Self-assembled nanorods and nanowires from oxide functional materials grown by pulsed laser deposition

Wang, Ye (2014). Self-assembled nanorods and nanowires from oxide functional materials grown by pulsed laser deposition. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.


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In this study, ZnO, MgO, In2O3, SnO2, iron oxide nanowires and nanorods were successfully produced by using Pulsed Laser Deposition. It was observed that the parameters, such as gold nanodots, number of pulses on the targets, temperature, oxygen pressure and substrate, contribute to various results.
Different metal catalyst or substrate results in different morphology. Controlling oxygen pressure and substrate temperature was found to be crucial for the ZnO, In2O3 and iron oxide nanowires growth using this technique. The morphology of ZnO nanowires is highly influenced by plasma plume. Increasing the shots on gold target would increase the width of MgO nanorods, but by increasing the number of gold pulses, the distribution of the sizes and dimensions of ZnO nanorods become smaller. However, in the case of In2O3, retaining the total number of gold shots between 5 shots and 25 shots is critical. The variation of the number of laser pulses on oxide target mainly affects the length of nanowires in the case of MgO. However, in regards to In2O3, it does affect both the width and length of the nanowires.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School or Department: School of Metallurgy and Materials
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: T Technology > TN Mining engineering. Metallurgy


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