Coupling Plasmonic Pt Nanoparticles with AlGaN Nanostructures for Enhanced Broadband Photoelectrochemical-Detection Applications

Yang Kang, Danhao Wang, Shi Fang, Xin Liu, Huabin Yu, Hongfeng Jia, Haochen Zhang, Yuanmin Luo, Boon S. Ooi, Jr-Hau He, Haiding Sun, Shibing Long

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Coupling the plasmonic metals with semiconductors often induces strong charge and energy transfer across heterointerfaces, offering an unprecedented opportunity to break the fundamental limit of semiconductor optoelectronic devices. Herein, we demonstrate a broadened photodetection bandwidth with drastically enhanced photoresponsivity of photoelectrochemical cells by coupling the plasmonic–platinum nanoparticles with p-type AlGaN-semiconductor nanostructures. Benefiting from the localized surface plasmon resonance at the platinum-AlGaN nanostructure interface, our devices exhibit a striking 3 orders of magnitude boost of the photoresponsivity in the visible band, which is barely attainable in pristine wide band gap semiconductors. Simultaneously, a nearly sevenfold enhancement of the photoresponsivity can also be achieved under 254 nm light illumination, demonstrating high-responsive deep ultraviolet-sensitive broad-bandwidth photodetection. Most importantly, the proposed plasmon-induced metal/semiconductor hybrid nanoarchitectures, by embracing a diversity of plasmonic metals combined with the wide tunable band gap of the group III-nitride semiconductors via synergy of the plasmonic–photoelectric effect, show significant promise in designing specific wavelength-dominance broadband photosensing systems of the future.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalACS Applied Nano Materials
StatePublished - Dec 2 2021

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-12-14
Acknowledgements: This work was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (grant no. 61905236), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (grant no. WK2100230020), USTC Research Funds of the Double First-Class Initiative (grant no. YD3480002002), and City
University of Hong Kong (grant no. 9380107) and was partially carried out at the USTC Center for Micro and Nanoscale Research and Fabrication.


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