Investigation of p-CuO/n-Cu1-xInxO core/shell nanowire structure performance in UV photodetectors

Dong Su Shin, Inje Cho, Taek Gon Kim, Seong Hyeon Jeong, Jinsub Park

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We report on the formation of a pn junction through the use of CuO/Cu1-xInxO core/shell nanowire (NW) structures for application in photodetectors. The CuO NWs arrays were prepared by simple heat-treatment of Cu foil at 500 °C in ambient air in a furnace. The Cu1-xIn xO nanocomposites synthesized by reflux condensation were drop-casted onto prepared p-CuO NWs arrays to form a core/shell pn junction. Investigation of Cu1-xInxO nanocomposites containing differing amounts of In2O3 (from pure CuO nanocomposites to nanocomposites including 80% In2O3) exhibits the changed electrical polarity that varies from p-type to n-type. Following the formation of the indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode on the Cu1-xIn xO shell surface, the observed current–voltage (I–V) curves clearly showed typical rectifying p-n diode characteristics. Our suggested p-n heterojunction yielded a 3.48-fold increase in photocurrent level upon Xe lamp illumination when compared with current in the dark state. Additionally, the fabricated core/shell p-n junction exhibited a photoresponsivity of 0.045 A/W at 374 nm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1180-1185
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1



  • Core/shell
  • CuInO nanocomposites
  • CuO NWs
  • Photodetector
  • Pn junction

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