Preparation of size-controllable (Cu-ZnO)@C core- and yolk-shell nanoparticles

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Size-controllable Cu-ZnO@C core-shell nanoparticles having diameters of 7-20 nm were prepared by carbonization of Cu2+- and Zn2+-CD (Cu-to-Zn ratio=0.1-1) at 343-573 K for 2 hrs. By XRD, the major compounds in the Cu-ZnO@C core-shell nanoparticles are metallic copper (Cu) and ZnO. Cu2O is not observed. The TEM images indicated the Cu-ZnO@C core-shell nanoparticles having Cu diameters of 7-20 nm are nearly in a spherical shape and isolated individually. By in situ small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), the diameter fittings of Cu-ZnO@C nanoparticles are consistent with the TEM and XRD observations. After etching of Cu from Cu-ZnO@C, Cu in the carbon shells having diameters of 3-14 nm is observed. X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectra of Cu in the Cu-ZnO@C core- and yolk-shell nanoparticles indicates the existence of tunable size of Cu and ZnO.

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Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 1, Nanotechnology 2013: Advanced Materials, CNTs, Particles, Films and Composites (Volume 1)
Published: May 12, 2013
Pages: 355 - 357
Industry sector: Advanced Materials & Manufacturing
Topics: Nanoparticle Synthesis & Applications
ISBN: 978-1-4822-0581-7