Nanomagnetic domains of chromium deposited on vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes
The drive to create ever smaller magnetic memory devices has led to the development of new nanomagnetic domains on surfaces. This paper reports the development of nano-chromium magnetic domains obtained using electrodeposition on vertically aligned carbon nanofibers arrays. Attempts to achieve this using conventional aqueous solutions were unsuccessful even after thin nickel underlayers were applied. The use of a novel electrolyte, a deep eutectic solvent, made from choline chloride: chromium (III) chloride enabled highly conformal overcoatings of chromium on individual bare carbon nanotubes to be obtained. Very high aspect ratio metal microstructures could be obtained by this novel technology. Magnetic imaging of the coated nanoarrays showed there to be clear magnetic character to the coating when the thin coatings were applied but this disappeared when the deposits were thicker and more contiguous. âº Nanoscale chromium deposited from non-aqueous electrolyte shows magnetic behavior. âº Vertically aligned carbon nanotubes conformally coated with chromium metal. âº Ionic liquid electrolyte superior to chromic acid for plating high aspect ratio structures.