Journal of Electronic Materials

, Volume 47, Issue 8, pp 4296–4302 | Cite as

Emission and Structure-Varying ZnO and Carbon Nanocrystal Composite in Mechanical Processing

  • T. Torchynska
  • B. Perez Millan
  • G. Polupan
  • M. Kakazey
Topical Collection: 18th International Conference on II-VI Compounds
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  1. 18th International Conference on II-VI Compounds


Morphology, photoluminescence (PL), and Raman scattering spectra have been investigated for mixtures of ZnO+0.1%C nanocrystals (NCs) at different stages of mechanical processing (MP). The transformation of graphite into graphene monolayers covering the ZnO NC surface is revealed for the first MP stage. The interaction with oxygen has been detected in the second MP stage which leads to the dissolution of oxygen interstitials in the ZnO NCs and to the formation of graphene (graphite) oxides. Increasing the concentration of the oxygen interstitials in ZnO NCs also enhances the intensity stimulation of the orange PL band (2.18eV). Simultaneously, the PL band peaking at 2.82–2.90 eV is detected in the PL spectra of the ZnO+0.1%C NC mixture after MP for 9–90 min. Then, the variation of the ZnO NC shape, agglomeration of ZnO NCs, modification of ZnO defects and decreasing PL intensity have been detected after prolonged MP for 390 min. It is expected that short stages of MP can be useful for ZnO NC surface covering by graphene layers or graphene (graphite) oxides.


ZnO NCs photoluminescence Raman scattering graphene graphene (graphite) oxides 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto Politécnico Nacional, ESFMMéxico CityMexico
  2. 2.Instituto Politécnico Nacional, UPIITAMéxico CityMexico
  3. 3.Instituto Politécnico Nacional, ESIMEMéxico CityMexico
  4. 4.CIICAp - Universidad Autónoma del Estado de MorelosCuernavacaMexico

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