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ZnO Nanorods via Spray Deposition of Solutions Containing Zinc Chloride and Thiocarbamide

Tatjana Dedova*, Olga Volobujeva, Jelena Klauson, Arvo Mere and Malle Krunks

Author Affiliations

Department of Materials Science, Tallinn University of Technology, Ehitajate tee 5, Tallinn, 19086, Estonia

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2007, 2:391-396  doi:10.1007/s11671-007-9072-6

Published: 19 July 2007

Abstract

In this work we present the results on formation of ZnO nanorods prepared by spray of aqueous solutions containing ZnCl2and thiocarbamide (tu) at different molar ratios. It has been observed that addition of thiocarbamide into the spray solution has great impact on the size, shape and phase composition of the ZnO crystals. Obtained layers were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped with energy selected backscattered electron detection system (ESB), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). Small addition of thiocarbamide into ZnCl2solution (ZnCl2:tu = 1:0.25) supports development of significantly thinner ZnO nanorods with higher aspect ratio compared to those obtained from ZnCl2solution. Diameter of ZnO rods decreases from 270 to 100 nm and aspect ratio increases from ∼2.5 to 12 spraying ZnCl2and ZnCl2:tu solutions, respectively. According to XRD, well crystallized (002) orientated pure wurtzite ZnO crystals have been formed. However, tiny ‘spot’—like formations of ZnS were detected on the side planes of hexagonal rods prepared from the thiocarbamide containing solutions. Being adsorbed on the side facets of the crystals ZnS inhibits width growth and promotes longitudinalc-axis growth.

Keywords:
ZnO nanorods; Spray pyrolysis; Thiocarbamide; Zinc chloride; Growth mechanism; SEM; PL