Growth of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles by the Reaction of Zinc with Ethanol
A novel approach has been described for the synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles by a very simple reaction of zinc metal with ethanol at 100oC. The diameters of the nano-particles range from 50–100nm. The reaction involves the cleavage of C-O bond of the alcohol, which occurs readily on zinc metal surface. Addition of ethylenediamine to the reaction yields nanorods, thus acting as a shape directing agent. A plausible mechanism is proposed for the formation of these nanostructures and is expected that this synthetic technique can be extended to obtain other metal oxides.
S. Ray, S.K. Nath, A. Kumar, R.C. Agarwala, V. Agarwala, G.P. Chaudhari, B.S.S. Daniel
M. Ashraf Shah "Growth of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles by the Reaction of Zinc with Ethanol", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 67, pp. 215-219, 2009