Catalysis Letters

, Volume 139, Issue 1–2, pp 26–32 | Cite as

Synthesis of High Surface Area ZnO(0001) Plates as Novel Oxide Supports for Heterogeneous Catalysts

  • Patrick D. Burton
  • Eric J. Peterson
  • Timothy J. Boyle
  • Abhaya K. Datye


We demonstrate a technique to prepare high surface area ZnO powders that preferentially favor a plate-like morphology, exposing the \((0001)/(000\bar{1})\) facets. A solution-based synthetic route was used to decompose zinc acetate in the presence of amine and citrate ions to block the \((0001)/(000\bar{1})\) facets and favor growth from the pyramid planes. The ZnO platelets remained stable upon heating to 250 °C as evidenced by electron diffraction patterns. The high surface area (75 m2/g) and surface energetics of the (0001) plane make these powders suitable as supports for heterogeneous catalysts.

Graphical Abstract


ZnO(0001) High surface area ZnO Controlled morphology oxide support 



This work has been supported by the United States Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Science, Division of Chemical Sciences under contract number DE-FG02-05ER15712 (University of New Mexico), and DE-AC0494AL85000 (Sandia National Laboratories), Division of Material Science. Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company for the United States Department of Energy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick D. Burton
    • 1
  • Eric J. Peterson
    • 1
  • Timothy J. Boyle
    • 2
  • Abhaya K. Datye
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, Center for Micro-Engineered MaterialsUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA
  2. 2.Advanced Materials LaboratorySandia National LaboratoriesAlbuquerqueUSA

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