Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 44, Issue 17, pp 4677–4682 | Cite as

Tunable ZnO nanostructures for ethanol sensing

  • Wei-De ZhangEmail author
  • Wen-Hui Zhang
  • Xue-Yong Ma


In this study, ZnO nanostructures with different morphologies including nanorods, nanowires, and nanobrushes were synthesized by a simple hydrothermal process without using any structure-directing reagent. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The influence of the preparation parameters on the morphology of ZnO is discussed. Gas-sensing properties of the materials were investigated. The results reveal that all the prepared nanostructured ZnO powders show high response to ethanol, among which, the three-dimensional nanobrushes show the highest response, demonstrating excellent potentiality for ethanol sensors.


Al2O3 Tube Hexagonal Nanorods Oxygen Adsorption Quantity 



The financial support of this study is by the Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education (RFDP) under Grant 20070561008 and Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant 20773041 is greatly acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nano Science Research Center, School of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringSouth China University of TechnologyGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China

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