Jain, Megha and -, Megha and Vashishtha, Pargam and Gupta, Govind and Sinha, Anil Kumar and Gupta, Mukul and Vij, Ankush and Thakur, Anup (2020) Mechanistic insights into defect generation and tuning of optical properties in Zn1-xFexAl2O4 (0.01 <= x <= 0.40) nanocrystals. Acta Crystallographica Section B, 76 (5). pp. 757-768. ISSN 2052-5206

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The correlation of several defects and optical and magnetic properties with Fe content in Zn1-xFexAl2O4 (0.01 <= x <= 0.40) nanocrystals has been scrutinized through X-ray diffraction, O K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure, FT-IR, diffuse reflectance, photoluminescence and electron spin-resonance spectroscopies, and vibrating sample magnetometry. Increasing Fe content causes elongation in the octahedral units of the lattice, accompanied by distortion in the octahedral coordination. Fe introduces non-radiative centres in the forbidden gap, thereby tuning the band gap from 4.37 to 3.88 eV and eliminating emission in the visible region. Zn vacancies are found to tail off, while Fe-i(center dot center dot center dot), Al-Zn(center dot) and Fe-Al(x) antisite defects increase in concentration with increasing Fe content. Inhomogeneous broadening of spin-resonance signals infers strong spin-lattice interactions of Fe3+ ions at distorted octahedral and non-symmetric tetrahedral sites. A transition is observed from paramagnetism to superparamagnetism at higher Fe concentrations. A visual colour change from pearly white to orange-brown is observed in Zn1-xFexAl2O4 nanocrystals with increasing Fe content, revealing its potential candidature for pigments in the paint and dye industries.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to M/s Wiley.
Subjects: Chemistry
Depositing User: Mr. Yogesh Joshi
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2022 10:21
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2022 10:21
URI: http://npl.csircentral.net/id/eprint/4806

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