Abstract

Time-resolved photoluminescence is used to determine carrier recombination through radiative and nonradiative processes in zinc hydroxide Zn(OH)2 and its porous composites with graphite oxide (GO). The decay times, measured by a streak camera, are found to be larger for zinc hydroxide (1215±156ps) than its composites (976±81ps for ZnGO-2 and 742±59ps for ZnGO-5), but no significant changes in rise times (from 4.0 to 5.0 ps) are recorded. The dominant mechanism for the radiative process is attributed to free carrier recombination, while microporous networks present in these materials are found to be pathways for the nonradiative recombination process via multiphonon emission.

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