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Study of Nanomaterials Prepared by Combustion Method Using High Heat Combustion Chamber and Agreement with the Reported Results
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Study of Nanomaterials Prepared by Combustion Method Using High Heat Combustion Chamber and Agreement with the Reported Results

Perumalsamy R1,2, Prabhavathi G1,3, Nivetha S1,3, Mohamed Saleem A1,4, Karunanithy M1,5, Ayeshamariam A1,3* and Jayachandran M6
1Research and Development Center, Bharathidasan University, Thiruchirappalli, 620024, India
2Department of Physics, Thiagaraya College Higher Secondary School, Chennai, 600021, India
3Department of Physics, Khadir Mohideen College, Adirampattinam, 614701, India
4Department of Physics, Jamal Mohamed College, Thiruchirappalli, 620020, India
5Department of Physics, SKPD Boys Higher Secondary School, Chennai, 600001, India
6Department of Physics, Sethu Institute of Technology, Pullor, Kariyapatti, 626115, India
*Corresponding Author: Ayeshamariam A, Research and Development Center, Bharathidasan University, Thiruchirappalli, 641046, India, Tel: +91 4565-241539, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Aug 20, 2017 / Accepted Date: Sep 10, 2017 / Published Date: Sep 20, 2017


Nanocrystalline materials such as Sn doped In2O3 Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) were prepared by the Combustion technique and characterized. Presence of electronic centers in Nanocrystalline ITO is observed from Raman studies and the same has been confirmed by photoluminescence studies. The oxidation properties of ITO were studied by X-ray Diffractmeter grain sizes are confirmed by structural studies. As against the expectation of oxide on individual Nano grains of In-Sn alloy, ITO Nano grains grew into faceted Nano grains on heat treatment in air and O2 atmosphere. The growth of ITO under O2 atmosphere showed pentagon symmetry. This Nanocrystalline ITO has been studied using Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) measurements. Structural studies by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) showed the presence of dominant β phase with a minor quantity of α phase. In EPR, isotopic chemical shift peaks were observed and they are assigned to originate from the α, β phases of ITO and grain boundary component respectively. From this study, different atomic arrangements were identified in grain boundaries compared to the same within the grain in Nanocrystalline ITO. The atomic arrangement in the grain boundary seems to be somewhat different from regular periodic arrangement whereas inside the grain there is a good periodic arrangement of atoms. Above 5 mol%, Sn ions form correlated clusters, which lead to broadening. These EPR spectra were formed to contain two different components, one from the single isolated ions and the other from the clusters.

Keywords: Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR); X-ray diffraction (XRD); Nanocrystalline indium tin oxide (ITO); Combustion


The recent field of nanoscience and nanotechnology has attracted much interest in research as they fixed many applications [1]. All ITO materials are technologically very important for gas sensors. ITO is used as a transparent and conducting electrode in solar cells. In this study, preparation and characterization of nanoform of these materials and their important features will be discussed. These materials exhibit physical and chemical properties, which are partially or totally different from their coarse grained materials. Technique such as XRD [2], and Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) etc. have assisted the growth of this field. Even though many materials have been prepared by furnace, in the present work, we report the results of some of the nanocrystalline materials such as In2O3 doped with SnO2. ITO particles have been analysed by several researchers and a reasonable understanding has been arrived in transport and optical properties [3].

Metal oxide-based sensors, such as tin oxide, indium oxide and indium tin oxide (ITO), are often mixed with many different metallic to enhance both their sensitivity and selectivity. Gas sensors based on semi conducting oxides present some advantages with respect to other types of gas sensors.

While several synthesis and processing methods have been employed for making thin-films of ITO research on nano-particles, chemical methods is the best technique to synthesize ITO powdered nano-particles. Solution combustion method has emerged as the important technique for the synthesis and processing of advanced ceramics catalysts, composites, alloys, intermetallic and nanomaterials. Today Solution combustion method is being used all over the world to prepare oxide materials for a variety of applications. It was possible to prepare oxide material with desired composition. Solution combustion has been directed towards a better understanding of the role of the fuel urea in controlling the particle size and microstructure of the combustion products.

Experimental Section

Calculated amount of In(NO3)3 (5.0 M), dissolved in minimum volume of water was added to the aqueous (5.0 M) to (0.5 M) solution of Sn(NO3)2 obtained by stirring the In-metal ingots with concentrated HNO3 for 40 h at 100°C. The volume of In(NO3)3 solution and the weight of Sn(NO3)2 were taken by maintaining the In/Sn atomic ratio 50:50, 75:25, 85:15, 80:20, 90:10 and 95:05. The mixture was diluted with water and the resultant solution was stirred magnetically for 2 h. Urea was added to the above mixture till a gel of hydrated indium tin oxide appeared. It was stirred for additional 1 h at an ambient temperature. The pH of the above solution was maintained in the range 8.5-8.8 at this stage. The solution was stirred again for ½ h to ensure the complete precipitation. The precipitation was placed in a hot plate at 100°C for 20 min until it turned as gel.

The mixed salt solutions of different molar ratios in water were treated with different urea compound pH 8.5-8.7 to obtain hydrated In(III) and Sn(IV) hydroxides. The transformation of co-precipitated hydrated In(III) and Sn(IV) hydroxides to oxides of In(III) and Sn(IV) requires thermal curing. Hence, thermo gravimetric analyses of the samples were performed up to maximum temperature 1200°C for the analysis of the systematic weight loss of the hydrated hydroxides. The pure hydrated hydroxide of In(III)/Sn(IV) was also precipitated in the same manner from the above mentioned starting materials and analyzed thermogravimetrically for comparing its decomposition pattern with that of the mixed systems.

The weight loss of the air-dried samples (pure and mixed systems) with temperature (between ambient temperature and 1200°C) showed interesting results up to 700°C. Results of the thermal analysis where show in Figure 1. The different thermal analysis (DTA) of pure indium hydroxide system showed a broad endothermic peak between 105 and 202°C consisting of three overlapping peaks at 140, 175 and 210°C and a sharp peak at 203°C, while in the case of pure tin system, only an endothermic peak centered at ~156°C was observed between ambient temperature and 300°C. As the indium system exhibits a number of overlapping endotherms it would transform to In2O3 through a number of meta stable states. From the weight loss, empirical formations for the intermediates may be predicated and their possible structural formations have also been elucidated (Figure 1) as evident form the FTIR spectra (see below) of the moieties arrested at specific temperatures where two overlapping peaks intersects which is supposed to be the meta stable state position. On the other hand, the Sn system transformed to oxide of Sn via only one step. The empirical formula and the possible structure based on thermal analysis are depicted in Figure 1. comparing the FTIR spectra (discussed below) of the samples arrested at different temperatures as per the TG and DTA analysis, it may be predicted that the indium (III) hydroxide (in case of pure system) was precipitated as In(OH)3.H2O and it decomposed to In(OH)3 after 100°C, which further transformed to In2O3 at higher temperature (after 264°C) via a number of plausible paths (Figure 1).


Figure 1a: Proposed empirical formulations during the conversion of pure In (III) hydroxide to In2O3 with temperature.


Figure 1b: Proposed empirical formulations during the thermal decompositions of pure Sn (IV) hydroxide with temperature.

DTA of the missed system showed two endothermic peaks centered at 100 -212°C and 200-400°C. It is interesting to all cases, but the other endothermic peak observed between 100 and 120°C remained unchanged in all cases, but the other endothermic peak observed between 200 and 400°C shifted towards the low temperature with increase in Sn content (up to 30%), the decomposition pattern prefers the path of Sn system In2O3, whereas above 30% of Sn, the decomposition pattern prefers the path of Sn, system SnO2. It is reported that for mixed systems, In(OH)3 yielded In2O3 at relatively lower temperature (200 and 225°C in the case of In/Sn=50:50, 0.75:25, 85:15, 80:20 and 90:10 and 95:05, respectively), which was evidenced by only a sharp peak between 255 and 267°C [4].

It is reported in literature [5,6] that the H2[Sn(OH)6] underwent thermal decomposition and yielded SnO3H2 on heating ~100°C, which ultimately transformed to tetragonal SnO2 phase via the decomposition of remaining OH groups at relatively high temperature (say 350°C). Pure tin hydroxide system showed three other endothermic peaks at 365, 458 and 525°C, which were also due to some others polymeric tin oxide systems. A possible path of transformation from hydroxide to metal oxide is depicted in Figure 2. Tin(IV) hydroxide in pure Sn system is presumed to have the octahedral [Sn(OH)6]2-, where the six octahedral positions are occupied by OH- ions which are not existing at higher temperature.


Figure 2: Weight loss from TGA and DSC analysis of ITO (50:50, 70:30, 75:25, 80:20, 85:15, 90:10 and 95:05) at different proportions.

Figure 2 shows the XRD patterns for as prepared under different proportions. XRD studies of the as prepared material show the presence of in lines indicating that Sn has gone to the substitutional position forming solid solution. XRD shows complete oxidation of the alloy giving mainly cubic phase of In2O3. In the present study the main aim was to get core shell structure of Indium and tin metallic alloy nanopowder. If the desired nanostructure is obtained having different molar ratio with 12 to 20 nm grain size, electron confinement is expected and one can look for single electron conduction through ITO nanopowder without the formation of a depletion region in the semiconductor region [3].

The forms a solid solution in indium up to 50% [4] with variation in bond length and lattice parameter. In the present work 5 at% Sn to 0.5 at% Sn has been added and fired in a furnace to get nanocrystalline alloy. It has been studied for its oxidation behavior with various compositions. Figure 3 shows the XRD patterns for as-prepared with seven different compositions. XRD studies of the as-prepared material show the presence of tetragonal In lines indicating that Sn has gone to the substitutional position forming solid solution. XRD shows complete oxidation of the alloy giving mainly cubic phase of In2O3. Abel et al. [5] have obtained under (Figure 3), XRD Crystal structure of ITO similar conditions, core-shell structure of InSn metallic alloy with ITO, which is a well-known n-type semiconductor. If the desired core-shell structure is obtained having InSn alloy with 12 to 20 nm grain size as a core, electron confinement is expected and one can look for single electron conduction through ITO without the formation of a depletion region in the semiconductor region. However, because of crystal structure difference, tetragonal for the alloy and either cubic (or orthorhombic) for the oxide, such a core-shell structure is not formed in our case. The alloy is partially oxidized with approximately 50% cubic phase and 50% orthorhombic phase as can be observed by XRD. We have studied the surface chemistry of ITO and we have found that several metal alkoxides can react with surface hydroxyl / (OH) groups to give well defined surface bound complexes of fixed stoichiometry [6-8].


Figure 3: XRD Analysis of different proportions of (50:50, 70:30, 75:25, 80:20, 85:15, 90:10 and 95:05) ITO NPs.

Figure 4 shows PL emission spectra of conventional particles and nanoparticles of SnO2 prepared at different heat treatments at 250 nm excitation. Two prominent peaks at 450, 467, 473, 481 and 492 nm have been observed in the range 420-500 nm. Particularly, the peak position at 460 nm [5] is sharp and unchanged for all samples, but its intensity tends to reduce with heat treatment temperature. It is due to the characteristics of the traps present in the nanoparticles. This position is chosen for comparison for all samples. Peaks around 400 nm [6] are very sharp. It is shifted towards the lower wavelength or blue shift with lower dopant of Sn . It is due to structural defects. Usually, defect in lattice decreases with increase of Sn concentration.


Figure 4: Emission Spectra and Excitation spectra of ITO (50:50, 70:30, 75:25, 80:20, 85:15, 90:10 and 95:05) NPs.

Inset (Figure 4) shows the relative peak intensity ratio emission ~400 nm to 490 nm in wavelength range 420-500 nm for different doping of SnO2 of ITO samples. The atomic ratio of sn increases from 5 wt% to 50 wt%. With the increase of Sn concentration, particle size increases and consequently, surface to volume ratio decreases. Because of this, the intensity of peak at 470 nm due to surface traps decreases with increase of particle size [9,10]. In addition, the non-radiative transition probability decreases with lower dopant to higher dopant of Sn concentration. It results in increase of intensity of the band-band transition at ~400 nm with increasing Sn concentration. If this happen, only a few portions are transmitted radiatively and most of the excited energy is lost non-radioactively.

Figure 4a shows excitation spectra of ITO nanoparticles prepared at different doping concentration of tin at 470 nm emissions. The characteristic peaks at ~400 and 410 nm are found. We want to see the quantum confinement effects with particle size. We choose the adsorption edge for band gap calculation. Absorption edges of samples for different dopant concentration of Sn are found to be almost same as 330 ± 5 nm. Here, the absorption edge is taken as a point where the minimum point at intensity (y-axis) occurs. There is no significance effect in lower dopant concentration of tin. We do not see any significant effect of particle size on the band gap. The band gap is found to be ~330 nm. It is likely that surface effects are more predominant than that of particle size.

In further confirmation of ageing effect as well as effect of different emission wavelengths, the excitation measurement of ITO prepared at different doping concentration has been performed. Figure 4b shows the excitation spectra of ITO prepared at different proportion, but the same sample is measured at 440, 450, 460, 470 nm emission. At 470 nm emission, the absorption edge is found to be at 330 nm, which is same as reported. However, there is slight blue shift as emission wavelength changes from 470 to 440 nm. The point where the minimum point at intensity (y-axis) occurs is taken as absorption edge. This study confirms that quantum size can be observed only when the particle size is lower than the critical size. If the particle size is greater than the critical size, only surface effect is more predominant. The reported value of the critical size of ITO is 2.4 nm [11,12]. In this study, the particle sizes are in the range 10 to 20 nm . So, only surface effect will be more appropriate in order to understand property.

The atomic arrangement in the grain boundary seems to be somewhat different from regular periodic arrangement whereas inside the grain there is a good periodic arrangement of atoms.

Broad spectrum because of magnetic active substances contaminated when % of Indium increases electron density around decreases [13-15].

If g factor experimental and calculated values are equal the e-n around the orbit are free e-ns spin, in orbital are explained in the figures. EPR studies showed the concentration dependence of monitoring the In3+ environment only lowers concentration of Sn2+ in ITO particle monitory the cation site by getting substituted in it. Above 0.5 mol% Sn ions form correlated clusters, which lead to broadening. These EPR spectra were found to contain two different components, one from single isolated ions and the other from the clusters. Samples with 0.05 mol% Sn ions dopant (lower content) showed sextet due to single ion, also sharp line at g=1.5 electronic [16-18].

Acknowledgement Electron Paramagnetic resonance spectra were measured on a varian spectrometer with 100 kc/s field modulation and operating at about 9.2 Gc/s. The signal enhancing runs were carried out using an analog digital converter, counting equipment and a 512 channel analysis (Webster and Jones, to be published). The sweep was triggered either by a sample of DPPH or by the strong control line (ml=0) of the F centre [19]. The g values were measured using DPPH taking g=2.0036, in all spectra shown the magnetic field increases from left to right. The line-width quoted corresponds to the distance between the points of maximum slope of the absorption curve.

The analysis has been carried out for ITO crystallines samples with different proportion. The g factor of ITO.


where J=l ± s where s is spin orbital angular quantum number. When L=0 S=J g=2.000. Atomic number of in is 49 electronic configuration is [Kr] 4 d10 5s2 5p1


Equation so g values Equation like that for tin atomic number 50 electronic configuration [Kr] 4d10 5s2 5p2 Sn4+, d6


In this Indium Tin oxide sample with a natural isotope abundance of 49In NO. 15% show a strong line at g=1.3333 after neutron irradiation in vacuo, which is thought to originate from F centers in the bulk, together with same further lines just to the high-field side which arise form surface centers (Nelson and Frank [20]); on the addition of oxygen those additional lines disappear immediately leaving the F-center line which itself decays slowly (Tench and Nelson)[3]. The sample containing different Sn content showed a distinct hyperfine structure in addition to a strong line at g>2.000 of line-width about 0.1 G; the lines were centered on g>2.000 and the stronger lines have a measured hyperfine splitting of 8.3 ± 0.1 G corresponding to a hyperfine interaction with one nuclear of spin (3/2+2)=7/2 some low intensity lines are also present which probably arise from F-aggregate centers, these are also, observed in the normal ITO powders [21] Selected EPR studies were reported in the Figure 5 and Table 1.


Figure 5: EPR studies of ITO (50:50, 70:30, 75:25, 80:20, 85:15, 90:10 and 95:05) NPs at different proportions.

Sample Lattice const (A0) GraIn size (nm) RBragg GOF
In1.417Sn0.1156O2.36 10.139 12.4 1.118 1.15
In1.599Sn0.105O2..717 10.111 16.9 0.827 1.14
In1.68Sn0.119O2.772 10.115 17.8 1.048 1.18
In1.71Sn0.059O2.68 10.113 18.0 0.852 1.22
In1.775Sn0.081O2.82 10.119 18.6 1.139 1.15
In1.82Sn0.083O2.89 10.132 19.2 1.012 1.13
In1.94Sn0.0153O2.937 10.131 20.8 0.887 1.19

Table 1: Structural values measure for the ITO at different proportions.


ITO powders containing relatively high content of Sn were prepared by Combustion starting: with metal salts maintaining: different Equation ratios 50:50, 70:30, 75:25, 80:20, 85:15, 90:10 and 95:05 EPR studies reflected a possible transformation of hydrated In(III) and Sn(IV) hydroxides to their oxides. It was found that in ITO, for smaller grain sizes up to 10-20 nm. X-ray diffraction studies showed that the decomposition of In(III)-sn(IV) hydroxides in the mixed system(up to 50% of Sn to 5% of Sn) prefers the path of pure In(III) hydroxide → In2O3 whereas above 50% of Sn, the decomposition pattern prefers the path of sn(IV) hydroxide → SnO2.


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