Self-patterned nanocrystals in Zn-In-Sn-O thin films

M. Zhang, D. B. Buchholz, S. J. Xie, R. P.H. Chang*

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Self-patterned nanocrystals (NCs) with size, shape and composition fluctuation similar to quantum dots (QDs) in conventional semiconductors were formed in epitaxial Zn0.3In1.4Sn0.3O3-δ (ZITO) thin films on (1 1 1) yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) substrate. The diameters of the NCs range from 5 to 30 nm. Chemical composition in and around NCs was analyzed by high-angle-angular-dark-field (HAADF) imaging and nanobeam composition line scanning in an advanced (scanning) transmission electron microscope. The NCs are rich in heavier elements compared with their surrounding medium. The formation of self-patterned NCs and its tuning effects on charge transport and optical transparency of ZITO films are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)671-675
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Crystal Growth
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 1 2008


  • A1. Defects and interfaces
  • A1. Quantum dots or nanocrystals
  • A1. Transmission electron microscopy
  • B1. Transparent conducting oxide thin films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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