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Adv Mater ; 31(29): e1901624, 2019 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31140651


For III-nitride-based devices, such as high-brightness light-emitting diodes (LEDs), the poor heat dissipation of the sapphire substrate is deleterious to the energy efficiency and restricts many of their applications. Herein, the role of vertically oriented graphene (VG) nanowalls as a buffer layer for improving the heat dissipation in AlN films on sapphire substrates is studied. It is found that VG nanowalls can effectively enhance the heat dissipation between an AlN film and a sapphire substrate in the longitudinal direction because of their unique vertical structure and good thermal conductivity. Thus, an LED fabricated on a VG-sapphire substrate shows a 37% improved light output power under a high injection current (350 mA) with an effective 3.8% temperature reduction. Moreover, the introduction of VG nanowalls does not degrade the quality of the AlN film, but instead promotes AlN nucleation and significantly reduces the epilayer strain that is generated during the cooling process. These findings suggest that the VG nanowalls can be a good buffer layer candidate in III-nitride semiconductor devices, especially for improving the heat dissipation in high-brightness LEDs.

Adv Mater ; 31(23): e1807345, 2019 Jun.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30993771


The growth of single-crystal III-nitride films with a low stress and dislocation density is crucial for the semiconductor industry. In particular, AlN-derived deep-ultraviolet light-emitting diodes (DUV-LEDs) have important applications in microelectronic technologies and environmental sciences but are still limited by large lattice and thermal mismatches between the epilayer and substrate. Here, the quasi-van der Waals epitaxial (QvdWE) growth of high-quality AlN films on graphene/sapphire substrates is reported and their application in high-performance DUV-LEDs is demonstrated. Guided by density functional theory calculations, it is found that pyrrolic nitrogen in graphene introduced by a plasma treatment greatly facilitates the AlN nucleation and enables fast growth of a mirror-smooth single-crystal film in a very short time of ≈0.5 h (≈50% decrease compared with the conventional process), thus leading to a largely reduced cost. Additionally, graphene effectively releases the biaxial stress (0.11 GPa) and reduces the dislocation density in the epilayer. The as-fabricated DUV-LED shows a low turn-on voltage, good reliability, and high output power. This study may provide a revolutionary technology for the epitaxial growth of AlN films and provide opportunities for scalable applications of graphene films.

Adv Mater ; 30(30): e1801608, 2018 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29883036


Single-crystalline GaN-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with high efficiency and long lifetime are the most promising solid-state lighting source compared with conventional incandescent and fluorescent lamps. However, the lattice and thermal mismatch between GaN and sapphire substrate always induces high stress and high density of dislocations and thus degrades the performance of LEDs. Here, the growth of high-quality GaN with low stress and a low density of dislocations on graphene (Gr) buffered sapphire substrate is reported for high-brightness blue LEDs. Gr films are directly grown on sapphire substrate to avoid the tedious transfer process and GaN is grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). The introduced Gr buffer layer greatly releases biaxial stress and reduces the density of dislocations in GaN film and Inx Ga1-x N/GaN multiple quantum well structures. The as-fabricated LED devices therefore deliver much higher light output power compared to that on a bare sapphire substrate, which even outperforms the mature process derived counterpart. The GaN growth on Gr buffered sapphire only requires one-step growth, which largely shortens the MOCVD growth time. This facile strategy may pave a new way for applications of Gr films and bring several disruptive technologies for epitaxial growth of GaN film and its applications in high-brightness LEDs.