Electrochemical Deposition of Copper Oxide Nanowires for Photoelectrochemical Applications

Le Chen, Sudhakar Shet, Houwen Tang, Heli Wang, Todd Deutsch, Yanfa Yan, John Turner, Mowafak Al-Jassim

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We report a two-step electrochemical process to grow copper oxide nanowires without the use of templates and surfactants. The first step is to electrochemically corrode amorphous Cu-W oxides pre-sputtered on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) coated glass substrates under positive potentials. The second step is to use the corroded samples to grow copper oxide nanowires electrochemically under negative potentials. We find that copper oxide nanowires grown by this method exhibit excellent contact with the FTO-coated substrates leading to good charge transfer. The oxidation states, i.e., CuO or Cu 2O, and morphology of nanowires can be controlled by the applied potentials. Cu2O nanowires grown using this method reveal moderate photoelectrochemical response and stability under illumination and under cathodic bias.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)6962-6967
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Issue number33
StatePublished - 2010

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-520-48484


  • electrochemical deposition


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