Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 52, Issue 11, pp 6635–6646 | Cite as

Self-supported copper (Cu) and Cu-based nanoparticle growth by bottom-up process onto borophosphate glasses

  • Guilherme F. Lenz
  • Rafael A. Bini
  • Thiago P. Bueno
  • Rodrigo J. de Oliveira
  • Jorlandio F. Felix
  • Ricardo Schneider
Original Paper


In this study, we present a new method for obtaining an effective catalytic system composed of glass, with Cu or CuO nanoparticle growth on a glass matrix through bottom-up process. The system is based on active borophosphate glass material doped with \(\hbox {Cu}^{+}\) ions, which was obtained by a classical melt-quenching glass production technique. The thermal annealing of doped glasses under reductive/oxidative atmosphere enables the glassy material to act successfully as host material of both copper and copper oxide nanoparticles. We have investigated the structural and optical properties of the \(\hbox {Cu}^{0}\) and CuO nanostructures by using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance and Raman spectroscopy. Supported nanostructures with triangular and acicular shape were made without the necessity of chelating agents. The catalytic activity of these systems was efficiently tested for the reduction of p-nitrophenol in the presence of \(\hbox {NaBH}_{4}\), achieving a good rate constant around \(2.8 \times 10^{-3}\) and 7.3 \(\times 10^{-3}\,\hbox {s}^{-1}\) for \(\hbox {Cu}^{0}\) and CuO nanostructures, respectively. The catalyst was reused for three times without losing its activity significantly, simply taking and washing the pellet in fresh water, making these materials promising candidates for applications in the fields of catalysis.


Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectrum Thermal Annealing Metallic Copper Nanocatalysts 
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The authors are grateful to Anderson Pereira and Joaquim P. Gomes for Raman and XRD measurements. Furthermore, we thank the Brazilian agency CNPq, CAPES, FAPDF (193.001.078/2015) and FUNASA (25100.011.260/2014-17) for financial support and the research scholarship. They would also like to thank LABNANO/CBPF, for technical support during the scanning electron microscopy work. We thank Matheus H. Lazzarin for his manuscript reading.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de QuímicaUniversidade Tecnológica Federal Paraná-UTFPRToledoBrazil
  2. 2.Instituto de Física e QuímicaUniversidade de Federal do Espiríto Santo-UFESVitóriaBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de QuímicaUniversidade Estadual da Paraíba-UEPBCampina GrandeBrazil
  4. 4.Instituto de Física, Núcleo de Física AplicadaUniversidade de Brasília-UNBBrasíliaBrazil

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