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  1. 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.

  2. Magnetic properties of high Li doped ZnO sol–gel thin films

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    Vettumperumal, R.; Kalyanaraman, S.; Santoshkumar, B.; Thangavel, R.

    2014-02-01

    Highlights: • Ferromagnetism in high Li doped ZnO films. • Magnetic properties observed by Guoy's and VSM method. • The rod and wrinkle like structures are observed from the surface of the films. • Band gap of ZnO does not get altered by high Li doping. - Abstract: Undoped and Li doped ZnO thin films were deposited on a glass substrate using the sol–gel dip coating method. The films were prepared at 5 mol.% and 10 mol.% of Li doped ZnO at 550 °C annealing temperature and the deposited films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), microscopic studies, Gouy's method, vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and UV–visible spectroscopy. All the deposited thin films had a hexagonal wurtzite structure with polycrystalline grains at random. Primarily magnetic properties of pure and Li doped ZnO films were observed by Guoy's method which depicted Dia and Para magnetic behavior at room temperature. VSM measurement reveals a coercivity of 97.7 Oe in the films. An inverse relative ferromagnetism was perceived in Li doped ZnO films which had an average transmission of <90%.

  3. Photoelectrochemical properties of highly mobilized Li-doped ZnO thin films.

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

    2013-03-01

    Li-doped ZnO thin films with preferred (002) orientation have been prepared by spray pyrolysis technique in aqueous medium on to the corning glass substrates. The effect of Li-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 crystal structure. The transmittance, reflectance, refractive index, extinction coefficient and bandgap have been analyzed by optical study. PL spectra consist of a near band edge and visible emission due to the electronic defects, which are related to deep level emissions, such as oxide antisite (OZn), interstitial zinc (Zni), interstitial oxygen (Oi) and zinc vacancy (VZn). The Li-doped ZnO films prepared for 1at% doping possesses the highest electron mobility of 102cm(2)/Vs and carrier concentration of 3.62×10(19)cm(-3). Finally, degradation of 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene using Li-doped ZnO thin films has been reported. PMID:23416707

  4. 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.

  5. Direct observation of Li diffusion in Li-doped ZnO nanowires

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    Li, Guohua; Yu, Lei; Hudak, Bethany M.; Chang, Yao-Jen; Baek, Hyeonjun; Sundararajan, Abhishek; Strachan, Douglas R.; Yi, Gyu-Chul; Guiton, Beth S.

    2016-05-01

    The direct observation of Li diffusion in Li-doped zinc oxide nanowires (NWs) was realized by using in situ heating in the scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM). A continuous increase of low atomic mass regions within a single NW was observed between 200 °C and 600 °C when heated in vacuum, which was explained by the conversion of interstitial to substitutional Li in the ZnO NW host lattice. A kick-out mechanism is introduced to explain the migration and conversion of the interstitial Li (Lii) to Zn-site substitutional Li (LiZn), and this mechanism is verified with low-temperature (11 K) photoluminescence measurements on as-grown and annealed Li-doped zinc oxide NWs, as well as the observation of an increase of NW surface roughing with applied bias.

  6. Properties of Li-Doped NiO Thin Films Prepared by RF-Magnetron Sputtering.

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    Kwon, Ho-Beom; Han, Joo-Hwan; Lee, Hee Young; Lee, Jai-Yeoul

    2016-02-01

    Li-doped NiO thin films were deposited on glass and c-axis (0001) sapphire single crystal substrates by radio frequency (RF)-niagnetron sputtering. The effects of the type of substrate, substrate temperature and atmosphere on the structural, electrical and optical properties of the NiO thin films were examined. The electrical conductivity of the NiO thin films depends on the type of substrate, substrate temperature and oxygen atmosphere. The electrical conductivity of the thin films on the glass and sapphire substrates was improved by the introduction of oxygen and decreased with increasing substrate temperature. The optical transmittance decreased with the introduction of oxygen and increased with increasing substrate temperature.

  7. Room temperature p-type conductivity and coexistence of ferroelectric order in ferromagnetic Li doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Awan, Saif Ullah E-mail: ullahphy@gmail.com; Hasanain, S. K.; Anjum, D. H.; Awan, M. S.; Shah, Saqlain A.

    2014-10-28

    Memory and switching devices acquired new materials which exhibit ferroelectric and ferromagnetic order simultaneously. We reported multiferroic behavior in Zn{sub 1−y}Li{sub y}O(0.00≤y≤0.10) nanoparticles. The analysis of transmission electron micrographs confirmed the hexagonal morphology and wurtzite crystalline structure. We investigated p-type conductivity in doped samples and measured hole carriers in range 2.4 × 10{sup 17}/cc to 7.3 × 10{sup 17}/cc for different Li contents. We found that hole carriers are responsible for long range order ferromagnetic coupling in Li doped samples. Room temperature ferroelectric hysteresis loops were observed in 8% and 10% Li doped samples. We demonstrated ferroelectric coercivity (remnant polarization) 2.5 kV/cm (0.11 μC/cm{sup 2}) and 2.8 kV/cm (0.15 μC/cm{sup 2}) for y = 0.08 and y = 0.10 samples. We propose that the mechanism of Li induced ferroelectricity in ZnO is due to indirect dipole interaction via hole carriers. We investigated that if the sample has hole carriers ≥5.3 × 10{sup 17}/cc, they can mediate the ferroelectricity. Ferroelectric and ferromagnetic measurements showed that higher electric polarization and larger magnetic moment is attained when the hole concentration is larger and vice versa. Our results confirmed the hole dependent coexistence of ferromagnetic and ferroelectric behavior at room temperature, which provide potential applications for switchable and memory devices.

  8. Electrical properties of undoped and Li-doped NiO thin films deposited by RF sputtering without intentional heating

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    Sugiyama, Mutsumi; Nakai, Hiroshi; Sugimoto, Gaku; Yamada, Aika; Chichibu, Shigefusa F.

    2016-08-01

    The fundamental transmittance and electrical properties of undoped and Li-doped NiO thin films deposited by conventional RF sputtering without intentional heating were evaluated. Both the transmittance and resistivity of undoped and Li-doped NiO decreased with increasing O2 fraction in the sputtering gas, f(O2) = O2/(Ar + O2). The result is attributed to the increase in the concentration of acceptors of Ni vacancies (VNi) under oxygen-rich growth conditions. In addition to VNi, Li atom on the Ni site (LiNi) likely acts as a shallow accepter, which can explain the experimental finding that the carrier concentration of Li-doped NiO was approximately three orders of magnitude higher than that of the undoped case deposited under the same f(O2). The mobility of NiO was remarkably low (around 0.1–1.0 cm2 V‑1 s‑1) and almost independent of f(O2) or the amount of doping, reflecting the large hole effective mass.

  9. High hole concentration Li-doped NiZnO thin films grown by photo-assisted metal-organic chemical vapor deposition

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    Zhao, Y. D.; Dong, X.; Ma, Z. Z.; Zhang, Y. T.; Wu, B.; Zhuang, S. W.; Zhang, B. L.; Li, W. C.; Du, G. T.

    2016-11-01

    High hole concentration Li-doped NiZnO thin films were grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). The crystalline, optical, electrical, and morphological characteristics of the NiZnO films were studied as a function of lithium content. The resistance of the films decreased and the hole concentration greatly increased with increasing lithium content. However, the crystalline and optical properties were observed to degrade as the lithium content was increased. To relieve the degradation, a photo-assisted MOCVD method was used in order to restrict this degradation and this represents a new way to obtain stable high hole concentration NiZnO films.

  10. Electrical stability enhancement of GeInGaO thin-film transistors by solution-processed Li-doped yttrium oxide passivation

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    Choi, U. H.; Yoon, S.; Yoon, D. H.; Tak, Y. J.; Kim, Y.-G.; Ahn, B. D.; Park, J.; Kim, H. J.

    2016-07-01

    In this study, we investigated a method of enhancing the electrical stability of GeInGaO thin-film transistors (TFTs) using a Li-doped Y2O3 (YO) passivation layer (PVL). Li reduced metal hydroxide groups in the PVL, and diffused into the channel layer and reduced the oxygen vacancy at the top surface of the channel layer, which is the origin of the defect state and electrical instability. In addition, the negative-bias temperature stress (NBTS) for 3600 s improved for Li-doped YO (LYO) PVL. The threshold voltage shift decreased from  -10.3 V for the YO PVL to  -4.8 V for the LYO PVL, a 54% improvement.

  11. 200 MeV Ag15+ ion beam irradiation effects on spray deposited 5 wt% `Li' doped V2O5 thin film

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    Kovendhan, M.; Joseph, D. Paul; Manimuthu, P.; Sendilkumar, A.; Asokan, K.; Venkateswaran, C.; Mohan, R.

    2016-05-01

    Lithium 5 wt% doped V2O5 thin film was deposited onto ITO substrate by spray pyrolysis technique. The substrate temperature was kept at 450 °C. 200 MeV Ag15+ ion beams at a fluence of 5×1012 ions/cm2 was irradiated on 5 wt% `Li' doped V2O5 film of thickness 1367 nm. The XRD pattern confirms that the pristine film is non stoichiometry with orthorhombic structure and upon irradiation the crystallinity decreased and an obvious textured growth along (020) plane is induced. Raman peak observed at 917 cm-1 is due to oxygen deficiency. Upon irradiation, the optical transparency and band gap of the film decreased. Electrical transport property study shows that the resistivity increased by one order for the irradiated film.

  12. Atomic disorder of Li0.5Ni0.5O thin films caused by Li doping: estimation from X-ray Debye–Waller factors

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    Yang, Anli; Sakata, Osami; Yamauchi, Ryosuke; Kumara, L. S. R.; Song, Chulho; Katsuya, Yoshio; Matsuda, Akifumi; Yoshimoto, Mamoru

    2015-01-01

    Cubic type room-temperature (RT) epitaxial Li0.5Ni0.5O and NiO thin films with [111] orientation grown on ultra-smooth sapphire (0001) substrates were examined using synchrotron-based thin-film X-ray diffraction. The 11 and 22 rocking curves including six respective equivalent reflections of the Li0.5Ni0.5O and NiO thin films were recorded. The RT B 1 factor, which appears in the Debye–Waller factor, of a cubic Li0.5Ni0.5O thin film was estimated to be 1.8 (4) Å2 from its 11 and 22 reflections, even though the Debye model was originally derived on the basis of one cubic element. The corresponding Debye temperature is 281 (39) K. Furthermore, the B 2 factor in the pseudo-Debye–Waller factor is proposed. This parameter, which is evaluated using one reflection, was also determined for the Li0.5Ni0.5O thin film by treating Li0.5Ni0.5O and NiO as ideal NaCl crystal structures. A structural parameter for the atomic disorder is introduced and evaluated. This parameter includes the combined effects of thermal vibration, interstitial atoms and defects caused by Li doping using the two Debye–Waller factors. PMID:26664345

  13. Homoepitaxial ZnO Film Growth

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    Zhu, Shen; Su, C-H; Lehoczky, S. L.; Harris, M. T.; Callahan, M. J.; McCarty, P.; George, M. A.; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    ZnO films have high potential for many applications, such as surface acoustic wave filters, UV detectors, and light emitting devices due to its structural, electrical, and optical properties. High quality epitaxial films are required for these applications. The Al2O3 substrate is commonly used for ZnO heteroepitaxial growth. Recently, high quality ZnO single crystals are available for grow homoepitaxial films. Epitaxial ZnO films were grown on the two polar surfaces (O-face and Zn-face) of (0001) ZnO single crystal substrates using off-axis magnetron sputtering deposition. As a comparison, films were also deposited on (0001) Al2O3 substrates. It was found that the two polar ZnO surfaces have different photoluminescence (PL) spectrum, surface structure and morphology, which strongly influence the epitaxial film growth. The morphology and structure of homoepitaxial films grown on the ZnO substrates were different from heteroepitaxial films grown on the Al2O3. An interesting result shows that high temperature annealing of ZnO single crystals will improve the surface structure on the O-face surface rather than the opposite surface. The measurements of PL, low-angle incident x-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy of ZnO films indicate that the O-terminated surface is better for ZnO epitaxial film growth.

  14. Electro- and photoluminescence of the Tm 3+ ion in Tm 3+- and Li +-doped ZnO ceramics. Influence of the sintering temperature

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    Ronfard-Haret, J. C.; Kossanyi, J.

    1999-03-01

    The electro- and photoluminescence properties of ZnO:Tm,Li pellets sintered between 900 and 1300°C have been studied at room temperature. The photoluminescence spectra show the emissions arising from both the Tm 3+ ions and ZnO itself whereas the electroluminescence spectra show only the emission arising from the Tm 3+ ions. The dependence of the current, capacitance and luminescence intensity upon voltage was measured. As for the ZnO:Bi composites, the electro-optical properties of the ZnO:Tm,Li composites depend mainly upon the grain boundaries, but unlike for the ZnO:Bi composites, they cannot be interpreted in terms of a succession of grain boundaries barriers. It is concluded that the grain boundaries act as preferential conduction pathways. The Tm 3+ ions are mainly located between the grains in intergranular layers where their luminescence acts as a probe, which evidences both the current flow and the presence of hot electrons.

  15. Li—N dual-doped ZnO thin films prepared by an ion beam enhanced deposition method

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    Xie, Jian-Sheng; Chen, Qiang

    2014-09-01

    Li—N dual-doped ZnO films [ZnO:(Li,N)] with Li doping concentrations of 3 at.%-5 at.% were grown on a glass substrate using an ion beam enhanced deposition (IBED) method. An optimal p-type ZnO:(Li,N) film with the resistivity of 11.4 Ω·cm was obtained by doping 4 at.% of Li and 5 sccm flow ratio of N2. The ZnO:(Li,N) films exhibited a wurtzite structure and good transmittance in the visible region. The p-type conductive mechanism of ZnO:(Li,N) films are attributed to the Li substitute Zn site (LiZn) acceptor. N doping in ZnO can forms the Lii—NO complex, which depresses the compensation of Li occupy interstitial site (Lii) donors for LiZn acceptor and helps to achieve p-type ZnO:(Li,N) films. Room temperature photoluminescence measurements indicate that the UV peak (381 nm) is due to the shallow acceptors LiZn in the p-type ZnO:(Li,N) films. The band gap of the ZnO:(Li,N) films has a red-shift after p-type doping.

  16. ZnO nanolasers on graphene films

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    Baek, Hyeonjun; Park, Jun Beom; Park, Jong-woo; Hyun, Jerome K.; Yoon, Hosang; Oh, Hongseok; Yoon, Jiyoung

    2016-06-01

    We grew and characterized zinc oxide (ZnO) nanolasers on graphene films. By using graphene as a growth medium, we were able to prepare position-controlled and vertically aligned ZnO nanotube lasers. The ZnO nanolasers grown on graphene films showed good optical characteristics, evidenced by a low lasing threshold. Furthermore, the nanolaser/graphene system was easily lifted off the original substrate and transferred onto foreign substrates. The lasing performance was observed to be significantly enhanced by depositing a layer of silver on the back of the graphene film during this transfer process, which was quantitatively investigated using finite-difference time-domain simulations. Due to the wide selection of substrates enabled by the use of graphene films, our results suggest promising strategies for preparing practical nanolasers with improved performance.

  17. Multifunctional transparent ZnO nanorod films

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    Kwak, Geunjae; Jung, Sungmook; Yong, Kijung

    2011-03-01

    Transparent ZnO nanorod (NR) films that exhibit extreme wetting states (either superhydrophilicity or superhydrophobicity through surface chemical modification), high transmittance, UV protection and antireflection have been prepared via the facile ammonia hydrothermal method. The periodic 1D ZnO NR arrays showed extreme wetting states as well as antireflection properties due to their unique surface structure and prevented the UVA region from penetrating the substrate due to the unique material property of ZnO. Because of the simple, time-efficient and low temperature preparation process, ZnO NR films with useful functionalities are promising for fabrication of highly light transmissive, antireflective, UV protective, antifogging and self-cleaning optical materials to be used for optical devices and photovoltaic energy devices.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Improved optical and electrical properties of 200 MeV Ag{sup 15+} irradiated 3 wt% 'Li' doped MoO{sub 3} thin film

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    Kovendhan, M.; Mohan, R.; Joseph, D. Paul; Manimuthu, P.; Venkateswaran, C.; Sambasivam, S.; Singh, J. P.; Asokan, K.

    2013-02-05

    The lithium (3 wt%) doped MoO{sub 3} thin film was prepared by spray deposition onto ITO substrate at 325 Degree-Sign C. The film of thickness 577 nm was irradiated with 200 MeV Ag{sup 15+} ion beams at a fluence of 5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 12} ions/cm{sup 2}. The XRD pattern confirmed that the pristine film is polycrystalline with orthorhombic symmetry. Upon irradiation, the film turned amorphous. The sharp Raman peak in pristine film at 993 cm{sup -1} is due to the terminal oxygen of {alpha}-MoO{sub 3} phase. Optical transparency of the film increased upon irradiation. Large red shift was observed in both direct and indirect band gaps. Electrical transport property study shows that the carrier concentration increased by one order for the irradiated film.

  1. Growth of Homoepitaxial ZnO Semiconducting Films

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    Zhu, Shen; Su, Ching-Hua; Lehoczky, S. L.; Harris, M. T.; George, Michael A.; McCarty, P.

    1999-01-01

    As a high temperature semiconductor, ZnO has been used for many applications such as wave-guide, solar cells, and surface acoustic wave devices. Since the ZnO material has an energy gap of 3.3 eV at room temperature and an excitonic binding energy (60 meV) that is possible to make excitonic lasering at room temperature a recent surge of interest is to synthesize ZnO films for electro-optical devices. These applications require films with a smooth surface, good crystal quality, and low defect density. Homoepitaxial films have been studied in terms of morphology, crystal structure, and electrical and optical properties. ZnO single crystals are grown by the hydrothermal method. Substrates are mechanically polished and annealed in air for four hours before deposited films. The annealing temperature-dependence of ZnO substrates is studied. Films are synthesized by the off-axis reactive sputtering deposition. The films have very smooth surface with a roughness film theta rocking curves measured by the x-ray diffraction is slightly larger than the crystal substrate. The film quality is determined by measuring the film resistivity, the Hall mobility, carrier densities and the energy band gap. The properties of ZnO films grown of (0001) ZnO and (0001) sapphire substrates will be also compared and discussed in the presentation.

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

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    2011-01-01

    A hydrothermal method to grow vertical-aligned ZnO nanorod arrays on ZnO films obtained by atomic layer deposition (ALD) is presented. The growth of ZnO nanorods is studied as function of the crystallographic orientation of the ZnO films deposited on silicon (100) substrates. Different thicknesses of ZnO films around 40 to 180 nm were obtained and characterized before carrying out the growth process by hydrothermal methods. A textured ZnO layer with preferential direction in the normal c-axes is formed on substrates by the decomposition of diethylzinc to provide nucleation sites for vertical nanorod growth. Crystallographic orientation of the ZnO nanorods and ZnO-ALD films was determined by X-ray diffraction analysis. Composition, morphologies, length, size, and diameter of the nanorods were studied using a scanning electron microscope and energy dispersed x-ray spectroscopy analyses. In this work, it is demonstrated that crystallinity of the ZnO-ALD films plays an important role in the vertical-aligned ZnO nanorod growth. The nanorod arrays synthesized in solution had a diameter, length, density, and orientation desirable for a potential application as photosensitive materials in the manufacture of semiconductor-polymer solar cells. PACS 61.46.Hk, Nanocrystals; 61.46.Km, Structure of nanowires and nanorods; 81.07.Gf, Nanowires; 81.15.Gh, Chemical vapor deposition (including plasma-enhanced CVD, MOCVD, ALD, etc.) PMID:21899743

  3. Green emission in carbon doped ZnO films

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

    2014-06-15

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

  4. Nanostructured ZnO Films for Room Temperature Ammonia Sensing

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    Dhivya Ponnusamy; Sridharan Madanagurusamy

    2014-09-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films have been deposited by a reactive dc magnetron sputtering technique onto a thoroughly cleaned glass substrate at room temperature. X-ray diffraction revealed that the deposited film was polycrystalline in nature. The field emission scanning electron micrograph (FE-SEM) showed the uniform formation of a rugby ball-shaped ZnO nanostructure. Energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDX) confirmed that the film was stoichiometric and the direct band gap of the film, determined using UV-Vis spectroscopy, was 3.29 eV. The ZnO nanostructured film exhibited better sensing towards ammonia (NH3) at room temperature (˜30°C). The fabricated ZnO film based sensor was capable of detecting NH3 at as low as 5 ppm, and its parameters, such as response, selectivity, stability, and response/recovery time, were also investigated.

  5. Growth of Homoepitaxial ZnO Semiconducting Films

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    Zhu, Shen; Su, C.-H.; Lehoczky, S. L.; Harris, M. T.; George, M. A.; McCarty, P.

    1999-01-01

    As a high temperature wide-band-gap (3.3 eV at room temperature) semiconductor, ZnO has been used for many applications such as wave-guides, solar cells, and surface acoustic wave devices, Since ZnO has a 60 meV excitonic binding energy that makes it possible to produce excitonic lasing at room temperature, a recent surge of interest is to synthesize ZnO films for UV/blue/green laser diodes. These applications require films with a smooth surface, good crystal quality, and low defect density. Thus, homoepitaxial film growth is the best choice. Homoepitaxial films have been studied in terms of morphology, crystal structure, and electrical and optical properties. ZnO single crystal substrates grown by the hydrothermal method are mechanically polished and annealed in air for four hours before the films are deposited. The annealing temperature-dependence on ZnO substrate morphology and electrical properties is investigated. Films are synthesized by off-axis reactive sputtering deposition. This produces films that have very smooth surfaces with roughness less than or equal to 5 nm on a 5 microns x 5 microns area. The full width at half maximum of film theta rocking curves measured by the x-ray diffraction is slightly larger than that of the crystal substrate. Films are also characterized by measuring resistivity, optical transmittance, and photoluminescence. The properties of ZnO films grown on (0001) ZnO and (0001) sapphire substrates will also be compared and discussed.

  6. Nanoporous structures on ZnO thin films

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    Gür, Emre; Kılıç, Bayram; Coşkun, C.; Tüzemen, S.; Bayrakçeken, Fatma

    2010-01-01

    Porous structures were formed on ZnO thin films which were grown by an electrochemical deposition (ECD) method. The growth processes were carried out in a solution of dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) zinc perchlorate, Zn(ClO 4) 2, at 120 ∘C on indium tin oxide (ITO) substrates. Optical and structural characterizations of electrochemically grown ZnO thin films have shown that the films possess high (0002) c-axis orientation, high nucleation, high intensity and low FWHM of UV emission at the band edge region and a sharp UV absorption edge. Nanoporous structures were formed via self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of hexanethiol (C 6SH) and dodecanethiol (C 12SH). Scanning electron microscope (SEM) measurements showed that while a nanoporous structure (pore radius 20 nm) is formed on the ZnO thin films by hexanathiol solution, a macroporous structure (pore radius 360 nm) is formed by dodecanethiol solution. No significant variation is observed in X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements on the ZnO thin films after pore formation. However, photoluminescence (PL) measurements showed that green emission is observed as the dominant emission for the macroporous structures, while no variation is observed for the thin film nanoporous ZnO sample.

  7. Improved Response of ZnO Films for Pyroelectric Devices

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    Hsiao, Chun-Ching; Yu, Shih-Yuan

    2012-01-01

    Increasing the temperature variation rate is a useful method for enhancing the response of pyroelectric devices. A three-dimensional ZnO film was fabricated by the aerosol deposition (AD) rapid process using the shadow mask method, which induces lateral temperature gradients on the sidewalls of the responsive element, thereby increasing the temperature variation rate. To enhance the quality of the film and reduce the concentration of defects, the film was further treated by laser annealing, and the integration of a comb-like top electrode enhanced the voltage response and reduced the response time of the resulting ZnO pyroelectric devices. PMID:23235444

  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. Nanostructured hybrid ZnO thin films for energy conversion

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    2011-01-01

    We report on hybrid films based on ZnO/organic dye prepared by electrodeposition using tetrasulfonated copper phthalocyanines (TS-CuPc) and Eosin-Y (EoY). Both the morphology and porosity of hybrid ZnO films are highly dependent on the type of dyes used in the synthesis. High photosensitivity was observed for ZnO/EoY films, while a very weak photoresponse was obtained for ZnO/TS-CuPc films. Despite a higher absorption coefficient of TS-CuPc than EoY, in ZnO/EoY hybrid films, the excited photoelectrons between the EoY levels can be extracted through ZnO, and the porosity of ZnO/EoY can also be controlled. PMID:21711909

  10. Ferromagnetism in Tb doped ZnO nanocrystalline films

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    Zou, W. Q.; Ge, C. N.; Venkataiah, G.; Su, H. L.; Hsu, H. S.; Huang, J. C. A.; Liu, X. C.; Zhang, F. M.; Du, Y. W.

    2012-06-01

    Nanocrystalline Tb-doped ZnO films have been prepared by ion-beam sputtering technique. Magnetic characterization showed that the films are ferromagnetic with Curie temperature (TC) higher than room temperature. By further treated with a rapid thermal annealing process, both the grain size and the carrier concentration of the films increase, while the saturation magnetization of the films decreases. This magnetic behavior can be hardly explained by either bound magnetic polaron model or free carrier mediation model, thus suggests that the grain boundaries play a key role for the origin of ferromagnetism in these films.

  11. 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.

  12. Structural and electrical properties of electric field assisted spray deposited pea structured ZnO film

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    Chaturvedi, Neha; Swami, Sanjay Kumar; Dutta, Viresh

    2016-05-01

    Spray deposition of ZnO film was carried out. The uneven growth of ZnO nanostructures is resulted for spray deposited ZnO film. Application of DC voltage (1000V) during spray deposition provides formation of pea like structures with uniform coverage over the substrate. Electric field assisted spray deposition provides increased crystallinity with reduced resistivity and improved mobility of the ZnO film as compared to spray deposited ZnO film without electric field. This with large area deposition makes the process more efficient than other techniques.

  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. PMID:24840493

  14. Transparent conductive Nd-doped ZnO thin films

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    Nistor, M.; Millon, E.; Cachoncinlle, C.; Seiler, W.; Jedrecy, N.; Hebert, C.; Perrière, J.

    2015-03-01

    Transparent Nd-doped ZnO films with thickness in the range of 70 to 250 nm were grown by pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) on c-cut sapphire substrates at various oxygen pressures and substrate temperatures. A wide range of optical and electrical properties of the films were obtained and correlated to the composition and crystalline structure. The Nd-doped ZnO films are smooth, dense, and display the wurtzite phase. Different epitaxial relationships between films and substrate as a function of growth pressure and substrate temperature were evidenced by asymmetric x-ray diffraction measurements. By varying PLD growth conditions, the films can be tuned to have either metallic or semiconductor characteristics, with good optical transmittance in the visible range. Moreover, a low-temperature metal-insulator transition may be observed in Nd-doped ZnO films grown under low oxygen pressure. Resistivities as low as 6 × 10-4 Ω cm and 90% optical transmittance in the visible range and different near-infrared transmittance are obtained with approximately 1.0-1.5 at.% Nd doping and growth temperature of approximately 500 °C.

  15. 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.

  16. Electrodeposited ZnO films with high UV emission properties

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    Matei, Elena; Enculescu, Ionut

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: {yields} Electrodeposition of ZnO from nitrate baths is investigated. {yields} The influence of process parameters on morphological and optical properties is studied. {yields} Experimental conditions to fabricate ZnO films with high UV emission were found. -- Abstract: We report here our results in the preparation of ZnO films with high UV band to band characteristic luminescence emission by potentiostatic electrodeposition. Zinc nitrate aqueous baths with different concentration and additives were employed for the preparation of the films on platinum substrates. We focused our research in determining how the electrodeposition bath composition, i.e. zinc nitrate concentration and addition of KCl or polyvinyl pyrolidone and applied overpotential influence the morphological and optical properties of the oxide films. Scanning electron microscopy was employed for characterizing the films in terms of morphology. Optical reflection, photoluminescence spectroscopy and cathodoluminescence were used for determining the optical characteristics of the samples. The morphology of the deposit varies from hexagonal prisms to platelets as a function of the deposition rate. This experimental parameter also influences the luminescence properties. We found that at low deposition rates high UV luminescent material is obtained.

  17. Superconductivity in Li-doped {alpha}-rhombohedral boron

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    Nagatochi, T.; Sumiyoshi, A.; Kimura, K.; Hyodo, H.; Soga, K.; Sato, Y.; Terauchi, M.; Esaka, F.

    2011-05-01

    Metal transition and superconductivity were observed in Li-doped {alpha}-rhombohedral boron ({alpha}-B{sub 12}). The authors have established a purification method and obtained a large amount of high-purity {alpha}-B{sub 12} powder. Li doping into purified {alpha}-B{sub 12} was attempted by vapor diffusion processing (VDP) in a Mo or Ta tube. Li-doped {alpha}-B{sub 12} contained metallic glittering particles. Meissner effects were observed in such a compound with the nominal composition Li{sub x}B{sub 12} (x = 1.0, 1.4, 1.5, 1.7, or 2.5) (T{sub c} = 3.2-7 K). As for Li{sub 2.5}B{sub 12}, the temperature dependence of its electrical conductivity indicates a metallic character and its electrical resistivity drop is detected near the Meissner temperature. The existence of Li and Fermi edges in Li-doped {alpha}-B{sub 12} crystals was verified by transmission electron microscopy-electron energy loss spectroscopy (TEM-EELS). Lattice expansion, which is a well-known indicator of metal doping into a crystal, was also observed. Thus, Li doping into {alpha}-B{sub 12} was successfully achieved. Our work also suggests that it is possible to dope a larger amount of Li into {alpha}-B{sub 12} and to increase its T{sub c}.

  18. Local structures of copper-doped ZnO films

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    Ma, Q.; Buchholz, D.B.; Chang, R.P.H.

    2009-01-05

    We report the local structures of a series of copper-doped zinc oxide films using polarization-dependent x-ray-absorption spectroscopy. The films were grown by pulsed-laser ablation under various conditions. The results show that films where copper exists solely as clusters are not ferromagnetic. The results also show that some of the copper-doped zinc oxide films are not ferromagnetic despite the fact that the copper substitution for zinc in the ZnO lattice is in the Cu{sup 2+} state, which provides the necessary unpaired spins for ferromagnetism. Therefore, Cu{sup 2+}/Zn{sup 2+} substitution is not the only imperative condition for ferromagnetism to occur. We present characteristics unique to the electronic and atomic structure of ferromagnetic films and argue that the increased covalence of the Cu{sub Zn}-O bond found in these films is a prerequisite for the spin alignments in a substitutionally copper-doped zinc oxide film.

  19. Laser nanostructuring of ZnO thin films

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

    2016-06-01

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

  20. Influence of POST Annealing on Sol-Gel Deposited ZnO Thin Films

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    Bhadane, Hemalata; Samuel, Edmund; Gautam, Dinesh Kumar

    2014-05-01

    The effect of annealing temperature on sol-gel deposited ZnO thin films have been studied. The average crystallite size determined from XRD shows that the deposited films are nanocrystalline. FTIR confirms deposition of ZnO thin films. The transmittance of annealed ZnO thin films is greater than 80% in visible region with bandgap ranging from 3.25-3.19 eV. The films annealed at 450°C temperature shows lower resistivity value of 527.241 Ωm. The deposited nanocrystalline films are suitable for biosensing applications due to its higher surface area.

  1. 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.

  2. Effect of Mg doping in ZnO buffer layer on ZnO thin film devices for electronic applications

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    Giri, Pushpa; Chakrabarti, P.

    2016-05-01

    Zinc Oxide (ZnO) thin films have been grown on p-silicon (Si) substrate using magnesium doped ZnO (Mg: ZnO) buffer layer by radio-frequency (RF) sputtering method. In this paper, we have optimized the concentration of Mg (0-5 atomic percent (at. %)) ZnO buffer layer to examine its effect on ZnO thin film based devices for electronic and optoelectronic applications. The crystalline nature, morphology and topography of the surface of the thin film have been characterized. The optical as well as electrical properties of the active ZnO film can be tailored by varying the concentration of Mg in the buffer layer. The crystallite size in the active ZnO thin film was found to increase with the Mg concentration in the buffer layer in the range of 0-3 at. % and subsequently decrease with increasing Mg atom concentration in the ZnO. The same was verified by the surface morphology and topography studies carried out with scanning electron microscope (SEM) and atomic electron microscopy (AFM) respectively. The reflectance in the visible region was measured to be less than 80% and found to decrease with increase in Mg concentration from 0 to 3 at. % in the buffer region. The optical bandgap was initially found to increase from 3.02 eV to 3.74 eV by increasing the Mg content from 0 to 3 at. % but subsequently decreases and drops down to 3.43 eV for a concentration of 5 at. %. The study of an Au:Pd/ZnO Schottky diode reveals that for optimum doping of the buffer layer the device exhibits superior rectifying behavior. The barrier height, ideality factor, rectification ratio, reverse saturation current and series resistance of the Schottky diode were extracted from the measured current voltage (I-V) characteristics.

  3. Effect of ZnO nanoparticles on structural and mechanical properties of HPMC polymer films

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    Rao, B. Lakshmeesha; Mahadeviah, Asha, S.; Somashekar, R.; Sangappa

    2013-02-01

    The Zinc Oxide (ZnO) nano-particles were synthesized by electrochemical method. The HPMC films were prepared by solution casting method and ZnO concentration was varied from 0.01 to 0.04%. The films were examined for structural and mechanical properties verifying how the addition of ZnO nano-particles affected the properties using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Universal Testing Machine (UTM).

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. [Optical Properties of ZnO Films Fabricated by Atomic Layer Deposition].

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    Zhang, Chun-mei; Wang, Dong-dong; Fang, Ming; Zhang, Ao; Wang, Xiao-yu; Chen, Qiang; Meng, Tao

    2016-01-01

    The ZnO films were deposited by atomic layer deposition method using water and diethylzinc as precursors at different temperatures (110 and 190 degrees C). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry and photoluminescence spectra (PL) were used to investigate the elemental composition and optical properties of ZnO films. Our results showed that with the increasing of the growth temperature, the amount of -OH groups in the ZnO film decreased, which indicated that the reactions went to completion at high processing temperatures. The PL spectra of the ZnO film deposited at 110 degrees C exhibited two emission bands, one in the UV region and the other in the visible region. When the deposition temperature increased to 190 degrees C, the emission bands in the visible region disappeared, which indicated that the deep level defect in ZnO became less. The carrier mobility improved from 25 to 32 cm2 x (V x S)(-1) with the reduction of the defects in the ZnO film. The refractive index of the ZnO films decreased from 2.33 to 1.9 in the 375-800 nm region. The optical absorption edge (E(g)) values of the ZnO films deposited at different temperature were about 3.27 eV.

  7. Synthesis and annealing study of RF sputtered ZnO thin film

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    Singh, Shushant Kumar; Sharma, Himanshu; Singhal, R.; Kumar, V. V. Siva; Avasthi, D. K.

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we have investigated the annealing effect on optical and structural properties of ZnO thin films, synthesized by RF magnetron sputtering. ZnO thin films were deposited on glass and silicon substrates simultaneously at a substrate temperature of 300 °C using Argon gas in sputtering chamber. Thickness of as deposited ZnO thin film was found to be ~155 nm, calculated by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS). These films were annealed at 400 °C and 500 °C temperature in the continuous flow of oxygen gas for 1 hour in tube furnace. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the formation of hexagonal wurtzite structure of ZnO thin film along the c-axis (002) orientation. Transmittance of thin films was increased with increasing the annealing temperature estimated by UV-visible transmission spectroscopy. Quality and texture of the thin films were improved with annealing temperature, estimated by Raman spectroscopy.

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

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

    2015-05-15

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

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

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

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

    2011-05-01

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

  11. Defect complexes in Li-doped MgO

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    Richter, N. A.; Stavale, F.; Levchenko, S. V.; Nilius, N.; Freund, H.-J.; Scheffler, M.

    2015-05-01

    Magnesium oxide (MgO) is used in a variety of industrial applications due to its low cost and structural stability. In heterogeneous catalysis, MgO and Li-doped MgO have been studied as catalysts for the oxidative coupling of methane. In this work, we analyze the structure and stability of defect complexes comprising Li dopants and oxygen vacancies in MgO, combining scanning tunneling microscopy, photon-emission experiments, and density-functional theory computations. The experimental results strongly indicate that after annealing Li-doped MgO to temperatures of 600 K and higher, Li evaporates from the surface, but Li defects, such as substitutional defects, interstitials, or defect complexes comprising Li remain in the bulk. Our calculations show that bulk defect complexes containing F2 + color centers, that have donated their two electrons to two adjacent Li defects, are the most stable configurations at realistic pressure and temperature conditions.

  12. Influence of Al-, Co-, Cu-, and In-doped ZnO buffer layers on the structural and the optical properties of ZnO thin films

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    Kim, Younggyu; Choe, Jongyun; Nam, Giwoong; Kim, Ikhyun; Leem, Jae-Young; Lee, Sang-heon; Kim, Soaram; Kim, Do Yeob; Kim, Sung-O.

    2015-01-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films without a buffer layer and with Al-, Co-, Cu-, and In-doped ZnO buffer layers were prepared by using the sol-gel spin-coating method. For the first time, the effects of the ZnO buffer layers doped with different metal materials on the structural and the optical properties of the ZnO thin films are investigated. The surface morphologies of the ZnO thin films having wrinkle structures significantly depended on the type of buffer layer. The largest crystallite size and the highest c-axis orientation were observed for the ZnO thin film with a Co-doped ZnO buffer layer. However, the transmittance for the ZnO thin films with metal-doped buffer layers was slightly decreased compared to that without the buffer layer, and metal-doped ZnO buffer layers hardly affected the optical band gap of the ZnO thin films.

  13. 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.

  14. Comparison on electrically pumped random laser actions of hydrothermal and sputtered ZnO films

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    Wang, Canxing; Jiang, Haotian; Li, Yunpeng; Ma, Xiangyang; Yang, Deren

    2013-10-07

    Random lasing (RL) in polycrystalline ZnO films is an intriguing research subject. Here, we have comparatively investigated electrically pumped RL behaviors of two metal-insulator-semiconductor structured devices using the hydrothermal and sputtered ZnO films as the semiconductor components, i.e., the light-emitting layers, respectively. It is demonstrated that the device using the hydrothermal ZnO film exhibits smaller threshold current and larger output optical power of the electrically pumped RL. The morphological characterization shows that the hydrothermal ZnO film is somewhat porous and is much rougher than the sputtered one, suggesting that in the former stronger multiple light scattering can occur. Moreover, the photoluminescence characterization indicates that there are fewer defects in the hydrothermal ZnO film than in the sputtered one, which means that the photons can pick up larger optical gain through stimulated emission in the hydrothermal ZnO film. Therefore, it is believed that the stronger multiple light scattering and larger optical gain contribute to the improved performance of the electrically pumped RL from the device using the hydrothermal ZnO film.

  15. Electrical and Optical Properties of ZnO Films Grown on GaAs Substrates

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    Yuldashev, Shavkat U.; Panin, Gennady N.; Choi, Sung Woo; Yalishev, Vadim Sh.; Nosova, Ludmila A.; Ryu, Min Ki; Lee, Sanghern; Jang, Min Su; Chung, Kwan Soo; Kang, Tae Won

    2003-06-01

    Undoped ZnO films were deposited on GaAs substrates by conventional rf magnetron sputtering technique. After thermal annealing at temperatures of 500°C and higher for 20 min, the Hall coefficient of ZnO films on GaAs substrate becomes positive. The long-time annealing of 550 min at a temperature of 400°C also converts the sign of the Hall coefficient to positive. X-ray microanalysis shows that the diffusion of Zn atoms into the GaAs substrate and Ga atoms from the GaAs substrate into the ZnO film during thermal annealing occurs. The results of Hall measurements were analyzed by using the two-layer model of conductivity. It was shown that the positive sign of the Hall coefficient for the annealed ZnO film on the GaAs substrate is due to p-type conductivity of the GaAs substrate as a result of the diffusion of the Zn atoms from ZnO film into the GaAs substrate. With increasing annealing temperature or annealing time the ZnO films become more n-type due to the diffusion of Ga atoms from the GaAs substrate into the ZnO film.

  16. 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. PMID:18572702

  17. Effect of annealing in hydrogen atmosphere on ZnO films for field emission display

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    Zulkifli, Zurita; Sharma, Subash; Shinde, Sachin; Kalita, Golap; Tanemura, M.

    2015-11-01

    Surface morphology, crystallinity, conductivity and optical transmittance of ZnO films can be modified by annealing process. Hydrogen is one of the popular annealing gases as well as nitrogen, argon, oxygen and air which are commonly used for thin film cleaning or the removal of native oxide. In general, annealing is done at high temperatures (> 600degC) to improve the film properties. From a view point of environment, however, lower annealing temperature is preferable. In this work, low annealing process was challenged to understand the effect of annealing temperature on properties of ZnO thin films and nanostructured film grown on glass substrates for transparent field emission device applications. The annealing temperature employed was 100, 200 and 450°C at 100 sccm hydrogen flow rate. ZnO thin films were deposited by RF magnetron sputtering. The ZnO thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), UV-VIS and Raman spectroscopy. The sheet resistances reduced about 15 kohm/sq at low annealing temperature. By contrast, the optical transmittance did not show any significant changes after annealing. The FE current density increased after the ZnO nanostructures film was annealed in 100°C. The results obtained could motivate a surface treatment for flexible ZnO thin film since the substrate is always suffered by heat.

  18. 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.

  19. 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}.

  20. Atomic Oxygen Sensors Based on Nanograin ZnO Films Prepared by Pulse Laser Deposition

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    Wang Yunfei; Chen Xuekang; Li Zhonghua; Zheng Kuohai; Wang Lanxi; Feng Zhanzu; Yang Shengsheng

    2009-01-05

    High-quality nanograin ZnO thin films were deposited on c-plane sapphire (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) substrates by pulse laser deposition (PLD). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to characterize the samples. The structural and morphological properties of ZnO films under different deposition temperature have been investigated before and after atomic oxygen (AO) treatment. XRD has shown that the intensity of the (0 0 2) peak increases and its FWHM value decreases after AO treatment. The AO sensing characteristics of nano ZnO film also has been investigated in a ground-based atomic oxygen simulation facility. The results show that the electrical conductivity of nanograin ZnO films decreases with increasing AO fluence and that the conductivity of the films can be recovered by heating.

  1. Morphological, physical, antimicrobial and release properties of ZnO nanoparticles-loaded bacterial cellulose films.

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    Shahmohammadi Jebel, Fereshteh; Almasi, Hadi

    2016-09-20

    Bacterial cellulose (BC) monolayer and multilayer films, incorporating 5wt.% ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) have been obtained. Ultrasound (US) irradiation (40kHz) was applied during ZnO-BC nanocomposites preparation. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns showed that ZnO NPs were crystallized in their pure phase. SEM scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results indicated that US treatment causes to decrease ZnO particle size, forming a stable hybrid nanostructure and evenly distributed ZnO NPs coated BC nanofibers. ZnO NPs enhanced the mechanical properties and diminished water vapor permeability and moisture absorption of BC films. Antibacterial activity of ZnO-BC films against Staphylococcus aureus was more than Escherichia coli. The antibacterial activity was enhanced with the utilization of US irradiation. The ZnO release was influenced by films composition; the multilayer and US treated films being promising in order to achieve controlled release of ZnO. Results suggest that ZnO-BC films may be used as controlled release antimicrobial food active packaging. PMID:27261725

  2. Effects of interfacial layer structures on crystal structural properties of ZnO films

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    Park, J. S.; Minegishi, T.; Lee, S. H.; Im, I. H.; Park, S. H.; Hanada, T.; Goto, T.; Cho, M. W.; Yao, T.; Hong, S. K.; Chang, J. H.

    2008-01-15

    Single crystalline ZnO films were grown on Cr compound buffer layers on (0001) Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrates by plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy. In terms of lattice misfit reduction between ZnO and substrate, the CrN and Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}/CrN buffers are investigated. The structural and optical qualities of ZnO films suggest the feasibility of Cr compound buffers for high-quality ZnO films growth on (0001) Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrates. Moreover, the effects of interfacial structures on selective growth of different polar ZnO films are investigated. Zn-polar ZnO films are grown on the rocksalt CrN buffer and the formation of rhombohedral Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} results in the growth of O-polar films. The possible mechanism of polarity conversion is proposed. By employing the simple patterning and regrowth procedures, a periodical polarity converted structure in lateral is fabricated. The periodical change of the polarity is clearly confirmed by the polarity sensitive piezo response microscope images and the opposite hysteretic characteristic of the piezo response curves, which are strict evidences for the validity of the polarity controlling method as well as the successful fabrication of the periodical polarity controlled ZnO structure.

  3. Morphological and optical investigation of Sol-Gel ZnO films

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    Ivanova, T.; Harizanova, A.; Petrova, A.

    2016-03-01

    This paper presents morphological and optical studies of the properties of spin-coated ZnO films depending on the annealing temperatures. The films microstructure was explored using a scanning nano-hardness measuring device of the NanoScan family, based on the principles of atomic force microscopy, in a constant frequency mode. The surface study revealed that the root-mean-square (RMS) surface roughness of 985.64×985.64 nm ZnO films becomes greater with the increase of the annealing temperature, but the film surface remains uniform and smooth. The results were confirmed by XRD analysis, which demonstrated that the crystallite size grew from 25 to 36 nm with the thermal treatments. The ZnO films possessed high transmittance in the visible spectral range and the optical band gaps in ZnO films varied from 3.25 eV to 3.52 eV. The optical and morphological properties of the ZnO films formed on Si and quartz substrates are very good. The sol-gel approach proposed for deposition of nanostructured ZnO films is promising for applications in optoelectronic devices or solar cells.

  4. Optical, Electrical, and Adhesive Properties of ZnO Thin Films.

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    Chen, Yuan-Tsung

    2016-01-01

    ZnO films were sputtered onto glass substrates to thicknesses from 100 A to 500 A under the following conditions; (a) as-deposited films were maintained at room temperature (RT); (b) films were post-annealed at 150 °C for 1 h, and (c) films were post-annealed at 250 °C for 1 h. X-ray diffraction (XRD) result thus obtained demonstrate that ZnO has a wurtzite structure with a (002) texture diffraction peak with a 2θ of 34° range. The intensity of the ZnO (002) peak increased with film thickness and upon post-annealing. As the ZnO thin film thickness increased and post-annealing was carried out, the grains became larger. A spectral analyzer was utilized to measure transmittance for various thicknesses. Post-annealing treatment promoted the growth of grains, yielding a large mean grain size and, therefore, low transmittance. The as-deposited ZnO thin film with a thickness of 100 Å had a transmittance maximum of approximately 88% and a reflectance minimum of around 12%. Additionally, the four-point probe measurements revealed that p decreased as the ZnO thickness increased and with post-annealing treatment because grain boundaries and the surface of thin films scatter electrons, so thinner films have a greater resistance. ZnO with a thickness of 500 Å that underwent post-annealing treatment at 250 °C had a minimum resistivity of 7.6 x 10⁻³ Ω · cm. Adhesion critically influences the surface energy of films. The surface energy of as-deposited ZnO films was higher than that following post-annealing treatments, revealing that the adhesion of the as-deposited ZnO films was stronger than that following post-annealing treatment because the degree of crystallinity was lower. Accordingly, the thickness and crystallinity of ZnO importantly affects its optical, electrical, and adhesive characteristics. Finally, thinner as-deposited ZnO films exhibited better optical and adhesive properties. PMID:27398504

  5. 100 MeV O{sup 7+} irradiation induced red shift in the band gaps of 3 wt% 'Li' doped Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} thin film

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    Kovendhan, M. Mohan, R.; Joseph, D. Paul; Manimuthu, P.; Venkateswaran, C.; Vijayarangamuthu, K.; Asokan, K.

    2014-04-24

    Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}:Li (3 wt%) thin film of thickness 353 nm spray deposited onto ITO coated glass substrate at 350 °C is irradiated with 100 MeV O{sup 7+} ion at a fluence of 5×10{sup 12} ions/cm{sup 2}. X-ray diffraction shows that the pristine and irradiated films are polycrystalline with a tetragonal phase. Raman peaks suppressed upon irradiation imply large surface degradation which is also seen as a decrement in transparency in visible region to one half of the pristine film. Large red shift is observed in direct and indirect band gaps upon irradiation. Hall effect reveals slight increase in carrier concentration due to irradiation induced defects.

  6. Assembly of ordered ZnO porous thin films by cooperative assembly method using polystyrene spheres and ultrafine ZnO particles

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    Liu Zhifeng; Jin Zhengguo . E-mail: zhgjin@tju.edu.cn; Li Wei; Qiu Jijun

    2006-01-05

    Ordered ZnO porous thin films were fabricated by cooperative assembly method using polystyrene sphere (PS) and ultrafine ZnO particles, in which ultrafine ZnO particles were directly assembled in the voids of PS while the template was being assembled by capillary forces. The influence of experimental parameters, such as evaporation temperature, ZnO concentration and the concentration ratio of PS/ZnO on morphology of the porous structure was mainly studied. The results showed that an ordered porous structure could be obtained by this method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra indicated the porous ZnO thin film was wurtzite structure. The transmissivity decreased with the decrease of wavelength, but still kept above 80% beyond the wavelength of 550 nm. Optical band gap of the ZnO thin film was 3.13 eV.

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

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

    2000-01-01

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

  8. Polarity Effects of Substrate Surface in Epitaxial ZnO Film Growth

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    Zhu, Shen; Su, C.-H.; Lehoczky, S. L.; Harris, M. T.; Callahan, M. J.; George, M. A.; McCarty, P.

    1999-01-01

    Epitaxial ZnO films were grown on the two polar surfaces (0-face and Zn-face) of (0001) ZnO single crystal substrates using off-axis magnetron sputtering deposition. As a comparison, films are also deposited on the (000 I) Al203 substrates. It is found that the two polar surfaces have different photoluminescence (PL) spectrum, surface structure and morphology, which are strongly inference the epitaxial film growth. The morphology and structure of epitaxial films on the ZnO substrates are different from the film on the Al203 substrates. An interesting result shows that high temperature annealing of ZnO single crystals will improve the surface structure on the O-face surface rather than the opposite Surface. The measurements of PL, low-angle incident x-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy of ZnO films indicate that the O-terminated surface is better for ZnO epitaxial film growth using reactive sputtering deposition.

  9. 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.

  10. Biotinylation of ZnO nanoparticles and thin films: a two-step surface functionalization study.

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    SelegArd, Linnéa; Khranovskyy, Volodymyr; Söderlind, Fredrik; Vahlberg, Cecilia; Ahrén, Maria; Käll, Per-Olov; Yakimova, Rositza; Uvdal, Kajsa

    2010-07-01

    This study reports ZnO nanoparticles and thin film surface modification using a two-step functionalization strategy. A small silane molecule was used to build up a stabilizing layer and for conjugation of biotin (vitamin B7), as a specific tag. Biotin was chosen because it is a well-studied bioactive molecule with high affinity for avidin. ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized by electrochemical deposition under oxidizing condition, and ZnO films were prepared by plasma-enhanced metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. Both ZnO nanoparticles and ZnO thin films were surface modified by forming a (3-mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane (MPTS) layer followed by attachment of a biotin derivate. Iodoacetyl-PEG2-biotin molecule was coupled to the thiol unit in MPTS through a substitution reaction. Powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoemission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy were used to investigate the as-synthesized and functionalized ZnO materials. The measurements showed highly crystalline materials in both cases with a ZnO nanoparticle diameter of about 5 nm and a grain size of about 45 nm for the as-grown ZnO thin films. The surface modification process resulted in coupling of silanes and biotin to both the ZnO nanoparticles and ZnO thin films. The two-step functionalization strategy has a high potential for specific targeting in bioimaging probes and for recognition studies in biosensing applications.

  11. Spectral response of nanocrystalline ZnO films embedded with Au nanoparticles

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    Patra, Anuradha; Manivannan, A; Kasiviswanathan, S

    2012-12-01

    The optical response of a two-phase composite consisting of Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) in a nanocrystalline ZnO thin film matrix has been systematically studied and analyzed by the Bergman–Milton spectral density formalism. The real and imaginary parts of the effective dielectric function exhibited anomalous dispersion and absorption, respectively, at the characteristic localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) wavelength. A multilayer structure consisting of two AuNP–ZnO composite films separated by a thin ZnO film displayed a twofold increase in the absorption at LSPR (with negligible change in FWHM), which is attributed to the increase in the number density of the AuNPs resulting from the nanocrystalline nature of the ZnO film. The results have been used to correlate the spectral density function to the morphology of AuNPs in a ZnO matrix.

  12. Room Temperature Ferromagnetism in Cu Doped ZnO Thin Films

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    Khan, Zaheer Ahmed; Ghosh, Subhasis

    2011-07-15

    We report on the growth of Cu doped ZnO thin films for different Cu concentration from 0.1%, to10% by RF magnetron sputtering. The X-ray diffraction study has shown single phase wurtzite type ZnO thin films with no evidence of copper/copper oxide or any other secondary phases. Room temperature ferromagnetism was observed in RF sputtered Cu doped ZnO films with magnetic moment per Cu atom first increasing and then decreasing with an increasing Cu content. Decrease of band gap with Cu doping, indicating strong p-d mixing of O and Cu is clear by the absorption spectroscopy study. The surface morphology by AFM of pure and Cu doped ZnO thin films show average grain size of 110nm and RMS surface roughness of 2.15 nm.

  13. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of Er implanted ZnO thin films

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    Murmu, P. P.; Kennedy, J.; Ruck, B. J.; Leveneur, J.

    2015-09-01

    We report the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of Er implanted and annealed ZnO thin films. The effect of annealing in oxygen-deficient and oxygen-rich conditions was investigated. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry results revealed that the Er atoms are located at the implantation depth of around 13 nm, and annealing conditions had no adverse effect on the Er concentration in the layer. Raman spectroscopy results showed peak related to E2(high) mode of ZnO indicating enhanced crystalline quality of the Er implanted and annealed ZnO films. X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy results demonstrated pre-edge features in O K-edge which are attributed to the structural defects in the films. Room temperature magnetic ordering was observed in Er implanted and annealed films, and is mainly assigned to the intrinsic defects in ZnO.

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

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

    2013-11-01

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

  15. Radio-frequency magnetron sputtering and wet thermal oxidation of ZnO thin film

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    Liu, H. F.; Chua, S. J.; Hu, G. X.; Gong, H.; Xiang, N.

    2007-08-01

    The authors studied the growth and wet thermal oxidation (WTO) of ZnO thin films using a radio-frequency magnetron sputtering technique. X-ray diffraction reveals a preferred orientation of [101¯0]ZnO(0002)//[112¯0]Al2O3(0002) coexisted with a small amount of ZnO (101¯1) and ZnO (101¯3) crystals on the Al2O3 (0001) substrate. The ZnO (101¯1) and ZnO (101¯3) crystals, as well as the in-plane preferred orientation, are absent from the growth of ZnO on the GaAs(001) substrate. WTO at 550 °C improves the crystalline and the photoluminescence more significantly than annealing in air, N2 and O2 ambient; it also tends to convert the crystal from ZnO (101¯1) and ZnO (101¯3) to ZnO (0002). The evolution of the photoluminescence upon WTO and annealing reveals that the green and orange emissions, centered at 520 and 650 nm, are likely originated from oxygen vacancies and oxygen interstitials, respectively; while the 420 nm emission, which is very sensitive to the postgrowth thermal processing regardless of the substrate and the ambient gas, is likely originated from the surface-state related defects.

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

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    Saha, Shibu; Gupta, Vinay

    2011-09-15

    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.

  17. Preparation of ZnO Thin Films on Free-Standing Diamond Substrates

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    Tang, Ke; Wang, Linjun; Huang, Jian; Xu, Run; Lai, Jianming; Wang, Jun; Min, Jiahua; Shi, Weimin; Xia, Yiben

    2009-10-01

    Highly c-axis-oriented ZnO films were deposited successfully on the nucleation sides of free-standing diamond (FD) films by the direct current (DC) magnetron sputtering method. The effect of the sputtering parameters, such as power, gas pressure and sputtering plasma composition of Ar-to-O2, on the properties of ZnO thin films was investigated in detail. X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements showed that, at a sputtering power of 200 W, gas pressure of 0.5 Pa and an Ar-to-O2 composition of 1:1, a higher intensity of the (002) diffraction peak and a narrower full width at half maximum (FWHM) were detected which meant high c-axis orientation and high quality of the ZnO films. To improve the quality of the ZnO film, a thin ZnO layer was pre-grown as a homo-buffer layer. XRD measurements showed that this buffer layer had a beneficial effect on the structural and morphological properties of the post-grown ZnO film.

  18. Modification of Photoluminescence Properties of ZnO Island Films by Localized Surface Plasmons

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    Zhang, Yang; Li, Xue-Hong; Peng, Cheng-Xiao

    2012-10-01

    The modification of localised surface plasmons of photoluminescence properties of ZnO is studied. It is found that the ultraviolet emission is drastically enhanced, and the visible emission related to the defects is almost completely suppressed, after an Au layer of nanoparticles is deposited on the surface of ZnO island films. This pronounced change in PL spectra is attributed to the efficient electron transfer via the coupling of localised surface plasmons at the interface between the Au nanoparticle layer and ZnO films.

  19. Growth of cluster assembled ZnO film by nanocluster beam deposition technique

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    Halder, Nilanjan

    2015-06-24

    ZnO is considered as one of the most promising material for optoelectronic devices. The present work emphasizes production of cluster assembled ZnO films by a UHV nanocluster beam deposition technique where the nanoclusters were produced in a laser vaporization cluster source. The microstructural and the optical properties of the ZnO nanocluster film deposited were investigated. As the wet chemical processes are not compatible with current solid state methods of device fabrication, therefore alternative UHV technique described in the paper is the need of the hour.

  20. 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.

  1. ZrO2-ZnO composite thin films for humidity sensing

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    Velumani, M.; Meher, S. R.; Balakrishnan, L.; Sivacoumar, R.; Alex, Z. C.

    2016-05-01

    ZrO2-ZnO composite thin films were grown by reactive DC magnetron sputtering. X-ray diffraction studies reveal the composite nature of the films with separate ZnO and ZrO2 phase. Scanning electron microscopy studies confirm the nanocrystalline structure of the films. The films were studied for their impedometric relative humidity (RH) sensing characteristics. The complex impedance plot was fitted with a standard equivalent circuit consisting of an inter-granular resistance and a capacitance in parallel. The DC resistance was found to be decreasing with increase in RH.

  2. Second harmonic generation in ZnO thin films fabricated by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition

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    Liu, C. Y.; Zhang, B. P.; Binh, N. T.; Segawa, Y.

    2004-07-01

    Second harmonic generation (SHG) from ZnO thin films fabricated by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) technique was carried out. By comparing the second harmonic signal generated in a series of ZnO films with different deposition temperatures, we conclude that a significant part of second harmonic signal is generated at the film deposited with appropriate temperature. The second-order susceptibility tensor χ(2)zzz=9.2 pm/V was deduced for a film deposited at 250 °C.

  3. Temperature-Dependent Morphology, Magnetic and Optical Properties of Li-Doped MgO

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    Myrach, Philipp; Niklas, Nilius; Levchenko, Sergey; Gonchar, Anastasia; Risse, Thomas; Klaus-Peter, Dinse; Boatner, Lynn A; Frandsen, Wiebke; Horn, Raimund; Hans-Joachim, Freund; Schlçgl, Robert; Scheffler, Matthias

    2010-01-01

    Li-doped MgO is a potential catalyst for the oxidative coupling of methane, whereby surface Li+ O centers are suggested to be the chemically active species. To elucidate the role of Li in the MgO matrix, two model systems are prepared and their morphological, optical and magnetic properties as a function of Li doping are investigated. The first is an MgO film deposited on Mo(001) and doped with various amounts of Li, whereas the second is a powder sample fabricated by calcination of Li and Mg precursors in an oxygen atmosphere. Scanning tunneling and transmission electron microscopy are performed to characterize the morphology of both samples. At temperatures above 700 K, Li starts segregating towards the surface and forms irregular Li-rich oxide patches. Above 1050 K, Li desorbs from the MgO surface, leaving behind a characteristic defect pattern. Traces of Li also dissolve into the MgO, as concluded from a distinct optical signature that is absent in the pristine oxide. No electron paramagnetic resonance signal that would be compatible with Li+O centers is detected in the two Li/ MgO samples. Density-functional theory calculations are used to determine the thermodynamic stability of various Li-induced defects in the MgO. The calculations clarify the driving forces for Li segregation towards the MgO surface, but also rationalize the absence of Li+O centers. From the combination of experimental and theoretical results, a detailed picture arises on the role of Li for the MgO properties, which can be used as a starting point to analyze the chemical behavior of the doped oxide in future.

  4. 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

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

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

    2015-01-01

    Background : Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a wide, direct band gap II-VI oxide semiconductor. ZnO has large exciton binding energy at room temperature, and it is a good host material for obtaining visible and infrared emission of various rare-earth ions. Methods : Europium oxide (Eu2O3) doped ZnO films are prepared on quartz substrate using radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering with doping concentrations 0, 0.5, 1, 3 and 5 wt%. The films are annealed in air at a temperature of 773 K for 2 hours. The annealed films are characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), micro-Raman spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, ultraviolet (UV)-visible spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Results : XRD patterns show that the films are highly c-axis oriented exhibiting hexagonalwurtzite structure of ZnO. Particle size calculations using Debye-Scherrer formula show that average crystalline size is in the range 15-22 nm showing the nanostructured nature of the films. The observation of low- and high-frequency E2 modes in the Raman spectra supports the hexagonal wurtzite structure of ZnO in the films. The surface morphology of the Eu2O3 doped films presents dense distribution of grains. The films show good transparency in the visible region. The band gaps of the films are evaluated using Tauc plot model. Optical constants such as refractive index, dielectric constant, loss factor, and so on are calculated using the transmittance data. The PL spectra show both UV and visible emissions. Conclusion : Highly textured, transparent, luminescent Eu2O3 doped ZnO films have been synthesized using RF magnetron sputtering. The good optical and structural properties and intense luminescence in the ultraviolet and visible regions from the films suggest their suitability for optoelectronic applications. PMID:25765728

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

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

    2015-01-01

    Background Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a wide, direct band gap II-VI oxide semiconductor. ZnO has large exciton binding energy at room temperature, and it is a good host material for obtaining visible and infrared emission of various rare-earth ions. Methods Europium oxide (Eu2O3) doped ZnO films are prepared on quartz substrate using radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering with doping concentrations 0, 0.5, 1, 3 and 5 wt%. The films are annealed in air at a temperature of 773 K for 2 hours. The annealed films are characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), micro-Raman spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, ultraviolet (UV)-visible spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Results XRD patterns show that the films are highly c-axis oriented exhibiting hexagonalwurtzite structure of ZnO. Particle size calculations using Debye-Scherrer formula show that average crystalline size is in the range 15–22 nm showing the nanostructured nature of the films. The observation of low- and high-frequency E2 modes in the Raman spectra supports the hexagonal wurtzite structure of ZnO in the films. The surface morphology of the Eu2O3 doped films presents dense distribution of grains. The films show good transparency in the visible region. The band gaps of the films are evaluated using Tauc plot model. Optical constants such as refractive index, dielectric constant, loss factor, and so on are calculated using the transmittance data. The PL spectra show both UV and visible emissions. Conclusion Highly textured, transparent, luminescent Eu2O3 doped ZnO films have been synthesized using RF magnetron sputtering. The good optical and structural properties and intense luminescence in the ultraviolet and visible regions from the films suggest their suitability for optoelectronic applications. PMID:25765728

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  8. Fabrication of Al-Doped ZnO Film with High Conductivity Induced by Photocatalytic Activity

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    Hong, Jeongsoo; Katsumata, Ken-ichi; Matsushita, Nobuhiro

    2016-06-01

    We have fabricated Al-doped ZnO films by a spin-spray method, achieving high conductivity by Al-ion doping and photocatalytic activity of the ZnO. The surface morphology of the as-deposited films was varied by changing the Al concentration and addition of citrate ions. As-deposited Al-doped ZnO film without citrate ions showed rod array structure with increasing rod width as the Al concentration was increased. Meanwhile, Al-doped ZnO film deposited with addition of citrate ions changed to exhibit dense and continuous surface morphology with high transmittance of 85%. The lowest resistivity recorded for undoped and Al-doped ZnO film was 2.1 × 10-2 Ω cm and 5.9 × 10-3 Ω cm, after ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. The reason for the decreased resistivity is thought to be that Al-ion doping and the photocatalytic activity of ZnO contributed to improve the conductivity.

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Fabrication of Al-Doped ZnO Film with High Conductivity Induced by Photocatalytic Activity

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    Hong, Jeongsoo; Katsumata, Ken-ichi; Matsushita, Nobuhiro

    2016-10-01

    We have fabricated Al-doped ZnO films by a spin-spray method, achieving high conductivity by Al-ion doping and photocatalytic activity of the ZnO. The surface morphology of the as-deposited films was varied by changing the Al concentration and addition of citrate ions. As-deposited Al-doped ZnO film without citrate ions showed rod array structure with increasing rod width as the Al concentration was increased. Meanwhile, Al-doped ZnO film deposited with addition of citrate ions changed to exhibit dense and continuous surface morphology with high transmittance of 85%. The lowest resistivity recorded for undoped and Al-doped ZnO film was 2.1 × 10-2 Ω cm and 5.9 × 10-3 Ω cm, after ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. The reason for the decreased resistivity is thought to be that Al-ion doping and the photocatalytic activity of ZnO contributed to improve the conductivity.

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

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

    2015-11-01

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

  13. Polarity enhancement in high oriented ZnO films on Si (100) substrate

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    Kurniawan, Robi; Nurfani, Eka; Muhammady, Shibghatullah; Sutjahja, Inge M.; Winata, Toto; Rusydi, Andrivo; Darma, Yudi

    2016-04-01

    Zinc oxide films with hexagonal crystal structures have been grown on Si substrate (100) using the DC-unbalanced magnetron sputtering at temperature of 300°C with growth time variation. The films have been characterized using X-Ray Diffraction and Fourier Transform Infrared measurement to show the crystal parameter and atomic bonding. The results show that the films have a dominant orientation in the hkl plane (002), while peak positions are shift to lower diffraction angle with addition of growth time. In addition, the bonding between Zn and O atoms (Zn-O) tend to be weaker as indicated by transmittance peak shifting to lower energy. The weakening of Zn-O bonding is due to the contribution of addition of bond length. These conditions make the films tend to have a high polarity. Further analysis of these studies will bring us to have a good undestanding to explain the ferroelectric properties of the ZnO films.

  14. 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.

  15. Nitrogen doped p-type ZnO films and p-n homojunction

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    Snigurenko, D.; Kopalko, K.; Krajewski, T. A.; Jakiela, R.; Guziewicz, E.

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate the ZnO homojunction fully obtained by the atomic layer deposition technique at low temperature growth of 100-130 °C. For the n-type partner of the junction we used undoped ZnO film obtained at 130 °C, while nitrogen doped ZnO acted as the p-type partner of the junction. Nitrogen was introduced into the ZnO film during the ALD process by using ammonia water as an oxygen precursor and diethylzinc as a zinc precursor. The p-type conductivity of ZnO was activated by the subsequent annealing of the ZnO:N film in an oxygen or nitrogen atmosphere. The initial rectification ratio of 102 at ±2 V was raised to 4 · 104 by inserting an ultrathin Al2O3 layer between p- and n-type ZnO. The resulting rectification ratio is among the best parameters reported for a ZnO homojunction so far.

  16. Reaction mechanism of electroless metal deposition using ZnO thin film (I): Process of catalyst formation

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    Yoshiki, Hajime; Hashimoto, Kazuhito; Fujishima, Akira

    1995-02-01

    The reaction mechanism of electroless metal deposition proceeding selectively on a ZnO thin film coated on a glass substrate was investigated by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and inductively coupled plasma measurements. The ZnO thin film was activated for electroless metal deposition just by immersion in 1.1 mM PdCl{sub 2} solution adjusted to pH 2.5. In this process, PD(II) was selectively adsorbed on the ZnO thin film while simultaneously the ZnO underwent dissolution. The dissolution of ZnO thin film easily occurred on the (002) face with polarity. The strongly adsorbed Pd(II) was reduced to Pd(0) by a reducing agent in the electroless plating bath and this served as a catalyst center. As a result, metal layers were obtained selectively on the ZnO thin film in the electroless plating bath.

  17. Influence of Mg doping on the morphology and optical properties of ZnO films for enhanced H₂ sensing.

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    Vijayalakshmi, K; Karthick, K

    2013-11-01

    Highly oriented ZnO and Mg doped ZnO thin films were fabricated on Al2 O3 substrate by sputtering at room temperature. The effect of Mg doping on the structural, optical, and morphological properties of ZnO film was investigated. The intensity of (002) peak in X-ray diffraction measurements revealed the influence of Mg doping on the crystallinity and orientation of ZnO film. Photoluminescence (PL) results show that the Ultraviolet (UV) emission peak was shifted to lower wavelength side for Mg:ZnO film indicating the possibility for quantum confinement. UV-vis-NIR optical absorption revealed an improvement in optical transmittance from 70 to 85%, and corresponding optical band gap from 3.25 to 3.54 eV. Atomic force microscope (AFM) images revealed the nano-size particulate microstructure of the films. The surface topography of Mg doped ZnO film confirmed decreased grain size with large surface roughness and increased surface area, favorable for sensing. Pure ZnO and Mg doped ZnO film were used as active layer and tested for its sensing performance to hydrogen. Compared to undoped ZnO, 22 at.% Mg doped ZnO film showed much higher sensor response to H2 at a concentration as low as 200 ppm and at a lower operating temperature of 180°C. A linear sensor response was observed for H2 concentration in the range of 100-500 ppm.

  18. N-doped ZnO films grown from hybrid target by the pulsed laser deposition technique

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    Martín-Tovar, E. A.; Chan y Díaz, E.; Acosta, M.; Castro-Rodríguez, R.; Iribarren, A.

    2016-10-01

    ZnO thin films were grown by the pulsed laser deposition technique on glass substrate using a hybrid target composed of ZnO powder embedded into a poly(ethyl cyanoacrylate) matrix. The resulting thin film presented ZnO wurtzite structure with very low stress and diffractogram very similar to that of the powder pattern. From comparing with ZnO thin films grown from traditional sintered target, it is suggested that the use of this hybrid target with a soft matrix led to ejection of ZnO clusters that conveniently disposed and adhered to substrate and previous deposited layers. Chemical measurements showed the presence of Zn-N bonds, besides Zn-O ones. Optical absorption profile confirmed the presence of low-polymerized zinc oxynitride molecular subunits, besides ZnO.

  19. Influence of C or In buffer layer on photoluminescence behaviour of ultrathin ZnO film

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    Saravanan, K.; Jayalakshmi, G.; Krishnan, R.; Sundaravel, B.; Panigrahi, B. K.

    2016-09-01

    We study the effect of the indium or carbon buffer layer on the photoluminescence (PL) property of ZnO ultrathin films deposited on a Si(100) substrate. The surface morphology of the films obtained using scanning tunnelling microscopy shows spherical shaped ZnO nanoparticles of size ˜8 nm in ZnO/C/Si and ˜22 nm in ZnO/Si samples, while the ZnO/In/Si sample shows elliptical shaped ZnO particles. Further, the ZnO/C/Si sample shows densely packed ZnO nanoparticles in comparison with other samples. Strong band edge emission has been observed in the presence of In or C buffer layer, whereas the ZnO/Si sample exhibits poor PL emission. The influence of C and In buffer layers on the PL behaviour of ZnO films is studied in detail using temperature dependent PL measurements in the range of 4 K-300 K. The ZnO/C/Si sample exhibits a multi-fold enhancement in the PL emission intensity with well-resolved free and bound exciton emission lines. Our experimental results imply that the ZnO films deposited on the C buffer layer showed higher particle density and better exciton emission desired for optoelectronic applications.

  20. Investigation of physical properties of screen printed nanosized ZnO films for optoelectronic applications

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    Zargar, Rayees Ahmad; Arora, Manju; Khurram Hafiz, Aurangzeb

    2015-04-01

    Nanosized ZnO particles derived from chemical co-precipitation route were used for casting ZnO films by screen printing method followed by sintering at two different temperatures. The variation in structural, optical and electrical properties of these films with temperature have been investigated by XRD, SEM, FTIR, Raman, UV-VIS, EPR and four probe analytical techniques. XRD patterns of these films exhibit polycrystalline nature with hexagonal wurtzite structure and SEM images reveal the smooth, dense and without any cracks/damage porous surface morphology. Infrared transmission spectra shows peaks pertaining to Zn-O stretching modes and their multiphonon modes. While Raman spectra exhibited strong peaks of E2 (high) phonon and overtone of surface phonon mode at 429 cm-1 and 1144 cm-1 respectively with weak components of LO and TO branches. The direct band gap energy of these films showed narrowing of band gap from 3.21 eV to 3.12 eV on increasing sintering temperature from 500 °C to 600 °C. DC conductivity measurements confirmed semiconducting behaviour and showed lowering of activation energy. EPR spectra showed single narrow line resonance signal of g-value ~ 1.9469 due to oxygen vacancies which are produced during synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles by sol-gel process. These studies revealed that on increasing sintering temperature the crystallinity of the film improves with reduction in lattice deformations in these screen printed ZnO films.

  1. Optical Properties of Cu-Doped ZnO Films Prepared by Cu Solution Coating.

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    Allabergenov, Bunyod; Chung, Seok-Hwan; Kim, Sungjin; Choi, Byeongdae

    2015-10-01

    This work demonstrates the fabrication of Cu-doped ZnO films by Cu solution coating method. Cu ink was spin coated on ZnO thin films prepared by e-beam deposition. After curing and annealing at high temperatures, structural, morphological and optical properties of the films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and spectrofluorometer, respectively. The XRD results showed that ZnO films formed polycrystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite structure, and the grain size increased with increasing the annealing temperature from 500 to 850 °C. The changes in lattice parameters were caused by grain size, strain, and residual stress. Morphological analysis have revealed that the Cu-doped ZnO film after annealing at 500 °C has flat surface with uniformly distributed grain size, which became porous after higher temperature annealing process. Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and photoluminescence spectras have shown the presence of Zn, Cu, and O elements, and combined violet, blue, green and weak red emissions between 350 and 650 nm in the ZnO films, respectively.

  2. Influence of nitrogen and magnesium doping on the properties of ZnO films

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    Dong-hua, Li; Hui-Qiong, Wang; Hua, Zhou; Ya-Ping, Li; Zheng, Huang; Jin-Cheng, Zheng; Jia-Ou, Wang; Hai-jie, Qian; Kurash, Ibrahim; Xiaohang, Chen; Huahan, Zhan; Yinghui, Zhou; Junyong, Kang

    2016-07-01

    Undoped ZnO and doped ZnO films were deposited on the MgO(111) substrates using oxygen plasma-assisted molecular beam expitaxy. The orientations of the grown ZnO thin film were investigated by in situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction and ex situ x-ray diffraction (XRD). The film roughness was measured by atomic force microscopy, which was correlated with the grain sizes determined by XRD. Synchrotron-based x-ray absorption spectroscopy was performed to study the doping effect on the electronic properties of the ZnO films, compared with density functional theory calculations. It is found that, nitrogen doping would hinder the growth of thin film, and generate the NO defect, while magnesium doping promotes the quality of nitrogen-doped ZnO films, inhibiting (N2)O production and increasing nitrogen content. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11204253, U1332105, 61227009, and 91321102), the Fundamental Research Funds for Central Universities, China (Grant No. 20720160020), and the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2014AA052202).

  3. Optoelectronics and formaldehyde sensing properties of tin-doped ZnO thin films

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    Prajapati, C. S.; Kushwaha, Ajay; Sahay, P. P.

    2013-11-01

    Sn-doped ZnO thin films were deposited on clean glass substrates using the chemical spray pyrolysis technique. XRD analyses confirm stable ZnO hexagonal wurtzite structure of the films with crystallite size in the range of 20-28 nm. The surface roughness of the films increases on Sn doping, which favors to higher adsorption of oxygen species on the film surface, resulting in higher gas response. Optical studies reveal that the band gap decreases on Sn doping. All the films show near band edge emission, and on Sn doping the luminescence peak intensity has been found to increase. Photocurrent in the 1.5 at.% doped film enhances about three times to that observed in the undoped ZnO film. Among all the films examined, the 1.5 at.% Sn-doped film exhibits the maximum response (˜94.5 %) at the operating temperature of 275 °C for 100 ppm concentration of formaldehyde, which is much higher than the response (˜35 %) in the undoped film. The gas response of the film is attributed to the chemisorption of oxygen on the film surface and the subsequent reaction between the adsorbed oxygen species and the formaldehyde molecules.

  4. Rectifying properties of ZnO thin films deposited on FTO by electrodeposition technique

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    Lv, Jianguo; Sun, Yue; Zhao, Min; Cao, Li; Xu, Jiayuan; He, Gang; Zhang, Miao; Sun, Zhaoqi

    2016-03-01

    ZnO thin films were successfully grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide glass by electrodeposition technique. The crystal structure, surface morphology and optical properties of the thin films were investigated. The average crystallite size and intensity of A1(LO) mode increase with improving the absolute value of deposition potential. The best preferential orientation along c-axis and the richest oxygen interstitial defects have been observed in the sample deposited at -0.8 V. A heterojunction device consisting of ZnO thin film and n-type fluorine-doped tin oxide was fabricated. The current-voltage (I-V) characteristic of the p-n heterojunction device deposited at -0.8 V shows the best rectifying diode behavior. The p-type conductivity of the ZnO thin film could be attributed to complex defect of unintentional impurity and interstitial oxygen.

  5. Interfacing myoglobin to graphite electrode with an electrodeposited nanoporous ZnO film.

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    Zhao, Ge; Xu, Jing-Juan; Chen, Hong-Yuan

    2006-03-01

    A biocompatible, nanoporous ZnO film was prepared on graphite electrode by the simple electrodeposition method. Based on the film's strong adsorption ability and friendly microenvironment, it can be used as a good matrix to immobilize myoglobin (Mb) through simple adsorption. Moreover, the entrapped Mb realized direct electron transfer with the electrode and displayed an elegant catalytic activity toward the reduction of hydrogen peroxide, nitrite, and trichloroacetic acid, by which the mediator-free biosensors could be fabricated. Atomic force microscopy, UV-Vis spectra, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and cyclic voltammetry, etc. were used to characterize the nanoporous ZnO film and Mb-modified ZnO film. Compared to other methods, electrodeposition of porous material supplied a more simple and convenient approach to prepare biocompatible materials for biosensors.

  6. A template-free CVD route to synthesize hierarchical porous ZnO films

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    Duan, Xiangyang; Chen, Guangde; Guo, Lu'an; Zhu, Youzhang; Ye, Honggang; Wu, Yelong

    2015-12-01

    Unique porous ZnO films were successfully synthesized on Si substrates without any catalysts or templates using chemical vapor deposition method. Unlike earlier reports, they are hierarchical porous, containing both macropores and mesopores. The zinc oxide seed layer and the weight ratio of source materials were found to be the major factors that would facilitate the synthesis of these hierarchical porous films. We found that all the macropores were surrounded by grain boundaries. As presented in the SEM images, the newborn ZnO atoms would prefer to adsorb nearby the grain boundaries and nucleate there in the growth stage. A schematic diagram based on the aforesaid phenomenon was proposed to explain the synthesis of the hierarchical porous ZnO film. An unusual strong emission peak located at 420 nm was observed in the photoluminescence spectrum. It was suggested that the emission peak was attributed to the special hierarchical porous structure, especially the grain boundaries in the nanowalls of these films.

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

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

    2016-08-01

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

  8. Al doped ZnO thin films - microstructure, physical and sensor properties

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    Starbov, N.; Balabanov, S.; Bineva, I.; Rachkova, A.; Krumov, E.; Starbova, K.

    2012-12-01

    Thin ZnO films doped with Al are deposited by spray pyrolysis onto glass substrates using starting solution of Zn-acetate + n.AlCl (where 0.1 < n < 30 at.%). The ZnO phase composition and surface morphology are revealed via X-ray diffraction or atomic force and scanning electron microscopy respectively. UV/VIS transmittance/reflectance, as well as DC-conductivity measurements are applied in order to reveal the influence of the Al doping on the optical and electrical transport properties of the films studied. The sensing efficiency of the pure as well as of doped ZnO films for detection of noxious gases is checked via resistivity measurements under saturated vapours of ethanol, acetone, ammonia, dimethylamine and formalin at room temperature. Finally the results obtained are discussed concerning the application of the ZnO:Al films studied in the field of sensor technique.

  9. 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.

  10. Properties and characterization of bionanocomposite films prepared with various biopolymers and ZnO nanoparticles.

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    Kanmani, Paulraj; Rhim, Jong-Whan

    2014-06-15

    This study was aimed to develop biopolymer based antimicrobial films for active food packaging and to reduce environmental pollution caused by accumulation of synthetic packaging. The ZnO NPs were incorporated as antimicrobials into different biopolymers such as agar, carrageenan and CMC. Solvent casting method was performed to prepare active nanocomposite films. Methods such as FE-SEM, FT-IR and XRD were used to characterize resulting films. Physical, mechanical, thermal and antimicrobial properties were also examined. Remarkable surface morphological differences were observed between control and nanocomposite films. The crystallinity of ZnO was confirmed by XRD analysis. The addition of ZnO NPs increased color, UV barrier, moisture content, hydrophobicity, elongation and thermal stability of the films, while decreased WVP, tensile strength and elastic modulus. ZnO NPs impregnated films inhibited growth of L. monocytogenes and E. coli. So these newly prepared nanocomposite films can be used as active packaging film to extend shelf-life of food.

  11. Charge Compensated (Al, N) Co-Doped Zinc Oxide (ZnO) Films for Photlelectrochemical Application

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    Shet, S.

    2012-01-01

    ZnO thin films with significantly reduced bandgaps were synthesized by doping N and co-doping Al and N at 100oC. All the films were synthesized by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering on F-doped tin-oxide-coated glass. We found that co-doped ZnO:(Al,N) thin films exhibited significantly enhanced crystallinity as compared to ZnO doped solely with N, ZnO:N, at the same growth conditions. Furthermore, annealed ZnO:(Al,N) thin films exhibited enhanced N incorporation over ZnO:N films. As a result, ZnO:(Al,N) films exhibited improved photocurrents than ZnO:N films grown with pure N doping, suggesting that charge-compensated donor-acceptor co-doping could be a potential method for bandgap reduction of wide-bandgap oxide materials to improve their photoelectrochemical performance.

  12. Formation of ST12 phase Ge nanoparticles in ZnO thin films

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    Ceylan, Abdullah; Gumrukcu, Emre; Ozcan, Sadan

    2015-03-01

    In this work, we investigate the effects of reactive and nonreactive growth of ZnO on the rapid thermal annealing (RTA) induced formation of Ge nanoparticles (Ge-np) in ZnO: Ge nanocomposite thin films. The samples were deposited by sequential sputtering of ZnO and Ge thin film layers with a total thickness of about 600 nm on Si substrates followed by an ex-situ (RTA) at 600°C for 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, 180, and 210 s under forming gas atmosphere. In order for the reactive sputtering of ZnO layer, 5 mTorr Oxygen was introduced to the growth chamber. XRD and Raman analyses were utilized to investigate the effect of RTA time on the structural evolution of the samples. It has been realized that crystal structure of Ge nanoparticles is significantly affected by the growth method of the embedding ZnO layer. While reactive deposition of ZnO layers results in a mixture of diamond cubic (DC) and simple tetragonal (ST12) Ge-np, nonreactive deposition of ZnO layers leads to the formation of pure DC Ge-np upon RTA process. Formation of these two phases has been discussed based on the existence of native point defects such as oxygen vacancies and Zn interstitials.

  13. 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

    2013-05-17

    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(-)]/[Zn(2+)] = 1.5 and pH=  4.8 ± 0.1. This film shows >80% optical transmittance and a field-effect mobility of 2.730 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) at zero back-gate bias. PMID:23595114

  14. Pyroelectricity enhancement of PVDF nanocomposite thin films doped with ZnO nanoparticles

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    Tan, K. S.; Gan, W. C.; Velayutham, T. S.; Abd Majid, W. H.

    2014-12-01

    A thin film of pyroelectric composite with 0-3 connectivity was fabricated from zinc oxide (ZnO) nanopowder and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) with different volume fraction from 0-0.25 wt%. The dielectric and pyroelectric properties of the samples were investigated. It was found that the presence of a small amount of ZnO nanoparticles (0.25 wt%) has significantly increased the pyroelectric coefficient of the PVDF by 25%. Furthermore, the nanocomposite films required lower poling field to form polar-δ phase compared to pure PVDF thin films. Analysis of the complex permittivity in a wide range of frequency was carried out indicating that the dielectric constant and loss of PVDF/ZnO nanocomposite thin films increase when doped with ZnO. Havriliak-Negami (HN) empirical function has been employed to obtain the α-relaxation time of the nanocomposite thin films before and after poling. The α-relaxation time does not vary with the increase of ZnO wt%; however, the effect of poling has lengthened the relaxation time of the thin films. FTIR and XRD results supports the fact that the addition of ZnO nanoparticles into PVDF polymer thin films do not cause any significant effect on the structure of the PVDF thin films. In fact, ZnO nanoparticle has enhanced the overall pyroelectricity of PVDF by facilitating the poling process in the composites and led to phase transformation of PVDF from α- to δ-phase as supported by a marked reduction of (100) x-ray diffraction intensities.

  15. 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

    2013-05-17

    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(-)]/[Zn(2+)] = 1.5 and pH=  4.8 ± 0.1. This film shows >80% optical transmittance and a field-effect mobility of 2.730 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) at zero back-gate bias.

  16. Epitaxial growth a-plane ZnO films on a-GaN/r-Al2O3 templates

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    Liu, Cheng; Dai, Jiangnan; Wu, Zhihao; Han, Xiangyun; He, Qinghua; Yu, Chenhui; Zhang, Lei; Gao, Yihua; Chen, Changqing

    2008-12-01

    In this work, we have grown a-plane ZnO films on a-plane GaN/r-sapphire templates by pulsed laser deposition. The aplane GaN of the templates is aimed to mitigate the large lattice mismatch between ZnO and sapphire, and was grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition. The grown a-plane ZnO films have been analyzed by various techniques such as high resolution X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence. It shows that high quality a-plane ZnO films have been achieved by our growth method.

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

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    Karakaya, Seniye; Ozbas, Omer

    2015-02-01

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

  18. 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.

  19. Decrease in work function of transparent conducting ZnO tin films by phosphorus ion implantation.

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

    2008-09-01

    To confirm the possibility of engineering the work function of ZnO thin films, we have implanted phosphorus ions into ZnO thin films deposited by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering. The fabricated films show n-type characteristics. It is shown that the electrical and optical properties of those thin films vary depending sensitively on the ion dose and rapid thermal annealing time. Compared to as-deposited ZnO films, the work-function of phosphorus ion-implanted ZnO thin films is observed to be lower and decreases with increasing ion doses. It is likely that the zinc or oxygen vacancies are firstly filled with the implanted phosphorus ions. With further increased ions, free electrons are generated as Zn2+ sites are replaced by those ions or interstitial phosphorus ions increase at the lattice sites, the fermi level by which approaches the conduction band and thus the work function decreases. Those films exhibit the optical transmittance higher than 85% within the visible wavelength range (up to 800 nm).

  20. 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.

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

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

    2014-09-15

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

  2. Metal semiconductor transition in undoped ZnO films deposited by spray pyrolysis

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    Kavasoglu, Nese; Sertap Kavasoglu, A.

    2008-08-01

    ZnO films were deposited on glass substrate by using spray pyrolysis method. Films were deposited at different solution molarities 0.02 and 0.1 M. The films are highly transparent in the visible range of the electromagnetic spectrum with a transmission reaching up values to 90%. Band gaps were calculated as 3.24 and 3.28 eV with the help of transmission spectrums. When the solution molarity of the sprayed solution is increased from 0.02 to 0.1 M, carrier concentrations of the films increase from 1.6×10 19 cm -3 to 5.1×10 19 cm -3. Temperature-dependent conductivity measurements of these conducting and transparent films also showed, for the first time, a metal-semiconductor transition (MST). The deposited ZnO films show metallic conductivity above ∼420 K and semiconducting behavior at temperatures below it.

  3. Electrical and optical properties of in and Al doped ZnO thin film

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    Park, Sang-Uk; Koh, Jung-Hyuk

    2013-07-01

    In this study, to improve the electrical and optical properties of aluminium (Al) doped zinc oxide thin films, we have added small amounts of indium (In) to Al doped ZnO thin films. We will present the results of In and Al doped ZnO thin film on glass substrates prepared by the sol-gel processing method. A rapid thermal annealing process was applied to cure the thin film properties. Different amounts of In were used to dope the AZO thin films to find the optimum process condition. The effects of crystallinity were analyzed by an x-ray diffraction method. In addition, the optical transmittance and electrical proprties of In doped AZO thin films were investigated.

  4. ZnO Films with Very High Haze Value for Use as Front Transparent Conductive Oxide Films in Thin-Film Silicon Solar Cells

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    Hongsingthong, Aswin; Krajangsang, Taweewat; Afdi Yunaz, Ihsanul; Miyajima, Shinsuke; Konagai, Makoto

    2010-05-01

    We successfully increased the haze value of zinc oxide (ZnO) films fabricated using metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) by conducting glass-substrate etching before film deposition. It was found that with increasing the glass treatment time, the surface morphology of ZnO films changed from conventional pyramid-like single texture to greater cauliflower-like multi texture. Further, the rms roughness and the haze value of the films increased remarkably. Using ZnO films with a high haze value as front transparent conductive oxide (TCO) films in hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon (µc-Si:H) solar cells, we improved the quantum efficiency of these cells particularly in the long-wavelength region.

  5. 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.

  6. Soft solution synthesis of ZnO films with developed superstructures.

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    Long, Tengfa; Yin, Shu; Sato, Tsugio

    2010-07-01

    A novel and simple two-step solution approach to prepare ZnO thin film consisted of 3D flower-like superstructure was demonstrated. The uniform, nano-dimensional scale and sphere-like ZnO crystals were first prepared on the borosilicate glass substrate in mild solution at 95 degrees C for 3 h, then introduced into 0.02 mol L(-1) hexamethylenetetramine (HMT, C6H12N4) aqueous solution and heated at the same temperature for 3 d. The obtained ZnO thin films were characterized by XRD, SEM and photoluminescence. The results indicated that the thin film with 3D flower-like superstructure possessed high crystallinity, high surface-volume ratio microstructure and excellent photoluminescence property. It is a potential way to prepare nano-structured materials by the mentioned simple and novel two-step solution synthesis process.

  7. 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.

    2010-09-01

    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 μA mM-1 cm-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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Dopant-induced modifications in structural and optical properties of ZnO thin films prepared by PLD

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    Hashmi, Jaweria Z.; Siraj, K.; Naseem, S.; Shaukat, S.

    2016-09-01

    The objective of the present work is to study the effect of yttrium doping concentration on the microstructure and optical behavior of ZnO thin films, deposited by pulsed laser deposition on silicon (001) substrates. The microstructural analysis of doped ZnO thin films shows columnar growth of the ZnO (002) plane under tensile stress, confirmed by Raman shifts of the E2 (high) mode. The optical properties are investigated by using a spectroscopic ellipsometer. Undoped and yttrium-doped ZnO films show high transparency in the visible region, and the estimated optical band gap energy is randomly shifted in the range 2.93-3.1 eV by increasing the yttrium doping level. Yttrium doping in ZnO is limited, which means that at doping concentrations higher than 3 wt.% of yttrium, the structural and optical properties show a shift towards those of undoped ZnO.

  11. Heteroepitaxial growth of nonpolar Cu-doped ZnO thin film on MnS-buffered (100) Si substrate

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    Nakamura, Tatsuru; Nguyen, Nam; Nagata, Takahiro; Takahashi, Kenichiro; Ri, Sung-Gi; Ishibashi, Keiji; Suzuki, Setsu; Chikyow, Toyohiro

    2015-06-01

    The preparation of nonpolar ZnO and Cu-doped ZnO thin films on Si substrates was studied for the application to the fabrication of green-light-emitting diodes. The use of rocksalt MnS and wurtzite AlN as buffer layers is a key technology for achieving the heteroepitaxial growth of nonpolar ZnO thin film on a (100) Si substrate. X-ray diffraction and photoluminescence measurements revealed that deposition under a high oxygen partial pressure (∼1 Torr) can enhance the nonpolar crystallization of undoped ZnO, and can simultaneously suppress the formation of defects such as oxygen vacancies. These techniques can be also applied to the growth of Cu-doped ZnO. A room-temperature photoluminescence study revealed that nonpolar [11\\bar{2}0]-oriented Cu-doped ZnO film exhibits enhanced green emission owing to the doped Cu ions.

  12. Structural, optical and electrical properties of Al-N codoped ZnO films by RF-assisted MOCVD method

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    Su, Jianfeng; Zang, Chunhe; Cheng, Chunxiao; Niu, Qiang; Zhang, Yongsheng; Yu, Ke

    2010-10-01

    N-doped ZnO films were produced using N 2 as N source by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) system which has been improved with radio-frequency (RF)-assisted equipments. The data of secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) indicate that the concentration of N in N-doped ZnO films is around 5 × 10 20 cm -3, implying that sufficient incorporation of N into ZnO can be obtained by RF-assisted equipment. On this basis, the structural, optical and electrical properties of Al-N codoped ZnO films were studied. Then, the effect of RF power on crystal quality, surface morphologies, optical properties was analyzed using X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy and photo-luminescence methods. The results illustrate that the RF plasma is the key factor for the improvement of crystal quality. Then the observation of A 0X recombination associated with N O acceptor in low-temperature PL spectrum proved that some N atoms have occupied the positions of O atoms in ZnO films. Hall measurements shown that p-type ZnO film deposited on quartz glasses was obtained when RF power was 150 W for the Al-N codoped ZnO films, while the resistivity of N-doped ZnO films was rather high. Compared with the Al-doped ZnO film, the obviously increased resistivity of codoped films indicates that the formation of N O acceptors compensate some donors in ZnO films effectively.

  13. Optical absorption edge of ZnO thin films: The effect of substrate

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    Srikant, V.; Clarke, D.R.

    1997-05-01

    The optical absorption edge and the near-absorption edge characteristics of undoped ZnO films grown by laser ablation on various substrates have been investigated. The band edge of films on C [(0001)] and R-plane [(1102)] sapphire, 3.29 and 3.32 eV, respectively, are found to be very close to the single crystal value of ZnO (3.3 eV) with the differences being accounted for in terms of the thermal mismatch strain using the known deformation potentials of ZnO. In contrast, films grown on fused silica consistently exhibit a band edge {approximately}0.1eV lower than that predicted using the known deformation potential and the thermal mismatch strains. This behavior is attributed to the small grain size (50 nm) realized in these films and the effect of electrostatic potentials that exist at the grain boundaries. Additionally, the spread in the tail (E{sub 0}) of the band edge for the different films is found to be very sensitive to the defect structure in the films. For films grown on sapphire substrates, values of E{sub 0} as low as 30 meV can be achieved on annealing in air, whereas films on fused silica always show a value {gt}100meV. We attribute this difference to the substantially higher density of high-angle grain boundaries in the films on fused silica. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  14. Effects of N- and N-In doping on ZnO films prepared by using ultrasonic spray pyrolysis

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    Wang, Qun; Park, Se-Jeong; Shin, Dong-Myeong; Kim, Hyung-Kook; Hwang, Yoon-Hwae; Zhang, Yiwen; Li, Xiaomin

    2014-12-01

    The effects of N-doping, and N-In co-doping on ZnO films were studied by analyzing the structural, electrical, and optical properties of the films prepared by using an ultrasonic spray pyrolysis (USP) method. According to scanning electron microscopy (SEM) data, all films had very complex surface structures. Their polycrystallinity were also proven by using an X-ray diffraction method. The Hall-effect measurement showed that both the undoped and the N-doped ZnO films exhibited n-type conductivity and that the N-In co-doped ZnO film showed p-type conductivity. In the extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) analysis, the number of oxygen atoms in the N-In codoped ZnO films was found to be larger than that in the N-doped and the undoped ZnO films. The photoluminescence spectra also showed that the N-In co-doping suppressed the concentration of oxygen vacancies in the ZnO films. Through an effective incorporation of indium atoms, more oxygen atoms seem to have been introduced into the lattice of the N-In co-doped ZnO films.

  15. 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.

  16. 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%.

  17. Disposable urea biosensor based on nanoporous ZnO film fabricated from omissible polymeric substrate.

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    Rahmanian, Reza; Mozaffari, Sayed Ahmad; Abedi, Mohammad

    2015-12-01

    In the present study, a facile and simple fabrication method of a semiconductor based urea biosensor was reported via three steps: (i) producing a ZnO-PVA composite film by means of a polymer assisted electrodeposition of zinc oxide (ZnO) on the F-doped SnO2 conducting glass (FTO) using water soluble polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), (ii) obtaining a nanoporous ZnO film by PVA omission via a subsequent post-treatment by annealing of the ZnO-PVA film, and (iii) preparation of a FTO/ZnO/Urs biosensor by exploiting a nanoporous ZnO film as an efficient and excellent platform area for electrostatic immobilization of urease enzyme (Urs) which was forced by the difference in their isoelectric point (IEP). The characterization techniques focused on the analysis of the ZnO-PVA film surfaces before and after annealing, which had a prominent effect on the porosity of the prepared ZnO film. The surface characterization of the nanostructured ZnO film by a field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), exhibited a film surface area as an effective bio-sensing matrix for enzyme immobilization. The structural characterization and monitoring of the biosensor fabrication was performed using UV-Vis, Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR), Raman Spectroscopy, Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), Cyclic Voltammetry (CV), and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) techniques. The impedimetric results of the FTO/ZnO/Urs biosensor showed a high sensitivity for urea detection within 8.0-110.0mg dL(-1) with the limit of detection as 5.0mg dL(-1).

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

  19. A model bismuth oxide intergranular thin film in a ZnO twist grain boundary.

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    Domingos, H S

    2010-04-14

    The electronic properties of a model bismuth oxide intergranular film in ZnO were investigated using density functional plane wave calculations. It was found that oxygen excess plays a fundamental role in the appearance of electrical activity. The introduction by oxygen interstitials or zinc vacancies results in depletion of the charge in deep gap states introduced by the bismuth impurities. This makes the boundary less metallic and promotes the formation of acceptor states localized to the boundary core, resulting in Schottky barrier enhancement. The results indicate that the origin of electrical activity in thin intergranular bismuth oxide films is probably not distinct from that in decorated ZnO boundaries. PMID:21389532

  20. Mechanical and transparent conductive properties of ZnO and Ga-doped ZnO films sputtered using electron-cyclotron-resonance plasma on polyethylene naphtalate substrates

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    Akazawa, Housei

    2014-03-15

    Transparent conductive ZnO and Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) films were deposited on polyethylene naphtalate (PEN) sheet substrates using electron cyclotron resonance plasma sputtering. Both ZnO and GZO films were highly adhesive to the PEN substrates without inserting an intermediate layer in the interface. When compared at the same thickness, the transparent conductive properties of GZO films on PEN substrates were only slightly inferior to those on glass substrates. However, the carrier concentration of ZnO films on PEN substrates was 1.5 times that of those on glass substrates, whereas their Hall mobility was only 60% at a thickness of 300 nm. The depth profile of elements measured by secondary ion mass spectroscopy revealed the diffusion of hydrocarbons out of the PEN substrate into the ZnO film. Hence, doped carbons may act as donors to enhance carrier concentration, and the intermixing of elements at the interface may deteriorate the crystallinity, resulting in the lower Hall mobility. When the ZnO films were thicker than 400 nm, cracks became prevalent because of the lattice mismatch strain between the film and the substrate, whereas GZO films were free of cracks. The authors investigated how rolling the films around a cylindrical pipe surface affected their conductive properties. Degraded conductivity occurred at a threshold pipe radius of 10 mm when tensile stress was applied to the film, but it occurred at a pipe radius of 5 mm when compressive stress was applied. These values are guidelines for bending actual devices fabricated on PEN substrates.

  1. Role of oxygen atoms in the growth of magnetron sputter-deposited ZnO films

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    Jie, Jin; Morita, Aya; Shirai, Hajime

    2010-08-15

    The role of oxygen atoms in the growth of magnetron sputter-deposited ZnO films was studied by alternating the deposition of a several-nanometer-thick ZnO layer and the O{sub 2}/Ar mixture plasma exposure, i.e., layer-by-layer technique. The film crystallization promoted with suppressing the oxygen vacancy and interstitial defects by adjusting the exposure condition of O{sub 2}/Ar plasma. These findings suggest that the chemical potential of oxygen atom determine the film crystallization as well as the electronic state. The diffusion and effusion of oxygen atoms at the growing surface play a role of thermal annealing, promoted the film crystallization as well as the creation and the annihilation of oxygen and zinc related defects. The role of oxygen atoms reaching at the film-growing surface is discussed in term of chemical annealing. The possible oxygen diffusion mechanism is proposed.

  2. Effect of Annealing on the Optical Properties of Transition Metal Doped ZnO Thin Films

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    Mathew, Jijoy P.; Varghese, George; Mathew, Jacob

    2015-02-01

    A group of transition metal (Co,Cu,Ni) doped ZnO thin films were prepared by a low cost dip coating method. To study the effect of annealing temperature on the structural and optical properties of the grown films each film is subjected to three different annealing temperatures. From the calculation of structural parameters from the XRD spectrum, it was found that each film possesses a tensile strain and this tensile strain increases as the annealing temperature increases. This dominant behavior of tensile strain affects the optical properties of the grown film in a greater extent.

  3. Structural and optical properties of Cu doped ZnO thin films by co-sputtering.

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    Chung, Sung Mook; Shin, Jae-Heon; Lee, Jeong-Min; Ryu, Min Ki; Cheong, Woo-Seok; Park, Sang Hee Ko; Hwang, Chi-Sun; Cho, Kyoung Ik

    2011-01-01

    This paper reports on the structural and optical properties of ZnCuO thin films that were prepared by co-sputtering for the application of p-type-channel transparent thin-film transistors (TFTs). Pure ceramic ZnO and metal Cu targets were prepared for the co-sputtering of the ZnCuO thin films. The effects of the Cu concentration on the structural, optical, and electrical properties of the ZnCuO films were investigated after their heat treatment. It was observed from the XRD measurements that the ZnCuO films with a Cu concentration of 7% had ZnO(002), Cu2O(111), and Cu2O(200) planes. The 7% Cu-doped ZnO films also showed a band-gap energy of approximately 2.05 eV, an average transmittance of approximately 62%, and a p-type carrier density of approximately 1.33 x 10(19) cm-3 at room temperature. The bottom-gated TFTs that were fabricated with the ZnCuO thin film as a p-type channel exhibited an on-off ratio of approximately 6. These results indicate the possibility of applying ZnCuO thin films with variable band-gap energies to ZnO-based optoelectronic devices.

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

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    Baxter, Jason B; Schmuttenmaer, Charles A

    2006-12-21

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

  5. ZnO micro-nano composite hydrophobic film prepared by the three-step method

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    Ma, Kai; Li, Hua; Zhang, Han; Xu, Xiao-Liang; Gong, Mao-Gang; Yang, Zhou

    2009-05-01

    The hydrophobicity of the lotus leaf is mainly due to its surface micro-nano composite structure. In order to mimic the lotus structure, ZnO micro-nano composite hydrophobic films were prepared via the three-step method. On thin buffer films of SiO2, which were first fabricated on glass substrates by the sol-gel dip-coating method, a ZnO seed layer was deposited via RF magnetron sputtering. Then two different ZnO films, micro-nano and micro-only flower-like structures, were grown by the hydrothermal method. The prepared films have different hydrophobic properties after surface modification. The structures of the obtained ZnO films were characterized using x-ray diffraction and field-emission scanning electron microscopy. A conclusion that a micro-nano composite structure is more beneficial to hydrophobicity than a micro-only structure was obtained through research into the effect of structure on hydrophobic properties.

  6. 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.

  7. Study on Solid-Phase Crystallization of Amorphized Vanadium-Doped ZnO Thin Films

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    Watanabe, Akihiro; Chiba, Hiroshi; Kawashima, Tomoyuki; Washio, Katsuyoshi

    2016-04-01

    The effects of post-annealing and film thickness on the solid-phase crystallization (SPC) of amorphized vanadium-doped ZnO (VZO) thin films were investigated. The 2-500-nm-thick VZO (V of about 4 at.%) thin films were deposited on a c-face sapphire substrate at room temperature by RF magnetron sputtering and subsequently were annealed at an annealing temperature (T A) from 700°C to 900°C in a nitrogen atmosphere. From in-plane x-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements, the as-deposited VZO film had a faint in-plane orientation at the initial stage of deposition. However, the ZnO(100) XRD intensity weakened with increasing film thickness and no diffraction peak was seen over 35-nm thick. That is, the pseudo-amorphous film was fabricated. By annealing the 100-nm-thick VZO film over 700°C, the sixfold symmetry appeared. The ZnO(100) XRD intensity increased sharply at a T A of 800°C and was saturated at a higher T A. The c axis orientation reached a peak at a T A of 800°C according to the ZnO(002) XRD intensity. Concerning the effect of film thickness in the case of T A = 800°C, both the in-plane and c axis orientation improved up to 100-nm thick and deteriorated over it. At a T A ≥ 850°C or film thickness ≥200 nm, where the c axis orientation was deteriorated, the secondary phase-like Zn3V2O8 was formed. As a result, it is found that the careful selection of the T A and film thickness is necessary to avoid the formation of secondary phase-like Zn3V2O8 to fabricate the high-quality buffer layer via SPC.

  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. Fe doped ZnO thin film for mediator-less biosensing application

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    Saha, Shibu; Tomar, Monika; Gupta, Vinay

    2012-05-01

    Fe doped ZnO (FZO) thin film is prepared by pulsed laser deposition for its application as mediator-less biosensing matrix. Fe doping introduces redox centre in ZnO along with shallow donor level and promotes the electron transfer capability due to substitution of Fe at Zn sites. Glucose oxidase (GOx), chosen as model enzyme, was immobilized on surface of the prepared matrix. Cyclic voltammetry and photometric assay show that the developed bio-electrode, GOx/FZO/indium tin oxide/Glass is sensitive to glucose concentration with enhanced response (0.2 µA mM-1 cm-2) and low Km (3.01 mM). The results show promising application of Fe doped ZnO thin film as an attractive matrix for mediator-less biosensing.

  10. Physical-mechanical and antimicrobial properties of nanocomposite films with pediocin and ZnO nanoparticles.

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    Espitia, Paula Judith Perez; Soares, Nilda de Fátima Ferreira; Teófilo, Reinaldo F; Coimbra, Jane Sélia dos Reis; Vitor, Débora M; Batista, Rejane Andrade; Ferreira, Sukarno Olavo; de Andrade, Nélio José; Medeiros, Eber Antonio Alves

    2013-04-15

    This work aimed to develop nanocomposite films of methyl cellulose (MC) incorporated with pediocin and zinc oxide nanoparticles (nanoZnO) using the central composite design and response surface methodology. This study evaluated film physical-mechanical properties, including crystallography by X-ray diffraction, mechanical resistance, swelling and color properties, microscopy characterization, thermal stability, as well as antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus and Listeria monocytogenes. NanoZnO and pediocin affected the crystallinity of MC. Load at break and tensile strength at break did not differ among films. NanoZnO and pediocin significantly affected the elongation at break. Pediocin produced yellowish films, but nano ZnO balanced this effect, resulting in a whitish coloration. Nano ZnO exhibited good intercalation in MC and the addition of pediocin in high concentrations resulted crater-like pits in the film surfaces. Swelling of films diminished significantly compared to control. Higher concentrations of Nano ZnO resulted in enhanced thermal stability. Nanocomposite films presented antimicrobial activity against tested microorganisms.

  11. Well-Aligned Arrays of Vertically Oriented ZnO Nanorod Films for Photocatalytic Degradation of Textile Dye

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    Nasr-Esfahani, Mojtaba; Nekoubin, Amin

    2011-05-01

    Well-aligned hexagonal ZnO nanorods arrays were synthesized via mild hydrothermal method under different conditions. A two-step approach was employed for the epitaxial growth of ZnO. First a ZnO seed layer was prepared by spin-coating process and then ZnO nanorods were deposited on it. The influences of growth time on the surface morphology, length, diameters and phase structure of ZnO rods films were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The photocatalytic degradation of X6G an anionic monoazo dye, in aqueous solutions, was investigated and the effects of hydrothermal process time were examined. The results showed that the ZnO nonorods film hydrothermal treated for 4 h have a very high photocatalytic performance.

  12. Growth and characterization of seed layer-free ZnO thin films deposited on porous silicon by hydrothermal method

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    Kim, Min Su; Yim, Kwang Gug; Kim, Do Yeob; Kim, Soaram; Nam, Giwoong; Lee, Dong-Yul; Kim, Sung-O.; Kim, Jin Soo; Kim, Jong Su; Son, Jeong-Sik; Leem, Jae-Young

    2012-02-01

    Catalyst- and seed layer-free zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films were grown on porous silicon (PS) by a hydrothermal method. Atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, and photoluminescence (PL) were carried out to investigate the structural and optical properties of the PS and the ZnO thin films. The ZnO thin films have an extraordinary tendency to grow along the a-axis with a hexagonal wurtzite structure. The growth rate of the ZnO thin films was increased with the increase in the precursor concentration. The crystal quality of the ZnO thin films was improved, and the residual stress was decreased as their thickness increased. Monochromatic indigo and red light emission peaks were observed from the ZnO thin films and the PS, respectively. At an excessively high precursor concentration, a green light emission peak was also observed in the ZnO thin films. The luminescent efficiency of the indigo light emission peak was enhanced with the increase in the precursor concentration.

  13. Role of evaporation time on the structural and optical properties of ZnO films deposited by thermal evaporator

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    Khan, Ijaz Ahmad; Noor, Mamoona; Rehman, Aatiqa; Farid, Amjad; Shahid, M. Attique Khan; Shafiq, M.

    2015-12-01

    Zinc oxide films are deposited on Si substrates by thermal evaporator for different evaporation times (ET). XRD pattern shows the development of different diffraction peaks related to Zn, ZnO and Zn2SiO4 phases which confirms the deposition of composite film. The orientation transformation is observed with increasing ET. The maximum peak intensity of ZnO (1 0 1) plane is observed at 3 h ET. The dislocation density observed in ZnO (1 0 1) plane varies from 1.53 × 10-3 nm-2 to 8.94 × 10-3 nm-2. The lattice parameters of ZnO are found to be a = 3.243 Å and c = 5.197 Å. FTIR analysis confirms the formation of ZnO films. SEM microstructures exhibit the formation nano-wires, nano-bars, nano-strips and nano-needles. The optical energy band gap of ZnO films deposited for various ET varies from 3.98 eV to 4.06 eV. Results show that the peak intensity of ZnO (1 0 1) plane, orientation transformation and the presence of Si content are responsible to increase the energy band gap of ZnO films.

  14. Homoepitaxy of ZnO and MgZnO Films at 90 °C

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    Ehrentraut, Dirk; Goh, Gregory K.L.; Fujii, Katsushi; Ooi, Chin Chun; Quang, Le Hong; Fukuda, Tsuguo; Kano, Masataka; Zhang, Yuantao; Matsuoka, Takashi

    2014-06-01

    The aqueous synthesis of uniform single crystalline homoepitaxial zinc oxide, ZnO, and magnesium zinc oxide, Mg{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}O, films under very low temperature conditions at T=90 °C and ambient pressure has been explored. A maximum Mg content of 1 mol% was recorded by energy dispersive spectroscopy. The growth on the polar (0 0 0 1) and (0 0 0 1¯) faces resulted in films that are strongly different in their structural and optical quality as evidenced by high-resolution X-ray diffraction, secondary electron microscopy, and photoluminescence. This is a result of the chemistry and temperature of the solution dictating the stability range of growth-governing metastable species. The use of trisodium citrate, Na{sub 3}C{sub 6}H{sub 5}O{sub 7}, yielded coalesced, mirror-like homoepitaxial films whereas adding magnesium nitrate hexahydrate, Mg(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}·6H{sub 2}O, favors the growth of films with pronounced faceting. - Graphical abstract: Homoepitaxial ZnO films grown from aqueous solution below boiling point of water on a ZnO substrate with off-orientation reveal parallel grooves that are characterized by (1 0 1{sup ¯} 1) facets. Adding trisodium citrate yields closed, single-crystalline ZnO films, which can further be functionalized. Alloying with MgO yields MgZnO films with low Mg content only. - Highlights: • A simple method to synthesize uniform single crystalline homoepitaxial ZnO and MgZnO films. • ZnO growth on (0 0 0 1) and (0 0 0 1{sup ¯}) face resulted in films that are strongly different in their structural and optical quality. • Single crystalline MgZnO film was fabricated under mild conditions (90 °C and ambient pressure). • Mg incorporation of nearly 1 mol% was obtained while maintaining single phase wurtzite structure.

  15. Near band edge emission characteristics of sputtered nano-crystalline ZnO films

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    Kunj, Saurabh; Sreenivas, K.

    2016-05-01

    Sputtered zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films deposited on unheated glass substrate under different sputtering gas mixtures (Ar+O2) have been investigated using X-ray diffraction and photo luminescence spectroscopy. Earlier reported studies on ZnO films prepared by different techniques exhibit either a sharp/broad near band edge (NBE) emission peak depending on the crystalline quality of the film. In the present study zinc oxide films, grown on unheated substrates, are seen to possess a preferred (002) orientation with a microstructure consisting of clustered nano-sized crystallites. The splitting in the near band edge emission (NBE) into three characteristic peaks is attributed to quantum confinement effect, and is observed specifically under an excitation of 270 nm. Deep level emission (DLE) in the range 400 to 700 nm is not observed indicating absence of deep level radiative defects.

  16. Growth and characterization of nonpolar, heavily Mn-substituted ZnO films

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    Shao, Q.; Ku, P. S.; Wang, X. L.; Cheng, W. F.; Ruotolo, A.; Leung, C. W.

    2014-05-07

    Eight percent of Mn was successfully diluted into nonpolar ZnO films deposited by pulsed laser deposition on single crystal (100) SrTiO{sub 3} substrates. X-ray diffraction patterns and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy confirmed high crystallinity of the films and excluded unintentional magnetic doping. A unique surface domain structure was observed by scanning electron microscope and atomic force microscope, which might play a vital role to strain release induced by lattice mismatch between nonpolar (11–20) ZnO film and (100) SrTiO{sub 3} substrate. In addition, the films showed strong ferromagnetism with a large coercivity H{sub C} ∼ 180 Oe at room temperature. The large magnetic moment is ascribed to carrier-mediated exchange interaction between the Mn ions, where the majority of the carriers are oxygen vacancies.

  17. 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.

  18. Origins of conductivity improvement in fluoride-enhanced silicon doping of ZnO films.

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    Rashidi, Nazanin; Vai, Alex T; Kuznetsov, Vladimir L; Dilworth, Jonathan R; Edwards, Peter P

    2015-06-01

    Fluoride in spray pyrolysis precursor solutions for silicon-doped zinc oxide (SiZO) transparent conductor thin films significantly improves their electrical conductivity by enhancing silicon doping efficiency and not, as previously assumed, by fluoride doping. Containing only earth-abundant elements, SiZO thus prepared rivals the best solution-processed indium-doped ZnO in performance. PMID:25879727

  19. Origins of conductivity improvement in fluoride-enhanced silicon doping of ZnO films.

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    Rashidi, Nazanin; Vai, Alex T; Kuznetsov, Vladimir L; Dilworth, Jonathan R; Edwards, Peter P

    2015-06-01

    Fluoride in spray pyrolysis precursor solutions for silicon-doped zinc oxide (SiZO) transparent conductor thin films significantly improves their electrical conductivity by enhancing silicon doping efficiency and not, as previously assumed, by fluoride doping. Containing only earth-abundant elements, SiZO thus prepared rivals the best solution-processed indium-doped ZnO in performance.

  20. Growth of Spin-Coated ZnO Films Using Diethylzinc Solution

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    Yoshino, Kenji; Shinmiya, Masato; Kamiya, Naomi; Kosaka, Junko; Oshima, Minoru; Takemoto, Yujin; Toyota, Kouji; Inaba, Koichiro; Haga, Ken-ichi; Tokudome, Koichi

    2011-10-01

    Nondoped ZnO films on a glass substrate have been successfully grown by conventional spin coating at room temperature using a diethylzinc-based solution. The samples have an optical transmittance of more than 80%, and a smooth surface determined from optical transmittance and scanning electron microscopy, respectively.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Growth of crystalline ZnO films on the nitridated (0001) sapphire surface

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    Butashin, A. V.; Kanevsky, V. M.; Muslimov, A. E. Prosekov, P. A.; Kondratev, O. A.; Blagov, A. E.; Vasil’ev, A. L.; Rakova, E. V.; Babaev, V. A.; Ismailov, A. M.; Vovk, E. A.; Nizhankovsky, S. V.

    2015-07-15

    The surface morphology and structure of (0001) sapphire substrates subjected to thermochemical nitridation in a mixture of N{sub 2}, CO, and H{sub 2} gases are investigated by electron and probe microscopy and X-ray and electron diffraction. It is shown that an aluminum nitride layer is formed on the substrate surface and heteroepitaxial ZnO films deposited onto such substrates by magnetron sputtering have a higher quality when compared with films grown on sapphire.

  4. Low-Temperature Growth of ZnO Films by Spray Pyrolysis

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    Yoshino, Kenji; Takemoto, Yujin; Oshima, Minoru; Toyota, Kouji; Inaba, Koichiro; Haga, Ken-ichi; Tokudome, Koichi

    2011-04-01

    Nondoped ZnO film on a polyethylene terephthalate film was successfully grown by conventional spray pyrolysis at 100 °C using a diethylzinc-based solution under air atmosphere. The samples had an average optical transmittance of more than 80%, a flat surface, and an a-axis orientation from the optical transmittance, scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction measurements, respectively. It was assumed that the growth at low temperature was attributed to atmospheric oxygen and/or steam.

  5. Photoelectrocatrocatalytic hydrolysis of starch by using sprayed ZnO thin films

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    Sapkal, R. T.; Shinde, S. S.; Rajpure, K. Y.; Bhosale, C. H.

    2013-05-01

    Thin films of zinc oxide have been deposited onto glass/FTO substrates at optimized 400 °C by using a chemical spray pyrolysis technique. Deposited films are character photocatalytic activity by using XRD, an SEM, a UV-vis spectrophotometer, and a PEC single-cell reactor. Films are polycrystalline and have a hexagonal (wurtzite) crystal structure with c-axis (002) orientation growth perpendicular to the substrate surface. The observed direct band gap is about 3.22 eV for typical films prepared at 400 °C. The photocatalytic activity of starch with a ZnO photocatalyst has been studied by using a novel photoelectrocatalytic process.

  6. Ferromagnetic behaviour of Fe-doped ZnO nanograined films

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

    2013-01-01

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

  7. Comparison of ZnO thin films grown on a polycrystalline 3C-SiC buffer layer by RF magnetron sputtering and a sol-gel method

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    Phan, Duy-Thach; Chung, Gwiy-Sang

    2011-02-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films were deposited on a polycrystalline (poly) 3C-SiC buffer layer using RF magnetron sputtering and a sol-gel method. The post-deposition annealing was performed on ZnO thin films prepared using both methods. The formation of ZnO piezoelectric thin films with less residual stress was due to a close lattice mismatch of the ZnO and SiC layers as obtained by the sputtering method. Nanocrystalline, porous ZnO film prepared using the sol-gel method showed strong ultraviolet UV emission at a wavelength of 380 nm. The 3C-SiC buffer layer improved the optical and piezoelectric properties of the ZnO film produced by the two deposition methods. Moreover, the different structures of the ZnO films on the 3C-SiC intermediate layer caused by the different deposition techniques were also considered and discussed.

  8. A comparative study of ultraviolet photoconductivity relaxation in zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films deposited by different techniques

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    Yadav, Harish Kumar; Gupta, Vinay

    2012-05-15

    Photoresponse characteristics of ZnO thin films deposited by three different techniques namely rf diode sputtering, rf magnetron sputtering, and electrophoretic deposition has been investigated in the metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) configuration. A significant variation in the crystallinity, surface morphology, and photoresponse characteristics of ZnO thin film with change in growth kinetics suggest that the presence of defect centers and their density govern the photodetector relaxation properties. A relatively low density of traps compared to the true quantum yield is found very crucial for the realization of practical ZnO thin film based ultraviolet (UV) photodetector.

  9. A comparison of ZnO films deposited on indium tin oxide and soda lime glass under identical conditions

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    Deka, Angshuman; Nanda, Karuna Kar

    2013-06-15

    ZnO films have been grown via a vapour phase transport (VPT) on soda lime glass (SLG) and indium-tin oxide (ITO) coated glass. ZnO film on ITO had traces of Zn and C which gives them a dark appearance while that appears yellowish-white on SLG. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies confirm the traces of C in the form of C-O. The photoluminescence studies reveal a prominent green luminescence band for ZnO film on ITO.

  10. Bipolar charge storage characteristics in copper and cobalt co-doped zinc oxide (ZnO) thin film.

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    Kumar, Amit; Herng, Tun Seng; Zeng, Kaiyang; Ding, Jun

    2012-10-24

    The bipolar charge phenomenon in Cu and Co co-doped zinc oxide (ZnO) film samples has been studied using scanning probe microscopy (SPM) techniques. Those ZnO samples are made using a pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. It is found that the addition of Cu and Co dopants suppresses the electron density in ZnO and causes a significant change in the work function (Fermi level) value of the ZnO film; this results in the ohmic nature of the contact between the electrode (probe tip) and codoped sample, whereas this contact exhibits a Schottky nature in the undoped and single-element-doped samples. These results are verified by Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) measurements. It is also found that the co-doping (Cu and Co) can stabilize the bipolar charge, whereas Cu doping only stabilizes the positive charge in ZnO thin films.

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

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

    2015-03-01

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

  12. 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.

  13. Achieving highly-enhanced UV photoluminescence and its origin in ZnO nanocrystalline films

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    Thapa, Dinesh; Huso, Jesse; Morrison, John L.; Corolewski, Caleb D.; McCluskey, Matthew D.; Bergman, Leah

    2016-08-01

    ZnO is an efficient luminescent material in the UV-range ∼3.4 eV with a wide range of applications in optical technologies. Sputtering is a cost-effective and relatively straightforward growth technique for ZnO films; however, most as-grown films are observed to contain intrinsic defects which can significantly diminish the desirable UV-emission. In this research the defect dynamics and optical properties of ZnO sputtered films were studied via post-growth annealing in Ar or O2 ambient, with X-ray diffraction (XRD), imaging, transmission and Urbach analysis, Raman scattering, and photoluminescence (PL). The imaging, XRD, Raman and Urbach analyses indicate significant improvement in crystal morphology and band-edge characteristics upon annealing, which is nearly independent of the annealing environment. The native defects specific to the as-grown films, which were analyzed via PL, are assigned to Zni related centers that luminesce at 2.8 eV. Their presence is attributed to the nature of the sputtering growth technique, which supports Zn-rich growth conditions. After annealing, in either environment the 2.8 eV center diminished accompanied by morphology improvement, and the desirable UV-PL significantly increased. The O2 ambient was found to introduce nominal Oi centers while the Ar ambient was found to be the ideal environment for the enhancement of the UV-light emission: an enhancement of ∼40 times was achieved. The increase in the UV-PL is attributed to the reduction of Zni-related defects, the presence of which in ZnO provides a competing route to the UV emission. Also, the effect of the annealing was to decrease the compressive stress in the films. Finally, the dominant UV-PL at the cold temperature regime is attributed to luminescent centers not associated with the usual excitons of ZnO, but rather to structural defects.

  14. Improvement of Flame-made ZnO Nanoparticulate Thick Film Morphology for Ethanol Sensing

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    Liewhiran, Chaikarn; Phanichphantandast, Sukon

    2007-01-01

    ZnO nanoparticles were produced by flame spray pyrolysis using zinc naphthenate as a precursor dissolved in toluene/acetonitrile (80/20 vol%). The particles properties were analyzed by XRD, BET. The ZnO particle size and morphology was observed by SEM and HR-TEM revealing spheroidal, hexagonal, and rod-like morphologies. The crystallite sizes of ZnO spheroidal and hexagonal particles ranged from 10-20 nm. ZnO nanorods were ranged from 10-20 nm in width and 20-50 nm in length. Sensing films were produced by mixing the nanoparticles into an organic paste composed of terpineol and ethyl cellulose as a vehicle binder. The paste was doctor-bladed onto Al2O3 substrates interdigitated with Au electrodes. The morphology of the sensing films was analyzed by optical microscopy and SEM analysis. Cracking of the sensing films during annealing process was improved by varying the heating conditions. The gas sensing of ethanol (25-250 ppm) was studied at 400 °C in dry air containing SiC as the fluidized particles. The oxidation of ethanol on the surface of the semiconductor was confirmed by mass spectroscopy (MS). The effect of micro-cracks was quantitatively accounted for as a provider of extra exposed edges. The sensitivity decreased notably with increasing crack of sensing films. It can be observed that crack widths were reduced with decreasing heating rates. Crack-free of thick (5 μm) ZnO films evidently showed higher sensor signal and faster response times (within seconds) than cracked sensor. The sensor signal increased and the response time decreased with increasing ethanol concentration.

  15. Effect of Oxidation Condition on Growth of N: ZnO Prepared by Oxidizing Sputtering Zn-N Film

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    Qin, Xuesi; Li, Guojian; Xiao, Lin; Chen, Guozhen; Wang, Kai; Wang, Qiang

    2016-06-01

    Nitrogen-doped zinc oxide (N: ZnO) films have been prepared by oxidizing reactive RF magnetron-sputtering zinc nitride (Zn-N) films. The effect of oxidation temperature and oxidation time on the growth, transmittance, and electrical properties of the film has been explored. The results show that both long oxidation time and high oxidation temperature can obtain the film with a good transmittance (over 80 % for visible and infrared light) and a high carrier concentration. The N: ZnO film exhibits a special growth model with the oxidation time and is first to form a N: ZnO particle on the surface, then to become a N: ZnO layer, and followed by the inside Zn-N segregating to the surface to oxidize N: ZnO. The surface particle oxidized more adequately than the inside. However, the X-ray photoemission spectroscopy results show that the lower N concentration results in the lower N substitution in the O lattice (No). This leads to the formation of n-type N: ZnO and the decrease of carrier concentration. Thus, this method can be used to tune the microstructure, optical transmittance, and electrical properties of the N: ZnO film.

  16. Effect of Oxidation Condition on Growth of N: ZnO Prepared by Oxidizing Sputtering Zn-N Film.

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    Qin, Xuesi; Li, Guojian; Xiao, Lin; Chen, Guozhen; Wang, Kai; Wang, Qiang

    2016-12-01

    Nitrogen-doped zinc oxide (N: ZnO) films have been prepared by oxidizing reactive RF magnetron-sputtering zinc nitride (Zn-N) films. The effect of oxidation temperature and oxidation time on the growth, transmittance, and electrical properties of the film has been explored. The results show that both long oxidation time and high oxidation temperature can obtain the film with a good transmittance (over 80 % for visible and infrared light) and a high carrier concentration. The N: ZnO film exhibits a special growth model with the oxidation time and is first to form a N: ZnO particle on the surface, then to become a N: ZnO layer, and followed by the inside Zn-N segregating to the surface to oxidize N: ZnO. The surface particle oxidized more adequately than the inside. However, the X-ray photoemission spectroscopy results show that the lower N concentration results in the lower N substitution in the O lattice (No). This leads to the formation of n-type N: ZnO and the decrease of carrier concentration. Thus, this method can be used to tune the microstructure, optical transmittance, and electrical properties of the N: ZnO film.

  17. CMOS Alcohol Sensor Employing ZnO Nanowire Sensing Films

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    Santra, S.; Ali, S. Z.; Guha, P. K.; Hiralal, P.; Unalan, H. E.; Dalal, S. H.; Covington, J. A.; Milne, W. I.; Gardner, J. W.; Udrea, F.

    2009-05-01

    This paper reports on the utilization of zinc oxide nanowires (ZnO NWs) on a silicon on insulator (SOI) CMOS micro-hotplate for use as an alcohol sensor. The device was designed in Cadence and fabricated in a 1.0 μm SOI CMOS process at XFAB (Germany). The basic resistive gas sensor comprises of a metal micro-heater (made of aluminum) embedded in an ultra-thin membrane. Gold plated aluminum electrodes, formed of the top metal, are used for contacting with the sensing material. This design allows high operating temperatures with low power consumption. The membrane was formed by using deep reactive ion etching. ZnO NWs were grown on SOI CMOS substrates by a simple and low-cost hydrothermal method. A few nanometer of ZnO seed layer was first sputtered on the chips, using a metal mask, and then the chips were dipped in a zinc nitrate hexahydrate and hexamethylenetramine solution at 90° C to grow ZnO NWs. The chemical sensitivity of the on-chip NWs were studied in the presence of ethanol (C2H5OH) vapour (with 10% relative humidity) at two different temperatures: 200 and 250° C (the corresponding power consumptions are only 18 and 22 mW). The concentrations of ethanol vapour were varied from 175-1484 ppm (pers per million) and the maximum response was observed 40% (change in resistance in %) at 786 ppm at 250° C. These preliminary measurements showed that the on-chip deposited ZnO NWs could be a promising material for a CMOS based ethanol sensor.

  18. X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy Study of Copper Doped ZnO Thin Films

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    Ma Qing

    2007-02-02

    X-ray absorption spectroscopy technique is used to study copper-doped ZnO thin films, prepared by pulsed-laser deposition. The samples with various doping levels are examined. It is found that the samples contain metallic clusters with the sizes {<=} 2 nm as well as Cu1+ and Cu2+ states. The Cu1+ states exist as stable oxide clusters, while the Cu2+ ones participate in the ZnO lattice some of which may be pertaining to the surfaces of the Cu clusters as well. The copper clusters of {approx}1 nm are unstable and fragment under monochromatic x-ray beam illumination.

  19. Oxygen vacancy assisted multiferroic property of Cu doped ZnO films.

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    Liu, Hongyan; Wang, Yonglin; Wu, Jianhua; Zhang, Guanli; Yan, Yue

    2015-04-14

    Exploring multi-functional properties in a single material is the focus for future material design and applications. In this work, we investigated the multiferroic property of Cu doped ZnO films using a combination of X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), classical magnetometry and electric measurements. The results show that the texture of Cu doped ZnO films is deteriorated with an increase in Cu contents, whereas the dielectric property is improved due to the introduction of Cu ions. The XAS result reveals that the Cu atoms occupy the substitutional Zn sites in the ZnO host, and thus induce local electric dipoles owing to the displacement of the Cu-O bond. The presence of oxygen vacancies together with Cu ions facilitates the movement of the ferroelectric domain boundary, and contributes to the ferromagnetism due to the indirect exchange between Cu atoms and large-sized vacancy orbitals. The Cu doped ZnO film is a feasible promising candidate for applications in multiferroic devices.

  20. Superhydrophobic nanostructured ZnO thin films on aluminum alloy substrates by electrophoretic deposition process

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    Huang, Ying; Sarkar, D. K.; Chen, X.-Grant

    2015-02-01

    Superhydrophobic thin films have been fabricated on aluminum alloy substrates by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) process using stearic acid (SA) functionalized zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles suspension in alcohols at varying bath temperatures. The deposited thin films have been characterized using both X-ray diffraction (XRD) and infrared (IR) spectroscopy and it is found that the films contain low surface energy zinc stearate and ZnO nanoparticles. It is also observed that the atomic percentage of Zn and O, roughness and water contact angle of the thin films increase with the increase of the deposited bath temperature. Furthermore, the thin film deposited at 50 °C, having a roughness of 4.54 ± 0.23 μm, shows superhydrophobic properties providing a water contact angle of 155 ± 3° with rolling off properties. Also, the activation energy of electrophoretic deposition of stearic-acid-functionalized ZnO nanoparticles is calculated to be 0.5 eV.

  1. ZnO and MgZnO Nanocrystalline Flexible Films: Optical and Material Properties

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    Huso, Jesse; Morrison, John L.; Che, Hui; Sundararajan, Jency P.; Yeh, Wei Jiang; McIlroy, David; Williams, Thomas J.; Bergman, Leah

    2011-01-01

    An emore » merging material for flexible UV applications is Mg x Zn 1 − x O which is capable of tunable bandgap and luminescence in the UV range of ~3.4 eV–7.4 eV depending on the composition x . Studies on the optical and material characteristics of ZnO and Mg 0.3 Zn 0.7 O nanocrystalline flexible films are presented. The analysis indicates that the ZnO and Mg 0.3 Zn 0.7 O have bandgaps of 3.34 eV and 4.02 eV, respectively. The photoluminescence (PL) of the ZnO film was found to exhibit a structural defect-related emission at ~3.316 eV inherent to the nanocrystalline morphology. The PL of the Mg 0.3 Zn 0.7 O film exhibits two broad peaks at 3.38 eV and at 3.95 eV that are discussed in terms of the solubility limit of the ZnO-MgO alloy system. Additionally, external deformation of the film did not have a significant impact on its properties as indicated by the Raman LO-mode behavior, making these films attractive for UV flexible applications.« less

  2. Morphology evolution and photoluminescence properties of ZnO films electrochemically deposited on conductive glass substrates

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    Cao, Bingqiang; Cai, Weiping; Zeng, Haibo; Duan, Guotao

    2006-04-01

    The current-dependent morphology evolution and photoluminescence properties of zinc oxide (ZnO) films prepared by electrochemical deposition (ECD) method were studied in this paper. It has been shown that the morphologies of ZnO films vary from porous to dense structure, from pillar crystal array to two-dimensional nanosheet covered film, with increase of deposition currents. Correspondingly, orientation of the film evolves from randomly to highly c-axis oriented structure. Current dependence of morphology is attributed to the ECD current-controlled preferential growth velocity along the c axis. All the ZnO films prepared over a wide current range show strong ultraviolet (UV) emission at room temperature, which also shows deposition current dependence in intensity, together with relatively weak defect-related green emission under UV excitations. Further experiments have revealed that a nonradiative relax process and a radiative electron-hole combination process are involved in this defect-related green emission and the excitonic origin of UV emission was also proved.

  3. 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.

  4. Effect of copper doping on the photocatalytic activity of ZnO thin films prepared by sol-gel method

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    Saidani, T.; Zaabat, M.; Aida, M. S.; Boudine, B.

    2015-12-01

    In the present work, we prepared undoped and copper doped ZnO thin films by the sol-gel dip coating method on glass substrates from zinc acetate dissolved in a solution of ethanol. The objective of our work is to study the effect of Cu doping with different concentrations on structural, morphological, optical properties and photocatalytic activity of ZnO thin films. For this purpose, we have used XRD to study the structural properties, and AFM to determine the morphology of the surface of the ZnO thin films. The optical properties and the photocatalytic degradation of the films were examined by UV-visibles spectrophotometer. The Tauc method was used to estimate the optical band gap. The XRD spectra indicated that the films have an hexagonal wurtzite structure, which gradually deteriorated with increasing Cu concentration. The results showed that the incorporation of Cu decreases the crystallite size. The AFM study showed that an increase of the concentration of Cu causes the decrease of the surface roughness, which passes from 20.2 for Un-doped ZnO to 12.16 nm for doped ZnO 5 wt% Cu. Optical measurements have shown that all the deposited films show good optical transmittance (77%-92%) in the visible region and increases the optical gap with increasing Cu concentration. The presence of copper from 1% to 5 wt% in the ZnO thin films is found to decelerate the photocatalytic process.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

    2014-09-01

    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.

  7. Enhanced luminescence in Eu-doped ZnO nanocrystalline films

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    Suzuki, Keigo Murayama, Koji; Tanaka, Nobuhiko

    2015-07-20

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

  8. 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.

  9. Enhanced ZnO Thin-Film Transistor Performance Using Bilayer Gate Dielectrics.

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    Alshammari, Fwzah H; Nayak, Pradipta K; Wang, Zhenwei; Alshareef, Husam N

    2016-09-01

    We report ZnO TFTs using Al2O3/Ta2O5 bilayer gate dielectrics grown by atomic layer deposition. The saturation mobility of single layer Ta2O5 dielectric TFT was 0.1 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1), but increased to 13.3 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) using Al2O3/Ta2O5 bilayer dielectric with significantly lower leakage current and hysteresis. We show that point defects present in ZnO film, particularly VZn, are the main reason for the poor TFT performance with single layer dielectric, although interfacial roughness scattering effects cannot be ruled out. Our approach combines the high dielectric constant of Ta2O5 and the excellent Al2O3/ZnO interface quality, resulting in improved device performance.

  10. Enhanced ZnO Thin-Film Transistor Performance Using Bilayer Gate Dielectrics.

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    Alshammari, Fwzah H; Nayak, Pradipta K; Wang, Zhenwei; Alshareef, Husam N

    2016-09-01

    We report ZnO TFTs using Al2O3/Ta2O5 bilayer gate dielectrics grown by atomic layer deposition. The saturation mobility of single layer Ta2O5 dielectric TFT was 0.1 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1), but increased to 13.3 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) using Al2O3/Ta2O5 bilayer dielectric with significantly lower leakage current and hysteresis. We show that point defects present in ZnO film, particularly VZn, are the main reason for the poor TFT performance with single layer dielectric, although interfacial roughness scattering effects cannot be ruled out. Our approach combines the high dielectric constant of Ta2O5 and the excellent Al2O3/ZnO interface quality, resulting in improved device performance. PMID:27553091

  11. Enhanced luminescence in Eu-doped ZnO nanocrystalline films

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    Suzuki, Keigo; Murayama, Koji; Tanaka, Nobuhiko

    2015-07-01

    We found an enhancement of Eu3+ emissions in Eu-doped ZnO nanocrystalline films fabricated by microemulsion method. The Eu3+ emission intensities were increased by reducing annealing temperatures from 633 K to 533 K. One possible explanation for this phenomenon is that the size reduction enhances the energy transfer from ZnO nanoparticles to Eu3+ ions. Also, the shift of the charge-transfer band into the low-energy side of the absorption edge is found to be crucial, which seems to expedite the energy transfer from O atoms to Eu3+ ions. These findings will be useful for the material design of Eu-doped ZnO phosphors.

  12. Heteroepitaxial ZnO films on diamond: Optoelectronic properties and the role of interface polarity

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    Schuster, Fabian Hetzl, Martin; Garrido, Jose A.; Stutzmann, Martin; Magén, Cesar; Arbiol, Jordi

    2014-06-07

    We demonstrate the growth of heteroepitaxial ZnO films on (110) diamond substrates by molecular beam epitaxy and report on a major advance in structural quality, as confirmed by XRD and high-resolution TEM measurements. The growth direction is found to be along the polar c-axis with Zn-polarity, deduced from annular bright-field scanning transmission electron microscopy imaging. This is important information, as simulations of the electronic band structure reveal the ZnO polarity to dominate the electronic structure of the interface: the formation of a two-dimensional electron gas on the ZnO side or a two-dimensional hole gas on the diamond side are predicted for Zn- and O-polarity, respectively. In addition, photoluminescence and absorption studies exhibit good optical properties and reveal stimulated emission for optical excitation above a threshold of 30 kW/cm{sup 2}.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  14. Multifractal, structural, and optical properties of Mn-doped ZnO films

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    Ma, C. Y.; Wang, W. J.; Li, S. L.; Miao, C. Y.; Zhang, Q. Y.

    2012-11-01

    Zn1-xMnxO (x ≈ 0.07) films were sputter deposited on Si (0 0 1) and fused SiO2 substrates and were annealed at different temperatures ranging from 600 to 800 °C. The influence of postgrowth annealing on multifractal, structural and optical properties of Zn1-xMnxO films has been investigated by atomic force microscope (AFM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV/vis spectrophotometry. A statistical analysis based on multifractal formalism show the nonuniformity of the height distribution increases as the annealing temperature is increased. All as grown and annealed films are textured having preferred orientation along the wurzite c axis. The HRTEM and SAED studies indicate that the Mn doped ZnO film is of high quality, uniform, and free of clustering/segregated phases. The as grown film is in a state of compressive stress and the stress can be largely relieved with annealing temperature of above 700 °C. The optical band gap was found to be 3.25 eV for undoped ZnO film and 3.12 eV for as grown Zn1-xMnxO (x ≈ 0.07) film. For annealed ZnMnO films the band gap was found to increase continuously with an increase in annealing temperature.

  15. 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.

  16. Structural, optical and electrical studies on spray deposited highly oriented ZnO films

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    Lokhande, B. J.; Uplane, M. D.

    2000-10-01

    Thin films of Zinc oxide (ZnO) have been prepared on glass substrates by spray pyrolysis techniques using 0.025 M aqueous solution of Zinc acetate. X-ray diffraction (XRD) reveals that the films are polycrystalline in nature having hexagonal wurtzite type crystal structure. The room temperature resistivity is of the order of 10 -1 Ω cm. Estimated band gap energy from optical absorption data is around 3.27 eV. Thermoemf measurements show that films are of n-type.

  17. Transport and magnetotransport study of Mg doped ZnO thin films

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    Agrawal, Arpana; Dar, Tanveer A. Sen, Pratima; Phase, Deodatta M.

    2014-04-14

    We report negative magnetoresistance in pulsed laser deposited single phase ZnO and Mg{sub 0.268}Zn{sub 0.732}O films and attribute it to the presence of oxygen interstitials (O{sub i}) and zinc interstitials (Zn{sub i}) as observed in the X-ray photoelectron spectra of the films. An interesting feature of reduction of negative magnetoresistance at low temperatures and large fields in Mg{sub 0.268}Zn{sub 0.732}O film is observed and is explained by taking into account the localized scattering.

  18. Nanophotoactivity of Porphyrin Functionalized Polycrystalline ZnO Films.

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    Rogero, Celia; Pickup, David F; Colchero, Jaime; Azaceta, Eneko; Tena-Zaera, Ramón; Palacios-Lidón, Elisa

    2016-07-01

    Kelvin probe force microscopy in darkness and under illumination is reported to provide nanoscale-resolved surface photovoltage maps of hybrid materials. In particular, nanoscale charge injection and charge recombination mechanisms occurring in ZnO polycrystalline surfaces functionalized with Protoporphyrin IX (H2PPIX) are analyzed. Local surface potential and surface photovoltage maps not only reveal that upon molecular adsorption the bare ZnO work function increases, but also they allow study of its local dependence. Nanometer-sized regions not correlated with apparent topographic features were identified, presenting values significantly different from the average work function. Depending on the region, the response to the light excitation is different, distinguishing two relaxation processes, one faster than the other. This behavior can be explained in terms of electrons trapped closed to the molecule-semiconductor interface or electrons pushed into the ZnO bulk, respectively. Moreover, the origin of these differences is correlated with the H2PPIX-ZnO bonding and molecules configuration and aggregation. The chenodeoxycholic acid (CDCA) coadsorption leads to a more homogeneous surface potential distribution, confirming the antiaggregate effect of this additive, while the surface photovoltage is mostly dominated by the slow relaxation component. This work reveals the complexity of real device architectures with ill-defined surfaces even in a relatively simple system with only one type of dye molecule and hightlights the importance of nanoscale characterization with appropriate tools. PMID:27303943

  19. 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.

  20. 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. PMID:26233403

  1. Nitrogen-doped ZnO thin films by use of laser ablation of ZnO(1-x)Nx targets

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    Okato, Takeshi; Osada, Takenori; Obara, Minoru

    2005-04-01

    ZnO is inherently a strong n-type semiconductor due to its intrinsic defects. Among the group V elements (N, As, P, Sb), nitrogen is considered as teh most hopeful dopant for p-type ZnO, because substitute N (N0) is a relatively shallow acceptor. However, technical issues of the low solubility for the desirable defect and compensations from undesirable donor-like defects are imposed on the development of high mobility and low resistivity p-type ZnO. Breaking through these issues is accompanied by the optimization of dopant concentration and reduction of intrinsic defects. In this study, we have investigated the dependence of the nitrogen concentration on its electrical properties. Home-made ZnO1-xNx targets were prepared and used for KrF excimer pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) at precisely controlled growth conditions. Thin films were deposited on c-cut sapphire substrates. The nitrogen concentration was tuned by adjusting the amount of nitrogen in the ablation targets. The film properties were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS). The electrical properties were measured by van der Pauw method. The as-grown ZnO:N films showed n-type conductivity, however, they were converted to p-type upon post-deposition thermal treatment. Further improvement was demonstrated by introducing a ZnO low-temperature buffer layer which realized the lattice mismatch relaxation.

  2. 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. PMID:24020721

  3. 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.

  4. Influence of Fe doping on the structural, optical and acetone sensing properties of sprayed ZnO thin films

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    Prajapati, C.S.; Kushwaha, Ajay; Sahay, P.P.

    2013-07-15

    Graphical abstract: All the films are found to be polycrystalline ZnO possessing hexagonal wurtzite structure. The intensities of all the peaks are diminished strongly in the Fe-doped films, indicating their lower crystallinity as compared to the undoped ZnO film. The average crystallite size decreases from 35.21 nm (undoped sample) to 15.43 nm (1 at% Fe-doped sample). - Highlights: • Fe-doped ZnO films show smaller crystallinity with crystallite size: 15–26 nm. • Optical band gap in ZnO films decreases on Fe doping. • Fe-doped films exhibit the normal dispersion for the wavelength range 450–600 nm. • PL spectra of the Fe-doped films show quenching of the broad green-orange emission. • Acetone response of the Fe-doped films increases considerably at 300 °C. - Abstract: The ZnO thin films (undoped and Fe-doped) deposited by chemical spray pyrolysis technique have been analyzed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Results show that all the films possess hexagonal wurtzite structure of zinc oxide having crystallite sizes in the range 15–36 nm. On 1 at% Fe doping, the surface roughness of the film increases which favors the adsorption of atmospheric oxygen on the film surface and thereby increase in the gas response. Optical studies reveal that the band gap decreases due to creation of some defect energy states below the conduction band edge, arising out of the lattice disorder in the doped films. The refractive index of the films decreases on Fe doping and follows the Cauchy relation of normal dispersion. Among all the films examined, the 1 at% Fe-doped film exhibits the maximum response (∼72%) at 300 °C for 100 ppm concentration of acetone in air.

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

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

    2013-08-01

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

  6. Linear and nonlinear optical investigations of nano-scale Si-doped ZnO thin films: spectroscopic approach

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

    2016-09-01

    Pure and Si-doped ZnO (SZO) thin films at different concentration of Si (1.9 and 2.4 wt%) were deposited on highly cleaned glass substrate by radio frequency (DC/RF) magnetron sputtering. The morphological and structural investigations have been performed by atomic force electron microscope (AFM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was employed to study the composition and the change in the chemical state of Si-doped ZnO thin films. The optical observations like transmittance, energy band gap, extinction coefficient, refractive index, dielectric loss of pure and Si-doped ZnO thin films have been calculated. The linear optical susceptibility, nonlinear refractive index, and nonlinear optical susceptibility were also studied by the spectroscopic approach rather than conventional Z-scan method. The energy gap of Si-doped ZnO thin films was found to increase as compared to pure ZnO thin films. The crystallinity of the ZnO thin films was effected by the Si doping. The O1s spectra in pure and Si-doped ZnO revealed the bound between O-2 and Zn+2 ions and reduction in the surface oxygen with the Si doping. The chemical state analysis of Si 2p showed the conversation of Si to SiOx and SiO2. The increase in the first-order linear optical susceptibility χ (1) and third-order nonlinear optical susceptibility χ (3) was observed with the Si doping. The nonlinear studies gave some details about the applications of metal oxides in nonlinear optical devices. In short, this study showed that Si doping through sputtering has effected on the structural, surface and optical properties of ZnO thin films which could be quite useful for advanced applications such as metal-oxide-based optical devices.

  7. Structural and physical properties of boron doped ZnO films prepared by chemical spray pyrolysis method

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    Kerli, S.; Alver, U.; Tanriverdi, A.; Avar, B.

    2015-11-01

    In this work, ZnO and boron doped ZnO (ZnO:B) thin films were produced by chemical spray pyrolysis method. ZnO and ZnO:B films were obtained onto glass substrates at 450°C by spray pyrolysis method and the physical properties of those films were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), ultraviolet-visible spectrometer (UV) and four probe technique. XRD measurements show that all films have hexagonal wurtzite structure and all films grow preferentially along (002) direction. Morphologies of the films were examined by using a scanning electron microscopy and it was observed that almost all films were quite intense with a regular structure. Optical measurements showed that the band gap energies of the films increased with boron concentrations. The resistances of the B-doped ZnO films were measured by four probe method and resistances of films initially decreased to its minimum 1 at% boron doping and then it increased again with increasing B concentration. It was also observed that that boron doping increased the activation energies of the films.

  8. Dependence of the photoelectrochemical performance of sensitised ZnO on the crystalline orientation in electrodeposited ZnO thin films.

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    Nonomura, K; Komatsu, D; Yoshida, T; Minoura, H; Schlettwein, D

    2007-04-21

    The influence of the crystal orientation in porous crystalline films of ZnO electrodeposited on the photoelectrochemical characteristics of the films is studied. For differently oriented ZnO thin films following removal of the respective structure-directing agent (SDA) and adsorption of a sensitiser, time-resolved photocurrent measurements, intensity modulated photocurrent spectroscopy (IMPS), intensity modulated photovoltage spectroscopy (IMVS) and current-voltage curves were measured in acetonitrile-based electrolytes containing I(3)(-)/I(-) as the redox electrolyte. The crystal orientation has a significant influence on the charge transport across such films and hence is reflected in the observed electrode kinetics. Films originally grown in the presence of, e.g., Coumarin 343 as a SDA, showed a significantly faster response to illumination. Increased electron diffusion coefficients and diffusion lengths were calculated from the results of IMPS and IMVS, caused by a faster electron movement in the films. Implications of these findings on further improvements of sensitised ZnO films prepared by electrochemical deposition are discussed.

  9. Production of ZnO and CdO-ZnO thin Films by Extraction-Pyrolytic Method

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    Cvetkovs, A.; Kiselova, O.; Rogulis, U.; Serga, V.; Ignatans, R.

    2016-06-01

    The extraction-pyrolytic method has been applied to produce the ZnO and CdO-ZnO thin films on glass and quartz glass substrates. According to X-ray diffraction measurements, the ZnO and CdO phases have been produced with an average size of crystallites about 8-42 nm in the films. The thickness of the layers measured by a profilometer has been up to 150 nm. The surface morphology measurements show that the surface of the films may be rough and non-continuous. The SEM results confirm the dependence between the preparation procedure and the quality of the thin film.

  10. Novel sol-gel synthesis of cerium-doped ZnO thin films for photocatalytic activity

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    Senthilvelan, S.; Chandraboss, V. L.; Karthikeyan, B.; Murugavelu, M.; Loganathan, B.; Natanapatham, L.

    2012-07-23

    The Ce-doped ZnO films on silica glass plates were prepared by sol-gel dip coating technique. The surface morphology of thin films was characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Optical properties of films have been investigated using UV-visible spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activity was established by testing the degradation of Alizarin Red (AR) from aqueous solution. The test of photocatalytic activity of the heat-treated Ce-doped ZnO films were also carried out under visible light irradiation.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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. PMID:24643984

  14. 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.

  15. X-ray studies on optical and structural properties of ZnO nanostructured thin films

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    Larcheri, S.; Armellini, C.; Rocca, F.; Kuzmin, A.; Kalendarev, R.; Dalba, G.; Graziola, R.; Purans, J.; Pailharey, D.; Jandard, F.

    2006-01-01

    X-ray absorption near-edge fine structure (XANES) studies have been carried out on nanostructured ZnO thin films prepared by atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition (APCVD). Films have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and optical luminescence spectroscopy exciting with laser light (PL) or X-ray (XEOL). According to XRD measurements, all the APCVD samples reveal a highly (002) oriented crystalline structure. The samples have different thickness (less than 1 μm) and show significant shifts of the PL and XEOL bands in the visible region. Zn K-edge XANES spectra were recorded using synchrotron radiation at BM08 of ESRF (France), by detecting photoluminescence yield (PLY) and X-ray fluorescence yield (FLY). The differences between the PLY- and FLY-XANES confirm the possibility of studying the local environment in the luminescence centres and to correlate the structural and optical properties of ZnO nanostructured samples.

  16. Physical deoxygenation of graphene oxide paper surface and facile in situ synthesis of graphene based ZnO films

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    Ding, Jijun; Wang, Minqiang Zhang, Xiangyu; Ran, Chenxin; Shao, Jinyou; Ding, Yucheng

    2014-12-08

    In-situ sputtering ZnO films on graphene oxide (GO) paper are used to fabricate graphene based ZnO films. Crystal structure and surface chemical states are investigated. Results indicated that GO paper can be effectively deoxygenated by in-situ sputtering ZnO on them without adding any reducing agent. Based on the principle of radio frequency magnetron sputtering, we propose that during magnetron sputtering process, plasma streams contain large numbers of electrons. These electrons not only collide with argon atoms to produce secondary electrons but also they are accelerated to bombard the substrates (GO paper) resulting in effective deoxygenation of oxygen-containing functional groups. In-situ sputtering ZnO films on GO paper provide an approach to design graphene-semiconductor nanocomposites.

  17. Raman scattering and photoluminescence investigations of N doped ZnO thin films: Local vibrational modes and induced ferromagnetism

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    Jindal, Kajal; Tomar, Monika; Katiyar, R. S.; Gupta, Vinay

    2016-10-01

    N doped ZnO (ZnO:N) thin films are prepared by pulsed laser deposition in an oxygen environment using ZnO:N targets with varying nitrogen doping concentrations (1%-10%). The impact of nitrogen incorporation on the microstructural properties of prepared ZnO:N thin films has been studied using Raman scattering. The Raman shift of E2(high) mode towards lower frequencies indicate the substitution of N at O lattice sites (NO). A local vibrational mode corresponding to Zn-N was observed at 480.3 cm-1 in N doped ZnO thin films and highlights the increased strength of the Zn-N bond in the ZnO lattice. Photoluminescence studies reveal the dominant near band edge emission peak in the ultraviolet region and the absence of deep level emission due to defects. The ZnO:N thin films are found to possess room temperature ferromagnetism. N is found to play a significant role in arising ferromagnetism in ZnO and possess a solubility limit of 8% for uniform and homogeneous atomic substitution in ZnO. The present study confirms the promising application of N doped ZnO (ZnO:N) thin films for room temperature spintronics applications.

  18. Improved sensing response of photo activated ZnO thin film for hydrogen peroxide detection.

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    Parthasarathy, S; Nandhini, V; Jeyaprakash, B G

    2016-11-15

    The nanostructured ZnO thin films were deposited using spray pyrolysis technique. Formation of polycrystalinity with hexagonal wurtzite structure was observed from the structural study. Highly dense spherical shaped nanoparticles with fine crystallites were observed from the surface morphological studies. The light induced hydrogen peroxide vapour sensing was done using chemi-resistive method and its effect on the sensing response was studied and reported.

  19. Improved sensing response of photo activated ZnO thin film for hydrogen peroxide detection.

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    Parthasarathy, S; Nandhini, V; Jeyaprakash, B G

    2016-11-15

    The nanostructured ZnO thin films were deposited using spray pyrolysis technique. Formation of polycrystalinity with hexagonal wurtzite structure was observed from the structural study. Highly dense spherical shaped nanoparticles with fine crystallites were observed from the surface morphological studies. The light induced hydrogen peroxide vapour sensing was done using chemi-resistive method and its effect on the sensing response was studied and reported. PMID:27491004

  20. UV photodetectors based on 3D periodic Au-decorated nanocone ZnO films.

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    Fan, Haowen; Sun, Mengwei; Ma, Pengsha; Yin, Min; Lu, Linfeng; Xue, Xinzhong; Zhu, Xufei; Li, Dongdong; Ma, Jing

    2016-09-01

    Thermal nanoimprinting technology was employed to fabricate 3D periodic nanocone ZnO films with different height/pitch values for photodetectors to optimize their light capturing property. The photocurrents of patterned film photodetectors increase with the height/pitch values. The patterned ZnO-Au hybrid film further boosts the ultraviolet (UV) response. Due to the co-contribution of the light trapping of 3D periodic structures and the driving force of the Schottky barrier in the Au/ZnO interface, the patterned ZnO-Au hybrid films with height/pitch of 40 nm/866 nm exhibit the best UV photoresponse (I on/I off = 779.927), which is 3.8 times higher than its film counterpart (I on/I off = 164.1). PMID:27482636

  1. Surface Texture and Structure of ZnO Films Synthesized by Off-Axis Sputtering Deposition

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

    1999-01-01

    Morphology and structure of ZnO films deposited on (0001) sapphire and glass substrates by off-axis sputtering are investigated at various temperatures and pressures. All films show highly textured structures on glass substrates and epitaxial growth on sapphire substrates. The full width at half maximum of theta rocking curves for epitaxial films is less than 0.5 degrees. In textured films, it rises to several degrees. The trend of surface textures in films grown at low pressures is similar to those grown at high temperatures. A morphology transition from large well-defined hexagonal grains to flat surface was observed at a pressure of 50 mtorr and temperature of 550 C. The experiment results are explained by the transport behavior of depositing species.

  2. Thickness-dependent fracture behaviour of flexible ZnO : Al thin films

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    Mohanty, Bhaskar Chandra; Choi, Hong Rak; Muk Choi, Yong; Cho, Yong Soo

    2011-01-01

    The effects of thickness on flexibility and crack initiation in ZnO : Al thin films sputter-deposited on polyethersulfone substrates have been investigated. With an increase in thickness, root-mean-square roughness and average crystallite size increase linearly. It is found that the higher the thickness, the lower is the strain required to initiate cracks in the film. The thinnest film (~240 nm) exhibits a crack-initiating critical strain of 0.96% and a saturated crack density of 0.10 µm-1. A critical energy release rate of 68.5 J m-2 and a mode I fracture toughness of 3.2 MPa m0.5 are estimated for the films. These parameters are found to exhibit a linear dependence on film thickness.

  3. UV photodetectors based on 3D periodic Au-decorated nanocone ZnO films

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    Fan, Haowen; Sun, Mengwei; Ma, Pengsha; Yin, Min; Lu, Linfeng; Xue, Xinzhong; Zhu, Xufei; Li, Dongdong; Ma, Jing

    2016-09-01

    Thermal nanoimprinting technology was employed to fabricate 3D periodic nanocone ZnO films with different height/pitch values for photodetectors to optimize their light capturing property. The photocurrents of patterned film photodetectors increase with the height/pitch values. The patterned ZnO-Au hybrid film further boosts the ultraviolet (UV) response. Due to the co-contribution of the light trapping of 3D periodic structures and the driving force of the Schottky barrier in the Au/ZnO interface, the patterned ZnO-Au hybrid films with height/pitch of 40 nm/866 nm exhibit the best UV photoresponse (I on/I off = 779.927), which is 3.8 times higher than its film counterpart (I on/I off = 164.1).

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. UV photodetectors based on 3D periodic Au-decorated nanocone ZnO films

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    Fan, Haowen; Sun, Mengwei; Ma, Pengsha; Yin, Min; Lu, Linfeng; Xue, Xinzhong; Zhu, Xufei; Li, Dongdong; Ma, Jing

    2016-09-01

    Thermal nanoimprinting technology was employed to fabricate 3D periodic nanocone ZnO films with different height/pitch values for photodetectors to optimize their light capturing property. The photocurrents of patterned film photodetectors increase with the height/pitch values. The patterned ZnO–Au hybrid film further boosts the ultraviolet (UV) response. Due to the co-contribution of the light trapping of 3D periodic structures and the driving force of the Schottky barrier in the Au/ZnO interface, the patterned ZnO–Au hybrid films with height/pitch of 40 nm/866 nm exhibit the best UV photoresponse (I on/I off = 779.927), which is 3.8 times higher than its film counterpart (I on/I off = 164.1).

  7. Surface texture and structure of ZnO films synthesized by off-axis sputtering deposition

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    Zhu, Shen; Lowndes, D. H.

    2000-05-01

    Morphology and structure of ZnO films deposited on (0001) sapphire and glass substrates by off-axis sputtering were investigated at various temperatures and pressures. All films show highly textured structures on glass substrates and epitaxial growth on sapphire substrates. The full width at half-maximum of theta rocking curves for epitaxial films is less than 0.5 degree sign . In textured films, it rises to several degrees. The trend of surface textures in films grown at low pressures is similar to those grown at high temperatures. A morphology transition from large well-defined hexagonal grains to flat surface was observed at a pressure of 50 mtorr and temperature of 550 degree sign C. The experiment results are explained by the transport behavior of depositing species. (c) 2000 Materials Research Society.

  8. Pulsed laser deposition of Al-doped ZnO films on glass and polycarbonate

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    Tan, Kwan Chu; Lee, Yen Sian; Yap, Seong Ling; Kok, Soon Yie; Nee, Chen Hon; Siew, Wee Ong; Tou, Teck Yong; Yap, Seong Shan

    2014-01-01

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films were deposited on glass and polycarbonate (PC) at room temperature by using pulsed Nd:YAG laser at 355 nm. AZO thin films were obtained for both substrates at laser fluences from 2 to 5 J/cm2 in O2 partial pressure of 2.1 Pa. The effects of laser fluence on the structural, electrical, and optical properties of the films were investigated. The films with lowest resistivity and highest transmittance have been obtained at 2 J/cm2. The resistivities were 2.29×10-3 Ω cm for AZO on glass and 1.49×10-3 Ω cm for AZO on PC. With increasing laser fluence, the deposited films have lower crystallinity, higher resistivity, and smaller optical bandgap.

  9. Improved UV photoresponse properties of high-quality ZnO thin films through the use of a ZnO buffer layer on flexible polyimide substrates

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    Kim, Mincheol; Leem, Jae-Young; Son, Jeong-Sik

    2016-03-01

    An oxidized ZnO buffer layer was prepared by using thermal oxidation of a Zn buffer layer on a polyimide (PI) substrate; then, ZnO thin films with (sample 1) and without (sample 2) an oxidized ZnO buffer layer were grown by using the sol-gel spin-coating method. The intensities of the ZnO (002) diffraction peaks observed in sample 1 were stronger than those observed in sample 2, implying that the crystal quality was enhanced by the oxidized ZnO buffer layer. Moreover, the residual stress of sample 1 was reduced compared to that of sample 2 due to the decreased number of defects. Sample 2 exhibited defect-related deep-level orange-yellow emissions, which almost disappeared with the introduction of the ZnO buffer layer (sample 1). The values of the responsivity were 0.733 (sample 1) and 0.066 (sample 2) mA/W; therefore, the proposed method could provide a pathway to the easy fabrication of fast-response UV sensors.

  10. 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.

  11. Mid-infrared extraordinary transmission through Ga-doped ZnO films with 2D hole arrays

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    Cleary, Justin W.; Nader Esfahani, Nima; Vangala, Shiva; Guo, Junpeng; Hendrickson, Joshua R.; Leedy, Kevin D.; Look, David C.

    2014-03-01

    Extraordinary optical transmission (EOT), through highly conductive ZnO films with sub-wavelength hole arrays is investigated in the long-wavelength infrared regime. EOT is facilitated by the excitation of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) on Ga-Doped ZnO films and can be tuned utilizing the physical parameters such as film thickness, period, hole size, and hole shape, as well as doping of the film. Analytical and finite-difference time-domain calculations are completed for 1 micron thick films with square, circular, and triangular hole arrays demonstrating SPP coupling and EOT. The fundamental plasmonic modes are observed in each of these hole shapes at wavelengths that correspond to strong EOT peaks. Doping tunability for these structures is also observed. Ga-doped ZnO films are grown via pulsed laser deposition (PLD) on silicon with plasma frequencies in the near-infrared. The sub-wavelength 2D hole arrays are fabricated in the Ga-doped ZnO films via standard lithography and etching processes. This highly conductive ZnO EOT structure may prove useful in novel integrated components such as tunable biosensors or surface plasmon coupling mechanisms.

  12. Application of ZnO films to glass substrates by the dipping-pyrolysis method using organic acid salt

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    Kondow, Takeshi; Ninomiya, Kanae

    1992-12-01

    Transparent ZnO films having more than 1 micrometers in thickness were prepared by one dipping-pyrolysis process. The starting solution, produced by dissolving zinc 2- ethylhexanoate, dehydrated caster oil fatty acid and dimethyl silicone oil as a leveling agent into an organic solvent, was coated on the plate glass and cured at 200 degree(s)C and heated up to 500 degree(s)C. The thick ZnO films covered with SiO2 films are very useful for UV cut-offs at about 380 nm and for high transparency in the visible region. The ZnO films with the durable films have a possible application to automobile windows and the like. Characterizations are also reported by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), optical spectroscopy and Taber abrasion test.

  13. 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.

  14. Porous ZnO thin films as anode electrodes for lithium ion batteries.

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    Guler, Mehmet Oguz; Cevher, Ozgur; Akbulut, Hatem

    2012-12-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nano structured thin films were prepared on Cr coated stainless substrates via a simple thermal chemical reactions vapor transport deposition method in air with a mixture of Zinc acetate anhydrate as reactants. The growth process was carried out at 200 degrees C, 300 degrees C and 400 degrees C in a stainless steel reactor with one side opened to the air. High purity oxygen gas was used as the carrier gas and kept at 1 L/min flow rate during the deposition process. There is no other metal catalyst and carrier gas in the process. The materials are characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Their electrochemical properties as anodes of lithium ion batteries are examined by galvanostatic discharge-charge tests. The results show that porous ZnO nano structured thin films exhibit higher reversible capacities and better cyclabilities than those of commercial ZnO powders. When cycled at 0.958 mA (1 C = 1 hour charge + 1 hour discharge) for the films deposited at 200 degrees C, these nano structured pyramid-like structures deliver initial discharge and charge capacities of 954, in addition, good rate capabilities have also obtained after 20 cycles. It is believed that the porous sheet nano structure plays an important role in the electrochemical performance.

  15. 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. PMID:27483875

  16. 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.

  17. Surface excitons on a ZnO (000-1) thin film

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    Kuehn, S. Friede, S.; Elsaesser, T.; Sadofev, S.; Blumstengel, S.; Henneberger, F.

    2013-11-04

    Elementary excitations at the polar (000-1) surface of a 20 nm pseudomorphically grown ZnO thin film are examined by steady state and time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy at low temperature. We control the density of emission centers through the deposition of prototypical organic molecules with a carboxylic acid anchor group by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique. Knowledge of the precise film thickness, defect concentrations and number density of deposited molecules leads us to associate the surface exciton emission to defect-related localization centers that are generated through a photochemical process.

  18. XRD analysis on ZnO and Au film crystal orientation in ZnO/Au/SiO2 structure

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    Qin, Huibin; Yu, Hong; Chen, Yunxang

    2000-05-01

    The orientation of the Zn/Au/Si structure was examined by XRD. The experiment showed that the ZnO/Au/Si films deposited by magnetron sputtering were possessed of a preferred orientation in C axis perpendicular to the film surface. The (111) of Au film was possessed of a preferred <111> orientation which was perpendicular to the film surface also. The XRD (theta) approximately 2 (theta) scan irradiated that there were only (001) peaks in excellent orientated ZnO films. The rock cure scan demonstrated that the C axis of ZnO film was not exactly perpendicular to the surface, the angular divergence was about 2 degree(s), and the space divergence angle about 1.5 degree(s). Expert the (kkk) main peaks of Au film there were weak diffraction peaks, such as (002), (022), and (311) peaks. The phenomena indicated that in Au film there was not only (111) plane in parallel to the surface of substrate. As there was only 12% dis-matching between Au (111) and ZnO (001), the Au (111) oriented film was facilitated for the ZnO (001) orientation in C axis and deposing parameters adjustment.

  19. Li-DOPING Effect on the Cathodoluminescent Properties of Y2O3:Eu3+ Phosphors

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    Bae, J. S.; Yoon, J. H.; Park, S. K.; Kim, J. P.; Jeong, E. D.; Won, M. S.; Jeong, J. H.; Shim, K. S.; Yang, H. K.; Yi, S. S.

    Influence of lithium doping on the crystallization, the surface morphology, the chemical states and the luminescent properties of Y2O3:Eu3+ phosphors was investigated. The structural, surface morphology characteristics and chemical states of the phosphors were analyzed by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. The crystallinity, the surface morphology, and the cathodoluminescence (CL) of phosphors highly depended on the Li doping. The relationship between the crystalline and morphological structures and the luminescent properties was studied, and Li+ doping affected not only the crystallinity but also the luminescent brightness of Y2O3:Eu3+ phosphors. In particular, the incorporation of the Li+ ion into the Y2O3 lattice could induce remarkable increase in the CL intensity. The enhanced photoluminescence brightness with Li doping may result both from the improved crystallinity leading to higher oscillating strengths for the optical transitions, and the increased surface area due to the larger particle sizes. The strongest emission intensity was observed with Li doped Y2O3:Eu3+ ceramics whose brightness was increased by a factor of 1.8 in comparison with that of Y2O3:Eu3+ ceramics.

  20. Significant mobility enhancement in extremely thin highly doped ZnO films

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    Look, David C.; Heller, Eric R.; Yao, Yu-Feng; Yang, C. C.

    2015-04-13

    Highly Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) films of thicknesses d = 5, 25, 50, and 300 nm, grown on 160-nm ZnO buffer layers by molecular beam epitaxy, had 294-K Hall-effect mobilities μ{sub H} of 64.1, 43.4, 37.0, and 34.2 cm{sup 2}/V-s, respectively. This extremely unusual ordering of μ{sub H} vs d is explained by the existence of a very high-mobility Debye tail in the ZnO, arising from the large Fermi-level mismatch between the GZO and the ZnO. Scattering theory in conjunction with Poisson analysis predicts a Debye-tail mobility of 206 cm{sup 2}/V-s at the interface (z = d), falling to 58 cm{sup 2}/V-s at z = d + 2 nm. Excellent fits to μ{sub H} vs d and sheet concentration n{sub s} vs d are obtained with no adjustable parameters.

  1. Electrodeposited nanoporous versus nanoparticulate ZnO films of similar roughness for dye-sensitized solar cell applications.

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    Guerin, V M; Magne, C; Pauporté, Th; Le Bahers, T; Rathousky, J

    2010-12-01

    We present a comparative study of two different ZnO porous film morphologies for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) fabrications. Nanoparticulate ZnO was prepared by the doctor-blade technique starting from a paste containing ZnO nanoparticles. Nanoporous ZnO films were grown by a soft template-assisted electrochemical growth technique. The film thicknesses were adjusted at similar roughness of about 300 in order to permit a worthy comparison. The effects on the cell performances of sensitization by dyes belonging to three different families, namely, xanthene (eosin Y) and indoline (D102, D131, D149 and D205) organic dyes as well as a ruthenium polypyridine complex (N719), have been investigated. The mesoporous electrodeposited matrix exhibits significant morphological changes upon the photoanode preparation, especially upon the dye sensitization, that yield to a dramatic change of the inner layer morphology and increase in the layer internal specific surface area. In the case of indoline dyes, better efficiencies were found with the electrodeposited ZnO porous matrixes compared to the nanoparticulate ones, in spite of significantly shorter electron lifetimes measured by impedance spectroscopy. The observation is interpreted in terms of much shorter transfer time in the oxide in the case of the electrodeposited ZnO films. Among the tested dyes, the D149 and D205 indoline organic dyes with a strong acceptor group were found the most efficient with the best cell over 4.6% of overall conversion efficiency.

  2. Mixing ALD/MLD-grown ZnO and Zn-4-aminophenol layers into various thin-film structures.

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    Sundberg, Pia; Sood, Anjali; Liu, Xuwen; Karppinen, Maarit

    2013-11-14

    Building 2D inorganic-organic hybrids by combining inorganic and organic constituents with molecular-layer precision is an attractive approach to fabricate novel materials with a tailored combination of properties from both entities. Here we demonstrate the potential of the combined atomic and molecular layer deposition (ALD/MLD) technique for the state-of-the-art synthesis of such materials and to fabricate both homogeneous thin-film mixtures and nanolaminates of ZnO and the Zn-4-aminophenol inorganic-organic hybrid. The thin films are deposited by varying the number of precursor cycles during the depositions. Diethyl zinc and 4-aminophenol (AP) are used as precursors for the Zn-AP hybrid depositions, and diethyl zinc and water for the ZnO depositions. The characterization of the mixed Zn-AP and ZnO films reveals that crystallinity, density, surface roughness, chemical stability, hardness and contact modulus are sensitively altered by even a minor insertion of Zn-AP hybrid into the ZnO structure. Fabrication of Zn-AP + ZnO nanolaminates with different thicknesses of the Zn-AP and ZnO layers provides us with an even better way to control the hardness and contact modulus, and also to enhance the chemical stability of the films.

  3. Effect of band gap energy on the electrical conductivity in doped ZnO thin film

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    Benramache, Said; Belahssen, Okba; Ben Temam, Hachemi

    2014-07-01

    The transparent conductive pure and doped zinc oxide thin films with aluminum, cobalt and indium were deposited by ultrasonic spray technique on glass substrate at 350 °C. This paper is to present a new approach to the description of correlation between electrical conductivity and optical gap energy with dopants' concentration of Al, Co and In. The correlation between the electrical and optical properties with doping level suggests that the electrical conductivity of the films is predominantly estimated by the band gap energy and the concentrations of Al, Co and In. The measurement in the electrical conductivity of doped films with correlation is equal to the experimental value, the error of this correlation is smaller than 13%. The minimum error value was estimated in the cobalt-doped ZnO thin films. This result indicates that such Co-doped ZnO thin films are chemically purer and have far fewer defects and less disorder owing to an almost complete chemical decomposition.

  4. Characterization of ZnO film grown on polycarbonate by atomic layer deposition at low temperature

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    Lee, Gyeong Beom; Han, Gwon Deok; Shim, Joon Hyung; Choi, Byoung-Ho

    2015-01-15

    ZnO is an attractive material for use in various technological products such as phosphors, gas sensors, and transparent conductors. Recently, aluminum-doped zinc oxide has received attention as a potential replacement for indium tin oxide, which is one of the transparent conductive oxides used in flat panel displays, organic light-emitting diodes, and organic solar cells. In this study, the characteristics of ZnO films deposited on polycarbonate (PC) substrates by atomic layer deposition (ALD) are investigated for various process temperatures. The growth mechanism of these films was investigated at low process temperatures using x-ray diffraction (XRD) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). XRD and XPS were used to determine the preferred orientation and chemical composition of the films, respectively. Furthermore, the difference of the deposition mechanisms on an amorphous organic material, i.e., PC substrate and an inorganic material such as silicon was discussed from the viewpoint of the diffusion and deposition of precursors. The structure of the films was also investigated by chemical analysis in order to determine the effect of growth temperature on the films deposited by ALD.

  5. A comparison between different ohmic contacts for ZnO thin films

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    Ikhmayies, Shadia J.; Abu El-Haija, Naseem M.; Ahmad-Bitar, Riyad N.

    2015-03-01

    There are several metals that form ohmic contacts for ZnO thin films, such as copper, aluminum and silver. The aim of this work is to make a comparison between these ohmic contacts. To achieve this purpose, polycrystalline ZnO thin films were prepared by the spray pyrolysis technique, and characterized by the I-V measurements at room temperature. Two strips of each metal were thermally evaporated on the surface of the film and measurements were first recorded in the dark and room light, then in the dark before and after annealing for Al, which was found to be the best in the set. Films with aluminum contacts gave the smallest resistivity, best ohmicity and they are slightly affected by light as required. On the other hand, copper was found to be the worst, and films with copper contacts gave the largest resistivity, worst ohmicity and they are the most affected by light. Annealing improved the aluminum contacts due to alloying and doping.

  6. Confinement effects in ultrathin ZnO polymorph films: Electronic and optical properties

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    Sponza, Lorenzo; Goniakowski, Jacek; Noguera, Claudine

    2016-05-01

    Relying on generalized-gradient and hybrid first-principles simulations, this work provides a complete characterization of the electronic properties of ZnO ultrathin films, cut along the body-centered-tetragonal(010), cubane(100), hexagonal boron nitride(0001), zinc-blende(110), and wurtzite (10 1 ¯0 ) and (0001) orientations. The characteristics of the local densities of states are analyzed in terms of the reduction of the Madelung potential on undercoordinated atoms and surface states/resonances appearing at the top of the valence band and bottom of the conduction band. The gap width in the films is found to be larger than in the corresponding bulks, which is assigned to quantum confinement effects. The components of the high-frequency dielectric constant are determined and the absorption spectra of the films are computed. They display specific features just above the absorption threshold due to transitions from or to the surface resonances. This study provides a first understanding of finite-size effects on the electronic properties of ZnO thin films and a benchmark which is expected to foster experimental characterization of ultrathin films via spectroscopic techniques.

  7. Optical modeling of plasma-deposited ZnO films: Electron scattering at different length scales

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    Knoops, Harm C. M. Loo, Bas W. H. van de; Smit, Sjoerd; Ponomarev, Mikhail V.; Weber, Jan-Willem; Sharma, Kashish; Kessels, Wilhelmus M. M.; Creatore, Mariadriana

    2015-03-15

    In this work, an optical modeling study on electron scattering mechanisms in plasma-deposited ZnO layers is presented. Because various applications of ZnO films pose a limit on the electron carrier density due to its effect on the film transmittance, higher electron mobility values are generally preferred instead. Hence, insights into the electron scattering contributions affecting the carrier mobility are required. In optical models, the Drude oscillator is adopted to represent the free-electron contribution and the obtained optical mobility can be then correlated with the macroscopic material properties. However, the influence of scattering phenomena on the optical mobility depends on the considered range of photon energy. For example, the grain-boundary scattering is generally not probed by means of optical measurements and the ionized-impurity scattering contribution decreases toward higher photon energies. To understand this frequency dependence and quantify contributions from different scattering phenomena to the mobility, several case studies were analyzed in this work by means of spectroscopic ellipsometry and Fourier transform infrared (IR) spectroscopy. The obtained electrical parameters were compared to the results inferred by Hall measurements. For intrinsic ZnO (i-ZnO), the in-grain mobility was obtained by fitting reflection data with a normal Drude model in the IR range. For Al-doped ZnO (Al:ZnO), besides a normal Drude fit in the IR range, an Extended Drude fit in the UV-vis range could be used to obtain the in-grain mobility. Scattering mechanisms for a thickness series of Al:ZnO films were discerned using the more intuitive parameter “scattering frequency” instead of the parameter “mobility”. The interaction distance concept was introduced to give a physical interpretation to the frequency dependence of the scattering frequency. This physical interpretation furthermore allows the prediction of which Drude models can be used in a specific

  8. Microstructured porous ZnO thin film for increased light scattering and improved efficiency in inverted organic photovoltaics.

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    Nirmal, Amoolya; Kyaw, Aung Ko Ko; Sun, Xiao Wei; Demir, Hilmi Volkan

    2014-10-20

    Microstructured porous zinc oxide (ZnO) thin film was developed and demonstrated as an electron selective layer for enhancing light scattering and efficiency in inverted organic photovoltaics. High degree of porosity was induced and controlled in the ZnO layer by incorporation of polyethylene glycol (PEG) organic template. Scanning electron microscopy, contact angle and absorption measurements prove that the ZnO:PEG ratio of 4:1 is optimal for the best performance of porous ZnO. Ensuring sufficient pore-filling, the use of porous ZnO leads to a marked improvement in device performance compared to non-porous ZnO, with 35% increase in current density and 30% increase in efficiency. Haze factor studies indicate that the performance improvement can be primarily attributed to the improved light scattering enabled by such a highly porous structure.

  9. Synthesis, characterization, and hydrogen gas sensing properties of AuNs-catalyzed ZnO sputtered thin films

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    Drmosh, Q. A.; Yamani, Z. H.

    2016-07-01

    Hydrogen present in concentration up to 4 vol.% forms an explosive mixture with air. Its propensity to escape in the event of leak, could lead to quick build-up and formation of an explosive mixture with air in confined spaces, such as an automobile. This necessitates its detection at very low concentration. Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a well-known wide band gap (∼3.37 eV) semiconducting oxide that has been widely used for gas sensing applications. This work reports on the fabrication, characterization and gas sensing performance of nanogold decorated ZnO thin films made by DC reactive sputtering. The sensor films were fabricated by depositing a very thin layer of gold on the sputtered ZnO thin film. The as deposited Au@ZnO films were converted into highly crystalline ZnO film covered with gold nanostructures (AuNs@ZnO) by mild heat treatment. The structural and morphological as well as the compositional homogeneity of the as-deposited and heat-treated ZnO, Au@ZnO and AuNs@ZnO thin films were ascertained. The gas sensing behavior of the AuNs@ZnO thin films towards hydrogen as a function of temperature at different H2 concentrations was investigated and compared with that of pure and heat-treated ZnO films. The effect of the presence of gold nanoparticles on imparting improvement (in terms of higher response signal, high reproducibility and complete reversibility) was established; the optimal operating temperature was about 400 °C. A plausible mechanism for the observed enhancement in the sensing behavior of AuNs@ZnO films towards H2 is proposed.

  10. Role of indium in highly crystalline ZnO thin films

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    Singh, Anil; Chaudhary, Sujeet; Pandya, Dinesh K.

    2013-02-05

    Zinc oxide and indium doped zinc oxide (ZnO:In) transparent conducting thin films were deposited on glass substrates by pulsed DC magnetron sputtering using separate Zn and In targets. The independent control of the In content in ZnO has helped us to explore the role of indium in influencing the oriented (002) growth, crystallinity, conductivity and mobility of the doped films. The lowest resistivity of ZnO:In thin film is 2.73 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -3} ohm-cm. At the optimal condition of high (002) orientation, ZnO:In films with electrical resistivity of 7.63 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -3} ohm.cm and mobility of 126.4 cm{sup 2}/V.s are achieved.

  11. Role of indium in highly crystalline ZnO thin films

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    Singh, Anil; Chaudhary, Sujeet; Pandya, Dinesh K.

    2013-02-01

    Zinc oxide and indium doped zinc oxide (ZnO:In) transparent conducting thin films were deposited on glass substrates by pulsed DC magnetron sputtering using separate Zn and In targets. The independent control of the In content in ZnO has helped us to explore the role of indium in influencing the oriented (002) growth, crystallinity, conductivity and mobility of the doped films. The lowest resistivity of ZnO:In thin film is 2.73×10-3 ohm-cm. At the optimal condition of high (002) orientation, ZnO:In films with electrical resistivity of 7.63×10-3 ohm.cm and mobility of 126.4 cm2/V.s are achieved.

  12. The crystalline structure of copper phthalocyanine films on ZnO(1100).

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    Cruickshank, Amy C; Dotzler, Christian J; Din, Salahud; Heutz, Sandrine; Toney, Michael F; Ryan, Mary P

    2012-09-01

    The structure of copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) thin films (5-100 nm) deposited on single-crystal ZnO(1100) substrates by organic molecular beam deposition was determined from grazing-incidence X-ray diffraction reciprocal space maps. The crystal structure was identified as the metastable polymorph α-CuPc, but the molecular stacking was found to vary depending on the film thickness: for thin films, a herringbone arrangement was observed, whereas for films thicker than 10 nm, coexistence of both the herringbone and brickstone arrangements was found. We propose a modified structure for the herringbone phase with a larger monoclinic β angle, which leads to intrastack Cu-Cu distances closer to those in the brickstone phase. This structural basis enables an understanding of the functional properties (e.g., light absorption and charge transport) of (opto)electronic devices fabricated from CuPc/ZnO hybrid systems.

  13. Room-temperature ferromagnetism in n-type Cu-doped ZnO thin films

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    Hou, D. L.; Ye, X. J.; Zhao, X. Y.; Meng, H. J.; Zhou, H. J.; Li, X. L.; Zhen, C. M.

    2007-08-01

    A series of n-type Cu-doped ZnO thin films was prepared by magnetron sputtering. Such films have shown ferromagnetic properties at room temperature. The Cu ion is in a univalent state as identified by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The moment per Cu ion decreases as the Cu concentration increases. The largest moment about 0.52 {mu}{sub B}/Cu was observed for Zn{sub 0.95}Cu{sub 0.05}O thin film. The Curie temperature about 360 K was observed for Zn{sub 0.95}Cu{sub 0.05}O:N film. To explore the relationship between ferromagnetism and carrier density, nitrogen was introduced into the samples which resulted magnetization and the transition temperature decreasing. These results indicate that the electron density plays an important role in ferromagnetism.

  14. Annealing induced reorientation of crystallites in Sn doped ZnO films

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    Ravichandran, K.; Vasanthi, M.; Thirumurugan, K.; Sakthivel, B.; Karthika, K.

    2014-11-01

    Tin doped ZnO thin films were prepared by employing a simplified spray pyrolysis technique using a perfume atomizer and subsequently annealed under different temperatures from 350 °C to 500 °C in steps of 50 °C. The structural, optical, electrical, photoluminescence and surface morphological properties of the as-deposited films were studied and compared with that of the annealed films. The X-ray diffraction studies showed that as-deposited film exhibits preferential orientation along the (0 0 2) plane and it changes in favour of (1 0 0) plane after annealing. The increase in crystallite size due to annealing is explained on the basis of Ostwald ripening effect. It is found that the optical transmittance and band gap increases with increase in annealing temperature. A slight decrease in resistivity caused by annealing is discussed in correlation with annealing induced defect modifications and surface morphology.

  15. Investigation of As-doped ZnO films synthesized via thermal annealing of ZnSe/GaAs heterostructures

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    Maksimov, O.; Liu, B. Z.

    2008-06-01

    We synthesized ZnO films via oxidative annealing of ZnSe/GaAs heterostructures and investigated their structural and optical properties. Films were polycrystalline, c-axis oriented and exhibited superior optical properties. In addition, we detected nanometer-size As clusters into the ZnO film and a Ga xO y layer at the ZnO/GaAs interface. Formation of an interfacial layer can prevent use of this technique for p-type doping and complicates identification of the origin of p-type response in the annealed ZnO/GaAs heterostructures.

  16. 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.

  17. Low Sheet Resistivity of Transparent Ga-Doped ZnO Film Grown by Atmospheric Spray Pyrolysis

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    Takemoto, Yujin; Oshima, Minoru; Yoshino, Kenji; Toyota, Kouji; Inaba, Koichiro; Haga, Ken-ichi; Tokudome, Koichi

    2011-08-01

    Ga-doped ZnO film on polyethylene terephthalate film was successfully grown at 150 °C by conventional atmospheric spray pyrolysis using diethylzinc-based solution. The samples had an average optical transmittance of more than 80% and were strongly a-axis orientated according to the result of optical transmittance and X-ray diffraction analyses, respectively. The n-type Ga-doped ZnO films had a low sheet resistivity of 250 Ω/square at an optimal Ga content of 1 at. % upon UV irradiation.

  18. Microstructure of high c-axis oriented stand-alone ZnO self-assembled film.

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    Masuda, Yoshitake; Kato, Kazumi

    2009-01-01

    Stand-alone ZnO films were fabricated at air-liquid interfaces. The Microstructures of the films were observed precisely using a transmission electron microscope (TEM) in this study. They were assemblies of nano-sheets having uniform film thickness. The nano-sheets grew down toward the bottom of solutions by the supply of Zn ions from the solutions. X-ray diffraction patterns indicated high c-axis orientation of the films perpendicular to the air-liquid interface. An area of the nano-sheets was magnified for further observation. Electron diffraction patterns and lattice images indicated that the nano-sheets consisted of ZnO crystals. A slight amount of co-precipitated zinc carbonate hydroxide (Zn5(CO3)2(OH)6) was also observed. Their morphologies were drastically changed by electron beam irradiation because of dehydration and crystallization to ZnO.

  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. 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.

  1. The porous nature of ZnO thin films deposited by sol-gel Spin-Coating technique

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    Karyaoui, M.; Ben Jaballah, A.; Mechiak, R.; Chtourou, R.

    2012-02-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films were deposited on silicon and quartz substrates, by sol-gel method, using zinc acetate dehydrate [Zn(CH3COO)2.2H2O] dissolved in isopropanol and glycerol. The structural, morphologic and optical properties of ZnO thin films subsequently annealed at 700°C in air for 30 min have leads to a porous nature of these films. To calculate, the refraction index and the extinction coefficient values, Cauchy formalism is used to evaluate the Spectroscopic Ellipsometry results. Two distinct configurations were proposed for each sample: in the first, the film is considered as mixture of randomly distributed voids and ZnO crystallites while in the second, the effect of porosity gradient is highlighted. This optical analysis gives a better agreement between experiment and theory for a wide range of wavelengths regarding the second configuration.

  2. Fabrication and photoelectric properties of Er3+ and Yb3+ co-doped ZnO films

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    Feng, Wei; Wang, Xiangfu; Meng, Lan; Yan, Xiaohong

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, the Er3+ and Yb3+ co-doped ZnO films deposited by a novel thermal decomposition method under different annealing temperature process have been reported. The effects of annealing temperature on the morphology and properties of the films are systematically studied. The resulting spectra demonstrate that the Er3+ and Yb3+ co-doped ZnO films possessed the property of up-conversion, converting IR light into visible light that can be absorbed by amorphous silicon solar cell. After all, inner photoelectric effect of the Er3+ and Yb3+ co-doped ZnO films in the amorphous as a light scattering layer are also found with an infrared 980 nm laser as excitation source.

  3. 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. PMID:27639580

  4. Properties of Cu-doped ZnO films by RF sputtering method: Thickness dependence

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    Sung, Nark-Eon; Lee, Ik-Jae; Thakur, Anup; Chae, Keun Hwa; Shin, Hyun-Joon; Lee, Han-Koo

    2012-10-15

    We present results concerning the thickness dependence of structural, morphological and optical properties of the Zn{sub 0.98}Cu{sub 0.02}O films deposited on glass substrates using radio frequency (RF) sputtering method. The microstructure and the chemical state of oxygen, copper and zinc in ZnO and Zn{sub 0.98}Cu{sub 0.02}O films were investigated by X-ray diffraction spectroscopy (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. The results indicate that Zn{sub 0.98}Cu{sub 0.02}O films are the wurtzite structure with strong c-axis orientation. Crystallinity of the films is closely related to the film thickness. With increasing film thickness, there are more surface (mainly nanopores) defects existing in the Zn{sub 0.98}Cu{sub 0.02}O films and surface roughness increases. XRD and XPS data show that the valence state of copper in the Zn{sub 0.98}Cu{sub 0.02}O films is Cu{sup 2+}. The transparency of all films is more than 85% in the visible region.

  5. Energy-Gap-Induced Super-Resolution (EG-SR) Optical Disc Using ZnO Interference Film

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    Mori, Go; Yamamoto, Masaki; Tajima, Hideharu; Takamori, Nobuyuki; Takahashi, Akira

    2005-05-01

    We have developed a super-resolution read-only memory (ROM) disc with a high readout stability using a zinc oxide (ZnO) thin film. Applying the reversible and repeatable change in the optical constants of ZnO induced by heat, we can successfully confirm super-resolution effects that can read out a small mark beyond the optical diffraction limit. By realizing this characteristic in a ROM disc, we obtained a linear bit density twofold higher than that of a conventional disc in the blue-laser optical system. To clarify the origin of ZnO super resolution, we performed two types of test: a test to compare ZnO super-resolution characteristics using blue- and red-laser optical systems, and a test to determine the relationship between the absorption edges of semiconductor films with various energy band gaps and readout laser wavelength.

  6. Photocatalytic activities of wet oxidation synthesized ZnO and ZnO-TiO2 thick porous films

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    Chen, Ruiqun; Han, Jie; Yan, Xiaodong; Zou, Chongwen; Bian, Jiming; Alyamani, Ahmed; Gao, Wei

    2011-05-01

    Highly porous zinc oxide (ZnO) film was produced by using reactive magnetron sputtering zinc target followed by wet oxidation. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) was mixed to the porous films by using either TiO2 target magnetron sputter deposition or sol-spin method. The film thickness could reach 50 μm with uniform porosity. On the sputtering prepared ZnO-TiO2 film surface, fine nanorods with small anatase TiO2 nano-clusters on the tips were observed by SEM and TEM, and the titanium (Ti) composition was determined by XPS as 0.37%. The sol-spin treatment could increase the Ti composition to 4.9%, with reduced pore size compared to the untreated ZnO porous film. Photoluminescence measurements showed that the Ti containing porous film has strong ultraviolet-visible light emission. In the photo-catalysis testing, ZnO and ZnO-TiO2 have similar photo-catalysis activity under 365 nm UV irradiation, but under visible light, the photocatalysis activities of ZnO-TiO2 films were twice higher than that of ZnO porous film, implying promising applications of this porous oxide composite for industrial and dairy farm wastewater treatment.

  7. Flexible pH sensors based on polysilicon thin film transistors and ZnO nanowalls

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    Maiolo, L.; Mirabella, S.; Maita, F.; Alberti, A.; Minotti, A.; Strano, V.; Pecora, A.; Shacham-Diamand, Y.; Fortunato, G.

    2014-09-01

    A fully flexible pH sensor using nanoporous ZnO on extended gate thin film transistor (EGTFT) fabricated on polymeric substrate is demonstrated. The sensor adopts the Low Temperature Polycrystalline Silicon (LTPS) TFT technology for the active device, since it allows excellent electrical characteristics and good stability and opens the way towards the possibility of exploiting CMOS architectures in the future. The nanoporous ZnO sensitive film, consisting of very thin (20 nm) crystalline ZnO walls with a large surface-to-volume ratio, was chemically deposited at 90 °C, allowing simple process integration with conventional TFT micro-fabrication processes compatible with wide range of polymeric substrates. The pH sensor showed a near-ideal Nernstian response (˜59 mV/pH), indicating an ideality factor α ˜ 1 according to the conventional site binding model. The present results can pave the way to advanced flexible sensing systems, where sensors and local signal conditioning circuits will be integrated on the same flexible substrate.

  8. Transparent Conducting ZnO Thin Films Doped with Al and Mo

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    Duenow, J.; Gessert, T.; Wood, D.; Young, D.; Coutts, T.

    2007-01-01

    Transparent conducting oxide (TCO) thin films are a vital part of photovoltaic cells, flat-panel displays, and electrochromic windows. ZnO-based TCOs, due to the relative abundance of Zn, may reduce production costs compared to those of the prevalent TCO In2O3:Sn (ITO). Undoped ZnO, ZnO:Al (0.5, 1, and 2 wt.% Al2O3), and ZnO:Mo (2 wt.%) films were deposited by RF magnetron sputtering. Controlled incorporation of H2 in the Ar sputtering ambient increased mobility of undoped ZnO by a factor of ~20 to 48 cm2V-1s-1. H2 also appears to catalyze ionization of dopants. This enabled lightly doped ZnO:Al to provide comparable conductivity to the standard 2 wt.%-doped ZnO:Al while demonstrating reduced infrared absorption. Mo was found to be an n-type dopant of ZnO, though material properties did not match those of ZnO:Al. Scattering mechanisms were investigated using temperature-dependent Hall measurements and the method of four coefficients. This abstract is subject to government rights.

  9. Enhancement of intrinsic emission from ultrathin ZnO films using Si nanopillar template

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    2012-01-01

    Highly efficient room-temperature ultraviolet (UV) luminescence is obtained in heterostructures consisting of 10-nm-thick ultrathin ZnO films grown on Si nanopillars fabricated using self-assembled silver nanoislands as a natural metal nanomask during a subsequent dry etching process. Atomic layer deposition was applied for depositing the ZnO films on the Si nanopillars under an ambient temperature of 200°C. Based on measurements of photoluminescence (PL), an intensive UV emission corresponding to free-exciton recombination (approximately 3.31 eV) was observed with a nearly complete suppression of the defect-associated, broad-range visible emission peak. As compared to the ZnO/Si substrate, the almost five-times-of-magnitude enhancement in the intensity of PL, which peaked around 3.31 eV in the present ultrathin ZnO/Si nanopillars, is presumably attributed to the high surface/volume ratio inherent to the Si nanopillars. This allowed considerably more amount of ZnO material to be grown on the template and led to markedly more efficient intrinsic emission. PMID:22616734

  10. Improvement in the Grain Growth of Plasma-Treated Nano-Sized ZnO Films and Their Characterization.

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    Chen, Mi; Chou, Ching-Chuan; Lin, Ching-Cheng; Koo, Horng-Show

    2015-11-01

    The well-aligned ZnO nanorods were rapidly grown on an indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass substrate using Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin film as seed layer by the microwave-assisted hydrothermal chemical route. The optimal growth conditions for the well-aligned ZnO nanorods were obtained by modulating H2 plasma pretreatment time for the seed layer and synthesis time for ZnO nanorods. The H2 plasma effect of the seed layer on the alignment, growth rate and crysallinity of ZnO nanods is also demonstrated. The synthesized ZnO nanorods were annealed in atmosphere of N2, O2 and H2 + N2 mixed gas to improve the related physical characteristics, the ZnO nanorods on grapheme/ITO substrate were also investigated. The results show that the alignment and growth rate of ZnO nanorods depends on the physical characteristics and roughness of the seed layer, which can be improved by H2 plasma pretreatment. The average growth rate of ZnO nanorods synthesized by microwave hydrothermal technique is about 2.2 μm/hr which significantly superior to other conventional techniques. After the appropriate N2 annealing treatment, good quality and well-aligned ZnO nanorods, which are single crystal with stacking defects and pyramid or candle shape, were obtained. A fundamental model of the effect of H2 plasma pretreatment on the surface of seed layer and the growth of ZnO nanorods using a microwave-assisted hydrothermal chemical route is also described. PMID:26726662

  11. Field emission property improvement of ZnO nanowires coated with amorphous carbon and carbon nitride films

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    Liao, L.; Li, J. C.; Wang, D. F.; Liu, C.; Liu, C. S.; Fu, Q.; Fan, L. X.

    2005-06-01

    In this paper, we report an approach to prepare a new type of field emitter made up of ZnO nanowires coated with an amorphous carbon (a-C) or carbon nitride film (a-CNx). The coated ZnO nanowires form coaxial nanocables. The best field emission properties, which showed a very low turn-on electric field of 1.5 V µm-1 and an emission current density of 1 mA cm-2 (enough to produce a luminance of 300 cd m-2 from a VGA FED with a typical high-voltage phosphor screen efficacy of 9 lm W-1) under the field of only 2.5 V µm-1, have been obtained from the a-CNx coated ZnO nanowire field emitter among three kinds of emitters: a-C coated ZnO nanowires, a-CNx coated ZnO nanowires and uncoated ZnO nanowires. Microstructures and crystal configuration were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Band edge transition without any significant photoluminescence peak relating to intrinsic defects has been observed by photoluminescence measurement. The superior properties of the field emission are attributed to the low work function of the coated carbon nitride film and good electron transport property of the ZnO nanowires with an extremely sharp tip.

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

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

    2008-05-01

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

  13. Physical Property Evaluation of ZnO Thin Film Fabricated by Low-Temperature Process for Flexible Transparent TFT.

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    Khafe, Adie Bin Mohd; Watanabe, Hiraku; Yamauchi, Hiroshi; Kuniyoshi, Shigekazu; Iizuka, Masaaki; Sakai, Masatoshi; Kudo, Kazuhiro

    2016-04-01

    The usual silicon-based display back planes require fairly high process temperature and thus the development of a low temperature process is needed on flexible plastic substrates. A new type of flexible organic light emitting transistor (OLET) had been proposed and investigated in the previous work. By using ultraviolet/ozone (UV/O3) assisted thermal treatments on wet processed zinc oxide field effect transistor (ZnO-FET), through low-process temperature, ZnO-FETs were fabricated which succeeded to achieve target drain current value and mobility. In this study, physical property evaluation of ZnO was conducted in term of their crystallinity, the increase composition of ZnO formed inside the thin film and the decrease of the carbon impurities originated from aqueous solution of the ZnO itself. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) evaluation showed UV/03 assisted thermal treatment has no obvious effect towards crystallinity of ZnO in the range of low process temperature. Moreover, through X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) evaluation and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy evaluation, more carbon impurities disappeared from the ZnO thin film and the increase of composition amount of ZnO, when the thin film was subjected to UV/O3 assisted thermal treatment. Therefore, UV/O3 assisted thermal treatment contributed in carbon impurities elimination and accelerate ZnO formation in ZnO thin film, which led to the improvement in the electrical property of ZnO-FET in the low-process temperature. PMID:27451599

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

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    Mezdrogina, M. M. Eremenko, M. V.; Levitskii, V. S.; Petrov, V. N.; Terukov, E. I.; Kaidashev, E. M.; Langusov, N. V.

    2015-11-15

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

  15. ZnO buffer layer for metal films on silicon substrates

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    Ihlefeld, Jon

    2014-09-16

    Dramatic improvements in metallization integrity and electroceramic thin film performance can be achieved by the use of the ZnO buffer layer to minimize interfacial energy between metallization and adhesion layers. In particular, the invention provides a substrate metallization method utilizing a ZnO adhesion layer that has a high work of adhesion, which in turn enables processing under thermal budgets typically reserved for more exotic ceramic, single-crystal, or metal foil substrates. Embodiments of the present invention can be used in a broad range of applications beyond ferroelectric capacitors, including microelectromechanical systems, micro-printed heaters and sensors, and electrochemical energy storage, where integrity of metallized silicon to high temperatures is necessary.

  16. 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.

  17. Slope selection-driven Ostwald ripening in ZnO thin film growth

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    González-González, A.; Polop, C.; Vasco, E.

    2012-07-01

    The morphology evolution of polycrystalline ZnO films grown by pulsed laser deposition was investigated by atomic force microscopy and compared with morphologies simulated in 2 + 1 dimensions from a mesoscopic continuum model of selection of surface slopes. The distinctive feature of such an evolution is that the competition between grains gives rise to a singular grain coarsening mechanism, which although it matches the fingerprints of the Ostwald ripening, it remains operative under atypical growth conditions (temperatures as low as 0.28Tmelting and grains with sizes ranged between 20-500 nm) and is driven by the faceting of the grain faces. The resulting pyramidal single-crystalline grains from such a coarsening mechanism have been correlated with the enhanced ultraviolet lasing activity at room temperature of nanostructured ZnO.

  18. 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.

  19. PEMOCVD of ZnO thin films, doped by Ga and some of their properties

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    Khranovskyy, V.; Grossner, U.; Lazorenko, V.; Lashkarev, G.; Svensson, B. G.; Yakimova, R.

    2006-01-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a promising semiconductor material with a great variety of applications, for example for highly conductive films for transparent electronics. Recently, Ga has been proposed as a dopant, exhibiting the advantages of a very similar atomic radius compared to Zn, a smaller reactivity, and a higher resistivity to oxidation compared to its competitor Al. In this study ZnO films, doped by Ga, were produced on Al 2O 3(0001) substrates by PEMOCVD. The doping was realized with 1, 3, 5 and 10 wt% gallium precursor content in the mixture. The resistivity of the prepared films, as well as the morphology and the transmittance, was investigated. All the deposited films have demonstrated a high optical transmittance above 93% in the range between 400 and 800 nm. A strong correlation between the electrical resistivity and the optical band gap depending on the Ga content was observed. An AFM analysis demonstrated highly uniform and smooth surfaces. The average grain size and route mean square roughness decreased with increasing Ga content.

  20. Nitrogen [N]-incorporated ZnO piezoelectric thin films and their application for ultra-small film bulk acoustic wave resonator device fabrication

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    Lee, Eunju; Zhang Ruirui; Yoon, Giwan

    2011-10-01

    Nitrogen [N]-incorporated ZnO films with columnar grains of a preferred c-axis orientation were deposited on p-Si (100) wafers, using an RF magnetron sputter deposition technique. For the N incorporation into the ZnO films, an N{sub 2}O gas was used as a doping source and also various process conditions such as N{sub 2}O gas fraction and RF power were applied. Besides, some of the ZnO films were treated with the post annealing process. And then, the micro-structural characteristics of the N-incorporated ZnO films were investigated by a scanning electron microscope, an X-ray diffractometer, and an atomic force microscope techniques. Finally, employing the N-incorporated ZnO films, the solidly mounted resonator-type film bulk acoustic wave resonator devices were fabricated and their resonance characteristics were extracted. As a result, an excellent return loss (S{sub 11}) of- 63 dB was observed at{approx} 0.6 GHz, better than ever reported.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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. PMID:24100297

  5. Spectroscopic characterization of the plasmas formed during the deposition of ZnO and Al-doped ZnO films by plasma-assisted pulsed laser deposition

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    Liang, Peipei; Cai, Hua; Yang, Xu; Li, Hui; Zhang, Wu; Xu, Ning; Sun, Jian; Wu, Jiada

    2016-11-01

    An oxygen-zinc plasma and an oxygen-zinc-aluminum plasma are formed by pulsed laser ablation of a Zn target or pulsed laser co-ablation of a Zn target and an Al target in an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) discharge-generated oxygen plasma for the deposition of ZnO and Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films. The plasmas are characterized spectroscopically by time-integrated and time-resolved optical emission spectroscopy. Both the oxygen-zinc plasma and the oxygen-zinc-aluminum plasma contain excited species originally present in the working O2 gas and energetic species ablated from the targets. The optical emission of the oxygen-zinc-aluminum plasma is abundant in the emission bands of oxygen molecular ions and the emission lines of mono-atomic oxygen, zinc and aluminum atoms and atomic ions. The time-integrated spectra as well as the time-resolved spectra of the plasma emission indicate that the oxygen species in the ECR oxygen plasma experience additional excitation by the expanding ablation plumes, and the ablated species are excited frequently when traveling accompanying the plume expansion in the oxygen plasma, making the formed plasma highly excited and very reactive, which plays an important role in the reactive growth of ZnO matrix and the in-situ doping of Al into the growing ZnO matrix. The deposited ZnO and AZO films were evaluated for composition analysis by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, structure characterization by X-ray diffraction and optical transmission measurement. The deposited ZnO is slightly rich in O. The Al concentration of the AZO films can be controlled and varied simply by changing the repetition rate of the laser used for Al target ablation. Both the ZnO and the AZO films are featured with hexagonal wurtzite crystal structure and exhibit high optical transparency in a wide spectral region. Al doping results in an improvement in the ultraviolet transparency, a blue shift in the absorption edge and a widening of the band gap.

  6. Preparation and photocatalytic activity of Cu-doped ZnO thin films prepared by the sol-gel method

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    Jongnavakit, P.; Amornpitoksuk, P.; Suwanboon, S.; Ndiege, N.

    2012-08-01

    Cu-doped ZnO thin films were fabricated on glass substrates by the sol-gel dip-coating method. All samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The grain size and film thickness of the Cu-doped ZnO thin film decreased as a function of the Cu concentrations. All prepared films showed a very high transmittance above 89% in the visible region (400-800 nm). Two oxidation states of Cu in +1 and +2 were identified in the ZnO thin film by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Their photocatalytic activities were investigated by the degradation of methylene blue (MB) dye under blacklight fluorescent tubes. The film prepared from the Zn2+ solution containing 0.5 mol% of copper ions had the highest photocatalytic activity. The photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue solution as a function of the initial concentrations was evaluated according to the Langmuir-Hinshelwood model. The reaction rate (k) and adsorption equilibrium constant (K) over 1 cm2 of 0.5 mol% Cu-doped ZnO thin film are 15.92 μM h-1 and 0.049 μM-1, respectively.

  7. 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.

  8. 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. PMID:25835032

  9. 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

  10. 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. PMID:27483877

  11. Effect of In doping on the properties and antibacterial activity of ZnO films prepared by spray pyrolysis.

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    Manoharan, C; Pavithra, G; Dhanapandian, S; Dhamodharan, P

    2015-01-01

    Pure and In-doped ZnO thin films were deposited onto glass substrates by spray pyrolysis technique. XRD results showed that all films were polycrystalline in nature with the wurzite structure. A change in preferential orientation from (002) to (101) plane was observed with increase in content of Indium. A reduce in crystallite size was observed with increase of In content. The small sized grains with the porous nature of the film was observed from SEM analysis. AFM study depicted polycrystalline nature and uniformly distributed grains with small pores in the doped film. A decrease in band gap was noticed with increase in In content. The absence of green emission in PL spectra indicated the decreased oxygen defects. The decrease in the resistivity with increase of Hall mobility was noted for the doped film. A better antibacterial activity was observed against Staphylococcus aureus by doped ZnO thin film. PMID:25997176

  12. Local vibrational modes competitions in Mn-doped ZnO epitaxial films with tunable ferromagnetism

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    Cao, Qiang; Fu, Maoxiang; Liu, Guolei Zhang, Huaijin; Yan, Shishen; Chen, Yanxue; Mei, Liangmo; Jiao, Jun

    2014-06-28

    We reported spectroscopic investigations of high quality Mn-doped ZnO (ZnMnO) films grown by oxygen plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Raman scattering spectra revealed two local vibrational modes (LVMs) associated with Mn dopants at 523 and 712 cm{sup −1}. The LVMs and magnetic properties of ZnMnO films can be synchronously modulated by post annealing processing or by introducing tiny Co. The relative intensity of two LVMs clearly shows competitions arising from uncompensated acceptor and donor defects competition for ferromagnetic and nonmagnetic films. The experimental results indicated that LVM at 523 cm{sup −1} is attributed to Mn—(Zinc-vacancy) complexes, while LVM at 712 cm{sup −1} is attributed to Mn—(Oxygen-vacancy) complexes.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. Origin of carrier scattering in polycrystalline Al-doped ZnO films

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    Jia, Junjun; Oka, Nobuto; Kusayanagi, Minehide; Nakatomi, Satoshi; Shigesato, Yuzo

    2014-10-01

    We observed the carrier transport phenomena in polycrystalline Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films with carrier densities ranging from 2.0 × 1019 to 1.1 × 1021 cm-3. A comparison of the optical carrier density and Hall carrier density indicates that the conduction band in AZO films is nonparabolic above 2.0 × 1020 cm-3. A transition from grain boundary scattering to ionized impurity scattering is observed at a doping level of ˜4.0 × 1020 cm-3. The trap density at the grain boundary increases with increasing Al concentration in the films, implying that the doping level plays a decisive role in the trap density. The excellent fitting of the optical mobility and carrier density using the Brooks-Herring model shows that the acceptor concentration increases with increasing doping level.

  16. 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.

  17. Compositional and Structural Study of Gd Implanted ZnO Films

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    Murmu, Peter P.; Kennedy, John V.; Markwitz, Andreas; Ruck, Ben J.

    2009-07-23

    We report a compositional and structural study of ZnO films implanted with 30 keV Gd ions. The depth profile of the implanted ions, measured by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, matches predictions of DYNAMIC-TRIM calculations. However, after annealing at temperatures above 550 deg. C the Gd ions are observed to migrate towards the bulk, and at the same time atomic force microscope images of the film surfaces show significant roughening. Raman spectroscopy shows that the annealed films have a reduced number of crystalline defects. The overall results are useful for developing an implantation-annealing regime to produce well characterized samples to investigate magnetism in the ZnO:Gd system.

  18. p-type ZnO films with solid-source phosphorus doping by molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Xiu, F.X.; Yang, Z.; Mandalapu, L.J.; Liu, J.L.; Beyermann, W. P.

    2006-01-30

    Phosphorus-doped p-type ZnO films were grown on r-plane sapphire substrates using molecular-beam epitaxy with a solid-source GaP effusion cell. X-ray diffraction spectra and reflection high-energy electron diffraction patterns indicate that high-quality single crystalline (1120) ZnO films were obtained. Hall and resistivity measurements show that the phosphorus-doped ZnO films have high hole concentrations and low resistivities at room temperature. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements at 8 K reveal a dominant acceptor-bound exciton emission with an energy of 3.317 eV. The acceptor energy level of the phosphorus dopant is estimated to be 0.18 eV above the valence band from PL spectra, which is also consistent with the temperature dependence of PL measurements.

  19. Single phase formation of Co-implanted ZnO thin films by swift heavy ion irradiation: Optical studies

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    Kumar, Ravi; Singh, Fouran; Angadi, Basavaraj; Choi, Ji-Won; Choi, Won-Kook; Jeong, Kwangho; Song, Jong-Han; Khan, M. Wasi; Srivastava, J. P.; Kumar, Ajay; Tandon, R. P.

    2006-12-01

    Low temperature photoluminescence and optical absorption studies on 200 MeV Ag{sup +15} ion irradiated Co-implanted ZnO thin films were studied. The Co clusters present in as implanted samples were observed to be dissolved using 200 MeV Ag{sup +15} ion irradiation with a fluence of 1x10{sup 12} ions/cm{sup 2}. The photoluminescence spectrum of pure ZnO thin film was characterized by the I{sub 4} peak due to the neutral donor bound excitons and the broad green emission. The Co-doped ZnO films show three sharp levels and two shoulders corresponding to 3t{sub 2g} and 2e{sub g} levels of crystal field splitted Co d orbitals, respectively. The ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy also shows the systematic variation of band gap after 200 MeV Ag{sup +15} ion irradiation.

  20. Dual-Layer Energy-Gap-Induced Super-Resolution Read-Only-Memory Disc Using ZnO Film

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    Takamori, Nobuyuki; Yamamoto, Masaki; Mori, Go; Tajima, Hideharu; Takahashi, Akira

    2006-02-01

    Energy-gap-induced super-resolution (EG-SR) technology has been developed for high-density optical discs with a high readout stability using a zinc oxide (ZnO) thin film. ZnO film indicated a thermal change in optical properties. By applying these effects to a read-only-memory (ROM) disc, we obtained a linear bit density twofold that of conventional ROM discs in our experimental optical pickup system with a 404-nm-wavelength laser and a 0.85-numerical-aperture (NA) objective lens. In this study, we report an optical disc technology that enables super-resolution readout of data pits in a dual-layer structure by employing a transparent ZnO super-resolution functional film.

  1. Concept of a thin film memory transistor based on ZnO nanoparticles insulated by a ligand shell.

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    Hirschmann, Johannes; Faber, Hendrik; Halik, Marcus

    2012-01-21

    In this work, we report on the synthesis and the electrical properties of ZnO nanoparticles, which differ in their organic shell. The introduction of a 2-ethylhexanoate shell instead of a common acetate shell has an impact on the accessible size of the ZnO nanoparticles and changes the electrical properties of thin films in transistors. While acetate covered ZnO particles behave as a semiconductor with an electron mobility of 0.38 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1), the 2-ethylhexanoate ligand shell inhibits a charge transport resulting in insulating films (with an average ε(r) = 9.4). These films can be reconverted to semiconductive layers by removing the ligand shell with oxygen plasma treatment or they can be used as a solution processed dielectric layer in organic transistors. Its use as dielectric allows low voltage device operation and shows potential application as a charge storage layer as needed in non-volatile memory transistors.

  2. ZnO double layer film with a novel organic sensitizer as an efficient photoelectrode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Lee, Chuan-Pei; Chen, Ping-Wei; Li, Chun-Ting; Huang, Yi-June; Li, Sie-Rong; Chang, Ling-Yu; Chen, Pei-Yu; Lin, Lu-Yin; Vittal, R.; Sun, Shih-Sheng; Lin, Jiang-Jen; Ho, Kuo-Chuan

    2016-09-01

    A novel organic sensitizer, coded CR147, is applied to sensitize a ZnO-based dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). The common problem of ZnO dissolution and Zn2+/dye agglomeration, caused by the use of ruthenium-based dyes, is solved by the application of this CR147 dye. The highest power conversion efficiency (η) of 4.77% is achieved for the DSSC using a photoanode with a film of commercial ZnO nanoparticles (Csbnd ZnO) and the CR147 dye, while the η is only 3.41% for the DSSC with the commercial N719 dye. The cell performance with the CR147 dye is further improved by using a photoanode with the double layer ZnO film (D-ZnO), composed of an underlayer with coral-like ZnO nanocrystals and an overlayer with hexagonal club-like ZnO submicrocrystals. The DSSC with the D-ZnO film exhibits an η of 6.89%, which is ca. 45% higher than that of the DSSC with the Csbnd ZnO film (4.77%). This higher efficiency is attributed to the superior charge transfer and light-scattering abilities provided by coral-like ZnO nanocrystals and hexagonal clubs-like ZnO submicrocrystals, respectively, with reference to these parameters of Csbnd ZnO.

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

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

    2014-05-01

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

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

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

    2011-12-23

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

  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. Physical and Optical Properties of SnO2/ZnO Film Prepared by an RF Magnetron Sputtering Method.

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    Park, Jooyoung; Lee, Ikjae; Kim, Jaeyong

    2016-03-01

    Al-, Ga-, and In-doped ZnO thin films are widely used in many technical applications, such as in solar cells and on transparent conducting oxides having high optical transmission and low resistivity values. We prepared SnO2-doped ZnO thin films on quartz substrates by using an RF magnetron sputtering method at a substrate temperature of 350 degrees C. The ratio of SnO2 to ZnO was varied from 0 to 5:5 to investigate the effects of Sn on structure and physical properties of ZnO film. The samples were synthesized at a base pressure of 1.3 x 10(-4) Pa with a working pressure of 1.3 Pa and an RF power of 40 W under Ar atmosphere. The results of X-ray diffraction data revealed that pure ZnO films exhibit a strong (002) orientation and a polycrystalline wurzite hexagonal structure. However, as increasing the SnO2 concentration, ZnO transforms to an amorphous phase. The results of the Hall-effect-measurement system revealed that the resistivity values of the films increased as increasing the doping level of SnO2. The AFM data of morphology and microstructure showed that the grain size decreased with increasing SnO2 contents while the total area of grain the boundary increased. The average value of the transmittance of the films in the visible light range was 80-95% and was shifted toward to the shorter wavelengths of the absorption edges with increasing SnO2 contents.

  7. Physical and Optical Properties of SnO2/ZnO Film Prepared by an RF Magnetron Sputtering Method.

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    Park, Jooyoung; Lee, Ikjae; Kim, Jaeyong

    2016-03-01

    Al-, Ga-, and In-doped ZnO thin films are widely used in many technical applications, such as in solar cells and on transparent conducting oxides having high optical transmission and low resistivity values. We prepared SnO2-doped ZnO thin films on quartz substrates by using an RF magnetron sputtering method at a substrate temperature of 350 degrees C. The ratio of SnO2 to ZnO was varied from 0 to 5:5 to investigate the effects of Sn on structure and physical properties of ZnO film. The samples were synthesized at a base pressure of 1.3 x 10(-4) Pa with a working pressure of 1.3 Pa and an RF power of 40 W under Ar atmosphere. The results of X-ray diffraction data revealed that pure ZnO films exhibit a strong (002) orientation and a polycrystalline wurzite hexagonal structure. However, as increasing the SnO2 concentration, ZnO transforms to an amorphous phase. The results of the Hall-effect-measurement system revealed that the resistivity values of the films increased as increasing the doping level of SnO2. The AFM data of morphology and microstructure showed that the grain size decreased with increasing SnO2 contents while the total area of grain the boundary increased. The average value of the transmittance of the films in the visible light range was 80-95% and was shifted toward to the shorter wavelengths of the absorption edges with increasing SnO2 contents. PMID:27455746

  8. Structural, morphological, optical and compositional characterization of spray deposited Ga doped ZnO thin film for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell application

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    Amala Rani, A.; Ernest, Suhashini

    2014-11-01

    Zinc Oxide and Gallium doped Zinc Oxide films have been deposited by the Spray Pyrolysis method onto preheated glass substrates using Zinc acetate and Gallium (III) acetyl acetonate as precursors for Zn and Ga ions, respectively. The effect of ZnO and Ga doping on the structural, morphological, optical and chemical properties of sprayed ZnO and Gallium doped ZnO thin films were investigated. XRD studies reveal that the films are crystalline with hexagonal (wurtzite) crystal structure. The average transparency in the visible range was around 75% for the thin film deposited using Gallium doping. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) was utilized to view the changes in the oxidation state of ZnO and Gallium doped ZnO thin films. The ZnO and Gallium doped ZnO thin film has been deposited above the Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) coated glass substrate. The efficiency of the obtained DSSC measured for 0.1 M ZnO thin film by sensitizing for 12 h was, ŋ = 2.5%. Similarly for Gallium doped Zinc Oxide, the efficiency ŋ is found to be 3.9%, 4.1% and 4.3% for every increase in doping of Gallium concentrations which is utilized for the application of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell.

  9. Aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition of ZnO films on glass with noble metal and p-type dopants; use of dopants to influence preferred orientation

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    Walters, G.; Parkin, I. P.

    2009-04-01

    The use of aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD) for the formation of zinc oxide and doped ZnO films with control of preferred orientation on glass is reported. Undoped and doped ZnO host matrix films were highly transparent with visible transmission >85%. The Cu (CuO/Cu 2O) doped ZnO thin films were highly coloured and opaque. Undoped and noble metal doped ZnO films had mainly spherical morphology. Aluminium oxide/ZnO composite films had a range of morphologies from spherical to cubic. The XRD patterns for both doped and undoped ZnO films grown at substrate temperatures less than 500 °C showed strong preferred (0 0 2) crystal lattice orientation. The undoped ZnO film at 500 °C exhibited a random crystal orientation pattern for hexagonal ZnO. The introduction of small amounts of Al 2O 3 within the ZnO to form a composite significantly altered the preferred crystal orientation to (1 0 1).

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Photoelectrocatalytic decolorization and degradation of textile effluent using ZnO thin films.

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    Sapkal, R T; Shinde, S S; Mahadik, M A; Mohite, V S; Waghmode, T R; Govindwar, S P; Rajpure, K Y; Bhosale, C H

    2012-09-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films have been successfully deposited onto fluorine doped tin oxide coated glass at substrate temperature of 400 °C and used as electrode in photoelectrocatalytic reactor. The untreated textile effluent was circulated through photoelectrocatalytic reactor under UVA illumination for the decolorization and degradation. Textile effluent was decolorized by 93% within 3h at room temperature with significant reduction in COD (69%). High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis of samples before and after decolorization confirmed the degradation of dyes molecules from textile effluent into simpler oxidizable products. Phytotoxicity study revealed reduction in toxic nature of textile effluent after treatment.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Electrical transport property of ZnO thin films at high H2 pressures up to 20 bar

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    Chu, Hyunggon; Kim, Byung Hoon; Kang, Joonhee

    2016-08-01

    We have investigated the H2 pressure-dependent (from vacuum to 20 bar) current-voltage characteristics of ZnO thin films prepared by the spin-coating method. The effect of gas pressure on the conductance ( G) was subtracted using He gas. The G increased with increasing H2 pressure up to 2 bar, and then monotonically decreased with the further increases in the H2 pressure. Using X-ray diffraction patterns and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy before and after H2 exposure, we found that the H2 spillover effect played an important role in the variation of G in the ZnO film.

  17. 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. PMID:27483897

  18. Semipolar Single-Crystal ZnO Films Deposited by Low-Temperature Aqueous Solution Phase Epitaxy on GaN Light-Emitting Diodes

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    Richardson, Jacob J.; Koslow, Ingrid; Pan, Chih-Chien; Zhao, Yuji; Ha, Jun-Seok; DenBaars, Steven P.

    2011-12-01

    Low-temperature aqueous solution deposition has been used for the first time to produce epitaxial ZnO layers on the semipolar (1011) surface of bulk GaN substrates and LEDs. Although the ZnO films have single in-plane and out-of-plane orientations, which are nominally the same as those of the (1011) GaN substrate, the ZnO lattice is observed to be slightly tilted with respect to that of the substrate. A (1011) light-emitting diode using an epitaxial ZnO film as a transparent current-spreading layer achieved a high external quantum efficiency of 48%.

  19. Sol-gel derived Al-Ga co-doped transparent conducting oxide ZnO thin films

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    Serrao, Felcy Jyothi; Sandeep, K. M.; Bhat, Shreesha; Dharmaprakash, S. M.

    2016-05-01

    Transparent conducting ZnO doped with Al, Ga and co-doped Al and Ga (1:1) (AGZO) thin films were grown on glass substrates by cost effective sol-gel spin coating method. The XRD results showed that all the films are polycrystalline in nature and highly textured along the (002) plane. Enhanced grain size was observed in the case of AGZO thin films. The transmittance of all the films was more than 83% in the visible region of light. The electrical properties such as carrier concentration and mobility values are increased in case of AGZO compared to that of Al and Ga doped ZnO thin films. The minimum resistivity of 2.54 × 10-3 Ω cm was observed in AGZO thin film. The co-doped AGZO thin films exhibited minimum resistivity and high optical transmittance, indicate that co-doped ZnO thin films could be used in transparent electronics mainly in display applications.

  20. Fabrication and characterization of ZnO nanowires by wet oxidation of Zn thin film deposited on Teflon substrate

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    Farhat, O. F.; Halim, M. M.; Abdullah, M. J.; Ali, M. K. M.; Ahmed, Naser M.; Bououdina, M.

    2015-10-01

    In this study, ZnO nanowires (NWs) were successfully grown for the first time on to Teflon substrate by a wet oxidation of a Zn thin film coated by RF sputtering technique. The sputtered Zn thin film was oxidized at 100 °C for 5 h under water-vapour using a horizontal furnace. This oxidation process transformed Zn thin film into ZnO with wire-like nanostructure. XRD analysis confirms the formation of single nanocrystalline ZnO phase having a low compressive strain. FESEM observations reveal high density of ZnO NWs with diameter ranging from 34 to 52 nm and length about 2.231 μm, which are well distributed in different direction. A flexible ZnO NWs-based metal-semiconductor-metal UV photodetector was fabricated. Photo-response and sensitivity measurements under low power illumination (375 nm, 1.5 mW/cm2) showed a high sensitivity of 2050%, which can be considered a relatively fast response and baseline recovery for UV detection.

  1. Superior environment resistance of quartz crystal microbalance with anatase TiO2/ZnO nanorod composite films

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    Qiang, Wei; Wei, Li; Shaodan, Wang; Yu, Bai

    2015-08-01

    The precise measurement of quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) in the detection and weighing of organic gas molecules is achieved due to excellent superhydrophobicity of a deposited film composite. Photocatalysis is utilized as a method for the self-cleaning of organic molecules on the QCM for extended long-term stability in the precision of the instrument. In this paper, ZnO nanorod array is prepared via in situ methods on the QCM coated with Au film via hydrothermal process. Subsequently, a TiO2/ZnO composite film is synthesized by surface modification with TiO2 via sol-gel methods. Results show the anatase TiO2/ZnO nanorod composite film with a sharp, pencil-like structure exhibiting excellent superhydrophobicity (water contact angle of 155°), non-sticking water properties, and an autonomous cleaning property under UV irradiation. The anatase TiO2/ZnO nanorod composite film facilitates the precise measurement and extended lifetime of the QCM for the detection of organic gas molecules.

  2. Li doping to the 2212 phase in the BiSrCaCuO system

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    Fujiwara, Masashi; Nagae, Masahiro; Kusano, Yoshihiro; Fujii, Tatsuo; Takada, Jun

    1997-02-01

    The effects of Li doping on the formation process of the 2212 phase in the BiSrCaCuO system, and its structural and superconducting features were studied. Samples with nominal compositions of Bi:Sr:Ca:Cu:Li = 2:1.5:1.5:2: x where 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.6 were heated in air at temperatures ranging between 560°C and 850°C. Li doping greatly promoted the formation of the 2212 phase; the monophasic samples were rapidly obtained for x ≤ 0.4 by firing even at 730°C, which is about 100°C lower than that of the non-doped 2212 phase. A newly found oxide phase containing Li, which was formed below 710°C, is considered to play an important role as a precursor to accelerate the formation of the 2212 phase. The Li content in the monophasic samples determined by ICP analysis decreased to about a half of the nominal composition due to partial Li escape during heating. Monophasic composition range of the Li-doped 2212 phase was 0 ≤ y ≤ 0.19 as Bi 2Sr 1.5Ca 1.5Cu 2Li yO z. Increase in both lattice parameter c and oxygen content z with increasing Li content y in the 2212 phase was accompanied with a rise of Tc up to 90 K.

  3. Hydrogen storage in Li-doped fullerene-intercalated hexagonal boron nitrogen layers

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    Cheng, Yi-Han; Zhang, Chuan-Yu; Ren, Juan; Tong, Kai-Yu

    2016-10-01

    New materials for hydrogen storage of Li-doped fullerene (C20, C28, C36, C50, C60, C70)-intercalated hexagonal boron nitrogen ( h-BN) frameworks were designed by using density functional theory (DFT) calculations. First-principles molecular dynamics (MD) simulations showed that the structures of the C n -BN ( n = 20, 28, 36, 50, 60, and 70) frameworks were stable at room temperature. The interlayer distance of the h-BN layers was expanded to 9.96-13.59 Å by the intercalated fullerenes. The hydrogen storage capacities of these three-dimensional (3D) frameworks were studied using grand canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) simulations. The GCMC results revealed that at 77 K and 100 bar (10 MPa), the C50-BN framework exhibited the highest gravimetric hydrogen uptake of 6.86 wt% and volumetric hydrogen uptake of 58.01 g/L. Thus, the hydrogen uptake of the Li-doped C n -intercalated h-BN frameworks was nearly double that of the non-doped framework at room temperature. Furthermore, the isosteric heats of adsorption were in the range of 10-21 kJ/mol, values that are suitable for adsorbing/desorbing the hydrogen molecules at room temperature. At 193 K (-80 °C) and 100 bar for the Li-doped C50-BN framework, the gravimetric and volumetric uptakes of H2 reached 3.72 wt% and 30.08 g/L, respectively.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Effect of depth of traps in ZnO polycrystalline thin films on ZnO-TFTs performance

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    Medina-Montes, Maria I.; Baldenegro-Perez, Leonardo A.; Sanchez-Zeferino, Raul; Rojas-Blanco, Lizeth; Becerril-Silva, Marcelino; Quevedo-Lopez, Manuel A.; Ramirez-Bon, Rafael

    2016-09-01

    ZnO thin films were processed by radio frequency magnetron sputtering at room temperature on p-Si/SiO2 substrates under pure argon (Ar:O2 = 100:0 vol.%) and argon-oxygen mixture (Ar:O2 = 99:1 vol.%) gas environment. Morphological, optical and electrical characteristics of the ZnO films are reported, and they show a clear relationship with the gas mixture employed for the sputtering process. Scanning Electron Microscopy revealed the formation of grains of 15.3 and 19.9 nm average sizes and thicknesses of 59 nm and 82 nm for films growth in pure argon and argon-oxygen, respectively. Photoluminescence measurements at room temperature showed the violet emission band (centered at 3 eV) which was only detected in the ZnO film grown under pure argon. From thermally stimulated conductivity measurements two traps with 0.27 and 0.14 eV activation energies were identified for films grown in pure argon and argon-oxygen mixture, respectively. The trap at 0.27 eV is associated with a level located below the conduction band edge and it is supported by the PL band centered at 3 eV. Both types of ZnO films were used as the active channel layer in thin film transistors with thermal SiO2 as gate dielectric. Field effect mobility, threshold voltage and current ratio were improved in the devices with ZnO channel deposited with the argon-oxygen mixture (99% Ar/1% O2 vol.). Threshold voltage decreased from 25 V to 15 V, field effect mobility and current ratio increased from 0.8 to 2.4 cm2/Vs and from 102 to 106, in that order.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. Sputter deposition of Al-doped ZnO films with various incident angles

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    Sato, Yasushi; Yanagisawa, Kei; Oka, Nobuto; Nakamura, Shin-ichi; Shigesato, Yuzo

    2009-09-15

    Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films were sputter deposited on glass substrates heated at 200 degree sign C under incident angles of sputtered particles at 0 degree sign (incidence normal to substrate), 20 deg., 40 deg., 60 deg., and 80 deg. In the case of normal incidence, x-ray diffraction pole figures show a strong [001] preferred orientation normal to the film surface. In contrast, in the case wherein the incident angles were higher than 60 degree sign , the [001] orientation inclined by 25 deg. - 35 deg. toward the direction of sputtered particles. Transmission electron microscopy revealed that the tilt angle of the [001] orientation increased with increasing angle of the incident sputtered particles, whereas the columnar structure did not show any sign of inclination with respect to the substrate plane.

  10. High electron mobility ZnO film for high-performance inverted polymer solar cells

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    Lv, Peiwen; Chen, Shan-Ci; Zheng, Qingdong; Huang, Feng Ding, Kai

    2015-04-20

    High-quality ZnO films (ZnO-MS) are prepared via magnetron sputtering deposition with a high mobility of about 2 cm{sup 2}/(V·s) and are used as electron transport layer for inverted polymer solar cells (PSCs) with polymer poly[4,8-bis(5-(2-ethylhexyl)thiophen-2-yl)benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′] dithiophene-co-3-fluorothieno[3,4-b]thiophene-2-carboxylate]:[6,6]-phenyl C71-butyric acid methyl ester as the active layer. A significant improvement of J{sub SC}, about 20% enhancement in contrast to the devices built on sol-gel derived ZnO film (ZnO-Sol), is found in the ZnO-MS based device. High performance ZnO-MS based PSCs exhibit power conversion efficiency (PCE) up to 8.55%, which is much better than the device based on ZnO-Sol (PCE = 7.78%). Further research on cathode materials is promising to achieve higher performance.

  11. Low temperature electron transport in phosphorus-doped ZnO films grown on Si substrates

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    Zhang, K.; Hao, M. R.; Guo, W.; Heeg, T.; Schlom, D. G.; Shen, W. Z.; Pan, X. Q.

    2012-07-01

    Low temperature magneto-transport properties and electron dephasing mechanisms of phosphorus-doped ZnO thin films grown on (1 1 1) Si substrates with Lu2O3 buffer layers using pulsed laser deposition were investigated in detail by quantum interference and weak localization theories under magnetic fields up to 10 T. The dephasing length follows the temperature dependence with an index p≈1.6 at higher temperatures indicating electron-electron interaction, yet becomes saturated at lower temperatures. Consistent with photoluminescence measurements and the multi-band simulation of the electron concentration, such behavior was associated with the dislocation densities obtained from x-ray diffraction and mobility fittings, where charged edge dislocations acting as inelastic Coulomb scattering centers were affirmed responsible for electron dephasing. Owing to the temperature independence of the dislocation density, the phosphorus-doped ZnO film maintained a Hall mobility of 4.5 cm2 V-1 s-1 at 4 K.

  12. Interaction between O{sub 2} and ZnO films probed by time-dependent second-harmonic generation

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    Andersen, S. V.; Vandalon, V.; Bosch, R. H. E. C.; Loo, B. W. H. van de; Kessels, W. M. M.; Pedersen, K.

    2014-02-03

    The interaction between O{sub 2} and ZnO thin films prepared by atomic layer deposition has been investigated by time-dependent second-harmonic generation, by probing the electric field induced by adsorbed oxygen molecules on the surface. The second-harmonic generated signal decays upon laser exposure due to two-photon assisted desorption of O{sub 2}. Blocking and unblocking the laser beam for different time intervals reveals the adsorption rate of O{sub 2} onto ZnO. The results demonstrate that electric field induced second-harmonic generation provides a versatile non-contact probe of the adsorption kinetics of molecules on ZnO thin films.

  13. Structural, electrical, and dielectric properties of Cr doped ZnO thin films: Role of Cr concentration

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    Gürbüz, Osman; Okutan, Mustafa

    2016-11-01

    An undoped zinc oxide (ZnO) and different concentrations of chromium (Cr) doped ZnO CrxZnO1-x (x = 3.74, 5.67, 8.10, 11.88, and 15.96) thin films were prepared using a magnetron sputtering technique at room temperature. These films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), High resolution scanning electron microscope (HR-SEM), and Energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS). XRD patterns of all the films showed that the films possess crystalline structure with preferred orientation along the (100) crystal plane. The average crystallite size obtained was found to be between 95 and 83 nm which was beneficial in high intensity recording peak. Both crystal quality and crystallite sizes decrease with increasing Cr concentration. The crystal and grain sizes of the all film were investigated using SEM analysis. The surface morphology that is grain size changes with increase Cr concentration and small grains coalesce together to form larger grains for the Cr11.88ZnO and Cr15.96ZnO samples. Impedance spectroscopy studies were carried out in the frequencies ranging from 5 Hz to 13 MHz at room temperature. The undoped ZnO film had the highest dielectric value, while dielectric values of other films decreased as doping concentrations increased. Besides, the dielectric constants decreased whereas the loss tangents increased with increasing Cr content. This was considered to be related to the reduction of grain size as Cr content in ZnO host material increased. Furthermore, by increasing the Cr concentration, the improved electrical performance was observed. The electrical resistivity of samples decreased from 3.98 × 10-2 Ω cm to 4.03 × 10-4 Ω cm with the increase in Cr content. For these reasons, Cr doped ZnO (Cr:ZnO) thin films may be used in microwave devices as the electrical conductivity increases while dielectric constant decreases with the Cr content.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Growth of residual stress-free ZnO films on SiO{sub 2}/Si substrate at room temperature for MEMS devices

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    Singh, Jitendra; Akhtar, Jamil; Ranwa, Sapana; Kumar, Mahesh

    2015-06-15

    ZnO thick Stress relaxed films were deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering on 2”-wafer of SiO{sub 2}/Si at room temperature. The residual stress of ZnO films was measured by measuring the curvature of wafer using laser scanning method and found in the range of 0.18 x 10{sup 9} to 11.28 x 10{sup 9} dyne/cm{sup 2} with compressive in nature. Sputter pressure changes the deposition rates, which strongly affects the residual stress and surface morphologies of ZnO films. The crystalline wurtzite structure of ZnO films were confirmed by X-ray diffraction and a shift in (0002) diffraction peak of ZnO towards lower 2θ angle was observed with increasing the compressive stress in the films. The band gap of ZnO films shows a red shift from ∼3.275 eV to ∼3.23 eV as compressive stress is increased, unlike the stress for III-nitride materials. A relationship between stress and band gap of ZnO was derived and proposed. The stress-free growth of piezoelectric films is very important for functional devices applications.

  17. Layer-by-Layer Growth of InAlN Films on ZnO(0001) Substrates at Room Temperature

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    Kajima, Tomofumi; Kobayashi, Atsushi; Shimomoto, Kazuma; Ueno, Kohei; Fujii, Tomoaki; Ohta, Jitsuo; Fujioka, Hiroshi; Oshima, Masaharu

    2010-02-01

    We have grown In-rich InxAl1-xN (x = 0.6-0.7) films on nearly lattice-matched ZnO(0001) substrates at various temperatures ranging from room temperature (RT) to 600 °C by the use of pulsed laser deposition and investigated their structural properties. Grazing-incidence X-ray reflection and X-ray diffraction revealed that films grown at RT are composed of single-phase InAlN and possess atomically flat surfaces and abrupt interfaces. In addition, we have found that RT-growth of InAlN films on ZnO(0001) surfaces proceeds in a layer-by-layer mode from the initial stages of film growth.

  18. Stable and High-Performance Flexible ZnO Thin-Film Transistors by Atomic Layer Deposition.

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    Lin, Yuan-Yu; Hsu, Che-Chen; Tseng, Ming-Hung; Shyue, Jing-Jong; Tsai, Feng-Yu

    2015-10-14

    Passivation is a challenging issue for the oxide thin-film transistor (TFT) technologies because it requires prolonged high-temperature annealing treatments to remedy defects produced in the process, which greatly limits its manufacturability as well as its compatibility with temperature-sensitive materials such as flexible plastic substrates. This study investigates the defect-formation mechanisms incurred by atomic layer deposition (ALD) passivation processes on ZnO TFTs, based on which we demonstrate for the first time degradation-free passivation of ZnO TFTs by a TiO2/Al2O3 nanolaminated (TAO) film deposited by a low-temperature (110 °C) ALD process. By combining the TAO passivation film with ALD dielectric and channel layers into an integrated low-temperature ALD process, we successfully fabricate flexible ZnO TFTs on plastics. Thanks to the exceptional gas-barrier property of the TAO film (water vapor transmission rate (WVTR)<10(-6) g m(-2) day(-1)) as well as the defect-free nature of the ALD dielectric and ZnO channel layers, the TFTs exhibit excellent device performance with high stability and flexibility: field-effect mobility>20 cm2 V(-1) s(-1), subthreshold swing<0.4 V decade(-1) after extended bias-stressing (>10,000 s), air-storage (>1200 h), and bending (1.3 cm radius for 1000 times). PMID:26436832

  19. Stable and High-Performance Flexible ZnO Thin-Film Transistors by Atomic Layer Deposition.

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    Lin, Yuan-Yu; Hsu, Che-Chen; Tseng, Ming-Hung; Shyue, Jing-Jong; Tsai, Feng-Yu

    2015-10-14

    Passivation is a challenging issue for the oxide thin-film transistor (TFT) technologies because it requires prolonged high-temperature annealing treatments to remedy defects produced in the process, which greatly limits its manufacturability as well as its compatibility with temperature-sensitive materials such as flexible plastic substrates. This study investigates the defect-formation mechanisms incurred by atomic layer deposition (ALD) passivation processes on ZnO TFTs, based on which we demonstrate for the first time degradation-free passivation of ZnO TFTs by a TiO2/Al2O3 nanolaminated (TAO) film deposited by a low-temperature (110 °C) ALD process. By combining the TAO passivation film with ALD dielectric and channel layers into an integrated low-temperature ALD process, we successfully fabricate flexible ZnO TFTs on plastics. Thanks to the exceptional gas-barrier property of the TAO film (water vapor transmission rate (WVTR)<10(-6) g m(-2) day(-1)) as well as the defect-free nature of the ALD dielectric and ZnO channel layers, the TFTs exhibit excellent device performance with high stability and flexibility: field-effect mobility>20 cm2 V(-1) s(-1), subthreshold swing<0.4 V decade(-1) after extended bias-stressing (>10,000 s), air-storage (>1200 h), and bending (1.3 cm radius for 1000 times).

  20. 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.

  1. Elevated temperature dependence of energy band gap of ZnO thin films grown by e-beam deposition

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    Rai, R. C.; Guminiak, M.; Wilser, S.; Cai, B.; Nakarmi, M. L.

    2012-04-01

    We report the surface, structural, electronic, and optical properties of the epitaxial ZnO thin films grown on (0001) sapphire substrate at 600 deg. C by an electron-beam deposition technique. ZnO thin films have been deposited in an oxygen environment and post-deposition annealed to improve the stoichiometry and the crystal quality. In order to investigate the free exciton binding energy and the temperature dependence of the energy bandgap, we carried out variable temperature (78-450 K) transmittance measurements on ZnO thin films. The absorption data below the energy bandgap have been modeled with the Urbach tail and a free exciton, while the data above the gap have been modeled with the charge transfer excitations. The exciton binding energy is measured to be E{sub 0}= 64 {+-} 7 meV, and the energy band gaps of the ZnO film are measured to be E{sub g}-tilde 3.51 and 3.48 eV at 78 and 300 K, respectively. The temperature dependence of the energy gap has been fitted with the Varshni model to extract the fitting parameters {alpha}= 0.00020 {+-} 0.00002 eV/K, {beta}= 325 {+-} 20 K, and E{sub g} (T = 0 K) = 3.516 {+-} 0.0002 eV.

  2. 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.

  3. Comparative studies of Al-doped ZnO and Ga-doped ZnO transparent conducting oxide thin films

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    2012-01-01

    We have investigated the influences of aluminum and gallium dopants (0 to 2.0 mol%) on zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films regarding crystallization and electrical and optical properties for application in transparent conducting oxide devices. Al- and Ga-doped ZnO thin films were deposited on glass substrates (corning 1737) by sol–gel spin-coating process. As a starting material, AlCl3⋅6H2O, Ga(NO3)2, and Zn(CH3COO)2⋅2H2O were used. A lowest sheet resistance of 3.3 × 103 Ω/□ was obtained for the GZO thin film doped with 1.5 mol% of Ga after post-annealing at 650°C for 60 min in air. All the films showed more than 85% transparency in the visible region. We have studied the structural and microstructural properties as a function of Al and Ga concentrations through X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy analysis. In addition, the optical bandgap and photoluminescence were estimated. PMID:23173885

  4. 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.

  5. Homogeneous and stable p-type doping of graphene by MeV electron beam-stimulated hybridization with ZnO thin films

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    Song, Wooseok; Kim, Yooseok; Hwan Kim, Sung; Youn Kim, Soo; Cha, Myoung-Jun; Song, Inkyung; Jeon, Cheolho; Sung Jung, Dae; Lim, Taekyung; Lee, Sumi; Ju, Sanghyun; Chel Choi, Won; Wook Jung, Min; An, Ki-Seok; Park, Chong-Yun

    2013-02-04

    In this work, we demonstrate a unique and facile methodology for the homogenous and stable p-type doping of graphene by hybridization with ZnO thin films fabricated by MeV electron beam irradiation (MEBI) under ambient conditions. The formation of the ZnO/graphene hybrid nanostructure was attributed to MEBI-stimulated dissociation of zinc acetate dihydrate and a subsequent oxidation process. A ZnO thin film with an ultra-flat surface and uniform thickness was formed on graphene. We found that homogeneous and stable p-type doping was achieved by charge transfer from the graphene to the ZnO film.

  6. Wurtzite ZnO (001) films grown on cubic MgO (001) with bulk-like opto-electronic properties

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    Zhou Hua; Wang Huiqiong; Chen Xiaohang; Zhan Huahan; Kang Junyong; Wu Lijun; Zhu Yimei; Zhang Lihua; Kisslinger, Kim

    2011-10-03

    We report the growth of ZnO (001) wurtzite thin films with bulk-like opto-electronic properties on MgO (001) cubic substrates using plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. In situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction patterns and ex situ high resolution transmission electron microscopy images indicate that the structure transition from the cubic MgO substrates to the hexagonal films involves 6 ZnO variants that have the same structure but different orientations. This work demonstrates the possibility of integrating wurtzite ZnO films and functional cubic substrates while maintaining their bulk-like properties.

  7. Broad-band three dimensional nanocave ZnO thin film photodetectors enhanced by Au surface plasmon resonance.

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    Sun, Mengwei; Xu, Zhen; Yin, Min; Lin, Qingfeng; Lu, Linfeng; Xue, Xinzhong; Zhu, Xufei; Cui, Yanxia; Fan, Zhiyong; Ding, Yiling; Tian, Li; Wang, Hui; Chen, Xiaoyuan; Li, Dongdong

    2016-04-28

    ZnO semiconductor films with periodic 3D nanocave patterns were fabricated by the thermal nanoimprinting technology, which is promising for photodetectors with enhanced light harvesting capability. The Au nanoparticles were further introduced into the ZnO films, which boosts the UV response of ZnO films and extends the photodetection to visible regions. The best UV photoresponse was detected on the 3D nanocave ZnO-Au hybrid films, attributing to the light trapping mechanism of 3D periodic structures and the driving force of the Schottky barrier at the ZnO/Au interface, while the high visible photoresponse of ZnO-Au hybrid films mainly results from the hot electron generation and injection process over the Schottky junctions mediated by Au surface plasmon resonances. The work provides a cost-effective pathway to develop large-scale periodic 3D nanopatterned thin film photodetectors and is promising for the future deployment of high performance optoelectronic devices. PMID:27073045

  8. 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.

  9. Hydrogen-incorporated ZnO nanowire films: stable and high electrical conductivity

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    Kushwaha, Ajay; Aslam, M.

    2013-12-01

    Post-growth hydrogen annealing treatment of highly oriented ZnO nanowire (NW) films (ZnO : H) results in high electrical conductivity (3.7 × 103 S m-1) and fully suppressed defect emission at room temperature. The formation of hydrogen-related vacancy complexes is responsible for the suppression of vacancies ( V_{o}^{+} and V_{o}^{2+} ), leading to a reduction in defect-based emission. ZnO : H NW films show five orders larger stable electrical conductance with a four-fold increment in carrier mobility (7-28 cm2 V-1 s-1). As compared with pristine NWs, the carrier concentration in ZnO : H NW films increases from 1015 to 1019 cm-3, which is in the range of commercial transparent conducting oxides. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry analyses reveal stable OH bond formation, which strongly supports the prediction of H doping. These films offer a promising conducting oxide platform for photovoltaic applications.

  10. Optical properties of ZnO thin films dispersed with noble metal nanoparticles synthesized by sol-gel method

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    Wakaki, M.; Noguchi, T.; Yokoyama, E.

    2014-03-01

    Zinc Oxide (ZnO) is an inexpensive n-type semiconductor having a direct band gap of 3.3eV with a large exciton binding energy of 60meV. Noble metal nanoparticles show a surface plasmon resonance in the visible region due to collective oscillations of electrons at the surface of metal nanoparticles. The unique features in the composite system of dielectrics-metal nanoparticles have potential applications in optoelectronic devices such as transparent conductive films, solar cells, photocatalysts and so on. In this study, ZnO thin films dispersed with Ag or Au nanoparticles were synthesized using a sol-gel technique. X-ray diffraction peaks of ZnO films exhibited a pattern corresponding to the hexagonal wultzite structure. In the TEM analysis of ZnO-Au composite films, spherical Au nanoparticles were observed within the ZnO crystalline matrix. The distribution of the diameter of Au nanoparticles was centered at around 20nm and broadened with the half width of about 20nm. In the ZnO-Ag composite films, Ag nanoparticles grow larger as the annealing temperature becomes higher and various shape of Ag precipitations like triangular and square plates were observed in ZnO-Ag (50:50) composite films. The optical absorption peaks were observed at 580nm and 410nm due to the surface plasmon resonance of gold and silver nanoparticles, respectively. The absorption spectra were analyzed using a typical effective medium approximation of Maxwell-Garnett model and good fitting was obtained for a ZnO-Au composite film assuming spherical Au nanoparticle. The spectra were discussed relating with the size and shape of the nanoparticles, and the refractive index of the matrix.

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

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

    2015-05-01

    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 Cu2+ 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 Cu1+ 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.

  12. Defects in room-temperature ferromagnetic Cu-doped ZnO films probed by x-ray absorption spectroscopy.

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    Ma, Q; Prater, J T; Sudakar, C; Rosenberg, R A; Narayan, J

    2012-08-01

    We report a comprehensive study of the defects in room-temperature ferromagnetic (RTFM) Cu-doped ZnO thin films using x-ray absorption spectroscopy. The films are doped with 2 at.% Cu, and are prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering (RMS) and pulsed laser deposition (PLD), respectively. The results reveal unambiguously that atomic point defects exist in these RTFM thin films. The valence states of the Cu ions in both films are 2(+). In the film prepared by PLD, the oxygen vacancies (V(O)) form around both Zn ions and Cu ions in the hexagonal wurtzite structure. Upon annealing of the film in O(2), the V(O) population reduces and so does the RTFM. In the film prepared by RMS, the V(O)s around Cu ions are not detected, and the V(O) population around Zn ions is also smaller than in the PLD-prepared film. However, zinc vacancies (V(Zn)) are evidenced. Given the low doping level of spin-carrying Cu ions, these results provide strong support for defect-mediated ferromagnetism in Cu-doped ZnO thin films.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Environmental stability of solution processed Al-doped ZnO naoparticulate thin films using surface modification technique

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    Vunnam, Swathi; Ankireddy, Krishnamraju; Kellar, Jon; Cross, William

    2014-12-01

    The environmental stability of solution processed Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films was enhanced by functionalizing the film surface with a thin self-assembled molecular layer. Functionalization of AZO films was performed using two types of molecules having identical 12-carbon alkyl chain termination but different functional groups: dodecanethiol (DDT) and dodecanoic acid (DDA). Surface modified AZO films were examined using electrical resistivity measurements, contact angle measurements and quantitative nanomechanical property mapping atomic force microscopy. The hydrophobic layer inhibits the penetration of oxygen and water into the AZO's grain boundaries thus significantly increasing the environmental stability over unmodified AZO. Surface modified AZO films using DDT exhibited lower electrical resistivity compared to DDA functionalized AZO films. Our study demonstrates a new approach for improving the physical properties of oxide based nanoparticulate films for device applications.

  17. New insights in the structural and morphological properties of sol-gel deposited ZnO multilayer films

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    Demes, T.; Ternon, C.; Riassetto, D.; Roussel, H.; Rapenne, L.; Gélard, I.; Jimenez, C.; Stambouli, V.; Langlet, M.

    2016-08-01

    This study shows how the structural and morphological properties of sol-gel deposited ZnO films can be precisely tuned and selectively controlled. For that purpose, ZnO films have been deposited through a multilayer sol-gel route using solutions of zinc acetate dihydrate (ZAD) diluted in 1-butanol. The opto-geometrical, morphological, and structural properties of these films have been thoroughly studied in relation to the ZAD concentration in butanol, number of deposited single-layers, and heat-treatment conditions. On this basis, different physical processes occurring over the multilayer deposition procedure have been discussed to explain how the experimental parameters influence the film properties and enable to tune the grain size, texture coefficient, and surface coverage rate in a wide range of values. This work is a first step toward the optimized growth of ZnO nanowires on sol-gel films and their subsequent integration in 2D or 3D nanowire-based biosensors.

  18. Direct growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes on conducting ZnO films and its field emission properties

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    Min, Yo-Sep; Bae, Eun Ju; Kim, Un Jeong; Park, Wanjun; Hwang, Cheol Seong

    2006-09-11

    Despite the necessity of direct growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) on conducting films for versatility of designing device architectures for nanoelectronics and optoelectronics, most of SWNT growths have been carried out on insulating films or supporting materials such as SiO{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Here, the authors report that conducting ZnO films can be used as both an underlying layer for the SWNT growth and an electrode for device operation. ZnO films with a resistivity in the order of 10{sup -3} {omega} cm were deposited by atomic layer deposition. SWNTs were directly grown on the ZnO film by water plasma chemical vapor deposition. The authors demonstrate field emission properties from the SWNT/ZnO cathode, of which the turn-on electric field for a current density of 10 {mu}A/cm{sup 2} and the field enhancement factor are 1.8 V/{mu}m and 3200, respectively.

  19. 7-Octenyltrichrolosilane/trimethyaluminum hybrid dielectrics fabricated by molecular-atomic layer deposition on ZnO thin film transistors

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    Huang, Jie; Lee, Mingun; Lucero, Antonio T.; Cheng, Lanxia; Ha, Min-Woo; Kim, Jiyoung

    2016-06-01

    We demonstrate the fabrication of 7-octenytrichlorosilane (7-OTS)/trimethylaluminum (TMA) organic-inorganic hybrid films using molecular-atomic layer deposition (MALD). The properties of 7-OTS/TMA hybrid films are extensively investigated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and electrical measurements. Our results suggest that uniform and smooth amorphous hybrid thin films with excellent insulating properties are obtained using the MALD process. Films have a relatively high dielectric constant of approximately 5.0 and low leakage current density. We fabricate zinc oxide (ZnO) based thin film transistors (TFTs) using 7-OTS/TMA hybrid material as a back gate dielectric with the top ZnO channel layer deposited in-situ via MALD. The ZnO TFTs exhibit a field effect mobility of approximately 0.43 cm2 V-1 s-1, a threshold voltage of approximately 1 V, and an on/off ratio of approximately 103 under low voltage operation (from -3 to 9 V). This work demonstrates an organic-inorganic hybrid gate dielectric material potentially useful in flexible electronics application.

  20. Growth of controllable ZnO film by atomic layer deposition technique via inductively coupled plasma treatment

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    Huang, Hsin-Wei; Chang, Wen-Chih; Lin, Su-Jien; Chueh, Yu-Lun

    2012-12-15

    An inductively coupled plasma technique (ICP), namely, remote-plasma treatment was introduced to ionize the water molecules as the precursor for the deposition of ZnO film via the atomic layer deposition processes. Compared with the H{sub 2}O gas as the precursor for the ALD growth, the ionized water molecules can provide a lesser energy to uniformly stabilize oxidization processes, resulting in a better film quality with a higher resistivity owing to less formation of intrinsic defects at a lower growth temperature. The relationship between resistivity and formation mechanisms have been discussed and investigated through analyses of atomic force microscopy, photonluminescence, and absorption spectra, respectively. Findings indicate that the steric hindrance of the ligands plays an important rule for the ALD-ZnO film sample with the ICP treatment while the limited number of bonding sites will be dominant for the ALD-ZnO film without the ICP treatment owing to decreasing of the reactive sites via the ligand-exchange reaction during the dissociation process. Finally, the enhanced aspect-ratio into the anodic aluminum oxide with the better improved uniform coating of ZnO layer after the ICP treatment was demonstrated, providing an important information for a promising application in electronics based on ZnO ALD films.

  1. Electronic Properties of LiFePO4 and Li doped LiFePO4

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    Zhuang, G.V.; Allen, J.L.; Ross, P.N.; Guo, J.-H.; Jow, T.R.

    2005-06-28

    The potential use of different iron phosphates as cathodematerials in lithium-ion batteries has recently been investigated.1 Oneof the promising candidates is LiFePO4. This compound has severaladvantages in comparison to the state-of-the-art cathode material incommercial rechargeable lithium batteries. Firstly, it has a hightheoretical capacity (170 mAh/g). Secondly, it occurs as mineraltriphylite in nature and is inexpensive, thermally stable, non-toxic andnon-hygroscopic. However, its low electronic conductivity (~;10-9 S/cm)results in low power capability. There has been intense worldwideresearch activity to find methods to increase the electronic conductivityof LiFePO4, including supervalent ion doping,2 introducingnon-carbonaceous network conduction3 and carbon coating, and theoptimization of the carbon coating on LiFePO4 particle surfaces.4Recently, the Li doped LiFePO4 (Li1+xFe1-xPO4) synthesized at ARL hasyield electronic conductivity increase up to 106.5 We studied electronicstructure of LiFePO4 and Li doped LiFePO4 by synchrotron based soft X-rayemission (XES) and X-ray absorption (XAS) spectroscopies. XAS probes theunoccupied partial density of states, while XES the occupied partialdensity of states. By combining XAS and XES measurements, we obtainedinformation on band gap and orbital character of both LiFePO4 and Lidoped LiFePO4. The occupied and unoccupied oxygen partial density ofstates (DOS) of LiFePO4 and 5 percent Li doped LiFePO4 are presented inFig. 1. Our experimental results clearly indicate that LiFePO4 has wideband gap (~; 4 eV). This value is much larger than what is predicted byDFT calculation. For 5 percent Li doped LiFePO4, a new doping state wascreated closer to the Fermi level, imparting p-type conductivity,consistent with thermopower measurement. Such observation substantiatesthe suggestion that high electronic conductivity in Li1.05Fe0.95 PO4 isdue to available number of charge carriers in the material. Furthermore,Hall effect

  2. Highly Sensitive Ultraviolet Photodetectors Fabricated from ZnO Quantum Dots/Carbon Nanodots Hybrid Films

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    Guo, Deng-Yang; Shan, Chong-Xin; Qu, Song-Nan; Shen, De-Zhen

    2014-01-01

    Ultraviolet photodetectors have been fabricated from ZnO quantum dots/carbon nanodots hybrid films, and the introduction of carbon nanodots improves the performance of the photodetectors greatly. The photodetectors can be used to detect very weak ultraviolet signals (as low as 12 nW/cm2). The detectivity and noise equivalent power of the photodetector can reach 3.1 × 1017 cmHz1/2/W and 7.8 × 10−20 W, respectively, both of which are the best values ever reported for ZnO-based photodetectors. The mechanism for the high sensitivity of the photodetectors has been attributed to the enhanced carrier-separation at the ZnO/C interface. PMID:25502422

  3. 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 ferromagnetismmore » in doped/un-doped ZnO.« less

  4. Resistive switching behavior of La-doped ZnO films for nonvolatile memory applications

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    Tang, M. H.; Zeng, Z. Q.; Li, J. C.; Wang, Z. P.; Xu, X. L.; Wang, G. Y.; Zhang, L. B.; Yang, S. B.; Xiao, Y. G.; Jiang, B.

    2011-09-01

    Rare earth element La-doped ZnO polycrystalline films are prepared on Pt/Ti/SiO 2/Si substrate and p-Si substrate by chemical solution deposition (CSD) method. High ROFF/ RON ratios, low operation voltages within 150 switching cycles of test and long retention measurement are obtained, which indicate that the two different structure devices exhibit reversible, controllable and remarkable reliability unipolar resistive switching (RS) behaviors. The RS mechanism is related to the different substrate of the samples. The filament theory and the interface effect are suggested to be responsible for the RS phenomenon for the Pt/Ti/SiO 2/Si substrate and p-Si substrate, respectively.

  5. Strong free-carrier electro-optic response of sputtered ZnO films

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    Dominici, Lorenzo; Michelotti, Francesco; Auf der Maur, Matthias

    2012-09-01

    We report on the anisotropic electro-optic response of sputtered ZnO films and its dispersion towards both the frequency of the modulating voltage and the wavelength of the probing beam. The observed dispersion put in evidence two mechanisms. A fast and weak electrorefraction response, due to the nonlinear polarization of bound electrons, and a strong and slow carrier refraction term, ascribed to the modulation of free carriers. The former corresponds to an electro-optical coefficient of approximately -0.5 pm/V, while the latter may reach a magnitude up to 20 times stronger. This term relaxes at about 12 kHz and is largely wavelength dependent, due to a combination of effects. Also bias voltages lead to its quenching, likely extending the depletion regions at grain boundaries.

  6. 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.

  7. THERMAL ANNEALING OF ZNO FILMS USING HIGH-DENSITY PLASMA ARC LAMPS

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    Sabau, Adrian S; Dinwiddie, Ralph Barton; Xu, Jun; Angelini, Joseph Attilio; Harper, David C

    2011-01-01

    Nanostructured materials are rarely synthesized with appropriate phase and/or morphology. In this study, critical additional of as-synthesized nanostructured materials, such as annealing and/or activation of dopants, are addressed using infrared plasma arc lamps (PAL) over areas as large as 1,000 cm2. The broad spectral range of the PAL and the spectral variation of light absorption in nanostructured materials make the selection of processing parameters extremely difficult, posing a major technological barrier. In this study, the measurement of the surface temperature using various techniques for ZnO films on crystalline silicon wafers is discussed. An energy transport model for the simulation of rapid thermal processing using PAL is presented. The experimental and computational results show that the surface temperature cannot be measured directly and that computer simulation results are an effective tool for obtaining accurate data on processing temperatures.

  8. Non-polar a-plane ZnO films grown on r-Al2O3 substrates using GaN buffer layers

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    Xu, C. X.; Chen, W.; Pan, X. H.; Chen, S. S.; Ye, Z. Z.; Huang, J. Y.

    2016-09-01

    In this work, GaN buffer layer has been used to grow non-polar a-plane ZnO films by laser-assisted and plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. The thickness of GaN buffer layer ranges from ∼3 to 12 nm. The GaN buffer thickness effect on the properties of a-plane ZnO thin films is carefully investigated. The results show that the surface morphology, crystal quality and optical properties of a-plane ZnO films are strongly correlated with the thickness of GaN buffer layer. It was found that with 6 nm GaN buffer layer, a-plane ZnO films display the best crystal quality with X-ray diffraction rocking curve full-width at half-maximum of only 161 arcsec for the (101) reflection.

  9. Controlling the electrical properties of ZnO films by forming zinc and oxide bridges by a plasma and electron-assisted process

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    Shimoi, Norihiro; Tanaka, Yasumitsu; Harada, Takamitsu; Tanaka, Shun-ichiro

    2012-06-15

    A new method to produce electrically steady ZnO films without any heating process has been developed by using plasma and electron beams to facilitate bonding between the metallic component and the oxygen on coated ZnO films. Both plasma atmosphere and electron beams can function as sources of nonequilibrium bonding energy, forming bridges between the zinc present in the zinc complex and the oxygen in the ZnO particles to construct a zinc-oxide thin film. Our results confirm that it is possible to achieve low conductive characteristics by controlling the acceleration voltage of electrons used to irradiate the ZnO coating. The electrically steady films fabricated have various potential applications, being particularly well-suited to electrical devices on a plastic medium.

  10. Investigation of ZnO thin films deposited on ferromagnetic metallic buffer layer by molecular beam epitaxy toward realization of ZnO-based magnetic tunneling junctions

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    Belmoubarik, M.; Nozaki, T.; Sahashi, M.; Endo, H.

    2013-05-07

    Deposition of ZnO thin films on a ferromagnetic metallic buffer layer (Co{sub 3}Pt) by molecular beam epitaxy technique was investigated for realization of ZnO-based magnetic tunneling junctions with good quality hexagonal ZnO films as tunnel barriers. For substrate temperature of 600 Degree-Sign C, ZnO films exhibited low oxygen defects and high electrical resistivity of 130 {Omega} cm. This value exceeded that of hexagonal ZnO films grown by sputtering technique, which are used as tunnel barriers in ZnO-MTJs. Also, the effect of oxygen flow during deposition on epitaxial growth conditions and Co{sub 3}Pt surface oxidation was discussed.

  11. Impurity-doped ZnO Thin Films Prepared by Physical Deposition Methods Appropriate for Transparent Electrode Applications in Thin-film Solar Cells

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

    2012-04-01

    This paper describes the development of transparent conducting impurity-doped ZnO thin films that would be appropriate for applications as transparent electrodes in thin-film solar cells. Transparent conducting Al-, B- and Ga-doped ZnO (AZO, BZO and GZO) thin films were prepared in a thickness range from 500 to 2000 nm on glass substrates at 200°C using various physical deposition methods: BZO films with vacuum arc plasma evaporation, AZO and GZO films with different types of magnetron sputtering depositions (MSDs) and all films with pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The suitability and stability of the electrical properties and, in addition, the suitability of the light scattering characteristics and surface texture formation were investigated in the prepared thin films. In particular, the suitability and stability evaluation was focused on the use of AZO, BZO and GZO thin films prepared by doping each impurity at an appropriate content to attain the lowest resistivity. The higher Hall mobility obtained in impurity-doped ZnO thin films with a resistivity on the order of 10-4 Ωcm was related more to the content, i.e., the obtained carrier concentration, rather than the kind of impurity doped into the films. The stability of resistivity of the BZO thin films in long-term moisture-resistance tests (in air at 85% relative humidity and 85°C) was found to be lower than that of the AZO and GZO thin films. The surface texture formation was carried out by wet-chemical etching (in a 0.1% HCl solution at 25°C) conducted either before or after being heat-treated either with rapid thermal annealing (RTA) or without RTA. The suitability of the light scattering characteristics and the surface texture formation obtainable by wet-chemical etching (for use in transparent electrode applications) was considerably dependent on the deposition method used as well as whether the wet-chemical etching was conducted with or without RTA. A significant improvement of both transmittance and

  12. Effects of doping and annealing on properties of ZnO films grown by atomic layer deposition

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    Wang, Aiji; Chen, Tingfang; Lu, Shuhua; Wu, Zhenglong; Li, Yongliang; Chen, He; Wang, Yinshu

    2015-02-01

    Undoped and Al-doped ZnO films were synthesized by atomic layer deposition at 150°C and then annealed at 350°C in different atmospheres. Effects of doping and annealing on the film growth mode and properties were investigated. The undoped film has strong UV emission and weak Zn interstitial emission. Annealing introduces O vacancies, decreases Zn interstitials, and results in weakening and blue-shifting of the UV emission which is sensitive to annealing atmosphere. Al doping induces the film growing with its c-axis parallel to the substrate surface. It also introduces non-radiative centers and weakens the UV emission. Al doping widens the film bandgap, which has a quadratic dependence on Al content. Al doping decreases the film resistivity to 5.3 × 10-3 Ω · cm. Annealing has little effect on photoluminescence of the doped films, but it degrades undoped and doped ZnO film conductivity dramatically; and the degradation depends on the annealing ambient.

  13. Effects of annealing pressure and Ar+ sputtering cleaning on Al-doped ZnO films

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    Wang, Jiwei; Mei, Yong; Lu, Xuemei; Fan, Xiaoxing; Kang, Dawei; Xu, Panfeng; Tan, Tianya

    2016-11-01

    Post-treatments of Al-doped ZnO films fabricated by sol-gel method were studied in condition of annealing in air, vacuum and protective ambient, as well as the follow-up Ar+ sputtering cleaning. The effect of annealing pressure on resistivity of AZO films was investigated from 105 to 10-4 Pa, where the resistivity decreased four orders of magnitude as the pressure decreased and approached to its minimum at 10 Pa. It was observed that the main decreasing of resistivity occurred in a very narrow range of middle vacuum (between 100 and 10 Pa) and high vacuum was dispensable. The XRD and XPS characterizations demonstrated that the radical increasing of oxygen vacancy, Zn interstitial and substitution of Al3+ for Zn2+ under middle vacuum were responsible for the significant enhancement of conductivity. The follow-up Ar+ sputtering cleaning can further decrease the resistivity through removing the chemisorbed oxygen on film surface and grain boundaries, meanwhile fulfil the surface texture process, and thus improve both electrical and optical performances for applications.

  14. 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.

  15. Al-doped ZnO Nanostructured Thin Films: Density Functional Theory and Experiment

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    Sarma, J. V. N.; Rahman, A.; Jayaganthan, R.; Chowdhury, Rajib; Haranath, D.

    2015-06-01

    Nanostructured Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films are deposited on glass substrates by electroless deposition technique in the present work. AZO films with Al concentration from 1 at.% to 5 at.% are investigated for their structural and morphological properties by X-ray diffraction (XRD), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). An excellent homogeneity is achieved with average crystallite sizes of below 32 nm and a nearly constant root mean square (RMS) surface roughness between 1 nm and 3 nm, for various Al doping concentrations. These smooth and uniform films are characterized for their optical and photoluminescence (PL) properties. A higher value of average transparency between 79% and 92% in the wavelength range of 300-800 nm is achieved, and the PL intensity is found to be a strong function of doping. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations agree with the measured transmittance values, in addition to their predicted electronic structure. Moreover, time-resolved PL measurements indicate that the luminescence decay time decreases with increased doping concentration.

  16. Neutron and X-ray scattering on Li-doped BPO 4

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    Jak, M. J. G.; Verhoeven, V. W. J.; de Schepper, I. M.; Mulder, F. M.; Kelder, E. M.; Schoonman, J.

    1999-05-01

    The structure of pure BPO 4 and Li-doped BPO 4 has been studied by neutron and X-ray scattering. Rietveld refinement of the neutron and X-ray spectra of the doped material did not show additional phases or a lithium superstructure. It appears that the interstitial Li +-ions as well as the charge compensating boron vacancies and substitutionally incorporated Li +-ions on boron sites are randomly distributed over the lattice resulting only in a slight change in peak intensities. The relevance of QENS for ceramic Li-ion batteries is discussed.

  17. 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.

  18. Effects of substrate on the structure and orientation of ZnO thin film grown by rf-magnetron sputtering

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    Liu, H. F.; Chua, S. J.; Hu, G. X.; Gong, H.; Xiang, N.

    2007-10-15

    X-ray diffractions, Nomarski microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and photoluminescence have been used to study the effects of substrate on the structure and orientation of ZnO thin films grown by rf-magnetron sputtering. GaAs(001), GaAs(111), Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0002) (c-plane), and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(1102) (r-plane) wafers have been selected as substrates in this study. X-ray diffractions reveal that the ZnO film grown on GaAs(001) substrate is purely textured with a high c-axis orientation while that grown on GaAs(111) substrate is a single ZnO(0002) crystal; a polycrystalline structure with a large-single-crystal area of ZnO(0002) is obtained on a c-plane Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrate while a ZnO(1120) single crystal is formed on an r-plane Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrate. There is absence of significant difference between the photoluminescence spectra collected from ZnO/GaAs(001), ZnO/GaAs(111), and ZnO/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0002), while the photoluminescence from ZnO/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(1102) shows a reduced intensity together with an increased linewidth, which is, likely, due to the increased incorporation of native defects during the growth of ZnO(1120)

  19. 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.

  20. ZnO films prepared by spray pyrolysis: an overview of physical properties

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    Studenikin, S. A.; Golego, Nickolay; Cocivera, Michael

    1998-10-01

    ZnO is a versatile, wide band gap material which has found many applications and shown interesting physical properties. Thin zinc oxide films were prepared by a spray pyrolysis technique of zinc nitrate aqueous solution of different concentration between 0.02 and 1.0M(S.A.Studenikin, N.Golego, M.Cocivera, J.Appl.Phys., 1998, 83), 2104.. Influence of preparation conditions on structural, electrical and optical properties has been studied. Dense optical quality or porous films were prepared. Porous films possessed green photoluminescence (S.A.Studenikin, N.Golego, M.Cocivera, J.Appl.Phys., 1998, 84), 2287.. Conductivity of films may be reversibly changed by several orders of magnitude by annealing in hydrogen or oxygen ambient. All films exhibited a long term photoconductivity relaxation occurring over days at room temperature. The relaxation was sensitive to the oxygen partial pressure. Transient photo-Hall effect measurements. were used to extract information about both concentration and mobility changes during the relaxation. For transient analysis, an improved Laplace transform method was used. The desribed approach may be useful for studying other wide band-gap semiconductors.

  1. Cu ions induced reorientation of crystallite in ZnO nano/micro rod arrays thin films

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    Soundarrajan, P.; Sankarasubramanian, K.; Sampath, M.; Logu, T.; Sethuraman, K.; Ramamurthi, K.

    2015-07-01

    Undoped and Cu doped ZnO nano/microrod arrays (N/MRAs) films were grown on seeded glass substrates by chemical bath deposition technique. The structural and morphological characterizations (X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy) clearly illustrate that the pure ZnO N/MRAs has well-defined hexagonal prismatic cross-sectional crystallographic facets and its crystallographic plane is more vertically grown along (002) crystallographic direction. The horizontally aligned (100) crystallographic plane is induced at 20% Cu doping level. Morphological structure of ZnO N/MRAs changed into nanoplates/microballs with increasing of Cu doping level. Hexagonal crystal structure of undoped and Cu doped ZnO N/MRAs is then confirmed by μ-Raman scattering. Energy band gaps are found to be decreased with Cu doping and reached a minimum of 3.04 eV when doping level is 20%. The defect related peak intensity is suppressed in ZnO N/MRAs by Cu doping.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Improving the H2 Gas Sensitivity of ZnO Thin Films by Modifying the Annealing Conditions

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    Khojier, K.; Savaloni, H.

    2015-10-01

    This paper explains the influence of annealing conditions on the sensing properties of ZnO thin films that can be used for the development of H2 gas sensors. Zn thin films were deposited by the e-beam deposition technique and subsequently annealed using different temperatures (400°C and 500°C), times (30 min and 60 min), and environments (air and oxygen flow). Detailed morphological, chemical, and structural investigations were carried out on all samples by field-emission scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction analysis. The electrical response of the ZnO films was tested for H2 gas (40 ppm, 80 ppm, and 120 ppm concentrations) in the temperature range of 200°C to 450°C. Results showed that the maximum response for all samples was reached at operating temperature of 400°C and variation of the annealing conditions resulted in improvement of the H2 gas sensitivity of the ZnO thin films due to a change in the concentration of carriers.

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

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    Kenanakis, G.; Katsarakis, N.

    2014-12-15

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

  6. A MEMS based acetone sensor incorporating ZnO nanowires synthesized by wet oxidation of Zn film

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    Behera, Bhagaban; Chandra, Sudhir

    2015-01-01

    In this work, we report a simple and efficient method for synthesis of ZnO nanowires by thermal oxidation of Zn film and their integration with MEMS technologies to fabricate a sensor for acetone vapour detection. ZnO nanowires were prepared by thermal oxidation of sputter deposited Zn film. The nanostructured ZnO was characterized by x-ray diffraction, a scanning electron microscope and room temperature photoluminescence measurements. The ZnO nanowires synthesis process was integrated with MEMS technologies to obtain a sensor for volatile organic compounds, incorporating an on-chip Ni microheater and an interdigited electrode structure. To reduce the heat loss from the on-chip microheater, the sensor was made on a thin silicon diaphragm obtained via a modified reactive ion etching process. This resulted in considerable power saving during sensor operation. For this, a three-mask process was used. The performance of the microheater was simulated on COMSOL and validated experimentally. The sensor has been tested for acetone vapour sensing and the operating parameters were optimized. The sensor has the ability to detect acetone vapour at 5 parts per million (ppm) concentrations when operated at 100 °C. The sensor consumed only 36 mW power and showed a high-sensitivity value of 26.3% for 100 ppm of acetone vapour.

  7. Defect analysis by transmission electron microscopy of epitaxial Al-doped ZnO films grown on (0001) ZnO and a-sapphire by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Rengachari, Mythili; Bikowski, André; Ellmer, Klaus

    2016-07-01

    Microstructural investigations by cross section Transmission Electron Microscopy have been carried out on Al-doped ZnO films epitaxially grown on (0001) ZnO and a-sapphire by RF magnetron sputtering, since it is known that crystallographic defects influence the physical properties of ZnO films. Threading dislocations and basal stacking faults were the predominant defects observed in these films, which were dependent on the type of the substrate and its orientation. The orientational relationship between the ZnO:Al film and the a-sapphire was determined to be ( 11 2 ¯ 0 )sapphire||(0001)ZnO:Al and [0001]sapphire||[ 11 2 ¯ 0 ]ZnO:Al. The density of dislocations in the heteroepitaxial film of ZnO:Al on a-sapphire was higher than that of the homoepitaxial film of ZnO:Al on undoped ZnO, due to the difference in the lattice mismatch, which also affected the crystallinity of the film.

  8. Li-Doped Ionic Liquid Electrolytes: From Bulk Phase to Interfacial Behavior

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    Haskins, Justin B.; Lawson, John W.

    2016-01-01

    Ionic liquids have been proposed as candidate electrolytes for high-energy density, rechargeable batteries. We present an extensive computational analysis supported by experimental comparisons of the bulk and interfacial properties of a representative set of these electrolytes as a function of Li-salt doping. We begin by investigating the bulk electrolyte using quantum chemistry and ab initio molecular dynamics to elucidate the solvation structure of Li(+). MD simulations using the polarizable force field of Borodin and coworkers were then performed, from which we obtain an array of thermodynamic and transport properties. Excellent agreement is found with experiments for diffusion, ionic conductivity, and viscosity. Combining MD simulations with electronic structure computations, we computed the electrochemical window of the electrolytes across a range of Li(+)-doping levels and comment on the role of the liquid environment. Finally, we performed a suite of simulations of these Li-doped electrolytes at ideal electrified interfaces to evaluate the differential capacitance and the equilibrium Li(+) distribution in the double layer. The magnitude of differential capacitance is in good agreement with our experiments and exhibits the characteristic camel-shaped profile. In addition, the simulations reveal Li(+) to be highly localized to the second molecular layer of the double layer, which is supported by additional computations that find this layer to be a free energy minimum with respect to Li(+) translation.

  9. Characterization of planar pn heterojunction diodes constructed with Cu2O nanoparticle films and single ZnO nanowires.

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    Kwak, Kiyeol; Cho, Kyoungah; Kim, Sangsig

    2013-05-01

    In this study, we fabricate planar pn heterojunction diodes composed of Cu2O nanoparticle (NP) films and single ZnO nanowires (NWs) on SiO2 (300 nm)/Si substrates and investigate their characteristics in the dark and under the illumination of white light and 325 nm wavelength light. The diode at bias voltages of +/- 1 V shows rectification ratios of 10 (in the dark) and 34 (under the illumination of white light). On the other hand, the diode exposed to the 325 nm wavelength light exhibits Ohmic characteristics which are associated with efficient photocurrent generation in both the Cu2O NP film and the single ZnO NW. PMID:23858873

  10. 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.

  11. Mechanical, structural and thermal properties of Ag-Cu and ZnO reinforced polylactide nanocomposite films.

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    Ahmed, Jasim; Arfat, Yasir Ali; Castro-Aguirre, Edgar; Auras, Rafael

    2016-05-01

    Plasticized polylactic acid (PLA) based nanocomposite films were prepared by incorporating polyethylene glycol (PEG) and two selected nanoparticles (NPs) [silver-copper (Ag-Cu) alloy (<100 nm) and zinc oxide (ZnO) (<50 and <100 nm)] through solvent casting method. Incorporation of Ag-Cu alloy into the PLA/PEG matrix increased the glass transition temperature (Tg) significantly. The crystallinity of the nanocomposites (NCs) was significantly influenced by NP incorporation as evidenced from differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The PLA nanocomposite reinforced with NPs exhibited much higher tensile strength than that of PLA/PEG blend. Melt rheology of NCs exhibited a shear-thinning behavior. The mechanical property drastically reduced with a loading of NPs, which is associated with degradation of PLA. SEM micrographs exhibited that both Ag-Cu alloy and ZnO NPs were dispersed well in the PLA film matrix. PMID:26893045

  12. ZnO homojunction photodiodes based on Sb-doped p-type nanowire array and n-type film for ultraviolet detection

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    Wang Guoping; Chu Sheng; Zhan Ning; Liu Jianlin; Lin Yuqing; Chernyak, Leonid

    2011-01-24

    ZnO p-n homojunctions based on Sb-doped p-type nanowire array and n-type film were grown by combining chemical vapor deposition (for nanowires) with molecular-beam epitaxy (for film). Indium tin oxide and Ti/Au were used as contacts to the ZnO nanowires and film, respectively. Characteristics of field-effect transistors using ZnO nanowires as channels indicate p-type conductivity of the nanowires. Electron beam induced current profiling confirmed the existence of ZnO p-n homojunction. Rectifying I-V characteristic showed a turn-on voltage of around 3 V. Very good response to ultraviolet light illumination was observed from photocurrent measurements.

  13. Influence of Gas Flow Rate for Formation of Aligned Nanorods in ZnO Thin Films for Solar-Driven Hydrogen Production

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    Shet, S.; Chen, L.; Tang, H.; Nuggehalli, R.; Wang, H.; Yan, Y.; Turner, J.; Al-Jassim, M.

    2012-04-01

    ZnO thin films have been deposited in mixed Ar/N{sub 2} gas ambient at substrate temperature of 500 C by radiofrequency sputtering of ZnO targets. We find that an optimum N{sub 2}-to-Ar ratio in the deposition ambient promotes the formation of well-aligned nanorods. ZnO thin films grown in ambient with 25% N{sub 2} gas flow rate promoted nanorods aligned along c-axis and exhibit significantly enhanced photoelectrochemical (PEC) response, compared with ZnO thin films grown in an ambient with different N{sub 2}-to-Ar gas flow ratios. Our results suggest that chamber ambient is critical for the formation of aligned nanostructures, which offer potential advantages for improving the efficiency of PEC water splitting for H{sub 2} production.

  14. Mango core inner shell membrane template-directed synthesis of porous ZnO films and their application for enzymatic glucose biosensor

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    Zhou, Yu; Wang, Lei; Ye, Zhizhen; Zhao, Minggang; Cai, Hui; Huang, Jingyun

    2013-11-01

    Micro/nano-porous ZnO films were synthesized through a simple biotemplate-directed method using mango core inner shell membranes as templates. The achieved ZnO films with wrinkles on the surface are combined of large holes and small pores in the bulk. High specific surface area, numerous microspaces, and small channels for fluid circulation provided by this unique structure along with the good biocompatibility and electron communication features of ZnO material make the product an ideal platform for the immobilization of enzymes The fabricated glucose biosensor based on the porous ZnO films exhibits good selective detection ability of analyte with good stability, high sensitivity of 50.58 μA cm-2 mM-1 and a wide linear range of 0.2-5.6 mM along with a low detection limit of 10 μM.

  15. 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.

  16. Epitaxial growth of ZnO film on Si(1 1 1) with CeO2(1 1 1) as buffer layer

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    Wong, T. I.; Tan, H. R.; Sentosa, D.; Wong, L. M.; Wang, S. J.; Feng, Y. P.

    2012-10-01

    ZnO(0 0 2) epitaxial films have been successfully grown on Si(1 1 1) with CeO2 as a buffer layer by pulsed laser deposition. In spite of large lattice mismatch between ZnO and CeO2, good film quality was achieved, as proven by Fourier filtered high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) image, due to reduction in interface strain by domain matching epitaxy. The epitaxial relationship of ZnO and CeO2 on the Si substrate was determined to be (0 0 2)[2 1 0]ZnO‖(1 1 1)[1 1 2] _CeO_2\\Vert (1 1 1)[1 1 2]Si. The HRTEM images show low defect concentrations in both the deposited ZnO film and CeO2 layer. Ordered crack lines are observed on the surface of the ZnO film which are due to A-type and B-type stackings of CeO2 on Si(1 1 1). Sharp near-band edge emission at 3.253 eV was detected for the ZnO film through photoluminiscence measurement at room temperature.

  17. 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.

  18. Correlation between crystallite size-optical gap energy and precursor molarities of ZnO thin films

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    Benramache, S.; Belahssen, O.; Guettaf, A.; Arif, A.

    2014-04-01

    We investigated the structural and optical properties of ZnO thin films as an n-type semiconductor. The films were deposited at different precursor molarities using an ultrasonic spray method. In this paper we focused our attention on a new approach describing a correlation between the crystallite size and optical gap energy with the precursor molarity of ZnO thin films. The results show that the X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra revealed a preferred orientation of the crystallites along the c-axis. The maximum value of the crystallite size of the films is 63.99 nm obtained at 0.1 M. The films deposited with 0.1 M show lower absorption within the visible wavelength region. The optical gap energy increased from 3.08 to 3.37 eV with increasing precursor molarity of 0.05 to 0.1 M. The correlation between the structural and optical properties with the precursor molarity suggests that the crystallite size of the films is predominantly influenced by the band gap energy and the precursor molarity. The measurement of the crystallite size by the model proposed is equal to the experimental data. The minimum error value was estimated by Eq. (4) in the higher crystallinity.

  19. 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.

  20. Optical properties of ZnO thin films grown on diamond-like carbon by pulsed laser deposition

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    Li, Shao-lan; Zhang, Li-chun; Dong, Yan-feng; Zhao, Feng-zhou

    2012-11-01

    ZnO/diamond-like carbon (DLC) thin films are deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD), and the room-temperature photoluminescence (PL) is investigated. Using a fluorescence spectrophotometer, we obtain the PL spectra of DLC/Si and ZnO/Si thin films deposited at different substrate temperatures. The ZnO/DLC thin films show a broadband emission almost containing the entire visible spectrum. The Gaussian fitting curves of PL spectra reveal that the visible emission of ZnO/DLC thin films consists of three peaks centered at 381 nm, 526 nm and 682 nm, which are attributed to the radiative recombination of ZnO and DLC, respectively. The Commission International de l'Eclairage (CIE) 1931 ( x, y) chromaticity space of ZnO/DLC thin films indicates that the visible PL spectrum is very close to the standard white-light region.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

    2016-03-01

    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. PMID:26840992

  3. 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

    2016-03-01

    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.

  4. Electrical properties of solution-deposited ZnO thin-film transistors by low-temperature annealing.

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    Lim, Chul; Oh, Ji Young; Koo, Jae Bon; Park, Chan Woo; Jung, Soon-Won; Na, Bock Soon; Chu, Hye Yong

    2014-11-01

    Flexible oxide thin-film transistors (Oxide-TFTs) have emerged as next generation transistors because of their applicability in electronic device. In particular, the major driving force behind solution-processed zinc oxide film research is its prospective use in printing for electronics. A low-temperature process to improve the performance of solution-processed n-channel ZnO thin-film transistors (TFTs) fabricated via spin-coating and inkjet-printing is introduced here. ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized using a facile sonochemical method that was slightly modified based on a previously reported method. The influence of the annealing atmosphere on both nanoparticle-based TFT devices fabricated via spin-coating and those created via inkjet printing was investigated. For the inkjet-printed TFTs, the characteristics were improved significantly at an annealing temperature of 150 degrees C. The field effect mobility, V(th), and the on/off current ratios were 3.03 cm2/Vs, -3.3 V, and 10(4), respectively. These results indicate that annealing at 150 degrees C 1 h is sufficient to obtain a mobility (μ(sat)) as high as 3.03 cm2/Vs. Also, the active layer of the solution-based ZnO nanoparticles allowed the production of high-performance TFTs for low-cost, large-area electronics and flexible devices. PMID:25958581

  5. 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.

  6. Utilizing Transparent ZnO Thin Film as Permeation Barrier to Improve Light Outcoupling and Longevity of Top-Emission Polymer Light-Emitting Devices

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    Liu, Kou-Chen; Lu, Yen-Hsun; Liao, Yung-Hsin; Huang, Bor-shiun

    2008-04-01

    The polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs) encapsulated with a ZnO UV-cured epoxy resin passivation layer were investigated. The ZnO film not only serves as an encapsulation layer but also acts as a UV blocking layer during UV cured to protect the organic layer from damage from UV light because ZnO has a high transmittance of up to 95% in the 490-540 nm wavelength range and a low transmittance in the UV region. The index of refraction (n = 2) for ZnO acting as a capping layer facilitates more light outcoupling from the top side of the PLED. The PLEDs encapsulated with ZnO film were fabricated under oxygen-free conditions and the substrate was maintained at room temperature to avoid damaging the PLEDs and to promote the formation of amorphous ZnO which prevents moisture and oxygen penetration. Because the ZnO film was deposited after a transparent conducting oxide cathode, the novel passivation method did not influence the electrical behavior, for instance, turn-on voltage, leakage current, and the EL characteristic of the device. PLEDs encapsulated with ZnO/UV-cured epoxy resin and glass (reference device) both exhibited a similar lifetime.

  7. Degradation of transparent conductive properties of undoped ZnO and Ga-doped ZnO films left in atmospheric ambient for several years and trials to recover initial conductance

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    Akazawa, Housei

    2014-03-15

    This study evaluated the long-term stability of the transparent conductive properties of undoped ZnO and Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) films that had been left in an atmospheric ambient environment for 5 to 6 yr. When ZnO films are stored in a clean room with a controlled temperature and humidity of 23 °C and 45%, respectively, throughout the year, the increases in sheet resistance are less than 5% of their initial value. The ZnO films stored in a non-air-conditioned laboratory room, whose temperature varies between 5 and 35 °C and humidity varies between 30% and 70% per year, suffer from increases in the sheet resistance by almost 13%, which is associated with a slight rise in the near-infrared transmittance level. Postannealing of these degraded ZnO films at 150–200 °C recovers the initial conductance by removing the H{sub 2}O molecules that have penetrated the film. One hour of irradiation with electron cyclotron resonance Ar plasma effectively restores the conductive surfaces while maintaining a temperature below 70 °C. The GZO films containing a few weight percent of Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3} are stable even when stored in a non-air-conditioned laboratory room, with changes in the sheet resistance of less than 3%. The GZO films with a Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3} content larger than 10 wt. %, however, exhibit serious degradation probably due to the strong affinity of segregated Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3} domains with H{sub 2}O vapor molecules. Neither postannealing nor Ar plasma irradiation can recover the initial sheet resistance of these GZO films.

  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. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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

    2015-04-21

    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.

  13. Enhanced free exciton and direct band-edge emissions at room temperature in ultrathin ZnO films grown on Si nanopillars by atomic layer deposition.

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    Chang, Yuan-Ming; Shieh, Jiann; Chu, Pei-Yuan; Lee, Hsin-Yi; Lin, Chih-Ming; Juang, Jenh-Yih

    2011-11-01

    Room-temperature ultraviolet (UV) luminescence was investigated for the atomic layer deposited ZnO films grown on silicon nanopillars (Si-NPs) fabricated by self-masking dry etching in hydrogen-containing plasma. For films deposited at 200 °C, an intensive UV emission corresponding to free-exciton recombination (~3.31 eV) was observed with a nearly complete suppression of the defect-associated broad visible range emission peak. On the other hand, for ZnO films grown at 25 °C, albeit the appearance of the defect-associated visible emission, the UV emission peak was observed to shift by ~60 meV to near the direct band edge (3.37 eV) recombination emission. The high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) showed that the ZnO films obtained at 25 °C were consisting of ZnO nanocrystals with a mean radius of 2 nm embedded in a largely amorphous matrix. Because the Bohr radius of free-exictons in bulk ZnO is ~2.3 nm, the size confinement effect may have occurred and resulted in the observed direct band edge electron-hole recombination. Additionally, the results also demonstrate order of magnitude enhancement in emission efficiency for the ZnO/Si-NP structure, as compared to that of ZnO directly deposited on Si substrate under the same conditions.

  14. P-type ZnO films by phosphorus doping using plasma immersion ion-implantation technique

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    Nagar, S.; Chakrabarti, S.

    2013-03-01

    ZnO has been a subject of intense research in the optoelectronics community owing to its wide bandgap (3.3eV) and large exciton binding energy (60meV). However, difficulty in doping it p-type posts a hindrance in fabricating ZnO-based devices. In order to make p-type ZnO films, phosphorus implantation, using plasma immersion ion-implantation technique (2kV, 900W, 10μs pulse width) for 30 seconds, was performed on ZnO thin film deposited by RF Magnetron Sputtering (Sample A). The implanted samples were subsequently rapid thermal annealed at 700°C and 1000°C (Samples B and C) in oxygen environment for 30 seconds. Low temperature (8K) photoluminescence spectra reveal dominant donor-bound exciton (D°X) peak at 3.36eV for samples A and B. However, for Sample B the peaks around 3.31eV and 3.22eV corresponding to the free electron-acceptor (FA) and donor to acceptor pair peaks (DAP) are also observed. A dominant peak around 3.35eV, corresponding to acceptor bound exciton (A°X) peak, is detected for Sample C along with the presence of FA and DAP peaks around 3.31eV and 3.22eV. Moreover, the deep level peak around 2.5eV is higher for Sample B which may be due to implantation and acceptor related defects. However, for Sample C, the deep level peaks are very weak compared to the near band edge peaks confirming that these peaks are mainly due to intrinsic defects and not related to acceptors. These results clearly show us a promising way to achieve p-type ZnO films using phosphorus doping.

  15. Simultaneous size and luminescence control of NaYF4:Yb3+/RE3+ (RE = Tm, Ho) microcrystals via Li+ doping

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    Lin, Hao; Xu, Dekang; Teng, Dongdong; Yang, Shenghong; Zhang, Yueli

    2015-07-01

    Enhancement of upconversion (UC) luminescence is imperative for the applications of UC microcrystals (MCs). In this work, NaYF4:Yb3+/RE3+ (RE = Tm, Ho) MCs via Li+ doping were successfully prepared by a simple hydrothermal process with the assistance of citric acid. The UC luminescence intensities of NaYF4:Yb3+/RE3+ (RE = Tm, Ho) are significantly enhanced via Li+ doping at different concentrations. Compared to Li+-absent sample, UC luminescence intensities of blue emission (477 nm) and red emission (649 nm) in NaYF4:Yb3+/Tm3+ MCs via 15 mol% Li+ doping are improved by 10 and 9 times, respectively; UC luminescence intensities of green emission (538 nm) and red emission (644 nm) in NaYF4:Yb3+/Ho3+ MCs via 15 mol% Li+ doping are improved by 12 and 3 times, respectively. The mechanism of the enhancement via Li+ doping is discussed in details, which may be attributed to the fact that Li+ doping can cause the distortion of the local symmetry around RE ions. Our results indicate that the enhanced UC luminescence of NaYF4:Yb3+/RE3+ (RE = Tm, Ho) MCs via Li+ doping may have potential applications in optoelectronic devices such as solar cells and plasma display panel.

  16. Structure and mechanical properties of 3dTM ion doped RF sputtered ZnO thin films on Si (100)

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    Venkaiah, M. Singh, R.

    2014-04-24

    Mn, Fe and Mn-Fe doped ZnO thin films were deposited on Si (100) substrates by rf- magnetron sputtering using ceramic target in pure oxygen gas environment. The X-ray diffraction shows the polycrystalline wurtzite structure films. The average grain size varies from 32-50 nm, with lower grain size for Fe doped ZnO films. The room temperature loading and unloading curve are continuous without any pop-in. The Young's modulus and hardness are in the range 156-178 GPa and 14-15.5 GPa respectively.

  17. XAFS study on the temperature-dependent occupation sites of Co codopants in (Co, Cu)-codoped ZnO films

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    Hu, Fengchun; Zhang, Shibao; Pan, Zhiyun; Yan, Wensheng; Liu, Qinghua; Yao, Tao; Wei, Shiqiang

    2016-05-01

    Elemental codoping has been an effective way to regulate the structural and electronic properties of semiconductors. By using x-ray diffraction and x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy, we investigate the local structure and spatial occupations of Co dopants in Cu-doped ZnO thin films prepared by pulsed-laser deposition method. It is revealed that the Co dopants are substantially incorporated into ZnO matrix when the deposition temperature is increased up to 650 °C, although the preferential orientation of ZnO film is changed. The results provide experimental guidance in the synthesis of the co-doped ZnO based dilute magnetic semiconductors.

  18. Determining the 6Li doped side of a glass scintillator for ultra cold neutrons

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    Jamieson, Blair; Rebenitsch, Lori Ann

    2015-08-01

    Ultracold neutron (UCN) detectors using two visually very similar, to the microscopic level, pieces of optically contacted cerium doped lithium glasses have been proposed for high rate UCN experiments. The chief difference between the two glass scintillators is that one side is 6Li depleted and the other side 6Li doped. This note outlines a method to determine which side of the glass stack is doped with 6Li using AmBe and 252Cf neutron sources, and a Si surface barrier detector. The method sees an excess of events around the α and triton energies of neutron capture on 6Li when the enriched side is facing the Si surface barrier detector.

  19. Li-doped B2C graphene as potential hydrogen storage medium

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    An, Hui; Liu, Chun-sheng; Zeng, Zhi; Fan, Chao; Ju, Xin

    2011-04-01

    Based on first-principles density functional theory, we show that Li-doped B2C graphene can serve as a high-capacity hydrogen storage medium with the gravimetric density of 7.54 wt %. The present results indicate that the strong binding of Li onto the substrate comes from the hybridizations of B 2p and C 2p orbitals with the partial occupancy of Li 2p orbitals. Both the polarization mechanism and the orbital hybridizations contribute to the adsorption of H2 molecules and the resulting adsorption energy is in the range of 0.12-0.22 eV/H2. The system reported here is favorable for the reversible hydrogen adsorption/desorption at the room temperature.

  20. Correlation between electrical conductivity—optical band gap energy and precursor molarities ultrasonic spray deposition of ZnO thin films

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    Benramache, Said; Belahssen, Okba; Guettaf, Abderrazak; Arif, Ali

    2013-11-01

    ZnO thin films were deposited using the simple, flexible and cost-effective spray ultrasonic technique at different precursor molarities values. The films were deposited on a glass substrate at 350 °C. This paper is to present a new approach to the description of correlation between electrical conductivity and optical gap energy with precursor molarity of ZnO thin films. The ZnO films exhibit higher electrical n-type semiconductors, whose band gap energy increased from 3.08 to 3.37 eV with an increasing of precursor molarity of 0.05 to 0.1 M. The maximum value of electrical conductivity of the films is 7.96 (ω·cm)-1 obtained in the ZnO thin film for precursor molarity 0.125 M. The correlation between the electrical and the optical properties with the precursor molarity suggests that the electrical conductivity of the films is predominantly influenced by the band gap energy and the precursor molarity. The measurement of the electrical conductivity of the films with correlation is equal to the experimental with the error is about 1% in the higher conductivity.

  1. 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°).

  2. Advances in methods to obtain and characterise room temperature magnetic ZnO

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    Lorite, I.; Kumar, P.; Esquinazi, P.; Straube, B.; Villafuerte, M.; Ohldag, H.; Rodríguez Torres, C. E.; Perez de Heluani, S.; Antonov, V. N.; Bekenov, L. V.; Ernst, A.; and others

    2015-02-23

    We report the existence of magnetic order at room temperature in Li-doped ZnO microwires after low energy H{sup +} implantation. The microwires with diameters between 0.3 and 10 μm were prepared by a carbothermal process. We combine spectroscopy techniques to elucidate the influence of the electronic structure and local environment of Zn, O, and Li and their vacancies on the magnetic response. Ferromagnetism at room temperature is obtained only after implanting H{sup +} in Li-doped ZnO. The overall results indicate that low-energy proton implantation is an effective method to produce the necessary amount of stable Zn vacancies near the Li ions to trigger the magnetic order.

  3. Structural, electrical, and optical properties of Ti-doped ZnO films fabricated by atomic layer deposition

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    2013-01-01

    High-quality Ti-doped ZnO films were grown on Si, thermally grown SiO2, and quartz substrates by atomic layer deposition (ALD) at 200°C with various Ti doping concentrations. Titanium isopropoxide, diethyl zinc, and deionized water were sources for Ti, Zn, and O, respectively. The Ti doping was then achieved by growing ZnO and TiO2 alternately. A hampered growth mode of ZnO on TiO2 layer was confirmed by comparing the thicknesses measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry with the expected. It was also found that the locations of the (100) diffraction peaks shift towards lower diffraction angles as Ti concentration increased. For all samples, optical transmittance over 80% was obtained in the visible region. The sample with ALD cycle ratio of ZnO/TiO2 being 20 had the lowest resistivity of 8.874 × 10−4 Ω cm. In addition, carrier concentration of the prepared films underwent an evident increase and then decreased with the increase of Ti doping concentration. PMID:23442766

  4. Development of silane grafted ZnO core shell nanoparticles loaded diglycidyl epoxy nanocomposites film for antimicrobial applications.

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    Suresh, S; Saravanan, P; Jayamoorthy, K; Ananda Kumar, S; Karthikeyan, S

    2016-07-01

    In this article a series of epoxy nanocomposites film were developed using amine functionalized (ZnO-APTES) core shell nanoparticles as the dispersed phase and a commercially available epoxy resin as the matrix phase. The functional group of the samples was characterized using FT-IR spectra. The most prominent peaks of epoxy resin were found in bare epoxy and in all the functionalized ZnO dispersed epoxy nanocomposites (ZnO-APTES-DGEBA). The XRD analysis of all the samples exhibits considerable shift in 2θ, intensity and d-spacing values but the best and optimum concentration is found to be 3% ZnO-APTES core shell nanoparticles loaded epoxy nanocomposites supported by FT-IR results. From TGA measurements, 100wt% residue is obtained in bare ZnO nanoparticles whereas in ZnO core shell nanoparticles grafted DGEBA residue percentages are 37, 41, 45, 46 and 52% for 0, 1, 3, 5 and 7% ZnO-APTES-DGEBA respectively, which is confirmed with ICP-OES analysis. From antimicrobial activity test, it was notable that antimicrobial activity of 7% ZnO-APTES core shell nanoparticles loaded epoxy nanocomposite film has best inhibition zone effect against all pathogens under study. PMID:27127055

  5. 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

  6. Development of silane grafted ZnO core shell nanoparticles loaded diglycidyl epoxy nanocomposites film for antimicrobial applications.

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    Suresh, S; Saravanan, P; Jayamoorthy, K; Ananda Kumar, S; Karthikeyan, S

    2016-07-01

    In this article a series of epoxy nanocomposites film were developed using amine functionalized (ZnO-APTES) core shell nanoparticles as the dispersed phase and a commercially available epoxy resin as the matrix phase. The functional group of the samples was characterized using FT-IR spectra. The most prominent peaks of epoxy resin were found in bare epoxy and in all the functionalized ZnO dispersed epoxy nanocomposites (ZnO-APTES-DGEBA). The XRD analysis of all the samples exhibits considerable shift in 2θ, intensity and d-spacing values but the best and optimum concentration is found to be 3% ZnO-APTES core shell nanoparticles loaded epoxy nanocomposites supported by FT-IR results. From TGA measurements, 100wt% residue is obtained in bare ZnO nanoparticles whereas in ZnO core shell nanoparticles grafted DGEBA residue percentages are 37, 41, 45, 46 and 52% for 0, 1, 3, 5 and 7% ZnO-APTES-DGEBA respectively, which is confirmed with ICP-OES analysis. From antimicrobial activity test, it was notable that antimicrobial activity of 7% ZnO-APTES core shell nanoparticles loaded epoxy nanocomposite film has best inhibition zone effect against all pathogens under study.

  7. 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.; Al-Mamouri, Malek; Stuart Abell, J.; Pepper, Michael; Edwards, Peter P.

    2015-12-01

    Highly conducting (ρ = 3.9 × 10-4 Ωcm) and transparent (83%) polycrystalline Si-doped ZnO (SiZO) thin films have been deposited onto borosilicate glass substrates by pulsed laser deposition from (ZnO)1-x(SiO2)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.

  8. Correlated effects of preparation parameters and thickness on morphology and optical properties of ZnO very thin films

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    Gilliot, Mickaël; Hadjadj, Aomar

    2015-08-01

    Nano-granular ZnO layers have been grown using a sol-gel synthesis and spin-coating deposition process. Thin films with thicknesses ranging from 15 to 150 nm have been obtained by varying the number of deposition cycles and prepared with different synthesis conditions. Morphologies and optical properties have been carefully investigated by joint spectroscopic ellipsometry and atomic force microscopy. A correlation between the evolution of optical properties and grains morphology has been observed. It is shown that both synthesis temperature and concentration similarly allow us to change the correlated growth and properties evolution rate. Thickness variation associated to choice of synthesis parameters could be a useful way to tune morphology and optical properties of the nanostructured ZnO layers.

  9. Al and Fe co-doped transparent conducting ZnO thin film for mediator-less biosensing application

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    Saha, Shibu; Gupta, Vinay

    2011-12-01

    Highly c-axis oriented Al and Fe co-doped ZnO (ZAF) thin film is prepared by pulsed laser deposition. Fe introduces redox centre along with shallow donor level while Al doping enhances conductivity of ZnO, thus removing the requirement of both mediator and bottom conducting layer in bioelectrode. Model enzyme (glucose oxidase), was immobilized on surface of ZAF matrix. Cyclic voltammetry and photometric assay show that prepared bio-electrode is sensitive to glucose concentration with enhanced response of 0.18 μAmM-1cm-2 and low Km ˜ 2.01 mM. The results illustrate that ZAF is an attractive matrix for realization of miniaturized mediator-less solid state biosensor.

  10. Investigation of electrical and optical properties of MEH-PPV: ZnO nanocomposite films for OLED applications

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    Azhar, N. E. A.; Shafura, A. K.; Affendi, I. H. H.; Shariffudin, S. S.; Saurdi, I.; Alrokayan, Salman A. H.; Khan, Haseeb A.; Rusop, M.

    2016-07-01

    Recent investigations of the promising materials for optoelectronic have been demonstrated by introducing n-type inorganic material into conjugated polymer. The optical and electrical of nanocomposite films based on poly[2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethyl-hexyloxy)-1,4-phenylene vinylene] (MEH-PPV) and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructured of various deposition layers (1 to 3 layers) have been investigated. The MEH-PPV: ZnO nanocomposite films were deposited using spin-coating technique. The surface morphology nanocomposite films were characterized using field emission scanning electron microscope. From surface profiler measurement, we found that the thickness of nanocomposite films increased as deposition time increased. The optical properties were measured using photoluminescence spectroscope. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra showed that two deposition layers is the highest intensity at visible region (green emission) due to high energy transfer from particles to the polymer. The current density for two layers sample is due to aggregation of conjugated polymer chain hence form excited interchain exciton for optical excitation. This study will provide better performance and suitable for optoelectronic device especially OLEDs application.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Preparation and Photovoltaic Properties of Dye Sensitized Solar Cells Using ZnO Nanorods Stacking Films on AZO Substrate as Photoanode.

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    Xu, Yang; Wang, Xina; Liu, Rong; Wang, Hao

    2016-04-01

    Three-dimensional stacking of ZnO nanorods on conducting aluminum-doped ZnO (AZO) glass were studied as efficient photoanodes of dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). By changing hydrothermal growth time and cycle times, the thickness of ZnO nanorods stacking films varied from 30 µm to 64 µm, and its influence on the energetic conversion efficiency of the DSSCs based on the stacking films photoanodes was investigated. The loading density of N719 on the surface of ZnO nanorods was studied to increase the efficiency of the cells. Annealing experiments showed that the AZO substrates remained good conductors until heated above 350 °C. A photoelectric conversion efficiency as high as ~2.0% together with ISC of ~9.5 mA/cm2, VOC of ~0.5 V and FF of ~41.4% was achieved for the DSSC using 50 µm-thick film stacking by ZnO nanorods as photoanode and N719 as sensitizer under illumination of AM1.5G solar light (power density of 100 mW/cm2). A charge separation and transfer mechanism was proposed for the ZnO nanorods stacking electrode-based DSSCs.

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

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

    2013-08-01

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

  15. Preparation and Photovoltaic Properties of Dye Sensitized Solar Cells Using ZnO Nanorods Stacking Films on AZO Substrate as Photoanode.

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    Xu, Yang; Wang, Xina; Liu, Rong; Wang, Hao

    2016-04-01

    Three-dimensional stacking of ZnO nanorods on conducting aluminum-doped ZnO (AZO) glass were studied as efficient photoanodes of dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). By changing hydrothermal growth time and cycle times, the thickness of ZnO nanorods stacking films varied from 30 µm to 64 µm, and its influence on the energetic conversion efficiency of the DSSCs based on the stacking films photoanodes was investigated. The loading density of N719 on the surface of ZnO nanorods was studied to increase the efficiency of the cells. Annealing experiments showed that the AZO substrates remained good conductors until heated above 350 °C. A photoelectric conversion efficiency as high as ~2.0% together with ISC of ~9.5 mA/cm2, VOC of ~0.5 V and FF of ~41.4% was achieved for the DSSC using 50 µm-thick film stacking by ZnO nanorods as photoanode and N719 as sensitizer under illumination of AM1.5G solar light (power density of 100 mW/cm2). A charge separation and transfer mechanism was proposed for the ZnO nanorods stacking electrode-based DSSCs. PMID:27451677

  16. Modification and Wettability Study ITO Glass Coated with ZnO Film by Electrochemical Deposition and Hydrothermal Deposition.

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    Fang, Mei; Zou, Changwei; Gong, Manfeng

    2016-03-01

    ITO glass is a substrate often utilized to construct various IT devices and sensors, favored for its excellent characteristics such as rapid electron transfer kinetics, non-toxicity, chemical stability, and high electron transmission. In this paper, film with ZnO-modified nanostructures on ITO glass was fabricated by both electrochemical deposition and hydrothermal deposition, respectively. The ZnO film as-deposited was then modified by surface modification reagent (FOTMS) to obtain a hydrophobic surface. SEM, XRD, and ZYGO were used to characterize their properties. The contact angles were then measured to characterize and compare the wettability of non-modified ITO glass and ITO glass modified by zinc oxide films.

  17. Ten-fold enhancement of ZnO thin film ultraviolet-luminescence by dielectric microsphere arrays.

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    Yan, Yinzhou; Zeng, Yong; Wu, Yan; Zhao, Yan; Ji, Lingfei; Jiang, Yijian; Li, Lin

    2014-09-22

    Here we report strong enhancement in ultraviolet-photoluminescence (UV-PL) of ZnO thin films (grown on a SiC substrate) covered by monolayer dielectric fused silica or polystyrene microspheres with diameters ranging from 0.5 to 7.5 μm. The excited light scatted in the film is collected by the microspheres to stimulate whispering gallery modes, by which the internal quantum efficiency of spontaneous emission is enhanced. Meanwhile, the microsphere monolayer efficiently couples emitted light energy from the luminescent film to the far-field for PL detection. A UV-PL enhancement up to 10-fold via a 5-µm-diameter microsphere monolayer is experimentally demonstrated in this work. The unique optical property of microsphere in photoluminescence (PL) enhancement makes them promising for high-sensitivity PL measurements as well as design of photoelectric devices with low loss and high efficiency. PMID:25321823

  18. Modification and Wettability Study ITO Glass Coated with ZnO Film by Electrochemical Deposition and Hydrothermal Deposition.

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    Fang, Mei; Zou, Changwei; Gong, Manfeng

    2016-03-01

    ITO glass is a substrate often utilized to construct various IT devices and sensors, favored for its excellent characteristics such as rapid electron transfer kinetics, non-toxicity, chemical stability, and high electron transmission. In this paper, film with ZnO-modified nanostructures on ITO glass was fabricated by both electrochemical deposition and hydrothermal deposition, respectively. The ZnO film as-deposited was then modified by surface modification reagent (FOTMS) to obtain a hydrophobic surface. SEM, XRD, and ZYGO were used to characterize their properties. The contact angles were then measured to characterize and compare the wettability of non-modified ITO glass and ITO glass modified by zinc oxide films. PMID:27455756

  19. Uniform ZnO epitaxial films formed at atmospheric pressure by high-speed rotation-type mist chemical vapor deposition

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    Tanoue, Hironobu; Taniguchi, Takuya; Wada, Shohei; Yamamoto, Shinya; Nakamura, Shohei; Naka, Yoshihiro; Yoshikawa, Hiroyuki; Munekata, Mizue; Nagaoka, Shoji; Nakamura, Yusui

    2015-12-01

    Uniform ZnO epitaxial films were formed on 2-in.-diameter m-plane sapphire substrates by high-speed rotation-type mist chemical vapor deposition at atmospheric pressure, without using any vacuum equipment. The ZnO films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction in θ-2θ and ϕ scanning modes, electron backscatter diffraction, and room-temperature photoluminescence measurements. Experimental results show that m-plane ZnO films were epitaxially grown on the m-plane sapphire substrates with high uniformity of not only thickness but also crystallinity and optical properties. These results will promote the progress of ZnO-based devices such as light-emitting diodes.

  20. ZnO Films on {001}-Cut <110>-Propagating GaAs Substrates for Surface Acoustic Wave Device Applications

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    Kim, Yoonkee; Hunt, William D.; Hickernell, Frederick S.; Higgins, Robert J.; Jen, Cheng-Kuei

    1995-01-01

    A potential application for piezoelectric films on GaAs substrates is the monolithic integration of surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices with GaAs electronics. Knowledge of the SAW properties of the layered structure is critical for the optimum and accurate design of such devices. The acoustic properties of ZnO films sputtered on {001}-cut <110> -propagating GaAs substrates are investigated in this article, including SAW Velocity effective piezoelectric coupling constant, propagation loss. diffraction, velocity surface, and reflectivity of shorted and open metallic gratings. The measurements of these essential SAW properties for the frequency range between 180 and 360 MHz have been performed using a knife-edge laser probe for film thicknesses over the range of 1.6-4 micron and with films or different grain sizes. The high quality of dc triode sputtered films was observed as evidenced by high K(exp 2) and low attenuation. The measurements of the velocity surface, which directly affects the SAW diffraction, on the bare and metalized ZnO on SiO2, or Si3N4 on {001}-cut GaAs samples are reported using two different techniques: 1) knife-edge laser probe, 2) line-focus-beam scanning acoustic microscope. It was found that near the <110> propagation direction, the focusing SAW property of the bare GaAs changes into a nonfocusing one for the layered structure, but a reversed phenomenon exists near the <100> direction. Furthermore, to some extent the diffraction of the substrate can be controlled with the film thickness. The reflectivity of shorted and open gratings are also analyzed and measured. Zero reflectivity is observed for a shorted grating. There is good agreement between the measured data and theoretical values.

  1. Influence of oxygen partial pressure on optical and structural properties of RF sputtered ZnO thin films

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    Murkute, P.; Saha, S.; Pandey, S. K.; Chatterjee, A.; Datta, D.; Chakrabarti, S.

    2016-02-01

    In this paper we report a detailed investigation of ZnO thin film properties deposited on Si<100> substrate at 400°C using RF sputtering. To reduce oxygen induced vacancies and interstitial defects in samples, variable oxygen flow rate during deposition followed by post growth annealing in oxygen ambient were carried out. Four samples were deposited under constant temperature condition but with variable oxygen partial pressure of 0%, 20%, 50% and 80% in Argon and Oxygen mixture, namely sample S1, S2 , S3 and S4 respectively. Deposited films were further annealed at 700, 800, 900 and 1000°C in oxygen ambient for 10s. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements carried at low temperature (18K) demonstrated near band edge emission peak of ZnO at 3.37eV. Increment in PL intensity was observed with increasing annealing temperature and a particular sample S4 annealed at 900 measured narrowest full width half maxima (FWHM) of ~0.1272eV. Defects peaks observed at lower energies were suppressed with increasing oxygen flow and post growth annealing, indicating improvement in film quality. From HRXRD measurement it was observed S4 sample annealed at 900°C has the highest peak intensity and narrowest FWHM compared to other samples, demonstrating the best crystalline property of annealed film at 900°C. Highest XRD peak intensity measured at 34.53° corresponds to (002) crystal orientation reveals that the films were highly caxis oriented. AFM results show increase in grain size with increasing oxygen flow and annealing temperature which ensures improvement in morphological properties of the film.

  2. 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.

  3. 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. PMID:24763438

  4. Energy dissipation channels affecting photoluminescence from resonantly excited Er{sup 3+} ions doped in epitaxial ZnO host films

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    Akazawa, Housei; Shinojima, Hiroyuki

    2015-04-21

    We identified prerequisite conditions to obtain intense photoluminescence at 1.54 μm from Er{sup 3+} ions doped in ZnO host crystals. The epitaxial ZnO:Er films were grown on sapphire C-plane substrates by sputtering, and Er{sup 3+} ions were resonantly excited at a wavelength of 532 nm between energy levels of {sup 4}I{sub 15/2} and {sup 2}H{sub 11/2}. There is a threshold deposition temperature between 500 and 550 °C, above which epitaxial ZnO films become free of miss-oriented domains. In this case, Er{sup 3+} ions are outside ZnO crystallites, having the same c-axis lattice parameters as those of undoped ZnO crystals. The improved crystallinity was correlated with enhanced emissions peaking at 1538 nm. Further elevating the deposition temperature up to 650 °C generated cracks in ZnO crystals to relax the lattice mismatch strains, and the emission intensities from cracked regions were three times as large as those from smooth regions. These results can be consistently explained if we assume that emission-active Er{sup 3+} ions are those existing at grain boundaries and bonded to single-crystalline ZnO crystallites. In contrast, ZnO:Er films deposited on a ZnO buffer layer exhibited very weak emissions because of their degraded crystallinity when most Er{sup 3+} ions were accommodated into ZnO crystals. Optimizing the degree of oxidization of ZnO crystals is another important factor because reduced films suffer from non-radiative decay of excited states. The optimum Er content to obtain intense emissions was between 2 and 4 at. %. When 4 at. % was exceeded, the emission intensity was severely attenuated because of concentration quenching as well as the degradation in crystallinity. Precipitation of Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} crystals was clearly observed at 22 at. % for films deposited above 650 °C. Minimizing the number of defects and impurities in ZnO crystals prevents energy dissipation, thus exclusively utilizing the excitation energy to emissions from

  5. Induced conductivity in sol-gel ZnO films by passivation or elimination of Zn vacancies

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    Winarski, D. J.; Anwand, W.; Wagner, A.; Saadatkia, P.; Selim, F. A.; Allen, M.; Wenner, B.; Leedy, K.; Allen, J.; Tetlak, S.; Look, D. C.

    2016-09-01

    Undoped and Ga- and Al- doped ZnO films were synthesized using sol-gel and spin coating methods and characterized by X-ray diffraction, high-resolution scanning electron microscopy (SEM), optical spectroscopy and Hall-effect measurements. SEM measurements reveal an average grain size of 20 nm and distinct individual layer structure. Measurable conductivity was not detected in the unprocessed films; however, annealing in hydrogen or zinc environment induced significant conductivity (˜10-2 Ω .cm) in most films. Positron annihilation spectroscopy measurements provided strong evidence that the significant enhancement in conductivity was due to hydrogen passivation of Zn vacancy related defects or elimination of Zn vacancies by Zn interstitials which suppress their role as deep acceptors. Hydrogen passivation of cation vacancies is shown to play an important role in tuning the electrical conductivity of ZnO, similar to its role in passivation of defects at the Si/SiO2 interface that has been essential for the successful development of complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) devices. By comparison with hydrogen effect on other oxides, we suggest that hydrogen may play a universal role in oxides passivating cation vacancies and modifying their electronic properties.

  6. ZnO thin film transistors and electronic connections for adjustable x-ray mirrors: SMART-X telescope

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    Johnson-Wilke, R. L.; Wilke, R. H. T.; Wallace, M.; Ramirez, J. I.; Prieskorn, Z.; Nikoleyczik, J.; Cotroneo, V.; Allured, R.; Schwartz, D. A.; McMuldroch, S.; Reid, P. B.; Burrows, D. N.; Jackson, T. N.; Trolier-McKinstry, S.

    2014-09-01

    The proposed SMART-X telescope consists of a pixelated array of a piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thin film deposited on flexible glass substrates. These cells or pixels are used to actively control the overall shape of the mirror surface. It is anticipated that the telescope will consist of 8,000 mirror panels with 400-800 cells on each panel. This creates an enormous number (6.4 million) of traces and contacts needed to address the PZT. In order to simplify the design, a row/column addressing scheme using ZnO thin film transistors (TFTs) is proposed. In addition, connection of the gate and drain lines on the mirror segment to an external supply via a flexible cable was investigated through use of an anisotropic conductive film (ACF). This paper outlines the design of the ZnO TFTs, use of ACF for bonding, and describes a specially designed electronics box with associated software to address the desired cells.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Analysis of Band-Edge Dynamics in ZnO and MgZnO Thin Films

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    Canul, Amrah

    This work investigates the temperature dependence of electron states at the band-edge in ZnO and Mg0.07Zn0.93O thin films. To investigate the band-edge dynamics, we study in-gap states via temperature dependent absorption spectroscopy in the range 77-500K. The in-gap states at the band-edge were analyzed via the Urbach energy model, where the Urbach Energy is a measure of the extent of states into the bandgap. In parallel, we also analyze the temperature dependent Urbach energy via the Wasim model, which separates the relative contributions of defect states and temperature dependent phonon modes to the in-gap states. It was found that the defect contribution to in-gap states at the band-edge was significantly higher for Mg0.07Zn0.93O than in ZnO. Additionally, the phonon contribution to in-gap states was less in Mg 0.07Zn0.93O than in ZnO. The author gratefully acknowledges the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Science, Division of Materials Science and Engineering under Grant No. DE-FG02-07ER46386.

  11. Wettability behavior of special microscale ZnO nail-coated mesh films for oil-water separation.

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    Du, Xin; Huang, Xing; Li, Xiaoyu; Meng, Xiangmin; Yao, Lin; He, Junhui; Huang, Hongwei; Zhang, Xueji

    2015-11-15

    The surface free energy and geometrical structure are two important factors to govern the surface wettability. However, the design and simple synthesis of materials with specific surface free energy and geometrical structure, and their elaborate regulations are still a key challenge. Herein, through one-step thermal evaporation method, we successfully synthesized aligned arrays of highly crystallized ZnO with modulated nail structures on the stainless steel meshes for the first time. Owing to the decoration of [0001] oriented nail structures, the wire surface of meshes were indeed enclosed by the ZnO (0002) facets, which had the lowest surface energy in wurtzite structure. Under no any further modifications, just by regulating the nail structure and density as well as the mesh pore sizes, we not only obtained ZnO nail-coated mesh with hydrophobic, oleophilic (oil penetration), and underwater oleophilic properties, but also fabricated one with hydrophilic (water penetration), oleophilic (oil penetration), and underwater superoleophobic properties. Furthermore, interestingly, the separation of oil and water mixture was realized by utilizing two ZnO-nail coated meshes with different wettability. The underlying mechanism was investigated and discussed in the work. Therefore, our study provides interesting insight into the design of novel functional films with desired surface wettability for the separation of oil-water mixture. PMID:26207588

  12. Fabrication and different photoelectric responses of nanocrystalline ZnO film irradiated with UV and white light in dry air

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    Zou, Zhijun; Qiu, Yang; Xie, Changsheng; Xu, Jingjing; Luo, Yongsong; Wang, Chunlei; Yan, Hailong

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, nanocrystalline ZnO film with porous structure was successfully prepared on alumina substrate by the technology of screen printing and the subsequent heat treatment. The fundamental characteristics of the as-prepared sample were examined through XRD, FE-SEM, EDX and PL spectra measurements. Meanwhile, photoelectric responses of it were tested under UV and white light irradiation, respectively. Different photocurrent curves were obtained. Under UV light, the photocurrent with comparatively high amplitude of each cycle could mostly recover upon the light off. While for white light, the photocurrent with low amplitude just partially recovered when the light was turned off. This phenomenon indicated that, after the white light off, a large number of free electrons still remained within the materials. To calculate the amount of the remained free electrons, three photocurrent parameters, which are related to the density of free electrons in ZnO, were defined for the first time. Furthermore, the explanations for the different photoelectric responses of ZnO based on the double Schottky barrier model were also proposed.

  13. Wettability behavior of special microscale ZnO nail-coated mesh films for oil-water separation.

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    Du, Xin; Huang, Xing; Li, Xiaoyu; Meng, Xiangmin; Yao, Lin; He, Junhui; Huang, Hongwei; Zhang, Xueji

    2015-11-15

    The surface free energy and geometrical structure are two important factors to govern the surface wettability. However, the design and simple synthesis of materials with specific surface free energy and geometrical structure, and their elaborate regulations are still a key challenge. Herein, through one-step thermal evaporation method, we successfully synthesized aligned arrays of highly crystallized ZnO with modulated nail structures on the stainless steel meshes for the first time. Owing to the decoration of [0001] oriented nail structures, the wire surface of meshes were indeed enclosed by the ZnO (0002) facets, which had the lowest surface energy in wurtzite structure. Under no any further modifications, just by regulating the nail structure and density as well as the mesh pore sizes, we not only obtained ZnO nail-coated mesh with hydrophobic, oleophilic (oil penetration), and underwater oleophilic properties, but also fabricated one with hydrophilic (water penetration), oleophilic (oil penetration), and underwater superoleophobic properties. Furthermore, interestingly, the separation of oil and water mixture was realized by utilizing two ZnO-nail coated meshes with different wettability. The underlying mechanism was investigated and discussed in the work. Therefore, our study provides interesting insight into the design of novel functional films with desired surface wettability for the separation of oil-water mixture.

  14. Growth of electrocrystallized ZnO particles by reaction of vacuum-deposited Zn films with distilled water

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    Kitano, Motoi; Okabe, Toshio; Shiojiri, Makoto

    1995-06-01

    Products by electrochemical reaction of vacuum-deposited Zn films with distilled water at 20°C are investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and an X-ray diffraction method. The time dependence of the pH of the water indicates three stages of the reaction; the initial stage I at pH = 7 for about 20 h, the middle stage II at pH > 7 (Max = 7.7) for about 100 h and the final stage III at pH = 7. In stage I etching pits occur as a result of the local cell formation. Each pit is enclosed by a ZnO bank on the ring margin of 10-100 |gmm in diameter. Stage II is characterized by the growth of many spindle-like ZnO particles on the speckles which are traces of the pits of stage I. The ZnO banks dissolve and dendritic |Gb-Zn(OH)| 2 crystals also appear near the margins. The spindle crystals disappear in stage III. The formation and morphology of the spindle crystals are described.

  15. A pn heterojunction diode constructed with a n-type ZnO nanowire and a p-type HgTe nanoparticle thin film

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    Seong, Hojun; Cho, Kyoungah; Kim, Sangsig

    2009-01-01

    We demonstrate a pn heterojunction diode constructed with a n-type ZnO nanowire (NW) and a p-type HgTe nanoparticle (NP) thin film on a SiO2/p-Si substrate. For the pn heterojunction diode, the rectifying characteristics of both the dark current and the photocurrent excited by 633 nm wavelength light were observed, but the photocurrent excited by 325 nm wavelength light possesses Ohmic characteristics. The optoelectronic characteristics of the pn heterojunction diode were compared with those of the ZnO NW and HgTe NP thin film composing it.

  16. Control of the threshold voltage in ZnO nanobelt field-effect transistors by using MoO x thin film

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    Qian, Haolei; Fang, Yanjun; Gu, Lin; Lu, Ren; Zhao, Ming; Wang, Wei; Wang, Yewu; Sha, Jian

    2016-07-01

    We report on the feasible control of the threshold voltage (V th) in ultra-thin ZnO nanobelt FETs by using substoichiometric molybdenum trioxide (MoO x , x < 3) either as a modification layer on the surface of ZnO nanobelts or as electrodes instead of the widely used Ti/Au. ZnO nanobelt FETs using Ti/Au as the electrodes usually exhibit a negative threshold voltage, indicating n-channel depletion mode behavior, whereas ZnO FETs with MoO x /Au electrodes instead of Ti/Au show a positive shift of threshold voltage, exhibiting an n-channel type enhancement mode, which can be explained by a high Schottky barrier created at the interface of MoO x and the ZnO channel. In contrast, the decoration on the surface of ZnO channel by MoO x significantly increases the zero-bias conductivity and electron carrier concentration, and then negatively shifts the threshold voltage. We propose that MoO x thin film may play a passivation effect role, much more so than the doping effect role, due to the large amount of adsorbed species on as-grown ZnO nanobelts, especially oxygen species.

  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. Modelling the growth of ZnO thin films by PVD methods and the effects of post-annealing.

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    Blackwell, Sabrina; Smith, Roger; Kenny, Steven D; Walls, John M; Sanz-Navarro, Carlos F

    2013-04-01

    Results are presented for modelling of the evaporation and magnetron sputter deposition of Zn(x)O(y) onto an O-terminated ZnO (0001¯) wurtzite surface. Growth was simulated through a combination of molecular dynamics (MD) and an on-the-fly kinetic Monte Carlo (otf-KMC) method, which finds diffusion pathways and barriers without prior knowledge of transitions. We examine the effects of varying experimental parameters, such as substrate bias, distribution of the deposition species and annealing temperature. It was found when comparing evaporation and sputtering growth that the latter process results in a denser and more crystalline structure, due to the higher deposition energy of the arriving species. The evaporation growth also exhibits more stacking faults than the sputtered growth. Post-annealing at 770 K did not allow complete recrystallization, resulting in films which still had stacking faults where monolayers formed in the zinc blende phase, whereas annealing at 920 K enabled the complete recrystallization of some films to the wurtzite structure. At the latter temperature atoms could also sometimes be locked in the zinc blende phase after annealing. When full recrystallization did not take place, both wurtzite and zinc blende phases were seen in the same layer, resulting in a phase boundary. Investigation of the various distributions of deposition species showed that, during evaporation, the best quality film resulted from a stoichiometric distribution where only ZnO clusters were deposited. During sputtering, however, the best quality film resulted from a slightly O rich distribution. Two stoichiometric distributions, one involving mainly ZnO clusters and the other involving mainly single species, showed that the distribution of deposition species makes a huge impact on the grown film. The deposition of predominantly single species causes many more O atoms at the surface to be sputtered or reflected, resulting in an O deficiency of up to 18% in the

  19. c-axis inclined ZnO films for shear-wave transducers deposited by reactive sputtering using an additional blind

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    Link, M.; Schreiter, M.; Weber, J.; Gabl, R.; Pitzer, D.; Primig, R.; Wersing, W.; Assouar, M.B.; Elmazria, O.

    2006-03-15

    This article reports on the growth and characterization of polycrystalline ZnO films having c axis inclined up to 16 deg. with respect to the substrate normal. These films allow the excitation of shear and longitudinal waves with comparable electromechanical coupling constants and are of significant interest for thin film bulk acoustic resonators (FBARs). The films are deposited on silicon substrates covered by Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and SiO{sub 2} buffer layers under low pressure using a modified reactive dc-pulsed magnetron sputtering system. A blind has been positioned between target and substrate, allowing oblique particle incidence without tilting the wafer. The study of structural properties of the deposited ZnO films by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy has permitted to show the presence of the inclined structure. Electromechanical coupling constants K up to 13% have been extracted for shear-mode excitation using highly overmoded FBARs.

  20. Reduced graphene oxide-ZnO self-assembled films: tailoring the visible light photoconductivity by the intrinsic defect states in ZnO.

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    Kavitha, M K; Gopinath, Pramod; John, Honey

    2015-06-14

    ZnO is a wide direct bandgap semiconductor; its absorption can be tuned to the visible spectral region by controlling the intrinsic defect levels. Combining graphene with ZnO can improve its performance by photo-induced charge separation by ZnO and electronic transport through graphene. When reduced graphene oxide-ZnO is prepared by a hydrothermal method, the photophysical studies indicate that oxygen vacancy defect states are healed out by diffusion of oxygen from GO to ZnO during its reduction. Because of the passivation of oxygen vacancies, the visible light photoconductivity of the hybrid is depleted, compared to pure ZnO. In order to overcome this reduction in photocurrent, a photoelectrode is fabricated by layer-by-layer (LBL) self-assembly of ZnO and reduced graphene oxide. The multilayer films are fabricated by the electrostatic LBL self-assembly technique using negatively charged poly(sodium 4-styrene sulfonate)-reduced graphene oxide (PSS-rGO) and positively charged polyacrylamide-ZnO (PAM-ZnO) as building blocks. The multilayer films fabricated by this technique will be highly interpenetrating; it will enhance the interaction between the ZnO and rGO perpendicular to the electrode surface. Upon illumination under bias voltage defect assisted excitation occurs in ZnO and the photogenerated charge carriers can transfer to graphene. The electron transferred to graphene sheets can recombine in two ways; either it can recombine with the holes in the valence band of ZnO in its bilayer or the ZnO in the next bilayer. This type of tunnelling of electrons from graphene to the successive bilayers will result in efficient charge transfer. This transfer and propagation of electron will enhance as the number of bilayers increases, which in turn improve the photocurrent of the multilayer films. Therefore this self-assembly technique is an effective approach to fabricate semiconductor-graphene films with excellent conductivity. PMID:25971240

  1. Reflectometric measurement of n-hexane adsorption on ZnO2 nanohybrid film modified by hydrophobic gold nanoparticles

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    Sebők, Dániel; Csapó, Edit; Ábrahám, Nóra; Dékány, Imre

    2015-04-01

    Zinc-peroxide/poly(styrenesulfonate) nanohybrid thin films (containing 20 bilayers: [ZnO2/PSS]20, d ∼ 500 nm) were prepared using layer-by-layer (LbL) method. The thin film surface was functionalized by different surface modifying agents (silanes, alkylthiols and hydrophobized nanoparticles). Based on the experimental results of quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and contact angle measurements (as prequalifications) the octanethiol covered gold nanoparticles (OT-AuNPs) were selected for further vapour adsorption studies. Reflectometric interference spectroscopy (RIfS) was used to measure n-hexane vapour adsorption on the original and modified nanohybrid films in a gas flow platform. The thin film provides only the principle of the measurement (by interference phenomenon), the selectivity and hydrophobicity is controlled and enhanced by surface functionalization (by dispersion interaction between the alkyl chains). The interference pattern shift (Δλ) caused by the increase of the optical thickness of the thin film due to vapour adsorption was investigated. It was found that due to the surface functionalization by hydrophobic nanoparticles the effect of water vapour adsorption decreased significantly, while for n-hexane opposite tendency was observed (the effective refractive index and thus the interference pattern shift increased drastically). The correlation between QCM technique and optical method (RIfS) was specified: linear specific adsorbed amount vs. wavelength shift calibration curves were determined in the pr = 0-0.4 relative vapour pressure range. The thin film is suitable for sensorial application (e.g. volatile organic compound/VOC sensor).

  2. On the relevance of large scale pulsed-laser deposition: Evidence of structural heterogeneities in ZnO thin films

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    Perrière, J.; Hebert, C.; Jedrecy, N.; Seiler, W.; Zanellato, O.; Portier, X.; Perez-Casero, R.; Millon, E.; Nistor, M.

    2014-09-01

    Pulsed-laser deposition is known as a well-suited method for growing thin films of oxide compounds presenting a wide range of functional properties. A limitation of this method for industrial process is the very anisotropic expansion dynamics of the plasma plume, which induces difficulties to grow on large scale films with homogeneous thickness and composition. The specific aspect of the crystalline or orientation uniformity has not been investigated, despite its important role on oxide films properties. In this work, the crystalline parameters and the texture of zinc oxide films are studied as a function of position with respect to the central axis of the plasma plume. We demonstrate the existence of large non-uniformities in the films. The stoichiometry, the lattice parameter, and the distribution of crystallites orientations drastically depend on the position with respect to the plume axis, i.e., on the oblique incidence of the ablated species. The origin of these non-uniformities, in particular, the unexpected tilted orientation of the ZnO c-axis may be attributed to the combined effects of the oblique incidence and of the ratio between oxygen and zinc fluxes reaching the surface of the growing film.

  3. Fano resonance of Li-doped KTa1−xNbxO3 single crystals studied by Raman scattering

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    Rahaman, M. M.; Imai, T.; Sakamoto, T.; Tsukada, S.; Kojima, S.

    2016-01-01

    The enhancement of functionality of perovskite ferroelectrics by local structure is one of current interests. By the Li-doping to KTa1−xNbxO3 (KTN), the large piezoelectric and electro-optic effects were reported. In order to give new insights into the mechanism of doping, the microscopic origin of the Fano resonance induced by the local structure was investigated in 5%Li-doped KTN single crystals by Raman scattering. The coupling between the continuum states and the transverse optical phonon near 196 cm−1 (Slater mode) caused a Fano resonance. In the vicinity of the cubic-tetragonal phase transition temperature, TC-T = 31 °C, the almost disappearance of the Fano resonance and the remarkable change of the central peak (CP) intensity were observed upon heating. The local symmetry of the polar nanoregions (PNRs), which was responsible for the symmetry breaking in the cubic phase, was determined to E(x, y) symmetry by the angular dependence of Raman scattering. The electric field induced the significant change in the intensity of both CP and Fano resonance. From these experimental results, it is concluded that the origin of the Fano resonance in Li-doped KTN crystals is the coupling between polarization fluctuations of PNRs and the Slater mode, both belong to the E(x, y) symmetry. PMID:27049847

  4. Defect Structure of Li-Doped BPO 4: A Nanostructured Ceramic Electrolyte for Li-Ion Batteries

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    Jak, M. J. G.; Kelder, E. M.; Schoonman, J.

    1999-01-01

    In this paper the defect chemistry of Li-doped BPO4(BPO4-xLi2O, 0≤x≤0.1) is studied. This nanostructured ceramic electrolyte is used in all-solid-state Li-ion batteries. By changing the Li-doping level the influence on the crystal structure is studied and related to t he properties of the material. X-ray diffraction, Fourier-transformed infra-red spectroscopy (FT-IR),31P,11B, and7Li magic-angle-spinning solid state nuclear magnetic resonance, neutron diffraction, and inductively coupled plasma optical-emission spectroscopy measurements are used in order to study the structure. The electrical properties are studied with AC-impedance spectroscopy (AC-IS). The experimental data show that the defect structure of Li-doped BPO4can be described with two defect models, Li″B+2Li·iand V‴B+3Li·i, suggesting that the ionic conductivity takes place via interstitial Li ions.

  5. Fano resonance of Li-doped KTa(1-x)NbxO3 single crystals studied by Raman scattering.

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    Rahaman, M M; Imai, T; Sakamoto, T; Tsukada, S; Kojima, S

    2016-01-01

    The enhancement of functionality of perovskite ferroelectrics by local structure is one of current interests. By the Li-doping to KTa(1-x)NbxO3 (KTN), the large piezoelectric and electro-optic effects were reported. In order to give new insights into the mechanism of doping, the microscopic origin of the Fano resonance induced by the local structure was investigated in 5%Li-doped KTN single crystals by Raman scattering. The coupling between the continuum states and the transverse optical phonon near 196 cm(-1) (Slater mode) caused a Fano resonance. In the vicinity of the cubic-tetragonal phase transition temperature, TC-T = 31 °C, the almost disappearance of the Fano resonance and the remarkable change of the central peak (CP) intensity were observed upon heating. The local symmetry of the polar nanoregions (PNRs), which was responsible for the symmetry breaking in the cubic phase, was determined to E(x, y) symmetry by the angular dependence of Raman scattering. The electric field induced the significant change in the intensity of both CP and Fano resonance. From these experimental results, it is concluded that the origin of the Fano resonance in Li-doped KTN crystals is the coupling between polarization fluctuations of PNRs and the Slater mode, both belong to the E(x, y) symmetry. PMID:27049847

  6. On the structural and impedance characteristics of Li- doped PEO, using n-butyl lithium in hexane as dopant

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    Anand, P. B. E-mail: jayalekshmi@cusat.ac.in; Jayalekshmi, S. E-mail: jayalekshmi@cusat.ac.in

    2014-01-28

    Nowadays polymer based solid state electrolytes for applications in rechargeable battery systems are highly sought after materials, pursued extensively by various research groups worldwide. Numerous methods are discussed in literature to improve the fundamental properties like electrical conductivity, mechanical stability and interfacial stability of polymer based electrolytes. The application of these electrolytes in Li-ion cells is still in the amateur state, due to low ionic conductivity, low lithium transport number and the processing difficulties. The present work is an attempt to study the effects of Li doping on the structural and transport properties of the polymer electrolyte, poly-ethelene oxide (PEO) (Molecular weight: 200,000). Li doped PEO was obtained by treating PEO with n-Butyllithium in hexane for different doping concentrations. Structural characterization of the samples was done by XRD and FTIR techniques. Impedance measurements were carried out to estimate the ionic conductivity of Li doped PEO samples. It is seen that, the crystallinity of the doped PEO decreases on increasing the doping concentration. XRD and FTIR studies support this observation. It is inferred that, ionic conductivity of the sample is increasing on increasing the doping concentration since less crystallinity permits more ionic transport. Impedance measurements confirm the results quantitatively.

  7. Transparent and conducting intrinsic ZnO thin films prepared at high growth-rate with c-axis orientation and pyramidal surface texture

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    Mondal, Praloy; Das, Debajyoti

    2013-12-01

    The growth of ZnO thin films has been optimized by adjusting the intrinsic ion vacancies, by controlling the RF power applied to the plasma in magnetron sputtering. Preferred c-axis oriented intrinsic ZnO films with largest grain size and a hexagonal wurtzite structure, exhibiting high room temperature conductivity, σ ∼ 1.37 S/cm, high transparency, ∼80-90% within 450-800 nm and ∼90-96% within 800-1900 nm, low reflectance (<5% in the visible range) was obtained at a very high deposition rate ∼214 nm/min, at 300 °C, by maintaining higher concentration of Zn interstitials or singly ionized oxygen vacancy, corresponding to an optimized RF power of 200 W. Films have lowest internal stress, smallest dissipation factor defined as ɛ2/ɛ1, and the specific pyramidal surface texture creates enough surface roughness that helps to improve the light scattering from the surface and makes it suitable for efficient use in thin-film silicon solar cells. With increasing RF power beyond 200 W, the Zn-O bond length reduces promptly and the internal stress increases monotonically approaching toward a virtual saturation. The preferred crystallographic alignment shifts from (0 0 2) to (1 0 3), i.e., from c to a-axis orientation, as the surface energy of ZnO crystal changes due to the increase in the Zn-to-ZnO ion ratio in the plasma caused by the plausible de-oxygenation of ZnO at elevated RF powers. Oxygen deficient ZnO films having the flower-like surface texture prepared with a very high deposition rate ∼554 nm/min at 500 W could indeed make the material suitable for gas and chemical sensing applications.

  8. Interfacial structure and defect analysis of nonpolar ZnO films grown on R-plane sapphire by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Vennegues, P.; Korytov, M.; Deparis, C.; Zuniga-Perez, J.; Morhain, C.; Chauveau, J. M.

    2008-04-15

    The interfacial relationship and the microstructure of nonpolar (11-20) ZnO films epitaxially grown on (1-102) R-plane sapphire by molecular beam epitaxy are investigated by transmission electron microscopy. The already-reported epitaxial relationships [1-100]{sub ZnO} parallel [11-20]{sub sapphire} and <0001>{sub ZnO} parallel [-1101]{sub sapphire} are confirmed, and we have determined the orientation of the Zn-O (cation-anion) bond along [0001]{sub ZnO} in the films as being uniquely defined with respect to a reference surface Al-O bond on the sapphire substrate. The microstructure of the films is dominated by the presence of I{sub 1} basal stacking faults [density=(1-2)x10{sup 5} cm{sup -1}] and related partial dislocations [density=(4-7)x10{sup 10} cm{sup -2}]. It is shown that I{sub 1} basal stacking faults correspond to dissociated perfect dislocations, either c or a+c type.

  9. Electrical and optical properties of Al-doped ZnO and ZnAl2O4 films prepared by atomic layer deposition

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    2013-01-01

    ZnO/Al2O3 multilayers were prepared by alternating atomic layer deposition (ALD) at 150°C using diethylzinc, trimethylaluminum, and water. The growth process, crystallinity, and electrical and optical properties of the multilayers were studied with a variety of the cycle ratios of ZnO and Al2O3 sublayers. Transparent conductive Al-doped ZnO films were prepared with the minimum resistivity of 2.4 × 10−3 Ω·cm at a low Al doping concentration of 2.26%. Photoluminescence spectroscopy in conjunction with X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the thickness of ZnO sublayers plays an important role on the priority for selective crystallization of ZnAl2O4 and ZnO phases during high-temperature annealing ZnO/Al2O3 multilayers. It was found that pure ZnAl2O4 film was synthesized by annealing the specific composite film containing alternative monocycle of ZnO and Al2O3 sublayers, which could only be deposited precisely by utilizing ALD technology. PMID:23537274

  10. 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.

  11. Polarity characterization by anomalous x-ray dispersion of ZnO films and GaN lateral polar structures

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    Shelton, Christopher T.; Sachet, Edward; Paisley, Elizabeth A.; Hoffmann, Marc P.; Rajan, Joseph; Collazo, Ramón; Sitar, Zlatko; Maria, Jon-Paul

    2014-01-28

    We demonstrate the use of anomalous x-ray scattering of constituent cations at their absorption edge, in a conventional Bragg-Brentano diffractometer, to measure absolutely and quantitatively the polar orientation and polarity fraction of unipolar and mixed polar wurtzitic crystals. In one set of experiments, the gradual transition between c+ and c− polarity of epitaxial ZnO films on sapphire as a function of MgO buffer layer thickness is monitored quantitatively, while in a second experiment, we map the polarity of a lateral polar homojunction in GaN. The dispersion measurements are compared with piezoforce microscopy images, and we demonstrate how x-ray dispersion and scanning probe methods can provide complementary information that can discriminate between polarity fractions at a material surface and polarity fractions averaged over the film bulk.

  12. Inference on the Production Mechanism of ZnO Thin Films from Activated Water and Dimethylzinc Molecules

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    Umemoto, Hironobu; Ishikawa, Takuma; Nishihara, Yushin; Yasui, Kanji; Nishiyama, Hiroshi; Inoue, Yasunobu; Kashiwagi, Yusaku; Ushijima, Mitsuru

    2013-09-01

    The reaction of Zn(CH3)2 and activated H2O produced in a reaction of H2 and O2 on a Pt catalyst and effused from a nozzle was examined both experimentally and theoretically. This reaction has been shown to be effective in the preparation of high-quality ZnO films. Laser-induced fluorescence measurements showed that radical species, such as H atoms and OH radicals, do not play major roles. The rotational temperature of H2O, measured with a coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering technique, was 250 K. This low rotational temperature suggests that H2O molecules must be accelerated along the beam axis and that the collisional energy between Zn(CH3)2 and H2O is as high as 43 kJ mol-1. This energy is higher than the potential barrier to produce HOZnCH3+CH4, 38 kJ mol-1, obtained by ab initio calculations at the MP2/LANL2DZ level of theory. HOZnCH3 thus produced can be the strongest candidate ZnO film precursor.

  13. Plasmonic control of near-interface exciton dynamics in defect-rich ZnO thin films

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    Lawrie, Benjamin J; Mu, Richard; HaglundJr., Richard F

    2012-01-01

    ZnO is an attractive material for many electro-optical applications, but the control of impurities remains an issue in device fabrication. For this paper, the dynamics of defect states produced by annealing ZnO thin-films at temperatures of 400-800C were probed by band-edge pump probe spectroscopy in differential reflection and transmission. The distinction between the differential reflection and transmission spectra allowed for the analysis of ultrafast near-interface dynamics, which cannot be separated from the bulk thin film dynamics by traditional ultrafast spectroscopies. In particular, simulataneous differential reflection and transmission spectroscopy provided clear evidence that the band-edge recombination dynamics in samples annealed at 400C were absent near the ZnO/substrate interface. However, the Purcell enhancement observed in Ag/ZnO heterostructures resulted in the dramatic emergence of the band-edge recombination signal where none was previously observable due to the dominant defect luminescence. Plasmon-exciton coupling enhances band-edge exciton recombination by nearly two orders of magnitude over the defect luminescence. This indicates that the spatial range of the Purcell effect is at least twice as large as inferred from photoluminescence studies.

  14. Effect of γ-irradiation on the growth of ZnO nanorod films for photocatalytic disinfection of contaminated water.

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    Alarcón, Julio; Ponce, Silvia; Paraguay-Delgado, Francisco; Rodríguez, Juan

    2011-12-01

    The growth of ZnO nanorods on a flat substrate containing γ-irradiated seeds and their ability to photocatalytically eliminate bacteria in water were studied. The seed layer was obtained, by the spray pyrolysis technique, from zinc acetate solutions γ-irradiated within the range from 0 to 100 kGy. Subsequently, to grow the rods, the seeds were immersed in a basic solution of zinc nitrate maintained at 90 °C. The rate of crystal growth on the seed layer during the thermal bath treatment was kept constant. The resulting materials were characterized morphologically by scanning electron and atomic force microscopies; X-ray diffraction was used to study their morphology and structure and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy to determine their absorbance. The obtained seed films were morphologically dependent on the radiation dose and this was correlated with the ZnO nanorod films which presented a texture in the (002) direction perpendicular to the substrate. The rods have a hexagonal mean cross section between 20 and 140 nm. Using these rods, the photocatalytic degradation of Escherichia coli bacteria in water was studied; a positive influence of the crystalline texture on the degradation rate was observed.

  15. Electric Field Induced Reversible Phase Transition in Li Doped Phosphorene: Shape Memory Effect and Superelasticity.

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    Deng, Junkai; Chang, Zhenyue; Zhao, Tong; Ding, Xiangdong; Sun, Jun; Liu, Jefferson Zhe

    2016-04-13

    Phosphorene, the single-layer form of black phosphorus, as a new member of atomically thin material family, has unique puckered atomistic structure and remarkable physical and chemical properties. In this paper, we report a discovery of an unexpected electromechanical energy conversion phenomenon-shape memory effect-in Li doped phosphorene P4Li2, using ab initio density functional theory simulations. Two stable phases are found for the two-dimensional (2D) P4Li2 crystal. Applying an external electric field can turn on or off the unique adatom switches in P4Li2 crystals, leading to a reversible structural phase transition and thereby the shape memory effect with an tunable strain output as high as 2.06%. Our results demonstrate that multiple temporary shapes are attainable in one piece of P4Li2 material, offering programmability that is particularly useful for device designs. Additionally, the P4Li2 displays superelasticity that can generate a pseudoelastic tensile strain up to 6.2%. The atomic thickness, superior flexibility, excellent electromechanical strain output, the special shape memory phenomenon, and the programmability feature endow P4Li2 with great application potential in high-efficient energy conversion at nanoscale and flexible nanoelectromechanical systems. PMID:27043220

  16. Electric Field Induced Reversible Phase Transition in Li Doped Phosphorene: Shape Memory Effect and Superelasticity.

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    Deng, Junkai; Chang, Zhenyue; Zhao, Tong; Ding, Xiangdong; Sun, Jun; Liu, Jefferson Zhe

    2016-04-13

    Phosphorene, the single-layer form of black phosphorus, as a new member of atomically thin material family, has unique puckered atomistic structure and remarkable physical and chemical properties. In this paper, we report a discovery of an unexpected electromechanical energy conversion phenomenon-shape memory effect-in Li doped phosphorene P4Li2, using ab initio density functional theory simulations. Two stable phases are found for the two-dimensional (2D) P4Li2 crystal. Applying an external electric field can turn on or off the unique adatom switches in P4Li2 crystals, leading to a reversible structural phase transition and thereby the shape memory effect with an tunable strain output as high as 2.06%. Our results demonstrate that multiple temporary shapes are attainable in one piece of P4Li2 material, offering programmability that is particularly useful for device designs. Additionally, the P4Li2 displays superelasticity that can generate a pseudoelastic tensile strain up to 6.2%. The atomic thickness, superior flexibility, excellent electromechanical strain output, the special shape memory phenomenon, and the programmability feature endow P4Li2 with great application potential in high-efficient energy conversion at nanoscale and flexible nanoelectromechanical systems.

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

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    Bissa, Shivangi; Naruka, Preeti; Bishnoi, Nidhi

    2016-05-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Fabrication and resistive switching characteristics of high compact Ga-doped ZnO nanorod thin film devices

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    Yao, I.-Chuan; Lee, Dai-Ying; Tseng, Tseung-Yuen; Lin, Pang

    2012-04-01

    This study investigates the resistive switching behavior of Ga-doped ZnO (GZO) nanorod thin films with various Ga/Zn molar ratios. Vertically well-aligned and uniform GZO nanorod thin films were successfully grown on Au/Ti/SiO2/p-Si substrates using an aqueous solution method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results indicate that GZO nanorods have [0001] highly preferred orientation. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations show the formation of highly ordered and dense nanorod thin films. These compact GZO nanorod thin films can be used to make resistive switching memory devices. Such memory devices can be reversibly switched between ON and OFF states, with a stable resistance ratio of ten times, narrow dispersion of ON and OFF voltages, and good endurance performance of over 100 cycles. The resistive switching mechanism in these devices is related to the formation and rupture of conducting filaments consisting of oxygen vacancies, occurring at interfaces between GZO nanorods (grain boundaries). Results show that the resulting compact GZO nanorod thin films have a high potential for resistive memory applications.

  2. Influence of Sn doping on structural, optical and electrical properties of ZnO thin films prepared by cost effective sol-gel process

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    Vishwas, M.; Narasimha Rao, K.; Arjuna Gowda, K. V.; Chakradhar, R. P. S.

    Tin (Sn) doped zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films were synthesized by sol-gel spin coating method using zinc acetate di-hydrate and tin chloride di-hydrate as the precursor materials. The films were deposited on glass and silicon substrates and annealed at different temperatures in air ambient. The agglomeration of grains was observed by the addition of Sn in ZnO film with an average grain size of 60 nm. The optical properties of the films were studied using UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometer. The optical band gap energies were estimated at different concentrations of Sn. The MOS capacitors were fabricated using Sn doped ZnO films. The capacitance-voltage (C-V), dissipation vs. voltage (D-V) and current-voltage (I-V) characteristics were studied and the electrical resistivity and dielectric constant were estimated. The porosity and surface area of the films were increased with the doping of Sn which makes these films suitable for opto-electronic applications.

  3. Ultrathin ZnS and ZnO Interfacial Passivation Layers for Atomic-Layer-Deposited HfO2 Films on InP Substrates.

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    Kim, Seung Hyun; Joo, So Yeong; Jin, Hyun Soo; Kim, Woo-Byoung; Park, Tae Joo

    2016-08-17

    Ultrathin ZnS and ZnO films grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD) were employed as interfacial passivation layers (IPLs) for HfO2 films on InP substrates. The interfacial layer growth during the ALD of the HfO2 film was effectively suppressed by the IPLs, resulting in the decrease of electrical thickness, hysteresis, and interface state density. Compared with the ZnO IPL, the ZnS IPL was more effective in reducing the interface state density near the valence band edge. The leakage current density through the film was considerably lowered by the IPLs because the film crystallization was suppressed. Especially for the film with the ZnS IPL, the leakage current density in the low-voltage region was significantly lower than that observed for the film with the ZnO IPL, because the direct tunneling current was suppressed by the higher conduction band offset of ZnS with the InP substrate. PMID:27467383

  4. (Ga,N) and (Cu,Ga) Co-Doped ZnO Films for Improving Photoelectrochemical Response for Solar Driven Hydrogen Production

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    Shet, S.

    2010-01-01

    In this study, Bandgap-reduced p-type ZnO thin films were synthesized through Cu and Ga co-doping. The ZnO:(Cu,Ga) films were synthesized by RF magnetron sputtering in O2 gas ambient at room temperature and then annealed at 500{sup o} in air for 2 hours. We found that the carrier concentration tuning does not significantly change the bandgap and crystallinity of the ZnO:Cu films. However, it can optimize the carrier concentration and thus dramatically enhance PEC response for the bandgap-reduced p-type ZnO thin films. The co-doped ZnO:(Ga,N) films were deposited by co-sputtering at room temperature, followed by post-annealing at 500{sup o}. We found that the ZnO:(Ga,N) films exhibited greatly enhanced crystallinity compared to ZnO:N films doped with pure N. Furthermore, the ZnO:(Ga,N) films showed much higher N-incorporation than ZnO:N films. As a result, the ZnO:(Ga,N) films showed significantly higher photocurrents than ZnO:N films.

  5. Epitaxial ZnO/LiNbO{sub 3}/ZnO stacked layer waveguide for application to thin-film Pockels sensors

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    Akazawa, Housei Fukuda, Hiroshi

    2015-05-15

    We produced slab waveguides consisting of a LiNbO{sub 3} (LN) core layer that was sandwiched with Al-doped ZnO cladding layers. The ZnO/LN/ZnO stacked layers were grown on sapphire C-planes by electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma sputtering and were subjected to structural, electrical, and optical characterizations. X-ray diffraction confirmed that the ZnO and LN layers were epitaxial without containing misoriented crystallites. The presence of 60°-rotational variants of ZnO and LN crystalline domains were identified from X-ray pole figures. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy images revealed a c-axis orientated columnar texture for LN crystals, which ensured operation as electro-optic sensors based on optical anisotropy along longitudinal and transversal directions. The interfacial roughness between the LN core and ZnO bottom layers as well as that between the ZnO top and the LN core layers was less than 20 nm, which agreed with surface images observed with atomic force microscopy. Outgrowth of triangular LN crystalline domains produced large roughness at the LN film surface. The RMS roughness of the LN film surface was twice that of the same structure grown on sapphire A-planes. Vertical optical transmittance of the stacked films was higher than 85% within the visible and infrared wavelength range. Following the approach adopted by Teng and Man [Appl. Phys. Lett. 56, 1734 (1990)], ac Pockels coefficients of r{sub 33} = 24-28 pm/V were derived for c-axis oriented LN films grown on low-resistive Si substrates. Light propagation within a ZnO/LN/ZnO slab waveguide as well as within a ZnO single layer waveguide was confirmed. The birefringence of these waveguides was 0.11 for the former and 0.05 for the latter.

  6. Epitaxial ZnO/LiNbO3/ZnO stacked layer waveguide for application to thin-film Pockels sensors

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    Akazawa, Housei; Fukuda, Hiroshi

    2015-05-01

    We produced slab waveguides consisting of a LiNbO3 (LN) core layer that was sandwiched with Al-doped ZnO cladding layers. The ZnO/LN/ZnO stacked layers were grown on sapphire C-planes by electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma sputtering and were subjected to structural, electrical, and optical characterizations. X-ray diffraction confirmed that the ZnO and LN layers were epitaxial without containing misoriented crystallites. The presence of 60°-rotational variants of ZnO and LN crystalline domains were identified from X-ray pole figures. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy images revealed a c-axis orientated columnar texture for LN crystals, which ensured operation as electro-optic sensors based on optical anisotropy along longitudinal and transversal directions. The interfacial roughness between the LN core and ZnO bottom layers as well as that between the ZnO top and the LN core layers was less than 20 nm, which agreed with surface images observed with atomic force microscopy. Outgrowth of triangular LN crystalline domains produced large roughness at the LN film surface. The RMS roughness of the LN film surface was twice that of the same structure grown on sapphire A-planes. Vertical optical transmittance of the stacked films was higher than 85% within the visible and infrared wavelength range. Following the approach adopted by Teng and Man [Appl. Phys. Lett. 56, 1734 (1990)], ac Pockels coefficients of r33 = 24-28 pm/V were derived for c-axis oriented LN films grown on low-resistive Si substrates. Light propagation within a ZnO/LN/ZnO slab waveguide as well as within a ZnO single layer waveguide was confirmed. The birefringence of these waveguides was 0.11 for the former and 0.05 for the latter.

  7. High electron mobility and low carrier concentration of hydrothermally grown ZnO thin films on seeded a-plane sapphire at low temperature

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    Jayah, Nurul Azzyaty; Yahaya, Hafizal; Mahmood, Mohamad Rusop; Terasako, Tomoaki; Yasui, Kanji; Hashim, Abdul Manaf

    2015-01-01

    Hydrothermal zinc oxide (ZnO) thick films were successfully grown on the chemical vapor deposition (CVD)-grown thick ZnO seed layers on a-plane sapphire substrates using the aqueous solution of zinc nitrate dehydrate (Zn(NO3)2). The use of the CVD ZnO seed layers with the flat surfaces seems to be a key technique for obtaining thick films instead of vertically aligned nanostructures as reported in many literatures. All the hydrothermal ZnO layers showed the large grains with hexagonal end facets and were highly oriented towards the c-axis direction. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the hydrothermal layers were composed of the ultraviolet (UV) emission (370 to 380 nm) and the visible emission (481 to 491 nm), and the intensity ratio of the former emission ( I UV) to the latter emission ( I VIS) changed, depending on both the molarity of the solution and temperature. It is surprising that all the Hall mobilities for the hydrothermal ZnO layers were significantly larger than those for their corresponding CVD seed films. It was also found that, for the hydrothermal films grown at 70°C to 90°C, the molarity dependences of I UV/ I VIS resembled those of mobilities, implying that the mobility in the film is affected by the structural defects. The highest mobility of 166 cm2/Vs was achieved on the hydrothermal film with the carrier concentration of 1.65 × 1017 cm-3 grown from the aqueous solution of 40 mM at 70°C.

  8. High electron mobility and low carrier concentration of hydrothermally grown ZnO thin films on seeded a-plane sapphire at low temperature.

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    Jayah, Nurul Azzyaty; Yahaya, Hafizal; Mahmood, Mohamad Rusop; Terasako, Tomoaki; Yasui, Kanji; Hashim, Abdul Manaf

    2015-01-01

    Hydrothermal zinc oxide (ZnO) thick films were successfully grown on the chemical vapor deposition (CVD)-grown thick ZnO seed layers on a-plane sapphire substrates using the aqueous solution of zinc nitrate dehydrate (Zn(NO3)2). The use of the CVD ZnO seed layers with the flat surfaces seems to be a key technique for obtaining thick films instead of vertically aligned nanostructures as reported in many literatures. All the hydrothermal ZnO layers showed the large grains with hexagonal end facets and were highly oriented towards the c-axis direction. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the hydrothermal layers were composed of the ultraviolet (UV) emission (370 to 380 nm) and the visible emission (481 to 491 nm), and the intensity ratio of the former emission (I UV) to the latter emission (I VIS) changed, depending on both the molarity of the solution and temperature. It is surprising that all the Hall mobilities for the hydrothermal ZnO layers were significantly larger than those for their corresponding CVD seed films. It was also found that, for the hydrothermal films grown at 70°C to 90°C, the molarity dependences of I UV/I VIS resembled those of mobilities, implying that the mobility in the film is affected by the structural defects. The highest mobility of 166 cm(2)/Vs was achieved on the hydrothermal film with the carrier concentration of 1.65 × 10(17) cm(-3) grown from the aqueous solution of 40 mM at 70°C.

  9. Modulation of microstructure and optical properties of Mo-doped ZnO thin films by substrate temperature

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    Zhang, J.W.; He, G.; Li, T.S.; Liu, M.; Chen, X.S.; Liu, Y.M.; Sun, Z.Q.

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • Mo-doped ZnO films are obtained by sputtering at various substrate temperatures. • High-quality MZO thin films with good crystalline have been obtained at 200 °C. • Deposition temperature affects the amount of defects in the crystalline structure - Abstract: Mo-doped ZnO(MZO) films were deposited on Si (1 1 1) substrates by radio frequency sputtering at different substrate temperatures of 200, 300 and 400 °C. The effect of the substrate temperature on the structural and optical properties of the MZO films has been investigated. X-ray diffraction results reveal that all the films are polycrystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite structure with a preferential orientation according to the direction (0 0 2) plane. The crystallinity and surface morphologies of the films are strongly dependent on the growth temperature, which in turn exerts a great effect on microstructural and optical properties of the MZO films. The optical absorption measurements show high ultraviolet (UV) absorbance property of MZO with sharp and intense absorption band in this region and the optical band gap (E{sub g}) are 3.18, 3.22, 3.25 and 3.21 eV for the films deposited at room temperature, 200, 300 and 400 °C. The photoluminescence (PL) intensity of a strong broad violet–blue emission from MZO nanostructures with increasing deposited temperature was also observed. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was employed to investigate the surface chemical composition of growth products.

  10. Modifying Optical Properties of ZnO Films by Forming Zn[subscript 1-x] Co[subscript x]O Solid Solutions via Spray Pyrolysis

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    Bentley, Anne K.; Weaver, Gabriela C.; Russell, Cianan B.; Fornes, William L.; Choi, Kyoung-Shin; Shih, Susan M.

    2007-01-01

    A simple and cost-effective experiment for the development and characterization of semiconductors using Uv-vis spectroscopy is described. The study shows that the optical properties of ZnO films can be easily modified by forming Zn[subscript 1-x] Co[subscript x]O solid solutions via spray pyrolysis.

  11. Influence of Rare Earth Ho3+ Doping on Structural, Microstructure and Magnetic Properties of ZnO Bulk and Thin Film Systems

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    Murtaza Rai, Ghulam; Azhar Iqbal, Muhammad; Xu, Yongbing; Will, Iain Gordon; Zhang, Wen

    2011-06-01

    We have investigated the doping behavior of rare earth element holmium (Ho3+) in ZnO semiconductor. The structural, microstructure, and magnetic properties of Zn1-xHoxO (x=0.0, 0.04, and 0.05) thin films deposited on Si(100) substrate by thermal evaporation technique were studied. The ceramic targets were prepared by conventional solid state ceramic technique. The pallets used as target were final sintered at 900 °C in the presence of N2 atmosphere. The experimental results of X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra, surface morphology, and magnetic properties show that the Ho3+ doped ZnO thin films has a strong influence on the materials properties. The higher angle shift in peak position and most preferred (101) orientation were observed in XRD pattern. These spectra confirmed the substitution of Ho3+ in ZnO lattice. The surface morphology and stoichiometry for both bulk and thin films were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. It was observed that grain size decreases with the increase of Ho3+. Room temperature ferromagnetism was observed for Zn0.95Ho0.05O films. The ferromagnetism might be attributed to the substitution of Ho ions for Zn2+ in ZnO lattices.

  12. Novel chemical vapor deposition process of ZnO films using nonequilibrium N2 plasma generated near atmospheric pressure with small amount of O2 below 1%

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    Nose, Yukinori; Yoshimura, Takeshi; Ashida, Atsushi; Uehara, Tsuyoshi; Fujimura, Norifumi

    2016-05-01

    We propose a novel chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process of ZnO films involving a nonequilibrium N2 plasma generated near atmospheric pressure with small O2 concentration (O2%) below 1%. In the optical emission (OE) spectra of the plasma, OE lines corresponding to the NO-γ system ( A 2 Σ + → X 2 Πγ + ) were observed, despite the only introduced gases being N2 and O2; these vanish at an O2% of more than 1%. ZnO films were grown on a glass substrate placed in the plasma at a growth temperature of as low as 200 °C and at an O2% of below 1% in the presence of the NO-γ system. This plasma yielded almost the same growth rate for ZnO films as O2 plasma including atomic O radicals that are often observed in low-pressure O2 plasma, suggesting that some highly reactive oxidant was sufficiently generated in such a small O2%. ZnO films synthesized using this plasma exhibited excellent ( 0001 ) preferred orientation without other diffractions such as 10 1 ¯ 1 diffraction, and with an optical bandgap of 3.30 eV. Based on the analyses of the plasma and the exhaust gases, the coexistence state of NO-γ and O3 should be essential and useful for the decomposition and oxidation of Zn source material in the proposed CVD process.

  13. Effect of different dopant elements (Al, Mg and Ni) on microstructural, optical and electrochemical properties of ZnO thin films deposited by spray pyrolysis (SP)

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    Benzarouk, Hayet; Drici, Abdelaziz; Mekhnache, Mounira; Amara, Abdelaziz; Guerioune, Mouhamed; Bernède, Jean Christian; Bendjffal, Hacen

    2012-09-01

    In the present work we studied the influence of the dopant elements and concentration on the microstructural and electrochemical properties of ZnO thin films deposited by spray pyrolysis. Transparent conductive thin films of zinc oxide (ZnO) were prepared by the spray pyrolysis process using an aqueous solution of zinc acetate dehydrate [Zn(CH3COO)2·2H2O] on soda glass substrate heated at 400 ± 5 °C. AlCl3, MgCl2 and NiCl2 were used as dopant. The effect of doping percentage (2-4%) has been investigated. Afterwards the samples were thermally annealed in an ambient air during one hour at 500 °C. X-ray diffraction showed that films have a wurtzite structure with a preferential orientation along the (0 0 2) direction for doped ZnO. The lattice parameters a and c are estimated to be 3.24 and 5.20 Ǻ, respectively. Transmission allowed to estimate the band gaps of ZnO layers. The electrochemical studies revealed that the corrosion resistance of the films depended on the concentration of dopants.

  14. Preparation of porous TiO2/ZnO composite film and its photocathodic protection properties for 304 stainless steel

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    Xu, Hongmei; Liu, Wei; Cao, Lixin; Su, Ge; Duan, Ruijing

    2014-05-01

    TiO2/ZnO composite films with porous structure were prepared on the 304 stainless steel (304SS) by the sol-gel method and heating treatment. The crystalline phase and morphology of as-prepared TiO2/ZnO composite films were characterized systematically by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, respectively. The influences of Ti/Zn molar ratio and the annealing temperature on the photoelectric property of the samples have been investigated and their photocathodic protection performances for 304 stainless steel under dark and UV conditions have also been evaluated in 3.0% NaCl solution by the electrochemical measurements. The results indicate that porous TiO2/ZnO composite film has a great enhancement of the light absorption and photoelectric property under UV illumination. This can be ascribed to the mutual effect of TiO2/ZnO heterojunctions and the porous structures in the composite films, which provide a better photogenerated cathodic protection for 304SS.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Defect Chemistry Study of Nitrogen Doped ZnO Thin Films

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    Miami University: Dr. Lei L. Kerr Wright State University: Dr. David C. Look and Dr. Zhaoqiang Fang

    2009-11-29

    Our team has investigated the defect chemistry of ZnO:N and developed a thermal evaporation (vapor-phase) method to synthesis p-type ZnO:N. Enhanced p-type conductivity of nitrogen doped ZnO via nano/micro structured rods and Zn-rich Co-doping process were studied. Also, an extended X-Ray absorption fine structure study of p-type nitrogen doped ZnO was conducted. Also reported are Hall-effect, photoluminescence, and DLTS studies.

  18. High-performance flexible Ag nanowire electrode with low-temperature atomic-layer-deposition fabrication of conductive-bridging ZnO film.

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    Duan, Ya-Hui; Duan, Yu; Chen, Ping; Tao, Ye; Yang, Yong-Qiang; Zhao, Yi

    2015-01-01

    As material for flexible transparent electrodes for organic photoelectric devices, the silver nanowires (AgNWs) have been widely studied. In this work, we propose a hybrid flexible anode with photopolymer substrate, which is composed of spin-coating-processed AgNW meshes and of zinc oxide (ZnO) prepared by low-temperature (60°C) atomic layer deposition. ZnO effectively fills in the voids of the AgNW mesh electrode, which is thus able to contact to the device all over the active area, to allow for efficient charge extraction/injection. Furthermore, ZnO grown by low temperature mainly relies on hole conduction to make the anode play a better role. Hole-only devices are fabricated to certify the functionality of the low-temperature ZnO film. Finally, we confirm that the ZnO film grown at a low temperature bring a significant contribution to the performance of the modified AgNW anode.

  19. Long-wavelength infrared surface plasmons on Ga-doped ZnO films excited via 2D hole arrays for extraordinary optical transmission

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    Cleary, Justin W.; Esfahani, Nima Nader; Vangala, Shivashankar; Guo, Junpeng; Hendrickson, Joshua R.; Leedy, Kevin D.; Thomson, Darren; Look, David C.

    2013-09-01

    Extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) through highly conductive ZnO films with sub-wavelength hole arrays is investigated in the long-wavelength infrared regime. EOT is facilitated by the excitation of surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) and can be tuned utilizing the physical structure size such as period. Pulse laser deposited Ga-doped ZnO has been shown to have fluctuations in optical and electrical parameters based on fabrication techniques, providing a complimentary tuning means. The sub-wavelength 2D hole arrays are fabricated in the Ga-doped ZnO films via standard lithography and etching processes. Optical reflection measurements completed with a microscope coupled FTIR system contain absorption resonances that are in agreement with analytical theories for excitation of SPPs on 2D structures. EOT through Ga-doped ZnO is numerically demonstrated at wavelengths where SPPs are excited. This highly conductive ZnO EOT structure may prove useful in novel integrated components such as tunable biosensors or surface plasmon coupling mechanisms.

  20. High-performance flexible Ag nanowire electrode with low-temperature atomic-layer-deposition fabrication of conductive-bridging ZnO film

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    Duan, Ya-Hui; Duan, Yu; Chen, Ping; Tao, Ye; Yang, Yong-Qiang; Zhao, Yi

    2015-02-01

    As material for flexible transparent electrodes for organic photoelectric devices, the silver nanowires (AgNWs) have been widely studied. In this work, we propose a hybrid flexible anode with photopolymer substrate, which is composed of spin-coating-processed AgNW meshes and of zinc oxide (ZnO) prepared by low-temperature (60°C) atomic layer deposition. ZnO effectively fills in the voids of the AgNW mesh electrode, which is thus able to contact to the device all over the active area, to allow for efficient charge extraction/injection. Furthermore, ZnO grown by low temperature mainly relies on hole conduction to make the anode play a better role. Hole-only devices are fabricated to certify the functionality of the low-temperature ZnO film. Finally, we confirm that the ZnO film grown at a low temperature bring a significant contribution to the performance of the modified AgNW anode.