(Zn,Cu)O Photocatalytic Material and Znga2o4: Eu3+ Phosphors

Tailoring Structure–Property Relationships
  • Laura Bovo
  • Lidia Armelao
  • Marco Bettinelli
  • Eugenio Tondello
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics book series (NAPSB)


Zinc oxide, an important II–IV semiconductor with direct band gap (3.2 eV [1]) and large exciton binding energy (60 meV [1]), has become one of the most attractive materials in research due to its wide application ranging from optoelectronic [2], (photo)catalysis [3] and devices for optic [4] or biology [5] together with its peculiar properties of good stability, bio-compatibility and non-toxicity. The control over the size and morphology of nanometer micrometer-sized ZnO crystals represents a great challenge for the design of novel functional devices. Doping with selective elements (generally transition metal ions), also offers an effective method to adjust the electrical, magnetic and optical properties of zinc oxide.


Zinc Oxide Transparent Conducting Oxide Functional Device Large Exciton Binding Energy Photocatalytic Material 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura Bovo
    • 1
  • Lidia Armelao
    • 2
  • Marco Bettinelli
    • 3
  • Eugenio Tondello
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento Scienze ChimicheUniversità di Padova, INSTMPadovaItaly
  2. 2.CNR, ISTM, INSTM, Dipartimento di Scienze ChimicheUniversità di PadovaPadovaItaly
  3. 3.Lab. Chimica dello Stato Solido, DBUniversità di Verona, INSTMVeronaItaly

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