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Synthesis, Characterization, and Application of Novel Ni-P-Carbon Nitride Nanocomposites

Center for Advanced Materials, Qatar University, Doha 2713, Qatar
Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Petroleum and Mining Engineering, Suez University, Suez 43721, Egypt
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS B3J 2X4, Canada
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Permanent address: Physical Chemistry Department, National Research Center, Dokki, Giza 12622, Egypt.
Coatings 2018, 8(1), 37;
Received: 28 November 2017 / Revised: 10 January 2018 / Accepted: 15 January 2018 / Published: 17 January 2018
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Dispersion of 2D carbon nitride (C3N4) nanosheets into a nickel phosphorous (NiP) matrix was successfully achieved by ultrasonication during the electroless plating of NiP from an acidic bath. The morphology and thickness, elemental analysis, phases, roughness, and wettability for as-plated and heat-treated nanocomposite were determined by scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, and contact angle measurements, respectively. C3N4 showed a homogeneous distribution morphology in the nanocomposite that changed from amorphous in case of the NiP to a mixed crystalline-amorphous structure in the NiP-C3N4 nanocomposite. The microhardness and corrosion resistance of the as-plated nanocomposite and the heat-treated nanocomposite coating were significantly enhanced compared to the Ni-P. The nanocomposite showed a superior corrosion protection efficiency of ~95%, as observed from the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements. On the other hand, the microhardness of the nanocomposite was significantly increased from 780 to reach 1175 HV200 for NiP and NiP-C3N4, respectively. View Full-Text
Keywords: electroless NiP alloy; carbon nitride; composites coating; corrosion; microhardness electroless NiP alloy; carbon nitride; composites coating; corrosion; microhardness

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Fayyad, E.M.; Abdullah, A.M.; Hassan, M.K.; Mohamed, A.M.; Wang, C.; Jarjoura, G.; Farhat, Z. Synthesis, Characterization, and Application of Novel Ni-P-Carbon Nitride Nanocomposites. Coatings 2018, 8, 37.

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