Nanostructured metal/carbon composites from heterobimetallic block copolymers with controlled magnetic properties

Jiuyang Zhang, Yi Yan, Jihua Chen, W. Michael Chance, Jeffery Hayat, Zheng Gai, Chuanbing Tang

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Abstract

We reported the utilization of a series of heterobimetallic diblock copolymers to prepare different iron-cobalt/carbon and iron-cobalt phosphide/carbon magnetic materials. Through the control of compositions of ferrocene- and cobaltocenium-containing blocks, a transition of final inorganic materials from metal phosphide to metal alloy was observed. These metal elements were embedded on amorphous carbon films or encapsulated in crystallized multiwalled carbon nanotubes. Detailed magnetic characterization showed that all these inorganic materials were ferromagnetic under room temperature with great difference in their magnetic susceptibilities. The saturated magnetization was related with the weight fraction of phosphorus and cobalt, indicating the ability to control the magnetization of these inorganic materials via polymer compositions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3185-3190
Number of pages6
JournalChemistry of Materials
Volume26
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - May 27 2014

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