Article history: Decoration of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) with nano-size inorganic particles creates a class of com- Received 27 March 2017 posites with considerably improved characteristics. Improvements in the function of electrochemical Received in revised form 20 July 2017 energy-storage devices, catalysts and sensors using such particles, have hence attracted a great deal of Accepted 7 August 2017 interest to the area. This manuscript tends to report the results of the research on the application of a Available online 9 August 2017 sonochemical route for anchoring nano-sized Yb O (Ytterbia) particles, on sheets of RGO. The anchoring 2 3 phenomenon is based on the self-assembly of the Yb O nano-particles under sonochemical treatments 2 3 Keywords: in an ultrasonic bath. To evaluate the method, the produced Yb O -RGO nanocomposites were charac- 2 3 Ytterbia terized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and ﬁeld-emission Reduced graphene oxide scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), which proved the uniform distribution of the nano-particles on Nanocomposites the RGO sheets. Additionally, the Yb O -RGO nano-composites were evaluated through cyclic voltam- Sonochemical synthesis 2 3 metry (CV), to assess the potentials of their application in electrochemical devices. The high activity of the
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