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TIGHINEANU, Ion; GHIMPU, Lidia; GROTTRUP, Jorit; POSTOLACHE, Vitalie; MECKLENBURG, Matthias; STEVENS-KALCEFF, MarionA.; URSAKI, Veacheslav; PAYAMI, Nader; FEIDENHANSL, Robert K.; SCHULTE, K.; ADELUNG, Rainer; MISHRA, Yogendra Kumar. Strong light scattering and broadband (UV to IR) photoabsorption in stretchable 3D hybrid architectures based on Aerographite decorated by ZnO nanocrystallites. In: Scientific Reports. 2016, nr. 6, pp. 1-11. ISSN 2045-2322.
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In present work, the nano- and microscale tetrapods from zinc oxide were integrated on the surface of Aerographite material (as backbone) in carbon-metal oxide hybrid hierarchical network via a simple and single step magnetron sputtering process. The fabricated hybrid networks are characterized for morphology, microstructural and optical properties. The cathodoluminescence investigations revealed interesting luminescence features related to carbon impurities and inherent host defects in zinc oxide. Because of the wide bandgap of zinc oxide and its intrinsic defects, the hybrid network absorbs light in the UV and visible regions, however, this broadband photoabsorption behavior extends to the infrared (IR) region due to the dependence of the optical properties of ZnO architectures upon size and shape of constituent nanostructures and their doping by carbon impurities. Such a phenomenon of broadband photoabsorption ranging from UV to IR for zinc oxide based hybrid materials is novel. Additionally, the fabricated network exhibits strong visible light scattering behavior. The developed Aerographite/nanocrystalline ZnO hybrid network materials, equipped with broadband photoabsorption and strong light scattering, are very promising candidates for optoelectronic technologies.
nanoparticles, Organic–inorganic nanostructures, Sensors and biosensors