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  1. Study of Microstructure and Optical Properties of Pva-Capped ZnS: cu Nanocrystalline Thin Films

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    Thi, Tran Minh; van, Bui Hong; Ben, Pham Van

    A study has been carried out on the Cu doping and PVA capping induced optical property changes in ZnS : Cu nanocrystalline powders and thin film. For this study, ZnS : Cu nanopowders with Cu concentrations of 0.1%, 0.15%, 0.2%, 0.3% and 0.4% are synthesized by the wet chemical method. The polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-capped ZnS thin film with 0.2% Cu concentration and various PVA concentrations are prepared by the spin-coating method. The microstructures of the samples are investigated by the X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results show that the prepared samples belong to the wurtzite structure with the average particle size of about 3-7 nm. The optical properties of samples are studied by measuring absorption and photoluminescence (PL) spectra in the wavelength range from 300 nm to 900 nm at 300 K. It is shown that the luminescent intensity of ZnS : Cu nanopowders reaches the highest intensity for optimal Cu concentration of 0.2% with the corresponding values of its direct band gap estimated to be about 3.90 eV. While the PVA coating does not affect the microstructure of ZnS nanometerials, the PL spectra of the samples are found to be affected by the PVA concentration as well as the exciting power density. The influence of the polymer coating on the optical properties can be explained by the quantum confinement effect of ZnS nanoparticles in the PVA matrix.

  2. Characterization of ZnS thin films synthesized through a non-toxic precursors chemical bath

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    Rodríguez, C.A.; Sandoval-Paz, M.G.; Cabello, G.; Flores, M.; Fernández, H.; Carrasco, C.

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • High quality ZnS thin films have been deposited by chemical bath deposition technique from a non-toxic precursor’s solution. • Nanocrystalline ZnS thin films with large band gap energy were synthesized without using ammonia. • Evidence that the growing of the thin films is carried out by means of hydroxide mechanism was found. • The properties of these ZnS thin films are similar and in some cases better than the corresponding ones produced using toxic precursors such as ammonia. - Abstract: In solar cells, ZnS window layer deposited by chemical bath technique can reach the highest conversion efficiency; however, precursors used in the process normally are materials highly volatile, toxic and harmful to the environment and health (typically ammonia and hydrazine). In this work the characterization of ZnS thin films deposited by chemical bath in a non-toxic alkaline solution is reported. The effect of deposition technique (growth in several times) on the properties of the ZnS thin film was studied. The films exhibited a high percentage of optical transmission (greater than 80%); as the deposition time increased a decreasing in the band gap values from 3.83 eV to 3.71 eV was observed. From chemical analysis, the presence of ZnS and Zn(OH){sub 2} was identified and X-ray diffraction patterns exhibited a clear peak corresponding to ZnS hexagonal phase (1 0 3) plane, which was confirmed by electron diffraction patterns. From morphological studies, compact samples with well-defined particles, low roughness, homogeneous and pinhole-free in the surface were observed. From obtained results, it is evident that deposits of ZnS–CBD using a non-toxic solution are suitable as window layer for TFSC.

  3. Nonlinear optical characterization of ZnS thin film synthesized by chemical spray pyrolysis method

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    G, Sreeja V.; V, Sabitha P.; Anila, E. I.; R, Reshmi; John, Manu Punnan; Radhakrishnan, P.

    2014-10-01

    ZnS thin film was prepared by Chemical Spray Pyrolysis (CSP) method. The sample was characterized by X-ray diffraction method and Z scan technique. XRD pattern showed that ZnS thin film has hexagonal structure with an average size of about 5.6nm. The nonlinear optical properties of ZnS thin film was studied by open aperture Z-Scan technique using Q-switched Nd-Yag Laser at 532nm. The Z-scan plot showed that the investigated ZnS thin film has saturable absorption behavior. The nonlinear absorption coefficient and saturation intensity were also estimated.

  4. Nonlinear optical characterization of ZnS thin film synthesized by chemical spray pyrolysis method

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    G, Sreeja V; Anila, E. I. R, Reshmi John, Manu Punnan; V, Sabitha P; Radhakrishnan, P.

    2014-10-15

    ZnS thin film was prepared by Chemical Spray Pyrolysis (CSP) method. The sample was characterized by X-ray diffraction method and Z scan technique. XRD pattern showed that ZnS thin film has hexagonal structure with an average size of about 5.6nm. The nonlinear optical properties of ZnS thin film was studied by open aperture Z-Scan technique using Q-switched Nd-Yag Laser at 532nm. The Z-scan plot showed that the investigated ZnS thin film has saturable absorption behavior. The nonlinear absorption coefficient and saturation intensity were also estimated.

  5. Nanocrystalline silicon based thin film solar cells

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    Ray, Swati

    2012-06-01

    Amorphous silicon solar cells and panels on glass and flexible substrate are commercially available. Since last few years nanocrystalline silicon thin film has attracted remarkable attention due to its stability under light and ability to absorb longer wavelength portion of solar spectrum. For amorphous silicon/ nanocrystalline silicon double junction solar cell 14.7% efficiency has been achieved in small area and 13.5% for large area modules internationally. The device quality nanocrystalline silicon films have been fabricated by RF and VHF PECVD methods at IACS. Detailed characterizations of the materials have been done. Nanocrystalline films with low defect density and high stability have been developed and used as absorber layer of solar cells.

  6. Microstructural characterization of textured ZnS thin films

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    Kryshtab, T. . E-mail: tkrysh@esfm.ipn.mx; Andraca-Adame, J.A.; Kryvko, A.

    2007-08-15

    During thin film growth texture formation is controlled by several kinetic parameters that determine the grain structural evolution. For highly textured thin films, i.e. only one strong peak can be obtained from X-ray diffraction pattern, it is impossible to separate the effect of grain size and residual strains based on peak broadening. We propose an original method for evaluating residual strains, eliminating their contribution in peak breadth and determining the domain size. A two-axes diffractometer with a Ge monochromator and a K {sub {alpha}}{sub 1,2} doublet was used for this study. The measurements of 2{theta} scans were carried out in the grazing geometry for the incident beam. ZnS thin films as-deposited and annealed were studied. Structural analysis was carried out using a one-axis diffractometer for a {theta}-2{theta} scan in the standard symmetric geometry. Surface morphology was explored by atomic force microscopy. The specification of the proposed method and its application in microstructural characterization are introduced.

  7. Post-annealing effects on ZnS thin films grown by using the CBD method

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    Ahn, Heejin; Um, Youngho

    2015-09-01

    Herein, the structural, morphological, and optical properties of zinc sulfide (ZnS) thin films deposited via the chemical bath deposition method are reported. These films were deposited on soda-lime glass (SLG) substrates by using ZnSO4, thiourea, and 25% ammonia at 90 °C. The effect of changing the annealing temperature from 100 °C to 300 °C on the properties of the ZnS thin films was investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns showed that the ZnS thin film annealed at 100 °C had an amorphous structure; however, as the annealing temperature was increased, the crystalline quality of the thin film was enhanced. Moreover, transmission measurements showed that the optical transmittance was about 80% for wavelengths above 500 nm. The band gap energy (E g ) value of the film annealed at 300 °C was decreased to about 3.82 eV.

  8. Process and film characterization of chemical-bath-deposited ZnS thin films

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    Dona, J.M.; Herrero, J.

    1994-01-01

    Chemical-bath deposition of ZnS thin films from NH{sub 3}/NH{sub 2}-NH{sub 2}/SC(NH{sub 2}){sub 2}/ZnSO{sub 4} solutions has been studied. The effect of various process parameters on the growth and the film quality is presented. A first approach to a mechanistic interpretation of the chemical process is reported. The structural, optical, chemical, and electrical properties of the ZNS thin films deposited by this method have been studied. The electron diffraction (EDS) analysis shows that the films are microcrystalline with a cubic structure. EDS analysis has demonstrated that the films are highly stoichiometric. Scanning electron microscopy studies of the ZnS thin films deposited by this method show that the films are continuous and homogeneous. Electrical conductivity measurements have shown the highly resistivity nature of these films ({sigma} = 10{sup {minus}9} S/cm).

  9. Optical Characteristics of La-Doped ZnS Thin Films Prepared by Chemical Bath Deposition

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    Xie, Hai-Qing; Chen, Yuan; Huang, Wei-Qing; Huang, Gui-Fang; Peng, Ping; Peng, Li; Wang, Tai-Hong; Zeng, Yun

    2011-02-01

    Undoped and La-doped ZnS thin films are prepared by chemical bath deposition (CBD) process through the co-precipitation reaction of inorganic precursors zinc sulfate, thiosulfate ammonia and La2O3. Composition of the films is analyzed using an energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Absorption spectra and spectral transmittances of the films are measured using a double beam UV-VIS spectrophotometer (TU-1901). It is found that significant red shifts in absorption spectra and decrease in absorptivity are obtained with increasing lanthanum. Moreover, optical transmittance is increased as La is doped, with a transmittance of more than 80% for wavelength above 360 nm in La-doped ZnS thin films. Compared to pure ZnS, the band gap decreases and flat-band potential positively shifts to quasi-metal for the La-doped ZnS. These results indicate that La-doped ZnS thin films could be valuably adopted as transparent electrodes.

  10. Effects of zinc salts on the structural and optical properties of acidic chemical bath deposited ZnS thin films

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    Cao, Meng; Zhang, Bin Lei; Li, Liang; Huang, Jian; Zhao, Shou Ren; Cao, Hong; Jiang, Jin Chun; Sun, Yan; Shen, Yue

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: XRD patterns of annealed ZnS films from different zinc salts. Curves a, b, c, d correspond to the annealed ZnS–C1, ZnS–S{sub 3}, ZnS–Cl{sub 2}, ZnS–N{sub 2} thin films. Display Omitted Highlights: ► ZnS thin films were deposited using different zinc salts. ► The grain sizes of deposited ZnS thin films are about 12.5 15.5 nm. ► The band gaps of deposited ZnS thin films were in the range of 3.66–3.83 eV. -- Abstract: ZnS thin films were deposited from different zinc salts by chemical bath deposition (CBD). Structural, morphological and optical characterizations were performed using different methods such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman spectra. The particle sizes of as-deposited ZnS thin films were calculated to be about 12.5–15.5 nm and the crystal qualities were improved after annealed at 500 °C in Ar/H{sub 2}S (5%) atmosphere. Optical absorption measurements indicated that the band gaps of ZnS thin films were in the range of 3.66–3.83 eV and they decreased with the increasing of particle sizes. ZnCl{sub 2} was found to the best precursor due to the higher crystal quality and compact surface of deposited ZnS thin films.

  11. Scalable production of microbially-mediated ZnS nanoparticles and application to functional thin films

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    Moon, Ji Won; Ivanov, Ilia N; Joshi, Pooran C; Armstrong, Beth L; Wang, Wei; Jung, Hyunsung; Rondinone, Adam Justin; Jellison Jr, Gerald Earle; Meyer III, Harry M; Jang, Gyoung Gug; Meisner, Roberta; Duty, Chad E; Phelps, Tommy Joe

    2014-01-01

    A series of semiconducting zinc sulfide (ZnS) nanoparticles were scalably, reproducibly, controllably, and economically synthesized with anaerobic metal-reducing Thermoanaerobacter species. They reduced partially oxidized sulfur sources to sulfides that extracellularly and thermodynamically incorporated with zinc ions to produce sparingly soluble ZnS nanoparticles with ~5 nm crystallites at yields of ~5 g l 1 month 1. A predominant sphalerite formation was facilitated by rapid precipitation kinetics, low cation/anion ratio, higher zinc concentration, water stabilization, or some combination of the four. The sphalerite ZnS nanoparticles exhibited narrow size distribution, high emission intensity, and few native defects. Scale-up and emission tunability using copper-doping were confirmed spectroscopically. Surface characterization was determined using Fourier transform infrared and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies, which confirmed amine and carboxylic acid not only maintaining a nano-dimensional average crystallite size, but also increasing aggregation. Application of ZnS nanoparticle ink to a functional thin film was successfully tested for potential future applications.

  12. Electroluminescence spectra of rare-earth-doped ZnS 1-XSe X thin films

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    Miura, Noboru; Ogawa, Kiyoshi; Kobayashi, Shuko; Matsumoto, Hironaga; Nakano, Ryotaro

    1994-04-01

    Electroluminescence has been measured for ZnS 1- XSe X thin films doped with rare-earth ions. As X increases the band-gap energy of the host decreases. The emission levels of trivalent rare-earth ions are not observed when the band-gap energy is narrower than the excitation levels. This is because of the energy transfer between the host and the emission center.

  13. ZnS nanostructured thin-films deposited by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction

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    Deshmukh, S. G.; Jariwala, Akshay; Agarwal, Anubha; Patel, Chetna; Panchal, A. K.; Kheraj, Vipul

    2016-04-01

    ZnS thin films were grown on glass substrate using successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) technique at room temperature. Aqueous solutions of ZnCl2 and Na2S were used as precursors. The X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), Raman spectroscopy and optical absorption measurements were applied to study the structural, surface morphology and optical properties of as-deposited ZnS thin films. The X-ray diffraction profiles revealed that ZnS thin films consist of crystalline grains with cubic phase. Spherical nano grains of random size and well covered on the glass substrate were observed from FESEM. The average grain size were found to be 77 nm, 100 nm and 124 nm for 20 cycles, 40 cycles and 60 cycles samples respectively. For 60 cycle sample, Raman spectra show two prominent peaks at 554 cm-1 and 1094 cm-1. The optical band gap values were found to be 3.76 eV, 3.72 eV and 3.67 eV for 20 cycle, 40 cycle and 60 cycle samples respectively.

  14. Protein-modified nanocrystalline diamond thin films for biosensor applications

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    Härtl, Andreas; Schmich, Evelyn; Garrido, Jose A.; Hernando, Jorge; Catharino, Silvia C. R.; Walter, Stefan; Feulner, Peter; Kromka, Alexander; Steinmüller, Doris; Stutzmann, Martin

    2004-10-01

    Diamond exhibits several special properties, for example good biocompatibility and a large electrochemical potential window, that make it particularly suitable for biofunctionalization and biosensing. Here we show that proteins can be attached covalently to nanocrystalline diamond thin films. Moreover, we show that, although the biomolecules are immobilized at the surface, they are still fully functional and active. Hydrogen-terminated nanocrystalline diamond films were modified by using a photochemical process to generate a surface layer of amino groups, to which proteins were covalently attached. We used green fluorescent protein to reveal the successful coupling directly. After functionalization of nanocrystalline diamond electrodes with the enzyme catalase, a direct electron transfer between the enzyme's redox centre and the diamond electrode was detected. Moreover, the modified electrode was found to be sensitive to hydrogen peroxide. Because of its dual role as a substrate for biofunctionalization and as an electrode, nanocrystalline diamond is a very promising candidate for future biosensor applications.

  15. Effect of anionic concentration on the structural and optical properties of nanostructured ZnS thin films

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    Safeera, T. A.; Johns, N.; Anila, E. I.

    2016-08-01

    Nanostructured Zinc Sulfide (ZnS) thin films with wurtzite structure were prepared by chemical spray pyrolysis method at low temperature. The effect of sulfur concentration on the structural and optical properties of ZnS thin films was studied. The films were analysed by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), UV-Vis spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL). Nano grain formation of ZnS was observed from XRD and SEM. Variation in band gap of different films is in agreement with size effects. But there is a red shift in the band gap of these films compared to bulk ZnS. This is due to band tailing effect experienced by the films due to the presence of large number of defects which was verified by PL spectrum. The overall emission was blue in colour for all the films and it was confirmed by Commission International d'Eclairage (CIE) diagram.

  16. Effects of pH on the characteristics of ZnS thin films grown by using the CBD method

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    Ahn, Heejin; Lee, Dongchan; Park, Sujung; Um, Youngho

    In CIGS-based thin film solar cells, a chemically deposited ZnS buffer layer with high resistivity is generally used between the absorber layer and transparent conducting oxide layer. In this work, we report a chemical process to prepare ZnS films by the CBD technique based on the typical bath deposition. The influences of ammonia (NH4OH) and Na2EDTA (Na2C10H16N2O8) as complexing agents on structural, morphological, and optical properties of ZnS thin films are investigated ranging pH concentration from 5 to 10. To investigate effects of pH on the characteristics of ZnS thin films, by using UV-visible transmittance, atomic force microscopy, and optical absorption were investigated. With changing the pH range, the ZnS thin films demonstrate high transmittance of 75~80% in the visible region, indicating the films are potentially useful in photovoltaic applications. The results will be presented in detail. This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea(NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (2011-0024709).

  17. Thermal Conductivity in Nanocrystalline Ceria Thin Films

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    Marat Khafizov; In-Wook Park; Aleksandr Chernatynskiy; Lingfeng He; Jianliang Lin; John J. Moore; David Swank; Thomas Lillo; Simon R. Phillpot; Anter El-Azab; David H. Hurley

    2014-02-01

    The thermal conductivity of nanocrystalline ceria films grown by unbalanced magnetron sputtering is determined as a function of temperature using laser-based modulated thermoreflectance. The films exhibit significantly reduced conductivity compared with stoichiometric bulk CeO2. A variety of microstructure imaging techniques including X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron analysis, and electron energy loss spectroscopy indicate that the thermal conductivity is influenced by grain boundaries, dislocations, and oxygen vacancies. The temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity is analyzed using an analytical solution of the Boltzmann transport equation. The conclusion of this study is that oxygen vacancies pose a smaller impediment to thermal transport when they segregate along grain boundaries.

  18. Unprecedented coloration of rutile titanium dioxide nanocrystalline thin films.

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    Mane, Rajaram S; Joo, Oh-Shim; Lee, Won Joo; Han, Sung-Hwan

    2007-01-01

    In this communication, TiO2 nanocrystalline thin films synthesized by a room temperature (27 degrees C) chemical dip process. To our knowledge, this is first report of the preparation of nanoscale rutile TiO2 particles from common inorganic salt at such low temperature. Interestingly, unprecedented dynamic color change accompanies with titanium dioxide grain size, which can be seen with the naked eye that generated curiosity in our mind to check UV-vis absorption, where significant changes were observed. The room temperature synthesized thin films of rutile titanium dioxide make it a potential candidate for high-compatibility material, which can be used in artificial heart valves.

  19. Study of the morphology of ZnS thin films deposited on different substrates via chemical bath deposition.

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    Gómez-Gutiérrez, Claudia M; Luque, P A; Castro-Beltran, A; Vilchis-Nestor, A R; Lugo-Medina, Eder; Carrillo-Castillo, A; Quevedo-Lopez, M A; Olivas, A

    2015-01-01

    In this work, the influence of substrate on the morphology of ZnS thin films by chemical bath deposition is studied. The materials used were zinc acetate, tri-sodium citrate, thiourea, and ammonium hydroxide/ammonium chloride solution. The growth of ZnS thin films on different substrates showed a large variation on the surface, presenting a poor growth on SiO2 and HfO2 substrates. The thin films on ITO substrate presented a uniform and compact growth without pinholes. The optical properties showed a transmittance of about 85% in the visible range of 300-800 nm with band gap of 3.7 eV.

  20. Electrical characterization of nanocrystalline zinc selenide thin films

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    Sharma, Jeewan; Shikha, Deep; Tripathi, Surya Kant

    2012-08-01

    In the present paper, we have studied the effect of photo-illumination on electrical properties of nanocrystalline ZnSe thin films. The ZnSe thin films with different grain sizes (coherently diffracting domains) have been prepared. The semiconducting material with the composition Zn25Se75 has been prepared using melt-quenching technique. Thermal evaporation technique has been used to prepare nanocrystalline ZnSe thin films on highly cleaned glass substrates at different partial pressures of Ar gas. The grain size has been controlled by the partial pressure of inert gas. The grain size has been calculated using X-ray diffraction plots. Mobility activation has been studied from the photocurrent decay curves. The effective density of states ( N eff), frequency factor ( S), and trap depth ( E) have been calculated for all the films having different grain sizes. Three different types of trap levels have been found in these films. There is a linear distribution of traps having different energies below the conduction band. The increase in photoconductivity is explained in terms of built in potential barriers ( ϕ b) at the grain boundaries.

  1. Metal Chalcogenide Nanocrystalline Solid Thin Films

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    Deo, Soumya R.; Singh, Ajaya K.; Deshmukh, Lata; Abu Bin Hasan Susan, Md.

    2015-11-01

    Over the past decades, chemical bath deposition (CBD) has proven its suitability and has established itself as one of the prominent techniques for depositing different metal chalcogenide semiconductor thin films via ion-by-ion or by adsorption of colloidal particles from the chemical bath on the substrate. It is a simple, cost-effective and convenient method for large-scale deposition and has recently received a surge of interest. This article reviews the research progress in various methods or techniques including CBD for the preparation and study of the properties of metal chalcogenides. Various parameters for efficient preparation and variation in structural, morphological, compositional, optical properties, etc. are also briefly discussed.

  2. Morphological, luminescence and structural properties of nanocrystalline silicon thin films

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    Ali, Atif Mossad; Kobayashi, Hikaru; Inokuma, Takao; Al-Hajry, Ali

    2013-03-15

    Highlights: ► The PL spectra showed two stronger peaks and one weaker peak. ► The PL peak energies and optical band-gap values were found higher than 1.12 eV. ► The structural change from an amorphous to nanocrystalline with increasing [SiH{sub 4}]. - Abstract: Nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si) thin films deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition at various silane flow rates ([SiH{sub 4}]) are studied. The characterization of these films by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction reveals that no film and very thin film is deposited at [SiH{sub 4}] = 0.0 and 0.1 sccm, respectively. In addition, the structural change from an amorphous to a nanocrystalline phase occurs at around [SiH{sub 4}] = 0.2 sccm. In this study, the importance of arriving species at surfaces and precursors is clearly demonstrated by the effect of a small addition of SiH{sub 4} on the frequency and width of a Raman peak and the structure of the grown film. The infrared spectroscopic analysis shows no hydrogen incorporation in the nc-Si film deposited at the low value of [SiH{sub 4}]. However, the intensity of the peak around 2100 cm{sup −1} due to SiH decreases with increasing [SiH{sub 4}]. All fabricated films give photoluminescence in the range between 1.7 and 2.4 eV at room temperature, indicating enlargement of the band-gap energy. The presence of very small crystallites leads to the appearance of quantum confinement effects. The variations of the photoluminescence energy and spectral width are well correlated with the structural properties of the films such as crystallite size, crystalline volume fraction, and the density of Si-H bonds.

  3. The radiation response of mesoporous nanocrystalline zirconia thin films

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    Manzini, Ayelén M.; Alurralde, Martin A.; Giménez, Gustavo; Luca, Vittorio

    2016-12-01

    The next generation of nuclear systems will require materials capable of withstanding hostile chemical, physical and radiation environments over long time-frames. Aside from its chemical and physical stability, crystalline zirconia is one of the most radiation tolerant materials known. Here we report the first ever study of the radiation response of nanocrystalline and mesoporous zirconia and Ce3+-stabilized nanocrystalline zirconia (Ce0.1Zr0.9O2) thin films supported on silicon wafers. Zirconia films prepared using the block copolymer Brij-58 as the template had a thickness of around 60-80 nm. In the absence of a stabilizing trivalent cation they consisted of monoclinic and tetragonal zirconia nanocrystals with diameters in the range 8-10 nm. Films stabilized with Ce3+ contained only the tetragonal phase. The thin films were irradiated with iodine ions of energies of 70 MeV and 132 keV at low fluences (1013 - 1014 cm-2) corresponding to doses of 0.002 and 1.73 dpa respectively, and at 180 keV and high fluences (2 × 1016 cm-2) corresponding to 82.4 dpa. The influence of heavy ion irradiation on the nanocrystalline structure was monitored through Rietveld analysis of grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) patterns recorded at angles close to the critical angle to ensure minimum contribution to the diffraction pattern from the substrate. Irradiation of the mesoporous nanocrystalline zirconia thin films with 70 MeV iodine ions, for which electronic energy loss is dominant, resulted in slight changes in phase composition and virtually no change in crystallographic parameters as determined by Rietveld analysis. Iodine ion bombardment in the nuclear energy loss regime (132-180 keV) at low fluences did not provoke significant changes in phase composition or crystallographic parameters. However, at 180 keV and high fluences the monoclinic phase was totally eliminated from the GIXRD pattern of films prepared at both 350 and 500 °C implying either a monoclinic

  4. Substrate dependent structural, optical and electrical properties of ZnS thin films grown by RF sputtering

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    Pathak, Trilok K.; Kumar, Vinod; Purohit, L. P.; Swart, H. C.; Kroon, R. E.

    2016-10-01

    Zinc sulphide (ZnS) films are of great importance for applications in various optoelectronic devices. ZnS thin films were grown on glass, indium tin oxide (ITO) and Corning glass substrates by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering at a temperature of 373 K and a comparative study of the structural, optical and electrical properties was performed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy, optical and current-voltage (I-V) measurements. The XRD patterns showed that the sputtered thin films exhibited good crystallinity with the (111) peak around 2θ=28.3° indicating preferential orientation of the cubic structure. The maximum strain and most densely packed grains were obtained for the Corning glass substrate. The transmittance spectra of the films were measured in the wavelength range from 200 to 800 nm, showing that the films are about 77% transparent in the visible region. A slight change of 3.50 eV to 3.54 eV was found for the bandgap of the films deposited on different substrates. The ZnS thin films deposited on Corning glass show better crystallinity, morphology and I-V characteristics than that deposited on ordinary glass and ITO substrates.

  5. Investigation of thermally evaporated nanocrystalline thin cobalt films

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    Kozłowski, W.; Balcerski, J.; Kowalczyk, P. J.; Cichomski, M.; Szmaja, W.

    2017-03-01

    In this paper, a study has been made of nanocrystalline thin cobalt films with thicknesses in the range from 10 to 60 nm. The films were thermally evaporated at incidence angle of 0° in a vacuum of about 10- 5 mbar. The morphological structure of the films consists of nanocrystalline grains regular in shape and densely packed. As the film thickness is increased from 10 to 60 nm, the average grain size increases from 22.0 to 28.9 nm. The films crystallize mainly in the hexagonal close-packed phase of cobalt. The magnetic structure is composed of domains. In films with thicknesses in the range from 10 to 40 nm, the domains are magnetized in the plane of the film, while films with thicknesses of 50 and 60 nm possess both inplane and perpendicular magnetization components. The domains with inplane magnetization are irregular in shape and typically from a few to 10 mm in size, whereas the domains with perpendicular magnetization form a fine maze stripe pattern of the order of 100 nm in width.

  6. Structural, Optical, and Magnetic Properties of Solution-Processed Co-Doped ZnS Thin Films

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    Goktas, A.; Mutlu, İ. H.

    2016-11-01

    Co-doped ZnS thin films have been grown on glass substrates using solution-processing and dip-coating techniques, and the impact of the Co doping level (0% to 5%) and film thickness on certain characteristics examined. X-ray diffraction study revealed that all the films possessed hexagonal crystal structure. Energy-dispersive x-ray analysis confirmed presence of Zn, Co, and S in the samples. Scanning electron microscopy showed that the film surface was homogeneous and dense with some cracks and spots. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed introduction and integration of Co2+ ions into the ZnS thin films. Compared with undoped ZnS, optical studies indicated a reduction in optical bandgap energy ( E g) while the refractive index ( n), extinction coefficient ( k), and dielectric constants ( ɛ 1, ɛ 2) increased with film thickness ( t) and Co doping level (except for 5%). Photoluminescence spectra showed enhanced luminescence intensity as the Co concentration was increased, while the dependence on t showed an initial increase followed by a decrease. The origin of the observed low-temperature (5 K and 100 K) ferromagnetic order may be related to point defects such as zinc vacancies, zinc interstitials, and sulfide vacancies or to the grain-boundary effect.

  7. Structure and Optical Properties of Nanocrystalline Hafnium Oxide Thin Films (PostPrint)

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    2014-09-01

    AFRL-RX-WP-JA-2014-0214 STRUCTURE AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF NANOCRYSTALLINE HAFNIUM OXIDE THIN FILMS (POSTPRINT) Neil R. Murphy AFRL...OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF NANOCRYSTALLINE HAFNIUM OXIDE THIN FILMS (POSTPRINT) 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER In-House 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT...microstructure and optical constants is established. 15. SUBJECT TERMS hafnium oxide , sputter-deposition, structure, XRR, optical properties

  8. Experimental evidence of tunable space-charge-layer-induced electrical properties of nanocrystalline ceria thin films.

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    Lee, Kyung-Ryul; Lee, Jong-Ho; Yoo, Han-Ill

    2013-10-07

    Fully dense nanocrystalline ceria films were successfully deposited on a MgO single crystal by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The electrical conductivity of the nanocrystalline thin film was 20 times higher than that of the bulk sample. The activation energy of bulk ceria was 2.3 eV, whereas the activation energy of the nanocrystalline sample was only 1.2 eV. After post-annealing at 1273 K in which the grain size of the nanocrystalline thin film increased to ~400 nm, the electrical conductivity and activation energy of the film were changed similar to those of bulk. These unique electrical properties of the nano-crystalline thin-film can be attributed to the grain size effect, or more specifically, to the space charge layer (SCL) effect. Furthermore, the electrical conductivity of the nanocrystalline thin film became similar to that of the bulk in an extremely reducing atmosphere because of the unusual dependence of the SCL effect on the oxygen partial pressure.

  9. Characterization of nanocrystalline anatase TiO(2) thin films.

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    Huber, Bernd; Gnaser, Hubert; Ziegler, Christiane

    2003-04-01

    Nanoporous thin films were deposited onto glass substrates by painting with a solution of nanocrystalline anatase TiO(2) particles (with a size of either 6 nm or 16 nm) suspended in an organic solvent. Upon drying in air for about 1 day, the films were tempered at 450 degrees C in air for 1 h. This procedure results in stoichiometric TiO(2) films with a thickness of several micro m and a milky whitish appearance. Scanning force microscopy of the surface revealed that the nanoparticles of the films agglomerated into structures with lateral dimensions of some 100 nm. Transmission electron microscopy was utilized to investigate the structural arrangement of the crystallites in the films. High-resolution electron diffraction and X-ray diffraction analyses demonstrated, furthermore, that the material consists exclusively of a single TiO(2) phase, namely anatase, and that the films do not exhibit any preferential texture. The elemental stoichiometry and the possible presence of impurities were monitored throughout the films by means of secondary-ion mass spectrometry depth profiling. Electrical measurements have been carried out as a function of both the sample temperature T and the ambient oxygen partial pressure p(O(2)). From these data the electrical conductivity sigma of the porous films was determined in dependence of those parameters.

  10. Electrodeposited ZnS Precursor Layer with Improved Electrooptical Properties for Efficient Cu2ZnSnS4 Thin-Film Solar Cells

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    Mkawi, E. M.; Ibrahim, K.; Ali, M. K. M.; Farrukh, M. A.; Mohamed, A. S.

    2015-10-01

    Zinc sulfide (ZnS) thin films were prepared on indium tin oxide-coated glass by electrodeposition using aqueous zinc sulfate, thiourea, and ammonia solutions at 80°C. The effects of sulfurization at temperatures of 350°C, 400°C, 450°C, and 500°C on the morphological, structural, optical, and electrical properties of the ZnS thin films were investigated. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the ZnS thin films exhibited cubic zincblende structure with preferred (111) orientation. The film crystallization improved with increasing annealing temperature. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy images showed that the film morphology became more compact and uniform with increasing annealing temperature. The percentage of sulfur in the ZnS thin films increased after sulfurization until a stoichiometric S/Zn ratio was achieved at 500°C. The annealed films showed good adhesion to the glass substrates, with moderate transmittance (85%) in the visible region. Based on absorption measurements, the direct bandgap increased from 3.71 eV to 3.79 eV with annealing temperature, which is attributed to the change of the buffer material composition and suitable crystal surface properties for effective p- n junction formation. The ZnS thin films were used as a buffer layer in thin-film solar cells with the structure of soda-lime glass/Mo/Cu2ZnSnS4/ZnS/ZnO/Al grid. The best solar cell efficiency was 1.86%.

  11. Investigating the role of hydrogen in ultra-nanocrystalline diamond thin film growth

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    Birrell, James; Gerbi, J. E.; Auciello, O. A.; Carlisle, J. A.

    2006-08-01

    Hydrogen has long been known to be critical for the growth of high-quality microcrystalline diamond thin films as well as homoepitaxial single-crystal diamond. A hydrogen-poor growth process that results in ultra-nanocrystalline diamond thin films has also been developed, and it has been theorized that diamond growth with this gas chemistry can occur in the absence of hydrogen. This study investigates the role of hydrogen in the growth of ultra-nanocrystalline diamond thin films in two different regimes. First, we add hydrogen to the gas phase during growth, and observe that there seems to be a competitive growth process occurring between microcrystalline diamond and ultra-nanocrystalline diamond, rather than a simple increase in the grain size of ultra-nanocrystalline diamond. Second, we remove hydrogen from the plasma by changing the hydrocarbon precursor from methane to acetylene and observe that there does seem to be some sort of lower limit to the amount of hydrogen that can sustain ultra-nanocrystalline diamond growth. We speculate that this is due to the amount of hydrogen needed to stabilize the surface of the growing diamond nanocrystals.

  12. Ultrasensitive, Real-time and Discriminative Detection of Improvised Explosives by Chemiresistive Thin-film Sensory Array of Mn2+ Tailored Hierarchical ZnS

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    Zhou, Chaoyu; Wu, Zhaofeng; Guo, Yanan; Li, Yushu; Cao, Hongyu; Zheng, Xuefang; Dou, Xincun

    2016-01-01

    A simple method combing Mn2+ doping with a hierarchical structure was developed for the improvement of thin-film sensors and efficient detection of the explosives relevant to improvised explosive devices (IEDs). ZnS hierarchical nanospheres (HNs) were prepared via a solution-based route and their sensing performances were manipulated by Mn2+ doping. The responses of the sensors based on ZnS HNs towards 8 explosives generally increase firstly and then decrease with the increase of the doped Mn2+ concentration, reaching the climate at 5% Mn2+. Furthermore, the sensory array based on ZnS HNs with different doping levels achieved the sensitive and discriminative detection of 6 analytes relevant to IEDs and 2 military explosives in less than 5 s at room temperature. Importantly, the superior sensing performances make ZnS HNs material interesting in the field of chemiresistive sensors, and this simple method could be a very promising strategy to put the sensors based on thin-films of one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures into practical IEDs detection. PMID:27161193

  13. Ferroelectric Polarization in Nanocrystalline Hydroxyapatite Thin Films on Silicon

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    Lang, S. B.; Tofail, S. A. M.; Kholkin, A. L.; Wojtaś, M.; Gregor, M.; Gandhi, A. A.; Wang, Y.; Bauer, S.; Krause, M.; Plecenik, A.

    2013-07-01

    Hydroxyapatite nanocrystals in natural form are a major component of bone- a known piezoelectric material. Synthetic hydroxyapatite is widely used in bone grafts and prosthetic pyroelectric coatings as it binds strongly with natural bone. Nanocrystalline synthetic hydroxyapatite films have recently been found to exhibit strong piezoelectricity and pyroelectricity. While a spontaneous polarization in hydroxyapatite has been predicted since 2005, the reversibility of this polarization (i.e. ferroelectricity) requires experimental evidence. Here we use piezoresponse force microscopy to demonstrate that nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite indeed exhibits ferroelectricity: a reversal of polarization under an electrical field. This finding will strengthen investigations on the role of electrical polarization in biomineralization and bone-density related diseases. As hydroxyapatite is one of the most common biocompatible materials, our findings will also stimulate systematic exploration of lead and rare-metal free ferroelectric devices for potential applications in areas as diverse as in vivo and ex vivo energy harvesting, biosensing and electronics.

  14. Ferroelectric Polarization in Nanocrystalline Hydroxyapatite Thin Films on Silicon

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    Lang, S. B.; Tofail, S. A. M.; Kholkin, A. L.; Wojtaś, M.; Gregor, M.; Gandhi, A. A.; Wang, Y.; Bauer, S.; Krause, M.; Plecenik, A.

    2013-01-01

    Hydroxyapatite nanocrystals in natural form are a major component of bone- a known piezoelectric material. Synthetic hydroxyapatite is widely used in bone grafts and prosthetic pyroelectric coatings as it binds strongly with natural bone. Nanocrystalline synthetic hydroxyapatite films have recently been found to exhibit strong piezoelectricity and pyroelectricity. While a spontaneous polarization in hydroxyapatite has been predicted since 2005, the reversibility of this polarization (i.e. ferroelectricity) requires experimental evidence. Here we use piezoresponse force microscopy to demonstrate that nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite indeed exhibits ferroelectricity: a reversal of polarization under an electrical field. This finding will strengthen investigations on the role of electrical polarization in biomineralization and bone-density related diseases. As hydroxyapatite is one of the most common biocompatible materials, our findings will also stimulate systematic exploration of lead and rare-metal free ferroelectric devices for potential applications in areas as diverse as in vivo and ex vivo energy harvesting, biosensing and electronics. PMID:23884324

  15. Method for the preparation of nanocrystalline diamond thin films

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    Gruen, D.M.; Krauss, A.R.

    1998-06-30

    A method and system are disclosed for manufacturing nanocrystalline diamond film on a substrate such as field emission tips. The method involves forming a carbonaceous vapor, providing a gas stream of argon, hydrocarbon and possibly hydrogen, and combining the gas with the carbonaceous vapor, passing the combined carbonaceous vapor and gas carrier stream into a chamber, forming a plasma in the chamber causing fragmentation of the carbonaceous vapor and deposition of a diamond film on the field emission tip. 40 figs.

  16. Method for the preparation of nanocrystalline diamond thin films

    DOEpatents

    Gruen, Dieter M.; Krauss, Alan R.

    1998-01-01

    A method and system for manufacturing nanocrystalline diamond film on a substrate such as field emission tips. The method involves forming a carbonaceous vapor, providing a gas stream of argon, hydrocarbon and possibly hydrogen, and combining the gas with the carbonaceous vapor, passing the combined carbonaceous vapor and gas carrier stream into a chamber, forming a plasma in the chamber causing fragmentation of the carbonaceous vapor and deposition of a diamond film on the field emission tip.

  17. Photoluminescence studies of chemically bath deposited nanocrystalline lead sulphide (PbS) thin films

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    Singh, L. Rajen; Singh, S. Bobby; London, R. K.; Sharma, H. B.; Rahman, A.

    2012-07-01

    Nanocrystalline lead sulphide (PbS) films have been deposited on glass substrates by chemical bath deposition (CBD) method. Lead acetate [Pb(CH3COOH)2] and thiourea [(NH2)2CS] were used as starting materials for deposition of PbS thin films. The as-deposited thin films were found to be crystalline having cubic phase structure with the strongest diffraction intensity along (200) plane. The grain sizes calculated from XRD spectra were found to decrease from 17 to 15 nm with the decrease in molar concentration of the precursor solutions. The structural, optical and photoluminescence properties of the PbS nanocrystalline thin film with different molar concentration were studied.

  18. Effect of dopent on the structural and optical properties of ZnS thin film as a buffer layer in solar cell application

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    Vashistha, Indu B. Sharma, S. K.; Sharma, Mahesh C.; Sharma, Ramphal

    2015-08-28

    In order to find the suitable alternative of toxic CdS buffer layer, deposition of pure ZnS and doped with Al by chemical bath deposition method have been reported. Further as grown pure and doped thin films have been annealed at 150°C. The structural and surface morphological properties have been characterized by X-Ray diffraction (XRD) and Atomic Force Microscope (AFM).The XRD analysis shows that annealed thin film has been polycrystalline in nature with sphalerite cubic crystal structure and AFM images indicate increment in grain size as well as growth of crystals after annealing. Optical measurement data give band gap of 3.5 eV which is ideal band gap for buffer layer for solar cell suggesting that the obtained ZnS buffer layer is suitable in a low-cost solar cell.

  19. Preparation and characterization of nanocrystalline SnO 2 thin films by PECVD

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    Huang, Hui; Tan, O. K.; Lee, Y. C.; Tse, M. S.

    2006-02-01

    Nanocrystalline SnO 2 thin films were deposited by RF inductively coupled plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) using dibutyltin diacetate as precursor. The effects of substrate-nozzle distance ( Dsn), RF power and deposition time on the phase and morphologies of the SnO 2 thin films have been studied. The as-deposited SnO 2 thin films were well crystallized even without additional substrate heating and post-annealing. The grain size and film thickness decreased continuously with the increase of Dsn and RF power while increased with increasing deposition time. The deposition parameters showed notable effects on the microstructure of the SnO 2 thin films, thus it was possible to optimize the microstructure of the SnO 2 thin films by adjusting deposition parameters to achieve high-performance SnO 2-based thin film gas sensors.

  20. Coexistence of colossal stress and texture gradients in sputter deposited nanocrystalline ultra-thin metal films

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    Kuru, Yener; Welzel, Udo; Mittemeijer, Eric J.

    2014-12-01

    This paper demonstrates experimentally that ultra-thin, nanocrystalline films can exhibit coexisting colossal stress and texture depth gradients. Their quantitative determination is possible by X-ray diffraction experiments. Whereas a uniform texture by itself is known to generally cause curvature in so-called sin{sup 2}ψ plots, it is shown that the combined action of texture and stress gradients provides a separate source of curvature in sin{sup 2}ψ plots (i.e., even in cases where a uniform texture does not induce such curvature). On this basis, the texture and stress depth profiles of a nanocrystalline, ultra-thin (50 nm) tungsten film could be determined.

  1. Thermal transport properties of nanocrystalline Bi-Sb-Te thin films prepared by sputter deposition

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    Liao, C.-N.; Wang, Y.-C.; Chu, H.-S.

    2008-11-15

    Grain-size dependent thermal conductivity of sputtered nanocrystalline Bi-Sb-Te thin films was measured by a 3{omega} method. By changing deposition temperature from 100 deg. C to room temperature, the mean grain size of the Bi-Sb-Te films decreased from 83 to 26 nm and the lattice thermal conductivity reduced from 0.79 to 0.45 W/mK proportionally. The effect of grain boundary on lattice thermal conductivity can be described by an effective thermal boundary resistance that was determined in the range of 0.56-1.8x10{sup -8} m{sup 2}K/W for the nanocrystalline Bi-Sb-Te thin films studied.

  2. Nanocrystalline Domain Formation as a Strain Relaxation Mechanism in Ultra-Thin Metallic Films

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    Gungor, M. Rauf; Maroudas, Dimitrios

    2006-03-01

    In this presentation, we report results for the atomistic mechanisms of strain relaxation over a wide range of applied biaxial tensile strain (up to 17%) in free standing Cu thin films based on isothermal-isostrain molecular-dynamics simulations. After an elastic response at low strain (< 2%), plastic deformation occurs through ductile void growth accompanied by emission of screw dislocations from the void surface, as well as emission of threading dislocation loops from the film's surface. At strain levels below 8%, expansion of the plastic zone around the void during void growth is the major strain relaxation mechanism. At higher levels of applied strain (> 8%), a practically uniform distribution of dislocations is generated in the metallic thin film, which mediates the transformation of the initially single-crystalline film structure to a nanocrystalline one. Furthermore, void growth is inhibited as the dislocations emitted from the void surface are pinned by the simultaneously generated network of defects in the nanocrystalline material.

  3. YBa2Cu3O7 thin films on nanocrystalline diamond films for HTSC bolometer

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    Cui, G.; Beetz, C. P., Jr.; Boerstler, R.; Steinbeck, J.

    1993-01-01

    Superconducting YBa2Cu3O(7-x) films on nanocrystalline diamond thin films have been fabricated. A composite buffer layer system consisting of diamond/Si3N4/YSZ/YBCO was explored for this purpose. The as-deposited YBCO films were superconducting with Tc of about 84 K and a relatively narrow transition width of about 8 K. SEM cross sections of the films showed very sharp interfaces between diamond/Si3N4 and between Si3N4/YSZ. The deposited YBCO film had a surface roughness of about 1000 A, which is suitable for high-temperature superconductive (HTSC) bolometer fabrication. It was also found that preannealing of the nanocrystalline diamond thin films at high temperature was very important for obtaining high-quality YBCO films.

  4. Stress-driven surface topography evolution in nanocrystalline A1 thin films.

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    Gianola, D. S.; Eberl, C.; Cheng, X.; Hemker, K. J.; X-Ray Science Division; Johns Hopkins Univ.; Inst for Materials Research II

    2008-01-01

    Stress-assisted grain growth at room temperature is identified as a plastic deformation mechanism in nanocrystalline thin films. Unique surface relief is attributed to the direct application of stress-coupled grain boundary migration theory. The figure shows a false-color SEM image of surface topography and an AFM height profile as a result of stress-assisted grain growth. A strategy for tailoring the mechanical properties of nanostructured metals is shown.

  5. Stress-driven surface topography evolution in nanocrystalline A1 thin films.

    SciTech Connect

    Gianola, D. S.; Eberl, C.; Cheng, X. M.; Hemker, K. J.; X-Ray Science Division; Johns Hopkins Univ.

    2008-01-01

    Stress-assisted grain growth at room temperature is identified as a plastic deformation mechanism in nanocrystalline thin films. Unique surface relief is attributed to the direct application of stress-coupled grain boundary migration theory. A figure shows a false-color SEM image of surface topography and an AFM height profile as a result of stress-assisted grain growth. A strategy for tailoring the mechanical properties of nanostructured metals is shown.

  6. Intrinsic Doping in Electrodeposited ZnS Thin Films for Application in Large-Area Optoelectronic Devices

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    Madugu, Mohammad Lamido; Olusola, Olajide Ibukun-Olu; Echendu, Obi Kingsley; Kadem, Burak; Dharmadasa, Imyhamy Mudiy

    2016-06-01

    Zinc sulphide (ZnS) thin films with both n- and p-type electrical conductivity were grown on glass/fluorine-doped tin oxide-conducting substrates from acidic and aqueous solution containing ZnSO4 and (NH4)2S2O3 by simply changing the deposition potential in a two-electrode cell configuration. After deposition, the films were characterised using various analytical techniques. X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that the materials are amorphous even after heat treatment. Optical properties (transmittance, absorbance and optical bandgap) of the films were studied. The bandgaps of the films were found to be in the range (3.68-3.86) eV depending on the growth voltage. Photoelectrochemical cell measurements show both n- and p-type electrical conductivity for the films depending on the growth voltage. Scanning electron microscopy shows material clusters on the surface with no significant change after heat treatment at different temperatures. Atomic force microscopy shows that the surface roughness of these materials remain fairly constant reducing only from 18 nm to 17 nm after heat treatment. Thickness estimation of the films was also carried out using theoretical and experimental methods. Direct current conductivity measurements on both as-deposited and annealed films show that resistivity increased after heat treatment.

  7. The influence of substrate temperature on the structural and optical properties of ZnS thin films

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    Ashraf, M.; Akhtar, S. M. J.; Ali, Z.; Qayyum, A.

    2011-05-15

    Thin films of ZnS were deposited on soda lime glass substrates by a modified close-space sublimation technique. The change in optical and structural properties of the films deposited at various substrate temperatures (150-450 Degree-Sign C) was investigated. X-ray diffraction spectra showed that films were polycrystalline in nature having cubic structure oriented only along (111) plan. The crystallinity of films increased with the substrate temperature up to 250 Degree-Sign C. However, crystallinity decreased with further increase of substrate temperature and films became amorphous at 450 Degree-Sign C. The atomic force microscopy data revealed that the films become more uniform and dense with the increase of substrate temperature. Optical properties of the films were determined from the transmittance data using Swanepoel model. It was observed that the energy band gap is increased from 3.52 to 3.65 eV and refractive index of the films are decreased with the increase of substrate temperature. Moreover, considerable improvement in blue response of the films was noticed with increasing substrate temperature.

  8. Surface Energy in Nanocrystalline Carbon Thin Films: Effect of Size Dependence and Atmospheric Exposure.

    PubMed

    Kumar, Manish; Javid, Amjed; Han, Jeon Geon

    2017-03-14

    Surface energy (SE) is the most sensitive and fundamental parameter for governing the interfacial interactions in nanoscale carbon materials. However, on account of the complexities involved of hybridization states and surface bonds, achieved SE values are often less in comparison with their theoretical counterparts and strongly influenced by stability aspects. Here, an advanced facing-target pulsed dc unbalanced magnetron-sputtering process is presented for the synthesis of undoped and H/N-doped nanocrystalline carbon thin films. The time-dependent surface properties of the undoped and H/N-doped nanocrystalline carbon thin films are systematically studied. The advanced plasma process induced the dominant deposition of high-energy neutral carbon species, consequently controlling the intercolumnar spacing of nanodomain morphology and surface anisotropy of electron density. As a result, significantly higher SE values (maximum = 79.24 mJ/m(2)) are achieved, with a possible window of 79.24-66.5 mJ/m(2) by controlling the experimental conditions. The intrinsic (size effects and functionality) and extrinsic factors (atmospheric exposure) are resolved and explained on the basis of size-dependent cohesive energy model and long-range van der Waals interactions between hydrocarbon molecules and the carbon surface. The findings anticipate the enhanced functionality of nanocrystalline carbon thin films in terms of selectivity, sensitivity, and stability.

  9. Electron Filtering by an Intervening ZnS Thin Film in the Au Nanoparticle-loaded CdS Plasmonic Photocatalyst.

    PubMed

    Takayama, Kouichi; Fujiwara, Keigo; Kume, Takahiro; Naya, Shin-Ichi; Tada, Hiroaki

    2016-12-12

    In the gold nanoparticle (Au NP)-loaded CdS film on fluorine-doped tin oxide electrode (Au/CdS/FTO), the localized plasmonic resonance excitation-induced electron injection from Au NP to CdS has been proved by photoelectrochemical measurements. Formation of ZnS thin films between the Au NP and CdS film leads to a drastic increase of the photocurrent under visible-light irradiation ( > 610 nm) in a 0.1 M NaClO4 aqueous electrolyte solution due to the electron filtering effect. The photocurrent strongly depends on the thickness of the ZnS film, and the maximum value is obtained at the thickness of as thin as 2.1 nm. Further, the ZnS overlayer significantly stabilizes the photocurrent of the CdS/FTO electrode in a polysulfide/sulfide electrolyte solution even under the excitation of CdS ( > 430 nm). This work presents important information about the design for the new plasmonic photocatalysts consisting of plasmonic metal NP and chalcogenide semiconductors with high conduction band edge.

  10. Electron Filtering by an Intervening ZnS Thin Film in the Gold Nanoparticle-Loaded CdS Plasmonic Photocatalyst.

    PubMed

    Takayama, Kouichi; Fujiwara, Keigo; Kume, Takahiro; Naya, Shin-Ichi; Tada, Hiroaki

    2017-01-05

    In the gold nanoparticle (Au NP)-loaded CdS film on fluorine-doped tin oxide electrode (Au/CdS/FTO), the localized plasmonic resonance excitation-induced electron injection from Au NP to CdS has been proven by photoelectrochemical measurements. Formation of ZnS thin films between the Au NP and CdS film leads to a drastic increase of the photocurrent under visible-light irradiation (λ > 610 nm) in a 0.1 M NaClO4 aqueous electrolyte solution due to the electron filtering effect. The photocurrent strongly depends on the thickness of the ZnS film, and the maximum value is obtained at a thickness as thin as 2.1 nm. Furthermore, the ZnS overlayer significantly stabilizes the photocurrent of the CdS/FTO electrode in a polysulfide/sulfide electrolyte solution even under the excitation of CdS (λ > 430 nm). This work presents important information about the design for new plasmonic photocatalysts consisting of plasmonic metal NPs and chalcogenide semiconductors with high conduction band edge.

  11. Dye-Sensitization Of Nanocrystalline ZnO Thin Films

    SciTech Connect

    Ajimsha, R. S.; Tyagi, M.; Das, A. K.; Misra, P.; Kukreja, L. M.

    2010-12-01

    Nannocrystalline and nanoporus thin films of ZnO were synthesized on glass substrates by using wet chemical drop casting method. X-ray diffraction measurements on these samples confirmed the formation of ZnO nanocrystallites in hexagonal wurtzite phase with mean size of {approx}20 nm. Photo sensitization of these nanostructured ZnO thin films was carried out using three types of dyes Rhodamine 6 G, Chlorophyll and cocktail of Rhodamine 6 G and Chlorophyll in 1:1 ratio. Dye sensitized ZnO thin films showed enhanced optical absorption in visible spectral region compared to the pristine ZnO thin films.

  12. Enhanced optical constants of nanocrystalline yttrium oxide thin films

    SciTech Connect

    Ramana, C. V.; Mudavakkat, V. H.; Bharathi, K. Kamala; Atuchin, V. V.; Pokrovsky, L. D.; Kruchinin, V. N.

    2011-01-17

    Yttrium oxide (Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}) films with an average crystallite-size (L) ranging from 5 to 40 nm were grown by sputter-deposition onto Si(100) substrates. The optical properties of grown Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} films were evaluated using spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements. The size-effects were significant on the optical constants and their dispersion profiles of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} films. A significant enhancement in the index of refraction (n) is observed in well-defined Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocrystalline films compared to that of amorphous Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}. A direct, linear L-n relationship found for Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} films suggests that tuning optical properties for desired applications can be achieved by controlling the size at the nanoscale dimensions.

  13. Fabrication and Characterization of Amorphous/Nanocrystalline Thin Film Composite

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    Newton, Benjamin S.

    Combining the absorption abilities of amorphous silicon and the electron transport capabilities of crystalline silicon would be a great advantage to not only solar cells but other semiconductor devices. In this work composite films were created using molecular beam epitaxy and electron beam deposition interchangeably as a method to create metallic precursors. Aluminum induced crystallization techniques were used to convert an amorphous silicon film with a capping layer of aluminum nanodots into a film composed of a mixture of amorphous silicon and nanocrystalline silicon. This layer was grown into the amorphous layer by cannibalizing a portion of the amorphous silicon material during the aluminum induced crystallization. Characterization was performed on films and metallic precursors utilizing SEM, TEM, ellipsometry and spectrophotometer.

  14. Microstructural evolution of nanocrystalline nickel thin films due to high-energy heavy-ion irradiation

    SciTech Connect

    Rajasekhara, S.; Ferreira, P. J.; Hattar, K.

    2013-04-19

    This initial feasibility study demonstrates that recent advancements in precession electron diffraction microscopy can be applied to nanostructured metals exposed to high displacement damage from a Tandem accelerator. In this study, high purity, nanocrystalline, free-standing nickel thin films produced by pulsed laser deposition were irradiated with approximately 3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 14} ions/cm{sup 2} of 35 MeV Ni{sup 6+} ions resulting in an approximately uniform damage profile to approximately 16 dpa. Pristine and ionirradiated regions of the nanocrystalline Ni films were characterized by conventional transmission electron microscopy and precession electron diffraction microscopy. Precession electron diffraction microscopy provided additional insight into the texture, phase, and grain boundary distribution resulting from the displacement damage that could not be obtained from traditional electron microscopy techniques. For the nanocrystalline nickel film studied, this included the growth in number and percentage of a metastable hexagonal closed packed phase grains and the formation of large <001> textured face centered cubic grains. The application of precession electron diffraction microscopy to characterize other nanocrystalline metals, which are being considered for radiation tolerant applications, will permit a comparison of materials that goes beyond the dominant length scale to consider the effects of local phase, texture, and grain boundary or interface information.

  15. Low-temperature Amorphous and Nanocrystalline Silicon Materials and Thin-film Transistors

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    Sazonov, Andrei; Striakhilev, Denis; Nathan, Arokia

    Low-temperature processing and characterization of amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si) materials and devices are reviewed. An overview of silicon-based low-temperature thin-film dielectrics is given in the context of thin-film transistor (TFT) device operation. The low-temperature growth and synthesis of these materials are also presented and compared to conventionally fabricated high-temperature processed devices. The effect of using nc-Si contacts on a-Si:H TFTs and the stability of nc-Si TFTs is reviewed.

  16. New Numerical Simulation of the Optical Behavior of Nanocrystalline Silicon Thin Films

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    Besahraoui, F.; Bouizem, Y.; Chahed, L.; Sib, J. D.

    2009-11-01

    The absorption enhancement observed on the CPM spectra of nanotextured silicon thin films should be attributed to light scattering effects. A detailed numerical simulation based on Monte Carlo method is presented to calculate the absorption spectra of hydrogenated nanocrystalline silicon films according to the CPM setup. The calculated spectra of apparent optical absorption coefficient depend mainly on the characteristic parameters of nano-Si:H thin film, denoted crystalline/amorphous fraction which favors bulk light scattering phenomena and the film thickness which leads to the light scattering at the rough surface.

  17. DNA-modified nanocrystalline diamond thin-films as stable, biologically active substrates

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    Yang, Wensha; Auciello, Orlando; Butler, James E.; Cai, Wei; Carlisle, John A.; Gerbi, Jennifer E.; Gruen, Dieter M.; Knickerbocker, Tanya; Lasseter, Tami L.; Russell, John N.; Smith, Lloyd M.; Hamers, Robert J.

    2002-12-01

    Diamond, because of its electrical and chemical properties, may be a suitable material for integrated sensing and signal processing. But methods to control chemical or biological modifications on diamond surfaces have not been established. Here, we show that nanocrystalline diamond thin-films covalently modified with DNA oligonucleotides provide an extremely stable, highly selective platform in subsequent surface hybridization processes. We used a photochemical modification scheme to chemically modify clean, H-terminated nanocrystalline diamond surfaces grown on silicon substrates, producing a homogeneous layer of amine groups that serve as sites for DNA attachment. After linking DNA to the amine groups, hybridization reactions with fluorescently tagged complementary and non-complementary oligonucleotides showed no detectable non-specific adsorption, with extremely good selectivity between matched and mismatched sequences. Comparison of DNA-modified ultra-nanocrystalline diamond films with other commonly used surfaces for biological modification, such as gold, silicon, glass and glassy carbon, showed that diamond is unique in its ability to achieve very high stability and sensitivity while also being compatible with microelectronics processing technologies. These results suggest that diamond thin-films may be a nearly ideal substrate for integration of microelectronics with biological modification and sensing.

  18. Stress and morphological development of CdS and ZnS thin films during the SILAR growth on (1 0 0)GaAs

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    Laukaitis, Giedrius; Lindroos, Seppo; Tamulevičius, Sigitas; Leskelä, Markku

    2001-12-01

    Cadmium sulfide and zinc sulfide films were grown on (1 0 0)GaAs substrate by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) technique from aqueous precursor solutions at room temperature and normal pressure. The stress development of the thin films was characterized by laser interferometry as a function of the thickness of the films. The morphology and roughness of the films were monitored by atomic force microscopy. Additionally the crystallinity and crystallite size were analyzed by X-ray diffraction and composition by electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis. The CdS thin films had significantly higher stress level and also better crystallinity compared with ZnS thin films. Both films were polycrystalline and cubic, but the CdS thin films followed the substrate (1 0 0) orientation, whereas the ZnS films were (1 1 1) orientated. The roughness vs. film thickness curves of both films followed each other in shape, but the CdS films consisted of smaller particles.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of nanocrystalline MoBi2Te5 thin films for photoelectrode applications

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    Salunkhe, M. M.; Kharade, R. R.; Mane, R. M.; Bhosale, P. N.

    2012-10-01

    Molybdenum bismuth telluride thin films have been prepared on clean glass substrate using arrested precipitation technique which is based on self-organized growth process. As deposited MoBi2Te5 thin films were dried in constant temperature oven at 110°C and further characterized for their optical, structural, morphological, compositional, and electrical analysis. Optical absorption spectra recorded in the wavelength range 300-800 nm showed band gap (E g) 1.44 eV. X-ray diffraction pattern and scanning electron microscopic images showed that MoBi2Te5 thin films are granular, nanocrystalline having rhombohedral structure. The compositional analysis showed close agreements in theoretical and experimental atomic percentages of Mo4+, Bi3+, and Te2- suggest that chemical formula MoBi2Te5 assigned to as deposited molybdenum bismuth telluride new material is confirmed. The electrical conductivity and thermoelectric power measurement showed that the films are semiconducting with n-type conduction. The fill factor and conversion efficiency was characterized by photoelectrochemical (PEC) technique. In this article, we report the optostructural, morphological, compositional, and electrical characteristics of nanocrystalline MoBi2Te5 thin films to check its suitability as photoelectrode in PEC cell.

  20. Electronic transport in mixed-phase hydrogenated amorphous/nanocrystalline silicon thin films

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    Wienkes, Lee Raymond

    Interest in mixed-phase silicon thin film materials, composed of an amorphous semiconductor matrix in which nanocrystalline inclusions are embedded, stems in part from potential technological applications, including photovoltaic and thin film transistor technologies. Conventional mixed-phase silicon films are produced in a single plasma reactor, where the conditions of the plasma must be precisely tuned, limiting the ability to adjust the film and nanoparticle parameters independently. The films presented in this thesis are deposited using a novel dual-plasma co-deposition approach in which the nanoparticles are produced separately in an upstream reactor and then injected into a secondary reactor where an amorphous silicon film is being grown. The degree of crystallinity and grain sizes of the films are evaluated using Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction respectively. I describe detailed electronic measurements which reveal three distinct conduction mechanisms in n-type doped mixed-phase amorphous/nanocrystalline silicon thin films over a range of nanocrystallite concentrations and temperatures, covering the transition from fully amorphous to ~30% nanocrystalline. As the temperature is varied from 470 to 10 K, we observe activated conduction, multiphonon hopping (MPH) and Mott variable range hopping (VRH) as the nanocrystal content is increased. The transition from MPH to Mott-VRH hopping around 100K is ascribed to the freeze out of the phonon modes. A conduction model involving the parallel contributions of these three distinct conduction mechanisms is shown to describe both the conductivity and the reduced activation energy data to a high accuracy. Additional support is provided by measurements of thermal equilibration effects and noise spectroscopy, both done above room temperature (>300 K). This thesis provides a clear link between measurement and theory in these complex materials.

  1. Photoconductivity on nanocrystalline ZnO/TiO2 thin films obtained by sol-gel

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    Valverde-Aguilar, G.; García-Macedo, J. A.; Juárez-Arenas, R.

    2008-08-01

    In this paper we report results on the synthesis, characterization and photoconductivity behaviour of amorphous and nanocrystalline ZnO/TiO2 thin films. They were produced by the sol-gel process at room temperature by using the spin-coating method and deposited on glass substrates. The ZnO/TiO2 films were synthesized by using tetrabutyl orthotitanate and zinc nitrate hexahydrate as the inorganic precursors. The samples were sintered at 520°C for 1 hour. The obtained films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), optical absorption (OA), infrared spectroscopy (IR) and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) studies. Photoconductivity studies were performed on amorphous and nanocrystalline (anatase phase) films to determine the charge transport parameters. The experimental data were fitted with straight lines at darkness and under illumination at 310 nm, 439 nm and 633 nm. This indicates an ohmic behavior. The Φμτ and Φl0 parameters were fitted by least-squares with straight lines (nanocrystalline films) and polynomial fits (amorphous films).

  2. Correlation between surface chemistry, density and band gap in nanocrystalline WO3 thin films

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    Vemuri, Venkata Rama Ses; Engelhard, Mark H.; Ramana, C.V.

    2012-03-01

    Nanocrystalline WO3 thin films were produced by sputter-deposition by varying the ratio of argon to oxygen in the reactive gas mixture during deposition. The surface chemistry, physical characteristics, and optical properties of nanocrystalline WO3 films were evaluated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray reflectivity (XRR), and spectrophotometric measurements. The effect of ultra-microstructure was significant on the optical properties of WO3 films. The XPS analyses indicate the formation of stoichiometric WO3 with tungsten existing in fully oxidized valence state (W6+). However, WO3 films grown at high oxygen concentration (>60%) in the sputtering gas mixture were over stoichiometric with excess oxygen. XRR simulations, which are based on isotropic WO3 film - SiO2 interface - Si substrate model, indicate that the density of WO3 films is sensitive to the oxygen content in the sputtering gas. The spectral transmission of the films increased with the increasing oxygen. The band gap of these films increases from 2.78 eV to 3.25 eV with increasing oxygen. A direct correlation between the film-density and band gap in nanocrystalline WO3 films is established based on the observed results.

  3. Structural, optical and photo-catalytic activity of nanocrystalline NiO thin films

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    Al-Ghamdi, Attieh A.; Abdel-wahab, M. Sh.; Farghali, A.A.; Hasan, P.M.Z.

    2016-03-15

    Highlights: • Synthesis of nanocrystalline NiO thin films with different thicknesses using DC magnetron sputtering technique. • Effect of film thickness and particle size on photo-catalytic degradation of methyl green dye under UV light was studied. • The deposited NiO thin films are efficient, stable and possess high photo-catalytic activity upon reuse. - Abstract: Physical deposition of nanocrystalline nickel oxide (NiO) thin films with different thickness 30, 50 and 80 nm have been done on glass substrate by DC magnetron sputtering technique and varying the deposition time from 600, 900 to 1200 s. The results of surface morphology and optical characterization of these films obtained using different characterization techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), photoluminescence (PL) and UV–vis spectrophotometry provide important information like formation of distinct nanostructures in different films and its effect on their optical band gap which has decreased from 3.74 to 3.37 eV as the film thickness increases. Most importantly these films have shown very high stability and a specialty to be recycled without much loss of their photo-catalytic activity, when tested as photo-catalysts for the degradation of methyl green dye (MG) from the wastewater under the exposure of 18 W energy of UV lamp.

  4. Room-temperature deposition of nanocrystalline PbWO 4 thin films by pulsed laser ablation

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    Ryu, J. H.; Yoon, J.-W.; Shim, K. B.; Koshizaki, N.

    2006-07-01

    Pulsed laser ablation (PLA) was applied to synthesize nanocrystalline PbWO4 thin films onto glass substrates. The effects of Ar background gas pressure on phase evolution, microstructures and optical characteristics of PbWO4 thin films were investigated in detail. The PLA processes were carried out at room temperature without substrate heating or post-annealing treatment. XRD and HR-TEM results revealed that the PbWO4 thin films are composed of nanocrystalline and amorphous phases. Moreover, the films contained a high density of lattice defects such as twin boundaries and edge dislocations. The crystallite size and crystallinity increased, which were associated with a change in surface morphology as the Ar pressure increased. Reduced tungsten states W5+ or W4+ induced by oxygen vacancies were observed at 10 Pa and the atomic concentration of all constituent element was almost stoichiometric, especially the [Pb]/[W] ratio, which was nearly unity above 50 Pa. The optical energy band-gap was 3.03 eV at 50 Pa and increased to 3.35 eV at 100 Pa, which are narrower than the reported value (4.20 eV). This optical band-gap narrowing could be attributed to localized band-tail states and new energy levels induced by the amorphous structure and inherent lattice defects.

  5. Fabrication of high quality nanocrystalline Cd(1-x)ZnxS thin films for optoelectronic applications

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    Verma, Urvashi; Thakur, Vikas; Rajaram, P.; Shrivastava, A. K.

    2013-02-01

    Nanocrystalline Cd(1-x)ZnxS thin films were prepared by spray pyrolysis technique. XRD studies showed that the films are polycrystalline and possess the hexagonal structure. The preferred crystallographic orientation of crystallites changes gradually from (002) to (101) with the increase in Zn composition. The AFM studies showed that the surface of the film is highly smooth and uniformly covered with the CdZnS nanoparticles. UV-VIS studies confirm the high quality of films. The band edge of these films is blue-shifted with the increase in Zn composition.

  6. Evaluation of Specific Heat, Sound Velocity and Lattice Thermal Conductivity of Strained Nanocrystalline Bismuth Antimony Telluride Thin Films

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    Zheng, D.; Tanaka, S.; Miyazaki, K.; Takashiri, M.

    2015-06-01

    To investigate the effect of strain on specific heat, sound velocity and lattice thermal conductivity of nanocrystalline bismuth antimony telluride thin films, we performed both experimental study and modeling. The nanocrystalline thin films had mostly preferred crystal orientation along c-axis, and strains in the both directions of c-axis and a- b-axis. It was found that the thermal conductivity of nanocrystalline thin films decreased greatly as compared with that of bulk alloys. To gain insight into the thermal transport in the strained nanocrystalline thin films, we estimated the lattice thermal conductivity based on the phonon transport model of full distribution of mean free paths accounting for the effects of grain size and strain which was influenced to both the sound velocity and the specific heat. As a result, the lattice thermal conductivity was increased when the strain was shifted from compressive to tensile direction. We also confirmed that the strain was influenced by the lattice thermal conductivity but the reduction of the lattice thermal conductivity of thin films can be mainly attributed to the nano-size effect rather than the strain effect. Finally, it was found that the measured lattice thermal conductivities were in good agreement with modeling.

  7. Room temperature ferromagnetism in Co defused CdTe nanocrystalline thin films

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    Rao, N. Madhusudhana; Kaleemulla, S.; Begam, M. Rigana

    2014-04-24

    Nanocrystalline Co defused CdTe thin films were prepared using electron beam evaporation technique by depositing CdTe/Co/CdTe stacked layers with different Co thickness onto glass substrate at 373 K followed by annealing at 573K for 2 hrs. Structural, morphological and magnetic properties of of all the Co defused CdTe thin films has been investigated. XRD pattern of all the films exhibited zinc blende structure with <111> preferential orientation without changing the crystal structure of the films. The grain size of the films increased from 31.5 nm to 48.1 nm with the increase of Co layer thickness from 25nm to 100nm. The morphological studies showed that uniform texture of the films and the presence of Co was confirmed by EDAX. Room temperature magnetization curves indicated an improved ferromagnetic behavior in the films with increase of the Co thickness.

  8. Chemical synthesis of p-type nanocrystalline copper selenide thin films for heterojunction solar cells

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    Ambade, Swapnil B.; Mane, R. S.; Kale, S. S.; Sonawane, S. H.; Shaikh, Arif V.; Han, Sung-Hwan

    2006-12-01

    Nanocrystalline thin films of copper selenide have been grown on glass and tin doped-indium oxide substrates using chemical method. At ambient temperature, golden films have been synthesized and annealed at 200 °C for 1 h and were examined for their structural, surface morphological and optical properties by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy and UV-vis spectrophotometry techniques, respectively. Cu 2- xSe phase was confirmed by XRD pattern and spherical grains of 30 ± 4 - 40 ± 4 nm in size aggregated over about 130 ± 10 nm islands were seen by SEM images. Effect of annealing on crystallinity improvement, band edge shift and photoelectrochemical performance (under 80 mW/cm 2 light intensity and in lithium iodide electrolyte) has been studied and reported. Observed p-type electrical conductivity in copper selenide thin films make it a suitable candidate for heterojunction solar cells.

  9. Influence of number of pitches and substrate on the nanostructure and optical properties of ZnS helical sculptured thin films

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    Abdi, Fateme; Savaloni, Hadi; Placido, Frank

    2016-12-01

    ZnS helical sculptured thin films with different number of pitches were produced on glass (microscope slides) and pre-deposited 7 nm ZnS on glass substrate. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) were used for structural analyses. Crystallographic structure of samples was obtained using x-ray diffraction (XRD) method which confirmed the formation of ZnS films on the substrates. Optical spectra of the samples were measured using a single beam spectrophotometer for both s- and p-polarized light and at different incident light angles. Optical results showed a strong dependence on the structural void fraction and number of pitches and, due to anisotropy of the helical structure, a dependence on the incident light angle. It is shown that by controlling the growth of these structures the optical spectra can be controlled. The reversed homogenization theory was used to calculate the complex refractive index of these structures and the percentage of the void fraction in the produced samples. This investigation showed that both real and imaginary parts of the refractive index are dependent on the structural void fraction; structures with larger grains and higher percentage of void fraction having larger real and imaginary parts of the refractive index. Band gap calculations showed that structures with larger grains and higher void fraction have smaller band gaps. A correlation is obtained between the band gap energies and the nano-strain developed in the structure of the produced films; band gap energy decreases with nano-strain.

  10. Control of crystalline volume and nano crystal grain size in nanocrystalline silicon thin film deposited by PECVD

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    Bui, Thanh Tung; Chien Dang, Mau

    2014-11-01

    Application of the radio frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (RF-PECVD) technique was studied to fabricate amorphous and nanocrystalline silicon (a-Si and nc-Si) thin films for photovoltaic devices at substrate temperature of 200 °C. Amorphous-crystalline transition of silicon thin films in working conditions of PECVD system was shown as a function of deposition parameters, i.e., dilution ratio of silane (SiH4) in hydrogen, total gas pressure during deposition and RF excitation power density. The crystalline volume as well as grain size of nanocrystalline silicon films could be successfully controlled by tuning those deposition parameters. Micro Raman scattering spectroscopy and spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) methods were used to characterize the structure and crystallization of the deposited silicon thin films. We could make nc-Si thin films with various crystalline volumes. Nc-Si grain size was also controlled and was in the range of 3-5 nm.

  11. Room temperature atomic layerlike deposition of ZnS on organic thin films: Role of substrate functional groups and precursors

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    Shi, Zhiwei; Walker, Amy V.

    2015-09-15

    The room temperature atomic layerlike deposition (ALLD) of ZnS on functionalized self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) was investigated, using diethyl zinc (DEZ) and in situ generated H{sub 2}S as reactants. Depositions on SAMs with three different terminal groups, –CH{sub 3,} –OH, and –COOH, were studied. It was found that the reaction of DEZ with the SAM terminal group is critical in determining the film growth rate. Little or no deposition is observed on –CH{sub 3} terminated SAMs because DEZ does not react with the methyl terminal group. ZnS does deposit on both –OH and –COOH terminated SAMs, but the grow rate on –COOH terminated SAMs is ∼10% lower per cycle than on –OH terminated SAMs. DEZ reacts with the hydroxyl group on –OH terminated SAMs, while on –COOH terminated SAMs it reacts with both the hydroxyl and carbonyl bonds of the terminal groups. The carbonyl reaction is found to lead to the formation of ketones rather than deposition of ZnS, lowering the growth rate on –COOH terminated SAMs. SIMS spectra show that both –OH and –COOH terminated SAMs are covered by the deposited ZnS layer after five ALLD cycles. In contrast to ZnO ALLD where the composition of the film differs for the first few layers on –COOH and –OH terminated SAMs, the deposited film composition is the same for both –COOH and –OH terminated SAMs. The deposited film is found to be Zn-rich, suggesting that the reaction of H{sub 2}S with the Zn-surface adduct may be incomplete.

  12. Structural and nanomechanical properties of nanocrystalline carbon thin films for photodetection

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    Rawal, Ishpal; Panwar, Omvir Singh Tripathi, Ravi Kant; Chockalingam, Sreekumar; Srivastava, Avanish Kumar; Kumar, Mahesh

    2015-05-15

    This paper reports the effect of helium gas pressure upon the structural, nanomechanical, and photoconductive properties of nanocrystalline carbon thin (NCT) films deposited by the filtered cathodic jet carbon arc technique. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy images confirm the nanocrystalline nature of the deposited films with different crystallite sizes (3–7 nm). The chemical structure of the deposited films is further analyzed by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy, which suggest that the deposited films change from graphitelike to diamondlike, increasing in sp{sup 3} content, with a minor change in the dilution of the inert gas (helium). The graphitic character is regained upon higher dilution of the helium gas, whereupon the films exhibit an increase in sp{sup 2} content. The nanomechanical measurements show that the film deposited at a helium partial pressure of 2.2 × 10{sup −4} has the highest value of hardness (37.39 GPa) and elastic modulus (320.50 GPa). At a light intensity of 100 mW/cm{sup 2}, the NCT films deposited at 2.2 × 10{sup −4} and 0.1 mbar partial pressures of helium gas exhibit good photoresponses of 2.2% and 3.6%, respectively.

  13. Multifunctional nature of UV-irradiated nanocrystalline anatase thin films for biomedical applications.

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    Rupp, F; Haupt, M; Klostermann, H; Kim, H-S; Eichler, M; Peetsch, A; Scheideler, L; Doering, C; Oehr, C; Wendel, H P; Sinn, S; Decker, E; von Ohle, C; Geis-Gerstorfer, J

    2010-12-01

    Anatase is known to decompose organic material by photocatalysis and to enhance surface wettability once irradiated by ultraviolet (UV) light. In this study, pulse magnetron-sputtered anatase thin films were investigated for their suitability with respect to specific biomedical applications, namely superhydrophilic and biofilm degrading implant surfaces. UV-induced hydrophilicity was quantified by static and dynamic contact angle analysis. Photocatalytic protein decomposition was analyzed by quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation. The surfaces were characterized by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The radical formation on anatase, responsible for photocatalytic effects, was analyzed by electron spin resonance spectroscopy. Results have shown that the nanocrystalline anatase films, in contrast to reference titanium surfaces, were sensitive to UV irradiation and showed rapid switching towards superhydrophilicity. The observed decrease in carbon adsorbents and the increase in the fraction of surface hydroxyl groups upon UV irradiation might contribute to this hydrophilic behavior. UV irradiation of anatase pre-conditioned with albumin protein layers induces the photocatalytic decomposition of these model biofilms. The observed degradation is mainly caused by hydroxyl radicals. It is concluded that nanocrystalline anatase films offer different functions at implant interfaces, e.g. bedside hydrophilization of anatase-coated implants for improved osseointegration or the in situ decomposition of conditioning films forming the basal layer of biofilms in the oral cavity.

  14. Study of the electron field emission and microstructure correlation in nanocrystalline carbon thin films

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    Gupta, S.; Weiss, B. L.; Weiner, B. R.; Morell, G.

    2001-05-01

    Nanocrystalline carbon thin films were deposited by hot-filament chemical vapor deposition using a 2% concentration of methane in hydrogen. The films were deposited on molybdenum substrates under various substrate biasing conditions. A positive bias produced a continuous flow of electrons from the filament onto the substrate, while a negative bias caused the substrate to be bombarded with positive ions. Films were also grown under no bias, for comparison. Differences in the electron field emission properties (turn-on fields and emitted currents) of these films were characterized. Correspondingly, microstructural differences were also studied, as characterized with atomic force microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. Films grown under electron bombardment showed lower turn-on fields, smoother surfaces, and smaller grains than those grown under ion bombardment or no bias. A correlation between the enhanced emission properties and the nanocrystalline carbon material produced by the low-energy particle bombardment was found through the parameters obtained using spectroscopic ellipsometry modeling. The results confirm the significant role of defects on the electron field emission mechanism.

  15. Determination of dispersive optical constants of nanocrystalline CdSe (nc-CdSe) thin films

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    Sharma, Kriti; Al-Kabbi, Alaa S.; Saini, G.S.S.; Tripathi, S.K.

    2012-06-15

    Highlights: ► nc-CdSe thin films are prepared by thermal vacuum evaporation technique. ► TEM analysis shows NCs are spherical in shape. ► XRD reveals the hexagonal (wurtzite) crystal structure of nc-CdSe thin films. ► The direct optical bandgap of nc-CdSe is 2.25 eV in contrast to bulk (1.7 eV). ► Dispersion of refractive index is discussed in terms of Wemple–DiDomenico single oscillator model. -- Abstract: The nanocrystalline thin films of CdSe are prepared by thermal evaporation technique at room temperature. These thin films are characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). The transmission spectra are recorded in the transmission range 400–3300 nm for nc-CdSe thin films. Transmittance measurements are used to calculate the refractive index (n) and absorption coefficient (α) using Swanepoel's method. The optical band gap (E{sub g}{sup opt}) has been determined from the absorption coefficient values using Tauc's procedure. The optical constants such as extinction coefficient (k), real (ε{sub 1}) and imaginary (ε{sub 2}) dielectric constants, dielectric loss (tan δ), optical conductivity (σ{sub opt}), Urbach energy (E{sub u}) and steepness parameter (σ) are also calculated for nc-CdSe thin films. The normal dispersion of refractive index is described using Wemple–DiDomenico single-oscillator model. Refractive index dispersion is further analysed to calculate lattice dielectric constant (ε{sub L}).

  16. Low-voltage driving phototransistor based on dye-sensitized nanocrystalline titanium dioxide thin films

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    Wang, Xiaoqi; Xu, Jia; Liu, Zhiyong; Lu, Yuming; Cai, Chuanbing

    2012-01-01

    Photo-gated transistors based on dye-sensitized nanocrystalline titanium dioxide thin film are established. A transistor-like transport behavior characterized by the linear increase, saturated plateau, and breakdown-like increase in the voltage-current curve is achievable with a low driven bias for the present device. The response current exhibits a linear dependence on the intensity of gated light, and the measured maximum photosensitivity is approximately 0.1 A/W. The dynamic responses for various light frequencies and their dependences on the load resistances are investigated as well. The cut-off frequency of ~50 Hz is abstracted, indicating the potential application for economical and efficient light switch or optical communication unit. The dc photo-gated response is explained by the energy level diagram, and is numerically simulated by an equivalent circuit model, suggesting a clear correlation between photovoltaic and photoconductive behaviors as well as their optical responses.

  17. Optical and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline ZrC thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Craciun, D.; Socol, G.; Lambers, E.; McCumiskey, E. J.; Taylor, C. R.; Martin, C.; Argibay, Nicolas; Craciun, V.; Tanner, D. B.

    2015-01-17

    Thin ZrC films (<500 nm) were grown on (100) Si substrates at a substrate temperature of 500 °C by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique using a KrF excimer laser under different CH4 pressures. Glancing incidence X-ray diffraction showed that films were nanocrystalline, while X-ray reflectivity studies found out films were very dense and exhibited a smooth surface morphology. Optical spectroscopy data shows that the films have high reflectivity (>90%) in the infrared region, characteristic of metallic behavior. Nanoindentation results indicated that films deposited under lower CH4 pressures exhibited slightly higher nanohardness and Young modulus values than films deposited under higher pressures. As a result, tribological characterization revealed that these films exhibited relatively high wear resistance and steady-state friction coefficients on the order of μ = 0.4.

  18. Optical and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline ZrC thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Craciun, D.; Socol, G.; Lambers, E.; ...

    2015-01-17

    Thin ZrC films (<500 nm) were grown on (100) Si substrates at a substrate temperature of 500 °C by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique using a KrF excimer laser under different CH4 pressures. Glancing incidence X-ray diffraction showed that films were nanocrystalline, while X-ray reflectivity studies found out films were very dense and exhibited a smooth surface morphology. Optical spectroscopy data shows that the films have high reflectivity (>90%) in the infrared region, characteristic of metallic behavior. Nanoindentation results indicated that films deposited under lower CH4 pressures exhibited slightly higher nanohardness and Young modulus values than films deposited undermore » higher pressures. As a result, tribological characterization revealed that these films exhibited relatively high wear resistance and steady-state friction coefficients on the order of μ = 0.4.« less

  19. Dip coated nanocrystalline CdZnS thin films for solar cell application

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    Dongre, J. K.; Chaturvedi, Mahim; Patil, Yuvraj; Sharma, Sandhya; Jain, U. K.

    2015-07-01

    Nanocrystalline cadmium sulfide (CdS) and zinc cadmium sulfide (ZnCdS) thin films have been grown via simple and low cost dip coating technique. The prepared films are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopic (AFM) and UV-VIS spectrophotometer techniques to reveal their structural, morphological and optical properties. XRD shows that both samples grown have zinc blende structure. The grain size is calculated as 6.2 and 8 nm using Scherrer's formula. The band gap value of CdS and CdZnS film is estimated to be 2.58 and 2.69 eV respectively by UV-vis spectroscopy. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) investigations are carried out using cell configuration as n-CdZnS/(1M NaOH + 1M Na2S + 1M S)/C. The photovoltaic output characteristic is used to calculate fill-factor (FF) and solar conversion efficiency (η).

  20. Nanocrystalline SnO2:F Thin Films for Liquid Petroleum Gas Sensors

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    Chaisitsak, Sutichai

    2011-01-01

    This paper reports the improvement in the sensing performance of nanocrystalline SnO2-based liquid petroleum gas (LPG) sensors by doping with fluorine (F). Un-doped and F-doped tin oxide films were prepared on glass substrates by the dip-coating technique using a layer-by-layer deposition cycle (alternating between dip-coating a thin layer followed by a drying in air after each new layer). The results showed that this technique is superior to the conventional technique for both improving the film thickness uniformity and film transparency. The effect of F concentration on the structural, surface morphological and LPG sensing properties of the SnO2 films was investigated. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffraction pattern measurements showed that the obtained thin films are nanocrystalline SnO2 with nanoscale-textured surfaces. Gas sensing characteristics (sensor response and response/recovery time) of the SnO2:F sensors based on a planar interdigital structure were investigated at different operating temperatures and at different LPG concentrations. The addition of fluorine to SnO2 was found to be advantageous for efficient detection of LPG gases, e.g., F-doped sensors are more stable at a low operating temperature (300 °C) with higher sensor response and faster response/recovery time, compared to un-doped sensor materials. The sensors based on SnO2:F films could detect LPG even at a low level of 25% LEL, showing the possibility of using this transparent material for LPG leak detection. PMID:22164007

  1. Nanocrystalline SnO2:F thin films for liquid petroleum gas sensors.

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    Chaisitsak, Sutichai

    2011-01-01

    This paper reports the improvement in the sensing performance of nanocrystalline SnO(2)-based liquid petroleum gas (LPG) sensors by doping with fluorine (F). Un-doped and F-doped tin oxide films were prepared on glass substrates by the dip-coating technique using a layer-by-layer deposition cycle (alternating between dip-coating a thin layer followed by a drying in air after each new layer). The results showed that this technique is superior to the conventional technique for both improving the film thickness uniformity and film transparency. The effect of F concentration on the structural, surface morphological and LPG sensing properties of the SnO(2) films was investigated. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffraction pattern measurements showed that the obtained thin films are nanocrystalline SnO(2) with nanoscale-textured surfaces. Gas sensing characteristics (sensor response and response/recovery time) of the SnO(2):F sensors based on a planar interdigital structure were investigated at different operating temperatures and at different LPG concentrations. The addition of fluorine to SnO(2) was found to be advantageous for efficient detection of LPG gases, e.g., F-doped sensors are more stable at a low operating temperature (300 °C) with higher sensor response and faster response/recovery time, compared to un-doped sensor materials. The sensors based on SnO(2):F films could detect LPG even at a low level of 25% LEL, showing the possibility of using this transparent material for LPG leak detection.

  2. Morphology and electron emission properties of nanocrystalline CVD diamond thin films.

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    Krauss, A. R.; Gruen, D. M.; Zhou, D.; McCauley, T. G.; Qin, L. C.; Corrigan, T.; Auciello, O.; Chang, R. P. H.

    1998-01-30

    Nanocrystalline diamond thin films have been produced by microwave plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (MPECVD) using C{sub 60}/Ar/H{sub 2} or CH{sub 4}/Ar/H{sub 2} plasmas. Films grown with H{sub 2} concentration {le} 20% are nanocrystalline, with atomically abrupt grain boundaries and without observable graphitic or amorphous carbon phases. The growth and morphology of these films are controlled via a high nucleation rate resulting from low hydrogen concentration in the plasma. Initial growth is in the form of diamond, which is the thermodynamic equilibrium phase for grains {le}5 nm in diameter. Once formed, the diamond phase persists for grains up to at least 15-20 nm in diameter. The renucleation rate in the near-absence of atomic hydrogen is very high ({approximately} 10{sup 10} cm{sup {minus}2} sec{sup {minus}1}), limiting the average grain size to a nearly constant value as the film thickness increases, although the average grain size increases as hydrogen is added to the plasma. For hydrogen concentrations less than {approximately}20%, the growth species is believed to be the carbon dimer, C{sub 2}, rather than the CH{sub 3}* growth species associated with diamond film growth at higher hydrogen concentrations. For very thin films grown from the C{sub 60} precursor, the threshold field (2 to {approximately}60 volts/micron) for cold cathode electron emission depends on the electrical conductivity and on the surface topography, which in turn depends on the hydrogen concentration in the plasma. A model of electron emission, based on quantum well effects at the grain boundaries is presented. This model predicts promotion of the electrons at the grain boundary to the conduction band of diamond for a grain boundary width {approximately} 3--4 {angstrom}, a value within the range observed by TEM.

  3. Simultaneous Optimization of Nanocrystalline SnO2 Thin Film Deposition Using Multiple Linear Regressions

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    Ebrahimiasl, Saeideh; Zakaria, Azmi

    2014-01-01

    A nanocrystalline SnO2 thin film was synthesized by a chemical bath method. The parameters affecting the energy band gap and surface morphology of the deposited SnO2 thin film were optimized using a semi-empirical method. Four parameters, including deposition time, pH, bath temperature and tin chloride (SnCl2·2H2O) concentration were optimized by a factorial method. The factorial used a Taguchi OA (TOA) design method to estimate certain interactions and obtain the actual responses. Statistical evidences in analysis of variance including high F-value (4,112.2 and 20.27), very low P-value (<0.012 and 0.0478), non-significant lack of fit, the determination coefficient (R2 equal to 0.978 and 0.977) and the adequate precision (170.96 and 12.57) validated the suggested model. The optima of the suggested model were verified in the laboratory and results were quite close to the predicted values, indicating that the model successfully simulated the optimum conditions of SnO2 thin film synthesis. PMID:24509767

  4. Influence of nanocrystalline size on optical band gap in CdSe thin films prepared by DC sputtering

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    Khalaf, Mohammed Khammass; ALhilli, Baha A. M.; Khudiar, Ausama I.; Alzahra, Anwar Abd

    2016-01-01

    Cadmium selenide CdSe thin films have been deposited on glass substrate by using plasma sputtering at room temperature with different times of sputtering. The CdSe thin films are characterized using XRD. The crystallite size of the film is calculated from XRD data, which is found as 12.65 nm as-deposited. It is also found that crystallite size of CdSe thin films increased with thin films thickness. The optical properties concerning the absorption spectra were studied for the prepared thin films. The energy band gaps were found to be in the range of 2.21 eV to 1.8 eV. On varying the film thickness in the range of 350 nm to 600 nm, it was found that the optical band gap increased due to the nanocrystalline size of the CdSe thin films decreased.

  5. Facile Synthesis of Cu2ZnSnS4 Photovoltaic Absorber Thin Films via Sulfurization of Cu2SnS3/ZnS Layers

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    Kahraman, Süleyman; Podlogar, Mateja; Bernik, Slavko; Güder, Hüsnü Salih

    2014-04-01

    Copper zinc tin sulfide (Cu2ZnSnS4) has been receiving a lot of attention in recent years as a new, alternative absorber for the production of cheap thin film solar cells owing to the high natural abundance of all the constituents, its tunable direct-band-gap energy, and its large optical absorption coefficient. In addition, to overcome the problem of expensive vacuum-based methods, solution-based approaches are being developed for Cu2ZnSnS4 deposition. In this study, Cu2ZnSnS4 thin films were grown on soda lime glass substrates via the sulfurization of solution grown Cu2SnS3/ZnS stacked sulfide layers. A new facile route to overcome the difficulty of depositing Cu2ZnSnS4 thin film with a desired stoichiometric composition in a single cation solution has been presented. The influences of deposition cycles of layers on the morphological, compositional, structural, and optical properties of the samples were investigated. It was observed from scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images that the films were continuous and composed of homogenously distributed large grains. Possible chemical formulations of the best samples were predicted to be Cu1.99Zn1.25Sn1.00S3.76 and Cu1.97Zn1.03Sn1.29S3.71 via energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS) results. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns of the samples matched very well with the reference values. The Raman-scattering analysis of the films proved the phase purity of the CZTS samples. The optical absorption coefficient of the films was found to be about 104 cm-1 based on absorbance spectroscopy. The optical band gaps of the films were estimated to be between 1.36 and 1.50 eV. From these we are able to conclude that CZTS thin films can be effectively obtained via the vacuum-atmosphere sulfurization of Cu2SnS3/ZnS stacked sulfide layers.

  6. Defect engineered d{sup 0} ferromagnetism in tin-doped indium oxide nanostructures and nanocrystalline thin-films

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    Khan, Gobinda Gopal E-mail: sghoshphysics@gmail.com; Sarkar, Ayan; Ghosh, Shyamsundar E-mail: sghoshphysics@gmail.com; Mandal, Guruprasad; Mukherjee, Goutam Dev; Manju, Unnikrishnan; Banu, Nasrin; Dev, Bhupendra Nath

    2015-08-21

    Origin of unexpected defect engineered room-temperature ferromagnetism observed in tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) nanostructures (Nanowires, Nano-combs) and nanocrystalline thin films fabricated by pulsed laser deposition has been investigated. It is found that the ITO nanostructures prepared under argon environment exhibit strongest ferromagnetic signature as compared to that nanocrystalline thin films grown at oxygen. The evidence of singly ionized oxygen vacancy (V{sub 0}{sup +}) defects, obtained from various spectroscopic measurements, suggests that such V{sub 0}{sup +} defects are mainly responsible for the intrinsic ferromagnetic ordering. The exchange interaction of the defects provides extensive opportunity to tune the room-temperature d{sup 0} ferromagnetism and optical properties of ITOs.

  7. Synthesis and characterization of pure anatase phase nanocrystalline TiO2 thin film by magnetron sputtering method

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    Pawar, Nimisha; Bhargava, Ankita; Dayal, Saurabh; Kumar, C. Sasi

    2016-05-01

    In present work, our focus is to deposit anatase phase nanocrystalline TiO2 thin films. In order to prepare Titanium oxide films we first deposited Titanium thin films using DC magnetron sputtering and then the substrates were annealed in a muffle furnace at different temperatures. Further the samples were characterized for analysis of phase, morphology and optical properties using XRD, SEM, AFM and photoluminescence spectroscopy respectively. XRD shows the formation of tetragonal phase TiO2 with lattice parameters values a= 3.8 Å and c=9.6 Å. The surface roughness value of the films were found to vary from 1.6 nm to 15.9 nm. The grain size as estimated from AFM varies from 48 nm to 125 nm at different temperatures. Thus, the results revealed the formation of ultra-smooth anatase phase pure nanocrystalline TiO2 spherical particles.

  8. Tailoring the morphology of mesoporous titania thin films through biotemplating with nanocrystalline cellulose.

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    Ivanova, Alesja; Fattakhova-Rohlfing, Dina; Kayaalp, Bugra Eymer; Rathouský, Jiri; Bein, Thomas

    2014-04-23

    The tunable porosity of titania thin films is a key factor for successful applications in photovoltaics, sensing, and photocatalysis. Here, we report on nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) as a novel shape-persistent templating agent enabling the straightforward synthesis of mesoporous titania thin films. The obtained structures are highly porous anatase morphologies having well-defined, narrow pore size distributions. By varying the titania-to-template ratio, it is possible to tune the surface area, pore size, pore anisotropy, and dimensions of titania crystallites in the films. Moreover, a post-treatment at high humidity and subsequent slow template removal can be used to achieve pore widening; this treatment is also beneficial for the multilayer deposition of thick films. The resulting homogeneous transparent films can be directly spin- or dip- coated on glass, silicon, and transparent conducting oxide (TCO) substrates. The mesoporous titania films show very high activity in the photocatalytic NO conversion and in the degradation of 4-chlorophenol. Furthermore, the films can be successfully applied as anodes in dye-sensitized solar cells.

  9. The Structural, optical and electrical properties of nanocrystalline ZnO:Al thin films

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    Benhaoua, Boubaker; Rahal, Achour; Benramache, Said

    2014-04-01

    The Al doped ZnO thin films were deposited by ultrasonic spray technique. The influence of Al doping on structural, optical and electrical properties of the ZnO thin films was studied. A set of Al doped ZnO (0-3.5 wt.%) were deposited at 350 °C. Nanocrystalline films with a hexagonal wurtzite structure with a strong (0 0 2) preferred orientation were observed after Al doping. The maximum value of grain size (33.28 nm) is attained with Al doped ZnO at 3 wt.%. Texture coefficient TC(h k l) of the four major peaks where evaluated. Optically, in visible region the transmissions spectra T(λ) show that the whole doped films exhibit lower values than the non doped one which has as transmittance more than 80%; whereas in the same region the optical transmissions of the doped films are affected by the doping ration. The band gap (Eg) increased after doping from 3.267 to 3.325 eV with increasing concentration of doping from 0 to 2.75 wt.%, respectively, according to the Burstein-Moss effect (blue shift of Eg) then beyond 3 wt.% in doping the band gap exhibit a slight decreasing due to the coexistence of Roth and Burstein-Moss effect. The electrical resistivity of the films decreased from 20 to 5.26 (Ω cm). The best results are achieved with 2.75 wt.% Al doped ZnO film.

  10. Preparation of large-pore mesoporous nanocrystalline TiO2 thin films with tailored pore diameters.

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    Liu, Kesong; Fu, Honggang; Shi, Keying; Xiao, Fengshou; Jing, Liqiang; Xin, Baifu

    2005-10-13

    A novel and facile synthesis route to large-pore mesoporous nanocrystalline anatase thin films with tunable pore diameters in narrow distribution of sizes ranging from 8.3 to 14 nm is reported, using triblock copolymer as the template and Ti(OBu(n))4 as the inorganic precursor. The obtained materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and nitrogen adsorption. A reasonable formation mechanism is also presented in this work.

  11. Study of nanocrystalline thin cobalt films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy obtained by thermal evaporation

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    Kozłowski, Witold; Balcerski, Józef; Szmaja, Witold

    2017-02-01

    We have performed a detailed investigation of the morphological and magnetic domain structures of nanocrystalline thin cobalt films with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. The films were thermally evaporated at an incidence angle of 0° in a vacuum of about 10-5 mbar and possessed thicknesses in the range from 60 nm to 100 nm. The films were studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), electron diffraction of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), magnetic force microscopy (MFM) and the Fresnel mode of TEM. The films are polycrystalline and consist of very densely packed grains with sizes at the nanometer range. The grains are roundish in shape and generally exhibit no geometric alignment. The films are mainly composed of the hexagonal close-packed (HCP) phase of cobalt and possess preferential orientation of the cobalt grains with the hexagonal axis perpendicular to the film surface. 70 nm thick films and thicker have fully perpendicular magnetization, while 60 nm thick films possess clearly dominating perpendicular magnetization component. The magnetic domain structure is in the form of stripe domains forming a maze pattern. When the film thickness increases from 60 nm to 100 nm, the average grain size increases from 28.9 nm to 31.5 nm and the average domain width increases from 79.4 nm to 98.7 nm.

  12. Optical Properties of Ar Ions Irradiated Nanocrystalline ZrC and ZrN Thin Films

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    Martin, C.; Miller, K. H.; Makino, H.; Craciun, D.; Simeone, D.; Craciun, V.

    2016-01-01

    Thin nanocrystalline ZrC and ZrN films (less than 400 nanometers), grown on (100) Si substrates at a substrate temperature of 500 degrees Centigrade by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique, were irradiated by 800 kiloelectronvolts Ar ion irradiation with fluences from 1 times 10(sup 14) atoms per square centimeter up to 2 times 10(sup 15) atoms per square centimeter. Optical reflectance data, acquired from as-deposited and irradiated films, in the range of 500-50000 per centimeter (0.06–6 electronvolts), was used to assess the effect of irradiation on the optical and electronic properties. Both in ZrC and ZrN films we observed that irradiation affects the optical properties of the films mostly at low frequencies, which is dominated by the free carriers response. In both materials, we found a significant reduction in the free carriers scattering rate, i.e. possible increase in mobility, at higher irradiation flux. This is consistent with our previous findings that irradiation affects the crystallite size and the micro-strain, but it does not induce major structural changes.

  13. Biocompatible nanocrystalline octacalcium phosphate thin films obtained by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Socol, G; Torricelli, P; Bracci, B; Iliescu, M; Miroiu, F; Bigi, A; Werckmann, J; Mihailescu, I N

    2004-06-01

    We extended for the first time pulsed laser ablation to the deposition of octacalcium phosphate Ca8H2(PO4)6.5H2O (OCP) thin films. The depositions were performed with a pulsed UV laser source (lambda=248 nm, tau> or =20 ns) in a flux of hot water vapors. The targets were sintered from crystalline OCP powder and the laser ablation fluence was set at values of 1.5-2 J/cm2. During depositions the collectors, Si or Ti substrates, were maintained at a constant temperature within the range 20-200 degrees C. The resulting structures were submitted to heat treatment in hot water vapors for up to 6 h. The best results were obtained at a substrate temperature of 150 degrees C during both deposition and post-deposition treatment. High-resolution electron microscopy and XRD at grazing incidence indicated that the coatings obtained were made of nanocrystalline OCP. Cross-section TEM investigations showed that the coatings contained droplets stacked on Ti substrates as well as distributed across the entire thickness of the arborescence-like structure layers. The results of WST-1 assay, cell adherence, DNA replication, and caspase-1 activity confirmed the good biocompatibility of the coatings.

  14. Nanocrystalline CsPbBr3 thin films: a grain boundary opto-electronic study

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    Conte, G.; Somma, F.; Nikl, M.

    2005-01-01

    CsPbBr3 thin films with nanocrystalline morphology were studied by using optoelectronic techniques to infer the grain boundary region in respect of the crystallite's interior performance. Co-evaporation of puri-fied powders or crushed Bridgman single crystals were used to deposit materials and compare recombina-tion mechanism and dielectric relaxation processes within them. Nanosecond photoconduction decay was observed on both materials as well as activated hopping transport. An asymmetric Debye-like peak was evaluated from impedance spectroscopy with a FWHM value, which remains constant for 1.25 +/- 0.02 deca-des, addressing the presence of a tight conductivity relaxation times distribution. The evaluated activation energy, equal to 0.72 +/- 0.05 eV, similar to that estimated by DC measurements, is well smaller then that expected for an intrinsic material with exciton absorption at 2.36 eV. A simple model based on Voigt's elements was used to model the electronic characteristics of these nanostructured materials, to discuss observed results and define the role played by grain boundaries.

  15. Power-law photoconductivity time decay in nanocrystalline TiO2 thin films

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    Comedi, D.; Heluani, S. P.; Villafuerte, M.; Arce, R. D.; Koropecki, R. R.

    2007-12-01

    The sub-band-gap excited photoconductivity (PC) time decay and the film structure of rf-sputter deposited nanocrystalline TiO2 thin films have been studied. Atomic force microscopy and x-ray diffraction measurements were used to assess roughness, crystalline structure and mean grain size of the films. Samples fabricated under different deposition conditions exhibit different microstructures and absolute PC, but similar persistent PC behaviour after switching off the light source. The very slow PC decay can be well represented by a function that is nearly constant for short times and decreases as a power law for times longer than about 100 s. This function is shown to be consistent with a rate equation characterized by a relaxation time that increases linearly with time. This behaviour, in turn, agrees with predictions of a previously reported model that assumes electron-hole recombination limited by carrier-density-dependent potential barriers associated with inhomogeneities. These results may have important implications on attempts to determine distributions of trap energies from PC decay curves in TiO2.

  16. Oxidation-Based Continuous Laser Writing in Vertical Nano-Crystalline Graphite Thin Films

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    Loisel, Loïc; Florea, Ileana; Cojocaru, Costel-Sorin; Tay, Beng Kang; Lebental, Bérengère

    2016-01-01

    Nano and femtosecond laser writing are becoming very popular techniques for patterning carbon-based materials, as they are single-step processes enabling the drawing of complex shapes without photoresist. However, pulsed laser writing requires costly laser sources and is known to cause damages to the surrounding material. By comparison, continuous-wave lasers are cheap, stable and provide energy at a more moderate rate. Here, we show that a continuous-wave laser may be used to pattern vertical nano-crystalline graphite thin films with very few macroscale defects. Moreover, a spatially resolved study of the impact of the annealing to the crystalline structure and to the oxygen ingress in the film is provided: amorphization, matter removal and high oxygen content at the center of the beam; sp2 clustering and low oxygen content at its periphery. These data strongly suggest that amorphization and matter removal are controlled by carbon oxidation. The simultaneous occurrence of oxidation and amorphization results in a unique evolution of the Raman spectra as a function of annealing time, with a decrease of the I(D)/I(G) values but an upshift of the G peak frequency. PMID:27194181

  17. Dip coated nanocrystalline CdZnS thin films for solar cell application

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    Dongre, J. K. Chaturvedi, Mahim; Patil, Yuvraj; Sharma, Sandhya; Jain, U. K.

    2015-07-31

    Nanocrystalline cadmium sulfide (CdS) and zinc cadmium sulfide (ZnCdS) thin films have been grown via simple and low cost dip coating technique. The prepared films are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopic (AFM) and UV-VIS spectrophotometer techniques to reveal their structural, morphological and optical properties. XRD shows that both samples grown have zinc blende structure. The grain size is calculated as 6.2 and 8 nm using Scherrer’s formula. The band gap value of CdS and CdZnS film is estimated to be 2.58 and 2.69 eV respectively by UV-vis spectroscopy. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) investigations are carried out using cell configuration as n-CdZnS/(1M NaOH + 1M Na2S + 1M S)/C. The photovoltaic output characteristic is used to calculate fill-factor (FF) and solar conversion efficiency (η)

  18. Direct-Coated Photoconducting Nanocrystalline PbS Thin Films with Tunable Band Gap

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    Vankhade, Dhaval; Kothari, Anjana; Chaudhuri, Tapas K.

    2016-06-01

    Nanocrystalline PbS thin films are deposited on glass by direct coating from a precursor solution of lead acetate and thiourea in methanol. A single coating has a thickness of 50 nm and greater thicknesses are obtained from layer by layer deposition. The films are smooth and shiny with roughness (rms) of about 1.5 nm. X-ray diffraction studies show that films are cubic PbS with crystallite size about 10 nm. The films are p-type with dark electrical conductivities in the range of 0.4-0.5 S/cm. These films are basically photoconducting. Photoconductivity monotonically increases with increase in thickness. The band gap of the films strongly depends on the thickness of the films. The band gap decreases from 2.4 eV to 1.6 eV as the thickness is increased from 50 nm to 450 nm. The tunability of the band gap is useful for technical applications, such as solar cells and photodetectors.

  19. Oxidation-Based Continuous Laser Writing in Vertical Nano-Crystalline Graphite Thin Films

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    Loisel, Loïc; Florea, Ileana; Cojocaru, Costel-Sorin; Tay, Beng Kang; Lebental, Bérengère

    2016-05-01

    Nano and femtosecond laser writing are becoming very popular techniques for patterning carbon-based materials, as they are single-step processes enabling the drawing of complex shapes without photoresist. However, pulsed laser writing requires costly laser sources and is known to cause damages to the surrounding material. By comparison, continuous-wave lasers are cheap, stable and provide energy at a more moderate rate. Here, we show that a continuous-wave laser may be used to pattern vertical nano-crystalline graphite thin films with very few macroscale defects. Moreover, a spatially resolved study of the impact of the annealing to the crystalline structure and to the oxygen ingress in the film is provided: amorphization, matter removal and high oxygen content at the center of the beam; sp2 clustering and low oxygen content at its periphery. These data strongly suggest that amorphization and matter removal are controlled by carbon oxidation. The simultaneous occurrence of oxidation and amorphization results in a unique evolution of the Raman spectra as a function of annealing time, with a decrease of the I(D)/I(G) values but an upshift of the G peak frequency.

  20. Anodic vacuum arc developed nanocrystalline Cu-Ni and Fe-Ni thin film thermocouples

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    Mukherjee, S. K.; Sinha, M. K.; Pathak, B.; Rout, S. K.; Barhai, P. K.

    2009-12-01

    This paper deals with the development of nanocrystalline Cu-Ni and Fe-Ni thin film thermocouples (TFTCs) by using ion-assisted anodic vacuum arc deposition technique. The crystallographic structure and surface morphology of individual layer films have been studied by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. The resistivity, temperature coefficient of resistance, and thermoelectric power of as deposited and annealed films have been measured. The observed departure of these transport parameters from their respective bulk values can be understood in terms of intrinsic scattering due to enhanced crystallite boundaries. From the measured values of thermoelectric power and the corresponding temperature coefficient of resistance of annealed Cu, Ni, and Fe films, the calculated values of log derivative of the mean free path of conduction electrons at the Fermi surface with respect to energy (U) are found to be -0.51, 3.22, and -8.39, respectively. The thermoelectric response of annealed Cu-Ni and Fe-Ni TFTCs has been studied up to a maximum temperature difference of 300 deg. C. Reproducibility of TFTCs has been examined in terms of the standard deviation in thermoelectric response of 16 test samples for each pair. Cu-Ni and Fe-Ni TFTCs agree well with their wire thermocouple equivalents. The thermoelectric power values of Cu-Ni and Fe-Ni TFTCs at 300 deg. C are found to be 0.0178 and 0.0279 mV/ deg. C, respectively.

  1. Anodic vacuum arc developed nanocrystalline Cu-Ni and Fe-Ni thin film thermocouples

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    Mukherjee, S. K.; Sinha, M. K.; Pathak, B.; Rout, S. K.; Barhai, P. K.

    2009-12-01

    This paper deals with the development of nanocrystalline Cu-Ni and Fe-Ni thin film thermocouples (TFTCs) by using ion-assisted anodic vacuum arc deposition technique. The crystallographic structure and surface morphology of individual layer films have been studied by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. The resistivity, temperature coefficient of resistance, and thermoelectric power of as deposited and annealed films have been measured. The observed departure of these transport parameters from their respective bulk values can be understood in terms of intrinsic scattering due to enhanced crystallite boundaries. From the measured values of thermoelectric power and the corresponding temperature coefficient of resistance of annealed Cu, Ni, and Fe films, the calculated values of log derivative of the mean free path of conduction electrons at the Fermi surface with respect to energy (U) are found to be -0.51, 3.22, and -8.39, respectively. The thermoelectric response of annealed Cu-Ni and Fe-Ni TFTCs has been studied up to a maximum temperature difference of 300°C. Reproducibility of TFTCs has been examined in terms of the standard deviation in thermoelectric response of 16 test samples for each pair. Cu-Ni and Fe-Ni TFTCs agree well with their wire thermocouple equivalents. The thermoelectric power values of Cu-Ni and Fe-Ni TFTCs at 300°C are found to be 0.0178 and 0.0279mV/°C, respectively.

  2. Structure, Morphology, and Optical Properties of Amorphous and Nanocrystalline Gallium Oxide Thin Films

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    Kumar, S. Sampath; Rubio, E. J.; Noor-A-Alam, M.; Martinez, G.; Manandhar, Sandeep; Shutthanandan, V.; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Ramana, C.V.

    2013-02-15

    Ga2O3 thin films were produced by sputter deposition by varying the substrate temperature (Ts) in a wide range (Ts=25-800 oC). The structural characteristics and optical properties of Ga2O3 films were evaluated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and spectrophotometric measurements. The effect of growth temperature is significant on the chemistry, crystal structure and morphology of Ga2O3 films. XRD and SEM analyses indicate that the Ga2O3 films grown at lower temperatures were amorphous while those grown at Ts≥500 oC were nanocrystalline. RBS measurements indicate the well-maintained stoichiometry of Ga2O3 films at Ts=300-700 oC. The spectral transmission of the films increased with increasing temperature. The band gap of the films varied from 4.96 eV to 5.17 eV for a variation in Ts in the range 25-800 oC. A relationship between microstructure and optical property is discussed.

  3. Selective Growth of Nanocrystalline 3C-SiC Thin Films on Si

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    Beke, D.; Pongrácz, A.; Battistig, G.; Josepovits, K.; Pécz, B.

    2010-11-01

    Epitaxial formation of SiC nanocrystals has been investigated on single crystal silicon surfaces. A simple and cheap method using reactive annealing in CO has been developed and patented by our group (BME AFT and MTA MFA). By this technique epitaxial 3C-SiC nanocrystals can be grown at the Si side of a SiO2/Si interface without void formation at the SiC/Si interface. CO diffusion and SiC nanocrystal formation on different silicon based systems (SiO2/Si, Si3N4/3Si and SiO2/LPCVD poly-Si) after CO treatment at 105 Pa at elevated temperatures (T>1000° C) will be presented. By optimizing the annealing time a thin continuous nanocrystalline SiC layer has been formed. Applying a patterned Si3N4 capping layer as a barrier layer against CO diffusion, SiC nanocrystal formation at the Si3N4/Si interface is inhibited. We will present the selective growth of SiC nanocrystals using the before mentioned technique.

  4. Molecular dynamics study of deformation and fracture in a tantalum nano-crystalline thin film

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    Smith, Laura; Zimmerman, Jonathan A.; Hale, Lucas M.; Farkas, Diana

    2014-06-01

    We present results from molecular dynamics simulations of two nano-crystalline tantalum thin films that illuminate the variety of atomic-scale mechanisms of incipient plasticity. Sample 1 contains approximately 500 K atoms and 3 grains, chosen to facilitate study at 105 s-1 strain rate; sample 2 has 4.6 M atoms and 30 grains. The samples are loaded in uniaxial tension at deformation rates of 105-109 s-1, and display phenomena including emission of perfect 1/2<1 1 1>-type dislocations and the formation and migration of twin boundaries. It was found that screw dislocation emission is the first deformation mechanism activated at strain rates below 108 s-1. Deformation twins emerge as a deformation mechanism at higher strains, with twins observed to cross grain boundaries as larger strains are reached. At high strain rates atoms are displaced with the characteristic twin vector at a ratio of 3 : 1 (108 s-1) or 4 : 1 (109 s-1) to characteristic dislocation vectors. Fracture is nucleated through a nano-void growth process. Grain boundary sliding does not scale with increasing strain rate. Detailed analysis of nano-scale deformation using these tools enhances our understanding of deformation mechanisms in tantalum.

  5. Luminescence characteristics of impurities-activated ZnS nanocrystals prepared in microemulsion with hydrothermal treatment

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    Xu, S. J.; Chua, S. J.; Liu, B.; Gan, L. M.; Chew, C. H.; Xu, G. Q.

    1998-07-01

    Cu-, Eu-, or Mn-doped ZnS nanocrystalline phosphors were prepared at room temperature using a chemical synthesis method. Transmission electron microscopy observation shows that the size of the ZnS clusters is in the 3-18 nm range. New luminescence characteristics such as strong and stable visible-light emissions with different colors were observed from the doped ZnS nanocrystals at room temperature. These results strongly suggest that impurities, especially transition metals and rare-earth metals-activated ZnS nanoclusters form a new class of luminescent materials.

  6. Optical and Surface Characteristics of Mg-Doped GaAs Nanocrystalline Thin Film Deposited by Thermionic Vacuum Arc Technique

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    Pat, Suat; Özen, Soner; Şenay, Volkan; Korkmaz, Şadan

    2017-01-01

    Magnesium (Mg) is the most promising p-type dopant for gallium arsenide (GaAs) semiconductor technology. Mg-doped GaAs nanocrystalline thin film has been deposited at room temperature by the thermionic vacuum arc technique, a rapid deposition method for production of doped GaAs material. The microstructure and surface and optical properties of the deposited sample were investigated by x-ray diffraction analysis, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometry, and interferometry. The crystalline direction of the deposited sample was determined to be (220) plane and (331) plane at 44.53° and 72.30°, respectively. The Mg-doped GaAs nanocrystalline sample showed high transmittance.

  7. Microstructure evolution of metallic nanocrystalline thin-films under ion-beam irradiation

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    Kaoumi, Djamel

    The microstructural evolution of nanocrystalline metallic thin-films under ion irradiation, especially grain growth and second-phase precipitation, was studied with detailed in situ experiments, and a theoretical model was developed to explain the results of grain-growth. Free-standing Zr, Pt, Cu and Au, Cu-Fe, and Zr-Fe nanocrystalline thin films prepared by sputter deposition were irradiated in-situ at the Intermediate Voltage Electron Microscope (IVEM) at Argonne National Laboratory with Ar and Kr ions to fluences in excess of 1016 ion/cm2 at temperatures ranging from 20 to 773 K. The microstructural evolution of the thin-films was followed in situ by systematically recording bright field images and diffraction patterns at successive ion-irradiation doses. Grain growth was observed as a result of irradiation in all samples at all irradiation temperatures. The results suggest the existence of three regimes with increasing irradiating temperature: a low temperature regime (below about 0.15 to 0.22 Tm) where grain-growth does not depend on the irradiation temperature, a thermally assisted regime where both the grain-growth rate and the final grain size increase with increasing irradiation temperature, and a thermal regime where thermal effects dominate ion beam effects. Similarly to thermal grain growth, the ion-irradiation induced grain growth curves could be best fitted with curves of the type: Dn-Dn0=KF with n˜3 in the low temperature regime. The effect of solute addition on grain-growth was investigated using Zr(Fe) and Cu(Fe) supersaturated solid-solutions. In the case of Zr-Fe, Zr2Fe precipitates formed during irradiation (with the dose-to-precipitation of Zr2Fe decreasing with increasing irradiation temperature), whereas Cu-Fe remained as a solid-solution. The grain-growth rate and final size decreased in both alloys with respect to the pure metallic films as a result of second-phase particle pinning (Zener drag) (Zr-Fe), and solute drag (Cu-Fe). The grain

  8. Cobalt and nickel macrocycles anchored to nanocrystalline titanium dioxide thin films: Sensitization, catalysis, and ligand association

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    Achey, Darren Craig

    The global demand for renewable, clean electricity and fuel has compelled efforts to utilize the immense power incident upon the Earth from the Sun. Photovoltaic systems could power the planet's electrical demands with only moderate efficiencies. However, mitigation of fossil fuels used for transportation and night-time electricity requires the storage of photon energy, for example, in the form of chemical bonds. Mesoporous, nanocrystalline TiO2 thin films provide a manifold for anchoring molecular species that absorb and utilize photons to catalyze fuel-generating reactions. The overarching theme of this thesis is to improve understanding of the semiconductor/molecule interface utilizing earth abundant first-row transition metal coordination compounds. Chapter 2 presents the non-ideal redox behavior of cobalt porphyrins anchored to semiconductor surfaces. Additionally, CoI porphyrins were utilized as photocatalysts for the 2e- reduction of organobromides to yield a CoIII-R intermediate. The cobalt-carbon bond of CoIII-R was photodissociated with visible light to yield Co II and R·. The organic radical dimerized to form R-R. Light excitation of CoI compounds was found to result in electron transfer to TiO2, Chapter 3. Cobalt porphyrins, phthalocyanines, glyoximes, and corrins were all observed to exhibit this behavior. Electron transfer was demonstrated to primarily occur via excitation into the large extinction coefficient metal-to-ligand charge transfer absorption bands of CoI complexes. Chapter 4 focuses on the unique coordination chemistry of cobalt porphyrins anchored to a TiO2 thin film. Notably, pyridine axially ligated a CoII porphyrin following excited-state electron transfer of the CoI porphyrin to the TiO2. The rate constant for recombination of an electron in the TiO2 with CoII was observed to decrease with increasing pyridine concentration, behavior attributed primarily to a negative shift of the CoII/I potential in the presence of pyridine. Finally

  9. Enhanced violet photoemission of nanocrystalline fluorine doped zinc oxide (FZO) thin films

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    Anusha, Muthukumar; Arivuoli, D.; Manikandan, E.; Jayachandran, M.

    2015-09-01

    Highly stable fluorine doped nanocrystalline zinc oxide thin films were prepared on corning glass substrates by aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition (AACVD) at variable deposition temperature of 360 °C, 380 °C and 420 °C. Especially, the optimum deposition temperature was investigated for high intense violet emission. The film crystallinity improved with the increasing deposition temperature and highly textured film was obtained at 420 °C. The films exhibited surface morphology variation from spherical to platelets due to deposition temperature effect, analyzed by field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM). Higher growth rate observed at 420 °C which leads larger grains and lowest resistivity of ∼5.77 Ω cm among the deposited films which may be due to reduction in zinc vacancies and grain boundary area. Zinc vacancies are acts as electron killer centres. UV-visible spectra indicated higher transmittance (83-90%) in the visible region. Red shift of optical absorption edges associated with the increase in particle size consistent well with the XRD results. Reduced E2(high) intensity was observed in Raman spectra, for the film deposited at 380 °C which indicates decreased oxygen incorporation confirmed by PL spectra. Especially, enhanced violet emission observed at 3.06 eV for the films deposited at 380 °C due to electronic transition from the defect level of zinc vacancies to the conduction band, probably attributed to enhanced incorporation of 'F' into 'O' sites associated with increased Zn vacancies and also decreased oxygen incorporation consistent with the electrical and Raman analyses.

  10. Swift heavy ion induced optical and structural modifications in RF sputtered nanocrystalline ZnO thin film

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    Singh, S. K.; Singhal, R.; Vishnoi, R.; Kumar, V. V. S.; Kulariya, P. K.

    2017-01-01

    In the present study, 100 MeV Ag7+ ion beam-induced structural and optical modifications of nanocrystalline ZnO thin films are investigated. The nanocrystalline ZnO thin films are grown using radio frequency magnetron sputtering and irradiated at fluences of 3 × 1012, 1 × 1013 and 3 × 1013 ions/cm2. The incident swift heavy ions induced change in the crystallinity together with the preferential growth of crystallite size along the c axis (002) orientation. The average crystallite size is found to be increased from 10.8 ± 0.7 to 20.5 ± 0.3 nm with increasing the ion fluence. The Atomic force microscopy analysis confirms the variation in the surface roughness by varying the incident ion fluences. The UV-visible spectroscopy shows the decrement in transmittance of the film with ion irradiation. The micro-Raman spectra of ZnO thin films are investigated to observe ion-induced modifications which support the increased lattice defects with higher fluence. The variation in crystallinity indicates that ZnO-based devices can be used in piezoelectric transduction mechanism.

  11. Microstructure factor and mechanical and electronic properties of hydrogenated amorphous and nanocrystalline silicon thin-films for microelectromechanical systems applications

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    Mouro, J.; Gualdino, A.; Chu, V.; Conde, J. P.

    2013-11-14

    Thin-film silicon allows the fabrication of MEMS devices at low processing temperatures, compatible with monolithic integration in advanced electronic circuits, on large-area, low-cost, and flexible substrates. The most relevant thin-film properties for applications as MEMS structural layers are the deposition rate, electrical conductivity, and mechanical stress. In this work, n{sup +}-type doped hydrogenated amorphous and nanocrystalline silicon thin-films were deposited by RF-PECVD, and the influence of the hydrogen dilution in the reactive mixture, the RF-power coupled to the plasma, the substrate temperature, and the deposition pressure on the structural, electrical, and mechanical properties of the films was studied. Three different types of silicon films were identified, corresponding to three internal structures: (i) porous amorphous silicon, deposited at high rates and presenting tensile mechanical stress and low electrical conductivity, (ii) dense amorphous silicon, deposited at intermediate rates and presenting compressive mechanical stress and higher values of electrical conductivity, and (iii) nanocrystalline silicon, deposited at very low rates and presenting the highest compressive mechanical stress and electrical conductivity. These results show the combinations of electromechanical material properties available in silicon thin-films and thus allow the optimized selection of a thin silicon film for a given MEMS application. Four representative silicon thin-films were chosen to be used as structural material of electrostatically actuated MEMS microresonators fabricated by surface micromachining. The effect of the mechanical stress of the structural layer was observed to have a great impact on the device resonance frequency, quality factor, and actuation force.

  12. Enhancement of photo sensor properties of nanocrystalline ZnO thin film by swift heavy ion irradiation

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    Mahajan, S. V.; Upadhye, D. S.; Bagul, S. B.; Shaikh, S. U.; Birajadar, R. B.; Siddiqui, F. Y.; Huse, N. P.; Sharma, R. B. E-mail: rps.phy@gmail.com

    2015-06-24

    Nanocrystalline Zinc Oxide (ZnO) thin film prepared by Low cost Successive Ionic Layer Adsorption and Reaction (SILAR) method. This film was irradiated by 120 MeV Ni{sup 7+} ions with the fluence of 5x10{sup 12}ions/cm{sup 2}. The X-ray diffraction study was shows polycrystalline nature with wurtzite structure. The optical properties as absorbance were determined using UV-Spectrophotometer and band gap was also calculated. The Photo Sensor nature was calculated by I-V characteristics with different sources of light 40W, 60W and 100W.

  13. Magnetic domain structure in nanocrystalline Ni-Zn-Co spinel ferrite thin films using off-axis electron holography

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    Zhang, D.; Ray, N. M.; Petuskey, W. T.; Smith, D. J.; McCartney, M. R.

    2014-08-01

    We report a study of the magnetic domain structure of nanocrystalline thin films of nickel-zinc ferrite. The ferrite films were synthesized using aqueous spin-spray coating at low temperature (˜90 °C) and showed high complex permeability in the GHz range. Electron microscopy and microanalysis revealed that the films consisted of columnar grains with uniform chemical composition. Off-axis electron holography combined with magnetic force microscopy indicated a multi-grain domain structure with in-plane magnetization. The correlation between the magnetic domain morphology and crystal structure is briefly discussed.

  14. Magnetic domain structure in nanocrystalline Ni-Zn-Co spinel ferrite thin films using off-axis electron holography

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    Zhang, D.; Ray, N. M.; Petuskey, W. T.; Smith, D. J.; McCartney, M. R.

    2014-08-28

    We report a study of the magnetic domain structure of nanocrystalline thin films of nickel-zinc ferrite. The ferrite films were synthesized using aqueous spin-spray coating at low temperature (∼90 °C) and showed high complex permeability in the GHz range. Electron microscopy and microanalysis revealed that the films consisted of columnar grains with uniform chemical composition. Off-axis electron holography combined with magnetic force microscopy indicated a multi-grain domain structure with in-plane magnetization. The correlation between the magnetic domain morphology and crystal structure is briefly discussed.

  15. Direct synthesis and characterization of optically transparent conformal zinc oxide nanocrystalline thin films by rapid thermal plasma CVD.

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    Pedersen, Joachim D; Esposito, Heather J; Teh, Kwok Siong

    2011-10-31

    We report a rapid, self-catalyzed, solid precursor-based thermal plasma chemical vapor deposition process for depositing a conformal, nonporous, and optically transparent nanocrystalline ZnO thin film at 130 Torr (0.17 atm). Pure solid zinc is inductively heated and melted, followed by ionization by thermal induction argon/oxygen plasma to produce conformal, nonporous nanocrystalline ZnO films at a growth rate of up to 50 nm/min on amorphous and crystalline substrates including Si (100), fused quartz, glass, muscovite, c- and a-plane sapphire (Al2O3), gold, titanium, and polyimide. X-ray diffraction indicates the grains of as-deposited ZnO to be highly textured, with the fastest growth occurring along the c-axis. The individual grains are observed to be faceted by (103) planes which are the slowest growth planes. ZnO nanocrystalline films of nominal thicknesses of 200 nm are deposited at substrate temperatures of 330°C and 160°C on metal/ceramic substrates and polymer substrates, respectively. In addition, 20-nm- and 200-nm-thick films are also deposited on quartz substrates for optical characterization. At optical spectra above 375 nm, the measured optical transmittance of a 200-nm-thick ZnO film is greater than 80%, while that of a 20-nm-thick film is close to 100%. For a 200-nm-thick ZnO film with an average grain size of 100 nm, a four-point probe measurement shows electrical conductivity of up to 910 S/m. Annealing of 200-nm-thick ZnO films in 300 sccm pure argon at temperatures ranging from 750°C to 950°C (at homologous temperatures between 0.46 and 0.54) alters the textures and morphologies of the thin film. Based on scanning electron microscope images, higher annealing temperatures appear to restructure the ZnO nanocrystalline films to form nanorods of ZnO due to a combination of grain boundary diffusion and bulk diffusion.PACS: films and coatings, 81.15.-z; nanocrystalline materials, 81.07.Bc; II-VI semiconductors, 81.05.Dz.

  16. Cu2ZnSnS4 thin films obtained by sulfurization of evaporated Cu2SnS3 and ZnS layers: Influence of the ternary precursor features

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    Robles, V.; Guillén, C.; Trigo, J. F.; Herrero, J.

    2017-04-01

    Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin films have been grown by sulfurization of Cu2SnS3 (CTS) and ZnS layers evaporated on glass substrates. Four CTS precursor films have been tested, with two different atomic compositions (Cu/Sn = 1.7 and Cu/Sn = 2.1) and substrate temperatures (350 and 450 °C), together with analogous ZnS layers deposited by maintaining the substrate at 200 °C. The sulfurization of the CTS and ZnS stacked layers was performed at 500 °C during 1 h. The evolution of the crystalline structure, morphology, optical and electrical properties from each CTS precursor to the CZTS compound has been studied, especially the influence of the ternary precursor features on the quaternary film characteristics. The kesterite structure has been identified after sulfurization of the various samples, with main (112) orientation and mean crystallite sizes S112 = 40-56 nm, being higher for the Cu-poor compositions. The CZTS average roughness has varied in a wide interval Ra = 8-66 nm, being directly related to the CTS precursor layer, which becomes rougher for a higher deposition temperature or Cu content. Besides, the band gap energy and the electrical resistivity of the CZTS films have changed in the ranges Eg = 1.54-1.64 eV and ρ = 0.2-40 Ωcm, both decreasing when the Cu content and/or the surface roughness increase.

  17. Structural and thermoelectric power properties of Na-doped V2O5·nH2O nanocrystalline thin films

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    El-Desoky, M. M.; Al-Assiri, M. S.; Bahgat, A. A.

    2014-08-01

    X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermoelectric power (S) and at room temperature electrical conductivity (σ) of Na+1-doped V2O5·nH2O nanocrystalline thin films fabricated by sol gel technique (colloid route) were studied. XRD showed that the Na2O-V2O5·nH2O thin films are highly oriented nanocrystals. The average value of particle size was found to be about 7.5 nm. The thermoelectric power showed that the thermoelectric power for all present nanocrystalline thin films samples decreased with increasing Na+1 content. However, the electrical conductivity increased with increasing Na+1 content. There is evidence that small polarons are responsible for determining the transport properties of the Na+1 doped V2O5·nH2O nanocrystalline thin films samples. The high value of electrical conductivity and small value of thermoelectric power is ideal for device applications, where device to device variation of the thermoelectric power must be small. This preparation technique was demonstrated to fabricate high quality Na2O-V2O5·nH2O nanocrystalline thin films for thermoelectric device applications. However, this may be further used for deposition with an ink-jet printer.

  18. Photoluminescence of dense nanocrystalline titanium dioxide thin films: effect of doping and thickness and relation to gas sensing.

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    Mercado, Candy; Seeley, Zachary; Bandyopadhyay, Amit; Bose, Susmita; McHale, Jeanne L

    2011-07-01

    The photoluminescence (PL) of dense nanocrystalline (anatase) TiO(2) thin films is reported as a function of calcination temperature, thickness, and tungsten and nickel doping. The dependence of the optical absorption, Raman spectra, and PL spectra on heat treatment and dopants reveals the role of oxygen vacancies, crystallinity, and phase transformation in the performance of TiO(2) films used as gas sensors. The broad visible PL from defect states of compact and undoped TiO(2) films is found to be much brighter and less sensitive to the presence of oxygen than that of mesoporous films. The dense nanocrystalline grains and the nanoparticles comprising the mesoporous film are comparable in size, demonstrating the importance of film morphology and carrier transport in determining the intensity of defect photoluminescence. At higher calcination temperatures, the transformation to rutile results in the appearance of a dominant near-infrared peak. This characteristic change in the shape of the PL spectra demonstrates efficient capture of conduction band electrons by the emerging rutile phase. The W-doped samples show diminished PL with quenching on the red side of the emission spectrum occurring at lower concentration and eventual disappearance of the PL at higher W concentration. The results are discussed within the context of the performance of the TiO(2) thin films as CO gas sensors and the chemical nature of luminescent defects.

  19. Structural and morphological characterization of ternary nanocrystalline Cu-In-S thin films prepared by laser ablation

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    Bineva, I.; Pejova, B.; Mihailov, V.; Dinescu, A.; Danila, M.; Karatodorov, S.

    2017-01-01

    Thin nanocrystalline Cu-In-S films are prepared by pulsed laser ablation in vacuum with Nd:YAG laser operating at 1064 nm on Si (100) substrates. As a target, a CuInS2 quantum dots powder, synthesized by sonochemical template-free colloidal approach and pressed to form a pellet is used. The structure and morphology of the deposited films were studied employing X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy techniques. The analysis of the deposited thin films revealed predominant cubic Cu1.7In0.05S phase. It has been found that deposited films were nanocrystalline. The effect of laser pulse energy and deposition time on the structure and morphology of as-prepared films is studied. Slight mean diameter increase from 8 nm to 13 nm with deposition time and applied power was observed, as the time dependence is more pronounced. On the contrary, six fold increase from 7.4 to 44.3 nm of the surface root mean square roughness was estimated with augmentation of the applied laser pulse energy.

  20. A study of structural transition in nanocrystalline titania thin films by X-ray diffraction Rietveld method

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    Murugesan, S.; Padhy, N.; Kuppusami, P.; Mudali, U. Kamachi; Mohandas, E.

    2010-12-15

    Structural and microstructural analyses of nanocrystalline titania thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition have been carried out. At lower oxygen partial pressures ({<=}10{sup -4} mbar), rutile films were formed, whereas at 1.2 x 10{sup -3} mbar of oxygen partial pressure, the thin films contained both rutile and anatase phases. At 0.04 and 0.05 mbar of oxygen partial pressure, the film was purely anatase. Addition of oxygen has also shown a profound influence on the surface morphology of the as deposited titania films. Modified Rietveld method has been used to determine crystallite size, root mean square strain and fractional coordinates of oxygen of the anatase films. The influence of crystallite size and strain on the rutile to anatase phase transition is investigated.

  1. Modeling and simulation of boron-doped nanocrystalline silicon carbide thin film by a field theory.

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    Xiong, Liming; Chen, Youping; Lee, James D

    2009-02-01

    This paper presents the application of a multiscale field theory in modeling and simulation of boron-doped nanocrystalline silicon carbide (B-SiC). The multiscale field theory was briefly introduced. Based on the field theory, numerical simulations show that intergranular glassy amorphous films (IGFs) and nano-sized pores exist in triple junctions of the grains for nanocrystalline B-SiC. Residual tensile stress in the SiC grains and compressive stress on the grain boundaries (GBs) were observed. Under tensile loading, it has been found that mechanical response of 5 wt% boron-SiC exhibits five characteristic regimes. Deformation mechanism at atomic scale has been revealed. Tensile strength and Young's modulus of nanocrystalline SiC were accurately reproduced.

  2. Characterization of Zns-GaP Naon-composites

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    Voiles, Todd

    1993-12-09

    It proved possible to produce consistent, high-quality nanocrystalline ZnS powders with grain sizes as small as 8 nm. These powders are nano-porous and are readily impregnated with GaP precursor, although inconsistently. Both crystal structure and small grain size of the ZnS can be maintained through the use of GaP. Heat treatment of the impregnated powders results in a ZnS-GaP composite structure where the grain sizes of the phases are on the order of 10--20 nm. Conventional powder processing should be able to produce optically dense ceramic compacts with improved mechanical properties and suitable IR transmission.

  3. Novel p-Type Conductive Semiconductor Nanocrystalline Film as the Back Electrode for High-Performance Thin Film Solar Cells.

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    Zhang, Ming-Jian; Lin, Qinxian; Yang, Xiaoyang; Mei, Zongwei; Liang, Jun; Lin, Yuan; Pan, Feng

    2016-02-10

    Thin film solar cells, due to the low cost, high efficiency, long-term stability, and consumer applications, have been widely applied for harvesting green energy. All of these thin film solar cells generally adopt various metal thin films as the back electrode, like Mo, Au, Ni, Ag, Al, graphite, and so forth. When they contact with p-type layer, it always produces a Schottky contact with a high contact potential barrier, which greatly affects the cell performance. In this work, we report for the first time to find an appropriate p-type conductive semiconductor film, digenite Cu9S5 nanocrystalline film, as the back electrode for CdTe solar cells as the model device. Its low sheet resistance (16.6 Ω/sq) could compare to that of the commercial TCO films (6-30 Ω/sq), like FTO, ITO, and AZO. Different from the traditonal metal back electrode, it produces a successive gradient-doping region by the controllable Cu diffusion, which greatly reduces the contact potential barrier. Remarkably, it achieved a comparable power conversion efficiency (PCE, 11.3%) with the traditional metal back electrode (Cu/Au thin films, 11.4%) in CdTe cells and a higher PCE (13.8%) with the help of the Au assistant film. We believe it could also act as the back electrode for other thin film solar cells (α-Si, CuInS2, CIGSe, CZTS, etc.), for their performance improvement.

  4. Room temperature tunable blue-green luminescence in nanocrystalline (Pb1-xSrx)TiO3 thin film grown on yttrium-doped zirconia substrate

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    Luo, L.; Ren, H. Z.; Tang, X. G.; Ding, C. R.; Wang, H. Z.; Chen, X. M.; Jia, J. K.; Hu, Z. F.

    2008-08-01

    Room temperature tunable blue-green photoluminescence was observed in nanocrystalline (Pb1-xSrx)TiO3 thin film under UV excitation. Its emission energy increases from 2.42 (at x =0.6) to 2.76 eV (at x =0.4), while the band gap decreases from 3.6 to 3.3 eV. Thin films of (Pb1-xSrx)TiO3 were prepared on yttrium-doped zirconia substrate by a simple sol-gel technique with spinning-coating process. Atom force microscope micrographs and crystallographic studies revealed the polycrystalline perovskite-type structure of the thin films. The observed optical properties are attributed to distorted octahedral due to different cation substitutions. The work shows that this kind of wide band gap and low cost nanocrystalline thin films is a very promising material for flat panel display applications and integrated light emission devices.

  5. Correlation between surface phonon mode and luminescence in nanocrystalline CdS thin films: An effect of ion beam irradiation

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    Kumar, Pragati Agarwal, Avinash; Saxena, Nupur; Singh, Fouran; Gupta, Vinay

    2014-07-28

    The influence of swift heavy ion irradiation (SHII) on surface phonon mode (SPM) and green emission in nanocrystalline CdS thin films grown by chemical bath deposition is studied. The SHII of nanocrystalline CdS thin films is carried out using 70 MeV Ni ions. The micro Raman analysis shows that asymmetry and broadening in fundamental longitudinal optical (LO) phonon mode increases systematically with increasing ion fluence. To analyze the role of phonon confinement, spatial correlation model (SCM) is fitted to the experimental data. The observed deviation of SCM to the experimental data is further investigated by fitting the micro Raman spectra using two Lorentzian line shapes. It is found that two Lorentzian functions (LFs) provide better fitting than SCM fitting and facilitate to identify the contribution of SPM in the observed distortion of LO mode. The behavior of SPM as a function of ion fluence is studied to correlate the observed asymmetry (Γ{sub a}/Γ{sub b}) and full width at half maximum of LO phonon mode and to understand the SHII induced enhancement of SPM. The ion beam induced interstitial and surface state defects in thin films, as observed by photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy studies, may be the underlying reason for enhancement in SPM. PL studies also show enhancement in green luminescence with increase in ion fluence. PL analysis reveals that the variation in population density of surface state defects after SHII is similar to that of SPM. The correlation between SPM and luminescence and their dependence on ion irradiation fluence is explained with the help of thermal spike model.

  6. Novel aspect in grain size control of nanocrystalline diamond film for thin film waveguide mode resonance sensor application.

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    Lee, Hak-Joo; Lee, Kyeong-Seok; Cho, Jung-Min; Lee, Taek-Sung; Kim, Inho; Jeong, Doo Seok; Lee, Wook-Seong

    2013-11-27

    Nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) thin film growth was systematically investigated for application for the thin film waveguide mode resonance sensor. The NCD thin film was grown on the Si wafer or on the SiO2-coated sapphire substrate using the hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD). The structural/optical properties of the samples were characterized by the high-resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRSEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy. The waveguide modes of the NCD layer were studied by prism coupler technique using laser (wavelength: 632.8 nm) with varying incident angle. A novel aspect was disclosed in the grain size dependence on the growth temperature at the relatively low methane concentration in the precursor gas, which was important for optical property: the grain size increased with decreasing growth temperature, which was contrary to the conventional knowledge prevailing in the microcrystalline diamond (MCD) domain. We have provided discussions to reconcile such observation. An optical waveguide mode resonance was demonstrated in the visible region using the microstructure-controlled transparent NCD thin film waveguide, which provided a strong potential for the waveguide mode resonance sensor applications.

  7. Thickness-dependent photocatalytic performance of nanocrystalline TiO2 thin films prepared by sol-gel spin coating

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    Wu, Chung-Yi; Lee, Yuan-Ling; Lo, Yu-Shiu; Lin, Chen-Jui; Wu, Chien-Hou

    2013-09-01

    TiO2 nanocrystalline thin films on soda lime glass have been prepared by sol-gel spin coating. The thin films were characterized for surface morphology, crystal structure, chemical composition, thickness, and transparency by atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ellipsometry, and UV-vis spectrophotometry. The films prepared by titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) as the precursor under pH of 3.5 ± 0.5 and with calcination temperature of 450 ̊C for 3 h exhibited superior homogeneous aggregation, good optical transparency, superhydrophilicity, and reliable thickness. The effect of film thickness on the photocatalytic degradation of acid yellow 17 was investigated under UV irradiation. The photocatalytic activity was strongly correlated with the number of coatings and followed Langmuir-type kinetics. Under the same film thickness, TiO2 thin films prepared by 0.1 M TTIP exhibited more efficient photocatalytic activity than those prepared by 0.3 M TTIP. For thin films prepared by 0.1 M TTIP, the maximum specific photocatalytic activity occurred at 5 coatings with thickness of 93 ± 1 nm. A model was proposed to rationalize the dependence of the film thickness on the photocatalytic activity, which predicts the existence of an optimum film thickness.

  8. Anisotropic optical response of nanocrystalline V2O5 thin films and effects of oxygen vacancy formation

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    Kang, T. D.; Chung, J.-S.; Yoon, Jong-Gul

    2014-03-01

    We report a high sensitivity to oxygen vacancy formation as well as the temperature dependence of anisotropic optical properties of a nanocrystalline V2O5 thin film. Spectroscopic ellipsometry data show that the film has a uniaxial optical anisotropy due to a highly ordered nanocrystalline layer structure. The anisotropic optical properties of the film begin to change at ˜400 K in a high vacuum and can be linked to the changes in the electronic structure of the film upon reduction. An increase in the refractive indices, anisotropic changes of the optical conductivities, and a decrease in film thickness are observed after vacuum heating and are recovered to original values by heating in air up to 480 K. The experimental results are supported by the previous theoretical studies on the stability of reduced V2O5 surface through the formation of oxygen vacancies. We discuss the formation of oxygen vacancies, vacancy-induced structural relaxations, and changes in the electronic structure of V2O5 in conjunction with the experimental results.

  9. Hydrothermal Synthesis of Nanoclusters of ZnS Comprised on Nanowires

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    Ibupoto, Zafar Hussain; Khun, Kimleang; Liu, Xianjie; Willander, Magnus

    2013-01-01

    Cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide cationic (CTAB) surfactant was used as template for the synthesis of nanoclusters of ZnS composed of nanowires, by hydrothermal method. The structural and morphological studies were performed by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) techniques. The synthesized ZnS nanoclusters are composed of nanowires and high yield on the substrate was observed. The ZnS nanocrystalline consists of hexagonal phase and polycrystalline in nature. The chemical composition of ZnS nanoclusters composed of nanowires was studied by X-ray photo electron microscopy (XPS). This investigation has shown that the ZnS nanoclusters are composed of Zn and S atoms.

  10. Solution assisted growth mechanism and characterization of ZnS microspheres

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    Ghoderao, Karuna P.; Jamble, Shweta N.; Sawant, Jitendra P.; Kale, Rohidas B.

    2017-02-01

    The ZnS microspheres were synthesized via simple, efficient and cost-effective hydrothermal method. The x-ray diffraction study revealed nanocrystalline nature of the synthesized ZnS with the cubic crystal structure. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy observations revealed the formation of 3D microspheres that consist of numerous ZnS nanocrystals. The grown microspheres are also interconnected with each other by driving force of attachment. The obtained product has excellent elemental stoichiometric proportion as evidenced by the EDS technique. The electron diffraction pattern reveals the polycrystalline nature of obtained ZnS product. The band gap was measured from UV–Vis spectroscopic study and found to be blue shifted from the bulk band gap value. The PL study exhibits negligibly weak band edge emission and dominant, widespread defect-related green emission. The nucleation of a ZnS nanocrystals and subsequent growth into the microspheres is also discussed.

  11. Synthesis of nanocrystalline Cu2ZnSnS4 thin films grown by the spray-pyrolysis technique

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    Chandel, Tarun; Singh, Joginder; Rajaram, P.

    2015-08-01

    Spray pyrolysis was used to deposit Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin films on soda lime glass substrates at 300 °C. Aqueous solutions of copper chloride, zinc chloride, stannous chloride and thiourea were mixed together to form the spray liquid. The sprayed films were annealed under vacuum at 350 °C, 400 °C and 450 °C. Structural and optical characterization was performed on the CZTS films using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and UV-VIS spectrophotometry. XRD results indicate that the films are single phase nanocrystalline CZTS. Optical studies show that the optical gap values are 1.44 eV for the as-grown film and 1.46 eV, 1.48 eV and 1.49 eV for the films annealed at 350 °C, 400 °C and 450 °C, respectively.

  12. Sn-doped ZnO nanocrystalline thin films with enhanced linear and nonlinear optical properties for optoelectronic applications

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    Ganesh, V.; Yahia, I. S.; AlFaify, S.; Shkir, Mohd.

    2017-01-01

    In the current work, nanocrystalline undoped and Sn doped ZnO thin films with different doping concentrations (1, 3, 5, 7 at%) have been deposited on glass substrate by low cost spin coating technique. The strong effect of Sn doping on structural, morphological, optical, nonlinear properties have been observed. X-ray diffraction study revealed that all the thin films are preferentially grown along (002) plane. The crystallite size is found to be increased with increasing the concentration of Sn, similar behavior was observed by atomic force microscopy analysis. Optical study shows that the prepared thin films are highly transparent. The direct optical band gap was calculate and found to be 3.16, 3.20, 3.22, 3.34, 3.18 eV for pure and doped films respectively. The refractive index, linear susceptibility, nonlinear absorption coefficient, nonlinear susceptibility and nonlinear refractive index were calculated. Furthermore, the third order nonlinear optical properties are investigated using Z-scan technique and their values are found to be -3.75×10-8 cm2/W, -3.76×10-3 cm/W and 0.65×10-3 esu for 7% Sn doped ZnO, respectively. There is a good correlation between theoretical and experimental third order nonlinear properties and higher values shows that the deposited films are may be applied in nonlinear optical applications.

  13. Intensity-dependent relaxation of photoconductivity in nanocrystalline titania thin films

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    Xie, Z.; Burlakov, V. M.; Henry, B. M.; Kirov, K. R.; Smith, H. E.; Grovenor, C. R. M.; Assender, H. E.; Briggs, G. A. D.; Kano, Mitsuru; Tsukahara, Yusuke

    2006-03-01

    We have discovered that the initial rate of the post-illumination decay of photoconductivity in nanocrystalline TiO2 depends on the intensity of the illumination. The phenomenon is described by hole detrapping processes affected by electrostatic interactions between the trapped holes, and screening of these interactions by free electrons. The analysis allows determination of both the electron concentration and the electron mobility. In our materials, the value of electron mobility μ≈10-6cm2V-1s-1 , in good agreement with results obtained by other methods.

  14. Determining the Thermal Conductivity of Nanocrystalline Bismuth Telluride Thin Films Using the Differential 3 ω Method While Accounting for Thermal Contact Resistance

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    Kudo, S.; Hagino, H.; Tanaka, S.; Miyazaki, K.; Takashiri, M.

    2015-06-01

    We have estimated the thermal conductivity of nanocrystalline bismuth telluride thin films using the differential 3 ω method, taking into account the thermal contact resistance (TCR) between the substrate and thin-film layers. The thin films were prepared on alumina substrates by radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering at temperature of 200°C. Film thickness varied between 0.8 μm and 3.1 μm. The structural properties of the films were analyzed using x-ray diffraction analysis. Their electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, and power factor were evaluated. For measurement of thermal properties by the differential 3 ω method, SiO2 thin films were deposited onto the samples, to act as insulating layers. Thin aluminum wire was then patterned onto the SiO2 layer. The observed variations in temperature amplitude as a function of film thickness indicated that the TCR contribution was very small and could therefore be neglected when estimating the thermal conductivity of the thin films. The thermal conductivity of the nanocrystalline bismuth telluride thin films with thickness of 0.8 μm and 2.1 μm were determined to be 0.55 W/(m K) and 0.48 W/(m K), respectively.

  15. Characterizing the phase purity of nanocrystalline Fe3O4 thin films using Verwey transition

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    Bohra, Murtaza; Prasad, K. Eswar; Bollina, Ravi; Sahoo, S. C.; Kumar, Naresh

    2016-11-01

    We have employed Verwey transition as a probe to check phase purity of nanocrystalline Fe3O4 films grown at different substrate temperatures (Ts) by means of magnetization study. The drop in magnetization at temperatures other than Verwey transition temperature Tv (120 K), in the low and high Ts films indicates the presence of antiferromagnetic (α-Fe2O3/FeO) impurity phases. After wet H2 reduction treatment on these films, a vibrant appearance of Verwey transition is observed which confirms Fe3O4 phase at all Ts. However, high Ts films exhibit low Tv value with distribution, Tv±ΔTv=112+25 K emanating from residual magnetic phases, which were not traced by XRD studies. Interestingly, these nanocrystalline Fe3O4 films exhibit anisotropic magnetic behaviors above Tv, similar to the single crystal Fe3O4. Below the saturation field, the easy (111) and relatively hard (110) axis of magnetizations align along their texture planes.

  16. Electron diffraction based analysis of phase fractions and texture in nanocrystalline thin films, part II: implementation.

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    Lábár, János L

    2009-02-01

    This series of articles describes a method that performs (semi)quantitative phase analysis for nanocrystalline transmission electron microscope samples from selected area electron diffraction (SAED) patterns. Volume fractions of phases and their textures are obtained separately in the method. First, the two-dimensional SAED pattern is converted into an X-ray diffraction-like one-dimensional distribution. Volume fractions of the nanocrystalline components are determined by fitting the spectral components, calculated for the previously identified phases with a priori known structures. Blackman correction is also applied to take into account dynamic effects for medium grain sizes. Peak shapes and experimental parameters (camera length, etc.) are refined during the fitting iterations. Parameter space is explored with the help of the Downhill-SIMPLEX algorithm. Part I presented the principles, while Part II now elaborates current implementation, and Part III will demonstrate its usage by examples. The method is implemented in a computer program that runs under the Windows operating system on IBM PC compatible machines.

  17. Deformation-induced grain growth and twinning in nanocrystalline palladium thin films.

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    Kobler, Aaron; Lohmiller, Jochen; Schäfer, Jonathan; Kerber, Michael; Castrup, Anna; Kashiwar, Ankush; Gruber, Patric A; Albe, Karsten; Hahn, Horst; Kübel, Christian

    2013-01-01

    The microstructure and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline Pd films prepared by magnetron sputtering have been investigated as a function of strain. The films were deposited onto polyimide substrates and tested in tensile mode. In order to follow the deformation processes in the material, several samples were strained to defined straining states, up to a maximum engineering strain of 10%, and prepared for post-mortem analysis. The nanocrystalline structure was investigated by quantitative automated crystal orientation mapping (ACOM) in a transmission electron microscope (TEM), identifying grain growth and twinning/detwinning resulting from dislocation activity as two of the mechanisms contributing to the macroscopic deformation. Depending on the initial twin density, the samples behaved differently. For low initial twin densities, an increasing twin density was found during straining. On the other hand, starting from a higher twin density, the twins were depleted with increasing strain. The findings from ACOM-TEM were confirmed by results from molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and from conventional and in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction (CXRD, SXRD) experiments.

  18. Thin Film Nanocrystalline TiO2 Electrodes: Dependence of Flat Band Potential on pH and Anion Adsorption.

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    Minella, M; Maurino, V; Minero, C; Pelizzetti, E

    2015-05-01

    Thin nanocrystalline TiO2 films were produced on ITO conductive glass by dip-coating of a sol-gel TiO2 precursor. The transparent films were characterized from the optical and structural point of view with UV-Vis, Spectroscopic Ellipsometry, Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies, the roughness of the coating by AFM. The changes in the electrochemical properties features of ITO/TiO2 electrodes were evaluated in the presence of different electrolytes (KCI, Na2SO4 and phosphate buffer) with the aim to clarify the role of the ion adsorption on the structure of the electrical double layer. Electrochemical tests (Cyclic Voltammetry, CV, and Impedance Electrochemical Spectroscopy, EIS) showed a strong influence of the electrolyte properties on the semiconductor band edge position in the electrochemical scale and on band bending. The CV profiles recorded can be explained by considering that the interface capacity is due to the charging of surface states (e.g., Ti(IV) surface sites coordinated by oxygen atoms, ≡Ti-OH or Ti-O-Ti). The surface charge is strongly affected also by the density and nature of adsorbed ions and by dissociation of surficial OH. Of interest the fact that for the produced nanocrystalline electrodes the flat band potential, measured from the Mott-Schottky analysis of the space charge layer capacity obtained with EIS, showed a non Nernstian behavior with the pH probably caused by a change in the surface acidity as a consequence of specific anion adsorption. The modulation of flat band potential with adsorbed ions is of interest for many applications, in particular for photocatalysis (change in the redox potential of photogenerated carriers) and for photovoltaic applications like DSSC (change in the photopotentials).

  19. Structural, morphological and optical properties of sprayed nanocrystalline thin films of Cd1-xZnxS solid solution

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    Verma, Urvashi; Thakur, Vikas; Rajaram, Poolla; Shrivastava, A. K.

    2015-01-01

    A series of nanocrystalline thin films of cadmium zinc sulphide (Cd1-xZnxS) solid solution were deposited on glass substrates using spray pyrolysis. Cadmium chloride (CdCl2), zinc chloride (ZnCl2) and thiourea (NH2CSNH2) were used as the sources of Cd, Zn and S respectively. The films were characterized using structural, morphological and optical techniques. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies show that the films of Cd1-xZnxS are polycrystalline and single phase having the wurtzite structure. The crystallites in the thin films of pure CdS possess preferred crystallographic orientation along the <002> direction. The preferred orientation of crystallites in the Cd1-xZnxS films changes from <002> to <101> with increase in Zn concentration. The lattice parameters of Cd1-xZnxS decrease with increase in Zn concentration. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies show that the surfaces of the films are smooth and are uniformly covered with nanoparticles. Energy dispersive analysis of xrays (EDAX) results reveal that the grown films have good stoichiometry. Optical transmission spectra confirm the good quality of the Cd1-xZnxS films.

  20. Structural evolution of TiO{sub 2} nanocrystalline thin films by thermal annealing and swift heavy ion irradiation

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    Rath, H.; Dash, P.; Mishra, N. C.; Som, T.; Satyam, P. V.; Singh, U. P.; Kulriya, P. K.; Kanjilal, D.; Avasthi, D. K.

    2009-04-01

    The present study probes into the transition from anatase to rutile phase of TiO{sub 2} in 100 nm thick nanocrystalline thin films under thermal annealing and swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation. The films were prepared using sol-gel and spin coating techniques on silicon (100) substrates. The as-deposited films are found to be amorphous by glancing angle x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. Though thermal annealing is known to cause transformation from anatase to rutile phase of TiO{sub 2} in a temperature interval of 700-900 deg. C, in nanoparticle thin films, we found that a sizable volume fraction of anatase still remains even after annealing at 1000 deg. C. Irradiations by 200 MeV Ag ions on the other hand suppressed the anatase phase and almost phase pure rutile TiO{sub 2} could be obtained at a fluence of 3x10{sup 12} ions cm{sup -2}. A mechanism based on the competing effect of grain growth and conversion of anatase to rutile at the grain boundary of the anatase on annealing and conversion of anatase to rutile in the grains of the anatase due to SHI induced thermal spike is proposed to explain the observed result.

  1. A light-trapping strategy for nanocrystalline silicon thin-film solar cells using three-dimensionally assembled nanoparticle structures.

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    Ha, Kyungyeon; Jang, Eunseok; Jang, Segeun; Lee, Jong-Kwon; Jang, Min Seok; Choi, Hoseop; Cho, Jun-Sik; Choi, Mansoo

    2016-02-05

    We report three-dimensionally assembled nanoparticle structures inducing multiple plasmon resonances for broadband light harvesting in nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si:H) thin-film solar cells. A three-dimensional multiscale (3DM) assembly of nanoparticles generated using a multi-pin spark discharge method has been accomplished over a large area under atmospheric conditions via ion-assisted aerosol lithography. The multiscale features of the sophisticated 3DM structures exhibit surface plasmon resonances at multiple frequencies, which increase light scattering and absorption efficiency over a wide spectral range from 350-1100 nm. The multiple plasmon resonances, together with the antireflection functionality arising from the conformally deposited top surface of the 3D solar cell, lead to a 22% and an 11% improvement in power conversion efficiency of the nc-Si:H thin-film solar cells compared to flat cells and cells employing nanoparticle clusters, respectively. Finite-difference time-domain simulations were also carried out to confirm that the improved device performance mainly originates from the multiple plasmon resonances generated from three-dimensionally assembled nanoparticle structures.

  2. Microwave Plasma Source for Fabrication of Micro- and Nano-Crystalline Diamond Thin Films for Electronic Devices

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    Paosawatyanyong, Boonchoat; Rujisamphan, Nopporn; Bhanthumnavin, Worawan

    2013-01-01

    The design and utilization of an affordable compact-size high-density plasma reactor for micro- and nano-crystalline diamond (MCD/NCD) thin film deposition is presented. The system is based on a 2.45 GHz domestic microwave oven magnetron. A switching power supply module, which yields a low-voltage high-current AC filament feeding and a high-voltage low-current DC cathode bias, is constructed to serve as the magnetron power source. With a high stability of the power module combined with the usage of water cooling gaskets, over 100 h of plasma processing time was achieved without overheating or causing any damage to the magnetron. Depositions of well-faceted MCD/NCD thin films, with distinct diamond Raman characteristics, were obtained using H2-CH4 discharge with 1-5% CH4. Metal-semiconductor diode structures were fabricated using gold and aluminum as ohmic and rectifying contacts, respectively, and their responses to DC signals revealed a high rectification ratio of up to 106 in the intrinsic MCD/NCD devices.

  3. Investigation of nanocrystalline thin cobalt films thermally evaporated on Si(100) substrates

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    Kozłowski, W.; Balcerski, J.; Szmaja, W.; Piwoński, I.; Batory, D.; Miękoś, E.; Cichomski, M.

    2017-03-01

    We have made a quantitative study of the morphological and magnetic domain structures of 100 nm thick nanocrystalline cobalt films thermally evaporated on naturally oxidized Si(100) substrates. The morphological structure is composed of densely packed grains with the average grain size (35.6±0.8) nm. The grains exhibit no geometric alignment and no preferred elongation on the film surface. In the direction perpendicular to the film surface, the grains are aligned in columns. The films crystallize mainly in the hexagonal close-packed phase of cobalt and possess a crystallographic texture with the hexagonal axis perpendicular to the film surface. The magnetic domain structure consists of domains forming a maze stripe pattern with the average domain size (102±6) nm. The domains have their magnetizations oriented almost perpendicularly to the film surface. The domain wall energy, the domain wall thickness and the critical diameter for single-domain particle were determined.

  4. Nonlinear optical parameters of nanocrystalline AZO thin film measured at different substrate temperatures

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    Jilani, Asim; Abdel-wahab, M. Sh; Al-ghamdi, Attieh A.; Dahlan, Ammar sadik; Yahia, I. S.

    2016-01-01

    The 2.2 wt% of aluminum (Al)-doped zinc oxide (AZO) transparent and preferential c-axis oriented thin films were prepared by using radio frequency (DC/RF) magnetron sputtering at different substrate temperature ranging from room temperature to 200 °C. For structural analysis, X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and Atomic Force Electron Microscope (AFM) was used for morphological studies. The optical parameters such as, optical energy gap, refractive index, extinction coefficient, dielectric loss, tangent loss, first and third order nonlinear optical properties of transparent films were investigated. High transmittance above 90% and highly homogeneous surface were observed in all samples. The substrate temperature plays an important role to get the best transparent conductive oxide thin films. The substrate temperature at 150 °C showed the growth of highly transparent AZO thin film. Energy gap increased with the increased in substrate temperature of Al doped thin films. Dielectric constant and loss were found to be photon energy dependent with substrate temperature. The change in substrate temperature of Al doped thin films also affect the non-liner optical properties of thin films. The value of χ(3) was found to be changed with the grain size of the thin films that directly affected by the substrate temperature of the pure and Al doped ZnO thin films.

  5. Fabrication and photoelectrocatalytic properties of nanocrystalline monoclinic BiVO4 thin-film electrode.

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    Zhou, Bin; Qu, Jiuhui; Zhao, Xu; Liu, Huijuan

    2011-01-01

    Monoclinic bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) thin film was fabricated on indium-tin oxide glass from an amorphous heteronuclear complex via dip-coating. After annealation at 400, 500, and 600 degrees C, the thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and UV-Vis spectrophotometry. The BiVO4 particles on the ITO glass surface had a monoclinic structure. The UV-Visible diffuse reflection spectra showed the BiVO4 thin film had photoabsorption properties, with a band gap around 2.5 eV. In addition, the thin film showed high visible photocatalytic activities towards 2,4-dichlorophenol and Bisphenol A degradation under visible light irradiation (lambda > 420 nm). Over 90% of the two organic pollutants were removed in 5 hr. A possible degradation mechanism of 2,4-dichlorophenol were also studied.

  6. Nanocrystalline Pd:NiFe2O4 thin films: A selective ethanol gas sensor

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    Rao, Pratibha; Godbole, R. V.; Bhagwat, Sunita

    2016-10-01

    In this work, Pd:NiFe2O4 thin films were investigated for the detection of reducing gases. These films were fabricated using spray pyrolysis technique and characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) to confirm the crystal structure. The surface morphology was studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Magnetization measurements were carried out using SQUID VSM, which shows ferrimagnetic behavior of the samples. These thin film sensors were tested against methanol, ethanol, hydrogen sulfide and liquid petroleum gas, where they were found to be more selective to ethanol. The fabricated thin film sensors exhibited linear response signal for all the gases with concentrations up to 5 w/o Pd. Reduction in optimum operating temperature and enhancement in response was also observed. Pd:NiFe2O4 thin films exhibited faster response and recovery characteristic. These sensors have potential for industrial applications because of their long-term stability, low power requirement and low production cost.

  7. Structural, optical and electrical characterization of vacuum-evaporated nanocrystalline CdSe thin films for photosensor applications

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    Kumar, Vipin; Sharma, D. K.; Sharma, Kapil; Dwivedi, D. K.

    2016-11-01

    II-VI nanocrystalline semiconductors offer a wide range of applications in electronics, optoelectronics and photonics. Thin films of CdSe were deposited onto ultra-clean glass substrates by vacuum evaporation method. The as-deposited films were annealed in vacuum at 350 K. The structural, elemental, morphological, optical and electrical investigations of annealed films were carried out. The X-ray diffraction pattern of the films shows that films were polycrystalline in nature having hexagonal structure with preferential orientation of grains along (002) plane. SEM image indicates that the films were uniform and well covered to the glass substrate. EDAX analysis confirms the stoichiometric composition of the film. Raman spectra were used to observe the characteristic vibrational modes of CdSe. The energy band gap of these films was obtained by absorption spectra. The films were found to have a direct type of transition of band gap occurring at 1.75 eV. The dark electrical conductivity and photoconductivity reveals that the films were semiconducting in nature indicating the suitability of these films for photosensor applications. The Hall effect measurement reveals that the films have n-type electrical conductivity.

  8. Investigations of the drift mobility of carriers and density of states in nanocrystalline CdS thin films

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    Singh, Baljinder; Singh, Janpreet; Kaur, Jagdish; Moudgil, R. K.; Tripathi, S. K.

    2016-06-01

    Nanocrystalline Cadmium Sulfide (nc-CdS) thin films have been prepared on well-cleaned glass substrate at room temperature (300 K) by thermal evaporation technique using inert gas condensation (IGC) method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis reveals that the films crystallize in hexagonal structure with preferred orientation along [002] direction. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and Transmission electron microscope (TEM) studies reveal that grains are spherical in shape and uniformly distributed over the glass substrates. The optical band gap of the film is estimated from the transmittance spectra. Electrical parameters such as Hall coefficient, carrier type, carrier concentration, resistivity and mobility are determined using Hall measurements at 300 K. Transit time and mobility are estimated from Time of Flight (TOF) transient photocurrent technique in gap cell configuration. The measured values of electron drift mobility from TOF and Hall measurements are of the same order. Constant Photocurrent Method in ac-mode (ac-CPM) is used to measure the absorption spectra in low absorption region. By applying derivative method, we have converted the measured absorption data into a density of states (DOS) distribution in the lower part of the energy gap. The value of Urbach energy, steepness parameter and density of defect states have been calculated from the absorption and DOS spectra.

  9. The influence of interfacial defects on fast charge trapping in nanocrystalline oxide-semiconductor thin film transistors

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    Kim, Taeho; Hur, Jihyun; Jeon, Sanghun

    2016-05-01

    Defects in oxide semiconductors not only influence the initial device performance but also affect device reliability. The front channel is the major carrier transport region during the transistor turn-on stage, therefore an understanding of defects located in the vicinity of the interface is very important. In this study, we investigated the dynamics of charge transport in a nanocrystalline hafnium-indium-zinc-oxide thin-film transistor (TFT) by short pulse I-V, transient current and 1/f noise measurement methods. We found that the fast charging behavior of the tested device stems from defects located in both the front channel and the interface, following a multi-trapping mechanism. We found that a silicon-nitride stacked hafnium-indium-zinc-oxide TFT is vulnerable to interfacial charge trapping compared with silicon-oxide counterpart, causing significant mobility degradation and threshold voltage instability. The 1/f noise measurement data indicate that the carrier transport in a silicon-nitride stacked TFT device is governed by trapping/de-trapping processes via defects in the interface, while the silicon-oxide device follows the mobility fluctuation model.

  10. Rapid growth of nanocrystalline CuInS 2 thin films in alkaline medium at room temperature

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    Roh, Seung Jae; Mane, Rajaram S.; Pathan, Habib M.; Joo, Oh-Shim; Han, Sung-Hwan

    2005-12-01

    Layer-by-layer (LbL) deposition of CuInS 2 (CIS) thin films at room temperature (25 °C) from alkaline CuSO 4 + In 2(SO 4) 3 and Na 2S precursor solutions was reported. The method allowed self-limited growth of CIS films with nanocrystalline structure and composed of densely packed nanometer-sized grains. The as-deposited CIS film was 250 nm thick and composed of closely packed particles of 20-30 nm in diameter. The alkaline cationic precursor solution was obtained by dissolving CuSO 4 and InSO 4 in deionized water with a appropriate amount of hydrazine monohydrate (H-H) and 2,2',2″-nitrilotriethanol (TEA). CIS films were annealed at 200 °C for 2 h and effect of annealing on structural, optical, and surface morphological properties was thoroughly investigated by means of X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, UV-vis spectrometer, C-V, and water contact angle techniques, respectively.

  11. Nano-environment effects on the luminescence properties of Eu3+-doped nanocrystalline SnO2 thin films

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    Bazargan, Samad; Leung, K. T.

    2012-11-01

    Nanocrystalline tin (IV) oxide thin films doped with Eu3+ ions are synthesized using a simple spin-coating method followed by postannealing in an O2 flow at 700 °C. Transmission electron microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies illustrate the incorporation of Eu3+ ions in the films with a high atomic percentage of 2.7%-7.7%, which is found to be linearly dependent on the initial concentration of Eu3+ in the precursor solution. Glancing incidence x-ray diffraction results show that the crystalline grain sizes decrease with increasing the Eu3+ concentration and decreasing the postannealing temperature with the emergence of the Eu2Sn2O7 phase at high Eu3+ concentrations (≥5.3 at.%). Luminescence spectra of these doped samples show the characteristic narrow-band magnetic dipole emission at 593 nm and electric dipole emission at 614 nm of the Eu3+ ions, arising from UV absorption at the SnO2 band-edge followed by energy transfer to the emission centers. Manipulating the crystallite size, composition, and defect density of the samples greatly affects the absorption edge, energy transfer, and therefore the emission spectra. These modifications in the environment of the Eu3+ ions allow the emission to be tuned from pure orange characteristic Eu3+ emission to the broadband emission corresponding to the combination of strong characteristic Eu3+ emission with the intense defect emissions.

  12. Band gap states in nanocrystalline WO3 thin films studied by soft x-ray spectroscopy and optical spectrophotometry

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    Johansson, M. B.; Kristiansen, P. T.; Duda, L.; Niklasson, G. A.; Österlund, L.

    2016-11-01

    Nanocrystalline tungsten trioxide (WO3) thin films prepared by DC magnetron sputtering have been studied using soft x-ray spectroscopy and optical spectrophotometry. Resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) measurements reveal band gap states in sub-stoichiometric γ-WO3-x with x  =  0.001-0.005. The energy positions of these states are in good agreement with recently reported density functional calculations. The results were compared with optical absorption measurements in the near infrared spectral region. An optical absorption peak at 0.74 eV is assigned to intervalence transfer of polarons between W sites. A less prominent peak at energies between 0.96 and 1.16 eV is assigned to electron excitation of oxygen vacancies. The latter results are supported by RIXS measurements, where an energy loss in this energy range was observed, and this suggests that electron transfer processes involving transitions from oxygen vacancy states can be observed in RIXS. Our results have implications for the interpretation of optical properties of WO3, and the optical transitions close to the band gap, which are important in photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical applications.

  13. Effect of thickness on structural, optical, electrical and morphological properties of nanocrystalline CdSe thin films for optoelectronic applications

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    Purohit, Anuradha; Chander, S.; Nehra, S. P.; Lal, C.; Dhaka, M. S.

    2015-09-01

    This paper presents effect of thickness on the physical properties of thermally evaporated cadmium selenide thin films. The films of thickness 445 nm, 631 nm and 810 nm were deposited employing thermal evaporation technique on glass and ITO coated glass substrates followed by thermal annealing in air atmosphere at temperature 300 °C. The as-deposited and annealed films were subjected to the XRD, UV-Vis spectrophotometer, source meter, SEM and EDS to find the structural, optical, electrical, morphological and compositional analysis respectively. The structural analysis shows that the films have cubic phase with preferred orientation (1 1 1) and nanocrystalline nature. The structural parameters like inter-planner spacing, lattice constant, grain size, number of crystallites per unit area, internal strain, dislocation density and texture coefficient are calculated. The optical band gap is found in the range 1.69-1.84 eV and observed to decrease with thickness. The electrical resistivity is found to increase with thickness for as-deposited films and decrease for annealed films. The morphological studies show that the as-deposited and annealed films are homogeneous, smooth, fully covered and free from crystal defects like pin holes and voids. The grains in the as-deposited films are densely packed, well defined and found to be increased with thickness.

  14. RETRACTED: Ammonia-free method for synthesis of CdS nanocrystalline thin films through chemical bath deposition technique

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    Karimi, M.; Rabiee, M.; Moztarzadeh, F.; Bodaghi, M.; Tahriri, M.

    2009-11-01

    This article has been retracted: please see Elsevier Policy on Article Withdrawal ( http://www.elsevier.com/locate/withdrawalpolicy). This article has been retracted at the request of the Editor-in-Chief of Solid State Communications as the authors have plagiarized part of a paper that has also appeared in Current Applied Physics: Controlled synthesis, characterization and optical properties of CdS nanocrystalline thin films via chemical bath deposition (CBD) route Meysam Karimi, Mohammad Rabiee, Fathollah Moztarzadeh, Mohammadreza Tahriri and Masoud Bodaghi; Curr. Appl. Phys., 9 (2009) 1263-1268, doi: 10.1016/j.cap.2009.02.006. One of the conditions of submission of a paper for publication is that authors declare explicitly that their work is original and has not appeared in a publication elsewhere. Re-use of any data should be appropriately cited. As such this article represents a severe abuse of the scientific publishing system. The scientific community takes a very strong view on this matter and apologies are offered to readers of the journal that this was not detected during the submission process.

  15. Tailoring the index of refraction of nanocrystalline hafnium oxide thin films

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    Vargas, Mirella; Murphy, N. R.; Ramana, C. V.

    2014-03-10

    Hafnium oxide (HfO{sub 2}) films were grown by sputter-deposition by varying the growth temperature (T{sub s} = 25–700 °C). HfO{sub 2} films grown at T{sub s} < 200 °C were amorphous, while those grown at T{sub s} ≥ 200 °C were monoclinic, nanocrystalline with (1{sup ¯}11) texturing. X-ray reflectivity (XRR) analyses indicate that the film-density (ρ) increases with increasing T{sub s}. The index of refraction (n) profiles derived from spectroscopic ellipsometry analyses follow the Cauchy dispersion relation. Lorentz-Lorenz analysis (n{sub (λ)} = 550 nm) and optical-model adopted agree well with the XRR data/analyses. A direct T{sub s}-ρ-n relationship suggests that tailoring the optical quality is possible by tuning T{sub s} and the microstructure of HfO{sub 2} films.

  16. Microarray of neuroblastoma cells on the selectively functionalized nanocrystalline diamond thin film surface

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    Park, Young-Sang; Son, Hyeong-Guk; Kim, Dae-Hoon; Oh, Hong-Gi; Lee, Da-Som; Kim, Min-Hye; Lim, Ki-Moo; Song, Kwang-Soup

    2016-01-01

    Nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) film surfaces were modified with fluorine or oxygen by plasma treatment in an O2 or C3F8 gas environment in order to induce wettability. The oxygenated-NCD (O-NCD) film surface was hydrophilic and the fluorinated-NCD (F-NCD) surface was hydrophobic. The efficiency of early cell adhesion, which is dependent on the wettability of the cell culture plate and necessary for the growth and proliferation of cells, was 89.62 ± 3.92% on the O-NCD film and 7.78 ± 0.77% on the F-NCD film surface after 3 h of cell culture. The wettability of the NCD film surface was artificially modified using a metal mask and plasma treatment to fabricate a micro-pattern. Four types of micro-patterns were fabricated (line, circle, mesh, and word) on the NCD film surface. We precisely arrayed the neuroblastoma cells on the micro-patterned NCD film surfaces by controlling the surface wettability and cell seeding density. The neuroblastoma cells adhered and proliferated along the O-NCD film surface.

  17. The influence of Cd doping on the microstructure and optical properties of nanocrystalline copper ferrite thin films

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    El-Hagary, M.; Matar, A.; Shaaban, E.R.; Emam-Ismail, M.

    2013-06-01

    Highlights: ► The structural and optical properties of Cu{sub 1−x}Cd{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin films were studied. ► The micro structural parameters of the films have been determined. ► The room temperature reflectance and transmittance data are analyzed. ► The refractive index and energy gap are determined. ► The single oscillator parameters were calculated. - Abstract: Nanocrystalline thin films of mixed Cu–Cd ferrites, Cu{sub 1−x}Cd{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 0, 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 0.8, 0.9 and 1), were deposited by electron beam evaporation technique. The films were annealed at 450 °C for 1 h. The effect of Cd doping on the structural and optical properties of the deposited films has been investigated by using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and optical spectrophotometry. XRD patterns of the annealed films show spinal cubic structure. The lattice parameter was found to increase with the increase of cadmium concentration. The crystallite size of the films was found to vary from 8 nm to 30 nm. The optical transition was found to be direct and indirect transitions with energy gaps decrease from 2.466 (x = 0) to 2.00 (x = 1) eV and from 2.148 (x = 0) to 1.824 (x = 1) eV, respectively. The refractive index dispersion of the films was found to increase with Cd content and discussed in terms of the Wemple–DiDomenico single oscillator model.

  18. Dielectric, optical and electric studies on nanocrystalline Ba5Nb4O15 thin films deposited by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Anil Kumar, C.; Pamu, D.

    2015-06-01

    We report the fabrication of nanocrystalline Ag/BNO/Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si thin film capacitors by RF magnetron sputtering with different film thicknesses. The effect of Ba5Nb4O15 (BNO) thickness on structural, microstructural, electrical, optical and dielectric properties is investigated for the first time. BNO sputtering target prepared is by mechanochemical synthesis method to eliminate the subordinate phases. As deposited thin films were X-ray amorphous and crystallinity is induced after annealing at 700 °C. Upon annealing, refractive indices of the films enhanced whereas the bandgap is decreased and are in the range of 1.89-2.16 and 4.07-4.24, respectively. With an increase in thickness, the dielectric properties improved substantially, which is described by the representation of a dead layer connected in series with a bulk region of the BNO film. The extracted values of thickness and dielectric constant for the dead layer found to be 15.21 nm and 37.03, correspondingly. The activation energy of the mobile charge carriers obtained using the Arrhenius relation are found to be 0.254, 0.036 and 0.027 eV, for the films with 150, 250 and 450 nm, respectively. The leakage current density found to decrease with thickness and found to be 2.5 × 10-6 A/cm2 at applied voltage of 50 kV/cm. The J-E characteristics of the BNO films show a combined response of grain, grain boundaries and film-electrode interfaces. It is interesting to note that in the negative electric field region, conduction is ohmic in nature whereas in the positive field region BNO films exhibit both ohmic and the space charge-limited current mechanisms. The achieved dielectric, electrical and optical properties make these films suitable for MIC, CMOS and optoelectronic applications.

  19. Anomalous hopping conduction in nanocrystalline/amorphous composites and amorphous semiconductor thin films

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    Kakalios, James; Bodurtha, Kent

    Composite nanostructured materials consisting of nanocrystals (nc) embedded within a thin film amorphous matrix can exhibit novel opto-electronic properties. Composite films are synthesized in a dual-chamber co-deposition PECVD system capable of producing nanocrystals of material A and embedding then within a thin film matrix of material B. Electronic conduction in composite thin films of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) containing nc-germanium or nc-silicon inclusions, as well as in undoped a-Si:H, does not follow an Arrhenius temperature dependence, but rather is better described by an anomalous hopping expression (exp[-(To/T)3/4) , as determined from the ``reduced activation energy'' proposed by Zabrodskii and Shlimak. This temperature dependence has been observed in other thin film resistive materials, such as ultra-thin disordered films of Ag, Bi, Pb and Pd; carbon-black polymer composites; and weakly coupled Au and ZnO quantum dot arrays. There is presently no accepted theoretical understanding of this expression. The concept of a mobility edge, accepted for over four decades, appears to not be necessary to account for charge transport in amorphous semiconductors. Supported by NSF-DMR and the Minnesota Nano Center.

  20. Effect of pH on the properties of nanocrystalline CuO thin films deposited by sol-gel process

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    Saadat Niavol, S.; Ghodsi, F. E.

    2013-01-01

    Nanocrystalline cupric oxide thin films were prepared using the sol-gel method. Three sols with different pH were performed in order to evaluate the pH effect on the morphology and optical properties of the films. XRD pattern confirmed the nanocrystalline monoclinic CuO phase formation. The influences of pH on surface morphology of films were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It was observed that grains size increases by increasing the pH of the sol. UV-Vis spectrum measurement showed low transparency of the films in the visible region. Optical constants such as extinction coefficient, refractive index and optical band gap were evaluated from these spectra by using the Pointwise Unconstrained Minimization Approach (PUMA). The band gap of the films varies from 2.20 to 1.98 eV for various pH of sol.

  1. Post-annealing-free, room temperature processed nanocrystalline indium tin oxide thin films for plastic electronics

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    Nyoung Jang, Jin; Jong Lee, You; Jang, YunSung; Yun, JangWon; Yi, Seungjun; Hong, MunPyo

    2016-06-01

    In this study, we confirm that bombardment by high energy negative oxygen ions (NOIs) is the key origin of electro-optical property degradations in indium tin oxide (ITO) thin films formed by conventional plasma sputtering processes. To minimize the bombardment effect of NOIs, which are generated on the surface of the ITO targets and accelerated by the cathode sheath potential on the magnetron sputter gun (MSG), we introduce a magnetic field shielded sputtering (MFSS) system composed of a permanent magnetic array between the MSG and the substrate holder to block the arrival of energetic NOIs. The MFSS processed ITO thin films reveal a novel nanocrystal imbedded polymorphous structure, and present not only superior electro-optical characteristics but also higher gas diffusion barrier properties. To the best of our knowledge, no gas diffusion barrier composed of a single inorganic thin film formed by conventional plasma sputtering processes achieves such a low moisture permeability.

  2. Monte Carlo Simulation of the Optical Absorption of Hydrogenated Nanocrystalline Silicon Thin Films

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    Besahraoui, Fatiha; Sib, Jamal Dine; Bouizem, Yahia; Chahed, Larbi

    2008-05-01

    The optical absorption coefficient measured by Constant Photocurrent Method (CPM) for nanotextured silicon thin films is apparent affected by light scattering produced in these heterogeneous materials. A detailed Monte Carlo simulation of the absorption spectra and the random optical paths traveled by the scattered photons is presented for the case of nano-Si:H layers. The calculated values of apparent absorption coefficient and the mean optical path depend mainly on the variation of the included nanocrystallites fraction, which favors bulk light scattering phenomena. The particular structure of these materials is a key characteristic of efficient thin films solar cells.

  3. Synthesis and Characterization of Nanocrystalline CdZnS Thin Films

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    Verma, Urvashi; Thakur, Vikas; Yadav, Preeti; Shrivastava, A. K.

    2011-07-01

    CdZnS thin films have been grown on the glass substrate using Chemical Bath Deposition (CBD) technique. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX) studies were performed in order to investigate the structural, surface morphology and elemental composition properties of the films. X-ray diffraction studies show polycrystalline nature of CdZnS films. SEM micrographs show that the grains of CdZnS thin films possess flake like morphology or nanosheet morphology. It has also been observed that the doping concentration of Zn do not affect the morphology of CdZnS film. SEM studies also show that particle size decreases with annealing.

  4. Thermo-electrical properties of composite semiconductor thin films composed of nanocrystalline graphene-vanadium oxides.

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    Jung, Hye-Mi; Um, Sukkee

    2014-12-01

    This paper presents an experimental comparative study involving the characterization of the thermo-electrical and structural properties of graphene-based vanadium oxide (graphene-VOx) composite thin films on insulating and conducting surfaces (i.e., fused quartz and acrylic resin-impregnated graphite) produced by a sol-gel process via dipping-pyrolysis. A combination of FE-SEM and XPS analyses revealed that the graphene-VOx composite thin films (coated onto fused quartz) exhibiting the microstructure of 2-graded nanowire arrays with a diameter of 40-80 nm were composed of graphene, a few residual oxygen-containing functional groups (i.e., C-O and C=O), and the VO2 Magnéli phase. The temperature-dependent electrical resistance measured on the as-deposited thin films clearly demonstrated that the graphene-VOx composite nanowire arrays thermally grown on fused quartz act as a semiconductor switch, with a transition temperature of 64.7 degrees C in the temperature range of -20 degrees C to 140 degrees C, resulting from the contributions of graphene and graphene oxides. In contrast, the graphene-VOx composite thin films deposited onto acrylic resin-impregnated graphite exhibit a superlinear semiconducting property of extremely low electrical resistance with negative temperature coefficients (i.e., approximately four orders of magnitude lower than that of the fused quartz), despite the similar microstructural and morphological characteristics. This difference is attributed to the synergistic effects of the paramagnetic metal feature of the tightly stacked nanowire arrays consisting of hexagonal V2O3 on the intrinsic electrical properties of the acrylic resin-impregnated graphite substrate, as revealed by FE-SEM, EDX, AFM, and XRD measurements. Although the thermo-sensitive electrical properties of the graphene-VOx composite thin films are very substrate specific, the applicability of graphene sheets can be considerably effective in the formation of highly planar arrays

  5. Synthesis and characterization of Eu(3+), Ti(4+) @ ZnO organosols and nanocrystalline c-ZnTiO3 thin films aiming at high transparency and luminescence.

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    Aubert, Tangi; Grasset, Fabien; Potel, Michel; Nazabal, Virginie; Cardinal, Thierry; Pechev, Stanislav; Saito, Noriko; Ohashi, Naoki; Haneda, Hajime

    2010-08-01

    By exploiting colloidal properties, such as transparency, rheology and versatile chemistry, we propose to synthesize new photonic nanomaterials based on colloidal solutions and thin films. This contribution highlights our efforts to elaborate and to characterize nanostructures based on the ZnO-TiO2 system. Using a recently developed sol-gel route to synthesize new Ti(4+)@ZnO organosols, we were able to prepare, at relatively low temperature (400 °C) and short annealing time (15 min), highly transparent, luminescent, nanocrystalline Eu(3+) doped c-ZnTiO3 thin films. The organosols and thin films were characterized with UV-visible-near infrared absorption, ellipsometry, photoluminescence spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy.

  6. Synthesis and characterization of Eu3+,Ti4+@ZnO organosols and nanocrystalline c-ZnTiO3 thin films aiming at high transparency and luminescence

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    Aubert, Tangi; Grasset, Fabien; Potel, Michel; Nazabal, Virginie; Cardinal, Thierry; Pechev, Stanislav; Saito, Noriko; Ohashi, Naoki; Haneda, Hajime

    2010-08-01

    By exploiting colloidal properties, such as transparency, rheology and versatile chemistry, we propose to synthesize new photonic nanomaterials based on colloidal solutions and thin films. This contribution highlights our efforts to elaborate and to characterize nanostructures based on the ZnO-TiO2 system. Using a recently developed sol-gel route to synthesize new Ti4+@ZnO organosols, we were able to prepare, at relatively low temperature (400 °C) and short annealing time (15 min), highly transparent, luminescent, nanocrystalline Eu3+ doped c-ZnTiO3 thin films. The organosols and thin films were characterized with UV-visible-near infrared absorption, ellipsometry, photoluminescence spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy.

  7. Synthesis and characterization of Eu3+, Ti4+ @ ZnO organosols and nanocrystalline c-ZnTiO3 thin films aiming at high transparency and luminescence

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    Aubert, Tangi; Grasset, Fabien; Potel, Michel; Nazabal, Virginie; Cardinal, Thierry; Pechev, Stanislav; Saito, Noriko; Ohashi, Naoki; Haneda, Hajime

    2010-01-01

    By exploiting colloidal properties, such as transparency, rheology and versatile chemistry, we propose to synthesize new photonic nanomaterials based on colloidal solutions and thin films. This contribution highlights our efforts to elaborate and to characterize nanostructures based on the ZnO–TiO2 system. Using a recently developed sol–gel route to synthesize new Ti4+@ZnO organosols, we were able to prepare, at relatively low temperature (400 °C) and short annealing time (15 min), highly transparent, luminescent, nanocrystalline Eu3+ doped c-ZnTiO3 thin films. The organosols and thin films were characterized with UV-visible-near infrared absorption, ellipsometry, photoluminescence spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. PMID:27877348

  8. Pulsed laser-deposited nanocrystalline GdB6 thin films on W and Re as field emitters

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    Suryawanshi, Sachin R.; Singh, Anil K.; Phase, Deodatta M.; Late, Dattatray J.; Sinha, Sucharita; More, Mahendra A.

    2016-10-01

    Gadolinium hexaboride (GdB6) nanocrystalline thin films were grown on tungsten (W), rhenium (Re) tips and foil substrates using optimized pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. The X-ray diffraction analysis reveals formation of pure, crystalline cubic phase of GdB6 on W and Re substrates, under the prevailing PLD conditions. The field emission (FE) studies of GdB6/W and GdB6/Re emitters were performed in a planar diode configuration at the base pressure ~10-8 mbar. The GdB6/W and GdB6/Re tip emitters deliver high emission current densities of ~1.4 and 0.811 mA/cm2 at an applied field of ~6.0 and 7.0 V/µm, respectively. The Fowler-Nordheim ( F- N) plots were found to be nearly linear showing metallic nature of the emitters. The noticeably high values of field enhancement factor ( β) estimated using the slopes of the F- N plots indicate that the PLD GdB6 coating on W and Re substrates comprises of high-aspect-ratio nanostructures. Interestingly, the GdB6/W and GdB6/Re planar emitters exhibit excellent current stability at the preset values over a long-term operation, as compared to the tip emitters. Furthermore, the values of workfunction of the GdB6/W and GdB6/Re emitters, experimentally measured using ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, are found to be same, ~1.6 ± 0.1 eV. Despite possessing same workfunction value, the FE characteristics of the GdB6/W emitter are markedly different from that of GdB6/Re emitter, which can be attributed to the growth of GdB6 films on W and Re substrates.

  9. Photoinduced charge, ion & energy transfer processes at transition-metal coordination compounds anchored to mesoporous, nanocrystalline metal-oxide thin films

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    Ardo, Shane

    Photovoltaics provide a direct means of converting photons into useful, electric power; however traditional silicon-based technologies are too expensive for global commercialization. Dye-sensitized mesoporous semiconducting thin films, when utilized in regenerative photoelectrochemical cells, are one category of next generation photovoltaics that could eventually circumvent this issue. In fact, their architecture also affords a clear platform for implementation of a direct, solar fuel-forming system. The mechanisms involved in the myriad of molecular processes that occur in these molecular--solid-state hybrid materials are poorly understood. Thus, the overriding goal of this dissertation was to evaluate sensitized mesoporous, nanocrystalline metal-oxide thin films critically so as to elucidate mechanistic phenomena. Using transient and steady-state absorption and emission spectroscopies as well as (photo)electrochemistry, various previously unobserved processes have been identified. Chapter 2 demonstrates for the first time that the electric fields emanating from these charged thin films affect surface-anchored molecular sensitizers via a Stark effect. In most cases, further, but incomplete, ionic screening of the charged nanoparticles from the sensitizers, as non-Faradaic electrolyte redistribution, was spectroscopically inferred after rapid semiconductor charging. Chapter 3 highlights the reactivity of Co(I) coordination-compound catalysts anchored to anatase TiO2 thin-film electrodes. Visible-light excitation resulted in prompt excited-state electron injection into TiO2 while introduction of benzylbromide into the fluid solution surrounding the thin film led to a 2e--transfer, oxidative-addition reaction to Co1 forming a stable Co--benzyl product. Subsequent visible-light excitation initiated a photocatalytic cycle for C--C bond formation. Unique to the nanocrystalline thin films employed here, Chapter 4 demonstrates that traditional time-resolved polarization

  10. Non-toxic novel route synthesis and characterization of nanocrystalline ZnS{sub x}Se{sub 1−x} thin films with tunable band gap characteristics

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    Agawane, G.L.; Shin, Seung Wook; Vanalakar, S.A.; Moholkar, A.V.; Gurav, K.V.; Suryawanshi, M.P.; Lee, Jeong Yong; Yun, Jae Ho; Kim, Jin Hyeok

    2014-07-01

    Highlights: • A simple, inexpensive, and non-toxic CBD route is used to deposit ZnS thin films. • The ZnS{sub x}Se{sub 1−x} thin films formation takes place via annealing of ZnS thin films in Se atmosphere. • S/(S + Se) ratio found to be temperature dependent and easy tuning of band gap has been done by Se atom deposition. - Abstract: An environmentally benign chemical bath deposition (CBD) route was employed to deposit zinc sulfide (ZnS) thin films. The CBD-ZnS thin films were further selenized in a furnace at various temperatures viz. 200, 300, 400, and 500 °C and the S/(S + Se) ratio was found to be dependent on the annealing temperature. The effects of S/(S + Se) ratio on the structural, compositional and optical properties of the ZnS{sub x}Se{sub 1−x} (ZnSSe) thin films were investigated. EDS analysis showed that the S/(S + Se) ratio decreased from 0.8 to 0.6 when the film annealing temperature increased from 200 to 500 °C. The field emission scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy studies showed that all the films were uniform, pin hole free, smooth, and adhered well to the glass substrate. The X-ray diffraction study on the ZnSSe thin films showed the formation of the cubic phase, except for the unannealed ZnSSe thin film, which showed an amorphous phase. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed Zn-S, Zn-Se, and insignificant Zn-OH bonds formation from the Zn 2p{sub 3/2}, S 2p, Se 3d{sub 5/2}, and O 1s atomic states, respectively. The ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy study showed ∼80% transmittance in the visible region for all the ZnSSe thin films having various absorption edges. The tuning of the band gap energy of the ZnSSe thin films was carried out by selenizing CBD-ZnS thin films, and as the S/(S + Se) ratio decreased from 0.8 to 0.6, the band gap energy decreased from 3.20 to 3.12 eV.

  11. Basal-plane thermal conductivity of nanocrystalline and amorphized thin germanane

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    Coloyan, Gabriella; Cultrara, Nicholas D.; Katre, Ankita; ...

    2016-09-30

    Recently, we synthesized Germanane (GeH), a hydrogen-terminated layered germanium structure. We employed a four-probe thermal transport measurement method to obtain the basal-plane thermal conductivity of thin exfoliated GeH flakes and correlated the measurement results with the crystal structure. Furthermore, the obtained thermal conductivity increases with increasing temperature, suggesting that extrinsic grain boundary and defect scattering dominate intrinsic phonon-phonon scattering. Annealing a polycrystalline GeH sample at 195 C caused it to become amorphous, reducing the room-temperature thermal conductivity from 0.53± 0.03 W m-1 K-1, which is close to the value calculated for 3.3 nm grain size, to 0.29± 0.02 W m-1more » K-1, which approaches the calculated amorphous limit in the basal plane thermal conductivity.« less

  12. Basal-plane thermal conductivity of nanocrystalline and amorphized thin germanane

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    Coloyan, Gabriella; Cultrara, Nicholas D.; Katre, Ankita; Carrete, Jesús; Heine, Matt; Ou, Eric; Kim, Jaehyun; Jiang, Shishi; Lindsay, Lucas; Mingo, Natalio; Broido, David; Heremans, Joseph P.; Goldberger, Joshua; Shi, Li

    2016-09-30

    Recently, we synthesized Germanane (GeH), a hydrogen-terminated layered germanium structure. We employed a four-probe thermal transport measurement method to obtain the basal-plane thermal conductivity of thin exfoliated GeH flakes and correlated the measurement results with the crystal structure. Furthermore, the obtained thermal conductivity increases with increasing temperature, suggesting that extrinsic grain boundary and defect scattering dominate intrinsic phonon-phonon scattering. Annealing a polycrystalline GeH sample at 195 C caused it to become amorphous, reducing the room-temperature thermal conductivity from 0.53± 0.03 W m-1 K-1, which is close to the value calculated for 3.3 nm grain size, to 0.29± 0.02 W m-1 K-1, which approaches the calculated amorphous limit in the basal plane thermal conductivity.

  13. Growth and characterization of nanocrystalline PbS:Li thin films

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    Portillo, M. Chávez; Mathew, X.; Juárez Santiesteban, H.; Pacio Castillo, M.; Portillo Moreno, O.

    2016-10-01

    The structural, electrical and opto-electronic properties of PbS thin films doped with Li+ ion were investigated. The crystallite size showed a strong dependence on Li doping, the crystal size changed from 36 nm to 12 nm due to Li incorporation in PbS. Optical band gap showed a shift in the range ∼1.5-2.3 eV with Li incorporation. Urbach tailing in the band gap was observed and the Urbach energy has a dependence on the amount of incorporated Li. SEM images showed a notable change in grain size with Li doping, however the morphology changes from large grains to agglomerations of smaller grains when doped with Li. The electric conductivity of the films showed a dependence on Li doping, reached a maximum value and later decreased for higher Li containing films. The doped samples showed better photosensitivity.

  14. On the thermal stability of physical vapor deposited oxide-hardened nanocrystalline gold thin films

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    Argibay, Nicolas; Mogonye, J. E.; Michael, Joseph R.; ...

    2015-04-08

    We describe a correlation between electrical resistivity and grain size for PVD synthesized polycrystalline oxide-hardened metal-matrix thin films in oxide-dilute (<5 vol. % oxide phase) compositions. The correlation is based on the Mayadas-Shatzkes (M-S) electron scattering model, predictive of grain size evolution as a function of composition in the oxide-dilute regime for 2 μm thick Au-ZnO films. We describe a technique to investigate grain boundary (GB) mobility and the thermal stability of GBs based on in situelectrical resistivity measurements during annealing experiments, interpreted using a combination of the M-S model and the Michels et al. model describing solute drag stabilizedmore » grain growth kinetics. Using this technique, activation energy and pre-exponential Arrhenius parameter values of Ea = 21.6 kJ/mol and Ao = 2.3 × 10-17 m2/s for Au-1 vol. % ZnO and Ea =12.7 kJ/mol and Ao = 3.1 × 10-18 m2/s for Au-2 vol.% ZnO were determined. In the oxide-dilute regime, the grain size reduction of the Au matrix yielded a maximum hardness of 2.6 GPa for 5 vol. % ZnO. A combined model including percolation behavior and grain refinement is presented that accurately describes the composition dependent change in electrical resistivity throughout the entire composition range for Au-ZnO thin films. As a result, the proposed correlations are supported by microstructural characterization using transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction mapping for grain size determination.« less

  15. On the thermal stability of physical vapor deposited oxide-hardened nanocrystalline gold thin films

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    Argibay, N.; Mogonye, J. E.; Michael, J. R.; Goeke, R. S.; Kotula, P. G.; Scharf, T. W.; Dugger, M. T.; Prasad, S. V.

    2015-04-01

    We describe a correlation between electrical resistivity and grain size for PVD synthesized polycrystalline oxide-hardened metal-matrix thin films in oxide-dilute (<5 vol. % oxide phase) compositions. The correlation is based on the Mayadas-Shatzkes (M-S) electron scattering model, predictive of grain size evolution as a function of composition in the oxide-dilute regime for 2 μm thick Au-ZnO films. We describe a technique to investigate grain boundary (GB) mobility and the thermal stability of GBs based on in situ electrical resistivity measurements during annealing experiments, interpreted using a combination of the M-S model and the Michels et al. model describing solute drag stabilized grain growth kinetics. Using this technique, activation energy and pre-exponential Arrhenius parameter values of Ea = 21.6 kJ/mol and Ao = 2.3 × 10-17 m2/s for Au-1 vol. % ZnO and Ea = 12.7 kJ/mol and Ao = 3.1 × 10-18 m2/s for Au-2 vol. % ZnO were determined. In the oxide-dilute regime, the grain size reduction of the Au matrix yielded a maximum hardness of 2.6 GPa for 5 vol. % ZnO. A combined model including percolation behavior and grain refinement is presented that accurately describes the composition dependent change in electrical resistivity throughout the entire composition range for Au-ZnO thin films. The proposed correlations are supported by microstructural characterization using transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction mapping for grain size determination.

  16. On the thermal stability of physical vapor deposited oxide-hardened nanocrystalline gold thin films

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    Argibay, N. Mogonye, J. E.; Michael, J. R.; Goeke, R. S.; Kotula, P. G.; Scharf, T. W.; Dugger, M. T.; Prasad, S. V.

    2015-04-14

    We describe a correlation between electrical resistivity and grain size for PVD synthesized polycrystalline oxide-hardened metal-matrix thin films in oxide-dilute (<5 vol. % oxide phase) compositions. The correlation is based on the Mayadas-Shatzkes (M-S) electron scattering model, predictive of grain size evolution as a function of composition in the oxide-dilute regime for 2 μm thick Au-ZnO films. We describe a technique to investigate grain boundary (GB) mobility and the thermal stability of GBs based on in situ electrical resistivity measurements during annealing experiments, interpreted using a combination of the M-S model and the Michels et al. model describing solute drag stabilized grain growth kinetics. Using this technique, activation energy and pre-exponential Arrhenius parameter values of E{sub a} = 21.6 kJ/mol and A{sub o} = 2.3 × 10{sup −17} m{sup 2}/s for Au-1 vol. % ZnO and E{sub a} = 12.7 kJ/mol and A{sub o} = 3.1 × 10{sup −18} m{sup 2}/s for Au-2 vol. % ZnO were determined. In the oxide-dilute regime, the grain size reduction of the Au matrix yielded a maximum hardness of 2.6 GPa for 5 vol. % ZnO. A combined model including percolation behavior and grain refinement is presented that accurately describes the composition dependent change in electrical resistivity throughout the entire composition range for Au-ZnO thin films. The proposed correlations are supported by microstructural characterization using transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction mapping for grain size determination.

  17. On the thermal stability of physical vapor deposited oxide-hardened nanocrystalline gold thin films

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    Argibay, Nicolas; Mogonye, J. E.; Michael, Joseph R.; Goeke, Ronald S.; Kotula, Paul G.; Scharf, T. W.; Dugger, Michael Thomas; Prasad, Somuri V.

    2015-04-08

    We describe a correlation between electrical resistivity and grain size for PVD synthesized polycrystalline oxide-hardened metal-matrix thin films in oxide-dilute (<5 vol. % oxide phase) compositions. The correlation is based on the Mayadas-Shatzkes (M-S) electron scattering model, predictive of grain size evolution as a function of composition in the oxide-dilute regime for 2 μm thick Au-ZnO films. We describe a technique to investigate grain boundary (GB) mobility and the thermal stability of GBs based on in situelectrical resistivity measurements during annealing experiments, interpreted using a combination of the M-S model and the Michels et al. model describing solute drag stabilized grain growth kinetics. Using this technique, activation energy and pre-exponential Arrhenius parameter values of Ea = 21.6 kJ/mol and Ao = 2.3 × 10-17 m2/s for Au-1 vol. % ZnO and Ea =12.7 kJ/mol and Ao = 3.1 × 10-18 m2/s for Au-2 vol.% ZnO were determined. In the oxide-dilute regime, the grain size reduction of the Au matrix yielded a maximum hardness of 2.6 GPa for 5 vol. % ZnO. A combined model including percolation behavior and grain refinement is presented that accurately describes the composition dependent change in electrical resistivity throughout the entire composition range for Au-ZnO thin films. As a result, the proposed correlations are supported by microstructural characterization using transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction mapping for grain size determination.

  18. Structure and properties of ZnSxSe1-x thin films deposited by thermal evaporation of ZnS and ZnSe powder mixtures

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    Valeev, R. G.; Romanov, E. A.; Vorobiev, V. L.; Mukhgalin, V. V.; Kriventsov, V. V.; Chukavin, A. I.; Robouch, B. V.

    2015-02-01

    Interest to ZnSxSe1-x alloys is due to their band-gap tunability varying S and Se content. Films of ZnSxSe1-x were grown evaporating ZnS and ZnSe powder mixtures onto SiO2, NaCl, Si and ITO substrates using an original low-cost method. X-ray diffraction patterns and Raman spectroscopy, show that the lattice structure of these films is cubic ZnSe-like, as S atoms replace Se and film compositions have their initial S/Se ratio. Optical absorption spectra show that band gap values increase from 2.25 to 3 eV as x increases, in agreement with the literature. Because S atomic radii are smaller than Se, EXAFS spectra confirm that bond distances and Se coordination numbers decrease as the Se content decreases. The strong deviation from linearity of ZnSe coordination numbers in the ZnSxSe1-x indicate that within this ordered crystal structure strong site occupation preferences occur in the distribution of Se and S ions. The behavior is quantitatively confirmed by the strong deviation from the random Bernoulli distribution of the three sight occupation preference coefficients of the strained tetrahedron model. Actually, the ternary ZnSxSe1-x system is a bi-binary (ZnS+ZnSe) alloy with evanescent formation of ternary configurations throughout the x-range.

  19. Determination of the Origin of Crystal Orientation for Nanocrystalline Bismuth Telluride-Based Thin Films Prepared by Use of the Flash Evaporation Method

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    Takashiri, M.; Tanaka, S.; Miyazaki, K.

    2014-06-01

    We have investigated the origin of crystal orientation for nanocrystalline bismuth telluride-based thin films. Thin films of p-type bismuth telluride antimony (Bi-Te-Sb) and n-type bismuth telluride selenide (Bi-Te-Se) were fabricated by a flash evaporation method, with exactly the same deposition conditions except for the elemental composition of the starting powders. For p-type Bi-Te-Sb thin films the main x-ray diffraction (XRD) peaks were from the c-axis (Σ{00l}/Σ{ hkl} = 0.88) whereas n-type Bi-Te-Se thin films were randomly oriented (Σ{00l}/Σ{ hkl} = 0.40). Crystal orientation, crystallinity, and crystallite size were improved for both types of thin film by sintering. For p-type Bi-Te-Sb thin films, especially, high-quality structures were obtained compared with those of n-type Bi-Te-Se thin films. We also estimated the thermoelectric properties of the as-grown and sintered thin films. The power factor was enhanced by sintering; maximum values were 34.9 μW/cm K2 for p-type Bi-Te-Sb thin films at a sintering temperature of 300°C and 23.9 μW/cm K2 for n-type Bi-Te-Se thin films at a sintering temperature of 350°C. The exact mechanisms of film growth are not yet clear but we deduce the crystal orientation originates from the size of nano-clusters generated on the tungsten boat during flash evaporation.

  20. Vertically self-ordered orientation of nanocrystalline hexagonal boron nitride thin films for enhanced thermal characteristics.

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    Cometto, Olivier; Sun, Bo; Tsang, Siu Hon; Huang, Xi; Koh, Yee Kan; Teo, Edwin Hang Tong

    2015-12-07

    Vertically self-ordered hexagonal boron nitride (ordered h-BN) is a highly ordered turbostratic BN (t-BN) material similar to hexagonal BN, with its planar structure perpendicularly oriented to the substrate. The ordered h-BN thin films were grown using a High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HiPIMS) system with a lanthanum hexaboride (LaB6) target reactively sputtered in nitrogen gas. The best vertical alignment was obtained at room temperature, with a grounded bias and a HiPIMS peak power density of 60 W cm(-2). Even though the film contains up to 7.5 at% lanthanum, it retains its highly insulative properties and it was observed that an increase in compressive stress is correlated to an increase in film ordering quality. Importantly, the thermal conductivity of vertically ordered h-BN is considerably high at 5.1 W m(-1) K(-1). The favourable thermal conductivity coupled with the dielectric properties of this novel material and the low temperature growth could outperform SiO2 in high power density electronic applications.

  1. Highly ordered, accessible and nanocrystalline mesoporous TiO₂ thin films on transparent conductive substrates.

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    Violi, Ianina L; Perez, M Dolores; Fuertes, M Cecilia; Soler-Illia, Galo J A A

    2012-08-01

    Highly porous (V(mesopore) = 25-50%) and ordered mesoporous titania thin films (MTTF) were prepared on ITO (indium tin oxide)-covered glass by a fast two-step method. The effects of substrate surface modification and thermal treatment on pore order, accessibility and crystallinity of the MTTF were systematically studied for MTTF deposited onto bare and titania-modified ITO. MTTF exposed briefly to 550 °C resulted in highly ordered films with grid-like structures, enlarged pore size, and increased accessible pore volume when prepared onto the modified ITO substrate. Mesostructure collapse and no significant change in pore volume were observed for MTTF deposited on bare ITO substrates. Highly crystalline anatase was obtained for MTTF prepared on the modified-ITO treated at high temperatures, establishing the relationship between grid-like structures and titania crystallization. Photocatalytic activity was maximized for samples with increased crystallization and high accessible pore volume. In this manner, a simple way of designing materials with optimized characteristics for optoelectronic applications was achieved through the modification of the ITO surface and a controlled thermal treatment.

  2. Photoelectrocatalytic production of active chlorine on nanocrystalline titanium dioxide thin-film electrodes.

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    Zanoni, Maria Valnice B; Sene, Jeosadaque J; Selcuk, Huseyin; Anderson, Marc A

    2004-06-01

    The production of chlorine and hypochlorite is of great economical and technological interest due to their large-scale use in many kinds of commercial applications. Yet, the current processes are not without problems such as inevitable side reactions and the high cost of production. This work reports the photoelectrocatalytic oxidation of chloride ions to free chlorine as it has been investigated by using titanium dioxide (TiO2) and several metal-doped titanium dioxide (M-TiO2) material electrodes. An average concentration of 800 mg L(-1) of free chlorine was obtained in an open-air reactor using a TiO2 thin-film electrode biased at +1.0 V (SCE) and illuminated by UV light. The M-doped electrodes have performed poorly compared with the pure TiO2 counterpart. Test solutions containing 0.05 mol L(-1) NaCl pH 2.0-4.0 were found to be the best conditions for fast production of free chlorine. A complete investigation of all parameters that influence the global process of chlorine production by the photo electrocatalytic method such as applied potential, concentration of NaCl, pH solution, and time is presented in detail. In addition, photocurrent vs potential curves and the reaction order are also discussed.

  3. Microstructure and optical properties of nanocrystalline Cu2O thin films prepared by electrodeposition

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    2014-01-01

    Cuprous oxide (Cu2O) thin films were prepared by using electrodeposition technique at different applied potentials (−0.1, −0.3, −0.5, −0.7, and −0.9 V) and were annealed in vacuum at a temperature of 100°C for 1 h. Microstructure and optical properties of these films have been investigated by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscope (SEM), UV-visible (vis) spectrophotometer, and fluorescence spectrophotometer. The morphology of these films varies obviously at different applied potentials. Analyses from these characterizations have confirmed that these films are composed of regular, well-faceted, polyhedral crystallites. UV–vis absorption spectra measurements have shown apparent shift in optical band gap from 1.69 to 2.03 eV as the applied potential becomes more cathodic. The emission of FL spectra at 603 nm may be assigned as the near band-edge emission. PMID:24872805

  4. A size-dependent structural evolution of ZnS nanoparticles

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    Khalkhali, Mohammad; Liu, Qingxia; Zeng, Hongbo; Zhang, Hao

    2015-01-01

    Recently, ZnS quantum dots have attracted a lot of attention since they can be a suitable alternative for cadmium-based quantum dots, which are known to be highly carcinogenic for living systems. However, the structural stability of nanocrystalline ZnS seems to be a challenging issue since ZnS nanoparticles have the potential to undergo uncontrolled structural change at room temperature. Using the molecular dynamics technique, we have studied the structural evolution of 1 to 5 nm freestanding ZnS nanoparticles with zinc-blende and wurtzite crystal structures. Simulation results revealed that relaxed configurations of ZnS nanoparticles larger than 3 nm consist of three regions: a) a crystalline core, b) a distorted network of 4-coordinated atoms environing the crystalline core, and c) a surface structure made entirely of 3-coordinated atoms. Decreasing the size of ZnS nanoparticle to 2 nm will cause the crystalline core to disappear. Further reducing the size will cause all of the atoms to become 3-coordinated. Dipole moments of zinc-blende and wurtzite nanoparticles are in the same range when the nanoparticles are smaller than 3 nm. Increasing the size makes dipole moments converge to the bulk values. This makes zinc-blende and wurtzite nanoparticles less and more polar, respectively. PMID:26381583

  5. Thermal and photochemical reactions of methanol on nanocrystalline anatase TiO2 thin films.

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    Bennett, David A; Cargnello, Matteo; Gordon, Thomas R; Murray, Christopher B; Vohs, John M

    2015-07-14

    The catalytic and photo-catalytic activity of well-defined anatase TiO2 nanocrystals for the partial oxidation of methanol was investigated using temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) in ultra-high vacuum in order to determine how crystallite size and shape affect reactivity. The TiO2 films used in this study were prepared from well-defined TiO2 nanocrystals synthesized by colloidal methods. These nanocrystals had a truncated bi-pyramidal shape which exposes primarily (101) and to a lesser extent (001) surfaces and ranged in size from 10 to 25 nm. Two distinct regimes of reactivity were investigated, namely in the dark and under UV light illumination. In the dark, methanol adsorbed dissociatively on the (001) planes and only molecularly on the (101) surfaces. Dissociated methoxy groups on the (001) surfaces coupled to produce dimethyl ether, suggesting the presence of fourfold coordinate Ti cations. Under UV light illumination, the nanocrystals were additionally found to be active for the photo-catalytic oxidation of methanol to methyl formate. On the (101) surfaces, this reaction proceeded in a stepwise photocatalytic pathway involving dehydrogenation of methanol to form methoxy groups and then formaldehyde, followed by coupling of these latter two species to form methyl formate. The (001) surfaces were also found to be photo-catalytically active but surface methoxy groups could be produced thermally and the reaction proceeds only to formaldehyde in the absence of molecularly adsorbed methanol. The overall photocatalytic activity of the nanocrystals was also was found to increase with increasing crystallite size. The results of this study show that thin films of well-defined nanocrystals are excellent model systems that can be used to help bridge the materials gap between studies of single crystal surfaces and high surface area polycrystalline catalysts.

  6. Influence of terbium on structure and luminescence of nanocrystalline TiO2 thin films

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    Wojcieszak, Damian; Kaczmarek, Danuta; Domaradzki, Jaroslaw; Lukowiak, Anna; Strek, Wieslaw

    2013-02-01

    In this work analysis of the structural and optical properties of TiO2 thin films doped with terbium has been described. Samples were prepared by a high energy reactive magnetron sputtering process under low pressure of oxygen plasma. X-ray diffraction results have shown that different TiO2 crystal forms have been produced, depending on the amount of Tb dopant. The undoped matrix had rutile structure with crystallites with a size of 8.7 nm, while incorporation of 0.4 at. % of Tb into the film during the sputtering process resulted in anatase structure with bigger crystallites (11.7 nm). Increasing the amount of terbium up to 2 at. % and 2.6 at. % gave rutile structure with crystallites with a size of 6.6 nm for both films. However, Raman spectroscopy has revealed that in the case of TiO2:(2 at. % Tb), except for the rutile form, the presence of fine-crystalline anatase was observed. Moreover, the lack of Raman peaks shift attests to the lack of stress in the titania lattice of all of the TiO2:Tb films. This fact indicates localization of Tb3+ ions on the surface of TiO2 nanocrystals. In the case of optical investigation, results have shown that doping with terbium has a significant influence on the properties of TiO2, but it does not decrease the high transparency of the matrix. The observed changes of the transmission characteristics were produced only due to modification of the TiO2:Tb structure. Photoluminescence measurements have shown that emission of light from TiO2:Tb films occurs when the amount of terbium is 2.6 at. %. Based on the obtained results a scheme of direct energy transfer from titanium dioxide matrix (with rutile structure) to Tb3+ ions has been proposed.

  7. Characteristics of radio frequency-sputtered ZnS on the flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate.

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    Yoo, Dongjun; Choi, Moon-Suk; Chung, Chulwon; Heo, Seung Chan; Kim, Dohyung; Choi, Changhwan

    2013-12-01

    Zinc sulfide (ZnS) thin film was deposited on the flexible polyethylene-terephtalate (PET) polymer substrate by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering system. ZnS film has a critical thickness range affecting crystal structure where it shows preferred orientation with intensity peak of X-ray diffractometer at 28.4 degrees for ZnS thinner than 200 nm while hexagonal wurtzite and cubic zinc-blend (101) are co-existed for film thicker than 200 nm. Optical band gap energy (Eg) decreases with increasing RF-powers, resulting from increase in film thickness. Eg of ZnS films on PET is 3.68-3.86 eV, which is lower than that of ZnS on the rigid substrate by 0.27-0.28 eV. This is attributed to amount of incorporated oxygen to ZnS material as well as residual strain and disorder of grain boundary. Transmittance of ZnS on PET degrades due to surface defects and complex internal structure. Energy dispersive spectroscopy reveals out that ZnS film does not have a unity of Zn to S ratio, but it is close to stoichiometric composition with increasing thickness.

  8. Optical and impedance studies of pure and Ba-doped ZnS quantum dots

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    Firdous, Arfat; Baba, M. Aslam; Singh, D.; Bhat, Abdul Hamid

    2015-02-01

    Chemical precipitation method using a high-boiling solvent is used to synthesize ZnS and Ba-doped ZnS quantum dots. The presence of organic ligands in the prepared nanostructures is verified using Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopic studies. The samples have been analysed using X-ray diffraction analysis confirming nanocrystallinity of the as-prepared quantum dots (QD). The mean crystal size obtained by full width half maxima analysis is 3.2 nm for ZnS and 3.9, 4.2 nm for ZnS:Ba (2, 4 mM). TEM micrographs also reveal nanosized particles of ZnS and Ba-doped ZnS. An optical absorption study conducted in UV-Vis range 150-600 nm reveals the transparency of these quantum dots in entire visible range but not in ultraviolet range. The results based on optical analysis yield band gap values as 4.88 eV for ZnS and 4.69, 4.43 eV for ZnS:Ba (2, 4 mM) quantum dots. Impedance analysis of the samples was carried out to reveal the variation of impedance with frequency at room temperature. These results show the capacitive admittance associated with the quantum dots and hence nanostructure ZnS and Ba-doped ZnS can have potential applications in electronics as nano-tuned devices in which resonant frequency can be adjusted by controlling the size and shape of the quantum dots.

  9. Photodriven spin change of Fe(II) benzimidazole compounds anchored to nanocrystalline TiO(2) thin films.

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    Xia, Hai-Long; Ardo, Shane; Narducci Sarjeant, Amy A; Huang, Sunxiang; Meyer, Gerald J

    2009-12-01

    Ferrous tris-chelate compounds based on 2-(2'-pyridyl)benzimidazole (pybzim) have been prepared and characterized for studies of spin equilibria in fluid solution and when anchored to the surface of mesoporous nanocrystalline (anatase) TiO(2) and colloidal ZrO(2) thin films. The solid state structure of Fe(pybzim)(3)(ClO(4))(2).CH(3)CN.H(2)O was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction at 110 K to be triclinic, P-1, a = 11.6873(18), b = 12.2318(12), c = 14.723(4) A, alpha = 89.864(13) degrees , beta = 71.430(17) degrees , gamma = 73.788(11) degrees , V = 1907.1(6) A(3), Z = 2, and R = 0.0491. The iron compound has a meridional FeN(6) distorted octahedral geometry with bond lengths expected for a low-spin iron center at 110 K. The visible absorption spectra of Fe(pybzim)(3)(2+) and Fe(pymbA)(3)(2+), where pymbA is 4-(2-pyridin-2-yl-benzimidazol-1-ylmethyl)-benzoic acid, in methanol solution were dominated by metal-to-ligand charge-transfer (MLCT) bands. Variable-temperature UV-visible absorption spectroscopy revealed dramatic changes in the extinction coefficient consistent with a high-spin ((1)A) left harpoon over right harpoon low-spin ((5)T) equilibrium. Thermodynamic parameters for the temperature-dependent spin equilibrium of Fe(pymbA)(3)(2+) in methanol were determined to be DeltaH(HL) = 3270 +/- 210 cm(-1) and DeltaS(HL) = 13.3 +/- 0.8 cm(-1) K(-1). The corresponding values for Fe(pybzimEE)(3)(2+), where pybzimEE is (2-pyridin-2-yl-benzimidazol-1-yl)-acetic acid ethyl ester, in acetonitrile solution were determined to be 3072 +/- 34 cm(-1)and 10.5 +/- 0.1 cm(-1) K(-1). The temperature-dependent effective magnetic moments of Fe(pybzimEE)(3)(2+) in acetonitrile solution were also quantified by the Evans method. Pulsed 532 nm light excitation of Fe(pybzim)(3)(2+) or Fe(pymbA)(3)(2+) in solution resulted in an immediate bleach of the MLCT absorption bands. Relaxation back to the equilibrium state followed a first-order reaction mechanism. Arrhenius analysis

  10. Length Scale Discontinuities Between Non-Crystalline And Nano-Crystalline Thin Films: Chemical Bonding Self-Organization, Broken Constraints And Reductions of Macroscopic Strain

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    Lucovsky, G.; Phillips, J.C.

    2009-05-19

    This paper identifies different length scales, {lambda}{sub s}, for strain-reducing chemical bonding self-organizations in non-crystalline and nano-crystalline thin films. Length scales have been identified through spectroscopic studies, thermal heat flow measurements, and are analyzed by semi-empirical bond-constraint theory (SE-BCT) and symmetry adapted linear combinations (SALC) of atomic states. In both instances, strain-reducing self-organizations result in reduced defect densities that are minimized and enabling for device applications. The length scale for non-crystalline solids extends to at most 1 nm, and more generally to 0.5-0.8 nm; however, there are two different length scales for nano-crystalline films: one is <2.5 nm and is characterized by suppression of longer range ordering required for complex unit cells based on more than one primitive unit cell and the second is >3-3.5 nm and defines a regime where complex unit cells, comprised of two or more primitive unit cells are stabilized and the electronic structure is changed.

  11. Galvanic deposition of nanocrystalline ZnO thin films from a ZnO-Zn(OH)(2) mixed phase precursor on p-Si substrate.

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    Mukherjee, N; Bhattacharyya, P; Banerjee, M; Mondal, A; Gettens, Robert T T; Ghosh, P K; Saha, H

    2006-05-28

    A galvanic technique for the deposition of ZnO thin films is reported. The depositions were carried out on p-type single-crystal silicon substrates at room temperature, from a solution of ZnSO(4), where the Zn rod acted as a sacrificing anode and p-Si was the cathode. The deposition of ZnO by this method is pH sensitive, and a pH between 4 and 5 is found to be optimum for film deposition. This deposition technique is simple, inexpensive and can be carried out at room temperature. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies revealed the nanocrystalline structure of the films. The resistivity of the annealed ZnO films was determined by the Van der Pauw measurement technique.

  12. Synthesis of nanocrystalline Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} thin films grown by the spray-pyrolysis technique

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    Chandel, Tarun Singh, Joginder; Rajaram, P.

    2015-08-28

    Spray pyrolysis was used to deposit Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} (CZTS) thin films on soda lime glass substrates at 300 °C. Aqueous solutions of copper chloride, zinc chloride, stannous chloride and thiourea were mixed together to form the spray liquid. The sprayed films were annealed under vacuum at 350 °C, 400 °C and 450 °C. Structural and optical characterization was performed on the CZTS films using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and UV-VIS spectrophotometry. XRD results indicate that the films are single phase nanocrystalline CZTS. Optical studies show that the optical gap values are 1.44 eV for the as-grown film and 1.46 eV, 1.48 eV and 1.49 eV for the films annealed at 350 °C, 400 °C and 450 °C, respectively.

  13. Thin Layer Electrochemical Studies of ZnS, ZnSe, and ZnTe Formation by Electrochemical Atomic Layer Epitaxy (ECALE)

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    1997-10-16

    Thin-layer electrochemical studies of the underpotential deposition (UPD) of Zn, Te, Se, and S on polycrystalline Au substrates have been performed...was scanned. Sulfur atomic layers were spontaneously deposited below -0.6 V from a sulfide solution. Thermodynamic effects are clearly evident during...the first monolayer of deposition . Zinc deposition onto Te, Se, and S coated electrodes occurs at progressively more positive potentials as the

  14. Electron diffraction based analysis of phase fractions and texture in nanocrystalline thin films, part III: application examples.

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    Lábár, J L; Adamik, M; Barna, B P; Czigány, Zs; Fogarassy, Zs; Horváth, Z E; Geszti, O; Misják, F; Morgiel, J; Radnóczi, G; Sáfrán, G; Székely, L; Szüts, T

    2012-04-01

    In this series of articles, a method is presented that performs (semi)quantitative phase analysis for nanocrystalline transmission electron microscope samples from selected area electron diffraction (SAED) patterns. Volume fractions and degree of fiber texture are determined for the nanocrystalline components. The effect of the amorphous component is minimized by empirical background interpolation. First, the two-dimensional SAED pattern is converted into a one-dimensional distribution similar to X-ray diffraction. Volume fractions of the nanocrystalline components are determined by fitting the spectral components, calculated for the previously identified phases with a priori known structures. These Markers are calculated not only for kinematic conditions, but the Blackwell correction is also applied to take into account dynamic effects for medium thicknesses. Peak shapes and experimental parameters (camera length, etc.) are refined during the fitting iterations. Parameter space is explored with the help of the Downhill-SIMPLEX. The method is implemented in a computer program that runs under the Windows operating system. Part I presented the principles, while part II elaborated current implementation. The present part III demonstrates the usage and efficiency of the computer program by numerous examples. The suggested experimental protocol should be of benefit in experiments aimed at phase analysis using electron diffraction methods.

  15. Deposition of nanocrystalline thin TiO2 films for MOS capacitors using Sol-Gel spin method with Pt and Al top electrodes

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    Rathee, Davinder; Kumar, Mukesh; Arya, Sandeep K.

    2012-10-01

    Nanocrystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2) films were deposited by Sol-Gel spin coating method on well clean P<1 0 0> Si substrate. Titanium isoproxide Ti(OC3H7O2)4 (TIP) was used as the Titania precursor. The thickness, composition, and surface morphology of the thin films were characterized using Stylus profilometer, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Field-Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM) and Atomic Force Microscope (AFM). The crystallite sizes of the TiO2 grains were measured from the typical diffraction peaks and were found to be approximately 23-54 nm. The XRD pattern and Raman spectrum analysis of the deposited film confirmed the polymorphism nature of TiO2 thin films. After annealing at high temperature; the phase transition, improvement in crystallinity, structure and property of the films were being observed. The six Raman peaks were analyzed at 145 cm-1, 199 cm-1, 397 cm-1, 516 cm-1 (doublet) and 637 cm-1 corresponding to active mode of anatase phase. Capacitance-Voltage (C-V) measurement analysis was performed to obtain various devices and process parameters. Metal Oxide Semiconductor (MOS) capacitors with Pt and Al as the top electrode were fabricated to explore electrical characteristics. The refractive index by ellipsometry was found 2.36 and dielectric constant was calculated as 58. In this study, the comparison of the leakage current for TiO2 thin films fabricated by various methods has also been reported.

  16. Properties of Al-doped ZnS Films Grown by Chemical Bath Deposition

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    Nagamani, K.; Prathap, P.; Lingappa, Y.; Miles, R. W.; Reddy, K. T. R.

    Zinc sulphide (ZnS) buffer layers are a cadmium free, wider energy band gap, alternative to the cadmium sulphide (CdS) buffer layers commonly used in copper indium gallium diselenide (CuInGaSe2)-based solar cells. However extrinsic doping of the ZnS is important to lower the resistivity of the layers and to improve flexibility of device design. In this work, Al-doped ZnS nanocrystalline films have been produced on glass substrates using a chemical bath deposition (CBD) method. The Al- concentration was varied from 0 at. % to 10 at. %, keeping other deposition parameters constant. The elemental composition of a typical sample with 6 at. % 'Al' in ZnS was Zn=44.9 at. %, S=49.8 at. % and Al=5.3 at.%. The X-ray diffraction data taken on these samples showed a broad peak corresponding to the (111) plane of ZnS while the crystallite size varied in the range, 8 - 15 nm, depending on the concentration of Al in the layers. The films with a Al-doping content of 6 at. % had an optical transmittance of 75% in the visible range and the energy band gap evaluated from the data was 3.66 eV. The films n-type electrical conductivities and the electrical resistivity varied in the range, 107-103 Ωcm, it decreasing with an increase of the Al-concentration in the solution.

  17. High-efficiency cadmium-free Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} thin-film solar cells with chemically deposited ZnS buffer layers

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    Nakada, Tokio; Furumi, Keisuke; Kunioka, Akio

    1999-10-01

    Cadmium-free Cu(In,Ga)Se{sub 2} (CIGS) thin-film solar cells with a MgF{sub 2}/ZnO:Al/CBD-ZnS/CIGS/Mo/SLG structure have been fabricated using chemical bath deposition (CBD)-ZnS buffer layers and high-quality CIGS absorber layers grown using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) system. The use of CBD-ZnS, which is a wider band gap material than CBD-CdS, improved the quantum efficiency of fabricated cells at short wavelengths, leading to an increase in the short-circuit current. The best cell at present yielded an active area efficiency of 16.9% which is the highest value reported previously for Cd-free CIGS thin-film solar cells. The as-fabricated solar cells exhibited a reversible light-soaking effect under AM 1.5, 100 mW/cm{sup 2} illumination. This paper also presents a discussion of the issues relating to the use of the CBD-ZnS buffer material for improving device performance.

  18. Enhanced Cu emission in ZnS : Cu,Cl/ZnS core-shell nanocrystals

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    Corrado, Carley; Hawker, Morgan; Livingston, Grant; Medling, Scott; Bridges, Frank; Zhang, Jin Z.

    2010-07-01

    ZnS : Cu,Cl/ZnS core-shell nanocrystals (NCs) have been synthesized via a facile aqueous synthesis method. The shell growth of the NCs was observed via a red-shift in the UV-Vis absorption spectra with increasing NC size. The Cu photoluminescence (PL) emission was enhanced by capping with a thin ZnS shell. The ZnS : Cu (0.2%) and ZnS : Cu (0.5%) show a more pronounced red-shift in the apparent PL peak position as well as a 37% and 67% increase in emission intensity, respectively, in comparison to the undoped NCs. The observed red-shift is mainly due to an increase in intensity of the Cu PL emission. The 1% Cu-doped NCs exhibit very little red-shift because the observed emission is dominated by the Cu-dopant and thus nearly independent of the size of the NCs. The increase in Cu emission is evidence that Cu atoms occupying non-emissive surface sites in doped ZnS NCs were encapsulated by the ZnS shell. Extended X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) data also suggests that the Cu had slightly more neighbors upon growth of a ZnS shell, indicating its encapsulation into the core of the NCs. The EXAFS Zn edge data also indicate greater disorder in the ZnS structure when the shell is grown, which may be attributed to the ZnS shell being more amorphous than the core NCs. This study demonstrates that core-shell structures can be used as a simple and yet powerful strategy to enhance PL properties of doped semiconductor NCs.

  19. The effect of solution pH on the electrochemical performance of nanocrystalline metal ferrites MFe2O4 (M=Cu, Zn, and Ni) thin films

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    Elsayed, E. M.; Rashad, M. M.; Khalil, H. F. Y.; Ibrahim, I. A.; Hussein, M. R.; El-Sabbah, M. M. B.

    2016-04-01

    Nanocrystalline metal ferrite MFe2O4 (M=Cu, Zn, and Ni) thin films have been synthesized via electrodeposition-anodization process. Electrodeposited (M)Fe2 alloys were obtained from aqueous sulfate bath. The formed alloys were electrochemically oxidized (anodized) in aqueous (1 M KOH) solution, at room temperature, to the corresponding hydroxides. The parameters controlling the current efficiency of the electrodeposition of (M)Fe2 alloys such as the bath composition and the current density were studied and optimized. The anodized (M)Fe2 alloy films were annealed in air at 400 °C for 2 h. The results revealed the formation of three ferrite thin films were formed. The crystallite sizes of the produced films were in the range between 45 and 60 nm. The microstructure of the formed film was ferrite type dependent. The corrosion behavior of ferrite thin films in different pH solutions was investigated using open circuit potential (OCP) and potentiodynamic polarization measurements. The open circuit potential indicates that the initial potential E im of ZnFe2O4 thin films remained constant for a short time, then sharply increased in the less negative direction in acidic and alkaline medium compared with Ni and Cu ferrite films. The values of the corrosion current density I corr were higher for the ZnFe2O4 films at pH values of 1 and 12 compared with that of NiFe2O4 and CuFe2O4 which were higher only at pH value 1. The corrosion rate was very low for the three ferrite films when immersion in the neutral medium. The surface morphology recommended that Ni and Cu ferrite films were safely used in neutral and alkaline medium, whereas Zn ferrite film was only used in neutral atmospheres.

  20. Influence of surfactant and annealing temperature on optical properties of sol-gel derived nano-crystalline TiO2 thin films.

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    Vishwas, M; Sharma, Sudhir Kumar; Rao, K Narasimha; Mohan, S; Gowda, K V Arjuna; Chakradhar, R P S

    2010-03-01

    Titanium dioxide thin films have been synthesized by sol-gel spin coating technique on glass and silicon substrates with and without surfactant polyethylene glycol (PEG). XRD and SEM results confirm the presence of nano-crystalline (anatase) phase at an annealing temperature of 300 degrees C. The influence of surfactant and annealing temperature on optical properties of TiO(2) thin films has been studied. Optical constants and film thickness were estimated by Swanepoel's (envelope) method and by ellipsometric measurements in the visible spectral range. The optical transmittance and reflectance were found to decrease with an increase in PEG percentage. Refractive index of the films decreased and film thickness increased with the increase in percentage of surfactant. The refractive index of the un-doped TiO(2) films was estimated at different annealing temperatures and it has increased with the increasing annealing temperature. The optical band gap of pure TiO(2) films was estimated by Tauc's method at different annealing temperature.

  1. Study of electronic characteristics of heterojunction with intrinsic thin-layer devices and defect density profile of nanocrystalline silicon germanium devices

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    Mulder, Watson

    Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin-layer (HIT) solar cells are an important photovoltaic technology, recently reaching record power conversion efficiencies. HIT cells hold advantages over the conventional crystalline Si solar cells, such as their fabrication at lower temperatures and their shorter fabrication time. It is important to understand the electronic characteristics and transport properties of HIT cells to continue to improve their efficiencies. The fundamental measurements of a HIT solar cell with an innovative n+/p/p+ structure are presented. We also report on a series of these HIT cells fabricated on wafers with different doping concentrations, observing the relationship between doping concentration and characteristics such as open-circuit voltage and diffusion length. Nanocrystalline Silicon-Germanium (nc-SiGe) is a useful material for photovoltaic devices and photodetectors. The material features good absorption extending to the infrared region even in thin layers. Its bandgap can be adjusted between that of Si (˜1.1 eV) and Ge (˜0.7 eV) by varying the alloy composition ratio during deposition. However, there has been very little previous work to measure and understand the defect density spectrum of nc-SiGe. Defects are responsible for controlling the recombination and thus the performance of solar cell devices. Capacitance-Frequency measurements at various temperatures are used in order to estimate the trap density profile within the bandgap of nc-SiGe.

  2. Optical and electrical properties of copper-incorporated ZnS films applicable as solar cell absorbers

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    Mehrabian, M.; Esteki, Z.; Shokrvash, H.; Kavei, G.

    2016-10-01

    Un-doped and Cu-doped ZnS (ZnS:Cu) thin films were synthesized by Successive Ion Layer Absorption and Reaction (SILAR) method. The UV-visible absorption studies have been used to calculate the band gap values of the fabricated ZnS:Cu thin films. It was observed that by increasing the concentration of Cu2+ ions, the Fermi level moves toward the edge of the valence band of ZnS. Photoluminescence spectra of un-doped and Cu-doped ZnS thin films was recorded under 355 nm. The emission spectrum of samples has a blue emission band at 436 nm. The peak positions of the luminescence showed a red shift as the Cu2+ ion concentration was increased, which indicates that the acceptor level (of Cu2+) is getting close to the valence band of ZnS.

  3. Magnetism in undoped ZnS studied from density functional theory

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    Xiao, Wen-Zhi E-mail: llwang@hun.edu.cn; Rong, Qing-Yan; Xiao, Gang; Wang, Ling-ling E-mail: llwang@hun.edu.cn; Meng, Bo

    2014-06-07

    The magnetic property induced by the native defects in ZnS bulk, thin film, and quantum dots are investigated comprehensively based on density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation + Hubbard U (GGA + U) approach. We find the origin of magnetism is closely related to the introduction of hole into ZnS systems. The relative localization of S-3p orbitals is another key to resulting in unpaired p-electron, due to Hund's rule. For almost all the ZnS systems under study, the magnetic moment arises from the S-dangling bonds generated by Zn vacancies. The charge-neutral Zn vacancy, Zn vacancy in 1− charge sate, and S vacancy in the 1+ charge sate produce a local magnetic moment of 2.0, 1.0, and 1.0 μ{sub B}, respectively. The Zn vacancy in the neutral and 1− charge sates are the important cause for the ferromagnetism in ZnS bulk, with a Curie temperature (T{sub C}) above room temperature. For ZnS thin film with clean (111) surfaces, the spins on each surface are ferromagnetically coupled but antiferromagnetically coupled between two surfaces, which is attributable to the internal electric field between the two polar (111) surfaces of the thin film. Only surface Zn vacancies can yield local magnetic moment for ZnS thin film and quantum dot, which is ascribed to the surface effect. Interactions between magnetic moments on S-3p states induced by hole-doping are responsible for the ferromagnetism observed experimentally in various ZnS samples.

  4. Effect of the nanocrystalline structure type on the optical properties of TiO2:Nd (1 at.%) thin films

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    Mazur, Michal; Wojcieszak, Damian; Kaczmarek, Danuta; Domaradzki, Jaroslaw; Zatryb, Grzegorz; Misiewicz, Jan; Morgiel, Jerzy

    2015-04-01

    Titanium dioxide thin films, each doped with the same amount of neodymium (1 at.%) were deposited by Low Pressure Hot Target Reactive Sputtering and High Energy Reactive Magnetron Sputtering processes in order to obtain anatase and rutile thin film structures respectively. The microstructure and phase composition were analyzed using the transmission electron microscopy method including high resolution electron microscopy imaging. The measurements of the optical properties showed, that both prepared thin films were transparent in the visible light range and had a low extinction coefficient of ca. 3 ṡ 10-3. The thin film with the anatase structure had a lower cut-off wavelength and refractive index and a higher value of optical energy band gap as-compared to the TiO2:Nd coating with the rutile structure. Simultaneously, more efficient photoluminescence emission was observed for the rutile thin films.

  5. Optical properties of ZnS and Cu2+ doped ZnS nanostructures

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    Sarkar, A.; Chakrabarty, N.; Bera, S.; Chakraborty, A. K.

    2015-06-01

    Flower like ZnS and ZnS:Cu2+ nanostructures are developed by simple chemical route. Structural, morphological and optical characterizations are carried out by XRD, FESEM, UV-Visible absorption spectroscopy and FTIR. Analysis indicates successful incorporation of Cu2+ ions into ZnS lattice. Optical studies show that the copper doped ZnS enhances the optical property of pristine ZnS by harvesting more visible light.

  6. Evidence of quantum correction to conductivity and variable range hopping conduction in nano-crystalline Cu{sub 3}N thin film

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    Sahoo, Guruprasad Jain, Mahaveer K.

    2015-10-15

    We have investigated the temperature dependent carrier transport properties of nano-crystalline copper nitride thin films synthesized by modified activated reactive evaporation. The films, prepared in a Cu-rich growth condition are found to be highly disordered and the carrier transport in these films is mainly attributed to the impurity band conduction. We have observed that no single conduction mechanism is appropriate to elucidate the carrier transport in the entire temperature range of 20 – 300 K. Therefore, we have employed different conduction mechanisms in different temperature regimes. The carrier transport of the films in the low temperature regime (20 – 150 K) has been interpreted by implementing quantum correction to the conductivity. In the high temperature regime (200 – 300 K), the conduction mechanism has been successfully analyzed on the basis of Mott’s variable range hopping mechanism. Furthermore, it can be predicted that copper ions present at the surface of the crystallites are responsible for the hopping conduction mechanism.

  7. Microscopic model for exchange bias from grain-boundary disorder in a ferromagnet/antiferromagnet thin film with a nanocrystalline microstructure

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    Cortie, D. L.; Biternas, A. G.; Chantrell, R. W.; Wang, X. L.; Klose, F.

    2014-07-21

    Monte Carlo spin simulations were coupled to a Voronoi microstructure-generator to predict the magnitude and behavior of exchange bias in a ferromagnet/antiferromagnet (AF) thin film bilayer with a nanocrystalline microstructure. Our model accounts for the effects of irregular grain-shapes, finite-sized particles, and the possible presence of local random-fields originating from the antiferromagnet's grain-boundary regions. As the grain-boundary represents a crystal-structure distortion, we model the local effect on the exchange constants in the Gaussian approximation which can cause regions resembling a spin glass confined to an unusual 2D topology. Although an ensemble of completely disconnected AF grains isolated by non-magnetic barriers provides a small exchange bias, the introduction of a spin-glass network at the boundaries causes a four-fold enhancement in the magnitude of the loop-shift. This implies the importance of local grain-boundary behavior in defect-engineered antiferromagnets.

  8. Infrared optical properties of amorphous and nanocrystalline Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} thin films

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    Bright, T. J.; Watjen, J. I.; Zhang, Z. M.; Muratore, C.; Voevodin, A. A.; Koukis, D. I.; Tanner, D. B.; Arenas, D. J.

    2013-08-28

    The optical constants of tantalum pentoxide (Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}) are determined in a broad spectral region from the visible to the far infrared. Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} films of various thicknesses from approximately 170 to 1600 nm are deposited using reactive magnetron sputtering on Si substrates. X-ray diffraction shows that the as-deposited films are amorphous, and annealing in air at 800 °C results in the formation of nanocrystalline Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}. Ellipsometry is used to obtain the dispersion in the visible and near-infrared. Two Fourier-transform infrared spectrometers are used to measure the transmittance and reflectance at wavelengths from 1 to 1000 μm. The surface topography and microstructure of the samples are examined using atomic force microscopy, confocal microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. Classical Lorentz oscillators are employed to model the absorption bands due to phonons and impurities. A simple model is introduced to account for light scattering in the annealed films, which contain micro-cracks. For the unannealed samples, an effective-medium approximation is used to take into account the adsorbed moisture in the film and a Drude free-electron term is also added to model the broad background absorption.

  9. An investigation on the effect of high partial pressure of hydrogen on the nanocrystalline structure of silicon carbide thin films prepared by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering.

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    Daouahi, Mohsen; Omri, Mourad; Kerm, Abdul Ghani Yousseph; Al-Agel, Faisal Abdulaziz; Rekik, Najeh

    2015-02-05

    The aim of the study reported in this paper is to investigate the role of the high partial pressure of hydrogen introduced during the growth of nanocrystalline silicon carbide thin films (nc-SiC:H). For this purpose, we report the preparation as well as spectroscopic studies of four series of nc-SiC:H obtained by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering at high partial pressure of hydrogen by varying the percentage of H2 in the gas mixture from 70% to 100% at common substrate temperature (TS=500°C). The effects of the dilution on the structural changes and the chemical bonding of the different series have been studied using Fourier transform infrared and Raman spectroscopy. For this range of hydrogen dilution, two groups of films were obtained. The first group is characterized by the dominance of the crystalline phase and the second by a dominance of the amorphous phase. This result confirms the multiphase structure of the grown nc-SiC:H thin films by the coexistence of the SiC network, carbon-like and silicon-like clusters. Furthermore, infrared results show that the SiC bond is the dominant absorption peak and the carbon atom is preferentially bonded to silicon. The maximum value obtained of the crystalline fraction is about 77%, which is relatively important compared to other results obtained by other techniques. In addition, the concentration of CHn bonds was found to be lower than that of SiHn for all series. Raman measurements revealed that the crystallization occurs in all series even at 100% H2 dilution suggesting that high partial pressure of hydrogen favors the formation of silicon nanocrystallites (nc-Si). The absence of both the longitudinal acoustic band and the transverse optical band indicate that the crystalline phase is dominant.

  10. Structural, optical, and transport properties of nanocrystalline bismuth telluride thin films treated with homogeneous electron beam irradiation and thermal annealing.

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    Takashiri, Masayuki; Asai, Yuki; Yamauchi, Kazuki

    2016-08-19

    We investigated the effects of homogeneous electron beam (EB) irradiation and thermal annealing treatments on the structural, optical, and transport properties of bismuth telluride thin films. Bismuth telluride thin films were prepared by an RF magnetron sputtering method at room temperature. After deposition, the films were treated with homogeneous EB irradiation, thermal annealing, or a combination of both the treatments (two-step treatment). We employed Williamson-Hall analysis for separating the strain contribution from the crystallite domain contribution in the x-ray diffraction data of the films. We found that strain was induced in the thin films by EB irradiation and was relieved by thermal annealing. The crystal orientation along c-axis was significantly enhanced by the two-step treatment. Scanning electron microscopy indicated the melting and aggregation of nano-sized grains on the film surface by the two-step treatment. Optical analysis indicated that the interband transition of all the thin films was possibly of the indirect type, and that thermal annealing and two-step treatment methods increased the band gap of the films due to relaxation of the strain. Thermoelectric performance was significantly improved by the two-step treatment. The power factor reached a value of 17.2 μW (cm(-1) K(-2)), approximately 10 times higher than that of the as-deposited thin films. We conclude that improving the crystal orientation and relaxing the strain resulted in enhanced thermoelectric performance.

  11. Structural, optical, and transport properties of nanocrystalline bismuth telluride thin films treated with homogeneous electron beam irradiation and thermal annealing

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    Takashiri, Masayuki; Asai, Yuki; Yamauchi, Kazuki

    2016-08-01

    We investigated the effects of homogeneous electron beam (EB) irradiation and thermal annealing treatments on the structural, optical, and transport properties of bismuth telluride thin films. Bismuth telluride thin films were prepared by an RF magnetron sputtering method at room temperature. After deposition, the films were treated with homogeneous EB irradiation, thermal annealing, or a combination of both the treatments (two-step treatment). We employed Williamson-Hall analysis for separating the strain contribution from the crystallite domain contribution in the x-ray diffraction data of the films. We found that strain was induced in the thin films by EB irradiation and was relieved by thermal annealing. The crystal orientation along c-axis was significantly enhanced by the two-step treatment. Scanning electron microscopy indicated the melting and aggregation of nano-sized grains on the film surface by the two-step treatment. Optical analysis indicated that the interband transition of all the thin films was possibly of the indirect type, and that thermal annealing and two-step treatment methods increased the band gap of the films due to relaxation of the strain. Thermoelectric performance was significantly improved by the two-step treatment. The power factor reached a value of 17.2 μW (cm-1 K-2), approximately 10 times higher than that of the as-deposited thin films. We conclude that improving the crystal orientation and relaxing the strain resulted in enhanced thermoelectric performance.

  12. Transition from a nanocrystalline phase to an amorphous phase in In-Si-O thin films: The correlation between the microstructure and the optical properties

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    Park, Jun-Woo; So, Hyeon Seob; Lee, Hosun; Lee, Hye-Min; Kim, Hyo-Joong; Kim, Han-Ki

    2015-04-21

    We investigated the structural and optical properties of In-Si-O thin films as the phase abruptly changes from nanocrystalline (nc) to amorphous (a) with increasing Si content. In-Si-O thin films were deposited on Si substrate using a co-sputtering deposition method. The RF power of the In{sub 2}O{sub 3} target was fixed at 100 W, while the power applied to the SiO{sub 2} target was varied between 0 W and 60 W. At the Si = 2.8 at. %, i.e., at the onset of amorphous phase, the optical properties, including the dielectric functions, optical gap energies, and phonon modes, changed abruptly which were triggered by changes in the crystallinity and surface morphology. X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra showed crystalline (c-) In{sub 2}O{sub 3}-like peaks below Si = 2.2%. Additionally, a broad peak associated with an amorphous (a-) In{sub 2}O{sub 3} phase appeared above 2.8%. However, the Raman spectra of In-Si-O showed very weak peaks associated with c-In{sub 2}O{sub 3} below 2.2%, and then showed a strong Raman peak associated with a-In-Si-O above 2.8%. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements showed that oxygen vacancy-related peak intensities increased abruptly above Si = 2.8%. The contrasting results of XRD and Raman measurements can be explained as follows: first, the large enhancement in Drude tails in the a-In-Si-O phase was caused by Si-induced amorphization and a large increase in the density of oxygen vacancies in the In-Si-O thin films. Second, the apparently drastic increase of the Raman peak intensity near 364 cm{sup −1} (for amorphous phase, i.e., above Si = 2.8%) is attributed to a disorder-activated infrared mode caused by both the amorphization and the increase in the oxygen vacancy density in In-Si-O thin films.

  13. Influencing the structural, microstructural and optical properties of PbS nanocrystalline thin films by Mg2+ doping

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    Gassoumi, Abdelaziz; Alleg, Safia; Kamoun-Turki, Najoua

    2016-07-01

    The aim of the current work is study the effect of Mg2+ doping (0-4%) on lead sulfide (PbS) thin films prepared using a simplest and cost effective chemical bath deposition (CBD) technique on glass substrates at ambient temperature and pressure. The effect of Mg2+ content on structural, morphological and optical properties of PbS thin films was studied. Powder X-ray diffraction and Atomic Force Microscopic results showed that all the deposited thin films exhibits both nanostructured and polycrystalline nature with cubic structure. The remarkable effect on optical transmittance and band gap was observed due to Mg2+ doping for all the films. The optical energy band gap values were found to enhance with increasing the Mg2+ content in PbS thin films. Further, the refractive index was calculated and a relationship with energy band gap was investigated and also the high frequency dielectric constant (ε∞) was determined using the energy band gap values as a function of the Mg2+ content.

  14. Enhanced Growth and Osteogenic Differentiation of Human Osteoblast-Like Cells on Boron-Doped Nanocrystalline Diamond Thin Films

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    Grausova, Lubica; Kromka, Alexander; Burdikova, Zuzana; Eckhardt, Adam; Rezek, Bohuslav; Vacik, Jiri; Haenen, Ken; Lisa, Vera; Bacakova, Lucie

    2011-01-01

    Intrinsic nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) films have been proven to be promising substrates for the adhesion, growth and osteogenic differentiation of bone-derived cells. To understand the role of various degrees of doping (semiconducting to metallic-like), the NCD films were deposited on silicon substrates by a microwave plasma-enhanced CVD process and their boron doping was achieved by adding trimethylboron to the CH4:H2 gas mixture, the B∶C ratio was 133, 1000 and 6700 ppm. The room temperature electrical resistivity of the films decreased from >10 MΩ (undoped films) to 55 kΩ, 0.6 kΩ, and 0.3 kΩ (doped films with 133, 1000 and 6700 ppm of B, respectively). The increase in the number of human osteoblast-like MG 63 cells in 7-day-old cultures on NCD films was most apparent on the NCD films doped with 133 and 1000 ppm of B (153,000±14,000 and 152,000±10,000 cells/cm2, respectively, compared to 113,000±10,000 cells/cm2 on undoped NCD films). As measured by ELISA per mg of total protein, the cells on NCD with 133 and 1000 ppm of B also contained the highest concentrations of collagen I and alkaline phosphatase, respectively. On the NCD films with 6700 ppm of B, the cells contained the highest concentration of focal adhesion protein vinculin, and the highest amount of collagen I was adsorbed. The concentration of osteocalcin also increased with increasing level of B doping. The cell viability on all tested NCD films was almost 100%. Measurements of the concentration of ICAM-1, i.e. an immunoglobuline adhesion molecule binding inflammatory cells, suggested that the cells on the NCD films did not undergo significant immune activation. Thus, the potential of NCD films for bone tissue regeneration can be further enhanced and tailored by B doping and that B doping up to metallic-like levels is not detrimental for cells. PMID:21695172

  15. Anomalous behavior of B{sub 1g} mode in highly transparent anatase nano-crystalline Nb-doped Titanium Dioxide (NTO) thin films

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    Gautam, Subodh K. E-mail: fouran@gmail.com; Ojha, S.; Singh, Fouran E-mail: fouran@gmail.com; Gautam, Naina; Singh, R. G.; Shukla, D. K.

    2015-12-15

    The effect of Niobium doping and size of crystallites on highly transparent nano-crystalline Niobium doped Titanium Dioxide (NTO) thin films with stable anatase phase are reported. The Nb doping concentration is varied within the solubility limit in TiO{sub 2} lattice. Films were annealed in controlled environment for improving the crystallinity and size of crystallites. Elemental and thickness analysis were carried out using Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and cross sectional field emission scanning electron microscopy. Structural characteristics reveal a substitutional incorporation of Nb{sup +5} in the TiO{sub 2} lattice which inhibits the anatase crystallites growth with increasing the doping percentage. The micro-Raman (MR) spectra of films with small size crystallites shows stiffening of about 4 cm{sup −1} for the E{sub g(1)} mode and is ascribed to phonon confinement and non-stoichiometry. In contrast, B{sub 1g} mode exhibits a large anomalous softening of 20 cm{sup −1} with asymmetrical broadening; which was not reported for the case of pure TiO{sub 2} crystallites. This anomalous behaviour is explained by contraction of the apical Ti-O bonds at the surface upon substitutional Nb{sup 5+} doping induced reduction of Ti{sup 4+} ions also known as hetero-coordination effect. The proposed hypotheses is manifested through studying the electronic structure and phonon dynamics by performing the near edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) and temperature dependent MR down to liquid nitrogen temperature on pure and 2.5 at.% doped NTO films, respectively.

  16. Highly transparent and reproducible nanocrystalline ZnO and AZO thin films grown by room temperature pulsed-laser deposition on flexible Zeonor plastic substrates

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    Inguva, Saikumar; Vijayaraghavan, Rajani K.; McGlynn, Enda; Mosnier, Jean-Paul

    2015-09-01

    Zeonor plastics are highly versatile due to exceptional optical and mechanical properties which make them the choice material in many novel applications. For potential use in flexible transparent optoelectronic applications, we have investigated Zeonor plastics as flexible substrates for the deposition of highly transparent ZnO and AZO thin films. Films were prepared by pulsed laser deposition at room temperature in oxygen ambient pressures of 75, 150 and 300 mTorr. The growth rate, surface morphology, hydrophobicity and the structural, optical and electrical properties of as-grown films with thicknesses ˜65-420 nm were recorded for the three oxygen pressures. The growth rates were found to be highly linear both as a function of film thickness and oxygen pressure, indicating high reproducibility. All the films were optically smooth, hydrophobic and nanostructured with lateral grain shapes of ˜150 nm wide. This was found compatible with the deposition of condensed nanoclusters, formed in the ablation plume, on a cold and amorphous substrate. Films were nanocrystalline (wurtzite structure), c-axis oriented, with average crystallite size ˜22 nm for ZnO and ˜16 nm for AZO. In-plane compressive stress values of 2-3 GPa for ZnO films and 0.5 GPa for AZO films were found. Films also displayed high transmission greater than 95% in some cases, in the 400-800 nm wavelength range. The low temperature photoluminescence spectra of all the ZnO and AZO films showed intense near band edge emission. A considerable spread from semi-insulating to n-type conductive was observed for the films, with resistivity ˜103 Ω cm and Hall mobility in 4-14 cm2 V-1 s-1 range, showing marked dependences on film thickness and oxygen pressure. Applications in the fields of microfluidic devices and flexible electronics for these ZnO and AZO films are suggested.

  17. The role of the domain size and titanium dopant in nanocrystalline hematite thin films for water photolysis

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    Yan, Danhua; Tao, Jing; Kisslinger, Kim; Cen, Jiajie; Wu, Qiyuan; Orlov, Alexander; Liu, Mingzhao

    2015-11-01

    Here we develop a novel technique for preparing high quality Ti-doped hematite thin films for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting, through sputtering deposition of metallic iron films from an iron target embedded with titanium (dopants) pellets, followed by a thermal oxidation step that turns the metal films into doped hematite. It is found that the hematite domain size can be tuned from ~10 nm to over 100 nm by adjusting the sputtering atmosphere from more oxidative to mostly inert. The better crystallinity at a larger domain size ensures excellent PEC water splitting performance, leading to record high photocurrent from pure planar hematite thin films on FTO substrates. Titanium doping further enhances the PEC performance of hematite photoanodes. The photocurrent is improved by 50%, with a titanium dopant concentration as low as 0.5 atom%. It is also found that the role of the titanium dopant in improving the PEC performance is not apparently related to the films' electrical conductivity which had been widely believed, but is more likely due to the passivation of surface defects by the titanium dopants.Here we develop a novel technique for preparing high quality Ti-doped hematite thin films for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting, through sputtering deposition of metallic iron films from an iron target embedded with titanium (dopants) pellets, followed by a thermal oxidation step that turns the metal films into doped hematite. It is found that the hematite domain size can be tuned from ~10 nm to over 100 nm by adjusting the sputtering atmosphere from more oxidative to mostly inert. The better crystallinity at a larger domain size ensures excellent PEC water splitting performance, leading to record high photocurrent from pure planar hematite thin films on FTO substrates. Titanium doping further enhances the PEC performance of hematite photoanodes. The photocurrent is improved by 50%, with a titanium dopant concentration as low as 0.5 atom%. It is

  18. One-step synthesis of nanocrystalline transition metal oxides on thin sheets of disordered graphitic carbon by oxidation of MXenes.

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    Naguib, Michael; Mashtalir, Olha; Lukatskaya, Maria R; Dyatkin, Boris; Zhang, Chuanfang; Presser, Volker; Gogotsi, Yury; Barsoum, Michel W

    2014-07-18

    Herein we show that heating 2D Ti3C2 in air results in TiO2 nanocrystals enmeshed in thin sheets of disordered graphitic carbon structures that can handle extremely high cycling rates when tested as anodes in lithium ion batteries. Oxidation of 2D Ti3C2 in either CO2 or pressurized water also resulted in TiO2-C hybrid structures. Similarly, other hybrids can be produced, as we show here for Nb2O5/C from 2D Nb2C.

  19. Unravelling a simple method for the low temperature synthesis of silicon nanocrystals and monolithic nanocrystalline thin films

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    Kim, Ka-Hyun; Johnson, Erik V.; Kazanskii, Andrey G.; Khenkin, Mark V.; Roca i Cabarrocas, Pere

    2017-01-01

    In this work, we present new results on the plasma processing and structure of hydrogenated polymorphous silicon (pm-Si:H) thin films. pm-Si:H thin films consist of a low volume fraction of silicon nanocrystals embedded in a silicon matrix with medium range order, and they possess this morphology as a significant contribution to their growth comes from the impact on the substrate of silicon clusters and nanocrystals synthesized in the plasma. Quadrupole mass spectrometry, ion flux measurements, and material characterization by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy all provide insight on the contribution to the growth by silicon nanocrystals during PECVD deposition. In particular, cross-section TEM measurements show for the first time that the silicon nanocrystals are uniformly distributed across the thickness of the pm-Si:H film. Moreover, parametric studies indicate that the best pm-Si:H material is obtained at the conditions after the transition between a pristine plasma and one containing nanocrystals, namely a total gas pressure around 2 Torr and a silane to hydrogen ratio between 0.05 to 0.1. From a practical point of view these conditions also correspond to the highest deposition rate achievable for a given RF power and silane flow rate. PMID:28091562

  20. Structure and magnetic properties of hcp and fcc nanocrystalline thin Ni films and nanoparticles produced by radio frequency magnetron sputtering.

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    Kapaklis, Vassilios; Pappas, Spiridon D; Poulopoulos, Panagiotis; Trachylis, Dimitrios; Schweiss, Peter; Politis, Constantin

    2010-09-01

    We report on the growth of thin Ni films by radio frequency magnetron sputtering in Ar-plasma. The growth temperature was about 350 K and the films were deposited on various substrates such as glass, silicon, sapphire and alumina. The thickness of the thinnest films was estimated by the appearance of Kiessig fringes up to about 2theta = 8 degrees in the small-angle X-ray diffraction pattern, as expected for high-quality atomically-flat thin films. With the help of this, a quartz balance system was calibrated and used for measuring the thickness of thicker samples with an accuracy of better than 5%. Structural characterization via X-ray diffraction and high resolution transmission electron microscopy revealed an Ar-gas pressure window, where single phase hcp Ni films may be grown. The magnetic response of the Ni films was checked at room temperature via a newly established and fully automatic polar magneto-optic Kerr effect magnetometer. The hcp films show no magnetic response. Interestingly, the magnetic saturation field of fcc films deposited at low Ar pressure is comparable to the one of bulk Ni, while the one of fcc films deposited at high Ar pressures is decreased, revealing the presence of residual strain in the films. Finally, it is shown that it is possible to form films which contain magnetic Ni fcc nanoparticles in a non-magnetic hcp matrix, i.e., a system interesting for technological applications demanding a single Ni target for its production.

  1. Study of creep/relaxation mechanisms in thin freestanding nanocrystalline palladium films through the lab-on-chip technology

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    Guisbiers, G.; Colla, M.-S.; Coulombier, M.; Raskin, J.-P.; Pardoen, T.

    2013-01-01

    A nanomechanical lab-on-chip set-up has been used to study the creep/relaxation response of thin palladium films with temperature. The basic idea is to use residual stresses present in a silicon nitride thin beam to load the test film after etching the underneath sacrificial layer. The main advantage of this experimental method is that we can simultaneously perform thousands of creep/relaxation tests without monopolizing any external actuating/loading equipment and without using any time consuming calibration procedures. A signature of the dominant relaxation mechanism is given by the activation volume which has been determined for different levels of plastic deformation and different temperatures. The activation volume is equal to ˜15-40 b3 at room temperature and tends to decrease with increasing plastic deformation. The activation volume decreases when relaxation takes place at 50 °C down to ˜7-20 b3. These variations of the activation volume indicate the competition between two different thermally activated deformation mechanisms in the temperature range between 20 °C and 50 °C.

  2. Synthesis, phase to phase deposition and characterization of rutile nanocrystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin films

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    Gupta, Sanjeev K.; Singh, Jitendra; Anbalagan, K.; Kothari, Prateek; Bhatia, Ravi Raj; Mishra, Pratima K.; Manjuladevi, V.; Gupta, Raj K.; Akhtar, J.

    2013-01-01

    In this work the preparation, deposition and structural properties of titanium oxide (TiO2) thin films were investigated. The films were deposited by means of the e-beam physical vapor deposition (EBPVD) method in high vacuum (10-7 Torr). A controlled deposition rate in the range of 0.1-0.3 Å/s was monitored in situ employing quartz crystal. The films were deposited on the oxidized Si (1 0 0) wafer, glass micro slides. These films were analyzed using Grazing Angle X-ray diffraction (GA-XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman Spectroscopy (RAMAN), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and UV-visible Spectroscopy (UV-vis). Structural characterization results showed mainly presence of the crystalline rutile phase, however an interfacial SiO2 layer between TiO2 and the substrate and the minor anatase crystalline phase of TiO2 was also identified in FTIR analysis. Grain size was found to be in the range of 100-125 nm while grain boundary was estimated to be 20 nm. Direct and indirect optical band gap was estimated to be 3.64 and 3.04 eV, respectively. A process induced self annealing of deposited film shows a strong effect on the structural, morphological and optical properties. Furthermore, low deposition rate and high vacuum allows rutile to rutile phase transformation from indigenously prepared TiO2 target to thin film.

  3. Unravelling a simple method for the low temperature synthesis of silicon nanocrystals and monolithic nanocrystalline thin films

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    Kim, Ka-Hyun; Johnson, Erik V.; Kazanskii, Andrey G.; Khenkin, Mark V.; Roca I Cabarrocas, Pere

    2017-01-01

    In this work, we present new results on the plasma processing and structure of hydrogenated polymorphous silicon (pm-Si:H) thin films. pm-Si:H thin films consist of a low volume fraction of silicon nanocrystals embedded in a silicon matrix with medium range order, and they possess this morphology as a significant contribution to their growth comes from the impact on the substrate of silicon clusters and nanocrystals synthesized in the plasma. Quadrupole mass spectrometry, ion flux measurements, and material characterization by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy all provide insight on the contribution to the growth by silicon nanocrystals during PECVD deposition. In particular, cross-section TEM measurements show for the first time that the silicon nanocrystals are uniformly distributed across the thickness of the pm-Si:H film. Moreover, parametric studies indicate that the best pm-Si:H material is obtained at the conditions after the transition between a pristine plasma and one containing nanocrystals, namely a total gas pressure around 2 Torr and a silane to hydrogen ratio between 0.05 to 0.1. From a practical point of view these conditions also correspond to the highest deposition rate achievable for a given RF power and silane flow rate.

  4. The role of the domain size and titanium dopant in nanocrystalline hematite thin films for water photolysis

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    Yan, Danhua; Tao, Jing; Kisslinger, Kim; Cen, Jiajie; Wu, Qiyuan; Orlov, Alexander; Liu, Mingzhao

    2015-10-13

    In this study, we develop a novel technique for preparing high quality Ti-doped hematite thin films for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting, through sputtering deposition of metallic iron films from an iron target embedded with titanium (dopants) pellets, followed by a thermal oxidation step that turns the metal films into doped hematite. It is found that the hematite domain size can be tuned from ~10 nm to over 100 nm by adjusting the sputtering atmosphere from more oxidative to mostly inert. The better crystallinity at a larger domain size ensures excellent PEC water splitting performance, leading to record high photocurrent from pure planar hematite thin films on FTO substrates. Titanium doping further enhances the PEC performance of hematite photoanodes. The photocurrent is improved by 50%, with a titanium dopant concentration as low as 0.5 atom%. It is also found that the role of the titanium dopant in improving the PEC performance is not apparently related to the films’ electrical conductivity which had been widely believed, but is more likely due to the passivation of surface defects by the titanium dopants.

  5. The role of the domain size and titanium dopant in nanocrystalline hematite thin films for water photolysis

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    2015-10-13

    In this study, we develop a novel technique for preparing high quality Ti-doped hematite thin films for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting, through sputtering deposition of metallic iron films from an iron target embedded with titanium (dopants) pellets, followed by a thermal oxidation step that turns the metal films into doped hematite. It is found that the hematite domain size can be tuned from ~10 nm to over 100 nm by adjusting the sputtering atmosphere from more oxidative to mostly inert. The better crystallinity at a larger domain size ensures excellent PEC water splitting performance, leading to record high photocurrent frommore » pure planar hematite thin films on FTO substrates. Titanium doping further enhances the PEC performance of hematite photoanodes. The photocurrent is improved by 50%, with a titanium dopant concentration as low as 0.5 atom%. It is also found that the role of the titanium dopant in improving the PEC performance is not apparently related to the films’ electrical conductivity which had been widely believed, but is more likely due to the passivation of surface defects by the titanium dopants.« less

  6. Effect of annealing on the properties of nanocrystalline CuInSSe thin films deposited by spray pyrolysis

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    Shrotriya, Vipin Rajaram, P.

    2015-08-28

    The effect of annealing CuInSSe thin films, which were grown on glass substrates using the spray pyrolysis technique from spray solutions having S/Se ionic ratio 0.6, were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and optical transmission measurements. The CuInSSe films were co-deposited from an aqueous solution containing CuCl{sub 2}, InCl{sub 3}, thiourea and SeO{sub 2}. EDC was used as a complexing agent and films were deposited at the constant temperature 300°C. Post annealing (at 350°C) was used to improve the structural, morphological and optical properties of CuInSSe thin films. From the results, it is found that the films are single phase, p-type in conductivity having the chalcopyrite structure. From the Scherrer formula the average size of the films was found to be in the range (15-28) nm. Optical studies show that the optical band gap value increases slightly from 1.35 eV to 1.37 eV with annealing for films grown from spray solutions having S/Se ionic ratio 0.6.

  7. Nanocrystalline Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin films for solar cells application: Microdiffraction and structural characterization

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    Quiroz, Heiddy P.; Dussan, A.

    2016-08-01

    This work presents a study of the structural characterization of Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) thin films by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and microdiffraction measurements. Samples were deposited varying both mass (MX) and substrate temperature (TS) at which the Cu and ZnSe composites were evaporated. CZTSe samples were deposited by co-evaporation method in three stages. From XRD measurements, it was possible to establish, with increased Ts, the presence of binary phases associated with the quaternary composite during the material's growth process. A stannite-type structure in Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin films and sizes of the crystallites varying between 30 and 40 nm were obtained. X-ray microdiffraction was used to investigate interface orientations and strain distributions when deposition parameters were varied. It was found that around the main peak, 2ϴ = 27.1°, the Cu1.8Se and ZnSe binary phases predominate, which are formed during the subsequent material selenization stage. A Raman spectroscopy study revealed Raman shifts associated with the binary composites observed via XRD.

  8. Surface/interface analysis and optical properties of RF sputter-deposited nanocrystalline titanium nitride thin films

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    White, N.; Campbell, A. L.; Grant, J. T.; Pachter, R.; Eyink, K.; Jakubiak, R.; Martinez, G.; Ramana, C. V.

    2014-02-01

    Titanium nitride (TiNx) thin films were grown by radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputter deposition by varying the nitrogen content in the reactive gas mixture over a wide range. The effect of nitrogen gas flow rate on the surface and interface morphology, chemical composition and optical properties of TiN thin films was studied employing atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE). Analysis of the optical properties probed with SE has shown that films deposited at low (0-5 sccm) nitrogen flow rates have the highest absorption at energies <2 eV. It was also shown that Lorentz oscillators with energy positions lower than 2 eV can be distinguished from the Drude oscillator function during parameter fitting. AFM imaging analysis indicates that the roughness decreases and plateaus at approximately 1.5 nm with the introduction of a small N2 flow rate, remaining consistent thereafter. SEM cross-sectional imaging analysis indicates the dense, columnar structure for the films grown at lower nitrogen flow rates. XPS analysis of atomic composition and the chemical states indicate that the atomic composition remained nearly constant while the chemical states varied significantly among the samples as a function of N2 flow rate. XPS analyses confirm the presence of TiNx, TiO2 and TiOxNy. These process-property relationships derived could be useful for defining and expanding the range of optical and electronic applications of titanium nitrides and (oxy)nitrides.

  9. Electrical properties of point defects in CdS and ZnS

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    Varley, J. B.; Lordi, V.

    2013-09-01

    We investigate native point defects in CdS and ZnS, which are conventional n-type buffer layers used in thin-film solar cells. Using hybrid functional calculations, we characterize the electrical behavior of these defects and also consider common impurities such as O, H, and their complexes. We find cation vacancies are the dominant compensating acceptors and recombination centers, and their effects are more dramatic in ZnS than in CdS. We also determine the band alignment for conventional Cu(In,Ga)Se2-based solar cells, giving insight into why CdS outperforms ZnS and why Zn oxysulfides are promising due to their improved conduction band offsets.

  10. Synthesis of nanocrystalline thin films of gold on the surface of GaSb by swift heavy ion

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    Jadhav, Vidya; Dubey, S. K.; Yadav, A. D.; Singh, A.

    2013-02-05

    Thin films of gold ({approx}100 nm thick) were deposited on p-type GaSb substrates. These samples were irradiated with 100 MeV Fe{sup 7+}ions for the fluence of 1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 13} and 1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 14} ions cm{sup -2}. After irradiation, samples were characterized using AFM, UV-VIS -NIR, X-Ray Diffraction techniques. AFM studies showed the presence of clusters on the surface of GaSb. R.M.S. roughness of the sample was found to increase w.r.t ion fluence. Absorption coefficient obtained from the Ultra violet - Visible NIR (UV-VIS -NIR) spectra of the samples irradiated with various fluences compared with non irradiated GaSb. The annealing experiment showed a significant improvement in the absorption coefficient after rapid thermal annealing at temperature of 400 Degree-Sign C. X-Ray Diffraction study reveals different orientations of Au film.

  11. Microstructural and Morphological Properties of Nanocrystalline Cu2ZnSnSe4 Thin Films: Identification New Phase on Structure

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    Quiroz, Heiddy P.; Seña, N. J.; Dussan, A.

    2014-04-01

    This paper presents a study of the structural and morphological properties of thin films of compound Cu2ZnSnSe4. Mass (MX) and temperature of the substrate (TS(Cu)) of compound copper (Cu), were varied. All samples were deposited by co-evaporation method in three stages. From measurements of X-ray diffraction it was possible to establish with TS increasing the presence of associated binary phases quaternary compound during the growth process of the material. It was found that the main peak around, 2θ= 27.1°, predominate binary phases Cu1.8Se and ZnSe. Measurements of X-ray diffraction were performed to pure binary compounds, showing a peak corresponding to the main peak found around the compound. Raman shifts showed associated binary compounds with the observed by XRD. In this work, we report for the first time the binary phase identification Cu1.8Se and ZnSe as part of the structure of the stannite CZTSe. Since the Scherrer equation was found that the crystallite sizes ranged between 30 and 40 nm. A correlation between structure and topography superficial is presented.

  12. Optical properties of nanocrystalline Y2O3 thin films grown on quartz substrates by electron beam deposition

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    Wiktorczyk, Tadeusz; Biegański, Piotr; Serafińczuk, Jarosław

    2016-09-01

    Yttrium oxide thin films of a thickness 221-341 nm were formed onto quartz substrates by reactive physical vapor deposition in an oxygen atmosphere. An electron beam gun was applied as a deposition source. The effect of substrate temperature during film deposition (in the range of 323-673 K) on film structure, surface morphology and optical properties was investigated. The surface morphology studies (with atomic force microscopy and diffuse spectra reflectivity) show that the film surface was relatively smooth with RMS surface roughness in the range of 1.7-3.8 nm. XRD analysis has revealed that all diffraction lines belong to a cubic Y2O3 structure. The films consisted of small nanocrystals. Their average grain size increases from 1.6 nm to 22 nm, with substrate temperature rising from 323 K to 673 K. Optical examinations of transmittance and reflectance were performed in the spectral range of 0.2-2.5 μm. Optical constants and their dispersion curves were determined. Values of the refractive index of the films were in the range of n = 1.79-1.90 (at 0.55 μm) for substrate temperature during film deposition of 323-673 K. The changes in the refractive index upon substrate temperature correspond very well with the increase in the nanocrystals grain diameter and with film porosity.

  13. Photocatalytic decolorization of methylene blue in the presence of TiO2/ZnS nanocomposites.

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    Franco, A; Neves, M C; Carrott, M M L Ribeiro; Mendonça, M H; Pereira, M I; Monteiro, O C

    2009-01-15

    The synthesis of distinct nanocrystalline TiO2 capped ZnS samples was carried out using a chemical deposition method. The materials characterization showed that the presence of ZnS onto TiO2 surface results in a red shift of the material band edge when compared with the initial semiconductor. The photocatalytic activity of the prepared nanocomposites was tested on the decolorization of methylene blue (MB) aqueous solutions. The dye photodecolorization process was studied considering the influence of experimental parameters such as catalyst concentration, TiO2/ZnS ratio, pH and methylene blue adsorption rate. The material with the best catalytic activity towards the methylene blue photodecolorization was the TiO2 doped with 0.2% of ZnS. The complete photodecolorization of a 20ppm methylene blue solution, at natural pH was achieved in less than 20min, nearly 70min faster than the TiO2 photoassisted process.

  14. Light-soaking effects and capacitance profiling in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 thin-film solar cells with chemical-bath-deposited ZnS buffer layers.

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    Yu, Hye-Jung; Lee, Woo-Jung; Wi, Jae-Hyung; Cho, Dae-Hyung; Han, Won Seok; Chung, Yong-Duck; Kim, Tae-Soo; Song, Jung-Hoon

    2016-12-07

    We fabricated Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) solar cells with chemical-bath deposited (CBD) ZnS buffer layers with different deposition times. The conversion efficiency and the fill factor of the CIGS solar cells reveal a strong dependence on the deposition time of CBD-ZnS films. In order to understand the detailed relationship between the heterojunction structure and the electronic properties of CIGS solar cells with different deposition times of CBD-ZnS films, capacitance-voltage (C-V) profiling measurements with additional laser illumination were performed. The light-soaking effects on CIGS solar cells with a CBD-ZnS buffer layer were investigated in detail using current density-voltage (J-V) and C-V measurements with several different lasers with different emission wavelengths. After light-soaking, the conversion efficiency changed significantly and the double diode feature in J-V curves disappeared. We explain that the major reason for the improvement of efficiency by light-soaking is due to the fact that negatively charged and highly defective vacancies in the CIGS absorber near the interface of CBD-ZnS/CIGS were formed and became neutral due to carriers generated by ultra-violet absorption in the buffer layer.

  15. Photo-electrochemical studies of chemically deposited nanocrystalline meso-porous n-type TiO2 thin films for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) using simple synthesized azo dye

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    Ezema, C. G.; Nwanya, A. C.; Ezema, B. E.; Patil, B. H.; Bulakhe, R. N.; Ukoha, P. O.; Lokhande, C. D.; Maaza, Malik; Ezema, Fabian I.

    2016-04-01

    Nanocrystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin films were deposited by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction method onto fluorine doped tin oxide coated glass substrate at room temperature (300 K). Titanium trichloride and sodium hydroxide were used as cationic and anionic sources, respectively. The as-deposited and annealed films were characterized for structural, morphological, optical, electrical and wettability properties. The photoelectrochemical study of TiO2 sensitized with a laboratory synthesized organic dye (azo) was evaluated in the polyiodide electrolyte at 40 mW cm-2 light illumination intensity. The photovoltaic characteristics show a fill factor of 0.24 and solar conversion efficiency value of 0.032 % for a TiO2 thickness of 0.96 µm as compared to efficiency of 0.014 % for rose Bengal of the same thickness.

  16. Room temperature fabrication of dielectric Bragg reflectors composed of a CaF2/ZnS multilayered coating.

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    Muallem, Merav; Palatnik, Alex; Nessim, Gilbert D; Tischler, Yaakov R

    2015-01-14

    We describe the design, fabrication, and characterization of mechanically stable, reproducible, and highly reflecting distributed Bragg reflectors (DBR) composed of thermally evaporated thin films of calcium fluoride (CaF2) and zinc sulfide (ZnS). CaF2 and ZnS were chosen as the low and high refractive index components of the multilayer DBR structures, with n = 1.43 and n = 2.38 respectively, because neither material requires substrate heating during the deposition process in order to produce optical quality thin films. DBRs consisting of seven pairs of CaF2 and ZnS layers, were fabricated with thicknesses of 96 and 58 nm, respectively, as characterized by high-resolution scanning electron microscopy (HR-SEM), and exhibited a center wavelength of λc = 550 nm and peak reflectance exceeding 99%. The layers showed good adhesion to each other and to the glass substrate, resulting in mechanically stable DBR coatings. Complete optical microcavities consisting of two such DBR coatings and a CaF2 spacer layer between them could be fabricated in a single deposition run. Optically, these structures exhibited a resonator quality factor of Q > 160. When a CaF2/ZnS DBR was grown, without heating the substrate during deposition, on top of a thin film containing the fluorescent dye Rhodamine 6G, the fluorescence intensity showed no degradation compared to an uncoated film, in contrast to a MgF2/ZnS DBR coating grown with substrate heating which showed a 92% reduction in signal. The ability to fabricate optical quality CaF2/ZnS DBRs without substrate heating, as introduced here, can therefore enable formation of low-loss high-reflectivity coatings on top of more delicate heat-sensitive materials such as organics and other nanostructured emitters, and hence facilitate the development of nanoemitter-based microcavity device applications.

  17. Fabrication of micro hole array on the surface of CVD ZnS by scanning ultrafast pulse laser for antireflection

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    Li, Yangping; Zhang, Tianhui; Fan, Siling; Cheng, Guanghua

    2017-04-01

    Chemical vapor deposited (CVD) ZnS is a promising long-wave infrared (8-12 μm) window material. Yet antireflection is necessary since Fresnel reflection from its surface is high due to the high refractive index of ZnS. Sub-wavelength structured surface of micro hole array was fabricated on CVD ZnS by scanning ultrafast pulse laser ablation. The effects of beam profile, pulse width and beam power on the radius and morphology of the holes were studied. Gaussian beam can cause severe melted-resolidified layers around the hole, yet Bessel beam only resulted in thin ribbon around the hole. The picosecond Bessel laser is more suitable than femtosecond laser for ablating holes on ZnS. The radius of the holes increases with increasing the Bessel beam pulse width and the beam power. But larger power may cause circle grooves around the central holes. Ordered hole array was fabricated on single side of CVD ZnS and antireflection was realized.

  18. Optical Properties of ZnO-Alloyed Nanocrystalline Films

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    Che, Hui; Huso, Jesse; Morrison, John L.; ...

    2012-01-01

    ZnO is emore » merging as one of the materials of choice for UV applications. It has a deep excitonic energy level and a direct bandgap of ~3.4 eV. Alloying ZnO with certain atomic constituents adds new optical and electronic functionalities to ZnO. This paper presents research on M g x Z n 1 − x O and Z n S 1 − x O x nanocrystalline flexible films, which enable tunable optical properties in the deep-UV and in the visible range. The ZnO and Mg 0 .3 Zn 0 .7 O films were found to have bandgaps at 3.35 and 4.02 eV, respectively. The photoluminescence of the Mg 0 .3 Zn 0 .7 O exhibited a bandedge emission at 3.95 eV, and at lower energy 3.38 eV due to the limited solubility inherent to these alloys. ZnS 0 .76 O 0 .24 and ZnS 0 .16 O 0 .84 were found to have bandgaps at 3.21 and 2.65 eV, respectively. The effect of nitrogen doping on ZnS 0 .16 O 0 .84 is discussed in terms of the highly lattice mismatched nature of these alloys and the resulting valence-band modification.« less

  19. Nanocrystalline ceramic materials

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    Siegel, R.W.; Nieman, G.W.; Weertman, J.R.

    1994-06-14

    A method is disclosed for preparing a treated nanocrystalline metallic material. The method of preparation includes providing a starting nanocrystalline metallic material with a grain size less than about 35 nm, compacting the starting nanocrystalline metallic material in an inert atmosphere and annealing the compacted metallic material at a temperature less than about one-half the melting point of the metallic material. 19 figs.

  20. Surface plasmon resonance in nanostructured Ag incorporated ZnS films

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    Chalana, S. R.; Ganesan, V.; Mahadevan Pillai, V. P.

    2015-10-01

    Silver incorporated zinc sulfide thin films are prepared by RF magnetron sputtering technique and the influence of silver incorporation on the structural, optical and luminescence properties is analyzed using techniques like grazing incidence X-Ray diffraction (GIXRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), micro-Raman spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy and laser photoluminescence spectroscopy. XRD analysis presents hexagonal wurtzite structure for the films. A reduction of crystallinity of the films is observed due to Ag incorporation. The Raman spectral analysis confirms the reduction of crystallinity and increase of strain due to the Ag incorporation. AFM analysis reveals a rough surface morphology for the undoped film and Ag incorporation makes the films uniform, dense and smooth. A blue shift of band gap energy with increase in Ag incorporation is observed due to quantum confinement effect. An absorption band (450-650 nm region) due to surface plasmon resonance of the Ag clusters present in the ZnS matrix is observed for the samples with higher Ag incorporation. The complex dielectric constant, loss factor and distribution of volume and surface energy loss of the ZnS thin films are calculated. Laser photoluminescence measurements gives an intense bluish green emission from the ZnS films and a quenching of the PL emission is observed which can be due to the metal plasmonic absorption and non-radiative energy transfer due to Ag incorporation.

  1. Surface plasmon resonance in nanostructured Ag incorporated ZnS films

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    Chalana, S. R.; Mahadevan Pillai, V. P.; Ganesan, V.

    2015-10-15

    Silver incorporated zinc sulfide thin films are prepared by RF magnetron sputtering technique and the influence of silver incorporation on the structural, optical and luminescence properties is analyzed using techniques like grazing incidence X-Ray diffraction (GIXRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), micro-Raman spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy and laser photoluminescence spectroscopy. XRD analysis presents hexagonal wurtzite structure for the films. A reduction of crystallinity of the films is observed due to Ag incorporation. The Raman spectral analysis confirms the reduction of crystallinity and increase of strain due to the Ag incorporation. AFM analysis reveals a rough surface morphology for the undoped film and Ag incorporation makes the films uniform, dense and smooth. A blue shift of band gap energy with increase in Ag incorporation is observed due to quantum confinement effect. An absorption band (450-650 nm region) due to surface plasmon resonance of the Ag clusters present in the ZnS matrix is observed for the samples with higher Ag incorporation. The complex dielectric constant, loss factor and distribution of volume and surface energy loss of the ZnS thin films are calculated. Laser photoluminescence measurements gives an intense bluish green emission from the ZnS films and a quenching of the PL emission is observed which can be due to the metal plasmonic absorption and non-radiative energy transfer due to Ag incorporation.

  2. Effect of substrate baking temperature on zinc sulfide and germanium thin films optical parameters

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    Liu, Fang; Gao, Jiaobo; Yang, Chongmin; Zhang, Jianfu; Liu, Yongqiang; Liu, Qinglong; Wang, Songlin; Mi, Gaoyuan; Wang, Huina

    2016-10-01

    ZnS and Ge are very normal optical thin film materials in Infrared wave. Studying the influence of different substrate baking temperature to refractive index and actual deposition rates is very important to promote optical thin film quality. In the same vacuum level, monitoring thickness and evaporation rate, we use hot evaporation to deposit ZnS thin film materials and use ion-assisted electron beam to deposit Ge thin film materials with different baking temperature. We measure the spectral transmittance with the spectrophotometer and calculate the actual deposition rates and the refractive index in different temperature. With the higher and higher temperature in a particular range, ZnS and Ge refractive index become higher and actual deposition rates become smaller. The refractive index of Ge film material change with baking temperature is more sensitive than ZnS. However, ZnS film actual deposition rates change with baking temperature is more sensitive than Ge.

  3. Synthesis and Luminescent Properties of GaN and GaN-Mn Blue Nanocrystalline Thin-film Phosphor for FED

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    Bondar, V D; Felter, T E; Hunt, C E; Kucharsky, I Y; Chakhovskoi, A G

    2003-04-09

    The technologies of fabrication of thin film phosphors based on gallium nitride using rf-magnetron sputtering are developed and structural properties of films are studied. Luminescence and electron spin resonance (ESR) spectra of GaN and GaN-Mn thin films have been studied. The correlation between cathodoluminescence intensity and conductivity of GaN films has been found. The nature of emission centers in GaN and GaN-Mn thin films is discussed as well as mechanism of luminescence in these films is proposed.

  4. Effect of doping on the surface modification of nebulizer sprayed Ba x Zn1‑x O nanocrystalline thin films

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    Gopala Krishnan, V.; Elango, P.; Ragavendar, M.; Sathish, P.; Gowrisankar, G.

    2017-03-01

    The influence of Ba doped zinc oxide films were investigated by nebulizer spray pyrolysis technique at 673 K. X-ray diffraction reveals the polycrystalline hexagonal (wurtzite) crystal structure with (0 0 2) preferential orientation. Energy dispersive spectroscopy confirms the presence of Ba, Zn and O elements in the films. Field emission scanning electron microscopy shows that the surface morphology of the nanocrystalline films were changed from spherical shape structure to flake net-like shape and sprout like spherical structure with average grain size is ~100 nm due to the critical doping concentration. PL spectra prominent peaks corresponding to near band edge UV emission and intrinsic defect of the visible blue light region and defect related deep level green emission regions were discussed. The films are highly transparent in the visible region with a transmittance higher than 74%, and have an optical band gap energy values are increased from 3.22 eV to 4.02 eV depending on the Ba doping concentration. Interparticle like grains, grain boundary effect of deposited films is studied by complex impedance spectroscopy.

  5. Nano-crystalline thin and nano-particulate thick TiO{sub 2} layer: Cost effective sequential deposition and study on dye sensitized solar cell characteristics

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    Das, P.; Sengupta, D.; Kasinadhuni, U.; Mondal, B.; Mukherjee, K.

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • Thin TiO{sub 2} layer is deposited on conducting substrate using sol–gel based dip coating. • TiO{sub 2} nano-particles are synthesized using hydrothermal route. • Thick TiO{sub 2} particulate layer is deposited on prepared thin layer. • Dye sensitized solar cells are made using thin and thick layer based photo-anode. • Introduction of thin layer in particulate photo-anode improves the cell efficiency. - Abstract: A compact thin TiO{sub 2} passivation layer is introduced between the mesoporous TiO{sub 2} nano-particulate layer and the conducting glass substrate to prepare photo-anode for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). In order to understand the effect of passivation layer, other two DSSCs are also developed separately using TiO{sub 2} nano-particulate and compact thin film based photo-anodes. Nano-particles are prepared using hydrothermal synthesis route and the compact passivation layer is prepared by simply dip coating the precursor sol prepared through wet chemical route. The TiO{sub 2} compact layer and the nano-particles are characterised in terms of their micro-structural features and phase formation behavior. It is found that introduction of a compact TiO{sub 2} layer in between the mesoporous TiO{sub 2} nano-particulate layer and the conducting substrate improves the solar to electric conversion efficiency of the fabricated cell. The dense thin passivation layer is supposed to enhance the photo-excited electron transfer and prevent the recombination of photo-excited electrons.

  6. Synthesis of fibrous reticulate nanocrystalline n-type MoBi{sub 2}(Se{sub 1−x}Te{sub x}){sub 5} thin films: Thermocooling applications

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    Salunkhe, Manauti M.; Kharade, Rohini R.; Kharade, Suvarta D.; Mali, Sawanta S.; Patil, P.S.; Bhosale, P.N.

    2012-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Ostwald ripening: If small nucleus is close to a larger crystal, ions formed by particle dissolution of smaller crystal incorporated into larger crystal, and film formation takes place by ion by ion condensation. Display Omitted Highlights: ► Arrested Precipitation Technique is applied to deposit MoBi{sub 2}(Se{sub 1−x}Te{sub x}){sub 5}. ► X-ray diffraction confirms the proper phase formation of material. ► MoBi{sub 2}(Se{sub 1−x}Te{sub x}){sub 5} exhibits an n-type semiconducting behavior. ► Good thermoelectric performance suggests future fantasy. -- Abstract: In the present investigation n-type MoBi{sub 2}(Se{sub 1−x}Te{sub x}){sub 5} nanocrystalline thin films with various compositions of Se and Te were successfully deposited on ultrasonically cleaned glass substrates using recently developed Arrested Precipitation Technique (APT). The effect of composition on optical, morphological, structural, electrical and thermocooling properties of MoBi{sub 2}(Se{sub 1−x}Te{sub x}){sub 5} were investigated using UV–vis–NIR Spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometer, thermoelectric power and thermocooling measurements. Thermoelectric properties including electrical conductivity (σ), Seeback coefficient (S) and figure of merit (ZT) were measured at 300 K. Our aim is to investigate thermocooling behavior in respect of variation in composition of Se and Te in MoBi{sub 2}(Se{sub 1−x}Te{sub x}){sub 5} thin films along with optostructural and optoelectric properties.

  7. Luminescent Processes Elucidated by Simple Experiments on ZnS.

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    Schwankner, R.; And Others

    1981-01-01

    Describes some impurity-related optical properties of semiconductors, with special emphasis on the luminescence of zinc sulfide (ZnS). Presents and interprets five experiments using a ZnS screen, ultraviolet lamp, transparent Dewar liquid nitrogen, and a helium/neon gas base. Includes application of luminescence measurements to archaeology. (SK)

  8. Optical constants, dispersion energy parameters and dielectric properties of ultra-smooth nanocrystalline BiVO4 thin films prepared by rf-magnetron sputtering

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    Sarkar, S.; Das, N. S.; Chattopadhyay, K. K.

    2014-07-01

    BiVO4 thin films have been prepared through radio frequency (rf) magnetron sputtering of a pre-fabricated BiVO4 target on ITO coated glass (ITO-glass) substrate and bare glass substrates. BiVO4 target material was prepared through solid-state reaction method by heating Bi2O3 and V2O5 mixture at 800 °C for 8 h. The films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, UV-Vis spectroscopy, LCR meter, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. BiVO4 thin films deposited on the ITO-glass substrate are much smoother compared to the thin films prepared on bare glass substrate. The rms surface roughness calculated from the AFM images comes out to be 0.74 nm and 4.2 nm for the films deposited on the ITO-glass substrate and bare glass substrate for the deposition time 150 min respectively. Optical constants and energy dispersion parameters of these extra-smooth BiVO4 thin films have been investigated in detail. Dielectric properties of the BiVO4 thin films on ITO-glass substrate were also investigated. The frequency dependence of dielectric constant of the BiVO4 thin films has been measured in the frequency range from 20 Hz to 2 MHz. It was found that the dielectric constant increased from 145 to 343 at 20 Hz as the film thickness increased from 90 nm to 145 nm (deposition time increased from 60 min to 150 min). It shows higher dielectric constant compared to the literature value of BiVO4.

  9. In situ spectroelectrochemical and theoretical study on the oxidation of a 4H-imidazole-ruthenium dye adsorbed on nanocrystalline TiO2 thin film electrodes.

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    Zhang, Ying; Kupfer, Stephan; Zedler, Linda; Schindler, Julian; Bocklitz, Thomas; Guthmuller, Julien; Rau, Sven; Dietzek, Benjamin

    2015-11-28

    Terpyridine 4H-imidazole-ruthenium(II) complexes are considered promising candidates for use as sensitizers in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) by displaying broad absorption in the visible range, where the dominant absorption features are due to metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) transitions. The ruthenium(III) intermediates resulting from photoinduced MLCT transitions are essential intermediates in the photoredox-cycle of the DSSC. However, their photophysics is much less studied compared to the ruthenium(II) parent systems. To this end, the structural alterations accompanying one-electron oxidation of the RuIm dye series (including a non-carboxylic RuIm precursor, and, carboxylic RuImCOO in solution and anchored to a nanocrystalline TiO2 film) are investigated via in situ experimental and theoretical UV-Vis absorption and resonance Raman (RR) spectroelectrochemistry. The excellent agreement between the experimental and the TDDFT spectra derived in this work allows for an in-depth assignment of UV-Vis and RR spectral features of the dyes. A concordant pronounced wavelength dependence with respect to the charge transfer character has been observed for the model system RuIm, and both RuImCOO in solution and attached on the TiO2 surface. Excitation at long wavelengths leads to the population of ligand-to-metal charge transfer states, i.e. photoreduction of the central ruthenium(III) ion, while high-energy excitation features an intra-ligand charge transfer state localized on the 4H-imidazole moiety. Therefore, these 4H-imidazole ruthenium complexes investigated here are potential multi-photoelectron donors. One electron is donated from MLCT states, and additionally, the 4H-imidazole ligand reveals electron-donating character with a significant contribution to the excited states of the ruthenium(III) complexes upon blue-light irradiation.

  10. Creating bulk nanocrystalline metal.

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    Fredenburg, D. Anthony; Saldana, Christopher J.; Gill, David D.; Hall, Aaron Christopher; Roemer, Timothy John; Vogler, Tracy John; Yang, Pin

    2008-10-01

    Nanocrystalline and nanostructured materials offer unique microstructure-dependent properties that are superior to coarse-grained materials. These materials have been shown to have very high hardness, strength, and wear resistance. However, most current methods of producing nanostructured materials in weapons-relevant materials create powdered metal that must be consolidated into bulk form to be useful. Conventional consolidation methods are not appropriate due to the need to maintain the nanocrystalline structure. This research investigated new ways of creating nanocrystalline material, new methods of consolidating nanocrystalline material, and an analysis of these different methods of creation and consolidation to evaluate their applicability to mesoscale weapons applications where part features are often under 100 {micro}m wide and the material's microstructure must be very small to give homogeneous properties across the feature.

  11. Efficient preparation of nanocrystalline anatase TiO{sub 2} and V/TiO{sub 2} thin layers using microwave drying and/or microwave calcination technique

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    Zabova, H.; Sobek, J.; Cirkva, V.; Solcova, O.; Kment, S.; Hajek, M.

    2009-12-15

    This study has demonstrated that the synthesis of TiO{sub 2} and V/TiO{sub 2} thin layers may be significantly improved and extended if microwave energy is employed during the drying and/or calcination step. Thin nanoparticulate titania layers were prepared via the sol-gel method using titanium n-butoxide as a precursor. As prepared films were then analyzed by means of various characterization techniques (Raman spectroscopy, UV/Vis, AFM, XPS) in order to determine their functional properties. The photocatalytic activities of prepared layers were quantified by the decoloring rate of Rhodamine B. All thermal treatments in microwave field were done in the same manner, by using an IR pyrometer in the microwave oven and monitoring the temperature of the heating. Nevertheless the microwave and thermally prepared materials were different. This in turn may lead to differences in their functional and also photocatalytic properties. - Graphical abstract: This study has demonstrated that the synthesis of thin layers may be improved and extended if microwave energy is employed during the preparation process. Microwave processing has the potential to reduce the time, cost and energy input for the production of thin layers.

  12. Coherency strain and its effect on ionic conductivity and diffusion in solid electrolytes--an improved model for nanocrystalline thin films and a review of experimental data.

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    Korte, C; Keppner, J; Peters, A; Schichtel, N; Aydin, H; Janek, J

    2014-11-28

    A phenomenological and analytical model for the influence of strain effects on atomic transport in columnar thin films is presented. A model system consisting of two types of crystalline thin films with coherent interfaces is assumed. Biaxial mechanical strain ε0 is caused by lattice misfit of the two phases. The conjoined films consist of columnar crystallites with a small diameter l. Strain relaxation by local elastic deformation, parallel to the hetero-interface, is possible along the columnar grain boundaries. The spatial extent δ0 of the strained hetero-interface regions can be calculated, assuming an exponential decay of the deformation-forces. The effect of the strain field on the local ionic transport in a thin film is then calculated by using the thermodynamic relation between (isostatic) pressure and free activation enthalpy ΔG(#). An expression describing the total ionic transport relative to bulk transport of a thin film or a multilayer as a function of the layer thickness is obtained as an integral average over strained and unstrained regions. The expression depends only on known material constants such as Young modulus Y, Poisson ratio ν and activation volume ΔV(#), which can be combined as dimensionless parameters. The model is successfully used to describe own experimental data from conductivity and diffusion studies. In the second part of the paper a comprehensive literature overview of experimental studies on (fast) ion transport in thin films and multilayers along solid-solid hetero-interfaces is presented. By comparing and reviewing the data the observed interface effects can be classified into three groups: (i) transport along interfaces between extrinsic ionic conductors (and insulator), (ii) transport along an open surface of an extrinsic ionic conductor and (iii) transport along interfaces between intrinsic ionic conductors. The observed effects in these groups differ by about five orders of magnitude in a very consistent way. The

  13. Highly efficient nanocrystalline ZnO thin films prepared by a novel method and their application in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Bahadur, Lal; Kushwaha, Suman

    2012-11-01

    Nanostructured ZnO aggregates are synthesized under controlled conditions using zinc acetate dihydrate and 1-butanol as the starting materials and triethylamine as precipitating agent. Thin films were formed by a doctor-blade technique. The phase and morphology were investigated by using SEM and XRD. These films, derivatized by N719 dye, (Bu4N)2[Ru(dcbpyH)2(NCS)2], were used to construct sandwich-type dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and their photoelectrochemical characteristics were determined. The photocurrent, photovoltage and power conversion efficiency characteristics for the DSSCs were measured under illumination by light of varied irradiance power. With a typical cell, V OC=0.518 V, J SC=11.1 mA cm-2, fill factor (FF)=0.50, overall conversion efficiency ( η)=0.69 % and incident photon to current conversion efficiency (IPCE)=35 % were achieved under full light illumination (430 mW cm-2) and V OC=0.516 V, J SC=8.72 mA cm-2, fill factor 0.54 and overall conversion efficiency η=0.64 % were achieved under visible light illumination (380 mW cm-2). With the use of a thin ZnO film prepared during the present work, improved results have been achieved than many of the earlier reported ones. The good structural quality (crystallinity, densely packed spherical grains, lack of voids, nanometer-size crystallites etc.) of our thin films is mainly responsible for their better photoactivity.

  14. Optimization of the ZnS Buffer Layer by Chemical Bath Deposition for Cu(In,Ga)Se2 Solar Cells.

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    Jeon, Dong-Hwan; Hwang, Dae-Kue; Kim, Dae-Hwan; Kang, Jin-Kyu; Lee, Chang-Seop

    2016-05-01

    We evaluated a ZnS buffer layer prepared using a chemical bath deposition (CBD) process for application in cadmium-free Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) solar cells. The ZnS buffer layer showed good transmittance (above 90%) in the spectral range from 300 to 800 nm and was non-toxic compared with the CdS buffer layers normally used in CIGS solar cells. The CBD process was affected by several deposition conditions. The deposition rate was dependent on the ammonia concentration (complexing agent). When the ammonia concentration was either too high or low, a decrease in the deposition rate was observed. In addition, post heat treatments at high temperatures had detrimental influences on the ZnS buffer layers because portions of the ZnS thin films were transformed into ZnO. With optimized deposition conditions, a CIGS solar cell with a ZnS buffer layer showed an efficiency of 14.18% with a 0.23 cm2 active area under 100 mW/cm2 illumination.

  15. High durability antireflection coatings for silicon and multispectral ZnS

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    Joseph, Shay; Marcovitch, Orna; Yadin, Ygal; Klaiman, Dror; Koren, Nitzan; Zipin, Hedva

    2007-04-01

    In the current complex battle field, military platforms are required to operate on land, at sea and in the air in all weather conditions both day and night. In order to achieve such capabilities, advanced electro-optical systems are being constantly developed and improved. These systems such as missile seeker heads, reconnaissance and target acquisition pods and tracking, monitoring and alert systems have external optical components (window or dome) which must remain operational even at extreme environmental conditions. Depending on the intended use of the system, there are a few choices of window and dome materials. Amongst the more common materials one can point out sapphire, ZnS, germanium and silicon. Other materials such as spinel, ALON and yittria may also be considered. Most infrared materials have high indices of refraction and therefore they reflect a large part of radiation. To minimize the reflection and increase the transmission, antireflection (AR) coatings are the most common choice. Since these systems operate at different environments and weather conditions, the coatings must be made durable to withstand these extreme conditions. In cases where the window or dome is made of relatively soft materials such as multispectral ZnS, the coating may also serve as protection for the window or dome. In this work, several antireflection coatings have been designed and manufactured for silicon and multispectral ZnS. The coating materials were chosen to be either oxides or fluorides which are known to have high durability. Ellipsometry measurements were used to characterize the optical constants of the thin films. The effects of the deposition conditions on the optical constants of the deposited thin films and durability of the coatings will be discussed. The coatings were tested according to MIL-STD-810E and were also subjected to rain erosion tests at the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) whirling arm apparatus in which one of the coatings showed

  16. Measurements of grain boundary properties in nanocrystalline ceramics

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    Chiang, Y.M.; Smyth, I.P.; Terwilliger, C.D. . Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering); Petuskey, W.T. . Dept. of Chemistry); Eastman, J.A. )

    1990-11-01

    The advent of nanocrystalline ceramics prepared by a variety of solution-chemical and vapor deposition methods offers a unique opportunity for the determination grain boundary properties by bulk'' thermodynamic methods. In this paper we discuss results from two types of measurements on model nanocrystalline ceramics. The first is a solution thermodynamic measurement of the activity of nanocrystalline SiC in polycarbosilane-derived silicon carbide fibers (Nicalon). Structural studies have shown that Nicalon consists of well-ordered cubic ({beta} or 3C polytype) SiC grains separated by a very thin grain boundary layer (<1 nm thick) containing the oxygen. The physical properties and chemical reactivity of these fibers are distinctly different from that of bulk silicon carbide. Direct measurement of the alloy composition and analysis of the microstructure has allowed the dissolution reaction to be identified and a lower limit for the SiC activity in the nanocrystalline form to be determined. A second method of measuring grain boundary properties we have investigated for nanocrystalline Si and TiO{sub 2} is high temperature calorimetry. In appropriate samples the grain boundary enthalpy can be measured through the heat evolved during grain growth. Preliminary results on nanocrystalline Si prepared by the recrystallization of amorphous evaporated films and on TiO{sub 2} condensed from the vapor phase are discussed. 29 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  17. New route to the fabrication of nanocrystalline diamond films

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    Varshney, Deepak Morell, Gerardo; Palomino, Javier; Resto, Oscar; Gil, Jennifer; Weiner, Brad R.

    2014-02-07

    Nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) thin films offer applications in various fields, but the existing synthetic approaches are cumbersome and destructive. A major breakthrough has been achieved by our group in the direction of a non-destructive, scalable, and economic process of NCD thin-film fabrication. Here, we report a cheap precursor for the growth of nanocrystalline diamond in the form of paraffin wax. We show that NCD thin films can be fabricated on a copper support by using simple, commonplace paraffin wax under reaction conditions of Hot Filament Chemical Vapor Deposition (HFCVD). Surprisingly, even the presence of any catalyst or seeding that has been conventionally used in the state-of-the-art is not required. The structure of the obtained films was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Raman spectroscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy recorded at the carbon K-edge region confirm the presence of nanocrystalline diamond. The process is a significant step towards cost-effective and non-cumbersome fabrication of nanocrystalline diamond thin films for commercial production.

  18. Effect of solvent volume on the physical properties of aluminium doped nanocrystalline zinc oxide thin films deposited using a simplified spray pyrolysis technique

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    Jabena Begum, N.; Mohan, R.; Ravichandran, K.

    2013-01-01

    Aluminium doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films were deposited by employing a low cost and simplified spray technique using a perfume atomizer from starting solutions having different volumes (10, 20, … , 50 mL) of solvent. The effect of solvent volume on the structural, electrical, optical, photoluminescence (PL) and surface morphological properties was studied. The electrical resistivity of the AZO films is remarkably influenced by the variation in the solvent volume. The X-ray diffraction profiles clearly showed that all the films have preferential orientation along the (0 0 2) plane irrespective of the solvent volume. The crystallite size was found to be in the nano range of 35-46 nm. The optical transmittance in the visible region is desirably high (>85%). The AFM images show columnar morphology with varying grain size. The PL studies revealed that the AZO film deposited from 50 mL of solvent volume has good quality with lesser defect density.

  19. Synthesis and optical characterization of n-ZnO and p-Cu2ZnSnS4 nanocrystalline thin films for low cost solar cells

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    Abdel-Galil, A.; Balboul, M. R.

    2016-12-01

    High quality ZnO/Cu2ZnSnS4 thin films as a window/absorber layers were successfully synthesized via spin coating the sol-gel precursor of each composition without using any vacuum facilities. In this study, the impact of annealing temperature (400 °C, 3 h) on the ZnO window layer and different thickness (3 and 5 layers) of the Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) absorber layer were investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy were used for the structural, compositional, morphological and optical absorption analysis of each layer. ZnO exhibits wurtzite hexagonal crystal structure with particle size equals to 8.60 and 28.59 nm for fresh and annealed films, respectively. Micro-strain and dislocations density decreased with the annealing temperature. X-ray diffraction patterns for CZTS films show small peak at (112) according to the kesterite structure with particle size in nano-scale for the two thicknesses. ZnO films demonstrated direct optical band gap of 3.23 and 3.21 eV for fresh and annealed films, respectively. CZTS films (3 and 5 layers) also have direct optical band with optimum value (1.51 eV) for thickness of 5 layers. The J-V characteristics of the CZTS-based thin film solar cells (CZTS/ZnO/ZnO:Ag) were measured under air mass AM 1.5 and 100 mW/cm2 illumination. The values of the short circuit current (Jsc), open circuit voltage (Voc) and fill factor (FF) also have been obtained.

  20. ZnO nanorods decorated with ZnS nanoparticles

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    Joicy, S.; Sivakumar, P.; Thangadurai, P.; Ponpandian, N.

    2015-06-24

    In this study, ZnO nanorods (NRs) and ZnS nanoparticles decorated ZnO-NRs were prepared by a combination of hydrothermal and hydrolysis method. Structural and optical properties of the samples were studied by XRD, FE-SEM, UV-Vis DRS and photoluminescence spectroscopy. Microscopy analysis revealed that the diameter of ZnO-NRs was ∼500 nm and the length was ranging from a few hundred nm to several micrometers and their surface was decorated with ZnS nanoparticles. UV-Vis DRS showed the absorption of ZnS decorated ZnO-NRs was blue shifted with respect to pure ZnO-NRs which enhanced the separation of electron-hole pairs. PL spectrum of ZnS decorated ZnO-NRs showed a decrease in intensity of UV and green emissions with the appearance of blue emission at 436 nm.

  1. Magnetism in undoped ZnS nanotetrapods.

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    Shan, Aixian; Liu, Wei; Wang, Rongming; Chen, Chinping

    2013-02-21

    The magnetism of undoped ZnS nanotetrapods, synthesized by a solvothermal method, has been investigated by magnetization measurements and first principle numerical calculations. The background magnetic impurity concentrations of Fe, Co and Ni were determined at ppm level by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Hysteresis loops of weak ferromagnetism were observed, attributable to the magnetic impurities. However, the total magnetic moments analyzed from the paramagnetism are far beyond the explanations from the presence of these magnetic impurities, by about two orders of magnitude larger. It implies a different origin of the magnetic moments. Electron microscopy analysis reveals that there are defects in the sample. Numerical simulations indicate that the excessive magnetic moments might arise from the local band structure of polarized electrons associated with the defects of cation deficiency. This study elaborates on the understanding of magnetic properties in the non-magnetic II-VI semiconductor nanomaterials.

  2. Novel microwave assisted synthesis of ZnS nanomaterials

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    Synnott, Damian W.; Seery, Michael K.; Hinder, Steven J.; Colreavy, John; Pillai, Suresh C.

    2013-02-01

    A novel ambient pressure microwave assisted technique is developed in which silver and indium-modified ZnS is synthesized. The as-prepared ZnS is characterized by x-ray diffraction, UV-vis spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and luminescence spectroscopy. This procedure produced crystalline materials with particle sizes below 10 nm. The synthesis technique leads to defects in the crystal which induce mid-energy levels in the band gap and lead to indoor light photocatalytic activity. Increasing the amount of silver causes a phase transition from cubic blende to hexagonal phase ZnS. In a comparative study, when the ZnS cubic blende is heated in a conventional chamber furnace, it is completely converted to ZnO at 600 °C. Both cubic blende and hexagonal ZnS show excellent photocatalytic activity under irradiation from a 60 W light bulb. These ZnS samples also show significantly higher photocatalytic activity than the commercially available TiO2 (Evonik-Degussa P-25).

  3. Effect of Ni and Au ion irradiations on structural and optical properties of nanocrystalline Sb-doped SnO2 thin films

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    Mir, Feroz A.; Batoo, Khalid Mujasam

    2016-04-01

    The effect of shift heavy ion irradiations on the structural and optical properties of 6 % Sb-doped SnO2 thin films deposited on quartz substrate by electron beam evaporation technique is presented. Two ion species Ni and Au with energy 120 MeV and fluence of 1 × 1013 ion/cm2 were used. These films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscope, UV-visible and micro-Raman spectroscopy. From structural analysis, these films exhibit tetragonal rutile structure and retain it even after irradiation. The ion irradiations have shown improvement in the structural properties, such as increase in grain size and decrease in the lattice strain. Raman study also indicates enhancement in quality of crystal structure after irradiations. The grain growth after ion interaction is also observed by atomic force microscope study. Further, a variation in optical band gap and reduction in disorder is observed after irradiation. Other parameters such as Urbach tails energy and steepness parameter are obtained from optical data. The overall observed physical properties show a significant improvement after irradiation. A good correspondence between structures with its various properties can be seen.

  4. 3-D solar cells by electrochemical-deposited Se layer as extremely-thin absorber and hole conducting layer on nanocrystalline TiO2 electrode

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    Nguyen, Duy-Cuong; Tanaka, Souichirou; Nishino, Hitoshi; Manabe, Kyohei; Ito, Seigo

    2013-01-01

    A three-dimensional selenium solar cell with the structure of Au/Se/porous TiO2/compact TiO2/fluorine-doped tin oxide-coated glass plates was fabricated by an electrochemical deposition method of selenium, which can work for the extremely thin light absorber and the hole-conducting layer. The effect of experimental conditions, such as HCl and H2SeO3 in an electrochemical solution and TiO2 particle size of porous layers, was optimized. This kind of solar cell did not use any buffer layer between an n-type electrode (porous TiO2) and a p-type absorber layer (selenium). The crystallinity of the selenium after annealing at 200°C for 3 min in the air was significantly improved. The cells with a selenium layer deposited at concentrations of HCl = 11.5 mM and H2SeO3 = 20 mM showed the best performance, resulting in 1- to 2-nm thickness of the Se layer, short-circuit photocurrent density of 8.7 mA/cm2, open-circuit voltage of 0.65 V, fill factor of 0.53, and conversion efficiency of 3.0%.

  5. 3-D solar cells by electrochemical-deposited Se layer as extremely-thin absorber and hole conducting layer on nanocrystalline TiO2 electrode.

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    Nguyen, Duy-Cuong; Tanaka, Souichirou; Nishino, Hitoshi; Manabe, Kyohei; Ito, Seigo

    2013-01-03

    A three-dimensional selenium solar cell with the structure of Au/Se/porous TiO2/compact TiO2/fluorine-doped tin oxide-coated glass plates was fabricated by an electrochemical deposition method of selenium, which can work for the extremely thin light absorber and the hole-conducting layer. The effect of experimental conditions, such as HCl and H2SeO3 in an electrochemical solution and TiO2 particle size of porous layers, was optimized. This kind of solar cell did not use any buffer layer between an n-type electrode (porous TiO2) and a p-type absorber layer (selenium). The crystallinity of the selenium after annealing at 200°C for 3 min in the air was significantly improved. The cells with a selenium layer deposited at concentrations of HCl = 11.5 mM and H2SeO3 = 20 mM showed the best performance, resulting in 1- to 2-nm thickness of the Se layer, short-circuit photocurrent density of 8.7 mA/cm2, open-circuit voltage of 0.65 V, fill factor of 0.53, and conversion efficiency of 3.0%.

  6. Influence of RF excitation during pulsed laser deposition in oxygen atmosphere on the structural properties and luminescence of nanocrystalline ZnO:Al thin films

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    Meljanac, Daniel Plodinec, Milivoj; Siketić, Zdravko; Gracin, Davor; Juraić, Krunoslav; Bernstorff, Sigrid

    2016-03-15

    Thin ZnO:Al layers were deposited by pulsed laser deposition in vacuum and in oxygen atmosphere at gas pressures between 10 and 70 Pa and by applying radio-frequency (RF) plasma. Grazing incidence small angle x-ray scattering and grazing incidence x-ray diffraction (GIXRD) data showed that an increase in the oxygen pressure leads to an increase in the roughness, a decrease in the sample density, and changes in the size distribution of nanovoids. The nanocrystal sizes estimated from GIXRD were around 20 nm, while the sizes of the nanovoids increased from 1 to 2 nm with the oxygen pressure. The RF plasma mainly influenced the nanostructural properties and point defects dynamics. The photoluminescence consisted of three contributions, ultraviolet (UV), blue emission due to Zn vacancies, and red emission, which are related to an excess of oxygen. The RF excitation lowered the defect level related to blue emission and narrowed the UV luminescence peak, which indicates an improvement of the structural ordering. The observed influence of the deposition conditions on the film properties is discussed as a consequence of two main effects: the variation of the energy transfer from the laser plume to the growing film and changes in the growth chemistry.

  7. Single-material multilayer ZnS as anti-reflective coating for solar cell applications

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    Salih, Ammar T.; Najim, Aus A.; Muhi, Malek A. H.; Gbashi, Kadhim R.

    2017-04-01

    Multilayer Zinc Sulfide (ZnS) is a promising low cost antireflective coating for solar cell applications, in this work; thin films with novel structure containing cubic and hexagonal phases were successfully deposited by thermal evaporation technique with three different layers. XRD analysis confirms the existence of both phases and high specific surface area. AFM analysis reveals that films with three layers have lower roughness and average grain size than other films. The optical measurements obtained by UV-vis, the calculated values of refractive index and reflectivity using some well known refractive index-band gap relations indicate that thin films with triple layer TL-ZnS have lower refractive index and reflectivity than other films, empirical equations were suggested and show the quantum confinement effects on band gap and reflectivity.

  8. Optical properties of nanocrystalline WO{sub 3} and WO{sub 3-x} thin films prepared by DC magnetron sputtering

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    Johansson, Malin B. Niklasson, Gunnar A.; Österlund, Lars; Zietz, Burkhard

    2014-06-07

    The optical properties of tungsten trioxide thin films prepared by DC magnetron sputtering, with different oxygen vacancy (V{sub o}) concentration, have been studied by spectrophotometry and photoluminescence (PL) emission spectroscopy. Absorption and PL spectra show that the films exhibit similar band gap energies, E{sub g} ≈ 2.9 eV. The absorption spectra of the films show two pronounced absorption bands in the near-infrared region. One peak (P1) is located at approximately 0.7 eV, independent of V{sub o} concentration. A second peak (P2) shifts from 0.96 eV to 1.16 eV with decreasing V{sub o} concentration. Peak P1 is assigned to polaron absorption due to transitions between tungsten sites (W{sup 5+} → W{sup 6+}), or an optical transition from a neutral vacancy state to the conduction band, V{sub o}{sup 0} → W{sup 6+}. The origin of peak P2 is more uncertain but may involve +1 and +2 charged vacancy sites. The PL spectra show several emission bands in the range 2.07 to 3.10 eV in the more sub-stoichiometric and 2.40 to 3.02 eV in the less sub-stoichiometric films. The low energy emission bands agree well with calculated optical transition energies of oxygen vacancy sites, with dominant contribution from neutral and singly charged vacancies in the less sub-stoichiometric films, and additional contributions from doubly charged vacancy sites in the more sub-stoichiometric films.

  9. Ultrasonic Emission from Nanocrystalline Porous Silicon

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    Shinoda, Hiroyuki; Koshida, Nobuyoshi

    A simple layer structure composed of a metal thin film and a porous silicon layer on a silicon substrate generates intense and wide-band airborne ultrasounds. The large-bandwidth and the fidelity of the sound reproduction are leveraged in applications varying from sound-based measurement to a scientific study of animal ecology. This chapter describes the basic principle of the ultrasound generation. The macroscopic properties of the low thermal conductivity and the small heat capacity of nanocrystalline porous silicon thermally induce ultrasonic emission. The state-of-the-art of the achievable sound pressure and sound signal properties is introduced, with the technological and scientific applications of the devices.

  10. Optical characteristics of nanocrystalline Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}N thin films deposited by hollow cathode plasma-assisted atomic layer deposition

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    Goldenberg, Eda; Ozgit-Akgun, Cagla; Biyikli, Necmi; Kemal Okyay, Ali

    2014-05-15

    Gallium nitride (GaN), aluminum nitride (AlN), and Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}N films have been deposited by hollow cathode plasma-assisted atomic layer deposition at 200 °C on c-plane sapphire and Si substrates. The dependence of film structure, absorption edge, and refractive index on postdeposition annealing were examined by x-ray diffraction, spectrophotometry, and spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements, respectively. Well-adhered, uniform, and polycrystalline wurtzite (hexagonal) GaN, AlN, and Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}N films were prepared at low deposition temperature. As revealed by the x-ray diffraction analyses, crystallite sizes of the films were between 11.7 and 25.2 nm. The crystallite size of as-deposited GaN film increased from 11.7 to 12.1 and 14.4 nm when the annealing duration increased from 30 min to 2 h (800 °C). For all films, the average optical transmission was ∼85% in the visible (VIS) and near infrared spectrum. The refractive indices of AlN and Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}N were lower compared to GaN thin films. The refractive index of as-deposited films decreased from 2.33 to 2.02 (λ = 550 nm) with the increased Al content x (0 ≤ x ≤ 1), while the extinction coefficients (k) were approximately zero in the VIS spectrum (>400 nm). Postdeposition annealing at 900 °C for 2 h considerably lowered the refractive index value of GaN films (2.33–1.92), indicating a significant phase change. The optical bandgap of as-deposited GaN film was found to be 3.95 eV, and it decreased to 3.90 eV for films annealed at 800 °C for 30 min and 2 h. On the other hand, this value increased to 4.1 eV for GaN films annealed at 900 °C for 2 h. This might be caused by Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3} formation and following phase change. The optical bandgap value of as-deposited Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}N films decreased from 5.75 to 5.25 eV when the x values decreased from 1 to 0.68. Furthermore, postdeposition annealing did not

  11. In situ observation of deformation processes in nanocrystalline face-centered cubic metals

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    Kobler, Aaron; Brandl, Christian; Hahn, Horst

    2016-01-01

    Summary The atomistic mechanisms active during plastic deformation of nanocrystalline metals are still a subject of controversy. The recently developed approach of combining automated crystal orientation mapping (ACOM) and in situ straining inside a transmission electron microscope was applied to study the deformation of nanocrystalline PdxAu1− x thin films. This combination enables direct imaging of simultaneously occurring plastic deformation processes in one experiment, such as grain boundary motion, twin activity and grain rotation. Large-angle grain rotations with ≈39° and ≈60° occur and can be related to twin formation, twin migration and twin–twin interaction as a result of partial dislocation activity. Furthermore, plastic deformation in nanocrystalline thin films was found to be partially reversible upon rupture of the film. In conclusion, conventional deformation mechanisms are still active in nanocrystalline metals but with different weighting as compared with conventional materials with coarser grains. PMID:27335747

  12. In situ observation of deformation processes in nanocrystalline face-centered cubic metals.

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    Kobler, Aaron; Brandl, Christian; Hahn, Horst; Kübel, Christian

    2016-01-01

    The atomistic mechanisms active during plastic deformation of nanocrystalline metals are still a subject of controversy. The recently developed approach of combining automated crystal orientation mapping (ACOM) and in situ straining inside a transmission electron microscope was applied to study the deformation of nanocrystalline Pd x Au1- x thin films. This combination enables direct imaging of simultaneously occurring plastic deformation processes in one experiment, such as grain boundary motion, twin activity and grain rotation. Large-angle grain rotations with ≈39° and ≈60° occur and can be related to twin formation, twin migration and twin-twin interaction as a result of partial dislocation activity. Furthermore, plastic deformation in nanocrystalline thin films was found to be partially reversible upon rupture of the film. In conclusion, conventional deformation mechanisms are still active in nanocrystalline metals but with different weighting as compared with conventional materials with coarser grains.

  13. Enhanced charge separation at 2D MoS2/ZnS heterojunction: KPFM based study of interface photovoltage

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    Sharma, Intu; Mehta, B. R.

    2017-02-01

    Two dimensional (2D) MoS2/ZnS heterojunctions with MoS2 thickness varying from monolayer to bulk have been prepared by sulfurization of a controlled thickness of Mo deposited on the ZnS thin films. Kelvin probe force microscopy measurements on MoS2/ZnS junction having varying thicknesses of MoS2 layers are carried out in the surface and junction modes, under white light exposure. Differences in the surface potential values of the surface and junction modes represent interface photovoltages at heterojunctions. Enhanced interface photovoltage is observed in junctions having the mono and few layer MoS2 in comparison to bulk MoS2 layer. This suggests the active participation of 2D MoS2 layer in photon absorption and charge separation processes taking place close to the junction. The present study is an effort towards the integration of 2D layered materials with 3D semiconductors, which may be advantageous for the development of 2D material based optoelectronic devices.

  14. Role of ZnS shell on stability, cytotoxicity, and photocytotoxicity of water-soluble CdSe semiconductor quantum dots surface modified with glutathione

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    Ibrahim, Salwa Ali; Ahmed, Wafaa; Youssef, Tareq

    2014-09-01

    Biomedical applications of quantum dots (QDs) have become a subject of a considerable concern in the past few decades. The present study examines the stability and cytotoxicity of two QDs systems in cell culture medium in the presence and absence of a thin layer of ZnS shell. The two systems were built from core, CdSe QDs, surface modified with glutathione (GSH), named CdSe˜GSH and CdSe/ZnS˜GSH. Our results demonstrated that 0.7 nm layer of ZnS shell played a significant role in the stability of CdSe/ZnS~GSH QDs in supplemented cell culture medium (RPMI). Also, a significant improvement in the physicochemical properties of the core CdSe QDs was shown by maintaining their spectroscopic characteristics in RPMI medium due to the wide band gap of ZnS shell. Both systems showed insignificant reduction in cell viability of HFB-4 or MCF-7 cell lines in the dark which was attributed to the effective GSH coating. Following photoirradiation with low laser power (irradiance 10 mW cm-2), CdSe~GSH QDs showed a significant decrease in cell viability after 60 min irradiation which may result from detachment of GSH molecules. Under the same irradiation condition, CdSe/ZnS~GSH QDs showed insignificant decrease in cell viability or after 2 h incubation from laser irradiation which was attributed to the strong binding between ZnS and GSH coatings. It can be concluded that the stability of CdSe core QDs was significantly improved in cell culture medium by encapsulation with a thin layer of ZnS shell whereas their cytotoxicity and photo-cytotoxicity are highly dependent on surface modification.

  15. Effect of UV irradiation on evaporated ZnS films

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    Hass, G.; Heaney, J. B.; Hunter, W. R.; Angel, D. W.

    1980-01-01

    Evaporated ZnS films used as a component in reflectance enhancing or decreasing multilayer coatings for mirrors, transparent optical materials, and vacuum UV reflecting optics, are investigated with reference to the reflectance loss under UV irradiation and the formation of ZnO as a result of the decomposition of ZnS in the presence of oxygen. Reflectance measurements over a broad wavelength range reveal that the UV induced reflectance losses are generally restricted to wavelengths shorter than 4000 A and are most severe in the vacuum UV region. After 134 hr of UV exposure initially polycrystalline film of 150-200 A thick is completely converted to amorphous ZnO. The results demonstrate that caution should be exercised in employing ZnS as the outer layer in an optical coating system designed for use in the UV and vacuum UV regions.

  16. Research of annular polishing asymmetric ZnS plane window

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    Guo, Weijin; Tong, Yi; Jin, Yuzhu; Lin, Nana

    2016-10-01

    Due the annular polishing technology for planar optical components do not have the sharp selectivity, annular polishing technology is a very import process to fabricate irregular planar elements which with high precision surface shape and low surface roughness. According to the characteristics of annular polishing, the zns asymmetric plane window annular polishing process and key technical parameters control was researched. In this paper, one pair of asymmetric planar ZnS window parts were machined which diagonal length is 147mm, through technology experiments, obtained process test samples. The surface figures of the plane zns window are measured by a Zygo interferometer and the reflect wavefront P-V value is better than 1.5λ, the reflect wavefront local error rms value is better than 0.05λ (λ=632.8nm). Experiments results demonstrate the effectiveness of annular processing technology was used to manufacture zinc sulfide asymmetric shape plane window.

  17. Luminescence from ZnS: Bulk vs nano

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    Mishra, R. K.; Kamal, Satya; Patel, D. K.; Rao, K. Ramachandra; Sudarsan, V.; Vatsa, R. K.

    2015-06-01

    Based on the detailed luminescence studies on bulk and nanoparticles of ZnS, it is inferred that the defect emission due to zinc (VZn) and sulfur (VS) vacancies in ZnS, significantly change in terms of line shape and peak position, when bulk form is converted to nanoparticles. From the XRD studies, this has been explained in terms of difference in the crystalline modifications of ZnS, namely the wurtzite and cubic forms. Copper doping in the sample quenches the luminescence and stabilize the cubic phase. Bright blue electro luminescence (efficiency of around 1.5 %) with CIE coordinates (0.18. 0.11) could be seen from bulk ZnS:Cu sample. Unlike this the nanoparticles did not give any emission due to the quenching of charge carriers/excitons. Lifetime values further supported these inferences.

  18. ZnS micro-Fresnel lens and its uses.

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    Hosokawa, H; Yamashita, T

    1990-12-01

    A micro-Fresnel lens replication method by inorganic material deposition has been developed. A ZnS micro-Fresnel lens and a completely flat micro-Fresnel lens have been made by this method. The ZnS microFresnel lens stability characteristics are improved for temperature, humidity, and focusing. Furthermore, higher resolution in electron-beam lithography is made possible by lens thickness reduction. The completely flat micro-Fresnel lens is a new device and improves integration performance. This lens can be applied to stacked planar optics devices for use in the construction of 3-D optical circuits.

  19. Starch-assisted synthesis and optical properties of ZnS nanoparticles

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    Tian, Xiuying Wen, Jin; Wang, Shumei; Hu, Jilin; Li, Jing; Peng, Hongxia

    2016-05-15

    Highlights: • ZnS spherical nanostructure was prepared via starch-assisted method. • The crystalline lattice structure, morphologies, chemical and optical properties of ZnS nanoparticles. • The forming mechanism of ZnS nanoparticles. • ZnS spherical nano-structure can show blue emission at 460–500 nm. - Abstract: ZnS nanoparticles are fabricated via starch-assisted method. The effects of different starch amounts on structure and properties of samples are investigated, and the forming mechanism of ZnS nanoparticles is discussed. By X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), ultraviolet–visible (UV–vis) spectroscopy and fluorescence (FL) spectrometer, their phases, crystalline lattice structure, morphologies, chemical and optical properties are characterized. The results show that ZnS has polycrystalline spherical structure with the mean diameter of 130 nm. Sample without starch reveals irregular aggregates with particle size distribution of 0.5–2 μm. The band gap value of ZnS is 3.97 eV. The chemical interaction exists between starch molecules and ZnS nanoparticles by hydrogen bonds. The stronger FL emission peaks of ZnS synthesized with starch, indicate a larger content of sulfur vacancies or defects than ZnS synthesized without starch.

  20. ZnS nanostructure arrays: a developing material star.

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    Fang, Xiaosheng; Wu, Limin; Hu, Linfeng

    2011-02-01

    Semiconductor nanostructure arrays are of great scientific and technical interest because of the strong non-linear and electro-optic effects that occur due to carrier confinement in three dimensions. The use of such nanostructure arrays with tailored geometry, array density, and length-diameter-ratio as building blocks are expected to play a crucial role in future nanoscale devices. With the unique properties of a direct wide-bandgap semiconductor, such as the presence of polar surfaces, excellent transport properties, good thermal stability, and high electronic mobility, ZnS nanostructure arrays has been a developing material star. The research on ZnS nanostructure arrays has seen remarkable progress over the last five years due to the unique properties and important potential applications of nanostructure arrays, which are summarized here. Firstly, a survey of various methods to the synthesis of ZnS nanostructure arrays will be introduced. Next recent efforts on exploiting the unique properties and applications of ZnS nanostructure arrays are discussed. Potential future directions of this research field are also highlighted.

  1. Silver nanowire composite thin films as transparent electrodes for Cu(In,Ga)Se₂/ZnS thin film solar cells.

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    Tan, Xiao-Hui; Chen, Yu; Liu, Ye-Xiang

    2014-05-20

    Solution processed silver nanowire indium-tin oxide nanoparticle (AgNW-ITONP) composite thin films were successfully applied as the transparent electrodes for Cu(In,Ga)Se₂ (CIGS) thin film solar cells with ZnS buffer layers. Properties of the AgNW-ITONP thin film and its effects on performance of CIGS/ZnS thin film solar cells were studied. Compared with the traditional sputtered ITO electrodes, the AgNW-ITONP thin films show comparable optical transmittance and electrical conductivity. Furthermore, the AgNW-ITONP thin film causes no physical damage to the adjacent surface layer and does not need high temperature annealing, which makes it very suitable to use as transparent conductive layers for heat or sputtering damage-sensitive optoelectronic devices. By using AgNW-ITONP electrodes, the required thickness of the ZnS buffer layers for CIGS thin film solar cells was greatly decreased.

  2. Texture evolution in nanocrystalline iron films deposited using biased magnetron sputtering

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    Vetterick, G.; Taheri, M. L.; Baldwin, J. K.; Misra, A.

    2014-12-21

    Fe thin films were deposited on sodium chloride (NaCl) substrates using magnetron sputtering to investigate means of texture control in free standing metal films. The Fe thin films were studied using transmission electron microscopy equipped with automated crystallographic orientation microscopy. Using this technique, the microstructure of each film was characterized in order to elucidate the effects of altering deposition parameters. The natural tendency for Fe films grown on (100) NaCl is to form a randomly oriented nanocrystalline microstructure. By careful selection of substrate and deposition conditions, it is possible to drive the texture of the film toward a single (100) orientation while retaining the nanocrystalline microstructure.

  3. A new approach to grain boundary engineering for nanocrystalline materials

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    Tsurekawa, Sadahiro; Watanabe, Tadao

    2016-01-01

    A new approach to grain boundary engineering (GBE) for high performance nanocrystalline materials, especially those produced by electrodeposition and sputtering, is discussed on the basis of some important findings from recently available results on GBE for nanocrystalline materials. In order to optimize their utility, the beneficial effects of grain boundary microstructures have been seriously considered according to the almost established approach to GBE. This approach has been increasingly recognized for the development of high performance nanocrystalline materials with an extremely high density of grain boundaries and triple junctions. The effectiveness of precisely controlled grain boundary microstructures (quantitatively characterized by the grain boundary character distribution (GBCD) and grain boundary connectivity associated with triple junctions) has been revealed for recent achievements in the enhancement of grain boundary strengthening, hardness, and the control of segregation-induced intergranular brittleness and intergranular fatigue fracture in electrodeposited nickel and nickel alloys with initial submicrometer-grained structure. A new approach to GBE based on fractal analysis of grain boundary connectivity is proposed to produce high performance nanocrystalline or submicrometer-grained materials with desirable mechanical properties such as enhanced fracture resistance. Finally, the potential power of GBE is demonstrated for high performance functional materials like gold thin films through precise control of electrical resistance based on the fractal analysis of the grain boundary microstructure. PMID:28144533

  4. A new approach to grain boundary engineering for nanocrystalline materials.

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    Kobayashi, Shigeaki; Tsurekawa, Sadahiro; Watanabe, Tadao

    2016-01-01

    A new approach to grain boundary engineering (GBE) for high performance nanocrystalline materials, especially those produced by electrodeposition and sputtering, is discussed on the basis of some important findings from recently available results on GBE for nanocrystalline materials. In order to optimize their utility, the beneficial effects of grain boundary microstructures have been seriously considered according to the almost established approach to GBE. This approach has been increasingly recognized for the development of high performance nanocrystalline materials with an extremely high density of grain boundaries and triple junctions. The effectiveness of precisely controlled grain boundary microstructures (quantitatively characterized by the grain boundary character distribution (GBCD) and grain boundary connectivity associated with triple junctions) has been revealed for recent achievements in the enhancement of grain boundary strengthening, hardness, and the control of segregation-induced intergranular brittleness and intergranular fatigue fracture in electrodeposited nickel and nickel alloys with initial submicrometer-grained structure. A new approach to GBE based on fractal analysis of grain boundary connectivity is proposed to produce high performance nanocrystalline or submicrometer-grained materials with desirable mechanical properties such as enhanced fracture resistance. Finally, the potential power of GBE is demonstrated for high performance functional materials like gold thin films through precise control of electrical resistance based on the fractal analysis of the grain boundary microstructure.

  5. Optical and photocatalytic properties of Corymbia citriodora leaf extract synthesized ZnS nanoparticles

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    Chen, Jinfeng; Hu, Binjie; Zhi, Jinhu

    2016-05-01

    ZnS nanoparticles were biosynthesized via a green and simple method using Corymbia citriodora leaf extract as reducing and stabilizing agent. The biosynthesized ZnS nanoparticles were in the size range of 45 nm with a surface plasmon resonance band at 325 nm. XRD analysis revealed that the nanoparticles were in the sphalerite phase. Quantum confinement effects of biosynthesized ZnS nanoparticles were observed using photoluminescence spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activity of the ZnS nanoparticles has been investigated by degradation methylene blue under UV light irradiation. Due to the smaller size and excellent dispersicity, the biosynthesized ZnS nanoparticles showed a superior photocatalytic performance compared with that of chemical synthesize ZnS nanoparticles.

  6. Synthesis and enhanced humidity detection response of nanoscale Au-particle-decorated ZnS spheres

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    2014-01-01

    We successfully prepared Au-nanoparticle-decorated ZnS (ZnS-Au) spheres by sputtering Au ultrathin films on surfaces of hydrothermally synthesized ZnS spheres and subsequently postannealed the samples in a high-vacuum atmosphere. The Au nanoparticles were distributed on ZnS surfaces without substantial aggregation. The Au nanoparticle diameter range was 5 to 10 nm. Structural information showed that the surface of the annealed ZnS-Au spheres became more irregular and rough. A humidity sensor constructed using the Au-nanoparticle-decorated ZnS spheres demonstrated a substantially improved response to the cyclic change in humidity from 11% relative humidity (RH) to 33% to 95% RH at room temperature. The improved response was associated with the enhanced efficiency of water molecule adsorption onto the surfaces of the ZnS because of the surface modification of the ZnS spheres through noble-metal nanoparticle decoration. PMID:25520595

  7. Photoluminescence study of ZnS and ZnS:Pb nanoparticles

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    Virpal, Hastir, Anita; Kaur, Jasmeet; Singh, Gurpreet; Singh, Ravi Chand

    2015-05-15

    Photoluminescence (PL) study of pure and 5wt. % lead doped ZnS prepared by co-precipitation method was conducted at room temperature. The prepared nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), UV-Visible (UV-Vis) spectrophotometer, Photoluminescence (PL) and Raman spectroscopy. XRD patterns confirm cubic structure of ZnS and PbS in doped sample. The band gap energy value increased in case of Pb doped ZnS nanoparticles. The PL spectrum of pure ZnS was de-convoluted into two peaks centered at 399nm and 441nm which were attributed to defect states of ZnS. In doped sample, a shoulder peak at 389nm and a broad peak centered at 505nm were observed. This broad green emission peak originated due to Pb activated ZnS states.

  8. Ferromagnetic properties of Cu-doped ZnS: A density functional theory study

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    Yan, Huiyu; Li, Yuqi; Guo, Yanrui; Song, Qinggong; Chen, Yifei

    2011-02-01

    Using plane-wave pseudopotential (PWPP) method, the magnetism and spin-resolved electronic properties of Cu-doped ZnS system are studied. Our calculations indicate that ferromagnetic (FM) state is ground state in Cu-doped ZnS. The FM coupling strength in ZnS doping with Cu fluctuates with the variation of distance between two dopants and the fluctuation gets larger with increase in distance. Room temperature ferromagnetism can be observed in Cu-doped ZnS with high dopant concentration. Formation energy calculation implies that the clustering effect is not obvious in Cu-doped ZnS. Thus, Cu-doped ZnS can be a promising dilute magnetic semiconductor (DMS), which promises to be free of magnetic precipitates.

  9. Effect of ZnS nanoparticles on the photoluminescence of Sm3+ ions in methanol

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    Kakoti, D.; Rajkonwar, N.; Dehingia, N.; Boruah, A.; Gogoi, P.; Dutta, P.

    2016-10-01

    ZnS nanoparticles co-doped with Sm3+ ions were prepared in methanol medium for fixed Sm3+ and varying ZnS concentrations. Enhancements in absorption as well as photoluminescence efficiency of the co-doped samples were observed. This enhanced efficiency is attributed to the effective increase in oscillator strengths of the Sm3+ transitions because of the addition of ZnS nanoparticles.

  10. CTAB-Assisted Solvothermal Growth and Optical Characterization of Flower-Like ZnS Structures

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    Roy, J. S.; Pal Majumder, T.

    2016-08-01

    Flower-like ZnS structures have been prepared by solvothermal method with the assistance of cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB). The effects of different experimental conditions on the morphology of ZnS structure have been investigated. The performances of ZnS structures have been analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), room temperature photoluminescence (PL), and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy. The XRD patterns indicate that the prepared ZnS structures are highly crystallized, which are of hexagonal phase. The SEM images indicate that the main role of CTAB is to assemble the ZnS flakes together to form the flower-like structures, and the reaction time affects the morphology of ZnS. The growth mechanism for the formation of flower-like ZnS structure is also described. The absorption and emission bands gradually shift towards longer wavelength due to the transformation of flower-like ZnS nanoflowers from ZnS flakes.

  11. Synthesis and spectroscopic investigations of Cu- and Pb-doped colloidal ZnS nanocrystals.

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    Ehlert, Oliver; Osvet, Andres; Batentschuk, Miroslaw; Winnacker, Albrecht; Nann, Thomas

    2006-11-23

    A novel organometallic synthesis method for the preparation of colloidal ZnS nanoparticles is presented. This method enables the synthesis of undoped ZnS nanocrystals as well as doping with Cu, Pb, or both. The particles can be covered with an undoped layer of ZnS, forming core/shell-type particles with the ZnS:Pb, ZnS:Cu, or ZnS:Cu,Pb cores. The particles were characterized via TEM, XRD, dynamic light scattering, and optical spectroscopy. We investigated the extrinsic surface defects and their coverage with an additional ZnS layer in detail by temperature-dependent luminescence and luminescence lifetime spectroscopy.

  12. Formation of ZnS nanorods by simple evaporation technique

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    Velumani, S.; Ascencio, J. A.

    Semiconductor nanocrystals and nanorods whose properties are largely determined by the quantum confinement effect are currently being intensively studied by materials scientists, physicists and chemists. Zinc sulphide (ZnS), a II-VI group semiconductor material possessing a direct band gap of 3.66 eV, has recently been extensively investigated due to its multifaceted applications. We report the synthesis of ZnS nanorods by a simple physical vapor deposition method and an in-detail surface analysis for device applications. Our interest in this material mainly lies behind its use as an n-window layer for our investigations on different window layers for CdTe- and CIS (Copper Indium diselenide) based solar cells and for photocatalytic production of hydrogen from water using the photocatalysts CdS/ZnS. ZnS films are deposited onto well-cleaned glass substrates at a vacuum of 5×10-5 Torr and various parameters are determined. The distance between the substrate and the source was maintained at 0.15 cm. The deposition time was about 20 min at a constant rate of evaporation and the substrates were maintained at room temperature. Structural analysis reveals the cubic nature of the crystallites, which is confirmed from atomic force microscopy (AFM) analysis. The AFM analysis reveals the formation of nanorods due to coalescence, which is substantiated from sectional analysis. A further analysis reveals the preferential growth of the nanorods and the coalescence limited by the energy in the (002) face. The composition was analyzed using an energy-dispersive X-ray method (EDX) and the film was found to possess excess sulfur. The band gap of the vacuum-deposited ZnS film was found to be 3.6 eV.

  13. Frozen ZnS Aqueous Suspension Nonlinear Optical Properties

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    Ehrlich, H.; Kudryavtseva, A.; Lisichkin, G.; Savranskii, V.; Tcherniega, N.; Zemskov, K.; Zhilenko, M.

    2015-11-01

    The study of nonlinear effects, caused by nanosecond laser pulses' impact on the frozen ZnS nanoparticles' suspension, is presented. Laser pulses excite strong nanoparticles' coherent vibrations in the near-terahertz range which lead to different nonlinear effects: X-ray emission, stimulated low-frequency Raman scattering, and luminescence. X-ray emission was observed as bright spots on the special X-ray film. This provides evidence that an X-ray propagates with narrow beams. Stimulated low-frequency Raman scattering is a result of light scattering by acoustic vibrations of nanoparticles. Its frequency shift corresponds to the nanoparticles' eigenvibration frequencies and depends on the sample material and particle's dimension. It was measured with the help of a Fabri-Perot interferometer in the range of dispersion 16.67 {cm}^{-1}. For ZnS, the first Stokes component frequency shift is equal to 465 GHz. Under excitation by 20 ns ruby laser pulses, the luminescence of the frozen ZnS nanoparticles' suspension was observed in two bands located at 480 nm and 510 nm. Its duration was more than 3 s.

  14. Laser-induced refractive index changes in nanocrystalline diamond membranes.

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    Preclíková, Jana; Kromka, Alexander; Rezek, Bohuslav; Malý, Petr

    2010-02-15

    We have observed what we believe to be a new phenomenon in nanocrystalline diamond membranes. The optical thickness of the membrane is changed under laser irradiation, which leads to a spectral shift of interference fringes in the transmission and photoluminescence spectra of high-quality thin self-supporting nanocrystalline membranes. The direction of the spectral shift (red/blue) can be tuned by the ambient air pressure. The effect is reversible and is accompanied by changes in photoluminescence intensity. We interpret the results in terms of the changes in the index of refraction caused by the photoinduced adsorption/desorption of air molecules that subsequently affect the properties of subgap energy states related to the surface and the grain boundaries of the nanocrystals.

  15. Comparison of crystal growth and thermoelectric properties of n-type Bi-Se-Te and p-type Bi-Sb-Te nanocrystalline thin films: Effects of homogeneous irradiation with an electron beam

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    Takashiri, Masayuki Imai, Kazuo; Uyama, Masato; Nishi, Yoshitake; Hagino, Harutoshi; Miyazaki, Koji; Tanaka, Saburo

    2014-06-07

    The effects of homogenous electron beam (EB) irradiation on the crystal growth and thermoelectric properties of n-type Bi-Se-Te and p-type Bi-Sb-Te thin films were investigated. Both types of thin films were prepared by flash evaporation, after which homogeneous EB irradiation was performed at an acceleration voltage of 0.17 MeV. For the n-type thin films, nanodots with a diameter of less than 10 nm were observed on the surface of rice-like nanostructures, and crystallization and crystal orientation were improved by EB irradiation. The resulting enhancement of mobility led to increased electrical conductivity and thermoelectric power factor for the n-type thin films. In contrast, the crystallization and crystal orientation of the p-type thin films were not influenced by EB irradiation. The carrier concentration increased and mobility decreased with increased EB irradiation dose, possibly because of the generation of defects. As a result, the thermoelectric power factor of p-type thin films was not improved by EB irradiation. The different crystallization behavior of the n-type and p-type thin films is attributed to atomic rearrangement during EB irradiation. Selenium in the n-type thin films is more likely to undergo atomic rearrangement than the other atoms present, so only the crystallinity of the n-type Bi-Se-Te thin films was enhanced.

  16. Silver film on nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} support: Photocatalytic and antimicrobial ability

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    Vukoje, Ivana D.; Tomašević-Ilić, Tijana D.; Zarubica, Aleksandra R.; Dimitrijević, Suzana; Budimir, Milica D.; Vranješ, Mila R.; Šaponjić, Zoran V.; Nedeljković, Jovan M.

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Simple photocatalytic rout for deposition of Ag on nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} films. • High antibactericidal efficiency of deposited Ag on TiO{sub 2} support. • Improved photocatalytic performance of TiO{sub 2} films in the presence of deposited Ag. - Abstract: Nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} films were prepared on glass slides by the dip coating technique using colloidal solutions consisting of 4.5 nm particles as a precursor. Photoirradiation of nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} film modified with alanine that covalently binds to the surface of TiO{sub 2} and at the same time chelate silver ions induced formation of metallic silver film. Optical and morphological properties of thin silver films on nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} support were studied by absorption spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. Improvement of photocatalytic performance of nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} films after deposition of silver was observed in degradation reaction of crystal violet. Antimicrobial ability of deposited silver films on nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} support was tested in dark as a function of time against Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Candida albicans. The silver films ensured maximum cells reduction of both bacteria, while the fungi reduction reached satisfactory 98.45% after 24 h of contact.

  17. Heterogeneous ZnS hollow urchin-like hierarchical nanostructures and their structure-enhanced photocatalytic properties.

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    Liu, Jun; Guo, Zaiping; Wang, Wenjun; Huang, Qingsong; Zhu, Kaixing; Chen, Xiaolong

    2011-04-01

    Hexagonal wurtzite ZnS nanowires radially arrayed on cubic zinc-blende ZnS hollow spheres have been successfully achieved for the first time, and such novel heterogeneous ZnS hollow urchin-like hierarchical nanostructures show greatly enhanced photocatalytic properties due to their two-phase enhanced light-harvesting and high surface-to-volume ratio.

  18. Phase transformation and optical properties of Cu-doped ZnS nanorods

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    Datta, Anuja Panda, Subhendu K.; Chaudhuri, Subhadra

    2008-09-15

    ZnS nanorods doped with 0-15 mol% of Cu have been prepared by simple solvothermal process. With gradual increase in the Cu concentration, phase transformation of the doped ZnS nanorods from wurtzite to cubic was observed. Twins and stacking faults were developed due to atomic rearrangement in the heavily doped ZnS nanorods during phase transformation. UV-vis-NIR absorbance spectroscopy ruled out the presence of any impure Cu-S phase. The doped ZnS nanorods showed luminescence over a wide range from UV to near IR with peaks at 370, 492-498, 565 and 730 nm. The UV region peak is due to the near-band-edge transition, whereas, the green peak can be related to emission from elementary sulfur species on the surfaces of the nanorods. The orange emission at 565 nm may be linked to the recombination of electrons at deep defect levels and the Cu(t{sub 2}) states present near the valence band of ZnS. The near IR emission possibly originated from transitions due to deep-level defects. - Graphical abstract: ZnS nanorods doped with 0-15 mol% of Cu has been prepared by simple solvothermal route. Interestingly, phase transformation of the doped ZnS nanorods from wurtzite to cubic was observed with gradual increase in the Cu concentration. Doped ZnS nanorods showed luminescence over a wide range from UV to near IR, which is also a rare observation.

  19. Synthesis of cubic ZnS microspheres exhibiting broad visible emission for bioimaging applications.

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    Sajan, P; Jayasree, R S; Agouram, S; Bushiri, M Junaid

    2016-03-01

    Biocompatible ZnS microspheres with an average diameter of 3.85 µm were grown by solvo-hydrothermal (S-H) method using water-acetonitrile-ethylenediamine (EDA) solution combination. ZnS microspheres were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), Fourier transform (FT)-Raman spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) techniques. The broad photoluminescence (PL) emissions from 380-580 nm that were seen from the ZnS microspheres attributed to the increase in carrier concentration, as understood from the observed intense Raman band at 257 cm(-1). Cytotoxicity and haemocompatibility investigations of these ZnS microspheres revealed its biocompatibility. ZnS microspheres, along with biological cell lines, were giving visible light emission and could be used for bioimaging applications.

  20. Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue with Fe doped ZnS nanoparticles.

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    Chauhan, Ruby; Kumar, Ashavani; Chaudhary, Ram Pal

    2013-09-01

    Fe doped ZnS nanoparticles (Zn1-xFexS; where x=0.00, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.10) were synthesized by a chemical precipitation method. The synthesized products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, UV-Vis and photoluminescence spectrometer. The X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope studies show that the size of crystallites is in the range of 2-5 nm. Photocatalytic activities of ZnS and 3, 5 and 10 mol% Fe doped ZnS were evaluated by decolorization of methylene blue in aqueous solution under ultraviolet and visible light irradiation. It was found that the Fe doped ZnS bleaches methylene blue much faster than the undoped ZnS upon its exposure to the visible light as compared to ultraviolet light. The optimal Fe/Zn ratio was observed to be 3 mol% for photocatalytic applications.

  1. Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue with Fe doped ZnS nanoparticles

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    Chauhan, Ruby; Kumar, Ashavani; Chaudhary, Ram Pal

    2013-09-01

    Fe doped ZnS nanoparticles (Zn1-xFexS; where x = 0.00, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.10) were synthesized by a chemical precipitation method. The synthesized products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, UV-Vis and photoluminescence spectrometer. The X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope studies show that the size of crystallites is in the range of 2-5 nm. Photocatalytic activities of ZnS and 3, 5 and 10 mol% Fe doped ZnS were evaluated by decolorization of methylene blue in aqueous solution under ultraviolet and visible light irradiation. It was found that the Fe doped ZnS bleaches methylene blue much faster than the undoped ZnS upon its exposure to the visible light as compared to ultraviolet light. The optimal Fe/Zn ratio was observed to be 3 mol% for photocatalytic applications.

  2. Quantification of Grain Boundary Mediated Plasticity Mechanisms in Nanocrystalline Metals

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    Panzarino, Jason F.

    of nanocrystalline Ni-W thin films. These experiments track the development of a surface grain growth layer which evolves through grain boundary mediated plasticity and we are able to make direct connections between this evolution and that which was observed in our simulation work. All of the findings of this thesis are a direct result of the dynamic and collective nature by which nanocrystalline materials deform.

  3. Electrical properties of Cu4ZnSnS2/ZnS heterojunction prepared by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis

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    Guitouni, S.; Khammar, M.; Messaoudi, M.; Attaf, N.; Aida, M. S.

    2016-12-01

    Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS)/ZnS heterojunctions have been prepared by a successive deposition of ZnS and CZTS thin films by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis technique on glass substrates. The cupric chloride concentration has been varied in the starting solution in order to investigate its influence on device properties. CZTS/ZnS heterojunctions were characterized by recording their current-voltage characteristics at different temperatures. The obtained results exhibit a good rectifying behavior of the realized heterojunction. Analysis of these results yields saturation current, series resistance and ideality factor determination. From the activation energy of saturation current we inferred that the thermal emission through the barrier height is the dominant mechanism of the reverse current rather than the defects contribution.

  4. Semi-empirical scattering model for Chemical Vapor Deposited ZnS

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    McCloy, John S.

    2009-10-06

    A model has been created based on scattering from internal surfaces of different refractive index that describes the λ-2 dependence of the extinction in bulk samples of CVD ZnS. The model hinges on the lamellar nanostructure composed of alternating layers of thickness on the order of 10 to 100 nm. A family of solutions is generated which depend on both the difference in refractive index (Δn) and the layer thickness. Reasonable layer thicknesses require Δn for CVD ZnS with higher values than can be explained solely by the Δn between sphalerite and wurtzite phases of ZnS. Other evidence suggests a substantial oxygen component in CVD ZnS that could result in the lower refractive index Zn(O,S) necessary for the model. Differences in transmission for CVD ZnS, elemental ZnS, and multispectral ZnS can be explained simply by a different magnitude of Δn between the layers. Absolute transmission is modeled satisfactorily from the band edge to 10 μm using this approach.

  5. Wurtzite-type ZnS nanoparticles by pulsed electric discharge.

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    Omurzak, Emil; Mashimo, Tsutomu; Sulaimankulova, Saadat; Takebe, Shintaro; Chen, Liliang; Abdullaeva, Zhypargul; Iwamoto, Chihiro; Oishi, Yudai; Ihara, Hirotaka; Okudera, Hiroki; Yoshiasa, Akira

    2011-09-07

    The synthesis of wurtzite-type ZnS nanoparticles by an electric discharge submerged in molten sulfur is reported. Using a pulsed plasma between two zinc electrodes of diameter 5 mm in molten sulfur, we have synthesized high-temperature phase (wurtzite-type) ZnS nanocrystals with an average size of about 20 nm. The refined lattice parameters of the synthesized wurtzite-type ZnS nanoparticles were found to be larger than those of the reported ZnS (JCPDS card no 36-1450). Synthesis of ZnMgS (solid solution of ZnS and MgS) was achieved by using ZnMg alloys as both cathode and anode electrodes. UV-visible absorption spectroscopy analysis showed that the absorption peak of the as-prepared ZnS sample (319 nm) displays a blue-shift compared to the bulk ZnS (335 nm). Photoluminescence spectra of the samples revealed peaks at 340, 397, 423, 455 and 471 nm, which were related to excitonic emission and stoichiometric defects.

  6. Effect of structure, size and copper doping on the luminescence properties of ZnS

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    Kamal, Ch. Satya; Mishra, R.K.; Patel, Dinesh K.; Rao, K. Ramachandra; Sudarsan, V.; Vatsa, R.K.

    2016-09-15

    Highlights: • Blue and green emission intensity form ZnS is sensitive to crystallographic form. • For ZnS nanoparticles, emission characteristics are not affected by copper doping. • Cu solubility poor in ZnS nanoparticles compared to corresponding bulk. - Abstract: Luminescence properties of wurtzite and cubic forms of bulk ZnS have been investigated in detail and compared with that of ZnS nanoparticles. Blue emission observed in both hexagonal and cubic forms of undoped bulk ZnS is explained based on electron–hole recombination involving electron in conduction band and hole trapped in Zn{sup 2+} vacancies where as green emission arises due to electron hole recombination from Zn{sup 2+} and S{sup 2−} vacancies. Conversion of wurtzite form to cubic form is associated with relative increase in intensity of green emission due to increased defect concentration brought about by high temperature heat treatment. Copper doping in ZnS, initially leads to formation of both Cu{sub Zn} and Cu{sub i} (interstitial copper) centers, and latter to mainly Cu{sub Zn} centers as revealed by variation in relative intensities of blue and green emission from the samples.

  7. Wurtzite-type ZnS nanoparticles by pulsed electric discharge

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    Omurzak, Emil; Mashimo, Tsutomu; Sulaimankulova, Saadat; Takebe, Shintaro; Chen, Liliang; Abdullaeva, Zhypargul; Iwamoto, Chihiro; Oishi, Yudai; Ihara, Hirotaka; Okudera, Hiroki; Yoshiasa, Akira

    2011-09-01

    The synthesis of wurtzite-type ZnS nanoparticles by an electric discharge submerged in molten sulfur is reported. Using a pulsed plasma between two zinc electrodes of diameter 5 mm in molten sulfur, we have synthesized high-temperature phase (wurtzite-type) ZnS nanocrystals with an average size of about 20 nm. The refined lattice parameters of the synthesized wurtzite-type ZnS nanoparticles were found to be larger than those of the reported ZnS (JCPDS card no 36-1450). Synthesis of ZnMgS (solid solution of ZnS and MgS) was achieved by using ZnMg alloys as both cathode and anode electrodes. UV-visible absorption spectroscopy analysis showed that the absorption peak of the as-prepared ZnS sample (319 nm) displays a blue-shift compared to the bulk ZnS (335 nm). Photoluminescence spectra of the samples revealed peaks at 340, 397, 423, 455 and 471 nm, which were related to excitonic emission and stoichiometric defects.

  8. Alloying ZnS in the hexagonal phase to create high-performing transparent conducting materials.

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    Faghaninia, Alireza; Bhatt, Kunal Rajesh; Lo, Cynthia S

    2016-08-10

    Alloyed zinc sulfide (ZnS) has shown promise as a relatively inexpensive and earth-abundant transparent conducting material (TCM). Though Cu-doped ZnS has been identified as a high-performing p-type TCM, the corresponding n-doped ZnS has, to date, been challenging to synthesize in a controlled manner; this is because the dopant atoms compete with hole-inducing zinc vacancies near the conduction band minimum as the most thermodynamically stable intrinsic point defects. We thus aim to identify the most promising n-type ZnS-based TCM, with the optimal combination of physical stability, transparency, and electrical conductivity. Using a relatively new method for calculating the free energy of both the sphalerite (cubic) and wurtzite (hexagonal) phases of undoped and doped ZnS, we find that doped ZnS is more stable in the hexagonal structure. This, for the first time, fundamentally explains previous experimental observations of the coexistence of both phases in doped ZnS; hence, it profoundly impacts future work on sulfide TCMs. We also employ hybrid density functional theory calculations and a new carrier transport model, AMSET (ab initio model for mobility and Seebeck coefficient using the Boltzmann transport equation), to analyze the defect physics and electron mobility of the different cation- (B, Al, Ga, In) and anion-doped (F, Cl, Br, I) ZnS, in both the cubic and hexagonal phases, at various dopant compositions, temperatures, and carrier concentrations. Among all doped ZnS candidates, Al-doped ZnS (AZS) exhibits the highest dopant solubility, largest electronic band gap, and highest electrical conductivity of 3830, 1905, and 321 S cm(-1), corresponding to the possible carrier concentrations of n = 10(21), 10(20), and 10(19) cm(-3), respectively, at the optimal 6.25% dopant concentration of Al and the temperature of 300 K.

  9. Sputtered tungsten-based ternary and quaternary layers for nanocrystalline diamond deposition.

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    Walock, Michael J; Rahil, Issam; Zou, Yujiao; Imhoff, Luc; Catledge, Shane A; Nouveau, Corinne; Stanishevsky, Andrei V

    2012-06-01

    Many of today's demanding applications require thin-film coatings with high hardness, toughness, and thermal stability. In many cases, coating thickness in the range 2-20 microm and low surface roughness are required. Diamond films meet many of the stated requirements, but their crystalline nature leads to a high surface roughness. Nanocrystalline diamond offers a smoother surface, but significant surface modification of the substrate is necessary for successful nanocrystalline diamond deposition and adhesion. A hybrid hard and tough material may be required for either the desired applications, or as a basis for nanocrystalline diamond film growth. One possibility is a composite system based on carbides or nitrides. Many binary carbides and nitrides offer one or more mentioned properties. By combining these binary compounds in a ternary or quaternary nanocrystalline system, we can tailor the material for a desired combination of properties. Here, we describe the results on the structural and mechanical properties of the coating systems composed of tungsten-chromium-carbide and/or nitride. These WC-Cr-(N) coatings are deposited using magnetron sputtering. The growth of adherent nanocrystalline diamond films by microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition has been demonstrated on these coatings. The WC-Cr-(N) and WC-Cr-(N)-NCD coatings are characterized with atomic force microscopy and SEM, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and nanoindentation.

  10. NH3 and PH3 adsorption through single walled ZnS nanotube: First principle insight

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    Khan, Md. Shahzad; Srivastava, Anurag; Chaurasiya, Rajneesh; Khan, Mohd. Shahid; Dua, Piyush

    2015-09-01

    The density functional theory (DFT) based adsorption analysis of NH3 and PH3 gas molecule has been made for confirming the sensing behaviour of ZnS nanotube. For a particular orientation of XH3 (X = N or P), the ZnS nanotube is found to be a good sensor with Zn as interactive site, discussed in terms of chemisorption and physisorption. Partial density of state (PDOS) analysis reveals strong interaction between few selected fragments from XH3 and ZnS nanotube. The quality of interaction for most favourable orientation is further scrutinized using charge decomposition analysis (CDA) analysis and sensing ability through current-voltage (I-V) characteristics.

  11. Ionic Conduction in Nanocrystalline Materials

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    2000-02-10

    photo- largely due to oxygen desorption from particle voltaic cells and as the photocatalyst in water surfaces. The latter interpretation...and Tuller [22] prepared dense (-95%) temperature, where bulk reduction was observed. At compacts of TiO2 with the anatase phase. The lower... TiO2 , evidence preparation. is mixed. Nanocrystalline rutile appears to exhibit higher ionic conductivity than single crystal rutile while

  12. Laser Compression of Nanocrystalline Metals

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    Meyers, Marc

    2009-06-01

    Laser compression carried out at the Omega and Janus yields new information on the deformation mechanisms of nanocrystalline Ni. Although conventional deformation does not produce hardening, the extreme regime imparted by laser compression generates an increase in hardness, attributed to the residual dislocations observed in the structure by TEM. An analytical model is applied to predict the critical pressures for the cell-stacking-faults transition in single-crystalline nickel and the onset twinning in nanocrystalline nickel. The slip-twinning transition pressure is shifted from 20 GPa, for polycrystalline Ni, to 80 GPa, for Ni with g. s. of 10 nm. Contributions to the net strain from the mechanisms of plastic deformation (partials, perfect dislocations, twinning, and gb shear) were quantified in the nanocrystalline samples through MD calculations. The effect of release, a phenomenon often neglected in MD simulations, on dislocation behavior was established. A large fraction of the dislocations generated at the front are annihilated.[4pt] In collaboration with Hussam Jarmakani, University of California, San Diego; Eduardo Bringa, U. Nacional de Cuyo; Bruce Remington, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; V. Nhon, University of Illinois; P. Earhart and Morris Wang, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

  13. Nanocrystalline films for gas-reactive applications

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    Eastman, Jeffrey A.; Thompson, Loren J.

    2004-02-17

    A gas sensor for detection of oxidizing and reducing gases, including O.sub.2, CO.sub.2, CO, and H.sub.2, monitors the partial pressure of a gas to be detected by measuring the temperature rise of an oxide-thin-film-coated metallic line in response to an applied electrical current. For a fixed input power, the temperature rise of the metallic line is inversely proportional to the thermal conductivity of the oxide coating. The oxide coating contains multi-valent cation species that change their valence, and hence the oxygen stoichiometry of the coating, in response to changes in the partial pressure of the detected gas. Since the thermal conductivity of the coating is dependent on its oxygen stoichiometry, the temperature rise of the metallic line depends on the partial pressure of the detected gas. Nanocrystalline (<100 nm grain size) oxide coatings yield faster sensor response times than conventional larger-grained coatings due to faster oxygen diffusion along grain boundaries rather than through grain interiors.

  14. Rheology of nanocrystalline cellulose aqueous suspensions.

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    Shafiei-Sabet, Sadaf; Hamad, Wadood Y; Hatzikiriakos, Savvas G

    2012-12-11

    The rheological properties and microstructure of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) aqueous suspensions have been investigated at different concentrations. The suspension is isotropic up to 3 wt %, and phase separates to liquid crystalline and isotropic domains at higher concentrations where the samples exhibit a fingerprint texture and the viscosity profile shows a three-region behavior, typical of liquid crystals. The suspension behaves as a rheological gel at even higher concentrations where the viscosity profile shows a single shear thinning behavior over the whole range of shear rates investigated. The effects of ultrasound energy and temperature on the rheological properties and structure of these suspensions were studied using polarized optical microscopy and rheometry. Our results indicate that the amount of applied ultrasound energy affects the microstructure of the suspensions and the pitch of the chiral nematic domains. The viscosity profile is changed significantly at low shear rates, whereas the viscosity of biphasic suspensions at intermediate and high shear rates decreased with increasing temperature. This suggests that, between 30 and 40 °C, structural rearrangement takes place. At higher concentrations of about 10 wt %, the temperature has no significant effect on viscosity; however, a marked increase in viscosity has been observed at around 50 °C. Finally, the Cox-Merz rule was found to fail after a critical concentration, thereby implying significant structural formation. This critical concentration is much higher for sonicated compared to unsonicated suspensions.

  15. Micro-emulsion-assisted synthesis of ZnS nanospheres and their photocatalytic activity

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    Li Yao; He Xiaoyan; Cao Minhua

    2008-11-03

    ZnS nanospheres with rough surface were synthesized by using a micro-emulsion-assisted solvothemal process. The molar ratio of [water]/[surfactant] played an important role in controlling the size of the ZnS nanospheres. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), field emission-scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) were used for the characterization of the resulting ZnS nanospheres. A possible formation mechanism was proposed. These ZnS nanospheres exhibited a good photocatalytic activity for degradation of an aqueous p-nitrophenol solution and the total organic carbon (TOC) of the degradation product has also been investigated.

  16. First-principles prediction of half-metallic ferromagnetism in Cu-doped ZnS

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    Zhang, Chang-wen; Yan, Shi-shen

    2010-02-01

    The spin-polarized full potential linearized augmented plane wave method in the generalized gradient approximation is carried out for investigation on the magnetism and electronic structures of Cu-doped ZnS. We find that the Cu-doped ZnS supercell shows half-metallic ferromagnetic character with a total magnetic moment of 1.0μB per Cu. The long-range ferromagnetism in Cu-doped ZnS can be explained in terms of p-d like hybridization chain, and the Curie temperature higher than around 350 K is predicted. These results suggest that Cu-doped ZnS may be a promising half-metallic ferromagnetic material for applications in spintronics.

  17. Self-assembled ZnS nanowire arrays: synthesis, in situ Cu doping and field emission

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    Liu, Baodan; Bando, Yoshio; Jiang, Xin; Li, Chun; Fang, Xiaosheng; Zeng, Haibo; Terao, Takeshi; Tang, Chengchun; Mitome, Masanori; Golberg, Dmitri

    2010-09-01

    Well-aligned single-crystalline ZnS nanowire arrays have been grown on highly conductive Cu substrates through controlling the morphology evolution of self-patterned ZnS nanoparticles. The ZnS nanowires have sharp tips with an average size of ~ 30 nm and a length of ~ 3 µm. Field emission measurements demonstrated that the aligned ZnS nanowires grown on Cu substrates are excellent field emitters having a turn-on field as low as 2.92 V µm - 1 and a field-enhancement factor as high as 3400. The use of highly conductive metal substrate may promote the commercial applications of ZnS-based emitters in flat panel displays and other optoelectronic devices.

  18. Structural, compositional and Raman studies of ZnS: Ce, Cu co-doped nanoparticles

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    Harish, G. S.; Reddy, P. Sreedhara

    2013-06-01

    In this present work, Ce, Cu co-doped ZnS nanoparticles were prepared at room temperature using chemical precipitation method. The prepared nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX) and High Resolution Raman spectroscopic techniques. X-ray diffraction studies show that the diameter of the particles is 2-4 nm. Broadened XRD peaks confirmed the formation of nanoparticles with face centered cubic (FCC) structure. SEM attached with EDS gave the size, morphology and compositional analysis of as-prepared material. The Raman spectra of unplanted and Cu, Ce ions implanted samples of nano structured ZnS showed LO mode and TO mode. Compared with the Raman modes (276 and 351 cm-1) of undoped ZnS nanoparticles, the Raman modes of Ce, Cu co-doped ZnS nanoparticles are slightly shifted towards lower frequency side.

  19. Low temperature synthesis, photoluminescence, magnetic properties of the transition metal doped wurtzite ZnS nanowires

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    Cao, Jian; Han, Donglai; Wang, Bingji; Fan, Lin; Fu, Hao; Wei, Maobin; Feng, Bo; Liu, Xiaoyan; Yang, Jinghai

    2013-04-01

    In this paper, we synthesized the transition metal ions (Mn, Cu, Fe) doped and co-doped ZnS nanowires (NWs) by a one-step hydrothermal method. The results showed that the solid solubility of the Fe2+ ions in the ZnS NWs was about two times larger than that of the Mn2+ or Cu2+ ions in the ZnS NWs. There was no phase transformation from hexagonal to cubic even in a large quantity transition metal ions introduced for all the samples. The Mn2+/Cu2+/Fe2+ related emission peaks can be observed in the Mn2+,Cu2+ and Fe2+ doped ZnS NWs. The ferromagnetic properties of the co-doped samples were investigated at room temperature.

  20. Influence of Cu ion implantation on the microstructure and cathodoluminescence of ZnS nanostructures

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    Shang, L. Y.; Zhang, D.; Liu, B. Y.

    2016-07-01

    The microstructure and optical properties of as-synthesized and Cu ion implanted ZnS nanostructures with branched edges are studied by using high-resolution transmission electron microscope (TEM) and spatially-resolved cathodoluminescence measurement. Obvious crystalline deterioration has been observed in Cu-doped ZnS nanostructures due to the invasion of Cu ions into ZnS lattice. It was found that the optical emissions of ZnS nanostructures can be selectively modified through the control of Cu ion dose and subsequent heat treatment. An increase of Cu dopant content will lead to an apparent red-shift of the intrinsic band-gap emission in the UV range and the broadening of defect-related emission in visible range. The influences of Cu ion implantation on the microstructure and related optical properties were discussed.

  1. Photo-Seebeck effect in ZnS

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    Shiraishi, Yuuka; Okazaki, Ryuji; Taniguchi, Hiroki; Terasaki, Ichiro

    2015-03-01

    To explore the thermoelectric transport nature of photo-excited carriers, the electrical conductivity and the Seebeck coefficient are measured under ultraviolet illumination in the wide-gap semiconductor ZnS near room temperature. The conductivity increases linearly as against the photon flux density with little dependence on temperature, indicating the conduction under illumination is mostly governed by the photo-doped carriers. We have found that, in high contrast to the temperature-insensitive photoconductivity, the temperature dependence of the Seebeck coefficient is dramatically varied by illumination, which is unexplained from a simple photo-doping effect for one majority carrier. Such a distinct difference in the transport quantities is rather understood within a two-carrier model, in which only the Seebeck coefficient is strongly affected by photo-excited minority carriers. The present result is also compared with earlier reports of the photo-Hall experiments to discuss the underlying photo-transport mechanism.

  2. Plastic deformation mechanisms in nanocrystalline metallic materials

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    Ovid'ko, Ilya A.

    2013-11-01

    This article discusses the experiments, computer simulations, and theoretical models addressing the conventional and specific mechanisms of plastic deformation in nanocrystalline metallic materials. Particular attention is devoted to the competition between lattice dislocation slip and specific deformation mechanisms mediated by grain boundaries as well as its sensitivity to grain size and other parameters of nanocrystalline metallic structures.

  3. Semiconducting Nanocrystals in Mesostructured Thin Films for Optical and Opto-Electronic Device Applications

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    2007-03-01

    nanocrystals……………………………………… 7 ZnSe and ZnS nanowires and nanorods, ZnO…………..……………………………… 9 Conjugated polymers in nanostructured composite materials...treatments and nanocrystal size. Compared to nanocrystalline Group II-VI compounds CdSe and CdS, Group III-V semiconductors, such as InP, GaP, InN, or...molecular level are being used to facilitate their integration into host matrices and devices. ZnSe and ZnS nanowires and nanorods, ZnO

  4. Optical properties of colloidal CdS and ZnS quantum dots nanoparticles

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    Amran, Afiqah Shafify; Shamsudin, Siti Aisyah

    2016-11-01

    CdS and ZnS nanoparticles are luminescent semiconductors with great properties to be used in biosensors. Both semiconducting nanoparticles were synthesized in distilled water by using the simple colloidal method. Thioglycolic acid (TGA) was used as a stabilizer and Polyethyleneimine (PEI) was used as a surface modifier. The chemical composition and optical properties of the CdS and ZnS nanoparticles were investigated using Ultra Violet (UV) lamp, UV Spectroscopy and Photoluminescence (PL) Spectroscopy.

  5. Thin films for micro solid oxide fuel cells

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    Beckel, D.; Bieberle-Hütter, A.; Harvey, A.; Infortuna, A.; Muecke, U. P.; Prestat, M.; Rupp, J. L. M.; Gauckler, L. J.

    Thin film deposition as applied to micro solid oxide fuel cell (μSOFC) fabrication is an emerging and highly active field of research that is attracting greater attention. This paper reviews thin film (thickness ≤1 μm) deposition techniques and components relevant to SOFCs including current research on nanocrystalline thin film electrolyte and thin-film-based model electrodes. Calculations showing the geometric limits of μSOFCs and first results towards fabrication of μSOFCs are also discussed.

  6. ZnS nanosheets: Egg albumin and microwave-assisted synthesis and optical properties

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    Tian, Xiuying; Wen, Jin; Hu, Jilin; Chen, Zhanjun; Wang, Shumei; Peng, Hongxia; Li, Jing

    2016-09-01

    ZnS nanosheets were prepared via egg albumin and microwave-assisted method. The phases, crystalline lattice structures, morphologies, chemical and optical properties were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), field-emission scanning electron microscope(FE-SEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy and fluorescence(FL) spectrometer and growth mechanism of ZnS nanosheets was investigated. The results showed that all samples were pure cubic zinc blende with polycrystalline structure. The width of ZnS nanosheets with a rectangular nanostructure was in the range of 450-750 nm. The chemical interaction existed between egg albumin molecules and ZnS nanoparticles via the amide/carboxylate group. The band gap value calculated was 3.72 eV. The band at around 440 nm was attributed to the sulfur vacancies of the ZnS nanosheets. With increasing volumes of egg albumin, the photoluminescence (PL) intensity of ZnS samples firstly increased and then decreased, attributed to concentration quenching.

  7. Photoluminescence study of Mn doped ZnS nanoparticles prepared by co-precipitation method

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    Deshpande, M. P.; Patel, Kamakshi; Gujarati, Vivek P.; Chaki, S. H.

    2016-05-01

    ZnS nanoparticles co-doped with different concentration (5,10,15%) of Mn were synthesized using polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as a capping agent under microwave irradiation. We confirmed doping of Mn in the host ZnS by EDAX whereas powder X-ray diffractogram showed the cubic zinc blende structure of all these samples. TEM images did showed agglomeration of particles and SAED pattern obtained indicated polycrystalline nature. From SAED pattern we calculated lattice parameter of the samples which have close resemblance from that obtained from XRD pattern. The band gap values of pure and doped ZnS nanoparticles were calculated from UV-Visible absorption spectra. ZnS itself is a luminescence material but when we dope it with transition metal ion such as Mn, Co, and Cu they exhibits strong and intense luminescence in the particular region. The photoluminescence spectra of pure ZnS nanoparticles showed an emission at 421 and 485nm which is blue emission which was originated from the defect sites of ZnS itself and also sulfur deficiency and when doped with Mn2+ an extra peak with high intensity was observed at 530nm which is nearly yellow-orange emission which isrelated to the presence of Mn in the host lattice.

  8. Hepatotoxicity assessment of Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots after repeated administration in mice

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    Yang, Yanjie; Lv, Shuang-Yu; Yu, Bianfei; Xu, Shuang; Shen, Jianmin; Zhao, Tong; Zhang, Haixia

    2015-01-01

    Doped ZnS quantum dots (QDs) have a longer dopant emission lifetime and potentially lower cytotoxicity compared to other doped QDs. The liver is the key organ for clearance and detoxification of xenobiotics by phagocytosis and metabolism. The present study was designed to synthesize and evaluate the hepatotoxicity of Mn-doped ZnS QDs and their polyethylene glycol-coated counterparts (1 mg/kg and 5 mg/kg) in mice. The results demonstrated that daily injection of Mn-doped ZnS QDs and polyethylene glycol-coated QDs via tail vein for 7 days did not influence body weight, relative liver weight, serum aminotransferases (alanine aminotransferase and aspartate aminotransferase), the levels of antioxidant enzymes (catalase, glutathione peroxidase, and superoxide dismutase), or malondialdehyde in the liver. Analysis of hepatocyte ultrastructure showed that Mn-doped ZnS QDs and polyethylene glycol-coated QDs mainly accumulated in mitochondria at 24 hours after repeated intravenous injection. No damage to cell nuclei or mitochondria was observed with either of the QDs. Our results indicate that Mn-doped ZnS QDs did not cause obvious damage to the liver. This study will assist in the development of Mn-doped ZnS QDs-based bioimaging and biomedical applications in the future. PMID:26396512

  9. Nanocrystalline high performance permanent magnets

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    Gutfleisch, O.; Bollero, A.; Handstein, A.; Hinz, D.; Kirchner, A.; Yan, A.; Müller, K.-H.; Schultz, L.

    2002-04-01

    Recent developments in nanocrystalline rare earth-transition metal magnets are reviewed and emphasis is placed on research work at IFW Dresden. Principal synthesis methods include high energy ball milling, melt spinning and hydrogen assisted methods such as reactive milling and hydrogenation-disproportionation-desorption-recombination. These techniques are applied to NdFeB-, PrFeB- and SmCo-type systems with the aim to produce high remanence magnets with high coercivity. Concepts of maximizing the energy density in nanostructured magnets by either inducing a texture via anisotropic HDDR or hot deformation or enhancing the remanence via magnetic exchange coupling are evaluated.

  10. Synthesis and self-assembly of photonic materials from nanocrystalline titania sheets.

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    Zhu, Jian; Wang, Jinguo; Lv, Fujian; Xiao, Shengxiong; Nuckolls, Colin; Li, Hexing

    2013-03-27

    We describe the use of benzyl alcohols in a solvothermal/alcoholysis reaction to form nanocrystalline sheets of anatase titania. By tuning the reaction conditions, we adjust the size of the nanosheets. The type and density of benzyl groups that decorate the basal plane of the titania sheets control the self-assembly into layered structures. These layered materials can be grown from solid substrates to create iridescent thin films that reflect specific wavelengths of visible light.

  11. An experimental and theoretical investigation on the optical and photocatalytic properties of ZnS nanoparticles

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    La Porta, F. A.; Nogueira, A. E.; Gracia, Lourdes; Pereira, W. S.; Botelho, G.; Mulinari, T. A.; Andrés, Juan; Longo, E.

    2017-04-01

    From the viewpoints of materials chemistry and physical chemistry, crystal structure directly determines the electronic structure and furthermore their optical and photocatalytic properties. Zinc sulfide (ZnS) nanoparticles (NPs) with tunable photoluminescence (PL) emission and high photocatalytic activity have been obtained by means of a microwave-assisted solvothermal (MAS) method using different precursors (i.e., zinc nitrate (ZN), zinc chloride (ZC), or zinc acetate (ZA)). The morphologies, optical properties, and electronic structures of the as-synthesized ZnS NPs were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) isotherms for N2 adsorption/desorption processes, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), PL measurements and theoretical calculations. Density functional theory calculations were used to determine the geometries and electronic properties of bulk wurtzite (WZ) ZnS NPs and their (0001), (101 ̅0), (112 ̅0), (101 ̅1), and (101 ̅2) surfaces. The dependence of the PL emission behavior of ZnS NPs on the precursor was elucidated by examining the energy band structure and density of states. The method for degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) was used as a probe reaction to investigate the photocatalytic activity of the as-Synthesised ZnS NPs under UV light irradiation. The PL behavior as well as photocatalytic activities of ZnS NPs were attributed to specific features of the structural and electronic structures. Increased photocatalytic degradation was observed for samples synthesized using different precursors in the following order: ZAZnS NPs were also briefly discussed.

  12. Multifunctionality of nanocrystalline lanthanum ferrite

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    Rai, Atma; Thakur, Awalendra K.

    2016-05-01

    Nanocrystalline lanthanum ferrite has been synthesized by adopting modified Pechini route. No evidence of impurity or secondary phase has been detected up to the detection of error limit of X-ray diffractometer (XRD). Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction pattern reveals orthorhombic crystal system with space group Pnma (62).Crystallite size and lattice strain was found to be ˜42.8nm and 0.306% respectively. Optical band gap was found to be 2.109 eV, by UV-Visible diffused reflectance spectrum (DRS). Brunauer-Emmet-Teller (BET) surface area was found to be ˜3.45 m2/g. Magnetization-hysteresis (M-H) loop was recorded at room temperature (300K) reveals weak ferromagnetism in Nanocrystalline lanthanum ferrite. The weak ferromagnetism in lanthanum ferrite is due to the uncompensated antiferromagnetic spin ordering. Ferroelectric loop hysteresis observed at room temperature at 100Hz depicts the presence of ferroelectric ordering in LaFeO3.Simultanious presence of magnetic and ferroelectric ordering at room temperature makes it suitable candidate of Multiferroic family.

  13. Micromechanics Modeling of Fracture in Nanocrystalline Metals

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    Glaessgen, E. H.; Piascik, R. S.; Raju, I. S.; Harris, C. E.

    2002-01-01

    Nanocrystalline metals have very high theoretical strength, but suffer from a lack of ductility and toughness. Therefore, it is critical to understand the mechanisms of deformation and fracture of these materials before their full potential can be achieved. Because classical fracture mechanics is based on the comparison of computed fracture parameters, such as stress intlmsity factors, to their empirically determined critical values, it does not adequately describe the fundamental physics of fracture required to predict the behavior of nanocrystalline metals. Thus, micromechanics-based techniques must be considered to quanti@ the physical processes of deformation and fracture within nanocrystalline metals. This paper discusses hndamental physicsbased modeling strategies that may be useful for the prediction Iof deformation, crack formation and crack growth within nanocrystalline metals.

  14. Effect of nickel doping on structural and optical properties of ZnS nanoparticles

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    Sanjeev Kumar, R.; Veeravazhuthi, V.; Muthukumarasamy, N.; Thambidurai, M.; Vishnu Shankar, D.

    2015-10-01

    In the present work, solution based simple chemical precipitation method has been used to prepare undoped and Ni-doped ZnS nanoparticles. Zinc acetate, sodium sulfide, and nickel nitrate have been used as precursors for the preparation of Ni-doped ZnS nanoparticles. The X-ray diffraction results revealed that the undoped and Ni-doped ZnS nanoparticles exhibit hexagonal Structure. The average grain size of the prepared nanoparticles was found to lie in the range of 2.6-4.2 nm. The SEM images show that the particles have smooth surface and the formation of agglomerated nanoparticles. The compositional analysis results confirm the presence of Ni, Zn and S in the prepared samples. The optical properties of undoped and Ni-doped ZnS quantum dots have been studied using absorption spectra. HRTEM results show that undoped and Ni-doped ZnS nanoparticles exhibit a uniform size distribution with average grain size lying in the range of 2.3-3.6 nm. The synthesized nanoparticles exhibited an emission peak centered at around 612 nm in the PL spectrum.

  15. Investigation of thioglycerol stabilized ZnS quantum dots in electroluminescent device performance

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    Ethiraj, Anita Sagadevan; Rhen, Dani; Lee, D. H.; Kang, Dae Joon; Kulkarni, S. K.

    2016-05-01

    The present work is focused on the investigation of thioglycerol (TG) stabilized Zinc Sulfide Quantum dots (ZnS QDs) in the hybrid electroluminescence (EL) device. Optical absorption spectroscopy clearly indicates the formation of narrow size distributed ZnS in the quantum confinement regime. X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Photoluminescence (PL), Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS) data supports the same. The hybrid EL device with structure of ITO (indium tin oxide)//PEDOT:PSS ((poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrene sulfonate)//HTL (α NPD- N,N'-diphenyl-N,N'-bis(1-naphthyl)-(1,1'-phenyl)-4,4'-diamine// PVK:ZnS QDs//ETL(PBD- 2-tert-butylphenyl- 5-biphenyl-1,3,4-oxadiazole)//LiF:Al (Device 1) was fabricated. Reference device without the ZnS QDs were also prepared (Device 2). The results show that the ZnS QDs based device exhibited bright electroluminescence emission of 24 cd/m2 at a driving voltage of 16 Volts under the forward bias conditions as compared to the reference device without the ZnS QDs, which showed 6 cd/m2 at ˜22 Volts.

  16. Quasi-particle energies and optical excitations of ZnS monolayer honeycomb structure

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    Shahrokhi, Masoud

    2016-12-01

    Using ab-initio density functional theory calculations combined with many-body perturbation formalism we carried out the electronic structure and optical properties of 2D graphene-like ZnS structure. The electronic properties were analyzed at three levels of many-body GW approach (G0W0, GW0 and GW) constructed over a Generalized Gradient Approximation functional. Our results indicate that ZnS sheet has a direct band gap at the Γ-point. Also it is seen that inclusion of electron-electron interaction does not change the sort of direct semiconducting band gap in ZnS sheet. The optical properties and excitonic effects of these materials are investigated using the Bethe-Salpeter equation (BSE) approach. The formation of first exciton peaks at 3.86, 4.26, and 4.57 eV with large binding energy of 0.36, 0.49 and 0.73 eV using G0W0 + BSE, GW0 + BSE and GW + BSE, respectively, was observed. We show that the optical absorption spectrum of 2D ZnS structure is dominated by strongly bound Frenkel excitons. The enhanced excitonic effects in the ZnS monolayer sheet can be useful in designing optoelectronic applications.

  17. Scintillation and luminescence in transparent colorless single and polycrystalline bulk ceramic ZnS

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    McCloy, John S.; Bliss, Mary; Miller, Brian W.; Wang, Zheming; Stave, Sean C.

    2015-01-01

    ZnS:Ag is a well-known extremely bright scintillator used in powder form for α-particle detection and, mixed with powdered LiF, for thermal neutron detection. Recently, we discovered some commercial bulk colorless and transparent, single-crystal and polycrystalline (chemical vapor-deposited) ZnS forms that scintillate in response to α-particles. The scintillation light transmits through the sample thickness (mm), challenging the commonly held assumption that ZnS is opaque to its own scintillation light. Individual α-particle events were imaged in space and time using a charged-particle camera originally developed for medical imaging applications. Photoluminescence (PL) and PL excitation show that scintillating bulk ZnS likely depends on different electronic defects than commercial ZnS powder scintillators. These defects, associated with copper and oxygen, are discussed in relation to PL results and extensive literature assessment. Commercial transparent ZnS is routinely produced by chemical vapor deposition to sizes larger than square meters, enabling potentially novel radiation detection applications requiring large, thick apertures.

  18. Cytotoxicity tests of water soluble ZnS and CdS quantum dots.

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    Li, Hui; Li, Mengyan; Shih, Wan Y; Lelkes, Peter I; Shih, Wei-Heng

    2011-04-01

    Cytotoxicity tests of zinc sulfide (ZnS) and cadmium sulfide (CdS) quantum dots (QDs) synthesized via all-aqueous process with various surface conditions were carried out with human endothelial cells (EA hy926) using two independent viability assays, i.e., by cell counting following Trypan blue staining and by measuring Alamar Blue (AB) fluorescence. The ZnS QDs with all four distinct types of surface conditions were nontoxic at both 1 microM and 10 microM concentrations for at least 6 days. On the other hand, the CdS QDs were nontoxic only at 1 microM, and showed significant cytotoxicity at 10 microM after 3 days in the cell counting assay and after 4 days in the AB fluorescence assay. The CdS QDs with (3-mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane (MPS)-replacement plus silica capping were less cytotoxic than those with 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) capping and those with MPS-replacement capping. Comparing the results of ZnS and CdS QDs with the same particle size, surface condition and concentration, it is indicated that the cytotoxicity of CdS QDs and the lack of it in ZnS QDs were probably due to the presence and absence of the toxic Cd element, respectively. The nontoxicity of the aqueous ZnS QDs makes them favorable for in vivo imaging applications.

  19. The Combustion Synthesis Zns Doped Materials to Create Ultra-Electroluminscent Materials in Microgravity

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    Castillo, Martin; Steinberg, Theodore

    2012-07-01

    Self-propagating high temperature synthesis (SHS) utilises a rapid exothermic process involving high energy and nonlinearity coupled with a high cooling rate to produce materials formed outside of normal equilibrium boundaries thus possessing unique properties. The elimination of gravity during this process allows capillary forces to dominate mixing of the reactants which results in a superior and enhanced homogeneity in the product materials. ZnS type materials have been previously conducted in reduced gravity and normal gravity. It has been claimed in literature that a near perfect phases of ZnS wurtzite was produced. Although, the SHS of this material is possible at high pressures, there have been no advancements in refining this structure to create ultra-electroluminescent materials. Utilising this process with ZnS doped with Cu, Mn, or rare earth metals such as Eu and Pr leads to electroluminescence properties, thus making this an attractive electroluminescent material. The work described here will revisit the SHS of ZnS and will re-examine the work performed in both normal gravity and in reduced gravity within the Queensland University of Technology Drop Tower Facility. Quantifications in the lattice parameters, crystal structures, and phases produced are presented to further explore the unique structure-property performance relationships produced from the SHS of ZnS materials.

  20. Improving the ductility of nanocrystalline bcc metals.

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    Farkas, Diana; Hyde, Brian

    2005-12-01

    Nanocrystalline metals present extremely high yield strengths but limited ductility. Using atomistic simulations, we show that the fracture resistance of bcc nanocrystalline materials increases with decreasing grain size below a critical grain size. There appears to be a "most brittle" grain size corresponding to the "strongest size" that has been postulated. Impurities that strengthen the grain boundaries can improve ductility significantly for the relatively larger grain sizes, whereas ductility decreases for the smallest grain sizes.

  1. Optical, phonon and efficient visible and infrared photocatalytic activity of Cu doped ZnS micro crystals

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    Prasad, Neena; Balasubramanian, Karthikeyan

    2017-02-01

    We report, the enhanced photocatalytic behaviour of Cu doped ZnS micro crystals. ZnS and different concentrations of Cu doped ZnS microcrystals were prepared. X-ray diffraction confirms the crystalline and phase of the particles. Morphology and sizes were studied using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). Recorded optical absorption spectra show a band for around 365 nm for pure ZnS, but there is a broad band in the near infrared regime for the Cu-doped ZnS microcrystals which are attributed to the d-d transitions of Cu2 + ions. Phonon properties of as-prepared samples were investigated using Raman spectroscopy. Present work we investigate the potential of ZnS and Cu doped ZnS as a photocatalyst. For this from the degradation of methylene blue dye in aqueous media the photocatalytic activity of pure and highest doped ZnS samples with the irradiation of white light and infrared, enhanced photocatalytic activity were observed. Mechanism of white light an IR light based photocatalytic activity is explained based on the electron-hole pair production.

  2. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of ZnS nanoparticles loaded with MoS2 nanoflakes by self-assembly approach

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    Vattikuti, S. V. Prabhakar; Byon, Chan; Jeon, Sora

    2016-12-01

    A hybrid consisting of ZnS nanoparticles supported on layered MoS2-ZnS was synthesized by a hydrothermal method based on self-assembly technique without using a template. XRD, SEM-EDX, TEM, HR-TEM, TG-DTA, XPS, N2 adsorption-desorption, and UV-Vis spectroscopies were used to characterize the structural features, morphology, and composition of the MoS2-ZnS hybrid. The results show that the MoS2-ZnS hybrid is mainly ZnS nanoparticles on layered MoS2 with a thickness of ca. 5-20 nm. The combination of the MoS2 and ZnS hybrid structure is beneficial for enhancing the photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light irradiation. A possible photoreaction mechanism of the MoS2-ZnS hybrid in the degradation is proposed. The photoexcited electrons from the ZnS could easily transfer to the conduction band of MoS2, thus decreasing the recombination of photoinduced carriers and enabling the degradation of RhB under visible light irradiation.

  3. Vapor deposition of thin films

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    Smith, David C.; Pattillo, Stevan G.; Laia, Jr., Joseph R.; Sattelberger, Alfred P.

    1992-01-01

    A highly pure thin metal film having a nanocrystalline structure and a process of preparing such highly pure thin metal films of, e.g., rhodium, iridium, molybdenum, tungsten, rhenium, platinum, or palladium by plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition of, e.g., rhodium(allyl).sub.3, iridium(allyl).sub.3, molybdenum(allyl).sub.4, tungsten(allyl).sub.4, rhenium(allyl).sub.4, platinum(allyl).sub.2, or palladium(allyl).sub.2 are disclosed. Additionally, a general process of reducing the carbon content of a metallic film prepared from one or more organometallic precursor compounds by plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition is disclosed.

  4. Greener synthesis of nanocrystalline ZSM-5

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    Nada, Majid Hameed

    Nanocrystalline ZSM-5 zeolite, which is a well-known catalyst used in a variety of applications in industry, environment, and medicine, can be synthesized using different methods. However, a big challenge in synthesizing nanocrsytalline ZSM-5 is the use of an organic template such as TPAOH, which is very expensive. The template is required to facilitate the growth of the nanocrsytalline ZSM-5 during the synthesis. However, to use the nanocrsytalline ZSM-5, the template has to be removed by a calcination process to open the pores and reveal the active surface of the nanocrystalline ZSM-5. The calcination process requires a high temperature for a long time to remove the organic template. Consequently, synthesizing nanocrystalline ZSM-5 by using a templated method is considered to be time, energy, and materials inefficient. In addition, the production of CO2 from the calcination process is a negative impact on the environment. Therefore, finding another method to synthesize nanocrystalline ZSM-5 without using an organic template would be beneficial. Here, nanocrystalline ZSM-5 was synthesized successfully in high yield and quality by using a seed-assisted method and without using the organic template. In addition, the effect of synthesis temperature, synthesis time, basic environment, amount of seeds, size of seeds, aging time, and use of calcined and uncalcined seeds are investigated in this study. The synthesized nanocrystalline ZSM-5 materials were characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), gas adsorption isotherm (BET/BJH), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

  5. One-pot process in scalable anoxic vessels for water-dispersed ZnS nanocrystals with the tailored size

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    Jung, Hyunsung; Phelps, Tommy Joe; Rondinone, Adam Justin; Jellison Jr, Gerald Earle; Duty, Chad E; Han, Kee Sung; Moon, Ji Won

    2017-01-01

    Well-dispersed ZnS nanocrystals with tailored size in aqueous solutions were synthesized by employing cysteine-sulfur (Cys-S) complexes with low molecular weight in a scalable anoxic vessel. High yield production of water-dispersed ZnS nanocrystals on a 10-L scale was demonstrated in an aqueous solution process. The average crystallite size of ZnS was controlled by changing the ratio of the cysteine to sulfide in the applied Cys-S complexes. A decrease in the crystallite size of ZnS likely resulted in both the blue shift of peak positions and the relative variation of peak intensities in the photoluminescence properties. Additionally, the pH-dependent stability against aggregation of ZnS nanocrystals was investigated to reduce agglomeration.

  6. One-Pot Process in Scalable Bath for Water-Dispersed ZnS Nanocrystals with the Tailored Size

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    Jung, Hyunsung; Phelps, Tommy J.; Rondinone, Adam J.; ...

    2017-05-01

    Well-dispersed ZnS nanocrystals with tailored size in aqueous solutions were synthesized by employing cysteine-sulfur (Cys-S) complexes with low molecular weight in a scalable anoxic vessel. High yield production of water-dispersed ZnS nanocrystals on a 10-L scale was demonstrated in an aqueous solution process. The average crystallite size of ZnS was controlled by changing the ratio of the cysteine to sulfide in the applied Cys-S complexes. A decrease in the crystallite size of ZnS likely resulted in both the blue shift of peak positions and the relative variation of peak intensities in the photoluminescence properties. In addition, the pH-dependent stability againstmore » aggregation of ZnS nanocrystals was investigated to reduce agglomeration.« less

  7. Synthesis of Cu doped ZnS nanostructures on flexible substrate using low cost chemical method

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    Kumar, Nitin Purohit, L. P.; Goswami, Y. C.

    2015-08-28

    Flexible electronics is one of the emerging area of this era. In this paper we have reported synthesis of Cu doped Zinc sulphide nanostructures on filter paper flexible substrates. Zinc chloride and Thio urea were used as a precursor for Zinc and Sulphur. The structures were characterized by XRD, FE-SEM and UV visible spectrometer. All the peaks identified for cubic structure of ZnS. Appearance of small Cu peaks indicates incorporation of Cu into ZnS lattice. Zns nanostructures assembled as nanobelts and nanofibers as shown in FE-SEM micrographs. Compound Structures provide the reasonable electrical conductivity on filter paper. Absorption in UV region makes them suitable for flexible electronic devices.

  8. Raman selection rule for surface optical phonons in ZnS nanobelts

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    Ho, Chih-Hsiang; Varadhan, Purushothaman; Wang, Hsin-Hua; Chen, Cheng-Ying; Fang, Xiaosheng; He-Hau, Jr.

    2016-03-01

    We report Raman scattering results for high-quality wurtzite ZnS nanobelts (NBs) grown by chemical vapor deposition. In the Raman spectrum, the ensembles of ZnS NBs exhibit first order phonon modes at 274 cm-1 and 350 cm-1, corresponding to A1/E1 transverse optical and A1/E1 longitudinal optical phonons, in addition to a strong surface optical (SO) phonon mode at 329 cm-1. The existence of the SO band is confirmed by its shift with different surrounding dielectric media. Polarization dependent Raman spectra were recorded on a single ZnS NB and for the first time a SO phonon band has been detected on a single nanobelt. Different selection rules for the SO phonon mode are shown from their corresponding E1/A1 phonon modes, and were attributed to the breaking of anisotropic translational symmetry on the NB surface.

  9. Spin coating of ZnS nanostructures on filter paper and their characterization

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    Kumar, Nitin; Purohit, L. P.; Goswami, Y. C.

    2016-09-01

    In this paper we have reported spin coating of Cu doped Zinc sulphide nanostructures on filter paper flexible substrates. Zinc chloride and thiourea were used as precursors of zinc and sulphur. The samples were characterized by XRD, FE-SEM, EDAX and UV-visible spectrum studies. All the diffractogram peaks confirm the cubic structure of ZnS with small peak of Cu indicates incorporation of Cu into ZnS lattice. FE-SEM micrographs exhibit fibrous morphologies of ZnS structures on filter paper. Compound structures on flexible substrates show ohmic behavior with conductivity about 3.07×106 (Ωcm)-1 to 4.27×106 (Ωcm)-1. Excellent photoluminescence property doped with copper makes them suitable for flexible opto-electronic devices.

  10. Synthesis and study of optical properties of transition metals doped ZnS nanoparticles

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    Ramasamy, V.; Praba, K.; Murugadoss, G.

    2012-10-01

    ZnS and transition metal (Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Ag and Cd) doped ZnS were synthesized using chemical precipitation method in an air atmosphere. The structural and optical properties were studied using various techniques. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis show that the particles are in cubic structure. The mean size of the nanoparticles calculated through Scherrer equation is in the range of 4-6.1 nm. Elemental dispersive (EDX) analysis of doped samples reveals the presence of doping ions. The scanning electron microscopic (SEM) and transmission electron microscopic (TEM) studies show that the synthesized particles are in spherical shape. Optical characterization of both undoped and doped samples was carried out by ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The absorption spectra of all the samples are blue shifted from the bulk ZnS. An optimum doping level of the transition metals for enhanced PL properties are found through optical study.

  11. Synthesis of Cu doped ZnS nanostructures on flexible substrate using low cost chemical method

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    Kumar, Nitin; Purohit, L. P.; Goswami, Y. C.

    2015-08-01

    Flexible electronics is one of the emerging area of this era. In this paper we have reported synthesis of Cu doped Zinc sulphide nanostructures on filter paper flexible substrates. Zinc chloride and Thio urea were used as a precursor for Zinc and Sulphur. The structures were characterized by XRD, FE-SEM and UV visible spectrometer. All the peaks identified for cubic structure of ZnS. Appearance of small Cu peaks indicates incorporation of Cu into ZnS lattice. Zns nanostructures assembled as nanobelts and nanofibers as shown in FE-SEM micrographs. Compound Structures provide the reasonable electrical conductivity on filter paper. Absorption in UV region makes them suitable for flexible electronic devices.

  12. Controlling crystalline structure of ZnS nanocrystals only by tuning sulfur precursor addition rate.

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    Bi, Chong; Pan, Liqing; Xu, Mei; Xiao, John Q

    2010-12-01

    Unlike previous studies that emphasize the important role of thermodynamics or surface energy on the structure stabilization of ZnS nanocrystals, we successfully controlled the crystalline structure of ZnS nanocrystals simply by tuning sulfur precursor addition rate under exactly the same other conditions. We observed the structure of as prepared ZnS nanocrystals was evolved from wurtzite into zinc blende with increasing the addition rate of sulfur precursor. The method may extend to engineer other nanomaterials with desired physicochemical properties by controlling crystalline structure. On the other hand, it also makes a new approach to understand the crucial factors that determine the growth mechanism and the crystal structure of nanomaterials in theory.

  13. Grain boundaries and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline diamond films.

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    Busmann, H.-G.; Pageler, A.; Gruen, D. M.

    1999-08-06

    Phase-pure nanocrystalline diamond thin films grown from plasmas of a hydrogen-poor carbon argon gas mixture have been analyzed regarding their hardness and elastic moduli by means of a microindentor and a scanning acoustic microscope.The films are superhard and the moduli rival single crystal diamond. In addition, Raman spectroscopy with an excitation wavelength of 1064 nm shows a peak at 1438 l/cm and no peak above 1500 l/cm, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy a shake-up loss at 4.2 eV. This gives strong evidence for the existence of solitary double bonds in the films. The hardness and elasticity of the films then are explained by the assumption, that the solitary double bonds interconnect the nanocrystals in the films, leading to an intergrain boundary adhesion of similar strength as the intragrain diamond cohesion. The results are in good agreement with recent simulations of high-energy grain boundaries.

  14. Strong adhesion in nanocrystalline diamond films on silicon substrates

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    Sharda, T.; Umeno, M.; Soga, T.; Jimbo, T.

    2001-05-01

    Strong adhesion is shown to be achieved in the growth of smooth nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) thin films on silicon substrates at 600 °C using biased enhanced growth in microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition. The strong adhesion is evident from the films sustaining compressive stress, which may be as high as 85 GPa. The substrates are bent spherically after deposition, however, films are not peeled off, in spite of having enormous in-plane stress. The strong adhesion may be a result of implanted carbon below the substrate surface with an optimized ion flux density in the initial stages of growth. The compressive stress in the films is shown to be generating from the graphitic and other nondiamond carbon impurities in the films. It was observed that the NCD grain size decreases with biasing hence increasing grain boundary area in the films accommodating more graphitic impurities, which in turn results in an increase in compressive stress in the films.

  15. Surface-treated biocompatible ZnS quantum dots: Synthesis, photo-physical and microstructural properties

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    Taherian, M.; Sabbagh Alvani, A. A.; Shokrgozar, M. A.; Salimi, R.; Moosakhani, S.; Sameie, H.; Tabatabaee, F.

    2014-03-01

    In the present study, the ZnS semiconductor quantum dots were successfully synthesized via an aqueous method utilizing glutathione (GSH), thioglycolic acid (TGA) and polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) as capping agents. The structural, morphological and photo-physical properties and biocompatibility were investigated using comprehensive characterization techniques such as x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS), Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FT-IR), UV-Vis optical absorption, photoluminescence (PL) spectrometer and MTT assay. The XRD patterns showed a cubic zinc blende crystal structure and a crystallite size of about 2-3 nm using Scherrer's equation confirmed by the electron micrographs and Effective Mass Approximation (EMA). The DLS and zeta-potential results revealed that GSH capped ZnS nanoparticles have the narrowest size distribution with an average size of 27 nm and relatively good colloidal stability. Also, the FT-IR spectrum confirmed the interaction of the capping agent groups with ZnS nanoparticles. According to the UV-Vis absorption results, optical bandgap of the spherical capped nanoparticles is higher compared to the uncapped sample and could be wider than 3.67 eV (corresponding to the bulk ZnS), which is due to the quantum confinement effect. From photoluminescence spectra, it was found that the emission becomes more intensive and shifts towards the shorter wavelengths in the presence of the capping agent. Moreover, the emission mechanism of uncapped and capped ZnS was discussed in detail. Finally, the MTT results revealed the satisfactory (>94%) biocompatibility of GSH capped ZnS quantum dots which would be a promising candidate applicable in fluorescent biological labels.

  16. Advancements in the Quantification of the Crystal Structure of ZNS Materials Produced in Variable Gravity

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    Castillo, Martin

    2016-07-01

    Screens and displays consume tremendous amounts of power. Global trends to significantly consume less power and increase battery life have led to the reinvestigation of electroluminescent materials. The state of the art in ZnS materials has not been furthered in the past 30 years and there is much potential in improving electroluminescent properties of these materials with advanced processing techniques. Self-propagating high temperature synthesis (SHS) utilises a rapid exothermic process involving high energy and nonlinearity coupled with a high cooling rate to produce materials formed outside of normal equilibrium boundaries thus possessing unique properties. The elimination of gravity during this process allows capillary forces to dominate mixing of the reactants which results in a superior and enhanced homogeneity in the product materials. ZnS type materials have been previously conducted in reduced gravity and normal gravity. It has been claimed in literature that a near perfect phases of ZnS wurtzite was produced. Although, the SHS of this material is possible at high pressures, there has been no quantitative information on the actual crystal structures and lattice parameters that were produced in this work. Utilising this process with ZnS doped with Cu, Mn, or rare earth metals such as Eu and Pr leads to electroluminescence properties, thus making this an attractive electroluminescent material. The work described here will revisit the synthesis of ZnS via high pressure SHS and will re-examine the work performed in both normal gravity and in reduced gravity within the ZARM drop tower facility. Quantifications in the lattice parameters, crystal structures, and phases produced will be presented to further explore the unique structure-property performance relationships produced from the SHS of ZnS materials.

  17. Large-scale growth of millimeter-long single-crystalline ZnS nanobelts

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    Li Jianye Zhang Qi; An Lei; Qin Luchang; Liu Jie

    2008-11-15

    Millimeter-long single-crystalline hexagonal ZnS nanobelts were grown on specific locations on a wafer scale. This is the first time that the millimeter-scale ZnS nanobelt has been synthesized. The longest nanobelts are about 3 mm. The as-grown nanobelts were characterized by means of field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and selected area electron diffraction. The results indicate that the ultra-long nanobelts are pure single-crystalline hexagonal ZnS. There are two kinds of ZnS nanobelts existing in the products. One is the nanobelts that have two smooth sides and grow along the [0 0 1] longitudinal direction, and the other is the nanobelts that have one smooth side and one saw-teeth-like side, namely nanosaws, and grow along the [2 1 0] longitudinal direction. A vapor-liquid-solid mechanism is suggested for the lengthwise growth of the ZnS nanobelts (nanosaws) and a vapor-solid mechanism for the side direction growth of the saw-teeth of the nanosaws. - Graphical Abstract: Millimeter-long single-crystalline ZnS nanobelts were grown on specific locations on a large scale. There are two kinds of nanobelts in the products-one has two smooth sides, and the other has one smooth side and one saw-teeth-like side, namely nanosaws. Mechanisms for the longitudinal direction growth of the nanobelts/nanosaws and the side saw-teeth direction growth of the nanosaws are discussed.

  18. Nanocrystalline cellulose from coir fiber: preparation, properties, and applications

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    Nanocrystalline cellulose derived from various botanical sources offers unique and potentially useful characteristics. In principle, any cellulosic material can be considered as a potential source of a nanocrystalline material, including crops, crop residues, and agroindustrial wastes. Because of t...

  19. Energy levels and zero field splitting parameter for Fe2+ doped in ZnS

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    Ivaşcu, Simona

    2013-11-01

    The aim of present paper is to report the results on the modeling of the crystal field parameters of Fe2+ doped in host matrix ZnS, simulate the energy levels scheme and calculate the zero field splitting parameter D of such system. The crystal field parameters were modeled in the frame of the superposition model of crystal field and the simulation of the energy levels scheme and calculation of the zero field splitting parameters done by diagonalization the Hamiltonian of Fe2+:ZnS system. The obtained results were disscused and compared with experimental data. Satisfactory agreement have been obtained.

  20. Photomechanical modification of ZnS microcrystal to enhance electroluminescence by ultrashort-pulse laser processing

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    Nabesaka, Kyohei; Ishikawa, Yasuaki; Hosokawa, Yoichiroh; Uraoka, Yukiharu

    2017-02-01

    A ZnS microcrystal was treated with an ultrashort-pulse laser and applied to an inorganic electroluminescence (EL) phosphor. We found that the emission intensity of the EL phosphor was increased by laser-induced photomechanical modification. The pulse duration dependence of the emission enhancement and structural analysis by scanning electron microscopy indicated that the structural modification was induced inside the ZnS microcrystal, although a mechanical grinding would induce the structural modification mainly on the crystal surface. The results suggested a new way of enhancing the emission of inorganic EL devices.

  1. Characterization and Application of Colloidal Nanocrystalline Materials for Advanced Photovoltaics

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    Bhandari, Khagendra P.

    Solar energy is Earth's primary source of renewable energy and photovoltaic solar cells enable the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity. Crystalline silicon solar cells and modules have dominated photovoltaic technology from the beginning and they now constitute more than 90% of the PV market. Thin film (CdTe and CIGS) solar cells and modules come in second position in market share. Some organic, dye-sensitized and perovskite solar cells are emerging in the market but are not yet in full commercial scale. Solar cells made from colloidal nanocrystalline materials may eventually provide both low cost and high efficiency because of their promising properties such as high absorption coefficient, size tunable band gap, and quantum confinement effect. It is also expected that the greenhouse gas emission and energy payback time from nanocrystalline solar PV systems will also be least compared to all other types of PV systems mainly due to the least embodied energy throughout their life time. The two well-known junction architectures for the fabrication of quantum dot based photovoltaic devices are the Schottky junction and heterojunction. In Schottky junction cells, a heteropartner semiconducting material is not required. A low work function metal is used as the back contact, a transparent conducting layer is used as the front contact, and the layer of electronically-coupled quantum dots is placed between these two materials. Schottky junction solar cells explain the usefulness of nanocrystalline materials for high efficiency heterojunction solar cells. For heterojunction devices, n-type semiconducting materials such as ZnO , CdS or TiO2 have been used as suitable heteropartners. Here, PbS quantum dot solar cells were fabricated using ZnO and CdS semiconductor films as window layers. Both of the heteropartners are sputter-deposited onto TCO coated glass substrates; ZnO was deposited with the substrate held at room temperature and for CdS the substrate was at 250

  2. Atomic structure relaxation in nanocrystalline NiO studied by EXAFS spectroscopy: Role of nickel vacancies

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    Anspoks, A.; Kalinko, A.; Kalendarev, R.; Kuzmin, A.

    2012-11-01

    Nanocrystalline NiO samples have been studied using the Ni K-edge extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy and recently developed modeling technique, combining classical molecular dynamics with ab initio multiple-scattering EXAFS calculations (MD-EXAFS). Conventional analysis of the EXAFS signals from the first two coordination shells of nickel revealed that (i) the second shell average distance R(Ni-Ni2) expands in nanocrystalline NiO compared to microcrystalline NiO, in agreement with overall unit cell volume expansion observed by x-ray diffraction; (ii) on the contrary, the first shell average distance R(Ni-O1) in nanocrystalline NiO shrinks compared to microcrystalline NiO; (iii) the thermal contribution into the mean-square relative displacement σ2 is close in both microcrystalline and nanocrystalline NiO and can be described by the Debye model; (iv) the static disorder is additionally present in nanocrystalline NiO in both the first Ni-O1 and second Ni-Ni2 shells due to nanocrystal structure relaxation. Within the MD-EXAFS method, the force-field potential models have been developed for nanosized NiO using as a criterion the agreement between the experimental and theoretical EXAFS spectra. The best solutions have been obtained for the 3D cubic-shaped nanoparticle models with nonzero Ni vacancy concentration Cvac: Cvac≈0.4-1.2% for NiO nanoparticles having the cube size of L≈3.6-4.2 nm and Cvac≈1.6-2.0% for NiO thin film composed of cubic nanograins with a size of L≈1.3-2.1 nm. Thus our results show that the Ni vacancies in nanosized NiO play important role in its atomic structure relaxation along with the size reduction effect.

  3. Origin of the planar Hall effect in nanocrystalline Co60Fe20B20.

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    Seemann, K M; Freimuth, F; Zhang, H; Blügel, S; Mokrousov, Y; Bürgler, D E; Schneider, C M

    2011-08-19

    An angle dependent analysis of the planar Hall effect (PHE) in nanocrystalline single-domain Co(60)Fe(20)B(20) thin films is reported. In a combined experimental and theoretical study we show that the transverse resistivity of the PHE is entirely driven by anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR). Our results for Co(60)Fe(20)B(20) obtained from first principles theory in conjunction with a Boltzmann transport model take into account the nanocrystallinity and the presence of 20 at. % boron. The ab initio AMR ratio of 0.12% agrees well with the experimental value of 0.22%. Furthermore, we experimentally demonstrate that the anomalous Hall effect contributes negligibly in the present case.

  4. Comparison Between Simulated And Experimental Au-ion Profiles Implanted in nanocrystalline ceria

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    Moll, Sandra J.; Zhang, Yanwen; Zhu, Zihua; Edmondson, Philip D.; Namavar, Fereydoon; Weber, William J.

    2013-07-15

    Radiation response of nanocrystalline ceria films deposited on a silicon substrate was investigated under a 3-MeV Au-ion irradiation at 300 K. A uniform grain growth cross the ceria films is observed and effective densification of the ceria thin films occurs during irradiation. The Au ion profiling was measured by secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and compared to the Au ion distribution predicted by the Stopping and Range of Ions in Solids (SRIM) code. It is observed that the Au-ion penetration depth is underestimated in comparison with the SIMS measurements. An overestimation of the electronic stopping power for heavy incident ions in the SRIM program may account for the discrepancies between the calculations and the SIMS experimental results. This work presents an approach to compensate the overestimation of the electronic stopping powers in the SRIM program by adjusting the nanocrystalline ceria target density to better predict the ion implantation profile.

  5. Comparison between simulated and experimental Au-ion profiles implanted in nanocrystalline ceria

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    Moll, Sandra; Zhang, Yanwen; Zhu, Zihua; Edmondson, Dr. Philip; Namavar, Fereydoon; Weber, William J

    2013-01-01

    Radiation response of nanocrystalline ceria films deposited on a silicon substrate was investigated under a 3-MeV Au-ion irradiation at 300 K. A uniform grain growth cross the ceria films is observed and effective densification of the ceria thin films occurs during irradiation. The Au ion profiling was measured by secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and compared to the Au ion distribution predicted by the Stopping and Range of Ions in Solids (SRIM) code. It is observed that the Au-ion penetration depth is underestimated in comparison with the SIMS measurements. An overestimation of the electronic stopping power for heavy incident ions in the SRIM program may account for the discrepancies between the calculations and the SIMS experimental results. This work presents an approach to compensate the overestimation of the electronic stopping powers in the SRIM program by adjusting the nanocrystalline ceria target density to better predict the ion implantation profile.

  6. Photo physical studies of PVP arrested ZnS quantum dots

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    Shahi, Ashutosh Kumar; Pandey, Bishnu Kumar; Singh, Bheeshma Pratap; Gupta, Bipin Kumar; Singh, Sukhvir; Gopal, Ram

    2016-12-01

    Monodispersed polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) arrested ZnS quantum dots (QDs) having diameter in range 2-5 nm are synthesized by a colloidal precipitation method using PVP as the stabilizing agent. X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), selective area electron diffraction (SAED) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy are probed to investigate the structural information. The optical properties are studied using diffuse UV-visible reflectance and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy techniques. TEM images as well as XRD reflection peak broadening indicate the nanometer size particles formation with cubic (sphalerite) phase within the polymer matrix. Optical absorbance studies reveal an excitonic peak at around 310 nm dictates the effect of quantum confinement effect in the ZnS QDs. PL emission spectra for ZnS QDs in PVP exhibit four emission peaks at 382 nm, 414 nm, 480 nm and 527 nm are observed. These excitonic emissions from ZnS QDs are caused by the interstitial sulfur/Zn vacancies and surface states.

  7. Synthesis of Mn-doped ZnS microspheres with enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Wang, Lu; Wang, Peng; Huang, Baibiao; Ma, Xiaojuan; Wang, Gang; Dai, Ying; Zhang, Xiaoyang; Qin, Xiaoyan

    2017-01-01

    ZnS microspheres with a series of Mn-doping concentration were synthesized via a facile solvothermal route. The phase structures, morphologies, and chemical states were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The phase structure of the synthesized Mn-ZnS microspheres is hexagonal from the XRD patterns. UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra were employed to analyze the absorption properties of the samples. The Mn-doped ZnS exhibited stronger visible light absorption with the increasing of Mn content. Their photocatalytic activities were evaluated by H2 production from water and reducing Cr6+ under visible light irradiation. The as-prepared Mn-doped ZnS exhibited better photocatalytic performance than that of pure ZnS and the optimal doping concentration was 7%. The enhancement in photocatalytic activity can be attributed to the expansion of light absorption and the increase in life time of photogenerated carriers.

  8. Photo physical studies of PVP arrested ZnS quantum dots

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    Shahi, Ashutosh Kumar; Pandey, Bishnu Kumar; Singh, Bheeshma Pratap; Gupta, Bipin Kumar; Singh, Sukhvir; Gopal, Ram

    2017-03-01

    Monodispersed polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) arrested ZnS quantum dots (QDs) having diameter in range 2-5 nm are synthesized by a colloidal precipitation method using PVP as the stabilizing agent. X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), selective area electron diffraction (SAED) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy are probed to investigate the structural information. The optical properties are studied using diffuse UV-visible reflectance and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy techniques. TEM images as well as XRD reflection peak broadening indicate the nanometer size particles formation with cubic (sphalerite) phase within the polymer matrix. Optical absorbance studies reveal an excitonic peak at around 310 nm dictates the effect of quantum confinement effect in the ZnS QDs. PL emission spectra for ZnS QDs in PVP exhibit four emission peaks at 382 nm, 414 nm, 480 nm and 527 nm are observed. These excitonic emissions from ZnS QDs are caused by the interstitial sulfur/Zn vacancies and surface states.

  9. Multiphonon scattering and photoluminescence of two dimensional ZnS nanosheets grown within Na-4 mica

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    Mandal, Amrita; Mitra, Sreemanta; Datta, Anindya; Banerjee, Sourish; Dhara, Sandip; Chakravorty, Dipankar

    2012-10-01

    Two dimensional wurtzite ZnS nanosheets with thickness of 0.6 nm are grown within the interlayer spaces of sodium fluorophlogopite mica (Na-4 mica) using ion-exchange-cum-solution treatment method followed by sulfidation treatment at 873 K. The presence of wurtzite ZnS is confirmed by x-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and Raman scattering studies. The two dimensional form of ZnS gives rise to a strong quantum confinement with the band gap blue shifted by 1.7 eV. Thickness of the nanosheet is confirmed using atomic force microscopy. Raman scattering studies show higher order transverse optical modes due to increased deformation potential in reduced dimension. In contrast to red shift of optical phonon modes in phonon confinement model, a blue shift observed is ascribed to a compressive stress on ZnS nanosheets grown within Na-4 mica interlayer spaces. An additional band at 315 cm-1 is assigned to surface optical phonon. Unusual broadening in room temperature photoluminescence spectrum may be due to strong coupling of excitons with overtones of longitudinal optical phonon modes.

  10. Effect of swift heavy ion irradiation on bare and coated ZnS quantum dots

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    Chowdhury, S. Hussain, A.M.P.; Ahmed, G.A.; Singh, F.; Avasthi, D.K.; Choudhury, A.

    2008-12-01

    The present study compares structural and optical modifications of bare and silica (SiO{sub 2}) coated ZnS quantum dots under swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation. Bare and silica coated ZnS quantum dots were prepared following an inexpensive chemical route using polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as the dielectric host matrix. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) study of the samples show the formation of almost spherical ZnS quantum dots. The UV-Vis absorption spectra reveal blue shift relative to bulk material in absorption energy while photoluminescence (PL) spectra suggests that surface state and near band edge emissions are dominating in case of bare and coated samples, respectively. Swift heavy ion irradiation of the samples was carried out with 160 MeV Ni{sup 12+} ion beam with fluences 10{sup 12} to 10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2}. Size enhancement of bare quantum dots after irradiation has been indicated in XRD and TEM analysis of the samples which has also been supported by optical absorption spectra. However similar investigations on irradiated coated quantum dots revealed little change in quantum dot size and emission. The present study thus shows that the coated ZnS quantum dots are stable upon SHI irradiation compared to the bare one.

  11. Spray pyrolysis synthesis of ZnS nanoparticles from a single-source precursor.

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    Liu, Sha; Zhang, Hongwang; Swihart, Mark T

    2009-06-10

    ZnS, a II-VI semiconductor with a relatively high direct bandgap (approximately 3.6 eV) in the near-UV region, has potential applications in areas such as solar cells, lasers and displays. In addition, ZnS nanoparticles can be applied as phosphors, probes for bioimaging, emitters in light emitting diodes and photocatalysts. Here, we report synthesis of cubic ZnS nanoparticles from a low-cost single-source precursor in a continuous spray pyrolysis reactor. In this approach, the evaporation and decomposition of precursor and nucleation of particles occur sequentially. Product particles were characterized by HRTEM, XRD, and EDX. Particles with diameters ranging from 2 to 7 nm were produced. HF was used to remove ZnO impurities and other surface contamination. As-synthesized ZnS nanoparticles exhibit blue photoluminescence near 440 nm under UV excitation and have quantum yields up to 15% after HF treatment. This demonstrates a potentially general approach for continuous low-cost synthesis of semiconductor quantum dots for applications where tight control of the size distribution is less important than scalable, economical production.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of Ce, Cu co-doped ZnS nanoparticles

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    Harish, G. S.; Sreedhara Reddy, P.

    2015-09-01

    Ce, Cu co-doped ZnS nanoparticles were prepared at room temperature using a chemical co-precipitation method. The prepared nanoparticles were characterized by X- ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), photoluminescence (PL) and high resolution Raman spectroscopic techniques. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction studies showed that the diameter of the particles was around 2-3 nm. Broadened XRD peaks revealed the formation of nanoparticles with a face centered cubic (fcc) structure. DRS studies confirmed that the band gap increased with an increase in the dopant concentration. The Raman spectra of undoped and Ce, Cu ions co-doped ZnS nanoparticles showed longitudinal optical mode and transverse optical mode. Compared with the Raman modes (276 and 351 cm-1) of undoped ZnS nanoparticles, the Raman modes of Ce, Cu co- doped ZnS nanoparticles were slightly shifted towards lower frequency. PL spectra of the samples showed remarkable enhancement in the intensity upon doping.

  13. Electron capture processes in ZnS: The role of Al related and other donors

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    Przybylińska, H.; Godlewski, M.

    1986-12-01

    A transient electron spin resonance experiment shows that the Al-related donor in ZnS plays an insignificant role in electron-capture processes, which are dominated by a 35-meV native donor of unknown nature. The methods of determining effective capture cross sections of these donors are discussed.

  14. Nanocrystalline ribbons for energy harvesting applications

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    Chiriac, H.; Å¢ibu, M.; Lupu, N.; Skorvanek, I.; Óvári, T.-A.

    2014-05-01

    An energy harvesting device based on nanocrystalline ribbons, able to convert mechanical vibrations to electrical energy, is presented. Such an energy harvesting device having embedded wireless microsensors can provide continuous monitoring of machines or infrastructure health without using service personnel in different areas with high risks. A multilayer core based on magnetic nanocrystalline ribbons was implemented to build the coil for an electromagnetic energy harvesting device with superior characteristics (voltage and power) compared to piezoelectric or pure magnetostrictive devices. Two different configurations were realized and tested for the energy harvester: vibrating core and vibrating magnets. The highest power density achieved for our harvesters using nanocrystalline ribbons is 45 mW/cm3 at 1 g (resonant frequency 47 Hz) and seems to be among the highest reported in literature.

  15. Rapid phase synthesis of nanocrystalline cobalt ferrite

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    Shanmugavel, T.; Raj, S. Gokul; Rajarajan, G.; Kumar, G. Ramesh

    2014-04-24

    Synthesis of single phase nanocrystalline Cobalt Ferrite (CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) was achieved by single step autocombustion technique with the use of citric acid as a chelating agent in mono proportion with metal. Specimens prepared with this method showed significantly higher initial permeability's than with the conventional process. Single phase nanocrystalline cobalt ferrites were formed at very low temperature. Surface morphology identification were carried out by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis. The average grain size and density at low temperature increased gradually with increasing the temperature. The single phase formation is confirmed through powder X-ray diffraction analysis. Magnetization measurements were obtained at room temperature by using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), which showed that the calcined samples exhibited typical magnetic behaviors. Temperature dependent magnetization results showed improved behavior for the nanocrystalline form of cobalt ferrite when compared to the bulk nature of materials synthesized by other methods.

  16. Highly porous ZnS microspheres for superior photoactivity after Au and Pt deposition and thermal treatment

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    Singla, Shilpa; Pal, Bonamali

    2013-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Highly porous ZnS microsphere of size 2–5 μm having large surface area ca. 173.14 m{sup 2} g{sup −1} exhibits superior photocatalytic activity for the oxidation of 4-nitrophenol under UV light irradiation. The rate of photooxidation has been significantly improved by Au and Pt deposition and after sintering, respectively, due to rapid electron acceptance by metal from photoexcited ZnS and growth of crystalline ZnS phase. - Highlights: • Photoactive ZnS microsphere of size 2–5 μm was prepared by hydrothermal route. • Highly porous cubic spherical ZnS crystals possess a large surface area, 173 m{sup 2} g{sup −1}. • 1 wt% Au and Pt photodeposition highly quenched the photoluminescence at 437 nm. • Sintering and metal loading notably improve the photooxidation rate of 4-nitrophenol. • Pt co-catalyst always exhibits superior photoactivity of ZnS microsphere than Au. - Abstract: This work highlights the enhanced photocatalytic activity of porous ZnS microspheres after Au and Pt deposition and heat treatment at 500 °C for 2 h. Microporous ZnS particles of size 2–5 μm with large surface area 173.14 m{sup 2} g{sup −1} and pore volume 0.0212 cm{sup 3} g{sup −1} were prepared by refluxing under an alkaline medium. Photoluminescence of ZnS at 437 nm attributed to sulfur or zinc vacancies were quenched to 30% and 49%, respectively, after 1 wt% Au and Pt loading. SEM images revealed that each ZnS microparticle consist of several smaller ZnS spheres of size 2.13 nm as calculated by Scherrer's equation. The rate of photooxidation of 4-nitrophenol (10 μM) under UV (125 W Hg arc–10.4 mW/cm{sup 2}) irradiation has been significantly improved by Au and Pt deposition followed by sintering due to better electron capturing capacity of deposited metals and growth of crystalline ZnS phase with less surface defects.

  17. Optical and structural properties of sputter-deposited nanocrystalline Cu2O films: effect of sputtering gas.

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    Chandra, R; Chawla, A K; Ayyub, P

    2006-04-01

    We report the effect of the atomic mass of the sputtering gas (He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe) on the structure and optical properties of nanocrystalline cuprous oxide (Cu2O) thin films deposited by dc magnetron sputtering. The crystal structure and surface morphology were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) respectively. We find that the atomic mass of the sputtering gas significantly affects the primary crystallite size as well as the surface morphology and texture. Optical reflectance and transmission measurements show that the nanocrystalline thin films are transparent over most of the visible region. The HOMO-LUMO gap obtained from optical absorption spectra show a size-dependent quantum shift with respect to the bulk band gap reported for Cu2O (2.1 eV).

  18. Fast imaging of eccrine latent fingerprints with nontoxic Mn-doped ZnS QDs.

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    Xu, Chaoying; Zhou, Ronghui; He, Wenwei; Wu, Lan; Wu, Peng; Hou, Xiandeng

    2014-04-01

    Fingerprints are unique characteristics of an individual, and their imaging and recognition is a top-priority task in forensic science. Fast LFP (latent fingerprint) acquirement can greatly help policemen in screening the potential criminal scenes and capturing fingerprint clues. Of the two major latent fingerprints (LFP), eccrine is expected to be more representative than sebaceous in LFP identification. Here we explored the heavy metal-free Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots (QDs) as a new imaging moiety for eccrine LFPs. To study the effects of different ligands on the LFP image quality, we prepared Mn-doped ZnS QDs with various surface-capping ligands using QDs synthesized in high-temperature organic media as starting material. The orange fluorescence emission from Mn-doped ZnS QDs clearly revealed the optical images of eccrine LFPs. Interestingly, N-acetyl-cysteine-capped Mn-doped ZnS QDs could stain the eccrine LFPs in as fast as 5 s. Meanwhile, the levels 2 and 3 substructures of the fingerprints could also be simultaneously and clearly identified. While in the absence of QDs or without rubbing and stamping the finger onto foil, no fluorescent fingerprint images could be visualized. Besides fresh fingerprint, aged (5, 10, and 50 days), incomplete eccrine LFPs could also be successfully stained with N-acetyl-cysteine-capped Mn-doped ZnS QDs, demonstrating the analytical potential of this method in real world applications. The method was also robust for imaging of eccrine LFPs on a series of nonporous surfaces, such as aluminum foil, compact discs, glass, and black plastic bags.

  19. Direct Coating of Nanocrystalline Diamond on Steel

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    Tsugawa, Kazuo; Kawaki, Shyunsuke; Ishihara, Masatou; Hasegawa, Masataka

    2012-09-01

    Nanocrystalline diamond films have been successfully deposited on stainless steel substrates without any substrate pretreatments to promote diamond nucleation, including the formation of interlayers. A low-temperature growth technique, 400 °C or lower, in microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition using a surface-wave plasma has cleared up problems in diamond growth on ferrous materials, such as the surface graphitization, long incubation time, substrate softening, and poor adhesion. The deposited nanocrystalline diamond films on stainless steel exhibit good adhesion and tribological properties, such as a high wear resistance, a low friction coefficient, and a low aggression strength, at room temperature in air without lubrication.

  20. Deformation of nanocrystalline materials at ultrahigh strain rates - microstructure perspective in nanocrystalline nickel

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    Wang, Y; Bringa, E; Victoria, M; Caro, A; McNaney, J; Smith, R; Remington, B

    2006-04-10

    Nanocrystalline materials with grain sizes smaller than 100 nm have attracted extensive research in the past decade. Due to their high strength, these materials are good candidates for high pressure shock loading experiments. In this paper, we investigated the microstructural evolutions of nanocrystalline nickel with grain sizes of 10-50 nm, shock-loaded in a range of pressures (20-70 GPa). A laser-driven isentropic compression process was applied to achieve high shock-pressures in a timescale of nanoseconds and thus the high-strain-rate deformation of nanocrystalline nickel. Postmortem transmission electron microscopy (TEM) examinations reveal that the nanocrystalline structures survive the shock deformation and that dislocation activity is the prevalent deformation mechanism when the grain sizes are larger than 30 nm, without any twinning activity at twice the stress threshold for twin formation in micrometer-sized polycrystals. However, deformation twinning becomes an important deformation mode for 10-20 nm grain-sized samples.

  1. Correlation between photoconductivity in nanocrystalline titania and short circuit current transients in MEH-PPV/titania solar cells

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    Xie, Z. B.; Henry, B. M.; Kirov, K. R.; Barkhouse, D. A. R.; Burlakov, V. M.; Smith, H. E.; Grovenor, C. R. M.; Assender, H. E.; Briggs, G. A. D.; Kano, M.; Tsukahara, Y.

    2007-04-01

    We report the first experimental observation of a direct relationship between electron transport in different nanocrystalline TiO2 thin films and the photovoltaic performance of TiO2 /MEH-PPV composite solar cells made using these same TiO2 films. We show that the transient behaviour in the composite solar cells under illumination can be explained by the transient photoconductivity performance of the TiO2 layer.

  2. Self-assembled film of a new C 60 derivative covalently linked to TiO 2 nanocrystalline

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    Shi, Zhiqiang; Li, Yuliang; Wang, Shu; Guo, Zhixin; Du, Chimin; Xiao, Shengxiong; Sun, Na; Cao, Yaan; Yao, Jiannian; Zhu, Daoben; Gao, Enqin; Cai, Shengmin

    2001-03-01

    A new salicylic acid modified [60]fulleropyrrodine (SFP) was synthesized and the assembly of SFP onto the surface of TiO 2 nanocrystalline thin film was accomplished through the moiety of salicylic acid as spacer. The film was fluorescent, and a strong photo-induced charge transfer from SFP to TiO 2 was observed with the maximum incident photon-to-current efficiency value exceeding 15% in visible region.

  3. X-ray diffraction and ellipsometric studies of zinc sulfide thin films grown by atomic layer epitaxy

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    Oikkonen, Markku

    1988-05-01

    The microstructure of ZnS thin films grown by atomic layer epitaxy (ALE) is investigated using X-ray diffraction and a single-line technique. Crystal structure, preferred orientation, crystallinity, crystallite size, crystallite size distribution, and microstrain are determined. Complex refractive indexes of the films are determined in the wavelength range 400 to 600 nm using spectroscopic ellipsometry. A two-layer model is employed, where the uppermost layer takes into account the surface roughness. Density of ZnS thin films is determined using ellipsometry and He(+)-ion backscattering spectrometry. In the first tens of nanometers of an ALE ZnS thin film the crystallinity and void content strongly depend on the substrate properties. Most of the films were grown on soda glass. It is found that after the bottom layer, at the distances from 50 to 100 nm to 300 to 400 nm from the substrate the crystallinity is good, crystallites are large, the specific orientation is strong, the void content is low, and the optical properties resemble those of bulk ZnS. At distances larger than 300 to 400 nm the surface roughness and the void content in the upper parts of the film increase because of the more and more randomly packed large crystallites. Substrate temperature and source materials affect the growth of all parts of the films.

  4. Combination of in situ straining and ACOM TEM: a novel method for analysis of plastic deformation of nanocrystalline metals.

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    Kobler, A; Kashiwar, A; Hahn, H; Kübel, C

    2013-05-01

    Nanocrystalline metals are expected to exhibit different deformation mechanisms when compared to their coarse grained counterparts because the dislocation storage capacity decreases and the grain boundary mediated processes become more pronounced with decreasing grain size. As a new approach to directly image and quantify the plastic deformation processes in nanocrystalline thin films, a combination of automated crystal orientation mapping in microprobe STEM mode with in situ straining inside a TEM was developed. ACOM-TEM closes the gap between EBSD and BF/DFTEM by providing full orientation maps with nanometer resolution. The novel combination with in situ straining provided for the first time the possibility to directly image and quantify the structural changes of all crystallites in the ensemble of a thin film at the nanometer scale during mechanical deformation. It was used to characterize the metallographic changes during tensile deformation of a nanocrystalline Au thin film prepared by magnetron sputtering. The investigation of the grain size, grain orientation and twinning on a global (grain average over a micron sized area) and local (assembly of selected grains) scale allowed for the development of an in depth picture of the deformation processes. Grain boundary motion and local grain rotation were two of the processes acting to dissipate the applied stress. Additionally, twinning/detwinning occurred simultaneously during straining. These processes, which occurred locally already in the micro-plastic regime, led to global grain growth starting at the transition to the macro-plastic deformation regime.

  5. ZnS nanoparticles electrodeposited onto ITO electrode as a platform for fabrication of enzyme-based biosensors of glucose.

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    Du, Jian; Yu, Xiuping; Wu, Ying; Di, Junwei

    2013-05-01

    The electrochemical and photoelectrochemical biosensors based on glucose oxidase (GOD) and ZnS nanoparticles modified indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode were investigated. The ZnS nanoparticles were electrodeposited directly on the surface of ITO electrode. The enzyme was immobilized on ZnS/ITO electrode surface by sol-gel method to fabricate glucose biosensor. GOD could electrocatalyze the reduction of dissolved oxygen, which resulted in a great increase of the reduction peak current. The reduction peak current decreased linearly with the addition of glucose, which could be used for glucose detection. Moreover, ZnS nanoparticles deposited on ITO electrode surface showed good photocurrent response under illumination. A photoelectrochemical biosensor for the detection of glucose was also developed by monitoring the decreases in the cathodic peak photocurrent. The results indicated that ZnS nanoparticles deposited on ITO substrate were a good candidate material for the immobilization of enzyme in glucose biosensor construction.

  6. Variability in Chemical Vapor Deposited Zinc Sulfide: Assessment of Legacy and International CVD ZnS Materials

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    McCloy, John S.; Korenstein, Ralph

    2009-10-06

    Samples of CVD ZnS from the United States, Germany, Israel, and China were evaluated using transmission spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, photoluminescence, and biaxial flexure testing. Visible and near-infrared scattering, 6 μm absorption, and ultraviolet cut-on edge varied substantially in tested materials. Crystallographic hexagonality and texture was determined and correlated with optical scattering. Transmission cut-on (ultraviolet edge) blue-shifts with annealing and corresponds to visible color but not the 6 μm absorption. Photoluminescence results suggest that CVD ZnS exhibits a complex suite of electronic bandgap defects. All CVD ZnS tested with biaxial flexure exhibit similar fracture strength values and Weibull moduli. This survey suggests that technical understanding of the structure and optical properties CVD ZnS is still in its infancy.

  7. Effect of effective mass and spontaneous polarization on photocatalytic activity of wurtzite and zinc-blende ZnS

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    Dong, Ming; Zhang, Jinfeng; Yu, Jiaguo

    2015-10-01

    Semiconductor zinc sulphide (ZnS) has two common phases: hexagonal wurtzite and cubic zinc-blende structures. The crystal structures, energy band structures, density of states (DOS), bond populations, and optical properties of wurtzite and zinc-blende ZnS were investigated by the density functional theory of first-principles. The similar band gaps and DOS of wurtzite and zinc-blende ZnS were found and implied the similarities in crystal structures. However, the distortion of ZnS{sub 4} tetrahedron in wurtzite ZnS resulted in the production of spontaneous polarization and internal electric field, which was beneficial for the transfer and separation of photogenerated electrons and holes.

  8. Two and four photon absorption and nonlinear refraction in undoped, chromium doped and copper doped ZnS quantum dots

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    Sharma, Dimple; Malik, B. P.; Gaur, Arun

    2015-12-01

    The ZnS quantum dots (QDs) with Cr and Cu doping were synthesized by chemical co-precipitation method. The nanostructures of the prepared undoped and doped ZnS QDs were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The sizes of QDs were found to be within 3-5 nm range. The nonlinear parameters viz. Two photon absorption coefficient (β2), nonlinear refractive index (n2), third order nonlinear susceptibility (χ3) at wavelength 532 nm and Four photon absorption coefficient (β4) at wavelength 1064 nm have been calculated by Z-scan technique using nanosecond Nd:YAG laser in undoped, Cr doped and Cu doped ZnS QDs. Higher values of nonlinear parameters for doped ZnS infer that they are potential material for the development of photonics devices and sensor protection applications.

  9. Observation of nonlinear absorption and visible photoluminescence emission in chemically synthesized Cu2+ doped ZnS nanoparticles

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    Kole, A. K.; Kumbhakar, P.; Chatterjee, U.

    2012-01-01

    Nonlinear optical properties of chemically synthesized ZnS and Cu2+ doped ZnS nanoparticles of average sizes ˜2.5 nm are reported by using open aperture z-scan technique with the Nd:YAG laser second harmonic radiation at 532 nm. Tunable photoluminescence emissions in the visible region due to the increase in concentration of Cu2+ doping in ZnS are observed at room temperature. By analyzing the experimental z-scan data, it is found that three photon absorptions (3PA) are taking place in all the samples. The extracted values of 3PA coefficients of the samples are ˜109 times higher than that of bulk ZnS.

  10. Reactive plasma synthesis of nanocrystalline ceramic oxides

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    Sreekumar, K. P.; Vijay, M.; Thiyagarajan, T. K.; Krishnan, K.; Ananthapadmanabhan, P. V.

    2010-02-01

    Reactive plasma synthesis is an attractive route to synthesize nanocrystalline materials. A 40 kW DC non-transferred arc plasma reactor has been designed and developed in our laboratory for synthesis of nanocrystalline materials. The main components of the plasma reactor include a 40 kW DC plasma generator or plasma torch, water-cooled reactor segment, product collection facility, DC power supply, cooling-water system and exhaust gas vent. The system has been used to synthesize nano-crystalline oxides of aluminium, titanium and zirconium. Aluminium metal powder was used as the starting material to synthesize alumina. The hydrides of Ti and Zr were used as the precursor for synthesis of nanocrystalline titania and zirconia respectively. The precursor powders were injected into the thermal plasma jet and were allowed to react with oxygen injected downstream the jet. The precursor powder particles were oxidized 'in-flight' to form nano-sized powder of the respective metal, which deposited on the walls of the reactor and collector assembly. Various analytical tools were used to characterized the products.

  11. A novel drug delivery of 5-fluorouracil device based on TiO2/ZnS nanotubes.

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    Faria, Henrique Antonio Mendonça; de Queiroz, Alvaro Antonio Alencar

    2015-11-01

    The structural and electronic properties of titanium oxide nanotubes (TiO2) have attracted considerable attention for the development of therapeutic devices and imaging probes for nanomedicine. However, the fluorescence response of TiO2 has typically been within ultraviolet spectrum. In this study, the surface modification of TiO2 nanotubes with ZnS quantum dots was found to produce a red shift in the ultra violet emission band. The TiO2 nanotubes used in this work were obtained by sol-gel template synthesis. The ZnS quantum dots were deposited onto TiO2 nanotube surface by a micelle-template inducing reaction. The structure and morphology of the resulting hybrid TiO2/ZnS nanotubes were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques. According to the results of fluorescence spectroscopy, pure TiO2 nanotubes exhibited a high emission at 380nm (3.26eV), whereas TiO2/ZnS exhibited an emission at 410nm (3.02eV). The TiO2/ZnS nanotubes demonstrated good bio-imaging ability on sycamore cultured plant cells. The biocompatibility against mammalian cells (Chinese Hamster Ovarian Cells-CHO) suggesting that TiO2/ZnS may also have suitable optical properties for use as biological markers in diagnostic medicine. The drug release characteristic of TiO2/ZnS nanotubes was explored using 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), an anticancer drug used in photodynamic therapy. The results show that the TiO2/ZnS nanotubes are a promising candidate for anticancer drug delivery systems.

  12. Chemical vapor synthesis of nanocrystalline perovskites using laser flash evaporation of low volatility solid precursors

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    Winterer, Markus; Srdic, Vladimir V.; Djenadic, Ruzica; Kompch, Alexander; Weirich, Thomas E.

    2007-12-01

    One key requirement for the production of multinary oxide films by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) or nanocrystalline multinary oxides particles by chemical vapor synthesis (CVS) is the availability of precursors with high vapor pressure. This is especially the case for CVS where much higher production rates are required compared to thin films prepared by CVD. However, elements, which form low valent cations such as alkaline earth metals, are typically only available as solid precursors of low volatility, e.g., in form of β-diketonates. This study describes laser flash evaporation as precursor delivery method for CVS of nanocrystalline perovskites. Laser flash evaporation exploits the nonequilibrium evaporation of solid metal organic precursors of low vapor pressure by absorption of the infrared radiation of a CO2 laser. It is shown that stoichiometric, nanocrystalline particles consisting of SrZrO3 and SrTiO3 can be formed from corresponding mixtures of β-diketonates which are evaporated nonselectively and with high rates by laser flash evaporation.

  13. Chemical vapor synthesis of nanocrystalline perovskites using laser flash evaporation of low volatility solid precursors.

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    Winterer, Markus; Srdic, Vladimir V; Djenadic, Ruzica; Kompch, Alexander; Weirich, Thomas E

    2007-12-01

    One key requirement for the production of multinary oxide films by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) or nanocrystalline multinary oxides particles by chemical vapor synthesis (CVS) is the availability of precursors with high vapor pressure. This is especially the case for CVS where much higher production rates are required compared to thin films prepared by CVD. However, elements, which form low valent cations such as alkaline earth metals, are typically only available as solid precursors of low volatility, e.g., in form of beta-diketonates. This study describes laser flash evaporation as precursor delivery method for CVS of nanocrystalline perovskites. Laser flash evaporation exploits the nonequilibrium evaporation of solid metal organic precursors of low vapor pressure by absorption of the infrared radiation of a CO(2) laser. It is shown that stoichiometric, nanocrystalline particles consisting of SrZrO(3) and SrTiO(3) can be formed from corresponding mixtures of beta-diketonates which are evaporated nonselectively and with high rates by laser flash evaporation.

  14. Magnetic properties of nanocrystalline transition metals

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    Aus, Martin J.

    1999-09-01

    In the past decade, considerable attention has been devoted to the nanoprocessing of magnetic materials to enhance specific magnetic properties. For nanocrystalline materials in which the grain size approaches the dimensions of the domain wall thickness of conventional materials, considerable changes in magnetic behaviour are expected. In the present work, various electrodeposited ferromagnetic nanocrystalline pure metals and alloys were characterized by using a vibrating sample magnetometer. The systems investigated include pure Ni and Co as well as alloys of Ni-P, Ni-Fe and Co-Fe. These studies explored the effect of gram size on coercivity, indicating that the crystallographic texture is more significant than gram size. In addition, these studies reported, for the first time, that saturation magnetization of pore-free electroplated bulk nanocrystalline transition metals and their alloys is relatively little affected by grain size. In contrast, previously reported results for ultra-fine particles and nanomaterials produced from compacted powders showed a strong decrease in saturation magnetization with decreasing grain size. The difference in results for pore-free electrodeposits and ultrafine particles/compacted powders has been attributed to antiferromagnetic surface oxide layers, which is a direct result of large internal porosity in the latter group of materials. Further magnetic studies were completed on nanocrystalline electrodeposits produced by magnetoelectrohydrolysis. The effects of applied magnetic field strength and substrate orientation on saturation magnetization and coercivity of Ni-Fe and Co were explored. The results have shown that both nanoprocessing and electroplating in a magnetic field can improve soft magnetic properties by lowering the coercivity. Thermomagnetic studies examined saturation magnetization as a function of temperature, Curie temperature and coercivity changes during annealing. The Curie temperatures of electrodeposited

  15. Design and investigation of properties of nanocrystalline diamond optical planar waveguides.

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    Prajzler, Vaclav; Varga, Marian; Nekvindova, Pavla; Remes, Zdenek; Kromka, Alexander

    2013-04-08

    Diamond thin films have remarkable properties comparable with natural diamond. Because of these properties it is a very promising material for many various applications (sensors, heat sink, optical mirrors, chemical and radiation wear, cold cathodes, tissue engineering, etc.) In this paper we report about design, deposition and measurement of properties of optical planar waveguides fabricated from nanocrystalline diamond thin films. The nanocrystalline diamond planar waveguide was deposited by microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition and the structure of the deposited film was studied by scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The design of the presented planar waveguides was realized on the bases of modified dispersion equation and was schemed for 632.8 nm, 964 nm, 1 310 nm and 1 550 nm wavelengths. Waveguiding properties were examined by prism coupling technique and it was found that the diamond based planar optical element guided one fundamental mode for all measured wavelengths. Values of the refractive indices of our NCD thin film measured at various wavelengths were almost the same as those of natural diamond.

  16. Single-layer ZnS supported on Au(111): A combined XPS, LEED, STM and DFT study

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    Deng, Xingyi; Sorescu, Dan C.; Lee, Junseok

    2017-04-01

    Single-layer of ZnS, consisting of one atomic layer of ZnS(111) plane, has been grown on Au(111) and characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), low energy electron diffraction (LEED) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). While the LEED measurement indicates a coincidence structure of ZnS-(3×3)/Au(111)-(4×4), high resolution STM images reveal hexagonal unit cells of 6.7×6.7 Å2 and 11.6×11.6 Å2, corresponding to √3 and 3 times the unit cell of the ideal zincblende ZnS-(1×1), respectively, depending on the tunneling conditions. Calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) indicate a significantly reconstructed non-planar structure of ZnS single-layer on Au(111) with 2/3 of the S anions being located nearly in the plane of the Zn cations and the rest 1/3 of the S anions protruding above the Zn plane. The calculated STM image shows similar characteristics to those of the experimental STM image. Additionally, the DFT calculations reveal the different bonding nature of the S anions in ZnS single-layer supported on Au(111).

  17. Magic sized ZnS quantum dots as a highly sensitive and selective fluorescence sensor probe for Ag+ ions.

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    Mandal, Abhijit; Dandapat, Anirban; De, Goutam

    2012-02-07

    A green and simple chemical synthesis of magic sized water soluble blue-emitting ZnS quantum dots (QDs) has been accomplished by reacting anhydrous Zn acetate, sodium sulfide and thiolactic acid (TLA) at room temperature in aqueous solution. Refluxing of this mixture in open air yielded ZnS clusters of about 3.5 nm in diameter showing very strong and narrow photoluminescence properties with long stability. Refluxing did not cause any noticeable size increment of the clusters. As a result, the QDs obtained after different refluxing conditions showed similar absorption and photoluminescence (PL) features. Use of TLA as a capping agent effectively yielded such stable and magic sized QDs. The as-synthesized and 0.5 h refluxed ZnS QDs were used as a fluorescence sensor for Ag(+) ions. It has been observed that after addition of Ag(+) ions of concentration 0.5-1 μM the strong fluorescence of ZnS QDs was almost quenched. The quenched fluorescence can be recovered by adding ethylenediamine to form a complex with Ag(+) ions. The other metal ions (K(+), Ca(2+), Au(3+), Cu(2+), Fe(3+), Mn(2+), Mg(2+), Co(2+)) showed little or no effect on the fluorescence of ZnS QDs when tested individually or as a mixture. In the presence of all these ions, Ag(+) responded well and therefore ZnS QDs reported in this work can be used as a Ag(+) ion fluorescence sensor.

  18. Light-activated NO2 gas sensing of the networked CuO-decorated ZnS nanowire gas sensor

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    Park, Sunghoon; Sun, Gun-Joo; Kheel, Hyejoon; Ko, Taegyung; Kim, Hyoun Woo; Lee, Chongmu

    2016-05-01

    CuO-decorated ZnS nanowires were synthesized by the thermal evaporation of ZnS powders followed by a solvothermal process for CuO decoration. The NO2 gas sensing properties of multiple-networked pristine and CuO-decorated ZnS nanowire sensors were then examined. The diameters of the CuO nanoparticles ranged from 20 to 60 nm. The multiple-networked pristine and CuO-decorated ZnS nanowire sensors showed the responses of 394 and 1055 %, respectively, to 5 ppm of NO2 at room temperature under UV illumination at 2.2 mW/cm2. The response and recovery times of the ZnS nanowire sensor to 5 ppm of NO2 were also reduced by decoration with the CuO nanoparticles. The responses of the sensors to NO2 at room temperature increased significantly with increasing UV illumination intensity. The underlying mechanisms for the enhanced response of the ZnS nanowire sensor to NO2 gas by CuO decoration and UV irradiation are discussed.

  19. Synthesis and luminescence properties of ZnS and metal (Mn, Cu)-doped-ZnS ceramic powder

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    Ummartyotin, S.; Bunnak, N.; Juntaro, J.; Sain, M.; Manuspiya, H.

    2012-03-01

    ZnS and metal (Mn, Cu)-doped-ZnS were successfully prepared by wet chemical synthetic route. The understanding of substituted metal ions (Mn, Cu) into ZnS leads to transfer the luminescent centre by small amount of metal dopant (Mn, Cu). Fourier transform infrared and X-ray diffraction were used to determine chemical bonding and crystal structure, respectively. It showed that small amount of metal (Mn, Cu) can be completely substituted into ZnS lattice. X-ray fluorescence was used to confirm the existence of metal-doped ZnS. Scanning electron microscope revealed that their particles exhibits blocky particle with irregular sharp. Laser confocal microscope and photoluminescence spectroscopy showed that ZnS and metal-doped-ZnS exhibited intense, stable, and tunable emission covering the blue to red end of the visible spectrum. ZnS, Mn-doped-ZnS and Cu-doped-ZnS generated blue, yellow and green color, respectively.

  20. Interconnected Si nanocrystals forming thin films with controlled bandgap values

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    Nychyporuk, T.; Zakharko, Yu.; Lysenko, V.; Lemiti, M.

    2009-08-24

    Interconnected Si nanocrystals forming homogeneous thin films with controlled bandgap values from 1.2 to 2.9 eV were formed by pulsed plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique under dusty plasma conditions. The chosen values of plasma duration time correspond to specific phases of the dust nanoparticle growth. Structural and optical properties of the deposited nanostructured films are described in details. These nanocrystalline Si thin films seem to be promising candidates for all-Si tandem solar cell applications.

  1. Magnetization processes in nanocrystalline gadolinium.

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    Mathew, S P; Kaul, S N

    2012-06-27

    The thermal decline in magnetization, M(T), at fixed magnetic field (H) under 'zero-field-cooled' (ZFC) and 'field-cooled' (FC) conditions, the time evolution of ZFC magnetization, M(ZFC)(t), at fixed temperature and field, M(H) hysteresis loops/isotherms, and ac susceptibility have been measured on polycrystalline Gd samples with average grain sizes of d = 12 and 18 nm. The irreversibility in magnetization, M(irr), occurring below a characteristic temperature that reduces with increasing H, is completely suppressed above a grain-size-dependent threshold field, H*. At low fields (H ≤ 100 Oe), M(irr)(T), like the coercive field, H(c)(T), exhibits a minimum at ∼16 K and a broad peak at ∼50 K before going to zero at T ≃ T(C) (Curie temperature). At fixed temperature (T < T(C)) and field (H ≪ H*), where M(irr) is finite, M(ZFC) has a logarithmic dependence on time. The magnetic viscosity (S) at H = 1 Oe and T ≤ 290 K is independent of the measurement time above ∼2 ms but for t < 2 ms it is strongly time-dependent. S(T) peaks at T ≃ T(C) for H = 1 Oe. A magnetic field reduces the peak height and shifts the peak in S(T) to lower temperatures. All the above observations are put on a consistent theoretical footing within the framework of a model in which the intra-grain magnetizations overcome the energy barriers (brought about by the intra-grain and grain-boundary/interfacial magnetic anisotropies) by the thermal activation process. These field- and temperature-dependent energy barriers, that separate the high-energy metastable (ZFC) state from the stable minimum-energy (FC) state, are independent of time for t ≳ 2 ms and have a very broad distribution. We show that the shape anisotropy plays a decisive role in the magnetization reversal process, and that the magnetocrystalline and magnetostatic fluctuations, prevalent in the grain-boundary and interfacial regions, govern the approach-to-saturation of magnetization in nanocrystalline Gd.

  2. Anomalous grain growth in the surface region of a nanocrystalline CeO2 film under low-temperature heavy ion irradiation

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    Edmondson, Philip D.; Zhang, Yanwen; Moll, Sandra J.; Varga, Tamas; Namavar, Fereydoon; Weber, William J.

    2012-06-15

    Grain growth and phase stability of nanocrystalline ceria are investigated under ion irradiation at different temperatures. Irradiations at temperatures of 300 and 400 K result in uniform grain growth throughout the film. Anomalous grain growth is observed in thin films of nanocrystalline ceria under 3 MeV Au+ irradiation at 160 K. At this low temperature, significant grain growth is observed within 100 nm from the surface, no obvious growth is detected in the rest of the films. While the grain growth is attributed to a defect-stimulated mechanism at room temperature and above, a defect diffusion-limited mechanism is significant at low temperature with the primary defect responsible being the oxygen vacancy. The nanocrystalline grains remain in the cubic phase regardless of defect kinetics.

  3. Mechanisms of the degradation of Schottky-barrier photodiodes based on ZnS single crystals

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    Korsunska, N. E.; Shulga, E. P.; Stara, T. R. Litvin, P. M.; Bondarenko, V. A.

    2016-01-15

    The effect of ultraviolet (UV) illumination on the electrical and spectral characteristics of Schottky-barrier photodiodes based on ZnS single crystals is studied. It is found that irradiation deteriorates their photosensitivity and changes the current–voltage and capacitance–voltage characteristics and the surface profile of the blocking electrode. It is shown that the main reason for a decrease in the photosensitivity of the diodes is the photoinduced drift of mobile donors in the electric field of the barrier. This drift depends on the crystallographic orientation of the surface being irradiated. Another photoinduced process observed in the diodes is photolysis of the ZnS crystal. This process mainly determines the change in the electrical characteristics of the diodes and in the surface profile of the electrode at an insignificant change in the photosensitivity.

  4. Site spectroscopy of Eu3+ doped- ZnS nanocrystals embedded in sodium carboxymethyl cellulose matrix

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    Ahemen, I.; Meludu, O.; Dejene, F. B.; Viana, B.

    2016-11-01

    The work investigates the incorporation of Eu3+ ion in ZnS crystal through spectroscopic studies. ZnS: Eu3+ nanocrystals was synthesized via the precipitation technique. Elemental composition analysis indicates a non-stoichiometric distribution between Zn and S. X-ray diffraction studies show lattice expansion demonstrating that Eu3+ ions were incorporated in the host lattice. Annealing temperature gave rise to lattice contraction relative to the as-synthesized indicating a partial expulsion of the ion from the crystal due to heat treatment. Eu3+ ions site symmetry probing from optical features show that trivalent europium were situated both at the nanocrystals surface and at the Zn2+ ion site. Weak energy transfer from host to activator ion occurred probably mainly through exchange interaction and the transfer process was defect mediated.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of Zn 3P 2/ZnS core/shell nanowires

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    Sun, T.; Wu, P. C.; Guo, Z. D.; Dai, Y.; Meng, H.; Fang, X. L.; Shi, Z. J.; Dai, L.; Qin, G. G.

    2011-05-01

    Fully-surrounded Zn3P2/ZnS core/shell nanowires (NWs) were synthesized for the first time via a two-step method: a catalyst free chemical vapor deposition followed by a low-pressure vulcanization process. Field emission scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and high-angle angular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy were used to characterize the morphologies, crystal structure, and element composition of the core/shell NWs. The band structure analysis demonstrates that the Zn3P2/ZnS core-shell NW type-II heterostructures have bright potential in photovoltaic nanodevice applications. The core/shell NW growth method used here can be extended to other material system.

  6. Optical nonlinear dynamics in ZnS from femtosecond laser pulses

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    Wu, Yu-E; Ren, Mengxin Wang, Zhenhua; Li, Wenhua; Wu, Qiang; Zhang, Xinzheng Xu, Jingjun; Yi, Sanming

    2014-05-15

    A wavelength swapping nondegenerate pump-probe technique to measure the magnitudes of the nonlinear optical dynamics as well as the relaxation time of electrons in high energy levels is presented using a ZnS single crystal wafer as an example. By pumping the sample with 800 nm femtosecond pulses and probing at 400 nm, nondegenerate two-photon absorption (N-2PA) happens exclusively, and the measured curves only show instantaneous features without relaxation tails. The N-2PA coefficient was derived explicitly as 7.52 cm/GW. Additionally, when the wavelengths of the pump and probe beams are swapped, extra information about the relaxation time of the hot electrons excited in the conduction band is obtained. The combined results above are helpful for evaluating the characteristics of an optical switches based on ZnS or other materials with respect to its nonlinear optical dynamic aspect.

  7. The Cathodoluminescence of Cleartran: A Novel Form of Polycrystalline ZnS.

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    1986-12-01

    Theory and Summary of Previous Work. . . . . . . 11 Crystallography of ZnS . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Crystal Growth Techniques. . . . . . . . . . . 15...perceived that his crystals were phosphorescent. It was not until 1888 that Verneuil ascribed the phosphorescence to the presence of a "foreign...photoconductivity studies of CdS (3). At that time, crystal growth techniques began to improve and single crystals of a variety of II-VI compounds became

  8. Analysis of thermal shock resistance of CVD ZnS dome

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    Zhang, Daijun; Luo, Haibo; Zhou, Peipei; Hou, Xinglin

    2016-10-01

    Since the dome experiences the convective heat loading, thermal stress will be generated in the thickness direction. Thus, estimation of the thermal shock and analysis of the thermal shock resistance of the dome are the key to the design of the dome. In this paper, thermal shock resistance of CVD ZnS dome is analysed based on the flight condition of 6000m altitude and 3.0 Mach. We obtained the critical Reynolds number through a rockets pry experiment, which deduced that there exists a transition from laminar flow to turbulent flow at somewhere over the dome. We calculated the heat transfer coefficient over dome through heat transfer coefficient engineering formula of high-speed sphere with turbulent boundary layer near the stagnation point. The largest heat transfer coefficient is 2590W/(m2.K). Then, we calculated the transient thermal stress of dome by using the finite element method. Then we obtained the temperature and thermal stress distribution of different time through the direction of thickness. In order to obtain the mechanical properties of CVD ZnS at high temperatures, the 3-point bending method was used to test the flexure strength of CVD ZnS at different temperature. When compared the maximum thermal stress with flexure strength at different temperature, we find that the safety factors were not less than 1.75. The result implied that the dome has good safety margin under the proposed application condition. Through the above test and analysis, we can get the conclusion that the thermal shock resistance of the CVD ZnS dome satisfied the requirements of flight conditions.

  9. Molecular beam epitaxial growth and structural characterization of ZnS on (001) GaAs

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    Benz, R. G., II; Huang, P. C.; Stock, S. R.; Summers, C. J.

    1988-01-01

    The effect of surface nucleation processes on the quality of ZnS layers grown on (001) GaAs substrates by molecular beam epitaxy is reported. Reflection high energy electron diffraction indicated that nucleation at high temperatures produced more planar surfaces than nucleation at low temperatures, but the crystalline quality as assessed by X-ray double crystal diffractometry is relatively independent of nucleation temperature. A critical factor in layer quality was the initial roughness of the GaAs surfaces.

  10. Synthesis, characterization and optical properties of polymer-based ZnS nanocomposites.

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    Tiwari, A; Khan, S A; Kher, R S; Dhoble, S J; Chandel, A L S

    2016-03-01

    Nanostructured polymer-semiconductor hybrid materials such as ZnS-poly(vinyl alcohol) (ZnS-PVA), ZnS-starch and ZnS-hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (Zns-HPMC) are synthesized by a facile aqueous route. The obtained nanocomposites are characterized using various techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV/vis spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL). XRD studies confirm the zinc blende phase of the nanocomposites and indicate the high purity of the samples. SEM studies indicate small nanoparticles clinging to the surface of a bigger particle. The Energy Dispersive Analysis by X-rays (EDAX) spectrum reveals that the elemental composition of the nanocomposites consists primarily of Zn:S. FTIR studies indicate that the polymer matrix is closely associated with ZnS nanoparticles. The large number of hydroxyl groups in the polymer matrix facilitates the complexation of metal ions. The absorption spectra of the specimens show a blue shift in the absorption edge. The spectrum reveals an absorption edge at 320, 310 and 325 nm, respectively. PL of nanocomposites shows broad peaks in the violet-blue region (420-450 nm). The emission intensity changes with the nature of capping agent. The PL intensity of ZnS-HPMC nanocomposites is found to be highest among the studied nanocomposites. The results clearly indicate that hydroxyl-functionalized HPMC is much more effective at nucleating and stabilizing colloidal ZnS nanoparticles in aqueous suspensions compared with PVA and starch.

  11. Microphysics of KCl and ZnS Clouds on GJ 1214 b

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    Gao, Peter; Benneke, Björn

    2016-10-01

    Clouds are ubiquitous in the atmospheres of exoplanets. However, as most of these planets have temperatures between 600 and 2000 K, their clouds are likely composed of exotic condensates such as salts, sulfides, silicates, and metals. Treatment of these clouds in current exoplanet atmosphere models do not consider the microphysical processes that govern their formation, evolution, and distribution, such as nucleation and condensation/evaporation, thus creating a gulf between the cloud properties retrieved from observations and the cloud composition predictions from condensation equilibrium models. In this work, we apply a 1D microphysical cloud model to GJ 1214 b and investigate the properties of potassium chloride (KCl) and zinc sulfide (ZnS) clouds as a function of atmospheric metallicity, the intensity of vertical mixing, and the mode of nucleation. Our cloud model has been widely applied to planets in our own Solar System, and as such our work bridges a gap between planetary science and exoplanets. Using model background atmospheres calculated by the SCARLET code, we find that (1) the cloud distribution is not significantly affected by metallicity unless [Fe/H] > 2, (2) higher intensities of vertical mixing leads to more extended cloud decks, more cloud particles at all altitudes, and smaller mean particle radii, (3) the high surface energy of solid ZnS prevents the homogeneous nucleation of pure ZnS cloud particles, such that KCl clouds dominate; solid ZnS can only manifest by nucleating onto pre-existing surfaces (heterogeneous nucleation), such as KCl cloud particles, resulting in mixed clouds, and (4) formation of KCl clouds results in a KCl vapor abundance above the cloud deck ~5 orders of magnitude less than that calculated from equilibrium chemistry. We also examine the transmission spectra that would result from these different cases. Extension of this model to other planets and condensates will shed light on the observed continuum in the "cloudiness

  12. Facile synthesis of ZnS nanorods in PEG and their spectral performance

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    Zhou, Dan-Jie; Xie, Xin-Yuan; Zhang, Yan-li; Guo, Dan-Yi; Zhou, Yi-Jia; Xie, Jin-Feng

    2016-10-01

    Green and one-step synthesis of ZnS nanorods through the interaction of zinc nitrate hexahydrate and S powder in PEG400 was studied. Orthogonal experiments were conducted to study the influence of the experimental conditions including the molar ratio of sulfur (nS) and zinc nitrate hexahydrate (nZn), the heating time and the molecular weight of PEG (200, 400, 600) on the nature and morphology of the products. The results show that the zinc/sulfur molar ratio determines the composition of the products. When the zinc/sulfur molar ratio is 2 mmol:1 mmol with temperature of 160 °C and reaction time of 120 min, homogeneous ZnS nanorods, with diameters and lengths of about 64 nm-110 nm and 110-1100 nm respectively are obtained. The structure, morphology, size, stability and optical properties of the products were investigated by x-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) absorption and photoluminescence. The band-gap value estimated from the UV-vis absorption spectrum is 4.15 eV. The as-synthesized ZnS shows blue (469 nm) and green (506 nm) broad emission bands when they are excited by visible light (439 nm). Possible formation mechanism is also discussed.

  13. Synthesis mechanism of sono-chemically prepared mesoporous ZnS nanoparticles

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    Motejadded Emrooz, H. B.; Jalaly, M.

    2017-03-01

    The mechanism of sono-chemically synthesized mesoporous ZnS nanoparticles has been investigated. ZnS nanoparticles were synthesized with a facile and quick method. The sonication process was carried out for several times up to 60 min. The synthesized particles have been characterized with scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, high resolution x-ray diffraction, UV–visible technique, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, Brunauer–Emmett–Teller and Fourier transformation infrared spectroscopy. Based on x-ray diffraction patterns, crystallite size and lattice strain increase with sonication time. Adsorption–desorption results showed that applying the sono-chemistry synthesizing method in the aqueous atmosphere will cause a mesoporous structure. The obtained specific surface area of the synthesized mesoporous ZnS nanoparticles varied from 53 to 58 m2 · g‑1. Also the surface areas created from the porosity of the particles varied from 27 to 29 m2 · g‑1. Regarding these results, the mechanism of porosity formation during synthesis of nanoparticles has been explained. Photocatalytic behavior of the synthesized particles has been investigated for degradation of methylene blue from aqueous solution. Factors affecting this behavior have been discussed and it was found that interaction between opposing factors caused the specimen synthesized with 40 min sonication time has the best methylene blue degradation efficiency.

  14. Model-free transformation kinetics for ZnS quantum dots synthesized via colloidal reaction

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    Mansour, Sh. A.; Al-Kotb, M. S.; Kotkata, M. F.

    2014-01-01

    Zinc sulfide (ZnS) quantum dots (QDs) were prepared by a simple non-toxic colloidal reaction of zinc acetate dehydrate and sodium sulfate in the presence of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) acting as an anionic coordinated capping material. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements for the synthesized ZnS QDs were carried out at various heating rates. The recorded DSC curves exhibit overlapped exothermic peaks accomplishing several nano-sizes groups of the synthesized single-compositional ZnS cubic phase. The temperature at maximum rate of transformation for the main exothermic peak exhibits a monotonic shift to higher temperatures (324-388 °C) as the heating rate increased from 5 °C/min to 30 °C/min, suggesting that the growth process has a kinetic effect. The kinetics of such non-isothermal growth process was studied by applying a model-free isoconversional approach. The obtained values of the activation energy and reaction mode were used to identify the growth mechanism.

  15. Mechano-chemical synthesis and optical properties of ZnS nanoparticles

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    Pathak, C. S.; Agarwala, V.; Mandal, M. K.

    2012-09-01

    In the present work, we report the synthesis and optical properties of ZnS nanoparticles produced by the mechano-chemical route. We used zinc acetate and sodium sulphide as source materials in a high energy planetary ball mill at rotation speed of 300 rpm and vial rotation speed of 600 rpm with ball to powder (BPR or charge ratio CR) 5:1 for 30 and 90 min. The milled powders were washed with methanol to remove impurity and dried at 300 °C for 1 h. The prepared nanoparticles have been characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), UV-vis-NIR spectrophotometer and Fluorescence spectroscopy. The crystallite size of the synthesized ZnS nanoparticles is found to be in the range 7-8 nm which was calculated using Debye-Scherer's formula. The value of optical band gap has been found to be in the range 3.80-4.15 eV. Room temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectrum of ZnS samples exhibit a blue emission peaked at 466 nm under UV excitation.

  16. Structural and surface morphological study of Ni doped ZnS nanoparticles

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    Khawal, H. A. Dole, B. N.

    2014-04-24

    Samples of Zn{sub 1−x}Ni{sub x}S (x=0.00, 0.04, 0.08) nanoparticles were synthesized by using the co-precipitation method at room temperature. Structural parameters were investigated by X – ray diffraction (XRD), it reveals that all samples of Ni doped ZnS exhibit the cubic structure with no additional impurity phase. The average crystallite size of all samples is in the range of 2.70 to 2.90 nm. The lattice parameters, X – ray density, volume of unit cell and grain size were calculated using XRD data. It is found that the lattice parameter increases with increasing Ni concentration. Surface morphology of samples was investigated using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). From this study it is concluded that samples exhibit cubic morphology. Chemical compositions of Ni doped and pure ZnS samples were detected using EDAX spectra. It is confirmed from EDAX that Ni substitute into ZnS lattice.

  17. Effect of isovalent dopants on photodegradation ability of ZnS nanoparticles

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    Khaparde, Rohini; Acharya, Smita

    2016-06-01

    Isovalent (Mn, Cd, Cu, Co)-doped-ZnS nanoparticles having size vary in between 2 to 5 nm are synthesized by co-precipitation route. Their photocatalytic activity for decoloration of Cango Red and Malachite Green dyes is tested in visible radiation under natural conditions. Structural and morphological features of the samples are investigated by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) and UVsbnd Vis spectrometer. Single phase zinc blende structure of as-synthesized undoped and doped-ZnS is confirmed by XRD and revealed by Rietveld fitting. SEM and TEM images show ultrafine nanoparticles having size in the range of 2 to 5 nm. UV-Vis absorption spectra exhibit blue shift in absorption edge of undoped and doped ZnS as compared to bulk counterpart. The photocatalytic activity as a function of dopant concentration and irradiation time is systematically studied. The rate of de-coloration of dyes is detected by UVsbnd Vis absorption spectroscopy and organic dye mineralization is confirmed by table of carbon (TOC) study. The photocatalytic activity of Mn-doped ZnS is highest amongst all dopants; however Co as a dopant is found to reduce photocatalytic activity than pure ZnS.

  18. Local defect-induced red-shift of cathodoluminescence in individual ZnS nanobelts.

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    Liu, B D; Yang, B; Dierre, B; Sekiguchi, T; Jiang, X

    2014-11-07

    The luminescence of semiconductor nanostructures is strongly dependent on their size, dimensions, morphology, composition, or defects, and their band emissions can be properly and selectively tailored through the rational manipulation of these parameters during material growth. Using spatially-resolved cathodoluminescence spectroscopy, monochromatic contrast maps and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, an obvious red-shift of the near-band-edge emission of wurtzite ZnS nanobelts, resulting from a strip of stacking faults or a zinc-blende phase with tens of atomic layers in width, has been observed and its related mechanism has been discussed. This finding is not specific to the defect-dependent optical properties tailoring of ZnS nanostructures and represents a general validity for clarifying the mechanism of peak-shift (band-gap expansion or shrinking) of a wide range of semiconductor nanostructures with various defects. In addition, the general formation mechanism of the belt-like nanostructure was proposed based on precise microstructure analyses on a ZnS nanobelt with atomic terrace growth fronts.

  19. Multicolor luminescence from transition metal ion (Mn2+ and Cu2+) doped ZnS nanoparticles.

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    Datta, Anuja; Biswas, Subhajit; Kar, Soumitra; Chaudhuri, Subhadra

    2007-10-01

    Mn and Cu doped ZnS nanoparticles in powder form were prepared by a simple solvothermal route. Particle size and crystal structure of the products were investigated through X-ray diffraction study revealing the formation of cubic ZnS nanoparticles of average diameter 2.5 nm. Particle size was also verified by the high resolution transmission electron microscopic images. Blue emission at approximately 445 nm was observed from the undoped sample, which was attributed to the presence of large surface defects. With increasing doping concentration the defect related emission gradually quenches and subsequently the impurity related emissions appeared. Mn doped samples exhibited orange emission at approximately 580 nm which may be attributed to the transition between (4)T1 and (6)A1 energy levels of the Mn2+ 3d states. Whereas, the Cu doped ZnS nanoparticles exhibited a red shifted strong blue emission at approximately 466 nm which is attributed to the transition of the electrons from the surface states to the 't2' levels of Cu impurities.

  20. Probing the local structure of dilute Cu dopants in fluorescent ZnS nanocrystals using EXAFS.

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    Car, Brad; Medling, Scott; Corrado, Carley; Bridges, Frank; Zhang, Jin Z

    2011-10-05

    A local structure study of ZnS nanocrystals, doped with very low concentrations of Cu, was carried out using the EXAFS technique to better understand how Cu substitutes into the host lattice and forms Cu luminescence centers. We show that a large fraction of the Cu have three nearest neighbor S atoms and the Cu-S bond is significantly shortened compared to Zn-S, by ∼0.08 Å. In addition, the second neighbor Cu-Cu peak is extremely small. We propose that Cu occupies an interior site next to a S(2-) vacancy, with the Cu displaced towards the remaining S(2-) and away from the vacancy; such a displacement immediately explains the lack of a significant Cu-Cu peak in the data. There is no evidence for interstitial Cu sites (Cu(i)), indicating that no more than 2% of the Cu are Cu(i.) This study provides new insights into the local structure of the Cu dopant in ZnS without the presence of CuS nanoprecipitates that are present at higher Cu doping levels.

  1. Probing the local structure of dilute Cu dopants in fluorescent ZnS nanocrystals using EXAFS

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    Car, Brad; Medling, Scott; Corrado, Carley; Bridges, Frank; Zhang, Jin Z.

    2011-10-01

    A local structure study of ZnS nanocrystals, doped with very low concentrations of Cu, was carried out using the EXAFS technique to better understand how Cu substitutes into the host lattice and forms Cu luminescence centers. We show that a large fraction of the Cu have three nearest neighbor S atoms and the Cu-S bond is significantly shortened compared to Zn-S, by ~0.08 Å. In addition, the second neighbor Cu-Cu peak is extremely small. We propose that Cu occupies an interior site next to a S2- vacancy, with the Cu displaced towards the remaining S2- and away from the vacancy; such a displacement immediately explains the lack of a significant Cu-Cu peak in the data. There is no evidence for interstitial Cu sites (Cui), indicating that no more than 2% of the Cu are Cui. This study provides new insights into the local structure of the Cu dopant in ZnS without the presence of CuS nanoprecipitates that are present at higher Cu doping levels.

  2. Scalable production of microbially mediated zinc sulfide nanoparticles and application to functional thin films.

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    Moon, Ji-Won; Ivanov, Ilia N; Joshi, Pooran C; Armstrong, Beth L; Wang, Wei; Jung, Hyunsung; Rondinone, Adam J; Jellison, Gerald E; Meyer, Harry M; Jang, Gyoung Gug; Meisner, Roberta A; Duty, Chad E; Phelps, Tommy J

    2014-10-01

    A series of semiconducting zinc sulfide (ZnS) nanoparticles were scalably, reproducibly, controllably and economically synthesized with anaerobic metal-reducing Thermoanaerobacter species. These bacteria reduced partially oxidized sulfur sources to sulfides that extracellularly and thermodynamically incorporated with zinc ions to produce sparingly soluble ZnS nanoparticles with ∼5nm crystallites at yields of ∼5gl(-1)month(-1). A predominant sphalerite formation was facilitated by rapid precipitation kinetics, a low cation/anion ratio and a higher zinc concentration compared to background to produce a naturally occurring hexagonal form at the low temperature, and/or water adsorption in aqueous conditions. The sphalerite ZnS nanoparticles exhibited narrow size distribution, high emission intensity and few native defects. Scale-up and emission tunability using copper doping were confirmed spectroscopically. Surface characterization was determined using Fourier transform infrared and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies, which confirmed amino acid as proteins and bacterial fermentation end products not only maintaining a nano-dimensional average crystallite size, but also increasing aggregation. The application of ZnS nanoparticle ink to a functional thin film was successfully tested for potential future applications.

  3. Nanocrystalline Zeolite Y: Synthesis and Characterization

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    Taufiqurrahmi, Niken; Rahman Mohamed, Abdul; Bhatia, Subhash

    2011-02-01

    Nanocrystalline zeolite has received significant attention in the catalysis community. Zeolites with a crystal size smaller than 100 nm are the potential replacement for existing zeolite catalysts due to its unique features with added advantages. Zeolite FAU type Y is one of the most studied framework of all zeolites, and has been used as catalysts for number of reactions in the refinery and petrochemical industry. The present paper covers the synthesis of nanocrystalline zeolite Y under hydrothermal conditions from clear synthesis mixtures. The crystal size of zeolite Y is influenced by temperature, aging time, alkalinity, and water content. The synthesized Y is characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transmission Infrared Sprectroscopy (FTIR), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and Nitrogen Adsorption.

  4. Microemulsion-based synthesis of nanocrystalline materials.

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    Ganguli, Ashok K; Ganguly, Aparna; Vaidya, Sonalika

    2010-02-01

    Microemulsion-based synthesis is found to be a versatile route to synthesize a variety of nanomaterials. The manipulation of various components involved in the formation of a microemulsion enables one to synthesize nanomaterials with varied size and shape. In this tutorial review several aspects of microemulsion based synthesis of nanocrystalline materials have been discussed which would be of interest to a cross-section of researchers working on colloids, physical chemistry, nanoscience and materials chemistry. The review focuses on the recent developments in the above area with current understanding on the various factors that control the structure and dynamics of microemulsions which can be effectively used to manipulate the size and shape of nanocrystalline materials.

  5. Solid nanocrystalline fullerite-containing carbon coatings

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    Oskomov, K. V.; Sochugov, N. S.; Solov'ev, A. A.; Rabotkin, S. V.

    2009-10-01

    Solid carbon coatings with a high content of nanocrystalline fullerite have been obtained using unbalanced magnetron sputtering of graphite under conditions of pulsed high-voltage ion bombardment of the film growing on a substrate. It is established that samples possessing the maximum hardness (18.8 GPa) are characterized by maximum values of the volume fraction of fullerite in the coating (50%), coherent scattering domain size (53 nm), degree of preferred grain orientation (85%), relative deformation of the lattice (1.02%), and internal compressive stresses (2.91 GPa). The observed behavior is consistent with the mechanism of strengthening that accounts for the phenomenon of superhardness in nanocrystalline and nanocomposite materials. This assumption is confirmed by the results of investigation of the morphology of growing coatings.

  6. Fabrication and characterization of boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond-coated MEMS probes

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    Bogdanowicz, Robert; Sobaszek, Michał; Ficek, Mateusz; Kopiec, Daniel; Moczała, Magdalena; Orłowska, Karolina; Sawczak, Mirosław; Gotszalk, Teodor

    2016-04-01

    Fabrication processes of thin boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond (B-NCD) films on silicon-based micro- and nano-electromechanical structures have been investigated. B-NCD films were deposited using microwave plasma assisted chemical vapour deposition method. The variation in B-NCD morphology, structure and optical parameters was particularly investigated. The use of truncated cone-shaped substrate holder enabled to grow thin fully encapsulated nanocrystalline diamond film with a thickness of approx. 60 nm and RMS roughness of 17 nm. Raman spectra present the typical boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond line recorded at 1148 cm-1. Moreover, the change in mechanical parameters of silicon cantilevers over-coated with boron-doped diamond films was investigated with laser vibrometer. The increase of resonance to frequency of over-coated cantilever is attributed to the change in spring constant caused by B-NCD coating. Topography and electrical parameters of boron-doped diamond films were investigated by tapping mode AFM and electrical mode of AFM-Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM). The crystallite-grain size was recorded at 153 and 238 nm for boron-doped film and undoped, respectively. Based on the contact potential difference data from the KPFM measurements, the work function of diamond layers was estimated. For the undoped diamond films, average CPD of 650 mV and for boron-doped layer 155 mV were achieved. Based on CPD values, the values of work functions were calculated as 4.65 and 5.15 eV for doped and undoped diamond film, respectively. Boron doping increases the carrier density and the conductivity of the material and, consequently, the Fermi level.

  7. Photogating effect as a defect probe in hydrogenated nanocrystalline silicon solar cells

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    Li, Hongbo B. T.; Schropp, Ruud E. I.; Rubinelli, Francisco A.

    2010-07-01

    The measurement of the spectrally resolved collection efficiency is of great importance in solar cell characterization. Under standard conditions the bias light is a solar simulator or a light source with a similar broadband irradiation spectrum. When a colored blue or red bias light is used instead, an enhanced collection efficiency effect, in the literature known as the photogating effect, can be observed under certain conditions. While most of the published reports on such effect were on solar cells with amorphous silicon based absorber layers, we have shown that the enhanced collection efficiency could be also present in thin film silicon solar cells where hydrogenated nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si:H) is used as the absorber layer. In this article we present detailed experimental results and simulations aiming at a better understanding of this phenomenon. We show that the collection efficiency is strongly dependent on the intensity of bias light and the intensity of the monochromatic light. These experimental results are consistent with the computer predictions made by our code. We also show that the photogating effect is greatly enhanced when nanocrystalline silicon cells are built with an improperly doped p-layer or with a defective p/i interface region due to the reduced internal electric field present in such cells. The existence of this effect further proves that carrier transport in a nc-Si:H solar cell with an i-layer made close to the phase transition regime is influenced to a large extent by drift transport. The study of this effect is proposed as an alternative approach to gain a deeper understanding about the carrier transport scenarios in thin film solar cells, especially nanocrystalline silicon solar cells.

  8. Preparation and Instability of Nanocrystalline Cuprous Nitride.

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    Reichert, Malinda D; White, Miles A; Thompson, Michelle J; Miller, Gordon J; Vela, Javier

    2015-07-06

    Low-dimensional cuprous nitride (Cu3N) was synthesized by nitridation (ammonolysis) of cuprous oxide (Cu2O) nanocrystals using either ammonia (NH3) or urea (H2NCONH2) as the nitrogen source. The resulting nanocrystalline Cu3N spontaneously decomposes to nanocrystalline CuO in the presence of both water and oxygen from air at room temperature. Ammonia was produced in 60% chemical yield during Cu3N decomposition, as measured using the colorimetric indophenol method. Because Cu3N decomposition requires H2O and produces substoichiometric amounts of NH3, we conclude that this reaction proceeds through a complex stoichiometry that involves the concomitant release of both N2 and NH3. This is a thermodynamically unfavorable outcome, strongly indicating that H2O (and thus NH3 production) facilitate the kinetics of the reaction by lowering the energy barrier for Cu3N decomposition. The three different Cu2O, Cu3N, and CuO nanocrystalline phases were characterized by a combination of optical absorption, powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and electronic density of states obtained from electronic structure calculations on the bulk solids. The relative ease of interconversion between these interesting and inexpensive materials bears possible implications for catalytic and optoelectronic applications.

  9. Proton-Conducting Nanocrystalline Ceramics for High-Temperature Hydrogen Sensing

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    Tang, Xiling; Xu, Zhi; Trontz, Adam; Jing, Wenheng; Dong, Junhang

    2014-03-01

    The proton-conductive doped ceramic materials, including SrCe0.95Tb0.05O3- δ (SCTb), SrCe0.8Zr0.1Y0.1O3- δ (SCZY), and SrZr0.95Y0.05O3- δ (SZY), are synthesized in the forms of nanoparticles and nanocrystalline thin films on sapphire wafers and long-period grating (LPG) fibers. The H2 chemisorption and electrical conductivity of the nanocrystalline SCTb, SCZY, and SZY materials are measured at high temperature with and without the presence of CO2 gas. The resonant wavelength shifts ( δ λ_{{{{R,H}}_{ 2} }} ) of the SCTb, SCZY, and SZY thin-film coated LPGs in response to H2 concentration changes are studied in gas mixtures relevant to coal gasification syngas to evaluate their potential for high-temperature H2 detection. The results show that, at around 773.15 K (500 °C), SCTb has the highest H2 sensitivity but the most severe interferences from impurities such as CO2 and H2S; SZY has the best chemical resistance to impurities but the lowest H2 sensitivity; and SCZY exhibits high H2 sensitivity with reasonable chemical resistance.

  10. Effect Of Chromium Underlayer On The Properties Of Nano-Crystalline Diamond Films

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    Garratt, Elias; AlFaify, Salem; Yoshitake, T.; Katamune, Yuki; Bowden, Mark; Nandasiri, Manjula I.; Ghantasala, S.; Mancini, D. C.; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Kayani, A.

    2013-01-11

    This paper investigated the effect of chromium underlayer on the structure, microstructure and composition of the nano-crystalline diamond films. Nano-crystalline diamond thin films were deposited at high temperature in microwave-induced plasma diluted with nitrogen, on silicon substrate with a thin film of chromium as an underlayer. The composition, structure and microstructure of the deposited layers were analyzed using non-Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry, Raman Spectroscopy, Near-Edge X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure, X-ray Diffraction and Atomic Force Microscopy. Nanoindentation studies showed that the films deposited on chromium underlayer have higher hardness values compared to those deposited on silicon without an underlayer. Diamond and graphitic phases of the films evaluated by x-ray and optical spectroscopic analysis determined consistency between sp2 and sp3 phases of carbon in chromium sample to that of diamond grown on silicon. Diffusion of chromium was observed using ion beam analysis which was correlated with the formation of chromium complexes by x-ray diffraction.

  11. The activation energy for nanocrystalline diamond films deposited from an Ar/H2/CH4 hot-filament reactor.

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    Barbosa, D C; Melo, L L; Trava-Airoldi, V J; Corat, E J

    2009-06-01

    In this work we have investigated the effect of substrate temperature on the growth rate and properties of nanocrystalline diamond thin films deposited by hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD). Mixtures of 0.5 vol% CH4 and 25 vol% H2 balanced with Ar at a pressure of 50 Torr and typical deposition time of 12 h. We present the measurement of the activation energy by accurately controlling the substrate temperature independently of other CVD parameters. Growth rates have been measured in the temperature range from 550 to 800 degrees C. Characterization techniques have involved Raman spectroscopy, high resolution X-ray difractometry and scanning electron microscopy. We also present a comparison with most activation energy for micro and nanocrystalline diamond determinations in the literature and propose that there is a common trend in most observations. The result obtained can be an evidence that the growth mechanism of NCD in HFCVD reactors is very similar to MCD growth.

  12. Temperature-dependent void formation and growth at ion-irradiated nanocrystalline CeO2 Si interfaces

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    Perez-Bergquist, Alex G; Zhang, Yanwen; Varga, Tamas; Moll, Sandra; Weber, William J

    2014-01-01

    Ceria is a thermally stable ceramic that has numerous applications in the nuclear industry, including use in nuclear fuels and waste forms. Recently, interest has surged in nanostructured ceria due to its increased mechanical properties and electronic conductivity in comparison with bulk ceria and its ability to self-heal in response to energetic ion bombardment. Here, nanocrystalline ceria thin films grown over a silicon substrate are irradiated to fluences of up to 4 1016 ions/cm2 under different irradiation conditions: with differing ion species (Si+ and Ni+), different ion energies (1.0 1.5 MeV), and at varying temperatures (160 600 K). While the nanocrystalline ceria is found to exhibit exceptional radiation resistance under all tested conditions, severe ion irradiation-induced mixing, void formation, and void growth are observed at the ceria/silicon interface, with the degree of damage proving to be temperature dependent.

  13. Thermal conductivity in nanocrystalline-SiC/C superlattices

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    Habermehl, S.; Serrano, J. R.

    2015-11-17

    We reported the formation of thin film superlattices consisting of alternating layers of nitrogen-doped SiC (SiC:N) and C. Periodically terminating the SiC:N surface with a graphitic C boundary layer and controlling the SiC:N/C thickness ratio yield nanocrystalline SiC grains ranging in size from 365 to 23 nm. Frequency domain thermo-reflectance is employed to determine the thermal conductivity, which is found to vary from 35.5 W m-1 K-1 for monolithic undoped α-SiC films to 1.6 W m-1 K-1 for a SiC:N/C superlattice with a 47 nm period and a SiC:N/C thickness ratio of 11. A series conductance model is employed to explain the dependence of the thermal conductivity on the superlatticestructure. Our results indicate that the thermal conductivity is more dependent on the SiC:N/C thickness ratio than the SiC:N grain size, indicative of strong boundary layerphonon scattering.

  14. Thermal conductivity in nanocrystalline-SiC/C superlattices

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    Habermehl, S.; Serrano, J. R.

    2015-11-17

    We reported the formation of thin film superlattices consisting of alternating layers of nitrogen-doped SiC (SiC:N) and C. Periodically terminating the SiC:N surface with a graphitic C boundary layer and controlling the SiC:N/C thickness ratio yield nanocrystalline SiC grains ranging in size from 365 to 23 nm. Frequency domain thermo-reflectance is employed to determine the thermal conductivity, which is found to vary from 35.5 W m-1 K-1 for monolithic undoped α-SiC films to 1.6 W m-1 K-1 for a SiC:N/C superlattice with a 47 nm period and a SiC:N/C thickness ratio of 11. A series conductance model is employed tomore » explain the dependence of the thermal conductivity on the superlatticestructure. Our results indicate that the thermal conductivity is more dependent on the SiC:N/C thickness ratio than the SiC:N grain size, indicative of strong boundary layerphonon scattering.« less

  15. First-principles calculations for transition phase, mechanical and thermodynamic properties of ZnS under extreme condition

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    Yang, Tao; Liu, Daijun; Ji, Junyi; Chen, Jianjun; Yu, Yang; Wu, Ruoxi

    2017-02-01

    The structural and mechanical properties of ZnS in both B3 and B1 phases have been investigated by the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) within the plane-wave pseudopotential density functional theory (DFT). The obtained lattice parameters and bulk modulus of ZnS for both B3 and B1 structures are well in line with the available theoretical and experimental results. Using the enthalpy-pressure data, we have predicted that the phase transition pressure of ZnS from B3 to B1 is 17.26 GPa, which is in good agreement with previous experimental values. The hydrostatic pressure-dependent elastic properties of the two structures, such as bulk modulus, shear modulus and Young’s modulus, are discussed. Then, the mechanical characteristics of ZnS, including ductile/brittle behavior and elastic anisotropy of the two cubic single-crystal structures, are investigated in details. Furthermore, the thermodynamic properties of ZnS under extreme condition are explored by quasi-harmonic Debye modeling. The calculated results show that the ductility and elastic anisotropy increase with pressure clearly except the ductility of B1. Besides, the temperature and pressure dependencies of the heat capacity and the Debye temperature are obtained and analyzed in the wide ranges.

  16. Synthesis and characterization of samarium-doped ZnS nanoparticles: A novel visible light responsive photocatalyst

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    Hanifehpour, Younes; Soltani, Behzad; Amani-Ghadim, Ali Reza; Hedayati, Behnam; Khomami, Bamin; Joo, Sang Woo

    2016-04-15

    Highlights: • Sm-doped ZnS Nanomaterials were synthesized by hydrothermal method. • The as-prepared compounds were characterized by XRD, TEM, XPS, SEM and UV techniques. • The photocatalytic effect of compounds was determined by Reactive Red 43 degradation. • The degradation of RRed 43 followed the Langmuir–Hinshelwood kinetic model. - Abstract: We prepared pure and samarium-doped ZnS (Sm{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}S{sub 1+0.5x}) nanoparticles via hydrothermal process at 160 °C for 24 h. XRD analysis shows that the particles were well crystallized and corresponds to a cubic sphalerite phase. SEM and TEM images indicate that the sizes of the particles were in the range of 20–60 nm. The photocatalytic activity of Sm-doped ZnS nanoparticles was evaluated by monitoring the decolorization of Reactive Red 43 in aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. The color removal efficiency of Sm{sub 0.04}Zn{sub 0.96}S and pure ZnS was 95.1% and 28.7% after 120 min of treatment, respectively. Among the different amounts of dopant agent used, 4% Sm-doped ZnS nanoparticles indicated the highest decolorization. We found that the presence of inorganic ions such as Cl{sup −}, CO{sub 3}{sup 2−} and other radical scavengers such as buthanol and isopropyl alcohol reduced the decolorization efficiency.

  17. Tensile properties of a ZnS nanowire determined with a nano-manipulator and force sensor

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    Jang, Hoon-Sik; Nahm, Seung Hoon; Lee, Hak Joo; Kim, Jung Han; Oh, Kyu Hwan

    2012-08-01

    Tensile tests of an individual ZnS nanowire with a cubic structure were performed with a nano-manipulator inside a scanning electron microscope (SEM). To perform the tensile test of ZnS nanowires, a mechanical testing system was installed in the SEM. A nano-manipulator was set up in the SEM, and a cantilever force sensor was mounted on the nano-manipulator. The force sensor could be controlled with the nano-manipulator. The ZnS nanowires were dispersed on the transmission electron microscope (TEM) grid; then, the ends of the ZnS nanowires were welded to the TEM grid and the tip of force sensor by exposing them to the E-beam of the SEM. The tensile tests of the ZnS nanowires were performed by controlling the nano-manipulator in the SEM. The load response during the tensile tests was obtained with a force sensor. The strain-stress curve was obtained from the tensile load-displacement curve after the tensile test. The tensile strengths for nanowires 1, 2, and 3 were 364.7 ± 5.2, 146.2 ± 5.2, and 234.4 ± 5.2 MPa, respectively, and the elastic moduli for nanowires 1, 2, and 3 were 39 ± 5.2, 33.4 ± 5.2, and 37.4 ± 5.2 GPa, respectively.

  18. Nonvolatile memory behavior of nanocrystalline cellulose/graphene oxide composite films

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    Valentini, L. Cardinali, M.; Fortunati, E.; Kenny, J. M.

    2014-10-13

    With the continuous advance of modern electronics, the demand for nonvolatile memory cells rapidly grows. In order to develop post-silicon electronic devices, it is necessary to find innovative solutions to the eco-sustainability problem of materials for nonvolatile memory cells. In this work, we realized a resistive memory device based on graphene oxide (GO) and GO/cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) thin films. Aqueous solutions of GO and GO with CNC have been prepared and drop cast between two metal electrodes. Such thin-film based devices showed a transition between low and high conductivity states upon the forward and backward sweeping of an external electric field. This reversible current density transition behavior demonstrates a typical memory characteristic. The obtained results open an easy route for electronic information storage based on the integration of nanocrystalline cellulose onto graphene based devices.

  19. Nonvolatile memory behavior of nanocrystalline cellulose/graphene oxide composite films

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    Valentini, L.; Cardinali, M.; Fortunati, E.; Kenny, J. M.

    2014-10-01

    With the continuous advance of modern electronics, the demand for nonvolatile memory cells rapidly grows. In order to develop post-silicon electronic devices, it is necessary to find innovative solutions to the eco-sustainability problem of materials for nonvolatile memory cells. In this work, we realized a resistive memory device based on graphene oxide (GO) and GO/cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) thin films. Aqueous solutions of GO and GO with CNC have been prepared and drop cast between two metal electrodes. Such thin-film based devices showed a transition between low and high conductivity states upon the forward and backward sweeping of an external electric field. This reversible current density transition behavior demonstrates a typical memory characteristic. The obtained results open an easy route for electronic information storage based on the integration of nanocrystalline cellulose onto graphene based devices.

  20. Solid state consolidation nanocrystalline copper-tungsten using cold spray

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    Hall, Aaron Christopher; Sarobol, Pylin; Argibay, Nicolas; Clark, Blythe; Diantonio, Christopher

    2015-09-01

    It is well known that nanostructured metals can exhibit significantly improved properties compared to metals with conventional grain size. Unfortunately, nanocrystalline metals typically are not thermodynamically stable and exhibit rapid grain growth at moderate temperatures. This severely limits their processing and use, making them impractical for most engineering applications. Recent work has shown that a number of thermodynamically stable nanocrystalline metal alloys exist. These alloys have been prepared as powders using severe plastic deformation (e.g. ball milling) processes. Consolidation of these powders without compromise of their nanocrystalline microstructure is a critical step to enabling their use as engineering materials. We demonstrate solid-state consolidation of ball milled copper-tantalum nanocrystalline metal powder using cold spray. Unfortunately, the nanocrystalline copper-tantalum powder that was consolidated did not contain the thermodynamically stable copper-tantalum nanostructure. Nevertheless, this does this demonstrates a pathway to preparation of bulk thermodynamically stable nanocrystalline copper-tantalum. Furthermore, it demonstrates a pathway to additive manufacturing (3D printing) of nanocrystalline copper-tantalum. Additive manufacturing of thermodynamically stable nanocrystalline metals is attractive because it enables maximum flexibility and efficiency in the use of these unique materials.

  1. Electronic structure of sulfur-modified nanocrystalline carbon films

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    Gupta, S.; Weiner, B. R.; Morell, G.

    2005-05-01

    Thin films of nanocrystalline diamond were grown by filament-assisted chemical-vapor deposition using methane as carbon precursor with high hydrogen dilution and hydrogen sulfide concentration ranging from 0to500ppm in the gas phase. The surface topography and electronic structure of these films (n-C:S) were investigated using ultrahigh-vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS), respectively. Topographic image analyses depict that the root-mean-square roughness of the film surface and average grain size decreases with increasing sulfur incorporation either in gas phase or solid films. High-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy images reveal the localized regions of high conductivity (white) surrounded by less conductive regions (black) pointing at the existence of inhomogeneous mixture of sp2- and sp3-bonded carbon in aggregate or clustered and dispersed state. The surface density of states was determined using scanning tunneling spectroscopy where normalized differential conductivity, i.e., (dI /dV)/(I/V) mimics local density of states (DOS). These methods were employed to understand the role of sulfur in the modification of both the surface microstructure and electronic structure near the Fermi level. The band edges were derived by taking tangents to the differential conductivity (dI/dV) within a certain potential window of ±2eV of the Fermi level. The resulting band gap is found to be similar to that measured optically (Tauc gap). The Fermi level for undoped nanocrystalline carbon (n-C) was found just below the midgap indicating that n-C is a weakly p-type semiconductor. The STS DOS shows oscillatory behavior or peaks which we ascribe to states of the surface layer having relatively more graphitic or sp2-bonded carbon bonds. With higher sulfur addition, the Fermi level is found to move above the midgap. These results seem to agree quite well with our early work on electrical conductivity exhibiting n-type doping taking

  2. Theoretical study of the low-lying electronic states of ZnO and ZnS

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    Bauschlicher, C. W., Jr.; Langhoff, S. R.

    1986-01-01

    Theoretical spectroscopic constants and dipole moments are determined for the 1 Sigma(+), 1,3 Pi, and 3 Sigma(+) states of ZnO and ZnS, using extended Gaussian basis sets and incorporating correlation using both configuration-interaction and coupled pair (CPF) methods. Relativistic corrections (Darwin plus mass velocity), included using first-order perturbation theory, are relatively small. At the CPF level, both ZnO and ZnS have 1 Sigma(+) ground states, with the 3 Pi state lying 209 and 2075/cm higher, respectively. The 3 Sigma(+) state lies about 1.5 eV higher in ZnO and 2.1 eV higher in ZnS. The 1,3 Pi states are relatively close together since the exchange splitting is small with the sigma electron localized on Zn and the pi electron on oxygen (or sulfur).

  3. Comparing the effects of uniaxial and biaxial strains on the structural stability and electronic structure in wurtzite ZnS

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    Lv, Dong; Duan, Yifeng; Zhao, Botao; Qin, Lixia; Shi, Liwei; Tang, Gang; Shi, Hongliang

    2013-07-01

    Structural stability and electronic structure of wurtzite ZnS under uniaxial and biaxial strains are systematically studied using the HSE hybrid functional. The two types of strain display the markedly different influences on the structural and electronic properties: (I) The newly predicted graphite-like phase is observed at large compressive uniaxial strains, not at large tensile biaxial strains, which is attributed to the different elastic responses to uniaxial and biaxial strains. (II) The direct band structures are obtained in wurtzite ZnS under uniaxial and biaxial strains, whereas the indirect band gaps are only observed in graphite-like ZnS under large uniaxial strain. Our results are different from the widely accepted conclusion but are in good agreement with the available experimental data.

  4. ZnS nanocrystals decorated single-walled carbon nanotube based chemiresistive label-free DNA sensor

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    Rajesh; Das, Basanta K.; Srinives, Sira; Mulchandani, Ashok

    2011-01-01

    We fabricated ZnS nanocrystals decorated single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) based chemiresistive sensor for DNA. Since the charge transfer in the hybrid nanostructures is considered to be responsible for many of their unique properties, the role of ZnS nanocrystals toward its performance in DNA sensor was delineated. It was found that the free carboxyl groups surrounding the ZnS nanocrystals allowed large loading of single strand DNA (ssDNA) probe that provided an ease of hybridization with target complementary c-ssDNA resulting in large electron transfer to SWNT. Thus it provided a significant improvement in sensitivity toward c-ssDNA as compared to bare SWNT based DNA sensor. PMID:21286239

  5. Nano-photocatalysts based on ZnS quantum dots/chitosan for the photodegradation of dye pollutants

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    Mansur, H. S.; Mansur, A. A. P.

    2015-03-01

    In this work, nano-photocatalysts based on ZnS quantum dots (QD) functionalized by chitosan were developed using "green" colloidal chemical process in aqueous media at room temperature. The ZnS/chitosan nano-photocatalysts were extensively characterized and the results demonstrated that chitosan was an effective capping ligand for the direct production of water-soluble ZnS QDs with average nanocrystal sizes of approximately 3.5 nm. Methylene blue dye was used as "model organic pollutant", which was effectively oxidized by the photocatalytic surface activity of the ZnS/chitosan nanostructured systems under UV irradiation. In summary, innovative "green" nano-photocatalyst nanomaterials were produced based on a fluorescent inorganic "core" of ZnS QDs and a biocompatible organic "shell" of chitosan for potential use on the photodegradation of hazardous dye pollutants present in industrial wastewater.

  6. Ordered mesoporous necklace-like ZnS on graphene for use as a high performance photocatalyst

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    Bin, Zeng; Xiaohua, Chen; Qianxiang, Tang; Chuansheng, Chen; Aiping, Hu

    2014-07-01

    A simple and effective approach was developed to prepare novel graphene/ordered mesoporous necklace-like ZnS nanocomposite (GR-ZnS). Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy observations confirmed that the as-formed necklace-like ZnS, about 50 nm in diameter and more than hundreds of nanometers in length, were distributed on graphene sheets. Each ZnS contained a lot of ordered mesopores. The photocatalytic experimental results indicated that this nanocomposite enhanced photocatalytic performance with 97.5% decomposition of methyl orange (MO) after 30 min under UV-light irradiation. This new nanocomposite is expected to show considerable potential applications in water purification.

  7. Influence of solvent on the morphology and photocatalytic properties of ZnS decorated CeO{sub 2} nanoparticles

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    Raubach, Cristiane W. Polastro, Lisânias; Ferrer, Mateus M.; Perrin, Andre; Perrin, Christiane; Albuquerque, Anderson R.; Buzolin, Prescila G. C.; Sambrano, Julio R.; Santana, Yuri B. V. de; Varela, José A.; Longo, Elson

    2014-06-07

    Herein, we report a theoretical and experimental study on the photocatalytic activity of CeO{sub 2} ZnS, and ZnS decorated CeO{sub 2} nanoparticles prepared by a microwave-assisted solvothermal method. Theoretical models were established to analyze electron transitions primarily at the interface between CeO{sub 2} and ZnS. As observed, the particle morphology strongly influenced the photocatalytic degradation of organic dye Rhodamine B. A model was proposed to rationalize the photocatalytic behavior of the prepared decorated systems taking into account different extrinsic and intrinsic defect distributions, including order-disorder effects at interfacial and intra-facial regions, and vacancy concentration.

  8. First-principles investigation of Cu-doped ZnS with enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen production activity

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    Dong, Ming; Zhou, Peng; Jiang, Chuanjia; Cheng, Bei; Yu, Jiaguo

    2017-01-01

    The band structure and electronic properties of Cu-doped wurtzite ZnS were investigated by density functional theory calculations. According to the formation energies, the substitutional Cu and S vacancy defects are stable among the examined doping species. Particularly, the hybridization of substitutional Cu 3d and S 3p orbitals narrows the band gap of substitutional Cu-doped ZnS (CuZn-ZnS), while the high effective mass ratio of photogenerated holes and electrons (mh∗/me∗) in the CuZn-ZnS is beneficial for the separation and migration of the photogenerated charge carriers. Lab-synthesized CuZn-ZnS sample exhibited enhanced visible-light absorption and photocatalytic hydrogen production activity compared to pure ZnS.

  9. Electron-beam irradiation induced conductivity in ZnS nanowires as revealed by in situ transmission electron microscope

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    Liu, Baodan; Bando, Yoshio; Wang, Mingsheng; Zhi, Chunyi; Fang, Xiaosheng; Tang, Chengchun; Mitome, Masanori; Golberg, Dmitri

    2009-08-01

    Electron transport variations in individual ZnS nanowires synthesized through a chemical vapor deposition process were in situ studied in transmission electron microscope under convergent electron-beam irradiation (EBI). It was found that the transport can dramatically be enhanced using proper irradiation conditions. The conductivity mechanism was revealed based on a detailed study of microstructure and composition evolutions under irradiation. EBI-induced Zn-rich domains' appearance and related O doping were mainly responsible for the conductivity improvements. First-principles theoretical calculations additionally indicated that the generation of midbands within a ZnS band gap might also contribute to the improved conductivity.

  10. Biomolecule-assisted synthesis of ZnS nanocorals and open-benzene ring in supercritical carbon dioxide

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    Jiao Jiqing; Chen Liuping Liu Xin; Gao Wei; Feng Huajie

    2009-05-06

    The nanostructured ZnS of cubic nanocorals and open-benzene ring has been synthesized by the biomolecule-assisted method in mixture of supercritical carbon dioxide and water as reaction medium at 150 deg. C and 28 MPa. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, photoluminescence spectrum of sample were characterized. The sodium tripoly phosphate and CO{sub 2} as well as high-pressure condition might be the key factors for formation of the particular morphologies and nanostructures of ZnS. This synthesis method could be employed for preparation of other semiconductor nanomaterials.

  11. Cu-doped CdS and ZnS nanocrystals grown onto thiolated silica-gel

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    Andrade, George Ricardo Santana; Nascimento, Cristiane da Cunha; Xavier, Paulo Adriano; Costa, Silvanio Silverio Lopes; Costa, Luiz Pereira; Gimenez, Iara F.

    2014-11-01

    CdS and ZnS nanocrystals were grown over specific binding sites onto a thiolated silica-gel aiming to favor defect emission processes. This strategy was found to be effective in yielding ZnS nanocrystals with simultaneous blue and blue-green emissions owing to different types of defects. The effects of doping with copper ions have been observed on the photoluminescence properties. The intensity of defect-related emissions from both semiconductor nanocrystals increased with increasing dopant concentration from 0.25% to 1.5% copper, consistent with the presence of sulfur vacancies. Higher dopant concentrations lead to concentration quenching.

  12. High Resolution Cathodoluminescence of Yellow and Waterclear CVD Polycrystalline ZnS.

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    1983-12-01

    ZnS or any semiconduc- tor material phosphoresces. Therefore in the "Theory and Summary of Previous Research" chapter the various models are developed...187 (V to V ) in 0 Zn ZnSO solids/DAP 67-8 3920-3960 3.162-30 Mn 59 4300-4485 Range (Due to Cu + coactiva- 4300 2.883 tor such as Al, Cl, Br, 4320...activator predominates it is reasonable to expect the peak to be more characteristic of the co-activa- tor than the activator Cu. This could explain why the

  13. Extinction of photoemission of Mn-Doped ZnS nanofluid in weak magnetic field

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    Vu, Anh-Tuan; Bui, Hong-Van; Pham, Van-Ben; Le, Van-Hong; Hoang, Nam-Nhat

    2016-08-01

    The observation of extinction of photoluminescence of Mn-doped ZnS nanofluid under applying of weak magnetic field is reported. At a constant field of 270 Gauss and above, the exponential decays of photoluminescent intensity was observed in disregard of field direction. About 50% extinction was achieved after 30 minute magnetization and a total extinction after 1 hour. The memory effect preserved for more than 2 hours at room temperature. This extinction was observed in a system with no clear ferromagnetic behavior.

  14. Size-Dependent Elasticity of Nanocrystalline Titania

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    Chen, B.; Zhang, H; Dunphy-Guzman, K; Spagnoli, D; Kruger, M; Muthu, D; Kunz, M; Fakra, S; Hu, J; et. al.

    2009-01-01

    Synchrotron-based high-pressure x-ray diffraction measurements indicate that compressibility, a fundamental materials property, can have a size-specific minimum value. The bulk modulus of nanocrystalline titania has a maximum at particle size of 15 nm. This can be explained by dislocation behavior because very high dislocation contents can be achieved when shear stress induced within nanoparticles counters the repulsion between dislocations. As particle size decreases, compression increasingly generates dislocation networks (hardened by overlap of strain fields) that shield intervening regions from external pressure. However, when particles become too small to sustain high dislocation concentrations, elastic stiffening declines. The compressibility has a minimum at intermediate sizes.

  15. Dynamic consolidation of metastable nanocrystalline powders

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    Korth, G.E.; Williamson, R.L.

    1995-10-01

    Nanocrystalline metal powders synthesized by mechanical alloying in a ball mill resulted in micron-sized powder particles with a nanosized (5 to 25 nm) substructure. Conventional consolidation methods resulted in considerable coarsening of the metastable nanometer crystallites, but dynamic consolidation of these powders using explosive techniques produced fully dense monoliths while retaining the 5- to 25-nm substructure. Numerical modeling used to guide the experimental phase, revealed that the compression wave necessary for suitable consolidation was of order of 10 GPa for a few tenths of a microsecond. The consolidation process is described, and the retention of the metastable nanostructure is illustrated.

  16. LIGHT-WEIGHT NANOCRYSTALLINE HYDROGEN STORAGE MATERIALS

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    S. G. Sankar; B. Zande; R.T. Obermyer; S. Simizu

    2005-11-21

    During Phase I of this SBIR Program, Advanced Materials Corporation has addressed two key issues concerning hydrogen storage: 1. We have conducted preliminary studies on the effect of certain catalysts in modifying the hydrogen absorption characteristics of nanocrystalline magnesium. 2. We have also conducted proof-of-concept design and construction of a prototype instrument that would rapidly screen materials for hydrogen storage employing chemical combinatorial technique in combination with a Pressure-Composition Isotherm Measurement (PCI) instrument. 3. Preliminary results obtained in this study approach are described in this report.

  17. The Neel temperatures of nanocrystalline chromium

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    Fitzsimmons, M.R.; Robinson, R.A.; Eastman, J.A.; Lynn, J.W.

    1994-07-01

    Wide-angle neutron diffraction measurements at temperatures from 6 to 250 K indicate that the major portion of a nanocrystalline chromium sample with a mean grain size of 73 nm becomes antiferromagnetically ordered at 119 {plus_minus} 10 K. The remainder of the sample has a Neel temperature above 250 K, as expected for coarse-grained chromium. No evidence for antiferromagnetic order in a second sample with a mean grain size of 11 nm was observed, even to temperatures as low as 6 K.

  18. Growth and physical properties of p-Zn x Cd1- x S thin films thermally evaporated on ITO-coated glass substrates

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    Yoon, Eun Jeong; Han, Dong Hun; Lee, Jeoung Ju; Lee, Jong Duk; Kang, Kwang Yong; Lee, Seung Hwan; Shewale, Prashant Shivaji

    2015-01-01

    Zn x Cd1- x S ( x = 0.15, 0.44, 0.62, 0.80, and 0.95) thin films of about 340 nm in thickness were deposited on indium-tin-oxide (ITO)-coated glass substrates by using thermal evaporation of high-purity ZnS and CdS mixed tablets in high vacuum. X-ray diffraction spectra showed that the Zn x Cd1- x S thin films were preferentially grown along the (111) orientation. The Zn x Cd1- x S crystal structure was a mixture structure of the ZnS and the CdS cubic zincblende structures with lattice constants a = 5.670 Å to a = 5.734 Å for CdS and a = 5.437 Å for ZnS. The ( αh ν)2 vs. h ν plots for the Zn x Cd1- x S thin films showed that all samples had direct transition band gaps. The energy band gaps of the Zn x Cd1- x S thin films increased monotonically from 2.45 eV for x = 0.15 to 3.37 eV for x = 0.95. The dynamical behavior of the charge carriers in the Zn x Cd1- x S thin films was investigated by using the photoinduced discharge characteristics (PIDC) technique.

  19. Photoexcited Carrier Dynamics of Cu2S Thin Films.

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    Riha, Shannon C; Schaller, Richard D; Gosztola, David J; Wiederrecht, Gary P; Martinson, Alex B F

    2014-11-20

    Copper sulfide is a simple binary material with promising attributes for low-cost thin film photovoltaics. However, stable Cu2S-based device efficiencies approaching 10% free from cadmium have yet to be realized. In this Letter, transient absorption spectroscopy is used to investigate the dynamics of the photoexcited state of isolated Cu2S thin films prepared by atomic layer deposition or vapor-based cation exchange of ZnS. While a number of variables including film thickness, carrier concentration, surface oxidation, and grain boundary passivation were examined, grain structure alone was found to correlate with longer lifetimes. A map of excited state dynamics is deduced from the spectral evolution from 300 fs to 300 μs. Revealing the effects of grain morphology on the photophysical properties of Cu2S is a crucial step toward reaching high efficiencies in operationally stable Cu2S thin film photovoltaics.

  20. Photochemical solar cells based on dye-sensitization of nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2}

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    Deb, S.K.; Ellingson, R.; Ferrere, S.; Frank, A.J.; Gregg, B.A.; Nozik, A.J.; Park, N.; Schlichthoerl, G.

    1998-09-01

    A photoelectrochemical solar cell that is based on the dye-sensitization of thin nanocrystalline films of TiO{sub 2} (anatase) nanoparticles in contact with a non-aqueous liquid electrolyte is described. The cell, fabricated at NREL, shows a conversion efficiency of {approximately} 9.2% at AM1.5, which approaches the best reported value of 10--11% by Graetzel at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. The femtosecond (fs) pump-probe spectroscopy has been used to time resolve the injection of electrons into the conduction band of nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} films under ambient conditions following photoexcitation of the adsorbed Ru(II)-complex dye. The measurement indicates an instrument-limited {minus}50 fs upper limit on the electron injection time. The authors also report the sensitization of nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} by a novel iron-based dye, CIS-[Fe{sup II}(2,2{prime}-bipyridine-4,4,{prime}-dicarboxylic acid){sub 2}(CN){sub 2}], a chromophore with an extremely short-lived, nonemissive excited state. The dye also exhibits a unique band selective sensitization through one of its two absorption bands. The operational principle of the device has been studied through the measurement of electric field distribution within the device structure and studies on the pH dependence of dye-redox potential. The incorporation of WO{sub 3}-based electrochromic layer into this device has led to a novel photoelectrochromic device structure for smart window application.

  1. Nanocrystalline cerium oxide materials for solid fuel cell systems

    DOEpatents

    Brinkman, Kyle S

    2015-05-05

    Disclosed are solid fuel cells, including solid oxide fuel cells and PEM fuel cells that include nanocrystalline cerium oxide materials as a component of the fuel cells. A solid oxide fuel cell can include nanocrystalline cerium oxide as a cathode component and microcrystalline cerium oxide as an electrolyte component, which can prevent mechanical failure and interdiffusion common in other fuel cells. A solid oxide fuel cell can also include nanocrystalline cerium oxide in the anode. A PEM fuel cell can include cerium oxide as a catalyst support in the cathode and optionally also in the anode.

  2. Achieving large uniform tensile ductility in nanocrystalline metals.

    PubMed

    Wang, Y M; Ott, R T; Hamza, A V; Besser, M F; Almer, J; Kramer, M J

    2010-11-19

    Synchrotron x-ray diffraction and high-resolution electron microscopy revealed the origin of different strain hardening behaviors (and dissimilar tensile ductility) in nanocrystalline Ni and nanocrystalline Co. Planar defect accumulations and texture evolution were observed in Co but not in Ni, suggesting that interfacial defects are an effective passage to promote strain hardening in truly nanograins. Twinning becomes less significant in Co when grain sizes reduce to below ~15 nm. This study offers insights into achieving excellent mechanical properties in nanocrystalline materials.

  3. Formation of Surface Corrosion-Resistant Nanocrystalline Structures on Steel.

    PubMed

    Nykyforchyn, Hryhoriy; Kyryliv, Volodymyr; Maksymiv, Olha; Slobodyan, Zvenomyra; Tsyrulnyk, Oleksandr

    2016-12-01

    Engineering materials with nanocrystalline structure could be exploited under simultaneous action of mechanical loading and corrosion environments; therefore, their corrosion resistance is important. Surface nanocrystalline structure was generated on middle carbon steels by severe plastic deformation using the method of mechanical pulse friction treatment. This treatment additionally includes high temperature phase transformation and alloying. Using a complex of the corrosive, electrochemical and physical investigations, it was established that nanocrystalline structures can be characterized by lower or increased corrosion resistance in comparison with the reference material. It is caused by the action of two confronting factors: arising energy level and anticorrosive alloying of the surface layer.

  4. Microstructure characterization and cation distribution of nanocrystalline cobalt ferrite

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    Abbas, Y. M.; Mansour, S. A.; Ibrahim, M. H.; Ali, Shehab E.

    2011-11-01

    Nanocrystalline cobalt ferrite has been synthesized using two different methods: ceramic and co-precipitation techniques. The nanocrystalline ferrite phase has been formed after 3 h of sintering at 1000 °C. The structural and microstructural evolutions of the nanophase have been studied using X-ray powder diffraction and the Rietveld method. The refinement result showed that the type of the cationic distribution over the tetrahedral and octahedral sites in the nanocrystalline lattice is partially an inverse spinel. The transmission electronic microscope analysis confirmed the X-ray results. The magnetic properties of the samples were characterized using a vibrating sample magnetometer.

  5. Growth and properties of nanocrystalline germanium films

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    Niu, Xuejun; Dalal, Vikram L.

    2005-11-01

    We report on the growth characteristics and structure of nanocrystalline germanium films using low-pressure plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition process in a remote electron-cyclotron-resonance reactor. The films were grown from mixtures of germane and hydrogen at deposition temperatures varying between 130 °C and 310 °C. The films were measured for structure using Raman and x-ray spectroscopy. It is shown that the orientation of the film depends strongly upon the deposition conditions. Low-temperature growth leads to both <111> and <220> orientations, whereas at higher temperatures, the <220> grain strongly dominates. The Raman spectrum reveals a sharp crystalline peak at 300 cm-1 and a high ratio between crystalline and amorphous peak that is at 285 cm-1. The grain size in the films is a strong function of hydrogen dilution, with higher dilutions leading to smaller grain sizes. Growth temperature also has a strong influence on grain size, with higher temperatures yielding larger grain sizes. From these results, which are seen to be compatible with the growth of nanocrystalline Si films, it is seen that the natural growth direction for the film is <220>, and that bonded hydrogen interferes with the growth of <220> grains. High hydrogen dilutions lead to more random nucleation.

  6. Optimizing ZnS/6LiF scintillators for wavelength-shifting-fiber neutron detectors

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    Crow, Lowell; Funk, Loren L; Hannan, Bruce W; Hodges, Jason P; Riedel, Richard A; Wang, Cai-Lin

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we compare the performance of grooved and flat ZnS/6LiF scintillators in a wavelength shifting-fiber (WLSF) detector. Flat ZnS/6LiF scintillators with the thickness L=0.2-0.8 mm were characterized using photon counting and pulse-height analysis and compared to a grooved scintillator of approximately 0.8 mm thick. While a grooved scintillator considerably increases the apparent thickness of the scintillator to neutrons for a given coating thickness, we find that the flat scintillators perform better than the grooved scintillators in terms of both light yield and neutron detection efficiency. The flat 0.8-mm-thick scintillator has the highest light output, and it is 52% higher compared with a grooved scintillator of same thickness. The lower light output of the grooved scintillator as compared to the flat scintillator is consistent with the greater scintillator-WLSF separation and the much larger average emission angle of the grooved scintillator. We also find that the average light cone width, or photon travel-length as measured using time-of-flight powder diffraction of diamond and vanadium, decreases with increasing L in the range of L=0.6-0.8 mm. This result contrasts with the traditional Swank diffusion model for micro-composite scintillators, and could be explained by a decrease in photon diffusion-coefficient or an increase in micro-particle content in the flat scintillator matrix for the thicker scintillators.

  7. Kinetics of the water adsorption driven structural transformationof ZnS nanoparticles

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    Goodell, C.M.; Gilbert, B.; Weigand, S.J.; Banfield, J.F.

    2007-08-01

    Nanoparticles of certain materials can respond structurally to changes in their surface environments. We have previously shown that methanol, water adsorption, and aggregation-disaggregation can change the structure of 3 nm diameter zinc sulfide (ZnS). However, in prior observations of water-driven structure change, aggregation may also have taken place. Therefore, we investigated the structural consequences of water adsorption alone on anhydrous nanoparticles that were dried to minimize changes in aggregation. Using simultaneously collected small- and wide-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS/WAXS) data, we show that water vapor adsorption alone drives a structural transformation in ZnS nanoparticles in the temperature range 22-40 C. The transition kinetics are strongly temperature dependent, with an activation energy of 58.1 {+-} 9.8 kJ/mol, consistent with atom displacement rather than bond breaking. At 50 C, aggregate restructuring occurred, increasing the transition kinetics beyond the rate expected for water adsorption alone. The observation of isosbestic points in the WAXS data suggests that the particles do not transform continuously between the initial and final structural state but rather undergo an abrupt change from a less ordered to a more ordered state.

  8. Anisotropy in Structural and Optical Properties of Chemical Vapor Deposited ZnS

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    McCloy, John S.; Fest, Eruc; Korenstein, Ralph; Poisl, W.Howard

    2011-06-14

    Significant anisotropy in as-deposited CVD ZnS at several length scales has been demonstrated through investigation of structural and optical properties. Compressive strength of cylinders of CVD ZnS oriented in the growth direction is ~50% higher than cylinders taken perpendicular to the growth direction. Lattice parameter measurements of mandrel side (first-to-grow) material is ~0.4% smaller than growth side (last-to-grow) material in a cored sample representing ~500 hours of CVD growth, indicating significant strain along the growth direction. X-ray diffraction also shows evidence of preferred orientations for hexagonality which differ depending on position in the growth history. In cross-section, the cored sample shows several large bands which are correlated with different degrees of infrared absorption and BTDF scattering. However, no universal trend is found that applies to the whole length from the mandrel to the growth side regarding optical properties. The extinction in the visible and infrared is lower for measurements perpendicular to the growth axis than parallel to it, possibly due to scattering from the growth bands.

  9. Temperature dependent dielectric and electric modulus properties of ZnS nano particles

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    Ali, Hassan; Falak, Attia; Rafiq, M. A.; Khan, Usman; Karim, Shafqat; Nairan, Adeela; Jing, Tang; Sun, Yue; Sun, Sibai; Qian, Chenjiang; Xu, Xiulai

    2017-03-01

    A comprehensive study of the dielectric and electric modulus properties of Zinc Sulfide (ZnS) semiconductor nanoparticles has been conducted using impedance spectroscopy in the frequency range of 200 Hz to 2 MHz and over the temperature range of 300 K to 400 K. Microscopic analysis confirms the formation of spherical nanoparticles with an average size of ∼20 nm. Maxwell–Wagner–Sillars (MWS) interfacial polarization is responsible for the increase in dielectric permittivity and dielectric loss at lower frequencies. Increase in dielectric permittivity and dielectric loss has been observed with a rise in temperature. The electric modulus complex plane plot reveals the presence of the grain (bulk) effect and non-Debye type relaxation processes in the material. The non-Debye type processes have also been confirmed by the asymmetric relaxation peaks of the imaginary part of the electric modulus. The frequency dependent maximum of the imaginary part of the electric modulus follows the Arrhenius law with an activation energy of 0.13 eV. The modulus analysis also establishes that the hopping mechanism is responsible for electrical conduction in the ZnS nanoparticles.

  10. Synthesis, characterization and thermoluminescence studies of (ZnS)1-x (MnTe)x nanophosphors.

    PubMed

    Pateria, Deepti; Baghel, R N; Bisen, D P; Jha, Piyush; Chandra, V K; Chandra, B P

    2017-05-01

    The present paper reports the thermoluminescence (TL) of (ZnS)1-x (MnTe)x nanophosphors that were prepared by a wet chemical synthesis method. The structure investigated by X-ray diffraction patterns confirms the formation of a sphalerite phase whose space group was found to be F 4¯3m. From XRD, TEM and SEM analyses the average sizes of the particles were found to be 12 nm, 11 nm and 15 nm, respectively. Initially the TL intensity increased with increasing values of x because the number of luminescence centres increased; however, for higher values of x the TL intensity decreased because of the concentration quenching. Thus the TL, mechanoluminescence and photoluminescence intensities are optimum for a particular value of x, that is for x = 0.05. Thermoluminescence of the (ZnS)1-x (MnTe)x nanophosphor has not been reported previously. There were two peaks seen in the thermoluminescence glow curves in which the first peak lay at 105-100 °C and the second peak lay at 183.5-178.5 °C. The activation energies for the first and second peaks were found to be 0.45 eV and 0.75 eV, respectively.

  11. Dendrite-Free Nanocrystalline Zinc Electrodeposition from an Ionic Liquid Containing Nickel Triflate for Rechargeable Zn-Based Batteries.

    PubMed

    Liu, Zhen; Cui, Tong; Pulletikurthi, Giridhar; Lahiri, Abhishek; Carstens, Timo; Olschewski, Mark; Endres, Frank

    2016-02-18

    Metallic zinc is a promising anode material for rechargeable Zn-based batteries. However, the dendritic growth of zinc has prevented practical applications. Herein it is demonstrated that dendrite-free zinc deposits with a nanocrystalline structure can be obtained by using nickel triflate as an additive in a zinc triflate containing ionic liquid. The formation of a thin layer of Zn-Ni alloy (η- and γ-phases) on the surface and in the initial stages of deposition along with the formation of an interfacial layer on the electrode strongly affect the nucleation and growth of zinc. A well-defined and uniform nanocrystalline zinc deposit with particle sizes of about 25 nm was obtained in the presence of Ni(II) . Further, it is shown that the nanocrystalline Zn exhibits a high cycling stability even after 50 deposition/stripping cycles. This strategy of introducing an inorganic metal salt in ionic liquid electrolytes can be considered as an efficient way to obtain dendrite-free zinc.

  12. Enhanced Photocurrents with ZnS Passivated Cu(In,Ga)(Se,S)2 Photocathodes Synthesized Using a Nonvacuum Process for Solar Water Splitting.

    PubMed

    Chae, Sang Youn; Park, Se Jin; Han, Sung Gyu; Jung, Hyejin; Kim, Chae-Woong; Jeong, Chaehwan; Joo, Oh-Shim; Min, Byoung Koun; Hwang, Yun Jeong

    2016-12-07

    Chalcopyrite Cu(In,Ga)(Se,S)2 (CIGS) semiconductors are potential candidates for use in photoelectrochemical (PEC) hydrogen generation due to their excellent optical absorption properties and high conduction band edge position. In the present research, CIGS thin film was successfully prepared on a transparent substrate (F:SnO2 glass) using a solution-based process and applied for a photocathode in solar water splitting, which shows control of the surface state associated with sulfurization/selenization process significantly influences on the PEC activity. A ZnS passivation surface layer was introduced, which effectively suppresses charge recombination by surface states of CIGS. The CIGS/ZnS/Pt photocathode exhibited highly enhanced PEC activity (∼24 mA·cm(-2) at -0.3 V vs RHE). The performances of our CIGS photocathode on the transparent substrate were also characterized under front/back light illumination, and the incident photon to current conversion efficiency (IPCE) drastically changed depending on the illumination directions showing decreased IPCE especially under UV region with back illumination. The slow minority carrier (electron) transportation is suggested as a limiting factor for the PEC activity of the CIGS photocathode.

  13. Synthesis of ZnS films on Si(100) wafers by using chemical bath deposition assisted by the complexing agent ethylenediamine

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    Zhu, He-Jie; Wang, Xue-Mei; Gao, Xiao-Yong

    2015-07-01

    Low-cost synthesis of high-quality ZnS films on silicon wafers is of much importance to the ZnSbased heterojunction blue light-emitting device integrated with silicon. Thus, a series of ZnS films were chemically synthesized at low cost on Si(100) wafers at 353 K under a mixed acidic solution with a pH of 4 with zinc acetate and thioacetamide as precursors and with ethylenediamine and hydrochloric acid as the complexing agent and the pH value modifier, respectively. The effects of the ethylenediamine concentration on the crystallization, surface morphology, and optical properties of the ZnS films were investigated by using X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy, spectrophotometry, and fluorescence spectroscopy. A mechanism for the formation of ZnS film under an acidic condition was also proposed. All of the ZnS films were polycrystalline in nature, with a dominant cubic phase and a small amounts of hexagonal phases. The crystallization and the surface pattern of the films were clearly improved with increasing ethylenediamine concentration due to its enhanced complexing role. The absorption edge of the films almost underwent a blue shift with increasing ethylenediamine concentration, which was largely attributed to the quantum confinement effects caused by the small particle size of the polycrystalline ZnS films. Defect species and the corresponding strengths of the ZnS films were strongly affected by the ethylenediamine concentration.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of ZnS with controlled amount of S vacancies for photocatalytic H2 production under visible light

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    Wang, Gang; Huang, Baibiao; Li, Zhujie; Lou, Zaizhu; Wang, Zeyan; Dai, Ying; Whangbo, Myung-Hwan

    2015-01-01

    Controlling amount of intrinsic S vacancies was achieved in ZnS spheres which were synthesized by a hydrothermal method using Zn and S powders in concentrated NaOH solution with NaBH4 added as reducing agent. These S vacancies efficiently extend absorption spectra of ZnS to visible region. Their photocatalytic activities for H2 production under visible light were evaluated by gas chromatograph, and the midgap states of ZnS introduced by S vacancies were examined by density functional calculations. Our study reveals that the concentration of S vacancies in the ZnS samples can be controlled by varying the amount of the reducing agent NaBH4 in the synthesis, and the prepared ZnS samples exhibit photocatalytic activity for H2 production under visible-light irradiation without loading noble metal. This photocatalytic activity of ZnS increases steadily with increasing the concentration of S vacancies until the latter reaches an optimum value. Our density functional calculations show that S vacancies generate midgap defect states in ZnS, which lead to visible-light absorption and responded. PMID:25712901

  15. In-Situ Formed Type I Nanocrystalline Perovskite Film for Highly Efficient Light-Emitting Diode.

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    Lee, Jin-Wook; Choi, Yung Ji; Yang, June-Mo; Ham, Sujin; Jeon, Sang Kyu; Lee, Jun Yeob; Song, Young-Hyun; Ji, Eun Kyung; Yoon, Dae-Ho; Seo, Seongrok; Shin, Hyunjung; Han, Gil Sang; Jung, Hyun Suk; Kim, Dongho; Park, Nam-Gyu

    2017-03-28

    Excellent color purity with a tunable band gap renders organic-inorganic halide perovskite highly capable of performing as light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Perovskite nanocrystals show a photoluminescence quantum yield exceeding 90%, which, however, decreases to lower than 20% upon formation of a thin film. The limited photoluminescence quantum yield of a perovskite thin film has been a formidable obstacle for development of highly efficient perovskite LEDs. Here, we report a method for highly luminescent MAPbBr3 (MA = CH3NH3) nanocrystals formed in situ in a thin film based on nonstoichiometric adduct and solvent-vacuum drying approaches. Excess MABr with respect to PbBr2 in precursor solution plays a critical role in inhibiting crystal growth of MAPbBr3, thereby forming nanocrystals and creating type I band alignment with core MAPbBr3 by embedding MAPbBr3 nanocrystals in the unreacted wider band gap MABr. A solvent-vacuum drying process was developed to preserve nanocrystals in the film, which realizes a fast photoluminescence lifetime of 3.9 ns along with negligible trapping processes. Based on a highly luminescent nanocrystalline MAPbBr3 thin film, a highly efficient green LED with a maximum external quantum efficiency of 8.21% and a current efficiency of 34.46 cd/A was demonstrated.

  16. Magnetic core-shell ZnFe2O4/ZnS nanocomposites for photocatalytic application under visible light.

    PubMed

    Yoo, Pil Sun; Amaranatha Reddy, D; Jia, YueFa; Bae, Sang Eun; Huh, Seong; Liu, Chunli

    2017-01-15

    Magnetic core-shell ZnFe2O4/ZnS composites were synthesized through a two-step chemical process including the hydrothermal and the co-precipitation methods. The structural characterization revealed that the composites consisted of a layer of ZnS clusters on the surface of ZnFe2O4 nanoparticles. The band gap energy of the composite was estimated to be 2.2eV through the Kubelka-Munk plot, implying the possible application as a photocatalyst under the visible light radiation. The improved photocatalytic efficiency of the ZnFe2O4/ZnS composites was confirmed through the photocatalytic degradation of Methyl Orange. The increased absorption of the visible light and the enhanced separation of the electron-hole pairs due to the relative energy band positions in ZnFe2O4 and ZnS are considered as the main advantages. Additionally, the moderate magnetization of the ZnFe2O4 core insured the easy magnetic collection of the composite materials without affecting the photocatalytic performance. Our results showed that ZnFe2O4-based nanocomposites could be used as an effective and magnetic retrievable photocatalyst.

  17. Laser-assisted synthesis, and structural and thermal properties of ZnS nanoparticles stabilised in polyvinylpyrrolidone

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    Onwudiwe, Damian C.; Krüger, Tjaart P. J.; Jordaan, Anine; Strydom, Christien A.

    2014-12-01

    Zinc sulphide (ZnS) nanoparticles have been synthesised by a green approach involving laser irradiation of an aqueous solution of zinc acetate (Znac2) and sodium sulphide (Na2S·9H2O) or thioacetamide (TAA) in polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). The structural and morphological properties of the prepared samples were analysed using a transmission electron microscope, TEM, a high resolution transmission electron microscope, HRTEM, X-ray diffraction, and Raman spectroscopy. The thermal properties were studied using a simultaneous thermal analyser (SDTA). Better dispersed and larger particles were obtained by using sodium sulphide (Na2S) instead of TAA as the sulphur source. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses and Raman measurement show that the particles have a cubic structure, which is usually a low temperature phase of ZnS. There were phonon softening and line broadening of the peaks which are attributed to the phonon confinement effect. The average crystallite size of the ZnS nanoparticles estimated from the XRD showed a reduction in size from 13.62 to 10.42 nm for samples obtained from Na2S, and 9.13 to 8.16 nm for samples obtained from TAA, with an increase in the time of irradiation. The thermal stability of PVP was increased due to the incorporation of the ZnS nanoparticles in the matrices. The absorption spectra showed that the nanoparticles exhibit quantum confinement effects.

  18. Solar light driven enhanced photocatalytic degradation of brilliant green dye based on ZnS quantum dots

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    Kaur, Sharanjit; Sharma, Shelja; Umar, Ahmad; Singh, Surinder; Mehta, S. K.; Kansal, Sushil Kumar

    2017-03-01

    Herein, we report the successful synthesis, detailed characterization and solar-light driven photocatalytic degradation of zinc sulfide (ZnS) quantum dots. The ZnS quantum dots were synthesized in high yield by co-precipitation method using sodium dodecyl sulfate as a stabilizing agent. The as-synthesized ZnS quantum dots were characterized in detail in terms of their morphological, structural, compositional, thermal and optical properties. The detailed characterizations confirmed that the synthesized quantum dots are well-crystalline, possessing cubic phase of zinc blende structure, pure and exhibiting good optical properties. The synthesized quantum dots were further used as potential photocatalyst for the photocatalytic degradation of brilliant green dye under solar-light irradiation which exhibited 88% degradation. The process parameters, such as pH and catalyst dose, for the photocatalytic degradation of brilliant green dye was elaborately examined in order to evaluate the highest degradation rate of targeted dye. Further, the experimental data were fitted well in the pseudo-first order kinetic model. Finally, a possible mechanism for the photocatalytic degradation of brilliant green dye by ZnS quantum dots was also suggested.

  19. Green and facile synthesis of water-soluble ZnS quantum dots nanohybrids using chitosan derivative ligands

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    Ramanery, Fábio P.; Mansur, Alexandra A. P.; Borsagli, Fernanda G. L. M.; Mansur, Herman S.

    2014-07-01

    Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are fluorescent nanocrystals with great potential for use in biomedical and environmental applications. However, eliminating the potential cytotoxicity of the QDs comprised of a core containing heavy metals and using a green chemical process are still challenges faced by the research community. Thus, the aim of this work was to develop a novel green and facile route for synthesizing biocompatible water-soluble QDs using chemically modified chitosan as a capping ligand in aqueous media, with their chemical and optical properties tuned by the nanoparticle size. The synthesis of ZnS QDs capped by carboxymethylchitosan (CMC) was performed using a single-step aqueous colloidal process at room temperature. The nanohybrids were extensively characterized by several imaging and spectroscopic techniques, and the results demonstrated that ultra-small ZnS nanocrystals were produced with average nanoparticles ranging from 3.2 to 4.2 nm. In addition, the luminescent properties of ZnS QDs were influenced by the pH during the synthesis due to the size distribution of the nanoparticles produced. Hence, new "heavy metal free" nanohybrids were successfully developed based on ZnS QDs directly surface-functionalized by biopolymer exhibiting fluorescent activity that may be potentially used in a large number of eco-friendly and biomedical applications.

  20. Tunable surface charge of ZnS : Cu nano-adsorbent induced the selective preconcentration of cationic dyes from wastewater

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    Wang, Yongjing; Chen, Dagui; Wang, Yandi; Huang, Feng; Hu, Qichang; Lin, Zhang

    2012-05-01

    A novel environmentally friendly nano-adsorbent is developed by doping Cu+ cations into the lattice of ZnS microspheres. The adsorbent shows selective adsorbability for cationic dyes in low concentrations in wastewater. The adsorbed dye could be successfully eluted with alcohol, resulting in a 1000 fold enrichment of the dye solution.A novel environmentally friendly nano-adsorbent is developed by doping Cu+ cations into the lattice of ZnS microspheres. The adsorbent shows selective adsorbability for cationic dyes in low concentrations in wastewater. The adsorbed dye could be successfully eluted with alcohol, resulting in a 1000 fold enrichment of the dye solution. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Synthesis, structural details of ZnS : Cu, adsorption isotherm of RhB on ZnS : Cu, control experiments for the adsorption measurements, pH effect on the adsorbability, and preliminary assessment of the adsorption efficiency for real industrial wastewater. See DOI: 10.1039/c2nr30689a

  1. Enhanced photocatalytic performance of ZnS for reversible amination of α-oxo acids by hydrothermal treatment.

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    Wang, Wei; Li, Qiliang; Liu, Xiaoyang; Yang, Yanqiang; Su, Wenhui

    2012-08-01

    To understand how life could have originated on early Earth, it is essential to know what biomolecules and metabolic pathways are shared by extant organisms and what organic compounds and their chemical reaction channels were likely to have been primordially available during the initial phase of the formation of prebiotic metabolism. In a previous study, we demonstrated for the first time the reversible amination of α-oxo acids on the surface of photo-illuminated ZnS. The sulfide mineral is a typical component at the periphery of submarine hydrothermal vents which has been frequently argued as a very attractive venue for the origin of life. In this work, in order to simulate more closely the precipitation environments of ZnS in the vent systems, we treated newly-precipitated ZnS with hydrothermal conditions and found that its photocatalytic power was significantly enhanced because the relative crystallinity of the treated sample was markedly increased with increasing temperature. Since the reported experimental conditions are believed to have been prevalent in shallow-water hydrothermal vents of early Earth and the reversible amination of α-oxo acids is a key metabolic pathway in all extant life forms, the results of this work provide a prototypical model of the prebiotic amino acid redox metabolism. The amino acid dehydrogenase-like chemistry on photo-irradiated ZnS surfaces may advance our understanding of the establishment of archaic non-enzymatic metabolic systems.

  2. High resolution transmission electron microscopy characterization of fcc --> 9R transformation in nanocrystalline palladium films due to hydriding

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    Amin-Ahmadi, Behnam; Idrissi, Hosni; Delmelle, Renaud; Pardoen, Thomas; Proost, Joris; Schryvers, Dominique

    2013-02-01

    Sputtered nanocrystalline palladium thin films with nanoscale growth twins have been subjected to hydriding cycles. The evolution of the twin boundaries has been investigated using high resolution transmission electron microscopy. Surprisingly, the ∑3{112} incoherent twin boundaries dissociate after hydriding into two phase boundaries bounding a 9R phase. This phase which corresponds to single stacking faults located every three {111} planes in the fcc Pd structure was not expected because of the high stacking fault energy of Pd. This observation is connected to the influence of the Hydrogen on the stacking fault energy of palladium and the high compressive stresses building up during hydriding.

  3. ZnS nanocrystals and nanoflowers synthesized by a green chemistry approach: rare excitonic photoluminescence achieved by the tunable molar ratio of precursors.

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    Xiao, Ningru; Dai, Quanqin; Wang, Yingnan; Ning, Jiajia; Liu, Bingbing; Zou, Guangtian; Zou, Bo

    2012-04-15

    In the present work, we demonstrated a simple and green synthesis route for shape-controlled ZnS nanocrystals, where only environmentally benign chemicals, namely sulfur, zinc oxide and olive oil, were employed. By controlling the experimental conditions, we were able to tune the band edge and trap state photoluminescences of ZnS nanocrystals and obtain pure excitonic photoluminescence that was rarely observed in literature. The trap state emission was derived from sulfur vacancies and would be eliminated when an excess of sulfur was used during the synthesis. Additionally, the morphology of ZnS nanocrystals could be tuned to appear like flowers, where the formation mechanism was systematically discussed.

  4. Monolithic Nanocrystalline Au Fabricated by the Compaction of Nanoscale Foam

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    Hodge, A M; Biener, J; Hsiung, L M; Hamza, A V; Satcher Jr., J H

    2004-07-28

    We describe a two-step dealloying/compaction process to produce nanocrystalline Au. First, nanocrystalline/nanoporous Au foam is synthesized by electrochemically-driven dealloying. The resulting Au foams exhibit porosities of 60 and 70% with pore sizes of {approx} 40 and 100 nm, respectively, and a typical grain size of <50 nm. Second, the nanoporous foams are fully compacted to produce nanocrystalline monolithic Au. The compacted Au was characterized by TEM and X-ray diffraction and tested by depth-sensing nanoindentation. The compacted nanocrystalline Au exhibits an average grain size of <50 nm and hardness values ranging from 1.4 to 2.0 GPa, which are up to 4.5 times higher than the hardness values obtained from polycrystalline Au.

  5. High Temperature Stable Nanocrystalline SiGe Thermoelectric Material

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    Yang, Sherwin (Inventor); Matejczyk, Daniel Edward (Inventor); Determan, William (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A method of forming a nanocomposite thermoelectric material having microstructural stability at temperatures greater than 1000 C. The method includes creating nanocrystalline powder by cryomilling. The method is particularly useful in forming SiGe alloy powder.

  6. Relationship between nanocrystalline and amorphous microstructures by molecular dynamics simulation

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    Keblinski, P.; Phillpot, S.R.; Wolf, D.; Gleiter, H.

    1996-08-01

    A recent molecular dynamics simulation method for growth of fully dense nanocrystalline materials crystallized from melt was used with the Stillinger-Weber three-body potential to synthesize nanocrystalline Si with a grain size up to 75{Angstrom}. Structures of the highly constrained grain boundaries (GBs), triple lines, and point grain junctions were found to be highly disordered and similar to the structure of amorphous Si. These and earlier results for fcc metals suggest that a nanocrystalline microstructure may be viewed as a two-phase system, namely an ordered crystalline phase in the grain interiors connected by an amorphous, intergranular, glue-like phase. Analysis of the structures of bicrystalline GBs in the same materials reveals the presence of an amorphous intergranular equilibrium phase only in the high-energy but not the low-energy GBs, suggesting that only high-energy boundaries are present in nanocrystalline microstructures.

  7. Fatigue stress concentration and notch sensitivity in nanocrystalline metals

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    Furnish, Timothy A.; Boyce, Brad L.; Sharon, John A.; O’Brien, Christopher J.; Clark, Blythe G.; Arrington, Christian L.; Pillars, Jamin R.

    2016-03-11

    Recent studies have shown the potential for nanocrystalline metals to possess excellent fatigue resistance compared to their coarse-grained counterparts. Although the mechanical properties of nanocrystalline metals are believed to be particularly susceptible to material defects, a systematic study of the effects of geometric discontinuities on their fatigue performance has not yet been performed. In the present work, nanocrystalline Ni–40 wt%Fe containing both intrinsic and extrinsic defects were tested in tension–tension fatigue. The defects were found to dramatically reduce the fatigue resistance, which was attributed to the relatively high notch sensitivity in the nanocrystalline material. Microstructural analysis within the crack-initiation zones underneath the defects revealed cyclically-induced abnormal grain growth (AGG) as a predominant deformation and crack initiation mechanism during high-cycle fatigue. Furthermore, the onset of AGG and the ensuing fracture is likely accelerated by the stress concentrations, resulting in the reduced fatigue resistance compared to the relatively defect-free counterparts.

  8. Highly active nanocrystalline TiO(2) photoelectrodes.

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    Paronyan, Tereza M; Kechiantz, A M; Lin, M C

    2008-03-19

    A simple method for the fabrication of highly photoactive nanocrystalline two-layer TiO(2) electrodes for solar cell applications is presented. Diluted titanium acetylacetonate has been used as a precursor for covering SnO(2):F (FTO) films with dense packed TiO(2) nanocrystallites. The nanoporous thick TiO(2) film follows the dense packed thin TiO(2) film as a second layer. For the latter, amorphous TiO(2) nanoparticles have been successfully synthesized by a sol-gel technique in an acidic environment with pH<1 and hydrothermal growth at a temperature of 200 °C. The acidic nanoparticle gel was neutralized by basic ammonia and a TiO(2) gel of pH 5 was obtained; this pH value is higher than the recently reported value of 3.1 (Park et al 2005 Adv. Mater. 17 2349-53). Highly interconnected, nanoporous, transparent and active TiO(2) films have been fabricated from the pH 5 gel. SEM, AFM and XRD analyses have been carried out for investigation of the crystal structure and the size of nanoparticles as well as the surface morphology of the films. Investigation of the photocurrent-voltage characteristics has shown improvement in cell performance along with the modification of the surface morphology, depending on pH of the TiO(2) gel. Increasing the pH of the gel from 2.1 to 5 enhanced the overall conversion efficiency of the dye-sensitized solar cells by approximately 30%. An energy conversion efficiency of 8.83% has been achieved for the cell (AM1.5, 100  mWcm(-2) simulated sunlight) compared to 6.61% efficiency in the absence of ammonia in the TiO(2) gel.

  9. Formation of Nano-crystalline Todorokite from Biogenic Mn Oxides

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    Feng, X.; Zhu, M; Ginder-Vogel, M; Ni, C; Parikh, S; Sparks, D

    2010-01-01

    Todorokite, as one of three main Mn oxide phases present in oceanic Mn nodules and an active MnO{sub 6} octahedral molecular sieve (OMS), has garnered much interest; however, its formation pathway in natural systems is not fully understood. Todorokite is widely considered to form from layer structured Mn oxides with hexagonal symmetry, such as vernadite ({delta}-MnO{sub 2}), which are generally of biogenic origin. However, this geochemical process has not been documented in the environment or demonstrated in the laboratory, except for precursor phases with triclinic symmetry. Here we report on the formation of a nanoscale, todorokite-like phase from biogenic Mn oxides produced by the freshwater bacterium Pseudomonas putida strain GB-1. At long- and short-range structural scales biogenic Mn oxides were transformed to a todorokite-like phase at atmospheric pressure through refluxing. Topotactic transformation was observed during the transformation. Furthermore, the todorokite-like phases formed via refluxing had thin layers along the c* axis and a lack of c* periodicity, making the basal plane undetectable with X-ray diffraction reflection. The proposed pathway of the todorokite-like phase formation is proposed as: hexagonal biogenic Mn oxide {yields} 10-{angstrom} triclinic phyllomanganate {yields} todorokite. These observations provide evidence supporting the possible bio-related origin of natural todorokites and provide important clues for understanding the transformation of biogenic Mn oxides to other Mn oxides in the environment. Additionally this method may be a viable biosynthesis route for porous, nano-crystalline OMS materials for use in practical applications.

  10. Formation of nano-crystalline todorokite from biogenic Mn oxides

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    Feng, Xiong Han; Zhu, Mengqiang; Ginder-Vogel, Matthew; Ni, Chaoying; Parikh, Sanjai J.; Sparks, Donald L.

    2010-06-01

    Todorokite, as one of three main Mn oxide phases present in oceanic Mn nodules and an active MnO 6 octahedral molecular sieve (OMS), has garnered much interest; however, its formation pathway in natural systems is not fully understood. Todorokite is widely considered to form from layer structured Mn oxides with hexagonal symmetry, such as vernadite (δ-MnO 2), which are generally of biogenic origin. However, this geochemical process has not been documented in the environment or demonstrated in the laboratory, except for precursor phases with triclinic symmetry. Here we report on the formation of a nanoscale, todorokite-like phase from biogenic Mn oxides produced by the freshwater bacterium Pseudomonas putida strain GB-1. At long- and short-range structural scales biogenic Mn oxides were transformed to a todorokite-like phase at atmospheric pressure through refluxing. Topotactic transformation was observed during the transformation. Furthermore, the todorokite-like phases formed via refluxing had thin layers along the c∗ axis and a lack of c∗ periodicity, making the basal plane undetectable with X-ray diffraction reflection. The proposed pathway of the todorokite-like phase formation is proposed as: hexagonal biogenic Mn oxide → 10-Å triclinic phyllomanganate → todorokite. These observations provide evidence supporting the possible bio-related origin of natural todorokites and provide important clues for understanding the transformation of biogenic Mn oxides to other Mn oxides in the environment. Additionally this method may be a viable biosynthesis route for porous, nano-crystalline OMS materials for use in practical applications.

  11. Interactions of aqueous amino acids and proteins with the (110) surface of ZnS in molecular dynamics simulations

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    Nawrocki, Grzegorz; Cieplak, Marek

    2014-03-07

    The growing usage of nanoparticles of zinc sulfide as quantum dots and biosensors calls for a theoretical assessment of interactions of ZnS with biomolecules. We employ the molecular-dynamics-based umbrella sampling method to determine potentials of mean force for 20 single amino acids near the ZnS (110) surface in aqueous solutions. We find that five amino acids do not bind at all and the binding energy of the remaining amino acids does not exceed 4.3 kJ/mol. Such energies are comparable to those found for ZnO (and to hydrogen bonds in proteins) but the nature of the specificity is different. Cysteine can bind with ZnS in a covalent way, e.g., by forming the disulfide bond with S in the solid. If this effect is included within a model incorporating the Morse potential, then the potential well becomes much deeper—the binding energy is close to 98 kJ/mol. We then consider tryptophan cage, a protein of 20 residues, and characterize its events of adsorption to ZnS. We demonstrate the relevance of interactions between the amino acids in the selection of optimal adsorbed conformations and recognize the key role of cysteine in generation of lasting adsorption. We show that ZnS is more hydrophobic than ZnO and that the density profile of water is quite different than that forming near ZnO—it has only a minor articulation into layers. Furthermore, the first layer of water is disordered and mobile.

  12. Advancements in the quantification of the crystal structure of ZnS materials produced in variable gravity

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    Castillo, Martin; Hales, Matthew; Lynn, David; Steinberg, Theodore

    SHS allows for the rapid creation of difficult to produce intermetallic materials, biomedical materials, and cermet materials by taking advantage of internal chemical energy present in the mixture. This manufacturing method utilities a rapid exothermic process involving high energy and nolinearity coupled with a high cooling rate to produce materials formed outside of normal equilibrium boundaries thus possessing unique properties. The elimination of gravity during this process allows capillary forces to dominate mixing of the reactants which results in a superior and enhanced homogeneity in the product materials formed The self-propagating high temperature synthesis (SHS) of ZnS type materials have been previously conducted in reduced gravity and normal gravity. It has been claimed in literature that a near perfect phases of ZnS wurtzite was produced. Although, the SHS of this material is possible at high pressures, there has been no quantitative information on the actual crystal structures and lattice parameters that were produced in this work. Utilizing this process with ZnS doped with Cu, Mn, or rare earth metals such as Eu and Pr leads to electroluminescence properties, thus making this an attractive electroluminescent material. The work described here will revisit the synthesis of ZnS via high pressure SHS and will re-examine the work performed in both normal gravity and in reduced gravity within the Queensland University of Technology Drop Tower Facility. Quantifications in the lattice parameters, crystal structures, and phases produced are presented to further explore the unique structure-property performance relationships produced from the SHS of ZnS materials.

  13. Luminescence and related properties of nanocrystalline porous silicon

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    Koshida, N.

    This document is part of subvolume C3 'Optical Properties' of volume 34 'Semiconductor quantum structures' of Landolt-Börnstein, Group III, Condensed Matter, on the optical properties of quantum structures based on group IV semiconductors. It discusses luminescence and related properties of nanocrystalline porous silicon. Topics include an overview of nanostructured silicon, its fabrication technology, and properties of nanocrystalline porous silicon such as confinement effects, photoluminescence, electroluminesce, carrier charging effects, ballistic transport and emission, and thermally induced acoustic emission.

  14. Supra- and nanocrystallinities: a new scientific adventure

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    Pileni, M. P.

    2011-12-01

    Nanomaterials exist in the interstellar medium, in biology, in art and also metallurgy. Assemblies of nanomaterials were observed in the early solar system as well as silicate particle opals. The latter exhibits unusual optical properties directly dependent on particle ordering in 3D superlattices. The optical properties of noble metal nanoparticles (Ag, Au and Cu) change with the ordering of atoms in the nanocrystals, called nanocrystallinity. The vibrational properties related to nanocrystallinity markedly differ with the vibrational modes studied. Hence, a drastic effect on nanocrystallinity is observed on the confined acoustic vibrational property of the fundamental quadrupolar modes whereas the breathing acoustic modes remain quasi-unchanged. The mechanical properties characterized by the Young’s modulus of multiply twinned particle (MTP) films are markedly lower than those of single nanocrystals. Two fcc supracrystal growth mechanisms, supported by simulation, of Au nanocrystals are proposed: heterogeneous and homogeneous growth processes. The final morphology of nanocrystal assemblies, with either films by layer-by-layer growth characterized by their plastic deformation or well-defined shapes grown in solution, depends on the solvent used to disperse the nanocrystals before the evaporation process. At thermodynamic equilibrium, two simultaneous supracrystal growth processes of Au nanocrystals take place in solution and at the air-liquid interface. These growth processes are rationalized by simulation. They involve, on the one hand, van der Waals interactions and, on the other hand, the attractive interaction between nanocrystals and the interface. Ag nanocrystals (5 nm) self-order in colloidal crystals with various arrangements called supracrystallinities. As in bulk materials, phase diagrams of supracrystals with structural transitions from face-centered-cubic (fcc) to hexagonal-close-packed (hcp) and body-centered-cubic (bcc) structures are observed

  15. Supra- and nanocrystallinities: a new scientific adventure.

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    Pileni, M P

    2011-12-21

    Nanomaterials exist in the interstellar medium, in biology, in art and also metallurgy. Assemblies of nanomaterials were observed in the early solar system as well as silicate particle opals. The latter exhibits unusual optical properties directly dependent on particle ordering in 3D superlattices.The optical properties of noble metal nanoparticles (Ag, Au and Cu) change with the ordering of atoms in the nanocrystals, called nanocrystallinity. The vibrational properties related to nanocrystallinity markedly differ with the vibrational modes studied. Hence, a drastic effect on nanocrystallinity is observed on the confined acoustic vibrational property of the fundamental quadrupolar modes whereas the breathing acoustic modes remain quasi-unchanged. The mechanical properties characterized by the Young's modulus of multiply twinned particle (MTP) films are markedly lower than those of single nanocrystals.Two fcc supracrystal growth mechanisms, supported by simulation, of Au nanocrystals are proposed: heterogeneous and homogeneous growth processes. The final morphology of nanocrystal assemblies, with either films by layer-by-layer growth characterized by their plastic deformation or well-defined shapes grown in solution, depends on the solvent used to disperse the nanocrystals before the evaporation process.At thermodynamic equilibrium, two simultaneous supracrystal growth processes of Au nanocrystals take place in solution and at the air-liquid interface. These growth processes are rationalized by simulation. They involve, on the one hand, van der Waals interactions and, on the other hand, the attractive interaction between nanocrystals and the interface.Ag nanocrystals (5 nm) self-order in colloidal crystals with various arrangements called supracrystallinities. As in bulk materials, phase diagrams of supracrystals with structural transitions from face-centered-cubic (fcc) to hexagonal-close-packed (hcp) and body-centered-cubic (bcc) structures are observed. They

  16. Ultrashort-pulse laser ablation of nanocrystalline aluminum

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    Gill-Comeau, Maxime; Lewis, Laurent J.

    2011-12-01

    Molecular-dynamics simulations of the ablation of nanocrystalline Al films by ultrashort laser pulses in the low-fluence (no-ionization) regime (0-2.5 times the ablation threshold, F{sub th}) are reported. The simulations employ an embedded-atom method potential for the dynamics of the ions and a realistic two-temperature model for the electron gas (and its interactions with the ion gas), which confers different electronic properties to the monocrystalline solid, nanocrystalline solid, and liquid regions of the targets. The ablation dynamics in three nanocrystalline structures is studied: two dense targets with different crystallite sizes (d=3.1 and 6.2 nm on average) and a d=6.2 nm porous sample. The results are compared to the ablation of monocrystalline Al. Significant differences are observed, the nanocrystalline targets showing, in particular, a lower ablation threshold and a larger melting depth, and yielding pressure waves of higher amplitude than the monocrystalline targets. Furthermore, it is shown that nanocrystalline targets experience no residual stress associated with thermal expansion and lateral constraints, and that little crystal growth occurs in the solid during and after ablation. Laser-induced spallation of the back surface of the films is also investigated; we find, in particular, that the high-strain fracture resistance of nanocrystalline samples is significantly reduced in comparison to the crystalline material.

  17. Characterization of Eletrodeposited Nanocrystalline Ni Microtrusses

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    Liu, Gongtao

    Polymer microtrusses with nanocrystalline nickel coatings can exhibit excellent mechanical performance, which is greatly dependent on the thickness distribution of the coating. The dependence of coating thickness distribution on the electrodeposition parameters was investigated by numerical modeling. From the models, it was found that the coating thickness distribution on the struts tends to become more uneven with the increase in plating time and current density. A method has been established to predict the coating thickness distribution at different times. Experimental characterization methods were also developed. First, X-ray tomography was used for characterizing the thickness distribution. It was found that the surface roughness of the starting template greatly influences the coating thickness distribution of plated materials. Second, a mechanical test fixture was developed to accurately measure the inelastic buckling resistance of the core struts in compression. The reliability of the test method was investigated using microtrusses consisting of various numbers of unit cells and unit cell sizes.

  18. Toughness and strength of nanocrystalline graphene

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    Shekhawat, Ashivni; Ritchie, Robert O.

    2016-01-01

    Pristine monocrystalline graphene is claimed to be the strongest material known with remarkable mechanical and electrical properties. However, graphene made with scalable fabrication techniques is polycrystalline and contains inherent nanoscale line and point defects—grain boundaries and grain-boundary triple junctions—that lead to significant statistical fluctuations in toughness and strength. These fluctuations become particularly pronounced for nanocrystalline graphene where the density of defects is high. Here we use large-scale simulation and continuum modelling to show that the statistical variation in toughness and strength can be understood with ‘weakest-link' statistics. We develop the first statistical theory of toughness in polycrystalline graphene, and elucidate the nanoscale origins of the grain-size dependence of its strength and toughness. Our results should lead to more reliable graphene device design, and provide a framework to interpret experimental results in a broad class of two-dimensional materials. PMID:26817712

  19. Reinforced plastics and aerogels by nanocrystalline cellulose

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    Leung, Alfred C. W.; Lam, Edmond; Chong, Jonathan; Hrapovic, Sabahudin; Luong, John H. T.

    2013-05-01

    Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC), a rigid rod-like nanoscale material, can be produced from cellulosic biomass in powder, liquid, or gel forms by acid and chemical hydrolysis. Owing to its unique and exceptional physicochemical properties, the incorporation of a small amount of NCC into plastic enhances the mechanical strength of the latter by several orders of magnitudes. Carbohydrate-based NCC poses no serious environmental concerns, providing further impetus for the development and applications of this green and renewable biomaterial to fabricate lightweight and biodegradable composites and aerogels. Surface functionalization of NCC remains the main focus of NCC research to tailor its properties for dispersion in hydrophilic or hydrophobic media. It is of uttermost importance to develop tools and protocols for imaging of NCC in a complex matrix and quantify its reinforcement effect.

  20. Twinning in nanocrystalline fcc and bcc metals

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    Boyko, Vladimir S.; Kezerashvili, Roman Ya.

    2013-03-01

    The deformation twinning in nanocrystalline (nc) face-centered cubic (fcc) metals, body-centered cubic (bcc) metals, and in nc Si is analyzed. The phenomenological approach is used to make a bridge between microscopical mechanisms of twin nucleation and macroscopical characteristics of twinning with different crystal structures and to calculate the grain size range of the twinning propensity, the requisite external stress for twinning propagation in nc polycrystals, and the grain size at which the slip begins to prevail over the twinning. The developed approach allows to derive analytical expressions and estimate lower and and upper limits of grain sizes at which a twinning propensity is occurred. Results of calculations for the nc fcc metals Al, Cu, Ni, Pd, Au, nc bcc metals Ta, Fe, Mo, W, Nb, and nc diamond-cubic Si are compared with the experimental data, otherwise predictions are made.