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An all-inorganic type-II heterojunction array with nearly full solar spectral response based on ZnO/ZnSe core/shell nanowires

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Abstract

Well-aligned ZnO/ZnSe core/shell nanowire arrays with type-II energy alignment are synthesized via a two-step chemical vapor deposition method. Morphology and structure studies reveal a transition layer of wurtzite ZnSe between the wurtzite ZnO core and the cubic ZnSe shell. Type-II interfacial transitions are observed in the spectral region from visible to near infrared in transmission and photoluminescence. More significantly, for the first time, the interfacial transition is shown to extend the photoresponse of the prototype photovoltaic device based on the coaxial nanowire array to a threshold much below the bandgap of either component (3.3 and 2.7 eV, respectively) at 1.6 eV, with an external quantum efficiency of ∼4% at 1.9 eV and 9.5% at 3 eV. These results represent a major advance towards the realization of all-inorganic type-II heterojunction photovoltaic devices in an optimal device architecture.

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The article was received on 18 Nov 2010, accepted on 16 Feb 2011 and first published on 14 Mar 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C0JM03971C
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2011,21, 6020-6026
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    An all-inorganic type-II heterojunction array with nearly full solar spectral response based on ZnO/ZnSe core/shell nanowires

    Z. Wu, Y. Zhang, J. Zheng, X. Lin, X. Chen, B. Huang, H. Wang, K. Huang, S. Li and J. Kang, J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 6020
    DOI: 10.1039/C0JM03971C

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