Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, 14:1110 | Cite as

Hexagonal polytype of CuCrO2 nanocrystals obtained by hydrothermal method

  • M. Miclau
  • D. Ursu
  • S. Kumar
  • I. Grozescu
Research Paper


We had first synthesized hexagonal 2H-CuCrO2 nanocrystals by hydrothermal method. The stability diagram for Cu–Cr–Na–H2O system allows preparing of nanocrystalline CuCrO2, either 2H or 3R pure phase, by a single step, low-temperature hydrothermal synthesis. 2H- and 3R-CuCrO2 quasi-hexagonal shape nanocrystals have shown a wide range of size distribution varying from about 20 to 40 nm. An unexpected result is that 2H-CuCrO2 phase was a low temperature phase in the hydrothermal synthesis. Also, a formation mechanism for the synthesis of CuCrO2 nanocrystal, 2H- and 3R-polytypes was proposed.


Nanocrystal 2H-polytype Delafossite Hydrothermal Thermoelectric 



This study was supported by the strategic grant POSDRU ID77265 (2010), co-financed by the European Social Fund-Investing in People, within the Sectorial Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007–2013 and Initial Training Network SOPRANO 214040, supported by the EU Seventh Framework Programme.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute for Research and Development in Electrochemistry and Condensed Matter Timisoara, Str. Plautius AndronescuTimisoaraRomania
  2. 2.Politehnica University of TimisoaraTimisoaraRomania

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