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Flame synthesis of carbon nanostructures on Ni-plated hardmetal substrates

Hongmei Zhu1, Tongchun Kuang2*, Bin Zhu2, Shumei Lei2, Zongwen Liu3* and Simon Peter Ringer3

Author Affiliations

1 School of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640, China

2 Analytical and Testing Center, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640, China

3 Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6:331  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-6-331

Published: 13 April 2011

Abstract

In this article, we demonstrate that carbon nanostructures could be synthesized on the Ni-plated YG6 (WC-6 wt% Co) hardmetal substrate by a simple ethanol diffusion flame method. The morphologies and microstructures of the Ni-plated layer and the carbon nanostructures were examined by various techniques including scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and Raman spectroscopy. The growth mechanism of such carbon nanostructures is discussed. This work may provide a strategy to improve the performance of hardmetal products and thus to widen their potential applications.