The goal of this project was to fabricate submicron structures by thermal degradation of organometallic compounds, iron pentacarbonyl and nickelocene. Structures were analyzed before and after degradation using XRD and SEM. After degradation at 400C, both organometallics yielded a mixture of metal and metal oxide. Degradation products of organometallic mixtures typically contained a combination of oxides. The fraction and oxide type depended on the ratio of the organometallics. Microscopic examination revealed that the degradation products may assemble into sub-micron fibers.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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