Morphology-controllable synthesis of CuO micro-shuttles for photocatalytic activity

  • Youcun Chen
  • Xiaohui Tao
  • Yulin Min
  • Fangcai Zheng


In this article, morphology-controllable synthesis of CuO micro-shuttles has been achieved by a solvothermal process in a mixed solvent of water and ethanol. Uniform CuO crystals with novel structures can be fabricated by tuning the volume ratio of water and ethanol. The as-synthesized samples were characterized by the X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The photocatalytic activities of the products were examined by measuring the photodegradation of methyl orange solution under ultraviolet radiation. The results show that the as-synthesized products display an excellent photocatalytic activity, which may be aroused from their particular morphologies and specific surface area.


Photocatalytic Activity Methyl Orange Copper Oxide Copper Acetate Methyl Orange Solution 
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The present work was supported by the special funding support from Natural Science Foundation of Anhui Province (No. KJ2010ZD07, NO. KJ2008B172) and the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (Grants nos. 21271010 and 20871005).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Youcun Chen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xiaohui Tao
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yulin Min
    • 1
    • 2
  • Fangcai Zheng
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringAnqing Normal CollegeAnqingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Anhui Provincial Laboratory of Optoelectronic and Magnetism Functional MaterialsAnqing Normal UniversityAnqingPeople’s Republic of China

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