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Mn2+-mediated construction of rhombicuboctahedral Cu2O nanocrystals enclosed by jagged surfaces for enhanced enzyme-free glucose sensing

Abstract

Rhombicuboctahedral (26-facet) Cu2O single crystal, generally with well-developed {100}, {110} and {111} crystallographic facets, has attracted great attention due to its faceted synergistic effect in catalysis, sensing and energy conversion. However, the electrocatalytic performance of 26-facet Cu2O single crystal can be severely limited by its large size and low-active smooth surface, since it is quite difficult to prepare high-active 26-facet Cu2O nanocrystals exposed with rough surfaces. In this article, we successfully prepare jagged 26-facet Cu2O nanocrystals with clean facets at room temperature through a facile Mn2+ mediated aqueous phase reduction method. The shape-evolution and growth mechanism of rhombicuboctahedral Cu2O nanocrystals enclosed by jagged surfaces are also proposed, which might be attributed to a sequential dissolution-precipitation-surface reforming mechanism. These unique jagged 26-facet nanocrystals exposed with more active sites can exhibit superior glucose sensing performance than those of the traditional 26-facet Cu2O microcrystals enclosed by smooth surfaces. With the merits of facile control as well as relatively high activity, it could provide a good prospect for the surfactant-free synthesis of other metal oxides with well-defined crystal planes.

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Submitted
20 Nov 2019
Accepted
07 Feb 2020
First published
07 Feb 2020

CrystEngComm, 2020, Accepted Manuscript
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Mn2+-mediated construction of rhombicuboctahedral Cu2O nanocrystals enclosed by jagged surfaces for enhanced enzyme-free glucose sensing

H. Ren, X. Zhang, X. Zhang, J. Cui, Q. Yang, C. Kong, Z. Yang and S. Sun, CrystEngComm, 2020, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C9CE01834D

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