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Synthesis, microstructure, and magnetic properties of monosized Mn x Zn y Fe3 − xy O4 ferrite nanocrystals

Hayoung Yoon1, Ji Sung Lee1, Ji Hyun Min1, JunHua Wu2 and Young Keun Kim1*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Korea University, Seoul 136-713, Republic of Korea

2 Pioneer Research Center for Biomedical Nanocrystals, Korea University, Seoul 136-713, Republic of Korea

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2013, 8:530  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-8-530

Published: 17 December 2013

Abstract

We report the synthesis and characterization of ferrite nanocrystals which exhibit high crystallinity and narrow size distributions. The three types of samples including Zn ferrite, Mn ferrite, and Mn-Zn ferrite were prepared via a non-aqueous nanoemulsion method. The structural, chemical, and magnetic properties of the nanocrystals are analyzed by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, and physical property measurement system. The characterization indicates that the three types of ferrite nanocrystals were successfully produced, which show well-behaved magnetic properties, ferrimagnetism at 5 K and superparamagnetism at 300 K, respectively. In addition, the magnetization value of the ferrites increases with the increasing concentration of Mn.