This article is devoted to the spectroscopic characterization of ZnS-ZnO nanoscale heterostructures synthesized by the microwave-assisted solvothermal method. The synthesized samples were investigated by means of X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), high energy resolution fluorescence detected X-ray absorption near-edge-structure (HERFD-XANES) spectroscopy, valence-to-core X-ray emission spectroscopy (VtC-XES) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) as well as energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The average crystallite size estimated by the broadening of XRPD peaks increases from 2.7 nm to 3.7 nm in the temperature range from 100 °C to 150 °C. HR-TEM images show that nanoparticles are arranged in aggregates with the 60–200 nm size. Theoretical estimation shows that the systems synthesized at higher temperatures more prone to the agglomeration. The full profile Reitveld analysis of XRPD data reveals the formation of hexagonal zinc sulfide structure, whereas electron diffraction data reveal also the formation of cubic zinc sulfide and claim the polymorphous character of the system. High energy resolution Zn K-edge XANES data unambiguously demonstrate the presence of a certain amount of the zinc oxide which is likely to have an amorphous structure and could not be detected by XRPD. Qualitative analysis of XANES data allows deriving ZnS/ZnO ratio as a function of synthesis temperature. EDX analysis depicts homogeneous distribution of ZnS and amorphous ZnO phases across the conglomerates. A complementary element-selective valence to core X-ray emission spectroscopy evidences formation of two-component system and confirms estimations of ZnS/ZnO fractions obtained by linear combination fit of XANES data.
Journal of Solid State Chemistry – Elsevier
Published: Jun 1, 2018
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