Synthesis and characterization of a nanostructured gallium nitride-PMMA composite

K. E. Gonsalves, G. Carlson, S. P. Rangarajan, M. Benaissa, M. José-Yacamán

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Nanostructured gallium nitride (GaN) has been prepared by the decomposition of a dimeric precursor, Ga2[N(CH3)2]6. The resulting greyish solid exhibited X-ray diffraction peaks at 20 = 35.5, 58 and 69°, corresponding, respectively, to the (111), (220), and (311) lattice planes of face-centred cubic (zinc blende) GaN. HRTEM showed that the material was fee, with numerous stacking faults. The GaN consisted of primary domains of diameter 5 nm agglomerated into large secondary particles, which were de-agglomerated using sonication. This process yielded single-crystal particles, which were dispersed in poly(methyl methacryate) (PMMA). The particle size was 5.5 ± 2.6 nm and the loading was approximately 9 mg ml-1 The composites have a strong optical resonance in the blue region, at ca. 320 nm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1451-1453
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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