Growth and Application of ZnO Nanostructures

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  • D. R. Sahu,

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    1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
    • School of Physics, Materials Physics Research Institute and DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
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  • Chuan-Pu Liu,

    1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
    2. Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
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  • Ruey-Chi Wang,

    1. Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, National University of Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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  • Chien-Lin Kuo,

    1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
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  • Jow-Lay Huang

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    1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
    2. Center for Micro/Nano Science and Technology, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
    3. Research Center for Energy Technology and Strategy, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
    • School of Physics, Materials Physics Research Institute and DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
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diptiranjan.Sahu@wits.ac.za; jlh888@mail.ncku.edu.tw

Abstract

Nanostructures are the building blocks of future nanodevices and thus methods for fabricating nanostructures of various materials in various forms are fundamentally important. Among those nanostructures ZnO has received much attention over the past few years due to the wide range of research by many different groups focused on different novel nanostructures with different properties. Although ZnO nanowires have been intensively studied, there are only a few methods that showed promising characteristics for practical applications. Without much effort, it can be grown in many different nanostructure forms, thus allowing various novel devices to be achieved. In this study, we intend to review those methods that enable nanostructure growth to be more controllable and feasible for applications. The methods for fabricating ZnO nanostructures are introduced in the first part. In the second part, the application of those nanostructures are mentioned and explained. Finally, the future realization of nanodevices is discussed.

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