Impact of Pb doping on the optical and electrical properties of ZnO nanowires

Mashkoor Ahmad, Caofeng Pan, Jiong Zhao, Jing Zhu

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In this letter, effect of Pb-doping on the electrical and optical properties of the as grown ZnO nanowires (NWs) have been investigated. The microstructural investigations show that the Pb-dopant substituted into wurtzite ZnO nanowires without forming any secondary phase. The amount of contents and valence state of Pb ions has been investigated through energy dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray photospectroscopy The doped nanowires show a remarkable reduction of 15.3 nm (127.4 meV) in the optical band gap, while an increase amount of deep-level defects transition in visible luminescence. Furthermore, the reduction in the band gap and the presence of deep-level defects induces strong effect in the electrical resistivity of doped NWs, which makes their potential for the fabrication of nanodevices. The possible growth mechanism is also briefly discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1950-1957
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Electrical properties
  • Optical band gap
  • Pb doped
  • ZnO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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