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New breakthroughs in preparation technology have given further impulse for developing chemical sensing devices based on nanostructured ZnO. Due to their peculiar characteristics and size effects, these materials often show novel physical properties. In this work, we studied the optical properties of ZnO nanowires, synthesized via evaporation-condensation (EC) process, by room temperature photoluminescence (PL) and Time Resolved PL analysis. ZnO PL spectrum shows an UV peak, attributed to free exciton, and a broad visible band, strongly depending on the preparation conditions in the range from green to yellow. UV photoluminescence of ZnO nanowires was studied in gaseous atmosphere, targeting mainly NO2 sensing applications. Continuous wave PL shows that a reversible modification is obtained upon exposure to low concentration of NO2. The effect of interfering species like ethanol and …
Springer, Dordrecht
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2010

S Todros, C Baratto, E Comini, G Faglia, M Ferroni, G Sberveglieri, S Lettieri, A Setaro, L Santamaria, P Maddalena

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Pages: 173-176
Sensors and Microsystems