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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  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 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.

  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

    2014-04-21

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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%.

  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. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  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. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Thermally induced effect on sub-band gap absorption in Ag doped CdSe thin films

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    Kaur, Jagdish; Sharma, Kriti; Bharti, Shivani; Tripathi, S. K.

    2015-05-01

    Thin films of Ag doped CdSe have been prepared by thermal evaporation using inert gas condensation (IGC) method taking Argon as inert gas. The prepared thin films are annealed at 363 K for one hour. The sub-band gap absorption spectra in the as deposited and annealed thin films have been studied using constant photocurrent method (CPM). The absorption coefficient in the sub-band gap region is described by an Urbach tail in both as deposited and annealed thin films. The value of Urbach energy and number density of trap states have been calculated from the absorption coefficient in the sub-band gap region which have been found to increase after annealing treatment indicating increase in disorderness in the lattice. The energy distribution of the occupied density of states below Fermi level has also been studied using derivative procedure of absorption coefficient.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Linear and non-linear optical properties of Ag-doped Ge2Sb2Te5 thin films estimated by single transmission spectra

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    Singh, Palwinder; Sharma, Pankaj; Sharma, Vineet; Thakur, Anup

    2017-04-01

    In this paper we have studied the effect of Ag addition on linear and non-linear optical properties of thermally evaporated (Ge2Sb2Te5)100‑x Ag x (x = 0, 1, 3 and 10) thin films (thickness ∼700 nm) from single transmission spectra. Energy dispersive spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy were used to verify the composition, amorphous nature and structure of the fabricated thin films respectively. Swanpoel’s method was used to calculate the thickness (d), refractive index (n) and extinction coefficient (k). The refractive index and extinction coefficient were used to obtain all linear and non linear optical parameters. The compositional dependence of the refractive index, extinction coefficient, volume energy loss function, surface energy loss function, dielectric constant, dielectric loss function, optical conductivity and third order non-linear optical susceptibility were determined. All these optical parameters have minimum values for 3% Ag-doped Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST). The decrease in measured optical parameters up to 3% Ag doping is due to a decrease in the density of localized states in the mobility gap. The increase in the optical parameters at 10% Ag doping was ascribed to the distortion of the host lattice, because incorporation of Ag has been done at the expense of Ge, Sb and Te. The optical parameters of the GST films were found to be strongly dependent upon Ag content. The results revealed that 3% Ag-doped GST is a promising candidate for phase change optical storage applications.

  20. Influence of Ag doping concentration on structural and optical properties of CdS thin film

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    Kumar, Pragati; Saxena, Nupur; Gupta, Vinay; Agarwal, Avinash

    2015-05-15

    This work shows the influence of Ag concentration on structural properties of pulsed laser deposited nanocrystalline CdS thin film. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) studies confirm the dopant concentration in CdS films and atomic concentration of elements. XPS studies show that the samples are slightly sulfur deficient. GAXRD scan reveals the structural phase transformation from cubic to hexagonal phase of CdS without appearance of any phase of CdO, Ag{sub 2}O or Ag{sub 2}S suggesting the substitutional doping of Ag ions. Photoluminescence studies illustrate that emission intensity increases with increase in dopant concentration upto 5% and then decreases for higher dopant concentration.

  1. Structural and optical properties of Ag-doped copper oxide thin films on polyethylene napthalate substrate prepared by low temperature microwave annealing

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    Das, Sayantan; Alford, T. L.

    2013-06-28

    Silver doped cupric oxide thin films are prepared on polyethylene naphthalate (flexible polymer) substrates. Thin films Ag-doped CuO are deposited on the substrate by co-sputtering followed by microwave assisted oxidation of the metal films. The low temperature tolerance of the polymer substrates led to the search for innovative low temperature processing techniques. Cupric oxide is a p-type semiconductor with an indirect band gap and is used as selective absorption layer solar cells. X-ray diffraction identifies the CuO phases. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry measurements confirm the stoichiometry of each copper oxide formed. The surface morphology is determined by atomic force microscopy. The microstructural properties such as crystallite size and the microstrain for (-111) and (111) planes are calculated and discussed. Incorporation of Ag led to the lowering of band gap in CuO. Consequently, it is determined that Ag addition has a strong effect on the structural, morphological, surface, and optical properties of CuO grown on flexible substrates by microwave annealing. Tauc's plot is used to determine the optical band gap of CuO and Ag doped CuO films. The values of the indirect and direct band gap for CuO are found to be 2.02 eV and 3.19 eV, respectively.

  2. 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.

  3. Dye-Sensitization Of Nanocrystalline ZnO Thin Films

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

    2010-12-01

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

  4. Synthesis and characterization of ZnO thin films

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    Anilkumar T., S.; Girija M., L.; Venkatesh, J.

    2016-05-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) Thin films were deposited on glass substrate using Spin coating method. Zinc acetate dehydrate, Carbinol and Mono-ethanolamine were used as the precursor, solvent and stabilizer respectively to prepare ZnO Thin-films. The molar ratio of Monoethanolamine to Zinc acetate was maintained as approximately 1. The thickness of the films was determined by Interference technique. The optical properties of the films were studied by UV Vis-Spectrophotometer. From transmittance and absorbance curve, the energy band gap of ZnO is found out. Electrical Conductivity measurements of ZnO are carried out by two probe method and Activation energy for the electrical conductivity of ZnO are found out. The crystal structure and orientation of the films were analyzed by XRD. The XRD patterns show that the ZnO films are polycrystalline with wurtzite hexagonal structure.

  5. A back-illuminated heterojunctions ultraviolet photodetector based on ZnO film

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    Jiang, Xiandong; Li, Dawei; Yang, Wenjun; Wang, Jiming; Lin, Xu; Huang, Ziqiang

    2010-10-01

    In this paper, we present the investigation of a back-illuminated heterojunctions ultraviolet detector, which were fabricated by depositing Ag-doped ZnO based (ZnO-TiO2) thin film on transparent conductive layer of ITO coated quartz substrate though the reactive radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering at higher oxygen pressure. The p-n junction characteristic is confirmed by current-voltage (I-V) measurements. The turn-on voltage was 6 V, with a low leakage current under reverse bias (-5 V), corresponding values was just 0.2 nA . It is clearly showed the rectifying characteristics of typical p-n junction's rectifier behaviors. The structural, component and UV (365 nm, 1400 μW/cm2) photoresponse properties were explored by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) and Tektronix oscilloscope. The results showed that: Ag in substitution form in the ZnO lattice, Ag doping concentration is low, the sample is highly c-axis preferred orientation, With the increase in doped Ag volume, ZnO film of 002 peaks no longer appear. The surface of the Ag doped ZnO based film exhibits a smooth surface and very dense structure, no visible pores and defects over the film were observed.The ultraviolet response time measurements showed rise and fall time are several seconds Level.

  6. 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.

  7. A high power ZnO thin film piezoelectric generator

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    Qin, Weiwei; Li, Tao; Li, Yutong; Qiu, Junwen; Ma, Xianjun; Chen, Xiaoqiang; Hu, Xuefeng; Zhang, Wei

    2016-02-01

    A highly efficient and large area piezoelectric ZnO thin film nanogenerator (NG) was fabricated. The ZnO thin film was deposited onto a Si substrate by pulsed laser ablation at a substrate temperature of 500 °C. The deposited ZnO film exhibited a preferred c-axis orientation and a high piezoelectric value of 49.7 pm/V characterized using Piezoelectric Force Microscopy (PFM). Thin films of ZnO were patterned into rectangular power sources with dimensions of 0.5 × 0.5 cm2 with metallic top and bottom electrodes constructed via conventional semiconductor lithographic patterning processes. The NG units were subjected to periodic bending/unbending motions produced by mechanical impingement at a fixed frequency of 100 Hz at a pressure of 0.4 kg/cm2. The output electrical voltage, current density, and power density generated by one ZnO NG were recorded. Values of ∼95 mV, 35 μA cm-2 and 5.1 mW cm-2 were recorded. The level of power density is typical to that produced by a PZT NG on a flexible substrate. Higher energy NG sources can be easily created by adding more power units either in parallel or in series. The thin film ZnO NG technique is highly adaptable with current semiconductor processes, and as such, is easily integrated with signal collecting circuits that are compatible with mass production. A typical application would be using the power harvested from irregular human foot motions to either to operate blue LEDs directly or to drive a sensor network node in mille-power level without any external electric source and circuits.

  8. ZnO Thin Film Electronics for More than Displays

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    Ramirez, Jose Israel

    Zinc oxide thin film transistors (TFTs) are investigated in this work for large-area electronic applications outside of display technology. A constant pressure, constant flow, showerhead, plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) process has been developed to fabricate high mobility TFTs and circuits on rigid and flexible substrates at 200 °C. ZnO films and resulting devices prepared by PEALD and pulsed laser deposition (PLD) have been compared. Both PEALD and PLD ZnO films result in densely packed, polycrystalline ZnO thin films that were used to make high performance devices. PEALD ZnO TFTs deposited at 300 °C have a field-effect mobility of ˜ 40 cm2/V-s (and > 20 cm2/V-S deposited at 200 °C). PLD ZnO TFTs, annealed at 400 °C, have a field-effect mobility of > 60 cm2/V-s (and up to 100 cm2/V-s). Devices, prepared by either technique, show high gamma-ray radiation tolerance of up to 100 Mrad(SiO2) with only a small radiation-induced threshold voltage shift (VT ˜ -1.5 V). Electrical biasing during irradiation showed no enhanced radiation-induced effects. The study of the radiation effects as a function of material stack thicknesses revealed the majority of the radiation-induced charge collection happens at the semiconductor-passivation interface. A simple sheet-charge model at that interface can describe the radiation-induced charge in ZnO TFTs. By taking advantage of the substrate-agnostic process provided by PEALD, due to its low-temperature and excellent conformal coatings, ZnO electronics were monolithically integrated with thin-film complex oxides. Application-based examples where ZnO electronics provide added functionality to complex oxide-based devices are presented. In particular, the integration of arrayed lead zirconate titanate (Pb(Zr, Ti)O3 or PZT) thin films with ZnO electronics for microelectromechanical systems (MEMs) and deformable mirrors is demonstrated. ZnO switches can provide voltage to PZT capacitors with fast charging and slow

  9. Development of nanostructured ZnO thin film via electrohydrodynamic atomization technique and its photoconductivity characteristics.

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    Duraisamy, Navaneethan; Kwon, Ki Rin; Jo, Jeongdai; Choi, Kyung-Hyun

    2014-08-01

    This article presents the non-vacuum technique for the preparation of nanostructured zinc oxide (ZnO) thin film on glass substrate through electrohydrodynamic atomization (EHDA) technique. The detailed process parameters for achieving homogeneous ZnO thin films are clearly discussed. The crystallinity and surface morphology of ZnO thin film are investigated by X-ray diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy. The result shows that the deposited ZnO thin film is oriented in the wurtzite phase with void free surface morphology. The surface roughness of deposited ZnO thin film is found to be ~17.8 nm. The optical properties of nanostructured ZnO thin films show the average transmittance is about 90% in the visible region and the energy band gap is found to be 3.17 eV. The surface chemistry and purity of deposited ZnO thin films are analyzed by fourier transform infrared and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, conforming the presence of Zn-O in the deposited thin films without any organic moiety. The photocurrent measurement of nanostructured ZnO thin film is examined in the presence of UV light illumination with wavelength of 365 nm. These results suggest that the deposited nanostructured ZnO thin film through EHDA technique possess promising applications in the near future.

  10. Highly stable precursor solution containing ZnO nanoparticles for the preparation of ZnO thin film transistors.

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    Huang, Heh-Chang; Hsieh, Tsung-Eong

    2010-07-23

    ZnO particles with an average size of about 5 nm were prepared via a sol-gel chemical route and the silane coupling agent, (3-glycidyloxypropyl)-trimethoxysilane (GPTS), was adopted to enhance the dispersion of the ZnO nanoparticles in ethyl glycol (EG) solution. A ZnO surface potential as high as 66 mV was observed and a sedimentation test showed that the ZnO precursor solution remains transparent for six months of storage, elucidating the success of surface modification on ZnO nanoparticles. The ZnO thin films were then prepared by spin coating the precursor solution on a Si wafer and annealing treatments at temperatures up to 500 degrees C were performed for subsequent preparation of ZnO thin film transistors (TFTs). Microstructure characterization revealed that the coalescence of ZnO nanoparticles occurs at temperatures as low as 200 degrees C to result in a highly uniform, nearly pore-free layer. However, annealing at higher temperatures was required to remove organic residues in the ZnO layer for satisfactory device performance. The 500 degrees C-annealed ZnO TFT sample exhibited the best electrical properties with on/off ratio = 10(5), threshold voltage = 17.1 V and mobility (micro) = 0.104 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1).

  11. 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.

  12. Role of ZnO thin film in the vertically aligned growth of ZnO nanorods by chemical bath deposition

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    Son, Nguyen Thanh; Noh, Jin-Seo; Park, Sungho

    2016-08-01

    The effect of ZnO thin film on the growth of ZnO nanorods was investigated. ZnO thin films were sputter-deposited on Si substrate with varying the thickness. ZnO nanorods were grown on the thin film using a chemical bath deposition (CBD) method at 90 °C. The ZnO thin films showed granular structure and vertical roughness on the surface, which facilitated the vertical growth of ZnO nanorods. The average grain size and the surface roughness of ZnO film increased with an increase in film thickness, and this led to the increase in both the average diameter and the average length of vertically grown ZnO nanorods. In particular, it was found that the average diameter of ZnO nanorods was very close to the average grain size of ZnO thin film, confirming the role of ZnO film as a seed layer for the vertical growth of ZnO nanorods. The CBD growth on ZnO seed layers may provide a facile route to engineering vertically aligned ZnO nanorod arrays.

  13. 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.

  14. Surface Morphological and Nanomechanical Properties of PLD-Derived ZnO Thin Films

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    2008-01-01

    This study reports the surface roughness and nanomechanical characteristics of ZnO thin films deposited on the various substrates, obtained by means of atomic force microscopy (AFM), nanoindentation and nanoscratch techniques. ZnO thin films are deposited on (a- and c-axis) sapphires and (0001) 6H-SiC substrates by using the pulsed-laser depositions (PLD) system. Continuous stiffness measurements (CSM) technique is used in the nanoindentation tests to determine the hardness and Young’s modulus of ZnO thin films. The importance of the ratio (H/Efilm) of elastic to plastic deformation during nanoindentation of ZnO thin films on their behaviors in contact-induced damage during fabrication of ZnO-based devices is considered. In addition, the friction coefficient of ZnO thin films is also presented here.

  15. Oxidation Temperature Effects on ZnO Thin Films Prepared from Zn Thin Films on Quartz Substrates.

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    Park, Seonhee; Kim, Younggyu; Leem, Jae-Young

    2015-11-01

    We investigated the structural and optical properties of the ZnO thin films formed by oxidation of Zn thin films. Zn thin films were deposited by thermal evaporation and were then annealed from 300 to 800 degrees C to prepare ZnO thin films. We found that ZnO thin films were formed by thermal oxidation of Zn thin films at oxidation temperatures over 400 degrees C. The grain size of ZnO thin films increased with the oxidation temperature and the highest ZnO (002) intensity was obtained at 600 degrees C. In the PL spectra, the intensity of the near-band-edge peak increased with the oxidation temperatures until 400 degrees C. However, these values gradually decreased with a further increase in the oxidation temperatures over 400 degrees C. The transmittance of the ZnO thin films was more than 90% for the visible wavelength region, and the optical band gap was red-shifted with increase in the oxidation temperature.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Macroparticles Reduction Using Filter Free Cathodic Vacuum Arc Deposition Method in ZnO Thin Films.

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    Yuvakkumar, R; Peranantham, P; Nathanael, A Joseph; Nataraj, D; Mangalaraj, D; Hong, Sun Ig

    2015-03-01

    We report a new method to reduce macroparticles in ZnO thin films using filter free cathodic vacuum arc deposition without using any cooling arrangements operated at low arc current. The detailed mechanism has been proposed to reduce macroparticles during thin film deposition. The successful reduction of macroparticles was confirmed employing FESEM-EDX studies. FESEM images of ZnO thin films deposited with cathode spot to substrate distance from 10 to 20 cm revealed that the population of the macroparticles were reduced with the increase of cathode spot to substrate distances at low arc current. The prepared ZnO films were characterised and showed good structural and optical properties.

  19. Crystallographic polarity effect of ZnO on thin film growth of pentacene

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    Nakamura, Tatsuru; Nagata, Takahiro; Hayakawa, Ryoma; Yoshimura, Takeshi; Oh, Seungjun; Hiroshiba, Nobuya; Chikyow, Toyohiro; Fujimura, Norifumi; Wakayama, Yutaka

    2017-04-01

    The spontaneous polarization effect of ZnO on the thin film growth of pentacene, which is a typical π conjunction organic semiconductor, was investigated. Pentacene thin films were grown on polar ZnO surfaces by ultraslow organic film physical vapor deposition to obtain layer-by-layer growth. X-ray diffraction measurements revealed that pentacene molecules stand upright on polar ZnO surfaces, and that the films consist of two polymorphs, namely, the thin-film and bulk phases. The thin-film phases of pentacene were observed regardless of the polarity of the ZnO substrate at a thickness of less than six molecular layers. However, pentacene on a Zn-polar ZnO substrate gradually changed to the bulk phase unlike that on an O-polar ZnO substrate. Kelvin probe force microscopy measurements revealed that the surface potential of pentacene becomes more positive with increasing pentacene thickness at less than two molecular layers. The variation in the potential of pentacene on the Zn-polar ZnO substrate was larger than that of pentacene on the O-polar ZnO substrate. These findings indicate that the polarity of the semiconductor can control the growth and electronic state of the inorganic/organic semiconductor interface.

  20. Comparative study of ZnO nanorods and thin films for chemical and biosensing applications and the development of ZnO nanorods based potentiometric strontium ion sensor

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    Khun, K.; Ibupoto, Z. H.; Chey, C. O.; Lu, Jun.; Nur, O.; Willander, M.

    2013-03-01

    In this study, the comparative study of ZnO nanorods and ZnO thin films were performed regarding the chemical and biosensing properties and also ZnO nanorods based strontium ion sensor is proposed. ZnO nanorods were grown on gold coated glass substrates by the hydrothermal growth method and the ZnO thin films were deposited by electro deposition technique. ZnO nanorods and thin films were characterised by field emission electron microscopy [FESEM] and X-ray diffraction [XRD] techniques and this study has shown that the grown nanostructures are highly dense, uniform and exhibited good crystal quality. Moreover, transmission electron microscopy [TEM] was used to investigate the quality of ZnO thin film and we observed that ZnO thin film was comprised of nano clusters. ZnO nanorods and thin films were functionalised with selective strontium ionophore salicylaldehyde thiosemicarbazone [ST] membrane, galactose oxidase, and lactate oxidase for the detection of strontium ion, galactose and L-lactic acid, respectively. The electrochemical response of both ZnO nanorods and thin films sensor devices was measured by using the potentiometric method. The strontium ion sensor has exhibited good characteristics with a sensitivity of 28.65 ± 0.52 mV/decade, for a wide range of concentrations from 1.00 × 10-6 to 5.00 × 10-2 M, selectivity, reproducibility, stability and fast response time of 10.00 s. The proposed strontium ion sensor was used as indicator electrode in the potentiometric titration of strontium ion versus ethylenediamine tetra acetic acid [EDTA]. This comparative study has shown that ZnO nanorods possessed better performance with high sensitivity and low limit of detection due to high surface area to volume ratio as compared to the flat surface of ZnO thin films.

  1. Effect of Ag doping on the electrical properties of thermally deposited CdS-La2O3 TFTs

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    Gogoi, Paragjyoti; Saikia, Rajib

    2012-06-01

    In this article, we have reported the fabrication of CdS thin film transistors (TFTs) doped with Ag by thermal evaporation technique on chemically cleaned glass substrates using multiple pumps down process. High-k rare earth oxide La2O3 is used as gate dielectric in CdS TFTs. Some important electrical parameters have been evaluated using Weimer's model. The electrical parameters are compared with the parameters of undoped CdS TFTs. The Ag-doped CdS TFTs exhibit a high mobility of 6.1 cm2 V-1 s-1 than that of the undoped CdS TFTs, mobility of which is found as 6.25 × 10-2 cm2 V-1 s-1. The TFTs also exhibit low threshold voltage. Both Ag-doped and undoped TFTs are characterised using Levinson et al. model.

  2. ZnO Thin Films Deposited on Textile Material Substrates for Biomedical Applications

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    Duta, L.; Popescu, A. C.; Dorcioman, G.; Mihailescu, I. N.; Stan, G. E.; Zgura, I.; Enculescu, I.; Dumitrescu, I.

    We report on the coating with ZnO adherent thin films of cotton woven fabrics by Pulsed laser deposition technique in order to obtain innovative textile materials, presenting protective effects against UV radiations and antifungal action.

  3. Optical properties of hybrid PEDOT-PSS: ZnO thin film

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    Zabidi, Z. M.; Alias, A. N.; Khalid, S. H.; Sahapini, N. F. M.

    2012-09-01

    Hybrid PEDOT-PSS: ZnO thin film have been prepared using drop casting method. The optical properties such as refractive index (n), extinction coefficient (k), reflectivity (R), optical dielectric loss, optical conductivity (σ), dispersion energy (Ed), oscillator energy (E0) and optical energy band gap (Eg) have been calculated in this paper. The determinations of optical constants have been made by applying the single-effective oscillator model proposed by Wemple and Didomenico Jr. We found that the reflectance is decreasing as the composition of ZnO increase. The refractive index of film also show significantly changes with the volume composition of ZnO. As the composition of ZnO increase, the refractive index shows the normal dispersion behavior. The extinction coefficient is decreasing with the increasing of wavelength, but as the wavelength increase from 400 nm until 700 nm, the extinction coefficient is also increasing. Both the real and imaginary part of the dielectric constant decrease as the photon energy increase. The oscillator energy Eo, dispersion energy Ed, optical band energy Eg were determined by using Wemple DiDomenico single-effective-oscillator model. It is shown that Eo is increasing as the composition of ZnO increase, Ed is decreasing as the composition of ZnO increase and Eg is increasing as the composition of ZnO increase. It is shown that the compositions of ZnO influence the optical properties of hybrid PEDOT-PSS: ZnO thin film.

  4. Frictional Properties of UV illuminated ZnO Thin Films Grown by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    Chiu, Hsiang-Chih; Chang, Huan-Pu; Lo, Fang-Yu; Yeh, Yu-Ting; Department of Physics, National Taiwan Normal University Collaboration

    Zinc Oxide (ZnO) nanostructures have potential applications in nano-electro-mechanical systems (NEMS) due to their unique physical properties. ZnO is also an excellent lubricant and hence a promising candidate for protective coatings in NEMS. By means of atomic force microscopy (AFM), we have investigated the frictional properties of ZnO thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition technique. In addition, UV illumination is used to convert the surface wettability of ZnO thin films from being more hydrophobic to superhydrophilic via the photo-catalyst effect. We found that the frictional properties of the UV illuminated, superhydrophilic ZnO surface are strongly dependent on the environment humidity. While for hydrophobic ZnO, no such dependence is found. The observed frictional behaviors can be explained by the interplay between the surface roughness, environmental humidity and the presence of nanoscale capillary condensation forming between surface asperities at the tip-ZnO contact. Our results might find applications in future ZnO related NEMS. Frictional Properties of UV illuminated ZnO Thin Films Grown by Pulsed Laser Deposition.

  5. Anomalous capacitance change in low-temperature grown ZnO thin-film transistors

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    Seo, O.; Kim, H.; Jo, J.

    2010-10-01

    We studied capacitance-voltage characteristics of ZnO thin-film transistors (TFT's), grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). We compared two ZnO TFT's: one grown at 450 °C and the other at 350 °C. ZnO grown at 450 °C showed smooth capacitance profile with electron density of 1.5×1020 cm-3. In contrast, ZnO grown at 350 °C showed a capacitance jump when gate voltage was changed to negative voltages. Current-voltage characteristics measured in the two samples did not show much difference. We explain that the capacitance jump is related to p-type ZnO layer formed at the SiO2 interface. Current-voltage and capacitance-voltage data support that our ZnO films have anisotropic conductivity.

  6. Fabrication of Vertical Organic Light-Emitting Transistor Using ZnO Thin Film

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    Yamauchi, Hiroshi; Iizuka, Masaaki; Kudo, Kazuhiro

    2007-04-01

    Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) combined with thin film transistor (TFT) are well suitable elements for low-cost, large-area active matrix displays. On the other hand, zinc oxide (ZnO) is a transparent material and its electrical conductivity is controlled from conductive to insulating by growth conditions. The drain current of ZnO FET is 180 μA. The OLED uses ZnO thin film (Al-doped) for the electron injection layer and is controlled by radio frequency (rf) and direct current (dc) sputtering conditions, such as Al concentration and gas pressure. Al concentration in the ZnO film and deposition rate have strong effects on electron injection. Furthermore, the OLED driven by ZnO FET shows a luminance of 13 cd/m2, a luminance efficiency of 0.7 cd/A, and an on-off ratio of 650.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Performance improvement for solution-processed high-mobility ZnO thin-film transistors

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    Sha Li, Chen; Li, Yu Ning; Wu, Yi Liang; Ong, Beng S.; Loutfy, Rafik O.

    2008-06-01

    The fabrication technology of stable, non-toxic, transparent, high performance zinc oxide (ZnO) thin-film semiconductors via the solution process was investigated. Two methods, which were, respectively, annealing a spin-coated precursor solution and annealing a drop-coated precursor solution, were compared. The prepared ZnO thin-film semiconductor transistors have well-controlled, preferential crystal orientation and exhibit superior field-effect performance characteristics. But the ZnO thin-film transistor (TFT) fabricated by annealing a drop-coated precursor solution has a distinctly elevated linear mobility, which further approaches the saturated mobility, compared with that fabricated by annealing a spin-coated precursor solution. The performance of the solution-processed ZnO TFT was further improved when substituting the spin-coating process by the drop-coating process.

  10. 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}.

  11. Surface Engineering of ZnO Thin Film for High Efficiency Planar Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Tseng, Zong-Liang; Chiang, Chien-Hung; Wu, Chun-Guey

    2015-01-01

    Sputtering made ZnO thin film was used as an electron-transport layer in a regular planar perovskite solar cell based on high quality CH3NH3PbI3 absorber prepared with a two-step spin-coating. An efficiency up to 15.9% under AM 1.5G irradiation is achieved for the cell based on ZnO film fabricated under Ar working gas. The atmosphere of the sputtering chamber can tune the surface electronic properties (band structure) of the resulting ZnO thin film and therefore the photovoltaic performance of the corresponding perovskite solar cell. Precise surface engineering of ZnO thin film was found to be one of the key steps to fabricate ZnO based regular planar perovskite solar cell with high power conversion efficiency. Sputtering method is proved to be one of the excellent techniques to prepare ZnO thin film with controllable properties. PMID:26411577

  12. Influence of surface defects in ZnO thin films on its biosensing response characteristic

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    Saha, Shibu; Gupta, Vinay

    2011-09-01

    Highly c-axis oriented zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films deposited by rf magnetron sputtering under varying processing pressure (20-50 mT) in a reactive gas mixture of argon and oxygen were studied for biosensing application. The as-deposited ZnO thin films were in a state of compressive stress having defects related to interstitial Zn and antisite oxygen. Glucose oxidase has been chosen as the model enzyme in the present study and was immobilized on the surface of ZnO thin films deposited on indium tin oxide coated Corning Glass substrate. The studies reveal a correlation between the biosensing characteristic and the presence of defects in the ZnO films. The ZnO films deposited under high pressure (50 mT) are found to be more sensitive for biosensing application due to availability of more surface area for effective immobilization of biomolecules and exhibits a suitable microenvironment with good electron transfer characteristic. The obtained results highlight the importance of desired microstate besides availability of suitable native defects in the ZnO thin film for exhibiting enhanced biosensing response.

  13. 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.

  14. Impact of nanostructured thin ZnO film in ultraviolet protection.

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    Sasani Ghamsari, Morteza; Alamdari, Sanaz; Han, Wooje; Park, Hyung-Ho

    2017-01-01

    Nanoscale ZnO is one of the best choices for ultraviolet (UV) protection, not only because of its antimicrobial properties but also due to its potential application for UV preservation. However, the behavior of nanostructured thin ZnO films and long-term effects of UV-radiation exposure have not been studied yet. In this study, we investigated the UV-protection ability of sol gel-derived thin ZnO films after different exposure times. Scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and UV-visible optical spectroscopy were carried out to study the structure and optical properties of the ZnO films as a function of the UV-irradiation time. The results obtained showed that the prepared thin ZnO films were somewhat transparent under the visible wavelength region and protective against UV radiation. The UV-protection factor was 50+ for the prepared samples, indicating that they were excellent UV protectors. The deposited thin ZnO films demonstrated promising antibacterial potential and significant light absorbance in the UV range. The experimental results suggest that the synthesized samples have potential for applications in the health care field.

  15. Impact of nanostructured thin ZnO film in ultraviolet protection

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    Sasani Ghamsari, Morteza; Alamdari, Sanaz; Han, Wooje; Park, Hyung-Ho

    2017-01-01

    Nanoscale ZnO is one of the best choices for ultraviolet (UV) protection, not only because of its antimicrobial properties but also due to its potential application for UV preservation. However, the behavior of nanostructured thin ZnO films and long-term effects of UV-radiation exposure have not been studied yet. In this study, we investigated the UV-protection ability of sol gel-derived thin ZnO films after different exposure times. Scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and UV-visible optical spectroscopy were carried out to study the structure and optical properties of the ZnO films as a function of the UV-irradiation time. The results obtained showed that the prepared thin ZnO films were somewhat transparent under the visible wavelength region and protective against UV radiation. The UV-protection factor was 50+ for the prepared samples, indicating that they were excellent UV protectors. The deposited thin ZnO films demonstrated promising antibacterial potential and significant light absorbance in the UV range. The experimental results suggest that the synthesized samples have potential for applications in the health care field. PMID:28096668

  16. Ohmic-Rectifying Conversion of Ni Contacts on ZnO and the Possible Determination of ZnO Thin Film Surface Polarity

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    Saw, Kim Guan; Tneh, Sau Siong; Tan, Gaik Leng; Yam, Fong Kwong; Ng, Sha Shiong; Hassan, Zainuriah

    2014-01-01

    The current-voltage characteristics of Ni contacts with the surfaces of ZnO thin films as well as single crystal (0001) ZnO substrate are investigated. The ZnO thin film shows a conversion from Ohmic to rectifying behavior when annealed at 800°C. Similar findings are also found on the Zn-polar surface of (0001) ZnO. The O-polar surface, however, only shows Ohmic behavior before and after annealing. The rectifying behavior observed on the Zn-polar and ZnO thin film surfaces is associated with the formation of nickel zinc oxide (Ni1-xZnxO, where x = 0.1, 0.2). The current-voltage characteristics suggest that a p-n junction is formed by Ni1-xZnxO (which is believed to be p-type) and ZnO (which is intrinsically n-type). The rectifying behavior for the ZnO thin film as a result of annealing suggests that its surface is Zn-terminated. Current-voltage measurements could possibly be used to determine the surface polarity of ZnO thin films. PMID:24466144

  17. Nitrogen oxides and ammonia sensing characteristics of SILAR deposited ZnO thin film

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    Lupan, O. I.; Shishiyanu, S. T.; Shishiyanu, T. S.

    2007-07-01

    Pure and Sn, Ni doped ZnO thin films were deposited on glass substrates using a novel successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method at room temperature. Microstructures of the deposited films were optimized by adjusting growth parameters. The variation in resistivity of the ZnO film sensors was performed with rapid photothermal processing (RPP). The effect of rapid photothermal processing was found to have an important role in ZnO based sensor sensitivity to NO 2, NH 3. While the undoped ZnO film surface exhibited higher NH 3 sensitivity than that of NO 2, an enhanced NO 2 sensitivity was noticed for the ZnO films doped with Sn and higher NH 3 sensitivity was obtained by Ni doping.

  18. Synthesis of Imine-Bearing ZnO Nanoparticle Thin Films and Characterization of Their Structural, Morphological and Optical Properties.

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    Kaur, Narinder; Sharma, Sanjeev K; Kim, Deuk Young; Sharma, Hemant; Singh, Narinder

    2015-10-01

    We are presenting the first report on the fabrication of imine-bearing ZnO nanoparticle thin films grown on Corning glass by spin coating. The sol was prepared by dissolving imine-bearing ZnO nanoparticles in dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO). The thickness of the films was manipulated to be 125-200 nm. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis showed hexagonal wurtzite structure of imine-bearing ZnO nanoparticles thin films with a (002) preferential orientation. The stretching of chemical bonds of the imine linkage and Zn-O in imine-bearing ZnO nanoparticle thin films was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The grain size of the films increased with increasing the thickness of the films due to the number of coatings and subsequently dried at 200 °C. The transmittance of imine-bearing ZnO nanoparticle thin films was observed to be ≥94%, which was in close agreement to pure ZnO thin films in the visible region. The bandgap of imine-bearing ZnO nanoparticle thin films (3.04 eV), evaluated from Tauc's plot, was observed to be lower than that of pure ZnO (3.21 eV), which is attributed to the interaction of the ZnO nanoparticles with the imine receptor.

  19. High performance thin film transistor with ZnO channel layer deposited by DC magnetron sputtering.

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    Moon, Yeon-Keon; Moon, Dae-Yong; Lee, Sang-Ho; Jeong, Chang-Oh; Park, Jong-Wan

    2008-09-01

    Research in large area electronics, especially for low-temperature plastic substrates, focuses commonly on limitations of the semiconductor in thin film transistors (TFTs), in particular its low mobility. ZnO is an emerging example of a semiconductor material for TFTs that can have high mobility, while a-Si and organic semiconductors have low mobility (<1 cm2/Vs). ZnO-based TFTs have achieved high mobility, along with low-voltage operation low off-state current, and low gate leakage current. In general, ZnO thin films for the channel layer of TFTs are deposited with RF magnetron sputtering methods. On the other hand, we studied ZnO thin films deposited with DC magnetron sputtering for the channel layer of TFTs. After analyzing the basic physical and chemical properties of ZnO thin films, we fabricated a TFT-unit cell using ZnO thin films for the channel layer. The field effect mobility (micro(sat)) of 1.8 cm2/Vs and threshold voltage (Vth) of -0.7 V were obtained.

  20. Improved performance of Ag-doped TiO2 synthesized by modified sol-gel method as photoanode of dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Gupta, Arun Kumar; Srivastava, Pankaj; Bahadur, Lal

    2016-08-01

    Ag-doped TiO2 with Ag content ranging from 1 to 7 mol% was synthesized by a modified sol-gel route, and its performance as the photoanode of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) was compared with undoped TiO2 photoanode. Titanium(IV)isopropoxide was used as precursor and hexamethylenetetramine as the capping agent. XRD results show the formation of TiO2 nanoparticles with an average crystallite size of 5 nm (1 % Ag-doped TiO2) and 9 nm (undoped TiO2), respectively. The TiO2 nanopowder was used to prepare its thin film photoelectrode using doctor's blade method. Significant improvement in light-to-energy conversion efficiency was achieved when thin films of 1 % Ag-doped TiO2 were applied as photoanode in DSSC taking N719 as the sensitizer dye. As evidenced by EIS measurements, the electron lifetime of DSSC with Ag-doped TiO2 increased from 1.33 (for undoped TiO2) to 2.05 ms. The short-circuit current density ( J sc), open-circuit voltage ( V oc), fill factor (FF) and the overall energy conversion efficiency ( η) were 1.07 mA cm-2, 0.72 V, 0.73 and 0.40 %, respectively, with the use of 1 % Ag-doped TiO2 photoanode, whereas with undoped TiO2 under similar conditions, J sc = 0.63 mA cm-2, V oc = 0.70 V, fill factor 0.45 and conversion efficiency 0.14 % could be obtained. Therefore, compared with the reference DSSC containing an undoped TiO2 photoanode, the power conversion efficiency of the cell based on Ag-doped TiO2 has been remarkably enhanced by ~70 %. The substantial improvement in the device performance is attributed to the reduced band-gap energy, retarded charge recombination and greater surface coverage of the sensitizing dye over Ag-doped TiO2, which ultimately resulted in improved IPCE, J SC and η values.

  1. Formation of p-type ZnO thin film through co-implantation

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    Chuang, Yao-Teng; Liou, Jhe-Wei; Woon, Wei-Yen

    2017-01-01

    We present a study on the formation of p-type ZnO thin film through ion implantation. Group V dopants (N, P) with different ionic radii are implanted into chemical vapor deposition grown ZnO thin film on GaN/sapphire substrates prior to thermal activation. It is found that mono-doped ZnO by N+ implantation results in n-type conductivity under thermal activation. Dual-doped ZnO film with a N:P ion implantation dose ratio of 4:1 is found to be p-type under certain thermal activation conditions. Higher p-type activation levels (1019 cm-3) under a wider thermal activation range are found for the N/P dual-doped ZnO film co-implanted by additional oxygen ions. From high resolution x-ray diffraction and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy it is concluded that the observed p-type conductivities are a result of the promoted formation of PZn-4NO complex defects via the concurrent substitution of nitrogen at oxygen sites and phosphorus at zinc sites. The enhanced solubility and stability of acceptor defects in oxygen co-implanted dual-doped ZnO film are related to the reduction of oxygen vacancy defects at the surface. Our study demonstrates the prospect of the formation of stable p-type ZnO film through co-implantation.

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

  3. Physical and electronic properties of electrodeposited ZnO thin films: dependence on thickness

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    Kıcır, N.; Ozkendir, O. M.; Farha, A. H.; Kırmızıgül, F.; Tuken, T.; Gumus, C.; Çabuk, S.; Erbil, M.; Ufuktepe, Y.

    2015-10-01

    ZnO films have been prepared on indium tin oxide-coated glass substrates, with the help of a potentiostatic method in aqueous zinc nitrate solution. Dependence of crystallographic, optical and electronic properties on thickness of the film is reported and discussed. An increase in the film thickness causes an increase in the band and leads to an improvement in crystallinity and conductivity. The experimental results suggest a strong correlation between electronic and crystal structure of the polycrystalline wurtzite ZnO films. These observations can be used to establish guidelines for optimizing the thickness and orientation to increase the control of device performance based on ZnO thin films.

  4. Fabrication of highly transparent Al-ion-implanted ZnO thin films by metal vapor vacuum arc method

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    Lee, Han; Sivashanmugan, Kundan; Kao, Chi-Yuan; Liao, Jiunn-Der

    2017-03-01

    In this study, we utilized the metal vapor vacuum arc technique to implant vaporized aluminum (Al) ions in zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films. By adjusting the ion implantation dose and operational parameters, the conductivity and optical properties of the ZnO thin film can be controlled. The electrical sheet resistance of Al-ion-implanted ZnO decreased from 3.02 × 107 to 3.03 × 104 Ω/sq, while the transparency of the film was mostly preserved (91.5% at a wavelength of 550 nm). The ZnO thin-film Young’s modulus significantly increased with increasing Al ion dose.

  5. Controlling growth rate anisotropy for formation of continuous ZnO thin films from seeded substrates

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    Zhang, R. H.; Slamovich, E. B.; Handwerker, C. A.

    2013-05-01

    Solution-processed zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films are promising candidates for low-temperature-processable active layers in transparent thin film electronics. In this study, control of growth rate anisotropy using ZnO nanoparticle seeds, capping ions, and pH adjustment leads to a low-temperature (90 ° C) hydrothermal process for transparent and high-density ZnO thin films. The common 1D ZnO nanorod array was grown into a 2D continuous polycrystalline film using a short-time pure solution method. Growth rate anisotropy of ZnO crystals and the film morphology were tuned by varying the chloride (Cl-) ion concentration and the initial pH of solutions of zinc nitrate and hexamethylenetetramine (HMTA), and the competitive adsorption effects of Cl- ions and HMTA ligands on the anisotropic growth behavior of ZnO crystals were proposed. The lateral growth of nanorods constituting the film was promoted by lowering the solution pH to accelerate the hydrolysis of HMTA, thereby allowing the adsorption effects from Cl- to dominate. By optimizing the growth conditions, a dense ˜100 nm thickness film was fabricated in 15 min from a solution of [Cl-]/[Zn2+] = 1.5 and pH= 4.8 ± 0.1. This film shows >80% optical transmittance and a field-effect mobility of 2.730 cm2 V-1 s-1 at zero back-gate bias.

  6. Third generation biosensing matrix based on Fe-implanted ZnO thin film

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    Saha, Shibu; Gupta, Vinay; Sreenivas, K.; Tan, H. H.; Jagadish, C.

    2010-09-27

    Third generation biosensor based on Fe-implanted ZnO (Fe-ZnO) thin film has been demonstrated. Implantation of Fe in rf-sputtered ZnO thin film introduces redox center along with shallow donor level and thereby enhance its electron transfer property. Glucose oxidase (GOx), chosen as model enzyme, has been immobilized on the surface of the matrix. Cyclic voltammetry and photometric assay show that the prepared bioelectrode, GOx/Fe-ZnO/ITO/Glass is sensitive to the glucose concentration with enhanced response of 0.326 {mu}A mM{sup -1} cm{sup -2} and low Km of 2.76 mM. The results show promising application of Fe-implanted ZnO thin film as an attractive matrix for third generation biosensing.

  7. Annealing effect on the property of ultraviolet and green emissions of ZnO thin films

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    Kang, Hong Seong; Kang, Jeong Seok; Kim, Jae Won; Lee, Sang Yeol

    2004-02-01

    The mechanism of ultraviolet (UV) and green emission of ZnO thin films deposited on (001) sapphire substrates by pulsed laser deposition was investigated by using postannealing treatment at various annealing temperatures after deposition. Structural, electrical, and optical properties of ZnO films have been also observed. As the postannealing temperature increased, the intensity of UV (380 nm) peak and the carrier concentration were decreased while the intensity of the visible (about 490-530 nm) peak and the resistivity were increased. The role of oxygen in ZnO thin film during the annealing process was important to the change of optical properties. The mechanism of the luminescence suggested that UV luminescence of ZnO thin film was related to the transition from near band edge to valence band, and green luminescence of ZnO thin film was caused by the transition from deep donor level to valence band due to oxygen vacancies. The activation energy derived by using the variation of green emission intensity was 1.19 eV.

  8. 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.

  9. Low temperature atomic layer deposited ZnO photo thin film transistors

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    Oruc, Feyza B.; Aygun, Levent E.; Donmez, Inci; Biyikli, Necmi; Okyay, Ali K.; Yu, Hyun Yong

    2015-01-01

    ZnO thin film transistors (TFTs) are fabricated on Si substrates using atomic layer deposition technique. The growth temperature of ZnO channel layers are selected as 80, 100, 120, 130, and 250 °C. Material characteristics of ZnO films are examined using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction methods. Stoichiometry analyses showed that the amount of both oxygen vacancies and interstitial zinc decrease with decreasing growth temperature. Electrical characteristics improve with decreasing growth temperature. Best results are obtained with ZnO channels deposited at 80 °C; I{sub on}/I{sub off} ratio is extracted as 7.8 × 10{sup 9} and subthreshold slope is extracted as 0.116 V/dec. Flexible ZnO TFT devices are also fabricated using films grown at 80 °C. I{sub D}–V{sub GS} characterization results showed that devices fabricated on different substrates (Si and polyethylene terephthalate) show similar electrical characteristics. Sub-bandgap photo sensing properties of ZnO based TFTs are investigated; it is shown that visible light absorption of ZnO based TFTs can be actively controlled by external gate bias.

  10. 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).

  11. High-performance ZnO thin-film transistor fabricated by atomic layer deposition

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    Oh, Byeong-Yun; Kim, Young-Hwan; Lee, Hee-Jun; Kim, Byoung-Yong; Park, Hong-Gyu; Han, Jin-Woo; Heo, Gi-Seok; Kim, Tae-Won; Kim, Kwang-Young; Seo, Dae-Shik

    2011-08-01

    We report the fabrication and characteristics of a ZnO thin-film transistor (TFT) using a 50 nm thick ZnO film as an active layer on an Al2O3 gate dielectric film deposited by atomic layer deposition. Lowering the deposition temperature allowed the control of the carrier concentration of the active channel layer (ZnO film) in the TFT device. The ZnO TFT fabricated at 110 °C exhibited high-performance TFT characteristics including a saturation field-effect mobility of 11.86 cm2 V-1 s-1, an on-to-off current ratio of 3.09 × 107 and a sub-threshold gate-voltage swing of 0.72 V decade-1.

  12. 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.

  13. Influence of Substrate Nature and Annealing on Electro-Optical Properties of ZnO Thin Films

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    Iacomi, Felicia; Baban, C.; Prepelita, Petronela; Luca, D.; Iftimie, Nicoleta

    2007-04-23

    ZnO thin films were grown on different substrates (glass, quartz, silicon wafers, etc) by vacuum thermal evaporation. Different thermal treatments were performed in order to obtain transparent and conductive or high resistive ZnO thin films. The optical and electrical properties of ZnO thin films are dependent on the crucible temperature, annealing conditions and on the substrate nature. The thin films are transparent and have an electrical resistivity in 10-4 {omega}m regio. The annealing process performed in vacuum at 573K or under UV irradiation determines a decrease in the electrical resistivity of films.

  14. Laser ablated ZnO thin film for amperometric detection of urea

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    Batra, Neha; Tomar, Monika; Jain, Prateek; Gupta, Vinay

    2013-09-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films deposited onto indium tin oxide (ITO) coated corning glass substrates using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique at two different oxygen pressures (50 mT and 100 mT) have been used as efficient matrix for realization of efficient urea biosensors after immobilization of urease (Urs) enzyme onto ZnO film surface. The bioelectrode Urs/ZnO/ITO/glass having ZnO matrix grown at 100 mT is found to be exhibiting an enhanced sensitivity of 36 μΑ mΜ-1 cm-2 for urea over a wide detection range of 5-200 mg/dl. The relatively low value of Michaelis-Menten constant (Km = 0.82 mM) indicates high affinity of the immobilized urease towards the analyte (urea). The prepared sensor exhibits high selectivity towards detection of urea and retains 90% of its activity for more than 12 weeks. The observed enhanced response characteristics of bioelectrode is attributed to the growth of highly c-axis oriented ZnO thin film by PLD at 100 mT oxygen pressure with desired rough and porous surface morphology besides high electron communication feature. The results confirm the promising application of PLD grown ZnO thin film as an efficient matrix for urea detection.

  15. 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.

  16. Optimization of pulsed laser deposited ZnO thin-film growth parameters for thin-film transistors (TFT) application

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    Gupta, Manisha; Chowdhury, Fatema Rezwana; Barlage, Douglas; Tsui, Ying Yin

    2013-03-01

    In this work we present the optimization of zinc oxide (ZnO) film properties for a thin-film transistor (TFT) application. Thin films, 50±10 nm, of ZnO were deposited by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) under a variety of growth conditions. The oxygen pressure, laser fluence, substrate temperature and annealing conditions were varied as a part of this study. Mobility and carrier concentration were the focus of the optimization. While room-temperature ZnO growths followed by air and oxygen annealing showed improvement in the (002) phase formation with a carrier concentration in the order of 1017-1018/cm3 with low mobility in the range of 0.01-0.1 cm2/V s, a Hall mobility of 8 cm2/V s and a carrier concentration of 5×1014/cm3 have been achieved on a relatively low temperature growth (250 °C) of ZnO. The low carrier concentration indicates that the number of defects have been reduced by a magnitude of nearly a 1000 as compared to the room-temperature annealed growths. Also, it was very clearly seen that for the (002) oriented films of ZnO a high mobility film is achieved.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Preparation and characterization of double layer thin films ZnO/ZnO:Ag for methylene blue photodegradation

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    Wibowo, Singgih Sutanto, Heri

    2016-02-08

    Double layer (DL) thin films of zinc oxide and silver-doped zinc oxide (ZnO/ZnO:Ag) were deposited on glass substrate by sol-gel spray coating technique. The prepared thin films were subjected for optical and photocatalytic studies. UV-visible transmission spectra shows that the subtitution of Ag in ZnO leads to band gap reduction. The influence of Ag doping on the photocatalytic activity of ZnO for the degradation of methylene blue dye was studied under solar radiation. The light absorption over an extended visible region by Ag ion doping in ZnO film contributed equally to improve the photocatalytic activity up to 98.29%.

  20. Preparation and characterization of double layer thin films ZnO/ZnO:Ag for methylene blue photodegradation

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    Wibowo, Singgih; Sutanto, Heri

    2016-02-01

    Double layer (DL) thin films of zinc oxide and silver-doped zinc oxide (ZnO/ZnO:Ag) were deposited on glass substrate by sol-gel spray coating technique. The prepared thin films were subjected for optical and photocatalytic studies. UV-visible transmission spectra shows that the subtitution of Ag in ZnO leads to band gap reduction. The influence of Ag doping on the photocatalytic activity of ZnO for the degradation of methylene blue dye was studied under solar radiation. The light absorption over an extended visible region by Ag ion doping in ZnO film contributed equally to improve the photocatalytic activity up to 98.29%.

  1. 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.

  2. Variable temperature photoluminescence of pulsed laser deposited ZnO thin films

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    Cui, J. B.; Soo, Y. C.; Thomas, A.; Kandel, H.; Chen, T. P.; Daghlian, C. P.

    2008-08-01

    Variable temperature photoluminescence of ZnO thin films deposited by a reactive laser ablation of metallic zinc was investigated. Free and bound exciton emissions are absent at cryogenic temperature, and the near band edge (NBE) emission is independent of measurement temperature for the ZnO thin film deposited at room temperature. Annealing at 700 °C results in the removal of defects, reappearance of exciton emission, and a temperature dependent NBE emission. The experimental data suggest that defects play an important role in the band edge emission in terms of both spectra shape and temperature dependence. Our observations will have an impact on device applications using ZnO, especially for optoelectronics that utilizes the exciton emission.

  3. 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.

  4. 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%.

  5. High Performance and Highly Reliable ZnO Thin Film Transistor Fabricated by Atomic Layer Deposition for Next Generation Displays

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    2011-08-19

    zinc oxide ( ZnO ) thin film as an active channel layer in TFT has become of great interest owing to their specific...630-0192 Japan Phone: +81-743-72-6060 Fax: +81-743-72-6069 E-mail: uraoka@ms.naist.jp Keywords: zinc oxide , thin film transistors , atomic layer...deposition Symposium topic: Transparent Semiconductors Oxides [Abstract] In this study, we fabricated TFTs using ZnO thin film as the

  6. Nanomechanical and microstructural characterization of sputter deposited ZnO thin films

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    Bhardwaj, Vipul; Chowdhury, Rajib; Jayaganthan, R.

    2016-12-01

    The nano-mechanical properties of ZnO thin films deposited at different substrate temperature such as (RT) 25 °C, 100 °C, 200 °C, and 300 °C using DC-sputtering on Corning glass substrate were investigated. The ZnO thin films are found to be predominately c-axis (002) oriented. The crystal structure is sensitive to increasing substrate temperature and new set of crystal planes become visible at 300 °C as thin films become highly polycrystalline. The presence of (103) crystal plane is more pronounced with the increasing substrate temperature. However, high crystallinity and peak intensity ratio I(002)/I(103) (counts) is highest for thin films deposited at 100 °C, which is attributed for high hardness and better adhesive properties observed for ZnO thin films. Concomitantly, no major sudden burst of displacement 'pop-in' event in load-displacement curve of thin films observed during indentation, indicating the films are dense with low defects and adhered strongly to the substrate.

  7. 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.

  8. Electrochemically deposited nanostructured ZnO thin films for biosensor applications

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    Bhadane, Hemalata; Samuel, Edmund; Gautam, D. K.

    2014-04-01

    Zinc Oxide thin films have been deposited by electrochemical method on stainless steel using Zinc nitrate hexahydrate as precursor and 0.05 M potassium chloride (KCl) as supporting electrolyte. The paper reveals thorough investigation of effect of concentration of Zinc nitrate. Further, morphological, structural and optical analysis has been carried out using the FESEM, XRD and PL spectroscopy respectively. From FESEM hexagonal shape nanorods ZnO films fabricated for 1 hour using 0.05M and 0.1M concentration are clearly observed. The XRD of ZnO thin films shows strong peaks along c-axis with (0 0 2) orientation of ZnO nanorods which implies deposited nanorods are perpendicular to the substrate surface and wurtzite hexagonal phase. The hexagonal ZnO nanorod grown using a 0.05M zinc nitrate concentration exhibited the sharpest and most intense PL peak in at 382 nm near UV band edge, indicates the enhanced crystalline structure of ZnO film.

  9. Characterizations of multilayer ZnO thin films deposited by sol-gel spin coating technique

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    Khan, M. I.; Bhatti, K. A.; Qindeel, Rabia; Alonizan, Norah; Althobaiti, Hayat Saeed

    In this work, zinc oxide (ZnO) multilayer thin films are deposited on glass substrate using sol-gel spin coating technique and the effect of these multilayer films on optical, electrical and structural properties are investigated. It is observed that these multilayer films have great impact on the properties of ZnO. X-ray Diffraction (XRD) confirms that ZnO has hexagonal wurtzite structure. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) showed the crack-free films which have uniformly distributed grains structures. Both micro and nano particles of ZnO are present on thin films. Four point probe measured the electrical properties showed the decreasing trend between the average resistivity and the number of layers. The optical absorption spectra measured using UV-Vis. showed the average transmittance in the visible region of all films is 80% which is good for solar spectra. The performance of the multilayer as transparent conducting material is better than the single layer of ZnO. This work provides a low cost, environment friendly and well abandoned material for solar cells applications.

  10. Formation mechanisms of metallic Zn nanodots by using ZnO thin films deposited on n-Si substrates

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    Yuk, J. M.; Lee, J. Y.; Kim, Y.; No, Y. S.; Kim, T. W.; Choi, W. K.

    2010-08-09

    High-resolution transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy results showed that metallic Zn nanodots (NDs) were fabricated through transformation of ZnO thin films by deposition of SiO{sub x} on ZnO/n-Si (100) heterostructures. The Zn NDs with various sizes and densities were formed due to the occurrence of the mass diffusion of atoms along the grain boundaries in the ZnO thin films. The fabrication mechanisms of metallic Zn NDs through transformation of ZnO thin films deposited on n-Si substrates are described on the basis of the experimental results.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Controllable growth and characterization of highly aligned ZnO nanocolumnar thin films

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    Onuk, Zuhal; Rujisamphan, Nopporn; Murray, Roy; Bah, Mohamed; Tomakin, Murat; Shah, S. Ismat

    2017-02-01

    We investigated the effects of growth conditions during magnetron sputtering on the structural, morphological, and optical properties of nanostructured ZnO thin films. Undoped ZnO thin films are deposited onto p-type Si (100) and corning 7059 glass substrates by RF magnetron sputtering using a ZnO target in combination with various Ar-O2 sputtering gas mixtures at room temperature. The effect of the partial pressure of oxygen on the morphology of ZnO thin film structure and band alignment were investigated. Thickness, and therefore the growth rate of the samples measured from the cross-sectional SEM micrographs, is found to be strongly correlated with the oxygen partial pressure in the sputtering chamber. The optical transmittance spectrometry results show that the absorption edge shifts towards the longer wavelength at higher oxygen partial pressure. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) used for determining the surface chemical structure and valence band offsets show that conduction band can be controlled by changing the sputtering atmosphere.

  14. Growth and optical characteristics of high-quality ZnO thin films on graphene layers

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    Park, Suk In; Tchoe, Youngbin; Baek, Hyeonjun; Hyun, Jerome K.; Yi, Gyu-Chul E-mail: gcyi@snu.ac.kr; Heo, Jaehyuk; Jo, Janghyun; Kim, Miyoung; Kim, Nam-Jung E-mail: gcyi@snu.ac.kr

    2015-01-01

    We report the growth of high-quality, smooth, and flat ZnO thin films on graphene layers and their photoluminescence (PL) characteristics. For the growth of high-quality ZnO thin films on graphene layers, ZnO nanowalls were grown using metal-organic vapor-phase epitaxy on oxygen-plasma treated graphene layers as an intermediate layer. PL measurements were conducted at low temperatures to examine strong near-band-edge emission peaks. The full-width-at-half-maximum value of the dominant PL emission peak was as narrow as 4 meV at T = 11 K, comparable to that of the best-quality films reported previously. Furthermore, the stimulated emission of ZnO thin films on the graphene layers was observed at the low excitation energy of 180 kW/cm{sup 2} at room temperature. Their structural and optical characteristics were investigated using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and PL spectroscopy.

  15. The formation of anomalous Hall effect depending on W atoms in ZnO thin films

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    Can, Musa Mutlu; Shah, S. Ismat; Fırat, Tezer

    2014-06-01

    This article investigates the effects of intrinsic point defects and extrinsic W atoms on magneto electrical properties in the ZnO lattice. The analyses were accomplished for ∼0.5% W including ZnO thin films, grown using a radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering system. The polarized spin current dependent magnetic formation was investigated by longitudinal and transverse magneto electrical measurements in a temperature range of 5 K to 300 K. The positive magneto resistivity (PMR) ratios reached 28.8%, 12.7%, and 17.6% at 5 K for thin films, having different post-deposition annealing conditions as a consequence of ionic W dependent defects in the lattice. Furthermore, an anomalous Hall effect, originating from polarized spin currents, was understood from the split in Hall resistance versus magnetic field (Rxy(H)) curves for the thin film with high amount of Zn2+ and W6+ ionic defects.

  16. Enhanced optical band-gap of ZnO thin films by sol-gel technique

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    Raghu, P.; Naveen, C. S.; Shailaja, J.; Mahesh, H. M.

    2016-05-01

    Transparent ZnO thin films were prepared using different molar concentration (0.1 M, 0.2 M & 0.8 M) of zinc acetate on soda lime glass substrates by the sol-gel spin coating technique. The optical properties revealed that the transmittance found to decrease with increase in molar concentration. Absorption edge showed that the higher concentration film has increasingly red shifted. An increased band gap energy of the thin films was found to be direct allowed transition of ˜3.9 eV exhibiting their relevance for photovoltaic applications. The extinction coefficient analysis revealed maximum transmittance with negligible absorption coefficient in the respective wavelengths. The results of ZnO thin film prepared by sol-gel technique reveal its suitability for optoelectronics and as a window layer in solar cell applications.

  17. 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.

  18. Photopatternable nano-composite (SU-8/ZnO) thin films for piezo-electric applications

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    Kandpal, Manoj; Sharan, Chandrashekhar; Poddar, Pankaj; Prashanthi, K.; Apte, Prakash R.; Ramgopal Rao, V.

    2012-09-01

    Photo-curable nanocomposite material was formulated by embedding ZnO nanoparticles into a SU-8 matrix and studied for its piezoelectric properties for low cost fabrication of self-powered nanodevices. The piezoelectric coefficient of ZnO nanoparticles was observed to be ranging between 15 and 23 pm/V, which is the highest reported. These experimental studies support the recent theoretical predictions where the piezoelectric coefficients in ZnO nanoparticles were found to be higher compared to the thin films because of the surface relaxation induced volume reductions in the nanometer scale. The photo-curable property of these polymer composite films is exploited to demonstrate fabrication of a micro-cantilever test structure.

  19. 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.

  20. Electrical characteristics of ZnO nanorods reinforced polymer nanocomposite thin films

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    Bhattacharjee, Snigdha; Roy, Asim

    2015-05-15

    ZnO nanorods have been prepared by simple chemical method, which is used to fabricate organic bistable devices (OBDs). OBDs are fabricated by incorporating different weight percent (wt %) of chemically synthesized Zinc Oxide (ZnO) nanorods into polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). Current-voltage (I-V) measurements of the spin coated ZnO+PMMA nanocomopsite thin film on indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrate showed current hysteresis behaviour, which is an indication of memory effect. The samples exhibit two distinct resistance states, ON and OFF states, characterised by relatively low and high resistance of the OBDs, respectively. It is also observed that with change in ZnO dopant concentration the value of ON/OFF current changes. Higher ON/OFF current ratio is desired for practical applications. Current conduction mechanism of the devices has been explained invoking various existing models, and it has been found that the trapped-charge-limited conduction mechanism was dominant in our samples.

  1. Template-controlled piezoactivity of ZnO thin films grown via a bioinspired approach

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    Blumenstein, Nina J; Streb, Fabian; Walheim, Stefan; Schimmel, Thomas; Bill, Joachim

    2017-01-01

    Biomaterials are used as model systems for the deposition of functional inorganic materials under mild reaction conditions where organic templates direct the deposition process. In this study, this principle was adapted for the formation of piezoelectric ZnO thin films. The influence of two different organic templates (namely, a carboxylate-terminated self-assembled monolayer and a sulfonate-terminated polyelectrolyte multilayer) on the deposition and therefore on the piezoelectric performance was investigated. While the low negative charge of the COOH-SAM is not able to support oriented attachment of the particles, the strongly negatively charged sulfonated polyelectrolyte leads to texturing of the ZnO film. This texture enables a piezoelectric performance of the material which was measured by piezoresponse force microscopy. This study shows that it is possible to tune the piezoelectric properties of ZnO by applying templates with different functionalities. PMID:28243568

  2. 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.

  3. Structural and Optical Characterization of ZnO Nanoparticles Thin Film via Oxidizing Zn in Ethanol

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    Ooi, M. D. Johan; Aziz, A. Abdul; Abdullah, M. J.

    2010-07-01

    In this work, a study on structural and optical properties of ZnO nanoparticles thin film synthesized by decomposing zinc powder with iodine in absolute ethanol on p- type Si (111) have been carried out. Diameter of about 20 to 90 nm in size was observed during 3 minutes heat treatment deposited at 1150 °C. The structural properties of ZnO nanoparticles for different reaction time (1, 3 and 5 hours) were studied by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) whereas the optical property was observed using room temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The synthesized ZnO nanoparticles show a strong single UV emission peak at 378 nm.

  4. The properties of plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (ALD) ZnO thin films and comparison with thermal ALD

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    Kim, Doyoung; Kang, Hyemin; Kim, Jae-Min; Kim, Hyungjun

    2011-02-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films were prepared by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PE-ALD) using oxygen plasma as a reactant and the properties were compared with those of thermal atomic layer deposition (TH-ALD) ZnO thin films. While hexagonal wurzite phase with preferential (0 0 2) orientation was obtained for both cases, significant differences were observed in various aspects of film properties including resistivity values between these two techniques. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements have shown that high resistivity of PE-ALD ZnO thin films is due to the oxygen interstitials at low growth temperature of 200 °C, whose amount decreases with increasing growth temperature. Thin film transistors (TFT) using TH- and PE-ALD ZnO as an active layer were also fabricated and the device properties were evaluated comparatively.

  5. [Stimulated emission characteristics of ZnO thin films deposited by magnetron sputtering on SiO2 substrates].

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    Jing, Wang; Xi-qing, Zhang; Xiao-ying, Teng; De-ping, Xiong; Peng, Lin; Li, Wang; Shi-hua, Huang

    2004-07-01

    ZnO thin films were deposited by magnetron sputtering on SiQ2 substrates. The temperature dependence of the absorption spectra and the photoluminescence spectra was studied for ZnO thin film. The absorption of the longitudinal optical (LO) phonons and the free-excitons was observed at room temperature. The free-exciton emission was only observed in PL spectra at room temperature, the results indicate that ZnO thin films have excellent quality and low density of defects. The stimulated emission properties of ZnO thin films were investigated. When excitation intensity is above threshold, the FWHM o f stimulated emission peak increases and stimulated emission peak shows red shift with increasing excitation intensity. Our analysis shows that the optical gain is due to electronhole plasma emission.

  6. Characterization of Flexible CIGS Thin Film Solar Cells or Stainless Steel with Intrinsic ZnO Diffusion Barriers.

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    Kim, Chae-Woong; Kim, Hye Jin; Kim, Jin Hyeok; Jeong, Chaehwan

    2016-05-01

    ZnO diffusion barrier layer was deposited by RF magnetron sputtering by using the same method as intrinsic ZnO layer. The CIGS solar cells were fabricated on stainless steel substrate. The 50-200 nm thin ZnO diffusion barriers effectively reduced the diffusion of Fe and Cr, from stainless steel substrates into the CIGS absorbers. The CIGS solar cells with ZnO diffusion barriers increased the J(sc) and FF, which resulted in an increase of cell efficiency from 5.9% up to 9.06%.

  7. Photoluminescence enhancement of ZnO via coupling with surface plasmons on Al thin films

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    Dellis, S.; Kalfagiannis, N.; Kassavetis, S.; Bazioti, C.; Dimitrakopulos, G. P.; Koutsogeorgis, D. C.; Patsalas, P.

    2017-03-01

    We present that the ultra-violet emission of ZnO can be enhanced, as much as six-times its integral intensity, using an Al thin interlayer film between the Si substrate and ZnO thin film and a post-fabrication laser annealing process. The laser annealing is a cold process that preserves the chemical state and integrity of the underlying aluminum layer, while it is essential for the improvement of the ZnO performance as a light emitter and leads to enhanced emission in the visible and in the ultraviolet spectral ranges. In all cases, the metal interlayer enhances the intensity of the emitted light, either through coupling of the surface plasmon that is excited at the Al/ZnO interface, in the case of light-emitting ZnO in the ultraviolet region, or by the increased back reflection from the Al layer, in the case of the visible emission. In order to evaluate the process and develop a solid understanding of the relevant physical phenomena, we investigated the effects of various metals as interlayers (Al, Ag, and Au), the metal interlayer thickness, and the incorporation of a dielectric spacer layer between Al and ZnO. Based on these experiments, Al emerged as the undisputable best choice of metal interlayers because of its compatibility with the laser annealing process, as well as due to its high optical reflectivity at 380 and 248 nm, which leads to the effective coupling with surface plasmons at the Al/ZnO interfaces at 380 nm and the secondary annealing of ZnO by the back-reflected 248 nm laser beam.

  8. Microfluidic pumps employing surface acoustic waves generated in ZnO thin films

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    Du, X. Y.; Flewitt, A. J.; Milne, W. I.; Fu, Y. Q.; Luo, J. K.

    2009-01-15

    ZnO thin film based surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices have been utilized to fabricate microfluidic pumps. The SAW devices were fabricated on nanocrystalline ZnO piezoelectric thin films deposited on Si substrates using rf magnetron sputtering and use a Sezawa wave mode for effective droplet motion. The as-deposited ZnO surface is hydrophilic, with a water contact angle of {approx}75 deg., which prevents droplet pumping. Therefore, the ZnO surface was coated using a self-assembled monolayer of octadecyltrichlorosilane which forms a hydrophobic surface with a water contact angle of {approx}110 deg. Liquid droplets between 0.5 and 1 {mu}l in volume were successfully pumped on the hydrophobic ZnO surface at velocities up to 1 cm s{sup -1}. Under acoustic pressure, the water droplet on an hydrophilic surface becomes deformed, and the asymmetry in the contact angle at the trailing and leading edges allow the force acting upon the droplet to be calculated. These forces, which increase with input voltage above a threshold level, are found to be in the range of {approx}100 {mu}N. A pulsed rf signal has also been used to demonstrate precision manipulation of the liquid droplets. Furthermore, a SAW device structure is demonstrated in which the ZnO piezoelectric only exists under the input and output transducers. This structure still permits pumping, while avoiding direct contact between the piezoelectric material and the fluid. This is of particular importance for biological laboratory-on-a-chip applications.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Modification of ZnO Thin Films by Ni, Cu, and Cd Doping*1

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    Jiménez-González, A. E.

    1997-02-01

    With the propose of investigating the effect of transition elements in ZnO thin films prepared by the Successive Ion Layer Adsorption and Reaction (SILAR) technique, the deposition solutions were chemically impurified with Ni, Cu, and Cd, as elements of the Ib, IIb, and VIIIa groups. X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyses confirm that the impurification with Ni and Cu in fact took place but the impurification with Cd did not, while the XRD analyses show that foras preparedand Ni-impurified annealed films, the crystallites are almost oriented along thecaxis. The electrical properties of the ZnO films were also modified with the impurification. After annealing in air (450°C) the dark conductivity of the films was increased in the case of Ni and Cd impurification up to 1.80×10-3and 1.86×10-2[Ω cm]-1, respectively, but it decreased drastically in the case of Cu to 5.51×10-7[Ω cm]-1, as referred to the dark conductivity (1.86×10-4[Ω cm]-1) of the pure ZnO sample. The measured activation energy for the electrical conductivity of the modified ZnO thin films is 55 meV for the Ni modification, indicating the existence of donor levels. On the other hand, the Cu modification increases the activation energy up to 132 meV, which is higher than the activation energy for pure ZnO thin films (98 meV).

  12. Pulsed laser deposition of ZnO grown on glass substrates for realizing high-performance thin-film transistors

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    Yoshida, T.; Tachibana, T.; Maemoto, T.; Sasa, S.; Inoue, M.

    2010-12-01

    We report characterization of ZnO thin-film transistors (TFTs) on glass substrates fabricated by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). ZnO films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy and Hall effect measurements. The XRD results showed high c-axis-oriented ZnO(0002) diffraction corresponding to the wurtzite phase. Moreover, the crystallization and the electrical properties of ZnO thin films grown at room temperature are controllable by PLD growth conditions such as oxygen gas pressure. The ZnO films are very smooth, with a root-mean-square roughness of 1 nm. From the Hall effect measurements, we have succeeded in fabricating ZnO films on glass substrates with an electron mobility of 21.7 cm2/V s. By using the ZnO thin film grown by two-step PLD and a HfO2 high- k gate insulator, a transconductance of 24.1 mS/mm, a drain current on/off ratio of 4.4×106 and a subthreshold gate swing of 0.26 V/decade were obtained for the ZnO TFT.

  13. ZnO thin film as MSG for sensitive biosensor

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    Iftimie, N.; Savin, A.; Steigmann, R.; Faktorova, D.; Salaoru, I.

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, we investigate the cholesterol sensors consisting of a mixture of cholesterol oxidase (ChOx) and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles were grown on ITO/glass substrates by vacuum thermal evaporation method and their sensing characteristics are examined in air. Also, the interest in surface waves appeared due to evanescent waves in the metallic strip grating in sub-wavelength regime. Before testing the transducer with metamaterials lens in the sub-wavelength regime, a simulation of the evanescent wave's formation has been performed at the edge of Ag strips, with thicknesses in the range of micrometers.

  14. Random lasing of ZnO thin films grown by pulsed-laser deposition

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    Cachoncinlle, C.; Hebert, C.; Perrière, J.; Nistor, M.; Petit, A.; Millon, E.

    2015-05-01

    Low-dimensional semiconductor structures on nanometer scale are of great interest because of their strong potential applications in nanotechnologies. We report here optical and structural properties on UV lasing in ZnO thin films. The ZnO films, 110 nm thick, were prepared using pulsed-laser deposition on c-cut sapphire substrates at 500 °C under 10-2 oxygen pressure. The ZnO films are nearly stoichiometric, dense and display the wurtzite phase. The films are highly textured along the ZnO c-axis and are constituted of nanocrystallites. According to Hall measurements these films are conductive (0.11 Ω cm). Photoluminescence measurements reveals a so-called random lasing in the range 390 to 410 nm, when illuminating at 355 nm with a tripled frequency pulsed Nd-YAG laser. Such random lasing is obtained at rather low optical pumping, 45 kW cm-2, a value lower than those classically reported for pulsed-laser deposition thin films.

  15. A comparative study of physico-chemical properties of CBD and SILAR grown ZnO thin films

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    Jambure, S.B.; Patil, S.J.; Deshpande, A.R.; Lokhande, C.D.

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: Schematic model indicating ZnO nanorods by CBD (Z{sub 1}) and nanograins by SILAR (Z{sub 2}). - Highlights: • Simple methods for the synthesis of ZnO thin films. • Comparative study of physico-chemical properties of ZnO thin films prepared by CBD and SILAR methods. • CBD outperforms SILAR method. - Abstract: In the present work, nanocrystalline zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films have been successfully deposited onto glass substrates by simple and economical chemical bath deposition (CBD) and successive ionic layer adsorption reaction (SILAR) methods. These films were further characterized for their structural, optical, surface morphological and wettability properties. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns for both CBD and SILAR deposited ZnO thin films reveal the highly crystalline hexagonal wurtzite structure. From optical studies, band gaps obtained are 2.9 and 3.0 eV for CBD and SILAR deposited thin films, respectively. The scanning electron microscope (SEM) patterns show growth of well defined randomly oriented nanorods and nanograins on the CBD and SILAR deposited samples, respectively. The resistivity of CBD deposited films (10{sup 2} Ω cm) is lower than that of SILAR deposited films (10{sup 5} Ω cm). Surface wettability studies show hydrophobic nature for both films. From the above results it can be concluded that CBD grown ZnO thin films show better properties as compared to SILAR method.

  16. ZnO thin film piezoelectric MEMS vibration energy harvesters with two piezoelectric elements for higher output performance.

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    Wang, Peihong; Du, Hejun

    2015-07-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin film piezoelectric microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) based vibration energy harvesters with two different designs are presented. These harvesters consist of a silicon cantilever, a silicon proof mass, and a ZnO piezoelectric layer. Design I has a large ZnO piezoelectric element and Design II has two smaller and equally sized ZnO piezoelectric elements; however, the total area of ZnO thin film in two designs is equal. The ZnO thin film is deposited by means of radio-frequency magnetron sputtering method and is characterized by means of XRD and SEM techniques. These ZnO energy harvesters are fabricated by using MEMS micromachining. The natural frequencies of the fabricated ZnO energy harvesters are simulated and tested. The test results show that these two energy harvesters with different designs have almost the same natural frequency. Then, the output performance of different ZnO energy harvesters is tested in detail. The effects of series connection and parallel connection of two ZnO elements on the load voltage and power are also analyzed. The experimental results show that the energy harvester with two ZnO piezoelectric elements in parallel connection in Design II has higher load voltage and higher load power than the fabricated energy harvesters with other designs. Its load voltage is 2.06 V under load resistance of 1 MΩ and its maximal load power is 1.25 μW under load resistance of 0.6 MΩ, when it is excited by an external vibration with frequency of 1300.1 Hz and acceleration of 10 m/s(2). By contrast, the load voltage of the energy harvester of Design I is 1.77 V under 1 MΩ resistance and its maximal load power is 0.98 μW under 0.38 MΩ load resistance when it is excited by the same vibration.

  17. Interfacial structure and electrical properties of transparent conducting ZnO thin films on polymer substrates.

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    Lim, Young Soo; Kim, Dae Wook; Kang, Jong-Ho; Seo, Seul Gi; Kim, Bo Bae; Choi, Hyoung-Seuk; Seo, Won-Seon; Cho, Yong Soo; Park, Hyung-Ho

    2013-08-01

    The effects of polymer substrates on the interfacial structure and the thermal stability of Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) thin films were investigated. The GZO thin films were deposited on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) substrates by rf-magnetron sputtering at room temperature, and thermal stability tests of the GZO thin films on the polymer substrates were performed at 150°C up to 8 h in air. Electrical and structural characterizations of the GZO thin films on the PET and the PEN substrates were carried out, and the origins of the stable interfacial structure and the improved thermal stability of the GZO thin film on the PEN substrate were discussed.

  18. 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.

  19. Pulse laser deposited nanostructured ZnO thin films: a review.

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    Kumar, Rajesh; Kumar, Girish; Umar, Ahmad

    2014-02-01

    This review summarizes the work principles of pulse laser deposition (PLD) apparatus, physical processes like ablation, and plasma plume formation accompanying the deposition of un-doped ZnO from target to substrate material. Various modes of deposition and factors influencing the properties of thin films such as substrate temperature, background gas pressure, laser energy density (laser fluence), target to substrate distance, repetition rate, oxygen partial pressure in deposition chamber, deposition time and post growth annealing which control deposition parameters such as adsorption, desorption, surface diffusion, nucleation, and crystallization/re-crystallization are also discussed in this review. Moreover, various film properties such as morphology, roughness of the film surface, film thickness, grain size, optical transmittance, sensitivity, electrical conductivity, uniformity and electrical resistivity of the deposited ZnO thin films have also been enumerated in the present review.

  20. Characterization and Fabrication of ZnO Nanowires Grown on AlN Thin Film

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    Yousefi, Ramin; Kamaluddin, Burhanuddin; Ghoranneviss, Mahmood; Hajakbari, Fatemeh

    2009-07-07

    In this paper, we report ZnO nanowires grown on AlN thin film deposited on glass as substrate by physical vapour deposition. The temperature of substrates was kept between 600 deg. C and 500 deg. C during the growth. The typical average diameters of the obtained nanowires on substrate at 600 deg. C and 500 deg. C was about 57 nm and 22 nm, respectively with several micrometers in lengths. X-ray diffraction and Auger spectroscopy results showed Al diffused from AlN thin film into ZnO nanowires for sample at high temperature zone. In the photoluminescence spectra two emission bands appeared, one related to ultraviolet emission with a strong peak at 380-382 nm, and another related to deep level emission with a weak peak at 510 nm.

  1. Semiconducting Properties of Swift Au Ion-Irradiated ZnO Thin Films at Room Temperature

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    Kwon, Sera; Park, Hyun-Woo; Chung, Kwun-Bum

    2017-02-01

    The semiconducting properties of Au ion-irradiated ZnO thin films were investigated as a function of ion irradiation dose at room temperature. The Au ion irradiation was conducted with acceleration energy of 130 MeV in the ion dose range from 1 × 1011 to 5 × 1012 ions/cm2. The physical properties showed no change regardless of the Au ion irradiation dose; however, the electrical properties of Au ion-irradiated ZnO thin films changed, depending on the Au ion irradiation dose. The electronic structure drastically changed with the evolution of hybridized molecular orbital structure for the conduction band and band edge states below the conduction band. These remarkable changes in electronic structure correlate with changes in electrical properties, such as carrier concentration and mobility.

  2. Recent advances in the transparent conducting ZnO for thin-film Si solar cells

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    Moon, Taeho; Shin, Gwang Su; Park, Byungwoo

    2015-11-01

    The key challenge for solar-cell development lies in the improvement of power-conversion efficiency and the reduction of fabrication cost. For thin-film Si solar cells, researches have been especially focused on the light trapping for the breakthrough in the saturated efficiencies. The ZnO-based transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) have therefore received strong attention because of their excellent light-scattering capability by the texture-etched surface and cost effectiveness through in-house fabrication. Here, we have highlighted our recent studies on the transparent conducting ZnO for thin-film Si solar cells. From the electrical properties and their degradation mechanisms, bilayer deposition and organic-acid texturing approaches for enhancing the light trapping, and finally the relation between textured ZnO and electrical cell performances are sequentially introduced in this review article. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  3. Modification of the optical properties of ZnO thin films by proton implantation

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    Ham, Yong Ju; Park, Jun Kue; Lee, W.; Lee, Cheol Eui; Park, W.

    2012-09-15

    Highlights: ► Optical properties of proton-implanted ZnO thin film prepared by rf magneton sputtering were studied. ► Increase in the ordinary refractive index after proton implantation was explained by the polarizability. ► A slight decrease in the optical bandgap by proton implantation was identified. -- Abstract: Optical properties of proton-implanted ZnO thin film prepared by radio-frequency (rf) magneton sputtering have been studied, the optical constants being obtained from the reflectance measurements by employing Cauchy–Urbach model. Increase in the ordinary refractive index after proton implantation was explained by that in the polarizability. Besides, a slight increase in the optical band gap by proton implantation was identified and discussed in terms of the hydrogen shallow donors introduced by the proton implantation.

  4. Femtosecond Degenerate Four-Wave-Mixing in ZnO Microcrystallite Thin Films

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    Zhang, Wei-li; Wang, Qing-yue; Chai, Lu; Xing, Qi-rong; K, Wong S.; H, Wang; Z, Tang K.; G, Wong K. L.; R, Jain

    1999-06-01

    Transient third-order optical nonlinearity χ(3) of ZnO microcrystallite thin films is measured at various temperatures by using femtosecond degenerate four-wave-mixing. Room-temperature excitonic enhancement of χ(3) is observed. The magnitude of χ(3) ranges between 10-4 to 10-6 esu from 4.2 K to room temperature. The measured χ(3) response time ranging from 200 to 300 fs is ultrafast for temperature down to 4.2 K.

  5. Effects of nitrogen on the growth and optical properties of ZnO thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Cui, J. B.; Thomas, M. A.; Soo, Y. C.; Kandel, H.; Chen, T. P.

    2009-08-01

    ZnO thin films were grown using pulsed laser deposition by ablating a Zn target in various mixtures of O2 and N2. The presence of N2 during deposition was found to affect the growth of the ZnO thin films and their optical properties. Small N2 concentrations during growth led to strong acceptor-related photoluminescence (PL), while larger concentrations affected both the intensity and temperature dependence of the emission peaks. In addition, the PL properties of the annealed ZnO thin films are associated with the N2 concentration during their growth. The possible role of nitrogen in ZnO growth and annealing is discussed.

  6. 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.

  7. Preparation and characterization of ALD deposited ZnO thin films studied for gas sensors

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    Boyadjiev, S. I.; Georgieva, V.; Yordanov, R.; Raicheva, Z.; Szilágyi, I. M.

    2016-11-01

    Applying atomic layer deposition (ALD), very thin zinc oxide (ZnO) films were deposited on quartz resonators, and their gas sensing properties were studied using the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) method. The gas sensing of the ZnO films to NO2 was tested in the concentration interval between 10 and 5000 ppm. On the basis of registered frequency change of the QCM, for each concentration the sorbed mass was calculated. Further characterization of the films was carried out by various techniques, i.e. by SEM-EDS, XRD, ellipsometry, and FTIR spectroscopy. Although being very thin, the films were gas sensitive to NO2 already at room temperature and could register very well as low concentrations as 100 ppm, while the sorption was fully reversible. Our results for very thin ALD ZnO films show that the described fast, simple and cost-effective technology could be implemented for producing gas sensors working at room temperature and being capable to detect in real time low concentrations of NO2.

  8. Realization of an efficient cholesterol biosensor using ZnO nanostructured thin film.

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    Batra, Neha; Tomar, Monika; Gupta, Vinay

    2012-12-21

    A zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructured thin film synthesized by a vapour phase transport technique on a platinum coated silicon (Pt/Si) substrate has been successfully utilized for the detection of cholesterol. Amperometric and photometric studies reveal that the prepared bioelectrode ChOx/ZnO/Pt/Si is highly sensitive to the detection of cholesterol over a wide concentration range, 0.12-12.93 mM (5-500 mg dl(-1)). The higher sensitivity is attributed to the large surface area of ZnO thin film for effective loading of ChOx besides its high electron communication capability. A relatively low value of the enzyme's kinetic parameter (Michaelis-Menten constant, 1.08 mM) indicates an enhanced affinity of the enzyme (ChOx) towards the analyte (cholesterol). The prepared bioelectrode is found to exhibit a long shelf life of more than 10 weeks, having negligible interference from the presence of other biomolecules present in human serum indicating potential application of the ZnO nanostructured thin film for cholesterol sensing.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Structural and optical properties of Ni added ZnO thin films deposited by sol-gel method

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    Murugan, R.; Vijayaprasath, G.; Mahalingam, T.; Anandhan, N.; Ravi, G.

    2014-04-01

    Pure and Ni added zinc oxide thin films were prepared by sol-gel method using spin-coating technique on glass substrates. The influences of nickel on ZnO thin films are characterized by Powder X-ray diffraction study. Pure and Ni added thin films are hexagonal wurtzite structure without any secondary phase in c-axis orientation. The SEM images of thin films show uniform sphere like particles covered completely on glass substrates. All the films exhibit transmittance of 85-95% in the visible range up to 800nm and cut-off wavelength observed at 394 nm corresponding to the fundamental absorption of ZnO. The photoluminescence property for pure and Ni added ZnO thin films has been studied and results are presented in detail.

  12. Structural and optical properties of Ni added ZnO thin films deposited by sol-gel method

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    Murugan, R.; Vijayaprasath, G.; Anandhan, N. E-mail: gravicrc@gmail.com; Ravi, G. E-mail: gravicrc@gmail.com; Mahalingam, T.

    2014-04-24

    Pure and Ni added zinc oxide thin films were prepared by sol-gel method using spin-coating technique on glass substrates. The influences of nickel on ZnO thin films are characterized by Powder X-ray diffraction study. Pure and Ni added thin films are hexagonal wurtzite structure without any secondary phase in c-axis orientation. The SEM images of thin films show uniform sphere like particles covered completely on glass substrates. All the films exhibit transmittance of 85-95% in the visible range up to 800nm and cut-off wavelength observed at 394 nm corresponding to the fundamental absorption of ZnO. The photoluminescence property for pure and Ni added ZnO thin films has been studied and results are presented in detail.

  13. The effect of heat treatment on the physical properties of sol-gel derived ZnO thin films

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    Raoufi, Davood; Raoufi, Taha

    2009-03-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films were deposited on microscope glass substrates by sol-gel spin coating method. Zinc acetate (ZnAc) dehydrate was used as the starting salt material source. A homogeneous and stable solution was prepared by dissolving ZnAc in the solution of monoethanolamine (MEA). ZnO thin films were obtained after preheating the spin coated thin films at 250 °C for 5 min after each coating. The films, after the deposition of the eighth layer, were annealed in air at temperatures of 300 °C, 400 °C and 500 °C for 1 h. The effect of thermal annealing in air on the physical properties of the sol-gel derived ZnO thin films are studied. The powder and its thin film were characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD) method. XRD analysis revealed that the annealed ZnO thin films consist of single phase ZnO with wurtzite structure (JCPDS 36-1451) and show the c-axis grain orientation. Increasing annealing temperature increased the c-axis orientation and the crystallite size of the film. The annealed films are highly transparent with average transmission exceeding 80% in the visible range (400-700 nm). The measured optical band gap values of the ZnO thin films were between 3.26 eV and 3.28 eV, which were in the range of band gap values of intrinsic ZnO (3.2-3.3 eV). SEM analysis of annealed thin films has shown a completely different surface morphology behavior.

  14. 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.

  15. Nanostructured ZnO thin films prepared by sol-gel spin-coating

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    Heredia, E.; Bojorge, C.; Casanova, J.; Cánepa, H.; Craievich, A.; Kellermann, G.

    2014-10-01

    ZnO thin films deposited on silica flat plates were prepared by spin-coating and studied by applying several techniques for structural characterization. The films were prepared by depositing different numbers of layers, each deposition being followed by a thermal treatment at 200 °C to dry and consolidate the successive layers. After depositing all layers, a final thermal treatment at 450 °C during 3 h was also applied in order to eliminate organic components and to promote the crystallization of the thin films. The total thickness of the multilayered films - ranging from 40 nm up to 150 nm - was determined by AFM and FESEM. The analysis by GIXD showed that the thin films are composed of ZnO crystallites with an average diameter of 25 nm circa. XR results demonstrated that the thin films also exhibit a large volume fraction of nanoporosity, typically 30-40 vol.% in thin films having thicknesses larger than ∼70 nm. GISAXS measurements showed that the experimental scattering intensity is well described by a structural model composed of nanopores with shape of oblate spheroids, height/diameter aspect ratio within the 0.8-0.9 range and average diameter along the sample surface plane in the 5-7 nm range.

  16. Fabrication and Characterization of High-Crystalline Nanoporous ZnO Thin Films by Modified Thermal Evaporation System

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    Islam, M. S.; Hossain, M. F.; Razzak, S. M. A.; Haque, M. M.; Saha, D. K.

    2016-05-01

    The aim of this work is to fabricate high-crystalline nanoporous zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films by a modified thermal evaporation system. First, zinc thin films have been deposited on bare glass substrate by the modified thermal evaporation system with pressure of 0.05mbar, source-substrate distance of 3cm and source temperature 700∘C. Then, high-crystalline ZnO thin film is obtained by annealing at 500∘C for 2h in atmosphere. The prepared ZnO films are characterized with various deposition times of 10min and 20min. The structural property was investigated by X-ray diffractometer (XRD). The optical bandgap and absorbance/transmittance of these films are examined by ultraviolet/visible spectrophotometer. The surface morphological property has been observed by scanning electron microscope (SEM). ZnO films have showed uniform nanoporous surface with high-crystalline hexagonal wurtzite structure. The ZnO films prepared with 20min has excitation absorption-edge at 369nm, which is blueshifted with respect to the bulk absorption-edge appearing at 380nm. The gap energy of ZnO film is decreased from 3.14eV to 3.09eV with increase of the deposition time, which can enhance the excitation of ZnO films by the near visible light, and is suitable for the application of photocatalyst of waste water cleaning and polluted air purification.

  17. Oxygen annealing effects on optical properties of ZnO and TiO nanocluster thin film

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    Souza, Ryan; Che, Hui; Tian, Yufeng; Qiang, You; Rodriguez, Rene; Lau, Lisa; Turner, Paul; Tenne, Dmitri

    2009-05-01

    Thin films of zinc oxide (ZnO) and titanium oxides (TiO) were deposited on Si (100) substrate by third generation nanocluster source. Post deposition Oxygen Annealing (OA) effects were evaluated by X-Ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, and photoluminescence (PL). As deposited, diameter of ZnO nanoclusters ˜24 nm and ZnO OA nanoclusters ˜30 nm. As deposited TiO clusters ˜10 nm in diameter, and TiO OA cluster ˜20 nm. XRD shows increased crystal quality and improved ZnO c-axis crystal growth. XRD shows improved stoichiometric TiO2 clusters and preferred anatase phase. Intensity of ZnO PL spectrum has temperature dependence from 10K to 300K. ZnO OA produces red-shifted PL peak, and there are no below-bandgap PL peaks. TiO has room temperature PL with UV peak ˜388 nm and visible peak ˜426 nm. ZnO OA nanoclusters show narrower, red shifted peak by ˜0.07eV compared to as deposited ZnO nanoclusters. This indicates increased average grain size and improved size homogeneity after annealing. This is confirmed by Raman spectra showing blue-shifted and narrower peak of the A1 (LO) phonon peak in ZnO OA sample. DOE-EPSCoR (DE-FG02-04ER46142) DOE-BES (DE-FG02-07ER46386).

  18. Photocatalytic efficiency of reusable ZnO thin films deposited by sputtering technique

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    Ahumada-Lazo, R.; Torres-Martínez, L. M.; Ruíz-Gómez, M. A.; Vega-Becerra, O. E.; Figueroa-Torres, M. Z.

    2014-12-01

    The photocatalytic activity of ZnO thin films with different physicochemical characteristics deposited by RF magnetron sputtering on glass substrate was tested for the decolorization of orange G dye aqueous solution (OG). The crystalline phase, surface morphology, surface roughness and the optical properties of these ZnO films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis), respectively. The dye photodecolorization process was studied at acid, neutral and basic pH media under UV irradiation of 365 nm. Results showed that ZnO films grow with an orientation along the c-axis of the substrate and exhibit a wurtzite crystal structure with a (002) preferential crystalline orientation. A clear relationship between surface morphology and photocatalytic activity was observed for ZnO films. Additionally, the recycling photocatalytic abilities of the films were also evaluated. A promising photocatalytic performance has been found with a very low variation of the decolorization degree after five consecutive cycles at a wide range of pH media.

  19. Characterization of ZnO Thin Films Prepared by Thermal Oxidation of Zn

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    Bouanane, I.; Kabir, A.; Boulainine, D.; Zerkout, S.; Schmerber, G.; Boudjema, B.

    2016-07-01

    Zinc oxide thin films were prepared by thermal oxidation of zinc films at a temperature of 500°C for 2 h. The Zn films were deposited onto glass substrates by magnetron RF sputtering. The sputtering time varied from 2.5 min to 15 min. The physico-chemical characterization of the ZnO films was carried out depending on the Zn sputtering time. According to x-ray diffraction, ZnO films were polycrystalline and the Zn-ZnO phase transformation was direct. The mean transmittance of the ZnO films was around 80% and the band gap increased from 3.15 eV to 3.35 eV. Photoluminescence spectra show ultraviolet, visible, and infrared emission bands. The increase of the UV emission band was correlated with the improvement of the crystalline quality of the ZnO films. The concentration of native defects was found to decrease with increasing Zn sputtering time. The decrease of the electrical resistivity as a function of Zn sputtering time was linked to extrinsic hydrogen-related defects.

  20. ZnO thin films on single carbon fibres fabricated by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD)

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    Krämer, André; Engel, Sebastian; Sangiorgi, Nicola; Sanson, Alessandra; Bartolomé, Jose F.; Gräf, Stephan; Müller, Frank A.

    2017-03-01

    Single carbon fibres were 360° coated with zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films by pulsed laser deposition using a Q-switched CO2 laser with a pulse duration τ ≈ 300 ns, a wavelength λ = 10.59 μm, a repetition frequency frep = 800 Hz and a peak power Ppeak = 15 kW in combination with a 3-step-deposition technique. In a first set of experiments, the deposition process was optimised by investigating the crystallinity of ZnO films on silicon and polished stainless steel substrates. Here, the influence of the substrate temperature and of the oxygen partial pressure of the background gas were characterised by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analyses. ZnO coated carbon fibres and conductive glass sheets were used to prepare photo anodes for dye-sensitised solar cells in order to investigate their suitability for energy conversion devices. To obtain a deeper insight of the electronic behaviour at the interface between ZnO and substrate I-V measurements were performed.

  1. Decrease in work function of boron ion-implanted ZnO thin films.

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    Heo, Gi-Seok; Hong, Sang-Jin; Park, Jong-Woon; Choi, Bum-Ho; Lee, Jong-Ho; Shin, Dong-Chan

    2007-11-01

    We have fabricated boron ion-implanted ZnO thin films by ion implantation into sputtered ZnO thin films on a glass substrate. An investigation of the effects of ion doses and activation time on the electrical and optical properties of the films has been made. The electrical sheet resistance and resistivity of the implanted films are observed to increase with increasing rapid thermal annealing (RTA) time, while decreasing as the ion dose increases. Without any RTA process, the variation of the carrier density is insensitive to the ion dose. With the RTA process, however, the carrier density of the implanted films increases and approaches that of the un-implanted ZnO film as the ion dose increases. On the other hand, the carrier mobility is shown to decrease with increasing ion doses when no RTA process is applied. With the RTA process, however, there is almost no change in the mobility. We have achieved the optical transmittance as high as 87% within the visible wavelength range up to 800 nm. It is also demonstrated that the work function can be engineered by changing the ion dose during the ion implantation process. We have found that the work function decreases as the ion dose increases.

  2. 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.

  3. Characteristics of Sputtered ZnO Thin Films for an Inverted Organic Solar Cell.

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    Park, Yong Seob; Park, Chul Min; Lee, Jaehyeong

    2016-05-01

    Several research groups have claimed high energy conversion efficiency in organic solar cells. However, it still has low efficiency and is unstable, because organic materials are easily oxidized by atmospheric humidity and UV light. In this work, ZnO thin film as the blocking layer attributed to the interference of the injection of the hole from the P3HT and no charge carrier recombination. We obtained the maximum power conversion efficiency of 1.9% under AM 1.5 G spectral illumination of 100 MWcm(-2), when we used a ZnO film of 60 nm and the optimized P3HT:PCBM, and Au as the back electrode to solve the reaction problem of Al electrode and to control the work function between the HOMO level of P3HT and the energy level of the metal electrode. Power conversion efficiency of inverted organic solar cell (IOSC) is significantly dependent on the thickness of the ZnO thin film deposited by unbalanced magnetron sputtering method. Also, the stability of IOSC is measured under ambient conditions.

  4. Flexible ZnO transparent thin-film transistors by a solution-based process at various solution concentrations

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    Lee, C. Y.; Lin, M. Y.; Wu, W. H.; Wang, J. Y.; Chou, Y.; Su, W. F.; Chen, Y. F.; Lin, C. F.

    2010-10-01

    We report solution-processed ZnO thin-film transistors (TFTs) on a flexible substrate, using polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) as a dielectric layer. To improve the compatibility between the ZnO active layer and the PMMA dielectric, an O2-plasma treatment has been applied to the PMMA dielectric. The structural and electrical characteristics of the ZnO-TFTs, which have different channel morphologies produced by various concentrations of the ZnO solution, were investigated. The ZnO trap centers of the ZnO-TFTs were decreased as the concentration of the ZnO solution increased. The ZnO-TFT with the optimized channel morphology exhibited a high field-effect mobility of 7.53 cm2 V-1 s-1.

  5. Thin Solid Films Topical Special Issue on ZnO related transparent conductive oxides

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    Chu, Jinn P.; Endo, Tamio; Ellmer, Klaus; Gessert, Tim; Ginley, David

    2016-04-01

    World-wide research activities on ZnO and related transparent conductive oxides (TCO) in thin film, nanostructured, and multilayered forms are driven by the vast potential of these materials for optoelectronic, microelectronic, and photovoltaic applications. Renewed interest in ZnO applications is partly stimulated by cost reduction in material processing and device development. One of the most important issues is doping and alloying with Al, Ga, In, Sn, etc. in order to tune properties. When highly doped, these materials are used as transparent-conducting contacts on solar cells, as well as in catalytic, spintronic, and surface acoustic wave devices. Film growth conditions, including substrate type and orientation, growth temperature, deposition rate, and ambient atmosphere, all play important roles in determining structural, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties.

  6. Investigation of the drain current shift in ZnO thin film transistors

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    Abdel-Motaleb, Ibrahim; Shetty, Neeraj; Leedy, Kevin; Cortez, Rebecca

    2011-01-01

    A ZnO thin film transistor (TFT), with barium strontium titanate (BST) as a gate oxide, has been fabricated and characterized. The ZnO and the BST layers were deposited using pulsed laser deposition. The I-V characteristics were measured, and an upward shift in the drain current was observed when the voltage sweeping was repeated. The reasons for this shift were investigated and it was found that the shift could be attributed to the combination effect of the reduction in the built-in potential of the grain boundaries, the population and depopulation of trap centers in the channel, and the existence of mobile charges in the gate oxide layer.

  7. Perovskite solar cells based on nanocolumnar plasma-deposited ZnO thin films.

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    Ramos, F Javier; López-Santos, Maria C; Guillén, Elena; Nazeeruddin, Mohammad Khaja; Grätzel, Michael; Gonzalez-Elipe, Agustin R; Ahmad, Shahzada

    2014-04-14

    ZnO thin films having a nanocolumnar microstructure are grown by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition at 423 K on pre-treated fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates. The films consist of c-axis-oriented wurtzite ZnO nanocolumns with well-defined microstructure and crystallinity. By sensitizing CH3NH3PbI3 on these photoanodes a power conversion of 4.8% is obtained for solid-state solar cells. Poly(triarylamine) is found to be less effective when used as the hole-transport material, compared to 2,2',7,7'-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenylamine)-9,9'-spirobifluorene (spiro-OMeTAD), while the higher annealing temperature of the perovskite leads to a better infiltration in the nanocolumnar structure and an enhancement of the cell efficiency.

  8. Exciton and core-level electron confinement effects in transparent ZnO thin films

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    Mosquera, Adolfo A.; Horwat, David; Rashkovskiy, Alexandr; Kovalev, Anatoly; Miska, Patrice; Wainstein, Dmitry; Albella, Jose M.; Endrino, Jose L.

    2013-01-01

    The excitonic light emission of ZnO films have been investigated by means of photoluminescence measurements in ultraviolet-visible region. Exciton confinement effects have been observed in thin ZnO coatings with thickness below 20 nm. This is enhanced by a rise of the intensity and a blue shift of the photoluminescence peak after extraction of the adsorbed species upon annealing in air. It is found experimentally that the free exciton energy (determined by the photoluminescence peak) is inversely proportional to the square of the thickness while core-level binding energy is inversely proportional to the thickness. These findings correlate very well with the theory of kinetic and potential confinements.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Study of deposition parameters for the fabrication of ZnO thin films using femtosecond laser

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    Hashmi, Jaweria Zartaj; Siraj, Khurram; Latif, Anwar; Murray, Mathew; Jose, Gin

    2016-08-01

    Femtosecond (fs) pulsed laser deposition (fs-PLD) of ZnO thin film on borosilicate glass substrates is reported in this work. The effect of important fs-PLD parameters such as target-substrate distance, laser pulse energy and substrate temperature on structure, morphology, optical transparency and luminescence of as-deposited films is discussed. XRD analysis reveals that all the films grown using the laser energy range 120-230 μJ are polycrystalline when they are deposited at room temperature in a ~10-5 Torr vacuum. Introducing 0.7 mTorr oxygen pressure, the films show preferred c-axis growth and transform into a single-crystal-like film when the substrate temperature is increased to 100 °C. The scanning electron micrographs show the presence of small nano-size grains at 25 °C, which grow in size to the regular hexagonal shape particles at 100 °C. Optical transmission of the ZnO film is found to increase with an increase in crystal quality. Maximum transmittance of 95 % in the wavelength range 400-1400 nm is achieved for films deposited at 100 °C employing a laser pulse energy of 180 μJ. The luminescence spectra show a strong UV emission band peaked at 377 nm close to the ZnO band gap. The shallow donor defects increase at higher pulse energies and higher substrate temperatures, which give rise to violet-blue luminescence. The results indicate that nano-crystalline ZnO thin films with high crystalline quality and optical transparency can be fabricated by using pulses from fs lasers.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  14. Synthesis of ZnO nanowires for thin film network transistors

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    Dalal, S. H.; Unalan, H. E.; Zhang, Y.; Hiralal, Pritesh; Gangloff, L.; Flewitt, Andrew J.; Amaratunga, Gehan A. J.; Milne, William I.

    2008-08-01

    Zinc oxide nanowire networks are attractive as alternatives to organic and amorphous semiconductors due to their wide bandgap, flexibility and transparency. We demonstrate the fabrication of thin film transistors (TFT)s which utilize ZnO nanowires as the semiconducting channel. These thin film transistors can be transparent and flexible and processed at low temperatures on to a variety of substrates. The nanowire networks are created using a simple contact transfer method that is easily scalable. Apparent nanowire network mobility values can be as high as 3.8 cm2/Vs (effective thin film mobility: 0.03 cm2/Vs) in devices with 20μm channel lengths and ON/OFF ratios of up to 104.

  15. Annealing temperature dependency of ZnO thin films memristive behavior

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    Shaari, N. A. A.; Kasim, S. M. M.; Rusop, M.; Herman, S. H.

    2016-07-01

    The work focuses on the effect of different annealing temperature on the ZnO-based memristive device. Zinc oxide was deposited on the ITO substrate by sol-gel spincoating technique. The deposited ZnO thin films were then annealed from 50°C to 450°C in a furnace for 60 minutes each. The electrodes Platinum (Pt) were sputtered by using JEOL JFC-1600 Auto Fine Coater. The thin film thicknesses were measured by Veeco Dektak 150 Surface Profiler. The thickness of the thin film annealed at 350°C is the thinnest, which is 54.78nm and from the electrical characterization it also shown the switching characteristic behavior. The surface morphology and topology to examine the existence of nanoparticles

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

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    Alvarado, Jose Alberto; Maldonado, Arturo; Juarez, Héctor; Pacio, Mauricio; Perez, Rene

    2015-01-01

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

  17. Influence of water content in mixed solvent on surface morphology, wettability, and photoconductivity of ZnO thin films

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    2014-01-01

    ZnO thin films have been synthesized by means of a simple hydrothermal method with different solvents. The effect of deionized water content in the mixed solvents on the surface morphology, crystal structure, and optical property has been investigated by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and UV-Vis spectrophotometer. A large number of compact and well-aligned hexagonal ZnO nanorods and the maximal texture coefficient have been observed in the thin film, which is grown in the mixed solvent with x = 40%. A lot of sparse, diagonal, and pointed nanorods can be seen in the ZnO thin film, which is grown in the 40-mL DI water solution. The optical band gap decreases firstly and then increases with the increase of x. Reversible wettability of ZnO thin films were studied by home-made water contact angle apparatus. Reversible transition between hydrophobicity and hydrophilicity may be attributed to the change of surface chemical composition, surface roughness and the proportion of nonpolar planes on the surface of ZnO thin films. Photocurrent response of ZnO thin films grown at different solvents were measured in air. The response duration of the thin film, which is grown in the solvent with x = 40%, exhibits a fast growth in the beginning but cannot approach the saturate current value within 100 s. The theoretical mechanism for the slower growth or decay duration of the photocurrent has been discussed in detail. PMID:25249823

  18. Influence of water content in mixed solvent on surface morphology, wettability, and photoconductivity of ZnO thin films.

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    Zhao, Min; Shang, Fengjiao; Lv, Jianguo; Song, Ying; Wang, Feng; Zhou, Zhitao; He, Gang; Zhang, Miao; Song, Xueping; Sun, Zhaoqi; Wei, Yiyong; Chen, Xiaoshuang

    2014-01-01

    ZnO thin films have been synthesized by means of a simple hydrothermal method with different solvents. The effect of deionized water content in the mixed solvents on the surface morphology, crystal structure, and optical property has been investigated by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and UV-Vis spectrophotometer. A large number of compact and well-aligned hexagonal ZnO nanorods and the maximal texture coefficient have been observed in the thin film, which is grown in the mixed solvent with x = 40%. A lot of sparse, diagonal, and pointed nanorods can be seen in the ZnO thin film, which is grown in the 40-mL DI water solution. The optical band gap decreases firstly and then increases with the increase of x. Reversible wettability of ZnO thin films were studied by home-made water contact angle apparatus. Reversible transition between hydrophobicity and hydrophilicity may be attributed to the change of surface chemical composition, surface roughness and the proportion of nonpolar planes on the surface of ZnO thin films. Photocurrent response of ZnO thin films grown at different solvents were measured in air. The response duration of the thin film, which is grown in the solvent with x = 40%, exhibits a fast growth in the beginning but cannot approach the saturate current value within 100 s. The theoretical mechanism for the slower growth or decay duration of the photocurrent has been discussed in detail.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. SiNx Charge Trap Nonvolatile Memory Based on ZnO Thin Film Transistor Prepared by Atomic Layer Deposition

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    Kim, E.; Lee, K.; Kim, D.; Parsons, G. N.; Park, K.

    2011-12-01

    We fabricated a nonvolatile thin film transistor (TFT) memory with SiNx charge traps using a ZnO thin film as an active channel layer. The thin film of ZnO was deposited by using atomic layer deposition process at TALD = 125 °C. The ZnO films were investigated by X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoemission measurements. The electrical measurements of the nonvolatile TFT memory showed a field-effect mobility of 2.95 cm2 V-1 s-1, a threshold voltage of -7.24 V, a subthreshold swing of 1.7 V/dec, and an on/off ratio of 3.4×105. From the C-V measurement, the memory window of 2 V was obtained.

  2. 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.

  3. Electrical and optical properties of p-type codoped ZnO thin films prepared by spin coating technique

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    Pathak, Trilok Kumar; Kumar, Vinod; Swart, H. C.; Purohit, L. P.

    2016-03-01

    Undoped, doped and codoped ZnO thin films were synthesized on glass substrates using a spin coating technique. Zinc acetate dihydrate, ammonium acetate and aluminum nitrate were used as precursor for zinc, nitrogen and aluminum, respectively. X-ray diffraction shows that the thin films have a hexagonal wurtzite structure for the undoped, doped and co-doped ZnO. The transmittance of the films was above 80% and the band gap of the film varied from 3.20 eV to 3.24 eV for undoped and doped ZnO. An energy band diagram to describe the photoluminescence from the thin films was also constructed. This diagram includes the various defect levels and possible quasi-Fermi levels. A minimum resistivity of 0.0834 Ω-cm was obtained for the N and Al codoped ZnO thin films with p-type carrier conductivity. These ZnO films can be used as a window layer in solar cells and in UV lasers.

  4. Self-erasing and rewritable wettability patterns on ZnO thin films

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    Kekkonen, Ville; Hakola, Antti; Kajava, Timo; Ras, Robin H. A.; Sahramo, Elina; Malm, Jari; Karppinen, Maarit

    2010-07-26

    Self-erasing patterns allow a substrate to be patterned multiple times or could store temporary information for secret communications, and are mostly based on photochromic molecules to change the color of the pattern. Herein we demonstrate self-erasing patterns of wettability on thin ZnO films made by atomic layer deposition. Hydrophilic patterns are written using UV light and decay spontaneously, i.e. become hydrophobic, or are erased aided by vacuum conditions or heat. We demonstrate that these patterns can be applied for channels to confine flow of water without physical walls.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. EXAFS and XANES investigation of (Li, Ni) codoped ZnO thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Mino, Lorenzo; Gianolio, Diego; Bardelli, Fabrizio; Prestipino, Carmelo; Senthil Kumar, E.; Bellarmine, F.; Ramanjaneyulu, M.; Lamberti, Carlo; Ramachandra Rao, M. S.

    2013-09-01

    Ni doped, Li doped and (Li, Ni) codoped ZnO thin films were successfully grown using a pulsed laser deposition technique. Undoped and doped ZnO thin films were investigated using extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and x-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES). Preliminary investigations on the Zn K-edge of the undoped and doped ZnO thin films revealed that doping has not influenced the average Zn-Zn bond length and Debye-Waller factor. This shows that both Ni and Li doping do not appreciably affect the average local environment of Zn. All the doped ZnO thin films exhibited more than 50% of substitutional Ni, with a maximum of 77% for 2% Ni and 2% Li doped ZnO thin film. The contribution of Ni metal to the EXAFS signal clearly reveals the presence of Ni clusters. The Ni-Ni distance in the Ni0 nanoclusters, which are formed in the film, is shorter with respect to the reference Ni metal foil and the Debye-Waller factor is higher. Both facts perfectly reflect what is expected for metal nanoparticles. At the highest doping concentration (5%), the presence of Li favors the growth of a secondary NiO phase. Indeed, 2% Ni and 5% Li doped ZnO thin film shows %Nisub = 75 ± 11, %Nimet = 10 ± 8, %NiO = 15 ± 8. XANES studies further confirm that the substitutional Ni is more than 50% in all the samples. These results explain the observed magnetic properties.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Organic photovoltaic cells based on ZnO thin film electrodes.

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    Ghica, C; Ion, L; Epurescu, G; Nistor, L; Antohe, S; Dinescu, M

    2010-02-01

    Due to its wide band-gap (ca. 3.4 eV), ZnO is a possible candidate material to be used as transparent electrode for a new class of photovoltaic (PV) cells. Also, an increased interest for the photovoltaic properties of several organic monomers and polymers (merocyanines, phthalocyanines and porphyrins) was noticed, because of their high optical absorption in the visible region of the spectrum allowing them to be used as potential inexpensive materials for solar cells. Preparation and properties of CuPc (copper phthalocyanine) based photovoltaic cells using ZnO thin films as transparent conductor electrodes are presented in this paper. ZnO layers are grown by pulsed laser deposition, while the organic layers are obtained by thermal evaporation. Structural characterization is performed by electron microscopy. Optical and transport properties of the mutilayered structures are obtained by electrical and spectro-photometric measurements. The influence of the ZnO-polymer interface on the external quantum efficiency (EQE) of the photovoltaic cell is clearly evidenced by our measurements.

  11. 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.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of porous structured ZnO thin film for dye sensitized solar cell applications

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    Marimuthu, T.; Anandhan, N.; Mummoorthi, M.; Dharuman, V.

    2016-05-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) and zinc oxide/eosin yellow (ZnO/EY) thin films were potentiostatically deposited onto fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrate. Effect of eosin yellow dye on structural, morphological and optical properties was studied. X-ray diffraction patterns, micro Raman spectra and photoluminescence (PL) spectra reveal hexagonal wurtzite structure with less atomic defects in 101 plane orientation of the ZnO/EY film. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images show flower for ZnO and porous like structure for ZnO/EY thin film, respectively. DSSC was constructed and evaluated by measuring the current density verses voltage curve.

  13. Influence of hydrogen on the structure and stability of ultra-thin ZnO on metal substrates

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    Bieniek, Bjoern; Hofmann, Oliver T.; Rinke, Patrick

    2015-03-30

    We investigate the atomic and electronic structure of ultra-thin ZnO films (1 to 4 layers) on the (111) surfaces of Ag, Cu, Pd, Pt, Ni, and Rh by means of density-functional theory. The ZnO monolayer is found to adopt an α-BN structure on the metal substrates with coincidence structures in good agreement with experiment. Thicker ZnO layers change into a wurtzite structure. The films exhibit a strong corrugation, which can be smoothed by hydrogen (H) adsorption. An H over-layer with 50% coverage is formed at chemical potentials that range from low to ultra-high vacuum H{sub 2} pressures. For the Ag substrate, both α-BN and wurtzite ZnO films are accessible in this pressure range, while for Cu, Pd, Pt, Rh, and Ni wurtzite films are favored. The surface structure and the density of states of these H passivated ZnO thin films agree well with those of the bulk ZnO(0001{sup ¯})-2×1-H surface.

  14. The Effects of Thermal Annealing on ZnO Thin Films Produced by Spin-Coating Method on Quartz Substrates

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    Ertek, Özlem; Okur, İbrahim

    2015-07-01

    In this work, zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films on quartz substrates were fabricated using the spin-coating method. Thermal annealings from to have been performed in increments and for two annealing durations (0.5 h and 8 h). X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra, scanning electron microscopy micrographs, and UV-Vis absorption spectra of all the samples have been elucidated from mechanical and optical points of view. It has been observed that for all annealing temperatures, the crystal phase has been obtained. After annealings, a new crystal phase related to (willemite) has also been appeared in XRD spectra. This phase remained stable up to annealing together with the ZnO crystal phase. It has been found that the nano/micro rod diameters of the ZnO crystals reach to a maximum at the annealing for both annealing durations. For annealings, ZnO nanorods appeared to be split into two homogeneous nanorods of length of and of width of (350 nm) which was not the case for all other annealing temperatures. After annealings, ZnO nano/micro rods started to disappear and formed homogeneous ZnO thin films.

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

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

    2012-05-02

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

  16. Study of the surface properties of ZnO nanocolumns used for thin-film solar cells.

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    Neykova, Neda; Stuchlik, Jiri; Hruska, Karel; Poruba, Ales; Remes, Zdenek; Pop-Georgievski, Ognen

    2017-01-01

    Densely packed ZnO nanocolumns (NCs), perpendicularly oriented to the fused-silica substrates were directly grown under hydrothermal conditions at 90 °C, with a growth rate of around 0.2 μm/h. The morphology of the nanostructures was visualized and analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The surface properties of ZnO NCs and the binding state of present elements were investigated before and after different plasma treatments, typically used in plasma-enhanced CVD solar cell deposition processes, by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Photothermal deflection spectroscopy (PDS) was used to investigate the optical and photoelectrical characteristics of the ZnO NCs, and the changes induced to the absorptance by the plasma treatments. A strong impact of hydrogen plasma treatment on the free-carrier and defect absorption of ZnO NCs has been directly detected in the PDS spectra. Although oxygen plasma treatment was proven to be more efficient in the surface activation of the ZnO NC, the PDS analysis showed that the plasma treatment left the optical and photoelectrical features of the ZnO NCs intact. Thus, it was proven that the selected oxygen plasma treatment can be of great benefit for the development of thin film solar cells based on ZnO NCs.

  17. Analysis of stability improvement in ZnO thin film transistor with dual-gate structure under negative bias stress

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    Yun, Ho-Jin; Kim, Young-Su; Jeong, Kwang-Seok; Kim, Yu-Mi; Yang, Seung-dong; Lee, Hi-Deok; Lee, Ga-Won

    2014-01-01

    In this study, we fabricated dual-gate zinc oxide thin film transistors (ZnO TFTs) without additional processes and analyzed their stability characteristics under a negative gate bias stress (NBS) by comparison with conventional bottom-gate structures. The dual-gate device shows superior electrical parameters, such as subthreshold swing (SS) and on/off current ratio. NBS of VGS = -20 V with VDS = 0 was applied, resulting in a negative threshold voltage (Vth) shift. After applying stress for 1000 s, the Vth shift is 0.60 V in a dual-gate ZnO TFT, while the Vth shift is 2.52 V in a bottom-gate ZnO TFT. The stress immunity of the dual-gate device is caused by the change in field distribution in the ZnO channel by adding another gate as the technology computer aided design (TCAD) simulation shows. Additionally, in flicker noise analysis, a lower noise level with a different mechanism is observed in the dual-gate structure. This can be explained by the top side of the ZnO film having a larger crystal and fewer grain boundaries than the bottom side, which is revealed by the enhanced SS and XRD results. Therefore, the improved stability of the dual-gate ZnO TFT is greatly related to the E-field cancellation effect and crystal quality of the ZnO film.

  18. Study of the surface properties of ZnO nanocolumns used for thin-film solar cells

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    Stuchlik, Jiri; Hruska, Karel; Poruba, Ales; Remes, Zdenek; Pop-Georgievski, Ognen

    2017-01-01

    Densely packed ZnO nanocolumns (NCs), perpendicularly oriented to the fused-silica substrates were directly grown under hydrothermal conditions at 90 °C, with a growth rate of around 0.2 μm/h. The morphology of the nanostructures was visualized and analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The surface properties of ZnO NCs and the binding state of present elements were investigated before and after different plasma treatments, typically used in plasma-enhanced CVD solar cell deposition processes, by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Photothermal deflection spectroscopy (PDS) was used to investigate the optical and photoelectrical characteristics of the ZnO NCs, and the changes induced to the absorptance by the plasma treatments. A strong impact of hydrogen plasma treatment on the free-carrier and defect absorption of ZnO NCs has been directly detected in the PDS spectra. Although oxygen plasma treatment was proven to be more efficient in the surface activation of the ZnO NC, the PDS analysis showed that the plasma treatment left the optical and photoelectrical features of the ZnO NCs intact. Thus, it was proven that the selected oxygen plasma treatment can be of great benefit for the development of thin film solar cells based on ZnO NCs. PMID:28326235

  19. 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.

  20. Evidence of Negative Capacitance in Piezoelectric ZnO Thin Films Sputtered on Interdigital Electrodes.

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    Laurenti, Marco; Verna, Alessio; Chiolerio, Alessandro

    2015-11-11

    The scaling paradigm known as Moore's Law, with the shrinking of transistors and their doubling on a chip every two years, is going to reach a painful end. Another less-known paradigm, the so-called Koomey's Law, stating that the computing efficiency doubles every 1.57 years, poses other important challenges, since the efficiency of rechargeable energy sources is substantially constant, and any other evolution is based on device architecture only. How can we still increase the computational power/reduce the power consumption of our electronic environments? A first answer to this question comes from the quest for new functionalities. Within this aim, negative capacitance (NC) is becoming one of the most intriguing and studied phenomena since it can be exploited for reducing the aforementioned limiting effects in the downscaling of electronic devices. Here we report the evidence of negative capacitance in 80 nm thick ZnO thin films sputtered on Au interdigital electrodes (IDEs). Highly (002)-oriented ZnO thin films, with a fine-grained surface nanostructure and the desired chemical composition, are deposited at room temperature on different IDEs structures. Direct-current electrical measurements highlighted the semiconducting nature of ZnO (current density in the order of 1 × 10(-3) A/cm(2)). When turned into the alternating current regime (from 20 Hz to 2 MHz) the presence of NC values is observed in the low-frequency range (20-120 Hz). The loss of metal/semiconductor interface charge states under forward bias conditions, together with the presence of oxygen vacancies and piezoelectric/electrostriction effects, is believed to be at the basis of the observed negative behavior, suggesting that ZnO thin-film-based field-effect transistors can be a powerful instrument to go beyond the Boltzmann limit and the downscaling of integrated circuit elements required for the fabrication of portable and miniaturized electronic devices, especially for electric household

  1. 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.

  2. ZnO thin-film transistors with a polymeric gate insulator built on a polyethersulfone substrate

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    Hyung, Gun Woo; Park, Jaehoon; Koo, Ja Ryong; Choi, Kyung Min; Kwon, Sang Jik; Cho, Eou Sik; Kim, Yong Seog; Kim, Young Kwan

    2012-03-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin-film transistors (TFTs) with a cross-linked poly(vinyl alcohol) (c-PVA) insulator are fabricated on a polyethersulfone substrate. The ZnO film, formed by atomic layer deposition, shows a polycrystalline hexagonal structure with a band gap energy of about 3.37 eV. The fabricated ZnO TFT exhibits a field-effect mobility of 0.38 cm2/Vs and a threshold voltage of 0.2 V. The hysteresis of the device is mainly caused by trapped electrons at the c-PVA/ZnO interface, whereas the positive threshold voltage shift occurs as a consequence of constant positive gate bias stress after 5000 s due to an electron injection from the ZnO film into the c-PVA insulator.

  3. Pulsed laser deposition of ZnO thin films decorated with Au and Pd nanoparticles with enhanced acetone sensing performance

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    Alexiadou, M.; Kandyla, M.; Mousdis, G.; Kompitsas, M.

    2017-04-01

    We fabricate and compare nanocomposite thin-film ZnO chemoresistive acetone sensors with gold or palladium nanoparticles on the surface, at low operating temperatures. The sensors are fabricated by pulsed laser deposition and operate in the temperature range 159-200 °C. The ZnO films are polycrystalline, crystallizing mainly at the (002) and (101) orientations of the hexagonal phase. The nanocomposite ZnO:Au and ZnO:Pd sensors have a lower detection limit and show a response enhancement factor between 2 and 7, compared with pure ZnO sensors. The ZnO:Pd sensor performs better than the ZnO:Au sensor. The ZnO:Pd sensor sensitivity increases with the amount of palladium on the surface, while it remains roughly unchanged with the ZnO thickness. The lowest acetone concentration we detect is 26 ppm for the operating temperature of 200 °C.

  4. Synthesis of nano ZnO thin film on Al foil by rf glow discharge plasma and its effect on E. coli and P. aeruginosa

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    Panigrahi, Jagannath; Nayak, Bijan B.; Behera, Debadhyan; Subudhi, Umakanta; Acharya, Bhabani S.

    2012-09-01

    Nano ZnO thin films were deposited on thin Al foils by a rf glow discharge plasma method in which sublimed zinc acetate vapor (precursor) reacted with oxygen plasma inside a low-pressure reactor. The films were microstructurally characterized using XRD, TEM, FESEM, optical reflectance and micro-Raman spectroscopy methods. In view of the good scope of ZnO coating in food packaging, the antibacterial activity in the ZnO thin films was studied by exposing the films to E. coli and P. aeruginosa for up to 8 h. Bacterial cell inhibition of up to 98-99 % was observed in the thin films.

  5. Enhanced stimulated emission in ZnO thin films using microdisk top-down structuring

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    Nomenyo, K.; Kostcheev, S.; Lérondel, G.; Gadallah, A.-S.; Rogers, D. J.

    2014-05-05

    Microdisks were fabricated in zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films using a top-down approach combining electron beam lithography and reactive ion etching. These microdisk structured thin films exhibit a stimulated surface emission between 3 and 7 times higher than that from a reference film depending on the excitation power density. Emission peak narrowing, reduction in lasing threshold and blue-shifting of the emission wavelength were observed along with enhancement in the emitted intensity. Results indicate that this enhancement is due to an increase in the internal quantum efficiency combined with an amplification of the stimulated emission. An analysis in terms of waveguiding is presented in order to explain these effects. These results demonstrate that very significant gains in emission can be obtained through conventional microstructuration without the need for more onerous top-down nanostructuration techniques.

  6. Resistive switching behavior of RF magnetron sputtered ZnO thin films

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    Rajalakshmi, R.; Angappane, S.

    2015-06-24

    The resistive switching characteristics of RF magnetron sputtered zinc oxide thin films have been studied. The x-ray diffraction studies confirm the formation of crystalline ZnO on Pt/TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub x}/Si substrate. We have fabricated Cu/ZnO/Pt device using a shadow masking technique for resistive switching study. Our Cu/ZnO/Pt device exhibits a unipolar resistive switching behaviour. The switching observed in our device could be related to oxygen vacancies or Cu ions that generate the conducting filaments responsible for resistive switching. We found HRS to LRS resistance ratio of as high as ∼200 for our Cu/ZnO/Pt device. The higher resistance ratio and stability of Cu/ZnO/Pt device would make our RF magnetron sputtered zinc oxide thin films suitable for non volatile memory applications.

  7. Characterization of piesoelectric ZnO thin films and the fabrication of piezoelectric micro-cantilevers

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    Johnson, Raegan Lynn

    2005-01-01

    In Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), a microcantilever is raster scanned across the surface of a sample in order to obtain a topographical image of the sample's surface. In a traditional, optical AFM, the sample rests on a bulk piezoelectric tube and a control loop is used to control the tip-sample separation by actuating the piezo-tube. This method has several disadvantages--the most noticeable one being that response time of the piezo-tube is rather long which leads to slow imaging speeds. One possible solution aimed at improving the speed of imaging is to incorporate a thin piezoelectric film on top of the cantilever beam. This design not only improves the speed of imaging because the piezoelectric film replaces the piezo-tube as an actuator, but the film can also act as a sensor. In addition, the piezoelectric film can excite the cantilever beam near its resonance frequency. This project aims to fabricate piezoelectric microcantilevers for use in the AFM. Prior to fabricating the cantilevers and also part of this project, a systematic study was performed to examine the effects of deposition conditions on the quality of piezoelectric ZnO thin films deposited by RF sputtering. These results will be presented. The deposition parameters that produced the highest quality ZnO film were used in the fabrication of the piezoelectric cantilevers. Unfortunately, the fabricated cantilevers warped due to the intrinsic stress of the ZnO film and were therefore not usable in the AFM. The complete fabrication process will be detailed, the results will be discussed and reasons for the warping will be examined.

  8. Improved efficiency of the chemical bath deposition method during growth of ZnO thin films

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    Ortega-Lopez, Mauricio; Avila-Garcia, Alejandro; Albor-Aguilera, M.L.; Resendiz, V.M. Sanchez

    2003-06-19

    Chemical bath deposition (CBD) is an inexpensive and low temperature method (25-90 deg. C) that allows to deposit large area semiconductor thin films. However, the extent of the desired heterogeneous reaction upon the substrate surface is limited first by the competing homogeneous reaction, which is responsible for colloidal particles formation in the bulk solution, and second, by the material deposition on the CBD reactor walls. Therefore, the CBD method exhibits low efficiency in terms of profiting the whole amount of starting materials. The present work describes a procedure to deposit ZnO thin films by CBD in an efficient way, since it offers the possibility to minimize both the undesirable homogeneous reaction in the bulk solution and the material deposition on the CBD reactor walls. In a first stage, zinc peroxide (ZnO{sub 2}) crystallizing with cubic structure is obtained. This compound shows a good average transparency (90%) and an optical bandgap of 4.2 eV. After an annealing process, the ZnO{sub 2} suffers a transformation toward polycrystalline ZnO with hexagonal structure and 3.25 eV of optical bandgap. The surface morphology of the films, analyzed by atomic force microscope (AFM), reveals three-dimensional growth features as well as no colloidal particles upon the surface, therefore indicating the predominance of the heterogeneous reaction during the growth.

  9. ZnO transparent conductive oxide for thin film silicon solar cells

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    Söderström, T.; Dominé, D.; Feltrin, A.; Despeisse, M.; Meillaud, F.; Bugnon, G.; Boccard, M.; Cuony, P.; Haug, F.-J.; Faÿ, S.; Nicolay, S.; Ballif, C.

    2010-03-01

    There is general agreement that the future production of electric energy has to be renewable and sustainable in the long term. Photovoltaic (PV) is booming with more than 7GW produced in 2008 and will therefore play an important role in the future electricity supply mix. Currently, crystalline silicon (c-Si) dominates the market with a share of about 90%. Reducing the cost per watt peak and energy pay back time of PV was the major concern of the last decade and remains the main challenge today. For that, thin film silicon solar cells has a strong potential because it allies the strength of c-Si (i.e. durability, abundancy, non toxicity) together with reduced material usage, lower temperature processes and monolithic interconnection. One of the technological key points is the transparent conductive oxide (TCO) used for front contact, barrier layer or intermediate reflector. In this paper, we report on the versatility of ZnO grown by low pressure chemical vapor deposition (ZnO LP-CVD) and its application in thin film silicon solar cells. In particular, we focus on the transparency, the morphology of the textured surface and its effects on the light in-coupling for micromorph tandem cells in both the substrate (n-i-p) and superstrate (p-i-n) configurations. The stabilized efficiencies achieved in Neuchâtel are 11.2% and 9.8% for p-i-n (without ARC) and n-i-p (plastic substrate), respectively.

  10. Optical properties of electrochemically deposited ZnO thin films on colloidal crystal film of SiO2 microspheres.

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    Oh, Yong Taeg; Choi, Bum Ho; Shin, Dong Chan

    2012-02-01

    The optical properties of electrochemically deposited ZnO thin films on colloidal crystal film of SiO2 microspheres structures were studied. Colloidal crystal film of SiO2 microspheres were self-assembled by evaporation using SiO2 in solution at a constant 0.1 wt%. ZnO in thin films was then electrochemically deposited on to colloidal crystal film of SiO2 microspheres. During electrochemical deposition, the content of Zn(NO3)2 x 6H2O in solution was 5 wt%, and the process's conditions were varied between of 2-4 V and 30-120 s at room temperature, with subsequent heat-treatment between 200 and 400 degrees C. A smooth surface and uniform thickness of 1.8 microm were obtained at 3 V for 90 s. The highest PL peak intensity was obtained in the ZnO thin film heat-treated at 400 degrees C. The double layered ZnO/SiO2 colloidal crystals showed clearly better emission properties than the SiO2/ZnO and ZnO structures.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Study of p-type ZnO and MgZnO Thin Films for Solid State Lighting

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    Liu, Jianlin

    2015-07-31

    This project on study of p-type ZnO and MgZnO thin films for solid state lighting was carried out by research group of Prof. Jianlin Liu of UCR during the four-year period between August 2011 and July 2015. Tremendous progress has been made on the proposed research. This final report summarizes the important findings.

  14. 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.

  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. 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.

  17. Effect of surface microstructure and wettability on plasma protein adsorption to ZnO thin films prepared at different RF powers.

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    Huang, Zhan-Yun; Chen, Min; Pan, Shi-Rong; Chen, Di-Hu

    2010-10-01

    In this paper, the adsorption behavior of plasma proteins on the surface of ZnO thin films prepared by radio frequency (RF) sputtering under different sputtering powers was studied. The microstructures and surface properties of the ZnO thin films were investigated by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV-visible optical absorption spectroscopy and contact angle techniques. The results show that the ZnO thin films have better orientation of the (0 0 2) peak with increasing RF power, especially at around 160 W, and the optical band gap of the ZnO films varies from 3.2 to 3.4 eV. The contact angle test carried out by the sessile drop technique denoted a hydrophobic surface of the ZnO films, and the surface energy and adhesive work of the ZnO thin films decreased with increasing sputtering power. The amounts of human fibrinogen (HFG) and human serum albumin (HSA) adsorbing on the ZnO films and reference samples were determined by using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The results show that fewer plasma proteins and a smaller HFG/HSA ratio adsorb on the ZnO thin films' surface.

  18. Structural, electrical and optical properties of Dy doped ZnO thin films grown by buffer assisted pulsed laser deposition

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    Ajimsha, R. S.; Das, A. K.; Singh, B. N.; Misra, P.; Kukreja, L. M.

    2010-04-01

    Transparent conductive dysprosium doped ZnO (Dy:ZnO) thin films with preferential orientation in the (0 0 0 2) direction were deposited on (0 0 0 1) sapphire substrate by buffer assisted pulsed laser deposition. The experimental results show that the resistivity of Dy:ZnO thin films decreased to a minimum value of ∼7.6×10 -4 Ω cm with increasing Dy concentration up to ∼0.45 at%, then increased with the further increase of Dy concentration. On the contrary, the band gap and carrier concentration of Dy:ZnO thin films initially increased, then decreased with increase of Dy concentration. The blue shift of band gap of Dy:ZnO thin films with increasing carrier concentration was attributed to the competing effects of Burstein-Moss shift and band gap narrowing. A bright room temperature photoluminescence observed at ∼575 nm in all the Dy:ZnO thin films, with maximum intensity at ∼0.45 at% of Dy doping, was attributed to be due to intra-band transitions of Dy 3+ in ZnO. Near band edge photoluminescence of ZnO was observed at ∼380 nm with photoluminescence intensity decreasing with increase of Dy concentration. Such Dy:ZnO thin films are found to be suitable candidate for luminescent device applications.

  19. Conductive ZnO:Zn Composites for High-Rate Sputtering Deposition of ZnO Thin Films

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    Zhou, Li Qin; Dubey, Mukul; Simões, Raul; Fan, Qi Hua; Neto, Victor

    2015-02-01

    We report an electrically conductive composite prepared by sintering ZnO and metallic Zn powders. Microstructure analysis combined with electrical conductivity studies indicated that when the proportion of metallic Zn reached a threshold (˜20 wt.%), a metal matrix was formed in accordance with percolation theory. This composite has potential as a sputtering target for deposition of high-quality ZnO. Use of the ZnO:Zn composite completely eliminates target poisoning effects in reactive sputtering of the metal, and enables deposition of thin ZnO films at rates much higher than those obtained by sputtering of pure ZnO ceramic targets. The optical transmittance of the ZnO films prepared by use of this composite is comparable with that of films produced by radio frequency sputtering of pure ZnO ceramic targets. The sputtering characteristics of the conductive ZnO:Zn composite target are reported, and possible mechanisms of the high rate of deposition are also discussed.

  20. Double layer structure of ZnO thin films deposited by RF-magnetron sputtering on glass substrate

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    Besleaga, C.; Stan, G. E.; Galca, A. C.; Ion, L.; Antohe, S.

    2012-09-01

    Transparent ZnO films are synthesized by RF-magnetron sputtering (1.78 MHz) onto glass substrates, using a mild-pressed ZnO powder target. The depositions were carried at three inert argon pressures (0.25 Pa, 0.30 Pa, and 0.45 Pa) at two substrate temperatures (100 °C and 400 °C). The role of the sputtering conditions on ZnO thin films nanostructuring, optical properties and morphology is investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray reflectometry (XRR) and Spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE). XRD investigations revealed that ZnO films show a (0 0 l) texture with nanosized crystallites. Right-angle asymmetry of the (0 0 2) diffraction peak is observed. The peak profile analysis using pseudo-Voigt functions unveils a double overlapped peak structure with different coherent zone size values. A double layer structure is evidenced by analyzing the XRR data. Samples prepared at 0.3 Pa at a temperature of 400 °C have a ˜4 nm bottom layer consisting of highly depleted in oxygen ZnO1-x structure, continued by a 53 nm top layer of textured ZnO. Electrical measurements show that the temperature dependence of the conductivity is well described by the Mott variable range hopping (VRH) law. The samples obtained at 400 °C have a significantly lower resistivity.

  1. Effect of annealing on structural and electrical properties of ZnO and In2S3:Al thin layers

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    Jebbari, N.; Ajili, M.; Guasch, C.; Kamoun, N.; Bennaceur, R.

    2010-11-01

    Thin films of ZnO and In2S3:Al are deposited on Pyrex substrates by spray technique. Structural and electrical properties of ZnO and β-In2S3:Al compounds were studied using X Ray Diffraction (XRD), (MEB) and the Vander Pauw method before and after annealing. The X-rays revealed that, ZnO and In2S3:Al were well crystallized respectively in the hexagonal and cubic structure. The main orientations of ZnO were (101), (100) and (110). The (101) direction is the preferentially one. The annealing favors the preferential peak crystallization with a reduction of the grains size and the thickness layer. The β-In2S3 contain Aluminum inclusion by introducing the ratio x= [Al3+]/[In3+] in sprayed solution. X-ray diffraction spectra of In2-xAlxS3 thin layer, realized for the value of z equal to 20%, show well-defined peaks of (311), (400), (511), and (440) principal orientations corresponding to cubic structure of β-In2S3. For In2S3:Al, we note that the annealing increase the intensity of all peaks with an increase of the grains size and the thickness layer. Besides, thanks to the determination of the resistance from which we calculated resistivity, we note that the annealing increase conductivity of β-In2S3:Al and decrease it for ZnO.

  2. 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.

  3. Effects of Precursor Concentration on Structural and Optical Properties of ZnO Thin Films Grown on Muscovite Mica Substrates by Sol-Gel Spin-Coating.

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    Kim, Younggyu; Leem, Jae-Young

    2016-05-01

    The structural and optical properties of the ZnO thin films grown on mica substrates for different precursor concentrations were investigated. The surface morphologies of all the samples indicated that they consisted of granular structures with spherical nano-sized crystallites. The thickness of the ZnO thin films increased significantly and the optical band gap exhibited a blue shift with an increase in the precursor concentration. It is remarkable that the highest I(NBE)/I(DLE) ratio was observed for the ZnO thin film with 0.8 M precursor concentration, even though cracks formed on the surface of this film.

  4. Plasmonic enhancement of UV emission from ZnO thin films induced by Al nano-concave arrays

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    Norek, Małgorzata; Łuka, Grzegorz; Włodarski, Maksymilian

    2016-10-01

    Surface plasmons (SPs) supported by Al nano-concave arrays with increasing interpore distance (Dc) were used to enhance the ultraviolet light emission from ZnO thin films. Two sets of samples were prepared: in the first set the thin ZnO films were deposited directly on Al nanoconcaves (the Al/ZnO samples) and in the second set a 10 nm - Al2O3 spacer was placed between the textured Al and the ZnO films (the Al/Al2O3-ALD/ZnO samples). In the Al/ZnO samples the enhancement was limited by a nonradiative energy dissipation due to the Ohmic loss in the Al metal. However, for the ZnO layer deposited directly on Al nanopits synthesized at 150 V (Dc = 333 ± 18 nm), the largest 9-fold enhancement was obtained by achieving the best energy fit between the near band-edge (NBE) emission from ZnO and the λ(0,1) SPP resonance mode. In the Al/Al2O3-ALD/ZnO samples the amplification of the UV emission was smaller than in the Al/ZnO samples due to a big energy mismatch between the NBE emission and the λ(0,1) plasmonic mode. The results obtained in this work indicate that better tuning of the NBE - λ(0,1) SPP resonance mode coupling is possible through a proper modification of geometrical parameters in the Al/Al2O3-ALD/ZnO system such as Al nano-concave spacing and the thickness of the corresponding layer. This approach will reduce the negative influence of the non-radiative plasmonic modes and most likely will lead to further enhancement of the SP-modulated UV emission from ZnO thin films.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Influence of solution viscosity on hydrothermally grown ZnO thin films for DSSC applications

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    Marimuthu, T.; Anandhan, N.; Thangamuthu, R.; Surya, S.

    2016-10-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowire arrays (NWAs) were grown onto zinc oxide-titanium dioxide (ZnO-TiO2) seeded fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) conductive substrate by hydrothermal technique. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns depict that ZnO thin films are preferentially oriented along the (002) plane with hexagonal wurtzite structure. Viscosity measurements reveal that viscosity of the solutions linearly increases as the concentrations of the polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) increase in the growth solution. Field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) images show that the NWAs are vertically grown to seeded FTO substrate with hexagonal structure, and the growth of NWAs decreases as the concentration of the PVA increases. Stylus profilometer and atomic force microscopic (AFM) studies predict that the thickness and roughness of the films decrease with increasing the PVA concentrations. The NWAs prepared at 0.1% of PVA exhibits a lower transmittance and higher absorbance than that of the other films. The band gap of the optimized films prepared at 0.0 and 0.1% of PVA is found to be 3.270 and 3.268 eV, respectively. The photo to current conversion efficiency of the DSSC based on photoanodes prepared at 0.0 and 0.1% of PVA exhibits about 0.64 and 0.82%, respectively. Electrochemical impedance spectra reveal that the DSSC based on photoanode prepared at 0.1% of PVA has the highest charge transfer recombination resistance.

  8. Growth process optimization of ZnO thin film using atomic layer deposition

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    Weng, Binbin; Wang, Jingyu; Larson, Preston; Liu, Yingtao

    2016-12-01

    The work reports experimental studies of ZnO thin films grown on Si(100) wafers using a customized thermal atomic layer deposition. The impact of growth parameters including H2O/DiethylZinc (DEZn) dose ratio, background pressure, and temperature are investigated. The imaging results of scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy reveal that the dose ratio is critical to the surface morphology. To achieve high uniformity, the H2O dose amount needs to be at least twice that of DEZn per each cycle. If the background pressure drops below 400 mTorr, a large amount of nanoflower-like ZnO grains would emerge and increase surface roughness significantly. In addition, the growth temperature range between 200 °C and 250 °C is found to be the optimal growth window. And the crystal structures and orientations are also strongly correlated to the temperature as proved by electron back-scattering diffraction and x-ray diffraction results.

  9. Evaluation of transverse piezoelectric coefficient of ZnO thin films deposited on different flexible substrates: a comparative study on the vibration sensing performance.

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    Joshi, Sudeep; Nayak, Manjunatha M; Rajanna, K

    2014-05-28

    We report on the systematic comparative study of highly c-axis oriented and crystalline piezoelectric ZnO thin films deposited on four different flexible substrates for vibration sensing application. The flexible substrates employed for present experimental study were namely a metal alloy (Phynox), metal (aluminum), polyimide (Kapton), and polyester (Mylar). ZnO thin films were deposited by an RF reactive magnetron sputtering technique. ZnO thin films of similar thicknesses of 700 ± 30 nm were deposited on four different flexible substrates to have proper comparative studies. The crystallinity, surface morphology, chemical composition, and roughness of ZnO thin films were evaluated by respective material characterization techniques. The transverse piezoelectric coefficient (d31) value for assessing the piezoelectric property of ZnO thin films on different flexible substrates was measured by a four-point bending method. ZnO thin films deposited on Phynox alloy substrate showed relatively better material characterization results and a higher piezoelectric d31 coefficient value as compared to ZnO films on metal and polymer substrates. In order to experimentally verify the above observations, vibration sensing studies were performed. As expected, the ZnO thin film deposited on Phynox alloy substrate showed better vibration sensing performance. It has generated the highest peak to peak output voltage amplitude of 256 mV as compared to that of aluminum (224 mV), Kapton (144 mV), and Mylar (46 mV). Therefore, metal alloy flexible substrate proves to be a more suitable, advantageous, and versatile choice for integrating ZnO thin films as compared to metal and polymer flexible substrates for vibration sensing applications. The present experimental study is extremely important and helpful for the selection of a suitable flexible substrate for various applications in the field of sensor and actuator technology.

  10. Investigations of rapid thermal annealing induced structural evolution of ZnO: Ge nanocomposite thin films via GISAXS

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    Ceylan, Abdullah; Ozcan, Yusuf; Orujalipoor, Ilghar; Huang, Yen-Chih; Jeng, U.-Ser; Ide, Semra

    2016-06-01

    In this work, we present in depth structural investigations of nanocomposite ZnO: Ge thin films by utilizing a state of the art grazing incidence small angle x-ray spectroscopy (GISAXS) technique. The samples have been deposited by sequential r.f. and d.c. sputtering of ZnO and Ge thin film layers, respectively, on single crystal Si(100) substrates. Transformation of Ge layers into Ge nanoparticles (Ge-np) has been initiated by ex-situ rapid thermal annealing of asprepared thin film samples at 600 °C for 30, 60, and 90 s under forming gas atmosphere. A special attention has been paid on the effects of reactive and nonreactive growth of ZnO layers on the structural evolution of Ge-np. GISAXS analyses have been performed via cylindrical and spherical form factor calculations for different nanostructure types. Variations of the size, shape, and distributions of both ZnO and Ge nanostructures have been determined. It has been realized that GISAXS results are not only remarkably consistent with the electron microscopy observations but also provide additional information on the large scale size and shape distribution of the nanostructured components.

  11. 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.

  12. ZnO thin film transistor immunosensor with high sensitivity and selectivity

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    Reyes, Pavel Ivanoff; Ku, Chieh-Jen; Duan, Ziqing; Lu, Yicheng; Solanki, Aniruddh; Lee, Ki-Bum

    2011-04-01

    A zinc oxide thin film transistor-based immunosensor (ZnO-bioTFT) is presented. The back-gate TFT has an on-off ratio of 108 and a threshold voltage of 4.25 V. The ZnO channel surface is biofunctionalized with primary monoclonal antibodies that selectively bind with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). Detection of the antibody-antigen reaction is achieved through channel carrier modulation via pseudo double-gating field effect caused by the biochemical reaction. The sensitivity of 10 fM detection of pure EGFR proteins is achieved. The ZnO-bioTFT immunosensor also enables selectively detecting 10 fM of EGFR in a 5 mg/ml goat serum solution containing various other proteins.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Low-energy muon [LEM] study of Zn-phthalocyanine and ZnO thin films

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    Alberto, H. V.; Piroto Duarte, J.; Weidinger, A.; Vilão, R. C.; Gil, J. M.; Ayres de Campos, N.; Fostiropoulos, K.; Prokscha, T.; Suter, A.; Morenzoni, E.

    2009-04-01

    Implantation of low-energy muons in zinc-phthalocyanine (ZnPc) thin-films leads to the formation of muoniated radical states, the fast decaying of the μSR signal at low fields being a clear indication of muonium formation. The formation probability of these paramagnetic states is independent of the implantation depth and amounts, as in the bulk, to approximately 100% of all muons. In these molecular crystals the formation of muonium is a highly local effect and is fairly independent of crystalline structure and defects in the sample. In contrast to that, in vapour-grown ZnO films the paramagnetic signal known from bulk experiments is not observed, even for the deeper implantations. We suggest that in this case muonium is not formed due to the low concentration of free electrons. In these strongly distorted films, electrons are captured at defects and are not available for muonium formation.

  16. 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.

  17. Temperature dependence of the spin relaxation in highly degenerate ZnO thin films

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    Prestgard, M. C.; Siegel, G.; Tiwari, A.; Roundy, R.; Raikh, M.

    2015-02-28

    Zinc oxide is considered a potential candidate for fabricating next-generation transparent spintronic devices. However, before this can be achieved, a thorough scientific understanding of the various spin transport and relaxation processes undergone in this material is essential. In the present paper, we are reporting our investigations into these processes via temperature dependent Hanle experiments. ZnO thin films were deposited on c-axis sapphire substrates using a pulsed laser deposition technique. Careful structural, optical, and electrical characterizations of the films were performed. Temperature dependent non-local Hanle measurements were carried out using an all-electrical scheme for spin injection and detection over the temperature range of 20–300 K. From the Hanle data, spin relaxation time in the films was determined at different temperatures. A detailed analysis of the data showed that the temperature dependence of spin relaxation time follows the linear-in-momentum Dyakonov-Perel mechanism.

  18. 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

  19. Fabrication and Characterization of Fully Transparent ZnO Thin-Film Transistors and Self-Switching Nano-Diodes

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    Sun, Y.; Ashida, K.; Sasaki, S.; Koyama, M.; Maemoto, T.; Sasa, S.; Kasai, S.; Iñiguez-de-la-Torre, I.; González, T.

    2015-10-01

    Fully transparent zinc oxide (ZnO) based thin-film transistors (TFTs) and a new type of rectifiers calls self-switching nano-diodes (SSDs) were fabricated on glass substrates at room temperature by using low resistivity and transparent conducting Al- doped ZnO (AZO) thin-films. The deposition conditions of AZO thin-films were optimized with pulsed laser deposition (PLD). AZO thin-films on glass substrates were characterized and the transparency of 80% and resistivity with 1.6*10-3 Ωcm were obtained of 50 nm thickness. Transparent ZnO-TFTs were fabricated on glass substrates by using AZO thin-films as electrodes. A ZnO-TFT with 2 μm long gate device exhibits a transconductance of 400 μS/mm and an ON/OFF ratio of 2.8*107. Transparent ZnO-SSDs were also fabricated by using ZnO based materials and clear diode-like characteristics were observed.

  20. Preparation of dye-adsorbing ZnO thin films by electroless deposition and their photoelectrochemical properties.

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    Nagaya, Satoshi; Nishikiori, Hiromasa

    2013-09-25

    Dye-adsorbing ZnO thin films were prepared on ITO films by electroless deposition. The films were formed in an aqueous solution containing zinc nitrate, dimethylamine-borane, and eosin Y at 328 K. The film thickness was 1.2-2.0 μm. Thinner and larger-plane hexagonal columns were produced from the solution containing a higher concentration of eosin Y. A photocurrent was observed in the electrodes containing such ZnO films during light irradiation. The photoelectrochemical performance of the film was improved by increasing the concentration of eosin Y because of increases in the amount of absorbed photons and the electronic conductivity of ZnO.

  1. Rapid-melt-mediated recrystallization of ZnO thin films grown at low temperature by using KrF excimer laser irradiation

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    Oh, Min-Suk; Seo, Inseok

    2015-11-01

    ZnO thin films with thickness of 150 nm were grown on ITO/glass (ITO-coated glass) substrates by using the radio-frequency (RF) sputtering technique at 400 °C in an Ar atmosphere. An excimer laser irradiation (ELI) treatment was performed on the surface of ZnO thin films at different excimer laser energy densities of 150, 200, and 250 mJ/cm2 in a N2 atmosphere. The ELI treatment promoted the lateral recystallization of the surface area of the ZnO, resulting in a significant improvement of the crystallinity of the ZnO thin films without substrate damage. As-grown ZnO and ELI-treated ZnO thin films were characterized by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The analyses showed that the ZnO thin film treated with ELI at an excimer laser energy density of 150 mJ/cm2 exhibited the best structural properties.

  2. Transparent conducting impurity-doped ZnO thin films prepared using oxide targets sintered by millimeter-wave heating

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    Minami, Tadatsugu; Okada, Kenji; Miyata, Toshihiro; Nomoto, Juni-chi; Hara, Youhei; Abe, Hiroshi

    2009-07-15

    The preparation of transparent conducting impurity-doped ZnO thin films by both pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and magnetron sputtering deposition (MSD) using impurity-doped ZnO targets sintered with a newly developed energy saving millimeter-wave (28 GHz) heating technique is described. Al-doped ZnO (AZO) and V-co-doped AZO (AZO:V) targets were prepared by sintering with various impurity contents for 30 min at a temperature of approximately 1250 degree sign C in an air or Ar gas atmosphere using the millimeter-wave heating technique. The resulting resistivity and its thickness dependence obtainable in thin films prepared by PLD using millimeter-wave-sintered AZO targets were comparable to those obtained in thin films prepared by PLD using conventional furnace-sintered AZO targets; a low resistivity on the order of 3x10{sup -4} {Omega} cm was obtained in AZO thin films prepared with an Al content [Al/(Al+Zn) atomic ratio] of 3.2 at. % and a thickness of 100 nm. In addition, the resulting resistivity and its spatial distribution on the substrate surface obtainable in thin films prepared by rf-MSD using a millimeter-wave-sintered AZO target were almost the same as those obtained in thin films prepared by rf-MSD using a conventional powder AZO target. Thin films prepared by PLD using millimeter-wave-sintered AZO:V targets exhibited an improved resistivity stability in a high humidity environment. Thin films deposited with a thickness of approximately 100 nm using an AZO:V target codoped with an Al content of 4 at. % and a V content [V/(V+Zn) atomic ratio] of 0.2 at. % were sufficiently stable when long-term tested in air at 90% relative humidity and 60 degree sign C.

  3. Optical and electrical properties of transparent conducting B-doped ZnO thin films prepared by various deposition methods

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    Nomoto, Jun-ichi; Miyata, Toshihiro; Minami, Tadatsugu

    2011-07-15

    B-doped ZnO (BZO) thin films were prepared with various thicknesses up to about 500 nm on glass substrates at 200 deg. C by dc or rf magnetron sputtering deposition, pulsed laser deposition (PLD), and vacuum arc plasma evaporation (VAPE) methods. Resistivities of 4-6 x 10{sup -4}{Omega} cm were obtained in BZO thin films prepared with a B content [B/(B + Zn) atomic ratio] around 1 at. % by PLD and VAPE methods: Hall mobilities above 40 cm{sup 2}/Vs and carrier concentrations on the order of 10{sup 20} cm{sup -3}. All 500-nm-thick-BZO thin films prepared with a resistivity on the order of 10{sup -3}-10{sup -4}{Omega} cm exhibited an averaged transmittance above 80% in the wavelength range of 400-1100 nm. The resistivity in BZO thin films prepared with a thickness below about 500 nm was found to increase over time with exposure to various high humidity environments. In heat-resistance tests, the resistivity stability of BZO thin films was found to be nearly equal to that of Ga-doped ZnO thin films, so these films were judged suitable for use as a transparent electrode for thin-film solar cells.

  4. Surface nanostructuring of thin film composite membranes via grafting polymerization and incorporation of ZnO nanoparticles

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    Isawi, Heba; El-Sayed, Magdi H.; Feng, Xianshe; Shawky, Hosam; Abdel Mottaleb, Mohamed S.

    2016-11-01

    A new approach for modification of polyamid thin film composite membrane PA(TFC) using synthesized ZnO nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) was shown to enhance the membrane performances for reverse osmosis water desalination. First, active layer of synthesis PA(TFC) membrane was activated with an aqueous solution of free radical graft polymerization of hydrophilic methacrylic acid (MAA) monomer onto the surface of the PA(TFC) membrane resulting PMAA-g-PA(TFC). Second, the PA(TFC) membrane has been developed by incorporation of ZnO NPs into the MAA grafting solution resulting the ZnO NPs modified PMAA-g-PA(TFC) membrane. The surface properties of the synthesized nanoparticles and prepared membranes were investigated using the FTIR, XRD and SEM. Morphology studies demonstrated that ZnO NPs have been successfully incorporated into the active grafting layer over PA(TFC) composite membranes. The zinc leaching from the ZnO NPs modified PMAA-g-PA(TFC) was minimal, as shown by batch tests that indicated stabilization of the ZnO NPs on the membrane surfaces. Compared with the a pure PA(TFC) and PMAA-g-PA(TFC) membranes, the ZnO NPs modified PMAA-g-PA(TFC) was more hydrophilic, with an improved water contact angle (∼50 ± 3°) over the PMAA-g-PA(TFC) (63 ± 2.5°). The ZnO NPs modified PMAA-g-PA(TFC) membrane showed salt rejection of 97% (of the total groundwater salinity), 99% of dissolved bivalent ions (Ca2+, SO42-and Mg2+), and 98% of mono valent ions constituents (Cl- and Na+). In addition, antifouling performance of the membranes was determined using E. coli as a potential foulant. This demonstrates that the ZnO NPs modified PMAA-g-PA(TFC) membrane can significantly improve the membrane performances and was favorable to enhance the selectivity, permeability, water flux, mechanical properties and the bio-antifouling properties of the membranes for water desalination.

  5. Sol–Gel and Thermally Evaporated Nanostructured Thin ZnO Films for Photocatalytic Degradation of Trichlorophenol

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    2009-01-01

    In the present work, thermal evaporation and sol–gel coating techniques were applied to fabricate nanostructured thin ZnO films. The phase structure and surface morphology of the obtained films were investigated by X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM), respectively. The topography and 2D profile of the thin ZnO films prepared by both techniques were studied by optical profiler. The results revealed that the thermally evaporated thin film has a comparatively smoother surface of hexagonal wurtzite structure with grain size 12 nm and 51 m2/g. On the other hand, sol–gel films exhibited rough surface with a strong preferred orientation of 25 nm grain size and 27 m2/g surface area. Following deposition process, the obtained films were applied for the photodegradation of 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (TCP) in water in presence of UV irradiation. The concentrations of TCP and its intermediates produced in the solution during the photodegradation were determined by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) at defined irradiation times. Complete decay of TCP and its intermediates was observed after 60 min when the thermal evaporated photocatalyst was applied. However, by operating sol–gel catalyst, the concentration of intermediates initially increased and then remained constant with irradiation time. Although the degradation of TCP followed first-order kinetic for both catalysts, higher photocatalytic activity was exhibited by the thermally evaporated ZnO thin film in comparison with sol–gel one. PMID:20596419

  6. ZnO thin film deposition using colliding plasma plumes and single plasma plume: Structural and optical properties

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    Gupta, Shyam L. Thareja, Raj K.

    2013-12-14

    We report the comparative study on synthesis of thin films of ZnO on glass substrates using IR laser ablated colliding plasma plumes and conventional pulsed laser deposition using 355 nm in oxygen ambient. The optical properties of deposited films are characterized using optical transmission in the UV-visible range of spectrum and photoluminescence measurements. X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy are used to investigate the surface morphology of synthesized ZnO films. The films synthesized using colliding plumes created with 1064 nm are non-polar a-plane ZnO with transmission in UV-visible (300–800 nm) region ∼60% compared to polycrystalline thin film deposited using single plume which has chunk deposition and poor optical response. However, deposition with 355 nm single plume shows polar c-axis oriented thin film with average roughness (∼thickness) of ∼86 nm (∼850 nm) compared to ∼2 nm (∼3 μm) for 1064 nm colliding plumes. These observed differences in the quality and properties of thin films are attributed to the flux of mono-energetic plasma species with almost uniform kinetic energy and higher thermal velocity reaching the substrate from interaction/stagnation zone of colliding plasma plumes.

  7. Structural, spectroscopic and electrical studies of nanostructured porous ZnO thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Vinodkumar, R; Navas, I; Porsezian, K; Ganesan, V; Unnikrishnan, N V; Mahadevan Pillai, V P

    2014-01-24

    ZnO thin films are grown on quartz substrates at various substrate temperatures (ranging from 573 to 973 K) under an oxygen ambience of 0.02 mbar by using pulsed laser ablation. Influence of substrate temperature on the structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties of the ZnO thin films are investigated. The XRD and micro-Raman spectra reveal the presence of hexagonal wurtzite structure of ZnO with preferred orientation (002). The particle size is calculated using Debye-Scherer equation and the average size of the crystallites are found to be in the range 17-29 nm. The AFM study reveals that the surface morphology of the film depends strongly on the substrate temperature. UV-Visible transmittance spectra show highly transparent nature of the films in visible region. The calculated optical band gap energy is found to be decrease with increase in substrate temperatures. The complex dielectric constant, the loss factor and the distribution of the volume and surface energy loss of the ZnO thin films prepared at different substrate temperatures are calculated. All the films are found to be highly porous in nature. The PL spectra show very strong emission in the blue region for all the films. The dc electrical resistivity of the film decreases with increase in substrate temperature. The temperature dependent electrical measurements done on the film prepared at substrate temperature 573 K reveals that the electric conduction is thermally activated and the activation energy is found to be 0.03911 eV which is less than the reported values for ZnO films.

  8. Acoustoelectric Effect on the Responses of SAW Sensors Coated with Electrospun ZnO Nanostructured Thin Film

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    Tasaltin, Cihat; Ebeoglu, Mehmet Ali; Ozturk, Zafer Ziya

    2012-01-01

    In this study, zinc oxide (ZnO) was a very good candidate for improving the sensitivity of gas sensor technology. The preparation of an electrospun ZnO nanostructured thin film on a 433 MHz Rayleigh wave based Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) sensor and the investigation of the acoustoelectric effect on the responses of the SAW sensor are reported. We prepared an electrospun ZnO nanostructured thin film on the SAW devices by using an electrospray technique. To investigate the dependency of the sensor response on the structure and the number of the ZnO nanoparticles, SAW sensors were prepared with different coating loads. The coating frequency shifts were adjusted to fall between 100 kHz and 2.4 MHz. The sensor measurements were performed against VOCs such as acetone, trichloroethylene, chloroform, ethanol, n-propanol and methanol vapor. The sensor responses of n-propanol have opposite characteristics to the other VOCs, and we attributed these characteristics to the elastic effect/acoustoelectric effect.

  9. Effect of annealing on the structural, morphological and photoluminescence properties of ZnO thin films prepared by spin coating.

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    Kumar, Vinod; Kumar, Vijay; Som, S; Yousif, A; Singh, Neetu; Ntwaeaborwa, O M; Kapoor, Avinashi; Swart, H C

    2014-08-15

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films were deposited on silicon substrates by a sol-gel method using the spin coating technique. The ZnO films were annealed at 700°C in an oxygen environment using different annealing times ranging from 1 to 4 h. It was observed that all the annealed films exhibited a hexagonal wurtzite structure. The particle size increased from 65 to 160 nm with the increase in annealing time, while the roughness of the films increased from 2.3 to 10.6 nm with the increase in the annealing time. Si diffusion from the substrate into the ZnO layer occurred during the annealing process. It is likely that the Si and O2 influenced the emission of the ZnO by reducing the amount of Zn defects and the creation of new oxygen related defects during annealing in the O2 atmosphere. The emission intensity was found to be dependent on the reflectance of the thin films.

  10. Insight of dipole surface plasmon mediated optoelectronic property tuning of ZnO thin films using Au

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    Dixit, Tejendra; Shukla, Mayoorika; Palani, I. A.; Singh, Vipul

    2016-12-01

    Surface plasmon mediated photoluminescence (PL) studies of ZnO, ZnO/Au, ZnO/Au/ZnO and Au/ZnO films have been investigated. An enhancement of UV and visible light emission has been observed in ZnO/Au and ZnO/Au/ZnO films, compared to that of ZnO thin films, while for Au/ZnO films quenching of PL intensity was observed. Excitation intensity (EI) dependent PL spectra have shown dominance of horizontal dipole surface plasmon mode for ZnO/Au/ZnO, ZnO/Au samples, which led enhanced greenish-yellow and orange emissions respectively. Moreover, confocal laser scanning microscope measurements and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy were conducted to investigate the mechanism behind the variations and involvement of Urbach tail. UV and visible region absorption were selectively enhanced by varying the Au and ZnO configuration and can be assigned to the interaction of the dipole surface plasmon resonance with localized trapping levels and phonon subsystem. The excellent photoluminescence performance has immense potential for ZnO thin film based optoelectronic devices.

  11. Application of Thin ZnO ALD Layers in Fiber-Optic Fabry-Pérot Sensing Interferometers.

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    Majchrowicz, Daria; Hirsch, Marzena; Wierzba, Paweł; Bechelany, Michael; Viter, Roman; Jędrzejewska-Szczerska, Małgorzata

    2016-03-22

    In this paper we investigated the response of a fiber-optic Fabry-Pérot sensing interferometer with thin ZnO layers deposited on the end faces of the optical fibers forming the cavity. Standard telecommunication single-mode optical fiber (SMF-28) segments were used with the thin ZnO layers deposited by Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). Measurements were performed with the interferometer illuminated by two broadband sources operating at 1300 nm and 1550 nm. Reflected interference signal was acquired by an optical spectrum analyzer while the length of the air cavity was varied. Thickness of the ZnO layers used in the experiments was 50 nm, 100 nm, and 200 nm. Uncoated SMF-28 fiber was also used as a reference. Based on the results of measurements, the thickness of the ZnO layers and the length of the cavity were selected in order to achieve good visibility. Following, the interferometer was used to determine the refractive index of selected liquids.

  12. Application of Thin ZnO ALD Layers in Fiber-Optic Fabry-Pérot Sensing Interferometers

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    Majchrowicz, Daria; Hirsch, Marzena; Wierzba, Paweł; Bechelany, Michael; Viter, Roman; Jędrzejewska‑Szczerska, Małgorzata

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we investigated the response of a fiber-optic Fabry-Pérot sensing interferometer with thin ZnO layers deposited on the end faces of the optical fibers forming the cavity. Standard telecommunication single-mode optical fiber (SMF-28) segments were used with the thin ZnO layers deposited by Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). Measurements were performed with the interferometer illuminated by two broadband sources operating at 1300 nm and 1550 nm. Reflected interference signal was acquired by an optical spectrum analyzer while the length of the air cavity was varied. Thickness of the ZnO layers used in the experiments was 50 nm, 100 nm, and 200 nm. Uncoated SMF-28 fiber was also used as a reference. Based on the results of measurements, the thickness of the ZnO layers and the length of the cavity were selected in order to achieve good visibility. Following, the interferometer was used to determine the refractive index of selected liquids. PMID:27011188

  13. Effect of GaN interlayer on polarity control of epitaxial ZnO thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Wang, X. Q.; Sun, H. P.; Pan, X. Q.

    2010-10-11

    Epitaxial ZnO thin films were grown on nitrided (0001) sapphire substrates with an intervening GaN layer by rf-plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. It was found that polarity of the ZnO epilayer could be controlled by modifying the GaN interlayer. ZnO grown on a distorted 3-nm-thick GaN interlayer has Zn-polarity while ZnO on a 20-nm-thick GaN interlayer with a high structural quality has O-polarity. High resolution transmission electron microscopy analysis indicates that the polarity of ZnO epilayer is controlled by the atomic structure of the interface between the ZnO buffer layer and the intervening GaN layer.

  14. Improved electrical, optical, and structural properties of undoped ZnO thin films grown by water-mist-assisted spray pyrolysis

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    Martínez Pérez, L.; Aguilar-Frutis, M.; Zelaya-Angel, O.; Muñoz Aguirre, N.

    2006-08-01

    Undoped ZnO thin films were prepared using the ultrasonic spray pyrolysis deposition technique with zinc acetylacetonate dissolved in N,N-dimethylformamide as the source materials solution. The addition of water mist in a parallel flux to the spray solution stream was also used during deposition of the films. The addition of water mist improved the electrical characteristics of the ZnO films. Fresh ZnO samples were then thermally annealed in a H2 reducing atmosphere. X-ray diffraction patterns show mainly the wurzite crystalline ZnO phase in the films. An electrical resistivity ( ) of around 2.7 × 10-2 cm was measured at room temperature for the best undoped ZnO film. is approximately one order of magnitude lower than the resistivities found in undoped ZnO films obtained by means of similar non-vacuum deposition techniques.

  15. 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.

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

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

    2011-04-21

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

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

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    Huse, Nanasaheb; Upadhye, Deepak; Sharma, Ramphal

    2016-05-01

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

  18. Room temperature radio-frequency plasma-enhanced pulsed laser deposition of ZnO thin films

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    Huang, S.-H.; Chou, Y.-C.; Chou, C.-M.; Hsiao, V. K. S.

    2013-02-01

    In this study, we compared the crystalline structures, optical properties, and surface morphologies of ZnO thin films deposited on silicon and glass substrates by conventional pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and radio-frequency (RF) plasma-enhanced PLD (RF-PEPLD). The depositions were performed at room temperature under 30-100 mTorr pressure conditions. The RF-PEPLD process was found to have deposited a ZnO structure with preferred (0 0 2) c-axis orientation at a higher deposition rate; however, the RF-PEPLD process generated more defects in the thin films. The application of oxygen pressure to the RF-PEPLD process reduced defects effectively and also increased the deposition rate.

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

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    Pathirane, M. Iheanacho, B.; Lee, C.-H.; Wong, W. S.; Tamang, A.; Knipp, D.; Lujan, R.

    2015-10-05

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

  20. Effects of Ag-Doping on Thermoelectric Properties of Ca(2-x)AgxSi Alloys

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    Duan, Xingkai; Hu, Konggang; Kuang, Jing; Jiang, Yuezhen; Yi, Dengliang

    2016-11-01

    Ca(2-x)AgxSi (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.1) with 47.5% excess of Ca alloys were fabricated by melting in a tantalum tube and hot pressing technique. Phase structures of the samples were studied by means of x-ray diffraction. The electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient of Ca(2-x)AgxSi alloys were studied in the temperature range of 300-873 K. The electrical conductivity of the Ag-doped samples increases within the whole test temperature range. All samples show p-type semiconductor behavior. The electrical conductivity decreases with increasing temperature from 300 K to 873 K, which is typically observed for a degenerate semiconductor. Compared with the undoped samples, Ag-doping (x = 0.04-0.1) results in decreases of Seebeck coefficient, especially Ca(2-x)AgxSi with x = 0.1. The thermal conductivity of the doped samples gradually increases with increasing the Ag-doping content. The Ca(2-x)AgxSi with x = 0.02 sample exhibits the lowest thermal conductivity within the whole test temperature range. The ZT values of Ca(2-x)AgxSi with x = 0.02 sample have an enhancement in the temperature range of 300-873 K by contrast with those of the Ca2Si sample. The maximum ZT value is 0.16 at 837 k, which is observed for the Ca(2-x)AgxSi with x = 0.04 sample.

  1. 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.

  2. Synthesis, structural characterisation and antibacterial activity of Ag+-doped fluorapatite nanomaterials prepared by neutralization method

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    Stanić, Vojislav; Radosavljević-Mihajlović, Ana S.; Živković-Radovanović, Vukosava; Nastasijević, Branislav; Marinović-Cincović, Milena; Marković, Jelena P.; Budimir, Milica D.

    2015-05-01

    Silver doped fluorapatite nanopowders were synthesised by neutralization method, which consists of dissolving Ag2O in solution of HF and H3PO4 and addition to suspension of Ca(OH)2. The powder XRD, SEM and FTIR studies indicated the formation of a fluorapatite nanomaterials with average length of the particles is about 80 nm and a width of about 15 nm. The FTIR studies show that carbonate content in samples is very small and carbonte ions substitute both phosphate and hydroxyl groups in the crystal structure of samples, forming AB-type fluorapatite. Antibacterial studies have demonstrated that all Ag+-doped fluorapatite samples exhibit bactericidal effect against pathogens: Staphylococcus aureus, Micrococcus luteus and Kllebsiela pneumoniae. Antibacterial activity increased with the increase of Ag+ in the samples. The atomic force microscopy studies revealed extensive damage to the bacterial cell envelops in the presence of Ag+-doped fluorapatite particles which may lead to their death. The synthesized Ag+-doped fluorapatite nanomaterials are promising as antibacterial biomaterials in orthopedics and dentistry.

  3. Effect of Fe incorporation on the optical behavior of ZnO thin films prepared by sol-gel derived spin coating techniques

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    Rakkesh, R. Ajay; Malathi, R.; Balakumar, S.

    2013-02-01

    In this work, Fe doped Zinc Oxide (ZnO) thin films were fabricated on the glass substrate by sol-gel derived spin coating technique. X-ray Diffraction studies revealed that the obtained pure and Fe doped ZnO thin films were in the wurtzite and spinel phase respectively. The three well defined Raman lines at 432, 543 and 1091 cm-1 also confirmed the lattice structure of the ZnO thin film has wurtzite symmetry. While doping Fe atoms in the ZnO, there was a significant change in the phase from wurtzite to spinel structure; owing to Fe (III) ions being incorporated into the lattice through substitution of Zn (II) ions. Room temperature PL spectra showed that the role of defect mediated red emissions at 612 nm was due to radial recombination of a photogenerated hole with an electron that belongs to the Fe atoms, which were discussed in detail.

  4. Luminescence and electrical properties of solution-processed ZnO thin films by adding fluorides and annealing atmosphere

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    Choi, Sungho; Park, Byung-Yoon; Jung, Ha-Kyun

    2011-06-15

    Highlights: {yields} Systematic study of the fluorides doped solution-processed ZnO thin films via the luminescence and electrical behaviors. {yields} Defect-related visible emission bands are affected by annealing ambient and fluoride addition. {yields} Adding lithium fluoride followed by annealing in oxygen ambient leads to a controlled defect density with proper TFT performance. -- Abstract: To develop an efficient channel layer for thin film transistors (TFTs), understanding the defect-related luminescence and electrical property is crucial for solution-processed ZnO thin films. Film growth with the fluorides addition, especially using LiF, followed by the oxygen ambient post-annealing leads to decreased defect-related emission as well as enhanced switching property. The saturation mobility and current on/off ratio are 0.31 cm{sup 2} V{sup -1} s{sup -1} and 1.04 x 10{sup 3}. Consequently, we can visualize an optimized process condition and characterization method for solution-processed TFT based on the fluorine-doped ZnO film channel layer by considering the overall emission behavior.

  5. Swift heavy ion induced optical and structural modifications in RF sputtered nanocrystalline ZnO thin film

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    Singh, S. K.; Singhal, R.; Vishnoi, R.; Kumar, V. V. S.; Kulariya, P. K.

    2017-01-01

    In the present study, 100 MeV Ag7+ ion beam-induced structural and optical modifications of nanocrystalline ZnO thin films are investigated. The nanocrystalline ZnO thin films are grown using radio frequency magnetron sputtering and irradiated at fluences of 3 × 1012, 1 × 1013 and 3 × 1013 ions/cm2. The incident swift heavy ions induced change in the crystallinity together with the preferential growth of crystallite size along the c axis (002) orientation. The average crystallite size is found to be increased from 10.8 ± 0.7 to 20.5 ± 0.3 nm with increasing the ion fluence. The Atomic force microscopy analysis confirms the variation in the surface roughness by varying the incident ion fluences. The UV-visible spectroscopy shows the decrement in transmittance of the film with ion irradiation. The micro-Raman spectra of ZnO thin films are investigated to observe ion-induced modifications which support the increased lattice defects with higher fluence. The variation in crystallinity indicates that ZnO-based devices can be used in piezoelectric transduction mechanism.

  6. Spectral reflectance and transmission modeling of multi-cavity Fabry-Pérot interferometer with ZnO thin films

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    Hirsch, Marzena; Szreder, Agnieszka

    2016-09-01

    In this paper spectral reflectance and transmission of a low-coherence fiber-optic Fabry-Pérot interferometer with thin ZnO layers is analyzed using a multi-cavity approach. In the investigated setup two standard single-mode optical fibers (SMF-28) with thin ZnO films deposited on their end-faces form an extrinsic Fabry-Pérot interferometer with air cavity. Calculations of the spectral response of the interferometer were performed for different thickness of the layers (50, 100, 150, 200 nm). Based on the obtained results, it can be concluded that the use of ZnO thin films improves the reflectance of the interferometer. Moreover, addition of another cavity can make it possible to perform sensing of two different quantities (e.g. temperature and refractive index). The optimal lengths of the Fabry-Pérot cavities were selected using the results of modelling for achieving the best performance in a sensing application.

  7. Effects of In, Al and Sn dopants on the structural and optical properties of ZnO thin films.

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    Caglar, Yasemin; Ilican, Saliha; Caglar, Mujdat; Yakuphanoglu, Fahrettin

    2007-07-01

    Effect of In, Al and Sn dopants on the optical and structural properties of ZnO thin films have been investigated by X-ray diffraction technique and optical characterization method. X-ray diffraction patterns confirm that the films have polycrystalline nature. The thin films have (002) as the preferred orientation. This (002) preferred orientation is due to the minimal surface energy which the hexagonal structure, c-plane to the ZnO crystallites, corresponds to the densest packed plane. The grain size values of the films are found to be 29.0, 35.2 and 39.5 nm for In, Al and Sn doped ZnO thin films, respectively. The optical band gaps of the films were calculated. The absorption edge shifts to the lower wavelengths with In, Al and Sn dopants. The inclusion of dopant into films expands also width of localized states as E(UIn)>E(UAl)>E(USn). The refractive index dispersion curves obey the single oscillator model. The dispersion parameters and optical constants of the films were determined. These parameters changed with In, Al and Sn dopants.

  8. Effect of the gate metal work function on water-gated ZnO thin-film transistor performance

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    Singh, Mandeep; Yusuf Mulla, Mohammad; Vittoria Santacroce, Maria; Magliulo, Maria; Di Franco, Cinzia; Manoli, Kyriaki; Altamura, Davide; Giannini, Cinzia; Cioffi, Nicola; Palazzo, Gerardo; Scamarcio, Gaetano; Torsi, Luisa

    2016-07-01

    ZnO thin films, prepared using a printing-compatible sol-gel method involving a thermal treatment below 400 °C, are proposed as active layers in water-gated thin-film transistors (WG-TFTs). The thin-film structure and surface morphology reveal the presence of contiguous ZnO crystalline (hexagonal wurtzite) with isotropic nano-grains as large as 10 nm characterized by a preferential orientation along the a-axis. The TFT devices are gated through a droplet of deionized water by means of electrodes characterized by different work functions. The high capacitance of the electrolyte allowed operation below 0.5 V. While the Ni, Pd, Au and Pt gate electrodes are electrochemically stable in the inspected potential range, electrochemical activity is revealed for the W one. Such an occurrence leads to an increase of capacitance (and current), which is ascribed to a high output current from the dissolution of a lower capacitance W-oxide layer. The environmental stability of the ZnO WG-TFTs is quite good over a period of five months.

  9. Characterization of ZnO thin films grown on different p-Si substrate elaborated by solgel spin-coating method

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    Chebil, W.; Fouzri, A.; Fargi, A.; Azeza, B.; Zaaboub, Z.; and others

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • High quality ZnO thin films grown on different p-Si substrates were successful obtained by sol–gel process. • PL measurement revealed that ZnO thin film grown on porous Si has the better optical quality. • I–V characteristics for all heterojunctions exhibit successful diode formation. • The diode ZnO/PSi shows a better photovoltaic effect under illumination with a maximum {sub Voc} of 0.2 V. - Abstract: In this study, ZnO thin films are deposited by sol–gel technique on p-type crystalline silicon (Si) with [100] orientation, etched silicon and porous silicon. The structural analyses showed that the obtained thin films were polycrystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite structure and preferentially oriented along the c-axis direction. Morphological study revealed the presence of rounded and facetted grains irregularly distributed on the surface of all samples. PL spectra at room temperature revealed that ZnO thin film grown on porous Si has a strong UV emission with low defects in the visible region comparing with ZnO grown on plat Si and etched Si surface. The heterojunction parameters were evaluated from the (I–V) under dark and illumination at room temperature. The ideality factor, barrier height and series resistance of heterojunction grown on different p-Si substrates are determined by using different methods. Best electrical properties are obtained for ZnO layer deposited on porous silicon.

  10. 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.

  11. Photo-Patternable ZnO Thin Films Based on Cross-Linked Zinc Acrylate for Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Complementary Inverters.

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    Jeong, Yong Jin; An, Tae Kyu; Yun, Dong-Jin; Kim, Lae Ho; Park, Seonuk; Kim, Yebyeol; Nam, Sooji; Lee, Keun Hyung; Kim, Se Hyun; Jang, Jaeyoung; Park, Chan Eon

    2016-03-02

    Complementary inverters consisting of p-type organic and n-type metal oxide semiconductors have received considerable attention as key elements for realizing low-cost and large-area future electronics. Solution-processed ZnO thin-film transistors (TFTs) have great potential for use in hybrid complementary inverters as n-type load transistors because of the low cost of their fabrication process and natural abundance of active materials. The integration of a single ZnO TFT into an inverter requires the development of a simple patterning method as an alternative to conventional time-consuming and complicated photolithography techniques. In this study, we used a photocurable polymer precursor, zinc acrylate (or zinc diacrylate, ZDA), to conveniently fabricate photopatternable ZnO thin films for use as the active layers of n-type ZnO TFTs. UV-irradiated ZDA thin films became insoluble in developing solvent as the acrylate moiety photo-cross-linked; therefore, we were able to successfully photopattern solution-processed ZDA thin films using UV light. We studied the effects of addition of a tiny amount of indium dopant on the transistor characteristics of the photopatterned ZnO thin films and demonstrated low-voltage operation of the ZnO TFTs within ±3 V by utilizing Al2O3/TiO2 laminate thin films or ion-gels as gate dielectrics. By combining the ZnO TFTs with p-type pentacene TFTs, we successfully fabricated organic/inorganic hybrid complementary inverters using solution-processed and photopatterned ZnO TFTs.

  12. Manipulated transformation of filamentary and homogeneous resistive switching on ZnO thin film memristor with controllable multistate.

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    Huang, Chi-Hsin; Huang, Jian-Shiou; Lai, Chih-Chung; Huang, Hsin-Wei; Lin, Su-Jien; Chueh, Yu-Lun

    2013-07-10

    A bias polarity-manipulated transformation from filamentary to homogeneous resistive switching was demonstrated on a Pt/ZnO thin film/Pt device. Two types of switching behaviors, exhibiting different resistive switching characteristics and memory performances were investigated in detail. The detailed transformation mechanisms are systematically proposed. By controlling different compliance currents and RESET-stop voltages, controllable multistate resistances in low resistance states and a high resistance states in the ZnO thin film metal-insulator-metal structure under the homogeneous resistive switching were demonstrated. We believe that findings would open up opportunities to explore the resistive switching mechanisms and performance memristor with multistate storage.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Nickel-induced microwheel-like surface morphological evolution of ZnO thin films by spray pyrolysis

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    Tarwal, N. L.; Shinde, P. S.; Oh, Y. W.; Cerc Korošec, Romana; Patil, P. S.

    2012-11-01

    Nickel-zinc oxide (Ni-ZnO) thin films were deposited onto glass and tin-doped indium oxide-coated glass substrates by using a pneumatic spray pyrolysis technique at 450 °C from aqueous solutions of zinc acetate and nickel acetate precursors. The effect of nickel doping on structural, morphological and optical properties of the ZnO thin films has been studied. The X-ray diffraction patterns confirmed the polycrystalline nature of the films having hexagonal crystal structure. Ni-ZnO films with appropriate nickel doping revealed the occurrence of novel wheel-like surface morphology. The absorption edge of the Ni-ZnO films showed a red shift, meaning that the optical band gap energy decreases as the nickel doping concentration increases. A growth model is developed and proposed for the novel wheel-like morphology. All the thin films exhibited room-temperature photoluminescence. Pure ZnO and Ni-ZnO thin films were tested for their photoelectrochemical performance in 0.5 M Na2SO4 electrolyte solution. The values of fill factor and open circuit voltage were improved for the Ni-ZnO thin films.

  16. Electrochemical Synthesis of ZnO Nanorods/Nanotubes/Nanopencils on Transparent Aluminium-Doped Zinc Oxide Thin Films for Photocatalytic Applications.

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    Le, Thi Ngoc Tu; Pham, Tan Thi; Ngo, Quang Minh; Vu, Thi Hanh Thu

    2015-09-01

    We report an electrochemical synthesis of homogeneous and well-aligned ZnO nanorods (NRs) on transparent conducting aluminium-doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films as electrodes. The selected ZnO NRs was then chemically corroded in HCl and KCl aqueous solutions to form nanopencils (NPs), and nanotubes (NTs), respectively. A DC magnetron sputtering was employed to fabricate AZO thin films at various thicknesses. The obtained AZO thin films have a c-direction orientation, transmittance above 80% in visible region, and sheet resistance approximately 40 Ω/sq. They are considered to be relevant as electrodes and seeding layers for electrochemical. The ZnO NRs are directly grown on the AZOs without a need of catalysts or additional seeding layers at temperature as low as 85 degrees C. Their shapes are strongly associated with the AZO thickness that provides a valuable way to control the diameter of ZnO NRs grown atop. With the addition of HCI and KCl aqueous solutions, ZnO NRs were modified their shape to NPs and NTs with the reaction time, respectively. All the ZnO NRs, NPs, and NTs are preferred to grow along c-direction that indicates a lattice matching between AZO thin films and ZnO nanostructrures. Photoluminescence spectra and XRD patterns show that they have good crystallinities. A great photocatalytic activity of ZnO nanostructures promises potential application in environmental treatment and protection. The ZnO NTs exhibits a higher photocatalysis than others possibly due to the oxygen vacancies on the surface and the polarizability of Zn2+ and O2-.

  17. ZnO Nanoparticles/Reduced Graphene Oxide Bilayer Thin Films for Improved NH3-Sensing Performances at Room Temperature.

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    Tai, Huiling; Yuan, Zhen; Zheng, Weijian; Ye, Zongbiao; Liu, Chunhua; Du, Xiaosong

    2016-12-01

    ZnO nanoparticles and graphene oxide (GO) thin film were deposited on gold interdigital electrodes (IDEs) in sequence via simple spraying process, which was further restored to ZnO/reduced graphene oxide (rGO) bilayer thin film by the thermal reduction treatment and employed for ammonia (NH3) detection at room temperature. rGO was identified by UV-vis absorption spectra and X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS) analyses, and the adhesion between ZnO nanoparticles and rGO nanosheets might also be formed. The NH3-sensing performances of pure rGO film and ZnO/rGO bilayer films with different sprayed GO amounts were compared. The results showed that ZnO/rGO film sensors exhibited enhanced response properties, and the optimal GO amount of 1.5 ml was achieved. Furthermore, the optimal ZnO/rGO film sensor showed an excellent reversibility and fast response/recovery rate within the detection range of 10-50 ppm. Meanwhile, the sensor also displayed good repeatability and selectivity to NH3. However, the interference of water molecules on the prepared sensor is non-ignorable; some techniques should be researched to eliminate the effect of moisture in the further work. The remarkably enhanced NH3-sensing characteristics were speculated to be attributed to both the supporting role of ZnO nanoparticles film and accumulation heterojunction at the interface between ZnO and rGO. Thus, the proposed ZnO/rGO bilayer thin film sensor might give a promise for high-performance NH3-sensing applications.

  18. ZnO Nanoparticles/Reduced Graphene Oxide Bilayer Thin Films for Improved NH3-Sensing Performances at Room Temperature

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    Tai, Huiling; Yuan, Zhen; Zheng, Weijian; Ye, Zongbiao; Liu, Chunhua; Du, Xiaosong

    2016-03-01

    ZnO nanoparticles and graphene oxide (GO) thin film were deposited on gold interdigital electrodes (IDEs) in sequence via simple spraying process, which was further restored to ZnO/reduced graphene oxide (rGO) bilayer thin film by the thermal reduction treatment and employed for ammonia (NH3) detection at room temperature. rGO was identified by UV-vis absorption spectra and X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS) analyses, and the adhesion between ZnO nanoparticles and rGO nanosheets might also be formed. The NH3-sensing performances of pure rGO film and ZnO/rGO bilayer films with different sprayed GO amounts were compared. The results showed that ZnO/rGO film sensors exhibited enhanced response properties, and the optimal GO amount of 1.5 ml was achieved. Furthermore, the optimal ZnO/rGO film sensor showed an excellent reversibility and fast response/recovery rate within the detection range of 10-50 ppm. Meanwhile, the sensor also displayed good repeatability and selectivity to NH3. However, the interference of water molecules on the prepared sensor is non-ignorable; some techniques should be researched to eliminate the effect of moisture in the further work. The remarkably enhanced NH3-sensing characteristics were speculated to be attributed to both the supporting role of ZnO nanoparticles film and accumulation heterojunction at the interface between ZnO and rGO. Thus, the proposed ZnO/rGO bilayer thin film sensor might give a promise for high-performance NH3-sensing applications.

  19. Effect of Rapid Thermal Annealing on the Electrical Characteristics of ZnO Thin-Film Transistors

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    Remashan, Kariyadan; Hwang, Dae-Kue; Park, Seong-Ju; Jang, Jae-Hyung

    2008-04-01

    Thin-film transistors (TFTs) with a bottom-gate configuration were fabricated with an RF magnetron sputtered undoped zinc oxide (ZnO) channel layer and plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) grown silicon nitride as a gate dielectric. Postfabrication rapid thermal annealing (RTA) and subsequent nitrous oxide (N2O) plasma treatment were employed to improve the performance of ZnO TFTs in terms of on-current and on/off current ratio. The RTA treatment increases the on-current of the TFT significantly, but it also increases its off-current. The off-current of 2×10-8 A and on/off current ratio of 3×103 obtained after the RTA treatment were improved to 10-10 A and 105, respectively, by the subsequent N2O plasma treatment. The better device performance can be attributed to the reduction of oxygen vacancies at the top region of the channel due to oxygen incorporation from the N2O plasma. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis of the TFT samples showed that the RTA-treated ZnO surface has more oxygen vacancies than as-deposited samples, which results in the increased drain current. The XPS study also showed that the subsequent N2O plasma treatment reduces oxygen vacancies only at the surface of ZnO so that the better off-current and on/off current ratio can be obtained.

  20. Gate insulator effects on the electrical performance of ZnO thin film transistor on a polyethersulphone substrate.

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    Lee, Jae-Kyu; Choi, Duck-Kyun

    2012-07-01

    Low temperature processing for fabrication of transistor backplane is a cost effective solution while fabrication on a flexible substrate offers a new opportunity in display business. Combination of both merits is evaluated in this investigation. In this study, the ZnO thin film transistor on a flexible Polyethersulphone (PES) substrate is fabricated using RF magnetron sputtering. Since the selection and design of compatible gate insulator is another important issue to improve the electrical properties of ZnO TFT, we have evaluated three gate insulator candidates; SiO2, SiNx and SiO2/SiNx. The SiO2 passivation on both sides of PES substrate prior to the deposition of ZnO layer was effective to enhance the mechanical and thermal stability. Among the fabricated devices, ZnO TFT employing SiNx/SiO2 stacked gate exhibited the best performance. The device parameters of interest are extracted and the on/off current ratio, field effect mobility, threshold voltage and subthreshold swing are 10(7), 22 cm2/Vs, 1.7 V and 0.4 V/decade, respectively.

  1. MOCVD of ZnO thin films for potential use as compliant layers for GaN on Si

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    Black, Kate; Jones, Anthony C.; Chalker, Paul R.; Gaskell, Jeffrey M.; Murray, Robert T.; Joyce, Tim B.; Rushworth, Simon A.

    2008-03-01

    This paper explores the use of nanostructured zinc oxide (ZnO) films as a compliant buffer layer for the growth of gallium nitride (GaN) on silicon substrates. Thin films of ZnO have been deposited on silicon (1 1 1) substrates by liquid injection metalorganic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) using dimethyl zinc-tetrahydrofuran adduct and oxygen. The use of the adduct complex avoids pre-reaction between the dialkyl zinc complex and oxygen which has been observed elsewhere. ZnO films deposited by this method were stoichiometric and of high purity, with no detectable carbon contamination. Films were deposited over a temperature range 350-550 °C, and exhibited a nanowire-like morphology. Subsequent deposition of GaN layers grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) on the ZnO film resulted in the transformation of the nanowires to gallium oxide, accompanied by virtually complete removal of zinc from the layer. A heteroepitaxially oriented ( c-axis) GaN/gallium oxide/silicon structure was produced after the nitride deposition which consisted of characteristic columnar GaN with the GaN[0 0 0 1]||Si [1 1 1]. Selective area electron diffraction of the by-product oxide interlayer showed a polycrystalline-like behaviour that gave rise to a random azimuthal distribution of the GaN grains.

  2. 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.

  3. Atomic layer deposition of Nb-doped ZnO for thin film transistors

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    Shaw, A.; Wrench, J. S.; Jin, J. D.; Whittles, T. J.; Mitrovic, I. Z.; Raja, M.; Dhanak, V. R.; Chalker, P. R.; Hall, S.

    2016-11-01

    We present physical and electrical characterization of niobium-doped zinc oxide (NbZnO) for thin film transistor (TFT) applications. The NbZnO films were deposited using atomic layer deposition. X-ray diffraction measurements indicate that the crystallinity of the NbZnO films reduces with an increase in the Nb content and lower deposition temperature. It was confirmed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy that Nb5+ is present within the NbZnO matrix. Furthermore, photoluminescence indicates that the band gap of the ZnO increases with a higher Nb content, which is explained by the Burstein-Moss effect. For TFT applications, a growth temperature of 175 °C for 3.8% NbZnO provided the best TFT characteristics with a saturation mobility of 7.9 cm2/Vs, the current On/Off ratio of 1 × 108, and the subthreshold swing of 0.34 V/decade. The transport is seen to follow a multiple-trap and release mechanism at lower gate voltages and percolation thereafter.

  4. Inverter Circuits Using ZnO Nanoparticle Based Thin-Film Transistors for Flexible Electronic Applications

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    Vidor, Fábio F.; Meyers, Thorsten; Hilleringmann, Ulrich

    2016-01-01

    Innovative systems exploring the flexibility and the transparency of modern semiconducting materials are being widely researched by the scientific community and by several companies. For a low-cost production and large surface area applications, thin-film transistors (TFTs) are the key elements driving the system currents. In order to maintain a cost efficient integration process, solution based materials are used as they show an outstanding tradeoff between cost and system complexity. In this paper, we discuss the integration process of ZnO nanoparticle TFTs using a high-k resin as gate dielectric. The performance in dependence on the transistor structure has been investigated, and inverted staggered setups depict an improved performance over the coplanar device increasing both the field-effect mobility and the ION/IOFF ratio. Aiming at the evaluation of the TFT characteristics for digital circuit applications, inverter circuits using a load TFT in the pull-up network and an active TFT in the pull-down network were integrated. The inverters show reasonable switching characteristics and V/V gains. Conjointly, the influence of the geometry ratio and the supply voltage on the devices have been analyzed. Moreover, as all integration steps are suitable to polymeric templates, the fabrication process is fully compatible to flexible substrates. PMID:28335282

  5. 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.

  6. Growth-temperature-dependent optical and acetone detection properties of ZnO thin films

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    Shewale, P. S.; Yu, Y. S.

    2015-07-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films were prepared onto glass substrates at moderately low growth temperature by two-stage spray pyrolysis technique. The effects of growth temperature on structural, optical and acetone detection properties were investigated with X-ray diffractometry, a UV-visible spectrophotometer, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and a homemade gas sensor testing unit, respectively. All the films are polycrystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite phase and exhibit a preferential orientation along [002] direction. The film crystallinity is gradually enhanced with an increase in growth temperature. The optical measurements show that all the films are physically highly transparent with a transmittance greater than 82% in the visible range. The band gap of the film is observed to exhibit a slight red shift with an increasing growth temperature. The PL studies on the films show UV/violet PL band at ˜ 395 nm. Among all the films investigated, the film deposited at 250 °C demonstrates a maximum sensitivity of 13% towards 20 ppm of acetone vapors at 300 °C operating temperature. Project supported by the Dong-Eui University Grant (No. 2014AA342).

  7. The performances photodiode and diode of ZnO thin film by atomic layer deposition technique

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    Orak, İkram

    2016-12-01

    In this study, the photodiode and diode characterizations of Al/n-ZnO/p type Si heterostructure have been investigated with current-voltage (I-V), capacitance-voltage (C-V) and conductance-voltage (G/ω-V) measurements. ZnO thin film has been deposited on p type Si by using atomic layer deposition technique. Some photodiode and diode parameters such as open circuit voltage (Voc), short circuit current (Isc), power efficiency(ηP), fill factor (FF), ideality factor (n) and barrier height (Φb) have calculated with I-V and C-V characteristics. Voc and Isc was found to be 0.094 V and 0.24 mA, respectively at 50 mW/cm2. n and Φb have been calculated 0.41 eV and 2.36, respectively. Especially, Negative capacitance has explained in the forward bias regions at room temperature and in dark condition. The C-V characterization of the Al/ZnO/p type Si heterostructure has been investigated under illumination condition. It can be said that the capacitance of device has been affected under illumination condition.

  8. 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.

  9. Co thin films deposited directly on ZnO polar surfaces

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    Chiba, Daichi; Shibata, Naoya; Tsukazaki, Atsushi

    2016-01-01

    A ferromagnetic (FM)-metal/oxide stack is the key structure determining the performance of spintronic devices. However, the effect of the electronic polarity of the oxide on the magnetic properties of the adjacent FM-metal has not been investigated previously. Here, we report the magnetic and structural properties of Co ultra-thin films sputter deposited directly on the Zn- and O-polar surfaces of ZnO substrates. The magnetic anisotropy and Curie temperature exhibit dramatic polarity-dependent differences for films on these surfaces. Structural analyses reveal that the heterointerface of the Co/O-polar surface is rather diffusive, whereas that of the Co/Zn-polar surface is atomically flat. These results suggest that the surface polarity plays a key role in determining the properties of the film. This novel FM-metal/polar-oxide system is expected to add new functionality to spintronic devices and provide an ideal basis for investigating the effect of a built-in electric field on the magnetism in a metallic monolayer. PMID:27897251

  10. 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.

  11. Effect of reduced graphene oxide-hybridized ZnO thin films on the photoinactivation of Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi.

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    Teh, Swe Jyan; Yeoh, Soo Ling; Lee, Kian Mun; Lai, Chin Wei; Abdul Hamid, Sharifah Bee; Thong, Kwai Lin

    2016-08-01

    The immobilization of photocatalyst nanoparticles on a solid substrate is an important aspect for improved post-treatment separation and photocatalyst reactor design. In this study, we report the simple preparation of reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-hybridized zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films using a one-step electrochemical deposition, and investigated the effect of rGO-hybridization on the photoinactivation efficiency of ZnO thin films towards Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi (S. Typhi) as target bacterial pathogens. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) revealed the formation of geometric, hexagonal flakes of ZnO on the ITO glass substrate, as well as the incorporation of rGO with ZnO in the rGO/ZnO thin film. Raman spectroscopy indicated the successful incorporation of rGO with ZnO during the electrodeposition process. Photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy indicates that rGO hybridization with ZnO increases the amount of oxygen vacancies, evidenced by the shift of visible PL peak at 650 to 500nm. The photoinactivation experiments showed that the thin films were able to reduce the bacterial cell density of Staph. aureus and S. Typhi from an initial concentration of approximately 10(8) to 10(3)CFU/mL within 15min. The rGO/ZnO thin film increased the photoinactivation rate for S. aureus (log[N/No]) from -5.1 (ZnO) to -5.9. In contrast, the application of rGO/ZnO thin film towards the photoinactivation of S. Typhi did not improve its photoinactivation rate, compared to the ZnO thin film. We may summarise that (1) rGO/ZnO was effective to accelerate the photoinactivation of S. aureus but showed no difference to improve the photoinactivation of S. Typhi, in comparison to the performance of ZnO thin films, and (2) the photoinactivation in the presence of ZnO and rGO/ZnO was by ROS damage to the extracellular wall.

  12. RETRACTED: Investigation of structural, optical and electronic properties in Al-Sn co-doped ZnO thin films

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    Pan, Zhanchang; Tian, Xinlong; Wu, Shoukun; Yu, Xia; Li, Zhuliang; Deng, Jianfeng; Xiao, Chumin; Hu, Guanghui; Wei, Zhigang

    2013-01-01

    This article has been retracted: please see Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal (http://www.elsevier.com/locate/withdrawalpolicy). This article has been retracted at the request of the Editor-in-Chief. Figures 3 and 4 of this paper have also been presented as belonging to other materials in other publications. This observation is evidence of fraud and therefore it is not certain that the described research and conclusions of this paper belong to the presented images. Figures 3 and 4 of this paper can also be found in: Effect of annealing on the structures and properties of Al and F co-doped ZnO nanostructures, Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing, 2014, 17, 162-167, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mssp.2013.09.023 Highly transparent and conductive Sn/F and Al co-doped ZnO thin films prepared by sol-gel method, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 2014,583, 32-38, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jallcom.2013.06.192 Properties of fluorine and tin co-doped ZnO thin films deposited by sol-gel method, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 2013,576, 31-37, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jallcom.2013.04.132

  13. Modification of opto-electronic properties of ZnO by incorporating metallic tin for buffer layer in thin film solar cells

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    Deepu, D. R.; Jubimol, J.; Kartha, C. Sudha; Louis, Godfrey; Vijayakumar, K. P.; Kumar, K. Rajeev

    2015-06-24

    In this report, the effect of incorporation of metallic tin (Sn) on opto-electronic properties of ZnO thin films is presented. ZnO thin films were deposited through ‘automated chemical spray pyrolysis’ (CSP) technique; later different quantities of ‘Sn’ were evaporated on it and subsequently annealed. Vacuum annealing showed a positive effect on crystallinity of films. Creation of sub band gap levels due to ‘Sn’ diffusion was evident from the absorption and PL spectra. The tin incorporated films showed good photo response in visible region. Tin incorporated ZnO thin films seem to satisfy the desirable criteria for buffer layer in thin film solar cells.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  17. Structural, Electrical, and Optical Properties of ZnO Film Used as Buffer Layer for CIGS Thin-Film Solar Cell.

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    Choi, Eun Chang; Cha, Ji-Hyun; Jung, Duk-Young; Hong, Byungyou

    2016-05-01

    The CuIn(x)Ga(1-x)Se2 (CIGS) using the solution-based fabrication method is attractive for thin film solar cells because of its possibilities for large-area and low-cost production. ZnO films between transparent conductive oxide (TCO) and the CdS films can improve the performances of CIGS thin-film solar cells. In this study, we investigated the characteristics of ZnO film between TCO and CIGS layers in a solar cell (AZO/ZnO/CdS/CIGS/Mo), which were deposited at various thicknesses to investigate the role of the films in CIGS solar cells. It was confirmed that the conversion efficiency of a CIGS solar cell depends on the ZnO film. For a ZnO film thickness of 80 nm, the highest power conversion efficiency that a solar cell achieved was J(sc) of 18.73 mA/cm2.

  18. 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.

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

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    Lévy-Clément, Claude; Elias, Jamil

    2013-07-22

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

  20. Structural and Optical properties of Er doped ZnO diluted magnetic semiconductor nano thin films produced by sol gel method

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    Tasci, A. Tolga; Ozturk, Ozgur; Asikuzun, Elif; Arda, Lutfi; Celik, Sukru; Terzioglu, Cabir

    Undoped and Er doped ZnO (Zn1-xErxO) transparent semiconductor thin films were coated using sol-gel method on non-alkali glass. Erbium was doped 1%, 2%, 3%, 4% and 5% ratio. Methanol and monoethanolamine were used as solvent and stabilizer. In this study, the effect of Er doping was examined on the structural and optical properties of ZnO DMS thin films. XRD, SEM and UV-VIS-NIR spectrometer measurements were performed for the structural and optical characterization. XRD results showed that, all of Er doped ZnO thin films have a hexagonal structure. The optical transmittance of rare earth element (Er) doped ZnO thin films were increased. The Er doped ZnO thin films showed high transparency (>84) in the visible region (400-700 nm). This research has been supported by the Kastamonu University Scientific Research Projects Coordination Department under the Grant No. KUBAP-03/2013-41 and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) Project No. 114F259.

  1. Influence of annealing conditions on the crystallographic structure, chemical composition and luminescence of ZnO thin films

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    Khojier, K.; Savaloni, H.; Amani, E.

    2014-01-01

    ZnO thin films have many applications in semiconductor devices, such as semiconductor lasers, amplifiers, solar cells, chemical and ultraviolet sensors. We produced ZnO thin films on Si (4 0 0) substrates, using e-beam technique and subsequently annealed them under different conditions (i.e., temperature (200-800), time (60 min and 180 min) and environment (air and oxygen flow). The ZnO (0 0 2) preferred orientation which increases in intensity with annealing temperature and annealing time is deduced from X-ray diffraction (XRD) results. Dislocation density was higher for the films annealed in air which may be caused by the impurities (nitrogen and other species in the air) embedded in the film structure. No significant change in the nano-strain of each group of the samples (annealed under different conditions) was observed. The FESEM images showed a granular structure for annealed samples at 200 °C and 800 °C and a mixed structure of nanowires and nanosheets for samples annealed at 350 °C and 500 °C. Two peaks of UV emission and green emission were observed in the photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the produced samples. The UV emission increased with annealing temperature and annealing time showing higher crystal quality while the behavior of the green emission was opposite to that of the UV emission. The ZnO films resulted from annealing in the air showed stronger green emission than those annealed with flow of oxygen indicating higher impurity concentration and oxygen vacancies in the sample.

  2. Research Update: Atmospheric pressure spatial atomic layer deposition of ZnO thin films: Reactors, doping, and devices

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    Hoye, Robert L. Z. E-mail: jld35@cam.ac.uk; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L. E-mail: jld35@cam.ac.uk; Muñoz-Rojas, David; Nelson, Shelby F.; Illiberi, Andrea; Poodt, Paul

    2015-04-01

    Atmospheric pressure spatial atomic layer deposition (AP-SALD) has recently emerged as an appealing technique for rapidly producing high quality oxides. Here, we focus on the use of AP-SALD to deposit functional ZnO thin films, particularly on the reactors used, the film properties, and the dopants that have been studied. We highlight how these films are advantageous for the performance of solar cells, organometal halide perovskite light emitting diodes, and thin-film transistors. Future AP-SALD technology will enable the commercial processing of thin films over large areas on a sheet-to-sheet and roll-to-roll basis, with new reactor designs emerging for flexible plastic and paper electronics.

  3. Competition between (001) and (111) MgO thin film growth on Al-doped ZnO by oxygen plasma assisted pulsed laser deposition

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    Xiao, Bo; Yang, Qiguang; Walker, Brandon; Gonder, Casey A.; Romain, Gari C.; Mundle, Rajeh; Bahoura, Messaoud; Pradhan, A. K.

    2013-06-07

    We report on the study of epitaxial MgO thin films on (0001) Al-doped ZnO (Al: ZnO) underlayers, grown by oxygen plasma assisted pulsed laser deposition technique. A systematic investigation of the MgO thin films was performed by X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy, along with the current-voltage characteristics. A distinguished behavior was observed that the preferred MgO orientation changes from (111) to (001) in the films as the growth temperature increases. Two completely different in-plane epitaxial relationships were also determined from X-ray diffraction as: [110]MgO//[1120]Al: ZnO and [110]MgO//[1100]Al: ZnO for (001) MgO with 60 Degree-Sign rotated triplet domains, and [110]MgO//[1120]Al: ZnO for (111) MgO with 180 Degree-Sign rotated twin. The pronounced temperature dependence indicates a reconciliation of the nucleation driving forces among surface, interfacial, and strain energy for heteroepitaxy of cubic MgO on hexagonal Al: ZnO. The related interfacial atomic registry is considered to be important to the formation of unusual (001) MgO on hexagonal crystals. In addition, the electrical characterization revealed a dramatic reduction of the leakage current in (001) MgO thin films, whereas the small grain size of (111) MgO is identified by atomic force microscopy as a main cause of large leakage current.

  4. Enhancement of crystallinity and optical properties of bilayer TiO2/ZnO thin films prepared by atomic layer deposition.

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    Hussin, Rosniza; Choy, Kwang-Leong; Hou, Xianghui

    2011-09-01

    Bilayer and multilayer thin films are becoming increasingly important in the development of faster, smaller and more efficient electronic and optoelectronic devices. One of the motivations of applying bilayer or multilayer structures is to modify the optical properties of materials. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is a variant of Chemical Vapour Deposition that can produce uniform and conformal thin films with well controlled nanostructures. In this study, we have demonstrated new findings of the use of ALD fabricated bilayer TiO2/ZnO thin films with enhanced crystallinity and optical properties. TiO2 films have been deposited at 300 degrees C for 1000 (51 nm in thickness) or 3000 (161 nm in thickness) deposition cycles onto glass and Si substrates. ZnO films are subsequently deposited on the TiO2 layers at 280 degrees C for 500 deposition cycles (55 nm). The crystallinity and optical properties of the TiO2/ZnO thin films have been analysed by X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence, UV-Vis spectroscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy. XRD diffraction pattern confirmed the presence of ZnO with wutrtize crystal structure and TiO2 with anatase structure. It shows that the crystallinity of the TiO2 films has been improved with the deposition of ZnO. The intensity of UV luminescence has increased by almost 30% for TiO2/ZnO bilayer as compared to the single layer TiO2. The possible mechanism for the enhancement of the optical properties of bilayer TiO2/ZnO thin films will be discussed.

  5. Investigation on the Electrical and Methane Gas-Sensing Properties of ZnO Thin Films Produced by Different Methods

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    Teimoori, F.; Khojier, K.; Dehnavi, N. Z.

    2016-10-01

    In this work, the influence of deposition method on the structural, electrical, and methane gas-sensing properties of ZnO thin films is investigated. Sol-gel spin coating, direct current (DC) magnetron sputtering, and e-beam evaporation techniques are employed for production of Zn thin films post-annealed at 500°C with a constant flow of oxygen. Detailed morphological, chemical, and structural investigations are carried out on all samples by field emission electron microscopy (FESEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses. DC electrical resistivity of the samples was measured using a four-point probe instrument while a Hall effect instrument was used for the Hall effect measurements. The sensing performance was optimized with respect to the deposition method as well as the operating temperature. Detection limit, reproducibility, and stability of all samples produced using different methods are also identified. An optimum operating temperature of 350°C is obtained. The best sensitivity was attributed to the deposited film by the e-beam evaporation method due to its different surface morphology, which provided a larger ratio of surface-to-bulk area, and a lower carrier concentration, which caused higher electrical resistance. All ZnO thin films deposited by different methods also showed good reproducibility and stability.

  6. Sn-doped ZnO nanocrystalline thin films with enhanced linear and nonlinear optical properties for optoelectronic applications

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    Ganesh, V.; Yahia, I. S.; AlFaify, S.; Shkir, Mohd.

    2017-01-01

    In the current work, nanocrystalline undoped and Sn doped ZnO thin films with different doping concentrations (1, 3, 5, 7 at%) have been deposited on glass substrate by low cost spin coating technique. The strong effect of Sn doping on structural, morphological, optical, nonlinear properties have been observed. X-ray diffraction study revealed that all the thin films are preferentially grown along (002) plane. The crystallite size is found to be increased with increasing the concentration of Sn, similar behavior was observed by atomic force microscopy analysis. Optical study shows that the prepared thin films are highly transparent. The direct optical band gap was calculate and found to be 3.16, 3.20, 3.22, 3.34, 3.18 eV for pure and doped films respectively. The refractive index, linear susceptibility, nonlinear absorption coefficient, nonlinear susceptibility and nonlinear refractive index were calculated. Furthermore, the third order nonlinear optical properties are investigated using Z-scan technique and their values are found to be -3.75×10-8 cm2/W, -3.76×10-3 cm/W and 0.65×10-3 esu for 7% Sn doped ZnO, respectively. There is a good correlation between theoretical and experimental third order nonlinear properties and higher values shows that the deposited films are may be applied in nonlinear optical applications.

  7. Correlation Between Morphology and Nanomechanical Behavior of ZnO Thin Films

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    Sinha, Arijit; Mukherjee, Nillohit

    2016-10-01

    Influence of morphology of ZnO films on the mechanical properties at submicron scale was evaluated by nanoindentation to depict its adhesion with the substrate. ZnO films with three different morphologies viz. hexagonal rods, flakes and spheres were subjected to the analyses. The nanomechanical properties were found to be maximum and minimum for spherical and flake-like ZnO films, respectively. It has also been found that the average surface roughness (Ra) has significant influence on the nanomechanical properties.

  8. Enhancement of photo sensor properties of nanocrystalline ZnO thin film by swift heavy ion irradiation

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    Mahajan, S. V.; Upadhye, D. S.; Bagul, S. B.; Shaikh, S. U.; Birajadar, R. B.; Siddiqui, F. Y.; Huse, N. P.; Sharma, R. B. E-mail: rps.phy@gmail.com

    2015-06-24

    Nanocrystalline Zinc Oxide (ZnO) thin film prepared by Low cost Successive Ionic Layer Adsorption and Reaction (SILAR) method. This film was irradiated by 120 MeV Ni{sup 7+} ions with the fluence of 5x10{sup 12}ions/cm{sup 2}. The X-ray diffraction study was shows polycrystalline nature with wurtzite structure. The optical properties as absorbance were determined using UV-Spectrophotometer and band gap was also calculated. The Photo Sensor nature was calculated by I-V characteristics with different sources of light 40W, 60W and 100W.

  9. Origins of shallow level and hole mobility in codoped p-type ZnO thin films

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    Ye, H. B.; Kong, J. F.; Shen, W. Z.; Zhao, J. L.; Li, X. M.

    2007-03-01

    A combination study of structural, optical, and electrical properties has been carried out on N-In codoped p-type ZnO thin films for the origins of shallow level and hole mobility. The observed small activation energy of ˜20meV for the hole concentration corresponds well to the results from photoluminescence and conductivity data, revealing the grain boundary trapping nature of the shallow level. The achieved hole mobility is mainly due to the lack of grain boundary barrier effect, and the codoping yielded weak ionized impurity scattering. The authors have also revealed the scattering and conduction mechanisms in these p-ZnO films.

  10. Atomic-layer-deposition-assisted ZnO nanoparticles for oxide charge-trap memory thin-film transistors

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    Seo, Gi Ho; Yun, Da Jeong; Lee, Won Ho; Yoon, Sung Min

    2017-02-01

    ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) with monolayer structures were prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD) to use for a charge-trap layer (CTL) for nonvolatile memory thin-film transistors (MTFTs). The optimum ALD temperature of the NP formation was demonstrated to be 160 °C. The size and areal density of the ZnO NPs was estimated to be approximately 33 nm and 4.8 × 109 cm-2, respectively, when the number of ALD cycles was controlled to be 20. The fabricated MTFTs using a ZnO-NP CTL exhibited typical memory window properties, which are generated by charge-trap/de-trap processes, in their transfer characteristics and the width of the memory window (MW) increased from 0.6 to 18.0 V when the number of ALD cycles increased from 5 to 30. The program characteristics of the MTFT were markedly enhanced by the post-annealing process performed at 180 °C in an oxygen ambient due to the improvements in the interface and bulk qualities of the ZnO NPs. The program/erase (P/E) speed was estimated to be 10 ms at P/E voltages of -14 and 17 V. The memory margin showed no degradation with the lapse in retention time for 2 × 104 s and after the repetitive P/E operations of 7 × 103 cycles.

  11. Simulation, fabrication and characterization of ZnO based thin film transistors grown by radio frequency magnetron sputtering.

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    Singh, Shaivalini; Chakrabarti, P

    2012-03-01

    We report the performance of the thin film transistors (TFTs) using ZnO as an active channel layer grown by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering technique. The bottom gate type TFT, consists of a conventional thermally grown SiO2 as gate insulator onto p-type Si substrates. The X-ray diffraction patterns reveal that the ZnO films are preferentially orientated in the (002) plane, with the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate. A typical ZnO TFT fabricated by this method exhibits saturation field effect mobility of about 0.6134 cm2/V s, an on to off ratio of 102, an off current of 2.0 x 10(-7) A, and a threshold voltage of 3.1 V at room temperature. Simulation of this TFT is also carried out by using the commercial software modeling tool ATLAS from Silvaco-International. The simulated global characteristics of the device were compared and contrasted with those measured experimentally. The experimental results are in fairly good agreement with those obtained from simulation.

  12. 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.

  13. Large stokes shift of Ag doped CdSe quantum dots via aqueous route.

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    Huang, Jian; Jiang, Yang; Duan, Hongyan; Liu, Chao; Mi, Longfei; Lan, Xinzheng; Zhou, Hongyang; Zhong, Honghai

    2013-10-01

    Monodispersed and luminescent Ag-doped CdSe semiconductor quantum dots (d-dots) were synthesized by an aqueous route assisted with electrochemical preparation of Se source with 3-mercaptopropionic acid as stabilizer. The silver dopants were incorporated into the host crystals via cation-exchange mechanism. X-ray diffraction patterns revealed that the as-synthesized CdSe:Ag d-dots were well retained in the zinc blende structure. The CdSe:Ag d-dots that exhibited uniform size distribution and good crystallnity could be observed by High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), with average diameter of 2.7 nm. Successful doping was confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy survey spectra. The peculiar Ag-related photoluminescence showed strong intensity, and at the same time, intrinsic band-edge exciton emission of CdSe QDs was suppressed. The dopant emission exhibited larger Stockes shift of - 0.51 eV than that of the band-gap emission, and varied from 546 to 583 nm by changing electrolytic time. Possible radiative recombination mechanism of the aqueous Ag-doped CdSe d-dots was discussed. The results demonstrated that doping can be an effective way to manipulate the optical properties of semiconductor nanocrystals.

  14. Bi-layer channel structure-based oxide thin-film transistors consisting of ZnO and Al-doped ZnO with different Al compositions and stacking sequences

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    Cho, Sung Woon; Yun, Myeong Gu; Ahn, Cheol Hyoun; Kim, So Hee; Cho, Hyung Koun

    2015-03-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO)-based bi-layers, consisting of ZnO and Al-doped ZnO (AZO) layers grown by atomic layer deposition, were utilized as the channels of oxide thin-film transistors (TFTs). Thin AZO layers (5 nm) with different Al compositions (5 and 14 at. %) were deposited on top of and beneath the ZnO layers in a bi-layer channel structure. All of the bi-layer channel TFTs that included the AZO layers showed enhanced stability (Δ V Th ≤ 3.2 V) under a positive bias stress compared to the ZnO single-layer channel TFT (Δ V Th = 4.0 V). However, the AZO/ZnO bi-layer channel TFTs with an AZO interlayer between the gate dielectric and the ZnO showed a degraded field effect mobility (0.3 cm2/V·s for 5 at. % and 1.8 cm2/V·s for 14 at. %) compared to the ZnO single-layer channel TFT (5.5 cm2/V·s) due to increased scattering caused by Al-related impurities near the gate dielectric/channel interface. In contrast, the ZnO/AZO bi-layer channel TFTs with an AZO layer on top of the ZnO layer exhibited an improved field effect mobility (7.8 cm2/V·s for 14 at. %) and better stability. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  15. Silver doping: A potential means to grow high quality YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} thin films on bare sapphire

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    Kumar, D.; Satyalakshmi, K.M.; Manoharan, S.S.

    1995-10-01

    High quality Ag-doped YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} (YBCO) thin films have been grown by laser ablation on < {bar 1}012 > bare sapphire. This work demonstrates that Ag-doping can be used as very convenient means to realize good quality YBCO films on highly coveted sapphire substrates for microwave applications of high T{sub c} thin films.

  16. Evaluation of the interface of thin GaN layers on c- and m-plane ZnO substrates by Rutherford backscattering

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    Izawa, Y.; Oga, T.; Ida, T.; Kuriyama, K.; Hashimoto, A.; Kotake, H.; Kamijoh, T.

    2011-07-11

    Lattice distortion at the interfaces between thin GaN layers with {approx}400 nm in thickness and ZnO substrates with non-polar m-plane (10-10) and polar c-plane (0001) is studied using Rutherford backscattering/ion channeling techniques. The interface between GaN/m-plane ZnO is aligned clearly to m-axis, indicating no lattice distortion, while between GaN/c-plane ZnO causes the lattice distortion in the GaN layer due to the piezoelectric field. The range of distortion exceeds {approx}90 nm from the interface of GaN/c-plane ZnO. These results are confirmed by x-ray diffraction and reflection high energy electron diffraction studies.

  17. Surface modification of a polyimide gate insulator with an yttrium oxide interlayer for aqueous-solution-processed ZnO thin-film transistors.

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    Jang, Kwang-Suk; Wee, Duyoung; Kim, Yun Ho; Kim, Jinsoo; Ahn, Taek; Ka, Jae-Won; Yi, Mi Hye

    2013-06-11

    We report a simple approach to modify the surface of a polyimide gate insulator with an yttrium oxide interlayer for aqueous-solution-processed ZnO thin-film transistors. It is expected that the yttrium oxide interlayer will provide a surface that is more chemically compatible with the ZnO semiconductor than is bare polyimde. The field-effect mobility and the on/off current ratio of the ZnO TFT with the YOx/polyimide gate insulator were 0.456 cm(2)/V·s and 2.12 × 10(6), respectively, whereas the ZnO TFT with the polyimide gate insulator was inactive.

  18. Structural optical and electronic properties of Fe and Ga doped ZnO thin films grown using pulsed laser deposition technique

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    Singh, Karmvir; Shukla, D. K.; Majid, S.; Dhar, R.; Choudhary, R. J.; Phase, D. M.

    2016-10-01

    Band gap engineering in ZnO thin films have been subject of intensive studies. The thin films of 2 wt % Fe and 2 wt % Ga doped ZnO and undoped ZnO were deposited on glass substrate by pulse laser deposition technique. Structural, optical and electronic structure properties of these thin films were investigated by X- Ray diffraction (XRD), UV-Vis spectroscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), respectively. XRD studies show that all the thin films are highly oriented along the c-axis and maintain the wurtzite structure. Out of plane lattice parameter in Ga doped is smaller while in Fe doped is larger, compared to undoped ZnO. The band gaps of doped films have been found to increase due to doping of the Ga and Fe ions. XAS studies across O K edges of doped thin films show that the conduction band edge structure probed via oxygen 1s to 2p transitions have modified significantly in Ga doped sample.

  19. Li induced enhancement in c-axis orientation and its effect on structural, optical, and electrical properties of ZnO thin films

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    Ali, Dilawar; Butt, M. Z.; Arif, Bilal; Al-Sehemi, Abdullah G.; Al-Ghamdi, Ahmed A.; Yakuphanoglu, Fahrettin

    2017-02-01

    Un-doped and Li-doped ZnO thin films with high c-texture have been deposited on glass substrate using sol–gel spin coating method. The effect of Li dopant in concentration range 1–5 at.% on the structural, optical, morphological, and electrical properties of ZnO thin films were analyzed using x-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV–VIS spectrophotometer, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and two point probe method, respectively. XRD analysis reveals that all thin films possess hexagonal wurtzite structure and (0 0 2) preferred orientation. X-ray diffraction intensity and crystallite size appertaining to (0 0 2) plane increases with the increase in Li concentration. FESEM micrographs shows that morphology of all thin films consist of spherical and non-spherical shaped grains. Surface roughness of the films decreases on increasing Li dopant concentration. Average transmittance in visible region is 90.6  ±  0.5 % for all Li-doped ZnO thin films. Blue shift, i.e. widening of optical band gap (E g) has been observed on doping with Li. Urbach energy (E u) was found to decrease on Li incorporation. Both E g and E u correlate well with variation in c-texture and crystallite size. The average refractive index of ZnO thin films in the visible region is decreased on doping with Li. Electrical conductivity of ZnO thin films is enhanced on increase in Li dopant concentration. The improvement in electrical conductivity also correlates well with increase in c-texture and crystallite size. FTIR spectra portray characteristic absorption bands centered at 901, 760, 602, and 568 cm‑1 pertaining to metal–oxygen bonds.

  20. Effects of rapid thermal annealing on the structural and local atomic properties of ZnO: Ge nanocomposite thin films

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    Ceylan, Abdullah Ozcan, Sadan; Rumaiz, Abdul K.; Caliskan, Deniz; Ozbay, Ekmel; Woicik, J. C.

    2015-03-14

    We have investigated the structural and local atomic properties of Ge nanocrystals (Ge-ncs) embedded ZnO (ZnO: Ge) thin films. The films were deposited by sequential sputtering of ZnO and Ge thin film layers on z-cut quartz substrates followed by an ex-situ rapid thermal annealing (RTA) at 600 °C for 30, 60, and 90 s under forming gas atmosphere. Effects of RTA time on the evolution of Ge-ncs were investigated by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES), and extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS). XRD patterns have clearly shown that fcc diamond phase Ge-ncs of sizes ranging between 18 and 27 nm are formed upon RTA and no Ge-oxide peak has been detected. However, cross-section SEM images have clearly revealed that after RTA process, Ge layers form varying size nanoclusters composed of Ge-ncs regions. EXAFS performed at the Ge K-edge to probe the local atomic structure of the Ge-ncs has revealed that as prepared ZnO:Ge possesses Ge-oxide but subsequent RTA leads to crystalline Ge structure without the oxide layer. In order to study the occupied electronic structure, HAXPES has been utilized. The peak separation between the Zn 2p and Ge 3d shows no significant change due to RTA. This implies little change in the valence band offset due to RTA.

  1. Table top surface plasmon resonance measurement system for efficient urea biosensing using ZnO thin film matrix

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    Paliwal, Ayushi; Tomar, Monika; Gupta, Vinay

    2016-08-01

    The present report addresses the application of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) phenomenon for urea sensing. The former promises a high sensitivity, label-free detection, and real-time information by monitoring the refractive index change at the metal-dielectric interface. In the present report, a highly sensitive urea biosensor has been developed by integrating a ZnO thin film matrix with the SPR technique. Kretschmann configuration has been used to excite the surface plasmon (SP) modes at the ZnO-metal (gold) interface using an indigeneously developed table top SPR measurement setup. Urease (Urs), the urea-specific enzyme, has been immobilized on the surface of ZnO thin film by physical adsorption technique. The SPR reflectance curves were recorded for the prism/Au/ZnO/Urs system in angular interrogation mode with phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) solution as the liquid media. The SPR resonance angle is found to be shifted toward a lower angle from 49.1 to 42.0 deg with an increase in the urea concentration (0 to 300 mg/dl) in the PBS solution. The developed sensor (prism/Au/ZnO/Urs) is found to be highly sensitive [sensitivity=0.039 deg/(mg/dl) or 203 deg/RIU] with detection accuracy of 0.045deg.

  2. Photoluminescence and electrochemical properties of transparent CeO2-ZnO nanocomposite thin films prepared by Pechini method

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    Sani, Z. Khosousi; Ghodsi, F. E.; Mazloom, J.

    2017-02-01

    Nanocomposite thin films of CeO2-ZnO with different molar ratios of Zn/Ce (=0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75 and 1) were prepared by the Pechini sol-gel route. Various spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques were applied to investigate the films. XRD patterns of all the samples exhibited the peaks corresponding to cubic fluorite structure of ceria and the (101) and (103) peaks of ZnO with hexagonal structure was just observed in the sample with molar ratio of 1. EDS confirmed the presence of constituent of element in the samples. FESEM images of the films showed a surface composed of nanograins. AFM analysis revealed that root mean square roughness was enhanced as molar ratio of Zn/Ce increased. Moreover, fractal dimension of surfaces were calculated by cube counting approach. Optical measurements indicated that the film with molar ratio of 1 has the highest transmission and lowest reflectivity. The optical band gap values varied between 2.95 and 3.42 eV. The compositional dependence of refractive index and extinction coefficient were reported. The UV and blue emission appeared in PL spectra. The highest photoluminescence emission intensity was observed in the 1:1 molar ratio sample. The cyclic voltammetry measurements indicated the highest charge density (9.75 mC cm-2) and diffusion coefficient (3.507 × 10-17 cm2 s-1) belonged to the Ce/Zn (1:1) thin film.

  3. Resistive switching: An investigation of the bipolar–unipolar transition in Co-doped ZnO thin films

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    Santos, Daniel A.A.; Zeng, Hao; Macêdo, Marcelo A.

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • A purely bipolar behavior on a Co-doped ZnO thin film has been demonstrated. • We have shown what can happen if a unipolar test is performed in a purely bipolar device. • An explanation for how a sample can show a purely bipolar switching behavior was suggested. • An important open issue about resistive switching effect was put in debate. - Abstract: In order to investigate the resistive switching effect we built devices in a planar structure in which two Al contacts were deposited on the top of the film and separated by a small gap using a shadow mask. Therefore, two samples of 10% Co-doped ZnO thin films were sputtered on glass substrate. High resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD) revealed a highly c-axis oriented crystalline structure, without secondary phase. The high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRSEM) showed a flat surface with good coverage and thickness about 300 nm. A Keithley 2425 semiconductor characterization system was used to perform the resistive switching tests in the bipolar and unipolar modes. Considering only the effect of compliance current (CC), the devices showed a purely bipolar behavior since an increase in CC did not induce a transition to unipolar behavior.

  4. Racetrack Effect on the Dissimilar Sensing Response of ZnO Thin Film-An Anisotropy of Isotropy.

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    Shankar, Prabakaran; Rayappan, John Bosco Balaguru

    2016-09-21

    The isotropic nature of the sensing elements decides the overall sensing performance of metal oxide gas/chemical sensors. Even a minimum deviation in the morphological and electrical characteristics of the sensing surface will lead to a nonuniform sensing performance, which in turn results in undesired figure of merits. With this background, the inhomogeneity of plasma discharge due to the racetrack effect of the magnetic field orbit in the planar magnetron and its significant influence on the formation of nanostructured ZnO thin films with desired uniformity has been investigated. The effect of the intensity of plasma discharges on the structural studies was a change in crystallite size from 11 to 35 nm. Anisotropic characteristics of the film influenced the mobility of carriers (10 and 220 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1)) by populating the carrier concentration (2.13 × 10(11) and 3.87 × 10(7) cm(-2)) in the nanostructures. Furthermore, the influence of this anisotropic surface of the obtained film on the room-temperature ethanol-sensing behavior is reported. The first observation of the racetrack effect on the sensing gradient of the sputter-deposited ZnO thin film has brought out the challenge in preparing an isotropic sensing element without anisotropy.

  5. Post-annealing effect on the room-temperature ferromagnetism in Cu-doped ZnO thin films

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    Hu, Yu-Min Kuang, Chein-Hsiun; Han, Tai-Chun; Yu, Chin-Chung; Li, Sih-Sian

    2015-05-07

    In this work, we investigated the structural and magnetic properties of both as-deposited and post-annealed Cu-doped ZnO thin films for better understanding the possible mechanisms of room-temperature ferromagnetism (RT-FM) in ZnO-based diluted magnetic oxides. All of the films have a c-axis-oriented wurtzite structure and display RT-FM. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results showed that the incorporated Cu ions in as-deposited films are in 1+ valence state merely, while an additional 2+ valence state occurs in post-annealed films. The presence of Cu{sup 2+} state in post-annealed film accompanies a higher magnetization value than that of as-deposited film and, in particular, the magnetization curves at 10 K and 300 K of the post-annealed film separate distinctly. Since Cu{sup 1+} ion has a filled 3d band, the RT-FM in as-deposited Cu-doped ZnO thin films may stem solely from intrinsic defects, while that in post-annealed films is enhanced due to the presence of CuO crystallites.

  6. Transparent conducting Si-codoped Al-doped ZnO thin films prepared by magnetron sputtering using Al-doped ZnO powder targets containing SiC

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    Nomoto, Jun-ichi; Miyata, Toshihiro; Minami, Tadatsugu

    2009-07-15

    Transparent conducting Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films codoped with Si, or Si-codoped AZO (AZO:Si), were prepared by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering using a powder mixture of ZnO, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and SiC as the target; the Si content (Si/[Si+Zn] atomic ratio) was varied from 0 to 1 at. %, but the Al content (Al/[Al+Zn] atomic ratio) was held constant. To investigate the effect of carbon on the electrical properties of AZO:Si thin films prepared using the powder targets containing SiC, the authors also prepared thin films using a mixture of ZnO, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and SiO{sub 2} or SiO powders as the target. They found that when AZO:Si thin films were deposited on glass substrates at about 200 degree sign C, both Al and Si doped into ZnO acted as effective donors and the atomic carbon originating from the sputtered target acted as a reducing agent. As a result, sufficient improvement was obtained in the spatial distribution of resistivity on the substrate surface in AZO:Si thin films prepared with a Si content (Si/[Si+Zn] atomic ratio) of 0.75 at. % using powder targets containing SiC. The improvement in resistivity distribution was mainly attributed to increases in both carrier concentration and Hall mobility at locations on the substrate corresponding to the target erosion region. In addition, the resistivity stability of AZO: Si thin films exposed to air for 30 min at a high temperature was found to improve with increasing Si content.

  7. Tuning of structural, optical, and magnetic properties of ultrathin and thin ZnO nanowire arrays for nano device applications

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    2014-01-01

    One-dimensional (1-D) ultrathin (15 nm) and thin (100 nm) aligned 1-D (0001) and (0001¯) oriented zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowire (NW) arrays were fabricated on copper substrates by one-step electrochemical deposition inside the pores of polycarbonate membranes. The aspect ratio dependence of the compressive stress because of the lattice mismatch between NW array/substrate interface and crystallite size variations is investigated. X-ray diffraction results show that the polycrystalline ZnO NWs have a wurtzite structure with a = 3.24 Å, c = 5.20 Å, and [002] elongation. HRTEM and SAED pattern confirmed the polycrystalline nature of ultrathin ZnO NWs and lattice spacing of 0.58 nm. The crystallite size and compressive stress in as-grown 15- and 100-nm wires are 12.8 nm and 0.2248 GPa and 22.8 nm and 0.1359 GPa, which changed to 16.1 nm and 1.0307 GPa and 47.5 nm and 1.1677 GPa after annealing at 873 K in ultrahigh vacuum (UHV), respectively. Micro-Raman spectroscopy showed that the increase in E2 (high) phonon frequency corresponds to much higher compressive stresses in ultrathin NW arrays. The minimum-maximum magnetization magnitude for the as-grown ultrathin and thin NW arrays are approximately 8.45 × 10−3 to 8.10 × 10−3 emu/g and approximately 2.22 × 10−7 to 2.190 × 10−7 emu/g, respectively. The magnetization in 15-nm NW arrays is about 4 orders of magnitude higher than that in the 100 nm arrays but can be reduced greatly by the UHV annealing. The origin of ultrathin and thin NW array ferromagnetism may be the exchange interactions between localized electron spin moments resulting from oxygen vacancies at the surfaces of ZnO NWs. The n-type conductivity of 15-nm NW array is higher by about a factor of 2 compared to that of the 100-nm ZnO NWs, and both can be greatly enhanced by UHV annealing. The ability to tune the stresses and the structural and relative occupancies of ZnO NWs in a wide range by annealing has

  8. Cotton Fabric Surface Modification by Sol-Gel Deposition of ZnO Thin Films

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    Vihodceva, S.; Kukle, S.

    2012-08-01

    One of the main tasks of research is to impact the additional value on natural textiles by adding to them ultraviolet (UV) absorption and antimicrobial protection properties with ZnO nano-level coatings. ZnO shows high absorption in the UV region of the light spectrum, in comparison with organic absorbers conventionally used in the textile industry shows no significant degradation, is stable and classified as non-toxic material. Nanosols were prepared by using the sol-gel process. In this work comparison of samples coated by nanosols with zinc acetate (Zn (CH3COO)2-2H2O) and zinc sulphate (ZnSO4) was made. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to examine the nature of the surface modification with ZnO coating by the sol-gel technique as also after exploitation of samples; energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy was used for the analysis of elemental composition of coated fabric samples.

  9. Effect of thermal annealing on properties of polycrystalline ZnO thin films

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    Gritsenko, L. V.; Abdullin, Kh. A.; Gabdullin, M. T.; Kalkozova, Zh. K.; Kumekov, S. E.; Mukash, Zh. O.; Sazonov, A. Yu.; Terukov, E. I.

    2017-01-01

    Electrical properties (density, carriers mobility, resistivity), optical absorption and photoluminescence spectra of ZnO, grown by MOCVD and hydrothermal methods, have been investigated depending on the annealing and treatment modes in a hydrogen plasma. It has been shown that the electrical and photoluminescent (PL) properties of ZnO are strongly dependent on gas atmosphere during annealing. The annealing in oxygen atmosphere causes a sharp drop of carrier mobility and films conductivity due to the absorption of oxygen on grain boundaries. The process of ZnO electrical properties recovery by the thermal annealing in inert atmosphere (nitrogen), in oil (2×10-2 mbar) and oil-free (1×10-5 mbar) vacuum has been investigated. The hydrogen plasma treatment influence on the intensity of near-band-gap emission (NBE) has been studied. The effect of annealing and subsequent plasma treatment on PL intensity depends on the gas atmosphere of preliminary thermal annealing.

  10. Near infrared ray annealing effects on the properties of Al-doped ZnO thin films prepared by spin-coating method.

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    Jun, Min-Chul; Park, Sang-Uk; Chae, Moon-Soon; Shin, Dong-Jin; Ha, Jae-Geun; Koo, Sang-Mo; Lee, Kyung-Ju; Moon, Byung-Moo; Song, Chi-Young; Koh, Jung-Hyuk

    2013-09-01

    In this research, we will present Al doped ZnO thin films for transparent conducting oxide applications. Aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films have been deposited on the glass substrates by sol-gel spin-coating method using zinc acetate dehydrate (Zn(CH3COO)2 2H2O) and aluminum chloride hexahydrate (AlCl3 x 6H2O) as cation sources. In this study, we investigated the effects of near infrared ray (NIR) annealing on the structural, optical and electrical characteristics of the AZO thin films. The experimental results showed that AZO thin films have a hexagonal wurtzite crystal structure and had a good transmittance higher than 85% within the visible wavelength region. It was also found that the additional energy of NIR helps to improve the electrical properties of Al doped ZnO transparent conducting oxides.

  11. Microstructure and conduction behavior of BiFeO3 thin film deposited on Ge-doped ZnO

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    Raghavan, Chinnambedu Murugesan; Choi, Ji Ya; Kim, Sang Su

    2017-02-01

    BiFeO3 (BFO) thin films were deposited on a Ge-doped ZnO (GZO)/Si(100) and a Pt(111)/Ti/SiO2/Si(100) using a pulsed laser deposition technique. An improved crystal growth property was observed for the BFO thin film deposited on the GZO/Si(100). The BFO thin film, which was deposited on the (00 l) textured GZO/Si(100), exhibited preferred ( l00) orientated grains, while randomly orientated grains were observed for the thin film deposited on the Pt(111)/Ti/SiO2/Si(100). When compared with the Pt/BFO/Pt capacitor, the GZO/BFO/GZO capacitor exhibited improved conduction behaviors, such as a low leakage current density and high stability against electrical breakdown. From the J-E curves, conduction of the GZO/BFO/GZO and the Pt/BFO/Pt capacitors was found to be dominated by Ohmic and space charge limited conductions at low and high electric field, respectively.

  12. Synthesis and characteristics of Mg doped ZnO thin films: Experimental and ab-initio study

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    Rouchdi, M.; Salmani, E.; Fares, B.; Hassanain, N.; Mzerd, A.

    Structural and physical properties of Mg doped zinc oxide (MZO) thin films have been investigated. The samples have been synthesized using a simple spray pyrolysis technique. The hexagonal Wurtzite structured ZnO thin films were confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The morphology of the thin films was characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The optical properties were studied in details by using ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectrophotometry and Hall Effect measurements for electrical characteristic. The results detected by AFM indicate in a qualitative and quantitative manner how the surface properties (topography, roughness) vary with Mg concentration. The optical characterization showed that the transmittance of MZO thin films increased from 75 to about 90% and optical band gap energy from 3.20 to 3.43 (eV). The electrical properties study showed the lowest resistivity value was 3.45 × 10-2 (Ω·cm), which was obtained for the film doped with ZnO:Mg (2 at.%). In order to confirm our results on optical properties, the band structure of Wurtzite Zn1-xMgxO was calculated by ab initio calculations using the Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker (KKR) method combined with the coherent potential approximation (CPA).

  13. Highly transparent and conductive Al-doped ZnO nanoparticulate thin films using direct write processing.

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    Vunnam, S; Ankireddy, K; Kellar, J; Cross, W

    2014-05-16

    Solution processable Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films are attractive candidates for low cost transparent electrodes. We demonstrate here an optimized nanoparticulate ink for the fabrication of AZO thin films using scalable, low-cost direct write processing (ultrasonic spray deposition) in air at atmospheric pressure. The thin films were made via thermal processing of as-deposited films. AZO films deposited using the proposed nanoparticulate ink with further reducing in vacuum and rf plasma of forming gas exhibited optical transparency greater than 95% across the visible spectrum, and electrical resistivity of 0.5 Ω cm and it drops down to 7.0 × 10(-2) Ω cm after illuminating with UV light, which is comparable to commercially available tin doped indium oxide colloidal coatings. Various structural analyses were performed to investigate the influence of ink chemistry, deposition parameters, and annealing temperatures on the structural, optical, and electrical characteristics of the spray deposited AZO thin films. Optical micrographs confirmed the presence of surface defects and cracks using the AZO NPs ink without any additives. After adding N-(2-Aminoethyl)-3-aminopropylmethyldimethoxy silane to the ink, AZO films exhibited an optical transparency which was virtually identical to that of the plain glass substrate.

  14. Smart chemical sensors using ZnO semiconducting thin films for freshness detection of foods and beverages

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    Nanto, Hidehito; Kobayashi, Toshiki; Dougami, Naganori; Habara, Masaaki; Yamamoto, Hajime; Kusano, Eiji; Kinbara, Akira; Douguchi, Yoshiteru

    1998-07-01

    The sensitivity of the chemical sensor, based on the resistance change of Al2O3-doped and SnO2-doped ZnO (ZnO:Al and ZnO:SnO2) thin film, is studied for exposure to various gases. It is found that the ZnO:Al and ZnO:Sn thin film chemical sensor has a high sensitivity and excellent selectivity for amine (TMA and DMA) gas and ethanol gas, respectively. The ZnO:Al (5.0 wt%) thin film chemical sensor which exhibit a high sensitivity for exposure to odors from rotten sea foods, such as salmon, sea bream, oyster, squid and sardine, responds to the freshness change of these sea foods. The ZnO:SnO2 (78 wt%) thin film chemical sensor which exhibit a high sensitivity for exposure to aroma from alcohols, such as wine, Japanese sake, and whisky, responds to the freshness change of these alcohols.

  15. Thin film epitaxy and structure property correlations for non-polar ZnO films

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    Pant, Punam; Budai, John D; Aggarwal, R; Narayan, Roger; Narayan, Jagdish

    2009-01-01

    Heteroepitaxial growth and strain relaxation were investigated in non-polar a-plane (11-20)ZnO films grown on r-plane (10-12)sapphire substrates in the temperature range 200-700 C by pulsed laser deposition. The lattice misfit in the plane of the film for this orientation varied from -1.26% in [0001] to ?18.52% in the [-1100] direction. The alignment of (11-20)ZnO planes parallel to (10-12)sapphire planes was confirmed by X-ray diffraction {theta}-2{theta} scans over the entire temperature range. X-ray {psi}-scans revealed the epitaxial relationship:[0001]ZnO[-1101]sap; [-1100]ZnO[-1-120]sap. Depending on the growth temperature, variations in the structural, optical and electrical properties were observed in the grown films. Room temperature photoluminescence for films grown at 700 C shows a strong band-edge emission. The ratio of the band-edge emission to green band emission is 135:1, indicating reduced defects and excellent optical quality of the films. The resistivity data for the films grown at 700 C shows semiconducting behavior with room temperature resistivity of 2.2 x 10{sup -3} {Omega}-cm.

  16. Local order origin of thermal stability enhancement in amorphous Ag doping GeTe

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    Xu, L.; Li, Y.; Yu, N. N.; Zhong, Y. P.; Miao, X. S.

    2015-01-19

    We demonstrate the impacts of Ag doping on the local atomic structure of amorphous GeTe phase-change material. The variations of phonon vibrational modes, boding nature, and atomic structure are shown by Raman, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and ab initio calculation. Combining the experiments and simulations, we observe that the number of Ge atoms in octahedral site decreases and that in tetrahedral site increases. This modification in local order of GeTe originating from the low valence element will affect the crystallization behavior of amorphous GeTe, which is verified by differential scanning calorimetry and transmission electron microscope results. This work not only gives the analysis on the structural change of GeTe with Ag dopants but also provides a method to enhance the thermal stability of amorphous phase-change materials for memory and brain-inspired computing applications.

  17. Formaldehyde degradation by photocatalytic Ag-doped TiO2 film of glass fiber roving.

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    Ubolchonlakate, Kornkanok; Sikong, Lek; Tontai, Tienchai

    2010-11-01

    The photocatalytic Ag doped TiO2 porous films were prepared by sol-gel method and dip coated on glass fiber roving. The sol composed of titanium (IV) isopropoxide, triethanolamine, ethanol and nitric acid followed by calcination of the film at 500 degrees C for 1 hour with a heating rate of 3 degrees C/min. The surface morphology and properties of synthesized TiO2 films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, atomic forced microscope and scanning electron microscope. A laboratory photocatalytic reactor was set up to carry out photoactivity of the prepared catalysts. The results show that TiO2-Ag and TiO2-Ag-TEA porous films give highest rate of formaldehyde gas degradation. It can be noted that triethanolamine exhibits two effects on TiO2 composite films; one is its effect on porous film structure and second is a reverse effect of hindrance of anatase growth.

  18. Atomic-layer-deposition-assisted ZnO nanoparticles for oxide charge-trap memory thin-film transistors.

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    Seo, Gi Ho; Yun, Da Jeong; Lee, Won Ho; Yoon, Sung Min

    2017-02-17

    ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) with monolayer structures were prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD) to use for a charge-trap layer (CTL) for nonvolatile memory thin-film transistors (MTFTs). The optimum ALD temperature of the NP formation was demonstrated to be 160 °C. The size and areal density of the ZnO NPs was estimated to be approximately 33 nm and 4.8 × 10(9) cm(-2), respectively, when the number of ALD cycles was controlled to be 20. The fabricated MTFTs using a ZnO-NP CTL exhibited typical memory window properties, which are generated by charge-trap/de-trap processes, in their transfer characteristics and the width of the memory window (MW) increased from 0.6 to 18.0 V when the number of ALD cycles increased from 5 to 30. The program characteristics of the MTFT were markedly enhanced by the post-annealing process performed at 180 °C in an oxygen ambient due to the improvements in the interface and bulk qualities of the ZnO NPs. The program/erase (P/E) speed was estimated to be 10 ms at P/E voltages of -14 and 17 V. The memory margin showed no degradation with the lapse in retention time for 2 × 10(4) s and after the repetitive P/E operations of 7 × 10(3) cycles.

  19. Optical and electrical properties of ZnO nanocrystal thin films passivated by atomic layer deposited Al2O3

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    Choi, Ji-Hyuk; Kim, Jungwoo; Oh, Soong Ju; Kim, Daekyoung; Kim, Yong-Hoon; Chae, Heeyeop; Kim, Hyoungsub

    2016-07-01

    While colloidal semiconductor nanocrystal (NC) is preferred for use in solution-based optoelectronic devices, the large number of surface defects associated with its high surface-to-volume ratio degrades the optimal performance of NC-based devices due to the extensive trapping of free carriers available for charge transport. Here, we studied a simple and effective strategy to control the degree of passivation and doping level of solution-deposited ZnO NC films by infilling with ultra-thin Al2O3 using an atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique. According to various spectroscopic, microstructural, and electrical analyses, the ALD-Al2O3 treatment dramatically reduced the number of surface trap states with high ambient stability while simultaneously supplied excess carriers probably via a remote doping mechanism. As a consequence, the field-effect transistors built using the ZnO NC films with ALD-Al2O3 treatment for an optimal number of cycles exhibited significantly enhanced charge transport.

  20. Photoluminescence Characteristics of Pulsed Laser Deposited ZnO Thin Films Grown in Nitrogen/Oxygen Ambients

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    Thomas, M. A.; Cui, J. B.; Soo, Y. C.; Kandel, H.; Chen, T. P.; Daghlian, C. P.

    2009-03-01

    ZnO thin films were grown by pulsed laser deposition using a Zn target in different atmospheres. The samples were characterized by SEM, XRD, EDX, and temperature dependent photoluminescence (PL) measurements. The growth conditions were varied sequentially from a pure oxygen to a pure nitrogen atmosphere, and the resulting changes of the material properties were investigated. The presence of nitrogen during growth was found to have a strong impact on the materials. Samples grown with higher nitrogen concentrations showed weak PL characteristics at room temperature as well as a small temperature dependence of the near band edge emission. At temperatures below 40 K, a sharp and pronounced emission peak was present at 3.362 eV. In an attempt to understand the PL characteristics, the samples were annealed in both pure oxygen and pure nitrogen environments at 600 C. The samples grown with large nitrogen ratios exhibited a strong dependence on the annealing atmosphere; those annealed in nitrogen showed a strong increase in emissions in the 3.362 eV range compared to the same samples annealed in oxygen. In addition, the defect emissions of the samples were strongly affected by the presence of nitrogen during annealing. The possible role of nitrogen in ZnO growth and annealing is discussed.

  1. Visible tunable lighting system based on polymer composites embedding ZnO and metallic clusters: from colloids to thin films

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    Truong, Thai Giang; Dierre, Benjamin; Grasset, Fabien; Saito, Noriko; Saito, Norio; Nguyen, Thi Kim Ngan; Takahashi, Kohsei; Uchikoshi, Tetsuo; Amela-Cortes, Marian; Molard, Yann; Cordier, Stéphane; Ohashi, Naoki

    2016-01-01

    Abstract The development of phosphor devices free of heavy metal or rare earth elements is an important issue for environmental reasons and energy efficiency. Different mixtures of ZnO nanocrystals with Cs2Mo6I8(OOC2F5)6 cluster compound (CMIF) dispersed into polyvinylpyrrolidone matrix have been prepared by very simple and low cost solution chemistry. The resulting solutions have been used to fabricate highly transparent and luminescent films by dip coating free of heavy metal or rare earth elements. The luminescence properties of solution and dip-coated films were investigated. The luminescence of such a system is strongly dependent on the ratios between ZnO and CMIF amounts, the excitation wavelength and the nature of the system. By varying these two parameters (ratio and wavelength), a large variety of colors, from blue to red as well as white, can be achieved. In addition, differences in the luminescence properties have been observed between solutions and thin films as well as changes of CMIF emission band maximum wavelength. This may suggest some possible interactions between the different luminophore centers, such as energy transfer or ligands exchange on the Mo6 clusters. PMID:27877895

  2. The high temperature photoluminescence and optical absorption of undoped ZnO single crystals and thin films

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    Margueron, Samuel; Clarke, David R.

    2014-11-21

    The photoluminescence of undoped ZnO single crystals up to 1350 °C and the optical absorption of stress-relaxed, epitaxial ZnO thin films up to 1100 °C are reported. The photoluminescence intensity and power dependence with illumination flux are related to the crystal growth methods and stabilize after high temperature annealing. The observation of excitonic recombination at very high temperatures requires high illumination flux. It is found that the zero phonon line model reproduces the shift and the band gap narrowing as well as the free excitonic transition up to the cross-over with a defect level at 2.83 eV that occurs at 800 °C. A phenomenological model of the excitonic recombination band shape, taking account exciton-phonon losses and defect levels provides an excellent fit up to 2.2–2.4 eV (1100 °C). At these cross-over temperatures, an energy transfer is observed between the free exciton transition and defect transitions. However, at temperature above 1100 °C, the decrease of the band gap and the increase of thermal radiation, as well as the restrictions of our experimental set-up and particularly the illumination flux of the exciting laser, limit the analysis of the photoluminescence spectra measurements.

  3. Characterization of spray-deposited ZnO thin films for dye-sensitized solar cell application

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    Amala Rani, A.; Ernest, Suhashini

    2016-07-01

    ZnO films have been prepared on glass plates with concentrations of 0.025, 0.05 and 0.1 M each consisting of 50 ml of solution using the spray pyrolysis technique. A dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) was constructed by means of the obtained film for 0.1 M which was also coated above the ITO substrate. N-719, iodide and platinum-coated ITO glass plates were used as the dye, electrolyte and counter electrode, respectively. XRD confirms that the structure of the film was polycrystalline having wurtzite structure. The surface with pores was found from the FESEM studies. The DSSC shows an optical transmittance of approximately 70 % in the visible region. The photoluminescence study reveals the electronic structure of the material. The efficiency of the DSSC measured for a 0.1 M ZnO thin film by sensitizing every 2 h was η = 0.51, 0.80, 0.54, 1.12, 2.11, 2.71, 3.15 and 3.20 %, respectively.

  4. Low-temperature growth and physical investigations of undoped and (In, Co) doped ZnO thin films sprayed on PEI flexible substrate

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    Ben Ameur, S.; Barhoumi, A.; Mimouni, R.; Amlouk, M.; Guermazi, H.

    2015-08-01

    ZnO thin films were deposited on polymer substrate Polyethyerimide (PEI) at 250 °C by spray pyrolysis technique. The effects of different doping elements (Co and In) on physical properties of ZnO thin films were investigated. Thin film characterizations were carried out using X-ray diffraction technique, UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopy, Photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and the contact angle measurement method. XRD measurement showed a successful growth of crystalline films on polymer substrate at low temperature by the spray pyrolysis process. XRD patterns revealed that all films consist of single ZnO phase and were well crystallized with preferential orientation towards (1 0 1) direction. Doping by cobalt has effective role in the enhancement of the crystalline quality, increases in the band gap according to Burstein Moss effect. Doping with indium leads rather to the decrease of both crystallinity and optical band gap energy value. Photoluminescence of the films showed UV emission (NBE) and visible emission related to defects. The contact angles were measured to study the effect of various doping elements on the hydrophobicity of the film depending on surface roughness. Results showed strong dependence on the doping element. In fact, doping with cobalt element increases the roughness of ZnO films and reinforces the surface from hydrophilic to hydrophobic (θ > 90°).

  5. Quantum corrections to temperature dependent electrical conductivity of ZnO thin films degenerately doped with Si

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    Das, Amit K. Ajimsha, R. S.; Kukreja, L. M.

    2014-01-27

    ZnO thin films degenerately doped with Si (Si{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O) in the concentrations range of ∼0.5% to 5.8% were grown by sequential pulsed laser deposition on sapphire substrates at 400 °C. The temperature dependent resistivity measurements in the range from 300 to 4.2 K revealed negative temperature coefficient of resistivity (TCR) for the 0.5%, 3.8%, and 5.8% doped Si{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O films in the entire temperature range. On the contrary, the Si{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O films with Si concentrations of 1.0%, 1.7%, and 2.0% showed a transition from negative to positive TCR with increasing temperature. These observations were explained using weak localization based quantum corrections to conductivity.

  6. Wide-bandgap high-mobility ZnO thin-film transistors produced at room temperature

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    Fortunato, Elvira M.C.; Barquinha, Pedro M.C.; Pimentel, Ana C.M.B.G.; Goncalves, Alexandra M.F.; Marques, Antonio J.S.; Martins, Rodrigo F.P.; Pereira, Luis M.N.

    2004-09-27

    We report high-performance ZnO thin-film transistor (ZnO-TFT) fabricated by rf magnetron sputtering at room temperature with a bottom gate configuration. The ZnO-TFT operates in the enhancement mode with a threshold voltage of 19 V, a saturation mobility of 27 cm{sup 2}/V s, a gate voltage swing of 1.39 V/decade and an on/off ratio of 3x10{sup 5}. The ZnO-TFT presents an average optical transmission (including the glass substrate) of 80% in the visible part of the spectrum. The combination of transparency, high mobility, and room-temperature processing makes the ZnO-TFT a very promising low-cost optoelectronic device for the next generation of invisible and flexible electronics.

  7. Effect of annealing on structural and optical properties of sol-gel prepared Cd doped ZnO thin films

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    Sahoo, Guruprasad Jain, Mahaveer K.; Meher, S. R.

    2015-06-24

    Zn{sub 1-x}Cd{sub x}O thin films have been prepared by sol-gel spin coating method. Structural analysis shows that the Cd substitution into the wutrzite ZnO lattice is achieved up to about 20 mol %. The optical band gap is found to decrease with the increase in Cd content. Increase in the annealing temperature up to a certain critical temperature leads to band gap narrowing because of the proper substitution of Zn by Cd and thereafter the band gap increases due to Cd re-evaporation from the lattice sites. This critical temperature lowers down with the increase in Cd doping concentration. The resistivity decreases with the increase in Cd content and increases with the increase in annealing temperature.

  8. Influence of baking method and baking temperature on the optical properties of ZnO thin films

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    Ng, Zi-Neng; Chan, Kah-Yoong

    2015-04-24

    In this work, sol-gel spin coating technique was utilised to coat ZnO thin films on glass substrates. During the intermediate 3 minutes baking process, either hotplate or convection oven was employed to bake the samples. The temperature for the baking process was varied from 150°C to 300°C for both instruments. Avantes Optical Spectrophotometer was used to characterise the optical property. The optical transmittances of hotplate-baked and oven-baked samples showed different trends with increasing baking temperatures, ranging from below 50% transmittance to over 90% transmittance in the visible range of wavelength. The difference in baking mechanisms using hotplate and convection oven will be discussed in this paper.

  9. Effect of annealing on the properties of Sb doped ZnO thin films prepared by spray pyrolysis technique

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

    2014-01-28

    Sb doped ZnO thin films have been deposited on glass substrate at 450°C using spray pyrolysis technique. The X-ray diffraction studies revealed that the as deposited films are polycrystalline in nature with (100) preferred orientation. Whereas the films annealed at 450° C for 6h show a preferential orientation along (101) direction. Crystallites size varies from 15.7 nm to 34.95 nm with annealing duration. The Scanning electron microscopic analysis shows the plane and smooth surface of the films. The optical properties of annealed films have shown a variation in the band gap between 3.37 eV and 3.19 eV. Transparency of as grown and annealed films decreases from 78 % to 65% respectively in the visible region. The electrical conductivity of the as grown film shows an increase in the electrical conductivity by one order of magnitude with increase in the annealing duration.

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

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

    2007-03-01

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

  11. X-ray absorption spectroscopy of Mn doped ZnO thin films prepared by rf sputtering technique

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    Yadav, Ashok Kumar; Jha, S. N.; Bhattacharyya, D.; Haque, Sk Maidul; Shukla, Dinesh; Choudhary, Ram Janay

    2015-11-15

    A set of r.f. sputter deposited ZnO thin films prepared with different Mn doping concentrations have been characterised by Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) and X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy (XANES) measurements at Zn, Mn and O K edges and at Mn L{sub 2,3} edges apart from long range structural characterisation by Grazing Incident X-ray Diffraction (GIXRD) technique. Magnetic measurements show room temperature ferromagnetism in samples with lower Mn doping which is however, gets destroyed at higher Mn doping concentration. The results of the magnetic measurements have been explained using the local structure information obtained from EXAFS and XANES measurements.

  12. Effects of Al concentration on microstructural characteristics and electrical properties of Al-doped ZnO thin films on Si substrates by atomic layer deposition.

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    Lee, Ju Ho; Lee, Jae-Won; Hwang, Sooyeon; Kim, Sang Yun; Cho, Hyung Koun; Lee, Jeong Yong; Park, Jin-Seong

    2012-07-01

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films with various Al concentrations were synthesized on Si(001) substrates with native oxide layers by atomic layer deposition process. The effects of the Al concentration on the microstructural characteristics of the AZO thin films grown at 250 degrees C and the correlation between their microstructural characteristics and electrical properties of the AZO thin films were investigated by AFM, XRD, HRTEM and Hall measurements. The XRD and HRTEM results revealed that the crystallinity and electrical properties of the undoped ZnO thin films were enhanced by 2.48 at% Al doping. However, 12.62 at% Al doping induced the deterioration of their crystallinity and electrical properties due to the formation of nano-sized metallic Al clusters and randomly oriented ZnO-based nano-crystals. To enhance the electrical properties of the AZO thin films while maintaining their crystallinity and electrical properties, a moderate Al concentration has to be chosen under the solubility limit of Al in ZnO.

  13. Electrical Characterization of Zn and ZnO Nanowires Grown on PEDOT:PSS Conductive Polymer Thin Films by Physical Vapor Deposition

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    Chamberlin, Matthew; Constantin, Costel

    2011-10-01

    Physical vapor deposition (PVD) techniques offer tremendous possibilities for easy fabrication of nanostructure arrays for use in thin film electronics. In this study we examine inorganic/organic heterojunctions produced by growing conductive Zn and semiconductive ZnO nanowire arrays on organic conductive PEDOT:PSS polymer thin films using simple and cost-effective PVD methods. Understanding the electrical properties of these hybrid films are of particular interest for applications in organic electronics. However, traditional systems for measuring conductivity and resistivity of thin films by the Van Der Pauw method prove problematic when dealing with soft polymeric surfaces. We present here electrical studies of ZnO- and Zn-nanowire/PEDOT:PSS heterojunctions using a modified 2-point probe method constructed from inexpensive and easily available materials.

  14. Electrodeposition of Mg doped ZnO thin film for the window layer of CIGS solar cell

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    Wang, Mang; Yi, Jie; Yang, Sui; Cao, Zhou; Huang, Xiaopan; Li, Yuanhong; Li, Hongxing; Zhong, Jianxin

    2016-09-01

    Mg doped ZnO (ZMO) film with the tunable bandgap can adjust the conduction band offset of the window/chalcopyrite absorber heterointerface to positive to reduce the interface recombination and resulting in an increasement of chalcopyrite based solar cell efficiency. A systematic study of the effect of the electrodeposition potential on morphology, crystalline structure, crystallographic orientation and optical properties of ZMO films was investigated. It is interestingly found that the prepared doped samples undergo a significant morphological change induced by the deposition potential. With negative shift of deposition potential, an obvious morphology evolution from nanorod structrue to particle covered films was observed. A possible growth mechanism for explaining the morphological change is proposed and briefly discussed. The combined optical techniques including absorption, transmission and photoluminescence were used to study the obtained ZMO films deposited at different potential. The sample deposited at -0.9 V with the hexagonal nanorods morphology shows the highest optical transparency of 92%. The photoluminescence spectra reveal that the crystallization of the hexagonal nanorod ZMO thin film deoposited at -0.9 V is much better than the particles covered ZMO thin film. Combining the structural and optical properties analysis, the obtained normal hexagonal nanorod ZMO thin film could potentially be useful in nanostructured chalcopyrite solar cells to improve the device performance.

  15. Enhanced Performance in Al-Doped ZnO Based Transparent Flexible Transparent Thin-Film Transistors Due to Oxygen Vacancy in ZnO Film with Zn-Al-O Interfaces Fabricated by Atomic Layer Deposition.

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    Li, Yang; Yao, Rui; Wang, Huanhuan; Wu, Xiaoming; Wu, Jinzhu; Wu, Xiaohong; Qin, Wei

    2017-04-05

    Highly conductive and optical transparent Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin film composed of ZnO with a Zn-Al-O interface was fabricated by thermal atomic layer deposition (ALD) method. The as-prepared AZO thin film exhibits excellent electrical and optical properties with high stability and compatibility with temperature-sensitive flexible photoelectronic devices; film resistivity is as low as 5.7 × 10(-4) Ω·cm, the carrier concentration is high up to 2.2 × 10(21) cm(-3). optical transparency is greater than 80% in a visible range, and the growth temperature is below 150 °C on the PEN substrate. Compared with the conventional AZO film containing by a ZnO-Al2O3 interface, we propose that the underlying mechanism of the enhanced electrical conductivity for the current AZO thin film is attributed to the oxygen vacancies deficiency derived from the free competitive growth mode of Zn-O and Al-O bonds in the Zn-Al-O interface. The flexible transparent transistor based on this AZO electrode exhibits a favorable threshold voltage and Ion/Ioff ratio, showing promising for use in high-resolution, fully transparent, and flexible display applications.

  16. Evolution of dielectric function of Al-doped ZnO thin films with thermal annealing: effect of band gap expansion and free-electron absorption.

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    Li, X D; Chen, T P; Liu, Y; Leong, K C

    2014-09-22

    Evolution of dielectric function of Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films with annealing temperature is observed. It is shown that the evolution is due to the changes in both the band gap and the free-electron absorption as a result of the change of free-electron concentration of the AZO thin films. The change of the electron concentration could be attributed to the activation of Al dopant and the creation/annihilation of the donor-like defects like oxygen vacancy in the thin films caused by annealing.

  17. Thin film transistors with wurtzite ZnO channels grown on Si3N4/SiO2/Si (111) substrates by pulsed laser deposition

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

    2010-03-01

    Thin Film Transistors (TFT) were made by growing ZnO on Si3N4/SiO2/Si (111) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope studies revealed the ZnO to have a polycrystalline wurtzite structure with a smooth surface, good crystallographic quality and a strong preferential c-axis orientation. Transmission studies in similar ZnO layers on glass substrates showed high transmission over the whole visible spectrum. Electrical measurements of a back gate geometry FET showed an enhancement-mode response with hard saturation, mA range Id and a VON ~ 0V. When scaled down, such TFTs may be of interest for high frequency applications.

  18. Dual role of boron in improving electrical performance and device stability of low temperature solution processed ZnO thin film transistors

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    Gandla, Srinivas; Gollu, Sankara Rao; Sharma, Ramakant; Sarangi, Venkateshwarlu; Gupta, Dipti

    2015-10-12

    In this paper, we have demonstrated the dual role of boron doping in enhancing the device performance parameters as well as the device stability in low temperatures (200 °C) sol-gel processed ZnO thin film transistors (TFTs). Our studies suggest that boron is able to act as a carrier generator and oxygen vacancy suppressor simultaneously. Boron-doped ZnO TFTs with 8 mol. % of boron concentration demonstrated field-effect mobility value of 1.2 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1} and threshold voltage of 6.2 V, respectively. Further, these devices showed lower shift in threshold voltage during the hysteresis and bias stress measurements as compared to undoped ZnO TFTs.

  19. Galvanic deposition of nanocrystalline ZnO thin films from a ZnO-Zn(OH)(2) mixed phase precursor on p-Si substrate.

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    Mukherjee, N; Bhattacharyya, P; Banerjee, M; Mondal, A; Gettens, Robert T T; Ghosh, P K; Saha, H

    2006-05-28

    A galvanic technique for the deposition of ZnO thin films is reported. The depositions were carried out on p-type single-crystal silicon substrates at room temperature, from a solution of ZnSO(4), where the Zn rod acted as a sacrificing anode and p-Si was the cathode. The deposition of ZnO by this method is pH sensitive, and a pH between 4 and 5 is found to be optimum for film deposition. This deposition technique is simple, inexpensive and can be carried out at room temperature. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies revealed the nanocrystalline structure of the films. The resistivity of the annealed ZnO films was determined by the Van der Pauw measurement technique.

  20. Preparation and characterization of n-type conductive (Al, Co) co-doped ZnO thin films deposited by sputtering from aerogel nanopowders

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    El Mir, L.; Ayadi, Z. Ben; Saadoun, M.; Djessas, K.; von Bardeleben, H. J.; Alaya, S.

    2007-11-01

    Highly transparent, n-type conducting ZnO thin films were obtained by low temperature magnetron sputtering of (Co, Al) co-doped ZnO nanocrystalline aerogels. The nanoparticles of ˜30 nm size were synthesized by a sol-gel method using supercritical drying in ethyl alcohol. The structural, optical and electrical properties of the films were investigated. The ZnO films were polycrystalline textured, preferentially oriented with the (0 0 2) crystallographic direction normal to the film plane. The films show within the visible wavelength region an optical transmittance of more than 90% and a low electrical resistivity of 3.5 × 10 -4 Ω cm at room temperature.

  1. The role of Al, Ba, and Cd dopant elements in tailoring the properties of c-axis oriented ZnO thin films

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    Ali, Dilawar; Butt, M. Z.; Arif, Bilal; Al-Ghamdi, Ahmed A.; Yakuphanoglu, Fahrettin

    2017-02-01

    Highly c-axis oriented un-doped ZnO and Al-, Ba-, and Cd-doped ZnO thin films were successfully deposited on glass substrate employing sol-gel spin coating method. XRD analysis showed that all thin films possess hexagonal wurtzite structure with preferred orientation along c-axis. Field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) was used to study the morphology of thin films. The morphology consists of spherical and non-spherical shape grains. EDX analysis confirms the presence of O, Zn, Al, Ba, and Cd in the relevant thin films. The optical properties of thin films were studied using UV-Vis spectrometer. All thin films possess more than 85% optical transmittance in the visible region. Blue shift in optical band gap Eg has been observed on doping with Al, whereas doping with Ba and Cd resulted in red shift of Eg. Urbach energy Eu of all doped ZnO thin films was found to have excellent correlation with their band gap energy Eg. Moreover, Eg increases while Eu decreases on the increase in crystallite size D. Optical parameters Eg and Eu as well as structural parameters lattice strain and stacking fault probability also show excellent correlation with the B-factor or the mean-square amplitude of atomic vibrations of the dopant elements. Electrical conductivity measurement of the thin films was carried out using two-point probe method. The electrical conductivity was found to increase with the increase in crystallite orientation along c-axis.

  2. Structural, optical, and electrical properties of ZnO thin films deposited by sol-gel dip-coating process at low temperature

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    Kim, Soaram; Nam, Giwoong; Yoon, Hyunsik; Park, Hyunggil; Choi, Hyonkwang; Kim, Jong Su; Kim, Jin Soo; Kim, Do Yeob; Kim, Sung-O.; Leem, Jae-Young

    2014-07-01

    Sol-gel dip-coating was used to prepare ZnO thin films with relaxed residual stress by lowering the deposition temperature from room temperature (25°C) to -25°C. The effect of deposition temperature on the structural, optical, and electrical properties of the films was characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman spectroscopy, photoluminescence (PL), ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy and reflectance accessory, and the van der Pauw method. All the thin films were deposited successfully onto quartz substrates and exhibited fibrous root morphology. At low temperature, the deposition rate was higher than at room temperature (RT) because of enhanced viscosity of the films. Further, lowering the deposition temperature affected the structural, optical, and electrical properties of the ZnO thin films. The surface morphology, residual stress, PL properties, and optical transmittance and reflectance of the films were measured, and this information was used to determine the absorption coefficient, optical band gap, Urbach energy, refractive index, refractive index at infinite wavelength, extinction coefficient, single-oscillator energy, dispersion energy, average oscillator wavelength, moments M -1 and M -3, dielectric constant, optical conductivity, and electrical resistivity of the ZnO thin films.

  3. Impact of low temperature annealing on structural, optical, electrical and morphological properties of ZnO thin films grown by RF sputtering for photovoltaic applications

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    Purohit, Anuradha; Chander, S.; Sharma, Anshu; Nehra, S. P.; Dhaka, M. S.

    2015-11-01

    This paper presents effect of low temperature annealing on the physical properties of ZnO thin films for photovoltaic applications. The thin films of thickness 50 nm were grown on glass and indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates employing radio frequency magnetron sputtering technique followed by thermal annealing within low temperature range 150-450 °C. These as-grown and annealed films were subjected to the X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-Vis spectrophotometer, source meter and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for structural, optical, electrical and surface morphological analysis respectively. The compositional analysis of the as-grown ZnO film was also carried out using energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The XRD patterns reveal that the films have wurtzite structure of hexagonal phase with preferred orientation (1 0 0) and polycrystalline in nature. The crystallographic and optical parameters are calculated and discussed in detail. The optical band gap was found in the range 3.30-3.52 eV and observed to decrease with annealing temperature except 150 °C. The current-voltage characteristics show that the films exhibit approximately ohmic behavior. The SEM studies show that the films are uniform, homogeneous and free from crystal defects and voids. The experimental results reveal that ZnO thin films may be used as alternative materials for eco-friendly buffer layer to the thin film solar cell applications.

  4. High-performance staggered top-gate thin-film transistors with hybrid-phase microstructural ITO-stabilized ZnO channels

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    Deng, Sunbin; Chen, Rongsheng; Li, Guijun; Xia, Zhihe; Zhang, Meng; Zhou, Wei; Wong, Man; Kwok, Hoi-Sing

    2016-10-01

    In this paper, the ITO-stabilized ZnO thin films with a hybrid-phase microstructure were introduced, where a number of nanocrystals were embedded in an amorphous matrix. The microstructural and optical properties of thin films were investigated. It was found that the grain boundary and native defect issues in the pristine polycrystalline ZnO could be well suppressed. Meanwhile, such thin films also possessed relatively smooth surface and high transmittance in the visible range. Afterwards, the corresponding staggered top-gate thin-film transistors (TFTs) were fabricated at a temperature of 300 °C and exhibited fairly high electrical characteristics, especially with a field-effect mobility of nearly 20 cm2 V-1 s-1 and a subthreshold swing as low as 0.115 V/decade. In addition, the electrical uniformity and the stability of devices were also examined to be excellent. It is expected that the staggered top-gate TFTs with hybrid-phase microstructural ITO-stabilized ZnO channels are promising in the next-generation active-matrix flat panel displays.

  5. Optical and structural properties of electrochemically deposited ZnO nanorod arrays suitable for improvement of the light harvesting in thin film solar cells

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    Petrov, M.; Lovchinov, K.; Mews, M.; Leendertz, C.; Dimova-Malinovska, D.

    2014-11-01

    The results of study of the optical and structural properties of ZnO nanorods (NR) arrays electrochemically deposited on two type substrates - the ITO surface on the front side of Si heterojunction (SHJ) solar cells and on stainless steel plate used for formation of a-Si:H thin film solar cells, are reported. The surface morphology of the NS arrays is examined by Scanning Electron Microscopy and AFM. The spectra of specular diffused and total reflection, and haze ratio in reflectance are compared before and after deposition of the ZnO NR arrays. In the case of deposition on ITO surface of SHJ solar cells the values of the direct and diffused reflection of the ZnO NR array decrease demonstrating good antireflection properties. Deposition of ZnO NS arrays on stainless steel plates leads to increasing the values of the diffused reflection and the total reflectance. Possible application of ZnO NS structures for the processing of advanced Si based solar cells for increasing light harvesting is discussed.

  6. First Principles Investigation of Reversible Adsorption/ Desorption and Molecular Dissociation of CO2 on Ferroelectric PbTiO3 -supported ZnO Thin Films

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    Alawode, Babatunde; Kolpak, Alexie; Kolpak Group Team

    2015-03-01

    Applying an electric field across a ferroelectric changes its polarization direction. When epitaxial layers are grown on such materials, the polarization may induce new atomic configurations at the interface. In this paper, we use density functional theory calculations to demonstrate that this effect can be used to reversibly modify the surface chemistry of thin ZnO grown on ferroelectric PbTiO3 . We show that both the substrate polarization direction and the thickness of the ZnO film have a significant effect on the adsorption energy of CO2 and methanol, indicating that dynamic polarization switching could be used to minimize reaction barriers and/or enhance selectivity. As an example, we demonstrate a pathway for thermal CO2 dissociation over a single monolayer of ZnO on PbTiO3 with a predicted reaction rate several orders of magnitude higher than that over unsupported ZnO . Our results suggest that ferroelectric-supported ZnO , and dynamically tunable catalysts in general, could enable lower-energy approaches for CO2 conversion.

  7. Synthesis and Characterization of High c-axis ZnO Thin Film by Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition System and its UV Photodetector Application.

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    Chao, Chung-Hua; Wei, Da-Hua

    2015-10-03

    In this study, zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films with high c-axis (0002) preferential orientation have been successfully and effectively synthesized onto silicon (Si) substrates via different synthesized temperatures by using plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) system. The effects of different synthesized temperatures on the crystal structure, surface morphologies and optical properties have been investigated. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns indicated that the intensity of (0002) diffraction peak became stronger with increasing synthesized temperature until 400 (o)C. The diffraction intensity of (0002) peak gradually became weaker accompanying with appearance of (10-10) diffraction peak as the synthesized temperature up to excess of 400 (o)C. The RT photoluminescence (PL) spectra exhibited a strong near-band-edge (NBE) emission observed at around 375 nm and a negligible deep-level (DL) emission located at around 575 nm under high c-axis ZnO thin films. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) images revealed the homogeneous surface and with small grain size distribution. The ZnO thin films have also been synthesized onto glass substrates under the same parameters for measuring the transmittance. For the purpose of ultraviolet (UV) photodetector application, the interdigitated platinum (Pt) thin film (thickness ~100 nm) fabricated via conventional optical lithography process and radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering. In order to reach Ohmic contact, the device was annealed in argon circumstances at 450 (o)C by rapid thermal annealing (RTA) system for 10 min. After the systematic measurements, the current-voltage (I-V) curve of photo and dark current and time-dependent photocurrent response results exhibited a good responsivity and reliability, indicating that the high c-axis ZnO thin film is a suitable sensing layer for UV photodetector application.

  8. Temperature Dependent Thermal Conductivity and Elastic Properties of a-InGaZnO4 and a-In2Ga2ZnO7 Thin Films

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    Thompson, W. D.; White, B. E.

    2016-10-01

    Amorphous In-Ga-Zn-O is an important oxide semiconductor in advanced display technologies. Despite its importance, little has been reported on the thermal and elastic properties of this material. Here, the temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity, shear modulus, and internal friction of a-InGaZnO4 and a-In2Ga2ZnO7 films are presented. The thermal conductivity of a-In2Ga2ZnO7, measured from 100 K to room temperature, was found to be larger than that of a-InGaZnO4 over the entire temperature range. At room temperature the thermal conductivities were 1.9 W/m K and 1.4 W/m K for the a-In2Ga2ZnO7 and a-InGaZnO4 films, respectively. The shear modulus and internal friction of these films were measured in the temperature range of 340 mK to 65 K. At 4.2 K the shear modulus of the a-InGaZnO4 and a-In2 Ga2ZnO7 films was 44 GPa and 42 GPa, respectively. The internal friction of thin films at each composition exhibited a temperature dependence and magnitude that is in agreement with that observed in all amorphous solids. As the self-heating effect is of concern in the development of amorphous In-Ga-Zn-O based thin film transistors on low thermal conductivity substrates, a thermal model of such a device utilizing a-In2Ga2ZnO7 or a-InGaZnO4 as the active layer was explored. It was found that the temperature increase of the thin film transistor channel is essentially independent of the thermal conductivity of the active layer.

  9. Broadband light trapping based on periodically textured ZnO thin films

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    Liu, Bofei; Liang, Xuejiao; Liang, Junhui; Bai, Lisha; Gao, Haibo; Chen, Ze; Zhao, Ying; Zhang, Xiaodan

    2015-05-01

    Transparent conductive front electrodes (TCFEs) deployed in photovoltaic devices have been extensively studied for their significance in transporting carriers, coupling and trapping the incident photons in high-performing solar cells. The trade-off between the light-transmission, electrical, and scattering properties for TCFEs to achieve a broadband improvement in light absorption in solar cells while maintaining a high electrical performance has become the key issue to be tackled. In this paper, we employ self-assembled polystyrene (PS) spheres based on a sauna-like method as a template, followed by a double-layer deposition and then successfully fabricate highly-transparent, well-conductive, and large-scale periodically-textured ZnO TCFEs with broadband light trapping properties. A sheet resistance below 15 Ω sq-1 was achieved for the periodically-textured ZnO TCFEs, with a concomitant average transmission of 81% (including the glass substrate) in the 400-1100 nm spectral range, a haze improvement in a broadband spectral range, and a wider scattering angular domain. The proposed approach affords a promising alternative method to prepare periodically-textured TCFEs, which are essential for many optoelectronic device semiconductors, such as photovoltaic and display applications.Transparent conductive front electrodes (TCFEs) deployed in photovoltaic devices have been extensively studied for their significance in transporting carriers, coupling and trapping the incident photons in high-performing solar cells. The trade-off between the light-transmission, electrical, and scattering properties for TCFEs to achieve a broadband improvement in light absorption in solar cells while maintaining a high electrical performance has become the key issue to be tackled. In this paper, we employ self-assembled polystyrene (PS) spheres based on a sauna-like method as a template, followed by a double-layer deposition and then successfully fabricate highly-transparent, well

  10. Comparative Study of As-Deposited ZnO Thin Films by Thermal Evaporation, Pulsed Laser Deposition and RF Sputtering Methods for Electronic and Optoelectronic Applications

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    Vyas, Sumit; Giri, Pushpa; Singh, Shaivalini; Chakrabarti, P.

    2015-10-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films have been deposited on Si substrate and glass substrate using thermal evaporation, pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and radio-frequency (RF) sputtering methods. The structural, surface morphological, optical and electrical properties of ZnO thin films deposited by these three methods were investigated and compared systematically using x-ray diffractometer, atomic force microscopy, ellipsometric and current-voltage ( I- V) measurement. The ZnO films deposited by RF sputtering method were highly oriented along the (002) plane. The ZnO films grown by thermal evaporation and PLD methods exhibited a polycrystalline nature. The surface roughness was found to be the least and the transparency in the visible region was the highest for the films grown by the RF sputtering method as compared to the films grown by the other two methods. The I- V characteristics reveal that the Pd:Au/ZnO (RF-sputtered) Schottky contact exhibited a better value of ideality factor, series resistance and barrier height as compared to the values obtained for Pd:Au/ZnO (thermally evaporated and pulse laser-deposited) Schottky contacts. The optical bandgap was found to be almost the same for the films grown by all three methods and was estimated to be around 3.2 eV.

  11. A Low Temperature, Solution-Processed Poly(4-vinylphenol), YO(x) Nanoparticle Composite/Polysilazane Bi-Layer Gate Insulator for ZnO Thin Film Transistor.

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    Shin, Hyeonwoo; Kang, Chan-Mo; Chae, Hyunsik; Kim, Hyun-Gwan; Baek, Kyu-Ha; Choi, Hyoung Jin; Park, Man-Young; Do, Lee-Mi; Lee, Changhee

    2016-03-01

    Low temperature, solution-processed metal oxide thin film transistors (MEOTFTs) have been widely investigated for application in low-cost, transparent, and flexible electronics. To enlarge the application area, solution-processed gate insulators (GI) have been investigated in recent years. We investigated the effects of the organic/inorganic bi-layer GI to ZnO thin film transistors (TFTs). PVP, YO(x) nanoparticle composite, and polysilazane bi-layer showed low leakage current (-10(-8) A/cm2 in 2 MV), which are applicable in low temperature processed MEOTFTs. Polysilazane was used as an interlayer between ZnO and PVP, YO(x) nanoparticle composite as a good charge transport interface with ZnO. By applying the PVP, YO(x), nanoparticle composite/polysilazane bi-layer structure to ZnO TFTs, we successfully suppressed the off current (I(off)) to -10(-11) and fabricated good MEOTFTs in 180 degrees C.

  12. Improved Resistance Switching Stability in Fe-Doped ZnO Thin Films Through Pulsed Magnetic Field Annealing.

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    Xu, Hongtao; Wu, Changjin; Xiahou, Zhao; Jung, Ranju; Li, Ying; Liu, Chunli

    2017-12-01

    Five percent of Fe-doped ZnO (ZnO:Fe) thin films were deposited on Pt/TiO2/SiO2/Si substrates by a spin-coating method. The films were annealed without (ZnO:Fe-0T) and with a pulsed magnetic field of 4 T (ZnO:Fe-4TP) to investigate the magnetic annealing effect on the resistance switching (RS) behavior of the Pt/ZnO:Fe/Pt structures. Compared with the ZnO:Fe-0T film, the ZnO:Fe-4TP film showed improved RS performance regarding the stability of the set voltage and the resistance of the high resistance state. Transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses revealed that the ZnO:Fe-4TP film contains more uniform grains and a higher density of oxygen vacancies, which promote the easier formation of conducting filaments along similar paths and the stability of switching parameters. These results suggest that external magnetic fields can be used to prepare magnetic oxide thin films with improved resistance switching performance for memory device applications.

  13. Improved Resistance Switching Stability in Fe-Doped ZnO Thin Films Through Pulsed Magnetic Field Annealing

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    Xu, Hongtao; Wu, Changjin; Xiahou, Zhao; Jung, Ranju; Li, Ying; Liu, Chunli

    2017-03-01

    Five percent of Fe-doped ZnO (ZnO:Fe) thin films were deposited on Pt/TiO2/SiO2/Si substrates by a spin-coating method. The films were annealed without (ZnO:Fe-0T) and with a pulsed magnetic field of 4 T (ZnO:Fe-4TP) to investigate the magnetic annealing effect on the resistance switching (RS) behavior of the Pt/ZnO:Fe/Pt structures. Compared with the ZnO:Fe-0T film, the ZnO:Fe-4TP film showed improved RS performance regarding the stability of the set voltage and the resistance of the high resistance state. Transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses revealed that the ZnO:Fe-4TP film contains more uniform grains and a higher density of oxygen vacancies, which promote the easier formation of conducting filaments along similar paths and the stability of switching parameters. These results suggest that external magnetic fields can be used to prepare magnetic oxide thin films with improved resistance switching performance for memory device applications.

  14. Investigation of the biaxial stress of Al-doped ZnO thin films on a flexible substrate with RF magnetron sputtering

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    Huang, Kuo-Ting; Chen, Hsi-Chao; Cheng, Po-Wei; Chang, Jhe-Ming

    2016-01-01

    Transparent conductive Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films were deposited onto poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) substrate, using the radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering method. The residual stress of flexible electronics was investigated by a double beam shadow moiré interferometer with phase shifting interferometry (PSI). Moreover, the biaxial stress of AZO thin films can be graphically represented by using Mohr’s circle of stress. The residual stress of AZO thin films becomes more compressive with the increase in sputtering power. The maximum residual stress is -1115.74 MPa, and the shearing stress is 490.57 MPa at a sputtering power of 200 W. The trends of residual stress were evidenced by the X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns and optical properties of AZO thin films. According to the evaluation results of the refractive index and the extinction coefficient, the AZO thin films have better quality when the sputtering power less than 100 W.

  15. Assessment of structural, optical and conduction properties of ZnO thin films in the presence of acceptor impurities

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    Plugaru, R.; Plugaru, N.

    2016-06-01

    The structural, optical and electrical conduction properties of (Li/Cu,N):ZnO codoped thin films synthesized by the sol-gel method were investigated by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission and absorption, photoluminescence (PL) and I-V measurements in order to bring evidence of the formation of acceptor centers by dual-acceptor codoping processes. The (Li 3%,N 5%):ZnO films consist of crystallites with average size of 15 nm, show 95% transmission in the visible region, and an optical band gap of 3.22 eV. The PL spectra show emission maxima at 3.21 and 2.96 eV which are related to the emission of acceptor centers and the presence of defects, respectively. Li occupies interstitial sites and may form Lii-N(O) defect complexes that act as acceptor centers. The (Cu 3%,N 5%):ZnO films consist of crystallites with average size of 12 nm, and exhibit 90% transmission in the visible region. The PL spectra reveal band edge emission at 3.23 eV and defect related emission at 2.74 eV. In the (Cu,N) codoped films, copper substitutes zinc and adopts mainly the Cu1+ state. A possible defect complex involving Cu and N determines the transition from n- to p-type conductivity. These findings are in agreement with results of electronic structure calculations at the GGA-PBE level.

  16. Characteristics and Time-Dependent Instability of Ga-Doped ZnO Thin Film Transistor Fabricated by Radio Frequency Magnetron Sputtering

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    Huang, Hai-Qin; Sun, Jian; Liu, Feng-Juan; Zhao, Jian-Wei; Hu, Zuo-Fu; Li, Zhen-Jun; Zhang, Xi-Qing; Wang, Yong-Sheng

    2011-12-01

    We report on the fabrication and electrical characteristics of Ga-doped ZnO thin film transistors (TFTs). Low Ga-doped (0.7wt%) ZnO thin films were deposited on SiO2/p-Si substrates by rf magnetron sputtering. The GZO TFTs show a mobility of 1.76 cm2/V·s, an on/off ratio of 1.0 × 106, and a threshold voltage of 35 V. The time-dependent instability of the TFT is studied. The VTH shifts negatively. In addition, the device shows a decrease of the on/off ratio, mainly due to the increase of the off-current. The mechanisms of instability are discussed.

  17. Structural, optical, morphological and electrical properties of undoped and Al-doped ZnO thin films prepared using sol—gel dip coating process

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    Boukhenoufa, N.; Mahamdi, R.; Rechem, D.

    2016-11-01

    In this work, sol—gel dip-coating technique was used to elaborate ZnO pure and ZnO/Al films. The impact of Al-doped concentration on the structural, optical, surface morphological and electrical properties of the elaborated samples was investigated. It was found that better electrical and optical performances have been obtained for an Al concentration equal to 5%, where the ZnO thin films exhibit a resistivity value equal to 1.64104 Ω·cm. Moreover, highest transparency has been recorded for the same Al concentration value. The obtained results from this investigation make the developed thin film structure a potential candidate for high optoelectronic performance applications.

  18. Effect of aging under ambient conditions on the optical properties of Al-doped ZnO thin films deposited by direct current sputtering

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    Barhoumi, A.; Leroy, G.; Duponchel, B.; Gest, J.; Guermazi, S.

    2017-01-01

    Transparent and conductive Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films were deposited on a glass substrate by direct current sputtering. In a previous study, we noted the influence of time on structural and electrical characteristics of films. In the present paper, the effect of a two-year aging under ambient conditions on the optical properties was investigated. A global improvement of the optical properties of AZO thin films was observed. The optical transmittance spectra revealed a high transmittance more than 90% in the Vis-NIR regions and a high absorption in the ultraviolet range. It is assumed that the crystallinity segregation leads to the decrease of optical scattering. The results from the optical measurements showed a reorganization of the structure leading to the degradation of the structural homogeneity. Nevertheless, the evolution of the figure of merit shows that Al-doped ZnO is a good candidate for the manufacturing and the commercialization of transparent conducting oxide devices.

  19. The Effects of UV Treatment on Thermal and Plasma-Enhanced Atomic Layer Deposition of ZnO Thin Film Transistor

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    Kim, Jae-Min; Lim, S. J.; Kim, Doyoung; Kim, Hyungjun

    2011-12-01

    We investigated the ultraviolet (UV) light photostability of plasma-enhanced and thermal atomic layer deposition of ZnO thin film transistor (TFT). The negative shift of threshold voltage was similarly observed in both cases by UV exposure due to the increment of carrier concentration. Additionally, the transfer curves of TFT using thermal ALD ZnO:N active layer were exhibited recovery characteristics.

  20. The Effects of UV Treatment on Thermal and Plasma-Enhanced Atomic Layer Deposition of ZnO Thin Film Transistor

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    Kim, Jae-Min; Kim, Doyoung; Kim, Hyungjun; Lim, S. J.

    2011-12-23

    We investigated the ultraviolet (UV) light photostability of plasma-enhanced and thermal atomic layer deposition of ZnO thin film transistor (TFT). The negative shift of threshold voltage was similarly observed in both cases by UV exposure due to the increment of carrier concentration. Additionally, the transfer curves of TFT using thermal ALD ZnO:N active layer were exhibited recovery characteristics.

  1. Influence of electron beam irradiation on nonlinear optical properties of Al doped ZnO thin films for optoelectronic device applications in the cw laser regime

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    Antony, Albin; Pramodini, S.; Poornesh, P.; Kityk, I. V.; Fedorchuk, A. O.; Sanjeev, Ganesh

    2016-12-01

    We present the studies on third-order nonlinear optical properties of Al doped ZnO thin films irradiated with electron beam at different dose rate. Al doped ZnO thin films were deposited on a glass substrate by spray pyrolysis deposition technique. The thin films were irradiated using the 8 MeV electron beam from microtron ranging from 1 kG y to 5 kG y. Nonlinear optical studies were carried out by employing the single beam Z-scan technique to determine the sign and magnitude of absorptive and refractive nonlinearities of the irradiated thin films. Continuous wave He-Ne laser operating at 633 nm was used as source of excitation. The open aperture Z-scan measurements indicated the sample displays reverse saturable absorption (RSA) process. The negative sign of the nonlinear refractive index n2 was noted from the closed aperture Z-scan measurements indicates, the films exhibit self-defocusing property due to thermal nonlinearity. The third-order nonlinear optical susceptibility χ(3) varies from 8.17 × 10-5 esu to 1.39 × 10-3 esu with increase in electron beam irradiation. The present study reveals that the irradiation of electron beam leads to significant changes in the third-order optical nonlinearity. Al doped ZnO displays good optical power handling capability with optical clamping of about ∼5 mW. The irradiation study endorses that the Al doped ZnO under investigation is a promising candidate photonic device applications such as all-optical power limiting.

  2. Tunable Visible Emission of Ag-Doped CdZnS Alloy Quantum Dots.

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    Sethi, Ruchi; Kumar, Lokendra; Sharma, Prashant K; Pandey, Ac

    2009-10-13

    Highly luminescent Ag-ion-doped Cd1-xZnxS (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) alloy nanocrystals were successfully synthesized by a novel wet chemical precipitation method. Influence of dopant concentration and the Zn/Cd stoichiometric variations in doped alloy nanocrystals have been investigated. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) to investigate the size and structure of the as prepared nanocrystals. A shift in LO phonon modes from micro-Raman investigations and the elemental analysis from the energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX) confirms the stoichiometry of the final product. The average crystallite size was found increasing from 1.0 to 1.4 nm with gradual increase in Ag doping. It was observed that photoluminescence (PL) intensity corresponding to Ag impurity (570 nm), relative to the other two bands 480 and 520 nm that originates due to native defects, enhanced and showed slight red shift with increasing silver doping. In addition, decrease in the band gap energy of the doped nanocrystals indicates that the introduction of dopant ion in the host material influence the particle size of the nanocrystals. The composition dependent bandgap engineering in CdZnS:Ag was achieved to attain the deliberate color tunability and demonstrated successfully, which are potentially important for white light generation.

  3. Disinfection of water using Pt- and Ag-doped TiO2 photocatalysts.

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    Suri, Rominder P S; Thornton, Hilary M; Muruganandham, M

    2012-01-01

    In this article we have reported heterogeneous photocatalytic disinfection using pristine and Ag- and Pt-doped nano TiO2 under near-UV light and solar light irradiation. Disinfection experiments were conducted in slurry reactors with Escherichia coli, artificial light and sunlight. The influence of various amounts of Pt and Ag loading (0.5% to 5%) on the E. coli inactivation was examined and results indicated that 5% Pt-TiO2 and 0.5% Ag-TiO2 showed the highest photocatalytic E. coli inactivation. The Pt- and Ag-doped photocatalysts were characterized using XPS and TEM analysis. The influence of experimental parameters such as various photocatalysts, photocatalyst concentration, reactor geometry effect, pH and temperature on the photocatalytic disinfection was studied. The experimental results show that sunlight or near-UV light with TiO2 photocatalyst strongly inactivates E. coli. The Ag-TiO2 photocatalyst was the most efficient photocatalyst tested for bactericidal activity. A plausible mechanism ofphotocatalysed E. coli inactivation is discussed. In conclusion, the doped nano TiO2 photocatalysts is a potential candidate for E. coli inactivation.

  4. Tunable Visible Emission of Ag-Doped CdZnS Alloy Quantum Dots

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    2010-01-01

    Highly luminescent Ag-ion-doped Cd1−xZnxS (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) alloy nanocrystals were successfully synthesized by a novel wet chemical precipitation method. Influence of dopant concentration and the Zn/Cd stoichiometric variations in doped alloy nanocrystals have been investigated. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) to investigate the size and structure of the as prepared nanocrystals. A shift in LO phonon modes from micro-Raman investigations and the elemental analysis from the energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX) confirms the stoichiometry of the final product. The average crystallite size was found increasing from 1.0 to 1.4 nm with gradual increase in Ag doping. It was observed that photoluminescence (PL) intensity corresponding to Ag impurity (570 nm), relative to the other two bands 480 and 520 nm that originates due to native defects, enhanced and showed slight red shift with increasing silver doping. In addition, decrease in the band gap energy of the doped nanocrystals indicates that the introduction of dopant ion in the host material influence the particle size of the nanocrystals. The composition dependent bandgap engineering in CdZnS:Ag was achieved to attain the deliberate color tunability and demonstrated successfully, which are potentially important for white light generation. PMID:20652135

  5. Tunable Visible Emission of Ag-Doped CdZnS Alloy Quantum Dots

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    Sethi, Ruchi; Kumar, Lokendra; Sharma, Prashant K.; Pandey, A. C.

    2010-01-01

    Highly luminescent Ag-ion-doped Cd1-xZnxS (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) alloy nanocrystals were successfully synthesized by a novel wet chemical precipitation method. Influence of dopant concentration and the Zn/Cd stoichiometric variations in doped alloy nanocrystals have been investigated. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) to investigate the size and structure of the as prepared nanocrystals. A shift in LO phonon modes from micro-Raman investigations and the elemental analysis from the energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX) confirms the stoichiometry of the final product. The average crystallite size was found increasing from 1.0 to 1.4 nm with gradual increase in Ag doping. It was observed that photoluminescence (PL) intensity corresponding to Ag impurity (570 nm), relative to the other two bands 480 and 520 nm that originates due to native defects, enhanced and showed slight red shift with increasing silver doping. In addition, decrease in the band gap energy of the doped nanocrystals indicates that the introduction of dopant ion in the host material influence the particle size of the nanocrystals. The composition dependent bandgap engineering in CdZnS:Ag was achieved to attain the deliberate color tunability and demonstrated successfully, which are potentially important for white light generation.

  6. Development and characterization of a novel ZnO nanorods-SnO2:F nanoflakes thin film for room-temperature ammonia and humidity sensing

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    Calaque, Precy Mae; Vergara, Christopher Jude; Ballesteros, Laureen Ida; Somintac, Armando

    2017-03-01

    A unique and novel thin film of fluorine-doped tin oxide (SnO2:F) nanoflakes on ZnO nanorods were fabricated using nebulized spray pyrolysis technique (NSPT) and hydrothermal growth method, respectively, for ammonia and humidity sensing applications. XRD studies confirm the growth of a hexagonal wurtzite ZnO and a tetragonal SnO2:F. SEM images of the film fabricated for preliminary studies evidently revealed ZnO nanorods and SnO2:F nanoflakes. The response of the fabricated ZnO-SnO2:F nanostructure thin film sensor on varying concentrations of water vapor and ammonia at room temperature were investigated. Results have shown that it had higher sensor response to ammonia than to water vapor. Moreover, it was observed to have a higher sensor response on ammonia and humidity compared to the fabricated sensor of SnO2:F thin film alone. The films could detect humidity and ammonia even at a low level of 9 ppm and 5 ppm, respectively, showing its potential use for various fields such as environmental monitoring and chemical industries.

  7. Bendable ZnO thin film surface acoustic wave devices on polyethylene terephthalate substrate

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    He, Xingli; Guo, Hongwei; Chen, Jinkai; Wang, Wenbo; Xuan, Weipeng; Xu, Yang E-mail: jl2@bolton.ac.uk; Luo, Jikui E-mail: jl2@bolton.ac.uk

    2014-05-26

    Bendable surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices were fabricated using high quality c-axis orientation ZnO films deposited on flexible polyethylene terephthalate substrates at 120 °C. Dual resonance modes, namely, the zero order pseudo asymmetric (A{sub 0}) and symmetric (S{sub 0}) Lamb wave modes, have been obtained from the SAW devices. The SAW devices perform well even after repeated flexion up to 2500 με for 100 times, demonstrating its suitability for flexible electronics application. The SAW devices are also highly sensitive to compressive and tensile strains, exhibiting excellent anti-strain deterioration property, thus, they are particularly suitable for sensing large strains.

  8. Crystalline polarity of ZnO thin films deposited under dc external bias on various substrates

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    Ohsawa, Takeo; Tsunoda, Kei; Dierre, Benjamin; Zellhofer, Caroline; Grachev, Sergey; Montigaud, Hervé; Ishigaki, Takamasa; Ohashi, Naoki

    2017-04-01

    Effects of the nature of substrates, either crystalline or non-crystalline, on the structure and properties of ZnO films deposited by sputtering were investigated. This study focuses mainly on the role of the external electric bias applied to substrates during magnetron sputtering deposition in controlling crystalline polarity, i.e., Zn-face or O-face, and the resulting film properties. It was found that polarity control was achieved on silica and silicon substrates but not on sapphire substrates. The substrate bias did influence the lattice parameters in the structural formation; however, the selection of the substrate type had a significant influence on the defect structures and the film properties.

  9. Spectroscopy and control of near-surface defects in conductive thin film ZnO

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    Kelly, Leah L.; Racke, David A.; Schulz, Philip; Li, Hong; Winget, Paul; Kim, Hyungchul; Ndione, Paul; Sigdel, Ajaya K.; Brédas, Jean-Luc; Berry, Joseph J.; Graham, Samuel; Monti, Oliver L. A.

    2016-03-01

    The electronic structure of inorganic semiconductor interfaces functionalized with extended π-conjugated organic molecules can be strongly influenced by localized gap states or point defects, often present at low concentrations and hard to identify spectroscopically. At the same time, in transparent conductive oxides such as ZnO, the presence of these gap states conveys the desirable high conductivity necessary for function as electron-selective interlayer or electron collection electrode in organic optoelectronic devices. Here, we report on the direct spectroscopic detection of a donor state within the band gap of highly conductive zinc oxide by two-photon photoemission spectroscopy. We show that adsorption of the prototypical organic acceptor C60 quenches this state by ground-state charge transfer, with immediate consequences on the interfacial energy level alignment. Comparison with computational results suggests the identity of the gap state as a near-surface-confined oxygen vacancy.

  10. Spectroscopic Ellipsometry Studies of Ag and ZnO Thin Films and Their Interfaces for Thin Film Photovoltaics

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    Sainju, Deepak

    Many modern optical and electronic devices, including photovoltaic devices, consist of multilayered thin film structures. Spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) is a critically important characterization technique for such multilayers. SE can be applied to measure key parameters related to the structural, optical, and electrical properties of the components of multilayers with high accuracy and precision. One of the key advantages of this non-destructive technique is its capability of monitoring the growth dynamics of thin films in-situ and in real time with monolayer level precision. In this dissertation, the techniques of SE have been applied to study the component layer materials and structures used as back-reflectors and as the transparent contact layers in thin film photovoltaic technologies, including hydrogenated silicon (Si:H), copper indium-gallium diselenide (CIGS), and cadmium telluride (CdTe). The component layer materials, including silver and both intrinsic and doped zinc oxide, are fabricated on crystalline silicon and glass substrates using magnetron sputtering techniques. These thin films are measured in-situ and in real time as well as ex-situ by spectroscopic ellipsometry in order to extract parameters related to the structural properties, such as bulk layer thickness and surface roughness layer thickness and their time evolution, the latter information specific to real time measurements. The index of refraction and extinction coefficient or complex dielectric function of a single unknown layer can also be obtained from the measurement versus photon energy. Applying analytical expressions for these optical properties versus photon energy, parameters that describe electronic transport, such as electrical resistivity and electron scattering time, can be extracted. The SE technique is also performed as the sample is heated in order to derive the effects of annealing on the optical properties and derived electrical transport parameters, as well as the

  11. Photo-Leakage Current of Thin-Film Transistors with ZnO Channels Formed at Various Oxygen Partial Pressures under Visible Light Irradiation

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    Shimakawa, Shin-ichi; Kamada, Yudai; Kawaharamura, Toshiyuki; Wang, Dapeng; Li, Chaoyang; Fujita, Shizuo; Hirao, Takashi; Furuta, Mamoru

    2012-03-01

    The effects of the oxygen partial pressure [p(O2)] during ZnO sputtering on the photo-leakage current of a ZnO thin-film transistor (TFT) were investigated. The photo-leakage current increased with decreasing p(O2). When the photon energy of incident light is smaller than the band-gap of the ZnO, electrons are excited from the trapped states existing near the valence band. It was found that the density of the electron traps increased when the p(O2) decreased. Moreover, the trap states were formed at ˜0.5 eV and 2.8-3.2 eV from the conduction band (EC) when the p(O2) decreased. The traps formed at (EC-E) of ˜0.5 eV affect the subthreshold characteristics in the dark state, while the traps formed at (EC-E) of 2.8-3.2 eV affect the photo-leakage current of the ZnO TFTs.

  12. Thin wetted film cylindrical flow photo reactor for the degradation of Procion blue H-B dye over TiO2 and ZnO.

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    Neelavannan, M G; Basha, C Ahmed

    2011-01-01

    A thin wetted film cylindrical flow reactor was fabricated for photocatalytic oxidation of Procion blue H-B dye in textile washwater with the suspensions of TiO2 and ZnO. The disappearance of colour and organic reduction were studied in terms of the removal of colour and chemical oxygen demand (COD). Operating parameters such as effect of pH, UV irradiation with and without catalyst, initial concentration of dye and effect of flow rate were studied and kinetics of Procion blue H-B dye has been studied over TiO2 and ZnO surfaces. Since adsorption is the prerequisite condition for decolorization/degradation of dye molecules in the presence of heterogeneous catalysis, the Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms were examined to verify the adsorption intensity. The results clearly demonstrated that, the optimum loading of the photocatalyst was found to be 300 and 400 mg/L of TiO2 and ZnO, respectively. The maximum COD reduction efficiency was 68% for TiO2 and 58% for ZnO. On the other hand, the colour removal efficiency was found to be 74% and 69%, respectively for TiO2- and ZnO-assisted systems under optimum conditions. Conclusively, these two semiconductors could degrade Procion blue H-B dye at different time intervals and both isotherms fit well.

  13. Toward DNA electrochemical sensing by free-standing ZnO nanosheets grown on 2D thin-layered MoS2.

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    Yang, Tao; Chen, Meijing; Kong, Qianqian; Luo, Xiliang; Jiao, Kui

    2017-03-15

    Very recently, the 2-dimensional MoS2 layer as base substrate integrated with other materials has caused people's emerging attention. In this paper, a thin-layered MoS2 was prepared through an ultrasonic exfoliation method from bulk MoS2 and then the free-standing ZnO nanosheet was electrodeposited on the MoS2 scaffold for DNA sensing. The ZnO/MoS2 nanocomposite revealed smooth and vertical nanosheets morphology by scanning electron microscopy, compared with the sole MoS2 and sole ZnO. Importantly, the partially negative charged MoS2 layer is beneficial to the nucleation and growth of ZnO nanosheets under the effect of electrostatic interactions. Classic methylene blue, which possesses different affinities to dsDNA and ssDNA, was adopted as the measure signal to confirm the immobilization and hybridization of DNA on ZnO nanosheets and pursue the optimal synthetic conditions. And the results demonstrated that the free-standing ZnO/MoS2 nanosheets had low detection limit (6.6×10(-16)M) and has a positive influence on DNA immobilization and hybridization.

  14. On the sol pH and the structural, optical and electrical properties of ZnO thin films

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    Meziane, K.; El Hichou, A.; El Hamidi, A.; Mansori, M.; Liba, A.; Almaggoussi, A.

    2016-05-01

    Zinc oxide thin films were prepared by the sol-gel method and deposed on glass substrate using spin coating technique. The variation of the structural, optical and electrical properties with various pH values is investigated. pH values of the sol were adjusted with glacial acetic acid and ammonia. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the films with alkaline sol are crystallized while those with acidic sol are amorphous. High values of texture coefficient and a high diffraction intensity of the (002) peak, ensuring better growth along c-axis, were obtained for an optimal pH value of 9.5. The crystallite size of the obtained films strongly depends on the sol pH. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) images confirm that the morphology and grain size of the films are affected significantly by pH. The optical transmission was recorded to analyze the optical properties of the studied films. It was found that the optical gap increased with pH. The electrical properties were measured by Hall-effect and reveal an increase of the resistivity when the sol pH increases. A minimum residual intrinsic electrons density suitable for p-type ZnO was reached.

  15. Electronic transport in highly conducting Si-doped ZnO thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition

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    Kuznetsov, Vladimir L.; Vai, Alex T.; Edwards, Peter P.; Al-Mamouri, Malek; Stuart Abell, J.; Pepper, Michael

    2015-12-07

    Highly conducting (ρ = 3.9 × 10{sup −4} Ωcm) and transparent (83%) polycrystalline Si-doped ZnO (SiZO) thin films have been deposited onto borosilicate glass substrates by pulsed laser deposition from (ZnO){sub 1−x}(SiO{sub 2}){sub x} (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.05) ceramic targets prepared using a sol-gel technique. Along with their structural, chemical, and optical properties, the electronic transport within these SiZO samples has been investigated as a function of silicon doping level and temperature. Measurements made between 80 and 350 K reveal an almost temperature-independent carrier concentration consistent with degenerate metallic conduction in all of these samples. The temperature-dependent Hall mobility has been modeled by considering the varying contribution of grain boundary and electron-phonon scattering in samples with different nominal silicon concentrations.

  16. Temperature-dependent Hall effect studies of ZnO thin films grown by metalorganic chemical vapour deposition

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    Roro, K. T.; Kassier, G. H.; Dangbegnon, J. K.; Sivaraya, S.; Westraadt, J. E.; Neethling, J. H.; Leitch, A. W. R.; Botha, J. R.

    2008-05-01

    The electrical properties of zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films of various thicknesses (0.3-4.4 µm) grown by metalorganic chemical vapour deposition on glass substrates have been studied by using temperature-dependent Hall-effect (TDH) measurements in the 18-300 K range. The high quality of the layers has been confirmed with x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and photoluminescence techniques. TDH measurements indicate the presence of a degenerate layer which significantly influences the low-temperature data. It is found that the measured mobility generally increases with increasing layer thickness, reaching a value of 120 cm2 V-1 s-1 at room temperature for the 4.4 µm thick sample. The lateral grain size of the layers is also found to increase with thickness indicating a clear correlation between the size of the surface grains and the electrical properties of corresponding films. Theoretical fits to the Hall data suggest that the bulk conduction of the layers is dominated by a weakly compensated donor with activation energy in the 33-41 meV range and concentration of the order of 1017 cm-3, as well as a total acceptor concentration of mid-1015 cm-3. Grain boundary scattering is found to be an important limiting factor of the mobility throughout the temperature range considered.

  17. Quantifying charge carrier concentration in ZnO thin films by Scanning Kelvin Probe Microscopy

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    Maragliano, C.; Lilliu, S.; Dahlem, M. S.; Chiesa, M.; Souier, T.; Stefancich, M.

    2014-01-01

    In the last years there has been a renewed interest for zinc oxide semiconductor, mainly triggered by its prospects in optoelectronic applications. In particular, zinc oxide thin films are being widely used for photovoltaic applications, in which the determination of the electrical conductivity is of great importance. Being an intrinsically doped material, the quantification of its doping concentration has always been challenging. Here we show how to probe the charge carrier density of zinc oxide thin films by Scanning Kelvin Probe Microscopy, a technique that allows measuring the contact potential difference between the tip and the sample surface with high spatial resolution. A simple electronic energy model is used for correlating the contact potential difference with the doping concentration in the material. Limitations of this technique are discussed in details and some experimental solutions are proposed. Two-dimensional doping concentration images acquired on radio frequency-sputtered intrinsic zinc oxide thin films with different thickness and deposited under different conditions are reported. We show that results inferred with this technique are in accordance with carrier concentration expected for zinc oxide thin films deposited under different conditions and obtained from resistivity and mobility measurements. PMID:24569599

  18. Ag-doped manganite nanoparticles: new materials for temperature-controlled medical hyperthermia.

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    Melnikov, O V; Gorbenko, O Yu; Markelova, M N; Kaul, A R; Atsarkin, V A; Demidov, V V; Soto, C; Roy, E J; Odintsov, B M

    2009-12-15

    The purpose of this study was to introduce newly synthesized nanomaterials as an alternative to superparamagnetic ironoxide based particles (SPIO) and thus to launch a new platform for highly controllable hyperthermia cancer therapy and imaging. The new material that forms the basis for this article is lanthanum manganite particles with silver ions inserted into the perovskite lattice: La(1-x)Ag(x)MnO(3+delta). Adjusting the silver doping level, it is possible to control the Curie temperature (T(c)) in the hyperthermia range of interest (41-44 degrees C). A new class of nanoparticles based on silver-doped manganites La(1-x)Ag(x)MnO(3+delta) is suggested. New nanoparticles are stable, and their properties were not affected by the typical ambient conditions in the living tissue. It is possible to monitor the particle uptake and retention by MRI. When these particles are placed into an alternating magnetic field, their temperature increases to the definite value near T(c) and then remains constant if the magnetic field is maintained. During the hyperthermia procedure, the temperature can be restricted, thereby preventing the necrosis of normal tissue. A new class of nanoparticles based on silver-doped manganites La(1-x)Ag(x)MnO(3+delta) was suggested. Ag-doped perovskite manganites particles clearly demonstrated the effect of adjustable Curie temperature necessary for highly controllable cellular hyperthermia. The magnetic relaxation properties of the particles are comparable with that of SPIO, and so we were able to monitor the particle movement and retention by MRI. Thus, the new material combines the MRI contrast enhancement capability with targeted hyperthermia treatment.

  19. CONDENSED MATTER: STRUCTURE, MECHANICAL AND THERMAL PROPERTIES: Structural and Electrical Properties of Single Crystalline Ga-Doped ZnO Thin Films Grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Lu, Zhong-Lin; Zou, Wen-Qin; Xu, Ming-Xiang; Zhang, Feng-Ming; Du, You-Wei

    2009-11-01

    High-quality Ga-doped ZnO (ZnO:Ga) single crystalline films with various Ga concentrations are grown on a-plane sapphire substrates using molecular-beam epitaxy. The site configuration of doped Ga atoms is studied by means of x-ray absorption spectroscopy. It is found that nearly all Ga can substitute into ZnO lattice as electrically active donors, a generating high density of free carriers with about one electron per Ga dopant when the Ga concentration is no more than 2%. However, further increasing the Ga doping concentration leads to a decrease of the conductivity due to partial segregation of Ga atoms to the minor phase of the spinel ZnGa2O4 or other intermediate phase. It seems that the maximum solubility of Ga in the ZnO single crystalline film is about 2 at.% and the lowest resistivity can reach 1.92 × 10-4 Ω·cm at room temperature, close to the best value reported. In contrast to ZnO:Ga thin film with 1% or 2% Ga doping, the film with 4% Ga doping exhibits a metal semiconductor transition at 80 K. The scattering mechanism of conducting electrons in single crystalline ZnO:Ga thin film is discussed.

  20. Reduction of persistent photoconductivity in ZnO thin film transistor-based UV photodetector

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    Ivanoff Reyes, Pavel; Ku, Chieh-Jen; Duan, Ziqing; Xu, Yi; Garfunkel, Eric; Lu, Yicheng

    2012-07-01

    We report a ZnO-based thin film transistor UV photodetector with a back gate configuration. The thin-film transistor (TFT) aspect ratio W/L is 150 μm/5 μm and has a current on-off ratio of 1010. The detector shows UV-visible rejection ratio of 104 and cut-off wavelength of 376 nm. The device has low dark current of 5 × 10-14 A. The persistent photoconductivity is suppressed through oxygen plasma treatment of the channel surface which significantly reduces the density of oxygen vacancy confirmed by XPS measurements. The proper gate bias-control further reduces recovery time. The UV-TFT configuration is particularly suitable for making large-area imaging arrays.

  1. Highly transparent and reproducible nanocrystalline ZnO and AZO thin films grown by room temperature pulsed-laser deposition on flexible Zeonor plastic substrates

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    Inguva, Saikumar; Vijayaraghavan, Rajani K.; McGlynn, Enda; Mosnier, Jean-Paul

    2015-09-01

    Zeonor plastics are highly versatile due to exceptional optical and mechanical properties which make them the choice material in many novel applications. For potential use in flexible transparent optoelectronic applications, we have investigated Zeonor plastics as flexible substrates for the deposition of highly transparent ZnO and AZO thin films. Films were prepared by pulsed laser deposition at room temperature in oxygen ambient pressures of 75, 150 and 300 mTorr. The growth rate, surface morphology, hydrophobicity and the structural, optical and electrical properties of as-grown films with thicknesses ˜65-420 nm were recorded for the three oxygen pressures. The growth rates were found to be highly linear both as a function of film thickness and oxygen pressure, indicating high reproducibility. All the films were optically smooth, hydrophobic and nanostructured with lateral grain shapes of ˜150 nm wide. This was found compatible with the deposition of condensed nanoclusters, formed in the ablation plume, on a cold and amorphous substrate. Films were nanocrystalline (wurtzite structure), c-axis oriented, with average crystallite size ˜22 nm for ZnO and ˜16 nm for AZO. In-plane compressive stress values of 2-3 GPa for ZnO films and 0.5 GPa for AZO films were found. Films also displayed high transmission greater than 95% in some cases, in the 400-800 nm wavelength range. The low temperature photoluminescence spectra of all the ZnO and AZO films showed intense near band edge emission. A considerable spread from semi-insulating to n-type conductive was observed for the films, with resistivity ˜103 Ω cm and Hall mobility in 4-14 cm2 V-1 s-1 range, showing marked dependences on film thickness and oxygen pressure. Applications in the fields of microfluidic devices and flexible electronics for these ZnO and AZO films are suggested.

  2. 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.

  3. Effect of substrate temperature on transparent conducting Al and F co-doped ZnO thin films prepared by rf magnetron sputtering

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    Wang, Fang-Hsing; Chang, Chiao-Lu

    2016-05-01

    ZnO is a wide bandgap semiconductor that has many potential applications such as solar cells, thin film transistors, light emitting diodes, and gas/biological sensors. In this study, a composite ceramic ZnO target containing 1 wt% Al2O3 and 1.5 wt% ZnF2 was prepared and used to deposit transparent conducting Al and F co-doped zinc oxide (AFZO) thin films on glass substrates by radio frequency magnetron sputtering. The effect of substrate temperatures ranging from room temperature (RT) to 200 °C on structural, morphological, electrical, chemical, and optical properties of the deposited thin films were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Hall effect measurement, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry, and UV-vis spectrophotometer. The XRD results showed that all the AFZO thin films had a (0 0 2) diffraction peak, indicating a typical wurtzite structure with a preferential orientation of the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate. The FE-SEM and AFM analyses indicated that the crystallinity and grain size of the films were enhanced while the surface roughness decreased as the substrate temperature increased. Results of Hall effect measurement showed that Al and F co-doping decreased the resistivity more effectively than single-doping (either Al or F doping) in ZnO thin films. The resistivity of the AFZO thin films decreased from 5.48 × 10-4 to 2.88 × 10-4 Ω-cm as the substrate temperature increased from RT to 200 °C due to the increased carrier concentration and Hall mobility. The optical transmittances of all the AFZO thin films were over 92% in the wavelength range of 400-800 nm regardless of substrate temperature. The blue-shift of absorption edge accompanied the rise of the optical band gap, which conformed to the Burstein-Moss effect. The developed AFZO thin films are suitable as transparent conducting electrodes for various optoelectronic

  4. Study of NBE emission enhancement with an absence of DL emission from ZnO nanorods through controlled growth on ultra-thin Ag films

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    Pal, Anil Kumar; Bharathi Mohan, D.

    2015-04-01

    ZnO nanorods (NRs) exhibiting enhanced ultra-violet near band edge (UV-NBE) emission without a broad visible deep level (DL) emission has been investigated on catalytically grown ZnO/Ag hybrid nanostructure. The hybrid structure is fabricated in two steps, (1) Thermal evaporation of ultra-thin catalytic layer of Ag with mass thickness ∼1 nm on glass substrate followed by annealing process from 50 to 250 °C and (2) vertical growth of ZnO NRs by hydrothermal reaction process on all Ag films. The surface properties of Ag layer such as particle size, inter-particle distance, particles number density, surface roughness and surface coverage area were altered through annealing process. Annealing at 100 °C modifies Ag from quasi-amorphous to nanocrystalline leading to high density growth and high aspect ratio of ZnO NRs where as a random and less density growth was realized at 250 °C due to increase of both particle size and inter-particles distance in Ag layer. X-ray diffraction reveals a predominant growth of (0 0 2) plane at 100 °C confirming the formation of wurtzite phase of ZnO NRs with highest texture coefficient of 2.35. Raman spectra verify the chemical structure of ZnO with very good crystallinity. Absorption spectra demonstrates the overlapping of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and exciton bands up to 200 °C while the excitonic absorption band is resolved at above 200 °C because of the red shift in SPR due to change in surface properties of Ag layer. At 250 °C, a broad optical absorption spectra from 300 to 800 nm attributed to the dominant properties of SPR and exciton. Besides acting as a catalyst, Ag interlayer enhances the NBE emission at above 200 °C through electrons transfer from Ag to ZnO which is quite possible because of the direct contact between them, explained by giving energy band diagram. The morphology is such that there is an increase in passage for light interaction due to less density and random growth of ZnO NRs leading to increase

  5. Photocatalytic antibacterial performance of TiO2 and Ag-doped TiO2 against S. aureus. P. aeruginosa and E. coli

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    Gupta, Kiran; Singh, R P; Pandey, Ashutosh

    2013-01-01

    Summary This paper reports the structural and optical properties and comparative photocatalytic activity of TiO2 and Ag-doped TiO2 nanoparticles against different bacterial strains under visible-light irradiation. The TiO2 and Ag-doped TiO2 photocatalysts were synthesized by acid catalyzed sol–gel technique and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV–vis spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL). The XRD pattern revealed that the annealed sample of TiO2 has both anatase and rutile phases while only an anatase phase was found in Ag-doped TiO2 nanoparticles. The decreased band-gap energy of Ag-doped TiO2 nanoparticles in comparison to TiO2 nanoparticles was investigated by UV–vis spectroscopy. The rate of recombination and transfer behaviour of the photoexcited electron–hole pairs in the semiconductors was recorded by photoluminescence. The antimicrobial activity of TiO2 and Ag-doped TiO2 nanoparticles (3% and 7%) was investigated against both gram positive (Staphylococcus aureus) and gram negative (Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli) bacteria. As a result, the viability of all three microorganisms was reduced to zero at 60 mg/30 mL culture in the case of both (3% and 7% doping) concentrations of Ag-doped TiO2 nanoparticles. Annealed TiO2 showed zero viability at 80 mg/30 mL whereas doped Ag-TiO2 7% showed zero viability at 40 mg/30 mL culture in the case of P. aeruginosa only. PMID:23844339

  6. Photocatalytic antibacterial performance of TiO2 and Ag-doped TiO2 against S. aureus. P. aeruginosa and E. coli.

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    Gupta, Kiran; Singh, R P; Pandey, Ashutosh; Pandey, Anjana

    2013-01-01

    This paper reports the structural and optical properties and comparative photocatalytic activity of TiO2 and Ag-doped TiO2 nanoparticles against different bacterial strains under visible-light irradiation. The TiO2 and Ag-doped TiO2 photocatalysts were synthesized by acid catalyzed sol-gel technique and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL). The XRD pattern revealed that the annealed sample of TiO2 has both anatase and rutile phases while only an anatase phase was found in Ag-doped TiO2 nanoparticles. The decreased band-gap energy of Ag-doped TiO2 nanoparticles in comparison to TiO2 nanoparticles was investigated by UV-vis spectroscopy. The rate of recombination and transfer behaviour of the photoexcited electron-hole pairs in the semiconductors was recorded by photoluminescence. The antimicrobial activity of TiO2 and Ag-doped TiO2 nanoparticles (3% and 7%) was investigated against both gram positive (Staphylococcus aureus) and gram negative (Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli) bacteria. As a result, the viability of all three microorganisms was reduced to zero at 60 mg/30 mL culture in the case of both (3% and 7% doping) concentrations of Ag-doped TiO2 nanoparticles. Annealed TiO2 showed zero viability at 80 mg/30 mL whereas doped Ag-TiO2 7% showed zero viability at 40 mg/30 mL culture in the case of P. aeruginosa only.

  7. Band gap and conductivity variations of ZnO thin films by doping with Aluminium

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

    2015-02-01

    Zinc Oxide thin films were prepared by Successive Ionic layer adsorption and reaction technique(SILAR). Aluminium was doped for different doping concentrations from 3 at.% to 12 at.% in steps of 3 at.%. Conductivity of the samples were taken at different temperatures. UV Spectrograph of the samples were taken and the band gap of each sample was found from the data. It was observed that as the doping concentration of Aluminium increases, the band gap of the samples decreases and concequently conductivity of the samples increases.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of Eu(3+), Ti(4+) @ ZnO organosols and nanocrystalline c-ZnTiO3 thin films aiming at high transparency and luminescence.

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    Aubert, Tangi; Grasset, Fabien; Potel, Michel; Nazabal, Virginie; Cardinal, Thierry; Pechev, Stanislav; Saito, Noriko; Ohashi, Naoki; Haneda, Hajime

    2010-08-01

    By exploiting colloidal properties, such as transparency, rheology and versatile chemistry, we propose to synthesize new photonic nanomaterials based on colloidal solutions and thin films. This contribution highlights our efforts to elaborate and to characterize nanostructures based on the ZnO-TiO2 system. Using a recently developed sol-gel route to synthesize new Ti(4+)@ZnO organosols, we were able to prepare, at relatively low temperature (400 °C) and short annealing time (15 min), highly transparent, luminescent, nanocrystalline Eu(3+) doped c-ZnTiO3 thin films. The organosols and thin films were characterized with UV-visible-near infrared absorption, ellipsometry, photoluminescence spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy.

  9. Reversible p-type conductivity in H passivated nitrogen and phosphorous codoped ZnO thin films using rapid thermal annealing

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    Mannam, Ramanjaneyulu; Kumar, E. Senthil; DasGupta, Nandita; Ramachandra Rao, M. S.

    2017-04-01

    We demonstrate reversible p-type nature of pulsed laser deposited (P, N) codoped ZnO thin films using rapid thermal annealing process. As grown thin films exhibited change in conductivity from p to n-type over a span of 120 days. Non-annealed n-type thin films contain unintentional donor impurities such as hydrogen and carbon. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman measurements conclusively show that hydrogen passivates nitrogen acceptors by forming Nsbnd H complex. Carbon can be annealed out at 600 °C, whereas, the dissociation of Nsbnd H complex takes place at 800 °C. The films revert its p-type nature at an annealing temperature of 800 °C.

  10. Synthesis and characterization of Eu3+,Ti4+@ZnO organosols and nanocrystalline c-ZnTiO3 thin films aiming at high transparency and luminescence

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    Aubert, Tangi; Grasset, Fabien; Potel, Michel; Nazabal, Virginie; Cardinal, Thierry; Pechev, Stanislav; Saito, Noriko; Ohashi, Naoki; Haneda, Hajime

    2010-08-01

    By exploiting colloidal properties, such as transparency, rheology and versatile chemistry, we propose to synthesize new photonic nanomaterials based on colloidal solutions and thin films. This contribution highlights our efforts to elaborate and to characterize nanostructures based on the ZnO-TiO2 system. Using a recently developed sol-gel route to synthesize new Ti4+@ZnO organosols, we were able to prepare, at relatively low temperature (400 °C) and short annealing time (15 min), highly transparent, luminescent, nanocrystalline Eu3+ doped c-ZnTiO3 thin films. The organosols and thin films were characterized with UV-visible-near infrared absorption, ellipsometry, photoluminescence spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of Eu3+, Ti4+ @ ZnO organosols and nanocrystalline c-ZnTiO3 thin films aiming at high transparency and luminescence

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    Aubert, Tangi; Grasset, Fabien; Potel, Michel; Nazabal, Virginie; Cardinal, Thierry; Pechev, Stanislav; Saito, Noriko; Ohashi, Naoki; Haneda, Hajime

    2010-01-01

    By exploiting colloidal properties, such as transparency, rheology and versatile chemistry, we propose to synthesize new photonic nanomaterials based on colloidal solutions and thin films. This contribution highlights our efforts to elaborate and to characterize nanostructures based on the ZnO–TiO2 system. Using a recently developed sol–gel route to synthesize new Ti4+@ZnO organosols, we were able to prepare, at relatively low temperature (400 °C) and short annealing time (15 min), highly transparent, luminescent, nanocrystalline Eu3+ doped c-ZnTiO3 thin films. The organosols and thin films were characterized with UV-visible-near infrared absorption, ellipsometry, photoluminescence spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. PMID:27877348

  12. Structural, linear and nonlinear optical properties of co-doped ZnO thin films

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    Shaaban, E. R.; El-Hagary, M.; Moustafa, El Sayed; Hassan, H. Shokry; Ismail, Yasser A. M.; Emam-Ismail, M.; Ali, A. S.

    2016-01-01

    Different compositions of Co-doped zinc oxide [(Zn(1- x)Co x O) ( x = 0, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08 and 0.10)] thin films were evaporated onto highly clean glass substrates by thermal evaporation technique using a modified source. The structural properties investigated by X-ray diffraction revealed hexagonal wurtzite ZnO-type structure. The crystallite size of the films was found to decrease with increasing Co content. The optical characterization of the films has been carried out using spectral transmittance and reflectance obtained in the wavelength range from 300 to 2500 nm. The refractive index has been found to increase with increasing Co content. It was further found that optical energy gap decreases from 3.28 to 3.03 eV with increasing Co content from x = 0 to x = 0.10, respectively. The dispersion of refractive index has been analyzed in terms of Wemple-DiDomenico (WDD) single-oscillator model. The oscillator parameters, the single-oscillator energy ( E o), the dispersion energy ( E d), and the static refractive index ( n 0), were determined. The nonlinear refractive index of the Zn(1- x)Co x O thin films was calculated and revealed well correlation with the linear refractive index and WDD parameters which in turn depend on the density and molar volume of the system.

  13. 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.

  14. Effects of a seed layer on the structural properties of RF-sputtered ZnO thin films

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    Ur, Soon-Chul; Yi, Seung-Hwan

    2016-01-01

    Radio-frequency (RF) sputtered deposition combined with sol-gel spin coating has been applied to achieve a high-quality, c-axis-oriented ZnO film. The deposited ZnO films show only a c-axis-oriented ZnO (002) peak. The morphology, structure, and residual stress of the deposited ZnO films are found to depend strongly on the concentration of the precursor. As the concentration of the precursor is increased from 0.1-M to 0.6-M, the residual stress of the ZnO films changes from a compressive (-415 MPa) to a mild tensile (+90 MPa) mode. The deposited ZnO film interestingly shows facets when the concentration of the precursor is 0.6-M. We suggest that the residual stress in sputter-deposited ZnO films can be controlled by using the precursor concentration. This technique is believed to have been used for the first time, and can be applied to control the uniformity during micro speaker fabrication.

  15. Highly efficient nanocrystalline ZnO thin films prepared by a novel method and their application in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Bahadur, Lal; Kushwaha, Suman

    2012-11-01

    Nanostructured ZnO aggregates are synthesized under controlled conditions using zinc acetate dihydrate and 1-butanol as the starting materials and triethylamine as precipitating agent. Thin films were formed by a doctor-blade technique. The phase and morphology were investigated by using SEM and XRD. These films, derivatized by N719 dye, (Bu4N)2[Ru(dcbpyH)2(NCS)2], were used to construct sandwich-type dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and their photoelectrochemical characteristics were determined. The photocurrent, photovoltage and power conversion efficiency characteristics for the DSSCs were measured under illumination by light of varied irradiance power. With a typical cell, V OC=0.518 V, J SC=11.1 mA cm-2, fill factor (FF)=0.50, overall conversion efficiency ( η)=0.69 % and incident photon to current conversion efficiency (IPCE)=35 % were achieved under full light illumination (430 mW cm-2) and V OC=0.516 V, J SC=8.72 mA cm-2, fill factor 0.54 and overall conversion efficiency η=0.64 % were achieved under visible light illumination (380 mW cm-2). With the use of a thin ZnO film prepared during the present work, improved results have been achieved than many of the earlier reported ones. The good structural quality (crystallinity, densely packed spherical grains, lack of voids, nanometer-size crystallites etc.) of our thin films is mainly responsible for their better photoactivity.

  16. Biaxial stress and optoelectronic properties of Al-doped ZnO thin films deposited on flexible substrates by radio frequency magnetron sputtering.

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    Chen, Hsi-Chao; Cheng, Po-Wei; Huang, Kuo-Ting

    2017-02-01

    Transparent conductive Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films were deposited on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polycarbonate (PC) substrates using radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering. The biaxial stress was measured with a double beam shadow moiré interferometer, and x-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to investigate the crystal orientation of ZnO. The substrate temperature was varied from room temperature to 150°C in steps of 25°C. The experimental results showed that the residual and shearing stresses increased with the increase in substrate temperature. The residual stress can be separated into principle and shearing stresses by Mohr's circle rule, and the shearing stress (tensile stress) was different from the compressive stress of the residual stress. However, the optimal substrate temperatures for PET and PC were 75°C and 100°C, and the shearing stresses were 424.82 and 543.68 MPa, respectively. AZO/PET and AZO/PC thin films cracked at substrate temperatures of 75°C and 100°C, respectively. AZO/PET thin film at a substrate temperature of 100°C had a resistivity low to the order of 10-3  Ω-cm.

  17. Growth, structure, and electronic properties of nonpolar thin films on a polar substrate: Cr2O3 on ZnO (0001) and ZnO (000 1 ¯ )

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    Zhu, X.; Morales-Acosta, M. D.; Shen, J.; Walker, F. J.; Cha, J. J.; Altman, E. I.

    2015-10-01

    The growth and geometric and electronic structures of Cr2O3 layers on the polar ZnO surfaces were characterized to determine how polar substrates can influence the properties of nonpolar films. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), reflection high energy electron diffraction, low energy electron diffraction, x-ray diffraction (XRD), and x-ray reflectivity (XRR) were employed to characterize the growth mode, film quality, and interfacial electronic properties. Chromium oxide growth on ZnO (000 1 ¯ ) and (0001 ) followed the same trends: two-dimensional growth with initial disorder followed by the formation of epitaxial Cr2O3 (0001 ) . Despite the initial disorder, HRTEM and XRD/XRR measurements on thicker films revealed an abrupt interface with the Cr2O3 lattice extending all the way to the interface. This indicates that above a critical thickness of 10-15 Cr -O3-Cr repeat units, the entire film reorganizes into an ordered structure. It is postulated that the oxygen remained ordered throughout the growth but that the chromium initially filled interstices randomly in the oxygen sublattice, which allowed the film to eventually grow with a well-defined epitaxial relationship with the substrate. The polar interfaces showed a small band offset that decayed with increasing film thickness, suggesting that the compensating charges at the interface may partially migrate to the film surface. No evidence of formal changes in the Cr oxidation state at the interfaces was seen. On the other hand, statistical analyses of UPS valence band spectra revealed an enhanced density of states near the valence band edge for Cr2O3 on ZnO (0001 ) , consistent with stabilization of the positive interface by filling surface electronic states. In contrast, no significant valence band differences were observed between bulk Cr2O3 and thin Cr2O3 layers on ZnO (000 1 ¯ ) , suggesting a different

  18. High-Performance Thin Film Transistor with Amorphous In2O3-SnO2-ZnO Channel Layer

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    Tomai, Shigekazu; Nishimura, Mami; Itose, Masayuki; Matuura, Masahide; Kasami, Masashi; Matsuzaki, Shigeo; Kawashima, Hirokazu; Utsuno, Futoshi; Yano, Koki

    2012-03-01

    We have developed a high-mobility and high-processability oxide semiconductor using amorphous In2O3-SnO2-ZnO (a-ITZO) as the channel material. An a-ITZO thin-film transistor (TFT) was fabricated by a back-channel-etch process. Its field effect mobility was more than 20 cm2 V-1 s-1 and its subthreshold swing was 0.4 V s-1, which makes it a promising candidate for next-generation TFTs.

  19. Morphological variations of Mn-doped ZnO dilute magnetic semiconductors thin films grown by succesive ionic layer by adsorption reaction method.

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    Balamurali, Subramanian; Chandramohan, Rathinam; Karunakaran, Marimuthu; Mahalingam, Thayan; Parameswaran, Padmanaban; Suryamurthy, Nagamani; Sukumar, Arcod Anandhakrishnan

    2013-07-01

    Transparent conducting Mn-doped ZnO thin films have been prepared by successive ionic layer by adsorption reaction (SILAR) method. The deposition conditions have been optimized based on their structure and on the formation of smoothness, adherence, and stoichiometry. The results of the studies by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope (SEM), reveal the varieties of structural and morphological modifications feasible with SILAR method. The X-ray diffraction patterns confirm that the ZnO:Mn has wurtzite structure. The interesting morphological variations with dopant concentration are observed and discussed. The films' quality is comparable with those grown with physical methods and is suitable for spintronic applications.

  20. Synthesis, structure, vapour pressure and deposition of ZnO thin film by plasma assisted MOCVD technique using a novel precursor bis[(pentylnitrilomethylidine) (pentylnitrilomethylidine-μ-phenalato)]dizinc(II)

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    Chandrakala, C.; Sravanthi, P.; Raj Bharath, S.; Arockiasamy, S.; George Johnson, M.; Nagaraja, K. S.; Jeyaraj, B.

    2017-02-01

    A novel binuclear zinc schiff's base complex bis[(pentylnitrilomethylidine)(pentylnitrilomethylidine-μ-phenalato)]dizinc(II) (hereafter referred as ZSP) was prepared and used as a precursor for the deposition of ZnO thin film by MOCVD. The dynamic TG run of ZSP showed sufficient volatility and good thermal stability. The temperature dependence of vapour pressure measured by transpiration technique yielded a value of 55.8 ± 2.3 kJ mol-1 for the enthalpy of sublimation (ΔH°sub) in the temperature range of 423-503 K. The crystal structure of ZSP was solved by single crystal XRD which exhibits triclinic crystal system with the space group of Pī. The molecular mass of ZSP was determined by mass spectrometry which yielded the m/z value of 891 and 445 Da corresponding to its dimeric as well as monomeric form. The complex ZSP was further characterized by FT-IR and NMR. The demonstration of ZnO thin film deposition was carried out by using plasma assisted MOCVD. The thin film XRD confirmed the highly oriented (002) ZnO thin films on Si(100) substrate. The uniformity and composition of the thin film were analyzed by SEM/EDX. The band gap of ZnO thin film measurement indicated the blue shift with the value of 3.79 eV.

  1. Characteristics of Ga-Al doped ZnO thin films with plasma treatment prepared by using facing target sputtering method.

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    Kim, Ki Hyun; Choi, Hyung Wook; Kim, Kyung Hwan

    2013-09-01

    Ga-Al-doped ZnO (GAZO) thin films were prepared on glass substrates using facing targets sputtering at room temperature. GAZO thin films have been treated in O2 plasma to modify surface roughness in order to enhance the efficiency of OLED anodes made from the films. After deposition of the thin films, the substrate was subjected to plasma surface treatment. The electrical, optical, and surface properties of the deposited thin films were investigated by hall-effect measurement, UV/Vis spectrometry, and atomic force microscopy (AFM), respectively. As a result of increasing the plasma treatment time from 0 to 45 sec, the surface roughness of films after plasma treatment was improved, but their electrical, optical, and structural properties were slightly changed. The lowest values of the surface roughness were 1.409 nm for the as-deposited GAZO thin films for an O2 plasma treatment time of 40 sec. All GAZO thin films have an average transmittance of 90% in the visible range (400-800 nm).

  2. Correlations between 1/f noise and thermal treatment of Al-doped ZnO thin films deposited by direct current sputtering

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    Barhoumi, A. Guermazi, S.; Leroy, G.; Gest, J.; Carru, J. C.; Yang, L.; Boughzala, H.; Duponchel, B.

    2014-05-28

    Al-doped ZnO thin films (AZO) have been deposited on amorphous glass substrates by DC sputtering at different substrate temperatures T{sub s}. X-Ray diffraction results reveal that AZO thin films have a hexagonal wurtzite structure with (002) preferred orientation. (002) peaks indicate that the crystalline structure of the films is oriented with c-axis perpendicular to the substrate. Three-dimensional (3D) atomic force microscopy images of AZO thin films deposited on glass substrate at 200 °C, 300 °C, and 400 °C, respectively, shows the improvement of the crystallinity and the homogeneity of AZO thin films with T{sub s} which is in agreement with the noise measurements. The noise was characterized between 1 Hz and 100 kHz and we have obtained 1/f spectra. The noise is very sensitive to the crystal structure especially to the orientation of the crystallites which is perpendicular to the substrate and to the grain boundaries which generate a high current flow and a sharp increase in noise. Through time, R{sub sh} and [αμ]{sub eff} increase with the modification of the crystallinity of AZO thin films. Study of noise aging shows that the noise is more sensitive than resistivity for all AZO thin films.

  3. Observation of dopant-profile independent electron transport in sub-monolayer TiO{sub x} stacked ZnO thin films grown by atomic layer deposition

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    Saha, D. E-mail: pmisra@rrcat.gov.in; Misra, P. E-mail: pmisra@rrcat.gov.in; Joshi, M. P.; Kukreja, L. M.; Das, Gangadhar

    2016-01-18

    Dopant-profile independent electron transport has been observed through a combined study of temperature dependent electrical resistivity and magnetoresistance measurements on a series of Ti incorporated ZnO thin films with varying degree of static-disorder. These films were grown by atomic layer deposition through in-situ vertical stacking of multiple sub-monolayers of TiO{sub x} in ZnO. Upon decreasing ZnO spacer layer thickness, electron transport smoothly evolved from a good metallic to an incipient non-metallic regime due to the intricate interplay of screening of spatial potential fluctuations and strength of static-disorder in the films. Temperature dependent phase-coherence length as extracted from the magnetotransport measurement revealed insignificant role of inter sub-monolayer scattering as an additional channel for electron dephasing, indicating that films were homogeneously disordered three-dimensional electronic systems irrespective of their dopant-profiles. Results of this study are worthy enough for both fundamental physics perspective and efficient applications of multi-stacked ZnO/TiO{sub x} structures in the emerging field of transparent oxide electronics.

  4. Wet chemical synthesis of ZnO thin films and sensitization to light with N3 dye for solar cell application

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    Baviskar, P. K.; Tan, Weiwei; Zhang, Jingbo; Sankapal, B. R.

    2009-06-01

    Simple wet chemical synthesis of ZnO thin films has been carried out at room temperature (27 °C) from an aqueous alkaline bath followed by annealing in air at 100 °C on fluorine doped tin oxide coated glass substrates. The deposited film showed an optical band gap of 3.28 eV with a thickness of about 40 µm with a hexagonal crystal structure. A flower-like surface morphology consisting of petals was observed. These petals are made up of a fibrous network with interconnected nanoparticles leading to a high surface area. This obliged us to use this structure for dye-sensitized solar cells with lower fabrication process cost than conventional high temperature sintered methods which are commonly used for ZnO and TiO2. It would be advantageous to use a flexible plastic substrate instead of routine glass in future. ZnO showed a current conversion efficiency (η) of 0.34% with chemically adsorbed N3 dye at standard AM 1.5 condition with illumination of light intensity 100 mW cm-2.

  5. Evolution of Metallic Conductivity in Epitaxial ZnO Thin Films on Systematic Al Doping

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    Chinta, P. V.; Lozano, O.; Wadekar, P. V.; Hsieh, W. C.; Seo, H. W.; Yeh, S. W.; Liao, C. H.; Tu, L. W.; Ho, N. J.; Zhang, Y. S.; Pang, W. Y.; Lo, Ikai; Chen, Q. Y.; Chu, W. K.

    2017-04-01

    The metal-like behaviors and metal-semiconductor transition (MST) of highly conducting Zn1- x Al x O ( x = 1 at.% to 10 at.%) thin films deposited by cosputtering on a-Al2O3 have been investigated. The temperature-dependent transport properties reveal that the Zn1- x Al x O films were highly degenerate. The MST temperature ( T MST) varied from 190 K to 260 K with Al doping from x = 2 at.% to 10 at.%. A simple degenerate band model is used to explain the observed shift in the metal-like behaviors upon Al doping. An empirical approach is used to analyze the resistivity functional below TMST, taking into account the contributions from both the weak localization and Coulomb interactions in explaining the MST. Analysis by least-square fittings of measured data shows excellent agreement. The optical bandgap increases with carrier concentration as n Hall 2/3 , which is interpreted as the Burstein-Moss shift for a nonparabolic effective mass. Such nonparabolicity is scrutinized by quantitative comparisons of the plasma edge values n optical versus the n Hall values.

  6. Evolution of Metallic Conductivity in Epitaxial ZnO Thin Films on Systematic Al Doping

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    Chinta, P. V.; Lozano, O.; Wadekar, P. V.; Hsieh, W. C.; Seo, H. W.; Yeh, S. W.; Liao, C. H.; Tu, L. W.; Ho, N. J.; Zhang, Y. S.; Pang, W. Y.; Lo, Ikai; Chen, Q. Y.; Chu, W. K.

    2016-11-01

    The metal-like behaviors and metal-semiconductor transition (MST) of highly conducting Zn1-x Al x O (x = 1 at.% to 10 at.%) thin films deposited by cosputtering on a-Al2O3 have been investigated. The temperature-dependent transport properties reveal that the Zn1-x Al x O films were highly degenerate. The MST temperature (T MST) varied from 190 K to 260 K with Al doping from x = 2 at.% to 10 at.%. A simple degenerate band model is used to explain the observed shift in the metal-like behaviors upon Al doping. An empirical approach is used to analyze the resistivity functional below TMST, taking into account the contributions from both the weak localization and Coulomb interactions in explaining the MST. Analysis by least-square fittings of measured data shows excellent agreement. The optical bandgap increases with carrier concentration as n {Hall/2/3}, which is interpreted as the Burstein-Moss shift for a nonparabolic effective mass. Such nonparabolicity is scrutinized by quantitative comparisons of the plasma edge values n optical versus the n Hall values.

  7. Photocatalytic activity of V doped ZnO nanoparticles thin films for the removal of 2- chlorophenol from the aquatic environment under natural sunlight exposure.

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    Salah, Numan; Hameed, A; Aslam, M; Babkair, Saeed S; Bahabri, F S

    2016-07-15

    Vanadium doped ZnO powders were used as precursors to deposit thin films of V(5+) incorporated ZnO nanoparticles on glass substrates by the pulsed laser deposition technique. The observed variations in Raman signals, visible region shift in the diffuse reflectance spectra along with a small shift in the (101) reflections of the X-ray diffraction (XRD) confirmed the insertion of V(5+) ions in ZnO lattice. No other additional reflection in the XRD results other than ZnO further endorsed the occupation of lattice positions by V entities rather than independent oxide formation. The asymmetric XPS peaks of Zn2p and V2p core levels confirmed the existence of both in the vicinity. The existence of minimal proportion of V(3+) along with V(5+) states varied the alteration of the oxidation states V in the synthetic route. The SEM images at various resolutions displayed the uniform distribution identical nanoparticles without the presence of additional phases in the deposited films. The SEM cross-section measurements revealed the uniform thickness of ∼90 nm of each film, whereas the surface studies of the films were performed by AFM. The as-synthesized films were tested for photocatalytic activity in sunlight illumination for the removal of 2-chlorophenol. The unique feature of the study was the estimation of the photocatalytic activity 20 ppm of 2-chlorophenol by exposing the low exposed area. The degradation of the substrate was measured by liquid phase UV-vis spectroscopy, whereas total organic carbon measurement revealed the mineralization of the substrate. The released Cl(-) ions were also measured by ion chromatography. The estimated flatband potentials and pHzpc values of the V doped materials, by Mott-Schottky analysis and zeta potential measurements respectively, were correlated with the photocatalytic activity. The kinetics of the photocatalytic degradation/mineralization process was estimated and results were correlated with the plausible mechanism.

  8. Investigation of the electrical and ethanol-vapour sensing properties of the junctions based on ZnO nanostructured thin film doped with copper

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    Dimitrov, Dimitre Tz.; Nikolaev, Nikolay K.; Papazova, Karolina I.; Krasteva, Lyudmila K.; Pronin, Igor A.; Averin, Igor A.; Bojinova, Assya S.; Georgieva, Angelina Ts.; Yakushova, Nadejda D.; Peshkova, Tatyana V.; Karmanov, Andrey A.; Kaneva, Nina V.; Moshnikov, Vyacheslav A.

    2017-01-01

    We present the investigation of ethanol sensing properties of the junctions composed by two plane-parallel nanostructured thin film electrodes. One of them consists of pure ZnO and the other one is composed of ZnO doped with Cu. The thickness of the lower layer was kept constant for all of the investigated structures. The thickness of the upper layer was varied. The samples were produced with different thickness of the top layer by changing the numbers of dip-coatings cycles. On produced junction structures we investigate the dependence of the potential difference on the temperature in the air flow and the changes that occur under exposure to flow of air with certain concentration of ethanol vapour. For ZnO/ZnO:Cu junction with top layer produced by two dip-coatings cycles, the potential difference under the air flow were getting more positive values up to 290 °C and then the values were decreasing, while for ZnO/ZnO:Cu junction with top layer produced by three dip-coatings cycles, the potential difference were getting more negative values with increasing the temperature. However in both cases the potential difference increases in value, when the structures are exposed to the vapour of ethanol. On this installation by the exchange the content of gas atmosphere at fixed temperature the ethanol concentration dependence of the potential difference of produced junction structures were evaluated. Both samples have shown nonlinear dependence of signal towards the concentration of ethanol vapour. The observed results for ZnO/ZnO:Cu were compared with those of the junctions composed by layers of ZnO doped with Ga and pure ZnO nanowires. The performed fractal analysis based on the SEM images showed a correlation between the fractal dimension of the surface of the upper layer of the samples and gas-sensitive properties of the sensing structures.

  9. Energy and charge transfers between (Bu{sub 4}N){sub 2}(Ru)(dcbpyH){sub 2}(NCS){sub 2} (N719) and ZnO thin films

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    Ni Manman; Cheng Qiang; Zhang, W. F.

    2010-03-15

    ZnO thin films and (Bu{sub 4}N){sub 2}(Ru)(dcbpyH){sub 2}(NCS){sub 2} (called N719) sensitized ZnO thin films are grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) conducting glass substrates using laser molecular beam epitaxy. Ultraviolet-visible absorption, photoluminescence (PL), surface photovoltage spectroscopy, and Raman scattering are employed to probe into the transition process of photogenerated charges and the interaction between ZnO and N719. The experimental results indicate that there is a significant electronic interaction between N719 and ZnO through chemiadsorption. The interaction greatly enhances the photogenerated charge separation and thus the photovoltaic response of the ZnO film but remarkedly weakens its radiative recombination, i.e., PL, implying strong energy and charge transfer occurring between N719 and ZnO. In addition, a new PL peak observed at about 720 nm in N719 sensitized ZnO/FTO is attributed to the electron-hole recombination of N719.

  10. 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.

  11. High Performance Flexible Actuator of Urchin-Like ZnO Nanostructure/Polyvinylenefluoride Hybrid Thin Film with Graphene Electrodes for Acoustic Generator and Analyzer.

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    Cheong, Oug Jae; Lee, James S; Kim, Jae Hyun; Jang, Jyongsik

    2016-05-01

    A bass frequency response enhanced flexible polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) based thin film acoustic actuator is successfully fabricated. High concentrations of various zinc oxide (ZnO) is embedded in PVDF matrix, enhancing the β phase content and the dielectric property of the composite thin film. ZnO acts as a nucleation agent for the crystallization of PVDF. A chemical vapor deposition grown graphene is used as electrodes, enabling high electron mobility for the distortion free acoustic signals. The frequency response of the fabricated acoustic actuator is studied as a function of the film thickness and filler content. The optimized film has a thickness of 80 μm with 30 wt% filler content and shows 72% and 42% frequency response enhancement in bass and midrange compared to the commercial PVDF, respectively. Also, the total harmonic distortion decreases to 82% and 74% in the bass and midrange regions, respectively. Furthermore, the composite film shows a promising potential for microphone applications. Most of all, it is demonstrated that acoustic actuator performance is strongly influenced by degree of PVDF crystalline.

  12. Effects of annealing temperature on the structural and optical properties of ZnO thin films prepared by sol-gel method

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    Li, Jitao; Yang, Dinyu; Zhu, Xinghua; Sun, Hui; Gao, Xiuying; Wangyang, Peihua; Tian, Haibo

    ZnO thin films have been prepared by sol-gel method in this paper. Zinc acetate, ethanol and mono-ethanolamine (MEA) were used as a metal precursor, solvent and stabilizer, respectively. The structural and optical properties of ZnO thin films were investigated and found to be strongly dependent on the annealing temperature. X-ray diffraction patterns revealed that as the annealing temperature increased, the crystalline quality of the samples became better. The atomic force microscope images of the samples show larger and compact grains at higher heat-treating temperature. The ultraviolet-visible transmittance spectra indicated that as the temperature increased, the transmittance improved and the energy gap became larger (from 3.11eV at 400∘C to 3.22eV at 500∘C). The photoluminescence spectra presented a variety of emission peaks, two strong peaks at 390nm and 469nm, respectively, from the intrinsic emission and point defects, and the intensity of these peaks decreased with the increase of temperature.

  13. Growth, structural and optoelectronic properties tuning of nitrogen-doped ZnO thin films synthesized by means of reactive pulsed laser deposition

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    Naouar, M.; Ka, I.; Gaidi, M.; Alawadhi, H.; Bessais, B.; Khakani, M.A.El

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • PLD technique has been used to elaborate N doped ZnO. • A maximum incorporation of 0.7 at.% has been achieved at a pressure of 25 mTorr. • Increasing the N{sub 2} pressure decreases the nitrogen content with the creation of more defects. • Optical transmission and PL spectra have confirmed the band gap narrowing. - Abstract: Pulsed laser deposition has been successfully used to achieve in-situ nitrogen doping of zinc oxide thin films at a temperature as low as 300 °C. Nitrogen-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:N) thin films with a maximum nitrogen content of 0.7 at.% were obtained by varying the nitrogen background pressure in the range of 0–150 mTorr. The ZnO:N thin films were found to present hexagonal crystalline structure with dense and smooth surface. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis confirms the effective incorporation of nitrogen into ZnO thin films. Optical transmission together with room temperature photoluminescence measurements show that the band gap of the ZnO:N films shifts from 3.3 eV to 3.1 eV as nitrogen concentration varies in the range of 0.2–0.7 at.%. The narrower band gap is obtained at an optimal nitrogen concentration of 0.22 at.%. This band gap narrowing is found to be caused by both nitrogen incorporation and nitrogen-induced defects in the ZnO:N films.

  14. Electronic structure of Al-doped ZnO transparent conductive thin films studied by x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopies

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    Huang, W. H.; Sun, S. J.; Chiou, J. W.; Chou, H.; Chan, T. S.; Lin, H.-J.; Kumar, Krishna; Guo, J.-H.

    2011-11-15

    This study used O K-, Zn L{sub 3}-, Zn K-, and Al K-edges x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) and O K-edge x-ray emission spectroscopy (XES) measurements to investigate the electronic structure of transparent Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin film conductors. The samples were prepared on glass substrates at a low temperature near 77 K by using a standard RF sputtering method. High-purity Ne (5N) was used as the sputtering gas. The crystallography of AZO thin films gradually transformed from the ZnO wurtize structure to an amorphous structure during sample deposition, which suggests the suitability to grow on flexible substrates, eliminating the severe degradation due to fragmentation by repeated bending. The O K- and Zn L{sub 3}-edges XANES spectra of AZO thin films revealed a decrease in the number of both O 2p and Zn 3d unoccupied states when the pressure of Ne was increased from 5 to 100 mTorr. In contrast, Al K-edges XANES spectra showed that the number of unoccupied states of Al 3p increased in conjunction with the pressure of Ne, indicating an electron transfer from Al to O atoms, and suggesting that Al doping increases the negative effective charge of oxygen ions. XES and XANES spectra of O 2p states at the O K-edge also revealed that Al doping not only raised the conduction-band-minimum, but also increased the valence-band-maximum and the band-gap. The results indicate that the reduction in conductivity of AZO thin films is due to the generation of ionic characters, the increase in band-gap, and the decrease in density of unoccupied states of oxygen.

  15. Growth and characterization of thin-film ZnO and Cu(In,Ga)Se(2) for photovoltaic applications

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    Zafar, Syed Arif

    Thin films of impurity doped ZnO are deposited on soda-lime glass substrates by reactive magnetron sputtering from a zinc target. ZnO:Al films with resistivities as low as 1.7× 10sp{-4}\\ Omega-cm can be achieved but at the cost of diminishing optical properties. At a substrate temperature of 350sp°C doping efficiencies approaching 100% are obtained. However, at doping levels above 4× 10sp{20} cmsp{-3} ionized impurity scattering affects mobility and free-carrier absorption increases which lowers optical transmittance. Hence, these fundamental mechanisms set the limits for the overall performance. ZnO:Ga films show higher conductivity as a result of improved microstructure when compared with ZnO:Al. Resistivity as low as 1.1× 10sp{-4}\\ Omega-cm can be achieved but is accompanied by the usual optical losses. F has not been found to be a better dopant for any set of deposition conditions. The high deposition rates from a metal target for Al or Ga doped films combined with good uniformity over the 4 inch-square substrate makes this process attractive for large-volume production applications. Cu(In,Ga)Sesb2 films are fabricated in a simple two-step process. A slightly In and Ga rich precursor is first formed at 275sp°C by depositing Cu/Ga sequentially and co-evaporating In and Se. This is followed by a second step during which the precursor is exposed to high Se flux (16 A/s) at 550sp°C for selenization. Se flux is then gradually lowered to remove excess In and Ga from the surface by forming volatile species (Insb2Se and Gasb2Se). Solar cells made from these films show good photovoltaic properties with conversion efficiencies of 10%. Removing excess In and Ga in step two causes complexities in processing. Another approach involves depositing a second Cu layer during selenization to form additional CIGS from excess In and Ga on the surface. Solar cells obtained from this process show significant improvement in the device parameters, resulting in conversion

  16. Photocatalytic activity of undoped and Ag-doped TiO{sub 2}-supported zeolite for humic acid degradation and mineralization

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    Lazau, C.; Ratiu, C.; Orha, C.; Pode, R.; Manea, F.

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: {yields} Hybrid materials based on natural zeolite and TiO{sub 2} obtained by solid-state reaction. {yields} XRD proved the presence of anatase form of undoped and Ag-doped TiO{sub 2} onto zeolite. {yields} FT-IR spectra evidenced the presence on TiO{sub 2} bounded at the zeolite network. {yields} Ag-doped TiO{sub 2} onto zeolitic matrix exhibited an enhanced photocatalytic activity. -- Abstract: The hybrid materials based on natural zeolite and undoped and Ag-doped TiO{sub 2}, i.e., Z-Na-TiO{sub 2} and Z-Na-TiO{sub 2}-Ag, were successfully synthesized by solid-state reaction in microwave-assisted hydrothermal conditions. Undoped TiO{sub 2} and Ag-doped TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals were previously synthesized by sol-gel method. The surface characterization of undoped TiO{sub 2}/Ag-doped TiO{sub 2} and natural zeolite hybrid materials has been investigated by X-ray diffraction, DRUV-VIS spectroscopy, FT-IR spectroscopy, BET analysis, SEM microscopy and EDX analysis. The results indicated that anatase TiO{sub 2} is the dominant crystalline type as spherical form onto zeolitic matrix. The presence of Ag into Z-Na-TiO{sub 2}-Ag was confirmed by EDX analysis. The DRUV-VIS spectra showed that Z-Na-TiO{sub 2}-Ag exhibited absorption within the range of 400-500 nm in comparison with Z-Na-TiO{sub 2} catalyst. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of Z-Na-TiO{sub 2}-Ag catalyst is proved through the degradation and mineralization of humic acid under ultraviolet and visible irradiation.

  17. Low temperature deposition of ZnO semiconductor thin films on a PEN substrate by a solution process

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    Tsay, Chien-Yie; Wu, Pei-Wen

    2013-07-01

    Low-temperature processed ZnO semiconductor films were deposited onto polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) plastic substrates by a spin coating technique using ZnO nanoparticle (NP) dispersion. The ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by the hydrothermal method, and solution processable dispersion was used to disperse the ZnO NPs in a mixed aqueous solution with a polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) dispersant agent. The effects of annealing temperature (from 150°C to 250°C) on the electrical properties of glass/ZnO film samples are reported. The optimized annealing condition (200°C) was applied for ZnO film deposited on a PEN substrate. Comparative electrical properties of the PEN/ZnO film samples before and after bending tests are also presented. Experimental results show that the electrical resistivity of the PEN/ZnO film sample was 1.91 × 104 Ω cm with a Hall mobility of 45.9 cm2/Vs. After bending tests, the electrical resistivity was raised to 1.26 × 105 Ω cm and the Hall mobility was reduced to 31.0 cm2/Vs.

  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

    2016-09-01

    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.

  19. 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.

  20. The influence of temperature, pressure and Ag doping on the physical properties of TiO2 nanoceramics.

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    Tran, V H; Głuchowski, P; Łukowiak, A; Stre Combining Cedilla K, W

    2016-12-01

    Undoped and Ag-doped TiO2 ceramics have been prepared at temperatures between 500-1000 °C and under pressures up to 8 GPa. Their crystal structures and physical properties were investigated by means of EDX, SEM, TEM, X-ray powder diffraction, and magnetization M, specific heat Cp and electrical resistance ρ measurements. It is found that the anatase-structured As-cast powder transforms into rutile and columbite-type at 500 °C and 5.5 GPa. The stabilization of the latter phase is fulfilled under a pressure of 8 GPa and at temperatures above 800 °C. On the basis of experimental results, we conclude that the physical properties of TiO2 can be tailored along with its crystal structure. In particular, magnetic properties change from paramagnetic in anatase and rutile to magnetic correlations and in all likelihood magnetic-field-induced antiferromagnetic short-range order in columbite-structured TiO2. Contrasting behaviour in the temperature dependences of specific heat between anatase/rutile and columbite-type TiO2 is obvious. Differently from anatase/rutile, the Cp of columbite-type TiO2 exhibits a low-temperature excess, being interpreted as due to magnetic correlations, or else the prevalence of soft modes. An analysis of ρ(T) for columbite-type TiO2 in the temperature range of 280-400 K reveals the presence of a new trapping state at an energy level of ∼28 meV within the originally forbidden gap. Furthermore, thermal fluctuation-induced tunnelling and hopping conductivities are suggested to govern in a lower temperature range. We recognize that the Ag-doped contents do not alter the crystal structure but considerably enhance magnetic correlations, compared to undoped samples.

  1. Influence of Incorporated Pt-Fe2O3 Core-Shell Nanoparticles on the Resistive Switching Characteristics of ZnO Thin Film.

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    Yoo, E J; Kang, S Y; Shim, E L; Yoon, T S; Kang, C J; Choi, Y J

    2015-11-01

    The resistance-switching characteristics of metal oxides have attracted great interest for the non-volatile memory applications such as resistive random access memory. A basic resistive random access memory device has a metal/insulator/metal structure, and its memory effect is achieved by applying voltage to change the resistance of the insulating layer. One of the promising candidates for explaining the resistance-switching mechanism is the formation and rupture of nanoscale conductive filaments. However, this model has an issue that needs to be addressed: the wide distribution of switching voltage due to randomly formed filaments. Therefore, some researchers have reported a decrease in switching voltage distribution and an increase in switching stability by incorporating nanoparticles into the insulating layer. In this study, we investigated influence of incorporated Pt-Fe2O3 core-shell nanoparticles on the resistive switching characteristics of ZnO thin films. Devices were fabricated on SiO2 wafers. A 100-nm-thick Cr layer was used as the bottom electrode. A 50-nm-thick ZnO layer was deposited using the sputtering method, and Pt-Fe2O3 nanoparticles were deposited on it by the dip coating method. A 50-nm-thick ZnO layer was then deposited again. A top Cr electrode (size: 100 μm x 100 μm) was deposited using a shadow mask and sputtering system. All the devices showed bipolar resistance-switching behavior that is observed in Cr/ZnO/Cr structures. However, the on/off voltage was dramatically lowered by incorporating nanoparticles into the insulating layer when compared with that of the devices without nanoparticles. In addition, the switching stability of the devices was improved upon the incorporation of nanoparticles. On the basis of these results, we can conclude that Pt-Fe2O3 nanoparticles may be used to enhance the resistance switching properties of ZnO thin films by incorporating them into the films.

  2. Effect of TiO 2 buffer layer on the structural and optical properties of ZnO thin films deposited by E-beam evaporation and sol-gel method

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    Xu, Linhua; Shi, Linxing; Li, Xiangyin

    2008-12-01

    In this work, TiO 2 buffer layers were first deposited on Si substrates by electron beam evaporation, and then ZnO thin films were deposited on TiO 2 buffer layers by electron beam evaporation and a sol-gel method, respectively. The structural features and surface morphologies of these films were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and a scanning probe microscope (SPM), respectively. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra were measured by a fluorophotometer. The analyses of the structures and surface morphologies showed that all the ZnO thin films were preferentially oriented along the c-axis perpendicular to the substrate surface; TiO 2 buffer layers increased the intensity of (0 0 2) diffraction peaks, made the grains denser and the surfaces of the films smoother. The photoluminescence spectra showed that TiO 2 buffer layers enhanced ultraviolet emissions and reduced visible emissions of the ZnO thin films to a large degree. All the results suggested that the use of TiO 2 buffer layers effectively improved the quality of ZnO thin films.

  3. Growth of Cu{sub 2}O on Ga-doped ZnO and their interface energy alignment for thin film solar cells

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    Wong, L. M.; Chiam, S. Y.; Wang, S. J.; Pan, J. S.; Huang, J. Q.; Chim, W. K.

    2010-08-15

    Cu{sub 2}O thin films are deposited by direct current reactive magnetron sputtering on borofloat glass and indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass at room temperature. The effect of oxygen partial pressure on the structures and properties of Cu{sub 2}O thin films are investigated. We show that oxygen partial pressure is a crucial parameter in achieving pure phases of CuO and Cu{sub 2}O. Based on this finding, we fabricate heterojunctions of p-type Cu{sub 2}O with n-type gallium doped ZnO (GZO) on ITO coated glass substrates by pulsed laser deposition for GZO thin films. The energy band alignment for thin films of Cu{sub 2}O/GZO on ITO glass is characterized using high-resolution x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The energy band alignment for the Cu{sub 2}O/GZO heterojunctions is determined to be type II with a valence band offset of 2.82 eV and shows negligible effects of variation with gallium doping. The higher conduction band of the Cu{sub 2}O relative to that of GZO in the obtained band alignment shows that the heterojunctions are suitable for solar cell application based on energy levels consideration.

  4. Highly transparent and lower resistivity of yttrium doped ZnO thin films grown on quartz glass by sol-gel method

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    Kaur, Narinder; Sharma, Sanjeev K.; Kim, Deuk Young; Singh, Narinder

    2016-11-01

    We prepared highly transparent yttrium-doped ZnO (YZO) thin films on quartz glass by a sol-gel method, and then annealed them at 600 °C in vacuum. All samples showed hexagonal wurtzite structure with a preferential orientation along the (002) direction. We observed the average grain size of Y: 2 at% thin film to be in the range of 15-20 nm. We observed blue shift in the optical bandgap (3.29 eV→3.32 eV) by increasing the Y concentration (0-2 at%), due to increasing the number of electrons, and replacing the di-valent (Zn2+) with tri-valent (Y3+) dopants. Replacing the higher ionic radii (Y3+) with smaller ionic radii (Zn2+) expanded the local volume of the lattice, which reduced the lattice defects, and increased the intensity ratio of NBE/DLE emission (INBE/IDLE). We also observed the lowest (172 meV) Urbach energy of Y: 2 at% thin film, and confirmed the high structural quality. Incorporation of the appropriate Y concentration (2 at%) improved the crystallinity of YZO thin films, which led to less carrier scattering and lower resistivity.

  5. SiO2 substrate and Mo,In codoping effect on crystalline and vibrational characteristics of ZnO sprayed thin films

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    Souissi, A.; Mimouni, R.; Amlouk, M.; Guermazi, S.

    2015-09-01

    Undoped ZnO and codoped ZnO:Mo:In thin films were deposited on an amorphous SiO2 substrate at 460 °C using a (Mo/Zn) molar ratio of 1% and (In/Zn) ratios of 1%, 2%, 3% and 10%. The thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS), and Raman spectroscopy (RS). The results revealed that the average crystallite sizes ranged from 36.2 to 18.97 nm, decreasing uniformly with the increase of co-doping. They were also lower than the grain size values of 48.29, 51.38, 60.59, 36.76, and 54.52 nm and dependent on the evolution of the residual compressive stress values, namely 0.358, 0.314, 0.569, 0.278 and 0.108 GPa, without and with the co-doping, respectively. The non-uniformities recorded at In 2% could presumably be attributed to the variable effect of the SiO2 substrate and dopants on the formation of ZnO:Mo:In thin films. Raman spectroscopy confirmed the findings from structural analysis, showing that all samples crystallized following the hexagonal Wurtzite single phase. It highlighted the presence of two dominant bands, 1LO and 2LO, whose ∼71 and 137 meV energies were comparable and above the ZnO exciton binding energy of 60 meV. The 2LO band showed marked dependencies on the physicochemical parameters mentioned above. The strong bands noted for optimal co-doping at Mo 1% and In 3% can be used (tested) in various electrical and optoelectronic applications.

  6. 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.

  7. Effects of Substrate and Post-Growth Treatments on the Microstructure and Properties of ZnO Thin Films Prepared by Atomic Layer Deposition

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    Haseman, Micah; Saadatkia, P.; Winarski, D. J.; Selim, F. A.; Leedy, K. D.; Tetlak, S.; Look, D. C.; Anwand, W.; Wagner, A.

    2016-12-01

    Aluminum-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al) thin films were synthesized by atomic layer deposition on silicon, quartz and sapphire substrates and characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution scanning electron microscopy, optical spectroscopy, conductivity mapping, Hall effect measurements and positron annihilation spectroscopy. XRD showed that the as-grown films are of single-phase ZnO wurtzite structure and do not contain any secondary or impurity phases. The type of substrate was found to affect the orientation and degree of crystallinity of the films but had no effect on the defect structure or the transport properties of the films. High conductivity of 10-3 Ω cm, electron mobility of 20 cm2/Vs and carrier density of 1020 cm-3 were measured in most films. Thermal treatments in various atmospheres induced a large effect on the thickness, structure and electrical properties of the films. Annealing in a Zn and nitrogen environment at 400°C for 1 h led to a 16% increase in the thickness of the film; this indicates that Zn extracts oxygen atoms from the matrix and forms new layers of ZnO. On the other hand, annealing in a hydrogen atmosphere led to the emergence of an Al2O3 peak in the XRD pattern, which implies that hydrogen and Al atoms compete to occupy Zn sites in the ZnO lattice. Only ambient air annealing had an effect on film defect density and electrical properties, generating reductions in conductivity and electron mobility. Depth-resolved measurements of positron annihilation spectroscopy revealed short positron diffusion lengths and high concentrations of defects in all as-grown films. However, these defects did not diminish the electrical conductivity in the films.

  8. Physical and photo-electrochemical characterizations of ZnO thin films deposited by ultrasonic spray method: Application to HCrO4- photoreduction

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    Zebbar, N.; Trari, M.; Doulache, M.; Boughelout, A.; Chabane, L.

    2014-02-01

    ZnO thin films, prepared by ultrasonic spray onto glass substrate, crystallize in the wurtzite structure. The XRD pattern shows preferential orientation along the [0 0 2] direction. The films deposited at 350 °C consist of 60 nm crystallites with an average thickness of ∼150 nm and SEM images show rough surface areas. The gap increases with increasing the temperature of the substrate and a value of 3.25 eV is obtained for films deposited at 350 °C. ZnO is nominally non-stochiometric and exhibits n-type conduction because of the native defects such as oxygen vacancies (VO) and/or interstitial zinc atom (Zni) which act as donor shallows. The conductivity is thermally activated and obeys to an exponential type law with activation energy of 57 meV and an electron mobility of 7 cm2 V-1 s-1. The capacitance-voltage (C-2 V) measurement in acid electrolyte (pH ∼ 3) shows a linear behavior with a positive slope, characteristic of n-type conduction. A flat band potential of -0.70 VSCE and a donors density of 5.30 × 1016 cm-3 are determined. The Nyquist plot exhibits two semicircles attributed to a capacitive behavior with a low density of surface states within the gap region. The centre is localized below the real axis with a depletion angle of 16° ascribed to a constant phase element (CPE) due to the roughness of the film. The energy band diagram assesses the potentiality of ZnO films for the photo-electrochemical conversion. As application, 94% of chromate (3.8 × 10-4 M) is reduced after 6 h under sunlight (AM 1) with a quantum yield of 0.06% and the oxidation follows a first order kinetic.

  9. Comparison of heterojunction device parameters for pure and doped ZnO thin films with IIIA (Al or In) elements grown on silicon at room ambient

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    Kaya, Ahmet; Cansizoglu, Hilal; Mamtaz, Hasina H.; Mayet, Ahmed S.; Islam, M. Saif

    2016-09-01

    In this work, pure and IIIA element doped ZnO thin films were grown on p type silicon (Si) with (100) orientated surface by sol-gel method, and were characterized for comparing their electrical characteristics. The heterojunction parameters were obtained from the current-voltage (I-V) and capacitance-voltage (C-V) characteristics at room temperature. The ideality factor (n), saturation current (Io) and junction resistance of ZnO/p-Si heterojunction for both pure and doped (with Al or In) cases were determined by using different methods at room ambient. Other electrical parameters such as Fermi energy level (EF), barrier height (ΦB), acceptor concentration (Na), built-in potential (Φi) and voltage dependence of surface states (Nss) profile were obtained from the C-V measurements. The results reveal that doping ZnO with IIIA (Al or In) elements to fabricate n-ZnO/p-Si heterojunction can result in high performance diode characteristics.

  10. Impact of 100 MeV Ag7+ SHI irradiation fluence and N incorporation on structural, optical, electrical and gas sensing properties of ZnO thin films

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    Balakrishnan, L.; Gokul Raj, S.; Meher, S. R.; Asokan, K.; Alex, Z. C.

    2015-06-01

    In the present study, we have investigated the influence of Ag7+ ion irradiation fluence and N incorporation on structural, optical, electrical and gas sensing properties of ZnO thin films. The X-ray diffraction analysis reveals the retainment of ZnO wurtzite structure even at higher fluence irradiation with slight decrease in crystallinity. Photoluminescence and Hall effect measurement analysis showed an increase in density of defects for high ion fluence irradiation. Atomic force microscope analysis shows that the films irradiated at high ion fluence have vertical standing needle-like morphology and also have high value of roughness compared with the films irradiated at low ion fluence. The ammonia and methanol gas sensing properties of the films have been studied at different operating temperature and gas concentration. It conveys that the films have selectivity towards ammonia than methanol and also that the films irradiated at high ion fluence exhibit better sensitivity, low response and recovery times compared with the films irradiated at low ion fluence. The film grown in oxygen ambience and irradiated at high ion fluence showed good sensing characteristics at all temperatures even at room temperature.

  11. Improved Device Performance of Polymer Solar Cells by Using a Thin Light-harvesting-Complex Modified ZnO Film as the Cathode Interlayer.

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    Liu, Xiaohui; Liu, Cheng; Sun, Ruixue; Liu, Kun; Zhang, Yajie; Wang, Hai-Qiao; Fang, Junfeng; Yang, Chunhong

    2015-09-02

    In this study, a high-performance inverted polymer solar cell (PSC) has been fabricated by incorporating a zinc oxide (ZnO)/light-harvesting complex II (LHCII) stacked structure as the cathode interlayer. The LHCII not only smoothens the film surface of ZnO, improves the contact between ZnO and the photoactive layer, but also suppresses the charge carrier recombination at the interface, hence all the device parameters of PTB7-based solar cells are simultaneously improved, yielding higher power conversion efficiency (PCE) up to 9.01% compared with the control one (PCE 8.01%). And the thin LHCII modification layer also presents similar positive effects in the PTB7-Th:PC71BM system (PCE from 8.31% to 9.60%). These results put forward a facile approach to the interfacial modification in high-performance PSCs and provide new insight into developing and utilizing inexpensive and environmentally friendly materials from the fields of biological photosynthesis.

  12. Study on the Conductance and Photo-Conductance of ZnO Thin Films at Different Temperatures in Air and N2-Atmosphere

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    Burruel-Ibarra, S. E.; Cruz-Vázquez, C.; Bernal, R.; Aceves, R.; Orante-Barrón, V. R.; Grijalva-Monteverde, H.; Piters, T. M.; Castaño, V. M.

    2016-01-01

    We report the photoconductance of ZnO thin films obtained from thermally treated ZnS films grown by a chemical bath deposition method. The measurements of photo-conductance were performed in an atmosphere of air or nitrogen (N2) at different temperatures between 300 K and 375 K. The augmented conductance after ultraviolet (UV) irradiation (330-380 nm) in air fades away slowly to its original value, whereas in a nitrogen atmosphere, a significant part of the augmented conductance remains. Measurements of electrical conductance as a function of temperature in N2 or air, in the dark or the light, seem to indicate that the donor concentration is increased during the UV irradiation, suggesting that oxygen vacancies and interstitials are created. An alternative model for the photoconduction in ZnO is proposed in which the slow increase of conduction during irradiation is explained by an increase of donors instead of photoelectrons. In this model, the photoelectrons would only play a role in the mechanism of the creation of donors.

  13. Flexural-standing-wave elastic force motor using ZnO and PZT thin film on micromachined silicon membranes for wristwatch applications

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    Racine, Georges-A.; Muralt, Paul; Dubois, Marc-A.

    1998-06-01

    Ultrasonic motors for low electrical power applications are considered for portable devices such as an electronic wristwatch. For the study of a standing wave type motor, a modular approach was proposed, where stators and rotors are added in an assembly step. The mode conversion principle called the `elastic fin motor' and its extension to an `elastic force motor' suitable for a flat profile motor are discussed. Fabrication methods and the mechanical response of silicon diaphragms covered by PZT 0964-1726/7/3/015/img6 and ZnO (zinc oxide) piezoelectric thin films are compared. A closed loop position control using an integrated piezoelectric stress detection is proposed and demonstrated. The target torque of 0964-1726/7/3/015/img7 at a mechanical power of a few 0964-1726/7/3/015/img8 has been achieved. A long-term test during 2 months of continuous operation proved an acceptable reliability for the specified applications.

  14. A spectroscopic comparison of IGZO thin films and the parent In2O3, Ga2O3, and ZnO single crystals

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    Haeberle, J.; Brizzi, S.; Gaspar, D.; Barquinha, P.; Galazka, Z.; Schulz, D.; Schmeißer, D.

    2016-10-01

    We use resonant photoelectron spectroscopy at the Zn 2p, Ga 2p, In 3d, and O 1s absorption edges to report on the electronic properties of indium-gallium-zinc-oxide thin films. We also compare the data with the respective data of the corresponding single crystals In2O3, Ga2O3, and ZnO. We focus on the elemental composition and, in particular, find no evidence for oxygen deficiency. The In, Ga, and Zn absorption data at resonance can be used to analyze the conduction band states in detail. We deduce that a configuration interaction between d10s0 and d9s1states is of importance. We provided a novel mechanism in which configuration interaction induced gap states create both, extended unoccupied states around E F as well as localized occupied states within the gap.

  15. Stress-induced anomalous shift of optical band gap in Ga-doped ZnO thin films: Experimental and first-principles study

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    Wang, Yaqin; Tang, Wu E-mail: lan.zhang@mail.xjtu.edu.cn; Liu, Jie; Zhang, Lan E-mail: lan.zhang@mail.xjtu.edu.cn

    2015-04-20

    In this work, highly c-axis oriented Ga-doped ZnO thin films have been deposited on glass substrates by RF magnetron sputtering under different sputtering times. The optical band gap is observed to shift linearly with the electron concentration and in-plane stress. The failure of fitting the shift of band gap as a function of electron concentration using the available theoretical models suggests the in-plane stress, instead of the electron concentration, be regarded as the dominant cause to this anomalous redshift of the optical band gap. And the mechanism of stress-dependent optical band gap is supported by the first-principles calculation based on density functional theory.

  16. Doping effect on SILAR synthesized crystalline nanostructured Cu-doped ZnO thin films grown on indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates and its characterization

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    Dhaygude, H. D.; Shinde, S. K.; Velhal, Ninad B.; Takale, M. V.; Fulari, V. J.

    2016-08-01

    In the present study, a novel chemical route is used to synthesize the undoped and Cu-doped ZnO thin films in aqueous solution by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. The synthesized thin films are characterized by x-ray diffractometer (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDAX), contact angle goniometer and UV-Vis spectroscopic techniques. XRD study shows that the prepared films are polycrystalline in nature with hexagonal crystal structure. The change in morphology for different doping is observed in the studies of FE-SEM. EDAX spectrum shows that the thin films consist of zinc, copper and oxygen elements. Contact angle goniometer is used to measure the contact angle between a liquid and a solid interface and after detection, the nature of the films is initiated from hydrophobic to hydrophilic. The optical band gap energy for direct allowed transition ranging between 1.60-2.91 eV is observed.

  17. Transparent conducting Al-doped ZnO thin films prepared by magnetron sputtering with dc and rf powers applied in combination

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    Minami, Tadatsugu; Ohtani, Yuusuke; Miyata, Toshihiro; Kuboi, Takeshi

    2007-07-15

    A newly developed Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin-film magnetron-sputtering deposition technique that decreases resistivity, improves resistivity distribution, and produces high-rate depositions has been demonstrated by dc magnetron-sputtering depositions that incorporate rf power (dc+rf-MS), either with or without the introduction of H{sub 2} gas into the deposition chamber. The dc+rf-MS preparations were carried out in a pure Ar or an Ar+H{sub 2} (0%-2%) gas atmosphere at a pressure of 0.4 Pa by adding a rf component (13.56 MHz) to a constant dc power of 80 W. The deposition rate in a dc+rf-MS deposition incorporating a rf power of 150 W was approximately 62 nm/min, an increase from the approximately 35 nm/min observed in dc magnetron sputtering with a dc power of 80 W. A resistivity as low as 3x10{sup -4} {omega} cm and an improved resistivity distribution could be obtained in AZO thin films deposited on substrates at a low temperature of 150 deg. C by dc+rf-MS with the introduction of hydrogen gas with a content of 1.5%. This article describes the effects of adding a rf power component (i.e., dc+rf-MS deposition) as well as introducing H{sub 2} gas into dc magnetron-sputtering preparations of transparent conducting AZO thin films.

  18. High activity of Ag-doped Cd0.1Zn0.9S photocatalyst prepared by the hydrothermal method for hydrogen production under visible-light irradiation

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    Kimi, Melody; Shamsuddin, Mustaffa

    2014-01-01

    Summary Background: The hydrothermal method was used as a new approach to prepare a series of Ag-doped Cd0.1Zn0.9S photocatalysts. The effect of Ag doping on the properties and photocatalytic activity of Cd0.1Zn0.9S was studied for the hydrogen production from water reduction under visible light irradiation. Results: Compared to the series prepared by the co-precipitation method, samples prepared by the hydrothermal method performed with a better photocatalytic activity. The sample with the optimum amount of Ag doping showed the highest hydrogen production rate of 3.91 mmol/h, which was 1.7 times higher than that of undoped Cd0.1Zn0.9S. With the Ag doping, a red shift in the optical response was observed, leading to a larger portion of the visible light absorption than that of without doping. In addition to the larger absorption in the visible-light region, the increase in photocatalytic activity of samples with Ag doping may also come from the Ag species facilitating electron–hole separation. Conclusion: This study demonstrated that Ag doping is a promising way to enhance the activity of Cd0.1Zn0.9S photocatalyst. PMID:24991495

  19. p-type conduction from Sb-doped ZnO thin films grown by dual ion beam sputtering in the absence of oxygen ambient

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    Kumar Pandey, Sushil; Kumar Pandey, Saurabh; Awasthi, Vishnu; Kumar, Ashish; Mukherjee, Shaibal; Deshpande, Uday P.; Gupta, Mukul

    2013-10-28

    Sb-doped ZnO (SZO) thin films were deposited on c-plane sapphire substrates by dual ion beam sputtering deposition system in the absence of oxygen ambient. The electrical, structural, morphological, and elemental properties of SZO thin films were studied for films grown at different substrate temperatures ranging from 200 °C to 600 °C and then annealed in situ at 800 °C under vacuum (pressure ∼5 × 10{sup −8} mbar). Films grown for temperature range of 200–500 °C showed p-type conduction with hole concentration of 1.374 × 10{sup 16} to 5.538 × 10{sup 16} cm{sup −3}, resistivity of 66.733–12.758 Ω cm, and carrier mobility of 4.964–8.846 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1} at room temperature. However, the film grown at 600 °C showed n-type behavior. Additionally, current-voltage (I–V) characteristic of p-ZnO/n-Si heterojunction showed a diode-like behavior, and that further confirmed the p-type conduction in ZnO by Sb doping. X-ray diffraction measurements showed that all SZO films had (002) preferred crystal orientation. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis confirmed the formation of Sb{sub Zn}–2V{sub Zn} complex caused acceptor-like behavior in SZO films.

  20. One-step growth of structured ZnO thin films by chemical bath deposition in aqueous ammonia solution

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    Huang, S M; Bian, Z Q; Chu, J B; Wang, Z A; Zhang, D W; Li, X D; Zhu, H B; Sun, Z

    2009-03-01

    Structured ZnO films have been fabricated on soda-lime glass slides at a low temperature (80-85 °C) by a chemical bath deposition method in one step without seed layers. Mixed aqueous solutions of zinc sulfate, ammonia and thiourea were used at alkaline conditions. The influence of the ammonia concentration in the initial solution on the property of the deposited film was investigated systematically. The morphology, structural and optical properties of the deposited films were examined and characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), energy-dispersive spectroscopy x-ray diffraction (EDX), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Raman spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Structural analyses with XRD, EDX and SEM revealed that the formed films exhibit a wurtzite hexagonal phase. The deposited film was more preferentially oriented in the (0 0 2) direction with an increase in the ammonia concentration from 0.75 to 2 mol l-1. The optical-phonon E2 mode at 437 cm-1 in the Raman spectrum, together with the XRD and EDX analyses, showed that flower-like and columnar crystalline ZnO films were formed in two ammonia concentration ranges, 0.75-1.4 mol l-1 and 1.6-2.0 mol l-1, respectively. Furthermore, PL spectra showed strong and high intensity peaks of UV emission with suppressed green emission for these deposited ZnO films. ZnS films were formed with a high ammonia concentration of 3.0 M. The formation mechanisms of ZnO, Zn(OH)2 and ZnS phases were discussed.

  1. Growth stimulation of Bacillus cereus and Pseudomonas putida using nanostructured ZnO thin film as transducer element

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    Loukanov, Alexandre; Filipov, Chavdar; Valcheva, Violeta; Lecheva, Marta; Emin, Saim

    2015-04-01

    The semiconductor zinc oxide nanomaterial (ZnO or ZnO:H) is widely used in advanced biosensor technology for the design of highly-sensitive detector elements for various applications. In the attempt to evaluate its effect on common microorganisms, two types of nanostructured transducer films have been used (average diameter 600-1000 nm). They have been prepared by using both wet sol-gel method and magnetron sputtering. Their polycrystalline structure and specific surface features have been analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope, and atomic force microscope. The assessment of growth stimulation of bacteria was determined using epifluorescent microscope by cell staining with Live/Dead BacLight kit. In our experiments, the growth stimulation of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria on nanostructured ZnO film is demonstrated by Bacillus cereus and Pseudomonas putida. These two bacterial species have been selected, because they are well known and studied in biosensor technologies, with structural difference of their cell walls. These pathogens are easy for with common source in the liquid food or some commercial products. Our data has revealed that the method of transducer film preparation influences strongly bacterial inhibition and division. These results present the transforming signal precisely, when ZnO is used in biosensor applications.

  2. Characterization of ZnO Interlayers for Organic Solar Cells: Correlation of Electrochemical Properties with Thin-Film Morphology and Device Performance.

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    Ou, Kai-Lin; Ehamparam, Ramanan; MacDonald, Gordon; Stubhan, Tobias; Wu, Xin; Shallcross, R Clayton; Richards, Robin; Brabec, Christoph J; Saavedra, S Scott; Armstrong, Neal R

    2016-08-03

    This report focuses on the evaluation of the electrochemical properties of both solution-deposited sol-gel (sg-ZnO) and sputtered (sp-ZnO) zinc oxide thin films, intended for use as electron-collecting interlayers in organic solar cells (OPVs). In the electrochemical studies (voltammetric and impedance studies), we used indium-tin oxide (ITO) over coated with either sg-ZnO or sp-ZnO interlayers, in contact with either plain electrolyte solutions, or solutions with probe redox couples. The electroactive area of exposed ITO under the ZnO interlayer was estimated by characterizing the electrochemical response of just the oxide interlayer and the charge transfer resistance from solutions with the probe redox couples. Compared to bare ITO, the effective electroactive area of ITO under sg-ZnO films was ca. 70%, 10%, and 0.3% for 40, 80, and 120 nm sg-ZnO films. More compact sp-ZnO films required only 30 nm thicknesses to achieve an effective electroactive ITO area of ca. 0.02%. We also examined the electrochemical responses of these same ITO/ZnO heterojunctions overcoated with device thickness pure poly(3-hexylthiophehe) (P3HT), and donor/acceptor blended active layers (P3HT:PCBM). Voltammetric oxidation/reduction of pure P3HT thin films on ZnO/ITO contacts showed that pinhole pathways exist in ZnO films that permit dark oxidation (ITO hole injection into P3HT). In P3HT:PCBM active layers, however, the electrochemical activity for P3HT oxidation is greatly attenuated, suggesting PCBM enrichment near the ZnO interface, effectively blocking P3HT interaction with the ITO contact. The shunt resistance, obtained from dark current-voltage behavior in full P3HT/PCBM OPVs, was dependent on both (i) the porosity of the sg-ZnO or sp-ZnO films (as revealed by probe molecule electrochemistry) and (ii) the apparent enrichment of PCBM at ZnO/P3HT:PCBM interfaces, both effects conveniently revealed by electrochemical characterization. We anticipate that these approaches will be

  3. Photocatalytic characteristics for the nanocrystalline TiO2 on the Ag-doped CaAl2O4:(Eu,Nd) phosphor

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    Kim, Jung-Sik; Sung, Hyun-Je; Kim, Bum-Joon

    2015-04-01

    This study investigated the photocatalytic behavior of nanocrystalline TiO2 deposited on Ag-doped long-lasting phosphor (CaAl2O4:Eu2+,Nd3+). The CaAl2O4:Eu2+,Nd3+ phosphor powders were prepared via conventional sintering using CaCO3, Al2O3, Eu2O3, and Nd2O3 as raw materials according to the appropriate molar ratios. Silver nanoparticles were loaded on the phosphor by mixing with an aqueous Ag-dispersion solution. Nanocrystalline TiO2 was deposited on Ag-doped CaAl2O4:Eu2+,Nd3+ powders via low-pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD). The TiO2 coated on the phosphor was actively photo-reactive under irradiation with visible light and showed much faster benzene degradation than pure TiO2, which is almost non-reactive. The coupling of TiO2 with phosphor may result in an energy band bending in the junction region, which then induces the TiO2 crystal at the interface to be photo-reactive under irradiation with visible light. In addition, the intermetallic compound of CaTiO3 that formed at the interface between TiO2 and the CaAl2O4:(Eu2+,Nd3+) phosphor results in the formation of oxygen vacancies and additional electrons that promote the photodecomposition of benzene gas. The addition of Ag nanoparticles enhanced the photocatalytic reactivity of the TiO2/CaAl2O4:Eu2+,Nd3+ phosphor. TiO2 on the Ag-doped phosphor presented a higher benzene gas decomposition rate than the TiO2 did on the phosphor without Ag-doping under both irradiation with ultraviolet and visible light.

  4. Domain matched epitaxial growth of (111) Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} thin films on (0001) Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} with ZnO buffer layer

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    Krishnaprasad, P. S. E-mail: mkj@cusat.ac.in; Jayaraj, M. K. E-mail: mkj@cusat.ac.in; Antony, Aldrin; Rojas, Fredy

    2015-03-28

    Epitaxial (111) Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}TiO{sub 3} (BST) thin films have been grown by pulsed laser deposition on (0001) Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrate with ZnO as buffer layer. The x-ray ω-2θ, Φ-scan and reciprocal space mapping indicate epitaxial nature of BST thin films. The domain matched epitaxial growth of BST thin films over ZnO buffer layer was confirmed using Fourier filtered high resolution transmission electron microscope images of the film-buffer interface. The incorporation of ZnO buffer layer effectively suppressed the lattice mismatch and promoted domain matched epitaxial growth of BST thin films. Coplanar inter digital capacitors fabricated on epitaxial (111) BST thin films show significantly improved tunable performance over polycrystalline thin films.

  5. Effect of deposition times on structure of Ga-doped ZnO thin films as humidity sensor

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    Khalid, Faridzatul Shahira; Awang, Rozidawati

    2014-09-03

    Gallium doped zinc oxide (GZO) has good electrical property. It is widely used as transparent electrode in photovoltaic devices, and sensing element in gas and pressure sensors. GZO thin film was prepared using magnetron sputtering. Film deposition times were set at 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 minutes to get samples of different thickness. X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to determine the structure of GZO thin films. Structure for GZO thin film is hexagonal wurtzite structure. Morphology and thickness of GZO thin films was observed from FESEM micrographs. Grain size and thickness of thin films improved with increasing deposition times. However, increasing the thickness of thin films occur below 25 minutes only. Electrical properties of GZO thin films were studied using a four-point probe technique. The changes in the structure of the thin films lead to the changed of their electrical properties resulting in the reduction of the film resistance. These thin films properties significantly implying the potential application of the sample as a humidity sensor.

  6. Synthesis, characterizations and anti-bacterial activities of pure and Ag doped CdO nanoparticles by chemical precipitation method

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    Sivakumar, S.; Venkatesan, A.; Soundhirarajan, P.; Khatiwada, Chandra Prasad

    2015-02-01

    In the present study, synthesized pure and Ag (1%, 2%, and 3%) doped Cadmium Oxide (CdO) nanoparticles by chemical precipitation method. Then, the synthesized products were characterized by thermo gravimetric-differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, Ultra violet-Vis diffused reflectance spectroscopy (UV-Vis-DRS), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Energy dispersive X-rays (EDX) spectroscopy, and anti-bacterial activities, respectively. The transition temperatures and phase transitions of Cd(OH)2 to CdO at 400 °C was confirmed by TG-DTA analysis. The XRD patterns show the cubic shape and average particle sizes are 21, 40, 34, and 37 nm, respectively for pure and Ag doped samples. FT-IR study confirmed the presence of CdO and Ag at 677 and 459 cm-1, respectively. UV-Vis-DRS study shows the variation on direct and indirect band gaps. The surface morphologies and elemental analysis have been confirmed from SEM and with EDX. In addition, the synthesized products have been characterized by antibacterial activities against Gram-positive and negative bacteria. Further, the present investigation suggests that CdO nanoparticles have the great potential applications on various industrial and medical fields of research.

  7. New approach to biosensing of co-enzyme nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) by incorporation of neutral red in aluminum doped nanostructured ZnO thin films.

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    V T, Fidal; T S, Chandra

    2017-01-04

    Biosensing of NADH on bare electrodes has drawbacks such as high over-potential and poisoning during the oxidation reaction. To overcome this challenge a different approach has been undertaken by incorporating neutral red (NR) in Al doped ZnO (AZO) thin films using one-pot chemical bath deposition (CBD). The surface morphology of the films was hexagonal nanorods along the c-axis, perpendicular to the substrate. The thickness of the thin films were ranging from 400 to 3000nm varying dependent on time of deposition (30 to 150min). The average diameter of the nanorods was larger in the presence of neutral red (NR-AZO) with ~300nm in contrast to its absence (AZO) with ~200nm. The density of the packing of nanorods was dependent on the citrate concentration used during deposition. Control over the dopant concentration in the films was achieved by varying the area of Al foil used in the deposition solution. The selected area diffraction (SAED) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) indicated 002 plane of orientation in the nanorods. FTIR and FT-Raman analysis revealed conserved structure of NR and AZO. Chronoamperometric (CA) analysis showed a sensitivity of 0.45μAcm(-2)mM(-1) and LoD of 22μM within the range 0.075-4mM of NADH. The biological sensing of NADH was validated by physical adsorption of NAD(+) dependent-lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) on NR-AZO. CA showed sensitivity of 0.56μAcm(-2)mM(-1) and LoD for lactate was 27μM in the range of 0.1-1mM of lactate. Further validation with real-time serum sample shows that LDH/NR-AZO correlates with the clinical values. The distinction in this study is that the organic mediator like neutral red has been incorporated into the grain structure of the ZnO thin film whereas other study with the mediators have only attempted surface functionalization. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled "Recent Advances in Bionanomaterials" Guest Editor: Dr. Marie-Louise Saboungi and Dr. Samuel D. Bader.

  8. Effect of sputtering power on the electrical and optical properties of Ca-doped ZnO thin films sputtered from nanopowders compacted target

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    Mahdhi, H.; Ben Ayadi, Z.; Gauffier, J. L.; Djessas, K.; Alaya, S.

    2015-07-01

    In the present work, we have deposited calcium doped zinc oxide thin films by magnetron sputtering technique using nanocrystalline particles elaborated by sol-gel method as a target material. In the first step, the nanoparticles were synthesized by sol-gel method using supercritical drying in ethyl alcohol. The structural properties studied by X-ray diffractometry indicates that Ca doped ZnO has a polycrystalline hexagonal wurzite structure with a grain size of about 30 nm. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurements have shown that the synthesized CZO is a nanosized powder. Then, thin films were deposited onto glass substrates by rf-magnetron sputtering at ambient temperature. The influence of RF sputtering power on structural, morphological, electrical, and optical properties were investigated. It has been found that all the films deposited were polycrystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite structure and preferentially oriented in the (0 0 2) crystallographic direction. They have a typical columnar structure and a very smooth surface. The as-deposited films show a high transmittance in the visible range over 85% and low electrical resistivity at room temperature.

  9. The effect of the solution flow rate on the properties of zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films deposited by ultrasonic spray

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    Attaf, A. Benkhetta, Y.; Saidi, H.; Bouhdjar, A.; Bendjedidi, H.; Nouadji, M.; Lehraki, N.

    2015-03-30

    In this work, we used a system based on ultrasonic spray pyrolysis technique. By witch, we have deposited thin films of zinc oxide (ZnO) with the variation of solution flow rate from 50 ml / h to 150 ml / h, and set other parameters such as the concentration of the solution, the deposition time, substrate temperature and the nozzel -substrate distance. In order to study the influence of the solution flow rate on the properties of the films produced, we have several characterization techniques such as X-ray diffraction to determine the films structure, the scanning electron microscopy SEM for the morphology of the surfaces, EDS spectroscopy for the chemical composition, UV-Visible-Nir spectroscopy for determination the optical proprieties of thin films.The experimental results show that: the films have hexagonal structure at the type (wurtzite), the average size of grains varies from 20.11 to 32.45 nm, the transmittance of the films equals 80% in visible rang and the band gap is varied between 3.274 and 3.282 eV, when the solution flow rate increases from 50 to 150 ml/h.

  10. Growth Behavior of Ga-Doped ZnO Thin Films Deposited on Au/SiN/Si(001) Substrates by Radio Frequency Magnetron Sputtering

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    Seo, Seon Hee; Kang, Hyon Chol

    2013-11-01

    This paper reports the growth behavior of Ga-doped ZnO (ZnO:Ga) thin films deposited on Au/SiN/Si(001) substrates by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering. The microstructures of the overgrown ZnO:Ga thin films were investigated by performing X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microcopy, and transmission electron microscopy analyses. It was confirmed that the growth process proceeds through three stages. In the first stage, nano-scale ZnO:Ga islands were grown on the SiN layer, while a fairly continuous flat structure was formed on the Au nanoparticles (NPs). In the second stage of the growth process, ZnO:Ga domains with different growth orientations, depending strongly on the crystalline planes of the host Au NPs, were nucleated. These domains then grew at different rates, resulting in a change in the morphology from the initial shape reflecting that of the Au NPs to a sunflower-type shape. In the final stage, columnar growth with a preferred (0002) orientation along the surface normal direction became dominant.

  11. The effect of dopant concentration on properties of transparent conducting Al-doped ZnO thin films for efficient Cu2ZnSnS4 thin-film solar cells prepared by electrodeposition method

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    Mkawi, E. M.; Ibrahim, K.; Ali, M. K. M.; Farrukh, M. A.; Mohamed, A. S.

    2015-11-01

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films were potentiostatically deposited on indium tin oxide substrates. The influence of the doping level of the ZnO:Al films was investigated. The results of the X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy analysis revealed that the structural properties of the AZO films were found polycrystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite-type structure along the (002) plane. The grain size of the AZO films was observed as approximately 3 μm in the film doping with 4 mol% ZnO:Al concentration. The thin films also exhibited an optical transmittance as high as 90 % in the wavelength range of 100-1,000 nm. The optical band gap increased from 3.33 to 3.45 eV. Based on the Hall studies, the lowest resistivity (4.78 × 10-3 Ω cm) was observed in the film doping with 3 mol% ZnO:Al concentration. The sheet resistant, carrier concentration and Hall mobility values were found as 10.78 Ω/ square, 9.03 × 1018 cm-3 and 22.01 cm2/v s, respectively, which showed improvements in the properties of AZO thin films. The ZnO:Al thin films were used as a buffer layer in thin-film solar cells with the structure of soda-lime glass/Mo/Cu2ZnSnS4/ZnS/ZnO/Al grid. The best solar cell efficiency was 2.3 % with V OC of 0.430 V, J SC of 8.24 mA cm-2 and FF of 68.1 %.

  12. Analysis of subthreshold photo-leakage current in ZnO thin-film transistors using indium-ion implantation

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    Kamada, Yudai; Fujita, Shizuo; Hiramatsu, Takahiro; Matsuda, Tokiyoshi; Furuta, Mamoru; Hirao, Takashi

    2010-11-01

    Mechanism of photo-leakage current in the ZnO TFTs has been analyzed by comparison between the light irradiated TFTs and indium (In) ion implanted TFTs where the selected areas of the channel region were irradiated or implanted. In case of the TFT with In ion implantation at a source region, the positive charge of ionized donors at the source region lowered the potential barrier at the source electrode and increased leakage current even at a dark condition due to carrier injection from the source into the channel region. In case of light irradiation of the ZnO TFT, similar phenomenon was observed due to the hole accumulation at the source region. From the analogy of the leakage properties, it is confirmed that the photo-leakage current is mainly due to the accumulation of holes near the source electrode, which lowers the potential barrier for the carrier injection from the source to the channel region, contributing to the generation of the leakage current.

  13. Cost-effective fabrication of memristive devices with ZnO thin film using printed electronics technologies

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    Choi, Kyung Hyun; Mustafa, Maria; Rahman, Khalid; Jeong, Bum Ko; Doh, Yang Hui

    2012-01-01

    A prototype memristive device has been presented in this paper, for which the top and bottom electrodes have been fabricated through a simple and cost-effective technique, i.e. electrohydrodynamic printing. For deposition of the bottom electrode pattern, a silver ink containing 60 wt% silver by content was subjected to controlled flow through a metal capillary exposed to an electric field at the ambient temperature to generate an electrohydrodynamic jet, thereby depositing uniform patterns of silver on glass substrate at a constant substrate speed. The top electrode has been deposited in a similar fashion. In between the top and bottom electrodes, a uniform layer of ZnO is fabricated using spin-coating technique. The nanoscale ZnO memristor stack has a channel length of 370 μm and channel width of 82 μm. A memristor thus fabricated was characterized and its current voltage curves were analyzed. The device showed a typical nonvolatile resistive switching behavior present in memristor devices thus highlighting the EHD printed patterning as a reliable method for the fabrication of memory devices.

  14. Improvement in optical and structural properties of ZnO thin film through hexagonal nanopillar formation to improve the efficiency of a Si-ZnO heterojunction solar cell

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    Maity, S.; Bhunia, C. T.; Sahu, P. P.

    2016-05-01

    We propose to use ZnO thin film with hexagonal nanopillars deposited on Si substrate to enhance the efficiency of a solar cell. It has been treated chemically and thermally and various crystal orientations have been obtained. X-ray diffraction of ZnO thin film shows relatively high intensity peak at 34.3° angle (0 0 2) compared to other orientations. Photoluminescence measurements also confirm a narrow full width at half maximum peak at 3.3 eV, which is more than that obtained for as-grown (broad emission peak around 3.0 eV). The alignment of nanorod structure made by adding a dopant of 0.15 mole fraction of magnesium increases both photon collection and electron collection efficiency. As a result, the solar cell efficiency is enhanced from 10% to 20%.

  15. Electrodeposited ZnO nanowire-based light-emitting diodes with tunable emission from near-UV to blue

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    Pauporté, Thierry; Lupan, Oleg; Viana, Bruno

    2013-03-01

    The bandgap control of doped-ZnO nanowires is important for tunable light emitting diodes (LEDs). Ultraviolet (UV), blue and violet LED structures based on Ag-doped ZnO /p-GaN and Cd-alloyed ZnO (Zn1-xCdxO) nanorods/p-GaN heterojunction have been fabricated by epitaxial electrodeposition at low temperatures and thermal annealing. UV electroluminescence (EL) peak around 397 nm observed from pure nanowires-ZnO/p-GaN at room temperature was shifted to 406 nm or 423 nm by using heterojunction between Ag-doped ZnO (ZnO:Ag) and Zn1-xCdxO-nanorods grown on p-GaN substrate, respectively. The electroluminescence emission threshold voltage was low at about 5.0 V and EL intensity increased with rise in the applied voltage bias. Presented experimental results demonstrate the tunable emission from silver and cadmium-doping in ZnO-based nanoLEDs.

  16. Optical characterizations of ZnO, SnO2, and TiO2 thin films for butane detection.

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    Mazingue, Thomas; Escoubas, Ludovic; Spalluto, Lorenzo; Flory, François; Jacquouton, Patrick; Perrone, Alessio; Kaminska, Eliana; Piotrowska, Anna; Mihailescu, Ion; Atanasov, Peter

    2006-03-01

    The optogeometric properties of various sensitive thin films involved in gas sensing applications are investigated by using the m-line technique and atomic force microscopy. Variations of these optical properties are studied under butane and ozone exposure.

  17. 100 MeV Ni+7 swift heavy ion induced magnetism in cobalt doped ZnO thin films

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    Kumar, Sunil; Kumar, Ravi; Singh, D. P.

    2014-04-01

    Zn0.90Co0.10O thin films were prepared using Sol-Gel spin coating method. Films were irradiated with 100 MeV Ni+7 Swift Heavy Ions (SHI) with fluences 1× 1013 ions/cm2 using 15 UD tandem accelerator at IUAC New Delhi and its effect were studied on the structural, optical and magnetic properties of irradiated thin films. X-ray diffraction studies show single phase films with preferred c-axis orientation after irradiation. Ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy shows red shift in the band gap of irradiated thin films. Magnetic field dependence of magnetization reveals weak ferromagnetism in irradiated thin films. AFM studies shows significant increase in the grain size and the surface roughness of the films after irradiation.

  18. Effects of NIR annealing on the characteristics of al-doped ZnO thin films prepared by RF sputtering.

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    Jun, Min-Chul; Koh, Jung-Hyuk

    2012-06-06

    Aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films have been deposited on glass substrates by employing radio frequency (RF) sputtering method for transparent conducting oxide applications. For the RF sputtering process, a ZnO:Al2O3 (2 wt.%) target was employed. In this paper, the effects of near infrared ray (NIR) annealing technique on the structural, optical, and electrical properties of the AZO thin films have been researched. Experimental results showed that NIR annealing affected the microstructure, electrical resistance, and optical transmittance of the AZO thin films. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that all films have a hexagonal wurtzite crystal structure with the preferentially c-axis oriented normal to the substrate surface. Optical transmittance spectra of the AZO thin films exhibited transmittance higher than about 80% within the visible wavelength region, and the optical direct bandgap (Eg) of the AZO films was increased with increasing the NIR energy efficiency.

  19. Dopant-induced bandgap shift in Al-doped ZnO thin films prepared by spray pyrolysis

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    Hung-Chun Lai, Henry; Basheer, Tahseen; Kuznetsov, Vladimir L.; Egdell, Russell G.; Jacobs, Robert M. J.; Pepper, Michael; Edwards, Peter P.

    2012-10-01

    A series of 1 at. % Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films were deposited onto glass substrates by a spray pyrolysis technique. We find that the observed blue shift in the optical bandgap of 1% AZO films is dominated by the Burstein Moss effect. The Fermi level for an 807 nm thick AZO film rose by some 0.16 eV with respect to the edge of the conduction band. By controlling the film thickness, all AZO films exhibit the same lattice strain values. The influence of strain-induced bandgap shift was excluded by selecting films with nearly the same level of bandgap volume-deformation potentials, and the differences in out-plain strain and in-plain stress remained effectively constant.

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

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    Jones, Treavor Zachary

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

  1. Behaviour of a ZnO thin film as MSG for biosensing material in sub-wavelength regime

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    Iftimie, N.; Steigmann, R.; Danila, N. A.; Iacomi, F.; Faktorova, D.; Savin, A.

    2016-11-01

    Zinc oxide nanostructured materials, such as films and nanoparticles, could provide a suitable platform for development of high performance biosensing material due to their unique fundamental material properties. In this study, the enzyme biosensing consisting of a zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles were grown on SiO2/Si substrates by vacuum thermal evaporation method and their sensing characteristics are examined in air and investigated. The film morphology is characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) the film crystalline quality and by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Also, the interest in surface waves appeared due to evanescent waves in the metallic strip grating structure (MSG-Ag/ZnO/SiO2/Si) in sub-wavelength regime. Before testing the sensor with metamaterials (MMs) lens in the sub-wavelength regime, a simulation of the evanescent wave's formation has been performed at the edge of Ag strips, with thicknesses in the range of micrometers.

  2. Reversible Change in Electrical and Optical Properties in Epitaxially Grown Al-Doped ZnO Thin Films

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    Noh, J. H.; Jung, H. S.; Lee, J. K.; Kim, J. Y; Cho, C. M.; An, J.; Hong, K. S.

    2008-01-01

    Aluminum-doped ZnO (AZO) films were epitaxially grown on sapphire (0001) substrates using pulsed laser deposition. As-deposited AZO films had a low resistivity of 8.01 x 10{sup -4} {Omega} cm. However, after annealing at 450 C in air, the electrical resistivity of the AZO films increased to 1.97 x 10{sup -1} {Omega} cm because of a decrease in the carrier concentration. Subsequent annealing of the air-annealed AZO films in H{sub 2} recovered the electrical conductivity of the AZO films. In addition, the conductivity change was reversible upon repeated air and H{sub 2} annealing. A photoluminescence study showed that oxygen interstitial (O{sub i}) is a critical material parameter allowing for the reversible control of the electrical conducting properties of AZO films.

  3. Ag doped hollow TiO2 nanoparticles as an effective green fungicide against Fusarium solani and Venturia inaequalis phytopathogens

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    Sankar Boxi, Siddhartha; Mukherjee, Khushi; Paria, Santanu

    2016-02-01

    Chemical-based pesticides are widely used in agriculture to protect crops from insect infestation and diseases. However, the excessive use of highly toxic pesticides causes several human health (neurological, tumor, cancer) and environmental problems. Therefore nanoparticle-based green pesticides have become of special importance in recent years. The antifungal activities of pure and Ag doped (solid and hollow) TiO2 nanoparticles are studied against two potent phytopathogens, Fusarium solani (which causes Fusarium wilt disease in potato, tomato, etc) and Venturia inaequalis (which causes apple scab disease) and it is found that hollow nanoparticles are more effective than the other two. The antifungal activities of the nanoparticles were further enhanced against these two phytopathogens under visible light exposure. The fungicidal effect of the nanoparticles depends on different parameters, such as particle concentration and the intensity of visible light. The minimum inhibitory dose of the nanoparticles for V. inaequalis and F. solani are 0.75 and 0.43 mg/plate. The presence of Ag as a dopant helps in the formation of stable Ag-S and disulfide bonds (R-S-S-R) in cellular protein, which leads to cell damage. During photocatalysis generated •OH radicals loosen the cell wall structure and this finally leads to cell death. The mechanisms of the fungicidal effect of nanoparticles against these two phytopathogens are supported by biuret and triphenyl tetrazolium chloride analyses and field emission electron microscopy. Apart from the fungicidal effect, at a very low dose (0.015 mg/plate) the nanoparticles are successful in arresting production of toxic napthoquinone pigment for F. solani which is related to the fungal pathogenecity. The nanoparticles are found to be effective in protecting potatoes affected by F. solani or other fungi from spoiling.

  4. Photocatalytic comparison of Cu- and Ag-doped TiO{sub 2}/GF for bioaerosol disinfection under visible light

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    Pham, Thanh-Dong; Lee, Byeong-Kyu

    2015-12-15

    Photocatalysts, TiO{sub 2}/glass fiber (TiO{sub 2}/GF), Cu-doped TiO{sub 2}/glass fiber (Cu–TiO{sub 2}/GF) and Ag-doped TiO{sub 2}/glass fiber (Ag–TiO{sub 2}/GF), were synthesized by a sol–gel method. They were then used to disinfect Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) in bioaerosols under visible light irradiation. TiO{sub 2}/GF did not show any significant disinfection effect. Both Cu and Ag acted as intermediate agents to enhance separation efficiency of electron–hole pairs of TiO{sub 2}, leading to improved photocatalytic activity of Cu–TiO{sub 2}/GF and Ag–TiO{sub 2}/GF under visible light. Cu in Cu–TiO{sub 2}/GF acted as a defective agent, increasing the internal quantum efficiency of TiO{sub 2}, while Ag in Ag–TiO{sub 2}/GF acted as a sensitive agent, enhancing the transfer efficiency of the electrons generated. The highest disinfection efficiencies of E. coli and S. aureus by Cu–TiO{sub 2}/GF were 84.85% and 65.21%, respectively. The highest disinfection efficiencies of E. coli and S. aureus by Ag–TiO{sub 2}/GF were 94.46% and 73.12%, respectively. Among three humidity conditions – 40±5% (dry), 60±5% (moderate), and 80±5% (humid) – the moderate humidity condition showed the highest disinfection efficiency for both E. coli and S. aureus. This study also showed that a Gram-negative bacterium (E. coli) were more readily disinfected by the photocatalysts than a Gram-positive bacterium (S. aureus). - Graphical abstract: Electron–hole pair separation mechanism of a metal-doped TiO{sub 2} system.

  5. Photocatalytic comparison of Cu- and Ag-doped TiO2/GF for bioaerosol disinfection under visible light

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    Pham, Thanh-Dong; Lee, Byeong-Kyu

    2015-12-01

    Photocatalysts, TiO2/glass fiber (TiO2/GF), Cu-doped TiO2/glass fiber (Cu-TiO2/GF) and Ag-doped TiO2/glass fiber (Ag-TiO2/GF), were synthesized by a sol-gel method. They were then used to disinfect Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) in bioaerosols under visible light irradiation. TiO2/GF did not show any significant disinfection effect. Both Cu and Ag acted as intermediate agents to enhance separation efficiency of electron-hole pairs of TiO2, leading to improved photocatalytic activity of Cu-TiO2/GF and Ag-TiO2/GF under visible light. Cu in Cu-TiO2/GF acted as a defective agent, increasing the internal quantum efficiency of TiO2, while Ag in Ag-TiO2/GF acted as a sensitive agent, enhancing the transfer efficiency of the electrons generated. The highest disinfection efficiencies of E. coli and S. aureus by Cu-TiO2/GF were 84.85% and 65.21%, respectively. The highest disinfection efficiencies of E. coli and S. aureus by Ag-TiO2/GF were 94.46% and 73.12%, respectively. Among three humidity conditions - 40±5% (dry), 60±5% (moderate), and 80±5% (humid) - the moderate humidity condition showed the highest disinfection efficiency for both E. coli and S. aureus. This study also showed that a Gram-negative bacterium (E. coli) were more readily disinfected by the photocatalysts than a Gram-positive bacterium (S. aureus).

  6. Visible-Light-Responsive Photocatalysis: Ag-Doped TiO2 Catalyst Development and Reactor Design Testing

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    Coutts, Janelle L.; Hintze, Paul E.; Meier, Anne; Shah, Malay G.; Devor, Robert W.; Surma, Jan M.; Maloney, Phillip R.; Bauer, Brint M.; Mazyck, David W.

    2016-01-01

    In recent years, the alteration of titanium dioxide to become visible-light-responsive (VLR) has been a major focus in the field of photocatalysis. Currently, bare titanium dioxide requires ultraviolet light for activation due to its band gap energy of 3.2 eV. Hg-vapor fluorescent light sources are used in photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) reactors to provide adequate levels of ultraviolet light for catalyst activation; these mercury-containing lamps, however, hinder the use of this PCO technology in a spaceflight environment due to concerns over crew Hg exposure. VLR-TiO2 would allow for use of ambient visible solar radiation or highly efficient visible wavelength LEDs, both of which would make PCO approaches more efficient, flexible, economical, and safe. Over the past three years, Kennedy Space Center has developed a VLR Ag-doped TiO2 catalyst with a band gap of 2.72 eV and promising photocatalytic activity. Catalyst immobilization techniques, including incorporation of the catalyst into a sorbent material, were examined. Extensive modeling of a reactor test bed mimicking air duct work with throughput similar to that seen on the International Space Station was completed to determine optimal reactor design. A bench-scale reactor with the novel catalyst and high-efficiency blue LEDs was challenged with several common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in ISS cabin air to evaluate the system's ability to perform high-throughput trace contaminant removal. The ultimate goal for this testing was to determine if the unit would be useful in pre-heat exchanger operations to lessen condensed VOCs in recovered water thus lowering the burden of VOC removal for water purification systems.

  7. Ag doped hollow TiO2 nanoparticles as an effective green fungicide against Fusarium solani and Venturia inaequalis phytopathogens.

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    Boxi, Siddhartha Sankar; Mukherjee, Khushi; Paria, Santanu

    2016-02-26

    Chemical-based pesticides are widely used in agriculture to protect crops from insect infestation and diseases. However, the excessive use of highly toxic pesticides causes several human health (neurological, tumor, cancer) and environmental problems. Therefore nanoparticle-based green pesticides have become of special importance in recent years. The antifungal activities of pure and Ag doped (solid and hollow) TiO2 nanoparticles are studied against two potent phytopathogens, Fusarium solani (which causes Fusarium wilt disease in potato, tomato, etc) and Venturia inaequalis (which causes apple scab disease) and it is found that hollow nanoparticles are more effective than the other two. The antifungal activities of the nanoparticles were further enhanced against these two phytopathogens under visible light exposure. The fungicidal effect of the nanoparticles depends on different parameters, such as particle concentration and the intensity of visible light. The minimum inhibitory dose of the nanoparticles for V. inaequalis and F. solani are 0.75 and 0.43 mg/plate. The presence of Ag as a dopant helps in the formation of stable Ag-S and disulfide bonds (R-S-S-R) in cellular protein, which leads to cell damage. During photocatalysis generated (•)OH radicals loosen the cell wall structure and this finally leads to cell death. The mechanisms of the fungicidal effect of nanoparticles against these two phytopathogens are supported by biuret and triphenyl tetrazolium chloride analyses and field emission electron microscopy. Apart from the fungicidal effect, at a very low dose (0.015 mg/plate) the nanoparticles are successful in arresting production of toxic napthoquinone pigment for F. solani which is related to the fungal pathogenecity. The nanoparticles are found to be effective in protecting potatoes affected by F. solani or other fungi from spoiling.

  8. Optical, electrical and mechanical properties of Ga-doped ZnO thin films under different sputtering powers

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    Chang, Sheng Hsiung; Cheng, Hsin-Ming; Tien, Chuen-Lin; Lin, Shih-Chin; Chuang, Kie-Pin

    2014-12-01

    We present the optical, electrical and mechanical properties of Ga-doped zinc oxide (GZO) thin films prepared by radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering at room temperature under different RF powers (80-180 W). The thickness, electron concentration, and electron mobility of the GZO thin film were determined by fitting the visible-to-near-infrared transmittance spectrum of GZO film/glass using the transfer matrix method. The bending force per unit width was measured by a home-made Twyman-Green interferometer with the fast Fourier transform method. The obtained results show that the optical, electrical and mechanical properties of GZO thin film are subject to the RF power. At an RF power of 140 W, the local minimum of bending force per unit width corresponds to the highest electron mobility in GZO thin film. This study demonstrates that the optical, electrical and mechanical properties of GZO thin film can be fully resolved by non-contact optical methods.

  9. In vitro bioactivity study of TiCaPCO(N) and Ag-doped TiCaPCO(N) films in simulated body fluid.

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    Sukhorukova, I V; Sheveyko, A N; Kiryukhantsev-Korneev, Ph V; Levashov, E A; Shtansky, D V

    2017-01-01

    Bioactivity of multicomponent TiCaPCO(N) and Ag-doped TiCaPCO(N) films was evaluated in vitro using simulated body fluid (SBF) and compared with that of bioactive glass Biogran. The first group of films was fabricated by magnetron sputtering of composite TiС0.5 -Ti3 POx -CaO target produced via the self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) method (TiCaPCON films), after which their surface was implanted with Ag(+) ions to obtain Ag-doped TiCaPCON films. The second group of films was fabricated by pulsed electrospark deposition (PED) using SHS-produced composite TiС0.5 -Ti3 POx -CaO and TiС0.5 -Ti3 POx -CaO-Ag electrodes. After immersion in SBF, the structure and chemistry of surface were well characterized using a combination of various microanalytical techniques, such as scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffractometry (both in conventional and grazing incidence mode), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy. The results showed that the surfaces of the TiCaPCO(N) and Ag-doped TiCaPCO(N) films were bioactive in vitro and induced the formation of an apatite layer during exposure in SBF. In the case of the magnetron-sputtered films, the apatite layer was formed over 14 days, while 28 days were needed to form CaP phase on the surface of PED-modified samples. Various factors (film structure, surface roughness, surface functional groups, surface charge, and composition, supersaturation, and near-surface local supersaturation of SBF) affecting the kinetics of bone-like apatite formation on a bioactive surface are discussed. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 105B: 193-203, 2017.

  10. Origins of Highly Stable Al-evaporated Solution-processed ZnO Thin Film Transistors: Insights from Low Frequency and Random Telegraph Signal Noise

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    Kim, Joo Hyung; Kang, Tae Sung; Yang, Jung Yup; Hong, Jin Pyo

    2015-01-01

    One long-standing goal in the emerging field of flexible and transparent electronic devices is to meet the demand of key markets, such as enhanced output performance for metal oxide semiconductor thin film transistors (TFTs) prepared by a solution process. While solution-based fabrication techniques are cost-effective and ensure large-area coverage at low temperature, their utilization has the disadvantage of introducing large trap states into TFTs. Such states, the formation of which is induced by intrinsic defects initially produced during preparation, have a significant impact on electrical performance. Therefore, the ability to enhance the electrical characteristics of solution-processed TFTs, along with attaining a firm understanding of their physical nature, remains a key step towards extending their use. In this study, measurements of low-frequency noise and random telegraph signal noise are employed as generic alternative tools to examine the origins of enhanced output performance for solution-processed ZnO TFTs through the control of defect sites by Al evaporation. PMID:26525284

  11. High performance thin film transistor (flex-TFT) with textured nanostructure ZnO film channel fabricated by exploiting electric double layer gate insulator

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    Ghimire, Rishi Ram; Raychaudhuri, A. K.

    2017-01-01

    We report a flexible thin film transistor (flex-TFT) fabricated on a commonly available polyimide (Kapton®) tape with a channel of highly textured nanocrystalline ZnO film grown by pulsed laser deposition. The flex-TFT with an electric double layer (EDL) gate insulator shows a low threshold for operation (Vth ≤ 1 V), an ON/OFF ratio reaching ≈107 and a subthreshold swing ≈75 mV/dec. The superior performance is enabled by a high saturation mobility (μs ≈ 70 cm2/V s) of the highly textured nanocrystalline channel. The low Vth arises from large charge density (≈1014/cm2) induced into the channel by EDL gate insulator. The large charge density induced by the EDL gate dielectric also enhances the Hall mobility in the film and brings down the sheet resistance by nearly 2 orders, which leads to large ON/OFF ratio. The flex-TFT operation can be sustained with reproducibility when the TFT is bent down to a radius of curvature ≈2 cm.

  12. Origins of Highly Stable Al-evaporated Solution-processed ZnO Thin Film Transistors: Insights from Low Frequency and Random Telegraph Signal Noise

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    Kim, Joo Hyung; Kang, Tae Sung; Yang, Jung Yup; Hong, Jin Pyo

    2015-11-01

    One long-standing goal in the emerging field of flexible and transparent electronic devices is to meet the demand of key markets, such as enhanced output performance for metal oxide semiconductor thin film transistors (TFTs) prepared by a solution process. While solution-based fabrication techniques are cost-effective and ensure large-area coverage at low temperature, their utilization has the disadvantage of introducing large trap states into TFTs. Such states, the formation of which is induced by intrinsic defects initially produced during preparation, have a significant impact on electrical performance. Therefore, the ability to enhance the electrical characteristics of solution-processed TFTs, along with attaining a firm understanding of their physical nature, remains a key step towards extending their use. In this study, measurements of low-frequency noise and random telegraph signal noise are employed as generic alternative tools to examine the origins of enhanced output performance for solution-processed ZnO TFTs through the control of defect sites by Al evaporation.

  13. Deposition and composition-control of Mn-doped ZnO thin films by combinatorial pulsed laser deposition using two delayed plasma plumes

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    Sanchez-Ake, C.; Camacho, R.; Moreno, L.

    2012-08-15

    Thin films of ZnO doped with manganese were deposited by double-beam, combinatorial pulsed laser deposition. The laser-induced plasmas were studied by means of fast photography and using a Langmuir probe, whereas the films were analyzed by x-ray-diffraction and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. The effect of the relative delay between plasma plumes on the characteristics of the films was analyzed. It was found that using this parameter, it is possible to control the dopant content keeping the oriented wurtzite structure of the films. The minimum content of Mn was found for plume delays between 0 and 10 {mu}s as the interaction between plasmas scatters the dopant species away from the substrate, thus reducing the incorporation of Mn into the films. Results suggest that for delays shorter than {approx}100 {mu}s, the expansion of the second plume through the region behind the first plume affects the composition of the film.

  14. Structure, conductivity, and transparency of Ga-doped ZnO thin films arising from thickness contributions

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    Liang Shuang; Bi Xiaofang

    2008-12-01

    Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) films were deposited on amorphous glass substrates at room temperature by radio frequency magnetron sputtering. It is revealed that the influence of deposition parameters, such as target-substrate distance and deposition time, on the structure and properties of the films arises primarily from the variations in film thickness. For the GZO films with smaller thicknesses ({<=}385 nm), crystallinity is greatly improved with an increase in thickness, which leads to an increase in Hall mobility and a decrease in electrical resistivity. The carrier concentration is, however, found to exhibit only a slight change with the thickness variations. The relationship of electrical property and microstructure suggests that the resistivity of the films arises mainly from ionic impurity scattering rather than from grain boundary scattering. All the films exhibit a transmittance of over 90% in the visible wavelength range. The band gap of the GZO films is widened with increasing film thickness. In combination with the result that the carrier concentration exhibited a slight dependence on thicknesses, the broadening of the band gap with thicknesses is attributed more to the improved crystallinity than to the Moss-Burstein shift.

  15. Room Temperature Growth of Al-Doped ZnO Thin Films by Reactive DC Sputtering Technique with Metallic Target

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    Hasuike, Noriyuki; Nishio, Koji; Kisoda, Kenji; Harima, Hiroshi

    2013-01-01

    We prepared Al-deopd ZnO (AZO) films by reactive DC sputtering method using metallic target at room temperature. All the tested AZO films (0<[Al]<8.9%) with the transmittance above 85% in visible region were successfully grown on quartz substrate. All the AZO films have wurtzite structure with no impurity phase. The AZO films with [Al]<2.9% have the preferential orientation in c-axis direction, and the orientation became indistinct as increasing in Al content. In the optical measurement, the absorption edge was shifted from 3.30 to 3.66 eV due to Burstein-Moss effect, and the electron densities were roughly estimated at 2.5×1019 to 1.5×1021 cm-3, respectively. On the other hand, the high transmittance in infrared region suggested low electron mobility. Since this gives rise to the high electric resistivity, the further improvements and optimization of the growth conditions are required for the realization of AZO based transparent conductive.

  16. ZnO based light emitting diodes growth and fabrication

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    Pan, M.; Rondon, R.; Cloud, J.; Rengarajan, V.; Nemeth, W.; Valencia, A.; Gomez, J.; Spencer, N.; Nause, J.

    2006-02-01

    ZnO and N-doped ZnO thin films were grown by MOCVD on sapphire and ZnO substrates. Diethyl zinc and O II were used as sources for Zn and O, respectively. A specially designed plasma system was employed to produce atomic N dopant for in-situ doping. Proper disk rotation speeds were found for ZnO growth on different size wafers. High crystal quality N-doped ZnO films were grown based on optimized growth conditions. Wet chemical etch of ZnO was investigated by using NH 4Cl, and etch activation energy was calculated to be 463meV. Ohmic contact on N-doped ZnO film was achieved by using Ni/Au/Al multiple layers. ZnO based p-n junction has demonstrated rectification. Electroluminescence at about 384nm was obtained from ZnO based LED.

  17. Magnetic and Mössbauer effect studies of ZnO thin film implanted with iron ions to high fluence

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    Zinnatullin, A. L.; Gumarov, A. I.; Gilmutdinov, I. F.; Valeev, V. F.; Khaibullin, R. I.; Vagizov, F. G.

    2017-01-01

    We present the results of magnetic and Mössbauer effect studies of zinc oxide thin film obtained by RF magnetron sputtering and implanted with 40 keV iron ions to a fluence of 1.5·1017 ion/cm2. As-implanted and post-annealed sample shows ferromagnetic properties at room temperature and consists of paramagnetic and ferromagnetic phases according to Mössbauer spectroscopy.

  18. Optical and structural properties of Al-doped ZnO thin films by sol gel process.

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    Jun, Min-Chul; Koh, Jung-Hyuk

    2013-05-01

    Transparent conducting oxide (TCO) materials with high transmittance and good electrical conductivity have been attracted much attention due to the development of electronic display and devices such as organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), and dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Aluminum doped zinc oxide thin films (AZO) have been well known for their use as TCO materials due to its stability, cost-effectiveness, good optical transmittance and electrical properties. Especially, AZO thin film, which have low resistivity of 2-4 x 10(-4) omega x cm which is similar to that of ITO films with wide band gap semiconductors. The AZO thin films were deposited on glass substrates by sol-gel spin-coating process. As a starting material, zinc acetate dihydrate (Zn(CH3COO)2 x 2H2O) and aluminum chloride hexahydrate (AlCl3 6H2O) were used. 2-methoxyethanol and monoethanolamine (MEA) were used as solvent and stabilizer, respectively. After deposited, the films were preheated at 300 degrees C on a hotplate and post-heated at 650 degrees C for 1.5 hrs in the furnace. We have studied the structural and optical properties as a function of Al concentration (0-2.5 mol.%).

  19. Microstructure and micromorphology of ZnO thin films: Case study on Al doping and annealing effects

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    Ţălu, Ştefan; Bramowicz, Miroslaw; Kulesza, Slawomir; Solaymani, Shahram; Ghaderi, Atefeh; Dejam, Laya; Elahi, Seyed Mohammad; Boochani, Arash

    2016-05-01

    The aim of this work is to investigate the three-dimensional (3-D) surface texture of Aliminium doped Zinc Oxide (AZO) thin films deposited by Radio Frequency sputtering method on the quartz substrates. Deposited samples were annealed under argon flux at three different temperatures: 400 °C, 500 °C, and 600 °C, followed by gradual cooling down to room temperature. To characterize the structure of samples X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns and Rutherford Back Scattering (RBS) spectra were applied. The Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and the atomic force microscope (AFM) were applied to study the samples' surface morphology. Then statistical, fractal and functional surface characteristics were computed. The analysis of 3-D surface texture of AZO thin films is crucial to control the 3-D surface topography features and to correct interpretate the surface topographic parameters. It also allows understanding the relationship between 3-D the surface topography and the functional (physical, chemical and mechanical) properties of AZO thin films.

  20. A 128×96 Pixel Stack-Type Color Image Sensor: Stack of Individual Blue-, Green-, and Red-Sensitive Organic Photoconductive Films Integrated with a ZnO Thin Film Transistor Readout Circuit

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    Seo, Hokuto; Aihara, Satoshi; Watabe, Toshihisa; Ohtake, Hiroshi; Sakai, Toshikatsu; Kubota, Misao; Egami, Norifumi; Hiramatsu, Takahiro; Matsuda, Tokiyoshi; Furuta, Mamoru; Hirao, Takashi

    2011-02-01

    A color image was produced by a vertically stacked image sensor with blue (B)-, green (G)-, and red (R)-sensitive organic photoconductive films, each having a thin-film transistor (TFT) array that uses a zinc oxide (ZnO) channel to read out the signal generated in each organic film. The number of the pixels of the fabricated image sensor is 128×96 for each color, and the pixel size is 100×100 µm2. The current on/off ratio of the ZnO TFT is over 106, and the B-, G-, and R-sensitive organic photoconductive films show excellent wavelength selectivity. The stacked image sensor can produce a color image at 10 frames per second with a resolution corresponding to the pixel number. This result clearly shows that color separation is achieved without using any conventional color separation optical system such as a color filter array or a prism.

  1. Compositional study of vacuum annealed Al doped ZnO thin films obtained by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Shantheyanda, B. P.; Todi, V. O.; Sundaram, K. B.; Vijayakumar, A.; Oladeji, I.

    2011-09-15

    Aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films were obtained by RF magnetron sputtering. The effects of deposition parameters such as power, gas flow conditions, and substrate heating have been studied. Deposited and annealed films were characterized for composition as well as microstructure using x ray photoelectron spectroscopy and x ray diffraction. Films produced were polycrystalline in nature. Surface imaging and roughness studies were carried out using SEM and AFM, respectively. Columnar grain growth was predominantly observed. Optical and electrical properties were evaluated for transparent conducting oxide applications. Processing conditions were optimized to obtain highly transparent AZO films with a low resistivity value of 6.67 x 10{sup -4}{Omega} cm.

  2. Effects of post-annealing on the structural and nanomechanical properties of Ga-doped ZnO thin films deposited on glass substrate by rf-magnetron sputtering

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    Wang, Szu-Ko; Lin, Ting-Chun; Jian, Sheng-Rui; Juang, Jenh-Yih; Jang, Jason S.-C.; Tseng, Jiun-Yi

    2011-11-01

    In this study, the effects of post-annealing on the structure, surface morphology and nanomechanical properties of ZnO thin films doped with a nominal concentration of 3 at.% Ga (ZnO:Ga) are investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and nanoindentation techniques. The ZnO:Ga thin films were deposited on the glass substrates at room temperature by radio frequency magnetron sputtering. Results revealed that the as-deposited ZnO:Ga thin films were polycrystalline albeit the low deposition temperature. Post-annealing carried out at 300, 400 and 500 °C, respectively, has resulted in progressive increase in both the average grain size and the surface roughness of the ZnO:Ga thin film, in addition to the improved thin films crystallinity. Moreover, the hardness and Young's modulus of ZnO:Ga thin films are measured by a Berkovich nanoindenter operated with the continuous contact stiffness measurements (CSM) option. The hardness and Young's modulus of ZnO:Ga thin films increased as the annealing temperature increased from 300 to 500 °C, with the best results being obtained at 500 °C.

  3. Aging effects of the precursor solutions on the properties of spin coated Ga-doped ZnO thin films

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    Serrao, Felcy Jyothi; Dharmaprakash, S. M.

    2015-06-01

    In this study, gallium doped zinc oxide thin films (GZO) were grown on a glass substrate by a simple sol-gel process and spin coating technique using zinc acetate and gallium nitrate (3at%) as precursors for Zn and Ga ions respectively. The effects of aging time of the precursor solution on the structural and optical properties of the GZO films were investigated. The surface morphology, grain size, film thickness and optical properties of the GZO films were found to depend directly on the sol aging time. XRD studies reveal that the films are polycrystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite structure and show the c-axis grain orientation. Optical transmittance spectra of all the films exhibited transmittance higher than about 82% within the visible wavelength region. A sharp fundamental absorption edge with a slight blue shifting was observed with an increase in sol aging time which can be explained by Burstein-Moss effect. The result indicates that an appropriate aging time of the sol is important for the improvement of the structural and optical properties of GZO thin films derived from sol-gel method.

  4. Aging effects of the precursor solutions on the properties of spin coated Ga-doped ZnO thin films

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    Serrao, Felcy Jyothi Dharmaprakash, S. M.

    2015-06-24

    In this study, gallium doped zinc oxide thin films (GZO) were grown on a glass substrate by a simple sol-gel process and spin coating technique using zinc acetate and gallium nitrate (3at%) as precursors for Zn and Ga ions respectively. The effects of aging time of the precursor solution on the structural and optical properties of the GZO films were investigated. The surface morphology, grain size, film thickness and optical properties of the GZO films were found to depend directly on the sol aging time. XRD studies reveal that the films are polycrystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite structure and show the c-axis grain orientation. Optical transmittance spectra of all the films exhibited transmittance higher than about 82% within the visible wavelength region. A sharp fundamental absorption edge with a slight blue shifting was observed with an increase in sol aging time which can be explained by Burstein-Moss effect. The result indicates that an appropriate aging time of the sol is important for the improvement of the structural and optical properties of GZO thin films derived from sol-gel method.

  5. Zinc vacancy and erbium cluster jointly promote ferromagnetism in erbium-doped ZnO thin film

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    Chen, Hong-Ming; Zhou, Ren-Wei; Li, Fei; Liu, Xue-Chao Zhuo, Shi-Yi; Shi, Er-Wei; Xiong, Ze

    2014-04-15

    Zn{sub 1-x}Er{sub x}O (0.005 ≤ x ≤ 0.04) thin films have been prepared by inductively coupled plasma enhanced physical vapor deposition method. Ferromagnetism, crystal structure, microstructure and photoluminescence properties of the films were characterized. It is found that the chemical valence state of Er is trivalent, and the Er{sup 3+} cations play an important role in ferromagnetism. Both saturated magnetization (M{sub s}) and zinc vacancy (V{sub Zn}) are decreased with the increase of x from 0.005 to 0.03. However, further increasing x to 0.04, the M{sub s} is quenched due to the generation of Er clusters. It reveals that the intensity of M{sub s} is not only associated with the V{sub Zn} concentration, but also related to the Er clusters. The V{sub Zn} concentration and the Er clusters can jointly boost the ferromagnetism in the Zn{sub 1-x}Er{sub x}O thin films.

  6. Investigation of the antibacterial effects of silver-modified TiO2 and ZnO plasmonic photocatalysts embedded in polymer thin films.

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    Tallósy, Szabolcs Péter; Janovák, László; Ménesi, Judit; Nagy, Elisabeth; Juhász, Ádám; Balázs, László; Deme, István; Buzás, Norbert; Dékány, Imre

    2014-10-01

    Nanosilver-modified TiO2 and ZnO photocatalysts were studied against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus on the surface and against naturally occurring airborne microorganisms. The photocatalysts/polymer nanohybrid films were prepared by spray coating technique on the surface of glass plates and on the inner surface of the reactive light source. The photoreactive surfaces were activated with visible light emitting LED light at λ = 405 nm. The optical properties of the prepared photocatalyst/polymer nanohybrid films were characterized by diffuse reflectance measurements. The photocatalytic properties were verified with the degradation of ethanol by gas chromatography measurements. The destruction of the bacterial cell wall component was examined with transmission electron microscope. The antibacterial effect of the photocatalyst/polymer nanohybrid films was tested with different methods and with the associated standard ISO 27447:2009. With the photoreactive coatings, an extensive disinfectant film was developed and successfully prepared. The cell wall component of S. aureus was degraded after 1 h of illumination. The antibacterial effect of the nanohybrid films has been proven by measuring the decrease of the number of methicillin-resistant S. aureus on the surface and in the air as the function of illumination time. The photocatalyst/polymer nanohybrid films could inactivate 99.9 % of the investigated bacteria on different thin films after 2 h of illumination with visible light source. The reactive light source with the inner-coated photocatalyst could kill 96 % of naturally occurring airborne microorganisms after 48 h of visible light illumination in indoor air sample. The TEM results and the microbiological measurements were completed with toxicity tests carried out with Vibrio fischeri bioluminescence bacterium.

  7. Spin wave study and optical properties in Fe-doped ZnO thin films prepared by spray pyrolysis technique

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    Lmai, F.; Moubah, R.; El Amiri, A.; Abid, Y.; Soumahoro, I.; Hassanain, N.; Colis, S.; Schmerber, G.; Dinia, A.; Lassri, H.

    2016-07-01

    We investigate the magnetic and optical properties of Zn1-xFexO (x = 0, 0.03, 0.05, and 0.07) thin films grown by spray pyrolysis technique. The magnetization as a function of temperature [M (T)] shows a prevailing paramagnetic contribution at low temperature. By using spin wave theory, we separate the M (T) curve in two contributions: one showing intrinsic ferromagnetism and one showing a purely paramagnetic behavior. Furthermore, it is shown that the spin wave theory is consistent with ab-initio calculations only when oxygen vacancies are considered, highlighting the key role played by structural defects in the mechanism driving the observed ferromagnetism. Using UV-visible measurements, the transmittance, reflectance, band gap energy, band tail, dielectric coefficient, refractive index, and optical conductivity were extracted and related to the variation of the Fe content.

  8. RETRACTED: P-type Zno thin films fabricated by Al-N co-doping method at different substrate temperature

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    Yuan, Guodong; Ye, Zhizhen; Qian, Qing; Zhu, Liping; Huang, Jingyun; Zhao, Binghui

    2005-01-01

    This article has been retracted at the request of the Editor-in-Chief. Please see Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal ( http://www.elsevier.com/locate/withdrawalpolicy). The editors and publisher would like to confirm the retraction of this paper at the request of the author Guodong Yuan. Reason: The SIMS profile published in this paper had already been included in articles published in Mater. Lett., 58 (2004) 3741-3744, and Thin Solid Films, 484 (2005) 420-425 describing a sample prepared under different conditions. The author did not notify either the Journal of Crystal Growth Editors or the coauthors of this fact. The author apologizes sincerely to the readers, referees, and Editors for violating the guidelines of ethical publication.Also the author apologizes to the coauthors for mishandling of the manuscript.

  9. Room-temperature NH3 gas sensors based on Ag-doped γ-Fe2O3/SiO2 composite films with sub-ppm detection ability.

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    Tang, Yongliang; Li, Zhijie; Zu, Xiaotao; Ma, Jinyi; Wang, Lu; Yang, Jing; Du, Bo; Yu, Qingkai

    2015-11-15

    In this report, NH3 gas sensors based on Ag-doped γ-Fe2O3/SiO2 composite films are investigated. The composite films were prepared with a sol-gel process, and the films' electrical resistance responded to the change of NH3 concentration in the environment. The SEM and AFM investigations showed that the films had a porous structure, and the XRD investigation indicated that the size of Ag particles changed with the modification of Ag loading content. Through a comparative gas sensing study among the Ag-doped composite films, undoped composite film, γ-Fe2O3 film, and SiO2 film, the Ag-doped composite films were found to be much more sensitive than the sensors based on the undoped composite film and γ-Fe2O3 film at room temperature, indicating the significant influences of the SiO2 and Ag on the sensing property. Moreover, the sensor based on Ag-doped (4%) γ-Fe2O3/SiO2 composite film was able to detect the NH3 gas at ppb level. Conversely, the responses of the sensor to other test gases (C2H5OH, CO, H2, CH4 and H2S) were all markedly low, suggesting excellent selectivity.

  10. Atomic layer deposition of ZnO: a review

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    Tynell, Tommi; Karppinen, Maarit

    2014-04-01

    Due to the unique set of properties possessed by ZnO, thin films of ZnO have received more and more interest in the last 20 years as a potential material for applications such as thin-film transistors, light-emitting diodes and gas sensors. At the same time, the increasingly stringent requirements of the microelectronics industry, among other factors, have led to a dramatic increase in the use of atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique in various thin-film applications. During this time, the research on ALD-grown ZnO thin films has developed from relatively simple deposition studies to the fabrication of increasingly intricate nanostructures and an understanding of the factors affecting the fundamental properties of the films. In this review, we give an overview of the current state of ZnO ALD research including the applications that are being considered for ZnO thin films.

  11. Fast classification of meat spoilage markers using nanostructured ZnO thin films and unsupervised feature learning.

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    Längkvist, Martin; Coradeschi, Silvia; Loutfi, Amy; Rayappan, John Bosco Balaguru

    2013-01-25

    This paper investigates a rapid and accurate detection system for spoilage in meat. We use unsupervised feature learning techniques (stacked restricted Boltzmann machines and auto-encoders) that consider only the transient response from undoped zinc oxide, manganese-doped zinc oxide, and fluorine-doped zinc oxide in order to classify three categories: the type of thin film that is used, the type of gas, and the approximate ppm-level of the gas. These models mainly offer the advantage that features are learned from data instead of being hand-designed. We compare our results to a feature-based approach using samples with various ppm level of ethanol and trimethylamine (TMA) that are good markers for meat spoilage. The result is that deep networks give a better and faster classification than the feature-based approach, and we thus conclude that the fine-tuning of our deep models are more efficient for this kind of multi-label classification task.

  12. The dependence of filtered vacuum arc deposited ZnO SnO2 thin films characteristics on substrate temperature

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    Çetinórgü, E.; Goldsmith, S.; Barkay, Z.; Boxman, R. L.

    2006-12-01

    ZnO-SnO2 thin films were deposited by filtered vacuum arc deposition system and characterized using x-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), spectrophotometer and ex situ variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry. According to the XRD analysis the films were amorphous, independent of the deposition conditions. The root-mean-squares (RMS) of surface roughness and the average grain size obtained from the AFM images were 0.2-0.8 nm and 15-20 nm, respectively. Averaged optical transmission was 85%, and the refractive index and extinction coefficient of the films were in the range 2.05-2.28 and 0.001-0.044 at 500 nm wavelength, respectively. The range of the optical band gap of the films was 3.43-3.70 eV, depending on deposition conditions. The lowest resistivity was of the order of 10-2 Ω cm for films deposited on 400 °C heated substrates, while films deposited on substrates at room temperature were non-conducting, and films on 200 °C heated substrates were weakly conducting(~101-2 Ω cm). The resistivity of films decreased with increasing pressure for 200 and 400 °C heated substrates relative to RT deposited films. The effect of deposition conditions on the optical constants was analysed statistically by single and two sided variance analysis, using the analysis code 'Analysis Of Variance' to determine the significance of the differences between sets.

  13. Mediator-free interaction of glucose oxidase, as model enzyme for immobilization, with Al-doped and undoped ZnO thin films laser-deposited on polycarbonate supports.

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    V T K P, Fidal; Inguva, Saikumar; Krishnamurthy, Satheesh; Marsili, Enrico; Mosnier, Jean-Paul; T S, Chandra

    2017-01-01

    Al doped and undoped ZnO thin films were deposited by pulsed-laser deposition on polycarbonate sheets. The films were characterized by optical transmission, Hall effect measurement, XRD and SEM. Optical transmission and surface reflectometry studies showed good transparency with thicknesses ∼100nm and surface roughness of 10nm. Hall effect measurements showed that the sheet carrier concentration was -1.44×10(15)cm(-2) for AZO and -6×10(14)cm(-2) for ZnO. The films were then modified by drop-casting glucose oxidase (GOx) without the use of any mediators. Higher protein concentration was observed on ZnO as compared to AZO with higher specific activity for ZnO (0.042Umg(-1)) compared to AZO (0.032Umg(-1)), and was in agreement with cyclic voltemmetry (CV). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) suggested that the protein was bound by dipole interactions between AZO lattice oxygen and the amino group of the enzyme. Chronoamperometry showed sensitivity of 5.5μAmM(-1)cm(-2) towards glucose for GOx/AZO and 2.2μAmM(-1)cm(-2) for GOx/ZnO. The limit of detection (LoD) was 167μM of glucose for GOx/AZO, as compared to 360μM for GOx/ZnO. The linearity was 0.28-28mM for GOx/AZO whereas it was 0.6-28mM for GOx/ZnO with a response time of 10s. Possibly due to higher enzyme loading, the decrease of impedance in presence of glucose was larger for GOx/ZnO as compared to GOx/AZO in electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Analyses with clinical blood serum samples showed that the systems had good reproducibility and accuracy. The characteristics of novel ZnO and AZO thin films with GOx as a model enzyme, should prove useful for the future fabrication of inexpensive, highly sensitive, disposable electrochemical biosensors for high throughput diagnostics.

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

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    Scarpellini, D.; Paoloni, S.; Medaglia, P.G.; Pizzoferrato, R.; Orsini, A.; Falconi, C.

    2015-05-15

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

  15. Effects of substrate conductivity on cell morphogenesis and proliferation using tailored, atomic layer deposition-grown ZnO thin films

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    Choi, Won Jin; Jung, Jongjin; Lee, Sujin; Chung, Yoon Jang; Yang, Cheol-Soo; Lee, Young Kuk; Lee, You-Seop; Park, Joung Kyu; Ko, Hyuk Wan; Lee, Jeong-O

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate that ZnO films grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD) can be employed as a substrate to explore the effects of electrical conductivity on cell adhesion, proliferation, and morphogenesis. ZnO substrates with precisely tunable electrical conductivity were fabricated on glass substrates using ALD deposition. The electrical conductivity of the film increased linearly with increasing duration of the ZnO deposition cycle (thickness), whereas other physical characteristics, such as surface energy and roughness, tended to saturate at a certain value. Differences in conductivity dramatically affected the behavior of SF295 glioblastoma cells grown on ZnO films, with high conductivity (thick) ZnO films causing growth arrest and producing SF295 cell morphologies distinct from those cultured on insulating substrates. Based on simple electrostatic calculations, we propose that cells grown on highly conductive substrates may strongly adhere to the substrate without focal-adhesion complex formation, owing to the enhanced electrostatic interaction between cells and the substrate. Thus, the inactivation of focal adhesions leads to cell proliferation arrest. Taken together, the work presented here confirms that substrates with high conductivity disturb the cell-substrate interaction, producing cascading effects on cellular morphogenesis and disrupting proliferation, and suggests that ALD-grown ZnO offers a single-variable method for uniquely tailoring conductivity. PMID:25897486

  16. Electrical conduction mechanism in annealed and light soaked silver doped CdSe thin films

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    Kaur, Jagdish; Tripathi, S. K.

    2015-08-01

    Thin films of silver (Ag) doped CdSe are prepared on glass substrates by thermal evaporation technique in inert gas atmosphere. SEM micrograph reveals uniform and homogenous distribution of nanoparticles on the glass substrates. The composition of the film is investigated by EDX analysis. Thin films are thermally annealed and light soaked to study the thermally and optically induced effect. Electrical conduction in annealed thin films exhibits different conduction mechanisms in low and high temperature region while conduction in light soaked thin films is single thermally activated process. The activation energies for dark and photoconductivities are also investigated.

  17. Influence of Ag and Sn incorporation in In2S3 thin films

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    Lin, Ling-Yan; Yu, Jin-Ling; Cheng, Shu-Ying; Lu, Pei-Min

    2015-07-01

    Ag- and Sn-doped In2S3 thin films were deposited on glass substrates using the thermal evaporation technique. The doping was realized by thermal diffusion. The influences of Ag and Sn impurities on the electrical, structural, morphological, and optical properties of the In2S3 films were investigated. In all deposited samples, the x-ray diffraction spectra revealed the formation of cubic In2S3 phase. A significant increase in the crystallite size was observed after Ag doping, while the doping of Sn slightly decreased the crystallite size. The x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy verified the diffusion of Ag and Sn into the In2S3 films after annealing. The optical study illustrated that Ag doping resulted in a reduction of the optical band gap while Sn doping led to a widening of the gap. Optical properties were investigated to determine the optical constants. Besides, it was found that the resistivity decreases significantly either after Ag or Sn incorporation. The study demonstrates that the Sn-doped In2S3 thin films are more suitable for buffer layer application in solar cells than the Ag-doped In2S3 thin films. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61076063, 61340051, and 61306120) and the Natural Science Foundation of Fujian Province, China (Grant No. 2014J05073).

  18. Deposition, structure, physical and invitro characteristics of Ag-doped β-Ca3(PO4)2/chitosan hybrid composite coatings on Titanium metal.

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    Singh, Ram Kishore; Awasthi, Sharad; Dhayalan, Arunkumar; Ferreira, J M F; Kannan, S

    2016-05-01

    Pure and five silver-doped (0-5Ag) β-tricalcium phosphate [β-TCP, β-Ca3(PO4)2]/chitosan composite coatings were deposited on Titanium (Ti) substrates and their properties that are relevant for applications in hard tissue replacements were assessed. Silver, β-TCP and chitosan were combined to profit from their salient and complementary antibacterial and biocompatible features.The β-Ca3(PO4)2 powders were synthesized by co-precipitation. The characterization results confirmed the Ag(+) occupancy at the crystal lattice of β-Ca3(PO4)2. The Ag-dopedβ-Ca3(PO4)2/chitosan composite coatings deposited by electrophoresis showed good antibacterial activity and exhibited negative cytotoxic effects towards the human osteosarcoma cell line MG-63. The morphology of the coatings was observed by SEM and their efficiency against corrosion of metallic substrates was determined through potentiodynamic polarization tests.

  19. Atom Probe Tomography Analysis of Ag Doping in 2D Layered Material (PbSe)5(Bi2Se3)3.

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    Ren, Xiaochen; Singh, Arunima K; Fang, Lei; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G; Tavazza, Francesca; Davydov, Albert V; Lauhon, Lincoln J

    2016-10-12

    Impurity doping in two-dimensional (2D) materials can provide a route to tuning electronic properties, so it is important to be able to determine the distribution of dopant atoms within and between layers. Here we report the tomographic mapping of dopants in layered 2D materials with atomic sensitivity and subnanometer spatial resolution using atom probe tomography (APT). APT analysis shows that Ag dopes both Bi2Se3 and PbSe layers in (PbSe)5(Bi2Se3)3, and correlations in the position of Ag atoms suggest a pairing across neighboring Bi2Se3 and PbSe layers. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations confirm the favorability of substitutional doping for both Pb and Bi and provide insights into the observed spatial correlations in dopant locations.

  20. Effects of Ag doping on the photocatalytic disinfection of E. coli in bioaerosol by Ag-TiO₂/GF under visible light.

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    Pham, Thanh-Dong; Lee, Byeong-Kyu

    2014-08-15

    Ag doped TiO2/glass fibers (Ag-TiO2/GF) were prepared and used for photocatalytic disinfection of Escherichia coli (E. coli) in an indoor air environment. The prepared photocatalysts were characterized using scanning electron microscope (SEM) for morphology, X-ray diffraction (XRD) for microstructure, UV-Visible diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS) for optical properties and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to determine elemental state. The optimized weight fraction of TiO2 in the TiO2/glass fiber (TiO2/GF) was 3%. The silver content in Ag/TiO2 was altered from 1% to 10% to investigate the optimal ratio of Ag doped on the TiO2/GF for the photocatalytic disinfection of E. coli. Doped Ag enhanced the electron-hole separation as well as charge transfer efficiency between the valance band and the conduction band of TiO2. The generated electron-hole pairs reacted with water and molecular oxygen to form strong oxidative radicals, which participated in the oxidation of organic components of E. coli, resulting in bacterial death. The photocatalytic disinfection activity under visible light increased with the increase in silver content up to 7.5% and then decreased slightly with further increasing Ag content. Among the three humidity conditions used in this study (40±5%, 60±5%, 80±5%), the highest disinfection ratio of E. coli by the photocatalytic system was observed in the intermediate humidity level followed by the high humidity level. Using the 7.5% Ag-TiO2/GF and the intermediate level of humidity (60±5%), the highest disinfection ratio and disinfection capacity of E. coli were 93.53% and 26 (CFU/s cm(2)), respectively.