Partner: Anna Slawska-Waniewska

Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences (PL)

Recent publications
1.Krajewski M., Brzozka K., Tokarczyk M., Kowalski G., Lewinska S., Slawska-Waniewska A., Lin W.S., Lin H.M., Impact of thermal oxidation on chemical composition and magnetic properties of iron nanoparticles, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, ISSN: 0304-8853, DOI: 10.1016/j.jmmm.2018.03.047, Vol.458, pp.346-354, 2018

The main objective of this work is to study the influence of thermal oxidation on the chemical composition and magnetic properties of iron nanoparticles which were manufactured in a simple chemical reduction of Fe3+ ions coming from iron salt with sodium borohydride. The annealing processing was performed in an argon atmosphere containing the traces of oxygen to avoid spontaneous oxidation of iron at temperatures ranging from 200 °C to 800 °C. The chemical composition and magnetic properties of as-prepared and thermally-treated nanoparticles were determined by means of X-ray diffractometry, Raman spectroscopy, Mössbauer spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometry. Due to the magnetic interactions, the investigated iron nanoparticles tended to create the dense aggregates which were difficult to split even at low temperatures. This caused that there was no empty space between them, which led to their partial sintering at elevated temperatures. These features hindered their precise morphological observations using the electron microscopy techniques. The obtained results show that the annealing process up to 800 °C resulted in a progressive change in the chemical composition of as-prepared iron nanoparticles which was associated with their oxidation. As a consequence, their magnetic properties also depended on the annealing temperature. For instance, considering the values of saturation magnetization, its highest value was recorded for the as-prepared nanoparticles at 1 T and it equals 149 emu/g, while the saturation point for nanoparticles treated at 600 °C and higher temperatures was not reached even at the magnetic field of about 5 T. Moreover, a significant enhancement of coercivity was observed for the iron nanoparticles annealed over 600 °C.


Chemical composition, Chemical reduction, Iron nanoparticle, Magnetic properties, Oxidation

Krajewski M.-IPPT PAN
Brzozka K.-University of Technology and Humanities in Radom (PL)
Tokarczyk M.-University of Warsaw (PL)
Kowalski G.-University of Warsaw (PL)
Lewinska S.-Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences (PL)
Slawska-Waniewska A.-Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences (PL)
Lin W.S.-Tatung University (TW)
Lin H.M.-Tatung University (TW)