Mössbauer and Electrochemical Investigations of Carbon-Rich Fe1-xCx Films (Preprint)
Obrovac, Mark N.
Dunlap, R. A.
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A thin film binary library of carbon-rich Fe1-xCx (0.47 ≤ x ≤ 0.97) alloys was prepared by combinatorial sputtering of carbon and iron. The sputtered library was characterized by X-ray diffraction and room temperature 57Fe Mössbauer effect spectroscopy to determine its microstructure. X-ray diffraction results show that the Fe1-xCx film is amorphous in the whole composition range of the library. For 0.52 ≤ x ≤ 0.59, a hyperfine field distribution and a quadrupole splitting distribution as obtained from Mössbauer spectra indicate the presence of a ferromagnetic phase and a paramagnetic phase in this regime. With increasing of carbon content, for 0.61 ≤ x ≤ 0.97, the sextet disappears and two paramagnetic doublets splitting appear suggesting two different Fe sites. The electrochemical performance of the Fe1-xCx film was investigated in lithium cells and the presence of Fe was found to increase the reversible capacity per mass of carbon over that of a pure carbon electrode.
Published Version: Xiuyun Zhao, R.J. Sanderson, L. MacEachern, R.A. Dunlap and M.N. Obrovac, Mössbauer and Electrochemical Investigations of Carbon-Rich Fe1-xCxFilms, Electrochim. Acta, 170 (2015), 16-24. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electacta.2015.04.116