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Microwave absorption properties of Ni/(C, silicides) nanocapsules

Jingjing Jiang, Han Wang, Huaihong Guo, Teng Yang, Wen-Shu Tang, Da Li*, Song Ma, Dianyu Geng, Wei Liu and Zhidong Zhang

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Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, and International Centre for Materials Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 72 Wenhua Road, Shenyang, 110016, People’s Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2012, 7:238  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-7-238

Published: 1 May 2012


The microwave absorption properties of Ni/(C, silicides) nanocapsules prepared by an arc discharge method have been studied. The composition and the microstructure of the Ni/(C, silicides) nanocapsules were determined by means of X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectric spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscope observations. Silicides, in the forms of SiOx and SiC, mainly exist in the shells of the nanocapsules and result in a large amount of defects at the ‘core/shell’ interfaces as well as in the shells. The complex permittivity and microwave absorption properties of the Ni/(C, silicides) nanocapsules are improved by the doped silicides. Compared with those of Ni/C nanocapsules, the positions of maximum absorption peaks of the Ni/(C, silicides) nanocapsules exhibit large red shifts. An electric dipole model is proposed to explain this red shift phenomenon.

Microwave absorption properties; Magnetic nanocapsules; Complex permittivity; Electric dipole model