De, Goutam and Epifani, Mauro and Licciulli, Antonio (1996) Copper-ruby monoliths by the sol-gel process. Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 201 (3). pp. 250-255. ISSN 0022-3093

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Preparation and properties of uniformly dispersed Cu metal nanoclusters embedded in bulk silica are described. Clear gels were prepared from Cu(NO3)2,H2N(CH2)2NH(CH2)3Si(OCH3)3 (DAMO), and acid hydrolyzed Si(OC2Hs)4(TEOS). The role of DAMO to immobilize Cu 2+ in silica network is studied. The appearance of a strong surface plasmon band of Cu colloids at 562 nm was observed after heat treatment of the gels at 900°C in 5%H2-95%N 2 gas atmosphere. At this stage very uniform ruby-red color of the sample was established due to the formation of copper nanocrystals of mean diameter 15 nm, as confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Engineering Materials
Divisions: Sol Gel
Depositing User: Bidhan Chaudhuri
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2012 08:29
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