Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 653–658 | Cite as

Catalytic effect of metal elements on the growth of GaN and Mg-doped GaN micro-crystals

  • Kee Suk Nahm
  • Tae Yun Kim
  • Sang Hyun Lee


Catalytic effect of metal elements was observed in the growth of GaN and Mg-doped GaN micro-crystals. High quality GaN micro-crystals were synthesized by direct reaction of gallium and ammonia using a Ni-mesh catalyst. Mg-doped GaN micro-crystals were also grown by the same reaction scheme in the presence of MgCl2. The growth rate of GaN micro-crystals markedly increased in the presence of the catalyst. The average grain size of GaN microcrystals synthesized in the presence of Ni and Mg metals was larger than that in the absence of the metals. The characterization of the catalytically grown GaN micro-crystals using transmission electron microscopy and X-ray and/or electron diffraction pattern showed the growth of dislocation free hexagonal GaN micro-crystals. Photoluminescence (PL) and Catholuminescence (CL) measurements also showed the growth of good quality n-and p-type GaN microcrystals using Ni catalyst

Key words

GaN Mg-doped Micro-crystal Vertical CVD Reactor Metal Catalyst 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Chemical Engineering and TechnologyChonbuk National UniversityChonjuRepublic of Korea

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