Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Issue 11, 2021
Previous Article Next Article

Mixing iron oxide nanoparticles with different shape and size for tunable magneto-heating performance

Author affiliations

Abstract

Tuning the magnetic properties of nanoparticles is a strategic goal to use them in the most effective way to perform specific functions in the nanomedicine field. We report a systematic study carried out on a set of samples obtained by mixing together iron oxide nanoparticles with different shape: elongated with aspect ratio ∼5.2 and mean volume of the order of 103 nm3 (excluding the silica coating) and spherical with mean volume one order of magnitude larger. These structural features of the nanoparticles together with their aggregation state determine the magnetic anisotropy and the magnetic relaxation processes. In particular, the spherical nanoparticles turn out to be more stable against superparamagnetic relaxation. Mixing the nanoparticles in different proportions allows to modulate the magnetic response of the samples. The two populations of nanoparticles magnetically influence each other through a mean field mechanism, which depends crucially on temperature and rules the hysteretic magnetic properties and their thermal evolution. This magnetic phenomenology has a direct impact on the ability of the mixed samples to generate heat under an alternating magnetic field, a key function in view of nanomedicine applications. Under proper testing conditions, the heating efficiency of the mixed samples is larger compared to that obtained as the sum of those of the parent nanoparticles. This occurs thanks to the mean field produced by the magnetically blocked spherical nanoparticles that stabilizes the thermally fluctuating moments of the elongated ones, which therefore contribute more effectively to the heat production.

Graphical abstract: Mixing iron oxide nanoparticles with different shape and size for tunable magneto-heating performance

Back to tab navigation

Supplementary files

Article information


Submitted
26 Dec 2020
Accepted
16 Feb 2021
First published
11 Mar 2021

This article is Open Access

Nanoscale, 2021,13, 5714-5729
Article type
Paper

Mixing iron oxide nanoparticles with different shape and size for tunable magneto-heating performance

J. G. Ovejero, F. Spizzo, M. P. Morales and L. Del Bianco, Nanoscale, 2021, 13, 5714
DOI: 10.1039/D0NR09121A

This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported Licence. Material from this article can be used in other publications provided that the correct acknowledgement is given with the reproduced material and it is not used for commercial purposes.

Reproduced material should be attributed as follows:

  • For reproduction of material from NJC:
    [Original citation] - Published by The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) on behalf of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the RSC.
  • For reproduction of material from PCCP:
    [Original citation] - Published by the PCCP Owner Societies.
  • For reproduction of material from PPS:
    [Original citation] - Published by The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) on behalf of the European Society for Photobiology, the European Photochemistry Association, and RSC.
  • For reproduction of material from all other RSC journals:
    [Original citation] - Published by The Royal Society of Chemistry.

Information about reproducing material from RSC articles with different licences is available on our Permission Requests page.


Social activity

Search articles by author

Spotlight

Advertisements