Synthesis and Structural Studies on MgO Nanoparticles Suitable for Tunnel Barrier Applications Pages 645-648

Synthesis and Structural Studies on MgO Nanoparticles Suitable for Tunnel Barrier Applications
Pages 645-648
S. Rizwan Ali, M. Naeem, S. Imran Ali, Sajida Azam, S. Naseem Shah, Zia-ur-Rehman and S. Masood Raza

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.6000/1927-5129.2015.11.86

Published: 31 December 2015

Abstract: Magnesium oxide (MgO) nanoparticles are synthesized by a simple coprecipitation method. XRD studies reveal that nanoparticles are predominantly (100) textured with an average crystallite size of 19 nm.The relative peak intensities for (100) and (110) textured grains i.e., I(100)/I(110) is found to be ~ 2. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) pictures of our samples indicate that our synthesized nanoparticles are spherically shaped. Due to excellent electron tunneling features of (100) textured MgO nanoparticles, our synthesis method is suitable for cost effective and simple synthesis of pure MgO nanoparticles for applications involving electron tunneling.

Keywords: Metallic oxide, MgO, Nanoparticles, chemical synthesis, tunnel barrier..