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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 796815, 5 pages
Review Article

Growth of Thin Sheet Assembled Hierarchical ZnO Nanostructures

1Key Laboratory for Photonic and Electronic Bandgap Materials, Ministry of Education and College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Harbin Normal University, Harbin 150025, China
2Key Laboratory of Colloid and Interface Chemistry, Ministry of Education and Department of Chemistry, Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong 250100, China

Received 21 November 2012; Accepted 4 December 2012

Academic Editor: Xijin Xu

Copyright © 2012 Boxiang Jia et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Hierarchical ZnO nanostructures assembled from nanosheets are obtained through a facile hydrothermal route. The structure and morphology of the resultant products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The experimental results indicated that the as-synthesized ZnO nanosheets have an average thickness of approximately 50 nm. The possible mechanism for hierarchical ZnO nanostructures has been discussed in detail, and it was found that sulfur powder plays a critical role in the morphology of the products. Room temperature photoluminescence property of the hierarchical ZnO nanostructures shows an ultraviolet emission peak at 385 nm.