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Fabrication and Characterization of Metallic Copper and Copper Oxide Nanoflowers

Author(s): H. S. Virk

Journal: Pakistan Journal of Chemistry
ISSN 2220-2625

Volume: 1;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 148;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: nanoflowers | electrodeposition | electrolytic cell | polymer template | anodic alumina template | nanopores | hydrothermal method | morphology | nucleation rate | stiochiometry

Copper nanoflowers have been fabricated using two different techniques;electro-deposition of copper in polymer and anodic alumina templates, and cytyltrimethal ammonium bromide (CTAB)-assisted hydrothermal method. Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) images record some interesting morphologies of metallic copper nanoflowers. Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM) has been used to determine morphology and composition of copper oxide nanoflowers. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern reveals the monoclinic phase of CuO in the crystallographic structure of copper oxide nanoflowers. There is an element of random artistic design of nature, rather than science, in exotic patterns of nanoflowers fabricated in our laboratory.
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