Regenerative synthesis of copper nanoparticles by photoirradiation
Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science and
Engineering, Chuo University, 1-13-27 Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, 112-8551
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Received in final form: 19 January 2011
Published online: 27 April 2011
Copper nanoparticles have attracted much attention because of their low cost, and because their use can contribute toward the sustainability of metal resources. In this study, copper nanoparticles were synthesized by the photoirradiation of copper acetate solution at room temperature. The diameter and chemical composition of the obtained copper nanoparticles were analyzed using field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) spectrophotometer and an X-ray photoelectron spectrometer. Well-dispersed copper nanoparticles with ~5 nm in diameter were observed in the solution. On the other hand, when the nanoparticle solution was exposed to fresh air, nanoparticles were not observed in the solution. Furthermore, the copper nanoparticles were recovered from a solution of decomposed nanoparticles by re-photoirradiation.
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