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Preparation and characterization of the semiconductor CuMnO2 by sol-gel route

Benreguia, Nadia and Barnabé, Antoine and Trari, Mohamed Preparation and characterization of the semiconductor CuMnO2 by sol-gel route. (2016) Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing, 56. 14-19. ISSN 1369-8001

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mssp.2016.07.012


Nano crystallites of the crednerite CuMnO2 are prepared by sol–gel method with two-step annealing process. The powder heated at 450°C under air flow shows a mixture of CuO, Mn2O3 and CuxMn3−xO4. However, when calcined at 900°C under N2 atmosphere, the crednerite CuMnO2 with a monoclinic structure (space group: C2/m) is obtained. The Raman spectrum shows a single peak at 679cm−1 assigned to A1g mode whereas the infrared analysis confirms the linearity of CuO23− units. The optical transition at 1.70eV, determined from the diffuse reflectance is attributed to the inter-band d-d transition of Cu+ ion. The oxide exhibits semiconducting properties with an activation energy of 0.21eV. The photo-electrochemical measurement shows p-type conduction due to O2− insertion in the two dimensional lattice. The flat band potential (+0.12 VSCE), indicates a cationic character of both valence and conduction bands deriving from Cu+: 3d orbital.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-02378792
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene - USTHB (ALGERIA)
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