Preparation and Microwave Absorbing Properties of an Electroless Ni-Co Coating on Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes Using [Ag(NH3)2]+ as Activator

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Ni-Co-coated carbon nanotubes (CNTs) composites with different molar ratios of Ni/Co were synthesized using [Ag(NH3)2]+ as activator and H2PO2-as reductant, thereby replacing the conventional noble metal Pd salt activator and Sn2+ reductant. Scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray energy dispersive spectrometry analyses demonstrated that the CNTs were deposited with a dense, uniform Ni-Co coating. The possible mechanism of the electroless method was studied, which indicates that pure Ag0 acted as a nucleation site for subsequent Ni-Co-P deposition. Network vector analyzer measurements indicated that the composite with only Ni coated had an absorbing value of-12.6 dB and the composite with a Ni/Co ratio of four had the maximum wave absorption (-15.6 dB) and the widest absorption bandwidth (800 MHz, RL <-10 dB), while the saturation magnetization (Ms) was 4.28 emu·g-1 and the coercive force (Hc) was 31.33 Oe.

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Li, Q. L., He, X. Y., Zhang, Y. Q., & Yang, X. F. (2015). Preparation and Microwave Absorbing Properties of an Electroless Ni-Co Coating on Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes Using [Ag(NH3)2]+ as Activator. Journal of Nanomaterials, 2015. https://doi.org/10.1155/2015/404698

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