For the homoepitaxial growth of ZnO it is inevitable to obtain a regular crystalline single crystal surface prior to growth. Commercially available, hydrothermally grown ZnO single crystals show amorphous surfaces due to mechanical cutting and polishing.
Here we present the results of a thermal treatment on these ZnO single crystals. After annealing, a regular crystalline oxygen terminated surface can be obtained. Changes in surface roughness, residual defect concentration and electrical properties can be shown. The bulk crystallinity though was not affected.