Sonochemical synthesis of versatile hydrophilic magnetite nanoparticles

G. Marchegiani, P. Imperatori, A. Mari, L. Pilloni, A. Chiolerio, P. Allia, P. Tiberto, L. Suber

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Hydrophilic magnetite nanoparticles in the size range 30-10 nm are easily and rapidly prepared under ultrasonic irradiation of Fe(OH)2in di- and tri-ethylene glycol/water solution with volume ratio varying between 7:3 and 3:7. Structural (XRD) and morphological (SEM) characterization reveal good crystalline and homogeneous particles whereas, when solvothermally prepared, the particles are inhomogeneous and aggregated. The sonochemically prepared particles are versatile, i.e. well suited to covalently bind molecules because of the free glycol hydroxylic groups on their surface or exchange the diethylene or triethylene glycol ligand. They can be easily transferred in hydrophobic solvents too. Room-temperature magnetic hysteresis properties measured by means of Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) display a nearly superparamagnetic character. The sonochemical preparation is easily scalable to meet industrial demand. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)877 - 882
Number of pages6
JournalUltrasonics Sonochemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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Marchegiani, G., Imperatori, P., Mari, A., Pilloni, L., Chiolerio, A., Allia, P., Tiberto, P., & Suber, L. (2012). Sonochemical synthesis of versatile hydrophilic magnetite nanoparticles. Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, 19(4), 877 - 882.