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Chemical bath deposition of textured and compact zinc oxide thin films on vinyl-terminated polystyrene brushes

Blumenstein, N.J.; Hofmeister, C.G.; Lindemann, P.; Huang, C.; Baier, J.; Leineweber, A.; Walheim, S.; Wöll, C.; Schimmel, T.; Bill, J.

Abstract: In this study we investigated the influence of an organic polystyrene brush on the deposition of ZnO thin films under moderate conditions. On a non-modified SiOx surface, island growth is observed, whereas the polymer brush induces homogeneous film growth. A chemical modification of the polystyrene brushes during the mineralization process occurs, which enables stronger interaction between the then polar template and polar ZnO crystallites in solution. This may lead to oriented attachment of the crystallites so that the observed (002) texture arises. Characterization of the templates and the resulting ZnO films were performed with ζ-potential and contact angle measurements as well as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Infrared spectroscopy (IR) measurements were used to investigate the polystyrene brushes before and after modification.


Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Center for Functional Nanostructures (CFN)
Institut für Angewandte Physik (APH)
Institut für Funktionelle Grenzflächen (IFG)
Institut für Nanotechnologie (INT)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2016
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator DOI: 10.3762/bjnano.7.12
ISSN: 2190-4286
URN: urn:nbn:de:swb:90-531719
KITopen ID: 1000053171
HGF-Programm 43.22.01; LK 01
Erschienen in Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
Band 7
Seiten 102-110
Schlagworte bioinspired synthesis, polymer brush, template activation, thin film growth, zinc oxide
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