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South African Journal of Chemistry

On-line version ISSN 1996-840X
Print version ISSN 0379-4350


TONG, Ruili et al. Study of preparation and properties on polymer-modified magnetite nanoparticles. S.Afr.j.chem. (Online) [online]. 2015, vol.68, pp.99-104. ISSN 1996-840X.

In this paper, polyacrylamide (PAM)-modified magnetite (Fe3O4) nanoparticles were prepared by in situ polymerization in aqueous solution. The particle size, morphology, crystal phase and magnetic properties were measured utilizing scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), respectively. The size distribution and stability of the nano-particles in aqueous solution were evaluated using the laser particle size analyzer and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis). The influences of the dose of acrylamide (AM) and the pH value on the particle size and stability were also examined. The results showed that the Fe3O4 nanoparticles possessed superparamagnetic property and super dispersion stability in aqueous solution after PAM modification.

Keywords : Magnetite (Fe3O4); nanoparticles; superparamagnetism; polymer modification; colloidal stability.

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