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Journal of Nanotechnology
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 321571, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/321571
Research Article

Growth of CuS Nanostructures by Hydrothermal Route and Its Optical Properties

Centre for Nanotechnology Research, VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu 632 014, India

Received 27 July 2013; Revised 28 October 2013; Accepted 9 December 2013; Published 30 January 2014

Academic Editor: Jeffery L. Coffer

Copyright © 2014 Murugan Saranya et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

CuS nanostructures have been successfully synthesized by hydrothermal route using copper nitrate and sodium thiosulphate as copper and sulfur precursors. Investigations were done to probe the effect of cationic surfactant, namely, Cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) on the morphology of the products. A further study has been done to know the effect of reaction time on the morphology of CuS nanostructures. The FE-SEM results showed that the CuS products synthesized in CTAB were hexagonal plates and the samples prepared without CTAB were nanoplate like morphology of sizes about 40–80 nm. Presence of nanoplate-like structure of size about 40–80 nm was observed for the sample without CTAB. The synthesized CuS nanostructures were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), FE-SEM, DRS-UV-Vis spectroscopy, and FT-IR spectroscopy. A possible growth mechanism has been elucidated for the growth of CuS nanostructures.