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Title: Synthesis of nonstoichiometric zinc ferrite nanoparticles with extraordinary room temperature magnetism and their diverse applications
Authors: Yang, Y.
Liu, X.
Yang, Y.
Xiao, W.
Li, Z.
Xue, D.
Li, F.
Ding, J. 
Issue Date: 28-Apr-2013
Citation: Yang, Y., Liu, X., Yang, Y., Xiao, W., Li, Z., Xue, D., Li, F., Ding, J. (2013-04-28). Synthesis of nonstoichiometric zinc ferrite nanoparticles with extraordinary room temperature magnetism and their diverse applications. Journal of Materials Chemistry C 1 (16) : 2875-2885. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: A series of nonstoichiometric zinc ferrite (ZndFe 3-dO4) nanoparticles with Zn-dopant concentration d ranging from 0 to 0.5 was synthesized via thermal decomposition route employing oleic acid as surfactant. The zinc dopant concentration was controlled by the ratio of Zn/Fe precursors. High room temperature saturation magnetization of 110 emu g-1 was obtained for large Zn ferrite particles (more than 100 nm) with nominal composition of Zn0.468Fe2.532O 4. The origin of the extraordinary magnetic property was revealed as the Zn substitution of Fe atoms at the tetrahedral site (A site) in the spinel magnetite phase. It was found that the precursor/surfactant ratio was an important parameter for the control of the shape and size of as-synthesized Zn ferrite particles. The details were investigated through a series of experimental work. Size-dependent applications, such as radar absorption and magnetic fluid hyperthermia, were further studied. Both applications required magnetic particles with high saturation magnetization, hence our samples displayed advantages over Fe3O4 magnetite nanoparticles. Especially for magnetic fluid hyperthermia, 26 nm Zn ferrite nanoparticles coated by P-mPEG polymer showed superior biocompatibility and heating efficiency, implying the potential usefulness to in vivo cancer therapy. © 2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry.
Source Title: Journal of Materials Chemistry C
ISSN: 20507534
DOI: 10.1039/c3tc00790a
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