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Role of spectator ions in influencing the properties of dopant-free ZnO nanocrystals

Dar, Ibrahim M and Arora, Neha and Singh, Nagendra Pratap and Sampath, S and Shivashankar, Srinivasrao A (2014) Role of spectator ions in influencing the properties of dopant-free ZnO nanocrystals. In: NEW JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY, 38 (10). pp. 4783-4790.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4nj00410h

Abstract

Towards fundamental studies and potential applications, achieving precise control over the generation of defects in pure ZnO nanocrystals has been always intriguing. Herein, we explored the rote of spectator ions (Co2+ and Ni2+) in influencing the functional properties of ZnO nanocrystals. The crystalline quality, phase purity, and composition of as-prepared samples were thoroughly established by powder X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy (TEM and STEM), and by Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies (XPS). Despite the presence of Co2+ and Ni2+ ions in the reaction mixture, STEM-energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), XPS analysis, and inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) revealed that the ZnO nanocrystals formed are dopant-free. Even so, their luminescence and magnetic properties were substantially different from those of pure ZnO nanocrystals synthesized using a similar methodology. We attribute the origin of these properties to the defects associated with ZnO nanocrystals generated under different but optimized conditions.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to the ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY, THOMAS GRAHAM HOUSE, SCIENCE PARK, MILTON RD, CAMBRIDGE CB4 0WF, CAMBS, ENGLAND.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
Division of Chemical Sciences > Materials Research Centre
Division of Interdisciplinary Research > Centre for Nano Science and Engineering
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Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2014 05:28
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2014 05:28
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/50197

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