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Evidence for magnetic interactions among magnetite nanoparticles dispersed in photoreticulated PEGDA-600 matrix

Allia, P. and Tiberto, P. and Coisson, M. and Chiolerio, A. and Celegato, F. and Vinai, F. and Sangermano, M. and Suber, L. and Marchegiani, G. (2011) Evidence for magnetic interactions among magnetite nanoparticles dispersed in photoreticulated PEGDA-600 matrix. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 13 (11). pp. 5615-5626.

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Abstract

Magnetite nanoparticles having mean diameter of about 8 nm have been prepared by a thermo-chemical route. Different amounts (5 and 10% wt) of a stable dispersion of magnetite nanoparticles in n-hexane were added to polyethylene glycol diacrylate (PEGDA-600) oligomer containing 2% wt of radicalic photoinitiator. The homogenized mixture was poured on a silica glass substrate and the resulting film was photoreticulated in N2 atmosphere using a UV lamp. As a result, a polymer-based magnetic nanocomposite was obtained, where the magnetic nanoparticles are dispersed in the diamagnetic matrix, as checked by SEM. Morphology, composition, and size of as-prepared nanoparticles were checked by SEM and X-ray diffraction. The magnetic properties of magnetite nanoparticles prior to and after inclusion in the polymeric matrix have been studied by means of an alternating-gradient magnetometer (T interval: 10–300 K, HMAX: 18 kOe). FC-ZFC curves were obtained in the same temperature interval. The results show that the nanocomposites cannot be simply described as containing superparamagnetic particles undergoing an anisotropy-driven blocking and that collective magnetic interactions play a non-negligible role. Low-temperature hysteretic properties indicate that the polymeric matrix affects the effective anisotropy of magnetite nanoparticles. Dispersion of magnetite NPs in PEGDA has non-trivial consequences on their magnetic properties.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:11554
Deposited By:Prof. Alexey Ivanov
Deposited On:05 Jan 2012 09:30
Last Modified:05 Jan 2012 09:42

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