A nanocrystalline hematite film prepared from iron(III) chloride precursor Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper deals with a simple and low-cost method developed to deposit hematite (-Fe2O3) layers on a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO/F:SnO2) substrate by thermal decomposition of solid iron(III) chloride hexahydrate (FeCl3 6H2O). Deposition procedure takes place through chemical intermediate iron(III) oxide chloride (FeOCl) film. A crucial influence of atmosphere dynamics involved in the calcination process of FeOCl has been observed. As-deposited films were characterized by means of Conversion Electron Mssbauer Spectroscopy (CEMS), Grazing Angle X-Ray Diffractometry (GAXRD), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis. Final nanocrystalline hematite film with a cactus-field-like design consists of 20 nm thick porous crystal plates. A process of hematite doping by tin atoms from substrate coating is also discussed. 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Frydrych, J., Machala, L., Hermanek, M., Medrik, I., Mashlan, M., Tucek, J., Pechousek, J., & Sharma, V. K.

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Frydrych, Jiri||Machala, Libor||Hermanek, Martin||Medrik, Ivo||Mashlan, Miroslav||Tucek, Jiri||Pechousek, Jiri||Sharma, Virender K

publication date

  • August 2010