The patterns consist of broad peaks, which match the common ZnO hexagonal phase, i.e., wurtzite structure [80–0074, JCPDS]. The sharper and higher peak intensities of the uncalcined ZnOW than those of the uncalcined ZnOE imply that the latter has a smaller crystallite size than that of the former. The average crystallite size, estimated by Scherrer’s
equation for the (100), (002), and (101) diffraction peaks, for the uncalcined ZnOE is almost half that of the uncalcined ZnOW (Table 2). After calcination, however, both ZnOE and ZnOW had the same average crystallite size of 28.8 nm (Table 2). Such observation could be attributed to the difference in the number of Napabucasin mouse moles of water of crystallization in each material, resulting in more shrinkage relative to the particle coarsening effect upon calcination for the ZnOW. Figure 2 XRD patterns of
uncalcined and calcined (500°C) ZnO nanoparticles, prepared in H 2 O (ZnO W ) and EtOH (ZnO E ). Table 2 Average crystallite size of uncalcined [a] and calcined [b] ZnO E and ZnO W Miller indices (hkl) Average crystallite size (nm) 100 002 101 ZnOE a 13.9 14.5 18.2 15.6 ZnOW a 33.5 28.9 39.3 33.9 ZnOE b 33.5 24.8 28.2 28.8 ZnOW b 33.5 24.8 28.2 28.8 aUncalcined ZnOE and ZnOW; bcalcined ZnOE and ZnOW. SEM investigation Figure 3A shows the SEM images of uncalcined selleck kinase inhibitor and calcined (inset) ZnOE samples, while Figure 3B shows the SEM images of uncalcined and calcined (inset) ZnOW samples. Uncalcined ZnOE sample is composed
of homogeneously defined nanoparticles. On the other hand, uncalcined ZnOW SPTLC1 sample is made of irregularly shaped, overlapped nanoparticles. Removal of lattice water upon calcination process enhanced the nanoparticles’ features. Regular, polyhedral nanoparticles were observed for ZnOE after calcination. Inhomogeneous, spherical particles along with some chunky particles were observed for ZnOW. The EDX analyses (not shown here) for uncalcined and calcined PF-3084014 solubility dmso samples indicate the purity of all the synthesized samples with no peaks other than Zn and O. Figure 3 SEM of uncalcined and calcined ZnO nanoparticles, prepared either in EtOH (ZnO E ) (A) or H 2 O (ZnO W ) (B). TEM investigation TEM images (Figure 4) of un- and calcined ZnO samples supported the SEM micrographs in confirming the morphology of ZnO nanoparticles. Un- and calcined ZnOE nanoparticles adopt hexagonal shape, which is consistent with the regular, polyhedral morphology observed by SEM (Figure 3A, inset), with an average particle size of approximately 40 nm, obtained from TEM (Figure 4C). However, calcined ZnOW nanoparticles adopt irregular spherical shape with an average particle size of approximately 15 nm (Figure 4D), which is consistent with the observed morphology by SEM (Figure 3B, inset).