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Optimization of cuprous oxide nanocrystals deposition on multiwalled carbon nanotubes

Martis, Praveen and Fonseca, Antonio and Mekhalif, Zineb and Delhalle, Joseph (2010) Optimization of cuprous oxide nanocrystals deposition on multiwalled carbon nanotubes. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 12 (2). pp. 439-448.



Cu (I) phenyl acetylide was used as a source of copper to achieve a homogeneous distribution of Cu2O nanocrystals (10–80 nm) decorated on multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) having an average diameter of 10 nm. Pristine MWCNTs were first oxygen-functionalized by treating them with a mixture of concentrated (H2SO4/HNO3 : 3/1) acids and the products were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, transmission and scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis. An easy, efficient and one-step impregnation method was followed to produce copper-containing nanoparticles on the MWCNTs. The copper-treated MWCNTs dried at room temperature were seen to be well decorated by copper-containing nanoparticles on their outer surface. The MWCNTs were then heat-treated at 400 °C in a nitrogen atmosphere to produce a homogeneous distribution of cuprous oxide nanocrystals on their surface. By varying the ratio of copper to oxygen-functionalized MWCNTs, Cu2O nanocrystals decorated on MWCNTs with different copper content can be obtained.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Physical Science > Nanophysics
Physical Science > Nano objects
Material Science > Nanochemistry
Material Science > Nanostructured materials
ID Code:8209
Deposited By:JNCASR
Deposited On:10 Feb 2010 10:02
Last Modified:10 Feb 2010 10:02

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