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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2015, Article ID 854310, 7 pages
Research Article

Catalytic Activity of Co3O4 Nanomaterials with Different Morphologies for the Thermal Decomposition of Ammonium Perchlorate

1Institute for Advanced Materials and School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, China
2Center for DNA Nanotechnology (CDNA), Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark

Received 9 March 2015; Accepted 20 April 2015

Academic Editor: P. Davide Cozzoli

Copyright © 2015 Li-Na Jin 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.


Nano-Co3O4 with different morphologies was successfully synthesized by annealing CoC2O4·2H2O precursors. The as-obtained samples were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and low-temperature nitrogen adsorption-desorption. It was found that the volume ratio of N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) and water played an important role in the formation of cobalt oxalate precursors with different morphologies. After calcination in air, cobalt oxalate precursors converted to Co3O4 nanomaterials while their original morphologies were maintained. The catalytic effect was investigated for nano-Co3O4 with different morphologies on the thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate (AP) by differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). The results indicated that all products showed excellent catalytic activity for thermal decomposition of AP and the Co3O4 nanorods with larger BET surface area and pore volume had the highest catalytic activity.