Synthesis of submicrometer-sized Cu2O with morphological evolution in a one-pot reaction

Xiao Zhong Chu, Zhi Peng Cheng, Ji Ming Xu, Yi Jiang Zhao, Wei Guang Zhang, Chang Ha Lee

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Different morphologies of Cu2O materials were synthesized with a simple one-pot reaction by adding reductant into a Benedict mixing solution containing copper sulfate, sodium carbonate, and sodium citrate. Effects of reducing agent, dispersant, and temperature on material structures were investigated. Novel 'balsam pear' rod and star shapes of Cu2O were obtained at a reaction temperature of 70 °C when glucose was used as a reductant. The cubic shape of Cu2O was prepared at 25 °C with ascorbic acid as a reductant. Moreover, the size of the cube increased and the crystal faces sharpened when the temperature increased. The products were characterized using X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The results showed uniform morphology of Cu2O in each condition. The synthesis method is simple, environmentally-friendly, and highly repeatable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-300
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Letters
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jul 13

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China ( 21106051 , 51106061 , 21276101 ), the Foundation of Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Chemistry of Materials ( JSKC13132 ), the Program for Science and Technology Development of Huai’an ( HAG2013026 ), the Program for Excellent Youth of Jiangsu Qing-Lan Project and the Jiangsu Program for Production, Teaching and Research ( BK2015235 ).

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© 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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