Au-coated Fe nanoparticles have been prepared by using a reverse micelle method through reduction of an aqueous solution. Characterizations have been carried out over time to probe the oxidation of Fe. Immediately after synthesis, the samples exhibit metallic conduction and a negative magnetoresistance, consistent with the presence of α-Fe. The temperature dependence of magnetization displays a maximum at a blocking temperature of around 150 K. After a period of 1 month, the samples exhibit insulating behavior, indicating the oxidation of the Fe core. Mössbauer spectroscopy indicates the presence of an α-Fe component and a broad distribution of local environments.
S. Cho et al., "Characterization and Magnetic Properties of Core/Shell Structured Fe/Au Nanoparticles," Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 95, no. 11, pp. 6804-6806, American Institute of Physics (AIP), Jun 2004.
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Keywords and Phrases
Metallic Conduction; Nanoparticles; Reverse Micelle Method; Zero-field Cooling (ZFC); Coercive Force; Giant Magnetoresistance; Hysteresis; Iron; Magnetic Moments; Magnetization; Micelles; Mössbauer Spectroscopy; Oxidation; Reduction; SQUIDs; Superparamagnetism; Synthesis (Chemical); Transmission Electron Microscopy; Transport Properties; X Ray Diffraction Analysis; Nanostructured Materials; Iron; Nanoparticles
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