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Nano Lett. 2008 Feb;8(2):534-7. doi: 10.1021/nl072784l. Epub 2008 Jan 26.

Flexible inorganic nanowire light-emitting diode.

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  • 1Physics Department, Portland State University, 1719 SW 10th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201, USA.


We report a highly flexible light-emitting device in which inorganic nanowires are the optically active components. The single-crystalline ZnO nanowires are grown at 80 degrees C on flexible polymer-based indium-tin-oxide-coated substrates and subsequently encapsulated in a minimal-thickness, void-filling polystyrene film. A reflective top contact serving as the anode in the diode structure is provided by a strongly doped p-type polymer and an evaporated Au film. The emission through the polymer side of this arrangement covers most of the visual region. Electrical and optical properties as well as performance limitations of the device structure are discussed.

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