Assembled β-Co(OH)2 Nanoparticles on Reduced Graphene Oxide for Enhanced Magnetism
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A simple and effective method has been developed to assemble the β-Co(OH)2 nanoparticles coordinated to the surface of the reduced graphene oxide sheets. The reduced graphene oxide-Co(OH)2 hybrid is characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy techniques, respectively. These morphological and structural analysis results demonstrate the successful attachment of hexagonal β-Co(OH)2 nanoparticles to the reduced graphene oxide sheets through the oxygen-containing functional groups. Compared to the paramagnetic property of hexagonal β-Co(OH)2 nanoparticles, a s-like superparamagnetic behavior can be observed at room temperature for the reduced graphene oxide-Co(OH)2 hybrid by the magnetometer PPMS-9T magnetic measurement, indicative of superparamagnetism. The interplay between the localized magnetic moment of the Co2+ ions in the hexagonal β-Co(OH)2 nanoparticles and the itinerant π carriers in reduced graphene oxide is suggested to be responsible for this superparamagnetic behavior. This enhanced magnetism indicates that the reduced graphene oxide-Co(OH)2 hybrid has a promising potential for spintronic device applications.
KeywordsGraphene Nanocomposite Hybrid Superparamagnetism Spintronics
This work is supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61006080 and 11174226) and Ph.D. Programs Foundation of Ministry of Education of China.