By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Technology -- Data detailed on Thermal Spray Technology have been presented. According to news reporting out of Maharashtra, India, by VerticalNews editors, research stated, "Structural, microstructural, and optical properties of the undoped and Fe-doped zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films grown by spray pyrolysis technique using zinc nitrate as a host precursor have been reported here. X-ray diffraction spectra confirm that all the films have stable wurtzite structure and the effects of Fe dopants on the diffraction patterns have been found to be in agreement with the Vegard's law."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the Indian Institute of Technology, "Scanning electron microscopy results show good uniformity and dense surface having spherical-shaped grains. Energy dispersive x-ray analyses with elemental mapping of the Fe-doped films show that the Fe dopants are incorporated homogeneously into the ZnO film matrix. The x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy spectra confirm the presence of 3+ oxidation state of Fe in the doped films. Atomic force microscopy analyses clearly show that the average surface roughness and the grain size decrease with the addition of Fe dopants. Optical studies reveal that the optical band gap value decreases on Fe doping. The 1 at.% Fe-doped film shows normal dispersion for the wavelength range 450-700 nm. The PL spectra of the films show a strong ultraviolet emission centered at similar to 388 nm in the case of 1 at.% Fe-doped film."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "A slow photo current response in the films has been observed in the transient photoconductivity measurement."
For more information on this research see: Experimental Investigation of Spray-Deposited Fe-Doped ZnO Nanoparticle Thin Films: Structural, Microstructural, and Optical Properties. Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, 2013;22(7):1230-1241. Journal of Thermal Spray Technology can be contacted at: Springer, 233 Spring St, New York, NY 10013, USA. (Springer - www.springer.com; Journal of Thermal Spray Technology - www.springerlink.com/content/1059-9630/)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting C.S. Prajapati, Indian Inst Technol, Dept. of Phys, Bombay 400076, Maharashtra, India. Additional authors for this research include A. Kushwaha and P.P. Sahay.
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