Electrochemical synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles within mesoporous silica microspheres

Ping Wang, Yihua Zhu, Xiaoling Yang, Chunzhong Li

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Magnetic nanoparticles within the pores of mesoporous silica (MS) microspheres have been synthesized by electrochemical method using a metal iron plate as sacrificing anode and a sheet of stainless steel as cathode in an alkaline aqueous medium containing complexing compounds. Finally, the so obtained iron-functionalized silica microspheres were thermally reduced under the hydrogen atmosphere to produce iron/silica magnetic composites. The TEM, SEM, XRD, HRTEM and EDS were used to determine the effect of insertion on the structure and porosity of the host matrices. The mechanism of iron nanoparticles formation within the mesopores appears to occur through the initial binding and coating of the pore walls to form wormlike structures within the mesoporous template. The iron/silica nanoparticles exhibit essential characteristics of ferromagnetic behavior, as investigated by magnetometry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-291
Number of pages5
JournalColloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Feb 15 2007

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (20236020, 20276019), the Shanghai Municipal Science and Technology Commission (04DZ14002, 04DZ05622, 05DZ22302), Special Project for Shanghai Nanotechnolgy.

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  • Electrochemical synthesis
  • Iron
  • Magnetic properties
  • Mesoporous silica


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