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Self-powered photodetectors operating in the UV–visible–NIR window made of environmentally friendly, earth abundant, and cheap materials are appealing systems to exploit natural solar radiation without external power sources. In this study, we propose a new p–n junction nanostructure, based on a ZnO–Co3O4 core–shell nanowire (NW) system, with a suitable electronic band structure and improved light absorption, charge transport, and charge collection, to build an efficient UV–visible–NIR p–n heterojunction photodetector. Ultrathin Co3O4 films (in the range 1–15 nm) were sputter-deposited on hydrothermally grown ZnO NW arrays. The effect of a thin layer of the Al2O3 buffer layer between ZnO and Co3O4 was investigated, which may inhibit charge recombination, boosting device performance. The photoresponse of the ZnO–Al2O3–Co3O4 system at zero bias is 6 times higher compared to that of ZnO–Co3 …
American Chemical Society
Publication date: 
7 Jun 2019

Pedram Ghamgosar, Federica Rigoni, Mojtaba Gilzad Kohan, Shujie You, Edgar Abarca Morales, Raffaello Mazzaro, Vittorio Morandi, Nils Almqvist, Isabella Concina, Alberto Vomiero

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Volume: 11 Issue: 26 Pages: 23454-23462
ACS applied materials & interfaces