Sol-Gel-Derived Doped ZnO Thin Films: Processing, Properties, and Applications [chapter]

Asad Mahmood, Abdul Naeem
2017 Recent Applications in Sol-Gel Synthesis  
Sol-gel-derived zinc oxide (ZnO)-based materials with an improved microstructure are consumed in electronics and electrical frameworks owing to their crystal structure dependent properties, which can be exploited for optical, electrical, and photocatalytic applications. Despite research articles published each year on the strategies to improve the optoelectronic properties of ZnO, the topic is still actively pursued in literature. This chapter provides an insight into the recent developments
more » ... ent developments for the sol-gel-derived processing of the pure and doped ZnO thin films. It also highlights the challenges and opportunities surrounding the processing of these devices. The recent developments in the synthesis of pure, doped ZnO, and corresponding applications of these films will be discussed in detail. Consequently, the aim of this chapter is to provide an overview of the novel developmental strategies to improve ZnO-based thin films by a sol-gel route with enhanced optical properties for practical applications ranging from optical and electrical circuits to sensing.
doi:10.5772/67857 fatcat:4dpwgi6oona5ramhhnl3jxi7my