Selective p- and n-Doping of Colloidal PbSe Nanowires to Construct Electronic and Optoelectronic Devices

Soong Ju Oh, Chawit Uswachoke, Tianshuo Zhao, Ji Hyuk Choi, Benjamin T. Diroll, Christopher B. Murray, Cherie R. Kagan

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We report the controlled and selective doping of colloidal PbSe nanowire arrays to define pn junctions for electronic and optoelectronic applications. The nanowires are remotely doped through their surface, p-type by exposure to oxygen and n-type by introducing a stoichiometric imbalance in favor of excess lead. By employing a patternable poly(methyl)methacrylate blocking layer, we define pn junctions in the nanowires along their length. We demonstrate integrated complementary metal-oxide semiconductor inverters in axially doped nanowires that have gains of 15 and a near full signal swing. We also show that these pn junction PbSe nanowire arrays form fast switching photodiodes with photocurrents that can be optimized in a gated-diode structure. Doping of the colloidal nanowires is compatible with device fabrication on flexible plastic substrates, promising a low-cost, solution-based route to high-performance nanowire devices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7536-7544
Number of pages9
JournalACS nano
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jul 28

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  • CMOS inverter
  • PbSe
  • colloidal nanowires
  • photodiode
  • pn junction
  • selective doping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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