Special Issue "Zinc Oxide Based Epitaxial Materials"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Crystal Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Dong-Sing Wuu

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, 145 Xingda Road, Taichung 40227, Taiwan
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Interests: oxide semiconductors; III-nitride; epitaxy; optoelectronic devices; sensors; displays

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Zinc oxide based epitaxial materials are extraordinary multifunctional crystals with a huge range of emerging application domains, such as sensors, displays, light emitters, photovoltaics, nanotechnology, spintronics, piezoelectric motors, biotechnology, capacitors, transparent electronics, and next-generation memories.

The ZnO crystal has several favorable properties, including good transparency, high conductivity, wide bandgap, and strong luminescence. Epitaxial ZnO together with related compounds and alloys have been grown on various substrates by sputtering, hydrothermal, sol-gel, MOCVD, PLD, HVPE, MBE, etc. A number of breakthroughs over the past few years have driven exponential growth in the research activities of this field.

We invite investigators to submit papers which discuss the development of ZnO-based epitaxial materials, including thin films, nanostructured, and multilayered forms. Mixing ZnO-based alloys with other materials (e.g., MgO, CaO,Ga2O3, Al2O3 and SnO2) could allow for the possible fabrication of advanced devices. Furthermore, diluted magnetic ZnO crystals and combination of ZnO with two-dimensional materials are welcomed.

The potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Crystal growth of zinc oxide based epitaxial materials, including the modelling of crystal growth
  • Property characterization (optic, electric, piezoelectric, ferromagnetic properties, etc.) and their relationships to external conditions, such as electric field, photo pumping, current injection, stress, temperature, etc.
  • Advances in device development of zinc oxide based epitaxial materials.
  • Microstructure analysis and micro–macro correlation of the observed properties and their modelling
  • Characterization or modeling of micro-, nano-domain behavior in zinc oxide based crystals
  • Novel applications of diluted magnetic ZnO crystals and combination of ZnO with two-dimensional materials
  • Reliability and stability of the crystal properties, including aging and fatigue, etc.

Prof. Dr. Dong-Sing Wuu
Guest Editor

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  • ZnO-based compounds
  • Epitaxial growth
  • Material characterization
  • Device fabrication and applications

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