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Synthesis, Magnetic Properties and Catalytic Activity of Hierarchical Cobalt Microflowers

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A simple one pot synthesis method for the silver catalyzed growth of pure hexagonal close packed cobalt by the reduction of cobalt salt using hydrazine hydrate in the presence of triethanolamine (TEA), diethanolamine (DEA) and ethylene glycol (EG) as capping agents at 90 °C within 10 min has been reported. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images of the product prepared in the presence of capping agents show the formation of the well defined porous flowery architecture originating from the interlinked 2D wavy nanoflakes. When the same reaction is performed in the absence of any capping agent, the agglomeration of the flakes of cobalt with irregular spherical morphology is observed. The effect of the reaction conditions on the size and the shape of the products have also been studied. Vibration sample magnetometer (VSM) shows, that the products are ferromagnetic in nature irrespective of the capping agents used and possess high value of coercivity, when prepared in the absence of any capping agent. These cobalt microflowers have also been proved as an alternative to the other available expensive catalysts (Au, Ag, Pt) in the room temperature production of p-aminophenol for its applications in pharmaceutical, photographic and plastic industries.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2012-04-01

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