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Synthesis of ordered mesoporous Fe3O4 and gamma-Fe2O3 with crystalline walls using post-template reduction/oxidation

Chadwick, Alan V., Bruce, Peter G., Womes, Manfred, Harrison, Andrew, Jumas, Jean-Claude, Jiao, Feng (2006) Synthesis of ordered mesoporous Fe3O4 and gamma-Fe2O3 with crystalline walls using post-template reduction/oxidation. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 128 (39). pp. 12905-12909. ISSN 0002-7863. (doi:10.1021/ja063662i) (KAR id:8961)

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Ordered mesoporous Fe3O4 with crystalline walls (inverse spinel structure) has been synthesized for the first time, representing to the best of our knowledge, the first synthesis of a reduced mesoporous iron oxide. Synthesis was achieved by reducing ordered mesoporous alpha-Fe2O3 (corundum structure) to Fe3O4 spinel then to gamma-Fe2O3 by oxidation, while preserving the ordered mesostructure and crystalline walls throughout. Such solid/solid transformations demonstrate the stability of the mesostructure to structural phase transitions from the hexagonal close packed oxide subarray of alpha-Fe2O3 (corundum structure) to the cubic close packed subarray of Fe3O4 spinel and gamma-Fe2O3. Preliminary magnetic measurements reveal that the spins in both Fe3O4 and gamma-Fe2O3 are frozen at 295 K, despite the wall thickness (7 nm) being less than the lower limit for such freezing in corresponding nanoparticles (> 8 nm).

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1021/ja063662i
Projects: ALISTORE
Subjects: Q Science
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Physics and Astronomy
Funders: European Commission (
Depositing User: Alan Chadwick
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2008 12:47 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 10:38 UTC
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