Wide bandgap III-nitride nanomembranes for optoelectronic applications

Sung Hyun Park, Ge Yuan, Danti Chen, Kanglin Xiong, Jie Song, Benjamin Leung, Jung Han

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Single crystalline nanomembranes (NMs) represent a new embodiment of semiconductors having a two-dimensional flexural character with comparable crystalline perfection and optoelectronic efficacy. In this Letter, we demonstrate the preparation of GaN NMs with a freestanding thickness between 90 to 300 nm. Large-area (>5 × 5 mm2) GaN NMs can be routinely obtained using a procedure of conductivity-selective electrochemical etching. GaN NM is atomically flat and possesses an optical quality similar to that from bulk GaN. A light-emitting optical heterostructure NM consisting of p-GaN/InGaN quantum wells/GaN is prepared by epitaxy, undercutting etching, and layer transfer. Bright blue light emission from this heterostructure validates the concept of NM-based optoelectronics and points to potentials in flexible applications and heterogeneous integration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4293-4298
Number of pages6
JournalNano letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 13 2014


  • Gallium nitride
  • Nanomembrane
  • electrochemical etching
  • epitaxy
  • heterostructure
  • metalorganic chemical vapor deposition


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