Morphology control of mesoporous Cu2O by reductants and its photocatalytic activity

Xiao Zhong Chu, Zhi Peng Cheng, Yi Jiang Zhao, Ji Ming Xu, Mei Sheng Li, Lei Hu, Shou Yong Zhou, Fei Yue Wu, Chang Ha Lee

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Mesoporous Cu2O particles with different morphologies were synthesized via simple one-pot reactions. Effects of reducing agents, dispersant, template, and temperature on the structure of the prepared materials were investigated. Mesoporous flower-shaped Cu2O materials were obtained at 70 ℃ using glucose as a reductant. Different hollow microsphere shapes of Cu2O could be prepared at 40 ℃ using another type of reductant, ascorbic acid. The results indicated that the uniform morphology of synthesized Cu2O with mesopores presented a maximum specific surface area of 45.3 m2/g. Furthermore, the as-prepared Cu2O particles showed good photodegradation efficiencies of methyl orange in the range of 86.0–93.7%, depending on their morphologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8222-8229
Number of pages8
JournalCeramics International
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Aug 1

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21106051, 51676082, 21276101, 21506071), the Jiangsu Program for Production, Teaching, and Research (BY2015052-01), the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Universities (16KJA530001), the Foundation of Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Chemistry of Low-Dimensional Materials (JSKC13132), the Program for Excellent Youth of Jiangsu Qing-Lan Project, and the Huaian Program for Production, Teaching, and Research (HAC2015028).

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© 2017 Elsevier Ltd and Techna Group S.r.l.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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