Turkish Journal of ChemistryControlled growth of two-dimensional copper nanoplates in graphite gallery
1College of Resources & Environment Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology,
Wuhan, 430070, P.R.-CHINA
2Hubei Provincial Key Laboratory of Minerals Resources Processing and Environment,
Wuhan, 430070, P.R. -CHINA
3School of Materials Science & Engineering, Wuhan Institute of Technology,
Wuhan, 430074, P.R.-CHINA
Abstract: Copper nanoplates embedded in a graphite gallery were obtained by in situ reduction of stage 1, stage 2, and stage 3 CuCl2-graphite intercalation compound precursors. The characterization results indicated that the morphology of the copper species was that of a 2-dimensional or quasi-2-dimensional nanoplate in the graphite gallery. Interaction between the metallic nanoplates and graphene sheet was also detected. The hexagonal graphene network restricted the crystallization orientation of the copper nanoparticles, and, at the same time, the finite space between the graphene sheets prevented the increase of the thickness. This method would provide a convenient route to synthesize or assemble 2-dimensional metal nanoplates.
Key Words: Carbon-encapsulated, nanostructures, electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction
Turk. J. Chem., 35, (2011), 181-188.
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