Optical and vibrational properties of PbSe nanoparticles synthesized in clinoptilolite

J. Flores-Valenzuela, M. Cortez-Valadez, R. Ramírez-Bon, H. Arizpe-Chavez, J. F. Román-Zamorano, M. Flores-Acosta

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In this work, the optical and vibrational properties of composites based on PbSe semiconductor immersed in a zeolite matrix are reported. The natural zeolite, (clinoptilolite) was used as the host material of PbSe nanoparticles. The method for obtaining these particles is also reported here, which is based on ion exchange processes inside the natural zeolite in alkaline aqueous solution that contains the precursor ions Pb2+ and Se2-. The process of synthesis was conducted temperature, volume, concentration and reaction time of the precursors. The samples were studied by powder X-ray diffraction, TEM (transmission electron microscopy), diffuse reflectance and Raman spectroscopy. The experimental results demonstrate that with this method, the particles with nanometric PbSe sizes were synthesized in the zeolite matrix. Vibrational Raman bands at low wave numbers were detected in these particles by the presence of a shoulder located at 135 cm-1 and a band at around 149 cm-1. The vibrational calculations for small clusters of PbSe at LSDA (Local Spin Density Approximation) level combined with the basis set LANDL2DZ (Los Alamos National Laboratory 2 double ζ), were considered through DFT (Density Functionl Theory). The "breathing" Raman modes located at 119-152 cm-1 were detected for this level of theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalPhysica E: Low-Dimensional Systems and Nanostructures
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2015

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  • Breathing radial modes
  • DFT calculations
  • Optical absorbance in PbSe nanoparticles
  • PbSe nanostructures


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