Control of electrical conductivity of highly stacked zinc oxide nanocrystals by ultraviolet treatment

Wooje Han, Jiwan Kim, Hyung Ho Park

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Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocrystals (NCs) were synthesized using a modified sol-gel method. Ultraviolet (UV) treatment was performed under various atmospheres on the highly stacked ZnO NCs. The prepared NCs were characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy to investigate their structural, electrical, and electrochemical properties. Through these analyses, the effect of the UV treatment on the chemical and electrical characteristics of ZnO NCs was established. According to the analyses, the organic ligands in the NCs were decomposed, and the particles were densified. The mobility of UV-treated ZnO NCs thin films increased to 1.4 cm 2 /Vs, almost 2 orders higher than the UV untreated ZnO thin films. It was confirmed that the recombination from oxygen vacancies of ZnO could be controlled by UV irradiation. As decreased oxygen vacancies, the band gap of ZnO NCs was increased from 3.2 eV to 3.27 eV.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6244
JournalScientific reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec 1

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by LG Display under the LGD-Yonsei University Incubation Program. Experiments at 4D, 10A2 beamline of the Pohang Accelerator Laboratory were supported in part by MEST and POSTECH. This work was supported by the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) and the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE) of the Republic of Korea (No. 20163030013980). This research was supported by Creative Materials Discovery Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea(NRF) funded by Ministry of Science and ICT (2018M3D1A1058536). This work was supported(researched)by the third Stage of Brain Korea 21 Plus Project in 2018.

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