Without the use of a template, sub-micron scaled cobalt-aluminum (Co-Al) net (mesh) sheets can be obtained via a double-potential step electrodeposition method from a Lewis acidic aluminum chloride/trimethylamine hydrochloride (AlCl3-TMHC) room temperature ionic liquid containing cobalt chloride (CoCl2). During the electrodeposition, the electrode potential was repeatedly stepped between a more negative potential E1 for a time period of t1 and a less negative potential E2 for a time period of t2. The step potentials and step durations controlled the growth of the Co-Al sheet, and therefore, the physical dimensions of the net-like Co-Al. The electrodeposited Co-Al nets were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). However, due to the high sensitivity of aluminum and cobalt toward oxygen, the electrodeposited Co-Al micro nets quickly turned into the corresponding metal oxides when exposed to the air.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry