Novel ZnO-Based Nanostructures: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications (Volume II)

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Inorganic Crystalline Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 2052

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ESYCOM Laboratory, Université Gustave Eiffel (UGE), 77420 Champs sur Marne, France
Interests: ZnO nanostructures; synthesis; piezoelectric nanogenerator; photocatalysis; water purification; air purification
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School of Physics, Northwest University, Xi’an 710127, China
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Dear Colleagues,

Following the remarkable success of the first volume of this Special Issue, entitled “Novel ZnO-Based Nanostructures: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications” (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/crystals/special_issues/ZnO_nanostructures), we are pleased to announce the second volume of this Special Issue.

ZnO is a multifunctional material possessing unique electrical, optical, acoustic, thermal, and mechanical properties. Nanostructured ZnO is one of the most fascinating nanomaterials because of its outstanding properties, including its wide direct bandgap, high electron mobility, piezoelectricity, antimicrobial activity, chemical and thermal stability, and biocompatibility. With easy and low-cost growth techniques, including new green approaches, ZnO nanomaterials present a wide variety of geometrical shapes, such as nanoparticles, nanorods, nanowires, nanobelts, nanosprings, nanocombs, etc.

Many promising applications have been developed around the ZnO nanostructures, such as transparent electronics, smart windows, piezoelectric devices, UV-lasers, UV photodetectors, gas sensors, chemical sensors, optofluidic devices, and biosensors. In addition, the ferromagnetic properties of ZnO, doped with “rare-earth metals”, show potential for spintronic-based devices.

In recent years, ZnO has been considered amongst the best photocatalysts for water and air purification and for use in the photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting process. Furthermore, due to its biocompatibility, in addition to its antibacterial and other novel properties, ZnO has been utilized in a variety of applications, such as drug delivery, cancer treatment, bio-imaging, medical products, sunscreens, skin lotions, etc. 

As an n-type semiconductor, ZnO is also widely used in various solar cell structures, including dye-sensitized, organic, hybrid, and solid-state solar cells. Furthermore, the nanostructured forms lead to an increased light absorption capability, while also increasing the electron pathways for carrier collection. Both factors favor light harvesting and, hence, the solar cell efficiency. Various doping methods could improve the performance of ZnO-based materials.

It is our pleasure to invite you to submit original research papers, as well as review papers, within the scope of this Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Yamin Leprince-Wang
Prof. Dr. Guangyin Jing
Dr. Basma El Zein
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Keywords

  • ZnO nanostructures
  • synthesis
  • characterization
  • photocatalysis
  • water slitting
  • water purification
  • air purification
  • solar cells
  • piezoelectric generator
  • sensing
  • thermoelectric properties
  • non-wetting and self-cleaning
  • antimicrobial
  • opto-fluidics

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Influence of Temperature on the Growth of Vertically Aligned ZnO Nanowires in Wet Oxygen Environment
by Basma ElZein, Numan Salah, Ahmad S. Barham, Ali Elrashidi, Mohammed Al Khatab and Ghassan Jabbour
Crystals 2023, 13(6), 876; https://doi.org/10.3390/cryst13060876 - 27 May 2023
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The nanowires (NWs) of zinc oxide (ZnO) are developed effectively on an n-type silicon substrate through a seed zinc (Zn) layer by a wet oxidation technique. The growth is performed at different temperatures, 650, 750, and 850 °C, in a wet and rich [...] Read more.
The nanowires (NWs) of zinc oxide (ZnO) are developed effectively on an n-type silicon substrate through a seed zinc (Zn) layer by a wet oxidation technique. The growth is performed at different temperatures, 650, 750, and 850 °C, in a wet and rich oxygen environment under a flow of oxygen in the presence of water vapor at atmospheric pressure with a heating rate of 100 °C in 30 min. At 415 °C, the oxygen gas is introduced for the oxidation process. The Zn seed layer is deposited by the thermal evaporation technique. The structural, morphological, and optical properties are investigated. The temperature effect on NWs of ZnO growth intensity and their direction are explored. The nanowires are grown vertically oriented at a temperature of T = 750 °C. The ultraviolet (UV) analysis has been exposed in the visible region ranging from 10 nm to 700 nm at UV to visible intensity ratio of 2.22. In addition, X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) is employed to research the structural properties of NWs of ZnO, and the characterization is verified by a scanning electron microscope (SEM) to investigate the morphology. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Tentative title: Antibacterial Merits by ZnO Nanomaterials

Authors: Feng Wei, Guangyin Jing

Affiliation: School of Physics, Northwest University, Xi’an 710127, China

 

Tentative title: ZnO Nanostructures-Based Photocatalysis for Water Purification

Authors: Prof. Dr. Yamin Leprince-Wang

Affiliation: ESYCOM Laboratory, Université Gustave Eiffel (UGE), 77420 Champs sur Marne, France

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