Synthesis of covellite (CuS) from the elements

Keitaro Tezuka, William C. Sheets, Ryoko Kurihara, Yue Jin Shan, Hideo Imoto, Tobin J. Marks, Kenneth R. Poeppelmeier*

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A one-step, corrosion-assisted reaction was developed to synthesize copper sulfide (CuS) from elemental copper and sulfur in water at 60 °C. The as-prepared polycrystalline CuS consists of polyhedral-shaped 2-3 μm crystallites. CuS forms by the oxidation of copper metal in the presence of sulfur, whereas in the presence of water, a continuous solid-state reaction occurs without passivation by the product.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-99
Number of pages5
JournalSolid State Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007


  • Aqueous
  • Copper sulfide
  • Corrosion
  • Covellite
  • Low temperature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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