Consequently, the well-integrated ZnO NRAs on the CT substrate could be fabricated by the ED process with the aid of ultrasonic agitation under a proper external cathodic voltage. Figure 6 Room-temperature PL spectra. Bare CT substrate and the synthesized ZnO on the seed-coated CT substrate at different external cathodic voltages from −1.6 to −2.8 V for 1 h under ultrasonic agitation. The inset shows the PL peak intensity and FWHM of the synthesized ZnO as a function of external
cathodic voltage. Conclusions The ZnO NRAs were successfully integrated on the CT substrate (i.e., woven by Ni/PET fibers) by the ED process using the seed layer and ultrasonic agitation under a proper external cathodic voltage of −2 V for 1 h. The sizes/heights of ZnO NRAs check details were Sirolimus cost distributed to be approximately 65 to 80 nm/600 to 800 nm, and they could be clearly coated over the whole surface of the CT substrate with the seed layer and ultrasonic agitation. In a comparative investigation, it is clearly observed that the seed layer and ultrasonic agitation played key roles in providing a uniform organization of the ZnO NRAs with good nuclei sites as well as removing the adhesive ZnO microrods. Additionally, the well-integrated ZnO NRAs exhibited a narrow and strong PL NBE emission with good crystallinity.
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