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ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2017 Oct 11;9(40):35178-35190. doi: 10.1021/acsami.7b07921. Epub 2017 Sep 29.

Superior B-Doped SiC Nanowire Flexible Field Emitters: Ultra-Low Turn-On Fields and Robust Stabilities against Harsh Environments.

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Institute of Material, Ningbo University of Technology , Ningbo 315016, P. R. China.

Abstract

Low turn-on fields together with boosted stabilities are recognized as two key factors for pushing forward the implementations of the field emitters in electronic units. In current work, we explored superior flexible field emitters based on single-crystalline 3C-SiC nanowires, which had numbers of sharp edges, as well as corners surrounding the wire body and B dopants. The as-constructed field emitters behaved exceptional field emission (FE) behaviors with ultralow turn-on fields (Eto) of 0.94-0.68 V/μm and current emission fluctuations of ±1.0-3.4%, when subjected to harsh working conditions under different bending cycles, various bending configurations, as well as elevated temperature environments. The sharp edges together with the edges were able to significantly increase the electron emission sites, and the incorporated B dopants could bring a more localized state close to the Fermi level, which rendered the SiC nanowire emitters with low Eto, large field enhancement factor as well as robust current emission stabilities. Current B-doped SiC nanowires could meet all essential requirements for an ideal flexible emitters, which exhibit their promising prospect to be applied in flexible electronic units.

KEYWORDS:

B doping; SiC nanowires; field emission properties; field emitters; flexible devices

PMID:
28933812
DOI:
10.1021/acsami.7b07921

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