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Growth and Chemical Stability of Copper Nanostructures on Cellulosic Fibers

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The design of paper products based on copper nanoparticles (NPs) is a challenge because of the intrinsic propensity of Cu to oxidize in contact with air. Here, a comparative study on the growth and chemical stability of Cu NPs in vegetable and bacterial cellulose is described for the first time. Furthermore, comparative studies were performed by using inorganic fillers of distinct dimensionality, Cu NPs and Cu nanowires (NWs), in both types of cellulose. Cu NWs were found to be more resistant to oxidation caused by prolonged air exposure than the Cu NPs. Notably, the cellulosic matrices behave differently for the growth or adsorption of the Cu nanofillers; bacterial cellulose fibers are the most efficient substrate to delay surface oxidation. The data support a role for bacterial cellulose in limiting the oxidation of Cu nanostructures that have been grown or blended in this type of matrix, hence opening up new perspectives for the development of electronic paper technologies that incorporate copper nanophases.

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