Research Highlights - Dr. Kaili Zhang

MBE Research Highlights

Bridging Understanding and Applications of CuO Nanostructures

The work of Dr. Kaili Zhang of MBE was published in Progress in Materials Science, the prestigious review journal in materials science.

Brief Introduction

Cupric oxide (CuO) nanostructures are receiving great attention because of their interesting properties and promising applications in batteries, supercapacitors, solar cells, gas sensors, bio sensors, nanofluid, catalysis, photodetectors, energetic materials, field emissions, superhydrophobic surfaces, and removal of arsenic and organic pollutants from waste water. This article presents a comprehensive review of recent synthetic methods along with associated synthesis mechanisms, characterization, fundamental properties, and promising applications of CuO nanostructures. The review begins with a description of the most common synthetic strategies, characterization, and associated synthesis mechanisms of CuO nanostructures. Then, it introduces the fundamental properties of CuO nanostructures, and the potential of these nanostructures as building blocks for future micro/nanoscale devices is discussed. Recent developments in the applications of various CuO nanostructures are also reviewed. Finally, several perspectives in terms of future research on CuO nanostructures are highlighted.

(Given the continuous development of the growth and fabrication techniques, more novel CuO nanostructures with interesting properties and promising applications will be available in the near future.)

Q. Zhang, K. Zhang*, D. Xu, G. Yang, H. Huang, F. Nie, C. Liu, S. Yang, “CuO nanostructures: synthesis, characterization, growth mechanisms, fundamental properties, and applications”, Progress in Materials Science, vol. 60, pp. 208-337, 2014. (Most downloaded articles up to April 12 2014, > 5000 times)

Last modified on 14 April, 2014