1Deptartment of Applied Physics, Delhi Technological University, Delhi 110042, India
2Institute of Physics, Sachivalaya Marg, Bhubaneswar 751005, India
Adv. Mater. Lett., 2016, 7 (4), pp 271-276
Publication Date (Web): Mar 07, 2016
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Silica, generally known as silicon dioxide is insulating in nature whereas silicon is semiconducting. These two materials are widely used in sensing and electronic devices. In order to full-fill demand of silicon, sources other than sand, have to explore for silicon extraction. In this report, bamboo culms have been subjected to thermo chemical decomposition at high temperature (1250 °C) in an inert atmosphere. After pyrolysis, contents in residual of bamboo culms have been characterized by using scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Nanosized, pure crystalline Si has been formed. Si as well as charcoal is found to be crystalline in nature. No silicon carbide formation observed.
Nano-sized Si, bamboo charcoal, pyrolysis process, EDX mapping.