Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology

, Volume 53, Issue 1, pp 101–106 | Cite as

Reverse micelles template assisted fabrication of ZnO hollow nanospheres and hexagonal microtubes by a novel fast microemulsion-based hydrothermal method

  • Jiaheng Wang
  • Nan Shi
  • Yang Qi
  • Meilin Liu
Original Paper


ZnO hollow micro/nanostructures were fabricated by a novel fast hydrothermal method based on the microemulsion. The aqueous reverse micelles were used as templates and different amount of Zn2+ colloid was compelled to hydrolyze on its surface. Scanning electron microscopy indicates that the products grown in the solution with colloid volume concentration of 12.3 and 0.5 v.% are hollow nanospheres and hexagonal microtubes, respectively. It is believed that this difference should attribute to the initial shape of hydrolysate and the core/shell state of water/surfactant during hydrothermal treatment.


ZnO Hollow nanosphere Hexagonal microtube Hydrothermal method Reverse microemulsion 



Authors gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Science and Technology Project of Liaoning Province in China (No. 200822208).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Materials Physics and Chemistry, School of ScienceNortheastern UniversityShenyangPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.The Key Laboratory for Anisotropy and Texture of Materials, Ministry of EducationNortheastern UniversityShenyangPeople’s Republic of China

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