Characterization of nanocrystalline γ-Fe2O3 prepared by wet chemical method

G. Ennas*, G. Marongiu, A. Musinu, A. Falqui, P. Ballirano, R. Caminiti

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Homogeneous maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) nanoparticles with an average crystal size around 5 nm were synthesized by successive hydrolysis, oxidation, and dehydration of tetrapyridino-ferrous chloride. Morphological, thermal, and structural properties were investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and x-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques. Rietveld refinement indicated a cubic cell. The superstructure reflections, related to the ordering of cation lattice vacancies, were not detected in the diffraction pattern. Kinetics of the solid-state phase transition of nanocrystalline maghemite to hematite (α-Fe2O3), investigated by energy dispersive x-ray diffraction (EDXRD), indicates that direct transformation from nanocrystalline maghemite to microcrystalline hematite takes place during isothermal treatment at 385°C. This temperature is lower than that observed both for microcrystalline maghemite and for nanocrystalline maghemite supported on silica.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1570-1575
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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