Chalcopyrite-type CuInSe2 nanoparticles are successfully prepared by using In2Se3 nanoparticles as a precursor reacted with copper chloride (CuCl) solution via a phase transformation process in low temperature. The reaction time is a key parameter. After the reaction time increasing from 0.5 h to 8 h, In2Se3 and CuCl react with each other gradually via phase transformation into CuInSe2 without any intermediate phase. The crystalline structure and morphology of the CuInSe2 nanoparticles are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). The diameter of CuInSe2 nanoparticles with good dispersibility ranges from 10 nm to 20 nm. The band gap of the CuInSe2 nanoparticles is 1.04 eV calculated from the ultraviolet-visible (UV-VIS) spectrum.
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