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Nanostructured Copper Oxide Synthesized by a Simple Bio-Molecule Assisted Route with Wide Bandgap

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We report the facile route to synthesize copper oxide in the form of leaves, flakes and hedra structures by a simple bio-molecule assisted route. We used L-cystine as a protocol which not only serves as a reducing agent, but also structure directing agent. These structures were characterized using XRD, SEM, UV-Visible and VSM. The result indicates that these structures are well in the nano regime and can be tuned by simply increasing the concentration of L-cystine. Bandgap of these structures are found to be in the range of 3 eV, which suggest that these can be used in photovoltaic applications. Magnetic property of these structures shows anti-ferromagnetic grains and there is a marginal change in the anti-ferromagnetic order with respect to the structures.
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Keywords: BIO-MOLECULE ASSISTED ROUTE; COPPER OXIDE NANOSTRUCTURES; WIDE BANDGAP

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2013

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  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters (NNL) is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal consolidating nanoscale research activities in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine into a single and unique reference source. NNL provides the means for scientists, engineers, medical experts and technocrats to publish original short research articles as communications/letters of important new scientific and technological findings, encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of the physical sciences, engineering and medicine.
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