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Title: Controlling the size and optical properties of ZnO nanoparticles by capping with SiO{sub 2}

Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Small and uniform sized ZnO nanoparticles were obtained with SiO{sub 2} coating. • ZnO and ZnO–SiO{sub 2} nanocomposite exhibited excitation wavelength dependent PL. • Maximum UV emission intensity was obtained with 353 nm excitation wavelength. • Excitation processes in SiO{sub 2} were also contributed to the UV intensity. • It was found that oxygen vacancies and interstitials enhanced with SiO{sub 2} coating. - Abstract: The size and shape of the ZnO nanoparticles synthesized through sol–gel method were controlled by capping with SiO{sub 2}. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope (HR-TEM) results demonstrated that the particle growth of the ZnO nanoparticles has been restricted to 5 nm with SiO{sub 2} capping. As a result, the absorption spectra of ZnO nanoparticles capped with SiO{sub 2} got blue shifted (toward lower wavelength side) due to strong quantum confinement effects. BET (Brunauer–Emmet–Teller) surface area pore size analyzer results showed that surface area of samples increased monotonously with increase of SiO{sub 2} concentration. It was observed that the absorption spectra of ZnO capped with SiO{sub 2} broadened with increase of SiO{sub 2} concentration. Absorption and photoluminescence excitation results (PLE) confirmedmore » that this broadening is due to the absorption of non-bridging oxygen hole centers (NBOHC) of SiO{sub 2}. These results also indicated that ZnO nanoparticles capped with SiO{sub 2} are insensitive to Raman scattering. Maximum UV emission intensity was achieved with 353 nm excitation wavelength compared to 320 nm in ZnO as well as in SiO{sub 2} capped ZnO nanoparticles. Furthermore, there is an enhancement in the intensities of emission peaks related to oxygen vacancies and interstitials with SiO{sub 2} capping. The enhancement in the UV intensity is attributed to the surface passivation of ZnO nanoparticles and excitation processes in SiO{sub 2}.« less
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OSTI Identifier:
22341862
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Materials Research Bulletin; Journal Volume: 49; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2013 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; ABSORPTION; ABSORPTION SPECTRA; EXCITATION; FIELD EMISSION; INTERSTITIALS; NANOPARTICLES; NANOSTRUCTURES; OPTICAL PROPERTIES; OXYGEN; PEAKS; PHOTOLUMINESCENCE; SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; SILICA; SILICON OXIDES; SOL-GEL PROCESS; SURFACE AREA; TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; X-RAY DIFFRACTION; ZINC OXIDES