Photoinduced growth of Cu nanoparticles on ZnO from CuCl2 in methanol

Lianhai Lu, Shuang Hu, Ho In Lee, Christof Wöll, Roland A. Fischer

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Cu nanoparticles were formed on surface of nano-ZnO by UV light induced photoreduction of CuCl2 in methanol solution suspended with ZnO nanoparticles. By controlling the reaction conditions, the average size of the produced copper nanocrystal can be fine-tuned in the range of 10-200 nm. At constant UV irradiation, the Cu nanocrystals gradually grew up as the initial concentration of copper cation was increased, showing that the in situ formed Cu nanoparticles act as a bridge to facilitate the transferring of photoexcited electrons from ZnO surface to Cu2+ in solution. A Redox property was also proved for the Cu nanoparticles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-496
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nanoparticle Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Copper chloride
  • Copper nanocrystal
  • Growth
  • Photoreduction
  • Semiconductors
  • Surface deposition
  • ZnO


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