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Seed/catalyst-free vertical growth of high-density electrodeposited zinc oxide nanostructures on a single-layer graphene

Nur Suhaili Abd Aziz1, Mohamad Rusop Mahmood2, Kanji Yasui3 and Abdul Manaf Hashim14*

Author Affiliations

1 Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur 54100, Malaysia

2 Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor 40540, Malaysia

3 Department of Electrical Engineering, Nagaoka University of Technology, Kamitomioka-machi, Nagaoka, Niigata 940-2137, Japan

4 MIMOS Berhad, Technology Park Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur 57000, Malaysia

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2014, 9:95  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-9-95

Published: 26 February 2014


We report the seed/catalyst-free vertical growth of high-density electrodeposited ZnO nanostructures on a single-layer graphene. The absence of hexamethylenetetramine (HMTA) and heat has resulted in the formation of nanoflake-like ZnO structure. The results show that HMTA and heat are needed to promote the formation of hexagonal ZnO nanostructures. The applied current density plays important role in inducing the growth of ZnO on graphene as well as in controlling the shape, size, and density of ZnO nanostructures. High density of vertically aligned ZnO nanorods comparable to other methods was obtained. The quality of the ZnO nanostructures also depended strongly on the applied current density. The growth mechanism was proposed. According to the growth timing chart, the growth seems to involve two stages which are the formation of ZnO nucleation and the enhancement of the vertical growth of nanorods. ZnO/graphene hybrid structure provides several potential applications in electronics and optoelectronics such as photovoltaic devices, sensing devices, optical devices, and photodetectors.

Electrochemical deposition; Graphene; Zinc oxide; One-dimensional nanostructure