Growth Mechanism and Optical Properties of Nano and Microstructures of ZnO Obtained by Thermal Oxidation of Zinc Powders at Atmospheric Pressure
ZnO Nano and microstructures were obtained by thermal oxidation using Zn powders as source. To achieve those structures, the Zn powders were annealed at 650°C and 750°C under oxygen environment and atmospheric pressure. SEM results show that these experimental conditions promote the formation of hollow spherical microstructures with nanowires and nano-swords in each sphere. As was observed, the nanostructures start growing from the bottom surface of the spheres unlike those that were reported recently. The EDS results clearly show that those hollow spheres in the deep part make a compound with Zn and the top surface is mainly composed of ZnO. CL emission spectra show a main green emission that belongs to the sphere’s bottom surface; this emission is correlated to the existing defects that are presented. These results could allow the prediction of a possible growth mechanism under specific conditions.
Luz Stella Gomez-Villalba
C. Bueno et al., "Growth Mechanism and Optical Properties of Nano and Microstructures of ZnO Obtained by Thermal Oxidation of Zinc Powders at Atmospheric Pressure", Solid State Phenomena, Vol. 286, pp. 33-39, 2019