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Transparent Metal-Oxide Nanowires and Their Applications in Harsh Electronics


With the excellent physical and chemical properties, one-dimensional (1D) transparent metal-oxide nanostructures, especially the nanowires (NWs), are widely considered as the promising candidates for next-generation high-performance electronics. Meanwhile, with increasing industrial demand for electronics which can reliably work at harsh environment, such as high humidity, high temperature, and robust operating environment, 1D metal-oxide nanostructures with wide bandgap and high stability attract more interests for devices operating in extreme conditions. In this article, we provide a comprehensive review on the recent advance of high-performance transparent metal-oxide NWs and their corresponding device applications in harsh electronics. It begins with a brief introduction of different methodologies for the controllable synthesis of high-quality metal-oxide NWs, followed by the evaluation of physical limitations of these nanomaterials and approaches for tackling the electrical contact issues. Importantly, the operating principles of transistors, photodetectors and gas sensors based on these 1D metal-oxide nanostructures as well as some excellent example works will be thorough discussed for the harsh environment operation. The final section describes the challenges for the practical utilization of 1D metal-oxide nanostructures for industrial applications and concludes with an outlook on the future development of these NWs for harsh electronics.

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The article was received on 06 Sep 2018, accepted on 25 Oct 2018 and first published on 07 Nov 2018

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8TC04501A
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    Transparent Metal-Oxide Nanowires and Their Applications in Harsh Electronics

    Z. Zhou, C. Lan, R. Wei and J. C. Ho, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C8TC04501A

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