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Issue 5, 2012

The electroless nickel plating of catalytically graphitized electrospun carbon nanofibers

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Abstract

Catalytically graphitized electrospun carbon nanofibers were plated with nickel using a commercial electroless bath for the first time. The nanofiber fabrication process was performed in the presence of nickel as the graphitization catalyst at a temperature of 1400 °C. Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction studies confirmed the achievement of a satisfactory degree of graphitization for the carbon nanofibers. After sensitization and activation processes, the nanofibers were submerged for 20 min in the electroless bath at a temperature of 45 °C and a pH value of 9. Results from scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction showed that a pure, crystalline and uniform nickel coating of 186 nm thickness was formed on the surface of the nanofibers.

Graphical abstract: The electroless nickel plating of catalytically graphitized electrospun carbon nanofibers

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Submitted
30 Sep 2011
Accepted
18 Nov 2011
First published
04 Jan 2012

RSC Adv., 2012,2, 1842-1845
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Paper

The electroless nickel plating of catalytically graphitized electrospun carbon nanofibers

A. M. Bazargan, S. Ghashghai, M. Keyanpour-rad and M. Esmaeilpour Ganji, RSC Adv., 2012, 2, 1842 DOI: 10.1039/C1RA00819F

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