Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol.165, No.11, D580-D583, 2018
Electrodeposition of Nanostructured Cobalt Films from Choline Chloride-Ethylene Glycol Deep Eutectic Solvent
Among the Deep Eutectic Solvents (DESs), ethylene glycol-based one is attracting the attention of many researchers because of its relatively low viscosity with respect to analogous eutectic systems with urea, malonic acid or glycerol. In this work, the electrochemical behavior of Co(II) in a eutectic solution of choline chloride and ethylene glycol (1ChC1:2EG molar ratio) was investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) at 70 degrees C followed by galvanostatic deposition (GD). The deposits on copper substrate were characterized with a field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) showing a nanostructured surface texture with platelet-like architecture resulting in a high hydrophobicity (contact angle CA >135 degrees). By increasing the current density, more compact films were obtained while the addition of boric acid resulted in a finer structure. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis determined the coexistence of FCC and HCP phases, both with and without the addition of boric acid to the bath. Annealing in a nitrogen atmosphere was performed at different temperatures (300 degrees C-600 degrees C) to observe microstructure evolution. Magnetic properties with a coercivity of 60-80 Oe were measured by means of micro-indentation and Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM). (C) The Author(s) 2018. Published by ECS.