Facile synthesis of hierarchical Cu2O nanocubes as visible light photocatalysts

Kumar, Santosh, Parlett, Christopher M.A., Isaacs, Mark A., Jowett, Danielle V., Douthwaite, Richard E., Cockett, Martin C.R. and Lee, Adam F. (2016). Facile synthesis of hierarchical Cu2O nanocubes as visible light photocatalysts. Applied Catalysis B, 189 , pp. 226-232.

Abstract

Hierarchically structured Cu2O nanocubes have been synthesized by a facile and cost-effective one-pot, solution phase process. Self-assembly of 5 nm Cu2O nanocrystallites induced through reduction by glucose affords a mesoporous 375 nm cubic architecture with superior visible light photocatalytic performance in both methylene blue dye degradation and hydrogen production from water than conventional non-porous analogues. Hierarchical nanocubes offer improved accessible surface active sites and optical/electronic properties, which act in concert to confer 200–300% rate-enhancements for the photocatalytic decomposition of organic pollutants and solar fuels.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apcatb.2016.02.038
Dataset DOI: https://doi.org/10.17036/977b5afd-3300-46c8-be76-ac8a3b01e647
Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
Engineering & Applied Sciences > European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI)
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Funding: EPSRC (EP/K021796/1 and EP/K029525/2) Supplementary data availalbe on the journal website.
Uncontrolled Keywords: photocatalysis,copper oxide,nanomaterials,hierarchical,hydrogen,Catalysis,Process Chemistry and Technology,Environmental Science(all)
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Published Date: 2016-07-15
Authors: Kumar, Santosh ( 0000-0002-1352-9945)
Parlett, Christopher M.A. ( 0000-0002-3651-7314)
Isaacs, Mark A.
Jowett, Danielle V.
Douthwaite, Richard E.
Cockett, Martin C.R.
Lee, Adam F. ( 0000-0002-2153-1391)

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