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Materials 2013, 6(8), 3584-3597; doi:10.3390/ma6083584
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Hydrothermal Growth of Vertically Aligned ZnO Nanorods Using a Biocomposite Seed Layer of ZnO Nanoparticles

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Received: 22 July 2013 / Revised: 24 July 2013 / Accepted: 8 August 2013 / Published: 19 August 2013
(This article belongs to the Section Biomaterials)
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Abstract

Well aligned ZnO nanorods have been prepared by a low temperature aqueous chemical growth method, using a biocomposite seed layer of ZnO nanoparticles prepared in starch and cellulose bio polymers. The effect of different concentrations of biocomposite seed layer on the alignment of ZnO nanorods has been investigated. ZnO nanorods grown on a gold-coated glass substrate have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) techniques. These techniques have shown that the ZnO nanorods are well aligned and perpendicular to the substrate, and grown with a high density and uniformity on the substrate. Moreover, ZnO nanorods can be grown with an orientation along the c-axis of the substrate and exhibit a wurtzite crystal structure with a dominant (002) peak in an XRD spectrum and possessed a high crystal quality. A photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy study of the ZnO nanorods has revealed a conventional near band edge ultraviolet emission, along with emission in the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum due to defect emission. This study provides an alternative method for the fabrication of well aligned ZnO nanorods. This method can be helpful in improving the performance of devices where alignment plays a significant role.
Keywords: biocomposite seed layer; ZnO nanorods; hydrothermal growth method; starch; cellulose biocomposite seed layer; ZnO nanorods; hydrothermal growth method; starch; cellulose
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Ibupoto, Z.H.; Khun, K.; Eriksson, M.; AlSalhi, M.; Atif, M.; Ansari, A.; Willander, M. Hydrothermal Growth of Vertically Aligned ZnO Nanorods Using a Biocomposite Seed Layer of ZnO Nanoparticles. Materials 2013, 6, 3584-3597.

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