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Structural and Photoconductivity Properties of Tellurium/PMMA Films.

Carotenuto G, Palomba M, De Nicola S, Ambrosone G, Coscia U - Nanoscale Res Lett (2015)

Bottom Line: A novel material was obtained by binding the nanosized tellurium grains with poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) polymer.The prepared material was composed of hexagonal tellurium and α-phase of tellurium oxide.Data analysis shows that the photoconductivity of the film with sandwich contact configuration is a linear function of the light power density and increases more than 2 orders of magnitude as compared to the photoresponse of the film with coplanar contact configuration.

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Affiliation: Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials, National Research Council, Piazzale E. Fermi 1, 80055, Portici, Naples, Italy.

ABSTRACT
Owing to the very brittle nature of tellurium powder, nanoscopic grains with an average size of 4.8 ± 0.8 nm were produced by dry vibration milling technique using a mixer/mill apparatus. A novel material was obtained by binding the nanosized tellurium grains with poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) polymer. The morphology, elemental composition, and structural and optical properties of Te/PMMA films were investigated. The prepared material was composed of hexagonal tellurium and α-phase of tellurium oxide. The electrical properties of the films were studied, for different electrode contact configurations, in dark condition and under white light illumination varying the optical power density from 2 to 170 mW/cm(2) and turning the light on and off cyclically. Data analysis shows that the photoconductivity of the film with sandwich contact configuration is a linear function of the light power density and increases more than 2 orders of magnitude as compared to the photoresponse of the film with coplanar contact configuration.

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EDS spectrum of a milled tellurium powder sample
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Fig2: EDS spectrum of a milled tellurium powder sample

Mentions: The composition of the milled powder was determined by EDS investigation (see Fig. 2). Data analysis indicates the presence of oxygen, due to the dry-milling process performed in air that can lead to a partial oxidation of the tellurium grain surface, and traces of iron, which is already present in the starting coarse tellurium powder.Fig. 2


Structural and Photoconductivity Properties of Tellurium/PMMA Films.

Carotenuto G, Palomba M, De Nicola S, Ambrosone G, Coscia U - Nanoscale Res Lett (2015)

EDS spectrum of a milled tellurium powder sample
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Fig2: EDS spectrum of a milled tellurium powder sample
Mentions: The composition of the milled powder was determined by EDS investigation (see Fig. 2). Data analysis indicates the presence of oxygen, due to the dry-milling process performed in air that can lead to a partial oxidation of the tellurium grain surface, and traces of iron, which is already present in the starting coarse tellurium powder.Fig. 2

Bottom Line: A novel material was obtained by binding the nanosized tellurium grains with poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) polymer.The prepared material was composed of hexagonal tellurium and α-phase of tellurium oxide.Data analysis shows that the photoconductivity of the film with sandwich contact configuration is a linear function of the light power density and increases more than 2 orders of magnitude as compared to the photoresponse of the film with coplanar contact configuration.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials, National Research Council, Piazzale E. Fermi 1, 80055, Portici, Naples, Italy.

ABSTRACT
Owing to the very brittle nature of tellurium powder, nanoscopic grains with an average size of 4.8 ± 0.8 nm were produced by dry vibration milling technique using a mixer/mill apparatus. A novel material was obtained by binding the nanosized tellurium grains with poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) polymer. The morphology, elemental composition, and structural and optical properties of Te/PMMA films were investigated. The prepared material was composed of hexagonal tellurium and α-phase of tellurium oxide. The electrical properties of the films were studied, for different electrode contact configurations, in dark condition and under white light illumination varying the optical power density from 2 to 170 mW/cm(2) and turning the light on and off cyclically. Data analysis shows that the photoconductivity of the film with sandwich contact configuration is a linear function of the light power density and increases more than 2 orders of magnitude as compared to the photoresponse of the film with coplanar contact configuration.

No MeSH data available.