Nano Research

, Volume 7, Issue 6, pp 860–868 | Cite as

Enhanced photoresponse of Cu2O/ZnO heterojunction with piezo-modulated interface engineering

  • Pei Lin
  • Xiang Chen
  • Xiaoqin Yan
  • Zheng Zhang
  • Haoge Yuan
  • Peifeng Li
  • Yanguang Zhao
  • Yue ZhangEmail author
Research Article


The ability to arbitrarily regulate semiconductor interfaces provides the most effective way to modulate the performance of optoelectronic devices. However, less work has been reported on piezo-modulated interface engineering in all-oxide systems. In this paper, an enhanced photoresponse of an all-oxide Cu2O/ZnO heterojunction was obtained by taking advantage of the piezotronic effect. The illumination density-dependent piezoelectric modulation ability was also comprehensively investigated. An 18.6% enhancement of photoresponse was achieved when applying a −0.88% compressive strain. Comparative experiments confirmed that this enhancement could be interpreted in terms of the band modification induced by interfacial piezoelectric polarization. The positive piezopotential generated at the ZnO side produces an increase in space charge region in Cu2O, thus providing an extra driving force to separate the excitons more efficiently under illumination. Our research provides a promising method to boost the performance of optoelectronics without altering the interface structure and could be extended to other metal oxide devices.


all-oxide device piezotronic effect interface modulation enhanced photoresponse 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pei Lin
    • 1
  • Xiang Chen
    • 1
  • Xiaoqin Yan
    • 1
  • Zheng Zhang
    • 1
  • Haoge Yuan
    • 1
  • Peifeng Li
    • 1
  • Yanguang Zhao
    • 1
  • Yue Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials, School of Materials Science and EngineeringUniversity of Science and Technology BeijingBeijingChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of New Energy Materials and TechnologiesUniversity of Science and Technology BeijingBeijingChina

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