Nanotubular Ta2O5 as ultraviolet (UV) photodetector
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Nanostructure tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5) has been beforehand illustrated to be a feasible semiconductor material with a large band gap energy of 3.9–4.5 eV, which serve as possible material for ultraviolet (UV) photodetector. However, its full potential as UV sensor was rarely investigated up to this date. Here, a novel UV sensor with low-cost fabrication and higher efficiency was successfully developed which was composed of nanotubular Ta2O5. Nanotubular Ta2O5 was prepared through anodization method with ethylene glycol, NH4F, H2O and H2SO4 acting as electrolyte. The effect of variable concentration of electrolyte and different condition of annealing on nanotubular Ta2O5 were systematically investigated. The UV sensing performance was discovered to be affected by the morphological and structural properties of nanotubular Ta2O5. This study is expected to open the way for the development of large-scale nanotubular Ta2O5 UV sensor with optimum UV responsivity and stability.
This work was supported by grant no. 600-IRMI/MyRA 5/3/GIP (070/2017) from Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. The authors would like to thank the Research Management Institute (RMI) of UiTM for their support on this research. The author would also like to thank the NANO-ElecTronic Center (NET), Faculty of Electrical Engineering, UiTM for the use of their laboratory and NANO-SciTech Centre (NST), Institute of Science (IOS), UiTM for the use of their AFM facility. Finally, we would like to thank Faculty of Applied Sciences, UiTM for the use of their XRD facility.
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