We report the formation of homogeneous and stable V2O 3 nanocrystals, directly from V2O5 thin films, at 600 °C, as observed by using in situ electron microscopy experiments. Thermally-induced reduction of V2O5 thin films in vacuum is remarkably different when compared to reduction of V2O 5 single crystals and results in the formation of nanophase V 2O3. Thermally grown V2O3 nanocrystals exhibit hexagon or square shape and are stable at higher temperature as well as room temperature. The formation of stable nanocrystals through the reduction process in a non-chemical environment (vacuum) could provide a basis for understanding the complex processes of vanadium oxide phase transitions and for controlling the chemical processes to produce oxide nanocrystals.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Materials Chemistry