Charge-Transfer Induced by the Oxygen Vacancy Defects in the Ag/MoO3 Composite System

Qi Chu, Jingmeng Li, Sila Jin, Shuang Guo, Eungyeong Park, Jiku Wang, Lei Chen, Young Mee Jung
2021 Nanomaterials  
In this paper, an Ag/MoO3 composite system was cosputtered by Ar plasma bombardment on a polystyrene (PS) colloidal microsphere array. The MoO3 formed by this method contained abundant oxygen vacancy defects, which provided a channel for charge transfer in the system and compensated for the wide band gap of MoO3. Various characterization methods strongly demonstrated the existence of oxygen vacancy defects and detected the properties of oxygen vacancies. 4-Aminothiophenol (p-aminothiophenol,
more » ... aminothiophenol, PATP) was used as a candidate surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) probe molecule to evaluate the contribution of the oxygen vacancy defects in the Ag/MoO3 composite system. Interestingly, oxygen vacancy defects are a kind of charge channel, and their powerful effect is fully reflected in their SERS spectra. Increasing the number of charge channels and increasing the utilization rate of the channels caused the frequency of SERS characteristic peaks to shift. This interesting phenomenon opens up a new horizon for the study of SERS in oxygen-containing semiconductors and provides a powerful reference for the study of PATP.
doi:10.3390/nano11051292 pmid:34069016 fatcat:airhf4ueorbslksafg33n22q34