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One-Step Synthesis of Monodisperse In-Doped ZnO Nanocrystals

Author(s): Wang QingLing | Yang YeFeng | He HaiPing | Chen DongDong | Ye ZhiZhen | Jin YiZheng

Journal: Nanoscale Research Letters
ISSN 1931-7573

Volume: 5;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 882;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: ZnO | Nanocrystal | Doping | Indium | Monodisperse

Abstract A method for the synthesis of high quality indium-doped zinc oxide (In-doped ZnO) nanocrystals was developed using a one-step ester elimination reaction based on alcoholysis of metal carboxylate salts. The resulting nearly monodisperse nanocrystals are well-crystallized with typically crystal structure identical to that of wurtzite type of ZnO. Structural, optical, and elemental analyses on the products indicate the incorporation of indium into the host ZnO lattices. The individual nanocrystals with cubic structures were observed in the 5% In–ZnO reaction, due to the relatively high reactivity of indium precursors. Our study would provide further insights for the growth of doped oxide nanocrystals, and deepen the understanding of doping process in colloidal nanocrystal syntheses.

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