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Recent advances in the Van der Waals epitaxy growth of III‐V semiconductor nanowires on graphene

Anyebe, Ezekiel Anyebe and Kesaria, Manoj 2021. Recent advances in the Van der Waals epitaxy growth of III‐V semiconductor nanowires on graphene. Nano Select 2 (4) , pp. 688-711. 10.1002/nano.202000142

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Abstract

The recent discovery of the one‐atom‐thick, two‐dimensional graphene layers with exciting properties including superb optical transparency and high mechanical robustness has stimulated extensive research interest for use as an alternative nanowires (NWs) growth platform for applications in next generation, flexible, stretchable, and printable electronic and optoelectronic devices. When combined with the exceptional capabilities of semiconductor NWs including improved light absorption, reduced optical reflectance, enhanced carrier collection, and fast response, the performance of optoelectronic devices could be significantly improved in novel high‐performance, flexible nanodevices. However, the growth of semiconductor NWs on 2D graphene layers is highly challenging owing to the absence of surface dangling bonds on graphene. Intriguingly, the last decade has witnessed a flurry of research activity on the growth of III‐V semiconductor NWs on graphene. In this review, we highlight the significant advancements that have been made in circumventing this challenge to realize the growth of III‐V semiconductor NWs on graphene. We then summarize the recent progress made in the development of graphene‐based NWs devices including photodetectors and solar cells. Finally, a brief conclusion and outlook of the way forward in the growth of semiconductor NWs on graphene is presented.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Engineering
Additional Information: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
ISSN: 2688-4011
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 January 2021
Date of Acceptance: 16 December 2020
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2021 01:08
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/137215

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