Mesoporous Silica Matrix as a Tool for Minimizing Dipolar Interactions in NiFe₂O₄ and ZnFe₂O₄ Nanoparticles

Nanomaterials (Basel). 2017 Jun 22;7(7):151. doi: 10.3390/nano7070151.


NiFe₂O₄ and ZnFe₂O₄ nanoparticles have been prepared encased in the MCM (Mobile Composition of Matter) type matrix. Their magnetic behavior has been studied and compared with that corresponding to particles of the same composition and of a similar size (prepared and embedded in amorphous silica or as bare particles). This study has allowed elucidation of the role exerted by the matrix and interparticle interactions in the magnetic behavior of each ferrite system. Thus, very different superparamagnetic behavior has been found in ferrite particles of similar size depending on the surrounding media. Also, the obtained results clearly provide evidence of the vastly different magnetic behavior for each ferrite system.

Keywords: MCM-matrix; dipolar interactions; ferrite; matrix effect; superparamagnetic.