University Chemistry ›› 2017, Vol. 32 ›› Issue (1): 48-51.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX201604033

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Synthesis and Characterization of ZnO Microstructures with Diverse Morphologies: A Simple and Interesting Chemical Comprehensive Experiment

Ping LI1,*(),Zhan-Zhou LUO2   

  1. 1 School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang 050024, P. R. China
    2 School of Chemical and Material Engineering, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122, Jiangsu Province, P. R. China
  • Published:2017-01-13
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A simple chemical comprehensive experiment was developed to synthesize ZnO microstructures. Diverse morphologies of ZnO can be obtained with the help of citric acid. This experiment provides the students with a scientific understanding about the microstructure and morphology of inorganic nanomaterials. It also helps the students have a preliminary understanding about the synthesis and characterization methods for nanoparticles. The design of the experiment has the characteristics of simpleness and enquiry, which can help cultivate the students' independent scientific research and creative abilities.

Key words: Zinc oxide, Synthesis, Characterization, Morphology, Modifying agent