Zinc Oxide Nanowire Arrays on Flexible Substrates. Wet Chemical Growth and Applications in Energy Conversion.

Sheng Xu, Benjamin Weintraub, Zhong Lin Wang

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This chapter provides an overview of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowire synthesis strategies pertinent to flexible organic substrates. The different strategies have been used to grow ZnO nanowire arrays on flat flexible substrates, such as polyimide and polystyrene, and curved flexible substrates, such as microfibers. By using electron beam lithography (EBL) or photolithography, a patterned growth of ZnO nanowire arrays could also be achieved on both flat substrates and microfibers. Furthermore, based on vertically aligned ZnO nanowire arrays on the flexible substrates, innovative nanotechnology-enabled methods for converting mechanical energy into electrical energy have been demonstrated, with the aim of building self-powered nanosystems. The focus was on the fundamental mechanism of the piezoelectricity and nanogenerators. The core of the nanogenerator is based on coupling the piezoelectric and semiconducting properties of ZnO nanowires and the presence of a Schottky barrier at the metal-semiconductor interface. © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSemiconductor Nanomaterials for Flexible Technologies
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)9781437778236
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-07-01
Acknowledgements: Research supported by DARPA (Army/AMCOM/REDSTONE AR, W31P4Q-08-1-0009), DARPA STTR with Magnolia Optical Inc., BES DOE (DE-FG02-07ER46394), Air Force Office (FA9550-08-1-0446), KAUST Global Research Partnership, World Premier International Research Center (WPI) Initiative on Materials Nanoarchitectonics, MEXT, Japan, Emory-Georgia Tech CCNE from NIH, NSF (DMS 0706436, CMMI 0403671). The authors acknowledge contributions from Dr Jinhui Song, Dr Xudong Wang, Dr Yong Qin, Dr Jin Liu and Dr Puxian Gao.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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