Ultra fast synthesis of zinc oxide nanostructures by microwaves

N. Tabet, R. Al Ghashani, S. Achour

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Abstract

We describe a novel route for the synthesis of nanostructured zinc oxide powder using a modified kitchen microwave. A SiC-based composite showing a very strong absorption of microwaves was used as a microwave heater. Tests showed that high temperatures exceeding 1700 {ring operator}C can be reached in less than hundred second exposure of the composite material of microwaves. Zinc oxide nanopowder was obtained by evaporation and oxidation of metallic zinc in the ambient atmosphere of the microwave oven. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and X-ray Diffraction (XRD) techniques revealed the prepared powder includes a wide variety of nanostructures including nanoparticles, nanosheets and tetrapods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)598-603
Number of pages6
JournalSuperlattices and Microstructures
Volume45
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2009

Keywords

  • Microwave
  • Nanopowder
  • Nanostructures
  • SiC
  • ZnO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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