Synthesis, characterization, and magnetic studies of nonagglomerated zerovalent iron particles. Unexpected size dependence of the structure

Dominique De Caro, Teyeb Ould Ely, Alain Mari, Bruno Chaudret, Etienne Snoeck, Marc Respaud, Jean Marc Broto, André Fert

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Sonolysis of a solution of Fe(CO)5 in anisol in the presence of poly(dimethylphenylene oxide) (PPO) leads to the formation of small nonagglomerated iron particles. HREM analysis shows that the size of the particles is centered around 30 A with a medium dispersity. HREM analysis of the particles demonstrate that the smaller particles (≤25 Å) adopt the α-Fe (bcc) structure, whereas the larger ones (≥25 Å) adopt the γ-Fe (fee) structure. Magnetic measurements confirm the presence of small superparamagnetic particles (α-Fe) and of mostly antiferromagnetic or paramagnetic particles (γ-Fe).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1987-1991
Number of pages5
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1996


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Chemistry

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