Iron-cobalt nanocrystalline alloy supported on a cubic mesostructured silica matrix: FeCo/SBA-16 porous nanocomposites

Daniela Carta*, Maria F. Casula, Salvatore Bullita, Andrea Falqui, Anna Corrias

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

12 Scopus citations


A series of novel nanocomposites constituted of FeCo nanoparticles dispersed in an ordered cubic Im3m mesoporous silica matrix (SBA-16) have been successfully synthesized using the wet impregnation method. SBA-16, prepared using the non-ionic Pluronic 127 triblock copolymer as a structure-directing agent, is an excellent support for catalytic nanoparticles because of its peculiar three-dimensional cage-like structure, high surface area, thick walls, and high thermal stability. Low-angle X-ray diffraction, N2 physisorption, and transmission electron microscopy analyses show that after metal loading, calcination at 500 °C, and reduction in H2 flux at 800 °C, the nanocomposites retain the well-ordered structure of the matrix with cubic symmetry of pores. FeCo alloy nanoparticles with spherical shape and narrow size distribution (4-8 nm) are homogeneoulsy distributed throughout the matrix and they seem in a large extent to be allocated inside the pores.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3489-3501
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Nanoparticle Research
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011


  • Metallic alloys
  • Nanosized FeCo alloy
  • SBA-16 mesoporous silica
  • Self-assembly
  • Sol-gel
  • Triblock copolymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Bioengineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Iron-cobalt nanocrystalline alloy supported on a cubic mesostructured silica matrix: FeCo/SBA-16 porous nanocomposites'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this