We demonstrate the synthesis of zirconia nanoparticles in a lipid matrix by a simple, low temperature beaker-based process. This is accomplished by electrostatic entrapment of ZrF62- ions within thermally evaporated octadecylamine (ODA) thin films followed by the low-temperature in situ hydrolysis of the entrapped metal ion complexes. The zirconia particles thus formed were of the monoclinic phase and were fairly monodisperse with particles of average size 40 nm. The zirconia crystallites appeared to exhibit preferred orientation indicating epitaxial growth of the crystals within the lipid matrix. The formation of zirconia nanoparticles in the lipid matrix was investigated using quartz crystal microgravimetry (QCM), optical absorption spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques.
- Electrostatic entrapment
- Lipid films
- Soft chemistry
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry