Synthesis of delafossite CuAlO2 p-type semiconductor with a nanoparticle-based Cu(I) acetate-loaded boehmite precursor

Tran V. Thu, Pham D. Thanh, Koichiro Suekuni, Nguyen H. Hai, Derrick Mott, Mikio Koyano, Shinya Maenosono

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Delafossite CuAlO2 p-type nanostructured semiconductor was synthesized using boehmite (γ-AlOOH) nanorods loaded with copper(I) acetate [Cu(OAc)] as a precursor (nanoprecursor). Because Cu(OAc)-loaded γ-AlOOH nanorods are highly anisotropic, they tend to form inherent bunches consisting of several nanorods during the course of drying the nanoprecursor dispersion droplet on a solid substrate. By annealing the nanoprecursor at 1150 °C in air, a delafossite CuAlO2 polycrystal was successfully obtained as the dominant phase. The CuAlO2 polycrystal is found to exhibit the (1 1 0) crystal orientation. The crystalline anisotropy of CuAlO2, which is not usually attainable using conventional molecular precursors, is presumably originated in the anisotropic morphology of the nanoprecursor. The Seebeck coefficient, resistivity and thermal conductivity of the CuAlO2 polycrystal at 300 K were found to be +560 μV K-1, 1.3 Ω m and 19.4 W K-1 m -1, respectively, confirming the p-type nature of the CuAlO 2 polycrystal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1819-1827
Number of pages9
JournalMaterials Research Bulletin
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Nov
Externally publishedYes


  • A. Electronic materials
  • A. Oxides
  • B. Chemical synthesis
  • C. X-ray diffraction
  • D. Crystal structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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