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Issue 30, 2014
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Hierarchically macro/mesostructured porous copper oxide: facile synthesis, characterization, catalytic performance and electrochemical study of mesoporous copper oxide monoliths

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Hierarchically macro/meso structured porous copper-oxide monoliths with and without additives (dextran, 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene and silica nanoparticles) were successfully synthesized via a facile sol–gel route and characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM/FESEM), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), the Brunauer–Emmet–Teller (BET) adsorption technique and FT-IR study. The results obtained reveal that the effect of additives has enhanced the specific surface area from 0.558 m2 g−1 to 229.5 m2 g−1 and varied the pore size from 8 μm to 39 nm. Furthermore, the hierarchically porous copper-oxide materials have shown excellent catalytic activity towards the wet oxidation of phenol and electrocatalytic performance of mesoporous copper oxide (mpCuO) against p-nitrophenol, demonstrating the significance of the porous nature of copper-oxide monoliths.

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The article was received on 01 Dec 2013, accepted on 05 Feb 2014 and first published on 05 Feb 2014


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3TA14977C
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J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014,2, 11792-11798

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    Hierarchically macro/mesostructured porous copper oxide: facile synthesis, characterization, catalytic performance and electrochemical study of mesoporous copper oxide monoliths

    G. A. Naikoo, R. A. Dar and F. Khan, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2, 11792
    DOI: 10.1039/C3TA14977C

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