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Open Access Nano Perspectives

Converting Layered Zinc Acetate Nanobelts to One-dimensional Structured ZnO Nanoparticle Aggregates and their Photocatalytic Activity

Ye Zhang1*, Feng Zhu1, Junxi Zhang1 and Lingli Xia2

Author Affiliations

1 Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, and Anhui Key Laboratory of Nanomaterials and Nanostructures, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, 230031, People’s Republic of China

2 Basic Experiment Center, Fundamental Department, Artillery Academy P.L.A, Hefei, People’s Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2008, 3:201-204  doi:10.1007/s11671-008-9136-2

Published: 18 June 2008

Abstract

We were successful in synthesizing periodic layered zinc acetate nanobelts through a hydrothermal solution process. One-dimensional structured ZnO nanoparticle aggregate was obtained by simple thermal annealing of the above-mentioned layered ZnO acetate nanobelts at 300 °C. The morphology, microstructure, and composition of the synthesized ZnO and its precursors were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and infrared spectroscopy, respectively. Low angle X-ray diffraction spectra reveal that as-synthesized zinc acetate has a layered structure with two interlayer d-spacings (one is 1.32 nm and the other is 1.91 nm). SEM and TEM indicate that nanobelt precursors were 100–200 nm in width and possesses length up to 30 μm. Calcination of precursor in air results in the formation of one-dimensional structured ZnO nanoparticle aggregates. In addition, the as-prepared ZnO nanoparticle aggregates exhibit high photocatalytic activity for the photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange (MO).

Keywords:
Nanostructures; Hydrothermal crystal growth; Nanomaterials; Semiconducting II–VI materials