Received 16 September 2010; revised 25 December 2010; Accepted 21 February 2011. Available online 16 March 2011.
ZnO nanorods were produced by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Drops of nanoparticle colloid (gold or silver) were placed on silica substrates to form growth nuclei. All nanoparticles were monocrystalline, with well-defined crystal surfaces and a negative electrical charge. The ZnO nanorods were produced in an off-axis PLD configuration at oxygen pressure of 5 Pa. The growth of the nanorods started from the nanoparticles in different directions, as one nanoparticle could become a nucleus for more than one nanorod. The low substrate temperature used indicates the absence of a catalyst during the growth of the nanorods. The diameters of the fabricated 1-D ZnO nanostructures were in the range of 50–120 nm and their length was determined by the deposition time.