Iron nanoparticle growth in organic superstructures

Lise Marie Lacroix*, Sébastien Lachaize, Andrea Falqui, Marc Respaud, Bruno Chaudret

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A tunable synthesis of iron nanoparticles (NPs) based on the decomposition of {Fe[N(SiMe3)2]2]2 in the presence of organic superstructures composed of palmitic acid and hexadecylamine is reported. Control of the size (from 1.5 to 27 nm) and shape (spheres, cubes, or stars) of the NPs has been achieved. An environment-dependent growth model is proposed on the basis of results obtained for the NP morphology under various conditions and a complete Mössbauer study of the colloid composition at different reacting stages. It involves (i) an anisotropic growth process inside organic superstructures, leading to monocrystalline cubic NPs, and (N) isotropic growth outside these superstructures, yielding polycrystalline spherical NPs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)549-557
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 21 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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