Nanotechnology

Two dimensional NbSe2/Nb2O5 metal–semiconductor heterostructure-based photoelectrochemical photodetector with fast response and high flexibility


Two dimensional (2D) metal-semiconductor heterostructures are promising for high-performance optoelectronic devices due to fast carrier separation and transportation. Considering the superior metallic characteristics accompanied by high electrical conductivity in NbSe2, surface oxidation provides a facile way to form NbSe2/Nb2O5 metal-semiconductor heterostructures. Herein, size-dependent NbSe2/Nb2O5 nanosheets were achieved by a liquid phase exfoliation method and a gradient centrifugation strategy. These NbSe2/Nb2O5 heterostructure-based photodetectors show high responsivity with 23.21 μA W−1, fast response time of millisecond magnitude, and wide band detection ability in the UV-Vis region. It is noticeable that the photocurrent density is sensitive to the surface oxygen layer due to the oxygen-sensitized photoconduction mechanism. The flexible testing of the NbSe2/Nb2O5 heterostructure-based PEC-type photodetectors exhibits high photodetection performance even after bending and twisting. Beyond that, the solid-state PEC-type NbSe2/Nb2O5 photodetector also achieves relatively stable photodetection and high stability. This work promotes the application of 2D NbSe2/Nb2O5 metal-semiconductor heterostructures in flexible optoelectronic devices.

Graphical abstract: Two dimensional NbSe2/Nb2O5 metal–semiconductor heterostructure-based photoelectrochemical photodetector with fast response and high flexibility