Sugar-Based Electroless Copper Deposition on Pectin-Coated Alumina Microparticles

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A novel approach for fabricating copper-coated alumina microparticles utilizing a pectin-based coating subsequently followed by electroless deposition is reported. The biopolymer pectin is modified with phosphate groups covalently binding to the particle surface, while the polymer itself promotes the formation of metal centers on the surface due to the high affinity to metal cations. The sugar-based (galactose, xylose, and glucose) electroless plating process in combination with an organic-based treatment ensures a homogeneous metal coating method. As a benefit, precious metal activation of alumina particles and hazardous reducing agents typically employed are not required, creating a low-cost and sustainable process. Metal plated micro particles show a uniform and homogeneous coating rendering them as ideal additives for application in metal matrix composites. These ceramic metal composites can be used in a wide range of applications where high-strength metal components are needed.


Original languageEnglish
Article number2300496
JournalAdvanced materials interfaces
Issue number31
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023



  • copper, electroless plating, metal coatings, metal matrix composites, pectin