Preparation of Cuprous Oxide/Cobaltous Oxide Nanostructured Composite with the Aid of Polyethylene Glycol and Ultrasonic Sound
Metal oxide semiconductors such as cobaltous oxide (Co3O4) and cuprous oxide (Cu2O) have caught the attention of many researchers due to their wide variety of applications. The attachment of Cu2O to Co3O4 was assisted by polyethylene glycol and the nanostructuring by ultrasonic sound. X-ray Diffraction (XRD) analysis of the fabricated composite reported characteristic peaks for crystalline Co3O4 and Cu2O. Results from Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX) Spectroscopy showed the presence of cobalt, copper, and oxygen atoms which supports the result obtained in XRD. Cauliflower to nearly spherical shaped Cu2O - Co3O4 nanostructures were formed as observed in the Scanning Electron Micrographs (SEM) with a mean diameter of 0.5-1.0 μm. the shape of the composite and its surface morphology was altered with the use of different precursor materials for the synthesis of the Co3O4 seed. A blue shift in the UV-vis was observed upon the use of nitrate based precursor indicating the presence of smaller and finer particles in the composite. Overall results prove that Cu2O and Co3O4 can be synthesized using a facile solution approach with the aid of PEG and ultrasonic sound its application in the field of photocatalysis is probable.
Prof. Kazuo Umemura
C. L. Custodio et al., "Preparation of Cuprous Oxide/Cobaltous Oxide Nanostructured Composite with the Aid of Polyethylene Glycol and Ultrasonic Sound", Materials Science Forum, Vol. 916, pp. 50-54, 2018