Solvent effect on synthesis of indium tin oxide nano-powders by a solvothermal process

Jin Seok Lee, Sung Churl Choi

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Abstract

Well-crystallized and nano-sized indium tin oxide (ITO) powders were prepared by a solvothermal process from a mixed solution consisting of indium nitrate and tin chloride. The characteristics of the solvothermally synthesized ITO powders were studied to investigate the contribution of the processing variables (solvent, working temperature, working pressure) on the physico-chemical properties. The results of this study show that the nano-sized blue ITO powders with a single phase could be directly obtained by changing the medium from water to organic solvent. Comparison of the yellow ITO powders synthesized by the coprecipitation using calcination of precipitates and blue ITO powders synthesized by the solvothermal process indicated that the solvothermal process led to an in situ reduction reaction. Solvent viscosity in the solvothermal process strongly influences both electrical and optical properties of ITO materials for transparent conducting oxides (TCOs). The size of synthesized ITO particles increased with increasing solvent viscosity due to steric hindrance. Moreover, the shape of the synthesized ITO particles became more square with increasing solvent viscosity, because the preferred orientation of ITO materials for crystallization is the fastest in the 〈1 0 0〉 direction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3307-3314
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the European Ceramic Society
Volume25
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005 Sep 1

Keywords

  • Defects
  • Electrical properties
  • Indium tin oxide (ITO)
  • Powders-chemical preparation
  • SnO
  • Solvothermal process

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