Characterization of CoTiO3 Nanocrystallites Prepared by Homogeneous Precipitation Method

Authors Ming-Wei Li1, Xiao-Mei Gao1, Yin-Ling Hou1, Cheng-Yang Wang2

1 School of Science, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China

2 School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China

Issue Volume 5, Year 2013, Number 3
Dates Received 12 May 2013; revised manuscript received 01 July 2013; published online 12 July 2013
Citation Ming-Wei Li, Xiao-Mei Gao, Yin-Ling Hou, Cheng-Yang Wang, J. Nano- Electron. Phys. 5 No 3, 03022 (2013)
PACS Number(s) 61.46. ± w, 78.67. ± n, 71.20.Nr
Keywords Cobalt titanate, Nanocrystalline materials (2) , Microstructure (21) , Optical property (2) .
Annotation Nanocrystalline cobalt titanate (CoTiO3) has been synthesized from a well-mixed precursor. The precursor was prepared by a homogeneous precipitation method, in which urea was used as the precipitator. The as-synthesized sample is a mixture of CoTiO3 and rutile nanocrystallites with mean sizes of around 50 nm. It strongly absorbs visible light in the wavelength range of 500-690 nm besides ultraviolet light (wavelength < 370 nm). We found the synthetic CoTiO3 is a semiconducting material with a direct band gap of 2.53 eV. The green CoTiO3 has two absorbance peaks at the wavelengths of 537 and 606 nm, which correspond to the photon energies of 2.31 and 2.05 eV, respectively.

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