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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2015, Article ID 546720, 7 pages
Research Article

A Study on Toxic Acidic Vapor Removal Behaviors of Continuously Nanostructured Copper/Nickel-Coated Nanoporous Carbons

1R&D Division, Korea Institute of Carbon Convergence Technology, Jeonju 561-844, Republic of Korea
2Department of Chemistry, Inha University, Incheon 402-751, Republic of Korea

Received 31 May 2015; Accepted 13 August 2015

Academic Editor: Nguyen V. Long

Copyright © 2015 Byung-Joo Kim 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.


Nanostructured copper (Cu)/nickel- (Ni-) coated nanoporous carbon sheets (NCS) were prepared to improve the toxic acidic vapor (hydrogen chloride, HCl) removal efficiency of NCS using a continuous bimetal electroplating method at various metal content ratios. The surface morphology and nanostructure of Cu/Ni-NCS were observed by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction, respectively. N2/77 K adsorption isotherms were investigated using the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller equation. HCl vapor removal efficiency was confirmed using two types of detection techniques: a gas detecting tube for low concentrations and gas chromatography for high concentrations. HCl removal efficiency was improved mainly in the copresence of nanostructured Cu/Ni clusters compared to the efficiencies of the as-received and single-metal-plated NCS. In particular, the removal efficiency of Cu/Ni-3 was increased by 270% compared to that of as-received sample, but Cu/Ni-5 showed lower efficiency than Cu/Ni-3, indicating that suitable metal composition on NCS can accelerate HCl removal behaviors of the NCS.