Facile synthesis of hierarchical Cu2O nanocubes as visible light photocatalysts

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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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2016-07-15
Published Online Date: 2016-02-20
Accepted Date: 2016-02-16
Submitted Date: 2015-12-09
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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