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  1. Preparation and characterization of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles coated with fucan and oleic acid

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    Andrade, P. L.; Silva, V. A. J.; Maciel, J. C.; Santillan, M. M.; Moreno, N. O.; De Los Santos Valladares, L.; Bustamante, Angel; Pereira, S. M. B.; Silva, M. P. C.; Albino Aguiar, J.

    2014-01-01

    Cobalt ferrite has attracted considerable attention in recent years due to its unique physical properties such as high Curie temperature, large magnetocrystalline anisotropy, moderate saturation magnetization, large magnetostrictive coefficient, excellent chemical stability and mechanical hardness. In this work we present the preparation, of fucan coated cobalt ferrite nanoparticles by a modified co-precipitation method and the study of their structural, microstructural and magnetic characteristics for their application as a solid support for enzymes immobilization and other biotechnology applications. Aqueous suspensions of magnetic particles were prepared by coprecipitation of Fe(III) and Co(II) in the presence of NaOH, acid oleic and fucan polymer. The X-ray diffraction indicates that the funtionalization does not degrade the core cobalt ferrite. The infrared (FTIR) bands, indicate the functional characteristics of the coating on the cobalt ferrite. Mssbauer spectra at room temperature indicate the presence of a broadened sextet plus a doublet which is typical of superparamagnetic relaxation. For the Co-ferrite uncoated and coated with fucan the doublets have areas of 36.1 % and 40.3 % respectively, indicating the presence of non-interacting particles and faster relaxation time. The Co-ferrite coated with oleic acid and oleic acid plus fucan have areas around 17.5 % and 17.1 % respectively which indicate a weak superparamagnetic relaxation due to a slow relaxation time. The magnetization measurements of the cobalt ferrite nanoparticles with and without coating confirm that they are superparamagnetic and this behavior is produced by the core nanoparticles rather than the coatings. The cobalt ferrite nanoparticles coated with oleic acid presented the highest magnetization than when coating with fucan.

  2. Preparation of magnetic spinel ferrite core/shell nanoparticles: Soft ferrites on hard ferrites and vice versa

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    Masala, Ombretta; Hoffman, Darin; Sundaram, Nalini; Page, Katharine; Proffen, Thomas; Lawes, Gavin; Seshadri, Ram

    2006-09-01

    Hard/soft CoFe 2O 4/ZnFe 2O 4 and soft/hard ZnFe 2O 4/CoFe 2O 4 core/shell nanoparticles were prepared by combining high-temperature thermolysis of metal oxide precursors with seed-mediated growth. Magnetic properties of the core/shell nanoparticles were compared to those of individual CoFe 2O 4 and ZnFe 2O 4 nanoparticles of similar size prepared by the same method. The structure of the core/shell materials was established using a combination of X-ray and neutron powder diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. Further evidence for core/shell structure was obtained from magnetic measurements using a SQUID magnetometer. Magnetization measurements as a function of temperature reveal that the core/shell nanoparticles display a single blocking temperature suggesting that the spins of the hard CoFe 2O 4 and the soft ZnFe 2O 4 are strongly coupled and respond jointly to changes of temperature and magnetic field. The blocking temperature increases according to the relative amount of hard magnetic material (CoFe 2O 4) in the nanoparticles in the range of 46-150 K. Magnetic measurements on the nanoparticles as pressed powders and as dispersions in paraffin wax indicate that interparticle interactions significantly influence magnetization and coercivity of the particles, and these must be taken into account before the magnetization behavior of the core/shell structures can be interpreted in terms of coupling between the soft and hard magnetic materials.

  3. Cobalt and magnesium ferrite nanoparticles: preparation using liquid foams as templates and their magnetic characteristics.

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    Bala, Tanushree; Sankar, C Raj; Baidakova, Marina; Osipov, Vladimir; Enoki, Toshiaki; Joy, P A; Prasad, B L V; Sastry, Murali

    2005-11-01

    An easy and convenient method for the synthesis of cobalt and magnesium ferrite nanoparticles is demonstrated using liquid foams as templates. The foam is formed from an aqueous mixture of an anionic surfactant and the desired metal ions, where the metal ions are electrostatically entrapped by the surfactant at the thin borders between the foam bubbles and their junctions. The hydrolysis is carried out using alkali resulting in the formation of desired nanoparticles, with the foam playing the role of a template. However, in the formation of ferrites with the formula MFe(2)O(4), where the metal ion and iron possess oxidation states of +2 and +3, respectively, forming a foam from a 1:2 mixture of the desired ionic solutions would lead to a foam composition at variance with the original solution mixture because of greater electrostatic binding of ions possessing a greater charge with the surfactant. In our procedure, we circumvent this problem by preparing the foam from a 1:2 mixture of M(2+) and Fe(2+) ions and then utilizing the in situ conversion of Fe(2+) to Fe(3+) under basic conditions inside the foam matrix to get the desired composition of the metal ions with the required oxidation states. The fact that we could prepare both CoFe(2)O(4) and MgFe(2)O(4) particles shows the vast scope of this method for making even multicomponent oxides. The magnetic nanoparticles thus obtained exhibit a good crystalline nature and are characterized by superparamagnetic properties. The magnetic features observed for CoFe(2)O(4) and MgFe(2)O(4) nanoparticles are well in accordance with the expected behaviors, with CoFe(2)O(4) particles showing higher blocking temperatures and larger coercivities. These features can easily be explained by the contribution of Co(2+) sites to the magnetocrystalline anisotropy and the absence of the same from the Mg(2+) ions. PMID:16262331

  4. Preparation of silica coated cobalt ferrite magnetic nanoparticles for the purification of histidine-tagged proteins

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    Aygar, Gülfem; Kaya, Murat; Özkan, Necati; Kocabıyık, Semra; Volkan, Mürvet

    2015-12-01

    Surface modified cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanoparticles containing Ni-NTA affinity group were synthesized and used for the separation of histidine tag proteins from the complex matrices through the use of imidazole side chains of histidine molecules. Firstly, CoFe2O4 nanoparticles with a narrow size distribution were prepared in an aqueous solution using the controlled co-precipitation method. In order to obtain small CoFe2O4 agglomerates, oleic acid and sodium chloride were used as dispersants. The CoFe2O4 particles were coated with silica and subsequently the surface of these silica coated particles (SiO2-CoFe2O4) was modified by amine (NH2) groups in order to add further functional groups on the silica shell. Then, carboxyl (-COOH) functional groups were added to the SiO2-CoFe2O4 magnetic nanoparticles through the NH2 groups. After that Nα,Nα-Bis(carboxymethyl)-L-lysine hydrate (NTA) was attached to carboxyl ends of the structure. Finally, the surface modified nanoparticles were labeled with nickel (Ni) (II) ions. Furthermore, the modified SiO2-CoFe2O4 magnetic nanoparticles were utilized as a new system that allows purification of the N-terminal His-tagged recombinant small heat shock protein, Tpv-sHSP 14.3.

  5. Highly aluminium doped barium and strontium ferrite nanoparticles prepared by citrate auto-combustion synthesis

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    Shirtcliffe, Neil J. . E-mail: neil.shirtcliffe@ntu.ac.uk; Thompson, Simon; O'Keefe, Eoin S.; Appleton, Steve; Perry, Carole C. . E-mail: carole.perry@ntu.ac.uk

    2007-02-15

    Aluminium doped barium and strontium hexaferrite nanoparticles BaAl {sub x}Fe{sub (12-x)}O{sub 19} and SrAl {sub x}Fe{sub (12-x)}O{sub 19} were synthesised via a sol-gel route using citric acid to complex the ions followed by an auto-combustion reaction. This method shows promise for the synthesis of complex ferrite powders with small particle size. It was found that around half of the iron could be substituted for aluminium in the barium ferrite with structure retention, whereas strontium aluminium ferrites could be produced with any aluminium content including total substitution of the iron. All synthesised materials consisted of particles smaller than 1 {mu}m, which is the size of a single magnetic domain, and various doping levels were achieved with the final elemental composition being within the bounds of experimental error. The materials show structural and morphological changes as they move from iron to aluminium ferrites. Such materials may be promising for imaging applications.

  6. Magnetocaloric effect in Ni-Zn ferrite nanoparticles prepared by using solution combustion

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    Lee, K. D.; Kambale, R. C.; Hur, N.

    2014-12-01

    Ni x Zn1- x Fe2O4 ( x = 0.2 and 0.3) ferrite nanoparticles with sizes ranging from 65 to 70 nm were synthesized employing the solution combustion route. The magnetocaloric behavior was investigated within the 50 K ? T ? 400 K range of temperatures ( T). The entropy change (? S) and the adiabatic temperature change (? T) were derived from magnetization ( M) and specific heat ( C P ) measurements. Both compositions exhibited broad peaks for the isothermal entropy change. The magnetic field ( H)-dependent ? T was analyzed within the mean-field approximation scheme, and the observed magnetocaloric properties of the nanoparticle samples were compared with those of a bulk sample. Our study suggests that the magnetocaloric properties of magnetic oxides strongly depend on the particle size; thus, particle size should be considered as a key tuning parameter in the optimization of magnetic refrigeration.

  7. Preparation of magnesium ferrite nanoparticles by ultrasonic wave-assisted aqueous solution ball milling.

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    Chen, Ding; Li, Dian-yi; Zhang, Ying-zhe; Kang, Zhi-tao

    2013-11-01

    Magnesium ferrite, MgFe2O4 nanoparticles with high saturation magnetization were successfully synthesized using ultrasonic wave-assisted ball milling. In this study, the raw materials were 4MgCO3Mg(OH)25H2O and Fe2O3 powders and the grinding media was stainless steel ball. The average particle diameter of the product MgFe2O4 powders was 20 nm and the saturation magnetization of them reached 54.8 emu/g. The different results of aqueous solution ball milling with and without ultrasonic wave revealed that it was the coupling effect of ultrasonic wave and mechanical force that played an important role during the synthesis of MgFe2O4. In addition, the effect of the frequency of the ultrasonic wave on the ball milling process was investigated. PMID:23622867

  8. Structural and magnetic properties of magnesium ferrite nanoparticles prepared via EDTA-based sol-gel reaction

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    Hussein, Shaban I.; Elkady, Ashraf S.; Rashad, M. M.; Mostafa, A. G.; Megahid, R. M.

    2015-04-01

    Magnesium ferrite (MgFe2O4) nanoparticles have been prepared, for the first time, by ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA)-based sol-gel combustion method. The prepared ferrite system is calcined at 400, 500 and 600 °C. Thermo-gravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TGA-DTA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) were applied for elucidating the structural and magnetic properties of the prepared system. XRD patterns revealed that the prepared system have two spinel MgFe2O4 structures, namely cubic and tetragonal phases that are dependent on calcination temperature (Tc). The crystallite sizes varied from 8.933 to 41.583 nm, and from 1.379 to 292.565 nm for the cubic and tetragonal phases respectively depending on Tc. The deduced lattice parameters for the cubic and (tetragonal) systems are a=8.368, 8.365 and 8.377 and (a=7.011, 5.922, 5.908 and c=6.622, 8.456, 8.364) Å at Tc=400, 500 and 600 °C respectively. While the cation distribution of the cubic phase is found to be mixed spinel and Tc-dependent, it is an inverse spinel in the tetragonal phase where the Fe3+ ions occupy both the tetrahedral A- and octahedral B-sites in almost equal amount; the Mg2+ ions are found to occupy only the B-sites. The HRTEM and selected-area electron diffraction (SAED) revealed the detailed morphology of the nanoparticles, and confirmed their crystalline spinel structure. VSM indicated the existence of an appreciable fraction of superparamagnetic particles at room temperature, with pure superparamagnetic behavior observed for samples calcined at 400 °C. Besides, the magnetic properties are found to change by thermal treatment as a result of the varied phase concentration, cation distribution and lattice parameters. Thus, the new synthesis route used in this study by applying EDTA as an organic precursor for preparing MgFe2O4 nanoparticles at rather low temperatures proved to be efficient in obtaining nanoparticles with favorable structural and magnetic properties. Such properties would qualify them for several potential applications including e.g. in hyperthermia treatment, as contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and in ferroelastomers technology.

  9. Oleate Coated Magnetic Cores Based on Magnetite, Zn Ferrite and Co Ferrite Nanoparticles - Preparation, Physical Characterization and Biological Impact on Helianthus Annuus Photosynthesis

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    Ursache-Oprisan, Manuela; Foca-nici, Ecaterina; Cirlescu, Aurelian; Caltun, Ovidiu; Creanga, Dorina

    2010-12-02

    Sodium oleate was used as coating shell for magnetite, Zn ferrite and Co ferrite powders to stabilize them in the form of aqueous magnetic suspensions. The physical characterization was carried out by applying X-ray diffraction and magnetization measurements. Both crystallite size and magnetic core diameter ranged between 7 and 11 nm. The influence of magnetic nanoparticle suspensions (corresponding to magnetic nanoparticle levels of 10{sup -14}-10{sup -15}/cm{sup 3}) on sunflower seedlings was studied considering the changes in the photosynthesis pigment levels. Similar responses were obtained for magnetite and cobalt ferrite nanoparticle treatment consisting in the apparent inhibition of chlorophyll biosynthesis while for zinc ferrite nanoparticles some concentrations seemed to have stimulatory effects on the chlorophylls as well as on the carotene levels. But the chlorophyll ratio was diminished in the case of all three types of magnetic nanoparticles meaning their slight negative effect on the light harvesting complex II (LHC II) from the chloroplast membranes and consequently on the photosynthesis efficiency.

  10. Preparation of single-crystal copper ferrite nanorods and nanodisks

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    Du Jimin; Liu Zhimin . E-mail: liuzm@iccas.ac.cn; Wu Weize; Li Zhonghao; Han Buxing . E-mail: hanbx@iccas.ac.cn; Huang Ying

    2005-06-15

    This article, for the first time, reports the preparation of single-crystal copper ferrite nanorods and nanodisks. Using amorphous copper ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by reverse micelle as reaction precursor, single-crystal copper ferrite nanorods were synthesized via hydrothermal method in the presence of surfactant polyethylene glycol (PEG), however, copper ferrite nanodisks were prepared through the same procedures except the surfactant PEG. The resulting nanomaterials have been characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), selected electron area diffraction (SEAD), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The bulk composition of the samples was determined by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)

  11. Magnetocaloric phenomena in Mg-ferrite nanoparticles

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    Burianova, S.; Poltierova-Vejpravova, J.; Holec, P.; Plocek, J.

    2010-01-01

    A comparative study of magnetocaloric effect (MCE) in superparamagnetic (SPM) regime is reported in two different types of magnesium ferrite nanostructures. The samples were prepared either by microemulsion method as MgFe2O4 nanoparticles encapsulated in amorphous SiO2, or as matrix-less nanoparticles using hydrothermal synthesis in supercritical water conditions. The particle diameter in all prepared samples was obtained from XRD measurements and TEM analysis. All samples show a SPM behavior above the blocking temperature, TB. The entropy change, ?S was finally derived from the measurements of magnetization, M(H,T) curves at defined temperature intervals. We observed, that all samples show a broad peak of ?S in the temperature range that is fairly above the TB. The values of the ?S also depend on the particle size, and they are of about two orders lower than those reported in the famous giant magnetocaloric materials.

  12. Ferrite Nanoparticles in Pharmacological Modulation of Angiogenesis

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    Deshmukh, Aparna; Radha, S.; Khan, Y.; Tilak, Priya

    2011-07-01

    Nanoparticles are being explored in the targeted drug delivery of pharmacological agents : angiogenesis being one such novel application which involves formation of new blood vessels or branching of existing ones. The present study involves the use of ferrite nanoparticles for precise therapeutic modulation of angiogenesis. The ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by co-precipitation of ferrous and ferric salts by a suitable base, were found to be 10-20 nm from X-ray diffraction and TEM measurements. The magnetization measurements showed superparamagnetic behavior of the uncoated nanoparticles. These ferrite nanoparticles were found to be bio-compatible with lymphocytes and neural cell lines from the biochemical assays. The chick chorioallantoic membrane(CAM) from the shell of fertile white Leghorn eggs was chosen as a model to study angiogenic activity. An enhancement in the angiogenic activity in the CAM due to addition of uncoated ferrite nanoparticles was observed.

  13. Preparation, characterization, in vivo and in vitro studies of arsenic trioxide Mg-Fe ferrite magnetic nanoparticles

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    Yang, Guo-fu; Li, Xiang-hui; Zhao, Zhe; Wang, Wen-bo

    2009-01-01

    Aim: MgFe2O4 magnetic nanoparticle composed of As2O3 (As2O3-MNPs) were prepared and their in vitro and in vivo characteristics were studied. Methods: The solvent-displacement method was applied for preparation of the nanoparticle using Poly-D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid(PLGA). The characteristics studies of the products included magnetic response, morphology (transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy), entrapment efficiency, drug loading, particle sizes, zeta potential, in vitro drug release and tissue magnetic targeting. Nanoparticle cytotoxicity to Saos-2 cells was investigated using the MTT assay. To guide the external magnetic field in the liver, the concentration of As2O3 in the liver and kidney was measured using an atomic fluorescence spectrometer after injecting As2O3-MNPs into the caudal veins of mice. Results: The As2O3-MNPs were approximately spherical. The average diameter, drug loading, entrapment efficiency and zeta potential of As2O3-MNPs were 109.9 nm, 10.08%, 82.16%, and ?14.33 mV, respectively. The specific saturation magnetism was 8.65 emu/g. In vivo, the concentration of As2O3 in the liver was significantly higher than that in the non-magnetic group. While the concentration of As2O3 in the kidney was lower than that in the non-magnetic group. The Cmax in liver tissue in the magnetic group was 30.65 ?g/g, which was 4.17 times the drug concentration in the same group in kidney tissue (7.35 ?g/g) and 2.88 times the concentration of drug (10.66 ?g/g) in the liver tissue of the non-magnetic group. Conclusion: The PLGA polymer-loaded magnetic nanoparticle composed of arsenic trioxide can be magnetically targeted well and applied in biomedicine. PMID:19960013

  14. Magnetic properties of superparamagnetic lithium ferrite nanoparticles

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    Verma, Seema; Joy, P. A.

    2005-12-01

    Magnetic properties of lithium ferrite nanoparticles of size in the range of 4-50nm, synthesized by a low-temperature method, have been evaluated. A broad maximum at ˜220K in the temperature variation of the zero-field-cooled magnetization as well as the ac susceptibility and divergence of the zero-field-cooled and field-cooled magnetizations below this temperature indicate the superparamagnetic behavior of the lithium ferrite particles of size ˜4nm. On the other hand, at high temperatures, these particles show a cusp immediately below the Curie temperature of bulk lithium ferrite (895K). This anomalous magnetic behavior of the lithium ferrite nanoparticles, similar to that arising from the Hopkinson effect for bulk materials, is probed in detail and is explained in terms of the cumulative effect of the temperature variation of the anisotropy and particle size growth during the measurements at high temperatures.

  15. Strong and moldable cellulose magnets with high ferrite nanoparticle content.

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    Galland, Sylvain; Andersson, Richard L; Ström, Valter; Olsson, Richard T; Berglund, Lars A

    2014-11-26

    A major limitation in the development of highly functional hybrid nanocomposites is brittleness and low tensile strength at high inorganic nanoparticle content. Herein, cellulose nanofibers were extracted from wood and individually decorated with cobalt-ferrite nanoparticles and then for the first time molded at low temperature (<120 °C) into magnetic nanocomposites with up to 93 wt % inorganic content. The material structure was characterized by TEM and FE-SEM and mechanically tested as compression molded samples. The obtained porous magnetic sheets were further impregnated with a thermosetting epoxy resin, which improved the load-bearing functions of ferrite and cellulose material. A nanocomposite with 70 wt % ferrite, 20 wt % cellulose nanofibers, and 10 wt % epoxy showed a modulus of 12.6 GPa, a tensile strength of 97 MPa, and a strain at failure of ca. 4%. Magnetic characterization was performed in a vibrating sample magnetometer, which showed that the coercivity was unaffected and that the saturation magnetization was in proportion with the ferrite content. The used ferrite, CoFe2O4, is a magnetically hard material, demonstrated by that the composite material behaved as a traditional permanent magnet. The presented processing route is easily adaptable to prepare millimeter-thick and moldable magnetic objects. This suggests that the processing method has the potential to be scaled-up for industrial use for the preparation of a new subcategory of magnetic, low-cost, and moldable objects based on cellulose nanofibers. PMID:25331121

  16. Magnetocaloric effect (MCE) in Nickel Ferrite nanoparticles

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    Gass, J.; Morales, M. B.; Frey, N. A.; Miner, M. J.; Srinath, S.; Srikanth, H.

    2007-03-01

    We report on the magneto caloric effect (MCE) in a Nickel ferrite (NiFe2O4) nanoparticle system. The nanoparticles were synthesized using chemical co-precipitation. Extensive characterization of structural and magnetic properties was done using XRD, TEM, DC and AC magnetization, and transverse susceptibility. The change in entropy was calculated using the thermodynamic Maxwell relation from the family of M-H curves taken at different temperatures. Maximum entropy change in nanoparticle systems is influenced by particle size, anisotropy, and collective dipolar behavior. While the MCE is not as large as that reported in bulk systems, there are advantages as ferrite nanoparticles are easily produced and the operational temperature is tuned by the average particle size. In our studies, we observed a sharp peak in M-T curves at around 60K in addition to the blocking transition which occurs at 120 K. This results in a larger entropy change in comparison with the MCE results on other reported ferrite nanoparticles. The origin of this anomalous MCE is analyzed in the context of surface anisotropy and other possible contributions in the NiFe2O4 system. Work supported by NSF through grant CTS-0408933.

  17. Magnetoabsorption and magnetic hysteresis in Ni ferrite nanoparticles

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    Hernández-Gómez, P.; Muñoz, J. M.; Valente, M. A.; Torres, C.; de Francisco, C.

    2013-01-01

    Nickel ferrite nanoparticles were prepared by a modified sol-gel technique employing coconut oil, and then annealed at different temperatures in 400-1200 °C range. This route of preparation has revealed to be one efficient and cheap technique to obtain high quality nickel ferrite nanosized powder. Sample particles sizes obtained with XRD data and Scherrer's formula lie in 13 nm to 138 nm, with increased size with annealing temperature. Hysteresis loops have been obtained at room temperature with an inductive method. Magnetic field induced microwave absorption in nanoscale ferrites is a recent an active area of research, in order to characterize and explore potential novel applications. In the present work microwave magnetoabsorption data of the annealed nickel ferrite nanoparticles are presented. These data have been obtained with a system based on a network analyzer that operates in the frequency range 0 - 8.5 GHz. At fields up to 400 mT we can observe a peak according to ferromagnetic resonance theory. Sample annealed at higher temperature exhibits different absorption, coercivity and saturation magnetization figures, revealing its multidomain character.

  18. Cobalt ferrite nanoparticles under high pressure

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    Saccone, F. D.; Ferrari, S.; Errandonea, D.; Grinblat, F.; Bilovol, V.; Agouram, S.

    2015-08-01

    We report by the first time a high pressure X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy study of cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanoparticles carried out at room temperature up to 17 GPa. In contrast with previous studies of nanoparticles, which proposed the transition pressure to be reduced from 20-27 GPa to 7.5-12.5 GPa (depending on particle size), we found that cobalt ferrite nanoparticles remain in the spinel structure up to the highest pressure covered by our experiments. In addition, we report the pressure dependence of the unit-cell parameter and Raman modes of the studied sample. We found that under quasi-hydrostatic conditions, the bulk modulus of the nanoparticles (B0 = 204 GPa) is considerably larger than the value previously reported for bulk CoFe2O4 (B0 = 172 GPa). In addition, when the pressure medium becomes non-hydrostatic and deviatoric stresses affect the experiments, there is a noticeable decrease of the compressibility of the studied sample (B0 = 284 GPa). After decompression, the cobalt ferrite lattice parameter does not revert to its initial value, evidencing a unit cell contraction after pressure was removed. Finally, Raman spectroscopy provides information on the pressure dependence of all Raman-active modes and evidences that cation inversion is enhanced by pressure under non-hydrostatic conditions, being this effect not fully reversible.

  19. Preparation and magnetic properties of Zn-Cu-Cr-La ferrite and its nanocomposites with polyaniline.

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    Li, Liangchao; Liu, Hui; Wang, Yuping; Jiang, Jing; Xu, Feng

    2008-05-15

    Nanosized Zn(0.6)Cu(0.4)Cr(0.5)Fe(1.5-x)La(x)O(4) (x=0 - 0.06) ferrites doped with La are synthesized by a rheological phase reaction method. Polyaniline (PANI)/ferrite nanocomposites are prepared by in situ polymerization method. The structure, morphology and ferromagnetic property of ferrite powders and nanocomposites are characterized by X-ray powder diffractometer (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR), UV-visible spectroscopy (UV), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The results indicate that the PANI and nanosized ferrite powders can be combined effectively. The polymers can reduce the agglomeration of nanosized ferrite particles to some extent, which is good for the dispersedness and stabilization of nanoparticles. The PANI/ferrite nanocomposites under applied magnetic field exhibit the hysteretic loops of the ferromagnetic nature. The magnetic properties of nanocomposites are tailored by controlling the ferrite content. PMID:18313067

  20. Ferrite nanoparticles for future heart diagnostics

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    Hong, Nguyen Hoa; Raghavender, A. T.; Ciftja, O.; Phan, M.-H.; Stojak, K.; Srikanth, H.; Zhang, Yin Hua

    2013-08-01

    Normally, CoFe2O4 has been known as ferromagnetic ferrite with a quite large magnetic moment. However, since we aim to inject the particles into the human body, we are also interested in ZnFe2O4 because in the human body, Fe and Zn exist, so that adding ZnFe2O4 is safer. In both cases, the nanoparticles are coated by silica in order to get rid of toxicity. Our main purpose is to test whether these nanoparticles affect the contractile function of heart cells. Our results on rat's heart cells have shown that both Zn and Co ferrites improved the contractility of heart cells. Notably, although both nanoparticles increased contraction and delayed relaxation, Co ferrites induced a greater contraction but with a slower relaxation. We can theoretically argue that the magnetization effects of the quantum dots have a considerable effect on the pulsating properties of the heart cells. Through this effect, the locally applied magnetic field is able to induce as well as turn on/off various regular beating patterns, thus, resetting the heart beatings.

  1. Microwave-assisted synthesis and characterization of nickel ferrite nanoparticles

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    Carpenter, Gopal; Sen, Ravindra; Malviya, Nitin; Gupta, Nitish

    2015-08-01

    Nickel ferrite nanoparticles (NiFe2O4) were successfully prepared by microwave-assisted combustion method (MWAC) using citric Electron acid as a chelating agent. NiFe2O4 nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern, Scanning Microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and UV-Visible techniques. XRD analysis revealed that NiFe2O4 nanoparticles have spinel cubic structure with the average crystalline size of 26.38 nm. SEM analysis revealed random and porous structural morphology of particles and FTIR showed absorption bands related to octahedral and tetrahedral sites, in the range 400-600cm-1 which strongly favor the formation of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles. The optical band gap is determined by UV Visible method and found to be 5.4 eV.

  2. Effects of oleic acid surface coating on the properties of nickel ferrite nanoparticles/PLA composites.

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    Yin, Hong; Chow, Gan-Moog

    2009-11-01

    Nickel ferrite nanoparticles with or without oleic acid surface coating were mixed with poly(D,L-lactide) (PLA) by double emulsion method. If the nanoparticles were prepared without oleic acid coating, they adsorbed on the PLA surface. If the nanoparticles were coated with oleic acid, they could be readily encapsulated within the PLA microspheres. A slight depression in glass transition temperature was found in all composites and it could be related to the interfacial energies between nanoparticles and PLA. Optimum mixed composite was achieved by reducing interfacial energy. However, loading capacity was limited in this composite. Increasing the amount of nickel ferrite nanoparticles was not useful to increase loading capacity. Cytotoxicity of the composite decreased significantly when nickel ferrite nanoparticles were effectively encapsulated in PLA microspheres. PMID:18980192

  3. Synthesis and characterization of Bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3) nanoparticles by solution evaporation method

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    Manzoor, A.; Afzal, A. M.; Umair, M.; Ali, Adnan; Rizwan, M.; Yaqoob, M. Z.

    2015-11-01

    Single phase Bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3) with high magnetization and polarization was synthesized by solution evaporation method (SEM) at room temperature. The influence of temperature and size of nanoparticles on magnetic properties was studied. The prepared Bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3) was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) to investigate the structure and size of crystal. The average crystallite size of nanoparticles (NPs) as calculated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) falls in the range of 22-31 nm. The crystallite size of Bismuth ferrite increased as the temperature varied from 450 °C to 650 °C. Magnetic properties were studied by using physical properties measurement system (PPMS). It was also observed that the magnetic properties were directly related to the size and temperature of Bismuth ferrite nanoparticles. It has been investigated that the magnetization was decreased as the temperature and crystallite size increased.

  4. Structural and magnetic study of dysprosium substituted cobalt ferrite nanoparticles

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    Kumar, Hemaunt; Srivastava, R. C.; Pal Singh, Jitendra; Negi, P.; Agrawal, H. M.; Das, D.; Hwa Chae, Keun

    2016-03-01

    The present work investigates the magnetic behavior of Dy3+ substituted cobalt ferrite nanoparticles. X-ray diffraction studies reveal presence of cubic spinel phases in these nanoparticles. Raman spectra of these nanoparticles show change in intensity of Raman bands, which reflects cation redistribution in cubic spinel lattice. Saturation magnetization and coercivity decrease with increase of Dy3+concentration in these nanoparticles. Room temperature Mssbauer measurements show the cation redistribution in these nanoparticles and corroborates the results obtained from Raman Spectroscopic measurements. Decrease in magnetization of Dy3+ substituted cobalt ferrite is attributed to the reduction in the magnetic interaction and cation redistribution.

  5. The effect of thermal treatment on the magnetic properties of spinel ferrite nanoparticles in magnetic fluids

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    Kronkalns, G.; Dreimane, A.; Maiorov, M. M.

    2008-03-01

    Magnetic properties of ferrites are dependent on the crystalline structure and location of metal ions in the material. The most commonly used materials of nanoparticles in magnetic fluids are chemical stable spinel (2-3) ferrites. The preparation of ferrite nanoparticles for magnetic fluids synthesis needs a special technology. More commonly used is the wet chemical coprecipitation production technology of magnetic nanoparticles for MF. The ferrites synthesized by the wet chemical method have different magnetic characteristics if compared to the ferrites prepared by standard ceramic methods. In this paper, the physical properties of ultrafine complex spinel-type Fe _{2}Co _{0.3}Zn _{0.6}Ca _{0.1}O_{4}, Fe _{1.9}Cd _{0.1}Mn _{0.54}Zn _{0.46}O_{4}, Fe _{2}CoO_{4} and Fe _{2}Zn _{0.6}Mn _{0.3}Ca _{0.1}O_{4} ferrite particles and MF on its base, after their special thermal treatment, are studied. Tables 1, Figs 6, Refs 8.

  6. Exchange spring like magnetic behavior in cobalt ferrite nanoparticles

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    Chithra, M.; Anumol, C. N.; Sahu, Baidyanath; Sahoo, Subasa C.

    2016-03-01

    Cobalt ferrite nanoparticles were prepared by sol-gel technique and were annealed at 900 °C in air for 2 h. Structural properties were studied by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy studies show presence of mostly two different sizes of grains in these samples. Magnetization value of 58.36 emu/g was observed at 300 K for the as prepared sample and an enhanced magnetization close to the bulk value of 80.59 emu/g was observed for the annealed sample. At 10 K a two stepped hysteresis loop showing exchange spring magnetic behavior was observed accompanied by very high values of coercivity and remanence. Two clear peaks were observed in the derivative of demagnetization curve in the as prepared sample where as two partially overlapped peaks were observed in the annealed sample. The observed magnetic properties can be understood on the basis of the grain size and their distribution leading to the different types of intergranular interactions in these nanoparticles.

  7. Investigation of structural, thermal and magnetic properties of cadmium substituted cobalt ferrite nanoparticles

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    Venkata Reddy, Ch.; Byon, Chan; Narendra, B.; Baskar, D.; Srinivas, G.; Shim, Jaesool; Prabhakar Vattikuti, S. V.

    2015-06-01

    Cd substituted Cobalt ferrite nano particles are synthesis using co-precipitation method. The as prepared samples are calcinated at 300 and 600 °C respectively. The existence of single phase spinal cubic structure of the prepared ferrite material is confirmed by the powder XRD measurement. The surface morphology images, compositional features are studied by SEM with EDX, and TEM. From the FT-IR spectra the absorption bands observed at 595 and 402 cm-1 are attributed to vibrations of tetrahedral and octahedral complexes respectively. From the VSM data, parameters like magnetization, coercivity, remanent magnetization and remanent squareness are measured. The saturation magnetization value is increases with increasing calcination temperature. The DSC and TG-DTA curves reveal that the thermal stability of the prepared ferrite nanoparticles. The calcination temperature affects the crystallite size, morphology and magnetic properties of the samples.

  8. Ferrite Nanoparticles, Films, Single Crystals, and Metamaterials: High Frequency Applications

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    Harris,V.

    2006-01-01

    Ferrite materials have long played an important role in power conditioning, conversion, and generation across a wide spectrum of frequencies (up to ten decades). They remain the preferred magnetic materials, having suitably low losses, for most applications above 1 MHz, and are the only viable materials for nonreciprocal magnetic microwave and millimeter-wave devices (including tunable filters, isolators, phase shifters, and circulators). Recently, novel processing techniques have led to a resurgence of research interest in the design and processing of ferrite materials as nanoparticles, films, single crystals, and metamaterials. These latest developments have set the stage for their use in emerging technologies that include cancer remediation therapies such as magnetohyperthermia, magnetic targeted drug delivery, and magneto-rheological fluids, as well as enhanced magnetic resonance imaging. With reduced dimensionality of nanoparticles and films, and the inherent nonequilibrium nature of many processing schemes, changes in local chemistry and structure have profound effects on the functional properties and performance of ferrites. In this lecture, we will explore these effects upon the fundamental magnetic and electronic properties of ferrites. Density functional theory will be applied to predict the properties of these ferrites, with synchrotron radiation techniques used to elucidate the chemical and structural short-range order. This approach will be extended to study the atomic design of ferrites by alternating target laser-ablation deposition. Recently, this approach has been shown to produce ferrites that offer attractive properties not found in conventionally grown ferrites. We will explore the latest research developments involving ferrites as related to microwave and millimeter-wave applications and the attempt to integrate these materials with semiconductor materials platforms.

  9. Corrosion behavior of magnetic ferrite coating prepared by plasma spraying

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    Liu, Yi; Wei, Shicheng Tong, Hui; Tian, Haoliang; Liu, Ming; Xu, Binshi

    2014-12-15

    Graphical abstract: The saturation magnetization (M{sub s}) of the ferrite coating is 34.417 emu/g while the M{sub s} value of the ferrite powder is 71.916 emu/g. It can be seen that plasma spray process causes deterioration of the room temperature soft magnetic properties. - Highlights: • Spinel ferrite coatings have been prepared by plasma spraying. • The coating consists of nanocrystalline grains. • The saturation magnetization of the ferrite coating is 34.417 emu/g. • Corrosion behavior of the ferrite coating was examined in NaCl solution. - Abstract: In this study, spray dried spinel ferrite powders were deposited on the surface of mild steel substrate through plasma spraying. The structure and morphological studies on the ferrite coatings were carried out using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope and Raman spectroscopy. It was showed that spray dried process was an effective method to prepare thermal spraying powders. The coating showed spinel structure with a second phase of LaFeO{sub 3}. The magnetic property of the ferrite samples were measured by vibrating sample magnetometer. The saturation magnetization (M{sub s}) of the ferrite coating was 34.417 emu/g. The corrosion behavior of coating samples was examined by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. EIS diagrams showed three corrosion processes as the coating immersed in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution. The results suggested that plasma spraying was a promising technology for the production of magnetic ferrite coatings.

  10. Mechanosynthesis of spinel ferrite nanoparticles followed by Mssbauer spectroscopy

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    epelk, V.; Bergmann, I.; Feldhoff, A.; Heitjans, P.; Litterst, F. J.; Becker, K. D.

    2005-09-01

    The single-step synthesis of nanosized MgFe2O4 and NiFe2O4 via mechanochemical processing of binary oxide precursors is followed by 57Fe Mssbauer spectroscopy. Quantitative information is provided on both ionic and spin configurations in mechanosynthesized spinels. The response of the mechanosynthesized ferrite nanoparticles to changes in temperature is also studied.

  11. High-Performance Ferrite Nanoparticles through Nonaqueous Redox Phase Tuning.

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    Chen, Ritchie; Christiansen, Michael G; Sourakov, Alexandra; Mohr, Alan; Matsumoto, Yuri; Okada, Satoshi; Jasanoff, Alan; Anikeeva, Polina

    2016-02-10

    From magnetic resonance imaging to cancer hyperthermia and wireless control of cell signaling, ferrite nanoparticles produced by thermal decomposition methods are ubiquitous across biomedical applications. While well-established synthetic protocols allow for precise control over the size and shape of the magnetic nanoparticles, structural defects within seemingly single-crystalline materials contribute to variability in the reported magnetic properties. We found that stabilization of metastable wüstite in commonly used hydrocarbon solvents contributed to significant cation disorder, leading to nanoparticles with poor hyperthermic efficiencies and transverse relaxivities. By introducing aromatic ethers that undergo radical decomposition upon thermolysis, the electrochemical potential of the solvent environment was tuned to favor the ferrimagnetic phase. Structural and magnetic characterization identified hallmark features of nearly defect-free ferrite nanoparticles that could not be demonstrated through postsynthesis oxidation with nearly 500% increase in the specific loss powers and transverse relaxivity times compared to similarly sized nanoparticles containing defects. The improved crystallinity of the nanoparticles enabled rapid wireless control of intracellular calcium. Our work demonstrates that redox tuning during solvent thermolysis can generate potent theranostic agents through selective phase control in ferrites and can be extended to other transition metal oxides relevant to memory and electrochemical storage devices. PMID:26756463

  12. Comparative Cytogenetic Study on the Toxicity of Magnetite and Zinc Ferrite Nanoparticles in Sunflower Root Cells

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    Foca-nici, Ecaterina; Capraru, Gabriela; Creanga, Dorina

    2010-12-01

    In this experimental study the authors present their results regarding the cellular division rate and the percentage of chromosomal aberrations in the root meristematic cells of Helianthus annuus cultivated in the presence of different volume fractions of magnetic nanoparticle suspensions, ranging between 20 and 100 microl/l. The aqueous magnetic colloids were prepared from chemically co-precipitated ferrites coated in sodium oleate. Tissue samples from the root meristeme of 2-3 day old germinated seeds were taken to prepare microscope slides following Squash method combined with Fuelgen techniques. Microscope investigation (cytogenetic tests) has resulted in the evaluation of mitotic index and chromosomal aberration index that appeared diminished and respectively increased following the addition of magnetic nanoparticles in the culture medium of the young seedlings. Zinc ferrite toxic influence appeared to be higher than that of magnetite, according to both cytogenetic parameters.

  13. Effect of heat treatment on microwave absorption properties of Ni-Zn-Mg-La ferrite nanoparticles

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    Liu, Yi; Wei, Shicheng; Xu, Binshi; Wang, Yujiang; Tian, Haoliang; Tong, Hui

    2014-01-01

    Spinel structure Ni-Zn-Mg-La ferrites have been prepared by the sol-gel route and investigated as a radar absorbing material (RAM) in a frequency range of 1-18 GHz. The structure and morphological studies on the nanoparticles of the ferrites have been carried out using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The complex permeability and complex permittivity are measured by a network analyzer. The electromagnetic wave loss and microwave absorbing property are studied as a function of frequency, annealing temperature and thickness of the absorber. The results indicate that electromagnetic wave loss of the ferrite only annealed at 850 °C shows two peaks. The reflection loss varies with the change of the annealing temperature. The absorber annealed at 850 °C exhibits the best microwave absorbing properties, which is suitable for microwave absorption materials.

  14. Ferromagnetic resonance in Ni-Zn ferrite nanoparticles in different aggregation states

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    Valenzuela, Ral; Herbst, Frdric; Ammar, Souad

    2012-10-01

    Ferrite nanoparticles of composition Zn0.5Ni0.5Fe2O4 were synthesized by forced hydrolysis in polyol from the corresponding zinc, nickel and iron acetates. By varying the preparation conditions, different aggregation states were obtained, ranging from isolated nanoparticles with average diameter of 5 nm, to clusters of some 20 nm, formed as well by nanoparticles with average diameter in the 5 nm range, as confirmed by X-ray diffraction and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. Ferromagnetic resonance measurements exhibited a ferrimagnetic behavior for both aggregation states at 77 K; at 300 K, however, isolated nanoparticles showed a superparamagnetic behavior while clustered ones remained ferrimagnetic with a broad linewidth. These results are interpreted on the basis of interactions between nanoparticles.

  15. Superparamagnetic magnesium ferrite nanoparticles fabricated by a simple, thermal-treatment method

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    Goodarz Naseri, Mahmoud; Ara, Mohammad Hossein Majles; Saion, Elias B.; Shaari, Abdul Halim

    2014-01-01

    This study investigated the synthesis of magnesium ferrite (MgFe2O4) nanoparticles with cubic symmetry that were prepared by a thermal-treatment method by using a solution that contained poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) as a capping agent and Mg and Fe nitrates as alternative sources of metal. Heat treatment was conducted using an electric cylinder furnace in an air atmosphere at temperatures between 673 and 973 K, and magnesium ferrite nanoparticles were produced that had different crystallite sizes ranging from5 to 8 nm. The products were well characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), X-ray analysis (EDXA), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). All the samples calcined from 673 to 973 K exhibited super paramagnetic behavior with unpaired electrons spins, which was confirmed by using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy.

  16. Preparation of monodisperse ferrite nanocrystals with tunable morphology and magnetic properties.

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    Liang, Ruizheng; Tian, Rui; Liu, Zhihui; Yan, Dongpeng; Wei, Min

    2014-04-01

    The synthesis of monodisperse magnetic ferrite nanomaterials plays an important role in several scientific and technological areas. In this work, dibasic spinel MFe2O4 (M=Mg, Ni, Co, Fe, Mn) and polybasic spinel ferrite MCoFeO4 (M=Mg, Ni, Mn, MgNi) nanocrystals were prepared by the calcination of layered double hydroxide (LDH) precursors at 900?C, which was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images demonstrate that the as-obtained spinel ferrites present a single-crystalline nature with uniform particle size and good dispersibility. The composition, morphology, and particle size can be effectively tuned by changing the metal ratio, basicity, reaction time, and temperature of the LDH precursors. In addition, these spinel ferrites show high magnetic saturation values in the range 21.7-84.3?emu?g(-1), which maintain a higher level than the previously reported magnetic nanoparticles. Therefore, this work provides a facile approach for the design and fabrication of spinel ferrites with controllable nanostructure and improved magnetism, which could potentially be used in magnetic and biological fields, such as recording media, sensors, drug delivery, and intracellular imaging. PMID:24482379

  17. Comparison effects and electron spin resonance studies of ?-Fe2O4 spinel type ferrite nanoparticles.

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    Bayrakdar, H; Yal?n, O; Cengiz, U; zm, S; Anigi, E; Topel, O

    2014-11-11

    ?-Fe2O4 spinel type ferrite nanoparticles have been synthesized by cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) assisted hydrothermal route by using NaOH solution. Electron spin resonance (ESR/EPR) measurements of ?-Fe2O4 nanoparticles have been performed by a conventional x-band spectrometer at room temperature. The comparison effect of nanoparticles prepared by using CTAB and EDTA in different ?-doping on the structural and morphological properties have been investigated in detail. The effect of EDTA-assisted synthesis for ?-Fe2O4 nanoparticles are refined, and thus the spectroscopic g-factor are detected by using ESR signals. These samples can be considered as great benefits for magnetic recording media, electromagnetic and drug delivery applications. PMID:24858357

  18. Size-dependent magnetic properties of calcium ferrite nanoparticles

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    Khanna, Lavanya; Verma, N. K.

    2013-06-01

    The union of nanotechnology with the other fields of science heralds the influx of many newer and better technologies, with the capability to revolutionize the human life. In the present work, calcium ferrite nanoparticles were synthesized by conventional sol-gel method and were characterised by X-ray diffraction, Transmission electron microscope, Vibrating sample magnetometer and Fourier transform infrared spectroscope. The synthesized nanoparticles were calcined at different temperatures and their magnetic behaviour was studied. The synthesized nanoparticles calcined at 900 °C were formed in the shape of capsules and exhibited mixed characteristics of ferrimagnetic and paramagnetic grains with magnetic saturation of 0.85 emu/g whereas nanoparticles calcined at 500 °C were spherical in shape and exhibited superparamagnetic characteristics with saturation magnetization of 37.67 emu/g.

  19. Preparation of highly anisotropic cobalt ferrite/silica microellipsoids using an external magnetic field.

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    Abramson, Sébastien; Dupuis, Vincent; Neveu, Sophie; Beaunier, Patricia; Montero, David

    2014-08-01

    Magnetic cobalt ferrite/silica microparticles having both an original morphology and an anisotropic nanostructure are synthesized through the use of an external magnetic field and nanoparticles characterized by a high magnetic anisotropy. The association of these two factors implies that the ESE (emulsion and solvent evaporation) sol-gel method employed here allows the preparation of silica microellipsoids containing magnetic nanoparticles aggregated in large chains. It is clearly shown that without this combination, microspheres characterized by an isotropic distribution of the magnetic nanoparticles are obtained. While the chaining of the cobalt ferrite nanoparticles inside the silica matrix is related to the increase of their magnetic dipolar interactions, the ellipsoidal shape of the microparticles may be explained by the elongation of the sol droplets in the direction of the external magnetic field during the synthesis. Because of their highly anisotropic structure, these microparticles exhibit permanent magnetic moments, which are responsible, at a larger scale, for the existence of strong magnetic dipolar interactions. Therefore, when they are dispersed in water, the microellipsoids self-assemble into large and irregular chains. These interactions can be reinforced by the use of external magnetic field, allowing the preparation of very large permanent chains. This research illustrates how nanostructured particles exhibiting complex architectures can be elaborated through simple, fast, and low-cost methods, such as the use of external fields in combination with soft chemistry. PMID:25029515

  20. Study of Zn-Cu Ferrite Nanoparticles for LPG Sensing

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    Jain, Anuj; Baranwal, Ravi Kant; Bharti, Ajaya; Vakil, Z.; Prajapati, C. S.

    2013-01-01

    Nanostructured zinc-copper mixed ferrite was synthesized using sol-gel method. XRD patterns of different compositions of zinc-copper ferrite, Zn(1?x)CuxFe2O4 (x = 0.0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75), revealed single phase inverse spinel ferrite in all the samples synthesized. With increasing copper concentration, the crystallite size was found to be increased from 28?nm to 47?nm. The surface morphology of all the samples studied by the Scanning Electron Microscopy there exhibits porous structure of particles throughout the samples. The pellets of the samples are prepared for LPG sensing characteristics. The sensing is carried out at different operating temperatures (200, 225, and 250C) with the variation of LPG concentrations (0.2, 0.4, and 0.6 vol%). The maximum sensitivity of 55.33% is observed at 250C operating for the 0.6 vol% LPG. PMID:23864833

  1. Comparison of surface effects in SiO2 coated and uncoated nickel ferrite nanoparticles

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    Nadeem, K.; Krenn, H.; Sarwar, W.; Mumtaz, M.

    2014-01-01

    Magnetic properties of uncoated and silica coated nickel ferrite nanoparticles of comparable sizes have been studied in detail. Silica coated and uncoated nanoparticles were prepared by sol-gel and co-precipitation methods, respectively. Average crystallite size determined by X-ray diffraction is 12 nm and 14 nm for the silica coated and uncoated nanoparticles, respectively. Normalized saturation magnetization value of the coated nanoparticles was found to be lower than of uncoated nanoparticles, while a comparable small coercivity is observed for both the samples. Zero field cooled/field cooled (ZFC/FC) measurements reveal that the average blocking temperature (TB) of coated nanoparticles is lower than of the uncoated nanoparticles and is shifted to lower temperatures at high field. Thermoremanent magnetization (TRM) measurement indicates that the relaxation of coated nanoparticles have not been influenced very much with increasing cooling field as compared to uncoated nanoparticles and is attributed to enhanced surface effects in coated nanoparticles. The main source of enhanced surface effects in the coated nanoparticles is foremost disordered surface spins due to silica matrix. Temperature dependent AC susceptibility exhibits two peaks for the coated nanoparticles' sample. First peak corresponds to blocking of huge core spin while second peak at lower temperature is may be due to enhanced surface effects (spin-glass behavior). All these findings such as lower saturation magnetization, faster shift of blocking temperature at high field, small effect of high magnetic field on magnetic relaxation, low temperature out-of-phase AC susceptibility peak for the coated nanoparticles signify enhanced surface effects in them as compared to uncoated nanoparticles.

  2. Surface effects in the magnetic properties of crystalline 3 nm ferrite nanoparticles chemically synthesized

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    Lima, E.; De Biasi, E.; Mansilla, M. Vasquez; Saleta, M. E.; Effenberg, F.; Rossi, L. M.; Cohen, R.; Rechenberg, H. R.; Zysler, R. D.

    2010-11-01

    We have systematically studied the magnetic properties of ferrite nanoparticles with 3, 7, and 11 nm of diameter with very narrow grain size distributions. Samples were prepared by the thermal decomposition of Fe(acac)3 in the presence of surfactants giving nanoparticles covered by oleic acid. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) images and XRD diffraction patterns confirms that all samples are composed by crystalline nanoparticles with the spinel structure expected for the iron ferrite. ac and dc magnetization measurements, as well in-field Mössbauer spectroscopy, indicate that the magnetic properties of nanoparticles with 11 and 7 nm are close to those expected for a monodomain, presenting large MS (close to the magnetite bulk). Despite the crystalline structure observed in HRTEM images, the nanoparticles with 3 nm are composed by a magnetically ordered region (core) and a surface region that presents a different magnetic order and it contains about 66% of Fe atoms. The high saturation and irreversibility fields in the M(H ) loops of the particles with 3 nm together with the misalignment at 120 kOe in the in-field Mössbauer spectrum of surface component indicate a high surface anisotropy for the surface atoms, which is not observed for the core. For T <10 K, we observe an increase in the susceptibility and of the magnetization for former sample, indicating that surface moments tend to align with applied field increasing the magnetic core size.

  3. Structural, dielectric and gas sensing behavior of Mn substituted spinel MFe2O4 (M=Zn, Cu, Ni, and Co) ferrite nanoparticles

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    Ranjith Kumar, E.; Siva Prasada Reddy, P.; Sarala Devi, G.; Sathiyaraj, S.

    2016-01-01

    Spinel ferrite (MnZnFe2O4, MnCuFe2O4, MnNiFe2O4 and MnCoFe2O4) nanoparticles have been prepared by evaporation method. The annealing temperature plays an important role on changing particle size of the spinel ferrite nanoparticles was found out by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The role of manganese substitution in the spinel ferrite nanoparticles were also analyzed for different annealing temperature. The substitution of Mn also creates a vital change in dielectric properties have been measured in the frequency range of 100 kHz to 5 MHz. These spinel ferrites are decomposed to α-Fe2O3 after annealing above 550 °C in air. Through the characterization of the prepared powder, the effect of annealing temperature, chemical composition and preparation technique on the microstructure, particle size and dielectric properties of the Mn substituted spinel ferrite nanoparticles are discussed. Furthermore, Conductance response of Mn substituted MFe2O4 ferrite nanoparticles were measured by exposing the materials to reducing gas like liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

  4. Chemisorption of cyanogen chloride by spinel ferrite magnetic nanoparticles.

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    Glover, T Grant; DeCoste, Jared B; Sabo, Daniel; Zhang, Z John

    2013-05-01

    Spinel ferrite magnetic nanoparticles, MnFe2O4, NiFe2O4, and CoFe2O4, were synthesized and used as gas-phase adsorbents for the removal of cyanogen chloride from dry air. Fixed-bed adsorption breakthrough experiments show adsorption wave behavior at the leading edge of the breakthrough curve that is not typical of physically adsorbed species. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) results indicate that CK is reacting with the spinel ferrite surface and forming a carbamate species. The reaction is shown to be a function of the hydroxyl groups and adsorbed water on the surface of the particles as well as the metallic composition of the particles. The surface reaction decreases the remnant and saturation magnetism of the MnFe2O4 and CoFe2O4 particles by approximately 25%. PMID:23540752

  5. Magnetic relaxation/stability of Co ferrite nanoparticles embedded in amorphous silica particles

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    Caizer, C.; ?ura, V.

    2006-06-01

    The investigated system consisted of Co ferrite nanoparticles embedded in amorphous SiO 2 particles, with ?=1% magnetic volume fraction. The M- H curve ( M is the magnetization and H is the external magnetic field) of the particle system, recorded at room temperature using a 50 Hz alternating magnetic field, showed a very wide hysteresis loop indicating a strong deviation from the theoretical Langevin curve. The structural phases and mean diameter of the nanoparticles were determined by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Structural analysis results and theoretical evaluations of the critical diameter under which the particle has a single-domain magnetic structure suggested that the factor accounting for the observed behavior is a high magnetic anisotropy (anisotropy constant around 1.610 5 Jm -3); even the volume of Co ferrite nanoparticles is within the superparamagnetic range. The observed behavior was explained assuming that the magnetic moments of nanoparticles could be blocked even at room temperature, due to the existence of a high (0.64 eV) energy barrier which cannot be exceeded by thermal activation alone (0.03 eV). The magnetic relaxation time (?=2.510-1 s) evaluated from experimental data was much longer than the experiment time (t=210-2 s), in agreement with the observed magnetic remanence. The Co ferrite nanoparticles embedded in amorphous SiO 2 showed stable magnetic single-domain structure in a very wide range of diameters (7.6-162 nm), and the particle shape appeared to be unimportant due to the high magnetic anisotropy. The results reported in the present paper demonstrate the existence of a relatively simple preparation method of interesting magnetic nanomaterials with potential application for magnetic recording media.

  6. Oxidative stress mediated apoptosis induced by nickel ferrite nanoparticles in cultured A549 cells.

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    Ahamed, Maqusood; Akhtar, Mohd Javed; Siddiqui, Maqsood A; Ahmad, Javed; Musarrat, Javed; Al-Khedhairy, Abdulaziz A; AlSalhi, Mohamad S; Alrokayan, Salman A

    2011-05-10

    Due to the interesting magnetic and electrical properties with good chemical and thermal stabilities, nickel ferrite nanoparticles are being utilized in many applications including magnetic resonance imaging, drug delivery and hyperthermia. Recent studies have shown that nickel ferrite nanoparticles produce cytotoxicity in mammalian cells. However, there is very limited information concerning the toxicity of nickel ferrite nanoparticles at the cellular and molecular level. The aim of this study was to investigate the cytotoxicity, oxidative stress and apoptosis induction by well-characterized nickel ferrite nanoparticles (size 26 nm) in human lung epithelial (A549) cells. Nickel ferrite nanoparticles induced dose-dependent cytotoxicity in A549 cells demonstrated by MTT, NRU and LDH assays. Nickel ferrite nanoparticles were also found to induce oxidative stress evidenced by generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and depletion of antioxidant glutathione (GSH). Further, co-treatment with the antioxidant L-ascorbic acid mitigated the ROS generation and GSH depletion due to nickel ferrite nanoparticles suggesting the potential mechanism of oxidative stress. Quantitative real-time PCR analysis demonstrated that following the exposure of A549 cells to nickel ferrite nanoparticles, the level of mRNA expressions of cell cycle checkpoint protein p53 and apoptotic proteins (bax, caspase-3 and caspase-9) were significantly up-regulated, whereas the expression of anti-apoptotic proteins (survivin and bcl-2) were down-regulated. Moreover, activities of caspase-3 and caspase-9 enzymes were also significantly higher in nickel ferrite nanoparticles exposed cells. To the best of our knowledge this is the first report showing that nickel ferrite nanoparticles induced apoptosis in A549 cells through ROS generation and oxidative stress via p53, survivin, bax/bcl-2 and caspase pathways. PMID:21382431

  7. Preparation and magnetic properties of nano size nickel ferrite particles using hydrothermal method

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    2012-01-01

    Background Nickel ferrite, a kind of soft magnetic materials is one of the most attracting class of materials due to its interesting and important properties and has many technical applications, such as in catalysis, sensors and so on. In this paper the synthesis of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles by the hydrothermal method is reported and the inhibition of surfactant (Glycerol or Sodium dodecyl sulfate) on the particles growth is investigated. Methods For investigation of the inhibition effect of surfactant on NiFe2O4 particles growth, the samples were prepared in presence of Glycerol and Sodium dodecyl sulfate. The X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometer (ICP-AES) techniques were used to characterize the samples. Results The results of XRD and ICP-AES show that the products were pure NiFe2O4 and also nanoparticles grow with increasing the temperature, while surfactant prevents the particle growth under the same condition. The average particle size was determined from the Scherrer's equation and TEM micrographs and found to be in the range of 50-60 nm that decreased up to 10-15 nm in presence of surfactant. The FT-IR results show two absorption bands near to 603 and 490 cm-1 for the tetrahedral and octahedral sites respectively. Furthermore, the saturated magnetization and coercivity of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles were in the range of 39.60 emu/g and 15.67 Qe that decreased for samples prepared in presence of surfactant. As well as, the nanoparticles exhibited a superparamagnetic behavior at room temperature. Conclusions Nanosized nickel ferrite particles were synthesized with and without surfactant assisted hydrothermal methods. The results show that with increasing of temperature, the crystallinity of nanoparticles is increased. In the presence of surfactants, the crystallinity of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles decreased in comparison with surfactant- free prepared samples. All of the nickel ferrite nanoparticles were superparamagnetic at room temperature. Graphical abstract PMID:22462726

  8. Microwave characterization of magnetically hard and soft ferrite nanoparticles in K-band

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    Della Pina, C.; Falletta, E.; Ferretti, A. M.; Ponti, A.; Gentili, G. G.; Verri, V.; Nesti, R.

    2014-10-01

    Nano-sized magnetic particles show great promise in improving the performance of microwave absorbers with respect to the corresponding bulk materials. In this paper, magnetically hard and soft ferrite nanoparticles (CoFe2O4 and Fe3O4) having an average size of 14 and 11 nm were prepared by co-precipitation method and characterized in terms of morphology, structure, and magnetic properties. Their permeability and permittivity were measured by a waveguide technique, embedding each sample in a host medium. Their parameters at microwave frequencies were retrieved by comparing different effective medium equations.

  9. A.C. and D.C. conductivity of NiZn ferrite nanoparticles in wet and dry conditions

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    Saafan, S. A.; Meaz, T. M.; El-Ghazzawy, E. H.; El Nimr, M. K.; Ayad, M. M.; Bakr, M.

    2010-08-01

    Promising future applications of ferrite nanoparticles in medicine, drug delivery, sensors and ferrofluids are expected to be in wet or humid environments. Therefore nanostructured powders of ferrites having the chemical compositions. Ni xZn (1- x) Fe 2O 4 with ( x=0.0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, and 1) were pressed immediately after preparation - by the co-precipitation method - without any drying to simulate a humid environment. The nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) to be sure of the formation of the ferrite in nanoscale. The infrared (IR) spectroscopy of the samples ensures the existence of water as well as the characteristic absorption bands of ferrites. The ac and dc conductivity of the samples had been investigated immediately after preparation (the as-prepared samples). Then, the samples were dried at 200 C for about 12 h and reinvestigated. The behavior of conductivity differs significantly in the two cases showing a noticeable effect due to humidity. Also, the magnetic induction of the as-prepared samples was investigated by using the vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The samples show superparamagnetic behavior.

  10. Hydrothermal synthesis of fine stabilized superparamagnetic nanoparticles of Zn2+ substituted manganese ferrite

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    Zahraei, Maryam; Monshi, Ahmad; Morales, Maria del Puerto; Shahbazi-Gahrouei, Daryoush; Amirnasr, Mehdi; Behdadfar, Behshid

    2015-11-01

    Superparamagnetic Zn2+ substituted manganese ferrite Mn1-xZnxFe2O4 (x=0.3, 0.35, 0.4 and 0.45) nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized via a direct, efficient and environmental friendly hydrothermal method. The synthesized NPs were characterized by X-ray powder diffractometry (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), thermo-gravimetry (TG) and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). The effects of various parameters such as the pH of reaction mixture, time and temperature of hydrothermal treatment and Zn substitution on the spinel phase formation, the magnetization, and the size of resulting NPs are discussed. The Zn2+ substituted manganese ferrite NPs obtained from hydrothermal process crystallized mainly in the spinel phase. Nevertheless, without citrate ions, the hematite phase appeared in the product. The monophase Zn2+ substituted manganese ferrite NPs hydrothermally prepared in the presence of citric acid had mean particle size of 7 nm and a narrow size distribution. Furthermore, the synthesized NPs can be used to prepare ferrofluids for biomedical applications due to their small size, good stability in aqueous medium (pH 7) and also high magnetization value.

  11. Influence of cobalt on structural and magnetic properties of nickel ferrite nanoparticles

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    Ati, Ali A.; Othaman, Zulkafli; Samavati, Alireza

    2013-11-01

    Improving the magnetic response of nanocrystalline nickel ferrites is the key issue in high density recording media. A series of cobalt substituted nickel ferrite nanoparticles with composition Ni(1-x)CoxFe2O4, where 0.0 ? x ? 1.0, are synthesized using co-precipitation method. The XRD spectra revealed the single phase spinel structure and the average sizes of nanoparticles are estimated to be 16-19 nm. These sizes are small enough to achieve the suitable signal to noise ratio in the high density recording media. The lattice parameter and coercivity shows monotonic increment with the increase of Co contents ascribed to the larger ionic radii of the cobalt ion. The specific saturation magnetization (Ms), remanent magnetization (Mr) and the coercivity (Hc) of the spinel ferrites are further improved by the substitutions of Co+2 ions. The values of Ms for NiFe2O4 and CoFe2O4 are found to be 43.92 and 78.59 emu/g, respectively and Hc are in the range of 51-778 Oe. The FTIR spectra of the spinel phase calcinated at 600 C exhibit two prominent fundamental absorption bands in the range of 350-600 cm-1 assigned to the intrinsic stretching vibrations of the metal at the tetrahedral and octahedral sites. The role played by the Co ions in improving the structural and magnetic properties are analyzed and understood. Our simple, economic and environmental friendly preparation method may contribute towards the controlled growth of high quality ferrite nanopowders, potential candidates for recording.

  12. Polyethylene glycol coated CoFe2O4 nanoparticles: A potential spinel ferrite for biomedical applications

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    Humbe, Ashok V.; Birajdar, Shankar D.; Bhandari, J. M.; Waghule, N. N.; Bhagwat, V. R.; Jadhav, K. M.

    2015-06-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of the polyethylene glycol (PEG) coated cobalt spinel ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanoparticles have been reported in the present study. CoFe2O4 nanoparticles were prepared by sol-gel auto-combustion method using citric acid + ethylene glycol as a fuel. The prepared powder of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles was annealed at 600C for 6h and used for further study. The structural characterization of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles were carried out by X-ray diffraction technique. The X-ray analysis confirmed the formation of single phase cubic spinel structure. The crystallite size, Lattice constant and X-ray density of the PEG coated CoFe2O4 nanoparticles were calculated by using XRD data. The presence of PEG on CoFe2O4 nanoparticles and reduced agglomeration in the CoFe2O4 nanoparticles were revealed by SEM studies. The magnetic properties were studied by pulse field hysteresis loop tracer technique at a room temperature. The magnetic parameters such as saturation magnetization, remanence magnetization, coercivity etc have been obtained. These magnetic parameters were get decreased by PEG coating.

  13. Photoacoustic and magnetoelastic property of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles and its attenuation with barium titanate coating

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    Betal, Soutik; Dutta, Moumita; Khachatryan, Edward; Cotica, Luiz; Nash, Kelly; Bhalla, Amar; Guo, Ruyan

    2015-08-01

    We report an experimental study, where Cobalt Ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanoparticles exhibit Photoacoustic (PA) emission peak intensity of 235.2V/J when analyzed under the Opto-Acoustic measurement setup. PA emission peak intensity decreases to 210V/J when AC Magnetic field is applied and further when Barium Titanate coated cobalt ferrite nanoparticles were analyzed, the PA peak further reduces to 68.76667V/J and with application of AC magnetic field the peak completely disappears. The measurement depicts the Photoacoustic and magnetoelastic behavior of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles.

  14. Role of surface charge in cytotoxicity of charged manganese ferrite nanoparticles towards macrophages

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    Yang, Seung-Hyun; Heo, Dan; Park, Jinsung; Na, Sungsoo; Suh, Jin-Suck; Haam, Seungjoo; Park, Sahng Wook; Huh, Yong-Min; Yang, Jaemoon

    2012-12-01

    Amphiphilic surfactants have been used to disperse magnetic nanoparticles in biological media, because they exhibit a dual hydrophobic/hydrophilic affinity that facilitates the formation of a nanoemulsion, within which nanoparticle surfaces can be modified to achieve different physicochemical properties. For the investigation of the interactions of cells with charged magnetic nanoparticles in a biological medium, we selected the nanoemulsion method to prepare water-soluble magnetic nanoparticles using amphiphilic surfactant (polysorbate 80). The hydroxyl groups of polysorbate 80 were modified to carboxyl or amine groups. The chemical structures of carboxylated and aminated polysorbate 80 were confirmed, and water-soluble manganese ferrite nanoparticles (MFNPs) were synthesized with three types of polysorbate 80. Colloidal size, morphology, monodispersity, solubility and T2 relaxivity were found to be similar between the three types of MFNP. However, cationic MFNPs exhibited greater cytotoxicity in macrophages (RAW264.7 cells) and lower cellular membrane effective stiffness than anionic and non-ionic MFNPs. Moreover, cationic MFNPs exhibited large uptake efficiency for RAW264.7 cells compared with anionic or non-ionic MFNPs under the same conditions. Therefore, we propose that surface charge should be a key consideration factor in the design of magnetic nanoparticles for theragnostic applications.

  15. Effect of O-vacancies on magnetic properties of bismuth ferrite nanoparticles by solution evaporation method

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    Afzal, A. M.; Umair, M.; Dastgeer, G.; Rizwan, M.; Yaqoob, M. Z.; Rashid, R.; Munir, H. S.

    2016-02-01

    Bismuth ferrite is a multiferroic material which shows high magnetization and polarization at room temperature. In present work, the effect of Oxygen (O) vacancies on magnetic properties of bismuth ferrite nanoparticles is studied. Bismuth ferrite nanoparticles (BiFeO3) were synthesized by solution evaporation method (SEM) at room temperature. The sample was annealed under two different atmospheres such as in air and oxygen, to check the effect of O-vacancies on magnetic properties. The average crystallite size of Bismuth ferrite nanoparticles (NPs) as calculated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) falls in the range of 23-32 nm and 26-39 nm for the case of air and oxygen respectively. The crystallite size of bismuth ferrite nanoparticles increases as the temperature was varied from 450 °C to 650 °C. Further the influence of annealing temperature on the magnetic properties of the bismuth ferrite nanoparticles was also observed. It was concluded that the magnetic properties of Bismuth ferrite nanoparticles are directly interconnected to annealing atmosphere and annealing temperature. The magnetic properties were increased in the case of oxygen annealing, which actually leads in our case to an improvement of the crystallinity.

  16. Cytotoxicity of nickel zinc ferrite nanoparticles on cancer cells of epithelial origin

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    Al-Qubaisi, Mothanna Sadiq; Rasedee, Abdullah; Flaifel, Moayad Husein; Ahmad, Sahrim HJ; Hussein-Al-Ali, Samer; Hussein, Mohd Zobir; Eid, Eltayeb EM; Zainal, Zulkarnain; Saeed, Mohd; Ilowefah, Muna; Fakurazi, Sharida; Isa, Norhaszalina Mohd; Zowalaty, Mohamed Ezzat El

    2013-01-01

    In this study, in vitro cytotoxicity of nickel zinc (NiZn) ferrite nanoparticles against human colon cancer HT29, breast cancer MCF7, and liver cancer HepG2 cells was examined. The morphology, homogeneity, and elemental composition of NiZn ferrite nanoparticles were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, respectively. The exposure of cancer cells to NiZn ferrite nanoparticles (15.61,000 ?g/mL; 72 hours) has resulted in a dose-dependent inhibition of cell growth determined by MTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide) assay. The quantification of caspase-3 and -9 activities and DNA fragmentation to assess the cell death pathway of the treated cells showed that both were stimulated when exposed to NiZn ferrite nanoparticles. Light microscopy examination of the cells exposed to NiZn ferrite nanoparticles demonstrated significant changes in cellular morphology. The HepG2 cells were most prone to apoptosis among the three cells lines examined, as the result of treatment with NiZn nanoparticles. In conclusion, NiZn ferrite nanoparticles are suggested to have potential cytotoxicity against cancer cells. PMID:23885175

  17. Radiation induced structural and magnetic transformations in nanoparticle MnxZn(1-x)Fe2O4 ferrites

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    Naik, P. P.; Tangsali, R. B.; Sonaye, B.; Sugur, S.

    2015-07-01

    Nanoparticle magnetic materials are suitable for multiple modern high end medical applications like targeted drug delivery, gene therapy, hyperthermia and MR thermometry imaging. Majority of these applications are confined to use of Mn-Zn ferrite nanoparticles. These nanoparticles are normally left in the body after their requisite application. Preparing these nanoparticles is usually a much involved job. However with the development of the simple technique MnxZn1-xFe2O4 nanoparticles could be prepared with much ease. The nanoparticles of MnxZn1-xFe2O4 with (x=1.0, 0.7, 0.5, 0.3, 0.0) were prepared and irradiated with gamma radiation of various intensities ranging between 500 R to 10,000 R, after appropriate structural and magnetic characterization. Irradiated samples were investigated for structural and magnetic properties, as well as for structural stability and cation distribution. The irradiated nanoparticles exhibited structural stability with varied cation distribution and magnetic properties, dependent on gamma radiation dose. Surprisingly samples also exhibited quenching of lattice parameter and particle size. The changes introduced in the cation distribution, lattice constant, particle size and magnetic properties were found to be irreversible with time lapse and were of permanent nature exhibiting good stability even after several months. Thus the useful properties of nanoparticles could be enhanced on modifying the cation distribution inside the nanoparticles by application of gamma radiation.

  18. Microwave-hydrothermal synthesis of perovskite bismuth ferrite nanoparticles

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    Biasotto, G.; Simoes, A.Z.; Foschini, C.R.; Zaghete, M.A.; Varela, J.A.; Longo, E.

    2011-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) nanoparticles were grown by hydrothermal microwave method (HTMW). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The soaking time is effective in improving phase formation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Rietveld refinement reveals an orthorhombic structure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The observed magnetism of the BFO crystallites is a consequence of particle size. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The HTMW is a genuine technique for low temperatures and short times of synthesis. -- Abstract: Hydrothermal microwave method (HTMW) was used to synthesize crystalline bismuth ferrite (BiFeO{sub 3}) nanoparticles (BFO) in the temperature of 180 Degree-Sign C with times ranging from 5 min to 1 h. BFO nanoparticles were characterized by means of X-ray analyses, FT-IR, Raman spectroscopy, TG-DTA and FE-SEM. X-ray diffraction results indicated that longer soaking time was benefit to refraining the formation of any impurity phases and growing BFO crystallites into almost single-phase perovskites. Typical FT-IR spectra for BFO nanoparticles presented well defined bands, indicating a substantial short-range order in the system. TG-DTA analyses confirmed the presence of lattice OH{sup -} groups, commonly found in materials obtained by HTMW process. Compared with the conventional solid-state reaction process, submicron BFO crystallites with better homogeneity could be produced at the temperature as low as 180 Degree-Sign C. These results show that the HTMW synthesis route is rapid, cost effective, and could be used as an alternative to obtain BFO nanoparticles in the temperature of 180 Degree-Sign C for 1 h.

  19. Direct dyes removal using modified magnetic ferrite nanoparticle

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    2014-01-01

    The magnetic adsorbent nanoparticle was modified using cationic surface active agent. Zinc ferrite nanoparticle and cetyl trimethylammonium bromide were used as an adsorbent and a surface active agent, respectively. Dye removal ability of the surface modified nanoparticle as an adsorbent was investigated. Direct Green 6 (DG6), Direct Red 31 (DR31) and Direct Red 23 (DR23) were used. The characteristics of the adsorbent were studied using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The effect of adsorbent dosage, initial dye concentration and salt was evaluated. In ternary system, dye removal of the adsorbent at 90, 120, 150 and 200mg/L dye concentration was 63, 45, 30 and 23% for DR23, 97, 90, 78 and 45% for DR31 and 51, 48, 42 and 37% for DG6, respectively. It was found that dye adsorption onto the adsorbent followed Langmuir isotherm. The adsorption kinetic of dyes was found to conform to pseudo-second order kinetics. PMID:24991427

  20. Electromagnetic properties of NiZn ferrite nanoparticles and their polymer composites

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    Parsons, P.; Duncan, K.; Giri, A. K.; Xiao, J. Q.; Karna, S. P.

    2014-05-07

    The magnetic properties of polycrystalline NiZn ferrite nanoparticles synthesized using a polyol-reduction and coprecipitation reaction methods have been investigated. The effects on magnetization of synthesis approach, chemical composition, processing conditions, and on the size of nanoparticles on magnetization have been investigated. The measured room-temperature magnetization for the as-prepared magnetic nanoparticles (MNP) synthesized via polyol-reduction and coprecipitation is 69 Am{sup 2} kg{sup −1} and 14 Am{sup 2} kg{sup −1}, respectively. X-ray diffraction measurements confirm spinel structure of the particles with an estimated grain size of ∼80 nm obtained from the polyol-reduction and 28 nm obtained from these coprecipitation techniques. Upon calcination under atmospheric conditions at different temperatures between 800 °C and 1000 °C, the magnetization, M, of the coprecipitated MNP increases to 76 Am{sup 2} kg{sup −1} with an estimated grain size of 90 nm. The MNP-polymer nanocomposites made from the synthesized MNP in various loading fraction and high density polyethylene exhibit interesting electromagnetic properties. The measured permeability and permittivity of the magnetic nanoparticle-polymer nanocomposites increases with the loading fractions of the magnetic nanoparticles, suggesting control for impedance matching for antenna applications.

  1. Effect of gamma irradiation on the structural and magnetic properties of Co–Zn spinel ferrite nanoparticles

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    Raut, Anil V.; Kurmude, D.V.; Shengule, D.R.; Jadhav, K.M.

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: • Co–Zn ferrite nanoparticles were examined before and after γ-irradiation. • Single phase cubic spinel structure of Co–Zn was confirmed by XRD data. • The grain size was reported in the range of 52–62 nm after γ-irradiation. • Ms, Hc, n{sub B} were reported to be increased after gamma irradiation. - Abstract: In this work, the structural and magnetic properties of Co{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 1.0) ferrite nanoparticles were studied before and after gamma irradiation. The as-synthesized samples of Co–Zn ferrite nanoparticles prepared by sol–gel auto-combustion technique were analysed by XRD which suggested the single phase; cubic spinel structure of the material. Crystal defects produced in the spinel lattice were studied before and after Co{sup 60} γ-irradiation in a gamma cell with a dose rate of 0.1 Mrad/h in order to report the changes in structural and magnetic properties of the Co–Zn ferrite nanoparticles. The average crystallite size (t), lattice parameter (α) and other structural parameters of gamma-irradiated and un-irradiated Co{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel ferrite system was calculated from XRD data. The morphological characterizations were performed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The magnetic properties were measured using pulse field hysteresis loop tracer by applying magnetic field of 1000 Oe, and the analysis of data obtained revealed that the magnetic property such as saturation magnetization (Ms), coecivity (Hc), magneton number (n{sub B}) etc. magnetic parameters were increased after irradiation.

  2. Nickel zinc ferrites prepared by the citrate precursor method

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    Sileo, Elsa E.; Rotelo, Ramiro; Jacobo, Silvia E.

    2002-07-01

    Ni 1- xZn xFe 2O 4 ( x=0.2, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6 and 0.7) were prepared by a combustion method. The precursors for the solids were different gels obtained from metal nitrates and citric acid by a sol-process. The gels thus obtained were heated at 200C and they exhibited self-propagating combustion behavior. The residues were heated for 2 h at 1000C. XRD analysis of the intermediates and final solids revealed that, after combustion, the gel is directly transformed into single-phased, nano-sized Ni,Zn ferrite particles. The sintering processes increased the crystallinity of the solids and the domain sizes. Lattice parameters also increase with the increment of x. The insertion of small amounts of different R(III) cations (R=Ruthenium, Yttrium and rare-earth cations) into a nickel zinc ferrite (Ni 0.5Zn 0.5Fe 2O 4) has been also investigated. XRD studies have been carried out in order to determine if the R(III) cations enter the spinel structure. Samples with several Ni 0.5Zn 0.5Fe 2- y R yO 4 compositions were prepared by the auto-combustion method. In all cases, XRD measurements show distortions in the spinel cell and, in some cases, the formation of various rare earth iron oxides.

  3. Preparation and characterization of Zn substituted Li-Mg ferrites

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    Shaikh, A.M.; Watawe, S.C.; Jadhav, S.A.; Chougule, B.K

    2002-12-01

    Studies on preparation and characterization of Zn substituted Li-Mg ferrites having the general formula Li{sub x}Mg{sub 0.4}Zn{sub 0.6-2x}Fe{sub 2+x}O{sub 4} (where x=0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2, 0.25, and 0.3) have been carried out. These polycrystalline ferrites were prepared by a standard ceramic technique. The single-phase formation was confirmed from X-ray diffractograms. The lattice parameter 'a', bond lengths R{sub A}, R{sub B} and site radii r{sub A}, r{sub B} were found to increase linearly with increase in Zn content. IR absorption spectral studies show two fundamental absorption bands {nu}{sub 1} and {nu}{sub 2} in the frequency range 600-400 cm{sup -1}. The center frequency of {nu}{sub 1} and {nu}{sub 2} was found to shift towards low frequency side. The average grain diameter determined from SEM studies was found to increase with Zn content, it is maximum for Zn=0.3 and then it decreases with further increase in Zn content. The Curie temperature was found to decrease linearly with Zn content.

  4. Synthesis and cytotoxicity study of magnesium ferrite-gold core-shell nanoparticles.

    PubMed

    Nonkumwong, Jeeranan; Pakawanit, Phakkhananan; Wipatanawin, Angkana; Jantaratana, Pongsakorn; Ananta, Supon; Srisombat, Laongnuan

    2016-04-01

    In this work, the core-magnesium ferrite (MgFe2O4) nanoparticles were prepared by hydrothermal technique. Completed gold (Au) shell coating on the surfaces of MgFe2O4 nanoparticles was obtained by varying core/shell ratios via a reduction method. Phase identification, morphological evolution, optical properties, magnetic properties and cytotoxicity to mammalian cells of these MgFe2O4 core coated with Au nanoparticles were examined by using a combination of X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis), vibrating sample magnetometry and resazurin microplate assay techniques. In general, TEM images revealed different sizes of the core-shell nanoparticles generated from various core/shell ratios and confirmed the completed Au shell coating on MgFe2O4 core nanoparticles via suitable core/shell ratio with particle size less than 100nm. The core-shell nanoparticle size and the quality of coating influence the optical properties of the products. The UV-vis spectra of complete coated MgFe2O4-Au core-shell nanoparticles exhibit the absorption bands in the near-Infrared (NIR) region indicating high potential for therapeutic applications. Based on the magnetic property measurement, it was found that the obtained MgFe2O4-Au core-shell nanoparticles still exhibit superparamagnetism with lower saturation magnetization value, compared with MgFe2O4 core. Both of MgFe2O4 and MgFe2O4-Au core-shell also showed in vitro non-cytotoxicity to mouse areola fibroblast (L-929) cell line. PMID:26838832

  5. Chitosan-coated nickel-ferrite nanoparticles as contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging

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    Ahmad, Tanveer; Bae, Hongsub; Iqbal, Yousaf; Rhee, Ilsu; Hong, Sungwook; Chang, Yongmin; Lee, Jaejun; Sohn, Derac

    2015-05-01

    We report evidence for the possible application of chitosan-coated nickel-ferrite (NiFe2O4) nanoparticles as both T1 and T2 contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The coating of nickel-ferrite nanoparticles with chitosan was performed simultaneously with the synthesis of the nickel-ferrite nanoparticles by a chemical co-precipitation method. The coated nanoparticles were cylindrical in shape with an average length of 17 nm and an average width of 4.4 nm. The bonding of chitosan onto the ferrite nanoparticles was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The T1 and T2 relaxivities were 0.8580.04 and 1.710.03 mM-1 s-1, respectively. In animal experimentation, both a 25% signal enhancement in the T1-weighted mage and a 71% signal loss in the T2-weighted image were observed. This demonstrated that chitosan-coated nickel-ferrite nanoparticles are suitable as both T1 and T2 contrast agents in MRI. We note that the applicability of our nanoparticles as both T1 and T2 contrast agents is due to their cylindrical shape, which gives rise to both inner and outer sphere processes of nanoparticles.

  6. Influence of Ce-Substitution on Structural, Magnetic and Electrical Properties of Cobalt Ferrite Nanoparticles

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    Hashhash, A.; Kaiser, M.

    2016-01-01

    Nano-crystalline samples of cerium substituted cobalt ferrites with chemical formula CoCe x Fe2- x O4 (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.1) were prepared using the citrate auto-combustion method. The prepared ferrites were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy spectra (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The XRD patterns and FTIR spectra confirm that the prepared samples reveal the formation of a single-phase spinel structure. TEM micrographs showed that the particles are made up of spherical and elongated nano-metric shapes. A limitation of the size of nanoparticles is observed as the Ce3+ concentration increases. VSM measurements showed that the coercivity H c and magnetization values M s are strongly dependent on Ce3+ content and particle size. The values of H c lie in the range of (411-1600 G), which suggest that these samples are convenient for different applications. The alternating current electrical conductivity ( σ), dielectric permittivities ( ɛ', ɛ″), and dielectric loss tangent (tan δ) were studied at different ranges of frequency and temperature. The relation of conductivity with temperature revealed a semiconductor to semi-metallic behavior as cerium concentration increases. The variation in (tan δ) with frequency at different temperature shows abnormal behavior with more than one relaxation peak. The conduction mechanism used in the present study has been discussed in the light of cation-anion-cation interactions over the octahedral B-site.

  7. Experimental studies of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles doped silica matrix 3D magneto-photonic crystals

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    Abou Diwan, E.; Royer, F.; Kekesi, R.; Jamon, D.; Blanc-Mignon, M. F.; Neveu, S.; Rousseau, J. J.

    2013-05-01

    In this paper, we present the synthesis and the optical properties of 3D magneto-photonic structures. The elaboration process consists in firstly preparing then infiltrating polystyrene direct opals with a homogeneous solution of sol-gel silica precursors doped by cobalt ferrite nanoparticles, and finally dissolving the polystyrene spheres. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) images of the prepared samples clearly evidence a periodic arrangement. Using a home-made polarimetric optical bench, the transmittance as a function of the wavelength, the Faraday rotation as a function of the applied magnetic field, and the Faraday ellipticity as a function of the wavelength and as a function of the applied magnetic field were measured. The existence of deep photonic band gaps (PBG), the unambiguous magnetic character of the samples and the qualitative modification of the Faraday ellipticity in the area of the PBG are evidenced.

  8. Preparation of transparent conductors ferroelectric memory materials and ferrites

    DOEpatents

    Bhattacharya, Raghu Nath (Littleton, CO); Ginley, David S. (Evergreen, CO)

    1998-01-01

    A process for the preparation by electrodeposition of metal oxide film and powder compounds for ferroelectric memory materials and ferrites wherein the metal oxide includes a plurality of metals. The process comprises providing an electrodeposition bath, providing soluble salts of the metals to this bath, electrically energizing the bath to thereby cause formation of a recoverable film of metal on the electrode, recovering the resultant film as a film or a powder, and recovering powder formed on the floor of the bath. The films and powders so produced are subsequently annealed to thereby produce metal oxide for use in electronic applications. The process can be employed to produce metal-doped metal oxide film and powder compounds for transparent conductors. The process for preparation of these metal-doped metal oxides follows that described above.

  9. Preparation of transparent conductors ferroelectric memory materials and ferrites

    DOEpatents

    Bhattacharya, R.N.; Ginley, D.S.

    1998-07-28

    A process is described for the preparation by electrodeposition of metal oxide film and powder compounds for ferroelectric memory materials and ferrites wherein the metal oxide includes a plurality of metals. The process comprises providing an electrodeposition bath, providing soluble salts of the metals to this bath, electrically energizing the bath to thereby cause formation of a recoverable film of metal on the electrode, recovering the resultant film as a film or a powder, and recovering powder formed on the floor of the bath. The films and powders so produced are subsequently annealed to thereby produce metal oxide for use in electronic applications. The process can be employed to produce metal-doped metal oxide film and powder compounds for transparent conductors. The process for preparation of these metal-doped metal oxides follows that described above.

  10. Gelatin nanoparticle preparation by nanoprecipitation.

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    Lee, E J; Khan, S A; Lim, K-H

    2011-01-01

    This study focuses on the novel preparation of gelatin nanoparticles by nanoprecipitation. The principal parameters studied for its optimum conditions were the concentration of emulsifier, the time of emulsifier addition, the concentration of gelatin in solvent phase and the non-solvent volume. In addition, the effect of type of non-solvent (ethanol, n-propanol, methanol) was also studied. It was notable that emulsifier should exist in the non-solvent phase to prevent aggregation of gelatin nanoparticles prepared by nanoprecipitation. The emulsifier to gelatin mass ratio of 32:1 was found to be appropriate to fabricate stable nanoparticles without inter-particle aggregation caused by charge neutralization, during the course of cross-linking. The yield of gelatin nanoparticles was calculated gravimetrically after freeze drying. The freeze-dried nanoparticles were characterized for size and morphology by scanning electron microscopy. The division between nanoparticles was found most clear and vivid in the freeze-drying-induced matrix, owing to the least inter-particle aggregation during the process of cross-linking, for the case of 2% (w/v) emulsifier. The morphology of the freeze-dried nanoparticles turned out to be a spherical or hexagonal regular shape with a smooth surface in the freeze-drying-induced matrix. Their number-mean size is barely 115 nm and their unimodal size-mean is 215 nm with an unimodal polydispersity of 0.1547, the former of which is much smaller and the latter belongs to the lower limit of the gelatin nanoparticle size of 200-500 nm prepared by the coacervation method. Thus, as far as the morphology and the size of prepared gelatin nanoparticles are concerned, the optimum conditions may be derived from those of the above-mentioned morphology. The comparative experiments performed using the coacervation method turned out to require stirring and the nanoparticles still exhibited stability problems, even in the presence of emulsifier. Therefore, the results presented in this study show the optimum conditions and reflect the unexploited potential of the nanoprecipitation method for the preparation of nanoparticles from hydrophilic polymers like gelatin. PMID:20566056

  11. Structural And Magnetic Properties Of Ni-Zn Ferrite Nanoparticles

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    Shahane, G. S.; Kumar, Ashok; Pant, R. P.; Lal, Krishan

    2010-10-01

    Nickel zinc ferrite nanoparticles of the composition NixZn1-xFe2O4 (x = 0.1, 0.3, 0.5) have been synthesized by the chemical co-precipitation method. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, TEM, EPR, DC magnetization and AC susceptibility measurements. The X-ray diffraction patterns confirm the synthesis of single crystalline phase of NixZn1-xFe2O4 (x = 0.1, 0.3, 0.5) nanoparticles. Lattice parameter decreases with the increase in nickel content. The magnetic measurements shows superparamagnetic nature of the samples for x = 0.1 and 0.3 whereas for x = 0.5 the material shows ferromagnetic nature. The saturation magnetization is low and increases with increase in nickel content. The superparamagnetic nature of the samples is supported by the EPR and ac susceptibility measurement studies. The blocking temperature increases with the nickel concentration. The changes in the magnetic properties have been explained by the redistribution of the cations on A and B sites.

  12. High temperature magnetic properties of magnesium ferrite nanoparticles

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    Franco, A.; Silva, M. S.

    2011-04-01

    Magnetic properties such as Curie temperature (TC), saturation magnetization (Ms), remanent magnetization (Mr), and coercivity (Hc) of nanoparticles of magnesium ferrites (MgFe2O4) were studied in a broad range of temperatures varying from room temperature to 800 K. The magnetization decreases with increasing temperature, approaching 0 at 750 K. The Curie temperature, determined by means of the inverse susceptibility versus temperature, was 738 K. The saturation magnetization, coercivity, and remanence decreased with increasing temperature, being close to 0 at temperatures near TC. However, for temperatures 100 K above room temperature, these magnetic properties were still the same as those at room temperature. The coercivity temperature dependence could be expressed in terms of T3/4, indicating that MgFe2O4 nanoparticles may form a system of random and noninteracting identical particles. The results are discussed in terms of interparticle interactions induced by the thermal fluctuations, cation distribution, and other imperfections that exert fields on Mg2+ ions that could increase with temperature.

  13. Magnetic liposomes based on nickel ferrite nanoparticles for biomedical applications.

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    Rodrigues, Ana Rita O; Gomes, I T; Almeida, Bernardo G; Arajo, J P; Castanheira, Elisabete M S; Coutinho, Paulo J G

    2015-07-21

    Nickel ferrite nanoparticles with superparamagnetic behavior at room temperature were synthesized using a coprecipitation method. These magnetic nanoparticles were either covered with a lipid bilayer, forming dry magnetic liposomes (DMLs), or entrapped in liposomes, originating aqueous magnetoliposomes (AMLs). A new and promising method for the synthesis of DMLs is described. The presence of the lipid bilayer in DMLs was confirmed by FRET (Frster Resonance Energy Transfer) measurements between the fluorescent-labeled lipids NBD-C12-HPC (NBD acting as a donor) included in the second lipid layer and rhodamine B-DOPE (acceptor) in the first lipid layer. An average donor-acceptor distance of 3 nm was estimated. Assays of the non-specific interactions of magnetoliposomes with biological membranes (modeled using giant unilamellar vesicles, GUVs) were performed. Membrane fusion between both aqueous and dry magnetoliposomes and GUVs was confirmed by FRET, which is an important result regarding applications of these systems both as hyperthermia agents and antitumor drug nanocarriers. PMID:26095537

  14. Magnetic properties of cobalt-ferrite nanoparticles embedded in polystyrene resin

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    Vaishnava, P. P.; Senaratne, U.; Buc, E.; Naik, R.; Naik, V. M.; Tsoi, G.; Wenger, L. E.; Boolchand, P.

    2006-04-15

    Samples of maghemite and cobalt-ferrite nanoparticles (sizes, 3-10 nm) were prepared by cross-linking sulfonated polystyrene resin with aqueous solutions of (1) FeCl{sub 2}, (2) 80%FeCl{sub 2}+20%CoCl{sub 2}, (3) FeCl{sub 3}, and (4) 80%FeCl{sub 3}+20%CoCl{sub 2} by volume. Chemical analysis, x-ray powder-diffraction, and {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopic measurements show that samples 1 and 3 consist of {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles (sizes, {approx}10 and 3 nm) and sample 2 and 4 consist of Co{sub x}Fe{sub 3-x}O{sub 4} nanoparticles (sizes, {approx}10 and 4 nm). The temperature dependence of the zero-field-cooled and field-cooled magnetizations at low temperatures, together with a magnetic hysteresis in the M versus H data below blocking temperatures, demonstrate superparamagnetic behavior. The introduction of Co in the iron oxide-resin matrix results in an increase in the blocking temperature of nanoparticles.

  15. Microstructural and Mssbauer properties of low temperature synthesized Ni-Cd-Al ferrite nanoparticles

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    2011-01-01

    We report the influence of Al3+ doping on the microstructural and Mssbauer properties of ferrite nanoparticles of basic composition Ni0.2Cd0.3Fe2.5 - xAlxO4 (0.0 ? x ? 0.5) prepared through simple sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transformation infrared (FTIR), and Mssbauer spectroscopy techniques were used to investigate the structural, chemical, and Mssbauer properties of the grown nanoparticles. XRD results confirm that all the samples are single-phase cubic spinel in structure excluding the presence of any secondary phase corresponding to any structure. SEM micrographs show the synthesized nanoparticles are agglomerated but spherical in shape. The average crystallite size of the grown nanoparticles was calculated through Scherrer formula and confirmed by TEM and was found between 2 and 8 nm ( 1). FTIR results show the presence of two vibrational bands corresponding to tetrahedral and octahedral sites. Mssbauer spectroscopy shows that all the samples exhibit superparamagnetism, and the quadrupole interaction increases with the substitution of Al3+ ions. PMID:21851597

  16. Synthesis and Characterization of Cobalt Substituted Zinc Ferrite Nanoparticles by Microwave Combustion Method.

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    Sundararajan, M; Kennedy, L John; Vijaya, J Judith

    2015-09-01

    Pure and cobalt doped zinc ferrites were prepared by microwave combustion method using L-arginine as a fuel. The prepared samples were characterized by various instrumental techniques such as X-ray powder diffractometry, high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HR-SEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis, Fourier transformed infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy and UV-Visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. Vibrating sample magnetometry at room temperature was recorded to study the magnetic behavior of the samples. X-ray analysis confirmed the formation of zinc ferrites normal spinel-type structure with an average crystallite sizes in the range, 25.69 nm to 35.68 nm. The lattice parameters decreased as cobalt fraction was increased. The HR-SEM images showed nanoparticles are agglomerated. The estimated band gap energy value was found to decrease with an increase in cobalt content (1.87 to 1.62 eV). Broad visible emissions are observed in the photoluminescence spectra. A gradual increase in the coercivity and saturation magnetization (M(s)) were noted at relatively higher cobalt doping fractions. PMID:26716235

  17. Structural, dielectric and magnetic properties of Gd substituted manganese ferrite nanoparticles

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    Murugesan, C.; Sathyamoorthy, B.; Chandrasekaran, G.

    2015-08-01

    Gd3+ ion-substituted manganese ferrite nanoparticles with the chemical formula MnGdxFe2-xO4 (x = 0.0, 0.05, and 0.1) were synthesized by sol-gel auto combustion method. Thermal stability of the as-prepared sample was analyzed using thermo gravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA) and the result reveals that the prepared sample is thermally stable above 300 °C. Structural and morphology studies were performed using powder x-ray diffraction (PXRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Indexed PXRD patterns confirm the formation of pure cubic spinel structure. The average crystallite sizes calculated using Sherrer’s formula decreased from 47 nm to 32 nm and lattice constant was enhanced from 8.407 Å to 8.432 Å. The FTIR spectrum of manganese ferrite shows a high frequency vibrational band at 564 cm-1 assigned to tetrahedral site and a low frequency vibrational band at 450 cm-1 assigned to octahedral site which are shifted to 556 cm-1 and 439 cm-1 for Gd3+ substitution and confirm the incorporation of Gd3+ into manganese ferrite. SEM analysis shows the presence of agglomerated spherical shaped particles at the surface. Room temperature dielectric and magnetic properties were studied using broadband dielectric spectroscopy (BDS) and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). Frequency dependent dielectric constant, ac conductivity and tan delta were found to increase with Gd3+ ion substitution. The measured values of saturation magnetization decrease from 46.6 emu g-1 to 41 emu g-1 with increase in Gd3+ concentration and coercivity decreases from 179.5 Oe to 143 Oe.

  18. High-frequency electromagnetic properties of the manganese ferrite nanoparticles

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    Zeng, Min; Liu, Jue; Yue, Ming; Yang, Haozhe; Dong, Hangrong; Tang, Wukui; Jiang, He; Liu, Xiaofang; Yu, Ronghai

    2015-05-01

    Manganese (MnFe2O4) nanoparticles are prepared via a facile solvothermal method. The electromagnetic properties are investigated in 1-18 GHz, indicating the MnFe2O4 nanoparticles are the promising materials to be applied as microwave absorbers. The wave absorbing mechanism can be attributed to the dielectric loss, magnetic loss, and the synergetic effect. The permittivity dispersion behavior is explained by Debye dipolar relation expression. The complex permeability is analyzed using Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation. Natural resonance, exchange resonance, and eddy current loss arise at different frequencies.

  19. Structural, Dielectric, FT-IR and Complex Impedance Properties of Cobalt Ferrite Nanoparticles

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    Hashim, Mohd.; Alimuddin, Alimuddin; Ali, Sikander; Kumar, Shalendra; Kumar, Ravi

    2011-11-01

    Cobalt ferrite nanoparticles having the general formula CoFe2-xCuxO4 (0.0 ? x ? 0.5) were prepared by sol-gel method and characterized by using X-Ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM ), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), dielectric and impedance spectroscopy measurements. Confirmation of the single phase cubic spinel structure was made by using X-ray diffractometer. Lattice parameter `a' is found to decrease with increasing the doping contents. Debye- Scherer formula was used for finding the particle size and found in the range 30-45 nm. Morphological analysis was made by scanning electron microscopy which shows agglomerated flakes of particles having large pores on the surface. FT-IR spectra show two absorption bands assigned to the tetrahedral and octahedral complexes in the frequency range 400-600 cm-1. The variation of dielectric properties ?', ?, tan? with frequency reveals that the dispersion is due to Maxwell-Wagner type of interfacial polarization. Impedance spectroscopy technique has been used to understand the conduction mechanism and to study the effect of grain and grain boundary on the electrical properties of the Cu doped CoFe2O4 ferrites.

  20. Evaluation of nickel ferrite nanoparticles coated with oleylamine by NMR relaxation measurements and magnetic hyperthermia.

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    Menelaou, M; Georgoula, K; Simeonidis, K; Dendrinou-Samara, C

    2014-03-01

    Nickel ferrite nanoparticles were synthesized via a facile solvothermal approach. Oleylamine (OAm) was used in all synthetic procedures as a stabilizing agent and solvent. By varying the polarity of the solvents, hydrophobic NiFe2O4 nanoparticles coated with OAm of relatively similar sizes (9-11.7 nm) and in a range of magnetization values (32.0-53.5 emu g(-1)) were obtained. The as-prepared hydrophobic nanoparticles were characterized by XRD, TEM, SEM, TGA and VSM and converted to hydrophilic by two different approaches. The addition of a positively charged ligand (cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide, CTAB) and the ligand exchange procedure (2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid, DMSA) have been successfully applied. The aqueous suspensions of NiFe2O4@CTAB and NiFe2O4@DMSA showed good colloidal stability after a long period of time. The different surface modification affected both the NMR relaxometric measurements and the hyperthermia effects. In both techniques CTAB modification demonstrated higher r2 relaxivity (278.9 s(-1) mM(-1) in an NMR spectrometer at 11.7 T) and SAR values (423.4 W g(-1) at an applied AC field with a particle concentration of 0.5 mg mL(-1)). The results indicate that a coating with a larger molecule as CTAB under the same size, shape and magnetization of NiFe2O4 NPs gave rise to NMR relaxometric properties and heating efficacy. PMID:24413465

  1. Synthesis of ferrite and nickel ferrite nanoparticles using radio-frequency thermal plasma torch

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    Son, S.; Taheri, M.; Carpenter, E.; Harris, V. G.; McHenry, M. E.

    2002-05-01

    Nanocrystalline (NC) ferrite powders have been synthesized using a 50 kW-3 MHz rf thermal plasma torch for high-frequency soft magnet applications. A mixed powder of Ni and Fe (Ni:Fe=1:2), a NiFe permalloy powder with additional Fe powder (Ni:Fe=1:2), and a NiFe permalloy powder (Ni:Fe=1:1) were used as precursors for synthesis. Airflow into the reactor chamber was the source of oxygen for oxide formation. XRD patterns clearly show that the precursor powders were transformed into NC ferrite particles with an average particle size of 20-30 nm. SEM and TEM studies indicated that NC ferrite particles had well-defined polygonal growth forms with some exhibiting (111) faceting and many with truncated octahedral and truncated cubic shapes. The Ni content in the ferrite particles was observed to increase in going from mixed Ni and Fe to mixed permalloy and iron and finally to only permalloy starting precursor. The plasma-torch synthesized ferrite materials using exclusively the NiFe permalloy precursor had 40%-48% Ni content in the Ni-ferrite particle, differing from the NiFe2O4 ideal stoichiometry. EXAFS was used to probe the cation coordination in low Ni magnetite species. The coercivity and Neel temperature of the high Ni content ferrite sample were 58 Oe and 590 C, respectively.

  2. Ferrite with extraordinary electric and dielectric properties prepared from self-combustion technique

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    Chen Qian; Du Piyi; Huang Wenyan; Jin Lu; Weng Wenjian; Han Gaorong

    2007-03-26

    Nickel-zinc ferrites (Ni{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) with extraordinary electric and dielectric properties were prepared by self-combustion technique. The resistivity of ferrite in the ferric citrate system is on the order of 10{sup 10} {omega} cm, which is about four orders higher than that of ferrite in the ferric nitrate system as well as that of ferrite prepared by the conventional method. The dielectric loss of sample in the ferric citrate system is only 0.008. The amorphous phase and its encapsulation well around the grains have played most important roles in both high resistivity and low dielectric loss of ferrite in the ferric citrate system.

  3. Crystallite size induced crossover from paramagnetism to superparamagnetism in zinc ferrite nanoparticles

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    Singh, Jitendra Pal; Gautam, Sanjeev; Srivastava, R. C.; Asokan, K.; Kanjilal, D.; Chae, Keun Hwa

    2015-10-01

    Present work investigates the crossover from paramagnetism to superparamagnetism as a function of crystallite size in zinc ferrite nanoparticles using near edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Synthesized paramagnetic and superparamagnetic nanoparticles exhibit presence of Fe2+ and Fe3+ ions with dominant concentration of Fe3+ ions. Fe L- and O K-edges spectra of paramagnetic nanoparticles consist of more intense spectral features compared to that of superparamagnetic nanoparticles. This reflects enhanced t2g and eg symmetry states of Fe-O hybridized states in paramagnetic nanoparticles induced by increased degree of crystallization.

  4. Spin-flop transition, magnetic and microwave absorption properties of α-Fe2O4 spinel type ferrite nanoparticles

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    Yalçın, Orhan; Bayrakdar, Harun; Özüm, Songül

    2013-10-01

    We have prepared NiFe2O4, CoFe2O4, Ni0.6Zn0.4Fe2O4 and ZnFe2O4 spinel type ferrite nanoparticles by surfactant-assisted hydrothermal process using cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB). The spin-flop transition, magnetic, dielectric and permittivity characterizations have been investigated. The spin-flop transition occurs from antiferromagnetic state to mixed state and then ferromagnetic state for Zn doped samples. The spin-flop transition occurs in the temperature range of 50-250 K. The ionic conduction, dipolar relaxation, atomic polarization and electronic polarization are the main mechanisms that contribute to the permittivity of a dielectric material. The permittivity increases with increasing frequency. This suggests a resonance behavior, which is expected when the ferrite samples are highly conductive and skin effect become significant. These samples will provide great benefits for electromagnetic applications and electromagnetic interference shielding characteristics.

  5. Control of the saturation temperature in magnetic heating by using polyethylene-glycol-coated rod-shaped nickel-ferrite (NiFe2O4) nanoparticles

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    Iqbal, Yousaf; Bae, Hongsub; Rhee, Ilsu; Hong, Sungwook

    2016-02-01

    Polyethylene-glycol (PEG)-coated nickel-ferrite nanoparticles were prepared for magnetic hyperthermia applications by using the co-precipitation method. The PEG coating occurred during the synthesis of the nanoparticles. The coated nanoparticles were rod-shaped with an average length of 16 nm and an average diameter of 4.5 nm, as observed using transmission electron microscopy. The PEG coating on the surfaces of the nanoparticles was confirmed from the Fourier-transform infrared spectra. The nanoparticles exhibited superparamagnetic characteristics with negligible coercive force. Further, magnetic heating effects were observed in aqueous solutions of the coated nanoparticles. The saturation temperature could be controlled at 42 ℃ by changing the concentration of the nanoparticles in the aqueous solution. Alternately, the saturation temperature could be controlled for a given concentration of nanoparticles by changing the intensity of the magnetic field. The Curie temperature of the nanoparticles was estimated to be 495 ℃. These results for the PEG-coated nickel-ferrite nanoparticles showed the possibility of utilizing them for controlled magnetic hyperthermia at 42 ℃.

  6. The superspin glass transition in zinc ferrite nanoparticles

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    Kaman, O.; Ko?nkov, T.; Jirk, Z.; Maryko, M.; Veverka, M.

    2015-05-01

    Nanoparticles of the ZnxFe3-xO4 (x = 0.3-0.4) spinel phase having 5 and 15 nm size were synthesized by thermal decomposition of the respective acetylacetonates in a high boiling-point solvent employing surfactants. The collective behaviour of the nanoparticles was probed by dc and ac magnetic measurements of tightly compressed pellets of the particles and silica coated products which were prepared by reverse microemulsion technique. The assembly of bare 5 nm particles remains in the superparamagnetic state with Curie-Weiss characteristics down to 35 K when a rather sharp freezing of superspins is detected. The larger particles show a similar but more diffusive transition at 250 K. The cores encapsulated into the diamagnetic silica do not exhibit glassy freezing.

  7. Preparation and investigation of dc conductivity and relative permeability of epoxy/Li-Ni-Zn ferrite composites

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    Darwish, M. A.; Saafan, S. A.; El-Kony, D.; Salahuddin, N. A.

    2015-07-01

    Ferrite nanoparticles - having the compositions Li(x/2)(Ni0.5Zn0.5)(1-x)Fe(2+x/2)O4 (x=0, 0.2, 0.3) - have been prepared by the co-precipitation method. The prepared powders have been divided into groups and sintered at different temperatures (373 K, 1074 K and 1473 K). X-Ray diffraction analysis (XRD) for all samples has confirmed the formation of the desired ferrites with crystallite sizes within the nanoscale (<100 nm). The dc conductivity, the relative permeability and the magnetization of the ferrite samples have been investigated and according to the results, the sample Li0.15(Ni0.5Zn0.5)0.7 Fe2.15O4 sintered at 1473 K has been chosen to prepare the composites. The particle size of this sample has been recalculated by using JEOL JEM-100SX transmission electron microscope and it has been found about 64.7 nm. Then, a pure epoxy sample and four pristine epoxy resin /Li0.15(Ni0.5Zn0.5)0.7 Fe2.15O4 composites have been prepared using different ferrite contents (20%, 30%, 40%, and 50%) wt.%. These samples have been characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and their dc conductivity, relative permeability and magnetization have also been investigated. The obtained results indicate that the investigated composites may be promising candidates for practical applications such as EMI suppressor and high frequency applications.

  8. Zinc ferrite nanoparticle as a magnetic catalyst: Synthesis and dye degradation

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    Mahmoodi, Niyaz Mohammad

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: Photocatalytic degradation of Reactive Red 198 and Reactive Red 120 by the synthesized zinc ferrite nanoparticle. - Highlights: • Magnetic zinc ferrite nanoparticle was synthesized and characterized. • Photocatalytic dye degradation by magnetic nanoparticle was studied. • Formate, acetate and oxalate were detected as dominant dye degradation aliphatic intermediates. • Nitrate and sulfate ions were detected as mineralization products of dyes. • Zinc ferrite nanoparticle was an effective magnetic photocatalyst to degrade dyes. - Abstract: In this paper, magnetic zinc ferrite (ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) nanoparticle was synthesized and its photocatalytic dye degradation ability from colored wastewater was studied. Reactive Red 198 (RR198) and Reactive Red 120 (RR120) were used as model dyes. The characteristics of ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} were investigated using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Photocatalytic dye degradation by ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} was studied by UV–vis spectrophotometer and ion chromatography (IC). The effects of ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} dosage, initial dye concentration and salt on dye degradation were evaluated. Formate, acetate and oxalate anions were detected as dominant aliphatic intermediate. Inorganic anions (nitrate and sulfate anions) were detected as dye mineralization products. The results indicated that ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} could be used as a magnetic photocatalyst to degrade dyes from colored wastewater.

  9. Probing bismuth ferrite nanoparticles by hard x-ray photoemission: Anomalous occurrence of metallic bismuth

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    Chaturvedi, Smita; Rajendra, Ranguwar; Ballav, Nirmalya; Kulkarni, Sulabha; Sarkar, Indranil; Shirolkar, Mandar M.; Jeng, U-Ser; Yeh, Yi-Qi

    2014-09-08

    We have investigated bismuth ferrite nanoparticles (∼75 nm and ∼155 nm) synthesized by a chemical method, using soft X-ray (1253.6 eV) and hard X-ray (3500, 5500, and 7500 eV) photoelectron spectroscopy. This provided an evidence for the variation of chemical state of bismuth in crystalline, phase pure nanoparticles. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis using Mg Kα (1253.6 eV) source showed that iron and bismuth were present in both Fe{sup 3+} and Bi{sup 3+} valence states as expected for bismuth ferrite. However, hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis of the bismuth ferrite nanoparticles using variable photon energies unexpectedly showed the presence of Bi{sup 0} valence state below the surface region, indicating that bismuth ferrite nanoparticles are chemically inhomogeneous in the radial direction. Consistently, small-angle X-ray scattering reveals a core-shell structure for these radial inhomogeneous nanoparticles.

  10. Induction of apoptosis in cancer cells by NiZn ferrite nanoparticles through mitochondrial cytochrome C release

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    Al-Qubaisi, Mothanna Sadiq; Rasedee, Abdullah; Flaifel, Moayad Husein; Ahmad, Sahrim Hj; Hussein-Al-Ali, Samer; Hussein, Mohd Zobir; Zainal, Zulkarnain; Alhassan, Fatah H; Taufiq-Yap, Yun H; Eid, Eltayeb EM; Arbab, Ismail Adam; Al-Asbahi, Bandar A; Webster, Thomas J; Zowalaty, Mohamed Ezzat El

    2013-01-01

    The long-term objective of the present study was to determine the ability of NiZn ferrite nanoparticles to kill cancer cells. NiZn ferrite nanoparticle suspensions were found to have an average hydrodynamic diameter, polydispersity index, and zeta potential of 254.2 29.8 nm, 0.524 0.013, and ?60 14 mV, respectively. We showed that NiZn ferrite nanoparticles had selective toxicity towards MCF-7, HepG2, and HT29 cells, with a lesser effect on normal MCF 10A cells. The quantity of Bcl-2, Bax, p53, and cytochrome C in the cell lines mentioned above was determined by colorimetric methods in order to clarify the mechanism of action of NiZn ferrite nanoparticles in the killing of cancer cells. Our results indicate that NiZn ferrite nanoparticles promote apoptosis in cancer cells via caspase-3 and caspase-9, downregulation of Bcl-2, and upregulation of Bax and p53, with cytochrome C translocation. There was a concomitant collapse of the mitochondrial membrane potential in these cancer cells when treated with NiZn ferrite nanoparticles. This study shows that NiZn ferrite nanoparticles induce glutathione depletion in cancer cells, which results in increased production of reactive oxygen species and eventually, death of cancer cells. PMID:24204141

  11. Seeded growth of ferrite nanoparticles from Mn oxides: observation of anomalies in magnetic transitions.

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    Song, Hyon-Min; Zink, Jeffrey I; Khashab, Niveen M

    2015-07-28

    A series of magnetically active ferrite nanoparticles (NPs) are prepared by using Mn oxide NPs as seeds. A Verwey transition is identified in Fe3O4 NPs with an average diameter of 14.5 nm at 96 K, where a sharp drop of magnetic susceptibility occurs. In MnFe2O4 NPs, a spin glass-like state is observed with the decrease in magnetization below the blocking temperature due to the disordered spins during the freezing process. From these MnFe2O4 NPs, MnFe2O4@Mn(x)Fe(1-x)O core-shell NPs are prepared by seeded growth. The structure of the core is cubic spinel (Fd3m), and the shell is composed of iron-manganese oxide (Mn(x)Fe(1-x)O) with a rock salt structure (Fm3m). Moir fringes appear perpendicular to the ?110? directions on the cubic shape NPs through the plane-matched epitaxial growth. These fringes are due to the difference in the lattice spacings between MnFe2O4 and Mn(x)Fe(1-x)O. Exchange bias is observed in these MnFe2O4@Mn(x)Fe(1-x)O core-shell NPs with an enhanced coercivity, as well as the shift of hysteresis along the field direction. PMID:26123580

  12. Magnesium-zinc ferrite nanoparticles: effect of copper doping on the structural, electrical and magnetic properties.

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    Zaki, H M; Al-Heniti, S; Umar, Ahmad; Al-Marzouki, F; Abdel-Daiem, A; Elmosalami, T A; Dawoud, H A; Al-Hazmi, F S; Ata-Allah, S S

    2013-06-01

    In this paper, Mg0.5Zn0.5-Cu(x)Fe2O4 ferrites nanoparticles were synthesized by facile co-precipitation route and characterized in detail in terms of their structural, electrical and magnetic properties as a function of Cu concentration. The prepared samples have cubic spinel phase as confirmed by X-ray diffraction patterns. The decrease of the lattice constant and increase of X-ray density indicate the solubility of Cu ions in the spinel lattice. The AC conductivity measurements between 300 K and 773 K at different frequencies 1 KHz up to 1 MHz, showed two different behaviors as semiconductor-like at high temperature and frequency depending behavior associated with dispersion phenomena at low temperatures. The conduction mechanism in the system is influenced by Cu concentration and the dominant one is the hopping conduction mechanism. Dielectric measurements at the same conditions of temperatures and frequencies exhibited that the dielectric loss increases with increasing the temperature and decreasing the frequency indicating the semiconducting nature of the ferrite compounds. An anomalous behavior of the dielectric loss is observed in samples with high Cu content which explained in terms of resonance between frequency accompanied the electronic hopping and the frequency of the external electric field. The analysis of Mössbauer spectra revealed that copper free compound is super-paramagnetically relaxed in nature and zinc free compound demonstrates ferrimagnetic order. Moreover, hyperfine field spectrum shows the migration of Cu ions from octahedral to tetrahedral site in zinc free compound. PMID:23862448

  13. Ferromagnetic resonance behavior of spark plasma sintered Ni-Zn ferrite nanoparticles produced by a chemical route

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    Valenzuela, R.; Beji, Z.; Herbst, F.; Ammar, S.

    2011-04-01

    Ferrite nanoparticles of composition Zn0.5Ni0.5Fe2O4 were prepared by forced hydrolysis in a polyol (polyol process) from the corresponding iron, nickel, and zinc acetates. Synthesis conditions allowed for obtaining polycrystalline epitaxial clusters of about 22 nm in size with an average crystal size of about 5 nm. These powders were subsequently consolidated by spark plasma sintering (SPS) technique under a pressure of 80 MPa and temperatures in the 350 to 500 C range for short periods (5 to 10 min). Densities reached 92% to 94% of the theoretical density. Particle size remained smaller than 61 nm, even for the highest temperature. Ferromagnetic resonance experiments at 77 K showed broadened resonance lines. In contrast with powdered nanoparticles, these high-density bodies can be used in many high-frequency applications.

  14. Electrical and optical properties of gadolinium doped bismuth ferrite nanoparticles

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    Mukherjee, A. Banerjee, M. Basu, S.; Pal, M.

    2014-04-24

    Multiferroic bismuth ferrite (BFO) and gadolinium (Gd) doped bismuth ferrite had been synthesized by a sol-gel method. Particle size had been estimated by Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and found to decrease with Gd doping. We studied the temperature and frequency dependence of impedance and electric modulus and calculated the grain and grain boundary resistance and capacitance of the investigated samples. We observed that electrical activation energy increases for all the doped samples. Optical band gap also increases for the doped samples which can be used in photocatalytic application of BFO.

  15. The anti-microbial activity of titania-nickel ferrite composite nanoparticles

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    Rana, S.; Misra, R. D. K.

    2005-12-01

    A novel approach to synthesize a new generation of composite nanoparticles consisting of a photocatalytic shell of anatase-titania and a magnetic core of nickel ferrite has been adopted combining reverse micelle and chemical hydrolysis techniques. Titania is an effective anti-microbial agent that can be directly sprayed on infected areas of the human body or environment. Unfortunately, titania is an electrical insulator and is difficult to extract from the sprayed surface after treatment. The titania photocatalytic shell provides good antimicrobial capability that renders the bacteria inactive and removes the organic pollutants, while the nickel ferrite magnetic core enables controlled delivery of composite nanoparticles through the application of a small magnetic field, encouraging their application as removable anti-microbial photocatalyst nanoparticles.

  16. Structure of Oxide Nanoparticles in Fe-16Cr MA/ODS Ferritic Steel

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    Hsiung, L; Fluss, M; Kimura, A

    2010-04-06

    Oxide nanoparticles in Fe-16Cr ODS ferritic steel fabricated by mechanical alloying (MA) method have been examined using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) techniques. A partial crystallization of oxide nanoparticles was frequently observed in as-fabricated ODS steel. The crystal structure of crystalline oxide particles is identified to be mainly Y{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} (YAM) with a monoclinic structure. Large nanoparticles with a diameter larger than 20 nm tend to be incoherent and have a nearly spherical shape, whereas small nanoparticles with a diameter smaller than 10 nm tend to be coherent or semi-coherent and have faceted boundaries. The oxide nanoparticles become fully crystallized after prolonged annealing at 900 C. These results lead us to propose a three-stage formation mechanism of oxide nanoparticles in MA/ODS steels.

  17. Maximizing hysteretic losses in magnetic ferrite nanoparticles via model-driven synthesis and materials optimization.

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    Chen, Ritchie; Christiansen, Michael G; Anikeeva, Polina

    2013-10-22

    This article develops a set of design guidelines for maximizing heat dissipation characteristics of magnetic ferrite MFe2O4 (M = Mn, Fe, Co) nanoparticles in alternating magnetic fields. Using magnetic and structural nanoparticle characterization, we identify key synthetic parameters in the thermal decomposition of organometallic precursors that yield optimized magnetic nanoparticles over a wide range of sizes and compositions. The developed synthetic procedures allow for gram-scale production of magnetic nanoparticles stable in physiological buffer for several months. Our magnetic nanoparticles display some of the highest heat dissipation rates, which are in qualitative agreement with the trends predicted by a dynamic hysteresis model of coherent magnetization reversal in single domain magnetic particles. By combining physical simulations with robust scalable synthesis and materials characterization techniques, this work provides a pathway to a model-driven design of magnetic nanoparticles tailored to a variety of biomedical applications ranging from cancer hyperthermia to remote control of gene expression. PMID:24016039

  18. Structural and magnetic properties of cobalt-doped iron oxide nanoparticles prepared by solution combustion method for biomedical applications

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    Venkatesan, Kaliyamoorthy; Rajan Babu, Dhanakotti; Kavya Bai, Mane Prabhu; Supriya, Ravi; Vidya, Radhakrishnan; Madeswaran, Saminathan; Anandan, Pandurangan; Arivanandhan, Mukannan; Hayakawa, Yasuhiro

    2015-01-01

    Cobalt-doped iron oxide nanoparticles were prepared by solution combustion technique. The structural and magnetic properties of the prepared samples were also investigated. The average crystallite size of cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) magnetic nanoparticle was calculated using Scherrer equation, and it was found to be 16±5 nm. The particle size was measured by transmission electron microscope. This value was found to match with the crystallite size calculated by Scherrer equation corresponding to the prominent intensity peak (311) of X-ray diffraction. The high-resolution transmission electron microscope image shows clear lattice fringes and high crystallinity of cobalt ferrite magnetic nanoparticles. The synthesized magnetic nanoparticles exhibited the saturation magnetization value of 47 emu/g and coercivity of 947 Oe. The anti-microbial activity of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles showed better results as an anti-bacterial agent. The affinity constant was determined for the nanoparticles, and the cytotoxicity studies were conducted for the cobalt ferrite nanoparticles at different concentrations and the results are discussed. PMID:26491320

  19. Magnetic properties of bio-synthesized zinc ferrite nanoparticles

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    Yeary, Lucas W; Moon, Ji Won; Rawn, Claudia J; Love, Lonnie J; Rondinone, Adam Justin; Thompson, James R; Chakoumakos, Bryan C; Phelps, Tommy Joe

    2011-01-01

    The magnetic properties of zinc ferrite (Zn-substituted magnetite, Zn{sub y}Fe{sub 1-y}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) formed by a microbial process compared favorably with chemically synthesized materials. A metal reducing bacterium, Thermoanaerobacter, strain TOR-39 was incubated with Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 1-x}OOH (x=0.01, 0.1, and 0.15) precursors and produced nanoparticulate zinc ferrites. Composition and crystalline structure of the resulting zinc ferrites were verified using X-ray fluorescence, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and neutron diffraction. The average composition from triplicates gave a value for y of 0.02, 0.23, and 0.30 with the greatest standard deviation of 0.02. Average crystallite sizes were determined to be 67, 49, and 25 nm, respectively. While crystallite size decreased with more Zn substitution, the lattice parameter and the unit cell volume showed a gradual increase in agreement with previous literature values. The magnetic properties were characterized using a superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer and were compared with values for the saturation magnetization (M{sub s}) reported in the literature. The averaged M{sub s} values for the triplicates with the largest amount of zinc (y=0.30) gave values of 100.1, 96.5, and 69.7 emu/g at temperatures of 5, 80, and 300 K, respectively indicating increased magnetic properties of the bacterially synthesized zinc ferrites.

  20. Enhanced antibactericidal function of W4+-doped titania-coated nickel ferrite composite nanoparticles: a biomaterial system.

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    Sunkara, B K; Misra, R D K

    2008-03-01

    The study demonstrates a distinct enhancement of antimicrobial activity of W4+-doped titania that is coated on nickel ferrite nanoparticles in comparison to undoped titania. The composite nanoparticles were synthesized by uniquely combining reverse micelle and chemical hydrolysis synthesis methods [Rana S, Rawat J, Misra RDK, Acta Biomater 2005;1:691]. The superior antimicrobial activity of W4+-doped titania is related to the inhibition of electron-hole recombination and decrease in the band gap energy of titania. The function of the ferrite is to facilitate the removal of nanoparticles from the sprayed surface using a small magnetic field. The coating of ferrite nanoparticles with titania retains superparamagnetic character and magnetic strength of composite nanoparticles signifying non-deterioration of magnetic properties and promoting their use as removable antimicrobial photocatalyst nanoparticles. PMID:17720641

  1. Chemical methodologies for preparation of micron and nanometer scale ferrites--a mini review of patents.

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    Pant, Prita; Bhuvaneswari, Sundararaman; Ghosh, Narendra Nath

    2008-01-01

    Ferrites, with wide range of chemical compositions, have been studied extensively over the years as they have a plethora of applications such as magnetic read/write heads, transformer cores, antennas, microwave absorbers, deflecting yoke, high frequency transformers, catalysis, pigments etc. Particles of submicron size have attracted the attention of scientists and technologists in different fields because they exhibit many unique physical properties as compared to those of bulk materials and are in great demand. Traditional high temperature solid-state method for preparation of ferrites is associated with several limitations. The quest for synthesis of ultrafine ferrite materials has led to the development of various preparative methods. Several patents disclose different wet chemical techniques namely sol-gel, coprecipitation, hydrothermal, combustion, spray pyrolysis etc for preparation of variety of ferrites for wide range of applications. In this mini-review, several patented chemical methods have been discussed critically with specific examples along with the effect of synthetic routes on particle size formation. Applications of ferrite powders with different compositions prepared by the above mentioned patented methods have also been discussed in this review. PMID:19076039

  2. Oleate Coated Magnetic Cores Based on Magnetite, Zn Ferrite and Co Ferrite Nanoparticles—Preparation, Physical Characterization and Biological Impact on Helianthus Annuus Photosynthesis

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    Ursache-Oprisan, Manuela; Foca-nici, Ecaterina; Cirlescu, Aurelian; Caltun, Ovidiu; Creanga, Dorina

    2010-12-01

    Sodium oleate was used as coating shell for magnetite, Zn ferrite and Co ferrite powders to stabilize them in the form of aqueous magnetic suspensions. The physical characterization was carried out by applying X-ray diffraction and magnetization measurements. Both crystallite size and magnetic core diameter ranged between 7 and 11 nm. The influence of magnetic nanoparticle suspensions (corresponding to magnetic nanoparticle levels of 10-14-10-15/cm3) on sunflower seedlings was studied considering the changes in the photosynthesis pigment levels. Similar responses were obtained for magnetite and cobalt ferrite nanoparticle treatment consisting in the apparent inhibition of chlorophyll biosynthesis while for zinc ferrite nanoparticles some concentrations seemed to have stimulatory effects on the chlorophylls as well as on the carotene levels. But the chlorophyll ratio was diminished in the case of all three types of magnetic nanoparticles meaning their slight negative effect on the light harvesting complex II (LHC II) from the chloroplast membranes and consequently on the photosynthesis efficiency.

  3. Magnetic Properties of Ni-Zn Ferrite Prepared with the Layered Precursor Method

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    Zhou, Xin; Hou, Zhi-Ling; Li, Feng; Qi, Xin

    2010-11-01

    We prepare NiZnFe2O4 soft magnetic ferrites with different molar ratios with the layered precursor method and investigate their magnetic properties. In the layered precursor, metal ions are scattered on the layer plate in a certain way on account of the effect of lowest lattice energy and lattice orientation. After high temperature calcinations, spinel ferrites with uniform structural component and single magnetic domain can be obtained, and the magnetic property is improved greatly. NiZnFe2O4 ferrites prepared have the best specific saturation magnetization of 79.15 emug-1, higher than that of 68 emug-1 prepared by the chemical co-precipitation method and that of 59 emug-1 prepared by the emulsion-gel method. Meanwhile the coercivity of NiZnFe2O4 ferrites prepared by layered precursor method is 14 kAm-1, lower than that of 50 emug-1 prepared by the co-precipitation method and that of 59 emug-1 prepared by the emulsion-gel method.

  4. Structural, dielectric and magnetic properties of nickel substituted cobalt ferrite nanoparticles: Effect of nickel concentration

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    Velhal, Ninad B.; Patil, Narayan D.; Shelke, Abhijeet R.; Deshpande, Nishad G.; Puri, Vijaya R.

    2015-09-01

    Nickel substituted cobalt ferrite nanoparticles with composition Co1-xNixFe2O4 (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 1.0) was synthesized using simple, low temperature auto combustion method. The X-ray diffraction patterns reveal the formation of cubic phase spinel structure. The crystallite size varies from 30-44 nm with the nickel content. Porous and agglomerated morphology of the bulk sample was displayed in the scanning electron microscopy. Micro Raman spectroscopy reveals continuous shift of Eg and Eg(2) stokes line up to 0.8 Ni substitution. The dispersion behavior of the dielectric constant with frequency and the semicircle nature of the impedance spectra show the cobalt nickel ferrite to have high resistance. The ferromagnetic nature is observed in all the samples, however, the maximum saturation magnetization was achieved by the 0.4 Ni substituted cobalt ferrite, which is up to the 92.87 emu/gm at 30K.

  5. Structural and magnetic studies of the nickel doped CoFe2O4 ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by the chemical co-precipitation method

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    Kumar, Ashok; Yadav, Nisha; Rana, Dinesh S.; Kumar, Parmod; Arora, Manju; Pant, R. P.

    2015-11-01

    The physical properties of nickel doped cobalt ferrite nanoparticles NixCo1-xFe2O4 (x=0.5, 0.75, 0.9) derived by the chemical co-precipitation route are characterized by XRD, FTIR, TEM, EPR, search coil and ac susceptibility techniques to develop stable kerosene based ferrofluid. XRD patterns and TEM images confirm the single phase formation of NixCo1-xFe2O4 nanoparticles whose crystallite size increases and lattice parameters decreases with the increase in Ni content. EPR resonance signal peak-to-peak line width and resonance field value decreases with the increase in Ni concentration in these samples. The broad nature of resonance signal is attributed to the ferromagnetic nature of the as-prepared nanoparticles and the increase in super exchange interaction among Ni2+-O-Co2+ facilitate the shifting of resonance value to lower field. The hysteresis loops of these nickel doped cobalt ferrite analogs exhibits highly magnetic nature of these nanoparticles at ambient temperature whose saturation magnetization, coerecivity and remanence magnetization decreases linearly with the increase in Ni-concentration in cobalt ferrite. The magnetic susceptibility with temperature curve shows increasing trend of blocking temperature with rise in nickel ion concentration.

  6. Manifestation of weak ferromagnetism and photocatalytic activity in bismuth ferrite nanoparticles

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    Sakar, M.; Balakumar, S.; Saravanan, P.; Jaisankar, S. N.

    2013-02-05

    Bismuth ferrite (BFO) nanoparticles were synthesized by auto-ignition technique with and without adding ignition fuel such as citric acid. The presence of citric acid in the reaction mixture yielded highly-magnetic BFO/{gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocomposite. When this composite was annealed to 650 Degree-Sign C, a single phase BFO was formed with average crystallite size of 50 nm and showed weak ferromagnetic behavior. Conversely, the phase pure BFO prepared without adding citric acid exhibited antiferromagnetism because of its larger crystallite size of around 70 nm. The visible-light driven photocatalytic activity of both the pure BFO and BFO/{gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocomposite were examined by degrading methyl orange dye. The pure BFO showed a moderate photocatalytic activity; while BFO/{gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocomposite showed enhanced activity. This could be probably due to the optimal band gap ratio between BFO and {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} phases reduced the recombination of electron-hole pairs which aided in the enhancement of photocatalytic activity.

  7. Spherical barium ferrite nanoparticles and hexaferrite single crystals for information data storage and RF devices

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    Jalli, Jeevan Prasad

    Since their discovery in the early 1950's hexagonal ferrites or hexaferrites have been studied for a long time because of their technological applications, such as microwave devices and high density magnetic recording media. In this dissertation efforts have been made to address these two applications by developing nanosized spherical barium ferrite particles for advanced magnetic recording media, and hexaferrite single crystals for low loss RF devices. Accordingly, this dissertation consists of two parts; part one spherical barium ferrite nanoparticles for information data storage media, and part two hexaferrite single crystals for RF devices. Part I. Spherical Barium Ferrite Nanoparticles Hexagonal barium ferrite (H-BaFe) nanoparticles are good candidates for particulate recording media due to their high uniaxial magnetocrystalline anisotropy, excellent chemical stability, and narrow switching field distribution. One major disadvantage of using H-BaFe particles for particulate recording media is their poor dispersion and a high degree of stacking that deteriorate the recording capability by creating large media noise and surface roughness. One way to solve and improve the recording performance of H-BaFe media is employing substantially nanosized spherical barium ferrite (SBaFe) particles. Spherical shaped particles have low aspect ratio and only form a point-to-point contact, unlike the H-BaFe particles. Therefore, using S-BaFe particles not only decrease the degree of magnetic interaction between the particles but also can substantially increases the recording performance by improving the dispersion and SNR of the particles in the magnetic media. In this dissertation, two different approaches were employed successfully to synthesize S-BaFe nanoparticles in the range of 20-45 nm. Part II. Hexaferrite Single Crystals As wireless communication systems are flourishing, and the operating frequencies are increasing, there is a great demand for RF devices such as circulators and isolators. Traditional RF devices using spinel or garnets are disadvantageous in the millimeter range frequencies, since they require a strong external bias field provided by external permanent magnets. A promising approach to circumvent this problem is to use the high crystalline anisotropy field in the hexaferrites. Single crystals of M and Y-type hexaferrites show promising results with their low microwave losses and excellent magnetic and physical properties. In this dissertation efforts to grow, high-quality bulk M and Y-type single crystals with the aim to study and improve their magnetic and microwave properties with respect to different cation dopant elements is reported. Also, a liquid phase epitaxial technique was developed to grow thick barium ferrite films onto semiconductor substrates. Finally, magnetic domain patterns on bulk M-type single crystals was studied by using a magnetic force microscopy technique.

  8. Laccase immobilized manganese ferrite nanoparticle: synthesis and LSSVM intelligent modeling of decolorization.

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    Mahmoodi, Niyaz Mohammad; Arabloo, Milad; Abdi, Jafar

    2014-12-15

    Laccase was immobilized onto manganese ferrite nanoparticle (MFN) and dye decolorization from single and binary systems was studied. The characteristics of laccase immobilized manganese ferrite nanoparticle (LIMFN) were investigated using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Direct red 31 (DR31), Acid blue 92 (AB92) and Direct green 6 (DG6) were used. A least square support vector machine (LSSVM) was developed to predict the decolorization efficiency of various single and binary systems based on the obtained laboratory data under different experimental conditions. Statistical and graphical quality measures were also employed to evaluate the performance and accuracy of the developed intelligent models. It is shown that the predictions of the designed LSSVM models are in close agreement with the experimental data. The effects of LIMFN dosage, pH and dye concentration on dye decolorization from single and binary systems were evaluated. Decolorization kinetics followed Michaelis-Menten Model. PMID:25282090

  9. Mssbauer spectroscopy, magnetic characteristics, and reflection loss analysis of nickel-strontium substituted cobalt ferrite nanoparticles

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    Ghasemi, Ali; Paesano, Andrea; Cerqueira Machado, Carla Fabiana; Shirsath, Sagar E.; Liu, Xiaoxi; Morisako, Akimitsu

    2014-05-01

    In current research work, Co1-xNix/2Srx/2Fe2O4 (x = 0-1 in a step of 0.2) ferrite nanoparticles were synthesized by a sol-gel method. According to the evolution in the subspectral areas obtained from Mssbauer spectroscopy, it was found that the relaxing iron belongs mostly to the site B, since the Mssbauer fraction of site A does not vary appreciably. With an increase in Ni-Sr substitution contents in cobalt ferrite, the coercivity and saturation of magnetization decrease. Variation of reflection loss versus frequency in microwave X-band demonstrates that the reflection peak shifts to lower frequency by adding substituted cations and the synthesized nanoparticles can be considered for application in electromagnetic wave absorber technology.

  10. Experimental evidence of surface effects in the magnetic dynamics behavior of ferrite nanoparticles

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    Sousa, E. C.; Alves, C. R.; Aquino, R.; Sousa, M. H.; Goya, G. F.; Rechenberg, H. R.; Tourinho, F. A.; Depeyrot, J.

    2005-03-01

    The magnetic dynamics behavior of copper and nickel ferrite nanoparticles used in the magnetic fluid elaboration and with mean sizes between 3.5 to 10.4 nm is investigated by measurements of magnetic hysteretic properties and zero field cooling (ZFC) susceptibility. The dependence of the irreversibility field, inversely proportional to the particle size, clearly indicates that the magnetic anisotropy of our particles finds its origin on the surface layer.

  11. Magnetic properties of nanocomposites based on opal matrices with embedded ferrite-spinel nanoparticles

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    Rinkevich, A. B.; Korolev, A. V.; Samoylovich, M. I.; Klescheva, S. M.; Perov, D. V.

    2016-02-01

    Magnetic properties of nanocomposites based on opal matrices with ferrite-spinel nanoparticles embedded have been investigated in temperature range from 2 to 300 K. The magnetization curves and hysteresis loops as well as the temperature dependence of magnetic moment and the temperature and frequency dependences of AC susceptibility have been measured. The results of magnetic measurements are compared to X-ray analysis and electron microscopy investigations.

  12. Faraday rotation of cobalt ferrite nanoparticle polymer composite films at cryogenic temperatures.

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    Demir, Veysi; Gangopadhyay, Palash; Norwood, Robert A; Peyghambarian, Nasser

    2014-04-01

    This paper investigates the behavior of the Verdet constant for cobalt ferrite (CoFe?O?) nanoparticles polymer composite films at low temperatures using a 532 nm laser source. An experimental setup for Faraday rotation (FR) at low temperatures is introduced and FRs were measured at various temperatures. Verdet constants were deduced from the paramagnetic model for terbium gallium garnet glass where ~4 improvement was observed at 40 K for CoFe?O? composite film. PMID:24787165

  13. Preparation of DPPE-Stabilized Gold Nanoparticles

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    Dungey, Keenan E.; Muller, David P.; Gunter, Tammy

    2005-01-01

    An experiment is presented that introduces students to nanotechnology through the preparation of nanoparticles and their visualization using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The experiment familiarizes the students with nonaqueous solvents, biphasic reactions, phase-transfer agents, ligands to stabilize growing nanoparticles, and bidentate…

  14. Preparation of DPPE-Stabilized Gold Nanoparticles

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    Dungey, Keenan E.; Muller, David P.; Gunter, Tammy

    2005-01-01

    An experiment is presented that introduces students to nanotechnology through the preparation of nanoparticles and their visualization using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The experiment familiarizes the students with nonaqueous solvents, biphasic reactions, phase-transfer agents, ligands to stabilize growing nanoparticles, and bidentate

  15. Cobalt Zinc Ferrite Nanoparticles as a Potential Magnetic Resonance Imaging Agent: An In vitro Study

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    Ghasemian, Zeinab; Shahbazi-Gahrouei, Daryoush; Manouchehri, Sohrab

    2015-01-01

    Background: Magnetic Nanoparticles (MNP) have been used for contrast enhancement in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). In recent years, research on the use of ferrite nanoparticles in T2 contrast agents has shown a great potential application in MR imaging. In this work, Co0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 and Co0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4-DMSA magnetic nanoparticles, CZF-MNPs and CZF-MNPs-DMSA, were investigated as MR imaging contrast agents. Methods: Cobalt zinc ferrite nanoparticles and their suitable coating, DMSA, were investigated under in vitro condition. Human prostate cancer cell lines (DU145 and PC3) with bare (uncoated) and coated magnetic nanoparticles were investigated as nano-contrast MR imaging agents. Results: Using T2-weighted MR images identified that signal intensity of bare and coated MNPs was enhanced with increasing concentration of MNPs in water. The values of 1/T2 relaxivity (r2) for bare and coated MNPs were found to be 88.46 and 28.80 (mM?1 s?1), respectively. Conclusion: The results show that bare and coated MNPs are suitable as T2-weighted MR imaging contrast agents. Also, the obtained r2/r1 values (59.3 and 50) for bare and coated MNPs were in agreement with the results of other previous relevant works. PMID:26140183

  16. Preparation and Characterization of Zinc-Containing Nickel Gallate Ferrite

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    Hashhash, A.; Imam, N. G.; Ismail, S. M.; Yehia, M.

    2015-10-01

    Polycrystalline Ni1- x Zn x FeGaO4 samples containing different amounts of zinc ( x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5) were synthesized by solid-state reaction. Study of the crystal structure by x-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed peaks typical of a single-phase polycrystalline face-centered cubic structure (FCC). Elemental composition was determined by x-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis. Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectra contained two absorption bands related to the tetrahedral A and octahedral B sites of the spinel ferrite. Magnetization loops obtained by vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) indicated that the saturation magnetization, M s, decreased gradually with increasing in Zn content ( x), and that coercivity H c was related to the microstructure of the Zn-doped samples. Mssbauer effect (ME) spectra of the samples were broad and magnetically split for x = 0.0 and 0.1 and quadruple doublets for the other Zn2+ concentrations. The dielectric constant ( ?') and dielectric loss tangent (tan ?) were also measured over wide ranges of frequency and temperature by use of the two probe method. The results were explained on the basis of cation-anion-cation and cation-cation interactions through the metal sites in the Ni-Zn-Ga ferrites.

  17. Catalysts prepared from copper-nickel ferrites for the steam reforming of methanol

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    Huang, Yung-Han; Wang, Sea-Fue; Tsai, An-Pang; Kameoka, Satoshi

    2015-05-01

    In this study, Fe3O4-supported Cu and Ni catalysts are prepared through reduction of Cu-Ni (Ni1-xCuxFe2O4) ferrites. The Cu-Ni ferrites, synthesized using a solid-state reaction method, are reduced at temperatures from 240 C to 500 C in a H2 atmosphere. All ferrites are characterized with granular morphology and a smooth particle surface before reduction. For the CuFe2O4, Ni0.5Cu0.5Fe2O4 and NiFe2O4 ferrites reduced at 240, 300, and 400 C, respectively, nanosized Cu and/or Ni particles (5-32 nm) and mesopores (5-30 nm) are distributed and adhered on the surfaces of Fe3O4 supports. After increasing the reduction temperature of NiFe2O4 ferrite to 500 C, the Ni particles and mesopores disappear from the Fe3O4 surfaces, which is due to the formation of a Fe-Ni alloy covering on the Fe3O4 surfaces. The CuFe2O4 ferrite after H2 reduction at 240 C exhibits the highest H2 production rate of 149 ml STP/min g-cat at 360 C. The existence of Ni content in the Cu-Ni ferrites enhances the reverse water gas shift reaction, and raises the CO selectivity while reducing the CO2 selectivity. Formation of a Fe-Ni alloy exaggerates the trend and poisons the H2 production rate.

  18. Bacterially synthesized ferrite nanoparticles for magnetic hyperthermia applications

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    Céspedes, Eva; Byrne, James M.; Farrow, Neil; Moise, Sandhya; Coker, Victoria S.; Bencsik, Martin; Lloyd, Jonathan R.; Telling, Neil D.

    2014-10-01

    Magnetic hyperthermia uses AC stimulation of magnetic nanoparticles to generate heat for cancer cell destruction. Whilst nanoparticles produced inside magnetotactic bacteria have shown amongst the highest reported heating to date, these particles are magnetically blocked so that strong heating occurs only for mobile particles, unless magnetic field parameters are far outside clinical limits. Here, nanoparticles extracellularly produced by the bacteria Geobacter sulfurreducens are investigated that contain Co or Zn dopants to tune the magnetic anisotropy, saturation magnetization and nanoparticle sizes, enabling heating within clinical field constraints. The heating mechanisms specific to either Co or Zn doping are determined from frequency dependent specific absorption rate (SAR) measurements and innovative AC susceptometry simulations that use a realistic model concerning clusters of polydisperse nanoparticles in suspension. Whilst both particle types undergo magnetization relaxation and show heating effects in water under low AC frequency and field, only Zn doped particles maintain relaxation combined with hysteresis losses even when immobilized. This magnetic heating process could prove important in the biological environment where nanoparticle mobility may not be possible. Obtained SARs are discussed regarding clinical conditions which, together with their enhanced MRI contrast, indicate that biogenic Zn doped particles are promising for combined diagnostics and cancer therapy.Magnetic hyperthermia uses AC stimulation of magnetic nanoparticles to generate heat for cancer cell destruction. Whilst nanoparticles produced inside magnetotactic bacteria have shown amongst the highest reported heating to date, these particles are magnetically blocked so that strong heating occurs only for mobile particles, unless magnetic field parameters are far outside clinical limits. Here, nanoparticles extracellularly produced by the bacteria Geobacter sulfurreducens are investigated that contain Co or Zn dopants to tune the magnetic anisotropy, saturation magnetization and nanoparticle sizes, enabling heating within clinical field constraints. The heating mechanisms specific to either Co or Zn doping are determined from frequency dependent specific absorption rate (SAR) measurements and innovative AC susceptometry simulations that use a realistic model concerning clusters of polydisperse nanoparticles in suspension. Whilst both particle types undergo magnetization relaxation and show heating effects in water under low AC frequency and field, only Zn doped particles maintain relaxation combined with hysteresis losses even when immobilized. This magnetic heating process could prove important in the biological environment where nanoparticle mobility may not be possible. Obtained SARs are discussed regarding clinical conditions which, together with their enhanced MRI contrast, indicate that biogenic Zn doped particles are promising for combined diagnostics and cancer therapy. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Further details of the cluster model of polydisperse nanoparticles used for the AC susceptibility simulations (Fig. S1 to S3). Examples of the heating curves and the linear fit used to determine the SAR values are shown in Fig. S4. Fig. S5 exhibits the energy loss per mass of iron during magnetic hyperthermia (from SAR values) normalized to H2 and frequency for further comparison among samples. Fig. S6 shows the comparison between the simulations of AC susceptibility spectra including regions below and above the experimental frequency range for MNA, Zn0.2 and Zn0.4 nanoparticles suspended in solvents with different viscosities (water, glycerol and a hypothetical high viscous solvent). Fig. S7 exhibits a comparison among the simulated χ'' susceptibility of MNA, Zn0.2 and Zn0.4 nanoparticles (a) in water and (b) in glycerol. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr03004d

  19. New methods for lipid nanoparticles preparation.

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    Corrias, Francesco; Lai, Francesco

    2011-09-01

    Lipid nanoparticles have attracted many researchers during recent years due to the excellent tolerability and advantages compared to liposomes and polymeric nanoparticles. High pressure homogenization is the main technique used to prepare solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) encapsulating different type of drugs, however this method involves some critical process parameters. For this reason and in order to overcome patented methods, different production techniques for lipid nanoparticles have been widely investigated in recent years (last decade). The paper reviews new methods for lipid nanoparticles preparation, and their recent applications in pharmaceutical field, especially focusing on coacervation, microemulsions templates, supercritical fluid technology, phase-inversion temperature (PIT) techniques. References of the most relevant literature and patents published by various research groups on these fields are provided. PMID:21834772

  20. Adsorption of Pb(2+) from aqueous solution using spinel ferrite prepared from steel pickling sludge.

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    Fang, Binbin; Yan, Yubo; Yang, Yang; Wang, Fenglian; Chu, Zhen; Sun, Xiuyun; Li, Jiansheng; Wang, Lianjun

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, spinel ferrite with high crystallinity and high saturation magnetization was successfully prepared from steel pickling sludge by adding iron source and precipitator in the hydrothermal condition. The obtained spinel ferrite was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), and Zeta potential methods and investigated as an adsorbent for removal of Pb(2+) from aqueous solution. Batch experiments were performed by varying the pH values, contact time, temperature and initial metal concentration. The result of pH impact showed that the adsorption of Pb(2+) was a pH dependent process, and the pH 5.8 ± 0.2 was found to be the optimum condition. The achieved experimental data were analyzed with various kinetic and isotherm models. The kinetic studies revealed that Pb(2+) adsorption onto spinel ferrite followed a pseudo-second order model, and the Langmuir isotherm model provided the perfect fit to the equilibrium experimental data. At different temperatures, the maximum Pb(2+) adsorption capacities calculated from the Langmuir equation were in the range of 126.5-175.4 mg/g, which can be in competition with other adsorbents. The thermodynamic results showed that the spinel ferrite could spontaneously and endothermically adsorb Pb(2+) from aqueous solution. The regeneration studies showed that spinel ferrite could be used five times (removal efficiency (%) >90%) by desorption with HNO3 reagent. PMID:26942534

  1. Effects of magnetic cobalt ferrite nanoparticles on biological and artificial lipid membranes

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    Draler, Barbara; Drobne, Damjana; Novak, Sara; Valant, Janez; Boljte, Sabina; Otrin, Lado; Rappolt, Michael; Sartori, Barbara; Igli?, Ale; Kralj-Igli?, Veronika; utar, Vid; Makovec, Darko; Gyergyek, Sao; Ho?evar, Matej; Godec, Matja; Zupanc, Jernej

    2014-01-01

    Background The purpose of this work is to provide experimental evidence on the interactions of suspended nanoparticles with artificial or biological membranes and to assess the possibility of suspended nanoparticles interacting with the lipid component of biological membranes. Methods 1-Palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (POPC) lipid vesicles and human red blood cells were incubated in suspensions of magnetic bare cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) or citric acid (CA)-adsorbed CoFe2O4 nanoparticles dispersed in phosphate-buffered saline and glucose solution. The stability of POPC giant unilamellar vesicles after incubation in the tested nanoparticle suspensions was assessed by phase-contrast light microscopy and analyzed with computer-aided imaging. Structural changes in the POPC multilamellar vesicles were assessed by small angle X-ray scattering, and the shape transformation of red blood cells after incubation in tested suspensions of nanoparticles was observed using scanning electron microscopy and sedimentation, agglutination, and hemolysis assays. Results Artificial lipid membranes were disturbed more by CA-adsorbed CoFe2O4 nanoparticle suspensions than by bare CoFe2O4 nanoparticle suspensions. CA-adsorbed CoFe2O4-CA nanoparticles caused more significant shape transformation in red blood cells than bare CoFe2O4 nanoparticles. Conclusion Consistent with their smaller sized agglomerates, CA-adsorbed CoFe2O4 nanoparticles demonstrate more pronounced effects on artificial and biological membranes. Larger agglomerates of nanoparticles were confirmed to be reactive against lipid membranes and thus not acceptable for use with red blood cells. This finding is significant with respect to the efficient and safe application of nanoparticles as medicinal agents. PMID:24741305

  2. Synthesis, Characterization and in Vitro Evaluation of Manganese Ferrite (MnFe₂O₄) Nanoparticles for Their Biocompatibility with Murine Breast Cancer Cells (4T1).

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    Kanagesan, Samikannu; Aziz, Sidek Bin Ab; Hashim, Mansor; Ismail, Ismayadi; Tamilselvan, Subramani; Alitheen, Noorjahan Banu Binti Mohammed; Swamy, Mallappa Kumara; Purna Chandra Rao, Bandaru

    2016-01-01

    Manganese ferrite (MnFe₂O₄) magnetic nanoparticles were successfully prepared by a sol-gel self-combustion technique using iron nitrate and manganese nitrate, followed by calcination at 150 °C for 24 h. Calcined sample was systematically characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and vibrational sample magnetometry (VSM) in order to identify the crystalline phase, functional group, morphology, particle size, shape and magnetic behavior. It was observed that the resultant spinal ferrites obtained at low temperature exhibit single phase, nanoparticle size and good magnetic behavior. The study results have revealed the existence of a potent dose dependent cytotoxic effect of MnFe₂O₄ nanoparticles against 4T1 cell lines at varying concentrations with IC50 values of 210, 198 and 171 μg/mL after 24 h, 48 h and 72 h of incubation, respectively. Cells exposed to higher concentrations of nanoparticles showed a progressive increase of apoptotic and necrotic activity. Below 125 μg/mL concentration the nanoparticles were biocompatible with 4T1 cells. PMID:26978339

  3. Comparative cytotoxic response of nickel ferrite nanoparticles in human liver HepG2 and breast MFC-7 cancer cells.

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    Ahamed, Maqusood; Akhtar, Mohd Javed; Alhadlaq, Hisham A; Khan, M A Majeed; Alrokayan, Salman A

    2015-09-01

    Nickel ferrite nanoparticles (NPs) have received much attention for their potential applications in biomedical fields such as magnetic resonance imaging, drug delivery and cancer hyperthermia. However, little is known about the toxicity of nickel ferrite NPs at the cellular and molecular levels. In this study, we investigated the cytotoxic responses of nickel ferrite NPs in two different types of human cells (i.e., liver HepG2 and breast MCF-7). Nickel ferrite NPs induced dose-dependent cytotoxicity in both types of cells, which was demonstrated by 3-(4, 5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyltetrazoliumbromide (MTT), neutral red uptake (NRU) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) assays. Nickel ferrite NPs were also found to induce oxidative stress, which was evident by the depletion of glutathione and the induction of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and lipid peroxidation. The mitochondrial membrane potential due to nickel ferrite NP exposure was also observed. The mRNA levels for the tumor suppressor gene p53 and the apoptotic genes bax, CASP3 and CASP9 were up-regulated, while the anti-apoptotic gene bcl-2 was down-regulated following nickel ferrite NP exposure. Furthermore, the activities of apoptotic enzymes (caspase-3 and caspase-9) were also higher in both types of cells treated with nickel ferrite NPs. Cytotoxicity induced by nickel ferrite was efficiently prevented by N-acetyl cysteine (ROS scavenger) treatment, which suggested that oxidative stress might be one of the possible mechanisms of nickel ferrite NP toxicity. We also observed that MCF-7 cells were slightly more susceptible to nickel ferrite NP exposure than HepG2 cells. This study warrants further investigation to explore the potential mechanisms of different cytotoxic responses of nickel ferrite NPs in different cell lines. PMID:25966046

  4. Enhancement in magnetic properties of magnesium substituted bismuth ferrite nanoparticles

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    Xu, Jianlong; Xie, Dan E-mail: RenTL@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn; Teng, Changjiu; Zhang, Xiaowen; Zhang, Cheng; Sun, Yilin; Ren, Tian-Ling E-mail: RenTL@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn; Zeng, Min; Gao, Xingsen; Zhao, Yonggang

    2015-06-14

    We report a potential way to effectively improve the magnetic properties of BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) nanoparticles through Mg{sup 2+} ion substitution at the Fe-sites of BFO lattice. The high purity and structural changes induced by Mg doping are confirmed by X-ray powder diffractometer and Raman spectra. Enhanced magnetic properties are observed in Mg substituted samples, which simultaneously exhibit ferromagnetic and superparamagnetic properties at room temperature. A physical model is proposed to support the observed ferromagnetism of Mg doped samples, and the superparamagnetic properties are revealed by the temperature dependent magnetization measurements. The improved magnetic properties and soft nature obtained by Mg doping in BFO nanoparticles demonstrate the possibility of BFO nanoparticles to practical applications.

  5. Structural, magnetic, dielectric and optical properties of nickel ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by co-precipitation method

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    Joshi, Seema; Kumar, Manoj; Chhoker, Sandeep; Srivastava, Geetika; Jewariya, Mukesh; Singh, V. N.

    2014-11-01

    Nickel ferrite nanoparticles were synthesized by wet chemical co-precipitation method and the corresponding temperature dependent structural, magnetic and optical properties of these nanoparticles have been investigated. X-ray diffraction patterns show the single phase cubic spinal crystal structure belonging to the space group Fd3m. The average crystallite size varies in the range 8-20 nm with varying sintering temperature. Raman spectroscopy exhibits a doublet-like peak behaviour which indicates the presence of mixed spinel structure. The saturation magnetization, coercivity and remanence increase with increasing sintering temperature from 250 to 550 C. The non-saturation and low values of magnetization at high fields indicate the strong surface effects to magnetization in NiFe2O4 nanoparticles. The g-value calculated from electron spin resonance spectrum indicates the transfer of divalent metallic ion from octahedral to tetrahedral site (i.e. mixed spinel structure). The dielectric permittivity, loss tangent and ac conductivity measurements show strong temperature dependence at all frequencies. The observed ac conductivity response suggests that the conduction in ferrite nanoparticles is due to feeble polaron hopping between Fe3+/Fe2+ ions. Room temperature UV-vis diffuse spectra indicate that NiFe2O4 is an indirect band gap material with band gap ranges from 1.27 to 1.47 eV with varying sintering temperature. The photoluminescence study clearly indicates that the Ni2+ ions occupy both octahedral and tetrahedral sites confirming mixed spinel structure.

  6. Method for preparing spherical ferrite beads and use thereof

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    Lauf, Robert J. (Oak Ridge, TN); Anderson, Kimberly K. (Knoxville, TN); Montgomery, Frederick C. (Oak Ridge, TN); Collins, Jack L. (Knoxville, TN)

    2002-01-01

    The invention allows the fabrication of small, dense, highly polished spherical beads of hexagonal ferrites with selected compositions for use in nonreciprocal microwave and mm-wave devices as well as in microwave absorbent or reflective coatings, composites, and the like. A porous, generally spherical bead of hydrous iron oxide is made by a sol-gel process to form a substantially rigid bead having a generally fine crystallite size and correspondingly finely distributed internal porosity. The resulting gel bead is washed and hydrothermally reacted with a soluble alkaline earth salt (typically Ba or Sr) under conditions of elevated temperature and pressure to convert the bead into a mixed hydrous iron-alkaline earth oxide while retaining the generally spherical shape. This mixed oxide bead is then washed, dried, and calcined to produce the desired (BaFe.sub.12 O.sub.19 or SrFe.sub.12 O.sub.19) crystal structure. The calcined bead is then sintered to form a dense bead of the BaFe.sub.12 O.sub.19 and SrFe.sub.12 O.sub.19 phase suitable for polishing and incorporation into various microwave devices and components.

  7. Biocompatible mesoporous silica-coated superparamagnetic manganese ferrite nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery and MR imaging applications.

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    Sahoo, Banalata; Devi, K Sanjana P; Dutta, Sujan; Maiti, Tapas K; Pramanik, Panchanan; Dhara, Dibakar

    2014-10-01

    Multifunctional mesoporous silica-coated superparamagnetic manganese ferrite (MnFe2O4) nanoparticles (M-MSN) were synthesized and evaluated for targeted drug delivery and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) applications. MnFe2O4 nanoparticles were prepared by solvothermal route and were silica-coated by surface silylation using sol-gel reactions. Subsequently, silylation was done using (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane in presence of a surfactant (CTAB), followed by selective etching of the surfactant molecules that resulted in amine-functionalized superparamagnetic nanoparticles (NH2-MSN). Further modification of the surface of the NH2-MSN with targeting (folate) or fluorescent (RITC) molecules resulted in M-MSN. The formation of the M-MSN was proved by several characterization techniques viz. XRD, XPS, HRTEM, FESEM, VSM, BET surface area measurement, FTIR, and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The M-MSN were loaded with anticancer drug Doxorubicin and the efficacy of the DOX loaded M-MSN was evaluated through in vitro cytotoxicity, fluorescence microscopy, and apoptosis studies. The in vivo biocompatibility of the M-MSN was demonstrated in a mice-model system. Moreover, the M-MSN also acted as superior MRI contrast agent owing to a high magnetization value as well as superparamagnetic behavior at room temperature. These folate-conjugated nanoparticles (FA-MSN) exhibited stronger T2-weighted MRI contrast towards HeLa cells as compared to the nanoparticles without folate conjugation, justifying their potential importance in MRI based diagnosis of cancer. Such M-MSN with a magnetic core required for MRI imaging, a porous shell for carrying drug molecules, a targeting moeity for cancer cell specificity and a fluorescent molecule for imaging, all integrated into a single system, may potentially serve as an excellent material in biomedical applications. PMID:24980623

  8. Correlating size and composition-dependent effects with magnetic, Mössbauer, and pair distribution function measurements in a family of catalytically active ferrite nanoparticles

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    Wong, Stanislaus; Papaefthymiou, Georgia C.; Lewis, Crystal S.; Han, Jinkyu; Zhang, Cheng; Li, Qiang; Shi, Chenyang; Abeykoon, A. M.Milinda; Billinge, Simon J.L.; Stach, Eric; Thomas, Justin; Guerrero, Kevin; Munayco, Pablo; Munayco, Jimmy; Scorzelli, Rosa B.; Burnham, Philip; Viescas, Arthur J; Tiano, Amanda L.

    2015-05-06

    The magnetic spinel ferrites, MFe₂O₄ (wherein 'M' = a divalent metal ion such as but not limited to Mn, Co, Zn, and Ni), represent a unique class of magnetic materials in which the rational introduction of different 'M's can yield correspondingly unique and interesting magnetic behaviors. Herein we present a generalized hydrothermal method for the synthesis of single-crystalline ferrite nanoparticles with 'M' = Mg, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn, respectively, which can be systematically and efficaciously produced simply by changing the metal precursor. Our protocol can moreover lead to reproducible size control by judicious selection of various surfactants. As such, we have probed the effects of both (i) size and (ii) chemical composition upon the magnetic properties of these nanomaterials using complementary magnetometry and Mössbauer spectroscopy techniques. The structure of the samples was confirmed by atomic PDF analysis of X-ray and electron powder diffraction data as a function of particle size. These materials retain the bulk spinel structure to the smallest size (i.e., 3 nm). In addition, we have explored the catalytic potential of our ferrites as both (a) magnetically recoverable photocatalysts and (b) biological catalysts, and noted that many of our as-prepared ferrite systems evinced intrinsically higher activities as compared with their iron oxide analogues.

  9. Correlating size and composition-dependent effects with magnetic, Mössbauer, and pair distribution function measurements in a family of catalytically active ferrite nanoparticles

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    Wong, Stanislaus; Papaefthymiou, Georgia C.; Lewis, Crystal S.; Han, Jinkyu; Zhang, Cheng; Li, Qiang; Shi, Chenyang; Abeykoon, A. M.Milinda; Billinge, Simon J.L.; Stach, Eric; et al

    2015-05-06

    The magnetic spinel ferrites, MFe₂O₄ (wherein 'M' = a divalent metal ion such as but not limited to Mn, Co, Zn, and Ni), represent a unique class of magnetic materials in which the rational introduction of different 'M's can yield correspondingly unique and interesting magnetic behaviors. Herein we present a generalized hydrothermal method for the synthesis of single-crystalline ferrite nanoparticles with 'M' = Mg, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn, respectively, which can be systematically and efficaciously produced simply by changing the metal precursor. Our protocol can moreover lead to reproducible size control by judicious selection of various surfactants. Asmore » such, we have probed the effects of both (i) size and (ii) chemical composition upon the magnetic properties of these nanomaterials using complementary magnetometry and Mössbauer spectroscopy techniques. The structure of the samples was confirmed by atomic PDF analysis of X-ray and electron powder diffraction data as a function of particle size. These materials retain the bulk spinel structure to the smallest size (i.e., 3 nm). In addition, we have explored the catalytic potential of our ferrites as both (a) magnetically recoverable photocatalysts and (b) biological catalysts, and noted that many of our as-prepared ferrite systems evinced intrinsically higher activities as compared with their iron oxide analogues.« less

  10. Study of the preparation of NI-Mn-Zn ferrite using spent NI-MH and alkaline Zn-Mn batteries

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    Xi, Guoxi; Xi, Yuebin; Xu, Huidao; Wang, Lu

    2016-01-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles of Ni-Mn-Zn ferrite have been prepared by a sol-gel method making use of spent Ni-MH and Zn-Mn batteries as source materials. Characterization by X-ray diffraction was carried out to study the particle size. The presence of functional groups was identified by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. From studies by thermogravimetry and differential scanning calorimetry, crystallization occurred at temperatures above 560 C. The magnetic properties of the final products were found to be directly influenced by the average particle size of the product. The Ms values increase and the Hc values decrease as the size of the Ni-Mn-Zn ferrite particles increases.

  11. Method to prepare nanoparticles on porous mediums

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    Vieth, Gabriel M. (Knoxville, TN) [Knoxville, TN; Dudney, Nancy J. (Oak Ridge, TN) [Oak Ridge, TN; Dai, Sheng (Knoxville, TN) [Knoxville, TN

    2010-08-10

    A method to prepare porous medium decorated with nanoparticles involves contacting a suspension of nanoparticles in an ionic liquid with a porous medium such that the particles diffuse into the pores of the medium followed by heating the resulting composition to a temperature equal to or greater than the thermal decomposition temperature of the ionic liquid resulting in the removal of the liquid portion of the suspension. The nanoparticles can be a metal, an alloy, or a metal compound. The resulting compositions can be used as catalysts, sensors, or separators.

  12. Citric Acid Fuctionalized Magnetic Ferrite Nanoparticles for Photocatalytic Degradation of Azo Dye.

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    Mahto, Triveni Kumar; Roy, Anurag; Sahoo, Banalata; Sahu, Sumanta Kumar

    2015-01-01

    In this study different magnetic ferrite nanoparticles (MFe2O4, where M = Fe, Mn, Zn) were synthesized through an aqueous coprecipitation method and then functionalized with citric acid for the degradation of azo dye present in industrial waste water. Here we evaluated the role of citric acid for photocatalytic application. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and the catalytic activity in degradation of methyl orange (MO) was evaluated. The rate of MO degradation in different magnetic systems was determined by UV-Vis spectroscopy. The effect of active parameters (pH, initial MO concentration and effect of sunlight) on degradation performance was investigated. For the first time, citric acid chemistry is successfully exploited to develop a photocatalyst that can successfully degrade the dyes. This citric acid functionalized magnetic ferrite nanoparticles are very much effective for photocalytic degradation of dye and also these can be recollected with the help of permanent magnet for successive uses. PMID:26328345

  13. HRTEM Study of Oxide Nanoparticles in K3-ODS Ferritic Steel Developed for Radiation Tolerance

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    Hsiung, L; Fluss, M; Tumey, S; Kuntz, J; El-Dasher, B; Wall, M; Choi, W; Kimura, A; Willaime, F; Serruys, Y

    2009-11-02

    Crystal and interfacial structures of oxide nanoparticles and radiation damage in 16Cr-4.5Al-0.3Ti-2W-0.37 Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} ODS ferritic steel have been examined using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) techniques. Oxide nanoparticles with a complex-oxide core and an amorphous shell were frequently observed. The crystal structure of complex-oxide core is identified to be mainly monoclinic Y{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} (YAM) oxide compound. Orientation relationships between the oxide and the matrix are found to be dependent on the particle size. Large particles (> 20 nm) tend to be incoherent and have a spherical shape, whereas small particles (< 10 nm) tend to be coherent or semi-coherent and have a faceted interface. The observations of partially amorphous nanoparticles and multiple crystalline domains formed within a nanoparticle lead us to propose a three-stage mechanism to rationalize the formation of oxide nanoparticles containing core/shell structures in as-fabricated ODS steels. Effects of nanoparticle size and density on cavity formation induced by (Fe{sup 8+} + He{sup +}) dual-beam irradiation are briefly addressed.

  14. HRTEM Study of the Role of Nanoparticles in ODS Ferritic Steel

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    Hsiung, L; Tumey, S; Fluss, M; Serruys, Y; Willaime, F

    2011-08-30

    Structures of nanoparticles and their role in dual-ion irradiated Fe-16Cr-4.5Al-0.3Ti-2W-0.37Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} (K3) ODS ferritic steel produced by mechanical alloying (MA) were studied using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) techniques. The observation of Y{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} complex-oxide nanoparticles in the ODS steel imply that decomposition of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} in association with internal oxidation of Al occurred during mechanical alloying. HRTEM observations of crystalline and partially crystalline nanoparticles larger than {approx}2 nm and amorphous cluster-domains smaller than {approx}2 nm provide an insight into the formation mechanism of nanoparticles/clusters in MA/ODS steels, which we believe involves solid-state amorphization and re-crystallization. The role of nanoparticles/clusters in suppressing radiation-induced swelling is revealed through TEM examinations of cavity distributions in (Fe + He) dual-ion irradiated K3-ODS steel. HRTEM observations of helium-filled cavities (helium bubbles) preferably trapped at nanoparticle/clusters in dual-ion irradiated K3-ODS are presented.

  15. HRTEM study of oxide nanoparticles in K3-ODS ferritic steel developed for radiation tolerance

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    Hsiung, L.; Fluss, M.; Tumey, S.; Kuntz, J.; El-Dasher, B.; Wall, M.; Choi, B.; Kimura, A.; Willaime, F.; Serruys, Y.

    2011-02-01

    Crystal and interfacial structures of oxide nanoparticles and radiation damage in 16Cr-4.5Al-0.3Ti-2W-0.37 Y 2O 3 ODS ferritic steel have been examined using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) techniques. Oxide nanoparticles with a complex-oxide core and an amorphous shell were frequently observed. The crystal structure of complex-oxide core is identified to be mainly monoclinic Y 4Al 2O 9 (YAM) oxide compound. Orientation relationships between the oxide and the matrix are found to be dependent on the particle size. Large particles (>20 nm) tend to be incoherent and have a spherical shape, whereas small particles (<10 nm) tend to be coherent or semi-coherent and have a faceted interface. The observations of partially amorphous nanoparticles and multiple crystalline domains formed within a nanoparticle lead us to propose a three-stage mechanism to rationalize the formation of oxide nanoparticles containing core/shell structures in as-fabricated ODS steels. Effects of nanoparticle size and density on cavity formation induced by (Fe 8+ + He +) dual-beam irradiation are briefly addressed.

  16. [Superparamagnetic Cobalt Ferrite Nanoparticles "Blow up" Spatial Ordering of Double-stranded DNA Molecules].

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    Yevdokimov, Yu M; Pershina, A G; Salyanov, V I; Magaeva, A A; Popenko, V I; Shtykova, E V; Dadinova, L A; Skuridin, S G

    2015-01-01

    The formation of cholesteric liquid-crystalline dispersions formed by double-stranded DNA molecules, handled by positively charged superparamagnetic cobalt ferrite nanoparticles, as well as action of these nanoparticles on DNA dispersion, are considered. The binding of magnetic nanoparticles to the linear double-stranded DNA in solution of high ionic strength (0.3 M NaCl) and subsequent phase exclusion of these complexes from polyethylene glycol-containing solutions lead to their inability to form dispersions, whose particles do possess the spatially twisted arrangement of neighboring double-stranded DNA molecules. The action of magnetic nanoparticles on DNA dispersion (one magnetic nanoparticle per one double-stranded DNA molecule) results in such "perturbation" of DNA structure at sites of magnetic nanoparticles binding that the regular spatial structure of DNA dispersion particles "blows up"; this process is accompanied by disappearance of both abnormal optical activity and characteristic Bragg maximum on the small-angle X-ray scattering curve. Allowing with the fact that the physicochemical properties of the DNA liquid-crystalline dispersion particles reflect features of spatial organization of these molecules in chromosomes of primitive organisms, it is possible, that the found effect can have the relevant biological consequences. PMID:26349206

  17. Preparation of medical magnetic nanobeads with ferrite particles encapsulated in a polyglycidyl methacrylate (GMA) for bioscreening

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    Nishibiraki, H.; Kuroda, C. S.; Maeda, M.; Matsushita, N.; Abe, M.; Handa, H.

    2005-05-01

    Ferrite nanoparticles (an intermediate between Fe3O4 and ?-Fe2O3), 7nm in diameter, were embedded in beads of a mixed polymer of styrene (St) and glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) by emulsifier-free emulsion polymerization method. The beads were coated with GMA by a seeded polymerization method in order to suppress nonspecific protein binding on the surfaces; GMA exhibits very low nonspecific protein binding, which is required for carriers used for bioscreening. The beads have diameters of 18050nm and saturation magnetizations of 28emu /g, exceeding commercially available polymer-coated beads of micron size having a weaker saturation magnetization (12emu/g).

  18. Synchrotron study on load partitioning between ferrite/martensite and nanoparticles of a 9Cr ODS steel

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    Mo, Kun; Zhou, Zhangjian; Miao, Yinbin; Yun, Di; Tung, Hsiao-Ming; Zhang, Guangming; Chen, Weiying; Almer, Jonathan; Stubbins, James F.

    2014-12-01

    Oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) steels exhibit exceptional radiation resistance and high-temperature creep strength when compared to traditional ferritic and ferritic/martensitic (F/M) steels. Their excellent mechanical properties result from very fine nanoparticles dispersed within the matrix. In this work, we applied a high-energy synchrotron radiation X-ray to study the deformation process of a 9Cr ODS steel. The load partitioning between the ferrite/martensite and the nanoparticles was observed during sample yielding. During plastic deformation, the nanoparticles experienced a dramatic loading process, and the internal stress on the nanoparticles increased to a maximum value of 3.7 GPa, which was much higher than the maximum applied stress (?986 MPa). After necking, the loading capacity of the nanoparticles was significantly decreased due to a debonding of the particles from the matrix, as indicated by a decline in lattice strain/internal stress. Due to the load partitioning, the ferrite/martensite slightly relaxed during early yielding, and slowly strained until failure. This study develops a better understanding of loading behavior for various phases in the ODS F/M steel.

  19. Highly coercive cobalt ferrite nanoparticles-CuTl-1223 superconductor composites

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    Jabbar, Abdul; Qasim, Irfan; Khan, Shahid A.; Nadeem, K.; Waqee-ur-Rehman, M.; Mumtaz, M.; Zeb, F.

    2015-03-01

    We explored the effects of highly coercive cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanoparticles addition on structural, morphological, and superconducting properties of Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2Cu3O10-? (CuTl-1223} matrix. Series of (CoFe2O4)x/CuTl-1223 (x=0 2.0 wt%) composites samples were synthesized and were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) absorption spectroscopy, and dc-resistivity versus temperature measurements. The magnetic behavior of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles was determined by MH-loops with the help of superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). MH-loops analysis showed that these nanoparticles exhibit high saturation magnetization (86 emu/g) and high coercivity (3350 Oe) at 50 K. The tetragonal structure of host CuTl-1223 superconducting matrix was not altered after the addition of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles, which gave us a clue that these nanoparticles had occupied the inter-granular sites (grain-boundaries) and had filled the pores. The increase of mass density with increasing content of these nanoparticles in composites can also be an evidence of filling up the voids in the matrix. The resistivity versus temperature measurements showed an increase in zero resistivity critical {Tc(0)}, which could be most probably due to improvement of weak-links by the addition of these nanoparticles. But the addition of these nanoparticles beyond an optimum level caused the agglomeration and produced additional stresses in material and suppressed the superconductivity.

  20. An integrated study of thermal treatment effects on the microstructure and magnetic properties of Zn-ferrite nanoparticles.

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    Antic, Bratislav; Perovic, Marija; Kremenovic, Aleksandar; Blanusa, Jovan; Spasojevic, Vojislav; Vulic, Predrag; Bessais, Lotfi; Bozin, Emil S

    2013-02-27

    The evolution of the magnetic state, crystal structure and microstructure parameters of nanocrystalline zinc-ferrite, tuned by thermal annealing of ?4nm nanoparticles, was systematically studied by complementary characterization methods. Structural analysis of neutron and synchrotron x-ray radiation data revealed a mixed cation distribution in the nanoparticle samples, with the degree of inversion systematically decreasing from 0.25 in an as-prepared nanocrystalline sample to a non-inverted spinel structure with a normal cation distribution in the bulk counterpart. The results of DC magnetization and Mssbauer spectroscopy experiments indicated a superparamagnetic relaxation in ?4nm nanoparticles, albeit with different freezing temperatures T(f) of 27.5K and 46K, respectively. The quadrupole splitting parameter decreases with the annealing temperature due to cation redistribution between the tetrahedral and octahedral sites of the spinel structure and the associated defects. DC magnetization measurements indicated the existence of significant interparticle interactions among nanoparticles ('superspins'). Additional confirmation for the presence of interparticle interactions was found from the fit of the T(f)(H) dependence to the AT line, from which a value of the anisotropy constant of K(eff)=5.6נ10(5)ergcm(-3) was deduced. Further evidence for strong interparticle interactions was found from AC susceptibility measurements, where the frequency dependence of the freezing temperature T(f)(f) was satisfactory described by both Vogel-Fulcher and dynamic scaling theory, both applicable for interacting systems. The parameters obtained from these fits suggest collective freezing of magnetic moments at T(f). PMID:23343510

  1. An integrated study of thermal treatment effects on the microstructure and magnetic properties of Zn-ferrite nanoparticles

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    Antic, Bratislav; Perovic, Marija; Kremenovic, Aleksandar; Blanusa, Jovan; Spasojevic, Vojislav; Vulic, Predrag; Bessais, Lotfi; Bozin, Emil S

    2015-09-30

    The evolution of the magnetic state, crystal structure and microstructure parameters of nanocrystalline zinc–ferrite, tuned by thermal annealing of ~4 nm nanoparticles, was systematically studied by complementary characterization methods. Structural analysis of neutron and synchrotron x-ray radiation data revealed a mixed cation distribution in the nanoparticle samples, with the degree of inversion systematically decreasing from 0.25 in an as-prepared nanocrystalline sample to a non-inverted spinel structure with a normal cation distribution in the bulk counterpart. The results of DC magnetization and Mossbauer spectroscopy experiments indicated a superparamagnetic relaxation in ~4 nm nanoparticles, albeit with different freezing temperatures Tf of 27.5 K and 46 K, respectively. The quadrupole splitting parameter decreases with the annealing temperature due to cation redistribution between the tetrahedral and octahedral sites of the spinel structure and the associated defects. DC magnetization measurements indicated the existence of significant interparticle interactions among nanoparticles (‘superspins’). Additional confirmation for the presence of interparticle interactions was found from the fit of the Tf(H) dependence to the AT line, from which a value of the anisotropy constant of Keff = 5.6 × 105 erg cm-3 was deduced. Further evidence for strong interparticle interactions was found from AC susceptibility measurements, where the frequency dependence of the freezing temperature Tf(ƒ) was satisfactory described by both Vogel–Fulcher and dynamic scaling theory, both applicable for interacting systems. The parameters obtained from these fits suggest collective freezing of magnetic moments at Tf .

  2. Study of the thermal stability of nanoparticle distributions in an oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic alloys

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    Zhong, S. Y.; Ribis, J.; Klosek, V.; de Carlan, Y.; Lochet, N.; Ji, V.; Mathon, M. H.

    2012-09-01

    Oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic alloys have a vast applicability due to their excellent mechanical resistance at high temperature. The precipitate dispersion of the nanoparticles in the matrix has a great effect on the creep properties of the material; in order to study the kinetics of precipitation of Y2Ti2O7 nanoparticles in Fe-14Cr1W ODS alloy, annealing experiments were taken at different temperatures (1050 C-1400 C) and for different times (0.5-10 h), then these samples were characterized by the small-angle neutron scattering technique (SANS) under magnetic field and TEM investigations and microhardness measurements were performed to gather nanoscopic information about the dispersed oxide particles size.

  3. Infrared spectroscopy and elastic properties of nanocrystalline Mg-Mn ferrites prepared by co-precipitation technique.

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    Pathak, T K; Buch, J J U; Trivedi, U N; Joshi, H H; Modi, K B

    2008-08-01

    Nanoparticles having particle size in the range 25-40 nm for compositions x = 0.0, 0.2, 0.4 and 0.5 of Mg(x)Mn(1-x)Fe2O4 spinel ferrite system have been prepared by chemical co-precipitation route. The microstructure, infrared spectral and elastic properties have been studied by means of energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and infrared spectroscopic (IR) measurements, before (W) and after high temperature annealing A(w). The force constants for tetrahedral and octahedral sites determined by infrared spectral analysis, lattice constant and X-ray density values by X-ray diffraction pattern analysis; have been used to calculate elastic constants. The magnitude of force constant and elastic moduli for nanocrystalline W-samples are found to be larger as compared to coarse grained A(w)-samples. The results have been explained in the light of redistribution of cations and as a result change in mean ionic charge for such cationic sites, elastic energy and grain size reduction effect of Nanoparticles. PMID:19049199

  4. Manganese ferrite-based nanoparticles induce ex vivo, but not in vivo, cardiovascular effects

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    Nunes, Allancer DC; Ramalho, Laylla S; Souza, lvaro PS; Mendes, Elizabeth P; Colugnati, Diego B; Zufelato, Ncholas; Sousa, Marcelo H; Bakuzis, Andris F; Castro, Carlos H

    2014-01-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) have been used for various biomedical applications. Importantly, manganese ferrite-based nanoparticles have useful magnetic resonance imaging characteristics and potential for hyperthermia treatment, but their effects in the cardiovascular system are poorly reported. Thus, the objectives of this study were to determine the cardiovascular effects of three different types of manganese ferrite-based magnetic nanoparticles: citrate-coated (CiMNPs); tripolyphosphate-coated (PhMNPs); and bare magnetic nanoparticles (BaMNPs). The samples were characterized by vibrating sample magnetometer, X-ray diffraction, dynamic light scattering, and transmission electron microscopy. The direct effects of the MNPs on cardiac contractility were evaluated in isolated perfused rat hearts. The CiMNPs, but not PhMNPs and BaMNPs, induced a transient decrease in the left ventricular end-systolic pressure. The PhMNPs and BaMNPs, but not CiMNPs, induced an increase in left ventricular end-diastolic pressure, which resulted in a decrease in a left ventricular end developed pressure. Indeed, PhMNPs and BaMNPs also caused a decrease in the maximal rate of left ventricular pressure rise (+dP/dt) and maximal rate of left ventricular pressure decline (?dP/dt). The three MNPs studied induced an increase in the perfusion pressure of isolated hearts. BaMNPs, but not PhMNPs or CiMNPs, induced a slight vasorelaxant effect in the isolated aortic rings. None of the MNPs were able to change heart rate or arterial blood pressure in conscious rats. In summary, although the MNPs were able to induce effects ex vivo, no significant changes were observed in vivo. Thus, given the proper dosages, these MNPs should be considered for possible therapeutic applications. PMID:25031535

  5. Preparation and characterization of Ni-Zn ferrite + polymer nanocomposites using mechanical milling method

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    Raju, P.; Murthy, S. R.

    2013-12-01

    The insulating properties of Ni-Zn ferrites can be improved by the addition of various types of insulating materials such as polymers, ceramics, etc. In this connection, ferrite-polymer composites have been subjected to extensive research, because they have many applications: electromagnetic interference shielding, rechargeable battery, electrodes and sensors, and microwave absorption. Electrical and magnetic properties of such composites will depend on the size, shape and amount of filler addition. In this paper, we report the preparation and characterization of nanocomposites of Ni-Zn ferrite + paraformaldehyde. These nanocomposites were prepared by using mechanical milling method and characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectrometer. The particle size estimated from SEM pictures for composites varies from 36 to 60 nm. Magnetic properties were measured on nanocomposites at room temperature. The complex permittivity and permeability were measured over a wide frequency range from 1 MHz to 1.8 GHz at room temperature. From our studies, it is observed that both the values of permittivity and permeability decrease with an increase in polymer content.

  6. Synthesis of nickel–zinc ferrite magnetic nanoparticle and dye degradation using photocatalytic ozonation

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    Mahmoodi, Niyaz Mohammad; Bashiri, Marziyeh; Moeen, Shirin Jebeli

    2012-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► Nickel–zinc ferrite magnetic nanoparticle (NZFMN) was synthesized and characterized. ► Dye degradation by photocatalytic ozonation using NZFMN was studied. ► Formate, acetate and oxalate were detected as dominant dye degradation aliphatic intermediates. ► Nitrate, sulfate and chloride ions were detected as mineralization products of dyes. ► NZFMN was an effective magnetic nanocatalyst to degrade dyes. -- Abstract: In this paper, nickel–zinc ferrite magnetic nanoparticle (NZFMN) was synthesized and its dye degradation ability using photocatalytic ozonation was investigated. The NZFMN was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopic (SEM), Fourier transforms infrared (FTIR) and alternative gradient force magnetometer (AGFM). Reactive Red 198 (RR198) and Direct Green 6 (DG6) were used as dye models. UV–vis and ion chromatography (IC) analyses were employed to study dye degradation. The effects of operational parameters on decolorization such as NZFMN dosage, dye concentration, salt and pH were studied. RR198 and DG6 were completely decolorized (100%) by photocatalytic ozonation using NZFMN. Formate, acetate and oxalate anions were detected as dominant aliphatic intermediates. Nitrate, sulfate and chloride ions were detected as mineralization products of dyes. Results showed that the photocatalytic ozonation using NZFMN was a very effective method for dye degradation.

  7. Synthesis, structural and magnetic behavior studies of Zn-Al substituted cobalt ferrite nanoparticles

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    Zare, Samad; Ati, Ali A.; Dabagh, Shadab; Rosnan, R. M.; Othaman, Zulkafli

    2015-06-01

    A series of nano-sized Zn-Al substituted cobalt ferrite Co(1-x)Zn(x)Fe2-xAlxO4 with 0.0 ? x ? 1.0 have been synthesized by chemical co-precipitation technique. The XRD spectra revealed the single phase spinel structure of Co(1-x)Zn(x)Fe2-xAlxO4 with average size of nanoparticles are estimated to be 17-30 nm. These are small enough to achieve the suitable signal to noise ratio, which is important in the high-density recording media. The FTIR spectra show the characteristic of two strong absorption bands at 560-600 cm-1 corresponds to the intrinsic stretching vibrations of the metal at the tetrahedral site and lowest band is observed at 370-410 cm-1 corresponds to octahedral site. The crystalline structures of nanoparticles composite were characterized by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM). The magnetic properties such as saturation magnetization, remanence magnetization, and coercivity were calculated from the hysteresis loops. Saturation magnetization were found to increase up to x = 0.4 while remanence magnetization and coercivity continuously decrease with increasing Zn-Al concentration. The stability in coercivity while increase in saturation magnetization confirms that the Co0.6Zn0.4Fe1.6Al0.4O4 ferrite sample is suitable for applications in high-density recording media.

  8. Study of Ni-Zn Ferrite Prepared From Citrate Precursor

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    Sudheesh, V. D.; Vinesh, A.; Lakshmi, N.; Venugopalan, K.

    2011-07-01

    Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 prepared using citrate precursor method and calcined at different temperatures is studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Mssbauer spectroscopy and DC magnetization. Magnetization study shows that critical size of the sample is around 50 nm. Mssbauer studies confirm that there is no change in the cation distribution with calcining and also that a particle size distribution exists in samples calcined at higher temperatures. Thus the change in magnetic properties can be entirely attributed to structural parameters due to variation in size leading to different core-spin ratio, grain boundary effects etc.

  9. Nanocrystalline magnesium ferrite prepared for photocatalytic applications by using the polymerized complex method

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    Dom, Rekha; Borse, Pramod H.; Hong, Kyong-Soo; Choi, Seyong; Lee, Byeong Seob; Ha, Myoung Gyu; Kim, Jong Pil; Jeong, Euh Duck; Kim, Hyun Gyu

    2015-11-01

    Magnesium ferrite (MgFe2O4) exhibiting a spinel phase was synthesized by using the polymerized complex and the solid-state reaction methods, and its physico-chemical properties were studied to explore the water-splitting under visible light photons. The study revealed the potential for using MgFe2O4 particles for photo-catalytic application. The structural study provided information on ferrite nano-crystallites fabricated by using the polymer complex method. The morphological studies demonstrated that, in contrast to the solid-state reaction method, a homogenous, monodispersed ferrite photocatalyst could be formed by using the polymerized complex method. The optical study revealed a larger visible-light absorption capability for the nanosized MgFe2O4 photocatalysts prepared by using the polymer complex methods, and indicated a red-shift of the bandgap by 0.06 eV as compared to the bandgap of the bulk. These nanocrystallites were highly photoactive with respect to the photodegradation and photocatalytic hydrogen evolution applications. The electrochemical analysis showed that they exhibited favorable bandedge positions suitable for photocatalytic H2 evolution. Thus, nanocrystalline MgFe2O4 is an active visible-light photocatalyst, that might be useful for the decomposition of water.

  10. Synthesis, magnetic and optical properties of core/shell Co1-xZnxFe2O4/SiO2 nanoparticles

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    2011-01-01

    The optical properties of multi-functionalized cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4), cobalt zinc ferrite (Co0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4), and zinc ferrite (ZnFe2O4) nanoparticles have been enhanced by coating them with silica shell using a modified Stber method. The ferrites nanoparticles were prepared by a modified citrate gel technique. These core/shell ferrites nanoparticles have been fired at temperatures: 400C, 600C and 800C, respectively, for 2 h. The composition, phase, and morphology of the prepared core/shell ferrites nanoparticles were determined by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, respectively. The diffuse reflectance and magnetic properties of the core/shell ferrites nanoparticles at room temperature were investigated using UV/VIS double-beam spectrophotometer and vibrating sample magnetometer, respectively. It was found that, by increasing the firing temperature from 400C to 800C, the average crystallite size of the core/shell ferrites nanoparticles increases. The cobalt ferrite nanoparticles fired at temperature 800C; show the highest saturation magnetization while the zinc ferrite nanoparticles coated with silica shell shows the highest diffuse reflectance. On the other hand, core/shell zinc ferrite/silica nanoparticles fired at 400C show a ferromagnetic behavior and high diffuse reflectance when compared with all the uncoated or coated ferrites nanoparticles. These characteristics of core/shell zinc ferrite/silica nanostructures make them promising candidates for magneto-optical nanodevice applications. PMID:21774807

  11. Influence of calcium ions on the structural and magnetic properties of Cd-Mg ferrites nanoparticles.

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    Zaki, H M; Al-Heniti, S

    2012-09-01

    Cadmium magnesium ferrites doped with calcium having the chemical formula Cd0.5Mg0.5-x Ca(x)Fe2O4 (0.0 < or = x < or = 0.3) were prepared by the Co-precipitation method. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the formation of a single phase with spinel crystal structure for the samples. The lattice parameter is determined for each composition and has been found to increase from 8.505 angstroms to 8.626 angstroms with increasing calcium concentration. Cation distribution for the studied ferrite system is proposed in terms of the structural and magnetic properties by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared spectroscopy (IR), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and is found to be reliable. The experimental and theoretical lattice constants show the same trend with increasing calcium concentration indicating the validity of the proposed cation distribution. The analysis of infrared spectra indicates the presence of splitting in the absorption band which may be attributed to the presence of small amounts of Fe2+ ions in the ferrite system. The appearance of a shoulder around 700 cm(-1) suggests the presence of calcium ions in the tetrahedral site. The addition of non magnetic calcium ions in the ferrites suppressed the A-interaction and developed a B-B interaction, which is reflected in reducing the saturation magnetization in the present samples. The coercive field (H(c)) is also found to increase by increasing of Ca2+ concentration and has been explained on the bases of direct relationship with anisotropy constant. PMID:23035443

  12. Janus nanoparticles: preparation, characterization, and applications.

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    Song, Yang; Chen, Shaowei

    2014-02-01

    In chemical functionalization of colloidal particles, the functional moieties are generally distributed rather homogeneously on the particle surface. Recently, a variety of synthetic protocols have been developed in which particle functionalization may be carried out in a spatially controlled fashion, leading to the production of structurally asymmetrical particles. Janus particles represent the first example in which the two hemispheres exhibit distinctly different chemical and physical properties, which is analogous to the dual-faced Roman god, Janus. Whereas a variety of methods have been reported for the preparation of (sub)micron-sized polymeric Janus particles, it has remained challenging for the synthesis and (unambiguous) structural characterization of much smaller nanometer-sized Janus particles. Herein, several leading methods for the preparation of nanometer-sized Janus particles are discussed and the important properties and applications of these Janus nanoparticles in electrochemistry, sensing, and catalysis are highlighted. Some perspectives on research into functional patchy nanoparticles are also given. PMID:24376180

  13. Study of hard-soft magnetic ferrite films prepared by pulsed laser deposition

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    Satalkar, M.; Kane, S. N.; Ghosh, A.; Raghuvanshi, S.; Tapkir, P.; Ghodke, N.; Phase, D. M.; Chaudhary, R. J.; Pasko, A.; LoBue, M.; Mazaleyrat, F.

    2014-09-01

    Soft magnetic Mg0.1Ni0.3Zn0.6Fe2O4 and hard magnetic BaFe12O19 bulk nanocrystalline ferrites were synthesized using the sol-gel auto-combustion method, and were used as targets to deposit soft-hard thin films by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. Various soft-hard thin films with different preparation conditions were deposited on Si (100) substrate, which can be effectively utilized to get better magnetic properties. The prepared films were characterized by the X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and magnetic measurements. XRD confirms the presence of soft and hard phases in the thin films. Coercivity of the prepared films ranges from 1.67 to 2.66 kA/m. AFM images show clustering of grains at the film surface with a characteristic columnar growth.

  14. Bimetallic nanoparticles: Preparation, properties, and biomedical applications.

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    Nasrabadi, Hamid Tayefi; Abbasi, Elham; Davaran, Soodabeh; Kouhi, Mohammad; Akbarzadeh, Abolfazl

    2016-02-01

    Many studies of non-supported bimetallic nanoparticle (BMNP) dispersions, stabilized by ligands or polymers, and copolymers, were started only about 10 years ago. Several preparative procedures have been proposed, and full characterizations on BMNPs have been approved. Studies on BMNPs received huge attention from both scientific and technological communities because most of the NPs' catalytic activity depends on their structural aspects. In this study, we focus on the preparation, properties, and bio-application of BMNPs and introduction of the recent advance in these NPs. PMID:25203939

  15. Giant antiresonance in electromagnetic wave reflection from a 3D structure with ferrite spinel nanoparticles

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    Ustinov, V. V.; Rinkevich, A. B.; Perov, D. V.; Burkhanov, A. M.; Samoylovich, M. I.; Kleshcheva, S. M.; Kuznetsov, E. A.

    2013-04-01

    We analyze the microwave properties of nanocomposite materials obtained by embedding opal matrices (regular packing of SiO2 spheres about 250 nm in diameter) of ferrite spinel nanoparticles in the interspherical space. It is found that the main reason for microwave changes is the magnetic resonance in a nanocomposite. In addition to the resonance, antiresonance also takes place, which is manifested as a minimum of absorbed power at frequencies higher than a certain frequency characteristic of the given type of ferrite particles. Antiresonance appears in the fields smaller than the resonance field. The amplitude of the reflected signal in antiresonance increases fourfold. The measurements are taken in the frequency range from 26 to 38 GHz. The change in the moduli of transmission and reflection coefficients in the external magnetic field in a rectangular waveguide containing a nanocomposite is analyzed. The modulus of the wave transmittance through a rectangular resonator with a nanocomposite specimen is measured. The structural analysis of nanocomposites is carried out. In addition, the magnetization curves and hysteresis loops are measured.

  16. Competing magnetic interactions in nickel ferrite nanoparticle clusters: Role of magnetic interactions

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    Malik, Rakesh; Annapoorni, S.; Lamba, Subhalakshmi; Sharma, Parmanand; Inoue, Akihisa

    2008-09-01

    The magnetic behavior of nickel ferrite nanoparticles of different sizes was studied by annealing nickel ferrite powders at temperatures ranging from 300 to 900 °C. Transmission electron microscopy studies show that the average particle sizes change from ˜8 to ˜120 nm with increasing annealing temperatures. The x-ray diffraction patterns of the annealed samples reveal that a single phase is retained. Hysteresis measurements performed up to a field of 10 kOe show a tendency toward saturation. The saturation magnetization is found to increase with annealing temperature (particle size) with the magnetization tending toward the bulk value for powders annealed at 900 °C. Zero field cooled-field cooled measurements performed at 0.5 kOe indicate the presence of a superparamagnetic phase up to an annealing temperature of 700 °C with blocking temperatures in the range of 150-330 K. Numerical simulations are carried out using an interacting model of an array of single domain magnetic particles to explain the change in the magnetic behavior of the samples with annealing temperature and to estimate the anisotropy of the system. Our studies indicate that the observed magnetic behavior can be explained by the changes in the anisotropy of the system and the dominance of the short range interparticle exchange interactions over the long range dipolar interactions with increasing particle sizes. This change in the interaction profile is further confirmed by the Henkel plots for the particles annealed at different temperatures.

  17. Effect of particle size on structural, magnetic and dielectric properties of manganese substituted nickel ferrite nanoparticles

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    Kumar, E. Ranjith; Kamzin, Aleksandr S.; Prakash, T.

    2015-03-01

    Mn substituted NiFe2O4 ferrite nanoparticles (Mn-NiFe2O4) were synthesized by the auto-combustion method. Their actions were carried out at different fuel ratios (50%, 75% and 100%). The nanoparticles have been investigated by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The average crystallite size of the synthesized and annealed samples was between 25 and 75 nm, which were found to be dependent on both fuel ratio and annealing temperatures. However, lattice parameters, interplanar spacing and grain size were controlled by varying the fuel ratio. Magnetic characterizations of the nanoparticles were carried out using a vibrating sample magnetometer at room temperature. The saturation magnetization was computed and found to lie between 6 emu/g and 57 emu/g depending on the particle size of the studied sample. The coercivity was found to exhibit non-monotonic behavior with the particle size. Such behavior can be accounted for by the combination between surface anisotropy and thermal energies. The value of dielectric constant and dielectric loss was found to exhibit almost linear dependence on the particle size.

  18. Preparation of medical magnetic nanobeads with ferrite particles encapsulated in a polyglycidyl methacrylate (GMA) for bioscreening

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    Nishibiraki, H.; Kuroda, C.S.; Maeda, M.; Matsushita, N.; Abe, M.; Handa, H.

    2005-05-15

    Ferrite nanoparticles (an intermediate between Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}), {approx}7 nm in diameter, were embedded in beads of a mixed polymer of styrene (St) and glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) by emulsifier-free emulsion polymerization method. The beads were coated with GMA by a seeded polymerization method in order to suppress nonspecific protein binding on the surfaces; GMA exhibits very low nonspecific protein binding, which is required for carriers used for bioscreening. The beads have diameters of 180{+-}50 nm and saturation magnetizations of 28 emu/g, exceeding commercially available polymer-coated beads of micron size having a weaker saturation magnetization ({approx}12 emu/g)

  19. Magnetic phase transitions in ferrite nanoparticles characterized by electron spin resonance

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    Flores-Arias, Yesica; Vzquez-Victorio, Gabriela; Ortega-Zempoalteca, Raul; Acevedo-Salas, Ulises; Ammar, Souad; Valenzuela, Raul

    2015-05-01

    Ferrite magnetic nanoparticles in the composition Zn0.7Ni0.3Fe2O4 were synthesized by the polyol method, with an average size of 8 nm. Electron spin resonance (ESR) measurements were carried out at a frequency of 9.45 GHz in the 100-500 K temperature range. Obtained results exhibited a characteristic ESR signal in terms of resonance field, Hres, linewidth, ?H, and peak ratio, R, for each magnetic phase. At low temperatures, the ferrimagnetic phase showed low Hres, broad ?H, and asymmetric R. At high temperatures, these parameters exhibited opposite values: high Hres, small ?H, and R 1. For intermediate temperatures, a different phase was observed, which was identified as a superparamagnetic phase by means of zero-field cooling-field and hysteresis loops measurements. The observed differences were explained in terms of the internal fields and especially due to the cubic anisotropy in the ordered phase.

  20. Preparation and characterization of spinel nickel ferrite obtained by the soft mechanochemically assisted synthesis

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    Lazarevi?, Z..; Jovaleki?, ?.; Re?nik, A.; Ivanovski, V.N.; Milutinovi?, A.; Rom?evi?, M.; Pavlovi?, M.B.; Ceki?, B.; Rom?evi?, N..

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ? NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} has been prepared by a soft mechanochemical route from mixture of powders. ? The spinel phase formation was completed after 25 h. ? The synthesized ferrites have a crystallite size of about 25 and 15 nm. ? Based on Raman research is observed five first-order Raman active modes. ? We were able to estimate the degree of inversion at most 0.82 and 0.66. -- Abstract: Nickel ferrite, NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} has been prepared by a soft mechanochemical route from mixture of (1) Ni(OH){sub 2} and ?-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and (2) Ni(OH){sub 2} and Fe(OH){sub 3} powders in a planetary ball mill for varying duration. Soft mechanochemical reaction leading to formation of the NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel phase was followed by X-ray diffraction, Raman and infrared spectroscopy, TGA, scanning and transmission microscopy. The spinel phase formation was first observed after 4 h of milling and its formation was completed after 25 h in the both cases. The synthesized NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite has a nanocrystalline structure with a crystallite size of about 20 and 10 nm respectively for the cases (1) and (2). The final grain size in the system (1) is about twice as large as that in the system (2), what is a consequence of different reaction paths in these two processing routes. There are five Raman and four IR active modes. Mssbauer spectroscopy studies implied on the possible cation distribution between the tetrahedral and octahedral sites in formed NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel structure. We were able to estimate the degree of inversion at most 0.82 in the case (1) and 0.66 in the case (2).

  1. Curcumin nanoparticles: preparation, characterization, and antimicrobial study.

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    Bhawana; Basniwal, Rupesh Kumar; Buttar, Harpreet Singh; Jain, V K; Jain, Nidhi

    2011-03-01

    Curcumin is a highly potent, nontoxic, bioactive agent found in turmeric and has been known for centuries as a household remedy to many ailments. The only disadvantage that it suffers is of low aqueous solubility and poor bioavailability. The aim of the present study was to develop a method for the preparation of nanoparticles of curcumin with a view to improve its aqueous-phase solubility and examine the effect on its antimicrobial properties. Nanoparticles of curcumin (nanocurcumin) were prepared by a process based on a wet-milling technique and were found to have a narrow particle size distribution in the range of 2-40 nm. Unlike curcumin, nanocurcumin was found to be freely dispersible in water in the absence of any surfactants. The chemical structure of nanocurcumin was the same as that of curcumin, and there was no modification during nanoparticle preparation. A minimum inhibitory concentration of nanocurcumin was determined for a variety of bacterial and fungal strains and was compared to that of curcumin. It was found that the aqueous dispersion of nanocurcumin was much more effective than curcumin against Staphylococcus aureus , Bacillus subtilis , Escherichia coli , Pseudomonas aeruginosa , Penicillium notatum , and Aspergillus niger . The results demonstrated that the water solubility and antimicrobial activity of curcumin markedly improved by particle size reduction up to the nano range. For the selected microorganisms, the activity of nanocurcumin was more pronounced against Gram-positive bacteria than Gram-negative bacteria. Furthermore, its antibacterial activity was much better than antifungal activity. The mechanism of antibacterial action of curcumin nanoparticles was investigated by transmission electron micrograph (TEM) analysis, which revealed that these particles entered inside the bacterial cell by completely breaking the cell wall, leading to cell death. PMID:21322563

  2. Plasma-assisted catalytic dry reforming of methane: Highly catalytic performance of nickel ferrite nanoparticles embedded in silica

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    Zheng, Xiaogang; Tan, Shiyu; Dong, Lichun; Li, Shaobo; Chen, Hongmei

    2015-01-01

    Spinel nickel ferrite nanoparticles (NiFe2O4 NPs) embedded in silica (NiFe2O4#SiO2) was prepared to enhance the reaction performance of the dry reforming of methane in a coaxial dielectric barrier discharge reactor. NiFe2O4 NPs of around 10 nm were effectively embedded in porous SiO2 NPs (?100 nm in diameter). Compared to the supported Ni-based catalysts (Ni/?-Al2O3, Ni-Fe/?-Al2O3, Ni-Fe/SiO2, and NiFe2O4), the NiFe2O4#SiO2 catalyst placed at the discharge zone exhibited excellent catalytic performance and high resistance to carbon formation during dry reforming under ambient conditions without the involvement of extra heat. The synergetic effect between the non-thermal plasma and the NiFe2O4#SiO2 catalyst favored the conversion of CH4 and CO2 into syngas. The results indicated that the special structure of the as-synthesized NiFe2O4#SiO2 catalyst was capable of restraining the aggregation of Ni-Fe alloy and suppressing the carbon formation in the reforming process.

  3. Structural, electrical and dielectric properties of spinel nickel ferrite prepared by soft mechanochemical synthesis

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    Lazarevi?, Zorica .; Jovaleki?, ?edomir; Sekuli?, Dalibor L.; Milutinovi?, Aleksandra; Balo, Sebastian; Slankamenac, Milo; Rom?evi?, Neboja .

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: Sintered NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} was prepared by a soft mechanochemical route from mixture powders. XRD and Raman measurements indicate that the prepared samples have spinel structure. The activation energy ?E are 0.653 and 0.452 eV for NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} samples. Ferrite from Ni(OH){sub 2}/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} has lower DC conductivity than from Ni(OH){sub 2}/Fe(OH){sub 3} powders. The values of dielectric constant of samples NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} are 70 and 200, respectively. - Abstract: Nickel ferrite, NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} was prepared by a soft mechanochemical route from a mixture of (1) Ni(OH){sub 2} and ?-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and (2) Ni(OH){sub 2} and Fe(OH){sub 3} powders in a planetary ball mill for 25 h. The powder samples were sintered at 1100 C for 2 h and were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Impedance spectroscopy techniques were used to study the effect of grain and grain boundary on the electrical properties of the prepared samples. A difference in dielectric constant (?) and dielectric loss tangent (tan ?) of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} samples obtained by the same methods but starting from different initial components was observed.

  4. Mössbauer spectroscopy, magnetic characteristics, and reflection loss analysis of nickel-strontium substituted cobalt ferrite nanoparticles

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    Ghasemi, Ali; Paesano, Andrea; Cerqueira Machado, Carla Fabiana; Shirsath, Sagar E.; Liu, Xiaoxi; Morisako, Akimitsu

    2014-05-07

    In current research work, Co{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x/2}Sr{sub x/2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 0–1 in a step of 0.2) ferrite nanoparticles were synthesized by a sol-gel method. According to the evolution in the subspectral areas obtained from Mössbauer spectroscopy, it was found that the relaxing iron belongs mostly to the site B, since the Mössbauer fraction of site A does not vary appreciably. With an increase in Ni-Sr substitution contents in cobalt ferrite, the coercivity and saturation of magnetization decrease. Variation of reflection loss versus frequency in microwave X-band demonstrates that the reflection peak shifts to lower frequency by adding substituted cations and the synthesized nanoparticles can be considered for application in electromagnetic wave absorber technology.

  5. Millimeter-wave magneto-dielectric effects in self-assembled ferrite-ferroelectric core-shell nanoparticles

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    Srinivasan, G.; Popov, M.; Sreenivasulu, G.; Petrov, V. M.; Chavez, F.

    2015-05-01

    The magneto-dielectric effect (MDE) involves studies on the influence of an applied magnetic field on the dielectric constant of a material. MDEs in self-assembled core-shell nanoparticles of nickel ferrite and barium titanate have been investigated in the millimeter wave frequencies. The core-shell nanocomposites were synthesized by coating 15 nm nickel ferrite and 100 nm barium titanate nanoparticles with complementary coupling groups and allowing them to self-assemble in the presence of a catalyst forming heterogeneous nanocomposites. Studies on MDE in as-assembled particles have been carried out by measurements of the relative permittivity as a function of frequency f under an applied static magnetic field H over 16-24 GHz. Measurements show an H-induced decrease in permittivity by 0.8% for H = 4 kOe and is much stronger than MDE in single phase multiferroics. A model for the high frequency MDE has been discussed here.

  6. Nickel Ferrite Nanoparticles Anchored onto Silica Nanofibers for Designing Magnetic and Flexible Nanofibrous Membranes.

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    Hong, Feifei; Yan, Chengcheng; Si, Yang; He, Jianxin; Yu, Jianyong; Ding, Bin

    2015-09-16

    Many applications proposed for magnetic silica nanofibers require their assembly into a cellular membrane structure. The feature to keep structure stable upon large deformation is crucial for a macroscopic porous material which functions reliably. However, it remains a key issue to realize robust flexibility in two-dimensional (2D) magnetic silica nanofibrous networks. Here, we report that the combination of electrospun silica nanofibers with zein dip-coating can lead to the formation of flexible, magnetic, and hierarchical porous silica nanofibrous membranes (SNM). The 290 nm diameter silica nanofibers act as templates for the uniform anchoring of nickel ferrite nanoparticles (size of 50 nm). Benefiting from the homogeneous and stable nanofiber-nanoparticle composite structure, the resulting magnetic SNM can maintain their structure integrity under repeated bending as high as 180 and can facilely recover. The unique hierarchical structure also provides this new class of silica membrane with integrated properties of ultralow density, high porosity, large surface area, good magnetic responsiveness, robust dye adsorption capacity, and effective emulsion separation performance. Significantly, the synthesis of such fascinating membranes may provide new insight for further application of silica in a self-supporting, structurally adaptive, and 2D membrane form. PMID:26301575

  7. Superior electro-optic response in multiferroic bismuth ferrite nanoparticle doped nematic liquid crystal device.

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    Nayek, Prasenjit; Li, Guoqiang

    2015-01-01

    A superior electro-optic (E-O) response has been achieved when multiferroic bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3/BFO) nanoparticles (NPs) were doped in nematic liquid crystal (NLC) host E7 and the LC device was addressed in the large signal regime by an amplitude modulated square wave signal at the frequency of 100 Hz. The optimized concentration of BFO is 0.15 wt%, and the corresponding total optical response time (rise time + decay time) for a 5 μm-thick cell is 2.5 ms for ~7 V(rms). This might be exploited for the construction of adaptive lenses, modulators, displays, and other E-O devices. The possible reason behind the fast response time could be the visco-elastic constant and restoring force imparted by the locally ordered LCs induced by the multiferroic nanoparticles (MNPs). Polarized optical microscopic textural observation shows that the macroscopic dislocation-free excellent contrast have significant impact on improving the image quality and performance of the devices. PMID:26041701

  8. Superior electro-optic response in multiferroic bismuth ferrite nanoparticle doped nematic liquid crystal device

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    Nayek, Prasenjit; Li, Guoqiang

    2015-01-01

    A superior electro-optic (E-O) response has been achieved when multiferroic bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3/BFO) nanoparticles (NPs) were doped in nematic liquid crystal (NLC) host E7 and the LC device was addressed in the large signal regime by an amplitude modulated square wave signal at the frequency of 100 Hz. The optimized concentration of BFO is 0.15 wt%, and the corresponding total optical response time (rise time + decay time) for a 5 μm-thick cell is 2.5 ms for ~7 Vrms. This might be exploited for the construction of adaptive lenses, modulators, displays, and other E-O devices. The possible reason behind the fast response time could be the visco-elastic constant and restoring force imparted by the locally ordered LCs induced by the multiferroic nanoparticles (MNPs). Polarized optical microscopic textural observation shows that the macroscopic dislocation-free excellent contrast have significant impact on improving the image quality and performance of the devices. PMID:26041701

  9. Curie temperature and magnetic properties of aluminum doped barium ferrite particles prepared by ball mill method

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    Chen, Daming; Harward, Ian; Baptist, Joshua; Goldman, Sara; Celinski, Zbigniew

    2015-12-01

    Barium ferrite has attracted considerable interest in the fields of permanent magnets and perpendicular magnetic recording due to its strong uniaxial anisotropy and high Curie temperature (Tc). We prepared aluminum doped barium ferrite ceramics (BaAlxFe12-xO19, 0≤x≤6) by the ball mill method. The powder was milled for 96 h, and after forming pellets, annealed for 48 h in air at 1000 °C. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) data show that there are only single hexagonal phases in the samples without any impurity phase. The crystal lattice constants, a and c, were calculated by Cohen's method. Both a and c decrease with increasing x, ranging from 0.588 nm and 2.318 nm to 0.573 nm and 2.294 nm, respectively. A Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) and Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) were used to investigate Tc and magnetic properties of BaFe12-xAlxO19. It is found that Tc decreases with increasing x, from 425 °C to 298 °C. It is also found that the saturated magnetization (4πMs) decreases with increasing x, while the coercivity (Hc) increases with the increase in x. The anisotropy field was also determined from the SQUID measurement.

  10. Preparation and microwave absorption properties of Ce-substituted lithium ferrite

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    Sun, Chang; Sun, Kangning

    2007-02-01

    Ce-substituted lithium ferrite, Li 0.5Ce xFe 2.5- xO 4 ( x=0, 0.015 and 0.15), was prepared from metal nitrates and citric acid by the citrate sol-gel method. The thermal decomposition process was investigated by TG-DSC. The phase composition and microstructure of Li 0.5Ce xFe 2.5- xO 4 was characterized by X-ray powder diffraction analysis (XRD) and a transmission electron microscope (TEM). The complex permittivity and complex permeability and microwave absorption properties of Li 0.5Ce xFe 2.5- xO 4-paraffin wax composite were measured by the transmission/reflection coaxial line method in the range of 2-18 GHz. It is shown that the substitution of cerium ion had a close effect on the properties of Li 0.5Ce xFe 2.5- xO 4 ferrites. Also, the present investigation demonstrates that microwave absorbers for applications over 15 GHz, with satisfactory reflection loss, of more than -20 dB for specific frequencies, could be obtained by controlling the substituted Ce element.

  11. Effects of Thermal Annealing on Structural and Magnetic Properties of Lithium Ferrite Nanoparticles

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    Jovic, Natasa G.; Masadeh, Ahmad S.; Kremenovic, Aleksandar S.; Antic, Bratislav V.; Blanusa, Jovan L.; Cvjeticanin, Nikola D.; Goya, Gerardo F.; Antisari, Marco Vittori; Bozin, Emil S.

    2010-01-12

    Pure, crystalline, {approx}10 nm lithium ferrite phase (Li{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2.5}O{sub 4}), was successfully synthesized at very low temperature using a modified combustion method. The crystal structure and microstructure evolution of this system upon annealing were monitored by a careful investigation of X-ray diffractograms collected on a synchrotron source. Comparative analysis of the results obtained from the full profile Rietveld method (in reciprocal space) and the pair distribution function method (in direct space) was carried out. Nanocrystalline samples exhibit similar crystal structure, on average, with a partial ordering of Li{sup +} and Fe{sup 3+} ions between octahedral 4b and 12d sites on the spinel crystal lattice (space group P4{sub 3}32). After annealing at 973 K, cation distribution changes to a completely ordered, resembling that which is seen in the bulk lithium ferrite. The PDF analysis reveals abnormally high values of oxygen atomic displacement parameters in tetrahedral 8c sites (O1) indicating a significant disordering of the O1 network and suggests migration of lithium ions from 4b sites to the outer layers of nanoparticles. Analysis of room temperature Moessbauer spectra has shown that the hyperfine field for Fe{sup 3+} ions in tetrahedral 8c sites is the most sensitive on increasing the particle size and improving the crystallinity. From the differential thermal analysis, it was found that a lower driving force is required to induce an order-disorder phase transition in nanocrystalline samples, compared to the bulk-like sample, presumably due to the higher crystal disordering in these samples.

  12. Recent advances in nanosized Mn-Zn ferrite magnetic fluid hyperthermia for cancer treatment.

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    Lin, Mei; Huang, Junxing; Sha, Min

    2014-01-01

    This paper reviews the recent research and development of nanosized manganese zinc (Mn-Zn) ferrite magnetic fluid hyperthermia (MFH) for cancer treatment. Mn-Zn ferrite MFH, which has a targeted positioning function that only the temperature of tumor tissue with magnetic nanoparticles can rise, while normal tissue without magnetic nanoparticles is not subject to thermal damage, is a promising therapy for cancer. We introduce briefly the composition and properties of magnetic fluid, the concept of MFH, and features of Mn-Zn ferrite magnetic nanoparticles for MFH such as thermal bystander effect, universality, high specific absorption rate, the targeting effect of small size, uniformity of hyperthermia temperature, and automatic temperature control and constant temperature effect. Next, preparation methods of Mn-Zn ferrite magnetic fluid are discussed, and biocompatibility and biosecurity of Mn-Zn ferrite magnetic fluid are analyzed. Then the applications of nanosized Mn-Zn ferrite MFH in cancer are highlighted, including nanosized Mn-Zn ferrite MFH alone, nanosized Mn-Zn ferrite MFH combined with As2O3 chemotherapy, and nanosized Mn-Zn ferrite MFH combined with radiotherapy. Finally, the combination application of nanosized Mn-Zn ferrite MFH and gene-therapy is conceived, and the challenges and perspectives for the future of nanosized Mn-Zn ferrite MFH for oncotherapy are discussed. PMID:24730298

  13. Preparation and Characterization of Calcium Carbonate Nanoparticles

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    Hassim, Aqilah; Rachmawati, Heni

    2010-10-01

    Taking calcium supplements can reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis, but they are not readily absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract. Nanotechnology is expected to resolve this problem. In this study, we prepared and characterized calcium carbonate nanoparticle to improve the solubility by using bottom-up method. The experiment was done by titrating calcium chloride with sodium carbonate with the addition of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as stabilizer, using ultra-turrax. Various concentrations of calcium chloride and sodium carbonate as well as various speed of stirring were used to prepare the calcium carbonate nanoparticles. Evaluations studied were including particle size, polydispersity index (PI) and zeta potential with particle analyzer, surface morphology with scanning electron microscope, and saturated solubility. In addition, to test the ability of PVP to prevent particles growth, short stability study was performed by storing nano CaCO3 suspension at room temperature for 2 weeks. Results show that using 8000 rpm speed of stirring, the particle size tends to be bigger with the range of 500-600 nm (PI between 0.2-0.4) whereas with stirring speed of 4000 rpm, the particle size tends to be smaller with 300-400 nm (PI between 0.2-0.4). Stirring speed of 6000 rpm produced particle size within the range of 400-500 nm (PI between 0.2-0.4). SEM photograph shows that particles are monodisperse confirming that particles were physically stable without any agglomeration within 2 weeks storage. Taken together, nano CaCO3 is successfully prepared by bottom-up method and PVP is a good stabilizer to prevent the particle growth.

  14. Structural and magnetic properties of Zn-substituted cobalt ferrites prepared by co-precipitation method.

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    Yaseneva, Polina; Bowker, Michael; Hutchings, Graham

    2011-11-01

    Zn substituted cobalt ferrite spinels with the general formula Zn(x)Co(1-x)Fe(2)O(4) (with x varying from 0 to 0.5) were synthesized by a co-precipitation method and calcined at 500 °C and 800 °C. It was found that Zn substitution has a big effect in decreasing the Curie temperature (T(c)), from around 440 °C for the undoped sample to ~180 °C with x = 0.5. However, these values were also strongly affected by the pre-calcination temperature of the samples, thus T(C) shifts from ~275 °C for the x = 0.3 sample to ~296 °C after calcination at 500 °C and 800 °C respectively. These effects are due to facilitation of demagnetisation by substitution of the non-magnetic Zn ions and by production of very small nanoparticles. The latter are removed by higher temperature calcinations and so T(C) increases. PMID:21952718

  15. Enhanced biomedical heat-triggered carriers via nanomagnetism tuning in ferrite-based nanoparticles

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    Angelakeris, M.; Li, Zi-An; Hilgendorff, M.; Simeonidis, K.; Sakellari, D.; Filippousi, M.; Tian, H.; Van Tendeloo, G.; Spasova, M.; Acet, M.; Farle, M.

    2015-05-01

    Biomedical nanomagnetic carriers are getting a higher impact in therapy and diagnosis schemes while their constraints and prerequisites are more and more successfully confronted. Such particles should possess a well-defined size with minimum agglomeration and they should be synthesized in a facile and reproducible high-yield way together with a controllable response to an applied static or dynamic field tailored for the specific application. Here, we attempt to enhance the heating efficiency in magnetic particle hyperthermia treatment through the proper adjustment of the core-shell morphology in ferrite particles, by controlling exchange and dipolar magnetic interactions at the nanoscale. Thus, core-shell nanoparticles with mutual coupling of magnetically hard (CoFe2O4) and soft (MnFe2O4) components are synthesized with facile synthetic controls resulting in uniform size and shell thickness as evidenced by high resolution transmission electron microscopy imaging, excellent crystallinity and size monodispersity. Such a magnetic coupling enables the fine tuning of magnetic anisotropy and magnetic interactions without sparing the good structural, chemical and colloidal stability. Consequently, the magnetic heating efficiency of CoFe2O4 and MnFe2O4 core-shell nanoparticles is distinctively different from that of their counterparts, even though all these nanocrystals were synthesized under similar conditions. For better understanding of the AC magnetic hyperthermia response and its correlation with magnetic-origin features we study the effect of the volume ratio of magnetic hard and soft phases in the bimagnetic core-shell nanocrystals. Eventually, such particles may be considered as novel heating carriers that under further biomedical functionalization may become adaptable multifunctional heat-triggered nanoplatforms.

  16. High-Performance Flexible Organic Nano-Floating Gate Memory Devices Functionalized with Cobalt Ferrite Nanoparticles.

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    Jung, Ji Hyung; Kim, Sunghwan; Kim, Hyeonjung; Park, Jongnam; Oh, Joon Hak

    2015-10-01

    Nano-floating gate memory (NFGM) devices are transistor-type memory devices that use nanostructured materials as charge trap sites. They have recently attracted a great deal of attention due to their excellent performance, capability for multilevel programming, and suitability as platforms for integrated circuits. Herein, novel NFGM devices have been fabricated using semiconducting cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanoparticles (NPs) as charge trap sites and pentacene as a p-type semiconductor. Monodisperse CoFe2O4 NPs with different diameters have been synthesized by thermal decomposition and embedded in NFGM devices. The particle size effects on the memory performance have been investigated in terms of energy levels and particle-particle interactions. CoFe2O4 NP-based memory devices exhibit a large memory window (?73.84 V), a high read current on/off ratio (read I(on)/I(off)) of ?2.98 10(3), and excellent data retention. Fast switching behaviors are observed due to the exceptional charge trapping/release capability of CoFe2O4 NPs surrounded by the oleate layer, which acts as an alternative tunneling dielectric layer and simplifies the device fabrication process. Furthermore, the NFGM devices show excellent thermal stability, and flexible memory devices fabricated on plastic substrates exhibit remarkable mechanical and electrical stability. This study demonstrates a viable means of fabricating highly flexible, high-performance organic memory devices. PMID:26153227

  17. Magnetic phase transitions in ferrite nanoparticles characterized by electron spin resonance

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    Flores-Arias, Yesica Vázquez-Victorio, Gabriela; Ortega-Zempoalteca, Raul; Acevedo-Salas, Ulises; Valenzuela, Raul; Ammar, Souad

    2015-05-07

    Ferrite magnetic nanoparticles in the composition Zn{sub 0.7}Ni{sub 0.3}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} were synthesized by the polyol method, with an average size of 8 nm. Electron spin resonance (ESR) measurements were carried out at a frequency of 9.45 GHz in the 100–500 K temperature range. Obtained results exhibited a characteristic ESR signal in terms of resonance field, H{sub res}, linewidth, ΔH, and peak ratio, R, for each magnetic phase. At low temperatures, the ferrimagnetic phase showed low H{sub res}, broad ΔH, and asymmetric R. At high temperatures, these parameters exhibited opposite values: high H{sub res}, small ΔH, and R ∼ 1. For intermediate temperatures, a different phase was observed, which was identified as a superparamagnetic phase by means of zero-field cooling-field cooling and hysteresis loops measurements. The observed differences were explained in terms of the internal fields and especially due to the cubic anisotropy in the ordered phase.

  18. Improved electrical properties of cadmium substituted cobalt ferrites nano-particles for microwave application

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    Ahmad, Rabia; Hussain Gul, Iftikhar; Zarrar, Muhammad; Anwar, Humaira; khan Niazi, Muhammad Bilal; Khan, Azim

    2016-05-01

    Cadmium substituted cobalt ferrites with formula CdxCo1-xFe2O4 (x=0.0, 0.2, 0.35, 0.5), have been synthesized by wet chemical co-precipitation technique. Electrical, morphological and Structural properties of the samples have been studied using DC electrical resistivity and Impedance analyzer, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), respectively. XRD, SEM and AFM have been used to study the structural parameters such as measured density, lattice constant, X-ray density, crystallite size and morphology of the synthesized nano-particles. Debye-Scherrer formula has been used for the estimation of crystallite sizes. The estimated crystallite sizes were to be 15-192 nm. Hopping length of octahedral and tetrahedral sites have been calculated using indexed XRD data. The porosity and lattice constant increased as Cd2+concentration increases. DC electrical resistivity was performed using two probe technique. The decrease of resistivity with temperature confirms the semiconducting nature of the samples. The dielectric properties variation has been studied at room temperature as a function of frequency. Variation of dielectric properties from 100 Hz to 5 MHz has been explained on the basis of Maxwell and Wagner's model and hoping of electrons on octahedral sites. To separates the grains boundary and grains of the system CdxCo1-xFe2O4 the impedance analysis were performed.

  19. Assessment of Immunotoxicity of Dextran Coated Ferrite Nanoparticles in Albino Mice

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    Syama, Santhakumar; Gayathri, Viswanathan; Mohanan, Parayanthala Valappil

    2015-01-01

    In this study, dextran coated ferrite nanoparticles (DFNPs) of size <25 nm were synthesized, characterized, and evaluated for cytotoxicity, immunotoxicity, and oxidative stress by in vitro and in vivo methods. Cytotoxicity was performed in vitro using splenocytes with different concentrations of DFNPs. Gene expression of selected cytokines (IL-1, IL-10, and TNF β) secretion by splenocytes was evaluated. Also, 100 mg of DFNPs was injected intraperitoneally to 18 albino mice for immunological stimulations. Six animals each were sacrificed at the end of 7, 14, and 21 days. Spleen was subjected to immunotoxic response and liver was analyzed for antioxidant parameters (lipid peroxidation, reduced glutathione, glutathione peroxidase, superoxide dismutase, and glutathione reductase). The results indicated that DFNPs failed to induce any immunological reactions and no significant alternation in antioxidant defense mechanism. Also, mRNA expression of the cytokines revealed an increase in IL-10 expression and subsequent decreased expression of IL-1 and TNF β. Eventually, DNA sequencing of liver actin gene revealed base alteration in nonconserved regions (10–20 bases) of all the treated groups when compared to control samples. Hence, it can be concluded that the DFNPs were nontoxic at the cellular level and nonimmunotoxic when exposed intraperitoneally to mice. PMID:26576301

  20. Adsorption of Cu2+ ions using chitosan-modified magnetic Mn ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by microwave-assisted hydrothermal method

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    Meng, Yuying; Chen, Deyang; Sun, Yitao; Jiao, Dongling; Zeng, Dechang; Liu, Zhongwu

    2015-01-01

    Chitosan-modified Mn ferrite nanoparticles were synthesized by a one-step microwave-assisted hydrothermal method. These Mn ferrite magnetic composite nanoparticles were employed to absorb Cu2+ ions in water. XRD verified the spinel structure of the MnFe2O4 nanoparticles. Chitosan modification does not result in any phase change of MnFe2O4. FTIR and zeta potentials curves for all samples suggest that chitosan can be successfully coated on the Mn ferrites. TEM characterization showed that the modified MnFe2O4 nanoparticles have a cubic shape with a mean diameter of ?100 nm. For adsorption behavior, the effects of experiment parameters such as solution pH value, contact time and initial Cu2+ ions concentration on the adsorption efficiency were systematically investigated. The results showed that increasing solution pH value and extending contact time are favorable for improving adsorption efficiency. Especially, adsorption efficiency can reach up to 100% and 96.7% after 500 min adsorption at pH 6.5 for the solutions with initial Cu2+ ions concentration of 50 mg/L and 100 mg/L. Adsorption data fits well with the Langmuir isotherm models with a maximum adsorption capacity (qm) and a Langmuir adsorption equilibrium constant (K) of 65.1 mg/g and 0.090 L/mg, respectively. The adsorption kinetic agrees well with pseudo second order model with the pseudo second rate constants (K2) of 0.0468 and 0.00189 g/mg/min for solutions with initial Cu2+ ions of 50 and 100 mg/L, respectively.

  1. Nanoparticles of Molybdenum Chlorophyllin Photosensitizer and Magnetic Citrate-Coated Cobalt Ferrite Complex Available to Hyperthermia and Photodynamic Therapy Clinical Trials

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    Primo, Fernando L.; Cordo, Paloma L. A. G.; Neto, Alberto F.; Morais, Paulo C.; Tedesco, Antonio C.

    2010-12-01

    This study report on the synthesis and characterization of molybdenum chlorophyllin (Mo-Chl) compounds associated in a complex with magnetic nanoparticles (citrate-coated cobalt ferrite), the latter prepared as a biocompatible magnetic fluid (MF). The complex material was developed for application as a synergic drug for cancer treatment using Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) and Hyperthermia (HPT). Chlorophyllin was obtained from alkaline extraction of Ilex paraguariensis following molybdenum insertion from hydrolysis with molybdate sodium. Fluorescence quantum yield (Φf) of Mo-Chl/dimethyl-sulphoxide (DMSO) was lower than 0.1, with a lifetime of 5.0 ns, as obtained from time-correlated single-photon counting technique. The oxygen quantum yield of Mo-Chl was carried out using laser flash-photolysis studies in homogeneous medium saturated with O2(g) (ΦΔ = 0.50). Cellular viability was also evaluated via the classical MTT assay using gingival fibroblasts cells as a biological model. Studies performed with the complex Mo-Chl (5.0 μmol.L-1)/MF at different magnetic nanoparticle concentrations (ranging from 1012 to 1015 particle.mL-1) revealed a cellular viability of approximately 95% for the ideal magnetic material concentration of 1×10 particle.mL-1. The present study shows that natural photosensitizers molecules Mo-Chl used in association with magnetic nanoparticles represent a promising generation of drug developed to work synergistically in the treatment of neoplastic tissues using PDT and HPT.

  2. Preparation and Characterisation of Highly Loaded Fluorescent Chitosan Nanoparticles

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    Katas, Haliza; Mui Wen, Chan

    2011-01-01

    Chitosan (CS) nanoparticles have been developed as a versatile drug delivery system to transport drugs, genes, proteins, and peptides into target sites. Demands on fluorescent nanoparticles have increased recently due to various applications in medical and stem-cell-based researches. In this study, fluorescent CS nanoparticles were prepared by a mild method, namely, complex coacervation. Entrapment efficiency of sulforhodamine (SR101) loaded into CS nanoparticles was investigated to evaluate their capacity in incorporating fluorescent molecule. Particle size of produced fluorescent nanoparticles was in the range of 600–700 nm, and their particle size was highly dependent on the CS molecular weight as well as concentration. A high entrapment efficiency of SR101 into CS nanoparticles could also be obtained when it was dissolved in methanol. In conclusion, highly loaded fluorescent CS nanoparticles could be easily prepared using complex coacervation method and therefore can be applied in various medical researches. PMID:22389847

  3. Impact of Nd3+ in CoFe2O4 spinel ferrite nanoparticles on cation distribution, structural and magnetic properties

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    Yadav, Raghvendra Singh; Havlica, Jaromir; Masilko, Jiri; Kalina, Lukas; Wasserbauer, Jaromir; Hajdúchová, Miroslava; Enev, Vojtěch; Kuřitka, Ivo; Kožáková, Zuzana

    2016-02-01

    Nd3+ doped cobalt ferrite nanoparticles have been synthesized by starch-assisted sol-gel auto-combustion method. The significant role played by Nd3+ added to cobalt ferrite in changing cation distribution and further in influencing structural and magnetic properties, was explored and reported. The crystal structure formation and crystallite size were studied from X-ray diffraction studies. The microstructural features were investigated by field emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy that demonstrates the nanocrystalline grain formation with spherical morphology. An infrared spectroscopy study shows the presence of two absorption bands related to tetrahedral and octahedral group complexes within the spinel ferrite lattice system. The change in Raman modes in synthesized ferrite system were observed with Nd3+ substitution, particle size and cation redistribution. The impact of Nd3+ on cation distribution of Co2+ and Fe3+ at octahedral and tetrahedral sites in spinel ferrite cobalt ferrite nanoparticles was investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Room temperature magnetization measurements showed that the saturation magnetization and coercivity increase with addition of Nd3+ substitution in cobalt ferrite.

  4. Comparing highly ordered monolayers of nanoparticles fabricated using electrophoretic deposition: Cobalt ferrite nanoparticles versus iron oxide nanoparticles

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    Dickerson, James H.; Krejci, Alex J.; Garcia, Adriana -Mendoza; Sun, Shouheng; Pham, Viet Hung

    2015-08-01

    Ordered assemblies of nanoparticles remain challenging to fabricate, yet could open the door to many potential applications of nanomaterials. Here, we demonstrate that locally ordered arrays of nanoparticles, using electrophoretic deposition, can be extended to produce long-range order among the constituents. Voronoi tessellations along with multiple statistical analyses show dramatic increases in order compared with previously reported assemblies formed through electric field-assisted assembly. As a result, based on subsequent physical measurements of the nanoparticles and the deposition system, the underlying mechanisms that generate increased order are inferred.

  5. Structural, dielectric and magnetic properties of cobalt ferrite prepared using auto combustion and ceramic route

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    Murugesan, C.; Perumal, M.; Chandrasekaran, G.

    2014-09-01

    Cobalt ferrite is synthesized by using low temperature auto combustion and high temperature ceramic methods. The prepared samples have values of lattice constant equal to 8.40 Å and 8.38 Å for auto combustion and ceramic methods respectively. The FTIR spectrum of samples of the auto combustion method shows a high frequency vibrational band at 580 cm-1 assigned to tetrahedral site and a low frequency vibrational band at 409 cm-1 assigned to octahedral site which are shifted to 590 cm-1 and 412 cm-1 for the ceramic method sample. SEM micrographs of samples show a substantial difference in surface morphology and size of the grains between the two methods. The frequency dependent dielectric constant and ac conductivity of the samples measured from 1 Hz to 2 MHz at room temperature are reported. The room temperature magnetic hysteresis parameters of the samples are measured using VSM. The measured values of saturation magnetization, coercivity and remanent magnetization are 42 emu/g, 1553 Oe, 18.5 emu/g for the auto combustion method, 66.7 emu/g, 379.6 Oe, and 17.3 emu/g for the ceramic method, respectively. The difference in preparation methods and size of the grains causes interesting changes in electrical and magnetic properties.

  6. Green preparation and catalytic application of Pd nanoparticles

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    Xu, Lang; Wu, Xing-Cai; Zhu, Jun-Jie

    2008-07-01

    A green strategy for the facile preparation and effective stabilization of Pd nanoparticles has been developed by using D-glucose as the reducing and stabilizing agents. The UV/vis absorption spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and zeta potential measurements were used to characterize the as-prepared Pd nanoparticles. It was found that the D-glucose concentration and pH value had an important effect on the size distribution and stability of the nanoparticles. Further, the Pd nanoparticles exhibited good catalytic properties in the degradation of azo dyes.

  7. Preparation of drug nanoparticles by emulsion evaporation method

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    Hoa, Le Thi Mai; Chi, Nguyen Tai; Triet, Nguyen Minh; Thanh Nhan, Le Ngoc; Mau Chien, Dang

    2009-09-01

    Polymeric drug nanoparticles were prepared by emulsion solvent evaporation method. In this study, prepared the polymeric drug nanoparticles consist of ketoprofen and Eudragit E 100. The morphology structure was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The interactions between the drug and polymer were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The size distribution was measured by means of Dynamic Light Scattering. The nanoparticles have an average size of about 150 nm. The incorporation ability of drugs in the polymeric nanoparticles depended on the integration between polymer and drug as well as the glass transition temperature of the polymer.

  8. Volume-labeled nanoparticles and methods of preparation

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    Wang, Wei; Gu, Baohua; Retterer, Scott T; Doktycz, Mitchel J

    2015-04-21

    Compositions comprising nanosized objects (i.e., nanoparticles) in which at least one observable marker, such as a radioisotope or fluorophore, is incorporated within the nanosized object. The nanosized objects include, for example, metal or semi-metal oxide (e.g., silica), quantum dot, noble metal, magnetic metal oxide, organic polymer, metal salt, and core-shell nanoparticles, wherein the label is incorporated within the nanoparticle or selectively in a metal oxide shell of a core-shell nanoparticle. Methods of preparing the volume-labeled nanoparticles are also described.

  9. Comparison of structural and electrical properties of Co{sup 2+}doped Mn-Zn soft nano ferrites prepared via coprecipitation and hydrothermal methods

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    Anwar, Humaira; Maqsood, Asghari

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Coprecipitation and hydrothermal synthesis of Co{sup 2+} doped Mn-Zn ferrites. • Dielectric measurements at 3 MHz and 1 GHz frequencies. • Enhanced DC electrical resistivity for samples prepared from hydrothermal technique. • Impedance studies for the prepared samples showing major contribution due to grains. - Abstract: A series of Co doped Mn-Zn ferrites compounds with the formula Mn{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5−x}Co{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 0, 0.15, 0.25, 0.35 and 0.50) were successfully synthesized by polyethylene glycol-assisted coprecipitation and hydrothermal methods. The structural characterization of the samples was done using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). All the samples found to have cubic spinel structure. The average crystallite size of all nanoparticles were estimated using Scherrer's formula and found to lie between 10 and 25 ± 3 nm with small size distribution of particles prepared by hydrothermal method. The FTIR spectrum showed two absorption bands of tetrahedral and octahedral metal-oxygen sites. DC electrical resistivity varied from 4.12 × 10{sup 7} to 8.32 × 10{sup 10} ohm cm with cobalt doping. The dielectric measurements were performed from 20 Hz to 3 MHz and from 1 MHz to 1 GHz frequency ranges. The value of dielectric constant (ε′) varies from 15.54 to 106.25 (1 MHz) and 6.73–16.48 (1 GHz) for all the samples at room temperature. Impedance spectroscopy was carried out from 20 Hz to 3 MHz, at room temperature to study the grains and grain boundaries effect.

  10. Electrospinning preparation, characterization and magnetic properties of cobalt-nickel ferrite (Co(1-x)Ni(x)Fe2)O4) nanofibers.

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    Xiang, Jun; Chu, Yanqiu; Shen, Xiangqian; Zhou, Guangzhen; Guo, Yintao

    2012-06-15

    Uniform Co(1-)(x)Ni(x)Fe(2)O(4) (x=0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 and 1.0) nanofibers with average diameter of 110 nm and length up to several millimeters were prepared by calcination of electrospun precursor nanofibers containing polymer and inorganic salts. The as-spun and calcined nanofibers were characterized in detail by TG-DTA, XRD, FE-SEM, TEM, SAED and VSM, respectively. The effect of composition of the nanofibers on the structure and magnetic properties were investigated. The nanofibers are formed through assembling magnetic nanoparticles with poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) as the structure-directing template. The structural characteristics and magnetic properties of the resultant nanofibers vary with chemical composition and can be tuned by adjusting the Co/Ni ratio. Both lattice parameter and particle size decrease gradually with increasing nickel concentration. The saturation magnetization and coercivity lie in the range 29.3-56.4 emu/g and 210-1255 Oe, respectively, and both show a monotonously decreasing behavior with the increase in nickel concentration. Such changes in magnetic properties can mainly be attributed to the lower magnetocrystalline anisotropy and the smaller magnetic moment of Ni(2+) ions compared to Co(2+) ions. Furthermore, the coercivity of Co-Ni ferrite nanofibers is found to be superior to that of the corresponding nanoparticle counterparts, presumably due to their large shape anisotropy. These novel one-dimensional Co-Ni ferrite magnetic nanofibers can potentially be used in micro-/nanoelectronic devices, microwave absorbers and sensing devices. PMID:22456275

  11. A novel sonication route to prepare anthracene nanoparticles

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    Kang Peng; Chen Chunnian; Hao Lingyun; Zhu Chunling; Hu Yuan; Chen Zuyao

    2004-04-02

    A novel sonication method has been successfully developed for the preparation of anthracene nanoparticles. The as-prepared nanoparticles are characterized using transmission electron microscopy, ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence excitation and emission spectroscopy. Nanoparticles prepared with sonication are smaller and better dispersed than with magnetic stirring. Surfactants cetyltrimethylammonium bromide, bis(2-ethylhexyl)sodium sulfosuccinate, sodium dodecyl sulfonate and polyvinylpyrrolidone are used to control the size and morphology. Excimer band is found at 445 and 472 nm and possible mechanism is discussed.

  12. Polyethylene glycol as an alternative polymer solvent for nanoparticle preparation.

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    Ali, Mohamed Ehab; Lamprecht, Alf

    2013-11-01

    Solvent toxicity is one of the major drawbacks in the preparation of polymeric nanoparticles today. Here, polyethylene glycols (PEGs) are proposed as non-toxic solvents for the preparation of polymeric nanoparticles. Based on a preparation process similar to the solvent displacement technique, several process parameters were examined for their effects on the properties of the prepared nanoparticles by this method to achieve the optimum preparation conditions. The investigated parameters included polymer type and concentration, volume and temperature of the dispersing phase, methods of dispersing the solvent phase into the non-solvent phase, duration and speed of stirring and washing by dialysis. Ammonio methacrylate copolymer (Eudragit RL), poly-lactide-co-glycolide (PLGA), and PEG-PLGA were found to be successful polymer candidates for the preparation of nanoparticles by this method. Nanoparticles with diameters ranging from 80 to 400 nm can be obtained. The encapsulation efficiencies of bovine serum albumin, and lysozyme as model proteins were ranging from 7.3±2.2% to 69.3±1.8% depending on the strength of polymer-protein interaction. Biological assays confirmed a full lysozyme activity after the preparation process. PEG proved to be a suitable non-toxic solvent for the preparation of polymeric protein-loaded nanoparticles, maintaining the integrity of protein. PMID:23958752

  13. The structure, morphology and magnetic properties of Sr-ferrite powder prepared by the molten-salt method

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    He, Xuemin; Zhong, Wei; Yan, Shiming; Au, Chak-Tong; L, Liya; Du, Youwei

    2014-06-01

    Sub-micrometre high-performance Sr-ferrite powder was prepared by a molten-salt method using Na2SO4 as the fluxing agent. In the reaction process, a mixture of superfine powder was pre-sintered at 1150 C for 3 h and then annealed at 850 C for 2 h. The as-obtained Sr-ferrite powder is SrFe12O19 with a hexagonal magnetoplumbite structure. We observe that with raising the pre-sintering temperature as well as increasing the annealing temperature and time, there is an enlargement of particle size. We regulated the reaction parameters to optimize the magnetic properties of the Sr-ferrite powder. The structure with the best magnetic properties is quasi-cubic in shape and relatively uniform in size, showing a coercivity of 471.89 kA m-1, a saturation magnetization of 91.51 Wb m kg-1, a remanence ratio of 0.50 and a maximum magnetic energy product of 7.89 kJ m-3. We then studied the effects of particle size, demagnetization factor and magnetocrystalline anisotropy on coercivity. Compared with the conventional ceramic process, the one presented here is more convenient and economical for the production of homogeneous hexagonal ferrite powders of high magnetic performance.

  14. Observation of magnetic anomalies in one-step solvothermally synthesized nickel-cobalt ferrite nanoparticles

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    Datt, Gopal; Sen Bishwas, Mousumi; Manivel Raja, M.; Abhyankar, A. C.

    2016-02-01

    Magnetic anomalies corresponding to the Verwey transition and reorientation of anisotropic vacancies are observed at 151 K and 306 K, respectively, in NiCoFe2O4 nanoparticles (NPs) synthesized by a modified-solvothermal method followed by annealing. Cationic disorder and spherical shape induced non-stoichiometry suppress the Verwey transition in the as-synthesized NPs. On the other hand, reorientation of anisotropic vacancies is quite robust. XRD and electron microscopy investigations confirm a single phase spinel structure and the surface morphology of the as-synthesized NPs changes from spherical to octahedral upon annealing. Rietveld analysis reveals that the Ni2+ ions migrate from tetrahedral (A) to octahedral (B) sites upon annealing. The Mössbauer results show canted spins in both the NPs and the strength of superexchange is stronger in Co-O-Fe than Ni-O-Fe. Magnetic force images show that the as-synthesised NPs are single-domain whereas the annealed NPs are multi-domain octahedral particles. The FMR study reveals that both the NPs have a broad FMR line-width; and resonance properties are consistent with the random anisotropy model. The broad inhomogeneous FMR line-width, observation of the Verwey transition, tuning of the magnetic domain structure as well as the magnetic properties suggest that the NiCoFe2O4 ferrite NPs may be promising for future generation spintronics, magneto-electronics, and ultra-high-density recording media as well as for radar absorbing applications.Magnetic anomalies corresponding to the Verwey transition and reorientation of anisotropic vacancies are observed at 151 K and 306 K, respectively, in NiCoFe2O4 nanoparticles (NPs) synthesized by a modified-solvothermal method followed by annealing. Cationic disorder and spherical shape induced non-stoichiometry suppress the Verwey transition in the as-synthesized NPs. On the other hand, reorientation of anisotropic vacancies is quite robust. XRD and electron microscopy investigations confirm a single phase spinel structure and the surface morphology of the as-synthesized NPs changes from spherical to octahedral upon annealing. Rietveld analysis reveals that the Ni2+ ions migrate from tetrahedral (A) to octahedral (B) sites upon annealing. The Mössbauer results show canted spins in both the NPs and the strength of superexchange is stronger in Co-O-Fe than Ni-O-Fe. Magnetic force images show that the as-synthesised NPs are single-domain whereas the annealed NPs are multi-domain octahedral particles. The FMR study reveals that both the NPs have a broad FMR line-width; and resonance properties are consistent with the random anisotropy model. The broad inhomogeneous FMR line-width, observation of the Verwey transition, tuning of the magnetic domain structure as well as the magnetic properties suggest that the NiCoFe2O4 ferrite NPs may be promising for future generation spintronics, magneto-electronics, and ultra-high-density recording media as well as for radar absorbing applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr06791j

  15. Long-circulating PEGylated manganese ferrite nanoparticles for MRI-based molecular imaging.

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    Pernia Leal, Manuel; Rivera-Fernández, Sara; Franco, Jaime M; Pozo, David; de la Fuente, Jesús M; García-Martín, María Luisa

    2015-02-01

    Magnetic resonance based molecular imaging has emerged as a very promising technique for early detection and treatment of a wide variety of diseases, including cancer, neurodegenerative disorders, and vascular diseases. The limited sensitivity and specificity of conventional MRI are being overcome by the development of a new generation of contrast agents, using nanotechnology approaches, with improved magnetic and biological properties. In particular, for molecular imaging, high specificity, high sensitivity, and long blood circulation times are required. Furthermore, the lack of toxicity and immunogenicity together with low-cost scalable production are also necessary to get them into the clinics. In this work, we describe a facile, robust and cost-effective ligand-exchange method to synthesize dual T1 and T2 MRI contrast agents with long circulation times. These contrast agents are based on manganese ferrite nanoparticles (MNPs) between 6 and 14 nm in size covered by a 3 kDa polyethylene glycol (PEG) shell that leads to a great stability in aqueous media with high crystallinity and magnetization values, thus retaining the magnetic properties of the uncovered MNPs. Moreover, the PEGylated MNPs have shown different relaxivities depending on their size and the magnetic field applied. Thus, the 6 nm PEGylated MNPs are characterized by a low r2/r1 ratio of 4.9 at 1.5 T, hence resulting in good dual T1 and T2 contrast agents under low magnetic fields, whereas the 14 nm MNPs behave as excellent T2 contrast agents under high magnetic fields (r2 = 335.6 mM(-1) s(-1)). The polymer core shell of the PEGylated MNPs minimizes their cytotoxicity, and allows long blood circulation times. This combination of cellular compatibility and excellent T2 and r2/r1 values under low magnetic fields, together with long circulation times, make these nanomaterials very promising contrast agents for molecular imaging. PMID:25554363

  16. Observation of magnetic anomalies in one-step solvothermally synthesized nickel-cobalt ferrite nanoparticles.

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    Datt, Gopal; Sen Bishwas, Mousumi; Manivel Raja, M; Abhyankar, A C

    2016-02-25

    Magnetic anomalies corresponding to the Verwey transition and reorientation of anisotropic vacancies are observed at 151 K and 306 K, respectively, in NiCoFe2O4 nanoparticles (NPs) synthesized by a modified-solvothermal method followed by annealing. Cationic disorder and spherical shape induced non-stoichiometry suppress the Verwey transition in the as-synthesized NPs. On the other hand, reorientation of anisotropic vacancies is quite robust. XRD and electron microscopy investigations confirm a single phase spinel structure and the surface morphology of the as-synthesized NPs changes from spherical to octahedral upon annealing. Rietveld analysis reveals that the Ni(2+) ions migrate from tetrahedral (A) to octahedral (B) sites upon annealing. The Mössbauer results show canted spins in both the NPs and the strength of superexchange is stronger in Co-O-Fe than Ni-O-Fe. Magnetic force images show that the as-synthesised NPs are single-domain whereas the annealed NPs are multi-domain octahedral particles. The FMR study reveals that both the NPs have a broad FMR line-width; and resonance properties are consistent with the random anisotropy model. The broad inhomogeneous FMR line-width, observation of the Verwey transition, tuning of the magnetic domain structure as well as the magnetic properties suggest that the NiCoFe2O4 ferrite NPs may be promising for future generation spintronics, magneto-electronics, and ultra-high-density recording media as well as for radar absorbing applications. PMID:26880070

  17. Elastic properties of nanocrystalline aluminum substituted nickel ferrites prepared by co-precipitation method

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    Patange, S. M.; Shirsath, Sagar E.; Jadhav, S. P.; Hogade, V. S.; Kamble, S. R.; Jadhav, K. M.

    2013-04-01

    NiAlxFe2-xO4 (x = 0.0-1.0 in the step of 0.2) spinel ferrite system was prepared by the co-precipitation method. The elemental compositional stoichiometry, microstructure, infrared spectral and elastic properties have been carried out by means of energy dispersive analysis of X-ray (EDAX), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and infrared spectroscopic (IR) measurements. Infrared spectra were carried out at room temperature in the wavenumber range of 300-800 cm-1. The IR spectra show three major absorption bands. High frequency bands '?1' is assigned to the tetrahedral and low frequency bands '?2' is assigned to the octahedral complex. Small frequency bands '?3' is assigned to Al3+O-2 complexes. Force constant for the tetrahedral and octahedral site was determined by using IR data. Force constant used to calculate the stiffness constants (C11 and C12). Using the values of stiffness constants; elastic moduli such as Young's modulus, bulk modulus, modulus of rigidity, Poisson ratio and Debye temperature were calculated.

  18. Load partitioning between ferrite/martensite and dispersed nanoparticles of a 9Cr ferritic/martensitic (F/M) ODS steel at high temperatures

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    Zhang, Guangming; Mo, Kun; Miao, Yinbin; Liu, Xiang; Almer, Jonathan; Zhou, Zhangjian; Stubbins, James F.

    2015-06-18

    In this study, a high-energy synchrotron radiation X-ray technique was used to investigate the tensile deformation processes of a 9Cr-ODS ferritic/martensitic (F/M) steel at different temperatures. Two minor phases within the 9Cr-ODS F/M steel matrix were identified as Y2Ti2O7 and TiN by the high-energy X-ray diffraction, and confirmed by the analysis using energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) of scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM). The lattice strains of the matrix and particles were measured through the entire tensile deformation process. During the tensile tests, the lattice strains of the ferrite/martensite and the particles (TiN and Y2Ti2O7) showed a strong temperature dependence, decreasing with increasing temperature. Analysis of the internal stress at three temperatures showed that the load partitioning between the ferrite/martensite and the particles (TiN and Y2Ti2O7) was initiated during sample yielding and reached to a peak during sample necking. At three studied temperatures, the internal stress of minor phases (Y2Ti2O7 and TiN) was about 2 times that of F/M matrix at yielding position, while the internal stress of Y2Ti2O7 and TiN reached about 4.5-6 times and 3-3.5 times that of the F/M matrix at necking position, respectively. It indicates that the strengthening of the matrix is due to minor phases (Y2Ti2O7 and TiN), especially Y2Ti2O7 particles. Although the internal stresses of all phases decreased with increasing temperature from RT to 600 degrees C, the ratio of internal stresses of each phase at necking position stayed in a stable range (internal stresses of Y2Ti2O7 and TiN were about 4.5-6 times and 3-3.5 times of that of F/M matrix, respectively). The difference between internal stress of the F/M matrix and the applied stress at 600 degrees C is slightly lower than those at RI and 300 degrees C, indicating that the nanoparticles still have good strengthening effect at 600 degrees C. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Anhydride functionalised calcium ferrite nanoparticles: a new selective magnetic material for enrichment of lead ions from water and food samples.

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    Pirouz, Mojgan Jafari; Beyki, Mostafa Hossein; Shemirani, Farzaneh

    2015-03-01

    In this research a sonochemistry route for manufacture of uniform nanocrystalline CaFe2O4 and its anhydride functionalisation were reported. The potential of raw and modified material as a magnetically separable sorbent in selective enrichment of lead ions from water and food samples is outlined. This material was characterised using FT-IR, XRD, SEM and VSM techniques. The SEM and VSM results indicated that the calcium ferrite nanoparticles are sphere-like particles possessing superparamagnetic properties with an average diameter of 40 nm. Various analytical parameters, including pH, contact time, type and concentration of eluent, adsorption capacity, sample volume and interference of ions, were optimised. Following a modification by anhydride, calcium ferrite selectivity toward lead ions was raised more than twofold compared to the unmodified nanoparticles. Finally a pre-concentration procedure was applied for determination of trace Pb(II) in canned tuna fish, canned tomato paste, parsley, milk and well-water samples with satisfactory results. PMID:25306327

  20. Low temperature-fired Ni-Cu-Zn ferrite nanoparticles through auto-combustion method for multilayer chip inductor applications.

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    Batoo, Khalid Mujasam; Ansari, Mohammad Shahnawaze

    2012-01-01

    Ferrite nanoparticles of basic composition Ni0.7-xZnxCu0.3Fe2O4 (0.0 ? x ? 0.2, x = 0.05) were synthesized through auto-combustion method and were characterized for structural properties using X-ray diffraction [XRD], scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy [FT-IR]. XRD analysis of the powder samples sintered at 600C for 4 h showed the cubic spinel structure for ferrites with a narrow size distribution from 28 to 32 nm. FT-IR showed two absorption bands (v1 and v2) that are attributed to the stretching vibration of tetrahedral and octahedral sites. The effect of Zn doping on the electrical properties was studied using dielectric and impedance spectroscopy at room temperature. The dielectric parameters (?', ??, tan?, and ?ac) show their maximum value for 10% Zn doping. The dielectric constant and loss tangent decrease with increasing frequency of the applied field. The results are explained in the light of dielectric polarization which is similar to the conduction phenomenon. The complex impedance shows that the conduction process in grown nanoparticles takes place predominantly through grain boundary volume.PACS: 75.50.Gg; 78.20; 77.22.Gm. PMID:22316055

  1. Low temperature-fired Ni-Cu-Zn ferrite nanoparticles through auto-combustion method for multilayer chip inductor applications

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    2012-01-01

    Ferrite nanoparticles of basic composition Ni0.7-xZnxCu0.3Fe2O4 (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.2, x = 0.05) were synthesized through auto-combustion method and were characterized for structural properties using X-ray diffraction [XRD], scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy [FT-IR]. XRD analysis of the powder samples sintered at 600°C for 4 h showed the cubic spinel structure for ferrites with a narrow size distribution from 28 to 32 nm. FT-IR showed two absorption bands (v1 and v2) that are attributed to the stretching vibration of tetrahedral and octahedral sites. The effect of Zn doping on the electrical properties was studied using dielectric and impedance spectroscopy at room temperature. The dielectric parameters (ε', ε″, tanδ, and σac) show their maximum value for 10% Zn doping. The dielectric constant and loss tangent decrease with increasing frequency of the applied field. The results are explained in the light of dielectric polarization which is similar to the conduction phenomenon. The complex impedance shows that the conduction process in grown nanoparticles takes place predominantly through grain boundary volume. PACS: 75.50.Gg; 78.20; 77.22.Gm. PMID:22316055

  2. Zero-valent iron nanoparticles preparation

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    Oropeza, S.; Corea, M.; Gmez-Yez, C.; Cruz-Rivera, J.J.; Navarro-Clemente, M.E.

    2012-06-15

    Graphical abstract: Zero-valent iron nanoparticles were synthesized by hydrogenating [Fe[N(Si(CH{sub 3}){sub 3}){sub 2}]{sub 2}] at room temperature and a pressure of 3 atm. The synthesized nanoparticles were spherical and had diameters less than 5 nm. Highlights: ? Zero-valent iron nanoparticles were synthesized by hydrogenating [Fe[N(Si(CH{sub 3}){sub 3}){sub 2}]{sub 2}]. ? The conditions of reaction were at room temperature and a pressure of 3 atm. ? The synthesized nanoparticles were spherical and had diameters less than 5 nm. -- Abstract: Zero-valent iron nanoparticles were synthesized by hydrogenating [Fe[N(Si(CH{sub 3}){sub 3}){sub 2}]{sub 2}] at room temperature and a pressure of 3 atm. To monitor the reaction, a stainless steel pressure reactor lined with PTFE and mechanically stirred was designed. This design allowed the extraction of samples at different times, minimizing the perturbation in the system. In this way, the shape and the diameter of the nanoparticles produced during the reaction were also monitored. The results showed the production of zero-valent iron nanoparticles that were approximately 5 nm in diameter arranged in agglomerates. The agglomerates grew to 900 nm when the reaction time increased up to 12 h; however, the diameter of the individual nanoparticles remained almost the same. During the reaction, some byproducts constituted by amino species acted as surfactants; therefore, no other surfactants were necessary.

  3. Novel Methods of Lipidic Nanoparticle Preparation and Drug Loading

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    Maitani, Y.

    2013-09-01

    In improving cancer chemotherapy, lipidic nanoparticle systems for drug delivery, such as liposomes and emulsions, have received much attention because they are capable of delivering their drug payload selectively to cancer cells and of circulating for a long period in the bloodstream. In addition, lipidic nanoparticles have been examined for use in gene delivery as a non-viral vector. Preparation methods of particles and drug loading methods are crucial for the physicochemical properties of nanoparticles, which are the key aspects for pharmaceutical applications. This review describes new preparation methods for nanoparticles and a loading method for drugs using nanotechnology, including an evaluation of nanoparticles from the point of drug release for applications in cancer therapy and gene delivery.

  4. Antifungal activity of gold nanoparticles prepared by solvothermal method

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    Ahmad, Tokeer; Wani, Irshad A.; Lone, Irfan H.; Ganguly, Aparna; Manzoor, Nikhat; Ahmad, Aijaz; Ahmed, Jahangeer; Al-Shihri, Ayed S.

    2013-01-15

    Graphical abstract: Gold nanoparticles (7 and 15 nm) of very high surface area (329 and 269 m{sup 2}/g) have been successfully synthesized through solvothermal method by using tin chloride and sodium borohydride as reducing agents. As-prepared gold nanoparticles shows very excellent antifungal activity against Candida isolates and activity increases with decrease in the particle size. Display Omitted Highlights: ► Effect of reducing agents on the morphology of gold nanoparticles. ► Highly uniform and monodisperse gold nanoparticles (7 nm). ► Highest surface area of gold nanoparticles (329 m{sup 2/}g). ► Excellent antifungal activity of gold nanoparticles against Candida strains. -- Abstract: Gold nanoparticles have been successfully synthesized by solvothermal method using SnCl{sub 2} and NaBH{sub 4} as reducing agents. X-ray diffraction studies show highly crystalline and monophasic nature of the gold nanoparticles with face centred cubic structure. The transmission electron microscopic studies show the formation of nearly spherical gold nanoparticles of average size of 15 nm using SnCl{sub 2}, however, NaBH{sub 4} produced highly uniform, monodispersed and spherical gold nanoparticles of average grain size of 7 nm. A high surface area of 329 m{sup 2}/g for 7 nm and 269 m{sup 2}/g for 15 nm gold nanoparticles was observed. UV–vis studies assert the excitations over the visible region due to transverse and longitudinal surface plasmon modes. The gold nanoparticles exhibit excellent size dependant antifungal activity and greater biocidal action against Candida isolates for 7 nm sized gold nanoparticles restricting the transmembrane H{sup +} efflux of the Candida species than 15 nm sized gold nanoparticles.

  5. Preparations of Platinum Nanoparticles and Their Catalytic Performances.

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    Jung, Sang Chul; Nahm, Seung Won; Jung, Ho Young; Park, Young-Kwon; Seo, Seong Gyu; Kim, Sang Chai

    2015-07-01

    This work investigates the effect of reducing agents and stabilizing agent on the preparation of platinum nanoparticles. We used H2PtCl6 as a precursor and hydrogen and sodium borohydride as reducing agents to prepare colloidal platinum nanoparticles. Polyvinylpyrrolidones (PVPs) is used as a stabilizing agent. Hydrogen and sodium borohydride are used as reducing agents. The prepared platinum nanoparticles are characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffractometer (XRD). The concentrations of the precursor and the stabilizing agent influence the size of platinum nanoparticles, while the reducing agents influence the morphologies and structures of platinum nanoparticles. Supported platinum catalysts (CPt-NaBH4, CPt-H2) are prepared from colloidal platinum nanoparticles and γ-Al2O3. For comparison, another supported platinum catalyst (IPt) is prepared by the conventional impregnation method with an aqueous H2PtCL6 solution and γ-AL2O3. The catalytic activities of CPts are superior to that of IPt on the basis of benzene conversion. PMID:26373160

  6. Structure and magnetic properties of Co and Ni nano-ferrites prepared by a two step direct microemulsions synthesis

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    Puliov, P.; Kov?, J.; Voigt, A.; Raschman, P.

    2013-09-01

    Nano-particles of CoFe2O4, NiFe2O4 and Co0.5Ni0.5Fe2O4 were synthesized by a two step microemulsion precipitation where inverse micelles of water in hexanol were stabilized using cetyltrimethylammonium bromide. Powder X-ray diffraction analysis and Transmission electron microscopy measurements provided data to clarify the crystal structure and size of the produced nano-particles. Different measurements of magnetic properties at low temperatures of 2 K revealed that nano-particles of NiFe2O4 represent magnetically soft ferrite with a coercivity ?40 kA/m, whereas nano-particles of CoFe2O4 and Co0.5Ni0.5Fe2O4 were magnetically harder with a coercivity of 815 and 947 kA/m, respectively. Additionally zero field cooling and field cooling measurements provided data for estimating the blocking temperature of the materials produced. For NiFe2O4 this temperature is lower, 23 K. The blocking temperature of CoFe2O4 of 238 K and Co0.5Ni0.5Fe2O4 of 268 K are higher in comparison with NiFe2O4.

  7. Environmentally friendly preparation of metal nanoparticles

    EPA Science Inventory

    The book chapter summarizes the “state of the art” in the exploitation of various environmentally-friendly synthesis approaches, reaction precursors and conditions to manufacture metal and metal oxide nanoparticles for a vast variety of purposes.

  8. Environmentally friendly preparation of metal nanoparticles

    EPA Science Inventory

    The book chapter summarizes the state of the art in the exploitation of various environmentally-friendly synthesis approaches, reaction precursors and conditions to manufacture metal and metal oxide nanoparticles for a vast variety of purposes.

  9. Structure, morphology and magnetic properties of Mg((x))Zn((1 - x))Fe2O4 ferrites prepared by polyol and aqueous co-precipitation methods: a low-toxicity alternative to Ni((x))Zn((1 - x))Fe2O4 ferrites.

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    Daigle, A; Modest, J; Geiler, A L; Gillette, S; Chen, Y; Geiler, M; Hu, B; Kim, S; Stopher, K; Vittoria, C; Harris, V G

    2011-07-29

    The synthesis and properties of Mg((x))Zn((1 - x))Fe(2)O(4) spinel ferrites as a low-toxicity alternative to the technologically significant Ni((x))Zn((1 - x))Fe(2)O(4) ferrites are reported. Ferrite nanoparticles have been formed through both the polyol and aqueous co-precipitation methods that can be readily adapted to industrial scale synthesis to satisfy the demand of a variety of commercial applications. The structure, morphology and magnetic properties of Mg((x))Zn((1 - x))Fe(2)O(4) were studied as a function of composition and particle size. Scanning electron microscopy images show particles synthesised by the aqueous co-precipitation method possess a broad size distribution (i.e. ? 80-120 nm) with an average diameter of the order of 100 nm 20 nm and could be produced in high process yields of up to 25 g l(-1). In contrast, particles synthesised by the polyol-based co-precipitation method possess a narrower size distribution with an average diameter in the 30 nm 5 nm range but are limited to smaller yields of ? 6 g l(-1). Furthermore, the polyol synthesis method was shown to control average particle size by varying the length of the glycol surfactant chain. Particles prepared by both methods are compared with respect to their phase purity, crystal structure, morphology, magnetic properties and microwave properties. PMID:21719975

  10. Properties of Cr-substituted M-type barium ferrites prepared by nitrate citrate gel-autocombustion process

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    Ounnunkad, S.; Winotai, P.

    2006-06-01

    The Cr-substituted M-type barium hexaferrites, BaFe 12-xCr xO 19, with x=0.0-0.8 have been successfully prepared by nitrate-citrate auto-combustion process using citric acid as a fuel/reductant and nitrates as oxidants. The resulting precursors were calcined at 1100 C for 1 h and followed by sintering at 1200 C for 12 h in oxygen atmosphere. The ferrites were systematically investigated by using powder X-ray diffractometer (XRD), magnetic hysteresis recorder, Mssbauer spectrometer, and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The XRD data show the formation of pure magnetoplumbite phase without any other impurity phases. Both a and c lattice parameters calculated by the Rietveld method systematically decrease with increasing Cr content. The effects of Cr 3+ ions on the barium ferrites were reported and discussed in detail. The site preference of Cr 3+ and magnetic properties of the ferrites have been studied using Mssbauer spectra and hystereses. The results show that the magnetic properties are closely related to the distributions of Cr 3+ ions on the five crystallographic sites. The saturation magnetization systematically decreases, however, the coercivity increases with Cr concentration. The magnetization and Mssbauer results indicate that the Cr 3+ ions preferentially occupy the 2a, 12k, and 4f VI sites. The average size of hexagonal platelets obtained by SEM photographs tends to decrease with respect to Cr content.

  11. Composition and hydrophilicity control of Mn-doped ferrite (MnxFe3-xO4) nanoparticles induced by polyol differentiation.

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    Vamvakidis, Kosmas; Katsikini, Maria; Vourlias, George; Angelakeris, Mavroeidis; Paloura, Eleni C; Dendrinou-Samara, Catherine

    2015-03-28

    Manganese doped ferrite (MnxFe3-xO4) nanoparticles with x = 0.29-0.77 were prepared under solvothermal conditions in the presence solely of a polyol using the trivalent manganese and iron acetylacetonates as precursors. In this facile approach, a variety of polyols such as polyethylene glycol (PEG 8000), tetraethylene glycol (TEG), propylene glycol (PG) and a mixture of TEG and PG (1?:?1) were utilized in a triple role as a solvent, a reducing agent and a surface-functionalizing agent. The composition of the fine cubic-spinel structures was found to be related to the reductive ability of each polyol, while determination of structural characteristics plus the inversion parameter (i = 0.18-0.38) were provided by X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy at both the Fe and Mn K-edges. The saturation magnetization increased up to 80 emu g(-1) when x = 0.35 and i = 0.22. In addition, the as-prepared nanocrystals coated with PEG, PG and PG&TEG showed excellent colloidal stability in water, while the TEG-coated particles were not water dispersible and converted to hydrophilic when were extra PEGylated. Measurements of the (1)H NMR relaxation in water were carried out and the nanoprobes were evaluated as potential contrast agents. PMID:25689845

  12. Long-circulating PEGylated manganese ferrite nanoparticles for MRI-based molecular imaging

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    Pernia Leal, Manuel; Rivera-Fernández, Sara; Franco, Jaime M.; Pozo, David; de La Fuente, Jesús M.; García-Martín, María Luisa

    2015-01-01

    Magnetic resonance based molecular imaging has emerged as a very promising technique for early detection and treatment of a wide variety of diseases, including cancer, neurodegenerative disorders, and vascular diseases. The limited sensitivity and specificity of conventional MRI are being overcome by the development of a new generation of contrast agents, using nanotechnology approaches, with improved magnetic and biological properties. In particular, for molecular imaging, high specificity, high sensitivity, and long blood circulation times are required. Furthermore, the lack of toxicity and immunogenicity together with low-cost scalable production are also necessary to get them into the clinics. In this work, we describe a facile, robust and cost-effective ligand-exchange method to synthesize dual T1 and T2 MRI contrast agents with long circulation times. These contrast agents are based on manganese ferrite nanoparticles (MNPs) between 6 and 14 nm in size covered by a 3 kDa polyethylene glycol (PEG) shell that leads to a great stability in aqueous media with high crystallinity and magnetization values, thus retaining the magnetic properties of the uncovered MNPs. Moreover, the PEGylated MNPs have shown different relaxivities depending on their size and the magnetic field applied. Thus, the 6 nm PEGylated MNPs are characterized by a low r2/r1 ratio of 4.9 at 1.5 T, hence resulting in good dual T1 and T2 contrast agents under low magnetic fields, whereas the 14 nm MNPs behave as excellent T2 contrast agents under high magnetic fields (r2 = 335.6 mM-1 s-1). The polymer core shell of the PEGylated MNPs minimizes their cytotoxicity, and allows long blood circulation times. This combination of cellular compatibility and excellent T2 and r2/r1 values under low magnetic fields, together with long circulation times, make these nanomaterials very promising contrast agents for molecular imaging.Magnetic resonance based molecular imaging has emerged as a very promising technique for early detection and treatment of a wide variety of diseases, including cancer, neurodegenerative disorders, and vascular diseases. The limited sensitivity and specificity of conventional MRI are being overcome by the development of a new generation of contrast agents, using nanotechnology approaches, with improved magnetic and biological properties. In particular, for molecular imaging, high specificity, high sensitivity, and long blood circulation times are required. Furthermore, the lack of toxicity and immunogenicity together with low-cost scalable production are also necessary to get them into the clinics. In this work, we describe a facile, robust and cost-effective ligand-exchange method to synthesize dual T1 and T2 MRI contrast agents with long circulation times. These contrast agents are based on manganese ferrite nanoparticles (MNPs) between 6 and 14 nm in size covered by a 3 kDa polyethylene glycol (PEG) shell that leads to a great stability in aqueous media with high crystallinity and magnetization values, thus retaining the magnetic properties of the uncovered MNPs. Moreover, the PEGylated MNPs have shown different relaxivities depending on their size and the magnetic field applied. Thus, the 6 nm PEGylated MNPs are characterized by a low r2/r1 ratio of 4.9 at 1.5 T, hence resulting in good dual T1 and T2 contrast agents under low magnetic fields, whereas the 14 nm MNPs behave as excellent T2 contrast agents under high magnetic fields (r2 = 335.6 mM-1 s-1). The polymer core shell of the PEGylated MNPs minimizes their cytotoxicity, and allows long blood circulation times. This combination of cellular compatibility and excellent T2 and r2/r1 values under low magnetic fields, together with long circulation times, make these nanomaterials very promising contrast agents for molecular imaging. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional experimental details including TEM images of MNPs, size distribution graphs, thermogravimetric curves, FTIR spectra, and XRD patterns of MNPs. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr05781c

  13. Novel method for the preparation of explosives nanoparticles

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    Barreto-Cabn, Marcos A.; Pacheco-Londoo, Leonardo; Ramrez, Michael L.; Hernndez-Rivera, Samuel P.

    2006-05-01

    We report the preparation of explosives nanoparticles of RDX and TNT in a variety of substrates that include glass, silicon and stainless steel. The explosive nanoparticles were prepared by means of pneumatically assisted nebulization (PAN) using an electrospray (ESI) needle, which allowed for the direct deposit of the energetic material onto the substrate. The deposited nanoparticles were characterized by optical microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) and Raman Microscopy. SEM micrographs showed that the process produced particles with a mean size in the range of 80-500 nm and a narrow size distribution. For TNT, the process produced smaller particles with a narrower size distribution. The EDX spectrum showed the presence of carbon, nitrogen and oxygen consistent with the elemental composition of the energetic materials. The chemical properties of the nanoparticles were also determined by vibrational spectroscopy.

  14. Preparation and characterization of stearic acid-pullulan nanoparticles.

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    Kim, In-Sook; Oh, In-Joon

    2010-05-01

    For a new anticancer drug carrier, we synthesized 4 compositions of amphiphilic stearic acidconjugated pullulan (SAP) and characterized them with FT-IR spectroscopy. Crystalline changes were verified by x-ray diffraction patterns before and after synthesis of the SAP conjugate. SAP nanoparticles were prepared by a diafiltration method, and the fluorescence spectroscopy using pyrene showed particle self-assembly in water. SAP nanoparticles were spherical in TEM photos, and particle size ranged between 200 approximately 500 nm in photon correlation spectroscopy. Release of all-trans-retinoic acid from the SAP nanoparticles was maintained over 5 weeks. For further study in vivo, we tested the cytotoxicity of SAP nanoparticles using an MTT assay, and cytotoxicity was augmented as the molar mass of stearic acid increased in human liver carcinoma HepG2 cells. Therefore, SAP nanoparticles might be a promising longterm delivery carrier for hydrophobic therapeutic molecules with the appropriate composition. PMID:20512475

  15. Effect of zinc concentration on the structural and magnetic properties of mixed Co-Zn ferrites nanoparticles synthesized by sol/gel method

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    Ben Ali, M.; El Maalam, K.; El Moussaoui, H.; Mounkachi, O.; Hamedoun, M.; Masrour, R.; Hlil, E. K.; Benyoussef, A.

    2016-01-01

    Synthesization of zinc-substituted cobalt ferrites nano-particles Co1-xZnxFe2O4 (x=0.0-0.3) has been achieved by the sol/gel method. The characterization of the synthesized nano-particles has been done by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FITR). The relation between the composition and magnetic properties has been investigated by Magnetic Properties Measurement System (MPMS). The results revealed that the nanoparticles size is in the range of 11-28 nm. It was found that the zinc substitution in cobalt ferrite increases saturation magnetization from 60.92 emu/g (x=0) to 74.67 emu/g (x=0.3). Nevertheless, zinc concentrations cause a significant decrease in coercivity.

  16. Preparation of magnetic fluorescent hollow nanoparticles with multi-layer

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    Sun, Xiuxue; Zhang, Jimei; Dai, Zhao; Li, Ping; Zhou, Wen; Zheng, Guo

    2009-07-01

    A kind of novel magnetic fluorescent hollow nanoparticles with multi-layer shells by layer-by-layer self-assembly process was presented in this paper. Non-crosslinking poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) nanoparticles as core with 250 nm in diameters were prepared by distillation-precipitation polymerization in acetonitrile with 2, 2'-Azobisisobutyronitrile (AIBN) as initiator and without any stabilizer and crosslinker. Then 4-vinylpyridine (4-VPy) as monomer was selfassembled on the surface of PAA nanoparticles because of hydrogen-bonding effect between the surface carboxyl of PAA nanoparticles and pyridine of 4-VPy. The 4-VPy as first shell layer were crosslinked by ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) by seeds distillation-precipitation polymerization in acetonitrile. The core/shell structure of this kind of nanoparticles was investigated by FT-IR and TEM. We can find that the products had an absorption peak at 1641 cm-1 from the FT-IR, which showed that the vinyl groups had been connected in the polyAA microspheres. After that, the non-crosslinking PAA core was removed under a solution of sodium hydroxide in ethanol-water. On the other hand, CdTe quantum dots (QDs) with about 3 nm in diameters as shell were prepared in aqueous solution with 3- mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) as stabilizer and 1, 6-hexylenediamime modified Fe3O4 nanoparticles with about 11 nm in diameters as core were synthesized in water respectively. Because of the hydrogen-bonding between the surface carboxyl of MPA on CdTe QDs and the amino on Fe3O4 nanoparticles, the core/shell magnetic-fluorescent nanoparticles were obtained. Then, the magnetic-fluorescent nanoparticles as second shell layer were self-assembled on the hollow 4VPy nanoparticles.

  17. Preparation of nanocrystalline Fe 3-x LaxO4 ferrite and their adsorption capability for Congo red.

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    Wang, Lixia; Li, Jianchen; Wang, Yingqi; Zhao, Lijun

    2011-11-30

    This investigation was to increase the adsorption capacity of magnetite for Congo red (CR) by adulterating a small quantity of La(3+) ions into it. The adsorption capability of nanocrystalline Fe(3-x)La(x)O(4) (x=0, 0.01, 0.05, 0.10) ferrite to remove CR from aqueous solution was evaluated carefully. Compared with undoped magnetite, the adsorption values were increased from 37.4 to 79.1 mg g(-1). The experimental results prove that it is effectual to increase the adsorption capacity of magnetite by doped La(3+) ions. Among the La(3+)-doped magnetite, Fe(2.95)La(0.05)O(4) nanoparticles exhibit the highest saturation magnetization and the maximum adsorption capability. The desorption ability of La(3+)-doped magnetite nanoparticles loaded by CR can reach 92% after the treatment of acetone. Furthermore, the Fe(3-x)La(x)O(4) nanoparticles exhibited a clearly ferromagnetic behavior under applied magnetic field, which allowed their high-efficient magnetic separation from wastewater. It is found that high magnetism facilitates to improve their adsorption capacity for the similar products. PMID:21944701

  18. Effect of Ni2+ substitution on structural and magnetic properties of Ni-Zn ferritenanoparticles

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    Srinivas, Ch.; Tirupanyam, B. V.; Satish, A.; Seshubai, V.; Sastry, D. L.; Caltun, O. F.

    2015-05-01

    A series of co-precipitated NixZn1-xFe2O4 (x=0.5, 0.6, 0.7) ferrite nanoparticles heat treated at 200 C were produced in order to understand the influence of substitution level on structural and magnetic properties including magnetocrystalline anisotropy. The XRD, FE-SEM, VSM and FC-ZFC techniques were used to characterize the samples. It is observed that as Ni2+ concentration increases crystallite size (D), saturation magnetization (Ms) and blocking temperature (TB) and decreases coercive field (Hc). All particles exhibit superparamagnetism at room temperature and hence lie in the single domain range. The magnetic anisotropy constant (K) is estimated to be maximum for Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 sample, whose particle size is the smallest. The results are interpreted presuming the presence of core shell interactions and/or cation redistribution that influence the magnetic properties of these ferrite nano particles.

  19. Preparation and Properties of Various Magnetic Nanoparticles

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    Drbohlavova, Jana; Hrdy, Radim; Adam, Vojtech; Kizek, Rene; Schneeweiss, Oldrich; Hubalek, Jaromir

    2009-01-01

    The fabrications of iron oxides nanoparticles using co-precipitation and gadolinium nanoparticles using water in oil microemulsion method are reported in this paper. Results of detailed phase analysis by XRD and Mössbauer spectroscopy are discussed. XRD analysis revealed that the crystallite size (mean coherence length) of iron oxides (mainly γ-Fe2O3) in the Fe2O3 sample was 30 nm, while in Fe2O3/SiO2 where the ε-Fe2O3 phase dominated it was only 14 nm. Gd/SiO2 nanoparticles were found to be completely amorphous, according to XRD. The samples showed various shapes of hysteresis loops and different coercivities. Differences in the saturation magnetization (MS) correspond to the chemical and phase composition of the sample materials. However, we observed that MS was not reached in the case of Fe2O3/SiO2, while for Gd/SiO2 sample the MS value was extremely low. Therefore we conclude that only unmodified Fe2O3 nanoparticles are suitable for intended biosensing application in vitro (e.g. detection of viral nucleic acids) and the phase purification of this sample for this purpose is not necessary. PMID:22574017

  20. Preparation of Chitosan Nanoparticles: A Study of Influencing Factors

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    Thakur, Anupama; Taranjit

    2011-12-01

    Chitosan (CS), a cationic polysaccharide, offers great advantages for ionic interactions with negatively charged species such as sodium tripolyphosphate (STPP) leading to the formation of biocompatible crosslinked chitosan nanoparticles In the present work, an attempt has been made to systematically study the following factors influencing the ionotropic gelation of chitosan with STPP to produce CS nanoparticles: effect of pH of solution, CS concentration, STPP concentration and CS/STPP ratio. The results show that with the increase in CS concentration, the yield of the nanoparticle decreases whereas size increases. The mean size of the prepared nanoparticles varied between 120 to 720 nm and zeta potential between +14 mV to +53 mV. Nanoparticle size and yield was found to be strongly dependent on solution pH. Nanoparticle size decreased with increase in solution pH from 4 to 5 and yield was found to be maximum at pH = 5. With increase in STPP concentration, the size and yield of the nanoparticle increased. The potential of CS nanoparticles to trap amoxicillin trihydrate, taken as the model drug, was also studied. The maximum drug loading capacity was found to be 35% at a solution pH = 5 for 0.2% CS and 0.086% STPP.

  1. Microwave absorption properties of polymer composites with amorphous Fe-B and Ni-Zn-Co ferrite nanoparticles

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    Shimba, Kazuaki; Yuki, Shozo; Tezuka, Nobuki; Sugimoto, Satoshi

    2013-06-01

    Nowadays, many communication devices use GHz-range microwaves, which cause serious issues, such as electromagnetic interference. For the prevention of these problems, microwave absorbers consisting of polymer composites with magnetic particles have received attention. With the current trend being to miniaturize devices, thin microwave absorber are now required. This paper reports that polymer composites with amorphous Fe-B submicrometer particles and Ni-Zn-Co ferrite nanoparticles showed a permeability of µ r ' = 8.0-9.0 at 1.0 GHz and a resonant frequency of f r = 1.8-2.4 GHz. They also exhibited good microwave absorption properties at 0.7-1.4 GHz for thicknesses of 2.5-3.9 mm.

  2. Preparation of Mn, Ni, Co ferrite highly porous silica nanocomposite aerogels by an urea-assisted sol-gel procedure.

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    Loche, Danilo; Casula, Maria F; Falqui, Andrea; Marras, Sergio; Corrias, Anna

    2010-02-01

    The preparation of highly porous MnFe2O4-SiO2 and NiFe2O4-SiO2 nanocomposite aerogels with high purity and homogeneity was successfully achieved by a sol-gel procedure involving urea-assisted co-gelation of the precursor phases firstly applied for the synthesis of CoFe2O4-SiO2. This method allows fast gelation, giving rise to aerogels with 97% porosity. The structural, morphological and textural characterization as a function of thermal treatments was carried out by a multitechnique approach confirming that, as in the case of CoFe2O4-SiO2, the formation of single nanocrystals of manganese ferrite and nickel ferrite with spinel structure occurs after heating at 750 degrees C and is complete at 900 degrees C when the high porosity typical of aerogels is still retained. Thermogravimetric analysis (TG), differential thermal analysis (DTA), N2-physisorption at 77 K, powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) indicate that the compositional homogeneity, crystallite size, thermal stability, and porosity are controlled by the sol-gel parameters of the preparation. PMID:20352749

  3. Preparation of platinum nanoparticle catalyst for propane dehydrogenation.

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    Li, Jun; Wang, Jun; Ma, Zhanhua; Sun, Lanyi; Hu, Yangdong

    2014-09-01

    Supported Pt nanoparticle catalysts were prepared by combing a chemical reduction method with an ultrasonic sonication loading method. Several techniques including transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nitrogen sorption technique and pyridine adsorption Fourier-transform infrared (Py-IR) were applied to characterize the physicochemical properties of these catalysts. The catalytic performance of catalysts was evaluated in the dehydrogenation of propane. The influence of the preparation method of Pt nanoparticles, the ratio of Polyvinyl Pyrrolidone (PVP) to Pt, loading method and different supports on the catalytic performance was investigated. PVP is useful for controlling the size of Pt nanoparticles and a PVP/Pt ratio of 15 is favorable to achieve a good catalytic performance. NaBH4 reduction is better than ethanol refluxing in preparing Pt nanoparticles. The ultrasonic sonication is effective to load the Pt nanoparticles onto the support channels. The mesoporous alumina proved to be a good catalyst support due to its high surface area and unique pore structure. PMID:25924358

  4. Preparation of candesartan and atorvastatin nanoparticles by solvent evaporation.

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    Vaculikova, Eliska; Grunwaldova, Veronika; Kral, Vladimir; Dohnal, Jiri; Jampilek, Josef

    2012-01-01

    The solubility, absorption and distribution of a drug are involved in the basic aspects of oral bioavailability Solubility is an essential characteristic and influences the efficiency of the drug. Over the last ten years, the number of poorly soluble drugs has steadily increased. One of the progressive ways for increasing oral bioavaibility is the technique of nanoparticle preparation, which allows many drugs to thus reach the intended site of action. Candesartan cilexetil and atorvastatin, belonging to class II of the biopharmaceutical classification system, were chosen as model active pharmaceutical ingredients in this study. Forty samples were prepared either by antisolvent precipitation/solvent evaporation method or by the emulsion/solvent evaporation technique with various commonly used surface-active excipients as nanoparticle stabilizers. All samples were analyzed by means of dynamic light scattering. The particle size of the determined 36 nanoparticle samples was to 574 nm, whereas 32 samples contained nanoparticles of less than 200 nm. Relationships between solvents and excipients used and their amount are discussed. Based on the results the investigated solvent evaporation methods can be used as an effective and an affordable technique for the preparation of nanoparticles. PMID:23132139

  5. Preparation, characterization and optimization of glipizide controlled release nanoparticles

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    Emami, J.; Boushehri, M.S. Shetab; Varshosaz, J.

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of the present study was to develop glipizide controlled release nanoparticles using alginate and chitosan thorough ionotropic controlled gelation method. Glipizide is a frequently prescribed second generation sulfonylurea which lowers the blood glucose in type-two diabetics. Quick absorption of the drug from the gastrointestinal tract along with short half- life of elimination makes it a good candidate for controlled release formulations. Alginate-chitosan nanoparticles (ACNP) are convenient controlled delivery systems for glipizide, due to both the release limiting properties of the system, and the bioadhesive nature of the polymers. In the present study, glipizide loaded alginate-chitosan nanoparticles (GlACNP) were prepared, and the particle characteristics including particle size (PS), zeta potential (ZP), entrapment efficiency (EE%), loading percent (LP), and mean release time (MRT), as well as the morphology of the nanoparticles, the drug-excipient compatibility, and the release kinetics along with the drug diffusion mechanism were evaluated. The results suggested that ionotropic controlled gelation method offers the possibility of preparing the nanoparticles in mild conditions in an aqueous environment, and can lead to the preparation of particles with favorable size, controlled release characteristics, and high entrapment efficiency, serving as a convenient delivery system for glipizide. The particle and release characteristics can be efficiently optimized using the Box-Behnken design. Based on the findings of the present study, it is expected that this novel formulation be a superior therapeutic alternative to the currently available glipizide delivery systems. PMID:25657802

  6. Platinum adlayered ruthenium nanoparticles, method for preparing, and uses thereof

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    Tong, YuYe; Du, Bingchen

    2015-08-11

    A superior, industrially scalable one-pot ethylene glycol-based wet chemistry method to prepare platinum-adlayered ruthenium nanoparticles has been developed that offers an exquisite control of the platinum packing density of the adlayers and effectively prevents sintering of the nanoparticles during the deposition process. The wet chemistry based method for the controlled deposition of submonolayer platinum is advantageous in terms of processing and maximizing the use of platinum and can, in principle, be scaled up straightforwardly to an industrial level. The reactivity of the Pt(31)-Ru sample was about 150% higher than that of the industrial benchmark PtRu (1:1) alloy sample but with 3.5 times less platinum loading. Using the Pt(31)-Ru nanoparticles would lower the electrode material cost compared to using the industrial benchmark alloy nanoparticles for direct methanol fuel cell applications.

  7. Paraoxonase 1-bound magnetic nanoparticles: preparation and characterizations.

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    Kockar, Feray; Beyaz, Seda; Sinan, Selma; Kkar, Hakan; Demir, Dudu; Eryilmaz, Seda; Tanrisever, Taner; Arslan, Oktay

    2010-11-01

    This is most probably the first time that covalently binding of Human serum paraoxonase 1 (PON1) to superparamagnetic magnetite nanoparticles via carbodiimide activation was investigated and presented in this study. PON1 was purified from human serum using ammonium sulfate precipitation and hydrophobic interaction chromatography (Sepharose 4B, L-tyrosine, 1-Napthylamine) and magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles were prepared by co-precipitation Fe(+2) and Fe(+3) ions in an ammonia solution at room temperature. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the magnetic measurements showed that the nanoparticles are magnetite and superparamagnetic, respectively. Direct measurements by dynamic light scattering revealed that the hydrodynamic size was 16.76 nm with polydispersity index (PDI: 0.234). The analysis of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy revealed that the PON1 was properly bound to magnetic nanoparticles replacing the characteristic band of -NH2 at 1629 cm(-1) with the protein characteristic band at 1744 cm(-1) and 1712 cm(-1). Magnetic measurements determined that PON1-bound nanoparticles have also favorable superparamagnetic properties with zero coercivity and remanence though a slightly smaller saturation magnetization due to the decrease of magnetic moment in the volume friction. The kinetic measurements indicated the PON1-bound nanoparticles retained 70% of its original activity and exhibited an improved stability than did the free enzyme. The PON1 enzyme is seen to be quite convenient to bind superparamagnetic nanoparticles as support material. PMID:21137981

  8. Self-assembled organic-inorganic magnetic hybrid adsorbent ferrite based on cyclodextrin nanoparticles.

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    Denadai, Angelo M L; De Sousa, Frederico B; Passos, Joel J; Guatimosim, Fernando C; Barbosa, Kirla D; Burgos, Ana E; de Oliveira, Fernando Castro; da Silva, Jeann C; Neves, Bernardo R A; Mohallem, Nelcy D S; Sinisterra, Rubn D

    2012-01-01

    Organic-inorganic magnetic hybrid materials (MHMs) combine a nonmagnetic and a magnetic component by means of electrostatic interactions or covalent bonds, and notable features can be achieved. Herein, we describe an application of a self-assembled material based on ferrite associated with ?-cyclodextrin (Fe-Ni/Zn/?CD) at the nanoscale level. This MHM and pure ferrite (Fe-Ni/Zn) were used as an adsorbent system for Cr(3+) and Cr(2)O(7) (2-) ions in aqueous solutions. Prior to the adsorption studies, both ferrites were characterized in order to determine the particle size distribution, morphology and available binding sites on the surface of the materials. Microscopy analysis demonstrated that both ferrites present two different size domains, at the micro- and nanoscale level, with the latter being able to self-assemble into larger particles. Fe-Ni/Zn/?CD presented smaller particles and a more homogeneous particle size distribution. Higher porosity for this MHM compared to Fe-Ni/Zn was observed by Brunauer-Emmett-Teller isotherms and positron-annihilation-lifetime spectroscopy. Based on the pKa values, potentiometric titrations demonstrated the presence of ?CD in the inorganic matrix, indicating that the lamellar structures verified by transmission electronic microscopy can be associated with ?CD assembled structures. Colloidal stability was inferred as a function of time at different pH values, indicating the sedimentation rate as a function of pH. Zeta potential measurements identified an amphoteric behavior for the Fe-Ni/Zn/?CD, suggesting its better capability to remove ions (cations and anions) from aqueous solutions compared to that of Fe-Ni/Zn. PMID:23209524

  9. Preparation of mesoporous cadmium sulfide nanoparticles with moderate pore size

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    Han Zhaohui Zhu, Huaiyong; Shi, Jeffrey; Parkinson, Gordon; Lu, G.Q.

    2007-03-15

    The preparation of cadmium sulfide nanoparticles that have a moderate pore size is reported. This preparation method involves a hydrothermal process that produces a precursor mixture and a following acid treatment of the precursor to get the porous material. The majority of the particles have a pore size close to 20nm, which complements and fills in the gap between the existing cadmium sulfide materials, which usually have a pore size either less than 10nm or are well above 100nm.

  10. Preparation of metallic nanoparticles by irradiation in starch aqueous solution

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    Nemţanu, Monica R. Braşoveanu, Mirela Iacob, Nicuşor

    2014-11-24

    Colloidal silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were synthesized in a single step by electron beam irradiation reduction of silver ions in aqueous solution containing starch. The nanoparticles were characterized by spectrophotocolorimetry and compared with those obtained by chemical (thermal) reduction method. The results showed that the smaller sizes of AgNPs were prepared with higher yields as the irradiation dose increased. The broadening of particle size distribution occurred by increasing of irradiation dose and dose rate. Chromatic parameters such as b* (yellow-blue coordinate), C* (chroma) and ΔE{sub ab} (total color difference) could characterize the nanoparticles with respect of their concentration. Hue angle h{sup o} was correlated to the particle size distribution. Experimental data of the irradiated samples were also subjected to factor analysis using principal component extraction and varimax rotation in order to reveal the relation between dependent variables and independent variables and to reduce their number. The radiation-based method provided silver nanoparticles with higher concentration and narrower size distribution than those produced by chemical reduction method. Therefore, the electron beam irradiation is effective for preparation of silver nanoparticles using starch aqueous solution as dispersion medium.

  11. Magnetic properties of nanosized Gd doped Ni-Mn-Cr ferrites prepared using the sol-gel autocombustion technique

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    Samoila, P.; Sacarescu, L.; Borhan, A. I.; Timpu, D.; Grigoras, M.; Lupu, N.; Zaltariov, M.; Harabagiu, V.

    2015-03-01

    Ni0.8Mn0.2Cr0.5Fe1.5-xGdxO4 (where x=0, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08) spinel ferrites were synthesized by a sol-gel autocombustion technique using citric acid as fuel. Effect of Gd doping on structural and magnetic properties of Ni-Mn-Cr ferrites is reported. The phase composition of the prepared samples was analyzed by X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and the magnetic measurements were realized using a vibrating sample magnetometer. XRD and FT-IR analysis reveal pure spinel phase in all the samples, without traces of secondary phases. The grain sizes were estimated from the TEM micrographs and were found to decrease with the doping ions concentration from 43 to 10 nm. It was revealed from the hysteresis loop of the materials that magnetization and coercivity followed decreasing trend with substitution of Fe3+ magnetic ions by Gd3+ ions. Also, introducing Gd ions into the spinel lattice led to the decrease in Curie temperature.

  12. Preparation of cobalt-zinc ferrite (Co{sub 0.8}Zn{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) nanopowder via combustion method and investigation of its magnetic properties

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    Yousefi, M.H.; Manouchehri, S.; Arab, A.; Mozaffari, M.; Physics Department, Razi University, Taghbostah, Kermanshah ; Amiri, Gh. R.; Department of Plasma Physics, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran ; Amighian, J.

    2010-12-15

    Research highlights: {yields} Cobalt-zinc ferrite was prepared by combustion method. {yields} Properties of the sample were characterized by several techniques. {yields} Curie temperature was determined to be 350 {sup o}C. -- Abstract: Cobalt-zinc ferrite (Co{sub 0.8}Zn{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) was prepared by combustion method, using cobalt, zinc and iron nitrates. The crystallinity of the as-burnt powder was developed by annealing at 700 {sup o}C. Crystalline phase was investigated by XRD. Using Williamson-Hall method, the average crystallite sizes for nanoparticles were determined to be about 27 nm before and 37 nm after annealing, and residual stresses for annealed particles were omitted. The morphology of the annealed sample was investigated by TEM and the mean particle size was determined to be about 30 nm. The final stoichiometry of the sample after annealing showed good agreement with the initial stoichiometry using atomic absorption spectrometry. Magnetic properties of the annealed sample such as saturation magnetization, remanence magnetization, and coercivity measured at room temperature were 70 emu/g, 14 emu/g, and 270 Oe, respectively. The Curie temperature of the sample was determined to be 350 {sup o}C using AC-susceptibility technique.

  13. Absorption and Decomposition of CO2 by Active Ferrites Prepared by Atmospheric Plasma Spraying

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    Li, Shaowei; He, Zhida; Zheng, Yanjun; Chen, Changfeng

    2015-12-01

    Active ferrites, which play an important role in the catalytic decomposition of CO2, have been fabricated by atmospheric plasma spraying to incorporate FeO and anoxic iron oxide [Fe3O4-? (0 < ? < 1)]. The complexity of phase composition, especially the presence of FeO, gives the resulting powder a greater ability to decompose CO2 when compared to hydrogen-reduced Fe3O4 or Fe2O3 particles. Spraying distance is found to play an important role in modulating the decomposition ability of the powders, while elevated temperatures can also enhance the catalytic decomposition of CO2.

  14. Development of cobalt ferrite powder preparation employing the sol-gel technique and its structural characterisation

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    Sajjia, M.; Oubaha, M.; Prescott, T.; Olabi, A. G.

    2010-06-01

    This work focuses on the development of a method to make nano cobalt ferrite powder using a solgel process. A particular emphasis is devoted to the understanding of the role of the chemical parameters involved in the solgel technique, and of the heat treatment on the structures and morphologies of the materials obtained. Several samples of cobalt ferrite powder were obtained by varying the initial parameters of the process in addition to the heat treatment temperature. Xray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy were used to identify the structure and morphology of samples demonstrating the influence of the initial parameters. DTA/TGA was carried out on one sample to identify important reaction temperatures during the heat treatment. The average particle size, as estimated for one sample by the full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the strongest Xray diffraction (XRD) peak, was found to be about 45 nm. It has been found that the chelating agent and the crosslinker have a critical influence on the resultant structure, the particle size and the particle size distribution.

  15. Preparation and characterization of supported magnetic nanoparticles prepared by reverse micelles.

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    Wiedwald, Ulf; Han, Luyang; Biskupek, Johannes; Kaiser, Ute; Ziemann, Paul

    2010-01-01

    Monatomic (Fe, Co) and bimetallic (FePt and CoPt) nanoparticles were prepared by exploiting the self-organization of precursor loaded reverse micelles. Achievements and limitations of the preparation approach are critically discussed. We show that self-assembled metallic nanoparticles can be prepared with diameters d = 2-12 nm and interparticle distances D = 20-140 nm on various substrates. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of the particle arrays were characterized by several techniques to give a comprehensive view of the high quality of the method. For Co nanoparticles, it is demonstrated that magnetostatic interactions can be neglected for distances which are at least 6 times larger than the particle diameter. Focus is placed on FePt alloy nanoparticles which show a huge magnetic anisotropy in the L1(0) phase, however, this is still less by a factor of 3-4 when compared to the anisotropy of the bulk counterpart. A similar observation was also found for CoPt nanoparticles (NPs). These results are related to imperfect crystal structures as revealed by HRTEM as well as to compositional distributions of the prepared particles. Interestingly, the results demonstrate that the averaged effective magnetic anisotropy of FePt nanoparticles does not strongly depend on size. Consequently, magnetization stability should scale linearly with the volume of the NPs and give rise to a critical value for stability at ambient temperature. Indeed, for diameters above 6 nm such stability is observed for the current FePt and CoPt NPs. Finally, the long-term conservation of nanoparticles by Au photoseeding is presented. PMID:21977392

  16. Preparation and characterization of supported magnetic nanoparticles prepared by reverse micelles

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    Han, Luyang; Biskupek, Johannes; Kaiser, Ute; Ziemann, Paul

    2010-01-01

    Summary Monatomic (Fe, Co) and bimetallic (FePt and CoPt) nanoparticles were prepared by exploiting the self-organization of precursor loaded reverse micelles. Achievements and limitations of the preparation approach are critically discussed. We show that self-assembled metallic nanoparticles can be prepared with diameters d = 212 nm and interparticle distances D = 20140 nm on various substrates. Structural, electronic and magnetic properties of the particle arrays were characterized by several techniques to give a comprehensive view of the high quality of the method. For Co nanoparticles, it is demonstrated that magnetostatic interactions can be neglected for distances which are at least 6 times larger than the particle diameter. Focus is placed on FePt alloy nanoparticles which show a huge magnetic anisotropy in the L10 phase, however, this is still less by a factor of 34 when compared to the anisotropy of the bulk counterpart. A similar observation was also found for CoPt nanoparticles (NPs). These results are related to imperfect crystal structures as revealed by HRTEM as well as to compositional distributions of the prepared particles. Interestingly, the results demonstrate that the averaged effective magnetic anisotropy of FePt nanoparticles does not strongly depend on size. Consequently, magnetization stability should scale linearly with the volume of the NPs and give rise to a critical value for stability at ambient temperature. Indeed, for diameters above 6 nm such stability is observed for the current FePt and CoPt NPs. Finally, the long-term conservation of nanoparticles by Au photoseeding is presented. PMID:21977392

  17. Self-assembled mesoporous Co and Ni-ferrite spherical clusters consisting of spinel nanocrystals prepared using a template-free approach.

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    Yu, Byong Yong; Kwak, Seung-Yeop

    2011-10-21

    Based on a self-assembly strategy, spherical mesoporous cobalt and nickel ferrite nanocrystal clusters with a large surface area and narrow size distribution were successfully synthesized for the first time via a template-free solvothermal process in ethylene glycol and subsequent heat treatment. In this work, the mesopores in the ferrite clusters were derived mainly from interior voids between aggregated primary nanoparticles (with crystallite size of less than 7 nm) and disordered particle packing domains. The concentration of sodium acetate is shown herein to play a crucial role in the formation of mesoporous ferrite spherical clusters. These ferrite clusters were characterized in detail using wide-angle X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric-differential thermal analysis, (57)Fe Mssbauer spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, standard and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and other techniques. The results confirmed the formation of both pure-phase ferrite clusters with highly crystalline spinel structure, uniform size (about 160 nm) and spherical morphology, and worm-like mesopore structures. The BET specific surface areas and mean pore sizes of the mesoporous Co and Ni-ferrite clusters were as high as 160 m(2) g(-1) and 182 m(2) g(-1), and 7.91 nm and 6.87 nm, respectively. A model for the formation of the spherical clusters in our system is proposed on the basis of the results. The magnetic properties of both samples were investigated at 300 K, and it was found that these materials are superparamagnetic. PMID:21904731

  18. Nickel-doped cobalt ferrite nanoparticles: efficient catalysts for the reduction of nitroaromatic compounds and photo-oxidative degradation of toxic dyes.

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    Singh, Charanjit; Goyal, Ankita; Singhal, Sonal

    2014-07-21

    This study deals with the exploration of NixCo?-xFe?O? (x = 0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1.0) ferrite nanoparticles as catalysts for reduction of 4-nitrophenol and photo-oxidative degradation of Rhodamine B. The ferrite samples with uniform size distribution were synthesized using the reverse micelle technique. The structural investigation was performed using powder X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray and scanning tunneling microscopy. The spherical particles with ordered cubic spinel structure were found to have the crystallite size of 4-6 nm. Diffused UV-visible reflectance spectroscopy was employed to investigate the optical properties of the synthesized ferrite nanoparticles. The surface area calculated using BET method was found to be highest for Co?.?Ni?.?Fe?O? (154.02 m(2) g(-1)). Co?.?Ni?.?Fe?O? showed the best catalytic activity for reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol in the presence of NaBH4 as reducing agent, whereas CoFe?O? was found to be catalytically inactive. The reduction reaction followed pseudo-first order kinetics. The effect of varying the concentration of catalyst and NaBH? on the reaction rates was also scrutinized. The photo-oxidative degradation of Rhodamine B, enhanced oxidation efficacy was observed with the introduction of Ni(2+) in to the cobalt ferrite lattice due to octahedral site preference of Ni(2+). Almost 99% degradation was achieved in 20 min using NiFe?O? nanoparticles as catalyst. PMID:24902783

  19. Nickel-doped cobalt ferrite nanoparticles: efficient catalysts for the reduction of nitroaromatic compounds and photo-oxidative degradation of toxic dyes

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    Singh, Charanjit; Goyal, Ankita; Singhal, Sonal

    2014-06-01

    This study deals with the exploration of NixCo1-xFe2O4 (x = 0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1.0) ferrite nanoparticles as catalysts for reduction of 4-nitrophenol and photo-oxidative degradation of Rhodamine B. The ferrite samples with uniform size distribution were synthesized using the reverse micelle technique. The structural investigation was performed using powder X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray and scanning tunneling microscopy. The spherical particles with ordered cubic spinel structure were found to have the crystallite size of 4-6 nm. Diffused UV-visible reflectance spectroscopy was employed to investigate the optical properties of the synthesized ferrite nanoparticles. The surface area calculated using BET method was found to be highest for Co0.4Ni0.6Fe2O4 (154.02 m2 g-1). Co0.4Ni0.6Fe2O4 showed the best catalytic activity for reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol in the presence of NaBH4 as reducing agent, whereas CoFe2O4 was found to be catalytically inactive. The reduction reaction followed pseudo-first order kinetics. The effect of varying the concentration of catalyst and NaBH4 on the reaction rates was also scrutinized. The photo-oxidative degradation of Rhodamine B, enhanced oxidation efficacy was observed with the introduction of Ni2+ in to the cobalt ferrite lattice due to octahedral site preference of Ni2+. Almost 99% degradation was achieved in 20 min using NiFe2O4 nanoparticles as catalyst.

  20. Preparation, structural and morphological studies of Ni doped titania nanoparticles.

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    Rajamannan, B; Mugundan, S; Viruthagiri, G; Shanmugam, N; Gobi, R; Praveen, P

    2014-07-15

    TiO2 nanoparticles doped with different weight percentages (4%, 8%, 12% and 16%) of nickel contents were prepared by a modified sol-gel method using Titanium tetra iso propoxide and nickel nitrate as precursors and 2-propanol as a solvent. X-ray diffraction studies show that the as prepared and annealed products show anatase structure with average particle sizes running between of 8 and 16 nm. FTIR results demonstrate the presence of strong chemical bonding at the interface of TiO2 nanoparticles. The optical properties of bare and doped samples were carried out using UV-DRS and photoluminescence measurements. The surface morphology and the element constitution of the nickel doped TiO2 nanoparticles were studied by scanning electron microscope attached with energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer arrangement. The non linear optical properties of the products were confirmed by Kurtz second harmonic generation (SHG) test and the output power generated by the nanoparticle was compared with that of potassium di hydrogen phosphate (KDP). PMID:24667428

  1. Preparation, structural and morphological studies of Ni doped titania nanoparticles

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    Rajamannan, B.; Mugundan, S.; Viruthagiri, G.; Shanmugam, N.; Gobi, R.; Praveen, P.

    2014-07-01

    TiO2 nanoparticles doped with different weight percentages (4%, 8%, 12% and 16%) of nickel contents were prepared by a modified sol-gel method using Titanium tetra iso propoxide and nickel nitrate as precursors and 2-propanol as a solvent. X-ray diffraction studies show that the as prepared and annealed products show anatase structure with average particle sizes running between of 8 and 16 nm. FTIR results demonstrate the presence of strong chemical bonding at the interface of TiO2 nanoparticles. The optical properties of bare and doped samples were carried out using UV-DRS and photoluminescence measurements. The surface morphology and the element constitution of the nickel doped TiO2 nanoparticles were studied by scanning electron microscope attached with energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer arrangement. The non linear optical properties of the products were confirmed by Kurtz second harmonic generation (SHG) test and the output power generated by the nanoparticle was compared with that of potassium di hydrogen phosphate (KDP).

  2. Facile preparation of superhydrophobic surfaces based on metal oxide nanoparticles

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    Bao, Xue-Mei; Cui, Jin-Feng; Sun, Han-Xue; Liang, Wei-Dong; Zhu, Zhao-Qi; An, Jin; Yang, Bao-Ping; La, Pei-Qing; Li, An

    2014-06-01

    A novel method for fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces was developed by facile coating various metal oxide nanoparticles, including ZnO, Al2O3 and Fe3O4, on various substrates followed by treatment with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. Using ZnO nanoparticles as a model, the changes in the surface chemical composition and crystalline structures of the metal oxide nanoparticles by PDMS treatment were investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analysis. The results show that the combination of the improved surface roughness generated from of the nanoparticles aggregation with the low surface-energy of silicon-coating originated from the thermal pyrolysis of PDMS would be responsible for the surface superhydrophobicity. By a simple dip-coating method, we show that the metal oxide nanoparticles can be easily coated onto the surfaces of various textural and dimensional substrates, including glass slide, paper, fabric or sponge, for preparation of superhydrophobic surfaces for different purpose. The present strategy may provide an inexpensive and new route to surperhydrophobic surfaces, which would be of technological significance for various practical applications especially for separation of oils or organic contaminates from water.

  3. Preparation of platinum nanoparticles in liquids by laser ablation method

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    Binh Nguyen, The; Dinh Nguyen, Thanh; Nguyen, Quang Dong; Trinh Nguyen, Thi

    2014-09-01

    Platinum (Pt) nanoparticles were prepared in solutions of ethanol and TSC (trisodium citrate—Na3C6H5O7.nH2O) in water by laser ablation method using Nd:YAG laser. The role of laser fluence, laser wavelength and concentration of surfactant liquids in laser ablation process were investigated. The morphology, size distribution and optical properties of the Pt nanoparticles (NPs) were observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis spectrometer and x-ray diffraction measurements. The average diameter of Pt NPs prepared in ethanol and TSC solutions ranges around 7-9 nm and 10-12 nm, respectively. The results showed advantages of the laser ablation method.

  4. Preparation and Magnetic Properties of SrFe12O19 Ferrites Suitable for Use in Self-Biased LTCC Circulators

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    Peng, Long; Hu, Yue-Bin; Guo, Cheng; Li, Le-Zhong; Wang, Rui; Hu, Yun; Tu, Xiao-Qiang

    2015-01-01

    Strontium ferrites with different Bi2O3 content are prepared by the solid phase method, and their magnetic properties are investigated primarily. The Bi2O3 additive and sintering temperature separately exhibit a strong effect on the sintering density, crystal structure, and magnetic properties of the ferrites. As to the ferrites with 3 wt% Bi2O3, the relatively high sintering density ?s, saturation magnetization Ms, and intrinsic coercivity Hci can be obtained at a low sintering temperature of 900C even much lower. Furthermore, the effective magnetic anisotropy constant Keff and magnetic anisotropy field Ha of the ferrites are calculated from the magnetization curve by the law of approach to saturation. It is suggested that the low-temperature sintered SrFe12O19 ferrites with Ms of 285.6 kA/m and Ha of 1564.6 kA/m possess a significant potentiality for applying in the self-biased low-temperature co-fired ceramics circulators from 34 to 40 GHz.

  5. Preparation of Nanoparticles of Thermoelectric Materials by Ultrasonic Milling

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    Marquez-Garcia, L.; Li, Wei; Bomphrey, J. J.; Jarvis, D. J.; Min, Gao

    2015-06-01

    The ability to produce nanoscale thermoelectric powders is particularly relevant to the development of nanostructured bulk materials. In this paper we report preparation of nanoscale thermoelectric powders by high-intensity ultrasonic milling (UM). The particles obtained have two unique features: the presence of a particle-size gap which distinguishes the newly created nanoparticles from the original particles, and significant changes of the surface morphology of the particles, suggesting potential manipulation of the surface states of micro or nano particles.

  6. Mssbauer and magnetization studies of nickel ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by the microwave-combustion method

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    Mahmoud, M. H.; Elshahawy, A. M.; Makhlouf, Salah A.; Hamdeh, H. H.

    2013-10-01

    Nanocrystalline nickel ferrite was synthesized from its stoichiometric metal nitrates and urea mixtures, using a microwave assisted combustion method. The process was a convenient, inexpensive and an efficient method for formation of NiFe2O4 nanomaterials. Effect of urea/metal nitrates ratio on the obtained phases, particle size and magnetic properties has been investigated by various techniques. Saturation magnetization of 50 emu/g was observed at room temperature for larger particles, and it decreases with decreasing particle size. The coercivity attains a maximum value of 170 Oe when the particle size was ~20 nm, and decreases with increasing particle size. Mssbauer spectra measured at RT for some representative samples show a combination of ordered and superparamagnetic behavior, whereas those collected at 20 K elucidate the nature of the obtained phases and cation distribution.

  7. Gold nanoparticles prepared using cape aloe active components.

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    Krpeti?, Zeljka; Scar, Giorgio; Caneva, Enrico; Speranza, Giovanna; Porta, Francesca

    2009-07-01

    A novel use of two components of Cape aloe, aloin A and aloesin, acting as stabilizers in the preparation of gold and silver nanoparticles, is reported. Stable water-soluble particles of different size and shape are prepared by varying the reaction conditions, temperature, reaction time, and reducing agents. Characterization of the obtained particles is performed using UV-visible, attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR), and 1H NMR spectroscopies and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The efficient cellular uptake of 50 nm sized aloin A and aloesin stabilized gold particles into macrophages and HeLa cells was investigated, proposing these particles as nanovehicles. PMID:19505092

  8. Magnetic nanoparticles: preparation, physical properties, and applications in biomedicine

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    2012-01-01

    Finally, we have addressed some relevant findings on the importance of having well-defined synthetic strategies developed for the generation of MNPs, with a focus on particle formation mechanism and recent modifications made on the preparation of monodisperse samples of relatively large quantities not only with similar physical features, but also with similar crystallochemical characteristics. Then, different methodologies for the functionalization of the prepared MNPs together with the characterization techniques are explained. Theorical views on the magnetism of nanoparticles are considered. PMID:22348683

  9. Preparation of nanoferrites and their applications.

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    Hazra, S; Ghosh, N N

    2014-02-01

    Ferrites have a plethora of applications in the myriad fields of technology. Ferrites are widely used in conventional electronic, electrical, and magnetic devices. For the past two decades, since the discovery of the superparamagnetic nature of nanostructured ferrites, their applications in biotechnology and biomedical sciences as well as in advanced electronics and microwave devices have gained immense attention. In this review, the historical development of ferrite science and technology, and the synthesis methods for ferrite nanoparticle preparation and their applications have been discussed. Various synthetic methods with typical examples, their advantages as well as limitations have been discussed in details. Traditional industrial applications of various ferrites have also been discussed citing relevant patents. Recent developments on nanoferrite research in terms of synthetic methods as well as advanced applications have been discussed elaborately. PMID:24749468

  10. Effect of annealing in a reductive environment on the magnetic properties of barium ferrite nanoparticles doped with Ti4+ and Co2+

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    Petinov, V. I.

    2011-10-01

    It was found experimentally that the annealing of BaFe10.6Co0.7Ti0.7O19 and BaFe10.2Co0.9Ti0.9O19 complex magnetic oxide nanoparticles in paraffin vapor irreversibly increases their coercive force H c and saturation magnetization M s to the H c and M s values for barium ferrite BaFe12O19. The annealing of these nanoparticles, and of particles of magnetic oxides CrO2, γ-Fe2O3, and BaFe12O19 in air and in paraffin vapor, has not been shown to affect their H c and M s values. An explanation in terms of diffusion self-purification of nanoparticles from ion impurities activated by chemical processes on their surface is offered.

  11. Preparation of solid lipid nanoparticles using a membrane contactor.

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    Charcosset, Catherine; El-Harati, Assma; Fessi, Hatem

    2005-11-01

    Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) were introduced at the beginning of the 1990s, as an alternative to solid nanoparticles, emulsions and liposomes in cosmetic and pharmaceutical preparations. The present study investigates a new process for the preparation of SLN using a membrane contactor. The lipid phase is pressed, at a temperature above the melting point of the lipid, through the membrane pores allowing the formation of small droplets. The aqueous phase circulates inside the membrane module, and sweeps away the droplets forming at the pore outlets. SLN are formed by the following cooling of the preparation to room temperature. The influence of process parameters (aqueous phase and lipid phase temperatures, aqueous phase cross-flow velocity and lipid phase pressure, membrane pore size) on the SLN size and on the lipid phase flux is investigated. It is shown that the membrane contactor allows the preparation of SLN with a lipid phase flux between 0.15 and 0.35 m3/h m2, and a mean SLN size between 70 and 215 nm. The advantages of this new process are its facility of use, the control of the SLN size by an appropriate choice of process parameters, and its scaling-up abilities. PMID:16169111

  12. Preparation and applications of ZnSe nanoparticles

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    Ravindranadh, K.; Shekhawat, M. S.; Rao, M. C.

    2013-06-01

    Semiconductor nanoparticles have been attracting widespread scientific and technological interest due to their unique size-tunable optical and electronic properties. The ZnSe nanoparticles have wide-ranging applications in laser, optical instruments, etc. because it has a wide band gap and transmittance range, high luminescence efficiency, low absorption coefficient, and excellent transparency to infrared. ZnSe nanoparticles have been prepared at room temperature. Zinc chloride 99 mM of 4 mL is added to 2.2g PVA. Volume of the solution is made up to 50 mL by bidistilled water. The Solution is left for 24 h at room temperature to swell. After that the solution is warmed up to 60C and stirred for 4 h until viscous transparent solution was obtained. One milliliter of Sodium Hydrogen Selenide was dropped into the solution with gentle stirring. Solution is casted on flat glass plate dishes. After the solvent evaporation, a thin film containing ZnSe nanoparticles are obtained. The film is washed with de-ionized water to remove other soluble salts before measurements.

  13. Electrophoretic preparation and characterization of porous electrodes from diamond nanoparticles

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    La Torre Riveros, Lyda; Soto, Keyla; Tryk, Donald A.; Cabrera, Carlos R.

    2007-04-01

    We carried out chemical purification of commercially available diamond nanoparticles by refluxing in aqueous HNO3 and characterized the samples by spectroscopic and surface techniques before and after purification. As a first step in the preparation of electrodes for electrochemistry, we have electrophoretically deposited thin, highly uniform films of controlled thickness (1-8 ?m) on silicon substrates using the purified diamond nanoparticles. These have been characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). All films obtained were homogeneous in thickness and without macroscopic holes or cracks. Such structures could also be used in many other applications such as fuel cells or lithium batteries. We have performed cyclic voltammetry experiments with these electrodes. The voltammograms of diamond nanoparticles electrophoretically deposited on silicon indicate hydrogen evolution. This demonstrates that the material is useful as electrocatalitic support. This conclusion is supported by the cyclic voltammograms obtained using ferrycyanide (III) chloride and hexaamineruthenium (III) chloride complexes as redox probes. However, these redox probes showed very small peak currents. This behavior could be improved by doping the diamond nanoparticles with an impurity such as boron.

  14. Preparation of uniform nanoparticles of ultra-high purity metal oxides, mixed metal oxides, metals, and metal alloys

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    Woodfield, Brian F.; Liu, Shengfeng; Boerio-Goates, Juliana; Liu, Qingyuan; Smith, Stacey Janel

    2012-07-03

    In preferred embodiments, metal nanoparticles, mixed-metal (alloy) nanoparticles, metal oxide nanoparticles and mixed-metal oxide nanoparticles are provided. According to embodiments, the nanoparticles may possess narrow size distributions and high purities. In certain preferred embodiments, methods of preparing metal nanoparticles, mixed-metal nanoparticles, metal oxide nanoparticles and mixed-metal nanoparticles are provided. These methods may provide tight control of particle size, size distribution, and oxidation state. Other preferred embodiments relate to a precursor material that may be used to form nanoparticles. In addition, products prepared from such nanoparticles are disclosed.

  15. Development of oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steel prepared by chemical reduction and mechanical milling

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    Sun, Q. X.; Fang, Q. F.; Zhou, Y.; Xia, Y. P.; Zhang, T.; Wang, X. P.; Liu, C. S.

    2013-08-01

    The oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steel with a nominal composition of Fe-14Cr-2W-0.5Ti-0.06Si-0.2V-0.1Mn-0.05Ta-0.03C-0.3Y2O3 (14Cr-ODS) was fabricated by sol-gel method in combination with hydrogen reduction, mechanical alloying (MA) and hot isostatic pressing (HIP) techniques. Pure Fe-1.5Y2O3 precursor was obtained by a sol-gel process and a reduction process at 650 C for 3 h and pure 14Cr-ODS alloy powders were obtained from this precursor and the alloying metallic powders by mechanical alloying. The microstructure analysis investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS) reveal that Y-Ti-O complexes and V-Ti-O complexes with a main particle size of 8 nm are formed in the 14Cr-ODS steel matrix. After HIP sintering the weight and the relative density of the compacted ingots are about 0.8 kg and 99.7%. The uniform elongation and ultimate tensile strength of the ODS steel obtained by HIP after annealing at 1100 C for 5 h are about 13% and 840 MPa, respectively.

  16. Effects of preparation conditions on the physical properties of nickel ferrite thin films

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    Belliveau, Hillary; Bonilla, Manuel; McArdle, Patrick; Miller, Casey

    2014-03-01

    The effects of the deposition temperature, pressure, and oxygen partial pressure were investigated on the structural, electrical, and magnetic properties of nickel ferrite (NiFe2O4) thin films grown by magnetron sputtering. The samples were grown on Si (100), Si (100) with 500nm of amorphous SiO2, and on MgO (100) substrates. Increasing the deposition temperature allowed the NiFe2O4 (004) XRD peak to appear at higher oxygen partial pressures. Between films of the same oxygen pressure, increasing the deposition temperature reduced the FWHM and increased the intensity of the NiFe2O4 (004) XRD peak. The films were 800 to 1000nm thick as measured by profilometry. Increasing the oxygen partial pressure reduces the intensity of the (004) NiFe2O4 XRD peak, and allows us to tune the material from a conducting material (rho = 114 microOhm*cm at T =220K) to an insulating one (rho = 2475 Ohm*cm at T =220K). The resistivity at 220K decreased as the deposition temperature was increased for films grown at the same oxygen partial pressure. The magnetic properties were investigated with magneto-optical Kerr effect and vibrating sample magnetometry. Supported by NSF-ECCS.

  17. Facile preparation of sphere-like copper ferrite nanostructures and their enhanced visible-light-induced photocatalytic conversion of benzene

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    Shen, Yu; Wu, Yanbo; Xu, Hongfeng; Fu, Jie; Li, Xinyong; Zhao, Qidong; Hou, Yang

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: Spinel CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanospheres were successfully synthesized via a facile method. CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanospheres showed high photocatalytic activity toward benzene. Ethyl acetate, carboxylic acid and aldehyde were the intermediate products. - Abstract: Spinel copper ferrite nanospheres with diameters of about 116 nm were synthesized in high yield via a facile solvothermal route. The prepared nanospheres had cubic spinel structure and exhibited good size uniformity and regularity. The band-gap energy of CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanospheres was calculated to be about 1.69 eV, indicating their potential visible-light-induced photocatalytic activity. The dramatically enhanced photocatalytic activity of the CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanospheres was evaluated via the photocatalytic conversion of benzene under Xe lamp irradiation. By using the in situ FTIR technique, ethyl acetate, carboxylic acid and aldehyde could be regarded as the intermediate products, and CO{sub 2} was produced as the final product during the reaction process. This study provided new insight into the design and preparation of functional nanomaterials with sphere structure in high yield, and the as-grown architectures demonstrated an excellent ability to remove organic pollutants in the atmosphere.

  18. Nanoparticle preparation of Mefenamic acid by electrospray drying

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    Zolkepali, Nurul Karimah Bakar, Noor Fitrah Abu Anuar, Nornizar; Naim, M. Nazli; Bakar, Mohd Rushdi Abu

    2014-02-24

    Nanoparticles preparation of Mefenamic acid (MA) by using an electrospray drying method was conducted in this study. Electrospray drying is a process that uses electrostatic force to disperse a conductive liquid stream into fine charged droplets through the coulomb fission of charges in the liquid and finally dry into fine particles. Electrospray drying modes operation usually in Taylor cone jet, and it was formed by controlling applied voltage and liquid flow rate. A conductive liquid (2.77–8.55μScm{sup −1}) which is MA solution was prepared by using acetone with concentration 0.041 and 0.055 M before pumping at a flow rate of 3–6ml/h. By applying the applied voltage at 1.3–1.5 kV, Taylor cone jet mode was formed prior to the electrospray. During electrospray drying process, solvent evaporation from the droplet was occurring that leads to coulomb disruption and may generate to nanoparticles. The dried nanoparticles were collected on a grounded substrate that was placed at varying distance from the electrospray. MA particle with size range of 100–400 nm were produced by electrospray drying process. Characterization of particles by using X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) show that particles formed into polymorph I.

  19. Effect of Mo substitution on structural and magnetic properties of Zinc ferrite nanoparticles

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    Heiba, Zein K.; Mohamed, Mohamed Bakr; Wahba, Adel Maher

    2016-03-01

    Nano ferrite ZnFe2-xMoxO4 (x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.2, and 0.3) samples were synthesized by using citrate method. The phase purity and the structure parameters were studied using X-ray diffraction, FT-IR spectroscopy, and magnetic measurements. Rietveld analysis of X-ray diffraction data revealed that Mo doping ZnFe2O4 changes the degree of inversion of Zn2+ cations. The oxidation state of Mo was studied by using FTIR analysis. Mo doped ZnFe2O4 has a ferromagnetic properties. The magnetization decreases by the replacement of Fe3+ ions by non-magnetic Mo3+ ions. Mo doped ZnFe2O4 samples have a very small coercive field (Hc), which changes depending on the amount of Mo in the sample and reach its maximum value for ZnFe1.7Mo0.3O4. Cation distribution is proposed in an attempt to explain the experimental results of XRD, IR, and VSM data. The direct proportion between the coercive field and the Fe2+ content in the samples was studied in detailed.

  20. Preparation and characterization of Au nanoparticles capped with mercaptocarboranyl clusters.

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    Cioran, Ana M; Teixidor, Francesc; Krpeti?, eljka; Brust, Mathias; Vias, Clara

    2014-04-01

    The preparation of 3-4 nm and 10 nm gold nanoparticles capped with neutral carborane-based mercaptocarboranes, via two different preparative routes, is reported. The resulting boron-enriched nanomaterials exhibit complete dispersibility in water, opening the way for the use of these monolayer protected clusters (MPCs) in medical applications, such as boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT). These newly prepared MPCs have been characterized by FTIR, (1)H and (11)B NMR spectroscopy, UV-visible, centrifugal particle sizing (CPS), and, in some cases, inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES). Water dispersibility exhibited by these MPCs allowed the study of the cellular uptake by HeLa cells. PMID:24301037

  1. Preparation and Properties of FeCo Nanoparticles

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    Zabransky, K.; David, B.; Pizurova, N.; Schneeweiss, O.; Zboril, R.; Maslan, M.

    2010-07-13

    Fe-Co nanoparticles were prepared from the binary Fe-Co oxalate. The formation of FeCo metallic phase begun at 290 deg. C as determined from the X-ray diffraction patterns recorded during heating of the oxalate sample in hydrogen atmosphere. The reduction finished at 500 deg. C by formation of bcc FeCo phase with a mean particle size of about 50 nm. Analysis of the Moessbauer spectra shows that the ferromagnetic FeCo phase is represented by two sextets corresponding to interiors and surfaces of the nanoparticles. In addition, a weak paramagnetic component, represented by the doublet, was observed which was ascribed to fine particles in a superparamagnetic state. TEM images have shown conglomerates of particles with the composition of about 50 at. % Fe and 50 at. % Co.

  2. Preparation of size-controlled tungsten oxide nanoparticles and evaluation of their adsorption performance

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    Hidayat, Darmawan; Purwanto, Agus; Wang, Wei-Ning; Okuyama, Kikuo

    2010-02-15

    The present study investigated the effects of particle size on the adsorption performance of tungsten oxide nanoparticles. Nanoparticles 18-73 nm in diameter were prepared by evaporation of bulk tungsten oxide particles using a flame spray process. Annealing plasma-made tungsten oxide nanoparticles produced particles with diameters of 7-19 nm. The mechanism of nanoparticle formation for each synthetic route was examined. The low-cost, solid-fed flame process readily produced highly crystalline tungsten oxide nanoparticles with controllable size and a remarkably high adsorption capability. These nanoparticles are comparable to those prepared using the more expensive plasma process.

  3. Fluoride adsorption by doped and un-doped magnetic ferrites CuCexFe2-xO4: Preparation, characterization, optimization and modeling for effectual remediation technologies.

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    Rehman, Muhammad Abdur; Yusoff, Ismail; Alias, Yatimah

    2015-12-15

    A series of doped and un-doped magnetic adsorbents CuCexFe2-xO4 (x=0.0-0.5) for fluoride were prepared with the micro-emulsion method. Fluoride adsorption was optimized for solution pH, temperature, contact time, and initial concentration and was monitored via normal phase ion chromatography (IC). The effect of concomitant anions was also explored to perform and simulate competitive fluoride adsorption in real water samples. Optimal adsorption was discovered by a simple quadratic model based on central composite design (CCD) and the response surface method (RSM). The adsorption, electrochemical and magnetic properties were compared between doped and un-doped ferrites. Doped ferrites (x=0.1-0.5) were found to be superior to un-doped ferrites (x=0) regarding the active sites, functional groups and fluoride adsorption. The characterization, optimization and application results of the doped ferrites indicated enhanced fluoride adsorption and easy separation with a simple magnet. PMID:26143194

  4. Effect of Ti-containing inclusions on the nucleation of acicular ferrite and mechanical properties of multipass weld metals.

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    Fattahi, M; Nabhani, N; Hosseini, M; Arabian, N; Rahimi, E

    2013-02-01

    In the present study, the influence of Ti-containing inclusions on the development of acicular ferrite microstructure and mechanical properties in the multipass weld metals has been studied. Shielded metal arc weld deposits were prepared by varying titanium content in the range of 0.003-0.021%. The variation in the titanium content was obtained by the addition of different amounts of titanium oxide nanoparticles to the electrode coating. The dispersion of titanium oxide nanoparticles, composition of inclusions, microstructural analysis, tensile properties and Charpy impact toughness were evaluated. As the amount of Ti-containing inclusions in the weld metal was increased, the microstructure of the weld metal was changed from the grain boundary allotriomorphic ferrite structure to acicular ferrite with the intragranular nucleation of ferrite on the Ti-containing inclusions, and the mechanical properties were improved. This improvement is attributable to the increased percentage of acicular ferrite due to the uniform dispersion of Ti-containing inclusions and the pinning force of oxide nanoparticles against the growth of allotriomorphic ferrite and Widmansttten ferrite from the austenite grain boundaries. PMID:23238108

  5. Temperature dependent structural and magnetic properties of Cerium substituted Co-Cr ferrite prepared by auto-combustion method

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    Mustafa, Ghulam; Islam, M. U.; Zhang, Wenli; Jamil, Yasir; Asif Iqbal, M.; Hussain, Mudassar; Ahmad, Mukhtar

    2015-03-01

    The effects of heat treatment on a nano-crystalline spinel ferrite with chemical formula CoCr0.04CexFe1.96-xO4 (x=0.06) were investigated in the present work. The sample was prepared by the auto-combustion method and then heat treated at 700-1200 °C for 8 h. The sample heat treated at these temperatures was investigated using thermo-gravimetric analyses and differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and vibrating sample magnetometery. The XRD patterns and IR spectra confirmed that the synthesized materials were of single phase at and above 900 °C. The average particle size was found to be in the range of 30.8-63.8 nm estimated by the Scherer formula. IR studies confirm two main absorption bands in the frequency range of 400-800 cm-1 arising due to the tetrahedral (A-site) and octahedral (B-site) stretching vibrations. The average grain size increased with the increase of temperature while distribution of particles became homogeneous as observed by scanning electron microscope. The saturation magnetization was increased gradually from 7.4 to 59.6 emu/g with the increase of temperature. The coercivity lies in the range of 248-811 Oe as a function of temperature. The obtained results suggest that the investigated materials may be potential candidates for high density recording media applications.

  6. Size dependence of magnetorheological properties of cobalt ferrite ferrofluid

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    Radhika, B.; Sahoo, Rasmita; Srinath, S.

    2015-06-01

    Cobalt Ferrite nanoparticles were synthesized using co-precipitation method at reaction temperatures of 40C and 80C. X-Ray diffraction studies confirm cubic phase formation. The average crystallite sizes were found to be 30nm and 48nm for 40C sample and 80C sample respectively. Magnetic properties measured using vibrating sample magnetometer show higher coercivety and magnetization for sample prepared at 80C. Magnetorheological properties of CoFe2O4 ferrofluids were measured and studied.

  7. Plasmonically enhanced Faraday effect in metal and ferrite nanoparticles composite precipitated inside glass.

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    Nakashima, Seisuke; Sugioka, Koji; Tanaka, Katsuhisa; Shimizu, Masahiro; Shimotsuma, Yasuhiko; Miura, Kiyotaka; Midorikawa, Katsumi; Mukai, Kohki

    2012-12-17

    Using femtosecond laser irradiation and subsequent annealing, nanocomposite structures composed of spinel-type ferrimagnetic nanoparticles (NPs) and plasmonic metallic NPs have been formed space-selectively within glass doped with both ?-Fe(2)O(3) and Al. The Faraday rotation spectra exhibit a distinct negative peak at around 400 nm, suggesting that the ferrimagnetic Faraday response is enhanced by the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) due to metallic Al NPs. At the interfaces in the nanocomposites, the ferrimagnetism of magnetite NPs is directly coupled with the plasmon in the Al NPs. The control of the resonance wavelength of the magneto-optical peaks, namely, the size of plasmonic NPs has been demonstrated by changing the irradiation or annealing conditions. PMID:23263053

  8. Synthesis and Characterization of Sol-Gel Prepared Silver Nanoparticles

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    Ahlawat, Dharamvir Singh; Kumari, Rekha; Rachna; Yadav, Indu

    2014-03-01

    Silver nanoparticles (SNPs) have been successfully prepared using sol-gel method by annealing the sample at 550C for 30 min. The SNPs were not confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis when the annealing temperature was considered at 450C. They were also not confirmed without calcination of the sample. The physical mechanism of silver clusters formation in the densified silica matrix with respect to thermal treatment has been understood. The presence of silver metal in the silica matrix was confirmed by XRD analysis and TEM image of the samples. The average size of nanoparticles dispersed in silica matrix was determined as 10.2 nm by the XRD technique. The synthesized nanocomposites were also characterized by UV-Visible spectroscopy with a peak in the absorption spectra at around 375 nm. The distribution of particle size has been reported here in the range from 8 nm to 25 nm by TEM observations of the sample prepared at 550C. The spherically smaller size (?10 nm) SNPs have reported the surface plasmons resonance (SPR) peak less than or near to 400 nm due to blue-shifting and effect of local refractive index. Without annealing the silica samples the absorption spectra does not show any peak around 375 nm. The FTIR spectroscopy of the three types of samples prepared at different temperatures (room temperature, 450C and 550C) has also been reported. This spectra have provided the identification of different chemical groups in the prepared samples. It has been predicted that the size of SNPs by XRD, UV-Visible and TEM results have agreed well with each other. It may be concluded that formation of SNPs is a function of annealing temperature.

  9. Sonochemical synthesis of cobalt aluminate nanoparticles under various preparation parameters.

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    Lv, Weizhong; Qiu, Qi; Wang, Fang; Wei, Shaohui; Liu, Bo; Luo, Zhongkuan

    2010-06-01

    Cobalt aluminate (CoAl(2)O(4)) nanoparticles were synthesized using a precursor method with the aid of ultrasound irradiation under various preparation parameters. The effects of the preparation parameters, such as the sonochemical reaction time and temperature, precipitation agents, calcination temperature and time on the formation of CoAl(2)O(4) were investigated. The precursor on heating yields nanosized CoAl(2)O(4) particles and both these nanoparticles and the precursor were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The use of ultrasound irradiation during the homogeneous precipitation of the precursor reduces the duration of the precipitation reaction. The mechanism of the formation of cobalt aluminate was investigated by means of Fourier transformation infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and EDX (energy dispersive X-ray). The thermal decomposition process and kinetics of the precursor of nanosized CoAl(2)O(4) were investigated by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetry (TG). The apparent activation energy (E) and the pre-exponential constant (A) were 304.26 kJ/mol and 6.441 x 10(14)s(-1), respectively. Specific surface area was investigated by means of Brunauer Emmett Teller (BET) surface area measurements. PMID:20211574

  10. Enrichment of magnetic alignment stimulated by γ-radiation in core-shell type nanoparticle Mn-Zn ferrite

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    Naik, P. P.; Tangsali, R. B.; Sonaye, B.; Sugur, S.

    2013-02-01

    Core shell type nanoparticle MnxZn1-xFe2O4 systems with x=0.55, 0.65 & 0.75 were prepared using autocombustion method. The systems were characterized using tools like XRD and IR for structure confirmation. Magnetic parameter measurements like Saturation magnetization and coercivity were obtained from hysteresis loop which exhibited a symmetry shift due to core shell nature of the nanoparticles. Nanoparticles of particle size between 21.2nm to 25.7nm were found to show 20 percent shrinkage after being radiated by the γ-radiation. This is due to variation in the cation distribution which also affects the cell volume of the cubic cell. Lattice constant reduction observed is reflected in the magnetic properties of the samples. A considerable hike in the saturation magnetization of the samples was observed due to enrichment of magnetic alignment in the magnetic core of the particles. Samples under investigation were irradiated with gamma radiation from Co60 source for different time intervals.

  11. Structural and Magnetic Characterizations of Nano Sized Grain Zinc Ferrite/Hydroxyapatite Ceramic Prepared by Solid State Reaction Route.

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    Pankaew, Piyapong; Klumdoung, Pattarinee

    2015-11-01

    A promising composite of bioactive hydroxyapatite (HAp) and zinc ferrite (ZnFe2O4) has potentials for future bone reinforcing formation. In present study, HAp and ZnFe2O4 composite ceramic was prepared by solid state reaction route for easier control of structural and magnetic characteristics and with low cost. HAp powder was synthesized by precipitation method from chicken eggshell. Mixed powders with varying ZnFe2O4/HAp weight ratios from 2-10 wt% were milled together and uniaxially pressed and then sintered at 1200 degrees C for 3 hours. The XRD results showing no other phases of composite ceramics with only HAp and ZnFe2O4 phases were identified, indicating high stability of HAp property. Phase fractions of ZnFe2O4 were found to increase from 10.8 to 18.73 wt% with increasing content of ZnFe2O4. FT-IR results were only revealed vibration bands of standard HAp phase. SEM results revealed primary grains sizes of the prepared ceramics in nano scale. The BET surface area and pore volume increased with increasing content of ZnFe2O4 in composite ceramics. The VSM results of composites with increasing ZnFe2O4 content had been shown with increasing magnetization from 0.05 to 1.85 emu/g while their coercivities were decreased from 44 to 24 Oe. Higher magnetization as well as higher super paramagnetic behavior could be achieved with increasing the studied ZnFe2O4 weight ratios in ZnFe2O4/HAp composite ceramics, which can be tailored for specific applications. PMID:26726683

  12. Structural and magnetic properties of Ni0.8Co0.2-2xCuxMnxFe2O4 spinel ferrites prepared via solution combustion route

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    Jadhav, Pragati; Patankar, Ketaki; Mathe, Vikas; Tarwal, N. L.; Jang, Jae-Hung; Puri, Vijaya

    2015-07-01

    Ni0.8Co0.2-2xCuxMnxFe2O4 ferrites (with x=0.01, 0.03, 0.05, 0.07 and 0.09) were prepared using solution combustion route. X-ray diffraction analysis indicates the presence of the characteristic most intense (311) peak along with other reflections confirming the formation of spinel ferrite in each composition. SEM images show formation of porous structured agglomerates with submicron sized grains. The microstrain measurement of ferrite series is non-linear with variation in dopant concentration for a given magnetic field. The magnetic hysteresis at room temperature indicates the ferrimagnetic behavior of synthesized ferrite system. The magnetic and mechanical properties were seen to be comparatively higher for x=0.07 composition. The presence of sexset in Mssbauer spectra confirms the ferrimagnetic nature of all the ferrites.

  13. Synthesis of magnetic cobalt ferrite nanoparticles with controlled morphology, monodispersity and composition: the influence of solvent, surfactant, reductant and synthetic conditions

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    Lu, Le T.; Dung, Ngo T.; Tung, Le D.; Thanh, Cao T.; Quy, Ong K.; Chuc, Nguyen V.; Maenosono, Shinya; Thanh, Nguyen T. K.

    2015-11-01

    In our present work, magnetic cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanoparticles have been successfully synthesised by thermal decomposition of Fe(iii) and Co(ii) acetylacetonate compounds in organic solvents in the presence of oleic acid (OA)/ oleylamine (OLA) as surfactants and 1,2-hexadecanediol (HDD) or octadecanol (OCD-ol) as an accelerating agent. As a result, CoFe2O4 nanoparticles of different shapes were tightly controlled in size (range of 4-30 nm) and monodispersity (standard deviation only at ca. 5%). Experimental parameters, such as reaction time, temperature, surfactant concentration, solvent, precursor ratio, and accelerating agent, in particular, the role of HDD, OCD-ol, and OA/OLA have been intensively investigated in detail to discover the best conditions for the synthesis of the above magnetic nanoparticles. The obtained nanoparticles have been successfully applied for producing oriented carbon nanotubes (CNTs), and they have potential to be used in biomedical applications.In our present work, magnetic cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanoparticles have been successfully synthesised by thermal decomposition of Fe(iii) and Co(ii) acetylacetonate compounds in organic solvents in the presence of oleic acid (OA)/ oleylamine (OLA) as surfactants and 1,2-hexadecanediol (HDD) or octadecanol (OCD-ol) as an accelerating agent. As a result, CoFe2O4 nanoparticles of different shapes were tightly controlled in size (range of 4-30 nm) and monodispersity (standard deviation only at ca. 5%). Experimental parameters, such as reaction time, temperature, surfactant concentration, solvent, precursor ratio, and accelerating agent, in particular, the role of HDD, OCD-ol, and OA/OLA have been intensively investigated in detail to discover the best conditions for the synthesis of the above magnetic nanoparticles. The obtained nanoparticles have been successfully applied for producing oriented carbon nanotubes (CNTs), and they have potential to be used in biomedical applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr04266f

  14. Wear-resistant and electromagnetic absorbing behaviors of oleic acid post-modified ferrite-filled epoxy resin composite coating

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    Wang, Wenjie; Zang, Chongguang; Jiao, Qingjie

    2015-03-01

    The post-modified Mn-Zn ferrite was prepared by grafting oleic acid on the surface of Mn-Zn ferrite to inhibit magnetic nanoparticle aggregation. Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy was used to characterize the particle surfaces. The friction and electromagnetic absorbing properties of a thin coating fabricated by dispersing ferrite into epoxy resin (EP) were investigated. The roughness of the coating and water contact angle were measured using the VEECO and water contact angle meter. Friction tests were conducted using a stainless-steel bearing ball and a Rockwell diamond tip, respectively. The complex permittivity and complex permeability of the composite coating were studied in the low frequency (10 MHz-1.5 GHz). Surface modified ferrites are found to improve magnetic particles dispersion in EP resulting in significant compatibility between inorganic and organic materials. Results also indicate that modified ferrite/EP coatings have a lower roughness average value and higher water contact angle than original ferrite/EP coatings. The enhanced tribological properties of the modified ferrite/EP coatings can be seen from the increased coefficient value. The composite coatings with modified ferrite are observed to exhibit better reflection loss compared with the coatings with original ferrite.

  15. The Origin of Secondary Hematite Phase in Non-stoichiometric Co-ferrite Prepared by Ceramic Method

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    Jiles, David; Nlebedim, Cajetan; Moses, Anthony

    2012-02-01

    Surprising results have shown the formation of a secondary phase of hematite in co-ferrite. Co-ferrite based materials have been increasingly studied for magnetoelastic and magnetoelectric applications. Enhancement of the properties for such applications can be made by cation substitution, heat treatment or processing. Often, samples whose compositions deviate from stoichiometry or targeted compositions are made. It is not yet known, how far from stoichiometric composition one would go to create other phases; which would also affect the properties. This study shows that, when samples are made by the ceramic method, a secondary hematite phase forms with the spinel Co-ferrite phase. The origin of the hematite phase is related to the processing temperature, sintering environment and deviation from stoichiometric composition. Consequently, deviation from targeted or stoichiometric compositions may explain why properties of co-ferrite reported in literature vary.

  16. Effect of retrogradation time on preparation and characterization of proso millet starch nanoparticles.

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    Sun, Qingjie; Gong, Min; Li, Ying; Xiong, Liu

    2014-10-13

    Starch nanoparticles were prepared from proso millet starch using a green and facile method combined with enzymolysis and recrystallization. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) were used to characterize the morphology and crystal structure of the starch nanoparticles prepared with different retrogradation time (0.5, 4, 12, and 24h). The results showed that the sizes of the starch nanoparticles were between 20 nm and 100 nm. The crystal pattern changed from A-type (native starch) to B-type (nanoparticles), and the relative crystallinity of the nanoparticles increased obviously, as compared with the native starch. The nanoparticles prepared with the 12h retrogradation time had the highest degree of crystallinity (47.04%). Compared to conventional acid hydrolysis to make starch nanoparticles, the present approach has the advantage of being quite rapid and presenting a higher yield (about 55%). PMID:25037338

  17. Preparation of Eudragit L 100-55 enteric nanoparticles by a novel emulsion diffusion method.

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    Hao, Shilei; Wang, Bochu; Wang, Yazhou; Zhu, Liancai; Wang, Bin; Guo, Tingwang

    2013-08-01

    In this study, a novel emulsion diffusion method was used to prepare enteric Eudragit L100-55 nanoparticles by ultrasonic dispersion and diffusion solidification. Omeprazole was selected as the model drug. The prepared nanoparticles were in spherical shape and exhibited negative zeta potential. The Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy results indicated that no molecular interaction occurred between the drug molecule and polymer chain. In addition, the nanoparticles showed a strong pH-sensitive release in vitro. A mild cytotoxicity of nanoparticle was observed in the subsequent studies, and the particle cellular uptake study showed that the nanoparticles could be taken up by Caco-2 cells after 0.5h incubation. Our results indicated that the enteric Eudragit L 100-55 nanoparticle could be synthesized successfully via this ultrasonic solidification method, which also could be applied to prepare other pH-sensitive polymer nanoparticles. PMID:23537830

  18. A solution for the preparation of hexagonal M-type SrFe12O19 ferrite using egg-white: Structural and magnetic properties

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    Li, Tingting; Li, Yang; Wu, Ruonan; Zhou, Han; Fang, Xiaochen; Su, Shubing; Xia, Ailin; Jin, Chuangui; Liu, Xianguo

    2015-11-01

    A new sol-gel route using egg-white as the binder of metal ions, is developed to prepare hexagonal M-type SrFe12O19 ferrite in this study, and the effects of different atomic ratio of Sr and Fe (Sr/Fe), sintering temperature (Ts) and usage of egg-white (Mew) on the phase formation, morphology and magnetic properties of specimens are studied. It is found that the single-phase SrFe12O19 ferrite only can be obtained under a Sr/Fe of 1:8 and a Ts between 1000 °C and 1300 °C. The magnetic properties of specimens are also obviously affected by the different Sr/Fe and Ts, primarily due to the emergency of impurities. The Mew has an obvious impact on the crystallinity of specimens, which consequently affects their magnetic properties. In our study, the optimum conditions to prepare the single-phase SrFe12O19 ferrite are Sr/Fe=1:8, Mew= 3 g and Ts =1200 °C.

  19. Silver confined within zeolite EMT nanoparticles: preparation and antibacterial properties

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    Dong, B.; Belkhair, S.; Zaarour, M.; Fisher, L.; Verran, J.; Tosheva, L.; Retoux, R.; Gilson, J.-P.; Mintova, S.

    2014-08-01

    The preparation of pure zeolite nanocrystals (EMT-type framework) and their silver ion-exchanged (Ag+-EMT) and reduced silver (Ag0-EMT) forms is reported. The template-free zeolite nanocrystals are stabilized in water suspensions and used directly for silver ion-exchange and subsequent chemical reduction under microwave irradiation. The high porosity, low Si/Al ratio, high concentration of sodium and ultrasmall crystal size of the EMT-type zeolite permitted the introduction of a high amount of silver using short ion-exchange times in the range of 2-6 h. The killing efficacy of pure EMT, Ag+-EMT and Ag0-EMT against Escherichia coli was studied semi-quantitatively. The antibacterial activity increased with increasing Ag content for both types of samples (Ag+-EMT and Ag0-EMT). The Ag0-EMT samples show slightly enhanced antimicrobial efficacy compared to that of Ag+-EMT, however, the differences are not substantial and the preparation of Ag nanoparticles is not viable considering the complexity of preparation steps.The preparation of pure zeolite nanocrystals (EMT-type framework) and their silver ion-exchanged (Ag+-EMT) and reduced silver (Ag0-EMT) forms is reported. The template-free zeolite nanocrystals are stabilized in water suspensions and used directly for silver ion-exchange and subsequent chemical reduction under microwave irradiation. The high porosity, low Si/Al ratio, high concentration of sodium and ultrasmall crystal size of the EMT-type zeolite permitted the introduction of a high amount of silver using short ion-exchange times in the range of 2-6 h. The killing efficacy of pure EMT, Ag+-EMT and Ag0-EMT against Escherichia coli was studied semi-quantitatively. The antibacterial activity increased with increasing Ag content for both types of samples (Ag+-EMT and Ag0-EMT). The Ag0-EMT samples show slightly enhanced antimicrobial efficacy compared to that of Ag+-EMT, however, the differences are not substantial and the preparation of Ag nanoparticles is not viable considering the complexity of preparation steps. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Zeta potential data of Ag-EMT suspensions, pore-size distributions and antibacterial data for Ag-EMT 2 h samples. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr03169e

  20. Oriented Y-type hexagonal ferrite thin films prepared by chemical solution deposition

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    Burk, J.; Kuel, R.; Knek, K.; Drbohlav, I.

    2013-07-01

    Thin films of Ba2Zn2Fe12O22 (Y) hexaferrite were prepared through the chemical solution deposition method on SrTiO3(1 1 1) (ST) single crystal substrates using epitaxial SrFe12O19 (M) hexaferrite thin layer as a seed template layer. The process of crystallization was mainly investigated by means of X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy. A detailed inspection revealed that growth of seed layer starts through the break-up of initially continuous film into isolated grains with expressive shape anisotropy and hexagonal habit. The vital parameters of the seed layer, i.e. thickness, substrate coverage, crystallization conditions and temperature ramp were optimized with the aim to obtain epitaxially crystallized Y phase. X-ray diffraction Pole figure measurements and ? scans reveal perfect parallel in-plane alignment of SrTiO3 substrate and both hexaferrite phases.

  1. Enzymatic polymerizations using surfactant microstructures and the preparation of polymer-ferrite composites

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    Kommareddi, N.S.; Tata, M.; Karayigitoglu, C.

    1995-12-31

    Horseradish peroxidase has been used as a biocatalyst to synthesize a polymeric material from alkyl-substituted phenols. The synthesis is carried out in a surfactant-based microemulsion environment, with the monomer partitioned at the oil/water interface. The spherical nature of the microemulsion nanodroplets may be acting as a template for the polymer synthesis. The resultant polymer particles are spherical and typically in the submicron size range. The characteristics of the morphology development are described. The templating effect of the surfactant environment becomes more evident when the polymer particles are fully dissolved in a suitable solvent and refolded in the presence of surfactant. Interestingly, submicron-sized spherical particles are obtained only in the presence of surfactant, and particles of arbitrary morphology are seen in the absence of surfactant. Aspects of morphology development leading to the preparation of polymer-iron oxide composites are described.

  2. Preparation of bio-compatible boron nanoparticles and novel mesoporous silica nanoparticles for bio-applications

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    Gao, Zhe

    This dissertation presents the synthesis and characterization of several novel inorganic and hybrid nanoparticles, including the bio-compatible boron nanoparticles (BNPs) for boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT), tannic acid-templated mesoporous silica nanoparticles and degradable bridged silsesquioxane silica nanoparticles. Chapter 1 provides background information of BNCT and reviews the development of design and synthesizing silica nanoparticles and the study of silica material degradability. Chapter 2 describes the preparation and characterization of dopamine modified BNPs and the preliminary cell study of them. The BNPs were first produced via ball milling, with fatty acid on the surface to stabilize the combustible boron elements. This chapter will mainly focus on the ligand-exchange strategy, in which the fatty acids were replaced by non-toxic dopamines in a facile one-pot reaction. The dopamine-coated BNPs (DA-BNPs) revealed good water dispersibility and low cytotoxicity. Chapter 3 describes the synthesis of tannic acid template mesoporous silica nanoparticles (TA-TEOS SiNPs) and their application to immobilize proteins. The monodispersed TA SiNPs with uniform pore size up to approximately 13 nm were produced by utilizing tannic acid as a molecular template. We studied the influence of TA concentration and reaction time on the morphology and pore size of the particles. Furthermore, the TA-TEOS particles could subsequently be modified with amine groups allowing them to be capable of incorporating imaging ligands and other guest molecules. The ability of the TA-TEOS particles to store biomolecules was preliminarily assessed with three proteins of different charge characteristics and dimensions. The immobilization of malic dehydrogenase on TA-TEOS enhanced the stability of the enzyme at room temperature. Chapter 4 details the synthesis of several bridged silsesquioxanes and the preparation of degradable hybrid SiNPs via co-condensation of bridged silsesquioxanes with tetraethoxysilane. In vivo studies show that the solid SiNPs accumulate in many organs due to the lack of degradability. The aim of our work is to address this shortcoming by producing novel degradable SiNPs. Bridged silsesquioxanes were used as the precursors of the particles, and upon cleavage of the carbamate groups when brought into contact with aqueous media, the particles degraded into porous structures.

  3. Analyses of factors affecting nickel ferrite nanoparticles synthesis in ultrasound-assisted aqueous solution ball milling.

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    Yuan, Zhuang; Chen, Zhen-hua; Chen, Ding; Kang, Zhi-tao

    2015-01-01

    Ball milling experiments were conducted with and without ultrasound wave assistance in deionized water using NiCO32Ni(OH)24H2O as raw materials. In the reaction process of NiFe2O4 prepared by ultrasound-assisted aqueous solution ball milling, some influencing factors including raw materials, ultrasonic frequency, ball to powder ratio and liquid level were changed. Samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, fluorescence measurements and electroconductivity detections. The results indicate that more hydroxyl radicals and ions can be generated under the coupling effect of ultrasonic and ball milling. The fluorescence measurements and electroconductivity detections also reflect the reaction speed, allowing for optimal parameters to be determined. PMID:25096301

  4. Z Ferrite Composite

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    Li, Qifan; Feng, Zekun; Yan, Shuoqing; Nie, Yan; Wang, Xian

    2014-09-01

    Fe-Si-Al/Co2Z ferrite composites were prepared by ball-milling. The microstructure, microwave electromagnetic properties, and impedance-matching performance of a series of composites were determined and the results are discussed. Experimental results indicated that, in frequency range 1-18 GHz, the permittivity and permeability of the complexes can be adjusted by changing the Fe-Si-Al-to-Co2Z weight ratio. Calculated reflection losses indicate that the absorption performance of Fe-Si-Al/Co2Z ferrite composites is superior to that of the pure Fe-Si-Al and Co2Z ferrites. It was found that the impedance-matching performance of the materials, which contributes to perfect absorption, can be improved by use of an appropriate weight ratio for the Fe-Si-Al/Co2Z ferrite composite.

  5. Synthesis of magnetic cobalt ferrite nanoparticles with controlled morphology, monodispersity and composition: the influence of solvent, surfactant, reductant and synthetic conditions.

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    Lu, Le T; Dung, Ngo T; Tung, Le D; Thanh, Cao T; Quy, Ong K; Chuc, Nguyen V; Maenosono, Shinya; Thanh, Nguyen T K

    2015-12-14

    In our present work, magnetic cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanoparticles have been successfully synthesised by thermal decomposition of Fe(iii) and Co(ii) acetylacetonate compounds in organic solvents in the presence of oleic acid (OA)/ oleylamine (OLA) as surfactants and 1,2-hexadecanediol (HDD) or octadecanol (OCD-ol) as an accelerating agent. As a result, CoFe2O4 nanoparticles of different shapes were tightly controlled in size (range of 4-30 nm) and monodispersity (standard deviation only at ca. 5%). Experimental parameters, such as reaction time, temperature, surfactant concentration, solvent, precursor ratio, and accelerating agent, in particular, the role of HDD, OCD-ol, and OA/OLA have been intensively investigated in detail to discover the best conditions for the synthesis of the above magnetic nanoparticles. The obtained nanoparticles have been successfully applied for producing oriented carbon nanotubes (CNTs), and they have potential to be used in biomedical applications. PMID:26542630

  6. Preparation, characterization and cytotoxicity of schizophyllan/silver nanoparticle composite.

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    Abdel-Mohsen, A M; Abdel-Rahman, Rasha M; Fouda, Moustafa M G; Vojtova, L; Uhrova, L; Hassan, A F; Al-Deyab, Salem S; El-Shamy, Ibrahim E; Jancar, J

    2014-02-15

    Silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) have been successfully prepared with a simple and "green" chemical reduction method. Triple helical schizophyllan (SPG) was used for the first time as reducing and stabilizing agents. The effect of temperature, silver nitrate/schizophyllan concentrations, pH of the reactions medium and the reaction time were investigated. The obtained schizophyllan/Ag-NP was characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, TEM, DLS, X-ray diffraction, TGA, and ATR-FTIR. The results revealed that, Ag-NPs attached to SPG through a strong non-covalent interaction, leading to good dispersion of Ag-NPs with a diameter of 6 nm within the biopolymer matrix. By increasing the pH of the reaction medium, the triple helical structure of SPG was partially broken. The SPG/AgNP nanocomposite was non-toxic for mouse fibroblast line (NIH-3T3) and human keratinocyte cell line (HaCaT). PMID:24507278

  7. Preparation of anionic polyurethane nanoparticles and blood compatible behaviors.

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    Zhu, Qinshu; Wang, Yan; Zhou, Min; Mao, Chun; Huang, Xiaohua; Bao, Jianchun; Shen, Jian

    2012-05-01

    The anionic polyurethane nanoparticles (APU-NPs) were obtained by an emulsion polymerization method. It was found that the average size of the prepared APU-NPs is about 84 nm, and the APU-NPs have zeta-potential of -38.9 mV. The bulk characterization of synthesized APU-NPs was investigated by FTIR. The blood compatibility of APU-NPs was characterized by in vitro for coagulation tests, complement activation, platelet activation, cytotoxicity experiments, and hemolysis assay. The results showed that the APU-NPs synthesized in this paper are blood compatible with low level of cell cytotoxicity, and the results were significant for their potential use in vivo. PMID:22852346

  8. Preparation of silver nanoparticles fabrics against multidrug-resistant bacteria

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    Hanh, Truong Thi; Thu, Nguyen Thi; Hien, Nguyen Quoc; An, Pham Ngoc; Loan, Truong Thi Kieu; Hoa, Phan Thi

    2016-04-01

    The silver nanoparticles (AgNPs)/peco fabrics were prepared by immobilization of AgNPs on fabrics in which AgNPs were synthesized by γ-irradiation of the 10 mM AgNO3 chitosan solution at the dose of 17.6 kGy. The AgNPs size has been estimated to be about 11 nm from TEM image. The AgNPs content onto peco fabrics was of 143±6 mg/kg at the initial AgNPs concentration of 100 ppm. The AgNPs colloidal solution was characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy and TEM image. The antibacterial activity of AgNPs/peco fabrics after 60 washings against Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae was found to be over 99%. Effects of AgNPs fabics on multidrug-resistant pathogens from the clinical specimens were also tested.

  9. Preparation of drug nanoparticles by co-grinding with cyclodextrin: formation mechanism and factors affecting nanoparticle formation.

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    Wongmekiat, Arpansiree; Tozuka, Yuichi; Moribe, Kunikazu; Oguchi, Toshio; Yamamoto, Keiji

    2007-03-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the factors affecting the formation of pranlukast nanoparticle prepared by co-grinding with beta-cyclodextrin (beta-CD) and to elucidate the mechanism of nanoparticle formation. The effects of grinding time, moisture content and CD content on the nanoparticle formation were evaluated by means of UV quantitative determination and particle size analysis. High-resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRSEM) was employed to observe drug nanoparticles in the ground mixture. Nanoparticle recovery was higher than 95% for 2 : 1 molecular mixtures of beta-CD : pranlukast which had been ground for 10 min with moisture levels between 10 and 15%. While that of the 1 : 2 ground mixture prepared at 8% moisture level was only 57%. Nanoparticle recovery from beta-CD : pranlukast 2 : 1 mixture ground for 1 min was 2.5%, while that of the 10 min ground mixture was as high as 95%. HRSEM demonstrated that primary drug nanoparticles having a particle size around 50 nm were observed in the ground mixture. The grinding time, the moisture content, and the CD content had significant influences on the formation of drug nanoparticles. The CD matrix may form and stabilize primary particles by its interaction with the particle surface through water molecules. Primary nanoparticles existed in the ground mixture as 50 nm drug nanocrystallites. PMID:17329871

  10. Ferrous sulfate based low temperature synthesis and magnetic properties of nickel ferrite nanostructures

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    Tejabhiram, Y.; Pradeep, R.; Helen, A.T.; Gopalakrishnan, C.; Ramasamy, C.

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Novel low temperature synthesis of nickel ferrite nanoparticles. • Comparison with two conventional synthesis techniques including hydrothermal method. • XRD results confirm the formation of crystalline nickel ferrites at 110 °C. • Superparamagnetic particles with applications in drug delivery and hyperthermia. • Magnetic properties superior to conventional methods found in new process. - Abstract: We report a simple, low temperature and surfactant free co-precipitation method for the preparation of nickel ferrite nanostructures using ferrous sulfate as the iron precursor. The products obtained from this method were compared for their physical properties with nickel ferrites produced through conventional co-precipitation and hydrothermal methods which used ferric nitrate as the iron precursor. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the synthesis of single phase inverse spinel nanocrystalline nickel ferrites at temperature as low as 110 °C in the low temperature method. Electron microscopy analysis on the samples revealed the formation of nearly spherical nanostructures in the size range of 20–30 nm which are comparable to other conventional methods. Vibrating sample magnetometer measurements showed the formation of superparamagnetic particles with high magnetic saturation 41.3 emu/g which corresponds well with conventional synthesis methods. The spontaneous synthesis of the nickel ferrite nanoparticles by the low temperature synthesis method was attributed to the presence of 0.808 kJ mol{sup −1} of excess Gibbs free energy due to ferrous sulfate precursor.

  11. Nanocrystalline spinel ferrite (MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, M = Ni, Co, Mn, Mg, Zn) powders prepared by a simple aloe vera plant-extracted solution hydrothermal route

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    Phumying, Santi; Labuayai, Sarawuth; Swatsitang, Ekaphan; Amornkitbamrung, Vittaya; Maensiri, Santi

    2013-06-01

    Graphical abstract: This figure shows the specific magnetization curves of the as-prepared MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (M = Ni, Co, Mn, Mg, Zn) powders obtained from room temperature VSM measurement. These curves are typical for a soft magnetic material and indicate hysteresis ferromagnetism in the field ranges of ±500 Oe, ±1000 Oe, and ±2000 Oe for the CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} respectively, whereas the samples of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} show a superparamagnetic behavior. Highlights: ► Nanocrystalline MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} powders were synthesized by a novel hydrothermal method. ► Metal acetylacetonates and aloe vera plant-extracted solution are used. ► This biosynthetic route is very simple and provides high-yield oxide nanomaterials. ► XRD and TEM results indicate that the prepared samples have only spinel structure. ► The maximum M{sub s} of 68.9 emu/g at 10 kOe were observed for the samples of MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. - Abstract: Nanocrystalline spinel ferrite MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (M = Ni, Co, Mn, Mg, Zn) powders were synthesized by a novel hydrothermal method using Fe(acac){sub 3}, M(acac){sub 3} (M = Ni, Co, Mn, Mg, Zn) and aloe vera plant extracted solution. The X-ray diffraction and selected-area electron diffraction results indicate that the synthesized nanocrystalline have only spinel structure without the presence of other phase impurities. The crystal structure and morphology of the spinel ferrite powders, as revealed by TEM, show that the NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} samples contain nanoparticles, whereas the MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} samples consist of many nanoplatelets and nanoparticles. Interestingly, the ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} sample contains plate-like structure of networked nanocrystalline particles. Room temperature magnetization results show a ferromagnetic behavior of the CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} samples, whereas the samples of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} exhibit a superparamagnetic behavior.

  12. Sol-Gel-Prepared Nanoparticles of Mixed Praseodymium Cobaltites-Ferrites

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    Pekinchak, Olga; Vasylechko, Leonid; Lutsyuk, Iryna; Vakhula, Yaroslav; Prots, Yuri; Carrillo-Cabrera, Wilder

    2016-02-01

    Two series of nanocrystalline powders of PrCo1 - x Fe x O3 ( x = 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 0.9) of high purity were obtained by sol-gel citrate method at 700 and 800 °C. The formation of continuous solid solution with an orthorhombic perovskite structure (sp. group Pbnm) was observed. A peculiarity of the PrCo1 - x Fe x O3 solid solution is the lattice parameter crossovers, which occurred at certain compositions and revealed in the pseudo-tetragonal or pseudo-cubic metric. An average crystallite size of the PrCo1 - x Fe x O3 samples estimated from the analysis of the angular dependence of the X-ray diffraction (XRD) line broadening varies between 30 and 155 nm, depending on the composition and synthesis temperature.

  13. Sol-Gel-Prepared Nanoparticles of Mixed Praseodymium Cobaltites-Ferrites.

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    Pekinchak, Olga; Vasylechko, Leonid; Lutsyuk, Iryna; Vakhula, Yaroslav; Prots, Yuri; Carrillo-Cabrera, Wilder

    2016-12-01

    Two series of nanocrystalline powders of PrCo1 - x Fe x O3 (x = 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 0.9) of high purity were obtained by sol-gel citrate method at 700 and 800 °C. The formation of continuous solid solution with an orthorhombic perovskite structure (sp. group Pbnm) was observed. A peculiarity of the PrCo1 - x Fe x O3 solid solution is the lattice parameter crossovers, which occurred at certain compositions and revealed in the pseudo-tetragonal or pseudo-cubic metric. An average crystallite size of the PrCo1 - x Fe x O3 samples estimated from the analysis of the angular dependence of the X-ray diffraction (XRD) line broadening varies between 30 and 155 nm, depending on the composition and synthesis temperature. PMID:26858157

  14. Preparation of pure iron/Ni-Zn ferrite high strength soft magnetic composite by spark plasma sintering

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    Wang, Minggang; Zan, Zhao; Deng, Na; Zhao, Zhankui

    2014-06-01

    A dense microcellular structure is fabricated using micron-sized pure iron powder cladded with 10 wt% Zn0.5Ni0.5Fe2O4 nanopowder by filling the pure iron with Ni-Zn-ferrites composite and subjecting the mixture to a temperature of 600 C. The SEM image shows that the thickness of cell wall is in the range of 1.0-2.0 ?m, and the inner dimension of the alloy is in the range of 15-40 ?m. By coating Ni-Zn-ferrites, the electrical resistivity is increased. The composite exhibits not only good soft magnetic properties but also good mechanical strength.

  15. Preparation of Chitosan nanoparticles and its effect on detached rice leaves infected with Pyricularia grisea.

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    Manikandan, Appu; Sathiyabama, Muthukrishnan

    2016-03-01

    The aim of the present study was to prepare chitosan nanoparticles to evaluate their effect on protection of rice plants from blast fungus. Nanoparticles were prepared using the ionic gelation method by the interaction of Chitosan and sodium tripolyphosphate. The particle size, polydispersity index, zetapotential and structure was confirmed by DLS, FTIR, TEM and XRD. The Chitosan nanoparticle was evaluated for suppression of rice blast fungus (Pyricularia grisea) under the detached leaf condition. It is evident from our results that chitosan nanoparticle have potential in suppressing blast disease of rice which can be used further under field condition to protect rice plants from the devastating fungus. PMID:26656594

  16. Control of Particle Size and Morphology of Cobalt-Ferrite Nanoparticles by Salt-Matrix during Annealing

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    Azizi, A.; Sadrnezhaad, S. K.; Mostafavi, M.

    Salt-matrix annealing of mechanically alloyed Co-ferrite nanopowder was used to modify its particle size and morphology. Efficiency improvement due to suppression of sintering and growth resulted in reduction of average particle size from 100nm for salt-less to 40nm for salt-full annealing procedure. Nanosized single-phase cobalt-ferrite particles were observed after 2h annealing at 750°C in the samples milled for 20 hours both with and without NaCl. NaCl:CoFe2O4 ratio of 10:1 resulted in cabbage-like clusters containing particles smaller than 50 nm.

  17. In situ preparation of monodispersed Ag/polyaniline/Fe3O4 nanoparticles via heterogeneous nucleation

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    2013-01-01

    Acrylic acid and styrene were polymerized onto monodispersed Fe3O4 nanoparticles using a grafting copolymerization method. Aniline molecules were then bonded onto the Fe3O4 nanoparticles by electrostatic self-assembly and further polymerized to obtain uniform polyaniline/Fe3O4 (PANI/Fe3O4) nanoparticles (approximately 35 nm). Finally, monodispersed Ag/PANI/Fe3O4 nanoparticles were prepared by an in situ reduction reaction between emeraldine PANI and silver nitrate. Fourier transform infrared and UV-visible spectrometers and a transmission electron microscope were used to characterize both the chemical structure and the morphology of the resulting nanoparticles. PMID:23819820

  18. Magnetic properties of Co1-xZnxFe2O4 spinel ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by starch-assisted sol-gel autocombustion method and its ball milling

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    Yadav, Raghvendra Singh; Havlica, Jaromir; Hnatko, Miroslav; Šajgalík, Pavol; Alexander, Cigáň; Palou, Martin; Bartoníčková, Eva; Boháč, Martin; Frajkorová, Františka; Masilko, Jiri; Zmrzlý, Martin; Kalina, Lukas; Hajdúchová, Miroslava; Enev, Vojtěch

    2015-03-01

    In this article, Co1-xZnxFe2O4 (x=0.0 and 0.5) spinel ferrite nanoparticles were achieved at 800 °C by starch-assisted sol-gel autocombustion method. To further reduce the particle size, these synthesized ferrite nanoparticles were ball-milled for 2 h. X-ray diffraction patterns demonstrated single phase formation of Co1-xZnxFe2O4 (x=0.0 and 0.5) spinel ferrite nanoparticles. FE-SEM analysis indicated the nanosized spherical particles formation with spherical morphology. The change in Raman modes and relative intensity were observed due to ball milling and consequently decrease of particle size and cationic redistribution. An X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) result indicated that Co2+, Zn2+ and Fe3+ exist in octahedral and tetrahedral sites. The cationic redistribution of Zn2+ and consequently Fe3+ occurred between octahedral and tetrahedral sites after ball-milling. The change in saturation magnetization (Ms) and coercivity (Hc) with decrease of nanocrystalline size and distribution of cations in spinel ferrite were observed.

  19. Comparison of Different Crosslinking Methods for Preparation of Docetaxel-loaded Albumin Nanoparticles

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    Niknejad, Hassan; Mahmoudzadeh, Raziyeh

    2015-01-01

    In the last step of desolvation method for preparation of albumin nanoparticles, glutaraldehyde (GA) is added to stabilize the newly formed nanoparticles. Due to undesirable effects of GA, the objective of this study was to evaluate alternative methods of crosslinking including ultraviolet (UV) irradiation, adding of glucose and combination of both methods. The nanoparticles were prepared by desolvation procedure. Final particle size, zeta potential, FTIR, scanning electron micrograph, cellular uptake and cell toxicity of nanoparticles crosslinked with UV and/or glucose were compared with commonly crosslinked nanoparticles with GA. Moreover, drug release and stability parameters of docetaxel-loaded albumin nanoparticles were investigated. Size of all nanoparticles prepared by different methods was in the same range (100-200 nm). Zeta potential showed the same results except for those treated with UV. The results of FTIR assay were the same for all groups. Although crosslinking by UV or glucose alone resulted in cytotoxic effects, combination of UV and glucose had less cytotoxic effects compared to GA. Cellular uptake of nanoparticles crosslinked with UV + glucose and GA showed similar results. The release of docetaxel from UV + glucose and GA crosslinked nanoparticles showed the same biphasic release. These data support the idea that crosslinking with a combination of UV and glucose can be a promising alternative method for production of docetaxel-loaded albumin nanoparticles with the advantage of omitting toxic GA. PMID:25901145

  20. Investigation of antibacterial properties silver nanoparticles prepared via green method

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    2012-01-01

    Background This study aims to investigate the influence of different stirring times on antibacterial activity of silver nanoparticles in polyethylene glycol (PEG) suspension. The silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) were prepared by green synthesis method using green agents, polyethylene glycol (PEG) under moderate temperature at different stirring times. Silver nitrate (AgNO3) was taken as the metal precursor while PEG was used as the solid support and polymeric stabilizer. The antibacterial activity of different sizes of nanosilver was investigated against Gram–positive [Staphylococcus aureus] and Gram–negative bacteria [Salmonella typhimurium SL1344] by the disk diffusion method using Müeller–Hinton Agar. Results Formation of Ag-NPs was determined by UV–vis spectroscopy where surface plasmon absorption maxima can be observed at 412–437 nm from the UV–vis spectrum. The synthesized nanoparticles were also characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The peaks in the XRD pattern confirmed that the Ag-NPs possessed a face-centered cubic and peaks of contaminated crystalline phases were unable to be located. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed that Ag-NPs synthesized were in spherical shape. The optimum stirring time to synthesize smallest particle size was 6 hours with mean diameter of 11.23 nm. Zeta potential results indicate that the stability of the Ag-NPs is increases at the 6 h stirring time of reaction. The Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrum suggested the complexation present between PEG and Ag-NPs. The Ag-NPs in PEG were effective against all bacteria tested. Higher antibacterial activity was observed for Ag-NPs with smaller size. These suggest that Ag-NPs can be employed as an effective bacteria inhibitor and can be applied in medical field. Conclusions Ag-NPs were successfully synthesized in PEG suspension under moderate temperature at different stirring times. The study clearly showed that the Ag-NPs with different stirring times exhibit inhibition towards the tested gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. PMID:22839208

  1. Study of structure and magnetic properties of Ni-Zn ferrite nano-particles synthesized via co-precipitation and reverse micro-emulsion technique

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    Abdullah Dar, M.; Shah, Jyoti; Siddiqui, W. A.; Kotnala, R. K.

    2014-08-01

    Nano-crystalline Ni-Zn ferrites were synthesized by chemical co-precipitation and reverse micro-emulsion technique with an average crystallite size of 11 and 6 nm, respectively. The reverse micro-emulsion method has been found to be more appropriate for nano-ferrite synthesis as the produced particles are monodisperse and highly crystalline. Zero-field cooled and field cooled magnetization study under different magnetic fields and magnetic hysteresis loops at different temperatures have been performed. The non-saturated M-H loops, absence of hysteresis, and coercivity at room temperature are indicative of the presence of super paramagnetic and single-domain nano-particles for both the materials. In sample `a', the blocking temperature ( T B) has been observed to decrease from 255 to 120 K on increasing the magnetic field from 50 to 1,000 Oe, which can be attributed to the reduction of magneto crystalline anisotropy constant. The M S and coercivity were found to be higher for sample `a' as compared with sample `b' since surface effects are neglected on increasing the crystallite size.

  2. Thiolated chitosan nanoparticles for enhancing oral absorption of docetaxel: preparation, in vitro and ex vivo evaluation

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    Saremi, Shahrooz; Atyabi, Fatemeh; Akhlaghi, Seyedeh Parinaz; Ostad, Seyed Nasser; Dinarvand, Rassoul

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this study was to prepare and evaluate mucoadhesive core-shell nanoparticles based on copolymerization of thiolated chitosan coated on poly methyl methacrylate cores as a carrier for oral delivery of docetaxel. Docetaxel-loaded nanoparticles with various concentrations were prepared via a radical emulsion polymerization method using cerium ammonium nitrate as an initiator. The physicochemical properties of the obtained nanoparticles were characterized by: dynamic light-scattering analysis for their mean size, size distribution, and zeta potential; scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy for surface morphology; and differential scanning calorimetry analysis for confirmation of molecular dispersity of docetaxel in the nanoparticles. Nanoparticles were spherical with mean diameter below 200 nm, polydispersity of below 0.15, and positive zeta potential values. The entrapment efficiency of the nanoparticles was approximately 90%. In vitro release studies showed a sustained release characteristic for 10 days after a burst release at the beginning. Ex vivo studies showed a significant increase in the transportation of docetaxel from intestinal membrane of rat when formulated as nanoparticles. Cellular uptake of nanoparticles was investigated using fluoresceinamine-loaded nanoparticles. Docetaxel nanoparticles showed a high cytotoxicity effect in the Caco-2 and MCF-7 cell lines after 72 hours. It can be concluded that by combining the advantages of both thiolated polymers and colloidal particles, these nanoparticles can be proposed as a drug carrier system for mucosal delivery of hydrophobic drugs. PMID:21289989

  3. Structural and conductivity analysis on cerium fluoride nanoparticles prepared by sonication assisted method

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    Arun Kumar, D.; Selvasekarapandian, S.; Nithya, H.; Masuda, Yoshitake

    2012-05-01

    The article deals with the effect of sonication on ionic conductivity of cerium fluoride. Cerium fluoride nanoparticles have been prepared by simple precipitation method from aqueous solution with sonication assistance. The structural and morphology of the nanoparticles prepared have been studied using X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopic (FESEM) analysis. The morphological analysis confirms the formation of nanorods. Ac impedance spectroscopy has been used to study the ion conduction and conductivity of the prepared nanoparticles. The surface area of the prepared nanoparticles has been studied by nitrogen adsorption-desorption analysis. From the impedance spectra analysis the sample prepared at 2 h sonication time is found to have high ionic conductivity. The conductance spectra show an orderly shifting which is due to the effect of sonication. The temperature dependence of conductivity follows the Arrhenius behavior.

  4. Experimental demonstration of all-optical weak magnetic field detection using beam-deflection of single-mode fiber coated with cobalt-doped nickel ferrite nanoparticles.

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    Pradhan, Somarpita; Chaudhuri, Partha Roy

    2015-07-10

    We experimentally demonstrate single-mode optical-fiber-beam-deflection configuration for weak magnetic-field-detection using an optimized (low coercive-field) composition of cobalt-doped nickel ferrite nanoparticles. Devising a fiber-double-slit type experiment, we measure the surrounding magnetic field through precisely measuring interference-fringe yielding a minimum detectable field ∼100  mT and we procure magnetization data of the sample that fairly predicts SQUID measurement. To improve sensitivity, we incorporate etched single-mode fiber in double-slit arrangement and recorded a minimum detectable field, ∼30  mT. To further improve, we redefine the experiment as modulating fiber-to-fiber light-transmission and demonstrate the minimum field as 2.0 mT. The device will be uniquely suited for electrical or otherwise hazardous environments. PMID:26193403

  5. Temperature Dependence of Saturation Magnetization and Coercivity in Mn0.5Zn0.5Gd0.02Fe1.98O4 Ferrite Nanoparticles

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    Obaidat, I. M.; Issa, B.; Albiss, B. A.; Haik, Y.

    2015-10-01

    The influence of temperature on coercivity, Hc and saturation magnetization, Ms were investigated experimentally in Mn0.5Zn0.5Gd0.02Fe1.98O4 ferrite nanoparticles (average size 35 nm). Isothermal magnetization curves M (H) were obtained in the field range from -5 kOe to +5 kOe at different temperatures after the zero field cooling (ZFC) process. The temperature dependence of the coercivity, Hc(T) deviated slightly from the classical Kneller's law. The temperature dependence of saturation magnetization, Ms(T) was found to have an excellent agreement with the Bloch's law. These results are discussed in terms of several factors such as the size and size distribution of the particles, inter-particle interactions and the surface spin.

  6. Cation distribution and enhanced surface effects on the temperature-dependent magnetization of as-prepared NiFe2O4 nanoparticles

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    Atif, M.; Nadeem, M.; Siddique, M.

    2015-08-01

    Nickel ferrite, i.e., NiFe2O4, nanoparticles are synthesized by sol-gel method using urea as a neutralizing agent. The formation of spinel phase and crystal structure of the as-prepared sample is analyzed by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope. In order to confirm phase formation and cation arrangement, room temperature 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy is employed. The degree of inversion ( i) estimated from the relative peak area is found to be 0.6, which confirms a mixed spinel structure of the as-prepared sample. Zero-field-cooled/field-cooled measurements showed evidence of superparamagnetic behavior associated with the nanosized particles. Hysteresis loop measurements revealed temperature-dependent magnetic properties: The coercive field ( H C) decreases with increasing temperature and deviates from the Kneller's law for ferromagnetic nanostructures; and the saturation magnetization ( M s) follows modified Bloch's law in the temperature range between 25 and 400 K. However, below 25 K, an abrupt increase in magnetization of nanoparticles is observed. In order to understand this behavior, an additional contribution has to be added to the core magnetization to properly fit the data. Hence, a surface correction term to the Bloch's law is found to describe the temperature dependence of magnetization in the core-shell NiFe2O4 nanoparticles.

  7. Preparation and characterization of silver chloride nanoparticles as an antibacterial agent

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    Duong Trinh, Ngoc; Thanh Binh Nguyen, Thi; Hai Nguyen, Thanh

    2015-12-01

    Silver chloride nanoparticles were prepared by the precipitation reaction between silver nitrate and sodium chloride in an aqueous solution containing poly(vinyl alcohol) as a stabilizing agent. Different characteristics of the nanoparticles in suspension and in lyophilized powder such as size, morphology, chemical nature, interaction with stabilizing agent and photo-stability were investigated. Biological tests showed that the obtained silver chloride nanoparticles displayed antibacterial activities against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus.

  8. Controlling of optical energy gap of Co-ferrite quantum dots in poly (methyl methacrylate) matrix

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    El-Sayed, H. M.; Agami, W. R.

    2015-07-01

    Different crystallite sizes of Co-ferrite nanoparticles were prepared and dispersed in the matrix of poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) polymer. The effect of crystallite size on the structure and optical energy gap of Co-nanoferrite/PMMA composite has been studied. The optical energy gap of Co-ferrite was greatly affected by the crystallite size. This result was discussed in terms of the formation of electron-hole exciton using particle in a box model. The effective mass and the Bohr radius of the formed exciton have been calculated from the spectroscopic measurements.

  9. Fluorescence of silicon nanoparticles prepared by nanosecond pulsed laser

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    Liu, Chunyang Sui, Xin; Yang, Fang; Ma, Wei; Li, Jishun; Xue, Yujun; Fu, Xing

    2014-03-15

    A pulsed laser fabrication method is used to prepare fluorescent microstructures on silicon substrates in this paper. A 355 nm nanosecond pulsed laser micromachining system was designed, and the performance was verified and optimized. Fluorescence microscopy was used to analyze the photoluminescence of the microstructures which were formed using the pulsed laser processing technique. Photoluminescence spectra of the microstructure reveal a peak emission around 500 nm, from 370 nm laser irradiation. The light intensity also shows an exponential decay with irradiation time, which is similar to attenuation processes seen in porous silicon. The surface morphology and chemical composition of the microstructure in the fabricated region was also analyzed with multifunction scanning electron microscopy. Spherical particles are produced with diameters around 100 nm. The structure is compared with porous silicon. It is likely that these nanoparticles act as luminescence recombination centers on the silicon surface. The small diameter of the particles modifies the band gap of silicon by quantum confinement effects. Electron-hole pairs recombine and the fluorescence emission shifts into the visible range. The chemical elements of the processed region are also changed during the interaction between laser and silicon. Oxidation and carbonization play an important role in the enhancement of fluorescence emission.

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

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    2010-01-01

    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 5060 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. PMID:20730079

  11. Aqueous Solution Preparation, Structure, and Magnetic Properties of Nano-Granular Zn(x)Fe(3-x)O(4) Ferrite Films.

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    Tian, Qiang; Wang, Qian; Xie, Qingshui; Li, Jiangong

    2010-01-01

    This paper reports a simple and novel process for preparing nano-granular Zn(x)Fe(3-x)O(4) ferrite films (0 preparing other cations-doped spinel ferrite films. The Zn content x in the Zn(x)Fe(3-x)O(4) films depends linearly on the Zn(2+) 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. PMID:20730079

  12. Improved corneal toxicity and permeability of tranilast by the preparation of ophthalmic formulations containing its nanoparticles.

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    Nagai, Noriaki; Ono, Hikaru; Hashino, Miho; Ito, Yoshimasa; Okamoto, Norio; Shimomura, Yoshikazu

    2014-01-01

    We prepared ophthalmic formulations containing 0.5% tranilast (TL) nanoparticles using 0.005% benzalkonium chloride (BAC), 0.5% D-mannitol, and 2-hydroxypropyl-?-cyclodextrin (HP?CD), and investigated their usefulness in the ophthalmologic field by evaluating corneal toxicity and permeability. TL nanoparticles were prepared using zirconia beads and Bead Smash 12, which allowed the preparation of high quality dispersions containing 0.5% TL nanoparticles (particle size, 34 20 nm, means S.D.). Dispersions containing TL nanoparticles are tolerated better by human corneal epithelium cells than a commercially available 0.5% TL preparation (RIZABEN() eye drops). In addition, the addition of TL nanoparticles to the dispersions does not affect the antimicrobial activity of BAC against Escherichia coli (ATCC 8739), and the corneal penetration of TL from dispersions containing TL nanoparticles was significantly higher than in the case of the commercially available 0.5% TL eye drops. It is possible that dispersions containing TL nanoparticles will show increased effectiveness against ocular inflammation, and that ocular drug delivery systems using drug nanoparticles may lead to an expansion of their usefulness for therapy in the ophthalmologic field. PMID:24420060

  13. Metal nanoparticle deposited inorganic nanostructure hybrids, uses thereof and processes for their preparation

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    Tenne, Reshef; Tsverin, Yulia; Burghaus, Uwe; Komarneni, Mallikharjuna Rao

    2016-01-26

    This invention relates to a hybrid component comprising at least one nanoparticle of inorganic layered compound (in the form of fullerene-like structure or nanotube), and at least one metal nanoparticle, uses thereof as a catalyst, (e.g. photocatalysis) and processes for its preparation.

  14. Facile synthesis of cobalt ferrite nanotubes using bacterial nanocellulose as template.

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    Menchaca-Nal, S; Londoo-Caldern, C L; Cerrutti, P; Foresti, M L; Pampillo, L; Bilovol, V; Candal, R; Martnez-Garca, R

    2016-02-10

    A facile method for the preparation of cobalt ferrite nanotubes by use of bacterial cellulose nanoribbons as a template is described. The proposed method relays on a simple coprecipitation operation, which is a technique extensively used for the synthesis of nanoparticles (either isolated or as aggregates) but not for the synthesis of nanotubes. The precursors employed in the synthesis are chlorides, and the procedure is carried out at low temperature (90C). By the method proposed a homogeneous distribution of cobalt ferrite nanotubes with an average diameter of 217nm in the bacterial nanocellulose (BC) aerogel (3%) was obtained. The obtained nanotubes are formed by 26-102nm cobalt ferrite clusters of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles with diameters in the 9-13nm interval. The nanoparticles that form the nanotubes showed to have a certain crystalline disorder, which could be attributed in a greater extent to the small crystallite size, and, in a lesser extent, to microstrains existing in the crystalline lattice. The BC-templated-CoFe2O4 nanotubes exhibited magnetic behavior at room temperature. The magnetic properties showed to be influenced by a fraction of nanoparticles in superparamagnetic state. PMID:26686185

  15. Preparation and in vitro evaluation of hydrophilic fenretinide nanoparticles.

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    Ledet, Grace A; Graves, Richard A; Glotser, Elena Y; Mandal, Tarun K; Bostanian, Levon A

    2015-02-20

    Fenretinide is an effective anti-cancer drug with high in vitro cytotoxicity and low in vivo systemic toxicity. In clinical trials, fenretinide has shown poor therapeutic efficacy following oral administration - attributed to its low bioavailability and solubility. The long term goal of this project is to develop a formulation for the oral delivery of fenretinide. The purpose of this part of the study was to prepare and characterize hydrophilic nanoparticle formulations of fenretinide. Three different ratios of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) to fenretinide were used, namely, 3:1, 4:1, and 5:1. Both drug and polymer were dissolved in a mixture of methanol and dichloromethane (2:23 v/v). Rotary evaporation was used to remove the solvents, and, following reconstitution with water, a high pressure homogenizer was used to form nanoparticles. The particle size and polydispersity index were measured before and after lyophilization. The formulations were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD). The effectiveness of the formulations was assessed by release studies and Caco-2 cell permeability assays. As the PVP content increased, the recovered particle size following lyophilization became more consistent with the pre-lyophilization particle size, especially for those formulations with less lactose. The DSC scans of the formulations did not show any fenretinide melting endotherms, indicating that the drug was either present in an amorphous form in the formulation or that a solid solution of the drug in PVP had formed. For the release studies, the highest drug release among the formulations was 249.235.5ng/mL for the formulation with 4:1 polymer-to-drug. When the permeability of the formulations was evaluated in a Caco-2 cell model, the mean normalized flux for each treatment group was significantly higher (p<0.05) from the fenretinide control. The formulation containing 4:1 polymer-to-drug ratio and 6:5 lactose-to-formulation ratio emerged as the optimal choice for further evaluation as a potential oral delivery formulation for fenretinide. PMID:25542987

  16. Preparation and In Vitro Evaluation of Hydrophilic Fenretinide Nanoparticles

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    Ledet, Grace A.; Graves, Richard A.; Glotser, Elena Y.; Mandal, Tarun K.; Bostanian, Levon A.

    2015-01-01

    Fenretinide is an effective anti-cancer drug with high in vitro cytotoxicity and low in vivo systemic toxicity. In clinical trials, fenretinide has shown poor therapeutic efficacy following oral administration attributed to its low bioavailability and solubility. The long term goal of this project is to develop a formulation for the oral delivery of fenretinide. The purpose of this part of the study wasto prepare and characterize hydrophilic nanoparticle formulations of fenretinide. Three different ratios of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) to fenretinide were used, namely, 3:1, 4:1, and 5:1. Both drug and polymer were dissolved in a mixture of methanol and dichloromethane (2:23 v/v). Rotary evaporation was used to remove the solvents, and, following reconstitution with water, a high pressure homogenizer was used to form nanoparticles. The particle size and polydispersity index were measured before and after lyophilization. The formulations were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and x-ray powder diffraction (XRPD). The effectiveness of the formulations was assessed by releasestudies and Caco-2 cell permeability assays. As the PVP content increased, the recovered particle size following lyophilization became more consistent with the pre-lyophilization particle size, especially for those formulations with less lactose. The DSC scans of the formulations did not show any fenretinide melting endotherms, indicating that the drug was either present in an amorphous form in the formulation or that a solid solution of the drug in PVP had formed. For the release studies, the highest drug release among the formulations was 249.2 35.5 ng/mL for the formulation with 4:1 polymer-to-drug. When the permeability of the formulations was evaluated in a Caco-2 cell model, the mean normalized flux for each treatment group was significantly higher (p<0.05) from the fenretinide control. The formulation containing 4:1 polymer-to-drug ratio and 6:5 lactose-to-formulation ratio emerged as the optimal choice for further evaluation as a potential oral delivery formulation for fenretinide. PMID:25542987

  17. Electrical and optical properties of nickel ferrite/polyaniline nanocomposite.

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    Khairy, M; Gouda, M E

    2015-07-01

    Polyaniline-NiFe2O4 nanocomposites (PANI-NiFe2O4) with different contents of NiFe2O4 (2.5, 5 and 50wt%) were prepared via in situ chemical oxidation polymerization, while the nanoparticles nickel ferrite were synthesized by sol-gel method. The prepared samples were characterized using some techniques such as Fourier transforms infrared (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Moreover, the electrical conductivity and optical properties of the nanocomposites were investigated. Pure (PANI) and the composites containing 2.5 and 5wt% NiFe2O4 showed amorphous structures, while the one with 50wt% NiFe2O4 showed a spinel crystalline structure. The SEM images of the composites showed different aggregations for the different nickel ferrite contents. FTIR spectra revealed to the formation of some interactions between the PANI macromolecule and the NiFe2O4 nanoparticles, while the thermal analyses indicated an increase in the composites stability for samples with higher NiFe2O4 nanoparticles contents. The electrical conductivity of PANI-NiFe2O4 nanocomposite was found to increase with the rise in NiFe2O4 nanoparticle content, probably due to the polaron/bipolaron formation. The optical absorption experiments illustrate direct transition with an energy band gap of Eg =1.0 for PANI-NiFe2O4 nanocomposite. PMID:26199745

  18. Load partitioning between ferrite/martensite and dispersed nanoparticles of a 9Cr ferritic/martensitic (F/M) ODS steel at high temperatures

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    Zhang, Guangming; Mo, Kun; Miao, Yinbin; Liu, Xiang; Almer, Jonathan; Zhou, Zhangjian; Stubbins, James F.

    2015-06-18

    In thisstudy,ahigh-energysynchrotronradiationX-raytechniquewasusedtoinvestigatethetensile deformation processesofa9Cr-ODSferritic/martensitic(F/M)steelatdifferenttemperatures.Twominor phases withinthe9Cr-ODSF/Msteelmatrixwereidentified asY2Ti2O7 and TiNbythehigh-energyX-ray diffraction, andconfirmed bytheanalysisusingenergydispersiveX-rayspectroscopy(EDS)ofscanning transmission electronmicroscope(STEM).Thelatticestrainsofthematrixandparticlesweremeasured through theentiretensiledeformationprocess.Duringthetensiletests,thelatticestrainsoftheferrite/ martensiteandtheparticles(TiNandY2Ti2O7) showedastrongtemperaturedependence,decreasing with increasingtemperature.Analysisoftheinternalstressatthreetemperaturesshowedthattheload partitioning betweentheferrite/martensiteandtheparticles(TiNandY2Ti2O7) wasinitiatedduring sample yieldingandreachedtoapeakduringsamplenecking.Atthreestudiedtemperatures,the internal stressofminorphases(Y2Ti2O7 and TiN)wasabout2timesthatofF/Mmatrixatyielding position, whiletheinternalstressofY2Ti2O7 and TiNreachedabout4.56 timesand33.5 timesthatof the F/Mmatrixatneckingposition,respectively.Itindicatesthatthestrengtheningofthematrixisdueto minor phases(Y2Ti2O7 and TiN),especiallyY2Ti2O7 particles. Althoughtheinternalstressesofallphases decreased withincreasingtemperaturefromRTto600 C, theratioofinternalstressesofeachphaseat necking positionstayedinastablerange(internalstressesofY2Ti2O7 and TiNwereabout4.56 times and 33.5 timesofthatofF/Mmatrix,respectively).ThedifferencebetweeninternalstressoftheF/M matrix andtheappliedstressat600 C isslightlylowerthanthoseatRTand300 C, indicatingthatthe nanoparticles stillhavegoodstrengtheningeffectat600 C.

  19. General preparation for Pt-based alloy nanoporous nanoparticles as potential nanocatalysts

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    Wang, Dingsheng; Zhao, Peng; Li, Yadong

    2011-01-01

    Although Raney nickel made by dealloying has been used as a heterogeneous catalyst in a variety of organic syntheses for more than 80 years, only recently scientists have begun to realize that dealloying can generate nanoporous alloys with extraordinary structural characteristics. Herein, we achieved successful synthesis of a variety of monodisperse alloy nanoporous nanoparticles via a facile chemical dealloying process using nanocrystalline alloys as precursors. The as-prepared alloy nanoporous nanoparticles with large surface area and small pores show superior catalytic properties compared with alloyed nanoparticles. It is believed that these novel alloy nanoporous nanoparticles would open up new opportunities for catalytic applications. PMID:22355556

  20. Noncrystalline structure of Ni-P nanoparticles prepared by liquid pulse discharge.

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    Tan, Yuanyuan; Yu, Hongying; Wu, Zhonghua; Yang, Bin; Gong, Yu; Yan, Shi; Du, Rong; Chen, Zhongjun; Sun, Dongbai

    2015-03-01

    Noncrystalline nickel phosphide (Ni-P) nanoparticles have drawn great attention due to their high potential as catalysts. However, the structure of noncrystalline Ni-P nanoparticles is still unknown, which may shed light on explaining the catalysis mechanism of the Ni-P nanoparticles. In this paper, noncrystalline Ni-P nanoparticles were synthesized. Their morphology, particle size, element contents, local atomic structures, as well as the catalysis in the thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate were studied. The results demonstrate that the as-prepared Ni-P nanoparticles are spherical with an average diameter of about 13.5?nm. The Ni and P contents are, respectively, 78.15% and 21.85%. The noncrystalline nature of the as-prepared Ni-P nanoparticles can be attributed to cross-linkage between P-doping f.c.c.-like Ni centers and Ni3P-like P centers. The locally ordered Ni centers and P centers are the nuclei sites, which can explain well the origin of initial nuclei to form the crystalline phases after high-temperature annealing. The starting temperature of high-temperature decomposition of ammonium perchlorate was found having a significant decrease in the presence of the noncrystalline Ni-P nanoparticles. Therefore, the as-prepared noncrystalline Ni-P nanoparticles can be used as a potential catalyst in the thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate. PMID:25723939

  1. Green preparation and spectroscopic characterization of plasmonic silver nanoparticles using fruits as reducing agents

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    re Hyllested, Jes; Espina Palanco, Marta; Hagen, Nicolai; Mogensen, Klaus Bo

    2015-01-01

    Summary Chemicals typically available in plants have the capability to reduce silver and gold salts and to create silver and gold nanoparticles. We report the preparation of silver nanoparticles with sizes between 10 and 300 nm from silver nitrate using fruit extract collected from pineapples and oranges as reducing agents. The evolvement of a characteristic surface plasmon extinction spectrum in the range of 420 nm to 480 nm indicates the formation of silver nanoparticles after mixing silver nitrate solution and fruit extract. Shifts in plasmon peaks over time indicate the growth of nanoparticles. Electron microscopy shows that the shapes of the nanoparticles are different depending on the fruit used for preparation. The green preparation process can result in individual nanoparticles with a very poor tendency to form aggregates with narrow gaps even when aggregation is forced by the addition of NaCl. This explains only modest enhancement factors for near-infrared-excited surface enhanced Raman scattering. In addition to the surface plasmon band, UVvisible absorption spectra show features in the UV range which indicates also the presence of small silver clusters, such as Ag4 2+. The increase of the plasmon absorption correlates with the decrease of absorption band in the UV. This confirms the evolution of silver nanoparticles from silver clusters. The presence of various silver clusters on the surface of the green plasmonic silver nanoparticles is also supported by a strong multicolor luminesce signal emitted by the plasmonic particles during 473 nm excitation. PMID:25821667

  2. Green preparation and spectroscopic characterization of plasmonic silver nanoparticles using fruits as reducing agents.

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    re Hyllested, Jes; Espina Palanco, Marta; Hagen, Nicolai; Mogensen, Klaus Bo; Kneipp, Katrin

    2015-01-01

    Chemicals typically available in plants have the capability to reduce silver and gold salts and to create silver and gold nanoparticles. We report the preparation of silver nanoparticles with sizes between 10 and 300 nm from silver nitrate using fruit extract collected from pineapples and oranges as reducing agents. The evolvement of a characteristic surface plasmon extinction spectrum in the range of 420 nm to 480 nm indicates the formation of silver nanoparticles after mixing silver nitrate solution and fruit extract. Shifts in plasmon peaks over time indicate the growth of nanoparticles. Electron microscopy shows that the shapes of the nanoparticles are different depending on the fruit used for preparation. The green preparation process can result in individual nanoparticles with a very poor tendency to form aggregates with narrow gaps even when aggregation is forced by the addition of NaCl. This explains only modest enhancement factors for near-infrared-excited surface enhanced Raman scattering. In addition to the surface plasmon band, UV-visible absorption spectra show features in the UV range which indicates also the presence of small silver clusters, such as Ag4 (2+). The increase of the plasmon absorption correlates with the decrease of absorption band in the UV. This confirms the evolution of silver nanoparticles from silver clusters. The presence of various silver clusters on the surface of the "green" plasmonic silver nanoparticles is also supported by a strong multicolor luminesce signal emitted by the plasmonic particles during 473 nm excitation. PMID:25821667

  3. Preparation and luminescent properties of GdOF:Ce, Tb nanoparticles and their transparent PMMA nanocomposites

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    Cai, Wen; Wang, Aiwu; Fu, Li; Hu, Jie; Rao, Tingke; Wang, Junqing; Zhong, Jiasong; Xiang, Weidong

    2015-05-01

    GdOF:Ce, Tb nanoparticles and their poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) nanocomposites have been successfully prepared by a thermolysis route and thermal polymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA) monomer, respectively. The obtained nanoparticles and nanocomposites are characterized by XRD, EDS, TEM, FTIR, TGA, UV-Vis and PL spectrum. The as-synthesized transparent GdOF:Ce, Tb/PMMA nanocomposites exhibit green photoluminescence under the irradiation of 254 nm UV lamp due to the incorporation of luminescent GdOF:Ce, Tb nanoparticles into the PMMA matrix. The present route would provide a general strategy to prepare other functional nanocomposites.

  4. Optical investigations on indium oxide nano-particles prepared through precipitation method

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    Seetha, M.; Bharathi, S.; Dhayal Raj, A.; Mangalaraj, D.; Nataraj, D.

    2009-12-15

    Visible light emitting indium oxide nanoparticles were synthesized by precipitation method. Sodium hydroxide dissolved in ethanol was used as a precipitating agent to obtain indium hydroxide precipitates. Precipitates, thus formed were calcined at 600 deg. C for 1 h to obtain indium oxide nanoparticles. The structure of the particles as determined from the X-Ray diffraction pattern was found to be body centered cubic. The phase transformation of the prepared nanoparticles was analyzed using thermogravimetry. Surface morphology of the prepared nanoparticles was analyzed using high resolution-scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The results of the analysis show cube-like aggregates of size around 50 nm. It was found that the nanoparticles have a strong emission at 427 nm and a weak emission at 530 nm. These emissions were due to the presence of singly ionized oxygen vacancies and the nature of the defect was confirmed through Electron paramagnetic resonance analysis.

  5. Preparation of Pt-Ru-Ni ternary nanoparticles by microemulsion and electrocatalytic activity for methanol oxidation

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    Zhang Xin . E-mail: xzhang@stu.edu.cn; Zhang Feng; Guan Renfeng; Chan, K.-Y.

    2007-02-15

    Ternary platinum-ruthenium-nickel nanoparticles are prepared by water-in-oil reverse microemulsions of water/Triton X-100/propanol-2/cyclohexane. Nanoparticles formed in the microemulsions are characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electron diffraction (ED), X-ray diffractometry (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX). These resulting materials showed a homogenous alloy structure, the mono-dispersion and an average diameter of 2.6 {+-} 0.3 nm with a narrow particle size distribution. The composition and particle size of ternary Pt-Ru-Ni nanoparticles can be controlled by adjusting the initial metal salt solution and preparation conditions. Pt-Ru-Ni ternary metallic nanoparticles showed an enhanced catalytic activity towards methanol oxidation compared to Pt-Ru bimetallic nanoparticles.

  6. Polymeric nanoparticles containing diazepam: preparation, optimization, characterization, in-vitro drug release and release kinetic study

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    Bohrey, Sarvesh; Chourasiya, Vibha; Pandey, Archna

    2016-03-01

    Nanoparticles formulated from biodegradable polymers like poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) are being extensively investigated as drug delivery systems due to their two important properties such as biocompatibility and controlled drug release characteristics. The aim of this work to formulated diazepam loaded PLGA nanoparticles by using emulsion solvent evaporation technique. Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) is used as stabilizing agent. Diazepam is a benzodiazepine derivative drug, and widely used as an anticonvulsant in the treatment of various types of epilepsy, insomnia and anxiety. This work investigates the effects of some preparation variables on the size and shape of nanoparticles prepared by emulsion solvent evaporation method. These nanoparticles were characterized by photon correlation spectroscopy (PCS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Zeta potential study was also performed to understand the surface charge of nanoparticles. The drug release from drug loaded nanoparticles was studied by dialysis bag method and the in vitro drug release data was also studied by various kinetic models. The results show that sonication time, polymer content, surfactant concentration, ratio of organic to aqueous phase volume, and the amount of drug have an important effect on the size of nanoparticles. Hopefully we produced spherical shape Diazepam loaded PLGA nanoparticles with a size range under 250 nm with zeta potential -23.3 mV. The in vitro drug release analysis shows sustained release of drug from nanoparticles and follow Korsmeyer-Peppas model.

  7. Preparation of highly dispersed core/shell-type titania nanocapsules containing a single Ag nanoparticle.

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    Sakai, Hideki; Kanda, Takashi; Shibata, Hirobumi; Ohkubo, Takahiro; Abe, Masahiko

    2006-04-19

    Core/shell-type titania nanocapsules containing a single Ag nanoparticle were prepared. Ag nanoparticles were prepared using the reduction of silver nitrate with hydrazine in the presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as protective agent. The sol-gel reaction of titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) was used to prepare core/shell-type titania nanocapsules with CTAB-coated Ag nanoparticles as the core. TEM observations revealed that the size of the core (Ag particle) and the thickness of the shell (titania) of the core/shell particles obtained are about 10 nm and 5-10 nm, respectively. In addition, the nanocapsules were found to be dispersed in the medium as individual particles without aggregation. Moreover, titania coating caused the surface plasmon absorption of Ag nanoparticles to shift toward the longer wavelength side. PMID:16608315

  8. Characterization of soy protein nanoparticles prepared by high shear microfluidization

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    Soy protein nanoparticles were produced with a microfluidizer and characterized in terms of particle size, size distribution, morphology, rheological properties, and aggregate structure. Three stages of structure breakdown were observed when the soy protein dispersion was passed through the microflu...

  9. Preparation and anti-bacterial properties of a temperature sensitive gel containing silver nanoparticles

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    The purpose of this study was to prepare a novel temperature-sensitive spray gel containing silver nanoparticles and investigate its anti-bacterial properties in vitro. Methods: The aqueous complex gel was prepared by Pluronic F127 (18-22%) and Pluronic F68 (3-9%) through a cold method to obtain a p...

  10. Preparation and characteristics of DNA-nanoparticles targeting to hepatocarcinoma cells

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    He, Qin; Liu, Ji; Sun, Xun; Zhang, Zhi-Rong

    2004-01-01

    AIM: To prepare thymidine kinase gene (TK gene) nanoparticles and to investigate the expression of TK gene. METHODS: Poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA), a biodegradable and biocompatible polymer, was used to prepare recombinant plasmid PEGFP-AFP nanoparticles by a double-emulsion evaporation technique. Characteristics of the nanoparticles were investigated in this study, including morphology, entrapment efficiency, and tissue distribution. The expression of TK gene was also investigated by MTT assay, by which the viable cells were determined after the addition of ganciclovir (GCV). The enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) expression in human hepatocellular carcinoma SMMC-7721 cells and normal parenchymal Chang liver cells were assessed by flow cytometry. RESULTS: The prepared plasmid-nanoparticles had regular spherical surface and narrow particle size span with a mean diameter of 72 12 nm. The mean entrapment efficiency was 91.25%. A total of 80.14% DNA was found to be localized in the livers after 1-h injection with 32P-DNA-PLGA nanoparticles in mouse caudal vein. The expression of DNA encapsulated in nanoparticles was much higher than that in naked DNA, and human hepatocellular carcinoma SMMC-7721 cells were more sensitive to GCV than human normal parenchymal Chang liver cells. CONCLUSION: The enhanced transfection efficiency and stronger ability to protect plasmid DNA from being degraded by nucleases are due to nanoparticles encapsulation. PMID:14991933

  11. Enhanced bioavailability of sirolimus via preparation of solid dispersion nanoparticles using a supercritical antisolvent process

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    Kim, Min-Soo; Kim, Jeong-Soo; Park, Hee Jun; Cho, Won Kyung; Cha, Kwang-Ho; Hwang, Sung-Joo

    2011-01-01

    Background The aim of this study was to improve the physicochemical properties and bioavailability of poorly water-soluble sirolimus via preparation of a solid dispersion of nanoparticles using a supercritical antisolvent (SAS) process. Methods First, excipients for enhancing the stability and solubility of sirolimus were screened. Second, using the SAS process, solid dispersions of sirolimus-polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) K30 nanoparticles were prepared with or without surfactants such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), tocopheryl propylene glycol succinate, Sucroester 15, Gelucire 50/13, and Myrj 52. A mean particle size of approximately 250 nm was obtained for PVP K30-sirolimus nanoparticles. Solid state characterization, kinetic solubility, powder dissolution, stability, and pharmacokinetics were analyzed in rats. Results X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, and high-pressure liquid chromatography indicated that sirolimus existed in an anhydrous amorphous form within a solid dispersion of nanoparticles and that no degradation occurred after SAS processing. The improved supersaturation and dissolution of sirolimus as a solid dispersion of nanoparticles appeared to be well correlated with enhanced bioavailability of oral sirolimus in rats. With oral administration of a solid dispersion of PVP K30-SLS-sirolimus nanoparticles, the peak concentration and AUC0→12h of sirolimus were increased by approximately 18.3-fold and 15.2-fold, respectively. Conclusion The results of this study suggest that preparation of PVP K30-sirolimus-surfactant nanoparticles using the SAS process may be a promising approach for improving the bioavailability of sirolimus. PMID:22162657

  12. Popping of graphite oxide: application in preparing metal nanoparticle catalysts.

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    Gao, Yongjun; Chen, Xi; Zhang, Jiaguang; Asakura, Hiroyuki; Tanaka, Tsunehiro; Teramura, Kentaro; Ma, Ding; Yan, Ning

    2015-08-26

    A popcorn-like transformation of graphite oxide (GO) is reported and used to synthesize metal nanoparticle catalysts. The popping step is unique and essential, not only generating a high-surface-area support but also partially decomposing the metal precursors to form well-separated metal oxide nuclei, which would further evolve into highly dispersed and uniform-sized nanoparticles in the subsequent reduction. PMID:26179983

  13. Preparation and characterization of carvacrol loaded polyhydroxybutyrate nanoparticles by nanoprecipitation and dialysis methods.

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    Shakeri, Fatemeh; Shakeri, Shahryar; Hojjatoleslami, Mohammad

    2014-04-01

    In this investigation, preparation of carvacrol loaded polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) nanoparticles was performed by nanoprecipitation and dialysis methods. PHB particles were obtained by nanoprecipitation method without and with low concentration of Tween 80 or pluronic as surfactant. Nano- and micro-sized particles were formed with trimodal distribution and large aggregates. Size and distribution of nanoparticles were decreased when concentration of Tween 80 was increased to 1% (v/v) in water as polar phase. PHB nanoparticles had narrow size (157 nm) with monomodal distribution. Nanoparticles, which were prepared by dialysis method had 140 nm in diameter with monomodal distribution. Carvacrol was used as a lipophilic drug and entrapped in optimized nanoparticles formulation by nanoprecipitation and dialysis methods. Entrapment efficacy was 21% and 11%, respectively. Morphology of PHB nanoparticles was spherical. The results of kinetic release study showed that carvacrol was released for at least 3 days. Release kinetic parameters showed a simple Fickian diffusion behavior for both formulations. Carvacrol loaded PHB nanoparticles had good dispersion into the agar medium and antimicrobial activity against Escherichia coli. This study describes the 1st work on loading of carvacrol into the PHB nanoparticles by nanoprecipitation and dialysis methods. PMID:24621231

  14. Stability, size and optical properties of colloidal silver nanoparticles prepared by electrical arc discharge in water

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    Ashkarran, A. A.; Iraji Zad, A.; Ahadian, M. M.; Hormozi Nezhad, M. R.

    2009-10-01

    We have fabricated and characterised colloidal silver nanoparticles by the electrical arc discharge method in DI water. Size and optical properties of the silver nanoparticles were studied versus different arc currents. Optical absorption indicates a plasmonic peak at 392 nm for 10 A which increases to 398 nm for 20 A arc current. This reveals that by raising the arc current the size of the nanoparticles increases. Optical absorption of silver nanoparticles after 3 weeks shows precipitation of them in a water medium. The effect of different surfactant and stabilizer concentrations such as cethyl trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP), sodium citrate, sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), sodium di-2-ethylsulfosuccinate (AOT) and carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) on the stability of silver nanoparticles was investigated. The colloidal silver nanoparticles with 100 μM concentration were stable for more than 3 months at 50 μM CTAB and 6 months at 10 μM sodium citrate concentration, respectively. SEM images of the sample prepared at 50 μM CTAB concentration reveal uniform and fine nanoparticles. The mean size from TEM images is about 14 nm. TEM images of the sample prepared at 10 μM sodium citrate concentration show a shell of citrate that covers the silver nanoparticles.

  15. Microbial mediated preparation, characterization and optimization of gold nanoparticles

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    Barabadi, Hamed; Honary, Soheila; Ebrahimi, Pouneh; Mohammadi, Milad Ali; Alizadeh, Ahad; Naghibi, Farzaneh

    2014-01-01

    The need for eco-friendly and cost effective methods for nanoparticles synthesis is developing interest in biological approaches which are free from the use of toxic chemicals as byproducts. This study aimed to biosynthesize and optimize the size of gold nanoparticles which produced by biotechnological method using Penicillium crustosum isolated from soil. Initially, Penicillium crustosum was grown in fluid czapek dox broth on shaker at 28 °C and 200 rpm for ten days and then the supernatant was separated from the mycelia to convert AuCl4 solution into gold nanoparticles. The synthesized nanoparticles in the optimum conditions were formed with fairly well-defined dimensions and good monodispersity. The characterizations were done by using different methods (UV-Visible Spectroscopy, Fluorescence, FT-IR, AFM (Atomic Force Microscopy) and DLS (Dynamic Light Scattering). The bioconversion was optimized by Box-Behnken experimental design. The results show that the effective factors in this process were concentration of AuCl4, pH of medium and temperature of shaker incubator. The R2 value was calculated to be 0.9999 indicating the accuracy and ability of the polynomial model. It can be concluded that the use of multivariate analysis facilitated to find out the optimum conditions for the biosynthesis of gold nanoparticles induced by Penicillium crustosum in a time and cost effective process. The current approach suggested that rapid synthesis of gold nanoparticles would be suitable for developing a biological process for mass scale production of formulations. PMID:25763059

  16. Structural, magnetic and electrical characterization of Mg-Ni nano-crystalline ferrites prepared through egg-white precursor

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    Gabal, M. A.; Al Angari, Y. M.; Zaki, H. M.

    2014-08-01

    Soft Ni-Mg nano-crystalline ferrites with the general formula Ni1-xMgxFe2O4 (0?x?1) were synthesized through egg-white method. The precursor decomposition was followed by thermal analysis techniques. The obtained ferrites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared and transmission electron microscopy measurements. X-ray diffraction showed the cubic spinel structure with crystallite size variation within the range 20-45 nm. The different structural data obtained were discussed in the view of ionic radii of the entire ions and their distribution within the lattice. The appropriate suggested cation distribution was then confirmed through Fourier transform infrared as well as electrical and magnetic properties measurements. Transmission electron microscopy exhibited a nano-crystal aggregation phenomenon. The observed size of the spherical particles agrees well with that obtained by X-ray diffraction. Hysteresis loop measurements revealed dilution in the obtained magnetic parameters by Mg-substitution due to the preferential occupancy of Mg2+ ions by the octahedral sites. Ac-electrical conductivity as a function of temperature and frequency exhibited a semi-conducting behavior with conductivity decreases by increasing Mg-content. The change in the slope of the curve indicates the changing in the conduction mechanism from electron hopping to polaron mechanism by increasing temperature. The obtained structural, electrical and magnetic properties were explained based on the cation distribution among tetrahedral and octahedral sites.

  17. Particle size control of silver nanoparticles prepared by pulsed wire discharge in liquid media

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    Tokoi, Y.; Josho, K.; Izuari, Y. M.; Suzuki, T.; Nakayama, T.; Suematsu, H.; Lee, S. W.; Fu, Z.; Niihara, K.

    2011-03-01

    Silver nanoparticles were prepared by pulsed wire discharge (PWD) using silver wire in deionized water at various relative energy (K) from 10 to 98, which is ratio of the charged energy of the capacitor in the electrical circuit to the vaporization energy of the wire. From energy deposition calculated by the measured voltage and current waveforms, deposited energy of the wire was increased with increasing K. From X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, prepared nanoparticles were phase identified as silver. From transmission electron microscopy observations, the shape of prepared silver nanoparticles were spherical and the median particle diameter (D50) and the geometric standard deviation (?g) were calculated from the particle distribution. D50 was decreased from 34 to 19 nm with increasing K. The particle size in prepared by PWD in liquid media can be controlled by K.

  18. Preparation and Characterization of Silver Nanoparticles from the Super-Heated Water Degraded Keratin Solutions.

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    Zhang, Qianjie; Hu, Chunyan; Yan, Kelu

    2015-09-01

    This research demonstrates that silver nanoparticles can be prepared from the chicken feathers keratin solution obtained by superheated water treatment. Feathers are inexpensive and renewable resources but have limited applications. In this study, a facile method was described for synthesis of silver nanoparticles by the super-heated water degradation of chicken feathers keratin without using any additional chemicals. Stable and well-dispersed silver nanoparticles of about 3.24 nm were biosynthesized. The prepared nanoparticles were characterized using UV-Vis spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, FTIR-ATR spectroscopy and X-ray diffract. Prepared silver nanoparticles were stable on keeping at room temperature for more than 6 months and also stable in the presence of NaCl. The agglomerates caused by the decrease of pH value can easily be re-dispersed in alkaline aqueous media with no obvious change in their optical properties. The as-prepared silver nanoparticles have excellent antibacterial property reducing the bacterial population with more than 99.99%. PMID:26716245

  19. Preparation of compact nanoparticle clusters from polyethylene glycol-coated gold nanoparticles by fine-tuning colloidal interactions.

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    Zmb, Dniel; Radnczi, Gyrgy Z; Dek, Andrs

    2015-03-10

    Low-molecular weight polyethylene glycol (PEG) has a lower critical solution temperature well outside the boiling point of water at ambient pressure, but it can be reduced at high ionic strengths. We extend this concept to trigger the clustering of gold nanoparticles through the control of colloidal interactions. At high ionic strengths, low-molecular weight (<2000 Da) mPEG-SH-modified gold nanoparticles show clustering with an increase in the solution temperature. The clustering temperature decreases with an increasing ionic strength. The clustering is attributed to the delicate interplay between the high ionic strength and elevated temperature and is interpreted in terms of chain collapse of the surface-grafted PEG molecules. The chain collapse results in a change in the steric interaction term, whereas the high ionic strength eliminates the double-layer repulsion between the particles. The observations are backed by nanoparticle interaction model calculations. We found that the intermediate attractive potential on the order of a few kT allows the experimental fabrication of compact nanoparticle clusters in agreement with theoretical predictions. The approach presented here has the potential to be extended on the externally triggered preparation of nanoparticle clusters with different types of nanoparticles. PMID:25686160

  20. Heat treatment effects on structural and dielectric properties of Mn substituted CuFe2O4 and ZnFe2O4 nanoparticles

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    Ranjith Kumar, E.; Arunkumar, T.; Prakash, T.

    2015-09-01

    Manganese substituted copper and zinc ferrite nanoparticles were synthesized by an auto-combustion technique using metal nitrates and urea. The nanoparticles were characterized by XRD, SEM, EDX, and TEM techniques. The effect of annealing temperature on structural and dielectric properties of Mn substituted spinel ferrite nanoparticles was analyzed. The presenting elements in the prepared samples are recorded by EDX. TEM analysis clearly showed the particles are in the nanometer range. The dielectric loss and dielectric constant have been measured in the frequency range of 100 kHz-5 MHz. The variation in structural and dielectric properties of the prepared and annealed samples are discussed.

  1. Sample preparation and EFTEM of Meat Samples for Nanoparticle Analysis in Food

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    Lari, L.; Dudkiewicz, A.

    2014-06-01

    Nanoparticles are used in industry for personal care products and the preparation of food. In the latter application, their functions include the prevention of microbes' growth, increase of the foods nutritional value and sensory quality. EU regulations require a risk assessment of the nanoparticles used in foods and food contact materials before the products can reach the market. However, availability of validated analytical methodologies for detection and characterisation of the nanoparticles in food hampers appropriate risk assessment. As part of a research on the evaluation of the methods for screening and quantification of Ag nanoparticles in meat we have tested a new TEM sample preparation alternative to resin embedding and cryo-sectioning. Energy filtered TEM analysis was applied to evaluate thickness and the uniformity of thin meat layers acquired at increasing input of the sample demonstrating that the protocols used ensured good stability under the electron beam, reliable sample concentration and reproducibility.

  2. Preparation and characterization of ketoprofen loaded eudragit RS polymeric nanoparticles for controlled release

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    Anh, Nguyen Tuan; Chi, Nguyen T.; Khai Tran, T.; Tuyen Dao, T. P.; Nhan Le, N. T.; Mau Chien, Dang; Hoai, Nguyen To

    2012-12-01

    Nanospheres containing ketoprofen (Keto) and polymer eudragit RS were prepared using an emulsion solvent evaporation method. The ultrasonic probe (VCX500, vibracell) was used as a tool to disperse oil phase into aqueous phase leading to water/oil emulsion. Nanoparticles were successfully prepared and their morphologies and diameters were confirmed by transmission electron microscope (TEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS), respectively. The result showed that particles were spherical with submicron size. The particle size was dependent on the RS concentration, emulsification tools and the types of organic solvents. For the encapsulation ability, Keto-loaded RS nanoparticle showed 9.8% of Keto in nanoparticle, which was evaluated by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Moreover, the drug release behavior of Keto-loaded eudragit RS nanoparticle was also investigated in vitro at pH 7.4 and compared to referential profenid.

  3. Preparation of cobalt nanoparticles from polymorphic bacterial templates: A novel platform for biocatalysis.

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    Jang, Eunjin; Shim, Hyun-Woo; Ryu, Bum Han; An, Deu Rae; Yoo, Wan Ki; Kim, Kyeong Kyu; Kim, Dong-Wan; Kim, T Doohun

    2015-11-01

    Nanoparticles have gathered significant research attention as materials for enzyme immobilization due to their advantageous properties such as low diffusion rates, ease of manipulation, and large surface areas. Here, polymorphic cobalt nanoparticles of varied sizes and shapes were prepared using Micrococcus lylae, Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, Paracoccus sp., and Haloarcula vallismortis as bacterial templates. Furthermore, nine lipases/carboxylesterases were successfully immobilized on these cobalt nanoparticles. Especially, immobilized forms of Est-Y29, LmH, and Sm23 were characterized in more detail for potential industrial applications. Immobilization of enzymes onto cobalt oxide nanoparticles prepared from polymorphic bacterial templates may have potential for efficient hydrolysis on an industrial-scale, with several advantages such as high retention of enzymatic activity, increased stability, and strong reusability. PMID:26358553

  4. Preparation of lisinopril-capped gold nanoparticles for molecular imaging of angiotensin-converting enzyme

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    Li, Yuan; Baeta, Cesar; Aras, Omer; Daniel, Marie-Christine

    2009-05-01

    Overexpression of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) has been associated with the pathophysiology of cardiac and pulmonary fibrosis. Moreover, the prescription of ACE inhibitors, such as lisinopril, has shown a favorable effect on patient outcome for patients with heart failure or systemic hypertension. Thus targeted imaging of the ACE would be of crucial importance for monitoring tissue ACE activity as well as the treatment efficacy in heart failure. In this respect, lisinopril-coated gold nanoparticles were prepared to provide a new type of probe for targeted molecular imaging of ACE by tuned K-edge computed tomography (CT) imaging. The preparation involved non-modified lisinopril, using its primary amine group as the anchoring function on the gold nanoparticles surface. The stable lisinopril-coated gold nanoparticles obtained were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Their zeta potential was also measured in order to assess the charge density on the modified gold nanoparticles (GNPs).

  5. Identification of Dewetting Stages and Preparation of Single Chain Gold Nanoparticle Rings by Colloidal Lithography.

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    Nagy, Norbert; Zmb, Dniel; Pothorszky, Szilrd; Gergely-Flp, Eszter; Dek, Andrs

    2016-02-01

    Massively parallel nanoparticle assembly was carried out by means of colloidal lithographic experiments over a silicon substrate supported (sub)microparticle Langmuir-Blodgett monolayer, using high purity aqueous solution of PEGylated gold nanoparticles. The size of the polystyrene template particles in the monolayer was varied between 608 nm and 2.48 ?m, while gold nanoparticles with diameters between 18 and 65 nm were used. Thanks to the PEGylation of the gold nanoparticles, they could be used as tracer objects to follow the drying process. In this way, different dewetting stages could be identified in the confined space between and underneath the template polystyrene spheres. Depending on the concentration of the nanoparticles, the presented approach allows the preparation of single-particle width necklace structures composed of gold particles. At the same time, the high purity of the substrate as well as of the evolved particle rings is preserved and unwanted particle deposition on the substrate surface is minimized. PMID:26751906

  6. Preparation and enzymatic hydrolysis of nanoparticles made from single xyloglucan polysaccharide chain.

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    Mkedder, Ilham; Travelet, Christophe; Durand-Terrasson, Amandine; Halila, Sami; Dubreuil, Frdric; Borsali, Redouane

    2013-05-15

    In this work, polysaccharide nanoparticles based on tamarind seeds xyloglucan are prepared, analyzed in term of characteristic sizes and morphology, and degraded by the action of a glycoside-hydrolase. Obtained in an aqueous NaNO2 solution (0.1M), these unaggregated nanoparticles have a characteristic diameter of ca. 60 nm (DLS, AFM and TEM measures). They are not compact, but highly swollen and look like hyperbranched and dendrimer-like (soft sphere model) structures. This observation is coherent with the native structure of the xyloglucan macromolecules which are themselves branched. The enzymatic hydrolysis by cellulase of Trichoderma reesei of the xyloglucan nanoparticles is investigated. In particular, the apparent mass molecular weight drastically decreases meaning that the xyloglucan nanoparticles are effectively fully hydrolyzed by the endo-?-(1,4)-glucanase. Furthermore, we observe that the enzyme has to uncoil the nanoparticles before cutting the ?-(1?4) bonds and digesting the xyloglucan. PMID:23544652

  7. Solid Lipid Nanoparticles and Nanostructured Lipid Carriers: Structure, Preparation and Application.

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    Naseri, Neda; Valizadeh, Hadi; Zakeri-Milani, Parvin

    2015-09-01

    Lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) have attracted special interest during last few decades. Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) and nanostructured lipid carriers (NLCs) are two major types of Lipid-based nanoparticles. SLNs were developed to overcome the limitations of other colloidal carriers, such as emulsions, liposomes and polymeric nanoparticles because they have advantages like good release profile and targeted drug delivery with excellent physical stability. In the next generation of the lipid nanoparticle, NLCs are modified SLNs which improve the stability and capacity loading. Three structural models of NLCs have been proposed. These LNPs have potential applications in drug delivery field, research, cosmetics, clinical medicine, etc. This article focuses on features, structure and innovation of LNPs and presents a wide discussion about preparation methods, advantages, disadvantages and applications of LNPs by focusing on SLNs and NLCs. PMID:26504751

  8. Solid Lipid Nanoparticles and Nanostructured Lipid Carriers: Structure, Preparation and Application

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    Naseri, Neda; Valizadeh, Hadi; Zakeri-Milani, Parvin

    2015-01-01

    Lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) have attracted special interest during last few decades. Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) and nanostructured lipid carriers (NLCs) are two major types of Lipid-based nanoparticles. SLNs were developed to overcome the limitations of other colloidal carriers, such as emulsions, liposomes and polymeric nanoparticles because they have advantages like good release profile and targeted drug delivery with excellent physical stability. In the next generation of the lipid nanoparticle, NLCs are modified SLNs which improve the stability and capacity loading. Three structural models of NLCs have been proposed. These LNPs have potential applications in drug delivery field, research, cosmetics, clinical medicine, etc. This article focuses on features, structure and innovation of LNPs and presents a wide discussion about preparation methods, advantages, disadvantages and applications of LNPs by focusing on SLNs and NLCs. PMID:26504751

  9. The preparation of magnetic molecularly imprinted nanoparticles for the recognition of bovine hemoglobin.

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    Zhang, Min; Wang, Yuzhi; Jia, Xiaoping; He, Meizhi; Xu, Minli; Yang, Shan; Zhang, Cenjin

    2014-03-01

    The protein imprinted technique combining surface imprinting and nano-sized supports materials is an attractive strategy for protein recognition and rapid separation. In this work, we imprinted bovine hemoglobin (BHb) on magnetic nanoparticles. With itaconic acid (IA) and acrylamide (AAm) as the monomers, the experiment was carried out in aqueous media via surface-imprinting technique. The effects of initial concentration and adsorption time over the adsorption capacity of both imprinted and non-imprinted nanoparticles were analyzed. The maximum adsorption capability of imprinted nanoparticles was found to be 77.6 mg g(-1), which was 3.1-4.3 times higher than that of the non-imprinted nanoparticles prepared at the same conditions. This resulted in the successful formation of imprinting cavities. Moreover, in selective adsorption experiment and competitive batch rebinding test, imprinted nanoparticles exhibited a high specific recognition of the template protein over the non-imprinted protein. PMID:24468385

  10. Preparation and optical studies of PbS nanoparticles

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    Mamiyev, Zamin Q.; Balayeva, Narmina O.

    2015-08-01

    In the present report formation of nano-sized PbS in MA/octene-1 copolymer matrix at 80 C temperature is being reported. A size and distribution of particles were observed in AFM results and the images are correlated with the results on X-ray diffraction measurements. The structure and phase of the PbS nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD). XRD studies reveal that as-synthesized PbS nanoparticles are in single phase cubic structure and the grain size have been calculated 10-15 nm from XRD results. The size distribution was further supported by UV/Vis absorption and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy of the colloid nanoparticles. The obtained nanocomposites show an emission peak at 418 nm.

  11. Preparation and characterization of polymeric nanoparticles from Gadong starch

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    Sisika, Regina; Ahmad, Wan Yaacob Wan; Fazry, Shazrul; Lazim, Azwan Mat

    2015-09-01

    Dioscorea hispida (Gadong tuber) was seldom used and forgotten as a food source due to their toxicity. In contrast to that, the Gadong tuber can be a source of polysaccharides which can be manipulated as an alternative source for industrial applications. This research reported on how to synthesize starch nanoparticles from Gadong tuber by using a simple acid hydrolysis process. The yield of starch nanoparticles obtained from seven days of acid hydrolysis was reduced to 13%. The X-ray diffraction measurements showed that the native Gadong starch particle is of the C-crystalline type, and that the synthesized nanoparticles showed an increase in crystallinity compared to the native particles. Transmission electron microscopy results demonstrated that the starch particle morphologies were either round or irregular shape, with diameters ranging from 96-110 nm.

  12. Soft Magnetic Properties of Mg0.7-xNi0.3ZnxFe2O4 Ferrites Synthesized by Sol-Gel Auto-Combustion Technique without Post-Preparation Thermal Treatment

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    Ghosh, A.; Satalkar, M.; Rathod, S.; Nag, S. P.; Vyas, P.; Kane, N.; Ghodke, N.; Prasad, R.; Dwivedi, R.

    Single phase nanocrystalline soft magnetic Mg0.7-xNi0.3ZnxFe2O4, ferrites with x = 0.0 - 0.7 were prepared by sol gel auto-combustion method. X-ray diffraction confirms the formation of single phase nano-crystalline cubic spinel ferrites with average grain diameter ranging between 12.9 nm to 23.9 nm. Formation of the ferrite phase without subsequent heat treatment makes sol-gel auto combustion technique especially suitable and economical for the large scale industrial production of the nano-crystalline ferrites for multilayer chip inductor applications (MLCI). Both, lattice parameter and X-ray density shows a linear increase with increasing Zn2+ concentration, attributed to the difference in ionic radii and density of Mg and Zn. Increase in Zn content enhances the soft magnetic behavior, exhibiting linear decrease of coercivity from 122.34 Oe to 72.45 Oe, explained by increase of density with Zn addition. The maximum magnetization (Mmax)increases up to 0.106 Tesla (for x = 0.4) and. then decreases with increase of Zn content, discussed on the basis of increase of the occupancy of A-site in spinel ferrite by non-magnetic Zn2+ ion.

  13. Influence of PVP in magnetic properties of NiSn nanoparticles prepared by polyol method

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    Bobadilla, L. F.; Garca, C.; Delgado, J. J.; Sanz, O.; Romero-Sarria, F.; Centeno, M. A.; Odriozola, J. A.

    2012-11-01

    The influence of PVP on the magnetic properties of NiSn nanoparticles prepared by polyol method has been studied. NiSn nanoparticles exhibit superparamagnetic behavior although there is a ferromagnetic contribution due to particles agglomerated below the blocking temperature. The particle size is controlled by the addiction of PVP in varying amounts. The addition of PVP also favours the particles isolation, narrow the particle size distribution and decrease the interparticle interaction strength increasing the superparamagnetic contribution.

  14. Effects of Microemulsion Preparation Conditions on Drug Encapsulation Efficiency of PLGA Nanoparticles

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    Ng, Set Hui; Ooi, Ing Hong

    2011-12-01

    Emulsion solvent evaporation technique is widely used to prepare nanoparticles of many organic polymer drug carriers. The mechanism of nanoparticle generation by this technique involves oil-in-water (O/W) microemulsion formation followed by solvent evaporation. Various microemulsion preparation conditions can affect the encapsulation efficiency of drug in the nanoparticulate carrier. In this study, emulsifying speed, emulsifying temperature, and organic-to-aqueous phase ratio were varied and the resulting encapsulation efficiency of a model drug in Poly(Lactide-co-Glycolide) (PLGA) nanoparticles was determined. The organic phase containing PLGA and a model drug dissolved in chloroform was first dispersed in an aqueous solution containing 0.5 %(w/v) Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA), which was then homogenized at high speeds. The resulting O/W microemulsion was subsequently subjected to stirring at room temperature for four hours during which the solvent diffused and evaporated gradually. The fine white suspension was centrifuged and freeze-dried. The model drug loading in the PLGA nanoparticles was determined using UV spectrophotometry. Results showed that the encapsulation efficiency of a model drug, salicylic acid, ranged from 8.5% to 17% depending on the microemulsion preparation conditions. Under the same temperature (15 °C) and homogenization speed (19000 rpm) conditions studied, a relatively high organic-to-aqueous phase ratio (1:5) provided salicylic acid loaded PLGA nanoparticles with significantly higher drug encapsulation efficiency. In addition, under all microemulsion preparation conditions, PLGA nanoparticles obtained after solvent evaporation and freeze drying were spherical and aggregation between the nanoparticles was not observed under a high power microscope. This indicates that PLGA nanoparticles with desirable amount of drug and with anticipated size and shape can be realized by controlling emulsification process conditions.

  15. Multiplexed TEM Specimen Preparation and Analysis of Plasmonic Nanoparticles

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    Cheng, Anchi; Crum, John; Jain, Tilak; Duggan, Erika; Liu, Er; Nolan, John P.; Carragher, Bridget; Potter, Clinton S.

    2015-01-01

    We describe a system for rapidly screening hundreds of nanoparticle samples using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The system uses a liquid handling robot to place up to 96 individual samples onto a single standard TEM grid at separate locations. The grid is then transferred into the TEM and automated software is used to acquire multi-scale images of each sample. The images are then analyzed to extract metrics on the size, shape, and morphology of the nanoparticles. The system has been used to characterize plasmonically-active nanomaterials. PMID:26223550

  16. Preparation and thermal behavior of aerosol-derived BaFe 12O 19 nanoparticles

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    Yu, Hsuan-Fu; Lin, Hsin-Yi

    2004-12-01

    Pure BaFe12O19 nanoparticles, having single magnetic domain sizes, were obtained at 700 C using a process combining the citrate precursor method and spray technique. A neutralized aqueous solution, containing Ba2+ and Fe3+ chelated by citric acid, was nebulized to undergo thermal decomposition in a flowing air with a maximum temperature of 250 C. The dried solid precursor so obtained was calcined at different temperatures and was then chemically and physically characterized. Crystalline barium hexaferrites were formed at temperatures as low as 650 C, but calcination temperatures higher than 680 C were required to produce pure barium ferrite powder. Based on the obtained experimental results, the reaction mechanism for the aerosol-derived precursor to form BaFe12O19 was proposed and discussed in this study.

  17. Preparation and biomedical application of a non-polymer coated superparamagnetic nanoparticle.

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    Du, Lin; Chen, Jianzhao; Qi, Yanting; Li, Dan; Yuan, Chonggang; Lin, Marie C; Yew, David T; Kung, Hsiang-Fu; Yu, Jimmy C; Lai, Lihui

    2007-01-01

    We report the preparation of a non-polymer coated superparamagnetic nanoparticle that is stable and biocompatible both in vitro and in vivo. The non-polymer, betaine, is a natural methylating agent in mammalian liver with active surface property. Upon systemic administration, the nanoparticle has preferential biodistribution in mammalian liver and exhibits good reduction of relaxivity time and negative enhancement for the detection of hepatoma nodules in rats using MRI. Our data demonstrate that the non-polymer coated superparamagnetic nanoparticle should have potential applications in biomedicine. PMID:18203447

  18. Barium carbonate nanoparticle to enhance oxygen reduction activity of strontium doped lanthanum ferrite for solid oxide fuel cell

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    Hong, Tao; Chen, Fanglin; Xia, Changrong

    2015-03-01

    BaCO3 nanoparticles are demonstrated as outstanding catalysts for high-temperature oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) on the La0.8Sr0.2FeO3-? (LSF) cathode for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) based on ytrria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolytes. Thermal gravitational and X-ray diffraction measurements show that BaCO3 is stable and chemically compatible with LSF under the fabrication and operation conditions of intermediate-temperature SOFCs. The BaCO3 nanoparticles can greatly reduce the interfacial polarization resistance; from 2.96 to 0.84 ? cm2 at 700 C when 12.9wt% BaCO3 is infiltrated to the porous LSF electrode on the YSZ electrolyte. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy shows that there is about one order of magnitude decrease in the low-frequency resistance, indicating that BaCO3 nanoparticles can greatly enhance the surface steps for ORR. Electrical conductivity relaxation investigation indicates about one order of magnitude increase in the chemical oxygen surface exchange coefficient when BaCO3 is applied, directly demonstrating significant increase in the kinetics for ORR. In addition, LSF cathodes with infiltrated BaCO3 nanoparticles have shown excellent stability and substantially enhanced cell performance as demonstrated with single cells, suggesting BaCO3 nanoparticles are very effective in enhancing ORR on LSF.

  19. Influence of zinc doping in nickel ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by using an oxalic-acid-based precursor method

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    Anjaneyulu, T.; Raghavender, A. T.; Kumar, K. Vijaya; Murthy, P. Narayana; Narendra, K.

    2013-04-01

    Nanocrystalline Ni1- x Zn x Fe2O4 ( 0.0 ? x ? 0.8) ferrites have been synthesized by using an oxalic-acid-based precursor method. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis revealed the formation of a single-phase spinel structure at very low annealing temperature. The particle size was observed to decrease with increasing Zn content x. The lattice constants was observed to increase with increasing Zn content x due to large ionic radii of the zinc ion when compared to that of the nickel ion. Magnetic measurements at room temperature revealed that the magnetization did not change monotonically with increasing Zn content x. The coercivity and the remanence were observed to decrease with increasing non-magnetic Zn content x. The observed magnetic properties may be due to a reduction in the number of exchange interactions and the nanocrystalline size with increasing Zn content x.

  20. NMR-D study of the local spin dynamics and magnetic anisotropy in different nearly monodispersed ferrite nanoparticles.

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    Bordonali, L; Kalaivani, T; Sabareesh, K P V; Innocenti, C; Fantechi, E; Sangregorio, C; Casula, M F; Lartigue, L; Larionova, J; Guari, Y; Corti, M; Arosio, P; Lascialfari, A

    2013-02-13

    We present a systematic experimental comparison of the superparamagnetic relaxation time constants obtained by means of dynamic magnetic measurements and (1)H-NMR relaxometry, on ferrite-based nanosystems with different composition, various core sizes and dispersed in different solvents. The application of a heuristic model for the relaxivity allowed a comparison between the reversal time of magnetization as seen by NMR and the results from the AC susceptibility experiments, and an estimation of fundamental microscopic properties. A good agreement between the NMR and AC results was found when fitting the AC data to a Vogel-Fulcher law. Key parameters obtained from the model have been exploited to evaluate the impact of the contribution from magnetic anisotropy to the relaxivity curves and estimate the minimum approach distance of the bulk solvent. PMID:23315450

  1. Organic colloid method to prepare ultrafine cobalt nanoparticles with the size of 2 nm

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    Li, Hao; Liao, Shijun

    2008-01-01

    Ultrafine Co nanoparticles with the size of ca. 2 nm were prepared by an organic colloid method, in which sodium formate acted as reducing agent, ethylene glycol acted as solvent, sodium citrate acted as both complexing agent and stabilizing agent, respectively. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis indicated that the as-prepared Co nanoparticles were in hexagonal close-packed phase, and transmission electron microscope (TEM) images revealed that the size of the well-dispersed Co nanoparticles was as small as 2 nm, and the sizes were distributed in a very narrow region. The hysteresis loop of the as-prepared Co sample measured at room temperature showed a superparamagnetic behavior due to the extremely small size of the products. It was revealed that sodium citrate played a crucial role in decreasing the particle size and narrowing the size distribution.

  2. Preparation and optimization of N-trimethyl-O-carboxymethyl chitosan nanoparticles for delivery of low-molecular-weight heparin.

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    Mahjub, Reza; Heidari Shayesteh, Tavakol; Radmehr, Moojan; Vafaei, Seyed Yaser; Amini, Mohsen; Dinarvand, Rasoul; Dorkoosh, Farid Abedin

    2016-02-01

    The aim of this study was preparation, optimization and in vitro characterization of nanoparticles composed of 6-[O-carboxymethyl]-[N,N,N-trimethyl] (TMCMC) for oral delivery of low-molecular-weight heparin. The chitosan derivative was synthesized. Nanoparticles were prepared using the polyelectrolyte complexation method. Box-Behnken response surface experimental design methodology was used for optimization of nanoparticles. The morphology of nanoparticles was studied using transmission electron microscopy. In vitro release of enoxaparin from nanoparticles was determined under simulated intestinal fluid. The cytotoxicity of nanoparticles on a Caco-2 cell line was determined, and finally the transport of prepared nanoparticles across Caco-2 cell monolayer was defined. Optimized nanoparticles with proper physico-chemical properties were obtained. The size, zeta potential, poly-dispersity index, entrapment efficiency and loading efficiency of nanoparticles were reported as 235??24.3?nm, +18.6??2.57?mV, 0.230??0.03, 76.4??5.43% and 12.6??1.37%, respectively. Morphological studies revealed spherical nanoparticles with no sign of aggregation. In vitro release studies demonstrated that 93.6??1.17% of enoxaparin released from nanoparticles after 600?min of incubation. MTT cell cytotoxicity studies showed no cytotoxicity at 3?h post-incubation, while the study demonstrated concentration-dependent cytotoxicity after 24?h of exposure. The obtained data had shown that the nanoparticles prepared from trimethylcarboxymethyl chitosan may be considered as a good candidate for oral delivery of enoxaparin. PMID:25255172

  3. Preparation of Gold Nanoparticles Using Tea: A Green Chemistry Experiment

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    Sharma, R. K.; Gulati, Shikha; Mehta, Shilpa

    2012-01-01

    Assimilating green chemistry principles in nanotechnology is a developing area of nanoscience research nowadays. Thus, there is a growing demand to develop environmentally friendly and sustainable methods for the synthesis of nanoparticles that utilize nontoxic chemicals, environmentally benign solvents, and renewable materials to avoid their…

  4. Preparation of Gold Nanoparticles Using Tea: A Green Chemistry Experiment

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    Sharma, R. K.; Gulati, Shikha; Mehta, Shilpa

    2012-01-01

    Assimilating green chemistry principles in nanotechnology is a developing area of nanoscience research nowadays. Thus, there is a growing demand to develop environmentally friendly and sustainable methods for the synthesis of nanoparticles that utilize nontoxic chemicals, environmentally benign solvents, and renewable materials to avoid their

  5. Streptomycin-loaded PLGA-alginate nanoparticles: preparation, characterization, and assessment

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    Asadi, Asadollah

    2014-04-01

    The aim of this study was to formulate and characterize streptomycin-loaded PLGA-alginate nanoparticles for their potential therapeutic use in Salmonella subsp. enterica ATCC 14028 infections. The streptomycin nanoparticle was prepared by solvent diffusion method, and the other properties such as size, zeta potential, loading efficacy, release kinetics, and antimicrobial strength were evaluated. The survey shows that nanoparticles may serve as a carrier of streptomycin and may provide localized antibacterial activity in the treatment of Salmonellosis. Electron microscopy showed spherical particles with indentations. The average size of the nanoparticles was 90 nm. At pH 7.2, the release kinetics of streptomycin from the nanoparticles was successfully illustrated as an initial burst defined by a first order equation that after this stage, it has a drastic tendency to obtain steady state. Nevertheless, nanoparticles showed loading efficacy nearly about 70-75 %. In addition, the tendency of concentration of streptomycin released from nanoparticles to reach antibacterial activity was similar to that of free streptomycin against PLGA-alginate, but it had threefold more antimicrobial strength in comparison with free streptomycin. This work shows the potential use of streptomycin-loaded PLGA-alginate nanoparticles and its capability.

  6. Streptomycin-loaded PLGA-alginate nanoparticles: preparation, characterization, and assessment

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    Asadi, Asadollah

    2013-04-01

    The aim of this study was to formulate and characterize streptomycin-loaded PLGA-alginate nanoparticles for their potential therapeutic use in Salmonella subsp. enterica ATCC 14028 infections. The streptomycin nanoparticle was prepared by solvent diffusion method, and the other properties such as size, zeta potential, loading efficacy, release kinetics, and antimicrobial strength were evaluated. The survey shows that nanoparticles may serve as a carrier of streptomycin and may provide localized antibacterial activity in the treatment of Salmonellosis. Electron microscopy showed spherical particles with indentations. The average size of the nanoparticles was 90 nm. At pH 7.2, the release kinetics of streptomycin from the nanoparticles was successfully illustrated as an initial burst defined by a first order equation that after this stage, it has a drastic tendency to obtain steady state. Nevertheless, nanoparticles showed loading efficacy nearly about 70-75 %. In addition, the tendency of concentration of streptomycin released from nanoparticles to reach antibacterial activity was similar to that of free streptomycin against PLGA-alginate, but it had threefold more antimicrobial strength in comparison with free streptomycin. This work shows the potential use of streptomycin-loaded PLGA-alginate nanoparticles and its capability.

  7. Preparation and Antibacterial Activity Evaluation of 18-β-glycyrrhetinic Acid Loaded PLGA Nanoparticles

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    Darvishi, Behrad; Manoochehri, Saeed; Kamalinia, Golnaz; Samadi, Nasrin; Amini, Mohsen; Mostafavi, Seyyed Hossein; Maghazei, Shahab; Atyabi, Fatemeh; Dinarvand, Rassoul

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to formulate poly (lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) nanoparticles loaded with 18-β-glycyrrhetinic acid (GLA) with appropriate physicochemical properties and antimicrobial activity. GLA loaded PLGA nanoparticles were prepared with different drug to polymer ratios, acetone contents and sonication times and the antibacterial activity of the developed nanoparticles was examined against different gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria. The antibacterial effect was studied using serial dilution technique to determine the minimum inhibitory concentration of nanoparticles. Results demonstrated that physicochemical properties of nanoparticles were affected by the above mentioned parameters where nanoscale size particles ranging from 175 to 212 nm were achieved. The highest encapsulation efficiency (53.2 ± 2.4%) was obtained when the ratio of drug to polymer was 1:4. Zeta potential of the developed nanoparticles was fairly negative (-11±1.5). In-vitro release profile of nanoparticles showed two phases: an initial phase of burst release for 10 h followed by a slow release pattern up to the end. The antimicrobial results revealed that the nanoparticles were more effective than pure GLA against P. aeuroginosa, S. aureus and S. epidermidis. This improvement in antibacterial activity of GLA loaded nanoparticles when compared to pure GLA may be related to higher nanoparticles penetration into infected cells and a higher amount of GLA delivery in its site of action. Herein, it was shown that GLA loaded PLGA nanoparticles displayed appropriate physicochemical properties as well as an improved antimicrobial effect. PMID:25901144

  8. Preparation and Antibacterial Activity Evaluation of 18-β-glycyrrhetinic Acid Loaded PLGA Nanoparticles.

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    Darvishi, Behrad; Manoochehri, Saeed; Kamalinia, Golnaz; Samadi, Nasrin; Amini, Mohsen; Mostafavi, Seyyed Hossein; Maghazei, Shahab; Atyabi, Fatemeh; Dinarvand, Rassoul

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to formulate poly (lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) nanoparticles loaded with 18-β-glycyrrhetinic acid (GLA) with appropriate physicochemical properties and antimicrobial activity. GLA loaded PLGA nanoparticles were prepared with different drug to polymer ratios, acetone contents and sonication times and the antibacterial activity of the developed nanoparticles was examined against different gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria. The antibacterial effect was studied using serial dilution technique to determine the minimum inhibitory concentration of nanoparticles. Results demonstrated that physicochemical properties of nanoparticles were affected by the above mentioned parameters where nanoscale size particles ranging from 175 to 212 nm were achieved. The highest encapsulation efficiency (53.2 ± 2.4%) was obtained when the ratio of drug to polymer was 1:4. Zeta potential of the developed nanoparticles was fairly negative (-11±1.5). In-vitro release profile of nanoparticles showed two phases: an initial phase of burst release for 10 h followed by a slow release pattern up to the end. The antimicrobial results revealed that the nanoparticles were more effective than pure GLA against P. aeuroginosa, S. aureus and S. epidermidis. This improvement in antibacterial activity of GLA loaded nanoparticles when compared to pure GLA may be related to higher nanoparticles penetration into infected cells and a higher amount of GLA delivery in its site of action. Herein, it was shown that GLA loaded PLGA nanoparticles displayed appropriate physicochemical properties as well as an improved antimicrobial effect. PMID:25901144

  9. 2-Amino-2-deoxy-glucose conjugated cobalt ferrite magnetic nanoparticle (2DG-MNP) as a targeting agent for breast cancer cells.

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    Aşık, Elif; Aslan, Tuğba Nur; Volkan, Mürvet; Güray, N Tülin

    2016-01-01

    In this study, 2-amino-2-deoxy-glucose (2DG) was conjugated to COOH modified cobalt ferrite magnetic nanoparticles (COOH-MNPs), which were designed to target tumor cells as a potential targetable drug/gene delivery agent for cancer treatment. According to our results, it is apparent that, 2DG labeled MNPs were internalized more efficiently than COOH-MNPs under the same conditions in all cell types (MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7 cancer and MCF-10A normal breast cells) (p<0.001). Moreover, the highest amount of uptake was observed in MDA-MB-231, followed by MCF-7 and normal MCF-10A cells for both MNPs. The apoptotic effects of 2DG-MNPs were further evaluated, and it was found that apoptosis was not induced at low concentrations of 2DG-MNPs in all cell types, whereas dramatic cell death was observed at higher concentrations. In addition, the gene expression levels of four drug-metabolizing enzymes, two Phase I (CYP1A1, CYP1B1) and two Phase II (GSTM3, GSTZ1) were also increased with the high concentrations of 2DG-MNPs. PMID:26761626

  10. Preparation of Novel Europium Complex Doped Ag@SiO2 Nanoparticles with Intense Fluorescence.

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    Liu, Bing; Yin, Dongguang; Song, Kailin; Yang, Juan Ou; Wang, Chengcheng; Wu, Minghong

    2015-01-01

    In this study, a new europium complex of 4,4'-bis (1",1",1",2",2",3",3"-heptafluoro-4",6"- hexanedion-6"-yl)-o-terpheny-Eu(3+)-4,7-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline-2,9-dicarboxylic acid-(3-aminopropyl) trimethoxysilane (BHHT-Eu(3+)-DPPDA-APTMS) was prepared first. Then novel core-shell Ag@SiO2 nanoparticles with BHHT-Eu(3+)-DPPDA-APTMS doped in shell were synthesized by a facile water-in-oil microemulsion method. The properties of the prepared complex and nanoparticles, and the effect of metal enhanced fluorescence for the nanoparticles were investigated. The prepared nanopartilces exhibited intense fluorescence, uniform morphology and good water-solubility. The fluorescent intensities of silver core-present nanopartciles were significant higher than that of silver core-absent nanoparticles owing to the metal enhanced fluorescence of silver core. It is expectable that the as-prepared nanoparticles can serve as a potential fluorescent nanoprobe, applying in high sensitive biological and medical detections. PMID:26328320

  11. A Survey of Place-exchange Reaction for the Preparation of Water-Soluble Gold Nanoparticles

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    Brias, Raymond P.; Maetani, Micah; Barchi, Joseph J.

    2013-01-01

    Water-soluble gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) have gained considerable attention because they offer a myriad of potential applications, especially in the fields of biology and medicine. One method to prepare such gold nanoparticles is through the well-known Murray place-exchange reaction. In this method, precursor gold nanoparticles, bearing labile ligands and with very good size distribution, are synthesized first, and then reacted with a large excess of the desired ligand. We report a comparison of the reactivity of several known precursor gold nanoparticles (citrate-stabilized, pentanethiol-stabilized, tetraoctylammonium bromide-stabilized, and 4-dimethylaminopyridine-stabilized) to several biologically relevant ligands, including amino acids, peptides, and carbohydrates. We found that citrate-stabilized and 4-dimethylaminopyridine-stabilized gold nanoparticles have broader reactivities than the other precursors studied. Citrate-stabilized gold nanoparticles are more versatile precursors because they can be prepared in a wide range of sizes and are very stable. The hydrophobic pentane-stabilized gold nanoparticles made them inert toward highly water-soluble ligands. Tetraoctylammonium bromide-stabilized gold nanoparticles exhibited selective reactivity, especially for small, unhindered and amphiphilic ligands. Depending on the desired ligand and size of AuNPs, a judicious selection of the available precursors can be made for use in place-exchange reactions. In preparing water-soluble AuNPs with biologically relevant ligands, the nature of the incoming ligand and the size of the AuNP should be taken into account in order to choose the most suitable place-exchange procedure. PMID:23149107

  12. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate-capped Ag nanoparticles: preparation and characterization.

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    Hussain, Shokit; Khan, Zaheer

    2014-07-01

    We used an aqueous leaf extract of Camellia sinensis to synthesize Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs). A layer of ca. 6 nm around a group of the AgNPs in which the inner layer is bound to the AgNPs surface via the hydroxyl groups of catechin has been observed. TEM analysis of AgNPs showed the formation of truncated triangular nanoplates and/or nanodisks and spherical with some irregular-shaped polydispersed nanoparticles in absence and presence of shape-directing cetyltrimethylammonium bromide. The polyphenolic groups of epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) are responsible for the rapid reduction of Ag(+) ions into metallic Ag(0). The free -OH groups are able to stabilize AgNPs by the interaction between the surface Ag atoms of AgNPs and oxygen atoms of EGCG molecules. PMID:24297160

  13. Silk fibroin nanoparticles prepared by electrospray as controlled release carriers of cisplatin.

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    Qu, Jing; Liu, Yu; Yu, Yanni; Li, Jing; Luo, Jingwan; Li, Mingzhong

    2014-11-01

    To maintain the anti-tumor activity of cis-dichlorodiamminoplatinum (CDDP) while avoiding its cytotoxicity and negative influence on normal tissue, CDDP-loaded silk fibroin nanoparticles approximately 59 nm in diameter were successfully prepared by electrospray without using organic solvent. CDDP was incorporated into nanoparticles through metal-polymer coordination bond exchange. In vitro release tests showed that the cisplatin in the nanoparticles could be slowly and sustainably released for more than 15 days. In vitro anti-cancer experiments and intracellular Pt content testing indicated that CDDP-loaded silk fibroin nanoparticles were easily internalized by A549 lung cancer cells, transferring CDDP into cancer cells and then triggering their apoptosis. In contrast, the particles were not easily internalized by L929 mouse fibroblast cells and hence showed weaker cell growth inhibition. The CDDP-loaded silk fibroin nanoparticles showed sustained and efficient killing of tumor cells but weaker inhibition of normal cells. In general, this study provides not only a novel method for preparing CDDP-loaded silk fibroin nanoparticles but also a new carrier system for clinical therapeutic drugs against lung cancers and other tumors. PMID:25280693

  14. Preparation and Evaluation of Contact Lenses Embedded with Polycaprolactone-Based Nanoparticles for Ocular Drug Delivery.

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    Nasr, Farzaneh Hashemi; Khoee, Sepideh; Dehghan, Mohammad Mehdi; Chaleshtori, Sirous Sadeghian; Shafiee, Abbas

    2016-02-01

    To improve the efficiency of topical ocular drug administration, we focused on development of a nanoparticles loaded contact lens to deliver the hydrophobic drug over a prolonged period of time. The cross-linked nanoparticles based on PCL (poly ε-caprolactone), 2-hydroxy ethyl methacrylate (HEMA), and poly ethylene glycol diacrylate (PEG-DA) were prepared by surfactant-free miniemulsion polymerization. The lens material was prepared through photopolymerization of HEMA and N-vinylpyrrolidone (NVP) using PEG-DA as the cross-linker. Effects of nanoparticles loading on critical contact lens properties such as transparency, water content, modulus and ion and oxygen permeabilities were studied. Nanoparticles and hydrogel showed high viability, indicating the absence of cytotoxicity and stimulatory effect. Drug release studies revealed that the hydrogel embedded with nanoparticles released the drug for a period of 12 days. The results of this study provide evidence that nanoparticles loaded hydrogels could be used for extended delivery of loteprednol etabonate and perhaps other drugs. PMID:26652301

  15. Curcumin-Loaded Lipid Cubic Liquid Crystalline Nanoparticles: Preparation, Optimization, Physicochemical Properties and Oral Absorption.

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    He, Xiuli; Li, Qinghua; Liu, Xiuju; Wu, Guangsheng; Zhai, Guangxi

    2015-08-01

    In order to improve the oral absorption of curcumin, curcumin-loaded lipid cubic liquid crystalline nanoparticles were prepared and evaluated in vitro and in vivo. The hot and high-pressure homogenization method was used to prepare the nanoparticles. The formulation and process were optimized by uniform design with drug loading and entrapment efficiency as index, and physicochemical properties were also investigated. Spherical nanoparticles were observed under transmission electron microscope (TEM), with average particle size of 176.1 nm, zeta potential of -25.19 mV, average drug loading of (1.5 0.2)% and entrapment efficiency of (95 1.8)%. The in vitro release of curcumin from the nanoparticle formulation showed a sustained property, while the pharmacokinetics results after oral administration of curcumin loaded lipid cubic liquid crystalline nanoparticles in rat showed that the oral absorption of curcumin fitted one-compartment model and relative bioavailability was 395.56% when compared to crude curcumin. It can be concluded from these results that the lipid cubic liquid crystalline nanoparticles, as carriers, can markedly improve the oral absorption of curcumin. PMID:26369117

  16. Structural and magnetic properties of NiZn-ferrite thin films prepared by radio frequency magnetron sputtering

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    Liu Yingli; Li Yuanxun; Zhang Huaiwu; Chen Daming; Mu Chunhong

    2011-04-01

    Polycrystalline NiZn-ferrite thin films were deposited on Si(100) substrate by rf magnetron sputtering, using targets with a nominal composition of Ni{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. The effects of substrate condition, sputtering pressure, and postannealing on the structure and magnetic properties of thin films have been investigated. Our results show that the preferred orientation of the NiZn spinel film changed from (311) to (400) with increasing the Ar pressure from 0.8 to 1.6 Pa, meanwhile, the grain size also increased. Atomic force microscopy analysis indicates that perfect surface morphology of the film can be obtained at a relatively lower sputtering pressure of 1.0 Pa. The relative percentage of residual oxygen increases significantly on a condition of lower sputtering pressure, and plays an important role in film structure due to the strong molecular adsorption tendency of oxygen on the film surface during the deposition process. A thin film with a typical thickness of 1 {mu}m, a saturation magnetization of 150 emu/cm{sup 3}, and a coercivity of 8.8 kA/m has been obtained after annealing at 800 deg. C, which has the potential application in magnetic integrated circuits.

  17. Dispersoid Distribution and Microstructure in Fe-Cr-Al Ferritic Oxide Dispersion-Strengthened Alloy Prepared by Friction Consolidation

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    Catalini, David; Kaoumi, Djamel; Reynolds, Anthony; Grant, Glenn J.

    2015-07-09

    INCOLOY® MA956 is a ferritic Oxide Dispersion Strengthened (ODS) alloy. Three different oxides, Y4Al2O9, YAlO3 and Y3Al5O12, have been observed in this alloy. The oxide particle sizes range from just a few up to hundreds of nm and these particles are responsible of the high temperature mechanical strength of this alloy. Mechanically alloyed MA956 powder was consolidated via Friction Consolidation using three different processing conditions. As a result, three small compacts of low porosity were produced. The compacts exhibited a refined equiaxed grain structure with grain sizes smaller than 10 µm and the desired oxide dispersion.YAlO3 and Y3Al5O12 were identified in the compacts by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Electron Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The size distribution of precipitates above 50 nm showed a direct proportionality between average precipitate size and grain size. The total energy input during processing was correlated with the relative amount of each of the oxides in the disks: the higher the total processing energy input, the higher the relative amount of Y3Al5O12 precipitates. The elemental composition of the oxide precipitates was also probed individually by EDS showing an aluminum enrichment trend as precipitates grow in size.

  18. Fabrication and integrity test preparation of HIP-joined W and ferritic-martensitic steel mockups for fusion reactor development

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    Lee, Dong Won; Shin, Kyu In; Kim, Suk Kwon; Jin, Hyung Gon; Lee, Eo Hwak; Yoon, Jae Sung; Choi, Bo Guen; Moon, Se Youn; Hong, Bong Guen

    2014-10-01

    Tungsten (W) and ferritic-martensitic steel (FMS) as armor and structural materials, respectively, are the major candidates for plasma-facing components (PFCs) such as the blanket first wall (BFW) and the divertor, in a fusion reactor. In the present study, three W/FMS mockups were successfully fabricated using a hot isostatic pressing (HIP, 900 °C, 100 MPa, 1.5 hrs) with a following post-HIP heat treatment (PHHT, tempering, 750 °C, 70 MPa, 2 hrs), and the W/FMS joining method was developed based on the ITER BFW and the test blanket module (TBM) development project from 2004 to the present. Using a 10-MHz-frequency flat-type probe to ultrasonically test of the joint, we found no defects in the fabricated mockups. For confirmation of the joint integrity, a high heat flux test will be performed up to the thermal lifetime of the mockup under the proper test conditions. These conditions were determined through a preliminary analysis with conventional codes such as ANSYS-CFX for thermal-hydraulic conditions considering the test facility, the Korea heat load test facility with an electron beam (KoHLT-EB), and its water coolant system at the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI).

  19. Effect of cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) nanoparticles on the growth and development of Lycopersicon lycopersicum (tomato plants).

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    López-Moreno, Martha L; Avilés, Leany Lugo; Pérez, Nitza Guzmán; Irizarry, Bianca Álamo; Perales, Oscar; Cedeno-Mattei, Yarilyn; Román, Félix

    2016-04-15

    Nanoparticles (NPs) have been synthetized and studied to be incorporated in many industrial and medical applications in recent decades. Due to their different physical and chemical properties compared with bulk materials, researchers are focused to understand their interactions with the surroundings. Living organisms such as plants are exposed to these materials and they are able to tolerate different concentrations and types of NPs. Cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) NPs are being studied for their application in medical sciences because of their high coercivity, anisotropy, and large magnetostriction. These properties are desirable in magnetic resonance imaging, drug delivery, and cell labeling. This study is aimed to explore the tolerance of Solanum lycopersicum L. (tomato) plants to CoFe2O4 NPs. Tomato plants were grown in hydroponic media amended with CoFe2O4 nanoparticles in a range from 0 to 1000mgL(-1). Exposure to CoFe2O4 NPs did not affect germination and growth of plants. Uptake of Fe and Co inside plant tissues increased as CoFe2O4 nanoparticle concentration was increased in the media. Mg uptake in plant leaves reached its maximum level of 4.9mgg(-1) DW (dry weight) at 125mgL(-1) of CoFe2O4 NPs exposure and decreased at high CoFe2O4 NPs concentrations. Similar pattern was observed for Ca uptake in leaves where the maximum concentration found was 10mgg(-1) DW at 125mgL(-1) of CoFe2O4 NPs exposure. Mn uptake in plant leaves was higher at 62.5mgL(-1) of CoFe2O4 NPs compared with 125 and 250mgL(-1) treatments. Catalase activity in tomato roots and leaves decreased in plants exposed to CoFe2O4 NPs. Tomato plants were able to tolerate CoFe2O4 NPs concentrations up to 1000mgL(-1) without visible toxicity symptoms. Macronutrient uptake in plants was affected when plants were exposed to 250, 500 and 1000mgL(-1) of CoFe2O4 NPs. PMID:26803683

  20. Preparation and characterization of polymeric and lipid nanoparticles of pilocarpine HCl for ocular application.

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    Lütfi, Genç; Müzeyyen, Demirel

    2013-01-01

    Pilocarpine is used topically in the treatment of glaucoma. Various studies were performed to improve the bioavailability and prolong the residence time of drugs in ocular drug delivery. Drug loaded polymeric and lipid nanoparticles offer several favourable biological properties, such as biodegradability, nontoxicity, biocompatibility and mucoadhesiveness. Therefore, preparing positively-charged pilocarpine HCl-loaded polymeric and lipid nanoparticles was the purpose of this study. Nanoparticles were prepared by quasi-emulsion solvent evaporation technique. The non-biodegradable positively-charged polymer Eudragit(®) RS 100 and semi-solid lipid excipient Gelucire(®) 44/14 were used as a vehicle, the cationic lipid octadecylamine was used as a cationic agent. The formulations were evaluated in terms of particle size, size distribution, zeta potential measurement, thermal behavior (Differential Scanning Calorimetry DSC), entrapment efficacy and pH. Characterizations of nanoparticles were analyzed during the storage period of 6 months for stability tests. Polymeric and lipid nanoparticles could be prepared successfully promising their use for ophthalmic delivery. PMID:22813238

  1. Facile synthetic route to nanosized ferrites by using mesoporous silica as a hard template

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    Valds-Sols, T.; Tartaj, P.; Marbn, G.; Fuertes, A. B.

    2007-04-01

    Spinel ferrite nanoparticles (AFe2O4; A = Mn, Ni, Cu, Co) of around 10-20 nm have been successfully synthesized via a simple nanocasting route using metal nitrates as precursors and mesoporous silica gel as a hard template. Spinel nanoparticles were formed under a nitrogen atmosphere by the high-temperature decomposition of a mixture of metal nitrates that fill the silica pores. The decomposition reactions occurred in the confined space provided by the mesopores of the silica template. Under these conditions, the silica walls restricted the growth of the oxide particles formed and so nanosized particles were obtained. The incorporation of different cations into the spinel ferrite enabled us to easily modulate the magnetic properties of the nanomaterials prepared by the template method. Depending on the chemical composition and temperature, we were able to obtain samples that display reversible magnetic behaviour (zero coercivity field) and samples with coercivity values as high as 1.3 T (13 000 Oe).

  2. Role of copper on structural, magnetic and dielectric properties of nickel ferrite nano particles

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    Balavijayalakshmi, J.; Suriyanarayanan, N.; Jayaprakash, R.

    2015-07-01

    Copper doped nickel ferrites Ni(1-x)CuxFe2O4 (where x=0.2, 0.4, 0.6) nanoparticles are prepared by co-precipitation method and sintered at 600 °C. The XRD study confirms the formation of single-phase cubic spinel Ni-Cu ferrites. The particle size increases with Cu substitution. FT-IR spectra confirm the absorption bands around 554-547 cm-1 for the tetrahedral sites and around 448-450 cm-1 for the octahedral sites. The inclusion of copper shifts the tetrahedral band to lower values. The saturation magnetization (Ms) and remanent magnetization (Mr) decrease with increase in copper concentration and the coercivity (Hc) is found to increase for all the compositions sintered at 600 °C. The dielectric constant decreases drastically for all the compositions and reaches a constant value. These nanoparticles can be tested for humidity sensing applications.

  3. Comparison study of the magnetic permeability and dc conductivity of Co-Ni-Li ferrite nanoparticles and their bulk counterparts

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    Assar, S. T.; Abosheiasha, H. F.; El Nimr, M. K.

    2014-03-01

    The temperature dependence of relative permeability and dc electrical conductivity of nanosamples and their bulk counterparts of Co0.5Ni0.5-2xLixFe2+xO4 (from x=0.00 to 0.25 in step of 0.05) was investigated. The values of the relative permeability of the nano-samples are lower than their bulk counterparts as a result of porous and nano-grained structure besides the effect of the larger volume of grain boundaries in the nanosamples. Moreover, the dc conductivity of the nanosamples is higher than their bulk counterparts. This is probable explained according to the shorter metal-oxygen bonding length and higher lattice vibrations of the nanosamples. Also, the values of the relative permeability of both nano and bulk samples exhibit stability over a considerable range of temperatures. This may make them useful in practical applications that require stability. All the nanosamples show high rising Curie temperature values with increasing the Li content up to the sample of x=0.15 thereafter a decrease of the Curie temperature occurs while the inverse behavior was observed in their bulk counterparts. The interpretation of these findings is explained in the discussion. Moreover, in general doping Co-Ni ferrites with Li ions improves their electrical and magnetic properties and this is clearly observed in the nanosample of x=0.15 which can be regarded as the most promising sample for microwave applications.

  4. Cobalt ferrite nanoparticles decorated on exfoliated graphene oxide, application for amperometric determination of NADH and H2O2.

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    Ensafi, Ali A; Alinajafi, Hossein A; Jafari-Asl, M; Rezaei, B; Ghazaei, F

    2016-03-01

    Here, cobalt ferrite nanohybrid decorated on exfoliated graphene oxide (CoFe2O4/EGO) was synthesized. The nanohybrid was characterized by different methods such as X-ray diffraction spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray diffraction microanalysis, transmission electron microscopy, FT-IR, Raman spectroscopy and electrochemical methods. The CoFe2O4/EGO nanohybrid was used to modify glassy carbon electrode (GCE). The voltammetric investigations showed that CoFe2O4/EGO nanohybrid has synergetic effect towards the electro-reduction of H2O2 and electro-oxidation of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH). Rotating disk chronoamperometry was used for their quantitative analysis. The calibration curves were observed in the range of 0.50 to 100.0μmolL(-1) NADH and 0.9 to 900.0μmolL(-1) H2O2 with detections limit of 0.38 and 0.54μmolL(-1), respectively. The repeatability, reproducibility and selectivity of the electrochemical sensor for analysis of the analytes were studied. The new electrochemical sensor was successfully applied for the determination of NADH and H2O2 in real samples with satisfactory results. PMID:26706531

  5. Green preparation and characterisation of waxy maize starch nanoparticles through enzymolysis and recrystallisation.

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    Sun, Qingjie; Li, Guanghua; Dai, Lei; Ji, Na; Xiong, Liu

    2014-11-01

    Waxy maize starch was treated by a facile and green enzymolysis procedure to fabricate starch nanoparticles (StNPs). The yield of StNPs was raised to 85% by pullulanase treatment, and the preparation duration was two days. Morphology (SEM, TEM), crystalline structure (XRD), thermal gravimetry analysis (TGA), and the group changing (FTIR) of StNPs prepared with different starch concentrations (10%, 15%, 20% and 25%,w/v) were investigated. Compared with native starch, the topography of all StNPs exhibited irregularly-shaped fragments, the particle diameters decreased from several μm to about 60-120 nm, and the crystal pattern changed from A-type to B+V-type. The StNPs prepared with 15% starch slurry had the highest degree of crystallinity at 55.41%. The eco-friendly prepared nanoparticles could be widely used in biomedical applications and development of new materials. PMID:24874379

  6. Microwave Absorption Properties of Iron Nanoparticles Prepared by Ball-Milling

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    Chu, Xuan T. A.; Ta, Bach N.; Ngo, Le T. H.; Do, Manh H.; Nguyen, Phuc X.; Nam, Dao N. H.

    2015-12-01

    A nanopowder of iron was prepared using a high-energy ball milling method, which is capable of producing nanoparticles at a reasonably larger scale compared to conventional chemical methods. Analyses using x-ray diffraction and magnetic measurements indicate that the iron nanoparticles are a single phase of a body-centered cubic structure and have quite stable magnetic characteristics in the air. The iron nanoparticles were then mixed with paraffin and pressed into flat square plates for free-space microwave transmission and reflection measurements in the 4-8 GHz range. Without an Al backing plate, the Fe nanoparticles seem to only weakly absorb microwave radiation. The reflected signal S 11 drops to zero and a very large negative value of reflection loss (RL) are observed for Al-backed samples, suggesting the existence of a phase matching resonance near frequency f ˜ 6 GHz.

  7. Preparation of silver nanoparticles in virgin coconut oil using laser ablation.

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    Zamiri, Reza; Azmi, B Z; Sadrolhosseini, Amir Reza; Ahangar, Hossein Abbastabar; Zaidan, A W; Mahdi, M A

    2011-01-01

    Laser ablation of a silver plate immersed in virgin coconut oil was carried out for fabrication of silver nanoparticles. A Nd:YAG laser at wavelengths of 1064 nm was used for ablation of the plate at different times. The virgin coconut oil allowed formation of nanoparticles with well-dispersed, uniform particle diameters that were stable for a reasonable length of time. The particle sizes and volume fraction of nanoparticles inside the solutions obtained at 15, 30, 45 min ablation times were 4.84, 5.18, 6.33 nm and 1.0 10(-8), 1.6 10(-8), 2.4 10(-8), respectively. The presented method for preparation of silver nanoparticles in virgin coconut oil is environmentally friendly and may be considered a green method. PMID:21289983

  8. Preparation of silver nanoparticles in virgin coconut oil using laser ablation

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    Zamiri, Reza; Azmi, B Z; Sadrolhosseini, Amir Reza; Ahangar, Hossein Abbastabar; Zaidan, A W; Mahdi, M A

    2011-01-01

    Laser ablation of a silver plate immersed in virgin coconut oil was carried out for fabrication of silver nanoparticles. A Nd:YAG laser at wavelengths of 1064 nm was used for ablation of the plate at different times. The virgin coconut oil allowed formation of nanoparticles with well-dispersed, uniform particle diameters that were stable for a reasonable length of time. The particle sizes and volume fraction of nanoparticles inside the solutions obtained at 15, 30, 45 min ablation times were 4.84, 5.18, 6.33 nm and 1.0 10?8, 1.6 10?8, 2.4 10?8, respectively. The presented method for preparation of silver nanoparticles in virgin coconut oil is environmentally friendly and may be considered a green method. PMID:21289983

  9. Preparation of Fe3O4 Nanoparticles and Removal of Methylene Blue through Adsorption

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    Trujillo Hernandez, J. S.; Aragn Muriel, A.; Tabares, J. A.; Prez Alczar, G. A.; Bolaos, A.

    2015-07-01

    In this work, we studied the catalytic activity, structural properties, and behavior of a Fe3O4 magnetic system. The Fe3O4 nanoparticles were prepared by the thermal decomposition method. X-ray diffraction confirmed the presence of a structural Fe3O4 phase, where acicular shape of the grains is shown. Transmission Mossbauer spectroscopy showed a wide distribution of particle sizes at room temperature, some of these present superparamagnetic behavior and are responsible of paramagnetic sites. The hysteresis loops obtained by the use of a vibrating sample magnetometer showed that these nanoparticles exhibit superparamagnetic behavior. However, the cycles present a significant contribution from a ferrimagnetic component at 2 K, which agrees with Mossbauer results. Through scanning electron microscopy, a tendency to the agglomeration of nanoparticles was observed. Nanoparticle activity in the degradation of methylene blue (MB) was studied through fluorescence spectroscopy, finding dye adsorption properties.

  10. Preparation and characterization of poly (ethylene glycol)-coated Stoeber silica nanoparticles for biomedical applications

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    Kopelman, Raoul; Xu, Hao; Yan, Fei; Monson, Eric E.; Tang, Wei; Schneider, Randy; Philbert, Martin A.

    2002-06-01

    Monodisperse, spherical, polyethylene glycol (PEG)-coated silica nanoparticles have been prepared in the size range of 50-350 nm, and their size distribution were characterized by SEM and multi-angle static light scattering experiments. The chemical binding of PEG to the silica nanoparticles was confirmed by IR spectroscopy. The biocompatibility of these PEGylated nanoparticles was also studied by non-specific protein binding tests and in-vivo toxicology studies in live animals. These silica nanoparticles, as a matrix for encapsulation of certain reagents, have been used for the fabrication of intracellular sensors and have potential for applications to in vivo diagnosis, analysis and measurements, due to their small physical size and their biocompatibility, both stemming from the specialized PEG coating.

  11. Starch based biodegradable graft copolymer for the preparation of silver nanoparticles.

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    Das, Subhadip; Sasmal, Dinabandhu; Pal, Sagar; Kolya, Haradhan; Pandey, Akhil; Tripathy, Tridib

    2015-11-01

    The synthesis and characterization of a novel biodegradable graft copolymer based on partially hydrolyzed polymethylacrylate (PMA) grafted amylopectin (AP) was reported which was developed for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles from silver nitrate solution by facile green technique. The prepared graft copolymer was biodegradable which was shown by fungal growth. Characterization of silver nanoparticles was carried out by UV-VIS spectroscopy (417nm), HR-TEM, SAED and FESEM analysis. The TEM findings revealed that the silver nanoparticles are crystalline and globular shaped with average particle size ranging from 11 to 15nm. The synthesized silver nanoparticles exhibit excellent antibacterial sensitivity towards both Gram negative and Gram positive bacteria namely Vibrio parahaemolyticus (ATCC-17802) and Bacillus cereus (ATCC-14579) respectively and were also shown a good catalytic activity towards 4-nitrophenol reduction. PMID:26231330

  12. Preparation of tourmaline nano-particles through a hydrothermal process and its infrared emission properties.

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    Xue, Gang; Han, Chao; Liang, Jinsheng; Wang, Saifei; Zhao, Chaoyue

    2014-05-01

    Tourmaline nano-particles were successfully prepared via a hydrothermal process using HCl as an additive. The reaction temperature (T) and the concentration of HCI (C(HCl)) had effects on the size and morphology of the tourmaline nano-particles. The optimum reaction condition was that: T = 180 degrees C and C(HCl) = 0.1 mol/l. The obtained nano-particles were spherical with the diameter of 48 nm. The far-infrared emissivity of the product was 0.923. The formation mechnism of the tourmaline nano-particles might come from the corrosion of grain boundary between the tourmaline crystals in acidic hydrothermal conditions and then the asymmetric contraction of the crystals. PMID:24734669

  13. Role of electrolytes in the preparation of nanoparticles via the emulsion polymerization of vinyl pivalate.

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    Kikuchi, Kenji; Kitawaki, Mayuka; Suzuki, Atsushi; Oku, Takeo

    2009-10-15

    By controlling both the kind of ion and the ionic strength of electrolytes in an emulsion polymerization system of vinyl pivalate containing about 1% sodium lauryl sulfate as a surfactant, nanoparticles of polyvinylpivalate having a diameter of about 25 nm were successfully prepared. The use of high concentrations of lithium chloride and lithium sulfate (approximately 1.0 mol L(-1)) prevented the nanoparticles from aggregating and produced nanoparticles sizes of 25-50 nm. Ammonium acetate and sodium acetate, on the other hand, accelerated the aggregate of the nanoparticles. These phenomena were examined in detail and found to be similar to the Hofmeister phenomena and the combination rule proposed by Craig et al. PMID:19647265

  14. Effects of particle dipole interaction on the ac magnetically induced heating characteristics of ferrite nanoparticles for hyperthermia

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    Jeun, Minhong; Bae, Seongtae; Tomitaka, Asahi; Takemura, Yasushi; Park, Ki Ho; Paek, Sun Ha; Chung, Kyung-Won

    2009-08-01

    Magnetic particle dipole interaction was revealed as a crucial physical parameter to be considered in optimizing the ac magnetically induced heating characteristics of magnetic nanoparticles. The ac heating temperature of soft MFe2O4 (M =Mg,Ni) nanoparticles was remarkably increased from 17.6 to 94.7 C (MgFe2O4) and from 13.1 to 103.1 C (NiFe2O4) by increasing the particle dipole interaction energy at fixed ac magnetic field of 140 Oe and frequency of 110 kHz. The increase in "magnetic hysteresis loss" that resulted from the particle dipole interaction was the main physical reason for the significant improvement of ac heating characteristics.

  15. Zeolite LTA Nanoparticles Prepared by Laser-Induced Fracture of Zeolite Microcrystals.

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    Nichols, William T; Kodaira, Tetsuya; Sasaki, Yukichi; Shimizu, Yoshiki; Sasaki, Takeshi; Koshizaki, Naoto

    2006-01-12

    Zeolite LTA nanoparticles are prepared by laser-induced fragmentation of zeolite LTA microparticles using a pulsed laser. Zeolite nanoparticle formation is attributed to absorption of the laser at impurities or defects within the zeolite microcrystal generating thermoelastic stress that mechanically fractures the microparticle into smaller nanoparticle fragments. Experimentally, it is found that nanoparticles have a wide size and morphology distribution. Large nanoparticles (>200 nm) are typically irregularly shaped crystals of zeolite LTA, whereas small nanoparticles (<50 nm) tend to be spherical, dense, and amorphous, indicative of destruction of the original LTA crystal structure. Results of the fragmentation versus laser parameters show that shorter laser wavelengths are more efficient at producing zeolite nanoparticles, which is explained based on a larger cross section for optical absorption in the zeolite crystal. Increasing the laser energy density irradiating the sample was found to be a trade-off between increasing the amount of fragmentation and increasing the amount of structural damage to the zeolite crystal. It is suggested that in the presence of strongly absorbing defects, plasma formation is induced resulting in dramatically higher temperatures. On the basis of these results it is suggested the optimal laser processing conditions are 355 nm and 10 mJ/pulse laser energy for our LTA samples. PMID:16471503

  16. Preparation and antibacterial activity of Fe3O4@Ag nanoparticles

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    Gong, Ping; Li, Huimin; He, Xiaoxiao; Wang, Kemin; Hu, Jianbing; Tan, Weihong; Zhang, Shouchun; Yang, Xiaohai

    2007-07-01

    Bifunctional Fe3O4@Ag nanoparticles with both superparamagnetic and antibacterial properties were prepared by reducing silver nitrate on the surface of Fe3O4 nanoparticles using the water-in-oil microemulsion method. Formation of well-dispersed nanoparticles with sizes of 60 20 nm was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering. X-ray diffraction patterns and UV-visible spectroscopy indicated that both Fe3O4 and silver are present in the same particle. The superparamagnetism of Fe3O4@Ag nanoparticles was confirmed with a vibrating sample magnetometer. Their antibacterial activity was evaluated by means of minimum inhibitory concentration value, flow cytometry, and antibacterial rate assays. The results showed that Fe3O4@Ag nanoparticles presented good antibacterial performance against Escherichia coli (gram-negative bacteria), Staphylococcus epidermidis (gram-positive bacteria) and Bacillus subtilis (spore bacteria). Furthermore, Fe3O4@Ag nanoparticles can be easily removed from water by using a magnetic field to avoid contamination of surroundings. Reclaimed Fe3O4@Ag nanoparticles can still have antibacterial capability and can be reused.

  17. Schisandra lignans-loaded enteric nanoparticles: preparation, characterization, and in vitro-in vivo evaluation.

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    Pei, Jin; Lv, Qingyuan; Han, Jin; Li, Xianyi; Jin, Shiying; Huang, Yajie; Jin, Shixiao; Yuan, Hailong

    2013-02-01

    Schisandrae lignans (SL) have been well proven to possess hepatoprotective effect against the hepatic dysfunction induced by various chemical hepatotoxins. Deoxyschisandrin (DA) and schisantherin A (SA) are both considered as the major active components in SL. The objective of the study was to prepare and evaluate Schisandra lignans (composed of DA and SA)-loaded enteric nanoparticles produced by a novel toxic solvent-free modified spontaneous emulsification solvent diffusion (SESD) method. An organic Schisandra lignans/Eudragit(®) S100 solution was injected into an aqueous poloxamer 188 solution under a agitation. The nanoparticles were characterized with respect to particle size distribution, morphology, encapsulation efficiency (EE) and physical stability of the drug, wettability, in vitro release and in vivo bioavailability. Nanoparticles with a smooth surface and dense structure were obtained with high EE (EE(DA) >90%; EE(SA) >85%). The drug was in a noncrystalline state in the matrix and physically stable for 120 days at room temperature. In vitro drug release study, the drug dissolution rate from the nanoparticles was significantly enhanced compared to the physical mixture and to the pure drug; the release profile of the nanoparticles was stable after 120 days. The appropriate size of nanoparticles (~93 nm), the solubilization of the surfactant, the noncrystalline state of the drug in the matrix and the fast dissolution rate contributed to a significantly enhanced oral bioavailability from the nanoparticles when compared to pure drug suspension. PMID:23373544

  18. Semiconductor nanoparticle-based hydrogels prepared via self-initiated polymerization under sunlight, even visible light

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    Zhang, Da; Yang, Jinhu; Bao, Song; Wu, Qingsheng; Wang, Qigang

    2013-01-01

    Since ancient times, people have used photosynthesized wood, bamboo, and cotton as building and clothing materials. The advantages of photo polymerization include the mild and easy process. However, the direct use of available sunlight for the preparation of materials is still a challenge due to its rather dilute intensity. Here, we show that semiconductor nanoparticles can be used for initiating monomer polymerization under sunlight and for cross-linking to form nanocomposite hydrogels with the aid of clay nanosheets. Hydrogels are an emerging multifunctional platform because they can be easily prepared using solar energy, retain semiconductor nanoparticle properties after immobilization, exhibit excellent mechanical strength (maximum compressive strength of 4.153?MPa and tensile strength 1.535?MPa) and high elasticity (maximum elongation of 2784%), and enable recyclable photodegradation of pollutants. This work suggests that functional nanoparticles can be immobilized in hydrogels for their collective application after combining their mechanical and physiochemical properties. PMID:23466566

  19. Effective preparation of graphite nanoparticles using mechanochemical solid-state reactions

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    Motozuka, S.; Tagaya, M.; Ogawa, N.; Fukui, K.; Nishikawa, M.; Shiba, K.; Uehara, T.; Kobayashi, T.

    2014-07-01

    The mechanochemical milling was utilized to control the nanostructures of plate-like graphite (Gp) microparticles in an argon atmosphere and at room temperature. The aggregated Gp nanoparticles were prepared by the simple solid-state process without organic solvent. Electron microscope observations, X-ray diffraction patterns and Raman spectra revealed the fractured plate-like Gp microparticles as well as the Gp microparticles agglomerated to each other through the dissociative edge surfaces by the milling process to finally generate the Gp nanoparticle aggregates. In the process, the ratio of the edge plane surfaces with the dangling bondings to layered internal surfaces clearly increased with the milling. Therefore, the low environmental burden process for preparing the Gp nanoparticle aggregation was achieved.

  20. Green preparation of Au nanoparticles for electrochemical detection of H2O2

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    Wenchao, Wang; Ye, Ji; Yong, Zhang; Ziying, Wang; Tong, Zhang

    2016-01-01

    A simple and green method for preparation of Au nanoparticles by reduction of HAuCl4 using carbon nanodots as the reducing agent is reported. The carbon nanodots were prepared by a green method as well, using hydrothermal treatment of grass. It is observed that Au nanoparticles show obvious electrochemical catalytic ability for reduction of hydrogen peroxide, leading to its application of a high-performance non-enzymatic hydrogen peroxide sensor. The hydrogen peroxide sensor based on Au nanoparticles was made, with the detection limit at 23 μM and linear range between 0.1–160 mM. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51202085), and the Open Project from State Key Laboratory of Transducer Technology (No. SKT1402).

  1. The impact of oxygen on the morphology of gas-phase prepared Au nanoparticles

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    Pohl, D.; Surrey, A.; Schultz, L.; Rellinghaus, B.

    2012-12-24

    We present an easy procedure for the synthesis of single crystalline gold nanoparticles with a mean diameter of 4 nm using a DC-sputtering in an argon-oxygen gas mixture. Morphology population statistics have been determined to quantify the influence of oxygen. It is found that the particles undergo a structural transition from predominantly icosahedral to single crystalline particles with increasing amount of oxygen. Aberration-corrected high-resolution transmission electron microscopy investigation proves that likewise prepared single crystalline nanoparticles are defect and oxygen free. In contrast, the icosahedral particles prepared with pure argon show the presence of edge dislocations pointing to an energetic disfavoring already at these relatively small particle sizes. This morphology control of clean and uncovered Au nanoparticles provides a high application potential, e.g., for studying the influence of the particle morphology on plasmonic and catalytic properties.

  2. Preparation and characterization of 6-mercaptopurine-coated magnetite nanoparticles as a drug delivery system

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    Dorniani, Dena; Hussein, Mohd Zobir bin; Kura, Aminu Umar; Fakurazi, Sharida; Shaari, Abdul Halim; Ahmad, Zalinah

    2013-01-01

    Background Iron oxide nanoparticles are of considerable interest because of their use in magnetic recording tape, ferrofluid, magnetic resonance imaging, drug delivery, and treatment of cancer. The specific morphology of nanoparticles confers an ability to load, carry, and release different types of drugs. Methods and results We synthesized superparamagnetic nanoparticles containing pure iron oxide with a cubic inverse spinal structure. Fourier transform infrared spectra confirmed that these Fe3O4 nanoparticles could be successfully coated with active drug, and thermogravimetric and differential thermogravimetric analyses showed that the thermal stability of iron oxide nanoparticles coated with chitosan and 6-mercaptopurine (FCMP) was markedly enhanced. The synthesized Fe3O4 nanoparticles and the FCMP nanocomposite were generally spherical, with an average diameter of 9 nm and 19 nm, respectively. The release of 6-mercaptopurine from the FCMP nanocomposite was found to be sustained and governed by pseudo-second order kinetics. In order to improve drug loading and release behavior, we prepared a novel nanocomposite (FCMP-D), ie, Fe3O4 nanoparticles containing the same amounts of chitosan and 6-mercaptopurine but using a different solvent for the drug. The results for FCMP-D did not demonstrate burst release and the maximum percentage release of 6-mercaptopurine from the FCMP-D nanocomposite reached about 97.7% and 55.4% within approximately 2,500 and 6,300 minutes when exposed to pH 4.8 and pH 7.4 solutions, respectively. By MTT assay, the FCMP nanocomposite was shown not to be toxic to a normal mouse fibroblast cell line. Conclusion Iron oxide coated with chitosan containing 6-mercaptopurine prepared using a coprecipitation method has the potential to be used as a controlled-release formulation. These nanoparticles may serve as an alternative drug delivery system for the treatment of cancer, with the added advantage of sparing healthy surrounding cells and tissue. PMID:24106420

  3. Preparation of starch-stabilized silver nanoparticles from amylose-sodium palmitate inclusion complexes

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    Starch-stabilized silver nanoparticles were prepared from amylose-sodium palmitate complexes by first converting sodium palmitate to silver palmitate by reaction with silver nitrate and then reducing the silver ion to metallic silver. This process produced water solutions that could be dried and the...

  4. Preparation of Y2O3:Er,Yb nanoparticles by laser ablation in liquid

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    Nunokawa, Takashi; Onodera, Yuji; Hara, Masahiko; Kitamoto, Yoshitaka; Odawara, Osamu; Wada, Hiroyuki

    2012-11-01

    We prepared a Y2O3:Er,Yb nanoparticles by laser ablation in liquid. The laser used the second harmonic generation Nd:YAG (532 nm). A preparation process and measurement of upconversion properties were performed by varying the range of the energy density of the laser. Images from scanning electron microscopy (SEM) indicated that two types of nanoparticles existed in the product of laser ablation in liquid. We concluded the following: one type of nanoparticles was prepared from the nucleation of materials in a plume and the other was prepared by fragmentation. In the photoluminescence spectra, green (2H11/2, 4S3/2 ? 4I15/2) and red (4F9/2 ? 4I15/2) fluorescence were observed using a 980 nm laser diode (LD) as the excitation source. We confirmed that the fluorescence intensity increased with increasing energy density of the laser. Thus, we concluded that the number of the nanoparticles increased as the energy density of the laser was increased.

  5. A method for top down preparation of chitosan nanoparticles and nanofibers.

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    Wijesena, Ruchira N; Tissera, Nadeeka; Kannangara, Yasun Y; Lin, Yuan; Amaratunga, Gehan A J; de Silva, K M Nalin

    2015-03-01

    A method of top down preparation of chitosan nanoparticles and nanofibers is proposed. Chitin nanofibrils (chitin NFs) were prepared using ultrasonic assisted method from crab shells with an average diameter of 5 nm and the length less than 3 μm as analyzed by atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. These chitin nanofibers were used as the precursor material for the preparation of chitosan nanoparticles and nanofibers. The degree of deacetylation of these prepared chitosan nanostructures were found to be approximately 98%. In addition these chitosan nanostructures showed amorphous crystallinity. Transmission electron microscopic studies revealed that chitosan nanoparticles were roughly spherical in nature and had diameters less than 300 nm. These larger particles formed through self-assembly of much smaller 25 nm particles as evidenced by the TEM imaging. The diameter and the length of the chitosan nanofibers were found to be less than 100 nm and 3 μm respectively. It is envisaged that due to the cavitation effect, the deacetylated chitin nanofibers were broken down to small pieces to form seed particles. These seed particles can then be self-assembled to form larger chitosan nanoparticles. PMID:25498694

  6. Dispersoid Distribution and Microstructure in Fe-Cr-Al Ferritic Oxide Dispersion-Strengthened Alloy Prepared by Friction Consolidation

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    Catalini, David; Kaoumi, Djamel; Reynolds, Anthony P.; Grant, Glenn J.

    2015-10-01

    INCOLOY MA956 is a ferritic oxide dispersion-strengthened alloy manufactured by mechanical alloying followed by hot extrusion in vacuum-sealed cans or by degassing and hot isostatic pressing. This could be followed by a tailored heat treatment sequence in order to obtain a desired microstructure and to allow the oxide dispersion to precipitate. Three different oxides, responsible for the high-temperature mechanical strength, have been observed in this alloy: Y4Al2O9, YAlO3, and Y3Al5O12. Their sizes range from just a few to hundreds of nanometers. In this work, mechanically alloyed MA956 powder was consolidated via friction consolidation, a single-step and potentially cheaper processing alternative. Three fully dense compacts were produced. The compacts exhibited a refined, equiaxed grain structure with grain sizes smaller than 10 m and the desired oxide dispersion. YAlO3 and Y3Al5O12 were identified by scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and X-ray diffraction. The size distribution of precipitates above 50 nm showed a direct proportionality between average precipitate size and grain size. The total energy input during processing was correlated with the relative amount of each of the oxides in the disks: the higher the total processing energy input, the higher the relative amount of Y3Al5O12 precipitates. The elemental composition of the oxide precipitates was also probed individually by EDS, showing an aluminum enrichment trend as precipitates grew in size.

  7. PEGylated human serum albumin (HSA) nanoparticles: preparation, characterization and quantification of the PEGylation extent.

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    Fahrländer, E; Schelhaas, S; Jacobs, A H; Langer, K

    2015-04-10

    Modification with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) is a widely used method for the prolongation of plasma half-life of colloidal carrier systems such as nanoparticles prepared from human serum albumin (HSA). However, the quantification of the PEGylation extent is still challenging. Moreover, the influence of different PEG derivatives, which are commonly used for nanoparticle conjugation, has not been investigated so far. The objective of the present study is to develop a method for the quantification of PEG and to monitor the influence of diverse PEG reagents on the amount of PEG linked to the surface of HSA nanoparticles. A size exclusion chromatography method with refractive index detection was established which enabled the quantification of unreacted PEG in the supernatant. The achieved results were confirmed using a fluorescent PEG derivative, which was detected by photometry and fluorimetry. Additionally, PEGylated HSA nanoparticles were enzymatically digested and the linked amount of fluorescently active PEG was directly determined. All the analytical methods confirmed that under optimized PEGylation conditions a PEGylation efficiency of up to 0.5 mg PEG per mg nanoparticle could be achieved. Model calculations made a 'brush' conformation of the PEG chains on the particle surface very likely. By incubating the nanoparticles with fetal bovine serum the reduced adsorption of serum proteins on PEGylated HSA nanoparticles compared to non-PEGylated HSA nanoparticles was demonstrated using sodium dodecylsulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Finally, the positive effect of PEGylation on plasma half-life was demonstrated in an in vivo study in mice. Compared to unmodified nanoparticles the PEGylation led to a four times larger plasma half-life. PMID:25789544

  8. PEGylated human serum albumin (HSA) nanoparticles: preparation, characterization and quantification of the PEGylation extent

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    Fahrländer, E.; Schelhaas, S.; Jacobs, A. H.; Langer, K.

    2015-04-01

    Modification with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) is a widely used method for the prolongation of plasma half-life of colloidal carrier systems such as nanoparticles prepared from human serum albumin (HSA). However, the quantification of the PEGylation extent is still challenging. Moreover, the influence of different PEG derivatives, which are commonly used for nanoparticle conjugation, has not been investigated so far. The objective of the present study is to develop a method for the quantification of PEG and to monitor the influence of diverse PEG reagents on the amount of PEG linked to the surface of HSA nanoparticles. A size exclusion chromatography method with refractive index detection was established which enabled the quantification of unreacted PEG in the supernatant. The achieved results were confirmed using a fluorescent PEG derivative, which was detected by photometry and fluorimetry. Additionally, PEGylated HSA nanoparticles were enzymatically digested and the linked amount of fluorescently active PEG was directly determined. All the analytical methods confirmed that under optimized PEGylation conditions a PEGylation efficiency of up to 0.5 mg PEG per mg nanoparticle could be achieved. Model calculations made a ‘brush’ conformation of the PEG chains on the particle surface very likely. By incubating the nanoparticles with fetal bovine serum the reduced adsorption of serum proteins on PEGylated HSA nanoparticles compared to non-PEGylated HSA nanoparticles was demonstrated using sodium dodecylsulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Finally, the positive effect of PEGylation on plasma half-life was demonstrated in an in vivo study in mice. Compared to unmodified nanoparticles the PEGylation led to a four times larger plasma half-life.

  9. Preparation of gelatin films incorporated with tea polyphenol nanoparticles for enhancing controlled-release antioxidant properties.

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    Liu, Fei; Antoniou, John; Li, Yue; Yi, Jiang; Yokoyama, Wallace; Ma, Jianguo; Zhong, Fang

    2015-04-22

    Gelatin films incorporated with chitosan nanoparticles in various free/encapsulated tea polyphenol (TP) ratios were prepared in order to investigate the influence of different ratios on the physicochemical and antioxidant properties of films. The TP-containing nanoparticles were prepared by cross-linking chitosan hydrochloride (CSH) with sulfobutyl ether-?-cyclodextrin sodium (SBE-?-CD) at three different encapsulation efficiencies (EE; ?50%, ?80%, and ?100%) of TP. The stability of TP-loaded nanoparticles was maintained during the film drying process from the analysis of free TP content in the redissolved film solutions. Composite films showed no significant difference in visual aspects, while the light transmittance (250-550 nm) was decreased with incorporation of TP. Nanoparticles appeared to be homogeneously dispersed within the film matrix by microstructure analysis (SEM and AFM). TP-loaded films had ferric reducing and DPPH radical scavenging power that corresponded to the EEs. Sunflower oil packaged in bags made of gelatin films embedded with nanoparticles of 80% EE showed the best oxidation inhibitory effect, followed by 100% EE, 50% EE, and free TP, over 6 weeks of storage. However, when the gelatin film was placed over the headspace and was not in contact with the oil, the free TP showed the best effect. The results indicate that sustained release of TP in the contacting surface can ensure the protective effects, which vary with free/encapsulated mass ratios, thus improving antioxidant activities instead of increasing the dosage. PMID:25826241

  10. Enhanced Oral Delivery of Docetaxel Using Thiolated Chitosan Nanoparticles: Preparation, In Vitro and In Vivo Studies

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    Saremi, Shahrooz; Kebriaeezadeh, Abbas; Ostad, Seyed Nasser; Atyabi, Fatemeh

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate a nanoparticulate system with mucoadhesion properties composed of a core of polymethyl methacrylate surrounded by a shell of thiolated chitosan (Ch-GSH-pMMA) for enhancing oral bioavailability of docetaxel (DTX), an anticancer drug. DTX-loaded nanoparticles were prepared by emulsion polymerization method using cerium ammonium nitrate as an initiator. Physicochemical properties of the nanoparticles such as particle size, size distribution, morphology, drug loading, and entrapment efficiency were characterized. The pharmacokinetic study was carried out in vivo using wistar rats. The half-life of DTX-loaded NPs was about 9 times longer than oral DTX used as positive control. The oral bioavailability of DTX was increased to 68.9% for DTX-loaded nanoparticles compared to 6.5% for positive control. The nanoparticles showed stronger effect on the reduction of the transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER) of Caco-2 cell monolayer by opening the tight junctions. According to apparent permeability coefficient (Papp) results, the DTX-loaded NPs showed more specific permeation across the Caco-2 cell monolayer in comparison to the DTX. In conclusion, the nanoparticles prepared in this study showed promising results for the development of an oral drug delivery system for anticancer drugs. PMID:23971023

  11. Preparation of starch nanoparticles in water in oil microemulsion system and their drug delivery properties.

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    Wang, Xinge; Chen, Haiming; Luo, Zhigang; Fu, Xiong

    2016-03-15

    In this research, 1-hexadecyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide C16mimBr/butan-1-ol/cyclohexane/water ionic liquid microemulsion was prepared. The effects of n-alkyl alcohols, alkanes, water content and temperature on the properties of microemulsion were studied by dilution experiment. The microregion of microemulsion was identified by pseudo-ternary phase diagram and conductivity measurement. Then starch nanoparticles were prepared by water in oil (W/O) microemulsion-cross-linking methods with C16mimBr as surfactant. Starch nanoparticles with a mean diameter of 94.3nm and narrow size distribution (SD=3.3) were confirmed by dynamic light scattering (DLS). Scanning electron microscope (SEM) data revealed that starch nanoparticles were spherical granules with the size about 60nm. Moreover the results of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) demonstrated the formation of cross-linking bonds in starch molecules. Finally, the drug loading and releasing properties of starch nanoparticles were investigated with methylene blue (MB) as drug model. This work may provide an efficient pathway to synthesis starch nanoparticles. PMID:26794752

  12. Preparation of E-selectin-targeting nanoparticles and preliminary in vitro evaluation.

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    Jubeli, Emile; Moine, Laurence; Nicolas, Valrie; Barratt, Gillian

    2012-04-15

    Targeted delivery aims to concentrate therapeutic agents at their site of action and thereby enhance treatment and limit side-effects. E-selectin on endothelial cells is markedly up-regulated by cytokine stimulation of inflamed and some tumoral tissues, promoting the adhesion of leukocytes and metastatic tumor cells, thus making it an interesting molecular target for drug delivery systems. We report here the preparation of targeted nanoparticles from original amphiphilic block copolymers functionalized with an analog of sialyl Lewis X (SLEx), the physiological ligand of E-selectin. Nanoparticles, prepared by nanoprecipitation, caused no significant cytotoxicity. Ligand-functionalized nanoparticles were specifically recognized and internalized better by tumor necrosis factor ? (TNF-?)-activated human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) than control nanoparticles or HUVECs with low E-selectin expression. These nanoparticles are designed to carry the ligand at the end of a PEG spacer to improve accessibility. This system has potential for the treatment of inflammation, inhibition of tumor metastasis, and for molecular imaging. PMID:22322211

  13. Novel combustion method to prepare octahedral NiO nanoparticles and its photocatalytic activity

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    Jegatha Christy, A.; Umadevi, M.

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: NiO nanoparticles were synthesized by solution combustion method. Prepared NiO nanoparticles are fcc structure. Synthesized NiO nanoparticles are octahedral shape. Shows good photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: Nickel oxide nanoparticles (NiO NPs) were synthesized by solution combustion method using glycine and citric acid as fuels. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) result confirms the face centered cubic (fcc) structure of NiO. The octahedral shape of NiO NPs was confirmed by field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). It is possible to suggest that the organic fuel (citric acid/glycine) is responsible for the formation of the octahedral shape due to the easier complex formation. Photocatalytic activity of NiO NPs also evaluated and found that the prepared NiO NPs have high photocatalytic degradation. In the present study, the crystalline nature and shape of the NiO nanoparticles plays a vital role in determining the photocatalytic activity.

  14. [Preparation of nanoparticles-modified silica monolith for on-column surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy].

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    Liu, Chan; Chen, Lei; Ren, Hua-Hua; Zhou, Ji

    2014-05-01

    A novel silica monolith modified with Ag/Au nanoparticles was prepared for the on-column surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). The bare monolithic silica column was prepared from in-situ co-condensation of tetraethoxysilane (TMOS) and methyl trimethoxysilane (MTMS) in the presence of polyethylene glycol (PEG) via a sol-gel process in the capillary, and was chemically modified with (3-mercaptopropyl) trimethoxysilane (MTPMS), followed by immobilization of Ag/Au nanoparticles. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and UV-Vis spectrometer were used to collect the TEM images and the extinction spectra of the nanoparticles colloid, respectively. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) was utilized to record the morphology of the silica monolith The authros used p-aminothiophenol (PATP) as a probing molecule, and the SERS effect was investigated on Au/Ag nanoparticle-modified silica monolith under the excitation line of 633 and 532 nm, respectively. It is concluded that nanoparticle-modified silica monoliths will have broad application to the on-site detection of food and water contaminants in the field. PMID:25095424

  15. Solvothermal synthesis of CZTS nanoparticles in ethanol: Preparation and characterization

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    Yan, Xinlong; Hu, Xiaoyan; Komarneni, Sridhar

    2015-05-01

    In this work, a low-cost, non-toxic and convenient one-pot solvothermal route to synthesize Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) nanoparticles is reported. The effects of solvothermal temperature and reaction time on the structure, morphology and optical properties of the as-synthesized product were investigated by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) measurements and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results showed that the crystallinity of the CZTS powders was influenced by the solvothermal temperature and reaction time. The band gap of selected CZTS samples was near the optimum value for photovoltaic solar conversion in a single-band-gap device.

  16. Preparation and magnetic properties of spindle porous iron nanoparticles

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    Lv Baoliang; Xu Yao Wu Dong; Sun Yuhan

    2009-05-06

    Spindle porous iron nanoparticles were firstly synthesized by reducing the pre-synthesized hematite ({alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) spindle particles with hydrogen gas. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), nitrogen adsorption/desorption isotherms and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM). A lattice shrinkage mechanism was employed to explain the formation process of the porous structure, and the adsorbed phosphate was proposed as a protective shell in the reduction process. N{sub 2} adsorption/desorption result showed a Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area of 29.7 m{sup 2}/g and a continuous pore size distribution from 2 nm to 100 nm. The magnetic hysteresis loop of the synthesized iron particles showed a saturation magnetization of 84.65 emu/g and a coercivity of 442.36 Oe at room temperature.

  17. Preparation of polylysine-modified superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles

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    Yang, Gao; Zhang, Baolin; Wang, Jun; Xie, Songbo; Li, Xuan

    2015-01-01

    Polylysine (PLL) coated iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) have potential in biomedical application. In the present work PEG coated SPIONs (PEG-SPIONs) with the particle size of 9.4±1.4 nm were synthesized by thermal decomposition of Fe(acac)3 in PEG, and then coated with PLL (PLL/PEG-SPIONs). The PEG-SPIONs and PLL/PEG-SPIONs were superparamagnetic with the saturation magnetization of 53 and 44 emu/g, respectively. The hydrodynamic diameter of PEG-SPIONs in deionized water was 18.8 nm, which increased to 21.3-28.2 nm after mixing with different amount of PLL. The zeta potentials of PLL/PEG-SPIONs were -8.9 - -3.4 mV which were changing with time. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses indicated that PLL was attached to the PEG-SPIONs.

  18. Preparation and characterization of Tamoxifen citrate loaded nanoparticles for breast cancer therapy

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    Maji, Ruma; Dey, Niladri Shekhar; Satapathy, Bhabani Sankar; Mukherjee, Biswajit; Mondal, Subhasish

    2014-01-01

    Background Four formulations of Tamoxifen citrate loaded polylactide-co-glycolide (PLGA) based nanoparticles (TNPs) were developed and characterized. Their internalization by Michigan Cancer Foundation-7 (MCF-7) breast cancer cells was also investigated. Methods Nanoparticles were prepared by a multiple emulsion solvent evaporation method. Then the following studies were carried out: drug-excipients interaction using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), surface morphology by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), zeta potential and size distribution using a Zetasizer Nano ZS90 and particle size analyzer, and in vitro drug release. In vitro cellular uptake of nanoparticles was assessed by confocal microscopy and their cell viability (%) was studied. Results No chemical interaction was observed between the drug and the selected excipients. TNPs had a smooth surface, and a nanosize range (250380 nm) with a negative surface charge. Drug loadings of the prepared particles were 1.5%0.02% weight/weight (w/w), 2.68%0.5% w/w, 4.09%0.2% w/w, 27.16%2.08% w/w for NP1NP4, respectively. A sustained drug release pattern from the nanoparticles was observed for the entire period of study, ie, up to 60 days. Further, nanoparticles were internalized well by the MCF-7 breast cancer cells on a concentration dependent manner and were present in the cytoplasm. The nucleus was free from nanoparticle entry. Drug loaded nanoparticles were found to be more cytotoxic than the free drug. Conclusion TNPs (NP4) showed the highest drug loading, released the drug in a sustained manner for a prolonged period of time and were taken up well by the MCF-7 breast cancer cell line in vitro. Thus the formulation may be suitable for breast cancer treatment due to the good permeation of the formulation into the breast cancer cells. PMID:25028549

  19. Preparation of Iron Nanoparticles from Iron Pentacarbonyl Using an Atmospheric Microwave Plasma

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    Zhang, Boya; Wang, Qiang; Zhang, Guixin; Liao, Shanshan; Wang, Zhong; Li, Guobin

    2015-10-01

    A novel method is introduced for preparing iron nanoparticles from iron pentacarbonyl using an atmospheric microwave plasma. The prepared iron nanoparticles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The results show that the size of the particles can be controlled by adjusting the microwave power and the flow rate of the carrier gas. The magnetic properties of the synthesized iron particles were studied and a saturation magnetization of ∼95 emu/g was obtained. The convenient preparation process and considerable production rate were also found to be satisfactory for industrial applications. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51177085), the State Key Laboratory Foundation of Power System of China (No. SKLD10M07) and China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (No. 2013M540942)

  20. Preparation of porous polymer monoliths featuring enhanced surface coverage with gold nanoparticles

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    Lv, Yongqin; Alejandro, Fernando Maya; Frchet, Jean M. J.

    2012-01-01

    A new approach to the preparation of porous polymer monoliths with enhanced coverage of pore surface with gold nanoparticles has been developed. First, a generic poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-ethylene dimethacrylate) monolith was reacted with cystamine followed by the cleavage of its disulfide bonds with tris(2-carboxylethyl)phosphine which liberated the desired thiol groups. Dispersions of gold nanoparticles with sizes varying from 5 to 40 nm were then pumped through the functionalized monoliths. The materials were then analyzed using both energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis. We found that the quantity of attached gold was dependent on the size of nanoparticles, with the maximum attachment of more than 60 wt% being achieved with 40 nm nanoparticles. Scanning electron micrographs of the cross sections of all the monoliths revealed the formation of a non-aggregated, homogenous monolayer of nanoparticles. The surface of the bound gold was functionalized with 1-octanethiol and 1-octadecanethiol, and these monolithic columns were used successfully for the separations of proteins in reversed phase mode. The best separations were obtained using monoliths modified with 15, 20, and 30 nm nanoparticles since these sizes produced the most dense coverage of pore surface with gold. PMID:22542442

  1. Nickel nanoparticles with hcp structure: Preparation, deposition as thin films and application as electrochemical sensor.

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    Neiva, Eduardo G C; Oliveira, Marcela M; Marcolino, Luiz H; Zarbin, Aldo J G

    2016-04-15

    Hexagonal close packed (hcp) nickel nanoparticles stabilized by polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) were synthesized through the thermal treatment of face centered cubic (fcc) nickel nanoparticles. Controlling both the temperature of the heat treatment and the amount of PVP was possible the control of the hcp/fcc rate in the samples, where the higher Ni/PVP ratio produces only the hcp-nickel phase (average size of 8.9nm) highly stable in air. The crystalline structure, the presence of PVP, the size of the nanoparticles and the stability of the hcp-nickel were confirmed using X-ray diffractometry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and thermogravimetric analysis. Thin films of hcp and fcc nickel nanoparticles were prepared through a biphasic system and deposited over indium-doped tin oxide (ITO) substrates, which were electrochemically characterized and applied as glycerol amperometric sensors in NaOH medium. Parameters as the number of cycles applied and the scan rate were evaluated and indicate that hcp nickel nanoparticles are more reactive to form Ni(OH)2 and lead to more electroactive Ni(OH)2 structure. The hcp nickel nanoparticles-modified electrode showed the best sensitivity (0.258μALμmol(-1)) and detection limit (2.4μmolL(-1)) toward glycerol. PMID:26821149

  2. Synthesis and optical properties of copper nanoparticles prepared by a chemical reduction method

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    Dung Dang, Thi My; Tuyet Thu Le, Thi; Fribourg-Blanc, Eric; Chien Dang, Mau

    2011-03-01

    Copper nanoparticles, due to their interesting properties, low cost preparation and many potential applications in catalysis, cooling fluid or conductive inks, have attracted a lot of interest in recent years. In this study, copper nanoparticles were synthesized through the chemical reduction of copper sulfate with sodium borohydride in water without inert gas protection. In our synthesis route, ascorbic acid (natural vitamin C) was employed as a protective agent to prevent the nascent Cu nanoparticles from oxidation during the synthesis process and in storage. Polyethylene glycol (PEG) was added and worked both as a size controller and as a capping agent. Cu nanoparticles were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy to investigate the coordination between Cu nanoparticles and PEG. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and UV-vis spectrometry contributed to the analysis of size and optical properties of the nanoparticles, respectively. The average crystal sizes of the particles at room temperature were less than 10 nm. It was observed that the surface plasmon resonance phenomenon can be controlled during synthesis by varying the reaction time, pH, and relative ratio of copper sulfate to the surfactant. The surface plasmon resonance peak shifts from 561 to 572 nm, while the apparent color changes from red to black, which is partly related to the change in particle size. Upon oxidation, the color of the solution changes from red to violet and ultimately a blue solution appears.

  3. Preparation of rapamycin-loaded chitosan/PLA nanoparticles for immunosuppression in corneal transplantation.

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    Yuan, Xu-Bo; Yuan, Yan-Bo; Jiang, Wei; Liu, Jie; Tian, En-Jiang; Shun, Hui-Ming; Huang, Ding-Hai; Yuan, Xiao-Yan; Li, Hong; Sheng, Jing

    2008-02-12

    Rapamycin-loaded chitosan/polylactic acid nanoparticles with size of about 300 nm in diameter were prepared through nanoprecipitation method using cholesterol-modified chitosan as a stabilizer. The surface coating of chitosan, which was demonstrated by zeta potential measurement, endowed the nanoparticles good retention ability at the procorneal area, facilitating the sustained release of rapamycin on the corneal. The immunosuppression in corneal transplantation of the nanoparticles was investigated using rabbit as animal model, the median survival time of the corneal allografts treated with nanoparticles was 27.2+/-1.03 days and 50% grafts still remained surviving by the end of the observation, while the group treated with 0.5% rapamycin suspension was 23.7+/-3.20 days. The median survival time of drug-free nanoparticles group and untreated groups were 10.9+/-1.45 and 10.6+/-1.26 days, respectively. The results demonstrated the excellent immunosuppression of rapamycin-loaded chitosan/polylactic acid nanoparticles in corneal transplantation. PMID:17919859

  4. Preparation of spherical ceria coated silica nanoparticle abrasives for CMP application

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    Peedikakkandy, Lekha; Kalita, Laksheswar; Kavle, Pravin; Kadam, Ankur; Gujar, Vikas; Arcot, Mahesh; Bhargava, Parag

    2015-12-01

    This paper describes synthesis of spherical and highly mono-dispersed ceria coated silica nanoparticles of size ∼70-80 nm for application as abrasive particles in Chemical Mechanical Planarization (CMP) process. Core silica nanoparticles were initially synthesized using micro-emulsion method. Ceria coating on these ultrafine and spherical silica nanoparticles was achieved using controlled chemical precipitation method. Study of various parameters influencing the formation of ceria coated silica nanoparticles of size less than 100 nm has been undertaken and reported. Ceria coating over silica nanoparticles was varied by controlling the reaction temperature, pH and precursor concentrations. Characterization studies using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis show formation of crystalline CeO2 coating of ∼10 nm thickness over silica with spherical morphology and particle size <100 nm. Aqueous slurry of ceria coated silica abrasive was prepared and employed for polishing of oxide and nitride films on silicon substrates. Polished films were studied using ellipsometry and an improvement in SiO2:SiN selective removal rates up to 12 was observed using 1 wt% ceria coated silica nanoparticles slurry.

  5. Application of a new coordination compound for the preparation of AgI nanoparticles

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    Mohandes, Fatemeh; Salavati-Niasari, Masoud

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: Silver iodide nanoparticles have been sonochemically synthesized by using silver salicylate complex, [Ag(HSal)], as silver precursor. A series of control experiments were carried out to investigate the effects of solvent, surfactant concentration, sonication time and temperature on the morphology of AgI nanostructures. - Highlights: • Silver salicylate as a new precursor was applied to fabricate γ-AgI nanoparticles. • To further decrease the particle size of AgI, SDS was used as surfactant. • The effect of preparation parameters on the particle size of AgI was investigated. - Abstract: AgI nanoparticles have been sonochemically synthesized by using silver salicylate, [Ag(HSal)], as silver precursor. To investigate the effects of solvent, surfactant concentration, sonication time and temperature on the morphology of AgI nanostructures, several experiments were carried out. The products were characterized by SEM, TEM, XRD, TGA/DTA, UV–vis, and FT-IR. Based on the experimental findings in this research, it was found that the size of AgI nanoparticles was dramatically dependent on the silver precursor, sonochemical irradiation, and surfactant concentration. Sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) was applied as surfactant. When the concentration of SDS was 0.055 mM, very uniform sphere-like AgI nanoparticles with grain size of about 25–30 nm were obtained. These results indicated that the high concentration of SDS could prevent the aggregation between colloidal nanoparticles due to its steric hindrance effect.

  6. Preparation and characterization of a thermostable enzyme (Mn-SOD) immobilized on supermagnetic nanoparticles.

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    Song, Chongfu; Sheng, Liangquan; Zhang, Xiaobo

    2012-10-01

    Superoxide dismutase (SOD) has been widely applied in medical treatments, cosmetic, food, agriculture, and chemical industries. In industry, the immobilization of enzymes can offer better stability, feasible continuous operations, easy separation and reusing, and significant decrease of the operation costs. However, little attention has focused on the immobilization of the SOD, as well as the immobilization of thermostable enzymes. In this study, the recombinant thermostable manganese superoxide dismutase (Mn-SOD) of Thermus thermophilus wl was purified and covalently immobilized onto supermagnetic 3-APTES-modified Fe(3)O(4)@SiO(2) nanoparticles using glutaraldehyde method to prepare the Mn-SOD bound magnetic nanoparticles. The Mn-SOD nanoparticles were characterized by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and vibrating sample magnetometer analysis. The results indicated that the diameter of Mn-SOD nanoparticles was 40 (± 5) nm, and its saturation magnetization value was 27.9 emu/g without remanence or coercivity. By comparison with the free Mn-SOD, it was found that the immobilized Mn-SOD on nanoparticles exhibited better resistance to temperature, pH, metal ions, enzyme inhibitors, and detergents. The results showed that the immobilized Mn-SOD on nanoparticles could be reused ten times without significant decrease of enzymatic activity. Therefore, our study presented a novel strategy for the immobilization of thermostable Mn-SOD and for the application of thermostable enzymes. PMID:22237672

  7. Preparation, characterization and pharmacokinetic studies of tacrolimus-dimethyl-?-cyclodextrin inclusion complex-loaded albumin nanoparticles.

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    Gao, Shanshan; Sun, Jun; Fu, Dongjun; Zhao, Hongli; Lan, Minbo; Gao, Feng

    2012-05-10

    The purpose of the study is to develop a new formulation for clinically used anti-cancer agent tacrolimus (FK506) to minimize the severe side effects. Toward this end, a new formulation method has been developed by complexation of FK506 with an hydrophilic cyclodextrin derivative, heptakis (2,6-di-O-methyl)-?-cyclodextrin (DM-?-CD) using ultrasonic means. The resulting complex displays dramatically enhanced solubility of FK506. Then bovine serum albumin (BSA) nanoparticles were prepared directly from the preformed FK506/DM-?-CD inclusion complex by the desolvation-chemical crosslinking method, with the size of 148.4-262.9 nm. Stable colloidal dispersions of the nanoparticles were formed with zeta potentials of the range of -24.9 to -38.4 mV. The entrapment efficiency of FK506 was increased as high as 1.57-fold. Moreover, notably FK506 was released from the nanoparticles in a sustained manner. As demonstrated, pharmacokinetic studies reveal that, as compared with FK506-loaded BSA nanoparticles, the FK506/DM-?-CD inclusion complex-loaded BSA nanoparticles have significant increase at T(max), t(1/2), MRT and decrease at C(max). In summary, these results suggest that the drug/DM-?-CD inclusion complex-loaded BSA nanoparticles display significantly improved delivery efficiency for poorly soluble FK506 or its derivatives. PMID:22326299

  8. Preparation and in vitro-in vivo evaluation of salmon calcitonin-loaded polymeric nanoparticles.

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    Glowka, Eliza; Sapin-Minet, Anne; Leroy, Pierre; Lulek, Janina; Maincent, Philippe

    2010-01-01

    The aim of the study was to develop and characterize polymeric nanoparticles as a sustained release system for salmon calcitonin (sCT). Nanoparticles were prepared by a double emulsion solvent evaporation method using Eudragit RS and two types of a biodegradable poly(lactic-co-glycolic) copolymer (PLGA). It was demonstrated that sCT was incorporated into nanoparticles with encapsulation efficiencies in the range 69-83%. In vitro release studies, unconventionally conducted in 5% acetic acid, showed great differences in sCT release time profiles. Nanoparticles with fast release profile (Eudragit RS, PLGA/Eudragit RS) released 80-100% of the encapsulated drug within a few hours. In contrast, the sCT release from pure PLGA nanoparticles was very slow, incomplete and reached only 20% after 4 weeks. In vivo study, conducted in Wistar rats, proved that elevated serum sCT levels could be sustained for 3 days after subcutaneous administration of PLGA nanoparticles and the achieved bioavailability was increased compared to sCT solution. PMID:19229671

  9. Silver Nanoparticles Stabilized Using Chitosan Films: Preparation, Properties and Antibacterial Activity.

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    Kolarova, K; Vosmanska, V; Rimpelova, S; Ulbrich, P; Svorcik, V

    2015-12-01

    In this work we present silver nanoparticles coated with chitosan films synthesized by a simple, environmentally friendly method. Silver nanoparticles were prepared and stabilized by reduction of silver nitrate with chitosan without addition of harmful reduction agents. The presence of silver nanoparticles in the solid films was studied by the X-ray diffraction spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Solid films were dissolved and the solution was observed by the ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The amount of silver in the solid samples was studied by atomic absorption spectroscopy. Antibacterial activity of solid films with silver nanoparticles was tested by disc test on two bacterial strains, Gram-positive Staphylococcus epidermidis and Gram-negative Escherichia coli. The presence of silver nanoparticles was confirmed both in solid film and in solution by the above mentioned methods. The films exhibited strong antibacterial activity against both bacterial strains. These films could be used as a wound dressing, antimicrobial packaging material or for long-term storage of silver nanoparticles for various applications. PMID:26682457

  10. High frequency AC response, DC resistivity and magnetic studies of holmium substituted Ni-ferrite: A novel electromagnetic material

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    Pervaiz, Erum; Gul, I. H.

    2014-01-01

    Nanoparticles of holmium substituted nickel ferrites (NiHoxFe2-xO4) with x ranging from 0.0 to 0.15 have been prepared by the sol-gel auto-combustion method. Structural and morphology studies have been performed by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). XRD patterns revealed the formation of pure spinel phase ferrites without any impurity phase. Lattice parameter increases along with a decrease in crystallite size with increasing the concentration of Ho3+ in the parent nickel ferrite due to large ionic radius of Ho3+ (0.901 ) as compared to Fe3+ (0.67 ). SEM shows the spherical, uniformly distributed homogenous nanoparticles grown by controlled reaction parameters of the sol-gel method. Complex permittivity (?*) and complex electric modulus (M*) have been studied for the present nanoferrites in the frequency ranges of 1 MHz-1 GHz. Frequency dependent dielectric parameters (relative permittivity (?'), dielectric loss (??), dielectric loss tangent (tan ?)) decreases due to holmium substitution in nickel ferrites, showing the electrical conduction is decreasing in the nickel holmium ferrites with increase in the concentration of holmium. Complex modulus plots shows the poorly resolved semi circles and relaxation of nanoferrite is studied in the high frequency region. Also the relaxation time increases due to increase in x (0.0-0.15). DC electrical resistivity increases (107 ?-cm-1010 ?-cm) due to holmium ions substitution in nickel ferrites. Magnetic behavior was also characterized using a Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) under an applied magnetic field of 10 kOe and shows that magnetization decreases with increase in composition of holmium in nickel ferrites. High frequency behavior, low losses and very high DC electrical resistivity made the material a novel one for electromagnetic devices.

  11. Preparation and characterization of resistant starch type IV nanoparticles through ultrasonication and miniemulsion cross-linking.

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    Ding, Yongbo; Zheng, Jiong; Xia, Xuejuan; Ren, Tingyuan; Kan, Jianquan

    2016-05-01

    This study aimed to assess the properties of resistant starch type IV (chemically modified starch, RS4) prepared from a new and convenient synthesis route by using ultrasonication combined with water-in-oil miniemulsion cross-linking technique. A three-factor Box-Behnken design and optimization was used to minimize particle size through the developed RS4 nanoparticles. The predicted minimized Z-Avel (576.1nm) under the optimum conditions of the process variables (ultrasonic power, 214.57W; sonication time, 114.73min; and oil/water ratio, 10.54:1) was very close to the experimental value (651.0nm) determined in a batch experiment. After preparing the RS4 nanoparticles, morphological, physical, chemical, and functional properties were assessed. Results revealed that RS4 nanoparticle size reached about 600nm. Scanning electron microscopy images showed that ultrasonication induced notches and grooves on the surface. Under polarized light, the polarized cross was impaired. X-ray diffraction results revealed that the crystalline structure was disrupted. Smaller or no endotherms were exhibited in DSC analysis. In the FTIR graph, new peaks at 1532.91 and 1451.50cm(-1) were observed, and pasting properties were reduced. Amylose content, solubility, and SP increased, but RS content decreased. Anti-digestibility remained after ultrasonication. The prepared RS4 nanoparticles could be extensively used in biomedical applications and in the development of new medical materials. PMID:26877007

  12. Preparation and in vitro study of ZnO/PEGMEMA core-shell nanoparticles.

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    Chung, Ren-Jei; Chiu, Ding-Jiun

    2013-10-01

    The purpose of this study was using sol-gel method to prepare zinc oxide (ZnO) with specific nanostructures, including the ZnO/PEGMEMA composites with core-shell structure. Pure ZnO nanoparticles (ZnO NPs), ZnO-PEG NPs, and ZnO/SiO2-PEG NPs were prepared. Their chemical composition, particle size distribution, and optical properties were investigated. Under UV light excitation, the prepared ZnO NPs, ZnO-PEG NPs, and ZnO/SiO2-PEG NPs showed light emission in the wavelength of 563 nm, 540 nm, and 510 nm, respectively. The potential biomedical applications of these nanoparticles were further investigated in vitro. Through the cytotoxicity test (MTT assay) by using L929 cell line, better biocompatibility was observed under the concentration below 150 microg/mL for the PEGylated nanoparticles; and 40 microg/mL for ZnO comparatively. The fluorescence images taken by a confocal microscope showed that a large amount of materials were uptaken by the cells treated with 10 microg/mL for 8 hours. The results suggested that these ZnO-related nanoparticles with different light emitting wavelengths are of great potential for in vitro cell imageing. PMID:24245153

  13. Preparation and characterization of Ga2O3 and GaN nanoparticles

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    Rusu, E.; Ursaki, V.; Raevschi, S.; Vlazan, P.

    2015-02-01

    In this communication, we present results on preparation of GaN nanoparticles by conversion of Ga2O3 nanocrystals in a flow of NH3 and H2. The monoclinic Ga2O3 nanoparticles have been prepared by hydrothermal method with gallium nitrate and sodium hydroxide as precursors. Ga2O3 nanowires are produced with increasing the duration of the hydrothermal process up to 24 hours. The production of β-phase Ga2O3 has been confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. According to XRD, Raman and FTIR spectra, wurtzite type GaN nanocrystals with an average size of 28.6 nm are obtained by nitridation of Ga2O3 nanoparticles. Doping of Ga2O3 nanomaterial with Eu3+ ions in the hydrothermal process is demonstrated, and the emission spectra of this Eu-doped nanomaterial are compared with those of Eu-doped nanoparticles prepared previously by solid state reactions.

  14. Preparation of albumin based nanoparticles for delivery of fisetin and evaluation of its cytotoxic activity.

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    Ghosh, Pooja; Singha Roy, Atanu; Chaudhury, Susmitnarayan; Jana, Saikat Kumar; Chaudhury, Koel; Dasgupta, Swagata

    2016-05-01

    Fisetin is a well known flavonoid that shows several properties such as antioxidant, antiviral and anticancer activities. Its use in the pharmaceutical field is limited due to its poor aqueous solubility which results in poor bioavailability and poor permeability. The aim of our present study is to prepare fisetin loaded human serum albumin nanoparticles to improve its bioavailability. The nanoparticles were prepared by a desolvation method and characterized by spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. The particles were smooth and spherical in nature with an average size of 220±8nm. The encapsulation efficiency was found to be 84%. The in vitro release profile showed a biphasic pattern and the release rate increases with increase in ionic strength of solution. We have also confirmed the antioxidant activity of the prepared nanoparticles by a DPPH (2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl) assay. Further its anticancer activity was evaluated using MCF-7 breast cancer cell lines. Our findings suggest that fisetin loaded HSA nanoparticles could be used to transfer fisetin to target areas under specific conditions and thus may find use as a delivery vehicle for the flavonoid. PMID:26820351

  15. Sonochemical Process for the Preparation of Novel Calcium Zinc Molybdate Nanoparticles

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    Bhanvase, B. A.; Kadam, V. B.; Rode, T. D.; Jadhao, P. R.

    2015-06-01

    The present work deals with the use of sonochemical and conventional mixing process for the preparation of calcium zinc molybdate (CZM) nanoparticles using calcium chloride and sodium zinc molybdate as a precursor material without addition of any emulsifying agent. This new process is useful to control the size and shape of the CZM nanoparticles. The formed product was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential thermal analysis (DTA). The formation of CZM was confirmed through XRD, FTIR and elemental analysis. The pH and conductivity results show that sonochemical process takes less time compared to conventional process for the preparation of CZM nanoparticles. The use of sonochemical process during the preparation of CZM nanoparticles results in reduction of the size and nearly the cubic shape is obtained due to the improved solute transfer rate, rapid nucleation, and formation of a large number of nuclei in the presence of cavitation.

  16. A facile water-based process for preparation of stabilized Bi nanoparticles

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    Wang Yi; Zhao Jingzhe Zhao Xu; Tang Lanqin; Li Yunling; Wang Zichen

    2009-01-08

    Stabilized bismuth nanoparticles have been prepared by reducing bismuth chloride with hydrazine hydrate in the presence of sodium oleate under a facile water-based process. The obtained samples are investigated by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and differential thermal analysis and thermogravimetry (DTA/TG). The present results indicate that the bismuth nanoparticles are spherical, small diameter and in a high purity. In addition, measurement of water contact angle indicates that Bi samples are hydrophobic, which gives defense to samples from further oxidation, samples are steady in 6 months without obvious oxidation.

  17. Preparation, characterization and antibacterial applications of ZnO-nanoparticles coated polyethylene films for food packaging.

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    Tankhiwale, Rasika; Bajpai, S K

    2012-02-01

    The present work describes the preparation of ZnO nanoparticles loaded starch-coated polyethylene film. The presence of ZnO nanoparticles was confirmed by surface plasmon resonance (SPR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The ZnO loaded film was tested for its biocidal action against model bacteria Escherichia coli using zone inhibition and killing kinetics of bacterial growth methods. This newly developed material bears potential to be used as food packaging material to prevent food stuff from bacterial contamination. PMID:22015180

  18. A simple way to prepare Cupric oleate capped AgI nanoparticles

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    Song Meirong; Zhang Zhijun . E-mail: s234soow@henu.edu.cn

    2004-12-02

    Cupric oleate capped AgI (Cu(OA){sub 2}-AgI) nanoparticles were prepared by a simple method and they have good dispersibility in organic solvents. X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), FTIR, X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS) and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectrometer were used to characterize the Cu(OA){sub 2}-AgI nanoparticles. The results show that the mean size is about 80 nm; the modified reagent has been chemically bonded on the surface of AgI. In addition, new absorption peaks in the UV region appear.

  19. Hydrothermal preparation of one-dimensional assemblies of PbS nanoparticles

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    Wang, Debao; Yu, Dabin; Mo, Maosong; Liu, Xianming; Qian, Yitai

    2003-03-01

    The preparation of one-dimensional assemblies of PbS nanoparticles is described. By treating the suspension of PbCl2 powders in aqueous thioacetamide solution at 120 °C for 18 h, PbS nanoparticles were synthesized in regular chain-like patterns. The particles were less than 100 nm in sizes, and were organized into micron-length assemblies. The starting agents have much influence on the morphology of the products. The possible growth mechanism is also discussed.

  20. Investigation on Sized-Regulated Iron Nanoparticles Prepared by Liquid Phase Plasma Reduction Process.

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    Heon, Lee; Kim, Hwan-Gi; Kim, Byung Hoon; Yun, Je-Jung; Chung, Minchul; Ahn, Ho-Geun; Lee, Young-Seak; Jung, Sang-Chul

    2015-01-01

    The liquid-phase plasma reduction method has been applied to prepare iron nanoparticles from iron chloride solution using a bipolar pulsed electrical discharge system. The excited states of atomic iron, hydrogen, and oxygen as well as the molecular bands of hydroxyl radicals were detected in the emission spectra. The iron nanoclusters formed at the initial stage convert to dispersion of small iron nanoparticles, which then grows slowly to form anisotropic, tetragonal shape. The cationic surfactant of CTAB was shown to exhibit a large influence on the particle generation procedure. PMID:26328393

  1. An investigation of structural, magnetic and microwave properties of strontium hexaferrite nanoparticles prepared by a sol-gel process with doping SN and Tb

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    Jamalian, Majid

    2015-03-01

    The goal of this study was to investigate the structural, magnetic and microwave properties of Sn4+-Tb4+ substituted strontium ferrite with chemical formula of SrFe12-x(SnTb)x/2O19(x=0-2)(in the step of 0.5) nanoparticles prepared by the sol-gel method. In order to study the formation of hexaferrite phase, X-ray diffraction analysis was carried out and it was discovered that a single magnetoplumbite was formed. A field emission scanning microscopy was hired to explore the morphology and particle size of nanopowders. Fourier-transform infrared was employed to confirm different bond modes which were structured. A vibrating-sample magnetometer was used to investigate the magnetic characteristics of the prepared samples. The results showed that with an increase in substitutions, Sn-Tb, magnetization and remanence were increased along with a decrease in coercivity. A vector network analyzer was utilized to scrutinize the microwave properties. The resultant data showed a striking achievement with high reflection loss value and a wide bandwidth in the range of 20-26 GHz.

  2. Preparation and properties of amorphous titania-coated zinc oxide nanoparticles

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    Liao Minhung . E-mail: liaomh@mail.tit.edu.tw; Hsu, C.-H.; Chen, D.-H. . E-mail: chendh@mail.ncku.edu.tw

    2006-07-15

    Amorphous TiO{sub 2}-coated ZnO nanoparticles were prepared by the solvothermal synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles in ethanol and the followed by sol-gel coating of TiO{sub 2} nanolayer. The analyses of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed that the resultant ZnO nanoparticles were hexagonal with a wurtzite structure and a mean diameter of about 60 nm. Also, after TiO{sub 2} coating, the TEM images clearly indicated the darker ZnO nanoparticles being surrounded by the lighter amorphous TiO{sub 2} layers. The zeta potential analysis revealed the pH dependence of zeta potentials for ZnO nanoparticles shifted completely to that for TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles after TiO{sub 2} coating, confirming the formation of core-shell structure and suggesting the coating of TiO{sub 2} was achieved via the adhesion of the hydrolyzed species Ti-O{sup -} to the positively charged surface of ZnO nanoparticles. Furthermore, the analyses of Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectra were also conducted to confirm that amorphous TiO{sub 2} were indeed coated on the surface of ZnO nanoparticles. In addition, the analyses of ultraviolet-visible (UV-VIS) and photoluminescence (PL) spectra revealed that the absorbance of amorphous TiO{sub 2}-coated ZnO nanoparticles at 375 nm gradually decreased with an increase in the Ti/Zn molar ratio and the time for TiO{sub 2} coating, and the emission intensity of ZnO cores could be significantly enhanced by the amorphous TiO{sub 2} shell. - Graphical abstract: Amorphous titania-coated ZnO nanoparticles with a core-shell structure were prepared. It was found that the emission intensity of ZnO cores could be significantly enhanced by the amorphous TiO{sub 2} shell.

  3. Spark plasma sintering synthesis of Ni1-xZnxFe2O4 ferrites: Mssbauer and catalytic study

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    Velinov, Nikolay; Manova, Elina; Tsoncheva, Tanya; Estourns, Claude; Paneva, Daniela; Tenchev, Krassimir; Petkova, Vilma; Koleva, Kremena; Kunev, Boris; Mitov, Ivan

    2012-08-01

    Nickel-zinc ferrite nanoparticles, Ni1-xZnxFe2O4 (x = 0, 0.2, 0.5, 0.8, 1.0) were prepared by combination of chemical precipitation and spark plasma sintering (SPS) techniques and conventional thermal treatment of the obtained precursors. The phase composition and structural properties of the obtained materials were investigated by X-ray diffraction and Mssbauer spectroscopy and their catalytic activity in methanol decomposition was tested. A strong effect of reaction medium leading to the transformation of ferrites to a complex mixture of different iron containing phases was detected. A tendency of formation of Fe-carbide was found for the samples synthesized by SPS, while predominantly iron-nickel alloys ware registered in TS obtained samples. The catalytic activity and selectivity in methanol decomposition to CO and methane depended on the current phase composition of the obtained ferrites, which was formed by the influence of the reaction medium.

  4. In situ synthesis of cobalt ferrite nanoparticle/polymer hybrid from a mixed Fe-Co methacrylate for magnetic hyperthermia

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    Hayashi, Koichiro; Maeda, Kazuki; Moriya, Makoto; Sakamoto, Wataru; Yogo, Toshinobu

    2012-09-01

    Hyperthermic CoFe2O4 nanoparticle (CFO NP)/polymer hybrids were synthesized by hydrolysis-condensation from a complex of Co and Fe possessing methacrylate ligands. Single-crystal analysis revealed that the complex consisted of two Co and four Fe metal atoms coordinated by methacrylate and 2-methoxyethoxy groups. The complex was copolymerized with 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and the resulting copolymer was then hydrolyzed to form a CFO NP/copolymer of poly(methacrylate) and poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) hybrid. Copolymerization with HEMA enhanced the stability of the hybrid in water. The size and magnetic properties of CFO in the hybrid were controlled by adjusting the hydrolysis conditions. Moreover, the hybrid generated heat under an alternating current magnetic field; its exothermal properties depended on the magnetic properties of the hybrid, the strength of the applied field, and the CFO NP content in the agar phantom matrix.

  5. Oleate-based hydrothermal preparation of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles, and their magnetic properties with respect to particle size and surface coating

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    Repko, Anton; Vejpravová, Jana; Vacková, Taťana; Zákutná, Dominika; Nižňanský, Daniel

    2015-09-01

    We present a facile and high-yield synthesis of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles by hydrothermal hydrolysis of Co-Fe oleate in the presence of pentanol/octanol/toluene and water at 180 or 220 °C. The particle size (6-10 nm) was controlled by the composition of the organic solvent and temperature. Magnetic properties were then investigated with respect to the particle size and surface modification with citric acid or titanium dioxide (leading to hydrophilic particles). The as-prepared hydrophobic nanoparticles (coated by oleic acid) had a minimum inter-particle distance of 2.5 nm. Their apparent blocking temperature (estimated as a maximum of the zero-field-cooled magnetization) was 180 K, 280 K and 330 K for the particles with size of 6, 9 and 10.5 nm, respectively. Replacement of oleic acid on the surface by citric acid decreased inter-particle distance to less than 1 nm, and increased blocking temperature by ca. 10 K. On the other hand, coating with titanium dioxide, supported by nitrilotri(methylphosphonic acid), caused increase of the particle spacing, and lowering of the blocking temperature by ca. 20 K. The CoFe2O4@TiO2 nanoparticles were sufficiently stable in water, methanol and ethanol. The particles were also investigated by Mössbauer spectroscopy and alternating-current (AC) susceptibility measurements, and their analysis with Vögel-Fulcher and power law. Effect of different particle coating and dipolar interactions on the magnetic properties is discussed.

  6. Magnetic and microwave absorbing properties of Co2+ substituted nickel-zinc ferrites with the emphasis on initial permeability studies

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    Ghodake, J. S.; Kambale, Rahul C.; Shinde, T. J.; Maskar, P. K.; Suryavanshi, S. S.

    2016-03-01

    Nanocrystalline Co2+ substituted Zn0.35Ni0.60-xCoxFe2.05O4 (Where x=0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 and 0.4) system have been synthesized by citrate-nitrate combustion route. X-ray diffraction study shows the formation of single phase cubic spinel structure without any impurity phases. Morphological observation shows agglomerated grains with different shapes and sizes which is the typical characteristics of magnetic nanoparticles prepared by combustion route. The saturation magnetization of cobalt substituted Ni-Zn ferrites is found to be higher than that of pure Ni-Zn ferrite. The coercivity and retentivity of cobalt substituted Ni-Zn ferrite increases with the increasing cobalt content. Initial permeability and loss factor have been studied as the function of composition and frequency. The real (μ‧) and imaginary (μ‧‧) part of initial permeability of cobalt substituted Ni-Zn ferrites decreases while its loss factor increases with the increasing cobalt content. In the lower frequency region the imaginary part of initial permeability (μ‧‧) of all samples is found to be decreasing rapidly with increasing frequency. The microwave absorption properties of cobalt substituted Ni-Zn ferrites were also investigated; all samples exhibit the absorption in the frequency range 2.3-2.5 GHz. Thus, the prepared materials can be used as a rubber composite microwave absorber and may be useful in RADAR application.

  7. Heat generation ability in AC magnetic field of nano MgFe2O4-based ferrite powder prepared by bead milling

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    Hirazawa, Hideyuki; Aono, Hiromichi; Naohara, Takashi; Maehara, Tsunehiro; Sato, Mitsunori; Watanabe, Yuji

    2011-03-01

    Nanosized MgFe2O4-based ferrite powder having heat generation ability in an AC magnetic field was prepared by bead milling and studied for thermal coagulation therapy applications. The crystal size and the particle size significantly decreased by bead milling. The heat generation ability in an AC magnetic field improved with the milling time, i.e. a decrease in crystal size. However, the heat generation ability decreased for excessively milled samples with crystal sizes of less than 5.5 nm. The highest heat ability (?T=34 C) in the AC magnetic field (370 kHz, 1.77 kA/m) was obtained for fine MgFe2O4 powder having a ca. 6 nm crystal size (the samples were milled for 6-8 h using 0.1 mm ? beads). The heat generation of the samples was closely related to hysteresis loss, a B-H magnetic property. The reason for the high heat generation properties of the samples milled for 6-8 h using 0.1 mm ? beads was ascribed to the increase in hysteresis loss by the formation of a single domain. Moreover, the improvement in heating ability was obtained by calcination of the bead-milled sample at low temperature. In this case, the maximum heat generation (?T=41 C) ability was obtained for a ca. 11 nm crystal size sample was prepared by crystal growth during the sample calcination. On the other hand, the ?T value for Mg0.5Ca0.5Fe2O4 was synthesized using a reverse precipitation method decreased by bead milling.

  8. Jingle-bell-shaped ferrite hollow sphere with a noble metal core: Simple synthesis and their magnetic and antibacterial properties

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    Li Siheng; Wang Enbo Tian Chungui; Mao Baodong; Kang Zhenhui; Li Qiuyu; Sun Guoying

    2008-07-15

    In this paper, a simple strategy is developed for rational fabrication of a class of jingle-bell-shaped hollow structured nanomaterials marked as Ag(MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) (M=Ni, Co, Mg, Zn), consisting of ferrite hollow shells and metal nanoparticle cores, using highly uniform colloidal Ag(C) microspheres as template. The final composites were obtained by direct adsorption of metal cations Fe{sup 3+} and M{sup 2+} on the surface of the Ag(C) spheres followed by calcination process to remove the middle carbon shell and transform the metal ions into pure phase ferrites. The as-prepared composites were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), energy-dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis spectroscopy and SQUID magnetometer. The results showed that the composites possess the magnetic property of the ferrite shell and the optical together with antibacterial property of the Ag core. - Graphical abstract: MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (M=Ni, Co, Mg, Zn) hollow spheres with a noble metal nanoparticle core were successfully prepared by using colloidal metal(C) core-shell spheres as templates with no need of surface modification. The shell thickness and magnetic properties of the ferrite hollow spheres could be controlled by varying the synthetic parameters.

  9. Preparation and Characterization of Gelatin Nanofibers Containing Silver Nanoparticles

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    Jeong, Lim; Park, Won Ho

    2014-01-01

    Ag nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized in formic acid aqueous solutions through chemical reduction. Formic acid was used for a reducing agent of Ag precursor and solvent of gelatin. Silver acetate, silver tetrafluoroborate, silver nitrate, and silver phosphate were used as Ag precursors. Ag+ ions were reduced into Ag NPs by formic acid. The formation of Ag NPs was characterized by a UV-Vis spectrophotometer. Ag NPs were quickly generated within a few minutes in silver nitrate (AgNO3)/formic acid solution. As the water content of formic acid aqueous solution increased, more Ag NPs were generated, at a higher rate and with greater size. When gelatin was added to the AgNO3/formic acid solution, the Ag NPs were stabilized, resulting in smaller particles. Moreover, gelatin limits further aggregation of Ag NPs, which were effectively dispersed in solution. The amount of Ag NPs formed increased with increasing concentration of AgNO3 and aging time. Gelatin nanofibers containing Ag NPs were fabricated by electrospinning. The average diameters of gelatin nanofibers were 166.52 ± 32.72 nm, but these decreased with the addition of AgNO3. The average diameters of the Ag NPs in gelatin nanofibers ranged between 13 and 25 nm, which was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). PMID:24758929

  10. Electrical and optical properties of nickel ferrite/polyaniline nanocomposite

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    Khairy, M.; Gouda, M.E.

    2014-01-01

    Polyaniline–NiFe2O4 nanocomposites (PANI–NiFe2O4) with different contents of NiFe2O4 (2.5, 5 and 50 wt%) were prepared via in situ chemical oxidation polymerization, while the nanoparticles nickel ferrite were synthesized by sol–gel method. The prepared samples were characterized using some techniques such as Fourier transforms infrared (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Moreover, the electrical conductivity and optical properties of the nanocomposites were investigated. Pure (PANI) and the composites containing 2.5 and 5 wt% NiFe2O4 showed amorphous structures, while the one with 50 wt% NiFe2O4 showed a spinel crystalline structure. The SEM images of the composites showed different aggregations for the different nickel ferrite contents. FTIR spectra revealed to the formation of some interactions between the PANI macromolecule and the NiFe2O4 nanoparticles, while the thermal analyses indicated an increase in the composites stability for samples with higher NiFe2O4 nanoparticles contents. The electrical conductivity of PANI–NiFe2O4 nanocomposite was found to increase with the rise in NiFe2O4 nanoparticle content, probably due to the polaron/bipolaron formation. The optical absorption experiments illustrate direct transition with an energy band gap of Eg = 1.0 for PANI–NiFe2O4 nanocomposite. PMID:26199745

  11. Preparation of gold nanoparticles using Salicornia brachiata plant extract and evaluation of catalytic and antibacterial activity

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    Ayaz Ahmed, Khan Behlol; Subramanian, Swetha; Sivasubramanian, Aravind; Veerappan, Ganapathy; Veerappan, Anbazhagan

    2014-09-01

    The current study deals with the synthesis of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) using Salicornia brachiata (Sb) and evaluation of their antibacterial and catalytic activity. The SbAuNPs showed purple color with a characteristic surface plasmon resonance peak at 532 nm. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy revealed polydispersed AuNPs with the size range from 22 to 35 nm. Energy dispersive X-ray and thin layer X-ray diffraction analysis clearly shows that SbAuNPs was pure and crystalline in nature. As prepared gold nanoparticles was used as a catalyst for the sodium borohydride reduction of 4-nitro phenol to 4-amino phenol and methylene blue to leucomethylene blue. The green synthesized nanoparticles exhibited potent antibacterial activity against the pathogenic bacteria, as evidenced by their zone of inhibition. In addition, we showed that the SbAuNPs in combination with the regular antibiotic, ofloxacin, exhibit superior antibacterial activity than the individual.

  12. Preparation of gold nanoparticles using Salicornia brachiata plant extract and evaluation of catalytic and antibacterial activity.

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    Ayaz Ahmed, Khan Behlol; Subramanian, Swetha; Sivasubramanian, Aravind; Veerappan, Ganapathy; Veerappan, Anbazhagan

    2014-09-15

    The current study deals with the synthesis of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) using Salicornia brachiata (Sb) and evaluation of their antibacterial and catalytic activity. The SbAuNPs showed purple color with a characteristic surface plasmon resonance peak at 532 nm. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy revealed polydispersed AuNPs with the size range from 22 to 35 nm. Energy dispersive X-ray and thin layer X-ray diffraction analysis clearly shows that SbAuNPs was pure and crystalline in nature. As prepared gold nanoparticles was used as a catalyst for the sodium borohydride reduction of 4-nitro phenol to 4-amino phenol and methylene blue to leucomethylene blue. The green synthesized nanoparticles exhibited potent antibacterial activity against the pathogenic bacteria, as evidenced by their zone of inhibition. In addition, we showed that the SbAuNPs in combination with the regular antibiotic, ofloxacin, exhibit superior antibacterial activity than the individual. PMID:24762573

  13. Formulation/Preparation of Functionalized Nanoparticles for In Vivo Targeted Drug Delivery

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    Gu, Frank; Langer, Robert; Farokhzad, Omid C.

    Targeted cancer therapy allows the delivery of therapeutic agents to cancer cells without incurring undesirable side effects on the neighboring healthy tissues. Over the past decade, there has been an increasing interest in the development of advanced cancer therapeutics using targeted nanoparticles. Here we describe the preparation of drug-encapsulated nanoparticles formulated with biocompatible and biodegradable poly( d, l-lactic-co-glycolic acid)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PLGA-b-PEG) copolymer and surface functionalized with the A10 2-fluoropyrimidine ribonucleic acid aptamers that recognize the extracellular domain of prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA), a well-characterized antigen expressed on the surface of prostate cancer cells. We show that the self-assembled nanoparticles can selectively bind to PSMA-targeted prostate cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. This formulation method may contribute to the development of highly selective and effective cancer therapeutic and diagnostic devices.

  14. Formulation/Preparation of Functionalized Nanoparticles for In Vivo Targeted Drug Delivery

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    Gu, Frank; Langer, Robert; Farokhzad, Omid C.

    2014-01-01

    Summary Targeted cancer therapy allows the delivery of therapeutic agents to cancer cells without incurring undesirable side effects on the neighboring healthy tissues. Over the past decade, there has been an increasing interest in the development of advanced cancer therapeutics using targeted nanoparticles. Here we describe the preparation of drug-encapsulated nanoparticles formulated with biocompatible and biodegradable poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (PLGA-b-PEG) copolymer and surface functionalized with the A10 2-fluoropyrimidine ribonucleic acid aptamers that recognize the extracellular domain of prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA), a well-characterized antigen expressed on the surface of prostate cancer cells. We show that the self-assembled nanoparticles can selectively bind to PSMA-targeted prostate cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. This formulation method may contribute to the development of highly selective and effective cancer therapeutic and diagnostic devices. PMID:19488725

  15. Preparation, characterization and MRI application of carboxymethyl dextran coated magnetic nanoparticles

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    Liu, G.; Hong, R. Y.; Guo, L.; Li, Y. G.; Li, H. Z.

    2011-05-01

    Superparamagnetic nanoparticles functionalized with carboxymethyl dextran (CM-dextran) were synthesized by a two-step method. First, the magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) coated with dextran ( Mw ? 20000) were prepared by co-precipitation of Fe 2+ and Fe 3+ ions. Then, dextran on the surface of MNPs reacted with monochloroacetic acid (MCA) in alkaline condition. The influences of temperature and reactant concentration on the amount of -COOH on the surface of nanoparticles were systematically studied. The obtained MNPs coated with CM-dextran were stable over the entire range of pH and NaCl concentration. The MRI experiment indicated that the CM-dextran MNPs could potentially be used as MRI contrast agents for magnetic resonance molecular imaging.

  16. Ultrasonic cavitation induced water in vegetable oil emulsion droplets--a simple and easy technique to synthesize manganese zinc ferrite nanocrystals with improved magnetization.

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    Sivakumar, Manickam; Towata, Atsuya; Yasui, Kyuichi; Tuziuti, Toru; Kozuka, Teruyuki; Iida, Yasuo; Maiorov, Michail M; Blums, Elmars; Bhattacharya, Dipten; Sivakumar, Neelagesi; Ashok, M

    2012-05-01

    In the present investigation, synthesis of manganese zinc ferrite (Mn(0.5)Zn(0.5)Fe(2)O(4)) nanoparticles with narrow size distribution have been prepared using ultrasound assisted emulsion (consisting of rapeseed oil as an oil phase and aqueous solution of Mn(2+), Zn(2+) and Fe(2+) acetates) and evaporation processes. The as-prepared ferrite was nanocrystalline. In order to remove the small amount of oil present on the surface of the ferrite, it was subjected to heat treatment at 300 °C for 3h. Both the as-prepared and heat treated ferrites have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared spectroscopy (IR), TGA/DTA, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy dispersion X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) techniques. As-prepared ferrite is of 20 nm, whereas the heat treated ferrite shows the size of 33 nm. In addition, magnetic properties of the as-prepared as well as the heat treated ferrites have also been carried out and the results of which show that the spontaneous magnetization (σ(s)) of the heat treated sample (24.1 emu/g) is significantly higher than that of the as-synthesized sample (1.81 emu/g). The key features of this method are avoiding (a) the cumbersome conditions that exist in the conventional methods; (b) usage of necessary additive components (stabilizers or surfactants, precipitants) and (c) calcination requirements. In addition, rapeseed oil as an oil phase has been used for the first time, replacing the toxic and troublesome organic nonpolar solvents. As a whole, this simple straightforward sonochemical approach results in more phase pure system with improved magnetization. PMID:22113061

  17. Microstructure and magnetic properties of MFe2O4 (M = Co, Ni, and Mn) ferrite nanocrystals prepared using colloid mill and hydrothermal method

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    Wang, Wei; Ding, Zui; Zhao, Xiruo; Wu, Sizhu; Li, Feng; Yue, Ming; Liu, J. Ping

    2015-05-01

    Three kinds of spinel ferrite nanocrystals, MFe2O4 (M = Co, Ni, and Mn), are synthesized using colloid mill and hydrothermal method. During the synthesis process, a rapid mixing and reduction of cations with sodium borohydride (NaBH4) take place in a colloid mill then through a hydrothermal reaction, a slow oxidation and structural transformation of the spinel ferrite nanocrystals occur. The phase purity and crystal lattice parameters are estimated by X-ray diffraction studies. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy images show the morphology and particle size of the as-synthesized ferrite nanocrystals. Raman spectrum reveals active phonon modes at room temperature, and a shifting of the modes implies cation redistribution in the tetrahedral and octahedral sites. Magnetic measurements show that all the obtained samples exhibit higher saturation magnetization (Ms). Meanwhile, experiments demonstrate that the hydrothermal reaction time has significant effects on microstructure, morphologies, and magnetic properties of the as-synthesized ferrite nanocrystals.

  18. A smart platform for hyperthermia application in cancer treatment: cobalt-doped ferrite nanoparticles mineralized in human ferritin cages.

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    Fantechi, Elvira; Innocenti, Claudia; Zanardelli, Matteo; Fittipaldi, Maria; Falvo, Elisabetta; Carbo, Miriam; Shullani, Valbona; Di Cesare Mannelli, Lorenzo; Ghelardini, Carla; Ferretti, Anna Maria; Ponti, Alessandro; Sangregorio, Claudio; Ceci, Pierpaolo

    2014-05-27

    Magnetic nanoparticles, MNPs, mineralized within a human ferritin protein cage, HFt, can represent an appealing platform to realize smart therapeutic agents for cancer treatment by drug delivery and magnetic fluid hyperthermia, MFH. However, the constraint imposed by the inner diameter of the protein shell (ca. 8 nm) prevents its use as heat mediator in MFH when the MNPs comprise pure iron oxide. In this contribution, we demonstrate how this limitation can be overcome through the controlled doping of the core with small amount of Co(II). Highly monodisperse doped iron oxide NPs with average size of 7 nm are mineralized inside a genetically modified variant of HFt, carrying several copies of α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone peptide, which has already been demonstrated to have excellent targeting properties toward melanoma cells. HFt is also conjugated to poly(ethylene glycol) molecules to increase its in vivo stability. The investigation of hyperthermic properties of HFt-NPs shows that a Co doping of 5% is enough to strongly enhance the magnetic anisotropy and thus the hyperthermic efficiency with respect to the undoped sample. In vitro tests performed on B16 melanoma cell line demonstrate a strong reduction of the cell viability after treatment with Co doped HFt-NPs and exposure to the alternating magnetic field. Clear indications of an advanced stage of apoptotic process is also observed from immunocytochemistry analysis. The obtained data suggest this system represents a promising candidate for the development of a protein-based theranostic nanoplatform. PMID:24689973

  19. Preparation and in vitro investigation of antigastric cancer activities of carvacrol-loaded human serum albumin nanoparticles.

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    Maryam, Keshavarzi; Shakeri, Shahryar; Kiani, Keyhaneh

    2015-10-01

    In this study, carvacrol-loaded human serum albumin (HSA) nanoparticles were developed and characterised. Nanoparticles were prepared by desolvation and emulsion/desolvation methods. Encapsulation efficiency (EE%) and loading capacity (LC%) of nanoparticles prepared by desolvation method were 48.4 and 45.1%, respectively. Carvacrol-loaded nanoparticles had 132±42 nm in diameter with monomodal distribution. Carvacrol-loaded nanoparticles which is prepared by emulsion/desolvation method had EE% and LC% of 32 and 32.3%, respectively, and 230±38 nm in size. The release of carvacrol from nanoparticles was monitored in phosphate-buffered saline (pH=7.4), 100 rpm at 37°C for 10 days. About 21.4% of carvacrol was released after 3 h from nanoparticles that were prepared by desolvation method. In emulsion/desolvation method, 26.8% of total carvacrol was released during 3 h of incubation. Cytotoxicity effect of loaded carvacrol was assessed by 3-[4, 5 dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) test on gastric cancer cells line (AGS). Cell line was exposed to the free carvacrol, unloaded and carvacrol-loaded nanoparticles for 48 h. The half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) for free carvacrol, unloaded and carvacrol-loaded HSA nanoparticles were 30, 1070 and 120 µg/ml, respectively. In conclusion, the results of this study showed applications of HSA nanoparticles for entrapment of carvacrol and antigastric cancer activity. Moreover, loading of carvacrol in combination with chemotherapy agents into the HSA nanoparticles may treat cancer cells better than single drug loaded nanoparticles. PMID:26435283

  20. Synthesis, characterization, in vitro and in vivo studies of dextrin-coated zinc-iron ferrite nanoparticles (Zn0.5Fe0.5Fe2O4) as contrast agent in MRI

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    Zare, T.; Lotfi, M.; Heli, H.; Azarpira, N.; Mehdizadeh, A. R.; Sattarahmady, N.; Abdollah-dizavandi, M. R.; Heidari, M.

    2015-09-01

    Iron oxide nanoparticles, such as ferrites, offer some attractive possibilities in biomedicine, especially in MRI applications. The objective of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of dextrin-coated zinc-iron ferrite nanoparticles (IFNPs) as an MRI contrast agent in in vivo and in vitro media. IFNPs were synthesized by an aqueous precipitation method in the presence of dextrin. An agarose phantom with different concentrations of dextrin-coated IFNPs was performed on a 1.5-T MRI. For in vivo MRI studies, implanted melanoma tumors in mice were immediately scanned after intra-tumoral injection of dextrin-coated IFNPs. Microscopic studies showed that the average diameter of dextrin-coated IFNPs was 12 ± 2.4 nm and the saturation magnetization for IFNPs was 31.5 emu g-1; r 1 and r 2 relaxivities of these ultrasmall superparamagnetic IFNPs in agarose phantom were obtained as 0.99 and 17.4 mmol L-1 s-1, respectively. The relaxivity measurements revealed that the dextrin-coated IFNPs can serve as a negative contrast agent. In vivo MRI showed that the dextrin-coated IFNPs can be used for tumor detection. The dextrin-coated IFNPs were suggested to be applied for lymph node and targeted imaging.

  1. Sustainable synthesis of monodispersed spinel nano-ferrites

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    A sustainable approach for the synthesis of various monodispersed spinel ferrite nanoparticles has been developed that occurs at water-toluene interface under both conventional and microwave hydrothermal conditions. This general synthesis procedure utilizes readily available and ...

  2. Vancomycin loaded superparamagnetic MnFe2O4 nanoparticles coated with PEGylated chitosan to enhance antibacterial activity.

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    Esmaeili, Akbar; Ghobadianpour, Sepideh

    2016-03-30

    Increasing prevalence of antibiotic-resistant and failed-treatment make more investigations to deal with these problems. Hence new therapeutic approaches for effective treatment are necessary. Ferrite superparamagnetic nanoparticles have potentially antibacterial activity. In this study we prepared MnFe2O4 superparamagnetic nanoparticles as core by precipitation method and used chitosan crosslinked by glutaraldehyde as shell, then modified with PEG to increase stability of particles against RES. Chitosan coating not only improves the properties of ferrit nanoparticles but also has antibacterial activity. FT-IR confirmed this surface modification; XRD and SEM were developed to demonstrate particle size approximately 25nm and characteristics of crystal structure of these nanoparticles. Magnetic properties of nanoparticles were evaluated by VSM. Actual drug loading and releasing were examined by UV-vis spectroscopy method. We employed liquid broth dilution method to assessment antibacterial activity of nanoparticles against microorganisms. Significant antibacterial effect against gram negative bacteria was developed. PMID:26875538

  3. Controllable preparation and properties of composite materials based on ceria nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes

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    Li Changqing; Sun Nijuan; Ni Jiangfeng; Wang Jinyong; Chu Haibin; Zhou Henghui; Li Meixian; Li Yan

    2008-10-15

    We report a method to prepare composites based on carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and CeO{sub 2} nanoparticles (NPs). The CeO{sub 2} NPs were attached to CNTs by hydrothermal treatment of Ce(OH){sub 4}/CNT mixture in NaOH solution at 180 deg. C. It was found that larger CeO{sub 2} NPs were formed in the presence of CNTs. Grain size of CeO{sub 2} NPs in the composites can be reduced when NaNO{sub 3} was added in the hydrothermal process. Electrochemical characterizations have shown that the composites possess a specific capacity between those of CNTs and CNTs mechanically mixed with CeO{sub 2}. These CeO{sub 2}/CNT composites could serve as promising anode materials for Li-ion batteries. - Graphical abstract: Composites based on carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and CeO{sub 2} nanoparticles were prepared with a mild hydrothermal treatment. Larger CeO{sub 2} nanoparticles were formed in the presence of CNTs. Grain size of CeO{sub 2} nanoparticles in composites could be reduced when NaNO{sub 3} was added. The size modulation mechanism was discussed. This CeO{sub 2}/CNTs composites could serve as promising anode materials for Li-ion batteries.

  4. Preparation of multi-functionalized Fe3O4/Au nanoparticles for medical purposes.

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    del Mar Ramos-Tejada, Mara; Viota, Julian L; Rudzka, Katarzyna; Delgado, Angel V

    2015-04-01

    In this work, we investigate a route towards the synthesis of multi-functionalized nanoparticles for medical purposes. The aim is to produce magnetite/gold (Fe3O4/Au) nanoparticles combining several complementary properties, specifically, being able to carry simultaneously an antitumor drug and a selected antibody chosen so as to improve specificity of the drug vehicle. The procedure included, firstly, the preparation of Fe3O4 cores coated with Au nanoparticles: this was achieved by using initially the layer-by-layer technique in order to coat the magnetite particles with a three polyelectrolyte (cationic-anionic-cationic) layer. With this, the particles became a good substrate for the growth of the gold layer in a well-defined core-shell structure. The resulting nanoparticles benefit from the magnetic properties of the magnetite and the robust chemistry and the biostability of gold surfaces. Subsequently, the Fe3O4/Au nanoparticles were functionalized with a humanized monoclonal antibody, bevacizumab, and a chemotherapy drug, doxorubicin. Taken together, bevacizumab enhances the therapeutic effect of chemotherapy agents on some kinds of tumors. In this work we first discuss the morphology of the particles and the electrical characteristics of their surface in the successive synthesis stages. Special attention is paid to the chemical stability of the final coating, and the physical stability of the suspensions of the nanoparticles in aqueous solutions and phosphate buffer. We describe how optical absorbance and electrokinetic data provide a follow up of the progress of the nanostructure formation. Additionally, the same techniques are employed to demonstrate that the composite nanoparticles are capable of loading/releasing doxorubicin and/or bevacizumab. PMID:25710633

  5. Tamoxifen citrate loaded solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN): preparation, characterization, in vitro drug release, and pharmacokinetic evaluation.

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    Reddy, L Harivardhan; Vivek, K; Bakshi, Nishant; Murthy, R S R

    2006-01-01

    Solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) were prepared by emulsification and high pressure homogenization technique and characterized by size analysis and differential scanning calorimetry. The influence of experimental factors such as homogenization pressure, time, and surfactant concentration on the nanoparticle size and distribution were investigated to optimize the formulation. Homogenization at 15,000 psi for 3 cycles was found to be optimum and resulted in smaller sized nanoparticles. In case of tristearin SLN (TSSLN), tripalmitin SLN (TPSLN), and glycerol behenate SLN (GBSLN), the relatively smaller sized nanoparticles were obtained with 3% sodium tauroglycocholate. The SLN were loaded with an anticancer agent, tamoxifen citrate (TC). The TC-loaded TSSLN shown lower entrapment efficiency (78.78%) compared to the TPSLN (86.75%) and GBSLN (98.64%). Short term stability studies indicated a significant increase in size of nanoparticles when stored at 500C, compared to those stored at 30 degrees C and 4 degrees C. The particle destabilization upon storage in case of all the types of nanoparticles studied was in the order of day light > artificial light > dark. An ultraviolet (UV) spectrophotometric method of estimation of tamoxifen in rat plasma was developed and validated. The TC-loaded TSSLN was administered to the rats intravenously and the pharmacokinetic parameters in the plasma were determined. The t(1/2) and mean residence time of TC-loaded TSSLN in plasma was about 3.5-fold (p < 0.001) and 3-fold (p < 0.001) higher, respectively, than the free tamoxifen, indicating the potential of TC-loaded TSSLN as a long circulating system in blood. Thus the above mentioned solid lipid nanoparticles can be a beneficial system to deliver tamoxifen to cancer tissues through enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect. PMID:16749527

  6. Preparation of Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles coated with gallic acid for drug delivery

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    Dorniani, Dena; Hussein, Mohd Zobir Bin; Kura, Aminu Umar; Fakurazi, Sharida; Shaari, Abdul Halim; Ahmad, Zalinah

    2012-01-01

    Background and methods Magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles were prepared using a sonochemical method under atmospheric conditions at a Fe2+ to Fe3+ molar ratio of 1:2. The iron oxide nanoparticles were subsequently coated with chitosan and gallic acid to produce a core-shell structure. Results X-ray diffraction demonstrated that the magnetic nanoparticles were pure Fe3O4 with a cubic inverse spinel structure. Transmission electron microscopy showed that the Fe3O4 nanoparticles were of spherical shape with a mean diameter of 11 nm, compared with 13 nm for the iron oxide-chitosan-gallic acid (FCG) nanocarriers. Conclusion The magnetic nanocarrier enhanced the thermal stability of the drug, gallic acid. Release of the active drug from the FCG nanocarrier was found to occur in a controlled manner. The gallic acid and FCG nanoparticles were not toxic in a normal human fibroblast (3T3) line, and anticancer activity was higher in HT29 than MCF7 cell lines. PMID:23166439

  7. ?-Lactalbumin nanoparticles prepared by desolvation and cross-linking: structure and stability of the assembled protein.

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    Arroyo-Maya, Izlia J; Hernndez-Snchez, Humberto; Jimnez-Cruz, Esmeralda; Camarillo-Cadena, Menandro; Hernndez-Arana, Andrs

    2014-01-01

    A key step in the preparation of cross-linked protein nanoparticles involves the desolvation of proteins with an organic solvent, which is thought to act by modulating hydrophobic interactions. However, to date, no study has examined the conformational changes that proteins undergo during the assembly process. In this work, by using several biophysical techniques (CD spectroscopy, DSC, TEM, etc.), we studied spheroidal nanoparticles made from bovine ?-lactalbumin cross-linked with glutaraldehyde in the presence of acetone. Within the nanoparticle, the polypeptide chain acquires a ?-strand-like conformation (completely different from the native protein in secondary and tertiary structure) in which several side chains likely become available for reacting with glutaraldehyde. A multiplicity of cross-linking sites, together with the polymeric nature of glutaraldehyde, may thus explain the low dry-weight fraction of protein that was found in the nanoparticles. Although covalent bonds undoubtedly constitute the main source for nanoparticle stability, noncovalent interactions also appear to play a role in this regard. PMID:25105879

  8. Preparation, characterization, and in vivo evaluation of tanshinone IIA solid dispersions with silica nanoparticles

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    Jiang, Yan-rong; Zhang, Zhen-hai; Liu, Qi-yuan; Hu, Shao-ying; Chen, Xiao-yun; Jia, Xiao-bin

    2013-01-01

    We prepared solid dispersions (SDs) of tanshinone IIA (TSIIA) with silica nanoparticles, which function as dispersing carriers, using a spray-drying method and evaluated their in vitro dissolution and in vivo performance. The extent of TSIIA dissolution in the silica nanoparticles/TSIIA system (weight ratio, 5:1) was approximately 92% higher than that of the pure drug after 60 minutes. However, increasing the content of silica nanoparticles from 5:1 to 7:1 in this system did not significantly increase the rate or extent of TSIIA dissolution. The physicochemical properties of SDs were investigated using scanning electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray powder diffraction, and Fourier transforms infrared spectroscopy. Studying the stability of the SDs of TSIIA revealed that the drug content of the formulation and dissolution behavior was unchanged under the applied storage conditions. In vivo tests showed that SDs of the silica nanoparticles/TSIIA had a significantly larger area under the concentration-time curve, which was 1.27 times more than that of TSIIA (P < 0.01). Additionally, the values of maximum plasma concentration and the time to reach maximum plasma concentration of the SDs were higher than those of TSIIA and the physical mixing system. Based on these results, we conclude that the silica nanoparticle based SDs achieved complete dissolution, increased absorption rate, maintained drug stability, and showed improved oral bioavailability compared to TSIIA alone. PMID:23836971

  9. Preparation, characterisation and antibacterial activity of a florfenicol-loaded solid lipid nanoparticle suspension.

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    Wang, Ting; Chen, Xiaojin; Lu, Mengmeng; Li, Xihe; Zhou, WenZhong

    2015-12-01

    A florfenicol-loaded solid lipid nanoparticle (FFC-SLN) suspension was prepared by hot homogenisation and ultrasonic technique. The suspension was characterised for its release profile, stability, toxicity, and the physicochemical properties of the nanoparticles. Antibacterial activity of the suspension was evaluated in vitro and in vivo. The results showed that the mean diameter, polydispersity index and zeta potential of the nanoparticles were 253 3 nm, 0.409 0.022 and 47.5 0.21 mV, respectively. In vitro release profile showed the FFC-SLN suspension had sustained release effect. The minimum inhibition concentration values of the FFC-SLN suspension were 6 and 3 g/mL against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli respectively, compared with 3.5 and 2 g/mL of native florfenicol. The suspension was relatively stable at 4C and less stable at room temperature during 9 months storage. Although the nanoparticle carriers exhibited cytotoxicity in cell cultures, the LD50 of the lyophilised dry power of the suspension was higher than 5 g/kg body weight. Mortality protection against E. coli lethal infection in mice showed that the nanoparticle suspension had much better efficacy (6/10) than native drug (1/10). These results indicate that FFC-SLN suspension could be a promising formulation in veterinary medicine. PMID:26647811

  10. Hydrothermal synthesis of ultrafine barium hexaferrite nanoparticles and the preparation of their stable suspensions.

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    Primc, D; Makovec, D; Lisjak, D; Drofenik, M

    2009-08-01

    The hydrothermal treatment of an appropriate suspension of Ba and Fe hydroxides in the presence of a large excess of OH(-) results in the formation of Ba hexaferrite at temperatures as low as 150 degrees C. This low formation temperature enables the synthesis of uniform, ultrafine Ba hexaferrite nanoparticles. These nanoparticles have a disc-like shape, approximately 10 nm wide, but only approximately 3 nm thick. When the temperature of the hydrothermal treatment is increased, large platelet Ba hexaferrite crystals appear as a consequence of secondary re-crystallization (Ostwald ripening). In this work, this undesired process of secondary re-crystallization has been evaluated. We show that the secondary re-crystallization can be totally suppressed with the use of an oleic acid surfactant. The addition of oleic acid enabled the synthesis of uniform, ultrafine nanoparticles at temperatures up to 240 degrees C. The nanoparticles were hydrophobic and could be suspended in nonpolar liquids to form relatively concentrated ferrofluids. Such stable suspensions of hexaferrite nanoparticles will be technologically important, especially as precursors for the preparation of new nanostructured materials, for example nanocomposites or nanostructured ceramic films. PMID:19597254

  11. Preparation and Characterizations of Dispersible Fluorinated Hydroxyapatite Nanoparticles with Weak Antibacterial Activity.

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    Furuzono, Tsutomu; Azuma, Yoshinao; Niigawa, Yuichi; Kogai, Yasumichi; Sawa, Yoshiki

    2016-01-01

    To develop a nanoscaled coating material for medical devices possessing weak antibacterial activity, dispersible and crystalline fluorinated hydroxyapatite (F-HAp) nanoparticles were prepared using antisintering agent to avoid calcination-induced sintering. The product was identical to fluorapatite, as determined by X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The primary particles generally showed rod-shaped morphology with a length of 367 ± 67 nm and a width of 223 ± 21 nm measured by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The dispersed average particle size (313 ± 51 nm) in ethanol analyzed by dynamic light scattering was almost the same as that obtained from the SEM images. In the evaluation of solubility in acidic aqueous solution, F-HAp and original hydroxyapatite (HAp) nanoparticles started to dissolve at around pH 3.4 and 4.2, respectively. Thus, the stability of F-HAp in a living body increased compared with original HAp. The antibacterial activity of F-HAp nanoparticles was higher than that of fluoride in sodium fluoride alone or the original HAp nanoparticles. However, it was estimated that the effect of F-HAp was much lower compared with that of silver, one of the popular antibacterial materials. Thus, the dispersed F-HAp nanoparticles possessing weak antimicrobial activity can be useful without severe damage to the living tissue. PMID:26720738

  12. Preparation and characterization of TiO 2-cationic hybrid nanoparticles as electrophoretic particles

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    Li, Jingjing; Deng, Liandong; Xing, Jinfeng; Dong, Anjie; Li, Xianggao

    2012-01-01

    The hybrid nanoparticles (TiO2-HNPs) with TiO2 nanoparticles as core and with poly(N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate-co-methyl methacrylate) by using triallylamine as cross-linking agent as shell were firstly prepared via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) in methanol. Then the hybrid nanoparticles with positive charge were produced by the quaternization with methyl iodide as quaternization reagent so as to endow them with greater electrophoretic mobility. The cationic hybrid nanoparticles (TiO2-CHNPs) were studied by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements. The results indicate that the cationic polymer is successfully grafted on the surface of the TiO2 nanoparticles. The particle size of TiO2-CHNPs is about 150 nm and the polydispersity index (PDI) is 0.307. The zeta potential, the contrast ratio of white state to dark state and response time of TiO2-CHNPs are +16.8 mV, 30 and 3 s, respectively, which show the potential application prospect in the development of electrophoretic ink.

  13. Preparation, characterization, photocytotoxicity assay of PLGA nanoparticles containing zinc (II) phthalocyanine for photodynamic therapy use.

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    Ricci-Jnior, Eduardo; Marchetti, Juliana M

    2006-08-01

    Nanoparticles containing Zinc (II) Phthalocyanine (ZnPc) were prepared by a spontaneous emulsification diffusion method utilizing poly-(D,L lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA), characterized and available in cellular culture. The process yield and encapsulation efficiency were 60% and 80%, respectively. The nanoparticles have a mean diameter of 200 nm, a narrow size distribution with polydispersive index of 0.15, smooth surface and spherical shape. ZnPc loaded nanoparticles maintain their photophysical behaviour after the encapsulation process. Photosensitizer released from nanoparticles was sustained with a burst effect of 10% for 3 days. The photocytotoxicity was evaluated on P388-D1 cells. They were incubated with ZnPc loaded Np by 6 h and exposed to light (675 nm) for 120 s, and light dose of 30 J cm-2. After 24 h of incubation, the cellular viability was determined, obtaining 60% of cellular death. All the physical-chemical and photobiological measurements performed allowed one conclude that ZnPc loaded PLGA nanoparticles are a promising drug delivery system for PDT. PMID:16980274

  14. Nanoparticles synthesized from soy protein: preparation, characterization, and application for nutraceutical encapsulation.

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    Teng, Zi; Luo, Yangchao; Wang, Qin

    2012-03-14

    Nanoparticles were synthesized from soy protein, one of the most abundant and widely utilized plant proteins, for nutraceutical and drug encapsulation. The preparation process consisted of dispersion, desolvation, drug incorporation, cross-linking, and evaporation. The role of each procedure in the formation of nanoparticles was systematically investigated by means of particle size, size distribution, and zeta potential as well as morphology observation. Curcumin as a model drug was encapsulated successfully into the nanoparticles, evidenced by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction patterns. The average size of the curcumin-loaded nanoparticles was 220.1 to 286.7 nm, and their zeta potential was around -36 mV. The highest encapsulation efficiency and loading efficiency achieved were 97.2% and 2.7%, respectively. The release of curcumin in phosphate buffer saline followed a biphasic pattern. Possible mechanisms of the formation of soy protein nanoparticles as well as the incorporation of curcumin were discussed based on the data obtained from this study. PMID:22352467

  15. Facile preparation of silver nanoparticle films as an efficient surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrate

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    Sun, Yujing; Zhang, Yue; Shi, Yan; Xiao, Xianping; Dai, Haichao; Hu, Jingting; Ni, Pengjuan; Li, Zhuang

    2013-10-01

    Here, we report a new and facile method to prepare silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) film for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-based sensing. The porous Ni foam was used as a template to generate high quality of Ag NPs by seed-mediated growth of metallic nanoparticles. The preparation process is very economic and environment-friendly, can achieve the recovery of the raw materials. We found that the type of silver-plating solution and the growth time are two key factors to determine the magnitude of SERS signal enhancement. Using rhodamine 6G (R6G) and 4-animothiophenol (4-ATP) as probe molecules, the created Ag NP films exhibited relatively high enhancement ability, good stability, and well reproducibility. The synthesized SERS-active substrate was further used to detect melamine molecules, an illegal additive in infant milk powder, and the limitation of detection can reach 1 μM.

  16. Electrochemical preparation and characterization of polypyrrole/stainless steel electrodes decorated with gold nanoparticles.

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    Gutirrez Pineda, Eduart; Alcaide, Francisco; Rodrguez Presa, Mara J; Bolzn, Agustn E; Gervasi, Claudio A

    2015-02-01

    The electrosynthesis and characterization of polypyrrole(PPy)/stainless steel electrodes decorated with gold nanoparticles and the performance of the composite electrode for sensing applications is described. PPy films were grown in potassium perchlorate and sodium salicylate solutions under comparable electropolymerization conditions. Polymer films prepared in the presence of perchlorate ions exhibited worm-like structures, whereas columnar structures were obtained in salicylate-containing solutions. Voltammetric response of PPy films prepared in salicylate solutions was more reversible. PPy films were decorated with gold nanoparticles obtained by a double step potentiostatic electrodeposition routine that allowed fine control of deposit characteristics. Analysis of deposits was performed by means of SEM and confocal Raman spectroscopy. The electrocatalytic activity of the Au/PPy electrodes was assessed for the electro-oxidation of hydrazine and hydroxylamine. Results showed a successful optimization of the route of synthesis that rendered nanocomposite electrode materials with promising applications in electrochemical sensing. PMID:25569325

  17. Preparation of ?-Fe 2O 3 nanoparticles by high-energy ball milling

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    Wang, Li-Li; Jiang, Ji-Sen

    2007-03-01

    ?-Fe 2O 3 nanoparticles were prepared by high-energy ball milling using ?-FeOOH as raw materials. The prepared samples were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Mssbauer spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and differential thermal analysis-thermogravimetric analysis (DTA-TGA). The results showed that after 90 h milling ?-Fe 2O 3 nanoparticles were obtained, and the particle size is about 20 nm. The mechanism of reaction during milling is supposed that the initial ?-FeOOH powder turned smaller and smaller by the high-speed collision during ball milling, later these particles turned to be superparamagnetic, at last these superparamagnetic ?-FeOOH particles were dehydrated and transformed into ?-Fe 2O 3.

  18. Glycolipid based cubic nanoparticles: preparation and structural aspects.

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    Abraham, Thomas; Hato, Masakatsu; Hirai, Mitsuhiro

    2004-05-15

    Kinetically stable cubic colloidal particle dispersion was produced from a glycolipid using a novel preparation strategy based on the dialysis principle. The use of synchrotron small-angle X-ray diffraction (SSAXD) permitted the identification of exact structure of these dispersed particles in the colloidal state. Dynamic light scattering methods were used to obtain size and size distributions. A glycoside, 1-O-phytanyl-beta-D-xyloside (beta-XP), that exhibits Pn3m cubic phase in an excess aqueous medium, was used as the lipid material. The dialysis technique includes controlled stirring action both inside and outside of the dialysis membrane tube. Initially, a mixed micellar system composed of beta-XP, n-octyl-beta-D-glucopyranoside (beta-OG) and a triblock copolymer, Pluronic F127 (PL) was prepared in the aqueous medium. About 10 wt.% of PL to lipid weight was found to be sufficient to produce stable colloidal dispersions. The mean volume diameter of these colloidal particles was found to be in the range of 0.85 +/-0.05 microm. The cubic phase structure of these colloidal particles is greatly depended on the final beta-OG concentration level in the system. Coexistence of Im3m and Pn3m cubic structures has been identified in these colloidal particles. This coexistence has the characteristics of Bonnet relation, which forms a compelling case for the infinite periodic minimal surface (IPMS) descriptions. These colloidal particles could restore pure Pn3m phase structure, but a longer dialysis time was needed. This work, in general, will open up new possibilities for membrane protein reconstitution and other relevant biological applications using colloidal cubic lipid particles. PMID:15261043

  19. Water-Soluble Spinel Ferrites by a Modified Polyol Process as Contrast Agents in MRI

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    Basina, Georgia; Tzitzios, Vasilis; Niarchos, Dimitris; Li, Wanfeng; Khurshid, Hafsa; Mao, Hui; Hadjipanayis, Costas; Hadjipanayis, George

    2010-12-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles have recently been very attractive for biomedical applications. In this study, we have synthesized ferrite nanoparticles for application as contrast agents in MRI experiments. Fe3O4 and MnFe2O4 spinel ferrites with a mean size of 11-12 nm, were prepared by a modified polyol route in commercially available polyethylene glycol with molecular weight 600 (PEG-600). The reaction takes place in the presence of water soluble and non-toxic tri-block copolymer known as Pluronic F-127 (PEO100-PPO65-PEO100). The nanoparticles have saturation magnetization values of 52 and 68 emu/g for MnFe2O4 and Fe3O4, respectively. Both the Fe3O4, and MnFe2O4 nanoparticles make stable solutions in water known as ferrofluids. Preliminary data demonstrated the capability of these nanoparticles to induce imaging contrast in T2 weighted MRI experiments, making these materials suitable for biomedical applications such as medical MRI.

  20. Water-Soluble Spinel Ferrites by a Modified Polyol Process as Contrast Agents in MRI

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    Basina, Georgia; Tzitzios, Vasilis; Niarchos, Dimitris; Li Wanfeng; Khurshid, Hafsa; Hadjipanayis, George; Mao Hui; Hadjipanayis, Costas

    2010-12-02

    Magnetic nanoparticles have recently been very attractive for biomedical applications. In this study, we have synthesized ferrite nanoparticles for application as contrast agents in MRI experiments. Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel ferrites with a mean size of 11-12 nm, were prepared by a modified polyol route in commercially available polyethylene glycol with molecular weight 600 (PEG-600). The reaction takes place in the presence of water soluble and non-toxic tri-block copolymer known as Pluronic registered F-127 (PEO{sub 100}-PPO{sub 65}-PEO{sub 100}). The nanoparticles have saturation magnetization values of 52 and 68 emu/g for MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, respectively. Both the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, and MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles make stable solutions in water known as ferrofluids. Preliminary data demonstrated the capability of these nanoparticles to induce imaging contrast in T{sub 2} weighted MRI experiments, making these materials suitable for biomedical applications such as medical MRI.

  1. Efficient Catalytic Activity BiFeO3 Nanoparticles Prepared by Novel Microwave-Assisted Synthesis.

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    Zou, Jing; Gong, Wanyun; Ma, Jinai; Li, Lu; Jiang, Jizhou

    2015-02-01

    A novel microwave-assisted sol-gel method was applied to the synthesis of the single-phase perovskite bismuth ferrite nanoparticles (BFO NPs) with the mean diameter ca. 73.7 nm. The morphology was characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM). The X-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed the rhombohedral phase with R3c space group. The weak ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature was affirmed by the vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). According to the UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectrum (UV-DSR), the band gap energy of BFO NPs was determined to be 2.18 eV. The electrochemical activity was evaluated by BFO NPs-chitosan-glassy carbon electrode (BFO-CS-GCE) sensor for detection of p-nitrophenol contaminants. The material showed an efficient oxidation catalytic activity by degrading methylene blue (MB). It was found that the degradation efficiency of 10 mg L-1 MB at pH 6.0 was above 90.9% after ultrasound- and microwave-combined-assisted (US-MW) irradiation for 15 min with BFO NPs as catalyst and H202 as oxidant. A possible reaction mechanism of degradation of MB was also proposed. PMID:26353647

  2. Preparation of continuous gold nanowires by electrospinning of high-concentration aqueous dispersions of gold nanoparticles.

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    Gries, Katharina; Vieker, Henning; Glzhuser, Armin; Agarwal, Seema; Greiner, Andreas

    2012-05-01

    Gold nanowires are prepared by the electrospinning of highly concentrated aqueous dispersions of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) in the presence of poly(vinyl alcohol) and subsequent annealing at higher temperatures. Continuous wires of sintered AuNPs are obtained as a result of this process. The Au wires are characterized by transmission electron microscopy, helium ion microscopy, optical microscopy, and X-ray diffractometry. PMID:22378690

  3. SERS enhancement of silver nanoparticles prepared by a template-directed triazole ligand strategy.

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    Kashmery, Heba A; Thompson, David G; Dondi, Ruggero; Mabbott, Samuel; Graham, Duncan; Clark, Alasdair W; Burley, Glenn A

    2015-08-21

    Two advances in the development of a one-pot method to prepare silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using the Tollens' reagent are described. First, a template-directed process of AgNP synthesis using resorcinol triazole ligands bearing two pendent galactose sugars is shown. Second, the conversion of these AgNPs into SERS nanotags is demonstrated using malachite green isothiocyanate as the Raman reporter molecule. PMID:26179948

  4. Synthesis, Characterization, and Microwave Absorption Properties of Reduced Graphene Oxide/Strontium Ferrite/Polyaniline Nanocomposites.

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    Luo, Juhua; Shen, Pan; Yao, Wei; Jiang, Cuifeng; Xu, Jianguang

    2016-12-01

    Strontium ferrite nanoparticles were prepared by a coprecipitation method, and reduced graphene oxide/strontium ferrite/polyaniline (R-GO/SF/PANI) ternary nanocomposites were prepared by in situ polymerization method. The morphology, structure, and magnetic properties of the ternary nanocomposites were investigated by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), TEM, Raman, and VSM. The microwave-absorbing properties of the composites were measured by a vector network analyzer. The XRD patterns show the single phase of strontium hexaferrite without other intermediate phases. TEM photographs reveal that strontium ferrite nanoparticles are uniformly dispersed on the surfaces of R-GO sheets. The R-GO/SF/PANI nanocomposite exhibited the best absorption property with the optimum matching thickness of 1.5 mm in the frequency of 2-18 GHz. The value of the maximum RL was -45.00 dB at 16.08 GHz with the 5.48-GHz bandwidth. The excellent absorption properties of R-GO/SF/PANI nanocomposites indicated their great potential as microwave-absorbing materials. PMID:26969594

  5. NOVEL PREPARATION AND MAGNETO CHEMICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF NANO-PARTICLE MIXED ALCOHOL CATALYSTS

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    Seetala V. Naidu; Upali Siriwardane; Akundi N. Murty

    2004-02-23

    The preparation of Cu, Co, Fe, Cu/Co, Cu/Fe and Co/Fe nano-particle metal loaded mesoporous 1 mm spherical granular {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalysts, by combined sol-gel/oil-drop methods followed by calcination and hydrogenation steps, is accomplished. Parameters for calcination process were optimized using DTA. The properties of metal loaded {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} granules were compared for the preparations starting with two precursors: aluminum tri-sec-butoxide (ALTSB) and aluminum tri-iso-propoxide (ALTIP). Three sol-gel/oil-drop catalyst preparation methods; (1) Metal nitrate solutions co-entrapped-sol-gel (2) nano-particle metal oxide co-entrapped-sol-gel, and (3) Metal impregnation on preformed alumina granules, were used. Structure and composition of metal-loaded-granules were investigated using XRD, SEM, EDX, and surface area measurements (BET method). The nano-particle nature of catalysts was confirmed using SEM and X-ray diffraction. The reduction efficiency of hydrogenation of catalysts was examined by magnetic studies using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Catalysts could be effectively calcined at 450 C and the surface area values obtained were between 200-350 m{sup 2}/g, indicating the mesoporous nature of catalyst support. Parameters affecting the metal loading process were also studied, and the optimum conditions were identified and reported for reproducible synthesis of the metal loaded {gamma}-alumina granular particles. The catalyst activities of Fe, Co, and Co/Fe on alumina for the conversion of CO/H{sub 2} and CO{sub 2}/H{sub 2} mixtures were investigated using Gas chromatography (GC) with N{sub 2} as a standard carrier gas. Both, slurry-phase-batch and gas-phase-continuous-flow, reactors were used. Magnetization studies on reduced, CO/H{sub 2} post-reaction catalyst in both gas and slurry phase were performed using vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Magnetic studies of post-reaction Co and Fe nano-catalysts showed that the formation of carbides is higher for iron compared to cobalt. In the Fe/Co mixed catalyst, it is observed that the presence of iron enhances the cobalt oxide reduction. Catalyst with mixed metal Fe/Co compositions at 12% nitrate solutions (prepared by sol-gel/oil-drop) showed the best conversion rates for the syngas (CO+H{sub 2}). Nano-particle catalysts on sol-gel prepared mesoporous {gamma}-alumina (particularly the nano-particle metal oxide co-entrapped-sol-gel) showed higher conversion rates compared to conventional catalysts prepared by coprecipitation methods.

  6. A preliminary ferritic-martensitic stainless steel constitution diagram

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    Balmforth, M.C.; Lippold, J.C.

    1998-01-01

    This paper describes preliminary research to develop a constitution diagram that will more accurately predict the microstructure of ferritic and martensitic stainless steel weld deposits. A button melting technique was used to produce a wide range of compositions using mixtures of conventional ferritic and martensitic stainless steels, including types 403, 409, 410, 430, 439 and 444. These samples were prepared metallographically, and the vol-% ferrite and martensite was determined quantitatively. In addition, the hardness and ferrite number (FN) were measured. Using this data, a preliminary constitution diagram is proposed that provides a more accurate method for predicting the microstructures of arc welds in ferritic and martensitic stainless steels.

  7. Synthesis of chromium-nickel nanoparticles prepared by a microemulsion method and mechanical milling.

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    Ban, Irena; Stergar, Janja; Drofenik, Miha; Ferk, Gregor; Makovec, Darko

    2013-01-01

    A chemical and a physical method have been applied for the preparation of chromium-nickel alloy nanoparticles. These particles were designed to be used for controlled magnetic hyperthermia applications. Microemulsions with Ni2+ and Cr3+ and/or NaBH4 as precursors were prepared using the isooctane/CTAB, n-butanol/H2O system. The samples of CrxNi1-x nanoparticles with the desired composition were obtained after the reduction of their salts with NaBH4 and afterwards heat treated in a TGA in a N2 atmosphere at various temperatures. The CrxNi1-x materials were also prepared by mechanical milling. Utilizing a ball-to-powder mass ratio of 20 : 1 and selecting the proper alloy compositions we were able to obtain nanocrystalline CrxNi1-x particles. Thermal demagnetization in the vicinity of the Curie temperature of the nanoparticles was studied using a modified TGA-SDTA method. The alloy's phase composition, size and morphology were determined with XRD measurements and TEM analyses. PMID:24362977

  8. Preparation of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles by sol-gel method with optimum processing parameters

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    Yusoff, Yusriha Mohd; Salimi, Midhat Nabil Ahmad; Anuar, Adilah

    2015-05-15

    Many studies have been carried out in order to prepare hydroxyapatite (HAp) by various methods. In this study, we focused on the preparation of HAp nanoparticles by using sol-gel technique in which few parameters are optimized which were stirring rate, aging time and sintering temperature. HAp nanoparticles were prepared by using precursors of calcium nitrate tetrahydrate, Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}.4H{sub 2}O and phosphorous pentoxide, P{sub 2}O{sub 5}. Both precursors are mixed in ethanol respectively before they were mixed together in which it formed a stable sol. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used for its characterization in terms of functional group, phase composition, crystallite size and morphology of the nanoparticles produced. FTIR spectra showed that the functional groups that present in all five samples were corresponding to the formation of HAp. Besides, XRD shows that only one phase was formed which was hydroxyapatite. Meanwhile, SEM shows that the small particles combine together to form agglomeration.

  9. Preparation of nanoscale Bacillus thuringiensis chitinases using silica nanoparticles for nematicide delivery.

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    Qin, Xu; Xiang, Xuemei; Sun, Xiaowen; Ni, Hong; Li, Lin

    2016-01-01

    A series of amino, carboxylic, and aldehydic surface-grafted silica nanoparticles (SNPs) was prepared based on SiO2 NYSi40 nanoparticles to develop an efficient, biocompatible, and cost-effective biopesticide delivery system. Bacillus thuringiensis chitinase (Chi9602) was immobilized onto SNP surface to prepare nanoscale chitinases (SNPCs) through electrostatic adsorption and covalent binding. The specimens were characterized by Fourier transform infrared, scanning electron microscopy, and zeta-potential analyses. The delivery capacity of the SNPs in Caenorhabditis elegans N2 was observed by immunofluorescence. Results demonstrated that amino-grafted SiO2 nanoparticles with Chi9602 electrostatically adsorbed onto their surface (SNPC2) exhibited a relatively high enzyme immobilization rate (80.2%) and the highest (94.1%) residual enzyme activity among all SNPCs. SNPC2 also showed wider pH tolerance and relatively higher thermostability and ultraviolet radiation resistance capacity than Chi9602. Bioassays further showed that SNPC2 synergistically enhanced the nematicidal effect of B. thuringiensis YBT-020 preparation against C. elegans, with a reduced LC50 of 8.35mg/mL and a shortened LT50 of 12.04h. Immunofluorescence assays showed that SNPC2 had considerable delivery capacity to carry a large protein into C. elegans. Therefore, SNP2 can serve as an efficient nanocarrier for the delivery of macromolecular proteic biopesticides or drugs, indicating potential agricultural or biotechnological applications. PMID:26476241

  10. Magnetic field directed assembly of superstructures of ferrite-ferroelectric core-shell nanoparticles and studies on magneto-electric interactions

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    Srinivasan, G.; Sreenivasulu, G.; Benoit, Crystal; Petrov, V. M.; Chavez, F.

    2015-05-01

    Composites of ferromagnetic and ferroelectric are of interest for studies on mechanical strain mediated magneto-electric (ME) interactions and for useful technologies. Here, we report on magnetic-field-assisted-assembly of barium titanate (BTO)-nickel ferrite (NFO) core-shell particles into linear chains and 2D/3D arrays and measurements of ME effects in such assemblies. First, we synthesized the core-shell nano-particles with 50-600 nm BTO and 10-200 nm NFO by chemical self-assembly by coating the ferroic particles with complementary coupling groups and allowing them to self-assemble in the presence of a catalyst via the "click" reaction. The core-shell structure was confirmed with electron microscopy and scanning probe microscopy. We obtained superstructure of the core-shell particles by subjecting them to a magnetic field gradient that exerts an attractive force on the particles and align them toward the regions of high field strengths. At low particle concentration, linear chains were formed and they evolved into 2D and 3D arrays at high particle concentrations. Magnetoelectric characterization on unassembled films and assembled arrays has been performed through measurements of low-frequency ME voltage coefficient (MEVC) by subjecting the sample to a bias magnetic field and an ac magnetic field. The MEVC is higher for field-assembled samples than for unassembled films and is found to be sensitive to field orientation with a higher MEVC for magnetic fields parallel to the array direction than for magnetic fields perpendicular to the array. A maximum MEVC of 20 mV/cm Oe, one of the highest reported for any bulk nanocomposite, is measured across the array thickness. A model is provided for ME coupling in the superstructures of BTO-NFO particulate composites. First, we estimated the MEVC for a free-standing BTO-NFO core-shell particle and then extended the model to include an array of linear chains of the particles. The theoretical estimates are in qualitative agreement with the data.

  11. Predictive Toxicology of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles: comparative in-vitro study of different cellular models using methods of knowledge discovery from data

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    2013-01-01

    Background Cobalt-ferrite nanoparticles (Co-Fe NPs) are attractive for nanotechnology-based therapies. Thus, exploring their effect on viability of seven different cell lines representing different organs of the human body is highly important. Methods The toxicological effects of Co-Fe NPs were studied by in-vitro exposure of A549 and NCIH441 cell-lines (lung), precision-cut lung slices from rat, HepG2 cell-line (liver), MDCK cell-line (kidney), Caco-2 TC7 cell-line (intestine), TK6 (lymphoblasts) and primary mouse dendritic-cells. Toxicity was examined following exposure to Co-Fe NPs in the concentration range of 0.05 -1.2 mM for 24 and 72 h, using Alamar blue, MTT and neutral red assays. Changes in oxidative stress were determined by a dichlorodihydrofluorescein diacetate based assay. Data analysis and predictive modeling of the obtained data sets were executed by employing methods of Knowledge Discovery from Data with emphasis on a decision tree model (J48). Results Different doseresponse curves of cell viability were obtained for each of the seven cell lines upon exposure to Co-Fe NPs. Increase of oxidative stress was induced by Co-Fe NPs and found to be dependent on the cell type. A high linear correlation (R2=0.97) was found between the toxicity of Co-Fe NPs and the extent of ROS generation following their exposure to Co-Fe NPs. The algorithm we applied to model the observed toxicity belongs to a type of supervised classifier. The decision tree model yielded the following order with decrease of the ranking parameter: NP concentrations (as the most influencing parameter), cell type (possessing the following hierarchy of cell sensitivity towards viability decrease: TK6 > Lung slices > NCIH441 > Caco-2?=?MDCK > A549 > HepG2?=?Dendritic) and time of exposure, where the highest-ranking parameter (NP concentration) provides the highest information gain with respect to toxicity. The validity of the chosen decision tree model J48 was established by yielding a higher accuracy than that of the well-known naive bayes classifier. Conclusions The observed correlation between the oxidative stress, caused by the presence of the Co-Fe NPs, with the hierarchy of sensitivity of the different cell types towards toxicity, suggests that oxidative stress is one possible mechanism for the toxicity of Co-Fe NPs. PMID:23895432

  12. Magnetic field directed assembly of superstructures of ferrite-ferroelectric core-shell nanoparticles and studies on magneto-electric interactions

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    Srinivasan, G. Sreenivasulu, G.; Benoit, Crystal; Petrov, V. M.; Chavez, F.

    2015-05-07

    Composites of ferromagnetic and ferroelectric are of interest for studies on mechanical strain mediated magneto-electric (ME) interactions and for useful technologies. Here, we report on magnetic-field-assisted-assembly of barium titanate (BTO)-nickel ferrite (NFO) core-shell particles into linear chains and 2D/3D arrays and measurements of ME effects in such assemblies. First, we synthesized the core-shell nano-particles with 50–600 nm BTO and 10–200 nm NFO by chemical self-assembly by coating the ferroic particles with complementary coupling groups and allowing them to self-assemble in the presence of a catalyst via the “click” reaction. The core-shell structure was confirmed with electron microscopy and scanning probe microscopy. We obtained superstructure of the core-shell particles by subjecting them to a magnetic field gradient that exerts an attractive force on the particles and align them toward the regions of high field strengths. At low particle concentration, linear chains were formed and they evolved into 2D and 3D arrays at high particle concentrations. Magnetoelectric characterization on unassembled films and assembled arrays has been performed through measurements of low-frequency ME voltage coefficient (MEVC) by subjecting the sample to a bias magnetic field and an ac magnetic field. The MEVC is higher for field-assembled samples than for unassembled films and is found to be sensitive to field orientation with a higher MEVC for magnetic fields parallel to the array direction than for magnetic fields perpendicular to the array. A maximum MEVC of 20 mV/cm Oe, one of the highest reported for any bulk nanocomposite, is measured across the array thickness. A model is provided for ME coupling in the superstructures of BTO-NFO particulate composites. First, we estimated the MEVC for a free-standing BTO-NFO core-shell particle and then extended the model to include an array of linear chains of the particles. The theoretical estimates are in qualitative agreement with the data.

  13. Influence of calcination temperature on Cd0.3Co0.7Fe2O4 nanoparticles: Structural, thermal and magnetic properties

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    Reddy, Ch. Venkata; PrabhakarVattikuti, S. V.; Ravikumar, R. V. S. S. N.; Moon, Sang Jun; Shim, Jaesool

    2015-11-01

    Cadmium substituted cobalt ferrite nanoparticles are synthesis using the chemical method. The as-prepared ferrite nanoparticles are calcinated at 300 °C and 600 °C respectively. The samples are studied using; Powder XRD, SEM with EDX, TEM, FT-IR, TG-DTA and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) in order to study the calcination temperature effect on structural, morphological and magnetic properties. The magnetic properties, like saturation magnetization and coercivity increases with increasing the calcination temperature. This enhancement is attributed to the transition from amulti-domain to a single-domain nature. The absorption bands observed at 588 cm-1 (ν1) and 440 cm-1 (ν2) are attributed to the vibrations of tetrahedral and octahedral complexes. The TG-DTA curves reveal the thermal stability of the prepared ferrite nanoparticles. The calcination temperature influences the magnetic properties, surface morphology and crystalline size.

  14. Facilely preparation and microwave absorption properties of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles

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    Wang, Guiqin; Chang, Yongfeng; Wang, Lifang; Liu, Lidong; Liu, Chao

    2013-03-15

    Highlights: ► A bran-new method is firstly used to fabricate Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. ► The detailed analysis of formation mechanism is discussed. ► The electromagnetic absorption properties are defined. ► The effect of nanometer-sized is considered for the excellent microwave absorption. - Abstract: The Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were prepared by a novel wet-chemical method which shows its highly synthesizing efficiency and controllability. A possible formation mechanism was also proposed to explain the synthesizing process. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) were employed and yielded an examination of an average diameter of 77 nm of the as-synthesized Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles with face-centered cubic structure. Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and vector network analyzer were employed to measure the magnetic property and electromagnetic parameters of the nanoparticles, then reflection losses (RL (dB)) were calculated in the frequency range of 2–18 GHz. A large saturation magnetization (72.36 emu/g) and high coercivity (95 Oe) were determined and indicated that the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles own strong magnetic performance. Following simulation results showed that the lowest reflection loss of the sample was −21.2 dB at 5.6 GHz with layer thickness of 6 mm. Effect of nanometer-sized further provided an explanation for the excellent microwave absorption behavior shown by the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles.

  15. Rapid preparation of pH-sensitive polymeric nanoparticle with high loading capacity using electrospray for oral drug delivery.

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    Hao, Shilei; Wang, Yazhou; Wang, Bochu; Deng, Jia; Liu, Xi; Liu, Junyu

    2013-12-01

    Drug loading capacity is an important property for an ideal drug delivery system. However, the drug loading capacity of prepared pH-sensitive polymeric nanoparticles is usually low. To overcome this drawback, the electrospray method was used to prepare Eudragit L 100-55 nanoparticles with high drug loading capacity in one step. Omeprazole was selected as the model drug. The maximum loading capacity of nanoparticles was 43.21% by changing the mass ratio of drug to polymer, and the entrapment efficiency was nearly 100%. The prepared nanoparticle showed spherical or ellipsoidal morphology and the average diameter was about 300 nm. The pH-sensitive nanoparticle displayed pH-dependent release in vitro. In addition, a slight cytotoxicity was detected in the cytotoxicity study. The results indicated that electrospray is an easy, rapid and efficient technique for the preparation of high-loading pH-sensitive polymeric nanoparticles, and the pH-sensitive nanoparticle is a promising carrier for oral drug delivery. PMID:24094160

  16. Magnetic Properties of FePt Nanoparticles Prepared by a Micellar Method.

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    Gao, Y; Zhang, Xw; Yin, Zg; Qu, S; You, Jb; Chen, Nf

    2009-01-01

    FePt nanoparticles with average size of 9 nm were synthesized using a diblock polymer micellar method combined with plasma treatment. To prevent from oxidation under ambient conditions, immediately after plasma treatment, the FePt nanoparticle arrays were in situ transferred into the film-growth chamber where they were covered by an SiO2 overlayer. A nearly complete transformation of L10 FePt was achieved for samples annealed at temperatures above 700 C. The well control on the FePt stoichiometry and avoidance from surface oxidation largely enhanced the coercivity, and a value as high as 10 kOe was obtained in this study. An evaluation of magnetic interactions was made using the so-called isothermal remanence (IRM) and dc-demagnetization (DCD) remanence curves and Kelly-Henkel plots (?M measurement). The ?M measurement reveals that the resultant FePt nanoparticles exhibit a rather weak interparticle dipolar coupling, and the absence of interparticle exchange interaction suggests no significant particle agglomeration occurred during the post-annealing. Additionally, a slight parallel magnetic anisotropy was also observed. The results indicate the micellar method has a high potential in preparing FePt nanoparticle arrays used for ultrahigh density recording media. PMID:20652124

  17. Orthogonal optimization design for preparation of Fe3O4 nanoparticles via chemical coprecipitation

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    Meng, Haining; Zhang, Zhenzhong; Zhao, Fangxia; Qiu, Tai; Yang, Jingdong

    2013-09-01

    Fe3O4 nanoparticles ranging from 8.9 to 12.2 nm were prepared by chemical coprecipitation based on L16(45) orthogonal experiments. The effects of five process parameters (pH, Fe2+/Fe3+ ratio, reaction temperature, ferric salt concentration, and crystallization temperature) on particle size and specific saturation magnetization of Fe3O4 nanoparticles were investigated. The micro-morphology, crystal structure, specific saturation magnetization, and surface properties were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), X-ray diffraction (XRD), vibration magnetometer (VSM), and Fourier infrared (FT-IR). The results indicate that Fe2+/Fe3+ ratio and pH are the main factors affecting particle size and specific saturation magnetization, respectively. The Fe3O4 nanoparticles are mostly spherical powders with a narrow size distribution and a high purity. The Fe3O4 nanoparticles can achieve high dispersion performance and suspension stability by in situ dispersion with double adsorption layers.

  18. Preparation of Amyloid Immuno-Nanoparticles as Potential MRI Contrast Agents for Alzheimer's Disease Diagnosis.

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    Yin, Zhenyu; Yul, Tingting; Xu, Yun

    2015-09-01

    Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia which is caused by accumulation in the brain of plaques made up of amyloid beta-peptide (Abeta). Research on nanosized systems indicated that nanoparticles (NPs) could pass across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and improve the visibility of internal body structures in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which made it possible to aid the early diagnosis of AD. In this research study we synthesized magnetite nanoparticles by high-temperature solution-phase reaction, transferred into water based on a ligand exchange process and coated with meso-2,3-dimercaptosuccinic (DMSA). Subsequently, the anti-amyloid Abeta immunomagnetic nanoparticles (IMNPs) were prepared by grafting anti-amyloid antibodies on the surface of the DMSA-coated magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs). The enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) method was introduced to evaluate the IMNPs activity and conjugation amount of antibodies. The biocompatibility of the IMNPs was tested by colony-forming assay. The results showed that the anti-amyloid Abeta IMNPs were biocompatible and biologically active, as well as effective in enhancing MRI solution, indicating that the IMNPs could be used as potential MRI contrast agents and targeted carriers for AD early diagnosis and therapy. PMID:26716196

  19. Preparation and characterization of nanoparticles of carboxymethyl cellulose acetate butyrate containing acyclovir

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    Vedula, Venkata Bharadwaz; Chopra, Maulick; Joseph, Emil; Mazumder, Sonal

    2016-02-01

    Nanoparticles of carboxymethyl cellulose acetate butyrate complexed with the poorly soluble antiviral drug acyclovir (ACV) were produced by precipitation process and the formulation process and properties of nanoparticles were investigated. Two different particle synthesis methods were explored—a conventional precipitation method and a rapid precipitation in a multi-inlet vortex mixer. The particles were processed by rotavap followed by freeze-drying. Particle diameters as measured by dynamic light scattering were dependent on the synthesis method used. The conventional precipitation method did not show desired particle size distribution, whereas particles prepared by the mixer showed well-defined particle size ~125-450 nm before and after freeze-drying, respectively, with narrow polydispersity indices. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy showed chemical stability and intactness of entrapped drug in the nanoparticles. Differential scanning calorimetry showed that the drug was in amorphous state in the polymer matrix. ACV drug loading was around 10 wt%. The release studies showed increase in solution concentration of drug from the nanoparticles compared to the as-received crystalline drug.

  20. Preparation of photoreactive phospholipid polymer nanoparticles to immobilize and release protein by photoirradiation.

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    Chen, Weixin; Inoue, Yuuki; Ishihara, Kazuhiko

    2015-11-01

    Photoreactive and cytocompatible polymer nanoparticles for immobilizing and releasing proteins were prepared. A water-soluble and amphiphilic phospholipid polymer, poly(2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC)-co-n-butyl methacrylate (BMA)-co-4-(4-(1-methacryloyloxyethyl)-2-methoxy-5-nitrophenoxy) butyric acid (PL)) (PMB-PL) was synthesized. The PMB-PL underwent a cleavage reaction at the PL unit with photoirradiation at a wavelength of 365nm. Additionally, the PMB-PL took polymer aggregate in aqueous medium and was used to modify the surface of biodegradable poly(L-lactic acid) (PLA) nanoparticle as an emulsifier. The morphology of the PMB-PL/PLA nanoparticle was spherical and approximately 130nm in diameter. The carboxylic acid group in the PL unit could immobilize proteins by covalent bonding. The bound proteins were released by a photoinduced cleavage reaction. Within 60s, up to 90% of the immobilized proteins was released by photoirradiation. From these results and with an understanding of the fundamental properties of MPC polymers, we concluded that PMB-PL/PLA nanoparticles have the potential to be used as smart carriers to deliver proteins to biological systems, such as the inside of living cells. PMID:26263222