Flexible optoelectronics is a rapidly growing field, with a wide range of potential applications. From wearable sensors to bendable solar cells, curved displays, and curved focal plane arrays, the possibilities are endless. The criticality of flexible photodetectors for many of these applications is acknowledged, however, devices that are demonstrated thus far are limited in their spectral range. In this study, flexible photodetectors are demonstrated using a VOx nanoparticle ink, with an extremely broad operating wavelength range of 0.4 to 20 µm. This ink is synthesized using a simple and scalable wet-chemical process. These photodetectors operate at room temperature and exhibit minimal variance in performance even when bent at angles of up to 100 ° at a bend radius of 6.4 mm. In addition, rigorous strain testing of 100 bend and release cycles revealed a photoresponse with a standard deviation of only 0.55%. This combination of mechanical flexibility, wide spectral response, and ease of fabrication makes these devices highly desirable for a wide range of applications, including low-cost wearable sensors and hyperspectral imaging systems.
June 21, 2023
Balendhran, S., Taha, M., Wang, S., Yan, W., Higashitarumizu, N., Wen, D., ... & Crozier, K. B. (2023). Flexible Vanadium Dioxide Photodetectors for Visible to Longwave Infrared Detection at Room Temperature ((press release associated article should be online on 21.06. 2023)). Advanced Functional Materials.