Advanced Inorganic Semiconductor Materials: 2nd Edition

A special issue of Inorganics (ISSN 2304-6740). This special issue belongs to the section "Inorganic Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 1285

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College of Science, Jinling Institute of Technology, Nanjing, China
Interests: spin and valley transport in 2D materials; valley-dependent optoelectronic properties; design of 2D van der Waals heterostructure-based novel high-efficiency photocatalysts using first-principles calculation
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Department of Physics and NANOlab Center of Excellence, University of Antwerp, Groenenborgerlaan 171, 2020 Antwerp, Belgium
Interests: first-principles computational study of 2D materials and their heterostructures, particularly for photocatalyst applications
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Dear Colleagues,

The information technology revolution has been based decisively on the development and application of inorganic semiconductors. Conventional devices utilize bulk semiconductors in which charge carriers are free to move in all three spatial directions. For example, silicon forms the basis of most electronic devices, whilst compound semiconductors such as gallium arsenide (GaAs) are used for many optoelectronic applications. Recently, with the global boom in graphene research, more and more atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) inorganic materials have gained significant interest. Besides their promising applications in various ultrathin, transparent and flexible nanodevices, 2D materials could also serve as ideal models for establishing clear structure−property relationships in the field of solid-state physics and nanochemistry.

Despite the significant advances in the previous decade, opportunities and challenges remain in this field. This Special Issue aims to highlight the most current research and ideas in inorganic semiconductors, especially semiconductors based on 2D materials. In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas include, but are not limited to, the experimental fabrication and characterization, as well as the electronic, electrical, magnetic, optoelectronic and thermal properties of inorganic semiconductors.

As will be seen in this Special Issue, inorganic semiconductors exhibit a wide range of new and unusual properties, which can be employed to fabricate improved and novel electronic and electro-optical devices. We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Sake Wang
Dr. Minglei Sun
Dr. Nguyen Tuan Hung
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Keywords

  • information technology
  • inorganic semiconductors
  • two-dimensional materials
  • graphene
  • transition-metal dichalcogenides
  • fabrication
  • characterization
  • electronic properties
  • optoelectronic properties
  • thermal properties

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Synthesis and Characterization of Broccoli-like Ag/Cu2O Nanostructures on ZnO Nanowires Using the Plasma–Liquid Interaction Method
by Phung Thi Thu, Ta Ngoc Bach, Le Thi Hong Phong, Do Hoang Tung, Vu Hong Ky, Do Khanh Tung, Vu Dinh Lam, Do Hung Manh, Nguyen Huy Dan, Trinh Xuan Anh and Ngo Thi Hong Le
Inorganics 2024, 12(3), 80; https://doi.org/10.3390/inorganics12030080 - 6 Mar 2024
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We have designed an excellent visible-light-driven and high-performance photocatalyst with a Ag-Cu2O-ZnO nanowire heterostructure in our work by combining the hydrothermal approach with plasma–liquid technology. The structural and morphological characteristics and optical properties of the samples were evaluated using X-ray diffraction, [...] Read more.
We have designed an excellent visible-light-driven and high-performance photocatalyst with a Ag-Cu2O-ZnO nanowire heterostructure in our work by combining the hydrothermal approach with plasma–liquid technology. The structural and morphological characteristics and optical properties of the samples were evaluated using X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, and spectrophotometry, respectively. The results show that the Ag nanoparticles are mainly positioned on the Cu2O nanoclusters compared with the ZnO nanowire surface, forming broccoli-like Ag-Cu2O nanoclusters during the Ar gas plasma treatment process in an aqueous solution. The diameter of the Ag/Cu2O nanoclusters ranges from 150 to 180 nm. The Ag-Cu2O-ZnO nanowires exhibited improved photocatalytic performance, decomposing approximately 98% methyl orange dye in 30 min. This is a consequence of the synergistic interactions between the p-n heterojunction formed at the Cu2O-ZnO interfaces and the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) effect of the Ag nanoparticles, which broaden the visible light absorption range and effectively separate the photogenerated charge carriers. Full article
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