Growth of ZnO nanorods on FTO glass substrate

Hamza Slimani, Noureddine Bessous, Sawsan Dagher, Ali Hilal-Alnaqbi, Maisa El Gamal, Boshra Akhozheya, Mudasir Mohammed

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A simple and direct method has been developed to grow zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods (NRs) on a fluorine-doped tin oxide-coated glass (FTO) substrate. Firstly, spray pyrolysis deposition method is applied followed by dipping the substrate in a solution of ZnO growth reagents. The morphology, structure, and optical properties of the obtained thin film are investigated. The results demonstrate the successful synthesis of the ZnO NRs on FTO substrate. The NRs have a hexagonal rod like structure with diameter and length of 240 nm and 670 nm, respectively. FTO/ZnO NRs exhibited absorption of UV wavelengths and high transmittance in visible light region, with energy bandgap (Eg) of 3.2 eV. The characteristics of the FTO/ZnO NRs film can be explored in photovoltaic applications such as dye-sensitized solar cells.

Original languageEnglish
Article number025026
JournalMaterials Research Express
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • FTO/ZnO
  • ZnO nanorods
  • spray pyrolysis
  • thin films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys


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