Self-assembled Zinc/Copper hydroxide carbonates with tunable hierarchical nanostructure

Min Zhou, Ye Tony Hu, Mauro Ferrari, Zhaohui Xie

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Here, we report a synthetic, polymer-mediated method for the self-assembly of zinc/copper hydroxide carbonate superstructures including 3D hierarchical sunflower-like, urchin-like, alga-like, and rotiform-like zinc hydroxide carbonate (ZHC) microstructures, and hierarchical copper hydroxide carbonate (CHC) microspheres with radiating nanoplates and nanorods. As a capping agent, poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) was found to play an important role in directing the growth and self-assembly of such unique structures. T he crystal structure of the products and the resulting hierarchical superstructure morphology, as controlled by the molecular weight and concentration of PVP, were systematically investigated. A possible growth mechanism for the formation of hierarchical superstructures with different morphologies is also proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7037-7041
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011


  • Carbonate
  • Hierarchical nanostructures
  • Nanoparticles
  • Polymer
  • Self-assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering


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