ZnO nanorods grown on polymer substrates as UV photodetectors

I. Chuan Yao, Tseung-Yuen Tseng*, Pang Lin

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Vertical well-aligned and uniform ZnO nanorods were successfully prepared on low cost and flexible PET polymer substrate by aqueous solution method under various growth conditions. Current-voltage (I-V) and current-time (I-t) relationships measurements demonstrate that the photocurrent can be increased by more than 25 times upon UV illumination (λ = 365 nm) with a power density of 70 μW/cm 2. The photocurrents can be repeatedly and reproducibly switched by modulating UV exposure with power densities of 25-70 μW/cm 2. The fast response time (100 s) and rapid recovery time (120 s) are achieved in UV turn-on/off switching measurements. Owing to the good performance including mechanical flexibility, nondestructive properties, high reliability and multilevel photoresponse, the well-aligned ZnO nanorods grown on transparent and flexible PET polymer substrates have high potential for UV photodetector applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-31
Number of pages6
JournalSensors and Actuators, A: Physical
StatePublished - 1 May 2012


  • High reliability
  • Photodetector
  • Polymer substrate
  • Zinc oxide nanorod

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