Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 45, Issue 5, pp 1242–1247 | Cite as

Structural and electrical conductivity studies on undoped and copper-doped nanocrystalline zinc sulphide

  • S. Chellammal
  • S. Sankar
  • S. Selvakumar
  • E. Viswanathan
  • R. Murugaraj
  • K. Sivaji


Zinc sulphide (ZnS) and copper-doped zinc sulphide nanocrystallites (ZnS:Cu) of average size 4 and 3 nm, respectively, have been synthesized by chemical precipitation method. Structural and morphological studies using X-ray and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) measurements have confirmed hexagonal structure for the samples. Using impedance spectroscopy, the effect of grain interior and grain boundary regions on the electrical conductivity have been studied at various temperatures. In the high temperature region, the grain boundary contribution to conduction is found to be larger than that of the grain interior region. Further, the activation energies of charge carriers in both the grain interior and grain boundary regions have been determined. The conduction mechanism of copper-doped zinc sulphide nanocrystallites have been studied at various temperatures and the results are reported.


High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopic High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopic Zinc Sulphide Chemical Precipitation Method ZnSe Nanoparticles 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Chellammal
    • 1
  • S. Sankar
    • 1
  • S. Selvakumar
    • 2
  • E. Viswanathan
    • 2
  • R. Murugaraj
    • 3
  • K. Sivaji
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physics, College of EngineeringAnna UniversityChennaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Nuclear PhysicsUniversity of MadrasChennaiIndia
  3. 3.Department of Physics, Madras Institute of Technology CampusAnna UniversityChennaiTamil NaduIndia

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