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Mild solution synthesis of plate-like and rod-like ZnO crystals


Micro-disks and micro-rods of ZnO were successfully synthesized by a mild solution process using zinc chloride as starting material. The morphology of the ZnO crystals changed substantially, depending on the concentrations of the Zn2+ ion and organic additives in the solution. A plate-like Zn5(OH)8Cl2·H2O precursor with a layered structure could be produced in solutions with high concentrations of chloride ions. The thermal stability, including phase composition and morphology, of the as-prepared Zn5(OH)8Cl2·H2O in air and water was investigated.

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This research was supported in part by the Management Expenses Grants for National Universities Corporations from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science for Technology of Japan (MEXT), and by the Adaptable and Seamless Technology transfer Program through target-driven R&D, JST, and Grant-in-Aid for Science Research (No. 20360293 and No. 22651022).

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Gobo, F., Goto, T., Long, T. et al. Mild solution synthesis of plate-like and rod-like ZnO crystals. Res Chem Intermed 37, 211–217 (2011).

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  • Simonkolleite, ZnO
  • Morphological control
  • Thermal stability