Meet us at 2019 Spring Meeting of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS)

Meet us at 2019 Spring Meeting of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) from May 27 to 31, 2019, in Nice, France.

Meet us at Symposium F “Materials for Energy”, with an invited presentation and a poster.

Invited presentation:

Influence of sputtering power of ZnO seed layer on the structural and morphological properties of hydrothermally grown ZnO nanowires for piezoelectric energy harvesting

Camille Justeau, Taoufik Slimani Tlemcani, Guylaine Poulin-Vittrant, Kevin Nadaud, Daniel Alquier

Using a hydrothermal synthesis method, zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs) have been grown on ZnO/Au/Ti/Si substrates. This method shows a low temperature (70 °C) approach for growing ZnO NWs on a ZnO seed layer. ZnO films of about 50 nm thickness were deposited by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering at various sputtering powers (150, 100 and 65W). The formation of ZnO seed layers and ZnO NWs was clarified using X-ray diffraction (XRD), and the surface microstructure of the prepared ZnO NWs and ZnO films was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM), respectively. The results show that the growth behavior of ZnO NWs is strongly impacted by the sputtering power of ZnO seed layers. The decrease of RF sputtering power leads to a diminution in the grain size of ZnO seed layers and a smaller lattice mismatch between seed layers and NWs, thus inducing a morphological improvement and a better alignment of the obtained ZnO NWs. These works aim at optimizing the integration of ZnO NWs for mechanical energy harvesting applications, and to enhance the performance of such piezoelectric devices.


Annealing and Thickness Effects of ZnO Seed Layer on Improving Alignment of ZnO NWs for Piezoelectric Nanogenerator Application

Taoufik Slimani Tlemcani, Camille Justeau, Kevin Nadaud, Guylaine Poulin-Vittrant, Daniel Alquier

Well aligned crystalline zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs) on ZnO/Au/Ti/Si substrates were grown by the so-called “hydrothermal synthesis”. ZnO seed layers with different thicknesses ranging from 5 to 100 nm, by controlling the deposition time, were prepared by radio-frequency sputtering followed by a post-annealing treatment in air at 400°C. The effects of deposition time and annealing treatment of ZnO seed layers on the subsequent growth of ZnO NWs were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The experimental results reveal that the quality and growth behavior of ZnO NWs are strongly dependent on both the thickness and the heat treatment of the ZnO seed layers. This work is an optimization step of the facile, cost-effective and industrially scalable process flow recently developed for the fabrication of a high performance nanocomposite-based stretchable nanogenerator (SNG) on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrate. The morphological improvement of hydrothermally grown ZnO NWs may therefore lead to higher performance SNGs for the targeted application of mechanical energy harvesting in order to supply flexible and wearable electronics.

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