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Keywords:

  • CeO2 thin films;
  • electrodeposition;
  • photoluminescence

Abstract

CeO2 thin films with hexagonal-shaped pores were successfully prepared by a facile electrodeposition at room temperature combined with an etching process. By using electrodeposited ZnO nanorods as a soft template, the morphology, and microstructure of the CeO2 could be controlled. TEM observation indicated that as-prepared CeO2 film is composed of nanocrystals with average size of several nanometers, while XPS analysis showed the coexistence of Ce3+ and Ce4+ in the film. The photoluminescence properties of CeO2 films were measured, which showed much higher sensitivity compared to bare substrate.