Facile synthesis of hierarchical Cu2O nanocubes as visible light photocatalysts

Santosh Kumar, Christopher M A Parlett, Mark A. Isaacs, Danielle V. Jowett, Richard E. Douthwaite, Martin C R Cockett, Adam F. Lee*

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-232
Number of pages7
Early online date20 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2016

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  • Copper oxide
  • Hierarchical
  • Hydrogen
  • Nanomaterials
  • Photocatalysis

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