Hollow CuxO (x = 2, 1) micro/nanostructures: synthesis, fundamental properties and applications
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.
- This article is part of the themed collections: Crystalline Materials for Environmental Remediation and 2017 Highlight article collection