Synthesis and Characterization of CuIn2n+1 S3n+2 (with n = 0, 1, 2, 3 and 5) Powders


CuIn2n+1 S3n+2 crystals were synthesized by horizontal Bridgman method using high purity copper, indium, sulfur elements. The phases and crystallographic structure of the CuIn2n+1S3n+2 crystals were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the composition of the material powders was determined using the energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX). Measurement data revealed that CuIn2n+1S3n+2 materials have not the same structure. In fact, CuInS2 and CuIn3S5 crystallize in the chalcopyrite structure whereas CuIn5S8, CuIn7S11 and CuIn11S17 crystallize in the cubic spinel structure.


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N. Khemiri, D. Abdelkader, B. Khalfallah and M. Kanzari, "Synthesis and Characterization of CuIn2n+1 S3n+2 (with n = 0, 1, 2, 3 and 5) Powders," Open Journal of Synthesis Theory and Applications, Vol. 2 No. 1, 2013, pp. 33-37. doi: 10.4236/ojsta.2013.21003.

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