Herein, we propose for the first time visible light photodetector based on n-type ZnO nanorods decorated with p-type Co3O4 nanowires. The heterojunction was fabricated on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrate by low temperature aqueous chemical growth method. ZnO exhibits nanorod morphology and cobalt oxide possesses nanowire shape with sharp tail. Energy dispersive spectroscopy confirmed the presence of Zn, O, and Co elements in the heterojunction. ZnO and Co3O4 have hexagonal and cubic phases, respectively, as confirmed by XRD. The dense and perpendicular ZnO nanorods are acting as a scattering layer for visible light, while Co3O4 nanowires act as a visible-light absorber. The all oxide p–n junction can operate as visible light photodetector. Furthermore, the heterojunction also shows a reproducible and fast response for the detection of visible light. Optimization of the device is needed (presence of buffer layers, tuning a thickness of the optical absorber) to improve its functionalities.

A simple and efficient visible light photodetector based on Co3O4/ZnO composite

Mazzaro R.;
2021

Abstract

Herein, we propose for the first time visible light photodetector based on n-type ZnO nanorods decorated with p-type Co3O4 nanowires. The heterojunction was fabricated on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrate by low temperature aqueous chemical growth method. ZnO exhibits nanorod morphology and cobalt oxide possesses nanowire shape with sharp tail. Energy dispersive spectroscopy confirmed the presence of Zn, O, and Co elements in the heterojunction. ZnO and Co3O4 have hexagonal and cubic phases, respectively, as confirmed by XRD. The dense and perpendicular ZnO nanorods are acting as a scattering layer for visible light, while Co3O4 nanowires act as a visible-light absorber. The all oxide p–n junction can operate as visible light photodetector. Furthermore, the heterojunction also shows a reproducible and fast response for the detection of visible light. Optimization of the device is needed (presence of buffer layers, tuning a thickness of the optical absorber) to improve its functionalities.
OPTICAL AND QUANTUM ELECTRONICS
Tahira A.; Mazzaro R.; Rigoni F.; Nafady A.; Shaikh S.F.; Alothman A.A.; Alshgari R.A.; Ibupoto Z.H.
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