Switching in structural, optical, and magnetic properties of self-assembled Co-doped ZnO: effect of Co-concentration
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Here, we report on the self-assembled Co-doped ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by using sol–gel technique. It has been observed that when Co is introduced in the solution, nanoparticles arrange themselves into a particular pattern. This self-assembly of Zn1−xCoxO, were found to be consistent with the change in Co-doping concentration. Using electron microscopy these systems were studied to confirm the assembly formation with doping. Optical study of these assemblies suggests the decrease in direct band gap of these systems with the increase in doping concentration. In addition to it, the Urbach energy was found to be increased, indicating the redistribution of states in between conduction and valence band with doping. Magnetic measurement shows the introduction of paramagnetic behavior with Co-doping in this self-assembled Co-doped ZnO.
KeywordsCo3O4 Room Temperature Ferromagnetism Urbach Energy Zinc Nitrate Hexahydrate Cobalt Nitrate Hexahydrate
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