Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 16852141
J Phys Chem B 2005 May;109(19):9495-8
A very simple, efficient, and economical synthetic technique, which produces fascinating fullerene-like Ni-C (graphitic) core-shell nanostructures at a relatively low temperature, is reported. The thermal dissociation of Ni acetylacetonate is carried out in a closed vessel cell (Swagelok) that was heated at 700 degrees C for 3 h. The encapsulation of ferromagnetic Ni nanospheres into the onion structured graphitic layers is obtained in a one-stage, single precursor reaction, without a catalyst, that possesses interesting magnetic properties. The magnetoresistance (MR) property of Ni nanospheres encapsulated in a fullerene-like carbon was measured, which shows large negative MR, of the order of 10%. The proposed mechanism for the formation of the Ni-C core-shell system is based on the segregation and the surface flux formed in the Ni and carbon particles during the reaction under autogenic pressure at elevated temperature.