Ultrasound-assisted synthesis of mesoporous β-Ni(OH) 2 and NiO nano-sheets using ionic liquids

Tarek Alammar, Osama Shekhah, Jon Wohlgemuth, Anja Verena Mudring*

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Via a facile ultrasound synthesis from nickel acetate and sodium hydroxide with ionic liquids as the solvent and template it is possible to obtain nano-β-Ni(OH) 2 of various dimensionalities depending on the reaction conditions with the ionic liquid (IL) being the most important factor. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) imaging showed β-Ni(OH) 2 to form as nanosheets, nanorods and nanospheres depending on the IL. ILs with strong to moderate hydrogen bonding capability like [C 3mimOH][Tf 2N] (1-(3-hydroxypropyl)-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonylamide)), [C 4mim][Tf 2N] (1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonylamide)) and [Edimim][Tf 2N] (1-ethyl-2,3-diemethylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonylamide)) lead to the formation of nanosheets whilst [Py 4][Tf 2N] (butyl-pyridinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonylamide)) leads to nanoparticles and [N 1888][Tf 2N] (methyltrioctylammonium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonylamide)) to nanorods. Subsequent calcination of the materials at elevated temperatures (285-425 °C) leads to the conversion of β-Ni(OH) 2 to NiO under preservation of the nanostructure. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), TG-DTA, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) were used to observe the morphology, crystallinity, and chemical composition in more detail. Mesoporous NiO nanosheets obtained in [C 4mim][Tf 2N] possess an exceptionally high surface area of 141.28 m 2 g -1 and a pore volume of 0.2 cm 3 g -1 at 285 °C. As a result of calcination at 425 °C the surface area decreased to 92.84 m 2 g -1, but the pore volume increased to 0.48 cm 3 g -1. In addition, the product has an extraordinarily high saturation magnetization of 1.38 emu g -1, a coercivity of 117 Oe and an excellent specific capacitance of 199.4 F g -1 which renders the material highly interesting for application in supercapacitors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18252-18260
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Issue number35
StatePublished - Sep 21 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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