We show that sonochemistry is an efficient and facile route for quantitative coating of γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles with octadecyltrihydrosilane (OTHS, CH3(CH2)17SiH3). The presence of C-H stretching (2950-2850 cm-1) (1475-1375 cm-1) bands, and the absence of peaks at 2150 and 925 cm-1 (Si-H stretching and bending respectively) confirm the presence of grafted hydrocarbon chains in the irradiated sample, hence the reaction of OTHS with γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles. The coated nanoparticles show increased magnetization compared to the uncoated ones. X-ray diffraction, magnetization studies, Mössbauer spectra, and electron paramagnetic resonance spectra reveal that the magnetic ordering is more prominent in the OTHS-coated γ-Fe2O3 sample because of improved crystallinity.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Chemistry of Materials|
|State||Published - 2002|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Materials Chemistry