Synthesis and growth mechanism of CuO nanostructures and their gas sensing properties

Chenxi Wang, Wen Zeng, He Zhang, Yanqiong Li, Weigen Chen, Zhongchang Wang

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    CuO nano-particles, nano-rods, nano-sheets and nano-flowers were synthesized by the hydrothermal routes with copper salts under different additions. The obtained samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. We investigated the effects of precursors on the formation of CuO with different morphologies and proposed their possible formation mechanisms. In addition, the obtained CuO nano-flowers are found to show better sensing performances than the other three low-dimensional CuO nanostructures. Our results also demonstrate that gas sensing properties of nanocrystals can be significantly improved by tailoring shape and morphology of the nanocrystals. The CuO nano-flowers may hold substantial promise in low-dimensional gas-sensing applications.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2041-2046
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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