A study of the role of the solvent during magnetite nanoparticle synthesis: tuning size, shape and self-assembly

Douglas, F. J., MacLaren, D. A. and Murrie, M. (2012) A study of the role of the solvent during magnetite nanoparticle synthesis: tuning size, shape and self-assembly. RSC Advances, 2(21), pp. 8027-8035. (doi:10.1039/c2ra20494k)

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Abstract

We present a systematic study of the role of the solvent in the autoclave-based decomposition of iron(III) acetylacetonate to synthesise iron oxide nanoparticles. Subtle variations in solvent functionality yield substantial differences in nanoparticle morphology, spanning monodisperse spheres, hexagonal platelets, compound cubes and larger hierarchical structures. Solvents capable of chelation to iron afford the greatest influence over nanoparticle growth, whilst addition of side-chains to the solvent perturb competitive adsorption on growing nanoparticles to provide a new means of morphological control.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Murrie, Professor Mark and MacLaren, Dr Donald
Authors: Douglas, F. J., MacLaren, D. A., and Murrie, M.
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:RSC Advances
ISSN:2046-2069
ISSN (Online):2046-2069

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