Open Access Nano Express

One-Step Synthesis of Monodisperse In-Doped ZnO Nanocrystals

QingLing Wang, YeFeng Yang, HaiPing He, DongDong Chen, ZhiZhen Ye and YiZheng Jin*

Author Affiliations

State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, 310027, People’s Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2010, 5:882-888  doi:10.1007/s11671-010-9579-0

Published: 31 March 2010


A method for the synthesis of high quality indium-doped zinc oxide (In-doped ZnO) nanocrystals was developed using a one-step ester elimination reaction based on alcoholysis of metal carboxylate salts. The resulting nearly monodisperse nanocrystals are well-crystallized with typically crystal structure identical to that of wurtzite type of ZnO. Structural, optical, and elemental analyses on the products indicate the incorporation of indium into the host ZnO lattices. The individual nanocrystals with cubic structures were observed in the 5% In–ZnO reaction, due to the relatively high reactivity of indium precursors. Our study would provide further insights for the growth of doped oxide nanocrystals, and deepen the understanding of doping process in colloidal nanocrystal syntheses.

ZnO; Nanocrystal; Doping; Indium; Monodisperse