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Seed-mediated growth of ZnO nanorods on multiwalled carbon nanotubes.

Author(s): Li C, Jin Z, Chu H, Li Y

Affiliation(s): Beijing National Lab for Molecular Sciences, National Lab of Rare Earth Material Chemistry and Application, Key Lab for the Physics and Chemistry of Nanodevices, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China.

Publication date & source: 2008-09, J Nanosci Nanotechnol., 8(9):4441-6.

Publication type: Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

The heterostructures of ZnO nanorods on multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) were fabricated by a seed-mediated growth method. First, the surfaces of the carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were coated in situ with mono-dispersed ZnO nanocrystals of about 7 nm by the reaction of zinc acetate and sodium hydroxide. These nanocrystals were then served as the seeds for further growth of ZnO nanorods. In the second step, ZnO nanorods were grown on MWNTs coated with ZnO nanocrystals in an aqueous solution of zinc nitrate and equimolar hexamethylenetetramine at 85 degrees C. Typically, the ZnO nanorods had the length of 300-600 nm and the diameter of 40-140 nm and took a random direction on the outside walls of MWNTs. The morphology of the ZnO nanorods was dependent on pH, reactant concentration, and growing time.

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