In this CrystEngComm Hot article William Ducker from the University of Melbourne studies the mechanism for hydrothermal growth of ZnO, in collaboration with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Ducker comments ‘these findings may have implications for understanding how small organic molecules can be used to control the morphology of zinc oxide crystals grown under hydrothermal conditions’. The study shows that ZnO grows from aqueous zinc ions via Wülfingite, which then slowly dehydrates to form zinc oxide.
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The mechanism for hydrothermal growth of zinc oxide
Nathan Johann Nicholas, George V. Franks and William A. Ducker
CrystEngComm, 2011, DOI: 10.1039/C1CE06039B