Template-free hydrothermal synthesis of CuO/Cu2O composite hollow microspheres

Huogen Yu, Jiaguo Yu*, Shengwei Liu, Stephen Mann

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Abstract

CuO/Cu2O composite hollow microspheres with controlled diameter and composition were prepared without the addition of templates and additives by hydrothermal synthesis using Cu(CH3COO)(2)center dot H2O as a precursor. Increasing the precursor concentration from 0.02 to 0.2 M increased the diameter of the composite hollow microspheres from 500 nm to 5 mu m. Moreover, the content of Cu2O in the composite hollow microspheres increased with increasing the reaction time or/and precursor concentration to produce a range of composite hollow microspheres with Cu2O contents from 20 to 80 wt %. A localized Ostwald ripening mechanism was proposed to account for the formation of CuO/Cu2O composite hollow microspheres. The photocatalytic activity experiment indicated that the prepared CuO/Cu2O composite hollow microspheres exhibited a higher photocatalytic activity for the photocatalytic decolorization of methyl orange aqueous solution under the visible-light illumination than the single phase CuO or Cu2O samples.

Translated title of the contributionTemplate-free hydrothermal synthesis of CuO/Cu2O composite hollow microspheres
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4327-4334
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry of Materials
Volume19
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2007

Keywords

  • PHOTOCATALYTIC ACTIVITY
  • SOLUTION ROUTE
  • CALCINATION TEMPERATURE
  • SELF-TRANSFORMATION
  • TIO2
  • SPHERES
  • MICROSTRUCTURES
  • NANOSTRUCTURES
  • FABRICATION
  • NANOTUBES

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