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Synthesis of ZnGa2O4 Hierarchical Nanostructure by Au Catalysts Induced Thermal Evaporation

XiaoMeng Chen, GuangTao Fei*, Jian Yan, YanQing Zhu and Li De Zhang

Author Affiliations

Key Laboratory of Materials Physics and Anhui Key Laboratory of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, Institute of Solid State Physics, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 230031, Hefei, People’s Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2010, 5:1387-1392  doi:10.1007/s11671-010-9615-0

Published: 6 July 2010

Abstract

In this paper, ZnGa2O4 hierarchical nanostructures with comb-like morphology are fabricated by a simple two-step chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method: first, the Ga2O3 nanowires were synthesized and employed as templates for the growth of ZnGa2O4 nanocombs; then, the as-prepared Ga2O3 nanowires were reacted with ZnO vapor to form ZnGa2O4 nanocombs. Before the reaction, the Au nanoparticles were deposited on the surfaces of Ga2O3 nanowires and used as catalysts to control the teeth growth of ZnGa2O4 nanocombs. The as-prepared ZnGa2O4 nanocombs were highly crystallized with cubic spinel structure. From the photoluminescence (PL) spectrum, a broad band emission in the visible light region was observed of as-prepared ZnGa2O4 nanocombs, which make it promising application as an optical material.

Keywords:
ZnGa2O4; Hierarchical nanostructure; Chemical vapor deposition; Au catalyst