(425f) Optimized Synthesis of Copper Oxide Nanoparticles Using a Simple Microwave-Assisted Method

Authors: 
Kumar, S. V., Lamar University
Bafana, A., Lamar University
Pawar, P. P., Lamar University
Dahoumane, S. A., Yachay Tech University
Jeffryes, C. S., Lamar University

Optimized synthesis of Copper Oxide
Nanoparticles Using a Simple Microwave-Assisted Method

Shishir V. Kumar1, Adarsh Bafana1,
Prasad Pawar1, Si Amar Dahoumane2, Clayton Jeffryes1,
*

1Nanobiomaterials and
Bioprocessing Laboratory (NABLAB), Dan F. Smith Department of Chemical
Engineering, Lamar University, PO Box 10051, Beaumont, TX 77710, USA.
cjeffryes@lamar.edu

2School of Biological
Sciences & Engineering, Yachay Tech University, Hacienda San José s/n, San
Miguel de Urcuquí 100119, Ecuador.

*Corresponding author

ABSTRACT:

A facile microwave-assisted method for glucose
reduced and starch stabilized colloidal copper oxide nanoparticles (CuNPs) has
been designed. This work used experimental design to maximize CuNP production
in the synthesis procedure as determined through its UV absorbance. All samples
displayed a maximum surface plasmon resonance (SPR) peak at 284 nm. This
preliminary observation signifies that the method consistently produces CuNPs
with similar sizes as there is no observed blue or red shift in the position of
the SPR peak. The CuNPs will be further characterized to identify the chemical
composition using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy and through the
assessment of its electronic properties using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and
impedance testing. Their morphology will be studied using Transmission electron
microscopy (TEM). The CuNPs will also be investigated for applications as an
antibacterial agent, a potential supercapacitor as well as for waste water
remediation.