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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 378919, 5 pages
Research Article

Template-Free Synthesis of Porous Cu2O Nanospheres at Room Temperature and Investigation on Their Adsorption Property

Key Laboratory of Design and Synthesis of Functional Materials and Green Catalysis, Colleges of Heilongjiang Province and College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Harbin Normal University, Harbin, Heilongjiang 150025, China

Received 13 November 2013; Accepted 22 November 2013

Academic Editor: Xiang Wu

Copyright © 2013 Ying Zhang 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.


Porous cuprous oxide (Cu2O) nanospheres composed of small nanoparticles with diameters at 10~20 nm were successfully synthesized without surfactant at room temperature within 5 min. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), N2 adsorption-desorption, and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrum. The adsorption ability of the as-prepared products towards methyl orange (MO) as the pollutant was investigated and FT-IR spectrum was employed to identify the adsorbed species. In addition, the reusability of the as-prepared products was studied as well.