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dc.contributor.authorGao, Guo
dc.contributor.authorYu, Leping
dc.contributor.authorVinu, Ajayan
dc.contributor.authorShapter, Joseph G
dc.contributor.authorBatmunkh, Munkhbayar
dc.contributor.authorShearer, Cameron J
dc.contributor.authorYin, Ting
dc.contributor.authorHuang, Peng
dc.contributor.authorCui, Daxiang
dc.description.abstractOne-dimensional (1-D) ZnO structures are of great interest for many applications but the direct hydrothermal synthesis of ultra-long ZnO whiskers (>100 μm) remains a great challenge. Herein, we demonstrate the first synthesis of three kinds of ultra-long hierarchical ZnO whiskers, which are defined as ZnO-2 (>100 μm in length), ZnO-3 (>200 μm in length with relatively smooth surface) and ZnO-4 (>200 μm in length with relatively rough surface), via a one-pot hydrothermal process. The maximum length of hierarchical ZnO-4 whiskers can reach up to about 270 μm. The formation of oval-shaped quasi-hollow structural precursors plays a key role for the correct attachment of Zn 2+ -terminated and O 2- -terminated active surfaces, producing well-ordered Zn 2+ ⋯O 2 ⋯Zn 2+ bonds, and finally promoting the formation of ultra-long ZnO whiskers with hierarchical structures. When the synthesized ultra-long hierarchical ZnO-4 whiskers are mixed with commercial TiO 2 for dye-sensitised solar cells (DSCs), the current density increases significantly from 13.68 mA cm -2 (commercial TiO 2 ) to 16.81 mA cm -2 (TiO 2 -ZnO hybrid materials). The hybrid materials show a conversion efficiency of 7.95% which is higher as compared to that of commercial TiO 2 (5.87%). This interesting performance of a hybrid material sheds light on the possibility of preparing ultra-long hierarchical ZnO whiskers (>100 μm) with tunable lengths through hydrothermal approaches and their application in DSCs.
dc.publisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
dc.relation.ispartofjournalRSC Advances
dc.subject.fieldofresearchChemical sciences
dc.subject.keywordsScience & Technology
dc.subject.keywordsPhysical Sciences
dc.subject.keywordsChemistry, Multidisciplinary
dc.titleSynthesis of ultra-long hierarchical ZnO whiskers in a hydrothermal system for dye-sensitised solar cells
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationGao, G; Yu, L; Vinu, A; Shapter, JG; Batmunkh, M; Shearer, CJ; Yin, T; Huang, P; Cui, D, Synthesis of ultra-long hierarchical ZnO whiskers in a hydrothermal system for dye-sensitised solar cells, RSC Advances, 2016, 6 (111), pp. 109406-109413
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