Title: Crystallisation of cuprous oxide

Authors: Kunfeng Chen; Dongfeng Xue

Addresses: State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Renmin Street No.5625, Changchun 130022, China; School of Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China. ' State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Renmin Street No.5625, Changchun 130022, China; School of Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China

Abstract: In this paper, we briefly review the recent research on crystallisation of cuprous oxide (Cu2O). Cu2O is an important semiconductor with cubic crystal structure and many applications in solar cell, catalysis, sensor, photonic crystals, etc. {100}, {111} and {110} surface structures of Cu2O are very important for controlling crystallisation. Different synthetic methods such as oxidation and reduction methods, together with different experimental parameters, size- and shape-controlled Cu2O crystals are summarised. The mechanisms underlying the crystallisation of Cu2O crystals are also highlighted. Our current work shows that Cu2O is a good model material to study crystallisation of inorganic materials.

Keywords: crystallisation; cuprous oxide; synthesis method; size control; morphology control; nanocrystals; nanotechnology; inorganic materials.

DOI: 10.1504/IJNT.2013.050875

International Journal of Nanotechnology, 2013 Vol.10 No.1/2, pp.4 - 12

Published online: 07 Dec 2012 *

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