Zinc selenide

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Zinc selenide
Zinc selenide
ZnSe.jpg
Names
Other names
Zinc selenide
Stilleite
Identifiers
1315-09-9 N
PubChem 4298215
Properties
ZnSe
Molar mass 144.35 g/mol
Appearance light yellow solid
Density 5.27 g/cm3
Melting point 1,525 °C (2,777 °F)
negligible
Band gap 2.82 eV (10 K)
2.67 (550 nm)
2.40 (10.6 µm)
Structure
Crystal structure Zincblende (cubic)
Lattice constant a = 566.8 pm
Tetrahedral (Zn2+)
Tetrahedral (Se2−)
Thermochemistry
−177.6 kJ/mol
Hazards
EU Index 034-002-00-8
EU classification Toxic (T)
Dangerous for the environment (N)
R-phrases R23/25, R33, R50/53
S-phrases (S1/2), S20/21, S28, S45, S60, S61
Related compounds
Other anions
Zinc oxide
Zinc sulfide
Zinc telluride
Other cations
Cadmium selenide
Mercury selenide
Except where noted otherwise, data is given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Zinc selenide (ZnSe) is a light-yellow, solid compound comprising zinc (Zn) and selenium (Se). It is an intrinsic semiconductor with a band gap of about 2.70 eV at 25 °C (77 °F). ZnSe rarely occurs in nature, and is found in the mineral that was named after Hans Stille called "stilleite."

Properties[edit]

ZnSe can be made in both hexagonal (wurtzite) and cubic (zincblende) crystal structure.

It is a wide-bandgap semiconductor of the II-VI semiconductor group (since zinc and selenium belong to the 12th and 16th groups of the periodic table, respectively). The material can be doped n-type doping with, for instance, halogen elements. P-type doping is more difficult, but can be achieved by introducing gallium.

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Chemistry[edit]

ZnSe is insoluble in water, but reacts with acids to form toxic hydrogen selenide gas.

It can be deposited as a thin film by chemical vapour deposition techniques including MOVPE and vacuum evaporation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cr2+ excitation levels in ZnSe and ZnS, G. Grebe, G. Roussos and H.-J. Schulz, J. Phys. C: Solid State Phys. vol. 9 pp. 4511-4516 (1976) doi:10.1088/0022-3719/9/24/020
  2. ^ http://www.kayelaby.npl.co.uk/general_physics/2_5/2_5_8.html Kaye and Laby online at NPL

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