Magnetic Films of Cobalt/Aluminum Electrodeposited from the Room Temperature Molten Salts AlCl3-BPC-CoCl2

Chao-Chen Yang, Te-Ho Wu, Min-Fong Shu
2004 Zeitschrift für Naturforschung. B, A journal of chemical sciences  
The electric conductivities of molten mixtures of aluminum chloride-butylpyridinium chloridecobalt chloride (AlCl3-BPC-CoCl2) were measured using a computerized direct-current method. The conductivities of all the melts increased with increasing temperature. The electrodeposition of Co/Al films from the AlCl3-BPC melt containing a small amount of CoCl2 has been studied by cyclic voltammetry. Compact and smooth Co/Al thin films could be obtained at a deposition potential of −0.4 V. The surface
more » ... .4 V. The surface morphology and the composition of the electrodeposited thin films were studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The magnetic properties of the deposited thin films have been investigated via magnetic force microscopy (MFM) and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). Higher magnetization and smooth domains of Co/Al layers could be obtained at the deposition potentials of −0.1 V and −0.4 V, respectively.
doi:10.1515/znb-2004-0505 fatcat:frt3wzv27jdllofc25frli2mji