Morphological studies of randomized dispersion magnetite nanoclusters coated with silica

Huang, N.M. and Haw, C.Y. and Chia, C.H. and Zakaria, S. and Mohamed, F. and Radiman, S. and Teh, C.H. and Khiew, P.S. and Chiu, W.S. (2011) Morphological studies of randomized dispersion magnetite nanoclusters coated with silica. Ceramics International, 37 (2). pp. 451-464. ISSN 02728842, DOI

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In this study, we report a simple way to produce randomized dispersion magnetite nanoclusters coated with silica (RDMNS) via Stöber process with minor modifications. The morphology of silica coated magnetite nanoclusters was emphasized by studying various reaction parameters including alcohols with different polarities as co-solvents, concentration of alcohol-water, concentration of alkaline catalyst (ammonia), and concentration of TEOS monomer. The results of transmission electron microscope (TEM) showed that the sizes and morphological behaviour of the magnetite nanoclusters vary accordingly with the different reaction parameters investigated. The results showed that ethanol would be the best candidate as co-solvent in the preparation of randomized dispersion magnetite nanoclusters. Besides, the optimum alcohol-water ratio has been determined to be 70-30 v/v as this concentration range could render desired shape of randomized dispersion magnetite nanoclusters. The volume of ammonia (NH 3) catalyst in the reaction media also strongly governs the formation of silica coated magnetite nanoclusters in a desired shape. Apart from that, the addition of TEOS monomer into the reaction media has to be well-controlled as the excess amount of monomer added might affect the thickness of the silica layer that is coated on the magnetite nanoparticles. Prior to silica coating, the bare magnetite nanoparticles were first treated with trisodium citrate (0.5 M) to enhance the particles' dispersibility. Improvement in the size distribution and dispersibility of the magnetite nanoparticles after the citrate treatment has been examined using TEM. The XRD results show that the magnetite samples retained good crystallinity although they have been surface-modified with citrate group and silica. The Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) prove that the magnetite nanoparticles have been successfully coated with citrate and silica. The superparamagnetic behaviour of the magnetite samples was confirmed by VSM. The produced silica coated magnetite nanoclusters possess great potential to be applied in bio-medical research and clinical diagnosis application. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd and Techna Group S.r.l.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: B. Surfaces C. Magnetic properties E. Biomedical applications Magnetic nanoclusters Alkaline catalysts Bio-medical Biomedical applications Clinical diagnosis Concentration ranges Cosolvents Crystallinities Dispersibilities Fourier transform infrared Magnetite nanoparticles Morphological study Reaction media Reaction parameters Silica coatings Silica layers Silica-Coated Superparamagnetic behaviours Surface-modified TEM Transmission electron microscope Trisodium citrates Water ratio XRD Ammonia Catalysts Concentration (process) Diagnosis Dispersions Ethanol Fourier transforms Magnetic properties Monomers Nanoclusters Nanoparticles Silica Superparamagnetism Thermogravimetric analysis Transmission electron microscopy Magnetite
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Physics
Depositing User: miss munirah saadom
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2013 03:52
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2013 03:52

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