Synthesis of 3C-SiC nanocrystals at the SiO 2/Si interface by CO 2 thermal treatment

G. Deokar, M. D'Angelo, C. Deville Cavellin

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We report 3C-SiC nano-crystals synthesis by thermal annealing of SiO 2/Si wafers in CO 2 gas. The nano-crystals have been characterized using scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. These results are correlated with selective area electron diffraction paterns, and transmission electron microscopy observations that evidence the formation of cubic SiC nano-crystals epitaxied on Si. In our experimental conditions, the crystals size is in the range 10-60 nm, increasing with the treatment time, as the crystals density. Using isotopic labelled SiO 2 associated with Nuclear Reaction Analysis (NRA) and Nuclear Narrow Resonance Profiling (NRP), oxygen exchanges between CO 2 and SiO 2 could be evidenced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9232-9236
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Isotopic Tracing
  • Nanostructures
  • Nuclear Reaction Analysis and Profiling
  • Silicon Carbide


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