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Electron Spin Resonance Study of α-Cr2O3 and Cr2O3·nH2O Quasi-Spherical Nanoparticles

Khamlich, Saleh (2011) Electron Spin Resonance Study of α-Cr2O3 and Cr2O3·nH2O Quasi-Spherical Nanoparticles. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters, 3 . pp. 550-555.



The quasi-spherical nanoparticles of hydrated Cr2O3·nH2O, and crystalline α-Cr2O3, have been synthesized by reduction of the first row (3d) transition metal complex of K2Cr2O7. The temperature-dependence of electron spin resonance (ESR) spectrum was studied in terms of g-factor, line width and intensity. ESR of both Cr2O3·nH2O and α-Cr2O3 has been studied at X-band (9.61 GHz) in the temperature range of 292-420K. An anomalous thermal hysteresis was observed in the ESR intensity and linewidth (ΔHpp) of Cr2O3·nH2O. This study shows that there could be a dominant water loss/gain during the heating-cooling cycles which is influencing the thermal relaxation time of Cr2O3·nH2O. A similar hysteresis was observed in the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) data which correlates well with that of ESR indicating possible surface dehydration/rehydration of Cr2O3·nH2O nanoparticles during the heating-cooling cycles of ESR measurements.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Physical Science > Nanomagnetics
Material Science > Nanostructured materials
Material Science > Nanochemistry
ID Code:11821
Deposited By:Mr Saleh Khamlich
Deposited On:20 May 2012 03:05
Last Modified:20 May 2012 03:05

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