Spectroscopic Characterization of Nanocrystalline Chromium Nitride (CrN)
Abstract:Nanocrystalline chromiuim nitride has been synthesised by direct gas phase nitridation of nanocrystalline chromia at 1100 °C in ammonia atmosphere. XRD of this material showed formation of single phase CrN with particle size around 20 nm. AFM studies showed particle distribution along with some soft agglomerated nanostructures. Nanocrystalline Cr2O3 and partially—as well as fully—converted nanocrystalline CrN were also investigated using various spectroscopic techniques like XPS, FT-IR, and Raman for gaining insight into the conversion pathways. Spectroscopic investigations of these materials clearly indicate that complete conversion of CrN occurs by nitriding at 1100 °C for 4 hrs. The salient spectroscopic features of these nanocrystalline materials with respect to their microcrystalline counterparts are discussed.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2007-03-01
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