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Synthesis of Novel Flower-Like Zn(OH)F via a Microwave-Assisted Ionic Liquid Route and Transformation into Nanoporous ZnO by Heat Treatment

Jia-kui Song, Ming-bo Zheng, Zhen-jiang Yang, Hui-qin Chen, Hai-yan Wang, Jin-song Liu, Guang-bin Ji, Hai-qian Zhang and Jie-ming Cao*

Author Affiliations

Nanomaterials Research Institute, College of Materials Science and Technology, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, 210016, China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2009, 4:1512-1516  doi:10.1007/s11671-009-9428-1

Published: 16 September 2009

Abstract

Zinc hydroxide fluoride (Zn(OH)F) with novel flower-like morphology has been prepared via a microwave-assisted ionic liquid route. The flower-like Zn(OH)F particle has six petals and every petal is composed of lots of acicular nano-structure. Nanoporous ZnO is obtained by thermal decomposition of as-prepared Zn(OH)F in air, and the flower-like morphology is well retained. In the process of synthesis, ionic liquid 1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate is used as both the reactant and the template.

Keywords:
Ionic liquid; Microwave; Zn(OH)F; Nanoporous ZnO; Flower-like