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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2016, Article ID 4054058, 9 pages
Research Article

Influence of Synthesis Route on the Radiation Sensing Properties of ZnO Nanostructures

Department of Physical Chemistry, São Paulo State University, 14800-060 Araraquara, SP, Brazil

Received 20 August 2015; Revised 11 December 2015; Accepted 13 December 2015

Academic Editor: Ion Tiginyanu

Copyright © 2016 R. A. Silva and M. O. Orlandi. 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.


ZnO nanostructures were synthesized using two different routes and the light sensor response of structures was studied. The synthesis by carbothermal reduction resulted in ZnO tetrapods while the synthesis by microwave assisted hydrothermal method produced multipoint stars structures. Characterization by scanning and transmission electron microscopy confirmed that both structures consist of one-dimensional crystals with a hexagonal cross section and growth direction. Under a simulated solar radiation spectrum, it was observed that tetrapods display a light sensor response of approximately 5000. For the multipoint stars, a maximum in the sensor signal value of 3400 was achieved, which also represents a substantial variation in the conductivity of the material. A model based on the surface oxygen presence is proposed to explain the observed results.