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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2011, Article ID 439162, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/439162
Research Article

Ultrasonochemical-Assisted Synthesis of CuO Nanorods with High Hydrogen Storage Ability

1College of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering and College of Science, Harbin Engineering University, Heilongjiang, Harbin 150001, China
2Key Laboratory of Superlight Materials and Surface Technology, Harbin Engineering University, Ministry of Education, Harbin 150001, China

Received 21 February 2011; Revised 24 April 2011; Accepted 13 May 2011

Academic Editor: Junliang Zhang

Copyright © 2011 Gang Xiao 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

Uniform CuO nanorods with different size have been synthesized in a water-alcohol solution through a fast and facile ultrasound irradiation assistant route. Especially, the as-prepared CuO nanorods have shown a strong size-induced enhancement of electrochemical hydrogen storage performance and exhibit a notable hydrogen storage capacity and big BET surface area. These results further implied that the as-prepared CuO nanorods could be a promising candidate for electrochemical hydrogen storage applications. The observation of the comparison experiments with different concentrations of NaOH, ethanol, CTAB, and HTMA while keeping other synthetic parameters unchanged leads to the morphology and size change of CuO products.