Coating and Enhanced Photocurrent of Vertically Aligned Zinc Oxide Nanowire Arrays with Metal Sulfide Materials Academic Article uri icon


  • Hybrid nanostructures combining zinc oxide (ZnO) and a metal sulfide (MS) semiconductor are highly important for energy-related applications. Controlled filling and coating of vertically aligned ZnO nanowire arrays with different MS materials was achieved via the thermal decomposition approach of single-source precursors in the gas phase by using a simple atmospheric-pressure chemical vapor deposition system. Using different precursors allowed us to synthesize multicomponent structures such as nanowires coated with alloy shell or multishell structures. Herein, we present the synthesis and structural characterization of the different structures, as well as an electrochemical characterization and a photovoltaic response of the ZnO–CdS system, in which the resulting photocurrent upon illumination indicates charge separation at the interface.

publication date

  • August 1, 2014