Bio-Inspired Band Gap Engineering of Zinc Oxide by Intracrystalline Incorporation of Amino Acids

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Bandgap engineering of zinc oxide semiconductors can be achieved using a bio-inspired method. During a bioInspired crystallization process, incorporation of amino acids into the crystal structure of ZnO induces lattice strain that leads to linear bandgap shifts. This allows for fine tuning of the bandgap in a bio-inspired route.

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