Influence of coumarin as an additive on CuO nanostructures prepared by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method
The effect of coumarin doping during the growth of CuO nanostructures by SILAR method has been studied. It was found that coumarin considerably influences the growth process, manipulates the bandgap and modifies the crystallite size of the films. XRD experiments evidenced that with higher coumarin concentrations in the growth solution, the microstrain and dislocation density increased, while the crystallite size of the films decreased. SEM images revealed that the thicknesses of the plate-like nanostructures decreased with increasing coumarin concentration. By UV/vis spectrophotometer analysis it is found that the coumarin concentration affects both the optical band gap and the transmission rate: both the band gap and spectral transmittance values of the films decreased for higher coumarin content. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.