Functionalized white graphene - Copper oxide nanocomposite: Synthesis, characterization and application as catalyst for thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate.

Author(s) Paulose, S.; Raghavan, R.; George, B.K.
Journal J Colloid Interface Sci
Date Published 2017 05 15

Reactivity is of great importance for metal oxide nanoparticles (MONP) used as catalysts and advanced materials, but seeking for higher reactivity seems to be conflict with high chemical stability required for MONP. There is direct balance between reactivity and stability of these MONP. This could be acheived for metal oxide by dispersing them in a substrate. Here, we report a simple, efficient and high-yield process for the production of copper oxide (CuO) nanoparticles dispersed on a chemically inert material, few-layer hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) with a thickness around 1.7nm and lateral dimensions mostly below 200nm. The mechano-chemical reaction which take place at atmospheric pressure and room temperature involves a urea assisted exfoliation of pristine boron nitride. Copper oxide nanoparticles dispersed on the surface of these few layered h-BN reduced its tendency for aggregation. The optimum concentration of CuO:h-BN was found to be 2:1 which shows highest catalytic activity for the thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate. The high catalytic activity of the in situ synthesized CuO-h-BN composite may be attributed to uniform distribution of CuO nanoparticles on the few layered h-BN which in turn provide a number of active sites on the surface due to non aggregation.

DOI 10.1016/j.jcis.2017.01.065
ISSN 1095-7103
Citation J Colloid Interface Sci. 2017;494:6473.

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