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  1. The effect of nanowire length and diameter on the properties of transparent, conducting nanowire films.

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    Bergin, Stephen M; Chen, Yu-Hui; Rathmell, Aaron R; Charbonneau, Patrick; Li, Zhi-Yuan; Wiley, Benjamin J

    2012-03-21

    This article describes how the dimensions of nanowires affect the transmittance and sheet resistance of a random nanowire network. Silver nanowires with independently controlled lengths and diameters were synthesized with a gram-scale polyol synthesis by controlling the reaction temperature and time. Characterization of films composed of nanowires of different lengths but the same diameter enabled the quantification of the effect of length on the conductance and transmittance of silver nanowire films. Finite-difference time-domain calculations were used to determine the effect of nanowire diameter, overlap, and hole size on the transmittance of a nanowire network. For individual nanowires with diameters greater than 50 nm, increasing diameter increases the electrical conductance to optical extinction ratio, but the opposite is true for nanowires with diameters less than this size. Calculations and experimental data show that for a random network of nanowires, decreasing nanowire diameter increases the number density of nanowires at a given transmittance, leading to improved connectivity and conductivity at high transmittance (>90%). This information will facilitate the design of transparent, conducting nanowire films for flexible displays, organic light emitting diodes and thin-film solar cells.

  2. Thin film polycrystalline silicon nanowire biosensors.

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    Hakim, Mohammad M A; Lombardini, Marta; Sun, Kai; Giustiniano, Francesco; Roach, Peter L; Davies, Donna E; Howarth, Peter H; de Planque, Maurits R R; Morgan, Hywel; Ashburn, Peter

    2012-04-11

    Polysilicon nanowire biosensors have been fabricated using a top-down process and were used to determine the binding constant of two inflammatory biomarkers. A very low cost nanofabrication process was developed, based on simple and mature photolithography, thin film technology, and plasma etching, enabling an easy route to mass manufacture. Antibody-functionalized nanowire sensors were used to detect the proteins interleukin-8 (IL-8) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) over a wide range of concentrations, demonstrating excellent sensitivity and selectivity, exemplified by a detection sensitivity of 10 fM in the presence of a 100,000-fold excess of a nontarget protein. Nanowire titration curves gave antibody-antigen dissociation constants in good agreement with low-salt enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs). This fabrication process produces high-quality nanowires that are suitable for low-cost mass production, providing a realistic route to the realization of disposable nanoelectronic point-of-care (PoC) devices.

  3. Preparation and optical properties of silver nanowires and silver-nanowire thin films.

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    Luu, Quocanh N; Doorn, Joshua M; Berry, Mary T; Jiang, Chaoyang; Lin, Cuikun; May, P Stanley

    2011-04-01

    Silver nanowires and silver-nanowire thin films have attracted much attention due to their extensive applications in Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) and Surface-Enhanced Fluorescence (SEF). Thin films of silver nanowires within polyelectrolyte layers of poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) and poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS) were fabricated by the Spin-Assisted Layer-by-Layer (SA-LbL) method. The surface coverage, thickness, and absorbance properties of the silver-nanowire films were controlled by the number of layers deposited. Both transverse and longitudinal surface plasmon (SP) modes of the silver-nanowires were observed in the absorbance spectra, as was evidence for nanowire interaction. Two-dimensional finite difference time-domain (2D FDTD) simulations predict that the maximum field enhancement occurs at the ends and cross-sectional edges of the wires for the longitudinal and transverse modes, respectively. Silver nanowires were synthesized by a facile, high-yield solvothermal approach, which can be easily manipulated to control the aspect ratio of the nanowires. The effects of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) concentration and molecular weight on the growth of the silver nanowires, which are not documented in the original procedure, are discussed. It is shown that the growth mechanism for silver nanowires in the solvothermal synthesis is similar to that reported for the polyol synthesis.

  4. Manganese oxide nanowires, films, and membranes and methods of making

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    Suib, Steven Lawrence; Yuan, Jikang

    2008-10-21

    Nanowires, films, and membranes comprising ordered porous manganese oxide-based octahedral molecular sieves, and methods of making, are disclosed. A single crystal ultra-long nanowire includes an ordered porous manganese oxide-based octahedral molecular sieve, and has an average length greater than about 10 micrometers and an average diameter of about 5 nanometers to about 100 nanometers. A film comprises a microporous network comprising a plurality of single crystal nanowires in the form of a layer, wherein a plurality of layers is stacked on a surface of a substrate, wherein the nanowires of each layer are substantially axially aligned. A free standing membrane comprises a microporous network comprising a plurality of single crystal nanowires in the form of a layer, wherein a plurality of layers is aggregately stacked, and wherein the nanowires of each layer are substantially axially aligned.

  5. Enhanced photogenerated carrier collection in hybrid films of bio-templated gold nanowires and nanocrystalline CdSe.

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    Haberer, Elaine D; Joo, John H; Hodelin, Juan F; Hu, Evelyn L

    2009-10-14

    Hybrid films of bio-templated gold nanowires and chemical bath deposited nanocrystalline CdSe were fabricated. The conductivity of the gold nanowires within the hybrid material was controlled by gold electroless deposition. Photocurrent measurements were taken on gold nanowire films, CdSe chemical bath deposited films, and hybrid films. The incorporation of gold nanowires within the hybrid material clearly increased the extraction of photogenerated carriers within the CdSe. Photocurrent showed a direct correlation with gold nanowire conductivity.

  6. Enhanced photogenerated carrier collection in hybrid films of bio-templated gold nanowires and nanocrystalline CdSe

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    Haberer, Elaine D.; Joo, John H.; Hodelin, Juan F.; Hu, Evelyn L.

    2009-10-01

    Hybrid films of bio-templated gold nanowires and chemical bath deposited nanocrystalline CdSe were fabricated. The conductivity of the gold nanowires within the hybrid material was controlled by gold electroless deposition. Photocurrent measurements were taken on gold nanowire films, CdSe chemical bath deposited films, and hybrid films. The incorporation of gold nanowires within the hybrid material clearly increased the extraction of photogenerated carriers within the CdSe. Photocurrent showed a direct correlation with gold nanowire conductivity.

  7. Highly transparent, conductive, flexible resin films embedded with silver nanowires.

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    Jiang, Yaqiu; Xi, Jun; Wu, Zhaoxin; Dong, Hua; Zhao, Zhixu; Jiao, Bo; Hou, Xun

    2015-05-05

    In this article, a low sheet resistance and highly transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) resin composite film was demonstrated, which was prepared by a simple and efficacious two-step spin-coating method. By burying the AgNWs below the surface of the transparent resin matrix which was cured at 150 °C in air, we achieved a uniform, highly transparent, conductive, flexible film. Compared to the reported transparent electrodes, this composite transparent and conductive film showed 10 Ω/□ sheet resistance and nearly 90% mean optical transmittance over the UV-visible range simultaneously. Undergoing hundreds of cycles of tensile and compression folding, the composite film slightly increased its sheet resistance by less than 5%, displaying good electromechanical flexibility. These characteristics of the composite AgNW-resin films were expected to be used in applications of flexible optoelectronics.

  8. Expanding the versatility of silicon carbide thin films and nanowires

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    Luna, Lunet

    Silicon carbide (SiC) based electronics and sensors hold promise for pushing past the limits of current technology to achieve small, durable devices that can function in high-temperature, high-voltage, corrosive, and biological environments. SiC is an ideal material for such conditions due to its high mechanical strength, excellent chemical stability, and its biocompatibility. Consequently, SiC thin films and nanowires have attracted interest in applications such as micro- and nano-electromechanical systems, biological sensors, field emission cathodes, and energy storage devices. However to fully realize SiC in such technologies, the reliability of metal contacts to SiC at high temperatures must be improved and the nanowire growth mechanism must be understood to enable strict control of nanowire crystal structure and orientation. Here, we present a novel metallization scheme, utilizing solid-state graphitization of SiC, to improve the long-term reliability of Pt/Ti contacts to polycrystalline n-type SiC films at high temperature. The metallization scheme includes an alumina protection layer and exhibits low, stable contact resistivity even after long-term (500 hr) testing in air at 450 ºC. We also report the crystal structure and growth mechanism of Ni-assisted silicon carbide nanowires using single-source precursor, methyltrichlorosilane. The effects of growth parameters, such as substrate and temperature, on the structure and morphology of the resulting nanowires will also be presented. Overall, this study provides new insights towards the realization of novel SiC technologies, enabled by advanced electron microscopy techniques located in the user facilities at the Molecular Foundry in Berkeley, California. This work was performed in part at the Molecular Foundry, supported by the Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, of the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.

  9. Direct Conversion of Perovskite Thin Films into Nanowires with Kinetic Control for Flexible Optoelectronic Devices.

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    Zhu, Pengchen; Gu, Shuai; Shen, Xinpeng; Xu, Ning; Tan, Yingling; Zhuang, Shendong; Deng, Yu; Lu, Zhenda; Wang, Zhenlin; Zhu, Jia

    2016-02-10

    With significant progress in the past decade, semiconductor nanowires have demonstrated unique features compared to their thin film counterparts, such as enhanced light absorption, mechanical integrity and reduced therma conductivity, etc. However, technologies of semiconductor thin film still serve as foundations of several major industries, such as electronics, displays, energy, etc. A direct path to convert thin film to nanowires can build a bridge between these two and therefore facilitate the large-scale applications of nanowires. Here, we demonstrate that methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) nanowires can be synthesized directly from perovskite film by a scalable conversion process. In addition, with fine kinetic control, morphologies, and diameters of these nanowires can be well-controlled. Based on these perovskite nanowires with excellent optical trapping and mechanical properties, flexible photodetectors with good sensitivity are demonstrated.

  10. Influence of substrates on formation of polycrystalline silicon nanowire films

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    Kato, Shinya; Yamazaki, Tatsuya; Miyajima, Shinsuke; Konagai, Makoto

    2014-10-01

    Polycrystalline silicon nanowires (poly-SiNWs) films were successfully prepared by using metal assisted chemical etching of polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) films. The poly-Si films were prepared by solid-phase crystallization of amorphous silicon (a-Si) deposited by different deposition techniques on different substrates. In the case of the electron beam evaporated a-Si on a quartz substrate, the formation of poly-SiNWs was not observed and the structure was found to be porous silicon. On the other hand, poly-SiNWs successfully formed from poly-Si on a silicon substrate. We also found that deposition techniques for a-Si films affect the formation of poly-SiNWs.

  11. The optical and electrical properties of silver nanowire mesh films

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    Khanarian, G.; Joo, J.; Liu, X.-Q.; Eastman, P.; Werner, D.; O'Connell, K.; Trefonas, P.

    2013-07-01

    We present experimental results for the transmission T, haze H, sheet resistance Rs, and its spatial fluctuations ΔRs for silver nanowire films. Mie light scattering theory of nanowires is developed to predict both T and H as a function of diameter D of wires and the surface fraction ϕs covered by the wires. Percolation theory is used to derive an equation for Rs in terms of D, the aspect ratio of wires D/L and ϕs. The critical exponent t for percolation of Rs is found to be 1.23 in close agreement with theoretical results for 2D random resistive networks (t = 1.3). These equations show the importance of both the distributions of diameter ⟨D⟩ and aspect ratio of wires ⟨D⟩⟨L⟩/⟨L2⟩ to predict the optical and electrical properties. Spatial fluctuations ΔRs/Rs can also be significant in these films and be greater than 10% as ϕs approaches the critical percolation concentration ϕc. We show that the calculated T versus Rs and H versus Rs curves are in good agreement with the experimental data. We propose figures of merit for percolating nanowire films in terms of high T, low H, and low Rs to order the quality of films for touch screen applications. The results show that D < 50 nm and L > 5 μm are needed to achieve low haze H < 1%, high transmission T > 90%, together with low Rs ˜ 100 Ω/sq for touch screen applications. Finally, we present experimental and theoretical results of the real and imaginary refractive indices of AgNW/polymer nanocomposites, and find that the Van De Hulst model is more accurate than the Maxwell Garnett models.

  12. Fabrication and characterization of p-Si nanowires/ZnO film heterojunction diode

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    Choi, Ji-Hyuk; Das, Sachindra Nath; Moon, Kyeong-Ju; Kar, Jyoti Prakash; Myoung, Jae-Min

    2010-12-01

    Vertical aligned p-Si nanowires were fabricated by electroless wet chemical etching of Si wafer. p-Si nanowires/ZnO thin film heterojunction diode was fabricated by depositing ZnO thin film on vertically aligned p-Si nanowire arrays. Optical studies revealed that the Si nanowire surface has porous silicon like structure. The junction properties were evaluated by measuring I- V and C- V characteristics. I- V characteristics exhibited well defined rectifying behavior with a turn-on voltage of 2.26 V and ideality factor of 4.5.

  13. Preparation of photocatalytic anatase nanowire films by in situ oxidation of titanium plate.

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    Wu, Yahui; Long, Mingce; Cai, Weimin; Dai, Sidi; Chen, Chao; Wu, Deyong; Bai, Jing

    2009-05-06

    Photocatalytic anatase TiO2 nanowire thin films have been prepared by in situ oxidation of Ti plate in a mixture solution of concentrated H(2)O(2) and NaOH, followed by proton exchange and calcination. The morphologies and properties of the titanate and titania films have been investigated by means of field emission scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectrometry, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and Raman spectrometry. The mechanism of formation of the porous microstructure has been discussed; it is the result of the balance between dissolution and precipitation. And sodium ions in the solution are needed to combine with titanate species for the nanowire formation. The anatase TiO2 nanowire thin films exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity and stability in phenol degradation. The combination effects of the porous morphology and nanowire characteristics are favorable for improved photocatalytic performance. This novel nanowire film is promising for practical aqueous purification.

  14. Enhancing four-wave-mixing processes by nanowire arrays coupled to a gold film.

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    Poutrina, Ekaterina; Ciracì, Cristian; Gauthier, Daniel J; Smith, David R

    2012-05-07

    We consider the process of four-wave mixing in an array of gold nanowires strongly coupled to a gold film. Using full-wave simulations, we perform a quantitative comparison of the four-wave mixing efficiency associated with a bare film and films with nanowire arrays. We find that the strongly localized surface plasmon resonances of the coupled nanowires provide an additional local field enhancement that, along with the delocalized surface plasmon of the film, produces an overall four-wave mixing efficiency enhancement of up to six orders of magnitude over that of the bare film. The enhancement occurs over a wide range of excitation angles. The film-coupled nanowire array is easily amenable to nanofabrication, and could find application as an ultra-compact component for integrated photonic and quantum optic systems.

  15. Dewetting process of Au films on SiO2 nanowires: Activation energy evaluation

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    Ruffino, F.; Grimaldi, M. G.

    2015-05-01

    SiO2 nanowires gain scientific and technological interest in application fields ranging from nano-electronics, optics and photonics to bio-sensing. Furthermore, the SiO2 nanowires chemical and physical properties, and so their performances in devices, can be enhanced if decorated by metal nanoparticles (such Au) due to local plasmonic effects. In the present paper, we propose a simple, low-cost and high-throughput three-steps methodology for the mass-production of Au nanoparticles coated SiO2 nanowires. It is based on (1) production of the SiO2 nanowires on Si surface by solid state reaction of an Au film with the Si substrate at high temperature; (2) sputtering deposition of Au on the SiO2 nanowires to obtain the nanowires coated by an Au film; and (3) furnace annealing processes to induce the Au film dewetting on the SiO2 nanowires surface. Using scanning electron microscopy analyses, we followed the change of the Au nanoparticles mean versus the annealing time extracting values for the characteristic activation energy of the dewetting process of the Au film on the SiO2 nanowires surface. Such a study can allow the tuning of the nanowires/nanoparticles sizes for desired technological applications.

  16. Preparation of Mesoporous Silica Templated Metal Nanowire Films on Foamed Nickel Substrates

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    Campbell, Roger; Kenik, Edward A; Bakker, Martin; Havrilla, George; Montoya, Velma; Shamsuzzoha, Mohammed

    2006-01-01

    A method has been developed for the formation of high surface area nanowire films on planar and three-dimensional metal electrodes. These nanowire films are formed via electrodeposition into a mesoporous silica film. The mesoporous silica films are formed by a sol-gel process using Pluronic tri-block copolymers to template mesopore formation on both planar and three-dimensional metal electrodes. Surface area increases of up to 120-fold have been observed in electrodes containing a templated film when compared to the same types of electrodes without the templated film.

  17. Effects of alkali treatments on Ag nanowire transparent conductive films

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    Kim, Sunho; Kang, Jun-gu; Eom, Tae-yil; Moon, Bongjin; Lee, Hoo-Jeong

    2016-06-01

    In this study, we employ various alkali materials (alkali metals with different base strengths, and ammonia gas and solution) to improve the conductivity of silver nanowire (Ag NW)-networked films. The alkali treatment appears to remove the surface oxide and improve the conductivity. When applied with TiO2 nanoparticles, the treatment appears more effective as the alkalis gather around wire junctions and help them weld to each other via heat emitted from the reduction reaction. The ammonia solution treatment is found to be quick and aggressive, damaging the wires severely in the case of excessive treatment. On the other hand, the ammonia gas treatment seems much less aggressive and does not damage the wires even after a long exposure. The results of this study highlight the effectiveness of the alkali treatment in improving of the conductivity of Ag NW-networked transparent conductive films.

  18. Effects of length dispersity and film fabrication on the sheet resistance of copper nanowire transparent conductors

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    Borchert, James W.; Stewart, Ian E.; Ye, Shengrong; Rathmell, Aaron R.; Wiley, Benjamin J.; Winey, Karen I.

    2015-08-01

    Development of thin-film transparent conductors (TC) based on percolating networks of metal nanowires has leaped forward in recent years, owing to the improvement of nanowire synthetic methods and modeling efforts by several research groups. While silver nanowires are the first commercially viable iteration of this technology, systems based on copper nanowires are not far behind. Here we present an analysis of TCs composed of copper nanowire networks on sheets of polyethylene terephthalate that have been treated with various oxide-removing post treatments to improve conductivity. A pseudo-2D rod network modeling approach has been modified to include lognormal distributions in length that more closely reflect experimental data collected from the nanowire TCs. In our analysis, we find that the copper nanowire TCs are capable of achieving comparable electrical performance to silver nanowire TCs with similar dimensions. Lastly, we present a method for more accurately determining the nanowire area coverage in a TC over a large area using Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS) to directly measure the metal content in the TCs. These developments will aid research and industry groups alike in the characterization of nanowire based TCs.Development of thin-film transparent conductors (TC) based on percolating networks of metal nanowires has leaped forward in recent years, owing to the improvement of nanowire synthetic methods and modeling efforts by several research groups. While silver nanowires are the first commercially viable iteration of this technology, systems based on copper nanowires are not far behind. Here we present an analysis of TCs composed of copper nanowire networks on sheets of polyethylene terephthalate that have been treated with various oxide-removing post treatments to improve conductivity. A pseudo-2D rod network modeling approach has been modified to include lognormal distributions in length that more closely reflect experimental data collected

  19. Influence of Nanowire Diameter on Structural and Optical Properties of cu Nanowire Synthesized in Anodic Aluminium Oxide Film

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    Cetinel, A.; Özcelik, Z.

    2016-11-01

    Copper (Cu) nanowire arrays embedded in anodic aluminium oxide films (AAO) on aluminium substrate have been synthesized by alternating current electrochemical deposition. Two-step anodization process has been performed to get the through-hole AAO with ordered nanochannels in 0.3M oxalic acids at DC voltages 30, 40, 50 and 60V, respectively. Structural characterization of the Cu nanowires has been analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (or) X-ray diffractometer (XRD). Our SEM analysis has revealed that the diameters of vertically oriented Cu nanowires are 15, 25, 45 and 60nm and the length of Cu nanowires having high packing density is about 15μm. XRD measurement has indicated that polycrystalline Cu nanowires prefer growth orientation along the (111) direction. Optical measurements show that reflection of the Cu nanowires/AAO on aluminium reduces with decreasing diameter of the Cu nanowires. This effect can be associated with increased light scattering from metal nanoparticles near their localized plasmon resonance frequency depending on the size and shape of the nanoparticles.

  20. Fabrication of Bi Nanowire Array into Nanoporous Film Made from Phase-Separated Al-Si Film

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    Fukutani, Kazuhiko; Den, Tohru

    2008-04-01

    Ultrahigh-pore-density nanoporous films with a pore diameter less than 10 nm and a pore density exceeding 1016 pores/m2 have been fabricated by the phase separation of an Al-Si system and the subsequent removal of Al cylinders, for use in the template-assisted growth of Bi nanowire arrays. Bi was used to fill the pores of template films by electrodeposition. The temperature dependence of the resistance of the obtained Bi nanowires with a diameter of 9 nm, parallel to the Bi nanowire growth direction, exhibits a semimetal-to-semiconductor transition due to the quantum confinement effect.

  1. Evaluation of the effects of iron nanowires on polystyrene microthin films

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    Glaze, Kelly R.

    The different properties that polymer films possess compared to their bulk materials have been studied over the past several decades. One explanation for this involves interactions between substrates and films, and the use of nanoparticles has emerged as an alternative means of investigating these interactions. The objective of this study is to determine the effects and the nature of interactions between iron (Fe) nanowires and polystyrene (PS) microthin films. Investigation of the interactions by utilization of physical, thermal, and spectral methodologies was performed on four types of PS film samples based on the possible combinations of unstretched or stretched films that were without or with Fe nanowires. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) experiments were performed on heating the four types of PS film samples. Compared to the glass transition temperature (Tg) of the bulk material (˜94 °C), the average experimental Tg of unstretched PS films without Fe nanowires was 84.0 °C, which decreased after the addition of Fe nanowires to 67.5 °C, presumably due to the thermal conductivity of the nanowires. Polarized light microscope (PLM) images showed color differences with 90° polarization using a 530 nm filter in areas around Fe nanowires in stretched PS film samples. The differences may have been due to orientation changes caused by interactions with Fe nanowires, or the nanowires may have either hindered or prevented stretching in surrounding areas, leaving those areas a similar shade of pink as the background. Fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) as a function of polarization angle confirmed the expectation that the physical effect of stretching a PS film without the addition of nanoparticles is sufficient to produce linear absorbance variations. FT-IR as a function of temperature suggested that absorbance decreases were caused by the PS film melting, which may have been hastened by the physical interaction of Fe nanowires conducting heat. Two

  2. Silver Nanowire Transparent Conductive Films with High Uniformity Fabricated via a Dynamic Heating Method.

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    Jia, Yonggao; Chen, Chao; Jia, Dan; Li, Shuxin; Ji, Shulin; Ye, Changhui

    2016-04-20

    The uniformity of the sheet resistance of transparent conductive films is one of the most important quality factors for touch panel applications. However, the uniformity of silver nanowire transparent conductive films is far inferior to that of indium-doped tin oxide (ITO). Herein, we report a dynamic heating method using infrared light to achieve silver nanowire transparent conductive films with high uniformity. This method can overcome the coffee ring effect during the drying process and suppress the aggregation of silver nanowires in the film. A nonuniformity factor of the sheet resistance of the as-prepared silver nanowire transparent conductive films could be as low as 6.7% at an average sheet resistance of 35 Ω/sq and a light transmittance of 95% (at 550 nm), comparable to that of high-quality ITO film in the market. In addition, a mechanical study shows that the sheet resistance of the films has little change after 5000 bending cycles, and the film could be used in touch panels for human-machine interactive input. The highly uniform and mechanically stable silver nanowire transparent conductive films meet the requirement for many significant applications and could play a key role in the display market in a near future.

  3. Integrating simulations and experiments to predict sheet resistance and optical transmittance in nanowire films for transparent conductors.

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    Mutiso, Rose M; Sherrott, Michelle C; Rathmell, Aaron R; Wiley, Benjamin J; Winey, Karen I

    2013-09-24

    Metal nanowire films are among the most promising alternatives for next-generation flexible, solution-processed transparent conductors. Breakthroughs in nanowire synthesis and processing have reported low sheet resistance (Rs ≤ 100 Ω/sq) and high optical transparency (%T > 90%). Comparing the merits of the various nanowires and fabrication methods is inexact, because Rs and %T depend on a variety of independent parameters including nanowire length, nanowire diameter, areal density of the nanowires and contact resistance between nanowires. In an effort to account for these fundamental parameters of nanowire thin films, this paper integrates simulations and experimental results to build a quantitatively predictive model. First, by fitting the results from simulations of quasi-2D rod networks to experimental data from well-defined nanowire films, we obtain an effective average contact resistance, which is indicative of the nanowire chemistry and processing methods. Second, this effective contact resistance is used to simulate how the sheet resistance depends on the aspect ratio (L/D) and areal density of monodisperse rods, as well as the effect of mixtures of short and long nanowires on the sheet resistance. Third, by combining our simulations of sheet resistance and an empirical diameter-dependent expression for the optical transmittance, we produced a fully calculated plot of optical transmittance versus sheet resistance. Our predictions for silver nanowires are validated by experimental results for silver nanowire films, where nanowires of L/D > 400 are required for high performance transparent conductors. In contrast to a widely used approach that employs a single percolative figure of merit, our method integrates simulation and experimental results to enable researchers to independently explore the importance of contact resistance between nanowires, as well as nanowire area fraction and arbitrary distributions in nanowire sizes. To become competitive, metal

  4. Stable and Controllable Synthesis of Silver Nanowires for Transparent Conducting Film.

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    Liu, Bitao; Yan, Hengqing; Chen, Shanyong; Guan, Youwei; Wu, Guoguo; Jin, Rong; Li, Lu

    2017-12-01

    Silver nanowires without particles are synthesized by a solvothermal method at temperature 150 °C. Silver nanowires are prepared via a reducing agent of glycerol and a capping agent of polyvinylpyrrolidone (M w  ≈ 1,300,000). Both of them can improve the purity of the as-prepared silver nanowires. With controllable shapes and sizes, silver nanowires are grown continuously up to 10-20 μm in length with 40-50 nm in diameter. To improve the yield of silver nanowires, the different concentrations of AgNO3 synthesis silver nanowires are discussed. The characterizations of the synthesized silver nanowires are analyzed by UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and atomic force microscope (AFM), and silver nanowires are pumped on the cellulose membrane and heated stress on the PET. Then, the cellulose membrane is dissolved by the steam of acetone to prepare flexible transparent conducting thin film, which is detected 89.9 of transmittance and 58 Ω/□. Additionally, there is a close loop connected by the thin film, a blue LED, a pair of batteries, and a number of wires, to determinate directly the film if conductive or not.

  5. Effects of length dispersity and film fabrication on the sheet resistance of copper nanowire transparent conductors.

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    Borchert, James W; Stewart, Ian E; Ye, Shengrong; Rathmell, Aaron R; Wiley, Benjamin J; Winey, Karen I

    2015-09-14

    Development of thin-film transparent conductors (TC) based on percolating networks of metal nanowires has leaped forward in recent years, owing to the improvement of nanowire synthetic methods and modeling efforts by several research groups. While silver nanowires are the first commercially viable iteration of this technology, systems based on copper nanowires are not far behind. Here we present an analysis of TCs composed of copper nanowire networks on sheets of polyethylene terephthalate that have been treated with various oxide-removing post treatments to improve conductivity. A pseudo-2D rod network modeling approach has been modified to include lognormal distributions in length that more closely reflect experimental data collected from the nanowire TCs. In our analysis, we find that the copper nanowire TCs are capable of achieving comparable electrical performance to silver nanowire TCs with similar dimensions. Lastly, we present a method for more accurately determining the nanowire area coverage in a TC over a large area using Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS) to directly measure the metal content in the TCs. These developments will aid research and industry groups alike in the characterization of nanowire based TCs.

  6. Fabrication of superconducting nanowires from ultrathin MgB2 films via focused ion beam milling

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    Zhang, Chen; Wang, Da; Liu, Zheng-Hao; Zhang, Yan; Ma, Ping; Feng, Qing-Rong; Wang, Yue; Gan, Zi-Zhao

    2015-02-01

    High quality superconducting nanowires were fabricated from ultrathin MgB2 films by a focused ion beam milling technique. The precursor MgB2 films in 10 nm thick were grown on MgO substrates by using a hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition method. The nanowires, in widths of about 300-600 nm and lengths of 1 or 10 μm, showed high superconducting critical temperatures (Tc's) above 34 K and narrow superconducting transition widths (ΔTc's) of 1-3 K. The superconducting critical current density Jc of the nanowires was above 5 × 107 A/cm2 at 20 K. The high Tc, narrow ΔTc, and high Jc of the nanowires offered the possibility of making MgB2-based nano-devices such as hot-electron bolometers and superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors with high operating temperatures at 15-20 K.

  7. Metal Induced Growth of Si Thin Films and NiSi Nanowires

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    2010-02-25

    Zinc Oxide Over MIG Silicon- We have been studying the formation of ZnO films by RF sputtering. Part of this study deals with...about 50 nm. 15. SUBJECT TERMS Thin film silicon, solar cells, thin film transistors , nanowires, metal induced growth 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION...to achieve, µc-Si is more desirable than a-Si due to its increased mobility. Thin film µc-Si is also a popular material for thin film transistors

  8. Reduced graphene oxide/copper nanowire hybrid films as high-performance transparent electrodes.

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    Kholmanov, Iskandar N; Domingues, Sergio H; Chou, Harry; Wang, Xiaohan; Tan, Cheng; Kim, Jin-Young; Li, Huifeng; Piner, Richard; Zarbin, Aldo J G; Ruoff, Rodney S

    2013-02-26

    Hybrid films composed of reduced graphene oxide (RG-O) and Cu nanowires (NWs) were prepared. Compared to Cu NW films, the RG-O/Cu NW hybrid films have improved electrical conductivity, oxidation resistance, substrate adhesion, and stability in harsh environments. The RG-O/Cu NW films were used as transparent electrodes in Prussian blue (PB)-based electrochromic devices where they performed significantly better than pure Cu NW films.

  9. Synthesis of ZnO nanowires for thin film network transistors

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

    2008-08-01

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

  10. Temperature-controlled transparent-film heater based on silver nanowire-PMMA composite film.

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    He, Xin; Liu, A'lei; Hu, Xuyang; Song, Mingxia; Duan, Feng; Lan, Qiuming; Xiao, Jundong; Liu, Junyan; Zhang, Mei; Chen, Yeqing; Zeng, Qingguang

    2016-11-25

    We fabricated a high-performance film heater based on a silver nanowire and polymethyl methacrylate (Ag NW-PMMA) composite film, which was synthesized with the assistance of mechanical lamination and an in situ transfer method. The films exhibit excellent conductivity, high figure of merit, and strong adhesion of percolation network to substrate. By controlling NW density, we prepared the films with a transmittance of 44.9-85.0% at 550 nm and a sheet resistance of 0.13-1.40 Ω sq(-1). A stable temperature ranging from 130 °C-40 °C was generated at 3.0 V within 10-30 s, indicating that the resulting film heaters show a rapid thermal response, low driving voltage and stable temperature recoverability. Furthermore, we demonstrated the applications of the film heater in defrosting and a physical therapeutic instrument. A fast defrosting on the composite film with a transmittance of 88% was observed by applying a 9 V driving voltage for 20 s. Meanwhile, we developed a physical therapeutic instrument with two modes of thermotherapy and electronic-pulse massage by using the composite films as two electrodes, greatly decreasing the weight and power consumption compared to a traditional instrument. Therefore, Ag NW-PMMA film can be a promising candidate for diversified heating applications.

  11. Temperature-controlled transparent-film heater based on silver nanowire-PMMA composite film

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    He, Xin; Liu, A.'lei; Hu, Xuyang; Song, Mingxia; Duan, Feng; Lan, Qiuming; Xiao, Jundong; Liu, Junyan; Zhang, Mei; Chen, Yeqing; Zeng, Qingguang

    2016-11-01

    We fabricated a high-performance film heater based on a silver nanowire and polymethyl methacrylate (Ag NW-PMMA) composite film, which was synthesized with the assistance of mechanical lamination and an in situ transfer method. The films exhibit excellent conductivity, high figure of merit, and strong adhesion of percolation network to substrate. By controlling NW density, we prepared the films with a transmittance of 44.9-85.0% at 550 nm and a sheet resistance of 0.13-1.40 Ω sq-1. A stable temperature ranging from 130 °C-40 °C was generated at 3.0 V within 10-30 s, indicating that the resulting film heaters show a rapid thermal response, low driving voltage and stable temperature recoverability. Furthermore, we demonstrated the applications of the film heater in defrosting and a physical therapeutic instrument. A fast defrosting on the composite film with a transmittance of 88% was observed by applying a 9 V driving voltage for 20 s. Meanwhile, we developed a physical therapeutic instrument with two modes of thermotherapy and electronic-pulse massage by using the composite films as two electrodes, greatly decreasing the weight and power consumption compared to a traditional instrument. Therefore, Ag NW-PMMA film can be a promising candidate for diversified heating applications.

  12. Effects of synthesizing parameters on surface roughness and contact angles of ZnO nanowire films.

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    Jing, Weixuan; Wang, Bing; Niu, Lingling; Jiang, Zhuangde; Qi, Han; Chen, Lujia; Zhou, Fan

    2014-06-01

    Effects of the synthesizing parameters on the surface roughness and the contact angles of ZnO nanowire films were studied in this paper. ZnO nanowire films were synthesized with the hydrothermal method on glass substrates, and the synthesizing parameters include the concentrations of the growth solution and the seed layer solution, the growth time span as well as the temperature. Atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy were employed respectively to characterize the surface and the profile roughness of ZnO nanowire films. The measurement results by atomic force microscopy were in agreement with that by scanning electron microscopy, hence the former was used for the investigation of aforementioned effects. Relationships between the synthesizing parameters, the surface roughness and the contact angles of ZnO nanowire films were established, revealing that the synthesizing parameters affected significantly not only the surface roughness but also the contact angles of ZnO nanowire films. The results can be used for batch fabrication of ZnO nanowire-based structures and these structures-based sensors in a wide variety of applications.

  13. Extraordinarily high conductivity of flexible adhesive films by hybrids of silver nanoparticle-nanowires

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    Muhammed Ajmal, C.; Mol Menamparambath, Mini; Ryeol Choi, Hyouk; Baik, Seunghyun

    2016-06-01

    Highly conductive flexible adhesive (CFA) film was developed using micro-sized silver flakes (primary fillers), hybrids of silver nanoparticle-nanowires (secondary fillers) and nitrile butadiene rubber. The hybrids of silver nanoparticle-nanowires were synthesized by decorating silver nanowires with silver nanoparticle clusters using bifunctional cysteamine as a linker. The dispersion in ethanol was excellent for several months. Silver nanowires constructed electrical networks between the micro-scale silver flakes. The low-temperature surface sintering of silver nanoparticles enabled effective joining of silver nanowires to silver flakes. The hybrids of silver nanoparticle-nanowires provided a greater maximum conductivity (54 390 S cm-1) than pure silver nanowires, pure multiwalled carbon nanotubes, and multiwalled carbon nanotubes decorated with silver nanoparticles in nitrile butadiene rubber matrix. The resistance change was smallest upon bending when the hybrids of silver nanoparticle-nanowires were employed. The adhesion of the film on polyethylene terephthalate substrate was excellent. Light emitting diodes were successfully wired to the CFA circuit patterned by the screen printing method for application demonstration.

  14. Extraordinarily high conductivity of flexible adhesive films by hybrids of silver nanoparticle-nanowires.

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    Ajmal, C Muhammed; Menamparambath, Mini Mol; Choi, Hyouk Ryeol; Baik, Seunghyun

    2016-06-03

    Highly conductive flexible adhesive (CFA) film was developed using micro-sized silver flakes (primary fillers), hybrids of silver nanoparticle-nanowires (secondary fillers) and nitrile butadiene rubber. The hybrids of silver nanoparticle-nanowires were synthesized by decorating silver nanowires with silver nanoparticle clusters using bifunctional cysteamine as a linker. The dispersion in ethanol was excellent for several months. Silver nanowires constructed electrical networks between the micro-scale silver flakes. The low-temperature surface sintering of silver nanoparticles enabled effective joining of silver nanowires to silver flakes. The hybrids of silver nanoparticle-nanowires provided a greater maximum conductivity (54 390 S cm(-1)) than pure silver nanowires, pure multiwalled carbon nanotubes, and multiwalled carbon nanotubes decorated with silver nanoparticles in nitrile butadiene rubber matrix. The resistance change was smallest upon bending when the hybrids of silver nanoparticle-nanowires were employed. The adhesion of the film on polyethylene terephthalate substrate was excellent. Light emitting diodes were successfully wired to the CFA circuit patterned by the screen printing method for application demonstration.

  15. Investigation of surface plasmon resonance in composite nanostructure of silver film and nanowire array

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    Li, Jun; Yang, Junyi; Wu, Xingzhi; Song, Yinglin

    2016-10-01

    We investigate the surface plasmon resonance in a new composite nanostructure (Nanowires array beneath metal film). Computational simulation results exhibit that, for both transverse electric(TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) polarization, the positions of resonance peaks is extremely sensitive to the change of center distance (Filling ratio of nanowires). When the diameter of Nanowires is 4nm and under TM polarization, the resonance angle increasing with the increase of center distance. In the case of TE polarization, the result is completely the opposite within limits. It is also shown that changes in thickness of Ag film(At the top of the Ag nanowire) has little direct effect on the resonance angle, But the characteritics of SPR intensity is influenced by the thickness of Ag film in the most degree. When the thickness of Ag film is 50 nm, In range of 10nm to 100nm, the minimum value of the reflectance is only 0.05, the result is consistent with the previous studies. Additionally, the nano composite structure material is very sensitive to the refractive index change of the lowest layer when under the TE- polarization. we have done mode analysis of the SPR structure for both simple and practical structures using comsol multiphysics, our approach is intend to show the feasibity and extend the applicability of the plasmonic nanowires, could lead to provide the basis for design the new structure of nanowires array.

  16. Predicting the optoelectronic properties of nanowire films based on control of length polydispersity

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    Large, Matthew J.; Burn, Jake; King, Alice A.; Ogilvie, Sean P.; Jurewicz, Izabela; Dalton, Alan B.

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate that the optoelectronic properties of percolating thin films of silver nanowires (AgNWs) are predominantly dependent upon the length distribution of the constituent AgNWs. A generalized expression is derived to describe the dependence of both sheet resistance and optical transmission on this distribution. We experimentally validate the relationship using ultrasonication to controllably vary the length distribution. These results have major implications where nanowire-based films are a desirable material for transparent conductor applications; in particular when application-specific performance criteria must be met. It is of particular interest to have a simple method to generalize the properties of bulk films from an understanding of the base material, as this will speed up the optimisation process. It is anticipated that these results may aid in the adoption of nanowire films in industry, for applications such as touch sensors or photovoltaic electrode structures. PMID:27158132

  17. ZnO/Ag nanowires composite film ultraviolet photoconductive detector

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    Guodong, Yan; Minqiang, Wang; Zhi, Yang

    2015-08-01

    ZnO/Ag nanowires (NWs) film ultraviolet (UV) detector was fabricated by a simple and low-cost solution-processed method. In order to prepare this device, Ag NWs network was first spin-coated on glass substrate as a transparent conducting electrode, then ZnO NWs arrays were grown vertically on the Ag NWs network based on the hydrothermal method. This UV detector exhibited an excellent detection performance with large on/off ratio and short response time. Several process and working parameters were particularly investigated to analyze the relationship between structure and performance, which include growth time of ZnO NWs array, spin speed of Ag NWs network and working temperature. This UV photoconductive detector is based on two kinds of one-dimension nanomaterials, and it was regarded as a compromise between high performance with large area, low voltage and low cost. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 61176056, 91323303, 91123019), the 111 Program (No. B14040), and the Open Projects from the Institute of Photonics and Photo-Technology, Provincial Key Laboratory of Photoelectronic Technology, Northwest University, China.

  18. Flexible transparent PES/silver nanowires/PET sandwich-structured film for high-efficiency electromagnetic interference shielding.

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    Hu, Mingjun; Gao, Jiefeng; Dong, Yucheng; Li, Kai; Shan, Guangcun; Yang, Shiliu; Li, Robert Kwok-Yiu

    2012-05-08

    We have developed a kind of high-yield synthesis strategy for silver nanowires by a two-step injection polyol method. Silver nanowires and polyethylene oxide (PEO) (M(w) = 900,000) were prepared in a homogeneous-coating ink. Wet composite films with different thicknesses were fabricated on a PET substrate by drawn-down rod-coating technology. Silver nanowires on PET substrates present a homogeneous distribution under the assistance of PEO. Then PEO was thermally removed in situ at a relatively low temperature attributed to its special thermal behavior under atmospheric conditions. As-prepared metallic nanowire films on PET substrates show excellent stability and a good combination of conductivity and light transmission. A layer of transparent poly(ethersulfones) (PESs) was further coated on silver nanowire networks by the same coating method to prevent the shedding and corrosion of silver nanowires. Sandwich-structured flexible transparent films were obtained and displayed excellent electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding effectiveness.

  19. The mechanism of Bi nanowire growth from Bi/Co immiscible composite thin films.

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    Volobuev, Valentine V; Dziawa, Piotr; Stetsenko, Alexander N; Zubarev, Eugene N; Savitskiy, Boris A; Samburskaya, Tatyana A; Reszka, Anna; Story, Tomasz; Sipatov, Alexander Yu

    2012-11-01

    Single crystalline Bi nanowires were grown by extrusion from Bi/Co thin films. The films were obtained by thermal evaporation in high vacuum. The average diameter, length and density of obtained nanowires were 100 nm, 30 microm and 6.5 x 10(5) cm(-2), respectively. The non-catalyzed self-organized process of whisker formation on the surface of immiscible composite thin film was exploited for nanowire growth. It was shown that the whiskers had formed during and after a thin film deposition. The value of residual stresses in a whole thin film coating as well as in its bismuth component was measured using X-ray diffraction technique. It was revealed that local compressive stresses, that had induced the whisker growth, had been formed by a segregation of Bi layers into Bi globules. A simple model of the whisker formation to minimize free energy in the Bi/Co system was proposed taking into account interfacial and elastic deformation energies. The obtained results can be utilized for growing of nanowires of other low-melting-point metals and semiconductors from immiscible composite thin films.

  20. Large scale, highly conductive and patterned transparent films of silver nanowires on arbitrary substrates and their application in touch screens.

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    Madaria, Anuj R; Kumar, Akshay; Zhou, Chongwu

    2011-06-17

    The application of silver nanowire films as transparent conductive electrodes has shown promising results recently. In this paper, we demonstrate the application of a simple spray coating technique to obtain large scale, highly uniform and conductive silver nanowire films on arbitrary substrates. We also integrated a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)-assisted contact transfer technique with spray coating, which allowed us to obtain large scale high quality patterned films of silver nanowires. The transparency and conductivity of the films was controlled by the volume of the dispersion used in spraying and the substrate area. We note that the optoelectrical property, σ(DC)/σ(Op), for various films fabricated was in the range 75-350, which is extremely high for transparent thin film compared to other candidate alternatives to doped metal oxide film. Using this method, we obtain silver nanowire films on a flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate with a transparency of 85% and sheet resistance of 33 Ω/sq, which is comparable to that of tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) on flexible substrates. In-depth analysis of the film shows a high performance using another commonly used figure-of-merit, Φ(TE). Also, Ag nanowire film/PET shows good mechanical flexibility and the application of such a conductive silver nanowire film as an electrode in a touch panel has been demonstrated.

  1. Water-repellent ZnO nanowires films obtained by octadecylsilane self-assembled monolayers

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    Badre, C.; Pauporté, T.; Turmine, M.; Dubot, P.; Lincot, D.

    2008-05-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) films with well-controlled morphologies have been prepared by electrochemical deposition. A seed layer of nanocrystallites of ZnO was prepared from which ZnO nanowires were grown from a low concentration of ZnCl 2. The nanowires are rough and dense and their superhydrophilicity is enhanced. A treatment with an alkylsilane (octadecylsilane) yields superhydrophobic surfaces with very high advancing and receding contact angles 173°/172° and a very low roll-off angle. Our superhydrophobic films are stable for more than 6 months.

  2. Electrochemically synthesized amorphous and crystalline nanowires: dissimilar nanomechanical behavior in comparison with homologous flat films

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    Zeeshan, M. A.; Esqué-de Los Ojos, D.; Castro-Hartmann, P.; Guerrero, M.; Nogués, J.; Suriñach, S.; Baró, M. D.; Nelson, B. J.; Pané, S.; Pellicer, E.; Sort, J.

    2016-01-01

    The effects of constrained sample dimensions on the mechanical behavior of crystalline materials have been extensively investigated. However, there is no clear understanding of these effects in nano-sized amorphous samples. Herein, nanoindentation together with finite element simulations are used to compare the properties of crystalline and glassy CoNi(Re)P electrodeposited nanowires (φ ~ 100 nm) with films (3 μm thick) of analogous composition and structure. The results reveal that amorphous nanowires exhibit a larger hardness, lower Young's modulus and higher plasticity index than glassy films. Conversely, the very large hardness and higher Young's modulus of crystalline nanowires are accompanied by a decrease in plasticity with respect to the homologous crystalline films. Remarkably, proper interpretation of the mechanical properties of the nanowires requires taking the curved geometry of the indented surface and sink-in effects into account. These findings are of high relevance for optimizing the performance of new, mechanically-robust, nanoscale materials for increasingly complex miniaturized devices.The effects of constrained sample dimensions on the mechanical behavior of crystalline materials have been extensively investigated. However, there is no clear understanding of these effects in nano-sized amorphous samples. Herein, nanoindentation together with finite element simulations are used to compare the properties of crystalline and glassy CoNi(Re)P electrodeposited nanowires (φ ~ 100 nm) with films (3 μm thick) of analogous composition and structure. The results reveal that amorphous nanowires exhibit a larger hardness, lower Young's modulus and higher plasticity index than glassy films. Conversely, the very large hardness and higher Young's modulus of crystalline nanowires are accompanied by a decrease in plasticity with respect to the homologous crystalline films. Remarkably, proper interpretation of the mechanical properties of the nanowires

  3. Optimization of VO2 nanowire polymer composite thermochromic films by optical simulation

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    Naoi, Yuki; Amano, Jun

    2016-12-01

    Thermochromic films with high efficiency, transparency, and flexibility are highly desirable for energy-efficient smart window films. Vanadium oxide (VO2)-nanoparticle-embedded flexible polymer composite films are the most promising thermochromic films because of the sharp phase transition of insulating to metallic phases of VO2 at 68 °C with visible transparency and a large change in transmittance at near-infrared wavelengths before and after the metal-insulator phase transition. This paper describes the simulation of high-efficiency thermochromic polymer composite films embedded with VO2 nanoparticles of various sizes to investigate the optimum VO2 nanowire size and length.

  4. Silver Nanowire Networks as Flexible, Transparent, Conducting Films: Extremely High DC to Optical Conductivity Ratios.

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    De, Sukanta; Higgins, Thomas M; Lyons, Philip E; Doherty, Evelyn M; Nirmalraj, Peter N; Blau, Werner J; Boland, John J; Coleman, Jonathan N

    2009-07-28

    We have used aqueous dispersions of silver nanowires to prepare thin, flexible, transparent, conducting films. The nanowires are of length and diameter close to 6.5 μm and 85 nm, respectively. At low thickness, the films consist of networks but appear to become bulk-like for mean film thicknesses above ∼160 nm. These films can be very transparent with optical transmittance reaching as high as 92% for low thickness. The transmittance (550 nm) decreases with increasing thickness, consistent with an optical conductivity of 6472 S/m. The films are also very uniform; the transmittance varies spatially by typically <2%. The sheet resistance decreases with increasing thickness, falling below 1 Ω/◻ for thicknesses above 300 nm. The DC conductivity increases from 2 × 10(5) S/m for very thin films before saturating at 5 × 10(6) S/m for thicker films. Similarly, the ratio of DC to optical conductivity increases with increasing thickness from 25 for the thinnest films, saturating at ∼500 for thicknesses above ∼160 nm. We believe this is the highest conductivity ratio ever observed for nanostructured films and is matched only by doped metal oxide films. These nanowire films are electromechanically very robust, with all but the thinnest films showing no change in sheet resistance when flexed over >1000 cycles. Such results make these films ideal as replacements for indium tin oxide as transparent electrodes. We have prepared films with optical transmittance and sheet resistance of 85% and 13 Ω/◻, respectively. This is very close to that displayed by commercially available indium tin oxide.

  5. Superconducting tunneling studies on thin film gold nanowires coupled to a BCS superconductor

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    Wei, Peng; Katmis, Ferhat; Chang, Cui-Zu; Lee, Patrick; Moodera, Jagadeesh

    2015-03-01

    The nanowire patterned out of (111)-oriented gold thin film is an excellent candidate for hosting Majorana bound states (MBS) when it is coupled to an s-wave superconductor. The robust MBS is guaranteed by the large Rashba spin-orbit coupling (SOC) of gold surface state, as well as by large spatial separations between the two MBS in fabricated micrometer size long nanowires. In addition, being able to produce complex nanowire circuit, our approach is better streamlined for achieving the braiding circuit of Majorana fermions. We present our experimental approach of growing high quality hetero-layers consisting of epitaxial (111)-oriented gold thin film on vanadium using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). Unique lithography processes are developed to pattern the top gold thin film into nanowires with a width around 100nm without damaging the hetero-layers such as its topography or superconducting behavior. Superconductive tunneling studies are performed over the gold nanowire using lithographically fabricated planar tunnel junctions. These tunneling characteristics will be discussed. We acknowledge support from John Templeton Foundation, NSF DMR-1207469 and ONR N00014-13-1-0301.

  6. Numerical study of electrical transport in co-percolative metal nanowire-graphene thin-films

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    Gupta, Man Prakash; Kumar, Satish

    2016-11-01

    Nanowires-dispersed polycrystalline graphene has been recently explored as a transparent conducting material for applications such as solar cells, displays, and touch-screens. Metal nanowires and polycrystalline graphene play synergetic roles during the charge transport in the material by compensating for each other's limitations. In the present work, we develop and employ an extensive computational framework to study the essential characteristics of the charge transport not only on an aggregate basis but also on individual constituents' levels in these types of composite thin-films. The method allows the detailed visualization of the percolative current pathways in the material and provides the direct evidence of current crowding in the 1-D nanowires and 2-D polygraphene sheet. The framework is used to study the effects of several important governing parameters such as length, density and orientation of the nanowires, grain density in polygraphene, grain boundary resistance, and the contact resistance between nanowires and graphene. We also present and validate an effective medium theory based generalized analytical model for the composite. The analytical model is in agreement with the simulations, and it successfully predicts the overall conductance as a function of several parameters including the nanowire network density and orientation and graphene grain boundaries. Our findings suggest that the longer nanowires (compared to grain size) with low angle orientation (<40°) with respect to the main carrier transport direction provide significant advantages in enhancing the conductance of the polygraphene sheet. We also find that above a certain value of grain boundary resistance (>60 × intra-grain resistance), the overall conductance becomes nearly independent of grain boundary resistance due to nanowires. The developed model can be applied to study other emerging transparent conducting materials such as nanowires, nanotubes, polygraphene, graphene oxide, and

  7. Preparation and Properties of Silver Nanowire-Based Transparent Conductive Composite Films

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    Tian, Ji-Li; Zhang, Hua-Yu; Wang, Hai-Jun

    2016-06-01

    Silver nanowire-based transparent conductive composite films with different structures were successfully prepared using various methods, including liquid polyol, magnetron sputtering and spin coating. The experimental results revealed that the optical transmittance of all different structural composite films decreased slightly (1-3%) compared to pure films. However, the electrical conductivity of all composite films had a great improvement. Under the condition that the optical transmittance was greater than 78% over the wavelength range of 400-800 nm, the AgNW/PVA/AgNW film became a conductor, while the AZO/AgNW/AZO film and the ITO/AgNW/ITO film showed 88.9% and 94% reductions, respectively, for the sheet resistance compared with pure films. In addition, applying a suitable mechanical pressure can improve the conductivity of AgNW-based composite films.

  8. 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.

  9. Gold Nanowire Chiral Ultrathin Films with Ultrastrong and Broadband Optical Activity.

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    Lv, Jiawei; Hou, Ke; Ding, Defang; Wang, Dawei; Han, Bing; Gao, Xiaoqing; Zhao, Man; Shi, Lin; Guo, Jun; Zheng, Yonglong; Zhang, Xi; Lu, Chenguang; Huang, Ling; Huang, Wei; Tang, Zhiyong

    2017-04-04

    An ultrastrong and broadband chiroptical response is key but remains challenging for many device applications. A simple and cost-effective bottom-up method is introduced to fabricate large-area long-range ordered chiral ultrathin films with the Langmuir-Schaeffer technique using gold nanowires as building blocks. Significantly, as-prepared ultrathin films display giant optical activity across a broad wavelength range covering visible and near infrared regions with an anisotropic factor of up to 0.285, which is the record value for bottom-up techniques. Detailed experimental result and theoretical analysis disclose that such remarkable optical activity originates from birefringence and dichroism of the well-aligned Au nanowire layers in the ultrathin films. The universality of this facile strategy for constructing chiral ultrathin films is further demonstrated with many other one-dimensional nanomaterials.

  10. Silver nanowire composite thin films as transparent electrodes for Cu(In,Ga)Se₂/ZnS thin film solar cells.

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    Tan, Xiao-Hui; Chen, Yu; Liu, Ye-Xiang

    2014-05-20

    Solution processed silver nanowire indium-tin oxide nanoparticle (AgNW-ITONP) composite thin films were successfully applied as the transparent electrodes for Cu(In,Ga)Se₂ (CIGS) thin film solar cells with ZnS buffer layers. Properties of the AgNW-ITONP thin film and its effects on performance of CIGS/ZnS thin film solar cells were studied. Compared with the traditional sputtered ITO electrodes, the AgNW-ITONP thin films show comparable optical transmittance and electrical conductivity. Furthermore, the AgNW-ITONP thin film causes no physical damage to the adjacent surface layer and does not need high temperature annealing, which makes it very suitable to use as transparent conductive layers for heat or sputtering damage-sensitive optoelectronic devices. By using AgNW-ITONP electrodes, the required thickness of the ZnS buffer layers for CIGS thin film solar cells was greatly decreased.

  11. Preparation and characterization of bio-based hybrid film containing chitosan and silver nanowires.

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    Shahzadi, Kiran; Wu, Lin; Ge, Xuesong; Zhao, Fuhua; Li, Hui; Pang, Shuping; Jiang, Yijun; Guan, Jing; Mu, Xindong

    2016-02-10

    A bio-based hybrid film containing chitosan (CS) and silver nanowires (AgNWs) has been prepared by a simple casting technique. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and UV-visible spectroscopy were employed to characterize the structure of bio-based film. The bio-based hybrid film showed unique performance compared with bare chitosan film. The incorporated nano-silver could improve the strength properly. The results revealed that AgNWs in CS film, improved its tensile strength more than 62% and Young modulus 55% compared with pure chitosan film. On the other hand tensile strength was increased 36.7% with AgNPs. Importantly, the film also exhibited conductivity and antibacterial properties, which may expand its future application.

  12. Thermal response of transparent silver nanowire/PEDOT:PSS film heaters.

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    Ji, Shulin; He, Weiwei; Wang, Ke; Ran, Yunxia; Ye, Changhui

    2014-12-10

    Thermal response behavior of transparent silver nanowire/PEDOT:PSS film heaters are intensively studied for manipulating heating temperature, response time, and power consumption. Influences of substrate heat capacity, heat transfer coefficient between air and heater, sheet resistance and dimension of Ag nanowire film, on the thermal response are investigated from thermodynamic analysis. Suggestion is given for practical applications that if other parameters are fixed, Ag nanowire coverage can be utilized as an effective parameter to adjust the thermal response. The heat transfer coefficient plays opposite roles on thermal response speed and achievable steady temperature. A value of ≈32 W m(-2) K(-1) is obtained from transient process analysis after correcting it by considering heater resistance variation during heating tests. Guidance of designing heaters with a given response time is provided by forming Ag nanowire film with a suitable sheet resistance on substrate of appropriate material and a certain thickness. Thermal response tests of designed Ag heaters are performed to show higher heating temperature, shorter response time, and lower power consumption (179 °C cm(2) W(-1)) than ITO/FTO heaters, as well as homogeneous temperature distribution and stability for repeated use. Potential applications of the Ag heaters in window defogging, sensing and thermochromism are manifested.

  13. Biaxially stretchable silver nanowire conductive film embedded in a taro leaf-templated PDMS surface

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    Wu, Chunhui; Jiu, Jinting; Araki, Teppei; Koga, Hirotaka; Sekitani, Tsuyoshi; Wang, Hao; Suganuma, Katsuaki

    2017-01-01

    A biaxially wave-shaped polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) surface was developed simply by using a taro leaf as the template. The resulting leaf-templated PDMS (L-PDMS) possesses a micro-sized curved interface structure, which is greatly beneficial for the exact embedding of a silver nanowire (AgNW) network conductive film covering the L-PDMS surface. The intrinsically curved AgNW/L-PDMS film surface, without any dangling nanowire, could prevent the fracture of AgNWs due to stretching stress even after cyclic stretching. More importantly, it also exhibited a biaxial stretchability, which showed ultra-stable resistance after continuous stretching for 100 cycles each in X- and Y-directions. This biaxially stretchable AgNW/L-PDMS film could extend the application fields in stretchable electronics.

  14. Carbon Nanotubes, Semiconductor Nanowires and Graphene for Thin Film Transistor and Circuit Applications

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    Pribat, Didier; Cojocaru, Costel-Sorin

    2011-03-01

    In this paper, we briefly review the use of carbon nanotubes and semiconductor nanowires, which represent a new class of nanomaterials actively studied for thin film transistors and electronics applications. Although these nanomaterials are usually synthesised at moderate to high temperatures, they can be transferred to any kind of substrate after growth, paving the way for the fabrication of flexible displays and large area electronics systems on plastic. Over the past few years, the field has progressed well beyond the realisation of elementary devices, since active matrix displays driven by nanowire thin film transistors have been demonstrated, as well as the fabrication of medium scale integrated circuits based on random arrays of carbon nanotubes. Also, graphene, a new nanomaterial has appeared in the landscape; although it is a zero gap semiconductor, it can still be used to make transistors, provided narrow ribbons or bilayers are used. Graphene is also a serious contender for the replacement of oxide-based transparent conducting films.

  15. Matrix replacement route to vertically aligned nickel nanowire array/polydimethylsiloxane nanocomposite film

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    Meng, Xin; Zhou, Liang-Tian; Zhu, Ji-Xiang; Song, Jie; Wang, Xuan-Rui; Qiao, Zheng-Ping

    2008-12-01

    Vertically aligned magnetic anisotropic nickel (Ni) nanowire (NW) array/polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) film was prepared from (Ni NW array)/anodic aluminum oxide by a simple matrix replacement route. The main challenge is to preserve the parallelly aligned Ni NW during replacement. The diameter and thickness of the as-prepared Ni NW and the Ni NW array/PDMS film are 8 mm and 60 μm, respectively. The magnetic property measurement shows that the film has remarkably enhanced coercivity and remanence ratio compared to that of bulk nickel and exhibits perpendicular magnetic anisotropy.

  16. Assembly of Ultrathin Gold Nanowires into Honeycomb Macroporous Pattern Films with High Transparency and Conductivity.

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    He, Ying; Chen, Yuan; Xu, Qingchi; Xu, Jun; Weng, Jian

    2017-03-01

    Because of its promising properties, honeycomb macroporous pattern (HMP) film has attracted increasing attention. It has been realized in many artificial nanomaterials, but the formation of these HMPs was attributed to templates or polymer/supermolecule/surfactant assistant assembly. Pure metal HMP film has been difficult to produce using a convenient colloidal template-free method. In this report, a unique template-free approach for preparation of Au HMP film with high transparency and conductivity is presented. Ultrathin Au nanowires, considered a linear polymer analogue, are directly assembled into HMP film on various substrates using a traditional static breath figure method. Subsequent chemical cross-linking and oxygen plasma treatment greatly enhance the stability and conductivity of the HMP film. The resulting HMP film exhibits great potential as an ideal candidate for transparent flexible conductive nanodevices.

  17. The effect of doping on low temperature growth of high quality GaAs nanowires on polycrystalline films

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    DeJarld, Matt; Teran, Alan; Luengo-Kovac, Marta; Yan, Lifan; Moon, Eun Seong; Beck, Sara; Guillen, Cristina; Sih, Vanessa; Phillips, Jamie; Mirecki Milunchick, Joanna

    2016-12-01

    The increasing demand for miniature autonomous sensors requires low cost integration methods, but to date, material limitations have prevented the direct growth of optically active III-V materials on CMOS devices. We report on the deposition of GaAs nanowires on polycrystalline conductive films to allow for direct integration of optoelectronic devices on dissimilar materials. Undoped, Si-doped, and Be-doped nanowires were grown at Ts = 400 °C on oxide (indium tin oxide) and metallic (platinum and titanium) films. Be-doping is shown to significantly reduce the nanowire diameter and improve the nanowire aspect ratio to 50:1. Photoluminescence measurements of Be-doped nanowires are 1-2 orders of magnitude stronger than undoped and Si-doped nanowires and have a thermal activation energy of 14 meV, which is comparable to nanowires grown on crystalline substrates. Electrical measurements confirm that the metal-semiconductor junction is Ohmic. These results demonstrate the feasibility of integrating nanowire-based optoelectronic devices directly on CMOS chips.

  18. The effect of doping on low temperature growth of high quality GaAs nanowires on polycrystalline films.

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    DeJarld, Matt; Teran, Alan; Luengo-Kovac, Marta; Yan, Lifan; Moon, Eun Seong; Beck, Sara; Guillen, Cristina; Sih, Vanessa; Phillips, Jamie; Milunchick, Joanna Mirecki

    2016-12-09

    The increasing demand for miniature autonomous sensors requires low cost integration methods, but to date, material limitations have prevented the direct growth of optically active III-V materials on CMOS devices. We report on the deposition of GaAs nanowires on polycrystalline conductive films to allow for direct integration of optoelectronic devices on dissimilar materials. Undoped, Si-doped, and Be-doped nanowires were grown at Ts  = 400 °C on oxide (indium tin oxide) and metallic (platinum and titanium) films. Be-doping is shown to significantly reduce the nanowire diameter and improve the nanowire aspect ratio to 50:1. Photoluminescence measurements of Be-doped nanowires are 1-2 orders of magnitude stronger than undoped and Si-doped nanowires and have a thermal activation energy of 14 meV, which is comparable to nanowires grown on crystalline substrates. Electrical measurements confirm that the metal-semiconductor junction is Ohmic. These results demonstrate the feasibility of integrating nanowire-based optoelectronic devices directly on CMOS chips.

  19. Hole-dominated transport in InSb nanowires grown on high-quality InSb films

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    Algarni, Zaina; George, David; Singh, Abhay; Lin, Yuankun; Philipose, U.

    2016-12-01

    We have developed an effective strategy for synthesizing p-type indium antimonide (InSb) nanowires on a thin film of InSb grown on glass substrate. The InSb films were grown by a chemical reaction between S b 2 S 3 and I n and were characterized by structural, compositional, and optical studies. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies reveal that the surface of the substrate is covered with a polycrystalline InSb film comprised of sub-micron sized InSb islands. Energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) results show that the film is stoichiometric InSb. The optical constants of the InSb film, characterized using a variable-angle spectroscopic ellipsometer (VASE) shows a maximum value for refractive index at 3.7 near 1.8 eV, and the extinction coefficient (k) shows a maximum value 3.3 near 4.1 eV. InSb nanowires were subsequently grown on the InSb film with 20 nm sized Au nanoparticles functioning as the metal catalyst initiating nanowire growth. The InSb nanowires with diameters in the range of 40-60 nm exhibit good crystallinity and were found to be rich in Sb. High concentrations of anions in binary semiconductors are known to introduce acceptor levels within the band gap. This un-intentional doping of the InSb nanowire resulting in hole-dominated transport in the nanowires is demonstrated by the fabrication of a p-channel nanowire field effect transistor. The hole concentration and field effect mobility are estimated to be ≈1.3 × 1017 cm-3 and 1000 cm2 V-1 s-1, respectively, at room temperature, values that are particularly attractive for the technological implications of utilizing p-InSb nanowires in CMOS electronics.

  20. 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.

  1. Finite-size scaling in silver nanowire films: design considerations for practical devices

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    Large, Matthew J.; Cann, Maria; Ogilvie, Sean P.; King, Alice A. K.; Jurewicz, Izabela; Dalton, Alan B.

    2016-07-01

    We report the first application of finite-size scaling theory to nanostructured percolating networks, using silver nanowire (AgNW) films as a model system for experiment and simulation. AgNWs have been shown to be a prime candidate for replacing Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) in applications such as capacitive touch sensing. While their performance as large area films is well-studied, the production of working devices involves patterning of the films to produce isolated electrode structures, which exhibit finite-size scaling when these features are sufficiently small. We demonstrate a generalised method for understanding this behaviour in practical rod percolation systems, such as AgNW films, and study the effect of systematic variation of the length distribution of the percolating material. We derive a design rule for the minimum viable feature size in a device pattern, relating it to parameters which can be derived from a transmittance-sheet resistance data series for the material in question. This understanding has direct implications for the industrial adoption of silver nanowire electrodes in applications where small features are required including single-layer capacitive touch sensors, LCD and OLED display panels.We report the first application of finite-size scaling theory to nanostructured percolating networks, using silver nanowire (AgNW) films as a model system for experiment and simulation. AgNWs have been shown to be a prime candidate for replacing Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) in applications such as capacitive touch sensing. While their performance as large area films is well-studied, the production of working devices involves patterning of the films to produce isolated electrode structures, which exhibit finite-size scaling when these features are sufficiently small. We demonstrate a generalised method for understanding this behaviour in practical rod percolation systems, such as AgNW films, and study the effect of systematic variation of the length distribution of

  2. Electromagnetic field redistribution induced selective plasmon driven surface catalysis in metal nanowire-film systems

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    Pan, Liang; Huang, Yingzhou; Yang, Yanna; Xiong, Wen; Chen, Guo; Su, Xun; Wei, Hua; Wang, Shuxia; Wen, Weijia

    2015-11-01

    For the novel interpretation of Raman spectrum from molecule at metal surface, the plasmon driven surface catalysis (PDSC) reactions have become an interesting topic in the research field of surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). In this work, the selective PDSC reactions of p,p’-dimercaptoazobenzene (DMAB) produced from para-aminothiophenol (PATP) or 4-nitrobenzenethiol (4NBT) were demonstrated in the Ag nanowires dimer-Au film systems. The different SERS spectra collected at individual part and adjacent part of the same nanowire-film system pointed out the importance of the electromagnetic field redistribution induced by image charge on film in this selective surface catalysis, which was confirmed by the simulated electromagnetic simulated electro- magnetic field distributions. Our result indicated this electromagnetic field redistribution induced selective surface catalysis was largely affected by the polarization and wavelength of incident light but slightly by the difference in diameters between two nanowires. Our work provides a further understanding of PDSC reaction in metal nanostructure and could be a deep support for the researches on surface catalysis and surface analysis.

  3. Nanowires of Fe/multi-walled carbon nanotubes and nanometric thin films of Fe/MgO

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    Newman, Alexander; Khatiwada, Suman; Neupane, Suman; Seifu, Dereje

    2015-04-14

    We observed that nanowires of Fe grown in the lumens of multi-walled carbon nanotubes required four times higher magnetic field strength to reach saturation compared to planar nanometric thin films of Fe on MgO(100). Nanowires of Fe and nanometric thin films of Fe both exhibited two fold magnetic symmetries. Structural and magnetic properties of 1-dimensional nanowires and 2-dimensional nanometric films were studied by several magnetometery techniques. The θ-2θ x-ray diffraction measurements showed that a (200) peak of Fe appeared on thin film samples deposited at higher substrate temperatures. In these samples prepared at higher temperatures, lower coercive field and highly pronounced two-fold magnetic symmetry were observed. Our results show that maximum magnetocrystalline anisotropy occurred for sample deposited at 100 °C and it decreased at higher deposition temperatures.

  4. 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.

  5. Improved Thermoelectric Performance in Flexible Tellurium Nanowires/Reduced Graphene Oxide Sandwich Structure Hybrid Films

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    Gao, Jie; Liu, Chengyan; Miao, Lei; Wang, Xiaoyang; Peng, Ying; Chen, Yu

    2016-11-01

    With a high flexibility and an adjustable electronic structure, reduced graphene oxide (RGO) is a potential candidate for flexible thermoelectric materials. Here, we report that flexible RGO/tellurium nanowires (Te NWs)/RGO sandwich structure hybrid films are prepared on glass fabrics through the drop-cast method. The addition of 20 wt.% Te NWs into a RGO matrix remarkably improves the Seebeck coefficient from 15.2 μV/K to 89.7 μV/K while maintaining relatively high electrical conductivity, thus resulting in a one order of magnitude higher power factor value compared with the Te NWs. According to the values of carrier mobility and concentration of hybrid films, the improved thermoelectric properties are presented because of the energy filtering effect on the interfaces in hybrid films. This article suggests that RGO/Te NWs/RGO hybrid films would be promising for fabricating flexible energy sources.

  6. Epitaxial Growth of GaN Nanowires with High Structural Perfection on a Metallic TiN Film.

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    Wölz, M; Hauswald, C; Flissikowski, T; Gotschke, T; Fernández-Garrido, S; Brandt, O; Grahn, H T; Geelhaar, L; Riechert, H

    2015-06-10

    Vertical GaN nanowires are grown in a self-induced way on a sputtered Ti film by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Both in situ electron diffraction and ex situ ellipsometry show that Ti is converted to TiN upon exposure of the surface to the N plasma. In addition, the ellipsometric data demonstrate this TiN film to be metallic. The diffraction data evidence that the GaN nanowires have a strict epitaxial relationship to this film. Photoluminescence spectroscopy of the GaN nanowires shows excitonic transitions virtually identical in spectral position, line width, and decay time to those of state-of-the-art GaN nanowires grown on Si. Therefore, the crystalline quality of the GaN nanowires grown on metallic TiN and on Si is equivalent. The freedom to employ metallic substrates for the epitaxial growth of semiconductor nanowires in high structural quality may enable novel applications that benefit from the associated high thermal and electrical conductivity as well as optical reflectivity.

  7. Finite-size scaling in silver nanowire films: design considerations for practical devices.

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    Large, Matthew J; Cann, Maria; Ogilvie, Sean P; King, Alice A K; Jurewicz, Izabela; Dalton, Alan B

    2016-07-14

    We report the first application of finite-size scaling theory to nanostructured percolating networks, using silver nanowire (AgNW) films as a model system for experiment and simulation. AgNWs have been shown to be a prime candidate for replacing Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) in applications such as capacitive touch sensing. While their performance as large area films is well-studied, the production of working devices involves patterning of the films to produce isolated electrode structures, which exhibit finite-size scaling when these features are sufficiently small. We demonstrate a generalised method for understanding this behaviour in practical rod percolation systems, such as AgNW films, and study the effect of systematic variation of the length distribution of the percolating material. We derive a design rule for the minimum viable feature size in a device pattern, relating it to parameters which can be derived from a transmittance-sheet resistance data series for the material in question. This understanding has direct implications for the industrial adoption of silver nanowire electrodes in applications where small features are required including single-layer capacitive touch sensors, LCD and OLED display panels.

  8. Thermoelectric Properties of Hybrid Thin Films of PEDOT-PSS and Silver Nanowires

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    Yoshida, Akihito; Toshima, Naoki

    2016-06-01

    We report the thermoelectric (TE) properties of organic-inorganic hybrid thin films composed of conductive polymer, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT-PSS), and inorganic silver nanowire (AgNW). Two kinds of AgNW with different wire length, 3 μm and 27 μm, were used in this study. The AgNW/PEDOT-PSS hybrid films showed an increase in electrical conductivity ( σ) with increase in AgNW concentration. The maximum value of σ obtained in this system was ca. 10,000 S cm-1. The films containing long AgNWs (L-AgNWs) showed higher σ relative to short AgNWs (S-AgNWs) at given concentration, which results from the fact that longer nanowires can easily form a percolated structure. The formation of a percolated structure was confirmed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observation. On the other hand, the Seebeck coefficient ( S) of the hybrid films showed the opposite dependence on AgNW concentration. This decrease in S with increasing AgNW concentration is probably because of increase in carrier number due to the AgNWs. These results suggest that the presented organic-inorganic hybrid system is one example where the electrical conductivity and TE properties can be tuned by use of a nanocomposite.

  9. Parametric optimization of Nd-YVO4 laser for straight scribing on silver nanowire based conductive thin films by Taguchi method

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    Chuang, Ho-Chiao; Lee, Wen-Fu

    2014-04-01

    This study presents parameter optimization of laser scribing on silver nanowire based conductive thin films and a high-precision Nd-YVO4 (wavelength, 532 nm) laser is used to perform scribing experiments to replace the traditional wet etching process. The laser beam is directly focused on conductive thin films and vaporizes the silver nanowire which is coated on the thin film; consequently it is a non-polluting processes. The main objective of this study is to perform laser scribing experiments to cut off the silver nanowire on the thin film without damaging the flexible PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) substrate.

  10. Autophagy induction by silver nanowires: A new aspect in the biocompatibility assessment of nanocomposite thin films

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    Verma, Navin K.; Conroy, Jennifer; Lyons, Philip E.; Coleman, Jonathan; O'Sullivan, Mary P.; Kornfeld, Hardy; Kelleher, Dermot; Volkov, Yuri

    2012-11-01

    Nanomaterials and their enabled products have increasingly been attracting global attention due to their unique physicochemical properties. Among these emerging products, silver nanowire (AgNW)-based thin films are being developed for their promising applications in next generation nanoelectronics and nanodevices. However, serious concerns remain about possible health and safety risks they may pose. Here, we employed a multi-modal systematic biocompatibility assessment of thin films incorporating AgNW. To represent the possible routes of nanomaterial entry during occupational or environmental exposure, we employed four different cell lines of epithelial, endothelial, gastric, and phagocytic origin. Utilizing a cell-based automated image acquisition and analysis procedure in combination with real-time impedance sensing, we observed a low level of cytotoxicity of AgNW, which was dependent on cell type, nanowire lengths, doses and incubation times. Similarly, no major cytotoxic effects were induced by AgNW-containing thin films, as detected by conventional cell viability and imaging assays. However, transmission electron microscopy and Western immunoblotting analysis revealed AgNW-induced autophasosome accumulation together with an upregulation of the autophagy marker protein LC3. Autophagy represents a crucial mechanism in maintaining cellular homeostasis, and our data for the first time demonstrate triggering of such mechanism by AgNW in human phagocytic cells. Finally, atomic force microscopy revealed significant changes in the topology of cells attaching and growing on these films as substrates. Our findings thus emphasize the necessity of comprehensive biohazard assessment of nanomaterials in modern applications and devices and a thorough analysis of risks associated with their possible contact with humans through occupational or environmental exposure. Highlights: ► Thin films containing nanomaterials are subject to increasing contact with humans. ► This

  11. Influence of metallic and dielectric nanowire arrays on the photoluminescence properties of P3HT thin films.

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    Handloser, M; Dunbar, R B; Wisnet, A; Altpeter, P; Scheu, C; Schmidt-Mende, L; Hartschuh, A

    2012-08-03

    The optical properties of organic semiconductor thin films deposited on nanostructured surfaces are investigated using time-resolved two-photon photoluminescence (PL) microscopy. The surfaces consist of parallel aligned metallic or dielectric nanowires forming well-defined arrays on glass substrates. Keeping the nanowire dimensions constant and varying only their spacing from 40 to 400 nm, we study the range of different types of nanowire-semiconductor interactions. For silver nanowires and spacings below 100 nm, the PL intensity and lifetime of P3HT and MDMO-PPV decrease rapidly due to the short-ranged metal-induced quenching that dominates the PL response with respect to a possible plasmonic enhancement of optical transition rates. In the case of P3HT however, we observe an additional longer-ranged reduction of non-radiative losses for both metallic and dielectric nanowires that is not observed for MDMO-PPV. Excitation polarization dependent measurements indicate that this reduction is due to self-assembly of the P3HT polymer chains along the nanowires. In conclusion, nanostructured surfaces, when fabricated across large areas, could be used to control film morphologies and to improve energy transport and collection efficiencies in P3HT-based solar cells.

  12. Copper Nanowires and Their Applications for Flexible, Transparent Conducting Films: A Review

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    Nam, Vu Binh; Lee, Daeho

    2016-01-01

    Cu nanowires (NWs) are attracting considerable attention as alternatives to Ag NWs for next-generation transparent conductors, replacing indium tin oxide (ITO) and micro metal grids. Cu NWs hold great promise for low-cost fabrication via a solution-processed route and show preponderant optical, electrical, and mechanical properties. In this study, we report a summary of recent advances in research on Cu NWs, covering the optoelectronic properties, synthesis routes, deposition methods to fabricate flexible transparent conducting films, and their potential applications. This review also examines the approaches on protecting Cu NWs from oxidation in air environments. PMID:28344304

  13. Silver nanowires decorated with silver nanoparticles for low-haze flexible transparent conductive films

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    Mol Menamparambath, Mini; Muhammed Ajmal, C.; Hee Kim, Kwang; Yang, Daejin; Roh, Jongwook; Cheol Park, Hyeon; Kwak, Chan; Choi, Jae-Young; Baik, Seunghyun

    2015-01-01

    Silver nanowires have attracted much attention for use in flexible transparent conductive films (TCFs) due to their low sheet resistance and flexibility. However, the haze was too high for replacing indium-tin-oxide in high-quality display devices. Herein, we report flexible TCFs, which were prepared using a scalable bar-coating method, with a low sheet resistance (24.1 Ω/sq at 96.4% transmittance) and a haze (1.04%) that is comparable to that of indium-tin-oxide TCFs. To decrease the haze and maintain a low sheet resistance, small diameter silver nanowires (~20 nm) were functionalized with low-temperature surface-sintering silver nanoparticles (~5 nm) using bifunctional cysteamine. The silver nanowire-nanoparticle ink stability was excellent. The sheet resistance of the TCFs was decreased by 29.5% (from 34.2 to 24.1 Ω/sq) due to the functionalization at a low curing temperature of 85 °C. The TCFs were highly flexible and maintained their stability for more than 2 months and 10,000 bending cycles after coating with a protective layer. PMID:26575970

  14. Silver nanowires decorated with silver nanoparticles for low-haze flexible transparent conductive films.

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    Menamparambath, Mini Mol; Ajmal, C Muhammed; Kim, Kwang Hee; Yang, Daejin; Roh, Jongwook; Park, Hyeon Cheol; Kwak, Chan; Choi, Jae-Young; Baik, Seunghyun

    2015-11-17

    Silver nanowires have attracted much attention for use in flexible transparent conductive films (TCFs) due to their low sheet resistance and flexibility. However, the haze was too high for replacing indium-tin-oxide in high-quality display devices. Herein, we report flexible TCFs, which were prepared using a scalable bar-coating method, with a low sheet resistance (24.1 Ω/sq at 96.4% transmittance) and a haze (1.04%) that is comparable to that of indium-tin-oxide TCFs. To decrease the haze and maintain a low sheet resistance, small diameter silver nanowires (~20 nm) were functionalized with low-temperature surface-sintering silver nanoparticles (~5 nm) using bifunctional cysteamine. The silver nanowire-nanoparticle ink stability was excellent. The sheet resistance of the TCFs was decreased by 29.5% (from 34.2 to 24.1 Ω/sq) due to the functionalization at a low curing temperature of 85 °C. The TCFs were highly flexible and maintained their stability for more than 2 months and 10,000 bending cycles after coating with a protective layer.

  15. Silver nanowires decorated with silver nanoparticles for low-haze flexible transparent conductive films

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    Mol Menamparambath, Mini; Muhammed Ajmal, C.; Hee Kim, Kwang; Yang, Daejin; Roh, Jongwook; Cheol Park, Hyeon; Kwak, Chan; Choi, Jae-Young; Baik, Seunghyun

    2015-11-01

    Silver nanowires have attracted much attention for use in flexible transparent conductive films (TCFs) due to their low sheet resistance and flexibility. However, the haze was too high for replacing indium-tin-oxide in high-quality display devices. Herein, we report flexible TCFs, which were prepared using a scalable bar-coating method, with a low sheet resistance (24.1 Ω/sq at 96.4% transmittance) and a haze (1.04%) that is comparable to that of indium-tin-oxide TCFs. To decrease the haze and maintain a low sheet resistance, small diameter silver nanowires (~20 nm) were functionalized with low-temperature surface-sintering silver nanoparticles (~5 nm) using bifunctional cysteamine. The silver nanowire-nanoparticle ink stability was excellent. The sheet resistance of the TCFs was decreased by 29.5% (from 34.2 to 24.1 Ω/sq) due to the functionalization at a low curing temperature of 85 °C. The TCFs were highly flexible and maintained their stability for more than 2 months and 10,000 bending cycles after coating with a protective layer.

  16. 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.

  17. Template-free preparation of crystalline Ge nanowire film electrodes via an electrochemical liquid-liquid-solid process in water at ambient pressure and temperature for energy storage.

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    Gu, Junsi; Collins, Sean M; Carim, Azhar I; Hao, Xiaoguang; Bartlett, Bart M; Maldonado, Stephen

    2012-09-12

    The direct electrodeposition of crystalline germanium (Ge) nanowire film electrodes from an aqueous solution of dissolved GeO(2) using discrete 'flux' nanoparticles capable of dissolving Ge(s) has been demonstrated. Electrodeposition of Ge at inert electrode substrates decorated with small (<100 nm), discrete indium (In) nanoparticles resulted in crystalline Ge nanowire films with definable nanowire diameters and densities without the need for a physical or chemical template. The Ge nanowires exhibited strong polycrystalline character as-deposited, with approximate crystallite dimensions of 20 nm and a mixed orientation of the crystallites along the length of the nanowire. Energy dispersive spectroscopic elemental mapping of individual Ge nanowires showed that the In nanoparticles remained at the base of each nanowire, indicating good electrical communication between the Ge nanowire and the underlying conductive support. As-deposited Ge nanowire films prepared on Cu supports were used without further processing as Li(+) battery anodes. Cycling studies performed at 1 C (1624 mA g(-1)) indicated the native Ge nanowire films supported stable discharge capacities at the level of 973 mA h g(-1), higher than analogous Ge nanowire film electrodes prepared through an energy-intensive vapor-liquid-solid nanowire growth process. The cumulative data show that ec-LLS is a viable method for directly preparing a functional, high-activity nanomaterials-based device component. The work presented here is a step toward the realization of simple processes that make fully functional energy conversion/storage technologies based on crystalline inorganic semiconductors entirely through benchtop, aqueous chemistry and electrochemistry without time- or energy-intensive process steps.

  18. Fabrication and Characterization of Nanostructured Surfaces: Plasmonic Thin Films, Nanowires, Nanorings and Nanochannels

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    Halpern, Aaron R.

    This work demonstrates a method for enhancing the sensitivity of a surface plasmon resonance biosensor, and develops novel nanostructured sensing surfaces. It is divided into the following four sections: Surface plasmon resonance phase imaging on gold thin films, optical diffraction of gold nanowires, fabrication of plasmonic nanoring arrays, and fabrication of nanofluidic channels and networks. The technique of surface plasmon resonance phase imaging (SPR-PI) was implemented in a linear microarray format. SPR-PI measured the phase shift of p-polarized light incident at the SPR angle reflected from a gold thin film by monitoring the position of a fringe pattern on the interface created with a polarizer-wedge depolarizer combination. SPR-PI was used to measure a self-assembled monolayer of 11-mercaptoundecamine (MUAM) as well as to monitor in situ DNA hybridization. The phase shifts were correctly calculated with a combined Jones matrix and Fresnel equation theory. Arrays of Au or Pd nanowires were fabricated via the electrochemical process of lithographically patterned nanowire electrodeposition (LPNE) and then characterized with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and a series of optical diffraction measurements. Up to 60 diffraction orders were observed from the nanowire gratings with separate oscillatory intensity patterns appearing in the even and odd diffraction orders. The presence of these intensity oscillations is attributed to LPNE array fabrication process, and is explained with the Fourier transform of a mathematical model to predict the diffraction intensity patterns. A novel nanoring fabrication method that combines the process of LPNE with colloidal lithography is described. SEM measurements and Fourier transform near infrared (FT-NIR) absorption spectroscopy were used to characterize the strong NIR plasmonic resonance of the nanoring arrays. The absorption maximum wavelength varied linearly from 1.25 to 3.33 microns as predicted by a simple standing

  19. Sub-100 °C solution processed amorphous titania nanowire thin films for high-performance perovskite solar cells

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    Wu, Wu-Qiang; Chen, Dehong; Huang, Fuzhi; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Caruso, Rachel A.

    2016-10-01

    The present work demonstrates a facile one-step process to fabricate thin films of amorphous titania nanowires on transparent conducting oxide substrates via hydrolysis of potassium titanium oxide oxalate in an aqueous solution at 90 °C. The resultant titania nanowire thin films (that have not undergone further annealing) are efficient electron transport layers in CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells, yielding full sun solar-to-electricity conversion efficiencies of up to 14.67% and a stabilized efficiency of 14.00% under AM 1.5G one sun illumination, comparable to high temperature sintered TiO2 counterparts. The high photovoltaic performance is attributed to the porous nanowire network that facilitates perovskite infiltration, its unique 1D geometry and excellent surface coverage for efficient electron transport, as well as suppressed charge recombination between FTO and perovskite.

  20. Dye sensitized solar cells based on nanowire sculptured thin film titanium dioxide photoanodes

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    Pursel, Sean M.

    Energy harvested from the sun using photovoltaics (PVs) is a renewable resource in high demand. Photovoltaics convert photons into electron-hole pairs which are then separated and used for electrical power. 75 TW of energy arrives from the sun every year onto US soil. Harvesting it all would provide enough energy to power the entire world for more than five years. It is this abundance of energy that makes PVs an attractive alternative to fossil fuels. PVs currently produce 0.15% of the energy consumed in the US. Production needs to grow as the worldwide demand for energy is projected to almost double by 2050. Fundamental and device based PV research have made steady efficiency gains in silicon based devices and thin film devices have started to become commercially viable. However, less expensive devices with suitable efficiency have not been fully developed. Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are one such device which has been optimized using standard components. However, device efficiency has not increased significantly since DSSCs were first conceived in 1991. Interestingly, none of the standard components are optimized, but act in a synergistic way in the most efficient devices. This research, along with other parallel research, attempts to optimize a single component of DSSCs with the goal of combining efforts to produce a device with increased efficiency. This research attempts to optimize the TiO2 photoanode used in DSSCs in terms of electron collection, dye coverage, light harvesting, and novel electrolyte infiltration by replacing the standard colloidal structure with nanowires deposited using physical vapor deposition at an oblique angle to form sculptured thin films. The results are quantified through standard photovoltaic testing, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopy, and general materials characterization techniques. The nanowire photoanodes are engineered during deposition using reactive evaporation, substrate heating

  1. Welded-Ag-nanowires/FTO conducting film with high transmittance and its application in transparent supercapacitors

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    Qiao, Zhensong; Yang, Xiaopeng; Liu, Feng; Duan, Guangbin; Cao, Bingqiang

    2017-03-01

    Silver nanowires (AgNW) with a small diameter were synthesized by a facile and novel polyol reduction method. Ag nanowires ink was then spun on the surface of F-doped SnO2 (FTO) to form the AgNW/FTO conducting film. Welding treatment of the AgNW/FTO conducting film not only increased the optical transmittance from 71.9 % to 79.3 % at 550 nm and decreased the sheet resistance from 11.4 ohm sq-1 to 9.8 ohm sq-1, but also improved the adhesivity of AgNW network on FTO substrate. Furthermore, MnO2 nanosheets were directly deposited on welded-AgNW/FTO (wAF) substrate to prepare a transparent MnO2/weled-AgNW/FTO (MwAF) composite electrode. The MwAF electrode displayed excellent electrochemical performance, including high specific capacitance (375 F g-1 at 5 mV s-1) and superior cycle stability (173.3 % of the initial capacitance after 20000 GCD cycles).

  2. Enhanced electrochemical performance of Si-Cu-Ti thin films by surface covered with Cu3Si nanowires

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    Xu, Kaiqi; He, Yu; Ben, Liubin; Li, Hong; Huang, Xuejie

    2015-05-01

    Si-Cu-Ti thin films with Cu3Si nanowires on the surface and voids in the Cu layer are fabricated for the first time by magnetron sputtering combined with atomic layer deposition (ALD) of alumina. The formation of the surface Cu3Si nanowires is strongly dependent on the thickness of the coated alumina and cooling rate of the thin films during annealing. The maximum coverage of the surface Cu3Si nanowires is obtained with an alumina thickness of 2 nm and a cooling rate of 1 °C min-1. The electrode based on this thin film shows an excellent capacity retention of more than 900 mAh g-1 and a high columbic efficiency of more than 99% after 100 cycles. The improvement of the electrochemical performance of Si-Cu-Ti thin film electrode is attributed to the surface Cu3Si nanowires which reduce the polarization and inhomogeneous lithiation by formation of a surface conductive network, in addition to the alleviation of volume expansion of Si by voids in the Cu layer during cycling.

  3. 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.

  4. TiO{sub 2} nanotube, nanowire, and rhomboid-shaped particle thin films fixed on a titanium metal plate

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    Inoue, Yuko; Noda, Iwao; Torikai, Toshio; Watari, Takanori; Hotokebuchi, Takao; Yada, Mitsunori

    2010-01-15

    Titanium dioxide thin films having various nanostructures could be formed by various treatments on sodium titanate nanotube thin films approximately 5 {mu}m thick fixed on titanium metal plates. Using an aqueous solution with a lower hydrochloric acid concentration (0.01 mol/L) and a higher reaction temperature (90 deg. C) than those previously employed, we obtained a hydrogen titanate nanotube thin film fixed onto a titanium metal plate by H{sup +} ion-exchange treatment of the sodium titanate nanotube thin film. Calcination of hydrogen titanate nanotube thin films yielded porous thin films consisting of anatase nanotubes, anatase nanowires, and anatase nanoparticles grown directly from the titanium metal plate. H{sup +} ion-exchange treatment of sodium titanate nanotube thin films at 140 deg. C resulted in porous thin films consisting of rhomboid-shaped anatase nanoparticles. - Graphical abstract: Titanium dioxide nanotube, nanowire, and rhombic particle thin films could be formed by various treatments on a sodium titanate nanotube thin film fixed on a titanium metal plate.

  5. Fabrication of superconducting nanowires from ultrathin MgB{sub 2} films via focused ion beam milling

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    Zhang, Chen; Wang, Da; Liu, Zheng-Hao; Zhang, Yan; Ma, Ping; Feng, Qing-Rong; Wang, Yue Gan, Zi-Zhao

    2015-02-15

    High quality superconducting nanowires were fabricated from ultrathin MgB{sub 2} films by a focused ion beam milling technique. The precursor MgB{sub 2} films in 10 nm thick were grown on MgO substrates by using a hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition method. The nanowires, in widths of about 300-600 nm and lengths of 1 or 10 μm, showed high superconducting critical temperatures (T{sub c}’s) above 34 K and narrow superconducting transition widths (ΔT{sub c}’s) of 1-3 K. The superconducting critical current density J{sub c} of the nanowires was above 5 × 10{sup 7} A/cm{sup 2} at 20 K. The high T{sub c}, narrow ΔT{sub c}, and high J{sub c} of the nanowires offered the possibility of making MgB{sub 2}-based nano-devices such as hot-electron bolometers and superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors with high operating temperatures at 15-20 K.

  6. Investigation of optimal silver nanowires film as conductive wires for LED

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    Wu, I. C.; Yang, T. L.; Pan, C. T.; Chen, Y. C.; Hung, K. H.

    2015-03-01

    In the study, the Polyol reduction process was used to fabricate silver nanowires (AgNWs). In the experiment, the ratio of PVP/Ag, silver seed, AgNO3 and the amount of ethylene glycol (EG) were adopted to design orthogonal array with a constant temperature and heating time and the synthesis parameters of AgNWs were obtained. Therefore, the optimal AgNWs solution was obtained, followed by centrifuging to obtain AgNWs which were used to fabricate AgNWs film. The scanning electron microscope (SEM), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscope (FTIR), Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS) and four-point probe were used to measure the sheet resistant and transmittance of AgNWs film. Moreover, the AgNWs film was adopted to be the conductive wires of LED. From the experiment results, the synthesis parameter of 15ml EG, 0.01g AgCl, ratio 2 of PVP/Ag and 0.22g AgNO3 could be used to fabricate optimal AgNWs with 45nm average diameter, 5μm average length and aspect ratio of 110. The sheet resistance and transmittance of film fabricated by centrifuged AgNWs was 0.1252 Ω/sq and 70%, respectively. Furthermore, the luminance of LED with conductive wires made of AgNWs film was better than that made of commercial silver plastic. In the future, the AgNWs film can be broadly applied to the conductive films of touch electric products, LCD display and solar panels.

  7. Nano-Welding of Ag Nanowires Using Rapid Thermal Annealing for Transparent Conductive Films.

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    Oh, Jong Sik; Oh, Ji Soo; Shin, Jae Hee; Yeom, Geun Young; Kim, Kyong Nam

    2015-11-01

    Ag nanowire (NW) films obtained by the spraying the Ag NWs on the substrates were nano-welded by rapid thermal annealing (RTA) process and the effect of RTA process on the change of sheet resistance and optical transmittance of the Ag NW films was investigated. The increased number of Ag NW sprays on the substrate decreased the sheet resistance but also decreased the optical transmittance. By the annealing for 60 sec in a nitrogen environment to 225-250 degrees C, the sheet resistance of Ag NW film could be decreased to about 50%, even though it was accompanied by the slight decrease of optical transmittance less than 5%. The decrease of sheet resistance was related to the nano-welding of the Ag NW junctions and the slight decrease of optical transmittance was related local melting of the Ag NWs and spreading on the substrate surface. Through the nano-welding by RTA process, the Ag NW film with the sheet resistance of -20 Ω/sq. and the optical transmittance of 93% could be obtained.

  8. Hybrid plasmonic waveguide consisting of two identical semiconductor nanowires and metal film with semi-cylinder ridges

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    Zhang, Yang; Chen, Lei; Liu, Yumin; Yu, Zhongyuan; Ma, Rui; Ye, Han

    2017-01-01

    In this article, a hybrid plasmonic waveguide (HPW) consisting of a thin metal film sandwiched between two identical cylindrical semiconductor nanowires is proposed and investigated numerically. With two air grooves carved symmetrically on the upper and lower surfaces of the metal film and two nanoscale semi-cylindrical ridges formed, the structured metal film and the semiconductor nanowires are embedded in a low-index silicon-dioxide medium. Based on the finite element method, our simulation results show that the proposed HPW can achieve a propagation length longer than 1000 μm in all circumstances, as well as a mode area as small as 5.21 × 10-4 λ 2, and an excellent figure of merit. The high-performance of the novel HPW may provide theoretical guidance for further research of HPW and related applications in photonic integrated circuits.

  9. Technology demonstration of a novel poly-Si nanowire thin film transistor

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    Liu, Libin; Liang, Renrong; Shan, Bolin; Xu, Jun; Wang, Jing

    2016-11-01

    A simple process flow method for the fabrication of poly-Si nanowire thin film transistors (NW-TFTs) without advanced lithographic tools is introduced in this paper. The cross section of the nanowire channel was manipulated to have a parallelogram shape by combining a two-step etching process and a spacer formation technique. The electrical and temperature characteristics of the developed NW-TFTs are measured in detail and compared with those of conventional planar TFTs (used as a control). The as-demonstrated NW-TFT exhibits a small subthreshold swing (191 mV/dec), a high ON/OFF ratio (8.5 × 107), a low threshold voltage (1.12 V), a decreased OFF-state current, and a low drain-induced-barrier lowering value (70.11 mV/V). The effective trap densities both at the interface and grain boundaries are also significantly reduced in the NW-TFT. The results show that all improvements of the NW-TFT originate from the enhanced gate controllability of the multi-gate over the channel. Project supported by the National Key Research and Development Program of China (Grant Nos. 2016YFA0302300 and 2016YFA0200404), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61306105), the National Science and Technology Major Project of China (Grant No. 2011ZX02708-002), the Tsinghua University Initiative Scientific Research Program, China and the Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology (TNList) Cross-discipline Foundation, China.

  10. Ultra-thin superconducting film coated silicon nitride nanowire resonators for low-temperature applications

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    Sebastian, Abhilash; Zhelev, Nikolay; de Alba, Roberto; Parpia, Jeevak

    We demonstrate fabrication of high stress silicon nitride nanowire resonators with a thickness and width of less than 50 nm intended to be used as probes for the study of superfluid 3He. The resonators are fabricated as doubly-clamped wires/beams using a combination of electron-beam lithography and wet/dry etching techniques. We demonstrate the ability to suspend (over a trench of depth ~8 µm) wires with a cross section as small as 30 nm, covered with a 20 nm superconducting film, and having lengths up to 50 µm. Room temperature resonance measurements were carried out by driving the devices using a piezo stage and detecting the motion using an optical interferometer. The results show that metalizing nano-mechanical resonators not only affects their resonant frequencies but significantly reduce their quality factor (Q). The devices are parametrically pumped by modulating the system at twice its fundamental resonant frequency, which results in observed amplification of the signal. The wires show self-oscillation with increasing modulation strength. The fabricated nanowire resonators are intended to be immersed in the superfluid 3He. By tracking the resonant frequency and the Q of the various modes of the wire versus temperature, we aim to probe the superfluid gap structure.

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

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

    2014-10-01

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

  12. Droplet-mediated formation of embedded GaAs nanowires in MBE GaAs1-x Bi x films

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    Wood, Adam W.; Collar, Kristen; Li, Jincheng; Brown, April S.; Babcock, Susan E.

    2016-03-01

    We have examined the morphology and composition of embedded nanowires that can be formed during molecular beam epitaxy of GaAs1-x Bi x using high angle annular dark field (‘Z-contrast’) imaging in an aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscope. Samples were grown in Ga-rich growth conditions on a stationary GaAs substrate. Ga-rich droplets are observed on the surface with lateral trails extending from the droplet in the [110] direction. Cross-sectional scanning transmission electron microscopy of the film reveals epitaxial nanowire structures of composition ˜GaAs embedded in the GaAs1-x Bi x epitaxial layers. These nanowires extend from a surface droplet to the substrate at a shallow angle of inclination (˜4°). They typically are 4 μm long and have a lens-shaped cross section with major and minor axes dimensions of 800 and 120 nm. The top surface of the nanowires exhibits a linear trace in longitudinal cross-section, across which the composition change from ˜GaAs to GaAs1-x Bi x appears abrupt. The bottom surfaces of the nanowires appear wavy and the composition change appears to be graded over ˜25 nm. The droplets have phase separated into Ga- and Bi-rich components. A qualitative model is proposed in which Bi is gettered into Ga droplets, leaving Bi depleted nanowires in the wakes of the droplets as they migrate in one direction across the surface during GaAs1-x Bi x film growth.

  13. Nanowire-organic thin film transistor integration and scale up towards developing sensor array for biomedical sensing applications

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    Kumar, Prashanth S.; Hankins, Phillip T.; Rai, Pratyush; Varadan, Vijay K.

    2010-04-01

    Exploratory research works have demonstrated the capability of conducting nanowire arrays in enhancing the sensitivity and selectivity of bio-electrodes in sensing applications. With the help of different surface manipulation techniques, a wide range of biomolecules have been successfully immobilized on these nanowires. Flexible organic electronics, thin film transistor (TFT) fabricated on flexible substrate, was a breakthrough that enabled development of logic circuits on flexible substrate. In many health monitoring scenarios, a series of biomarkers, physical properties and vital signals need to be observed. Since the nano-bio-electrodes are capable of measuring all or most of them, it has been aptly suggested that a series of electrode (array) on single substrate shall be an excellent point of care tool. This requires an efficient control system for signal acquisition and telemetry. An array of flexible TFTs has been designed that acts as active matrix for controlled switching of or scanning by the sensor array. This array is a scale up of the flexible organic TFT that has been fabricated and rigorously tested in previous studies. The integration of nanowire electrodes to the organic electronics was approached by growing nanowires on the same substrate as TFTs and fl ip chip packaging, where the nanowires and TFTs are made on separate substrates. As a proof of concept, its application has been explored in various multi-focal biomedical sensing applications, such as neural probes for monitoring neurite growth, dopamine, and neuron activity; myocardial ischemia for spatial monitoring of myocardium.

  14. Probing titanate nanowire surface acidity through methylene blue adsorption in colloidal suspension and on thin films.

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    Horváth, Endre; Szilágyi, István; Forró, László; Magrez, Arnaud

    2014-02-15

    The interaction of the cationic dye methylene blue (MB) with titanate nanowires (TiONWs) was investigated in different pH environments using visible spectroscopy and electrophoresis on thin films as well as in aqueous suspension. The surface charge of the TiONWs depends on the pH and ionic strength leading to positive charge under acidic and negative under alkaline conditions. The TiONWs have the same adsorption capacity on films and in suspensions at neutral pH while under alkaline conditions they are able to adsorb significantly more MB in suspension due to their higher surface area. Detailed adsorption studies in water revealed that dye cations form monomers, dimers and larger aggregates of H-type (face-to-face) on the TiONW films. The results indicate that below pH = 4.0 the TiONWs' external surface consists of Brøntsted acid sites capable of protonating MB. It was suggested that reversible indicator role of MB molecule dimers probes the TiONW surface acidity (Brøntsted sites).

  15. Comparative analysis of serial and parallel laser patterning of Ag nanowire thin films

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    Oh, Harim; Lee, Myeongkyu

    2017-03-01

    Ag nanowire (AgNW) films solution-coated on a glass substrate were laser-patterned in two different ways. For the conventional serial process, a pulsed ultraviolet laser of 30 kHz repetition rate and ∼20 ns pulse width was employed as the laser source. For parallel patterning, the film was directly irradiated by a spatially-modulated Nd:YAG laser beam that has a low repetition rate of 10 kHz and a shorter pulse width of 5 ns. While multiple pulses with energy density ranging from 3 to 9 J/cm2 were required to pattern the film in the serial process, a single pulse with energy density of 0.16 J/cm2 completely removed AgNWs in the parallel patterning. This may be explained by the difference in patterning mechanism. In the parallel process using short pulses of 5 ns width, AgNWs can be removed in their solid state by the laser-induced thermo-elastic force, while they should be evaporated in the serial process utilizing a high-repetition rate laser. Important process parameters such as threshold energy density, speed, and available feature sizes are comparatively discussed for the two patterning

  16. Self-assembly of novel nanowires by thermolysis of fullerene and transition metal thin films

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    Hofmann, S.; Robertson, J.; Ducati, C.; Dunin-Borkowski, R. E.

    2004-05-01

    A wide range of nanomaterials has been grown by thermal treatment of patterned condensed-phase precursors. We present a systematic study of the thermolysis of fullerene, amorphous carbon and transition metal thin films, trying to bridge previously reported results in the high temperature regime (>900 °C) and reporting novel structures for low temperature (<550 °C) processing. The synthesis of crystals of single-walled carbon nanotubes from high temperature annealing of patterned, multilayered fullerene and nickel precursor films, could not be reproduced. A thicker fullerene layer in the presence of nickel was, however, transformed into a web-like carbon network. Low temperature processing of similar precursor patterns on sulfur-containing molybdenum grids resulted in the self-assembly of nickel sulfide nanowires and filled MoS2 nanotubes. Cobalt was found to form cobalt sulfide structures. The strongly oxidizing behaviour of iron resulted in an abundance of needle-like molybdenum oxide crystals. None of the structural formations could be seen for amorphous carbon as a substitutional thin film precursor. Based on the ease of changing precursor materials, this simple, scaleable method addresses many nanomaterials, giving new insight into growth mechanisms as well as offering synthesis control for future applications.

  17. Reduced haze of transparent conductive films by smaller diameter silver nanowires.

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    Menamparambath, Mini Mol; Yang, Kihyuk; Kim, Hyeong Hoon; Bae, Oh Seung; Jeong, Mun Seok; Choi, Jae-Young; Baik, Seunghyun

    2016-11-18

    Silver nanowires (Ag NWs) have received considerable attention for flexible transparent conductive films (TCFs) since they provide a relatively low sheet resistance at a high transmittance. However, the diffuse light scattering, haze, has been regarded as a hurdle to achieve clarity of films. Here we revisit the Mie scattering theory to calculate the extinction and scattering coefficients of Ag NWs which were employed to estimate haze of TCFs. The theory predicted a decrease in haze with a decrease in Ag NW diameter which was supported by experimental investigations carried out using Ag NWs with 5 different diameters (17.6, 19.9, 22.5, 24.3, and 29.6 nm). Overall, excellent properties of TCFs (haze = 0.21%-1.8%, transmittance = 95.33%-98.45%, sheet resistance = 20.87-81.76 Ω sq(-1)) were obtained. Ag NWs with a diameter of 17.6 nm provided minimum haze values at equivalent sheet resistances (e.g., haze = 0.21%, transmittance = 98.45%, sheet resistance = 77.36 Ω sq(-1)) compared with ones with lager diameters and the controls in literatures. This work investigated the interdependence between haze and NW diameter and might provide a design guide for flexible Ag NW TCFs.

  18. Reduced haze of transparent conductive films by smaller diameter silver nanowires

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    Mol Menamparambath, Mini; Yang, Kihyuk; Kim, Hyeong Hoon; Bae, Oh Seung; Jeong, Mun Seok; Choi, Jae-Young; Baik, Seunghyun

    2016-11-01

    Silver nanowires (Ag NWs) have received considerable attention for flexible transparent conductive films (TCFs) since they provide a relatively low sheet resistance at a high transmittance. However, the diffuse light scattering, haze, has been regarded as a hurdle to achieve clarity of films. Here we revisit the Mie scattering theory to calculate the extinction and scattering coefficients of Ag NWs which were employed to estimate haze of TCFs. The theory predicted a decrease in haze with a decrease in Ag NW diameter which was supported by experimental investigations carried out using Ag NWs with 5 different diameters (17.6, 19.9, 22.5, 24.3, and 29.6 nm). Overall, excellent properties of TCFs (haze = 0.21%-1.8%, transmittance = 95.33%-98.45%, sheet resistance = 20.87-81.76 Ω sq-1) were obtained. Ag NWs with a diameter of 17.6 nm provided minimum haze values at equivalent sheet resistances (e.g., haze = 0.21%, transmittance = 98.45%, sheet resistance = 77.36 Ω sq-1) compared with ones with lager diameters and the controls in literatures. This work investigated the interdependence between haze and NW diameter and might provide a design guide for flexible Ag NW TCFs.

  19. Formation of silicon nanowire packed films from metallurgical-grade silicon powder using a two-step metal-assisted chemical etching method.

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    Ouertani, Rachid; Hamdi, Abderrahmen; Amri, Chohdi; Khalifa, Marouan; Ezzaouia, Hatem

    2014-01-01

    In this work, we use a two-step metal-assisted chemical etching method to produce films of silicon nanowires shaped in micrograins from metallurgical-grade polycrystalline silicon powder. The first step is an electroless plating process where the powder was dipped for few minutes in an aqueous solution of silver nitrite and hydrofluoric acid to permit Ag plating of the Si micrograins. During the second step, corresponding to silicon dissolution, we add a small quantity of hydrogen peroxide to the plating solution and we leave the samples to be etched for three various duration (30, 60, and 90 min). We try elucidating the mechanisms leading to the formation of silver clusters and silicon nanowires obtained at the end of the silver plating step and the silver-assisted silicon dissolution step, respectively. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micrographs revealed that the processed Si micrograins were covered with densely packed films of self-organized silicon nanowires. Some of these nanowires stand vertically, and some others tilt to the silicon micrograin facets. The thickness of the nanowire films increases from 0.2 to 10 μm with increasing etching time. Based on SEM characterizations, laser scattering estimations, X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns, and Raman spectroscopy, we present a correlative study dealing with the effect of the silver-assisted etching process on the morphological and structural properties of the processed silicon nanowire films.

  20. Formation of silicon nanowire packed films from metallurgical-grade silicon powder using a two-step metal-assisted chemical etching method

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    2014-01-01

    In this work, we use a two-step metal-assisted chemical etching method to produce films of silicon nanowires shaped in micrograins from metallurgical-grade polycrystalline silicon powder. The first step is an electroless plating process where the powder was dipped for few minutes in an aqueous solution of silver nitrite and hydrofluoric acid to permit Ag plating of the Si micrograins. During the second step, corresponding to silicon dissolution, we add a small quantity of hydrogen peroxide to the plating solution and we leave the samples to be etched for three various duration (30, 60, and 90 min). We try elucidating the mechanisms leading to the formation of silver clusters and silicon nanowires obtained at the end of the silver plating step and the silver-assisted silicon dissolution step, respectively. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micrographs revealed that the processed Si micrograins were covered with densely packed films of self-organized silicon nanowires. Some of these nanowires stand vertically, and some others tilt to the silicon micrograin facets. The thickness of the nanowire films increases from 0.2 to 10 μm with increasing etching time. Based on SEM characterizations, laser scattering estimations, X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns, and Raman spectroscopy, we present a correlative study dealing with the effect of the silver-assisted etching process on the morphological and structural properties of the processed silicon nanowire films. PMID:25349554

  1. Formation of silicon nanowire packed films from metallurgical-grade silicon powder using a two-step metal-assisted chemical etching method

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    Ouertani, Rachid; Hamdi, Abderrahmen; Amri, Chohdi; Khalifa, Marouan; Ezzaouia, Hatem

    2014-10-01

    In this work, we use a two-step metal-assisted chemical etching method to produce films of silicon nanowires shaped in micrograins from metallurgical-grade polycrystalline silicon powder. The first step is an electroless plating process where the powder was dipped for few minutes in an aqueous solution of silver nitrite and hydrofluoric acid to permit Ag plating of the Si micrograins. During the second step, corresponding to silicon dissolution, we add a small quantity of hydrogen peroxide to the plating solution and we leave the samples to be etched for three various duration (30, 60, and 90 min). We try elucidating the mechanisms leading to the formation of silver clusters and silicon nanowires obtained at the end of the silver plating step and the silver-assisted silicon dissolution step, respectively. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micrographs revealed that the processed Si micrograins were covered with densely packed films of self-organized silicon nanowires. Some of these nanowires stand vertically, and some others tilt to the silicon micrograin facets. The thickness of the nanowire films increases from 0.2 to 10 μm with increasing etching time. Based on SEM characterizations, laser scattering estimations, X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns, and Raman spectroscopy, we present a correlative study dealing with the effect of the silver-assisted etching process on the morphological and structural properties of the processed silicon nanowire films.

  2. Totally embedded hybrid thin films of carbon nanotubes and silver nanowires as flat homogenous flexible transparent conductors

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    Pillai, Suresh Kumar Raman; Wang, Jing; Wang, Yilei; Sk, Md Moniruzzaman; Prakoso, Ari Bimo; Rusli; Chan-Park, Mary B.

    2016-01-01

    There is a great need for viable alternatives to today’s transparent conductive film using largely indium tin oxide. We report the fabrication of a new type of flexible transparent conductive film using silver nanowires (AgNW) and single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) networks which are fully embedded in a UV curable resin substrate. The hybrid SWCNTs-AgNWs film is relatively flat so that the RMS roughness of the top surface of the film is 3 nm. Addition of SWCNTs networks make the film resistance uniform; without SWCNTs, sheet resistance of the surface composed of just AgNWs in resin varies from 20 Ω/sq to 107 Ω/sq. With addition of SWCNTs embedded in the resin, sheet resistance of the hybrid film is 29 ± 5 Ω/sq and uniform across the 47 mm diameter film discs; further, the optimized film has 85% transparency. Our lamination-transfer UV process doesn’t need solvent for sacrificial substrate removal and leads to good mechanical interlocking of the nano-material networks. Additionally, electrochemical study of the film for supercapacitors application showed an impressive 10 times higher current in cyclic voltammograms compared to the control without SWCNTs. Our fabrication method is simple, cost effective and enables the large-scale fabrication of flat and flexible transparent conductive films. PMID:27929125

  3. Totally embedded hybrid thin films of carbon nanotubes and silver nanowires as flat homogenous flexible transparent conductors.

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    Pillai, Suresh Kumar Raman; Wang, Jing; Wang, Yilei; Sk, Md Moniruzzaman; Prakoso, Ari Bimo; Rusli; Chan-Park, Mary B

    2016-12-08

    There is a great need for viable alternatives to today's transparent conductive film using largely indium tin oxide. We report the fabrication of a new type of flexible transparent conductive film using silver nanowires (AgNW) and single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) networks which are fully embedded in a UV curable resin substrate. The hybrid SWCNTs-AgNWs film is relatively flat so that the RMS roughness of the top surface of the film is 3 nm. Addition of SWCNTs networks make the film resistance uniform; without SWCNTs, sheet resistance of the surface composed of just AgNWs in resin varies from 20 Ω/sq to 10(7 )Ω/sq. With addition of SWCNTs embedded in the resin, sheet resistance of the hybrid film is 29 ± 5 Ω/sq and uniform across the 47 mm diameter film discs; further, the optimized film has 85% transparency. Our lamination-transfer UV process doesn't need solvent for sacrificial substrate removal and leads to good mechanical interlocking of the nano-material networks. Additionally, electrochemical study of the film for supercapacitors application showed an impressive 10 times higher current in cyclic voltammograms compared to the control without SWCNTs. Our fabrication method is simple, cost effective and enables the large-scale fabrication of flat and flexible transparent conductive films.

  4. Totally embedded hybrid thin films of carbon nanotubes and silver nanowires as flat homogenous flexible transparent conductors

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    Pillai, Suresh Kumar Raman; Wang, Jing; Wang, Yilei; Sk, Md Moniruzzaman; Prakoso, Ari Bimo; Rusli; Chan-Park, Mary B.

    2016-12-01

    There is a great need for viable alternatives to today’s transparent conductive film using largely indium tin oxide. We report the fabrication of a new type of flexible transparent conductive film using silver nanowires (AgNW) and single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) networks which are fully embedded in a UV curable resin substrate. The hybrid SWCNTs-AgNWs film is relatively flat so that the RMS roughness of the top surface of the film is 3 nm. Addition of SWCNTs networks make the film resistance uniform; without SWCNTs, sheet resistance of the surface composed of just AgNWs in resin varies from 20 Ω/sq to 107 Ω/sq. With addition of SWCNTs embedded in the resin, sheet resistance of the hybrid film is 29 ± 5 Ω/sq and uniform across the 47 mm diameter film discs; further, the optimized film has 85% transparency. Our lamination-transfer UV process doesn’t need solvent for sacrificial substrate removal and leads to good mechanical interlocking of the nano-material networks. Additionally, electrochemical study of the film for supercapacitors application showed an impressive 10 times higher current in cyclic voltammograms compared to the control without SWCNTs. Our fabrication method is simple, cost effective and enables the large-scale fabrication of flat and flexible transparent conductive films.

  5. In situ growth of a ZnO nanowire network within a TiO(2) nanoparticle film for enhanced dye-sensitized solar cell performance.

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    Bai, Yang; Yu, Hua; Li, Zhen; Amal, Rose; Lu, Gao Qing Max; Wang, Lianzhou

    2012-11-14

    ZnO nanowire networks featuring excellent charge transport and light scattering properties are grown in situ within TiO(2) films. The resultant TiO(2) /ZnO composites, used as photoanodes, remarkably enhance the overall conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) by 26.9%, compared to that of benchmark TiO(2) films.

  6. High performance of silicon nanowire-based biosensors using a high-k stacked sensing thin film.

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    Bae, Tae-Eon; Jang, Hyun-June; Yang, Jong-Heon; Cho, Won-Ju

    2013-06-12

    High performance silicon nanowire (SiNW) sensors with SiO2/HfO2/Al2O3 (OHA) engineered sensing thin films were fabricated. A lower interface state density, a larger capacitance and a stronger chemical immunity, which are essential for enhancing the performance of devices, were accomplished by stacking thin SiO2, HfO2, and Al2O3 layers, respectively, in sequence on the SiNW channel. Compared with the conventional single SiO2 thin film, the staked OHA thin films demonstrated improved sensing performances; a higher sensitivity, a lower hysteresis voltage, and a smaller drift rate, as well as a higher output current. Therefore, the SiNW sensors with OHA stacked sensing thin films are very promising to biological and chemical sensor applications.

  7. Flexibility and non-destructive conductivity measurements of Ag nanowire based transparent conductive films via terahertz time domain spectroscopy.

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    Hwang, Gyujeong; Balci, Soner; Güngördü, M Zeki; Maleski, Alex; Waters, Joseph; Lee, Sunjong; Choi, Sangjun; Kim, Kyoungkook; Cho, Soohaeng; Kim, Seongsin M

    2017-02-20

    Highly stable and flexible transparent electrodes are fabricated based on silver nanowires (AgNWs) on both polyethylene-terephthalate (PET) and polyimide (PI) substrates. Terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) was utilized to probe AgNW films while bended with a radius 5 mm to discover conductivity of bended films which was further analyzed through Drude-Smith model. AgNW films experience little degradation in conductivity (<3%) before, after, and during 1000 bending cycles. Highly stable AgNW flexible electrodes have broad applications in flexible optoelectronic and electronic devices. THz-TDS is an effective technique to investigate the electrical properties of the bended and flattened conducting films in a nondestructive manner.

  8. Effect of hydrogen plasma irradiation of catalyst films on growth of carbon nanotubes filled with iron nanowires

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    Sato, Hideki Kubonaka, Nobuo; Nagata, Atsushi; Fujiwara, Yuji

    2014-03-15

    Carbon nanotubes filled with iron (Fe-filled CNTs) show shape anisotropy on account of the high aspect ratio of magnetic nanowires, and are promising candidates for various applications, such as magnetic recording media, probes for scanning force microscopy, and medical treatment for cancer. The ability to appropriately control the magnetic properties of CNTs for those applications is desirable. In this study, the authors investigated magnetic properties of Fe-filled CNTs synthesized by thermal chemical vapor deposition for the purpose of tuning their coercivity. Here, the authors implemented hydrogen plasma irradiation of catalyst film that was previously deposited on a substrate as a catalyst layer. This treatment activates the catalyst film and thus enhances the growth of the Fe-filled CNTs. It was confirmed that the H{sub 2} plasma irradiation enhances the growth of the CNTs in terms of increasing their length and diameter compared to CNTs without irradiation. On the other hand, the coercivity of Fe-filled CNTs dropped to approximately half of those without H{sub 2} plasma irradiation. This is probably due to a decrease in the aspect ratio of the Fe nanowires, which results from the increase in their diameter. Furthermore, the crystal structure of the Fe nanowires may affect the coercivity.

  9. Thin Film Silicon Nanowire/PEDOT:PSS Hybrid Solar Cells with Surface Treatment.

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    Wang, Hao; Wang, Jianxiong; Hong, Lei; Tan, Yew Heng; Tan, Chuan Seng; Rusli

    2016-12-01

    SiNW/PEDOT:PSS hybrid solar cells are fabricated on 10.6-μm-thick crystalline Si thin films. Cells with Si nanowires (SiNWs) of different lengths fabricated using the metal-catalyzed electroless etching (MCEE) technique have been investigated. A surface treatment process using oxygen plasma has been applied to improve the surface quality of the SiNWs, and the optimized cell with 0.7-μm-long SiNWs achieved a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 7.83 %. The surface treatment process is found to remove surface defects and passivate the SiNWs and substantially improve the average open circuit voltage from 0.461 to 0.562 V for the optimized cell. The light harvesting capability of the SiNWs has also been investigated theoretically using optical simulation. It is found that the inherent randomness of the MCEE SiNWs, in terms of their diameter and spacing, accounts for the excellent light harvesting capability. In comparison, periodic SiNWs of comparable dimensions have been shown to exhibit much poorer trapping and absorption of light.

  10. GaAs nanowire growth on polycrystalline silicon thin films using selective-area MOVPE.

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    Ikejiri, Keitaro; Ishizaka, Fumiya; Tomioka, Katsuhiro; Fukui, Takashi

    2013-03-22

    The growth mechanism of GaAs nanowires (NWs) grown on polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) thin films using selective-area metalorganic vapor-phase epitaxy was investigated. Wire structures were selectively grown in the mask openings on a poly-Si substrate. The appearance ratio of wire structures strongly depended on the growth conditions and deposition temperature of the poly-Si substrate. Evaluation of the grown shapes and growth characteristics revealed that GaAs NWs grown on a poly-Si substrate have the same growth mechanism as conventional GaAs NWs grown on a single-crystalline GaAs or Si substrate. Experiments showed that the wire structure yield can be improved by increasing the Si grain size and/or increasing the Si deposition temperature. The growth model proposed for understanding NW growth on poly-Si is based on the mask opening size, the Si grain size, and the growth conditions. The ability to control the growth mode is promising for the formation of NWs with complex structures on poly-Si thin layers.

  11. Thin Film Silicon Nanowire/PEDOT:PSS Hybrid Solar Cells with Surface Treatment

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    Wang, Hao; Wang, Jianxiong; Hong, Lei; Tan, Yew Heng; Tan, Chuan Seng; Rusli

    2016-06-01

    SiNW/PEDOT:PSS hybrid solar cells are fabricated on 10.6-μm-thick crystalline Si thin films. Cells with Si nanowires (SiNWs) of different lengths fabricated using the metal-catalyzed electroless etching (MCEE) technique have been investigated. A surface treatment process using oxygen plasma has been applied to improve the surface quality of the SiNWs, and the optimized cell with 0.7-μm-long SiNWs achieved a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 7.83 %. The surface treatment process is found to remove surface defects and passivate the SiNWs and substantially improve the average open circuit voltage from 0.461 to 0.562 V for the optimized cell. The light harvesting capability of the SiNWs has also been investigated theoretically using optical simulation. It is found that the inherent randomness of the MCEE SiNWs, in terms of their diameter and spacing, accounts for the excellent light harvesting capability. In comparison, periodic SiNWs of comparable dimensions have been shown to exhibit much poorer trapping and absorption of light.

  12. Novel method of ordering silver nanowires for synthesizing flexible films and their conductivity

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    Liu, Silin; Liu, Haitao; Huang, Zhaohui; Fang, Minghao; Liu, Yan-gai; Wu, Xiaowen; He, Can

    2016-11-01

    In this research, ordered silver nanowires (NWs) were transferred to flexible, freestanding nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) thin film. Silver NWs were synthesized via a solution chemistry method and arranged by a novel assemble method at the oil-water-air, three phase interface. The transparent nanopaper was made of NFC through vacuum suction filtrated method. Then the arranged Ag NWs were transferred to the surface of the nanopaper using a relatively simple method to form a compound, nanopaper/Ag NWs. X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and transmission electron microscope were taken to characterize the phase and the morphology of the as-prepared products. Characterization of the as-synthesized nanopaper/Ag NWs indicated that they were compounded physically and the Ag NWs were well crystalline. The as-synthesized nanopaper showed well translucency. The nanopaper/Ag NWs showed excellent flexibility and conductivity. The as-synthesized products have the potential application in flexible conductor. This study may provide an effective strategy to design and construct nano-metallic materials with multitudinous features and potential applications in electric devices sensors, flexible devices and conductive materials.

  13. Ultraflexible Transparent Film Heater Made of Ag Nanowire/PVA Composite for Rapid-Response Thermotherapy Pads.

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    Lan, Wei; Chen, Youxin; Yang, Zhiwei; Han, Weihua; Zhou, Jinyuan; Zhang, Yue; Wang, Junya; Tang, Guomei; Wei, Yupeng; Dou, Wei; Su, Qing; Xie, Erqing

    2017-02-22

    Ultraflexible transparent film heaters have been fabricated by embedding conductive silver (Ag) nanowires into a thin poly(vinyl alcohol) film (AgNW/PVA). A cold-pressing method was used to rationally adjust the sheet resistance of the composite films and thus the heating powers of the AgNW/PVA film heaters at certain biases. The film heaters have a favorable optical transmittance (93.1% at 26 Ω/sq) and an outstanding mechanical flexibility (no visible change in sheet resistance after 10 000 bending cycles and at a radius of curvature ≤1 mm). The film heaters have an environmental endurance, and there is no significant performance degradation after being kept at high temperature (80 °C) and high humidity (45 °C, 80% humidity) for half a year. The efficient Joule heating can increase the temperature of the film heaters (20 Ω/sq) to 74 °C in ∼20 s at a bias of 5 V. The fast-heating characteristics at low voltages (a few volts) associated with its transparent and flexibility properties make the poly(dimethylsiloxane)/AgNW/PVA composite film a potential candidate in medical thermotherapy pads.

  14. Laser desorption/ionization from nanostructured surfaces: nanowires, nanoparticle films and silicon microcolumn arrays

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    Chen, Yong; Luo, Guanghong; Diao, Jiajie; Chornoguz, Olesya; Reeves, Mark; Vertes, Akos

    2007-04-01

    Due to their optical properties and morphology, thin films formed of nanoparticles are potentially new platforms for soft laser desorption/ionization (SLDI) mass spectrometry. Thin films of gold nanoparticles (with 12±1 nm particle size) were prepared by evaporation-driven vertical colloidal deposition and used to analyze a series of directly deposited polypeptide samples. In this new SLDI method, the required laser fluence for ion detection was equal or less than what was needed for matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) but the resulting spectra were free of matrix interferences. A silicon microcolumn array-based substrate (a.k.a. black silicon) was developed as a new matrix-free laser desorption ionization surface. When low-resistivity silicon wafers were processed with a 22 ps pulse length 3×ω Nd:YAG laser in air, SF6 or water environment, regularly arranged conical spikes emerged. The radii of the spike tips varied with the processing environment, ranging from approximately 500 nm in water, to ~2 µm in SF6 gas and to ~5 µm in air. Peptide mass spectra directly induced by a nitrogen laser showed the formation of protonated ions of angiotensin I and II, substance P, bradykinin fragment 1-7, synthetic peptide, pro14-arg, and insulin from the processed silicon surfaces but not from the unprocessed areas. Threshold fluences for desorption/ionization were similar to those used in MALDI. Although compared to silicon nanowires the threshold laser pulse energy for ionization is significantly (~10×) higher, the ease of production and robustness of microcolumn arrays offer complementary benefits.

  15. X-ray Reciprocal Space Mapping of Graded Al x Ga1 - x N Films and Nanowires.

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    Stanchu, Hryhorii V; Kuchuk, Andrian V; Kladko, Vasyl P; Ware, Morgan E; Mazur, Yuriy I; Zytkiewicz, Zbigniew R; Belyaev, Alexander E; Salamo, Gregory J

    2016-12-01

    The depth distribution of strain and composition in graded Al x Ga1 - x N films and nanowires (NWs) are studied theoretically using the kinematical theory of X-ray diffraction. By calculating [Formula: see text] reciprocal space maps (RSMs), we demonstrate significant differences in the intensity distributions from graded Al x Ga1 - x N films and NWs. We attribute these differences to relaxation of the substrate-induced strain on the NWs free side walls. Finally, we demonstrate that the developed X-ray reciprocal space map model allows for reliable depth profiles of strain and Al composition determination in both Al x Ga1 - x N films and NWs.

  16. Wide-angle polarization-free plasmon-enhanced light absorption in perovskite films using silver nanowires.

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    Wang, Geng; Meng, Ke; He, Zhen; Wu, Longlong; Liu, Zhou; Wang, Xiao; Li, Wenqin; Tai, Renzhong; Yu, Shu-Hong; Chen, Gang

    2017-02-20

    Since the successful implementation of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites as light-absorbing materials, stunning progresses have been made towards the efficiency boost of perovskite solar cells. To build upon these successes, further impetus may derive from revisits to the intrinsic properties of perovskites, such as their optical properties. Herein, we introduce periodic Ag nanowire (AgNW) structures into perovskite films to optimize their solar absorption efficiency through plasmonic interactions. Numerical simulations show a remarkable integrated solar absorption enhancement of 25.9% attained by incorporating properly tailored AgNW arrays into perovskite films. The AgNW crosses are further introduced to achieve polarization-independent light harvesting capability. The omnidirectional light absorption enhancement ability of the AgNW embedded perovskite films is also demonstrated.

  17. Hydrothermal Growth and Application of ZnO Nanowire Films with ZnO and TiO2 Buffer Layers in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Yang, Weiguang; Wan, Farong; Chen, Siwei; Jiang, Chunhua

    2009-12-01

    This paper reports the effects of the seed layers prepared by spin-coating and dip-coating methods on the morphology and density of ZnO nanowire arrays, thus on the performance of ZnO nanowire-based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The nanowire films with the thick ZnO buffer layer (~0.8-1 μm thick) can improve the open circuit voltage of the DSSCs through suppressing carrier recombination, however, and cause the decrease of dye loading absorbed on ZnO nanowires. In order to further investigate the effect of TiO2 buffer layer on the performance of ZnO nanowire-based DSSCs, compared with the ZnO nanowire-based DSSCs without a compact TiO2 buffer layer, the photovoltaic conversion efficiency and open circuit voltage of the ZnO DSSCs with the compact TiO2 layer (~50 nm thick) were improved by 3.9-12.5 and 2.4-41.7%, respectively. This can be attributed to the introduction of the compact TiO2 layer prepared by sputtering method, which effectively suppressed carrier recombination occurring across both the film-electrolyte interface and the substrate-electrolyte interface.

  18. Improved flux pinning by prefabricated SnO2 nanowires embedded in epitaxial YBa2Cu3Ox superconducting thin film tapes

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    Selvamanickam, V.; Mallick, R.; Tao, X.; Yao, Y.; Heydari Gharahcheshmeh, M.; Xu, A.; Zhang, Y.; Galstyan, E.; Majkic, G.

    2016-08-01

    We have developed processes to fabricate SnO2 nanowires on single crystalline-like buffer surfaces on flexible metal substrates with controlled alignment and density while eliminating undesired in-plane nanostructures that can be deleterious to subsequent epitaxial growth of the superconductor film. The in-plane nanostructures formed due to the mobility of gold catalyst on the nucleating surface and a two-step process was developed to restrict this mobility. Post-ion bombardment of the surface with randomly aligned SnO2 nanowires has resulted in re-alignment of the nanowires along the ion beam direction as well as in the removal of the undesired in-plane nanostructures. The most effective and reproducible control of SnO2 nanowire density with near absence of in-plane nanostructures was achieved by growth on single crystalline-like CeO2 surfaces and use of colloidal gold catalysts of 30 nm in size. YBa2Cu3Ox superconductor films epitaxially grown on the single crystalline-like surfaces with SnO2 nanowires exhibit a 50% improvement in critical current at 77 K in a magnetic field of 1 Tesla aligned along the orientation of the embedded nanowires.

  19. Highly ordered MnO{sub 2} nanowire array thin films on Ti/Si substrate as an electrode for electrochemical capacitor

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    Xu Cailing . E-mail: xucl01@163.com; Bao Shujuan; Kong Lingbin; Li Hua; Li Hulin . E-mail: lihl@lzu.edu.cn

    2006-05-15

    AAO/Ti/Si substrate was successfully synthesized by a two-step electrochemical anodization of the aluminum film on the Ti/Si substrate and then used as template to grow nanowire arrays. The ordered MnO{sub 2} nanowire arrays with about 40 nm diameters had been directly fabricated on AAO/Ti/Si substrate by direct current (DC) electrodeposition. The microstructure of the nanowire arrays was investigated by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Their electrochemical characterization was performed using cyclic voltammetry in 0.5 M Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} aqueous solution. The synthesized MnO{sub 2} nanowires had amorphous nature until 400 deg. C. The deal capacitive behavior was obtained when the as-prepared sample was heat-treated at 200 deg. C. The specific capacitance of the electrode was about 254 F/g.

  20. Biocompatible and Antibacterial SnO2 Nanowire Films Synthesized by E-Beam Evaporation Method.

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    Prasad, R G S V; Phani, A R; Rao, K N; Kumar, R Rakesh; Prasad, S; Prabhakara, G; Sheeja, M S; Salins, C P; Endrino, J L; Raju, D B

    2015-06-01

    In this work, the biocompatibility and antibacterial activities of novel SnO2 nanowire coatings prepared by electron-beam (E-Beam) evaporation process at low temperatures were studied. The nanowire coatings were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods. The results of in vitro cytotoxicity and cell proliferation assays suggested that the SnO2 nanowire coatings were nontoxic and promoted the proliferation of C2C12 and L929 cells (> 90% viability). Cellular activities, cell adhesion, and lactate dehydrogenase activities were consistent with the superior biocompatibility of the nanowire materials. Notably, the nanowire coating showed potent antibacterial activity against six different bacterial strains. The antibacterial activity of the SnO2 material was attributed to the photocatalytic nature of SnO2. The antibacterial activity and biocompatibility of the newly developed SnO2 nanowire coatings may enable their use as coating materials for biomedical implants.

  1. Silicon nanowires with controlled sidewall profile and roughness fabricated by thin-film dewetting and metal-assisted chemical etching

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    Azeredo, B. P.; Sadhu, J.; Ma, J.; Jacobs, K.; Kim, J.; Lee, K.; Eraker, J. H.; Li, X.; Sinha, S.; Fang, N.; Ferreira, P.; Hsu, K.

    2013-06-01

    This paper presents a non-lithographic approach to generate wafer-scale single crystal silicon nanowires (SiNWs) with controlled sidewall profile and surface morphology. The approach begins with silver (Ag) thin-film thermal dewetting, gold (Au) deposition and lift-off to generate a large-scale Au mesh on Si substrates. This is followed by metal-assisted chemical etching (MacEtch), where the Au mesh serves as a catalyst to produce arrays of smooth Si nanowires with tunable taper up to 13°. The mean diameter of the thus fabricated SiNWs can be controlled to range from 62 to 300 nm with standard deviations as small as 13.6 nm, and the areal coverage of the wire arrays can be up to 46%. Control of the mean wire diameter is achieved by controlling the pore diameter of the metallic mesh which is, in turn, controlled by adjusting the initial thin-film thickness and deposition rate. To control the wire surface morphology, a post-fabrication roughening step is added to the approach. This step uses Au nanoparticles and slow-rate MacEtch to produce rms surface roughness up to 3.6 nm.

  2. Preparation of patterned boron nanowire films with different widths of unit-cell and their field emission properties

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    Zhang, Yong-Xin; Liu, Fei; Shen, Cheng-Min; Li, Jun; Deng, Shao-Zhi; Xu, Ning-Sheng; Gao, Hong-Jun

    2016-08-01

    Large-area patterned films of boron nanowires (BNWs) are fabricated at various densities by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). Different widths of unit-cell of Mo masks are used as templates. The widths of unit-cell of Mo masks are 100 μm, 150 μm, and 200 μm, respectively. The distance between unit cells is 50 μm. The BNWs have an average diameter of about 20 nm and lengths of 10 μm-20 μm. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy analysis shows that each nanowire has a β-tetragonal structure with good crystallization. Field emission measurements of the BNW films show that their turn-on electric fields decrease with width of unit-cell increasing. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant Nos. 2013CB933604), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51572290), and the Fund from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant Nos. 1731300500015 and XDB07030100).

  3. Glucose biosensor based on functionalized ZnO nanowire/graphite films dispersed on a Pt electrode

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    Gallay, P.; Tosi, E.; Madrid, R.; Tirado, M.; Comedi, D.

    2016-10-01

    We present a glucose biosensor based on ZnO nanowire self-sustained films grown on compacted graphite flakes by the vapor transport method. Nanowire/graphite films were fragmented in water, filtered to form a colloidal suspension, subsequently functionalized with glucose oxidase and finally transferred to a metal electrode (Pt). The obtained devices were evaluated using scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry. The electrochemical responses of the devices were determined in buffer solutions with successive glucose aggregates using a tripolar electrode system. The nanostructured biosensors showed excellent analytical performance, with linear response to glucose concentrations, high sensitivity of up to ≈17 μA cm-2 mM-1 in the 0.03-1.52 mM glucose concentration range, relatively low Michaelis-Menten constant, excellent reproducibility and a fast response. The detection limits are more than an order of magnitude lower than those achievable in commercial biosensors for glucose control, which is promising for the development of glucose monitoring methods that do not require blood extraction from potentially diabetic patients. The strong detection enhancements provided by the functionalized nanostructures are much larger than the electrode surface-area increase and are discussed in terms of the physical and chemical mechanisms involved in the detection and transduction processes.

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

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    Chamberlin, Matthew; Constantin, Costel

    2011-10-01

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

  5. Transparent metal oxide nanowire transistors

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    Chen, Di; Liu, Zhe; Liang, Bo; Wang, Xianfu; Shen, Guozhen

    2012-05-01

    With the features of high mobility, a high electric on/off ratio and excellent transparency, metal oxide nanowires are excellent candidates for transparent thin-film transistors, which is one of the key technologies to realize transparent electronics. This article provides a comprehensive review of the state-of-the-art research activities that focus on transparent metal oxide nanowire transistors. It begins with the brief introduction to the synthetic methods for high quality metal oxide nanowires, and the typical nanowire transfer and printing techniques with emphasis on the simple contact printing methodology. High performance transparent transistors built on both single nanowires and nanowire thin films are then highlighted. The final section deals with the applications of transparent metal oxide nanowire transistors in the field of transparent displays and concludes with an outlook on the current perspectives and future directions of transparent metal oxide nanowire transistors.

  6. Transparent metal oxide nanowire transistors.

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    Chen, Di; Liu, Zhe; Liang, Bo; Wang, Xianfu; Shen, Guozhen

    2012-05-21

    With the features of high mobility, a high electric on/off ratio and excellent transparency, metal oxide nanowires are excellent candidates for transparent thin-film transistors, which is one of the key technologies to realize transparent electronics. This article provides a comprehensive review of the state-of-the-art research activities that focus on transparent metal oxide nanowire transistors. It begins with the brief introduction to the synthetic methods for high quality metal oxide nanowires, and the typical nanowire transfer and printing techniques with emphasis on the simple contact printing methodology. High performance transparent transistors built on both single nanowires and nanowire thin films are then highlighted. The final section deals with the applications of transparent metal oxide nanowire transistors in the field of transparent displays and concludes with an outlook on the current perspectives and future directions of transparent metal oxide nanowire transistors.

  7. Fully solution processed PEDOT:PSS and silver nanowire semitransparent electrodes for thin film solar cells

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    Vaagensmith, Bjorn

    Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), such as semitransparent organic solar cells (OSC) for power generating windows, is a promising method for implementing renewable energy under the looming threat of depleting fossil fuels. OSC require a solution processed transparent electrode to be cost effective; but typically employ a non-solution processed indium tin oxide (ITO) transparent electrode. PEDOT:PSS and silver nanowire transparent electrodes have emerged as a promising alternative to ITO and are solution processed compatible. However, PEDOT:PSS requires a strong acid treatment, which is incompatible with high throughput solution processed fabrication techniques. Silver nanowires suffer from a short lifetime when subject to electrical stress. The goals of this work were to fabricate a PEDOT:PSS electrodes without using strong acids, a silver nanowire electrode with a lifetime that can exceed 6000 hours of constant electrical stress, and use these two electrodes to fabricate a semitransparent OSC. Exploring optimal solvent blend additives in conjunction with solvent bend post treatments for PEDOT:PSS electrodes could provide an acid free method that results in comparable sheet resistance and transmittance of ITO electrodes. Silver nanowires fail under electrical stress due to sulfur corrosion and Joule heating (which melts and breaks apart electrical contact). A silver oxide layer coating the nanowires could hinder sulfur corrosion and help redistribute heat. Moreover, nanowires with thicker diameters could also exhibit higher heat tolerance and take longer to corrode. Four layer PEDOT:PSS electrodes with optimal solvent blend additives and post treatments were fabricated by spin coating. Silver nanowire electrodes of varying nanowire diameter with and without UV-ozone treatment were fabricated by spray coating and subject to electrical stress of 20 mA/cm2 constant current density. PEDOT:PSS electrodes exhibited a sheet resistance of 80 O/□ and average

  8. Prospects for nanowire-doped polycrystalline graphene films for ultratransparent, highly conductive electrodes.

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    Jeong, Changwook; Nair, Pradeep; Khan, Mohammad; Lundstrom, Mark; Alam, Muhammad A

    2011-11-09

    Traditional transparent conducting materials such as ITO are expensive, brittle, and inflexible. Although alternatives like networks of carbon nanotubes, polycrystalline graphene, and metallic nanowires have been proposed, the transparency-conductivity trade-off of these materials makes them inappropriate for broad range of applications. In this paper, we show that the conductivity of polycrystalline graphene is limited by high resistance grain boundaries. We demonstrate that a composite based on polycrystalline graphene and a subpercolating network of metallic nanowires offers a simple and effective route to reduced resistance while maintaining high transmittance. This new approach of "percolation-doping by nanowires" has the potential to beat the transparency-conductivity constraints of existing materials and may be suitable for broad applications in photovoltaics, flexible electronics, and displays.

  9. Preparation and Characterization of Thin-Film Composite Membrane with Nanowire-Modified Support for Forward Osmosis Process

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    Low, Ze-Xian; Liu, Qi; Shamsaei, Ezzatollah; Zhang, Xiwang; Wang, Huanting

    2015-01-01

    Internal concentration polarization (ICP) in forward osmosis (FO) process is a characteristic problem for asymmetric thin-film composite (TFC) FO membrane which leads to lower water flux. To mitigate the ICP effect, modification of the substrates’ properties has been one of the most effective methods. A new polyethersulfone-based ultrafiltration membrane with increased surface porosity and high water flux was recently produced by incorporating Zn2GeO4 nanowires. The composite membrane was used as a substrate for the fabrication of TFC FO membrane, by coating a thin layer of polyamide on top of the substrate. The substrate and the nanowires were characterized by a range of techniques such as SEM, XRD, and contact angle goniometry. The water permeability and molecular weight cut-offs (MWCO) of the substrate; and the FO performance of the TFC membrane were also determined. The Zn2GeO4-modified membrane showed ~45% increase in water permeability and NaCl salt rejection of 80% under RO mode. In FO mode, the ratio of water flux to reverse solute flux was also improved. However, lower FO flux was obtained which could be due to ICP. The result shows that Zn2GO4 nanowire may be used as a modifier to the substrate to improve the quality of the polyamide layer on the substrate to improve the flux and selectivity, but not as effective in reducing ICP. This work demonstrates that the incorporation of nanomaterials to the membrane substrate may be an alternative approach to improve the formation of polyamide skin layer to achieve better FO performance. PMID:25803239

  10. Detection of chemical substances in water using an oxide nanowire transistor covered with a hydrophobic nanoparticle thin film as a liquid-vapour separation filter

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    Lim, Taekyung; Lee, Jonghun; Ju, Sanghyun

    2016-08-01

    We have developed a method to detect the presence of small amounts of chemical substances in water, using a Al2O3 nanoparticle thin film covered with phosphonic acid (HDF-PA) self-assembled monolayer. The HDF-PA self-assembled Al2O3 nanoparticle thin film acts as a liquid-vapour separation filter, allowing the passage of chemical vapour while blocking liquids. Prevention of the liquid from contacting the SnO2 nanowire and source-drain electrodes is required in order to avoid abnormal operation. Using this characteristic, the concentration of chemical substances in water could be evaluated by measuring the current changes in the SnO2 nanowire transistor covered with the HDF-PA self-assembled Al2O3 nanoparticle thin film.

  11. Layer-by-layer assembly of TiO2 nanowire/carbon nanotube films and characterization of their photocatalytic activity

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    Darányi, Mária; Csesznok, Tamás; Kukovecz, Ákos; Kónya, Zoltán; Kiricsi, Imre; Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Vajtai, Robert

    2011-05-01

    We report on the layer-by-layer (LbL) formation of TiO2-MWNT-TiO2 coatings on quartz with either trititanate derived TiO2 nanowires or Degussa P25 as the photocatalytically active material. The optimized deposition sequence is discussed in detail and the morphology of the prepared coatings is analyzed by SEM and XRD. The heterogeneous photocatalytic performance of the coatings was tested in the methyl orange oxidation reaction. The apparent first order rate constant fell in the 0.01-0.20 h - 1 range over a 2.5 × 2.5 cm2 film depending on the type and the thickness of the titanate coating. Building a multiwall carbon nanotube layer into the middle of the layer improved the photocatalytic activity for each material for all of the studied thicknesses. P25 based films performed 2-5 times better than TiO2 nanowire films; however, the pores in the P25 based films were largely blocked because the isotropic P25 nanoparticles form closely packed layers by themselves and even more so with the comparably sized multiwall carbon nanotubes. Therefore, films derived from titanate nanowires appear to be more suitable for use as multifunctional, photocatalytically active filtration media.

  12. Layer-by-layer assembly of TiO2 nanowire/carbon nanotube films and characterization of their photocatalytic activity.

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    Darányi, Mária; Csesznok, Tamás; Kukovecz, Akos; Kónya, Zoltán; Kiricsi, Imre; Ajayan, Pulickel M; Vajtai, Robert

    2011-05-13

    We report on the layer-by-layer (LbL) formation of TiO(2)-MWNT-TiO(2) coatings on quartz with either trititanate derived TiO(2) nanowires or Degussa P25 as the photocatalytically active material. The optimized deposition sequence is discussed in detail and the morphology of the prepared coatings is analyzed by SEM and XRD. The heterogeneous photocatalytic performance of the coatings was tested in the methyl orange oxidation reaction. The apparent first order rate constant fell in the 0.01-0.20 h(-1) range over a 2.5 × 2.5 cm(2) film depending on the type and the thickness of the titanate coating. Building a multiwall carbon nanotube layer into the middle of the layer improved the photocatalytic activity for each material for all of the studied thicknesses. P25 based films performed 2-5 times better than TiO(2) nanowire films; however, the pores in the P25 based films were largely blocked because the isotropic P25 nanoparticles form closely packed layers by themselves and even more so with the comparably sized multiwall carbon nanotubes. Therefore, films derived from titanate nanowires appear to be more suitable for use as multifunctional, photocatalytically active filtration media.

  13. MOF Thin Film-Coated Metal Oxide Nanowire Array: Significantly Improved Chemiresistor Sensor Performance.

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    Yao, Ming-Shui; Tang, Wen-Xiang; Wang, Guan-E; Nath, Bhaskar; Xu, Gang

    2016-07-01

    A strategy for combining metal oxides and metal-organic frameworks is proposed to design new materials for sensing volatile organic compounds, for the first time. The prepared ZnO@ZIF-CoZn core-sheath nanowire arrays show greatly enhanced performance not only on its selectivity but also on its response, recovery behavior, and working temperature.

  14. Droplet-mediated formation of embedded GaAs nanowires in MBE GaAs(1-x)Bi(x) films.

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    Wood, Adam W; Collar, Kristen; Li, Jincheng; Brown, April S; Babcock, Susan E

    2016-03-18

    We have examined the morphology and composition of embedded nanowires that can be formed during molecular beam epitaxy of GaAs(1-x)Bi(x) using high angle annular dark field ('Z-contrast') imaging in an aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscope. Samples were grown in Ga-rich growth conditions on a stationary GaAs substrate. Ga-rich droplets are observed on the surface with lateral trails extending from the droplet in the [110] direction. Cross-sectional scanning transmission electron microscopy of the film reveals epitaxial nanowire structures of composition ∼GaAs embedded in the GaAs(1-x)Bi(x) epitaxial layers. These nanowires extend from a surface droplet to the substrate at a shallow angle of inclination (∼4°). They typically are 4 μm long and have a lens-shaped cross section with major and minor axes dimensions of 800 and 120 nm. The top surface of the nanowires exhibits a linear trace in longitudinal cross-section, across which the composition change from ∼GaAs to GaAs(1-x)Bi(x) appears abrupt. The bottom surfaces of the nanowires appear wavy and the composition change appears to be graded over ∼25 nm. The droplets have phase separated into Ga- and Bi-rich components. A qualitative model is proposed in which Bi is gettered into Ga droplets, leaving Bi depleted nanowires in the wakes of the droplets as they migrate in one direction across the surface during GaAs(1-x)Bi(x) film growth.

  15. Cadmium sulfide nanowires for the window semiconductor layer in thin film CdS-CdTe solar cells.

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    Liu, Piao; Singh, Vijay P; Jarro, Carlos A; Rajaputra, Suresh

    2011-04-08

    Thin film CdS/CdTe heterojunction device is a leading technology for the solar cells of the next generation. We report on two novel device configurations for these cells where the traditional CdS window layer is replaced by nanowires (NW) of CdS, embedded in an aluminum oxide matrix or free-standing. An estimated 26.8% improvement in power conversion efficiency over the traditional device structure is expected, primarily because of the enhanced spectral transmission of sunlight through the NW-CdS layer and a reduction in the junction area/optical area ratio. In initial experiments, nanostructured devices of the two designs were fabricated and a power conversion efficiency value of 6.5% was achieved.

  16. Metal-oxide thin-film transistor-based pH sensor with a silver nanowire top gate electrode

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    Yoo, Tae-Hee; Sang, Byoung-In; Wang, Byung-Yong; Lim, Dae-Soon; Kang, Hyun Wook; Choi, Won Kook; Lee, Young Tack; Oh, Young-Jei; Hwang, Do Kyung

    2016-04-01

    Amorphous InGaZnO (IGZO) metal-oxide-semiconductor thin-film transistors (TFTs) are one of the most promising technologies to replace amorphous and polycrystalline Si TFTs. Recently, TFT-based sensing platforms have been gaining significant interests. Here, we report on IGZO transistor-based pH sensors in aqueous medium. In order to achieve stable operation in aqueous environment and enhance sensitivity, we used Al2O3 grown by using atomic layer deposition (ALD) and a porous Ag nanowire (NW) mesh as the top gate dielectric and electrode layers, respectively. Such devices with a Ag NW mesh at the top gate electrode rapidly respond to the pH of solutions by shifting the turn-on voltage. Furthermore, the output voltage signals induced by the voltage shifts can be directly extracted by implantation of a resistive load inverter.

  17. Enhanced Optoelectronic Conversion Efficiency of CdSe/ZnS Quantum Dot/Graphene/Silver Nanowire Hybrid Thin Films.

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    Liu, Bo-Tau; Wu, Kuan-Han; Lee, Rong-Ho

    2016-12-01

    In this study, we prepared the reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-CdSe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs) hybrid films on a three-layer scaffold that the QD layer was sandwiched between the two rGO layers. The photocurrent was induced by virtue of the facts that the rGO quenched the photoluminescence of QDs and transferred the excited energy. The quenching mechanism was attributed to the surface energy transfer, supported in our experimental results. We found that the optoelectronic conversion efficiency of the hybrid films can be significantly improved by incorporating the silver nanowires (AgNWs) into the QD layer. Upon increasing AgNW content, the photocurrent density increased from 22.1 to 80.3 μA cm(-2), reaching a near 3.6-fold enhancement compared to the pristine rGO-QD hybrid films. According to the analyses of photoluminescence spectra, shape effect, and electrochemical impedance spectra, the enhancement on the optoelectronic conversion efficiency arise mainly from the strong quenching ability of silver and the rapid electron transfer of AgNWs.

  18. Enhanced Optoelectronic Conversion Efficiency of CdSe/ZnS Quantum Dot/Graphene/Silver Nanowire Hybrid Thin Films

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    Liu, Bo-Tau; Wu, Kuan-Han; Lee, Rong-Ho

    2016-09-01

    In this study, we prepared the reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-CdSe/ZnS quantum dots (QDs) hybrid films on a three-layer scaffold that the QD layer was sandwiched between the two rGO layers. The photocurrent was induced by virtue of the facts that the rGO quenched the photoluminescence of QDs and transferred the excited energy. The quenching mechanism was attributed to the surface energy transfer, supported in our experimental results. We found that the optoelectronic conversion efficiency of the hybrid films can be significantly improved by incorporating the silver nanowires (AgNWs) into the QD layer. Upon increasing AgNW content, the photocurrent density increased from 22.1 to 80.3 μA cm-2, reaching a near 3.6-fold enhancement compared to the pristine rGO-QD hybrid films. According to the analyses of photoluminescence spectra, shape effect, and electrochemical impedance spectra, the enhancement on the optoelectronic conversion efficiency arise mainly from the strong quenching ability of silver and the rapid electron transfer of AgNWs.

  19. Direct electrical contact of slanted ITO film on axial p-n junction silicon nanowire solar cells.

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    Lee, Ya-Ju; Yao, Yung-Chi; Yang, Chia-Hao

    2013-01-14

    A novel scheme of direct electrical contact on vertically aligned silicon nanowire (SiNW) axial p-n junction is demonstrated by means of oblique-angle deposition of slanted indium-tin-oxide (ITO) film for photovoltaic applications. The slanted ITO film exhibits an acceptable resistivity of 1.07 x 10⁻³Ω-cm underwent RTA treatment of T = 450°C, and the doping concentration and carrier mobility by Hall measurement amount to 3.7 x 10²⁰ cm⁻³ and 15.8 cm²/V-s, respectively, with an n-type doping polarity. Because of the shadowing effect provided by the SiNWs, the incident ITO vapor-flow is deposited preferentially on the top of SiNWs, which coalesces and eventually forms a nearly continuous film for the subsequent fabrication of grid electrode. Under AM 1.5 G normal illumination, our axial p-n junction SiNW solar cell exhibits an open circuit voltage of VOC = 0.56 V, and a short circuit current of JSC = 1.54 mA/cm² with a fill factor of FF = 30%, resulting in a total power conversion efficiency of PEC = 0.26%.

  20. Application of patterned Ag-nanowire networks to transparent thin-film heaters and electrodes for organic light-emitting diodes

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    Kim, Seung-Rok; Triambulo, Ross E.; Kim, Jin-Hoon; Park, Jaeyoon; Jeong, Unyong; Park, Jin-Woo

    2016-06-01

    We present patterned Ag-nanowire (AgNW) networks for their application to transparent electrodes in flexible devices. Using capillary-force-based soft lithography (CFL), we formed 25- to 30-µm-wide line patterns of AgNWs on flexible polymer substrates. Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and transparent thin-film heaters (TFHs) were successfully fabricated on the patterned substrates, which verified the potential of AgNW patterns formed by CFL as interconnects in flexible devices.

  1. Improved Performance by SiO2 Hollow Nanospheres for Silver Nanowire-Based Flexible Transparent Conductive Films.

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    Zhang, Liwen; Zhang, Longjiang; Qiu, Yejun; Ji, Yang; Liu, Ya; Liu, Hong; Li, Guangji; Guo, Qiuquan

    2016-10-12

    Flexible transparent conductive films (TCFs) have attracted tremendous interest thanks to the rapid development of portable/flexible/wearable electronics. TCFs on the basis of silver nanowires (AgNWs) with excellent performance are becoming an efficient alternative to replace the brittle transparent metal oxide. In this study, a promising method was developed by introducing SiO2 hollow nanospheres (SiO2-HNSs) into the film to significantly improve the performance of AgNW-based TCFs. Since SiO2-HNSs have opposite charges to AgNWs, the strong attraction had promoted a uniform distribution of AgNWs and made the distance between AgNWs closer, which could decrease the contact resistance greatly. The introduction of SiO2 layer remarkably enhanced the transmission of visible light and the conductivity. In addition, the TCFs constructed by AgNWs and SiO2-HNSs showed much higher thermal stability and adhesive force than those by only AgNWs. As an example, the transmission of AgNW/SiO2-HNS-coated poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) could increase about 14.3% in comparison to AgNW-coated PET. Typically, a AgNW/SiO2-HNS-based TCF with a sheet resistance of about 33 Ω/sq and transmittance of about 98.0% (excluding substrate) could be obtained with excellent flexibility, adhesion, and thermal stability. At last some devices were fabricated.

  2. Growing antiphase-domain-free GaAs thin films out of highly ordered planar nanowire arrays on exact (001) silicon

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    Li, Qiang; Ng, Kar Wei; Lau, Kei May

    2015-02-16

    We report the use of highly ordered, dense, and regular arrays of in-plane GaAs nanowires as building blocks to produce antiphase-domain-free GaAs thin films on exact (001) silicon. High quality GaAs nanowires were grown on V-grooved Si (001) substrates using the selective aspect ratio trapping concept. The 4.1% lattice mismatch has been accommodated by the initial GaAs, a few nanometer-thick with high density stacking faults. The bulk of the GaAs wires exhibited smooth facets and a low defect density. An unusual defect trapping mechanism by a “tiara”-like structure formed by Si undercuts was discovered. As a result, we were able to grow large-area antiphase-domain-free GaAs thin films out of the nanowires without using SiO{sub 2} sidewalls for defect termination. Analysis from XRD ω-rocking curves yielded full-width-at-half-maximum values of 238 and 154 arc sec from 900 to 2000 nm GaAs thin films, respectively, indicating high crystalline quality. The growth scheme in this work offers a promising path towards integrated III-V electronic, photonic, or photovoltaic devices on large scale silicon platform.

  3. Highly flexible, transparent, conductive and antibacterial films made of spin-coated silver nanowires and a protective ZnO layer

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    Chen, Youxin; Lan, Wei; Wang, Junya; Zhu, Ranran; Yang, Zhiwei; Ding, Delei; Tang, Guomei; Wang, Kairong; Su, Qing; Xie, Erqing

    2016-02-01

    We prepared highly flexible, transparent, conductive and antibacterial film by spin coating a silver nanowire suspension on a poly (ethylene terephthalate) (PET) substrate. The ZnO layer covered the conductive silver nanowire (AgNW) network to protect the metal nanowires from oxidization and enhance both wire-to-wire adhesion and wire-to-substrate adhesion. It is found that the number of AgNW coatings correlates with both the sheet resistance (Rs) and the transmittance of the AgNW/ZnO composite films. An excellent 92% optical transmittance in the visible range and a surface sheet resistance of only 9 Ω sq-1 has been achieved, respectively. Even after bending 1000 times (5 mm bending radius), we found no significant change in the sheet resistance or optical transmittance. The real-time sheet resistance measured as a function of bending radius also remains stable even at the smallest measured bending radius (1 mm). The AgNW/ZnO composite films also show antibacterial effects which could be useful for the fabrication of wearable electronic devices.

  4. Roll-to-roll slot-die coating of 400 mm wide, flexible, transparent Ag nanowire films for flexible touch screen panels

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    Kim, Dong-Ju; Shin, Hae-In; Ko, Eun-Hye; Kim, Ki-Hyun; Kim, Tae-Woong; Kim, Han-Ki

    2016-01-01

    We report fabrication of large area Ag nanowire (NW) film coated using a continuous roll-to-roll (RTR) slot die coater as a viable alternative to conventional ITO electrodes for cost-effective and large-area flexible touch screen panels (TSPs). By controlling the flow rate of shear-thinning Ag NW ink in the slot die, we fabricated Ag NW percolating network films with different sheet resistances (30–70 Ohm/square), optical transmittance values (89–90%), and haze (0.5–1%) percentages. Outer/inner bending, twisting, and rolling tests as well as dynamic fatigue tests demonstrated that the mechanical flexibility of the slot-die coated Ag NW films was superior to that of conventional ITO films. Using diamond-shape patterned Ag NW layer electrodes (50 Ohm/square, 90% optical transmittance), we fabricated 12-inch flexible film-film type and rigid glass-film-film type TSPs. Successful operation of flexible TSPs with Ag NW electrodes indicates that slot-die-coated large-area Ag NW films are promising low cost, high performance, and flexible transparent electrodes for cost-effective large-area flexible TSPs and can be substituted for ITO films, which have high sheet resistance and are brittle. PMID:27677410

  5. Roll-to-roll slot-die coating of 400 mm wide, flexible, transparent Ag nanowire films for flexible touch screen panels.

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    Kim, Dong-Ju; Shin, Hae-In; Ko, Eun-Hye; Kim, Ki-Hyun; Kim, Tae-Woong; Kim, Han-Ki

    2016-09-28

    We report fabrication of large area Ag nanowire (NW) film coated using a continuous roll-to-roll (RTR) slot die coater as a viable alternative to conventional ITO electrodes for cost-effective and large-area flexible touch screen panels (TSPs). By controlling the flow rate of shear-thinning Ag NW ink in the slot die, we fabricated Ag NW percolating network films with different sheet resistances (30-70 Ohm/square), optical transmittance values (89-90%), and haze (0.5-1%) percentages. Outer/inner bending, twisting, and rolling tests as well as dynamic fatigue tests demonstrated that the mechanical flexibility of the slot-die coated Ag NW films was superior to that of conventional ITO films. Using diamond-shape patterned Ag NW layer electrodes (50 Ohm/square, 90% optical transmittance), we fabricated 12-inch flexible film-film type and rigid glass-film-film type TSPs. Successful operation of flexible TSPs with Ag NW electrodes indicates that slot-die-coated large-area Ag NW films are promising low cost, high performance, and flexible transparent electrodes for cost-effective large-area flexible TSPs and can be substituted for ITO films, which have high sheet resistance and are brittle.

  6. Roll-to-roll slot-die coating of 400 mm wide, flexible, transparent Ag nanowire films for flexible touch screen panels

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    Kim, Dong-Ju; Shin, Hae-In; Ko, Eun-Hye; Kim, Ki-Hyun; Kim, Tae-Woong; Kim, Han-Ki

    2016-09-01

    We report fabrication of large area Ag nanowire (NW) film coated using a continuous roll-to-roll (RTR) slot die coater as a viable alternative to conventional ITO electrodes for cost-effective and large-area flexible touch screen panels (TSPs). By controlling the flow rate of shear-thinning Ag NW ink in the slot die, we fabricated Ag NW percolating network films with different sheet resistances (30–70 Ohm/square), optical transmittance values (89–90%), and haze (0.5–1%) percentages. Outer/inner bending, twisting, and rolling tests as well as dynamic fatigue tests demonstrated that the mechanical flexibility of the slot-die coated Ag NW films was superior to that of conventional ITO films. Using diamond-shape patterned Ag NW layer electrodes (50 Ohm/square, 90% optical transmittance), we fabricated 12-inch flexible film-film type and rigid glass-film-film type TSPs. Successful operation of flexible TSPs with Ag NW electrodes indicates that slot-die-coated large-area Ag NW films are promising low cost, high performance, and flexible transparent electrodes for cost-effective large-area flexible TSPs and can be substituted for ITO films, which have high sheet resistance and are brittle.

  7. Absorption enhancement of GaInP nanowires by tailoring transparent shell thicknesses and its application in III-V nanowire/Si film two-junction solar cells.

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    Li, Xinhua; Shi, Tongfei; Liu, Guangqiang; Wen, Long; Zhou, BuKang; Wang, Yuqi

    2015-09-21

    A non-absorbing transparent shell is proposed to be coated on the outer surface of the core photoactive GaInP nanowire array (NWA) of the III-V nanowire (NW)/Si film two-junction solar cell. Interestingly, the diluted (at the filling ratio of 0.25) GaInP NWA with core / transparent shell structure can absorb more light than that in bare denser (at the filling ratio of 0.5) NWA. This allows for less source material consumption during the fabrication of III-V NWA/Si film two-junction cell. Meanwhile, the condition of current matching between the top III-V NWA and Si film sub cell can be easily fulfilled by tailoring the coating thickness of the transparent coating. Beyond the advantages on light absorption, the surface passivation effects introduced by the addition of some transparent dielectric coatings can reduce the surface recombination rate at the top NWA sub cell surface. This facilitates the effective extraction of photo-generated carriers and enhances output stability of the top NWA sub cell. From electrical simulation, a power conversion efficiency of 29.9% can be obtained at the optimized coating geometry.

  8. Influence of Fabrication Processes and Annealing Treatment on the Minority Carrier Lifetime of Silicon Nanowire Films.

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    Kato, Shinya; Yamazaki, Tatsuya; Kurokawa, Yasuyoshi; Miyajima, Shinsuke; Konagai, Makoto

    2017-12-01

    Surface passivation and bulk carrier lifetime of silicon nanowires (SiNWs) are essential for their application in solar cell devices. The effective minority carrier lifetime of a semiconductor material is influenced by both its surface passivation and bulk carrier lifetime. We found that the effective carrier lifetime of SiNWs passivated with aluminum oxide (Al2O3) was significantly influenced by the fabrication process of SiNWs. We could not measure the effective lifetime of SiNWs fabricated by thermal annealing of amorphous silicon nanowires. Nevertheless, the SiNWs fabricated by metal-assisted chemical etching of polycrystalline silicon displayed an effective lifetime of 2.86 μs. Thermal annealing of SiNWs at 400 °C in a forming gas improved the effective carrier lifetime from 2.86 to 15.9 μs because of the improvement in surface passivation at the interface between the SiNWs and Al2O3 layers.

  9. Mesoporous TiO2 Nanowire Film for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell.

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    Xiao, Li; Xu, Jia; Liu, Xiu; Zhang, Yongzhe; Zhang, Bing; Yao, Jianxi; Dai, Songyuan; Tan, Zhanao; Pan, Xu

    2016-06-01

    In this work, TiO2 nanowire arrays were grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrate, and then were converted into mesoporous nanowires (MNWs). The TiO2 MNWs are about 5 μm in length and 30-200 nm in diameter, with mesopores size of 5-30 nm randomly distributed on the NW surface. X-ray diffraction pattern reports show that the NWs are single crystallized rutile TiO2 and oriented grown along [001]. Through further characterization of FT-IR and TG-DSC, we proposed a reasonable explanation for pore existence. After dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) assembly, the photoelectric conversion efficiency (PCE) of MNWs based DSSC achieved 3.2%. It means tenfold enhancement of photoelectric property compare with the as-grown NWs. Furthermore, dye absorb capacity of MNWs can reach up to 4.11 x 10(-8) mol/cm2. However, such MNWs can not only provide quick and efficient electron transmission channel, but also owns big specific surface area to absorb abundant dyes, thus conducive to fabricate solar cell with a high PCE.

  10. Fabrication of freestanding silk fibroin films containing Ag nanowires/NaYF4:Yb,Er nanocomposites with metal-enhanced fluorescence behavior.

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    Zhao, Bing; Qi, Ning; Zhang, Ke-Qin; Gong, Xiao

    2016-06-01

    Solar cells containing upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) used as a power source in biomedical nanosystems have attracted great interest. However, such solar cells further need to be developed because their substrate materials should be biocompatible, flexible and highly luminescent. Here, we report that freestanding silk fibroin (SF) films containing a mesh of silver nanowires (AgNWs) and β-NaYF4:Yb,Er nanocrystals with metal-enhanced fluorescence behavior can be fabricated. The freestanding composite films exhibit properties such as good optical transparency, conductivity and flexibility. Furthermore, they show significantly enhanced upconversion fluorescence due to surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) of AgNWs compared to the SF-UCNP films without AgNWs. The freestanding composite films with metal-enhanced fluorescence behavior show great promise for future applications in self-powered nanodevices such as cardiac pacemakers, biosensors and nanorobots.

  11. High Field-Emission Stability of Offset-Thin-Film Transistor-Controlled Al-Doped Zinc Oxide Nanowires

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    Yang, Po-Yu; Wang, Jyh-Liang; Tsai, Wei-Chih; Wang, Shui-Jinn; Lin, Jia-Chuan; Lee, I.-Che; Chang, Chia-Tsung; Cheng, Huang-Chung

    2011-04-01

    Aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) nanowire (NW) arrays incorporating an offset thin-film transistor (offset-TFT) have been proposed to achieve high field-emission (FE) stability. The AZO NW field emission arrays (FEAs) were hydrothermally grown at a low temperature of 85 °C. The uncontrolled AZO NW FEAs demonstrated superior FE characteristics (i.e., turn-on field of ˜2.17 V/µm and threshold field of ˜3.43 V/µm) compared with those of the conventional CNT FEAs grown at a temperature below 600 °C. However, uncontrolled AZO NW FEAs show a larger current fluctuation of 15.6%. Therefore, the offset-TFTs were used to control the AZO NW FEAs. Consequently, the fluctuation of AZO NW FEAs could be significantly reduced to less than 2%. This novel field emission device exhibits good emission stability, low-voltage controllability, low-temperature processing, and structural simplicity, making it promising for applications in flat panel displays.

  12. Highly transparent low resistance ZnO/Ag nanowire/ZnO composite electrode for thin film solar cells.

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    Kim, Areum; Won, Yulim; Woo, Kyoohee; Kim, Chul-Hong; Moon, Jooho

    2013-02-26

    We present an indium-free transparent conducting composite electrode composed of silver nanowires (AgNWs) and ZnO bilayers. The AgNWs form a random percolating network embedded between the ZnO layers. The unique structural features of our ZnO/AgNW/ZnO multilayered composite allow for a novel transparent conducting electrode with unprecedented excellent thermal stability (∼375 °C), adhesiveness, and flexibility as well as high electrical conductivity (∼8.0 Ω/sq) and good optical transparency (>91% at 550 nm). Cu(In,Ga)(S,Se)₂ (CIGSSe) thin film solar cells incorporating this composite electrode exhibited a 20% increase of the power conversion efficiency compared to a conventional sputtered indium tin oxide-based CIGSSe solar cell. The ZnO/AgNW/ZnO composite structure enables effective light transmission and current collection as well as a reduced leakage current, all of which lead to better cell performance.

  13. Synthesis of silver nanowires using hydrothermal technique for flexible transparent electrode application

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    Vijila, C. V. Mary; Rahman, K. K. Arsina; Parvathy, N. S.; Jayaraj, M. K.

    2016-05-01

    Transparent conducting films are becoming increasingly interesting because of their applications in electronics industry such as their use in solar energy applications. In this work silver nanowires were synthesized using solvothermal method by reducing silver nitrate and adding sodium chloride for assembling silver into nanowires. Absorption spectra of nanowires in the form of a dispersion in deionized water, AFM and SEM images confirm the nanowire formation. Solution of nanowire was coated over PET films to obtain transparent conducting films.

  14. Application of metal nanowire networks on hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin film solar cells

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    Xie, Shouyi; Hou, Guofu; Chen, Peizhuan; Jia, Baohua; Gu, Min

    2017-02-01

    We demonstrate the application of metal nanowire (NW) networks as a transparent electrode on hydrogenated amorphous Si (a-Si:H) solar cells. We first systematically investigate the optical performances of the metal NW networks on a-Si:H solar cells in different electrode configurations through numerical simulations to fully understand the mechanisms to guide the experiments. The theoretically optimized configuration is discovered to be metal NWs sandwiched between a 40 nm indium tin oxide (ITO) layer and a 20 nm ITO layer. The overall performances of the solar cells integrated with the metal NW networks are experimentally studied. It has been found the experimentally best performing NW integrated solar cell deviates from the theoretically predicated design due to the performance degradation induced by the fabrication complicity. A 6.7% efficiency enhancement was achieved for the solar cell with metal NW network integrated on top of a 60 nm thick ITO layer compared to the cell with only the ITO layer due to enhanced electrical conductivity by the metal NW network.

  15. Application of metal nanowire networks on hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin film solar cells.

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    Xie, Shouyi; Hou, Guofu; Chen, Peizhuan; Jia, Baohua; Gu, Min

    2017-02-24

    We demonstrate the application of metal nanowire (NW) networks as a transparent electrode on hydrogenated amorphous Si (a-Si:H) solar cells. We first systematically investigate the optical performances of the metal NW networks on a-Si:H solar cells in different electrode configurations through numerical simulations to fully understand the mechanisms to guide the experiments. The theoretically optimized configuration is discovered to be metal NWs sandwiched between a 40 nm indium tin oxide (ITO) layer and a 20 nm ITO layer. The overall performances of the solar cells integrated with the metal NW networks are experimentally studied. It has been found the experimentally best performing NW integrated solar cell deviates from the theoretically predicated design due to the performance degradation induced by the fabrication complicity. A 6.7% efficiency enhancement was achieved for the solar cell with metal NW network integrated on top of a 60 nm thick ITO layer compared to the cell with only the ITO layer due to enhanced electrical conductivity by the metal NW network.

  16. Deterministic growth of AgTCNQ and CuTCNQ nanowires on large-area reduced graphene oxide films for flexible optoelectronics

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    Zhang, Shuai; Lu, Zhufeng; Gu, Li; Cai, Liling; Cao, Xuebo

    2013-11-01

    We describe a synchronous reduction and assembly procedure to directly produce large-area reduced graphene oxide (rGO) films sandwiched by a high density of metal nanoparticles (silver and copper). Further, by using the sandwiched metal NPs as sources, networks consisting of AgTCNQ and CuTCNQ nanowires were deterministically grown from the rGO films, forming structurally and functionally integrated rGO/metal-TCNQ hybrid films with outstanding flexibility, bending endurance, and electrical stability. Interestingly, due to the p-type nature of the rGO film and the n-type nature of the metal-TCNQ NWs, the hybrid films are essentially thin-film p-n junctions which are useful in ubiquitous electronics and optoelectronics. Measurements of the optoelectronic properties demonstrate that the rGO/metal-TCNQ hybrid films exhibit substantial photoconductivity and highly reproducible photoswitching behaviours. The present approach may open the door to the versatile and deterministic integration of functional nanostructures into flexible conducting substrates and provide an important step towards producing low-cost and high-performance soft electronic and optoelectronic devices.

  17. Chemical Gated Field Effect Transistor by Hybrid Integration of One-Dimensional Silicon Nanowire and Two-Dimensional Tin Oxide Thin Film for Low Power Gas Sensor.

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    Han, Jin-Woo; Rim, Taiuk; Baek, Chang-Ki; Meyyappan, M

    2015-09-30

    Gas sensors based on metal-oxide-semiconductor transistor with the polysilicon gate replaced by a gas sensitive thin film have been around for over 50 years. These are not suitable for the emerging mobile and wearable sensor platforms due to operating voltages and powers far exceeding the supply capability of batteries. Here we present a novel approach to decouple the chemically sensitive region from the conducting channel for reducing the drive voltage and increasing reliability. This chemically gated field effect transistor uses silicon nanowire for the current conduction channel with a tin oxide film on top of the nanowire serving as the gas sensitive medium. The potential change induced by the molecular adsorption and desorption allows the electrically floating tin oxide film to gate the silicon channel. As the device is designed to be normally off, the power is consumed only during the gas sensing event. This feature is attractive for the battery operated sensor and wearable electronics. In addition, the decoupling of the chemical reaction and the current conduction regions allows the gas sensitive material to be free from electrical stress, thus increasing reliability. The device shows excellent gas sensitivity to the tested analytes relative to conventional metal oxide transistors and resistive sensors.

  18. 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.

  19. Flexible Nb2O5 nanowires/graphene film electrode for high-performance hybrid Li-ion supercapacitors

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    Song, Hao; Fu, Jijiang; Ding, Kang; Huang, Chao; Wu, Kai; Zhang, Xuming; Gao, Biao; Huo, Kaifu; Peng, Xiang; Chu, Paul K.

    2016-10-01

    The hybrid Li-ion electrochemical supercapacitor (Li-HSC) combining the battery-like anode with capacitive cathode is a promising energy storage device boasting large energy and power densities. Orthorhombic Nb2O5 is a good anode material in Li-HSCs because of its large pseudocapacitive Li-ion intercalation capacity. Herein, we report a high-performance, binder-free and flexible anode consisting of long Nb2O5 nanowires and graphene (L-Nb2O5 NWs/rGO). The paper-like L-Nb2O5 NWs/rGO film electrode has a large mass loading of Nb2O5 of 93.5 wt% as well as short solid-state ion diffusion length, and enhanced conductivity (5.1 S cm-1). The hybrid L-Nb2O5 NWs/rGO paper electrode shows a high reversible specific capacity of 160 mA h g-1 at a current density of 0.2 A g-1, superior rate capability with capacitance retention of 60% when the current density increases from 0.2 to 5 A g-1, as well as excellent cycle stability. The Li-HSC device based on the L-Nb2O5/rGO anode and the cathode of biomass-derived carbon nanosheets delivers an energy density of 106 Wh kg-1 at 580 W kg-1 and 32 Wh kg-1 at a large power density of 14 kW kg-1. Moreover, the Li-HSC device exhibits excellent cycling performance without obvious capacitance decay after 1000 cycles.

  20. UV Sensing Properties of ZnO Nanowires Grown on Glass by Rapid Thermal Oxidation of Zinc Films

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    Mihailova, I.; Gerbreders, V.; Sļedevskis, Ē.; Bulanovs, A.; Paškevičs, V.

    2014-08-01

    The nanostructured ZnO thin films were successfully synthesized by rapid thermal oxidation of metallic zinc films without catalysts or additives. On the surface of thin films the formation of ZnO nanowires was observed. In the work, the optical and electrical parameters and photoresponses of the obtained ZnO thin films were investigated. Nanostructured thin films of the type have a promising potential for the use in optoelectronics, sensor technique and biomedical sciences Šī darba galvenais mērķis bija izpētīt UV fotodetektora izgatavošanas iespējamību uz nanostrukturētu ZnO plāno kārtiņu bāzes, kas sintezētas termiski oksidējot Zn plānās kārtiņas. Termiskās oksidēšanas rezultātā tika novērota adatveidīgu ZnO nanostruktūru formēšanās uz kārtiņu virsmas. Izpētītas iegūto paraugu optiskās un elektriskās īpašības, kā arī fotoreakcija. Tika konstatēts, ka iegūto nanostrukturēto ZnO kārtiņu elektriskā vadītspēja ir ārkārtīgi jutīga pret UV starojumu, taču, apstarojot ar redzamo gaismu, strāva paliek gandrīz nemainīga. Kārtiņu elektriskās vadītspējas fotoreakcija ir atkarīga arī no nanostruktūru daudzuma uz virsmas. Visaugstākā UV fotovadītspēja tika novērota paraugam ar vislielāko ZnO nanoadatu koncentrāciju. UV gaismas inducētais vadītspējas pieaugums ļauj ZnO nanoadatas reversīvi pārslēgt starp stāvokļiem "ieslēgts" un "izslēgts". Līdz ar to, šīs fotojutīgās nanoadatas var tikt izmantotas UV gaismas detektoros un optiskajos slēdžos. Šādas nanostrukturētas plānās kārtiņas var tikt pielietotas arī ķīmiskajos un bioloģiskajos sensoros, pjezoelektriskajās ierīcēs, saules elementos utt. Turklāt, šādu nanostrukturēto ZnO plāno kārtiņu sintēzes process ir salīdzinoši lēts un vienkāršs, dodot iespēju liela mēroga produkcijas ražošanai

  1. Facilitated embedding of silver nanowires into conformally-coated iCVD polymer films deposited on cloth for robust wearable electronics.

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    Seo, Ji-Won; Joo, Munkyu; Ahn, Jaeho; Lee, Tae-Ik; Kim, Taek-Soo; Im, Sung Gap; Lee, Jung-Yong

    2017-03-09

    We propose that a silver nanowire (AgNW)-embedded conducting film can be monolithically applied onto an arbitrary cloth with strong adhesion and environmental stability. We employ a vapor-phase method, initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD), for conformal coating of a scaffold polymer film on the cloth. AgNWs are applied on the surface of iCVD polymer films, and the embedding of AgNWs is completed within only 20 s on heating the polymer-coated cloth to 70 °C. Crosslinking the copolymer at 120 °C renders the AgNW-embedded conducting films on the cloth not only thermally and chemically stable, but also mechanically robust. Moreover, when a hydrophobic encapsulating polymer layer is added on the AgNW-embedded film via iCVD, it substantially improves the stability of the cloth against thermal oxidation under hot and humid conditions, showing applicability of the technology to wearable electronics. With these robust conducting films, we demonstrate the fabrication of a waterproof cloth-based heater and circuit for a seven-segment display, thus, confirming the wide applicability of the technology developed in this study.

  2. Solution-processed copper-nickel nanowire anodes for organic solar cells.

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    Stewart, Ian E; Rathmell, Aaron R; Yan, Liang; Ye, Shengrong; Flowers, Patrick F; You, Wei; Wiley, Benjamin J

    2014-06-07

    This work describes a process to make anodes for organic solar cells from copper-nickel nanowires with solution-phase processing. Copper nanowire films were coated from solution onto glass and made conductive by dipping them in acetic acid. Acetic acid removes the passivating oxide from the surface of copper nanowires, thereby reducing the contact resistance between nanowires to nearly the same extent as hydrogen annealing. Films of copper nanowires were made as oxidation resistant as silver nanowires under dry and humid conditions by dipping them in an electroless nickel plating solution. Organic solar cells utilizing these completely solution-processed copper-nickel nanowire films exhibited efficiencies of 4.9%.

  3. Improvement of electroluminescence performance by integration of ZnO nanowires and single-crystalline films on ZnO/GaN heterojunction

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    Shi, Zhifeng; Zhang, Yuantao Cui, Xijun; Wu, Bin; Zhuang, Shiwei; Yang, Fan; Zhang, Baolin; Du, Guotong; Yang, Xiaotian

    2014-03-31

    Heterojunction light-emitting diodes based on n-ZnO nanowires/ZnO single-crystalline films/p-GaN structure have been demonstrated for an improved electroluminescence performance. A highly efficient ultraviolet emission was observed under forward bias. Compared with conventional n-ZnO/p-GaN structure, high internal quantum efficiency and light extraction efficiency were simultaneously considered in the proposed diode. In addition, the diode can work continuously for ∼10 h with only a slight degradation in harsh environments, indicating its good reliability and application prospect in the future. This route opens possibilities for the development of advanced nanoscale devices in which the advantages of ZnO single-crystalline films and nanostructures can be integrated together.

  4. High performance of carbon nanotubes/silver nanowires-PET hybrid flexible transparent conductive films via facile pressing-transfer technique.

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    Jing, Mao-Xiang; Han, Chong; Li, Min; Shen, Xiang-Qian

    2014-01-01

    To obtain low sheet resistance, high optical transmittance, small open spaces in conductive networks, and enhanced adhesion of flexible transparent conductive films, a carbon nanotube (CNT)/silver nanowire (AgNW)-PET hybrid film was fabricated by mechanical pressing-transfer process at room temperature. The morphology and structure were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and atomic force microscope (AFM), the optical transmittance and sheet resistance were tested by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis) spectrophotometer and four-point probe technique, and the adhesion was also measured by 3M sticky tape. The results indicate that in this hybrid nanostructure, AgNWs form the main conductive networks and CNTs as assistant conductive networks are filled in the open spaces of AgNWs networks. The sheet resistance of the hybrid films can reach approximately 20.9 to 53.9 Ω/□ with the optical transmittance of approximately 84% to 91%. The second mechanical pressing step can greatly reduce the surface roughness of the hybrid film and enhance the adhesion force between CNTs, AgNWs, and PET substrate. This process is hopeful for large-scale production of high-end flexible transparent conductive films.

  5. Facile fabrication of network film electrodes with ultrathin Au nanowires for nonenzymatic glucose sensing and glucose/O2 fuel cell.

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    Yang, Lu; Zhang, Yijia; Chu, Mi; Deng, Wenfang; Tan, Yueming; Ma, Ming; Su, Xiaoli; Xie, Qingji; Yao, Shuozhuo

    2014-02-15

    We report here on the facile fabrication of network film electrodes with ultrathin Au nanowires (AuNWs) and their electrochemical applications for high-performance nonenzymatic glucose sensing and glucose/O2 fuel cell under physiological conditions (pH 7.4, containing 0.15M Cl(-)). AuNWs with an average diameter of ~7 or 2 nm were prepared and can self-assemble into robust network films on common electrodes. The network film electrode fabricated with 2-nm AuNWs exhibits high sensitivity (56.0 μA cm(-2)mM(-1)), low detection limit (20 μM), short response time (within 10s), excellent selectivity, and good storage stability for nonenzymatic glucose sensing. Glucose/O2 fuel cells were constructed using network film electrodes as the anode and commercial Pt/C catalyst modified glassy carbon electrode as cathode. The glucose/O2 fuel cell using 2-nm AuNWs as anode catalyst output a maximum power density of is 126 μW cm(-2), an open-circuit cell voltage of 0.425 V, and a short-circuit current density of 1.34 mA cm(-2), respectively. Due to the higher specific electroactive surface area of 2-nm AuNWs, the network film electrode fabricated with 2-nm AuNWs exhibited higher electrocatalytic activity toward glucose oxidation than the network film electrode fabricated with 7-nm AuNWs. The network film electrode exhibits high electrocatalytic activity toward glucose oxidation under physiological conditions, which is helpful for constructing implantable electronic devices.

  6. One-Step Process for High-Performance, Adhesive, Flexible Transparent Conductive Films Based on p-Type Reduced Graphene Oxides and Silver Nanowires.

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    Lai, Yi-Ting; Tai, Nyan-Hwa

    2015-08-26

    This work demonstrates a one-step process to synthesize uniformly dispersed hybrid nanomaterial containing silver nanowires (AgNWs) and p-type reduced graphene (p-rGO). The hybrid nanomaterial was coated onto a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate for preparing high-performance flexible transparent conductive films (TCFs). The p-rGO plays the role of bridging discrete AgNWs, providing more electron holes and lowering the resistance of the contacted AgNWs; therefore, enhancing the electrical conductivity without sacrificing too much transparence of the TCFs. Additionally, the p-rGO also improves the adhesion between AgNWs and substrate by covering the AgNWs on the substrate tightly. The study shows that coating of the hybrid nanomaterials on the PET substrate demonstrates exceptional optoelectronic properties with a transmittance of 94.68% (at a wavelength of 550 nm) and a sheet resistance of 25.0 ± 0.8 Ω/sq. No significant variation in electric resistance can be detected even when the film was subjected to a bend loading with a radius of curvature of 5.0 mm or the film was loaded with a reciprocal tension or compression for 1000 cycles. Furthermore, both chemical corrosion resistance and haze effect were improved when p-rGO was introduced. The study shows that the fabricated flexible TCFs have the potential to replace indium tin oxide film in the optoelectronic industry.

  7. Patterned Fabrication of Zinc Oxide Nanowire Arrays

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    Khan, Sahar; Lamson, Thomas; Xu, Huizhong

    Zinc oxide nanowires possess desirable mechanical, thermodynamic, electrical, and optical properties. Although the hydrothermal growth process can be applied in tolerable growth conditions, the dimension and density of nanowires has a complex dependence on substrate pre-treatment, precursor concentrations, and growth conditions. Precise control of the geometry and density of nanowires as well as the location of nanowires would allow for the fabrication of useful nanowaveguide devices. In this work, we used electron beam lithography to pattern hole arrays in a polymer layer on gold-coated glass substrates and synthesized zinc oxide nanowires inside these holes. Arrays of nanowires with diameters ranging from 50 nm to 140 nm and various spacings were obtained. The transmission of light through these zinc oxide nanowire arrays in a silver film was also studied. This research was supported by the Seed Grant Program of St. John's University and the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CBET-0953645.

  8. Vapor-Phase Polymerized Poly(3,4-Ethylenedioxythiophene) on a Nickel Nanowire Array Film: Aqueous Symmetrical Pseudocapacitors with Superior Performance

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    Xu, Chao; Zou, Peichao; Lin, Ziyin; Xu, Chenjie; Yang, Cheng; Kang, Feiyu; Wong, Ching-Ping

    2016-01-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) nanometal scaffolds have gained considerable attention recently because of their promising application in high-performance supercapacitors compared with plain metal foils. Here, a highly oriented nickel (Ni) nanowire array (NNA) film was prepared via a simple magnetic-field-driven aqueous solution deposition process and then used as the electrode scaffold for the vapor-phase polymerization of 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (EDOT). Benefiting from the unique 3D open porous structure of the NNA that provided a highly conductive and oriented backbone for facile electron transfer and fast ion diffusion, the as-obtained poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) exhibited an ultra-long cycle life (95.7% retention of specific capacitance after 20 000 charge/discharge cycles at 5 A/g) and superior capacitive performance. Furthermore, two electrodes were fabricated into an aqueous symmetric supercapacitor, which delivered a high energy density (30.38 Wh/kg at 529.49 W/kg) and superior long-term cycle ability (13.8% loss of capacity after 20 000 cycles). Based on these results, the vapor-phase polymerization of EDOT on metal nanowire array current collectors has great potential for use in supercapacitors with enhanced performance. PMID:27861534

  9. Vapor-Phase Polymerized Poly(3,4-Ethylenedioxythiophene) on a Nickel Nanowire Array Film: Aqueous Symmetrical Pseudocapacitors with Superior Performance.

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    Xie, Qisen; Xu, Yang; Wang, Zhipeng; Xu, Chao; Zou, Peichao; Lin, Ziyin; Xu, Chenjie; Yang, Cheng; Kang, Feiyu; Wong, Ching-Ping

    2016-01-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) nanometal scaffolds have gained considerable attention recently because of their promising application in high-performance supercapacitors compared with plain metal foils. Here, a highly oriented nickel (Ni) nanowire array (NNA) film was prepared via a simple magnetic-field-driven aqueous solution deposition process and then used as the electrode scaffold for the vapor-phase polymerization of 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (EDOT). Benefiting from the unique 3D open porous structure of the NNA that provided a highly conductive and oriented backbone for facile electron transfer and fast ion diffusion, the as-obtained poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) exhibited an ultra-long cycle life (95.7% retention of specific capacitance after 20 000 charge/discharge cycles at 5 A/g) and superior capacitive performance. Furthermore, two electrodes were fabricated into an aqueous symmetric supercapacitor, which delivered a high energy density (30.38 Wh/kg at 529.49 W/kg) and superior long-term cycle ability (13.8% loss of capacity after 20 000 cycles). Based on these results, the vapor-phase polymerization of EDOT on metal nanowire array current collectors has great potential for use in supercapacitors with enhanced performance.

  10. Superconducting nanowire quantum interference device based on Nb ultrathin films deposited on self-assembled porous Si templates

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    Cirillo, C.; Prischepa, S. L.; Trezza, M.; Bondarenko, V. P.; Attanasio, C.

    2014-10-01

    Magnetoresistance oscillations were observed on networks of superconducting ultrathin Nb nanowires presenting evidence of either thermal or quantum activated phase slips. The magnetic transport data, discussed in the framework of different scenarios, reveal that the system behaves coherently in the temperature range where the contribution of the fluctuations is important.

  11. Ordering Ag nanowire arrays by a glass capillary: a portable, reusable and durable SERS substrate.

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    Liu, Jian-Wei; Wang, Jin-Long; Huang, Wei-Ran; Yu, Le; Ren, Xi-Feng; Wen, Wu-Cheng; Yu, Shu-Hong

    2012-01-01

    Assembly of nanowires into ordered macroscopic structures with new functionalities has been a recent focus. In this Letter, we report a new route for ordering hydrophilic Ag nanowires with high aspect ratio by flowing through a glass capillary. The present glass capillary with well-defined silver nanowire films inside can serve as a portable and reusable substrate for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), which may provide a versatile and promising platform for detecting mixture pollutions. By controlling the flow parameters of nanowire suspensions, initially random Ag nanowires can be aligned to form nanowire arrays with tunable density, forming cambered nanowire films adhered onto the inner wall of the capillary. Compared with the planar ordered Ag nanowire films by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique, the cambered nanowire films show better SERS performance.

  12. Thin-film transistors based on poly(3,3‴-dialkyl-quarterthiophene) and zinc oxide nanowires with improved ambient stability

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    Vieira, Sara M. C.; Hsieh, Gen-Wen; Unalan, Husnu E.; Dag, Sefa; Amaratunga, Gehan A. J.; Milne, William I.

    2011-03-01

    The ambient stability of thin-film transistors (TFTs) based on zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires embedded in poly(3,3‴-dialkyl-quarterthiophene) was monitored through time dependence of electrical characteristics over a period of 16 months. The hybrid-based TFT showed an initial hole mobility in the linear regime of 4.2×10-4 cm2/V s. After 16 months storage in ambient conditions (exposed to air, moisture, and light) the mobility decreased to 2.3×10-5 cm2/V s. Comparatively the organic-based TFT lost total carrier mobility after one month storage making the hybrid-based TFTs more suitable for transistor applications when improved stability combined with structural flexibility are required.

  13. Superconducting nanowire single photon detectors fabricated from an amorphous Mo{sub 0.75}Ge{sub 0.25} thin film

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    Verma, V. B.; Lita, A. E.; Vissers, M. R.; Marsili, F.; Pappas, D. P.; Mirin, R. P.; Nam, S. W.

    2014-07-14

    We present the characteristics of superconducting nanowire single photon detectors (SNSPDs) fabricated from amorphous Mo{sub 0.75}Ge{sub 0.25} thin-films. Fabricated devices show a saturation of the internal detection efficiency at temperatures below 1 K, with system dark count rates below 500 cps. Operation in a closed-cycle cryocooler at 2.5 K is possible with system detection efficiencies exceeding 20% for SNSPDs which have not been optimized for high detection efficiency. Jitter is observed to vary between 69 ps at 250 mK and 187 ps at 2.5 K using room temperature amplifiers.

  14. Study on dynamics of photoexcited charge injection and trapping in CdS quantum dots sensitized TiO{sub 2} nanowire array film electrodes

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    Pang, Shan; Cheng, Ke; Yuan, Zhanqiang; Xu, Suyun; Cheng, Gang; Du, Zuliang

    2014-05-19

    The photoexcited electrons transfer dynamics of the CdS quantum dots (QDs) deposited in TiO{sub 2} nanowire array films are studied using surface photovoltage (SPV) and transient photovoltage (TPV) techniques. By comparing the SPV results with different thicknesses of QDs layers, we can separate the dynamic characteristics of photoexcited electrons injection and trapping. It is found that the TPV signals of photoexcited electrons trapped in the CdS QDs occur at timescales of about 2 × 10{sup −8} s, which is faster than that of the photoexcited electrons injected from CdS into TiO{sub 2}. More than 90 nm of the thickness of the CdS QDs layer will seriously affect the photoexcited electrons transfer and injection.

  15. Catalyst- and template-free low-temperature in situ growth of n-type CdS nanowire on p-type CdTe film and p-n heterojunction properties

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    Ma, Ligang; Liu, Wenchao; Cai, Hongling; Zhang, Fengming; Wu, Xiaoshan

    2016-12-01

    CdS is an important semiconductor used in optoelectronic devices. Simple techniques for growing CdS nanostructures are thus essential at a low cost. This study presents a novel method for growing single-crystal n-type CdS nanowires on p-type CdTe films by thermal annealing in an H2S/N2 mixed gas flow, which does not require the help of a catalyst or template. The formation process and growth mechanism of the nanowires are investigated. Well-dispersed whiskerlike CdS nanostructures are obtained at an appropriate annealing temperature and duration. We suggest that the stress-driving mechanism of nanowire formation may contribute to the growth of CdS nanowires, and that the evaporation of Te through the boundaries of the CdS grain seeds plays an important role in the sustainable growth of nanowire. In addition, CdS/CdTe heterojunction device is fabricated on Mo glass. The I-V characteristic of the heterojunction in dark shows typical rectifying diode behavior. The turn-on voltage can be regulated by annealing conditions. Meanwhile, the obvious photovoltaic effect is obtained on the in situ growth heterojunction prepared at low annealing temperature. Hence, this is a new fabricated method for CdTe-based materials in the field of energy conversion.

  16. Catalyst- and template-free low-temperature in situ growth of n-type CdS nanowire on p-type CdTe film and p-n heterojunction properties

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    Ma, Ligang; Liu, Wenchao; Cai, Hongling; Zhang, Fengming; Wu, Xiaoshan

    2016-01-01

    CdS is an important semiconductor used in optoelectronic devices. Simple techniques for growing CdS nanostructures are thus essential at a low cost. This study presents a novel method for growing single-crystal n-type CdS nanowires on p-type CdTe films by thermal annealing in an H2S/N2 mixed gas flow, which does not require the help of a catalyst or template. The formation process and growth mechanism of the nanowires are investigated. Well-dispersed whiskerlike CdS nanostructures are obtained at an appropriate annealing temperature and duration. We suggest that the stress-driving mechanism of nanowire formation may contribute to the growth of CdS nanowires, and that the evaporation of Te through the boundaries of the CdS grain seeds plays an important role in the sustainable growth of nanowire. In addition, CdS/CdTe heterojunction device is fabricated on Mo glass. The I-V characteristic of the heterojunction in dark shows typical rectifying diode behavior. The turn-on voltage can be regulated by annealing conditions. Meanwhile, the obvious photovoltaic effect is obtained on the in situ growth heterojunction prepared at low annealing temperature. Hence, this is a new fabricated method for CdTe-based materials in the field of energy conversion. PMID:27958306

  17. Catalyst- and template-free low-temperature in situ growth of n-type CdS nanowire on p-type CdTe film and p-n heterojunction properties.

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    Ma, Ligang; Liu, Wenchao; Cai, Hongling; Zhang, Fengming; Wu, Xiaoshan

    2016-12-13

    CdS is an important semiconductor used in optoelectronic devices. Simple techniques for growing CdS nanostructures are thus essential at a low cost. This study presents a novel method for growing single-crystal n-type CdS nanowires on p-type CdTe films by thermal annealing in an H2S/N2 mixed gas flow, which does not require the help of a catalyst or template. The formation process and growth mechanism of the nanowires are investigated. Well-dispersed whiskerlike CdS nanostructures are obtained at an appropriate annealing temperature and duration. We suggest that the stress-driving mechanism of nanowire formation may contribute to the growth of CdS nanowires, and that the evaporation of Te through the boundaries of the CdS grain seeds plays an important role in the sustainable growth of nanowire. In addition, CdS/CdTe heterojunction device is fabricated on Mo glass. The I-V characteristic of the heterojunction in dark shows typical rectifying diode behavior. The turn-on voltage can be regulated by annealing conditions. Meanwhile, the obvious photovoltaic effect is obtained on the in situ growth heterojunction prepared at low annealing temperature. Hence, this is a new fabricated method for CdTe-based materials in the field of energy conversion.

  18. Enhanced Thermochromic Properties and Solar-Heat Shielding Ability of W(x)V(1-x)O2 Thin Films with Ag Nanowires Capping Layers.

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    Zhao, Li Li; Miao, Lei; Liu, Cheng Yan; Wang, Hai Long; Tanemura, Sakae; Sun, Li Xian; Gao, Xiang; Zhou, Jian Hua

    2015-11-01

    Considerable efforts have been made to shift the phase transition temperature of metal-doped vanadium dioxide (VO2) films nearer the ambient temperature while maintain the excellent thermochromic properties simultaneously. Here, we describe a facile and economic solution-based method to fabricate W-doped VO2 (V(1-x)W(x)O2) thin films with excellent thermochromic properties for the application of smart windows. The substitutional doping of tungsten atoms notably reduces the phase transition temperature to the ambient temperature and retains the excellent thermochromic property. Furthermore, Ag nanowires (NWs) are employed as capping layers to effectively decrease the thermal emissivity from 0.833 to 0.603, while the original near infrared region (NIR) modulation ability is not severely affected. Besides, the Ag NWs layers further depress the phase transition temperature as well as the hysteresis loop width, which is important to the fenestration application. These solution-grown Ag NWs/V(1-x)W(x)O2 thin films exhibit excellent solar modulation ability, narrowed hysteresis loop width as well as low thermal emissivity, which provide a promising perspective into the practical application of VO2-based smart windows.

  19. Synthesis of oxidation-resistant cupronickel nanowires for transparent conducting nanowire networks.

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    Rathmell, Aaron R; Nguyen, Minh; Chi, Miaofang; Wiley, Benjamin J

    2012-06-13

    Nanowires of copper can be coated from liquids to create flexible, transparent conducting films that can potentially replace the dominant transparent conductor, indium tin oxide, in displays, solar cells, organic light-emitting diodes, and electrochromic windows. One issue with these nanowire films is that copper is prone to oxidation. It was hypothesized that the resistance to oxidation could be improved by coating copper nanowires with nickel. This work demonstrates a method for synthesizing copper nanowires with nickel shells as well as the properties of cupronickel nanowires in transparent conducting films. Time- and temperature-dependent sheet resistance measurements indicate that the sheet resistance of copper and silver nanowire films will double after 3 and 36 months at room temperature, respectively. In contrast, the sheet resistance of cupronickel nanowires containing 20 mol % nickel will double in about 400 years. Coating copper nanowires to a ratio of 2:1 Cu:Ni gave them a neutral gray color, making them more suitable for use in displays and electrochromic windows. These properties, and the fact that copper and nickel are 1000 times more abundant than indium or silver, make cupronickel nanowires a promising alternative for the sustainable, efficient production of transparent conductors.

  20. Synthesis of Oxidation-Resistant Cupronickel Nanowires for Transparent Conducting Nanowire Networks

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    Rathmall, Aaron; Nguyen, Minh; Wiley, Benjamin J

    2012-01-01

    Nanowires of copper can be coated from liquids to create flexible, transparent conducting films that can potentially replace the dominant transparent conductor, indium tin oxide, in displays, solar cells, organic light-emitting diodes, and electrochromic windows. One issue with these nanowire films is that copper is prone to oxidation. It was hypothesized that the resistance to oxidation could be improved by coating copper nanowires with nickel. This work demonstrates a method for synthesizing copper nanowires with nickel shells as well as the properties of cupronickel nanowires in transparent conducting films. Time- and temperature-dependent sheet resistance measurements indicate that the sheet resistance of copper and silver nanowire films will double after 3 and 36 months at room temperature, respectively. In contrast, the sheet resistance of cupronickel nanowires containing 20 mol % nickel will double in about 400 years. Coating copper nanowires to a ratio of 2:1 Cu:Ni gave them a neutral gray color, making them more suitable for use in displays and electrochromic windows. These properties, and the fact that copper and nickel are 1000 times more abundant than indium or silver, make cupronickel nanowires a promising alternative for the sustainable, efficient production of transparent conductors.

  1. Zinc oxide nanowire networks for macroelectronic devices

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    Unalan, Husnu Emrah; Zhang, Yan; Hiralal, Pritesh; Dalal, Sharvari; Chu, Daping; Eda, Goki; Teo, K. B. K.; Chhowalla, Manish; Milne, William I.; Amaratunga, Gehan A. J.

    2009-04-01

    Highly transparent zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowire networks have been used as the active material in thin film transistors (TFTs) and complementary inverter devices. A systematic study on a range of networks of variable density and TFT channel length was performed. ZnO nanowire networks provide a less lithographically intense alternative to individual nanowire devices, are always semiconducting, and yield significantly higher mobilites than those achieved from currently used amorphous Si and organic TFTs. These results suggest that ZnO nanowire networks could be ideal for inexpensive large area electronics.

  2. Fabrication of p-type CuO thin films using chemical bath deposition technique and their solar cell applications with Si nanowires

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    Akgul, Funda Aksoy; Akgul, Guvenc

    2017-02-01

    Recently, CuO has attracted much interest owing to its suitable material properties, inexpensive fabrication cost and potential applications for optoelectronic devices. In this study, CuO thin films were deposited on glass substrates using chemical bath deposition technique and post-deposition annealing effect on the properties of the prepared samples were investigated. p-n heterojunction solar cells were then constructed by coating of p-type CuO films onto the vertically well-aligned n-type Si nanowires synthesized through MACE method. Photovoltaic performance of the fabricated devices were determined with current-voltage (I-V) measurements under AM 1.5 G illumination. The optimal short-circuit current density, open-circuit voltage, fill factor and power conversion efficiency were found to be 3.2 mA/cm-2, 337 mV, 37.9 and 0.45%, respectively. The observed performance clearly indicates that the investigated device structure could be a promising candidate for high-performance low-cost new-generation photovoltaic diodes.

  3. Characteristics of Al-doped ZnO films grown by atomic layer deposition for silicon nanowire photovoltaic device.

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    Oh, Byeong-Yun; Han, Jin-Woo; Seo, Dae-Shik; Kim, Kwang-Young; Baek, Seong-Ho; Jang, Hwan Soo; Kim, Jae Hyun

    2012-07-01

    We report the structural, electrical, and optical characteristics of Al-doped ZnO (ZnO:Al) films deposited on glass by atomic layer deposition (ALD) with various Al2O3 film contents for use as transparent electrodes. Unlike films fabricated by a sputtering method, the diffraction peak position of the films deposited by ALD progressively moved to a higher angle with increasing Al2O3 film content. This indicates that Zn sites were effectively replaced by Al, due to layer-by-layer growth mechanism of ALD process which is based on alternate self-limiting surface chemical reactions. By adjusting the Al2O3 film content, a ZnO:Al film with low electrical resistivity (9.84 x 10(-4) Omega cm) was obtained at an Al2O3 film content of 3.17%, where the Al concentration, carrier mobility, optical transmittance, and bandgap energy were 2.8 wt%, 11.20 cm2 V(-1) s(-1), 94.23%, and 3.6 eV, respectively. Moreover, the estimated figure of merit value of our best sample was 8.2 m7Omega(-1). These results suggest that ZnO:Al films deposited by ALD could be useful for electronic devices in which especially require 3-dimensional conformal deposition of the transparent electrode and surface passivation.

  4. CuO nanowire/microflower/nanowire modified Cu electrode with enhanced electrochemical performance for non-enzymatic glucose sensing.

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    Li, Changli; Yamahara, Hiroyasu; Lee, Yaerim; Tabata, Hitoshi; Delaunay, Jean-Jacques

    2015-07-31

    CuO nanowire/microflower structure on Cu foil is synthesized by annealing a Cu(OH)2 nanowire/CuO microflower structure at 250 °C in air. The nanowire/microflower structure with its large surface area leads to an efficient catalysis and charge transfer in glucose detection, achieving a high sensitivity of 1943 μA mM(-1) cm(-2), a wide linear range up to 4 mM and a low detection limit of 4 μM for amperometric glucose sensing in alkaline solution. With a second consecutive growth of CuO nanowires on the microflowers, the sensitivity of the obtained CuO nanowire/microflower/nanowire structure further increases to 2424 μA mM(-1) cm(-2), benefiting from an increased number of electrochemically active sites. The enhanced electrocatalytic performance of the CuO nanowire/microflower/nanowire electrode compared to the CuO nanowire/microflower electrode, CuO nanowire electrode and CuxO film electrode provides evidence for the significant role of available surface area for electrocatalysis. The rational combination of CuO nanowire and microflower nanostructures into a nanowire supporting microflower branching nanowires structure makes it a promising composite nanostructure for use in CuO based electrochemical sensors with promising analytical properties.

  5. Large area in situ fabrication of poly(pyrrole)-nanowires on flexible thermoplastic films using nanocontact printing

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    Garcia-Cruz, Alvaro; Lee, Michael; Marote, Pedro; Zine, Nadia; Sigaud, Monique; Bonhomme, Anne; Pruna, Raquel; Lopez, Manuel; Bausells, Joan; Jaffrezic, Nicole; Errachid, Abdelhamid

    2016-08-01

    Highly efficient nano-engineering tools will certainly revolutionize the biomedical and sensing devices research and development in the years to come. Here, we present a novel high performance conducting poly(pyrrole) nanowires (PPy-NW) patterning technology on thermoplastic surfaces (poly(ethylene terephthalate (PETE), poly(ethylene 2,6-naphthalate (PEN), polyimide (PI), and cyclic olefin copolymer) using nanocontact printing and controlled chemical polymerization (nCP-CCP) technique. The technique uses a commercial compact disk as a template to produce nanopatterned polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) stamps. The PDMS nanopatterned stamp was applied to print the PPy-NWs and the developed technology of nCP-CCP produced 3D conducting nanostructures. This new and very promising nanopatterning technology was achieved in a single step and with a low cost of fabrication over large areas.

  6. Oxide nanowires for solar cell applications.

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    Zhang, Qifeng; Yodyingyong, Supan; Xi, Junting; Myers, Daniel; Cao, Guozhong

    2012-03-07

    Oxide nanowire arrays were studied for their applications to solar cells. It was demonstrated that the nanowires could provide direct pathways for electron transport in dye-sensitized solar cells and therefore, while forming photoelectrode films, they offered better suppression of charge recombination than nanoparticles. However, the photoelectron films consisting of nanowires suffered a disadvantage in giving large surface area for dye adsorption. Such a shortcoming of nanowires had been exemplified in this paper illustrating that it could be well compensated by incorporating with nanoparticles to form a nanoparticle-nanowire array hybrid photoelectrode film. The oxide nanowires were also demonstrated to be able to enhance the performance of inverted structure polymer solar cells as a cathode buffer layer by establishing a large interface with the polymers so as to facilitate the transport of photogenerated electrons from the polymer to the electron collecting electrode. Such an enhancement effect could be further boosted while the nanowires were replaced with nanotubes; the latter may build up larger interface with the polymers than the former and therefore facilitates the electron transport more efficiently.

  7. Investigation of Ag-TiO2 Interfacial Reaction of Highly Stable Ag Nanowire Transparent Conductive Film with Conformal TiO2 Coating by Atomic Layer Deposition.

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    Yeh, Ming-Hua; Chen, Po-Hsun; Yang, Yi-Ching; Chen, Guan-Hong; Chen, Hsueh-Shih

    2017-03-29

    The atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique is applied to coat Ag nanowires (NWs) with a highly uniform and conformal TiO2 layer to improve the stability and sustainability of Ag NW transparent conductive films (TCFs) at high temperatures. The TiO2 layer can be directly deposited on Ag NWs with a surface polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) coat that acts a bed for TiO2 seeding in the ALD process. The ALD TiO2 layer significantly enhances the thermal stability at least 100 fold when aged between 200-400 °C and also provides an extra function of violet-blue light filtration for Ag NW TCFs. Investigation into the interaction between TiO2 and Ag reveals that the conformal TiO2 shell could effectively prevent Ag from 1D-to-3D ripening. However, Ag could penetrate the conformal TiO2 shell and form nanocrystals on the TiO2 shell surface when it is aged at 400 °C. According to experimental data and thermodynamic evaluation, the Ag penetration leads to an interlayer composed of mixed Ag-Ag2O-amorphous carbon phases and TiO2-x at the Ag-TiO2 interface, which is thought to be caused by extremely high vapor pressure of Ag at the Ag-TiO2 interface at a higher temperature (e.g., 400 °C).

  8. ZnO nanowire arrays synthesized on ZnO and GaN films for photovoltaic and light-emitting devices

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    Janfeshan, Bita; Sadeghimakki, Bahareh; Sadeghi Jahed, Navid Mohammad; Sivoththaman, Siva

    2014-01-01

    The wide bandgap, one-dimensional zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs) and their heterostructures with other materials provide excellent pathways for efficient photovoltaic (PV) and light-emitting devices. ZnO NWs sensitized with quantum dots (QDs) provide high-surface area and tunable bandgap absorbers with a directional path for carriers in advanced PV devices, while ZnO heterojunctions with other p-type wide bandgap materials lead to light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with better emission and waveguiding properties compared with the homojunction counterparts. Synthesis of the structures with the desired morphology is a key to device applications. In this work, ZnO NW arrays were synthesized using hydrothermal method on ZnO and GaN thin films. Highly crystalline, upright, and ordered arrays of ZnO NWs in the 50 to 250-nm diameter range and 1 μm in length were obtained. The morphology and optical properties of the NWs were studied. Energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX) analysis revealed nonstoichiometric oxygen content in the grown ZnO NWs. Photoluminescence (PL) studies depicted the presence of oxygen vacancy and interstitial zinc defects in the grown ZnO NWs, underlining the potential for LEDs. Further, hydrophobically ligated CdSe/ZnS QDs were successfully incorporated to the NW arrays. PL analysis indicated the injection of electrons from photoexcited QDs to the NWs, showing the potential for quantum dot-sensitized solar cells.

  9. Gold-coated silicon nanowire-graphene core-shell composite film as a polymer binder-free anode for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries

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    Kim, Han-Jung; Lee, Sang Eon; Lee, Jihye; Jung, Joo-Yun; Lee, Eung-Sug; Choi, Jun-Hyuk; Jung, Jun-Ho; Oh, Minsub; Hyun, Seungmin; Choi, Dae-Geun

    2014-07-01

    We designed and fabricated a gold (Au)-coated silicon nanowires/graphene (Au-SiNWs/G) hybrid composite as a polymer binder-free anode for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). A large amount of SiNWs for LIB anode materials can be prepared by metal-assisted chemical etching (MaCE) process. The Au-SiNWs/G composite film on current collector was obtained by vacuum filtration using an anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membrane and hot pressing method. Our experimental results show that the Au-SiNWs/G composite has a stable reversible capacity of about 1520 mA h/g which was maintained for 20 cycles. The Au-SiNWs/G composite anode showed much better cycling performance than SiNWs/polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)/Super-P, SiNWs/G composite, and pure SiNWs anodes. The improved electrochemical properties of the Au-SiNWs/G composite anode material is mainly ascribed to the composite's porous network structure.

  10. Scaling and Graphical Transport-Map Analysis of Ambipolar Schottky-Barrier Thin-Film Transistors Based on a Parallel Array of Si Nanowires.

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    Jeon, Dae-Young; Pregl, Sebastian; Park, So Jeong; Baraban, Larysa; Cuniberti, Gianaurelio; Mikolajick, Thomas; Weber, Walter M

    2015-07-08

    Si nanowire (Si-NW) based thin-film transistors (TFTs) have been considered as a promising candidate for next-generation flexible and wearable electronics as well as sensor applications with high performance. Here, we have fabricated ambipolar Schottky-barrier (SB) TFTs consisting of a parallel array of Si-NWs and performed an in-depth study related to their electrical performance and operation mechanism through several electrical parameters extracted from the channel length scaling based method. Especially, the newly suggested current-voltage (I-V) contour map clearly elucidates the unique operation mechanism of the ambipolar SB-TFTs, governed by Schottky-junction between NiSi2 and Si-NW. Further, it reveals for the first-time in SB based FETs the important internal electrostatic coupling between the channel and externally applied voltages. This work provides helpful information for the realization of practical circuits with ambipolar SB-TFTs that can be transferred to different substrate technologies and applications.

  11. Plasticized Polymer Interlayer for Low Temperature Fabrication of a High-Quality Silver Nanowire-Based Flexible Transparent and Conductive Film.

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    Jo, Wonhee; Kang, Hong Suk; Choi, Jaeho; Lee, Hongkyung; Kim, Hee-Tak

    2017-04-04

    Silver nanowires (AgNWs) are one of the most promising materials for flexible transparent conductive films (TCFs) to replace commercially available indium tin oxide (ITO); however, there are still numerous problems originating from poor AgNW junction formation and improper AgNW embedment into transparent substrates. To mitigate these problems, high temperature processes have been adopted; however, unwanted substrate deformation prevents the use of these processes for flexible TCFs. In this work, we present a novel poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) interlayer plasticized by dibutyl phthalate (DBP) to achieve a low temperature fabrication of AgNW-based TCF, which does not cause any substrate deformation. By exploiting the viscoelastic property of the plasticized interlayer near the lowered glass transition temperature, the monolithic junction of the AgNWs on the interlayer and embedment of the inter-connected AgNWs into the interlayer are achieved in a single-step pressing. The resulting AgNW TCFs are highly transparent (~92% at a wavelength of 550 nm), highly conductive (< 90 Ω/sq), and environmentally and mechanically robust. Therefore, the plasticized interlayer provides a simple and effective route to fabricate high quality AgNW-based TCFs.

  12. Multifunctional Nanowire/film Composites based Bi-modular Sensors for In-situ and Real-time High Temperature Gas Detection

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    Gao, Pu-Xian; Lei, Yu

    2013-06-01

    This final report to the Department of Energy/National Energy Technology Laboratory for DE-FE0000870 covers the period from 2009 to June, 2013 and summarizes the main research accomplishments, which can be divided in sensing materials innovation, bimodular sensor demonstration, and new understanding and discoveries. As a matter of fact, we have successfully completed all the project tasks in June 1, 2013, and presented the final project review presentation on the 9th of July, 2013. Specifically, the major accomplishments achieved in this project include: 1) Successful development of a new class of high temperature stable gas sensor nanomaterials based on composite nano-array strategy in a 3D or 2D fashion using metal oxides and perovskite nanostructures. 2) Successful demonstration of bimodular nanosensors using 2D nanofibrous film and 3D composite nanowire arrays using electrical resistance mode and electrochemical electromotive force mode. 3) Series of new discoveries and understandings based on the new composite nanostructure platform toward enhancing nanosensor performance in terms of stability, selectivity, sensitivity and mass flux sensing. In this report, we highlight some results toward these accomplishments.

  13. Semiconductor nanowires: Controlled growth and thermal properties

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    Wu, Yiying

    This dissertation presents an experimental study of the controlled growth of semiconductor nanowires and their thermophysical properties. The synthesis of nanowires was based on the well-known Vapor-Liquid-Solid (VLS) mechanism in which the growth of nanowire is initiated by a nanosized liquid droplet. The prepared nanowires are single-crystalline with certain preferred growth direction. Nanowires with different compositions have been synthesized, including Si, Ge, boron and MgB2. The control of nanowire composition, diameter and orientation has also been achieved. In addition, a Pulsed Laser Ablation-Chemical Vapor Deposition (PLA-CVD) hybrid process was developed to synthesize Si/SiGe longitudinally superlattice nanowires. The thermal conductivity of individual pure Si nanowire and Si/SiGe nanowire was measured using a microfabricated suspended device over a temperature range of 20--320 K. The thermal conductivities of individual 22, 37, 56, and 115 nm diameter single crystalline intrinsic Si nanowires were much lower than the bulk value due to the strong phonon boundary scattering. Except for the 22 nm diameter nanowire, theoretical predictions using a modified Callaway model fit the experimental data very well. The data for the 22 nm diameter wire suggest that changes in phonon dispersion due to confinement can cause additional thermal conductivity reduction. The Si/SiGe superlattice nanowires with diameters of 83 run and 58 nm were also measured. Their thermal conductivities are smaller than pure Si nanowire with similar diameter, as well as Si/SiGe superlattice thin film with comparable period. Both the alloying scattering and the boundary scattering are believed to contribute to this reduction. Size dependent melting-recrystallization study of the carbon-sheathed semiconductor Ge nanowires was carried out in in-situ high temperature transmission electron microscope (TEM). Significant depression in melting temperature with decreasing size of the nanowires as

  14. Intrinsically stretchable and transparent thin-film transistors based on printable silver nanowires, carbon nanotubes and an elastomeric dielectric

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    Liang, Jiajie; Li, Lu; Chen, Dustin; Hajagos, Tibor; Ren, Zhi; Chou, Shu-Yu; Hu, Wei; Pei, Qibing

    2015-01-01

    Thin-film field-effect transistor is a fundamental component behind various mordern electronics. The development of stretchable electronics poses fundamental challenges in developing new electronic materials for stretchable thin-film transistors that are mechanically compliant and solution processable. Here we report the fabrication of transparent thin-film transistors that behave like an elastomer film. The entire fabrication is carried out by solution-based techniques, and the resulting devices exhibit a mobility of ∼30 cm2 V−1 s−1, on/off ratio of 103–104, switching current >100 μA, transconductance >50 μS and relative low operating voltages. The devices can be stretched by up to 50% strain and subjected to 500 cycles of repeated stretching to 20% strain without significant loss in electrical property. The thin-film transistors are also used to drive organic light-emitting diodes. The approach and results represent an important progress toward the development of stretchable active-matrix displays. PMID:26173436

  15. Intrinsically stretchable and transparent thin-film transistors based on printable silver nanowires, carbon nanotubes and an elastomeric dielectric.

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    Liang, Jiajie; Li, Lu; Chen, Dustin; Hajagos, Tibor; Ren, Zhi; Chou, Shu-Yu; Hu, Wei; Pei, Qibing

    2015-07-15

    Thin-film field-effect transistor is a fundamental component behind various mordern electronics. The development of stretchable electronics poses fundamental challenges in developing new electronic materials for stretchable thin-film transistors that are mechanically compliant and solution processable. Here we report the fabrication of transparent thin-film transistors that behave like an elastomer film. The entire fabrication is carried out by solution-based techniques, and the resulting devices exhibit a mobility of ∼30 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1), on/off ratio of 10(3)-10(4), switching current >100 μA, transconductance >50 μS and relative low operating voltages. The devices can be stretched by up to 50% strain and subjected to 500 cycles of repeated stretching to 20% strain without significant loss in electrical property. The thin-film transistors are also used to drive organic light-emitting diodes. The approach and results represent an important progress toward the development of stretchable active-matrix displays.

  16. Nanowire-based All Oxide Solar Cells

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    Yang*, Benjamin D. Yuhas and Peidong; Yang, Peidong

    2008-12-07

    We present an all-oxide solar cell fabricated from vertically oriented zinc oxide nanowires and cuprous oxide nanoparticles. Our solar cell consists of vertically oriented n-type zinc oxide nanowires, surrounded by a film constructed from p-type cuprous oxide nanoparticles. Our solution-based synthesis of inexpensive and environmentally benign oxide materials in a solar cell would allow for the facile production of large-scale photovoltaic devices. We found that the solar cell performance is enhanced with the addition of an intermediate oxide insulating layer between the nanowires and the nanoparticles. This observation of the important dependence of the shunt resistance on the photovoltaic performance is widely applicable to any nanowire solar cell constructed with the nanowire array in direct contact with one electrode.

  17. Synthesis and manipulation of metallic nanowires

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    Bentley, Anne K.

    Metallic nanowires (200 nm in diameter and of varying lengths) were fabricated by electrodeposition into the pores of alumina and polycarbonate templates. Cu-Sn alloy nanowires were electrodeposited from a single electrolyte containing Cu2+ and Sn2+ ions using both constant-potential and pulsed-potential techniques. The composition of the Cu-Sn alloys was characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, and the effect of the electrodeposition conditions on the alloy composition was determined. To manipulate and position the bronze alloy nanowires, nickel caps were grown on each end by sequential electrodeposition of nickel, delta-CuSn, and nickel. The segmented nanowires were ferromagnetic and responded to magnetic fields. In suspensions, the nanowires could be oriented in any direction by applying a magnetic field. The nanowires were dispersed on pairs of nickel stripes photolithographically defined on silicon substrates while an applied magnetic field encouraged the alignment of the nanowires between the stripes. Improved alignment was achieved compared to non-magnetic nanowires. The behavior of suspensions of nickel nanowires in a variety of solvents was examined. The nanowires settle in response to gravity at velocities that fall within the range of velocities predicted by Stokes theory. Nanowires settled more slowly in more viscous solvents. When magnetic fields are applied to the suspensions of nanowires, they scatter light in the plane perpendicular to the nanowire axis and containing the incident light beam. This light scattering effect was utilized to create a magneto-optical switch in which magnetic fields affect the intensity of light reaching a detector. When the suspensions of nanowires were placed in thin film cuvets and oriented with magnetic fields, the nanowires re-oriented the polarization of incident light. The template synthesis technique was adapted to develop an undergraduate laboratory experiment in which students create their own nickel nanowires

  18. Capping of rare earth silicide nanowires on Si(001)

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    Appelfeller, Stephan; Franz, Martin; Kubicki, Milan; Dähne, Mario; Reiß, Paul; Niermann, Tore; Lehmann, Michael; Schubert, Markus Andreas

    2016-01-04

    The capping of Tb and Dy silicide nanowires grown on Si(001) was studied using scanning tunneling microscopy and cross-sectional high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Several nanometers thick amorphous Si films deposited at room temperature allow an even capping, while the nanowires maintain their original structural properties. Subsequent recrystallization by thermal annealing leads to more compact nanowire structures and to troughs in the Si layer above the nanowires, which may even reach down to the nanowires in the case of thin Si films, as well as to V-shaped stacking faults forming along (111) lattice planes. This behavior is related to strain due to the lattice mismatch between the Si overlayer and the nanowires.

  19. How Copper Nanowires Grow and How To Control Their Properties.

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    Ye, Shengrong; Stewart, Ian E; Chen, Zuofeng; Li, Bo; Rathmell, Aaron R; Wiley, Benjamin J

    2016-03-15

    Scalable, solution-phase nanostructure synthesis has the promise to produce a wide variety of nanomaterials with novel properties at a cost that is low enough for these materials to be used to solve problems. For example, solution-synthesized metal nanowires are now being used to make low cost, flexible transparent electrodes in touch screens, organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), and solar cells. There has been a tremendous increase in the number of solution-phase syntheses that enable control over the assembly of atoms into nanowires in the last 15 years, but proposed mechanisms for nanowire formation are usually qualitative, and for many syntheses there is little consensus as to how nanowires form. It is often not clear what species is adding to a nanowire growing in solution or what mechanistic step limits its rate of growth. A deeper understanding of nanowire growth is important for efficiently directing the development of nanowire synthesis toward producing a wide variety of nanostructure morphologies for structure-property studies or producing precisely defined nanostructures for a specific application. This Account reviews our progress over the last five years toward understanding how copper nanowires form in solution, how to direct their growth into nanowires with dimensions ideally suited for use in transparent conducting films, and how to use copper nanowires as a template to grow core-shell nanowires. The key advance enabling a better understanding of copper nanowire growth is the first real-time visualization of nanowire growth in solution, enabling the acquisition of nanowire growth kinetics. By measuring the growth rate of individual nanowires as a function of concentration of the reactants and temperature, we show that a growing copper nanowire can be thought of as a microelectrode that is charged with electrons by hydrazine and grows through the diffusion-limited addition of Cu(OH)2(-). This deeper mechanistic understanding, coupled to an

  20. On-surface formation of metal nanowire transparent top electrodes on CdSe nanowire array-based photoconductive devices.

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    Azulai, Daniel; Givan, Uri; Shpaisman, Nava; Belenkova, Tatyana Levi; Gilon, Hagit; Patolsky, Fernando; Markovich, Gil

    2012-06-27

    A simple wet chemical approach was developed for a unique on-surface synthesis of transparent conductive films consisting of ultrathin gold/silver nanowires directly grown on top of CdSe nanowire array photoconductive devices enclosed in polycarbonate membranes. The metal nanowire film formed an ohmic contact to the semiconductor nanowires without additional treatment. The sheet resistance and transparency of the metal nanowire arrays could be controlled by the number of metal nanowire layers deposited, ranging from ∼98-99% transmission through the visible range and several kOhm/sq sheet resistance for a single layer, to 80-85% transmission and ∼100 Ohm/sq sheet resistance for 4 layers.

  1. Study of a QCM Dimethyl Methylphosphonate Sensor Based on a ZnO-Modified Nanowire-Structured Manganese Dioxide Film

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    Pei, Zhifu; Ma, Xingfa; Ding, Pengfei; Zhang, Wuming; Luo, Zhiyuan; Li, Guang

    2010-01-01

    Sensitive, selective and fast detection of chemical warfare agents is necessary for anti-terrorism purposes. In our search for functional materials sensitive to dimethyl methylphosphonate (DMMP), a simulant of sarin and other toxic organophosphorus compounds, we found that zinc oxide (ZnO) modification potentially enhances the absorption of DMMP on a manganese dioxide (MnO2) surface. The adsorption behavior of DMMP was evaluated through the detection of tiny organophosphonate compounds with quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) sensors coated with ZnO-modified MnO2 nanofibers and pure MnO2 nanofibers. Experimental results indicated that the QCM sensor coated with ZnO-modified nanostructured MnO2 film exhibited much higher sensitivity and better selectivity in comparison with the one coated with pure MnO2 nanofiber film. Therefore, the DMMP sensor developed with this composite nanostructured material should possess excellent selectivity and reasonable sensitivity towards the tiny gaseous DMMP species. PMID:22163653

  2. Lithographically patterned nanowire electrodeposition: a method for patterning electrically continuous metal nanowires on dielectrics.

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    Xiang, Chenxiang; Kung, Sheng-Chin; Taggart, David K; Yang, Fan; Thompson, Michael A; Güell, Aleix G; Yang, Yongan; Penner, Reginald M

    2008-09-23

    Lithographically patterned nanowire electrodeposition (LPNE) is a new method for fabricating polycrystalline metal nanowires using electrodeposition. In LPNE, a sacrificial metal (M(1)=silver or nickel) layer, 5-100 nm in thickness, is first vapor deposited onto a glass, oxidized silicon, or Kapton polymer film. A (+) photoresist (PR) layer is then deposited, photopatterned, and the exposed Ag or Ni is removed by wet etching. The etching duration is adjusted to produce an undercut approximately 300 nm in width at the edges of the exposed PR. This undercut produces a horizontal trench with a precisely defined height equal to the thickness of the M(1) layer. Within this trench, a nanowire of metal M(2) is electrodeposited (M(2)=gold, platinum, palladium, or bismuth). Finally the PR layer and M(1) layer are removed. The nanowire height and width can be independently controlled down to minimum dimensions of 5 nm (h) and 11 nm (w), for example, in the case of platinum. These nanowires can be 1 cm in total length. We measure the temperature-dependent resistance of 100 microm sections of Au and Pd wires in order to estimate an electrical grain size for comparison with measurements by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Nanowire arrays can be postpatterned to produce two-dimensional arrays of nanorods. Nanowire patterns can also be overlaid one on top of another by repeating the LPNE process twice in succession to produce, for example, arrays of low-impedance, nanowire-nanowire junctions.

  3. Seedless Growth of Bismuth Nanowire Array via Vacuum Thermal Evaporation.

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    Liu, Mingzhao; Nam, Chang-Yong; Zhang, Lihua

    2015-12-21

    Here a seedless and template-free technique is demonstrated to scalably grow bismuth nanowires, through thermal evaporation in high vacuum at RT. Conventionally reserved for the fabrication of metal thin films, thermal evaporation deposits bismuth into an array of vertical single crystalline nanowires over a flat thin film of vanadium held at RT, which is freshly deposited by magnetron sputtering or thermal evaporation. By controlling the temperature of the growth substrate the length and width of the nanowires can be tuned over a wide range. Responsible for this novel technique is a previously unknown nanowire growth mechanism that roots in the mild porosity of the vanadium thin film. Infiltrated into the vanadium pores, the bismuth domains (~ 1 nm) carry excessive surface energy that suppresses their melting point and continuously expels them out of the vanadium matrix to form nanowires. This discovery demonstrates the feasibility of scalable vapor phase synthesis of high purity nanomaterials without using any catalysts.

  4. Photoelectrochemistry of Semiconductor Nanowire Arrays

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    Mallouk, Thomas E; Redwing, Joan M

    2009-11-10

    This project supported research on the growth and photoelectrochemical characterization of semiconductor nanowire arrays, and on the development of catalytic materials for visible light water splitting to produce hydrogen and oxygen. Silicon nanowires were grown in the pores of anodic aluminum oxide films by the vapor-liquid-solid technique and were characterized electrochemically. Because adventitious doping from the membrane led to high dark currents, silicon nanowire arrays were then grown on silicon substrates. The dependence of the dark current and photovoltage on preparation techniques, wire diameter, and defect density was studied for both p-silicon and p-indium phosphide nanowire arrays. The open circuit photovoltage of liquid junction cells increased with increasing wire diameter, reaching 350 mV for micron-diameter silicon wires. Liquid junction and radial p-n junction solar cells were fabricated from silicon nano- and microwire arrays and tested. Iridium oxide cluster catalysts stabilized by bidentate malonate and succinate ligands were also made and studied for the water oxidation reaction. Highlights of this project included the first papers on silicon and indium phosphide nanowire solar cells, and a new procedure for making ligand-stabilized water oxidation catalysts that can be covalently linked to molecular photosensitizers or electrode surfaces.

  5. Tunable Magnetic Properties of Heterogeneous Nanobrush: From Nanowire to Nanofilm

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    2010-01-01

    With a bottom-up assemble technology, heterogeneous magnetic nanobrushes, consisting of Co nanowire arrays and ferromagnetic Fe70Co30 nanofilm, have been fabricated using an anodic aluminum oxide template method combining with sputtering technology. Magnetic measurement suggests that the magnetic anisotropy of nanobrush depends on the thickness of Fe70Co30 layer, and its total anisotropy originates from the competition between the shape anisotropy of nanowire arrays and nanofilm. Micromagnetic simulation result indicates that the switching field of nanobrush is 1900 Oe, while that of nanowire array is 2700 Oe. These suggest that the nanobrush film can promote the magnetization reversal processes of nanowire arrays in nanobrush. PMID:20672098

  6. Templated synthesis of magnetic nanowires by electrochemical deposition

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    Tan, Liwen

    There has been much interest in magnetic nanowire because of its perpendicular magnetic anisotropy, enhanced coercivity and large giant magnetoresistance (GMR). So, it is supposed that magnetic nanowires have potential applications to ultra-high-density magnetic recording and high sensitive sensors. Many kinds of methods have been used for the growth of nanowires with diameter ranging from 10nm to few hundred nanometers, however, template assisted electrochemical deposition exhibits many advantages on the growth of metal nanowires. In this work, two-step anodic alumina templates were fabricated for the growth of magnetic nanowires. These templates provided platforms for achieving uniform nanowires. Moreover, nano-imprinting was introduced for the formation of nanopore arrays with long-range order. A new Si3N4 thin film nano-stamp was developed, which is much simpler and more cost-effective. Also, nanopore patterning alignment was successfully achieved without using e-beam lithography. This would provide the opportunity to electrically address each single nanostructure in arrays with high density. The growth of magnetic nanowires was done by eletrodeposition, which included single element Co and Co/Cu multilayered nanowires. Their structures, magnetic and transport properties have been investigated, and were tailored by optimizing the fabrication process. It was shown that the composition of magnetic nanowires was a function of deposition potential. And the structure of electrodeposited Co was affected by the pH of electrolyte and growth rate. GMR and spin transfer torque have been performed on the Co/Cu nanowires. A GMR of 22% was achieved in Co/Cu nanowires. Different magnetoresistance behaviors were observed, which were related to the magnetic anisotropy of the nanowires. It was the first time to detect spin transfer torque in the nanowires with hundreds of Co/Cu bilayers. The switching current density was about 107A/cm2. This process demonstrated the fabrication

  7. Flexible inorganic nanowire light-emitting diode.

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    Nadarajah, Athavan; Word, Robert C; Meiss, Jan; Könenkamp, Rolf

    2008-02-01

    We report a highly flexible light-emitting device in which inorganic nanowires are the optically active components. The single-crystalline ZnO nanowires are grown at 80 degrees C on flexible polymer-based indium-tin-oxide-coated substrates and subsequently encapsulated in a minimal-thickness, void-filling polystyrene film. A reflective top contact serving as the anode in the diode structure is provided by a strongly doped p-type polymer and an evaporated Au film. The emission through the polymer side of this arrangement covers most of the visual region. Electrical and optical properties as well as performance limitations of the device structure are discussed.

  8. Electrochromic nanostructures grown on a silicon nanowire template.

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    Kim, Yuna; Baek, Jehoon; Kim, Myoung-Ha; Choi, Heon-Jin; Kim, Eunkyoung

    2008-09-01

    Vertically grown Si nanowires were prepared as a nanotemplate for conducting polymers. Electrochromic (EC) PEDOT (poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)) layer was successfully grown on Si nanowires by electrochemical polymerization method to form PEDOT nanowires having average wall thickness of approximately 60 nm. As-prepared conductive nanowire electrode was applied to a low voltage working EC device by fabricating an all solid state EC device. The EC properties of the device were enhanced in the nanowire structure, showing reversible fast optical transition by applying +/-2 V. The response time (t(R)) of the EC device from the PEDOT grown on Si nanowires was approximately 0.7 s, which was much faster than that from PEDOT film coated on ITO glass electrochemically (t(R)=1.9 s).

  9. Growth and photoluminescence characteristics of AlGaAs nanowires

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    Wu, Z. H.; Sun, M.; Mei, X. Y.; Ruda, H. E.

    2004-07-01

    Growth of high-quality single-crystal AlGaAs nanowires was demonstrated using the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism with molecular-beam epitaxy (MBE). Highly ordered AlGaAs nanowire arrays and GaAs /AlGaAs multilayer nanowires were also prepared. Photoluminescence (PL) from homogeneous AlGaAs and GaAs /AlGaAs multilayer nanowires was measured. The Al composition of the AlGaAs nanowires was found to be significantly lower than that for planar MBE films grown under the same conditions, as determined from PL and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy measurements. This is explained in terms of the different growth mechanisms for VLS and normal MBE. Such AlGaAs nanowires are expected to have a wide range of applications in electronic and photonic devices.

  10. Electrospun metallic nanowires: Synthesis, characterization, and applications

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    Khalil, Abdullah; Singh Lalia, Boor; Hashaikeh, Raed; Khraisheh, Marwan

    2013-11-01

    Metals are known to have unique thermal, mechanical, electrical, and catalytic properties. On the other hand, metallic nanowires are promising materials for variety of applications such as transparent conductive film for photovoltaic devices, electrodes for batteries, as well as nano-reinforcement for composite materials. Whereas varieties of methods have been explored to synthesize metal nanowires with different characteristics, electrospinning has also been found to be successful for that purpose. Even though electrospinning of polymeric nanofibers is a well-established field, there are several challenges that need to be overcome to use the electrospinning technique for the fabrication of metallic nanowires. These challenges are mainly related to the multi-steps fabrication process and its relation to the structure evolution of the nanowires. In addition to reviewing the literature, this article identifies promising avenues for further research in this area with particular emphasis on the applications that nonwoven metal wires confined in a nano-scale can open.

  11. Laterally assembled nanowires for ultrathin broadband solar absorbers.

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    Song, Kyung-Deok; Kempa, Thomas J; Park, Hong-Gyu; Kim, Sun-Kyung

    2014-05-05

    We studied optical resonances in laterally oriented Si nanowire arrays by conducting finite-difference time-domain simulations. Localized Fabry-Perot and whispering-gallery modes are supported within the cross section of each nanowire in the array and result in broadband light absorption. Comparison of a nanowire array with a single nanowire shows that the current density (J(SC)) is preserved for a range of nanowire morphologies. The J(SC) of a nanowire array depends on the spacing of its constituent nanowires, which indicates that both diffraction and optical antenna effects contribute to light absorption. Furthermore, a vertically stacked nanowire array exhibits significantly enhanced light absorption because of the emergence of coupled cavity-waveguide modes and the mitigation of a screening effect. With the assumption of unity internal quantum efficiency, the J(SC) of an 800-nm-thick cross-stacked nanowire array is 14.0 mA/cm², which yields a ~60% enhancement compared with an equivalent bulk film absorber. These numerical results underpin a rational design strategy for ultrathin solar absorbers based on assembled nanowire cavities.

  12. Energy harvesting from vertically aligned PZT nanowire arrays

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    Malakooti, Mohammad H.; Zhou, Zhi; Sodano, Henry A.

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, a nanostructured piezoelectric beam is fabricated using vertically aligned lead zirconate titanate (PZT) nanowire arrays and its capability of continuous power generation is demonstrated through direct vibration tests. The lead zirconate titanate nanowires are grown on a PZT thin film coated titanium foil using a hydrothermal reaction. The PZT thin film serves as a nucleation site while the titanium foil is used as the bottom electrode. Electromechanical frequency response function (FRF) analysis is performed to evaluate the power harvesting efficiency of the fabricated device. Furthermore, the feasibility of the continuous power generation using the nanostructured beam is demonstrated through measuring output voltage from PZT nanowires when beam is subjected to a sinusoidal base excitation. The effect of tip mass on the voltage generation of the PZT nanowire arrays is evaluated experimentally. The final results show the great potential of synthesized piezoelectric nanowire arrays in a wide range of applications, specifically power generation at nanoscale.

  13. Silicon nanowire photodetectors made by metal-assisted chemical etching

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    Xu, Ying; Ni, Chuan; Sarangan, Andrew

    2016-09-01

    Silicon nanowires have unique optical effects, and have potential applications in photodetectors. They can exhibit simple optical effects such as anti-reflection, but can also produce quantum confined effects. In this work, we have fabricated silicon photodetectors, and then post-processed them by etching nanowires on the incident surface. These nanowires were produced by a wet-chemical etching process known as the metal-assisted-chemical etching, abbreviated as MACE. N-type silicon substrates were doped by thermal diffusion from a solid ceramic source, followed by etching, patterning and contact metallization. The detectors were first tested for functionality and optical performance. The nanowires were then made by depositing an ultra-thin film of gold below its percolation thickness to produce an interconnected porous film. This was then used as a template to etch high aspect ratio nanowires into the face of the detectors with a HF:H2O2 mixture.

  14. Nanowire Optoelectronics

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    Wang, Zhihuan; Nabet, Bahram

    2015-12-01

    Semiconductor nanowires have been used in a variety of passive and active optoelectronic devices including waveguides, photodetectors, solar cells, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), lasers, sensors, and optical antennas. We review the optical properties of these nanowires in terms of absorption, guiding, and radiation of light, which may be termed light management. Analysis of the interaction of light with long cylindrical/hexagonal structures with subwavelength diameters identifies radial resonant modes, such as Leaky Mode Resonances, or Whispering Gallery modes. The two-dimensional treatment should incorporate axial variations in "volumetric modes,"which have so far been presented in terms of Fabry-Perot (FP), and helical resonance modes. We report on finite-difference timedomain (FDTD) simulations with the aim of identifying the dependence of these modes on geometry (length, width), tapering, shape (cylindrical, hexagonal), core-shell versus core-only, and dielectric cores with semiconductor shells. This demonstrates how nanowires (NWs) form excellent optical cavities without the need for top and bottommirrors. However, optically equivalent structures such as hexagonal and cylindrical wires can have very different optoelectronic properties meaning that light management alone does not sufficiently describe the observed enhancement in upward (absorption) and downward transitions (emission) of light inNWs; rather, the electronic transition rates should be considered. We discuss this "rate management" scheme showing its strong dimensional dependence, making a case for photonic integrated circuits (PICs) that can take advantage of the confluence of the desirable optical and electronic properties of these nanostructures.

  15. Photonic nanowires: from subwavelength waveguides to optical sensors.

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    Guo, Xin; Ying, Yibin; Tong, Limin

    2014-02-18

    Nanowires are one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures with comparatively large aspect ratios, which can be useful in manipulating electrons, photons, plasmons, phonons, and atoms for numerous technologies. Among various nanostructures for low-dimensional photonics, the 1D nanowire is of great importance owing to its ability to route tightly confined light fields in single-mode with lowest space and material requirements, minimized optical path, and high mechanical flexibilities. In recent years, nanowire photonics have increasingly been attracting scientists' interests for both fundamental studies and technological applications because 1D nanowires have more favorable properties than many other structures, such as 0D quantum dots (QDs) and 2D films. As subwavelength waveguides, free-standing nanowires fabricated by either chemical growth or physical drawing techniques surpass nanowaveguides fabricated by almost all other means in terms of sidewall smoothness and diameter uniformity. This conveys their low waveguiding losses. With high index contrast (typically higher than 0.5) between the core and the surrounding or with surface plasmon resonance, a nanowire can guide light with tight optical confinement. For example, the effective mode area is less than λ(2)/10 for a dielectric nanowire or less than λ(2)/100 for a metal nanowire, where λ is the vacuum wavelength of the light. As we increase the wavelength-to-diameter ratio (WDR) of a nanowire, we can enlarge the fractional power of the evanescent fields in the guiding modes to over 80% while maintaining a small effective mode area, which may enable highly localized near-field interaction between the guided fields and the surrounding media. These favorable properties have opened great opportunities for optical sensing on the single-nanowire scale. However, several questions arise with ongoing research. With a deep-subwavelength cross-section, how can we efficiently couple light into a single nanowire? How can we

  16. Single gallium nitride nanowire lasers.

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    Johnson, Justin C; Choi, Heon-Jin; Knutsen, Kelly P; Schaller, Richard D; Yang, Peidong; Saykally, Richard J

    2002-10-01

    There is much current interest in the optical properties of semiconductor nanowires, because the cylindrical geometry and strong two-dimensional confinement of electrons, holes and photons make them particularly attractive as potential building blocks for nanoscale electronics and optoelectronic devices, including lasersand nonlinear optical frequency converters. Gallium nitride (GaN) is a wide-bandgap semiconductor of much practical interest, because it is widely used in electrically pumped ultraviolet-blue light-emitting diodes, lasers and photodetectors. Recent progress in microfabrication techniques has allowed stimulated emission to be observed from a variety of GaN microstructures and films. Here we report the observation of ultraviolet-blue laser action in single monocrystalline GaN nanowires, using both near-field and far-field optical microscopy to characterize the waveguide mode structure and spectral properties of the radiation at room temperature. The optical microscope images reveal radiation patterns that correlate with axial Fabry-Perot modes (Q approximately 10(3)) observed in the laser spectrum, which result from the cylindrical cavity geometry of the monocrystalline nanowires. A redshift that is strongly dependent on pump power (45 meV microJ x cm(-2)) supports the idea that the electron-hole plasma mechanism is primarily responsible for the gain at room temperature. This study is a considerable advance towards the realization of electron-injected, nanowire-based ultraviolet-blue coherent light sources.

  17. Light absorption and emission in nanowire array solar cells.

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    Kupec, Jan; Stoop, Ralph L; Witzigmann, Bernd

    2010-12-20

    Inorganic nanowires are under intense research for large scale solar power generation intended to ultimately contribute a substantial fraction to the overall power mix. Their unique feature is to allow different pathways for the light absorption and carrier transport. In this publication we investigate the properties of a nanowire array acting as a photonic device governed by wave-optical phenomena. We solve the Maxwell equations and calculate the light absorption efficiency for the AM1.5d spectrum and give recommendations on the design. Due to concentration of the incident sunlight at a microscopic level the absorptivity of nanowire solar cells can exceed the absorptivity of an equal amount of material used in thin-film devices. We compute the local density of photon states to assess the effect of emission enhancement, which influences the radiative lifetime of excess carriers. This allows us to compute the efficiency limit within the framework of detailed balance. The efficiency is highly sensitive with respect to the diameter and distance of the nanowires. Designs featuring nanowires below a certain diameter will intrinsically feature low short-circuit current that cannot be compensated even by increasing the nanowire density. Optimum efficiency is not achieved in densely packed arrays, in fact spacing the nanowires further apart (simultaneously decreasing the material use) can even improve efficiency in certain scenarios. We observe absorption enhancement reducing the material use. In terms of carrier generation per material use, nanowire devices can outperform thin-film devices by far.

  18. An ultrasensitive sandwich-type electrochemical immunosensor based on the signal amplification system of double-deck gold film and thionine unite with platinum nanowire inlaid globular SBA-15 microsphere.

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    Wang, Ping; Li, Mingdang; Pei, Fubin; Li, Yueyun; Liu, Qing; Dong, Yunhui; Chu, Qingyan; Zhu, Hongjun

    2017-05-15

    A novel thionine unites with platinum nanowire inlaid globular SBA-15 (Pt NWs@g-SBA-15/Thi) not only utilizes as an efficient electrical signal probe but also constitutes an amplifying system with double-deck gold film (D-Au film) have been applied to the fabrication of sandwich-type immunosensor for detecting hepatitis B surface antigen (HBs Ag). The D-Au film can accelerate the electron transfer on the electrode interface due to the tunneling effect between the two Au films and can improve the load capacity of primary antibodies (Ab1) because of the good biocompatibility. The Pt NWs@g-SBA-15/Thi with uniform globular morphology not only can effectively reduce the spatial limitation for loading the secondary antibodies (Ab2) but also can provide outstanding pore accessibility of guest species from outside and offer catalytically active sites in a large scale. Besides, the presence of Thi can well enhance the electrical conductivity of Pt NWs@g-SBA-15/Thi. With the good cooperation between D-Au film and Pt NWs@g-SBA-15/Thi, a linear relationship between current signals and the concentrations of HBs Ag was obtained in the wide range from 10 fg/mL to 100ng/mL and the detection limit of HBs Ag was 3.3 fg/mL (signal-to-noise ratio of 3). Furthermore, the designed immunosensor with excellent selectivity, reproducibility and stability shows excellent performance in detection of human serum samples and provides a promising capacity for detecting a wide range of other tumor markers in clinical application.

  19. An Enhanced UV-Vis-NIR an d Flexible Photodetector Based on Electrospun ZnO Nanowire Array/PbS Quantum Dots Film Heterostructure.

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    Zheng, Zhi; Gan, Lin; Zhang, Jianbing; Zhuge, Fuwei; Zhai, Tianyou

    2017-03-01

    ZnO nanostructure-based photodetectors have a wide applications in many aspects, however, the response range of which are mainly restricted in the UV region dictated by its bandgap. Herein, UV-vis-NIR sensitive ZnO photodetectors consisting of ZnO nanowires (NW) array/PbS quantum dots (QDs) heterostructures are fabricated through modified electrospining method and an exchanging process. Besides wider response region compared to pure ZnO NWs based photodetectors, the heterostructures based photodetectors have faster response and recovery speed in UV range. Moreover, such photodetectors demonstrate good flexibility as well, which maintain almost constant performances under extreme (up to 180°) and repeat (up to 200 cycles) bending conditions in UV-vis-NIR range. Finally, this strategy is further verified on other kinds of 1D nanowires and 0D QDs, and similar enhancement on the performance of corresponding photodetecetors can be acquired, evidencing the universality of this strategy.

  20. An Enhanced UV–Vis–NIR an d Flexible Photodetector Based on Electrospun ZnO Nanowire Array/PbS Quantum Dots Film Heterostructure

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    Zheng, Zhi; Gan, Lin; Zhang, Jianbing; Zhuge, Fuwei

    2016-01-01

    ZnO nanostructure‐based photodetectors have a wide applications in many aspects, however, the response range of which are mainly restricted in the UV region dictated by its bandgap. Herein, UV–vis–NIR sensitive ZnO photodetectors consisting of ZnO nanowires (NW) array/PbS quantum dots (QDs) heterostructures are fabricated through modified electrospining method and an exchanging process. Besides wider response region compared to pure ZnO NWs based photodetectors, the heterostructures based photodetectors have faster response and recovery speed in UV range. Moreover, such photodetectors demonstrate good flexibility as well, which maintain almost constant performances under extreme (up to 180°) and repeat (up to 200 cycles) bending conditions in UV–vis–NIR range. Finally, this strategy is further verified on other kinds of 1D nanowires and 0D QDs, and similar enhancement on the performance of corresponding photodetecetors can be acquired, evidencing the universality of this strategy. PMID:28331785

  1. Detecting Airborne Mercury by Use of Gold Nanowires

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    Ryan, Margaret; Shevade, Abhijit; Kisor, Adam; Homer, Margie; Soler, Jessica; Mung, Nosang; Nix, Megan

    2009-01-01

    Like the palladium chloride (PdCl2) films described in the immediately preceding article, gold nanowire sensors have been found to be useful for detecting airborne elemental mercury at concentrations on the order of parts per billion (ppb). Also like the PdCl2 films, gold nanowire sensors can be regenerated under conditions much milder than those necessary for regeneration of gold films that have been used as airborne-Hg sensors. The interest in nanowire sensors in general is prompted by the expectation that nanowires of a given material covering a given surface may exhibit greater sensitivity than does a film of the same material because nanowires have a greater surface area. In preparation for experiments to demonstrate this sensor concept, sensors were fabricated by depositing gold nanowires, variously, on microhotplate or microarray sensor substrates. In the experiments, the electrical resistances were measured while the sensors were exposed to air at a temperature of 25 C and relative humidity of about 30 percent containing mercury at various concentrations from 2 to 70 ppb (see figure). The results of this and other experiments have been interpreted as signifying that sensors of this type can detect mercury at ppb concentrations in room-temperature air and can be regenerated by exposure to clean flowing air at temperatures <40 C.

  2. The Electrodeposition of Lead Telluride Nanowires for Thermoelectric Applications

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    Hillman, Peter

    The electrodeposition of PbTe nanowires for thermoelectric applications is presented in this thesis. The Pb-Te electrochemical system was investigated to determine the optimal conditions for deposition. It was found that citric acid complexed tellurium in solution shifting its reduction potential cathodically. The shift in reduction potential led to the deposition of pure PbTe without any observable excess tellurium. Nanowires of PbTe were doped p-type and n-type through the addition of thallium and indium to the plating solution. Indium-doped nanowire arrays showed a linear relation between lattice parameter and atomic percent indium confirming successful incorporation. The lattice parameter trend in thallium-doped nanowire arrays was linear only after annealing. In the case of thallium doping, thallium tellurides were formed, which upon annealing formed a solid solution with PbTe. The results of the thallium doping study led to the investigation of the Tl-Te electrochemical system. Cyclic voltammagrams were used to determine the deposition mechanism of TlTe and Tl5Te3. Thin films and nanowire arrays of these compounds were deposited. This was the first study of the electrochemical Tl-Te system and the first report of the electrodeposition of TlTe and Tl5Te3. Thermoelectric measurements were conducted on thin films and nanowire arrays of PbTe. The Seebeck coefficient and resistivity of PbTe thin film were measured. Results from thin films were complicated by the Pt substrate on which PbTe was deposited. Subtracting the effects of the Pt layer suggested PbTe thin films could have a large zT, however further work is needed to confirm this result. Resistivity measurements on nanowire arrays were also conducted. Despite efforts to minimize the oxidation of PbTe nanowires, good electrical contacts could not be created. The resistivity of nanowire arrays were orders of magnitude higher than expected. As a result of their low conductivity, the thermoelectric efficiency

  3. Nanowire-based detector

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    Berggren, Karl K; Hu, Xiaolong; Masciarelli, Daniele

    2014-06-24

    Systems, articles, and methods are provided related to nanowire-based detectors, which can be used for light detection in, for example, single-photon detectors. In one aspect, a variety of detectors are provided, for example one including an electrically superconductive nanowire or nanowires constructed and arranged to interact with photons to produce a detectable signal. In another aspect, fabrication methods are provided, including techniques to precisely reproduce patterns in subsequently formed layers of material using a relatively small number of fabrication steps. By precisely reproducing patterns in multiple material layers, one can form electrically insulating materials and electrically conductive materials in shapes such that incoming photons are redirected toward a nearby electrically superconductive materials (e.g., electrically superconductive nanowire(s)). For example, one or more resonance structures (e.g., comprising an electrically insulating material), which can trap electromagnetic radiation within its boundaries, can be positioned proximate the nanowire(s). The resonance structure can include, at its boundaries, electrically conductive material positioned proximate the electrically superconductive nanowire such that light that would otherwise be transmitted through the sensor is redirected toward the nanowire(s) and detected. In addition, electrically conductive material can be positioned proximate the electrically superconductive nanowire (e.g. at the aperture of the resonant structure), such that light is directed by scattering from this structure into the nanowire.

  4. Electron beam irradiated silver nanowires for a highly transparent heater.

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    Hong, Chan-Hwa; Oh, Seung Kyu; Kim, Tae Kyoung; Cha, Yu-Jung; Kwak, Joon Seop; Shin, Jae-Heon; Ju, Byeong-Kwon; Cheong, Woo-Seok

    2015-12-07

    Transparent heaters have attracted increasing attention for their usefulness in vehicle windows, outdoor displays, and periscopes. We present high performance transparent heaters based on Ag nanowires with electron beam irradiation. We obtained an Ag-nanowire thin film with 48 ohm/sq of sheet resistance and 88.8% (substrate included) transmittance at 550 nm after electron beam irradiation for 120 sec. We demonstrate that the electron beam creates nano-soldering at the junctions of the Ag nanowires, which produces lower sheet resistance and improved adhesion of the Ag nanowires. We fabricated a transparent heater with Ag nanowires after electron beam irradiation, and obtained a temperature of 51 °C within 1 min at an applied voltage of 7 V. The presented technique will be useful in a wide range of applications for transparent heaters.

  5. Dye-sensitized solar cells based on anatase TiO2 nanoparticle/nanowire composites.

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    Tan, Bing; Wu, Yiying

    2006-08-17

    Dye-sensitized solar cells were fabricated based on the composites of anatase TiO2 nanoparticles and single crystalline anatase TiO2 nanowires. Nanoparticle/nanowire composites can possess the advantages of both building blocks, i.e., the high surface area of nanoparticle aggregates and the rapid electron transport rate and the light scattering effect of single-crystalline nanowires. Three different composites were prepared with 5 wt %, 20 wt %, and 77 wt % nanowires, respectively. The performances of composite solar cells were compared with pure nanoparticle cells at a series of film thickness. With low nanowire concentrations (5 wt % and 20 wt %), the composite films maintain similar specific surface area as the pure nanoparticle films, while the composite cells show higher short-circuit current density and open-circuit voltage. An enhancement of power efficiency from 6.7% for pure nanoparticle cells to 8.6% for the composite cell with 20 wt % nanowires has been achieved under 1 Sun AM1.5 illumination (100 mW/cm2). For the composite film with 77 wt % nanowires, the nanowires became the major phase. Their less compact packing resulted in significant decrease of the specific surface area, and thus the current density. However, with the increase of film thickness, the current density showed a continuous increase in the whole thickness range up to 17 microm, indicating the improved electron diffusion length due to the formed nanowire network. The nanowires also helped to preserve crack-free thick films. These results show that employing nanoparticle/nanowire composites represents a promising approach for further improving the efficiencies of sensitized solar cells.

  6. Electric conductivity-tunable transparent flexible nanowire-filled polymer composites: orientation control of nanowires in a magnetic field.

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    Nagai, Takayuki; Aoki, Nobuyuki; Ochiai, Yuichi; Hoshino, Katsuyoshi

    2011-07-01

    Cobalt compound nanowires were dispersed in a transparent nonconductive polymer film by merely stirring, and the film's transparency and electrical conductivity were examined. This composite film is a unique system in which the average length of the nanowires exceeds the film's thickness. Even in such a system, a percolation threshold existed for the electric conductivity in the direction of the film thickness, and the value was 0.18 vol%. The electric conductivity value changed from ∼1 × 10(-12) S/cm to ∼1 × 10(-3) S/cm when the volume fraction exceeded the threshold. The electric conductivity apparently followed the percolation model until the volume fraction of the nanowires was about 0.45 vol %. The visible light transmission and electric conductivity of the composite film of about 1 vol % nanowires were 92% and 5 × 10(-3) S/cm, respectively. Moreover, the electric conductivity in the direction parallel to the film surface did not depend on the amount of the dispersed nanowires, and its value was about 1 × 10(-14) S/cm. Even in a weak magnetic field of about 100 mT, the nanowires were aligned in a vertical and parallel direction to the film surface, and the electric conductivity of each aligned composite film was 2.0 × 10(-2) S/cm and 2.1 × 10(-12) S/cm. The relation between the average wire length and the electric conductivity was examined, and the effect of the magnetic alignment on that relation was also examined.

  7. Electrochemical fabrication of 2D and 3D nickel nanowires using porous anodic alumina templates

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    Mebed, A. M.; Abd-Elnaiem, Alaa M.; Al-Hosiny, Najm M.

    2016-06-01

    Mechanically stable nickel (Ni) nanowires array and nanowires network were synthesized by pulse electrochemical deposition using 2D and 3D porous anodic alumina (PAA) templates. The structures and morphologies of as-prepared films were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. The grown Ni nanowire using 3D PAA revealed more strength and larger surface area than has grown Ni use 2D PAA template. The prepared nanowires have a face-centered cubic crystal structure with average grain size 15 nm, and the preferred orientation of the nucleation of the nanowires is (111). The diameter of the nanowires is about 50-70 nm with length 3 µm. The resulting 3D Ni nanowire lattice, which provides enhanced mechanical stability and an increased surface area, benefits energy storage and many other applications which utilize the large surface area.

  8. Direct electrical transport measurement on a single thermoelectric nanowire embedded in an alumina template.

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    Ben Khedim, Meriam; Cagnon, Laurent; Garagnon, Christophe; Serradeil, Valerie; Bourgault, Daniel

    2016-04-28

    Electrical conductivity is a key parameter to increase the performance of thermoelectric materials. However, the measurement of such performance remains complex for 1D structures, involving tedious processing. In this study, we present a non-destructive, rapid and easy approach for the characterization of electrical conductivity of Bi2Te3 based single nanowires. By controlling the nanowire overgrowth, each nanowire emerges in the form of a micrometric hemisphere constituting a unique contact zone for direct nanoprobing. As nanowires need no preliminary preparation and remain in their template during measurement, we avoid oxidation effects and time-consuming processing. Electrical transport results show a low nanowire resistivity for compact nanowires obtained at low overpotential. Such values are comparable to bulk materials and thin films. This method not only confirmed its reliability, but it could also be adopted for other semiconducting or metallic electrodeposited nanowires.

  9. Smartly aligning nanowires by a stretching strategy and their application as encoded sensors.

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    Wu, Yuchen; Su, Bin; Jiang, Lei

    2012-10-23

    The nanotechnology world is being more and more attracted toward high aspect ratio one-dimensional nanostructures due to their potentials as building blocks for electronic/optical devices. Here, we propose a novel method to generate nanowire patterns with assistance of superhydrophobic flexible polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrates. Micropillar gaps are tunable via a stretching process of the PDMS surface; thus, diverse nanowire patterns can be formed by stretching the same PDMS surface in various ways. Importantly, square nanowire loops with alternative compositions can be generated through a double-stretching process, showing an advanced methodology in controlling the alignment of nanowires. Since alternative fluorescent molecules will be quenched by diverse chemical substances, this alternative nanowire loop shows a selective detection for diverse target compounds, which greatly improves the application of this nanowire patterning approach. Furthermore, such alternative nanowire patterns can be transferred from pillar-structured surfaces to flat films, indicating further potentials in microcircuits, sensitive sensors, and other organic functional nanodevices.

  10. Metal-oxide Nanowires for Toxic Gas Detection

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    Devineni, D. P.; Stormo, S.; Kempf, W.; Schenkel, J.; Behanan, R.; Lea, Alan S.; Galipeau, David W.

    2007-01-02

    The feasibility of using Electric field enhanced oxidation (EFEO) to fabricate metal-oxide nanowires for sensing toxic gases was investigated. The effects of fabrication parameters such as film thickness, ambient relative humidity, atomic force microscope (AFM) tip bias voltage, force, scan speed and number of scans on the growth of nanowires were determined. The chemical composition of indium-oxide nanowires was verified using Auger electron spectroscopy. It was found that oxygen to indium ration was 1.69, 1.72, 1.71 and 1.84 at depths of 0, 1.3, 2.5, and 3.8 nm, which was near the 1.5:1 expected for stoichiometric indium-oxide film. Future work will include characterizing the electrical and gas sensing properties of the metal-oxide nanowires.

  11. Films.

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    The Affective Curriculum Research Project produced five films and two records during a series of experimental summer programs. The films and records form part of a curriculum designed to teach to the concerns of students. The films were an effort to describe the Philadelphia Cooperative Schools Program, to explain its importance, and to…

  12. The concentration effect of capping agent for synthesis of silver nanowire by using the polyol method

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    Lin, Jian-Yang; Hsueh, Yu-Lee; Huang, Jung-Jie

    2014-06-01

    Silver nanowires were synthesized by the polyol method employing ethylene glycol, Poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) and silver nitrate (AgNO{sub 3}) as the precursors. Most of the studies used metal salts (PtCl{sub 2}, NaCl) as seed precursor to synthesize the silver nanowires. In the study, the metal salts were not used and the concentration of capping agent was changed to observe the aspect ratio of silver nanowires. The experimental results showed that controlling synthesis temperature, Poly(N-vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) molecular weight, reactant concentrations, and addition rates of AgNO{sub 3} affects the growth characteristics of silver nanowires. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy, UV–vis spectrophotometry, and X-ray diffractometry were employed to characterize the silver nanowires. As increasing the concentration of PVP, the silver nanowire diameter widened and resulted in a smaller aspect ratio. We successfully prepared silver nanowires (diameter: 170 nm, length: 20 μm). The silver nanowire thin film suspension showed high transmittance, low sheet resistance, and may be used for transparent conductive film applications. - Graphical abstract: The FE-SEM image shows that nanostructures with considerable quantities of silver nanowires can also be produced when the PVP (Mw=360 K)/AgNO{sub 3} molar ratio was 2.5. - Highlights: • The polyol method was used to synthesize of silver nanowire. • The metal seed precursors were not used before synthesizing the silver nanowires. • The silver nanowire diameter and length was 170 nm and 20 μm, respectively. • Silver nanowire film with high transmittance (>85%) and low sheet resistance (<110 Ω/sq)

  13. Defect-free thin InAs nanowires grown using molecular beam epitaxy.

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    Zhang, Zhi; Chen, Ping-Ping; Lu, Wei; Zou, Jin

    2016-01-21

    In this study, we designed a simple method to achieve the growth of defect-free thin InAs nanowires with a lateral dimension well below their Bohr radius on different substrate orientations. By depositing and annealing a thin layer of Au thin film on a (100) substrate surface, we have achieved the growth of defect-free uniform-sized thin InAs nanowires. This study provides a strategy to achieve the growth of pure defect-free thin nanowires.

  14. Nanowire-templated lateral epitaxial growth of non-polar group III nitrides

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    Wang, George T.; Li, Qiming; Creighton, J. Randall

    2010-03-02

    A method for growing high quality, nonpolar Group III nitrides using lateral growth from Group III nitride nanowires. The method of nanowire-templated lateral epitaxial growth (NTLEG) employs crystallographically aligned, substantially vertical Group III nitride nanowire arrays grown by metal-catalyzed metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) as templates for the lateral growth and coalescence of virtually crack-free Group III nitride films. This method requires no patterning or separate nitride growth step.

  15. Zero-bias anomaly in homogeneously disordered MoGe nanowires undergoing a superconductor-insulator transition

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    Kim, Hyunjeong; Rogachev, A.

    2016-12-01

    Nanowires made of superconducting Mo-Ge alloys undergo a superconductor-insulator transition when their cross-sectional area is reduced. On the insulating side of the transition, the differential resistance of the nanowires drops with voltage and displays a positive zero-bias anomaly (ZBA). To reveal the origin of this ZBA, we fabricated and studied a series of nanowires made of amorphous alloys with composition M o50G e50 . The length of wires was in the range 150 nm-11 μm and width was in the range 10-20 nm. We also fabricated and measured several more complex nanowire-based structures: (i) a nanowire gated by a nearby film electrode, (ii) a nanowire connected to film electrodes with an "adiabatically reduced" width, (iii) a nanowire with a multielectrode configuration which allowed comparison of different sections of the same nanowire, and (iv) a nanowire with different sizes of film electrodes. We found that for M o50G e50 nanowires all experimental parameters of the ZBA and their dependence on nanowire length can be explained by electron heating. Several physical processes thought to be responsible for the ZBA have been analyzed and rejected.

  16. FDTD modeling of solar energy absorption in silicon branched nanowires.

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    Lundgren, Christin; Lopez, Rene; Redwing, Joan; Melde, Kathleen

    2013-05-06

    Thin film nanostructured photovoltaic cells are increasing in efficiency and decreasing the cost of solar energy. FDTD modeling of branched nanowire 'forests' are shown to have improved optical absorption in the visible and near-IR spectra over nanowire arrays alone, with a factor of 5 enhancement available at 1000 nm. Alternate BNW tree configurations are presented, achieving a maximum absorption of over 95% at 500 nm.

  17. CdSe nanowires grown by using chemical bath deposition

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    Gubur, H. Metin; Septekin, F.; Alpdogan, S.

    2015-10-01

    The Cadmium-selenide (CdSe) nanowire thin films were prepared on glass substrates by using chemical bath deposition (CBD) at 70 °C. Cadmium sulfate and sodium selenosulphate were used as Cd2+ and Se2- ion sources, respectively. The CdSe nanowire film was annealed in an air atmosphere at 573 K for 1 hour. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results showed that the nanowire films as-deposited and annealed had mixed cubic and hexagonal phase. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) indicated that the CdSe nanowires had lengths ranging from 642 nm to 2.5 μm and diameters ranging from 46 nm to 211 nm. The optical properties of the as-deposited and the annealed nanowire films, an investigated by recording the transmission spectra by using an UV-visible spectrophotometer revealed that the energy band gap decreased (from 1.78 eV to 1.50 eV) upon annealing. The conductivity measurements made by using four-probe methods for both the annealed and the as-deposited films showed that the resistivity, conductivity and activation energy changed upon annealing.

  18. Comparative study of absorption in tilted silicon nanowire arrays for photovoltaics

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    2014-01-01

    Silicon nanowire arrays have been shown to demonstrate light trapping properties and promising potential for next-generation photovoltaics. In this paper, we show that the absorption enhancement in vertical nanowire arrays on a perfectly electric conductor can be further improved through tilting. Vertical nanowire arrays have a 66.2% improvement in ultimate efficiency over an ideal double-pass thin film of the equivalent amount of material. Tilted nanowire arrays, with the same amount of material, exhibit improved performance over vertical nanowire arrays across a broad range of tilt angles (from 38° to 72°). The optimum tilt of 53° has an improvement of 8.6% over that of vertical nanowire arrays and 80.4% over that of the ideal double-pass thin film. Tilted nanowire arrays exhibit improved absorption over the solar spectrum compared with vertical nanowires since the tilt allows for the excitation of additional modes besides the HE 1m modes that are excited at normal incidence. We also observed that tilted nanowire arrays have improved performance over vertical nanowire arrays for a large range of incidence angles (under about 60°). PMID:25435833

  19. Comparative study of absorption in tilted silicon nanowire arrays for photovoltaics.

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    Kayes, Md Imrul; Leu, Paul W

    2014-01-01

    Silicon nanowire arrays have been shown to demonstrate light trapping properties and promising potential for next-generation photovoltaics. In this paper, we show that the absorption enhancement in vertical nanowire arrays on a perfectly electric conductor can be further improved through tilting. Vertical nanowire arrays have a 66.2% improvement in ultimate efficiency over an ideal double-pass thin film of the equivalent amount of material. Tilted nanowire arrays, with the same amount of material, exhibit improved performance over vertical nanowire arrays across a broad range of tilt angles (from 38° to 72°). The optimum tilt of 53° has an improvement of 8.6% over that of vertical nanowire arrays and 80.4% over that of the ideal double-pass thin film. Tilted nanowire arrays exhibit improved absorption over the solar spectrum compared with vertical nanowires since the tilt allows for the excitation of additional modes besides the HE 1m modes that are excited at normal incidence. We also observed that tilted nanowire arrays have improved performance over vertical nanowire arrays for a large range of incidence angles (under about 60°).

  20. Highly aligned arrays of high aspect ratio barium titanate nanowires via hydrothermal synthesis

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    Bowland, Christopher C.; Zhou, Zhi; Malakooti, Mohammad H.; Sodano, Henry A.

    2015-06-01

    We report on the development of a hydrothermal synthesis procedure that results in the growth of highly aligned arrays of high aspect ratio barium titanate nanowires. Using a multiple step, scalable hydrothermal reaction, a textured titanium dioxide film is deposited on titanium foil upon which highly aligned nanowires are grown via homoepitaxy and converted to barium titanate. Scanning electron microscope images clearly illustrate the effect the textured film has on the degree of orientation of the nanowires. The alignment of nanowires is quantified by calculating the Herman's Orientation Factor, which reveals a 58% improvement in orientation as compared to growth in the absence of the textured film. The ferroelectric properties of barium titanate combined with the development of this scalable growth procedure provide a powerful route towards increasing the efficiency and performance of nanowire-based devices in future real-world applications such as sensing and power harvesting.

  1. Laser patterning of transparent conductive metal nanowire coatings: simulation and experiment.

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    Henley, Simon J; Cann, Maria; Jurewicz, Izabela; Dalton, Alan; Milne, David

    2014-01-21

    Transparent and electrically conductive metal nanowire networks are possible replacements for costly indium tin oxide (ITO) films in many optoelectronic devices. ITO films are regularly patterned using pulsed lasers so similar technologies could be used for nanowire coatings to define electrode structures. Here, the effects of laser irradiation on conducting silver nanowire coatings are simulated and then investigated experimentally for networks formed by spray deposition onto transparent substrates. The ablation threshold fluence is found experimentally for such nanowire networks and is then related to film thickness. An effective model using finite-element heat transfer analysis is examined to look at energy dissipation through these nanowire networks and used to understand mechanisms at play in the laser-material interactions. It is demonstrated that the three-dimensional nature of these coatings and the relative ratios of the rates of lateral to vertical heat diffusion are important controlling parameter affecting the ablation threshold.

  2. Growth Mechanism of Nanowires: Ternary Chalcogenides

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    Singh, N. B.; Coriell, S. R.; Hopkins, R. H.; Su, Ching Hua; Arnold, B.; Choa, Fow-Sen; Cullum, Brian

    2016-01-01

    In the past two decades there has been a large rise in the investment and expectations for nanotechnology use. Almost every area of research has projected improvements in sensors, or even a promise for the emergence of some novel device technologies. For these applications major focuses of research are in the areas of nanoparticles and graphene. Although there are some near term applications with nanowires in photodetectors and other low light detectors, there are few papers on the growth mechanism and fabrication of nanowire-based devices. Semiconductor nanowires exhibit very favorable and promising optical properties, including high transparency and a several order of magnitude better photocurrent than thin film and bulk materials. We present here an overview of the mechanism of nanowire growth from the melt, and some preliminary results for the thallium arsenic selenide material system. Thallium arsenic selenide (TAS) is a multifunctional material combining excellent acousto-optical, nonlinear and radiation detection properties. We observed that small units of (TAS) nanocubes arrange and rearrange at moderate melt undercooling to form the building block of a nanowire. In some cases very long wires (less than mm) are formed. Since we avoided the catalyst, we observed self-nucleation and uncontrolled growth of wires from different places.

  3. Preparation and characterization of electrodeposited cobalt nanowires

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    Irshad, M. I. Mohamed, N. M.; Ahmad, F. Abdullah, M. Z.

    2014-10-24

    Electrochemical deposition technique has been used to deposit cobalt nanowires into the nano sized channels of Anodized Aluminium Oxide (AAO) templates. CoCl{sub 2}Ðœ‡6H2O salt solution was used, which was buffered with H{sub 3}BO{sub 3} and acidified by dilute H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} to increase the plating life and control pH of the solution. Thin film of copper around 150 nm thick on one side of AAO template coated by e-beam evaporation system served as cathode to create electrical contact. FESEM analysis shows that the as-deposited nanowires are highly aligned, parallel to one another and have high aspect ratio with a reasonably high pore-filing factor. The TEM results show that electrodeposited cobalt nanowires are crystalline in nature. The Hysteresis loop shows the magnetization properties for in and out of plane configuration. The in plane saturation magnetization (Ms) is lower than out of plane configuration because of the easy axis of magnetization is perpendicular to nanowire axis. These magnetic nanowires could be utilized for applications such as spintronic devices, high density magnetic storage, and magnetic sensor applications.

  4. Guided Growth of Horizontal p-Type ZnTe Nanowires

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    2016-01-01

    A major challenge toward large-scale integration of nanowires is the control over their alignment and position. A possible solution to this challenge is the guided growth process, which enables the synthesis of well-aligned horizontal nanowires that grow according to specific epitaxial or graphoepitaxial relations with the substrate. However, the guided growth of horizontal nanowires was demonstrated for a limited number of materials, most of which exhibit unintentional n-type behavior. Here we demonstrate the vapor–liquid–solid growth of guided horizontal ZnTe nanowires and nanowalls displaying p-type behavior on four different planes of sapphire. The growth directions of the nanowires are determined by epitaxial relations between the nanowires and the substrate or by a graphoepitaxial effect that guides their growth along nanogrooves or nanosteps along the surface. We characterized the crystallographic orientations and elemental composition of the nanowires using transmission electron microscopy and photoluminescence. The optoelectronic and electronic properties of the nanowires were studied by fabricating photodetectors and top-gate thin film transistors. These measurements showed that the guided ZnTe nanowires are p-type semiconductors and are photoconductive in the visible range. The guided growth of horizontal p-type nanowires opens up the possibility of parallel nanowire integration into functional systems with a variety of potential applications not available by other means. PMID:27885331

  5. Advances in nanowire bioelectronics

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    Zhou, Wei; Dai, Xiaochuan; Lieber, Charles M.

    2017-01-01

    Semiconductor nanowires represent powerful building blocks for next generation bioelectronics given their attractive properties, including nanometer-scale footprint comparable to subcellular structures and bio-molecules, configurable in nonstandard device geometries readily interfaced with biological systems, high surface-to-volume ratios, fast signal responses, and minimum consumption of energy. In this review article, we summarize recent progress in the field of nanowire bioelectronics with a focus primarily on silicon nanowire field-effect transistor biosensors. First, the synthesis and assembly of semiconductor nanowires will be described, including the basics of nanowire FETs crucial to their configuration as biosensors. Second, we will introduce and review recent results in nanowire bioelectronics for biomedical applications ranging from label-free sensing of biomolecules, to extracellular and intracellular electrophysiological recording.

  6. Multicolored Vertical Silicon Nanowires

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    Seo, Kwanyong; Wober, Munib; Steinvurzel, P.; Schonbrun, E.; Dan, Yaping; Ellenbogen, T.; Crozier, K. B.

    2011-04-13

    We demonstrate that vertical silicon nanowires take on a surprising variety of colors covering the entire visible spectrum, in marked contrast to the gray color of bulk silicon. This effect is readily observable by bright-field microscopy, or even to the naked eye. The reflection spectra of the nanowires each show a dip whose position depends on the nanowire radii. We compare the experimental data to the results of finite difference time domain simulations to elucidate the physical mechanisms behind the phenomena we observe. The nanowires are fabricated as arrays, but the vivid colors arise not from scattering or diffractive effects of the array, but from the guided mode properties of the individual nanowires. Each nanowire can thus define its own color, allowing for complex spatial patterning. We anticipate that the color filter effect we demonstrate could be employed in nanoscale image sensor devices.

  7. Films

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    Li, Ming; Zhang, Yang; Shao, Yayun; Zeng, Min; Zhang, Zhang; Gao, Xingsen; Lu, Xubing; Liu, J.-M.; Ishiwara, Hiroshi

    2014-09-01

    In this paper, we investigated the microstructure and electrical properties of Bi2SiO5 (BSO) doped SrBi2Ta2O9 (SBT) films deposited by chemical solution deposition. X-ray diffraction observation indicated that the crystalline structures of all the BSO-doped SBT films are nearly the same as those of a pure SBT film. Through BSO doping, the 2Pr and 2Ec values of SBT films were changed from 15.3 μC/cm2 and 138 kV/cm of pure SBT to 1.45 μC/cm2 and 74 kV/cm of 10 wt.% BSO-doped SBT. The dielectric constant at 1 MHz for SBT varied from 199 of pure SBT to 96 of 10 wt.% BSO-doped SBT. The doped SBT films exhibited higher leakage current than that of non-doped SBT films. Nevertheless, all the doped SBT films still had small dielectric loss and low leakage current. Our present work will provide useful insights into the BSO doping effects to the SBT films, and it will be helpful for the material design in the future nonvolatile ferroelectric memories.

  8. Phonons in Ge nanowires

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    Peelaers, H.; Partoens, B.; Peeters, F. M.

    2009-09-01

    The phonon spectra of thin freestanding, hydrogen passivated, Ge nanowires are calculated by ab initio techniques. The effect of confinement on the phonon modes as caused by the small diameters of the wires is investigated. Confinement causes a hardening of the optical modes and a softening of the longitudinal acoustic modes. The stability of the nanowires, undoped or doped with B or P atoms, is investigated using the obtained phonon spectra. All considered wires were stable, except for highly doped, very thin nanowires.

  9. Joule heating in nanowires

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    Fangohr, Hans; Chernyshenko, Dmitri S.; Franchin, Matteo; Fischbacher, Thomas; Meier, Guido

    2011-08-01

    We study the effect of Joule heating from electric currents flowing through ferromagnetic nanowires on the temperature of the nanowires and on the temperature of the substrate on which the nanowires are grown. The spatial current density distribution, the associated heat generation, and diffusion of heat are simulated within the nanowire and the substrate. We study several different nanowire and constriction geometries as well as different substrates: (thin) silicon nitride membranes, (thick) silicon wafers, and (thick) diamond wafers. The spatially resolved increase in temperature as a function of time is computed. For effectively three-dimensional substrates (where the substrate thickness greatly exceeds the nanowire length), we identify three different regimes of heat propagation through the substrate: regime (i), where the nanowire temperature increases approximately logarithmically as a function of time. In this regime, the nanowire temperature is well described analytically by You [Appl. Phys. Lett.APPLAB0003-695110.1063/1.2399441 89, 222513 (2006)]. We provide an analytical expression for the time tc that marks the upper applicability limit of the You model. After tc, the heat flow enters regime (ii), where the nanowire temperature stays constant while a hemispherical heat front carries the heat away from the wire and into the substrate. As the heat front reaches the boundary of the substrate, regime (iii) is entered, where the nanowire and substrate temperature start to increase rapidly. For effectively two-dimensional substrates (where the nanowire length greatly exceeds the substrate thickness), there is only one regime in which the temperature increases logarithmically with time for large times, before the heat front reaches the substrate boundary. We provide an analytical expression, valid for all pulse durations, that allows one to accurately compute this temperature increase in the nanowire on thin substrates.

  10. Surface and size effects on the electrical properties of Cu nanowires

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    Huang, Qiaojian; Lilley, Carmen M.; Bode, Matthias; Divan, Ralu

    2008-07-01

    Copper nanowires were patterned with e-beam lithography and fabricated with a copper film deposited by e-beam evaporation. Various electrical properties of these nanowires (including resistivity, temperature coefficient of resistance, and failure current density) were characterized. It was experimentally found that surface and size have apparent effects on the electrical properties. Smaller values for the temperature coefficient of resistance and higher failure current density were found for Cu nanowires with decreasing wire width. The experimental finding of width dependent failure current density also agrees with finding for theoretical heat transfer of the nanowire and substrate system as calculated with the finite element method.

  11. Donor-acceptor alternating copolymer nanowires for highly efficient organic solar cells.

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    Lee, Jaewon; Jo, Sae Byeok; Kim, Min; Kim, Heung Gyu; Shin, Jisoo; Kim, Haena; Cho, Kilwon

    2014-10-22

    A donor-acceptor conjugated copolymer enables the formation of nanowire systems that can be successfully introduced into bulk-heterojunction organic solar cells. A simple binary solvent mixture that makes polarity control possible allows kinetic control over the self-assembly of the crystalline polymer into a nanowire structure during the film-forming process. The enhanced photoconductivity of the nanowire-embedded photoactive layer efficiently facilitates photon harvesting in the solar cells. The resultant maximum power conversion efficiency is 8.2% in a conventional single-cell structure, revealing a 60% higher performance than in devices without nanowires.

  12. Bi nanowire-based thermal biosensor for the detection of salivary cortisol using the Thomson effect

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    Lee, Seunghyun; Hyun Lee, Jung; Kim, MinGin; Kim, Jeongmin; Song, Min-Jung; Jung, Hyo-Il; Lee, Wooyoung

    2013-09-01

    We present a study of a thermal biosensor based on bismuth nanowire that is fabricated for the detection of the human stress hormone cortisol using the Thomson effect. The Bi nanowire was grown using the On-Film Formation of Nanowires (OFF-ON) method. The thermal device was fabricated using photolithography, and the sensing area was modified with immobilized anti-cortisol antibodies conjugated with protein G for the detection of cortisol. The voltages were measured with two probe tips during surface modification to investigate the biochemical reactions in the fabricated thermal biosensor. The Bi nanowire-based thermal biosensor exhibited low detection limit and good selectivity for the detection of cortisol.

  13. Superlattice nanowire pattern transfer (SNAP).

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    Heath, James R

    2008-12-01

    During the past 15 years or so, nanowires (NWs) have emerged as a new and distinct class of materials. Their novel structural and physical properties separate them from wires that can be prepared using the standard methods for manufacturing electronics. NW-based applications that range from traditional electronic devices (logic and memory) to novel biomolecular and chemical sensors, thermoelectric materials, and optoelectronic devices, all have appeared during the past few years. From a fundamental perspective, NWs provide a route toward the investigation of new physics in confined dimensions. Perhaps the most familiar fabrication method is the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth technique, which produces semiconductor nanowires as bulk materials. However, other fabrication methods exist and have their own advantages. In this Account, I review a particular class of NWs produced by an alternative method called superlattice nanowire pattern transfer (SNAP). The SNAP method is distinct from other nanowire preparation methods in several ways. It can produce large NW arrays from virtually any thin-film material, including metals, insulators, and semiconductors. The dimensions of the NWs can be controlled with near-atomic precision, and NW widths and spacings can be as small as a few nanometers. In addition, SNAP is almost fully compatible with more traditional methods for manufacturing electronics. The motivation behind the development of SNAP was to have a general nanofabrication method for preparing electronics-grade circuitry, but one that would operate at macromolecular dimensions and with access to a broad materials set. Thus, electronics applications, including novel demultiplexing architectures; large-scale, ultrahigh-density memory circuits; and complementary symmetry nanowire logic circuits, have served as drivers for developing various aspects of the SNAP method. Some of that work is reviewed here. As the SNAP method has evolved into a robust nanofabrication

  14. Domain walls in finite-width nanowires with interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction

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    DeJong, M. D.; Livesey, K. L.

    2017-02-01

    It is widely known that the interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI) may stabilize Néel walls rather than Bloch walls in magnetic thin films. When the DMI is weak, it results in a "tilted" Bloch wall. However, for most applications, domain walls are in nanowires rather than thin films. Here we present a semianalytic two-parameter calculation for the static domain wall in a nanowire of finite width and thickness, with DMI. The DMI strength that is needed to force a Néel wall is smaller in nanowires than in films due to demagnetizing energy. Even nanowires that are hundreds of nanometers wide may have different domain wall solutions than thin films and so their finite size must be considered. The impact of this result on current experiments is briefly discussed. We extend the model to show that applying a weak magnetic field allows the domain wall type to be tuned.

  15. Hydrogen gas sensing with networks of ultra-small palladium nanowires formed on filtration membranes.

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    Zeng, X. Q.; Latimer, M. L.; Xiao, Z. L.; Panuganti, S.; Welp, U.; Kwok, W. K.; Xu, T.

    2010-11-29

    Hydrogen sensors based on single Pd nanowires show promising results in speed, sensitivity, and ultralow power consumption. The utilization of single Pd nanowires, however, face challenges in nanofabrication, manipulation, and achieving ultrasmall transverse dimensions. We report on hydrogen sensors that take advantage of single palladium nanowires in high speed and sensitivity and that can be fabricated conveniently. The sensors are based on networks of ultrasmall (<10 nm) palladium nanowires deposited onto commercially available filtration membranes. We investigated the sensitivities and response times of these sensors as a function of the thickness of the nanowires and also compared them with a continuous reference film. The superior performance of the ultrasmall Pd nanowire network based sensors demonstrates the novelty of our fabrication approach, which can be directly applied to palladium alloy and other hydrogen sensing materials.

  16. Ferromagnetic (Ga,Mn)As nanowires grown by Mn-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Bouravleuv, Alexei; Cirlin, George; Sapega, Victor; Werner, Peter; Savin, Alexander; Lipsanen, Harri

    2013-04-01

    (Ga,Mn)As nanowires were grown by molecular beam epitaxy using Mn as a growth catalyst on GaAs(001) substrates at 485 °C, i.e., at intermediate temperatures higher than ones used for the growth of (Ga,Mn)As thin films, but lower than the ordinary temperatures of Au-assisted growth of GaAs nanowires. (Ga,Mn)As nanowires obtained with typical lengths between 0.8 and 4 μm and diameters 50-90 nm do not have defects, such as dislocations or precipitates, except for the stacking faults lying parallel to the growth direction. The investigation of magnetic and optical properties has been carried out not only for as-grown samples with nanowires but also for peeled off nanowires from the host substrate. The results obtained demonstrate that (Ga,Mn)As nanowires exhibit ferromagnetic ordering around 70 K.

  17. Virus-templated iridium oxide-gold hybrid nanowires for electrochromic application.

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    Nam, Yoon Sung; Park, Heechul; Magyar, Andrew P; Yun, Dong Soo; Pollom, Thomas S; Belcher, Angela M

    2012-06-07

    A highly porous electrode comprised of biologically templated iridium oxide-gold (IrO(2)-Au) hybrid nanowires is introduced for electrochromic applications. A filamentous M13 virus is genetically engineered to display IrO(2)-binding peptides on the viral surface and used as a template for the self-assembly of IrO(2) nanoclusters into a nanowire. The open porous morphology of the prepared nanowire film facilitates ion transport. Subsequently, the redox kinetics of the IrO(2) nanowires seems to be limited by the electric resistance of the nanowire film. To increase the electron mobility in the nanowires, gold nanoparticles are chemically linked to the virus prior to the IrO(2) mineralization, forming a gold nanostring structure along the long axis of the virus. The resulting IrO(2)-Au hybrid nanowires exhibit a switching time of 35 ms for coloration and 25 ms for bleaching with a transmission change of about 30.5% at 425 nm. These values represent almost an order of magnitude faster switching responses than those of an IrO(2) nanowire film having the similar optical contrast. This work shows that genetically engineered viruses can serve as versatile templates to co-assemble multiple functional molecules, enabling control of the electrochemical properties of nanomaterials.

  18. Fabrication of nanowire network AAO and its application in SERS

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    2013-01-01

    In this paper, nanowire network anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) was fabricated by just adding a simple film-eroding process after the production of porous AAO. After depositing 50 nm of Au onto the surface, nanowire network AAO can be used as ultrasensitive and high reproducibility surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate. The average Raman enhancement factor of the nanowire network AAO SERS substrate can reach 5.93 × 106, which is about 14% larger than that of commercial Klarite® substrates. Simultaneously, the relative standard deviations in the SERS intensities are limited to approximately 7%. All of the results indicate that our large-area low-cost high-performance nanowire structure AAO SERS substrates have a great advantage in chemical/biological sensing applications. PMID:24261342

  19. Structural characterization of nanowires and nanowire arrays

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    Becker, Catherine Rose

    Nanowires, which have diameter less than a few hundred nanometers and high aspect ratios, may have the same properties as their corresponding bulk materials, or may exhibit unique properties due to their confined dimensions and increased surface to volume ratios. They are a popular field of technological investigation in applications that depend on the transport of charge carriers, because of expectations that microcircuit miniaturization will lead to the next boom in the electronics industry. In this work, the high spatial resolution afforded by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is used to study nanowires formed by electrochemical deposition into porous alumina templates. The goal is to determine the effect of the synthesis and subsequent processing on the microstructure and crystallinity of the wires. A thorough understanding of the microstructural features of a material is vital for optimizing its performance in a desired application. Two material systems were studied in this work. The first is bismuth telluride (Bi 2Te3), which is used in thermoelectric applications. The second is metallic copper, the electrochemical deposition of which is of interest for interconnects in semiconductor devices. The first part of this work utilized TEM to obtain a thorough characterization of the microstructural features of individual Bi2Te3 nanowires following release from the templates. As deposited, the nanowires are fine grained and exhibit significant lattice strain. Annealing increases the grain size and dislocations are created to accommodate the lattice strain. The degree of these microstructural changes depends on the thermal treatment. However, no differences were seen in the nanowire microstructure as a function of the synthetic parameters. The second part of this work utilized a modified dark field TEM technique in order to obtain a spatially resolved, semi-quantitative understanding of the evolution of preferred orientation as a function of the electrochemical

  20. Electrodeposition of platinum-iridium alloy nanowires for hermetic packaging of microelectronics.

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    Petrossians, Artin; Whalen, John J; Weiland, James D; Mansfeld, Florian

    2012-01-01

    An electrodeposition technique was applied for fabrication of dense platinum-iridium alloy nanowires as interconnect structures in hermetic microelectronic packaging to be used in implantable devices. Vertically aligned arrays of platinum-iridium alloy nanowires with controllable length and a diameter of about 200 nm were fabricated using a cyclic potential technique from a novel electrodeposition bath in nanoporous aluminum oxide templates. Ti/Au thin films were sputter deposited on one side of the alumina membranes to form a base material for electrodeposition. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) were used to characterize the morphology and the chemical composition of the nanowires, respectively. SEM micrographs revealed that the electrodeposited nanowires have dense and compact structures. EDS analysis showed a 60:40% platinum-iridium nanowire composition. Deposition rates were estimated by determining nanowire length as a function of deposition time. High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM) images revealed that the nanowires have a nanocrystalline structure with grain sizes ranging from 3 nm to 5 nm. Helium leak tests performed using a helium leak detector showed leak rates as low as 1 × 10(-11) mbar L s(-1) indicating that dense nanowires were electrodeposited inside the nanoporous membranes. Comparison of electrical measurements on platinum and platinum-iridium nanowires revealed that platinum-iridium nanowires have improved electrical conductivity.

  1. Routing of surface plasmons in silver nanowire networks controlled by polarization and coating

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    Wei, Hong; Pan, Deng; Xu, Hongxing

    2015-11-01

    Controllable propagation of electromagnetic energy in plasmonic nanowaveguides is of great importance for building nanophotonic circuits. Here, we studied the routing of surface plasmons in silver nanowire structures by combining experiments and electromagnetic simulations. The superposition of different plasmon modes results in the tunable near field patterns of surface plasmons on the nanowire. Using the quantum dot fluorescence imaging technique, we experimentally demonstrate that the near field distribution on the nanowire controls the surface plasmon transmission in the nanowire networks. By controlling the polarization of the input light or by controlling the dielectric coating on the nanowire to modulate the plasmon field distribution and guarantee the strong local field intensity at the connecting junction, the surface plasmons can be efficiently routed to the connected nanowires. Depositing a thin layer of Al2O3 film onto the nanowires can reverse the polarization dependence of the output intensity at the nanowire terminals. These results are instructive for designing functional plasmonic nanowire networks and metal-nanowire-based nanophotonic devices.

  2. Nanowire Photovoltaic Devices

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    Forbes, David

    2015-01-01

    Firefly Technologies, in collaboration with the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, developed synthesis methods for highly strained nanowires. Two synthesis routes resulted in successful nanowire epitaxy: direct nucleation and growth on the substrate and a novel selective-epitaxy route based on nanolithography using diblock copolymers. The indium-arsenide (InAs) nanowires are implemented in situ within the epitaxy environment-a significant innovation relative to conventional semiconductor nanowire generation using ex situ gold nanoparticles. The introduction of these nanoscale features may enable an intermediate band solar cell while simultaneously increasing the effective absorption volume that can otherwise limit short-circuit current generated by thin quantized layers. The use of nanowires for photovoltaics decouples the absorption process from the current extraction process by virtue of the high aspect ratio. While no functional solar cells resulted from this effort, considerable fundamental understanding of the nanowire epitaxy kinetics and nanopatterning process was developed. This approach could, in principle, be an enabling technology for heterointegration of dissimilar materials. The technology also is applicable to virtual substrates. Incorporating nanowires onto a recrystallized germanium/metal foil substrate would potentially solve the problem of grain boundary shunting of generated carriers by restricting the cross-sectional area of the nanowire (tens of nanometers in diameter) to sizes smaller than the recrystallized grains (0.5 to 1 micron(exp 2).

  3. Metallic nanowire networks

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    Song, Yujiang; Shelnutt, John A.

    2012-11-06

    A metallic nanowire network synthesized using chemical reduction of a metal ion source by a reducing agent in the presence of a soft template comprising a tubular inverse micellar network. The network of interconnected polycrystalline nanowires has a very high surface-area/volume ratio, which makes it highly suitable for use in catalytic applications.

  4. Synthesis and room-temperature NO2 gas sensing properties of a WO3 nanowires/porous silicon hybrid structure

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    Zeng, Peng; Zhang, Ping; Hu, Ming; Ma, Shuang-Yun; Yan, Wen-Jun

    2014-05-01

    We report on the fabrication and performance of a room-temperature NO2 gas sensor based on a WO3 nanowires/porous silicon hybrid structure. The W18O49 nanowires are synthesized directly from a sputtered tungsten film on a porous silicon (PS) layer under heating in an argon atmosphere. After a carefully controlled annealing treatment, WO3 nanowires are obtained on the PS layer without losing the morphology. The morphology, phase structure, and crystallinity of the nanowires are investigated by using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray diffractometer (XRD), and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Comparative gas sensing results indicate that the sensor based on the WO3 nanowires exhibits a much higher sensitivity than that based on the PS and pure WO3 nanowires in detecting NO2 gas at room temperature. The mechanism of the WO3 nanowires/PS hybrid structure in the NO2 sensing is explained in detail.

  5. A novel WS2 nanowire-nanoflake hybrid material synthesized from WO3 nanowires in sulfur vapor

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    Asres, Georgies Alene; Dombovari, Aron; Sipola, Teemu; Puskás, Robert; Kukovecz, Akos; Kónya, Zoltán; Popov, Alexey; Lin, Jhih-Fong; Lorite, Gabriela S.; Mohl, Melinda; Toth, Geza; Lloyd Spetz, Anita; Kordas, Krisztian

    2016-05-01

    In this work, WS2 nanowire-nanoflake hybrids are synthesized by the sulfurization of hydrothermally grown WO3 nanowires. The influence of temperature on the formation of products is optimized to grow WS2 nanowires covered with nanoflakes. Current-voltage and resistance-temperature measurements carried out on random networks of the nanostructures show nonlinear characteristics and negative temperature coefficient of resistance indicating that the hybrids are of semiconducting nature. Bottom gated field effect transistor structures based on random networks of the hybrids show only minor modulation of the channel conductance upon applied gate voltage, which indicates poor electrical transport between the nanowires in the random films. On the other hand, the photo response of channel current holds promise for cost-efficient solution process fabrication of photodetector devices working in the visible spectral range.

  6. A novel WS2 nanowire-nanoflake hybrid material synthesized from WO3 nanowires in sulfur vapor

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    Asres, Georgies Alene; Dombovari, Aron; Sipola, Teemu; Puskás, Robert; Kukovecz, Akos; Kónya, Zoltán; Popov, Alexey; Lin, Jhih-Fong; Lorite, Gabriela S.; Mohl, Melinda; Toth, Geza; Lloyd Spetz, Anita; Kordas, Krisztian

    2016-01-01

    In this work, WS2 nanowire-nanoflake hybrids are synthesized by the sulfurization of hydrothermally grown WO3 nanowires. The influence of temperature on the formation of products is optimized to grow WS2 nanowires covered with nanoflakes. Current-voltage and resistance-temperature measurements carried out on random networks of the nanostructures show nonlinear characteristics and negative temperature coefficient of resistance indicating that the hybrids are of semiconducting nature. Bottom gated field effect transistor structures based on random networks of the hybrids show only minor modulation of the channel conductance upon applied gate voltage, which indicates poor electrical transport between the nanowires in the random films. On the other hand, the photo response of channel current holds promise for cost-efficient solution process fabrication of photodetector devices working in the visible spectral range. PMID:27180902

  7. Semiconductor nanowire lasers

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    Eaton, Samuel W.; Fu, Anthony; Wong, Andrew B.; Ning, Cun-Zheng; Yang, Peidong

    2016-06-01

    The discovery and continued development of the laser has revolutionized both science and industry. The advent of miniaturized, semiconductor lasers has made this technology an integral part of everyday life. Exciting research continues with a new focus on nanowire lasers because of their great potential in the field of optoelectronics. In this Review, we explore the latest advancements in the development of nanowire lasers and offer our perspective on future improvements and trends. We discuss fundamental material considerations and the latest, most effective materials for nanowire lasers. A discussion of novel cavity designs and amplification methods is followed by some of the latest work on surface plasmon polariton nanowire lasers. Finally, exciting new reports of electrically pumped nanowire lasers with the potential for integrated optoelectronic applications are described.

  8. Vertical Ge/Si Core/Shell Nanowire Junctionless Transistor.

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    Chen, Lin; Cai, Fuxi; Otuonye, Ugo; Lu, Wei D

    2016-01-13

    Vertical junctionless transistors with a gate-all-around (GAA) structure based on Ge/Si core/shell nanowires epitaxially grown and integrated on a ⟨111⟩ Si substrate were fabricated and analyzed. Because of efficient gate coupling in the nanowire-GAA transistor structure and the high density one-dimensional hole gas formed in the Ge nanowire core, excellent P-type transistor behaviors with Ion of 750 μA/μm were obtained at a moderate gate length of 544 nm with minimal short-channel effects. The experimental data can be quantitatively modeled by a GAA junctionless transistor model with few fitting parameters, suggesting the nanowire transistors can be fabricated reliably without introducing additional factors that can degrade device performance. Devices with different gate lengths were readily obtained by tuning the thickness of an etching mask film. Analysis of the histogram of different devices yielded a single dominate peak in device parameter distribution, indicating excellent uniformity and high confidence of single nanowire operation. Using two vertical nanowire junctionless transistors, a PMOS-logic inverter with near rail-to-rail output voltage was demonstrated, and device matching in the logic can be conveniently obtained by controlling the number of nanowires employed in different devices rather than modifying device geometry. These studies show that junctionless transistors based on vertical Ge/Si core/shell nanowires can be fabricated in a controlled fashion with excellent performance and may be used in future hybrid, high-performance circuits where bottom-up grown nanowire devices with different functionalities can be directly integrated with an existing Si platform.

  9. Printing nanotube/nanowire for flexible microsystems

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    Tortorich, Ryan P.; Choi, Jin-Woo

    2014-04-01

    Printing has become an emerging manufacturing technology for mechanics, electronics, and consumer products. Additionally, both nanotubes and nanowires have recently been used as materials for sensors and electrodes due to their unique electrical and mechanical properties. Printed electrodes and conductive traces particularly offer versatility of fabricating low-cost, disposable, and flexible electrical devices and microsystems. While various printing methods such as screen printing have been conventional methods for printing conductive traces and electrodes, inkjet printing has recently attracted great attention due to its unique advantages including no template requirement, rapid printing at low cost, on-demand printing capability, and precise control of the printed material. Computer generated conductive traces or electrode patterns can simply be printed on a thin film substrate with proper conductive ink consisting of nanotubes or nanowires. However, in order to develop nanotube or nanowire ink, there are a few challenges that need to be addressed. The most difficult obstacle to overcome is that of nanotube/nanowire dispersion within a solution. Other challenges include adjusting surface tension and controlling viscosity of the ink as well as treating the surface of the printing substrate. In an attempt to pave the way for nanomaterial inkjet printing, we present a method for preparing carbon nanotube ink as well as its printing technique. A fully printed electrochemical sensor using inkjet-printed carbon nanotube electrodes is also demonstrated as an example of the possibilities for this technology.

  10. Superenhancers: Novel opportunities for nanowire optoelectronics

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    Khudiyev, Tural; Bayindir, Mehmet

    2014-01-01

    Nanowires play a crucial role in the development of new generation optoelectronic devices ranging from photovoltaics to photodetectors, as these designs capitalize on the low material usage, utilize leaky-mode optical resonances and possess high conversion efficiencies associated with nanowire geometry. However, their current schemes lack sufficient absorption capacity demanded for their practical applicability, and more efficient materials cannot find widespread usage in these designs due to their rarity and cost. Here we suggest a novel and versatile nanoconcentrator scheme utilizing unique optical features of non-resonant Mie (NRM) scattering regime associated with low-index structures. The scattering regime is highly compatible with resonant Mie absorption effect taking place in nanowire absorbers. This technique in its optimized forms can provide up to 1500% total absorption enhancement, 400-fold material save and is suitable for large-area applications with significant area preservation compared to thin-film of same materials. Proposed superenhancer concept with its exceptional features such as broadband absorption enhancement, polarization immunity and material-independent manner paves the way for development of efficient nanowire photosensors or solar thermophotovoltaic devices and presents novel design opportunities for self-powered nanosystems. PMID:25511865

  11. Stress induced growth of Sn nanowires in a single step by sputtering method

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    Yadav, A. Kothari, D. C.; Patel, N.; Miotello, A.

    2015-06-24

    Sn nanowires in aluminum film have been synthesized in a single step by co-sputtering of Al and Sn targets. Due to immiscibility of Sn and Al, co-sputtering leads to generation of stress in the composite film. In order to attain thermodynamic equilibrium, Sn separates from Al and diffuses towards the grain boundaries. External perturbation due to ambient atmosphere leads to corrosion at the grain boundaries forming pits which provide path for Sn to evolve. Owing to this, extrusion of Sn nanowires from Al film occurs to release the residual stress in the film.

  12. Free-standing NiTi alloy nanowires fabricated by nanoskiving.

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    Hou, Huilong; Hamilton, Reginald F

    2015-08-28

    We report on free-standing NiTi alloy nanowires (120 nm × 75 nm) fabricated using a technique referred to as "nanoskiving", which complements conventional thin film sputter deposition with ultramicrotomy for thin sectioning. To date, the technique has been limited to pure metals without exploring metallic alloys. Leveraging the technique for the fabrication of shape memory alloy (SMA) nanostructures meets two critical requirements: compositional control (via film deposition) and controlled dimensions (via film deposition and programmable sectioning). Microstructure and composition analysis confirm continuity of the produced nanowires and Ni and Ti elemental uniformity. Free-standing NiTi nanowires are robust and remain intact throughout physical manipulation. The fabrication of NiTi alloy nanowires by nanoskiving will advance fundamental characterization of small scale SMA behavior.

  13. Semiconductor Nanowires: What's Next?

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    Yang, Peidong; Yan, Ruoxue; Fardy, Melissa

    2010-04-28

    In this perspective, we take a critical look at the research progress within the nanowire community for the past decade. We discuss issues on the discovery of fundamentally new phenomena versus performance benchmarking for many of the nanowire applications. We also notice that both the bottom-up and top-down approaches have played important roles in advancing our fundamental understanding of this new class of nanostructures. Finally we attempt to look into the future and offer our personal opinions on what the future trends will be in nanowire research.

  14. Copper nanowire arrays for transparent electrodes

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    Gao, Tongchuan; Leu, Paul W.

    2013-08-01

    Metallic nanowires have demonstrated high optical transmission and electrical conductivity with potential for application as transparent electrodes that may be used in flexible devices. In this paper, we systematically investigated the electrical and optical properties of 1D and 2D copper nanowire (Cu NW) arrays as a function of diameter and pitch and compared their performance to that of Cu thin films and our recent results on silver (Ag) NW arrays. Cu NWs exhibit enhanced transmission over thin films due to propagating resonance modes between NWs. For the same geometry, the transmission of Cu NW arrays is about the same as that of Ag NW arrays since the dispersion relation of propagating modes in metal nanowire arrays are independent of the metal permittivity. The sheet resistance is also comparable since the conductivity of Cu is about the same as that of Ag. Just as in Ag NWs, larger Cu NW diameters and pitches are favored for achieving higher solar transmission at a particular sheet resistance. Cu NW arrays may achieve solar transmission >90% with sheet resistances <10 Ω/sq and figure of merit σDC/σop>1000. One of the primary concerns with the use of Cu is oxidation and we also investigated the impact of a nickel (Ni) coating, which can serve as an anti-oxidation layer, on the electrical and optical properties.

  15. Infrared properties of randomly oriented silver nanowires

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    Larciprete, M. C.; Albertoni, A.; Belardini, A.; Leahu, G.; Li Voti, R.; Mura, F.; Sibilia, C.; Nefedov, I.; Anoshkin, I. V.; Kauppinen, E. I.; Nasibulin, A. G.

    2012-10-01

    We experimentally investigated the infrared properties of a set of randomly oriented silver nanowires films deposited onto glass substrate. Infrared emission of the obtained films was characterized in the long infrared range, i.e., 8-12 μm, by observing their temperature evolution under heating regime with a focal plane array infrared camera as well as a thermocouple. The obtained experimental results showed that the infrared emission from a mesh composed of silver nanowires might be tailored by opportunely assessing preparation condition, such as the metal filling factor. From the theoretical point of view, the real and imaginary part of the electrical permittivity components were retrieved from the calculations of effective permittivities of in-plane randomly oriented metallic wires, thus giving the refractive index and extinction coefficients for the four different silver nanowires meshes. Due to the correspondence between emissivity and absorbance, the experimental results are interpreted with the reconstructed corresponding absorbance spectra, thus suggesting that these coatings are suitable for infrared signature reduction applications.

  16. Optical and field emission properties of layer-structure GaN nanowires

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    Cui, Zhen; Li, Enling; Shi, Wei; Ma, Deming

    2014-08-15

    Highlights: • The layer-structure GaN nanowires with hexagonal-shaped cross-sections are produced via a process based on the CVD method. • The diameter of the layer-structure GaN nanowire gradually decreases from ∼500 nm to ∼200 nm along the wire axis. • The layer-structure GaN nanowire film possesses good field emission property. - Abstract: A layer-structure gallium nitride (GaN) nanowires, grown on Pt-coated n-type Si (1 1 1) substrate, have been synthesized using chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The results show: (1) SEM indicates that the geometry structure is layer-structure. HRTEM indicates that GaN nanowire’s preferential growth direction is along [0 0 1] direction. (2) The room temperature PL emission spectrum of the layer-structure GaN nanowires has a peak at 375 nm, which proves that GaN nanowires have potential application in light-emitting nano-devices. (3) Field-emission measurements show that the layer-structure GaN nanowires film has a low turn-on field of 4.39 V/μm (at room temperature), which is sufficient for electron emission devices, field emission displays and vacuum nano-electronic devices. The growth mechanism for GaN nanowires has also been discussed briefly.

  17. Growth mechanism of nanowires: binary and ternary chalcogenides

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    Singh, N. B.; Coriell, S. R.; Su, Ching Hua; Hopkins, R. H.; Arnold, B.; Choa, Fow-Sen; Cullum, Brian

    2016-05-01

    Semiconductor nanowires exhibit very exciting optical and electrical properties including high transparency and a several order of magnitude better photocurrent than thin film and bulk materials. We present here the mechanism of nanowire growth from the melt-liquid-vapor medium. We describe preliminary results of binary and ternary selenide materials in light of recent theories. Experiments were performed with lead selenide and thallium arsenic selenide systems which are multifunctional material and have been used for detectors, acoustooptical, nonlinear and radiation detection applications. We observed that small units of nanocubes and elongated nanoparticles arrange and rearrange at moderate melt undercooling to form the building block of a nanowire. Since we avoided the catalyst, we observed self-nucleation and uncontrolled growth of wires from different places. Growth of lead selenide nanowires was performed by physical vapor transport method and thallium arsenic selenide nanowire by vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) method. In some cases very long wires (>mm) are formed. To achieve this goal experiments were performed to create situation where nanowires grew on the surface of solid thallium arsenic selenide itself.

  18. Gas sensors based on semiconducting nanowire field-effect transistors.

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    Feng, Ping; Shao, Feng; Shi, Yi; Wan, Qing

    2014-09-17

    One-dimensional semiconductor nanostructures are unique sensing materials for the fabrication of gas sensors. In this article, gas sensors based on semiconducting nanowire field-effect transistors (FETs) are comprehensively reviewed. Individual nanowires or nanowire network films are usually used as the active detecting channels. In these sensors, a third electrode, which serves as the gate, is used to tune the carrier concentration of the nanowires to realize better sensing performance, including sensitivity, selectivity and response time, etc. The FET parameters can be modulated by the presence of the target gases and their change relate closely to the type and concentration of the gas molecules. In addition, extra controls such as metal decoration, local heating and light irradiation can be combined with the gate electrode to tune the nanowire channel and realize more effective gas sensing. With the help of micro-fabrication techniques, these sensors can be integrated into smart systems. Finally, some challenges for the future investigation and application of nanowire field-effect gas sensors are discussed.

  19. Growth Mechanism of Nanowires: Binary and Ternary Chalcogenides

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    Singh, N. B.; Coriell, S. R.; Su, Ching-Hua; Hopkins, R. H.; Arnold, B.; Choa, Fow-Sen; Cullum, Brian

    2016-01-01

    Semiconductor nanowires exhibit very exciting optical and electrical properties including high transparency and a several order of magnitude better photocurrent than thin film and bulk materials. We present here the mechanism of nanowire growth from the melt-liquid-vapor medium. We describe preliminary results of binary and ternary selenide materials in light of recent theories. Experiments were performed with lead selenide and thallium arsenic selenide systems which are multifunctional material and have been used for detectors, acousto-optical, nonlinear and radiation detection applications. We observed that small units of nanocubes and elongated nanoparticles arrange and rearrange at moderate melt undercooling to form the building block of a nanowire. Since we avoided the catalyst, we observed self-nucleation and uncontrolled growth of wires from different places. Growth of lead selenide nanowires was performed by physical vapor transport method and thallium arsenic selenide nanowire by vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) method. In some cases very long wires (>mm) are formed. To achieve this goal experiments were performed to create situation where nanowires grew on the surface of solid thallium arsenic selenide itself.

  20. Solution-Grown Nanowire Devices for Sensitive and Fast Photodetection.

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    Littig, Alexander; Lehmann, Hauke; Klinke, Christian; Kipp, Tobias; Mews, Alf

    2015-06-10

    Highly sensitive and fast photodetector devices with CdSe quantum nanowires as active elements have been developed exploiting the advantages of electro- and wet-chemical routes. Bismuth nanoparticles electrochemically synthesized directly onto interdigitating platinum electrodes serve as catalysts in the following solution-liquid-solid synthesis of quantum nanowires directly on immersed substrates under mild conditions at low temperature. This fast and simple preparation process leads to a photodetector device with a film of nanowires of limited thickness bridging the electrode gaps, in which a high fraction of individual nanowires are electrically contacted and can be exposed to light at the same time. The high sensitivity of the photodetector device can be expressed by its on/off ratio or its photosensitivity of more than 10(7) over a broad wavelength range up to about 700 nm. The specific detectivity and responsivity are determined to D* = 4 × 10(13) Jones and R = 0.32 A/W, respectively. The speed of the device reflects itself in a 3 dB frequency above 1 MHz corresponding to rise and fall times below 350 ns. The remarkable combination of a high sensitivity and a fast response is attributed to depletion regions inside the nanowires, tunnel-junction barriers between nanowires, and Schottky contacts at the electrodes, where all of these features are strongly influenced by the number of photogenerated charge carriers.

  1. Gas Sensors Based on Semiconducting Nanowire Field-Effect Transistors

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    Feng, Ping; Shao, Feng; Shi, Yi; Wan, Qing

    2014-01-01

    One-dimensional semiconductor nanostructures are unique sensing materials for the fabrication of gas sensors. In this article, gas sensors based on semiconducting nanowire field-effect transistors (FETs) are comprehensively reviewed. Individual nanowires or nanowire network films are usually used as the active detecting channels. In these sensors, a third electrode, which serves as the gate, is used to tune the carrier concentration of the nanowires to realize better sensing performance, including sensitivity, selectivity and response time, etc. The FET parameters can be modulated by the presence of the target gases and their change relate closely to the type and concentration of the gas molecules. In addition, extra controls such as metal decoration, local heating and light irradiation can be combined with the gate electrode to tune the nanowire channel and realize more effective gas sensing. With the help of micro-fabrication techniques, these sensors can be integrated into smart systems. Finally, some challenges for the future investigation and application of nanowire field-effect gas sensors are discussed. PMID:25232915

  2. Electrochemically deposited BiTe-based nanowires for thermoelectric applications

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    Ng, Inn-Khuan; Kok, Kuan-Ying; Rahman, Che Zuraini Che Ab; Saidin, Nur Ubaidah; Ilias, Suhaila Hani; Choo, Thye-Foo

    2014-02-12

    Nanostructured materials systems such as thin-films and nanowires (NWs) are promising for thermoelectric power generation and refrigeration compared to traditional counterparts in bulk, due to their enhanced thermoelectric figures-of-merit. BiTe and its derivative compounds, in particular, are well-known for their near-room temperature thermoelectric performance. In this work, both the binary and ternary BiTe-based nanowires namely, BiTe and BiSbTe, were synthesized using template-assisted electrodeposition. Diameters of the nanowires were controlled by the pore sizes of the anodised alumina (AAO) templates used. Systematic study on the compositional change as a function of applied potential was carried out via Linear Sweep Voltanmetry (LSV). Chemical compositions of the nanowires were studied using Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry (EDXS) and their microstructures evaluated using diffraction and imaging techniques. Results from chemical analysis on the nanowires indicated that while the Sb content in BiSbTe nanowires increased with more negative deposition potentials, the formation of Te{sup 0} and Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} were favorable at more positive potentials.

  3. Crystallographic alignment of high-density gallium nitride nanowire arrays.

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    Kuykendall, Tevye; Pauzauskie, Peter J; Zhang, Yanfeng; Goldberger, Joshua; Sirbuly, Donald; Denlinger, Jonathan; Yang, Peidong

    2004-08-01

    Single-crystalline, one-dimensional semiconductor nanostructures are considered to be one of the critical building blocks for nanoscale optoelectronics. Elucidation of the vapour-liquid-solid growth mechanism has already enabled precise control over nanowire position and size, yet to date, no reports have demonstrated the ability to choose from different crystallographic growth directions of a nanowire array. Control over the nanowire growth direction is extremely desirable, in that anisotropic parameters such as thermal and electrical conductivity, index of refraction, piezoelectric polarization, and bandgap may be used to tune the physical properties of nanowires made from a given material. Here we demonstrate the use of metal-organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) and appropriate substrate selection to control the crystallographic growth directions of high-density arrays of gallium nitride nanowires with distinct geometric and physical properties. Epitaxial growth of wurtzite gallium nitride on (100) gamma-LiAlO(2) and (111) MgO single-crystal substrates resulted in the selective growth of nanowires in the orthogonal [1\\[Evec]0] and [001] directions, exhibiting triangular and hexagonal cross-sections and drastically different optical emission. The MOCVD process is entirely compatible with the current GaN thin-film technology, which would lead to easy scale-up and device integration.

  4. Synthesis of silicon nanowires using tin catalyst by hot wire chemical vapor processing

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    Meshram, Nagsen; Kumbhar, Alka; Dusane, R.O.

    2013-06-01

    Highlights: ► Silicon nanowires are grown by hot wire chemical vapor processing at 400 °C using Sn as catalyst material via VLS. ► For nanowire synthesis Sn nanotemplates are formed with hot wire generated atomic hydrogen. ► The TEM image reveals the crystalline nature of nanowire. - Abstract: Silicon nanowires (SiNWs) have been synthesized at temperatures in the range 300–400 °C by the hot wire chemical vapor processing (HWCVP) using tin nanotemplate. The tin nano-template is formed by hot wire atomic hydrogen treatment of thermally evaporated Sn films (∼300 nm thick) on glass substrates. Silicon nanowires are then grown using hot wire induced dissociation of SiH{sub 4} gas over the nanotemplate. Growth conditions like growth time and temperature were varied to study their effect on the tin nanoparticle size and on the silicon nanowire dimensions thereafter. From the observations, it is clear that the nanowire diameters and lengths depend on the size of nanoparticles and the growth time respectively. Though SiNWs were observed to grow at temperatures as low as 300 °C, nanowires with a narrow diameter distribution were achieved at 400 °C. Raman spectra and transmission electron microscope (TEM) reveal the crystalline nature of the silicon nanowires.

  5. Spectroscopic investigations of arrays containing vertically and horizontally aligned silicon nanowires

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    Volpati, Diogo; Mårtensson, Niklas; Anttu, Nicklas; Viklund, Per; Sundvall, Christian; Åberg, Ingvar; Bäckström, Joakim; Olin, Håkan; Björk, Mikael T.; Castillo-Leon, Jaime

    2016-12-01

    The properties of nanowire arrays have been investigated mainly in comparison with isolated nanowires or thin films, owing to the difficulty in controlling the nanowire alignment. In this study, we report on arrays containing vertically or horizontally aligned silicon nanowires, whose alignment and structure were determined using x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The Raman spectra of the nanowire arrays differ from those of isolated nanowires because of distinct heat dissipation rates of the absorbed energy from the laser, in agreement with recent theoretical calculations. The tailored alignment of the nanowires on solid substrates up to 1 inch of diameter also enabled the observation of resonance modes associated with light trapped into the nanowires. This was proven by comparing the light absorbed and scattered by the arrays, and may be exploited to enhance light harvesting in tandem solar cells. Significantly, the control of the assembly of nanowire arrays may have a direct impact on bottom-up technologies of high anisotropy nanomaterials.

  6. Co-percolation to tune conductive behaviour in dynamical metallic nanowire networks.

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    Fairfield, J A; Rocha, C G; O'Callaghan, C; Ferreira, M S; Boland, J J

    2016-11-03

    Nanowire networks act as self-healing smart materials, whose sheet resistance can be tuned via an externally applied voltage stimulus. This memristive response occurs due to modification of junction resistances to form a connectivity path across the lowest barrier junctions in the network. While most network studies have been performed on expensive noble metal nanowires like silver, networks of inexpensive nickel nanowires with a nickel oxide coating can also demonstrate resistive switching, a common feature of metal oxides with filamentary conduction. However, networks made from solely nickel nanowires have high operation voltages which prohibit large-scale material applications. Here we show, using both experiment and simulation, that a heterogeneous network of nickel and silver nanowires allows optimization of the activation voltage, as well as tuning of the conduction behavior to be either resistive switching, memristive, or a combination of both. Small percentages of silver nanowires, below the percolation threshold, induce these changes in electrical behaviour, even for low area coverage and hence very transparent films. Silver nanowires act as current concentrators, amplifying conductivity locally as shown in our computational dynamical activation framework for networks of junctions. These results demonstrate that a heterogeneous nanowire network can act as a cost-effective adaptive material with minimal use of noble metal nanowires, without losing memristive behaviour that is essential for smart sensing and neuromorphic applications.

  7. Nanoscale Joule heating and electromigration enhanced ripening of silver nanowire contacts.

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    Song, Tze-Bin; Chen, Yu; Chung, Choong-Heui; Yang, Yang Michael; Bob, Brion; Duan, Hsin-Sheng; Li, Gang; Tu, King-Ning; Huang, Yu; Yang, Yang

    2014-03-25

    Solution-processed metallic nanowire thin film is a promising candidate to replace traditional indium tin oxide as the next-generation transparent and flexible electrode. To date however, the performance of these electrodes is limited by the high contact resistance between contacting nanowires; so improving the point contacts between these nanowires remains a major challenge. Existing methods for reducing the contact resistance require either a high processing power, long treatment time, or the addition of chemical reagents, which could lead to increased manufacturing cost and damage the underlying substrate or device. Here, a nanoscale point reaction process is introduced as a fast and low-power-consumption way to improve the electrical contact properties between metallic nanowires. This is achieved via current-assisted localized joule heating accompanied by electromigration. Localized joule heating effectively targets the high-resistance contact points between nanowires, leading to the automatic removal of surface ligands, welding of contacting nanowires, and the reshaping of the contact pathway between the nanowires to form a more desirable geometry of low resistance for interwire conduction. This result shows the interplay between thermal and electrical interactions at the highly reactive nanocontacts and highlights the control of the nanoscale reaction as a simple and effective way of turning individual metallic nanowires into a highly conductive interconnected nanowire network. The temperature of the adjacent device layers can be kept close to room temperature during the process, making this method especially suitable for use in devices containing thermally sensitive materials such as polymer solar cells.

  8. Atomic-Scale Spectroscopy of Polydiacetylene Nanowires

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    Giridharagopal, Rajiv; Kelly, K. F.

    2006-03-01

    In recent years, the appeal of organic electronic devices has spurred interest in conducting polymers, such as polydiacetylene. Polydiacetylene nanowires offer numerous possibilities for application in molecular electronics, and they are a model system for understanding conduction mechanisms in polymers. We have used scanning tunneling microscopy to investigate monolayer films of pentacosadiynoic acid formed on highly ordered pyrolytic graphite using the Langmuir-Blodgett and Langmuir-Schaeffer deposition techniques and subsequently polymerized to form polydiacetylene nanowires. By applying a novel method of microwave frequency mixing at the STM tip junction, we have obtained capacitance-voltage spectroscopic data to characterize the wires across a range of bias voltages, tunneling gap resistances, and microwave mixing frequencies.

  9. Low field magnetoresistance of gadolinium nanowire

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    Chakravorty, Manotosh Raychaudhuri, A. K.

    2014-02-07

    We report low field (μ{sub 0}H < 0.2 T) magnetoresistance (MR) studies on a single Gd nanowire patterned from a nano-structured film (average grain size ∼ 35 nm) by focused ion beam. For comparison, we did similar MR measurements on a polycrystalline sample with large crystallographic grains (∼4 μm). It is observed that in the low field region where the MR is due to motion of magnetic domains, the MR in the large grained sample shows a close relation to the characteristic temperature dependent magnetocrystalline anisotropy including a sharp rise in MR at the spin reorientation transition at 235 K. In stark contrast, in the nanowire, the MR shows complete suppression of the above behaviours and it shows predominance of the grain boundary and spin disorder controlling the domain response.

  10. Porous silicon nanowires.

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    Qu, Yongquan; Zhou, Hailong; Duan, Xiangfeng

    2011-10-05

    In this mini-review, we summarize recent progress in the synthesis, properties and applications of a new type of one-dimensional nanostructures-single crystalline porous silicon nanowires. The growth of porous silicon nanowires starting from both p- and n-type Si wafers with a variety of dopant concentrations can be achieved through either one-step or two-step reactions. The mechanistic studies indicate the dopant concentration of Si wafers, oxidizer concentration, etching time and temperature can affect the morphology of the as-etched silicon nanowires. The porous silicon nanowires are both optically and electronically active and have been explored for potential applications in diverse areas including photocatalysis, lithium ion batteries, gas sensors and drug delivery.

  11. Nanowire Photonic Systems

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    2009-12-22

    synthesis of silicon and gallium-indium nitride alloy nanowire heterostructures to provide building blocks for photonic devices that can span the...the Si-nanowire etching profile follows the order in which dopants were introduced during synthesis : First boron for p-type, no dopant for i-type... synthesis of nanoscale building blocks, (ii) characterization of fundamental physical properties of the building blocks, and (iii) assembly of

  12. Perovskite oxide nanowires: synthesis, property and structural characterization.

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    Zhu, Xinhua; Liu, Zhiguo; Ming, Naiben

    2010-07-01

    Perovskite oxide materials display a wide spectrum of functional properties, including switchable polarization, piezoelectricity, pyroelectricity, and non-linear dielectric behavior. These properties are indispensable for application in electronic devices such as non-volatile memories, sensors, microactuators, infrared detectors, microwave phase filters, and so on. Recent advances in science and technology of perovskite oxide materials have resulted in the feature sizes of perovskite oxides-based electronic devices entering into nanoscale dimensions. At nanoscale perovskite oxide materials exhibit a pronounced size effect manifesting itself in a significant deviation of the properties of low-dimensional structures from the bulk and film counterparts. In the last decade low-dimensional perovskite nanosized oxides have been received much attention because of their superior physical and chemical properties. Among them, perovskite oxide nanowires are especially attractive for nanoscience studies and nanotechnology applications. Compared to other low-dimensional perovskite oxide systems, perovskite oxide nanowires are not only used as the building blocks of future nanodevices, but also they offer fundamental scientific opportunities for investigating the intrinsic size effects of physical properties. In the recent years, much progress has been made both in synthesis and physical property testing of perovskite oxide nanowires, which have a profound impact on the nanoelectronics. In this work, an overview of the state of art in perovskite oxide nanowires is presented, which covers their synthesis, property, and structural characterization. In the first part, the recent literatures for fabricating perovskite oxide nanowires with promising features, are critically reviewed. The second part deals with the recent advances on the physical property testing of perovskite oxide nanowires. The third part summarizes the recent progress on microstructural characterizations of

  13. Arsenic Sulfide Nanowire Formation on Fused Quartz Surfaces

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    Olmstead, J.; Riley, B.J.; Johnson, B.R.; Sundaram, S.K.

    2005-01-01

    Arsenic sulfide (AsxSy) nanowires were synthesized by an evaporation-condensation process in evacuated fused quartz ampoules. During the deposition process, a thin, colored film of AsxSy was deposited along the upper, cooler portion of the ampoule. The ampoule was sectioned and the deposited film analyzed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to characterize and semi-quantitatively evaluate the microstructural features of the deposited film. A variety of microstructures were observed that ranged from a continuous thin film (warmer portion of the ampoule), to isolated micron- and nano-scale droplets (in the intermediate portion), as well as nanowires (colder portion of the ampoule). Experiments were conducted to evaluate the effects of ampoule cleaning methods (e.g. modify surface chemistry) and quantity of source material on nanowire formation. The evolution of these microstructures in the thin film was determined to be a function of initial pressure, substrate temperature, substrate surface treatment, and initial volume of As2S3 glass. In a set of two experiments where the initial pressure, substrate thermal gradient, and surface treatment were the same, the initial quantity of As2S3 glass per internal ampoule volume was doubled from one test to the other. The results showed that AsxSy nanowires were only formed in the test with the greater initial quantity of As2S3 per internal ampoule volume. The growth data for variation in diameter (e.g. nanowire or droplet) as a function of substrate temperature was fit to an exponential trendline with the form y = Aekx, where y is the structure diameter, A = 1.25×10-3, k = 3.96×10-2, and x is the temperature with correlation coefficient, R2 = 0.979, indicating a thermally-activated process.

  14. Nanowire Electron Scattering Spectroscopy

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    Hunt, Brian; Bronikowsky, Michael; Wong, Eric; VonAllmen, Paul; Oyafuso, Fablano

    2009-01-01

    Nanowire electron scattering spectroscopy (NESS) has been proposed as the basis of a class of ultra-small, ultralow-power sensors that could be used to detect and identify chemical compounds present in extremely small quantities. State-of-the-art nanowire chemical sensors have already been demonstrated to be capable of detecting a variety of compounds in femtomolar quantities. However, to date, chemically specific sensing of molecules using these sensors has required the use of chemically functionalized nanowires with receptors tailored to individual molecules of interest. While potentially effective, this functionalization requires labor-intensive treatment of many nanowires to sense a broad spectrum of molecules. In contrast, NESS would eliminate the need for chemical functionalization of nanowires and would enable the use of the same sensor to detect and identify multiple compounds. NESS is analogous to Raman spectroscopy, the main difference being that in NESS, one would utilize inelastic scattering of electrons instead of photons to determine molecular vibrational energy levels. More specifically, in NESS, one would exploit inelastic scattering of electrons by low-lying vibrational quantum states of molecules attached to a nanowire or nanotube.

  15. A review on germanium nanowires.

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    Pei, Li Z; Cai, Zheng Y

    2012-01-01

    Ge nanowires exhibit wide application potential in the fields of nanoscale devices due to their excellently optical and electrical properties. This article reviews the recent progress and patents of Ge nanowires. The recent progress and patents for the synthesis of Ge nanowires using chemical vapor deposition, laser ablation, thermal evaporation, template method and supercritical fluid-liquid-solid method are demonstrated. Amorphous germanium oxide layer and defects existing in Ge nanowires result in poor Ohmic contact between Ge nanowires and electrodes. Therefore, Ge nanowires should be passivated in order to deposit connecting electrodes before applied in nanoelectronic devices. The experimental progress and patents on the application of Ge nanowires as field effect transistors, lithium batteries, photoresistors, memory cell and fluid sensors are discussed. Finally, the future development of Ge nanowires for the synthesis and practical application is also discussed.

  16. Nanowire structures and electrical devices

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    Bezryadin, Alexey; Remeika, Mikas

    2010-07-06

    The present invention provides structures and devices comprising conductive segments and conductance constricting segments of a nanowire, such as metallic, superconducting or semiconducting nanowire. The present invention provides structures and devices comprising conductive nanowire segments and conductance constricting nanowire segments having accurately selected phases including crystalline and amorphous states, compositions, morphologies and physical dimensions, including selected cross sectional dimensions, shapes and lengths along the length of a nanowire. Further, the present invention provides methods of processing nanowires capable of patterning a nanowire to form a plurality of conductance constricting segments having selected positions along the length of a nanowire, including conductance constricting segments having reduced cross sectional dimensions and conductance constricting segments comprising one or more insulating materials such as metal oxides.

  17. Catalyst patterning for nanowire devices

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    Li, Jun (Inventor); Cassell, Alan M. (Inventor); Han, Jie (Inventor)

    2004-01-01

    Nanowire devices may be provided that are based on carbon nanotubes or single-crystal semiconductor nanowires. The nanowire devices may be formed on a substrate. Catalyst sites may be formed on the substrate. The catalyst sites may be formed using lithography, thin metal layers that form individual catalyst sites when heated, collapsible porous catalyst-filled microscopic spheres, microscopic spheres that serve as masks for catalyst deposition, electrochemical deposition techniques, and catalyst inks. Nanowires may be grown from the catalyst sites.

  18. All Nanowire Integrated Sensor Circuitry

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    2008-04-01

    of single crystalline nanomaterials. Highly ordered and parallel arrays of optically active CdSe nanowires and high mobility Ge/Si nanowires are...for enabling the fabrication of the all- nanowire sensor circuitry. First, highly aligned CdSe and Ge/Si NW arrays were assembled at pre-defined...FETs (Tl and T2) amplifying the photoresponse of a CdSe nanosensor. (B) Schematic of the all- nanowire optical sensor circuit based on ordered

  19. Lipid nanotube or nanowire sensor

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    Noy, Aleksandr; Bakajin, Olgica; Letant, Sonia; Stadermann, Michael; Artyukhin, Alexander B.

    2009-06-09

    A sensor apparatus comprising a nanotube or nanowire, a lipid bilayer around the nanotube or nanowire, and a sensing element connected to the lipid bilayer. Also a biosensor apparatus comprising a gate electrode; a source electrode; a drain electrode; a nanotube or nanowire operatively connected to the gate electrode, the source electrode, and the drain electrode; a lipid bilayer around the nanotube or nanowire, and a sensing element connected to the lipid bilayer.

  20. Lipid nanotube or nanowire sensor

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    Noy, Aleksandr; Bakajin, Olgica; Letant, Sonia; Stadermann, Michael; Artyukhin, Alexander B.

    2010-06-29

    A sensor apparatus comprising a nanotube or nanowire, a lipid bilayer around the nanotube or nanowire, and a sensing element connected to the lipid bilayer. Also a biosensor apparatus comprising a gate electrode; a source electrode; a drain electrode; a nanotube or nanowire operatively connected to the gate electrode, the source electrode, and the drain electrode; a lipid bilayer around the nanotube or nanowire, and a sensing element connected to the lipid bilayer.

  1. Nanowire Thermoelectric Devices

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    Borshchevsky, Alexander; Fleurial, Jean-Pierre; Herman, Jennifer; Ryan, Margaret

    2005-01-01

    Nanowire thermoelectric devices, now under development, are intended to take miniaturization a step beyond the prior state of the art to exploit the potential advantages afforded by shrinking some device features to approximately molecular dimensions (of the order of 10 nm). The development of nanowire-based thermoelectric devices could lead to novel power-generating, cooling, and sensing devices that operate at relatively low currents and high voltages. Recent work on the theory of thermoelectric devices has led to the expectation that the performance of such a device could be enhanced if the diameter of the wires could be reduced to a point where quantum confinement effects increase charge-carrier mobility (thereby increasing the Seebeck coefficient) and reduce thermal conductivity. In addition, even in the absence of these effects, the large aspect ratios (length of the order of tens of microns diameter of the order of tens of nanometers) of nanowires would be conducive to the maintenance of large temperature differences at small heat fluxes. The predicted net effect of reducing diameters to the order of tens of nanometers would be to increase its efficiency by a factor of .3. Nanowires made of thermoelectric materials and devices that comprise arrays of such nanowires can be fabricated by electrochemical growth of the thermoelectric materials in templates that contain suitably dimensioned pores (10 to 100 nm in diameter and 1 to 100 microns long). The nanowires can then be contacted in bundles to form devices that look similar to conventional thermoelectric devices, except that a production version may contain nearly a billion elements (wires) per square centimeter, instead of fewer than a hundred as in a conventional bulk thermoelectric device or fewer than 100,000 as in a microdevice. It is not yet possible to form contacts with individual nanowires. Therefore, in fabricating a nanowire thermoelectric device, one forms contacts on nanowires in bundles of the

  2. ZnO nanowire and mesowire for logic inverter fabrication

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    Lee, Young Tack; Im, Seongil; Ha, Ryong; Choi, Heon-Jin

    2010-09-01

    We report on a ZnO-based logic inverter utilizing two field effect transistors (FETs), whose respective channel has different wire-diameters under a top-gate dielectric of poly-4-vinylphenol. One FET with nanowire (160 nm) channel displayed an abrupt drain current (ID) increase and fast ID saturation near its positive threshold voltage (Vth) while the other FET with mesowire (770 nm) showed a thin-film transistor-like behavior and a negative Vth. When the nanowire and mesowire FETs were, respectively, used as a driver and a load, our inverter demonstrated an excellent voltage gain as high as 25 under a supply voltage of 20 V.

  3. Imaging nanowire plasmon modes with two-photon polymerization

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    Gruber, Christian; Trügler, Andreas; Hohenester, Ulrich; Ditlbacher, Harald; Hohenau, Andreas; Krenn, Joachim R.; Hirzer, Andreas; Schmidt, Volker

    2015-02-23

    Metal nanowires sustain propagating surface plasmons that are strongly confined to the wire surface. Plasmon reflection at the wire end faces and interference lead to standing plasmon modes. We demonstrate that these modes can be imaged via two-photon (plasmon) polymerization of a thin film resist covering the wires and subsequent electron microscopy. Thereby, the plasmon wavelength and the phase shift of the nanowire mode picked up upon reflection can be directly retrieved. In general terms, polymerization imaging is a promising tool for the imaging of propagating plasmon modes from the nano- to micro-scale.

  4. GaN nanowire arrays by a patterned metal-assisted chemical etching

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    Wang, K. C.; Yuan, G. D.; Wu, R. W.; Lu, H. X.; Liu, Z. Q.; Wei, T. B.; Wang, J. X.; Li, J. M.; Zhang, W. J.

    2016-04-01

    We developed an one-step and two-step metal-assisted chemical etching method to produce self-organized GaN nanowire arrays. In one-step approach, GaN nanowire arrays are synthesized uniformly on GaN thin film surface. However, in a two-step etching processes, GaN nanowires are formed only in metal uncovered regions, and GaN regions with metal-covering show nano-porous sidewalls. We propose that nanowires and porous nanostructures are tuned by sufficient and limited etch rate, respectively. PL spectra shows a red-shift of band edge emission in GaN nanostructures. The formation mechanism of nanowires was illustrated by two separated electrochemical reactions occur simultaneously. The function of metals and UV light was illustrated by the scheme of potential relationship between energy bands in Si, GaN and standard hydrogen electrode potential of solution and metals.

  5. Hyperbolic and plasmonic properties of silicon/Ag aligned nanowire arrays.

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    Prokes, S M; Glembocki, Orest J; Livenere, J E; Tumkur, T U; Kitur, J K; Zhu, G; Wells, B; Podolskiy, V A; Noginov, M A

    2013-06-17

    The hyperbolic and plasmonic properties of silicon nanowire/Ag arrays have been investigated. The aligned nanowire arrays were formed and coated by atomic layer deposition of Ag, which itself is a metamaterial due to its unique mosaic film structure. The theoretical and numerical studies suggest that the fabricated arrays have hyperbolic dispersion in the visible and IR ranges of the spectrum. The theoretical predictions have been indirectly confirmed by polarized reflection spectra, showing reduction of the reflection in p polarization in comparison to that in s polarization. Studies of dye emission on top of Si/Ag nanowire arrays show strong emission quenching and shortening of dye emission kinetics. This behavior is also consistent with the predictions for hyperbolic media. The measured SERS signals were enhanced by almost an order of magnitude for closely packed and aligned nanowires, compared to random nanowire composites. These results agree with electric field simulations of these array structures.

  6. Persistent critical current of YBa2Cu3O7-δ nanowires

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    Mansour, A. I.; Chow, K. H.; Jung, J.

    2011-09-01

    C-axis oriented YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) nanowires have been fabricated so as to connect two c-axis oriented semi-ring-shaped YBCO thin films along the c-axis direction. This allows the characterization of high-Tc nanowires with the electrodes being of the same material. Four different lengths of the nanowire arrays were characterized. When the YBCO nanowires were narrower than 100 nm, their persistent critical current revealed an anomalous temperature dependence. The narrow YBCO nanowires behave like superconductor/semiconductor/superconductor junctions with a universal critical current density Jc(T)∝(Tc-T)3/2 at low temperatures. Above a certain temperature T*, the flow of the supercurrent is controlled by thermally activated phase-slip events, with Jc(T) following a power-law dependence Jc∝(Tc-T)α >3/2.

  7. Fast synthesis of ultrathin ZnO nanowires by oxidation of Cu/Zn stacks in low-pressure afterglow

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    Altaweel, A.; Imam, A.; Ghanbaja, J.; Mangin, D.; Miska, P.; Gries, T.; Belmonte, T.

    2017-02-01

    The synthesis of ultrathin, single-crystalline zinc oxide nanowires was achieved by treating in a flowing microwave plasma oxidation process, zinc films coated beforehand by a sputtered thin buffer layer of copper. The aspect ratio of the nanowires can be controlled by the following experimental parameters: treatment duration, furnace temperature, oxygen concentration. An average diameter of 6 nm correlated with a mean length of 750 nm can be reached with a fairly high surface number density for very short treatments, typically less than 1 min. The oxidized samples are characterized by means of SEM, XRD, SIMS, HRTEM and EDX techniques. Structural characterization reveals that these nanowires are single-crystalline, with the wurtzite phase of ZnO. Nanowires are only composed of ZnO without copper particles inside or at the end of the nanowires. Temperature-dependent photoluminescence measurements confirm that ZnO nanowires are of high crystalline quality and thin enough to produce quantum confinement.

  8. Fast synthesis of ultrathin ZnO nanowires by oxidation of Cu/Zn stacks in low-pressure afterglow.

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    Altaweel, A; Imam, A; Ghanbaja, J; Mangin, D; Miska, P; Gries, T; Belmonte, T

    2017-02-24

    The synthesis of ultrathin, single-crystalline zinc oxide nanowires was achieved by treating in a flowing microwave plasma oxidation process, zinc films coated beforehand by a sputtered thin buffer layer of copper. The aspect ratio of the nanowires can be controlled by the following experimental parameters: treatment duration, furnace temperature, oxygen concentration. An average diameter of 6 nm correlated with a mean length of 750 nm can be reached with a fairly high surface number density for very short treatments, typically less than 1 min. The oxidized samples are characterized by means of SEM, XRD, SIMS, HRTEM and EDX techniques. Structural characterization reveals that these nanowires are single-crystalline, with the wurtzite phase of ZnO. Nanowires are only composed of ZnO without copper particles inside or at the end of the nanowires. Temperature-dependent photoluminescence measurements confirm that ZnO nanowires are of high crystalline quality and thin enough to produce quantum confinement.

  9. The Self- and Directed Assembly of Nanowires

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    Smith, Benjamin David

    nanowires rapidly sedimented due to gravity onto a glass cover slip to concentrate and form a dense film. Particles and assemblies were imaged using inverted optical microscopy. We quantitatively analyzed the images and movies captured in order to track and classify particles and classify the overall arrays formed. We then correlated how particle characteristics, e.g., materials, size, segmentation, etc. changed the ordering and alignment observed. With that knowledge, we hope to be able to form new and interesting structures. We began our studies by examining the assembly of single component nanowires. Chapter 2 describes this work, in which solid Au nanowires measuring 2-7 mum in length and 290 nm in diameter self-assembled into smectic rows. By both experiment and theory, we determined that these rows formed due to a balance of electrostatic repulsions and van der Waals attractions. Final assemblies were stable for at least several days. Monte Carlo methods were used to simulate assemblies and showed structures that mirrored those experimentally observed. Simulations indicated that the smectic phase was preferred over others, i.e., nematic, when an additional small charge was added to the ends of the nanowires. Our particles have rough tips, which might create these additional electrostatic repulsions. To increase the particle and array complexity, two-component, metallic nanowire assembly was explored in Chapter 3. We examined numerous types of nanowires by changing the segment length, ratio, and material, the nanowire length, the surface coating, and the presence of small third segments. These segmented nanowires were generally Au-Ag and also ordered into smectic rows. Segmented wires arranged in rows, however, can be aligned in two possible ways with respect to a neighboring particle. The Au segments on neighboring particles can be oriented in the same direction or opposed to each other. Orientation was quantified in terms of an order parameter that took into account

  10. Preparation of few-layer graphene-capped boron nanowires and their field emission properties

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    Yong-Xin, Zhang; Fei, Liu; Cheng-Min, Shen; Tian-Zhong, Yang; Jun, Li; Shao-Zhi, Deng; Ning-Sheng, Xu; Hong-Jun, Gao

    2016-07-01

    Large-area boron nanowire (BNW) films were fabricated on the Si(111) substrate by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The average diameter of the BNWs is about 20 nm, with lengths of 5-10 μm. Then, graphene-capped boron nanowires (GC-BNWs) were obtained by microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (MPCVD). Characterization by scanning electron microscopy indicates that few-layer graphene covers the surface of the boron nanowires. Field emission measurements of the BNWs and GC-BNW films show that the GC-BNW films have a lower turn-on electric field than the BNW films. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2013CB933604), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51572290), and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant Nos. 1731300500015 and XDB07030100).

  11. Dielectrophoretic fabrication and characterization of a ZnO nanowire-based UV photosensor.

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    Suehiro, Junya; Nakagawa, Nobutaka; Hidaka, Shin-Ichiro; Ueda, Makoto; Imasaka, Kiminobu; Higashihata, Mitsuhiro; Okada, Tatsuo; Hara, Masanori

    2006-05-28

    Wide-gap semiconductors with nanostructures such as nanoparticles, nanorods, nanowires are promising as a new type of UV photosensor. Recently, ZnO (zinc oxide) nanowires have been extensively investigated for electronic and optoelectronic device applications. ZnO nanowires are expected to have good UV response due to their large surface area to volume ratio, and they might enhance the performance of UV photosensors. In this paper, a new fabrication method of a UV photosensor based on ZnO nanowires using dielectrophoresis is demonstrated. Dielectrophoresis (DEP) is the electrokinetic motion of dielectrically polarized materials in non-uniform electric fields. ZnO nanowires, which were synthesized by nanoparticle-assisted pulsed-laser deposition (NAPLD) and suspended in ethanol, were trapped in the microelectrode gap where the electric field became higher. The trapped ZnO nanowires were aligned along the electric field line and bridged the electrode gap. Under UV irradiation, the conductance of the DEP-trapped ZnO nanowires exponentially increased with a time constant of a few minutes. The slow UV response of ZnO nanowires was similar to that observed with ZnO thin films and might be attributed to adsorption and photodesorption of ambient gas molecules such as O(2) or H(2)O. At higher UV intensity, the conductance response became larger. The DEP-fabricated ZnO nanowire UV photosensor could detect UV light down to 10 nW cm(-2) intensity, indicating a higher UV sensitivity than ZnO thin films or ZnO nanowires assembled by other methods.

  12. CROSS-DISCIPLINARY PHYSICS AND RELATED AREAS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: The effect of substrate on magnetic properties of Co/Cu multilayer nanowire arrays

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    Ren, Yong; Wang, Jian-Bo; Liu, Qing-Fang; Han, Xiang-Hua; Xue, De-Sheng

    2009-08-01

    Ordered Co/Cu multilayer nanowire arrays have been fabricated into anodic aluminium oxide templates with Ag and Cu substrate by direct current electrodeposition. This paper studies the morphology, structure and magnetic properties by transmission electron microscopy, selective area electron diffraction, x-ray diffraction, and vibrating sample magnetometer. X-ray diffraction patterns reveal that both as-deposited nanowire arrays films exhibit face-centred cubic structure. Magnetic measurements indicate that the easy magnetization direction of Co/Cu multilayer nanowire arrays films on Ag substrate is perpendicular to the long axis of nanowire, whereas the easy magnetization direction of the sample with Cu substrate is parallel to the long axis of nanowire. The change of easy magnetization direction attributed to different substrates, and the magnetic properties of the nanowire arrays are discussed.

  13. Growth and applicability of radiation-responsive silica nanowires

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    Bettge, Martin

    Surface energetics play an important role in processes on the nanoscale. Nanowire growth via vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism is no exception in this regard. Interfacial and line energies are found to impose some fundamental limits during three-phase nanowire growth and lead to formation of stranded nanowires with fascinating characteristics such as high responsiveness towards ion irradiation. By using two materials with a relatively low surface energy (indium and silicon oxide) this is experimentally and theoretically demonstrated in this doctoral thesis. The augmentation of VLS nanowire growth with ion bombardment enables fabrication of vertically aligned silica nanowires over large areas. Synthesis of their arrays begins with a thin indium film deposited on a Si or SiO 2 surface. At temperatures below 200ºC, the indium film becomes a self-organized seed layer of molten droplets, receiving a flux of atomic silicon by DC magnetron sputtering. Simultaneous vigorous ion bombardment through substrate biasing aligns the growing nanowires vertically and expedites mixing of oxygen and silicon into the indium. The vertical growth rate can reach up to 1000 nm-min-1 in an environment containing only argon and traces of water vapor. Silicon oxide precipitates from each indium seed in the form of multiple thin strands having diameters less than 9 nm and practically independent of droplet size. The strands form a single loose bundle, eventually consolidating to form one vertically aligned nanowire. These observations are in stark contrast to conventional VLS growth in which one liquid droplet precipitates a single solid nanowire and in which the precipitated wire diameter is directly proportional to the droplet diameter. The origin of these differences is revealed through a detailed force balance analysis, analogous to Young's relation, at the three-phase line. The liquid-solid interfacial energy of indium/silica is found to be the largest energy contribution at the three

  14. Nanowire mesh solar fuels generator

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    Yang, Peidong; Chan, Candace; Sun, Jianwei; Liu, Bin

    2016-05-24

    This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatus related to a nanowire mesh solar fuels generator. In one aspect, a nanowire mesh solar fuels generator includes (1) a photoanode configured to perform water oxidation and (2) a photocathode configured to perform water reduction. The photocathode is in electrical contact with the photoanode. The photoanode may include a high surface area network of photoanode nanowires. The photocathode may include a high surface area network of photocathode nanowires. In some embodiments, the nanowire mesh solar fuels generator may include an ion conductive polymer infiltrating the photoanode and the photocathode in the region where the photocathode is in electrical contact with the photoanode.

  15. Solution-derived ZnO homojunction nanowire films on wearable substrates for energy conversion and self-powered gesture recognition.

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    Pradel, Ken C; Wu, Wenzhuo; Ding, Yong; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2014-12-10

    Emerging applications in wearable technology, pervasive computing, human-machine interfacing, and implantable biomedical devices demand an appropriate power source that can sustainably operate for extended periods of time with minimal intervention (Wang, Z. L.; et al. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 11700). Self-powered nanosystems, which harvest operating energy from its host (i.e., the human body), may be feasible due to their extremely low power consumption (Tian, B. Z.; et al. Nature 2007, 449, 885. Javey, A.; et al. Nature 2003, 424, 654. Cui, Y.; et al. Science 2001, 291, 851). Here we report materials and designs for wearable-on-skin piezoelectric devices based on ultrathin (2 μm) solution-derived ZnO p-n homojunction films for the first time. The depletion region formed at the p-n homojunction effectively reduces internal screening of strain-induced polarization charges by free carriers in both n-ZnO and Sb-doped p-ZnO, resulting in significantly enhanced piezoelectric output compared to a single layer device. The p-n structure can be further grown on polymeric substrates conformable to a human wrist and used to convert movement of the flexor tendons into distinguishable electrical signals for gesture recognition. The ZnO homojunction piezoelectric devices may have applications in powering nanodevices, bioprobes, and self-powered human-machine interfacing.

  16. Domain wall orientation in magnetic nanowires.

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    Vedmedenko, E Y; Kubetzka, A; von Bergmann, K; Pietzsch, O; Bode, M; Kirschner, J; Oepen, H P; Wiesendanger, R

    2004-02-20

    Scanning tunneling microscopy reveals that domain walls in ultrathin Fe nanowires are oriented along a certain crystallographic direction, regardless of the orientation of the wires. Monte Carlo simulations on a discrete lattice are in accordance with the experiment if the film relaxation is taken into account. We demonstrate that the wall orientation is determined by the atomic lattice and the resulting strength of an effective exchange interaction. The magnetic anisotropy and the magnetostatic energy play a minor role for the wall orientation in that system.

  17. Carbon nanowires fabrications via top down approach.

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    Tan, Chong Wei; Tay, Beng Kang

    2012-01-01

    Carbon nanowires are fabricated by the Langmuir Blodgett (LB) method via the top down approach on amorphous carbon. Thick a-C films (500 nm to 1 microm) have been successfully deposited after the treatment on silicon. The anisotropic etching of carbon using reactive ion etching (RIE) has been verified giving near vertical sidewalls. The LB method for depositing monolayer requires a hydrophilic surface. Plasma treatment is being performed on the silicon oxide hard mask to reduce the surface energy thereby making the surface from hydrophobic to hydrophilic. PS balls which are being deposited by LB method have one disadvantage which is the low adhesion of the PS ball to the silicon oxide surface. This adhesion is being improved by subjecting the PS ball to annealing which changes the shape and increase the contact area between the PS balls and the silicon oxide surface. As carbon and PS ball is vulnerable to oxygen plasma, a modified recipe of CF4:Ar was being used to etch the silicon oxide hard mask. There is almost little chemical reaction of the CF4 on carbon and PS ball. Carbon nanowires were successfully fabricated using polystyrene (PS) balls of diameter 450 nm. Through a series of steps, carbon nanowire of 500 nm in length and diameter approximately 250 nm can be produced.

  18. Selective formation of tungsten nanowires

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    2011-01-01

    We report on a process for fabricating self-aligned tungsten (W) nanowires with polycrystalline silicon core. Tungsten nanowires as thin as 10 nm were formed by utilizing polysilicon sidewall transfer technology followed by selective deposition of tungsten by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) using WF6 as the precursor. With selective CVD, the process is self-limiting whereby the tungsten formation is confined to the polysilicon regions; hence, the nanowires are formed without the need for lithography or for additional processing. The fabricated tungsten nanowires were observed to be perfectly aligned, showing 100% selectivity to polysilicon and can be made to be electrically isolated from one another. The electrical conductivity of the nanowires was characterized to determine the effect of its physical dimensions. The conductivity for the tungsten nanowires were found to be 40% higher when compared to doped polysilicon nanowires of similar dimensions. PMID:21970543

  19. Piezoresistive boron doped diamond nanowire

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    Sumant, Anirudha V.; Wang, Xinpeng

    2016-09-13

    A UNCD nanowire comprises a first end electrically coupled to a first contact pad which is disposed on a substrate. A second end is electrically coupled to a second contact pad also disposed on the substrate. The UNCD nanowire is doped with a dopant and disposed over the substrate. The UNCD nanowire is movable between a first configuration in which no force is exerted on the UNCD nanowire and a second configuration in which the UNCD nanowire bends about the first end and the second end in response to a force. The UNCD nanowire has a first resistance in the first configuration and a second resistance in the second configuration which is different from the first resistance. The UNCD nanowire is structured to have a gauge factor of at least about 70, for example, in the range of about 70 to about 1,800.

  20. Photoresponse and light trapping in nanowire array-graphene interfaces

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    Huber, Tito; Johnson, Scott; Barclift, Quinton; Brower, Tina; Hunt, Jeffrey H.; Belk, John H.

    2015-03-01

    Graphene is emerging as an optical material that features tunability by electrostatic doping and a photothermoelectric response, however it features low optical absorption. We studied interfaces between nanowire arrays and graphene and also other transparent electrodes such as indium tin oxide films. The nanowire arrays were fabricated using a template method. Graphene was transferred from copper substrates. The interfaces were characterized with a number of tools including Scanning Electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and optical reflectance. We also studied the photocurrent through the interface in particular the temporal and wavelength dependence that are revealing of the characteristic thermoelectric origin of the signal. In the photocurrent tests we employed devices composed of nanowire arrays which are capped with the transparent electrode. Interestingly, we observed that the interface has low optical reflectivity and high optical absorption, which we will discuss in terms of enhanced optical trapping. T.H. and S.J. acknowledge support from the National Science Foundation.

  1. Ni2Si nanowires of extraordinarily low resistivity

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    Zhang, Z.; Lu, J.; Hellström, P.-E.; Östling, M.; Zhang, S.-L.

    2006-05-01

    Ultralong, polycrystalline Ni2Si nanowires are fabricated by combining sidewall transfer lithography with self-aligned silicidation. Upon formation at 500°C, the nanowires that are 400μm long with a rectangular cross section of 37.5 by 25.3nm are characterized by a resistivity of 25±1μΩcm which is similar to the value for Ni2Si thin films. Further annealing at 800°C results in an extraordinarily low wire resistivity of 10μΩcm. Such a drastic decrease in resistivity is attributed to a significant grain growth and a low density of defects in the nanowires.

  2. Highly efficient solar cells based on poly(3-butylthiophene) nanowires.

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    Xin, Hao; Kim, Felix Sunjoo; Jenekhe, Samson A

    2008-04-23

    Poly(3-butylthiophene) (P3BT) nanowires, prepared by solution-phase self-assembly, have been used to construct highly efficient P3BT/fullerene nanocomposite solar cells. The fullerene/P3BT nanocomposite films showed an electrically bicontinuous nanoscale morphology with average field-effect hole mobilities as high as 8.0 x 10(-3) cm2/Vs due to the interconnected P3BT nanowire network revealed by TEM and AFM imaging. The power conversion efficiency of fullerene/P3BT nanowire devices was 3.0% (at 100 mW/cm2, AM1.5) in air and found to be identical with our similarly tested fullerene/poly(3-hexylthiophene) photovoltaic cells. This discovery expands the scope of promising materials and architectures for efficient bulk heterojunction solar cells.

  3. Atmospheric-Pressure Processed Silver Nanowire (Ag-NW)/ZnO Composite Transparent Conducting Contacts

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    Perkins, John D.; Aggarwal, Shruti; van Hest, Maikel F. A. M.; Ginley, David S.

    2015-06-14

    Composite transparent contacts (TCs) based on metal nanowires and metal oxide matrix materials hold great promise for high performance transparent contacts for photovoltaics and opto-electronic technologies with the potential of all-atmospheric pressure processing. The metal nanowire mesh can provide both electrical conductivity and mechanical robustness against bending while the matrix material can both control the electrical interface and protect the metal nanowires. Here, we demonstrate all atmospheric pressure processed Ag-NW/ZnO composite TCs that are 90% transparent in the visible with sheet resistance Rs ~= 10 Ohms/sq. In addition, the composite TCs have higher infrared transmission than conventional TCO films with the same sheet resistance.

  4. Ultraviolet photodetection of flexible ZnO nanowire sheets in polydimethylsiloxane polymer

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    Motta, Nunzio; Lee, Soonil

    2012-01-01

    Summary ZnO nanowires are normally exposed to an oxygen atmosphere to achieve high performance in UV photodetection. In this work we present results on a UV photodetector fabricated using a flexible ZnO nanowire sheet embedded in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), a gas-permeable polymer, showing reproducible UV photoresponse and enhanced photoconduction. PDMS coating results in a reduced response speed compared to that of a ZnO nanowire film in air. The rising speed is slightly reduced, while the decay time is prolonged by about a factor of four. We conclude that oxygen molecules diffusing in PDMS are responsible for the UV photoresponse. PMID:23016139

  5. Localized electromechanical interactions in ferroelectric P(VDF-TrFE) nanowires investigated by scanning probe microscopy

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    Calahorra, Yonatan; Whiter, Richard A.; Jing, Qingshen; Narayan, Vijay; Kar-Narayan, Sohini

    2016-11-01

    We investigate the electromechanical interactions in individual polyvinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene nanowires in response to localized electrical poling via a conducting atomic force microscope tip. Spatially resolved measurements of piezoelectric coefficients and elastic moduli before and after poling reveal a striking dependence on the polarity of the poling field, notably absent in thin films of the same composition. These observations are attributed to the unclamped nature of the nanowires and the inherent asymmetry in their chemical and electrical interactions with the tip and underlying substrate. Our findings provide insights into the mechanism of poling/switching in polymer nanowires critical to ferroelectric device performance.

  6. Optical and Electrical Characteristics of Hybrid ZnO Nanowire/a-Si:H Solar Cells on Flexible Substrates under Mechanical Bending.

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    Pathirane, Minoli K; Wong, William S

    2016-05-01

    Disordered 3-D hybrid ZnO nanowire/a-Si:H thin-film radial-junction solar cells are directly fabricated onto flexible substrates. A 41% reduction in optical reflectivity resulted in a 15% increase in the current density when the substrate is mechanically bent concave-up toward the incoming light. The light scattering of the nanowire devices was enhanced by decreasing the spacing between the nanowire solar cell by bending the substrate.

  7. Coffee ring effect resulted conductive nanowire patterns by evaporating colloidal suspension droplets without sintering process

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    Wang, Xiaofeng; Seong, Baekhoon; Yudistira, Hadi Teguh; Byun, Doyoung

    2015-11-01

    Drying colloidal suspensions containing non-volatile solute will form a ring like pattern, which is called ``coffee ring effect.'' Here, we present the coffee ring effect with silver nanowires dispersing into DI water, resulting in a highly dense-packed nanowire ring patterns. The effect of nanowire length, concentration, droplet size, and substrate temperature were investigated. With shorter nanowires, a distinct ring could be obtained. Meanwhile, the concentration of the colloidal suspension was found to affect the ring width. The droplet size and nanowire length played a significant role in affecting the occurrence of the coffee ring effect. When smaller droplets (i.e., less than 150 μm) containing long nanowires (~ 20 μm), the coffee ring effect was suppressed. While smaller droplets containing short nanowires (~ 1 μm), the coffee ring effect was not affected. By increasing the temperature of the substrate, multi-ring pattern was formed inside the original ring. The resistivity of the semi-circle of the nanowire ring was measured, and had a minimum value of 1.32 × 10-6 Ωm without any sintering process. These findings could be exploited to basic study of ring stain effect as well as the practical use, such as evaporative lithography and ink-jet printing for conductive film and display. This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) (Grant number: 2014-023284).

  8. Growth of Catalyst-Free Epitaxial InAs Nanowires on Si Wafers Using Metallic Masks.

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    Soo, M Teng; Zheng, Kun; Gao, Qiang; Tan, H Hoe; Jagadish, Chennupati; Zou, Jin

    2016-07-13

    Development of heteroepitaxy growth of catalyst-free vertical III-V nanowires on Si wafers is highly desirable for future nanoscale Si-based electronic and optoelectronic devices. In this study, a proof-of-concept approach is developed for catalyst-free heteroepitaxy growth of InAs nanowires on Si wafers. Before the growth of InAs nanowires, a Si-compatible metallic film with a thickness of several tens of nanometers was predeposited on a Si wafer and then annealed to form nanosize openings so as to obtain a metallic mask. These nano-openings exposed the surface of the Si wafer, which allowed subsequent nucleation and growth of epitaxial InAs nanowires directly on the surface of the Si wafer. The small size of the nano-openings limits the lateral growth of the nanostructures but promotes their axial growth. Through this approach, catalyst-free InAs nanowires were grown on both Si (111) and (001) wafers successfully at different growth temperatures. In particular, ultralong defect-free InAs nanowires with the wurtzite structure were grown the Si (111) wafers at 550 °C using the Ni mask. This study offers a simple, cost-effective, and scalable method to grow catalyst-free III-V nanowires on Si wafers. The simplicity of the approach opens a new avenue for the growth and integration of catalyst-free high-quality heteroepitaxial III-V nanowires on Si wafers.

  9. Beam-deposited platinum as versatile catalyst for bottom-up silicon nanowire synthesis

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    Hibst, N.; Strehle, S.; Knittel, P.; Kranz, C.; Mizaikoff, B.

    2014-10-13

    The controlled localized bottom-up synthesis of silicon nanowires on arbitrarily shaped surfaces is still a persisting challenge for functional device assembly. In order to address this issue, electron beam and focused ion beam-assisted catalyst deposition have been investigated with respect to platinum expected to form a PtSi alloy catalyst for a subsequent bottom-up nanowire synthesis. The effective implementation of pure platinum nanoparticles or thin films for silicon nanowire growth has been demonstrated recently. Beam-deposited platinum contains significant quantities of amorphous carbon due to the organic precursor and gallium ions for a focused ion beam-based deposition process. Nevertheless, silicon nanowires could be grown on various substrates regardless of the platinum purity. Additionally, p-type doping could be realized with diborane whereas n-type doping suppressed a nanowire growth. The rational utilization of this beam-assisted approach enables us to control the localized synthesis of single silicon nanowires at planar surfaces but succeeded also in single nanowire growth at the three-dimensional apex of an atomic force microscopy tip. Therefore, this catalyst deposition method appears to be a unique extension of current technologies to assemble complex nanowire-based devices.

  10. Experimental and Theoretical Evaluations of the Galvanomagnetic Effect in an Individual Bismuth Nanowire.

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    Murata, Masayuki; Yamamoto, Atsushi; Hasegawa, Yasuhiro; Komine, Takashi

    2017-01-11

    The galvanomagnetic effect is evaluated experimentally and theoretically in an individual bismuth nanowire encapsulated within a quartz template. A small section of the side surface of the encapsulated bismuth nanowire is exposed using focused ion beam processing, and a total of six carbon film electrodes are fabricated on the exposed nanowire surface by in situ deposition in order to be able to perform electrical measurements on the nanowire. The results show that the galvanomagnetic effect in the nanowire is affected by carrier collisions at the nanowire boundary; this is particularly the case at low temperatures. The Hall mobilities of electrons and holes are determined based on the measured Hall coefficient and magnetoresistivity values. It is found that the carrier mobility in the bismuth nanowire is lower than that in bulk bismuth and that it plateaus at low temperatures, as predicted by the calculation model used in the study, which takes into account the carrier mean free path limitation imposed by the small diameter of the nanowire.

  11. EDITORIAL: Nanowires for energy Nanowires for energy

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    LaPierre, Ray; Sunkara, Mahendra

    2012-05-01

    This special issue of Nanotechnology focuses on studies illustrating the application of nanowires for energy including solar cells, efficient lighting and water splitting. Over the next three decades, nanotechnology will make significant contributions towards meeting the increased energy needs of the planet, now known as the TeraWatt challenge. Nanowires in particular are poised to contribute significantly in this development as presented in the review by Hiralal et al [1]. Nanowires exhibit light trapping properties that can act as a broadband anti-reflection coating to enhance the efficiency of solar cells. In this issue, Li et al [2] and Wang et al [3] present the optical properties of silicon nanowire and nanocone arrays. In addition to enhanced optical properties, core-shell nanowires also have the potential for efficient charge carrier collection across the nanowire diameter as presented in the contribution by Yu et al [4] for radial junction a-Si solar cells. Hybrid approaches that combine organic and inorganic materials also have potential for high efficiency photovoltaics. A Si-based hybrid solar cell is presented by Zhang et al [5] with a photoconversion efficiency of over 7%. The quintessential example of hybrid solar cells is the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) where an organic absorber (dye) coats an inorganic material (typically a ZnO nanostructure). Herman et al [6] present a method of enhancing the efficiency of a DSSC by increasing the hetero-interfacial area with a unique hierarchical weeping willow ZnO structure. The increased surface area allows for higher dye loading, light harvesting, and reduced charge recombination through direct conduction along the ZnO branches. Another unique ZnO growth method is presented by Calestani et al [7] using a solution-free and catalyst-free approach by pulsed electron deposition (PED). Nanowires can also make more efficient use of electrical power. Light emitting diodes, for example, will eventually become the

  12. Magnetic nanowires for acoustic sensors (invited)

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    McGary, Patrick D.; Tan, Liwen; Zou, Jia; Stadler, Bethanie J. H.; Downey, Patrick R.; Flatau, Alison B.

    2006-04-01

    Tiny hairlike sensors or cilia play a very important role in detection for many biological species, including humans. This research took inspiration from the packaging and transduction processes of the inner ear's cochlea and cilia to design acoustic sensors. Specifically, this work uses nanowires of magnetostrictive materials as artificial cilia to sense acoustic signals. Anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates with hexagonal spacings were fabricated using a two-step anodization process as well as nanoimprint assisted self-assembly and were characterized using atomic force microscopy. Patterned microelectrodes were also fabricated at the backside of several templates using photolithography. Ni, Co, and Galfenol (Fe1-xGax0.1<=x<=0.25 at. %) nanowires were fabricated using electrochemical deposition into nanoporous AAO templates where the pores had various geometries and some had large-area ordering as dictated by nanoimprinting. High aspect ratio nanowires with diameters varying from 10 to 200 nm and lengths up to 60 μm were fabricated in arrays and were collectively and individually characterized using scanning electron microscopy. Galfenol thin films, fabricated electrochemically using a Hull cell, were characterized using x-ray diffraction and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy to determine the optimum current density for deposition. The magnetic response of millimeter-scale cantilevered beams to dynamic bending loads was also measured and compared to constitutive and free-energy models. A giant magnetoresistive sensor behind the beam measured the magnetic response of mechanical excitation applied to the tip of each rod and validated the models. Potenial applications of these nanowire cilia include sonar arrays, underwater cameras, and medical devices.

  13. Microscopic and magnetic properties of template assisted electrodeposited iron nanowires

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    Irshad, M. I. Mohamed, N. M. Yar, A.; Ahmad, F. Abdullah, M. Z.

    2015-07-22

    Nanowires of magnetic materials such as Iron, nickel, cobalt, and alloys of them are one of the most widely investigated structures because of their possible applications in high density magnetic recording media, sensor elements, and building blocks in biological transport systems. In this work, Iron nanowires have been prepared by electrodeposition technique using Anodized Aluminium Oxide (AAO) templates. The electrolyte used consisted of FeSO{sub 4.}6H{sub 2}O buffered with H{sub 3}BO{sub 3} and acidized by dilute H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}. FESEM analysis shows that the asdeposited nanowires are parallel to one another and have high aspect ratio with a reasonably high pore-filing factor. To fabricate the working electrode, a thin film of copper (∼ 220 nm thick) was coated on back side of AAO template by e-beam evaporation system to create electrical contact with the external circuit. The TEM results show that electrodeposited nanowires have diameter around 100 nm and are polycrystalline in structure. Magnetic properties show the existence of anisotropy for in and out of plane configuration. These nanowires have potential applications in magnetic data storage, catalysis and magnetic sensor applications.

  14. Microscopic and magnetic properties of template assisted electrodeposited iron nanowires

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    Irshad, M. I.; Ahmad, F.; Mohamed, N. M.; Abdullah, M. Z.; Yar, A.

    2015-07-01

    Nanowires of magnetic materials such as Iron, nickel, cobalt, and alloys of them are one of the most widely investigated structures because of their possible applications in high density magnetic recording media, sensor elements, and building blocks in biological transport systems. In this work, Iron nanowires have been prepared by electrodeposition technique using Anodized Aluminium Oxide (AAO) templates. The electrolyte used consisted of FeSO4.6H2O buffered with H3BO3 and acidized by dilute H2SO4. FESEM analysis shows that the asdeposited nanowires are parallel to one another and have high aspect ratio with a reasonably high pore-filing factor. To fabricate the working electrode, a thin film of copper (˜ 220 nm thick) was coated on back side of AAO template by e-beam evaporation system to create electrical contact with the external circuit. The TEM results show that electrodeposited nanowires have diameter around 100 nm and are polycrystalline in structure. Magnetic properties show the existence of anisotropy for in and out of plane configuration. These nanowires have potential applications in magnetic data storage, catalysis and magnetic sensor applications.

  15. Welding of Semiconductor Nanowires by Coupling Laser-Induced Peening and Localized Heating

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    Rickey, Kelly M.; Nian, Qiong; Zhang, Genqiang; Chen, Liangliang; Suslov, Sergey; Bhat, S. Venkataprasad; Wu, Yue; Cheng, Gary J.; Ruan, Xiulin

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate that laser peening coupled with sintering of CdTe nanowire films substantially enhances film quality and charge transfer while largely maintaining basic particle morphology. During the laser peening phase, a shockwave is used to compress the film. Laser sintering comprises the second step, where a nanosecond pulse laser beam welds the nanowires. Microstructure, morphology, material content, and electrical conductivities of the films are characterized before and after treatment. The morphology results show that laser peening can decrease porosity and bring nanowires into contact, and pulsed laser heating fuses those contacts. Multiphysics simulations coupling electromagnetic and heat transfer modules demonstrate that during pulsed laser heating, local EM field enhancement is generated specifically around the contact areas between two semiconductor nanowires, indicating localized heating. The characterization results indicate that solely laser peening or sintering can only moderately improve the thin film quality; however, when coupled together as laser peen sintering (LPS), the electrical conductivity enhancement is dramatic. LPS can decrease resistivity up to a factor of ~10,000, resulting in values on the order of ~105 Ω-cm in some cases, which is comparable to CdTe thin films. Our work demonstrates that LPS is an effective processing method to obtain high-quality semiconductor nanocrystal films. PMID:26527570

  16. Fabrication and photonics properties of III-V semiconductor nanowire structures

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    Lin, Tzu-ging

    absorption. Although traditional conductive oxide materials, such as indium tin oxide (ITO) and aluminum zinc oxide (AZO), have been successfully used in solar cell thin film devices, those conductive oxide contact electrodes will have different optical behavior applied in 1D nanowire devices due to 1D optical Mie resonance in nanowires. We found metal contact electrodes, such as silver and copper, will have comparable optical performance with conventional ITO contact electrodes while the semiconductor nanowire devices approaching to 1D limit. Our results also show the contact electrodes will affect the semiconductor materials with different bandgaps through different ways, which can be considered as a guideline for the future device applications.

  17. Virus-templated iridium oxide-gold hybrid nanowires for electrochromic application

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    Nam, Yoon Sung; Park, Heechul; Magyar, Andrew P.; Yun, Dong Soo; Pollom, Thomas S.; Belcher, Angela M.

    2012-05-01

    A highly porous electrode comprised of biologically templated iridium oxide-gold (IrO2-Au) hybrid nanowires is introduced for electrochromic applications. A filamentous M13 virus is genetically engineered to display IrO2-binding peptides on the viral surface and used as a template for the self-assembly of IrO2 nanoclusters into a nanowire. The open porous morphology of the prepared nanowire film facilitates ion transport. Subsequently, the redox kinetics of the IrO2 nanowires seems to be limited by the electric resistance of the nanowire film. To increase the electron mobility in the nanowires, gold nanoparticles are chemically linked to the virus prior to the IrO2 mineralization, forming a gold nanostring structure along the long axis of the virus. The resulting IrO2-Au hybrid nanowires exhibit a switching time of 35 ms for coloration and 25 ms for bleaching with a transmission change of about 30.5% at 425 nm. These values represent almost an order of magnitude faster switching responses than those of an IrO2 nanowire film having the similar optical contrast. This work shows that genetically engineered viruses can serve as versatile templates to co-assemble multiple functional molecules, enabling control of the electrochemical properties of nanomaterials.A highly porous electrode comprised of biologically templated iridium oxide-gold (IrO2-Au) hybrid nanowires is introduced for electrochromic applications. A filamentous M13 virus is genetically engineered to display IrO2-binding peptides on the viral surface and used as a template for the self-assembly of IrO2 nanoclusters into a nanowire. The open porous morphology of the prepared nanowire film facilitates ion transport. Subsequently, the redox kinetics of the IrO2 nanowires seems to be limited by the electric resistance of the nanowire film. To increase the electron mobility in the nanowires, gold nanoparticles are chemically linked to the virus prior to the IrO2 mineralization, forming a gold nanostring

  18. Fabrication of polymer nanowires via maskless O2 plasma etching.

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    Du, Ke; Wathuthanthri, Ishan; Liu, Yuyang; Kang, Yong Tae; Choi, Chang-Hwan

    2014-04-25

    In this paper, we introduce a simple fabrication technique which can pattern high-aspect-ratio polymer nanowire structures of photoresist films by using a maskless one-step oxygen plasma etching process. When carbon-based photoresist materials on silicon substrates are etched by oxygen plasma in a metallic etching chamber, nanoparticles such as antimony, aluminum, fluorine, silicon or their compound materials are self-generated and densely occupy the photoresist polymer surface. Such self-masking effects result in the formation of high-aspect-ratio vertical nanowire arrays of the polymer in the reactive ion etching mode without the necessity of any artificial etch mask. Nanowires fabricated by this technique have a diameter of less than 50 nm and an aspect ratio greater than 20. When such nanowires are fabricated on lithographically pre-patterned photoresist films, hierarchical and hybrid nanostructures of polymer are also conveniently attained. This simple and high-throughput fabrication technique for polymer nanostructures should pave the way to a wide range of applications such as in sensors, energy storage, optical devices and microfluidics systems.

  19. Improved mechanical stability of acetoxypropyl cellulose upon blending with ultranarrow PbS nanowires in Langmuir monolayer matrix.

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    Maji, Subrata; Kundu, Sudarshan; Pinto, L F V; Godinho, M H; Khan, Ali Hossain; Acharya, Somobrata

    2013-12-10

    Cellulose and cellulose derivatives have long been used as membrane fabrication. Langmuir monolayer behavior, which naturally mimics membranes, of acetoxypropyl cellulose (APC) and lead sulfide (PbS) nanowire mixtures at different volume ratios is reported. Surface pressure (π)-area (A) isotherms of APC and PbS nanowires mixtures at different volume ratios show a gradual decrease in the monolayer area with increasing volume fraction of PbS nanowires. Change of surface potential with monolayer area at different volume ratios also reveals a gradual increase in the surface potential indicating incorporation of PbS nanowires within APC matrix. The compressibility and elastic constants measurements reveal an enhancement of the elasticity upon incorporation of PbS nanowires up to certain volume fractions. An enhancement in stability of the blend is observed upon PbS nanowire incorporation to the APC matrix. Rheological measurements also support the robustness of the mixture of APC and PbS nanowires in 3D bulk phase. Such robust ultrathin films of cellulose based-nanowire blend obtained by means of the Langmuir technique may lead to novel routes for designing cellulosic-based thin films and membranes.

  20. Extreme Band Engineering of III-Nitride Nanowire Heterostructures for Electronic and Photonic Application

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    Sarwar, ATM Golam

    Bottom-up nanowires are attractive for realizing semiconductor devices with extreme heterostructures because strain relaxation through the nanowire sidewalls allows the combination of highly lattice mismatched materials without creating dislocations. The resulting nanowires are used to fabricate light-emitting diodes (LEDs), lasers, solar cells, and sensors. The aim of this work is to investigate extreme heterostructures, which are impossible or very hard to realize in conventional planar films, exploiting the strain accommodation property of nanowires and engineer their band structure for novel electronic and photonic applications. To this end, in this thesis, III-Nitride semiconductor nanowires are investigated. In the first part of this work, a complete growth phase diagram of InN nanowires on silicon using plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy is developed, and structural and optical characteristics are mapped as a function of growth parameters. Next, a novel up-side down pendeoepitaxial growth of InN forming mushroom-like microstructures is demonstrated and detail structural and optical characterizations are performed. Based on this, a method to grow strain-free large area single crystalline InN or thin film is proposed and the growth of InN on patterned GaN is investigated. The optimized growth conditions developed for InN are further used to grow InGaN nanowires graded over the whole composition range. Numerical energy band simulation is performed to better understand the effect of polarization charge on photo-carrier transport in these extremely graded nanowires. A novel photodetector device with negative differential photocurrent is demonstrated using the graded InGaN nanowires. In the second part of this thesis, polarization-induced nanowire light emitting diodes (PINLEDs) are investigated. The electrical and optical properties of the nanowire heterostructure are engineered and optimized for ultraviolet and deep ultraviolet applications. The electrical

  1. Solution-Processed Copper/Reduced-Graphene-Oxide Core/Shell Nanowire Transparent Conductors.

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    Dou, Letian; Cui, Fan; Yu, Yi; Khanarian, Garo; Eaton, Samuel W; Yang, Qin; Resasco, Joaquin; Schildknecht, Christian; Schierle-Arndt, Kerstin; Yang, Peidong

    2016-02-23

    Copper nanowire (Cu NW) based transparent conductors are promising candidates to replace ITO (indium-tin-oxide) owing to the high electrical conductivity and low-cost of copper. However, the relatively low performance and poor stability of Cu NWs under ambient conditions limit the practical application of these devices. Here, we report a solution-based approach to wrap graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets on the surface of ultrathin copper nanowires. By mild thermal annealing, GO can be reduced and high quality Cu r-GO core-shell NWs can be obtained. High performance transparent conducting films were fabricated with these ultrathin core-shell nanowires and excellent optical and electric performance was achieved. The core-shell NW structure enables the production of highly stable conducting films (over 200 days stored in air), which have comparable performance to ITO and silver NW thin films (sheet resistance ∼28 Ω/sq, haze ∼2% at transmittance of ∼90%).

  2. Reduced Joule heating in nanowires

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    Léonard, François

    2011-03-01

    The temperature distribution in nanowires due to Joule heating is studied analytically using a continuum model and a Green's function approach. We show that the temperatures reached in nanowires can be much lower than that predicted by bulk models of Joule heating, due to heat loss at the nanowire surface that is important at nanoscopic dimensions, even when the thermal conductivity of the environment is relatively low. In addition, we find that the maximum temperature in the nanowire scales weakly with length, in contrast to the bulk system. A simple criterion is presented to assess the importance of these effects. The results have implications for the experimental measurements of nanowire thermal properties, for thermoelectric applications, and for controlling thermal effects in nanowire electronic devices.

  3. Silicon nanowire hot electron electroluminescence

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    du Plessis, Monuko; Joubert, Trudi-Heleen

    2016-02-01

    This paper investigates the avalanche electroluminescence characteristics of pn junctions formed in silicon nanowires fabricated in a silicon-on-insula*tor (SOI) technology. Since carriers are confined to the nanowires, it is possible to study the effect of electric field strength on device performance while the current density and carrier concentrations are kept constant. This is achieved by varying the nanowire length while keeping the bias current constant, eventually driving the pn junction into the reach-through bias condition. It is observed that photon emission for photon energies higher than 1.2 eV increases when the nanowire length is reduced, while photon emission with energies less than 1.2 eV decreases. The higher electric field in the nanowire at shorter nanowire lengths enhances the high-energy photon emission and attenuates the low energy photon emission.

  4. Wafer-scale patterning of lead telluride nanowires: structure, characterization, and electrical properties.

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    Yang, Yongan; Taggart, David K; Brown, Matthew A; Xiang, Chengxiang; Kung, Sheng-Chin; Yang, Fan; Hemminger, John C; Penner, Reginald M

    2009-12-22

    Nanowires of lead telluride (PbTe) were patterned on glass surfaces using lithographically patterned nanowire electrodeposition (LPNE). LPNE involved the fabrication by photolithography of a contoured nickel nanoband that is recessed by approximately 300 nm into a horizontal photoresist trench. Cubic PbTe was then electrodeposited from a basic aqueous solution containing Pb(2+) and TeO(3)(2-) at the nickel nanoband using a cyclic deposition/stripping potential program in which lead-rich PbTe was first deposited in a negative-going potential scan and excess lead was then anodically stripped from the nascent nanowire by scanning in the positive direction to produce near stoichiometric PbTe. Repeating this scanning procedure permitted PbTe nanowires 60-400 nm in width to be obtained. The wire height was controlled over the range of 20-100 nm based upon the nickel film thickness. Nanowires with lengths exceeding 1 cm were prepared in this study. We report the characterization of these nanowires using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The surface chemical composition of PbTe nanowires was monitored by XPS as a function of time during the exposure of these nanowires to laboratory air. One to two monolayers of a mixed Pb and Te oxide are formed during a 24 h exposure. The electrical conductivity of PbTe nanowires was strongly affected by air oxidation, declining from an initial value of 2.0(+/-1.5) x 10 (4) S/m by 61% (for nanowires with a 20 nm thickness), 55% (for 40 nm), and 12% (for 60 nm).

  5. Fabrication of a Nanoscale Electrical Contact on a Bismuth Nanowire Encapsulated in a Quartz Template by Using FIB-SEM

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    Murata, Masayuki; Yamamoto, Atsushi; Hasegawa, Yasuhiro; Komine, Takashi

    2016-09-01

    A method to fabricate an electrode on a 110-nm-diameter Bi nanowire, encapsulated in a quartz template, was established using a dual beam instrument equipped with a focused ion beam and a scanning electron microscope. A fabrication method has already been successfully developed to obtain suitable Ohmic contact on both ends of Bi nanowires (several hundred nanometers in diameter) by first polishing the ends of the nanowires, and then depositing titanium/copper thin-films via an ion-plating method. However, with this method, it was difficult to obtain suitable electrodes on Bi nanowires with diameters less than 300 nm. Therefore, in order to understand why it was not possible to establish an electrical contact in small-diameter Bi nanowires, the vertical section of the fabricated electrode and the end of a 110-nm-diameter Bi nanowire were observed using a focused ion beam scanning electron microscope. A vacant area was observed between the end of the nanowire and the titanium thin-film, indicating a possible cause for the electrical contact failure. This implies that the quartz-encapsulated Bi nanowire is selectively removed when it undergoes polishing due to the great difference in hardness between Bi and quartz. A local electrode, which would connect the exposed area of the Bi nanowire and the metal thin-films on the surface of the quartz template, was fabricated by tungsten deposition using an electron beam. After fabrication of the opposite-end electrode by the same method, an electrical connection was successfully confirmed by measuring the voltage between both ends of the metal thin-films with a circuit tester. Ohmic contact was confirmed by measuring the current-voltage characteristics between the fabricated electrodes. As a result, the electrical resistivity and Seebeck coefficient were successfully measured at 300 K.

  6. Diamond Nanowire for UV Detection

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    2010-02-28

    addition to the stated goal of solar - blind , radiation-hard diamond nanowire UV detectors [3]. The use of diamond nanowires in field-effect transistors could...the next phase. As a result, a working diamond nanowire UV detector can be expected within the coming few months. And, a completely new diamond...attractive candidate for use in ultraviolet ( UV ) light detectors and emitters[2]. Of all known materials, it is the hardest, and has the highest

  7. Melting and superheating of nanowires--a nanotube approach.

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    Sar, Dillip Kumar; Nanda, Karuna Kar

    2010-05-21

    We have investigated the size-dependent melting of nanotubes based on a thermodynamic approach and shown that the melting temperature of nanotubes depends on the outer radius and on the inner radius through the thickness of the nanotubes. Size-dependent melting of nanowires and thin films has been derived from that of nanotubes. We validate the size-dependent melting of nanotubes, nanowires and thin films by comparing the results with available molecular dynamic simulations and experimental results. It has also been inferred that superheating occurs when the melting starts from the inner surface and proceeds towards the outer surface, while melting point depression occurs when the melting starts from the outer surface and proceeds towards the inner surface.

  8. Self-assembled ZnO agave-like nanowires and anomalous superhydrophobicity

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    Yang, Y. H.; Li, Z. Y.; Wang, B.; Wang, C. X.; Chen, D. H.; Yang, G. W.

    2005-09-01

    Thin films of ZnO agave-like nanowires were prepared on amorphous carbon thin layers on silicon substrates using thermal chemical vapour transport and condensation without any metal catalysts. The unusual superhydrophobicity of the fabricated surface was measured; the water contact angle reaches 151.1°. On the basis of experimental and theoretical analyses, it appears likely that the biomimetic microcomposite and nanocomposite surfaces of the prepared thin films of ZnO agave-like nanowires are responsible for the excellent superhydrophobicity.

  9. A review on plasma-assisted VLS synthesis of silicon nanowires and radial junction solar cells

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    Misra, Soumyadeep; Yu, Linwei; Chen, Wanghua; Foldyna, Martin; Cabarrocas, Pere Roca i.

    2014-10-01

    Incorporation of nanostructures is a recent trend in the photovoltaic community, aimed at improving light absorption and consequently cell efficiency. In this regard, semiconductor nanowires provide an attractive research platform for a new generation of cost-effective and efficient solar cells. Thanks to their unique geometry, silicon nanowires enhance light trapping and anti-reflection effects by means of multiple scattering between individual nanowires, and by coupling the light into confined eigenmodes over a broad range of the solar spectrum. Moreover, radial junction solar cells built around nanowires decouple the light absorption and carrier collection directions, which allows for a higher internal field and better carrier collection. Thus, arrays of radial junction solar cells bring advantages of high efficiency with reduced material amount. This is particularly attractive for devices based on hydrogenated amorphous and microcrystalline silicon thin films. In this paper, after reviewing different approaches to fabricate silicon nanowires, we focus on nanowires grown using the plasma-assisted vapour-liquid-solid method because of the simplicity and compatibility with current silicon thin-film technology. Their application to a-Si : H based radial junction solar cells has already resulted in ˜8% of stable devices with an absorber layer thickness of only 100 nm. Moreover, current challenges and perspectives such as the use of a microcrystalline silicon absorber are also reviewed.

  10. ZnO Nanowire-Based Corona Discharge Devices Operated Under Hundreds of Volts

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    Yang, Wenming; Zhu, Rong; Zong, Xianli

    2016-02-01

    Minimizing the voltage of corona discharges, especially when using nanomaterials, has been of great interest in the past decade or so. In this paper, we report a new corona discharge device by using ZnO nanowires operated in atmospheric air to realize continuous corona discharge excited by hundreds of volts. ZnO nanowires were synthesized on microelectrodes using electric-field-assisted wet chemical method, and a thin tungsten film was deposited on the microchip to enhance discharging performance. The testing results showed that the corona inception voltages were minimized greatly by using nanowires compared to conventional dischargers as a result of the local field enhancement of nanowires. The corona could be continuously generated and self-sustaining. It was proved that the law of corona inception voltage obeyed the conventional Peek's breakdown criterion. An optimal thickness of tungsten film coated over ZnO nanowires was figured out to obtain the lowest corona inception voltage. The ion concentration of the nanowire-based discharger attained 1017/m3 orders of magnitude, which is practicable for most discharging applications.

  11. Room temperature synthesis of silver nanowires from tabular silver bromide crystals in the presence of gelatin

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    Liu Suwen; Wehmschulte, Rudolf J. . E-mail: rwehmsch@fit.edu; Lian Guoda; Burba, Christopher M.

    2006-03-15

    Long silver nanowires were synthesized at room temperature by a simple and fast process derived from the development of photographic films. A film consisting of an emulsion of tabular silver bromide grains in gelatin was treated with a photographic developer (4-(methylamino)phenol sulfate (metol), citric acid) in the presence of additional aqueous silver nitrate. The silver nanowires have lengths of more than 50 {mu}m, some even more than 100 {mu}m, and average diameters of about 80 nm. Approximately, 70% of the metallic silver formed in the reduction consists of silver nanowires. Selected area electron diffraction (SAED) results indicate that the silver nanowires grow along the [111] direction. It was found that the presence of gelatin, tabular silver bromide crystals and silver ions in solution are essential for the formation of the silver nanowires. The nanowires appear to originate from the edges of the silver bromide crystals. They were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), SAED, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and powder X-ray diffraction (XRD)

  12. ZnO Nanowire-Based Corona Discharge Devices Operated Under Hundreds of Volts.

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    Yang, Wenming; Zhu, Rong; Zong, Xianli

    2016-12-01

    Minimizing the voltage of corona discharges, especially when using nanomaterials, has been of great interest in the past decade or so. In this paper, we report a new corona discharge device by using ZnO nanowires operated in atmospheric air to realize continuous corona discharge excited by hundreds of volts. ZnO nanowires were synthesized on microelectrodes using electric-field-assisted wet chemical method, and a thin tungsten film was deposited on the microchip to enhance discharging performance. The testing results showed that the corona inception voltages were minimized greatly by using nanowires compared to conventional dischargers as a result of the local field enhancement of nanowires. The corona could be continuously generated and self-sustaining. It was proved that the law of corona inception voltage obeyed the conventional Peek's breakdown criterion. An optimal thickness of tungsten film coated over ZnO nanowires was figured out to obtain the lowest corona inception voltage. The ion concentration of the nanowire-based discharger attained 10(17)/m(3) orders of magnitude, which is practicable for most discharging applications.

  13. Modulating memristive performance of hexagonal WO3 nanowire by water-oxidized hydrogen ion implantation

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    Zhou, Yong; Peng, Yuehua; Yin, Yanling; Zhou, Fang; Liu, Chang; Ling, Jing; Lei, Le; Zhou, Weichang; Tang, Dongsheng

    2016-01-01

    In a two-terminal Au/hexagonal WO3 nanowire/Au device, ions drifting or carriers self-trapping under external electrical field will modulate the Schottky barriers between the nanowire and electrodes, and then result in memristive effect. When there are water molecules adsorbed on the surface of WO3 nanowire, hydrogen ions will generate near the positively-charged electrode and transport in the condensed water film, which will enhance the memristive performance characterized by analogic resistive switching remarkably. When the bias voltage is swept repeatedly under high relative humidity level, hydrogen ions will accumulate on the surface and then implant into the lattice of the WO3 nanowire, which leads to a transition from semiconducting WO3 nanowire to metallic HxWO3 nanowire. This insulator-metal transition can be realized more easily after enough electron-hole pairs being excited by laser illumination. The concentration of hydrogen ions in HxWO3 nanowire will decrease when the device is exposed to oxygen atmosphere or the bias voltage is swept in atmosphere with low relative humidity. By modulating the concentration of hydrogen ions, conductive hydrogen tungsten bronze filament might form or rupture near electrodes when the polarity of applied voltage changes, which will endow the device with memristive performance characterized by digital resistive switching. PMID:27600368

  14. Solution-Phase Epitaxial Growth of Quasi-Monocrystalline Cuprous Oxide on Metal Nanowires

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    2014-01-01

    The epitaxial growth of monocrystalline semiconductors on metal nanostructures is interesting from both fundamental and applied perspectives. The realization of nanostructures with excellent interfaces and material properties that also have controlled optical resonances can be very challenging. Here we report the synthesis and characterization of metal–semiconductor core–shell nanowires. We demonstrate a solution-phase route to obtain stable core–shell metal–Cu2O nanowires with outstanding control over the resulting structure, in which the noble metal nanowire is used as the nucleation site for epitaxial growth of quasi-monocrystalline Cu2O shells at room temperature in aqueous solution. We use X-ray and electron diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy, and absorption spectroscopy, as well as density functional theory calculations, to characterize the core–shell nanowires and verify their structure. Metal–semiconductor core–shell nanowires offer several potential advantages over thin film and traditional nanowire architectures as building blocks for photovoltaics, including efficient carrier collection in radial nanowire junctions and strong optical resonances that can be tuned to maximize absorption. PMID:25233392

  15. Solution-phase epitaxial growth of quasi-monocrystalline cuprous oxide on metal nanowires.

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    Sciacca, Beniamino; Mann, Sander A; Tichelaar, Frans D; Zandbergen, Henny W; van Huis, Marijn A; Garnett, Erik C

    2014-10-08

    The epitaxial growth of monocrystalline semiconductors on metal nanostructures is interesting from both fundamental and applied perspectives. The realization of nanostructures with excellent interfaces and material properties that also have controlled optical resonances can be very challenging. Here we report the synthesis and characterization of metal-semiconductor core-shell nanowires. We demonstrate a solution-phase route to obtain stable core-shell metal-Cu2O nanowires with outstanding control over the resulting structure, in which the noble metal nanowire is used as the nucleation site for epitaxial growth of quasi-monocrystalline Cu2O shells at room temperature in aqueous solution. We use X-ray and electron diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy, and absorption spectroscopy, as well as density functional theory calculations, to characterize the core-shell nanowires and verify their structure. Metal-semiconductor core-shell nanowires offer several potential advantages over thin film and traditional nanowire architectures as building blocks for photovoltaics, including efficient carrier collection in radial nanowire junctions and strong optical resonances that can be tuned to maximize absorption.

  16. Modulating memristive performance of hexagonal WO3 nanowire by water-oxidized hydrogen ion implantation.

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    Zhou, Yong; Peng, Yuehua; Yin, Yanling; Zhou, Fang; Liu, Chang; Ling, Jing; Lei, Le; Zhou, Weichang; Tang, Dongsheng

    2016-09-07

    In a two-terminal Au/hexagonal WO3 nanowire/Au device, ions drifting or carriers self-trapping under external electrical field will modulate the Schottky barriers between the nanowire and electrodes, and then result in memristive effect. When there are water molecules adsorbed on the surface of WO3 nanowire, hydrogen ions will generate near the positively-charged electrode and transport in the condensed water film, which will enhance the memristive performance characterized by analogic resistive switching remarkably. When the bias voltage is swept repeatedly under high relative humidity level, hydrogen ions will accumulate on the surface and then implant into the lattice of the WO3 nanowire, which leads to a transition from semiconducting WO3 nanowire to metallic HxWO3 nanowire. This insulator-metal transition can be realized more easily after enough electron-hole pairs being excited by laser illumination. The concentration of hydrogen ions in HxWO3 nanowire will decrease when the device is exposed to oxygen atmosphere or the bias voltage is swept in atmosphere with low relative humidity. By modulating the concentration of hydrogen ions, conductive hydrogen tungsten bronze filament might form or rupture near electrodes when the polarity of applied voltage changes, which will endow the device with memristive performance characterized by digital resistive switching.

  17. Modulating memristive performance of hexagonal WO3 nanowire by water-oxidized hydrogen ion implantation

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    Zhou, Yong; Peng, Yuehua; Yin, Yanling; Zhou, Fang; Liu, Chang; Ling, Jing; Lei, Le; Zhou, Weichang; Tang, Dongsheng

    2016-09-01

    In a two-terminal Au/hexagonal WO3 nanowire/Au device, ions drifting or carriers self-trapping under external electrical field will modulate the Schottky barriers between the nanowire and electrodes, and then result in memristive effect. When there are water molecules adsorbed on the surface of WO3 nanowire, hydrogen ions will generate near the positively-charged electrode and transport in the condensed water film, which will enhance the memristive performance characterized by analogic resistive switching remarkably. When the bias voltage is swept repeatedly under high relative humidity level, hydrogen ions will accumulate on the surface and then implant into the lattice of the WO3 nanowire, which leads to a transition from semiconducting WO3 nanowire to metallic HxWO3 nanowire. This insulator-metal transition can be realized more easily after enough electron-hole pairs being excited by laser illumination. The concentration of hydrogen ions in HxWO3 nanowire will decrease when the device is exposed to oxygen atmosphere or the bias voltage is swept in atmosphere with low relative humidity. By modulating the concentration of hydrogen ions, conductive hydrogen tungsten bronze filament might form or rupture near electrodes when the polarity of applied voltage changes, which will endow the device with memristive performance characterized by digital resistive switching.

  18. Metal oxide nanowire gas sensors for indoor and outdoor environmental monitoring

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    Köck, Anton; Brunet, Elise; Freudenberg, Oliver; Gamauf, Christoph; Kraft, Jochen; Mutinati, Giorgio C.; Maier, Thomas; Nemecek, Alexander; Schrank, Franz; Schrems, Martin; Siegele, Martin; Siegert, Jörg; Steinhauer, Stephan; Teva, Jordi

    2013-05-01

    We present performance results of SnO2 and CuO nanowire gas sensor devices, where single and multi-nanowire device configurations have been employed in order to optimize sensor design. In particular the response to the target gases CO, H2, and H2S has been measured in dry and humid air; both the SnO2 and CuO nanowire sensors are able to detect CO in the low ppm concentration range, which is important for environmental monitoring. The CuO multi-nanowire devices show an extraordinary high response to H2S with sensitivity in the low ppb concentration. We present our developments of CMOS technology based micro-hotplates, which are employed as platform for gas sensitive thin films and nanowires. Potential heterogeneous integration of nanowires on the micro-hotplate chips as well as an approach towards gas sensor arrays is discussed. We conclude that CMOS integrated multi-nanowire gas sensors are highly promising candidates for the practical realization of multi-parameter sensor devices for indoor and outdoor environmental monitoring.

  19. Doped GaN nanowires on diamond: Structural properties and charge carrier distribution

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    Schuster, Fabian; Winnerl, Andrea; Weiszer, Saskia; Hetzl, Martin; Garrido, Jose A.; Stutzmann, Martin

    2015-01-01

    In this work, we present a detailed study on GaN nanowire doping, which is vital for device fabrication. The nanowires (NWs) are grown by means of molecular beam epitaxy on diamond (111) substrates. Dopant atoms are found to facilitate nucleation, thus an increasing NW density is observed for increasing dopant fluxes. While maintaining nanowire morphology, we demonstrate the incorporation of Si and Mg up to concentrations of 9 × 1020cm-3 and 1 × 1020cm-3 , respectively. The dopant concentration in the nanowire cores is determined by the thermodynamic solubility limit, whereas excess dopants are found to segregate to the nanowire surface. The strain state of the NWs is investigated by X-ray diffraction, which confirms a negligible strain compared to planar thin films. Doping-related emissions are identified in low-temperature photoluminescence spectroscopy and the temperature quenching yields ionization energies of Si donors and Mg acceptors of 17 meV and 167 meV, respectively. At room temperature, luminescence and absorption spectra are found to coincide and the sub-band gap absorption is suppressed in n-type NWs. The charge carrier distribution in doped GaN nanowires is simulated under consideration of surface states at the non-polar side facets. For doping concentrations below 1017cm-3 , the nanowires are depleted of charge carriers, whereas they become highly conductive above 1019cm-3 .

  20. Anisotropy of chemical transformation from In2Se3 to CuInSe2 nanowires through solid state reaction.

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    Schoen, David T; Peng, Hailin; Cui, Yi

    2009-06-17

    In(2)Se(3) nanowires synthesized by the VLS technique are transformed by solid-state reaction with copper into high-quality single-crystalline CuInSe(2) nanowires. The process is studied by in situ transmission electron microscopy. The transformation temperature exhibits a surprising anisotropy, with In(2)Se(3) nanowires grown along their [0001] direction transforming at a surprisingly low temperature of 225 degrees C, while nanowires in a [11(2)0] orientation require a much higher temperature of 585 degrees C. These results offer a route to the synthesis of CuInSe(2) nanowires at a relatively low temperature as well as insight into the details of a transformation commonly used in the fabrication of thin-film solar cells.

  1. Orientation effects in morphology and electronic properties of anatase TiO(2) one-dimensional nanostructures. I. Nanowires.

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    Migas, Dmitri B; Filonov, Andrew B; Borisenko, Victor E; Skorodumova, Natalia V

    2014-05-28

    By means of ab initio calculations we have revealed the existence of sizable anisotropy in electronic properties of anatase TiO2 nanowires with respect to orientation: nanowires with 〈001〉, 〈100〉 and 〈110〉 axes are found to be direct band-gap, indirect band-gap and degenerate semiconductor materials, respectively. The degenerate semiconducting properties of 〈110〉-oriented TiO2 nanowires are predicted to be the intrinsic features closely connected with stoichiometry. A band-gap variation with nanowire diameter is also shown to display rather complex behavior characterized by a competition between quantum confinement and surface state effects that is fully compatible with the available contradictory experimental data. Finally, we propose a model to explain the band-gap variation with size in TiO2 nanowires, nanocrystals and thin films.

  2. "Spontaneous Growth of ZnCO3 Nanowires on ZnO Nanostructures in Normal Ambient Environment: Unstable ZnO Nanostructures:

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    Pan, Zhengwei; Tao, Jing; Zhu, Yimei; Huang, Jing-Fang; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans

    2010-01-01

    ZnO nanowires, one of the most investigated nanostructures that promise numerous applications in nanophotonics, opto-electronics, and energy, are generally thought to be highly stable under ambient conditions because of their oxide nature. Here, we report that ZnO nanowires are actually extremely unstable even in normal ambient environment (70% RH, and 350 ppm CO2) because of atmospheric corrosion.When placed on an oxide substrate (e.g., glass slide) and exposed in air, ZnO nanowires tend to react with airborne moisture and CO2 to form amorphous ZnCO3 thin films and nanowires. The factors that specially affect the corrosion of ZnO nanowires in a laboratory environment include CO2, humidity, and substrates. Our results suggest that a CO2- and/or moisture-free environment are required in order for optimal applications of ZnO nanowires.

  3. Spontaneous Growth of ZnCO3 Nanowires on ZnO Nanostructures in Normal Ambient Environment: Unstable ZnO Nanostructures

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    Pan, Z.; Tao, J.; Zhu, Y.; Huang, J.-F.; Paranthaman, M.P.

    2009-12-09

    ZnO nanowires, one of the most investigated nanostructures that promise numerous applications in nanophotonics, opto-electronics, and energy, are generally thought to be highly stable under ambient conditions because of their oxide nature. Here, we report that ZnO nanowires are actually extremely unstable even in normal ambient environment (70% RH, and {approx}350 ppm CO{sub 2}) because of atmospheric corrosion. When placed on an oxide substrate (e.g., glass slide) and exposed in air, ZnO nanowires tend to react with airborne moisture and CO{sub 2} to form amorphous ZnCO{sub 3} thin films and nanowires. The factors that specially affect the corrosion of ZnO nanowires in a laboratory environment include CO{sub 2}, humidity, and substrates. Our results suggest that a CO{sub 2}{sup -} and/or moisture-free environment are required in order for optimal applications of ZnO nanowires.

  4. Phase-change InSbTe nanowires grown in situ at low temperature by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition.

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    Ahn, Jun-Ku; Park, Kyoung-Woo; Jung, Hyun-June; Yoon, Soon-Gil

    2010-02-10

    Phase-change InSbTe (IST) single crystalline nanowires were successfully synthesized at a low temperature of 250 degrees C by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). The growth of IST nanowires by MOCVD, at very high working pressure, was governed by supersaturation. The growth mechanism of the IST nanowires by MOCVD is addressed in this paper. Under high working pressure, the InTe phase was preferentially formed on the TiAlN electrode, and the InTe protrusions were nucleated on the InTe films under high supersaturation. The Sb was continuously incorporated into the InTe protrusions, which was grown as an IST nanowire. Phase-change-induced memory switching was realized in IST nanowires with a threshold voltage of about 1.6 V. The ability to grow IST nanowires at low temperature by MOCVD should open opportunities for investigation of the nanoscale phase-transition phenomena.

  5. Microtubule-based gold nanowires and nanowire arrays.

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    Zhou, Jing C; Gao, Yao; Martinez-Molares, Alfredo A; Jing, Xiaoye; Yan, Dong; Lau, Joseph; Hamasaki, Toshikazu; Ozkan, Cengiz S; Ozkan, Mihrimah; Hu, Evelyn; Dunn, Bruce

    2008-09-01

    Biological structures are attractive as templates to form nanoscale architectures for electronics because of their dimensions and the ability to interact with inorganic materials. In this study, we report the fabrication and electrical properties of microtubule (MT)-templated Au nanowires, and methods for assembling Au nanowire arrays based on these templates. The adsorption of MTs on silicon substrates is an effective means for preserving the conformation of the MT and provides a convenient platform for electrical measurements. To improve the metallization of MTs, a photochemical route for gold reduction is adapted, which leads to continuous coverage. The conductivity values measured on micrometer-long nanowires are similar to those reported for other biotemplated gold nanowires. A protocol for fabricating arrays of MT-templated gold nanowires is demonstrated.

  6. Fabrication of isolated platinum nanowire gratings and nanoparticles on silica substrate by femtosecond laser irradiation

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    Nakajima, Yasutaka; Nedyalkov, Nikolay; Takami, Akihiro; Terakawa, Mitsuhiro

    2017-02-01

    We demonstrate the fabrication of isolated platinum nanostructures on a silica substrate by using femtosecond laser. Nanowire gratings which have short periodicities of approximately 50 nm were formed by irradiating a platinum thin film deposited on a fused silica substrate with 800-nm wavelength femtosecond laser pulses. The structural evolution from the nanowire gratings to nanoparticles was observed only by increasing the number of pulses. The periodicities or diameters of the structures showed good uniformity. Scanning electron microscopy of the surfaces and theoretical calculation of temperature profile using a two-temperature model revealed that the structural evolution can be attributed to the fragmentation of the formed nanowires. The presented method provides a simple and high-throughput technique for fabricating both metal nanowire gratings and nanoparticles, which have the potential to be used for the fabrication of optical, electrical and biomedical devices.

  7. Decoupling single nanowire mobilities limited by surface scattering and bulk impurity scattering

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    Khanal, D. R.; Levander, A. X.; Wu, J.; Yu, K. M.; Liliental-Weber, Z.; Walukiewicz, W.; Grandal, J.; Sanchez-Garcia, M. A.; Calleja, E.

    2011-08-01

    We demonstrate the isolation of two free carrier scattering mechanisms as a function of radial band bending in InN nanowires via universal mobility analysis, where effective carrier mobility is measured as a function of effective electric field in a nanowire field-effect transistor. Our results show that Coulomb scattering limits effective mobility at most effective fields, while surface roughness scattering only limits mobility under very high internal electric fields. High-energy {alpha} particle irradiation is used to vary the ionized donor concentration, and the observed decrease in mobility and increase in donor concentration are compared to Hall effect results of high-quality InN thin films. Our results show that for nanowires with relatively high doping and large diameters, controlling Coulomb scattering from ionized dopants should be given precedence over surface engineering when seeking to maximize nanowire mobility.

  8. Crystallographic anisotropy of the resistivity size effect in single crystal tungsten nanowires

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    Choi, Dooho; Moneck, Matthew; Liu, Xuan; Oh, Soong Ju; Kagan, Cherie R.; Coffey, Kevin R.; Barmak, Katayun

    2013-01-01

    This work demonstrates an anisotropic increase in resistivity with decreasing width in single crystal tungsten (W) nanowires having a height of 21 nm. Nanowire-widths were in the range of 15–451 nm, with the anisotropy observed for widths below 50 nm. The longitudinal directions of the nanowires coincided with the <100>, <110> and <111> orientations of the body centered cubic phase of W. The resistivity increase was observed to be minimized for the <111>-oriented single crystal nanowires, exhibiting a factor of two lower increase in resistivity at a width of ~15 nm, relative to the thin film resistivity (i.e., an infinitely wide wire). The observed anisotropy is attributed to crystallographic anisotropy of the Fermi velocity and the resultant anisotropy of the electron mean free path in W, and underscores the critical role of crystallographic orientation in nanoscale metallic conduction. PMID:24005230

  9. Crystallographic anisotropy of the resistivity size effect in single crystal tungsten nanowires.

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    Choi, Dooho; Moneck, Matthew; Liu, Xuan; Oh, Soong Ju; Kagan, Cherie R; Coffey, Kevin R; Barmak, Katayun

    2013-01-01

    This work demonstrates an anisotropic increase in resistivity with decreasing width in single crystal tungsten (W) nanowires having a height of 21 nm. Nanowire-widths were in the range of 15-451 nm, with the anisotropy observed for widths below 50 nm. The longitudinal directions of the nanowires coincided with the <100>, <110> and <111> orientations of the body centered cubic phase of W. The resistivity increase was observed to be minimized for the <111>-oriented single crystal nanowires, exhibiting a factor of two lower increase in resistivity at a width of ~15 nm, relative to the thin film resistivity (i.e., an infinitely wide wire). The observed anisotropy is attributed to crystallographic anisotropy of the Fermi velocity and the resultant anisotropy of the electron mean free path in W, and underscores the critical role of crystallographic orientation in nanoscale metallic conduction.

  10. Finite-size effect on magnetic properties in iron sulfide nanowire arrays.

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    Yue, G H; Yan, P X; Wang, L S; Wang, W; Chen, Y Z; Peng, D L

    2008-05-14

    We report the size effect on the magnetic properties in Fe(7)S(8) nanowire arrays. Samples with diameters in the range of 50-200 nm have been prepared by electrodeposition with AAO films. The Mössbauer measurement results show that four parameters (hyperfine fields, isomer shift, quadrupole splitting, full width at half-maximum) increased with decreasing the diameter of the nanowires. The magnetic properties were investigated. The hysteresis loop shape and the magnetization are dependent on the diameter of the nanowires. The thermomagnetic measurements on the as-synthesized nanowire samples and the corresponding bulk display a mixed-type curve and a Weiss-type curve, respectively.

  11. TaSi2 nanowires: A potential field emitter and interconnect.

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    Chueh, Yu-Lun; Ko, Mong-Tzong; Chou, Li-Jen; Chen, Lih-Juann; Wu, Cen-Shawn; Chen, Chii-Dong

    2006-08-01

    TaSi2 nanowires have been synthesized on a Si substrate by annealing NiSi2 films at 950 degrees C in an ambient containing Ta vapor. The nanowires could be grown up to 13 microm in length. Field-emission measurements show that the turn-on field is low at 4-4.5 V/microm and the threshold field is down to 6 V/microm with the field enhancement factor as high as 1800. The metallic TaSi2 nanowires exhibit excellent electrical properties with a remarkable high failure current density of 3 x 10(8) A cm(-2). In addition, effects of annealing temperatures and capability of metal silicide mediation layer on the growth of nanowires are addressed. This simple approach promises future applications in nanoelectronics and nano-optoelectronics.

  12. Bleach-Imaged Plasmon Propagation (BlIPP) in Single Gold Nanowires

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    Solis, David; Chang, Wei-Shun; Khanal, Bishnu P.; Bao, Kui; Nordlander, Peter; Zubarev, Eugene R.; Link, Stephan

    2010-08-13

    Here, we present a novel approach to visualize propagating surface plasmon polaritons through plasmon-exciton interactions between single gold nanowires and a thin film of a fluorescent polymer. A plasmon polariton was launched by exciting one end of a single gold nanowire with a 532 nm laser. The local near-field of the propagating plasmon modes caused bleaching of the polymer emission. The degree of photobleaching along the nanowire could be correlated with the propagation distance of the surface plasmon polaritons. Using this method of bleach-imaged plasmon propagation (BlIPP), we determined a plasmon propagation distance of 1.8 ± 0.4 μm at 532 nm for chemically grown gold nanowires. Our results are supported by finite difference time domain electromagnetic simulations.

  13. Effect of AlN buffer layer properties on the morphology and polarity of GaN nanowires grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Brubaker, Matt D.; Rourke, Devin M.; Sanford, Norman A.; Bertness, Kris A.; Bright, Victor M.

    2011-09-01

    Low-temperature AlN buffer layers grown via plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy on Si (111) were found to significantly affect the subsequent growth morphology of GaN nanowires. The AlN buffer layers exhibited nanowire-like columnar protrusions, with their size, shape, and tilt determined by the AlN V/III flux ratio. GaN nanowires were frequently observed to adopt the structural characteristics of the underlying AlN columns, including the size and the degree of tilt. Piezoresponse force microscopy and polarity-sensitive etching indicate that the AlN films and the protruding columns have a mixed crystallographic polarity. Convergent beam electron diffraction indicates that GaN nanowires are Ga-polar, suggesting that Al-polar columns are nanowire nucleation sites for Ga-polar nanowires. GaN nanowires of low density could be grown on AlN buffers that were predominantly N-polar with isolated Al-polar columns, indicating a high growth rate for Ga-polar nanowires and suppressed growth of N-polar nanowires under typical growth conditions. AlN buffer layers grown under slightly N-rich conditions (V/III flux ratio = 1.0 to 1.3) were found to provide a favorable growth surface for low-density, coalescence-free nanowires.

  14. Graphene-based nanowire supercapacitors.

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    Chen, Zhi; Yu, Dingshan; Xiong, Wei; Liu, Peipei; Liu, Yong; Dai, Liming

    2014-04-01

    We present a new type of electrochemical supercapacitors based on graphene nanowires. Graphene oxide (GO)/polypyrrole (PPy) nanowires are prepared via electrodepostion of GO/PPy composite into a micoroporous Al2O3 template, followed by the removal of template. PPy is electrochemically doped by oxygen-containing functional groups of the GO to enhance the charging/discharging rates of the supercapacitor. A high capacitance 960 F g(-1) of the GO/PPy nanowires is obtained due to the large surface area of the vertically aligned nanowires and the intimate contact between the nanowires and the substrate electrode. The capacitive performance remains stable after charging and discharging for 300 cycles. To improve the thermal stability and long-term charge storage, GO is further electrochemically reduced into graphene and PPy is subsequently thermally carbonized, leading to a high capacitance of 200 F g(-1) for the resultant pure reduced graphene oxide/carbon based nanowire supercapacitor. This value of capacitance (200 F g(-1)) is higher than that of conventional porous carbon materials while the reduced graphene oxide/carbon nanowires show a lower Faraday resistance and higher thermal stability than the GO/PPy nanowires.

  15. Development and Applications of Nanowire Nanophotonics

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    2006-03-23

    Nanowire Nanophotonics G F49620-03-1-0063 6. AUTHOR(S) Charles. M. Lieber 7. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES) 8. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION...Release; distribution is unlimited. 13, ABSTRACT (Maximum 200 Words) The controlled and predictable synthesis of nanowires and nanowire heterostrucrures...nitride based nanowire materials, including radial nanowire heterostructures in which the composition and/or doping was modulated perpendicular to the

  16. Scalable flame synthesis of SiO2 nanowires: dynamics of growth.

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    Tricoli, Antonio; Righettoni, Marco; Krumeich, Frank; Stark, Wendelin J; Pratsinis, Sotiris E

    2010-11-19

    Silica nanowire arrays were grown directly onto plain glass substrates by scalable flame spray pyrolysis of organometallic solutions (hexamethyldisiloxane or tetraethyl orthosilicate). The silicon dioxide films consisted of a network of interwoven nanowires from a few to several hundred nanometres long (depending on the process conditions) and about 20 nm in diameter, as determined by scanning electron microscopy. These films were formed rapidly (within 10-20 s) at high growth rates (ca 11-30 nm s(-1)) by chemical vapour deposition (surface growth) at ambient conditions on the glass substrate as determined by thermophoretic sampling of the flame aerosol and microscopy. In contrast, on high purity quartz nearly no nanowires were grown while on steel substrates porous SiO(2) films were formed. Functionalization with perfluorooctyl triethoxysilane converted the nanowire surface from super-hydrophilic to hydrophobic. Additionally, their hermetic coating by thin carbon layers was demonstrated also revealing their potential as substrates for synthesis of other functional 1D composite structures. This approach is a significant step towards large scale synthesis of SiO(2) nanowires facilitating their utilization in several applications.

  17. Scalable flame synthesis of SiO2 nanowires: dynamics of growth

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    Tricoli, Antonio; Righettoni, Marco; Krumeich, Frank; Stark, Wendelin J; Pratsinis, Sotiris E

    2013-01-01

    Silica nanowire arrays were grown directly onto plain glass substrates by scalable flame spray pyrolysis of organometallic solutions (hexamethyldisiloxane or tetraethyl orthosilicate). The silicon dioxide films consisted of a network of interwoven nanowires from a few to several hundred nanometres long (depending on the process conditions) and about 20 nm in diameter, as determined by scanning electron microscopy. These films were formed rapidly (within 10–20 s) at high growth rates (ca 11–30 nm s−1) by chemical vapour deposition (surface growth) at ambient conditions on the glass substrate as determined by thermophoretic sampling of the flame aerosol and microscopy. In contrast, on high purity quartz nearly no nanowires were grown while on steel substrates porous SiO2 films were formed. Functionalization with perfluorooctyl triethoxysilane converted the nanowire surface from super-hydrophilic to hydrophobic. Additionally, their hermetic coating by thin carbon layers was demonstrated also revealing their potential as substrates for synthesis of other functional 1D composite structures. This approach is a significant step towards large scale synthesis of SiO2 nanowires facilitating their utilization in several applications. PMID:20972311

  18. Biased Target Ion Beam Deposition and Nanoskiving for Fabricating NiTi Alloy Nanowires

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    Hou, Huilong; Horn, Mark W.; Hamilton, Reginald F.

    2016-12-01

    Nanoskiving is a novel nanofabrication technique to produce shape memory alloy nanowires. Our previous work was the first to successfully fabricate NiTi alloy nanowires using the top-down approach, which leverages thin film technology and ultramicrotomy for ultra-thin sectioning. For this work, we utilized biased target ion beam deposition technology to fabricate nanoscale (i.e., sub-micrometer) NiTi alloy thin films. In contrast to our previous work, rapid thermal annealing was employed for heat treatment, and the B2 austenite to R-phase martensitic transformation was confirmed using stress-temperature and diffraction measurements. The ultramicrotome was programmable and facilitated sectioning the films to produce nanowires with thickness-to-width ratios ranging from 4:1 to 16:1. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis confirmed the elemental Ni and Ti make-up of the wires. The findings exposed the nanowires exhibited a natural ribbon-like curvature, which depended on the thickness-to-width ratio. The results demonstrate nanoskiving is a potential nanofabrication technique for producing NiTi alloy nanowires that are continuous with an unprecedented length on the order of hundreds of micrometers.

  19. Three-dimensional electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells: synthesis of indium-tin-oxide nanowire arrays and ITO/TiO2 core-shell nanowire arrays by electrophoretic deposition.

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    Wang, Hong-Wen; Ting, Chi-Feng; Hung, Miao-Ken; Chiou, Chwei-Huann; Liu, Ying-Ling; Liu, Zongwen; Ratinac, Kyle R; Ringer, Simon P

    2009-02-04

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) show promise as a cheaper alternative to silicon-based photovoltaics for specialized applications, provided conversion efficiency can be maximized and production costs minimized. This study demonstrates that arrays of nanowires can be formed by wet-chemical methods for use as three-dimensional (3D) electrodes in DSSCs, thereby improving photoelectric conversion efficiency. Two approaches were employed to create the arrays of ITO (indium-tin-oxide) nanowires or arrays of ITO/TiO(2) core-shell nanowires; both methods were based on electrophoretic deposition (EPD) within a polycarbonate template. The 3D electrodes for solar cells were constructed by using a doctor-blade for coating TiO(2) layers onto the ITO or ITO/TiO(2) nanowire arrays. A photoelectric conversion efficiency as high as 4.3% was achieved in the DSSCs made from ITO nanowires; this performance was better than that of ITO/TiO(2) core-shell nanowires or pristine TiO(2) films. Cyclic voltammetry confirmed that the reaction current was significantly enhanced when a 3D ITO-nanowire electrode was used. Better separation of charge carriers and improved charge transport, due to the enlarged interfacial area, are thought to be the major advantages of using 3D nanowire electrodes for the optimization of DSSCs.

  20. Growth control, structure, chemical state, and photoresponse of CuO-CdS core-shell heterostructure nanowires.

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    El Mel, A A; Buffière, M; Bouts, N; Gautron, E; Tessier, P Y; Henzler, K; Guttmann, P; Konstantinidis, S; Bittencourt, C; Snyders, R

    2013-07-05

    The growth of single-crystal CuO nanowires by thermal annealing of copper thin films in air is studied. We show that the density, length, and diameter of the nanowires can be controlled by tuning the morphology and structure of the copper thin films deposited by DC magnetron sputtering. After identifying the optimal conditions for the growth of CuO nanowires, chemical bath deposition is employed to coat the CuO nanowires with CdS in order to form p-n nanojunction arrays. As revealed by high-resolution TEM analysis, the thickness of the polycrystalline CdS shell increases when decreasing the diameter of the CuO core for a given time of CdS deposition. Near-edge x-ray absorption fine-structure spectroscopy combined with transmission x-ray microscopy allows the chemical analysis of isolated nanowires. The absence of modification in the spectra at the Cu L and O K edges after the deposition of CdS on the CuO nanowires indicates that neither Cd nor S diffuse into the CuO phase. We further demonstrate that the core-shell nanowires exhibit the I-V characteristic of a resistor instead of a diode. The electrical behavior of the device was found to be photosensitive, since increasing the incident light intensity induces an increase in the collected electrical current.

  1. Effect of substrate temperature on the microstructural properties of titanium nitride nanowires grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Gbordzoe, S. Kotoka, R.; Craven, Eric; Kumar, D.; Wu, F.; Narayan, J.

    2014-08-14

    The current work reports on the growth and microstructural characterization of titanium nitride (TiN) nanowires on single crystal silicon substrates using a pulsed laser deposition method. The physical and microstructural properties of the nanowires were characterized using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The corrosion properties of the TiN nanowires compared to TiN thin film were evaluated using Direct Current potentiodynamic and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The nanowires corroded faster than the TiN thin film, because the nanowires have a larger surface area which makes them more reactive in a corrosive environment. It was observed from the FESEM image analyses that as the substrate temperature increases from 600 °C to 800 °C, there was an increase in both diameter (25 nm–50 nm) and length (150 nm–250 nm) of the nanowire growth. There was also an increase in spatial density with an increase of substrate temperature. The TEM results showed that the TiN nanowires grow epitaxially with the silicon substrate via domain matching epitaxy paradigm, despite a large misfit.

  2. Scalable, epitaxy-free fabrication of super-absorbing sparse III-V nanowire arrays for photovoltaic applications (Conference Presentation)

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    Cheng, Wen-Hui; Fountaine, Katherine T.; Bukowsky, Colton R.; Atwater, Harry A.

    2016-09-01

    III-V compound semiconductor nanowire arrays are promising candidates for photovoltaics applications due to their high volumetric absorption. Uniform nanowire arrays exhibit high absorption at certain wavelengths due to strong coupling into lossy waveguide modes. Previously, simulations predicted near-unity, broadband absorption in sparse semiconductor nanowire arrays (<5% fill fraction) with multi-radii and tapered nanowire array designs [1]. Herein, we experimentally demonstrate near-unity broadband absorption in InP nanowire arrays via a scalable, epitaxy-free fabrication method, using nanoimprint lithography and ICP-RIE to define nanowire arrays in bulk InP wafers. In addition to mask pattern design (wire radius and spacing) and etch chemistry (wire taper), appropriate selection of a hard mask for the InP etch is critical to precise dimension control and reproducibility. Polymer-embedded wires are removed from the bulk InP substrate by a mechanical method that facilitates extensive reuse of a single bulk InP wafer to synthesize many polymer-embedded nanowire array thin films. Arrays containing multiple nanowire radii and tapered nanowires were successfully fabricated. For both designs, the polymer-embedded arrays achieved 90% broadband absorption (λ=400-900 nm) in less than 100 nm planar equivalence of InP. The addition of a silver back reflector increased this broadband absorption to 95%. The repeatable process of imprinting, etching and peeling to obtain many nanowire arrays from one single wafer represents an economical manufacturing route for high efficiency III-V photovoltaics. [1] K.T. Fountaine, C.G. Kendall, Harry A. Atwater, "Near-unity broadband absorption designs for semiconducting nanowire arrays via localized radial mode excitation," Opt. Exp. (2014).

  3. Growth mechanism of titanium dioxide nanowires for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Boercker, J E; Enache-Pommer, E; Aydil, E S

    2008-03-05

    Mesoporous films made of titanium dioxide nanowires are desirable for dye-sensitized solar cells because nanowires provide direct conduction pathways for photogenerated electrons. Anatase titanium dioxide nanowires with polycrystalline microstructure were synthesized on titanium foil using a three-step process. First, the top surface of the titanium foil was transformed to Na(2)Ti(2)O(4)(OH)(2) nanotubes through hydrothermal oxidation in NaOH. Next, the Na(2)Ti(2)O(4)(OH)(2) nanotubes were converted to H(2)Ti(2)O(4)(OH)(2) nanotubes by ion exchange. Finally, the H(2)Ti(2)O(4)(OH)(2) nanotubes were converted to polycrystalline anatase nanowires through a topotactic transformation. The film morphology evolution, crystal structure transformations and growth mechanism are described in detail. Titanium foil reacts with NaOH to form Na(2)Ti(2)O(4)(OH)(2) sheets, which exfoliate and spiral into nanotubes. The Na(2)Ti(2)O(4)(OH)(2) nanotubes are immersed in HCl solution to replace the Na(+) ions with H(+) ions. During the topotactic transformation of H(2)Ti(2)O(4)(OH)(2) nanotubes to anatase TiO(2) nanowires, the sheets made of edge bonded TiO(6) octahedra in the H(2)Ti(2)O(4)(OH)(2) nanotubes dehydrate and move towards each other to form anatase crystals oriented along the nanotube axis which creates a polycrystalline nanowire. These mesoporous TiO(2) nanowire films were suitable for use as dye-sensitized solar cell photoanodes.

  4. Mask-Free Patterning of High-Conductivity Metal Nanowires in Open Air by Spatially Modulated Femtosecond Laser Pulses.

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    Wang, Andong; Jiang, Lan; Li, Xiaowei; Liu, Yang; Dong, Xianzi; Qu, Liangti; Duan, Xuanming; Lu, Yongfeng

    2015-10-28

    A novel high-resolution nanowire fabrication method is developed by thin-film patterning using a spatially modulated femtosecond laser pulse. Deep subwavelength (≈1/13 of the laser wavelength) and high conductivity (≈1/4 of the bulk gold) nanowires are fabricated in the open air without using masks, which offers a single-step arbitrary direct patterning approach for electronics, plasmonics, and optoelectronics nanodevices.

  5. Radial growth of zinc oxide nanowire for piezoelectric nanogenerator application

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    Rasouli, Safa

    2017-04-01

    Nano- and micro-self-biased sensors employed environmental harvested energy, which are provided by different methods, such as piezoelectric. Piezoelectric materials are capable of producing electrical energy from environmental mechanical force. In this paper, a radial layer of well-arrayed hexagonal zinc oxide nanowires is grown on carbon fiber substrate using a two-step Chemical deposition method of metal salt growth. The resulted morphology is examined using Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) micrographs and X-ray Diffraction (XRD) pattern which indicates the quality and the crystallization order of the samples. In addition, composition of the material is studied using a Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy method. The results show that zinc oxide nanowires are well managed in vertical direction on the cylindrical carbon fibers. The hexagonal nanowires are grown with a length from 206 to 286 nm (Nanometer) and the diameter from 75 to 103 nm. The results of FTIR spectroscopy and XRD also illustrate the wurtzite structure of zinc oxide. The synthesized nanowires are then applied in a flexible capacitive piezoelectric nanogenerator consisting of a thin Ag layer as the upper contact and a carbon substrate as the back contact which are separated by a PMMA dielectric film. The output current and voltage are measured by applying a random pulse mechanical force on the upper contact. A maximum voltage and current of 14 mV (millivolt) and 20 nA (nanoampere) are generated at the output of nanogenerator, respectively.

  6. III-nitride core–shell nanowire arrayed solar cells.

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    Wierer, Jonathan J; Li, Qiming; Koleske, Daniel D; Lee, Stephen R; Wang, George T

    2012-05-17

    A solar cell based on a hybrid nanowire–film architecture consisting of a vertically aligned array of InGaN/GaN multi-quantum well core–shell nanowires which are electrically connected by a coalesced p-InGaN canopy layer is demonstrated. This unique hybrid structure allows for standard planar device processing, solving a key challenge with nanowire device integration, while enabling various advantages by the nanowire absorbing region such as higher indium composition InGaN layers by elastic strain relief, more efficient carrier collection in thinner layers, and enhanced light trapping from nano-scale optical index changes. This hybrid structure is fabricated into working solar cells exhibiting photoresponse out to 2.1 eV and short-circuit current densities of ~1 mA cm(-2) under 1 sun AM1.5G. This proof-of-concept nanowire-based device demonstrates a route forward for high-efficiency III-nitride solar cells.

  7. Synthesis and characterization of silicon nanowire arrays for photovoltaic applications

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    Eichfeld, Sarah M.

    nanowires grown in the AAO membranes was then compared to the resistivity of silicon nanowires grown on Si and measured using single wire four-point measurements. It was determined that the undoped silicon nanowires grown in AAO have a lower resistivity compared to nanowires grown on Si substrates. This indicates the presence of an unintentional acceptor. The resistivity of the silicon nanowires was found to change as the dopant/SiH4 ratio was varied during growth. The growth and doping conditions developed from this study were then used to fabricate p-type SiNW arrays on the AAO coated glass substrates. The final investigation in this thesis focused on the development of a process for radial coating of an n-type Si layer on the p-type Si nanowires. While prior studies demonstrated the fabrication of polycrystalline n-type Si shell layers on Si nanowires, an epitaxial n-type Si shell layer is ultimately of interest to obtain a high quality p-n interface. Initial n-type Si thin film deposition studies were carried out on sapphire substrates using SiH 4 as the silicon precursor to investigate the effect of growth conditions on thickness uniformity, growth rate and doping level. High growth temperatures (>900°C) are generally desired for achieving epitaxial growth; however, gas phase depletion of the SiH4 source along the length of the reactor resulted in poor thickness uniformity. To improve the uniformity, the substrate was shifted closer to the gas inlet at higher temperatures (950°C) and the total flow of gas through the reactor was increased to 200 sccm. A series of n-type doping experiments were also carried out. Hall measurements indicated n-type behavior and four-point measurements yielded a change in resistivity based on the PH3/SiH4 ratio. Pre-coating sample preparation was determined to be important for achieving a high quality Si shell layer. Since Au can diffuse down the sides of the nanowire during sample cooldown after growth, the Au tips were etched away

  8. Synthesis and characterization of amorphous SiO2 nanowires via pulsed laser deposition accompanied by N2 annealing

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    Li, Hui; Guan, Leilei; Xu, Zhuoqi; Zhao, Yu; Sun, Jian; Wu, Jiada; Xu, Ning

    2016-12-01

    Amorphous SiO2 nanowires are successfully fabricated on fused silica substrates covered by nickel/carbon catalyst bilayers via a method of pulsed laser deposition accompanied by annealing in ambient N2. The field emission scanning electron microscopy images show that the optimum annealing temperature for the growth of SiO2 nanowires is about 1200 °C and the grown SiO2 nanowires become denser, longer and more uniform with the increment of annealing duration. The results of transmission electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy show that the grown nanowires are amorphous and have dark spheres on their tops. The analyses of energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy reveal that the nanowires are composed of SiO2 and the dark spheres on their tops contain little nickel. It is inferred that nickel, carbon and CO are the key elements to promote the SiO2 nanowire growth in the solid-liquid-solid mode. Transmission spectra demonstrate that the as-grown nanowire thin films can have about 94% average transmittance in the range of 350-800 nm, meanwhile the photoluminescence spectra of the as-grown SiO2 nanowire samples show stable ultraviolet emission centered at about 363 nm with a shoulder at about 393 nm.

  9. III-Nitride Nanowire Lasers

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    Wright, Jeremy Benjamin

    2014-07-01

    In recent years there has been a tremendous interest in nanoscale optoelectronic devices. Among these devices are semiconductor nanowires whose diameters range from 10-100 nm. To date, nanowires have been grown using many semiconducting material systems and have been utilized as light emitting diodes, photodetectors, and solar cells. Nanowires possess a relatively large index contrast relative to their dielectric environment and can be used as lasers. A key gure of merit that allows for nanowire lasing is the relatively high optical con nement factor. In this work, I discuss the optical characterization of 3 types of III-nitride nanowire laser devices. Two devices were designed to reduce the number of lasing modes to achieve singlemode operation. The third device implements low-group velocity mode lasing with a photonic crystal constructed of an array of nanowires. Single-mode operation is necessary in any application where high beam quality and single frequency operation is required. III-Nitride nanowire lasers typically operate in a combined multi-longitudinal and multi-transverse mode state. Two schemes are introduced here for controlling the optical modes and achieving single-mode op eration. The rst method involves reducing the diameter of individual nanowires to the cut-o condition, where only one optical mode propagates in the wire. The second method employs distributed feedback (DFB) to achieve single-mode lasing by placing individual GaN nanowires onto substrates with etched gratings. The nanowire-grating substrate acted as a distributed feedback mirror producing single mode operation at 370 nm with a mode suppression ratio (MSR) of 17 dB. The usage of lasers for solid state lighting has the potential to further reduce U.S. lighting energy usage through an increase in emitter e ciency. Advances in nanowire fabrication, speci cally a two-step top-down approach, have allowed for the demonstration of a multi-color array of lasers on a single chip that emit

  10. III-nitride nanowire lasers

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    Wright, Jeremy Benjamin

    In recent years there has been a tremendous interest in nanoscale optoelectronic devices. Among these devices are semiconductor nanowires whose diameters range from 10-100 nm. To date, nanowires have been grown using many semiconducting material systems and have been utilized as light emitting diodes, photodetectors, and solar cells. Nanowires possess a relatively large index contrast relative to their dielectric environment and can be used as lasers. A key figure of merit that allows for nanowire lasing is the relatively high optical confinement factor. In this work, I discuss the optical characterization of 3 types of III-nitride nanowire laser devices. Two devices were designed to reduce the number of lasing modes to achieve single-mode operation. The third device implements low-group velocity mode lasing with a photonic crystal constructed of an array of nanowires. Single-mode operation is necessary in any application where high beam quality and single frequency operation is required. III-Nitride nanowire lasers typically operate in a combined multi-longitudinal and multi-transverse mode state. Two schemes are introduced here for controlling the optical modes and achieving single-mode operation. The first method involves reducing the diameter of individual nanowires to the cut-off condition, where only one optical mode propagates in the wire. The second method employs distributed feedback (DFB) to achieve single-mode lasing by placing individual GaN nanowires onto substrates with etched gratings. The nanowire-grating substrate acted as a distributed feedback mirror producing single mode operation at 370 nm with a mode suppression ratio (MSR) of 17 dB. The usage of lasers for solid state lighting has the potential to further reduce U.S. lighting energy usage through an increase in emitter efficiency. Advances in nanowire fabrication, specifically a two-step top-down approach, have allowed for the demonstration of a multi-color array of lasers on a single chip

  11. An alternative route for the synthesis of silicon nanowires via porous anodic alumina masks.

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    Márquez, Francisco; Morant, Carmen; López, Vicente; Zamora, Félix; Campo, Teresa; Elizalde, Eduardo

    2011-08-17

    Amorphous Si nanowires have been directly synthesized by a thermal processing of Si substrates. This method involves the deposition of an anodic aluminum oxide mask on a crystalline Si (100) substrate. Fe, Au, and Pt thin films with thicknesses of ca. 30 nm deposited on the anodic aluminum oxide-Si substrates have been used as catalysts. During the thermal treatment of the samples, thin films of the metal catalysts are transformed in small nanoparticles incorporated within the pore structure of the anodic aluminum oxide mask, directly in contact with the Si substrate. These homogeneously distributed metal nanoparticles are responsible for the growth of Si nanowires with regular diameter by a simple heating process at 800°C in an Ar-H2 atmosphere and without an additional Si source. The synthesized Si nanowires have been characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Raman.

  12. Zinc oxide nanowire arrays for photovoltaic and light-emitting devices

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    Janfeshan, Bita; Sadeghimakki, Bahareh; Jahed, Navid M. S.; Sivoththaman, Siva

    2013-03-01

    Knowledge of carrier transfer, in quantum dot sensitized solar cells, is the key to engineering the device structure and architecture optimization. In this work, Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowire (NW) arrays were synthesized on glass wafers and on GaN thin films for application in photovoltaic and light-emitting devices. The nanowires grown on glass wafers were incorporated with CdSe/ZnS quantum dots (QD) and their steady state and lifetime photoluminescence (PL) were studied to investigate the feasibility of electron transfer from excited QDs to ZnO NWs. The results provide an indication that the injected electrons, from excited high quantum efficiency QDs, live longer and hence facilitate electron transport without undergoing non-radiative recombination at surface trap states. Morphology and optical properties of the ZnO nanowires on GaN film were also studied for application in light-emitting devices.

  13. Liquid Crystal properties of Silver (Ag) Nanowires as a Function of Flow

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    Martinez-Miranda, Luz J.; Hu, Liangbing; Preston, Colin D.

    2014-03-01

    We study the liquid crystal properties of nanowires of silver (Ag) as a function of flow of the solvent. Specifically, we are interested in finding the flow-concentration point where the electrical properties (IV curve) are: 1. Along one direction; and, 2. At a maximum along that particular direction. We are interested in the structure intermediate between the liquid crystal phase and the isotropic phase (the heterogenous phase) and how ``ordered'' this phase becomes with flow. Flow is varied in our case by having a substrate with gratings of varying depth in them. The flow due to the grating and the thickness of the film, plus the size of the nanowires will dictate the degree of order in the heterogeneous phase. This order dictates how the electrical properties orient in the resulting film. These studies can be expanded to include other semiconducting and/or metallic nanowires.

  14. Electrowetting properties of atomic layer deposited Al2O3 decorated silicon nanowires

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    Rajkumar, K.; Rajavel, K.; Cameron, D. C.; Mangalaraj, D.; Rajendrakumar, R. T.

    2015-06-01

    This paper reports the electrowetting properties of liquid droplet on superhydrophobic silicon nanowires with Atomic layer deposited (ALD) Al2O3 as dielectric layer. Silicon wafer were etched by metal assisted wet chemical etching with silver as catalyst. ALD Al2O3 films of 10nm thickness were conformally deposited over silicon nanowires. Al2O3 dielectric film coated silicon nanowires was chemically modified with Trichloro (1H, 1H, 2H, 2H-perfluorooctyl) silane to make it superhydrophobic(SHP). The contact angle was measured and all the samples exhibited superhydrophobic nature with maximum contact angles of 163° and a minimum contact angle hysteresis of 6°. Electrowetting induced a maximum reversible decrease of the contact angle of 20°at 150V in air.

  15. Thickness dependent self limiting 1-D tin oxide nanowire arrays by nanosecond pulsed laser irradiation

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    Shirato, N.; Strader, J.; Kumar, Amit; Vincent, A.; Zhang, P.; Karakoti, Ajay S.; Nachimuthu, Ponnusamy; Cho, H-J.; Seal, Sudipta; Kalyanaraman, R.

    2011-01-23

    Fast, sensitive and discriminating detection of hydrogen at room temperature is crucial for storage, transportation, and distribution of hydrogen as an energy source. One dimensional nanowires of SnO2 are potential candidates for improved H2 sensor performance. The single directional conducting continuous nanowires can decrease electrical noise, and their large active surface area could improve the response and recovery time of the sensor. In this work we discuss synthesis and characterization of nanowire arrays made using nanosecond ultraviolet wavelength (266 nm) laser interference processing of ultrathin SnO2 films on SiO2 substrates. The laser energy was chosen to be above the melting point of the films. The results show that the final nanowire formation is dominated by preferential evaporation as compared to thermocapillary flow. The nanowire height (and hence wire aspect ratio) increased with increasing initial film thickness ho and with increasing laser energy density Eo. Furthermore, a self-limiting effect was observed where-in the wire formation ceased at a specific final remaining thickness of SnO2 that was almost independent of ho for a given Eo. To understand these effects, finite element modeling of the nanoscale laser heating was performed. This showed that the temperature rise under laser heating was a strong non-monotonic function of film thickness. As a result, the preferential evaporation rate varies as wire formation occurs, eventually leading to a shut-off of evaporation at a characteristic thickness. This results in the stoppage of wire formation. This combination of nanosecond pulsed laser experiments and thermal modeling shows that several unique synthesis approaches can be utilized to control the nanowire characteristics.

  16. Nanoantennas for nanowire photovoltaics

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    Alisafaee, Hossein; Fiddy, Michael A.

    2014-09-15

    We consider the use of plasmonic nanoantenna elements, hemispherical and cylindrical, for application in semiconductor nanowire (NW) vertical arrays. Using Mie theory and a finite element method, scattering and absorption efficiencies are obtained for the desired enhancement of interaction with light in the NWs. We find an optimal mixture of nanoantennae for efficient scattering of solar spectrum in the NW array. Spectral radiation patterns of scattered light are computed, and, for representing the total response of the nanoantenna-equipped NWs to the solar AM1.5G spectrum, the weighted average of scattering patterns for unpolarized normal incidence is obtained showing an advantageous overall directivity toward the NWs.

  17. Single nanowire extinction spectroscopy.

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    Giblin, Jay; Vietmeyer, Felix; McDonald, Matthew P; Kuno, Masaru

    2011-08-10

    Here we show the first direct extinction spectra of single one-dimensional (1D) semiconductor nanostructures obtained at room temperature utilizing a spatial modulation approach. (1) For these materials, ensemble averaging in conventional extinction spectroscopy has limited our understanding of the interplay between carrier confinement and their electrostatic interactions. (2-4) By probing individual CdSe nanowires (NWs), we have identified and assigned size-dependent exciton transitions occurring across the visible. In turn, we have revealed the existence of room temperature 1D excitons in the narrowest NWs.

  18. Single crystalline mesoporous silicon nanowires.

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    Hochbaum, Allon I; Gargas, Daniel; Hwang, Yun Jeong; Yang, Peidong

    2009-10-01

    Herein we demonstrate a novel electroless etching synthesis of monolithic, single-crystalline, mesoporous silicon nanowire arrays with a high surface area and luminescent properties consistent with conventional porous silicon materials. These porous nanowires also retain the crystallographic orientation of the wafer from which they are etched. Electron microscopy and diffraction confirm their single-crystallinity and reveal the silicon surrounding the pores is as thin as several nanometers. Confocal fluorescence microscopy showed that the photoluminescence (PL) of these arrays emanate from the nanowires themselves, and their PL spectrum suggests that these arrays may be useful as photocatalytic substrates or active components of nanoscale optoelectronic devices.

  19. Nanowire terahertz quantum cascade lasers

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    Grange, Thomas

    2014-10-06

    Quantum cascade lasers made of nanowire axial heterostructures are proposed. The dissipative quantum dynamics of their carriers is theoretically investigated using non-equilibrium Green functions. Their transport and gain properties are calculated for varying nanowire thickness, from the classical-wire regime to the quantum-wire regime. Our calculation shows that the lateral quantum confinement provided by the nanowires allows an increase of the maximum operation temperature and a strong reduction of the current density threshold compared to conventional terahertz quantum cascade lasers.

  20. Radiation Stability of Metal Nanowires

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    Bedin, S. A.; Makhin’ko, F. F.; Ovchinnikov, V. V.; Gerasimenko, N. N.; Zagorskiy, D. L.

    2017-01-01

    The aim of this work is to investigate the radiation stability of pure nickel and iron– nickel Fe0.56Ni0.44 alloy nanowires fabricated by matrix synthesis using polymer track membranes and Ar+ and Xe+ (E = 20 keV, j = 300 μA/cm2) beam irradiation. The dependence of the stability of nanowires on their diameter, fluence, and type of implanted ions is investigated. The assumption that the thermalized regions of dense cascades of atomic displacements (thermal spikes) play an important role in the nanowire structure change is made. These regions are nanosized zones of explosive energy release and heated to several thousands of degrees.

  1. Single crystalline mesoporous silicon nanowires

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    Hochbaum, A.I.; Gargas, Daniel; Jeong Hwang, Yun; Yang, Peidong

    2009-08-04

    Herein we demonstrate a novel electroless etching synthesis of monolithic, single-crystalline, mesoporous silicon nanowire arrays with a high surface area and luminescent properties consistent with conventional porous silicon materials. These porous nanowires also retain the crystallographic orientation of the wafer from which they are etched. Electron microscopy and diffraction confirm their single-crystallinity and reveal the silicon surrounding the pores is as thin as several nanometers. Confocal fluorescence microscopy showed that the photoluminescence (PL) of these arrays emanate from the nanowires themselves, and their PL spectrum suggests that these arrays may be useful as photocatalytic substrates or active components of nanoscale optoelectronic devices.

  2. Conducting polyaniline nanowire electrode junction

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    Gaikwad, Sumedh; Bodkhe, Gajanan; Deshmukh, Megha; Patil, Harshada; Rushi, Arti; Shirsat, Mahendra D.; Koinkar, Pankaj; Kim, Yun-Hae; Mulchandani, Ashok

    2015-03-01

    In this paper, a synthesis of conducting polyaniline nanowires electrode junction (CPNEJ) has been reported. Conducting polyaniline nanowires electrode junction on Si/SiO2 substrate (having 3 μm gap between two gold microelectrodes) is prepared. Polyaniline nanowires with diameter (ca. 140 nm to 160 nm) were synthesized by one step electrochemical polymerization using galvanostatic (constant current) technique to bridge this gap. The surface morphology of CPNEJ was studied by scanning electron microscope (SEM). The synthesized CPNEJ is an excellent platform for biosensor applications.

  3. Fabrication of patterned polymer nanowire arrays.

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    Fang, Hao; Yuan, Dajun; Guo, Rui; Zhang, Su; Han, Ray P S; Das, Suman; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2011-02-22

    A method for the large-scale fabrication of patterned organic nanowire (NW) arrays is demonstrated by the use of laser interference patterning (LIP) in conjunction with inductively coupled plasma (ICP) etching. The NW arrays can be fabricated after a short ICP etching of periodic patterns produced through LIP. Arrays of NWs have been fabricated in UV-absorbent polymers, such as PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and Dura film (76% polyethylene and 24% polycarbonate), through laser interference photon ablation and in UV transparent polymers such as PVA (polyvinyl acetate) and PP (polypropylene) through laser interference lithography of a thin layer of photoresist coated atop the polymer surface. The dependence of the structure and morphology of NWs as a function of initial pattern created by LIP and the laser energy dose in LIP is discussed. The absence of residual photoresist atop the NWs in UV-transparent polymers is confirmed through Raman spectroscopy.

  4. Silicide Nanowires for Low-Resistance CMOS Transistor Contacts.

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    Zollner, Stefan

    2007-03-01

    Transition metal (TM) silicide nanowires are used as contacts for modern CMOS transistors. (Our smallest wires are ˜20 nm thick and ˜50 nm wide.) While much research on thick TM silicides was conducted long ago, materials perform differently at the nanoscale. For example, the usual phase transformation sequences (e.g., Ni, Ni2Si, NiSi, NiSi2) for the reaction of thick metal films on Si no longer apply to nanostructures, because the surface and interface energies compete with the bulk energy of a given crystal structure. Therefore, a NiSi film will agglomerate into hemispherical droplets of NiSi by annealing before it reaches the lowest-energy (NiSi2) crystalline structure. These dynamics can be tuned by addition of impurities (such as Pt in Ni). The Si surface preparation is also a more important factor for nanowires than for silicidation of thick TM films. Ni nanowires formed on Si surfaces that were cleaned and amorphized by sputtering with Ar ions have a tendency to form NiSi2 pyramids (``spikes'') even at moderate temperatures (˜400^oC), while similar Ni films formed on atomically clean or hydrogen-terminated Si form uniform NiSi nanowires. Another issue affecting TM silicides is the barrier height between the silicide contact and the silicon transistor. For most TM silicides, the Fermi level of the silicide is aligned with the center of the Si band gap. Therefore, silicide contacts experience Schottky barrier heights of around 0.5 eV for both n-type and p-type Si. The resulting contact resistance becomes a significant term for the overall resistance of modern CMOS transistors. Lowering this contact resistance is an important goal in CMOS research. New materials are under investigation (for example PtSi, which has a barrier height of only 0.3 eV to p-type Si). This talk will describe recent results, with special emphasis on characterization techniques and electrical testing useful for the development of silicide nanowires for CMOS contacts. In collaboration

  5. Interactions between semiconductor nanowires and living cells.

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    Prinz, Christelle N

    2015-06-17

    Semiconductor nanowires are increasingly used for biological applications and their small dimensions make them a promising tool for sensing and manipulating cells with minimal perturbation. In order to interface cells with nanowires in a controlled fashion, it is essential to understand the interactions between nanowires and living cells. The present paper reviews current progress in the understanding of these interactions, with knowledge gathered from studies where living cells were interfaced with vertical nanowire arrays. The effect of nanowires on cells is reported in terms of viability, cell-nanowire interface morphology, cell behavior, changes in gene expression as well as cellular stress markers. Unexplored issues and unanswered questions are discussed.

  6. Polarity-Induced Selective Area Epitaxy of GaN Nanowires.

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    de Souza Schiaber, Ziani; Calabrese, Gabriele; Kong, Xiang; Trampert, Achim; Jenichen, Bernd; Dias da Silva, José Humberto; Geelhaar, Lutz; Brandt, Oliver; Fernández-Garrido, Sergio

    2017-01-11

    We present a conceptually novel approach to achieve selective area epitaxy of GaN nanowires. The approach is based on the fact that these nanostructures do not form in plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy on structurally and chemically uniform cation-polar substrates. By in situ depositing and nitridating Si on a Ga-polar GaN film, we locally reverse the polarity to induce the selective area epitaxy of N-polar GaN nanowires. We show that the nanowire number density can be controlled over several orders of magnitude by varying the amount of predeposited Si. Using this growth approach, we demonstrate the synthesis of single-crystalline and uncoalesced nanowires with diameters as small as 20 nm. The achievement of nanowire number densities low enough to prevent the shadowing of the nanowire sidewalls from the impinging fluxes paves the way for the realization of homogeneous core-shell heterostructures without the need of using ex situ prepatterned substrates.

  7. Selective Laser Direct Patterning of Silver Nanowire Percolation Network Transparent Conductor for Capacitive Touch Panel.

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    Hong, Sukjoon; Yeo, Junyeob; Lee, Jinhwan; Lee, Habeom; Lee, Phillip; Lee, Seung S; Ko, Seung Hwan

    2015-03-01

    We introduce a facile method to enhance the functionality of a patterned metallic transparent conductor through selective laser ablation of metal nanowire percolation network. By scanning focused nanosecond pulsed laser on silver nanowire percolation network, silver nanowires are selectively ablated and patterned without using any conventional chemical etching or photolithography steps. Various arbitrary patterns of silver nanowire transparent conductors are readily created on the percolation network by changing various laser parameters such as repetition rate and power. The macroscopic optical and electrical properties of the percolation network transparent conductor can be easily tuned by changing the conductor pattern design via digital selective laser ablation. Further investigation on the silver nanowire based electrode line prepared by the ablation process substantiates that the general relation for a conducting thin film fails at a narrow width, which should be considered for the applications that requires a high resolution patterns. Finally, as a proof of concept, a capacitive touch sensor with diamond patterns has been demonstrated by selective laser ablation of metal nanowire percolation network.

  8. Magnetization dynamics in LSMO/Pt nanowires in the presence of spin orbit torques

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    Lee, Hankyu; Barsukov, Igor; Safranski, Christopher; Jara, Alejandro; Chen, Yu-Jin; Swartz, Adrian; Kim, Bongju; Hwang, Harold; Krivorotov, Ilya

    La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO) possesses attractive magnetic properties for nanowire spin torque oscillators (STOs) driven by spin orbit torques: low magnetic damping, low saturation magnetization and high spin polarization. In this context, good understanding of magnetization dynamics in LSMO/Pt bilayer nanowires is important. Here, we report measurements of the spectral properties of spin-wave modes in LSMO/Pt nanowires magnetized along the two principal in-plane axes. In electrically-detected ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) we observe excitation of multiple spin wave modes, including non-aligned modes when the nanowire is magnetized perpendicular to its axis. Spectral linewidth of the FMR resonances gives quantitative information on the Gilbert damping parameter of the nanowire. In comparison to extended LSMO/Pt films, the magnetic damping in the nanowire is reduced due to the suppression of two-magnon scattering. We will present data on the effect of high bias current density applied to the wire on the frequency and linewidth of the observed spin wave resonances.

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

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

    2011-07-01

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

  10. Printed silver nanowire antennas with low signal loss at high-frequency radio.

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    Komoda, Natsuki; Nogi, Masaya; Suganuma, Katsuaki; Kohno, Kazuo; Akiyama, Yutaka; Otsuka, Kanji

    2012-05-21

    Silver nanowires are printable and conductive, and are believed to be promising materials in the field of printed electronics. However, the resistivity of silver nanowire printed lines is higher than that of metallic particles or flakes even when sintered at high temperatures of 100-400 °C. Therefore, their applications have been limited to the replacement of transparent electrodes made from high-resistivity materials, such as doped metallic oxides, conductive polymers, carbon nanotubes, or graphenes. Here we report that using printed silver nanowire lines, signal losses obtained in the high-frequency radio were lower than those obtained using etched copper foil antennas, because their surfaces were much smoother than those of etched copper foil antennas. This was the case even though the resistivity of silver nanowire lines was 43-71 μΩ cm, which is much higher than that of etched copper foil (2 μΩ cm). When printed silver nanowire antennas were heated at 100 °C, they achieved signal losses that were much lower than those of silver paste antennas comprising microparticles, nanoparticles, and flakes. Furthermore, using a low temperature process, we succeeded in remotely controlling a commercialized radio-controlled car by transmitting a 2.45 GHz signal via a silver nanowire antenna printed on a polyethylene terephthalate film.

  11. Silicon nanowire biologically sensitive field effect transistors: electrical characteristics and applications.

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    Rim, Taiuk; Baek, Chang-Ki; Kim, Kihyun; Jeong, Yoon-Ha; Lee, Jeong-Soo; Meyyappan, M

    2014-01-01

    The interest in biologically sensitive field effect transistors (BioFETs) is growing explosively due to their potential as biosensors in biomedical, environmental monitoring and security applications. Recently, adoption of silicon nanowires in BioFETs has enabled enhancement of sensitivity, device miniaturization, decreasing power consumption and emerging applications such as the 3D cell probe. In this review, we describe the device physics and operation of the silicon nanowire BioFETs along with recent advances in the field. The silicon nanowire BioFETs are basically the same as the conventional field-effect transistors (FETs) with the exceptions of nanowire channel instead of thin film and a liquid gate instead of the conventional gate. Therefore, the silicon device physics is important to understand the operation of the BioFETs. Herein, physical characteristics of the silicon nanowire FETs are described and the operational principles of the BioFETs are classified according to the number of gates and the analysis domain of the measured signal. Even the bottom-up process has merits on low-cost fabrication; the top-down process technique is highlighted here due to its reliability and reproducibility. Finally, recent advances in the silicon nanowire BioFETs in the literature are described and key features for commercialization are discussed.

  12. Controlling electronic and magnetic properties of ultra narrow multilayered nanowires

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    Panigrahi, Puspamitra

    Interest in the study of magnetic/non-magnetic multilayered structures took a giant leap since Grunberg and his group established that the interlayer exchange coupling (IEC) is a function of the non-magnetic spacer width. This interest was further fuelled by the discovery of the phenomenal Giant Magnetoresistance (GMR) effect. In fact, in 2007 Albert Fert and Peter Grunberg were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their contribution to the discovery of GMR. GMR is the key property that is being used in the read-head of the present day computer hard drive as it requires a high sensitivity in the detection of magnetic field. The recent increase in demand for device miniaturization encouraged researchers to look for GMR in nanoscale multilayered structures. In this context, one dimensional (1-D) multilayered nanowire structure has shown tremendous promise as a viable candidate for ultra sensitive read head sensors. In fact, the phenomenal giant magnetoresistance (GMR) effect, which is the novel feature of the currently used multilayered thin film, has already been observed in multilayered nanowire systems at ambient temperature. Geometrical confinement of the supper lattice along the 2-dimensions (2-D) to construct the 1-D multilayered nanowire prohibits the minimization of magnetic interaction-offering a rich variety of magnetic properties in nanowire that can be exploited for novel functionality. In addition, introduction of non-magnetic spacer between the magnetic layers presents additional advantage in controlling magnetic properties via tuning the interlayer magnetic interaction. Despite of a large volume of theoretical works devoted towards the understanding of GMR and IEC in super lattice structures, limited theoretical calculations are reported in 1-D multilayered systems. Thus to gauge their potential application in new generation magneto-electronic devices, in this thesis, I have discussed the usage of first principles density functional theory (DFT) in

  13. CdS/CdSe cosensitized oriented single-crystalline TiO2 nanowire array for solar cell application

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    Li, Ming; Liu, Yong; Wang, Hai; Shen, Hui; Zhao, Wenxia; Huang, Hong; Liang, Chaolun

    2010-11-01

    Vertically oriented single-crystalline TiO2 nanowires array was grown on transparent conductive oxide glass substrate, and then CdS and CdSe quantum dots (QDs) were deposited on nanowires to form a TiO2/CdS/CdSe core-shell structure films. The optical properties of films with different layers of QDs were compared. The QD sensitized solar cells (QD-SSCs) were assembled and the effect of coating cycles of QDs on the photovoltaic performance was investigated. Under optimum parameters, QD-SSCs assembled with 5 μm thick TiO2 nanowires film exhibited a short-circuit current density of 7.92 mA cm-2, an open-circuit voltage of 0.40 V, and a power conversion efficiency of 1.14%.

  14. Laser-induced single point nanowelding of silver nanowires

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    Dai, Shuowei; Li, Qiang; Liu, Guoping; Yang, Hangbo; Yang, Yuanqing; Zhao, Ding; Wang, Wei; Qiu, Min

    2016-03-01

    Nanowelding of nanomaterials opens up an emerging set of applications in transparent conductors, thin-film solar cells, nanocatalysis, cancer therapy, and nanoscale patterning. Single point nanowelding (SPNW) is highly demanded for building complex nanostructures. In this letter, the precise control of SPNW of silver nanowires is explored in depth, where the nanowelding is laser-induced through the plasmonic resonance enhanced photothermal effect. It is shown that the illumination position is a critical factor for the nanowelding process. As an example of performance enhancement, output at wire end can be increased by 65% after welding for a plasmonic nanocoupler. Thus, single point nanowelding technique shows great potentials for high-performance electronic and photonic devices based on nanowires, such as nanoelectronic circuits and plasmonic nanodevices.

  15. Plasma-produced phase-pure cuprous oxide nanowires for methane gas sensing

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    Cheng, Qijin Zhang, Fengyan; Yan, Wei; Randeniya, Lakshman; Ostrikov, Kostya

    2014-03-28

    Phase-selective synthesis of copper oxide nanowires is warranted by several applications, yet it remains challenging because of the narrow windows of the suitable temperature and precursor gas composition in thermal processes. Here, we report on the room-temperature synthesis of small-diameter, large-area, uniform, and phase-pure Cu{sub 2}O nanowires by exposing copper films to a custom-designed low-pressure, thermally non-equilibrium, high-density (typically, the electron number density is in the range of 10{sup 11}–10{sup 13} cm{sup −3}) inductively coupled plasmas. The mechanism of the plasma-enabled phase selectivity is proposed. The gas sensors based on the synthesized Cu{sub 2}O nanowires feature fast response and recovery for the low-temperature (∼140 °C) detection of methane gas in comparison with polycrystalline Cu{sub 2}O thin film-based gas sensors. Specifically, at a methane concentration of 4%, the response and the recovery times of the Cu{sub 2}O nanowire-based gas sensors are 125 and 147 s, respectively. The Cu{sub 2}O nanowire-based gas sensors have a potential for applications in the environmental monitoring, chemical industry, mining industry, and several other emerging areas.

  16. Performance-limiting factors for GaAs-based single nanowire photovoltaics.

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    Wang, Xufeng; Khan, Mohammad Ryyan; Lundstrom, Mark; Bermel, Peter

    2014-03-10

    GaAs nanowires (NWs) offer the possibility of decoupling light absorption from charge transport for high-performance photovoltaic (PV) devices. However, it is still an open question as to whether these devices can exceed the Shockley-Queisser efficiency limit for single-junction PV. In this work, single standing GaAs-based nanowire solar cells in both radial and vertical junction configurations is analyzed and compared to a planar thin-film design. By using a self-consistent, electrical-optically coupled 3D simulator, we show the design principles for nanowire and planar solar cells are significantly different; nanowire solar cells are vulnerable to surface and contact recombination, while planar solar cells suffer significant losses due to imperfect backside mirror reflection. Overall, the ultimate efficiency of the GaAs nanowire solar cell with radial and vertical junction is not expected to exceed that of the thin-film design, with both staying below the Shockley-Queisser limit.

  17. Pulse electrodeposition and electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance techniques for high perpendicular magnetic anisotropy cobalt nanowire arrays

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    Ursache, Andrei; Goldbach, James T.; Russell, Thomas P.; Tuominen, Mark T.

    2005-05-15

    This research is focused on the development of pulse electrodeposition techniques to fabricate a high-density array of vertically oriented, high-magnetic anisotropy cobalt nanowires using a porous polymer film template. This type of array is a competitive candidate for future perpendicular magnetic media capable of storage densities exceeding 1 Terabit/in.{sup 2} The polymer template, derived from a self-assembling P(S-b-MMA) diblock copolymer film, provides precise control over the nanowire diameter (15 nm) and interwire spacing (24 nm), whereas nanowire length (typically 50 to 1000 nm) is controlled accurately with the aid of real-time electrochemical quartz crystal monitoring. Pulse and pulse-reversed electrodeposition techniques, as compared to dc, are shown to significantly enhance the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of the magnetic nanowire array and ultimately result in coercivity as large as 2.7 kOe at 300 K. Magnetic and structural characterizations suggest that these properties arise from an improved degree of magnetocrystalline anisotropy (due to c-axis oriented crystal growth and improvements in crystal quality) that strongly supplements the basic shape anisotropy of the nanowires. Low temperature magnetometry is used to investigate exchange bias effects due to the incorporation of CoO antiferromagnetic impurities during the electrodeposition process and subsequent Co oxidation in air.

  18. Controllable synthesis of branched ZnO/Si nanowire arrays with hierarchical structure

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    2014-01-01

    A rational approach for creating branched ZnO/Si nanowire arrays with hierarchical structure was developed based on a combination of three simple and cost-effective synthesis pathways. The crucial procedure included growth of crystalline Si nanowire arrays as backbones by chemical etching of Si substrates, deposition of ZnO thin film as a seed layer by magnetron sputtering, and fabrication of ZnO nanowire arrays as branches by hydrothermal growth. The successful synthesis of ZnO/Si heterogeneous nanostructures was confirmed by morphologic, structural, and optical characterizations. The roles of key experimental parameters, such as the etchant solution, the substrate direction, and the seed layer on the hierarchical nanostructure formation, were systematically investigated. It was demonstrated that an etchant solution with an appropriate redox potential of the oxidant was crucial for a moderate etching speed to achieve a well-aligned Si nanowire array with solid and round surface. Meanwhile, the presence of gravity gradient was a key issue for the growth of branched ZnO nanowire arrays. The substrate should be placed vertically or facedown in contrast to the solution surface during the hydrothermal growth. Otherwise, only the condensation of the ZnO nanoparticles took place in a form of film on the substrate surface. The seed layer played another important role in the growth of ZnO nanowire arrays, as it provided nucleation sites and determined the growing direction and density of the nanowire arrays for reducing the thermodynamic barrier. The results of this study might provide insight on the synthesis of hierarchical three-dimensional nanostructure materials and offer an approach for the development of complex devices and advanced applications. PMID:25024688

  19. Bulk photoemission from metal films and nanoparticles

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    Ikhsanov, R Sh; Babicheva, V E; Protsenko, I E; Uskov, A V; Guzhva, M E

    2015-01-31

    Internal emission of photoelectrons from metal films and nanoparticles (nanowires and nanospheres) into a semiconductor matrix is studied theoretically by taking into account the jump of the effective electron mass at the metal – semiconductor interface and the cooling effect of hot electrons due to electron – electron collisions in the metal. The internal quantum efficiency of photoemission for the film and nanoparticles of two types (nanospheres and nanowires) is calculated. It is shown that the reduction of the effective mass of the electron during its transition from metal to semiconductor may lead to a significant (orders of magnitude and higher) decrease in the internal quantum efficiency of bulk photoemission. (nanostructures)

  20. Energy harvesting performance of piezoelectric ceramic and polymer nanowires.

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    Crossley, Sam; Kar-Narayan, Sohini

    2015-08-28

    Energy harvesting from ubiquitous ambient vibrations is attractive for autonomous small-power applications and thus considerable research is focused on piezoelectric materials as they permit direct inter-conversion of mechanical and electrical energy. Nanogenerators (NGs) based on piezoelectric nanowires are particularly attractive due to their sensitivity to small-scale vibrations and may possess superior mechanical-to-electrical conversion efficiency when compared to bulk or thin-film devices of the same material. However, candidate piezoelectric nanowires have hitherto been predominantly analyzed in terms of NG output (i.e. output voltage, output current and output power density). Surprisingly, the corresponding dynamical properties of the NG, including details of how the nanowires are mechanically driven and its impact on performance, have been largely neglected. Here we investigate all realizable NG driving contexts separately involving inertial displacement, applied stress T and applied strain S, highlighting the effect of driving mechanism and frequency on NG performance in each case. We argue that, in the majority of cases, the intrinsic high resonance frequencies of piezoelectric nanowires (∼tens of MHz) present no barrier to high levels of NG performance even at frequencies far below resonance (<1 kHz) typically characteristic of ambient vibrations. In this context, we introduce vibrational energy harvesting (VEH) coefficients ηS and ηT, based on intrinsic materials properties, for comparing piezoelectric NG performance under strain-driven and stress-driven conditions respectively. These figures of merit permit, for the first time, a general comparison of piezoelectric nanowires for NG applications that takes into account the nature of the mechanical excitation. We thus investigate the energy harvesting performance of prototypical piezoelectric ceramic and polymer nanowires. We find that even though ceramic and polymer nanowires have been found, in

  1. DNA-templated gold nanowires

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    Mohammadzadegan, Reza; Mohabatkar, Hassan; Sheikhi, Mohammad Hossein; Safavi, Afsaneh; Khajouee, Mahmood Barati

    2008-10-01

    We have developed simple methods of reproducibly creating deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)-templated gold nanowires on silicon. First DNA nanowires were aligned on silicon surfaces. Briefly, modified silicon wafer was soaked in the DNA solution, and then the solution was removed using micropipettes; the surface tension at the moving air-solution interface is sufficient to align the DNA nanowires on the silicon wafer. In another attempt, an aqueous dispersion of sodium azide-stabilized gold nanoparticles was prepared. The nanoparticles aligned double-stranded λ-DNA to form a linear nanoparticle array. Continuous gold nanowires were obtained. The above nanowires were structurally characterized using scanning electron microscopy. The results of the characterizations show the wires to be 57-323 nm wide, to be continuous with a length of 2.8-9.5 μm. The use of DNA as a template for the self-assembly of conducting nanowires represents a potentially important approach in the fabrication of nanoscale interconnects.

  2. ZnO nanowire lasers.

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    Vanmaekelbergh, Daniël; van Vugt, Lambert K

    2011-07-01

    The pathway towards the realization of optical solid-state lasers was gradual and slow. After Einstein's paper on absorption and stimulated emission of light in 1917 it took until 1960 for the first solid state laser device to see the light. Not much later, the first semiconductor laser was demonstrated and lasing in the near UV spectral range from ZnO was reported as early as 1966. The research on the optical properties of ZnO showed a remarkable revival since 1995 with the demonstration of room temperature lasing, which was further enhanced by the first report of lasing by a single nanowire in 2001. Since then, the research focussed increasingly on one-dimensional nanowires of ZnO. We start this review with a brief description of the opto-electronic properties of ZnO that are related to the wurtzite crystal structure. How these properties are modified by the nanowire geometry is discussed in the subsequent sections, in which we present the confined photon and/or polariton modes and how these can be investigated experimentally. Next, we review experimental studies of laser emission from single ZnO nanowires under different experimental conditions. We emphasize the special features resulting from the sub-wavelength dimensions by presenting our results on single ZnO nanowires lying on a substrate. At present, the mechanism of lasing in ZnO (nanowires) is the subject of a strong debate that is considered at the end of this review.

  3. Optical second harmonic generation from Pt nanowires

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    Hayashi, N.; Aratake, K.; Okushio, R.; Iwai, T.; Sugawara, A.; Sano, H.; Mizutani, G.

    2007-09-01

    We have measured optical second harmonic intensity from arrays of Pt nanowires of 20 nm and 9 nm average widths, as a function of the incident and output light polarizations, the azimuthal angle, and the excitation photon energy. The nanowires were fabricated through shadow deposition on self-organized NaCl(1 1 0) faceted templates. The anisotropy of the SH intensity from the Pt nanowires was found to be stronger than that from the Au nanowires reported previously. The effective nonlinear susceptibility element χ222(2), with the suffix 2 indicating the direction [1 1¯ 0], was observed for Pt nanowires, although it was not observed for Au nanowires. This difference is suggested to be due to the weaker suppression of the incident fundamental fields by the depolarization field in the Pt nanowires and the larger anisotropy in the nonlinearity of Pt nanowires due to the thinner widths.

  4. Do Twin Boundaries Always Strengthen Metal Nanowires?

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    Zhang, Yongfeng; Huang, Hanchen

    2009-01-01

    It has been widely reported that twin boundaries strengthen nanowires regardless of their morphology-that is, the strength of nanowires goes up as twin spacing goes down. This article shows that twin boundaries do not always strengthen nanowires. Using classical molecular dynamics simulations, the authors show that whether twin boundaries strengthen nanowires depends on the necessary stress for dislocation nucleation, which in turn depends on surface morphologies. When nanowires are circular cylindrical, the necessary stress of dislocation nucleation is high and the presence of twin boundaries lowers this stress; twin boundaries soften nanowires. In contrast, when nanowires are square cylindrical, the necessary stress of dislocation nucleation is low, and a higher stress is required for dislocations to penetrate twin boundaries; they strengthen nanowires.

  5. Electrochemical synthesis of highly crystalline copper nanowires

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    Kaur, Amandeep; Gupta, Tanish; Kumar, Akshay; Kumar, Sanjeev; Singh, Karamjeet; Thakur, Anup

    2015-05-15

    Copper nanowires were fabricated within the pores of anodic alumina template (AAT) by template synthesis method at pH = 2.9. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) were used to investigate the structure, morphology and composition of fabricated nanowires. These characterizations revealed that the deposited copper nanowires were highly crystalline in nature, dense and uniform. The crystalline copper nanowires are promising in application of future nanoelectronic devices and circuits.

  6. Transfer printed silver nanowire transparent conductors for PbS-ZnO heterojunction quantum dot solar cells.

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    Hjerrild, Natasha E; Neo, Darren C J; Kasdi, Assia; Assender, Hazel E; Warner, Jamie H; Watt, Andrew A R

    2015-04-01

    Transfer-printed silver nanowire transparent conducting electrodes are demonstrated in lead sulfide-zinc oxide quantum dot solar cells. Advantages of using this transparent conductor technology are increased junction surface energy, solution processing, and the potential cost reduction of low temperature processing. Joule heating, device aging, and film thickness effects are investigated to understand shunt pathways created by nanowires protruding perpendicular to the film. A V(oc) of 0.39 ± 0.07 V, J(sc) of 16.2 ± 0.2 mA/cm(2), and power conversion efficiencies of 2.8 ± 0.4% are presented.

  7. Welding of silver nanowire networks via flash white light and UV-C irradiation for highly conductive and reliable transparent electrodes

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    Chung, Wan-Ho; Kim, Sang-Ho; Kim, Hak-Sung

    2016-08-01

    In this work, silver nanowire inks with hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) binders were coated on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates and welded via flash white light and ultraviolet C (UV-C) irradiation to produce highly conductive transparent electrodes. The coated silver nanowire films were firmly welded and embedded into PET substrate successfully at room temperature and under ambient conditions using an in-house flash white light welding system and UV-C irradiation. The effects of light irradiation conditions (light energy, irradiation time, pulse duration, and pulse number) on the silver nanowire networks were studied and optimized. Bending fatigue tests were also conducted to characterize the reliability of the welded transparent conductive silver nanowire films. The surfaces of the welded silver nanowire films were analyzed via scanning electron microscopy (SEM), while the transmittance of the structures was measured using a spectrophotometer. From the results, a highly conductive and transparent silver nanowire film with excellent reliability could be achieved at room temperature under ambient conditions via the combined flash white light and UV-C irradiation welding process.

  8. Welding of silver nanowire networks via flash white light and UV-C irradiation for highly conductive and reliable transparent electrodes

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    Chung, Wan-Ho; Kim, Sang-Ho; Kim, Hak-Sung

    2016-01-01

    In this work, silver nanowire inks with hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) binders were coated on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates and welded via flash white light and ultraviolet C (UV-C) irradiation to produce highly conductive transparent electrodes. The coated silver nanowire films were firmly welded and embedded into PET substrate successfully at room temperature and under ambient conditions using an in-house flash white light welding system and UV-C irradiation. The effects of light irradiation conditions (light energy, irradiation time, pulse duration, and pulse number) on the silver nanowire networks were studied and optimized. Bending fatigue tests were also conducted to characterize the reliability of the welded transparent conductive silver nanowire films. The surfaces of the welded silver nanowire films were analyzed via scanning electron microscopy (SEM), while the transmittance of the structures was measured using a spectrophotometer. From the results, a highly conductive and transparent silver nanowire film with excellent reliability could be achieved at room temperature under ambient conditions via the combined flash white light and UV-C irradiation welding process. PMID:27553755

  9. Catalyst-free growth of ZnO nanowires by metal-organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) and thermal evaporation

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    Lee, Woong; Jeong, Min-Chang; Myoung, Jae-Min

    2004-08-02

    ZnO nanowires were grown on GaAs(0 0 2) substrates using metal-organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) and on Si(0 0 1) substrates using thermal evaporation of source powders, respectively. It was demonstrated that well-aligned single crystalline nanowires could be grown with controlled sizes using a typical thin film deposition technique without catalysts. Arsenic doping of the ZnO nanowires grown on GaAs substrate was possible using post-growth heat-treatment, proposing a possible way of producing p-type ZnO nanowires. It was also shown that simplified process of carrier-free thermal evaporation without catalyst could be employed to grow nanowires with high yield while maintaining good crystalline and optical properties. Application potential of the nanowires as probes of atomic force microscopes (AFMs) was discussed by predicting their structural compatibility with AFM cantilevers based on continuum elasticity. It was predicted that the nanowires fabricated herein are structurally compatible with typical AFM cantilevers suggesting that they are promising candidates for high aspect ratio probes.

  10. Growth and Characterization of Chalcogenide Alloy Nanowires with Controlled Spatial Composition Variation for Optoelectronic Applications

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    Nichols, Patricia

    The energy band gap of a semiconductor material critically influences the operating wavelength of an optoelectronic device. Realization of any desired band gap, or even spatially graded band gaps, is important for applications such as lasers, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), solar cells, and detectors. Compared to thin films, nanowires offer greater flexibility for achieving a variety of alloy compositions. Furthermore, the nanowire geometry permits simultaneous incorporation of a wide range of compositions on a single substrate. Such controllable alloy composition variation can be realized either within an individual nanowire or between distinct nanowires across a substrate. This dissertation explores the control of spatial composition variation in ternary alloy nanowires. Nanowires were grown by the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism using chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The gas-phase supersaturation was considered in order to optimize the deposition morphology. Composition and structure were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and x-ray diffraction (XRD). Optical properties were investigated through photoluminescence (PL) measurements. The chalcogenides selected as alloy endpoints were lead sulfide (PbS), cadmium sulfide (CdS), and cadmium selenide (CdSe). Three growth modes of PbS were identified, which included contributions from spontaneously generated catalyst. The resulting wires were found capable of lasing with wavelengths over 4000 nm, representing the longest known wavelength from a sub-wavelength wire. For CdxPb1-xS nanowires, it was established that the cooling process significantly affects the alloy composition and structure. Quenching was critical to retain metastable alloys with x up to 0.14, representing a new composition in nanowire form. Alternatively, gradual cooling caused phase segregation, which created heterostructures with light emission in

  11. Nanowire Plasmon Resonators

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    de Leon, Nathalie; Shields, Brendan; Yu, Chun; Englund, Dirk; Akimov, Alexey; Lukin, Mikhail; Park, Hongkun

    2011-05-01

    Strong interactions between light and matter can be engineered by confining light to a small volume for an extended period of time. Nanoscale plasmonic structures can concentrate lighte well below the diffraction limit, but realization of small mode-volume plasmon cavities remains an outstanding challenge. We propose and demonstrate a new approach for realization of nanoscale plasmon resonators enabling strong light-matter interaction. In our approach, chemically synthesized silver nanowires are surrounded by patterned dielectric to create resonators with mode volumes that are two orders of magnitude below the diffraction limit and quality factors approaching 100. We show that they can be used to enhance spontaneous emission rates of CdSe quantum dots and single diamond nitrogen-vacancy centers by a factor larger than 20 at the cavity resonance.

  12. Cutting ice: nanowire regelation.

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    Hynninen, Teemu; Heinonen, Vili; Dias, Cristiano L; Karttunen, Mikko; Foster, Adam S; Ala-Nissila, Tapio

    2010-08-20

    Even below its normal melting temperature, ice melts when subjected to high pressure and refreezes once the pressure is lifted. A classic demonstration of this regelation phenomenon is the passing of a thin wire through a block of ice when sufficient force is exerted. Here we present a molecular-dynamics study of a nanowire cutting through ice to unravel the molecular level mechanisms responsible for regelation. In particular, we show that the transition from a stationary to a moving wire due to increased driving force changes from symmetric and continuous to asymmetric and discontinuous as a hydrophilic wire is replaced by a hydrophobic one. This is explained at the molecular level in terms of the wetting properties of the wire.

  13. Cobalt-doped cadmium selenide colloidal nanowires.

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    Li, Zhen; Du, Ai Jun; Sun, Qiao; Aljada, Muhsen; Cheng, Li Na; Riley, Mark J; Zhu, Zhong Hua; Cheng, Zhen Xiang; Wang, Xiao Lin; Hall, Jeremy; Krausz, Elmars; Qiao, Shi Zhang; Smith, Sean C; Lu, Gao Qing Max

    2011-11-21

    Co(2+)-doped CdSe colloidal nanowires with tunable size and dopant concentration have been prepared by a solution-liquid-solid (SLS) approach for the first time. These doped nanowires exhibit anomalous photoluminescence temperature dependence in comparison with undoped nanowires.

  14. Fabrication of large arrays of metallic nanowires on V-grooved substrates

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    Jorritsma, J.; Gijs, M. A. M.; Schönenberger, C.; Stienen, J. G. H.

    1995-09-01

    Large arrays of Au nanowires down to 50 nm in width are fabricated on V-grooved InP substrates. Holographic laser interference exposure of photoresist and anisotropic etching are used to pattern the surface of InP(001) substrates into V-shaped grooves with a 200 nm period. Next, the patterned substrates are covered with a thin Au film, which is subsequently structured into nanowires using a well controlled wet etching process. Initial characterization confirms that the wires are electrically continuous.

  15. Double side electroluminescence from p-NiO/n-ZnO nanowire heterojunctions

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    Wang, J.-Y.; Chen, Y.-T.; Chen, C.-T.; Chen, Y.-L.; Chen, Y.-F.; Lee, C.-Y.; Lin, C.-F.

    2009-09-28

    Double side light emission devices based on p-NiO/n-ZnO nanowire heterojunctions have been fabricated on indium tin oxide substrate by radio frequency magnetron sputtering combined with hydrothermal process. According to the energy band alignment, the detected broad visible and narrow ultraviolet electroluminescence arise from defect and band edge transitions in ZnO nanowires, respectively. The unique property of the double side emission is due to the nature of the large band gap of NiO film. It provides a good opportunity for the emission of a light emitting device with different colors on the top and back sides, simultaneously.

  16. Plasmon-controlled excitonic emission from vertically-tapered organic nanowires

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    Chikkaraddy, Rohit; Patra, Partha Pratim; Tripathi, Ravi P. N.; Dasgupta, Arindam; Kumar, G. V. Pavan

    2016-08-01

    Organic molecular nanophotonics has emerged as an important avenue to harness molecular aggregation and crystallization on various functional platforms to obtain nano-optical devices. To this end, there is growing interest to combine organic molecular nanostructures with plasmonic surfaces and interfaces. Motivated by this, herein we introduce a unique geometry: vertically-tapered organic nanowires grown on a plasmonic thin film. A polarization-sensitive plasmon-polariton on a gold thin-film was harnessed to control the exciton-polariton propagation and subsequent photoluminescence from an organic nanowire made of diaminoanthraquinone (DAAQ) molecules. We show that the exciton-polariton emission from individual DAAQ nanowires can be modulated up to a factor of 6 by varying the excitation polarization state of surface plasmons. Our observations were corroborated with full-wave three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain calculations performed on vertically-tapered nanowire geometry. Our work introduces a new optical platform to study coupling between propagating plasmons and propagating excitons, and may have implications in emerging fields such as hybrid-polariton based light emitting devices and vertical-cavity nano-optomechanics.Organic molecular nanophotonics has emerged as an important avenue to harness molecular aggregation and crystallization on various functional platforms to obtain nano-optical devices. To this end, there is growing interest to combine organic molecular nanostructures with plasmonic surfaces and interfaces. Motivated by this, herein we introduce a unique geometry: vertically-tapered organic nanowires grown on a plasmonic thin film. A polarization-sensitive plasmon-polariton on a gold thin-film was harnessed to control the exciton-polariton propagation and subsequent photoluminescence from an organic nanowire made of diaminoanthraquinone (DAAQ) molecules. We show that the exciton-polariton emission from individual DAAQ nanowires can be

  17. Proton irradiation effects on the thermoelectric properties in single-crystalline Bi nanowires

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    Chang, Taehoo; Kim, Jeongmin; Song, Min-Jung; Lee, Wooyoung

    2015-05-15

    The effects of proton irradiation on the thermoelectric properties of Bi nanowires (Bi-NWs) were investigated. Single crystalline Bi-NWs were grown by the on-film formation of nanowires method. The devices based on individual Bi-NWs were irradiated with protons at different energies. The total number of displaced atoms was estimated using the Kinchin-Pease displacement model. The electric conductivity and Seebeck coefficient in the Bi-NW devices were investigated before and after proton irradiation at different temperatures. Although the Seebeck coefficient remained stable at various irradiation energies, the electrical conductivity significantly declined with increasing proton energy up to 40 MeV.

  18. Magnetic and structural properties of the electrochemically deposited arrays of Co and CoFe nanowires

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    Khan, H. R.; Petrikowski, K.

    2002-09-01

    Magnetic and structural properties of the arrays of 18 nm diameter nanowires of Co and Co 90Fe 10 electrodeposited in the pores of anodic alumina are investigated. Arrays of Co and Co 90Fe 10 nanowires show perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and textured crystallographic behaviour. Coercivity Hc (⊥) and remanence Mr/ Ms (⊥) values of 2275 Oe (Co 90Fe 10); 1188 Oe (Co) and 96% (Co 90Fe 10), 81% (Co) are observed. The continuous films of Co and Co 90Fe 10 on Cu substrates show in plane magnetic anisotropy and coercivity values between 109 and 288 Oe.

  19. Parylene C-on-photoresist (POP): a low temperature spacer scheme for polymer/metal nanowire fabrication

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    Li, Yuanhui; Xie, Quan; Wang, Wei; Zheng, Mingxin; Zhang, Hao; Lei, Yinhua; Zhang, Haixia Alice; Wu, Wengang; Li, Zhihong

    2011-06-01

    This work introduced a novel spacer scheme for polymer/metal nanowire preparation by combining Parylene C and photoresist (Parylene C on photoresist, POP, process), both of which possess a low temperature fabrication essence. Adhesion between the Parylene C and the substrate with photoresist onside was improved by introducing a modified silanization pretreatment. Parylene C filled in an undercut generated by regular lithography on a dual-layered photoresist was left as nanometer-sized residues after an isotropic oxygen plasma etching. Parylene C nanowires with the minimal width down to 200 nm were successfully obtained by this POP-based spacer technique, and were then utilized as the etching mask for ion milling of the metal films beneath to realize corresponding chromium/gold nanowires. The present POP scheme will expand the application of the spacer technique in polymer/metal nanowire fabrication for integrated micro/nanoelectromechanical systems.

  20. Contact printing of horizontally-aligned p-type Zn₃P₂ nanowire arrays for rigid and flexible photodetectors.

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    Yu, Gang; Liang, Bo; Huang, Hongtao; Chen, Gui; Liu, Zhe; Chen, Di; Shen, Guozhen

    2013-03-08

    Zn(3)P(2) is an important p-type semiconductor with the ability to detect almost all visible and ultraviolet light. By using the simple and efficient contact printing process, we reported the assembly of horizontally-aligned p-type Zn(3)P(2) nanowire arrays to be used as building blocks for high performance photodetectors. Horizontally-aligned Zn(3)P(2) nanowire arrays were first printed on silicon substrate to make thin-film transistors, exhibiting typical p-type transistor behavior with a high on/off ratio of 10(3). Besides, the Zn(3)P(2) nanowire array based devices showed a substantial response to illuminated lights with a wide range of wavelengths and densities. Flexible photodetectors were also fabricated by contact printing of horizontally-aligned Zn(3)P(2) nanowire arrays on flexible PET substrate, showing a comparable performance to the device on rigid silicon substrate.

  1. Characterization of the oxygen oonosorption effect on a single SnO2 nanowire by using conductive atomic force microscopy.

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    Heo, Jinhee; Lee, Junghwan

    2012-06-01

    We have verified that SnO2 nano-wire has an n-type semiconductor property and it can be a p-type one when it is exposed to O2. We employed conductive AFM system to measure the I-V curve and resistance of single SnO2 nano-wire which had been synthesized on the Au thin film by a thermal process. To analyze a effect of O2 ionosorption into nano-wire, resistance was measured with various O2 concentration and we observed increment and maintenance of resistance which caused by O2 ionosorption. Also, the O2 ionosorption causes a type transfer of semiconductor and this phenomenon was verified by comparing the Schottky property of nano-wire before and after O2 exposure.

  2. Modified silver nanowire transparent electrodes with exceptional stability against oxidation

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    Idier, J.; Neri, W.; Labrugère, C.; Ly, I.; Poulin, P.; Backov, R.

    2016-03-01

    We report an easy method to prepare thin, flexible and transparent electrodes that show enhanced inertness toward oxidation using modified silver nanowires (Ag NWs). Stabilization is achieved through the adsorption of triphenylphosphine (PPh3) onto the Ag NW hybrid dispersions prior to their 2D organization as transparent electrodes on polyethylene terephtalate (PET) films. After 110 days in air (20 °C) under atmospheric conditions, the transmittance of the PET/Ag NW/PPh3 based films is nearly unchanged, while the transmittance of the PET/Ag NW-based films decreases by about 5%. The sheet resistance increases for both materials as time elapses, but the rate of increase is more than four times slower for films stabilized by PPh3. The improved transmittance and conductivity results in a significantly enhanced stability for the figure of merit σ dc/σ op. This phenomenon is highlighted in highly oxidative nitric acid vapor. The tested stabilized films in such conditions exhibit a decrease to σ dc/σ op of only 38% after 75 min, whereas conventional materials exhibit a relative loss of 71%. In addition, by contrast to other classes of stabilizers, such as polymer or graphene-based encapsulants, PPh3 does not alter the transparency or conductivity of the modified films. While the present films are made by membrane filtration, the stabilization method could be implemented directly in other liquid processes, including industrially scalable ones.

  3. Doped niobium superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors

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    Jia, Tao; Kang, Lin; Zhang, Labao; Zhao, Qingyuan; Gu, Min; Qiu, Jian; Chen, Jian; Jin, Biaobing

    2014-09-01

    We designed and fabricated a special doped niobium (Nb*) superconducting nanowire single-photon detector (SNSPD) on MgO substrate. The superconductivity of this ultra-thin Nb* film was further improved by depositing an ultra-thin aluminum nitride protective layer on top. Compared with traditional Nb films, Nb* films present higher T C and J C. We investigated the dependence of the characteristics of devices, such as cut-off wavelength, response bandwidth, and temperature, on their geometrical dimensions. Results indicate that reduction in both the width and thickness of Nb* nanowires extended the cut-off wavelength and improved the sensitivity. The Nb* SNSPD (50 nm width and 4.5 nm thickness) exhibited single-photon sensitivities at 1,310, 1,550, and 2,010 nm. We also demonstrated an enhancement in the detection efficiency by a factor of 10 in its count rate by lowering the working temperature from 2.26 K to 315 mK.

  4. Radiation Fluence dependent variation in Electrical conductivity of Cu nanowires

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    Gehlawat, Devender; Chauhan, R. P.; Sonkawade, R. G.

    2011-07-15

    Electrical conductivity of Cu nanowires varies with diameter of nanowires. However, keeping the diameter of nanowires constant, a variation in their electrical conductivity is observed after they irradiated with gamma rays and neutrons. On the basis of I-V characteristics drawn at room temperature, decrease in the conductivity of Cu nanowires is observed, as compared to that of pristine nanowires.

  5. Aluminum Nanowire Arrays via Directed Assembly.

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    Nesbitt, Nathan T; Merlo, Juan M; Rose, Aaron H; Calm, Yitzi M; Kempa, Krzysztof; Burns, Michael J; Naughton, Michael J

    2015-11-11

    Freestanding and vertically-oriented metal nanowire arrays have potential utility in a number of applications, but presently lack a route to fabrication. Template-based techniques, such as electrodeposition into lithographically defined nanopore arrays, have produced well-ordered nanowire arrays with a maximum pitch of about 2 μm; such nanowires, however, tend to cluster due to local attractive forces. Here, we modify this template fabrication method to produce well-ordered, vertically-oriented, freestanding Al nanowire arrays, etched from an underlying Al substrate, with highly tunable pitch. In addition, optical measurements demonstrated that the nanowires support the propagation of surface plasmon polaritons.

  6. Conductive Nanowires Templated by Molecular Brushes.

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    Raguzin, Ivan; Stamm, Manfred; Ionov, Leonid

    2015-10-21

    In this paper, we report the fabrication of conductive nanowires using polymer bottle brushes as templates. In our approach, we synthesized poly(2-dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate methyl iodide quaternary salt brushes by two-step atom transfer radical polymerization, loaded them with palladium salt, and reduced them in order to form metallic nanowires with average lengths and widths of 300 and 20 nm, respectively. The obtained nanowires were deposited between conductive gold pads and were connected to them by sputtering of additional pads to form an electric circuit. We connected the nanowires in an electric circuit and demonstrated that the conductivity of these nanowires is around 100 S·m(-1).

  7. Electrodeposited, Transverse Nanowire Electroluminescent Junctions.

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    Qiao, Shaopeng; Xu, Qiang; Dutta, Rajen K; Le Thai, Mya; Li, Xiaowei; Penner, Reginald M

    2016-09-27

    The preparation by electrodeposition of transverse nanowire electroluminescent junctions (tn-ELJs) is described, and the electroluminescence (EL) properties of these devices are characterized. The lithographically patterned nanowire electrodeposition process is first used to prepare long (millimeters), linear, nanocrystalline CdSe nanowires on glass. The thickness of these nanowires along the emission axis is 60 nm, and the width, wCdSe, along the electrical axis is adjustable from 100 to 450 nm. Ten pairs of nickel-gold electrical contacts are then positioned along the axis of this nanowire using lithographically directed electrodeposition. The resulting linear array of nickel-CdSe-gold junctions produces EL with an external quantum efficiency, EQE, and threshold voltage, Vth, that depend sensitively on wCdSe. EQE increases with increasing electric field and also with increasing wCdSe, and Vth also increases with wCdSe and, therefore, the electrical resistance of the tn-ELJs. Vth down to 1.8(±0.2) V (for wCdSe ≈ 100 nm) and EQE of 5.5(±0.5) × 10(-5) (for wCdSe ≈ 450 nm) are obtained. tn-ELJs produce a broad EL emission envelope, spanning the wavelength range from 600 to 960 nm.

  8. Duality picture of Superconductor-insulator transitions on Superconducting nanowire

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    Makise, Kazumasa; Terai, Hirotaka; Tominari, Yukihiro; Tanaka, Shukichi; Shinozaki, Bunju

    2016-06-01

    In this study, we investigated the electrical transport properties of niobium titanium nitride (NbTiN) nanowire with four-terminal geometries to clarify the superconducting phase slip phenomena and superconducting-insulator transitions (SIT) for one-dimensional superconductors. We fabricated various nanowires with different widths and lengths from epitaxial NbTiN films using the electron beam lithography method. The temperature dependence of resistance R(T) below the superconducting transition temperature Tc was analyzed using thermal activation phase slip (TAPS) and quantum phase slip (QPS) theories. Although the accuracy of experimental data at low temperatures can deviate when using the TAPS model, the QPS model thoroughly represents the R(T) characteristic with resistive tail at low temperatures. From the analyses of data on Tc, we found that NbTiN nanowires exhibit SIT because of the change in the ratio of kinetic inductance energy and QPS amplitude energy with respect to the flux-charge duality theory.

  9. A Nanowire-Based Plasmonic Quantum Dot Laser.

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    Ho, Jinfa; Tatebayashi, Jun; Sergent, Sylvain; Fong, Chee Fai; Ota, Yasutomo; Iwamoto, Satoshi; Arakawa, Yasuhiko

    2016-04-13

    Quantum dots enable strong carrier confinement and exhibit a delta-function like density of states, offering significant improvements to laser performance and high-temperature stability when used as a gain medium. However, quantum dot lasers have been limited to photonic cavities that are diffraction-limited and further miniaturization to meet the demands of nanophotonic-electronic integration applications is challenging based on existing designs. Here we introduce the first quantum dot-based plasmonic laser to reduce the cross-sectional area of nanowire quantum dot lasers below the cutoff limit of photonic modes while maintaining the length in the order of the lasing wavelength. Metal organic chemical vapor deposition grown GaAs-AlGaAs core-shell nanowires containing InGaAs quantum dot stacks are placed directly on a silver film, and lasing was observed from single nanowires originating from the InGaAs quantum dot emission into the low-loss higher order plasmonic mode. Lasing threshold pump fluences as low as ∼120 μJ/cm(2) was observed at 7 K, and lasing was observed up to 125 K. Temperature stability from the quantum dot gain, leading to a high characteristic temperature was demonstrated. These results indicate that high-performance, miniaturized quantum dot lasers can be realized with plasmonics.

  10. Fabrication and characterization of porous silicon nanowires

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    Jung, Daeyoon; Cho, Soo Gyeong; Moon, Taeho; Sohn, Honglae

    2016-01-01

    We report the synthesis of porous silicon nanowires through the metalassisted chemical etching of porous silicon in a solution of hydrofluoric acid and hydrogen peroxide. The morphology of porous silicon nanowires was characterized by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The etch rate of the porous silicon nanowires was faster than that of silicon nanowires, but slower than that of porous silicon. The porous silicon nanowires distributed uniformly on the entire porous silicon layer and the tips of the porous silicon nanowires congregated together. The single crystalline and sponge-like porous structure with the pore diameters of less than 5 nm was confirmed for the porous silicon nanowires. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  11. Electrically Injected UV-Visible Nanowire Lasers

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    Wang, George T.; Li, Changyi; Li, Qiming; Liu, Sheng; Wright, Jeremy Benjamin; Brener, Igal; Luk, Ting -Shan; Chow, Weng W.; Leung, Benjamin; Figiel, Jeffrey J.; Koleske, Daniel D.; Lu, Tzu-Ming

    2015-09-01

    There is strong interest in minimizing the volume of lasers to enable ultracompact, low-power, coherent light sources. Nanowires represent an ideal candidate for such nanolasers as stand-alone optical cavities and gain media, and optically pumped nanowire lasing has been demonstrated in several semiconductor systems. Electrically injected nanowire lasers are needed to realize actual working devices but have been elusive due to limitations of current methods to address the requirement for nanowire device heterostructures with high material quality, controlled doping and geometry, low optical loss, and efficient carrier injection. In this project we proposed to demonstrate electrically injected single nanowire lasers emitting in the important UV to visible wavelengths. Our approach to simultaneously address these challenges is based on high quality III-nitride nanowire device heterostructures with precisely controlled geometries and strong gain and mode confinement to minimize lasing thresholds, enabled by a unique top-down nanowire fabrication technique.

  12. Methods for synthesizing metal oxide nanowires

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    Sunkara, Mahendra Kumar; Kumar, Vivekanand; Kim, Jeong H.; Clark, Ezra Lee

    2016-08-09

    A method of synthesizing a metal oxide nanowire includes the steps of: combining an amount of a transition metal or a transition metal oxide with an amount of an alkali metal compound to produce a mixture; activating a plasma discharge reactor to create a plasma discharge; exposing the mixture to the plasma discharge for a first predetermined time period such that transition metal oxide nanowires are formed; contacting the transition metal oxide nanowires with an acid solution such that an alkali metal ion is exchanged for a hydrogen ion on each of the transition metal oxide nanowires; and exposing the transition metal oxide nanowires to the plasma discharge for a second predetermined time period to thermally anneal the transition metal oxide nanowires. Transition metal oxide nanowires produced using the synthesis methods described herein are also provided.

  13. Synthesis of zirconia (ZrO2) nanowires via chemical vapor deposition

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    Baek, M. K.; Park, S. J.; Choi, D. J.

    2017-02-01

    Monoclinic zirconia nanowires were synthesized by chemical vapor deposition using ZrCl4 powder as a starting material at 1200 °C and 760 Torr. Graphite was employed as a substrate, and an Au thin film was pre-deposited on the graphite as a catalyst. The zirconia nanostructure morphology was observed through scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Based on X-ray diffraction, selected area electron diffraction, and Raman spectroscopy data, the resulting crystal structure was found to be single crystalline monoclinic zirconia. The homogeneous distributions of Zr, O and Au were studied by scanning transmission electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy mapping, and there was no metal droplet at the nanowire tips despite the use of an Au metal catalyst. This result is apart from that of conventional metal catalyzed nanowires.

  14. Solution-grown germanium nanowire anodes for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Chockla, Aaron M; Klavetter, Kyle C; Mullins, C Buddie; Korgel, Brian A

    2012-09-26

    Solution-grown germanium (Ge) nanowires were tested as high capacity anodes in lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries. Nanowire films were formulated and cast as slurries with conductive carbon (7:1 Ge:C w/w), PVdF binder and 1.0 M LiPF(6) dissolved in various solvents as electrolyte. The addition of fluorethylene carbonate (FEC) to the electrolyte was critical to achieving stable battery cycling and reversible capacities as high as 1248 mA h g(-1) after 100 cycles, which is close to the theoretical capacity of 1,384 mA h g(-1). Ge nanowire anodes also exhibited high rate capability, with reversible cycling above 600 mA h g(-1) for 1200 cycles at a rate of 1C. The batteries could also be discharged at 10C with a capacity of 900 mA h g(-1) when charged at 1C.

  15. "High Quantum Efficiency of Band-Edge Emission from ZnO Nanowires"

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    GARGAS, DANIEL; GAO, HANWEI; WANG, HUNGTA; PEIDONG, YANG

    2010-12-01

    External quantum efficiency (EQE) of photoluminescence as high as 20 percent from isolated ZnO nanowires were measured at room temperature. The EQE was found to be highly dependent on photoexcitation density, which underscores the importance of uniform optical excitation during the EQE measurement. An integrating sphere coupled to a microscopic imaging system was used in this work, which enabled the EQE measurement on isolated ZnO nanowires. The EQE values obtained here are significantly higher than those reported for ZnO materials in forms of bulk, thin films or powders. Additional insight on the radiative extraction factor of one-dimensional nanostructures was gained by measuring the internal quantum efficiency of individual nanowires. Such quantitative EQE measurements provide a sensitive, noninvasive method to characterize the optical properties of low-dimensional nanostructures and allow tuning of synthesis parameters for optimization of nanoscale materials.

  16. Morphology-dependent field emission properties and wetting behavior of ZnO nanowire arrays

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    2011-01-01

    The fabrication of three kinds of ZnO nanowire arrays with different structural parameters over Au-coated silicon (100) by facile thermal evaporation of ZnS precursor is reported, and the growth mechanism are proposed based on structural analysis. Field emission (FE) properties and wetting behavior were revealed to be strongly morphology dependent. The nanowire arrays in small diameter and high aspect ratio exhibited the best FE performance showing a low turn-on field (4.1 V/μm) and a high field-enhancement factor (1745.8). The result also confirmed that keeping large air within the films was an effective way to obtain super water-repellent properties. This study indicates that the preparation of ZnO nanowire arrays in an optimum structural model is crucial to FE efficiency and wetting behavior. PMID:21711609

  17. Synthesis of silicon oxide nanowires and nanotubes with cobalt-palladium or palladium catalysts

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    Esterina, Ria; Liu, X. M.; Ross, C. A.; Adeyeye, A. O.; Choi, W. K.

    2012-07-01

    The dewetting behaviors of cobalt (Co), cobalt palladium (CoPd), and palladium (Pd) thin films on oxidized silicon substrates were examined. We observed the formation of craters in the oxide layer and pits in the Si substrate for larger CoPd or Pd catalyst particles and thinner oxide. Nanowires and nanotubes were observed near the Si pits. The nanowires and nanotubes grow via a vapor-solid-solid or vapor-liquid-solid mechanism with the silicon vapor source provided from the substrate. The original Si atoms that form the nanowires or nanotubes were oxidized in situ by the residual oxygen atoms present in the chamber. Some of the nanotubes had a series of embedded sub-catalysts that formed branches from the primary nanotube.

  18. Synthesis of epitaxial Si(100) nanowires on Si(100) substrate using vapor liquid solid growth in anodic aluminum oxide nanopore arrays

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    Shimizu, T.; Senz, S.; Shingubara, S.; Gösele, U.

    2007-06-01

    The synthesis of epitaxial Si nanowires with growth direction parallel to Si [100] on Si(100) substrate was demonstrated using a combination of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template, catalytic gold film sandwiched between the template and the Si(100) substrate and vapor-liquid-solid growth using SiH4 as the Si source. After growing out from the AAO nanopores, most Si nanowires changed their diameter and growth direction into larger diameter and <111> direction.

  19. Synthesis of nickel nanowires via electroless nanowire deposition on micropatterned substrates.

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    Shi, Zhiwei; Walker, Amy V

    2011-09-20

    Electroless nanowire deposition on micropatterned substrates (ENDOM) is a promising new technique by which to direct the synthesis and precise placement of metallic nanowires. ENDOM is generally applicable to the preparation of metallic, semiconducting, and even insulating nanowires on technologically relevant substrates, is inexpensive, and can achieve high growth rates. The deposited nanowires are ultralong (centimeters) and can be patterned in arbitrary shapes. We demonstrate ENDOM using the growth of nickel nanowires. By controlling the deposition time, the width of the nanowires can be varied from 200 to 1000 nm and the height can be varied from 7 to 20 nm.

  20. Optical absorption of silicon nanowires

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    Xu, T.; Lambert, Y.; Krzeminski, C.; Grandidier, B.; Stievenard, D.; Leveque, G.; Akjouj, A.; Pennec, Y.; Djafari-Rouhani, B.

    2012-08-01

    We report on simulations and measurements of the optical absorption of silicon nanowires (NWs) versus their diameter. We first address the simulation of the optical absorption based on two different theoretical methods: the first one, based on the Green function formalism, is useful to calculate the scattering and absorption properties of a single or a finite set of NWs. The second one, based on the finite difference time domain (FDTD) method, is well-adapted to deal with a periodic set of NWs. In both cases, an increase of the onset energy for the absorption is found with increasing diameter. Such effect is experimentally illustrated, when photoconductivity measurements are performed on single tapered Si nanowires connected between a set of several electrodes. An increase of the nanowire diameter reveals a spectral shift of the photocurrent intensity peak towards lower photon energies that allow to tune the absorption onset from the ultraviolet radiations to the visible light spectrum.

  1. Controlled fabrication of nanowire sensors.

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    Leonard, Francois

    2007-10-01

    We present a simple top down approach based on nanoimprint lithography to create dense arrays of silicon nanowires over large areas. Metallic contacts to the nanowires and a bottom gate allow the operation of the array as a field-effect transistor with very large on/off ratios. When exposed to ammonia gas or cyclohexane solutions containing nitrobenzene or phenol, the threshold voltage of the field-effect transistor is shifted, a signature of charge transfer between the analytes and the nanowires. The threshold voltage shift is proportional to the Hammett parameter and the concentration of the nitrobenzene and phenol analytes. For the liquid analytes considered, we find binding energies of 400 meV, indicating strong physisorption. Such values of the binding energies are ideal for stable and reusable sensors.

  2. Tunneling magnetoresistance in Si nanowires

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    Montes, E.; Rungger, I.; Sanvito, S.; Schwingenschlögl, U.

    2016-11-01

    We investigate the tunneling magnetoresistance of small diameter semiconducting Si nanowires attached to ferromagnetic Fe electrodes, using first principles density functional theory combined with the non-equilibrium Green’s functions method for quantum transport. Silicon nanowires represent an interesting platform for spin devices. They are compatible with mature silicon technology and their intrinsic electronic properties can be controlled by modifying the diameter and length. Here we systematically study the spin transport properties for neutral nanowires and both n and p doping conditions. We find a substantial low bias magnetoresistance for the neutral case, which halves for an applied voltage of about 0.35 V and persists up to 1 V. Doping in general decreases the magnetoresistance, as soon as the conductance is no longer dominated by tunneling.

  3. III-Nitride nanowire optoelectronics

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    Zhao, Songrui; Nguyen, Hieu P. T.; Kibria, Md. G.; Mi, Zetian

    2015-11-01

    Group-III nitride nanowire structures, including GaN, InN, AlN and their alloys, have been intensively studied in the past decade. Unique to this material system is that its energy bandgap can be tuned from the deep ultraviolet (~6.2 eV for AlN) to the near infrared (~0.65 eV for InN). In this article, we provide an overview on the recent progress made in III-nitride nanowire optoelectronic devices, including light emitting diodes, lasers, photodetectors, single photon sources, intraband devices, solar cells, and artificial photosynthesis. The present challenges and future prospects of III-nitride nanowire optoelectronic devices are also discussed.

  4. Electrochemical synthesis of multisegmented nanowires

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    Kok, Kuan-Ying; Ng, Inn-Khuan; Saidin, Nur Ubaidah

    2012-11-27

    Electrochemical deposition has emerged as a promising route for nanostructure fabrication in recent years due to the many inherent advantages it possesses. This study focuses on the synthesis of high-aspect-ratio multisegmented Au/Ni nanowires using template-directed sequential electrochemical deposition techniques. By selectively removing the Ni segments in the nanowires, high-yield of pure gold nanorods of predetermined lengths was obtained. Alternatively, the sacrificial Ni segments in the nanowires can be galvanically displaced with Bi and Te to form barbells structures with Bi{sub x}Te{sub y} nanotubes attached to neighbouring gold segments. Detailed studies on the nanostructures obtained were carried out using various microscopy, diffraction and probebased techniques for structural, morphological and chemical characterizations.

  5. Doped GaN nanowires on diamond: Structural properties and charge carrier distribution

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    Schuster, Fabian Winnerl, Andrea; Weiszer, Saskia; Hetzl, Martin; Garrido, Jose A.; Stutzmann, Martin

    2015-01-28

    In this work, we present a detailed study on GaN nanowire doping, which is vital for device fabrication. The nanowires (NWs) are grown by means of molecular beam epitaxy on diamond (111) substrates. Dopant atoms are found to facilitate nucleation, thus an increasing NW density is observed for increasing dopant fluxes. While maintaining nanowire morphology, we demonstrate the incorporation of Si and Mg up to concentrations of 9× 10{sup 20}cm{sup −3} and 1 × 10{sup 20}cm{sup −3}, respectively. The dopant concentration in the nanowire cores is determined by the thermodynamic solubility limit, whereas excess dopants are found to segregate to the nanowire surface. The strain state of the NWs is investigated by X-ray diffraction, which confirms a negligible strain compared to planar thin films. Doping-related emissions are identified in low-temperature photoluminescence spectroscopy and the temperature quenching yields ionization energies of Si donors and Mg acceptors of 17 meV and 167 meV, respectively. At room temperature, luminescence and absorption spectra are found to coincide and the sub-band gap absorption is suppressed in n-type NWs. The charge carrier distribution in doped GaN nanowires is simulated under consideration of surface states at the non-polar side facets. For doping concentrations below 10{sup 17}cm{sup −3}, the nanowires are depleted of charge carriers, whereas they become highly conductive above 10{sup 19}cm{sup −3}.

  6. Electrowetting properties of atomic layer deposited Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} decorated silicon nanowires

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    Rajkumar, K.; Rajavel, K.; Cameron, D. C.; Mangalaraj, D.; Rajendrakumar, R. T.

    2015-06-24

    This paper reports the electrowetting properties of liquid droplet on superhydrophobic silicon nanowires with Atomic layer deposited (ALD) Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} as dielectric layer. Silicon wafer were etched by metal assisted wet chemical etching with silver as catalyst. ALD Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} films of 10nm thickness were conformally deposited over silicon nanowires. Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} dielectric film coated silicon nanowires was chemically modified with Trichloro (1H, 1H, 2H, 2H-perfluorooctyl) silane to make it superhydrophobic(SHP). The contact angle was measured and all the samples exhibited superhydrophobic nature with maximum contact angles of 163° and a minimum contact angle hysteresis of 6°. Electrowetting induced a maximum reversible decrease of the contact angle of 20°at 150V in air.

  7. Single crystalline mesoporous silicon nanowires

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    Hochbaum, Allon; Dargas, Daniel; Hwang, Yun Jeong; Yang, Peidong

    2009-08-18

    Herein we demonstrate a novel electroless etching synthesis of monolithic, single-crystalline, mesoporous silicon nanowire arrays with a high surface area and luminescent properties consistent with conventional porous silicon materials. The photoluminescence of these nanowires suggest they are composed of crystalline silicon with small enough dimensions such that these arrays may be useful as photocatalytic substrates or active components of nanoscale optoelectronic devices. A better understanding of this electroless route to mesoporous silicon could lead to facile and general syntheses of different narrow bandgap semiconductor nanostructures for various applications.

  8. Silicon nanowires as intracellular devices

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    Zimmerman, John F.

    Semiconductor nanowire devices are an exciting class of materials for biomedical and electrophysiology applications, with current studies primarily delivering substrate bound devices through mechanical abrasion or electroporation. However, the ability to distribute these devices in a drug-like fashion is an important step in developing next-generation active therapeutic devices. In this work, we will discuss the interaction of label free Silicon nanowires (SiNWs) with cellular systems, showing that they can be internalized in multiple cell lines, and undergo an active 'burst-like' transport process. (Abstract shortened by ProQuest.).

  9. Optimizing the Field Emission Properties of ZnO Nanowire Arrays by Precisely Tuning the Population Density and Application in Large-Area Gated Field Emitter Arrays.

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    Li, Yufeng; Zhang, Zhipeng; Zhang, Guofu; Zhao, Long; Deng, Shaozhi; Xu, Ningsheng; Chen, Jun

    2017-02-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires are prepared for application in large area gated field emitter arrays (FEAs). By oxidizing Al-coated Zn films, the population density of the ZnO nanowires was tuned precisely by varying the thickness of the Al film. The nanowire density decreased linearly as the thickness of the Al film increased. Optimal field emission properties with a turn-on field of 6.21 V μm(-1) and current fluctuations less than 1% are obtained. This can be explained by the minimized screening effect and good electrical conductivity of the back-contact layer. The mechanism responsible for the linear variation in the nanowire density is investigated in detail. Addressable FEAs using the optimal ZnO nanowire cathodes were fabricated and applied in a display device. Good gate-controlled characteristics and the display of video images are realized. The results indicate that ZnO nanowires could be applied in large area FEAs.

  10. Growth of large-scale boron nanowire patterns with identical base-up mode and in situ field emission studies of individual boron nanowire.

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    Liu, Fei; Gan, Haibo; Tang, Dai-Ming; Cao, Yunzhe; Mo, Xiaoshu; Chen, Jun; Deng, Shaozhi; Xu, Ningsheng; Golberg, Dmitri; Bando, Yoshio

    2014-02-26

    Boron nanowires (BNWs) are considered as an ideal optoelectronic nanomaterial, but controlling them in identical growth mode and large-area patterns is technically challenging. Here, large-scale BNW patterns with a uniform base-up growth mode are successfully fabricated by choosing Ni film as the catalyst. Moreover, they exhibit low turn-on field (4.3 V/μm) and excellent field emission uniformity (88%).

  11. Fully solution-processed transparent electrodes based on silver nanowire composites for perovskite solar cells

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    Kim, Areum; Lee, Hongseuk; Kwon, Hyeok-Chan; Jung, Hyun Suk; Park, Nam-Gyu; Jeong, Sunho; Moon, Jooho

    2016-03-01

    We report all-solution-processed transparent conductive electrodes based on Ag nanowire (AgNW)-embedded metal oxide composite films for application in organometal halide perovskite solar cells. To address the thermal instability of Ag nanowires, we used combustive sol-gel derived thin films to construct ZnO/ITO/AgNW/ITO composite structures. The resulting composite configuration effectively prevented the AgNWs from undergoing undesirable side-reactions with halogen ions present in the perovskite precursor solutions that significantly deteriorate the optoelectrical properties of Ag nanowires in transparent conductive films. AgNW-based composite electrodes had a transmittance of ~80% at 550 nm and sheet resistance of 18 Ω sq-1. Perovskite solar cells fabricated using a fully solution-processed transparent conductive electrode, Au/spiro-OMeTAD/CH3NH3PbI3 + m-Al2O3/ZnO/ITO/AgNW/ITO, exhibited a power conversion efficiency of 8.44% (comparable to that of the FTO/glass-based counterpart at 10.81%) and were stable for 30 days in ambient air. Our results demonstrate the feasibility of using AgNWs as a transparent bottom electrode in perovskite solar cells produced by a fully printable process.We report all-solution-processed transparent conductive electrodes based on Ag nanowire (AgNW)-embedded metal oxide composite films for application in organometal halide perovskite solar cells. To address the thermal instability of Ag nanowires, we used combustive sol-gel derived thin films to construct ZnO/ITO/AgNW/ITO composite structures. The resulting composite configuration effectively prevented the AgNWs from undergoing undesirable side-reactions with halogen ions present in the perovskite precursor solutions that significantly deteriorate the optoelectrical properties of Ag nanowires in transparent conductive films. AgNW-based composite electrodes had a transmittance of ~80% at 550 nm and sheet resistance of 18 Ω sq-1. Perovskite solar cells fabricated using a fully solution

  12. Field emission enhancement of Au-Si nano-particle-decorated silicon nanowires

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    2011-01-01

    Au-Si nano-particle-decorated silicon nanowire arrays have been fabricated by Au film deposition on silicon nanowire array substrates and then post-thermal annealing under hydrogen atmosphere. Field emission measurements illustrated that the turn-on fields of the non-annealed Au-coated SiNWs were 6.02 to 7.51 V/μm, higher than that of the as-grown silicon nanowires, which is about 5.01 V/μm. Meanwhile, after being annealed above 650°C, Au-Si nano-particles were synthesized on the top surface of the silicon nanowire arrays and the one-dimensional Au-Si nano-particle-decorated SiNWs had a much lower turn-on field, 1.95 V/μm. The results demonstrated that annealed composite silicon nanowire array-based electron field emitters may have great advantages over many other emitters. PMID:21711684

  13. Microfabricated environmental barrier using ZnO nanowire on metal mesh

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    Shin, Young-Min; Lee, Seung-Ki; Lee, Joo-Yong; Kim, Jun-Ho; Park, Jae-Hyoung; Ji, Chang-Hyeon

    2013-12-01

    In this study, a waterproof environmental barrier for microsensor package has been developed using metal mesh covered with zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowire. A near superhydrophobic surface with two-dimensional array of holes has been fabricated by hydrothermal growth of ZnO nanowire on an off-the-shelf steel use stainless (SUS) mesh. For a twill-woven SUS wire mesh having wire thickness of 30 µm and gap of 33 µm, a maximum contact angle of 160.40° and a minimum contact angle hysteresis of 15.23° have been achieved using ZnO nanowire grown on the wire surface and further deposition of FC film. The mesh was able to withstand a maximum water pressure of 2,459.8 Pa. The measured height of ZnO nanowire was approximately 2-3 µm. The fabricated SUS mesh covered with ZnO nanowire has been assembled with a microphone package, and waterproof characteristics have been measured by cyclic dipping test at various water levels. For a microphone package having two acoustic ports on top and bottom covered with fabricated mesh, no visible change in acoustic characteristics has been observed up to 1,372.9 Pa of water pressure. Total volume of the package was 6.8 × 9.8 × 1.9 mm3.

  14. Electric-Field Guided Synthesis of Standalone Nanowire Arrays for Thermoelectric Applications

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    San Hor, Yew

    2012-02-01

    Theoretical studies have suggested that figure of merits of thermoelectric materials can be improved through fabrications of nanoscaled thermoelectric materials. Thin films are expected to result in up to a seven fold improvement in efficiency over bulk materials; even greater enhancement, up to 15 times in efficiency, is expected for very thin wires. Researchers have already succeeded in increasing the efficiency by making thin-layered materials and nanowires of a non-thermoelectric material, i.e. silicone. For practical applications, however, arrays of standalone nanowires or isolated thermoelectric nanowire devices without any template will be required. Here I present an electromagnetic field guided nanostructured synthesis of an array of standalone thermoelectric nanowires. This technique utilizing electric field as a guide in building highly ordered nanostructures will be an elegant, ``bottom-up'' method for nanofabrication without the need of a template. An array of quasi-one dimensional chalcogenide nanowires has been successfully grown in between two conducting plates. Thermoelectric transport measurements including thermalconductivity, thermoelectric power and figure of merit can be easily performed in the device, without any need of complicated electron beam lithography technique.

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

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

    2016-02-12

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

  16. Aluminum-Catalyzed Growth of ‹110› Silicon Nanowires

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    Hainey, Mel; Eichfeld, Sarah M.; Shen, Haoting; Yim, Joanne; Black, Marcie R.; Redwing, Joan M.

    2015-05-01

    The growth of silicon nanowires in the ‹110› direction is reported using a vapor-liquid-solid mechanism with aluminum as the catalyst and SiH4 as the source gas in a low pressure chemical vapor deposition process. The effects of growth conditions on the yield of ‹110› versus ‹111› nanowires were investigated. Increasing reactor pressure beyond 300 Torr was found to improve ‹110› wire yield by suppressing vapor-solid thin film deposition on the nanowire sidewalls during growth that promoted nanowire kinking. Additionally, ‹110› growth was found to occur only at temperatures below the Al-Si eutectic temperature (577°C). At temperatures approximately equal to 577°C or higher, the preferential growth direction was observed to shift from ‹110› to ‹111›. The growth of ‹110› Si nanowires at sub-eutectic temperatures was attributed to a reduction in the silicon concentration in the catalyst droplet which promotes (110) surface nucleation and subsequent growth in the ‹110› direction.

  17. Electrical characterization of HgTe nanowires using conductive atomic force microscopy

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    Gundersen, P.; Kongshaug, K. O.; Selvig, E.; Haakenaasen, R.

    2010-12-01

    Self-organized HgTe nanowires grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) have been characterized using conductive atomic force microscopy. As HgTe will degrade or evaporate at normal baking temperatures for electron beam lithography (EBL) resists, an alternative method was developed. Using low temperature optical lithography processes, large Au contacts were deposited on a sample covered with randomly oriented, lateral HgTe nanowires. Nanowires partly covered by the large electrodes were identified with a scanning electron microscope and then localized in the atomic force microscope (AFM). The conductive tip of the AFM was then used as a movable electrode to measure current-voltage curves at several locations on HgTe nanowires. The measurements revealed that polycrystalline nanowires had diffusive electron transport, with resistivities two orders of magnitude larger than that of an MBE-grown HgTe film. The difference can be explained by scattering at the rough surface walls and at the grain boundaries in the wires. The method can be a solution when EBL is not available or requires too high temperature, or when measurements at several positions along a wire are required.

  18. Structure and photoluminescence properties of TeO2-core/TiO2-shell nanowires

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    Park, Sunghoon; An, Soyeon; Lee, Chongmu

    2013-12-01

    TeO2-core/TiO2-shell nanowires were fabricated by thermal evaporation of Te powders and MOCVD of TiO2. The as-synthesized TeO2 nanowires showed a weak broad violet band centered at approximately 430 nm. The emission peak was shifted to a bluish violet region (∼455 nm) by the encapsulation of the nanowires with a TiO2 thin film. The intensity of the major emission from the core-shell nanowires showed strong dependence on the shell layer thickness. The strongest emission was obtained for the shell layer thickness of ∼15 nm and its intensity was approximately 80 times higher than that of the violet emission from the as-synthesized TeO2 nanowires. This enhancement in emission intensity is attributed to the subwavelength optical resonant cavity formation in the shell layer. The major emission intensity was enhanced further and blue-shifted by annealing, which might be attributed to the increase in the Ti interstitial and O vacancy concentrations in the TeO2 cores during annealing.

  19. Detection of current-driven magnetic domains in [Co/Pd] nanowire by tunneling magnetoresistive sensor

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    Okuda, Mitsunobu; Miyamoto, Yasuyoshi; Miyashita, Eiichi; Saito, Nobuo; Hayashi, Naoto; Nakagawa, Shigeki

    2015-05-01

    Current-driven magnetic domain walls in magnetic nanowires have attracted a great deal of interest in terms of both physical studies and engineering applications. The anomalous Hall effect measurement is widely used for detecting the magnetization direction of current-driven magnetic domains in a magnetic nanowire. However, the problem with this measurement is that the detection point for current-driven domain wall motion is fixed at only the installed sensing wire across the specimen nanowire. A potential solution is the magnetic domain scope method, whereby the distribution of the magnetic flux leaking from the specimen can be analyzed directly by contact-scanning a tunneling magnetoresistive field sensor on a sample. In this study, we fabricated specimen nanowires consisting of [Co (0.3)/Pd (1.2)]21/Ta(3) films (units in nm) with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy on Si substrates. A tunneling magnetoresistive sensor was placed on the nanowire surface and a predetermined current pulse was applied. Real-time detection of the current-driven magnetic domain motion was successful in that the resistance of the tunneling magnetoresistive sensor was changed with the magnetization direction beneath the sensor. This demonstrates that magnetic domain detection using a tunneling magnetoresistive sensor is effective for the direct analysis of micro magnetic domain motion.

  20. Influence of metal deposition on exciton-surface plasmon polariton coupling in GaAs/AlAs/GaAs core-shell nanowires studied with time-resolved cathodoluminescence.

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    Estrin, Yevgeni; Rich, Daniel H; Kretinin, Andrey V; Shtrikman, Hadas

    2013-04-10

    The coupling of excitons to surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) in Au- and Al-coated GaAs/AlAs/GaAs core-shell nanowires, possessing diameters of ~100 nm, was probed using time-resolved cathodoluminescence (CL). Excitons were generated in the metal coated nanowires by injecting a pulsed high-energy electron beam through the thin metal films. The Purcell enhancement factor (FP) was obtained by direct measurement of changes in the temperature-dependent radiative lifetime caused by the nanowire exciton-SPP coupling and compared with a model that takes into account the dependence of FP on the distance from the metal film and the thickness of the film covering the GaAs nanowires.

  1. Cellular manipulation and patterning using ferromagnetic nanowires

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    Hultgren, Anne

    Ferromagnetic nanowires are demonstrated as an effective tool to apply forces to living cells. Both magnetic cell separations and the magnetic patterning of cells on a substrate will be accomplished through the use of cell-nanowire interactions as well as nanowire-magnetic field interactions. When introduced into cultures of NIH-3T3 cells, the nanowires are internalized by cells via the integrin-mediated adhesion pathway without inflicting any toxic effects on the cell cycle over the course of several days. In addition, the length of the nanowires was found to have an effect on the cell-nanowire interactions when the cells were dissociated from the tissue culture dish. To compare the effectiveness of the nanowires as a means of manipulating cells to the current technology which is based on superparamagnetic beads, magnetic cell separations were performed with electrodeposited Ni nanowires 350 nm in diameter and 5--35 mum long in field gradients of 80 T/m. Single-pass separations of NIH-3T3 cells bound to nanowires achieve up to 81% purity with 85% yield, a dramatic improvement over the 55% purity and 20% yield obtained with the beads. The yield for the separations were found to be dependent on the length of the nanowires, and was maximized when the length of the nanowires equaled the diameter of the cells. This dependence was exploited to perform a size-selective magnetic separation. Substrates containing arrays of micro-magnets, fabricated using photolithography, were placed in cell cultures. These micro-magnet arrays create regions of locally strong magnetic field gradients to trap nanowires in specific locations on the substrate. These substrates were used in conjunction with fluid flow and a weak, externally applied magnetic field to create and control patterns of cells bound to nanowires. Controlled isolation of heterogeneous pairs and groups of cells will enable the study of the biochemistry of cell-cell contacts.

  2. The effect of rod orientation on electrical anisotropy in silver nanowire networks for ultra-transparent electrodes

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    Ackermann, Thomas; Neuhaus, Raphael; Roth, Siegmar

    2016-01-01

    Two-dimensional networks made of metal nanowires are excellent paradigms for the experimental observation of electrical percolation caused by continuous jackstraw-like physical pathways. Such systems became very interesting as alternative material in transparent electrodes, which are fundamental components in display devices. This work presents the experimental characterization of low-haze and ultra-transparent electrodes based on silver nanowires. The films are created by dip-coating, a feasible and scalable liquid film coating technique. We have found dominant alignment of the silver nanowires in withdrawal direction. The impact of this structural anisotropy on electrical anisotropy becomes more pronounced for low area coverage. The rod alignment does not influence the technical usability of the films as significant electrical anisotropy occurs only at optical transmission higher than 99 %. For films with lower transmission, electrical anisotropy becomes negligible. In addition to the experimental work, we have carried out computational studies in order to explain our findings further and compare them to our experiments and previous literature. This paper presents the first experimental observation of electrical anisotropy in two-dimensional silver nanowire networks close at the percolation threshold. PMID:27677947

  3. Wire-supported CdSe nanowire array photoelectrochemical solar cells.

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    Zhang, Luhui; Shi, Enzheng; Li, Zhen; Li, Peixu; Jia, Yi; Ji, Chunyan; Wei, Jinquan; Wang, Kunlin; Zhu, Hongwei; Wu, Dehai; Cao, Anyuan

    2012-03-14

    Previous fiber-shaped solar cells are based on polymeric materials or dye-sensitized wide band-gap oxides. Here, we show that efficient fiber solar cells can be made from semiconducting nanostructures (e.g. CdSe) with smaller band-gap as the light absorption material. We directly grow a vertical array of CdSe nanowires uniformly around a core metal wire and make the device by covering the top of nanowires with a carbon nanotube (CNT) film as the porous transparent electrode. The CdSe-CNT fiber solar cells show power conversion efficiencies of 1-2% under AM 1.5 illumination after the nanowires are infiltrated with redox electrolyte. We do not use a secondary metal wire (e.g. Pt) as in conventional fiber-shaped devices, instead, the end part of the CNT film is condensed into a conductive yarn to serve as the secondary electrode. In addition, our CdSe nanowire-based photoelectrochemical fiber solar cells maintain good flexibility and stable performance upon rotation and bending to large angles.

  4. Designing robust alumina nanowires-on-nanopores structures: superhydrophobic surfaces with slippery or sticky water adhesion.

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    Peng, Shan; Tian, Dong; Miao, Xinrui; Yang, Xiaojun; Deng, Wenli

    2013-11-01

    Hierarchical alumina surfaces with different morphologies were fabricated by a simple one-step anodization method. These alumina films were fabricated by a new raw material: silica gel plate (aluminum foil with a low purity of 97.17%). The modulation of anodizing time enabled the formation of nanowires-on-nanopores hybrid nanostructures having controllable nanowires topographies through a self-assembly process. The resultant structures were demonstrated to be able to achieve superhydrophobicity without any hydrophobic coating layer. More interestingly, it is found that the as-prepared superhydrophobic alumina surfaces exhibited high contrast water adhesion. Hierarchical alumina film with nanowire bunches-on-nanopores (WBOP) morphology presents extremely slippery property which can obtain a sliding angle (SA) as low as 1°, nanowire pyramids-on-nanopores (WPOP) structure shows strongly sticky water adhesion with the adhesive ability to support 15 μL inverted water droplet at most. The obtained superhydrophobic alumina surfaces show remarkable mechanical durability even treated by crimping or pressing without impact on the water-repellent performance. Moreover, the created surfaces also show excellent resistivity to ice water, boiling water, high temperature, organic solvent and oil contamination, which could expand their usefulness and efficacy in harsh conditions.

  5. Spin-wave instabilities of ferromagnetic nanowire stripes under parallel pumping

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    Haghshenasfard, Zahra; Cottam, Michael G.

    2016-05-01

    A microscopic (or Hamiltonian-based) theory is presented for the spin-wave instability thresholds in ferromagnetic nanowires under conditions of parallel pumping with a microwave field. A dipole-exchange Hamiltonian is employed in which the external magnetic field is either longitudinal or transverse to the length of the nanowire. This contrasts with most previous work on nonlinear spin waves which concentrate on situations where a macroscopic (or continuum) theory is appropriate. In nanowire stripes with lateral dimensions of order 100 nm or less, the quantization of the eigenmodes becomes modified due to strong spatial confinement and edge effects, making it appropriate to employ a microscopic dipole-exchange approach analogous to that used recently for ultrathin films. Numerical applications are presented for the dependence of the threshold microwave field amplitude for instability on the static applied field (the analog of the butterfly curves). The cases of longitudinal and transverse applied fields are found to lead to distinctly different behaviors, which are illustrated using EuS and permalloy as materials with different ratios of dipolar to exchange interactions. Structural effects due to the discrete spin-wave branches lead to structural aspects of the butterfly curves that are significantly modified compared with those for ultrathin films due to the edge modes in the nanowires.

  6. Nanowire-density-dependent field emission of n-type 3C-SiC nanoarrays

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    Wang, Lin; Gao, Fengmei; Chen, Shanliang; Yang, Weiyou; Li, Chengming

    2015-09-21

    The density of the nanowires is one of the key issues for their field emission (FE) properties of the nanoarrays, since it plays an important role on the electron emission sites and field screening effect. Here, we reported the nanowire-density-dependent FE properties of the n-type 3C-SiC nanoarrays. The highly oriented and large-scale SiC nanoarrays were grown on the 6H-SiC wafer via pyrolysis of polyureasilazane by adjusting the thicknesses of Au films used as the catalysts. The densities of the nanoarrays were tunable to be ∼2.9 × 10{sup 7}, ∼4.0 × 10{sup 7}, and ∼5.7 × 10{sup 7} nanowires/cm{sup 2} by controlling the Au film thicknesses of 50, 70, and 90 nm, respectively. The measured FE characteristics disclosed that the turn-on fields of the samples could be tailored to be of ∼1.79, 1.57, and 1.95 V/μm with the increase of the densities, suggesting that a suitable nanowire density could favor the enhanced electron emission from the SiC nanoarrays with improved emission sites and limited field screening effects.

  7. Printed silver nanowire antennas with low signal loss at high-frequency radio

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    Komoda, Natsuki; Nogi, Masaya; Suganuma, Katsuaki; Kohno, Kazuo; Akiyama, Yutaka; Otsuka, Kanji

    2012-05-01

    Silver nanowires are printable and conductive, and are believed to be promising materials in the field of printed electronics. However, the resistivity of silver nanowire printed lines is higher than that of metallic particles or flakes even when sintered at high temperatures of 100-400 °C. Therefore, their applications have been limited to the replacement of transparent electrodes made from high-resistivity materials, such as doped metallic oxides, conductive polymers, carbon nanotubes, or graphenes. Here we report that using printed silver nanowire lines, signal losses obtained in the high-frequency radio were lower than those obtained using etched copper foil antennas, because their surfaces were much smoother than those of etched copper foil antennas. This was the case even though the resistivity of silver nanowire lines was 43-71 μΩ cm, which is much higher than that of etched copper foil (2 μΩ cm). When printed silver nanowire antennas were heated at 100 °C, they achieved signal losses that were much lower than those of silver paste antennas comprising microparticles, nanoparticles, and flakes. Furthermore, using a low temperature process, we succeeded in remotely controlling a commercialized radio-controlled car by transmitting a 2.45 GHz signal via a silver nanowire antenna printed on a polyethylene terephthalate film.Silver nanowires are printable and conductive, and are believed to be promising materials in the field of printed electronics. However, the resistivity of silver nanowire printed lines is higher than that of metallic particles or flakes even when sintered at high temperatures of 100-400 °C. Therefore, their applications have been limited to the replacement of transparent electrodes made from high-resistivity materials, such as doped metallic oxides, conductive polymers, carbon nanotubes, or graphenes. Here we report that using printed silver nanowire lines, signal losses obtained in the high-frequency radio were lower than those

  8. Tunneling and Transport in Nanowires

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    Goldman, Allen M.

    2016-08-16

    The goal of this program was to study new physical phenomena that might be relevant to the performance of conductive devices and circuits of the smallest realizable feature sizes possible using physical rather than biological techniques. Although the initial scientific work supported involved the use of scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy to ascertain the statistics of the energy level distribution of randomly sized and randomly shaped quantum dots, or nano-crystals, the main focus was on the investigation of selected properties, including superconductivity, of conducting and superconducting nanowires prepared using electron-beam-lithography. We discovered a magnetic-field-restoration of superconductivity in out-of-equilibrium nanowires driven resistive by current. This phenomenon was explained by the existence of a state in which dissipation coexisted with nonvanishing superconducting order. We also produced ultra-small superconducting loops to study a predicted anomalous fluxoid quantization, but instead, found a magnetic-field-dependent, high-resistance state, rather than superconductivity. Finally, we developed a simple and controllable nanowire in an induced charged layer near the surface of a masked single-crystal insulator, SrTiO3. The layer was induced using an electric double layer transistor employing an ionic liquid (IL). The transport properties of the induced nanowire resembled those of collective electronic transport through an array of quantum dots.

  9. Surface physics of semiconducting nanowires

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    Amato, Michele; Rurali, Riccardo

    2016-02-01

    Semiconducting nanowires (NWs) are firm candidates for novel nanoelectronic devices and a fruitful playground for fundamental physics. Ultra-thin nanowires, with diameters below 10 nm, present exotic quantum effects due to the confinement of the wave functions, e.g. widening of the electronic band-gap, deepening of the dopant states. However, although several reports of sub-10 nm wires exist to date, the most common NWs have diameters that range from 20 to 200 nm, where these quantum effects are absent or play a very minor role. Yet, the research activity on this field is very intense and these materials still promise to provide an important paradigm shift for the design of emerging electronic devices and different kinds of applications. A legitimate question is then: what makes a nanowire different from bulk systems? The answer is certainly the large surface-to-volume ratio. In this article we discuss the most salient features of surface physics and chemistry in group-IV semiconducting nanowires, focusing mostly on Si NWs. First we review the state-of-the-art of NW growth to achieve a smooth and controlled surface morphology. Next we discuss the importance of a proper surface passivation and its role on the NW electronic properties. Finally, stressing the importance of a large surface-to-volume ratio and emphasizing the fact that in a NW the surface is where most of the action takes place, we discuss molecular sensing and molecular doping.

  10. Single gold nanowire electrodes and single Pt@Au nanowire electrodes: electrochemistry and applications.

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    Zhang, Yaoyao; Xu, Shen; Xiao, Xiaoqing; Liu, Yong; Qian, Yuanyuan; Li, Yongxin

    2017-03-02

    Single Au nanowire electrodes and single Pt@Au nanowire electrodes showed steady-state voltammetric responses and a fast electron-transfer rate, which have been used to fabricate an E-DNA sensor and investigate the oxygen reduction reaction at the single nanowire level.

  11. The study of optical band edge property of bismuth oxide nanowires α-Bi2O3.

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    Ho, Ching-Hwa; Chan, Ching-Hsiang; Huang, Ying-Sheng; Tien, Li-Chia; Chao, Liang-Chiun

    2013-05-20

    The α-phase Bi(2)O(3) (α-Bi(2)O(3)) is a crucial and potential visiblelight photocatalyst material needless of intentional doping on accommodating band gap. The understanding on fundamental optical property of α-Bi(2)O(3) is important for its extended applications. In this study, bismuth oxide nanowires with diameters from tens to hundreds nm have been grown by vapor transport method driven with vapor-liquid-solid mechanism on Si substrate. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy and Raman measurement confirm α phase of monoclinic structure for the as-grown nanowires. The axial direction for the as-grown nanowires was along < 122 >. The band-edge structure of α-Bi(2)O(3) has been probed experimentally by thermoreflectance (TR) spectroscopy. The direct band gap was determined accurately to be 2.91 eV at 300 K. Temperaturedependent TR measurements of 30-300 K were carried out to evaluate temperature-energy shift and line-width broadening effect for the band edge of α-Bi(2)O(3) thin-film nanowires. Photoluminescence (PL) experiments at 30 and 300 K were carried out to identify band-edge emission as well as defect luminescence for the α-Bi(2)O(3) nanowires. On the basis of experimental analyses of TR and PL, optical characteristics of direct band edge of α-Bi(2)O(3) nanowires have thus been realized.

  12. Resistive switching characteristics of ZnO nanowires.

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    Yoo, Eun Ji; Shin, Il Kwon; Yoon, Tae Sik; Choi, Young Jin; Kang, Chi Jung

    2014-12-01

    Binary transition metal oxides such as ZnO, TiO2, and MnO; and their various structures such as thin film, nanowire, and nanoparticle assembly; have been widely investigated for use in insulators in resistive random access memory (ReRAM), considered a next-generation nonvolatile memory device. Among the various driving mechanisms of resistive switching in insulating materials, the conductive filament model is one of the most widely accepted. Studies on spatially confined structures such as one-dimensional nanostructures and zero-dimensional nanoparticles to reveal the detailed filament constructing mechanism are warranted because low-dimensional nanostructures can provide more localized properties with a narrow dispersion of operational parameter values compared with thin-film structures. We investigated the resistive switching characteristics of ZnO nanowire (NW) structures. The NWs were grown on an Au/Ti/SiO2/Si substrate via the hydrothermal method. The empty space between the top and bottom electrodes was filled with a photoresist to prevent direct connection between the electrodes. The top electrode (Cr) and bottom electrode (Au), both with a thickness of -100 nm, were deposited by DC sputtering. The current-voltage (I-V) measurements were performed using a semiconductor characterization system. Additionally, the local current image and the point I-V characteristics for each NW were examined by replacing the top electrode with a conducting atomic force microscope tip. The Au-ZnO NW-Cr devices exhibited bipolar resistive switching behavior.

  13. TOPICAL REVIEW: DNA nanowire fabrication

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    Gu, Qun; Cheng, Chuanding; Gonela, Ravikanth; Suryanarayanan, Shivashankar; Anabathula, Sathish; Dai, Kun; Haynie, Donald T.

    2006-01-01

    Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) has been a key building block in nanotechnology since the earliest work on what is now called DNA-templated self-assembly (Alivisatos et al 1996 Nature 382 609; Mirkin et al 1996 Nature 382 607; Braun et al 1998 Nature 391 775). A range of different nanoparticles and nanoclusters have been assembled on single DNA molecules for a variety of purposes (Braun et al 1998 Nature 391 775; Richter et al 2001 Appl. Phys. Lett. 78 536; Park et al 2002 Science 295 1503; Mirkin 2000 Inorg. Chem. 39 2258; Keren et al 2003 Science 302 1380). Electrically conductive silver (Braun et al 1998 Nature 391 775) and palladium (Richter et al 2001 Appl. Phys. Lett. 78 536) nanowires, for example, have been fabricated by DNA templating for the development of interconnection of nanoelectric elements, and field effect transistors have been built by assembly of a single carbon nanotube and DNA-templated nanowires (Keren et al 2003 Science 302 1380). DNA is well suited for nanowire assembly because of its size, well organized structure, and exquisite molecular-recognition-ability-specific base pairing. This property has been used to detect nucleic acids (Park et al 2002 Science 295 1503) and anthrax (Mirkin 2000 Inorg. Chem. 39 2258) with high sensitivity and specificity. Molecular recognition can also be used to localize nanowires in electronics. Various methods, for example molecular combing, electrophoretic stretching, and hydrodynamic stretching, have been developed to orient DNA molecules on a solid support. This review focuses on methods used to manipulate and metallize DNA in nanowire fabrication. A novel approach based on a single-stranded DNA template and molecular recognition is also discussed.

  14. Synthesis and Characterization of Nanowires

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    Musket, R.G.; Felter, T.; Quong, A.

    2000-03-01

    With the dimensions of components in microelectronic circuits shrinking, the phenomena associated with electronic conduction through wires and with device operation can be expected to change. For example, as the length of electrical conductors is reduced, ballistic transport will become the main mode of conduction. Sufficient reduction in the cross sectional area of conductors can lead to quantum confinement effects. Prior knowledge of the phenomena associated with decreasing size should help guide the designers of future, smaller devices in terms of geometry and materials. However, prior knowledge requires the availability of sufficiently small nanowires for experiments. To date, the smallest nanowires that have been fabricated and investigated had diameters of 8 nm. We propose to extend the investigation of these size-related phenomena by synthesizing, using a novel version of nuclear, or ion, track lithography and characterizing, physically and electrically, nanowires with diameters D of 1 to 5 nm and lengths L of 2 to 250 nm. Thus, by varying the dimensions of the nanowires, we will be able to determine experimentally when the ideas of macroscopic conductance break down and the conductance becomes dominated by quantum and ballistic effects. In our approach the nature of the small-diameter nanostructure formed can be controlled: Nanowires are formed when L/D is large, and quantum dots are formed when both L and D are small. Theoretical calculations will be performed to both guide and understand the experimental studies. We have examined several aspects of this challenging problem and generated some promising results, but the project was not extended for the second year as planned. Thus, we did not have sufficient resources to complete the proof of concept.

  15. Photocatalytic Properties of Porous Silicon Nanowires.

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    Qu, Yongquan; Zhong, Xing; Li, Yujing; Liao, Lei; Huang, Yu; Duan, Xiangfeng

    2010-01-01

    Porous silicon nanowires are synthesized through metal assisted wet-chemical etch of highly-doped silicon wafer. The resulted porous silicon nanowires exhibit a large surface area of 337 m(2)·g(-1) and a wide spectrum absorption across the entire ultraviolet, visible and near infrared regime. We further demonstrate that platinum nanoparticles can be loaded onto the surface of the porous silicon nanowires with controlled density. These combined advancements make the porous silicon nanowires an interesting material for photocatalytic applications. We show that the porous silicon nanowires and platinum nanoparticle loaded porous silicon nanowires can be used as effective photocatalysts for photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes and toxic pollutants under visible irradiation, and thus are of significant interest for organic waste treatment and environmental remediation.

  16. Improving Thermoelectric Properties of Nanowires Through Inhomogeneity

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    González, J. Eduardo; Sánchez, Vicenta; Wang, Chumin

    2016-10-01

    Inhomogeneity in nanowires can be present in the cross-section and/or by breaking the translational symmetry along the nanowire. In particular, the quasiperiodicity introduces an unusual class of electronic and phononic transport with a singular continuous eigenvalue spectrum and critically localized wave functions. In this work, the thermoelectricity in periodic and quasiperiodically segmented nanobelts and nanowires is addressed within the Boltzmann formalism by using a real-space renormalization plus convolution method developed for the Kubo-Greenwood formula, in which tight-binding and Born models are, respectively, used for the calculation of electric and lattice thermal conductivities. For periodic nanowires, we observe a maximum of the thermoelectric figure-of-merit (ZT) in the temperature space, as occurred in the carrier concentration space. This maximum ZT can be improved by introducing into nanowires periodically arranged segments and an inhomogeneous cross-section. Finally, the quasiperiodically segmented nanowires reveal an even larger ZT in comparison with the periodic ones.

  17. Bacterial Nanowires Facilitate Extracellular Electron Transfer

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    Gorby, Y.

    2005-12-01

    Dissimilatory metal reducing bacteria, including Shewanella oneidensis and Geobacter sulfurreducens, produce electrically conductive nanowires that facilitate electron transfer to solid phase iron oxides. Nanowires produced by S. oneidensis strain MR-1 are functionalized by decaheme cytochromes MtrC and OmcA that are distributed along the length of the nanowires, as confirmed by immunolocalization experiments using peptide specific antibodies. Mutants lacking MtrC and OmcA produce nanowires that were poorly conductive, are unable to reduce solid phase iron oxides, and do not produce electric current in microbial fuel cells. Although less completely characterized, nanowires are also produced by organisms throughout a broad metabolic spectrum, from sulfate reducing bacteria to oxygenic, phototrophic cyanobacteria. Our research suggests that electrically conductive nanowires may be common throughout the microbial world and may serve as structures for efficient electron transfer and energy dissemination in complex communities such as microbial mats and biofilms.

  18. YBa2Cu3O7 Nanowire Josephson Junctions Directly Written with a Focused Helium Ion Beam

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    Cybart, Shane A.; Cho, Ethan Y.; Zhou, Yuchao W.; Dynes, Robert C.

    We will present electrical transport measurements for superconducting nanowire Josephson junctions with widths ranging between 500 to 25 nm. The junctions were fabricated by using a 500-pm diameter helium ion beam to pattern superconducting nanowires, into 25-nm thick YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) thin films. The key to this direct-write method is that irradiated regions of the YBCO turn insulating for moderate ion doses which allows for very fine features to be defined (~2 nm). Nanowire junctions were fabricated with the length of the nanowire oriented along different crystallographic directions in the a - b plane. They exhibit a large increase in the anisotropy of the Josephson critical current and voltage state conductance as the nanowire width is decreased. In the narrowest of wires, the conductance changes by an order of magnitude. We interpret these observations to be due to the Josephson junctions being smaller than the granularity of the films. Measuring these single grains reveals characteristics of the a - b plane d-wave symmetry of superconductivity in YBCO. This work is funded by AFOSR.

  19. Catalyst-Free Synthesis of ZnO Nanowires on Oxidized Silicon Substrate for Gas Sensing Applications.

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    Behera, B; Chandra, S

    2015-06-01

    In the present work, we report the synthesis of nanostructured ZnO by oxidation of zinc film without using a seed or catalyst layer. The zinc films were deposited on oxidized Si substrates by RF magnetron sputtering process. These were oxidized in dry and wet air/oxygen ambient. The optimized process yielded long nanowires of ZnO having diameter of around 60-70 nm and spread uniformly over the surface. The effect of oxidation temperature, time, Zn film thickness and the ambient has strong influence on the morphology of resulting nanostruxctured ZnO film. The films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy for morphological studies and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis to study the phase of the nanostructured ZnO. Room temperature photoluminescence (PL) measurements of the nanowires show UV and green emission. A sensor was designed and fabricated using nanostructured ZnO film, incorporating inter-digital-electrode (IDE) for the measurement of resistance of the sensing layer. The gas sensing properties were investigated from the measurement of change in resistance when exposed to vapours of different volatile organic compound (VOC) such as acetone, ethanol, methanol and 2-propanol. The results suggest that ZnO nanowires fabricated by this method have potential application in gas sensors.

  20. Electronic Transport Control of Bi Nanowires

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    2007-09-07

    TERMS night vision coolers, thermoelectrics, nanowires, bismuth, Aharonov Bohm , quantum, confinement Tito E. Huber Howard University Office Of...journals or in conference proceedings (N/A for none) Quantum Interference of Surface States in Bismuth Nanowires probed by the Aharonov - Bohm Oscillation of...indications that this in indeed the case because the nanowires exhibit Aharonov - Bohm oscillations that are generally observed in tubes or rings. 6