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Exploring monovalent copper compounds with oxygen and hydrogen
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2012 (English)In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, ISSN 0027-8424, E-ISSN 1091-6490, Vol. 109, no 3, 686-689 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

New important applications of copper metal, e.g., in the areas of hydrogen production, fuel cell operation, and spent nuclear fuel disposal, require accurate knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of stable and metastable copper compounds. Among the copper(I) compounds with oxygen and hydrogen, cuprous oxide Cu(2)O is the only one stable and the best studied. Other such compounds are less known (CuH) or totally unknown (CuOH) due to their instability relative to the oxide. Here we combine quantum-mechanical calculations with experimental studies to search for possible compounds of monovalent copper. Cuprous hydride (CuH) and cuprous hydroxide (CuOH) are proved to exist in solid form. We establish the chemical and physical properties of these compounds, thereby filling the existing gaps in our understanding of hydrogen- and oxygen-related phenomena in Cu metal.

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2012. Vol. 109, no 3, 686-689 p.
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electronic structure, lattice dynamics, thermodynamic properties, metastability, infrared spectra
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Physical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-168085DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1115834109ISI: 000299154000015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-168085DiVA: diva2:495516
Available from: 2012-02-09 Created: 2012-02-06 Last updated: 2012-02-09Bibliographically approved

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