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A Study of γ-Fe2O3 Nanoparticles Modified Using ZnCl2 during Synthesis

Author(s): Longlong Chen | Jian Li

Journal: Advances in Materials Physics and Chemistry
ISSN 2162-531X

Volume: 03;
Issue: 01;
Start page: 31;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Composite Nanoparticle | Spinel Structure | X-Ray Diffraction | Scherrer Equation

Surface modification of γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles synthesized by a chemically induced transition has been attempted by adding ZnCl2 during synthesis. The structure of the modified particles was studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The experimental results showed that ZnFe2O4 grew epitaxially on the γ- Fe2O3 crystallites to form composite nanoparticles with the spinel structure, on which FeCl3 might be adsorbed. The apparent grain size dc estimated by XRD using the Scherrer equation was larger rather than smaller than the average particle size  measured by TEM. This paradox can be explained by the effect of absorption in the coating heterolayer.
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