We demonstrate the facile, rational synthesis of monodispersedly sized zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires from randomly sized seeds by hydrothermal growth. Uniformly shaped nanowire tips constructed in ammonia-dominated alkaline conditions serve as a foundation for the subsequent formation of the monodisperse nanowires. By precisely controlling the sharp tip formation and the nucleation, our method substantially narrows the distribution of ZnO nanowire diameters from σ = 13.5 nm down to σ = 1.3 nm and controls their diameter by a completely bottom-up method, even initiating from randomly sized seeds. The proposed concept of sharp tip based monodisperse nanowires growth can be applied to the growth of diverse metal oxide nanowires and thus paves the way for bottom-up grown metal oxide nanowires-integrated nanodevices with a reliable performance.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanical Engineering