Reliable ohmic contacts were established in order to study the strain sensitivity of nanowires and nanobelts. Significant conductance increases of up to 113% were observed on bending individual ZnO nanowires or CdS nanobelts. This bending strain-induced conductance enhancement was confirmed by a variety of bending measurements, such as using different manipulating tips (silicon, glass or tungsten) to bend the nanowires or nanobelts, and is explained by bending-induced effective tensile strain based on the principle of the piezoresistance effect.



ZnO nanowires bending strain piezoresistance conductance enhancement

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