Dissolution from electrodeposited copper–cobalt–copper sandwiches

Dulal, S.M.S.I.; Charles, E.A.; Roy, S.
February 2004
Journal of Applied Electrochemistry;Feb2004, Vol. 34 Issue 2, p151
Academic Journal
The electrochemical behaviour of electrodeposited Co–Cu/Cu multilayers from citrate electrolytes was investigated using cyclic voltammetry and stripping techniques at a rotating ring disc electrode. Copper and cobalt–copper alloy sandwiches were deposited from an electrolyte containing 0.0125 M CuSO4, 0.250 M CoSO4 and 0.265 M trisodium citrate at two different pHs, 1.7 and 6.0. The Cu/Co–Cu/Cu sandwich is representative of a single layer in a Co–Cu/Cu multilayer deposit, which is known to exhibit unusual physical and magnetic properties. Results from cyclic voltammetry and detection of dissolving species at the ring showed that cobalt is stripped from a Cu/Co–Cu/Cu sandwich even when a copper layer as thick as 600 nm covers the Co–Cu alloy. Scanning electron microscopy showed that cobalt can dissolve from the deposit easily because the copper layer covering the Co–Cu alloy is porous. A separate series of experiments with Cu/Co–Ni–Cu/Cu sandwich showed that cobalt does not dissolve from these deposits because the addition of nickel stabilises cobalt in the Co–Ni–Cu alloy.


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