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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2012, Article ID 872856, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/872856
Research Article

ZnO Nanoparticles on Si, Si/Au, and Si/Au/ZnO Substrates by Mist-Atomisation

1NANO-SciTech Centre (NST), Institute of Science, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
2Faculty of Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
3NANO-Electronic Centre (NET), Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor, Selangor 40450 Shah Alam, Malaysia
4Faculty of Science, Universiti Malaya, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Received 11 April 2011; Revised 7 July 2011; Accepted 10 July 2011

Academic Editor: Parvaneh Sangpour

Copyright © 2012 Z. Khusaimi 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.

Abstract

ZnO nanoparticles were prepared on Si substrates by a mist-atomisation technique. Precursor of aqueous solution zinc nitrate and HMTA were released on substrates heated at 200, 300, and 400°C confined in chamber box. The surface of Si substrate was varied, that is, gold-seeded Si (Si/Au), ZnO nanorods on Si/Au (Si/Au/ZnO), and just Si. The samples were subsequently analysed by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy to study their structural, surface morphology, and PL emission properties. Analysis from the XRD patterns of the films showed strong a- and c-axis lattice and of pure ZnO hexagonal wurtzite type. The crystallite size varied from 6 to 43 nm and was found to generally increase with increasing substrates' temperatures (Ts). SEM micrographs revealed granular-like structure throughout. Shifts pattern of PL emission at ultraviolet and visible range was found to support size changes observed. Both substrate surface type and deposition temperature were found to significantly affect crystalline growth of ZnO nanoparticles. Chemical equations and justification for growth patterns are also suggested.