Growth and characterization of molybdenum oxide nanorods by RF magnetron sputtering and subsequent annealing

Journal of Physics D Applied Physics (Impact Factor: 2.72). 09/2009; 42(17). DOI: 10.1088/0022-3727/42/17/175305


High-densely packed and uniformly distributed molybdenum oxide nanorods have been grown onto glass substrates by RF magnetron sputtering and subsequent annealing in an oxygen atmosphere. A two-step growth mechanism (sputtering redeposition and enhanced rearrangement during annealing) for the formation of MoO3 nanorods has been proposed. The morphological, structural, optical and electrical properties of the nanorods have been investigated systematically using atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, micro-Raman, UV-visible, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and dc resistivity studies. The nanorods in the as-sputtered film and the film annealed at 473 K are amorphous in nature. However, the nanorods in the films annealed at 573 and 673 K exhibit the presence of monoclinic Mo 8O23 and orthorhombic MoO3, respectively. Vibrational analysis of the molybdenum and oxygen atoms in the nanorods is carried out by micro-Raman spectra. The nanorods show room temperature PL in the UV-visible region. The PL emission is found to be strongly enhanced by post-deposition annealing. The low temperature resistivity measurement is done on the as-deposited film; the activation energy and polaron hopping energy for electrical conduction are calculated. The MoO3 nanorods are expected to exhibit enhanced functionality, particularly in nanoscale, photochromic and gas sensing applications.

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    • "In this regard, MoO 3 that exhibit optical band gap between 2.3 and 2.98 eV depend on the nanostructure morphology and fabrication method would be an interesting candidate for visible photocatalytic applications [51]. Chithambararaj et al. synthesized hexagonal rod shaped MoO 3 and studied the photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) under irradiation of visible or UV light [52]. "
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    • "It is also a promising candidate as a back contact layer for cadmium telluride solar cells in superstrate configuration because of its high work function, which possibly reduces the back contact barrier [7]. Various physical thin film deposition techniques such as thermal evaporation [8] [9], electron beam evaporation [10] [11], pulsed laser deposition [12] [13], and sputtering [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] and chemical methods such as electrodeposition [19], chemical vapour deposition [20], spray pyrolysis [21] [22], and sol-gel process [23] [24] [25] were employed for the growth of MoO 3 films. Among these films deposition techniques, magnetron sputter deposition is an industrially practiced technique for the growth of oxide films. "
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    • "As increasing the thickness from 10 to 15 nm, the JSC decreases from 8.87 to 8.18 mA cm-2 and the fill factor (FF) decreases from 0.315 to 0.307, and as a result, the PCE decreases from 1.01% to 0.90%. Previous works had reported that MoO3 has a quite high electrical resistivity (>109 Ω cm) [13-15]. Therefore, the deterioration of the IOSC performance may be induced by a higher intrinsic resistance of the MoO3 with 15 nm, restraining the charge transport from the active layer to Al electrodes. "
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