Supersensitive, ultrafast, and broad-band light-harvesting scheme employing carbon nanotube/TiO 2 core-shell nanowire geometry

Chia Yang Hsu, Der Hsien Lien, Sheng Yi Lu, Cheng Ying Chen, Chen Fang Kang, Yu Lun Chueh, Wen Kuang Hsu, Jr-Hau He*

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We demonstrate a novel, feasible strategy for practical application of one-dimensional photodetectors by integrating a carbon nanotube and TiO 2 in a core-shell fashion for breaking the compromise between the photogain and the response/recovery speed. Radial Schottky barriers between carbon nanotube cores and TiO 2 shells and surface states at TiO 2 shell surface regulate electron transport and also facilitate the separation of photogenerated electrons and holes, leading to ultrahigh photogain (G = 1.4 × 10 4 ) and the ultrashort response/recovery times (4.3/10.2 ms). Additionally, radial Schottky junction and defect band absorption broaden the detection range (UV-visible). The concept using metallic core oxide-shell geometry with radial Schottky barriers holds potential to pave a new way to realize nanostructured photodetectors for practical use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6687-6692
Number of pages6
JournalACS Nano
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 28 2012


  • TiO
  • carbon nanotube
  • core-shell
  • photodetector
  • photoresponse time

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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