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Low-temperature synthesis of Zn3P2 nanowire

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 June 2011

In-Tae Bae*
Affiliation:
Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, New York 13902
Parag Vasekar
Affiliation:
Center for Autonomous Solar Power, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, New York 13902
Daniel VanHart
Affiliation:
Center for Autonomous Solar Power, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, New York 13902
Tara Dhakal
Affiliation:
Center for Autonomous Solar Power, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, New York 13902
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a)Address all correspondence to this author. e-mail: itbae@binghamton.edu
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Abstract

High-quality Zn3P2 nanowires are synthesized at a temperature as low as 350 °C using Zn foil and trioctylphosphine by chemical reflux method. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images show their diameters vary from ∼15 to 70 nm. Energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and nanobeam electron diffraction patterns in combination with structure factor simulation reveal that the nanowires have tetragonal α-Zn3P2 structure. Based on high-resolution TEM images and their fast Fourier transform patterns, Zn3P2 nanowires are considered to grow on a vicinity of the possibly highest surface energy plane of (101) with a growth direction parallel to [101].

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Copyright © Materials Research Society 2011

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