Kundu, S. and Mukadam, M.D. and Yusuf, S.M. and Jayachandran, M. (2013) Formation of shape-selective magnetic cobalt oxide nanowires: environmental application in catalysis studies. CrystEngComm, 15. pp. 482-497.

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A new route for the formation of shape-selective CoO nanowires has been developed using a simple microwave (MW) heating method. The reduction of Co(II) ions was done using a new reducing agent alkaline 2,7-dihydroxy naphthalene (2,7-DHN) in cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) micellar media. The reaction mixture was irradiated using MW for a total time of 6 min. The process exclusively generates CoO nanowires of different lengths and having diameter y5 ¡ 2 nmto 15 ¡ 2 nm range just by tuning the metal-ion-to-surfactant molar ratios and changing the other reaction parameters. Magnetization measurements indicate that there is no observable coercivity for the short nanowires, but the coercivity increases as the length of the nanowires increases although the magnetic moment values at the maximum applied magnetic field of 2 T decreased with an increase in the length of the nanowires. The synthesized CoO nanowires are found to serve as an effective catalyst for the mineralization of several organic dye molecules in the presence of NaBH4 in a short reaction time. The process assists the room temperature mineralization of the dyes and provides a cleanup measure of dye contaminated water bodies even in the presence or in the absence of light. The yield of the CoO nanowires with uniform shapes is found to be significantly high (.95%) and the nanowires are stable for more than a month under ambient conditions. The proposed synthesis method is efficient, straightforward, reproducible, and robust. Other than in catalysis, the cobalt oxide nanomaterials can also be applied for making pigments, lithium-ion battery materials, solid state sensors, or as anisotropy source for magnetic recording

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nanowires; cobalt oxide
Subjects: Nanotechnology
Electrochemical Materials Science
Depositing User: Dr. N Meyyappan
Date Deposited: 23 May 2013 11:20
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 11:20
URI: http://cecri.csircentral.net/id/eprint/3009

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