Ultra fast synthesis of zinc oxide nanostructures by microwaves

Nouar Tabet, R. Al Ghashani, S. Achour

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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
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes



  • Microwave
  • Nanopowder
  • Nanostructures
  • SiC
  • ZnO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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