High coercivity stellated cobalt metal multipods through solvothermal reduction of cobalt hydroxide nanosheets†
Solvated 2D nanosheets of dodecylsulphate intercalated α-cobalt hydroxide in 1-butanol are solvothermally reduced to hexagonal close packed (hcp) Co metal multipods in the presence of oleylamine. 1-Butanol, being a reducing solvent, facilitates the formation of Co metal. In addition to being a reducing agent, oleylamine also acts as a base which converts the metastable α-cobalt hydroxide nanosheets into β-hydroxide sheets. These sheets yield face centered cubic (fcc) CoO spheres which eventually grow into hcp Co metal multipods. All the pods are single crystalline with growth direction being , making the multipods resemble stellated polyhedra with overgrown branches. The stellated Co metal multipods exhibit high coercivity (Hc), of 880 and 552 Oe at 2 K and 300 K respectively, due to shape anisotropy.
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