Evolution of space-efficient and facet-specific ZnO 3-D nanostructures and their application in photocatalysis

Seewon Kim, Minsik Kim, Taekhoon Kim, Hionsuck Baik, Kwangyeol Lee

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We report new structural designs to dramatically increase the surface area of the ZnO nanostructure without compromising the small volume much. Space-efficient and facet-specific ZnO 3-D nanostructures, namely {1011}-stacked nanocones and {1010}-nanoforest, have been prepared by facet-selective etching and oriented nanocrystal growth, respectively. Grain boundary etching of multiwalled ZnO hexagonal nanocones leads to polar {1011} facet-maximized ZnO stacked nanocones and oriented nanocolumn growth on ZnO hexagonal nanocones generates {1010} facet maximized ZnO nanoforests. These facet-specific ZnO nanostructures offer opportunities for examination of their facet-dependent photocatalytic properties. Compared to the original ZnO hexagonal nanocone structures, these new ZnO 3-D structures exhibit a much higher photocatalytic property for photodegradation of organic dye, rhodamine B. Specifically, {1011} stacked nanocones with a polar {1011} plane maximized structure and high density of oxygen vacancies have shown the best performance among structures examined. We also demonstrate a great photocatalytic performance of the Au supported 3-D ZnO nanostructures with well-defined facets and high surface area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2601-2607
Number of pages7
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Apr 14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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