Fabrication of large-scale single-crystalline PrB6nanorods and their temperature-dependent electron field emission

Qin Yuan Zhang, Jun Qi Xu, Yan Ming Zhao, Xiao Hong Ji, Shu Ping Lau

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A simple catalysis-free approach that utilises a gas-solid reaction for the synthesis of large-scale single-crystalline PrB6nanorods using Pr and BCl3as starting materials is demonstrated. The nanorods exhibit a low turn-on electric field (2.80 V μm-1at 10 μA cm-2), a low threshold electric field (6.99 V μm-1at 1 mA cm-2), and a high current density (1.2 mA cm-2at 7.35 V μm-1) at room temperature (RT). The turn-on and threshold electric field are found to decrease clearly from 2.80 to 0.95 and 6.99 to 3.55 V μm-1, respectively, while the emission current density increases significantly from 1.2 to 13.8 mA cm-2(at 7.35 V μm-1) with an increase in the ambient temperature from RT to 623 K. The field enhancement factor, emission current density, and the dependence of the effective work function with temperature are investigated. The possible mechanism of the temperature-dependent emission from PrB6nanorods is discussed. KGaA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)742-747
Number of pages6
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrochemistry

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