Role of Oxygen Vacancies in the Electrical Properties of WO3- x Nano/Microrods with Identical Morphology

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Tungsten oxide (WO3-x) crystalline nano/microrods with identical morphology but different contents of oxygen vacancies were prepared by thermally evaporating fixed amount of WO3 powder in reductive atmosphere from different amounts of S power at 1150°C in a vacuum tube furnace, in which both sources were loaded in separate ceramic boat. With increasing amount of S powder, a series of tungsten oxides, WO3, WO2.90, W19O55 (WO2.89), and W18O49 (WO2.72), could be obtained. And devices were fabricated by screen-printing the obtained WO3-x crystals on ceramic substrates with Ag-Pd interdigital electrodes. With increasing content of oxygen vacancies, the devices fabricated with WO3-x crystals present a negative to positive resistance response to relative humidity. Under dry atmosphere, for the devices with increasing x, the strong response to light changed from short to long wavelength; under light irradiation, the conducting ability of the devices was enhanced, due to the more efficient separation and transportation of the photogenerated carriers; and under simulated solar irradiation, the photocurrent intensity of the W18O49 device was roughly 8 times, about 500 times, and even 1000 times larger than that of the W19O55, WO2.90, and WO3 one, respectively. With the versatile optoelectrochemical properties, the obtained WO3-x crystals have the great potential to prepare various humidity sensors and optoelectrical devices.




Shen, Z., Zhao, Z., Wen, J., Qian, J., Peng, Z., & Fu, X. (2018). Role of Oxygen Vacancies in the Electrical Properties of WO3- x Nano/Microrods with Identical Morphology. Journal of Nanomaterials, 2018.

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