Aligned ZnO/CdTe Core-Shell Nanocable Arrays on Indium Tin Oxide: Synthesis and Photoelectrochemical Properties
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AbstractVertically aligned ZnO/CdTe core-shell nanocable arrays-on-indium tin oxide (ITO) are fabricated by electrochemical deposition of CdTe on ZnO nanorod arrays in an electrolyte close to neutral pH. By adjusting the total charge quantity applied during deposition, the (die shell thickness can be tuned from several tens to hundreds of nanometers. The (die shell, which has a zinc-blende structure, is very dense and uniform both radially and along the axial direction of the nanocables, and forms an intact interface with the wurtzite ZnO nanorod core. The absorption of the (die shell above its band gap (similar to 1.5 eV) and the type II band alignment between the CdTe shell and the ZnO core, respectively, demonstrated by absorption and photoluminescence measurements, make a nanocable array-on-ITO architecture a promising photoelectrode with excellent photovoltaic properties for solar energy applications. A photocurrent density of similar to 5.9 mA/cm(2) has been obtained under visible light illumination of 100 mW cm(-2) with zero bias potential (vs saturated calomel electrode). The neutral electrodeposition method can be generally used for plating CdTe on nanostructures made of different materials, which would be of interest in various applications.
All Author(s) ListWang XN, Zhu HJ, Xu YM, Wang H, Tao Y, Hark S, Xiao XD, Li QA
Journal nameACS Nano
Volume Number4
Issue Number6
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Pages3302 - 3308
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsCdTe; electrodeposition; nanocable; photovoltaic; type II band alignment; ZnO
Web of Science Subject CategoriesChemistry; Chemistry, Multidisciplinary; CHEMISTRY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY; Chemistry, Physical; CHEMISTRY, PHYSICAL; Materials Science; Materials Science, Multidisciplinary; MATERIALS SCIENCE, MULTIDISCIPLINARY; Nanoscience & Nanotechnology; NANOSCIENCE & NANOTECHNOLOGY; Science & Technology - Other Topics

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