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Paper by Viet Huong Nguyen

Published on December 30, 2018
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Communique from October 27, 2018 to November 15, 2018

The paper "Increasing the Electron Mobility of ZnO-Based Transparent Conductive Films Deposited by Open-Air Methods for Enhanced Sensing Performance" has been published in ACS Applied Nano Materials.

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Here  you will find Viet's paper
"The development of open-air, high-throughput, low-cost thin film fabrication techniques has immense potential and interest in optoelectronics. However, the oxygen-rich atmosphere associated with such processes can have detrimental effects on the electrical properties of the deposited films. An example of this is found in materials based on ZnO, for which atmospheric processing results in low mobility values. This stems mainly from adsorbed oxygen species at the grain boundaries, which limit carrier transport. This paper describes the effect of a low-temperature UV treatment on the electrical properties of ZnO and aluminum doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al) films deposited by Atmospheric Pressure Spatial Atomic Layer Deposition (AP-SALD). Thanks to the mild UV treatment, a significant decrease in the amount of oxygen traps at the grain boundaries has been observed. This results in a large improvement of the carrier mobility, up to 47 times for undoped ZnO and 16 times for ZnO:Al. The effect of temperature (RT to 220 °C) during the UV treatment on the conductivity of undoped ZnO and ZnO:Al films is discussed. The study of the time-dependent conductivity of ZnO and ZnO:Al films using tunneling emission based models provides a simple means for extracting the grain boundary trap density, a critical parameter in semiconductors that is usually not easy to estimate. We show that the high conductivity of the UV-treated films can be preserved when exposed to oxygen at high temperature thanks to a very thin alumina (Al2O3) barrier layer. Finally, we demonstrate that the effect of UV illumination of thin ZnO films deposited in oxidizing atmospheres can be used to design improved UV or oxygen sensors."


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Written by David Munoz-Rojas

Date of update December 30, 2018

Univ. Grenoble Alpes