Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jssc.2011.12.013
Title: Synthesis and characterization of CuO nanofibers, and investigation for its suitability as blocking layer in ZnO NPs based dye sensitized solar cell and as photocatalyst in organic dye degradation
Authors: Sahay, R.
Sundaramurthy, J.
Suresh Kumar, P.
Thavasi, V. 
Mhaisalkar, S.G.
Ramakrishna, S. 
Keywords: Band-gap
Catalysis
Copper oxide
DSSC
Electrospinning
Nanofibers
Issue Date: Feb-2012
Source: Sahay, R., Sundaramurthy, J., Suresh Kumar, P., Thavasi, V., Mhaisalkar, S.G., Ramakrishna, S. (2012-02). Synthesis and characterization of CuO nanofibers, and investigation for its suitability as blocking layer in ZnO NPs based dye sensitized solar cell and as photocatalyst in organic dye degradation. Journal of Solid State Chemistry 186 : 261-267. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jssc.2011.12.013
Abstract: Electrospun copper based composite nanofibers were synthesized using the copper acetate/polyvinyl alcohol/water solution as starting material. Synthesized composite nanofibers were sintered at 500°C to obtain CuO nanofibers. XRD, FTIR and XPS techniques were used to confirm the presence of pure CuO nanostructures. The effect of annealing cycle on the crystalline structure of the CuO nanofibers was analyzed and observed that the decrease in crystallite size with an increase in the dwelling time improved the orientation of the CuO crystallite. The blue-shift in the band-gap energies of CuO nanofibers was observed as a result of quantum confinement from bulk CuO (1.2 eV) to one dimensional (1D) nanostructures (∼1.746 eV). The catalytic activity of the CuO fibers for the degradation of methyl orange was carried out and as a blocking layer in ZnO based DSSC was fabricated and observed a ∼25% increase in the current density. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.
Source Title: Journal of Solid State Chemistry
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/61448
ISSN: 00224596
DOI: 10.1016/j.jssc.2011.12.013
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