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Huijie Li, Guijuan Zhao, Lianshan Wang, Zhen Chen, Shaoyan Yang
Growth of semiconductor nanowires on cheap metal substrates could pave the way to the large-scale manufacture of low-cost nanowire-based devices. In this work, we demonstrated that high density InN nanowires can be directly grown on brass substrates by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. It was found that Zn from the brass substrates is the key factor in the formation of nanowires by restricting the lateral growth of InN. The nanowire morphology is highly dependent on the growth temperature. While at a lower growth temperature, the nanowires and the In droplets have large diameters...
October 29, 2016: Nanomaterials
Jae Yoon Lee, Jun-Hwan Shin, Gwan-Hyoung Lee, Chul-Ho Lee
Two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors such as transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) and black phosphorous have drawn tremendous attention as an emerging optical material due to their unique and remarkable optical properties. In addition, the ability to create the atomically-controlled van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures enables realizing novel optoelectronic devices that are distinct from conventional bulk counterparts. In this short review, we first present the atomic and electronic structures of 2D semiconducting TMDCs and their exceptional optical properties, and further discuss the fabrication and distinctive features of vdW heterostructures assembled from different kinds of 2D materials with various physical properties...
October 27, 2016: Nanomaterials
Yinan Zhang, Boyuan Cai, Baohua Jia
Plasmonic metal nanoparticles supporting localized surface plasmon resonances have attracted a great deal of interest in boosting the light absorption in solar cells. Among the various plasmonic materials, the aluminium nanoparticles recently have become a rising star due to their unique ultraviolet plasmonic resonances, low cost, earth-abundance and high compatibility with the complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) manufacturing process. Here, we report some key factors that determine the light incoupling of aluminium nanoparticles located on the front side of silicon solar cells...
May 24, 2016: Nanomaterials
Renjie Chen, Katherine L Jungjohann, William M Mook, John Nogan, Shadi A Dayeh
Alloyed and compound contacts between metal and semiconductor transistor channels enable self-aligned gate processes which play a significant role in transistor scaling. At nanoscale dimensions and for nanowire channels, prior experiments focused on reactions along the channel length, but the early stage of reaction in their cross-sections remains unknown. Here, we report on the dynamics of the solid-state reaction between metal (Ni) and semiconductor (In0.53Ga0.47As), along the cross-section of nanowires that are 15 nm in width...
March 23, 2017: Nano Letters
Sarwat A Baig, Jessica L Boland, Djamshid A Damry, Hark Hoe Tan, Chennupati Jagadish, Hannah J Joyce, Michael B Johnston
Progress in the terahertz (THz) region of the electromagnetic spectrum is undergoing major advances, with advanced THz sources and detectors being developed at a rapid pace. Yet, ultrafast THz communication is still to be realised, owing to the lack of practical and effective THz modulators. Here, we present a novel ultrafast active THz polarization modulator based on GaAs semiconductor nanowires arranged in a wire-grid configuration. We utilise an optical pump--terahertz probe spectroscopy system and vary the polarization of the optical pump beam to demonstrate ultrafast THz modulation with a switching time of less than 5\,ps and a modulation depth of -8dB...
March 23, 2017: Nano Letters
Jin-Woo Han, Dong-Il Moon, M Meyyappan
Vacuum tubes that sparked the electronics era had given way to semiconductor transistors. Despite their faster operation and better immunity to noise and radiation compared to the transistors, the vacuum device technology has become extinct due to the high power consumption, integration difficulties and short lifetime of the vacuum tubes. We combine the best of vacuum tubes and modern silicon nanofabrication technology here. The surround gate nanoscale vacuum channel transistor consists of sharp source and drain electrodes separated by sub-50 nm vacuum channel with a source to gate distance of 10 nm...
March 23, 2017: Nano Letters
Johannes Gooth, Mattias Borg, Heinz Schmid, Vanessa Schaller, Stephan Wirths, Kirsten E Moselund, Mathieu Luisier, Siegfried Karg, Heike Riel
Coherent interconnection of quantum bits remains an ongoing challenge in quantum information technology. Envisioned hardware to achieve this goal is based on semiconductor nanowire (NW) circuits, comprising individual NW devices that are linked through ballistic interconnects. However, maintaining the sensitive ballistic conduction and confinement conditions across NW intersections is a non-trivial problem. Here, we go beyond the characterization of a single NW device and demonstrate ballistic 1D quantum transport in InAs NW cross-junctions, monolithically integrated on Si...
March 23, 2017: Nano Letters
Reetta Holmila, Athena Sklias, David C Muller, Davide Degli Esposti, Paule Guilloreau, James Mckay, Suleeporn Sangrajrang, Petcharin Srivatanakul, Pierre Hainaut, Philippe Merle, Zdenko Herceg, Andre Nogueira da Costa
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the second most common cause of cancer death worldwide, but is still lacking sensitive and specific biomarkers for early diagnosis and prognosis. In this study, we applied targeted massively parallel semiconductor sequencing to assess methylation on a panel of genes (FBLN1, HINT2, LAMC1, LTBP1, LTBP2, PSMA2, PSMA7, PXDN, TGFB1, UBE2L3, VIM and YWHAZ) in plasma circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) and to evaluate the potential of these genes as HCC biomarkers in two different series, one from France (42 HCC cases and 42 controls) and one from Thailand (42 HCC cases, 26 chronic liver disease cases and 42 controls)...
2017: PloS One
Desmond E Schipper, Zhenhuan Zhao, Andrew P Leitner, Lixin Xie, Fan Qin, Md Kamrul Alam, Shuo Chen, Dezhi Wang, Zhifeng Ren, Zhiming Wang, Jiming Bao, Kenton H Whitmire
A variety of catalysts have been developed for electrocatalytic oxygen evolution, but very few of them can be readily integrated with semiconducting light absorbers for photoelectrochemical or photocatalytic water splitting. Here, we demonstrate an efficient core/shell photoanode with a highly active oxygen evolution electrocatalyst shell (FeMnP) and semiconductor core (rutile TiO2) for photoelectrochemical oxygen evolution reaction (PEC-OER). Metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) from a single-source precursor was used to ensure good contact between the FeMnP and the TiO2...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
Zhiyong Zhang, Yingjun Yang, Li Ding, Jie Han, Lian-Mao Peng
Solution-derived carbon nanotube (CNT) network films with high semiconducting purity are suitable materials for the wafer-scale fabrication of field-effect transistors (FETs) and integrated circuits (ICs). However, it is challenging to realize high-performance complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) FETs with high yield and stability on such CNT network films, and this difficulty hinders the development of CNT-film-based ICs. In this work, we developed a doping-free process for the fabrication of CMOS FETs based on solution-processed CNT network films, in which the polarity of the FETs was controlled by using Sc or Pd as the source/drain contacts to selectively inject carriers into the channels...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
Lianfeng Zhao, Yao-Wen Yeh, Nhu L Tran, Fan Wu, Zhengguo Xiao, Ross A Kerner, YunHui L Lin, Gregory D Scholes, Nan Yao, Barry P Rand
Hybrid organic-inorganic halide perovskite semiconductors are attractive candidates for optoelectronic applications, such as photovoltaics, light-emitting diodes, and lasers. Perovskite nanocrystals are of particular interest, where electrons and holes can be confined spatially, promoting radiative recombination. However, nanocrystalline films based on traditional colloidal nanocrystal synthesis strategies suffer from the use of long insulating ligands, low colloidal nanocrystal concentration, and significant aggregation during film formation...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
Markus Pichler, Jakub Szlachetko, Ivano Eligio Castelli, Nicola Marzari, Max Döbeli, Alexander Wokaun, Daniele Pergolesi, Thomas Lippert
The nitrogen substitution into the oxygen sites of several oxide materials leads to a reduction of the band gap to the visible light energy range, which makes these oxynitride semiconductors potential photocatalysts for efficient solar water splitting. Oxynitrides typically show a different crystal structure compare to the pristine oxide material. Since the band gap is correlated to both the chemical composition and the crystal structure, it is not trivial to distinguish what modifications of the electronic structure induced by the nitrogen substitution are related to compositional and/or structural effects...
March 23, 2017: ChemSusChem
Yang Liu, Xin Gu, Wen Qi, Hong Zhu, Hao Shan, Wenlong Chen, Peng Tao, Chengyi Song, Wen Shang, Tao Deng, Jianbo Wu
Construction of a metal-semiconductor heterojunction is a promising method to improve heterogeneous photocatalysis for various reactions. Though the structure and photocatalytic performance of such catalyst system have been extensively studied, few report has been demonstrated the effect of interface orientation at metal-semiconductor junction on the junction barrier bending and the electronic transport properties. Here, we construct a Pt/PbS heterojunction, where Pt NPs are used as highly active catalysts and PbS nanocrystals (NCs) with well-controlled shapes are used as light-harvesting support...
March 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jing Zeng, Ke-Qiu Chen
In experimental studies, magnetoresistance (MR) values of 10(3) are hard to reach for conventional single-molecule spin-valves. Motivated by a recent experiment [Nano Lett., 2016, 16, 577-582], where tailored Co-salophene-based all-spin molecular devices are successfully realized, we demonstrate the functionality of a Co-salophene-based spin chain without magnetic electrodes. By using nonequilibrium Green's functions in combination with density functional theory, we find that the maximum MR ratio of this spin chain can reach 10(6) by manipulating its spins in a controlled way, which is several orders of magnitude higher than previously reported experimental values...
March 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Xueping Wu, Honglai Li, Hongjun Liu, Xiujuan Zhuang, Xiao Wang, Xiaopeng Fan, Xidong Duan, Xiaoli Zhu, Qinglin Zhang, Alfred J Meixner, Xiangfeng Duan, Anlian Pan
Controllable synthesis of two-dimensional (2D) transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) with tunable bandgaps is vital for their applications in nanophotonics, due to its efficient modulation of the physical and chemical properties of these atomic layered nanostructures. Here we report for the first time, the controllable synthesis of spatially composition-modulated WS2xSe2(1-x) nanosheets and WS2-WS2xSe2(1-x) lateral heterostructures by a developed one-step chemical vapor deposition (CVD) approach, as well as the understanding of their growth mechanism...
March 22, 2017: Nanoscale
Benjamin J Carey, Jian Zhen Ou, Rhiannon M Clark, Kyle J Berean, Ali Zavabeti, Anthony S R Chesman, Salvy P Russo, Desmond W M Lao, Zai-Quan Xu, Qiaoliang Bao, Omid Kavehei, Brant C Gibson, Michael D Dickey, Richard B Kaner, Torben Daeneke, Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh
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March 22, 2017: Nature Communications
Lite Zhou, Yang Yang, Jing Zhang, Pratap Mahesh Rao
The performance of BiVO4 photoanodes, especially under front-side illumination, is limited by the modest charge transport properties of BiVO4. Core/shell nanostructures consisting of BiVO4 coated onto a conductive scaffold are a promising route to improving the performance of BiVO4-based photoanodes. Here, we investigate photoanodes composed of thin and uniform layers of BiVO4 particles coated onto Sb doped SnO2 (Sb:SnO2) nanotube arrays that were synthesized using a sacrificial ZnO template with controllable length and packing density...
March 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Liubomyr S Monastyrskii, Bogdan S Sokolovskii, Mariya P Alekseichyk
The paper theoretically investigates the peculiarities of energy diagram of asymmetric graded-band-gap superlattices with linear coordinate dependences of band gap and electron affinity. For calculating the energy diagram of asymmetric graded-band-gap superlattices, linearized Poisson's equation has been solved for the two layers forming a period of the superlattice. The obtained coordinate dependences of edges of the conduction and valence bands demonstrate substantial transformation of the shape of the energy diagram at changing the period of the lattice and the ratio of width of the adjacent layers...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
Seokhyoung Kim, David J Hill, Christopher W Pinion, Joseph D Christesen, James R McBride, James F Cahoon
Vertically-aligned semiconductor nanowires (NWs) have many potential applications for NW-based technologies, ranging from solar cells to intracellular sensors. Aligned NWs can be fabricated by top-down etching of planar wafers or synthesized from the bottom-up using the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism to induce epitaxial growth on lattice-matched substrates. The VLS process permits the modulation of dopants along the NW growth axis, which, if combined with dopant-dependent wet-chemical etching, can be used to encode precise morphology...
March 21, 2017: ACS Nano
Ludong Li, Leilei Gu, Zheng Lou, Zhiyong Fan, Guozhen Shen
Here we report fabrication of high-performance ultraviolet photodetectors based on a unique heterojunction device structure in which ZnO quantum dots were used to decorate Zn2SnO4 nanowires. Systematic investigations have shown their ultrahigh light-to-dark current ratio (up to 6.8 × 104), specific detectivity (up to 9.0×1017 Jones), photoconductive gain (up to 1.1 × 107), fast response, and excellent stability. Compared with a pristine Zn2SnO4 nanowire, a quantum dots decorated nanowire demonstrated about 10 times higher photocurrent and responsivity...
March 21, 2017: ACS Nano
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