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Real-time direct transmission electron microscopy imaging of phase and morphology transformation from solid indium oxide hydroxide to hollow corundum-type indium oxide nanocrystallites

Schlicker, Lukas; Popescu, Radian; Bekheet, Maged F.; Doran, Andrew; Gerthsen, Dagmar; Gurlo, Aleksander

A time-resolved series of high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) images are used to monitor phase and morphology transformation of rod-like and spherical particles with the initial ortho-rhombic In OOH phase in situ under continuous illumination with high-energy electrons in a transmission electron microscope. For both particle types, the electron-beam irradiation induces a fast InOOH to rh-In₂O₃ decomposition accompanied by the formation of voids within the particle/rod center. After illu-mination time intervals of about 1–2 min (i.e.electron dose 6.3–12.6 × 10⁷enm¯²) for particles and8 min (4.3 × 108enm¯²) for rods, respectively, several small empty cavities become visible in the particle/rod center. The cavities coalesce and form a large hollow space/canal after further illumination. Time-resolved in situ HRTEM unambiguously shows that the formation of internal voids in both nano particle types is a consequence of the structural InOOH-to-rh-In₂O₃ phase transition that starts at the surface of the corresponding particle. The as-formed oxide phase encapsulates the untransformed hydroxylated phase. Its decomposition does not follow the Kirkendall mechanism; the matter transferred outwards is removed in the form of water, leading to void formation inside without an increase of the particle size.

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000099565
Veröffentlicht am 04.11.2019
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Laboratorium für Elektronenmikroskopie (LEM)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2019
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2040-3364, 2040-3372
KITopen-ID: 1000099565
Erschienen in Nanoscale
Verlag Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
Band 11
Heft 25
Seiten 12242–12249
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 31.05.2019
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