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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2016, Article ID 1738608, 7 pages
Research Article

Fabrication and Photocatalytic Properties of ZnSe Nanorod Films

1Institute of Laser & Micro/Nano Engineering, College of Electronics & Information Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610065, China
2North China Research Institute of Electro-Optics, Beijing 100015, China

Received 25 February 2016; Accepted 6 June 2016

Academic Editor: Jeffrey Elam

Copyright © 2016 Jiajia Yin 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.


ZnSe nanorod films grown on fused quartz glass substrates via a simple two-step synthesis protocol were demonstrated to be environmentally safe and effective recyclable photocatalysts. These films showed greatly enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to pulsed laser deposition ZnSe films in the degradation of methyl orange dye solutions. The well-crystalized ZnSe nanorods had a length of 15 µm and a diameter of 200 nm and were densely grown on the substrate. The morphology, crystal structure, crystal phase, and photophysical properties of the ZnSe nanorod films were investigated using field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), UV-Vis spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM).