Facile solution synthesis and characterization of porous cubic-shaped superstructure of ZnAl2O4

Zhengru Zhu, Xinyong Li, Qidong Zhao, Shaomin Liu, Xijun Hu, Guohua Chen

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Porous and cubic-shaped superstructure of ZnAl2O4was successfully synthesized by a facile wet chemical solution-phase method. The structural properties of the samples were systematically investigated by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Brunauer-Emmet-Teller (BET), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energydispersive spectra (EDS), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) techniques. The characterization results revealed that the structure of the cubic-shaped ZnAl2O4was an inverse spinel structure. The sample prepared by a solution-phase chemical method has a higher surface area and monomodal pore size distributions. Furthermore, the valence states and the surface chemical compositions of ZnAl2O4were further identified by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). This study provides a simple method to prepare cubicshaped ZnAl2O4in large scale, which broadens their practical applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-197
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Electron microscopy
  • Nanomaterials
  • Porous
  • X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy
  • Zinc aluminate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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