Delayed ignition of autocatalytic combustion precursors: Low-temperature nanomaterial binder approach to electronically functional oxide films

Myung Gil Kim, Jonathan W. Hennek, Hyun Sung Kim, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, Antonio Facchetti, Tobin J. Marks

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Delayed ignition of combustion synthesis precursors can significantly lower metal oxide film formation temperatures. From bulk In 2O 3 precursor analysis, it is shown here that ignition temperatures can be lowered by as much as 150 °C. Thus, heat generation from ∼60 nm thick In 2O 3 films is sufficient to form crystalline In 2O 3 films at 150 °C. Furthermore, we show that the low processing temperatures of sufficiently thick combustion precursor films can be applied to the synthesis of metal oxide nanocomposite films from nanomaterials overcoated/impregnated with the appropriate combustion precursor. The resulting, electrically well-connected nanocomposites exhibit significant enhancements in charge-transport properties vs conventionally processed oxide films while maintaining desirable intrinsic electronic properties. For example, while ZnO nanorod-based thin-film transistors exhibit an electron mobility of 10 -3-10 -2 cm 2 V -1 s -1, encasing these nanorods within a ZnO combustion precursor-derived matrix enhances the electron mobility to 0.2 cm 2 V -1 s -1. Using commercially available ITO nanoparticles, the intrinsically high carrier concentration is preserved during nanocomposite film synthesis, and an ITO nanocomposite film processed at 150 °C exhibits a conductivity of ∼10 S cm -1 without post-reductive processing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11583-11593
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - Jul 18 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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