Co, Al co-doped zinc oxide [Zn 1-x-yCo xAl yO; x = 0.04, 0.03, 0.02; y = 0.01, 0.02, 0.03] nanoparticles were synthesized by a citrate assisted combustion method at 500°C for various doping levels using zinc, cobalt and aluminum nitrates as precursors. The synthesized oxide nanopowders of different compositions were calcined at 600, 700 and 800°C for 2 h. The synthesized Zn 1- x-yCo xAl yO nanocrystals were characterized for their thermal, structural, and morphological features. The structural studies resulting in doping-independent crystallite sizes and the thermal analysis confirm the execution of complete combustion. The average particle size of ZnO nanocrystals decreases due to the tension caused by Co and Al dopants in the zincite structure and the ionic size differences. The as-prepared nanoparticles with an average particle size in the range of 10-20 and 20-30 nm were observed for doped and undoped ZnO, respectively.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Ceramic Processing Research|
|State||Published - 2012|
- Combustion synthesis