Title

The formation of polyol and aqueous electroless plated thin film materials

Date of Completion

January 2004

Keywords

Chemistry, Inorganic|Energy

Degree

Ph.D.

Abstract

Thin films are of importance in optical, electrical, magnetic, chemical, mechanical and thermal applications. Electroless plating allows a conducting or non-conducting substrate to be coated with a metallic film whose thickness is dependent on bath conditions and total plating duration. In our study, a variety of powdered substrates including magnesium oxide, mesocarbon microbead carbon (MCMB), copper, silicon and tin oxide were coated with thin films prepared by either an electroless polyol process, which involves the use of glycol or an aqueous electroless process. Tin, copper or nickel baths were prepared. ^ All of the prepared materials were evaluated as potential negative electrode materials for Li-ion batteries and a Cu3Sn material was evaluated as a catalyst for the reduction of nitrobenzene. ^