Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 143–150 | Cite as

Porous ZnO nanobelts: synthesis, mechanism, and morphological evolutions

Research Paper


Porous ZnO nanobelts with rough surface and poly-crystalline nature have been developed from a facile wet chemical method. The as-prepared products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), cold field emission scanning electron microscopy (CFE-SEM), and energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX). The ZnO nanobelts were synthesized with usually 5 to 6 nm in thickness, 10 to 40 nm in width, and about several micrometers in length. A PVP promoted self-assembly mechanism is believed to be responsible for the morphology shaping process of the ZnO nanostructures. This first wet chemical synthesis of such hierarchical structures without any hard templates implies a simple and inexpensive way to prepare transition metal superstructures on a large scale for modern chemical synthesis. Optical characterization by a confocal laser Raman were also carried out to explore their optical properties; the PL and Raman results showed both good agreement with the characters of our samples and potential for future applications such as sensors and other modern technologies.


ZnO Nanowire Porous PVP Soft template PL Nanostructure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Materials Science and EngineeringJiangsu University of Science and TechnologyJiangsuChina
  2. 2.School of Chemistry and Environmental EngineeringBeijing University of Aeronautics and AstronauticsBeijingChina
  3. 3.Zhongshan Torch polytechnicZhongshan, GuangdongChina

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