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Solution synthesis of one-dimensional ZnO nanomaterials and their applications

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Abstract

Recently, one-dimensional (1D) ZnO nanomaterials (NMs) have been extensively studied because both their functional properties and highly controllable morphology make them important building blocks for understanding nanoscale phenomena and realizing nanoscale devices. Compared with high temperature (>450 °C) vapor phase methods, solution-based synthesis methods can be conducted at low temperatures (25–200 °C) allowing for compatibility with many organic substrate materials and offer additional advantages such as straightforward processing, low cost, and ease of scale up. Although there exist several review articles in the literature regarding the synthesis and applications of 1D ZnO NMs, those focusing on solution-based synthesis methods are lacking. Thus, this review focuses mainly on 1D ZnO NMs synthesized by solution-based processing. Firstly, 1D ZnO non-patterned, nanoparticle-seeded synthesis and its associated solution growth kinetics are discussed. Next, synthesis of vertically-aligned ZnO nanorod arrays with controlled pattern and density on various substrates is reviewed. Finally, important applications of 1D ZnO NMs are highlighted including sensors, field emission devices, photodetectors, optical switches, and solar cells.

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The article was received on 22 Jan 2010, accepted on 13 May 2010 and first published on 24 Jun 2010


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C0NR00047G
Citation: Nanoscale, 2010,2, 1573-1587
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    Solution synthesis of one-dimensional ZnO nanomaterials and their applications

    B. Weintraub, Z. Zhou, Y. Li and Y. Deng, Nanoscale, 2010, 2, 1573
    DOI: 10.1039/C0NR00047G

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