Finite size effects in ZnO nanoparticles: An electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) analysis



ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized by solid coprecipitation method with consecutive high energy ball milling procedure. By reducing the particle size of ZnO to nano dimensions strong nano-size effects were observed. In order to characterize the ZnO defect structure, EPR has been applied. It was observed that below 50 nm the surface defects play a dominant role in the electronic properties of ZnO. (© 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)