Atomic layer-controlled growth of transparent conducting ZnO on plastic substrates

A. W. Ott*, R. P.H. Chang

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Highly transparent (T>80%) and conductive (ρ approximately 10-3 cm) zinc oxide thin films were deposited by atomic layer-controlled growth on a wide variety of substrates, including glass sapphire and flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) at temperatures of 100-210 °C using diethylzinc (DEtZn) and water. This is the first example of atomic layer-controlled growth or atomic layer epitaxy on a polymer substrate. The growth was accomplished by separating the CVD reaction, Zn(CH2CH3)2+H2O→ZnO+2CH3CH3, into the following half reactions: (A) Zn-OH*+Zn(CH2CH3)2→Zn-O-Zn-CH2 CH3*+CH3CH3 (B) Zn-CH2CH3*+H2O→Zn-OH*+CH3CH3. The reactions were self-terminating and growth rates from 1.5-1.9 angstroms/cycle were observed. In order to grow films at higher temperatures and to improve film adhesion, alumina buffer layers were deposited before the ZnO films on PET substrates. The resistivity of the films improved by doping gallium into the films and with increasing temperature. The best film grown on PET had a resistivity of 1.4×10-3 Ωcm, while the best film grown on glass had a resistivity of 8×10-4 cm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-138
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials Chemistry and Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 25 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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