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Journal of Nanoparticles
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 274894, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/274894
Research Article

Synthesis of ZnO Nanostructures by Microwave Irradiation Using Albumen as a Template

1Nanotechnology Laboratory, Department of Physics, Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641020, India
2Department of Electronic Engineering, Chemistry and Industrial Engineering, University of Messina, 98166 Messina, Italy
3Department of Physics, B. R. Ambedkar Bihar University, Muzaffarpur, Bihar 842001, India

Received 10 January 2013; Accepted 1 February 2013

Academic Editor: Amir Kajbafvala

Copyright © 2013 T. Prakash 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 nanostructures have been successfully prepared by a microwave irradiation method. The role of albumen as a template in addressing the size and morphology of ZnO has been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermogravimetric analysis (TG-DTA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. A heterogeneous mixture of Zn(OH)2 and ZnO was obtained in absence of albumen. Pure ZnO nanostructures, consisting of rod- and whisker-like nanoparticles embedded in a sheet matrix, were obtained in the presence of albumen. Optical and photoluminescence (PL) properties of the synthesized samples were also compared. Results obtained indicate that the microwave-assisted method is a promising low temperature, cheap, and fast method for the production of ZnO nanostructures.