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ASU Electronic Theses and Dissertations


This collection includes most of the ASU Theses and Dissertations from 2011 to present. ASU Theses and Dissertations are available in downloadable PDF format; however, a small percentage of items are under embargo. Information about the dissertations/theses includes degree information, committee members, an abstract, supporting data or media.

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Satisfying the ever-increasing demand for electricity while maintaining sustainability and eco-friendliness has become a key challenge for humanity. Around 70% of energy is rejected as heat from different sectors. Thermoelectric energy harvesting has immense potential to convert this heat into electricity in an environmentally friendly manner. However, low efficiency and high manufacturing costs inhibit the widespread application of thermoelectric devices. In this work, an inexpensive solution processing technique and a nanostructuring approach are utilized to create thermoelectric materials. Specifically, the solution-state and solid-state structure of a lead selenide (PbSe) precursor is characterized by different spectroscopic techniques. This precursor has shown …

Contributors
Vartak, Prathamesh Bhalchandra, Wang, Robert Y., Wang, Liping, et al.
Created Date
2020

More recently there have been a tremendous advancement in theoretical studies showing remarkable properties that could be exploited from transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) Janus crystals through various applications. These Janus crystals are having a proven intrinsic electrical field due to breaking of out-of-plane inversion symmetry in a conventional TMDC when one of the chalcogenides atomic layer is being completely replaced by a layer of different chalcogen element. However, due to lack of accurate processing control at nanometer scales, key for creating a highly crystalline Janus structure has not yet been familiarized. Thus, experimental characterization and implication of these Janus crystals …

Contributors
Trivedi, Dipesh Bhavinkumar, Tongay, Sefaattin, Green, Matthew, et al.
Created Date
2019

Layer structured two dimensional (2D) semiconductors have gained much interest due to their intriguing optical and electronic properties induced by the unique van der Waals bonding between layers. The extraordinary success for graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) has triggered a constant search for novel 2D semiconductors beyond them. Gallium chalcogenides, belonging to the group III-VI compounds, are a new class of 2D semiconductors that carry a variety of interesting properties including wide spectrum coverage of their bandgaps and thus are promising candidates for next generation electronic and optoelectronic devices. Pushing these materials toward applications requires more controllable synthesis methods …

Contributors
Cai, Hui, Tongay, Sefaattin, Dwyer, Christian, et al.
Created Date
2018

A new class of layered materials called the transition metal trichalcogenides (TMTCs) exhibit strong anisotropic properties due to their quasi-1D nature. These 2D materials are composed of chain-like structures which are weakly bound to form planar sheets with highly directional properties. The vibrational properties of three materials from the TMTC family, specifically TiS3, ZrS3, and HfS3, are relatively unknown and studies performed in this work elucidates the origin of their Raman characteristics. The crystals were synthesized through chemical vapor transport prior to mechanical exfoliation onto Si/SiO¬2 substrates. XRD, AFM, and Raman spectroscopy were used to determine the crystallinity, thickness, and …

Contributors
Kong, Wilson, Tongay, Sefaattin, Wang, Liping, et al.
Created Date
2017

This thesis presents systematic studies on angle dependent Raman and Photoluminescence (PL) of a new class of layered materials, Transition Metal Trichalcogenides (TMTCs), which are made up of layers possessing anisotropic structure within the van-der-Waals plane. The crystal structure of individual layer of MX3 compounds consists of aligned nanowire like 1D chains running along the b-axis direction. The work focuses on the growth of two members of this family - ZrS3 and TiS3 - through Chemical Vapor Transport Method (CVT), with consequent angle dependent Raman and PL studies which highlight their in-plane optically anisotropic properties. Results highlight that the optical …

Contributors
Pant, Anupum, Tongay, Sefaattin, Alford, Terry Lynn, et al.
Created Date
2016

Carbon nanomaterials have caught tremendous attention in the last few decades due to their unique physical and chemical properties. Tremendous effort has been made to develop new synthesis techniques for carbon nanomaterials and investigate their properties for different applications. In this work, carbon nanospheres (CNSs), carbon foams (CF), and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) were studied for various applications, including water treatment, energy storage, actuators, and sensors. A facile spray pyrolysis synthesis technique was developed to synthesize individual CNSs with specific surface area (SSA) up to 1106 m2/g. The hollow CNSs showed adsorption of up to 300 mg rhodamine B dye …

Contributors
Wang, Chengwei, Chan, Candace K, Tongay, Sefaattin, et al.
Created Date
2015