Manganese iron oxide superparamagnetic powder by mechanochemical processing. Nanoparticles functionalization and dispersion in a nanofluid

M. Bellusci, C. Aliotta, D. Fiorani, A. La Barbera, F. Padella, D. Peddis, M. Pilloni, D. Secci

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Manganese ferrite nanoparticles were synthesized using a High-Energy Ball-Milling mechanochemical method. After 1 h of milling, the process produces a material consisting of single crystalline domain nanoparticles having a diameter of about 8 nm. Chemical properties of the synthesized powders allow an easy functionalization with citric acid. Both as-obtained and functionalized samples show superparamagnetic behaviour at room temperature, and the functionalized powder is stably dispersible in aqueous media at physiological pH. The average hydrodynamic diameter is equal to ∼60 nm. Nanoparticles obtained by the reported High-Energy Ball-Milling method can be synthesized with high yield and low costs and can be successfully utilized in ferrofluids development for biomedical applications. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Article number904
Pages (from-to)-
JournalJournal of Nanoparticle Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Bioengineering

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