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Comparison of functionalized carbon nanofibers and multi-walled carbon nanotubes as supports for Fe–Co nanoparticles

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Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) and nanofibers (CNF) have been functionalized at their surfaces with chelating phosphine (PPh2) and ammonium (NMe3+) groups, as anchoring sites for metal complexes. The surface functionalization has been monitored by XPS, elemental analyses, N2 physisorption and/or SEM surface morphology analysis at each step. Bimetallic Fe–Co nanoparticles from two different starting cluster complexes, [HFeCo3(CO)12] (1) and (NEt4)[FeCo3(CO)12] (2), have been deposited onto the surfaces of the functionalized MWCNT and CNF as well as their pristine forms for comparison. The samples have been fully characterized before and after thermal treatment. The obtained nanoparticles were shown by TEM to be better dispersed and of smaller size on functionalized than on pristine supports. Magnetic characterization revealed blocked superparamagnetic Fe–Co nanoparticles together with paramagnetic ions on CNF as well as MWCNT.

Graphical abstract: Comparison of functionalized carbon nanofibers and multi-walled carbon nanotubes as supports for Fe–Co nanoparticles

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The article was received on 30 Aug 2012, accepted on 27 Nov 2012 and first published on 28 Nov 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2TA00131D
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013,1, 2050-2063
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    Comparison of functionalized carbon nanofibers and multi-walled carbon nanotubes as supports for Fe–Co nanoparticles

    D. Vidick, M. Herlitschke, C. Poleunis, A. Delcorte, R. P. Hermann, M. Devillers and S. Hermans, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, 1, 2050
    DOI: 10.1039/C2TA00131D

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