Science China Chemistry

, Volume 58, Issue 3, pp 411–416 | Cite as

Fabrication of ZnO with tunable morphology through a facile treatment of Zn-based coordination polymers

  • Panpan Su
  • Jiao Zhao
  • Feng Rong
  • Can LiEmail author
  • Qihua YangEmail author
Articles Special Topic Chemistry from Chinese Female Chemists


The morphology and structure of zinc oxide (ZnO), one of the important semiconductors, are relevant to its properties and applications. The preparation of ZnO with tunable morphology and desired structure is an attractive topic in the field of material synthesis. This work reports a facile method for the synthesis of ZnO with controllable morphology and crystal orientation using Zn-based coordination polymer particles (Zn-CPP) as precursors. Using hydrothermal method, Zn-CPP with morphologies of microrod, nanoplate, flower-like, arrow-tipped microsheet, and square cylinder were successfully synthesized via the coordination between metal ions Zn2+ and organic ligand 1,4,5,8-naphthalenetetracarboxylic dianhydride in aqueous solution. Subsequent thermal treatment of the Zn-CPP successfully resulted in the formation of porous ZnO with similar morphology to Zn-CPP. It is also found that the ZnO with enhanced (002) orientation could be obtained from Zn-CPP with preferred (002) orientation. This strategy could be extended for the preparation of other metal oxides with desired shape and structure.


ZnO coordination polymers hydrothermal method micro and nanostructure specific morphology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Catalysis; Dalian Institute of Chemical PhysicsChinese Academy of SciencesDalianChina

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