Nanostructures of gold coated iron core-shell nanoparticles and the nanobands assembled under magnetic field
Advanced Materials Research Institute, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70148, USA
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Published online: 15 September 2001
Pure metal iron nanoparticles are unstable in the air. By a coating iron on nanoparticle surface with a stable noble metal, these air-stable nanoparticles are protected from the oxidation and retain most of the favorable magnetic properties, which possess the potential application in high density memory device by forming self-assembling nanoarrays. Gold-coated iron core-shell structure nanoparticles (Fe/Au) synthesized using reverse micelles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The average nanoparticle size of the core-shell structure is about 8 nm, with about 6 nm diameter core and 12 nm shell. Since the gold shell is not epitaxial growth related to the iron core, the morié pattern can be seen from the overlapping of iron core and gold shell. However, the gold shell lattice can be seen by changing the defocus of TEM. An energy dispersive X-ray spectrum (EDS) also shows the nanoparticles are air-stable. The magnetic measurement of the nanoparticles also proved successful synthesis of gold coated iron core-shell structure. The nanoparticles were then assembled under 0.5 T magnetic field and formed parallel nanobands with about 10 μm long. Assembling two dimensional ordered nanoarrays are still under going.
PACS: 68.37.-d – Microscopy of surfaces, interfaces, and thin films / 61.46.+w – Nanoscale materials: clusters, nanoparticles, nanotubes, and nanocrystals / 75.75.+a – Magnetic properties of nanostructures / 75.50.-y – Studies of specific magnetic materials
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2001