The influence of the starch coating on magnetic properties of nanosized cobalt ferrites obtained by different synthetic methods

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Marija ŠuljagićLjubica Andjelković

Abstract

To investigate the magnetic behaviour of starch coated cobalt ferrites, five well established synthetic methods, i.e. co-precipitation, mechanochemical, ultrasonically assisted co-precipitation, microemulsion, and microwave-assisted hydrothermal syntheses were chosen for the materials’ preparation. Obtained cobalt ferrites had pure single-phase spinel structures. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy analyses revealed that the morphology of samples is not uniform, and aggregation of individual particles is a dominant process in all cases. Fourier-transform infrared spectra confirmed the presence of starch in all coated samples. The unusually higher magnetization of starch-coated samples than the magnetization of their as-prepared analogs obtained by co-precipitation, ultrasonically assisted co-precipitation and microwave-assisted hydrothermal methods might be explained by the Ostwald ripening mechanism induced by coating process. On the other hand, the decrease of saturation magnetization value was noticed for starch-functionalized nanomaterials synthesized in mechanochemical and microemulsion manner, in comparison to their as-prepared analogs, showing that the size distribution of such nanoparticles is narrow and the a...Continue Reading

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