Nickel Based Electrospun Materials with Tuned Morphology and Composition


Nickel is set to play a crucial role to substitute the less-abundant platinum in clean electrochemical energy conversion and storage devices and catalysis. The controlled design of Ni nanomaterials is essential to fine-tune their properties to match these applications. A systematic study of electrospinning and thermal post-treatment parameters has been performed to synthesize Ni materials and tune their morphology (fibers, ribbons, and sponge-like structures) and composition (metallic Ni, NiO, Ni/C, Ni₃N and their combinations). The obtained Ni-based spun materials have been characterized by scanning and transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and thermogravimetric analysis. The possibility of upscaling and the versatility of electrospinning open the way to large-scale production of Ni nanostructures, as well as bi- and multi-metal systems for widened applications.

DOI: 10.3390/nano6120236

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@inproceedings{Ercolano2016NickelBE, title={Nickel Based Electrospun Materials with Tuned Morphology and Composition}, author={Giorgio Ercolano and Filippo Maria Farina and S. Cavaliere and Deborah Lynne Jones and Jacques Rozi{\`e}re}, booktitle={Nanomaterials}, year={2016} }