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Ultra-small CuO nanoparticles with tailored energy-band diagram synthesized by a hybrid plasma-liquid process

Velusamy, Tamilselvan, Liguori, Anna, Macias-Montero, Manuel, Padmanaban, Dilli Babu, Carolan, Darragh, Gherardi, Matteo, Colombo, Vittorio, Maguire, P, Svrcek, Vladimir and Mariotti, D (2017) Ultra-small CuO nanoparticles with tailored energy-band diagram synthesized by a hybrid plasma-liquid process. Plasma Processes and Polymers, 1 . e1600224-n/a. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ppap.201600224

DOI: 10.1002/ppap.201600224

Abstract

CuO is a versatile p-type material for energy applications capable of imparting diverse functionalities by manipulating its band-energy diagram. We present ultra-small quantum confined cupric oxide nanoparticles (CuO NPs) synthesized via a simple one-step environmentally friendly atmospheric pressure microplasma synthesis process. The proposed method, based on the use of a hybrid plasma-liquid cell, enables the synthesis of CuO NPs directly from solid metal copper in ethanol with neither surfactants nor reducing agents. CuO NPs films are then used for the first time in all-inorganic third generation solar cell devices demonstrating highly effective functionalities as blocking layer.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:band structure, cupric oxide quantum dots, one step-green synthesis, quantum dots/inorganic solar cells
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Engineering
Research Institutes and Groups:Engineering Research Institute
Engineering Research Institute > Nanotechnology & Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC)
ID Code:38209
Deposited By: Professor Davide Mariotti
Deposited On:22 Jun 2017 09:27
Last Modified:14 Jan 2019 17:08

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