Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 41, Issue 17, pp 5784–5787 | Cite as

Self-assembly of ZnO nanoplates into microspheres

  • Haixia Niu
  • Qing Yang
  • Kaibin Tang
  • Yi Xie
  • Fei YuEmail author

The chemical fabrication of materials with a controllable size and shape has attracted considerable interest due to the obvious importance of size and shape of materials in determining their properties [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. Recently, the research on the structures of materials is expanding rapidly to the assembly of nanoparticles into two-dimensional (2-D) or three-dimensional (3-D) ordered superstructures [6, 7, 8]. However, few reports on the self-assembly nanoplates into microspheres have been made to date.

As a wide bandgap semiconductor material with a large excitation binding energy, ZnO has promising applications in catalytic, electrical, optoelectronic and photochemical fields [9, 10, 11]. It is known that the properties of ZnO depend closely on its microstructures, thus its surface area and morphology (how the crystals are stacked) have a crucial role in many applications of ZnO [12]. Therefore, the development of morphologically controllable synthesis of ZnO with different...


Scan Electron Microscope Microscopy Representative Transmission Electron Microscopy Image Na2C2O4 Good Structural Stability Zinc Oxalate 



Financial support from Anhui Provincial Natural Science Foundation, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Chinese Ministry of Education is gratefully acknowledged. The authors thank Dr. Zhenhua Liang for his helpful discussion.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Haixia Niu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Qing Yang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kaibin Tang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yi Xie
    • 1
    • 2
  • Fei Yu
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Nanomaterials and Nanochemistry, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at MicroscaleUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaHefei, AnhuiP.R. China
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryUniversity of Science and Technology of China Hefei, AnhuiP.R. China
  3. 3.Department of Modern MechanicsUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaHefei, AnhuiP.R. China

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