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Hollow CuxO (x = 2, 1) micro/nanostructures: synthesis, fundamental properties and applications

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Abstract

Hollow micro/nanostructures possess fascinating physicochemical properties that would generate great application potential in the fields of catalysis, sensing and energy conversion. In the past decades, much more efforts have been employed in the exploration and enrichment of copper-based binary oxides, CuxO (x = 2, 1); thus a number of CuxO micro/nanostructures with well-controlled ingredients and morphologies have been rationally synthesized and applied. However, a thorough summary on hollow CuxO materials has been lacking so far and it is urgently necessary to further promote the progress in novel function-directed CuxO-based micro/nanostructures. In this review, we will comprehensively summarize the important advances in hollow CuxO micro/nanostructures with tailored morphologies, including the universal synthesis strategies and formation mechanisms, the interfacial Cu–O atomic structures as well as the intrinsic properties, and their potential applications. Remarks on emerging issues and promising research directions are also discussed.

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The article was received on 23 Aug 2017, accepted on 25 Sep 2017 and first published on 25 Sep 2017


Article type: Highlight
DOI: 10.1039/C7CE01530E
Citation: CrystEngComm, 2017, Advance Article
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    Hollow CuxO (x = 2, 1) micro/nanostructures: synthesis, fundamental properties and applications

    S. Sun, Q. Yang, S. Liang and Z. Yang, CrystEngComm, 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7CE01530E

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