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Title: Synthetic architecture of multiple core-shell and yolk-shell structures of (Cu 2O@ ) nCu 2O (n = 1-4) with centricity and eccentricity
Authors: Yec, C.C.
Zeng, H.C. 
Keywords: chemical sensing
core-shell structures
cuprous oxide
Ostwald ripening
yolk-shell structures
Issue Date: 22-May-2012
Citation: Yec, C.C., Zeng, H.C. (2012-05-22). Synthetic architecture of multiple core-shell and yolk-shell structures of (Cu 2O@ ) nCu 2O (n = 1-4) with centricity and eccentricity. Chemistry of Materials 24 (10) : 1917-1929. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In this work, we describe a seed-mediated approach with successive Ostwald ripening to synthesize various multiple-shell core-shell and yolk-shell structures of (Cu 2O@ ) nCu 2O (n = 1-4). In particular, the structure formed in a previous step can serve as a newer-generation seed for a subsequent shell growth; a total of 20 representative structures have been thus synthesized in a step-by-step manner. With an increase in shell number n, in principle, 2 n shelled products can be fabricated, taking into account the centricity and eccentricity in their geometric symmetry. Synthetic chemistry and functions of chemical additives have also been investigated to explain the formation mechanism and to ensure the uniformity of the product. It has been found that symmetric or asymmetric Ostwald ripening during the hollowing process can be manipulated by controlling stirring conditions. Furthermore, optical properties of the resultant samples can be closely related to structural aspects of the products, such as the overall size, the thickness of shells, the number of shells, and, importantly, the centricity and eccentricity in the final products. To test their applicability, we have also studied the electrocatalytic properties of these complex structures in nonenzymatic glucose sensing. Quite encouragingly, (Cu 2O@ ) nCu 2O samples have shown an improved sensitivity as the number of thin shells increased. © 2012 American Chemical Society.
Source Title: Chemistry of Materials
ISSN: 08974756
DOI: 10.1021/cm300672r
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