Conduction and Resistive Switching in Dropcast CdTe/CdSe Core-Shell Quantum Dots Embedded Chitosan Composite

Zolile Wiseman Dlamini*, Sreedevi Vallabhapurapu, Olamide Abiodan Daramola, Potlaki Foster Tseki, Rui Werner Macedo Krause, Xavier Siwe-Noundou, Tebogo Sfiso Mahule, Srinivasu Vijaya Vallabhapurapu

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We report on conduction and resistive switching in devices consisting of chitosan dispersed with CdTe/CdSe core-shell quantum dots (QDs) active layers sandwiched between silver (Ag) and indium doped tin oxide (ITO) electrodes. Active layers consisting of 0.96wt%, 0.48wt%, 0.32wt% and 0.24wt% QDs to chitosan were deposited on the ITO surface using the cost-free drop cast method. The electrical study performed on all devices revealed ‘O-type’ memory behaviour with OFF-state current conduction mechanism attributed to hopping mechanism. On the other hand, the ON-state current in each device followed a unique mechanism, such that Ohmic behaviour was observed for the device with 0.96wt%, while linear then hopping, space-charge limited, and lastly, hopping conductions mechanisms were attributed to devices with 0.48wt%, 0.32wt% and 0.24wt%, respectively. Our results show that these devices’ memory behaviour and conduction can be exploited by controlling the amount of CdTe/CdSe in the chitosan medium.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)709-716
Number of pages8
JournalIranian Journal of Science and Technology, Transaction A: Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022


  • CdTe/CdSe
  • Chitosan
  • Hopping conduction mechanism
  • O-Type memory behaviour
  • Resistive switching


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