Nickel Nanoparticles on Carbon Nanotubes: Synthesis, Characterization and Hydrogen Storage

Nickel Nanoparticles on Carbon Nanotubes: Synthesis, Characterization and Hydrogen Storage

M.Z. Figueroa-TorresC. Dominguez-Rios J.G. Cabanas-Moreno K. Suarez-Alcantara A. Aguilar-Elguezabal

Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados, S. C., Depto. de Química de Materiales. Miguel de Cervantes 120, Complejo Industrial Chihuahua, CP. 31130, Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México.

Instituto Politécnico Nacional, UPALM, Escuela Superior de Física y Matemáticas, Departamento de Ciencia de Materiales, Apdo. Postal 21-408, C.P. 04021, México, DF, México

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18 November 2009
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26 January 2010
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Nickel nanoparticles were deposited on multiwall carbon nanotubes (Ni-MWCNT) in a single step by electroless plating technique. The effect of bath composition on the resulting nanoparticles was examined by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. To improve nickel dispersion a surface treatment was made to raw MWCNT. Hydrogen storage measurements were determined at 77 K and atmospheric pressure and also at 303 K in the pressure range of 0.1 to 5 MPa. Results show that highly dispersed nickel nanoparticles were deposited on the external MWCNT wall using hydrazine as reducing agent. Surface modifications help to improve hydrogen storage. For Ni-MWCNT hydrogen storage was increased two times compared to raw MWCNT at 303 K and 5 MPa.


Carbon Nanotubes, nickel, electroless, Hydrogen storage

1. Introduction
2. Experimental
3. Results and Discussion
4. Conclusions

To CONACYT for the financial support through the project 4777 No. 47776, to Roal Torres and Manuel Román from CIMAV for their help in the experimental part.


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