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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2011, Article ID 720937, 6 pages
Research Article

Ferromagnetic Property and Synthesis of Onion-Like Fullerenes by Chemical Vapor Deposition Using Fe and Co Catalysts Supported on NaCl

1Key Laboratory of Interface Science and Engineering in Advanced Materials, Taiyuan University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Taiyuan 030024, China
2College of Materials Science and Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024, China
3College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024, China

Received 31 May 2010; Accepted 23 July 2010

Academic Editor: Jianyu Huang

Copyright © 2011 Yongzhen Yang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Metal-encapsulating onion-like fullerenes (M@OLFs) were synthesized by CVD at relatively low temperature (420 ) using Fe and Co nanoparticles impregnated into NaCl as catalyst. The morphology and structure of the products were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and Raman spectroscopy. The results show that Fe@OLFs and Co@OLFs with stacked graphitic fragments were prepared using Fe/NaCl or Co/NaCl as catalysts; after Co@OLFs were immersed in concentrated HCl for 48 hours, Co nanoparticles encapsulated by carbon shells were not removed, meaning that carbon shells can protect the encapsulated Co cores against environmental degradation. The coercivity value (750.23 Oe) of Co@OLFs showed an obvious magnetic property.