Synthesis and characterisation of CuO nanorods via a hydrothermal method
ABSTRACT CuO nanorods were synthesised on a large scale via a simple hydrothermal method. CuCl2·2H2O and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) were used as the copper source and surfactant, respectively. The microstructure and morphology of the CuO nanorods were examined by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectrum, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and UV-vis spectrum. The CuO nanorods were monoclinic, and their diameter and length ranged from 20 to 30 nm and 150 to 200 nm, respectively. High resolution TEM and selected area electron diffraction results indicated that the CuO nanorods grow along the  direction. A possible growth mechanism for the formation of CuO nanorods was proposed. The concentration of surfactant CTAB in the solution was found to be a critical factor on the CuO morphology during the hydrothermal stage. The bandgap of the CuO nanorods was calculated to be 2.01 eV from the UV-vis spectrum.
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ABSTRACT: In the past decade spherical and rod-like viruses have been used for the design and synthesis of new kind of nanomaterials with unique chemical positioning, shape, and dimensions in the nanosize regime. Wild type and genetic engineered viruses have served as excellent templates and scaffolds for the synthesis of hybrid materials with unique properties imparted by the incorporation of biological and organic moieties and inorganic nanoparticles. Although great advances have been accomplished, still there is a broad interest in developing reaction conditions suitable for biological templates while not limiting the material property of the product. We demonstrate the controlled synthesis of copper nanorods and nanowires by electroless deposition of Cu on three types of Pd-activated rod-like viruses. Our aqueous solution-based method is scalable and versatile for biotemplating, resulting in Cu-nanorods 24-46 nm in diameter as measured by transmission electron microscopy. Cu2+ was chemically reduced onto Pd activated tobacco mosaic virus, fd and M13 bacteriophages to produce a complete and uniform Cu coverage. The Cu coating was a combination of Cu0 and Cu2O as determined by X- ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis. A capping agent, synthesized in house, was used to disperse Cu-nanorods in aqueous and organic solvents. Likewise, reactions were developed to produce Cu-nanowires by metallization of polyaniline-coated tobacco mosaic virus. Synthesis conditions described in the current work are scalable and amenable for biological templates. The synthesized structures preserve the dimensions and shape of the rod-like viruses utilized during the study. The current work opens the possibility of generating a variety of nanorods and nanowires of different lengths ranging from 300 nm to micron sizes. Such biological-based materials may find ample use in nanoelectronics, sensing, and cancer therapy.Journal of Nanobiotechnology 05/2012; 10:18. · 5.09 Impact Factor