Controlling Anisotropic Growth Of Metal Oxide Crystals In Aqueous Solution By Selective Adsorption Of Small Molecules

Grant number: DP0985970 | Funding period: 2009 - 2012



The proposed research will enhance our ability to make both light emitting diodes (LEDs) and piezoelectric actuators from ZnO. LEDs are a high efficiency light source that save energy compared to conventional illumination sources and can be fabricated in thin films. The proposal is to also bring the technology for device fabrication to Australia where it can ultimately be used to broaden the economic base of the country. The knowledge of crystal growth rate and crystal morphology control can be applied to improvements in the efficiency of alumina production which is already an important contributor to Australian exports.