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Synthesis of oriented ZnO nanostructure arrays for solar cell applications
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Paper Abstract

Investigation of nanorod based solar cells is being conducted towards developing alternative, lightweight, flexible devices for commercial applications. A lot of research has been done in the area of dye sensitized solar cells in particular, which is currently the most stable and efficient excitonic solar cell. Aligned ZnO nanorods, with their high carrier mobilities serve as the conduction pathways for the excitons. In this paper we present seed synthesis techniques to obtain uniform aligned ZnO nanorod arrays with good crystalline on transparent conducting substrates. Scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope and electron diffraction were performed for material characterization. A comparative study is given for these two methods.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 March 2006
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6172, Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Smart Electronics, MEMS, BioMEMS, and Nanotechnology, 617208 (31 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.668743
Show Author Affiliations
D. Sridhar, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Jining Xie, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Jose K Abraham, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Vijay K. Varadan, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Sang H. Choi, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6172:
Smart Structures and Materials 2006: Smart Electronics, MEMS, BioMEMS, and Nanotechnology
Vijay K. Varadan, Editor(s)

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