An X-ray absorption investigation of the formation of cobalt ferrites nanoparticles in an aerogel silica matrix

Carta, Daniela and Mountjoy, Gavin and Navarra, Gabriele and Casula, Maria Francesca and Loche, Danilo and Marras, Sergio and Corrias, Anna (2007) An X-ray absorption investigation of the formation of cobalt ferrites nanoparticles in an aerogel silica matrix. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 111 (17). pp. 6308-6317. ISSN 1932-7447 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) techniques at both Fe and Co K-edges were used to investigate the formation of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles embedded in a silica aerogel matrix as a function of calcination temperature and CoFe2O4 content. In particular, nanocomposite aerogels containing relative CoFe2O4 amounts of 5 and 10 wt % and calcined at 450, 750, and 900 degrees C were studied. The evolution of the nanophase with calcination temperatures depends on the composition. In the sample containing 10 wt % of nanophase, results indicate that CoFe2O4 nanocrystals were formed after calcination at 750 degrees C, whereas in the sample containing 5 wt % of nanophase, they were obtained only after calcination at 900 degrees C. Quantitative determination of the distribution of the iron and cobalt phase in the octahedral and tetrahedral sites of the spinel structure shows that cobalt ferrite prepared by sol-gel has a partially inverted spinel structure with a degree of inversion around 0.70.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Physical Sciences > Functional Materials Group
Depositing User: Gavin Mountjoy
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2008 13:56
Last Modified: 15 May 2014 13:12
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/9918 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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