Synthesis Optimization of Cadmium Carbonate Films as Potential Precursor to Produce CdSe, CdTe, and CdO Films

J. A. Heredia-Cancino*, K. J. Mendoza-Peña, H. J. Higuera-Valenzuela, M. Anahí Soto B, R. Ochoa-Landín, S. J. Castillo

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Cadmium-derived materials are highly demanded for optoelectronics applications, and the scientific community has widely worked in different ways to develop them. In this research, the optimization of CdCO3 films using a chemical bath deposition (CBD) method at different deposition times (10, 11, and 12 h) is reported. The intention to optimize CdCO3 films is in order to propose it as a precursor to produce different types of cadmium-derived semiconductors such as CdSe, CdTe, and CdO. The obtained films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, optical absorption by diffuse reflectance, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The results provide evidence that CdCO3 films were effectively synthesized, featuring a rhombohedral crystalline structure with a preferential plane (104), and crystallite sizes were 65, 69, and 87 nm for the deposited samples at 10, 11, and 12 h, respectively. Surface morphology analysis revealed microstructures around 3–5 (Formula presented.), with a deltoid shape, agglomerated and distributed randomly for all samples. The bandgap obtained was 3.78 eV for all samples.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1691
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2022

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  • CBD
  • CdCO
  • CdO
  • CdSe
  • CdTe
  • cadmium
  • cost-effective
  • precursor film
  • semiconductor
  • synthesis


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