Green Synthesis, Characterization And Optical Properties Of Zinc Oxide Nanosheets Using Olea Europea Leaf Extract

Akl M. Awwad1*, Borhan Albiss2, Ahmad L. Ahmad1

1Royal Scientific Society, El Hassan Science City, Amman, Jordan

2Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan

Adv. Mater. Lett., 2014, 5 (9), pp 520-524

DOI: 10.5185/amlett.2014.5575

Publication Date (Web): Sep 07, 2014



In this paper, a green method is reported for synthesis and characterization of zinc oxide nanosheets using Olea europea leaf extract. ZnO nanosheets were characterized by UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The UV-vis absorption spectrum shows an absorption band at 374 nm due to ZnO nanosheets. XRD characterize the final product as highly crystalline ZnO with sizes in the range 18-30 nm. The SEM results reveal a presence of network of randomly oriented ZnO nanosheets or nanoplatelets with an average size of 500 nm and thicknesses of about 20 nm. This facile and green approach may provide a useful tool to large scale synthesis other nanoparticles that have potential biotechnology.


Zinc oxide nanoparticles, Olea europea leaf extract, characterization, optical properties.

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