Cu2O growth characteristics on an array of ZnO nanorods for the nano-structured solar cells

Dung Ching Perng, Jhin Wei Chen, Tzung Ta Kao, Ruo Ping Chang

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The preferred crystal orientation of the electrochemically deposited (ECD) Cu2O film on substrates with an array of ZnO nanorods (NRs) has been extensively investigated. For Cu2O film ECD on an array of ZnO NRs, texture of the ECD Cu2O films can be manipulated either by the pH value of the solution, the plating current, or the ZnO nanorod (NR) density. With a fixed plating current and at high pH values, highly (111)-preferred Cu2O film can only be obtained with certain NR densities, whereas NR too dense or too sparse can only grow a (200)-preferred Cu2O film. Low pH value or low plating current density is not able to form (111)-preferred film regardless of NR density. The texture change of the ECD Cu2O film deposited on ZnO NRs and its enhanced growth rate along the <100> direction are attributed to the specific electric field configurations for substrate with NRs and the parallel receiving angle of the reactants. The degree of ZnO NR's influence on the preferred Cu2O growth and its growth characteristics are investigated and revealed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-266
Number of pages6
JournalSurface and Coatings Technology
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Sept 25

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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