Synthesis and Properties of Nanocrystalline π-SnS - A New Cubic Phase of Tin Sulphide Academic Article uri icon


  • We report on the synthesis of the newly discovered cubic phase of tin sulfide π-SnS and compare its properties to the well-known phase of tin sulfide, α-SnS. Shape control was achieved by the variation of synthesis parameters, resulting in cubic, rhombic dodecahedral and tetrahedral shapes of the π-SnS nanoparticles. X-ray diffraction provided authentication of the proposed model and refined determination of the lattice parameter a = 11.595 Å. Raman spectroscopy showed a substantial shift towards higher energies and peak splitting for π-SnS. Optical absorption spectroscopy indicated an indirect band gap of 1.53 eV, in good agreement with density functional theory (DFT) calculations indicating a band gap greater than that of α-SnS. DFT total energy calculations show that the π-SnS phase is energetically similar to α-SnS, and is significantly more stable than the hypothetical ideal rocksalt structure of SnS.

publication date

  • January 1, 2016