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Electrochemical synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles

Maria Starowicz ,  Barbara Stypuła 

AGH University of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry and Metal Corrosion, Reymonta 23, Kraków 30-059, Poland


The anodic behaviour of zinc was investigated in ethanol solution containing LiCl, and water. Zinc was polarised using cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry techniques. In a course of the anodic zinc dissolution, a colloidal suspension of ZnO nanoparticles has been obtained in the 0.1 M LiCl – ethanol solutions containing 3% of H2O. The presence of ZnO nanoparticles was confirmed by mean of transmission electron microscope with EDX and X-ray diffraction analysis. The suspension is formed only if water is present and a rate of the process depends on water content. Polarisation of zinc in the given conditions is a very simple method of producing ZnO nanoparticles.

This work was financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland under project number 3 T08C 011 30.


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Presentation: Poster at E-MRS Fall Meeting 2007, Symposium A, by Maria Starowicz
See On-line Journal of E-MRS Fall Meeting 2007

Submitted: 2007-06-19 23:08
Revised:   2009-06-07 00:44