We first report the facile synthesis of metal-carbon composites consisting of metal nanoparticles (NPs) and different types of carbon species: onion-like and amorphous carbon, Ni@onion-like carbon and Co@amorphous carbon. By simply changing the metal species in an isostructural metal-organic framework, thermal decompositions of MOF-74 directly afforded different types of metal NPs and carbon composites, which exhibited good electrical conductivity. In particular, the Ni@onion-like carbon, having a well-ordered carbon structure, had high electrical conductivity (σ = 5.3 Ω-1 cm-1 at 295 K), explained by a modified model of the Efros-Shklovskii variable range hopping.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Ceramics and Composites
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Metals and Alloys
- Materials Chemistry