Atomic structure of ZnO Σ13 [0001]/{13 4 ̄ 0} symmetric tilt grain boundary

Ji Young Roh, Yukio Sato, Yuichi Ikuhara

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Zinc oxide (ZnO) is used for a wide range of electrical applications, where its grain boundaries (GBs) possibly influence the physical properties. It is important to determine the GB structure in atomic scale to understand GB effects on the electrical properties. In this study, the atomic structure of a ZnO GB is investigated in detail by scanning transmission electron microscopy and theoretical calculations. It is shown that the atomic structure of ZnO Σ13 [0001]/{134̄0} 32.2° symmetric tilt GB is constructed as an array of structural units (SUs) of six- and eight-membered rings. The GB has two different SU alignments. The dominant structure of the GB is the zig-zag SU alignment and the secondary one is the straight SU alignment. The relation between the SU alignment and the rotation angle has been determined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)617-621
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Ceramic Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry


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