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
JournalApplied Catalysis B
Early online date20 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2016

Bibliographical note

© 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

Funding: EPSRC (EP/K021796/1 and EP/K029525/2)

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  • photocatalysis
  • copper oxide
  • nanomaterials
  • hierarchical
  • hydrogen


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