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Aqueous Solution Preparation, Structure, and Magnetic Properties of Nano-Granular ZnxFe3−xO4 Ferrite Films

Qiang Tian, Qian Wang, Qingshui Xie and Jiangong Li*

Author Affiliations

Institute of Materials Science and Engineering and MOE Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Lanzhou University, 730000, Lanzhou, China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2010, 5:1518-1523  doi:10.1007/s11671-010-9672-4

Published: 22 June 2010


This paper reports a simple and novel process for preparing nano-granular ZnxFe3−xO4 ferrite films (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.99) on Ag-coated glass substrates in DMAB-Fe(NO3)3-Zn(NO3)2 solutions. The deposition process may be applied in preparing other cations-doped spinel ferrite films. The Zn content x in the ZnxFe3−xO4 films depends linearly on the Zn2+ ion concentration ranging from 0.0 to 1.0 mM in the aqueous solutions. With x increasing from 0 to 0.99, the lattice constant increases from 0.8399 to 0.8464 nm; and the microstructure of the films changes from the non-uniform nano-granules to the fine and uniform nano-granules of 50–60 nm in size. The saturation magnetization of the films first increases from 75 emu/g to the maximum 108 emu/g with x increasing from 0 to 0.33 and then decreases monotonously to 5 emu/g with x increasing from 0.33 to 0.99. Meanwhile, the coercive force decreases monotonously from 116 to 13 Oe.

Ferrite films; Aqueous solution deposition; Nano-granules; Magnetic properties