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Nanocomposites with Three-Dimensional Architecture and Impact on Photovoltaic Effect

  • Lutz Mühlenbein
    Lutz Mühlenbein
    Zentrum für Innovationskompetenz SiLi-nano, Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale) 06120, Germany
    Institute of Physics, Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale) 06120, Germany
  • Chandra Bhal Singh
    Chandra Bhal Singh
    Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005, India
  • Andriy Lotnyk
    Andriy Lotnyk
    Leibniz Institute of Surface Engineering, Leipzig 04318, Germany
    Laboratory of Infrared Materials and Devices, The Research Institute of Advanced Technologies, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211, China
  • Cameliu Himcinschi
    Cameliu Himcinschi
    Institute of Theoretical Physics, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Freiberg D-09596, Germany
  • Yeseul Yun
    Yeseul Yun
    Zentrum für Innovationskompetenz SiLi-nano, Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale) 06120, Germany
    Institute of Physics, Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale) 06120, Germany
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  • Niranjan Ramakrishnegowda
    Niranjan Ramakrishnegowda
    Zentrum für Innovationskompetenz SiLi-nano, Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale) 06120, Germany
    Institute of Physics, Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale) 06120, Germany
  • David S. Knoche
    David S. Knoche
    Zentrum für Innovationskompetenz SiLi-nano, Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale) 06120, Germany
    Institute of Physics, Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale) 06120, Germany
  • Xinye Li
    Xinye Li
    Zentrum für Innovationskompetenz SiLi-nano, Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale) 06120, Germany
    Institute of Physics, Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale) 06120, Germany
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  • Akash Bhatnagar*
    Akash Bhatnagar
    Zentrum für Innovationskompetenz SiLi-nano, Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale) 06120, Germany
    Institute of Physics, Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale) 06120, Germany
    *Email: [email protected]
Cite this: Nano Lett. 2020, 20, 12, 8789–8795
Publication Date (Web):November 30, 2020
https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.0c03654
Copyright © 2020 American Chemical Society

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    We demonstrate the synthesis of self-assembled three-dimensional nanocomposite thin films consisting of NiO nanocolumns in an layered Aurivillius phase matrix. The structures were grown on single-crystal SrTiO3 substrates via pulsed laser deposition (PLD) with single ceramic (PbTiO3)x(BiNi2/3Nb1/3O3)1–x targets. The nanocolumns, which are about 10 nm in diameter each, extend over the entire film thickness of up to 225 nm. We reveal the difference in electrical conduction properties of the nanocolumns and the surrounding matrix on the nanoscale via conductive atomic force microscopy. The nanocomposite thin films exhibit improved photovoltaic performance compared to both pure PbTiO3 and homogeneous Aurivillius phase thin films.

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