from 90 K to room temperature. AAS confirmed a good correspondence between the experimental doping concentration and the theoretical value. XRD reveals the presence of ZnO phase in hexagonal wurtzite structure and a nanoparticle size for the samples synthesized. EPR spectroscopy shows the presence of point defects in both samples with g-values of g = 1.959 for shallow donors and g = 2.004 for ionized vacancies. It is important when these materials are required have been used as catalysts, as suggested that it is not necessary prepare them at higher temperature. A simulation of the Cu EPR signal using an anisotropic spin Hamiltonian was performed and showed good coincidence with the experimental spectra. It was shown that Cu2+ ions enter interstitial octahedral sites of orthorhombic symmetry in the wurtzite crystal structure. Temperature dependence of the EPR linewidth and signal intensity shows a paramagnetic behavior of the sample in the measurement range. A Néel temperature TN = 78 ± 19 K was determined.

  12. Doping of ZnO nanowires using phosphorus diffusion from a spin-on doped glass source

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    Bocheux, A.; Robin, I. C.; Bonaimé, J.; Hyot, B.; Feuillet, G.; Kolobov, A. V.; Fons, P.; Mitrofanov, K. V.; Tominaga, J.; Tamenori, Y.

    2014-05-21

    In this article, we report on ZnO nanowires that were phosphorus doped using a spin on dopant glass deposition and diffusion method. Photoluminescence measurements suggest that this process yields p-doped ZnO. The spatial location of P atoms was studied using x-ray near-edge absorption structure spectroscopy and it is concluded that the doping is amphoteric with P atoms located on both Zn and O sites.

  13. Laser doping of Sb into ZnO nanowires in the Sb nanoparticle-dispersed liquid

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    Kawahara, Hirotaka; Shimogaki, Tetsuya; Higashihata, Mitsuhiro; Ikenoue, Hiroshi; Nakamura, Daisuke; Okada, Tatsuo

    2015-06-01

    We succeed in fabricating Sb-doped ZnO nanowires by laser doping using Sb nanoparticles (Sb NPs). Vertically aligned ZnO nanowires with a diameter of 100 nm were synthesized by the nanoparticles-assisted pulsed laser deposition. Sb NPs were prepared by laser ablation in liquid. The average size of 50 nm Sb NPs was successfully fabricated by laser ablation in ethanol. Subsequently, laser doping was performed by irradiating Nd:YAG laser beam (355 nm) in Sb-dispersed ethanol. After laser doping, the tip of ZnO nanowires was slightly deformed into spherical shape by laser heating. A rectifying property with a threshold voltage of 4.5 V was observed between n-type ZnO nanowires and Sb-doped ZnO nanowires.

  14. 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.

  15. First-principles study for ferromagnetism of Cu-doped ZnO with carrier doping

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    Kang, Byung-Sub; Kim, Kyeong-Sup; Yu, Seong-Cho; Chae, Heejoon

    2013-02-15

    We studied the effects on the ferromagnetism of carrier doping in Zn{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}O with x=0.0277-0.0833 by using the first-principles calculations. The total magnetic moment of Cu is about 1, 2, and 3 {mu}{sub B}/cell at the concentration of 2.77%, 5.55%, and 8.33%, respectively. For Zn{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 1-y}N{sub y}, we obtained the ferromagnetic and half-metallic ground state. The Cu magnetic moment in low Cu concentration is increased by the N-doping. However, for the F-doping it decreases. The ferromagnetism in Cu-doped ZnO is controllable by changing the carrier density. The N 2p states hybridize well with Cu 3d states instead of the O 2p states. Due to the hybridization between N 2p and Cu 3d states, the holes are itinerant with keeping its 3d states. For (Cu,N)-codoped ZnO, it is recognized that the width of 3d states is larger than that of (Cu,F)-codoped ZnO. - Graphical abstract: Considered clean wurtzite ZnO structure, the Cu magnetic moments for Zn{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 1-y}N{sub y} or Zn{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 1-y}F{sub y} of the ferromagnetic state (left), and the charge density difference of Zn{sub 1-x}Cu{sub x}O (x=0.0277) (right). Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The ferromagnetism of Cu-doped ZnO is controllable by N or F carrier density. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Cu magnetic moment in low Cu concentration is increased by hole doping. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The N 2p states hybridize well with the Cu 3d states instead of the O 2p states. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer For (Cu,F)-codoped ZnO, the Cu 3d band is narrower than that for (Cu,N)-codoped ZnO.

  16. Influence of Co doping on combined photocatalytic and antibacterial activity of ZnO nanoparticles

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    Anandan, M.; Dinesh, S.; Krishnakumar, N.; Balamurugan, K.

    2016-11-01

    The present work aims to investigate the structural, optical, photocatalyst and antibacterial properties of bare and cobalt doped ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) with different concentrations Zn1-x Co x O (x = 0, 0.03, 0.06 and 0.09) synthesized by co-precipitation method. The XRD patterns confirmed that all samples of cobalt doped ZnO nanostructures revealed the formation of single phase having hexagonal wurtzite structure with crystallite size in the range of 31-41 nm. Further, the decreasing trend in lattice parameters and grain sizes were also seen with increasing doping concentrations which confirms the incorporation of Co ions into the ZnO lattice. This result was further supported by the FT-IR data. HR-TEM images demonstrated the distinct hexagonal like morphology with small agglomeration. The UV-visible absorption spectra exhibits red shift with increase in Co doping concentration in ZnO while corresponding bandgap energy of cobalt doped ZnO NPs decreased with increased Co doping concentration. PL spectra showed a weak UV and visible emission band which may be ascribed to the reduction in oxygen vacancy and defects by cobalt doping. XPS and EDX spectral results confirm the composition and the purity of Co doped ZnO NPs. Furthermore, the Co doped ZnO NPs were found to exhibit lesser photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methyl green dye under UV light illumination in comparison with the bare ZnO NPs. Moreover, anti-bacterial studies reveals that the Co doped ZnO NPs possess more antibacterial effect against gram positive Basillus subtills and gram negative Klebsiella pneumoniae bacterial strains than the bare ZnO NPs.

  17. 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.

  18. Structural, optical and electronic structure studies of Al doped ZnO thin films

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    Devi, Vanita; Kumar, Manish; Shukla, D. K.; Choudhary, R. J.; Phase, D. M.; Kumar, Ravindra; Joshi, B. C.

    2015-07-01

    Structural, optical and electronic structure of Al doped ZnO thin films grown using pulsed laser deposition on glass substrate are investigated. X-ray diffraction measurements reveal that all the films are textured along the c-axis and have wurtzite structure. Al doping in ZnO films leads to increase in grain size due to relaxation in compressive stress. Enhancement in band gap of ZnO films with the Al doping is also noticed which can be ascribed to the Brustein-Moss shift. The changes in the electronic structure caused by Al in the doped thin film samples are understood through X-ray absorption measurements.

  19. Piezoelectric and opto-electrical properties of silver-doped ZnO nanorods synthesized by low temperature aqueous chemical method

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    Nour, E. S. Echresh, A.; Willander, M.; Nur, O.; Liu, Xianjie; Broitman, E.

    2015-07-15

    In this paper, we have synthesized Zn{sub 1−x}Ag{sub x}O (x = 0, 0.03, 0.06, and 0.09) nanorods (NRs) via the hydrothermal method at low temperature on silicon substrate. The characterization and comparison between the different Zn{sub 1−x}Ag{sub x}O samples, indicated that an increasing Ag concentration from x = 0 to a maximum of x = 0.09; All samples show a preferred orientation of (002) direction with no observable change of morphology. As the quantity of the Ag dopant was changed, the transmittances, as well as the optical band gap were decreased. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data clearly indicate the presence of Ag in ZnO crystal lattice. A nanoindentation-based technique was used to measure the effective piezo-response of different concentrations of Ag for both direct and converse effects. The value of the piezoelectric coefficient (d{sub 33}) as well as the piezo potential generated from the ZnO NRs and Zn{sub 1−x}Ag{sub x}O NRs was found to decrease with the increase of Ag fraction. The finding in this investigation reveals that Ag doped ZnO is not suitable for piezoelectric energy harvesting devices.

  20. P-type nitrogen-doped ZnO nanostructures with controlled shape and doping level by facile microwave synthesis.

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    Herring, Natalie P; Panchakarla, Leela S; El-Shall, M Samy

    2014-03-04

    We report herein the development of a facile microwave irradiation (MWI) method for the synthesis of high-quality N-doped ZnO nanostructures with controlled morphology and doping level. We present two different approaches for the MWI-assisted synthesis of N-doped ZnO nanostructures. In the first approach, N-doping of Zn-poor ZnO prepared using zinc peroxide (ZnO2) as a precursor is carried out under MWI in the presence of urea as a nitrogen source and oleylamine (OAm) as a capping agent for the shape control of the resulting N-doped ZnO nanostructures. Our approach utilizes the MWI process for the decomposition of ZnO2, where the rapid transfer of energy directly to ZnO2 can cause an instantaneous internal temperature rise and, thus, the activation energy for the ZnO2 decomposition is essentially decreased as compared to the decomposition under conductive heating. In the second synthesis method, a one-step synthesis of N-doped ZnO nanostructures is achieved by the rapid decomposition of zinc acetate in a mixture of urea and OAm under MWI. We demonstrate, for the first time, that MWI decomposition of zinc acetate in a mixture of OAm and urea results in the formation of N-doped nanostructures with controlled shape and N-doping level. We report a direct correlation between the intensity of the Raman scattering bands in N-doped ZnO and the concentration of urea used in the synthesis. Electrochemical measurements demonstrate the successful synthesis of stable p-type N-doped ZnO nanostructures using the one-step MWI synthesis and, therefore, allow us to investigate, for the first time, the relationship between the doping level and morphology of the ZnO nanostructures. The results provide strong evidence for the control of the electrical behavior and the nanostructured shapes of ZnO nanoparticles using the facile MWI synthesis method developed in this work.

  1. Shape control of colloidal Mn doped ZnO nanocrystals and their visible light photocatalytic properties.

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    Yang, Yefeng; Li, Yaguang; Zhu, Liping; He, Haiping; Hu, Liang; Huang, Jingyun; Hu, Fengchun; He, Bo; Ye, Zhizhen

    2013-11-07

    For colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs), shape control and doping as two widely applied strategies are crucial for enhancing and manipulating their functional properties. Here we report a facile and green synthetic approach for high-quality colloidal Mn doped ZnO NCs with simultaneous control over composition, shape and optical properties. Specifically, the shape of doped ZnO NCs can be finely modulated from three dimensional (3D) tetrapods to 0D spherical nanoparticles in a single reaction scheme. The growth mechanism of doped ZnO NCs with interesting shape transition is explored. Furthermore, we demonstrate the tunable optical absorption features of Mn doped ZnO NCs by varying the Mn doping levels, and the enhanced photocatalytic performance of Mn doped ZnO NCs under visible light, which can be further optimized by delicately controlling their shapes and Mn doping concentrations. Our results provide an improved understanding of the growth mechanism of doped NCs during the growth process and can be potentially extended to ZnO NCs doped with other metal ions for various applications.

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  3. Highly active lanthanum doped ZnO nanorods for photodegradation of metasystox.

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    Korake, P V; Dhabbe, R S; Kadam, A N; Gaikwad, Y B; Garadkar, K M

    2014-01-05

    La-doped ZnO nanorods with different La contents were synthesized by microwave assisted method and characterized by various sophisticated techniques such as XRD, UV-Vis., EDS, XPS, SEM and TEM. The XRD patterns of the La-doped ZnO indicate hexagonal crystal structure with an average crystallite size of 30nm. It was found that the crystallite size of La-doped ZnO is much smaller as compared to pure ZnO and decreases with increasing La content. The photocatalytic activity of 0.5mol% La-doped ZnO in the degradation of metasystox was studied. It was observed that degradation efficiency of metasystox over La-doped ZnO increases up to 0.5mol% doping then decreases for higher doping levels. Among the catalyst studied, the 0.5mol% La-doped ZnO was the most active, showing high photocatalytic activity for the degradation of metasystox. The maximum reduction of concentration of metasystox was observed under static condition at pH 8. Reduction in the Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) of metasystox was observed after 150min. The cytotoxicological studies of meristematic root tip cells of Allium cepa were studied. The results obtained indicate that photocatalytically degraded products of metasystox were less toxic as compared to metasystox.

  4. Effect of Ga doping and point defect on magnetism of ZnO

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    Hou, Qingyu; Zhao, Chunwang; Jia, Xiaofang; Qu, Lingfeng

    2017-02-01

    The combined influence mechanism of Ga doping and Zn vacancy or O vacancy on magnetism of ZnO is studied using the first-principle calculation. The coexistence of Ga doping and Zn vacancy can achieve a Curie temperature higher than room temperature and the Ga doped ZnO system is a p-type diluted degenerate semiconductor with metalized ferromagnetism. The magnetism of the doping system of Ga doping and Zn vacancy is mainly contributed by double-exchange interaction through the holes of Zn vacancy taking carrier as medium. However, the system of Ga doping and O vacancy is non-magnetic. In the coexistence of Ga doping and Zn vacancy or O vacancy, a close relative distance between doping and vacancy will reduce the formation energy of the doping system but increase the easiness of doping and vacancy, as well as enhance the stability of the doping system.

  5. Influence of defects on electrical properties of electrodeposited co-doped ZnO nanocoatings

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    Simimol, A.; Anappara, Aji A.; Barshilia, Harish C.

    2017-01-01

    We present a systematic investigation of the electrical properties of undoped and Co-doped ZnO nanostructures at room temperature as an extensive study of the role of defects in ZnO. The ZnO nanostructures were fabricated by the electrodeposition method at low bath temperature (80 °C) and the Co concentration was varied from 0.01 to 0.2 mM. Electrical properties of the undoped and Co-doped ZnO nanostructures were studied in detail. The carrier concentration increases while the mobility reduces with increase in Co-concentration. The resistivity increases with an increase in Co-concentration and the reason is correlated with the defects in ZnO. In order to understand more details of the role of defects in the present I-V characteristic behavior of the Co-doped ZnO, high temperature vacuum annealing of ZnO sample was carried out. Electrical, optical and magnetic properties of the high temperature vacuum annealed ZnO were studied in detail. Photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL) results revealed more information of the defect levels which act as scattering centers for the carriers. Co-doping as well as annealing at high temperature in vacuum environment tunes the defects in ZnO and which influence the optical, magnetic and electrical behavior of the ZnO nanostructures.

  6. Growth and optical properties of phosphorus-doped ZnO nanowires

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    Kim, D. S.; Fallert, J.; Lotnyk, A.; Scholz, R.; Pippel, E.; Senz, S.; Kalt, H.; Gösele, U.; Zacharias, M.

    2007-09-01

    Single-crystal phosphorus-doped ZnO nanowires were synthesized by using a single-source precursor-based vapor transport method. The photoluminescence spectra of phosphorus-doped ZnO nanowires and undoped nanowires are compared. While both show several shallow bound exciton complexes, the phosphorus-doped nanowires reveal an additional distinct emission feature at 3.316 eV. Additionally, the time-resolved PL measurements were conducted to characterize the recombination dynamics.

  7. Highly Sensitive and Selective Ethanol Sensor Fabricated with In-Doped 3DOM ZnO.

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    Wang, Zhihua; Tian, Ziwei; Han, Dongmei; Gu, Fubo

    2016-03-02

    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.

  8. Low-temperature photoluminescence behaviour of Ag decorated ZnO Nanorods

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    Amutha, A.; Amirthapandian, S.; Sundaravel, B.; Panigrahi, B. K.; Saravanan, K.; Thangadurai, P.

    2016-11-01

    The Ag nanoparticles decorated ZnO nanorods (Ag:ZnO) were prepared by irradiating the precursor solution with ultra-violet radiation for two irradiation times (6 and 17 h). Structural and microstructural studies were done by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, respectively. Optical properties were studied by UV-Vis spectroscopy at room temperature (300 K) and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy at low-temperature in the temperature range from 5 to 300 K. The Ag:ZnO nanorods possessed the wurtzite structure of ZnO along with the cubic fcc phase of Ag nanoparticles. Average size of Ag nanoparticles in Ag:ZnO nanorods prepared with 6 and 17 h of UV irradiation time was 4 and 16 nm, respectively. The 4 nm Ag nanoparticles had played a crucial role for enhanced PL emission (in the UV region) in the Ag:ZnO nanorods at 60 K. In the case of 16 nm sized Ag nanoparticles, violet emission has been enhanced about 3.5 times compared to that of pure ZnO nanorods and 4 nm-Ag:ZnO nanorods at 5 K. Thermal activation energy of 4 nm-Ag:ZnO and 16 nm-Ag:ZnO nanorods was found to be 0.6 and 0.7 meV, respectively, at low temperature region (5 to 60 K).

  9. High dielectric constant, low loss and high photocatalytic activity in Gd doped ZnO systems

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    Divya, N. K.; Pradyumnan, P. P.

    2017-01-01

    Enhanced photocatalytic activity and high dielectric constant values are achieved by gadolinium (Gd) doping in ZnO. The changes that happened to the wurtzite structure of ZnO on doping are depicted in detail by using x-ray diffraction spectroscopy. The chemical composition is confirmed using energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDAX). The influence of Gd incorporation in the emission spectra of ZnO is analysed from photoluminescence studies. The photocatalytic activity enhancement occurred in ZnO system on Gd doping was explored by kinetic rate analysis. The optimum incorporation of Gd has enhanced the dielectric constant value and decreased the loss of pristine. The high dielectric constant value and low loss make the system suitable for large scale of applications in microelectronics. The work also proposes large scale synthesis of highly efficient fluorescent Gd doped ZnO photocatalysts.

  10. 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 have 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.

  11. Luminescence dynamics of bound exciton of hydrogen doped ZnO nanowires

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    Yoo, Jinkyoung; Yi, Gyu -Chul; Chon, Bonghwan; ...

    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. Synthesis, structural and optical characterization of undoped, N-doped ZnO and co-doped ZnO thin films

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    Pathak, Trilok Kumar Kumar, R.; Purohit, L. P.

    2015-05-15

    ZnO, N-doped ZnO and Al-N co-doped ZnO thin films were deposited on ITO coated corning glass by spin coater using sol-gel method. The films were annealed in air at 450°C for one hour. The crystallographic structure and morphology of the films were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) respectively. The X-ray diffraction results confirm that the thin films are of wurtzite hexagonal with a very small distortion. The optical properties were investigated by transmission spectra of different films using spectrophotometer (Shimadzu UV-VIS-NIR 3600). The results indicate that the N doped ZnO thin films have obviously enhanced transmittance in visible region. Moreover, the thickness of the films has strong influences on the optical constants.

  13. Mn doped nanostucture ZnO thin film for photo sensor and gas sensor application

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    Mahajan, Sandip V.; Upadhye, Deepak S.; Shaikh, Shahid U.; Birajadar, Ravikiran B.; Siddiqui, Farha Y.; Ghule, Anil V.; Sharma, Ramphal

    2013-02-01

    Mn doped nanostructure ZnO thin film prepared by soft chemically route method. ZnO thin films were deposited on glass substrate by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction technique (SILAR). After deposit ZnO thin film dipped in MnSO4 solution for 1 min. The optical properties as absorbance were determined using UV-Spectrophotometer and band gap was also calculated. The Structural properties were studied by XRD. The improvement in gas sensing properties was found to enhance after doping of Mn on ZnO thin film. The Photo Sensor nature was calculated by I-V characteristics.

  14. Semiconducting properties of Al doped ZnO thin films.

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    Al-Ghamdi, Ahmed A; Al-Hartomy, Omar A; El Okr, M; Nawar, A M; El-Gazzar, S; El-Tantawy, Farid; Yakuphanoglu, F

    2014-10-15

    Aluminum doped ZnO (AZO) thin films were successfully deposited via spin coating technique onto glass substrates. Structural properties of the films were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. X-ray diffraction results reveal that all the films are polycrystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite structure with a preferential orientation according to the direction (002) plane. The crystallite size of ZnO and AZO films was determined from Scherrer's formula and Williamson-Hall analysis. The lattice parameters of the AZO films were found to decrease with increasing Al content. Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDX) results indicate that Zn, Al and O elements are present in the AZO thin films. The electrical conductivity, mobility carriers and carrier concentration of the films are increased with increasing Al doping concentration. The optical band gap (Eg) of the films is increased with increasing Al concentration. The AZO thin films indicate a high transparency in the visible region with an average value of 86%. These transparent AZO films may be open a new avenue for optoelectronic and photonic devices applications in near future.

  15. Potassium acceptor doping of ZnO crystals

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    Parmar, Narendra S. Lynn, K. G.; Corolewski, Caleb D.; McCluskey, Matthew D.

    2015-05-15

    ZnO bulk single crystals were doped with potassium by diffusion at 950°C. Positron annihilation spectroscopy confirms the filling of zinc vacancies and a different trapping center for positrons. Secondary ion mass spectroscopy measurements show the diffusion of potassium up to 10 μm with concentration ∼1 × 10{sup 16} cm{sup −3}. IR measurements show a local vibrational mode (LVM) at 3226 cm{sup −1}, at a temperature of 9 K, in a potassium doped sample that was subsequently hydrogenated. The LVM is attributed to an O–H bond-stretching mode adjacent to a potassium acceptor. When deuterium substitutes for hydrogen, a peak is observed at 2378 cm{sup −1}. The O-H peak is much broader than the O-D peak, perhaps due to an unusually low vibrational lifetime. The isotopic frequency ratio is similar to values found in other hydrogen complexes. Potassium doping increases the resistivity up to 3 orders of magnitude at room temperature. The doped sample has a donor level at 0.30 eV.

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

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

    2016-10-01

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

  17. Atomic layer deposition of Al-doped ZnO thin films

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    Tynell, Tommi; Yamauchi, Hisao; Karppinen, Maarit; Okazaki, Ryuji; Terasaki, Ichiro

    2013-01-15

    Atomic layer deposition has been used to fabricate thin films of aluminum-doped ZnO by depositing interspersed layers of ZnO and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} on borosilicate glass substrates. The growth characteristics of the films have been investigated through x-ray diffraction, x-ray reflection, and x-ray fluorescence measurements, and the efficacy of the Al doping has been evaluated through optical reflectivity and Seebeck coefficient measurements. The Al doping is found to affect the carrier density of ZnO up to a nominal Al dopant content of 5 at. %. At nominal Al doping levels of 10 at. % and higher, the structure of the films is found to be strongly affected by the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} phase and no further carrier doping of ZnO is observed.

  18. Properties of antimony doped ZnO thin films deposited by spray pyrolysis technique

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    Sadananda Kumar, N. Bangera, Kasturi V.; Shivakumar, G. K.

    2015-07-15

    Antimony (Sb) doped zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films were deposited on the glass substrate at 450°C using spray pyrolysis technique. Effect of Sb doping on surface morphology structural, optical and electrical properties were studied. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis showed that both the undoped and doped ZnO thin films are polycrystalline in nature with (101) preferred orientation. SEM analysis showed a change in surface morphology of Sb doped ZnO thin films. Doping results in a marked increase in conductivity without affecting the transmittance of the films. ZnO films prepared with 3 at % Sb shows the lowest resistivity of 0.185 Ohm cm with a Hall mobility of 54.05 cm{sup 2} V{sup –1} s{sup –1}, and a hole concentration of 6.25 × 10{sup 17} cm{sup –3}.

  19. Critical island size for Ag thin film growth on ZnO (0 0 0 1 bar)

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    Lloyd, Adam L.; Smith, Roger; Kenny, Steven D.

    2017-02-01

    Island growth of Ag on ZnO is investigated with the development of a new technique to approximate critical island sizes. Ag is shown to attach in one of three highly symmetric sites on the ZnO surface or initial monolayers of grown Ag. Due to this, a lattice based adaptive kinetic Monte Carlo (LatAKMC) method is used to investigate initial growth phases. As island formation is commonly reported in the literature, the critical island sizes of Ag islands on a perfect polar ZnO surface and a first monolayer of grown Ag on the ZnO surface are considered. A mean rate approach is used to calculate the average time for an Ag ad-atom to drop off an island and this is then compared to deposition rates on the same island. Results suggest that Ag on ZnO (0 0 0 1 bar) will exhibit Stranski-Krastanov (layer plus island) growth.

  20. Two-dimensional vanadium-doped ZnO nanosheet-based flexible direct current nanogenerator.

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    Gupta, Manoj Kumar; Lee, Ju-Hyuck; Lee, Keun Young; Kim, Sang-Woo

    2013-10-22

    Here, we report the synthesis of lead-free single-crystalline two-dimensional (2D) vanadium(V)-doped ZnO nanosheets (NSs) and their application for high-performance flexible direct current (DC) power piezoelectric nanogenerators (NGs). The vertically aligned ZnO nanorods (NRs) converted to NS networks by V doping. Piezoresponse force microscopy studies reveal that vertical V-doped ZnO NS exhibit typical ferroelectricity with clear phase loops, butterfly, and well-defined hysteresis loops with a piezoelectric charge coefficient of up to 4 pm/V, even in 2D nanostructures. From pristine ZnO NR-based NGs, alternating current (AC)-type output current was observed, while from V-doped ZnO NS-based NGs, a DC-type output current density of up to 1.0 μAcm(-2) was surprisingly obtained under the same vertical compressive force. The growth mechanism, ferroelectric behavior, charge inverted phenomena, and high piezoelectric output performance observed from the V-doped ZnO NS are discussed in terms of the formation of an ionic layer of [V(OH)4(-)], permanent electric dipole, and the doping-induced resistive behavior of ZnO NS.

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

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

    2014-10-01

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

  2. Rapid synthesis of Co, Ni co-doped ZnO nanoparticles: Optical and electrochemical properties

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    Romeiro, Fernanda C.; Marinho, Juliane Z.; Lemos, Samantha C. S.; de Moura, Ana P.; Freire, Poliana G.; da Silva, Luis F.; Longo, Elson; Munoz, Rodrigo A. A.; Lima, Renata C.

    2015-10-01

    We report for the first time a rapid preparation of Zn1-2xCoxNixO nanoparticles via a versatile and environmentally friendly route, microwave-assisted hydrothermal (MAH) method. The Co, Ni co-doped ZnO nanoparticles present an effect on photoluminescence and electrochemical properties, exhibiting excellent electrocatalytic performance compared to undoped ZnO sample. Photoluminescence spectroscopy measurements indicated the reduction of the green-orange-red visible emission region after adding Co and Ni ions, revealing the formation of alternative pathways for the generated recombination. The presence of these metallic ions into ZnO creates different defects, contributing to a local structural disorder, as revealed by Raman spectra. Electrochemical experiments revealed that the electrocatalytic oxidation of dopamine on ZnO attached to multi-walled carbon nanotubes improved significantly in the Co, Ni co-doped ZnO samples when compared to pure ZnO.

  3. First principles study of magneto-optical properties of Fe-doped ZnO

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    Shaoqiang, Guo; Qingyu, Hou; Zhenchao, Xu; Chunwang, Zhao

    2016-12-01

    Studies on optical band gaps and absorption spectra of Fe-doped ZnO have conflicting conclusions, such as contradictory redshifted and blueshifted spectra. To solve this contradiction, we constructed models of un-doped and Fe-doped ZnO using first-principles theory and optimized the geometry of the three models. Electronic structures and absorption spectra were also calculated using the GGA+U method. Higher doping content of Fe resulted in larger volume of doped system, and higher total energy resulted in lower stability. Higher formation energy also led to more difficult doping. Meanwhile, the band gaps broadened and the absorption spectra exhibited an evident blue shift. The calculations were in good agreement with the experimental results. Given the unipolar structure of ZnO, four possible magnetic coupling configurations for Zn14Fe2O16 were calculated to investigate the magnetic properties. Results suggest that Fe doping can improve ferromagnetism in the ZnO system and that ferromagnetic stabilization was mediated by p-d exchange interaction between Fe-3d and O-2p orbitals. Therefore, the doped system is expected to obtain high stability and high Curie temperature of diluted magnetic semiconductor material, which are useful as theoretical bases for the design and preparation of the Fe-doped ZnO system's magneto-optical properties.

  4. Electronic structure, magnetic and structural properties of Ni doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Kumar, Shalendra; Vats, Prashant; Gautam, S.; Gupta, V.P.; Verma, K.D.; Chae, K.H.; Hashim, Mohd; Choi, H.K.

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • XRD, and HR-TEM results show the single phase nature of Ni doped ZnO nanoparticles. • dc magnetization results indicate the RT-FM in Ni doped ZnO nanoparticles. • Ni L{sub 3,2} edge NEXAFS spectra infer that Ni ions are in +2 valence state. • O K edge NEXAFS spectra show that O vacancy increases with Ni doping in ZnO. - Abstract: We report structural, magnetic and electronic structural properties of Ni doped ZnO nanoparticles prepared by auto-combustion method. The prepared nanoparticles were characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy, and dc magnetization measurements. The XRD and HR-TEM results indicate that Ni doped ZnO nanoparticles have single phase nature with wurtzite lattice and exclude the presence of secondary phase. NEXAFS measurements performed at Ni L{sub 3,2}-edges indicates that Ni ions are in +2 valence state and exclude the presence of Ni metal clusters. O K-edge NEXAFS spectra indicate an increase in oxygen vacancies with Ni-doping, while Zn L{sub 3,2}-edge show the absence of Zn-vacancies. The magnetization measurements performed at room temperature shows that pure and Ni doped ZnO exhibits ferromagnetic behavior.

  5. Transition-metal-doped ZnO nanoparticles: synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity under UV light.

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    Saleh, Rosari; Djaja, Nadia Febiana

    2014-09-15

    ZnO nanoparticles doped with transition metals (Mn and Co) were prepared by a co-precipitation method. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-rays, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, electron spin resonance spectroscopy and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activities of the transition-metal-doped ZnO nanoparticles were evaluated in the degradation of methyl orange under UV irradiation. ZnO nanoparticles doped with 12 at.% of Mn and Co ions exhibited the maximum photodegradation efficiency. The experiment also demonstrated that the photodegradation efficiency of Mn-doped ZnO nanoparticles was higher than that of Co-doped ZnO nanoparticles. These results indicate that charge trapping states due to the doping were the decisive factor rather than the average particle size and energy gap. Moreover the effect of pH values on the degradation efficiency was discussed in the photocatalytic experiments using 12 at.% Mn- and Co-doped ZnO nanoparticles.

  6. Transition-metal-doped ZnO nanoparticles: Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity under UV light

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    Saleh, Rosari; Djaja, Nadia Febiana

    2014-09-01

    ZnO nanoparticles doped with transition metals (Mn and Co) were prepared by a co-precipitation method. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-rays, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, electron spin resonance spectroscopy and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activities of the transition-metal-doped ZnO nanoparticles were evaluated in the degradation of methyl orange under UV irradiation. ZnO nanoparticles doped with 12 at.% of Mn and Co ions exhibited the maximum photodegradation efficiency. The experiment also demonstrated that the photodegradation efficiency of Mn-doped ZnO nanoparticles was higher than that of Co-doped ZnO nanoparticles. These results indicate that charge trapping states due to the doping were the decisive factor rather than the average particle size and energy gap. Moreover the effect of pH values on the degradation efficiency was discussed in the photocatalytic experiments using 12 at.% Mn- and Co-doped ZnO nanoparticles.

  7. Fundamental understanding of the growth, doping and characterization of aligned ZnO nanowires

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    Shen, Gang

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a II-VI semiconductor whose wide direct bandgap (3.37 eV) and large exciton binding energy (60 meV) make it compelling for optoelectronic devices such as light emitting diodes, lasers, photodetectors, solar cells, and mechanical energy harvesting devices. One dimensional structures of ZnO (nanowires) have become significant due to their unique physical properties arising from quantum confinement, and they are ideal for studying transport mechanisms in one-dimensional systems. In this doctoral research work, ZnO nanowire (NW) arrays were synthesized on sapphire substrates through carbo-thermal reduction of ZnO powders, and the effects of growth parameters on the properties of ZnO NW arrays were studied by scanning and transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence and Raman spectroscopy. Based on the phonon mode selection rules in wurtzite ZnO, confocal Raman spectroscopy was used to assess the alignment of ZnO NWs in an array, thereby complementing X-ray diffraction. Al doped ZnO NW arrays were achieved by mixing Al powder into the ZnO and graphite source mixture, and the presence of Al was confirmed by Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The incorporation of Al had the effects of lowering the electrical resistivity, slightly deteriorating crystal quality and suppressing defect related green emission. Two models of ZnO NW growth were developed by establishing the relationship between NW length and diameter for undoped and Al doped ZnO NWs separately. The growth of undoped ZnO NWs followed the diffusion-induced model which was characterized by thin wires being longer than thick wires, while the growth of Al doped ZnO was controlled by Gibbs-Thomson effect which was characterized by thin wires being shorter than thin wires. Local electrode atom probe analysis of ZnO NWs was carried out to study the crystal stoichiometry and Al incorporation. Undoped ZnO NWs were found to be high purity with no detectable impurities

  8. Spectroscopic and fiber optic ethanol sensing properties Gd doped ZnO nanoparticles.

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    Noel, J L; Udayabhaskar, R; Renganathan, B; Muthu Mariappan, S; Sastikumar, D; Karthikeyan, B

    2014-11-11

    We report the structural, optical and gas sensing properties of prepared pure and Gd doped ZnO nanoparticles through solgel method at moderate temperature. Structural studies are carried out by X-ray diffraction method confirms hexagonal wurtzite structure and doping induced changes in lattice parameters is observed. Optical absorption spectral studies shows red shift in the absorption peak corresponds to band-gap from 3.42 eV to 3.05 eV and broad absorption in the visible range after Gd doping is observed. Scanning electron microscopic studies shows increase in particle size where the particle diameters increase from few nm to micrometers after Gd doping. The clad modified ethanol fiber-optic sensor studies for ethanol sensing exhibits best sensitivity for the 3% Gd doped ZnO nanoparticles and the sensitivity get lowered incase of higher percentage of Gd doped ZnO sample.

  9. Oxygen vacancy-induced ferromagnetism in un-doped ZnO thin films

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    Zhan, Peng; Wang, Weipeng; Liu, Can; Hu, Yang; Li, Zhengcao; Zhang, Zhengjun; Zhang, Peng; Wang, Baoyi; Cao, Xingzhong

    2012-02-01

    ZnO films became ferromagnetic when defects were introduced by thermal-annealing in flowing argon. This ferromagnetism, as shown by the photoluminescence measurement and positron annihilation analysis, was induced by the singly occupied oxygen vacancy with a saturated magnetization dependent positively on the amount of this vacancy. This study clarified the origin of the ferromagnetism of un-doped ZnO thin films and provides possibly an alternative way to prepare ferromagnetic ZnO films.

  10. Room-temperature ferromagnetism in lightly Cr-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Duan, L. B.; Zhao, X. R.; Liu, J. M.; Wang, T.; Rao, G. H.

    2010-06-01

    Zn1- x Cr x O (0≤ x≤0.15) nanoparticles were synthesized by an auto-combustion method and characterized by x-ray diffraction and Raman scattering techniques. The solubility limit for Cr in ZnO was determined as x≈0.03. Room-temperature ferromagnetism (RT-FM) was observed in lightly Cr-doped ZnO nanoparticles with x=0.01 and 0.02. Raman scattering spectra of the lightly Cr-doped and Co-doped ZnO were studied and compared. The enhancement of both the magnetization and the intensity of Raman scattering peak associated with donor defects (Zni and/or VO) and carriers indicates that light Cr doping in ZnO could be an effective way to achieve pronounced RT-FM and the ferromagnetism is closely related to the dopant-donor hybridization besides the ferromagnetic Cr-O-Cr superexchange interactions.

  11. Microstructural properties of phosphorus-doped p-type ZnO grown by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering

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    Oh, Min-Suk; Hwang, Dae-Kue; Choi, Yong-Seok; Kang, Jang-Won; Park, Seong-Ju; Hwang, Chi-Sun; Cho, Kyoung Ik

    2008-09-15

    Phosphorus (P)-doped ZnO thin films were grown by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering to study the microstructural properties of p-type ZnO. As-grown P-doped ZnO, a semi-insulator, was converted to p-type ZnO after being annealed at 800 deg. C in an N{sub 2} ambient. X-ray diffraction, secondary-ion-mass spectrometry, and Hall effect measurements indicated that P{sub 2}O{sub 5} phases in as-grown P-doped ZnO disappeared after thermal annealing to form a substitutional P at an O lattice site, which acts as an acceptor in P-doped ZnO. Transmission electron microscopy showed that the formation of stacking faults was facilitated to release the strain in P-doped ZnO during post-thermal annealing.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of sodium doped ZnO nanocrystals and its application to photocatalysis

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    Elangovan, S. V.; Chandramohan, V.; Sivakumar, N.; Senthil, T. S.

    2015-09-01

    Pure and Na-doped ZnO photocatalysts (Na-ZnO) were synthesized by simple wet chemical method using zinc acetate dehydrate as starting material and samples were annealed at 350 °C. The results of characterization techniques like XRD, SEM, EDXA and UV reveals that the prepared samples were nanometer in size and Na ions successfully doped into the ZnO lattice without change its wurtzite structure. The effect of addition of different concentration of sodium dopant on structural property, optical property, surface morphology and photo-catalytic activity of ZnO nanocrystals were analyzed. By using methylene blue as a model dye the photo-catalytic decolourisation was studied and the results shows that the sodium doped ZnO proves higher photo-catalytic decolourisation than the pure ZnO. This increase is possible as a result of sodium doping in the crystal structure of ZnO. A possible mechanism of the photocatalytic decolourisation of methylene blue on the sodium doped ZnO is suggested.

  13. Enhanced Gas Sensing Properties of Spin-coated Na-doped ZnO Nanostructured Films

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    Basyooni, Mohamed A.; Shaban, Mohamed; El Sayed, Adel M.

    2017-01-01

    In this report, the structures, morphologies, optical, electrical and gas sensing properties of ZnO and ZnO: Na spin-coated films are studied. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results reveal that the films are of a single phase wurtzite ZnO with a preferential orientation along (002) direction parallel to c-axis. Na doping reduces the crystalline quality of the films. The plane surface of ZnO film turned to be wrinkle net-work structure after doping. The reflectance and the optical band gap of the ZnO film decreased after Na doping. The wrinkle net-work nanostructured Na-doped film shows an unusually sensitivity, 81.9% @ 50 sccm, for CO2 gas at room temperature compared to 1.0% for the pure ZnO film. The signals to noise ratio (SNR) and detection limit of Na-doped ZnO sensor are 0.24 and 0.42 sccm, respectively. These enhanced sensing properties are ascribed to high surface-to-volume ratio, hoping effect, and the increase of O- vacancies density according to Kroger VinK effect. The response time increased from 179 to 240 s by the incorporation of Na atoms @50 sccm. This response time increased as the CO2 concentration increased. The recovery time is increased from 122 to 472 s by the incorporation of Na atoms @50 sccm. PMID:28145506

  14. Mn2+ ions distribution in doped sol-gel deposited ZnO films

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    Stefan, Mariana; Ghica, Daniela; Nistor, Sergiu V.; Maraloiu, Adrian V.; Plugaru, Rodica

    2017-02-01

    The localization and distribution of the Mn2+ ions in two sol-gel deposited ZnO films doped with different manganese concentrations were investigated by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy and analytical transmission electron microscopy. In the lightly doped sample the Mn2+ ions are mainly localized substitutionally at isolated tetrahedrally coordinated Zn2+ sites in both crystalline ZnO nanograins (34%) and surrounding disordered ZnO (52%). In the highly doped ZnO film, a much smaller proportion of manganese substitutes Zn2+ in the crystalline and disordered ZnO (10%). The main amount (85%) of manganese aggregates in a secondary phase as an insular-like distribution between the ZnO nanograins. The remaining Mn2+ ions (14% and 5% at low and high doping levels, respectively) are localized at isolated, six-fold coordinated sites, very likely in the disordered intergrain region. Annealing at 600 °C induced changes in the Mn2+ ions distribution, reflecting the increase of the ZnO crystallization degree, better observed in the lightly doped sample.

  15. Enhanced Gas Sensing Properties of Spin-coated Na-doped ZnO Nanostructured Films.

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    Basyooni, Mohamed A; Shaban, Mohamed; El Sayed, Adel M

    2017-02-01

    In this report, the structures, morphologies, optical, electrical and gas sensing properties of ZnO and ZnO: Na spin-coated films are studied. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results reveal that the films are of a single phase wurtzite ZnO with a preferential orientation along (002) direction parallel to c-axis. Na doping reduces the crystalline quality of the films. The plane surface of ZnO film turned to be wrinkle net-work structure after doping. The reflectance and the optical band gap of the ZnO film decreased after Na doping. The wrinkle net-work nanostructured Na-doped film shows an unusually sensitivity, 81.9% @ 50 sccm, for CO2 gas at room temperature compared to 1.0% for the pure ZnO film. The signals to noise ratio (SNR) and detection limit of Na-doped ZnO sensor are 0.24 and 0.42 sccm, respectively. These enhanced sensing properties are ascribed to high surface-to-volume ratio, hoping effect, and the increase of O- vacancies density according to Kroger VinK effect. The response time increased from 179 to 240 s by the incorporation of Na atoms @50 sccm. This response time increased as the CO2 concentration increased. The recovery time is increased from 122 to 472 s by the incorporation of Na atoms @50 sccm.

  16. Enhanced Gas Sensing Properties of Spin-coated Na-doped ZnO Nanostructured Films

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    Basyooni, Mohamed A.; Shaban, Mohamed; El Sayed, Adel M.

    2017-02-01

    In this report, the structures, morphologies, optical, electrical and gas sensing properties of ZnO and ZnO: Na spin-coated films are studied. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results reveal that the films are of a single phase wurtzite ZnO with a preferential orientation along (002) direction parallel to c-axis. Na doping reduces the crystalline quality of the films. The plane surface of ZnO film turned to be wrinkle net-work structure after doping. The reflectance and the optical band gap of the ZnO film decreased after Na doping. The wrinkle net-work nanostructured Na-doped film shows an unusually sensitivity, 81.9% @ 50 sccm, for CO2 gas at room temperature compared to 1.0% for the pure ZnO film. The signals to noise ratio (SNR) and detection limit of Na-doped ZnO sensor are 0.24 and 0.42 sccm, respectively. These enhanced sensing properties are ascribed to high surface-to-volume ratio, hoping effect, and the increase of O- vacancies density according to Kroger VinK effect. The response time increased from 179 to 240 s by the incorporation of Na atoms @50 sccm. This response time increased as the CO2 concentration increased. The recovery time is increased from 122 to 472 s by the incorporation of Na atoms @50 sccm.

  17. Synthesis, physical properties and catalytic activity of Cr-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Djaja, Nadia Febiana; Noorhidayati, Annisa; Saleh, Rosari

    2016-03-01

    The present work studies the photocatalytic degradation of Cr-doped ZnO nanoparticles toward aqueous mixture of organic dyes, such as methyl orange, methylene blue and congo red. Cr-doped ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized using co-precipitation method and characterized by several method of measurements. Photocatalytic mechanism was investigated by measuring the photocatalytic degradation rate in the presence of scavenger. The results revealed that hydroxyl radical plays an important role in photocatalytic activity.

  18. Structural, optical and electronic properties of Fe doped ZnO thin films

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    Singh, Karmvir; Devi, Vanita; Dhar, Rakesh; Mohan, Devendra

    2015-09-01

    Fe doped ZnO thin films have been deposited by pulsed laser deposition technique on quartz substrate to study structural, optical and electronic structure using XRD, AFM, UV-visible and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. XRD study reveals that Fe doping has considerable effect on stress, strain, grain size and crystallinity of thin films. UV-visible study determines that band gap of pristine ZnO decreases with Fe doping, which can be directly correlated to transition tail width and grain size. Change in electronic structure with Fe doping has been examined by XAS study.

  19. Photoelectrochemical detection of alpha-fetoprotein based on ZnO inverse opals structure electrodes modified by Ag2S nanoparticles.

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    Jiang, Yandong; Liu, Dali; Yang, Yudan; Xu, Ru; Zhang, Tianxiang; Sheng, Kuang; Song, Hongwei

    2016-12-06

    In this work, a new photoelectrochemical biosensor based on Ag2S nanoparticles (NPs) modified macroporous ZnO inverse opals structure (IOs) was developed for sensitive and rapid detection of alpha fetal protein (AFP). Small size and uniformly dispersed Ag2S NPs were prepared using the Successive Ionic Layer Adsorption And Reaction (SILAR) method, which were adsorbed on ZnO IOs surface and frame work as matrix for immobilization of AFP. The composite structure of ZnO/Ag2S expanded the scope of light absorption to long wavelength, which can make full use of the light energy. Meanwhile, an effective matching of energy levels between the conduction bands of Ag2S and ZnO are beneficial to the photo-generated electrons transfer. The biosensors based on FTO (fluorine-doped tinoxide) ZnO/Ag2S electrode showed enough sensitivity and a wide linear range from 0.05 ng/mL to 200 ng/mL with a low detection limit of 8 pg/mL for the detection of AFP. It also exhibited high reproducibility, specificity and stability. The proposed method was potentially attractive for achieving excellent photoelectrochemical biosensor for detection of other proteins.

  20. Photoelectrochemical detection of alpha-fetoprotein based on ZnO inverse opals structure electrodes modified by Ag2S nanoparticles

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    Jiang, Yandong; Liu, Dali; Yang, Yudan; Xu, Ru; Zhang, Tianxiang; Sheng, Kuang; Song, Hongwei

    2016-01-01

    In this work, a new photoelectrochemical biosensor based on Ag2S nanoparticles (NPs) modified macroporous ZnO inverse opals structure (IOs) was developed for sensitive and rapid detection of alpha fetal protein (AFP). Small size and uniformly dispersed Ag2S NPs were prepared using the Successive Ionic Layer Adsorption And Reaction (SILAR) method, which were adsorbed on ZnO IOs surface and frame work as matrix for immobilization of AFP. The composite structure of ZnO/Ag2S expanded the scope of light absorption to long wavelength, which can make full use of the light energy. Meanwhile, an effective matching of energy levels between the conduction bands of Ag2S and ZnO are beneficial to the photo-generated electrons transfer. The biosensors based on FTO (fluorine-doped tinoxide) ZnO/Ag2S electrode showed enough sensitivity and a wide linear range from 0.05 ng/mL to 200 ng/mL with a low detection limit of 8 pg/mL for the detection of AFP. It also exhibited high reproducibility, specificity and stability. The proposed method was potentially attractive for achieving excellent photoelectrochemical biosensor for detection of other proteins. PMID:27922086

  1. Rapid synthesis of Co, Ni co-doped ZnO nanoparticles: Optical and electrochemical properties

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    Romeiro, Fernanda C.; Marinho, Juliane Z.; Lemos, Samantha C.S.; Moura, Ana P. de; Freire, Poliana G.; Silva, Luis F. da; Longo, Elson; Munoz, Rodrigo A.A.; Lima, Renata C.

    2015-10-15

    We report for the first time a rapid preparation of Zn{sub 1−2x}Co{sub x}Ni{sub x}O nanoparticles via a versatile and environmentally friendly route, microwave-assisted hydrothermal (MAH) method. The Co, Ni co-doped ZnO nanoparticles present an effect on photoluminescence and electrochemical properties, exhibiting excellent electrocatalytic performance compared to undoped ZnO sample. Photoluminescence spectroscopy measurements indicated the reduction of the green–orange–red visible emission region after adding Co and Ni ions, revealing the formation of alternative pathways for the generated recombination. The presence of these metallic ions into ZnO creates different defects, contributing to a local structural disorder, as revealed by Raman spectra. Electrochemical experiments revealed that the electrocatalytic oxidation of dopamine on ZnO attached to multi-walled carbon nanotubes improved significantly in the Co, Ni co-doped ZnO samples when compared to pure ZnO. - Graphical abstract: Rapid synthesis of Co, Ni co-doped ZnO nanoparticles: optical and electrochemical properties. Co, Ni co-doped ZnO hexagonal nanoparticles with optical and electrocatalytic properties were successfully prepared for the first time using a microwave hydrothermal method at mild conditions. - Highlights: • Co{sup 2+} and Ni{sup 2+} into ZnO lattice obtained a mild and environmentally friendly process. • The heating method strongly influences in the growth and shape of the particles. • Short-range defects generated by the ions insertion affects the photoluminescence. • Doped ZnO nanoparticles improve the electrocatalytic properties of pure oxide.

  2. Structural, magnetic and electronic structure properties of Co doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Kumar, Shalendra; Song, T.K.; Gautam, Sanjeev; Chae, K.H.; Kim, S.S.; Jang, K.W.

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • XRD and HR-TEM results show the single phase nature of Co doped ZnO nanoparticles. • XMCD and dc magnetization results indicate the RT-FM in Co doped ZnO nanoparticles. • Co L{sub 3,2} NEXAFS spectra infer that Co ions are in 2+ valence state. • O K edge NEXAFS spectra show that O vacancy increases with Co doping in ZnO. - Abstract: We reported structural, magnetic and electronic structure studies of Co doped ZnO nanoparticles. Doping of Co ions in ZnO host matrix has been studied and confirmed using various methods; such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy dispersed X-ray (EDX), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy, magnetic hysteresis loop measurements and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD). From the XRD and HR-TEM results, it is observed that Co doped ZnO nanoparticles have single phase nature with wurtzite structure and exclude the possibility of secondary phase formation. FE-SEM and TEM micrographs show that pure and Co doped nanoparticles are nearly spherical in shape. O K edge NEXAFS spectra indicate that O vacancies increase with Co doping. The Co L{sub 3,2} edge NEXAFS spectra revealed that Co ions are in 2+ valence state. DC magnetization hysteresis loops and XMCD results clearly showed the intrinsic origin of temperature ferromagnetism in Co doped ZnO nanoparticles.

  3. Study of ZnO and Mg doped ZnO nanoparticles by sol-gel process

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    Ansari, Mohd Meenhaz Arshad, Mohd; Tripathi, Pushpendra

    2015-06-24

    Nano-crystalline undoped and Mg doped ZnO (Mg-ZnO) nanoparticles with compositional formula Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}O (x=0,1,3,5,7,10 and 12 %) were synthesized using sol-gel process. The XRD diffraction peaks match with the pattern of the standard hexagonal structure of ZnO that reveals the formation of hexagonal wurtzite structure in all samples. SEM images demonstrates clearly the formation of spherical ZnO nanoparticles, and change of the morphology of the nanoparticles with the concentration of the magnesium, which is in close agreement with that estimated by Scherer formula based on the XRD pattern. To investigate the doping effect on optical properties, the UV–VIS absorption spectra was obtained and the band gap of the samples calculated.

  4. Piezoelectric and opto-electrical properties of silver-doped ZnO nanorods synthesized by low temperature aqueous chemical method

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    Nour, E. S.; Echresh, A.; Liu, Xianjie; Broitman, E.; Willander, M.; Nur, O.

    2015-07-01

    In this paper, we have synthesized Zn1-xAgxO (x = 0, 0.03, 0.06, and 0.09) nanorods (NRs) via the hydrothermal method at low temperature on silicon substrate. The characterization and comparison between the different Zn1-xAgxO samples, indicated that an increasing Ag concentration from x = 0 to a maximum of x = 0.09; All samples show a preferred orientation of (002) direction with no observable change of morphology. As the quantity of the Ag dopant was changed, the transmittances, as well as the optical band gap were decreased. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data clearly indicate the presence of Ag in ZnO crystal lattice. A nanoindentation-based technique was used to measure the effective piezo-response of different concentrations of Ag for both direct and converse effects. The value of the piezoelectric coefficient (d33) as well as the piezo potential generated from the ZnO NRs and Zn1-xAgxO NRs was found to decrease with the increase of Ag fraction. The finding in this investigation reveals that Ag doped ZnO is not suitable for piezoelectric energy harvesting devices.

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

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

    2017-01-01

    In this research, ZnO nanowires doped with Mn2+ and Co2+ ions were synthesized through a facile and inexpensive hydrothermal approach, in which Mn2+ and Co2+ ions successfully substituted Zn2+ in the ZnO crystal lattice without changing the morphology and crystalline structure of ZnO. The atomic percentages of Mn and Co were 6.29% and 1.68%, respectively, in the doped ZnO nanowires. The photocatalytic results showed that Mn-doped and Co-doped ZnO nanowires both exhibited higher photocatalytic activities than undoped ZnO nanowires. Among the doped ZnO nanowires, Co-doped ZnO, which owns a twice active visible-light photocatalytic performance compared to pure ZnO, is considered a more efficient photocatalyst material. The enhancement of its photocatalytic performance originates from the doped metal ions, which enhance the light absorption ability and inhibit the recombination of photo-generated electron-hole pairs as well. The effect of the doped ion types on the morphology, crystal lattice and other properties of ZnO was also investigated. PMID:28336854

  6. Enhanced Visible Light Photocatalytic Activity of ZnO Nanowires Doped with Mn(2+) and Co(2+) Ions.

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

    2017-01-19

    In this research, ZnO nanowires doped with Mn(2+) and Co(2+) ions were synthesized through a facile and inexpensive hydrothermal approach, in which Mn(2+) and Co(2+) ions successfully substituted Zn(2+) in the ZnO crystal lattice without changing the morphology and crystalline structure of ZnO. The atomic percentages of Mn and Co were 6.29% and 1.68%, respectively, in the doped ZnO nanowires. The photocatalytic results showed that Mn-doped and Co-doped ZnO nanowires both exhibited higher photocatalytic activities than undoped ZnO nanowires. Among the doped ZnO nanowires, Co-doped ZnO, which owns a twice active visible-light photocatalytic performance compared to pure ZnO, is considered a more efficient photocatalyst material. The enhancement of its photocatalytic performance originates from the doped metal ions, which enhance the light absorption ability and inhibit the recombination of photo-generated electron-hole pairs as well. The effect of the doped ion types on the morphology, crystal lattice and other properties of ZnO was also investigated.

  7. Synthesis and Characterization of Molybdenum Doped ZnO Thin Films by SILAR Deposition Method

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    Radha, R.; Sakthivelu, A.; Pradhabhan, D.

    2016-08-01

    Molybdenum (Mo) doped zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films were deposited on the glass substrate by Successive Ionic Layer Adsorption and Reaction (SILAR) deposition method. The effect of Mo dopant concentration of 5, 6.6 and 10 mol% on the structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties of n-type Mo doped ZnO films was studied. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) results confirmed that the Mo doped ZnO thin films were polycrystalline with wurtzite structure. The field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) studies shows that the surface morphology of the films changes with Mo doping. A blue shift of the optical band gap was observed in the optical studies. Effect of Mo dopant concentration on electrical conductivity was studied and it shows comparatively high electrical conductivity at 10 mol% of Mo doping concentration.

  8. High temperature ferromagnetism and optical properties of Co doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Pal, Bappaditya; Giri, P. K.

    2010-10-01

    We report on the occurrence of high temperature ferromagnetism (FM) in ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) doped with Co-atoms. ZnO NPs of two different initial sizes are doped with 3% and 5% Co using ball milling and FM is studied at room temperature and above. X-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy analysis confirm the absence of metallic Co clusters or any other phase different from würtzite-type ZnO. UV-visible absorption studies show change in band structure and photoluminescence studies show green emission band at 520 nm indicating incorporation of Co-atoms and presence of oxygen vacancy defects, respectively in ZnO lattice. Micro-Raman studies of doped samples shows defect related additional bands at 547 and 574 cm-1. XRD and Raman spectra provide clear evidence for strain in the doped ZnO NPs. The field dependence of magnetization (M-H curve) measured at room temperature exhibits the clear FM with saturation magnetization (Ms) and coercive field (Hc) of the order of 3-7 emu/g and 260 Oe, respectively. Temperature dependence of magnetization (M-T) measurement shows sharp ferromagnetic to paramagnetic transition with a high Curie temperature (Tc) of ˜800 K for 3% Co doped ZnO NPs. It is found that doping at 5% and higher concentration does not exhibit a proper magnetic transition. We attempt to fit the observed FM data with the bound magnetic polaron (BMP) model involving localized carriers and magnetic cations. However, calculated concentration of the BMPs is well below the typical percolation threshold in ZnO. We believe that observed high temperature FM is primarily mediated by defects in the strained NPs. ZnO NPs of lower initial size show enhanced FM that may be attributed to size dependent doping effect.

  9. Ni, Fe Co-doped ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by solution combustion method

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    Dhiman, Pooja Chand, Jagdish Verma, S. Sarveena, Singh, M.

    2014-04-24

    This paper outlines the synthesis and characterization of Ni-Fe co-doped ZnO nanoparticles by facile solution combustion method. The structural characterization by XRD confirmed the phase purity of the samples. Surface morphology studied by scanning electron microscope revealed cubic type shape of grains. EDS analysis conformed the elemental composition. Higher value of DC electrical conductivity and less band gap for co-doped ZnO from UV-Vis studies confirmed the change in defect chemistry of ZnO Matrix.

  10. Ni, Fe Co-doped ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by solution combustion method

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    Dhiman, Pooja; Chand, Jagdish; Verma, S.; Sarveena, Singh, M.

    2014-04-01

    This paper outlines the synthesis and characterization of Ni-Fe co-doped ZnO nanoparticles by facile solution combustion method. The structural characterization by XRD confirmed the phase purity of the samples. Surface morphology studied by scanning electron microscope revealed cubic type shape of grains. EDS analysis conformed the elemental composition. Higher value of DC electrical conductivity and less band gap for co-doped ZnO from UV-Vis studies confirmed the change in defect chemistry of ZnO Matrix.

  11. Photocatalytic studies of crystal violet dye using mn doped and PVP capped ZnO nanoparticles.

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    Mittal, Manish; Sharma, Manoj; Pandey, O P

    2014-04-01

    Mn (0.5%, 1%, 1.5% and 2%) doped and undoped ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) capped with PVP (1.0%) were successfully synthesized via co-precipitation approach using zinc acetate, sodium hydroxide and manganese acetate as precursors. Structural analysis was performed by XRD confirming phase purity and crystalline wurtzite structure. TEM results show average particle size 15-20 nm and 22-25 nm for Mn (1%) and Mn (2%) doped ZnO NPs respectively. Manganese (Mn) doping has led to reduction in band gap which facilitate the absorption of radiation in visible region. The Photocatalytic activity of undoped and Mn (0.5%,1%,1.5% and 2%) doped NPs was analyzed via degradation of crystal violet (CV) dye. The crystal violet decomposition rate of undoped and Mn doped NPs were studied under UV-visible region. It is observed from degradation studies that the doping has a pronounced effect on the photocatalytic activity of ZnO NPs. Kinetic studies shows that photo degradation of CV follow a pseudo first-order kinetic law. Experiments for reusability of Mn (1%) doped with PVP (1%) capped ZnO were also performed to determine the stability of as prepared sample. It shows an increase in catalytic activity of NPs by small amount when exposed to UV irradiation for 3 h. Photoluminescence and UV-Visible absorption spectroscopy studies were also performed for studying the effect of UV irradiation on the surface of ZnO NPs.

  12. Antifungal mechanisms of ZnO and Ag nanoparticles to Sclerotinia homoeocarpa.

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    Li, Junli; Sang, Hyunkyu; Guo, Huiyuan; Popko, James T; He, Lili; White, Jason C; Parkash Dhankher, Om; Jung, Geunhwa; Xing, Baoshan

    2017-04-18

    Fungicides have extensively been used to effectively combat fungal diseases on a range of plant species, but resistance to multiple active ingredients has developed in pathogens such as Sclerotinia homoeocarpa, the causal agent of dollar spot on cool-season turfgrasses. Recently, ZnO and Ag nanoparticles (NPs) have received increased attention due to their antimicrobial activities. In this study, the NPs' toxicity and mechanisms of action were investigated as alternative antifungal agents against S. homoeocarpa isolates that varied in their resistance to demethylation inhibitor (DMI) fungicides. S. homoeocarpa isolates were treated with ZnO NPs and ZnCl2 (25-400 μg ml(-1)) and Ag NPs and AgNO3 (5-100 μg ml(-1)) to test antifungal activity of the NPs and ions. The mycelial growth of S. homoeocarpa isolates regardless of their DMI sensitivity was significantly inhibited on ZnO NPs (≥200 μg ml(-1)), Ag NPs (≥25 μg ml(-1)), Zn(2+) ions (≥200 μg ml(-1)), and Ag(+) ions (≥10 μg ml(-1)) amended media. Expression of stress response genes, glutathione S-transferase (Shgst1) and superoxide dismutase 2 (ShSOD2), was significantly induced in the isolates by exposure to the NPs and ions. In addition, a significant increase in the nucleic acid contents of fungal hyphae, which may be due to stress response, was observed upon treatment with Ag NPs using Raman spectroscopy. We further observed that a zinc transporter (Shzrt1) might play an important role in accumulating ZnO and Ag NPs into the cells of S. homoeocarpa due to overexpression of Shzrt1 significantly induced by ZnO or Ag NPs within 3 h of exposure. Yeast mutants complemented with Shzrt1 became more sensitive to ZnO and Ag NPs as well as Zn(2+) and Ag(+) ions than the control strain and resulted in increased Zn or Ag content after exposure. This is the first report of involvement of the zinc transporter in the accumulation of Zn and Ag from NP exposure in filamentous plant pathogenic fungi. Understanding

  13. Antifungal mechanisms of ZnO and Ag nanoparticles to Sclerotinia homoeocarpa

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    Li, Junli; Sang, Hyunkyu; Guo, Huiyuan; Popko, James T.; He, Lili; White, Jason C.; Parkash Dhankher, Om; Jung, Geunhwa; Xing, Baoshan

    2017-04-01

    Fungicides have extensively been used to effectively combat fungal diseases on a range of plant species, but resistance to multiple active ingredients has developed in pathogens such as Sclerotinia homoeocarpa, the causal agent of dollar spot on cool-season turfgrasses. Recently, ZnO and Ag nanoparticles (NPs) have received increased attention due to their antimicrobial activities. In this study, the NPs’ toxicity and mechanisms of action were investigated as alternative antifungal agents against S. homoeocarpa isolates that varied in their resistance to demethylation inhibitor (DMI) fungicides. S. homoeocarpa isolates were treated with ZnO NPs and ZnCl2 (25–400 μg ml‑1) and Ag NPs and AgNO3 (5–100 μg ml‑1) to test antifungal activity of the NPs and ions. The mycelial growth of S. homoeocarpa isolates regardless of their DMI sensitivity was significantly inhibited on ZnO NPs (≥200 μg ml‑1), Ag NPs (≥25 μg ml‑1), Zn2+ ions (≥200 μg ml‑1), and Ag+ ions (≥10 μg ml‑1) amended media. Expression of stress response genes, glutathione S-transferase (Shgst1) and superoxide dismutase 2 (ShSOD2), was significantly induced in the isolates by exposure to the NPs and ions. In addition, a significant increase in the nucleic acid contents of fungal hyphae, which may be due to stress response, was observed upon treatment with Ag NPs using Raman spectroscopy. We further observed that a zinc transporter (Shzrt1) might play an important role in accumulating ZnO and Ag NPs into the cells of S. homoeocarpa due to overexpression of Shzrt1 significantly induced by ZnO or Ag NPs within 3 h of exposure. Yeast mutants complemented with Shzrt1 became more sensitive to ZnO and Ag NPs as well as Zn2+ and Ag+ ions than the control strain and resulted in increased Zn or Ag content after exposure. This is the first report of involvement of the zinc transporter in the accumulation of Zn and Ag from NP exposure in filamentous plant pathogenic fungi. Understanding the

  14. Enhanced the photocatalytic activity of Ni-doped ZnO thin films: Morphological, optical and XPS analysis

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    Abdel-wahab, M. Sh.; Jilani, Asim; Yahia, I. S.; Al-Ghamdi, Attieh A.

    2016-06-01

    Pure and Ni-doped ZnO thin films with different concentration of Ni (3.5 wt%, 5 wt%, 7 wt%) were prepared by DC/RF magnetron sputtering technique. The X-rays diffraction pattern showed the polycrystalline nature of pure and Ni-doped ZnO thin films. The surface morphology of pure and Ni doped ZnO thin films were investigated through atomic force microscope, which indicated the increase in the grain dimension and surface roughness with increasing the Ni doping. The UV-Visible transmission spectra showed the decrease in the transmittance of doped ZnO thin films with the incorporation of Ni dopants. The surface and chemical state analysis of pure and Ni doped ZnO thin films were investigated by X-rays photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The photocatalytic activities were evaluated by an aqueous solution of methyl green dye. The tungsten lamp of 500 W was used as a source of visible light for photocatalytic study. The degradation results showed that the Ni-doped ZnO thin films exhibit highly enhanced photocatalytic activity as compared to the pure ZnO thin films. The enhanced photocatalytic activities of Ni-doped ZnO thin films were attributed to the enhanced surface area (surface defects), surface roughness and decreasing the band gap of Ni-doped ZnO thin films. Our work supports the applications of thin film metal oxides in waste water treatment.

  15. Facile one-step synthesis of magnesium-doped ZnO nanoparticles: optical properties and their device applications

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    Oh, Ji-Young; Lim, Sang-Chul; Ahn, Seong Deok; Lee, Sang Seok; Cho, Kyoung-Ik; Bon Koo, Jae; Choi, Rino; Hasan, Musarrat

    2013-07-01

    In this study, magnesium-doped (Mg-doped) zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by a sonochemical process under mild conditions. The x-ray diffraction pattern indicated that the Mg-doped ZnO nanoparticles maintain a wurtzite structure without impurities. We observed a blue-shift of the bandgap of the Mg-doped ZnO nanoparticles as the Mg-doping ratio increased. We also fabricated thin-film transistor (TFT) devices with the doped-ZnO nanoparticles. Devices using Mg-doped ZnO nanoparticles as a channel layer showed insensibility to white-light irradiation compared with undoped ZnO TFTs.

  16. (Al, Er) co-doped ZnO nanoparticles for photodegradation of rhodamine blue

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    Ghomri, R.; Shaikh, M. Nasiruzzaman; Ahmed, M. I.; Bououdina, M.; Ghers, M.

    2016-10-01

    Pure and co-doped (Al, Er) ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) have been synthesized by hydrothermal method using (Zn, Er and Al) nitrates. X-ray diffraction patterns reveal the formation of single phase of ZnO würtzite-type structure. The crystallite size for pure ZnO is in the order of 26.5 nm which decreases up to the range 14.2-22.0 nm after (Al, Er) co-doping. SEM micrographs show that the specimen is composed of regular spherical particles in the nanoscale regime with homogeneous size distribution and high tendency to agglomeration. FTIR spectra exhibit absorption lines located at wavenumbers corresponding to vibration modes between the constituent atoms. Raman spectra recorded under excitation ( λ exc = 632.8 nm) reveal peaks related to modes of transverse and longitudinal optical phonons of the würtzite ZnO structure. The energy band gap E g of ZnO:(Al, Er) NPs ranges in 3.264-3.251 eV. The photocatalytic activity of pure and co-doped (Al, Er) ZnO NPs was evaluated by the photodegradation of rhodamine blue under an irradiation of wavelength 554 nm. It is found that a photodegradation rate above 90 % could be achieved for a period of time of 40 min for pure ZnO and 120 min for (Al, Er) co-doped ZnO. A photodegradation mechanism is proposed.

  17. Fabrication and bandgap engineering of doped ZnO microspheres by simple laser ablation in air

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    Nakamura, Daisuke; Shimogaki, Tetsuya; Tanaka, Toshinobu; Nagasaki, Fumiaki; Fujiwara, Yuki; Higashihata, Mitsuhiro; Ikenoue, Hiroshi; Okada, Tatsuo

    2016-03-01

    We synthesized magnesium (Mg)-doped ZnO microspheres by laser ablation of a ZnO sintered target containing magnesium oxide (MgO) with the fundamental of a Nd:YAG laser at 1064 nm. The well-spherical ZnO microcrystals with diameters of 1-20 μm were collected on a substrate which was put near the ablation spot. X-ray diffraction and micro-Raman spectrum indicate that the ZnO microspheres have a crystalline structure. Room-temperature photoluminescence properties of the microsphere were investigated under third harmonic generation of a Nd:YAG laser excitation at 355 nm. An ultraviolet (UV) lasing in whispering gallery mode (WGM) and blue-shift of the UV WGM peaks were observed from the Mg-doped ZnO microsphere.

  18. Substrate effect on the room-temperature ferromagnetism in un-doped ZnO films

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    Zhan, Peng; Wang, Weipeng; Xie, Zheng; Li, Zhengcao; Zhang, Zhengjun; Zhang, Peng; Wang, Baoyi; Cao, Xingzhong

    2012-07-01

    Room-temperature ferromagnetism was achieved in un-doped ZnO films on silicon and quartz substrates. Photoluminescence measurement and positron annihilation analysis suggested that the ferromagnetism was originated from singly occupied oxygen vacancies (roughly estimated as ˜0.55 μB/vacancy), created in ZnO films by annealing in argon. The saturated magnetization of ZnO films was enhanced from ˜0.44 emu/g (on quartz) to ˜1.18 emu/g (on silicon) after annealing at 600 °C, as silicon acted as oxygen getter and created more oxygen vacancies in ZnO films. This study clarified the origin of ferromagnetism in un-doped ZnO and provides an idea to enhance the ferromagnetism.

  19. UV light sensing properties of Sm doped vertically aligned ZnO nanorod arrays

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    Kumar, D. Ranjith; Ranjith, K. S.; Rajendrakumar, R. T.

    2015-06-24

    Samarium doped ZnO nanorods were grown on silicon substrate by using vapor phase transport method (VPT) with the growth temperature of 950°C. The synthesized nanorods were characterized by XRD, field emission scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectra, and photocurrent measurements. The XRD result revealed that Sm was successfully doped into lattice plane of hexagonal ZnO nanorods. The FESEM result confirms the pure ZnO has nanorod like morphology with an average diameter and length of 130nm and 10µm respectively. The above observation is supported by the Micro-Raman spectroscopy result. The photocurrent in the visible region has been significantly enhanced due to deposition of Sm on the surface of the ZnO nanorods. Sm acts as a visible sensitizer because of its lower band gap compared to ZnO.

  20. A vanadium-doped ZnO nanosheets-polymer composite for flexible piezoelectric nanogenerators.

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    Shin, Sung-Ho; Kwon, Yang Hyeog; Lee, Min Hyung; Jung, Joo-Yun; Seol, Jae Hun; Nah, Junghyo

    2016-01-21

    We report high performance flexible piezoelectric nanogenerators (PENGs) by employing vanadium (V)-doped ZnO nanosheets (NSs) and the polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) composite structure. The V-doped ZnO NSs were synthesized to overcome the inherently low piezoelectric properties of intrinsic ZnO. Ferroelectric phase transition induced in the V-doped ZnO NSs contributed to significantly improve the performance of the PENGs after the poling process. Consequently, the PENGs exhibited high output voltage and current up to ∼32 V and ∼6.2 μA, respectively, under the applied strain, which are sufficient to directly turn on a number of light emitting diodes (LEDs). The composite approach for PENG fabrication is scalable, robust, and reproducible during periodic bending/releasing over extended cycles. The approach introduced here extends the performance limits of ZnO-based PENGs and demonstrates their potential as energy harvesting devices.

  1. Oriented grain growth in ZnO thin films by Iodine doping

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    Thomas, Deepu; Vattappalam, Sunil C.; Mathew, Sunny; Augustine, Simon

    2015-02-01

    ZnO thin films were prepared by Successive Ionic Layer Adsorption Reaction (SILAR) method. Oriented grain growth in Iodine doped ZnO thin films were studied. The oriented grain growth in samples was studied by comparing the peak intensities from X-ray diffraction data and surface morphology by scanning electron microscopy. It is found that oriented grain growth significantly enhanced by Iodine doping. When the oriented grain growth increases, crystallinity of the thin film improves, resistance and band gap decrease. ZnO thin films having good crystallinity with preferential (002) orientation is a prerequisite for the fabrication of devices like UV diode lasers, acoustic- optic devices etc. A possible mechanism for the oriented grain growth is also investigated. It is inferred that creation of point defects is responsible for the enhanced oriented grain growth in ZnO thin films when doped with iodine.

  2. Modification of neodymium-doped ZnO hybrid nanoparticles under mild hydrothermal conditions.

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    Shahmoradi, Behzad; Soga, K; Ananda, S; Somashekar, R; Byrappa, K

    2010-07-01

    The morphology and particle size of neodymium-doped ZnO hybrid nanoparticles were tailored through fabrication under mild hydrothermal conditions (T = 150-250 degrees C, P = autogeneous, t = 18 h) for the first time using two surface modifiers: caprylic acid and n-butylamine. Characterization of these nanoparticles was carried out using powder XRD, FTIR, SEM, zeta-potential analysis and UV-vis spectroscopy. The results revealed that modification of ZnO nanoparticles using neodymium as a dopant and caprylic acid or n-butylamine as a surfactant could change the optical and physical properties of the surface-modified neodymium-doped ZnO hybrid nanoparticles. The work proved the efficiency of caprylic acid and n-butylamine as suitable surfactants for surface modification of neodymium-doped ZnO hybrid nanoparticles.

  3. Defect assisted saturable absorption characteristics in Al and Li doped ZnO thin films

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    K. M., Sandeep; Bhat, Shreesha; S. M., Dharmaprakash; P. S., Patil; Byrappa, K.

    2016-09-01

    The influence of different doping ratios of Al and Li on the nonlinear optical properties, namely, a two-photon absorption and a nonlinear refraction using single beam Z-scan technique, of nano-crystalline ZnO thin films has been investigated in the present study. A sol-gel spin-coated pure ZnO, Al-doped ZnO (AZO), and Li-doped ZnO (LZO) thin films have been prepared. The stoichiometric deviations induced by the occupancy of Al3+ and Li+ ions at the interstitial sites injects the compressive stress in the AZO and LZO thin films, respectively, while the extended defect states below the conduction band leads to a redshift of energy band gap in the corresponding films as compared to pure ZnO thin film. Switching from an induced absorption in ZnO and 1 at. wt. % doped AZO and LZO films to a saturable absorption (SA) in 2 at. wt. % doped AZO and LZO films has been observed, and it is attributed to the saturation of a linear absorption of the defect states. The closed aperture Z-scan technique revealed the self-focusing (a positive nonlinear refractive index) in all the films, which emerge out of the thermo-optical effects due to the continuous illumination of laser pulses. A higher third-order nonlinear optical susceptibility χ(3) of the order 10-3 esu has been observed in all the films.

  4. Large-scale solution-phase growth of Cu-doped ZnO nanowire networks.

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    Xu, Chunju; Koo, Tae-Woong; Kim, Byung-Sung; Lee, Jae-Hyun; Hwang, Sung Woo; Whang, Dongmok

    2011-07-01

    Film-like networks of Cu-doped (0.8-2.5 at.%) ZnO nanowires were successfully synthesized through a facile solution process at a low temperature (<100 degrees C). The pH value of solution plays a key role in controlling the density and quality of the Cu-doped ZnO nanowires and the dopant concentration of ZnO nanowires was controlled by adjusting the Cu2+/Zn2+ concentration ratio during the synthesis. The structural study showed that the as-prepared Cu-doped ZnO nanowires with a narrow diameter range of 20-30 nm were single crystal and grew along [0001] direction. Photoluminescence and electrical conductivity measurements showed that Cu doping can lead to a redshift in bandgap energy and an increase in the resistivity of ZnO. The thermal annealing of the as-grown nanowires at a low temperature (300 degrees C) decreased the defect-related emission within the visible range and increased the electrical conductivity. The high-quality ZnO nanowire network with controlled doping will enable further application to flexible and transparent electronics.

  5. Eu-doped ZnO nanoparticles: Sonochemical synthesis, characterization, and sonocatalytic application.

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    Khataee, Alireza; Karimi, Atefeh; Zarei, Mahmoud; Joo, Sang Woo

    2015-03-30

    Undoped and europium (III)-doped ZnO nanoparticles were prepared by a sonochemical method. The prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis. The crystalline sizes of undoped and 3% Eu-doped ZnO were found to be 16.04 and 8.22nm, respectively. The particle size of Eu-doped ZnO nanoparticles was much smaller than that of pure ZnO. The synthesized nanocatalysts were used for the sonocatalytic degradation of Acid Red 17. Among the Eu-doped ZnO catalysts, 3% Eu-doped ZnO nanoparticles showed the highest sonocatalytic activity. The effects of various parameters such as catalyst loading, initial dye concentration, pH, ultrasonic power, the effect of oxidizing agents, and the presence of anions were investigated. The produced intermediates of the sonocatalytic process were monitored by GC-Mass (GC-MS) spectrometry.

  6. Modulation-Doped In2 O3 /ZnO Heterojunction Transistors Processed from Solution.

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    Khim, Dongyoon; Lin, Yen-Hung; Nam, Sungho; Faber, Hendrik; Tetzner, Kornelius; Li, Ruipeng; Zhang, Qiang; Li, Jun; Zhang, Xixiang; Anthopoulos, Thomas D

    2017-03-15

    This paper reports the controlled growth of atomically sharp In2 O3 /ZnO and In2 O3 /Li-doped ZnO (In2 O3 /Li-ZnO) heterojunctions via spin-coating at 200 °C and assesses their application in n-channel thin-film transistors (TFTs). It is shown that addition of Li in ZnO leads to n-type doping and allows for the accurate tuning of its Fermi energy. In the case of In2 O3 /ZnO heterojunctions, presence of the n-doped ZnO layer results in an increased amount of electrons being transferred from its conduction band minimum to that of In2 O3 over the interface, in a process similar to modulation doping. Electrical characterization reveals the profound impact of the presence of the n-doped ZnO layer on the charge transport properties of the isotype In2 O3 /Li-ZnO heterojunctions as well as on the operating characteristics of the resulting TFTs. By judicious optimization of the In2 O3 /Li-ZnO interface microstructure, and Li concentration, significant enhancement in both the electron mobility and TFT bias stability is demonstrated.

  7. Fabrication and Magnetic Properties of Sn-Doped ZnO Microstructures via Hydrothermal Method.

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    Farooq, M Hassan; Hussain, Riaz; Iqbal, M Zubair; Shah, M W; Rana, Usman Ali; Khan, Salah Ud-Din

    2016-01-01

    Pure zinc oxide (ZnO) and Sn-doped ZnO hexagonal sheets were synthesized by template free hydrothermal growth mechanism with controlled morphology by using zinc acetate dihydrate (Zn(CH₃COO)₂· 2H₂O), tin chloride pentahydrate (SnCl₄ · 5H₂O), Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and H₂O as precursors. The structural, physical, chemical, and magnetic characteristics were investigated by X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and alternating gradient magnetometer (AGM), respectively. The average crystalline size of hexagonal phase of ZnO sheets was calculated to be about 34 nm from XRD patterns. Energy dispersive spectroscopy provided the compositional analysis of pure and Sn-doped ZnO. Room temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM) was observed by AGM for pure and Sn-doped ZnO hexagonal plates. RTFM increases monotonically for Sn doping and reaches maximum saturation magnetization 0.045 emu/g for 3% Sn-doped ZnO.

  8. A mixture toxicity approach to predict the toxicity of Ag decorated ZnO nanomaterials.

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    Azevedo, S L; Holz, T; Rodrigues, J; Monteiro, T; Costa, F M; Soares, A M V M; Loureiro, S

    2017-02-01

    Nanotechnology is a rising field and nanomaterials can now be found in a vast variety of products with different chemical compositions, sizes and shapes. New nanostructures combining different nanomaterials are being developed due to their enhancing characteristics when compared to nanomaterials alone. In the present study, the toxicity of a nanostructure composed by a ZnO nanomaterial with Ag nanomaterials on its surface (designated as ZnO/Ag nanostructure) was assessed using the model-organism Daphnia magna and its toxicity predicted based on the toxicity of the single components (Zn and Ag). For that ZnO and Ag nanomaterials as single components, along with its mixture prepared in the laboratory, were compared in terms of toxicity to ZnO/Ag nanostructures. Toxicity was assessed by immobilization and reproduction tests. A mixture toxicity approach was carried out using as starting point the conceptual model of Concentration Addition. The laboratory mixture of both nanomaterials showed that toxicity was dependent on the doses of ZnO and Ag used (immobilization) or presented a synergistic pattern (reproduction). The ZnO/Ag nanostructure toxicity prediction, based on the percentage of individual components, showed an increase in toxicity when compared to the expected (immobilization) and dependent on the concentration used (reproduction). This study demonstrates that the toxicity of the prepared mixture of ZnO and Ag and of the ZnO/Ag nanostructure cannot be predicted based on the toxicity of their components, highlighting the importance of taking into account the interaction between nanomaterials when assessing hazard and risk.

  9. 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.

  10. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of Co doped ZnO nanodisks and nanorods prepared by a facile wet chemical method.

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    Kuriakose, Sini; Satpati, Biswarup; Mohapatra, Satyabrata

    2014-07-07

    Cobalt doped ZnO nanodisks and nanorods were synthesized by a facile wet chemical method and well characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activities were evaluated for sunlight driven degradation of an aqueous methylene blue (MB) solution. The results showed that Co doped ZnO nanodisks and nanorods exhibit highly enhanced photocatalytic activity, as compared to pure ZnO nanodisks and nanorods. The enhanced photocatalytic activities of Co doped ZnO nanostructures were attributed to the combined effects of enhanced surface area of ZnO nanodisks and improved charge separation efficiency due to optimal Co doping which inhibit recombination of photogenerated charge carriers. The possible mechanism for the enhanced photocatalytic activity of Co doped ZnO nanostructures is tentatively proposed.

  11. A vanadium-doped ZnO nanosheets-polymer composite for flexible piezoelectric nanogenerators

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    Shin, Sung-Ho; Kwon, Yang Hyeog; Lee, Min Hyung; Jung, Joo-Yun; Seol, Jae Hun; Nah, Junghyo

    2016-01-01

    We report high performance flexible piezoelectric nanogenerators (PENGs) by employing vanadium (V)-doped ZnO nanosheets (NSs) and the polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) composite structure. The V-doped ZnO NSs were synthesized to overcome the inherently low piezoelectric properties of intrinsic ZnO. Ferroelectric phase transition induced in the V-doped ZnO NSs contributed to significantly improve the performance of the PENGs after the poling process. Consequently, the PENGs exhibited high output voltage and current up to ~32 V and ~6.2 μA, respectively, under the applied strain, which are sufficient to directly turn on a number of light emitting diodes (LEDs). The composite approach for PENG fabrication is scalable, robust, and reproducible during periodic bending/releasing over extended cycles. The approach introduced here extends the performance limits of ZnO-based PENGs and demonstrates their potential as energy harvesting devices.We report high performance flexible piezoelectric nanogenerators (PENGs) by employing vanadium (V)-doped ZnO nanosheets (NSs) and the polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) composite structure. The V-doped ZnO NSs were synthesized to overcome the inherently low piezoelectric properties of intrinsic ZnO. Ferroelectric phase transition induced in the V-doped ZnO NSs contributed to significantly improve the performance of the PENGs after the poling process. Consequently, the PENGs exhibited high output voltage and current up to ~32 V and ~6.2 μA, respectively, under the applied strain, which are sufficient to directly turn on a number of light emitting diodes (LEDs). The composite approach for PENG fabrication is scalable, robust, and reproducible during periodic bending/releasing over extended cycles. The approach introduced here extends the performance limits of ZnO-based PENGs and demonstrates their potential as energy harvesting devices. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr07185b

  12. Structural and optical characterization of ZnO doped PC/PS blend nanocomposites

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    Agarwal, Shalini; Saraswat, Vibhav K.

    2015-04-01

    PC50%/PS50% polymer blend nanocomposites, undoped and doped with different concentration of ZnO nanoparticles (1, 2, 3 wt%), have been prepared using solution casting method. Structural and optical studies have been performed using X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and Ultraviolet-Visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis). ZnO nanoparticles have been synthesized by chemical route method. The nanostructure of the ZnO nanoparticles has been ascertained through X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). Optical Absorption Spectra has been used to study optical constants of prepared blend nanocomposites. Energy band gap of PC/PS - ZnO blend nanocomposites have been calculated by using Tauc relation. The band gap of the nanocomposites decreases as ZnO wt% increases. Extinction coefficient, refractive index and real & imaginary part of dielectric constants increase with increase in ZnO nanoparticles wt%.

  13. Intrinsic ferromagnetic properties in Cr-doped ZnO diluted magnetic semiconductors

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    Liu Yang; Yang Yanting; Yang Jinghai; Guan Qingfeng; Liu Huilian; Yang Lili; Zhang Yongjun; Wang Yaxin; Wei Maobin; Liu Xiaoyan; Fei Lianhua; Cheng Xin

    2011-05-15

    The Cr-doped zinc oxide (Zn{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x}O, 0{<=}x{<=}0.08) diluted magnetic semiconductors have been synthesized successfully by the sol-gel method. Investigations on magnetic, optical and structural properties of the produced samples have been done. Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) shows the existence of Cr ion in the Cr-doped ZnO. The results of X-ray diffraction (XRD), the transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) indicate that the Cr ions are at least partially substitutionally incorporated into the crystal lattice of ZnO. The produced samples show good high-T{sub c} (Curie temperature) ferromagnetism (FM) in Cr-doped ZnO nanoparticles with Cr concentration of less than 5 at%. The results of photoluminescence (PL) further testify that FM is an intrinsic property of the Cr-doped ZnO nanoparticles. And the occurrence of FM should mainly contribute to the Cr doping. -- Graphical Abstract: As can be seen from the magnetic hysteresis loops of Zn{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x}O (x=0.01, 0.03, 0.05, and 0.08) at room temperature under 10 KOe, the samples show good high-T{sub c} ferromagnetism with Cr concentration of less than 5 at%. Display Omitted Highlights: {yields} Zn{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x}O(0{<=}x{<=}0.08) nanoparticles are successfully synthesized by sol-gel method. {yields} The Cr ions are substitutionally incorporated into the crystal lattice of ZnO. {yields} The Cr-doped ZnO nanoparticles show good high-T{sub c} ferromagnetism. {yields} The ferromagnetism is an intrinsic property of the Cr-doped ZnO nanoparticles.

  14. Structural studies and band gap tuning of Cr doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Srinet, Gunjan Kumar, Ravindra Sajal, Vivek

    2014-04-24

    Structural and optical properties of Cr doped ZnO nanoparticles prepared by the thermal decomposition method are presented. X-ray diffraction studies confirmed the substitution of Cr on Zn sites without changing the wurtzite structure of ZnO. Modified form of W-H equations was used to calculate various physical parameters and their variation with Cr doping is discussed. Significant red shift was observed in band gap, i.e., a band gap tuning is achieved by Cr doping which could eventually be useful for optoelectronic applications.

  15. Multi-walled carbon nanotube-supported metal-doped ZnO nanoparticles and their photocatalytic property.

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    Chen, C S; Liu, T G; Lin, L W; Xie, X D; Chen, X H; Liu, Q C; Liang, B; Yu, W W; Qiu, C Y

    2013-01-01

    A simple and versatile approach has been developed to synthesize multi-walled carbon nanotubes/metal-doped ZnO nanohybrid materials (MWNT/M-doped ZnO) by means of the co-deposition method. The experimental results illuminate that MWNTs can be modified by metal-doped ZnO nanoparticles at 450 °C, such as Mn, Mg, and Co elements. Furthermore, the MWNT/Mg-doped ZnO hybrids have been proven to have a high photocatalytic ability for methyl orange (MO), in which the degraded rate for MO reaches 100 % in 60 min. The enhancement in photocatalytic activity is attributed to the excellent electriconal property of MWNTs and Mg-doping. The resultant MWNT/Mg-doped ZnO nanohybrids have potential applications in photocatalysis and environmental protection.

  16. Electrical and optical properties of Ti doped ZnO films grown on glass substrate by atomic layer deposition

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    Wan, Zhixin; Kwack, Won-Sub; Lee, Woo-Jae; Jang, Seung-II; Kim, Hye-Ri; Kim, Jin-Woong; Jung, Kang-Won; Min, Won-Ja; Yu, Kyu-Sang; Park, Sung-Hun; Yun, Eun-Young; Kim, Jin-Hyock; Kwon, Se-Hun

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • Ti doped ZnO films were prepared on Corning XG glass substrate by ALD. • The electrical properties and optical properties were systematically investigated. • An optimized Ti doped ZnO films had low resistivity and excellent optical transmittance. - Abstract: Titanium doped zinc oxide (Ti doped ZnO) films were prepared by atomic layer deposition methods at a deposition temperature of 200 °C. The Ti content in Ti doped ZnO films was varied from 5.08 at.% to 15.02 at.%. X-ray diffraction results indicated that the crystallinity of the Ti doped ZnO films had degraded with increasing Ti content. Transmission electron microscopy was used to investigate the microstructural evolution of the Ti doped ZnO films, showing that both the grain size and crystallinity reduced with increasing Ti content. The electrical resistivity of the Ti doped ZnO films showed a minimum value of 1.6 × 10{sup −3} Ω cm with the Ti content of 6.20 at.%. Furthermore, the Ti doped ZnO films exhibited excellent transmittance.

  17. Effects of Ag loading on structural and photocatalytic properties of flower-like ZnO microspheres

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    Zhang, Xiaodong; Wang, Yuxin; Hou, Fulin; Li, Hongxin; Yang, Yang; Zhang, Xinxin; Yang, Yiqiong; Wang, Yin

    2017-01-01

    Flower-like Ag/ZnO samples were successfully fabricated via a simple and cost efficient method without surfactants. The morphologies, structural and optical properties of Ag/ZnO samples with various Ag content were investigated. The samples were systematically characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). It was found that ZnO was wurtzite phase and metallic Ag particles were wrapped by ZnO nanosheets. Compared with pure metallic Ag, the binding energy of Ag 3d for the Ag/ZnO samples distinctly shifted to the lower binding energy, which was attributed to the interaction between ZnO and Ag. With the increase of Ag content, surface plasmon absorption band of Ag/ZnO samples was obviously widened; meanwhile, PL intensity was decreased. The photocatalytic performance of Ag/ZnO samples were carried out by the degradation of methylene blue (MB) solution under visible light irradiation. The deposition of a certain amount of Ag was beneficial to the improvement of photocatalytic activity. The degradation rate of the Ag/ZnO sample with Ag/Zn ratio 1/20 was greater than fourfold times faster than that of ZnO. It was suggested that photoexcited electrons transferred from Ag to ZnO due to surface plasmon resonance (SPR), which could effectively reduce the recombination of electron-hole pairs and prolong lifetime of the electron-holes pairs, promoting the degradation efficiency. The deposition of a large amount of Ag was unfavorable for the formation of flower-like Ag/ZnO samples, and caused the decrease of specific surface area and the aggregation of Ag nanoparticles, leading to the reduction of photocatalytic performance.

  18. Luminescence Properties of Sm3+/Eu3+ Co-Doped ZnO Quantum Dots.

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    Liu, Fengyi; Li, Hong; Hu, Yajing; Na, Jin; Mou, Yun; Yang, Kun; Ye, Zuhu; Li, Mingyue; Xie, Ya-Hong

    2016-04-01

    In order to improve luminescence properties of semiconductor ZnO quantum dots (QDs), Sm3+/Eu3+ co-doped ZnO QDs have been controllably synthesized by sol-gel method in this paper. ZnO QDs have a spherical shape with mean diameter at about 5-6 nm, which was characterized by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). ZnO QDs have hexagonal wurtzite structure with parts of Sm3+ and Eu3+ incorporated into the lattice, which was demonstrated by X-ray Diffraction (XRD). Luminescence properties at room temperature (RT) of different amount of Sm3+ and 2 mol% Eu3+ doped ZnO QDs were examined in-depth by optical spectra. In contrast to the Pr3+/Eu3+ co-doped fluorescent performance researched in our previous study, the photoluminescence (PL) spectra indicates the unique luminescence properties of Sm3+/Eu3+ co-doped ZnO QDs. In addition, fluorescence lifetimes were obtained to illustrate the luminous mechanism.

  19. Study of Doped ZnO Films Synthesized by Combining Vapor Gases and Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Zhu, Shen; Su, Ching-Hua; Lehoczky, Sandor L.; George, M. A.

    2000-01-01

    The properties and structure of the ZnO material are similar to those of the GaN. Since an excitonic binding energy of ZnO is about 60 meV, it has strong potential for excitonic lasing at the room temperature. This makes synthesizing ZnO films for applications attractive. However, there are several hurdles in fabricating electro-optical devices from ZnO. One of those is in growing doped p-type ZnO films. Although techniques have been developed for the doping of both p-type and n-type ZnO, this remains an area that can be improved. In this presentation, we will report the experimental results of using both thermal vapor and pulsed laser deposition to grow doped ZnO films. The films are deposited on (0001) sapphire, (001) Si and quartz substrates by ablating a ZnO target. The group III and V elements are introduced into the growth chamber using inner gases. Films are characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning probe microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy, and electrical measurements. The full width at half maximum of theta rocking curves for epitaxial films is less than 0.5 deg. In textured films, it rises to several degrees. Film surface morphology reveals an island growth pattern, but the size and density of these islands vary with the composition of the reactive gases. The electrical resistivity also changes with the doped elements. The relationship between the doping elements, gas composition, and film properties will be discussed.

  20. In vitro antibacterial activity of ZnO and Nd doped ZnO nanoparticles against ESBL producing Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae

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    Hameed, Abdulrahman Syedahamed Haja; Karthikeyan, Chandrasekaran; Ahamed, Abdulazees Parveez; Thajuddin, Nooruddin; Alharbi, Naiyf S.; Alharbi, Sulaiman Ali; Ravi, Ganasan

    2016-04-01

    Pure ZnO and Neodymium (Nd) doped ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by the co-precipitation method. The synthesized nanoparticles retained the wurtzite hexagonal structure. From FESEM studies, ZnO and Nd doped ZnO NPs showed nanorod and nanoflower like morphology respectively. The FT-IR spectra confirmed the Zn-O stretching bands at 422 and 451 cm‑1 for ZnO and Nd doped ZnO NPs respectively. From the UV-VIS spectroscopic measurement, the excitonic peaks were found around 373 nm and 380 nm for the respective samples. The photoluminescence measurements revealed that the broad emission was composed of ten different bands due to zinc vacancies, oxygen vacancies and surface defects. The antibacterial studies performed against extended spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs) producing strains of Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae showed that the Nd doped ZnO NPs possessed a greater antibacterial effect than the pure ZnO NPs. From confocal laser scanning microscopic (CLSM) analysis, the apoptotic nature of the cells was confirmed by the cell shrinkage, disorganization of cell wall and cell membrane and dead cell of the bacteria. SEM analysis revealed the existence of bacterial loss of viability due to an impairment of cell membrane integrity, which was highly consistent with the damage of cell walls.

  1. In vitro antibacterial activity of ZnO and Nd doped ZnO nanoparticles against ESBL producing Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae

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    Hameed, Abdulrahman Syedahamed Haja; Karthikeyan, Chandrasekaran; Ahamed, Abdulazees Parveez; Thajuddin, Nooruddin; Alharbi, Naiyf S.; Alharbi, Sulaiman Ali; Ravi, Ganasan

    2016-01-01

    Pure ZnO and Neodymium (Nd) doped ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by the co-precipitation method. The synthesized nanoparticles retained the wurtzite hexagonal structure. From FESEM studies, ZnO and Nd doped ZnO NPs showed nanorod and nanoflower like morphology respectively. The FT-IR spectra confirmed the Zn-O stretching bands at 422 and 451 cm−1 for ZnO and Nd doped ZnO NPs respectively. From the UV-VIS spectroscopic measurement, the excitonic peaks were found around 373 nm and 380 nm for the respective samples. The photoluminescence measurements revealed that the broad emission was composed of ten different bands due to zinc vacancies, oxygen vacancies and surface defects. The antibacterial studies performed against extended spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs) producing strains of Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae showed that the Nd doped ZnO NPs possessed a greater antibacterial effect than the pure ZnO NPs. From confocal laser scanning microscopic (CLSM) analysis, the apoptotic nature of the cells was confirmed by the cell shrinkage, disorganization of cell wall and cell membrane and dead cell of the bacteria. SEM analysis revealed the existence of bacterial loss of viability due to an impairment of cell membrane integrity, which was highly consistent with the damage of cell walls. PMID:27071382

  2. In vitro antibacterial activity of ZnO and Nd doped ZnO nanoparticles against ESBL producing Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae.

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    Hameed, Abdulrahman Syedahamed Haja; Karthikeyan, Chandrasekaran; Ahamed, Abdulazees Parveez; Thajuddin, Nooruddin; Alharbi, Naiyf S; Alharbi, Sulaiman Ali; Ravi, Ganasan

    2016-04-13

    Pure ZnO and Neodymium (Nd) doped ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by the co-precipitation method. The synthesized nanoparticles retained the wurtzite hexagonal structure. From FESEM studies, ZnO and Nd doped ZnO NPs showed nanorod and nanoflower like morphology respectively. The FT-IR spectra confirmed the Zn-O stretching bands at 422 and 451 cm(-1) for ZnO and Nd doped ZnO NPs respectively. From the UV-VIS spectroscopic measurement, the excitonic peaks were found around 373 nm and 380 nm for the respective samples. The photoluminescence measurements revealed that the broad emission was composed of ten different bands due to zinc vacancies, oxygen vacancies and surface defects. The antibacterial studies performed against extended spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs) producing strains of Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae showed that the Nd doped ZnO NPs possessed a greater antibacterial effect than the pure ZnO NPs. From confocal laser scanning microscopic (CLSM) analysis, the apoptotic nature of the cells was confirmed by the cell shrinkage, disorganization of cell wall and cell membrane and dead cell of the bacteria. SEM analysis revealed the existence of bacterial loss of viability due to an impairment of cell membrane integrity, which was highly consistent with the damage of cell walls.

  3. Ferromagnetic behaviour of Fe-doped ZnO nanograined films.

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    Straumal, Boris B; Protasova, Svetlana G; Mazilkin, Andrei A; Tietze, Thomas; Goering, Eberhard; Schütz, Gisela; Straumal, Petr B; Baretzky, Brigitte

    2013-01-01

    The influence of the grain boundary (GB) specific area s GB on the appearance of ferromagnetism in Fe-doped ZnO has been analysed. A review of numerous research contributions from the literature on the origin of the ferromagnetic behaviour of Fe-doped ZnO is given. An empirical correlation has been found that the value of the specific grain boundary area s GB is the main factor controlling such behaviour. The Fe-doped ZnO becomes ferromagnetic only if it contains enough GBs, i.e., if s GB is higher than a certain threshold value s th = 5 × 10(4) m(2)/m(3). It corresponds to the effective grain size of about 40 μm assuming a full, dense material and equiaxial grains. Magnetic properties of ZnO dense nanograined thin films doped with iron (0 to 40 atom %) have been investigated. The films were deposited by using the wet chemistry "liquid ceramics" method. The samples demonstrate ferromagnetic behaviour with J s up to 0.10 emu/g (0.025 μB/f.u.ZnO) and coercivity H c ≈ 0.03 T. Saturation magnetisation depends nonmonotonically on the Fe concentration. The dependence on Fe content can be explained by the changes in the structure and contiguity of a ferromagnetic "grain boundary foam" responsible for the magnetic properties of pure and doped ZnO.

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

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

    2016-02-12

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

  5. Ferromagnetic behaviour of Fe-doped ZnO nanograined films

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    Protasova, Svetlana G; Mazilkin, Andrei A; Tietze, Thomas; Goering, Eberhard; Schütz, Gisela; Straumal, Petr B; Baretzky, Brigitte

    2013-01-01

    Summary The influence of the grain boundary (GB) specific area s GB on the appearance of ferromagnetism in Fe-doped ZnO has been analysed. A review of numerous research contributions from the literature on the origin of the ferromagnetic behaviour of Fe-doped ZnO is given. An empirical correlation has been found that the value of the specific grain boundary area s GB is the main factor controlling such behaviour. The Fe-doped ZnO becomes ferromagnetic only if it contains enough GBs, i.e., if s GB is higher than a certain threshold value s th = 5 × 104 m2/m3. It corresponds to the effective grain size of about 40 μm assuming a full, dense material and equiaxial grains. Magnetic properties of ZnO dense nanograined thin films doped with iron (0 to 40 atom %) have been investigated. The films were deposited by using the wet chemistry “liquid ceramics” method. The samples demonstrate ferromagnetic behaviour with J s up to 0.10 emu/g (0.025 μB/f.u.ZnO) and coercivity H c ≈ 0.03 T. Saturation magnetisation depends nonmonotonically on the Fe concentration. The dependence on Fe content can be explained by the changes in the structure and contiguity of a ferromagnetic “grain boundary foam” responsible for the magnetic properties of pure and doped ZnO. PMID:23844341

  6. Gallium doping in transparent conductive ZnO thin films prepared by chemical spray pyrolysis

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    Babar, A. R.; Deshamukh, P. R.; Deokate, R. J.; Haranath, D.; Bhosale, C. H.; Rajpure, K. Y.

    2008-07-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) and ZnO : Ga films have been deposited by the spray pyrolysis method onto preheated glass substrates using zinc acetate and gallium nitrate as precursors for Zn and Ga ions, respectively. The effect of Ga doping on the structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties of sprayed ZnO thin films were investigated using x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy, optical absorption, photoluminescence (PL) and Hall effect techniques. XRD studies reveal that films are polycrystalline with hexagonal (wurtzite) crystal structure. The thin films were oriented along the (0 0 2) plane. Room temperature PL measurements indicate that the deposited films exhibit proper doping of Ga in ZnO lattice. The average transparency in the visible range was around ~85-95% for typical thin film deposited using 2 at% gallium doping. The optical band gap increased from 3.31 to 3.34 eV with Ga doping of 2 at%. The addition of gallium induces a decrease in electrical resistivity of the ZnO : Ga films up to 2 at% gallium doping. The highest figure of merit observed in this present study was 3.09 × 10-3 cm2 Ω-1.

  7. Highly efficient photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes by Cu doped ZnO nanostructures.

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    Kuriakose, Sini; Satpati, Biswarup; Mohapatra, Satyabrata

    2015-10-14

    Copper doped ZnO nanostructures have been synthesized by a facile wet chemical method. Structural properties of as-synthesized nanomaterials have been studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, while UV-visible absorption spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy have been used to study their optical properties. Sunlight driven photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) and methyl orange (MO) dyes in water was used to evaluate the photocatalytic activities of Cu doped ZnO nanostructures using UV-visible absorption spectroscopy. The results showed that there is an optimum Cu doping level which leads to the highly enhanced photocatalytic activity of Cu doped ZnO nanostructures, as compared to pure ZnO nanostructures. A mechanism for the enhanced photocatalytic activity of Cu-ZnO nanostructures is tentatively proposed. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of Cu-ZnO nanostructures is attributed to the combined effects of improved separation of photogenerated charge carriers due to optimal Cu doping in ZnO nanostructures and the formation of ZnO-CuO nanoheterojunctions.

  8. EPR investigation of pure and Co-doped ZnO oriented nanocrystals

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    Savoyant, A.; Alnoor, H.; Bertaina, S.; Nur, O.; Willander, M.

    2017-01-01

    Pure and cobalt-doped zinc oxide aligned nanorods have been grown by the low-temperature (90 °C) aqueous chemical method on amorphous ZnO seed layer, deposited on a sapphire substrate. High crystallinity of these objects is demonstrated by the electron paramagnetic resonance investigation at liquid helium temperature. The successful incorporation of Co2+ ions in substitution of Zn2+ ones in the ZnO matrix has also been confirmed. A drastic reduction of intrinsic ZnO nanorods core defects is observed in the Co-doped samples, which enhances the structural quality of the NRs. The quantification of substitutional Co2+ ions in the ZnO matrix is achieved by comparison with a reference sample. The findings in this study indicate the potential of using the low-temperature aqueous chemical approach for synthesizing material for spintronics applications.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of doped and undoped ZnO nanostructures.

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    McBean, Katie E; Phillips, Matthew R; Goldys, Ewa M

    2006-08-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles have been produced using precipitation methods from ethanolic solution. Rare-earth metal doping was performed, and the effect of lithium codoping on the luminescence properties of the rare-earth doped products was assessed. The resulting particles were characterized using cathodoluminescence and scanning electron microscopy. It was found that lithium significantly enhanced the cathodoluminescence signal from the rare-earth ions, which has been attributed to the increased integration of the rare-earth ions into the ZnO structure. The nanophase ZnO products were also annealed in argon, hydrogen, and oxygen, with hydrogen being the most successful for removing the broad defect emission present in as-grown samples and enhancing the ZnO near band edge emission.

  10. Impact of ZnO and Ag Nanoparticles on Bacterial Growth and Viability

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    Olson, M. S.; Digiovanni, K. A.

    2007-12-01

    Hundreds of consumer products containing nanomaterials are currently available in the U.S., including computers, clothing, cosmetics, sports equipment, medical devices and product packaging. Metallic nanoparticles can be embedded in or coated on product surfaces to provide antimicrobial, deodorizing, and stain- resistant properties. Although these products have the potential to provide significant benefit to the user, the impact of these products on the environment remains largely unknown. The purpose of this project is to study the effect of metallic nanoparticles released to the environment on bacterial growth and viability. Inhibition of bacterial growth was tested by adding doses of suspended ZnO and Ag nanoparticles into luria broth prior to inoculation of Escherichia coli cells. ZnO particles (approximately 40 nm) were obtained commercially and Ag particles (12-14 nm) were fabricated by reduction of silver nitrate with sodium borohydride. Toxicity assays were performed to test the viability of E. coli cells exposed to both ZnO and Ag nanoparticles using the LIVE/DEAD BacLight bacterial viability kit (Invitrogen). Live cells stain green whereas cells with compromised membranes that are considered dead or dying stain red. Cells were first grown, stained, and exposed to varying doses of metallic nanoparticles, and then bacterial viability was measured hourly using fluorescence microscopy. Results indicate that both ZnO and Ag nanoparticles inhibit the growth of E. coli in liquid media. Preliminary results from toxicity assays confirm the toxic effect of ZnO and Ag nanoparticles on active cell cultures. Calculated death rates resulting from analyses of toxicity studies will be presented.

  11. Structural defects and photoluminescence studies of sol-gel prepared ZnO and Al-doped ZnO films

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    Sandeep, K. M.; Bhat, Shreesha; Dharmaprakash, S. M.

    2016-11-01

    ZnO and Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films were synthesized using sol-gel spin-coating method. The powder XRD analysis revealed the stress relaxation mechanism upon Al doping in ZnO film. The reduction in the imaginary part of the dielectric constant and suppression of deep level acceptor type octahedral oxygen interstitial defects account for the reduction in carrier concentration in AZO with respect to ZnO. Electrical conductivity measurements and grain boundary conduction model are used to quantify the carrier concentration. From the Commission Internationale d'Eclairge diagram of ZnO and AZO, color parameters like dominant wavelength, color purity and luminosity are determined and reported for the first time. The prepared ZnO and AZO films show considerable blue emission. These films can be used for white light generation.

  12. 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.

  13. Effect of Ga-doping on the properties of ZnO nanowire

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    Ishiyama, Takeshi Nakane, Takaya Fujii, Tsutomu

    2015-02-27

    Arrays of single-crystal zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires have been synthesized on silicon substrates by vapor-liquid-solid growth techniques. The effect of growth conditions including substrate temperature and Ar gas flow rate on growth properties of ZnO nanowire arrays were studied. Structural and optical characterization was performed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. SEM images of the ZnO nanowire arrays grown at various Ar gas flow rates indicated that the alignment and structural features of ZnO nanowires were affected by the gas flow rate. The PL of the ZnO nanowire arrays exhibited strong ultraviolet (UV) emission at 380 nm and green emission around 510 nm. Moreover, the green emission reduced in Ga-doped sample.

  14. Ag nanoparticles-decorated ZnO nanorod array on a mechanical flexible substrate with enhanced optical and antimicrobial properties

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    Chen, Yi; Tse, Wai Hei; Chen, Longyan; Zhang, Jin

    2015-03-01

    Heteronanostructured zinc oxide nanorod (ZnO NR) array are vertically grown on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) through a hydrothermal method followed by an in situ deposition of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) through a photoreduction process. The Ag-ZnO heterostructured nanorods on PDMS are measured with an average diameter of 160 nm and an average length of 2 μm. ZnO NRs measured by high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) shows highly crystalline with a lattice fringe of 0.255 nm, which corresponds to the (0002) planes in ZnO crystal lattice. The average diameter of the Ag NPs in situ deposited on the ZnO NRs is estimated at 22 ± 2 nm. As compared to the bare ZnO NRs, the heterostructured Ag-ZnO nanorod array shows enhanced ultraviolet (UV) absorption at 440 nm, and significant emission in the visible region (λem = 542 nm). In addition, the antimicrobial efficiency of Ag-ZnO heterostructured nanorod array shows obvious improvement as compared to bare ZnO nanorod array. The cytotoxicity of ZnO nanorod array with and without Ag NPs was studied by using 3 T3 mouse fibroblast cell line. No significant toxic effect is imposed on the cells.

  15. Effect of Fe doping concentration on photocatalytic activity of ZnO nanosheets under natural sunlight

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    Khokhra, Richa; Kumar, Rajesh

    2015-05-15

    A facile room temperature, aqueous solution-based chemical method has been adopted for large-scale synthesis of Fe doped ZnO nanosheets. The XRD and SEM results reveal the as-synthesized products well crystalline and accumulated by large amount of interweave nanosheets, respectively. Energy dispersive spectroscopy data confirmed Fe doping of the ZnO nanosheets with a varying Fe concentration. The photoluminescence spectrum reveals a continuous suppression of defect related emissions intensity by increasing the concentration of the Fe ion. A photocatalytic activity using these samples under sunlight irradiation in the mineralization of methylene blue dye was investigated. The photocatalytic activity of Fe doped ZnO nanosheets depends upon the presence of surface oxygen vacancies.

  16. Photoluminescence lifetime of Al-doped ZnO films in visible region

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    Sharma, Bhupendra K.; Khare, Neeraj; Haranath, D.

    2010-12-01

    ZnO and Al-doped ZnO films have been deposited on quartz substrates by ultrasonically assisted chemical vapor deposition technique. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the films reveal that Al doping leads to suppression of defect related visible band. Time resolved photoluminescence studies have been carried out for the measurement of lifetime of deep level luminescence. The decay of PL intensity with time has been found to follow biexponential behavior. The relative contributions of fast decay component (τ1) and slow decay component (τ2) in total decay process are found to be ˜99% and ˜1% respectively. The values of τ1 and τ2 are found to decrease with Al doping in ZnO film. The decrease of both τ1 and τ2 is attributed to increase in non-radiative recombination due to reduction in grain sizes and the decrease in radiative recombination due to suppression of defects.

  17. Room temperature ferromagnetism in Mg-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Singh, Jaspal Vashihth, A.; Gill, Pritampal Singh; Verma, N. K.

    2015-06-24

    Zn{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O (x = 0, 0,10) nanoparticles were successfully synthesized using sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) confirms that the synthesized nanoparticles possess wurtzite phase having hexagonal structure. Morphological analysis was carried out using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) which depicts the spherical morphology of ZnO nanoparticles. Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) showed the presence of Mg in ZnO nanoparticles. Electron spin resonance (ESR) signal was found to be decreasing with increasing of Mg-doping concentration. The room temperature ferromagnetism was observed in undoped and Mg-doped ZnO nanoparticles. The increase of Mg-doping concentration resulted in decrease of saturation magnetization value which could be attributed to decrease of oxygen vacancies present in host nanoparticles.

  18. Role of Ni doping on transport properties of ZnO thin films

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    Dar, Tanveer Ahmad Agrawal, Arpana; Sen, Pratima

    2015-06-24

    Nickel doped (Ni=0.05) and undoped Zinc Oxide (ZnO) thin films have been prepared by Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. The structural analysis of the films was done by X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies which reveal absence of any secondary phase in the prepared samples. UV transmission spectra show that Ni doping reduces the transparency of the films. X-ray Photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) also shows the presence of metallic Ni along with +2 oxidation state in the sample. Low temperature magneto transport properties of the ZnO and NiZnO films are also discussed in view of Khosla fisher model. Ni doping in ZnO results in decrease in magnitude of negative MR.

  19. Gas sensing properties of Al-doped ZnO for UV-activated CO detection

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    Dhahri, R.; Hjiri, M.; El Mir, L.; Bonavita, A.; Iannazzo, D.; Latino, M.; Donato, N.; Leonardi, S. G.; Neri, G.

    2016-04-01

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) samples were prepared using a modified sol-gel route and charaterized by means of trasmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and photoluminescence analysis. Resistive planar devices based on thick films of AZO deposited on interdigitated alumina substrates were fabricated and investigated as UV light activated CO sensors. CO sensing tests were performed in both dark and illumination condition by exposing the samples to UV radiation (λ  =  400 nm).Under UV light, Al-doped ZnO gas sensors operated at lower temperature than in dark. Furthermore, by photoactivation we also promoted CO sensitivity and made signal recovery of AZO sensors faster. Results demonstrate that Al-doped ZnO might be a promising sensing material for the detection of CO under UV illumination.

  20. Al-doped ZnO seed layer-dependent crystallographic control of ZnO nanorods by using electrochemical deposition

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    Son, Hyo-Soo; Choi, Nak-Jung; Kim, Kyoung-Bo; Kim, Moojin; Lee, Sung-Nam

    2016-10-15

    Highlights: • Polar and semipolar ZnO NRs were successfully achieved by hydrothermal synthesis. • Semipolar and polar ZnO NRs were grown on ZnO and AZO/m-sapphire, respectively. • Al % of AZO/m-sapphire enhanced the lateral growth rate of polar ZnO NRs. - Abstract: We investigated the effect of an Al-doped ZnO film on the crystallographic direction of ZnO nanorods (NRs) using electrochemical deposition. From high-solution X-ray diffraction measurements, the crystallographic plane of ZnO NRs grown on (1 0 0) ZnO/m-plane sapphire was (1 0 1). The surface grain size of the (100) Al-doped ZnO (AZO) film decreased with increasing Al content in the ZnO seed layer, implying that the Al dopant accelerated the three-dimensional (3D) growth of the AZO film. In addition, it was found that with increasing Al doping concentration of the AZO seed layer, the crystal orientation of the ZnO NRs grown on the AZO seed layer changed from [1 0 1] to [0 0 1]. With increasing Al content of the nonpolar (1 0 0) AZO seed layer, the small surface grains with a few crystallographic planes of the AZO film changed from semipolar (1 0 1) ZnO NRs to polar (0 0 1) ZnO NRs due to the increase of the vertical [0 0 1] growth rate of the ZnO NRs owing to excellent electrical properties.

  1. PIXE, SR-XRD and EXAFS analysis of Cu-doped ZnO films

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    Zhang, B.; Yang, C.; Wang, J. Z.; Shi, L. Q.; Cheng, H. S.

    2014-08-01

    Cu-doped ZnO films were prepared by rf magnetron sputtering on sapphire substrate at different atmosphere. Microstructure of these films and Cu occupation sites were investigated using PIXE, SR-XRD and EXAFS. Only 2.9 at.% Cu, no other magnetic impurities (e.g., Fe, Co and Ni) were detected. The ZnO:Cu films possessed the wurtzite ZnO structures and no precipitates (e.g., CuO and Cu2O or Cu cluster) were found. Cu atoms were incorporated into ZnO crystal lattice by occupying Zn atomic sites.

  2. Preparation and antibacterial properties of titanium-doped ZnO from different zinc salts.

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    Sun, Tong; Hao, Han; Hao, Wen-Ting; Yi, Shu-Min; Li, Xue-Peng; Li, Jian-Rong

    2014-02-27

    To research the relationship of micro-structures and antibacterial properties of the titanium-doped ZnO powders and probe their antibacterial mechanism, titanium-doped ZnO powders with different shapes and sizes were prepared from different zinc salts by alcohothermal method. The ZnO powders were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and the antibacterial activities of titanium-doped ZnO powders on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus were evaluated. Furthermore, the tested strains were characterized by SEM, and the electrical conductance variation trend of the bacterial suspension was characterized. The results indicate that the morphologies of the powders are different due to preparation from different zinc salts. The XRD results manifest that the samples synthesized from zinc acetate, zinc nitrate, and zinc chloride are zincite ZnO, and the sample synthesized from zinc sulfate is the mixture of ZnO, ZnTiO3, and ZnSO4 · 3Zn (OH)2 crystal. UV-vis spectra show that the absorption edges of the titanium-doped ZnO powders are red shifted to more than 400 nm which are prepared from zinc acetate, zinc nitrate, and zinc chloride. The antibacterial activity of titanium-doped ZnO powders synthesized from zinc chloride is optimal, and its minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) are lower than 0.25 g L-1. Likewise, when the bacteria are treated by ZnO powders synthesized from zinc chloride, the bacterial cells are damaged most seriously, and the electrical conductance increment of bacterial suspension is slightly high. It can be inferred that the antibacterial properties of the titanium-doped ZnO powders are relevant to the microstructure, particle size, and the crystal. The powders can damage the cell

  3. Preparation and antibacterial properties of titanium-doped ZnO from different zinc salts

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    2014-01-01

    To research the relationship of micro-structures and antibacterial properties of the titanium-doped ZnO powders and probe their antibacterial mechanism, titanium-doped ZnO powders with different shapes and sizes were prepared from different zinc salts by alcohothermal method. The ZnO powders were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and the antibacterial activities of titanium-doped ZnO powders on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus were evaluated. Furthermore, the tested strains were characterized by SEM, and the electrical conductance variation trend of the bacterial suspension was characterized. The results indicate that the morphologies of the powders are different due to preparation from different zinc salts. The XRD results manifest that the samples synthesized from zinc acetate, zinc nitrate, and zinc chloride are zincite ZnO, and the sample synthesized from zinc sulfate is the mixture of ZnO, ZnTiO3, and ZnSO4 · 3Zn (OH)2 crystal. UV-vis spectra show that the absorption edges of the titanium-doped ZnO powders are red shifted to more than 400 nm which are prepared from zinc acetate, zinc nitrate, and zinc chloride. The antibacterial activity of titanium-doped ZnO powders synthesized from zinc chloride is optimal, and its minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) are lower than 0.25 g L−1. Likewise, when the bacteria are treated by ZnO powders synthesized from zinc chloride, the bacterial cells are damaged most seriously, and the electrical conductance increment of bacterial suspension is slightly high. It can be inferred that the antibacterial properties of the titanium-doped ZnO powders are relevant to the microstructure, particle size, and the crystal. The powders can damage the

  4. 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.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of Mn-doped ZnO diluted magnetic semiconductors

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    Abdel-Galil, A.; Balboul, M. R.; Sharaf, A.

    2015-11-01

    In the present work undoped and Mn doped ZnO nanoparticles (ZnO:Mn), diluted magnetic semiconductors, were successfully synthesized by the sol-gel method at room temperature. The morphology of ZnO nanoparticles constituted by flower-like structures with hexagonal morphologies that changed significantly after the incorporation of Mn. Rietveld refinements results showed that Mn ions are successfully doped into ZnO matrix without altering its wurtzite phase. Meanwhile, Raman spectroscopy analyses confirm the wurtzite structure of undoped ZnO and ZnO:Mn nanoparticles. The lattice parameters increase with increasing Mn content due to the large ionic radius of Mn2+ compared to that of Zn2+. Electron spin resonance measurements were performed to gain information about oxidation state and site occupancy of the magnetic Mn ions in the ZnO lattice. Moreover, UV-vis absorption spectra have been utilized to calculate the optical band gap of the undoped ZnO and ZnO:Mn nanoparticles before and after different γ-irradiation doses. The band gap of ZnO:Mn (2%) is 2.62 eV which is noticeably smaller than the 3.26 eV of undoped ZnO. The thermal decomposition properties of the prepared nanoparticle samples were also studied using simultaneous Thermogravimetric analysis in temperature range from 30 to 500 °C.

  6. Thermoelectric properties of Al-doped ZnO: experiment and simulation

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    Jantrasee, S.; Moontragoon, P.; Pinitsoontorn, S.

    2016-09-01

    Advancement in doping other elements, such as Ce, Dy, Ni, Sb, In and Ga in ZnO[1], have stimulated great interest for high-temperature thermoelectric application. In this work, the effects of Al-doping in a ZnO system on the electronic structure and thermoelectric properties are presented, by experiment and calculation. Nanosized powders of Zn1-x Al x O (x = 0,0.01, 0.02, 0.03 and 0.06) were synthesized by hydrothermal method. From XRD results, all samples contain ZnO as the main phase and ZnAl2O4 (spinel phase) peaks were visible when Al additive concentrations were just 6 at%. The shape of the samples changed and the particle size decreased with increasing Al concentration. Seebeck coefficients, on the other hand, did not vary significantly. They were negative and the absolute values increased with temperature. However, the electrical resistivity decreased significantly for higher Al content. The electronic structure calculations were carried out using the open-source software package ABINIT[2], which is based on DFT. The energy band gap, density of states of Al-doped ZnO were investigated using PAW pseudopotential method within the LDA + U. The calculated density of states was then used in combination with the Boltzmann transport equation[3] to calculate the thermoelectric parameters of Al-doped ZnO. The electronic band structures showed that the position of the Fermi level of the doped sample was shifted upwards in comparison to the undoped one. After doping Al in ZnO, the energy band gap was decreased, Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity were increased. Finally, the calculated results were compared with the experimental results. The good agreement of thermoelectric properties between the calculation and the experimental results were obtained.

  7. 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.

  8. Preparation of Ni doped ZnO thin films by SILAR and their characterization

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    Mondal, S.; Mitra, P.

    2013-02-01

    Pure and nickel (Ni) doped zinc oxide (NZO) thin films were deposited on glass substrates from ammonium zincate bath using successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR). Characterization techniques such as XRD, TEM, SEM and EDX were utilized to investigate the effect of Ni doping on the microstructure of Ni:ZnO thin films. Structural characterization by X-ray diffraction reveals the polycrystalline nature of the films. Particle size shows slightly decreasing trend with increasing nickel impurification. The average particle size for pure ZnO is 22.75 nm and it reduces to 20.51 nm for 10 % Ni doped ZnO. Incorporation of Ni was confirmed from elemental analysis using EDX. The value of fundamental absorption edge is 3.23 eV for pure ZnO and it decreases to 3.19 eV for 10 % Ni:ZnO. The activation energy barrier value to electrical conduction process increases from 0.261 eV for pure ZnO to 0.293 eV for 10 % Ni doped ZnO.

  9. Reversible ferromagnetic spin ordering governed by hydrogen in Co-doped ZnO semiconductor

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    Cho, Yong Chan; Kim, Sung-Jin; Lee, Seunghun; Kim, Su Jae; Cho, Chae Ryong; Nahm, Ho-Hyun; Park, Chul Hong; Jeong, Il Kyoung; Park, Sungkyun; Hong, Tae Eun; Kuroda, Shinji; Jeong, Se-Young

    2009-10-26

    We report a reversible manipulation of short-range spin ordering in Co-doped ZnO through hydrogenation and dehydrogenation processes. In both magnetic-circular dichroism and superconducting quantum interference device measurements, the ferromagnetism was clearly induced and removed by the injection and ejection of hydrogen, respectively. The x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results and the first-principles electronic structure calculations consistently support the dependence of the ferromagnetism on the hydrogen position and the contribution of transition metal ions. The results suggest the ferromagnetic interaction between Co ions can be reversibly controlled by the hydrogen-mediated intrinsic spin ordering in Co doped ZnO.

  10. 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.

  11. Ultrasonic-assisted degradation of phenazopyridine with a combination of Sm-doped ZnO nanoparticles and inorganic oxidants.

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    Eskandarloo, Hamed; Badiei, Alireza; Behnajady, Mohammad A; Ziarani, Ghodsi Mohammadi

    2016-01-01

    Pure and samarium doped ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized by a sonochemical method and characterized by TEM, SEM, EDX, XRD, Pl, and DRS techniques. The average crystallite size of pure and Sm-doped ZnO nanoparticles was about 20 nm. The sonocatalytic activity of pure and Sm-doped ZnO nanoparticles was considered toward degradation of phenazopyridine as a model organic contaminant. The Sm-doped ZnO nanoparticles with Sm concentration of 0.4 mol% indicated a higher sonocatalytic activity (59%) than the pure ZnO (51%) and other Sm-doped ZnO nanoparticles. It was believed that Sm(3+) ion with optimal concentration (0.4 mol%) can act as superficial trapping for electrons in the conduction band of ZnO and delayed the recombination of charge carriers. The influence of the nature and concentration of various oxidants, including periodate, hydrogen peroxide, peroxymonosulfate, and peroxydisulfate on the sonocatalytic activity of Sm-doped ZnO nanoparticles was studied. The influence of the oxidants concentration (0.2-1.4 g L(-1)) on the degradation rate was established by the 3D response surface and the 2D contour plots. The results demonstrated that the utilizing of oxidants in combination with Sm-doped ZnO resulting in rapid removal of contaminant, which can be referable to a dual role of oxidants; (i) scavenging the generated electrons in the conduction band of ZnO and (ii) creating highly reactive radical species under ultrasonic irradiation. It was found that the Sm-doped ZnO and periodate combination is the most efficient catalytic system under ultrasonic irradiation.

  12. A facile green antisolvent approach to Cu2+-doped ZnO nanocrystals with visible-light-responsive photoactivities.

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    Lu, Yi-Hsuan; Lin, Wei-Hao; Yang, Chao-Yao; Chiu, Yi-Hsuan; Pu, Ying-Chih; Lee, Min-Han; Tseng, Yuan-Chieh; Hsu, Yung-Jung

    2014-08-07

    An environmentally benign antisolvent method has been developed to prepare Cu(2+)-doped ZnO nanocrystals with controllable dopant concentrations. A room temperature ionic liquid, known as a deep eutectic solvent (DES), was used as the solvent to dissolve ZnO powders. Upon the introduction of the ZnO-containing DES into a bad solvent which shows no solvation to ZnO, ZnO was precipitated and grown due to the dramatic decrease of solubility. By adding Cu(2+) ions to the bad solvent, the growth of ZnO from the antisolvent process was accompanied by Cu(2+) introduction, resulting in the formation of Cu(2+)-doped ZnO nanocrystals. The as-prepared Cu(2+)-doped ZnO showed an additional absorption band in the visible range (400-800 nm), which conduced to an improvement in the overall photon harvesting efficiency. Time-resolved photoluminescence spectra, together with the photovoltage information, suggested that the doped Cu(2+) may otherwise trap photoexcited electrons during the charge transfer process, inevitably depressing the photoconversion efficiency. The photoactivity of Cu(2+)-doped ZnO nanocrystals for photoelectrochemical water oxidation was effectively enhanced in the visible region, which achieved the highest at 2.0 at% of Cu(2+). A further increase in the Cu(2+) concentration however led to a decrease in the photocatalytic performance, which was ascribed to the significant carrier trapping caused by the increased states given by excessive Cu(2+). The photocurrent action spectra illustrated that the enhanced photoactivity of the Cu(2+)-doped ZnO nanocrystals was mainly due to the improved visible photon harvesting achieved by Cu(2+) doping. These results may facilitate the use of transition metal ion-doped ZnO in other photoconversion applications, such as ZnO based dye-sensitized solar cells and magnetism-assisted photocatalytic systems.

  13. Photocatalytic degradation of toluene using sprayed N-doped ZnO thin films in aqueous suspension.

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    Shinde, S S; Bhosale, C H; Rajpure, K Y

    2012-08-01

    Thin films of N-doped ZnO are synthesized via spray pyrolysis technique in aqueous medium using zinc acetate and ammonium acetate as precursors. Influence of N doping onto photochemical, structural, morphological, optical and thermal properties have been investigated. Structural analysis depicts hexagonal (wurtzite) crystal structure. The effect of N doping on the photocatalytic activity of N-doped ZnO in the degradation of toluene is studied and results are compared with pure ZnO. The results show that the rate of degradation of toluene over N-doped ZnO is higher as compared to that of pure ZnO and increases with increasing N doping up to 10 at.% and then decreases. The enhancement of photocatalytic activity of N-doped ZnO thin films is mainly due to their capability for reducing the electron hole pair recombination. The photocatalytic mineralization of toluene in aqueous solution has been studied by measuring COD and TOC. Possible reaction mechanism pathways during toluene degradation over N-doped ZnO has been proposed.

  14. Synthesis of Na-doped ZnO hollow spheres with improved photocatalytic activity for hydrogen production.

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    Wu, Zhiwei; Li, Yaguang; Gao, Linjie; Wang, Shufang; Fu, Guangsheng

    2016-07-05

    The fabrication of p-type doped ZnO nanostructures is key in opening up substantial opportunities for the application of ZnO nanostructures. Owing to their stable p-type property, Na ions are the best candidates for ZnO p-type doping. However, Na-doped ZnO nanostructures had never been prepared until now. For the first time, we successfully synthesized Na-doped ZnO ultrathin hollow spheres using an ion adsorption and templating method. The obtained hollow spheres have ultrathin shells, uniform Na elemental distribution and a controllable concentration of doped Na. The energy position of the Fermi level decreased with continuously increasing Na doping concentration, revealing the p-type conductivity of Na-doped ZnO. We demonstrate that the photocatalytic hydrogen generation efficiency (with methanol) using ZnO ultrathin hollow spheres can be enhanced by more than 50 times after Na-doping and that the quantum efficiency can be as high as 13.5%.

  15. p Doping in Expanded Phases of ZnO: An Ab Initio Study

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    Hapiuk, D.; Marques, Miguel A. L.; Melinon, P.; Flores-Livas, José A.; Botti, Silvana; Masenelli, B.

    2012-03-01

    The issue of p doping in nanostructured cagelike ZnO is investigated by state-of-the-art calculations. Our study is focused on one prototypical structure, namely, sodalite, for which we show that p-type doping is possible for elements of the V, VI, and VII columns of the periodic table. However, some dopants tend to form dimers, thus impairing the stability of this kind of doping. This difference of behavior is discussed, and two criteria are proposed to ensure stable p doping.

  16. Alternate deposition and hydrogen doping technique for ZnO thin films

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    Myong, Seung Yeop; Lim, Koeng Su

    2006-08-01

    We propose an alternate deposition and hydrogen doping (ADHD) technique for polycrystalline hydrogen-doped ZnO thin films, which is a sublayer-by-sublayer deposition based on metalorganic chemical vapor deposition and mercury-sensitized photodecomposition of hydrogen doping gas. Compared to conventional post-deposition hydrogen doping, the ADHD process provides superior electrical conductivity, stability, and surface roughness. Photoluminescence spectra measured at 10 K reveal that the ADHD technique improves ultraviolet and violet emissions by suppressing the green and yellow emissions. Therefore, the ADHD technique is shown to be very promising aid to the manufacture of improved transparent conducting electrodes and light emitting materials.

  17. 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.

  18. Characterization of co-doped (In, N): ZnO by indigenous thermopower measurement system

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    Kedia, Sanjay Kumar; Singh, Anil; Chaudhary, Sujeet

    2016-05-01

    The thermopower measurement of (In, N) co-doped ZnO thin films have been carried out using indigenous high and low temperature thermopower measurement system. The compact thermopower measurement system has been designed, developed, tested in house. The sensitivity and accuracy of indigenous thermopower system have been investigated by measuring thermopower of standard samples like Cu, Ni, Sb etc. It has been also investigated by the comparison of carrier concentration using Hall Effect and Thermopower measurement of these (In, N) co-doped ZnO thin films. The constant temperature gradient between hot and cold junction has been maintained by using the temperature controller. The room temperature and low temperature Seebeck coefficient measurements were performed on these co-doped ZnO samples. A series of experiments have been performed to detect the p-type conductivity in co-doped ZnO thin films, particularly at low temperature. The negative Seebeck coefficient observed down to 40 K established the n-type behavior in these co-doped samples.

  19. Intrinsic and extrinsic origins of room temperature ferromagnetism in Ni-doped ZnO films

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    Liu, X. J.; Zhu, X. Y.; Song, C.; Zeng, F.; Pan, F.

    2009-02-01

    The structural, electrical and magnetic properties of Ni-doped ZnO films with different Ni concentrations (x = 0-0.11, x: Ni concentration) and thicknesses (d = 15-330 nm, d: film thickness) prepared by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering have been systematically investigated. The structural characterizations indicate that Ni ions in the 2+ valence state, uniformly distributed in the film, almost substitute for the Zn ions when x <= 0.07, whereas when x increases up to 0.11, a second phase Ni is formed. Room temperature (RT) ferromagnetism (FM) has been observed for all the Ni-doped ZnO wurtzite films. The saturated magnetization varies drastically with the Ni concentration and the film thickness. A large magnetic moment of 2.80 μB/Ni is obtained in the 15 nm thick Zn0.96Ni0.04O film at RT. The results show that the FM observed is intrinsic for Ni-doped ZnO films and can be explained in terms of the bound magnetic polaron mechanism based on the presence of defects. In addition, the Ni precipitates owing to the excessive doping of Ni in ZnO, as an extrinsic origin, also contribute to the ferromagnetic properties in highly doped samples.

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

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    Hsu, Chih-Hsiung; Chen, Dong-Hwang

    2010-07-16

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

  1. ZIF-8 derived porous N-doped ZnO with enhanced visible light-driven photocatalytic activity

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    Feng, Yi; Lu, Haiqiang; Gu, Xiaoli; Qiu, Jianhao; Jia, Mingmin; Huang, Chaobo; Yao, Jianfeng

    2017-03-01

    A facile and simple method was offered to synthesize porous N-doped ZnO via direct calcination of urea and ZIF-8 mixture. From XRD and XPS analysis, nitrogen has been successfully incorporated into ZnO lattices without introducing other N-containing or Zn-containing phases. Such nitrogen doping can enhance the visible-light harvesting ability and inhibit the recombination rate of electron-hole pairs; as a result, improved visible-light driven photocatalytic activity was achieved in N-doped porous ZnO and the photocatalytic activity of N-doped ZnO is 2.58 times higher than that of ZIF-derived pure ZnO.

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

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

    2014-01-22

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

  3. Microstructure and optical properties of nitrogen-doped ZnO film

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    Zhao, Xian-Wei; Gao, Xiao-Yong; Chen, Xian-Mei; Chen, Chao; Zhao, Meng-Ke

    2013-02-01

    The nitrogen doping of ZnO film deposited by the magnetron sputtering method is subsequently realized by the hydrothermal synthesis method. The nitrogen-doped ZnO film is preferably (002) oriented. With the increase of hexamethylenetetramine (HMT) solution concentration, the average grain size of the film along the <002> direction almost immediately decreases and then monotonously increases, conversely, the lattice strain first increases and then decreases. The structural evolution of the film surface from compact and even to sparse and rough is attributed to the enhanced nitrogen doping content in the hydrothermal process. The transmission and photoluminescence properties of the film are closely related to grain size, lattice strain, and nitrogen-related defect arising from the enhanced nitrogen doping content with HMT concentration increasing.

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

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

    2017-01-01

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

  5. Synthesis, structural and optical properties of pure ZnO and Co doped ZnO nanoparticles prepared by the co-precipitation method

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    Devi, P. Geetha; Velu, A. Sakthi

    2016-09-01

    Pure ZnO and Cobalt (Co) doped ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by the co-precipitation method. The synthesized nanoparticles retained the wurtzite hexagonal structure, which was confirmed by X-ray diffraction studies. From FESEM studies, ZnO and Co doped ZnO NPs showed Spherical and nanorod mixed phase and Spherical like morphology, respectively. The amount of dopant (Co2+) incorporated into ZnO sample was determined by EDAX. The FT-IR spectra confirmed the Zn-O stretching bands at 438 and 427 cm-1 for ZnO and Co doped ZnO NPs. From the UV-VIS spectroscopic measurements, the excitonic pecks were found around 376 and 370 nm for the respective samples. The photoluminescence measurements revealed that the broad emission was composed of seven different bands due to zinc vacancies, oxygen vacancies and surface defects. The dynamic light scattering (DLS) and Zeta potential measurements were used to find out the size and surface charges.

  6. Gd doping effect on structural, electrical and magnetic properties of ZnO thin films synthesized by sol-gel spin coating technique

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    Kumar, Sanjeev; Thangavel, Rajalingam

    2017-03-01

    Nanocrystalline Gd-doped ZnO thin films were deposited on sapphire (0001) substrates using sol-gel spin coating technique. The structural and optical properties of deposited thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and micro Raman spectroscopy. Structural and optical studies show that the doped Gd ions occupy Zn sites retaining the wurtzite symmetry. Photoluminescence (PL) studies reveal the presence of oxygen vacancies in Gd doped ZnO thin films. The resistivity of Gd doped ZnO thin film decreases with increase in Gd doping upto 4%. Gd-doped ZnO films demonstrate weak magnetic ordering at room temperature.

  7. Synthesis of nano-dimensional ZnO and Ga doped ZnO thin films by vapor phase transport and study as transparent conducting oxide.

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    Ghosh, S; Saurav, M; Pandey, B; Srivastava, P

    2008-05-01

    We report synthesis of polycrystalline ZnO and Ga doped ZnO (ZnO:Ga) thin films (approximately 80 nm) on Si and quartz substrates in a non-vacuum muffle furnace, a simple and cost-effective route, without any catalyst/reactive carrier gases, at relatively low processing temperature of 550 degrees C. The crystalline phases of the films are identified by grazing angle X-ray diffraction (GAXRD). The growth of ZnO films is examined with scanning electron microscope (SEM) as a function of deposition time. An optical transmission of approximately 90% is observed for pure ZnO film having a resistivity of approximately 2.1 Omega-cm as measured by van der Pauw technique. Doping with Ga results in single phase ZnO:Ga films, retaining an optical transmission of about 80% and three orders of magnitude decrease in resistivity as compared to pure ZnO film.

  8. Eradication of Multi-drug Resistant Bacteria by Ni Doped ZnO Nanorods: Structural, Raman and optical characteristics

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    Jan, Tariq; Iqbal, Javed; Ismail, Muhammad; Mansoor, Qaisar; Mahmood, Arshad; Ahmad, Amaar

    2014-07-01

    In this paper, ZnO nanorods doped with varying amounts of Ni have been prepared by chemical co-precipitation technique. Structural investigations provide the evidence that Ni is successfully doped into ZnO host matrix without having any secondary phases. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images reveal the formation of rodlike structure of undoped ZnO with average length and diameter of 1 μm and 80 nm, respectively. Raman spectroscopy results show that the E1LO phonons mode band shifts to the higher values with Ni doping, which is attributed to large amount of crystal defects. Ni doping is also found to greatly influence the optical properties of ZnO nanorods. The influence of Ni doping on antibacterial characteristics of ZnO nanorods have been studied by measuring the growth curves of Escherichia coli (E. coli), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) bacteria in the presence of prepared nanorods. ZnO nanorods antibacterial potency is found to increase remarkably with Ni doping against S. aureus and P. aeruginosa microbials, which might possibly be due to the increase in reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation. Interestingly, it is observed that Ni doped ZnO nanorods completely eradicates these multi-drug resistant bacteria.

  9. Nondegenerate n-type doping phenomenon on molybdenum disulfide (MoS{sub 2}) by zinc oxide (ZnO)

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    Kang, Dong-Ho; Hong, Seong-Taek; Oh, Aely; Kim, Seung-Hwan; Yu, Hyun-Yong; Park, Jin-Hong

    2016-10-15

    Highlights: • We have demonstrated nondegenerate n-type doping phenomenon of MoS{sub 2} by ZnO. • ZnO doping improved the electrical parameters of MoS{sub 2} transistor (I{sub on}↑, μ{sub FE}↑, n↑). • The reduction of ZnO doping effect (ΔV{sub TH}: ∼75% ↓) was observed in air. • The highest photoresponsivity of ZnO-doped MoS{sub 2} photodetector was 3.18 × 10{sup 3} A/W. • The highest detectivity of ZnO-doped MoS{sub 2} photodetector was 5.94 × 10{sup 12} Jones. - Abstract: In this paper, we have demonstrated nondegenerate n-type doping phenomenon of MoS{sub 2} by ZnO. The ZnO doping effects were systematically investigated by Raman spectroscopy and electrical/optical measurements (I{sub D}–V{sub G} with/without exposure to 520, 655, 785, and 850 nm laser sources). The ZnO doping improved the performance parameters of MoS{sub 2}-based electronics (I{sub on}↑, μ{sub FE}↑, n↑) owing to reduction of the effective barrier height between the source and the MoS{sub 2} channel. We also monitored the effects of ZnO doping during exposure to air; reduction in ΔV{sub TH} of about 75% was observed after 156 h. In addition, the optoelectronic performance of the MoS{sub 2} photodetector was enhanced due to the reduction of the recombination rate of photogenerated carriers caused by ZnO doping. In our results, the highest photoresponsivity (about 3.18 × 10{sup 3} A/W) and detectivity (5.94 × 10{sup 12} Jones) of the ZnO-doped photodetector were observed for 520 nm laser exposure.

  10. Growth and characterization of ZnO multipods on functional surfaces with different sizes and shapes of Ag particles

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    A, Kamalianfar; S, A. Halim; Mahmoud Godarz, Naseri; M, Navasery; Fasih, Ud Din; J, A. M. Zahedi; Kasra, Behzad; K, P. Lim; A Lavari, Monghadam; S, K. Chen

    2013-08-01

    Three-dimensional ZnO multipods are successfully synthesized on functional substrates using the vapor transport method in a quartz tube. The functional surfaces, which include two different distributions of Ag nanoparticles and a layer of commercial Ag nanowires, are coated onto silicon substrates before the growth of ZnO nanostructures. The structures and morphologies of the ZnO/Ag heterostructures are investigated using X-ray diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy. The sizes and shapes of the Ag particles affect the growth rates and initial nucleations of the ZnO structures, resulting in different numbers and shapes of multipods. They also influence the orientation and growth quality of the rods. The optical properties are studied by photoluminescence, UV-vis, and Raman spectroscopy. The results indicate that the surface plasmon resonance strongly depends on the sizes and shapes of the Ag particles.

  11. High temperature ferromagnetism in Ni doped ZnO nanoparticles: Milling time dependence

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    Pal, Bappaditya Sarkar, D.; Giri, P. K.

    2014-04-24

    We report on the room temperature ferromagnetism (RT FM) in the Zn{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O (x = 0, 0.03, and 0.05) nanoparticles (NPs) synthesized by a ball milling technique. X-ray diffraction analysis confirms the single crystalline ZnO wurtzite structure with presence of small intensity secondary phase related peak which disappear with increasing milling time for Ni doped samples. HRTEM lattice images show that the doped NPs are single crystalline with a dspacing of 2.44 Å. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis confirms the presence of Ni ions in the ZnO matrix. Magnetic measurement (RT) exhibits the hysteresis loop with saturation magnetization (M{sub s}) of 1.6–2.56 (emu/g) and coercive field (H{sub c}) of 296–322 Oe. M-T measurement shows a Curie temperature of the order of 325°C for 3% Ni doped sample. Micro -Raman studies show doping/disorder induced additional modes at ∼510, 547, 572 cm{sup −1} in addition to 437 cm{sup −1} peak of pure ZnO. UV-Vis absorption spectra illustrate band gap shift due to doping. Alteration of M{sub s} value with the variation of doping concentration and milling time has been studied and discussed.

  12. Enhanced photoelectrochemical and optical performance of ZnO films tuned by Cr doping

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    Salem, M.; Akir, S.; Massoudi, I.; Litaiem, Y.; Gaidi, M.; Khirouni, K.

    2017-04-01

    In this paper, pure and Cr-doped nanostructured Zinc oxide thin films were synthesized by simple and low cost co-precipitation and spin-coating method with Cr concentration varying between 0.5 and 5 at.%. Crystalline structure of the prepared films was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy techniques. XRD analysis indicated that the films were indexed as the hexagonal phase of wurtzite-type structure and demonstrated a decrease in the crystallite size with increasing Cr doping content. Cr doping revealed a significant effect on the optical measurements such as transmission and photoluminescence properties. The optical measurements indicated that Cr doping decreases the optical band gap and it has been shifted from 3.41 eV for pure ZnO film to 3.31 eV for 5 at.% Cr-doped one. The photoelectrochemical (PEC) sensing characteristics of Cr-doped ZnO layers were investigated. Amongst all photo-anodes with different Cr dopant concentration, the 2 at.% Cr incorporated ZnO films exhibited fast response and higher photoconduction sensitivity.

  13. Structural and photoluminescence properties of Ce, Dy, Er-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Jayachandraiah, C.; Kumar, K. Siva; Krishnaiah, G.

    2015-06-24

    Undoped ZnO and rare earth elements (Ce, Dy and Er with 2 at. %) doped nanoparticles were synthesized by wet chemical co-precipitation method at 90°C with Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as capping agent. The structural, morphological, compositional and photoluminescence studies were performed with X-ray diffraction (XRD), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), FTIR spectroscopy and Photoluminescence (PL) respectively. XRD results revealed hexagonal wurtzite structure with average particle size around 18 nm - 14 nm and are compatible with TEM results. EDS confirm the incorporation of Ce, Dy and Er elements into the host ZnO matrix and is validated by FTIR analysis. PL studies showed a broad intensive emission peak at 558 nm in all the samples. The intensity for Er- doped ZnO found maximum with additional Er shoulder peaks at 516nm and 538 nm. No Ce, Dy emission centers were found in spectra.

  14. Intrinsic ferromagnetism in nanocrystalline Mn-doped ZnO depending on Mn concentration.

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    Subramanian, Munisamy; Tanemura, Masaki; Hihara, Takehiko; Soga, Tetsuo; Jimbo, Takashi

    2011-04-01

    The physical properties of Zn(1-x)Mn(x)O nanoparticles synthesized by thermal decomposition are extensively investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman light scattering and Hysteresis measurements. XRD and XPS spectra reveal the absence of secondary phase in nanocrystalline ZnO doped with 5% or less Mn; and, later confirms that the valance state of Mn to be 2+ for all the samples. Raman spectra exhibit a peak at 660 cm(-1) which we attribute to the intrinsic lattice defects of ZnO with increasing Mn concentration. Overall, our results demonstrate that ferromagnetic properties can be realized while Mn-doped ZnO obtained in the nanocrystalline form.

  15. Study on Ni-doped ZnO films as gas sensors

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    Rambu, A. P.; Ursu, L.; Iftimie, N.; Nica, V.; Dobromir, M.; Iacomi, F.

    2013-09-01

    Ni doped ZnO films were obtained by spin coating, using zinc acetate and nickel acetate as starting materials and N,N-dimethylformamide as solvent. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis indicates that, spin coated films posses a polycrystalline structure. Ni doped ZnO films are single phase and no trace of nickel metal or binary zinc nickel phases are observed. The values of some structural parameters (crystallite size, surface roughness) are varying with the variation of Ni concentration. The sensitivity of Ni:ZnO films, at three different gasses (ammonia, liquefied petroleum gas and ethanol) was investigated. Obtained results indicate that our films are most sensitive to ammonia, the operating temperature was found to be 190 °C and the response time is 35 s. The gas sensitivity was found to depend on the Ni concentration in ZnO films.

  16. Enhanced luminescence in Eu-doped ZnO nanocrystalline films

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    Suzuki, Keigo Murayama, Koji; Tanaka, Nobuhiko

    2015-07-20

    We found an enhancement of Eu{sup 3+} emissions in Eu-doped ZnO nanocrystalline films fabricated by microemulsion method. The Eu{sup 3+} emission intensities were increased by reducing annealing temperatures from 633 K to 533 K. One possible explanation for this phenomenon is that the size reduction enhances the energy transfer from ZnO nanoparticles to Eu{sup 3+} ions. Also, the shift of the charge-transfer band into the low-energy side of the absorption edge is found to be crucial, which seems to expedite the energy transfer from O atoms to Eu{sup 3+} ions. These findings will be useful for the material design of Eu-doped ZnO phosphors.

  17. Residual and intentional n-type doping of ZnO thin films grown by metal-organic vapor phase epitaxy on sapphire and ZnO substrates

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    Brochen, Stéphane; Lafossas, Matthieu; Robin, Ivan-Christophe; Ferret, Pierre; Gemain, Frédérique; Pernot, Julien; Feuillet, Guy

    2014-03-01

    ZnO epilayers usually exhibit high n-type residual doping which is one of the reasons behind the difficulties to dope this material p-type. In this work, we aimed at determining the nature of the involved impurities and their potential role as dopant in ZnO thin films grown by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) on sapphire and ZnO substrates. In both cases, secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) measurements give evidence for a strong diffusion of impurities from the substrate to the epilayer, especially for silicon and aluminum. In the case of samples grown on sapphire substrates, aluminum follows Fick's diffusion law on a wide growth temperature range (800-1000°C). Thus, the saturation solubility and the diffusion coefficient of aluminum in ZnO single crystals have been determined. Furthermore, the comparison between SIMS impurity and effective dopant concentrations determined by capacitance-voltage measurements highlights, on one hand a substitutional mechanism for aluminum diffusion, and on the other hand that silicon acts as a donor in ZnO and not as an amphoteric impurity. In addition, photoluminescence spectra exhibit excitonic recombinations at the same energy for aluminum and silicon, indicating that silicon behaves as an hydrogenic donor in ZnO. Based on these experimental observations, ZnO thin films with a controlled n-type doping in the 1016-1019cm-3 range have been carried out. These results show that MOVPE growth is fully compatible with the achievement of highly Al-doped n-type thin films, but also with the growth of materials with low residual doping, which is a crucial parameter to address ZnO p-type doping issues.

  18. The role of unintentional hydrogen on magnetic properties of Co doped ZnO

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    Assadi, M. H. N.; Zhang, Y. B.; Li, S.

    2011-12-01

    The correlation between the positioning of hydrogen and magnetic properties of Co doped ZnO are investigated using ab initio methodology. It is found that hydrogen can both sit in interstitial Zn-O mid bonds and substitute oxygen forming multicentre bonds with zinc. However the substitutional hydrogen is slightly more stable by 0.37 eV than the interstitial hydrogen. It is also found that mobile hydrogen ions in ZnO are trapped by Co ions or Co complexes to form variety of highly stable Co-H complexes in ZnO host lattice. Charge transfer from hydrogen to neighboring Co's 3d orbitals leads to both the stabilization of ferromagnetic ordering among Co ions and the reduction of Co ion magnetic moment.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  20. Cu-doped ZnO nanorod arrays: the effects of copper precursor and concentration

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    2014-01-01

    Cu-doped ZnO nanorods have been grown at 90°C for 90 min onto a quartz substrate pre-coated with a ZnO seed layer using a hydrothermal method. The influence of copper (Cu) precursor and concentration on the structural, morphological, and optical properties of ZnO nanorods was investigated. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the nanorods grown are highly crystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite crystal structure grown along the c-axis. The lattice strain is found to be compressive for all samples, where a minimum compressive strain of −0.114% was obtained when 1 at.% Cu was added from Cu(NO3)2. Scanning electron microscopy was used to investigate morphologies and the diameters of the grown nanorods. The morphological properties of the Cu-doped ZnO nanorods were influenced significantly by the presence of Cu impurities. Near-band edge (NBE) and a broad blue-green emission bands at around 378 and 545 nm, respectively, were observed in the photoluminescence spectra for all samples. The transmittance characteristics showed a slight increase in the visible range, where the total transmittance increased from approximately 80% for the nanorods doped with Cu(CH3COO)2 to approximately 90% for the nanorods that were doped with Cu(NO3)2. PMID:24855460

  1. CdS quantum dots sensitized Cu doped ZnO nanostructured thin films for solar cell applications

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    Poornima, K.; Gopala Krishnan, K.; Lalitha, B.; Raja, M.

    2015-07-01

    ZnO nanorods and Cu doped ZnO nanorods thin films have been prepared by simple hydrothermal method. CdS quantum dots are sensitized with Cu doped ZnO nanorod thin films using successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. The X-ray diffraction study reveals that ZnO nanorods, and CdS quantum dot sensitized Cu doped ZnO nanorods exhibit hexagonal structure. The scanning electron microscope image shows the presence of ZnO nanorods. The average diameter and length of the aligned nanorod is 300 nm and 1.5 μm respectively. The absorption spectra shows that the absorption edge of CdS quantum dot sensitized ZnO nanorod thin film is shifted toward longer wavelength region when compared to the absorption edge of ZnO nanorods film. The conversion efficiency of the CdS quantum dot sensitized Cu doped ZnO nanorod thin film solar cell is 1.5%.

  2. Highly textured and transparent RF sputtered Eu2O3 doped ZnO films.

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    Sreedharan, Remadevi Sreeja; Ganesan, Vedachalaiyer; Sudarsanakumar, Chellappan Pillai; Bhavsar, Kaushalkumar; Prabhu, Radhakrishna; Mahadevan Pillai, Vellara Pappukutty Pillai

    2015-01-01

    Background : Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a wide, direct band gap II-VI oxide semiconductor. ZnO has large exciton binding energy at room temperature, and it is a good host material for obtaining visible and infrared emission of various rare-earth ions. Methods : Europium oxide (Eu2O3) doped ZnO films are prepared on quartz substrate using radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering with doping concentrations 0, 0.5, 1, 3 and 5 wt%. The films are annealed in air at a temperature of 773 K for 2 hours. The annealed films are characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), micro-Raman spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, ultraviolet (UV)-visible spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Results : XRD patterns show that the films are highly c-axis oriented exhibiting hexagonalwurtzite structure of ZnO. Particle size calculations using Debye-Scherrer formula show that average crystalline size is in the range 15-22 nm showing the nanostructured nature of the films. The observation of low- and high-frequency E2 modes in the Raman spectra supports the hexagonal wurtzite structure of ZnO in the films. The surface morphology of the Eu2O3 doped films presents dense distribution of grains. The films show good transparency in the visible region. The band gaps of the films are evaluated using Tauc plot model. Optical constants such as refractive index, dielectric constant, loss factor, and so on are calculated using the transmittance data. The PL spectra show both UV and visible emissions. Conclusion : Highly textured, transparent, luminescent Eu2O3 doped ZnO films have been synthesized using RF magnetron sputtering. The good optical and structural properties and intense luminescence in the ultraviolet and visible regions from the films suggest their suitability for optoelectronic applications.

  3. Microscopic characteristics of the Ag(111)/ZnO(0001) interface present in optical coatings

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    Lin, Zheshuai; Bristowe, Paul D.

    2007-05-01

    A first-principles computational method is used to investigate the microscopic properties of the Ag(111)/ZnO(0001) interface that is often present in optical coatings designed for solar-control windows. The mechanical stability of the interface is important and therefore the ideal work of separation has been calculated for several structural variants of the interface which have different lattice mismatches and in-plane orientations. The process by which silver atoms are deposited, cluster, and form layers on the ZnO(0001) surface has also been studied. It is found that interfaces with the O-terminated ZnO surface are stronger than those with the Zn-terminated surface. In addition, incoherent interfaces with small lattice mismatch and minimal strain are preferred. In particular, the large period (9×8) Ag/ZnO coincidence superstructure (0.1% mismatch) is found to have a significantly higher work of separation than the coherent (1×1) interface (11% mismatch). A rotated variant of the interface (2×√3) R30 (2.6% mismatch) has a work of separation that is comparable with the coincidence superstructure. Both the (9×8) and (2×√3) R30 Ag/ZnO interfaces have been observed in deposition experiments and which one is seen depends on the ambient conditions and strain state of the interface. The calculated works of separation are consistent with measured works of adhesion obtained from cantilever beam experiments.

  4. Effect of gallium concentrations on the morphologies, structural and optical properties of Ga-doped ZnO nanostructures.

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    Algarni, H; El-Gomati, M M; Al-Assiri, M S

    2014-07-01

    The effect of gallium ion concentrations (0.5 and 2%) on the morphologies, structural and optical properties of Ga-doped ZnO nanostructures are presented. Ga-doped ZnO nanostructures were synthesized on silicon substrates by simple thermal evaporation process using metallic zinc and Ga powders in the presence of oxygen. Interestingly, it was observed that Ga-ions incorporation in ZnO nanomaterials play an important role on the growth kinetics and hence on the morphologies of as-grown Ga-doped ZnO nanostructures. It was seen that at low Ga-concentration, needle-shaped Ga-doped ZnO nanostructures are formed, presumably by subsequent stacking of hexagonal plates. However, when increasing the Ga-concentration, multipods of Ga-doped ZnO were grown. In addition to the morphologies, incorporating Ga-ions into ZnO also affect the room-temperature photoluminescence properties. Therefore, at lower Ga-ion concentration, an intense UV emission was observed while at high Ga-concentration a deep level emission was seen in the room-temperature photoluminescence spectra. This research demonstrates that by controlling the Ga-ion concentration the morphologies and optical properties of ZnO nanomaterials can be tailored.

  5. Electrochemical route to the synthesis of ZnO microstructures: its nestlike structure and holding of Ag particles

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    2013-01-01

    Abstract A simple and facile electrochemical route was developed for the shape-selective synthesis of large-scaled series of ZnO microstructures, including petal, flower, sphere, nest and clew aggregates of ZnO laminas at room temperature. This route is based on sodium citrate-directed crystallization. In the system, sodium citrate can greatly promote ZnO to nucleate and directly grow by selectively capping the specific ZnO facets because of its excellent adsorption ability. The morphology of ZnO is tuned by readily adjusting the concentration of sodium citrate and the electrodeposition time. Among the series structures, the remarkable ZnO nestlike structure can be used as a container to hold not only the interlaced ZnO laminas but also Ag nanoparticles in the center. The special heterostructures of nestlike ZnO holding Ag nanoparticles were found to display the superior properties on the surface-enhanced Raman scattering. This work has signified an important methodology to produce a wide assortment of desired microstructures of ZnO. PACS 81 Materials science 81.07.-b nanoscale materials and structures Fabrication Characterization 81.15.-z Methods of deposition of films Coatings Film growth and epitaxy. PMID:23414592

  6. Electrochemical route to the synthesis of ZnO microstructures: its nestlike structure and holding of Ag particles

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    Ding, Ling; Zhang, Ruixue; Fan, Louzhen

    2013-02-01

    A simple and facile electrochemical route was developed for the shape-selective synthesis of large-scaled series of ZnO microstructures, including petal, flower, sphere, nest and clew aggregates of ZnO laminas at room temperature. This route is based on sodium citrate-directed crystallization. In the system, sodium citrate can greatly promote ZnO to nucleate and directly grow by selectively capping the specific ZnO facets because of its excellent adsorption ability. The morphology of ZnO is tuned by readily adjusting the concentration of sodium citrate and the electrodeposition time. Among the series structures, the remarkable ZnO nestlike structure can be used as a container to hold not only the interlaced ZnO laminas but also Ag nanoparticles in the center. The special heterostructures of nestlike ZnO holding Ag nanoparticles were found to display the superior properties on the surface-enhanced Raman scattering. This work has signified an important methodology to produce a wide assortment of desired microstructures of ZnO.

  7. Electrochemical route to the synthesis of ZnO microstructures: its nestlike structure and holding of Ag particles.

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    Ding, Ling; Zhang, Ruixue; Fan, Louzhen

    2013-02-15

    A simple and facile electrochemical route was developed for the shape-selective synthesis of large-scaled series of ZnO microstructures, including petal, flower, sphere, nest and clew aggregates of ZnO laminas at room temperature. This route is based on sodium citrate-directed crystallization. In the system, sodium citrate can greatly promote ZnO to nucleate and directly grow by selectively capping the specific ZnO facets because of its excellent adsorption ability. The morphology of ZnO is tuned by readily adjusting the concentration of sodium citrate and the electrodeposition time. Among the series structures, the remarkable ZnO nestlike structure can be used as a container to hold not only the interlaced ZnO laminas but also Ag nanoparticles in the center. The special heterostructures of nestlike ZnO holding Ag nanoparticles were found to display the superior properties on the surface-enhanced Raman scattering. This work has signified an important methodology to produce a wide assortment of desired microstructures of ZnO. PACS: 81 Materials science 81.07.-b nanoscale materials and structures Fabrication Characterization 81.15.-z Methods of deposition of films Coatings Film growth and epitaxy.

  8. Selective photochemical synthesis of Ag nanoparticles on position-controlled ZnO nanorods for the enhancement of yellow-green light emission.

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    Park, Hyeong-Ho; Zhang, Xin; Lee, Keun Woo; Sohn, Ahrum; Kim, Dong-Wook; Kim, Joondong; Song, Jin-Won; Choi, Young Su; Lee, Hee Kwan; Jung, Sang Hyun; Lee, In-Geun; Cho, Young-Dae; Shin, Hyun-Beom; Sung, Ho Kun; Park, Kyung Ho; Kang, Ho Kwan; Park, Won-Kyu; Park, Hyung-Ho

    2015-12-28

    A novel technique for the selective photochemical synthesis of silver (Ag) nanoparticles (NPs) on ZnO nanorod arrays is established by combining ultraviolet-assisted nanoimprint lithography (UV-NIL) for the definition of growth sites, hydrothermal reaction for the position-controlled growth of ZnO nanorods, and photochemical reduction for the decoration of Ag NPs on the ZnO nanorods. During photochemical reduction, the size distribution and loading of Ag NPs on ZnO nanorods can be tuned by varying the UV-irradiation time. The photochemical reduction is hypothesized to facilitate the adsorbed citrate ions on the surface of ZnO, allowing Ag ions to preferentially form Ag NPs on ZnO nanorods. The ratio of visible emission to ultraviolet (UV) emission for the Ag NP-decorated ZnO nanorod arrays, synthesized for 30 min, is 20.5 times that for the ZnO nanorod arrays without Ag NPs. The enhancement of the visible emission is believed to associate with the surface plasmon (SP) effect of Ag NPs. The Ag NP-decorated ZnO nanorod arrays show significant SP-induced enhancement of yellow-green light emission, which could be useful in optoelectronic applications. The technique developed here requires low processing temperatures (120 °C and lower) and no high-vacuum deposition tools, suitable for applications such as flexible electronics.

  9. The Synthesis of Ag-Doped Mesoporous TiO2

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    Li, Xiaohong S.; Fryxell, Glen E.; Wang, Chong M.; Engelhard, Mark H.

    2008-04-15

    Ag-doped mesoporous titanium oxide was prepared using non-ionic surfactants and easily handled titanium precursors, under mild reaction conditions. In contrast to the stabilizing effect of Cd-doping on mesoporous TiO2, Ag-doping was found to significantly destabilize the mesoporous structure.

  10. Nickel tetraphenylporphyrin doping into ZnO nanoparticles for flexible dye-sensitized solar cell application

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    Shamimul Haque Choudhury, Mohammad; Kato, Shinya; Kishi, Naoki; Soga, Tetsuo

    2017-04-01

    In this study, we report on ZnO-based flexible dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) doped with different concentrations of 5,10,15,20-tetraphenyl-21H,23H-porphyrin nickel(II) (NiTPP). The photoelectrodes were prepared by blade coating, followed by a hot-compression technique. The effects of NiTPP doping on the surface morphology, structural, optical, and photovoltaic properties were studied. The surface morphology was observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), which confirmed the presence of NiTPP particles and also some aggregated particles visible at higher doping concentrations. The structural properties were examined by X-ray diffraction analysis and Raman spectroscopy, which confirmed the hexagonal wurtzite ZnO structure. The crystallite size of the ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) increased while the lattice strain decreased with increasing NiTPP doping concentration. The increment in the crystallite size might have induced light scattering inside the film to some extent. Optical absorption spectra showed the broadening of the spectrum in the lower-wavelength region, and a new absorption peak appeared (at 422 nm) as an effect of NiTPP doping. The red and blue shifts were observed for that peak as an effect of various doping concentrations. The Raman study of the films showed that there is no significant changes in the ZnO or NiTPP crystallite structure because of the NiTPP doping at different concentrations. Photocurrent–voltage (I–V) analysis showed that the 0.7%-NiTPP-doped cell attained the highest light-to-electric conversion efficiency of 2.7% in this investigation, which was about 42% higher than that of a non-NiTPP-doped cell.

  11. Eu-doped ZnO nanowire arrays grown by electrodeposition

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    Lupan, O.; Pauporté, T.; Viana, B.; Aschehoug, P.; Ahmadi, M.; Cuenya, B. Roldan; Rudzevich, Y.; Lin, Y.; Chow, L.

    2013-10-01

    The preparation of efficient light emitting diodes requires active optical layers working at low voltage for light emission. Trivalent lanthanide doped wide-bandgap semiconducting oxide nanostructures are promising active materials in opto-electronic devices. In this work we report on the electrochemical deposition (ECD) of Eu-doped ZnO (ZnO:Eu) nanowire arrays on glass substrates coated with F-doped polycrystalline SnO2. The structural, chemical and optical properties of ZnO:Eu nanowires have been systematically characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry, and photoluminescence. XRD results suggest the substitution of Zn2+ by Eu ions in the crystalline lattice. High-resolution TEM and associated electron diffraction studies indicate an interplanar spacing of 0.52 nm which corresponds to the (0 0 0 1) crystal plane of the hexagonal ZnO, and a growth along the c-direction. The ZnO:Eu nanowires have a single crystal structure, without noticeable defects. According to EDX, SIMS and XPS studies, cationic Eu species are detected in these samples showing the incorporation of Eu into the ZnO matrix. The oxidation states of europium ions in the nanowires are determined as +3 (74%) and +2 (26%). Photoluminescence studies demonstrated red emission from the Eu-doped ZnO nanowire arrays. When Eu was incorporated during the nanowire growth, the sharp 5D0-7F2 transition of the Eu3+ ion at around 612 nm was observed. These results suggest that Eu doped ZnO nanowires could pave the way for efficient, multispectral LEDs and optical devices.

  12. Pulsed laser deposited cobalt-doped ZnO thin film

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    Wang, Li; Su, Xue-qiong; Lu, Yi; Chen, Jiang-bo

    2013-09-01

    To realize the room-temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM) in diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMS), we prepared a series of Cobalt-doped ZnO thin films using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) at deposition temperatures 500°C under oxygen pressure from 2.5×10-4 Pa to 15 Pa. To elucidate the physical origin of RTFM, Co 2p spectra of cobalt-doped ZnO thin films was measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The magnetic properties of films were measured by an alternating gradient magnetometer (AGM), and the electrical properties were detected by a Hall Effect instrument using the Van der Pauw method. XPS analysis shows that the Co2+ exists and Co clusters and elemental content change greatly in samples under various deposition oxygen pressures. Not only the valence state and elemental content but also the electrical and magnetic properties were changed. In the case of oxygen pressure 10 Pa, an improvement of saturation magnetic moment about one order of magnitude over other oxygen pressure experiments, and the film exhibits ferromagnetism with a curie temperature above room temperature. It was found that the value of carrier concentration in the Co-doped ZnO film under oxygen pressure 10Pa increases about one order of magnitude than the values of other samples under different oxygen pressure. Combining XPS with AGM measurements, we found that the ferromagnetic signals in cobalt-doped ZnO thin film deposited at 500 °C under oxygen pressure 10 Pa only appear with the detectable Co2+ spectra from incompletely oxidized Co metal or Co cluster. So oxygen pressure 10 Pa can be thought the best condition to obtain room-temperature dilute magnetic semiconductor about cobalt-doped ZnO thin films.

  13. Van der Pauw Hall Measurement on Intended Doped ZnO Films for p-Type Conductivity

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    Guo, Yang; Liu, Yac-Ping; Li, Jun-Qiang; Zhang, Sheng-Li; Mei, Zeng-Xia; Du, Xiao-Long

    2010-06-01

    A Van der Pauw Hall measurement is performed on the intended doped ZnO films (Na doped ZnO) grown by using the molecular beam epitaxial method. All as-grown samples show n-type conductivity, whereas the annealed samples (annealing temperature 900° C) show ambiguous carrier conductivity type (n- and p-type) in the automatic Van der Pauw Hall measurement. A similar result has been observed in Li doped ZnO and in as-doped ZnO films by other groups before. However, by tracing the Hall voltage in the Van der Pauw Hall measurement, it is found that this alternative appearance of both n- and p-type conductivity is not intrinsic behavior of the intended doped ZnO films, but is due to the persistent photoconductivity effect in ZnO. The persistent photoconductivity effect would strongly affect the accurate determination of the carrier conductivity type of a highly resistive intended doped ZnO sample.

  14. Theoretical investigation of optical and structural properties of Ba-doped ZnO material

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    Lacerda, L. H. S.; de Lazaro, S. R.; Ribeiro, R. A. P.

    2015-11-01

    The doping process is a technique widely used for improving the properties of semiconductors. Through insertion of doping controlled amount is possible change drastically the electronic, optical and structural properties of a material. This work focuses on effects of Ba atoms insertion on wurtzite-ZnO structure at 12.5% amount. The results showed that the presence of Ba in low quantity cause increase in the lattice parameters and decrease in band- gap in relation to the ZnO material. In the percentage of 12.5%, the doping is noted as a potential alternative for application in opt-electronic devices, electronic devices, solar cells and photocatalytic process.

  15. Preparation and characterization of Mn and (Mn, Cu) co-doped ZnO nanostructures.

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    Wang, H B; Wang, H; Zhang, C; Yang, F J; Duan, J X; Yang, C P; Gu, H S; Zhou, M J; Li, Q; Jiang, Y

    2009-05-01

    We report on the ferromagnetic characteristics of Zn(1-x)Mn(x)O nanorods synthesized by a seed-mediated solution method. The as-doped ZnO nanorods had a length about 200 nm and a diameter ranging from 20 to 30 nm. Magnetic property measurements revealed that the Zn(1-x)Mn(x)O nanorods exhibited weak ferromagnetism at 305 K. Similar solution method were also employed to fabricate the (Mn, Cu) co-doped nanostructures. The presence of Cu2+ was found to change the nanorod morphology (in the case of pure ZnO) to nanoparticle. On the other hand, not only the hysteresis curve saturated at lower magnetic field, but also the saturation magnetization was increased with the Cu doping. Transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Photoluminescence analysis suggested that the room temperature (RT) ferromagnetism could be originated from the Mn2+ doped into the ZnO lattice, and additional carriers due to the Cu co-doping may enhance the room temperature ferromagnetism in the Mn:ZnO system.

  16. Photoluminescence, ellipsometric, optical and morphological studies of sprayed Co-doped ZnO films

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    Gençyılmaz, O.; Atay, F.; Akyüz, I.

    2016-06-01

    In this study, undoped and cobalt (Co)-doped zinc oxide (ZnO) films were successfully produced by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis (USP) technique at low temperature (350°C). The optical and surface properties were investigated as a function of Co content. The optical parameters (thickness, refractive index and extinction coefficient) were determined using spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) and it was seen that the refractive index and extinction coefficient values of Co-doped ZnO films decreased slightly depending on the increasing of Co doping. For investigation, the transmittance and photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the films, UV-Vis spectrophotometer and PL spectroscopy were used at room temperature. The transmittance spectra show that transmittance values decreased and Co+2 ions substitute Zn+2 ions of ZnO lattice. The optical band gap values decreased from 3.26 eV to 2.85 eV with the changing of Co content. The results of PL spectra exhibit the position of the different emission peaks unchanged but the intensity of peaks increased with increasing Co doping. Also, the surface properties of the films were obtained by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and these results indicated that the surface morphology and roughness values were prominently changed with Co doping.

  17. Electronic and optical properties of K-doped ZnO: Ab initio study

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    Aimouch, D. E.; Meskine, S.; Hayn, R.; Zaoui, A.; Boukortt, A.

    2016-08-01

    We present the results of ab initio calculations of K-doped ZnO in the wurtzite structure using a supercell of 32 atoms and density functional theory. A complete analysis of its electronic, optical and magnetic properties is provided. The local spin density approximation (LSDA) has been used to analyze the density of states and to understand the K influence at different concentration values. The material is revealed to become a p-type doped semiconductor. The optical constant or refractive index, the dielectric function, and the absorption coefficient were determined and show a good agreement with available experimental data. Potassium doping leads to an absorption peak at about 380 nm. That peak might improve the absorption characteristics of ZnO for solar cell or optical applications.

  18. The magnetic ordering in high magnetoresistance Mn-doped ZnO thin films

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    Venkatesh, S.; Baras, A.; Lee, J. -S.; Roqan, I. S.

    2016-03-24

    Here, we studied the nature of magnetic ordering in Mn-doped ZnO thin films that exhibited ferromagnetism at 300 K and superparamagnetism at 5 K. We directly inter-related the magnetisation and magnetoresistance by invoking the polaronpercolation theory and variable range of hopping conduction below the metal-to-insulator transition. By obtaining a qualitative agreement between these two models, we attribute the ferromagnetism to the s-d exchange-induced spin splitting that was indicated by large positive magnetoresistance (~40 %). Low temperature superparamagnetism was attributed to the localization of carriers and non-interacting polaron clusters. This analysis can assist in understanding the presence or absence of ferromagnetism in doped/un-doped ZnO.

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

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    Dilonardo, Elena; Penza, Michele; Alvisi, Marco; Di Franco, Cinzia; Palmisano, Francesco; Torsi, Luisa; Cioffi, Nicola

    2016-01-01

    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.

  20. High-resolution photoluminescence spectroscopy of Sn-doped ZnO single crystals

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    Kumar, E. Senthil; Mohammadbeigi, F.; Boatner, Lynn A.; Watkins, S. P.

    2016-01-01

    Here, Group IV donors in ZnO are poorly understood, despite evidence that they are effective n-dopants. We present high-resolution photoluminescence spectroscopy studies of unintentionally doped and Sn doped ZnO single crystals grown by the chemical vapor transport method. Doped samples showed greatly increased emission from the I10 bound exciton transition which was recently proven to be related to the incorporation of Sn impurities based on radio-isotope studies. PL linewidths are exceptionally sharp for these samples, enabling clear identification of several donor species. Temperature dependent PL measurements of the I10 line emission energy and intensity dependence reveal a behavior similar to other shallow donors in ZnO. Ionized donor bound exciton and two electron satellite transitions of the I10 transition are unambiguously identified and yield a donor binding energy of 71 meV. In contrast to recent reports of Ge-related donors in ZnO, the spectroscopic binding energy for the Sn-related donor bound exciton follows a linear relationship with donor binding energy (Haynes rule), confirming the shallow nature of this defect center, which we attribute to a SnZn double donor compensated by an unknown single acceptor.

  1. High-resolution photoluminescence spectroscopy of Sn-doped ZnO single crystals

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    Kumar, E. Senthil; Mohammadbeigi, F.; Boatner, Lynn A.; ...

    2016-01-01

    Here, Group IV donors in ZnO are poorly understood, despite evidence that they are effective n-dopants. We present high-resolution photoluminescence spectroscopy studies of unintentionally doped and Sn doped ZnO single crystals grown by the chemical vapor transport method. Doped samples showed greatly increased emission from the I10 bound exciton transition which was recently proven to be related to the incorporation of Sn impurities based on radio-isotope studies. PL linewidths are exceptionally sharp for these samples, enabling clear identification of several donor species. Temperature dependent PL measurements of the I10 line emission energy and intensity dependence reveal a behavior similar tomore » other shallow donors in ZnO. Ionized donor bound exciton and two electron satellite transitions of the I10 transition are unambiguously identified and yield a donor binding energy of 71 meV. In contrast to recent reports of Ge-related donors in ZnO, the spectroscopic binding energy for the Sn-related donor bound exciton follows a linear relationship with donor binding energy (Haynes rule), confirming the shallow nature of this defect center, which we attribute to a SnZn double donor compensated by an unknown single acceptor.« less

  2. Preparation and characterization of undoped and cobalt doped ZnO for antimicrobial use.

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    Stoica, Angelica Oprea; Andronescu, Ecaterina; Ghitulica, Cristina Daniela; Voicu, Georgeta; Grumezescu, Alexandru Mihai; Popa, Marcela; Chifiriuc, Mariana Carmen

    2016-08-30

    The objective of this study was to carry out the synthesis by sol-gel method of undoped and cobalt doped ZnO, with different cobalt concentrations (0.5-5mol%), using as stabilizer monoethanolamine (MEA) in a molar ratio ZnO:MEA=1:2. The dry gel was thermally treated at 500°C/5h, respectively at 1100°C/30min. All the thermal treated samples were of wurtzite type with an hexagonal structure. The doping with Co(2+) induced change of lattice parameters and of crystallite size, proving the successful interleaving of Co(2+) into the ZnO lattice. From the morphological point of view, the thermal treatment at 1100°C/30min led to a higher degree of compactness of the ZnO granules. At 500°C/5h there were formed polyhedral or spherical nanometric particles (25-50nm) which have been agglomerated into aggregates with sizes over 1μm. From the biological point of view, the quantitative analyses of antimicrobial activity have shown that the ZnO doped with cobalt has inhibited the ability of the Bacillus subtilis and Escherichia coli bacterial strains to colonize the inert substrate and therefore, can be used in the design of new antimicrobial strategies.

  3. Photorefractive Effect of a Liquid Crystal Cell with a ZnO Nanorod Doped in Only One PVA Layer

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    Guo, Yu-Bing; Chen, Yong-Hai; Xiang, Ying; Qu, Sheng-Chun; Wang, Zhan-Guo

    2011-09-01

    We observe obviously different diffraction efficiencies with forward and reverse dc voltages in a forced-light-scattering (FLS) experiment for a cell with ZnO nanorod doped in only one poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) layer. When a dc voltage with a positive pole on the ZnO nanorod doped side is applied, the excited charge carriers primarily move along the transverse direction, which results in a higher diffraction efficiency. Conversely, when the dc voltage with a negative pole on the ZnO nanorod doped side is applied, the excited charge carriers primarily move along the longitudinal direction, which leads to a lower diffraction efficiency. A largest diffraction efficiency of about 9% is achieved in the ZnO nanorod doped liquid crystal cell.

  4. Multi-walled carbon nanotubes supported Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles and their optical property

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    Chen, C. S.; Xie, X. D.; Liu, T. G.; Lin, L. W.; Kuang, J. C.; Xie, X. L.; Lu, L. J.; Cao, S. Y.

    2012-03-01

    Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs)/Cu-doped ZnO composite powders were prepared by co-precipitation method, and were characterized by X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, fluorescence spectrum, and ultraviolet spectrum. Experimental results show that the MWNTs can be modified by Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles with hexagonal wurtzite structure after annealed at 450 °C, and the nanoparticle size is about 15 nm. Two ultraviolet (UV) peaks and a green band centered at about 510 nm are observed in the fluorescence spectrum of MWNTs/Cu-doped ZnO composite powder annealed at 450 °C. Furthermore, MWNTs and Cu doping significantly improve the UV absorption ability of ZnO.

  5. Growth and luminescence of oriented nanoplate arrays in tin doped ZnO

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    Ortega, Y.; Fernández, P.; Piqueras, J.

    2007-03-01

    Sintering of a ZnO-SnO2 mixture under argon flow leads to the growth of microrods on the sample surface, which are formed by oriented stacks of nanoplates. Energy dispersive spectroscopy and cathodoluminescence (CL) in the scanning electron microscope show that the stacks of nanoplates consist of Sn doped ZnO. The stacks of nanoplates have well defined orientations relative to the growth axis of the rod. The formation of the nanoplates, which is not observed when undoped ZnO is used in the same process, is attributed to the stresses generated by the presence of Sn atoms in the rods.

  6. Many-body electronic structure calculations of Eu-doped ZnO

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    Lorke, M.; Frauenheim, T.; da Rosa, A. L.

    2016-03-01

    The formation energies and electronic structure of europium-doped zinc oxide has been determined using DFT and many-body G W methods. In the absence of intrisic defects, we find that the europium-f states are located in the ZnO band gap with europium possessing a formal charge of 2+. On the other hand, the presence of intrinsic defects in ZnO allows intraband f -f transitions otherwise forbidden in atomic europium. This result corroborates with recently observed photoluminescence in the visible red region S. Geburt et al. [Nano Lett. 14, 4523 (2014), 10.1021/nl5015553].

  7. Photoluminescence on cerium-doped ZnO nanorods produced under sequential atomic layer deposition-hydrothermal processes

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    Cervantes-López, J. L.; Rangel, R.; Espino, J.; Martínez, E.; García-Gutiérrez, R.; Bartolo-Pérez, P.; Alvarado-Gil, J. J.; Contreras, O. E.

    2017-01-01

    Doped and undoped ZnO nanorod arrays were produced combining atomic layer deposition and hydrothermal processes. First, a ZnO layer with preferential orientation normal to the c-axis was grown on the substrate by means of the decomposition of diethylzinc; subsequently, the nanorod arrays were produced through solvothermal process using a solution of Zn(NO3)2 as precursor. Doped ZnO nanorods were produced using Ce(C2H3O2)3·H2O as dopant agent precursor. Undoped and Ce-doped ZnO nanorod arrays showed high-intensity photoluminescence. The doping concentration of x = 0.04 (Zn1- x Ce x O) displayed the highest photoluminescence. Undoped ZnO showed an intense UV peak centered at 382 nm with a narrow full wide half maximum of 33 nm. Ce-doped ZnO PL spectra contain three bands, one signal in the UV region centered at 382 nm, other centered at 467 nm in the near-green region and other one emission centered at 560 nm. The results herein exposed demonstrate the capability to produce high-quality ZnO and Zn1- x Ce x O films.

  8. Effects of Oxide-Modified Spherical ZnO on Electrical Properties of Ag/ZnO Electrical Contact Material

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    Wei, Zhijun; Zhang, Lingjie; Shen, Tao; Qiao, Zhengyang; Yang, Hui; Fan, Xianping; Chen, Lawson

    2016-09-01

    Silver-zinc oxide (Ag/ZnO) electrical contact material is widely used as contacts of the medium duty switching devices. Effects of modified ZnO on properties of Ag/ZnO electrical contact material were investigated in this work. NiO and CuO were introduced to modify spherical ZnO by a chemical solution nano-coating method. Ag/ZnO contacts prepared using the modified spherical ZnO were produced by powder metallurgy (PM) method in a muffle furnace in temperature ranges from 750 to 900 °C. Results show that electrical conductivity, stability of relative density, and Vickers' hardness of Ag/ZnO electrical contact material can be improved by the addition of NiO because of the formation of NiO solid solution Zn0.2Ni0.8O. The addition of CuO to Ag/ZnO electrical contact material makes arcing energy and mass loss lower. Since this is attractive for a longer service life, using NiO and CuO co-modified ZnO as a second phase may be a promising way to improve properties of Ag/ZnO electrical contact material. Hence, the presented results could also be useful for the design of a new Ag/ZnO electrical contact material.

  9. 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.

  10. Effect of Zr doping on the electrical and optical properties of ZnO

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    Hou, Qingyu; Zhao, Chunwang; Xu, Zhenchao

    2016-08-01

    Within 0.02083-0.04167 Zr doping amount, there are contradictory reports on the experimental results of ZnO doping system in absorption spectrum distribution. However, there is no reasonable theoretical explanation until now. To solve this problem, density functional theory-based generalized gradient approximation plane wave ultra-soft pseudopotential GGA + U method is utilized in this paper and the first-principles are adopted to construct the supercell models with three different doping amounts, Zn0.97917Zr0.02083O, Zn0.96875Zr0.03125O and Zn0.95833Zr0.04167O. On the basis of geometrical optimization of all the models, band structure distribution, density of states distribution and absorption spectrum distribution are calculated and the calculation results show that within the limited doping amount, the higher the Zr doping amount is, the higher the doping system volume is, the higher the total energy is, the lower the system stability is, the higher the formation energy is, and the more difficult doping is. With all the doping systems converted into n-type degenerate semiconductor, the wider the doping system band gap is, the more significant the absorption spectrum blueshift is, the lower the absorption intensity is, the higher the electronic effective mass is, the higher the electronic concentration is, the lower the electronic mobility is, the higher the electronic conductivity is, and the more significant the doping system conductivity is. The calculation results and the experiment results are consistent.

  11. Thermoelectric Properties of ZnO Ceramics Co-Doped with Al and Transition Metals

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    Yamaguchi, Hiroyuki; Chonan, Yasunori; Oda, Manabu; Komiyama, Takao; Aoyama, Takashi; Sugiyama, Shigeaki

    2011-05-01

    The effect of co-doping with transition metals (Fe, Ni, and Sm) on the thermoelectric properties of Al-doped ZnO (AZO) ceramics was studied. The electrical conductivity σ of AZO was significantly (12%) increased by Ni co-doping, while an unfavorable deterioration in σ was observed for Fe- or Sm-co-doped AZO. Hall-effect measurements indicated that the electron mobility of AZO decreased due to co-doping in all samples. Only the Ni-co-doped AZO sample showed significant enhancement in electron density, resulting in its black color. The thermal conductivity κ decreased drastically due to Ni or Sm co-doping of AZO, while only a small change was observed for Fe co-doping of AZO. The κ value at 1073 K for Ni-co-doped AZO was 77% of that for AZO. A dimensionless figure of merit ZT = 0.126 was attained at 1073 K for Ni-co-doped AZO, representing an improvement over that of conventional AZO by a factor of 1.50.

  12. Transition Metal Doped ZnO for Spintronics

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    2007-07-01

    34 Heo, Y. W.; Ip, K.; Pearton, S. J.; Norton, D. P.; Budai, J. D., Applied Surface Science (2006), 252(20), 7442-7448. 14. "ZnO spintronics and nanowire ...Ren, F., Applied Physics Letters, Volume 87, Issue 21,, 2005, Pages 212106-212101-3. 28. "Cubic (MgZn)O nanowire growth using catalyst-driven...Ren, S. Shojah-Ardalan, and R. Wilkins, J.Electron. Mater. 34 395 (2005). 40. "Fabrication Approaches to ZnO Nanowire Devices," J.R. LaRoche, Y.W. Heo

  13. High performance Ce-doped ZnO nanorods for sunlight-driven photocatalysis

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    Chouchene, Bilel; Ben Chaabane, Tahar; Balan, Lavinia; Girot, Emilien; Mozet, Kevin; Medjahdi, Ghouti

    2016-01-01

    Summary Ce-doped ZnO (ZnO:Ce) nanorods have been prepared through a solvothermal method and the effects of Ce-doping on the structural, optical and electronic properties of ZnO rods were studied. ZnO:Ce rods were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, XPS, BET, DRS and Raman spectroscopy. 5% Ce-doped ZnO rods with an average length of 130 nm and a diameter of 23 nm exhibit the highest photocatalytic activity for the degradation of the Orange II dye under solar light irradiation. The high photocatalytic activity is ascribed to the substantially enhanced light absorption in the visible region, to the high surface area of ZnO:Ce rods and to the effective electron–hole pair separation originating from Ce doping. The influence of various experimental parameters like the pH, the presence of salts and of organic compounds was investigated and no marked detrimental effect on the photocatalytic activity was observed. Finally, recyclability experiments demonstrate that ZnO:Ce rods are a stable solar-light photocatalyst. PMID:27826508

  14. High performance Ce-doped ZnO nanorods for sunlight-driven photocatalysis.

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    Chouchene, Bilel; Ben Chaabane, Tahar; Balan, Lavinia; Girot, Emilien; Mozet, Kevin; Medjahdi, Ghouti; Schneider, Raphaël

    2016-01-01

    Ce-doped ZnO (ZnO:Ce) nanorods have been prepared through a solvothermal method and the effects of Ce-doping on the structural, optical and electronic properties of ZnO rods were studied. ZnO:Ce rods were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, XPS, BET, DRS and Raman spectroscopy. 5% Ce-doped ZnO rods with an average length of 130 nm and a diameter of 23 nm exhibit the highest photocatalytic activity for the degradation of the Orange II dye under solar light irradiation. The high photocatalytic activity is ascribed to the substantially enhanced light absorption in the visible region, to the high surface area of ZnO:Ce rods and to the effective electron-hole pair separation originating from Ce doping. The influence of various experimental parameters like the pH, the presence of salts and of organic compounds was investigated and no marked detrimental effect on the photocatalytic activity was observed. Finally, recyclability experiments demonstrate that ZnO:Ce rods are a stable solar-light photocatalyst.

  15. The preparation of a Eu3+-doped ZnO bi-functional layer and its application in organic photovoltaics

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    Wu, Na; Luo, Qun; Qiao, Xvsheng; Ma, Chang-Qi

    2015-12-01

    Recently, spectra conversion has been used to minimize energy loss in photovoltaic devices. In this work, we explore the development of a novel Eu3+-doped ZnO bi-functional layer for use in organic solar cells. The bi-functional layer acts as both a spectra conversion and an electron transporting layer. Compared to conventional spectra conversion layers, it has a simpler device structure, is easier to fabricate, and has a wider spectrum-sensitized region. A series of Eu3+-doped ZnO nanocrystals were synthesized using the simple solution route. X-ray powder diffraction patterns (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and UV-visible absorbance spectra were used to characterize the obtained ZnO nanocrystals. The results reveal that the size and bandgap of ZnO nanocrystals can be controlled through regulation of the doping concentration of Eu3+ ions. The energy transfer of ZnO → Eu3+ is observed by photoluminescence (PL) spectra. At a bandgap excitation of around 300-400 nm, a typical emission band from the Eu3+ is obtained. By employing the Eu3+- doped ZnO nanocrystals as a buffer layer in a P3HT:PC61BM bulk heterojunction device, the obtained performance is similar to the undoped ZnO device, indicating that the electrical properties of ZnO are not affected by Eu3+ doping. Due to the down-conversion energy transfer between ZnO and Eu3+, the external quantum efficiency of the ZnO:Eu3+ device at 300-400 nm is higher than that of the pure ZnO device, which subsequently leads to an increase in short circuit current density (J SC). This work proves that it is possible to improve the solar spectrum response in the ultraviolet region of organic solar cells effectively by incorporating the bi-functional layer.

  16. Ag-doped titanium dioxide gas sensor

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    Alaei Sheini, Navid; Rohani, Mahsa

    2016-03-01

    Titanium dioxide has been utilized for the fabrication of oxygen sensitive ceramic bodies. In this work, disk-shaped TiO2 pellets are fabricated by the sintering of the press- formed anatase powder at 1000°C. Two silver contacts are printed on one of the top base of each sample. Silver wire segments are connected to the printed electrodes. It is shown that the gradual diffusion of silver into titanium dioxide from the electrodes profoundly affects the resistive properties of the ceramic samples. SEM, XRD and EDAX analyses are carried out to determine the position of the silver diffused in the structure. At 35°C, before silver diffusion, the electrical resistance of the device decreases ten times in response to the presence of 3000 ppm ethanol contamination. Sensitivity (Rair/Rgas) to reducing gases is severely affected by the silver doping level in the titanium dioxide. The progress of silver diffusion continuously decreases the sensitivity till it become less than one. Further progress in silver diffusion brings the devices to the condition at which the resistance increases at the presents of reducing gases. In this condition, inverse sensitivities (Rgas/Rair) as large as 103 are demonstrated.

  17. Effects of Al Doping on the Properties of ZnO Thin Films Deposited by Atomic Layer Deposition

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    Zhai, Chen-Hui; Zhang, Rong-Jun; Chen, Xin; Zheng, Yu-Xiang; Wang, Song-You; Liu, Juan; Dai, Ning; Chen, Liang-Yao

    2016-09-01

    The tuning of structural, optical, and electrical properties of Al-doped ZnO films deposited by atomic layer deposition technique is reported in this work. With the increasing Al doping level, the evolution from (002) to (100) diffraction peaks indicates the change in growth mode of ZnO films. Spectroscopic ellipsometry has been applied to study the thickness, optical constants, and band gap of AZO films. Due to the increasing carrier concentration after Al doping, a blue shift of band gap and absorption edge can be observed, which can be interpreted by Burstein-Moss effect. The carrier concentration and resistivity are found to vary significantly among different doping concentration, and the optimum value is also discussed. The modulations and improvements of properties are important for Al-doped ZnO films to apply as transparent conductor in various applications.

  18. Effects of Al Doping on the Properties of ZnO Thin Films Deposited by Atomic Layer Deposition.

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    Zhai, Chen-Hui; Zhang, Rong-Jun; Chen, Xin; Zheng, Yu-Xiang; Wang, Song-You; Liu, Juan; Dai, Ning; Chen, Liang-Yao

    2016-12-01

    The tuning of structural, optical, and electrical properties of Al-doped ZnO films deposited by atomic layer deposition technique is reported in this work. With the increasing Al doping level, the evolution from (002) to (100) diffraction peaks indicates the change in growth mode of ZnO films. Spectroscopic ellipsometry has been applied to study the thickness, optical constants, and band gap of AZO films. Due to the increasing carrier concentration after Al doping, a blue shift of band gap and absorption edge can be observed, which can be interpreted by Burstein-Moss effect. The carrier concentration and resistivity are found to vary significantly among different doping concentration, and the optimum value is also discussed. The modulations and improvements of properties are important for Al-doped ZnO films to apply as transparent conductor in various applications.

  19. Unexpected positive role of oxygen vacancies in Na-doped ZnO

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    Yang, X. P.; Lu, J. G.; Zhang, H. H.; Lu, B.; Huang, J. Y.; Ye, C. L.; Ye, Z. Z.

    2012-12-01

    The interaction of Na impurities and O vacancies (VO) in ZnO was studied in theory and experiment. The VO facilitated substitutional Na (NaZn/NaZn-) acceptors with inhibiting interstitial Na (Nai/Nai+) donors, which may benefit the p-type conductivity. The formed (NaZn-VO)+/0 complexes induced the change of band structures of ZnO, with the broadening of gap energies and disappearance of the VO2+-related impurity level, which confirmed by the blue shift of the near-band-edge (NBE) UV emission and the decay of the visible emission in PL spectra. The strong and dominant NBE UV emission suggested acceptable luminescence behaviors of Na-doped ZnO.

  20. Thermoelectric Properties of Indium and Gallium Dually Doped ZnO Thin Films.

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    Tran Nguyen, Nhat Hong; Nguyen, Truong Huu; Liu, Yi-Ren; Aminzare, Masoud; Pham, Anh Tuan Thanh; Cho, Sunglae; Wong, Deniz P; Chen, Kuei-Hsien; Seetawan, Tosawat; Pham, Ngoc Kim; Ta, Hanh Kieu Thi; Tran, Vinh Cao; Phan, Thang Bach

    2016-12-14

    We investigated the effect of single and multidopants on the thermoelectrical properties of host ZnO films. Incorporation of the single dopant Ga in the ZnO films improved the conductivity and mobility but lowered the Seebeck coefficient. Dual Ga- and In-doped ZnO thin films show slightly decreased electrical conductivity but improved Seebeck coefficient. The variation of thermoelectric properties is discussed in terms of film crystallinity, which is subject to the dopants' radius. Small amounts of In dopants with a large radius may introduce localized regions in the host film, affecting the thermoelectric properties. Consequently, a 1.5 times increase in power factor, three times reduction in thermal conductivity, and 5-fold enhancement in the figure of merit ZT have been achieved at 110 °C. The results also indicate that the balanced control of both electron and lattice thermal conductivities through dopant selection are necessary to attain low total thermal conductivity.

  1. Impacts of Co doping on ZnO transparent switching memory device characteristics

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    Simanjuntak, Firman Mangasa; Prasad, Om Kumar; Panda, Debashis; Lin, Chun-An; Tsai, Tsung-Ling; Wei, Kung-Hwa; Tseng, Tseung-Yuen

    2016-05-01

    The resistive switching characteristics of indium tin oxide (ITO)/Zn1-xCoxO/ITO transparent resistive memory devices were investigated. An appropriate amount of cobalt dopant in ZnO resistive layer demonstrated sufficient memory window and switching stability. In contrast, pure ZnO devices demonstrated a poor memory window, and using an excessive dopant concentration led to switching instability. To achieve suitable memory performance, relying only on controlling defect concentrations is insufficient; the grain growth orientation of the resistive layer must also be considered. Stable endurance with an ON/OFF ratio of more than one order of magnitude during 5000 cycles confirmed that the Co-doped ZnO device is a suitable candidate for resistive random access memory application. Additionally, fully transparent devices with a high transmittance of up to 90% at wavelength of 550 nm have been fabricated.

  2. Bistability of Hydrogen in ZnO: Origin of Doping Limit and Persistent Photoconductivity

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    Nahm, Ho-Hyun; Park, C. H.; Kim, Yong-Sung

    2014-01-01

    Substitutional hydrogen at oxygen site (HO) is well-known to be a robust source of n-type conductivity in ZnO, but a puzzling aspect is that the doping limit by hydrogen is only about 1018 cm−3, even if solubility limit is much higher. Another puzzling aspect of ZnO is persistent photoconductivity, which prevents the wide applications of the ZnO-based thin film transistor. Up to now, there is no satisfactory theory about two puzzles. We report the bistability of HO in ZnO through first-principles electronic structure calculations. We find that as Fermi level is close to conduction bands, the HO can undergo a large lattice relaxation, through which a deep level can be induced, capturing electrons and the deep state can be transformed into shallow donor state by a photon absorption. We suggest that the bistability can give explanations to two puzzling aspects. PMID:24535157

  3. Synthesis and characterization of surfactants assisted Cu(2+) doped ZnO nanocrystals.

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    Dhamodharan, P; Gobi, R; Shanmugam, N; Kannadasan, N; Poonguzhali, R; Ramya, S

    2014-10-15

    In the present work, we report a simple chemical precipitation method to synthesize precursors of different levels of Cu(2+) ions doped crystalline zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles in the presence of capping agents namely cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) and sodium hexametaphosphate (SHMP). Thermal analysis result suggests that 300°C could be the optimum level of annealing for the harvest of pure phase of ZnO from the as prepared particles. The structural, optical and chemical features of undoped and surfactants assisted ZnO: Cu(2+) nanoparticles were studied by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Ultraviolet-Visible (UV-Vis) absorption spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) measurements. Among the two surfactants used SHMP is an effective one in controlling the size and morphology of the particles.

  4. Electrodeposition and room temperature ferromagnetic anisotropy of Co and Ni-doped ZnO nanowire arrays

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    Cui, J.B.; Gibson, U.J.

    2005-09-26

    Cobalt and nickel doped ZnO nanowire arrays were synthesized by an electrochemical process at a temperature of 90 deg. C. Energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction show that the dopants are incorporated into the wurtzite-structure ZnO. Anisotropic ferromagnetism with an easy direction of magnetization either perpendicular or parallel to the wire axis, depending on the wire geometry and density, was observed in 1.7% Co and 2.2% Ni-doped ZnO nanowires at room temperature. The anisotropic magnetism was explained in terms of a competition between self-demagnetization and magnetostatic coupling among the nanowires.

  5. Structural and optical properties of Na doped ZnO nanocrystals: Application to solar photocatalysis

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    Tabib, Asma; Bouslama, Wiem; Sieber, Brigitte; Addad, Ahmed; Elhouichet, Habib; Férid, Mokhtar; Boukherroub, Rabah

    2017-02-01

    Na doped ZnO nanocrystals (NCs) were successfully produced by sol-gel process and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution TEM (HRTEM), Raman scattering, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL). XRD analysis indicated that all the prepared samples present pure hexagonal wurtzite structure without any Na related phases. The lattice distortion, calculated using Williamson hall equation, induces stress and a reduction of NCs size from 71.4 to 24.5 nm. TEM images showed NCs with hexagonal shape and a rather uniform size distribution. The selected area electron diffraction (SAED) patterns confirmed the high crystal quality along the <101> direction and is consistent with the hexagonal wurtzite structure of ZnO. The Raman spectra are dominated by E2high mode of ZnO. High Na doping shows the occurrence of anomalous local vibrational Raman modes close to 270 and 513 cm-1 that are related to intrinsic host lattice defects and distortion, respectively. Optical band gap was found to vary with Na content. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra indicate the presence of a high density of defects in ZnO NCs which are mainly oxygen vacancies. Finally, the obtained NCs were used as a photocatalyst to degrade Rhodamine B (RhB) in solution, under solar irradiation. Na doping enhances the photocatalytic activity of ZnO NCs till an optimum concentration of 0.5% where a full degradation was observed after 120 min of sun light irradiation. Furthermore, this sample presents a good cycling stability and reusability. Based on scavangers test, it was found that both superoxide and hydroxyl oxidizing radicals are mainly actives.

  6. Fabrication and characterization of Ga-doped ZnO / Si heterojunction nanodiodes

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    Akgul, Guvenc; Akgul, Funda Aksoy

    2017-02-01

    In this study, temperature-dependent electrical properties of n-type Ga-doped ZnO thin film / p-type Si nanowire heterojunction diodes were reported. Metal-assisted chemical etching (MACE) process was performed to fabricate Si nanowires. Ga-doped ZnO films were then deposited onto nanowires through chemical bath deposition (CBD) technique to build three-dimensional nanowire-based heterojunction diodes. Fabricated devices revealed significant diode characteristics in the temperature range of 220 - 360 K. Electrical measurements shown that diodes had a well-defined rectifying behavior with a good rectification ratio of 103 ±3 V at room temperature. Ideality factor (n) were changed from 2.2 to 1.2 with increasing temperature.

  7. Properties of boron-doped ZnO thin films grown by using MOCVD

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    Choi, In-Hwan

    2013-11-01

    Boron-doped ZnO thin films were prepared by using metal organic chemical-vapor deposition (MOCVD) with diethyl zinc and water as precursors and B2H6 as the dopant gas. The effects of the flow rates of H2O and B2H6 on the growth and the electrical properties of boron-doped ZnO thin film were investigated. The maximum carrier concentration and mobility and the minimum resistivity obtained under these experimental conditions were 7 × 1020 /cm3, 42 cm2 /V·sec and 4 × 10-4 Ω·cm, respectively, at room temperature. The electrical properties, growth rates, transmittances, and surface morphologies of the ZnO:B films grown using MOCVD are strongly affected by growth conditions such as the relative flow rates of the precursors and dopant gases and the chamber pressure, and these effects are discussed in detail in this article.

  8. Microstructural and optical studies on sonochemically synthesized Cu doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Sahu, Dojalisa Panda, Nihar Ranjan Panda, A. K.; Acharya, B. S.

    2014-04-24

    Copper doped ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized by sonochemical method varying the concentration of the impurity. Systematic investigations like X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were carried out to understand the microstructural properties. The average particle sizes and all the crystallographic parameters were calculated from XRD results. This shows the formation of wurtzite phase of ZnO with average size of the particles as 53 nm and an increase of particle size with dopant concentration was also been observed. UV absorption and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) spectra revealed the absorption at wavelength < 370 nm with a remarkable red shift of absorption band and a linear decrease of transmittance with increase in doping concentrations respectively.

  9. Effect of copper and nickel doping on the optical and structural properties of ZnO

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    Muǧlu, G. Merhan; Sarıtaş, S.; ćakıcı, T.; Şakar, B.; Yıldırım, M.

    2017-02-01

    The present study is focused on the Cu doped ZnO and Ni doped ZnO dilute magnetic semiconductor thin films. ZnO:Cu and ZnO:Ni thin films were grown by Chemically Spray Pyrolysis (CSP) method on glass substrates. Optical analysis of the films was done spectral absorption and transmittance measurements by UV-Vis double beam spectrophotometer technique. The structure, morphology, topology and elemental analysis of ZnO:Cu and ZnO:Ni dilute magnetic thin films were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman Analysis, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques, respectively. Also The magnetic properties of the ZnO:Ni thin film was investigated by vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) method. VSM measurements of ZnO:Ni thin film showed that the ferromagnetic behavior.

  10. Impurity complexes and conductivity of Ga-doped ZnO

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    Demchenko, Denis

    2012-02-01

    Using hybrid functional theory compared with experimental measurements, we investigate the in?uence of gallium impurities and their complexes on electrical properties of ZnO. In contrast to the behavior of isolated Ga impurities and native defects, the calculated formation energies of Ga complexes are consistent with experimental data. We show that for high levels of Ga doping the acceptor behavior of (GaZn-VZn) and (GaZn-Oi) complexes explains the conductivity measurements and compensation levels in ZnO. The computed binding energies of these complexes are in agreement with the binding energies obtained from the measurements of the temperature dependence of carrier mobility. The binding energy dependence on the Fermi level, as well as the computed barrier heights for the formation of complexes are also consistent with the latest experiments on annealing of Ga doped ZnO samples. Our results show that the formation of defect complexes is essential for capturing the physics Ga defects in ZnO.

  11. Highly transparent and luminescent nanostructured EU2O3 doped ZnO films

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    Sreeja Sreedharan, R.; Ganasan, V.; Sudarsanakumar, C.; Prabhu, Radhakrishna; Mahadevan Pillai, V. P.

    2014-08-01

    Zinc oxide is a wide, direct band gap II-VI oxide semiconductor. Pure and Eu-doped ZnO films are prepared by RF Magnetron sputtering at different doping concentrations (0.5, 1, 3 and 5 wt %). The films are annealed at 500 0C in air for two hours. The structural, morphological and optical properties of the films are characterized using XRD, micro-Raman, AFM, UV-Visible and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The thickness of the films is measured using stylus profilometer. XRD analysis shows that all the films are highly c-axis oriented exhibiting a single peak corresponding to (002) lattice reflection plane of hexagonal wurtzite crystal phase of ZnO. The micro-Raman spectra analysis reveals the presence of E2 high mode in all the samples which is the intrinsic characteristic of hexagonal wurtzite structure of ZnO. The appearance of LO modes indicates the formation of defects such as oxygen vacancies in the films. AFM micrographs show uniform distribution of densely packed grains of size with well defined grain boundaries. All the films exhibit very high transmittance (above 80%) in the visible region with a sharp fundamental absorption edge around 380 nm corresponding to the intrinsic band edge of ZnO. All the films show PL emission in the UV and visible region.

  12. A dual-colored bio-marker made of doped ZnO nanocrystals

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    Wu, Y. L.; Fu, S.; Tok, A. I. Y.; Zeng, X. T.; Lim, C. S.; Kwek, L. C.; Boey, F. C. Y.

    2008-08-01

    Bio-compatible ZnO nanocrystals doped with Co, Cu and Ni cations, surface capped with two types of aminosilanes and titania are synthesized by a soft chemical process. Due to the small particle size (2-5 nm), surface functional groups and the high photoluminescence emissions at the UV and blue-violet wavelength ranges, bio-imaging on human osteosarcoma (Mg-63) cells and histiocytic lymphoma U-937 monocyte cells showed blue emission at the nucleus and bright turquoise emission at the cytoplasm simultaneously. This is the first report on dual-color bio-images labeled by one semiconductor nanocrystal colloidal solution. Bright green emission was detected on mung bean seedlings labeled by all the synthesized ZnO nanocrystals. Cytotoxicity tests showed that the aminosilanes capped nanoparticles are non-toxic. Quantum yields of the nanocrystals varied from 79% to 95%. The results showed the potential of the pure ZnO and Co-doped ZnO nanocrystals for live imaging of both human cells and plant systems.

  13. Study of the negative magneto-resistance of single proton-implanted lithium-doped ZnO microwires.

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    Lorite, I; Zandalazini, C; Esquinazi, P; Spemann, D; Friedländer, S; Pöppl, A; Michalsky, T; Grundmann, M; Vogt, J; Meijer, J; Heluani, S P; Ohldag, H; Adeagbo, W A; Nayak, S K; Hergert, W; Ernst, A; Hoffmann, M

    2015-07-01

    The magneto-transport properties of single proton-implanted ZnO and of Li(7%)-doped ZnO microwires have been studied. The as-grown microwires were highly insulating and not magnetic. After proton implantation the Li(7%) doped ZnO microwires showed a non-monotonous behavior of the negative magneto-resistance (MR) at temperature above 150 K. This is in contrast to the monotonous NMR observed below 50 K for proton-implanted ZnO. The observed difference in the transport properties of the wires is related to the amount of stable Zn vacancies created at the near surface region by the proton implantation and Li doping. The magnetic field dependence of the resistance might be explained by the formation of a magnetic/non-magnetic heterostructure in the wire after proton implantation.

  14. Annealed Ce3+-doped ZnO flower-like morphology synthesized by chemical bath deposition method

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    Koao, Lehlohonolo F.; Dejene, Francis B.; Tsega, Moges; Swart, Hendrik C.

    2016-01-01

    We have successfully synthesized ZnO:xmol% Ce3+ (0≤x≤10 mol%) doped nanopowders via the chemical bath deposition method (CBD) technique at low temperature (80 °C) and annealed in air at 700 °C. The X-ray diffraction patterns showed that all the undoped and Ce-doped ZnO nanopowders have a hexagonal wurtzite polycrystalline structure with an average crystallite size of about 46 nm. Weak diffraction peaks related mainly to cerium oxide were also detected at higher concentrations of Ce3+ (x=5-10 mol%). The scanning electron microscopy study revealed that the nanopowder samples were assembled in flower-shaped undoped ZnO and pyramid-shaped Ce3+-doped ZnO nanostructures. The UV-vis spectra showed that the absorption edges shifted slightly to the longer wavelengths with the increase in the Ce3+ ions concentration. Moreover, the photoluminescence (PL) results showed a relative weak visible emission for the Ce3+-doped ZnO nanoparticles compared to the undoped ZnO. The effects of Ce3+-doping on the structure and PL of ZnO nanopowders are discussed in detail.

  15. Origin of the defects-induced ferromagnetism in un-doped ZnO single crystals

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    Zhan, Peng; Xie, Zheng; Li, Zhengcao; Wang, Weipeng; Zhang, Zhengjun; Li, Zhuoxin; Cheng, Guodong; Zhang, Peng; Wang, Baoyi; Cao, Xingzhong

    2013-02-01

    We clarified, in this Letter, that in un-doped ZnO single crystals after thermal annealing in flowing argon, the defects-induced room-temperature ferromagnetism was originated from the surface defects and specifically, from singly occupied oxygen vacancies denoted as F+, by the optical and electrical properties measurements as well as positron annihilation analysis. In addition, a positive linear relationship was observed between the ferromagnetism and the F+ concentration, which is in support with the above clarification.

  16. Room temperature enhanced red emission from novel Eu3 + doped ZnO nanocrystals uniformly dispersed in nanofibers

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    Zhang, Yongzhe; Liu, Yanxia; Li, Xiaodong; Jie Wang, Qi; Xie, Erqing

    2011-10-01

    Achieving red emission from ZnO-based materials has long been a goal for researchers in order to realize, for instance, full-color display panels and solid-state light-emitting devices. However, the current technique using Eu3 + doped ZnO for red emission generation has a significant drawback in that the energy transfer from ZnO to Eu3 + is inefficient, resulting in a low intensity red emission. In this paper, we report an efficient energy transfer scheme for enhanced red emission from Eu3 + doped ZnO nanocrystals by fabricating polymer nanofibers embedded with Eu3 + doped ZnO nanocrystals to facilitate the energy transfer. In the fabrication, ZnO nanocrystals are uniformly dispersed in polymer nanofibers prepared by the high electrical field electrospinning technique. Enhanced red emission without defect radiation from the ZnO matrix is observed. Three physical mechanisms for this observation are provided and explained, namely a small ZnO crystal size, uniformity distribution of ZnO nanocrystals in polymers (PVA in this case), and strong bonding between ZnO and polymer through the -OH group bonding. These explanations are supported by high resolution transmission emission microscopy measurements, resonant Raman scattering characterizations, photoluminescence spectra and photoluminescence excitation spectra measurements. In addition, two models exploring the 'accumulation layer' and 'depletion layer' are developed to explain the reasons for the more efficient energy transfer in our ZnO nanocrystal system compared to that in the previous reports. This study provides an important approach to achieve enhanced energy transfer from nanocrystals to ions which could be widely adopted in rare earth ion doped materials. These discoveries also provide more insights into other energy transfer problems in, for example, dye-sensitized solar cells and quantum dot solar cells.

  17. Room temperature enhanced red emission from novel Eu(3+) doped ZnO nanocrystals uniformly dispersed in nanofibers.

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    Zhang, Yongzhe; Liu, Yanxia; Li, Xiaodong; Wang, Qi Jie; Xie, Erqing

    2011-10-14

    Achieving red emission from ZnO-based materials has long been a goal for researchers in order to realize, for instance, full-color display panels and solid-state light-emitting devices. However, the current technique using Eu(3+) doped ZnO for red emission generation has a significant drawback in that the energy transfer from ZnO to Eu(3+) is inefficient, resulting in a low intensity red emission. In this paper, we report an efficient energy transfer scheme for enhanced red emission from Eu(3+) doped ZnO nanocrystals by fabricating polymer nanofibers embedded with Eu(3+) doped ZnO nanocrystals to facilitate the energy transfer. In the fabrication, ZnO nanocrystals are uniformly dispersed in polymer nanofibers prepared by the high electrical field electrospinning technique. Enhanced red emission without defect radiation from the ZnO matrix is observed. Three physical mechanisms for this observation are provided and explained, namely a small ZnO crystal size, uniformity distribution of ZnO nanocrystals in polymers (PVA in this case), and strong bonding between ZnO and polymer through the -OH group bonding. These explanations are supported by high resolution transmission emission microscopy measurements, resonant Raman scattering characterizations, photoluminescence spectra and photoluminescence excitation spectra measurements. In addition, two models exploring the 'accumulation layer' and 'depletion layer' are developed to explain the reasons for the more efficient energy transfer in our ZnO nanocrystal system compared to that in the previous reports. This study provides an important approach to achieve enhanced energy transfer from nanocrystals to ions which could be widely adopted in rare earth ion doped materials. These discoveries also provide more insights into other energy transfer problems in, for example, dye-sensitized solar cells and quantum dot solar cells.

  18. Influence of doping Co to characterization of ZnO nanostructures

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    Thuy Doan, Minh; Ho, Xuan Vinh; Nguyen, Tu; Nghia Nguyen, Van

    2014-06-01

    Cobalt doped zinc oxide nanoparticles were successfully synthesized using the hydrothermal method. The structure of these nanoparticles studied using x-ray diffraction clearly presented the existence of Co3O4 phase in the 4% Co-doped ZnO samples. Field-emission electron scanning microscopy (FESEM) was used to examine the morphologies of products. Optical absorption measurements confirm the presence of a strong ultraviolet peak at 374 nm. The room temperature photoluminescence spectra investigated under the excitation at 325 nm by a neon laser exhibit both the ultraviolet and visible emission bands.

  19. Effect of neodymium doping on structure, electrical and optical properties of nanocrystalline ZnO

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    Roy, B.; Chakrabarty, S.; Mondal, O.; Pal, M.; Dutta, A.

    2012-08-15

    In this paper, we report effect of Nd doping on structure, electrical and optical properties of nanocrystalline ZnO prepared through a modified ceramic route. The X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy studies reveal that annealed samples are single phase, pure nanocrystalline ZnO. The optical band gap for different compositions, estimated from ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy study, shows a little increasing tendency while doped with Nd for the samples annealed at lower temperature. The dc electrical conductivity of the samples decreases with the increase in Nd concentration. The ac electrical measurements prove the hopping conduction as the dominant mechanism. The results are being explained on the basis of band structural change due to Nd doping in the host lattice and by Correlated Barrier Hopping model. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Particle size increases when it is doped (from XRD). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer XRD peak shifted to lower angle when doped. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The dc conductivity decreases with the increase of Nd dopant concentrations. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The temperature dependent ac conductivity follows the universal power law.

  20. 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.

  1. Interplay between chemical state, electric properties, and ferromagnetism in Fe-doped ZnO films

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    Chen, G.; Peng, J. J.; Song, C.; Zeng, F.; Pan, F.

    2013-03-01

    Valence state of Fe ions plays an important role in the physical properties of Fe doped ZnO films. Here, a series of Zn1-xFexO films with different Fe concentrations (x = 0, 2.3, 5.4, 7.1, and 9.3 at. %) were prepared to investigate their structural, piezoelectric, ferroelectric, bipolar resistive switching properties, and electrical-control of ferromagnetism at room temperature. The structure characterizations indicate that the chemical state of Fe ions substituting Zn2+ site changes from Fe3+ to Fe2+ with the increase of Fe dopant concentration. We found enhanced piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties in Zn0.977Fe0.023O films with more Fe3+ due to the smaller Fe3+ ionic size in comparison with Zn2+ while the increase of Fe2+ concentration by a larger amount of Fe dopant results in the worse ferroelectric and piezoelectric performance. All Pt/Zn1-xFexO/Pt devices show bipolar resistive switching properties. Especially, devices with lower Fe dopant concentration exhibit better endurance properties due to their higher crystalline quality. The variation of oxygen vacancies during resistive switching provides an opportunity to tune ferromagnetism of Fe-doped ZnO films, giving rise to the integration of charge and spin into a simple Pt/Zn1-xFexO/Pt devices. The multifunctional properties of Fe-doped ZnO films are promising for communication systems and information storage devices.

  2. Characteristics of ZnO thin films doped by various elements

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

    2013-01-01

    We have investigated the effects of Al, K and Co dopant elements on the properties of ZnO thin films deposited by CBD method on glass substrates. Changing in morphology, structural parameters, ionization energies of impurity levels, absorption behavior and optical band gap values were investigated through scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-Ray diffraction (XRD), resistance-temperature measurement (R-T) and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis) techniques. From the SEM observations, various morphologies (rod-like, flower-like and rice-like) were observed. Those morphological variations were attributed to the change in stable growth mechanism of intrinsic ZnO, induced by different atomic radius and different electronegativity of dopants. XRD results indicated that all orientations are well indexed to hexagonal phase crystalline ZnO. The impurity level ionization energy values (ΔE) were estimated as 0.32/0.13/0.07 eV; 0.34/0.15 eV; 0.40/0.13 eV and 0.48/0.22 eV for the Al, K, Co doped samples and i-ZnO, respectively. Optical band gap values were found that the doped samples' were higher than the intrinsic one's. This increasing (blue shift) was attributed to a deterioration which occurred in the lattice of the structures after doping. This effect was also supported by the structural results.

  3. Photo-degradation of methylene blue using Ta-doped ZnO nanoparticle

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    Kong Jizhou; Li Aidong; Li Xiangyu; Zhai Haifa; Zhang Wenqi; Gong Youpin; Li Hui; Wu Di

    2010-06-15

    A photocatalyst of Ta-doped ZnO was prepared by a modified Pechini-type method. The structural, morphological properties and photocatalytic activity of 1 mol % Ta-doped ZnO samples annealed at different temperatures were characterized. The photo-oxidation of methylene blue under the visible-light irradiation followed the pseudo-first-order kinetics according to the Langmuir-Hinshelwood model. It is found that the photocatalysis of 1% Ta-doped ZnO annealed at 700 {sup o}C showed excellent performance of the photodegradation of methylene blue, which was attributed to a competitive trade-off among the crystallinity, surface hydroxyl groups, and specific surface area. The processing parameter such as the pH value also played an important role in tuning the photocatalytic activity. The maximum photodecomposed rate was achieved at pH=8, and an novel model about the absorption of methylene blue on the surface of the catalysts was proposed. - Graphical abstract: This model describes the adsorption between the amphoteric behavior of the metal oxide and the cationic dye methylene blue (MB) on the surface of the catalyst at the acidic and alkaline condition.

  4. Photovoltaic performance of Gallium-doped ZnO thin film/Si nanowires heterojunction diodes

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    Akgul, Guvenc; Aksoy Akgul, Funda; Emrah Unalan, Husnu; Turan, Rasit

    2016-04-01

    In this work, photovoltaic performance of Ga-doped ZnO thin film/Si NWs heterojunction diodes was investigated. Highly dense and vertically well-aligned Si NW arrays were successfully synthesised on a p-type (1 0 0)-oriented Si wafer through cost-effective metal-assisted chemical etching technique. Ga-doped ZnO thin films were deposited onto Si NWs via radio frequency magnetron sputtering to construct three-dimensional heterostructures. Photovoltaic characteristics of the fabricated diodes were determined with current density (J)-voltage (V) measurements under simulated solar irradiation of AM 1.5 G. The optimal open-circuit voltage, short-circuit current density, fill factor and power conversion efficiency were found to be 0.37 V, 3.30 mA cm-2, 39.00 and 0.62%, respectively. Moreover, photovoltaic diodes exhibited relatively high external quantum efficiency over the broadband wavelengths between 350 and 1100 nm interval of the spectrum. The observed photovoltaic performance in this study clearly indicates that the investigated device structure composed of Ga-doped ZnO thin film/Si NWs heterojunctions could facilitate an alternative pathway for optoelectronic applications in future, and be a promising alternative candidate for high-performance low-cost new-generation photovoltaic diodes.

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

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    Aravindh, S. Assa; Schwingenschloegl, Udo E-mail: iman.roqan@kaust.edu.sa; Roqan, Iman S. E-mail: iman.roqan@kaust.edu.sa

    2014-12-21

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

  6. Variable range hopping crossover and magnetotransport in PLD grown Sb doped ZnO thin film

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    Mukherjee, Joynarayan; Mannam, Ramanjaneyulu; Ramachandra Rao, M. S.

    2017-04-01

    We report on the variable range hopping (VRH) crossover in the electrical transport of Sb doped ZnO (SZO) thin film. Structural, chemical, electrical and magnetotransport properties were carried out on SZO thin film grown by pulsed laser deposition. X-photoelectron spectroscopy study confirms the presence of both Sb3+(33%) and Sb5+(67%) states. Sb doped ZnO thin film shows n-type behavior which is attributed to the formation of SbZn and/or SbZn–VZn defect complex. Temperature dependent resistivity measurement showed that in a low temperature regime (< 90 K) transport is governed by the 3D-VRH mechanism. A crossover from 3D-VRH to Efros–Shklovoski VRH was observed around 12 K. Negative magnetoresistance (MR) is observed in the entire temperature range (300–5 K), however, there is an upturn in the MR behavior at 5 K suggesting the existence of a positive component. The MR behavior of Sb doped ZnO thin films is explained by the Khosla and Fischer model.

  7. Observation of low field microwave absorption in co-doped ZnO system

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    Mahule, Tebogo S.; Srinivasu, Vijaya V.; Das, Jayashree

    2016-10-01

    Room temperature low field microwave absorption (LFMA) in magnetic materials find application in microwave absorbers and low field sensors. However not all the magnetic materials show LFMA and the phenomenon is not fully understood. We report on the observation of low field microwave absorption (LFMA) or the non-resonant microwave absorption (NRMA) in the transition metal (TM) co-doped ZnO samples of the composition Zn1-x(TM:TM)xO synthesized by solid state reaction technique. LFMA peaks and hysteresis matches very well with that of the magnetization hysteresis loop and the anisotropy fields at room temperature similar to the reports in the literature for other magnetic systems. However we show through our careful experiments that such a correlation between LFMA and the magnetization does not survive at low temperatures and particularly at 10 K the LFMA hysteresis collapses in our TM co-doped ZnO system; whereas the magnetization hysteresis loop becomes very big and anisotropy field becomes bigger in the range of kOe. We interpret the LFMA as field dependent surface impedance or eddy current losses, in terms of a possible role of anomalous hall resistivity that follows magnetization and the ordinary hall resistivity that only follows the applied field. We then argue that LFMA accordingly follows magnetization or applied field when AHE or OHE dominates respectively. Also we confirm the absence of LFMA signals in the rare earth co-doped ZnO system.

  8. Structural, optical and magnetic properties of Cu and V co-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Liu, Huilian; Cheng, Xin; Liu, Hongbo; Yang, Jinghai; Liu, Yang; Liu, Xiaoyan; Gao, Ming; Wei, Maobin; Zhang, Xu; Jiang, Yuhong

    2013-01-01

    Zn0.98-xCuxV0.02O (x=0, 0.01, 0.02 and 0.03) samples were synthesized by the sol-gel technology to dope up to 3% Cu in ZnO. Investigations of structural, optical and magnetic properties of the samples have been done. The results of X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) indicated that the V and Cu ions were incorporated into the crystal lattices of ZnO. With Cu doping concentration increasing up to 2 at%, the XRD results showed that all diffraction peaks corresponded to the wurtzite structure of ZnO. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements showed that Zn0.98-xCuxV0.02O powders exhibited that the position of the ultraviolet (UV) emission peak of the samples showed an obvious red-shift and the green emission peak enhanced significantly with Cu doping in ZnVO nanoparticle. Magnetic measurements indicated that room temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM) of Zn0.98-xCuxV0.02O was an intrinsic property when Cu concentration was less than 3 at%. The saturation magnetization (Ms) of Zn0.98-xCuxV0.02O (x=0, 0.01 and 0.02) increased with the increase of the Cu concentration.

  9. Structural; morphological; optical and magnetic properties of Mn doped ferromagnetic ZnO thin film

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    Karmakar, R.; Neogi, S. K.; Banerjee, Aritra; Bandyopadhyay, S.

    2012-12-01

    The structural, optical and magnetic properties of the Zn1-xMnxO (0 < x < 0.05) thin films synthesized by sol-gel technique have been analyzed in the light of modification of the electronic structure and disorder developed in the samples due to Mn doping. The films are of single phase in nature; no formation of any secondary phase has been detected from structural analysis. Absence of magnetic impurity phase in these films has been confirmed from morphological study also. Increasing tendency of lattice parameters and unit cell volume has been observed with increasing Mn doping concentration. The incorporation of Mn2+ ions introduces disorder in the system. That also leads to slight degradation in crystalline quality of the films with increasing doping. The grain size reduces with increase in Mn doping proportion. The band gaps shows red shift with doping and the width of localized states shows an increasing tendency with doping concentration. It is due to the formation of impurity band and trapping of Mn atoms, which leads to the generation of the defect states within the forbidden band. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra show gradual decrease of intensity of exitonic and defect related peaks with increasing Mn doping. Defect mediated intrinsic ferromagnetism has been observed even at room temperature for 5 at% Mn doped ZnO film. The strong presence of antiferromagnetic (AFM) interaction reduces the observed ferromagnetic moments.

  10. Deposition of F-doped ZnO transparent thin films using ZnF2-doped ZnO target under different sputtering substrate temperatures.

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    Wang, Fang-Hsing; Yang, Cheng-Fu; Lee, Yen-Hsien

    2014-02-26

    Highly transparent and conducting fluorine-doped ZnO (FZO) thin films were deposited onto glass substrates by radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering, using 1.5 wt% zinc fluoride (ZnF2)-doped ZnO as sputtering target. Structural, electrical, and optical properties of the FZO thin films were investigated as a function of substrate temperature ranging from room temperature (RT) to 300°C. The cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observation and X-ray diffraction analyses showed that the FZO thin films were of polycrystalline nature with a preferential growth along (002) plane perpendicular to the surface of the glass substrate. Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) analyses of the FZO thin films showed that there was incorporation of F atoms in the FZO thin films, even if the substrate temperature was 300°C. Finally, the effect of substrate temperature on the transmittance ratio, optical energy gap, Hall mobility, carrier concentration, and resistivity of the FZO thin films was also investigated.

  11. Photocatalytic degradation of humic substances in aqueous solution using Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles under natural sunlight irradiation.

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    Maleki, Afshin; Safari, Mahdi; Shahmoradi, Behzad; Zandsalimi, Yahya; Daraei, Hiua; Gharibi, Fardin

    2015-11-01

    In this study, Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles were investigated as an efficient synthesized catalyst for photodegradation of humic substances in aqueous solution under natural sunlight irradiation. Cu-doped ZnO nanocatalyst was prepared through mild hydrothermal method and was characterized using FT-IR, powder XRD and SEM techniques. The effect of operating parameters such as doping ratio, initial pH, catalyst dosage, initial concentrations of humic substances and sunlight illuminance were studied on humic substances degradation efficiency. The results of characterization analyses of samples confirmed the proper synthesis of Cu-doped ZnO nanocatalyst. The experimental results indicated the highest degradation efficiency of HS (99.2%) observed using 1.5% Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles at reaction time of 120 min. Photocatalytic degradation efficiency of HS in a neutral and acidic pH was much higher than that at alkaline pH. Photocatalytic degradation of HS was enhanced with increasing the catalyst dosage and sunlight illuminance, while increasing the initial HS concentration led to decrease in the degradation efficiency of HS. Conclusively, Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles can be used as a promising and efficient catalyst for degradation of HS under natural sunlight irradiation.

  12. Improved Exciton Dissociation at Semiconducting Polymer:ZnO Donor:Acceptor Interfaces via Nitrogen Doping of ZnO

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    Musselman, Kevin P; Albert-Seifried, Sebastian; Hoye, Robert L Z; Sadhanala, Aditya; Muñoz-Rojas, David; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L; Friend, Richard H

    2014-01-01

    Exciton dissociation at the zinc oxide/poly(3-hexylthiophene) (ZnO/P3HT) interface as a function of nitrogen doping of the zinc oxide, which decreases the electron concentration from approximately 1019 cm−3 to 1017 cm−3, is reported. Exciton dissociation and device photocurrent are strongly improved with nitrogen doping. This improved dissociation of excitons in the conjugated polymer is found to result from enhanced light-induced de-trapping of electrons from the surface of the nitrogen-doped ZnO. The ability to improve the surface properties of ZnO by introducing a simple nitrogen dopant has general applicability. PMID:25520604

  13. Selective photochemical synthesis of Ag nanoparticles on position-controlled ZnO nanorods for the enhancement of yellow-green light emission

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    Park, Hyeong-Ho; Zhang, Xin; Lee, Keun Woo; Sohn, Ahrum; Kim, Dong-Wook; Kim, Joondong; Song, Jin-Won; Choi, Young Su; Lee, Hee Kwan; Jung, Sang Hyun; Lee, In-Geun; Cho, Young-Dae; Shin, Hyun-Beom; Sung, Ho Kun; Park, Kyung Ho; Kang, Ho Kwan; Park, Won-Kyu; Park, Hyung-Ho

    2015-12-01

    A novel technique for the selective photochemical synthesis of silver (Ag) nanoparticles (NPs) on ZnO nanorod arrays is established by combining ultraviolet-assisted nanoimprint lithography (UV-NIL) for the definition of growth sites, hydrothermal reaction for the position-controlled growth of ZnO nanorods, and photochemical reduction for the decoration of Ag NPs on the ZnO nanorods. During photochemical reduction, the size distribution and loading of Ag NPs on ZnO nanorods can be tuned by varying the UV-irradiation time. The photochemical reduction is hypothesized to facilitate the adsorbed citrate ions on the surface of ZnO, allowing Ag ions to preferentially form Ag NPs on ZnO nanorods. The ratio of visible emission to ultraviolet (UV) emission for the Ag NP-decorated ZnO nanorod arrays, synthesized for 30 min, is 20.5 times that for the ZnO nanorod arrays without Ag NPs. The enhancement of the visible emission is believed to associate with the surface plasmon (SP) effect of Ag NPs. The Ag NP-decorated ZnO nanorod arrays show significant SP-induced enhancement of yellow-green light emission, which could be useful in optoelectronic applications. The technique developed here requires low processing temperatures (120 °C and lower) and no high-vacuum deposition tools, suitable for applications such as flexible electronics.A novel technique for the selective photochemical synthesis of silver (Ag) nanoparticles (NPs) on ZnO nanorod arrays is established by combining ultraviolet-assisted nanoimprint lithography (UV-NIL) for the definition of growth sites, hydrothermal reaction for the position-controlled growth of ZnO nanorods, and photochemical reduction for the decoration of Ag NPs on the ZnO nanorods. During photochemical reduction, the size distribution and loading of Ag NPs on ZnO nanorods can be tuned by varying the UV-irradiation time. The photochemical reduction is hypothesized to facilitate the adsorbed citrate ions on the surface of ZnO, allowing Ag ions to

  14. Optical properties of antimony-doped p-type ZnO films fabricated by pulsed laser deposition

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    Pan, X. H.; Guo, W.; Pan, X. Q.; Ye, Z. Z.; He, H. P.; Liu, B.; Che, Y.

    2009-06-01

    We investigated optical properties of Sb-doped p-type ZnO films grown on n-Si (100) substrates by oxygen plasma-assisted pulsed laser deposition. Two acceptor states, with the acceptor levels of 161 and 336 meV, are identified by well-resolved photoluminescence spectra. Under oxygen-rich conditions, the deep acceptor in Sb-doped ZnO film is Zn vacancy. The shallow acceptor is Sb{sub Zn}-2V{sub Zn} complex induced by Sb doping. The origin of p-type behavior in Sb-doped ZnO has been ascribed to the formation of Sb{sub Zn}-2V{sub Zn} complex.

  15. Enhanced photocatalytic properties of quantum-sized ZnO induced by La3+-Nd3+ co-doping

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    Lu, S. X.; Zhu, T.; Xu, W. G.

    2009-09-01

    Nanoparticles of ZnO doped with La3+, Nd3+, co-doped with La3+ and Nd3+ were prepared using the sol-gel method. The samples were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-Vis spectroscopy (UV). The photocatalytic reactivities were evaluated by photodegradation of unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine solution. Nanocrystalline ZnO co-doped with La3+ and Nd3+ at optimal concentration (2 at.% La3+ and 1.5 at.% Nd3+) shows a better synergistic effect, which significantly increases the photodegradation activity of nano-ZnO. The factors influencing photoreactivity of co-doped nanocrystalline ZnO have been discussed.

  16. Sulfur-doped graphene-supported Ag nanoparticles for nonenzymatic hydrogen peroxide detection

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    Tian, Ye; Liu, Yu; Wang, Weiping; Zhang, Xiao; Peng, Wei

    2015-04-01

    Heteroatom doping is an effective way to modulate the physicochemical properties of graphene and its hybrid materials. In this work, sulfur-doped graphene (SG) was used for the first time as a supporting material for loading Ag nanoparticles, and the resulting Ag/SG hybrid with a high S-doping level (2.8 at.%) and a uniform Ag NP decoration was successfully prepared by a microwave-assisted method. Electrochemical measurements revealed that the Ag/SG exhibited a better electrocatalytic activity toward H2O2 reduction than undoped Ag/reduced graphene oxide, which highlighted the important role of S-doping that could not only improve the charge transfer, but also introduce more defects as active sites. The nonenzymatic sensor based on Ag/SG displayed good sensing performances for highly sensitive, selective, and stable detection of H2O2, demonstrating that SG is indeed a promising catalyst-supporting material for electrochemical sensing.

  17. Microstructural and conductivity comparison of Ag films grown on amorphous TiO2 and polycrystalline ZnO

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    Dannenberg, Rand; Stach, Eric; Glenn, Darin; Sieck, Peter; Hukari, Kyle

    2001-03-26

    8 nm thick Ag films were sputter deposited onto amorphous TiO{sub 2} underlayers 25 nm thick, and also amorphous TiO{sub 2} (25 nm)/ZnO (5 nm) multiunderlayers. The substrates were back-etched Si with a 50 nm thick LPCVD Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} electron transparent membrane. The ZnO, sputtered onto amorphous TiO{sub 2}, formed a continuous layer with a grain size of 5 nm in diameter, on the order of the film thickness. There are several microstructural differences in the Ag dependent on the underlayers, revealed by TEM. First a strong {l_brace}0001{r_brace} ZnO to {l_brace}111{r_brace} Ag fibre-texture relationship exists. On TiO{sub 2} the Ag microstructure shows many abnormal grains whose average diameter is about 60-80 nm, whereas the films on ZnO show few abnormal grains. The background matrix of normal grains on the TiO{sub 2} is roughly 15 nm, while the normal grain size on the ZnO is about 25 nm. Electron diffraction patterns show that the film on ZnO has a strong {l_brace}111{r_brace} orientation, and dark field images with this diffraction condition have a grain size of about 30 nm. In a region near the center of the TEM grid where there is the greatest local heating during deposition, Ag films grown on amorphous TiO{sub 2} are discontinuous, whereas on ZnO, the film is continuous. When films 8 nm films are grown on solid glass substrates, those with ZnO underlayers have sheet resistances of 5.68 {Omega}/, whereas those on TiO{sub 2} are 7.56 {Omega}/, and when 16 nm thick, the corresponding sheet resistances are 2.7 {Omega}/ and 3.3 {Omega}/. The conductivity difference is very repeatable. The improved conductivity is thought to be a combined effect of reduced grain boundary area per unit volume, the predominance of low grain boundary resistivity Coincidence Site Lattice boundaries from the Ag {l_brace}111{r_brace} orientation, and Ag planarization on ZnO resulting in less groove formation on deposition, concluded from atomic force microscopy.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. Effect of doping on structural and optical properties of ZnO nanoparticles: study of antibacterial properties

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    Maddahi, P.; Shahtahmasebi, N.; Kompany, A.; Mashreghi, M.; Safaee, S.; Roozban, F.

    2014-06-01

    Sol-gel method was successfully used for synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles doped with 10 % Mg or Cu. The structure, morphology and optical properties of the prepared nanoparticles were studied as a function of doping content. The synthesized ZnO:(Mg/Cu) samples were characterized using XRD, TEM, FTIR and UV-Vis spectroscopy techniques. The samples show hexagonal wurtzite structure, and the phase segregation takes place for Cu doping. Optical studies revealed that Mg doping increases the energy band gap while Cu incorporation results in decrease of the band gap. The antibacterial activities of the nanoparticles were tested against Escherichia coli (Gram negative bacteria) cultures. It was found that both pure and doped ZnO nanosuspensions show good antibacterial activity which increases with copper doping, and slightly decreases with adding Mg.

  1. Highly Wavelength-Selective Enhancement of Responsivity in Ag Nanoparticle-Modified ZnO UV Photodetector.

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    Wang, Xiao; Liu, Kewei; Chen, Xing; Li, Binghui; Jiang, Mingming; Zhang, Zhenzhong; Zhao, Haifeng; Shen, Dezhen

    2017-02-15

    We proposed and demonstrated Ag nanoparticles (NPs)-decorated ZnO photodetectors for UV light sensing. After decoration of their surface with random Ag NPs, the dark current density of ZnO UV photodetectors decreases obviously. Moreover, the device exhibits an obvious increase in peak responsivity at around 380 nm, which can be attributed to the narrow-band quadrupole plasmon resonance of Ag NPs in the UV range. Meanwhile, the responsivity at the other wavelengths decreases a lot. As a result, the response peak becomes more significant, and the response of the devices presents an excellent wavelength selectivity after covering with Ag NPs. The detailed mechanism for this phenomenon was explained. We believe that our findings would open a way to harness the high-order plasmon modes in the field of UV optoelectronic devices.

  2. Tailoring Energy Bandgap of Al Doped ZnO Thin Films Grown by Vacuum Thermal Evaporation Method.

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    Vyas, Sumit; Singh, Shaivalini; Chakrabarti, P

    2015-12-01

    The paper presents the results of our experimental investigation pertaining to tailoring of energy bandgap and other associated characteristics of undoped and Al doped ZnO (AZO) thin film by varying the atomic concentration of Al in ZnO. Thin films of ZnO and ZnO doped with Al (1, 3, and 5 atomic percent (at.%)) were deposited on silicon substrate for structural characterization and on glass substrate for optical characterization. The dependence of structural and optical properties of Al doped ZnO on the atomic concentration of Al added to ZnO has been reported. On the basis of the experimental results an empirical formula has been proposed to calculate the energy bandgap of AZO theoretically in the range of 1 to 5 at.% of Al. The study revealed that AZO films are composed of smaller and larger number of grains as compared to pure ZnO counterpart and density of the grains was found to increase as the Al concentration increased (from 1 to 5 at.%). The transmittance in the visible region was greater than 90% and found to increase with increasing Al concentration up to 5 at.%. The optical bandgap was found to increase initially with increase in atomic concentration of Al concentration up to 3 at.% and decrease thereafter with increasing concentration of Al.

  3. Boron doped nanostructure ZnO films deposited by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis

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    Karakaya, Seniye; Ozbas, Omer

    2015-02-01

    ZnO is an II-VI compound semiconductor with a wide direct band gap of 3.3 eV at room temperature. Doped with group III elements (B, Al or Ga), it becomes an attractive candidate to replace tin oxide (SnO2) or indium tin oxide (ITO) as transparent conducting electrodes in solar cell devices and flat panel display due to competitive electrical and optical properties. In this work, ZnO and boron doped ZnO (ZnO:B) films have been deposited onto glass substrates at 350 ± 5 °C by a cost-efficient ultrasonic spray pyrolysis technique. The optical, structural, morphological and electrical properties of nanostructure undoped and ZnO:B films have been investigated. Electrical resistivity of films has been analyzed by four-probe technique. Optical properties and thicknesses of the films have been examined in the wavelength range 1200-1600 nm by using spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) measurements. The optical constants (refractive index (n) and extinction coefficient (k)) and the thicknesses of the films have been fitted according to Cauchy model. The optical method has been used to determine the band gap value of the films. Transmission spectra have been taken by UV spectrophotometer. It is found that both ZnO and ZnO:B films have high average optical transmission (≥80%). X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns indicate that the obtained ZnO has a hexagonal wurtzite type structure. The morphological properties of the films were studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The surface morphology of the nanostructure films is found to depend on the concentration of B. As a result, ZnO:B films are promising contender for their potential use as transparent window layer and electrodes in solar cells.

  4. Lanthanum and zirconium co-doped ZnO nanocomposites: synthesis, characterization and study of photocatalytic activity.

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    Moafi, Hadi Fallah; Zanjanchi, Mohammad Ali; Shojaie, Abdollah Fallah

    2014-09-01

    Nanocomposits of zinc oxide co-doped with lanthanum and zirconium were prepared using the modified sol-gel method. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), and BET surface area measurement. For comparison, the La and Zr mono doped ZnO have also been prepared under the same conditions. The XRD results revealed that all the materials showed a hexagonal wurtzite crystal structure. It was found that the particle size of La-Zr-doped ZnO is much smaller as compared to that of pure ZnO. The effect of operational parameters such as, doping concentration, catalyst loading, pH and initial concentration of methylene blue on the extent of degradation was investigated. The photocatalytic activity of the undoped ZnO, mono-doped and La-Zr-ZnO photocatalysts was evaluated by the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue in aqueous solution. The presence of lanthanium and/or zirconium causes a red shift in the absorption band of ZnO. The results show that the photocatalytic activity of the La-Zr-ZnO photocatalyst is much higher than that of undoped and mono-doped ZnO, resulting from the La and Zr synergistic effect. The co-operation of the lanthanum and zirconium ion leads to the narrowing of the band gap and greatly improves the photocatalytic activity. The photocatalyst co-doped with lanthanum and zirconium 4 mol% shows the best photoactivity and photodecomposition efficiencies were improved by 92% under UV-Vis irradiation at the end of 30 min, compared with the pure and mono doped samples.

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

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

    2015-06-23

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

    High quality ZnO nanowires arrays were homoepitaxial grown on Ga-doped ZnO single crystal (GZOSC), which have the advantages of high conductivity, high carrier mobility and high thermal stability. When it was employed as a photoanode in the DSSCs, the cell exhibited a 1.44% power-conversion efficiency under the illumination of one sun (AM 1.5G). The performance is superior to our ZnO nanowires/FTO based DSSCs under the same condition. This enhanced performance is mainly attributed to the perfect interface between the ZnO nanowires and the GZOSC substrate that contributes to lower carrier scattering and recombination rates compared with that grown on traditional FTO substrate. PMID:26099568

  7. Doping ZnO with Water/Alcohol-Soluble Small Molecules as Electron Transport Layers for Inverted Polymer Solar Cells.

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    Liu, Chang; Zhang, Lin; Xiao, Liangang; Peng, Xiaobin; Cao, Yong

    2016-10-03

    By doping ZnO with porphyrin small molecules (FNEZnP-OE and FNEZnP-T) as cathode electron transport layers (ETLs), the inverted polymer solar cells (i-PSC) with PTB7:PC71BM (PTB7: polythieno[3,4-b]-thiophene-co-benzodithiophene, PC71BM: [6, 6]-phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester) as the active materials exhibit enhanced device performance. While the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the PSCs with pure ZnO ETL is 7.52%, that of the devices with FNEZnP-T-doped ZnO ETL shows a slightly improved PCE of 8.09%, and that of the PSCs with FNEZnP-OE-doped ZnO ETL is further enhanced up to 9.24% with an over 20% improvement compared to that with pure ZnO ETL. The better performance is contributed by the better interfacial contact and reduced work function induced by 9,9-bis(30-(N,N-dimethylamino)propyl)-2,7-fluorenes and 3,4-bis-(2-(2-methoxy-ethoxy)-ethoxy)-phenyls in the porphyrin small molecules. More importantly, the PCE is still higher than 8% even when the thickness of FNEZnP-OE-doped ZnO ETL is up to 110 nm, which are important criteria for eventually making organic photovoltaic modules with roll-to-roll coat processing.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of Cr-doped ZnO nanorod-array photocatalysts with improved activity

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    Chang, Chi-Jung Yang, Tsung-Lin; Weng, Yu-Ching

    2014-06-01

    Immobilized photocatalysts with high catalytic activity under UV light were prepared by growing Cr-doped ZnO nanorods on glass substrates by a hydrothermal method. The effects of Cr dopant on the surface texture, crystallinity, surface chemistry, and photoinduced charge separation and their relation with the photocatalytic degradation of Cr-doped ZnO were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, diffuse reflectance spectra, photoelectrochemical scanning electrochemical microscopy, and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy. Adding the appropriate amount of Cr dopant is a powerful way to enhance the separation of charge carriers in ZnO photocatalyst. The photocatalytic activity was improved due to the increase in surface oxygen vacancies, the separation of charge carriers, modification of the band gap, and the large surface area of the doped ZnO nanorod photocatalyst. - Graphical abstract: Photoinduced charge separation and its relation with the photocatalytic degradation activity of Cr-doped ZnO were investigated by photoelectrochemical scanning electrochemical microscopy. - Highlights: • Cr dopant enhances separation of charge carries in ZnO nanorod photocatalyst. • Photoinduced charge carries separation monitored by PEC-SECM. • The higher the photocurrent is, the higher the photocatalytic activity is. • Degradation of DB86 dye solutions under visible light finished within 50 min. • Higher activity due to more oxygen vacancy, tuned band gap and more surface area.

  9. Search for Origin of Room Temperature Ferromagnetism Properties in Ni-Doped ZnO Nanostructure.

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    Rana, Amit Kumar; Kumar, Yogendra; Rajput, Parasmani; Jha, Shambhu Nath; Bhattacharyya, Dibyendu; Shirage, Parasharam M

    2017-03-01

    The origin of room temperature (RT) ferromagnetism (FM) in Zn1-xNixO (0< x < 0.125) samples are systematically investigated through physical, optical, and magnetic properties of nanostructure, prepared by simple low-temperature wet chemical method. Reitveld refinement of X-ray diffraction pattern displays an increase in lattice parameters with strain relaxation and contraction in Zn/O occupancy ratio by means of Ni-doping. Similarly, scanning electron microscope demonstrates modification in the morphology from nanorods to nanoflakes with Ni doping, suggests incorporation of Ni ions in ZnO. More interestingly, XANES (X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy) measurements confirm that Ni is being incorporated in ZnO as Ni(2+). EXAFS (extended X-ray absorption fine structure) analysis reveals that structural disorders near the Zn sites in the ZnO samples upsurges with increasing Ni concentration. Raman spectroscopy exhibits additional defect driven vibrational mode (at 275 cm(-1)), appeared only in Ni-doped samples and the shift with broadening in 580 cm(-1) peak, which manifests the presence of the oxygen vacancy (VO) related defects. Moreover, in photoluminescence (PL) spectra, we have observed a peak at 524 nm, indicating the presence of singly ionized VO(+), which may be activating bound magnetic polarons (BMPs) in dilute magnetic semiconductors (DMSs). Magnetization measurements indicate weak ferromagnetism at RT, which rises with increasing Ni concentration. It is therefore proposed that the effect of the Ni ions as well as the inherent exchange interactions arising from VO(+) assist to produce BMPs, which are accountable for the RT-FM in Zn1-xNixO (0< x < 0.125) system.

  10. Exploration of Al-Doped ZnO in Photovoltaic Thin Films

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    Ciccarino, Christopher; Sahiner, M. Alper

    The electrical properties of Al doped ZnO-based thin films represent a potential advancement in the push for increasing solar cell efficiency. Doping with Aluminum will theoretically decrease resistivity of the film and therefore achieve this potential as a viable option in the P-N junction phase of photovoltaic cells. The n-type semi-conductive characteristics of the ZnO layer will theoretically be optimized with the addition of Aluminum carriers. In this study, Aluminum doping concentrations ranging from 1-3% by mass were produced, analyzed, and compared. Films were developed onto ITO coated glass using the Pulsed Laser Deposition technique. Target thickness was 250 nm and ellipsometry measurements showed uniformity and accuracy in this regard. Active dopant concentrations were determined using Hall Effect measurements. Efficiency measurements showed possible applications of this doped compound, with upwards of 7% efficiency measured, using a Keithley 2602 SourceMeter set-up. XRD scans showed highly crystalline structures, with effective Al intertwining of the hexagonal wurtzile ZnO molecular structure. This alone indicates a promising future of collaboration between these two materials.

  11. Photocatalytic degradation of Reactive Black 5 and Malachite Green with ZnO and lanthanum doped nanoparticles

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    Kaneva, N.; Bojinova, A.; Papazova, K.

    2016-02-01

    Here we report the preparation of ZnO particles with different concentrations of La3+ doping (0, 0.5 and 1 wt%) via sol-gel method. The nanoparticles are synthesized directly from Zn(CH3COO)2.2H2O in the presence of 1-propanol and triethylamine at 80°C. The conditions are optimized to obtain particles of uniform size, easy to isolate and purify. The nanoparticles are characterized by SEM, XRD and UV-Vis analysis. The photocatalytic properties of pure and La-doped ZnO are studied in the photobleaching of Malachite Green (MG) and Reactive Black 5 (RB5) dyes in aqueous solutions upon UV illumination. It is observed that the rate constant increases with the La loading up to 1 wt%. The doping helps to achieve complete mineralization of MG within a short irradiation time. 1 wt% La-doped ZnO nanoparticles show highest photocatalytic activity. The La3+ doped ZnO particles degrade faster RB5 than MG. The reason is weaker N=N bond in comparison with the C-C bond between the central carbon atom and N,N-dimethylaminobenzyl in MG. The as-prepared ZnO particles can find practical application in photocatalytic purification of textile wastewaters.

  12. The magnetic ordering in high magnetoresistance Mn-doped ZnO thin films

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    Venkatesh, S.; Baras, A.; Lee, J. -S.; ...

    2016-03-24

    Here, we studied the nature of magnetic ordering in Mn-doped ZnO thin films that exhibited ferromagnetism at 300 K and superparamagnetism at 5 K. We directly inter-related the magnetisation and magnetoresistance by invoking the polaronpercolation theory and variable range of hopping conduction below the metal-to-insulator transition. By obtaining a qualitative agreement between these two models, we attribute the ferromagnetism to the s-d exchange-induced spin splitting that was indicated by large positive magnetoresistance (~40 %). Low temperature superparamagnetism was attributed to the localization of carriers and non-interacting polaron clusters. This analysis can assist in understanding the presence or absence of ferromagnetismmore » in doped/un-doped ZnO.« less

  13. Synthesis and Characterization of Mg-doped ZnO Nanorods for Biomedical Applications

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    Gemar, H.; Das, N. C.; Wanekaya, A.; Delong, R.; Ghosh, K.

    2013-03-01

    Nanomaterials research has become a major attraction in the field of advanced materials research in the area of Physics, Chemistry, and Materials Science. Bio-compatible and chemically stable metal nanoparticles have biomedical applications that includes drug delivery, cell and DNA separation, gene cloning, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This research is aimed at the fabrication and characterization of Mg-doped ZnO nanorods. Hydrothermal synthesis of undoped ZnO and Mg-doped ZnO nanorods is carried out using aqueous solutions of Zn(NO3)2 .6H2O, MgSO4, and using NH4OH as hydrolytic catalyst. Nanomaterials of different sizes and shapes were synthesized by varying the process parameters such as molarity (0.15M, 0.3M, 0.5M) and pH (8-11) of the precursors, growth temperature (130°C), and annealing time during the hydrothermal Process. Structural, morphological, and optical properties are studied using various techniques such as XRD, SEM, UV-vis and PL spectroscopy. Detailed structural, and optical properties will be discussed in this presentation. This work is partially supported by National Cancer Institute (1 R15 CA139390-01).

  14. Electron transport in Al-Cu co-doped ZnO thin films

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    Serin, T.; Atilgan, A.; Kara, I.; Yildiz, A.

    2017-03-01

    To investigate the influence of varying Al content on structural, optical, and electrical properties of ZnO thin films, Al-Cu co-doped ZnO thin films with fixed Cu content at 1 wt. % and different Al contents (1, 3, and 5 wt. %) were successfully synthesized on glass substrates using a sol-gel process. The results indicated that the varying Al content affects not only the grain size and band gap but also the electrical conductivity of the films, and a linear relationship was found between the band gap and strain values of the films. The temperature-dependent electrical conductivity data of the films demonstrated that electron transport was mainly controlled by the grain boundaries at intermediate and high temperatures, whereas it was governed by Mott-variable range hopping at low temperatures. Additionally, 3 wt. % Al content improved the electrical conductivity of Al-Cu co-doped ZnO by lowering the trap density and enhancing the hopping probability.

  15. High-quality ZnO growth, doping, and polarization effect

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    Kun, Tang; Shulin, Gu; Jiandong, Ye; Shunming, Zhu; Rong, Zhang; Youdou, Zheng

    2016-03-01

    The authors have reported their recent progress in the research field of ZnO materials as well as the corresponding global advance. Recent results regarding (1) the development of high-quality epitaxy techniques, (2) the defect physics and the Te/N co-doping mechanism for p-type conduction, and (3) the design, realization, and properties of the ZnMgO/ZnO hetero-structures have been shown and discussed. A complete technology of the growth of high-quality ZnO epi-films and nano-crystals has been developed. The co-doping of N plus an iso-valent element to oxygen has been found to be the most hopeful path to overcome the notorious p-type hurdle. High mobility electrons have been observed in low-dimensional structures utilizing the polarization of ZnMgO and ZnO. Very different properties as well as new physics of the electrons in 2DEG and 3DES have been found as compared to the electrons in the bulk. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 61025020, 61274058, 61322403, 61504057, 61574075), the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (Nos. BK2011437, BK20130013, BK20150585), the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions, and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities.

  16. Self-assembled Ag nanoparticle network passivated by a nano-sized ZnO layer for transparent and flexible film heaters

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    Seo, Ki-Won; Kim, Han-Ki; Kim, Min-Yi; Chang, Hyo-Sik

    2015-12-15

    We investigated a self-assembled Ag nanoparticle network electrode passivated by a nano-sized ZnO layer for use in high-performance transparent and flexible film heaters (TFFHs). The low temperature atomic layer deposition of a nano-sized ZnO layer effectively filled the uncovered area of Ag network and improved the current spreading in the self-assembled Ag network without a change in the sheet resistance and optical transmittance as well as mechanical flexibility. The time-temperature profiles and heat distribution analysis demonstrate that the performance of the TFTH with the ZnO/Ag network is superior to that of a TFFH with Ag nanowire electrodes. In addition, the TFTHs with ZnO/Ag network exhibited better stability than the TFFH with a bare Ag network due to the effective current spreading through the nano-sized ZnO layer.

  17. Photocatalytic degradation of acid blue 74 in water using Ag-Ag2O-Zno nanostuctures anchored on graphene oxide

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    Umukoro, Eseoghene H.; Peleyeju, Moses G.; Ngila, Jane C.; Arotiba, Omotayo A.

    2016-01-01

    Water pollution due to industrial effluents from industries which utilize dyes in the manufacturing of their products has serious implications on aquatic lives and the general environment. Thus, there is need for the removal of dyes from wastewater before being discharged into the environment. In this study, a nanocomposite consisting of silver, silver oxide (Ag2O), zinc oxide (ZnO) and graphene oxide (GO) was synthesized, characterized and photocatalytically applied in the degradation (and possibly mineralization) of organic pollutants in water treatment process. The Ag-Ag2O-ZnO nanostructure was synthesized by a co-precipitation method and calcined at 400 °C. It was functionalized using 3-aminopropyl triethoxysilane and further anchored on carboxylated graphene oxide via the formation of an amide bond to give the Ag-Ag2O-ZnO/GO nanocomposite. The prepared nanocomposite was characterized by UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electronic microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX), Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and Raman spectroscopy. The applicability of Ag-Ag2O-ZnO/GO nanocomposite as a photocatalyst was investigated in the photocatalytic degradation of acid blue 74 dye under visible light irradiation in synthetic wastewater containing the dye. The results indicated that Ag-Ag2O-ZnO/GO nanocomposite has a higher photocatalytic activity (90% removal) compared to Ag-Ag2O-ZnO (85% removal) and ZnO (75% removal) respectively and thus lends itself to application in water treatment, where the removal of organics is very important.

  18. Maximizing integrated optical and electrical properties of a single ZnO nanowire through native interfacial doping.

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    Ding, Huaiyi; Pan, Nan; Ma, Chao; Wu, Yukun; Li, Junwen; Cai, Hongbing; Zhang, Kun; Zhang, Guanghui; Ren, Wenzhen; Li, Jianqi; Luo, Yi; Wang, Xiaoping; Hou, J G

    2014-05-21

    A native interfacial doping layer introduced in core-shell type ZnO nano-wires by a simple vapor phase re-growth procedure endows the produced nano-wires with both excellent electrical and optical performances compared to conventional homogeneous ZnO nanowires. The unique Zn-rich interfacial structure in the core-shell nanowires plays a crucial role in the outstanding performances.

  19. Structural, chemical and optical evaluation of Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by an aqueous solution method

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    Iribarren, A.; Hernández-Rodríguez, E.; Maqueira, L.

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles obtained by chemical synthesis. • Substitutional or interstitial Cu into ZnO lead specific structural, chemical, and optical changes. • Incorporation efficiency of Cu atoms in ZnO as a function of the Cu concentration in the precursor dissolution. - Abstract: In this work a study of ZnO and Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles obtained by chemical synthesis in aqueous media was carried out. Structural analysis gave the dominant presence of wurtzite ZnO phase forming a solid solution Zn{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O. For high Cu doping CuO phase is also present. For low Cu concentration the lattice shrinks due to Cu atoms substitute Zn atoms. For high Cu concentration the lattice enlarges due to predominance of interstitial Cu. From elemental analysis we determined and analyzed the incorporation efficiency of Cu atoms in Zn{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O as a function of the Cu concentration in the precursor dissolution. Combining structural and chemical results we described the Cu/Zn precursor concentrations r{sub w} in which the solid solution of Cu in ZnO is predominant. In the region located at r{sub w} ≈ 0.2–0.3 it is no longer valid. For Cu/Zn precursor concentration r{sub w} > 0.3 interstitial Cu dominates, and some amount of copper oxide appears. As the Cu concentration increases, the effective size of nanoparticles decreases. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements of the Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles were carried out and analyzed.

  20. Structural, morphological, ferromagnetic and photoluminescence properties of Fe-doped ZnO, prepared by hydrothermal route

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    Cernea, Marin; Mihalache, Valentina; Secu, Elisabeta Corina; Trusca, Roxana; Bercu, Vasile; Diamandescu, Lucian

    2017-04-01

    Fe doped ZnO particles of flower-like shape, hexagonal prisms and hybrid structures flower-prisms have been synthesized by hydrothermal technique, and their luminescence and magnetic properties have been investigated as a function of the morphology changes due to iron dopant (0-0.03 at.% Fe3+). The X-ray diffractograms of Zn1-xFexO powders indicated a hexagonal wurtzite polycrystalline structure. SEM images reveal the change of Zn1-xFexO grains shape from flower-like to hexagonal prisms as the Fe concentration (x) increases from 0 to 3 at.% Fe. Undoped ZnO shown weak room temperatures ferromagnetism, with high coercivity (Hc = 107 Oe) and saturation magnetization Ms of 1.5·10-3 emu/g. ZnO doped with 1 and 3 at.% Fe presented a significant increase of the magnetization in comparison with the undoped ZnO. For ZnO doped with 3 at.% Fe, Ms = 32.5·10-3 emu/g and Mrem = 0.78·10-3 emu/g. Compared with other reports on magnetic properties of undoped and Fe doped ZnO, these results indicated higher coercivity and smaller magnetizations. The drop in the intensity of characteristic green-yellow photoluminescence band of ZnO at about 550-600 nm was attributed to the decrease of the number of oxygen vacancies and interstitial oxygen. By increasing the Fe concentration, the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) signal of undoped ZnO decreases due to the decrease of defects concentration.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Fabrication and photoelectric properties of La-doped p-type ZnO nanofibers and crossed p-n homojunctions by electrospinning.

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    Zhang, H D; Yu, M; Zhang, J C; Sheng, C H; Yan, X; Han, W P; Liu, Y C; Chen, S; Shen, G Z; Long, Y Z

    2015-06-21

    La-doped p-type ZnO nanofibers were successfully synthesized by electrospinning, followed by calcination. The microstructure and morphology of the La-doped ZnO nanofibers were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman spectroscopy. The field effect curve of individual nanofibers confirms that the resulting La-doped ZnO fibers are p-type semiconductors. The doping mechanism is discussed. Furthermore, crossed p-n homojunction nanofibers were also prepared based on electrospun La-doped p-type ZnO and n-type pure ZnO fibers. The current-voltage curve shows the typical rectifying characteristic of a p-n homojunction device. The turn-on voltage appears at about 2.5 V under the forward bias and the reverse current is impassable.

  4. Aluminum doping tunes band gap energy level as well as oxidative stress-mediated cytotoxicity of ZnO nanoparticles in MCF-7 cells

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    Akhtar, Mohd Javed; Alhadlaq, Hisham A.; Alshamsan, Aws; Majeed Khan, M.A.; Ahamed, Maqusood

    2015-01-01

    We investigated whether Aluminum (Al) doping tunes band gap energy level as well as selective cytotoxicity of ZnO nanoparticles in human breast cancer cells (MCF-7). Pure and Al-doped ZnO nanoparticles were prepared by a simple sol-gel method. Characterization study confirmed the formation of single phase of AlxZn1-xO nanocrystals with the size range of 33–55 nm. Al-doping increased the band gap energy of ZnO nanoparticles (from 3.51 eV for pure to 3.87 eV for Al-doped ZnO). Al-doping also enhanced the cytotoxicity and oxidative stress response of ZnO nanoparticles in MCF-7 cells. The IC50 for undoped ZnO nanoparticles was 44 μg/ml while for the Al-doped ZnO counterparts was 31 μg/ml. Up-regulation of apoptotic genes (e.g. p53, bax/bcl2 ratio, caspase-3 & caspase-9) along with loss of mitochondrial membrane potential suggested that Al-doped ZnO nanoparticles induced apoptosis in MCF-7 cells through mitochondrial pathway. Importantly, Al-doping did not change the benign nature of ZnO nanoparticles towards normal cells suggesting that Al-doping improves the selective cytotoxicity of ZnO nanoparticles toward MCF-7 cells without affecting the normal cells. Our results indicated a novel approach through which the inherent selective cytotoxicity of ZnO nanoparticles against cancer cells can be further improved. PMID:26347142

  5. Aluminum doping tunes band gap energy level as well as oxidative stress-mediated cytotoxicity of ZnO nanoparticles in MCF-7 cells.

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    Akhtar, Mohd Javed; Alhadlaq, Hisham A; Alshamsan, Aws; Majeed Khan, M A; Ahamed, Maqusood

    2015-09-08

    We investigated whether Aluminum (Al) doping tunes band gap energy level as well as selective cytotoxicity of ZnO nanoparticles in human breast cancer cells (MCF-7). Pure and Al-doped ZnO nanoparticles were prepared by a simple sol-gel method. Characterization study confirmed the formation of single phase of Al(x)Zn(1-x)O nanocrystals with the size range of 33-55 nm. Al-doping increased the band gap energy of ZnO nanoparticles (from 3.51 eV for pure to 3.87 eV for Al-doped ZnO). Al-doping also enhanced the cytotoxicity and oxidative stress response of ZnO nanoparticles in MCF-7 cells. The IC50 for undoped ZnO nanoparticles was 44 μg/ml while for the Al-doped ZnO counterparts was 31 μg/ml. Up-regulation of apoptotic genes (e.g. p53, bax/bcl2 ratio, caspase-3 &caspase-9) along with loss of mitochondrial membrane potential suggested that Al-doped ZnO nanoparticles induced apoptosis in MCF-7 cells through mitochondrial pathway. Importantly, Al-doping did not change the benign nature of ZnO nanoparticles towards normal cells suggesting that Al-doping improves the selective cytotoxicity of ZnO nanoparticles toward MCF-7 cells without affecting the normal cells. Our results indicated a novel approach through which the inherent selective cytotoxicity of ZnO nanoparticles against cancer cells can be further improved.

  6. Aluminum doping tunes band gap energy level as well as oxidative stress-mediated cytotoxicity of ZnO nanoparticles in MCF-7 cells

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    Akhtar, Mohd Javed; Alhadlaq, Hisham A.; Alshamsan, Aws; Majeed Khan, M. A.; Ahamed, Maqusood

    2015-09-01

    We investigated whether Aluminum (Al) doping tunes band gap energy level as well as selective cytotoxicity of ZnO nanoparticles in human breast cancer cells (MCF-7). Pure and Al-doped ZnO nanoparticles were prepared by a simple sol-gel method. Characterization study confirmed the formation of single phase of AlxZn1-xO nanocrystals with the size range of 33-55 nm. Al-doping increased the band gap energy of ZnO nanoparticles (from 3.51 eV for pure to 3.87 eV for Al-doped ZnO). Al-doping also enhanced the cytotoxicity and oxidative stress response of ZnO nanoparticles in MCF-7 cells. The IC50 for undoped ZnO nanoparticles was 44 μg/ml while for the Al-doped ZnO counterparts was 31 μg/ml. Up-regulation of apoptotic genes (e.g. p53, bax/bcl2 ratio, caspase-3 & caspase-9) along with loss of mitochondrial membrane potential suggested that Al-doped ZnO nanoparticles induced apoptosis in MCF-7 cells through mitochondrial pathway. Importantly, Al-doping did not change the benign nature of ZnO nanoparticles towards normal cells suggesting that Al-doping improves the selective cytotoxicity of ZnO nanoparticles toward MCF-7 cells without affecting the normal cells. Our results indicated a novel approach through which the inherent selective cytotoxicity of ZnO nanoparticles against cancer cells can be further improved.

  7. Structural and room temperature ferromagnetic properties of Ni doped ZnO nanoparticles via low-temperature hydrothermal method

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    Xu, Kun; Liu, Changzhen; Chen, Rui; Fang, Xiaoxiang; Wu, Xiuling; Liu, Jie

    2016-12-01

    A series of Zn1-xNixO (x=0, 1%, 3%, 5%) nanoparticles have been synthesized via a low-temperature hydrothermal method. Influence of Ni doping concentration on the structure, morphology, optical properties and magnetism of the samples was investigated by means of X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, UV-vis spectrophotometer and vibrating sample magnetometer instruments. The results show that the undoped and doped ZnO nanoparticles are both hexagonal wurtzite structures. The surface analysis was performed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies. The images of SEM reveal that the structure of pure ZnO and Ni doped samples are nanoparticles which intended to form flakes with thickness of few nanometers, being overlain with each one to develop the network with some pores and voids. Based on the ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy analysis, it indicates that the band gap energy decreases with the increasing concentration of Ni. Furthermore, The Ni doped ZnO samples didn't exhibit higher ultraviolet-light-driven photocatalytic activity compared to the undoped ZnO sample. Vibrating sample magnetometer was used for the magnetic property investigations, and the result indicates that room temperature ferromagnetism property of 3% Ni doped sample is attributed to oxygen vacancy and interaction between doped ions.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of Ag doped TiO2 heterojunction films and their photocatalytic performances

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    Demirci, Selim; Dikici, Tuncay; Yurddaskal, Metin; Gultekin, Serdar; Toparli, Mustafa; Celik, Erdal

    2016-12-01

    In this study, undoped and silver (Ag) doped titanium dioxide (TiO2) films were successfully synthesized by sol-gel spin coating technique on the Si substrates. Photocatalytic activities of the TiO2 films with different Ag content were investigated for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) under UV light irradiation. The crystal phase structure, surface morphology, chemical and optical properties of Ag-doped TiO2 films were characterized using an X-ray diffractometer (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis spectrophotometer, and FTIR spectrophotometer. The results showed that the Ag-doped TiO2 films calcined at 500 °C had the crystalline anatase phases and the surface morphologies with some cracks. Ag substitution into TiO2 matrix enhanced the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 films under UV light irradiation as compared to the undoped TiO2 film. Furthermore, the results indicated that the 0.7% Ag doped TiO2 film exhibited a superior photocatalytic activity than that of undoped and other Ag-doped TiO2 films. This study demonstrated the potential of an application of Ag doped films to efficiently treat dissolved organic contaminants in water.

  9. Impurity complexes and conductivity of Ga-doped ZnO

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    Demchenko, D. O.; Earles, B.; Liu, H. Y.; Avrutin, V.; Izyumskaya, N.; Özgür, Ü.; Morkoç, H.

    2011-08-01

    Using hybrid functional theory together with experimental measurements, we investigate the influence of gallium impurities and their complexes on electrical properties of ZnO. In contrast to the behavior of isolated Ga impurities and native defects, the calculated formation energies of Ga complexes are consistent with our experimental data. We show that for high levels of Ga doping the acceptor behavior of GaZn-VZn and GaZn-Oi complexes explains the conductivity measurements and compensation levels in ZnO. The computed binding energies of these complexes are also consistent with the binding energies obtained from the measurements of the temperature dependence of carrier mobility. Our results show that the formation of defect complexes, often overlooked by theory, can be indispensable in capturing the defect physics.

  10. Fabrication of large-scale ultra-fine Cd-doped ZnO nanowires

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    Zhou Shaomin . E-mail: shaominzhou@yahoo.com; Zhang Xiaohong; Meng Xiangmin; Wu Shikang; Lee Shuittong

    2006-02-02

    We demonstrate bulk synthesis of highly crystal Cd-doped ZnO nanowires by using (Cd + Zn) powders at 600 deg. C. These mass ultra-fine ZnO nanowires with about 0%, 1%, 4% and 8% Cd so obtained have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and high-resolution TEM (HRTEM). They have the uniform diameter of about 20 nm and several hundred microns in length. The growth of the as-synthesized nanowires is suggested for self-catalyzed vapor-liquid-solid.

  11. Identification of a Deep Acceptor Level in ZnO Due to Silver Doping

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    Chai, J.; Mendelsberg, R. J.; Reeves, R. J.; Kennedy, J.; von Wenckstern, H.; Schmidt, M.; Grundmann, M.; Doyle, K.; Myers, T. H.; Durbin, S. M.

    2010-05-01

    There remains considerable interest in the behavior of acceptors in ZnO, the ultimate goal being the realization of device grade p-type material. Silver is a candidate acceptor, and, in this study, in situ doping of silver was performed during plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Silver concentrations, as determined by ion beam analysis, ranged between 1018 cm-3and 1020 cm-3, with as much as 94% incorporated substitutionally on Zn lattice sites. Variable magnetic field Hall effect measurements detected no evidence of holes, and 4 K photoluminescence was dominated by donor bound excitons. Transient capacitance measurements, however, suggested that incorporated silver had led to the formation of an acceptor, located approximately 320 meV above the valence band edge, indicating that compensation remains a significant issue in determining the conductivity of ZnO.

  12. Structural and optical properties of pure and Al doped ZnO nanocrystals

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    Ghosh, A.; Kumari, N.; Tewari, S.; Bhattacharjee, A.

    2013-11-01

    Pure and Al doped zinc oxide (ZnO) were prepared by co-precipitation method. The dopant concentration [Al/Zn in atomic percentage (wt%)] was varied from 0 to 3 wt%. Structural characterisation of the samples performed with XRD and SEM-EDAX confirmed that polycrystalline nature of samples containing ZnO nanoparticles of size in the range of 97-47 nm. UV-Vis studies showed that the absorbance peaks, observed in the wavelength range of 800-250 nm, decreased with the increase in dopant concentration indicating widening of the band gap. The calculations of band gap (analyzed in terms of Burstein-Moss shift) from the reflectance showed an increase from 3.37 to 3.49 eV with increasing Al concentration.

  13. Realization of Cu-Doped p-Type ZnO Thin Films by Molecular Beam Epitaxy.

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    Suja, Mohammad; Bashar, Sunayna B; Morshed, Muhammad M; Liu, Jianlin

    2015-04-29

    Cu-doped p-type ZnO films are grown on c-sapphire substrates by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Photoluminescence (PL) experiments reveal a shallow acceptor state at 0.15 eV above the valence band edge. Hall effect results indicate that a growth condition window is found for the formation of p-type ZnO thin films, and the best conductivity is achieved with a high hole concentration of 1.54 × 10(18) cm(-3), a low resistivity of 0.6 Ω cm, and a moderate mobility of 6.65 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) at room temperature. Metal oxide semiconductor capacitor devices have been fabricated on the Cu-doped ZnO films, and the characteristics of capacitance-voltage measurements demonstrate that the Cu-doped ZnO thin films under proper growth conditions are p-type. Seebeck measurements on these Cu-doped ZnO samples lead to positive Seebeck coefficients and further confirm the p-type conductivity. Other measurements such as X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron, Raman, and absorption spectroscopies are also performed to elucidate the structural and optical characteristics of the Cu-doped p-type ZnO films. The p-type conductivity is explained to originate from Cu substitution of Zn with a valency of +1 state. However, all p-type samples are converted to n-type over time, which is mostly due to the carrier compensation from extrinsic defects of ZnO.

  14. Study of optical properties and effective three-photon absorption in Bi-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Karthikeyan, B.; Sandeep, C. S. Suchand; Philip, Reji; Baesso, M. L.

    2009-12-01

    In this paper we report the linear and nonlinear optical properties of Bi-doped ZnO nanoparticles. Bi-doped ZnO nanoparticles were prepared through the wet chemical method at room temperature. Optical absorption measurements show that the exciton peaks are situated at 272 and 368 nm, which are attributed to the n=2 and n=1 exciton states, respectively. Transmission electron microscopy measurements reveal the size and shape of the particles and energy dispersive X-ray measurements confirm the doping of Bi in ZnO. Steady state photoluminescence measurements show that the emission is composed of five peaks. Open aperture z-scan measurements done at 532 nm using 5 ns, 300 μJ laser pulses reveal nonlinear absorption which arises from an effective three-photon absorption process.

  15. Fabrication and photoelectric properties of Er3+ and Yb3+ co-doped ZnO films

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    Feng, Wei; Wang, Xiangfu; Meng, Lan; Yan, Xiaohong

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, the Er3+ and Yb3+ co-doped ZnO films deposited by a novel thermal decomposition method under different annealing temperature process have been reported. The effects of annealing temperature on the morphology and properties of the films are systematically studied. The resulting spectra demonstrate that the Er3+ and Yb3+ co-doped ZnO films possessed the property of up-conversion, converting IR light into visible light that can be absorbed by amorphous silicon solar cell. After all, inner photoelectric effect of the Er3+ and Yb3+ co-doped ZnO films in the amorphous as a light scattering layer are also found with an infrared 980 nm laser as excitation source.

  16. Extrinsic origin of room-temperature ferromagnetism in Co-doped ZnO annealed in Zn vapor

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    Yan, Guoqing; Xuan, Haicheng

    2011-08-01

    Co-doped ZnO and CoO were prepared at 950 °C by the solid-state reaction method, then were annealed in N2 flow at 950 °C, and finally annealed in Zn vapor at 600 °C or 800 °C. The samples before annealing in Zn vapor have no ferromagnetism, but after annealing in Zn vapor, Co-doped ZnO and CoO both exhibit room-temperature ferromagnetism. Through x-ray diffraction and element composition measurements, it was found that the ferromagnetism of Co-doped ZnO annealed in Zn vapor is extrinsic and comes from cubic Co5Zn21 and/or cubic CoZn.

  17. Investigation on the physical properties of C-doped ZnO thin films deposited by the thermionic vacuum arc

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    Mohammadigharehbagh, Reza; Özen, Soner; Hakan Yudar, H.; Şenay, Volkan; Pat, Suat; Korkmaz, Şadan

    2017-01-01

    The aim of this study is to determine some physical properties of C-doped ZnO coated on a glass substrate by using the thermionic vacuum arc method. The produced C-doped ZnO thin film is characterized by using several analysis techniques. The produced thin film has a cubic crystal structure, high transmittance in the visible region, symmetrical surface distribution, and optical band gap energy of 3.34 eV. According to the XRD analysis of the produced thin film, it is a fullerene (C60)-doped polycrystalline ZnO. Hardness value and Young's modulus value were determined as 8 GPa and 140 GPa, respectively. These physical properties are adequate for future transparent electrode applications.

  18. Effect of aluminium doping on structural and optical properties of ZnO thin films by sol-gel method

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    Vijayaprasath, G.; Murugan, R.; Ravi, G. E-mail: gravicrc@gmail.com; Hayakawa, Y.

    2015-06-24

    We systematically investigated the structural, morphological and optical properties of 0.05 mol % Al doped ZnO (Al:ZnO) thin films deposited on glass substrates by sol-gel spin coating method. The influences of Al doping in ZnO thin films are characterized by Powder X-ray diffraction study. ZnO and Al:ZnO thin films have showed hexagonal wurtzite structure without any secondary phase in c-axis (002) orientation. The SEM images also proved the hexagonal rod like morphologies for both films. All the films exhibited transmittance of 70-80% in the visible range up to 800 nm and cut-off wavelength observed at ∼390 nm corresponding to the fundamental absorption of ZnO. The band gap of the ZnO thin films slightly widened with the Al doping. The photoluminescence properties have been studied for Al: ZnO thin films and the results are presented in detail.

  19. Thickness-dependent growth orientation of F-doped ZnO films formed by atomic layer deposition

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    Kang, Kyung-Mun; Choi, Yong-June; Park, Hyung-Ho; Yeom, Geun Young

    2016-01-15

    ZnO thin films were doped with fluorine using atomic layer deposition (ALD) with an in-house F source at a deposition temperature of 140 °C. Structural and morphological properties of the resulting F-doped ZnO (ZnO:F) films were investigated by x-ray diffraction analysis, field emission scanning electron microscopy, and grazing incidence wide-angle x-ray diffraction. During the initial growth stage of up to 200 ALD cycles, no difference was observed between the preferred growth orientations of undoped ZnO and ZnO:F films. However, after 300 ALD cycles, ZnO and ZnO:F films showed (002) and (100) preferred orientation, respectively. This difference in preferred growth orientation arose from the perturbation-and-passivation effect of F doping, which involves F anions filling the oxygen-related defect sites in the ZnO lattice. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopic analyses were carried out to investigate the surface plane dependency of the films' work functions, which confirmed that the ZnO and ZnO:F films had different growth behaviors.

  20. Ferromagnetic behavior due to Al3+ doping into ZnO nanorods

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    Yingsamphancharoen, T.; Nakarungsee, P.; Herng, T. S.; Ding, J.; Tang, I. M.; Thongmee, S.

    2016-12-01

    Al doped ZnO nanorods (NR's) having Al concentration up to 10 mol% were grown by the hydrothermal method. XRD measurements showed that the Al substituted ZnO NR's maintained the hexagonal wurtzite structure for all levels of Al substitution. EDX measurements of the ZnO:Al NR's indicated that the Al substitution created additional Zn vacancies in the wurtzite structure which is reflected in the enhanced photoluminescence emission in the visible light spectra between 450 and 550 nm of the more heavily doped ZnO:Al NR's. SEM images of the heavier doped ZnO:Al nanorods showed nano nodules being formed on the surface of the hexagonal shaped NR's. The saturation magnetizations of the ZnO:Al NR's as measured by a SQUID magnetometer increased to 10.66×10-4 emu/g as more Al was substituted in. The hysteresis loops for the ZnO:Al NR's began to exhibit novel effects, such as horizontal shift (exchange bias field 0.0382 kOe for the 9 mol% NR) and butterfly shapes.

  1. Defect-induced weak ferromagnetism in transition metal-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Mandal, Debabrata; Sharma, Lalit Kumar; Mukherjee, Samrat

    2016-12-01

    In this work, citric acid-capped and ethylene glycol-stabilized pristine and transition metal (TM=Co, Fe, Mn and Ni)-doped ZnO nanoparticles with the generic formula Zn1- x TM x O, x = 0.01 and 0.02, have been synthesized by sol-gel method. XRD confirmed the phase purity of all the samples. Average crystallite size calculated from Scherrer formula was within the range of 43 ± 25 nm for different doped samples. The Raman spectra of (Co, Mn and Ni)-doped ZnO show strong E 2 (high) and E 1 (LO) modes. The synthesized samples also show strong luminescent emission from inherent Zn and O point defects (interstitial and vacancies) along with a sharp excitonic peak centred at 362 nm. Magnetic studies at 300 K reveal that all samples show weak room-temperature ferromagnetism at low magnetic fields with unsaturated M-H plot up to a measuring field of 5 T.

  2. Room temperature ferromagnetism in Mn doped ZnO: Co nanoparticles by co-precipitation method

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    Pazhanivelu, V.; Selvadurai, A. Paul Blessington; Zhao, Yongsheng; Thiyagarajan, R.; Murugaraj, R.

    2016-01-01

    In this present work, the Mn2+ and Co2+ ions doping and co-doping effect on the structural, vibrational, morphological, optical and magnetic behaviors of ZnO based dilute magnetic semiconductors are reported. The Zn0.95Co0.05O (ZC), Zn0.95Mn0.05O (ZM) and Zn0.90Co0.05Mn0.05O (ZCM) samples were prepared by co-precipitation method. From the XRD analysis, it was observed that on the doping of Mn2+ ion in ZnO matrix, decreases their crystalline nature as well as the crystallite size significantly. The Raman spectra, Photoluminescence and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy measurements reveal that the presence of defects in prepared samples. The UV-DRS spectroscopic exhibits the incorporation of dopant ions and their effect on the band gap subsequently. The magnetization measurements suggest the room temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM) in the prepared samples. The observed RTFM phenomenon was discussed based on the defects and grain confinement.

  3. Mechanical, structural and thermal properties of Ag-Cu and ZnO reinforced polylactide nanocomposite films.

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    Ahmed, Jasim; Arfat, Yasir Ali; Castro-Aguirre, Edgar; Auras, Rafael

    2016-05-01

    Plasticized polylactic acid (PLA) based nanocomposite films were prepared by incorporating polyethylene glycol (PEG) and two selected nanoparticles (NPs) [silver-copper (Ag-Cu) alloy (<100 nm) and zinc oxide (ZnO) (<50 and <100 nm)] through solvent casting method. Incorporation of Ag-Cu alloy into the PLA/PEG matrix increased the glass transition temperature (Tg) significantly. The crystallinity of the nanocomposites (NCs) was significantly influenced by NP incorporation as evidenced from differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The PLA nanocomposite reinforced with NPs exhibited much higher tensile strength than that of PLA/PEG blend. Melt rheology of NCs exhibited a shear-thinning behavior. The mechanical property drastically reduced with a loading of NPs, which is associated with degradation of PLA. SEM micrographs exhibited that both Ag-Cu alloy and ZnO NPs were dispersed well in the PLA film matrix.

  4. Hexagonal core-shell and alloy Au/Ag nanodisks on ZnO nanorods and their optical enhancement effect

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    Zhang, Junming; Lai, Boya; Chen, Zuxin; Chu, Sheng; Chu, Guang; Peng, Rufang

    2014-05-01

    Au and Ag hybrid hexagonal nanodisks were synthesized on ZnO nanorods' (0002) surface via a new two-step deposition-annealing method. The structural, compositional, as well as optical investigations were carried out systematically to find out the nanodisks' formation mechanism and optical enhancement effect. It was shown that the core-shell Au/Ag nanodisk can be formed under rapid annealing temperature of 500°C, while Au/Ag alloy nanodisks are formed if higher temperatures (>550°C) are applied. The optical effect from these nanodisks was studied through photoluminescence and absorption spectroscopy. It was found that the carrier-plasmon coupling together and carrier transfer between metal and ZnO contribute to the emission enhancement. Furthermore, the results suggest that the composition of nanodisk on the vicinity of metal/ZnO interface plays an important role in terms of the enhancement factors.

  5. Studies on visible light photocatalytic and antibacterial activities of nanostructured cobalt doped ZnO thin films prepared by sol-gel spin coating method

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    Poongodi, G.; Anandan, P.; Kumar, R. Mohan; Jayavel, R.

    2015-09-01

    Nanostructured cobalt doped ZnO thin films were deposited on glass substrate by sol-gel spin coating technique and characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The XRD results showed that the thin films were well crystalline with hexagonal wurtzite structure. The results of EDAX and XPS revealed that Co was doped into ZnO structure. FESEM images revealed that the films possess granular morphology without any crack and confirm that Co doping decreases the grain size. UV-Vis transmission spectra show that the substitution of Co in ZnO leads to band gap narrowing. The Co doped ZnO films were found to exhibit improved photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methylene blue dye under visible light in comparison with the undoped ZnO film. The decrease in grain size and extending light absorption towards the visible region by Co doping in ZnO film contribute equally to the improved photocatalytic activity. The bactericidal efficiency of Co doped ZnO films were investigated against a Gram negative (Escherichia coli) and a Gram positive (Staphylococcus aureus) bacteria. The optical density (OD) measurement showed better bactericidal activity at higher level of Co doping in ZnO.

  6. Studies on visible light photocatalytic and antibacterial activities of nanostructured cobalt doped ZnO thin films prepared by sol-gel spin coating method.

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    Poongodi, G; Anandan, P; Kumar, R Mohan; Jayavel, R

    2015-09-05

    Nanostructured cobalt doped ZnO thin films were deposited on glass substrate by sol-gel spin coating technique and characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The XRD results showed that the thin films were well crystalline with hexagonal wurtzite structure. The results of EDAX and XPS revealed that Co was doped into ZnO structure. FESEM images revealed that the films possess granular morphology without any crack and confirm that Co doping decreases the grain size. UV-Vis transmission spectra show that the substitution of Co in ZnO leads to band gap narrowing. The Co doped ZnO films were found to exhibit improved photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methylene blue dye under visible light in comparison with the undoped ZnO film. The decrease in grain size and extending light absorption towards the visible region by Co doping in ZnO film contribute equally to the improved photocatalytic activity. The bactericidal efficiency of Co doped ZnO films were investigated against a Gram negative (Escherichia coli) and a Gram positive (Staphylococcus aureus) bacteria. The optical density (OD) measurement showed better bactericidal activity at higher level of Co doping in ZnO.

  7. Role of nickel doping on structural, optical, magnetic properties and antibacterial activity of ZnO nanoparticles

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    Vijayaprasath, G.; Murugan, R.; Palanisamy, S.; Prabhu, N.M.; Mahalingam, T.; Hayakawa, Y.; Ravi, G.

    2016-04-15

    Highlights: • The XRD analyses revealed that the synthesizes nickel doped ZnO (Zn{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O, x = 0.0, 0.03, 0.06 and 0.09) nanostructures have hexagonal wurtzite structure. • The photoluminescence measurements revealed that the broad emission was composed of different bands due to zinc and oxygen vacancies. • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) confirmed the Ni incorporation in ZnO lattice as Ni{sup 2+} ions. • Room temperature ferromagnetism was observed due to the oxygen vacancies and zinc interstitials are the main reasons for ferromagnetism in Ni doped ZnO NPs. - Abstract: Zn{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}O nanoparticles were synthesized by co-precipitation method. The crystallite sizes of the synthesized samples found to decrease from 38 to 26 nm with increase in nickel concentration. FTIR spectra confirmed the presence of Zn−O stretching bands at 577, 573, 569 and 565 cm{sup −1} in the respective ZnO NPs. Optical absorption spectra revealed the red shifted and estimated band gap is found to decrease with increase of Ni doping concentration. The PL spectra of all the samples exhibited a broad emission at 390 nm in the visible range. The carriers (donors) bounded on the Ni sites were observed from the micro Raman spectroscopic studies. Pure and Ni doped ZnO NPs showed significant changes in the M–H loop, especially the diamagnetic behavior changed into ferromagnetic nature for Ni doped samples. The antiferromagnetic super-exchange interactions between Ni{sup 2+} ions is increased in higher Ni doped ZnO NPs and also their antibacterial activity has been studied.

  8. Fabrication and characterization of silicon wire solar cells having ZnO nanorod antireflection coating on Al-doped ZnO seed layer

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    2012-01-01

    In this study, we have fabricated and characterized the silicon [Si] wire solar cells with conformal ZnO nanorod antireflection coating [ARC] grown on a Al-doped ZnO [AZO] seed layer. Vertically aligned Si wire arrays were fabricated by electrochemical etching and, the p-n junction was prepared by spin-on dopant diffusion method. Hydrothermal growth of the ZnO nanorods was followed by AZO film deposition on high aspect ratio Si microwire arrays by atomic layer deposition [ALD]. The introduction of an ALD-deposited AZO film on Si wire arrays not only helps to create the ZnO nanorod arrays, but also has a strong impact on the reduction of surface recombination. The reflectance spectra show that ZnO nanorods were used as an efficient ARC to enhance light absorption by multiple scattering. Also, from the current-voltage results, we found that the combination of the AZO film and ZnO nanorods on Si wire solar cells leads to an increased power conversion efficiency by more than 27% compared to the cells without it. PMID:22222067

  9. Fabrication and characterization of silicon wire solar cells having ZnO nanorod antireflection coating on Al-doped ZnO seed layer.

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    Baek, Seong-Ho; Noh, Bum-Young; Park, Il-Kyu; Kim, Jae Hyun

    2012-01-05

    In this study, we have fabricated and characterized the silicon [Si] wire solar cells with conformal ZnO nanorod antireflection coating [ARC] grown on a Al-doped ZnO [AZO] seed layer. Vertically aligned Si wire arrays were fabricated by electrochemical etching and, the p-n junction was prepared by spin-on dopant diffusion method. Hydrothermal growth of the ZnO nanorods was followed by AZO film deposition on high aspect ratio Si microwire arrays by atomic layer deposition [ALD]. The introduction of an ALD-deposited AZO film on Si wire arrays not only helps to create the ZnO nanorod arrays, but also has a strong impact on the reduction of surface recombination. The reflectance spectra show that ZnO nanorods were used as an efficient ARC to enhance light absorption by multiple scattering. Also, from the current-voltage results, we found that the combination of the AZO film and ZnO nanorods on Si wire solar cells leads to an increased power conversion efficiency by more than 27% compared to the cells without it.

  10. A computational study on the experimentally observed sensitivity of Ga-doped ZnO nanocluster toward CO gas

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    Derakhshandeh, Maryam; Anaraki-Ardakani, Hossein

    2016-10-01

    Metal doped ZnO nanostructures have attracted extensive attention as chemical sensors for toxic gases. An experimental study has previously shown that Ga-doped ZnO nanostructures significantly show a higher electronic response than the undoped sample toward CO gas. Here, the electronic sensitivity of pristine and Ga-doped ZnO nanoclusters to CO gas is explored using density functional theory computations (at B3LYP, PBE, M06-2X, and ωB97XD levels). Our results reproduce and clarify the electrical behavior which has been observed experimentally from the ZnO nanoparticles after the exposure to CO gas. We showed that the calculated change of HOMO-LUMO gap may be a proper index for the change of electrical conductance which is measurable experimentally. It was found that, in contrast to the pristine ZnO nanocluster, the electronic properties of Ga-doped cluster are sharply sensitive to the presence of CO gas which is in good accordance with the results of the experimental study.

  11. Enhanced room temperature ferromagnetism and photoluminescence behavior of Cu-doped ZnO co-doped with Mn

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    Ashokkumar, M.; Muthukumaran, S.

    2015-05-01

    Cu, Mn co-doped ZnO nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by the sol-gel technique. XRD pattern described that Mn-doping did not affect the hexagonal wurtzite structure of the samples and no secondary phases were found. The reduced crystallite size at Mn=2% is due to the suppression of grain surface growth by foreign impurity. The enhancement of crystal size after Mn=2% is due to the expansion of lattice volume produced by the distortion around the dopant ion. The better dielectric constant and conductivity noticed at Mn=2% are explained by charge carrier density and crystallite size. The suppression of broad UV band by Mn-doping is discussed based on the generation of non-radiative recombination centers. Hysteresis loop showed the clear room temperature ferromagnetism in all the samples and the magnetization increased with Mn-doping. Better electrical and magnetic behavior of Zn0.94Cu0.04Mn0.02O sample is suggested for effective opto-magnetic devices.

  12. Ferromagnetic ordering in Mn-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    2014-01-01

    Zn1 - x Mn x O nanoparticles have been synthesized by hydrothermal technique. The doping concentration of Mn can reach up to 9 at% without precipitation or secondary phase, confirmed by electron spin resonance (ESR) and synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD). Room-temperature ferromagnetism is observed in the as-prepared nanoparticles. However, the room-temperature ferromagnetism disappears after post-annealing in either argon or air atmosphere, indicating the importance of post-treatment for nanostructured magnetic semiconductors. PMID:25435834

  13. Synthesis and Characterization of Al doped ZnO (AZO) by Sol-gel Method

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    Munawaroh, H.; Wahyuningsih, S.; Ramelan, A. H.

    2017-02-01

    Al doped ZnO (AZO) nanoparticles have been successfully synthesized by the simple sol-gel method. The starting materials of Al doped ZnO were Zn(CH3COO)2·2H2O and Al(OH)(CH3COO)2. Preparation of AZO using polyethylene glycol as a surfactant. The solution of precursors was stirred at 60 °C for 2 hour in the conditions of Al contents are 0%, 2%, 3% and 4% (g/mL), respectivelly. In the last step reaction, gelation occurred from solution to sol gel. The sol gel then were dried at 60 °C following by annealing process for crystalization. By this simple sol gel method, the nanoparticles have been produced. The characterizations were conducted X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Fourrier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR) and X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF). XRD analysis reveals that all samples has crystallizes in polycrystalline nature and exhibit no other impurity phase. The variation of Al doped ZnO slighly affect the crystallinity and crystal size. Both crystallinity and crystal size decrease with increasing of Al content in AZO. Morphology of AZO shown the particle distribution more equitable with increased Al content. The synthesized AZO gaved shift peak absorption of asymetric and symetric vibrations of Zn-O-Zn around wavelengths of 680 cm-1 and 1630 cm-1 atributed of the uptake of the Al-O-Al bond instead Zn-O-Zn. XRF analysis shown that the increase ratio of Al entering into Zn influenced the Al dopant concentration.

  14. The effect of annealing on properties of europium doped ZnO nanopowders obtained by a microwave hydrothermal method

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    Wolska-Kornio, E.; Kaszewski, J.; Witkowski, B. S.; Wachnicki, Ł.; Godlewski, M.

    2016-09-01

    Europium doped ZnO nanopowders made by microwave hydrothermal method are investigated. As zinc oxide precursor zinc nitrate(V) hexahydrate (Zn(NO3)2·6H2O) was used. Two types of nanopowder samples are examined: as grown and annealed at 750 °C in air atmosphere. We investigate the structural, morphological and optical prosperities of europium doped ZnO. Results of scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, photo- and cathodoluminescence investigations and also CIE1961 chromaticity diagram are presented.

  15. Demonstration of hyperbolic metamaterials at telecommunication wavelength using Ga-doped ZnO.

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    Kalusniak, Sascha; Orphal, Laura; Sadofev, Sergey

    2015-12-14

    Hyperbolic metamaterials (HMMs) have attracted much attention because they allow for broadband enhancement of spontaneous emission and imaging below the diffraction limit. However, HMMs with traditional metals as metallic component are not suitable for applications in the infrared spectral range. Using Ga-doped ZnO, we demonstrate monolithic HMMs operating at infrared wavelengths. We identify the material's hyperbolic character by various optical measurements in combination with theoretical calculations. In particular, negative refraction of the extraordinary wave and propagation of light with wave vector values exceeding that of free-space are demonstrated in the entire telecommunication window. These findings reveal a considerable potential for creating novel functional elements at telecommunication wavelengths.

  16. Thermally stimulated luminescence of Mg-doped ZnO Nanophosphors

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    Cruz-Vázquez, C.; Borbón-Nuñez, H. A.; Bernal, R.; Gaspar-Armenta, J. A.; Castaño, V. M.

    2014-05-01

    Nanosized ZnO:Mg phosphors were synthesized through a controlled chemical reaction. X-ray diffraction patterns confirmed that Mg entered in a substitutive way in Zn sites. To investigate their thermoluminescence (TL) properties, some samples were exposed to beta-particle irradiation. The results reported here show that Mg doping improves ZnO TL features that are important for TL dosimetry applications, such as the shape of the glow curve, the temperature at which the maximum TL intensity is observed, and the TL fading and reproducibility. No saturation clues of the TL response as a function of the dose is observed for doses below 1600 Gy.

  17. Magnetotransmission measurement of ferromagnetism origin in Mn-doped ZnO films

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    Zhang, Li; Yu, Wei; Wu, Shujie; Zhang, Jinchuan; Yang, Lihua; Fu, Guangsheng

    2008-12-01

    Magnetotransmission spectroscopy, the optical absorption measurement using circularly polarized light in the range from far infrared to near ultraviolet, is a direct method to study the energy structure of diluted magnetic semiconductors. In this paper, the magnetotransmission measurement is performed on the ferromagnetic Mn-doped ZnO films. The splitting between two circularly polarized light absorption edge is up to 10 meV under external magnetic field of 0.8 T at room temperature. The splitting is closely follows the magnetization of the films, as measured using Vibrating Sample Magnetometer. The observed ferromagnetic-type splitting of absorption edge is explained by antiferromagnetic p-d exchange interaction.

  18. Process Dependence of H Passivation and Doping in H-implanted ZnO

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    2013-01-04

    full text article. 2013 J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 46 055107 (http://iopscience.iop.org/0022- 3727 /46/5/055107) Download details: IP Address: 131.84.11.215...MONITORING AGENCY NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES) 10 . SPONSOR/MONITOR’S ACRONYM(S) 11. SPONSOR/MONITOR’S REPORT NUMBER(S) 12. DISTRIBUTION/AVAILABILITY...Appl. Phys. 46 (2013) 055107 (7pp) doi:10.1088/0022- 3727 /46/5/055107 Process dependence of H passivation and doping in H-implanted ZnO Z Zhang1, D C

  19. Ultrafast Nonlinear Response of Bulk Plasmons in Highly Doped ZnO Layers

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    Tyborski, Tobias; Kalusniak, Sascha; Sadofev, Sergey; Henneberger, Fritz; Woerner, Michael; Elsaesser, Thomas

    2015-10-01

    Longitudinal bulk plasmons in an n -doped ZnO layer system are studied by two-color femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy in the midinfrared. The optical bulk plasmon resonance identified in linear reflectivity spectra undergoes a strong redshift and a limited broadening upon intraband excitation of electrons. The nonlinear changes of plasmon absorption decay on a time scale of 2 ps and originate from the intraband redistribution of electrons. Theoretical calculations explain the plasmon redshift by the transient increase of the ensemble-averaged electron mass and the concomitantly reduced plasma frequency in the hot electron plasma. The observed bulk plasmon nonlinearity holds strong potential for applications in plasmonics.

  20. Comparing Doping Methodologies in Mg2Si/AgMg System

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    Polymeris, G. S.; Theodorakakos, A.; Mars, K.; Godlewska, E.; Lioutas, Ch. B.; Hatzikraniotis, E.; Paraskevopoulos, K. M.

    2014-10-01

    Morphological and optical characterizations for the Mg2Si samples doped with Ag are presented. Two different doping methodologies with silver, namely in situ and ex situ doping, were studied for the case of Mg2Si of self-propagating high-temperature synthesis. Electron microscopy measurements in both scanning and transmission configurations verified the presence of AgMg precipitates embedded in the Mg2Si matrix and similar results were also yielded by FTIR spectroscopy. Finally, the dependence of silver content in both forms of dopant and inter-metallic constituent is studied upon doping technology.

  1. Numerical calculation of plasmonic field absorption enhancement in CdSe-quantum dot sensitized ZnO nanorods by Ag nanoparticle periodic arrays

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    Kohnehpoushi, Saman; Eskandari, Mehdi; Nejand, Bahram Abdollahi; Ahmadi, Vahid

    2016-12-01

    Plasmonic field absorption enhancement (PFAE) of Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs) periodic arrays in CdSe-quantum dot (QD) sensitized ZnO nanorods was numerically investigated by the three-dimensional finite difference time domain (FDTD). The Ag NPs with spherical morphology were found to have an optimum PFAE compared to other Ag NP morphologies such as cubic and pyramidal. The results also showed that PFAE intensity in CdSe-QD-sensitized ZnO nanorods is increased with the reduction of Ag NP diameter until 10 nm and decreases thereafter. Moreover, the optimum density of spherical Ag NPs for optimum PFAE was observed as 20%. PFAE in CdSe-QD-sensitized ZnO nanorods is improved with increasing space between ZnO nanorods until 180 nm and reduces thereafter. Finally, the results showed that PFAE of Ag NPs for the high distance between ZnO nanorods is dependent on radiation angle; while for the low distance between ZnO nanorods it is free of radiation angle.

  2. 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.

  3. Electrical and optical study of ultrasonic-assisted hydrothermal synthesized Ga doped ZnO nanorods for polymer solar cell application

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    Ahmadi, M.; Rashidi Dafeh, S.

    2016-08-01

    Ga doped ZnO nanorods with homogeneous morphology grown by ultrasonic-assisted hydrothermal method on ITO substrate. The effect of hydrothermal growth times 30, 60, 90 and 120 min on the characteristics of ZnO nanorods was examined. The samples were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, UV-Vis spectrometer and conductivity measurement. With the optimization of the growth times (60 min), we employed Ga doped ZnO nanorods with diverse dopant concentration in fabrication of polymer solar cell. By comparing the effect of Ga doped ZnO thin films with various dopant ratio (0, 0.5, 1.0 and 2 %) on the performance of Ga doped ZnO thin films, 0.5 % Ga doped ZnO was found as the most effective doping level among the selected doping concentrations. Also using 0.5 % Ga doped ZnO thin film, Jsc of 7.54 mA/cm2, Voc of 0.541 V, and fill factor of 64.81 % were achieved, which led to power conversion efficiency of 2.64 %.

  4. Structural and optical studies on Nd doped ZnO thin films

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    Deepa Rani, T.; Tamilarasan, K.; Elangovan, E.; Leela, S.; Ramamurthi, K.; Thangaraj, K.; Himcinschi, C.; Trenkmann, I.; SchuIze, S.; Hietschold, M.; Liebig, A.; Salvan, G.; Zahn, D. R. T.

    2015-01-01

    Thin films of Zn1-xNdxO were deposited by spray pyrolysis on Si(111) substrates preheated at 400 °C temperature and were studied as a function of neodymium (Nd)-doping concentration. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns confirmed that the deposited films possess hexagonal wurtzite ZnO structure. Further, it is observed that the doped films show a preferential orientation along the c-axis (0 0 2), which is perpendicular to the substrate. The un-doped films seem to be having a bit low-crystallinity, which is corroborated by the scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis that showed nano-crystalline like features. Further, SEM analysis showed that the Nd doping triggers the formation bubble-like structure on top of the nano-crystalline structure. The SEM microstructures are interpreted with the Micro-Raman studies. Photoluminescence (PL) and XRD characterizations indicate that above 5 at.% doping concentrations, the Nd atoms preferentially agglomerate in the large islands.

  5. Electrical and optical properties of Al doped Zno film prepared by spray pyrolysis technique

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    Shrestha, Shankar Prasad; Basnet, Pradeep

    2008-04-01

    Transparent conducting thin films of zinc oxides and aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) were prepared by the spray pyrolysis technique using an aqueous solution of dehydrate zinc acetate (CH 3COOH. 2H IIO, pure- Merck A. R. grade) and hex hydrate aluminum chloride (AlCl 3 .6H IIO) on the micro glass slides. The prepared thin films are found to be highly adherent to the substrate and possess uniform conduction. The optical and electrical properties of the film were investigated in terms of different Al concentration in the starting solution and different substrate temperature. Four probe method in Van der pauw configuration was used for electrical resistivity measurements. The resistivity of Al doped film is observed to vary with doping concentration. The lowest resistivity is observed in the film doping with 2 at % [Al/Zn]. The Hall coefficient measurements show that both ZnO and AZO show the n-type conduction. The carrier concentration was observed to be highest at 2 at% of Al doping. The optical measurements of all the samples with aluminum concentrations was found to be >85 % showing the film to be highly transparent in nature. With increase in Al concentration, the optical band gap was observed increase from 3.27 eV to 3.41 eV.

  6. Tuning the combined magnetic and antibacterial properties of ZnO nanopowders through Mn doping for biomedical applications

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    Ravichandran, K.; Karthika, K.; Sakthivel, B.; Jabena Begum, N.; Snega, S.; Swaminathan, K.; Senthamilselvi, V.

    2014-05-01

    Manganese (Mn) doped ZnO nanopowders (0, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 at%) were synthesized using a simple soft chemical route and their structural, optical, surface morphological, magnetic and antibacterial properties were investigated. Structural studies show that the nanopowders exhibit hexagonal wurtzite structure of ZnO. No other secondary phases like MnO2, MnO, Mn3O4 and Mn2O3 are observed. The blue shift observed in the photoluminescence spectra beyond the Mn doping level of 6 at% shows that there is an increase in the carrier concentration, caused by the interstitial incorporation of Zn and Mn in the ZnO matrix. From the antibacterial studies, it is found that ZnO:Mn nanopowders with higher Mn doping level (8 and 10 at%) exhibit good antibacterial efficiency against Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria. The magnetization curves obtained using vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) show a sign of strong room temperature ferromagnetic behavior when the Mn doping level is 6 at% and a weak room temperature ferromagnetic behavior, when the Mn doping level is below 6 at%. Beyond 6 at% they are found to exhibit antiferromagnetic and paramagnetic properties, when the Mn doping levels are 8 and 10 at%, respectively. The SEM images indicate that there is a gradual decrease in the grain size with increase in the Mn doping level. The EDAX profile clearly confirms the presence of expected elements in the final product, in appropriate proportions.

  7. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic behavior of Ag doped TiO2 thin film

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    Bensouici, F.; Souier, T.; Dakhel, A. A.; Iratni, A.; Tala-Ighil, R.; Bououdina, M.

    2015-09-01

    In this study, structure, microstructure, optical properties and photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) have been investigated in an aqueous heterogeneous media containing pure and Ag doped TiO2 nanostructures thin films which were prepared by a simple sol-gel route. Thermal analysis demonstrated that Ag content decreased the temperature of anatase-to-rutile phase transformation. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed that the prepared nanostructures crystallize within anatase-type structure and that the dopant Ag ions were not fully incorporated within TiO2 host lattice, meanwhile both the refractive index and optical band gap were affected by Ag concentration. The photodegradation of Rhodamine B under UV-C radiation by using pure and Ag-doped TiO2 nanostructures showed that Ag played an important role in a significant improvement of the photodegradation efficiency and that the optimum content of Ag ions was found to be 0.5% molar ratio.

  8. Property database for single-element doping in ZnO obtained by automated first-principles calculations

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    Yim, Kanghoon; Lee, Joohee; Lee, Dongheon; Lee, Miso; Cho, Eunae; Lee, Hyo Sug; Nahm, Ho-Hyun; Han, Seungwu

    2017-01-01

    Throughout the past decades, doped-ZnO has been widely used in various optical, electrical, magnetic, and energy devices. While almost every element in the Periodic Table was doped in ZnO, the systematic computational study is still limited to a small number of dopants, which may hinder a firm understanding of experimental observations. In this report, we systematically calculate the single-element doping property of ZnO using first-principles calculations. We develop an automation code that enables efficient and reliable high-throughput calculations on thousands of possible dopant configurations. As a result, we obtain formation-energy diagrams for total 61 dopants, ranging from Li to Bi. Furthermore, we evaluate each dopant in terms of n-type/p-type behaviors by identifying the major dopant configurations and calculating carrier concentrations at a specific dopant density. The existence of localized magnetic moment is also examined for spintronic applications. The property database obtained here for doped ZnO will serve as a useful reference in engineering the material property of ZnO through doping.

  9. Effect of doping concentration on the conductivity and optical properties of p-type ZnO thin films

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    Pathak, Trilok Kumar; Kumar, Vinod; Swart, H. C.; Purohit, L. P.

    2016-01-01

    Nitrogen doped ZnO (NZO) thin films were synthesized on glass substrates by the sol-gel and spin coating method. Zinc acetate dihydrates and ammonium acetate were used as precursors for zinc and nitrogen, respectively. X-ray diffraction study showed that the thin films have a hexagonal wurtzite structure corresponding (002) peak for undoped and doped ZnO thin films. The transmittance of the films was above 80% and the band gap of the film varies from 3.21±0.03 eV for undoped and doped ZnO. The minimum resistivity of NZO thin films was obtained as 0.473 Ω cm for the 4 at% of nitrogen (N) doping with a mobility of 1.995 cm2/V s. The NZO thin films showed p-type conductivity at 2 and 3 at% of N doping. The AC conductivity measurements that were carried out in the frequency range 10 kHz to 0.1 MHz showed localized conduction in the NZO thin films. These highly transparent ZnO films can be used as a possible window layer in solar cells.

  10. Property database for single-element doping in ZnO obtained by automated first-principles calculations

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    Yim, Kanghoon; Lee, Joohee; Lee, Dongheon; Lee, Miso; Cho, Eunae; Lee, Hyo Sug; Nahm, Ho-Hyun; Han, Seungwu

    2017-01-01

    Throughout the past decades, doped-ZnO has been widely used in various optical, electrical, magnetic, and energy devices. While almost every element in the Periodic Table was doped in ZnO, the systematic computational study is still limited to a small number of dopants, which may hinder a firm understanding of experimental observations. In this report, we systematically calculate the single-element doping property of ZnO using first-principles calculations. We develop an automation code that enables efficient and reliable high-throughput calculations on thousands of possible dopant configurations. As a result, we obtain formation-energy diagrams for total 61 dopants, ranging from Li to Bi. Furthermore, we evaluate each dopant in terms of n-type/p-type behaviors by identifying the major dopant configurations and calculating carrier concentrations at a specific dopant density. The existence of localized magnetic moment is also examined for spintronic applications. The property database obtained here for doped ZnO will serve as a useful reference in engineering the material property of ZnO through doping. PMID:28112188

  11. Impact of sintering temperature on the structural, electrical, and optical properties of doped ZnO nanoparticle-based discs

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    Sendi, Rabab Khalid; Mahmud, Shahrom

    2012-11-01

    In the current study, 20 nm zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles were used to make high-density ZnO discs doped with Bi2O3 and Mn2O3 via the conventional ceramic processing method. Different sintering temperatures were found to have significant impacts on the ZnO discs, especially on enhancing grain growth even at a low sintering temperature of only 980 °C. The strong solid-state reaction during sintering may be attributed to the high surface area of the 20 nm ZnO nanoparticles that promoted a strong surface reaction even at low sintering temperatures. Moreover, the sintering process also improved the grain crystallinity, as shown in the lowering of the intrinsic compressive stress based on the X-ray diffraction lattice constant and full-wave half-maximum data. The sintering temperatures also significantly influenced the electrical properties of the doped ZnO discs with a marked drop in the breakdown voltage from 330 V (sample at 980 °C) to 80 V (sample at 1380 °C). The resistivity also experienced a dramatic drop from 304.4 kΩ cm (sample at 980 °C) to 98.86 kΩ cm (sample at 1380 °C). The observed shift in the energy band-gap from a higher to a lower value may be attributed to the conversion of compressive stress to tensile stress with increasing sintering temperature. The Raman spectra indicate that the sintering temperatures and dopants in the discs had significant effects on the E2(high) phonon mode and ZnO crystal structures. Therefore, the sintering process can be used as a new technique for controlling the breakdown voltage of doped ZnO discs made from ZnO nanoparticles with improved structural and optical properties.

  12. Nonresonant surface-enhanced Raman scattering of ZnO quantum dots with Au and Ag nanoparticles.

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    Rumyantseva, Anna; Kostcheev, Sergey; Adam, Pierre-Michel; Gaponenko, Sergey V; Vaschenko, Svetlana V; Kulakovich, Olga S; Ramanenka, Andrey A; Guzatov, Dmitry V; Korbutyak, Dmytro; Dzhagan, Volodymyr; Stroyuk, Alexander; Shvalagin, Vitaliy

    2013-04-23

    Pronounced 10(4)-fold enhancement of Raman scattering has been obtained for ZnO nanocrystals on substrates coated with 50 nm Ag nanoparticles under nonresonant excitation with a commercial red-emitting laser. This makes feasible beyond 10(-18) mole detection of ZnO nanocrystals with a commercial setup using a 0.1 mW continuous wave laser and can be purposefully used in analytical applications where conjugated nanocrystals serve as Raman markers. For Au-coated surfaces the enhancement is much lower and the heating effects in the course of Raman experiments are pronounced.

  13. Magnetic properties of Co-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Franco, A.; Pessoni, H. V. S.; Ribeiro, P. R. T.; Machado, F. L. A.

    2017-03-01

    The magnetism in nanoparticulate powders of Zn1-xCoxO with 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.09 synthesized by a combustion reaction technique is investigated in a broad range of temperatures (5 ≤T ≤ 750K) for applied magnetic fields up to 85 kOe. The hysteresis loops indicated the presence of both ferromagnetic and paramagnetic ordering at room temperature. An additional antiferromagnetic phase was observed for temperatures below 260 K . A particle model that can account for the results is that the some of doping Co2+ ions are not interagent among themselves, a small quantity form clusters, leading to the ferromagnetic ordering with some of the particles in the superparamagnetic state, and few others Co2+ ions form CoO at the grain boundary yielding the antiferromagnetic phase. It was also found that a modified Langevin function can be used for describing the H - dependence for magnetization data.

  14. Sol-gel derived Al and Ga co-doped ZnO thin films: An optoelectronic study

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    Ebrahimifard, Reza; Golobostanfard, Mohammad Reza; Abdizadeh, Hossein

    2014-01-01

    Al and Ga co-doped ZnO (AGZO) thin films with different doping contents of 0.5-4 at.% were synthesized via sol-gel route using dip coating method and the results were compared to the single doped specimens Al:ZnO (AZO) and Ga:ZnO (GZO). All samples were highly transparent in visible region (T > 85%) with band gap values around 3.3 eV. Introduction of Al and Ga to the ZnO crystal structure decreased the crystallinity and reduced the particle size of the films. Electrical resistivity was investigated and engineered in this study as the main parameter. Single doped samples showed reduction of resistivity compared to the un-doped ZnO. In this regard, Ga was more efficient than Al in decreasing the electrical resistivity. Furthermore, samples with 1 at.% Al and 1 at.% Ga showed the minimum amount of electrical resistivity. Co-doping was performed with two different approaches including variable doping content (Al + Ga ≠ cte) and constant doping content (Al + Ga = 0.5, 1, and 2 at.%) for the sake of the comparison with single doped samples. Samples with Al = 1 at.% and Ga = 1 at.% showed the lowest electrical resistivity in AGZO samples of former approach. However, in latter approach the lowest resistivity was obtained in Al + Ga = 2 at.% sample. The results proved the capability of co-doped samples in optoelectronic industry regarding partially substitution of expensive Ga with Al and obtaining co-doped AGZO transparent conductive thin films with lower resistivity compared to conventional AZO thin films and also achieving commercial advantages compared to costly GZO thin films.

  15. Structure and thermoelectric properties of Al-doped ZnO films prepared by thermal oxidization under high magnetic field

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    Liu, Shiying; Peng, Sunjuan; Ma, Jun; Li, Guojian; Qin, Xuesi; Li, Mengmeng; Wang, Qiang

    2017-04-01

    This paper studies the effects of high magnetic field (HMF) on the structure, optical and thermoelectric properties of the doped ZnO thin films. The results show that both Al dopant and application of HMF can affect the crystal structure, surface morphology, elemental distribution and so on. The particles of the thin films become small and regular by doping Al. The ZnO films oxidized from the Au/Zn bilayer have needle structure. The ZnO films oxidized from the Au/Zn-Al bilayer transform to spherical from hexagonal due to the application of HMF. The transmittance decreases with doping Al because of the opaque of Al element and decreases with the application of HMF due to the dense structure obtained under HMF. Electrical resistivity (ρ) of the ZnO films without Al decreases with increasing measurement temperature (T) and is about 1.5 × 10-3 Ω·m at 210 °C. However, the ρ of the Al-doped ZnO films is less than 10-5 Ω·m. The Seebeck coefficient (S) of the films oxidized from the Au/Zn-Al films reduces with increasing T. The S values oxidized under 0 T and 12 T conditions are 2.439 μV/K and -3.415 μV/K at 210 °C, respectively. Power factor reaches the maximum value (3.198 × 10-4 W/m·K2) at 210 °C for the film oxidized under 12 T condition. These results indicate that the Al dopant and the application of HMF can be used to control structure and thermoelectric properties of doped ZnO films.

  16. The electrical stability of In-doped ZnO thin films deposited by RF sputtering

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    Sun, Hui; Jen, Shien-Uang; Chen, Sheng-Chi; Ye, Shiau-Shiang; Wang, Xin

    2017-02-01

    The electrical stability of transparent conductive oxides is an important criterion for evaluating their performance, especially when they are employed at elevated temperatures or in long-term operation. In this work, indium-doped ZnO thin films with various doping concentrations were prepared by RF sputtering. The electrical properties, electrical thermal stability, and time stability of films with differing indium contents were investigated. The results showed that the degradation of the films’ conductivity is primarily attributable to the reduction in oxygen vacancies at high temperatures under oxygenated conditions. The aggregation of indium atoms, which cannot replace Zn3+ cations at temperatures above 200 °C, can improve the carrier concentration. Further reaction with oxygen degraded the performance of the films due to the formation of insulating oxides. Long-term analysis showed the IZO films to have quite stable electrical properties. Their conductivity remained almost unchanged after two months at room temperature under normal atmospheric conditions.

  17. Work function increase of Al-doped ZnO thin films by B+ ion implantation.

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    Hong, Sang-Jin; Heo, Gi-Seok; Park, Jong-Woon; Lee, In-Hwan; Choi, Bum-Ho; Lee, Jong-Ho; Park, Se-Yeon; Shin, Dong-Chan

    2007-11-01

    The work function of an Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin film can be increased via B+ ion implantation from 3.92 eV up to 4.22 eV. The ion implantation has been carried out with the ion dose of 1 x 10(16) cm(-2) and ion energy of 5 keV. The resistance of the B+ implanted AZO films has been a bit raised, while their transmittance is slightly lowered, compared to those of un-implanted AZO films. These behaviors can be explained by the doping profile and the resultant band diagram. It is concluded that the coupling between the B+ ions and oxygen vacancies would be the main reason for an increase in the work function and a change in the other properties. We also address that the work function is more effectively alterable if the defect density of the top transparent conducting oxide layer can be controlled.

  18. Influence of Te and Se doping on ZnO films growth by SILAR method

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    Güney, Harun; Duman, Ćaǧlar

    2016-04-01

    The AIP Successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) is an economic and simple method to growth thin films. In this study, SILAR method is used to growth Selenium (Se) and Tellurium (Te) doped zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films with different doping rates. For characterization of the films X-ray diffraction (XRD), absorbance and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) are used. XRD results are showed well-defined strongly (002) oriented crystal structure for all samples. Also, absorbance measurements show, Te and Se concentration are proportional and inversely proportional with band gap energy, respectively. SEM measurements show that the surface morphology and thickness of the material varied with Se and/or Te and varying concentrations.

  19. Substrate temperature effects on the electrical properties of sputtered Al doped ZnO thin films

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    Kim, Deok-Kyu; Kim, Hong-Bae

    2015-09-01

    Al doped ZnO (AZO) thin films were deposited on glass substrate by RF magnetron sputtering system. The dependence of structural, electrical, and optical properties on the substrate temperature variations in the range of 0-400 °C was investigated. The structural results reveal that the AZO films are (0 0 2) oriented and at 400 °C a considerable crystallinity enhancement of the films is observed. With increasing the substrate temperature, the resistivity is increased by decreasing of the mobility and carrier concentration. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results show that the mobility and the carrier concentration are decreased by increasing the surface bonding and decreasing the Al content, respectively. In our case, the increase in substrate temperature suppressed the incorporation of Al atoms together with the decrease of oxygen vacancy. The improvement of Al doping efficiency is a very important factor to obtain better electrical properties at high substrate temperatures.

  20. Robust room temperature ferromagnetism and band gap tuning in nonmagnetic Mg doped ZnO films

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    Quan, Zhiyong; Liu, Xia; Qi, Yan; Song, Zhilin; Qi, Shifei; Zhou, Guowei; Xu, Xiaohong

    2017-03-01

    Mg doped ZnO films with hexagonal wurtzite structure were deposited on c-cut sapphire Al2O3 substrates by pulsed laser deposition. Both room temperature ferromagnetism and band gap of the films simultaneously tuned by the concentration of oxygen vacancies were performed. Our results further reveal that the singly occupied oxygen vacancies should be responsible for the room temperature ferromagnetism and band gap narrowing. Singly occupied oxygen vacancies having the localized magnetic moments form bound magnetic polarons, which results in a long-range ferromagnetic ordering due to Mg doping. Moreover, band gap narrowing of the films is probably due to the formation of impurity band in the vicinity of valence band, originating from singly occupied oxygen vacancies. These results may build a bridge to understand the relationship between the magnetic and optical properties in oxide semiconductor, and are promising to integrate multiple functions in one system.

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

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

    2012-07-07

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

  2. Efficiency enhancement of regular-type perovskite solar cells based on Al-doped ZnO nanorods as electron transporting layers

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    Huang, Zheng-Lun; Chen, Chih-Ming; Lin, Zheng-Kun; Yang, Sheng-Hsiung

    2017-02-01

    In this paper, we first incorporated Al(NO3)3·9H2O as the Al source into ZnO nanorods (NRs) lattice via the hydrothermal method to modify nature properties of ZnO NRs for the fabrication of perovskite solar cells (PSCs). The X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern of Al-doped ZnO NRs exhibits higher 2θ values and stronger intensity of (002) plane. Larger optical band gap and higher electrical conductivity of Al-doped ZnO NRs are also observed relative to non-doped ZnO ones. The steady-state photoluminescence shows effective charge extraction and collection at the interface between Al-doped ZnO NRs and perovskite layer. The optimized PSC based on Al-doped ZnO NRs showed an open-circuit voltage of 0.84 V, a short-circuit current density of 21.93 mA/cm2, a fill factor of 57%, and a power conversion efficiency of 10.45% that was 23% higher than the non-doped ZnO ones.

  3. Enhanced low temperature thermoelectric performance of Ag-doped BiCuSeO

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    Tan, S. G.; Lei, Hechang; Shao, D. F.; Lv, H. Y.; Lu, W. J.; Huang, Y. N.; Liu, Y.; Yuan, B.; Zu, L.; Kan, X. C.; Song, W. H.; Sun, Y. P.

    2014-08-01

    We investigated the physical properties of the silver doped layered oxyselenides BiCu1-xAgxSeO (x = 0-0.4), which crystallize in an unusual intergrowth structure with [Cu2Se2]2- and [Bi2O2]2+ layers. The total thermal conductivity is decreased because the heavier Ag doping in BiCuSeO lattice decreased the lattice thermal conductivity. The undoped BiCuSeO exhibits a semiconducting behavior, and the Ag-doped BiCuSeO performs much improved electrical conductivity. Although Ag-doping causes a decreasing Seebeck coefficient, the significant increase of the electrical conductivity compensates the moderate decrease of the Seebeck coefficient, which leads to the strongly improved power factor values. Finally, the figure of merit is improved and reaches a maximum ˜0.07 at 300 K for the sample BiCu0.7Ag0.3SeO.

  4. Effect of In doping on the properties and antibacterial activity of ZnO films prepared by spray pyrolysis.

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    Manoharan, C; Pavithra, G; Dhanapandian, S; Dhamodharan, P

    2015-01-01

    Pure and In-doped ZnO thin films were deposited onto glass substrates by spray pyrolysis technique. XRD results showed that all films were polycrystalline in nature with the wurzite structure. A change in preferential orientation from (002) to (101) plane was observed with increase in content of Indium. A reduce in crystallite size was observed with increase of In content. The small sized grains with the porous nature of the film was observed from SEM analysis. AFM study depicted polycrystalline nature and uniformly distributed grains with small pores in the doped film. A decrease in band gap was noticed with increase in In content. The absence of green emission in PL spectra indicated the decreased oxygen defects. The decrease in the resistivity with increase of Hall mobility was noted for the doped film. A better antibacterial activity was observed against Staphylococcus aureus by doped ZnO thin film.

  5. MnO nanoparticles as the cause of ferromagnetism in bulk dilute Mn-doped ZnO

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    Lançon, Diane; Nilsen, Gøran J.; Wildes, Andrew R.; Nemkovski, Kirill; Huang, Ping; Fejes, Dóra; Rønnow, Henrik M.; Magrez, Arnaud

    2016-12-01

    We show that the observed ferromagnetic behavior of ZnO lightly doped with Mn coincides with the presence of MnO nanoparticles, whereas cluster-free Mn doped ZnO behaves paramagnetically. This conclusion is reached by a study of the structural and magnetic properties of powdered samples of (Mnx,Zn1-x)O with x ≤ 0.033 using polarized neutron scattering. Two types of samples were synthesized via, respectively, a solid state method and the decomposition of hydrozincite. Further characterization has been performed using standard X-ray diffraction and magnetization measurements. The results show evidence for the formation of MnO nanoparticles in the highest doped samples for both synthesis methods, with a ferromagnetic behavior attributed to uncompensated Mn2+ in the MnO nanoparticles. The lower Mn-doped samples showed no evidence for structural segregation or magnetic correlations and showed only a paramagnetic behaviour.

  6. Improving photocatalytic performance of ZnO via synergistic effects of Ag nanoparticles and graphene quantum dots.

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    Wang, Jun; Li, Yan; Ge, Juan; Zhang, Bo-Ping; Wan, Wan

    2015-07-28

    Herein, we reported a simple and "green" method for preparing the ternary photocatalyst Ag-graphene quantum dots (GQDs)-ZnO. In this method, an aqueous solution of GQDs not only acted as a substituent for the organic solvent for preparing the ZnO precursor but was also used as a reducing agent for the in situ synthesis of Ag nanoparticles (NPs). X-ray diffraction analysis and scanning electron microscopy were employed to confirm the effects of the GQD solution as a solvent on the ZnO structure. Transmission electron microscopy confirmed the synthesis of Ag NPs in the GQD solution as well as the formation of close interconnections between them. Furthermore, photocatalytic tests involving the degradation of Rhodamine B showed that the synthesized ternary photocatalyst displayed excellent visible-light photocatalytic activity, which was much higher than that of pure ZnO and binary photocatalysts such as Ag-ZnO and GQDs-ZnO. We believe that this method will lead to the "green" synthesis of hybrid metal/carbon/semiconductor photocatalysts with higher photocatalytic activities.

  7. Enhanced photoelectrochemical water-splitting effect with a bent ZnO nanorod photoanode decorated with Ag nanoparticles

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    Wei, Yuefan; Ke, Lin; Kong, Junhua; Liu, Hong; Jiao, Zhihui; Lu, Xuehong; Du, Hejun; Sun, Xiao Wei

    2012-06-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods coated with silver (Ag) film on a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) flexible substrate were used as the photoanode for water splitting. The hybrid nanostructures were prepared via low-temperature hydrothermal growth and electron beam evaporation. The effects of plasmonic enhanced absorption, surface recombination inhibition and improved charge transport are investigated by varying the Ag thickness. Light trapping and absorption enhancement are further studied by optimizing the curvature of the PET substrates. The maximum short circuit current density (JSC, 0.616 mA cm-2) and the photoelectron conversion efficiency (PCE, 0.81%) are achieved with an optimized Ag film thickness of 10 nm and substrate bending radius of 6.0 mm. The maximum JSC and PCE are seven times and ten times, respectively, higher than those of the bare ZnO nanorods on flexible substrates without bending. The overall PEC performance improvement is attributed to the plasmonic effects induced by Ag film and improved charge transport due to inhibition of ZnO surface charge recombination. Enhanced light trapping (harvesting) induced by bending the PET substrates further improved the overall efficiency.

  8. Microstructural and Optical properties of transition metal (Cu) doped ZnO diluted magnetic semiconductor nano thin films fabricated by sol gel method

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    Ozturk, Ozgur; Asikuzun, Elif; Tasci, A. Tolga; Arda, Lutfi; Demirozu Senol, Sevim; Celik, Sukru; Terzioglu, Cabir

    Undoped and Cu (Copper) doped ZnO (Zn1-xCuxO) semiconductor thin films were produced by using sol-gel method. Cu was doped 1%, 2%, 3%, 4% and 5% ratio. Methanol and monoethanolamine (MEA) were used as solvent and stabilizer. In this study, the effect of Cu doping was investigated on microstructural and optical properties of ZnO DMS thin films. XRD, SEM, AFM and UV-VIS spectrometer measurements were performed for the microstructural and optical characterization. XRD, SEM and AFM results were showed that all of Cu doped ZnO based thin films have a hexagonal structure. The grain size of Cu doped ZnO thin films and morphology of surface were changed with increasing Cu doping. The optical transmittance of transition metal (Cu) doped ZnO thin films were decreased with doping. Keywords:Diluted Magnetic Semiconductor (DMS), Thin Film, Cu-doping, Bandgap Energy, ZnO. This research has been supported by the Kastamonu University Scientific Research Projects Coordination Department under the Grant No. KU-BAP-05/2015-12 and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) Project No. 114F259.

  9. In situ generated AgBr-enhanced ZnO nanorod-based photoelectrochemical aptasensing via layer-by-layer assembly.

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    Li, Jing; Tu, Wenwen; Li, Hongbo; Bao, Jianchun; Dai, Zhihui

    2014-02-28

    A robust aptasensor for Ag(+) was proposed for the first time using an enhanced ZnO nanorod-based photoelectrochemistry by in situ generated AgBr via layer-by-layer assembly. This work opens up new avenues for application of one-dimensional ZnO nanorod arrays in photoelectrochemical sensing. Additionally, the strategy of employing in situ generated narrow-bandgap semiconductors paves a new way for photoelectrochemical sensing.

  10. First-principle study on Ag-2N heavy codoped of p-type graphene-like ZnO nanosheet

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    Zhang, W. X.; Li, T.; He, C.; Wu, X. L.; Duan, L.; Li, H.; Xu, L.; Gong, S. B.

    2015-02-01

    In this article, two different Ag-2N heavy codoped of graphene-like ZnO nanosheets have been investigated based on first-principles density-functional theory. The geometric optimization, Density of States (DOS) and Band structure (BS) for all models are calculated, respectively. The results indicate that Ag substituted on the cation site (AgZn) exhibit a strong attractive interaction with a nitrogen acceptor located at the nearest-neighbor oxygen site, forming passive Ag-N complex. This study can be a theoretical guidance to improve the electrical conductivity of p-type graphene-like ZnO nanosheet by heavy codoping.

  11. Mechanical and transparent conductive properties of ZnO and Ga-doped ZnO films sputtered using electron-cyclotron-resonance plasma on polyethylene naphtalate substrates

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    Akazawa, Housei

    2014-03-15

    Transparent conductive ZnO and Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) films were deposited on polyethylene naphtalate (PEN) sheet substrates using electron cyclotron resonance plasma sputtering. Both ZnO and GZO films were highly adhesive to the PEN substrates without inserting an intermediate layer in the interface. When compared at the same thickness, the transparent conductive properties of GZO films on PEN substrates were only slightly inferior to those on glass substrates. However, the carrier concentration of ZnO films on PEN substrates was 1.5 times that of those on glass substrates, whereas their Hall mobility was only 60% at a thickness of 300 nm. The depth profile of elements measured by secondary ion mass spectroscopy revealed the diffusion of hydrocarbons out of the PEN substrate into the ZnO film. Hence, doped carbons may act as donors to enhance carrier concentration, and the intermixing of elements at the interface may deteriorate the crystallinity, resulting in the lower Hall mobility. When the ZnO films were thicker than 400 nm, cracks became prevalent because of the lattice mismatch strain between the film and the substrate, whereas GZO films were free of cracks. The authors investigated how rolling the films around a cylindrical pipe surface affected their conductive properties. Degraded conductivity occurred at a threshold pipe radius of 10 mm when tensile stress was applied to the film, but it occurred at a pipe radius of 5 mm when compressive stress was applied. These values are guidelines for bending actual devices fabricated on PEN substrates.

  12. Electrochemical Synthesis of Highly Oriented, Transparent, and Pinhole-Free ZnO and Al-Doped ZnO Films and Their Use in Heterojunction Solar Cells.

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    Kang, Donghyeon; Lee, Dongho; Choi, Kyoung-Shin

    2016-10-04

    Electrochemical synthesis conditions using nonaqueous solutions were developed to prepare highly transparent (T > 90%) and crystalline ZnO and Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films for use in solar energy conversion devices. A focused effort was made to produce pinhole-free films in a reproducible manner by identifying a key condition to prevent the formation of cracks during deposition. The polycrystalline domains in the resulting films had a uniform orientation (i.e., the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate), which enhanced the electron transport properties of the films. Furthermore, electrochemical Al doping of ZnO using nonaqueous media, which was demonstrated for the first time in this study, effectively increased the carrier density and raised the Fermi level of ZnO. These films were coupled with an electrodeposited p-type Cu2O to construct p-n heterojunction solar cells to demonstrate the utilization of these films for solar energy conversion. The resulting n-ZnO/p-Cu2O and n-AZO/p-Cu2O cells showed excellent performance compared with previously reported n-ZnO/p-Cu2O cells prepared by electrodeposition. In particular, replacing ZnO with AZO resulted in simultaneous enhancements in short circuit current and open circuit potential, and the n-AZO/p-Cu2O cell achieved an average power conversion efficiency (η) of 0.92 ± 0.09%. The electrodeposition condition reported here will offer a practical and versatile way to produce ZnO or AZO films, which play key roles in various solar energy conversion devices, with qualities comparable to those prepared by vacuum-based techniques.

  13. Optical, electrical and structural characterization of chloride-doped ZnO nanopillars obtained by electrodeposition

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    Berruet, M.; Gau, D. L.; Dalchiele, E. A.; Vázquez, M.; Marotti, R. E.

    2016-06-01

    As-grown and chloride-doped ZnO nanopillars were electrodeposited onto bare FTO/glass and ZnO-compact layer/FTO/glass substrates. To analyse the effect of the presence of chloride ions in the electrolytic bath, NH4Cl was progressively added up to 0.02 mol l-1. As a preliminary examination, the morphology of ZnO nanostructures was analysed by SEM micrographs and chlorine incorporation was detected by EDS. Then, a detailed analysis comprising structural, electrical, optical and defect properties was constructed using XRD, electrical resistance measurements and UV-Vis-IR spectroscopy. As the chlorine concentration in the film increases, XRD reveals a displacement of diffracted planes due to macrostrain of the ZnO lattice and the electrical resistance diminishes. Also, the UV optical absorption edge shifts to higher energies due to the Moss-Burstein effect, which corresponds to electron densities in the order of 1-6  ×  1019 cm-3, and the infrared spectra reveal the presence of free electrons, allowing a more precise determination of the free electron densities.

  14. Electron transport in Al-doped ZnO nanolayers obtained by atomic layer deposition

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    Blagoev, B. S.; Dimitrov, D. Z.; Mehandzhiev, V. B.; Kovacheva, D.; Terziyska, P.; Pavlic, J.; Lovchinov, K.; Mateev, E.; Leclercq, J.; Sveshtarov, P.

    2016-03-01

    Al-doped ZnO thin films with different Al content were prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD). To carry out thermal ALD, diethyl zinc (DEZ) and tri-methyl aluminium (TMA) were used as Zn and Al precursors, respectively, and water vapor as oxidant. Various numbers n of DEZ and m TMA cycles was used to obtain different [ZnO] n [Al2O3] m films, where n = 100 - 95, m = 1 - 5. The X-ray diffraction analysis showed a predominantly (100) oriented polycrystalline phase for the ZnO:Al films with a low Al content (m = 1 - 3) and an amorphous structure for pure Al2O3. In ZnO:Al with a higher Al content (m = 4 - 6) the (100) reflection disappeared and the (002) peak increased. The resistivity of the films decreased with the increase in the Al content, reaching a minimum of 3.3×10-3 Ω cm at about 1.1 % Al2O3 for the [ZnO]99[Al2O3]2 sample; for higher dopant concentrations, the resistivity increased because of the increased crystal inhomogeneity due to axis reorientation.

  15. The effects of group-I elements co-doping with Mn in ZnO dilute magnetic semiconductor

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    Zhang, Liqiang; Zhang, Yinzhu; Ye, Zhizhen; Lu, Jianguo; Lu, Bin; He, Bo

    2012-06-01

    Mn-Li codoped ZnO (Zn(Mn,Li)O), Mn-Na codoped ZnO (Zn(Mn,Na)O), and Mn-K codoped ZnO (Zn(Mn,K)O) thin films were deposited on quartz substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The doping effects of group-I elements (e.g., Li, Na, and K) on the structural, magnetic, and optical properties of the Mn doped ZnO (ZnMnO) films were discussed. X-ray diffraction and K-edge x-ray absorption near-edge structure measurements revealed that all the films showed a hexagonal wurtzite ZnO structure, and no other clusters, precipitates, or second phases were detected. Zn(Mn,Na)O and Zn(Mn,Li)O films showed a weak p-type conductivity, while the Zn(Mn,K)O film appeared a highly resistivity. The saturation magnetization of Zn(Mn,Na)O and Zn(Mn,Li)O films was 1.2 and 0.18 μB/Mn, respectively. The hole-related defects, induced by doping with a low content of Li or Na, contributed to the room temperature ferromagnetism in the ZnMnO system.

  16. Growth behavior and electrical performance of Ga-doped ZnO nanorod/p-Si heterojunction diodes prepared using a hydrothermal method.

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    Park, Geun Chul; Hwang, Soo Min; Lim, Jun Hyung; Joo, Jinho

    2014-01-01

    The incorporation of foreign elements into ZnO nanostructures is of significant interest for tuning the structure and optical and electrical properties in nanoscale optoelectronic devices. In this study, Ga-doped 1-D ZnO nanorods were synthesized using a hydrothermal route, in which the doping content of Ga was varied from 0% to 10%. The pn heterojunction diodes based on the n-type Ga-doped ZnO nanorod/p-type Si substrates were constructed, and the effect of the Ga doping on the morphology, chemical bonding structure, and optical properties of the ZnO nanorods was systematically investigated as well as the diode performance. With increasing Ga content, the average diameter of the ZnO nanorods was increased, whereas the amount of oxygen vacancies was reduced. In addition, the Ga-doped ZnO nanorod/p-Si diodes showed a well-defined rectifying behavior in the I-V characteristics and an improvement in the electrical conductivity (diode performance) by the Ga doping, which was attributed to the increased charge carrier (electron) concentration and the reduced defect states in the nanorods by incorporating Ga. The results suggest that Ga doping is an effective way to tailor the morphology, optical, electronic, and electrical properties of ZnO nanorods for various applications such as field-effect transistors (FETs), light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and laser diodes (LDs).

  17. Room temperature ferromagnetism in Eu-doped ZnO nanoparticulate powders prepared by combustion reaction method

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    Franco, A.; Pessoni, H. V. S.; Soares, M. P.

    2014-04-01

    Nanoparticulate powders of Eu-doped ZnO with 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 and 3.0 at% Eu were synthesized by combustion reaction method using zinc nitrate, europium nitrate and urea as fuel without subsequent heat treatments. X-ray diffraction patterns (XRD) of all samples showed broad peaks consistent with the ZnO wurtzite structure. The absence of extra reflections in the diffraction patterns ensures the phase purity, except for x=0.03 that exhibits small reflection corresponding to Eu2O3 phase. The average crystallite size determined from the most prominent (1 0 1) peak of the diffraction using Scherrer's equation was in good agreement with those determined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM); being ~26 nm. The magnetic properties measurements were performed using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) in magnetic fields up to 2.0 kOe at room temperature. The hysteresis loops, typical of magnetic behaviors, indicating that the presence of an ordered magnetic structure can exist in the Eu-doped ZnO wurtzite structure at room temperature. The room temperature ferromagnetism behavior increases with the Eu3+ doping concentration. All samples exhibited the same Curie temperature (TC) around ~726 K, except for x=0.01; TC~643 K. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) images revealed defects/strain in the lattice and grain boundaries of Eu-doped ZnO nanoparticulate powders. The origin of room temperature ferromagnetism in Eu-doped ZnO nanoparticulate powders was discussed in terms of these defects, which increase with the Eu3+ doping concentration.

  18. Temperature dependent dual hydrogen sensor response of Pd nanoparticle decorated Al doped ZnO surfaces

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    Gupta, D.; Barman, P. B.; Hazra, S. K.; Dutta, D.; Kumar, M.; Som, T.

    2015-10-28

    Sputter deposited Al doped ZnO (AZO) thin films exhibit a dual hydrogen sensing response in the temperature range 40 °C–150 °C after surface modifications with palladium nanoparticles. The unmodified AZO films showed no response in hydrogen in the temperature range 40 °C–150 °C. The operational temperature windows on the low and high temperature sides have been estimated by isolating the semiconductor-to-metal transition temperature zone of the sensor device. The gas response pattern was modeled by considering various adsorption isotherms, which revealed the dominance of heterogeneous adsorption characteristics. The Arrhenius adsorption barrier showed dual variation with change in hydrogen gas concentration on either side of the semiconductor-to-metal transition. A detailed analysis of the hydrogen gas response pattern by considering the changes in nano palladium due to hydrogen adsorption, and semiconductor-to-metal transition of nanocrystalline Al doped ZnO layer due to temperature, along with material characterization studies by glancing incidence X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy, are presented.

  19. Transparent conductive Al-doped ZnO thin films grown at room temperature

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    Wang Yuping; Lu Jianguo; Bie Xun; Gong Li; Li Xiang; Song Da; Zhao Xuyang; Ye Wenyi; Ye Zhizhen

    2011-05-15

    Aluminum-doped ZnO (ZnO:Al, AZO) thin films were prepared on glass substrates by dc reactive magnetron sputtering from a Zn-Al alloy target at room temperature. The effects of the Ar-to-O{sub 2} partial pressure ratios on the structural, electrical, and optical properties of AZO films were studied in detail. AZO films grown using 100:4 to 100:8 Ar-to-O{sub 2} ratio result in acceptable quality films with c-axis orientated crystals, uniform grains, 10{sup -3} {Omega} cm resistivity, greater than 10{sup 20} cm{sup -3} electron concentration, and high transmittance, 90%, in the visible region. The lowest resistivity of 4.11x10{sup -3} {Omega} cm was obtained under the Ar-to-O{sub 2} partial pressure ratio of 100:4. A relatively strong UV emission at {approx}3.26 eV was observed in the room-temperature photoluminescence spectrum. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis confirmed that Al was introduced into ZnO and substitutes for Zn and doped the film n-type.

  20. Temperature dependent dual hydrogen sensor response of Pd nanoparticle decorated Al doped ZnO surfaces

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    Gupta, D.; Dutta, D.; Kumar, M.; Barman, P. B.; Som, T.; Hazra, S. K.

    2015-10-01

    Sputter deposited Al doped ZnO (AZO) thin films exhibit a dual hydrogen sensing response in the temperature range 40 °C-150 °C after surface modifications with palladium nanoparticles. The unmodified AZO films showed no response in hydrogen in the temperature range 40 °C-150 °C. The operational temperature windows on the low and high temperature sides have been estimated by isolating the semiconductor-to-metal transition temperature zone of the sensor device. The gas response pattern was modeled by considering various adsorption isotherms, which revealed the dominance of heterogeneous adsorption characteristics. The Arrhenius adsorption barrier showed dual variation with change in hydrogen gas concentration on either side of the semiconductor-to-metal transition. A detailed analysis of the hydrogen gas response pattern by considering the changes in nano palladium due to hydrogen adsorption, and semiconductor-to-metal transition of nanocrystalline Al doped ZnO layer due to temperature, along with material characterization studies by glancing incidence X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy, are presented.

  1. Sonocatalytic performance of Er-doped ZnO for degradation of a textile dye.

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    Khataee, Alireza; Saadi, Shabnam; Safarpour, Mahdie; Joo, Sang Woo

    2015-11-01

    Pure and erbium (Er)-doped ZnO samples were synthesized through a sonochemical method and characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-Vis spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis. The synthesized samples were used as a catalyst for the sonocatalytic decolorization of Reactive Orange 29 (RO29) as a model organic pollutant. The decolorization efficiency was 63%, 68%, 88%, and 75% for undoped, 2%, 4%, and 6% Er-doped ZnO, respectively. The effect of different experimental parameters including catalyst content, dye concentration and ultrasound power was investigated on the sonocatalytic decolorization of RO29. Among several radical scavengers (i.e. chloride, carbonate and sulfate anions and t-butanol), the chloride anion showed the most inhibitive effect on the sonocatalysis performance. Improvement of the sonocatalytic process by K2S2O8 and H2O2 enhancers was also studied. The reusability of the synthesized sonocatalyst was evaluated in several consecutive runs, and a decline of only 4% was observed in the process performance after five runs. The intermediates produced during the degradation of RO29 were identified by GC-MS analysis.

  2. Room temperature ferromagnetism in nanocrystalline Ni-doped ZnO synthesized by co-precipitation

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    El-Hilo, M.; Dakhel, A. A.; Ali-Mohamed, A. Y.

    2009-07-01

    Ni-doped ZnO powder was synthesized by thermal co-decomposition of a mixture of bis(acetylacetonato) zinc(II)hydrate and bis(dimethylglyoximato)nickel(II) complexes. The samples were characterised by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Energy dispersion X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF), and FT-IR spectroscopy. The atomic ratio Ni/Zn of the samples was determined by the EDXRF method to be 1%, 4.3%, 7.4% and 22.5 wt%. The XRD studies show the formation of nanocrystalline (14-18 nm) of Ni-doped ZnO along with nanoparticles of NiO. By magnetic measurements, it was observed that powder contains 1%Ni, 4.3%Ni, 7.4%Ni exhibits superparamagnetic behaviour while the sample of 22.5%Ni prepared in closed atmospheric environment shows clear ferromagnetic (FM) loop at room temperature due to the formation of solid solution Zn 1-xNi xO.

  3. Synthesis, structural and optical properties of ZnO and Ni-doped ZnO hexagonal nanorods by Co-precipitation method.

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    Raja, K; Ramesh, P S; Geetha, D

    2014-01-01

    Ni doped ZnO (Zn1-xNixO, x=0.0, 0.03, 0.06 and 0.09) nanorods have been synthesized by Co-precipitation method. Zinc acetate dehydrate [Zn(CH3COO)2⋅2H2O], nickel nitrate [Ni(NO3)3⋅6H2O], sodium hydroxide and poly (vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP) were mixed together. The morphology, optical and microstructure were determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Energy dispersive spectrum (EDS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), UV-DRS spectrum, photoluminescence spectra (PL) and Fourier transformer infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The presence of functional groups and chemical bonding is confirmed by FTIR. PL spectra of the Zn1-xNixO systems shows that the shift in near band edge (NBE) UV emission from 321 to 322 nm and a shift in red band (RB) emission from 620 to 631 nm which conforms the substitution of Ni into the ZnO lattice. The investigation conformed that the products were of the wurtzite structure of ZnO. The hexagonal nanorods have edge length 31 nm and thickness of 39 nm. EDS result showed that the amount of Ni in the product is about 9%, these Ni doped hexagonal nanorods exhibits a blue shifts and weak (UV) emission peak, compared with pure ZnO, which may be induced by the Ni-doping different concentrations 0.0, 0.3, 0.6 and 0.9 M. The growth mechanism of the doped hexagonal nanorods was also discussed.

  4. High carrier concentration ZnO nanowire arrays for binder-free conductive support of supercapacitors electrodes by Al doping.

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    Zheng, Xin; Sun, Yihui; Yan, Xiaoqin; Sun, Xu; Zhang, Guangjie; Zhang, Qian; Jiang, Yaru; Gao, Wenchao; Zhang, Yue

    2016-12-15

    Doping semiconductor nanowires (NWs) for altering their electrical and optical properties is a critical strategy for tailoring the performance of nanodevices. Here, we prepared in situ Al-doped ZnO nanowire arrays by using continuous flow injection (CFI) hydrothermal method to promote the conductivity. This reasonable method offers highly stable precursor concentration for doping that effectively avoid the appearance of the low conductivity ZnO nanosheets. Benefit from this, three orders of magnitude rise of the carrier concentration from 10(16)cm(-3) to 10(19)cm(-3) can be achieved compared with the common hydrothermal (CH) mothed in Mott-Schottky measurement. Possible effect of Al-doping was discussed by first-principle theory. On this basis, Al-doped ZnO nanowire arrays was developed as a binder-free conductive support for supercapacitor electrodes and high capacitance was triggered. It is owing to the dramatically decreased transfer resistance induced by the growing free-moving electrons and holes. Our results have a profound significance not merely in the controlled synthesis of other doping nanomaterials by co-precipitation method but also in the application of binder-free energy materials or other materials.

  5. Cr-Doped ZnO Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Characterization, Adsorption Property, and Recyclability.

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    Meng, Alan; Xing, Jing; Li, Zhenjiang; Li, Qingdang

    2015-12-16

    In this paper, a mild solvothermal method has been employed to successfully synthesize a series of Cr-doped ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) with different Cr(3+) contents, which is a kind of novel and high-efficiency absorbent for the removal of acid dye methyl orange (MO) from aqueous solution. The as-prepared products were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Brunauer, Emmet, and Teller (BET), and Zeta potential measurements. In accordance with the adsorption capacity of the products, the obtained optimal Cr/Zn molar ratio is 6%. The adsorption process of MO on Cr-doped ZnO was investigated by kinetics, thermodynamics, and isotherm technologies, which, respectively, indicated that the adsorption was fast (adsorption reached equilibrium in 2 h) and followed a pseudo-second-order model, that the adsorption process was spontaneous and endothermic, and that it agreed well with the Langmuir isotherm with a maximum adsorption capacity of 310.56 mg g(-1). Moreover, a reasonable mechanism was proposed to elucidate the reasons for their adsorption behavior. In addition, a simple and low-cost chemical method was developed to separate and recycle ZnO and MO from the used adsorbent, effectively avoiding the secondary pollution. This work can not only describe efficient experimental approaches for obtaining novel adsorbents and recycling them but also offer valuable clues for the preparation and property study of other semiconductor adsorbents.

  6. Fabrication and characterization of pristine and annealed Ga doped ZnO thin films using sputtering

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    Mishra, Abhisek; Mohapatra, Saswat; Gouda, Himanshu Sekhar; Singh, Udai P.

    2016-05-01

    ZnO is a wide-band gap, transparent, polar semiconductor with unparalleled optoelectronic, piezoelectric, thermal and transport properties, which make it the material of choice for a wide range of applications such as blue/UV optoelectronics, energy conversion, transparent electronics, spintronic, plasmonic and sensor devices. We report, three sets of Ga doped Zinc Oxide (GZO) were fabricated in different sputtering power (100 watt, 200 watt and 300 watt). Thereafter films were annealed in nitrogen ambient for 30 minutes at 400° C. From the optical absorption spectroscopy it was found that pristine films are showing a 75% transmittance in the visible region of light and it increases after the annealing. However, for 300 W grown sample opposite trend has been achieved for the post annealed sample. X-ray diffraction pattern of all the pristine and annealed films showed a preferable growth orientation at (002) phase. Some other weak peaks were also appeared in different angle which indicates that films are polycrystalline in nature. XRD data also reveals that crystallite size increases with sputtering power up to 200 W and thereafter it decreases with the deposition power. It also noted that the crystallite size of the annealed film increases with compare to the non annealed films. At room temperature an enhancement in electrical properties of Ga doped ZnO thin films was noted for the annealed ZnO films except for the film deposited at 300 watt. More significantly, it was found that annealed thin films showed the resistivity in the range of 10-3 ˜ 10-4 ohm-cm. Such a high optical transmittance and conducting zinc-oxide thin film can be used as a window layer in solar cell.

  7. Temperature dependence anomalous dielectric relaxation in Co doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Ansari, Sajid Ali; Nisar, Ambreen; Fatma, Bushara; Khan, Wasi; Chaman, M.; Azam, Ameer; Naqvi, A.H.

    2012-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► We prepared Co doped ZnO by facile gel-combustion method. ► Studied temperature dependent dielectric properties in detail. ► Relaxation time shifts toward the higher temperature as increase in Co content. ► SEM analysis shows formation and agglomeration of nanoparticles. ► Dielectric constants, loss and ac conductivity increases with rise in temperature. ► The dielectric constant, loss and ac conductivity decreases as Co ion increases. -- Abstract: We have reported temperature and frequency dependence of dielectric behavior of nanocrystalline Zn{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}O (x = 0.0, 0.01, 0.05 and 0.1) samples prepared by gel-combustion method. The synthesized samples were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and LCR-meter, respectively. The XRD analysis reveals that ZnO has a hexagonal (wurtzite) crystal structure. The morphology and size of the nanoparticles (∼10–25 nm) were observed by SEM for 5% Co doped ZnO sample. In dielectric properties, complex permittivity (ε{sup *} = ε′ − jε″), loss tangent (tan δ) and ac conductivity (σ{sub ac}) in the frequency range 75 kHz to 5 MHz were analyzed with temperature range 150–400 °C. The experimental results indicate that ε′, ε″, tan δ and σ{sub ac} decreases with increase in frequency and temperature. The transition temperature as obtained in dispersion curve of dielectric constant shifts toward higher temperature with increase Co content.

  8. Luminescent Ag-doped In2S3 nanoparticles stabilized by mercaptoacetate in water and glycerol

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    Raevskaya, Alexandra E.; Ivanchenko, Maria V.; Stroyuk, Oleksandr L.; Kuchmiy, Stepan Ya.; Plyusnin, Victor F.

    2015-03-01

    Colloidal nanoparticles (NPs) of tetragonal β-In2S3 were stabilized in water and glycerol by mercaptoacetate anions. Doping of In2S3 NPs with AgI cations at the time of the synthesis imparts the NPs with the photoluminescence (PL) in the visible part of the spectrum. The doping results also in a shift of the absorption threshold and the PL band maximum to longer wavelengths proportional to the AgI content. The PL band maximum of AgI-doped In2S3 NPs can be varied from 575-580 to 760-765 nm by augmenting the silver(I) amount and the duration and temperature of the post-synthesis aging. The average radiative life-time of AgI-doped In2S3 NPs also depends on the silver(I) content and reaches the maximal value, 960 ns, at a molar Ag:In ratio of 1:4. The maximal quantum yield of stationary PL, 12 %, is observed at this Ag:In ratio as well. Deposition of a ZnS "shell" on the surface of AgI-doped In2S3 NPs results in an increase of the PL quantum yield to 30 %.

  9. Etching Characteristics and Mechanism of ZnO and Ga-Doped ZnO Thin Films in Inductively Coupled HBr/Ar/CHF3 Plasma

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    Ham, Yong-Hyun; Efremov, Alexander; Lee, Hyun-Woo; Yun, Sun Jin; Min, Nam Ki; Kim, Kwangsoo; Kwon, Kwang-Ho

    2010-08-01

    The etching characteristics and mechanisms of ZnO and Ga-doped ZnO (Ga-ZnO) thin films in a HBr/Ar/CHF3 inductively coupled plasma were investigated. The etching rate of ZnO was measured as a function of the CHF3 mixing ratio in the range of 0-15% in a HBr:Ar = 5:2 plasma at a fixed gas pressure (6 mTorr), input power (700 W), bias power (200 W), and total gas flow rate (50 sccm). The plasma chemistry was analyzed by a combination of the global (zero-dimensional) plasma model, Langmuir probe diagnostics (LP) and quadrupole mass spectrometer (QMS) analysis. It was found that the densities of both HBr and Br are significantly affected by the reactions with the CHF3 dissociation products, while both the ZnO and Ga-ZnO etching rates follow the behavior of the Br atom density and flux. This suggests that the ZnO and Ga-ZnO etching processes are not limited by the ion-surface interaction kinetics and appear in the reaction-rate-limited etching regime.

  10. Structural, morphological, optical and photocatalytic investigation of Ag-doped TiO2

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    Kundu, Virender Singh; Singh, Davender; Maan, A. S.; Tanwar, Amit

    2016-05-01

    The pure and Ag-doped TiO2 nanoparticles were prepared by using Titanium isoproxide (TTIP), silver nitrate sodium hydroxide and sodium hydroxide. The calcined nanoparticles at 400°C were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD). XRD analyses reveal that the nanoparticles of various doping concentration were having anatase phase. The particle size was calculated by Scherrer formula and was found 11.08 nm for pure TiO2 and 8.86 nm for 6 mol % Ag doped TiO2. The morphology and nature of nanoparticles was analyzed by using scanning electron microscope (SEM), the optical absorption spectra of pure TiO2 and Ag-doped TiO2 nanoparticles showed that absorption edge increases towards longer wavelength from 390 nm (pure) to 450 nm (doped), also band gap energy calculated from Tauc's plot decrease from 3.20eV to 2.92eV with increase in doing. The measurement of photocatalytic properties of pure TiO2 and Ag-doped TiO2 nanoparticles showed that Ag-doped TiO2 degrades MB dye more efficiently than pure TiO2.

  11. An asymmetric Zn//Ag doped polyaniline microparticle suspension flow battery with high discharge capacity

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    Wu, Sen; Zhao, Yongfu; Li, Degeng; Xia, Yang; Si, Shihui

    2015-02-01

    In this study, the effect of oxygen on the potential of reduced polyaniline (PANI) was investigated. In order to enhance the air oxidation of reduced PANI, several composites of PANI doped with co-catalysts were prepared, and a reasonable flow Zn//PANI suspension cell system was designed to investigate the discharge capacity of obtained PANI composite microparticle suspension cathodes. Compared with PANI doped with Cu2+, La+, Mn2+ and zinc protoporphyrin, Ag doped PANI composite at 0.90 weight percent doping of Ag gave the highest value of discharge capacity for the half-cell potential from the initial value to -0.20 V (vs. SCE). A comparison study on the electrochemical properties of both PANI and Ag doped PANI microparticle suspension was done by using cyclic voltammetry, AC Impedance. Due to partial utilization of Zn//air fuel cell, the discharge capacity for Ag doped PANI reached 470 mA h g-1 at the current density of 20 mA cm-2. At 15 mA cm-2, the discharge capacity even reached up to 1650 mA h g-1 after 220 h constant current discharge at the final discharge voltage of 0.65 V. This work demonstrates an effective and feasible approach toward obtaining high energy and power densities by a Zn//Ag-doped PANI suspension flow battery system combined with Zn//air fuel cell.

  12. Spectroscopic properties of Dy(3+) doped ZnO for white luminescence applications.

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    Amira, Guesmi; Chaker, Bouzidi; Habib, Elhouichet

    2017-04-15

    Undoped and Dy(3+) (0.25, 0.5, 0.8 and 1.5at.%) doped ZnO were elaborated by solid-state reaction method. The ZnO:Dy(3+) samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL). The XRD analysis confirms the wurtzite structure of ZnO. A slight shift to lower angles, of the (101) peak, is seen with Dy(3+) content, indicating the substitution of these ions into the ZnO lattice. Raman study indicates the good crystallinity of all ZnO:Dy(3+) samples and confirms the substitution of Zn(2+) by Dy(3+). The band gap energy was found to increase then decrease with Dy content. The PL excitation spectra (PLE) of Dy(3+) showed six excitation bands with hypersensitive at 346nm ((6)H15/2→(6)P7/2). PL spectra show principally three emission bands relatives to (4)F9/2→(6)H15/2 (476nm), (4)F9/2→(6)H13/2 (567nm) and (4)F9/2→(6)H11/2 (658nm) transitions. The concentration dependency of PL intensity indicates a quenching for Dy(3+) concentration above 0.5at.%. The PL lifetime of (4)F9/2 metastable state was measured and discussed for all Dy content in ZnO. The temperature dependency of PL intensity is investigated for ZnO:Dy (0.5%) sample and the activation energy is determined. The CIE chromaticity color coordinate shows that ZnO:Dy(3+) can be useful for white luminescence applications.

  13. Spectroscopic properties of Dy3 + doped ZnO for white luminescence applications

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    Amira, Guesmi; Chaker, Bouzidi; Habib, Elhouichet

    2017-04-01

    Undoped and Dy3 + (0.25, 0.5, 0.8 and 1.5 at.%) doped ZnO were elaborated by solid-state reaction method. The ZnO:Dy3 + samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL). The XRD analysis confirms the wurtzite structure of ZnO. A slight shift to lower angles, of the (101) peak, is seen with Dy3 + content, indicating the substitution of these ions into the ZnO lattice. Raman study indicates the good crystallinity of all ZnO:Dy3 + samples and confirms the substitution of Zn2 + by Dy3 +. The band gap energy was found to increase then decrease with Dy content. The PL excitation spectra (PLE) of Dy3 + showed six excitation bands with hypersensitive at 346 nm (6H15/2 → 6P7/2). PL spectra show principally three emission bands relatives to 4F9/2 → 6H15/2 (476 nm), 4F9/2 → 6H13/2 (567 nm) and 4F9/2 → 6H11/2 (658 nm) transitions. The concentration dependency of PL intensity indicates a quenching for Dy3 + concentration above 0.5 at.%. The PL lifetime of 4F9/2 metastable state was measured and discussed for all Dy content in ZnO. The temperature dependency of PL intensity is investigated for ZnO:Dy (0.5%) sample and the activation energy is determined. The CIE chromaticity color coordinate shows that ZnO:Dy3 + can be useful for white luminescence applications.

  14. Sol-gel synthesis and characterization of undoped and Al-doped ZnO thin films for memristive application

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    Ayana, Dawit G.; Prusakova, Valentina; Collini, Cristian; Nardi, Marco V.; Tatti, Roberta; Bortolotti, Mauro; Lorenzelli, Leandro; Chiappini, Andrea; Chiasera, Alessandro; Ferrari, Maurizio; Lunelli, Lorenzo; Dirè, Sandra

    2016-11-01

    The Sol-gel route is a versatile method to fabricate multi-layer, dense and homogeneous ZnO thin films with a controlled thickness and defects for a memristive application. In this work, sol-gel derived multi-layer undoped and Al-doped ZnO thin films were prepared by a spin-coating technique on SiO2/Ti/Pt and silica glass substrates. The effect of both Al doping and curing conditions on the structural and morphological features of ZnO films was investigated by complementary techniques, including electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, micro-Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction analysis. Electrical measurements were performed on SiO2/Ti/Pt/ZnO/Pt(dishes) and SiO2/Ti/Pt/ZnO(Al)/Pt(dishes) fabricated memristive cells and preliminary current-voltage curves were acquired.

  15. Nucleation, Growth Mechanism, and Controlled Coating of ZnO ALD onto Vertically Aligned N-Doped CNTs.

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    Silva, R M; Ferro, M C; Araujo, J R; Achete, C A; Clavel, G; Silva, R F; Pinna, N

    2016-07-19

    Zinc oxide thin films were deposited on vertically aligned nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes (N-CNTs) by atomic layer deposition (ALD) from diethylzinc and water. The study demonstrates that doping CNTs with nitrogen is an effective approach for the "activation" of the CNTs surface for the ALD of metal oxides. Conformal ZnO coatings are already obtained after 50 ALD cycles, whereas at lower ALD cycles an island growth mode is observed. Moreover, the process allows for a uniform growth from the top to the bottom of the vertically aligned N-CNT arrays. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy demonstrates that ZnO nucleation takes place at the N-containing species on the surface of the CNTs by the formation of the Zn-N bonds at the interface between the CNTs and the ZnO film.

  16. Effects of Annealing Temperature on Properties of Ti-Ga–Doped ZnO Films Deposited on Flexible Substrates

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    Chen, Tao-Hsing; Chen, Ting-You

    2015-01-01

    An investigation is performed into the optical, electrical, and microstructural properties of Ti-Ga–doped ZnO films deposited on polyimide (PI) flexible substrates and then annealed at temperatures of 300 °C, 400 °C, and 450 °C, respectively. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis results show that all of the films have a strong (002) Ga doped ZnO (GZO) preferential orientation. As the annealing temperature is increased to 400 °C, the optical transmittance increases and the electrical resistivity decreases. However, as the temperature is further increased to 450 °C, the transmittance reduces and the resistivity increases due to a carbonization of the PI substrate. Finally, the crystallinity of the ZnO film improves with an increasing annealing temperature only up to 400 °C and is accompanied by a smaller crystallite size and a lower surface roughness.

  17. Hydrothermal growth and conductivity enhancement of (Al, Cu) co-doped ZnO nanorods thin films

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    Chakraborty, Mohua; Mahapatra, Preetilata; Thangavel, R.

    2016-05-01

    The incorporation of Al, Cu co-doping in ZnO host lattice plays an important role in modification of structural, optical and electrical properties in optoelectronic devices. In the present work, we were grown one dimensional ZnO nanorods (NRs) doped with different concentration of Al (0%~5%) and Cu was kept 20 M% on ITO glass substrates using a facile hydrothermal method, and investigated the effect of the codoping on the surface morphology and the electrical and optical performances of the doped ZnO NRs as photo anodes for solar water splitting applications. The crystallite size of NRs shows tuning in the band gap between 3.194 (Zn0.79Al0.01Cu0.2O) to 3.212 eV (Zn0.75Al0.05Cu0.2O) with Aluminium doping concentration and a remarkable improvement in current density (J) from 0.05 mA/cm2 to 4.98 mA/cm2 was achieved by incorporating Al and Cu has a critical effect of ZnO nanorods.

  18. In situ photo sonosynthesis and characterize nonmetal/metal dual doped honeycomb-like ZnO nanocomposites on wool fabric.

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    Behzadnia, Amir; Montazer, Majid; Rad, Mahnaz Mahmoudi

    2015-11-01

    In this work, nonmetal/metal dual-doped honeycomb-like N-Ag/ZnO nanocomposites were successfully photo sonosynthesized and sonoimmobilized on wool fabric through a facile one-step method under ambient pressure at low temperature as a novel photo-catalyst nanocomposite on textile material. Introducing nitrogen and silver on the sonoprepared nano ZnO particles led to superior photocatalytic activity. The homogenous distribution of the honeycomb-like nanocomposites on the fiber surface was confirmed by FE-SEM, EDX and X-ray mapping. X-ray diffraction patterns also proved the presence of silver metal with a crystal size of 54Å on the photo sonotreated sample with nonmetal/metal dual-doped honeycomb-like N-Ag/ZnO nanocomposites. The defect analysis based on XPS confirmed the composition of the nanocomposite. Ultraviolet-blocking was examined through reflectance spectra in the range of 200-800 nm showing reasonable transmittance property. The sonoloaded wool sample indicated excellent antibacterial/antifungal properties with low negative effect on human dermal fibroblasts. The role of both zinc acetate and silver nitrate concentration on diverse properties of the fabric was investigated and the optimized conditions introduced using response surface methodology. Finally a superior quality wool fabric with multifunctional properties was introduced for using special clothing in different environment.

  19. Synthesis and enhanced fluorescence of Ag doped CdTe semiconductor quantum dots.

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    Ding, Si-Jing; Liang, Shan; Nan, Fan; Liu, Xiao-Li; Wang, Jia-Hong; Zhou, Li; Yu, Xue-Feng; Hao, Zhong-Hua; Wang, Qu-Quan

    2015-02-07

    Doping with intentional impurities is an intriguing way to tune the properties of semiconductor nanocrystals. However, the synthesis of some specific doped semiconductor nanocrystals remains a challenge and the doping mechanism in this strongly confined system is still not clearly understood. In this work, we report, for the first time, the synthesis of stable and water-soluble Ag-doped CdTe semiconductor quantum dots (SQDs) via a facile aqueous approach. Experimental characterization demonstrated the efficient doping of the Ag impurities into the CdTe SQDs with an appropriate reaction time. By doping 0.3% Ag impurities, the Stokes shift is decreased by 120 meV, the fluorescence intensity is enhanced more than 3 times, the radiative rate is enhanced 4.2 times, and the non-radiative rate is efficiently suppressed. These observations reveal that the fluorescence enhancement in Ag-doped CdTe SQDs is mainly attributed to the minimization of surface defects, filling of the trap states, and the enhancement of the radiative rate by the silver dopants. Our results suggest that the silver doping is an efficient method for tuning the optical properties of the CdTe SQDs.

  20. Spectroscopic characterization of the plasmas formed during the deposition of ZnO and Al-doped ZnO films by plasma-assisted pulsed laser deposition

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    Liang, Peipei; Cai, Hua; Yang, Xu; Li, Hui; Zhang, Wu; Xu, Ning; Sun, Jian; Wu, Jiada

    2016-11-01

    An oxygen-zinc plasma and an oxygen-zinc-aluminum plasma are formed by pulsed laser ablation of a Zn target or pulsed laser co-ablation of a Zn target and an Al target in an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) discharge-generated oxygen plasma for the deposition of ZnO and Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films. The plasmas are characterized spectroscopically by time-integrated and time-resolved optical emission spectroscopy. Both the oxygen-zinc plasma and the oxygen-zinc-aluminum plasma contain excited species originally present in the working O2 gas and energetic species ablated from the targets. The optical emission of the oxygen-zinc-aluminum plasma is abundant in the emission bands of oxygen molecular ions and the emission lines of mono-atomic oxygen, zinc and aluminum atoms and atomic ions. The time-integrated spectra as well as the time-resolved spectra of the plasma emission indicate that the oxygen species in the ECR oxygen plasma experience additional excitation by the expanding ablation plumes, and the ablated species are excited frequently when traveling accompanying the plume expansion in the oxygen plasma, making the formed plasma highly excited and very reactive, which plays an important role in the reactive growth of ZnO matrix and the in-situ doping of Al into the growing ZnO matrix. The deposited ZnO and AZO films were evaluated for composition analysis by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, structure characterization by X-ray diffraction and optical transmission measurement. The deposited ZnO is slightly rich in O. The Al concentration of the AZO films can be controlled and varied simply by changing the repetition rate of the laser used for Al target ablation. Both the ZnO and the AZO films are featured with hexagonal wurtzite crystal structure and exhibit high optical transparency in a wide spectral region. Al doping results in an improvement in the ultraviolet transparency, a blue shift in the absorption edge and a widening of the band gap.

  1. Enhancement of stability of N-doped TiO2 photocatalysts with Ag loading

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    Gao, Yuanpeng; Fang, Pengfei; Chen, Feitai; Liu, Yang; Liu, Zhi; Wang, Dahai; Dai, Yiqun

    2013-01-01

    Various contents of Ag nanoparticles were successfully introduced into the N-doped TiO2 photocatalysts via a hydrothermal procedure in the silver-ammonia solutions with different Ag concentrations. Effects of Ag loading on the structure and properties of N-doped TiO2 photocatalysts were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy (FL), UV-vis spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and N2 physical adsorption analysis. The relationship between the stability of N dopants in TiO2 lattice and the Ag loading content was investigated for the first time. The results confirm that Ag nanoparticles loading on TiO2 surfaces significantly restrain the escape of the N dopants from the oxide during the hydrothermal process, and the escape rate of N dopants decreased gradually with the increase of Ag loading amount. The dependence of photocatalytic activity on Ag content was also investigated through degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light irradiation. It was found that the photocatalytic activity increases gradually with increasing Ag content first, and then decreases after exceeding the optimal Ag content. Therefore, the photocatalytic activity of Ag/N co-modified TiO2 photocatalysts can be adjusted by the Ag content.

  2. Synchrotron Study of Ag-Doped Mg2Si: Correlation Between Properties and Structure

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    Prytuliak, Anastasiia; Godlewska, Elzbieta; Mars, Krzysztof; Berthebaud, David

    2014-10-01

    The crystal structure of Ag-doped Mg2Si was investigated using synchrotron and neutron powder diffraction analysis, including in situ synchrotron x-ray powder diffraction patterns, recorded during a thermal cycle from room temperature up to 600°C. Rietveld refinement of diffraction patterns indicated that Ag doping results in partial substitution at Si sites. During heating, the Mg2Si lattice parameters exhibited a shift in the temperature dependence at 300°C to 350°C, which was attributed to Ag precipitation out of Mg2Si1- x Ag x solid solution. In turn, an increase of the Ag present in the Mg2Si lattice after 350°C could be linked to thermally activated diffusion of Ag from β-AgMg phase. The Ag-dopant migration may explain previously outlined instabilities in the thermopower of Ag-doped Mg2Si, e.g., the drop of the Seebeck coefficient value after heating to 150°C to 200°C and its subsequent increase after 350°C to 450°C.

  3. Enhancement of photocatalytic activity of Cu-doped ZnO nanorods for the degradation of an insecticide: Kinetics and reaction pathways.

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    Shirzad-Siboni, Mehdi; Jonidi-Jafari, Ahmad; Farzadkia, Mahdi; Esrafili, Ali; Gholami, Mitra

    2017-01-15

    The photocatalytic degradation of organophosphorus pesticide such as diazinon was investigated by Cu-doped ZnO nanorods. Cu-doped ZnO nanorods were synthesized via a facile co-precipitation method. The catalyst was characterized by XRD, FESEM, EDX, VSM, XPS, and pHzpc techniques. The effects of some operational parameters such as solution pH, Cu-doped ZnO nanorods dosage, initial diazinon concentration, oxygen and nitrogen gases, H2O2 concentration, and type of organic compounds on the degradation efficiency were discussed through the photocatalytic experiments using the Cu-doped ZnO nanorods. Neutral pH was selected as an optimal pH condition due to a photo-corrosion of ZnO in acidic and basic conditions. As the Cu-doped ZnO nanorods dosage increased up to 0.2 g/L, degradation efficiency of diazinon was continuously enhanced. Pseudo-first-order rate constant (kobs) was decreased from 0.051 to 0.0052 min(-1) and electrical energy per order (EEo) was increased from 94.12 to 923.08 (kWh/m(3)) by increasing diazinon concentration from 10 to 50 mg/L, respectively. The efficiency of the UV/Cu-doped ZnO for diazinon removal was approximately 96.97%, which was more effective than the UV/ZnO process (58.52%). Photocatalytic activity was maintained even after five successive cycles.

  4. Operating mechanism of electrically bistable memory device based on Ag doped CdSe/PVA nanocomposite

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    Kaur, Ramneek; Tripathi, S. K.

    2015-06-01

    This paper reports the fabrication and characterization of electrically bistable memory device with device structure Al/Ag doped CdSe/PVA nanocomposite/Ag. Current-Voltage (I-V) measurements show two conductivity states at the same applied voltage indicating the bistability behavior. The possible operating mechanism for the memory effects has been described. During transition from the low resistance state to high resistance state, the current follows the change from the injection emission to the space charge limited conduction mechanism. The achieved results demonstrate that the device based on Ag doped CdSe/PVA nanocomposite has a potential for future non-volatile memory devices.

  5. Ag-Modified In2O3/ZnO Nanobundles with High Formaldehyde Gas-Sensing Performance

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    Fang, Fang; Bai, Lu; Song, Dongsheng; Yang, Hongping; Sun, Xiaoming; Sun, Hongyu; Zhu, Jing

    2015-01-01

    Ag-modified In2O3/ZnO bundles with micro/nano porous structures have been designed and synthesized with by hydrothermal method continuing with dehydration process. Each bundle consists of nanoparticles, where nanogaps of 10–30 nm are present between the nanoparticles, leading to a porous structure. This porous structure brings high surface area and fast gas diffusion, enhancing the gas sensitivity. Consequently, the HCHO gas-sensing performance of the Ag-modified In2O3/ZnO bundles have been tested, with the formaldehyde-detection limit of 100 ppb (parts per billion) and the response and recover times as short as 6 s and 3 s, respectively, at 300 °C and the detection limit of 100 ppb, response time of 12 s and recover times of 6 s at 100 °C. The HCHO sensing detect limitation matches the health standard limitation on the concentration of formaldehyde for indoor air. Moreover, the strategy to synthesize the nanobundles is just two-step heating and easy to scale up. Therefore, the Ag-modified In2O3/ZnO bundles are ready for industrialization and practical applications. PMID:26287205

  6. Green material: ecological importance of imperative and sensitive chemi-sensor based on Ag/Ag2O3/ZnO composite nanorods

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    2013-01-01

    In this report, we illustrate a simple, easy, and low-temperature growth of Ag/Ag2O3/ZnO composite nanorods with high purity and crystallinity. The composite nanorods were structurally characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy which confirmed that synthesized product have rod-like morphology having an average cross section of approximately 300 nm. Nanorods are made of silver, silver oxide, and zinc oxide and are optically active having absorption band at 375 nm. The composite nanorods exhibited high sensitivity (1.5823 μA.cm−2.mM−1) and lower limit of detection (0.5 μM) when applied for the recognition of phenyl hydrazine utilizing I-V technique. Thus, Ag/Ag2O3/ZnO composite nanorods can be utilized as a redox mediator for the development of highly proficient phenyl hydrazine sensor. PMID:24011288

  7. Green material: ecological importance of imperative and sensitive chemi-sensor based on Ag/Ag2O3/ZnO composite nanorods

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    Asiri, Abdullah M.; Khan, Sher Bahadar; Rahman, Mohammed M.; Al-Sehemi, Abdullah G.; Al-Sayari, Saleh A.; Al-Assiri, Mohammad Sultan

    2013-09-01

    In this report, we illustrate a simple, easy, and low-temperature growth of Ag/Ag2O3/ZnO composite nanorods with high purity and crystallinity. The composite nanorods were structurally characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy which confirmed that synthesized product have rod-like morphology having an average cross section of approximately 300 nm. Nanorods are made of silver, silver oxide, and zinc oxide and are optically active having absorption band at 375 nm. The composite nanorods exhibited high sensitivity (1.5823 μA.cm-2.mM-1) and lower limit of detection (0.5 μM) when applied for the recognition of phenyl hydrazine utilizing I-V technique. Thus, Ag/Ag2O3/ZnO composite nanorods can be utilized as a redox mediator for the development of highly proficient phenyl hydrazine sensor.

  8. Understanding the role of iron in the magnetism of Fe doped ZnO nanoparticles.

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    Beltrán, J J; Barrero, C A; Punnoose, A

    2015-06-21

    The actual role of transition metals like iron in the room temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM) of Fe doped ZnO nanoparticles is still an unsolved problem. While some studies concluded that the Fe ions participate in the magnetic interaction, others in contrast do not believe Fe to play a direct role in the magnetic exchange interaction. To contribute to the understanding of this issue, we have carefully investigated the structural, optical, vibrational and magnetic properties of sol-gel synthesized Zn1-xFexO (0 < x < 0.10) nanoparticles. No Fe(2+) was detected in any sample. We found that high spin Fe(3+) ions are substitutionally incorporated at the Zn(2+) in the tetrahedral-core sites and in pseudo-octahedral surface sites in ZnO. Superficial OH(-) was observed in all samples. For x ≤ 0.03, an increment in Fe doping concentration decreased a and c lattice parameters, average Zn-O bond length, average crystallite size and band gap; while it increased the degree of distortion and quadrupole splitting. Undoped ZnO nanoparticles exhibited very weak RTFM with a saturation magnetization (Ms) of ∼0.47 memu g(-1) and this value increased to ∼2.1 memu g(-1) for Zn0.99Fe0.01O. Very interestingly, the Ms for Zn0.99Fe0.01O and Zn0.97Fe0.03O increased by a factor of about ∼2.3 by increasing annealing for 1 h to 3 h. For x ≥ 0.05, ferrimagnetic disordered spinel ZnFe2O4 was formed and this phase was found to become more ordered with increasing annealing time. Fe does not contribute directly to the RTFM, but its presence promoted the formation of additional single charged oxygen vacancies, zinc vacancies, and more oxygen-ended polar terminations at the nanoparticle surface. These defects, which are mainly superficial, altered the electronic structure and are considered as the main sources of the observed ferromagnetism.

  9. Synergistic effect of N-decorated and Mn2+ doped ZnO nanofibers with enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Wang, Yuting; Cheng, Jing; Yu, Suye; Alcocer, Enric Juan; Shahid, Muhammad; Wang, Ziyuan; Pan, Wei

    2016-09-01

    Here we report a high efficiency photocatalyst, i.e., Mn2+-doped and N-decorated ZnO nanofibers (NFs) enriched with vacancy defects, fabricated via electrospinning and a subsequent controlled annealing process. This nanocatalyst exhibits excellent visible-light photocatalytic activity and an apparent quantum efficiency up to 12.77%, which is 50 times higher than that of pure ZnO. It also demonstrates good stability and durability in repeated photocatalytic degradation experiments. A comprehensive structural analysis shows that high density of oxygen vacancies and nitrogen are introduced into the nanofibers surface. Hence, the significant enhanced visible photocatalytic properties for Mn-ZnO NFs are due to the synergetic effects of both Mn2+ doping and N decorated. Further investigations exhibit that the Mn2+-doping facilitates the formation of N-decorated and surface defects when annealing in N2 atmosphere. N doping induce the huge band gap decrease and thus significantly enhance the absorption of ZnO nanofibers in the range of visible-light. Overall, this paper provides a new approach to fabricate visible-light nanocatalysts using both doping and annealing under anoxic ambient.

  10. Synergistic effect of N-decorated and Mn2+ doped ZnO nanofibers with enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Wang, Yuting; Cheng, Jing; Yu, Suye; Alcocer, Enric Juan; Shahid, Muhammad; Wang, Ziyuan; Pan, Wei

    2016-01-01

    Here we report a high efficiency photocatalyst, i.e., Mn2+-doped and N-decorated ZnO nanofibers (NFs) enriched with vacancy defects, fabricated via electrospinning and a subsequent controlled annealing process. This nanocatalyst exhibits excellent visible-light photocatalytic activity and an apparent quantum efficiency up to 12.77%, which is 50 times higher than that of pure ZnO. It also demonstrates good stability and durability in repeated photocatalytic degradation experiments. A comprehensive structural analysis shows that high density of oxygen vacancies and nitrogen are introduced into the nanofibers surface. Hence, the significant enhanced visible photocatalytic properties for Mn-ZnO NFs are due to the synergetic effects of both Mn2+ doping and N decorated. Further investigations exhibit that the Mn2+-doping facilitates the formation of N-decorated and surface defects when annealing in N2 atmosphere. N doping induce the huge band gap decrease and thus significantly enhance the absorption of ZnO nanofibers in the range of visible-light. Overall, this paper provides a new approach to fabricate visible-light nanocatalysts using both doping and annealing under anoxic ambient. PMID:27600260

  11. Local structure analysis of diluted magnetic semiconductor Co and Al co-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Hyodo, K.; Morimoto, S.; Yamazaki, T.; Ishikawa, T.; Ichiyanagi, Y.; Utsumi, J.

    2016-02-01

    In this study, Co and Al ions co-doped ZnO nanoparticles (Zn(Al, Co)O NPs) were prepared by our original chemical preparation method. The obtained samples prepared by this method, were encapsulated in amorphous SiO{sub 2}. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results showed Zn(Al, Co)O NPs had a single-phase nature with hexagonal wurtzite structure. These particle sizes could be controlled to be approximately 30 nm. We investigate the effect that the increase in the carrier has on the magnetization by doping Al to Co-doped ZnO NPs. The local structures were qualitatively analyzed using X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) measurements.

  12. Physical structure and optical properties of Co-doped ZnO nanoparticles prepared by co-precipitation

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    He, Rongliang; Tang, Bin; Ton-That, Cuong; Phillips, Matthew; Tsuzuki, Takuya

    2013-11-01

    The structural and optical properties of cobalt-doped zinc oxide (Co-doped ZnO) nanoparticles have been investigated. The nanopowder with Co concentrations up to 5 at% was synthesized by a co-precipitation method. The physical structure and the chemical states of the Co-doped ZnO were characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV-Visible reflectance and cathodoluminescence (CL) spectroscopy. The results show that cobalt ions predominantly occupy Zn2+ sites in the wurtzite crystal lattice and possess a valence state of 2+. CL analysis revealed that the incorporation of Co2+ creates a new emission band at 1.85 eV, but quenched the near-band-edge luminescence.

  13. Thermoelectric Properties of Ag-Doped Bi2(Se,Te)3 Compounds: Dual Electronic Nature of Ag-Related Lattice Defects.

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    Lu, Meng-Pei; Liao, Chien-Neng; Huang, Jing-Yi; Hsu, Hung-Chang

    2015-08-03

    Effects of Ag doping and thermal annealing temperature on thermoelectric transport properties of Bi2(Se,Te)3 compounds are investigated. On the basis of the comprehensive analysis of carrier concentration, Hall mobility, and lattice parameter, we identified two Ag-related interstitial (Agi) and substitutional (AgBi) defects that modulate in different ways the thermoelectric properties of Ag-doped Bi2(Se,Te)3 compounds. When Ag content is less than 0.5 wt %, Agi plays an important role in stabilizing crystal structure and suppressing the formation of donor-like Te vacancy (VTe) defects, leading to the decrease in carrier concentration with increasing Ag content. For the heavily doped Bi2(Se,Te)3 compounds (>0.5 wt % Ag), the increasing concentration of AgBi is held responsible for the increase of electron concentration because formation of AgBi defects is accompanied by annihilation of hole carriers. The analysis of Seebeck coefficients and temperature-dependent electrical properties suggests that electrons in Ag-doped Bi2(Se,Te)3 compounds are subject to a mixed mode of impurity scattering and lattice scattering. A 10% enhancement of thermoelectric figure-of-merit at room temperature was achieved for 1 wt % Ag-doped Bi2(Se,Te)3 as compared to pristine Bi2(Se,Te)3.

  14. Growth and conduction mechanism of As-doped p-type ZnO thin films deposited by MOCVD

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    Ma, Y.; Gao, Q.; Wu, G.G.; Li, W.C.; Gao, F.B.; Yin, J.Z.; Zhang, B.L.; Du, G.T.

    2013-03-15

    Highlight: ► P-type As-doped ZnO thin films was fabricated by MOCVD after post-growth annealing. ► The formation mechanism of p-ZnO with high hole concentration above 10{sup 19} cm{sup −3} was elucidated. ► Besides As{sub Zn}–2V{sub Zn} complex, C impurities also played an important role in realizing p-ZnO. ► The formations of As{sub O} and O-C-O complex were partially contributed to the p-type ZnO: As films. - Abstract: As-doped p-type ZnO thin films were fabricated by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) after in situ annealing in a vacuum. The p-type conduction mechanism was suggested by the analysis of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy. It was found that most of the As dopants in p-ZnO thin films formed As{sub Zn}–2V{sub Zn} shallow acceptor complex, simultaneously, carbon impurities also played an important role in realizing p-type conductivity in ZnO. Substitutional carbon on oxygen site created passivated defect bands by combining with Ga atoms due to the donor-acceptor pair Coulomb binding, which shifted the valence-band maximum upwards for ZnO and thus increased the hole concentration.

  15. C-doped ZnO ball-in-ball hollow microspheres for efficient photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical applications.

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    Wang, Songbo; Zhang, Xiangwen; Li, Shuai; Fang, Yuan; Pan, Lun; Zou, Ji-Jun

    2017-06-05

    ZnO is an important semiconductor and has been widely used in the field of photocatalysis, solar cell and environmental remediation. Herein, we fabricated C-doped ZnO ball-in-ball hollow microspheres (BHMs) by a facile solvothermal treatment of zinc acetate in ethylene glycol-ethanol mixture. The presence of ethylene glycol (EG) leads to the formation of initial single-layered hollow spheres and then a time-dependent evolution transforms them into uniform BHMs with tunable shell thickness and void space. XPS characterizations reveal that C-dopants are introduced into the lattice of ZnO BHMs, with its concentration increasing with solvothermal time and then becoming saturated in 12h. ZEG-12 (ZnO BHMs with 12-h solvothermal treatment), with an optimal hollow structure and C-doping concentration, performs the best optical absorption capability, efficiency of charge separation and transfer, and mass transfer in reaction media, as proved by SEM, TEM, PL, BET and EIS characterizations. When applied as photocatalyst for organic-pollutant degradation and as photoanode material for PEC water splitting, ZEG-12 exhibits respectively ca. 8.9-fold and 10.5-fold higher activity than pristine ZnO nanoparticles.

  16. Microstress, strain, band gap tuning and photocatalytic properties of thermally annealed and Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Prasad, Neena; V. M. M, Saipavitra; Swaminathan, Hariharan; Thangaraj, Pandiyarajan; Ramalinga Viswanathan, Mangalaraja; Balasubramanian, Karthikeyan

    2016-06-01

    ZnO nanoparticles and Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles were prepared by co-precipitation method. Also, a part of the pure ZnO nanoparticles were annealed at 750 °C for 3, 6, and 9 h. X-ray diffraction studies were carried out and the lattice parameters, unit cell volume, interplanar spacing, and Young's modulus were calculated for all the samples, and also the crystallite size was found using the Scherrer method. X-ray peak broadening analysis was used to estimate the crystallite sizes and the strain using the Williamson-Hall (W-H) method and the size-strain plot (SSP) method. Stress and the energy density were calculated using the W-H method assuming different models such as uniform deformation model, uniform strain deformation model, uniform deformation energy density model, and the SSP method. Optical absorption properties of the samples were understood from their UV-visible spectra. Photocatalytic activities of ZnO and 5 % Cu-doped ZnO were observed by the degradation of methylene blue dye in aqueous medium under the irradiation of 20-W compact fluorescent lamp for an hour.

  17. Nitrogen-doped p-type ZnO films prepared from nitrogen gas radio-frequency magnetron sputtering

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    Tu, M.-L.; Su, Y.-K.; Ma, C.-Y.

    2006-09-01

    Wide band gap nitrogen-doped p-type ZnO films are prepared by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering from a 99.99% purity ZnO target. The sputtering gas is Ar mixed with various flow rates of nitrogen gas. Hole concentrations increase from 1.89x10{sup 15} to 2.11x10{sup 19} cm{sup -3} as the N{sub 2} flow rate decreases from 15 to 6 SCCM (SCCM denotes cubic centimeter per minute at STP), i.e., increasing N{sub 2} flow rate above 6 SCCM decreases the p-type carrier concentration. Microphotoluminescence (PL) spectra peaks are in the near-UV range and change from 384 nm (3.23 eV) to 374 nm (3.32 eV) with increasing N{sub 2} flow rate. The PL peaks agree with the band gap of bulk ZnO, which comes from the recombination of free excitons. Raman spectra show six peaks: 436 (E{sub 2} high-frequency phonon mode for undoped ZnO film), 581 [A{sub 1} (LO) mode in ZnO:N film], 275, 508, 640, and 854 cm{sup -1} (local vibrational modes of Raman features in N-doped ZnO film)

  18. Study on the doping effect of Sn-doped ZnO thin films

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    Ajili, Mejda; Castagné, Michel; Turki, Najoua Kamoun

    2013-01-01

    Tin doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Sn) thin films were deposited onto Pyrex glass substrates by chemical spray pyrolysis technique starting from zinc acetate (CH3CO2)2Znṡ2H2O and tin chloride SnCl2. The effect of Sn doping on structural, optical and electrical properties was investigated. The atomic percentages of dopant in ZnO-based solution were y = [Sn4+]/[Zn2+] = 0%, 0.2%, 0.6% and 1%. It was found that all the thin films have a preferential c-axis orientation. With increase of Sn doping, the peak position of the (0 0 2) plane was shifted to the high 2θ values. ZnO:Sn demonstrated obviously improved surface roughness, reduced average crystallite size, enhanced Hall mobility and reduced resistivity. Among all of the tin doped zinc oxide in this study, films doped with 0.6 at.% Sn concentration exhibited the best properties, namely a Hall mobility of 9.22 cm2 V-1 s-1, an RMS roughness of 37.15 nm and a resistivity of 8.32 × 10-2 Ω cm.

  19. Assessment of the abatement of acelsulfame K using cerium doped ZnO as photocatalyst.

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    Calza, P; Gionco, C; Giletta, M; Kalaboka, M; Sakkas, V A; Albanis, T; Paganini, M C

    2017-02-05

    In the present study, we investigated the possibility to abate Acesulfame K, a persistent emerging contaminant, in aqueous media using zinc oxide based materials. For this purpose, bare and Ce-doped zinc oxide was prepared via an easy and cheap hydrothermal process using different cerium salts as precursors. Their photocatalytic performance was evaluated in different media, namely ultrapure and river water under both UV-vis and visible light. Commercial TiO2 P25 was also employed and used as a reference photocatalyst for comparison purposes. The obtained results pointed out that cerium doped zinc oxide composites exhibit higher performance than TiO2 P25, especially under visible light and in the presence of organic matter, when the activity of the latter is greatly depressed. In particular, ZnO doped with cerium (1%) was the most effective material, and could be a promising alternative to TiO2 P25, especially in the treatment of natural waters.

  20. Wavelength-Tunable Electroluminescent Light Sources from Individual Ga-Doped ZnO Microwires.

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    Jiang, Mingming; He, Gaohang; Chen, Hongyu; Zhang, Zhenzhong; Zheng, Lingxia; Shan, Chongxin; Shen, Dezhen; Fang, Xiaosheng

    2017-03-07

    Electrically driven wavelength-tunable light emission from biased individual Ga-doped ZnO microwires (ZnO:Ga MWs) is demonstrated. Single crystalline ZnO:Ga MWs with different Ga-doping concentrations have been synthesized using a one-step chemical vapor deposition method. Strong electrically driven light emission from individual ZnO:Ga MW based devices is realized with tunable colors, and the emission region is localized toward the center of the wires. Increasing Ga-doping concentration in the MWs can lead to the redshift of electroluminescent emissions in the visible range. Interestingly, owing to the lack of rectification characteristics, relevant electrical measurement results show that the alternating current-driven light emission functions excellently on the ZnO:Ga MWs. Consequently, individual ZnO:Ga MWs, which can be analogous to incandescent sources, offer unique possibilities for future electroluminescence light sources. This typical multicolor emitter can be used to rival and complement other conventional semiconductor devices in displays and lighting.

  1. Color tunable ZnO nanorods by Eu and Tb co-doping for optoelectronic applications

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    Pal, Partha P.; Manam, J.

    2014-07-01

    Eu/Tb co-doped ZnO nanorods were prepared by co-precipitation method and the effect of Eu-Tb co-doping was studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-Vis-NIR diffuse reflectance (DR) and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The XRD pattern shows typical peak pattern for pure hexagonal wurtzite structure to match with the JCPDS data. The samples are found to be consisting of nanorods of diameter 20-30 nm as revealed by the TEM image. The FTIR pattern confirms the formation of the compounds. The DR study was carried to show the variation of absorption edge and the variation in band gap values, which showed the crystal size effect in the co-doped sample of different rare-earth ratios. The room temperature PL study shows bright emission spectra for the samples with different rare-earth ratios. It shows a very good energy transfer from Tb to Eu ions. The energy transfer mechanism and color tunability were discussed thoroughly.

  2. Improved solar-driven photocatalytic performance of Ag3PO4/ZnO composites benefiting from enhanced charge separation with a typical Z-scheme mechanism

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    Zhong, Junbo; Li, Jianzhang; Wang, Tao; Zeng, Jun; Si, Yujun; Cheng, Chaozhu; Li, Minjiao; Wang, Pei; Ding, Jie

    2016-01-01

    In this work, efficient simulated solar-driven Ag3PO4/ZnO photocatalysts with different molar ratios of Ag/Zn have been prepared by a precipitation method and characterized by X-ray diffraction, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy and surface photovoltage (SPV) spectroscopy. Under simulated sunlight illumination, the Ag3PO4/ZnO composites exhibit enhanced photocatalytic activity compared with the pure ZnO toward the decolorization of rhodamine B (RhB) aqueous solution, and the Ag3PO4/ZnO composite with 4 % Ag/Zn molar ratio exhibits the highest activity. The quenching effects of scavengers indicate that O2•- plays the major role in RhB decolorization. Ag3PO4 deposited on the ZnO surface can promote the separation rate of photoinduced charge carriers, proven by the SPV results. Based on all the observations, the charge separation mechanism with a typical Z-scheme was proposed.

  3. AgII doped MIL-101 and its adsorption of iodine with high speed in solution

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    Mao, Ping; Qi, Bingbing; Liu, Ying; Zhao, Lei; Jiao, Yan; Zhang, Yi; Jiang, Zheng; Li, Qiang; Wang, Jinfeng; Chen, Shouwen; Yang, Yi

    2016-05-01

    In order to improve the adsorption speed of iodine from water, MIL-101 with extra-large specific surface area (3054 m2/g) was chosen as a base material, and then, Ag was doped into MIL-101 to enhance its adsorption capacity through an incipient-wetness impregnation method. With the characterization of SEM-EDS, TEM, XRD, XPS, TGA, IR, and BET techniques, the resulting Ag was identified to be stay in the framework of MIL-101 stably in the form of AgII (generally, AgII cation is not stable). However, after the adsorption of I- anions, AgII stay in the cages of MIL-101 in the form of AgI/AgI3. It is important to note that, all adsorbents show high adsorption speed of iodine in solution. The equilibrium adsorption time of the adsorbents were acquired by only a few minutes, which can be attributed to its large BET surface area. An interesting note is that, when the doping amount of Ag is less than 9%, the iodine anions adsorption capacity of Ag@MIL-101 is greater than its theoretical adsorption capacity. It shows that both physical adsorption and chemical adsorption are existed in the adsorption process. This study hopefully leads to a new and highly efficient Ag-based adsorbent for iodide adsorb from solutions.

  4. Characterization of annealed Eu3+-doped ZnO flower-like morphology synthesized by chemical bath deposition method

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    Koao, L. F.; Dejene, B. F.; Swart, H. C.; Motloung, S. V.; Motaung, T. E.

    2016-10-01

    Undoped and europium ion (Eu3+) doped ZnO nanostructures were synthesized via the chemical bath deposition method and annealed afterwards in air at 700 °C. The X-ray diffraction measurements confirmed the hexagonal wurtzite structure for all samples. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed that the nanopowder samples were assembled in flower-like shapes for undoped and hexagonal-shaped for Eu3+-doped ZnO. Elemental energy dispersive (EDS) analysis mapping conducted on the samples revealed homogeneous distribution of Zn, O, and Eu ions. The Ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) diffusion reflectance spectroscopy showed a decrease in the band gap with an increasing Eu3+ concentration. The photoluminescence (PL) results showed that by exciting Eu3+ (4 mol%) doped ZnO with different excitation wavelength the highest luminescence intensity was observed at an excitation wavelength of 395 nm but no emissions were observed from Eu3+. By exciting further with 465 nm the Eu3+ emissions were observed and emission from undoped ZnO was found for the first time.

  5. Improve efficiency of perovskite solar cells by using Magnesium doped ZnO and TiO2 compact layers

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    Baktash, Ardeshir; Amiri, Omid; Sasani, Alireza

    2016-05-01

    Here the effect of Magnesium doped TiO2 and ZnO as hole blocking layers (HBLs) are investigated by using solar cell capacitance simulator (SCAPS). The Impact of Magnesium concentration into the TiO2 and ZnO and effect of operating temperature on the performance of the perovskite solar cell are investigated. Best cell performance for both TiO2 and ZnO HBLs (with cell efficiencies of 19.86% and 19.57% respectively) are concluded for the doping level of 10% of Mg into the structure of HBLs. Increase in operating temperature from 300 K to 400 K are decreased the performance of the perovskite solar cell with both pure and Mg-doped HBLs. However, the cells with pure ZnO layer and with Zn0.9 Mg0.1O layer show the highest (with a decline of 8.88% in efficiency) and the lowest stability (with a decline of 50.49% in efficiency) at higher temperatures respectively. Moreover, the cell with Ti0.9 Mg0.1O2 layer shows better stability (with 21.85% reduction in efficiency) than the cell with pure TiO2 compact layer (with 23.28% reduction in efficiency) at higher operating temperatures.

  6. Effect of growth time on Ti-doped ZnO nanorods prepared by low-temperature chemical bath deposition

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    Bidier, Shaker A.; Hashim, M. R.; Al-Diabat, Ahmad M.; Bououdina, M.

    2017-04-01

    Ti-doped ZnO nanorod arrays were grown onto Si substrate using chemical bath deposition (CBD) method at 93 °C. To investigate the effect of time deposition on the morphological, and structural properties, four Ti-doped ZnO samples were prepared at various deposition periods of time (2, 3.5, 5, and 6.5 h). FESEM images displayed high-quality and uniform nanorods with a mean length strongly dependent upon deposition time; i.e. it increases for prolonged growth time. Additionally, EFTEM images reveal a strong erosion on the lateral side for the sample prepared for 6.5 h as compared to 5 h. This might be attributed to the dissolution reaction of ZnO with for prolonged growth time. XRD analysis confirms the formation of a hexagonal wurtzite-type structure for all samples with a preferred growth orientation along the c-axis direction. The (100) peak intensity was enhanced and then quenched, which might be the result of an erosion on the lateral side of nanorods as seen in EFTEM. This study confirms the important role of growth time on the morphological features of Ti-doped ZnO nanorods prepared using CBD.

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

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

    2013-09-01

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

  8. Effect of growth time on Ti-doped ZnO nanorods prepared by low-temperature chemical bath deposition.

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    Bidier, Shaker A; Hashim, M R; Al-Diabat, Ahmad M; Bououdina, M

    2017-04-01

    Ti-doped ZnO nanorod arrays were grown onto Si substrate using chemical bath deposition (CBD) method at 93 °C. To investigate the effect of time deposition on the morphological, and structural properties, four Ti-doped ZnO samples were prepared at various deposition periods of time (2, 3.5, 5, and 6.5 h). FESEM images displayed high-quality and uniform nanorods with a mean length strongly dependent upon deposition time; i.e. it increases for prolonged growth time. Additionally, EFTEM images reveal a strong erosion on the lateral side for the sample prepared for 6.5 h as compared to 5 h. This might be attributed to the dissolution reaction of ZnO with for prolonged growth time. XRD analysis confirms the formation of a hexagonal wurtzite-type structure for all samples with a preferred growth orientation along the c-axis direction. The (100) peak intensity was enhanced and then quenched, which might be the result of an erosion on the lateral side of nanorods as seen in EFTEM. This study confirms the important role of growth time on the morphological features of Ti-doped ZnO nanorods prepared using CBD.

  9. The effect of sol aging time on Structural and Optical properties of sol gel ZnO doped Al

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    El Hallani, G.; Fazouan, N.; Liba, A.; Khuili, M.

    2016-10-01

    Currently the doped or undoped ZnO semiconductor is of great importance in the field of electronic and optoelectronic devices such as transparent conductors and optical windows of solar cells based on silicon. ZnO thin films are produced by several techniques such as sol-gel method which is a chemical technique usually dependent on solution conditions. However, the sol gel aging time is an important parameter, which can have a significant impact on the properties of thin films. In this work we studied the effect of aging times (0h, 24h, 48h, 72h, 1 week) of the precursor solution on the structural and optical properties of ZnO doped Al (3 at.%). Thin films prepared by spin coating on glass substrates were investigated. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis shows that the ZnO doped Al (3 at.%) exhibit the hexagonal wurtzite structure with a preferential orientation along [002] direction. The shift of (002) peaks towards higher diffraction angles is observed with sol aging time and also, a variation of crystallite sizes and thickness of thin films are shown with increasing sol aging time. All films present an average optical transmittance around 90% in the visible range with some interference fringes indicating a relative smoothness of films. We note an increasing in transmittance level with sol aging time from 0h to 48h. We can conclude that the aging times of the precursor solution influences the structural and optical properties of studied thin films.

  10. Preparation, characterization of the Ta-doped ZnO nanoparticles and their photocatalytic activity under visible-light illumination

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    Kong Jizhou; Li Aidong; Zhai Haifa; Gong Youpin; Li Hui; Wu Di

    2009-08-15

    This paper describes a novel catalyst of the Ta-doped ZnO nanocrystals prepared by a modified polymerizable complex method using the water-soluble tantalum precursor as the sources of Ta. The catalysts were characterized by means of various analytical techniques as a function of Ta content (x=0-4 mol%) systematically. A remarkable advantage of the results was confirmed that dopant Ta enhanced the visible-light absorption of ZnO and the low-solubility tantalum doping could restrain the growth of crystal and minish the particle size. The relationship between the physicochemical property and the photocatalytic performance was discussed, and it was found that the photocatalytic activity in the photochemical degradation of methylene blue under visible-light irradiation (lambda>=420 nm) was dependent on the contents of the dopant, which could affect the particle size, concentration of surface hydroxyl groups and active hydrogen-related defect sites, and the visible-light absorption. The highest photocatalytic activity was obtained for the 1.0 mol% Ta-doped ZnO sample. - Graphical abstract: The addition of the tantalum into ZnO prepared by a modified polymerizable complex method not only restrains the growth of crystal, minish the particle size, but also changes the nanocrystal morphology.

  11. The effect of Ag adsorption on the structural, electronic, and optical properties of the ZnO (10 1 ̅ 0) surface: A first-principles study

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    Lahmer, M. A.

    2016-09-01

    The effect of the Ag adsorption on the structural, electronic and optical properties of the clean ZnO(10 1 ̅ 0) surface was investigated using the first principles method. The obtained results show that adsorbed Ag atoms transfer charge to the surface which results in a charge accumulation in near-surface region accompanied with a decrease of the work function. On the other hand, our results show that the adsorption of Ag atoms leads also to the new optical absorption peaks in the visible region which could improve ZnO photocatalytical properties.

  12. Low-temperature ferromagnetic properties in Co-doped Ag{sub 2}Se nanoparticles

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    Yang, Fengxia E-mail: xia9020@hust.edu.cn; Yu, Gen; Han, Chong; Liu, Tingting; Zhang, Duanming; Xia, Zhengcai E-mail: xia9020@hust.edu.cn

    2014-01-06

    β-Ag{sub 2}Se is a topologically nontrivial insulator. The magnetic properties of Co-doped Ag{sub 2}Se nanoparticles with Co concentrations up to 40% were investigated. The cusp of zero-field-cooling magnetization curves and the low-temperature hysteresis loops were observed. With increasing concentration of Co{sup 2+} ions mainly substituting Ag{sub I} sites in the Ag{sub 2}Se structure, the resistivity, Curie temperature T{sub c}, and magnetization increased. At 10 T, a sharp drop of resistance near T{sub c} was detected due to Co dopants. The ferromagnetic behavior in Co-doped Ag{sub 2}Se might result from the intra-layer ferromagnetic coupling and surface spin. This magnetic semiconductor is a promising candidate in electronics and spintronics.

  13. Origin of p-type conductivity of Sb-doped ZnO nanorods and the local structure around Sb ions

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    Liang, J. K.; Su, H. L. E-mail: ycwu@hfut.edu.cn Wu, Y. C. E-mail: ycwu@hfut.edu.cn; Chuang, P. Y.; Kuo, C. L.; Huang, S. Y.; Chan, T. S.; Huang, J. C. A. E-mail: ycwu@hfut.edu.cn

    2015-05-25

    To probe the origin of p-type conductivity in Sb-doped ZnO, a careful and detailed synchrotron radiation study was performed. The extended X-ray absorption fine structure and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy investigations provided the evidence for the formation of the complex defects comprising substitution Sb ions at Zn sites (Sb{sub Zn}) and Zn vacancies within the Sb-doped ZnO lattice. Such complex defects result in the increases of Sb-O coordination number and the Sb valence and thereby lead to the p-type conductivity of Sb-doped ZnO. The back-gate field-effect-transistors based on single nanorod of Sb-doped ZnO were constructed, and the stable p-type conduction behavior was confirmed.

  14. Oxygen reduction reaction on Cu-doped Ag cluster for fuel-cell cathode.

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    Ma, Wenqiang; Chen, Fuyi; Zhang, Nan; Wu, Xiaoqiang

    2014-10-01

    The development of fuel cells as clean-energy technologies is largely limited by the prohibitive cost of the noble-metal catalysts needed for catalyzing the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in fuel cells. A fundamental understanding of catalyst design principle that links material structures to the catalytic activity can accelerate the search for highly active and abundant bimetallic catalysts to replace platinum. Here, we present a first-principles study of ORR on Ag12Cu cluster in alkaline environment. The adsorptions of O2, OOH, and OH on Cu-doped Ag13 are stronger than on Ag13. The d-band centers of adsorption sites show the Cu-doping makes d-electrons transferred to higher energy state, and improves O2 dissociation. ORR processes on Ag12Cu and Ag13 indicate Cu-doping can strongly promote ORR, and ORR process can be better preformed on Ag12Cu than on Ag13. For four-electron transfer, the effective reversible potential is 0.401 V/RHE on Ag12Cu in alkaline medium.

  15. Structure and Properties of Al and Ga- Doped ZnO

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    Temizer, Namik Kemal

    Recently there is tremendous interest in Transparent conducting oxide (TCO) research due to the unlimited and exciting application areas. Current research is mostly focused on finding alternative low cost and sustainable materials in order to replace indium tin oxide (ITO), which caused serious concern due to the increasing cost of indium and chemical stability issues of ITO. The primary aim of this research is to develop alternative TCO materials with superior properties in order to increase the efficiency in optoelectronic applications, as well as to study the properties of these materials to fully characterize them. We have grown Al and Ga-doped ZnO films with an optimized composition under different deposition conditions in order to understand the effect of processing parameters on the film properties. We report a detailed investigation on the structure-property correlations in Ga and Al codoped ZnO films on c-sapphire substrates where the thin film microstructure varies from nanocrystalline to single crystal. We have achieved highly epitaxial films with very high optical transmittance (close to 90%) and low resistivity (˜110muO-cm) values. The films grown in an ambient oxygen partial pressure (PO2 ) of 50 mTorr and at growth temperatures from room temperature to 600°C showed semiconducting behavior, whereas samples grown at a Po2 of 1 mTorr showed metallic nature. The most striking feature is the occurrence of resistivity minima at relatively high temperatures around 110 K in films deposited at high temperatures. The structure-property correlations reveal that point defects play an important role in modifying the structural, optical, electrical and magnetic properties and such changes in physical properties are controlled predominantly by the defect content. To gain a better understanding of the conduction processes in doped ZnO thin films, we have studied the temperature variation of resistivity of some selected samples that showed some interesting behavior

  16. Preparation, characterization of Sb-doped ZnO nanocrystals and their excellent solar light driven photocatalytic activity

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    Nasser, Ramzi; Othmen, Walid Ben Haj; Elhouichet, Habib; Férid, Mokhtar

    2017-01-01

    In the present study, undoped and antimony (Sb) doped ZnO nanocrystals (NCs) were prepared by a simple and economical sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed the purity of the obtained phase and its high crystallinity. Raman analysis confirms the hexagonal Wurtzite ZnO structure. According to the diffuse reflectance results, the band gap was found to decrease up to 3% of Sb doping (ZSb3 sample). The results of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements reveal that Sb ions occupied both Zn and interstitials sites. The successful substitution of antimony in ZnO lattice suggests the formation of the complex (SbZn-2 VZn) acceptor level above the valence band. Particularly for ZSb3 sample, the UV photoluminescence (PL) band presents an obvious red-shift attributed to the formation of this complex. Rhodamine B (RhB) was used to evaluate the photocatalytic activity of Sb-doped ZnO NCs under sunlight irradiation. It was found that oxygen vacancies play a major role in the photocatalytic process by trapping the excited electrons and inhibiting the radiative recombination. During the photocatalytic mechanism, the Sb doping, expressed through the apparition of the (SbZn-2 VZn) correspondent acceptor level, enhances the sunlight absorption within the ZnO band gap, which stimulates the generation of hydroxyl radicals and promotes the photocatalytics reaction rates. Such important contribution of the hydroxyl radicals was confirmed experimentally when using ethanol as scavenger in the photocatalytic reaction. The photodegradation experiments reveal that ZSb3 sample exhibits the highest photocatalytic activity among all the prepared samples and presents a good cycling stability and reusability. The influence of the initial pH in the photodegradation efficiency was also monitored and discussed.

  17. Nonlinear I- V characteristics in doped ZnO based-ceramic varistor

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    Sedky, A.; Abu-Abdeen, M.; Almulhem, Abdalaziz A.

    2007-01-01

    Two similar sets of Zn 1-xFe xO ceramic samples with various x values (0.00< x<0.50) are prepared by two different heat treatments. The first set is quenched from sintering temperature down to room temperature, and the second is left in the furnace and slowly cooled to room temperature. These samples are examined by using X-ray diffraction patterns (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and DC electrical measurements. XRD data indicate that the replacement of Zn 2+ ion by Fe 3+ ion does not influence the Wurtzite structure of ZnO samples, and other well-known peaks are formed. The results of SEM indicate that no secondary phases are formed at grain boundaries, supporting the XRD results. It is also apparent that the average grain size decreases with increasing Fe content up to x=0.10, followed by an increase at x>0.30. With increasing Fe content, a nonlinear region, obtained from I- V characteristics, clearly appears and is shifted to higher fields. Furthermore, the nonlinear coefficients are generally increased by adding Fe up to x=0.30, followed by a decrease at x=0.50. Moreover, the values of the barrier heights are also generally increased with Fe up to x=0.10 and kept unchanged with further Fe content. On the other hand, the electrical conductivities at room temperature are measured and their values are found to be decreasing with increasing Fe content, as compared to those of an undoped ZnO sample. Our results are discussed in terms of both point defects and intrinsic donors, which are produced by Fe doping in the ZnO ceramic system.

  18. AC-magnetic susceptibility of Dy doped ZnO compounds

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    Akyol, Mustafa; Ekicibil, Ahmet; Kiymaç, Kerim

    2015-07-01

    Dy doped ZnO polycrystalline diluted magnetic semiconductor compounds have been prepared by the so called solid state reaction method. We have studied the M-H and AC magnetic properties of the compounds by using a PPMS magnetometer, and explored the phases and crystal structure by using a X-ray powder diffractometer. The XRD spectra of the compounds show that the substitution of Dy3+ for Zn2+ causes almost no change in the hexagonal wurtzite structure of ZnO, and the Dy3+ ions are successfully substituted into the Zn2+ site of the ZnO matrix. The magnetic measurements, M-H and χ-T, for T in the range from 10 to 300 K, show a paramagnetic behavior, including indirect antiferromagnetic couplings between some Dy3+ magnetic moments. Since the Curie-Weiss temperatures, θ, are all negative but decrease in magnitude with increasing Dy concentration. On the other hand, the calculated effective magnetic moments, μeff, per Dy3+ ion slowly increase with increasing Dy concentration, but are all very close to the free ion value of μeff, ~11.0 μB. Therefore, the trends of the magnitudes of θs and μeff s indicate that the samples are not only paramagnetic but also have antiferromagnetic couplings due to the complex nature of the compounds. In addition, the thermal variation of average magnetic moment, Peff(T), per Dy3+ ion have been calculated, and have been found to be gradually increasing with increasing temperature and Dy concentration.

  19. Induced structural defects in Ti-doped ZnO and its two-photon-excitation

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    Martínez Julca, Milton A.; Rivera, Ivonnemary; Santillan Mercado, Jaime; Sierra, Heidy; Perales-Pérez, Oscar

    2016-03-01

    ZnO is a well-known luminescent material that reacts with light to generate free radicals enabling its use in cancer treatment by Photodynamic Therapy (PDT). Unfortunately, up to know, the photo-excitation of ZnO-based materials' requires excitation with ultraviolet light, which limits their biomedical applications. In this regard, this work investigates the effect of Ti species incorporation into the lattice of ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) with the aim of improving the corresponding optical properties and enabling the two-photoexcitation with 690nm-light (near infrared light). A modified polyol-based route was used to synthesize pure and Ti-doped (9% at.) ZnO NPs. X-ray diffraction confirmed the formation of ZnO-wurtzite whereas Scanning Electron Microscopy confirmed the formation of monodispersed 100-nm NPs. Raman Spectroscopy measurements evidenced the presence of zinc interstitials (Zni) and oxygen vacancies (VO) in the host oxide strcuture. Asynthesized NPs were excited using the technique of two-photon fluorescence microscopy (TPFM). The photoluminescence (PL) spectra generated from the analysis of TPFM images revealed a high emission peak presence in the green region (555 nm) that was assigned to VO. Also, a weak but noticeable band at 420 nm was detected, which is attributed to electron transition from the shallow donor level of Zni to the valence band. These PL transitions will favor triplet states formation necessary to yield cytotoxic reactive oxygen species. Furthermore, the presence of the PL peaks confirmed the Ti-ZnO NPs capacity to be excited by 690-nm light, thus, opening new possibilities for this NPs to be used in lightinduced bio-medical applications.

  20. Rare earth ion (La, Ce, and Eu) doped ZnO nanoparticles synthesized via sol-gel method: Application in dye sensitized solar cells

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    Pandey, Padmini; Kurchania, Rajnish; Haque, Fozia Z.

    2015-10-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were fabricated by using ZnO nanoparticles as working electrode material synthesized via simple and cost effective sol-gel method. Crystallography and morphology was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), respectively. Among various rare earth ions, 1.0 mol % La, Ce, and Eu doped ZnO nanoparticles based photoanodes were used to test DSSC performance. Lower efficiency (η = 1.14%) for La ion doped ZnO nanoparticles based cell was observed. A much lower photocurrent J sc = 2.52 mA/cm2 with 0.60% efficiency ( η) for the Ce ion doped ZnO nanoparticles based prototype was observed as compared to that ( J sc = 3.86 mA/cm2 with η = 1.24%) of the undoped one which may be due to the formation of opposite internal electric potential difference in the cell. Furthermore, the improvement in efficiency (η = 1.36%) and J sc = 3.99 mA/cm2 for Eu ion doped ZnO can be attributed to enhanced electron injection and transport abilities. This indicates that 1.0 mol % Eu ion doped ZnO film possesses better electrical conductivity probably due to the existence of high-valance Eu ions in the ZnO matrix which might be promising in ZnO-based dye sensitized solar cell.

  1. Fabrication and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 derived nanotubes with Ag ions doping.

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    Liu, Fang; Lai, Shuting; Huang, Peilin; Liu, Yingju; Xu, Yuehua; Fang, Yueping; Zhou, Wuyi

    2012-11-01

    Ag/TiO2 nanotubes with uniform distribution were successfully prepared by a hydrothermal-dipping method. The synthesized samples were characterized by XRD, TEM and FTIR, respectively. The results exhibited that the morphological structure of the TiO2 nanotubes was improved by the doping of Ag ions. The photocatalytic degradation experiment indicated that the photocatalytic activity of the Ag/TiO2 nanotubes indicated better photocatalytic activity than pure TiO2 nanotubes since silver was able to help the electron-hole separation by attracting photoelectrons. The optimal mol ration of TiO2 and AgNO3 was 25:1.

  2. Photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes by Er3+: YAlO3/Co- and Fe-doped ZnO coated composites under solar irradiation

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    Chen, Yang; Lu, Chunxiao; Tang, Liang; Song, Yahui; Wei, Shengnan; Rong, Yang; Zhang, Zhaohong; Wang, Jun

    2016-12-01

    In this work, the Er3+: YAlO3/Co- and Fe-doped ZnO coated composites were prepared by the sol-gel method. Then, they were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Photo-degradation of azo fuchsine (AF) as a model dye under solar light irradiation was studied to evaluate the photocatalytic activity of the Er3+: YAlO3/Co- and Fe-doped ZnO coated composites. It was found that the photocatalytic activity of Co- and Fe-doped ZnO composites can be obviously enhanced by upconversion luminescence agent (Er3+: YAlO3). Besides, the photocatalytic activity of Er3+: YAlO3/Fe-doped ZnO is better than that of Er3+: YAlO3/Co-doped ZnO. The influence of experiment conditions, such as the concentration of Er3+: YAlO3, heat-treatment temperature and time on the photocatalytic activity of the Er3+: YAlO3/Co- and Fe-doped ZnO coated composites was studied. In addition, the effects of solar light irradiation time, dye initial concentration, Er3+: YAlO3/Co- and Fe-doped ZnO amount on the photocatalytic degradation of azo fuchsine in aqueous solution were investigated in detail. Simultaneously, some other organic dyes, such as Methyl Orange (MO), Rhodamine B (RM-B), Acid Red B (AR-B), Congo Red (CR), and Methyl Blue (MB) were also studied. The possible excitation principle of Er3+: YAlO3/Co- and Fe-doped ZnO coated composites under solar light irradiation and the photocatalytic degradation mechanism of organic dyes were discussed.

  3. Ga-doped ZnO thin film surface characterization by wavelet and fractal analysis

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    Jing, Chenlei; Tang, Wu

    2016-02-01

    The change in roughness of various thicknesses Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) thin films deposited by magnetron reactive sputtering on glass substrates at room temperature was measured by atomic force microscopy (AFM). Multi-resolution signal decomposition based on wavelet transform and fractal geometry was applied to process surface profiles, to evaluate the roughness trend of relevant frequency resolution. The results give a six-level decomposition and the results change with deposited time and surface morphology. Also, it is found that fractal dimension is closely connected to the underside diameter (grain size) and the distance between adjacent grains that affect the change rate of surface and the increase of the defects such as abrupt changes lead to a larger value of fractal dimension.

  4. Origin of Ferromagnetism in Al and Ni Co-doped ZnO Based DMS Materials

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    Murtaza, Saleem; Saadat, A. Siddiqi; Shahid, M. Ramay; Shahid, Atiq; Shahzad, Naseem

    2012-10-01

    Zn0.95Ni0.05O and Zn0.90Ni0.05Al0.05O compositions of nanocrystallites are synthesised using the well recognised auto-combustion technique. The x-ray diffraction patterns demonstrate the phase pure characteristic wurtzite-type crystal structure with space group P63mc in both the compositions. The elemental incorporation of Ni and Al contents into the ZnO structure is confirmed by energy dispersive x-ray analysis. The micrographs of scanning electron microscopy show an approximate ordered morphology. The electrical resistivity is observed to decrease with the rising temperature, depicting the characteristic semiconductor behaviour of the samples. The lower values of resistivity and ferromagnetic interactions in the Al-doped sample correspond to an increase of carrier's density. It is observed that the carrier mediated mechanism is mainly responsible for ferromagnetism in ZnO-based diluted magnetic semiconductors.

  5. Self-consistent GW calculation of the electronic structure of co-doped ZnO

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    Kim, Maengsuk; Park, Chul Hong

    2012-01-01

    The electronic structure of Co-doped ZnO is presented using a first-principles self-consistent GW calculation based on the screened hybrid HSE06 functional and is compared to the structure calculated using the generalized gradient density approximation plus U (GGA+U) method. The obtained energy splittings between unoccupied Co t 2 and the occupied Co e states are about 3.0 eV and 5.1 eV for the GGA+U and the HSE06 calculations, respectively. Through a correction of the self-consistent GW calculations on the top of HSE06, the electronic energy levels of the occupied Co e band states are moved downward slightly while those at the unoccupied Co t 2 bands are shifted upward, and the occupied Co e and the empty Co t 2 levels of the minority spin are located, respectively, far below and far above the conduction band minimum.

  6. Magnetoresistance manipulation and sign reversal in Mn-doped ZnO nanowires

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    Sapkota, Keshab R.; Chen, Weimin; Maloney, F. Scott; Poudyal, Uma; Wang, Wenyong

    2016-01-01

    We report magnetoresistance (MR) manipulation and sign reversal induced by carrier concentration modulation in Mn-doped ZnO nanowires. At low temperatures positive magnetoresistance was initially observed. When the carrier concentration was increased through the application of a gate voltage, the magnetoresistance also increased and reached a maximum value. However, further increasing the carrier concentration caused the MR to decrease, and eventually an MR sign reversal from positive to negative was observed. An MR change from a maximum positive value of 25% to a minimum negative value of 7% was observed at 5 K and 50 KOe. The observed MR behavior was modeled by considering combined effects of quantum correction to carrier conductivity and bound magnetic polarons. This work could provide important insights into the mechanisms that govern magnetotransport in dilute magnetic oxides, and it also demonstrated an effective approach to manipulating magnetoresistance in these materials that have important spintronic applications. PMID:27739442

  7. Local fields in Co and Mn Co-doped ZnO

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    Sato, W.; Kano, Y.; Suzuki, T.; Nakagawa, M.; Kobayashi, Y.

    2016-12-01

    The magnetic properties of ZnO co-doped with 5 at. % Co and 5 at. % Mn(Zn0.90Co0.05Mn0.05O) synthesized by a solid-state reaction were investigated by means of 57Co emission Mössbauer spectroscopy. The majority of the probe ions (80 %) residing in defect-free substitutional Zn sites take the oxidation state of 57Fe 2+, and the others presumably form local defects taking the state of 57Fe 3+ at room temperature. Both components show doublets, and RT ferromagnetism was thus absent in the sample. For the measurement at 10 K, spectral broadening was observed, implying a possible presence of a weak magnetic component.

  8. Magnetoresistance manipulation and sign reversal in Mn-doped ZnO nanowires.

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    Sapkota, Keshab R; Chen, Weimin; Maloney, F Scott; Poudyal, Uma; Wang, Wenyong

    2016-10-14

    We report magnetoresistance (MR) manipulation and sign reversal induced by carrier concentration modulation in Mn-doped ZnO nanowires. At low temperatures positive magnetoresistance was initially observed. When the carrier concentration was increased through the application of a gate voltage, the magnetoresistance also increased and reached a maximum value. However, further increasing the carrier concentration caused the MR to decrease, and eventually an MR sign reversal from positive to negative was observed. An MR change from a maximum positive value of 25% to a minimum negative value of 7% was observed at 5 K and 50 KOe. The observed MR behavior was modeled by considering combined effects of quantum correction to carrier conductivity and bound magnetic polarons. This work could provide important insights into the mechanisms that govern magnetotransport in dilute magnetic oxides, and it also demonstrated an effective approach to manipulating magnetoresistance in these materials that have important spintronic applications.

  9. Sputter deposition of Al-doped ZnO films with various incident angles

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    Sato, Yasushi; Yanagisawa, Kei; Oka, Nobuto; Nakamura, Shin-ichi; Shigesato, Yuzo

    2009-09-15

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films were sputter deposited on glass substrates heated at 200 degree sign C under incident angles of sputtered particles at 0 degree sign (incidence normal to substrate), 20 deg., 40 deg., 60 deg., and 80 deg. In the case of normal incidence, x-ray diffraction pole figures show a strong [001] preferred orientation normal to the film surface. In contrast, in the case wherein the incident angles were higher than 60 degree sign , the [001] orientation inclined by 25 deg. - 35 deg. toward the direction of sputtered particles. Transmission electron microscopy revealed that the tilt angle of the [001] orientation increased with increasing angle of the incident sputtered particles, whereas the columnar structure did not show any sign of inclination with respect to the substrate plane.

  10. Annealing induced reorientation of crystallites in Sn doped ZnO films

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    Ravichandran, K.; Vasanthi, M.; Thirumurugan, K.; Sakthivel, B.; Karthika, K.

    2014-11-01

    Tin doped ZnO thin films were prepared by employing a simplified spray pyrolysis technique using a perfume atomizer and subsequently annealed under different temperatures from 350 °C to 500 °C in steps of 50 °C. The structural, optical, electrical, photoluminescence and surface morphological properties of the as-deposited films were studied and compared with that of the annealed films. The X-ray diffraction studies showed that as-deposited film exhibits preferential orientation along the (0 0 2) plane and it changes in favour of (1 0 0) plane after annealing. The increase in crystallite size due to annealing is explained on the basis of Ostwald ripening effect. It is found that the optical transmittance and band gap increases with increase in annealing temperature. A slight decrease in resistivity caused by annealing is discussed in correlation with annealing induced defect modifications and surface morphology.

  11. AC conductivity and structural properties of Mg-doped ZnO ceramic

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    Othman, Zayani Jaafar; Hafef, Olfa; Matoussi, Adel; Rossi, Francesca; Salviati, Giancarlo

    2015-11-01

    Undoped ZnO and Zn1- x Mg x O ceramic pellets were synthesized by the standard sintering method at the temperature of 1200 °C. The influence of Mg doping on the morphological, structural and electrical properties was studied. The scanning electron microscopy images revealed rough surface textured by grain boundaries and compacted grains having different shapes and sizes. Indeed, the X-ray diffraction reveals the alloying of hexagonal ZnMgO phase and the segregation of cubic MgO phase. The crystallite size, strain and stress were studied using Williamson-Hall (W-H) method. The results of mean particle size of Zn1- x Mg x O composites showed an inter-correlation with W-H analysis and Sherrer method. The electrical conductivity of the films was measured from 173 to 373 K in the frequency range of 0.1 Hz-1 MHz to identify the dominant conductivity mechanism. The DC conductivity is thermally activated by electron traps having activation energy of about 0.09 to 0.8 eV. The mechanisms of AC conductivity are controlled by the correlated barrier hopping model for the ZnO sample and the small polaron tunneling (SPT) model for Zn0.64Mg0.36O and Zn0.60Mg0.40O composites.

  12. Synthesis and optical properties of MgO-doped ZnO microtubes using microwave heating

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    Al-Naser, Qusay A. H.; Zhou, Jian; Wang, Han; Liu, Guizhen; Wang, Lin

    2015-08-01

    The Zn1-xMgxO (x = 0%, 2% and 5%) microtubes have been successfully synthesized via a microwave heating method. The as synthesized microtubes were carefully investigated. Field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) showed that all the microtubes exhibit an exact hexagonal hollow structure with smooth surfaces and straight characteristics throughout their whole lengths. UV-Vis measurement indicates that the absorption peak for ZnO microtube was shifted from 378.88 nm (3.27 eV) to 369.91 nm (3.35 eV) for Zn0.95Mg0.05O microtube. Room temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectra showed that the intensity of UV emission peak decreased with increase of MgO concentration and the visible emission band showed a blue shift from 538.06812 nm for ZnO microtube to 529.54114 nm for Zn0.95Mg0.05O microtube. Energy-dispersive spectrometer (EDS) analysis revealed the presence of Zn and O as the only elementary components with the absence of MgO as a doping material.

  13. Coalescence-driven magnetic order of the uncompensated antiferromagnetic Co doped ZnO

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    Ney, V.; Henne, B.; Lumetzberger, J.; Wilhelm, F.; Ollefs, K.; Rogalev, A.; Kovacs, A.; Kieschnick, M.; Ney, A.

    2016-12-01

    The evolution of the structural and magnetic properties of Co doped ZnO has been investigated over an unprecedented concentration range above the coalescence limit. ZnO films with Co concentrations from 20% to 60% of the cationic lattice have been grown by reactive magnetron sputtering. The wurtzite crystal structure was maintained even for these high dopant concentrations. By measuring the x-ray absorption at the near edge and the linear and circular dichroism of the films at the Zn and Co K edge, it could be shown that Co substitutes predominantly for Zn in the lattice. No indications of metallic Co have been found in the samples. At low Co concentrations, the films are paramagnetic, but with increasing Co content, the films become antiferromagnetically ordered with increasing order temperature. Uncompensated spins, coupled to the antiferromagnetic dopant configurations, lead to a vertical exchange-bias-like effect, which increases with increasing Co concentration. In parallel, the single-ion anisotropy is gradually lost.

  14. Thermoelectric Properties of CuAgSe doped with Co, Cr

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    Czajka, Peter; Yao, Mengliang; Opeil, Cyril

    Thermoelectric materials represent one way that reliable cooling below the boiling point of nitrogen can be realized. Current materials do not exhibit sufficiently high efficiencies at cryogenic temperatures, but significant progress is being made. One material that has generated significant interest recently is CuAgSe. It has been demonstrated (Ishiwata et al., Nature Mater. 2013) that doping CuAgSe with 10% Ni at the Cu sites increases the material's thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) at 100 K from 0.02 to 0.10. This is intriguing not just because of the dramatic effect that the Ni doping produces, but also because CuAgSe is a semimetal and semimetals are not usually able to exhibit the kind of asymmetric carrier activation necessary for strong thermoelectric performance. In order to further investigate the unusual nature of thermoelectricity in CuAgSe and its strong dependence on chemical composition, we have synthesized and measured the thermoelectric properties of a series of CuAgSe samples doped with Co and Cr. Temperature-dependent magnetic and thermoelectric transport properties of CuAgSe as a function of Co and Cr doping will be discussed. This work is supported by the Department of Defense, AFOSR, MURI Program Contract # FA9550-10-1-0533 and the Trustees of Boston College.

  15. Thermoluminescence characterization of Ag-doped Li2 B4 O7 single crystal materials.

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    Kuralı, D; Ekdal Karalı, E; Kelemen, A; Holovey, V; Can, N; Karalı, T

    2016-12-13

    In this study, the thermoluminescence (TL) characteristics of Ag-doped and undoped lithium tetraborate (Li2 B4 O7 , LTB) materials, grown using the Czochralski method, were reported. The TL properties of LTB:Ag, such as glow curve structure, dose response, fading and reproducibility, were investigated. The glow curve of the Li2 B4 O7 :Ag single crystal consists of four peaks located at approximately 75, 130, 190 and 275°C; in undoped LTB, the single crystal shows a broad glow curve with peaks at 65, 90, 125, 160 and 190°C using a heating rate of 5°C/s in the 50-350°C temperature region. The high temperature peak of Ag-doped sample at 275°C has a nonlinear dose response within the range from 33 mGy to 9 Gy. There is a linear response in the range of 33-800 mGy; after which, a sublinear region appears up to 9 Gy for Ag-doped LTB single crystal. For undoped single crystal, the dose response is supralinear for low doses and linear for the region between 1 and 9 Gy. The thermal fading ratio of the undoped material is almost 60% for the high temperature peak after 7 days. Ag-doped LTB single crystal exhibits different behaviour over a period of 7 days.

  16. Structural, electrical, and optical properties of Ti-doped ZnO films fabricated by atomic layer deposition

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    2013-01-01

    High-quality Ti-doped ZnO films were grown on Si, thermally grown SiO2, and quartz substrates by atomic layer deposition (ALD) at 200°C with various Ti doping concentrations. Titanium isopropoxide, diethyl zinc, and deionized water were sources for Ti, Zn, and O, respectively. The Ti doping was then achieved by growing ZnO and TiO2 alternately. A hampered growth mode of ZnO on TiO2 layer was confirmed by comparing the thicknesses measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry with the expected. It was also found that the locations of the (100) diffraction peaks shift towards lower diffraction angles as Ti concentration increased. For all samples, optical transmittance over 80% was obtained in the visible region. The sample with ALD cycle ratio of ZnO/TiO2 being 20 had the lowest resistivity of 8.874 × 10−4 Ω cm. In addition, carrier concentration of the prepared films underwent an evident increase and then decreased with the increase of Ti doping concentration. PMID:23442766

  17. Enhanced photoelectrochemical performance of ZnO nanorod arrays decorated with CdS shell and Ag2S quantum dots

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    Holi, Araa Mebdir; Zainal, Zulkarnain; Talib, Zainal Abidin; Lim, Hong-Ngee; Yap, Chi-Chin; Chang, Sook-Keng; Ayal, Asmaa Kadim

    2017-03-01

    Ternary nanostructured Ag2S/CdS/ZnO thin film was prepared by using a simple low-cost hydrothermal method. The hexagonal phase of ZnO nanorods and CdS shells combined with monoclinic Ag2S quantum dots resulted in improved optical and photoelectrochemical properties. CdS shell with high absorption property efficiently compliment the energy levels of ZnO and improved the ability of light absorption. Furthermore, narrow band gap Ag2S also played a vital part in the light harvesting. The photoelectrochemical performance of the ternary nanostructured Ag2S/CdS/ZnO NRs was investigated in a mixture of Na2S and Na2SO3 aqueous solutions under visible light illumination. The Ag2S/CdS/ZnO NRs were found to be more efficient than ZnO NRs, CdS/ZnO NRs, and Ag2S/ZnO NRs as this particular sample gave a maximum photocurrent of 5.69 mA cm-2, which is around 2 and 1.5 times greater than CdS/ZnO NRs and Ag2S/ZnO NRs, respectively. Besides that, it was found that this ternary film possessed 15 times higher photocurrent density than plain ZnO NRs. This is attributed to the larger amount of visible light absorbed by the ternary nanostructured composite.

  18. Effect of bismuth doping on the ZnO nanocomposite material and study of its photocatalytic activity under UV-light

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    Chandraboss, V.L.; Natanapatham, L.; Karthikeyan, B.; Kamalakkannan, J.; Prabha, S.; Senthilvelan, S.

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: The hetero-junctions that are formed between the ZnO and the Bi provide an internal electric field that facilitates separation of the electron-hole pairs and induces faster carrier migration. Thus they often enhanced photocatalytic reaction. - Highlights: • Bi-doped ZnO nanocomposite material was prepared by precipitation method. • Characterized by XRD, HR-SEM with EDX, UV–visible DRS and FT-RAMAN analysis. • Bi-doped ZnO nanocomposite material was used to photodegradation of Congo red. • Mechanism and photocatalytic effect of nanocomposite material have been discussed. - Abstract: Bismuth (Bi)-doped ZnO nanocomposite material was prepared by precipitation method with doping precursors of bismuth nitrate pentahydrate and oxalic acid, characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), High Resolution-Scanning Electron Microscopy (HR-SEM) with Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis, UV–visible Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy (UV–visible DRS) and Fourier Transform-Raman (FT-RAMAN) analysis. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of the Bi-doped ZnO is demonstrated through photodegradation of Congo red under UV-light irradiation. The mechanism of photocatalytic effect of Bi-doped ZnO nanocomposite material has been discussed.

  19. Fabrication of non-enzymatic sensor using Co doped ZnO nanoparticles as a marker of H2O2

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    Khan, Sher Bahadar; Rahman, Mohammed M.; Asiri, Abdullah M.; Asif, Safi Asim Bin; Al-Qarni, Sara Abdullah S.; Al-Sehemi, Abdullah G.; Al-Sayari, Saleh A.; Al-Assiri, Mohammad Sultan

    2014-08-01

    Co doped ZnO nanoparticles were prepared by a simple thermal method and their functional relationships with H2O2 sensing were investigated. The sensing potential of Co doped ZnO nanoparticles were investigated using cyclic voltammeter. Co doped ZnO nanoparticles were characterized by FESEM, EDS, XRD, FTIR and XPS. The data obtained from the sensing study showed that Co doped ZnO nanoparticles are more sensitive toward H2O2. The results suggested that Co doped ZnO nanoparticles displayed tremendous electro-catalytic property for the reduction of H2O2. The performance of the sensor was further optimized using various pH and different scan rates. The developed sensor displayed high sensitivity (92.4444 μA mM-1 cm-2) and lower limit of detection (14.3 μM). Thus Co doped ZnO nanoparticles could be potential material for the construction of sensitive and efficient hydrogen peroxide sensor.

  20. Structural investigation of aluminium doped ZnO nanoparticles by solid-state NMR spectroscopy.

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    Avadhut, Yamini S; Weber, Johannes; Hammarberg, Elin; Feldmann, Claus; Schmedt auf der Günne, Jörn

    2012-09-07

    The electrical conductivity of aluminium doped zinc oxide (AZO, ZnO:Al) materials depends on doping induced defects and grain structure. This study aims at relating macroscopic electrical conductivity of AZO nanoparticles with their atomic structure, which is non-trivial because the derived materials are heavily disordered and heterogeneous in nature. For this purpose we synthesized AZO nanoparticles with different doping levels and narrow size distribution by a microwave assisted polyol method followed by drying and a reductive treatment with forming gas. From these particles electrically conductive, optically transparent films were obtained by spin-coating. Characterization involved energy-dispersive X-ray analysis, wet chemical analysis, X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering, which provided a basis for a detailed structural solid-state NMR study. A multinuclear ((27)Al, (13)C, (1)H) spectroscopic investigation required a number of 1D MAS NMR and 2D MAS NMR techniques (T(1)-measurements, (27)Al-MQMAS, (27)Al-(1)H 2D-PRESTO-III heteronuclear correlation spectroscopy), which were corroborated by quantum chemical calculations with an embedded cluster method (EEIM) at the DFT level. From the combined data we conclude that only a small part of the provided Al is incorporated into the ZnO structure by substitution of Zn. The related (27)Al NMR signal undergoes a Knight shift when the material is subjected to a reductive treatment with forming gas. At higher (formal) doping levels Al forms insulating (Al, H and C containing) side-phases, which cover the surface of the ZnO:Al particles and increase the sheet resistivity of spin-coated material. Moreover, calculated (27)Al quadrupole coupling constants serve as a spectroscopic fingerprint by which previously suggested point-defects can be identified and in their great majority be ruled out.

  1. Ag- and Cu-doped multifunctional bioactive nanostructured TiCaPCON films

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    Shtansky, D. V.; Batenina, I. V.; Kiryukhantsev-Korneev, Ph. V.; Sheveyko, A. N.; Kuptsov, K. A.; Zhitnyak, I. Y.; Anisimova, N. Yu.; Gloushankova, N. A.

    2013-11-01

    A key property of multicomponent bioactive nanostructured Ti(C,N)-based films doped with Ca, P, and O (TiCaPCON) that can be improved further is their antibacterial effect that should be achieved without compromising the implant bioactivity and biocompatibility. The present work is focused on the study of structure, chemical, mechanical, tribological, and biological properties of Ag- and Cu-doped TiCaPCON films. The films with Ag (0.4-4 at.%) and Cu (13 at.%) contents were obtained by simultaneous sputtering of a TiC0.5-Ca3(PO4)2 target and either an Ag or a Cu target. The film structure was studied using X-ray diffraction, transmission and scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy, and Raman-shift and IR spectroscopy. The films were characterized in terms of their hardness, elastic modulus, dynamic impact resistance, friction coefficient and wear rate (both in air and normal saline), surface wettability, electrochemical behavior and Ag or Cu ion release in normal saline. Particular attention was paid to the influence of inorganic bactericides (Ag and Cu ions) on the bactericidal activity against unicellular yeast fungus Saccharomyces cerevisiae and gram-positive bacteria Lactobacillus acidophilus, as well as on the attachment, spreading, actin cytoskeleton organization, focal adhesions, and early stages of osteoblastic cell differentiation. The obtained results show that the Ag-doped films are more suitable for the protection of metallic surfaces against bacterial infection compared with their Cu-doped counterpart. In particular, an excellent combination of mechanical, tribological, and biological properties makes Ag-doped TiCaPCON film with 1.2 at.% of Ag very attractive material for bioengineering and modification of load-bearing metal implant surfaces.

  2. Effect of Gd doping on the structural, optical band-gap, dielectric and magnetic properties of ZnO nanoparticles

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    Franco, A., Jr.; Pessoni, H. V. S.

    2017-02-01

    Nanostructured Zn1-xGdxOδ (0 ≤ x ⩽ 0.02) powders were synthesized by the combustion reaction method (CR) with the purpose to investigate the effect of Gd doping on the structural, optical band-gap, dielectric and magnetic properties at room temperature. The structure and morphology of all samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The XRD patterns of all samples exhibited sharp and intensive peaks of hexagonal wurtzite structure of ZnO without any evidence of spurious crystalline phases. The nanoparticles crystalized in roughly spherical morphology with bimodal particle size distribution centered at ∼ 30 , ∼ 100 and ∼ 70 , ∼ 160 nm for undoped and Gd - doped ZnO (x=0.02), respectively. Diffuse reflectance spectrum of each sample was obtained by using a UV/VIS/Near spectrometer and the optical band-gap, Eg, values decreased with increasing Gd doping concentration; being ∼ 3.23 , and ∼ 3.17 eV for x=0 and 0.02, respectively at room temperature. This red shift on the band-gap was discussed in terms of new band levels below the conducting band. Also, the dielectric permittivity data of all samples could be evaluated by the Cole- Cole model. Seems that both oxygen vacancies (VO) or/and interstitial oxygen (O″ı¨) defects present in the Gd - doped ZnO samples play an important rule in the dielectric permittivity at room temperature. Furthermore, all Gd - doped ZnO samples exhibited typical paramagnetic behavior at rom temperature.

  3. Investigation of plasmon resonance tunneling through subwavelength hole arrays in highly doped conductive ZnO films

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    Nader, Nima Vangala, Shivashankar; Hendrickson, Joshua R.; Leedy, Kevin D.; Cleary, Justin W.; Look, David C.; Guo, Junpeng

    2015-11-07

    Experimental results pertaining to plasmon resonance tunneling through a highly conductive zinc oxide (ZnO) layer with subwavelength hole-arrays is investigated in the mid-infrared regime. Gallium-doped ZnO layers are pulsed-laser deposited on a silicon wafer. The ZnO has metallic optical properties with a bulk plasma frequency of 214 THz, which is equivalent to a free space wavelength of 1.4 μm. Hole arrays with different periods and hole shapes are fabricated via a standard photolithography process. Resonant mode tunneling characteristics are experimentally studied for different incident angles and compared with surface plasmon theoretical calculations and finite-difference time-domain simulations. Transmission peaks, higher than the baseline predicted by diffraction theory, are observed in each of the samples at wavelengths that correspond to the excitation of surface plasmon modes.

  4. Characteristic properties of Raman scattering and photoluminescence on ZnO crystals doped through phosphorous-ion implantation

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    Jeong, T. S.; Yu, J. H.; Mo, H. S.; Kim, T. S.; Lim, K. Y.; Youn, C. J.; Hong, K. J.

    2014-02-07

    P-doped ZnO was fabricated by means of the ion-implantation method. At the Raman measurement, the blue shift of the E{sub 2}{sup high} mode and A{sub 1}(LO) phonon of the inactive mode were observed after the P-ion implantation. It suggested to be caused by the compressive stress. Thus, Hall effect measurement indicates that the acceptor levels exists in P-doped ZnO while still maintaining n-type ZnO. From the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, the chemical bond formation of the P2p{sub 3/2} spectrum consisted of 2(P{sub 2}O{sub 5}) molecules. Therefore, the implanted P ions were substituted to the Zn site in ZnO. From the photoluminescence (PL) spectra, P-related PL peaks were observed in the energy ranges of 3.1 and 3.5 eV, and its origin was analyzed at P{sub Zn}-2V{sub Zn} complexes, acting as a shallow acceptor. With increasing temperatures, the neutral-acceptor bound-exciton emission, (A{sup 0}, X), shows a tendency to quench the intensity and extend the emission linewidth. From the relations of the intensity and the linewidth as a function of temperature, the broadening of linewidth was believed to the result that the vibration mode of E{sub 2}{sup high} participates in the broadening process of (A{sup 0}, X) and the change of luminescent intensity was attributed to the partial dissociation of (A{sup 0}, X). Consequently, these facts indicate that the acceptor levels existed in P-doped ZnO layer by the ion implantation.

  5. Morphology and electrochemical behavior of Ag-Cu nanoparticle-doped amalgams.

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    Chung, Kwok-Hung; Hsiao, Li-Yin; Lin, Yu-Sheng; Duh, Jenq-Gong

    2008-05-01

    The aim of this study was to introduce Ag-Cu phase nanopowder as an additive to improve the corrosion behavior of dental amalgams. A novel Ag-Cu nanopowder was synthesized by the precipitation method. An amalgam alloy powder (World-Cap) was added and mixed with 5 wt.% and 10 wt.% of Ag-Cu nanopowders, respectively, to form experimental amalgam alloy powders. The original alloy powder was used as a control. Alloy powders were examined using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy and electron probe microanalysis. Amalgam disk specimens of metallurgically prepared were tested in 0.9% NaCl solution using electrochemical methods. The changes in the corrosion potential and anodic polarization characteristics were determined. Corrosion potential data were analyzed statistically (n=3, analysis of variance, Tukey's test, p<0.05). The diameters of lamellar structure Ag-Cu nanoparticles were measured to be approximately 30 nm. The composition of the Ag-Cu nanoparticles determined by TEM-energy-dispersive spectroscopy was 56.28 at.% Ag-43.72 at.% Cu. A light-shaded phase was found mixing with dark Cu-Sn reaction particles in the reaction zones of Ag-Cu nanoparticle-doped amalgams. The Ag-Cu nanoparticle-doped amalgams exhibited zero current potentials more positive than the control (p<0.05) and no current peak was observed at -325mV that related to Ag-Hg phase and Cu6Sn5 phase in anodic polarization curves. The results indicated that the corrosion resistance of high-copper single-composition amalgam could be improved by Ag-Cu nanoparticle-doping.

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

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

    2012-03-01

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

  7. Structural and Optical Properties of Group III Doped Hydrothermal ZnO Thin Films

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    Mughal, Asad J.; Carberry, Benjamin; Speck, James S.; Nakamura, Shuji; DenBaars, Steven P.

    2017-01-01

    In this work, we employ a simple two-step growth technique to deposit impurity doped heteroepitaxial thin films of (0001) ZnO onto (111) MgAl2O4 spinel substrates through a combination of atomic layer deposition (ALD) and hydrothermal growth. The hydrothermal layer is doped with Al, Ga, and In through the addition of their respective nitrate salts. We evaluated the effect that varying the concentrations of these dopants has on both the structural and optical properties of these films. It was found that the epitaxial ALD layer created a < 111rangle_{{{{MgAl}}2 {{O}}4 }} | {< 0001rangle_{{ZnO}} } out-of-plane orientation and a < bar{1}bar{1}2rangle_{{{{MgAl}}2 {{O}}4 }} | {< 01bar{1}0rangle_{{ZnO}} } in-plane orientation between the film and substrate. The rocking curve line widths ranged between 0.75° and 1.80° depending on dopant concentration. The optical bandgap determined through the Tauc method was between 3.28 eV and 3.39 eV and showed a Burstein-Moss shift with increasing dopant concentration.

  8. UV light photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes with Fe-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Saleh, Rosari; Djaja, Nadia Febiana

    2014-10-01

    Iron doped wurtzite ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized and characterized by X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, electron spin resonance and vibrating sample magnetometer techniques. The photocatalytic activities were also evaluated for the degradation of methyl orange and methylene blue under UV irradiation. The effects of various parameters, such as pH, dopant concentrations and photocatalytic dosage, were studied. The ESR results indicate the presence of Fe in both the Fe2+ and Fe3+ valence states. As the dopant concentrations increased, the number of spins due to Fe2+ ions increased and the number of spins due to Fe3+ ions decreased resulting in an increase in magnetization. The catalysts with the highest number of spins due to Fe2+ ions exhibited the optimum photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methyl orange and methylene blue. In addition, the role of photoactive species was investigated using a radical scavenger technique. The results indicated that the doping concentration is the most important factor in photocatalytic performance.

  9. Structural, electrical, and optical properties of atomic layer deposition Al-doped ZnO films

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    Banerjee, P; Lee, W. J.; Bae, K. R.; Lee, Sang Bok; Rubloff, Gary W

    2010-01-01

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films of ~100nm thickness with various Aldoping were prepared at 150°C by atomic layer deposition on quartz substrates. At low Aldoping, the films were strongly textured along the [100] direction, while at higher Aldoping the films remained amorphous. Atomic force microscopy results showed that Al–O cycles when inserted in a ZnOfilm, corresponding to a few atomic percent Al, could remarkably reduce the surface roughness of the films. Hall measurements revealed a maximum mobility of 17.7cm{sup 2} /Vs . Film resistivity reached a minima of 4.4×10{sup -3} Ωcm whereas the carrier concentration reached a maxima of 1.7×10{sup 20} cm{sup -3} , at 3 at.% Al. The band gap of AZO films varied from 3.23 eV for undoped ZnOfilms to 3.73 eV for AZO films with 24.6 at.% Al. Optical transmittance over 80% was obtained in the visible region. The detrimental impact of increased Al resulting in decreased conductivity due to doping past 3.0 at.% is evident in the x-ray diffraction data, as an abrupt increase in the optical band gap and as a deviation from the Burstein–Moss effect.

  10. Boron doped ZnO embedded into reduced graphene oxide for electrochemical supercapacitors

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    Alver, Ü.; Tanrıverdi, A.

    2016-08-01

    In this work, reduced graphene oxide/boron doped zinc oxide (RGO/ZnO:B) composites were fabricated by a hydrothermal process and their electrochemical properties were investigated as a function of dopant concentration. First, boron doped ZnO (ZnO:B) particles was fabricated with different boron concentrations (5, 10, 15 and 20 wt%) and then ZnO:B particles were embedded into RGO sheets. The physical properties of sensitized composites were characterized by XRD and SEM. Characterization indicated that the ZnO:B particles with plate-like structure in the composite were dispersed on graphene sheets. The electrochemical properties of the RGO/ZnO:B composite were investigated through cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge/discharge measurements in a 6 M KOH electrolyte. Electrochemical measurements show that the specific capacitance values of RGO/ZnO:B electrodes increase with increasing boron concentration. RGO/ZnO:B composite electrodes (20 wt% B) display the specific capacitance as high as 230.50 F/g at 5 mV/s, which is almost five times higher than that of RGO/ZnO (52.71 F/g).

  11. Structural and Optical Properties of Group III Doped Hydrothermal ZnO Thin Films

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    Mughal, Asad J.; Carberry, Benjamin; Speck, James S.; Nakamura, Shuji; DenBaars, Steven P.

    2017-03-01

    In this work, we employ a simple two-step growth technique to deposit impurity doped heteroepitaxial thin films of (0001) ZnO onto (111) MgAl2O4 spinel substrates through a combination of atomic layer deposition (ALD) and hydrothermal growth. The hydrothermal layer is doped with Al, Ga, and In through the addition of their respective nitrate salts. We evaluated the effect that varying the concentrations of these dopants has on both the structural and optical properties of these films. It was found that the epitaxial ALD layer created a < 111rangle_{{{{MgAl}}2 {{O}}4 }} | {< 0001rangle_{{ZnO}} } . out-of-plane orientation and a < bar{1}bar{1}2rangle_{{{{MgAl}}2 {{O}}4 }} | {< 01bar{1}0rangle_{{ZnO}} } . in-plane orientation between the film and substrate. The rocking curve line widths ranged between 0.75° and 1.80° depending on dopant concentration. The optical bandgap determined through the Tauc method was between 3.28 eV and 3.39 eV and showed a Burstein-Moss shift with increasing dopant concentration.

  12. Sintering behavior of doped ZnO powders for high field varistors

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    Ghirlanda, M.

    1990-08-01

    The sintering of ZnO varistor precursor powders, doped with Co, Mn and different concentrations of Bi and Al, is investigated and discussed in relation with sintering models. One purpose of the present study is to provide information valuable for the fabrication of high field varistors. As the fundamental parameter of these electronic components is the breakdown voltage per unit of thickness, which is determined by the number of grain boundaries per linear dimension, the grain size and the sintered density are crucial variables, and the sintering is a central step in the manufacturing of such varistors. Sintering experiments performed at constant heating rate in a loading dilatometer provide data on the densification and creep of the compacted powders. Another goal of the present study is to provide an experimental basis for the interpretation of the evolution of the ratio between densification rate and creep rate in terms of competition between densification and microstructure coarsening. This is accomplished by taking advantage of the variety of sintering behaviors that takes place in the system ZnO-Bi-Al: the comparison of these behaviors allows us to correlate the macroscopic sintering parameters to the evolution of the microstructure. It results that, while in non-doped powders densification and coarsening develop in a balanced way, resulting in the constancy of the ratio between densification rate and creep rate, the effect of the dopants on the sintering kinetics alters such a balance, leading this ratio to vary. 17 figs.

  13. Genesis of flake-like morphology and dye-sensitized solar cell performance of Al-doped ZnO particles: a study

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    Sengupta, D.; Mondal, B.; Mukherjee, K.

    2017-03-01

    In dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) application, the particulate morphologies of photo-anode facilitate efficient dye loading and thus lead to better photo-conversion efficiency than their thin film counterpart. However, till date, the electronic and optical properties as well as the DSSC application of Al-doped ZnO (AZO) particles as photo-anode material is studied less than thin films. Herein, phase formation behavior, morphology evolution, optical properties, and dye-sensitized solar cell performance of wet chemically prepared ZnO and AZO (dopant level: 1-4 mol%) particles are studied. It is found that Al doping modulates significantly the ZnO morphology which in turn results the maximum dye adsorption as well as best photo-conversion efficiency at optimum dopant concentration. Specifically, the nanoparticle of ZnO turns predominantly to flake-like morphology with a higher surface area when 2 mol% Al is doped. Such morphology modulation is expected, since the crystallinity, lattice parameters, and lattice strain of ZnO changes appreciably with Al doping. The variations of optical properties (absorbance, diffused reflectance, and band gap) of AZO materials as compared to primitive ZnO are also identified through UV-vis studies. An attempt is made here to correlate the structural features with the photovoltaic performances of ZnO and AZO.

  14. Doping-induced stability in vanadium-doped ZnO quantum well wires (QWW): Combination of DFT calculations within experimental measurements

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    Yumak, A.; Goumri-Said, Souraya; Khan, Wilayat; Boubaker, Karem; Petkova, P.

    2016-07-01

    ZnO quantum well wires (QWW) have grown on glass substrates by an inexpensive, simplified and enhanced spray pyrolysis technique then doped by Vanadium. The effects of V-doping on the structural, morphological and optical properties of the QWW were investigated experimentally and theoretically. The accuracy of control can be achieved on functional performance by adjusting vanadium doping extent. The incorporation of Vanadium in ZnO-QWW induced the formation of band tailing in states. The interactions with phonons and the presence of a tail absorption profile are following the empirical Urbach law. The electronic structure using density functional theory have shown the changes induced by vanadium doping in ZnO-QWW, where the phonon band structure and density of states were reported. The DFT results showed a good agreement with the lattice compatibility theory as well as with the experimental results.

  15. Photosensitization of ZnO by AgBr and Ag2CO3: Nanocomposites with tandem n-n heterojunctions and highly enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity.

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    Pirhashemi, Mahsa