Syntheses of soluble GaN nanocrystals by a solution-phase reaction

Chia Chun Chen*, Chi Hui Liang

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A solution phase synthetic method of colloidal GaN nanocrystals at the low temperature has been reported. The syntheses involve the reaction of gallium chloride and lithium nitride in aromatic type solvents mixed surfactants, trioctylphosphine (TOPO) at the temperature below 300°C. The resulting nanocrystals were crystalline and generally spherical with the surfaces passivated by TOPO giving the individual nanocrystals solubility in common organic solvents. The average crystal sizes varied from 50 Å to 200 Å in different reaction conditions. We have confirmed the hexagonal wurzite structure of the GaN naocrystals by transmission electron miwcroscope (TEM), x-ray powder diffraction. The samples were examined the optical emission by an emission spectrometer. The results indicated that the nanocrystals emit photoluminescence at 3.31 eV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-226
Number of pages4
JournalTamkang Journal of Science and Engineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Dec


  • Gallium Nitride
  • GaN Nanocrystals
  • Nanocrystals
  • Zinc Blende

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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