Publication Details

Chen, X., Li, Z., Yang, J., Sun, Q. & Dou, S. (2015). Aqueous preparation of surfactant-free copper selenide nanowires. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 442 140-146.


Uniform surfactant-free copper selenide (Cu2- x Se) nanowires were prepared via an aqueous route. The effects of reaction parameters such as Cu/Se precursor ratio, Se/NaOH ratio, and reaction time on the formation of nanowires were comprehensively investigated. The results show that Cu2- x Se nanowires were formed through the assembling of CuSe nanoplates, accompanied by their self-redox reactions. The resultant Cu2- x Se nanowires were explored as a potential thermoelectric candidate in comparison with commercial copper selenide powder. Both synthetic and commercial samples have a similar performance and their figures of merit are 0.29 and 0.38 at 750K, respectively.

Grant Number

ARC/DP130102699, ARC/DP130102274, ARC/LP120200289