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Narushima T.,Sugo Co. | Narushima T.,Hokkaido University | Yoshioka T.,Sugo Co. | Miyazaki H.,Sugo Co. | And 3 more authors.
Nippon Kinzoku Gakkaishi/Journal of the Japan Institute of Metals | Year: 2012

Non-oxidized metallic copper particles were prepared by plasma irradiation into aqueous solution of cupric sulfate in the presence of gelatin as a protective agent using home-made microwave induced plasma equipment. Then, two different steric structures of ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid and isoascorbic acid, were added as reducing auxiliaries. In the case of isoascorbic acid addition, metallic copper particles were obtained by plasma irradiation within about 5 minute. This result suggests that the reduction of copper ion from Cu 2+ to metallic Cu can be succeeded by hydrogen radical generated by plasma in water combination with isoascorbic acid, and without toxic chemical agent such as hydrazine. Additionally, the diameter of copper particles can be controlled by the mount of CuSO 4 · 5H 2O and gelatin. These results were indicated that the plasma in liquid process has possibilities for high-speed and low environmental load process to prepare metallic copper particles. © 2012 The Japan Institute of Metals.

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