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Inorganics 2017, 5(1), 6;

Influence of Fatty Acid Alkyl Chain Length on Anisotropy of Copper Nitride Nano-Crystallites

Research Institute for Chemical Process Technology, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Nigatake 4-2-1, Miyagino-ku, Sendai 983-8551, Japan
Academic Editor: Rainer Niewa
Received: 30 September 2016 / Revised: 23 December 2016 / Accepted: 11 January 2017 / Published: 16 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Novel Solid-State Nitride Materials)
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My group developed a simple method to prepare copper nitride fine particles from copper carboxylate in a solvent of long-chain alcohols without the use of high temperatures or high pressures. By selecting copper acetate or copper decanoate as the copper source, my group demonstrated that the morphology of the copper nitride fine particles varied between cubic and plate-like, respectively. Although a hypothesis was proposed to explain the influence of the length of the alkyl chain on the copper decanoate, it is uncertain how much the chain length influences the shape of the fine particles. In this work, I demonstrated the effect of the length of the alkyl chain on particle shape by preparing fine particles from a series of copper sources with different alky chain lengths and characterizing the particles with x-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The main findings were as follows: (1) the fine particles were plate-like when the alkyl chain length exceeded 5; (2) the aspect ratio of the plate-like particles increased as the alkyl chain length increased; and (3) growth of the (110) and (111) planes of the copper nitride crystal were selectively inhibited. View Full-Text
Keywords: copper; nitride; anisotropy; morphology control; nanoparticle; crystal plane copper; nitride; anisotropy; morphology control; nanoparticle; crystal plane

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Nakamura, T. Influence of Fatty Acid Alkyl Chain Length on Anisotropy of Copper Nitride Nano-Crystallites. Inorganics 2017, 5, 6.

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