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Structural characterization at atomic level and optical properties on the ZnkIn2Ok+3 (3≤k≤13) system.


Several terms of the homologous series ZnkIn2Ok+3 (3 ≤ k ≤ 13) have been synthesized following solid-state reactions with an exhaustive control of the synthesis parameters. A detailed study by High Angle Annular Dark Field (HAADF) and Annular Bright Field (ABF) in the Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM) was carried out, in order to investigate the structure of these materials. The [010] zone axis show a gradual shift of the oxygen position in order to keep the polarization neutrality along c axis and allow the formation and stabilization of the structure, while no differences of the indium distribution inside the wurtzite blocks is visualized. On the other hand, images from [1-10] zone axis show the characteristic zig-zag modulation of this homologous series for terms k=4 and 7. Electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) confirms the preference site of In3+ along this zig-zag pattern. Raman spectra recorded at both resonant and non-resonant conditions have been related to either vibrations of the In-O or In/Zn-O sublattices or as characteristic of the whole ZnkIn2Ok+3 structure. The frequency shift of vibration modes related to the In/ZnO sublattice is discussed in terms of phonon confinement due to the nature of these materials. Cathodoluminescence measurements reveal a main emission band centered at 1.75 eV, which shows an increasing of intensity with k, which can be attributed to the existence of zinc vacancies.

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The article was received on 23 May 2017, accepted on 09 Sep 2017 and first published on 09 Sep 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TC02178J
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    Structural characterization at atomic level and optical properties on the ZnkIn2Ok+3 (3≤k≤13) system.

    J. García-Fernández, J. Bartolome, A. Torres, M. A. Peche-Herrrero, J. Moreno, J. Ramirez-Castellanos, A. Cremades, J. M. Gonzalez-Calbet and J. Piqueras, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7TC02178J

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