Synthesis and characterization of Fe3O4@Ag core-shell: structural, morphological, and magnetic properties

Document Type : Research Paper


Department of Basic Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University (TMU), P.O. Box 14115-175, Tehran, Iran


This paper is a report on the synthesis of the Fe3O4@Ag core-shell with high saturation magnetization of magnetite nanoparticles as the core, by using polyol route and silver shell by chemical reduction. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analyses confirmed that the particles so produced were monophase. The magnetic properties of the product were investigated by using a vibrating sample magnetometer. Magnetic saturation of magnetite was 91 emu/g that around about bulk magnetization. This high saturation magnetization can be attributed to the thin dead layer. By using polyethylene glycol as a surfactant to separate and restrict the growth of the particles, magnetostatic interactions are in good agreement with the remanence ratio analysis. Morphology and the average size of the particles were determined with field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM). Spherical aggregates of Fe3O4 (size around 73 nm) are composed of a small primary particle size of about 16 nm. Silver deposition was done using butylamine as the reductant of AgNO3 in ethanol with different ratio. The silver layers were estimated using statistical histogram images of FESEM. Silver-coated iron oxide nanohybrids have been used in a broad range of applications, including chemical and biological sensing, due to the broad absorption in the optical region associated with localized surface plasmon resonance.


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