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Cross-sectional analysis of the core of silicon microparticles formed via zinc reduction of SiCl4


Silicon microparticles were formed by reduction of silicon tetrachloride by zinc. Chemical etching of these microparticles produced microparticles with a unique trench structure that showed visible photoluminescence. While we have previously reported the radially developed crystalline structure inside the as-synthesized microparticles, their crystalline structure was not clearly understood. In this study, we directly observed cross sections of microparticles by a transmission electron microscope. We revealed the existence of a core inside the microparticles. The core showed a well-ordered electron diffraction pattern, which was readily explained by five rotated single crystals by 72° each. We also found that the observed radial lines and bands in the microparticles were caused by dislocations, mainly along {111} planes. We consider that preferential etching along these radial dislocations is the origin of the formation of microparticles with trench structures.

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The article was received on 11 Feb 2017, accepted on 13 Apr 2017 and first published on 13 Apr 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CE00296C
Citation: CrystEngComm, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    Cross-sectional analysis of the core of silicon microparticles formed via zinc reduction of SiCl4

    S. Inasawa, Y. Ono, T. Mizuguchi, A. Sunairi, S. Nakamura, Y. Tsuji and Y. Yamaguchi, CrystEngComm, 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7CE00296C

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