[Journal] Diode based transparent temperature sensor work is published.
Advanced Materials Technologies
30th December 2021
Our recent research efforts on developing high resolution micro-scale transparent temperature sensors using hetero junction diode devices has been published in Advanced Materials Technologies (IF: 7.848, top 17.8% journal in Materials Science, Multidisciplinary) on December 30th, 2021, online. This work was led by Junhee Lee. In this work, we developed transparent p-n junction diodes using wide bandgap semiconductor materials and ultrathin metal electrodes, and applied the semiconductor devices for high resolution temperature sensing that is crucial for various bioelectronics and biomedical engineering applications.
Title: Semi-Transparent, Micrometer Resolution p-NiO/n-ZnO Heterojunction Diode Temperature Sensors with Ultrathin Metal Anode
Abstract: Various temperature sensitive biological mechanisms have been utilized for new biomedical engineering tools such as neuromodulation, cancer cell hyperthermia or photothermal therapy. Optically transparent and high spatio-temporal resolution temperature sensors are needed to precisely analyze the biological effects that occur in response to the temperature changes. In this work, semi-transparent p-NiO/n-ZnO heterojunction diode-based temperature sensors with 100 µm-diameter ultrathin transparent Au/Ag metal anodes is introduced. The fabricated diode temperature sensors accurately measure temperature changes from 25 to 80 °C, which is of significant interest in many biomedical engineering applications. The sensors also exhibit adequate transparency over the entire visible light spectrum for biomedical imaging including fluorescent microscopy. Low-power operation of the temperature sensor (<0.2 nW) is achieved to avoid a self-heating effect. The micro-scale spatial resolution of the transparent temperature sensors is especially useful for cellular resolution bio-imaging, optical neural recording, and optical bio-modulation where transparency and high-resolution temperature sensing are necessary.