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Preparation and characterization of ZnO/ZnAl2O4-mixed metal oxides for dye-sensitized photodetector using Zn/Al-layered double hydroxide as precursor

  • Ethar Yahya Salih
  • Mohd Faizul Mohd SabriEmail author
  • Sin Tee Tan
  • Khaulah Sulaiman
  • Mohd Zobir Hussein
  • Suhana Mohd Said
  • Chi Chin Yap
Research Paper
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Abstract

In this article, a simple new technique has been developed for the preparation of ZnO/ZnAl2O4-mixed metal oxide (MMO) as anode materials for visible light dye-sensitized (DS) photodetector using Zn/Al-layered double hydroxide (LDH) as precursor. Subsequently, a detailed correlation between the structural properties of the prepared samples and the photo-responsive behavior of the fabricated DS photodetectors was elucidated. Specifically, it is evidenced that a high surface area of the prepared mesoporous MMO anode materials exhibit excellent dye absorptivity and thus facilitate free electron transfer and increase the photocurrent in the fabricated DS photodetector. A significant bathochromic shift was observed in the optical energy of the prepared MMO samples under the increment of molar ratio, providing a short electron transfer pathway in the optimized Z7A DS photodetector, which in turn demonstrated photo-responsivity and photo-detectivity of 6 mA/W and 1.7 × 10+10 Jones, respectively. This work presents an alternative approach for the design of an eco-friendly MMO-based DS photodetector.

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Keywords

Mixed metal oxide Layered double hydroxide Dye-sensitized photodetector Photo-responsivity Nanostructures 

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to sincerely acknowledge the Ministry of Higher Education, and the University of Malaya, Malaysia, for their support of the current study through Postgraduate Research Grants (PG030-2015B), and (PG041-2015B) and Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) FP064-2016.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NanoMicro Engineering Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  2. 2.Solid State Nanodevices Laboratory, Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  3. 3.Schools of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and TechnologyUniversiti Kebangsaan MalaysiaBangiMalaysia
  4. 4.Low Dimensional Materials Research Centre, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  5. 5.Materials Synthesis and Characterization Laboratory, Institute of Advanced TechnologyUniversiti Putra MalaysiaSerdangMalaysia

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