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Local Structure of Nanocrystalline Aluminum Nitride

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posted on 18.09.2018, 00:00 authored by Stevan M. Ognjanović, Manfred Zähres, Christian Mayer, Markus Winterer
The local structure of chemical-vapor-synthesized (CVS) crystalline AlN nanoparticles is investigated by combining magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance and X-ray absorption spectroscopies. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure data are analyzed by reverse Monte Carlo method, and X-ray absorption near edge structure is interpreted by first principles FEFF calculations. The measurements show behavior characteristic of partially disordered systems. Nevertheless, combined analysis of the data, supported by Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction patterns, leads to the conclusion that the observed behavior is due to the small size (large surface to volume ratios) of the nanoparticles (dXRD < 6 nm) and that highly crystalline wurtzite AlN is formed during the CVS process.