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Low-temperature synthesis of Zn3P2 nanowire

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 June 2011

In-Tae Bae*
Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging Center, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, New York 13902
Parag Vasekar
Center for Autonomous Solar Power, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, New York 13902
Daniel VanHart
Center for Autonomous Solar Power, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, New York 13902
Tara Dhakal
Center for Autonomous Solar Power, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, New York 13902
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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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