Poly-ols Based Sol-Gel Synthesis of Zinc Oxide Thin Films

Gururaj V. Naik, Purdue University
Navakanta Bhat, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

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DOI: 10.1149/1.3515894


We demonstrate that the structural and optical properties of a sol-gel deposited zinc oxide thin film can be tuned by varying the composition of the sol, consisting of ethylene glycol and glycerol. A systematic study of the effect of the composition of sol on the mean grain size, thickness, and defect density of the zinc oxide film is presented. About 20% glycerol content in the sol is observed to improve the quality of the film, as evaluated by X-ray diffraction and photoluminescence studies. Thus, optimizing the composition of the sol for about 60 nm thick ZnO film using 20% glycerol resulted in the zinc oxide film that is about 80% transparent in visible spectrum, exhibiting electrical resistivity of about 18 Omega cm and field-effect mobility of 0.78 cm(2)/(V s). (C) 2010 The Electrochemical Society. [DOI: 10.1149/1.3515894] All rights reserved.


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