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  1. Preparing and Testing a Magnetic Antimicrobial Silver Nanocomposite for Water Disinfection to Gain Experience at the Nanochemistry-Microbiology Interface

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    Furlan, Ping Y.; Fisher, Adam J.; Melcer, Michael E.; Furlan, Alexander Y.; Warren, John B.

    2017-01-01

    We describe a 2 h introductory laboratory procedure that prepares a novel magnetic antimicrobial activated carbon nanocomposite in which nanoscale sized magnetite and silver particles are incorporated (MACAg). The MACAg nanocomposite has achieved the synergistic properties derived from its components and demonstrated its applicability as an…

  2. Preparation of novel magnetic polyurethane foam nanocomposites by using core-shell nanoparticles

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    Mir Mohammad Alavi Nikje

    Full Text Available Abstract Iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles (NP's converted to the core- shell structres by reacting with by n-(2-aminoethyl-3-aminopropyl trimethoxysilane (AEAP incorporated in polyurethane flexible (PUF foam formulations. Fourier transform spectra, thermal gravimetric analysis, scanning electron images, thermo-mechanical analysis and magnetic properties of the prepared nanocomposites were studied. Obtained data shown that by the increasing of the amine modified magnetic iron oxide NP's up to 3% in the polymer matrix, thermal and magnetic properties improved in comparison with pristine foams. In addition, due to the presence of functional groups on the magnetic NP's surface, hard phases formation decrease in the bulk polymer and cause decreasing of glass transition temperature.

  3. Preparation and drug-loading properties of Fe3O4/Poly(styrene-co-acrylic acid) magnetic polymer nanocomposites

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    Lu, Wensheng; Shen, Yuhua; Xie, Anjian; Zhang, Weiqiang

    2013-11-01

    Fe3O4/poly(styrene-co-acrylic acid) magnetic polymer nanocomposites were synthesized by the dispersion polymerization method using styrene as hard monomer, acrylic acid as functional monomer, Fe3O4 nanoparticles modified with oleic acid as core, and poly(styrene-co-acrylic acid) as shell. Drug-loading properties of magnetic polymer nanocomposites with curcumin as a model drug were also studied. The results indicated that magnetic polymer nanocomposites with monodisperse were obtained, the particle size distribution was 50-120 nm, and the average size was about 100 nm. The contents of poly(styrene-co-acrylic acid) and Fe3O4 nanoparticles in magnetic polymer nanocomposites were 74% and 24.7%, respectively. The drug-loading capacity and entrapment efficiency were 2.5% and 44.4%, respectively. The saturation magnetization of magnetic polymer nanocomposites at 300 K was 20.2 emu/g without coercivity and remanence. The as-prepared magnetic polymer nanocomposites have not only lots of functional carboxyl groups but also stronger magnetic response, which might have potential applications in drug carrier and targeted drug release.

  4. Preparation technology and magnetic properties of Nd9.5Fe77B6Co5Zr2.5 nanocomposite magnets

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    HUANG Zhao-hua; NI Jian-sen; XU Hui; WANG Zhan-yong; ZHOU Bang-xin

    2006-01-01

    The preparation technology and magnetic properties of Nd9.5Fe77B6Co5Zr2.5 nanocomposite magnets were investigated by melt spinning and crystallization process. The nonuniform composition and grain size can be induced by nanocomposite magnet prepared by arc-melt-spinning process, which will decrease the magnetic properties. These can be avoided by modification of preparing process. Induction-melt-spinning furnace was designed successfully and applied to prepare nanocomposite magnets. The bonded magnet with Br=0.736, Hcb=418 kA/m, Hcj=630 kA/m, Mr/Ms=0.7 and (BH)max=82.4 kJ/m3 was prepared by this technology.

  5. Preparation and Magnetic Properties of Melt-Spinning Nd2Fe14B/α-Fe Nanocomposite Magnets

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    王伟; 倪建森; 徐晖; 周邦新; 李强; 王占勇

    2004-01-01

    Nd11Fe71Co8V1.5Cr1B7.5 magnet was prepared by melt-spinning and subsequently annealed. The effects of the wheel speed on the magnetic properties and microstructure were studied. The results reveal that fine nanocomposite microstructure consisting of Nd2Fe14B and α-Fe phases can be developed at an optimum wheel speed of about 21 m·s-1. After optimal annealing (640 ℃×4 min), magnetic properties of Br=0.64 T, jHc=903.5 kA·m-1 and (BH)max=71 kJ·m-3 were obtained for the bonded magnets. The addition of Cr element significantly reduces grain size, increasing the intrinsic coercivity and maximum magnetic energy product.

  6. Sonochemical Preparation of Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Hyoung Jin Choi

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Thisreview covers sonochemical fabrication of polymer nanocomposites. In addition to its application to the synthesis of various polymeric systems, due to its powerful efficiency, sonochemistry has been widely used not only as the assistant of dispersion for nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes (CNT and organophillic clay, but also as a special initiator to enhance polymerization for fabrication of polymer nanocomposites with CNT and metallic nanoparticles. Recent developments in the preparation of multi-walled carbon nanotube/polymer nanocomposites with polystyrene and PMMA, magnetic particle/CNT composites and polymer/clay nanocomposites along with their physical characteristics and potential engineering applications will be introduced. Physical characterizations include morphological, thermal, and rheological properties under either an applied electric or magnetic field.

  7. Magnetic nanocomposite sensor

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    Alfadhel, Ahmed

    2016-05-06

    A magnetic nanocomposite device is described herein for a wide range of sensing applications. The device utilizes the permanent magnetic behavior of the nanowires to allow operation without the application of an additional magnetic field to magnetize the nanowires, which simplifies miniaturization and integration into microsystems. In5 addition, the nanocomposite benefits from the high elasticity and easy patterning of the polymer-based material, leading to a corrosion-resistant, flexible material that can be used to realize extreme sensitivity. In combination with magnetic sensor elements patterned underneath the nanocomposite, the nanocomposite device realizes highly sensitive and power efficient flexible artificial cilia sensors for flow measurement or tactile sensing.

  8. Preparation, Characterization and Magnetic Properties of PANI/La-substituted LiNi Ferrite Nanocomposites

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    JIANG, Jing; LI, Liang-Chao; XU, Feng

    2006-01-01

    Magnetic nanocomposites containing polyaniline (PANI)-coated La-substituted LiNi ferrite (LiNi0.5La0.02Fe1.98O4)were synthesized by in situ polymerization in aqueous solution of hydrochloric acid. The nanocomposites exhibited the magnetic hysteresis nature under applied magnetic field. The saturation magnetization (Ms) and coercivity (Hc)varied with the ferrite content. The obtained nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD),transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), UV-Visible spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). TEM and SEM studies showed that the nanocomposites present the core-shell structure. The results of XRD patterns, FT-IR and UV-Visible spectra indicated the formation of PANI-LiNi0.5La0.02Fe1.98O4 nanocomposites and showed that the interaction existed between PANI backbone and ferrite particles in the nanocomposites. The bonding mechanism in the nanocomposites has been proposed.

  9. Preparation and investigation of structural properties of magnetic diatomite nanocomposites formed with different iron content

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    Yusan, Sabriye, E-mail: sabriye.doyurum@ege.edu.tr [Ege University, Institute of Nuclear Sciences, 35100 Bornova, Izmir (Turkey); Korzhynbayeva, Kuralay [Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, 050040 Almaty (Kazakhstan); Aytas, Sule [Ege University, Institute of Nuclear Sciences, 35100 Bornova, Izmir (Turkey); Tazhibayeva, Sagdat; Musabekov, Kuanyshbek [Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, 050040 Almaty (Kazakhstan)

    2014-09-01

    Highlights: • Magnetic diatomite nanocomposites were generated by partial reduction co-precipitation method. • VSM results showed that nanocomposites have superparamagnetic behaviour. • The nanocomposites were also characterized by XRD, FTIR, SEM, DTA/TGA and BET. - Abstract: Magnetic diatomite nanocomposites (MDNC) were synthesized successfully by partial reduction co-precipitation method from iron salt solution at different concentrations and characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermal analyses (DTA/TGA), vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) and surface area measurements (BET). The XRD pattern of magnetic diatomite nanocomposites is face centered cubic with an average diameter of 4.67, 4.11 and 4. 82 nm as MDNC-1, MDNC-2 and MDNC-3, respectively. The saturation magnetization values for magnetic diatomite composites (diatomite/Fe ratio 1:1.5, 1:2.0 and 1:3.0) were found to be 13.81, 13.37 and 16.42 emu/g, respectively. By FT-IR spectra it was found that the main features of the silica framework were maintained after magnetite incorporation and some peak intensities were increased with magnetite loading. The cell parameter increase and the surface area decrease with increase in Fe content, observed by N{sub 2} adsorption–desorption technique, were considered as evidence of metal concentration effect in the synthesis procedure.

  10. Magnetic properties of cobalt ferrite-silica nanocomposites prepared by a sol-gel autocombustion technique

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    Cannas, C.; Musinu, A.; Piccaluga, G.

    2006-01-01

    The magnetic properties of cobalt ferrite-silica nanocomposites with different concentrations (15, 30, and 50 wt %) and sizes (7, 16, and 28 nm) of ferrite particles have been studied by static magnetization measurements and Mossbauer spectroscopy. The results indicate a superparamagnetic behavio...

  11. Preparation of magnetic Ni@graphene nanocomposites and efficient removal organic dye under assistance of ultrasound

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    Zhao, Chuang; Guo, Jianhui; Yang, Qing; Tong, Lei; Zhang, Jingwei; Zhang, Jiwei; Gong, Chunhong; Zhou, Jingfang; Zhang, Zhijun

    2015-12-01

    In this article, we report a facile one-step synthesis of Ni@graphene nanocomposite microspheres (NGs) in hydrazine hydrate solution under ultrasound conditions. During the ultrasonic process, graphene oxide (GO) was reduced effectively under mild conditions and Ni nanoparticles were simultaneously formed and anchored on graphene sheets, which act as spacers to keep the neighboring sheets separated. The target products exhibit excellent performance for fast and efficient removal of dye contaminants, rhodamine B (RhB) in aqueous solution, under assistance of ultrasound. Finally, the nanocomposites can be easily separated from solution by a magnet. Furthermore, higher content of graphene can be produced under sonication, which facilitates faster and more efficient removal of organic contaminates in the solution. The nanocomposites were also characterized by scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction and thermogravimetric analysis.

  12. Magnetic α-Fe2O3/MCM-41 nanocomposites: preparation, characterization, and catalytic activity for methylene blue degradation.

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    Ursachi, Irina; Stancu, Alexandru; Vasile, Aurelia

    2012-07-01

    Catalysts based on nanosized magnetic iron oxide stabilized inside the pore system of ordered mesoporous silica MCM-41 have been prepared. The obtained materials were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), and N(2) adsorption-desorption isotherm. XRD analysis showed that the obtained materials consist from the pure hematite crystalline phase (α-Fe(2)O(3)) dispersed within ordered mesoporous silica MCM-41. Magnetic measurements show that the obtained nanocomposites exhibit at room temperature weak ferromagnetic behavior with slender hysteresis. The catalytic activity of the magnetic α-Fe(2)O(3)/MCM-41 nanocomposites was evaluated by the degradation of methylene blue (MB) aqueous solution. For this purpose, an ultrasound-assisted Fenton-like process was used. The effect of solution pH on degradation of MB was investigated. The results indicated that US-H(2)O(2)-α-Fe(2)O(3)/MCM-41 nanocomposite system is effective for the degradation of MB, suggesting its great potential in removal of dyes from wastewater. It was found that the degradation rate of MB increases with decrease in the pH value of the solution.

  13. Preparation and drug-loading properties of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Poly(styrene-co-acrylic acid) magnetic polymer nanocomposites

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    Lu, Wensheng [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei 230039 (China); Coordination Chemistry Institute, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Life Science, Chaohu University, Chaohu 238000 (China); Shen, Yuhua, E-mail: s_yuhua@163.com [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei 230039 (China); Xie, Anjian [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei 230039 (China); Zhang, Weiqiang [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei 230039 (China); Coordination Chemistry Institute, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Life Science, Chaohu University, Chaohu 238000 (China)

    2013-11-15

    Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/poly(styrene-co-acrylic acid) magnetic polymer nanocomposites were synthesized by the dispersion polymerization method using styrene as hard monomer, acrylic acid as functional monomer, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles modified with oleic acid as core, and poly(styrene-co-acrylic acid) as shell. Drug-loading properties of magnetic polymer nanocomposites with curcumin as a model drug were also studied. The results indicated that magnetic polymer nanocomposites with monodisperse were obtained, the particle size distribution was 50–120 nm, and the average size was about 100 nm. The contents of poly(styrene-co-acrylic acid) and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles in magnetic polymer nanocomposites were 74% and 24.7%, respectively. The drug-loading capacity and entrapment efficiency were 2.5% and 44.4%, respectively. The saturation magnetization of magnetic polymer nanocomposites at 300 K was 20.2 emu/g without coercivity and remanence. The as-prepared magnetic polymer nanocomposites have not only lots of functional carboxyl groups but also stronger magnetic response, which might have potential applications in drug carrier and targeted drug release.

  14. Preparation of RGO/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/poly (acrylic acid) hydrogel nanocomposites with improved magnetic, thermal and electrochemical properties

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    Didehban, K.H., E-mail: Didehban95@gmail.com; Mohammadi, L.; Azimvand, J.

    2017-07-01

    A hydrogel nanocomposite composed of reduced graphene oxide (RGO), iron oxide (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) nanoparticles, and polyacrylic acid (PAA) was prepared using radical polymerization. Different percentages of RGO, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, and PAA were used to prepare the nanocomposite. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) results confirmed the formation of the nanocomposite’s chemical structure. X-ray power diffraction (XRD) patterns revealed the principal peak’s 2θ value to be 77.39° with the size of the nanocomposite particles estimated at 96 nm. Results indicated that the electrochemical capacity of the nanocomposites was controlled by the weight percentage of RGO. Increases to the potential scan rate reduced porosity and surface area, thereby decreasing the electrochemical capacity of the nanocomposites. Moreover, increasing the percentage of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles in the nanocomposites improved their magnetic characteristics and thermal properties. The latter also improved when the RGO percentage increased. - Highlights: • A hydrogel nanocomposite composed of RGO/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/PAA was synthesized successfully. • Increasing the percentage of iron nanoparticles improved magnetic properties. • Increasing the percentage of RGO improved thermal and electrochemical capacity. • The Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles directly affected magnetic properties.

  15. Preparation and Magnetic Properties of Anisotropic (Sm,PrCo5/Fe Nanocomposites Particles via Electroless Plating

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    Shi Wang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Anisotropic (Sm,PrCo5/Fe nanocomposites particles were prepared by electroless plating iron on the surface of (Sm,PrCo5 nanoflakes after being prepared by ball milling for 4 h. A uniform and continuous coating layer was obtained due to the addition of complexing agent and the particle size of the reduced Fe particles was in the range of 10~20 nm. When the nominal addition of Fe was 15 wt%, the nanocomposites show enhanced remnant and saturation magnetization: Mr=53.35 emu/g, Ms=73.08 emu/g compared to the noncoated nanoflakes with Mr=48.52 emu/g, Ms=60.15 emu/g, while the coercivity drops from 10.33 kOe to 8.89 kOe. The effect of Fe content on the magnetic properties of the magnets is also discussed.

  16. Chemical modification of magnetite nanoparticles and preparation of acrylic-base magnetic nanocomposite particles via miniemulsion polymerization

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    Mahdieh, Athar; Mahdavian, Ali Reza; Salehi-Mobarakeh, Hamid

    2017-03-01

    Nowadays, magnetic nanocomposite particles have attracted many interests because of their versatile applications. A new method for chemical modification of Fe3O4 nanoparticles with polymerizable groups is presented here. After synthesis of Fe3O4 nanoparticles by co-precipitation method, they were modified sequentially with 3-aminopropyl triethoxysilane (APTES), acryloyl chloride (AC) and benzoyl chloride (BC) and all were characterized by FTIR, XRD, SEM and TGA analyses. Then the modified magnetite nanoparticles with unsaturated acrylic groups were copolymerized with methyl methacrylate (MMA), butyl acrylate (BA) and acrylic acid (AA) through miniemulsion polymerization. Although several reports exist on preparation of magnetite-base polymer particles, but the efficiency of magnetite encapsulationwith reasonable content and obtaining final stable latexes with limited aggregation ofFe3O4 are still important issues. These were considered here by controlling reaction parameters. Hence, a seriesofmagneticnanocomposites latex particlescontaining different amounts of Fe3O4 nanoparticles (0-10 wt%) were prepared with core-shell morphology and diameter below 200 nm and were characterized by FT-IR, DSC and TGA analyses. Their morphology and size distribution were studied by SEM, TEM and DLS analyses too. Magnetic properties of all products were also measuredby VSM analysis and the results revealed almost superparamagnetic properties for the obtained nanocomposite particles.

  17. Preparation and characterization of polymer nanocomposites coated magnetic nanoparticles for drug delivery applications

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    Prabha, G., E-mail: gprabhagovinn@gmail.com; Raj, V., E-mail: alaguraj2@rediffmail.com

    2016-06-15

    In the present research work, the anticancer drug ‘curcumin’ is loaded with Chitosan (CS)-polyethylene glycol (PEG)-polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) (CS-PEG-PVP) polymer nanocomposites coated with superparamagnetic iron oxide (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) nanoparticles. The system can be used for targeted and controlled drug delivery of anticancer drugs with reduced side effects and greater efficiency. The prepared nanoparticles were characterized by Fourier transmission infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Curcumin drug loaded Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-CS, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-CS-PEG and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-CS-PEG-PVP nanoparticles exhibited the mean particle size in the range of 183–390 nm with a zeta potential value of 26–41 mV as measured using Malvern Zetasizer. The encapsulation efficiency, loading capacity and in-vitro drug release behavior of curcumin drug loaded Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-CS, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-CS-PEG and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-CS-PEG-PVP nanoparticles were studied using UV spectrophotometer. Besides, the cytotoxicity of the prepared nanoparticles using MTT assay was also studied. The curcumin drug release was examined at different pH medium and it was proved that the drug release depends upon the pH medium in addition to the nature of matrix. - Highlights: • The considered drug carrier Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-CS-PEG-PVP nanoparticles were prepared and entrapping (Curcumin). • The amount of the drug had great effect on the drug LC and EE and zeta potential Nanocomposites. • The Curcumin- loaded Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-CS, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-CS-PEG and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-CS-PEG-PVP nanocomposites showed pH responsive drug release.

  18. Magnetic properties of cobalt ferrite-silica nanocomposites prepared by a sol-gel autocombustion technique.

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    Cannas, C; Musinu, A; Piccaluga, G; Fiorani, D; Peddis, D; Rasmussen, H K; Mørup, S

    2006-10-28

    The magnetic properties of cobalt ferrite-silica nanocomposites with different concentrations (15, 30, and 50 wt %) and sizes (7, 16, and 28 nm) of ferrite particles have been studied by static magnetization measurements and Mossbauer spectroscopy. The results indicate a superparamagnetic behavior of the nanoparticles, with weak interactions slightly increasing with the cobalt ferrite content and with the particle size. From high-field Mossbauer spectra at low temperatures, the cationic distribution and the degree of spin canting have been estimated and both parameters are only slightly dependent on the particle size. The magnetic anisotropy constant increases with decreasing particle size, but in contrast to many other systems, the cobalt ferrite nanoparticles are found to have an anisotropy constant that is smaller than the bulk value. This can be explained by the distribution of the cations. The weak dependence of spin canting degree on particle size indicates that the spin canting is not simply a surface phenomenon but also occurs in the interiors of the particles.

  19. Preparation of Au-polydopamine functionalized carbon encapsulated Fe₃O₄ magnetic nanocomposites and their application for ultrasensitive detection of carcino-embryonic antigen.

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    Ji, Lei; Yan, Tao; Li, Yan; Gao, Jian; Wang, Qi; Hu, Lihua; Wu, Dan; Wei, Qin; Du, Bin

    2016-02-12

    A novel carbon encapsulated Fe3O4 nanoparticles embedded in two-dimensional (2D) porous graphitic carbon nanocomposites (Fe3O4@C@PGC nanocomposites) were synthesized by situ synthesis strategy, which provided a sensor platform owing to a large aspect ratio and porous structure. Polydopamine (PDA) were modified on the surface of Fe3O4@C@PGC nanocomposites through self-polymerization of dopamine, acting as both the reductant and template for one-step synthesis of gold nanoparticles. The prepared Au/PDA/Fe3O4@C@PGC nanocomposites show ferromagnetic features, extremely excellent electron transfer, large specific surface area and excellent dispersing property. These are conducive to the electrochemical signal output and the immobilization of antibody. In this work, a highly label-free sensitive magnetic immunosensor was developed based on Au/PDA/Fe3O4@C@PGC nanocomposites for the detection of carcino-embryonic antigen (CEA). The magnetic glassy carbon electrode was used to fix the Au/PDA/Fe3O4@C@PGC nanocomposites with the help of magnetic force. Under the optimal conditions, the immunosensor exhibited a wide linear range (0.001 ng/mL-20.0 ng/mL), a low detection limit (0.33 pg/mL), good reproducibility, selectivity and acceptable stability. The proposed sensing strategy may provide a potential application in the detection of other cancer biomarkers.

  20. Preparation of Au-polydopamine functionalized carbon encapsulated Fe3O4 magnetic nanocomposites and their application for ultrasensitive detection of carcino-embryonic antigen

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    Ji, Lei; Yan, Tao; Li, Yan; Gao, Jian; Wang, Qi; Hu, Lihua; Wu, Dan; Wei, Qin; Du, Bin

    2016-01-01

    A novel carbon encapsulated Fe3O4 nanoparticles embedded in two-dimensional (2D) porous graphitic carbon nanocomposites (Fe3O4@C@PGC nanocomposites) were synthesized by situ synthesis strategy, which provided a sensor platform owing to a large aspect ratio and porous structure. Polydopamine (PDA) were modified on the surface of Fe3O4@C@PGC nanocomposites through self-polymerization of dopamine, acting as both the reductant and template for one-step synthesis of gold nanoparticles. The prepared Au/PDA/Fe3O4@C@PGC nanocomposites show ferromagnetic features, extremely excellent electron transfer, large specific surface area and excellent dispersing property. These are conducive to the electrochemical signal output and the immobilization of antibody. In this work, a highly label-free sensitive magnetic immunosensor was developed based on Au/PDA/Fe3O4@C@PGC nanocomposites for the detection of carcino-embryonic antigen (CEA). The magnetic glassy carbon electrode was used to fix the Au/PDA/Fe3O4@C@PGC nanocomposites with the help of magnetic force. Under the optimal conditions, the immunosensor exhibited a wide linear range (0.001 ng/mL–20.0 ng/mL), a low detection limit (0.33 pg/mL), good reproducibility, selectivity and acceptable stability. The proposed sensing strategy may provide a potential application in the detection of other cancer biomarkers. PMID:26868035

  1. Preparation and characterization of polymer nanocomposites coated magnetic nanoparticles for drug delivery applications

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    Prabha, G.; Raj, V.

    2016-06-01

    In the present research work, the anticancer drug 'curcumin' is loaded with Chitosan (CS)-polyethylene glycol (PEG)-polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) (CS-PEG-PVP) polymer nanocomposites coated with superparamagnetic iron oxide (Fe3O4) nanoparticles. The system can be used for targeted and controlled drug delivery of anticancer drugs with reduced side effects and greater efficiency. The prepared nanoparticles were characterized by Fourier transmission infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Curcumin drug loaded Fe3O4-CS, Fe3O4-CS-PEG and Fe3O4-CS-PEG-PVP nanoparticles exhibited the mean particle size in the range of 183-390 nm with a zeta potential value of 26-41 mV as measured using Malvern Zetasizer. The encapsulation efficiency, loading capacity and in-vitro drug release behavior of curcumin drug loaded Fe3O4-CS, Fe3O4-CS-PEG and Fe3O4-CS-PEG-PVP nanoparticles were studied using UV spectrophotometer. Besides, the cytotoxicity of the prepared nanoparticles using MTT assay was also studied. The curcumin drug release was examined at different pH medium and it was proved that the drug release depends upon the pH medium in addition to the nature of matrix.

  2. Preparation, microstructure and magnetic properties of Sm(Co,Hf){sub 7}/Co nanocomposite particles by polyol method

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    Bu, Shao-Jing; Duan, Xiu-Li; Han, Xu-Hao; Sun, Ji-Bing, E-mail: hbgdsjb@126.com; Chi, Xiang; Cui, Chun-Xiang

    2017-02-01

    Hard/soft Sm-Co/Co nanocomposite particles were prepared by reducing CoCl{sub 2}·6H{sub 2}O in the solution containing ball-milled Sm(Co, Hf){sub 7} particles by a simple polyol method with ethylene glycol as the solvent. Phase composition, microstructure and magnetic properties of the particles were analyzed by XRD, TEM (HRTEM) and VSM, respectively. It has been found that Sm-Co/Co core/shell structure is formed in which the Co shell is 3–5 nm in thickness and mainly exists in hcp-Co phase. At the same time, fcc-Co tends to nucleate and grow independently between Sm-Co particles. The formation mechanism of Sm-Co/Co composite particles is discussed and corresponding model is established. Sm-Co/Co composite particles perform obvious remanence enhancement effects especially after being heated at 450 °C for 15 min.

  3. Preparation, microstructure and magnetic properties of Sm(Co,Hf)7/Co nanocomposite particles by polyol method

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    Bu, Shao-Jing; Duan, Xiu-Li; Han, Xu-Hao; Sun, Ji-Bing; Chi, Xiang; Cui, Chun-Xiang

    2017-02-01

    Hard/soft Sm-Co/Co nanocomposite particles were prepared by reducing CoCl2·6H2O in the solution containing ball-milled Sm(Co, Hf)7 particles by a simple polyol method with ethylene glycol as the solvent. Phase composition, microstructure and magnetic properties of the particles were analyzed by XRD, TEM (HRTEM) and VSM, respectively. It has been found that Sm-Co/Co core/shell structure is formed in which the Co shell is 3-5 nm in thickness and mainly exists in hcp-Co phase. At the same time, fcc-Co tends to nucleate and grow independently between Sm-Co particles. The formation mechanism of Sm-Co/Co composite particles is discussed and corresponding model is established. Sm-Co/Co composite particles perform obvious remanence enhancement effects especially after being heated at 450 °C for 15 min

  4. Effects of magnetic field heat treatment on Sm–Co/α-Fe nanocomposite permanent magnetic materials prepared by high energy ball milling

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    Su, Yanfeng [Faculty of Science, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211 (China); Key Laboratory of Magnetic Materials and Devices, Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo 315201 (China); Su, Hao [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Materials and Devices, Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo 315201 (China); Zhu, Yuejin [Faculty of Science, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211 (China); Wang, Fang [School of Materials Science and Engineering, NingBo University of Technology, Ningbo, Zhe Jiang Province (China); Du, Juan; Xia, Weixing; Yan, Aru; Liu, J. Ping [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Materials and Devices, Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo 315201 (China); Zhang, Jian, E-mail: zhangj@nimte.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Materials and Devices, Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo 315201 (China)

    2015-10-25

    Effects of magnetic field heat treatment on the structure and magnetic properties of Sm–Co/α-Fe nanocomposite permanent magnetic materials fabricated by high energy ball milling are investigated in the present work. After a magnetic field heat treatment below 700 °C on as-milled amorphous Sm–Co/α-Fe samples, the nanocomposite magnets with strong hard and soft magnetic interaction, showing a hysteresis loop of single phase characteristic, are obtained. The coercivity increases with the increase of annealing temperature. The coercivity, remanence and remanence ratio of the Sm–Co/Fe nanocomposite magnets are all enhanced after a heat treatment at a magnetic field as compared with those of nanocomposite magnets heat treated without a magnetic field. X ray diffraction analysis shows that the diffusion between the Sm–Co hard and α-Fe soft phases is suppressed by the magnetic field applied during the heat treatment process, leading to the inhibition of the grain growth of nanocrystal Sm–Co and α-Fe phases, and a finer nanostructure is obtained. Thus, a higher coercivity, remanence and remanence ratio are realized in Sm–Co/α-Fe nanocomposite magnets after the magnetic field heat treatment. Magnetic field heat treatment also makes the direction of c axis of Sm–Co hard grains along the heat treatment magnetic field direction, leading to an enhancement of magnetic anisotropy of the Sm–Co/Fe nanocomposite magnets. - Highlights: • Effects of magnetic field heat treatment on SmCo{sub 5}/Fe magnets were investigated. • Magnetic properties are improved obviously after magnetic field heat treatment. • The reasons for the improvement of magnetic properties were discussed. • The results are significant for fabrication of anisotropic nanocomposite magnets.

  5. Magnetic Nanocomposite Cilia Sensors

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    Alfadhel, Ahmed

    2016-07-19

    Recent progress in the development of artificial skin concepts is a result of the increased demand for providing environment perception such as touch and flow sensing to robots, prosthetics and surgical tools. Tactile sensors are the essential components of artificial skins and attracted considerable attention that led to the development of different technologies for mimicking the complex sense of touch in humans. This dissertation work is devoted to the development of a bioinspired tactile sensing technology that imitates the extremely sensitive hair-like cilia receptors found in nature. The artificial cilia are fabricated from permanent magnetic, biocompatible and highly elastic nanocomposite material, and integrated on a giant magneto-impedance magnetic sensor to measure the stray field. A force that bends the cilia changes the stray field and is therefore detected with the magnetic sensor, providing high performance in terms of sensitivity, power consumption and versatility. The nanocomposite is made of Fe nanowires (NWs) incorporated into polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). Fe NWs have a high remanent magnetization, due the shape anisotropy; thus, they are acting as permanent nano-magnets. This allows remote device operation and avoids the need for a magnetic field to magnetize the NWs, benefiting miniaturization and the possible range of applications. The magnetic properties of the nanocomposite can be easily tuned by modifying the NWs concentration or by aligning the NWs to define a magnetic anisotropy. Tactile sensors are realized on flexible and rigid substrates that can detect flow, vertical and shear forces statically and dynamically, with a high resolution and wide operating range. The advantage to operate the sensors in liquids and air has been utilized to measure flows in different fluids in a microfluidic channel. Various dynamic studies were conducted with the tactile sensor demonstrating the detection of moving objects or the texture of objects. Overall

  6. Antifungal activity of magnetically separable Fe3O4/ZnO/AgBr nanocomposites prepared by a facile microwave-assisted method

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    Abolghasem Hoseinzadeh; Aziz Habibi-Yangjeh; Mahdi Davari

    2016-01-01

    In the present work, magnetically separable Fe3O4/ZnO/AgBr nanocomposites with different weight ra-tios of Fe3O4 to ZnO/AgBr were prepared by a facile microwave-assisted method. The resultant samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission elec-tron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDX), and vibrating sample magnetometery (VSM). Antifungal activity of the as-prepared samples was evaluated against Fusarium graminearum and Fusarium oxysporum as two phytopathogenic fungi. Among the nanocomposites, the sample with 1:8 weight ratio of Fe3O4 to ZnO/AgBr was selected as the best nanocomposite. This nanocomposite in-activates Fusarium graminearum and Fusarium oxysporum at 120 and 60 min, respectively. Moreover, it was observed that the microwave irradiation time has considerable influence on the antifungal activity and the sample prepared by irradiation for 10 min showed the best activity. Moreover, the nano-composite without any thermal treatment displayed the superior activity.

  7. Antifungal activity of magnetically separable Fe3O4/ZnO/AgBr nanocomposites prepared by a facile microwave-assisted method

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    Abolghasem Hoseinzadeh

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available In the present work, magnetically separable Fe3O4/ZnO/AgBr nanocomposites with different weight ratios of Fe3O4 to ZnO/AgBr were prepared by a facile microwave-assisted method. The resultant samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDX, and vibrating sample magnetometery (VSM. Antifungal activity of the as-prepared samples was evaluated against Fusarium graminearum and Fusarium oxysporum as two phytopathogenic fungi. Among the nanocomposites, the sample with 1:8 weight ratio of Fe3O4 to ZnO/AgBr was selected as the best nanocomposite. This nanocomposite inactivates Fusarium graminearum and Fusarium oxysporum at 120 and 60 min, respectively. Moreover, it was observed that the microwave irradiation time has considerable influence on the antifungal activity and the sample prepared by irradiation for 10 min showed the best activity. Moreover, the nanocomposite without any thermal treatment displayed the superior activity.

  8. Ultrasonic-assisted preparation of novel ternary ZnO/AgI/Fe3O4 nanocomposites as magnetically separable visible-light-driven photocatalysts with excellent activity.

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    Shekofteh-Gohari, Maryam; Habibi-Yangjeh, Aziz

    2016-01-01

    The present work demonstrates preparation of novel ternary ZnO/AgI/Fe3O4 nanocomposites, as magnetically separable visible-light-driven photocatalysts using ultrasonic irradiation method. The XRD, EDX, SEM, TEM, UV-vis DRS, FT-IR, PL, and VSM techniques was applied for characterization of structure, purity, morphology, optical, and magnetic properties of the resultant samples. The superior activity was seen for the nanocomposite with 8 weight ratio of ZnO/AgI to Fe3O4 in degradation of rhodamine B under visible-light irradiation. Photocatalytic activity of this nanocomposite in degradation of rhodamine B, methylene blue, and methyl orange is about 32, 6, and 5-fold higher than that of the ZnO/Fe3O4 nanocomposite. The highly enhanced activity of the ternary magnetic photocatalyst was mainly attributed to more visible-light absorption ability and efficiently separation of the charge carriers. Furthermore, it was revealed that the ultrasonic irradiation time and calcination temperature affect largely on the photocatalytic activity. Finally, the magnetic photocatalyst was successfully separated from the treated solution using external magnetic field.

  9. Fe(3)O(4)@Au/polyaniline multifunctional nanocomposites: their preparation and optical, electrical and magnetic properties.

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    Yu, Qiaozhen; Shi, Minmin; Cheng, Yunan; Wang, Mang; Chen, Hong-Zheng

    2008-07-02

    Fe(3)O(4)@Au/polyaniline (PANI) nanocomposites were fabricated by in situ polymerization in the presence of mercaptocarboxylic acid. The mercaptocarboxylic acid was used to introduce hydrogen bonding and/or electrostatic interaction; it acts as a template in the formation of Fe(3)O(4)@Au/PANI nanorods. The morphology and structure of the resulting nanocomposites were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction and x-ray energy dispersion spectroscopy (EDS). It was found that the nanocomposites were rod-like with an average diameter of 153 nm, and they exhibited a core-shell structure. A UV-visible spectrometer, semiconductor parameter analyzer and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) were used to characterize the optical, electrical and magnetic properties of the Fe(3)O(4)@Au/PANI nanocomposites. It was interesting to find that these properties are dependent on the molar ratio of Au to Fe(3)O(4) when the molar ratio of Fe(3)O(4)@Au to PANI is fixed. The magnetic property of the Fe(3)O(4)@Au/PANI nanocomposite is very close to superparamagnetic behavior.

  10. Porous TiO2-coated Magnetic Core-Shell Nanocomposites: Preparation and Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity

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    LIU Hongfei; JI Shengfu; ZHENG Yuanyuan; LI Ming; YANG Hao

    2013-01-01

    The core-shell structured TiO2/SiO2@Fe3O4 photocatalysts were prepared using Fe3O4 as magnetic core,tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) as silica source and tetrabutyl titanate (TBOT) as titanium sources.The as-obtained structure was composed of a SiO2@Fe3O4 core and a porous TiO2 shell.The diameter of SiO2@Fe3O4 core was about 205 nm with thickness of porous TiO2 of about 5-6 nm.The 9%TiO2/6% SiO2@Fe3O4 microspheres possess the highest BET surface area and the BJH pore volume,which are 373.5 m2·g-1 and 0.28 cm3·g-1,respectively.The 9%TiO2/6%SiO2@Fe3O4 photocatalyst exhibited an excellent performance for the degradation of methyl orange and methylene blue dyes.Two different dyes were completely decolorized in 60 rain under UV irradiation.The photocatalytic activity and the amount of catalyst were almost not decrease after recycling for 6 times by using external magnetic field.

  11. Preparation of a graphene-based magnetic nanocomposite for the extraction of carbamate pesticides from environmental water samples.

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    Wu, Qiuhua; Zhao, Guangying; Feng, Cheng; Wang, Chun; Wang, Zhi

    2011-11-04

    A graphene-based magnetic nanocomposite was synthesized and used for the first time as an effective adsorbent for the preconcentration of the five carbamate pesticides (metolcarb, carbofuran, pirimicarb, isoprocarb and diethofencarb) in environmental water samples prior to high performance liquid chromatography-diode array detection. The properties of the magnetic nanocomposite were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. This novel graphene-based magnetic nanocomposite showed great adsorptive ability towards the analytes. The method, which takes the advantages of both nanoparticle adsorption and magnetic phase separation from the sample solution, could avoid some of the time-consuming experimental procedures related to the traditional solid phase extraction. Various experimental parameters that could affect the extraction efficiencies have been investigated. Under the optimum conditions, the enrichment factors of the method for the analytes were in the range from 474 to 868. A linear response was achieved in the concentration range of 0.1-50 ng mL(-1). The limits of detection of the method at a signal to noise ratio of 3 for the pesticides were 0.02-0.04 ng mL(-1). Compared with the dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction and the ultrasound-assisted surfactant-enhanced emulsification microextraction, much higher enrichment factors and sensitivities were achieved with the developed method. The method has been successfully applied for the determination of the carbamate pesticides in environmental water samples.

  12. Thermal conductivity and viscosity of hybrid nanfluids prepared with magnetic nanodiamond-cobalt oxide (ND-Co3O4 nanocomposite

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    L. Syam Sundar

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Synthesis of magnetic nanodiamond-cobalt oxide (ND-Co3O4 nanocomposite material; preparation of nanofluids and estimation of thermal properties such as thermal conductivity and viscosity has been explained experimentally in this paper. The nanocomposite material has been synthesized by using in-situ growth technique and chemical coprecipitation between cobalt chloride and sodium borohydrate. The various techniques such as XRD, TEM, XPS and VSM have been used to confirm the ND and Co3O4 phase of synthesized nanocomposite. The hybrid nanofluids have been prepared by dispersing synthesized ND-Co3O4 nanocomposite in water, ethylene glycol/water mixtures. The thermal properties such as thermal conductivity and viscosity have been measured experimentally at different weight concentrations and temperatures. The results reveal that the thermal conductivity enhancements are about 16%, 9%, 14%, 11% and 10% for water, EG, 20:80%, 40:60%, and 60:40% EG/W based nanofluids at 0.15 wt% concentrations and at 60 °C respectively. Similarly the viscosity enhancements are about 1.45-times, 1.46-times, 1.15-times, 1.19-times, and 1.51-times for water, EG, 20:80%, 40:60%, and 60:40% EG/W based nanofluids at 0.15 wt% concentrations and at 60 °C respectively. Based on the experimental data new correlations for thermal conductivity and viscosity have been developed.

  13. Magnetic graphene based nanocomposite for uranium scavenging

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    El-Maghrabi, Heba H. [Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute, 11727, Cairo (Egypt); Abdelmaged, Shaimaa M. [Nuclear Materials Authority, 6530 P.O. Box Maadi, Cairo (Egypt); Nada, Amr A. [Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute, 11727, Cairo (Egypt); Zahran, Fouad, E-mail: f.zahran@quim.ucm.es [Faculty of Science, Helwan University, 11795, Cairo (Egypt); El-Wahab, Saad Abd; Yahea, Dena [Faculty of Science, Ain shams University, Cairo (Egypt); Hussein, G.M.; Atrees, M.S. [Nuclear Materials Authority, 6530 P.O. Box Maadi, Cairo (Egypt)

    2017-01-15

    Graphical abstract: Graphical representation of U{sup 6+} adsorption on Magnetic Ferberite-Graphene Nanocomposite. - Highlights: • Synthesis of new magnetic wolframite bimetallic nanostructure on graphene. • A promising adsorption capacity of 455 mg/g was recorded for FG-20 within 60 min at room temperature. • The uranium removal was followed pseudo-second order kinetics and Langmuir isotherm. - Abstract: Magnetic graphene based ferberite nanocomposite was tailored by simple, green, low cost and industrial effective method. The microstructure and morphology of the designed nanomaterials were examined via XRD, Raman, FTIR, TEM, EDX and VSM. The prepared nanocomposites were introduced as a novel adsorbent for uranium ions scavenging from aqueous solution. Different operating conditions of time, pH, initial uranium concentration, adsorbent amount and temperature were investigated. The experimental data shows a promising adsorption capacity. In particular, a maximum value of 455 mg/g was obtained within 60 min at room temperature with adsorption efficiency of 90.5%. The kinetics and isotherms adsorption data were fitted with the pseudo-second order model and Langmuir equation, respectively. Finally, the designed nanocomposites were found to have a great degree of sustainability (above 5 times of profiteering) with a complete maintenance of their parental morphology and adsorption capacity.

  14. Biocompatible magnetic core-shell nanocomposites for engineered magnetic tissues

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    Rodriguez-Arco, Laura; Rodriguez, Ismael A.; Carriel, Victor; Bonhome-Espinosa, Ana B.; Campos, Fernando; Kuzhir, Pavel; Duran, Juan D. G.; Lopez-Lopez, Modesto T.

    2016-04-01

    The inclusion of magnetic nanoparticles into biopolymer matrixes enables the preparation of magnetic field-responsive engineered tissues. Here we describe a synthetic route to prepare biocompatible core-shell nanostructures consisting of a polymeric core and a magnetic shell, which are used for this purpose. We show that using a core-shell architecture is doubly advantageous. First, gravitational settling for core-shell nanocomposites is slower because of the reduction of the composite average density connected to the light polymer core. Second, the magnetic response of core-shell nanocomposites can be tuned by changing the thickness of the magnetic layer. The incorporation of the composites into biopolymer hydrogels containing cells results in magnetic field-responsive engineered tissues whose mechanical properties can be controlled by external magnetic forces. Indeed, we obtain a significant increase of the viscoelastic moduli of the engineered tissues when exposed to an external magnetic field. Because the composites are functionalized with polyethylene glycol, the prepared bio-artificial tissue-like constructs also display excellent ex vivo cell viability and proliferation. When implanted in vivo, the engineered tissues show good biocompatibility and outstanding interaction with the host tissue. Actually, they only cause a localized transitory inflammatory reaction at the implantation site, without any effect on other organs. Altogether, our results suggest that the inclusion of magnetic core-shell nanocomposites into biomaterials would enable tissue engineering of artificial substitutes whose mechanical properties could be tuned to match those of the potential target tissue. In a wider perspective, the good biocompatibility and magnetic behavior of the composites could be beneficial for many other applications.The inclusion of magnetic nanoparticles into biopolymer matrixes enables the preparation of magnetic field-responsive engineered tissues. Here we

  15. Biomimetic Preparation of Magnetite/Chitosan Nanocomposite via In Situ Composite Method——Potential Use in Magnetic Tissue Repair Domain

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    2006-01-01

    This study focused on the preparation of magnetic chitosan nanocomposite that has a potential application to bone repair and regeneration using an in situ composite method where chitosan membrane was used as the template and NaOH was used as the precipitant. X-ray diffraction analysis results show the formation of magnetite in the chitosan matrix. From the magnetic measurement, it could be concluded that the magnetic chitosan rods were superparamagnetic,and that this is the unique property of nanomagnetite. Macroscopical layer structure of the magnetic chitosan rods was observed from the photographs after mechanical test, and the microlayer structure of the rods was observed from the images of scanning electron microscopy. The mechanism for preparing the rods was discussed in detail. Transmission electron microscope was used to investigate the magnetite particles in the chitosan matrix and from the images it was concluded that the magnetite particles dispersed well in chitosan matrix with particle size of about 10 nm. The mechanical properties of the magnetic chitosan rods were measured and the blending strength was found to be 98.8 MPa. The mechanical properties did not decline when compared with those of the pure chitosan materials.

  16. Morphology and magnetic properties of the ethylene-co-vinyl acetate/iron nanocomposite films prepared by implantation with Fe6+ ions

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    Božanić, Dušan K.; Draganić, Ilija; Bibić, Nataša; Luyt, Adriaan S.; Konstantinović, Zorica; Djoković, Vladimir

    2016-08-01

    Ethylene-co-vinyl acetate/iron nanocomposite films were fabricated by implantation with multiple charged ions at different fluencies. The films obtained with ion fluency of 1 × 1017 cm-2 were used for specific studies. It was found that spherical ∼1.5 nm diameter nanoparticles were formed upon implantation. They were clustered into a single 80 nm wide strip about 40 nm beneath the film surface. The magnetic measurements of the film showed that the particles exhibit superparamagnetic behavior with a blocking temperature below 5 K. A second type of the samples was also prepared with ion fluency of 1 × 1017 cm-2, but prior to implantation, the iron was evaporated onto the co-polymer surface. A nanocomposite film of different morphology was obtained upon the implantation and the particles were much smaller (∼0.8 nm). The magnetic behavior of both the films was that of isolated nanoparticles, despite the high ion fluency of 1 × 1017 cm-2.

  17. Preparation of Modified Magnetic Nanocomposites Dithiooxamide/Fe3O4 for Preconcentration and Determination of Trace Amounts of Cobalt Ions in Food and Natural Water Samples

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    Ali Mirabi

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The first study on the high efficiency of nanometer-sized magnetic nanoparticles (Fe3O4 coated with sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS and dithiooxamide as a new sorbent solid phase extraction has been reported. Modified magnetic nanicomposites was used to preconcentrate and separate Co (II ions in food and environmental water samples. Magnetic nanoparticles were prepared by chemical precipitation of Fe (II and Fe (III salts from aqueous solution by ammonia solution. These magnetic nanoparticles and nanocomposites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA and elemental analysis CHNS. A micro sample introduction system was employed for the nebulization micro-volume of diluted solution into flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS. The extraction conditions were optimized by selecting the appropriate extraction parameters including the amount of nanosorbent, pH value, volume of dithiooxamide and condition of eluting solution. The detection limit of this method for Co (II ions was 1.21 ng ml-1 and the R.S.D. was 0.9% (n=6. The advantages of this new method include rapidity, easy preparation of nanosorbents and a high preconcentration factor. The proposed method has been applied to the determination of Co (II ions at trace levels in real samples such as, kiwi, orange, cucumber, apple, green pepper, honey, potato, tap water, river water and sea water with satisfactory results.

  18. Magnetic Nanocomposite Cilia Energy Harvester

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    Khan, Mohammed Asadullah

    2016-02-11

    An energy harvester capable of converting low frequency vibrations into electrical energy is presented. The operating principle, fabrication process and output characteristics at different frequencies are discussed. The harvester is realized by fabricating an array of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) - iron nanowire nanocomposite cilia on a planar coil array. Each coil element consists of 14 turns and occupies an area of 600 μm x 600μm. The cilia are arranged in a 12x5 array and each cilium is 250 μm wide and 2 mm long. The magnetic characteristics of the fabricated cilia indicate that the nanowires are well aligned inside of the nanocomposite, increasing the efficiency of energy harvesting. The energy harvester occupies an area of 66.96 mm2 and produces an output r.m.s voltage of 206.47μV, when excited by a 40 Hz vibration of 1 mm amplitude.

  19. Biomimetic magnetic nanocomposite for smart skins

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    Alfadhel, Ahmed

    2015-11-01

    We report a biomimetic tactile sensor consisting of magnetic nanocomposite artificial cilia and magnetic sensors. The nanocomposite is fashioned from polydimethylsiloxane and iron nanowires and exhibits a permanent magnetic behavior. This enables remote operation without an additional magnetic field to magnetize the nanowires, which simplifies device integration. Moreover, the highly elastic and easy patternable nanocomposite is corrosion resistant and thermally stable. The highly sensitive and power efficient tactile sensors can detect vertical and shear forces from interactions with objects. The sensors can operate in dry and wet environment with the ability to measure different properties such as the texture and the movement or stability of objects, with easily adjustable performance.

  20. Magnetic hydrophobic nanocomposites: Silica aerogel/maghemite

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    Mendoza Zelis, P. [Departamento de Fisica-IFLP, Universidad Nacional de La Plata-CONICET (Argentina); Fernandez van Raap, M.B., E-mail: raap@fisica.unlp.edu.ar [Departamento de Fisica-IFLP, Universidad Nacional de La Plata-CONICET (Argentina); Socolovsky, L.M. [Laboratorio de Solidos Amorfos, INTECIN, Universidad de Buenos Aires-CONICET (Argentina); Leyva, A.G. [Div. Materia condensada, CNEA- ECyT-UNSAM, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Sanchez, F.H. [Departamento de Fisica-IFLP, Universidad Nacional de La Plata-CONICET (Argentina)

    2012-08-15

    Magnetic hydrophobic aerogels (MHA) in the form of nanocomposites of silica and maghemite ({gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) were prepared by one step sol-gel procedure followed by supercritical solvent extraction. Silica alcogels were obtained from TEOS, MTMS, methanol and H{sub 2}O, and Fe(III) nitrate as magnetic precursor. The hydrophobic property was achieved using the methytrimethoxysilane (MTMS) as co-precursor for surface modification. The so produced nanocomposite aerogels are monolithic, hydrophobic and magnetic. The interconnected porous structure hosts {approx}6 nm size {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles, has a mean pore diameter of 5 nm, and a specific surface area (SSA) of 698 m Superscript-Two /g. Medium range structure of MHA is determined by SAXS, which displays the typical fractal power law behavior with primary particle radius of {approx}1 nm. Magnetic properties of the nanoparticle ensembles hosted in them are studied by means of dc-magnetometry.

  1. Low temperature Mössbauer studies on magnetic nanocomposites

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    K A Malini; M R Anantharaman; Ajay Gupta

    2004-08-01

    Nanocomposites with magnetic components possessing nanometric dimensions, lying in the range 1–10 nm, are found to be exhibiting superior physical properties with respect to their coarser sized counterparts. Magnetic nanocomposites based on gamma iron oxide embedded in a polymer matrix have been prepared and characterized. The behaviour of these samples at low temperatures have been studied using Mössbauer spectroscopy. Mössbauer studies indicate that the composites consist of very fine particles of -Fe2O3 of which some amount exists in the superparamagnetic phase. The cycling of the preparative conditions were found to increase the amount of -Fe2O3 in the matrix.

  2. Preparation and characterization of ceramic/carbon coated Fe₃O₄ magnetic nanoparticle nanocomposite as a solid-phase microextraction adsorbent.

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    Heidari, Hassan; Razmi, Habib; Jouyban, Abolghasem

    2012-07-06

    A novel solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fiber based on a glass tube coated with ceramic/carbon coated Fe₃O₄ magnetic nanoparticle nanocomposite (C-Fe₃O₄/C MNP) was prepared by sol-gel technique. The carbon coated Fe₃O₄ magnetic nanoparticles were synthesized by a simple hydrothermal reaction and the resultant powder was mixed with sol-gel precursors to prepare C-Fe₃O₄/C MNP. The prepared C-Fe₃O₄/C MNP was deposited on surface of glass tubes as new substrate with a simple method. The results revealed that this procedure was a simple and reproducible technique for the preparation of SPME fibers coated with magnetic nanoparticles. The scanning electron micrographs of the fiber surface revealed a three-dimensional structure which is suitable as SPME adsorbents. Some polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were selected as model compounds for evaluating performance of the designed SPME fiber. The analytes were extracted with SPME, and desorbed using acetonitrile via ultrasonication. The extracts were analyzed by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with fluorescence detection. The results demonstrated that the proposed method based on the C-Fe₃O₄/C MNP fiber had wide dynamic linear range (0.01-350 μg L⁻¹) with good linearity (R²>0.990) and low detection limits (0.7-50 pg mL⁻¹). The relative standard deviation ranged from 6.9% to 12.2% for inter-day variations. These fibers were successfully used for the analysis of spiked water samples, which demonstrating the applicability of the home-made C-Fe₃O₄/C MNP fibers.

  3. Preparation of Au-polydopamine functionalized carbon encapsulated Fe3O4 magnetic nanocomposites and their application for ultrasensitive detection of carcino-embryonic antigen

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    Lei Ji; Tao Yan; Yan Li; Jian Gao; Qi Wang; Lihua Hu; Dan Wu; Qin Wei; Bin Du

    2016-01-01

    A novel carbon encapsulated Fe3O4 nanoparticles embedded in two-dimensional (2D) porous graphitic carbon nanocomposites (Fe3O4@C@PGC nanocomposites) were synthesized by situ synthesis strategy, which provided a sensor platform owing to a large aspect ratio and porous structure. Polydopamine (PDA) were modified on the surface of Fe3O4@C@PGC nanocomposites through self-polymerization of dopamine, acting as both the reductant and template for one-step synthesis of gold nanoparticles. The prepare...

  4. A single magnetic nanocomposite cilia force sensor

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    Alfadhel, Ahmed

    2016-04-20

    The advancements in fields like robotics and medicine continuously require improvements of sensor devices and more engagement of cooperative sensing technologies. For example, instruments such as tweezers with sensitive force sensory heads could provide the ability to sense a variety of physical quantities in real time, such as the amount and direction of the force applied or the texture of the gripped object. Force sensors with such abilities could be great solutions toward the development of smart surgical tools. In this work, a unique force sensor that can be integrated at the tips of robotic arms or surgical tools is reported. The force sensor consists of a single bioinspired, permanent magnetic and highly elastic nanocomposite cilia integrated on a magnetic field sensing element. The nanocomposite is prepared from permanent magnetic nanowires incorporated into the highly elastic polydimethylsiloxane. We demonstrate the potential of this concept by performing several experiments to show the performance of the force sensor. The developed sensor element has a 200 μm in diameter single cilium with 1:5 aspect ratio and shows a detection range up to 1 mN with a sensitivity of 1.6 Ω/mN and a resolution of 31 μN. The simple fabrication process of the sensor allows easy optimization of the sensor performance to meet the needs of different applications.

  5. Preferred Orientation in Nanocomposite Permanent Magnet Materials

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    2006-01-01

    Melt-spun (Nd11.4Fe82.9B5.7)0.99M1 ribbons (M=Zr, Nb, Ga, Zr+Ga, Nb+Ga) were prepared by melt-spinning technique. Ga addition is found to be effective for the orientation of c-axis of Nd2Fe14B grains perpendicular to the ribbon plane. Better magnetic properties can be achieved by adding both the two kinds of elements Zr+Ga, Nb+Ga, and it is found that the preferred orientation is further improved. The alignment degree changes with ribbon thickness and is highest when ribbon thickness is 120 μm. Heat treatment can improve the texture degree, but lead to coarser grains. Cryogenic treatment is first applied for the treatment of nanocomposite Nd2Fe14B/α-Fe melt-spun ribbons. The effects on magnetic properties and texture degree of nanocomposite magnets after cryogenic treatment were studied. The result shows that cryogenic treatment is beneficial to the enhancement of texture degree of melt-spun ribbon and the grain size has no obvious change.

  6. Preparation of graphene-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanocomposites using Fe{sup 3+} ion-containing magnetic ionic liquid

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    Zhu, Xiaobo; Mo, Zunli, E-mail: mozlnwnu2010@163.com; Zhang, Chun; Wang, Bo; Zhao, Guoping; Guo, Ruibin

    2014-11-15

    Graphene-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} (GN-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) magnetic nanocomposites were prepared, GN-coated magnetic ionic liquid (MIL) as its precursors, which were used as both a magnetic resource and solvent. The method has proved to be valuable for the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles (NPs) well dispersed in the solution through strong interactions with GN, which are of interest because of their stability and chemical properties. In the process, strong interactions creates a condition for uniform dispersion in GN and [BMIm]FeCl{sub 4} (MIL) solution, and accelerate the formation of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NPs. A transmission electron microscopy image has shown that the as-formed Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NPs with a diameter as small as 5–7 nm were deposited on GN sheets. Furthermore, the final material showed a superior properties than conventional method, which can be ascribed to the fact that [BMIm]FeCl{sub 4} plays a vital role in the process of producing small NPs size.

  7. Parylene nanocomposites using modified magnetic nanoparticles

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    Garcia, Ignacio, E-mail: iggarcia@cidetec.es [New Materials Department, CIDETEC - Centre for Electrochemical Technologies, Parque Tecnologico de San Sebastian, Paseo Miramon 196, Donostia-San Sebastian E 20009 (Spain); Luzuriaga, A. Ruiz de; Grande, H. [New Materials Department, CIDETEC - Centre for Electrochemical Technologies, Parque Tecnologico de San Sebastian, Paseo Miramon 196, Donostia-San Sebastian E 20009 (Spain); Jeandupeux, L.; Charmet, J.; Laux, E.; Keppner, H. [HES-SO Arc, Institut des Microtechnologies Appliquees, Eplatures- Grises 17, 2300 La Chaux-de Fonds (Switzerland); Mecerreyes, D.; Cabanero, German [New Materials Department, CIDETEC - Centre for Electrochemical Technologies, Parque Tecnologico de San Sebastian, Paseo Miramon 196, Donostia-San Sebastian E 20009 (Spain)

    2010-11-01

    Parylene/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanocomposites were synthesized and characterized. The nanocomposites were obtained by chemical vapour deposition polymerization of Parylene onto functionalized Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. For this purpose, allyltrichlorosilane was used to modify the surface of 7 nm size Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles obtained by the coprecipitation method. The magnetic nanoparticles and obtained nanocomposite were characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) and magnetic measurements (SQUID). The successful incorporation of different amounts of nanoparticles into Parylene was confirmed by FTIR and TGA. Interestingly, increments in saturation magnetization of the nanocomposites were observed ranging from 0 emu/g of neat Parylene to 16.94 emu/g in the case of nanocomposite films that contained 27.5 wt% of nanoparticles.

  8. Structural and magnetic characteristics of PVA/CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nano-composites prepared via mechanical alloying method

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    Rashidi, S.; Ataie, A., E-mail: aataie@ut.ac.ir

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • Single phase CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nano-particles synthesized in one step by mechanical alloying. • PVA/CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} magnetic nano-composites were fabricated via mechanical milling. • FTIR confirmed the interaction between PVA and magnetic CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} particles. • Increasing in milling time and PVA amount led to well dispersion of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. - Abstract: In this research, polyvinyl alcohol/cobalt ferrite nano-composites were successfully synthesized employing a two-step procedure: the spherical single-phase cobalt ferrite of 20 ± 4 nm mean particle size was synthesized via mechanical alloying method and then embedded into polymer matrix by intensive milling. The results revealed that increase in polyvinyl alcohol content and milling time causes cobalt ferrite particles disperse more homogeneously in polymer matrix, while the mean particle size and shape of cobalt ferrite have not been significantly affected. Transmission electron microscope images indicated that polyvinyl alcohol chains have surrounded the cobalt ferrite nano-particles; also, the interaction between polymer and cobalt ferrite particles in nano-composite samples was confirmed. Magnetic properties evaluation showed that saturation magnetization, coercivity and anisotropy constant values decreased in nano-composite samples compared to pure cobalt ferrite. However, the coercivity values of related nano-composite samples enhanced by increasing PVA amount due to domain wall mechanism.

  9. Study of Magnetic Nanocomposites by NMR and Bulk Magnetization Techniques

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    Matveev V.

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Magnetic nanocomposites possess complex and nonuniform magnetic structure. As a result it is necessary to use different physical methods to describe their properties. In this work we have applied a combination of micro and macro approaches to understand more deeply magnetic properties of some cobaltcontaining nanocomposites. Testing of magnetic structure of the samples at molecular level was done with NMR and Mössbauer techniques whereas static (SQUID and dynamic magnetic (M2, see below measurements – at macro level.

  10. 溶胶-凝胶法制备纳米复合永磁材料及其磁性%Preparation of permanent magnetic nanocomposite by sol-gel method and the magnetic properties

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    车如心; 高宏; 赵宏滨

    2006-01-01

    用溶胶-凝胶方法制备了一种新型纳米复合永磁材料.XRD及SEM表明,由于这种材料的软磁相与硬磁相具有30nm左右尺寸而发生强烈的交换耦合作用,导致该种新材料具有优异的磁性能.%Permanent magnetic nsnocomposite FeSmO3/Fe2 O3 was prepared by sol-gel method and the influence of the heat treatment on magnetic properties and structure were study by X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential thermal analysis (DTA), scan electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray detector (EDX) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Experimental results show that it is necessary to preheat the gel at 400℃ for several hours. It can prevent growing of particles size and help to obtain ultrafine samples with a narrow size distribution at lower temperature. The microstructure of the two nanocomposite phases consists of hard magnet and soft magnet with an average size of 30nm when annealed by subsection at 600℃ for 1h in the end. These small particles allow effective exchange coupling between two phases and display enhancement of permanent magnetic properties comparing with pure FeSmO3. The magnetic properties are clearly size dependent. The sol-gel technique is more preferable for the preparation of nanocomposite because its process is easy, the experiment is simple and the product is stable.

  11. Polystyrene/magnetite nanocomposite synthesis and characterization: investigation of magnetic and electrical properties for using as microelectromechanical systems (MEMS

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    Omidi Mohammad Hassan

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available In this work, a novel polystyrene/Fe3O4 nanocomposite prepared by in-situ method is presented. Magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles were encapsulated by polystyrene. The FT-IR spectra confirmed polystyrene/Fe3O4 nanocomposite preparation. The electrical properties of prepared nanocomposite were investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV. The CV analysis showed good electrical conductivity of the synthesized nanocomposite. Magnetic properties of the nanocomposite were studied by vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM. The VSM analysis confirmed magnetic properties of the nanocomposite. The morphology and the size of the synthesized nanocomposite were investigated by field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM. According to the VSM and CV results, such nanocomposite can be used in microelectromechanical systems.

  12. Magnetically separable Cu{sub 2}O/chitosan–Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanocomposites: Preparation, characterization and visible-light photocatalytic performance

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    Cao, Chunhua [School of Resource and Environmental Science, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Chemical Materials and Devices of Ministry of Education, College of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Jianghan University, Wuhan 430056 (China); Xiao, Ling, E-mail: xiaoling9119@whu.edu.cn [School of Resource and Environmental Science, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Chen, Chunhua [Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Chemical Materials and Devices of Ministry of Education, College of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Jianghan University, Wuhan 430056 (China); Cao, Qihua [School of Resource and Environmental Science, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China)

    2015-04-01

    Highlights: • A novel magnetically-separable Cu{sub 2}O/CS–Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} photocatalyst was in situ prepared. • Cu{sub 2}O/CS–Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NCs had rough and porous chitosan surface layer embedded with Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NPs. • Cu{sub 2}O/CS–Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NCs showed large surface areas and special dimodal pore structure. • Cu{sub 2}O/CS–Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NCs showed superparamagnetism and could be easily magnetic separated. • Cu{sub 2}O/CS–Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NCs exhibited good visible-light photocatalytic activity and stability. - Abstract: A novel magnetically-separable visible-light-induced photocatalyst, Cu{sub 2}O/chitosan–Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanocomposite (Cu{sub 2}O/CS–Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NC), was prepared via a facile one-step precipitation–reduction process by using magnetic chitosan chelating copper ions as precursor. The structure and properties of Cu{sub 2}O/CS–Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NCs were characterized by XRD, FT-IR, SEM, HRTEM, SAED, EDS, BET, VSM, XPS and UV–vis/DRS. The photocatalytic activity of Cu{sub 2}O/CS–Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NCs was evaluated by decolorization of reactive brilliant red X-3B (X-3B) under visible light irradiation. The characterization results indicated that Cu{sub 2}O/CS–Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NCs exhibited relatively large specific surface areas and special dimodal pore structure because Cu{sub 2}O was wrapped in chitosan matrix embedded with Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. The tight combination of magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and semiconductor Cu{sub 2}O through chitosan made the nanocomposites show good superparamagnetism and photocatalytic activity. It was found that X-3B could be decolorized more efficiently in acidic media than in neutral or alkaline media. The decolorization of X-3B was ascribed to the synergistic effect of photocatalysis and adsorption. Cu{sub 2}O/CS–Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NCs could be easily separated from the solution by an external magnet, and the decolorization rates of X-3B

  13. Preparation, Properties and Application of Polymeric Organic-Inorganic Nanocomposites

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    任杰; 刘艳; 唐小真

    2003-01-01

    Six preparation methods for polymeric organic-inorganic nanocomposites and their respective mechanisms and features are reviewed. The extraordinary properties of polymeric organic-inorganic nanocomposites are discussed,and their potential applications are evaluated.

  14. UHV plasma jet system for deposition of magnetic nitride nanocomposite films with GHz applications

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    Fendrych, F; Lancok, A [Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences, Na Slovance 2, CZ-18221 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Repa, P; Peksa, L; Gronych, T; Vejpravova, J P [Faculty of Math and Physics, Charles University in Prague, V Holesovickach 2, CZ-18000 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Hedbavny, P [VAKUUM PRAHA, V Holesovickach 2, CZ-18000 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Schaefer, R [Leibniz Institute IFW Dresden, Helmholtzstr. 20, D-01069 Dresden (Germany); Seemann, K M [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Eggenstein, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)], E-mail: fendrych@fzu.cz

    2008-03-15

    A method of preparation of extremely pure magnetic thin films, especially magnetic nitride nanocomposites for GHz aplications was searched. The plasma-jet method was chosen for its advantages at magnetic materials deposition. Sources of impurities deteriorating the quality of the films were analysed. Based on the assumption that the achievable purity is limited mainly by the conditions at the deposition, an experimental UHV apparatus with the plasma-jet was designed. A number of magnetic thin films from various materials including nitride nanocomposite films was prepared already in this apparatus at UHV conditions. Their magnetic properties are far better than those of the films prepared in a high vacuum apparatus.

  15. Preparation and magnetic properties of Cu0.4Zn0.6Cr0.5Sm0.06Fe1.44O4/polyaniline nanocomposites

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    LI Liangchao; QIU Haizhen; WANG Yuping; JIANG Jing; XU Feng

    2008-01-01

    A self-propagating combustion synthesis (SPCS) method, citrate SPCS method, was used to synthesize Cu0.4Zn0.6Cr0.5SmxFe1.5-xO4 (x=0-0.1) nanosized powders at relatively low temperature. Polyaniline/Cu0.4Zn0.6Cr0.5Sm0.06Fe1.44O4 (CZCS0.06FO) nanocomposites were prepared by in situ polymerization of aniline in the presence of CZCS0.06FO ferrites. The structures, morphologies, and ferromagnetic properties of ferrite powders and nanocomposites were characterized by powder X-ray diffractometer (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The results indicated that ferrite powders were coated effectively by polyaniline, which reduced the agglomeration of ferrite particles to certain extent, and was helpful to the decentralization and stabilization of nanoparticles. The nanocomposites with core-shell structure under applied field exhibited hysteresis loops of the ferromagnetic nature. The nanocomposites were fit for being used as soft magnetic material because of their lower coercivity than that of pure ferrites.

  16. Synthesis of cytocompatible Fe3O4@ZSM-5 nanocomposite as magnetic resonance imaging contrast agent

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    Atashi, Zahra; Divband, Baharak; Keshtkar, Ahmad; Khatamian, Maasoumeh; Farahmand-Zahed, Farzane; Nazarlo, Ali Kiani; Gharehaghaji, Nahideh

    2017-09-01

    In this study, ZSM-5 nano zeolite was used as a support material for iron oxide nanoparticles and the potential ability of the nanocomposite for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent was investigated. The nanocomposite was synthesized by hydrothermal method and characterized using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. MRI was carried out by use of a 1.5 Tesla clinical scanner. The T2 weighted images were prepared and the r2 relaxivity was calculated. The sizes of Fe3O4 nanoparticles and related nanocomposite were 13-24 nm and 80-150 nm, respectively. Results of MTT assay confirmed that the prepared nanocomposite is cytocompatible. The r2 relaxivity of the Fe3O4@ZSM-5 nanocomposite was 457.1 mM-1 s-1. This study suggests that the Fe3O4@ZSM-5 nanocomposite has potential to use as an MRI T2 contrast agent.

  17. Magnetic polymer nanocomposites for sensing applications

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    Alfadhel, Ahmed

    2014-11-01

    We report the fabrication and characterization of magnetic polymer nanocomposites for a wide range of sensing applications. The composites are made of magnetic nanowires (NWs) incorporated into polymers such as polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) or UV sensitive SU-S. The developed composites utilize the permanent magnetic behavior of the NWs, allowing remote operation without an additional magnetic field to magnetize the NWs, which simplifies miniaturization and integration in microsystems. In addition, the nanocomposite benefits from the easy patterning of the polymer leading to a corrosion resistant, highly elastic, and permanent magnetic material that can be used to develop highly sensitive systems. Nanocomposite pillars are realized and integrated on magnetic sensor elements to achieve highly sensitive and power efficient flow and tactile sensors. The developed flow sensor can detect air and water flow at a power consumption as little as SO nW and a resolution up to 15 μm/s with easily modifiable performance. A tactile sensor element prototype is realized using the same concept, where a pressure range of 0-169 kPa is detected with a resolution of up to 1.3 kPa. © 2014 IEEE.

  18. Magnetic Nanocomposite Cilia Tactile Sensor

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    Alfadhel, Ahmed

    2015-10-21

    A multifunctional biomimetic nanocomposite tactile sensor is developed that can detect shear and vertical forces, feel texture, and measure flow with extremely low power consumption. The sensor\\'s high performance is maintained within a wide operating range that can be easily adjusted. The concept works on rigid and flexible substrates and the sensors can be used in air or water without any modifications.

  19. Magnetic and structural properties of ferrihydrite/hematite nanocomposites

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    Pariona, N.; Camacho-Aguilar, K.I.; Ramos-González, R. [Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute, Cinvestav-Saltillo, Av. Industria Metalúrgica 1062, Parque Industrial Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila 25900 (Mexico); Martinez, Arturo I., E-mail: mtz.art@gmail.com [Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute, Cinvestav-Saltillo, Av. Industria Metalúrgica 1062, Parque Industrial Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila 25900 (Mexico); Herrera-Trejo, M. [Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute, Cinvestav-Saltillo, Av. Industria Metalúrgica 1062, Parque Industrial Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila 25900 (Mexico); Baggio-Saitovitch, E. [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas, Río de Janeiro 22290-180 (Brazil)

    2016-05-15

    A rich variety of ferrihydrite/hematite nanocomposites (NCs) with specific size, composition and properties were obtained in transformation reactions of 2-line ferrihydrite. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations showed that the NCs consist of clusters of strongly aggregated nanoparticles (NPs) similarly to a “plum pudding”, where hematite NPs “raisins” are surrounded by ferrihydrite “pudding”. Magnetic measurements of the NCs correlate very well with TEM results; i.e., higher coercive fields correspond to greater hematite crystallite size. First order reversal curve (FORC) measurements were used for the characterization of the magnetic components of the NCs. FORC diagrams revealed that the NCs prepared at short times are composed by single domains with low coercivity, and NCs prepared at times larger than 60 min exhibited elongated distribution along the Hc axis. It suggested that these samples consist of mixtures of different kinds of hematite particles, ones with low coercivity and others with coercivity greater than 600 Oe. For NCs prepared at times larger than 60 min, Mossbauer spectroscopy revealed the presence of two sextets, which one was assigned to fine hematite particles and other to hematite particles with hyperfine parameters near to bulk hematite. The correlation of the structural and magnetic properties of the ferrihydrite/hematite NCs revealed important characteristics of these materials which have not been reported elsewhere. - Highlights: • Ferrihydrite/hematite nanocomposites were prepared. • The “plum pudding” morphology of the ferrihydrite/hematite nanocomposites was found. • The FORC diagrams of ferrihydrite/hematite nanocomposites have been measured.

  20. Facile Preparation of Optically Tailored Hybrid Nanocomposite

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    Susana Fernández de Ávila

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Lead sulfide nanoparticles (PbS NPs have been synthesized directly in poly[2-methoxy-5-(3′,7′-dimethyloctyloxy-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MDMO-PPV semiconducting polymer by a simple low temperature method. Hybrid solutions with different concentrations of PbS with respect to the polymer have been prepared and characterized first in solution and then as thin film nanocomposites deposited on quartz substrates by spin coating. Quenching of photoluminescence emission is observed both in solutions and thin films when the ratio of PbS NPs increases with respect to the polymer, suggesting the occurrence of Dexter energy transfer from the polymer to the PbS NPs. Optical absorption is markedly increased for hybrid solutions compared to pure polymer. In thin nanocomposite films an enhancement of absorbance is observed with increasing PbS NPs concentration, which is more pronounced below 400 nm. The reported results could lead to the development of a method for tailoring the optical response of devices based on PbS NP-polymer nanocomposite by controlling the PbS NP concentration inside the polymer matrix.

  1. Preparation of nanocomposites containing nanoclusters of transition metals

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    Milne, S.B.; Lukehart, C.M., Wittig, J.E. [Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN (United States)] [and others

    1996-10-01

    New nanocomposites containing nanoclusters of transition metals have been prepared and characterized by TEM, XRD, and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Organometallic or other coordination compounds functionalized with trialkoxysilyl groups have been synthesized and covalently incorporated into silica xerogels using standard sol-gel techniques. Thermal oxidative treatment of these xerogels in air followed by reduction in hydrogen yielded the desired nanocomposite phases. Using these methods, Mo, Re, Fe, Ru, Os, Pd, Pt, Cu. and Ag nanocomposites have been prepared.

  2. Carbon-Nickel oxide nanocomposites: Preparation and charecterisation

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    Tile, N

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Nanocomposite materials have wide range of applications in solar energy conversion. In this work, C-NiO nanocomposite coatings are prepared using sol-gel synthesis and deposited on aluminium substrates using a spin coater. The coatings are prepared...

  3. Computer Simulation of Effect of Intergrain Exchange Interaction on Magnetic Properties of Nanocomposite Magnets

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    Fukunaga H; Mukaino H

    2004-01-01

    Effects of the intergrain exchange interaction on magnetic properties of nanocomposite magnets were investigated by using the computer simulation based on the micromagnetic theory. The simulation was carried out under the assumptions that the strength of the intergrain exchange interaction is weaker than that of the intragrain exchange interaction, that inhomogeneous nanostructures result in the distribution of the strength of the intergrain exchange interaction, and that there exists nonmagnetic intergranular phase(NMIP) between grain boundaries. The distribution of the strength of the intergrain exchange interaction was simulated by the lognormal distribution with the standard deviation of σ.The calculations for Nd2Fe14B/α-Fe nanocomposite magnets reveal that a suitably weak intergrain exchange interaction and small grain size enable us to improve magnetic properties. It is also found that a Nd2Fe14B/α-Fe nanocomposite magnet has a potential of a(BH)max value exceeding 300 kJ·m-3. On the other hand, the calculations for Nd2Fe14B/Fe3B nanocomposite magnets reveal that the distribution of the strength of the intergrain exchange interaction deteriorates magnetic properties significantly. Particularly, this tendency is remarkable, when the grain size L is larger than its optimum value, 11 nm. The existence of nonmagnetic boundary layers accelerats this tendency. At σ=0.2, the calculated demagnetization curve for the model magnet composed of Nd2Fe14B(36%)/Fe3B(54%)/NMIP(10%)(Valume fraction) grains(L=15 nm) agrees with that obtained experimentally for a Nd2Fe14B/Fe3B nanocomposite magnet. These results suggest importance of refinement of grain size, suppression of a nonmagnetic intergranular phase, and preparation of homogeneous nanostructure for superior magnetic properties.

  4. Magnetic properties of Fe1-xMnx/Fe nanocomposites

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    Anhøj, Thomas Aarøe; Jacobsen, Claus Schelde; Mørup, Steen

    2004-01-01

    We have prepared nanocomposites of mixtures of ferromagnetic alpha-Fe and antiferromagnetic gamma-Fe50Mn50 nanoparticles, and studied their magnetic and structural properties by magnetization measurements, Mössbauer spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction. A sample consisting of a 1:1 mixture...... of the two materials showed enhanced coercivity, but almost negligible exchange bias at room temperature after field cooling from 520 K. However, samples with higher content of gamma-Fe50Mn50 showed significant exchange bias. The mechanisms for exchange bias and enhanced coercivity in the system...

  5. Crystallization kinetics of amorphous Nd3.6 Pr5.4 Fe83Co3B5 and preparation of α-Fe/Nd2Fe14B nanocomposite magnets by controlled melt-solidification technique

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    杨丽; 尚勇

    2003-01-01

    The crystallization kinetics of amorphous Nd3. 6 Pr5.4 Fe83 Co3 B5 and the preparation of α-Fe/Nd2 Fe14 B nanocomposite magnets by controlled melt-solidification of Nd3.6Pr5.4Fe83Co3B5 was investigated by employing DTA, XRD, and TEM. The results show that a metastable intermediate phase Nd8Fe27B24 prior to α-Fe and Nd2 Fe14 B phases is crystallized as the amorphous Nd3.6 Pr5.4 Fe83 Co3 B5 is heated to 1 223 K. The crystallization activation energy of α-Fe and Nd8 Fe27324 phases is larger at the beginning stage of crystallization, and then it decreases with crystallized fraction x for the former and has little change when x is below 70% for the latter, which essentially results in an α-Fe/Nd2 Fe14 B microstructure with a relatively coarse grain size about 20-60 nm and a non-uniform distribution of grain size in the annealed alloy. The a-Fe/Nd2 Fe14 B nanocomposite magnets with a small average grain size about 14 nm and a quite uniform grain size distribution were prepared by controlled melt-solidification of nealing the amorphous Nd3. 6 Pr5. 4 Fe83 Co3 B5 precursor alloy.

  6. Activation of Schwann cells in vitro by magnetic nanocomposites via applied magnetic field

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    Liu Z

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Zhongyang Liu,1,* Liangliang Huang,1,* Liang Liu,1,* Beier Luo,2,* Miaomiao Liang,3 Zhen Sun,1 Shu Zhu,1 Xin Quan,1 Yafeng Yang,1 Teng Ma,1 Jinghui Huang,1 Zhuojing Luo1 1Department of Orthopaedics, Xijing Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’an, 2Department of Orthopaedics, Changhai Hospital, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, 3Department of Neurosurgery, Xijing Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’an, People’s Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: Schwann cells (SCs are attractive seed cells in neural tissue engineering, but their application is limited by attenuated biological activities and impaired functions with aging. Therefore, it is important to explore an approach to enhance the viability and biological properties of SCs. In the present study, a magnetic composite made of magnetically responsive magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs and a biodegradable chitosan–glycerophosphate polymer were prepared and characterized. It was further explored whether such magnetic nanocomposites via applied magnetic fields would regulate SC biological activities. The magnetization of the magnetic nanocomposite was measured by a vibrating sample magnetometer. The compositional characterization of the magnetic nanocomposite was examined by Fourier-transform infrared and X-ray diffraction. The tolerance of SCs to the magnetic fields was tested by flow-cytometry assay. The proliferation of cells was examined by a 5-ethynyl-2-deoxyuridine-labeling assay, a PrestoBlue assay, and a Live/Dead assay. Messenger ribonucleic acid of BDNF, GDNF, NT-3, and VEGF in SCs was assayed by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction. The amount of BDNF, GDNF, NT-3, and VEGF secreted from SCs was determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. It was found that magnetic nanocomposites containing 10% MNPs showed a cross-section diameter of 32.33±1.81 µm, porosity of 80.41%±0.72%, and

  7. A chitosan–polypyrrole magnetic nanocomposite as μ-sorbent for isolation of naproxen

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    Bagheri, Habib, E-mail: bagheri@sharif.edu; Roostaie, Ali; Baktash, Mohammad Yahya

    2014-03-01

    Highlights: • A chitosan–polypyrrole magnetic nanocomposite was synthesized. • Efficiency of the magnetic nanocomposite was compared with others. • The chitosan–polypyrrole magnetic nanocomposite possess porous structure. • The magnetic nanocomposite can be collected with no need for centrifugation. Abstract: An extracting medium based on chitosan–polypyrrole (CS–PPy) magnetic nanocomposite was synthesized by chemical polymerization of pyrrole at the presence of chitosan magnetic nanoparticles (CS-MNPs) for micro-solid phase extraction. In this work, magnetic nanoparticles, the modified CS-MNPs and different types of CS–PPy magnetic nanocomposites were synthesized. Extraction efficiency of the CS–PPy magnetic nanocomposite was compared with the CS-MNPs and Fe₃O₄ nanoparticles for the determination of naproxen in aqueous samples, via quantification by spectrofluorimetry. The scanning electron microscopy images obtained from all the prepared nanocomposites revealed that the CS–PPy magnetic nanocomposite possess more porous structure. Among different synthesized magnetic nanocomposites, CS–PPy magnetic nanocomposite showed a prominent efficiency. Influencing parameters on the morphology of CS–PPy magnetic nanocomposite such as weight ratio of components was also assayed. In addition, effects of different parameters influencing the extraction efficiency of naproxen including desorption solvent, desorption time, amount of sorbent, ionic strength, sample pH and extraction time were investigated and optimized. Under the optimum condition, a linear calibration curve in the range of 0.04–10 μg mL⁻¹ (R² = 0.9996) was obtained. The limits of detection (3Sb) and limits of quantification (10Sb) of the method were 0.015 and 0.04 μg mL⁻¹ (n = 3), respectively. The relative standard deviation for water sample spiked with 0.1 μg mL⁻¹ of naproxen was 3% (n = 5) and the absolute recovery was 92%. The applicability of

  8. Magnetoelectric interaction and transport behaviours in magnetic nanocomposite thermoelectric materials

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    Zhao, Wenyu; Liu, Zhiyuan; Wei, Ping; Zhang, Qingjie; Zhu, Wanting; Su, Xianli; Tang, Xinfeng; Yang, Jihui; Liu, Yong; Shi, Jing; Chao, Yimin; Lin, Siqi; Pei, Yanzhong

    2017-01-01

    How to suppress the performance deterioration of thermoelectric materials in the intrinsic excitation region remains a key challenge. The magnetic transition of permanent magnet nanoparticles from ferromagnetism to paramagnetism provides an effective approach to finding the solution to this challenge. Here, we have designed and prepared magnetic nanocomposite thermoelectric materials consisting of BaFe12O19 nanoparticles and Ba0.3In0.3Co4Sb12 matrix. It was found that the electrical transport behaviours of the nanocomposites are controlled by the magnetic transition of BaFe12O19 nanoparticles from ferromagnetism to paramagnetism. BaFe12O19 nanoparticles trap electrons below the Curie temperature (TC) and release the trapped electrons above the TC, playing an 'electron repository' role in maintaining high figure of merit ZT. BaFe12O19 nanoparticles produce two types of magnetoelectric effect—electron spiral motion and magnon-drag thermopower—as well as enhancing phonon scattering. Our work demonstrates that the performance deterioration of thermoelectric materials in the intrinsic excitation region can be suppressed through the magnetic transition of permanent magnet nanoparticles.

  9. Structural and magnetic properties of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} core/shell nanocomposite prepared by the hydrothermal method

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    Sattar, A.A. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, 11566 Abbasia, Cairo (Egypt); EL-Sayed, H.M., E-mail: h_m_elsaid@hotmail.com [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, 11566 Abbasia, Cairo (Egypt); ALsuqia, Ibrahim [Department of Physics, Faculty of Education and Applied Science, Hajjah University, Alshahli, Hajjah (Yemen)

    2015-12-01

    CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} core/shell magnetic nanocomposite was synthesized by using hydrothermal method.The analysis of XRD indicated the coexistence of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}as core/shell composite. The core/shell structure of the composite sample has been confirmed by HR-TEM images, EDX and FT-IR measurements. The size of obtained core/shell nanoparticles was 17 nm in core diameter and about 3 nm in shell thickness. The magnetization measurements showed that both the coercive field and the saturation magnetization of the resulting core/shell nanocomposite were slightly decreased compared to those of the CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} core but the thermal stability is of the magnetization parameter was enhanced. Furthermore, superparamagnetic phase is established at temperatures higher than the room temperature. The results were discussed in terms of the surface pinning and the magnetic interaction at the interface between the core and shell. - Highlights: • CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} core/shell could be prepared by hydrothermal method. • The structural analysis proved the formation of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} shell with thickness 3 nm. • The thermal stability of M{sub s} and H{sub c} is enhanced due to the presence of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} as a shell. • Super paramagnetic transition is confirmed and the effective magnetic anisotropy was calculated.

  10. Effect of gamma ray on magnetic bio-nanocomposite

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    Asadi, Sima [Sharif University of Technology, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Frounchi, Masoud, E-mail: frounchi@sharif.edu [Sharif University of Technology, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Dadbin, Susan [Radiation Applications Research School, Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-02-15

    Magnetic polyvinyl alcohol (M-PVA) films were prepared via solution casting filled with surface modified superparamagnetic nanoparticles (M-NPs). The M-NPs were coated with citric acid during synthesis. The chemical interaction between the citric acid and M-NPs was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The average hydrodynamic diameter of M-NPs was 19.7 nm measured by dynamic light scattering DLS and appeared almost spherical in scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The M-NPs were uniformly dispersed in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) matrix and showed high optical transparency with good mechanical properties. M-PVA hydrogels were synthesized using gamma irradiation. The characteristic XRD peak of PVA at 19.4° was split after irradiation indicating formation of different crystallite sizes. The M-PVA hydrogel showed higher saturation magnetization compared to un-irradiated M-PVA. Also the presence of M-NPs enhanced the crosslinking of PVA by irradiation. - Highlights: • PVA and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanocomposite films and hydrogels were prepared. • Gamma-irradiated hydrogels showed high saturation magnetization. • The nanocomposite films had excellent mechanical properties. • Magnetic hydrogels showed high equilibrium water content.

  11. Building nanocomposite magnets by coating a hard magnetic core with a soft magnetic shell.

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    Liu, Fei; Zhu, Jinghan; Yang, Wenlong; Dong, Yunhe; Hou, Yanglong; Zhang, Chenzhen; Yin, Han; Sun, Shouheng

    2014-02-17

    Controlling exchange coupling between hard magnetic and soft magnetic phases is the key to the fabrication of advanced magnets with tunable magnetism and high energy density. Using FePt as an example, control over the magnetism in exchange-coupled nanocomposites of hard magnetic face-centered tetragonal (fct) FePt and soft magnetic Co (or Ni, Fe2C) is shown. The dispersible hard magnetic fct-FePt nanoparticles are first prepared with their coercivity (Hc) reaching 33 kOe. Then core/shell fct-FePt/Co (or Ni, Fe2C) nanoparticles are synthesized by reductive thermal decomposition of the proper metal precursors in the presence of fct-FePt nanoparticles. These core/shell nanoparticles are strongly coupled by exchange interactions and their magnetic properties can be rationally tuned by the shell thickness of the soft phase. This work provides an ideal model system for the study of exchange coupling at the nanoscale, which will be essential for building superstrong magnets for various permanent magnet applications in the future.

  12. Multifunctional Magnetic-fluorescent Nanocomposites for Biomedical Applications

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    Rakovich Yury

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available AbstractNanotechnology is a fast-growing area, involving the fabrication and use of nano-sized materials and devices. Various nanocomposite materials play a number of important roles in modern science and technology. Magnetic and fluorescent inorganic nanoparticles are of particular importance due to their broad range of potential applications. It is expected that the combination of magnetic and fluorescent properties in one nanocomposite would enable the engineering of unique multifunctional nanoscale devices, which could be manipulated using external magnetic fields. The aim of this review is to present an overview of bimodal “two-in-one” magnetic-fluorescent nanocomposite materials which combine both magnetic and fluorescent properties in one entity, in particular those with potential applications in biotechnology and nanomedicine. There is a great necessity for the development of these multifunctional nanocomposites, but there are some difficulties and challenges to overcome in their fabrication such as quenching of the fluorescent entity by the magnetic core. Fluorescent-magnetic nanocomposites include a variety of materials including silica-based, dye-functionalised magnetic nanoparticles and quantum dots-magnetic nanoparticle composites. The classification and main synthesis strategies, along with approaches for the fabrication of fluorescent-magnetic nanocomposites, are considered. The current and potential biomedical uses, including biological imaging, cell tracking, magnetic bioseparation, nanomedicine and bio- and chemo-sensoring, of magnetic-fluorescent nanocomposites are also discussed.

  13. Preparation and Properties of Phenolic Resin/Montmorillonite Intercalation Nanocomposites

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    YU Jian-ying; WEI Lian-qi; CAO Xian-kun

    2003-01-01

    Phenolic resin/ montmorillonite intercalation composites were prepared by using the methods of pressing intercalation and melt intercalation. Properties and structure of the composites were investigated by using XRD , TG and test of softening point. It is indicated that both the pressing intercalation and melt intercalation can be used to prepare the phenolic resin/organo-montmorillonite intercalation nanocomposites. Compared with phenolic resin, the intercalation nanocomposites have better heat-resistance, higher decomposition temperatures and less thermal weight-loss. However , these two intercalation methods have different effects on the softening point of the intercalation nanocomposites . Pressing intercalation almost does not affect the softening point of the intercalation nanocomposites, while melt intercalation signifwantly increases the softening point of the intercalation nanocomposites ,probably due to the chemical actions happening in the process of melt intercalation.

  14. Activation of Schwann cells in vitro by magnetic nanocomposites via applied magnetic field.

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    Liu, Zhongyang; Huang, Liangliang; Liu, Liang; Luo, Beier; Liang, Miaomiao; Sun, Zhen; Zhu, Shu; Quan, Xin; Yang, Yafeng; Ma, Teng; Huang, Jinghui; Luo, Zhuojing

    2015-01-01

    Schwann cells (SCs) are attractive seed cells in neural tissue engineering, but their application is limited by attenuated biological activities and impaired functions with aging. Therefore, it is important to explore an approach to enhance the viability and biological properties of SCs. In the present study, a magnetic composite made of magnetically responsive magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) and a biodegradable chitosan-glycerophosphate polymer were prepared and characterized. It was further explored whether such magnetic nanocomposites via applied magnetic fields would regulate SC biological activities. The magnetization of the magnetic nanocomposite was measured by a vibrating sample magnetometer. The compositional characterization of the magnetic nanocomposite was examined by Fourier-transform infrared and X-ray diffraction. The tolerance of SCs to the magnetic fields was tested by flow-cytometry assay. The proliferation of cells was examined by a 5-ethynyl-2-deoxyuridine-labeling assay, a PrestoBlue assay, and a Live/Dead assay. Messenger ribonucleic acid of BDNF, GDNF, NT-3, and VEGF in SCs was assayed by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction. The amount of BDNF, GDNF, NT-3, and VEGF secreted from SCs was determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. It was found that magnetic nanocomposites containing 10% MNPs showed a cross-section diameter of 32.33±1.81 µm, porosity of 80.41%±0.72%, and magnetization of 5.691 emu/g at 8 kOe. The 10% MNP magnetic nanocomposites were able to support cell adhesion and spreading and further promote proliferation of SCs under magnetic field exposure. Interestingly, a magnetic field applied through the 10% MNP magnetic scaffold significantly increased the gene expression and protein secretion of BDNF, GDNF, NT-3, and VEGF. This work is the first stage in our understanding of how to precisely regulate the viability and biological properties of SCs in tissue-engineering grafts, which combined with additional

  15. Polymer-phyllosilicate nanocomposites and their preparation

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    Chaiko, David J.

    2007-01-09

    Polymer-phyllosilicate nanocomposites that exhibit superior properties compared to the polymer alone, and methods-for producing these polymer-phyllosilicate nanocomposites, are provided. Polymeric surfactant compatabilizers are adsorbed onto the surface of hydrophilic or natural phyllosilicates to facilitate the dispersal and exfoliation of the phyllosilicate in a polymer matrix. Utilizing polymeric glycol based surfactants, polymeric dicarboxylic acids, polymeric diammonium surfactants, and polymeric diamine surfactants as compatabilizers facilitates natural phyllosilicate and hydrophilic organoclay dispersal in a polymer matrix to produce nanocomposites.

  16. A biodegradable shape-memory nanocomposite with excellent magnetism sensitivity

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    Yu, Xiongjun; Zhou, Shaobing; Zheng, Xiaotong; Guo, Tao; Xiao, Yu; Song, Botao

    2009-06-01

    This paper reports a kind of biodegradable nanocomposite which can show an excellent shape-memory property in hot water or in an alternating magnetic field with f = 20 kH and H = 6.8 kA m-1. The nanocomposite is composed of crosslinked poly(ɛ-caprolactone) (c-PCL) and Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The crosslinking reaction in PCL with linear molecular structure was realized using benzoyl peroxide (BPO) as an initiator. The biocompatible Fe3O4 magnetite nanoparticles with an average size of 10 nm were synthesized according to a chemical coprecipitation method. The initial results from c-PCL showed crosslinking modification had brought about a large enhancement in shape-memory effect for PCL. Then a series of composites made of Fe3O4 nanoparticles and c-PCL were prepared and their morphological properties, mechanical properties, thermodynamic properties and shape-memory effect were investigated in succession. Significantly, the photos of the shape-memory process confirmed the anticipatory magnetically responsive shape-recovery effect of the nanocomposites because inductive heat from Fe3O4 can be utilized to actuate the c-PCL vivification from their frozen temporary shape. All the results imply a very feasible method to fabricate shape-memory PCL-based nanocomposites since just a simple modification is required. Additionally, this modification would endow an excellent shape-memory effect to all other kinds of polymers so that they could broadly serve in various fields, especially in medicine.

  17. High frequency electromagnetic interference shielding magnetic polymer nanocomposites

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    He, Qingliang

    Electromagnetic interference is one of the most concerned pollution and problem right now since more and more electronic devices have been extensively utilized in our daily lives. Besides the interference, long time exposure to electromagnetic radiation may also result in severe damage to human body. In order to mitigate the undesirable part of the electromagnetic wave energy and maintain the long term sustainable development of our modern civilized society, new technology development based researches have been made to solve this problem. However, one of the major challenges facing to the electromagnetic interference shielding is the relatively low shielding efficiency and the high cost as well as the complicated shielding material manufacture. From the materials science point of view, the key solutions to these challenges are strongly depended on the breakthrough of the current limit of shielding material design and manufacture (such as hierarchical material design with controllable and predictable arrangement in nanoscale particle configuration via an easy in-situ manner). From the chemical engineering point of view, the upgrading of advanced material shielding performance and the enlarged production scale for shielding materials (for example, configure the effective components in the shielding material in order to lower their usage, eliminate the "rate-limiting" step to enlarge the production scale) are of great importance. In this dissertation, the design and preparation of morphology controlled magnetic nanoparticles and their reinforced polypropylene polymer nanocomposites will be covered first. Then, the functionalities of these polymer nanocomposites will be demonstrated. Based on the innovative materials design and synergistic effect on the performance advancement, the magnetic polypropylene polymer nanocomposites with desired multifunctionalities are designed and produced targeting to the electromagnetic interference shielding application. In addition

  18. Fe-Ni/NiFe2O4纳米复合颗粒的制备与磁性研究∗%The preparation and magnetic characterization of Fe-Ni/NiFe2 O4 nanocomposite particles

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    杨柳; 何峻; 安静; 赵栋梁

    2015-01-01

    结合共沉淀法和氢气还原法成功制备出Fe-Ni/NiFe2 O4纳米复合颗粒,所制备的纳米复合颗粒包含NiFe2 O4和 Fe-Ni 合金,其中 Fe-Ni 合金具有体心立方和面心立方两种结构。用 XRD 和 TEM对所得样品进行结构分析。用 SQUID 测量样品在室温时的磁滞回线,发现 Fe-Ni/NiFe2 O4纳米复合颗粒的矫顽力和饱和磁化强度与制备态 NiFe2 O4纳米颗粒相比随着退火时间的增加呈现出逐渐增加的趋势。为了进一步研究所制备的纳米复合颗粒的磁性特征,测量退火时间相同而退火温度不同的两个样品在零磁场冷却(ZFC)和带磁场冷却(FC)条件下的M-T 曲线。%NiFe2 O4 nanoparticles were synthesized by the co-precipitation method and Fe-Ni/NiFe2 O4 nanocom-posite particles were obtained by reducing NiFe2 O4 nanoparticles under hydrogen atmosphere.The as-prepared nanoparticles contain NiFe2 O4 with spinel phase and Fe-Ni alloy with body centered cubic and face-centered cu-bic phase.The structure and morphology of Fe-Ni/NiFe2 O4 nanocomposite particles were characterized by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy.The room temperature magnetization was analyzed by SQUID. We found that with the increase of annealing time,the coercivity and saturation magnetization of Fe-Ni/NiFe2 O4 nanocomposite particles exhibit a gradually increasing trend compared with as-quenched NiFe2 O4 nano-particles.In order to further study magnetic characteristics of as-prepared nanoparticles,we measured the M-T curves under the condition of zero field cooling (ZFC)and field cooling (FC)of two different samples which have different annealing temperature but the same annealing time.

  19. Characterization of PAN/ATO nanocomposites prepared by solution blending

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    Wei Pan; Hantao Zou

    2008-10-01

    Conducting nanocomposites of polyacrylonitrile (PAN) and antimony-doped tin oxide (ATO) were prepared by solution blending. Electrical properties of the nanocomposites were characterized by means of electrical conductivity measurements and the phase structures were investigated via scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analyses (TGA) and dynamical mechanical analysis (DMA). This study unveiled a remarkable, interpenetrating network of chainlike nano-ATO within the PAN matrix, consistent with the existence of connected conducting paths at content as low as 4 wt% of the nano-ATO. The storage modulus of the nanocomposites increased with increasing content of ATO, due to formation of immobilized layer between polymer and filler. The interactions between ATO and PAN molecules resulted in high tan for the PAN/ATO nanocomposites. Thermal stability of the nanocomposites was found remarkably enhanced by the incorporation of nano-ATO.

  20. Preparation and characterization of magnetic allylamine modified graphene oxide-poly(vinyl acetate-co-divinylbenzene) nanocomposite for vortex assisted magnetic solid phase extraction of some metal ions.

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    Khan, Mansoor; Yilmaz, Erkan; Sevinc, Basak; Sahmetlioglu, Ertugrul; Shah, Jasmin; Jan, Muhammad Rasul; Soylak, Mustafa

    2016-01-01

    Magnetic allylamine modified graphene oxide-poly(vinyl acetate-co-divinylbenzene) (MGO-DVB-VA) was synthesized and used for magnetic solid phase extraction of Pb(II), Cd(II), Cu(II), Ni(II) and Co(II) prior to their determination by flame atomic absorption spectroscopy. The adsorbent surface functional group was characterized by using FT-IR and Raman spectroscopy. XRD pattern was used to determine the layers of GO. Surface morphology and elemental composition of the adsorbent were evaluated by using SEM and EDX analysis. Various parameters, effecting adsorption efficiency like initial solution pH, adsorbent dose, type and volume of eluent, volume of sample and diverse ions effects were optimized. The preconcentration factor (PF) is 40 for all the metals and the limits of detection for Pb, Cd, Cu, Ni and Co are in the range of 0.37-2.39 µg L(-1) and relative standard deviation below 3.1%. The method was validated by using the method for certified reference materials (Tobacco Leaves (INCT-OBTL-5), Tomato Leaves (1573a), Certified Water (SPS-ww2) and Certified Water (TMDA 64-2)). The method was successfully applied for natural water and food samples.

  1. Microstructural and magnetotransport studies of novel manganite–sebacic acid nanocomposites prepared at low temperature

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    Romero, Mariano; Faccio, Ricardo; Pardo, Helena [Centro NanoMat/Cryssmat Lab/Cátedra de Física – DETEMA – Facultad de Química – Universidad de la República (Uruguay); Centro Interdisciplinario de Nanotecnología, Química y Física de Materiales – Universidad de la República (Uruguay); Tumelero, Milton A.; Pasa, André A. [Laboratorio de filmes finos e superficies – Departamento de Física – Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis (Brazil); Mombrú, Álvaro W., E-mail: amombru@fq.edu.uy [Centro NanoMat/Cryssmat Lab/Cátedra de Física – DETEMA – Facultad de Química – Universidad de la República (Uruguay); Centro Interdisciplinario de Nanotecnología, Química y Física de Materiales – Universidad de la República (Uruguay)

    2015-03-01

    Novel La{sub 2/3}Sr{sub 1/3}MnO{sub 3}:sebacic acid nanocomposites (LSMO–SA-X) were prepared for different fraction additions (X) of sebacic acid (SA). The preparation of these nanocomposites was performed at low temperatures (T∼130 °C) avoiding partial decomposition of the organic matrix. The microstructure of these LSMO–SA-X nanocomposites was studied by small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) technique and both nanoparticles size and inter-particle distances were estimated. The magnetic, electrical and magnetotransport properties were also investigated. An enhancement in the low-field magnetoresistance (LFMR) for lower fractions of SA was obtained with respect to pure LSMO and higher fraction additions showed a decrease in the LFMR due to the higher separation distance between LSMO nanoparticles. The tunnel barrier thickness observed in these nanocomposites was correlated with the interparticle distance obtained by SAXS. The enhancement of magnetoresistance was attributed to the increase in the extrinsic disorder promoted by the SA addition and no enhancement due to intrinsic magnetoresistance of LSMO was evidenced. - Highlights: • The synthesis of novel manganite-sebacic acid nanocomposites is reported. • Microstructural trends are shown using the GISAXS technique. • An enhancement on the LFMR in the nanocomposites with respect to pure manganite was evidenced. • Correlation between microstructure and magnetotransport is discussed.

  2. Positron Annihilation Behaviors and Magnetic Properties of Single-ph.ase Nd2Fe14B and Nanocomposite

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    2001-01-01

    Positron annihilation behaviors have been studied in the single phase Nd2Fe14B magnet and the nanocomposite Nd2Fe14B/α-Fe magnet, prepared by melt spinning. The results showed that the number of vacancy-cluster at grain boundaries increases with increasing annealing temperature for the both types of magnets. The increase of this kind of defect can improve the coercivity of the single-phase magnet. Conversely, the increase of vacancy-cluster amount leads to decreasing of the coercivity for the nanocomposite magnet. It implies that the mechanism of dominant magnetic hardening for the two types of magnets is different, and the domain walls pinning mechanism in the single-phase magnet and the reversal magnetization nucleation mechanism in the nanocomposite magnet operate, respectively.

  3. Polymer nanocomposite of laponite RD prepared by gamma irradiation

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    Oliveira, Maria J.A.; Silva, Estefania O.; Lugao, Ademar Benevolo; Parra, Duclerc Fernandes, E-mail: mariajhho@yahoo.com.br, E-mail: dfparra@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Amato, Valdir S. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Hospital de Clinicas. Divisao de Doencas Infecciosas e Parasitarias

    2012-07-01

    Nanocomposite hydrogels based on polyvinyl alcohol (PVAl) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) containing 0-5 wt % of the synthetic laponite RD clay were prepared by gamma irradiation process. The morphology of the nanocomposite hydrogel was observed by characterizations techniques using: scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The structural properties crosslinking was determined by measuring the crosslink gel content extraction on mesh 500 sizes and swelling kinetics at 22 °C. The results showed that crosslinks have inverse dependence on the clay level in the nanocomposite hydrogels, while swelling shows direct dependence. (author)

  4. A magnetic nanocomposite for biomimetic flow sensing

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    Alfadhel, Ahmed

    2014-01-01

    A magnetic nanocomposite has been implemented as artificial hair on a giant magnetoimpedance (GMI) thin-film sensor for flow sensing. The 500 μm long and 100 μm in diameter pillars are composed of iron nanowires incorporated in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). The nanowires\\' length and diameter are 6 μm and 35 nm, respectively. Upon fluid flow, the pillars are deflected, causing a change in the magnetic field at the GMI element and a corresponding change in impedance. The permanent magnetic behavior of the nanowires in combination with the GMI sensor and the high elasticity of the PDMS pillars result in a high-performance flow sensor with low power consumption and potential for remote detection. No additional magnetic field is required to magnetize the nanowires or bias the sensor, which simplifies miniaturization and integration in microsystems. At a power consumption of 31.6 μW, air flow rates up to 190 mm s-1 can be detected with a sensitivity of 24 mΩ (mm)-1 s and a resolution of 0.56 mm s-1 while the range for water flow is up to 7.8 mm s-1 with a sensitivity of 0.9 Ω (mm)-1 s and a resolution of 15 μm s-1. When power consumption is reduced to as low as 80 nW a high resolution of 32 μm s-1 is still maintained.

  5. Overcoming of energy barrier for irreversible magnetization in nanocomposite magnets

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    Li, Zhu-bai; Zhang, Ying; Shen, Bao-gen; Zhang, Ming; Hu, Feng-xia; Sun, Ji-rong

    2017-01-01

    The irreversible magnetization occurs mainly in hard grains in nanocomposite magnets, and the domain wall involves a little part of defect region in irreversible magnetization due to the self-interaction. The investigation on thermal activation shows that the defect region involved in domain wall becomes narrower due to the TiNb addition in Pr2Fe14B/α-Fe magnets. The defect region augments the energy density in the negative direction of domain wall to overcome the energy barrier of perfect hard region. The soft phase, exchange-coupled with defect region at hard grain outer-layer, promotes magnetization reversal in defect region by exchange coupling. While the defect region plays a role as a ladder to overcome the energy barrier, resulting in the decrease of coecivity more or less depending upon the width and anisotropy of defect region.

  6. Preparation and enhanced properties of Fe3O4 nanoparticles reinforced polyimide nanocomposites

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    Ding, Daowei; Yan, Xingru; Zhang, Xi; He, Qingliang; Qiu, Bin; Jiang, Dawei; Wei, Huige; Guo, Jiang; Umar, Ahmad; Sun, Luyi; Wang, Qiang; Khan, Mojammel A.; Young, David P.; Zhang, Xin; Weeks, Brandon; Ho, Thomas C.; Guo, Zhanhu; Wei, Suying

    2015-09-01

    Polyimide (PI) nanocomposite reinforced with Fe3O4 nanoparticles (NPs) at various NPs loadings levels of 5.0, 10.0, 15.0, and 20.0 wt% were prepared. The chemical interactions of the Fe3O4 NPs/PI nanocomposites were characterized using Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. X-ray Diffraction (XRD) results revealed that the addition of NPs had a significant effect on the crystallization of PI. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and the atomic force microscope (AFM) were used to characterize the dispersion and surface morphology of the Fe3O4 NPs and the PI nanocomposites. The obtained optical band gap of the nanocomposites characterized using Ultraviolet-Visible Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy (UV-Vis DRS) was decreased with increasing the Fe3O4 loading. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) results showed a continuous increase of Tg with increasing the Fe3O4 NPs loading. Some differences were observed in the onset decomposition temperature between the pure PI and nanocomposites since the NPs and the PI matrix were physically entangled together to form the nanocomposites. The contact angle of pure PI was larger than that of Fe3O4/PI nanocomposites films, and increased with increasing the loading of Fe3O4. The degree of swelling was increased with increasing the Fe3O4 loading and the swelling time. The dielectric properties of the nanocomposite were strongly related to the Fe3O4 loading levels. The Fe3O4/PI magnetic property also had been improved with increasing the loading of the magnetic nanoparticles.

  7. Preparation and Characteristics of Biodegradable Polyurethane/Clay Nanocomposite Films

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    Kim, Seong Woo [Kyonggi University, Suwon (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-06-15

    Biodegradable polyurethane (PU)/clay nanocomposite films were prepared via extrusion compounding process followed by casting film process. Organically modified montmorillonite (denoted as C30B) with a large amount of hydroxyl groups on its surface was used for the formation of strong bonding with PU resin. From both XRD analysis and TEM observations, the intercalated and exfoliated structure, and dispersion state of silicate platelets in the compounded nanocomposite films were confirmed. In addition, the rheological and tensile properties, optical transparency, oxygen permeability of the prepared nanocomposites were investigated as a function of added nanoclay content, and moreover based on these results, the correlation between the morphology and the resulting properties of the nanocomposites could be presented. The inclusion of nanoclays at appropriate content resulted in remarkable improvement in the nanocomposite performance including tensile modulus, elongation, transparency, and oxygen barrier property, however at excess amount of nanoclays, reduction or very slight increase was observed due to poor dispersion. The biodegradability of the prepared nanocomposite film was evaluated by examining the deterioration in the barrier and tensile properties during degradation period under compost.

  8. Nanocrystalline and Nanocomposite Magnetic Materials and Their Applications

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    Robert D Shull

    2007-01-01

    Nanocrystalline materials can possess bulk properties quite different from those commonly associated with conventional large-grained materials. Nanocomposites, a subset of nanocrystalline materials, in addition have been found to possess magnetic properties which are similar to, but different from, the properties of the individual constituents. New magnetic phenomena, unusual property combinations, and both enhanced and diminished magnetic property values are just some of the changes observed in magnetic nanocomposites from conventional magnetic materials. Here, a description will be presented of some of the exciting new properties discovered in nanomaterials and the magnetic applications envisioned for them.

  9. A Novel Route to Prepare Nanocomposites in Larger Scale

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    Wei WU; Lailong LUO; Guangwen CHU; Shengjun BAI; Haikui ZOU; Jianfeng CHEN

    2007-01-01

    A novel route to prepare nanocomposites was illustrated through preparing overbased calcium petroleum sulfonate lubricating oil detergent, where the rotating packed bed (RPB) was used as reactor in place of conventional reaction vessel. The results showed that the carbonation efficiency is improved, the raw materials consumption is reduced, and the dispersibilities, sizes and morphologies of nano-sized CaCO3 particles in overbased detergent are enhanced. It is deduced reasonably that this route can be extensively applied to nanocomposites preparation in appropriate conditions and would be a platform technology in this field.

  10. Preparation and Property Study of Graphene Oxide Reinforced Epoxy Resin Insulation Nanocomposites with High Heat Conductivity

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    Shan, Xinran; Liu, Yongchang; Wu, Zhixiong; Liu, Huiming; Zhang, Zhong; Huang, Rongjin; Huang, Chuanjun; Liu, Zheng; Li, Laifeng

    2017-02-01

    In this paper, graphene oxide reinforced epoxy resin nanocomposites were successfully prepared. Compared with unmodified epoxy resin, the heat conductivity of the graphene oxide reinforced epoxy resin nanocomposites had been improved while keeping the insulation performance. The tensile strength was investigated at both room temperature (300 K) and liquid nitrogen temperature (77 K). And the fracture surfaces were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Results showed that the materials had excellent mechanical properties, which could be advantages for the applications as insulating layer in low temperature superconducting magnets.

  11. Preparation and properties of biodegradable starch–clay nanocomposites

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    Chung, Yi-Lin

    2010-01-01

    Well-dispersed starch-clay nanocomposites were prepared by adding a dilute clay dispersion to a solution of starch followed by coprecipitation in ethanol. The clay didn\\'t significantly influence the type of crystalline structure of starch molecules although the amount of crystallinity appears to be somewhat lower in the nanocomposites. The nanocomposites show improved modulus and strength without a decrease in elongation at break. The increase in modulus and strength is 65% and 30%, respectively for the nanocomposite containing 5 wt.% clay compared to the unfilled starch materials. Further increases in clay result in deterioration in properties most likely due to poorer clay dispersion and lower polymer crystallinity. As the amount of water increases, the modulus of both pure starch and starch nanocomposites decreases, although the change is less pronounced in the nanocomposites suggesting that the addition of clay to form nanocomposites can improve the stability of starch-based products during transportation and storage. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Barium ferrite/epoxy resin nanocomposite system: Fabrication, dielectric, magnetic and hydration studies

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Composite systems of epoxy resin and barium ferrite nanoparticles have been prepared, and studied varying the content of the inclusions. Morphology of prepared samples has been examined via scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction spectra, while electrical and magnetic properties were investigated by means of broadband dielectric spectroscopy, and magnetization tests respectively. Finally, water vapor sorption measurements were conducted in order to study the water sorption dynamics of the system. Electron microscopy images revealed the successful fabrication of nanocomposites. Dielectric permittivity increases with filler content, while three relaxation processes were detected in the relative spectra. These processes are attributed to interfacial polarization, glass to rubber transition of the matrix, and re-orientation of polar side groups of the polymer’s chain. Magnetization and magnetic saturation increase with magnetic nano-powder content. Nanocomposites absorb a small amount of water, not exceeding 1.7 wt%, regardless filler content, indicating their hydrophobic character.

  13. Luminescent, magnetic and optical properties of ZnO-ZnS nanocomposites

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    Raleaooa, Pule V.; Roodt, Andreas; Mhlongo, Gugu G.; Motaung, David E.; Kroon, Robin E.; Ntwaeaborwa, Odireleng M.

    2017-02-01

    The structure, particle morphology, optical and magnetic properties of ZnO, ZnS and ZnO-ZnS nanoparticles prepared by the sol-gel method are reported. ZnO and ZnS were combined at room temperature by an ex situ synthetic route to prepare ZnO-ZnS nanocomposites. The nanocomposites exhibited particle morphology different from that of ZnO and ZnS nanoparticles. The ZnO and ZnS nanoparticles exhibited quantum confinement as inferred from the widening of their respective bandgap energies. The electron paramagnetic resonance data provided evidence for the existence of magnetic clusters near the surface, electron to nuclei interactions and defect states. The ZnO-ZnS nanocomposites exhibited tunable emission that was dependent on the ratio of ZnO to ZnS. These composites were evaluated for application in different types of light emitting devices.

  14. Luminescent, magnetic and optical properties of ZnO-ZnS nanocomposites

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    Raleaooa, Pule V. [Department of Physics, University of the Free State, ZA 9300 Bloemfontein (South Africa); Department of Chemistry, University of the Free State, ZA 9300 (South Africa); Roodt, Andreas [Department of Chemistry, University of the Free State, ZA 9300 (South Africa); Mhlongo, Gugu G.; Motaung, David E. [DST/CSIR Nanotechnology Innovation Center, National Center for Nano-Structured Materials, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, P.O. Box 395, ZA 0001 Pretoria (South Africa); Kroon, Robin E. [Department of Physics, University of the Free State, ZA 9300 Bloemfontein (South Africa); Ntwaeaborwa, Odireleng M., E-mail: ntwaeab@gmail.com [School of Physics, University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, Wits, ZA 2050 (South Africa)

    2017-02-15

    The structure, particle morphology, optical and magnetic properties of ZnO, ZnS and ZnO-ZnS nanoparticles prepared by the sol-gel method are reported. ZnO and ZnS were combined at room temperature by an ex situ synthetic route to prepare ZnO-ZnS nanocomposites. The nanocomposites exhibited particle morphology different from that of ZnO and ZnS nanoparticles. The ZnO and ZnS nanoparticles exhibited quantum confinement as inferred from the widening of their respective bandgap energies. The electron paramagnetic resonance data provided evidence for the existence of magnetic clusters near the surface, electron to nuclei interactions and defect states. The ZnO-ZnS nanocomposites exhibited tunable emission that was dependent on the ratio of ZnO to ZnS. These composites were evaluated for application in different types of light emitting devices.

  15. Metal organic framework derived magnetically separable 3-dimensional hierarchical Ni@C nanocomposites: Synthesis and adsorption properties

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    Song, Yixuan; Qiang, Tingting; Ye, Ming; Ma, Qiuyang; Fang, Zhen

    2015-12-01

    Design an effective absorbent that has high surface area, and perfect recyclable is imperative for pollution elimination. Herein, we report a facile two-step strategy to fabricate magnetically separable 3-dimensional (3D) hierarchical carbon-coated nickel (Ni@C) nanocomposites by calcinating nickel based metal organic framework (Ni3(OH)2(C8H4O4)2(H2O)4). SEM and TEM images illuminate that the nanocomposites were constructed by 8 nm nickel nanoparticle encapsulated in 3D flake like carbon. The specific surface area of the obtained nanocomposites is up to 120.38 m2 g-1. Room temperature magnetic measurement indicates the nanocomposites show soft magnetism property, which endows the nanocomposites with an ideal fast magnetic separable property. The maximum adsorption capacity of the nanocomposites for rhodamine B is 84.5 mg g-1. Furthermore, the nanocomposites also exhibit a high adsorption capacity for heavy metal ions. The adsorbent can be very easily separated from the solution by using a common magnet without exterior energy. The as-prepared Ni@C nanocomposites can apply in waste water treatment on a large-scale as a new adsorbent with high efficiency and excellent recyclability.

  16. Temperature responsive hydrogel magnetic nanocomposites for hyperthermia and metal extraction applications

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    Reddy, N. Narayana, E-mail: nagireddynarayana@gmail.com [Center for Advanced Biomaterials for Healthcare, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia@CRIB, Largo Barsanti e Matteucci 53, 80125 Napoli (Italy); Ravindra, S. [Department of Physics, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, University of South Africa, Johannesburg 1709 (South Africa); Reddy, N. Madhava [Department of Environmental Science, Gates Institute of Technology, NH-7, Gooty, Anantapuram, Andhra Pradesh (India); Rajinikanth, V. [Department of Physics, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, University of South Africa, Johannesburg 1709 (South Africa); Raju, K. Mohana [Synthetic Polymer Laboratory, Department of Polymer Science & Technology, S.K. University, Anantapuram, Andhra Pradesh (India); Vallabhapurapu, Vijaya Srinivasu [Department of Physics, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, University of South Africa, Johannesburg 1709 (South Africa)

    2015-11-15

    The present work deals with the development of temperature and magnetic responsive hydrogel networks based on poly (N-isopropylacrylamide)/acrylamido propane sulfonic acid. The hydrogel matrices are synthesized by polymerizing N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM) monomer in the presence of acrylamido propane sulphonicacid (AMPS) using a cross-linker (N,N-methylenebisacrylamide, MBA) and redox initiating system [ammonium persulphate (APS)/tetramethylethylenediamine (TMEDA)]. The magnetic nanoparticles are generated throughout the hydrogel networks using in situ method by incorporating iron ions and subsequent treatment with ammonia. A series of hydrogel-magnetic nanocomposites (HGMNC) are developed by varying AMPS composition. The synthesized hydrogel magnetic nanocomposites (HGMNC) are characterized by using Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Thermal Analyses and Electron Microscopy analysis (Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscope). The metal extraction capacities of the prepared hydrogel (HG) and hydrogel magnetic nanocomposites (HGMNC) were studied at different temperatures. The results suggest that HGMNCs have higher extraction capacity compared to HG and HG loaded iron ions. This data also reveals that the extraction of metals by hydrogel magnetic nanocomposites (HGMNCs) is higher at higher temperatures than room temperature. The prepared HGMNCs are also subjected to hyperthermia (cancer therapy) studies. - Highlights: • We have developed temperature responsive hydrogel magnetic nanocomposites. • Addition of AMPS monomer to this magnetic hydrogel enhances the temperature sensitivity to 40–43 °C. • Similarly the sulfonic groups present in the AMPS units enhances the swelling ratio of magnetic hydrogels. • AMPS acts as good stabilizing agent for nanoparticles in the magnetic nanogel.

  17. Structural and magnetic properties of Ni-Zn doped BaM nanocomposite via citrate precursor

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    Rana, Kush; Thakur, Preeti; Thakur, Atul, E-mail: atulphysics@gmail.com [School of Physics and Materials Science, Shoolini University, Solan, India 173212 (India); Tomar, Monika; Gupta, Vinay [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi, India 110007 (India)

    2016-05-23

    Ni-Zn substituted M-type barium ferrite nanocomposite has been prepared via citrate precursor method. Nanocomposite having composition BaNi{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 11}O{sub 19} was sintered at 900°C for 3hrs and characterized by using different characterization techniques. X-ray diffraction (XRD) confirmed the formation of double phase with most prominent peak at (114). Average crystallite size for pure BaM and BNZFO were found to be 36 nm & 45 nm. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) confirmed the formation of hexagonal platelets with a layered structure. Magnetic properties of these samples were investigated by using vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Magnetic parameters like saturation magnetization (M{sub s}), coericivity (H{sub c}) and squareness ratio (SQR) of nanocomposite were found to be 60 emu/g, 3663 Oe and 0.6163 respectively. These values were noticed to be higher as compared to pure BaM. Enhanced magnetic properties of nanocomposite were strongly dependent on exchange coupling. Therefore these properties make this nanocomposite a suitable candidate for magnetic recording and high frequency applications.

  18. Temperature responsive hydrogel magnetic nanocomposites for hyperthermia and metal extraction applications

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    Reddy, N. Narayana; Ravindra, S.; Reddy, N. Madhava; Rajinikanth, V.; Raju, K. Mohana; Vallabhapurapu, Vijaya Srinivasu

    2015-11-01

    The present work deals with the development of temperature and magnetic responsive hydrogel networks based on poly (N-isopropylacrylamide)/acrylamido propane sulfonic acid. The hydrogel matrices are synthesized by polymerizing N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM) monomer in the presence of acrylamido propane sulphonicacid (AMPS) using a cross-linker (N,N-methylenebisacrylamide, MBA) and redox initiating system [ammonium persulphate (APS)/tetramethylethylenediamine (TMEDA)]. The magnetic nanoparticles are generated throughout the hydrogel networks using in situ method by incorporating iron ions and subsequent treatment with ammonia. A series of hydrogel-magnetic nanocomposites (HGMNC) are developed by varying AMPS composition. The synthesized hydrogel magnetic nanocomposites (HGMNC) are characterized by using Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Thermal Analyses and Electron Microscopy analysis (Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscope). The metal extraction capacities of the prepared hydrogel (HG) and hydrogel magnetic nanocomposites (HGMNC) were studied at different temperatures. The results suggest that HGMNCs have higher extraction capacity compared to HG and HG loaded iron ions. This data also reveals that the extraction of metals by hydrogel magnetic nanocomposites (HGMNCs) is higher at higher temperatures than room temperature. The prepared HGMNCs are also subjected to hyperthermia (cancer therapy) studies.

  19. Preparation and evaluation of Au nanoparticle–silica aerogel nanocomposite

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    Naruhito Katagiri

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available A Au nanoparticle–silica aerogel nanocomposite was prepared by the gelling of a tetramethyl orthosilicate (TMOS/ethanol solution together with Au nanoparticles and drying the wet gel in supercritical carbon dioxide. The aerogel nanocomposite contained Au nanoparticles at a concentration of 0.268 ppm. The bulk density, porosity, and specific surface area of the obtained nanocomposite were 0.126 g/cm3, 94%, and 890 m2/g, respectively. The nanocomposite was reddish-violet in color and transparent, and had a relative permittivity of approximately 6 with a dielectric loss of ca. 1 × 10−3 in the range of 10 MHz to 1 GHz.

  20. Novel transparent and flexible nanocomposite film prepared from chrysotile nanofibres

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    Liu, Kun, E-mail: kliu@csu.edu.cn [School of Minerals Processing and Bioengineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Zhu, Binnan; Feng, Qiming [School of Minerals Processing and Bioengineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Duan, Tao [Joint Laboratory for Extreme Conditions Matter Properties, Southwest University of Science and Technology and Research Center of Laser Fusion, CAEP, Mianyang 621010 (China)

    2013-10-01

    In the present study, chrysotile nanofibres, obtained from physicochemical dispersion of natural chrysotile, were used to prepare nanofibre sheets by vacuum filtration. As-prepared sheets were then impregnated by UV-curable resin and cured by ultraviolet light to fabricate the flexible and transparent nanocomposite films. Observed from SEM, the transparent films showed a smooth surface and a typical sandwich structure in cross section, viz. nanofibre sheet filled with resin was sandwiched by two layers of resin. XRD patterns indicated the amorphous nature of cured resin and characteristic crystallographic structure of chrysotile in nanocomposite films. Though the nanofibre sheets were white in colour, and nanofibre contents in nanocomposites were as much as 43.4 wt%, the nanocomposite films displayed an excellent optical transparency with about 85% light transmittance in the visible light range. Tensile tests showed that the addition of nanofibres resulted in a great improvement in mechanical strength of the nanocomposite films; with the increase of nanofibre contents, the modulus and tensile strength of nanocomposite films increased gradually. - Graphical abstract: Photos show the experimental phenomenon. The white nanofibre sheets can be written or printed like paper, and it's very interested that the handwriting is clearly visible from the front and back of the transparent films prepared from nanofibre sheets by vacuum impregnation and UV curing. This phenomenon can be attributed to the increase of transparency of film, which results from the replacement of air interstices in nanofibre sheet by resin with higher refractive index. Visible light can pass easily through the transparent film without obvious loss, but can be apparently adsorbed and scattered by ink particles that adhered to nanofibres and embedded in resin. - Highlights: • A flexible and transparent film is prepared from chrysotile nanofibres. • The nanofibre sheet is sandwiched by two

  1. Magnetic Performance of a Nanocomposite Permanent Material

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    LIU Min; HAN Guang-Bing; GAO Ru-Wei

    2011-01-01

    @@ We build a sandwiched structure model in which the intergranular phase(IP) is homogeneously distributed between soft and hard magnetic grains, and gives a continuously anisotropic expression of the coupling part under the assumption that the IP weakens the intergrain exchange-coupling interaction.Based on the idea that the hardening mechanism is of the pinning type, we calculate the effect of the IP's thickness d and its anisotropy constant K1(0) on the intrinsic coercivity of a nanocomposite permanent material.The calculated results indicate that the domain wall goes twice through irreversible domain wall displacement during the process of moving from soft to hard magnetic grains, and the intrinsic coercivity increases with increasing d, but decreases with increasing K1(0).When d and K1(0) take 2nm and 0.7Kh, respectively, with Kh being the anisotropy constant in the inner part of the hard magnetic grain, the calculated intrinsic coercivity is in good agreement with the experimental data.

  2. Chitosan–silver oxide nanocomposite film: Preparation and antimicrobial activity

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    Shipra Tripathi; G K Mehrotra; P K Dutta

    2011-02-01

    The chitosan–silver oxide encapsulated nanocomposite film was prepared by solution casting method. The prepared film was characterized by FTIR, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermal studies, and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The elemental composition of the film was studied by energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX). The antibacterial activity of the composite film against pathogenic bacteria viz. Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa was measured by agar diffusion method. Our observations suggest that chitosan as biomaterial based nanocomposite film containing silver oxide has an excellent antibacterial ability for food packaging applications.

  3. A Facile and Green Synthetic Route for Preparation of Heterostructure Fe3O4@Au Nanocomposites

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    Xie Liping

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnetic nanoparticles offer many exciting opportunities in biology and biomedicine, such as magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic hyperthermia therapy, biomedical diagnosis. The synthesis of multifunctional magnetic nanocomposites that possess water-solubility, magnetic properties and optical stability by a green method at room temperature in aqueous phase is still an unmet need. Here, we developed a simple and green method for preparing Fe3O4@Au integrated the super-paramagnetic and optical properties by seed-mediated growth at mild condition in aqueous phase. The amphiphilic, non-ionic and nontoxic polymer poly(vinylpyrrolidone (PVP was used as a coupling agent for synthesis of Fe3O4@Au nanocomposites, which avoided the direct connection of Au and Fe3O4, and improved the saturation magnetization values of Fe3O4@Au to 40 emu/g at room temperature. We anticipate that the multifunctional Fe3O4@Au nanocomposites with high magnetic and good optical properties will provide a platform for potential diagnostic and therapeutic biomedical applications.

  4. Magnetic reversal and magnetic memory effect inmelt-spun Pr2Fe14B/α-Fe nanocomposite ribbons

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    韩广兵; 苏浩; 高汝伟; 于淑云; 康仕寿; 朱明刚; 李卫

    2015-01-01

    The influence of CoCr addition on the microstructure and magnetic properties was investigated in nanocomposite Pr2Fe14B/α-Fe alloys prepared by melt spinning. It was shown that the magnetic properties of Pr2Fe14B/α-Fe nanocomposite were im-proved by an addition of 10 at.% CoCr, in particular, coercivity (jHc) from 4.9 up to 5.3 kOe, maximum energy product ((BH)max) from 10.6 up to 13.9 MGOe, and remanence (Mr) from 94.2 up to 98.4 emu/g. The field dependencies of the reversible and irreversi-ble magnetization components were derived from the recoil loops. Combining with the initial magnetization curves, the results indi-cated that the pinning of domain walls at the grain boundaries dominated the magnetization reversal in Pr2Fe14B/α-Fe nanocomposite alloys. The magnetic memory effect was studied by measuring the magnetic moment relaxation at a cycle negative magnetic field with time interval of 600 s. The exchange-spring magnets with magnetic memory effect have a high potential for high density mag-netic recording.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of luminescence magnetic nanocomposite

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    Kiplagat, Ayabei [DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, Department of Chemistry, University of the Western Cape, Private Bag X17, Bellville (South Africa); Onani, Martin O., E-mail: monani@uwc.ac.za [DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, Department of Chemistry, University of the Western Cape, Private Bag X17, Bellville (South Africa); Meyer, Mervin [DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, Department of Biotechnology, University of the Western Cape, Private Bag X17, Bellville (South Africa); Akenga, Teresa A. [Department of Chemistry, University of Eldoret, P.O. Box 1125, Eldoret (Kenya); Dejene, Francis B. [Department of Physics, University of the Free State, QwaQwa Campus, Private Bag X13, Phuthadithaba 9866 (South Africa)

    2016-01-01

    We report a new type of indium based quantum dots which were conjugated to the magnetic Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles. They were characterized by photoluminescence (PL), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) and fourier transform infra-red (FTIR). The photoluminescence characteristics of the coupled and uncoupled indium based quantum dots were investigated to determine whether the fluorescing property could be retained in the bifunctional system. Generally, the PL intensity of the quantum dots was observed to reduce significantly and with huge red shift most probably due to quenching effects for the MNPs. The average size of the coupled nanoparticles were found to range between 4 and 5 nm for the quantum dots and range of 6–13 nm for the Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} magnetic nanoparticles as revealed by both HRTEM and XRD. The highest magnetic saturation reached for both bare and functionalized magnetic nanoparticles was 68.58 emu/g. The FTIR data revealed that the postulated functional groups were actually present in both the bare and functionalized nanoparticles. For instance, Fe–O was observed at around 580 cm{sup −1}, O–H at 3432 cm{sup −1} and thiol group at 2929 cm{sup −1} for meso-2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid capped Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} magnetic nanoparticles. The energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) also confirmed that all the elements of the nanocomposite were actually present in the designed material.

  6. Drug silica nanocomposite: preparation, characterization and skin permeation studies.

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    Pilloni, Martina; Ennas, Guido; Casu, Mariano; Fadda, Anna Maria; Frongia, Francesca; Marongiu, Francesca; Sanna, Roberta; Scano, Alessandra; Valenti, Donatella; Sinico, Chiara

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this work was to evaluate silica nanocomposites as topical drug delivery systems for the model drug, caffeine. Preparation, characterization, and skin permeation properties of caffeine-silica nanocomposites are described. Caffeine was loaded into the nanocomposites by grinding the drug with mesoporous silica in a ball mill up to 10 h and the efficiency of the process was studied by XRPD. Formulations were characterized by several methods that include FTIR, XRPD, SEM and TEM. The successful loading of caffeine was demonstrated by XRPD and FTIR. Morphology was studied by SEM that showed particle size reduction while TEM demonstrated formation of both core-shell and multilayered caffeine-silica structures. Solid-state NMR spectra excluded chemical interactions between caffeine and silica matrix, thus confirming that no solid state reactions occurred during the grinding process. Influence of drug inclusion in silica nanocomposite on the in vitro caffeine diffusion into and through the skin was investigated in comparison with a caffeine gel formulation (reference), using newborn pig skin and vertical Franz diffusion cells. Results from the in vitro skin permeation experiments showed that inclusion into the nanocomposite reduced and delayed caffeine permeation from the silica nanocomposite in comparison with the reference, independently from the amount of the tested formulation.

  7. Preparation and characterization of biodegradable PLA/organosilylated clay nanocomposites

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    Olivieri, R.; Di Maio, L.; Scarfato, P.; Incarnato, L.

    2016-05-01

    In this work a new organosilylated clay was successfully synthesized by functionalization of a natural sodium montmorillonite (MMT) by (3-glycidyloxypropyl)trimethoxysilane (GOPTMS). This organosilylated clay was used as nanofiller for preparation, by solvent casting, of poly(lactic acid) nanocomposite systems. Similar systems, containing as nanofiller the commercial Cloisite 30B (i.e. a natural sodium montmorillonite organically modified with alkylammonium salt), were also prepared for comparison. All the obtained nanocomposite films were characterized using several techniques (XRD, permeability and mechanical tensile tests). Obtained results pointed out that nanocomposite system containing the organosilylated clay showed a better intercalation of the polymer chains into the clay layers and a higher improvement of the oxygen barrier properties, when compared to both the neat PLA film and the PLA film loaded with Cloisite 30B.

  8. Preparation of Electrically Conductive Polystyrene/Carbon Nanofiber Nanocomposite Films

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    Sun, Luyi; O'Reilly, Jonathan Y.; Tien, Chi-Wei; Sue, Hung-Jue

    2008-01-01

    A simple and effective approach to prepare conductive polystyrene/carbon nanofiber (PS/CNF) nanocomposite films via a solution dispersion method is presented. Inexpensive CNF, which has a structure similar to multi-walled carbon nanotubes, is chosen as a nanofiller in this experiment to achieve conductivity in PS films. A good dispersion is…

  9. Preparation and electromagnetic wave absorption of RGO/Cu nanocomposite

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    Zhang, Hui; Tian, Xingyou; Zhang, Xian; Li, Shikuo; Shen, Yuhua; Xie, Anjian

    2017-09-01

    We use a facile pyrolysis method to prepare reduced graphene oxide and copper nanocomposite (RGO/Cu) based on it. The product shows an outstanding wave absorption properties. The maximum reflection loss is up to-50.7 dB at 3.8 GHz. The reflection loss of-10 dB (90% power absorption) corresponds to a bandwidth of 11.2 GHz (3.4-14.6 GHz range) for the layer thickness of 2-5 mm. Therefore, it is suggested that the RGO/Cu nanocomposite is also a new kind of lightweight and high-performance EM wave absorbing material.

  10. Preparation of polystyrene–clay nanocomposite by solution intercalation technique

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    P K Paul; S A Hussain; D Bhattacharjee; M Pal

    2013-06-01

    Polymer–clay nanocomposites of commercial polystyrene (PS) and clay laponite were prepared via solution intercalation technique. Laponite was modified suitably with the well known cationic surfactant cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide by ion-exchange reaction to render laponite miscible with hydrophobic PS. X-ray diffraction analysis in combination with scanning electron microscopy gives an idea of structural and morphological information of PS–laponite nanocomposite for different varying organo-laponite contents. Intercalation of PS chain occurs into the interlayer spacings of laponite for low organo-laponite concentration in the PS–O-laponite mixture. However, aggregation and agglomeration occur at higher clay concentration. The molecular bond vibrational profile of laponite as well as PS–laponite nanocomposite have been explored by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Thermogravimetric analysis along with differential scanning calorimetry results reveal the enhancement of both thermal stability and glass transition temperature of PS due to the incorporation of clay platelets.

  11. Preparation and Structural Characterization of Polystyrene-Rectorite Nanocomposites

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    Fang Peng-fei; Liu Li-ming; Zhang Ming; Zhang Shao-ping; Wang Bo; Wang Shao-jie

    2003-01-01

    The polystyrene/rectorite nanocomposites were prepared by free radical polymerization of styrene containing dispersed organophilic rectorite. The structures and thermal properties of these hybrids have been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) techniques. It was found that exfoliation of rectorite in polystyrene (PS) matrix was achieved. The average free-volume radius in the PS/clay nanocomposites is generally same as that in PS. Along with increment of rectorite contents, the interface between rectorite and polystyrene matrix increases, and the free-volume concentration decreases obviously. And the polystyrene nanocomposites have higher thermal decomposition temperature than pure PS.

  12. Preparation, Characterization and Dielectric Properties of Epoxy and Polyethylene Nanocomposites

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    Zhang, Chao; Mason, Ralf; Stevens, Gary

    Two very different kinds of polymer nanocomposites have been prepared, characterized and investigated by dielectric spectroscopy to investigate the effects of polymer-nanofiller matrix difference on the dielectric response of nanodielectric composites. Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) is a non-polar thermoplastic which has a high viscosity even in the melt phase and bisphenol-A epoxy resin with an anhydride hardener is a polar low viscosity thermosetting resin. Nanometric sized aluminium oxide filler was chosen as the common inorganic phase for both nanodielectrics. Generally, nanoparticles aggregate easily and are difficult to separate due to strong surface interactions. In this study various mixing methods were employed from ultrasonic liquid processing to controlled shear flow mixing to investigate the dispersion of the nanofillers. The resultant epoxy and polyethylene nanocomposites were characterized with SEM, TEM, and DSC. The dielectric properties and frequency response of the nanocomposites were measured in the frequency domain from 10-2 Hz to 106 Hz at different temperatures. In polyethylene nanocomposites, significant interfacial polarization is clearly seen. However, in epoxy nanocomposites, no obvious interfacial polarization is found. The results are discussed in terms of the difference in the electrical characteristics of the interfacial region between the polymers and the nano-alumina.

  13. Magnetic graphene oxide-polystyrene and magnetic activated carbon-polystyrene nanocomposites as sorbents for bisphenol A.

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    Rekos, Kyriazis; Kampouraki, Zoi Christina; Samanidou, Victoria; Deliyanni, Eleni

    2016-04-01

    Magnetic graphene oxide-polystyrene and magnetic activated carbon-polystyrene nanocomposites as sorbents for bisphenol A. Kyriazis Rekos1, Zoi Christina Kampouraki1, Victoria Samanidou2, Eleni Deliyanni1 1 Laboratory of General and Inorganic Chemical Technology, Department of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR-541 24 Thessaloniki, Greece 2 Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR-541 24 Thessaloniki, Greece The aim of this work was to prepare and characterize novel composites of magnetic activated carbon or magnetic graphene oxide with polystyrene (GO/PSm), through one step simple and effective route. Μagnetite nanoparticles, prepared in the laboratory, were dispersed in the presence of activated carbon (C) or graphene oxide (GO) in a polystyrene (PS) solution in dimethylformamide, at elevated temperature, for the fabrication of the magnetite-Carbon-PS (C-PSm) and magnetite- Graphene Oxide-PS (GO-PSm) hybrid-nanoparticles. For comparison, C-PS and GO-PS composites were also prepared in the same route. The nanocomposites were tested for their sorption ability for an endocrine disruptor, bisphenol A. The effect of solution pH, initial concentration, contact time and temperature were examined. The magnetic graphite oxide-polystyrene presented higher adsorption capacity (100 mg/g) than the non magnetic composites (70 mg/g), as well as than initial graphite oxide (20 mg/g). FTIR, XRD, BET, TGA, VSM and SEM were performed in order to investigate the role of the PS on the better adsorption performance of the mGO-PS nanocomposites. The characterization with these techniques revealed the possible interactions of the surface functional groups of activated carbon and/or graphite oxide with polystyrene that resulted in the better performance of the magnetic nanocomposites for bisphenol A adsorption.

  14. Thermochemotherapy mediated by novel solar-planet structured magnetic nanocomposites for glioma treatment.

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    Zhao, Lingyun; Yang, Bing; Wang, Yuying; Yao, Zhu; Wang, Xiaowen; Feng, Si-Shen; Tang, Jintian

    2012-02-01

    Cancer comprehensive treatment has been fully recognized as it can provide an effective multimodality approach for fighting cancers. This work evaluates the effects of a kind of novel solar-planet structured magnetic nanocomposites (MNCs) for magnetic thermochemotherapy. Amino silane coated magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) as agent of magnetic mediated hyperthermia (MMH) for cancer treatment were prepared by the chemical precipitation method. Docetaxel (an anticancer drug) loaded polymeric nanoparticles (DNPs) composed of carboxylic-terminated poly (D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) with Vitamin E TPGS as emulsifier for sustained drug release were prepared by a modified solvent extraction/evaporation technique. Furthermore, the MNPs modified with amino groups could be covalently attached to the surface of carboxylic terminated DNPs to form the so-called solar-planet structured MNCs by 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethyl aminopropyl) carbodiimide (EDC) and N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) crosslinking. The prepared solar-planet structure has been confirmed by fluorescent observation. Inductive heating property of the nanocomposite was evaluation by monitoring the temperature increase of the MNCs suspension under alternative magnetic field (AMF). Drug encapsulation efficacy and drug release of the magnetic nanocomposite were conducted by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). In vitro evaluation of the novel nanocomposite as mediator for thermochemotherapy was conducted on the U251 human glioma cells and the synergistic effect between MMH and docetaxel chemotherapy was confirmed. All the observation supports that solar-planet structured MNC is a novel and effective mediator for magnetic thermochemotherapy. The MNCs can realize cancer comprehensive treatment thus has great potential in clinical application.

  15. Fe-Al2O3 nanocomposites prepared by high-energy ball milling

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    Linderoth, Søren; Pedersen, M.S.

    1994-01-01

    Nanocomposites of alpha-Fe and alpha-Al2O3, prepared by high-energy ball milling, exhibit coercivities which are enhanced by about two orders of magnitude with respect to the bulk value. The degree of enhancement depends on the volume fraction (x(upsilon)) of Fe, with a maximum for x(upsilon) alm......Nanocomposites of alpha-Fe and alpha-Al2O3, prepared by high-energy ball milling, exhibit coercivities which are enhanced by about two orders of magnitude with respect to the bulk value. The degree of enhancement depends on the volume fraction (x(upsilon)) of Fe, with a maximum for x......(upsilon) almost-equal-to 0.25. The effect is ascribed to the production of single-domain magnetic grains. Mossbauer spectroscopy reveals the presence of iron oxide phases which could not be seen by x-ray and electron diffraction measurements....

  16. Sustained release of doxorubicin from zeolite-magnetite nanocomposites prepared by mechanical activation.

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    Arruebo, Manuel; Fernández-Pacheco, Rodrigo; Irusta, Silvia; Arbiol, Jordi; Ibarra, M Ricardo; Santamaría, Jesús

    2006-08-28

    Nanocomposites consisting of magnetite and FAU zeolite with a high surface area and adsorption capacity have been prepared by mechanical activation using high-energy milling at room temperature. FTIR results, as well as HRTEM, EFTEM, and XPS measurements, show that the resulting magnetic nanoparticles are covered by a thin aluminosilicate coating. A saturation magnetization as high as 16 emu g(-1) and 94.2 Oe of coercivity were observed for the obtained composites. The main advantages of this synthesis procedure are (i) simplicity of the preparation procedure, (ii) prevention of agglomeration of the magnetite nanoparticles to a large extent, and (iii) absence of free magnetite outside the zeolitic matrix. In addition, in vitro experiments revealed that the nanoparticles prepared were able to store and release substantial amounts of doxorubicin. In view of these advantages, these magnetic nanoparticles can be considered as potential candidates for drug-delivery applications.

  17. Synthesis of Self-Assembled Multifunctional Nanocomposite Catalysts with Highly Stabilized Reactivity and Magnetic Recyclability

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    Yu, Xu; Cheng, Gong; Zheng, Si-Yang

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, a multifunctional Fe3O4@SiO2@PEI-Au/Ag@PDA nanocomposite catalyst with highly stabilized reactivity and magnetic recyclability was synthesized by a self-assembled method. The magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles were coated with a thin layer of the SiO2 to obtain a negatively charged surface. Then positively charged poly(ethyleneimine) polymer (PEI) was self-assembled onto the Fe3O4@SiO2 by electrostatic interaction. Next, negatively charged glutathione capped gold nanoparticles (GSH-AuNPs) were electrostatically self-assembled onto the Fe3O4@SiO2@PEI. After that, silver was grown on the surface of the nanocomposite due to the reduction of the dopamine in the alkaline solution. An about 5 nm thick layer of polydopamine (PDA) was observed to form the Fe3O4@SiO2@PEI-Au/Ag@PDA nanocomposite. The Fe3O4@SiO2@PEI-Au/Ag@PDA nanocomposite was carefully characterized by the SEM, TEM, FT-IR, XRD and so on. The Fe3O4@SiO2@PEI-Au/Ag@PDA nanocomposite shows a high saturation magnetization (Ms) of 48.9 emu/g, which allows it to be attracted rapidly to a magnet. The Fe3O4@SiO2@PEI-Au/Ag@PDA nanocomposite was used to catalyze the reduction of p-nitrophenol (4-NP) to p-aminophenol (4-AP) as a model system. The reaction kinetic constant k was measured to be about 0.56 min‑1 (R2 = 0.974). Furthermore, the as-prepared catalyst can be easily recovered and reused for 8 times, which didn’t show much decrease of the catalytic capability.

  18. Magnetization arrangement of hard magnetic phases and mechanism of magnetization and reversal magnetization of nano-composite magnets

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    LIU Xin-cai; XIE Ren; PAN Jing

    2009-01-01

    During the process of directional solidification, laser remelting/solidification in the layer on sintered magnets, die-upsetting of cast magnets, or die-upsetting of nano-composites, the arrangements of the easy-magnetization-axes of the hard magnetic phases (Nd_2Fe_(14)B, SmCo_5 or Sm_2Co_(17) type) in their designed directions have been studied. In Fe-Pt nano-composite magnets, attempts have been taken to promote phase transformation from disordered, soft magnetic A1 to ordered, hard magnetic L_(10) FePt phase at reduced temperatures. The dependence of the magnetization and reversal magnetization processes on the microstructures, involving the morphology and three critical sizes of particles of the FePt nano-composite magnets, are summarized. With the decrease of the nominal thickness of the anisotropic FePt film epitaxially grown on the single crystal MgO (001) substrate, the reversal magnetization process firstly changes from full domain wall displacement to partial magnetic wall pinning related to the morphology change, where the coercive force increases abruptly. The reversal magnetization process secondly changes from magnetic wall pinning to incoherent magnetization rotation associated with the particles being below the first critical size at which multi-domain particles turn into single domain ones, where the coercive force is still increased. And the reversal magnetization mode thirdly changes from incoherent to coherent rotation referred to the second critical size, where the increase of the coercive force keeps on. However, when the particle size decreases to approach the third critical size where the particles turn into the supperparamagnetic state, the coercive force begins to decrease due to the interplay of the size effect and the incomplete ordering induced by the size effect. Meanwhile, due to the size effect, Curie temperature of the ultra-small FePt particles reduces.

  19. Magnetic hydrogel nanocomposites as remote controlled microfluidic valves.

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    Satarkar, Nitin S; Zhang, Wenli; Eitel, Richard E; Hilt, J Zach

    2009-06-21

    In recent years, hydrogels have attracted attention as active components in microfluidic devices. Here, we present a demonstration of remote controlled flow regulation in a microfluidic device using a hydrogel nanocomposite valve. To create the nanocomposite hydrogel, magnetic nanoparticles were dispersed in temperature-responsive N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) hydrogels. The swelling and collapse of the resultant nanocomposite can be remotely controlled by application of an alternating magnetic field (AMF). A ceramic microfluidic device with Y-junction channels was fabricated using low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) technology. The nanocomposite was incorporated as a valve in one of the channels of the device. An AMF of frequency 293 kHz was then applied to the device and ON-OFF control on flow was achieved. A pressure transducer was placed at the inlet of the channel and pressure measurements were done for multiple AMF ON-OFF cycles to evaluate the reproducibility of the valve. Furthermore, the effect of the hydrogel geometry on the response time was characterized by hydrogels with different dimensions. Magnetic hydrogel nanocomposite films of different thicknesses (0.5, 1, 1.5 mm) were subjected to AMF and the kinetics of collapse and recovery were studied.

  20. Preparation and characterization of titania/silicone nanocomposite material

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    Shen, Y.; Wang, L.; Zhang, H.; Wu, T.; Pan, H. Y.

    2015-07-01

    The preparation and properties of high refractive index nanocomposite material were studied. The TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized by sol-gel method using acetic acid as a chelating ligand. The nanoparticles were dispersed directly into the polymer matrix to prepare transparent high refractive index nanocomposite thin films. The refractive index of films will be enhanced with the increase of titania contents. The particles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), respectively. The results showed that all samples with different amounts of TiO2 exhibit good optical transparency. Furthermore, the pattern of the TiO2 NPs shows a pure anatase phases. From TEM image, the TiO2 has little agglomeration. The FT-IR spectrum indicated that acetate ions and titanium ions show good chelation.

  1. Preparation and characterization of polymer-clay nanocomposite films

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    2009-01-01

    Polymer/clay nanocomposite films were prepared by means of electrodeposition of aqueous suspension including cathodic electrophoretic acrylic resin (CEAR) and Na+-montmorillonite (NMMT). Studies of XRD,SEM and TEM indicated well-dispersed NMMT platelets in the films prepared. The ideal dispersity achieved was thought to be the result of aqueous compatibility between CEAR molecules and NMMT platelets and the result of the water-involved process as well. The modulus and strength of the polymer/clay nanocomposite coatings tested by tensile testing and nano-indentation were effectively improved compared to those of the virgin CEAR film. In addition,the adhesion strength,flexibility and water-resistance represented by Chinese national standard (GB) kept the best grades.

  2. Method of preparing graphene-sulfur nanocomposites for rechargeable lithium-sulfur battery electrodes

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    Liu, Jun; Lemmon, John P; Yang, Zhenguo; Cao, Yuliang; Li, Xiaolin

    2015-04-07

    A method of preparing a graphene-sulfur nanocomposite for a cathode in a rechargeable lithium-sulfur battery comprising thermally expanding graphite oxide to yield graphene layers, mixing the graphene layers with a first solution comprising sulfur and carbon disulfide, evaporating the carbon disulfide to yield a solid nanocomposite, and grinding the solid nanocomposite to yield the graphene-sulfur nanocomposite. Rechargeable-lithium-sulfur batteries having a cathode that includes a graphene-sulfur nanocomposite can exhibit improved characteristics. The graphene-sulfur nanocomposite can be characterized by graphene sheets with particles of sulfur adsorbed to the graphene sheets. The sulfur particles have an average diameter of less than 50 nm.

  3. Ultrasonic-assisted synthesis and magnetic studies of iron oxide/MCM-41 nanocomposite

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    Ursachi, Irina [Department of Physics ' Alexandru Ioan Cuza' University of Iasi, 11 Carol I Boulevard, 700506 Iasi (Romania); Vasile, Aurelia [Department of Chemistry, ' Alexandru Ioan Cuza' University of Iasi, 11 Carol I Boulevard, 700506 Iasi (Romania); Ianculescu, Adelina [Department of Oxide Materials and Engineering, Polytechnics University of Bucharest, 1-7 Gh. Polizu, 011061 Bucharest (Romania); Vasile, Eugeniu [METAV S.A., Research and Development, 31 C.A. Rosetti, 020011, Bucharest (Romania); Stancu, Alexandru, E-mail: alstancu@uaic.ro [Department of Physics ' Alexandru Ioan Cuza' University of Iasi, 11 Carol I Boulevard, 700506 Iasi (Romania)

    2011-11-01

    Highlights: {yields} A quick and facile route for the synthesis of iron oxide/MCM-41 nanocomposite. {yields} Magnetic nanoparticles were stabilized inside the pores of mesoporous silica MCM-41. {yields} The pore size of MCM-41 dictates the properties of iron oxide nanoparticles. {yields} The procedure provides a narrow size distribution of magnetic nanoparticles. - Abstract: Iron oxide nanoparticles were stabilized within the pores of mesoporous silica MCM-41 amino-functionalized by a sonochemical method. Formation of iron oxide nanoparticles inside the mesoporous channels of amino-functionalized MCM-41 was realized by wet impregnation using iron nitrate, followed by calcinations at 550 deg. C in air. The effect of functionalization level on structural and magnetic properties of obtained nanocomposites was studied. The resulting materials were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and selected area electron diffraction (HRTEM and SAED), vibrating sample and superconducting quantum interface magnetometers (VSM and SQUID) and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms measurements. The HRTEM images reveal that the most of the iron oxide nanoparticles were dispersed inside the mesopores of silica matrix and the pore diameter of the amino-functionalized MCM-41 matrix dictates the particle size of iron oxide nanoparticles. The obtained material possesses mesoporous structure and interesting magnetic properties. Saturation magnetization value of magnetic iron oxide nanopatricles stabilized in MCM-41 amino-functionalized by in situ sonochemical synthesis was 1.84 emu g{sup -1}. An important finding is that obtained magnetic nanocomposite materials exhibit enhanced magnetic properties than those of iron oxide/MCM-41 nanocomposite obtained by conventional method. The described method is providing a rather short preparation time and a narrow size distribution of iron oxide nanoparticles.

  4. Effect of Nanocomposite Structures on Fracture Behavior of Epoxy-Clay Nanocomposites Prepared by Different Dispersion Methods

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    Mohammad Bashar

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The effects of organic modifier and processing method on morphology and mechanical properties of epoxy-clay nanocomposites were investigated. In this study, the preparation of nanocomposites by exfoliation-adsorption method involved an ultrasonic mixing procedure, and mechanical blending was used for in situ intercalative polymerization. The microstructure study revealed that the organoclay, which was ultrasonically mixed with the epoxy, partially exfoliated and intercalated. In contrast, organoclay remained in phase-separated and flocculated state after the mechanical blending process. Tensile stiffness increased significantly for the nanocomposite prepared by ultrasonic dispersion method through realizing the reinforcing potential of exfoliated silicate layers. Nanocomposites with exfoliated and intercalated nanoclay morphology were ineffective in enhancing the fracture toughness whereas nanocomposites with phase-separated and flocculated morphology have improved crack resistance predominantly by crack deflecting and pinning mechanisms.

  5. Effect of Selective Co Addition on Magnetic Properties of Nd2(FeCo)14B/alpha-Fe Nanocomposite Magnets

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    2012-12-13

    uta.edu Received 17 July 2012, in final form 11 October 2012 Published 13 December 2012 Online at stacks.iop.org/JPhysD/46/045001 Abstract Nd2Fe14B /α-Fe...obtained in the isotropic Nd2(FeCo)14B/α-(FeCo) nanocomposite magnets compared with 15 MG Oe of Nd2Fe14B /α-Fe nanocomposite magnets prepared under the...The effect of Co addition on magnetic properties of the Nd2Fe14B single phase has been extensively studied since the initial discovery of the Nd–Fe

  6. Synthesis and characterization of magnetic and luminescent Fe3O4/CdTe nanocomposites using aspartic acid as linker

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    Xiu Ling Wang; Lu Wei; Guan Hong Tao; Meng Qiong Huang

    2011-01-01

    In this study, the preparation of a new kind of magnetic and luminescent Fe3O4/CdTe nanocomposites was demonstrated. Superparamagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles were first synthesized by hydrothermal coprecipitation of ferric and ferrous ions, followed by the modification of their surfaces with tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAOH) and the chemical activation with aspartic acid. The surface-modified Fe3O4 nanoparticles were then covalently coated with CdTe quantum dots (QDs), which were modified with mercaptoacetic acid (MPA), to form the Fe3O4/CdTe magnetic and luminescent nanocomposites through the coordination of the amino groups on the surfaces of Fe3O4 and the carboxyl groups on CdTe QDs. The structure and properties of as-synthesized nanocomposites were characterized. It was indicated that the nanocomposites possessed structure with an average diameter of 40-50 nm, yellow-green emission feature and room temperature ferro-magnetism. Both the fluorescence and UV-vis absorption spectra of the nanocomposites showed a blue shift comparing with those of CdTe QDs. The mechanism of the blue shift was presented. The nanocomposites retained the ferromagnetic property with a saturation magnetization of 8.9 emu/g.

  7. Preparation and characterization of transparent PMMA-cellulose-based nanocomposites.

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    Kiziltas, Esra Erbas; Kiziltas, Alper; Bollin, Shannon C; Gardner, Douglas J

    2015-01-01

    Nanocomposites of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and cellulose were made by a solution casting method using acetone as the solvent. The nanofiber networks were prepared using three different types of cellulose nanofibers: (i) nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC), (ii) cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) and (iii) bacterial cellulose from nata de coca (NDC). The loading of cellulose nanofibrils in the PMMA varied between 0.25 and 0.5 wt%. The mechanical properties of the composites were evaluated using a dynamic mechanical thermal analyzer (DMTA). The flexural modulus of the nanocomposites reinforced with NDC at the 0.5 wt% loading level increased 23% compared to that of pure PMMA. The NFC composite also exhibited a slightly increased flexural strength around 60 MPa while PMMA had a flexural strength of 57 MPa. The addition of NDC increased the storage modulus (11%) compared to neat PMMA at room temperature while the storage modulus of PPMA/CNC nanocomposite containing 0.25 and 0.5 wt% cellulose increased about 46% and 260% to that of the pure PMMA at the glass transition temperature, respectively. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) indicated that there was no significant change in thermal stability of the composites. The UV-vis transmittance of the CNF nanocomposites decreased by 9% and 27% with the addition of 0.25 wt% CNC and NDC, respectively. This work is intended to spur research and development activity for application of CNF reinforced PMMA nanocomposites in applications such as: packaging, flexible screens, optically transparent films and light-weight transparent materials for ballistic protection.

  8. Preparation and Characterization of Polyhydroxybutyrate/Polycaprolactone Nanocomposites

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    Cha Ping Liau

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB/polycaprolactone (PCL/stearate Mg-Al layered double hydroxide (LDH nanocomposites were prepared via solution casting intercalation method. Coprecipitation method was used to prepare the anionic clay Mg-Al LDH from nitrate salt solution. Modification of nitrate anions by stearate anions between the LDH layers via ion exchange reaction. FTIR spectra showed the presence of carboxylic acid (COOH group which indicates that stearate anions were successfully intercalated into the Mg-Al LDH. The formation of nanocomposites only involves physical interaction as there are no new functional groups or new bonding formed. X-ray diffraction (XRD and transmission electron microscopy (TEM indicated that the mixtures of nanocomposites are intercalated and exfoliated types. XRD results showed increasing of basal spacing from 8.66 to 32.97 Å in modified stearate Mg-Al LDH, and TEM results revealed that the stearate Mg-Al LDH layers are homogeneously distributed in the PHB/PCL polymer blends matrix. Enhancement in 300% elongation at break and 66% tensile strength in the presence of 1.0 wt % of the stearate Mg-Al LDH as compare with PHB/PCL blends. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM proved that clay improves compatibility between polymer matrix and the best ratio 80PHB/20PCL/1stearate Mg-Al LDH surface is well dispersed and stretched before it breaks.

  9. PREPARATION AND PROPERTIES OF FUMED SILICA/CYANATE ESTER NANOCOMPOSITES

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    Elhussein A.Taha; Jun-tao Wu; Kai Gao; Lin Guo

    2012-01-01

    Fumed silica/bisphenol A dicyanate ester (BADCy) nanocomposites were prepared by introducing different contents of nano-sized fumed SiO2 into the BADCy matrix.Two different average primary particle diameters of 12 and 40 nm were chosen.Dibutyltindilaurate (DBTDL) catalyst was chosen to catalyze the cyanate ester group into triazine group via cyclotrimerization reaction.The SEM micrographs indicated that the fumed SiO2 particles were homogeneously dispersed in the poly(bisphenol A dicyanate) matrix by means of ultrasonic treatment and the addition of a coupling agent.The FTIR spectroscopy shows that,not only DBTDL catalyzes the polymerization reaction but also-OH groups of the SiO2 particles surface help the catalyst for the complete polymerization of BADCy monomer.The thermal stability of the cured BADCy can be improved by adequate addition of fumed SiO2.A slight increase in the dielectric constant and dielectric loss values were identified by testing the dielectric properties of the prepared nanocomposite samples.By increasing the SiO2 content,there was a slight increasing in the thermal conductivity values of the tested samples.The obtained results proved that the fumed silica/BADCy nanocomposites had good thermal and dielectrical properties and can be used in many applications such as in the thermal insulation field.

  10. Characterization, charge transport and magnetic properties of multi-walled carbon nanotube-polyvinyl chloride nanocomposites

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    M. S., Vasanthkumar; Bhatia, Ravi; Arya, Ved Prakash; Sameera, I.; Prasad, V.; H. S., Jayanna

    2014-02-01

    Multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)-polyvinyl chloride (PVC) nanocomposites, with MWCNT loading up to 44.4 weight percent (wt%), were prepared by the solvent mixing and casting method. Electron microscopy indicates high degree of dispersion of MWCNT in PVC matrix, achieved by ultrasonication without using any surfactants. Thermogravimetric analysis showed a significant monotonic enhancement in the thermal stability of nanocomposites by increasing the wt% of MWCNT. Electrical conductivity of nanocomposites followed the classical percolation theory and the conductivity prominently improved from 10-7 to 9 S/cm as the MWCNT loading increased from 0.1 to 44.4 wt%. Low value of electrical percolation threshold ~0.2 wt% is achieved which is attributed to high aspect ratio and homogeneous dispersion of MWCNT in PVC. The analysis of the low temperature electrical resistivity data shows that sample of 1.9 wt% follows three dimensional variable range hopping model whereas higher wt% nanocomposite samples follow power law behavior. The magnetization versus applied field data for both bulk MWCNTs and nanocomposite of 44.4 wt% display ferromagnetic behavior with enhanced coercivities of 1.82 and 1.27 kOe at 10 K, respectively. The enhancement in coercivity is due to strong dipolar interaction and shape anisotropy of rod-shaped iron nanoparticles.

  11. Preparation and Characterization of Fe2O3/Al2O3 Nano-composites

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    2007-01-01

    Al2O3/Fe2O3 nano-composites were prepared by sol-gel route. The effect of Fe2O3 content on the structure, grain size and characterization of the composite were investigated through X-ray diffraction and M(o)ssbauer spectrum. The X-ray diffraction results show that Al2O3/Fe2O3 nano-composites with the Fe2O3, content of 40 wt% can be obtained after heat-treated at 900℃. The M(o)ssbauer effect results show that all samples exhibit clear super-paramagnetic phenomenon. Particles grow and defects reduce with the increasing of Fe2O3 conteni and some α-Fe2O3 stay magnetic order.

  12. Ni-TiO2 nanocomposite films and their magnetic properties

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    Vokoun, D.; Svatuška, M.; Olejníček, J.; Kohout, M.; Drahokoupil, J.; Rameš, M.; Vejpravová, J.; Mantlíková, A.; Fekete, L.; Kopeček, J.; Klimša, L.; Heczko, O.

    2016-12-01

    We have demonstrated a method for preparing nickel nanoparticles in TiO2 matrix films, 500-900 nm thick, using magnetron sputtering followed by a heat treatment at temperatures 723-773 K for 1 h in various gas atmospheres. The X-ray diffraction indicated that the size of Ni crystallites was 4-6 nm depending on the heat treatment conditions. Magnetic force and scanning electron microscopy studies show clustering the nanoparticles to size of order hundreds of nm arranged in a shape of nanopillars separated by TiO2. The above mentioned clustering results in a magnetic anisotropy as indicated from the loops of the magnetic moment - magnetic field curves in the perpendicular and parallel directions. Some of the prepared nanocomposite samples exhibit different magnetic behavior within the perpendicular and parallel directions for |μ0H|>0.6 T, presumably due to the presence of antiferromagnetic oxides.

  13. Ni–TiO{sub 2} nanocomposite films and their magnetic properties

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    Vokoun, D., E-mail: vokoun@fzu.cz [Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague (Czech Republic); Svatuška, M. [Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague (Czech Republic); Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Prague (Czech Republic); Olejníček, J.; Kohout, M.; Drahokoupil, J.; Rameš, M.; Vejpravová, J.; Mantlíková, A.; Fekete, L.; Kopeček, J.; Klimša, L.; Heczko, O. [Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague (Czech Republic)

    2016-12-15

    We have demonstrated a method for preparing nickel nanoparticles in TiO{sub 2} matrix films, 500–900 nm thick, using magnetron sputtering followed by a heat treatment at temperatures 723–773 K for 1 h in various gas atmospheres. The X-ray diffraction indicated that the size of Ni crystallites was 4–6 nm depending on the heat treatment conditions. Magnetic force and scanning electron microscopy studies show clustering the nanoparticles to size of order hundreds of nm arranged in a shape of nanopillars separated by TiO{sub 2}. The above mentioned clustering results in a magnetic anisotropy as indicated from the loops of the magnetic moment – magnetic field curves in the perpendicular and parallel directions. Some of the prepared nanocomposite samples exhibit different magnetic behavior within the perpendicular and parallel directions for |μ{sub 0}H|>0.6 T, presumably due to the presence of antiferromagnetic oxides.

  14. Clay Functionalization with Different Aminosilanes for Nanocomposites Preparation

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    Piscitelli, F.; Callegaro, G.; Lavorgna, M.; Amendola, E.; Mensitieri, G.; Acierno, D.

    2008-08-01

    This is study describes the preparation and the characterization of nanocomposites obtained by dispersion of amino-functionalised clays in DGEBA based adhesives. The amino-functionalised clays were obtained through silylation of Na+ Cloisite with three different aminosilanes such as A1100 (3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane), A1120 (N(beta-aminoethyl)Y-aminopropyltrimethoxy-silane) and A1130 (Triaminofunctional silane). The presence of amino moieties on the layered silicates was confirmed by FTIR, thermal gravimetric and X-ray diffraction analysis. In particular it was evidenced that the d-spacing between platelets constituting the tactoid filler increases as shorter is the organic chains of the different silanes. The nanocomposites obtained by dispersing the amino functionalised clays into a commercial epoxy adhesive were characterised in terms of thermal and mechanical behaviour.

  15. PREPARATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF POLYAMIDE 11/CLAY NANOCOMPOSITES

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    Min Yu; Qin Zhang; Qiang Fu

    2004-01-01

    Polyamide 11 (PA 11) is a widely used polyamide resin, but its application is limited since the impact properties,tensile strength, and thermal properties are not very satisfactory for industrial application. In order to improve the mechanical properties of PA 11, in this paper, the preparation of polyamide 11/clay nanocomposites (PACN) via in-situ intercalated polymerization was reported. SEM, TEM and XRD were employed to investigate the dispersion of clay sheet in the matrix.The results indicate that clay layers were homogeneously dispersed in PA11 matrix on a nano-scale, and an exfoliated and intercalated structure co-existed in the composites. The mechanical and thermal properties of the obtained nanocomposites were improved to certain extent by the addition of clay.

  16. Preparation of bulk superhard B-C-N nanocomposite compact

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    Zhao, Yusheng (Los Alamos, NM); He, Duanwei (Sichuan, CN)

    2011-05-10

    Bulk, superhard, B--C--N nanocomposite compacts were prepared by ball milling a mixture of graphite and hexagonal boron nitride, encapsulating the ball-milled mixture at a pressure in a range of from about 15 GPa to about 25 GPa, and sintering the pressurized encapsulated ball-milled mixture at a temperature in a range of from about 1800-2500 K. The product bulk, superhard, nanocomposite compacts were well sintered compacts with nanocrystalline grains of at least one high-pressure phase of B--C--N surrounded by amorphous diamond-like carbon grain boundaries. The bulk compacts had a measured Vicker's hardness in a range of from about 41 GPa to about 68 GPa.

  17. Preparation, characterization and antimicrobial efficiency of Ag/PDDA-diatomite nanocomposite.

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    Panáček, Aleš; Balzerová, Anna; Prucek, Robert; Ranc, Václav; Večeřová, Renata; Husičková, Vendula; Pechoušek, Jiří; Filip, Jan; Zbořil, Radek; Kvítek, Libor

    2013-10-01

    Nanocomposites consisting of diatomaceous earth particles and silver nanoparticles (silver NPs) with high antimicrobial activity were prepared and characterized. For the purpose of nanocomposite preparation, silver NPs with an average size of 28nm prepared by modified Tollens process were used. Nanocomposites were prepared using poly(diallyldimethylammonium) chloride (PDDA) as an interlayer substance between diatomite and silver NPs which enables to change diatomite original negative surface charge to positive one. Due to strong electrostatic interactions between negatively charged silver NPs and positively charged PDDA-modified diatomite, Ag/PDDA-diatomite nanocomposites with a high content of silver (as high as 46.6mgAg/1g of diatomite) were prepared. Because of minimal release of silver NPs from prepared nanocomposites to aqueous media (<0.3mg Ag/1g of nanocomposite), the developed nanocomposites are regarded as a potential useful antimicrobial material with a long-term efficiency showing no risk to human health or environment. All the prepared nanocomposites exhibit a high bactericidal activity against Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria and fungicidal activity against yeasts at very low concentrations as low as 0.11g/L, corresponding to silver concentration of 5mg/L. Hence, the prepared nanocomposites constitute a promising candidate suitable for the microbial water treatment in environmental applications. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Microstructural characterisation of sintered soft magnetic nanocomposite materials

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    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The main aim of this work is to investigate microstructure of of sintered soft magnetic nanocomposite materials produced by sintering axially on one side in the ambient atmosphere. Design/methodology/approach: Microstructure observations of 20 mm diameter sintered roller by light microscopy OLYMPUS, scanning electron microscopy OPTON DSM-940 and ZEISS SUPRA 35, and transmission electron microscopy JEOL 3010. The X-ray tests were realized with the use of the XRD 7 SEIFERT-FPM diffractometer equipped with the lamp of the cobalt anode of 35 kV voltage and 30 mA filament current was used. The nanocrystalline ferromagnetic powders were manufactured by high-energy ball milling (8000 SPEX CertiPrep Mixer/Mill of metallic glasses ribbons in as state. The hot pressing process was made on machine “Degussa”. Findings: The analysis of the results enabled determination of the hot pressing parameters on structure of obtained stampings. This is typical of an dispersion strengthened case. Research limitations/implications: For the sintered roller obtained from metallic Co-based amorphous ribbons, further mechanical and magnetic examinations are planed. Practical implications: Conducted research shows that applied technology of sintered roller production allows to obtain good microstructural characteristics. Structure analysis of die stampings of powdered amorphous metallic ribbons is helpful to prepare this material by laboratory methods. Feature an alternative to commercial alloys and composite materials are the amorphous and nanocrystalline metal amorphous ribbons obtained by melt spinning technique and make it possible to obtain the new composite materials with best magnetic properties, which dimensions and shape can be freely formed. Originality/value: The paper presents influence of hot pressing parameters process of metallic powdered ribbons Co77Si11.5B11.5 on structure of obtained die stampings.

  19. Percolation Phenomena For New Magnetic Composites And Tim Nanocomposites Materials

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    Ahmed Thabet Mohamed

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a theoretical investigation in order to obtain new composite and nanocomposite magnetic industrial materials. The effective conductivity and thermal effective conductivity have been predicted by adding various types and percentages of conductive particles (Al2O3, MgO, ZnO, Graphite etc. to the main matrices of Epoxy, Iron and Silicon for formulating new composite and nanocomposite industrial materials. The characterization of effective conductivity of new polymeric composites has been investigated with various applied forces, inclusion types and their concentrations. In addition, the effect of inclusion types and their concentrations on the effective thermal conductivities of thermal interface nanocomposite industrial materials has been explained and discussed.

  20. Magnetic properties of nano-composite particles

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    Xu, Xia

    Chemical synthesis routes for hollow spherical BaFe12O 19, hollow mesoporous spherical BaFe12O19, worm-shape BaFe12O19 and FeCo particles were developed. These structured particles have great potentials for the applications including magnetic recording medium, catalyst support, and energy storage. Magnetically exchange coupled hard/soft SrFe12O19/FeCo and MnBi/FeCo composites were synthesized through a newly proposed process of magnetic self-assembly. These exchange coupled composites can be potentially used as rare-earth free permanent magnets. Hollow spherical BaFe12O19 particles (shell thickness ˜5 nm) were synthesized from eth-ylene glycol assisted spray pyrolysis. Hollow mesoporous spherical BaFe12O19 particles (shell thickness ˜100 nm) were synthesized from ethanol assisted spray pyrolysis, followed by alkaline ethylene glycol etching at 185 °C. An alpha-Fe2O3 and BaCO3 nanoparticle mixture was synthesized with reverse microemulsion, followed by annealing at 900 °C for 2 hours to get worm-shape BaFe 12O19 particles, which consisted of 3-7 stacked hexagonal plates. FeCo nanoparticles were synthesized by reducing FeCl2 and CoCl2 in diphenyl ether with n-butyllithium at 200 °C in an inert gas environment. The surfactant of oleic acid was used in the synthesis to make particles well dispersed in nonpolar solvents (such as hexane). SrFe12O19/FeCo core/shell particles were prepared through a magnetic self-assembly process. The as-synthesized soft FeCo nanoparticles were magnetically attracted by hard SrFe12O19 parti-cles, forming a SrFe12O19/FeCo core/shell structure. The magnetic self-assembly mechanism was confirmed by applying alternating-current demagnetization to the core/shell particles, which re-sulted in a separation of SrFe 12O19 and FeCo particles. MnBi/FeCo composites were synthesized, and the exchange coupling between MnBi and FeCo phases was demonstrated by smooth magnetic hysteresis loop of MnBi/FeCo composites. The thermal stability of Mn

  1. Magnetic nanocomposites of periodic mesoporous silica: The influence of the silica substrate dimensionality on the inter-particle magnetic interactions

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    Zeleňáková, Adriana, E-mail: azelenak@upjs.sk [Department of Solid State Physics, P.J. Šafárik University, Park Angelinum 9, Košice (Slovakia); Zeleňák, Vladimir [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, P.J. Šafárik University, Moyzesova 11, Košice (Slovakia); Bednarčík, Jozef [DESY-Hasylab, Notkestrasse 85, Hamburg (Germany); Hrubovčák, Pavol [Department of Solid State Physics, P.J. Šafárik University, Park Angelinum 9, Košice (Slovakia); Kováč, Jozef [Institute of Experimental Physics, SAS, Watsonova 41, Košice (Slovakia)

    2014-01-05

    Highlights: • Hematite particles inside porous silica with 2D hexagonal and 3D cubic symmetry. • Magnetic properties are strongly affected by the dimensionality of porous matrix. • Weak dipolar interactions observed in superparamagnetic hexagonal α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}@SBA-15. • Strong interactions leading to superspin-glass observed in cubic α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}@SBA-16. -- Abstract: Magnetic nanocomposites consisting of iron oxide (hematite, α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) nanoparticles loaded into the pores of the periodically ordered mesoporous silica with hexagonal (SBA-15) or cubic (SBA-16) symmetry were investigated. The characterization of the samples was carried out by N{sub 2} adsorption/desorption, Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), High-energy X-ray diffraction (HE-XRD) and HRTEM measurements. The magnetic properties of the prepared nanocomposites were investigated by the SQUID magnetometry. It was shown, that in spite of its non-magnetic nature the silica matrix significantly influences the magnetism of the samples. The magnetic properties are strongly affected by the strength of inter-particle interactions and dimensionality of the porous matrix. Weak dipolar interactions between superparamagnetic (SPM) hematite nanoparticles were observed in the nanocomposite with hexagonally ordered silica channels (α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}@SBA-15), while the strong interactions between hematite nanoparticles, suggesting the superspin glass behavior (SSG), were observed in the nanocomposite with silica matrix of cubic symmetry (α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}@SBA-16)

  2. Implantable magnetic nanocomposites for the localized treatment of breast cancer

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    Kan-Dapaah, Kwabena; Rahbar, Nima; Soboyejo, Wole

    2014-12-01

    This paper explores the potential of implantable magnetic nanocomposites for the localized treatment of breast cancer via hyperthermia. Magnetite (Fe3O4)-reinforced polydimethylsiloxane composites were fabricated and characterized to determine their structural, magnetic, and thermal properties. The thermal properties and degree of optimization were shown to be strongly dependent on material properties of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs). The in-vivo temperature profiles and thermal doses were investigated by the use of a 3D finite element method (FEM) model to simulate the heating of breast tissue. Heat generation was calculated using the linear response theory model. The 3D FEM model was used to investigate the effects of MNP volume fraction, nanocomposite geometry, and treatment parameters on thermal profiles. The implications of the results were then discussed for the development of implantable devices for the localized treatment of breast cancer.

  3. Gas-phase synthesis of magnetic metal/polymer nanocomposites.

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    Starsich, Fabian H L; Hirt, Ann M; Stark, Wendelin J; Grass, Robert N

    2014-12-19

    Highly magnetic metal Co nanoparticles were produced via reducing flame spray pyrolysis, and directly coated with an epoxy polymer in flight. The polymer content in the samples varied between 14 and 56 wt% of nominal content. A homogenous dispersion of Co nanoparticles in the resulting nanocomposites was visualized by electron microscopy. The size and crystallinity of the metallic fillers was not affected by the polymer, as shown by XRD and magnetic hysteresis measurements. The good control of the polymer content in the product nanocomposite was shown by elemental analysis. Further, the successful polymerization in the gas phase was demonstrated by electron microscopy and size measurements. The presented effective, dry and scalable one-step synthesis method for highly magnetic metal nanoparticle/polymer composites presented here may drastically decrease production costs and increase industrial yields.

  4. Gas-phase synthesis of magnetic metal/polymer nanocomposites

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    Starsich, Fabian H. L.; Hirt, Ann M.; Stark, Wendelin J.; Grass, Robert N.

    2014-12-01

    Highly magnetic metal Co nanoparticles were produced via reducing flame spray pyrolysis, and directly coated with an epoxy polymer in flight. The polymer content in the samples varied between 14 and 56 wt% of nominal content. A homogenous dispersion of Co nanoparticles in the resulting nanocomposites was visualized by electron microscopy. The size and crystallinity of the metallic fillers was not affected by the polymer, as shown by XRD and magnetic hysteresis measurements. The good control of the polymer content in the product nanocomposite was shown by elemental analysis. Further, the successful polymerization in the gas phase was demonstrated by electron microscopy and size measurements. The presented effective, dry and scalable one-step synthesis method for highly magnetic metal nanoparticle/polymer composites presented here may drastically decrease production costs and increase industrial yields.

  5. High-Throughput Preparation of New Photoactive Nanocomposites.

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    Conterosito, Eleonora; Benesperi, Iacopo; Toson, Valentina; Saccone, Davide; Barbero, Nadia; Palin, Luca; Barolo, Claudia; Gianotti, Valentina; Milanesio, Marco

    2016-06-08

    New low-cost photoactive hybrid materials based on organic luminescent molecules inserted into hydrotalcite (layered double hydroxides; LDH) were produced, which exploit the high-throughput liquid-assisted grinding (LAG) method. These materials are conceived for applications in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) as a co-absorbers and in silicon photovoltaic (PV) panels to improve their efficiency as they are able to emit where PV modules show the maximum efficiency. A molecule that shows a large Stokes' shift was designed, synthesized, and intercalated into LDH. Two dyes already used in DSSCs were also intercalated to produce two new nanocomposites. LDH intercalation allows the stability of organic dyes to be improved and their direct use in polymer melt blending. The prepared nanocomposites absorb sunlight from UV to visible and emit from blue to near-IR and thus can be exploited for light-energy management. Finally one nanocomposite was dispersed by melt blending into a poly(methyl methacrylate)-block-poly(n-butyl acrylate) copolymer to obtain a photoactive film.

  6. Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Poly(urethane urea) Nanocomposites Prepared with Diamine-Modified Laponite

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    2008-01-01

    Nanocomposites based on segmented poly(urethane urea) were prepared by reacting a poly(diisocyanate) with diamine-modified Laponite-RD nanoparticles that served as a chain extender. The nanocomposites were prepared at a constant NH2 to NCO mole ratio of 0.95, while varying the fraction of diamine-modified Laponite relative to the free diamine chain extender. Compared to neat poly(urethane urea), all nanocomposites showed increased tensile strength and elongation at break. As Laponite loading ...

  7. Preparation and Application of a Nanocomposite (MPNS/SMA) in Leather Making

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    2005-01-01

    A nanocomposite of MPNS/(Styrene-maleic anhydride) was prepared by the polymerization of methacryloxypropyl nano SiO2 (MPNS), styrene (ST) and maleic anhydride (MA) with benzoyl peroxide (BPO) as initiator in toluene. The prepared samples were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). Meanwhile, the nanocomposite was applied as a tanning agent in leather making and the results showed that leather treated with MPNS/SMA nanocomposite has excellent quality.

  8. Synthesis, characterization and antibacterial effect of new magnetically core–shell nanocomposites

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    Allafchian, Alireza, E-mail: Allafchian@cc.iut.ac.ir [Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Institute, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156 83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Bahramian, Hamid [Department of physics, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156 83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hossein Jalali, Seyed Amir [Institute of Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156 83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ahmadvand, Hossein [Department of physics, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156 83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-11-15

    A new magnetically responsive three-component nanocomposite consisting of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, Poly Acrylonitrile Co Maleic Anhydride (PAMA) and nanosilver was synthesized and characterized and then its antibacterial activities were tested. For the preparation of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}@Ag, NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} was coated by Ag and for the synthesis of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}@PAMA@Ag, NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} was first covered by PAMA and then silver nanoparticles were immobilized on the surface of the PAMA shell. The nanocomposites were studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The antibacterial activity of the synthesized nanocomposite against some gram positive and gram negative bacteria was studied and compared with that of naked NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}@Ag and NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}@PAMA. The NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}@PAMA@Ag had better antibacterial activity and could be readily isolated from the aqueous solution via magnetic decantation, thereby avoiding the contamination of the environment. - Highlights: • A novel NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}@PAMA@Ag nanocomposites magnetic composite has been prepared. • This system display potent antimicrobial activity toward some bacterial species. • The antibacterial effect was studied by disk diffusion method. • This composite can be easily removed from solution by magnetic decantation.

  9. Multifunctional Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/graphene oxide nanocomposites for magnetic resonance imaging and drug delivery

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    Wang, Guangshuo [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Chen, Guangyi [School of Automotive Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Wei, Zhiyong, E-mail: zywei@dlut.edu.cn [School of Automotive Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Dong, Xufeng [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Qi, Min, E-mail: minqi@dlut.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China)

    2013-09-16

    It is significant interest in developing novel multifunctional nanocarrier with complementary roles in recent years. Magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/graphene oxide (GO) nanocomposites with integrated characteristics of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and controlled drug delivery were prepared by an inverse co-precipitation method. The microstructure and physical properties of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/GO nanocomposites were investigated by transmission electron microscope, wide-angle X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analyzer and superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer. The obtained nanocomposites exhibited superparamagnetic property with the saturation magnetization of 63.3 Am{sup 2} kg{sup −1} at room temperature. In vitro MRI experiments revealed that Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/GO nanocomposites possessed an excellent MRI enhancement effect. 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) as an anti-tumor model drug was loaded onto the surface of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/GO nanocomposites. The drug loading capacity of this nanocarrier was as high as 0.37 mg mg{sup −1} and the drug release behavior showed pH-dependence. The results suggested that the as-prepared Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/GO nanocomposites showed great potential as an effective multifunctional nanoplatform for MRI and controlled drug delivery. - Highlights: • Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/GO nanocomposites were prepared by inverse co-precipitation method. • Dual-functional characteristics with complimentary roles of MRI characteristic and drug delivery. • In vitro MRI: excellent MRI enhancement effect. • Drug delivery: high drug loading capacity and pH-sensitive controlled release.

  10. Complete suppression of metastable phase and significant enhancement of magnetic properties of B-rich PrFeB nanocomposites prepared by devitrifying amorphous ribbons

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    Zhang, W. Y.; Chiu, C. H.; Zhang, L. C.; Biswas, K.; Ehrenberg, H.; Chang, W. C.; Eckert, J.

    2007-01-01

    The effect of refractory element addition on phase transformation, crystallization behavior and magnetic properties of Pr 8.5Fe 81.5B 10 (addition-free) and Pr 8.5Fe 81.5M 2B 10 (M=V, Cr, Nb, Zr, Ti) ribbons has been investigated. The annealed addition-free ribbon as well as the samples with V or Cr additions are mainly composed of the metastable Pr 2Fe 23B 3 phase, whereas annealed ribbons with Nb, Zr or Ti additions primarily consist of Pr 2Fe 14B and a minor amount of Fe 3B/boride. The complete suppression of the metastable Pr 2Fe 23B 3 phase due to Nb, Zr or Ti additions leads to a significant enhancement of the magnetic properties. For example, the remanence, the coercivity and the energy product are remarkably increased from 2.5 kG, 0.4 kOe and 0.2 MG Oe for the addition-free material to 9.2 kG, 4.7 kOe and 7.6 MG Oe for the specimens with Nb addition. The successful elimination of the metastable Pr 2Fe 23B 3 phase is believed to profit from two factors: (a) Nb, Zr or Ti atoms substitute the Pr site, comparatively increase the Pr content, and thus inhibit the nucleation of Pr-lean Pr 2Fe 23B 3 phases, and (b) the formation of Nb, Zr, or Ti borides consumes some part of B, which hinders the generation of the B-rich Pr 2Fe 23B 3 phase.

  11. Complete suppression of metastable phase and significant enhancement of magnetic properties of B-rich PrFeB nanocomposites prepared by devitrifying amorphous ribbons

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    Zhang, W.Y. [FG Physikalische Metallkunde, FB 11 Material- und Geowissenschaften, Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Petersenstrasse 23, D-64287 Darmstadt (Germany)]. E-mail: wyzhang2005@yahoo.com; Chiu, C.H. [Department of Physics, National Chung Cheng University, 168, San-Hsing, Min-Hsiung, Chia-Yi 621, Taiwan (China); Zhang, L.C. [FG Physikalische Metallkunde, FB 11 Material- und Geowissenschaften, Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Petersenstrasse 23, D-64287 Darmstadt (Germany); Biswas, K. [Leibniz-Institut fuer Festkoerper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden, Helmholtzstr. 20, D-01069 Dresden (Germany); Ehrenberg, H. [Institute for Materials Science, Darmstadt University of Technology, Petersenstrasse 23, D-64287 Darmstadt (Germany); Chang, W.C. [Department of Physics, National Chung Cheng University, 168, San-Hsing, Min-Hsiung, Chia-Yi 621, Taiwan (China); Eckert, J. [FG Physikalische Metallkunde, FB 11 Material- und Geowissenschaften, Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Petersenstrasse 23, D-64287 Darmstadt (Germany)

    2007-01-15

    The effect of refractory element addition on phase transformation, crystallization behavior and magnetic properties of Pr{sub 8.5}Fe{sub 81.5}B{sub 10} (addition-free) and Pr{sub 8.5}Fe{sub 81.5}M{sub 2}B{sub 10} (M=V, Cr, Nb, Zr, Ti) ribbons has been investigated. The annealed addition-free ribbon as well as the samples with V or Cr additions are mainly composed of the metastable Pr{sub 2}Fe{sub 23}B{sub 3} phase, whereas annealed ribbons with Nb, Zr or Ti additions primarily consist of Pr{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B and a minor amount of Fe{sub 3}B/boride. The complete suppression of the metastable Pr{sub 2}Fe{sub 23}B{sub 3} phase due to Nb, Zr or Ti additions leads to a significant enhancement of the magnetic properties. For example, the remanence, the coercivity and the energy product are remarkably increased from 2.5 kG, 0.4 kOe and 0.2 MG Oe for the addition-free material to 9.2 kG, 4.7 kOe and 7.6 MG Oe for the specimens with Nb addition. The successful elimination of the metastable Pr{sub 2}Fe{sub 23}B{sub 3} phase is believed to profit from two factors: (a) Nb, Zr or Ti atoms substitute the Pr site, comparatively increase the Pr content, and thus inhibit the nucleation of Pr-lean Pr{sub 2}Fe{sub 23}B{sub 3} phases, and (b) the formation of Nb, Zr, or Ti borides consumes some part of B, which hinders the generation of the B-rich Pr{sub 2}Fe{sub 23}B{sub 3} phase.

  12. Carbon matrix based magnetic nanocomposites for potential biomedical applications.

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    Izydorzak-Wozniak, M; Leonowicz, M

    2014-03-01

    It was found that by varying the pyrolysis temperature of the polymeric precursor, carbon matrix magnetic nanocomposites with different constitution and fractions of magnetic component were made. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy revealed the presence of nanocrystallites (NCs) of Co, Fe3C and Ni embedded in porous, partially-graphitized carbon matrix. Vibrating sample magnetometer measurements enabled to determine the correlation between NCs size distribution and magnetic properties. The magnetic studies confirmed that the coercivity, saturation and remanent magnetizations, as well as fraction of the magnetic component depend on the pyrolysis temperature. The Co#C and Fe3C#C composites exhibited ferromagnetic behavior with a remanent to saturation magnetization (M(R)/M(S)) ratio ranging from 0.25 to 0.3, whereas in the Ni containing samples a relatively small M(R)/M(S) ratio point to significant contribution of superparamagnetic interactions. As the carbon matrix magnetic nanocomposites are proposed for biomedical application the basic cytotoxicity test were performed to evaluate a potential toxic effect of the materials on MG-63 cells line.

  13. Hard magnetism in structurally engineered silica nanocomposite.

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    Song, Hyon-Min; Zink, Jeffrey I

    2016-09-21

    Creation of structural complexity by simple experimental control will be an attractive approach for the preparation of nanomaterials, as a classical bottom-up method is supplemented by a more efficient and more direct artificial engineering method. In this study, structural manipulation of MCM-41 type mesoporous silica is investigated by generating and imbedding hard magnetic CoFe2O4 nanoparticles into mesoporous silica. Depending on the heating rate and target temperature, mesoporous silica undergoes a transformation in shape to form hollow silica, framed silica with interior voids, or melted silica with intact mesostructures. Magnetism is governed by the major CoFe2O4 phase, and it is affected by antiferromagnetic hematite (α-Fe2O3) and olivine-type cobalt silicate (Co2SiO4), as seen in its paramagnetic behavior at the annealing temperature of 430 °C. The early formation of Co2SiO4 than what is usually observed implies the effect of the partial substitution of Fe in the sites of Co. Under slow heating (2.5 °C min(-1)) mesostructures are preserved, but with significantly smaller mesopores (d100 = 1.5 nm). In addition, nonstoichiometric CoxFe1-xO with metal vacancies at 600 °C, and spinel Co3O4 at 700 °C accompany major CoFe2O4. The amorphous nature of silica matrix is thought to contribute significantly to these structurally diverse and rich phases, enabled by off-stoichiometry between Si and O, and accelerated by the diffusion of metal cations into SiO4 polyhedra at an elevated temperature.

  14. Preparation of biocompatible magnetite-carboxymethyl cellulose nanocomposite: Characterization of nanocomposite by FTIR, XRD, FESEM and TEM

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    Habibi, Neda

    2014-10-01

    The preparation and characterization of magnetite-carboxymethyl cellulose nano-composite (M-CMC) material is described. Magnetite nano-particles were synthesized by a modified co-precipitation method using ferrous chloride tetrahydrate and ferric chloride hexahydrate in ammonium hydroxide solution. The M-CMC nano-composite particles were synthesized by embedding the magnetite nanoparticles inside carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) using a freshly prepared mixture of Fe3O4 with CMC precursor. Morphology, particle size, and structural properties of magnetite-carboxymethyl cellulose nano-composite was accomplished using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transformed infrared (FTIR) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) analysis. As a result, magnetite nano-particles with an average size of 35 nm were obtained. The biocompatible Fe3O4-carboxymethyl cellulose nano-composite particles obtained from the natural CMC polymers have a potential range of application in biomedical field.

  15. Hydrazide functionalized core-shell magnetic nanocomposites for highly specific enrichment of N-glycopeptides.

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    Liu, Liting; Yu, Meng; Zhang, Ying; Wang, Changchun; Lu, Haojie

    2014-05-28

    In view of the biological significance of glycosylation for human health, profiling of glycoproteome from complex biological samples is highly inclined toward the discovery of disease biomarkers and clinical diagnosis. Nevertheless, because of the existence of glycopeptides at relatively low abundances compared with nonglycosylated peptides and glycan microheterogeneity, glycopeptides need to be highly selectively enriched from complex biological samples for mass spectrometry analysis. Herein, a new type of hydrazide functionalized core-shell magnetic nanocomposite has been synthesized for highly specific enrichment of N-glycopeptides. The nanocomposites with both the magnetic core and the polymer shell hanging high density of hydrazide groups were prepared by first functionalization of the magnetic core with polymethacrylic acid by reflux precipitation polymerization to obtain the Fe3O4@poly(methacrylic acid) (Fe3O4@PMAA) and then modification of the surface of Fe3O4@PMAA with adipic acid dihydrazide (ADH) to obtain Fe3O4@poly(methacrylic hydrazide) (Fe3O4@PMAH). The abundant hydrazide groups toward highly specific enrichment of glycopeptides and the magnetic core make it suitable for large-scale, high-throughput, and automated sample processing. In addition, the hydrophilic polymer surface can provide low nonspecific adsorption of other peptides. Compared to commercially available hydrazide resin, Fe3O4@PMAH improved more than 5 times the signal-to-noise ratio of standard glycopeptides. Finally, this nanocomposite was applied in the profiling of N-glycoproteome from the colorectal cancer patient serum. In total, 175 unique glycopeptides and 181 glycosylation sites corresponding to 63 unique glycoproteins were identified in three repeated experiments, with the specificities of the enriched glycopeptides and corresponding glycoproteins of 69.6% and 80.9%, respectively. Because of all these attractive features, we believe that this novel hydrazide functionalized

  16. Porous Silicon Nanocomposites with Combined Hard and Soft Magnetic Properties

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    Rumpf, Klemens; Granitzer, Petra; Michor, Herwig

    2016-09-01

    Magnetic nanostructures of two ferromagnetic metals have been combined within porous silicon, and the magnetic switching behavior of the resulting porous silicon/metal nanocomposite has been modified by varying the arrangement. The two magnetic materials are Ni and Co, whereas Co is the magnetic harder one. These "hard/soft" magnetic nanocomposites have been achieved by two different routes. On the one hand, double-sided porous silicon has been used whereas one side has been filled with Ni nanostructures and the other one with Co nanostructures. On the other hand, Ni and Co have been deposited within one porous layer alternatingly. The filling of the pores has been carried out by electrodeposition with varying the deposition parameters. In systems which offer two distinct slopes of the hysteresis curves due to the different saturation behavior of the two types of deposited metal, magnetic exchange coupling is not present. For samples which show smooth hysteresis curves exchange, coupling between the Ni and Co nanostructures seems to be present. The aim is to control especially the structure size of the soft and the hard magnetic materials and the distance between them at the nanoscale to optimize exchange coupling resulting in a maximum energy product.

  17. Magnetic and microwave absorbing properties of magnetite-thermoplastic natural rubber nanocomposites

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    Kong, Ing; Hj Ahmad, Sahrim; Hj Abdullah, Mustaffa; Hui, David; Nazlim Yusoff, Ahmad; Puryanti, Dwi

    2010-11-01

    Magnetic and microwave absorbing properties of thermoplastic natural rubber (TPNR) filled magnetite (Fe 3O 4) nanocomposites were investigated. The TPNR matrix was prepared from polypropylene (PP), natural rubber (NR) and liquid natural rubber (LNR) in the ratio of 70:20:10 with the LNR as the compatibilizer. TPNR-Fe 3O 4 nanocomposites with 4-12 wt% Fe 3O 4 as filler were prepared via a Thermo Haake internal mixer using a melt-blending method. XRD reveals the presence of cubic spinel structure of Fe 3O 4 with the lattice parameter of a=8.395 Å. TEM micrograph shows that the Fe 3O 4 nanoparticles are almost spherical with the size ranging 20-50 nm. The values of saturation magnetization ( MS), remanence ( MR), initial magnetic susceptibility ( χi) and initial permeability ( μi) increase, while the coercivity ( HC) decreases with increasing filler content for all compositions. For nanocomposites, the values of the real ( ɛr') and imaginary permittivity ( ɛr'') and imaginary permeability ( μr'') increase, while the value of real permeability ( μr') decreases as the filler content increases. The absorption or minimum reflection loss ( RL) continuously increases and the dip shifts to a lower frequency region with the increasing of both filler content in nanocomposites and the sample thickness. The RL is -25.51 dB at 12.65 GHz and the absorbing bandwidth in which the RL is less than -10 dB is 2.7 GHz when the filler content is 12 wt% at 9 mm sample thickness.

  18. Magnetic and microwave absorbing properties of magnetite-thermoplastic natural rubber nanocomposites

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    Kong, Ing, E-mail: kong_ing_2005@yahoo.co [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor Darul Ehsan (Malaysia); Hj Ahmad, Sahrim; Hj Abdullah, Mustaffa [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor Darul Ehsan (Malaysia); Hui, David [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70148 (United States); Nazlim Yusoff, Ahmad [Diagnostic Imaging and Radiotherapy Programme, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 50300 Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Puryanti, Dwi [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor Darul Ehsan (Malaysia)

    2010-11-15

    Magnetic and microwave absorbing properties of thermoplastic natural rubber (TPNR) filled magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) nanocomposites were investigated. The TPNR matrix was prepared from polypropylene (PP), natural rubber (NR) and liquid natural rubber (LNR) in the ratio of 70:20:10 with the LNR as the compatibilizer. TPNR-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanocomposites with 4-12 wt% Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} as filler were prepared via a Thermo Haake internal mixer using a melt-blending method. XRD reveals the presence of cubic spinel structure of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} with the lattice parameter of a=8.395 A. TEM micrograph shows that the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles are almost spherical with the size ranging 20-50 nm. The values of saturation magnetization (M{sub S}), remanence (M{sub R}), initial magnetic susceptibility ({chi}{sub i}) and initial permeability ({mu}{sub i}) increase, while the coercivity (H{sub C}) decreases with increasing filler content for all compositions. For nanocomposites, the values of the real ({epsilon}{sub r}') and imaginary permittivity ({epsilon}{sub r}'') and imaginary permeability ({mu}{sub r}'') increase, while the value of real permeability ({mu}{sub r}') decreases as the filler content increases. The absorption or minimum reflection loss (R{sub L}) continuously increases and the dip shifts to a lower frequency region with the increasing of both filler content in nanocomposites and the sample thickness. The R{sub L} is -25.51 dB at 12.65 GHz and the absorbing bandwidth in which the R{sub L} is less than -10 dB is 2.7 GHz when the filler content is 12 wt% at 9 mm sample thickness.

  19. Anisotropic SmCo5/FeCo core/shell nanocomposite chips prepared via electroless coating

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    Narayan Poudyal

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available We report the preparation of anisotropic SmCo5/FeCo core/shell nanocomposite chip-like particles via an electroless coating process. The anisotropic SmCo5 nanoscale chips were first prepared by surfactant-assisted ball milling then coated with soft magnetic FeCo using cobalt sulfate (CoSO4.7H2O and iron sulfate (FeSO4.7H2O as metal precursors in presence of complexing agents. The influence of the soft-phase coating on the magnetic properties of the nanocomposite particles has been studied. The saturation magnetization of the composite particles increases with increasing coating while the coercivity decreases. The FeCo coated chips have an enhanced remanence (Mr = 44.5 emu/g with 16 wt % of FeCo compared to the uncoated chips (Mr = 36.7 emu/g, indicating exchange coupling between the hard and soft phases for the optimal soft-phase coating. Results of magnetic field alignment show the strong anisotropy of SmCo5/FeCo core/shell nanocomposite particles which can be used as building blocks of high-strength anisotropic magnets.

  20. Magnetic Properties of Hematite-Titania Nanocomposites from Ilmenite Leachant Solutions

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    Sanad, M. M. S.; Rashad, M. M.

    2017-07-01

    Different Fe2O3/TiO2 nanocomposite ratios have been auto-synthesized from the leaching solution of Egyptian ilmenite ore with and without solvent extraction of soluble iron ions. Hydrolysis-hydrothermal strategy was then implemented for preparation of Fe2O3-TiO2 nanocomposites. The x-ray diffraction results indicated that rutile and hematite were only found at high iron oxide content. Meanwhile, anatase and hematite were the predominant phases at low iron oxide content. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy investigations exhibited nano-rods like morphology and the space lattice distances of TiO2 and Fe2O3 were clearly estimated. Moreover, the chemical composition of different Fe2O3-TiO2 nanocomposites was also elucidated using energy dispersive spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared analyses techniques. The values of saturation magnetization ( M s) and remanent magnetization ( M r) were noticeably increased by 17.5% and 18.4% with increasing the Fe2O3/TiO2 molar ratio from 1.0 to 3.0, respectively. Field cooling-warming magnetization studies showed that the Morin transition temperature ( T M = 200 K) was consistent with the previously published values.

  1. Temperature-dependent phase transition and comparative investigation on enhanced magnetic and optical properties between sillenite and perovskite bismuth ferrite-rGO nanocomposites

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    Jalil, M. A.; Chowdhury, Sayeed Shafayet; Alam Sakib, Mashnoon; Enamul Hoque Yousuf, S. M.; Khan Ashik, Emran; Firoz, Shakhawat H.; Basith, M. A.

    2017-08-01

    The manuscript reports the synthesis as well as a comparative investigation of the structural, magnetic, and optical properties between sillenite and perovskite type bismuth ferrite-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites. Graphite oxide is prepared using the modified Hummers' method, followed by hydrothermal synthesis of bismuth ferrite-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites at different reaction temperatures. The X-ray diffraction measurements confirm the formation of perovskite type BiFeO3-rGO nanocomposites at a reaction temperature of 200 °C. This is the lowest temperature to obtain perovskite type BiFeO3-rGO nanocomposites under the reaction procedure adopted, however, a structural transition to sillenite type Bi25FeO40-rGO is observed at 180 °C. The FESEM images demonstrate that the particle size of the perovskite nanocomposite is 25-60 nm, and for the sillenite phase nanocomposite it is 10-30 nm. The as-synthesized nanocomposites exhibit significantly enhanced saturation magnetization over pure BiFeO3 nanoparticles, with the sillenite Bi25FeO40-rGO nanocomposite having higher saturation magnetization than perovskite BiFeO3-rGO. The optical characteristics of the as-synthesized nanocomposites demonstrate considerably higher absorbance in the visible range with significantly lower band gap in comparison to undoped BiFeO3. Again, the sillenite Bi25FeO40-rGO nanocomposite is shown to have a lower band gap compared to the perovskite counterpart. Our investigation provides a means of selective phase formation as desired between sillenite Bi25FeO40-rGO and perovskite BiFeO3-rGO by controlling the hydrothermal reaction temperature. The outcome of our investigation suggests that the formation of nanocomposite of sillenite bismuth ferrite with reduced graphene oxide is promising to improve the magnetic and optical properties for potential technological applications.

  2. Magnetic studies of CoFe2O4/SiO2 aerogel and xerogel nanocomposites.

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    da Silva, J B; Mohallem, N D S; Sinnecker, E; Novak, M A; Alburquerque, A S; Ardisson, J D; Macedo, W A

    2009-10-01

    The evolution of the structural and magnetic properties of nanocomposites formed by cobalt ferrite particles dispersed in xerogel and aerogel silica matrices (CoFe2O4/SiO2) have been studied as a function of the temperature of preparation and the amount of ferrite dispersed in the matrix. Wet samples with different amounts of CoFe2O4 in SiO2 matrix were prepared by sol-gel process in monolithic form. Xerogel and aerogel samples were prepared by controlled and hypercritical drying, respectively, and heated at various temperatures between 300 and 1100 degrees C. Superparamagnetic behavior has been observed by magnetization studies at room temperature for xerogels prepared at low temperature. Aerogel samples showed significant superparamagnetic fractions for all thermal treatment temperatures as determined by Mössbauer spectroscopy. Magnetization of the nanocomposites at 10 KOe applied field varied from 1 to 19 emu/g and the coercivity from 90 to 2320 Oe, respectively, for the different morphologies and textures of the analyzed material. The results show that besides the magnetization and coercivity depend on crystallite size, parameters such as ferrite content, porosity and drying conditions greatly influence the nanocomposite magnetic behavior.

  3. New avenues to efficient chemical synthesis of exchange coupled hard/soft nanocomposite magnet.

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    Lee, Don Keun; Cha, Hyun Gil; Kim, Young Hwan; Kim, Chang Woo; Ji, Eun Sun; Kang, Young Soo

    2009-07-01

    Nd-Fe-B ultrafine amorphous alloy particles were prepared by reaction of metal ions with borohydride in aqueous solution. Monodispersed Fe nanoparticles were synthesized under an argon atmosphere via thermal decomposition of Fe(2+)-oleate2. Exchange coupled Nd2Fe14B/Fe nanocomposite magnets have been prepared by self-assembly using surfactant. The crystal structure of the synthesized nanoparticles was identified by using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). The size and shape of nanoparticles were obtained by transmission electron microscope (TEM). Thermogravimetry using a microbalance with magnetic field gradient positioned below the sample was used for the measurement of a thermomagnetic analysis (TMA) curve showing the downward magnetic force versus temperature.

  4. On the Dielectric and Magnetic Properties of Nanocomposites

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    B. Hallouet

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available We investigate nanocomposites, that is, dispersions of magnetite nanoparticles in an epoxy resin, by means of broadband dielectric and magnetic spectroscopy. The molecular dynamics of the polymer matrix is altered by the nanoparticles. Due to the formation of agglomerates neither permittivity nor permeability can be described with known effective medium models. We use the spectral representation (Bergman theorem to show that a model-free evaluation of the low-frequency permeability of the nanoparticles can be achieved by combining dielectric and magnetic data. In addition, the ferromagnetic resonance is studied experimentally. It occurs near 3 GHz and is independent of the particle concentration.

  5. Preparation of thiolated polymeric nanocomposite for sensitive electroanalysis of dopamine.

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    Su, Zhaohong; Liu, Ying; Xie, Qingji; Chen, Li; Zhang, Yi; Meng, Yue; Li, Yan; Fu, Yingchun; Ma, Ming; Yao, Shouzhuo

    2012-01-01

    We report on the thiol-ene chemistry guided preparation of novel thiolated polymeric nanocomposite films of abundant anionic carboxylic groups for electrostatic enrichment and sensitive electroanalysis of cationic dopamine (DA) in neutral solution. Briefly, the thiol-ene nucleophilic reaction of a carboxylated thiol with oxidized polypyrrole (PPy), which was electrosynthesized on an Au electrode in the presence of solution-dispersed acidified multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), produced an a PPy-thiol-MWCNTs/Au electrode, and the PPy can be electrochemically overoxidized (OPPy) to form an OPPy-thiol-MWCNTs/Au electrode. The carboxylic groups of the polymeric nanocomposite film originate from the acidified MWCNTs, PPy-tethered carboxylated thiol, and OPPy. The carboxylated thiols examined are mercaptosuccinic acid (MSA) and thioglycolic acid, with β-mercaptoethanol as a control. Electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy were used for film characterization and process monitoring. Under the optimized condition, the differential pulse voltammetry peak current of DA oxidation at OPPy-MSA-MWCNTs/Au electrode is linear with DA concentration from 1.00×10(-9) to 2.87×10(-6) mol L(-1), with a limit of detection of 0.4 nmol L(-1), good anti-interferent ability and stability.

  6. Preparation and characterization of nontoxic magnetic-luminescent nanoprobe

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    Yin Nai-Qiang; Liu Ling; Lei Jie-Mei; Liu Yan-Song; Gong Mao-Gang; Wu Yi-Zhi; Zhu Li-Xin; Xu Xiao-Liang

    2012-01-01

    A novel nontoxic,magnetic,and luminescent nanoprobe is prepared by using complex nanoparticles,which are composed of Fe304 nanoparticles and Mn-doped ZnS quantum dots (QDs).The nanocomposite probe can provide visible optical and magnetic resonance images simultaneously.Compared with the previously toxic cadmium and mercury based QDs,the superiority of the Mn-doped ZnS QDs is little virulence.The structure and the properties of the particles are characterized by energy dispersive X-ray analysis spectroscopy,X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy,transmission electron microscopy,photoluminescence spectroscopy,and vibrating sample magnetometer.

  7. Preparation and characterization of carbon/nickel oxide nanocomposite coatings for solar absorber applications

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    Roro, Kittessa T

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Nanocomposite materials have wide range of applications in solar energy conversion. In this work, C/NiO nanocomposite solar energy absorbing surfaces were prepared using sol-gel synthesis and deposited on aluminium substrates using a spin coater...

  8. Preparation and Characterization of Nylon 6/Silver Nanocomposite Fibers for Permanent Antibacterial Effect

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    Laleh Maleknia

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The nylon 6/silver nano composite fibers were prepared for the attainment of permanent antibacterial activity to common synthetic textile. The fibers prepared by melt spinning and nylon 6/ Silver nanocomposite were prepared by a modular twin screw extruder.. The antibacterial activities of nano silver in fibers were calculated by percent reduction of two kinds of bacteria staphylococcus aurous and klebsiela peneumoniae. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM was carried out to observe particle distribution on the nanocomposite fibers. All the nanocomposite fibers were characterized by instron machine.

  9. Poly(o-phenylenediamine)/NiCoFe2O4 nanocomposites: Synthesis, characterization, magnetic and dielectric properties

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    Kannapiran, Nagarajan; Muthusamy, Athianna; Chitra, Palanisamy; Anand, Siddeswaran; Jayaprakash, Rajan

    2017-02-01

    In this study, poly(o-phenylenediamine) (PoPD)/NiCoFe2O4 nanocomposites were synthesized by in-situ oxidative chemical polymerization method with different amount of NiCoFe2O4 nanoparticles. The NiCoFe2O4 nanoparticles were prepared by auto-combustion method. The structural, morphological, thermal properties of the synthesized PoPD/NiCoFe2O4 nanocomposites were characterized by fourier transform infrared spectrum (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Magnetic properties of NiCoFe2O4 nanoparticles and PoPD/NiCoFe2O4 nanocomposites were studied by vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The FTIR and XRD techniques were used to confirm the formation of PoPD/NiCoFe2O4 nanocomposites. The average crystalline size of NiCoFe2O4 nanoparticles and PoPD/NiCoFe2O4 nanocomposites were calculated from XRD. From the SEM analysis, spherical morphology of the PoPD was confirmed. The TGA results showed that the NiCoFe2O4 nanoparticles have improved the thermal stability of PoPD. Dielectric properties of PoPD/NiCoFe2O4 nanocomposites at different temperatures have been carried in the frequency range 50 Hz to 5 MHz.

  10. High-aspect ratio magnetic nanocomposite polymer cilium

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    Rahbar, M.; Tseng, H. Y.; Gray, B. L.

    2014-03-01

    This paper presents a new fabrication technique to achieve ultra high-aspect ratio artificial cilia micro-patterned from flexible highly magnetic rare earth nanoparticle-doped polymers. We have developed a simple, inexpensive and scalable fabrication method to create cilia structures that can be actuated by miniature electromagnets, that are suitable to be used for lab-on-a chip (LOC) and micro-total-analysis-system (μ-TAS) applications such as mixers and flow-control elements. The magnetic cilia are fabricated and magnetically polarized directly in microfluidic channels or reaction chambers, allowing for easy integration with complex microfluidic systems. These cilia structures can be combined on a single chip with other microfluidic components employing the same permanently magnetic nano-composite polymer (MNCP), such as valves or pumps. Rare earth permanent magnetic powder, (Nd0.7Ce0.3)10.5Fe83.9B5.6, is used to dope polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), resulting in a highly flexible M-NCP of much higher magnetization and remanence [1] than ferromagnetic polymers typically employed in magnetic microfluidics. Sacrificial poly(ethylene-glycol) (PEG) is used to mold the highly magnetic polymer into ultra high-aspect ratio artificial cilia. Cilia structures with aspect ratio exceeding 8:0.13 can be easily fabricated using this technique and are actuated using miniature electromagnets to achieve a high range of motion/vibration.

  11. Novel Preparation of Calcium Borate/Graphene Oxide Nanocomposites and Their Tribological Properties in Oil

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    Li, Wei; Cheng, Zhi-Lin; Liu, Zan

    2017-01-01

    The calcium borate/graphene oxide (CB/GO) nanocomposites have been successfully prepared by a liquid phase-based ultrasonic-assisted stripping method, which were subsequently explored as lubricant additive. The structure and morphology of the as-prepared nanocomposites were characterized by FT-IR, XRD, Raman, TEM, EDS and TGA, revealing that CB nanoparticles were uniformly loaded on GO surfaces. The nanocomposites were highly dispersed into the base oil by sand milling. The tribological properties of CB/GO nanocomposites as lubricating oil additive were investigated using a four-ball machine, and the wear scar surfaces were observed by the 3D Laser Scanning Microscope. The results indicated that CB/GO nanocomposites were of excellent antifriction, antiwear ability and load-carrying capacity.

  12. Novel Preparation of Calcium Borate/Graphene Oxide Nanocomposites and Their Tribological Properties in Oil

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    Li, Wei; Cheng, Zhi-Lin; Liu, Zan

    2016-11-01

    The calcium borate/graphene oxide (CB/GO) nanocomposites have been successfully prepared by a liquid phase-based ultrasonic-assisted stripping method, which were subsequently explored as lubricant additive. The structure and morphology of the as-prepared nanocomposites were characterized by FT-IR, XRD, Raman, TEM, EDS and TGA, revealing that CB nanoparticles were uniformly loaded on GO surfaces. The nanocomposites were highly dispersed into the base oil by sand milling. The tribological properties of CB/GO nanocomposites as lubricating oil additive were investigated using a four-ball machine, and the wear scar surfaces were observed by the 3D Laser Scanning Microscope. The results indicated that CB/GO nanocomposites were of excellent antifriction, antiwear ability and load-carrying capacity.

  13. Ethylene-Octene Copolymers/Organoclay Nanocomposites: Preparation and Properties

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    Alice Tesarikova

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Two ethylene-octene copolymers with 17 and 45 wt.% of octene (EOC-17 and EOC-45 were compared in nanocomposites with Cloisite 93A. EOC-45 nanocomposites have a higher elongation at break. Dynamical mechanical analysis (DMA showed a decrease of tan⁡δ with frequency for EOC-17 nanocomposites, but decrease is followed by an increase for EOC-45 nanocomposites; DMA showed also increased modulus for all nanocomposites compared to pure copolymers over a wide temperature range. Barrier properties were improved about 100% by addition of organoclay; they were better for EOC-17 nanocomposites due to higher crystallinity. X-ray diffraction (XRD together with transmission electron microscopy (TEM showed some intercalation for EOC-17 but much better dispersion for EOC-45 nanocomposites. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC showed increased crystallization temperature Tc for EOC-17 nanocomposite (aggregates acted as nucleation agents but decrease Tc for EOC-45 nanocomposite together with greatly influenced melting peak. Accelerated UV aging showed smaller C=O peak for EOC-45 nanocomposites.

  14. Structural and Magnetic Properties of FePt-C Nanocomposite Films

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    WANG Hao; YANG Fu-Jun; CHEN Kan-Song; ZHOU Bin; ZHANG Yuan-Wei; GU Hao-Shuang; CHIAH M. F.; CHEUNG W. Y.; WONG S. P.

    2004-01-01

    @@ Nanocomposite FePt-C thin films were prepared by a pulsed filtered vacuum arc deposition technique. The films were characterized by non-Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, x-ray diffraction, and magnetic force microscopy. The dependence of magnetic properties against annealing temperature was studied by using a vibrating sample magnetometer. Both x-ray diffraction and magnetic force microscopy analyses confirmed the formation of nano-crystallites of face-centred-tetragonal phase of FePt in the carbon matrix after annealing at a sufficiently high temperature. For the film with a composition of (Fe0.55Pt0.45)0.78C0.22, the coercivity and the grain size were observed to increase with increasing annealing temperature, up to a value of 3.5 kOe at an annealing temperature of 650℃, and with a grain size about 10. 5 nm.

  15. The Effect of External Magnetic Field on Microstructure and Magnetic Properties of Melt-Spun Nd-Fe-B/Fe-Co Nanocomposite Ribbons

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    Xuan Truong Nguyen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The ribbons Nd2Fe14B/Fe-Co were prepared with the nominal composition Nd16Fe76B8/40% wt. Fe65Co35 by the conventional and the developed magnetic field-assisted melt-spinning (MFMS techniques. Both ribbons are nanocomposites with the smooth single-phase-like magnetization loops. The 0.32 T magnetic field perpendicular to the wheel surface and assisting the melt-spinning process reduces the grain size inside the ribbon, increases the texture of the ribbon, improves the exchange coupling, and, in sequence, increases the energy product (BHmax of the isotropic powdered samples of MFMS ribbon in ~9% by comparison with that of the ribbon melt-spun conventionally. The grain size reduction effect caused by the assisted magnetic field has also been described quantitatively. The MFMS technique seems to be promising for producing high-performance nanocomposite ribbons.

  16. Structural, magnetic and dielectric properties of polyaniline/MnCoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposites

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    Chitra, Palanisamy [PG and Research Department of Chemistry, Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore 641020, Tamil Nadu (India); Muthusamy, Athianna, E-mail: muthusrkv@gmail.com [PG and Research Department of Chemistry, Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore 641020, Tamil Nadu (India); Jayaprakash, Rajan [Department of Physics, Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore 641020, Tamil Nadu (India)

    2015-12-15

    Ferromagnetic PANI containing MnCoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposites were synthesized by in-situ chemical polymerization of aniline incorporated MnCoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles (20%, 10% w/w of fine powders) with and without ultrasonic treatment. The MnCoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were synthesized by auto combustion method. The PANI/MnCoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposites were characterized with Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The average particle size of the resulting PANI/MnCoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposites was confirmed from the TEM and XRD analysis. The structure and morphology of the composites were confirmed by FT-IR spectroscopy, XRD and SEM. In addition, the electrical and magnetic properties of the nanocomposites were investigated. The PANI/MnCoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposites under applied magnetic field exhibited the hysteresis loops of ferromagnetic nature at room temperature. The variation of Dielectric constant, Dielectric loss, and AC conductivity of PANI/MnCoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposites at room temperature as a function of frequency in the range 50 Hz–5 MHz has been studied. Effect of ultrasonication on the PANI/MnCoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposites was also investigated. - Highlights: • An auto-combustion method support to prepare less size of particles. • The particle size influences more on dielectric property. • Effect of ultrasonication on the PANI/MnCoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} was also investigated.

  17. Morphology, thermal and mechanical properties of PVC/MMT nanocomposites prepared by solution blending and solution blending + melt compounding

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    Madaleno, Liliana Andreia Oliveira; Schjødt-Thomsen, Jan; Pinto, José Cruz

    2010-01-01

    and solution blending + melt compounding The effects on morphology, thermal and mechanical properties of the PVC/MMT nanocomposites were studied by varying the amount of Na-MMT and OMMT in both methods SEM and XRD analysis revealed that possible intercalated and exfoliated structures were obtained in all...... of the PVC/MMT nanocomposites Thermogravimetric analysis revealed that PVC/Na-MMT nanocomposites have better thermal stability than PVC/OMMT nanocomposites and PVC. In general, PVC/MMT nanocomposites prepared by solution blending + melt compounding revealed improved thermal properties compared to PVC....../MMT nanocomposites prepared by solution blending Vicar tests revealed a significant decrease in Vicar softening temperature of PVC/MMT nanocomposites prepared by solution blending + melt compounding compared to unfilled PVC The mechanical properties of the PVC/MMT nanocomposites were, in general, greatly improved...

  18. Magnetic Properties of Nd8Fe83Co3B6 Nanocomposite Magnets

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    2000-01-01

    The influence of quenching technology, annealing temperature and time on the structures and magnetic properties of Nd8Fe83Co3B6 nanocomposite magnets was investigated. The results show that the α-Fe/Nd2Fe14B nanocomposite magnet containing a small amount of B is difficult to form amorphous state. The magnetic properties of 26 m/s quenched Nd8Fe83Co3B6 powders annealed at 640℃×480 s reach iHc=513 kA/m, Br=1.05 T and (BH)max=92.0 kJ/m3. The grain size is Dα-Fe=21.5 nm and DNd2Fe14B=30.2 nm.

  19. Preparation of nanocomposite thoriated tungsten cathode by swaging technique

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    王发展; 诸葛飞; 张晖; 丁秉钧

    2002-01-01

    By using the high energy ball milling method,the nanosized ThO2 powders were obtained.Through mixing powders,sintering and hot swaging processing,a nanocomposite thoriated tungsten cathode was fabricated.The relative density of the nanocomposite material is near 100%.The microstructure of nanocomposite cathode is quite different from that of conventional thoriated tungsten cathode.Most of thoria particles are less than 100 nm in diameter,and distribute on the boundaries of tungsten grains.The nanocomposite cathode shows a much lower arc starting field than that of conventional cathode,which will improve the performance of the cathode significantly.

  20. Clay-polymer Nanocomposites:Preparation, Properties, Future Applications and New Synthesis Approach of EPDM/clay Nanocomposites

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    S. J. AHMADI; HUANG Yu-dong黄玉东; LI Wei李伟

    2004-01-01

    The synthtic routes, materials properties and future applications of clay-polymer nanocomposites are reviewed. Nannocomposites are composite materials.that contain particles in the size rang 1-100 nm. The particles generally have a high aspect ratio and a layered structure that maximizes bonding between the polymer and particle. Adding a small quantity of these additives (0.5% ~ 5% ) can increase many of the properties of polymer materials, such as tensile characteristics, heat distortion temperature, scratch resistance, gas permeability resistance, and flame retardancy. This new type of materials may be prepared via various synthetic routes comprising exfoliation adsorption, in-situ intercalative polymerization and melt intercalation. In this paper we report the new method for preparation EPDM-clay nanocomposites. The EPDM-clay nanocomposites were prepared by using two different approaches (direct and indirect). It is found that there is no difference between both methods but the direct method is easier, its cost is lower and industrially more practical. X-ray diffraction (XRD)and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results showed a exfoliation structure. The mechanical properties of these nanocomposites significantly improved.

  1. Yolk–shell Fe3O4@SiO2@PMO: amphiphilic magnetic nanocomposites as an adsorbent and a catalyst with high efficiency and recyclability

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    Dai, Jinyu

    2017-01-20

    This study describes the preparation of a multifunctional adsorptive catalyst by the incorporation of ligand groups within the channels of magnetic amphiphilic nanocomposites and attached with Pd nanoparticles. It was clearly demonstrated that Pd2+ was adsorbed by ligand-functionalized materials in water, and then Pd2+ was coordinated with ligand groups. Finally, the Pd nanoparticles were produced via an in situ reduction of Pd2+ by ligand groups through a simple hydrothermal process. Moreover, amphiphilic nanomaterials are viewed as excellent collectors of hydrophobic contaminants in water. The immobilized catalytic active sites with ligand-functionalized nanocomposites were allowed for maximal exposure to the reactants with minimal leaching of the Pd nanoparticles. The unique amphiphilic nanocomposites enabled selective oxidation of alcohols to proceed efficiently in water under aerobic conditions. Moreover, this nanocomposite catalyst could be completely recovered using an external magnet due to the superparamagnetic behavior of Fe3O4 and can be recycled with sustained selectivity and activity.

  2. Magnetic nanocomposites for an efficient valorization of biomass

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    Kuncser, Victor; Coman, Simona M.; Kemnitz, Erhard; Parvulescu, Vasile I.

    2015-05-01

    The recovery of the catalysts from the reaction mixture and their recycling is important goals of the current applied catalysis. The stringent ecological and economical demands for sustainability made this concern even more important for the solid catalysts used in the area of biomass catalytic transformations where the raw material usually is not soluble in most of the organic solvents. Therefore, the solid catalyst cannot be easily separated from the mixture of untransformed raw material and by-products (e.g., humines). However, these goals can be achieved by using magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) based catalysts. This study reports on the magnetic response of two types of new magnetic nanocomposite catalytic systems, Ru@MNP and Nb@AlF3, used in the synthesis of sorbitol/glycerol and of lactic acid, respectively, by direct cellulose degradation. The results showed that the recovering possibilities of the Nb@AlF3 catalysts, with a weaker magnetic response associated to the so called diluted magnetic oxide systems, are much diminished as compared to Ru@MNP, where the magnetic response is generated using MNP supported catalysts.

  3. PREPARATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF TIO2-SILICONE NANOCOMPOSITE OBTAINED BY SOL-GEL METHOD

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    KOIZHAIGANOVA Meruyert

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The sol-gel process is attractive for the nanocomposite preparation due to its unique advantages such as low temperature processing, high homogeneity of final products and its capability to generate materials with controlled surface properties. The preparation of TiO2-Silicone nanocomposite by sol–gel method, which is efficient at producing thin, transparent multi-component oxide layers, was considered due to its possible application as finishing coating on leather. In this study the preparation and characterization of TiO2-Silicone nanocomposite were investigated. TiO2-Silicone nanocomposite was prepared from titanium n-butoxide (TBO and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS catalyzed with acid. The chemical structure of the composite was evaluated by means of Raman spectroscopy. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM was employed to characterize the surface properties of composite films. In summary, the colloidal TiO2–Silicone nanocomposite solution was successfully synthesized using the sol-gel method. The turbidity value of the TiO2–Silicone nanocomposite solution was 12.7 ntu. The TiO2–Silicone nanocomposite was mildly acidic with a pH value of 5.2. It was determined that the viscosity of the TiO2– Silicone nanocomposite solution was approximately equal to 1-3 mPa.s. The particles sizes were approximately 5.4 nm, with the coatings being approximately 0.06 µm in thickness. From the results obtained it was revealed that the TiO2-Silicone nanocomposite can be used as coating in leather fninshing process.

  4. Preparation of copper-chelate quaternized carboxymethyl chitosan/organic rectorite nanocomposites for algae inhibition.

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    Cai, Jihai; Ye, Weijie; Wang, Xiaoying; Lin, Wensheng; Lin, Qixuan; Zhang, Qiang; Wu, Fangchengyuan

    2016-10-20

    Quaternized carboxymethyl chitosan/organic rectorite (QCMC/OREC) nanocomposites were rapidly prepared by intercalating QCMC into the layer of OREC under microwave irradiation. And then copper-chelate QCMC/OREC (QCMC/OREC-Cu) nanocomposites were obtained by mixing QCMC/OREC with CuSO4 solution. XRD and TEM results indicated that QCMC/OREC nanocomposites were obtained and QCMC was dispersed in the interlayer of OREC. Besides, FT-IR results revealed that the hydrogen bonds and electrostatic interaction in QCMC/OREC-Cu were both stronger than those in QCMC/OREC because of introducing the Cu(2+). The thermogravimetric analysis showed that the thermal stability of QCMC/OREC-Cu nanocomposites was higher than QCMC and QCMC/OREC. Algae inhibition assay revealed that QCMC/OREC-Cu nanocomposites had stronger antifouling activity than original QCMC and QCMC/OREC. This work provides important basis for developing novel antifouling materials.

  5. A study on the preparation of the exfoliated polyimide nanocomposite and its characterization

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    Lyu, S.G.; Park, D.Y.; Kim, Y.S. [Yeungnam University, Kyongsan (Korea); Lee, Y.C. [Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, Chonan (Korea); Sur, G.S. [Yeungnam University, Kyongsan (Korea)

    2002-05-01

    Diamines (p-phenylenediamine, m-phenylenediamine, and n-hexamethylenediamine) were intercalated into sodium montmorillonite for the further reaction with the anhydride end groups of polyamic acid. The anhydride terminated polyamic acid was synthesized using a mole ratio of 4,4'-oxydianilline : 1,2,4,5-benzene tetracarboxylic dianhydride = 1.50 : 1.53. The modified montmorillonite was reacted with polyamic acid terminated with anhydride group in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (polyamic acid/clay nanocomposite). After imidization, thin films of the polyimide/clay nanocomposite were prepared. From the results of XRD and TEM, we found that mono layered silicated were dispersed in polyimide matrix and those resultants were exfoliated nanocomposites. Mechanical properties of exfoliated polyimide nanocomposite were better than both those of pure polyimide and those of intercalated polyimide nanocomposite. (author). 13 refs., 1 tab., 5 figs.

  6. Preparation of poly(propylene carbonate)/organophilic rectorite nanocomposites via direct melt intercalation

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    WAN Chun-jie; YU Jian-ying; SHI Xiao-jian; HUANG Li-hua

    2006-01-01

    The completely degradable nanocomposites comprised of poly(propylene carbonate)(PPC) and organo-modified rectorite (OREC) were prepared by direct melt intercalation. The structure and mechanical properties of PPC/OREC nanocomposites were investigated. The wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) results show that the galleries distance of OREC is increased after PPC and OREC melt intercalation,which indicates that PPC molecular chain has intercalated into the layers of OREC. The PPC/OREC nanocomposites with lower OREC content show an increase in thermal decomposition temperature compared with pure PPC. The tensile strength and impact strength of PPC/OREC nanocomposites are improved. When the mass fraction of OREC is 4%,the tensile strength and impact strength of the PPC/OREC nanocomposite increase by 22.86% and 48.58% respectively,compared with pure PPC.

  7. Preparation of polystyrene/silica nanocomposites by radical copolymerization of styrene with silica macromonomer

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    2007-01-01

    A two-stage process has been developed to generate the silica-based macromonomer through surface-modification of silica with polymerizable vinyl groups. The silica surfaces were treated with excess 2,4-toluene diisocynate (TDI), after which the residual isocyanate groups were converted into polymerizable vinyl groups by reaction with hydroxypropylacrylate (HPA). Thus, polystyrene/silica nanocomposites were prepared by conventional radical copolymerization of styrene with silica macromonomer. The main effecting factors, such as ratios of styrene to the macromonomer, together with polymerization time on the copolymerization were studied in detail. FTIR, DSC and TGA were utilized to characterize the nanocomposites. Experimental results revealed that the silica nanoparticles act as cross-linking points in the polystytene/silica nanocomposites, and the glass transition temperatures of the nanocomposites are higher than that of the corresponding pure polystyrene. The glass transition temperatures of nanocomposites increased with the increasing of silica contents, which were further ascertained by DSC.

  8. Preparation and Characterization of Polymer-Grafted Montmorillonite-Lignocellulose Nanocomposites by In Situ Intercalative Polymerization

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    Tavengwa Bunhu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Lignocellulose-clay nanocomposites were synthesized using an in situ intercalative polymerization method at 60°C and a pressure of 1 atm. The ratio of the montmorillonite clay to the lignocellulose ranged from 1 : 9 to 1 : 1 (MMT clay to lignocelluloses, wt%. The adsorbent materials were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD. FTIR results showed that the polymers were covalently attached to the nanoclay and the lignocellulose in the nanocomposites. Both TEM and XRD analysis showed that the morphology of the materials ranged from phase-separated to intercalated nanocomposite adsorbents. Improved thermal stability, attributable to the presence of nanoclay, was observed for all the nanocomposites. The nanocomposite materials prepared can potentially be used as adsorbents for the removal of pollutants in water treatment and purification.

  9. Nanocomposites of polymer and inorganic nanoparticles for optical and magnetic applications

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    Shanghua Li

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available This article provides an up-to-date review on nanocomposites composed of inorganic nanoparticles and the polymer matrix for optical and magnetic applications. Optical or magnetic characteristics can change upon the decrease of particle sizes to very small dimensions, which are, in general, of major interest in the area of nanocomposite materials. The use of inorganic nanoparticles into the polymer matrix can provide high-performance novel materials that find applications in many industrial fields. With this respect, frequently considered features are optical properties such as light absorption (UV and color, and the extent of light scattering or, in the case of metal particles, photoluminescence, dichroism, and so on, and magnetic properties such as superparamagnetism, electromagnetic wave absorption, and electromagnetic interference shielding. A general introduction, definition, and historical development of polymer–inorganic nanocomposites as well as a comprehensive review of synthetic techniques for polymer–inorganic nanocomposites will be given. Future possibilities for the development of nanocomposites for optical and magnetic applications are also introduced. It is expected that the use of new functional inorganic nano-fillers will lead to new polymer–inorganic nanocomposites with unique combinations of material properties. By careful selection of synthetic techniques and understanding/exploiting the unique physics of the polymeric nanocomposites in such materials, novel functional polymer–inorganic nanocomposites can be designed and fabricated for new interesting applications such as optoelectronic and magneto-optic applications.

  10. Europium-phenolic network coated BaGdF5 nanocomposites for tri-modal computed tomography/magnetic resonance/luminescence imaging.

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    Zhu, Wei; Liang, Shuang; Wang, Jing; Yang, Zhe; Zhang, Li; Yuan, Tianmeng; Xu, Zushun; Xu, Haibo; Li, Penghui

    2017-05-01

    Multifunctional nanocomposites based on BaGdF5 nanoparticles (NPs) and metal phenolic network (MPN) have been engineered as novel contrast agents for potential applications in X-ray computed tomography, magnetic resonance and luminescence imaging. The BaGdF5@MPN nanocomposites were synthesized at room temperature by coating BaGdF5 NPs with europium-phenolic network, which was obtained by the coordination of europium (III) with tannic acid (TA). The in vitro cytotoxicity assays against HepG2 cells revealed that the BaGdF5@MPN nanocomposites presented better cytocompatibility and lower cytotoxity than pure BaGdF5 NPs. In addition, vivid red and green luminescence can be observed by confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM) from the BaGdF5@MPN nanocomposites laden HepG2 cells under the excitation of UV (390 nm) and visible light (440 nm), respectively. The longitudinal relaxivity value (r1) of the nanocomposites was 2.457 mM(-1)s(-1). Moreover, the nanocomoposites exhibited X-ray computed tomography (CT) and T1-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) imaging capacities, and the intensities of the enhanced signals of in vitro CT and MR images were proportional to the concentrations of the nanocomposites. These results indicated that the as-prepared BaGdF5@MPN nanocomposites are promising contrast agents for CT/MR/luminescence imaging.

  11. Preparation and mechanical properties of graphene oxide: cement nanocomposites.

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    Babak, Fakhim; Abolfazl, Hassani; Alimorad, Rashidi; Parviz, Ghodousi

    2014-01-01

    We investigate the performance of graphene oxide (GO) in improving mechanical properties of cement composites. A polycarboxylate superplasticizer was used to improve the dispersion of GO flakes in the cement. The mechanical strength of graphene-cement nanocomposites containing 0.1-2 wt% GO and 0.5 wt% superplasticizer was measured and compared with that of cement prepared without GO. We found that the tensile strength of the cement mortar increased with GO content, reaching 1.5%, a 48% increase in tensile strength. Ultra high-resolution field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) used to observe the fracture surface of samples containing 1.5 wt% GO indicated that the nano-GO flakes were well dispersed in the matrix, and no aggregates were observed. FE-SEM observation also revealed good bonding between the GO surfaces and the surrounding cement matrix. In addition, XRD diffraction data showed growth of the calcium silicate hydrates (C-S-H) gels in GO cement mortar compared with the normal cement mortar.

  12. Preparation and characterization of magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}–chitosan nanoparticles loaded with isoniazid

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    Qin, H.; Wang, C.M.; Dong, Q.Q. [School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University Nanjing, Jiangsu 210097 (China); Zhang, L.; Zhang, X. [Nanjing Chest Hospital, Jiangsu 210097 (China); Ma, Z.Y., E-mail: 07197@njnu.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University Nanjing, Jiangsu 210097 (China); Han, Q.R. [School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Nanjing Normal University Nanjing, Jiangsu 210097 (China)

    2015-05-01

    A novel and simple method has been proposed to prepare magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}–chitosan nanoparticles loaded with isoniazid (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/CS/INH nanocomposites). Efforts have been made to develop isoniazid (INH) loaded chitosan (CS) nanoparticles by ionic gelation of chitosan with tripolyphosphate (TPP). The factors that influence the preparation of chitosan nanoparticles, including the TPP concentration, the chitosan/TPP weight ratio and the chitosan concentration on loading capacity and encapsulation efficiency of chitosan nanoparticles were studied. The magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were prepared by co-precipitation method of Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+}. Then the magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/CS/INH nanocomposites were prepared by ionic gelation method. The magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles and magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/CS/INH nanocomposites were characterized by XRD, TEM, FTIR and SQUID magnetometry. The in vitro release of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/CS/INH nanocomposites showed an initial burst release in the first 10 h, followed by a more gradual and sustained release for 48 h. It is suggested that the magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/CS/INH nanocomposites may be exploited as potential drug carriers for controlled-release applications in magnetic targeted drugs delivery system. - Highlights: • A novel and simple method for preparation of nanocomposites for biomedicine. • All the materials are non-toxic and biocompatibility. • This paper gives systematic study of the nanocomposites in biomedicine.

  13. Novel Epoxy Resin/SiO2 Nanocomposites Preparation Method Based on Diminutive Bubbles Explosion

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    NIE Peng; ZHAO Xue-zeng; CHEN Fang; WANG Wei-jie; BAI Yong-ping

    2006-01-01

    To obtain suspended dispersion of nano-particles in liquid without any dispersant, a novel epoxy resin/SiO2 nanocomposites preparation method based on diminutive bubbles explosion is presented. And, corresponding nanocomposites preparation system was designed. The preparation system applies compressed gas as transmission medium to carry nanomaterials into epoxy resin solution. The compressed gas with nanomaterials turns into diminutive bubbles distributing in epoxy resin/SiO2. The great pressure difference between inner and outer-bubbles led to bubbles inflation and explosion. During the bubble inflation, bubble oscillation may generate. The stretching rate may reach 106 s-1, which favors more homogeneous dispersion of nanoparticles. During the bubbles explosion the released energy and the explosion shock waves disperse the nanoparticles into epoxy resin solution. By using the preparation system, epoxy resin/SiO2 nanocomposites were prepared. The SiO2 dispersed into epoxy as the configuration of 15 nm - 30 nm particles.

  14. Preparation of Fe3O4@Au nano-composites by self-assembly technique for immobilization of glucose oxidase

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    WANG XianXiang; HUANG Shuo; Shan Zhi; YANG WanSheni

    2009-01-01

    Superparamagnetism amination nanocrystals Fe3O4 with 3-aminopropyltriethyloxy silane (APTES) were prepared by modified co-precipitation method. Next, 4-5 nm gold nanoparticles, prepared by classical Frens procedure, were coated on the surface of the amination Fe3O4 by self-assembly technology. The prepared Fe3O4@Au nanocomposite particles were investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis, infrared spectrum (FT-IR), and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) in order to eluci-date the morphology, optics and magnetic properties of the nanocomposites. Their uniform distribution of particle size, which is about 15 nm, and good magnetic responsiveness were observed. In view of the fact that Fe3O4 owns superparamagnetism and that nano-gold can readily combine with biological molecules, glucose oxidase (GOx) was chosen as a model to penetrate the condition of immobilizing enzyme, and enzymatic properties of resultant immobilized enzyme were studied as well. By systematic optimization, we established that at 28℃, and pH (5.5) and when mole ratio of Fe3O4:HAuCl4 was 0.5:1, the immobilization provided the best results. Finally, we are glad to find that the immobilized enzyme exhibits excellent thermostability in addition to its better stability than free enzyme. Thus, herein de-scribed immobilized enzyme could be used repeatedly with the assistance of an external magnetic field.

  15. Regenerated cellulose/halloysite nanotube nanocomposite films prepared with an ionic liquid

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    Soheilmoghaddam, Mohammad [Department of Polymer Engineering, Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor (Malaysia); Wahit, Mat Uzir, E-mail: mat.uzir@cheme.utm.my [Center for Composites, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), 81310 Skudai, Johor (Malaysia); Mahmoudian, Shaya [Department of Textile Engineering, Kashan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kashan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hanid, Nurbaiti Abdul [Department of Polymer Engineering, Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor (Malaysia)

    2013-09-16

    Regenerated cellulose/halloysite nanotube (RC/HNT) nanocomposite films were successfully prepared in ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (BMIMCl) using solution casting method. The structural, morphological, thermal and mechanical properties of RC/HNT nanocomposites were investigated. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed a cellulose II crystalline structure and well dispersed HNT in RC/HNT nanocomposite films. At 6 wt.% HNT film, tensile strength and Young's modulus of RC films improved by 55.3% and 100%, respectively. Moisture absorption by the nanocomposites in an environment with 75% constant relative humidity was reduced by the addition of HNT to the RC. The presence of HNT enhanced the thermal stability and char yield of RC. The significant reinforcing effects of HNTs demonstrated that there is a possible interface interaction between cellulose and HNT which yielded better thermal and mechanical properties of the nanocomposite films as compared to pure RC. - Highlights: • The RC/HNT nanocomposite films were prepared via ionic liquid, BMIMCl. • XRD diffraction patterns and FESEM revealed well dispersed HNT in cellulose matrix. • The nanocomposite films exhibited excellent mechanical properties. • Moisture absorption and diffusion coefficient of RC reduced by HNT incorporation. • Addition of HNT enhanced thermal stability and activation energy of the RC.

  16. Nanoclay embedded mixed matrix PVDF nanocomposite membrane: Preparation, characterization and biofouling resistance

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    Rajabi, Hamid [Membrane Research Centre, Department of Chemical Engineering, Razi University, Tagh Bostan, 67149 Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Civil Engineering, Razi University, 67149 Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ghaemi, Negin, E-mail: negin_ghaemi@kut.ac.ir [Department of Chemical Engineering, Kermanshah University of Technology, 67178 Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Madaeni, Sayed S. [Membrane Research Centre, Department of Chemical Engineering, Razi University, Tagh Bostan, 67149 Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Daraei, Parisa [Department of Chemical Engineering, Kermanshah University of Technology, 67178 Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Khadivi, Mohammad Ali [Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Egerland Strasse 3, D-91058 Erlangen (Germany); Falsafi, Monir [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Razi University, 67149 Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • Nanocomposite membranes were prepared by addition of OMMT to PVDF membrane. • Addition of nanoclay considerably increased the hydrophilicity of PVDF membrane. • Nanocomposite membranes had higher water flux and antifouling properties. • Fouling of membranes blended with nanoclay (<4 wt.%) reduced. - Abstract: In this paper, nanocomposite PVDF/nanoclay membranes were prepared with addition of different concentrations of organically modified montmorillonite (OMMT) into the polymeric casting solution using combination of solution dispersion and phase inversion methods. Membranes were characterized by use of X-ray diffraction (XRD), water contact angle, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM), and their performances were evaluated in terms of pure water flux and fouling parameters. The surface hydrophilicity of all nanocomposites markedly improved compared to nascent PVDF. In addition, XRD patterns revealed the formation of intercalated layers of mineral clays in PVDF matrix. SEM and AFM images showed that addition of OMMT resulted in nanocomposite membranes with thinner skin layer and higher porosity rather than PVDF membranes. Pure water flux of PVDF/OMMT membranes increased significantly (particularly for fabricated membranes by 4 and 6 wt.% OMMT) compared to that of PVDF membrane. Moreover, nanocomposite membranes showed the elevated antifouling properties, and flux recovery of nascent PVDF membranes increased from 51 to 72% with addition of 2 wt.% OMMT nanoparticles. These nanocomposite membranes also offered a remarkable reusability and durability against biofouling.

  17. Synthesis and characterization of nanocomposites based on PANI and carbon nanostructures prepared by electropolymerization

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    Petrovski, Aleksandar; Paunović, Perica [Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, SS Cyril and Methodius University, Rudjer Bošković, 16, 1000, Skopje (Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of); Avolio, Roberto; Errico, Maria E.; Cocca, Mariacristina; Gentile, Gennaro [Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials, National Research Council, Via Campi Flegrei 34, 80078, Pozzuoli, Napoli (Italy); Grozdanov, Anita, E-mail: anita.grozdanov@yahoo.com [Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, SS Cyril and Methodius University, Rudjer Bošković, 16, 1000, Skopje (Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of); Avella, Maurizio [Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials, National Research Council, Via Campi Flegrei 34, 80078, Pozzuoli, Napoli (Italy); Barton, John [Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Dyke Parade, T12 R5CP, Cork (Ireland); Dimitrov, Aleksandar [Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, SS Cyril and Methodius University, Rudjer Bošković, 16, 1000, Skopje (Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of)

    2017-01-01

    Nanocomposites based on polyaniline (PANI) and carbon nanostructures (CNSs) (graphene (G) and multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs)) were prepared by in situ electrochemical polymerization. CNSs were inserted into the PANI matrix by dispersing them into the electrolyte before the electropolymerization. Electrochemical characterization by means of cyclic voltammetry and steady state polarization were performed in order to determine conditions for electro-polymerization. Electro-polymerization of the PANI based nanocomposites was carried out at 0.75 V vs. saturated calomel electrode (SCE) for 40 and 60 min. The morphology and structural characteristics of the obtained nanocomposites were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman spectroscopy, while thermal stability was determined using thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). According to the morphological and structural study, fibrous and porous structure of PANI based nanocomposites was detected well embedding both G and MWCNTs. Also, strong interaction between quinoidal structure of PANI with carbon nanostructures via π–π stacking was detected by Raman spectroscopy. TGA showed the increased thermal stability of composites reinforced with CNSs, especially those reinforced with graphene. - Highlights: • Nanocomposites of PANI with carbon nanostructures were prepared for sensing application. • By cyclic voltammetry, conductive form of PANI (green colored emeraldine phase) is obtained 0.75 V • Using 4 Probe method, nanocomposite PANI/CNS tablet was tested for sensing application. • Micro-structural properties of nanocomposites were studied by SEM, TGA and Raman analysis.

  18. Preparation of anionically polymerized butadiene-co-styrene copolymer-multiwalled carbon nanotubes nanocomposites

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    Zhong Guang; Wang, Jing Hua; Ling Xu

    2012-01-01

    Poly(butadiene-co-styrene) copolymer/multi-walled carbon nanotubes (SB-MWNTs) nanocomposites are prepared via terminating anionically synthesized living poly(butadiene-styryl)lithium with acyl chlorides on the MWNTs,which obtained from the carboxylation and acylation of the MWNTs.Results from the characterization of the SB-MWNTs nanocomposites,including its soluble in solvent,UV-vis and TEM of the dissolved samples,TGA and SEM of nanocomposites are presented and discussed respectively.MWNTs treated by SB can be easily distributed in the SBR (styrene-butadiene rubber) matrix.

  19. Double In Situ Approach for the Preparation of Polymer Nanocomposite with Multi-functionality

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    Stec Anna

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract A novel one-step synthetic route, the double in situ approach, is used to produce both TiO2nanoparticles and polymer (PET, and simultaneously forming a nanocomposite with multi-functionality. The method uses the release of water during esterification to hydrolyze titanium (IV butoxide (Ti(OBu4 forming nano-TiO2in the polymerization vessel. This new approach is of general significance in the preparation of polymer nanocomposites, and will lead to a new route in the synthesis of multi-functional polymer nanocomposites.

  20. Preparation and characterization of silicone rubber/nano-copper nanocomposites for use in intrauterine devices.

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    Chen, Yongjun; Luo, Yuanfang; Jia, Zhixin; Jia, Demin; Chen, Juan

    2014-01-01

    In this work, a novel silicone rubber/nano-copper nanocomposite for use in intrauterine devices (IUDs) was developed. Moreover, the release rate of Cu2+ ions and the water absorption of the prepared nanocomposite were investigated in detail. The results indicate that the release rate of Cu2+ ions and water absorption capability of the silicone rubber/nanocopper nanocomposite increase as the nano-copper content increases. SEM analysis suggested there is a uniform dispersion of nano-copper in the silicone matrix. Further, systematic analysis indicated that the release rate of Cu2+ ions in the prepared nanocomposite-based IUD can be stabilized for months, which is not possible in the case of traditional IUDs.

  1. Polylactide-based polyurethane shape memory nanocomposites (Fe3O4/PLAUs) with fast magnetic responsiveness

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    Gu, Shu-Ying; Jin, Sheng-Peng; Gao, Xie-Feng; Mu, Jian

    2016-05-01

    Polylactide-based polyurethane shape memory nanocomposites (Fe3O4/PLAUs) with fast magnetic responsiveness are presented. For the purpose of fast response and homogeneous dispersion of magnetic nanoparticles, oleic acid was used to improve the dispersibility of Fe3O4 nanoparticles in a polymer matrix. A homogeneous distribution of Fe3O4 nanoparticles in the polymer matrix was obtained for nanocomposites with low Fe3O4 loading content. A small agglomeration was observed for nanocomposites with 6 wt% and 9 wt% loading content, leading to a small decline in the mechanical properties. PLAU and its nanocomposites have glass transition around 52 °C, which can be used as the triggering temperature. PLAU and its nanocomposites have shape fixity ratios above 99%, shape recovery ratios above 82% for the first cycle and shape recovery ratios above 91% for the second cycle. PLAU and its nanocomposites also exhibit a fast water bath or magnetic responsiveness. The magnetic recovery time decreases with an increase in the loading content of Fe3O4 nanoparticles due to an improvement in heating performance for increased weight percentage of fillers. The nanocomposites have fast responses in an alternating magnetic field and have potential application in biomedical areas such as intravascular stent.

  2. 磁微球负载氯化血红素仿酶催化剂制备及催化降解DMP%Preparation of the Magnetic Nanocomposite Microsphere-Supported Hemin Mimetic Enzyme Catalyst and Its Application in the Degradation of DMP

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    闫绍轩; 王何圆; 靳松; 李乃碹

    2012-01-01

    Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles were prepared through the method of advanced ultrasound-assisted reverse co-precipitation,then hydroxyl-functionalized magnetic nanocomposite microspheres were prepared by way of seed emulsion co-polymerization utilizing Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles as seeds,at last the magnetic nanocomposite microsphere-supported hemin mimetic enzyme catalyst was prepared by means of binding hemin to the above-mentioned magnetic nanocomposite microspheres using cyanuric chloride as the bridging agents.The catalyst was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectrometer(FT-IR),UV-visible(UV-Vis) spectrophotometer with the integrating sphere,transmission electron microscopy(TEM),thermo-gravimetric analysis(TGA) and vibrating sample magnetometer(VSM).The result showed that the catalyst,with an average particle size of 10~12 nm,had a smooth granularity and good dispersibility and displayed some degree of paramagnetic behavior at 300 K,with the saturation magnetization and the magnetite nanoparticles content being 21.61 emu/g and 52.50% respectively.The catalyst,in the presence of ultraviolet light and H2O2,exhibited a high oxidative degradation activity for DMP in aqueous solution and still had a good effect after repeated use.%采用超声辅助反向共沉淀法制得磁纳米Fe3O4颗粒,然后以磁纳米Fe3O4颗粒为种子采用种子乳液聚合法制得羟基功能化的磁纳米复合物微球,再以三聚氯氰为桥联剂键合氯化血红素制得磁微球负载氯化血红素仿酶催化剂.利用傅里叶变换红外光谱仪(FT-IR)、配置积分球的紫外-可见(UV-Vis)分光光度计、透射电子显微镜(TEM)、热重分析仪(TGA)和振动样品磁强计(VSM)对催化剂进行了表征.结果表明,催化剂粒径大小为10~12 nm,粒度均一,分散性好,在300 K下具有一定顺磁性,饱和磁化强度为21.61 emu/g,磁性物质含量为52.50%.催化剂在紫外光照和H2O2存在下对水中邻苯二

  3. Strain relaxation and enhanced perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in BiFeO{sub 3}:CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} vertically aligned nanocomposite thin films

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    Zhang, Wenrui; Jiao, Liang; Li, Leigang [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Texas A and M University, College Station, Texas 77843 (United States); Jian, Jie; Khatkhatay, Fauzia; Chu, Frank [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A and M University, College Station, Texas 77843 (United States); Chen, Aiping [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A and M University, College Station, Texas 77843 (United States); Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States); Jia, Quanxi [Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States); MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L. [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QZ (United Kingdom); Wang, Haiyan, E-mail: wangh@ece.tamu.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Texas A and M University, College Station, Texas 77843 (United States); Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A and M University, College Station, Texas 77843 (United States)

    2014-02-10

    Self-assembled BiFeO{sub 3}:CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (BFO:CFO) vertically aligned nanocomposite thin films have been fabricated on SrTiO{sub 3} (001) substrates using pulsed laser deposition. The strain relaxation mechanism between BFO and CFO with a large lattice mismatch has been studied by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The as-prepared nanocomposite films exhibit enhanced perpendicular magnetic anisotropy as the BFO composition increases. Different anisotropy sources have been investigated, suggesting that spin-flop coupling between antiferromagnetic BFO and ferrimagnetic CFO plays a dominant role in enhancing the uniaxial magnetic anisotropy.

  4. Magnetically Recoverable and Reusable Antimicrobial Nanocomposite Based on Activated Carbon, Magnetite Nanoparticles, and Silver Nanoparticles for Water Disinfection

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    Ping Y. Furlan

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Recent advancements in nanotechnology have led to the development of innovative, low-cost and highly efficient water disinfection technologies that may replace or enhance the conventional methods. In this study, we introduce a novel procedure for preparing a bifunctional activated carbon nanocomposite in which nanoscale-sized magnetic magnetite and antimicrobial silver nanoparticles are incorporated (MACAg. The antimicrobial efficacy of the nanocomposite was tested against Escherichia coli (E. coli. MACAg (0.5 g, 0.04% Ag was found to remove and kill 106–107 CFU (colony-forming units in 30 min via a shaking test and the removing and killing rate of the nanocomposites increased with increasing silver content and decreased with increasing CFU. The inhibition zone tests revealed, among the relevant components, only Ag nanoparticles and Ag+ ions showed antimicrobial activities. The MACAg was easily recoverable from treated water due to its magnetic properties and was able to remove and kill 106 CFU after multiple-repeated use. The MACAg nanocomposite also demonstrated its feasibility and applicability for treating a surface water containing 105 CFU. Combining low cost due to easy synthesis, recoverability, and reusability with high antimicrobial efficiency, MACAg may provide a promising water disinfection technology that will find wide applications.

  5. Propulsion and PWR Rapid Response Research and Development (R&R) Support: Delivery Order 0030: Study of Hot Deformation of Nanocomposite Rare Earth Magnets

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    2006-03-01

    date: 26 Apr 2006. 14. ABSTRACT High performance bulk anisotropic nanograin composite Nd2Fe14B /Fe and Nd2Fe14B /Fe-Co magnets were successfully...deformation, hybrid magnets, interface exchange coupling, nanocomposite, nanograin magnets, nanostructure, Nd2Fe14B , permanent magnets, powder coating...1 High-Performance Nanograin Composite Nd2Fe14B /α-Fe and Nd2Fe14B /Fe-Co Magnets 2 1.1 Magnets prepared by using powder blending technique 2

  6. Solution combustion synthesis of Fe-Ni-Y2O3 nanocomposites for magnetic application

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    刘烨; 秦明礼; 章林; 贾宝瑞; 陈鹏起; 张德志; 曲选辉

    2015-01-01

    Fe−Ni−Y2O3 nanocomposites with uniform distribution of fine oxide particles in the gamma FeNi matrix were successfully fabricated via solution combustion followed by hydrogen reduction. The morphological characteristics and phase transformation of the combusted powder and the Fe−Ni−Y2O3 nanocomposites were characterized by XRD, FESEM and TEM. Porous Fe−Ni−Y2O3 nanocomposites with crystallite size below 100 nm were obtained after reduction. The morphology, phases and magnetic property of Fe−Ni−Y2O3 nanocomposites reduced at different temperatures were investigated. The Fe−Ni−Y2O3 nanocomposite reduced at 900 °C has the maximum saturation magnetization and the minimum coercivity values of 167.41 A/(m2·kg) and 3.11 kA/m, respectively.

  7. Magnetization enhancement due to incorporation of non-magnetic nitrogen content in (Co{sub 84}Zr{sub 16})N{sub x} nano-composite films

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    Singh, Jitendra, E-mail: jitendra@ceeri.ernet.in; Akhtar, Jamil [CSIR-Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute, Pilani, Rajasthan 333031 (India); Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, New Delhi 110001 (India); Shukla, Rishabh; Bagri, Anita; Dhaka, Rajendra S. [Novel Materials and Interface Physics Laboratory, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016 (India)

    2016-01-15

    We report the magnetic, electronic, and structural properties of nano-composite (Co{sub 84}Zr{sub 16})N{sub x} or CZN films prepared by reactive co-sputter deposition method. As-deposited CZN films have shown enhancement in magnetization (M{sub s}) with incorporation of nitrogen content, which is related to the evolution of nano-composite phase. X-ray diffraction study has confirmed poly-crystalline growth of CZN films with fcc(331) and fcc(422) phases. High-resolution transmission electron microscope study reveals that CZN films are composed of ordered and crystalline ferromagnetic Co nano-clusters, which are embedded in the nano-composite matrix. Photoemission measurements show the change in the intensity near the Fermi level most likely due to defects and shift in the core-levels binding energy with nitrogen concentration. Raman spectroscopy data show an increase in the intensity of the Raman lines with nitrogen concentration upto 20%. However, the intensity is significantly lower for 30% sample. This indicates that less nitrogen or defect states are being substituted into the lattice above 20% and is consistent with the observed magnetic behavior. Our studies indicate that defects induced due to the incorporation of non-magnetic nitrogen content play a key role to enhance the magnetization.

  8. Magnetization enhancement due to incorporation of non-magnetic nitrogen content in (Co84Zr16Nx nano-composite films

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    Jitendra Singh

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We report the magnetic, electronic, and structural properties of nano-composite (Co84Zr16Nx or CZN films prepared by reactive co-sputter deposition method. As-deposited CZN films have shown enhancement in magnetization (Ms with incorporation of nitrogen content, which is related to the evolution of nano-composite phase. X-ray diffraction study has confirmed poly-crystalline growth of CZN films with fcc(331 and fcc(422 phases. High-resolution transmission electron microscope study reveals that CZN films are composed of ordered and crystalline ferromagnetic Co nano-clusters, which are embedded in the nano-composite matrix. Photoemission measurements show the change in the intensity near the Fermi level most likely due to defects and shift in the core-levels binding energy with nitrogen concentration. Raman spectroscopy data show an increase in the intensity of the Raman lines with nitrogen concentration upto 20%. However, the intensity is significantly lower for 30% sample. This indicates that less nitrogen or defect states are being substituted into the lattice above 20% and is consistent with the observed magnetic behavior. Our studies indicate that defects induced due to the incorporation of non-magnetic nitrogen content play a key role to enhance the magnetization.

  9. Preparation and fluorescence properties of 6-carboxyfluorescein/hydrotalcite nanocomposites

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    Li, Chunfang, E-mail: lichunfang@mail.ipc.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory Base of Eco-chemical Engineering, Lab of Colloid and Functional Nanostructures, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266042 (China); Qi, Yanhai; Li, Qianru [State Key Laboratory Base of Eco-chemical Engineering, Lab of Colloid and Functional Nanostructures, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266042 (China); Li, Dongxiang, E-mail: lidx@iccas.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory Base of Eco-chemical Engineering, Lab of Colloid and Functional Nanostructures, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266042 (China); Hou, Wanguo, E-mail: wghou@sdu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Colloid and Interface Chemistry (Ministry of Education), Shandong University, Jinan 250100 (China)

    2014-03-15

    The nanocomposites of fluorescent dye/hydrotalcite-like compounds (HTlc) synthesized by intercalation and/or surface adsorption methods have exhibited specific photophysical and photochemical property. In this work, 6-carboxyfluorescein (6CF)/HTlc nanocomposites were synthesized by ammonia coprecipitation and reconstruction-induced surface adsorption methods, and they were characterized by powder X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Thermogravimetric differential thermal measurements (TG-DTA) and fluorescence spectra. The results demonstrate that the dye molecules are primarily adsorbed on HTlc surface. The fluorescence emission of 6CF/Mg–Al HTlc composites is related with 6CF dosage due to the self-quenching mechanism. The 6CF/Zn–Al HTlc nanocomposite reconstructed at high temperature have much strong luminescence than that reconstructed at room temperature and the 6CF/Mg–Al HTlc nanocomposites. -- Highlights: • Fluorescent 6-carboxyfluorescein/HTlc nanocomposites were synthesized. • Fluorescent dye molecules are primarily adsorbed on HTlc surface. • Nanocomposite luminescence is related with the cluster structure of fluorescent dyes.

  10. EFFECT OF SURFACTANTS ON Ni-TiN NANOCOMPOSITE COATINGS PREPARED BY ULTRASONIC ELECTRODEPOSITION

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    XIA Fafeng; JIA Zhenyuan; WU Menghua; LI Zhi

    2008-01-01

    Ni-TiN nanocomposite coatings were prepared by ultrasonic electrodeposition, and the effects of the surfactants on the coatings were investigated and the microstructure and micro rigidity of the coatings were characterized. Samples were also submitted to corrosion tests in 3% NaCl solution. The results showed that the surfactants had great effects on Ni-TiN nanocomposite coatings. The composite coatings prepared by ultrasonic electrodeposition with the surfactants were better than that of the coatings prepared without surfactants. The favorable properties of Ni-TiN nanocomposite coatings were prepared with the mixing of the non-ion and positive ion surfactants. The concentration of the mixing was 80 mg/L, and the ratio of the non-ion and positive ion surfactants was 1: 2.

  11. Preparation and visible-light photocatalytic performances of cyclized polyacrylonitrile/TiO2 nanocomposites

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    Wang, Xiaojing; Wang, Lin; Qingzhi LUO; Wang, Peng; Xu, Li; Desong WANG

    2015-01-01

    TiO2 nanomaterials were prepared by a conventional sol-gel method with tetrabutyl titanate as Ti source. The polyacrylonitrile solution with dimethyl sulfoxide as solvent was added into TiO2 sols to form TiO2 gels containing polyacrylonitrile, then the as-prepared TiO2 gels were heat-treated to prepare cyclized polyacrylonitrile/TiO2 (CPAN/TiO2) nanocomposites. The CPAN/TiO2 nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis diffuse re...

  12. Synthesis of Co/Co3O4 Nanocomposite Particles Relevant to Magnetic Field Processing

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    Srivastava, A.K.; Madhavi, S.; Menon, Mohan

    2010-01-01

    Co/Co3O4 nanocomposite particles of various morphologies were synthesized by the reverse micelle technique. Equiaxed, rod and faceted crystals with rectangular, pentagonal and hexagonal cross sections were observed. Annealing resulted in the formation of a composite of cobalt oxide (Co3O4) and fcc...... cobalt (Co). Removal of boron residues from the final product was established by surface characterization. Magnetic moment of these nanocomposite particles is relevant to magnetic field processing....

  13. Preparation, characterization, and antibacterial activity of silver nanoparticle-decorated graphene oxide nanocomposite.

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    Shao, Wei; Liu, Xiufeng; Min, Huihua; Dong, Guanghui; Feng, Qingyuan; Zuo, Songlin

    2015-04-01

    In this work, we report a facile and green approach to prepare a uniform silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) decorated graphene oxide (GO) nanocomposite (GO-Ag). The nanocomposite was fully characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra, ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) absorption spectra, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), which demonstrated that AgNPs with a diameter of approximately 22 nm were uniformly and compactly deposited on GO. To investigate the silver ion release behaviors, HEPES buffers with different pH (5.5, 7, and 8.5) were selected and the mechanism of release actions was discussed in detail. The cytotoxicity of GO-Ag nanocomposite was also studied using HEK 293 cells. GO-Ag nanocomposite displayed good cytocompatibility. Furthermore, the antibacterial properties of GO-Ag nanocomposite were studied using Gram-negative E. coli ATCC 25922 and Gram-positive S. aureus ATCC 6538 by both the plate count method and disk diffusion method. The nanocomposite showed excellent antibacterial activity. These results demonstrated that GO-Ag nanocomposite, as a kind of antibacterial material, had a great promise for application in a wide range of biomedical applications.

  14. Magnetically separable ternary g-C3N4/Fe3O4/BiOI nanocomposites: Novel visible-light-driven photocatalysts based on graphitic carbon nitride.

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    Mousavi, Mitra; Habibi-Yangjeh, Aziz

    2016-03-01

    The present work demonstrates preparation of magnetically separable ternary g-C3N4/Fe3O4/BiOI nanocomposites as novel visible-light-driven photocatalysts. The resultant samples were characterized using XRD, EDX, SEM, TEM, UV-Vis DRS, FT-IR, PL, BET, and VSM techniques. The results revealed that weight percent of BiOI has considerable effect on photodegradation of rhodamine B under visible-light irradiation. Among the prepared samples, the g-C3N4/Fe3O4/BiOI (20%) nanocomposite has the best photocatalytic activity. The activity of this nanocomposite is about 10, 22, and 21-fold higher than that of the g-C3N4 sample in degradation of rhodamine B, methylene blue, and methyl orange under the visible-light irradiation. The excellent activity of the magnetic nanocomposite was attributed to more harvesting of the visible-light irradiation and efficiently separation of the electron-hole pairs. More importantly, the nanocomposite was magnetically separated after five successive cycles.

  15. Relationship between nanoparticle growth and magnetic properties of magnetic nanocomposites

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    Ortega, D.; Garitaonandia, J. S.; Ramirez-del-Solar, M.; Barrera-Solano, C.; Dominguez, M.

    2008-01-01

    A description of the growth processes of maghemite (gamma-Fe(2)O(3)) nanoparticles in a silica matrix (SiO(2)) synthesized under a classic sol-gel method is proposed in order to explain the observed magnetic behavior at different stages of the sample heat treatment. Analytical electron microscopy st

  16. Nanocelluloses from jute fibers and their nanocomposites with natural rubber: Preparation and characterization.

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    Thomas, Martin George; Abraham, Eldho; Jyotishkumar, P; Maria, Hanna J; Pothen, Laly A; Thomas, Sabu

    2015-11-01

    Nanocellulose fibers having an average diameter of 50nm were isolated from raw jute fibers by steam explosion process. The isolation of nanocellulose from jute fibers by this extraction process is proved by SEM, XRD, FTIR, birefringence and TEM characterizations. This nanocellulose was used as the reinforcing agent in natural rubber (NR) latex along with crosslinking agents to prepare crosslinked nanocomposite films. The effects of nanocellulose loading on the morphology and mechanics of the nanocomposites have been carefully analyzed. Significant improvements in the Young's modulus and tensile strength of the nanocomposite were observed because of the reinforcing ability of the nanocellulose in the rubber matrix. A mechanism is suggested for the formation of the Zn-cellulose complex. The three-dimensional network of cellulose nanofibers (cellulose/cellulose network and Zn/cellulose network) in the NR matrix plays a major role in improving the properties of the crosslinked nanocomposites.

  17. Microwave-Assisted Preparation of Biodegradable Water Absorbent Polyacrylonitrile/Montmorillonite Clay Nanocomposite

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    Prafulla K. Sahoo

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Polyacrylonitrile (PAN/Montmorillonite (MMT clay nanocomposite was prepared in a microwave oven using a transition metal Co(III complex taking ammonium persulfate (APS as initiator with a motive of converting hydrophobic PAN into hydrophilic nanocomposite material via nanotechnology by the inclusion of MMT to the virgin polymer. UV-visible spectral analysis revealed various interactions between the developed complex with other reaction components. The formation of the PAN/MMT nanocomposites was characterized by FTIR. Furthermore, as evidenced by X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, the composite so obtained was found to have nano-order. XRD and TEM were suggesting that montmorillonite layers were exfoliated during the polymerization process. An increasing in the thermal stability for the developed nanocomposite was recorded by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA. The water absorption and biodegradation properties were carried out for its ecofriendly nature and better commercialization.

  18. Preparation and Structure of Poly(ethylene-co-vinylacetate)/Montmorillonite Nanocomposites

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    HUANG Li-qian

    2009-01-01

    Poly(ethylene-co-vinylacetate)/sodium montmorillonite (EVA/MMT) and Poly (ethylene-co-vinylacetate)/arganophilic montmorillonite (EVA/o-MMT) nanocomposite were prepared by solid-state mixing. The morphology and structure of the composites were explored by scanning electron microscopy (SEM),wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD ), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA).The results showed that the intercalated nanocomposite was successfully synthesized for EVA/o-MMT system, while in the EVA/MMT nanocomposite, MMT were poorly dispersed in the order of urn. An unexpected rubbery plateau modulus of EVA/o-MMT nanocomposite above melting point of EVA was explored by DMA. The possible origins of this high-temperature modulus were analyzed.

  19. Preparation of raspberry-like PMMA/SiO2 nanocomposite particles

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    Chen Min; You Bo; Zhou Shuxue; Wu Limin

    2006-01-01

    Water-borne raspberry-like PMMA/SiO2 nanocom-posite particles were prepared via free radical copolymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA) with 1-vinylimidazole (1-VID) in the presence of ultrafine aqueous silica sols.The acid-base interaction between hydroxyl groups (acidic) of silica surfaces and amino groups (basic) of 1-VID was strong enough for promoting the formation of long-standing stable PMMA/SiO2 nanocomposite particles when 10 mol% or more 1-VID as auxiliary monomer was used.The average particle sizes and the silica contents of the nanocomposite particles were in the ranges from 120-330 nm and 15%-20%,respectively.TEM and SEM observations indicated a raspberry-like morphology of the obtained nanocomposite particles.

  20. Preparation and property characterization of PAA/Fe3O4 nanocomposite

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    WEI Shanshan; ZHANG Yi; XU Jiarui

    2007-01-01

    PAA/Fe3O4 nanocomposites were prepared by mixing nano-Fe3O4 and polyacrylic acid(PAA)ethanol solution and then evaporating the solvent.The materials were characterized by transmission electron microscope(TEM),Fourier transform infrared spectroscope(FTIR),thermogravimetry analysis (TGA),dynamic ultra-micro hardness tester (DUMHT)and superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID)magnetometer.Results showed that PAA coordinated with nano-Fe3O4 to form a cross-linking structure.The presence of nano-Fe3O4 enhanced the thermal stability of the nanocomposite.The elasticity and hardness of the nanocomposite increased,and the indentation depth reduced with the increase of Fe3O4 content in the composites.The nanocomposites showed superparamagnetic properties at 300K.

  1. Morphological and thermal properties of PLA/OMMT nanocomposites prepared via vane extruder

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    Luo, Y.; Liu, H. Y.; Zhang, G. Z.; Qu, J. P.

    2017-06-01

    Polylactide/Organo-Montmorillonite (PLA/OMMT) Nanocomposites were prepared by melting extrusion using a novel vane extruder (VE), which can induce global elongational flow. In the study, the influence of different concentrations of the OMMT on the morphological and thermal properties were investigated. The morphology and structure of the nanocomposites were evaluated using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), the X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) respectively, whereas the thermal behaviors and thermal stabilities were characterized using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) respectively. The results illustrate that PLA/OMMT nanocomposites displayed clear intercalation and/or exfoliation structures. Interestingly, increasing the clay content did not lead to the agglomeration of OMMT layers. Moreover, the presence of nanoclay decreased the enthalpy of crystallization of PLA/OMMT composites. Also, the melting temperatures of the nanocomposites were reduced by the addition of nanoclay.

  2. A novel approach for efficient immobilization and stabilization of papain on magnetic gold nanocomposites.

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    Sahoo, Banalata; Sahu, Sumanta Kumar; Bhattacharya, Dipsikha; Dhara, Dibakar; Pramanik, Panchanan

    2013-01-01

    In the present study, a facile functionalization of magnetic nanoparticles has been described for the immobilization of enzyme that offers many advantages for reuse and excellent efficiencies. The magnetic gold nanocomposites have been fabricated for the successful immobilization of an industrially important enzyme "papain". For immobilization of papain on magnetic gold nanocomposites, magnetic nanoparticles were modified with 3-(mercaptopropyl) trimethoxy silane (MPTS). Further, the citrate stabilized gold nanoparticles were chemisorbed on these thiol coated magnetic nanoparticles to fabricate the desired magnetic gold nanocomposites. Papain containing net positive charge (isoelectric point of papain=8.75) in PBS buffer (pH 7.4) has immobilized on the surface of the negatively charged magnetic gold nanocomposites through the ionic or electrostatic interaction. The Michaelis-Menten kinetic constant (K(m)) and maximum reaction velocity (V(max)) for free papain were 0.236×10(5) g ml(-1) and 4.08 g ml(-1)/s respectively whereas for immobilized papain, K(m) and V(max) values were 0.308×10(5) g ml(-1) and 5.4 g ml(-1)/s respectively. The loading amount of papain on magnetic gold nanocomposites was 54 mg/g support and the activity recovery of the immobilized papain reached to 47 (±5)% compared to native papain. The main advantage of this papain nanobiocatalyst is the easy isolation of enzyme from the reaction medium.

  3. Preparation and performance of ZnO/Polyaniline nano-composite for supercapacitor

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    Yu, S.P.; Chang, X.C.; Wang, Z.M.; Han, K.F.; Zhu, H. [Beijing Univ. of Chemical Technology, Beijing (China). School of Science

    2010-07-01

    Supercapacitors combine the advantages of traditional capacitors and batteries. In this study, a zinc oxide (ZnO-PANI) nano-composite material was fabricated in order to investigate its behaviour in a supercapacitor application. The ZnO nano-powder was synthesized using the sol-gel method. An inverted emulsion polymerization method was then used to prepare the ZnO/PANI nanocomposite. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses demonstrated that the prepared ZnO had a hexagonal structure. The ZnO/PANI composite electrode was prepared. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) analyses indicated that the nano-composite material functioned well as an electrode. The highest capacitance rating achieved by the electrode was 31.82 F per g. 6 refs., 4 figs.

  4. Preparation and Characterization of Novel Polymer/Silicate Nanocomposites

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    Harrup, Mason Kurt; Wertsching, Alan Kevin; Jones, Michael Glen

    2002-01-01

    Nanocomposite materials with an inorganic glass and an organic polymer constitute a relatively new and unique area in material science. The term “ormocers”, “ormosils” and “ceramers” are often utilized to describe this class of nanocomposite (1, 2). By combining at the molecular level inorganic and organic polymeric material a blending of unique physical properties can be achieved. The value in these materials is apparent, from fiber optics to paints these materials may provide the requisite physical properties to achieve the next technological advance. There are several different ways of synthesizing this class of nanocomposite; therefore a means of classification is necessary. Most developed nomenclature is based on synthetic techniques; Wilkes has a relatively recent and exhaustive categorization (3). However we chose to classify these materials upon a simpler system first suggested by Novak (4). Five categories cover the majority of composites synthesized with more recent techniques being modifications or combinations from this list.

  5. Hydrophilic polydopamine-coated magnetic graphene nanocomposites for highly efficient tryptic immobilization.

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    Shi, Chenyi; Deng, Chunhui; Li, Yan; Zhang, Xiangmin; Yang, Pengyuan

    2014-06-01

    In this work, polydopamine-coated magnetic graphene (MG@PDA) nanocomposites were synthesized by a facile method. Trypsin was then directly immobilized on the surface of the nanocomposites through simple PDA chemistry with no need for introducing any other coupling groups. The as-made MG@PDA nanocomposites inherit not only the large surface area of graphene which makes them capable of immobilizing high amount of trypsin (up to 0.175 mg/mg), but also the good hydrophilicity of PDA which greatly improves their biocompatibility. Moreover, the strong magnetic responsibility makes them easy to be separated from the digested peptide solution when applying a magnetic field. The feasibility of the trypsin-immobilized MG@PDA (MG@PDA-trypsin) nanocomposites for protein digestion was investigated and the results indicated their high digestion efficiency in a short digestion time (10 min). In addition, the reusability and stability of the MG@PDA-trypsin nanocomposites were also tested in our work. To further confirm the efficiency of MG@PDA-trypsin nanocomposites for proteome analysis, they were applied to digest proteins extracted from skimmed milk, followed by nano RPLC-ESI-MS/MS analysis, and a total of 321 proteins were identified, much more than those obtained by 16-h in-solution digestion (264 proteins), indicating the great potential of MG@PDA-trypsin nanocomposites as the supports for high-throughput proteome study.

  6. Development of novel exchange spring magnet by employing nanocomposites of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and CoFe{sub 2}

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    Safi, Rohollah; Ghasemi, Ali, E-mail: ali13912001@yahoo.com; Shoja-Razavi, Reza; Tavoosi, Majid

    2016-12-01

    CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}−CoFe2 hard–soft nanocomposites were prepared via reduction of the cobalt ferrite CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} in hydrogen atmosphere at different temperature. The structure and the room temperature magnetization of the samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). It was found that the saturation magnetization of the nanocomposite powders increases by reduction temperature while their coercivity decreases. The highest M{sub r}/M{sub s} ratio of 0.52 was obtained for sample reduced at 550 °C. Single smooth hysteresis loops of nanocomposites show that these nanocomposites behave as the single-phase materials. This result indicates the presence of exchange coupling between two different hard and soft phases. - Highlights: • CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}–CoFe{sub 2} was successfully synthesized by reduction diffusion process. • Two phases are effectively exchange coupled in nanocomposite. • Single smooth hysteresis loop was developed in nanocomposites.

  7. Application of magnetic graphitic carbon nitride nanocomposites for the solid-phase extraction of phthalate esters in water samples.

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    Wang, Man; Yang, Xiaodi; Bi, Wentao

    2015-02-01

    Magnetic graphitic carbon nitride nanocomposites were successfully prepared in situ and used to develop a highly sensitive magnetic solid-phase extraction method for the preconcentration of phthalate esters such as di-n-butyl phthalate, butyl phthalate, dihexyl phthalate, and di-(2-ethyl hexyl) phthalate from water. The adsorption and desorption of the phthalate esters on magnetic graphitic carbon nitride nanocomposites were investigated and the parameters affecting the partition of the phthalate esters, such as adsorption, desorption, recovery, were assessed. Under the optimized conditions, the proposed method showed excellent sensitivity with limits of detection (S/N = 3) in the range of 0.05-0.1 μg/L and precision in the range of 1.1-2.6% (n = 5). This method was successfully applied to the analysis of real water samples, and good spiked recoveries over the range of 79.4-99.4% were obtained. This research provides a possibility to apply this nanocomposite for adsorption, preconcentration, or even removal of various carbon-based ring or hydrophobic pollutants. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Preparation and Optical Properties of SnO2/SiO2 Nanocomposite

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    FENG Yi-Si; YAO Ri-Sheng; ZHANG Li-De

    2004-01-01

    SnO2/SiO2 nanocomposites have been prepared by the soaking-thermal-decomposing method, tin oxide nanoparticles are uniformly dispersed in the mesopores of silica. The optical absorption edge of the obtained nanocomposite presents a redshift compared with bulk tin oxide. With the increasing annealing temperature during the procedure of the sample preparation, the optical absorption edge of the sample moves to shorter wavelength (blueshift). These optical properties can be ascribed to the amorphous structure and band defects of surface lavers of the tin oxide nanoparticles.

  9. Preparation and characterization of flexible ferromagnetic nanocomposites for microwave applications

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    Thomas, Teena; Kanoth, Bipinbal P. [Department of Polymer Science & Rubber Technology, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Cochin, 682022, Kerala (India); Nijas, C.M. [Department of Electronics, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Cochin, 682022, Kerala (India); Joy, P.A. [Physical and Materials Chemistry Division, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune 411008 (India); Joseph, Joseph M. [Inter University Centre for Nanomaterials and Devices, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Cochin 682022, Kerala (India); Kuthirummal, Narayanan, E-mail: kuthirummaln@cofc.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC 29424 (United States); Thachil, Eby T., E-mail: ethachil@gmail.com [Department of Polymer Science & Rubber Technology, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Cochin, 682022, Kerala (India)

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles (∼20 nm) were synthesised by co-precipitation method. • Nanoparticles were homogeneously distributed in natural rubber through latex stage processing. • Mechanical properties and magnetic properties of composites improved with loading Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. • Imaginary part of permeability increases with nanoparticle loading improving the microwave absorption characteristics. • Infrared spectra reveal strong interaction between NR and iron oxide nanoparticles. - Abstract: Magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles (∼20 nm) were synthesized using the chemical co-precipitation method with a view of developing flexible and easily processable ferromagnetic materials with high mouldability to be used as microwave absorbers. The nanoparticles prepared were incorporated into natural rubber through latex stage processing. This novel processing method gives better dispersion of particles in the rubber matrix. The composites were characterized using XRD, SEM, vibrating sample magnetometer, dynamic mechanical analyzer, cavity perturbation, thermogravimetry (TGA), and Fourier transform infrared photoacoustic spectroscopy (FTIR-PAS). A notable improvement in the mechanical properties of composites was observed upon adding Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles. Magnetic and microwave characteristics of the composites indicate the formation of a flexible ferromagnetic material with good microwave absorption characteristics.

  10. Preparation and characterization of CoFe2O4/SiO2 nanocomposites

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    HUANG Xianghui; CHEN Zhenhua

    2006-01-01

    CoFe2O4/SiO2 nanocomposites have been prepared by a sol-gel procedure, starting from tetraethylorthosilicate and metallic nitrates. The formation mechanism of the composites was characterized by differential scanning calorimetry, infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy,X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The magnetic properties were measured using a vibrating sample magnetometer. It was found that xerogel obtained at low temperatures was amorphous. Heat treatment at 400℃ resulted in the partial formation of CoFe2O4 clusters. On further increasing the annealing temperature to 800℃, CoFe2O4 nanocrystals with diameters of~17 nm could be dispersed in the silica matrix. The formation of CoFe2O4 clusters was accompanied with the rearrangement of silica network,and the enhancement of the interaction between the metal ions and the surrounding silica network. The interaction between the particles and the matrix would be weakened or even disappear when annealing temperature was raised to as high as 800℃.Both the coercive field and the density of magnetization of composites would increase with an increase in the annealing temperature.

  11. Preparation of a concentrated organophyllosilicate and nanocomposite composition

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    Chaiko, David J.; Niyogi, Suhas G.

    2007-01-16

    The present invention provide methods for producing a low moisture organophyllosilicate composition using monomers, oligomers, or polymers to displace water associated with the organophyllosilicates in an aqueous organophyllosilicate slurry or filter cake. The invention additionally provides methods for producing organophyllosilicate nanocomposites from the concentrated organophyllosilicate compositions by dispersing the compositions in a polymer matrix.

  12. Biodegradable Polycaprolactone-Titania Nanocomposites: Preparation, Characterization and Antimicrobial Properties

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    Alexandra Muñoz-Bonilla

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Nanocomposites obtained from the incorporation of synthesized TiO2 nanoparticles (≈10 nm average primary particle size in different amounts, ranging from 0.5 to 5 wt.%, into a biodegradable polycaprolactone matrix are achieved via a straightforward and commercial melting processing. The resulting nanocomposites have been structurally and thermally characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM, wide/small angle X-ray diffraction (WAXS/SAXS, respectively and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC. TEM evaluation provides evidence of an excellent nanometric dispersion of the oxide component in the polymeric matrix, with aggregates having an average size well below 100 nm. Presence of these TiO2 nanoparticles induces a nucleant effect during polymer crystallization. Moreover, the antimicrobial activity of nanocomposites has been tested using both UV and visible light against Gram-negative Escherichia coli bacteria and Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus. The bactericidal behavior has been explained through the analysis of the material optical properties, with a key role played by the creation of new electronic states within the polymer-based nanocomposites.

  13. Study on Preparation and Properties of La2O3/MC Nylon Nanocomposites

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    2005-01-01

    A series of La2O3/MC nylon nanocomposites were prepared via in situ polymerization. The effects of content of nano-La2O3 on the mechanical properties of nanocomposites were studied. Dispersion of nano-La2O3 in MC nylon matrix was observed with SEM. The crystal structure of nanocomposites was characterized by means of XRD. SEM analysis shows that La2O3 nanoparticles are uniformly dispersed in MC nylon matrix and little clustering exists when the content of nano-La2O3 is lower than 1%, however, when the content of nano-La2O3 is more than 1%, it begins to cluster. XRD analysis indicats that nano-La2O3 does not change the crystal structure of MC nylon. Mechanical properties tests show that the tensile strength, elongation at break, impact strength, flexural strength, and flexural modulus of nanocomposites first increase then decrease as the content of nano-La2O3 is increased. When the content of nano-La2O3 is 0.5%, the tensile strength and elongation at break of nanocomposites reach maximum, which are 17.9% and 52.1% higher respectively than those of MC nylon. When the content of nano-La2O3 is 1.0%, the impact strength, flexural strength and flexural modulus of nanocomposites reach maximum, which are 36.6%, 12.7% and 16.3% higher respectively than those of MC nylon.

  14. Metal oxide/polyaniline nanocomposites: Cluster size and composition dependent structural and magnetic properties

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    Raksha Sharma; Rakesh Malik; Subhalakshmi Lamba; S Annapoorni

    2008-06-01

    Nanocomposites of iron oxide with conducting polymer in the form of powders of varying compositions have been studied to understand the effects of particle size, cluster size and magnetic inter-particle interactions. The sizes of the nanoparticles were estimated to be ∼ 10–20 nm from the X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the transmission electron micrographs (TEM). XRD shows a single crystalline phase for the -Fe2O3. The presence of conducting polymer was confirmed through Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The amount of polymer present in the composite, the transition temperature of iron oxide and the thermal stability of polymer was determined through thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TGA–DTA). The room temperature magnetic hysteresis measurements show reduction in saturation magnetization with increasing polymer concentrations. A low value of coercivity was observed for low polymer composites. On increasing the polymer concentration, the coercivity and remanence become negligible indicating a superparamagnetic phase at room temperature. Beyond a certain composition, the system shows paramagnetic behaviour which is also confirmed through zero field cooled–field cooled (ZFC–FC) measurements. We also report preliminary results on the magnetic properties of self standing sheets prepared using -Fe2O3 and NiFe2O4 nanoparticles and conducting polymers.

  15. Sol-gel Preparation of CNT/ZnO Nanocomposite and Its Photocatalytic Property

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    WANG, Xuejing; YAO, Shuwen; LI, Xiaobo

    2009-01-01

    Using carbon nanotubes (CNT) as templete, CNT/ZnO nanocomposite was prepared by a sol-gel method. Its structure was characterized by XRD, IR and TEM. The UV absorbing properties were detected by a UV spectro- photometer. Photo degradation of methyl red in aqueous solution was investigated by using CNT/ZnO nanocompo- site as photocatalyst. The results showed that the nanocomposite was composed of carbon nanotubes coated evenly by ZnO particles, with a diameter of 50-60 nm. UV-vis spectra indicated that the as-prepared CNT/ZnO nano- composite had absorption of visible light as well as ultraviolet light. 60% CNT-added nanocomposite had the high- est degradation rate for methyl red under the sunlight irradiation.

  16. PREPARATION OF POLY(METHYL METHACRYLATE)/LAYERED DOUBLE HYDROXIDES NANOCOMPOSITES via in situ SOLUTION POLYMERIZATION

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    2007-01-01

    An exfoliated layered double hydroxides/poly(methyl methacrylate) (LDHs/PMMA) nanocomposite was prepared by in situ solution polymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA) in the presence of 4-vinylbenzenesulfonate intercalated LDHs(MgAl-VBS LDHs). MgAl-VBS LDHs was prepared by the ion exchange method, and the structure and composition of the MgAl-VBS LDHs were determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared spectroscopy and elemental analysis. XRD and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were employed to examine the structure of LDHs/PMMA nanocomposite. It was indicated that the LDHs layers were well exfoliated and dispersed in the PMMA matrix. The grafting of PMMA onto LDHs was confirmed by the extraction result and the weight fraction of grafted PMMA increased as the weight fraction of LDHs in the nanocomposites increased.

  17. Fabrication and magnetic properties of granular Co/porous InP nanocomposite materials

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    Ma Li

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract A novel Co/InP magnetic semiconductor nanocomposite was fabricated by electrodeposition magnetic Co nanoparticles into n-type porous InP templates in ethanol solution of cobalt chloride. The content or particle size of Co particles embedded in porous InP increased with increasing deposition time. Co particles had uniform distribution over pore sidewall surface of InP template, which was different from that of ceramic template and may open up new branch of fabrication of nanocomposites. The magnetism of such Co/InP nanocomposites can be gradually tuned from diamagnetism to ferromagnetism by increasing the deposition time of Co. Magnetic anisotropy of this Co/InP nanocomposite with magnetization easy axis along the axis of InP square channel was well realized by the competition between shape anisotropy and magnetocrystalline anisotropy. Such Co/InP nanocomposites with adjustable magnetism may have potential applications in future in the field of spin electronics. PACS: 61.46. +w · 72.80.Tm · 81.05.Rm · 75.75. +a · 82.45.Aa

  18. Improvement on controllable fabrication of streptavidin-modified three-layer core-shell Fe3O4@SiO2@Au magnetic nanocomposites with low fluorescence background.

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    Jiang, Hongrong; Zeng, Xin; Xi, Zhijiang; Liu, Ming; Li, Chuanyan; Li, Zhiyang; Jin, Lian; Wang, Zhifei; Deng, Yan; He, Nongyue

    2013-04-01

    In present study, we put forward an approach to prepare three-layer core-shell Fe3O4@SiO2@Au magnetic nanocomposites via the combination of self-assembling, seed-mediated growing and multi-step chemical reduction. The Fe3O4@SiO2@Au magnetic nanocomposites were analyzed and characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM), scanning electronic microscope (SEM), energy dispersive spectrometer analysis (EDS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), and ultraviolet and visible spectrophotometer (UV-Vis). TEM and SEM characterizations showed that the FeO4@SiO2@Au nanocomposites were obtained successfully with three-layer structures, especially a layer of thin, smooth and continuous gold shell. The average diameter of Fe3O4@SiO2@Au nanocomposites was about 600 nm and an excellent dispersity was observed for the as-prepared nanoparticles. EDS characterizations demonstrated that the nanocomposites contained three elements of the precursors, Fe, Si, and Au. Furthermore, FT-IR showed that the silica and gold shell were coated successfully. UV-Vis and VSM characterizations showed that the Fe3O4@SiO2@Au nanocomposites exhibited good optical and magnetic property, and the saturation magnetization was 25.76 emu/g. In conclusion, the Fe3O4@SiO2@Au magnetic nanocomposites with three-layer core-shell structures were prepared. Furthermore, Fe3O4@SiO2@Au magnetic nanocomposites were modified with streptavidin (SA) successfully, and it was validated that they performed low fluorescence background, suggesting that they should have good applications especially in bioassay based on fluorescence detection through bonding the biotinylated fluorescent probes.

  19. Sulfonated Magnetic Nanocomposite Based on Reactive PGMA-MAn Copolymer@Fe3O4 Nanoparticles: Effective Removal of Cu(II Ions from Aqueous Solutions

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    Reza Hasanzadeh

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Chelating magnetic nanocomposites have been considered as suitable materials for removal of heavy metal ions for water treatment. In this work poly(glycidyl methacrylate-maleic anhydride copolymer (PGMA-MAn is modified with 4-aminobenzenesulfonic acid (ABSAc and subsequently the product reacted with modified Fe3O4 nanoparticles and 1,2-ethanedithiol (EDT in the presence of ultrasonic irradiation for preparation of tridimensional chelating magnetic nanocomposite. Synthesized magnetic nanocomposite was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD, vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM, energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX, elemental mapping analysis (EMA, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET, and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA. The adsorption behavior of Cu(II ions was investigated by synthesized nanocomposite in various parameters such as pH, contact time, metal ion concentration, and adsorbent dosage. The equilibrium distribution coefficient (kd was determined and the findings prove that the kd value is approximately high in the case of all selected metal ions. The synthesized nanocomposite exhibited good tendency for removing Cu(II ions from aqueous solutions even at an acidic pH.

  20. Magnetic solid-phase extraction of brominated flame retardants from environmental waters with graphene-doped Fe3O4 nanocomposites.

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    Yang, Jing; Qiao, Jun-qin; Cui, Shi-hai; Li, Jia-yuan; Zhu, Jin-jin; Yin, He-xing; Zhan, Cheng-yan; Lian, Hong-zhen

    2015-06-01

    Graphene-doped Fe3O4 nanocomposites were prepared by a solvothermal reaction of an iron source with graphene. The nanocomposites were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction, superconducting quantum interference, Raman spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. This nanomaterial has been used as a magnetic solid-phase extraction sorbent to extract trace brominated flame retardants from environmental waters. Various extraction parameters were optimized including dosage and reusability of the nanocomposites, and pH of sample matrix. The reliability of the magnetic solid-phase extraction protocol based on graphene-doped Fe3O4 nanocomposites was evaluated by investigating the recoveries of 2,4,6-tribromophenol, tetrabromobisphenol A, 4-bromodiphenyl ether, and 4,4'-dibromodiphenyl ether in water samples. Good recoveries (85.0-105.0%) were achieved with the relative standard deviation ranging from 1.1-7.1%. Moreover, it is speculated from characterization and magnetic solid-phase extraction experiment that there is not only π-π stacking but also possible hydrophobic interaction between the graphene-doped Fe3O4 nanocomposites and analytes. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. nanocomposites formed under submerged DC arc discharge: preparation, characterization and photocatalytic properties

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    Avcı, Ahmet; Eskizeybek, Volkan; Gülce, Handan; Haspulat, Bircan; Şahin, Ömer Sinan

    2014-09-01

    A rutile TiO2 (α-TiO2) and hexagonal wurtzite ZnO nanocomposite was directly and synchronously synthesized via arc discharge method submerged in de-ionized water. In correlation with the detailed characterization of the morphology, and crystalline structure of the prepared ZnO-TiO2 nanocomposites, the UV-visible and photoluminescence properties were studied. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy investigations revealed the co-existence of α-TiO2 and hexagonal wurtzite ZnO phases with the ZnO and α-TiO2 nanoparticles are in nanorod and nanospheres morphologies, respectively. The diameters of the synthesized nanocomposite particles are in the range of 5-70 nm. Interestingly, the as-prepared ZnO-TiO2 nanocomposite shows better photocatalytic activity for photodegradation of the methylene blue dye than both of pure ZnO and TiO2 nanocatalyts. This work would explore feasible routes to synthesize efficient metal or/and metal oxide nanocomposites for degrading organic pollutants, gas sensing or other related applications.

  2. Stacked pulse-electroplated CoNiMnP-AAO nanocomposite permanent magnets for MEMS

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    Wu, P. R.; Chao, T. Y.; Cheng, Y. T.

    2015-12-01

    The paper presents a CMOS compatible pulse-electroplating technique combined with a low temperature bonding process for the synthesis of CoNiMnP-AAO (anodic alumina oxide) nanocomposite films and the fabrication of stacked composite permanent magnets (PMs). The magnetic nanocomposite film exhibits the best characteristics of the coercivity of 2472 Oe, remanence of 4000 G, and {{≤ft(\\text{BH}\\right)}\\max} of 16.13 kJ m-3, in the existing CoNiMnP systems. Meanwhile, a surface magnetic flux density of 9.2 mT generated by a 15-layer-stacked composite PM with a volume of 9 mm3 has shown the potential for various magnetic microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) fabrication using the nanocomposite material.

  3. One-Step Method for Preparation of Magnetic Nanoparticles Coated with Chitosan

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    Karla M. Gregorio-Jauregui

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Preparation of magnetic nanoparticles coated with chitosan in one step by the coprecipitation method in the presence of different chitosan concentrations is reported here. Obtaining of magnetic superparamagnetic nanoparticles was confirmed by X-ray diffraction and magnetic measurements. Scanning transmission electron microscopy allowed to identify spheroidal nanoparticles with around 10-11 nm in average diameter. Characterization of the products by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy demonstrated that composite chitosan-magnetic nanoparticles were obtained. Chitosan content in obtained nanocomposites was estimated by thermogravimetric analysis. The nanocomposites were tested in Pb2+ removal from a PbCl2 aqueous solution, showing a removal efficacy up to 53.6%. This work provides a simple method for chitosan-coated nanoparticles obtaining, which could be useful for heavy metal ions removal from water.

  4. Effect of Zr Addition on the Magnetization Reversal Behavior for α-Fe/Pr2Fe14B Nanocomposite Alloys

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    Pan, Minxiang; Zhang, Pengyue; Ge, Hongliang; Hong, Zhanglian; Wu, Qiong; Jiao, Zhiwei; Yang, Hangfu

    2011-09-01

    The microstructure and magnetic properties of the Zr-doped α-Fe/Pr2Fe14B nanocomposite magnets prepared by melt-spinning method have been studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) measurements. The magnetization reversal behavior during the recoil processes of nanocomposite alloys has been investigated by analyzing the hysteresis curves and recoil loops of demagnetization curves. An enhanced magnetic properties has been obtained by the addition of 1 at. % Zr in α-Fe/Pr2Fe14B alloys, where the coercivity Hc increases from 470.7 to 793.2 kA/m, the maximum energy product (BH)max from 66.8 to 90.8 kJ/m3, the remanence ratio Mr/Ms from 0.74 to 0.77. The recoil loop results show that the maximum value of the integrated recoil loop area for 1 at. % Zr doped sample is quietly low of 1.87×10-3, only 1/2 for the Zr-free and 1/3 for 5 at. % Zr doped samples respectively. This result indicates that the 1 at. % Zr doped sample has a lower energy loss, resulting from a low recoverable portion of the magnetization remaining as long as the applied reversal field is below the coercivity Hc. This study provides a promising guideline for the future fabrication of low-energy-loss nanocomposite magnets for electric machines and generators.

  5. Magnetic properties of nanocomposites based on opal matrices with embedded ferrite-spinel nanoparticles

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    Rinkevich, A. B.; Korolev, A. V.; Samoylovich, M. I.; Klescheva, S. M.; Perov, D. V.

    2016-02-01

    Magnetic properties of nanocomposites based on opal matrices with ferrite-spinel nanoparticles embedded have been investigated in temperature range from 2 to 300 K. The magnetization curves and hysteresis loops as well as the temperature dependence of magnetic moment and the temperature and frequency dependences of AC susceptibility have been measured. The results of magnetic measurements are compared to X-ray analysis and electron microscopy investigations.

  6. Preparation of graphene/vanadium oxide nanocomposite monolith and its electrochemical performance

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    Deng, Lingjuan; Ma, Zhanying; Li, Xiaobo; Fan, Guang, E-mail: Chemfang@163.com

    2015-10-15

    Graphical Abstract: Graphene/V{sub 2}O{sub 5}(G/V{sub 2}O{sub 5}) nanocomposite monolith is prepared in a mixture of ammonium vanadate, acetic acid and graphite oxide by one-step hydrothermal technology. Owing to the novel structure of ultralong V{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanobelts interpenetrated between the G nanosheets, the G/V{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanocomposite electrode shows higher specific capacitances and better cycle stability than those of G and V{sub 2}O{sub 5} electrodes for supercapaciors and lithium ion battaries. - Highlights: • G/V{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanocomposite monolith is prepared by one-step hydrothermal technology. • G/V{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanocomposite electrode shows much excellent capacitive property. • G/V{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanocomposite exhibits more stable cycle performance. - Abstract: Graphene/vanadium oxide nanocomposite (G/V{sub 2}O{sub 5}) monolith is prepared via a simple hydrothermal process. Owing to the intimate contact between the V{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanobelts and graphene nanosheets in the monolith, the nanocomposite shows excellent electric conductivity, and therefore makes the electrode–electrolyte contact better and Li{sup +} diffusion faster. A high specific capacitance of 163 F g{sup −1} has been achieved for G/V{sub 2}O{sub 5} electrode in 0.5 mol L{sup −1} K{sub 2}SO{sub 4} solution. The G/V{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanocomposite exhibits excellent cyclic performance with nearly 80% capacity retention at a current density of 5 A g{sup −1} in a testing range of 1000 cycles. Moreover, G/V{sub 2}O{sub 5} nanocomposite exhibits excellent discharge properties and cycle stability as an anode material for lithium ion batteries. The initial capacity is 1100 mAh g{sup −1} and the reversible capacity of 530 mAh g{sup −1} is maintained after 100 cycles at a current density of 50 mA g{sup −1}.

  7. Preparation of Phenolic Resin/Silver Nanocomposites via in-situ Reduction

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    2003-01-01

    Resol type phenolic resin/silver nanocomposite was prepared by in-situ reduction method, in which the curing of phenolic resin and the formation of silver nano-particles took place simultaneously. The silver ions were reduced completely to silver nanoparticles, which were dispersed homogeneously in the resin matrix with narrow size distribution.

  8. Preparation and characterization of a novel micro- and nanocomposite hydrogels containing cellulosic fibrils

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    In recent years, the preparation of cellulosic composites and nanocomposites has become an important approach because of the wide abundance of cellulose, its biodegradability, renewability, and the ability to effectively reinforce a polymer matrix in an environmentally benign nature. The main object...

  9. Magnetic properties of mosaic nanocomposites composed of nickel and cobalt nanowires

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    Castillo-Sepúlveda, S.; Corona, R.M. [Departamento de Física, Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH), Av. Ecuador 3493, 9170124 Santiago (Chile); Altbir, D. [Departamento de Física, Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH), Av. Ecuador 3493, 9170124 Santiago (Chile); Center for the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CEDENNA), 9170124 Santiago (Chile); Escrig, J., E-mail: juan.escrig@usach.cl [Departamento de Física, Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH), Av. Ecuador 3493, 9170124 Santiago (Chile); Center for the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CEDENNA), 9170124 Santiago (Chile)

    2016-10-15

    Mosaic nanocomposites composed of nickel and cobalt nanowires arranged in different configurations were investigated using Monte Carlo simulations and a simple model that considers single-domain structures including length corrections due to the shape anisotropy. Our results showed that for an ordered array both the coercivity and the remanence decrease linearly as a function of the concentration of nickel nanowires. Besides, we obtained that the magnetic properties of an array of a certain hard magnetic material (cobalt) will not change, unless we have more than 50% of nanowires of other soft magnetic material (nickel) in the array. In principle the second material could be other soft magnetic material, but could also be a nonmagnetic material or could even be a situation in which some of the pore arrays were not filled by electrodeposition. Therefore, our results allow us to predict the behavior of magnetic mosaic nanocomposites that are promising candidates for functional electrodes, sensors, and model catalysts. - Highlights: • Mosaic nanocomposites composed of magnetic nanowires were investigated. • Magnetic properties can be adjusted by varying the concentration of nanowires. • Our results allow us to predict the behavior of magnetic mosaic nanocomposites.

  10. Formulation and Performance of Novel Energetic Nanocomposites and Gas Generators Prepared by Sol-Gel Methods

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    Clapsaddle, B J; Zhao, L; Prentice, D; Pantoya, M L; Gash, A E; Satcher Jr., J H; Shea, K J; Simpson, R L

    2005-03-24

    In the field of composite energetic materials, properties such as ingredient distribution, particle size, and morphology affect both sensitivity and performance. Since the reaction kinetics of composite energetic materials are typically controlled by the mass transport rates between reactants, one would anticipate new and potentially exceptional performance from energetic nanocomposites. We have developed a new method of making nanostructured energetic materials, specifically explosives, propellants, and pyrotechnics, using sol-gel chemistry. A novel sol-gel approach has proven successful in preparing nanostructured metal oxide materials. By introducing a fuel metal, such as aluminum, into the nanostructured metal oxide matrix, energetic materials based on thermite reactions can be fabricated. Two of the metal oxides are tungsten trioxide and iron(III) oxide, both of which are of interest in the field of energetic materials. Due to the versatility of the preparation method, binary oxidizing phases can also be prepared, thus enabling a potential means of controlling the energetic properties of the subsequent nanocomposites. Furthermore, organic additives can also be easily introduced into the nanocomposites for the production of nanostructured gas generators. The resulting nanoscale distribution of all the ingredients displays energetic properties not seen in its micro-scale counterparts due to the expected increase of mass transport rates between the reactants. The unique synthesis methodology, formulations, and performance of these materials will be presented. The degree of control over the burning rate of these nanocomposites afforded by the compositional variation of a binary oxidizing phase will also be discussed. These energetic nanocomposites have the potential for releasing controlled amounts of energy at a controlled rate. Due to the versatility of the synthesis method, a large number of compositions and physical properties can be achieved, resulting in

  11. Micromagnetic simulation of magnetic small-angle neutron scattering from two-phase nanocomposites

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    Michels, Andreas, E-mail: andreas.michels@uni.lu [Physics and Materials Science Research Unit, University of Luxembourg, 162A Avenue de la Faïencerie, L-1511 Luxembourg (Luxembourg); Erokhin, Sergey; Berkov, Dmitry; Gorn, Nataliya [INNOVENT Technology Development, Prüssingstraße 27B, D-07745 Jena (Germany)

    2014-01-15

    The recent development of a micromagnetic simulation methodology—suitable for multiphase magnetic nanocomposites—permits the computation of the magnetic microstructure and of the associated magnetic small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) cross section of these materials. In this review we summarize results on the micromagnetic simulation of magnetic SANS from two-phase nanocomposites. The decisive advantage of this approach resides in the possibility to scrutinize the individual magnetization Fourier contributions to the total magnetic SANS cross section, rather than their sum, which is generally obtained from the experiment. The procedure furnishes unique and fundamental information regarding magnetic neutron scattering from nanomagnets.

  12. Synthesis and magnetic property of T4 virus-supported gold-coated iron ternary nanocomposite

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    Xu Ziming; Sun Hongjing; Gao Faming, E-mail: fmgao@ysu.edu.cn; Hou Li; Li Na [Yanshan University, Key Laboratory of Applied Chemistry (China)

    2012-12-15

    Herein, we present a novel method based on the use of the symmetrical T4 bacteriophage capsid as a scaffold for preparing the gold-coated iron ternary core/shell nanostructure. Results showed that the thick gold shell was obtained to effectively protect Fe core from oxidation. Magnetic measurements showed that the nanocomposites were superparamagnetic at room temperature with a blocking temperature of about 35 K. At 3 K, its coercivity of 1142.86 Oe was larger than the existing experimental values. The magnetic property of Au/T4 was also tested, demonstrating the source of the magnetic sample arising from the Fe core only. The absorption spectrum of the Fe-Au/T4 complex was measured and compared with gold/virus. Different thickness gold shells were controlled in the synthesis by tuning the Au salt addition. On the basis of results and discussion, we further speculated the general growing mechanism of the template-supported Fe-Au process.

  13. Multifunctional nanocomposite based on halloysite nanotubes for efficient luminescent bioimaging and magnetic resonance imaging

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    Zhou, Tao; Jia, Lei; Luo, Yi-Feng; Xu, Jun; Chen, Ru-Hua; Ge, Zhi-Jun; Ma, Tie-Liang; Chen, Hong; Zhu, Tao-Feng

    2016-01-01

    A novel multifunctional halloysite nanotube (HNT)-based Fe3O4@HNT-polyethyleneimine-Tip-Eu(dibenzoylmethane)3 nanocomposite (Fe-HNT-Eu NC) with both photoluminescent and magnetic properties was fabricated by a simple one-step hydrothermal process combined with the coupling grafting method, which exhibited high suspension stability and excellent photophysical behavior. The as-prepared multifunctional Fe-HNT-Eu NC was characterized using various techniques. The results of cell viability assay, cell morphological observation, and in vivo toxicity assay indicated that the NC exhibited excellent biocompatibility over the studied concentration range, suggesting that the obtained Fe-HNT-Eu NC was a suitable material for bioimaging and biological applications in human hepatic adenocarcinoma cells. Furthermore, the biocompatible Fe-HNT-Eu NC displayed superparamagnetic behavior with high saturation magnetization and also functioned as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent in vitro and in vivo. The results of the MRI tests indicated that the Fe-HNT-Eu NC can significantly decrease the T2 signal intensity values of the normal liver tissue and thus make the boundary between the normal liver and transplanted cancer more distinct, thus effectively improving the diagnosis effect of cancers. PMID:27698562

  14. Nanocomposite Prepared from In Situ Grafting of Polypyrrole to Aminobenzoyl-Functionalized Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube and Its Electrochemical Properties

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    2011-01-01

    Nanocomposite Prepared from In Situ Grafting of Polypyrrole to Aminobenzoyl-Functionalized Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube and Its Electrochemical...the grafting of polypyrrole (PPy) in ammonium persulfate (APS)/aqueous hydrochloric acid solution to produce PPy-grafted MWCNT (PPy-g-MWCNT...grafting; multiwalled carbon nanotube; nanocomposites; polypyrrole INTRODUCTION Conducting polymers such as polypyrrole (PPy), polyaniline (PANi

  15. Preparation of 3D electrode microarrays of multi-walled carbon nanotubes/nafion nanocomposites for microfluidic biofuel cells.

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    Choi, Jin Ho; Kim, Young Ho; Choi, Sung Deuk; Kim, Gyu Man

    2014-12-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) electrode microarrays with multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) reinforced Nafion nanocomposites were prepared for microfluidic biofuel cells. The oxidized MWCNTs (ox-MWCNTs) were prepared using chemical reactions with 60% nitric acid solution with pristine MWCNTs at 120 degrees C for 12 hrs with a nitrogen gas flow environment. Ox-MWCNTs in the range of 1 to 20 wt.% based on the Nafion polymer weight were reinforced to Nafion nanocomposites by solution casting. The micro-porous structure of the ox-MWCNTs reinforced Nafion nanocomposites was prepared by plasma etching for 5 to 20 min. The 10 wt.% ox-MWCNTs reinforced Nafion nanocomposite produced stable micro-porous structures of 3D electrodes by 10 min plasma etching. Micro-scale 3D structures of MWCNTs reinforced Nafion nanocomposites in a diameter range of 47 to 300 μm were prepared by the micro-stencil assisted casting. To characterize the 3D electrode microarrays, the physical geometry and the reinforced MWCNT dispersion in the nanocomposite structure were examined using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and an optical microscope. Thermal property measurements of the ox-MWCNTs reinforced Nafion nanocomposites with 10 min of plasma etching, and without plasma etching were made. Both showed stable thermal properties over 300 degrees C. The proposed 3D electrode microarray of MWCNT/Nafion nanocomposites with micro-porous structures can be applied to miniaturized fuel cell devices.

  16. Preparation and biocompatibility evaluation of bioactive glass-forsterite nanocomposite powder for oral bone defects treatment applications.

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    Saqaei, Mahboobe; Fathi, Mohammadhossein; Edris, Hossein; Mortazavi, Vajihesadat

    2015-11-01

    Bone defects which emerge around dental implants are often seen when implants are placed in areas with insufficient alveolar bone, in extraction sockets, or around failing implants. Bone regeneration in above-mentioned defects using of bone grafts or bone substitutes may cure the long-term prognoses of dental implants. Biocompatibility, bioactivity and osteogenic properties are key factors affecting the applications of a bone substitute. This study was aimed at preparation, characterization, biocompatibility and bioactivity evaluation of the bioactive glass-forsterite nanocomposite powder as a desired candidate for oral bone defect treatments. Nanocomposite powders containing 58S bioactive glass and different amounts of forsterite nanopowder were synthesized in situ by sol-gel technique. Characterization of the prepared nanocomposite powders and their cytotoxicity assessment was performed via MTT test. Bioactivity assessment was done by immersing the prepared powder in the simulated body fluid (SBF). Results showed that nanocomposite powders containing forsterite with crystallite size of 20-50nm were successfully fabricated by calcination at 600°C. The prepared bioactive glass-forsterite nanocomposite powders revealed high in vitro biocompatibility; besides, the nanocomposite containing 20wt.% forsterite showed a substantial increase in the cell viability compared with control groups. During immersion in SBF, the formation of apatite layer confirmed the bioactivity of bioactive glass-forsterite nanocomposite powders. According to the results, the fabricated nanocomposite powders can be introduced as a promising candidate for oral bone imperfection treatments and hard tissue mend.

  17. Preparation and Mechanical Properties of Layered Double Hydrotalcides/ /Polystyrene Nanocomposites Prepared by an in-situ Bubble Stretching Method

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    Xiu-ting ZHENG

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Layered double hydrotalcides/polystyrene (LDHs/PS nanocomposites were produced by an in-situ bubble stretching (ISBS method and simple shear method; the effect of LHDs content on the dispersion and the mechanical properties of nanocomposites was studied. The field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM images indicated that the ISBS method leads to a high degree of dispersion of LDHs nanoparticles in PS matrix. Furthermore, it did not form a significant re-aggregation after defoaming by means of twin-screw extruder. Compared with the simple shear method, the un-notched impact strength and tensile strength of nanocomposites prepared by ISBS method were higher at the same amount of LDHs. The un-notched impact strength of the nanocomposites prepared by ISBS method reached a maximum value at the LDHs mass fraction of 5 % , the strength increased is 57.29 % greater than that of pure PS. The enhanced mechanical properties attributed to the effective dispersion of nanoscale LDHs by ISBS method. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.20.4.6197

  18. Preparation of low-molecular-weight polyamide 6/hydrotalcite intercalated nanocomposites via insitu polymerization

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    Full Text Available Low-molecular-weight PA6 (LMW-PA6/hydrotalcite intercalated nanocomposites were prepared via insitu polymerization in the presence of organo-hydrotalcite with alanine as an initiator at 150°C.The results indicated that alanine in the interlayer gallery of hydrotalcite doesn't change the interlayer distance of hydrotalcite, while it can initiate the polymerization of ε-caprolactam. There exsists γ crystalloid of LMW-PA6 in LMW-PA6/hydrotalcite intercalated nanocomposites. The molecular weight distribution of LMW-PA6 in the intercalated nanocomposites have two peaks and the added amounts of organo-hydrotalcite hardly influence molecular weight of LMW-PA6.

  19. Preparation and Characterization of Titania-grafted Poly(styrene-divinybenzene) Nanocomposite Microspheres

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    LI Sen; CHENG Jiang; WANG Kuan; YANG Zhuo-ru

    2008-01-01

    Titania-grafted poly(styrene-divinylbenzene)(TiO2/PSt-DVB) nanocomposite microspheres were prepared by an open-ring reaction and radical grafting copolymerization method. The TiO2 nanoparticles were first modified by attachment of epoxy groups to their surfaces to provide reactive groups that could covalently bond to the polymer (PSt-DVB) microspheres. The nanocomposite obtained was characterized by FTIR, SEM, XRD, and TGA analyses as well as UV-Vis spectrophotometry. The results indicated that the TiO2 nanoparticles were uniformly grafted onto the surface of the polymer microsphere producing grain sizes of about 5-10 μm. The modified TiO2 showed better UV absorbing property than the unmodified form, and the nanocomposite also retained the same UV absorbing property as the free modified TiO2 nanoparticle.

  20. Preparation of the Thermoplastic Starch/Montmorillonite Nanocomposites by Melt-intercalation

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    Ming Fu HUANG; Jiu Gao YU; Xiao Fei MA

    2005-01-01

    In this paper, the conception of melt-intercalation was introduced into the natural polymer field, and the thermoplastic starch/ethanolamine-activated montmorillonite (TPS/EMMT)nanocomposites were prepared by extruding the composites of EMMT and TPS, plasticized with ethanolamine/formamide. Wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) revealed that TPS was intercalated into the layers of EMMT successfully and formed the intercalation nanocomposites with EMMT. When EMMT content was wt. 10%, the mechanical testing indicated that the tensile stress of the nanocomposites reached 9.69 MPa, and the tensile strain reached 74.07%, Youngs modulus increased from the 47.23 MPa of TPS to 184.11after they had been stored at RH25% for 14 days.

  1. Preparation, characterization and photocatalytic activity of TiO2/polyaniline core-shell nanocomposite

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    Ali Olad; Sepideh Behboudi; Ali Akbar Entezami

    2012-10-01

    Polyaniline (PANI) as a promising conducting polymer has been used to prepare polyaniline/TiO2 (PANI/TiO2) nanocomposite with core-shell structure as photocatalyst. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles with an average crystal size of 21 nm were encapsulated by PANI via the in situ polymerization of aniline on the surface of TiO2 nanoparticles. FT–IR, UV-Vis-NIR, XRD, SEM and TEM techniques were used to characterize the PANI/TiO2 core-shell nanocomposite. Photocatalytic activity of PANI/TiO2 nanocomposite was investigated under both UV and visible light irradiations and compared with unmodified TiO2 nanoparticles. Results indicated deposition of PANI on the surface of TiO2 nanoparticles which improved the photocatalytic activity of pristine TiO2 nanoparticles.

  2. PREPARATION OF POLYSULFONAMIDE AND MODIFIED TITANIUM OXIDE NANOCOMPOSITES BY IN-SITU POLYMERIZATION

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    WANG Weitao; LIU Li; DENG Jie; WANG Xiaopeng; TANG Zhiyong

    2006-01-01

    A kind of new nano composite with ultraviolet (UV) ray resistance and high temperature stability was prepared by in-situ polymerization in low temperature. Polysulfonamide (PSA) was synthesized with 4, 4'-diaminodiphenyl sulfone (DDS) and terephthaloyl chloride (TPC) in the common solvent N, N-Dimethyl- -acetamide (DMAc). Nano filler is a certain nano titanium oxide modified by silicon oxide (TMS), which plays the role of UV resistance additives. Properties of the novel composite materials were characterized by Atomic Force microscopy (AFM), thermal gravimetric Analysis (TGA) and Ultraviolet Spectroscopy. AFM had showed the sizes and distributions of TMS particles in the nanocomposite. Ultraviolet Spectroscopy for the nanocomposites showed a large absorption in UV band. TGA showed the decomposition temperature was increased over ten degrees with 0.5% wt TMS for this nanocomposite compared with pure PSA.

  3. Preparation and Characterization of Stainless Steel/TiC Nanocomposite Particles by Ball-milling Method

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    CHEN Wenyi; ZHOU Jian

    2009-01-01

    A stainless steel/10wt%TiC nanocomposite particles were prepared by high-energy ball-milling method using stainless steel, carbon and titanium as raw materials. The evolution of phase composition, microstructure and specific surface area of the stainless steel/TiC nanocomposite particles with increasing ball-milling time in the range of 0-100 h were investigated by XRD, SEM, TEM and BET techniques. The results showed that the stainless steel/TiC nano-composite particles were fabricated when the ball-milling time was longer than 20 h. However, the nanocomposite particles were soldered and agglomerated again when the ball-milling time was longer than 60 h. The microstructure of the composite particles transformed from lamellar structure to nanostructure during the repeated process of the cold welding and cracking. TEM image reveals clearly that the in-situ TiC nanoparticles with grain size of 3-8 nm are in the interior of the stainless steel/TiC nanocomposite particles obtained by ball-milling 100 h.

  4. Thermal and dynamic mechanical characterization of thermoplastic polyurethane/organoclay nanocomposites prepared by melt compounding

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    Barick, A.K., E-mail: akbarick@gmail.com [Rubber Technology Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721302, West Bengal (India); Tripathy, D.K., E-mail: dkt@rtc.iitkgp.ernet.in [Rubber Technology Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721302, West Bengal (India)

    2010-01-15

    Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) nanocomposites based on organically modified layered silicate (OMLS) were prepared by melt intercalation process followed by compression molding. Different percentage of organoclays was incorporated into the TPU matrix in order to examine the influence of the nanoscaled fillers on nanostructure morphology and material properties. The microscopic morphology of the nanocomposites was evaluated by wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The observation revealed that both nanoclay-polymer interactions and shear stress developed during melt mixing are responsible for the effectively organoclay dispersion in TPU matrix resulting intercalated/exfoliated morphology. Thermal stability of the nanocomposites measured by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) was improved significantly with the addition of nanoclay. The differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis reveals that melting point of the nanocomposites increased with incorporation of nanoclay. The dynamic mechanical properties of the TPU nanocomposites were analyzed using a dynamic mechanical thermal analyzer (DMTA), which indicates that the storage modulus (E'), loss modulus (E''), and glass transition temperature (T{sub g}) are significantly increased with increasing nanoclay content.

  5. Preparation and antibacterial activity of chitosan-based nanocomposites containing bentonite-supported silver and zinc oxide nanoparticles for water disinfection

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    Motshekga, SC

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available -assisted synthesis method. The resulting bentonite-supported silver and zinc oxide nanoparticles were dispersed in a chitosan biopolymer to prepare bentonite chitosan nanocomposites. The obtained bentonite chitosan nanocomposites were characterized with BET surface...

  6. Preparation and Characterization of Fluorescence Probe from Assembly Hydroxyapatite Nanocomposite

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    Li Guang-Ming

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract A new nanocomposite fluorescence probe with thioglycolic acid (TA functional layers embedded inside the hydroxyapatite nanoribbon spherulites has been synthesized. The fluorescence intensity of the novel probe is about 1.5–3.3-fold increase compared with the probe containing no TA. When used to detect cadmium ion, the most of original assembly nanoribbon spherulites structure in the novel probe is found to have been damaged to new flake structures. The mechanism of determining cadmium ion in alcohol solution has been studied. The present systematic study provides significant information on the effect of assembly nanostructure on the metal-enhanced fluorescence phenomenon.

  7. Synthesis of a novel biocompatible nanocomposite of graphene oxide and magnetic nanoparticles for drug delivery.

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    Aliabadi, Majid; Shagholani, Hamidreza; Yunessnia Lehi, Arash

    2017-05-01

    The combination of imaging and delivery systems through nanoscale material have been used to create new nanoparticle formulations for biological applications. Here, a magnetic nanocomposite consisting of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs), graphene oxide (GO), chitosan and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) as biocompatible polymers was synthesized for applying in drug delivery and imaging agent. The nanocomposite was studied by various techniques including XRD, TEM, FE-SEM, FT-IR and VSM. SPIONs had an average diameter size about 10nm and showed superparamagnetic behavior. Also, TEM and SEM images showed that these nanoparticles successfully attached on the surface of GO sheets. Finally, 5-fu was loaded onto these nanocomposite particles in order to study of entrapment efficiency and drug release behavior of nanocomposite particles. They showed high drug entrapment efficiency and more and faster drug release in acidic pH. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Training effects induced by cycling of magnetic field in ferromagnetic rich phase-separated nanocomposite manganites

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    Das, Kalipada; Das, I.

    2015-12-01

    We have carried out an experimental investigation of magneto-transport and magnetic properties of charge-ordered Pr0.67Ca0.33MnO3 (PCMO) and ferromagnetic La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 (LSMO) nanoparticles along with a nanocomposite consisting of those two types of nanoparticles. From the magneto-transport measurements, clear irreversibility is observed in the field dependence of resistance due to magnetic field cycling in the case of PCMO nanoparticles. The value of resistance increases during such a field cycling. However such an irreversibility is absent in the case of LSMO nanoparticles as well as nanocomposites. On the other hand, the magnetic measurements indicate the gradual growth of antiferromagnetic phases in all samples leading to a decrease in magnetization. These inconsistencies between magneto-transport and magnetic behaviors are attributed to the magnetic training effects.

  9. Preparation and characterization of CNT-CeO2 nanocomposite

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    Kaur, Jasmeet; Anand, Kanika; Singh, Ravi Chand

    2015-06-01

    This paper reports decoration of CeO2 nanoparticles on multi-walled carbon nanotubes through a reflux process in which Ce (NO3) 3.6H2O serves as precursor and hydrazine hydrate (N2H4.H2O) as reducing agent. Successful deposition of cubic fluorite CeO2 nanoparticles onto multi-walled carbon nanotubes has been confirmed by x-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS). It was found that CeO2 nanoparticles formed in the presence of CNTs were larger as compared to pure CeO2 nanoparticles. Raman analysis showed that CeO2 induced a decrease in the size of the carbon grain in the CNTs. A red shift from 460 cm-1 to 463 cm-1 for F2g mode of CeO2 has also been observed in Raman spectra of CNT- CeO2 nanocomposite as compared to pure CeO2. The CeO2 coated multi-wall carbon nanotubes (CNT-CeO2) nanocomposite would be a promising candidate for practical applications such as catalysis, sensing and power source applications.

  10. Green synthesis of magnetic chitosan nanocomposites by a new sol–gel auto-combustion method

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    Ansari, Fatemeh [Institute of Nano Science and Nano Technology, University of Kashan, P.O. Box. 87317–51167, Kashan, Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Sobhani, Azam [Department of Chemistry, Kosar University of Bojnord, Bojnord, Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Salavati-Niasari, Masoud, E-mail: salavati@kashanu.ac.ir [Institute of Nano Science and Nano Technology, University of Kashan, P.O. Box. 87317–51167, Kashan, Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-07-15

    The Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/chitosan nanocomposites have been successfully synthesized via a new sol–gel auto-combustion route. To prepare the nanocomposites, copper ferrite (CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) and iron (II) oxide (Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) nanostructures were first prepared utilizing onion as a green reductant for the first time, and characterized by SEM, TEM, XRD, IR and VSM. Then chitosan was added into the nanostructures dispersed in water. Chitosan was used to functionalize and modify the nanostructures and also to improve surface properties. The nanocomposites were also characterized by several techniques including SEM, TEM, XRD, IR and VSM. The effects of amount of onion and chitosan on the morphology and particle size of nanocomposites were evaluated. - Highlights: • Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/chitosan nanocomposites were synthesized for the first time. • A simple, low-cost and friendly route was used to synthesize the nanocomposites. • Effects of amount of onion and chitosan were investigated.

  11. Characterization of magnetization-induced second harmonic generation in iron oxide polymer nanocomposites.

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    Vandendriessche, Stefaan; Valev, Ventsislav K; Verbiest, Thierry

    2012-01-10

    We have measured the magnetization-induced second harmonic generation (MSHG) of a nanocomposite consisting of iron oxide nanoparticles in a polymer film. The existing theoretical framework is extended to include DC magnetic fields in order to characterize the MSHG signal and analyze the measurements. Additionally, magnetic hysteresis loops are measured for four principal polarizer-analyzer configurations, revealing the P(IN)-P(OUT) and S(IN)-P(OUT) polarizer-analyzer configurations to be sensitive to the transverse magnetic field. These results demonstrate the use of MSHG and the applied formalism as a tool to study magnetic nanoparticles and their magnetic properties.

  12. Synthesis and structural characterization of magnetic cadmium sulfide-cobalt ferrite nanocomposite, and study of its activity for dyes degradation under ultrasound

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    Farhadi, Saeed; Siadatnasab, Firouzeh

    2016-11-01

    Cadmium sulfide-cobalt ferrite (CdS/CFO) nanocomposite was easily synthesized by one-step hydrothermal decomposition of cadmium diethyldithiocarbamate complex on the CoFe2O4 nanoparticles at 200 °C. Spectroscopic techniques of powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), UV-visible spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), and magnetic measurements were applied for characterizing the structure and morphology of the product. The results of FT-IR, XRD and EDX indicated that the CdS/CFO was highly pure. SEM and TEM results revealed that the CdS/CFO nanocomposite was formed from nearly uniform and sphere-like nanoparticles with the size of approximately 20 nm. The UV-vis absorption spectrum of the CdS/CFO nanocomposite showed the band gap of 2.21 eV, which made it suitable for sono-/photo catalytic purposes. By using the obtained CdS/CFO nanocomposite, an ultrasound-assisted advanced oxidation process (AOP) has been developed for catalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB), Rhodamine B (RhB), and methyl orange (MO)) in the presence of H2O2 as a green oxidant. CdS/CFO nanocomposite exhibited excellent sonocatalytic activity, so that, dyes were completely degraded in less than 10 min. The influences of crucial factors such as the H2O2 amount and catalyst dosage on the degradation efficiency were evaluated. The as-prepared CdS/CFO nanocomposite exhibited higher catalytic activity than pure CdS nanoparticles. Moreover, the magnetic property of CoFe2O4 made the nanocomposite recyclable.

  13. A novel magnetic poly(aniline-naphthylamine)-based nanocomposite for micro solid phase extraction of rhodamine B

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    Bagheri, Habib, E-mail: bagheri@sharif.edu; Daliri, Rasoul; Roostaie, Ali

    2013-09-10

    Graphical abstract: -- Highlights: •A Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}–aniline-naphthylamine nanocomposite was prepared via a simple route. •The magnetic nanocomposite was applied for isolation of RhB from water. •The nanocomposite applicability was compared with other pristine polymers. •The method was applied for the determination of RhB in different samples. -- Abstract: A novel Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}–poly(aniline-naphthylamine)-based nanocomposite was synthesized by chemical oxidative polymerization process as a magnetic sorbent for micro solid phase extraction. The scanning electron microscopy images of the synthesized nanocomposite revealed that the copolymer posses a porous structure with diameters less than 50 nm. The extraction efficiency of this sorbent was examined by isolation of rhodamine B, a mutagenic and carcinogenic dye, from aquatic media in dispersion mode. Among different synthesized polymers, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/poly(aniline-naphthylamine) nanocomposite showed a prominent efficiency. Parameters including the desorption solvent, amount of sorbent, desorption time, sample pH, ionic strength, extraction time and stirring rate were optimized. Under the optimum condition, a linear spiked calibration curve in the range of 0.35–5.00 μg L{sup −1} with R{sup 2} = 0.9991 was obtained. The limits of detection (3S{sub b}) and limits of quantification (10S{sub b}) of the method were 0.10 μg L{sup −1} and 0.35 μg L{sup −1} (n = 3), respectively. The relative standard deviation for water sample with 0.5 μg L{sup −1} of RhB was 4.2% (n = 5) and the absolute recovery was 92%. The method was applied for the determination of rhodamine B in dishwashing foam, dishwashing liquid, shampoo, pencil, matches tips and eye shadows samples and the relative recovery percentage were in the range of 94–99%.

  14. Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Poly(urethane urea Nanocomposites Prepared with Diamine-Modified Laponite

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    Joe-Lahai Sormana

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanocomposites based on segmented poly(urethane urea were prepared by reacting a poly(diisocyanate with diamine-modified Laponite-RD nanoparticles that served as a chain extender. The nanocomposites were prepared at a constant NH2 to NCO mole ratio of 0.95, while varying the fraction of diamine-modified Laponite relative to the free diamine chain extender. Compared to neat poly(urethane urea, all nanocomposites showed increased tensile strength and elongation at break. As Laponite loading increased, tensile properties passed through a maximum at a particle concentration of 1 mass%, at which a 300% increase in tensile strength and 40% increase in elongation at break were observed. A maximum in urea and urethane hard-domain melting endotherms was also observed at this Laponite loading. Optimal mechanical and thermal properties coincided with a minimum in the size of the inorganic Laponite phase. Nanocomposites containing diamine-modified Laponite had higher tensile strengths than those with nonreactive monoamine-modified Laponite or diamine-modified Cloisite.

  15. Biomimetic three-dimensional nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite and magnetically synthesized single-walled carbon nanotube chitosan nanocomposite for bone regeneration

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    Im O

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Owen Im1, Jian Li2, Mian Wang2, Lijie Grace Zhang2,3, Michael Keidar2,31Department of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, Durham, NC; 2Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 3Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Institute for Nanotechnology, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USABackground: Many shortcomings exist in the traditional methods of treating bone defects, such as donor tissue shortages for autografts and disease transmission for allografts. The objective of this study was to design a novel three-dimensional nanostructured bone substitute based on magnetically synthesized single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT, biomimetic hydrothermally treated nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite, and a biocompatible hydrogel (chitosan. Both nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite and SWCNT have a biomimetic nanostructure, excellent osteoconductivity, and high potential to improve the load-bearing capacity of hydrogels.Methods: Specifically, three-dimensional porous chitosan scaffolds with different concentrations of nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite and SWCNT were created to support the growth of human osteoblasts (bone-forming cells using a lyophilization procedure. Two types of SWCNT were synthesized in an arc discharge with a magnetic field (B-SWCNT and without a magnetic field (N-SWCNT for improving bone regeneration.Results: Nanocomposites containing magnetically synthesized B-SWCNT had superior cytocompatibility properties when compared with nonmagnetically synthesized N-SWCNT. B-SWCNT have much smaller diameters and are twice as long as their nonmagnetically prepared counterparts, indicating that the dimensions of carbon nanotubes can have a substantial effect on osteoblast attachment.Conclusion: This study demonstrated that a chitosan nanocomposite with both B-SWCNT and 20% nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite could achieve a higher osteoblast density when compared with the other experimental groups, thus making this nanocomposite

  16. Optical and magnetic properties of ZnO/ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposite

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    Zamiri, Reza, E-mail: reza.zamiri@tdt.edu.vn [Department for Management of Science and Technology Development, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City (Viet Nam); Faculty of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City (Viet Nam); Salehizadeh, S.A. [Physics Department (I3N), University of Aveiro, Campus Universitario de Santiago, Aveiro (Portugal); Ahangar, Hossein Abbastabar [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Najafabad (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shabani, Mehdi; Rebelo, Avito [Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering (DEMaC), University of Aveiro, Campus Santiago, Aveiro, 3810-193 (Portugal); Suresh Kumar, J.; Soares, M.J.; Valente, M.A. [Physics Department (I3N), University of Aveiro, Campus Universitario de Santiago, Aveiro (Portugal); Ferreira, J.M.F. [Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering (DEMaC), University of Aveiro, Campus Santiago, Aveiro, 3810-193 (Portugal)

    2017-05-01

    ZnO/ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposite was prepared by a simple and low cost chemical precipitation method. The prepared composite was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX), Raman and Fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The morphology of the prepared sample was studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Photoluminescence (PL) emission of the sample has been investigated at different temperatures (10–300 K) in order to determine the effect of temperature on emission properties of the prepared composite. It was found that at low temperature, the samples show stronger emissions than those at room temperature. Magnetic properties of ZnO/ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposite was discussed in temperature range of 5–300 K using VSM measurement. The effective anisotropy constant K{sub eff}, extracted from the magnetization vs. magnetic field, M(B), experimental curve obtained at 5 K and using the law of saturation magnetization, was found to be 2.3 × 10{sup 6} erg/cm{sup 3}. The high value of anisotropy constant is attributed to the existence of uncompensated surface spin in our sample as well as the magnetocrystalline contribution (which depends on the inversion degree in ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}). By using of a modified Langevin equation, the contribution of the surface spins was quantitatively calculated in different temperature higher than T{sub B}. It was found that as the temperature increases from 100 K to 300 K, the surface spins contribution in the total magnetization increases from 44% to 68%. - Highlights: • Fabrication of ZnO/ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposite by a simple and low cost method. • The sample show stronger emissions at low temperature than at room temperature. • The effective anisotropy constant K{sub eff}, was found to be 2.3 × 10{sup 6} erg/cm{sup 3}. • By increasing temperature from 100 K to 300 K, the surface spins contribution increases.

  17. Magnetic properties of mosaic nanocomposites composed of nickel and cobalt nanowires

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    Castillo-Sepúlveda, S.; Corona, R. M.; Altbir, D.; Escrig, J.

    2016-10-01

    Mosaic nanocomposites composed of nickel and cobalt nanowires arranged in different configurations were investigated using Monte Carlo simulations and a simple model that considers single-domain structures including length corrections due to the shape anisotropy. Our results showed that for an ordered array both the coercivity and the remanence decrease linearly as a function of the concentration of nickel nanowires. Besides, we obtained that the magnetic properties of an array of a certain hard magnetic material (cobalt) will not change, unless we have more than 50% of nanowires of other soft magnetic material (nickel) in the array. In principle the second material could be other soft magnetic material, but could also be a nonmagnetic material or could even be a situation in which some of the pore arrays were not filled by electrodeposition. Therefore, our results allow us to predict the behavior of magnetic mosaic nanocomposites that are promising candidates for functional electrodes, sensors, and model catalysts.

  18. Effect of heat treatment on structure and magnetic properties of FeCoNi/CNTs nanocomposites

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    H Q Wu; D M Xu; Q Wang; Y Z Yao; Q Y Wang; G Q Su

    2008-10-01

    Fe46Co35Ni19/CNTs nanocomposites have been prepared by an easy two-step route including adsorption and heat treatment processes. We investigated the effect of heat treatment conditions on structure, morphology, nanoparticle sizes and magnetic properties of the Fe46Co35Ni19 alloy nanoparticles attached on the carbon nanotubes by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy-disperse X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). When the reducing temperature changes from 300–450°С, a transition of the crystalline structure from bcc phase to – dual phase and an increase in particle size of Fe46Co35Ni19 nanoparticles together with a local maximum at 350°С are observed. Meanwhile, the saturation magnetization (s) for Fe46Co35Ni19 nanoparticles increases with the increase of reducing temperature and the coercivity (c) decreases rapidly with a local minimum at 350°С. When the reducing time () changes from 2–5 h, bcc phase is predominant in the Fe46Co35Ni19 alloy particles. Both the particle size and s have a maximum at = 3 h, and the c reaches a maximum at = 4 h.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of foldable and magnetic field-sensitive, freestanding poly(vinyl acetate)/poly(vinyl chloride)/polyfuran composite and nanocomposite films

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    Sarıtaş, Sevilay; Eşsiz, Serpil; Sarı, Bekir

    2017-07-01

    In this study, polyfuran and poly(vinyl acetate)/poly(vinyl chloride)/polyfuran ternary composites were synthesized via the chemical polymerization method. The temperature and magnetic field-sensitive novel composites and the nanocomposite were obtained in the form of powders and films. It was observed that the prepared novel conductive films have superior properties at a certain temperature range (25-50 °C) such as bending and folding. The structural properties, thermal behavior, surface morphology, internal structure, and surface roughness of the prepared samples were investigated by various characterization techniques. The conductivities of the samples were measured at room temperature and different temperatures by the four-point technique. X-ray Diffraction analysis results demonstrated that the PF and composites have an amorphous structure, whereas the nanocomposite is in crystalline form. The saturation magnetization (Ms) values of the magnetite and nanocomposite were found to be 58.9 and 5.3 emu g-1, respectively. It was found that magnetite-doped nanocomposite has superparamagnetic properties at room temperature.

  20. Effect of Additives on Characterization and Photocatalytic Activity of Tio/ZnO Nanocomposite Prepared via Sol-Gel Process

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    Shahram Moradi; Parviz Aberoomand Azar; Sanaz Raeis Farshid; Saeed Abedini Khorrami; Mohammad Hadi Givianrad

    2012-01-01

    TiO2/ZnO nanocomposites were prepared by the sol-gel method with and without addatives such as carboxy methyl cellulose (CMC), poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), polyvinylpyrrolidon, (PVP), and hydroxylpropylcellulose (HPC). The characteristics of the prepared TiO2/ZnO nanocomposites were identified by IR spectra, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) methods. The additives have a significant effect on the particle size distribut...

  1. Microstructure and Magnetic Properties of Highly Ordered SBA-15 Nanocomposites Modified with Fe2O3 and Co3O4 Nanoparticles

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    P. F. Wang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Owing to the unique order mesopores, mesoporous SBA-15 could be used as the carrier of the magnetic nanoparticles. The magnetic nanoparticles in the frame and the mesopores lead to the exchange-coupling interaction or other interactions, which could improve the magnetic properties of SBA-15 nanocomposites. Mesoporous Fe/SBA-15 had been prepared via in situ anchoring Fe2O3 into the frame and the micropores of SBA-15 using the sol-gel and hydrothermal processes. Co3O4 nanoparticles had been impregnated into the mesopores of Fe/SBA-15 to form mesoporous Fe/SBA-15-Co3O4 nanocomposites. XRD, HRTEM, VSM, and N2 physisorption isotherms were used to characterize the mesostructure and magnetic properties of the SBA-15 nanocomposites, and all results indicated that the Fe2O3 nanoparticles presented into the frame and micropores, while the Co3O4 nanoparticles existed inside the mesopores of Fe/SBA-15. Furthermore, the magnetic properties of SBA-15 could be conveniently adjusted by the Fe2O3 and Co3O4 magnetic nanoparticles. Fe/SBA-15 exhibited ferromagnetic properties, while the impregnation of Co3O4 nanoparticles greatly improved the coercivity with a value of 1424.6 Oe, which was much higher than that of Fe/SBA-15.

  2. Training effects induced by cycling of magnetic field in ferromagnetic rich phase-separated nanocomposite manganites

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    Das, Kalipada, E-mail: kalipada.das@saha.ac.in; Das, I.

    2015-12-01

    We have carried out an experimental investigation of magneto-transport and magnetic properties of charge-ordered Pr{sub 0.67}Ca{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3} (PCMO) and ferromagnetic La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3} (LSMO) nanoparticles along with a nanocomposite consisting of those two types of nanoparticles. From the magneto-transport measurements, clear irreversibility is observed in the field dependence of resistance due to magnetic field cycling in the case of PCMO nanoparticles. The value of resistance increases during such a field cycling. However such an irreversibility is absent in the case of LSMO nanoparticles as well as nanocomposites. On the other hand, the magnetic measurements indicate the gradual growth of antiferromagnetic phases in all samples leading to a decrease in magnetization. These inconsistencies between magneto-transport and magnetic behaviors are attributed to the magnetic training effects. - Highlights: • The resistance value in Pr{sub 0.67}Ca{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3} nanoparticles is found to increase owing to the magnetic field cycling. • No anomaly in resistance was found in Pr{sub 0.67}Ca{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3}–La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3} nanocomposite. • Magnetic measurements indicate the training effect in nanostructure compounds.

  3. Synthesis of talc/Fe3O4 magnetic nanocomposites using chemical co-precipitation method

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    Kalantari K

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Katayoon Kalantari,1 Mansor Bin Ahmad,1,* Kamyar Shameli,1,2,* Roshanak Khandanlou11Department of Chemistry, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia; 2Nanotechnology and Advance Materials Department, Materials and Energy Research Center, Karaj, Alborz, Karaj, Iran*These authors contributed equally to this workAbstract: The aim of this research was to synthesize and develop a new method for the preparation of iron oxide (Fe3O4 nanoparticles on talc layers using an environmentally friendly process. The Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles were synthesized using the chemical co-precipitation method on the exterior surface layer of talc mineral as a solid substrate. Ferric chloride, ferrous chloride, and sodium hydroxide were used as the Fe3O4 precursor and reducing agent in talc. The talc was suspended in deionized water, and then ferrous and ferric ions were added to this solution and stirred. After the absorption of ions on the exterior surface of talc layers, the ions were reduced with sodium hydroxide. The reaction was carried out under a nonoxidizing oxygen-free environment. There were not many changes in the interlamellar space limits (d-spacing = 0.94–0.93 nm; therefore, Fe3O4 nanoparticles formed on the exterior surface of talc, with an average size of 1.95–2.59 nm in diameter. Nanoparticles were characterized using different methods, including powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, emission scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. These talc/Fe3O4 nanocomposites may have potential applications in the chemical and biological industries.Keywords: nanocomposites, Fe3O4 nanoparticles, talc, powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy

  4. Magnetic properties of 3D nanocomposites consisting of an opal matrix with embedded spinel ferrite particles

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    Rinkevich, A. B.; Korolev, A. V.; Samoylovich, M. I.; Kleshcheva, S. M.; Perov, D. V.

    2016-02-01

    The magnetic properties of 3D nanocomposites representing Mn-Zn, Ni-Zn, Co-Zn, La-Co-Zn, and Nd-Co-Zn spinel ferrite particles embedded in the interspherical spaces of opal matrices are studied. Experimental data are obtained in the temperature interval 2-300 K by measuring the magnetization at a static magnetic field strength of up to 50 kOe and the ac magnetic susceptibility at an alternating magnetic field amplitude of 4 kOe and a frequency of 80 Hz.

  5. Influence of cobalt content on the structure and hard magnetic properties of nanocomposite (Fe,Co)-Pt-B alloys

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    Grabias, A.; Kopcewicz, M.; Latuch, J.; Oleszak, D.; Pękała, M.; Kowalczyk, M.

    2017-07-01

    The influence of Co content on the structural and hard magnetic properties of two sets of nanocrystalline Fe52-xCoxPt28B20 (x = 0-26) and Fe60-yCoyPt25B15 (y = 0-40) alloys was studied. The alloys were prepared as ribbons by the rapid quenching technique. The nanocomposite structure in the alloys was obtained by annealing at 840-880 K for 30 min. Structural characterization of the samples was performed using the Mössbauer spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Magnetic properties of the samples were studied by the measurements of the hysteresis loops and of the magnetization at increasing temperatures. An amorphous phase prevailed in the as-quenched Fe52-xCoxPt28B20 alloys while a disordered solid solution of fcc-(Fe,Co)Pt was a dominating phase in the Fe60-yCoyPt25B15 ribbons. Differential scanning calorimetry measurements revealed one or two exothermic peaks at temperatures up to 993 K, depending on the composition of the alloys. Thermal treatment of the samples led to the formation of the magnetically hard ordered L10 tetragonal (Fe,Co)Pt nanocrystallites and magnetically softer phases of (Fe,Co)B (for Fe52-xCoxPt28B20) or (Fe,Co)2B (for Fe60-yCoyPt25B15). Detailed Mössbauer spectroscopy studies revealed that cobalt substituted for iron in both the L10 phase and in iron borides. The nanocomposite Fe60-yCoyPt25B15 alloys exhibited significantly larger magnetic remanence and maximum energy products but a smaller coercivity than those observed for the Fe52-xCoxPt28B20 alloys. Co addition caused a reduction of the magnetization and the energy product in both series of the alloys. The largest magnetic remanence of 0.87 T and the highest energy product (BH)max = 80 kJ/m3 were obtained for the Co-free Fe52Pt28B20 alloy while the largest coercivity (HC > 950 kA/m) was observed for the Fe50Co10Pt25B15 and Fe30Co30Pt25B15 alloys. Differences in the hard magnetic properties of the nanocomposite alloys were related to different phase compositions influencing the strength of

  6. Synthesis, characterization and magnetic behavior of Co/MCM-41 nano-composites

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    Cuello, N. [CITeQ-Universidad Tecnológica Nacional-Facultad Regional Córdoba, Maestro López esq. Cruz Roja Argentina, 5016 Córdoba (Argentina); Elías, V. [CITeQ-Universidad Tecnológica Nacional-Facultad Regional Córdoba, Maestro López esq. Cruz Roja Argentina, 5016 Córdoba (Argentina); CONICET (Argentina); Crivello, M. [CITeQ-Universidad Tecnológica Nacional-Facultad Regional Córdoba, Maestro López esq. Cruz Roja Argentina, 5016 Córdoba (Argentina); Oliva, M. [FaMAF-Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba (Argentina); IFEG-CONICET (Argentina); Eimer, G., E-mail: geimer@scdt.frc.utn.edu.ar [CITeQ-Universidad Tecnológica Nacional-Facultad Regional Córdoba, Maestro López esq. Cruz Roja Argentina, 5016 Córdoba (Argentina); CONICET (Argentina)

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    Synthesis, structure and magnetic properties of Co/MCM-41 as magnetic nano-composites have been investigated. Mesoporous materials with different degrees of metal loading were prepared by wet impregnation and characterized by ICP, XRD, N{sub 2} adsorption, UV–vis DRS, TPR and EPMA-EDS. Cobalt oxide clusters and Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nano-particles could be confined inside the mesopores of MCM-41, being this fact favored by the Co loading increasing. In addition, larger crystals of Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} detectable by XRD also grow on the surface when the Co loading is enhanced. The magnetic characterization was performed in a SQUID magnetometer using a maximum magnetic applied field µ{sub 0}Ha=1 T. While the samples with the higher Co loadings showed a behavior typically paramagnetic, a superparamagnetic contribution is more notorious for lower loadings, suggesting high Co species dispersion. - Graphical abstract: Room temperature hysteresis loops as a function of the Co content. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Co species as isolated Co{sup 2+}, oxide clusters and Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nano-particles were detected. • For higher Co loads were detected, by XRD, Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles on the external surface. • The confining of Co species inside the mesopores was achieved by increasing Co load. • Paramagnetism from oxide clusters/nano-particles becomes dominant for higher Co loads. • Superparamagnetism can be assigned to Co species of small size and finely dispersed.

  7. Preparation of Porous Biodegradable Polymer and Its Nanocomposites by Supercritical CO2 Foaming for Tissue Engineering

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    Xia Liao

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Using supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2 as an alternative to conventional methods in the preparation of porous biodegradable polymer and polymer/nanocomposites for tissue engineering has attracted increasing interest in recent years due to the absence of using organic solvents and the ability to incorporate thermosensitive biologicals without loss of bioactivity. Additionally, scCO2 can exert a high level of control over porosity and morphology of scaffolds by tuning the processing parameters. This paper describes the newly achievements on the preparation of porous polymer materials using scCO2 foaming technology with focus on the porous biodegradable materials and its nanocomposites relevant to tissue engineering.

  8. Preparation and Photocatalytic Performance of MWCNTs/TiO2 Nanocomposites for Degradation of Aqueous Substrate

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    Qiannan Duan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs/TiO2 nanocomposites were obtained by constant volumetric wet impregnation processes. The prepared catalysts were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS. The effect of reaction conditions on photocatalytic performance of the catalysts was investigated by the degradation of methyl orange (MO under UV irradiation, in a new type of reactor with unique structure. The results showed that the prepared nanocomposite exhibited higher MO degradation efficiency than that of pure nano-TiO2. Besides, in batch experiments of influencing factors, including ionic strength, oxidant amount, and response times, the presence of H2O2 would contribute to increasing the MO degradation rate of MWCNTs/TiO2 samples. Ionic concentration and long reaction times are adverse to the MO degradation in the processes.

  9. Hydrothermal preparation and electrochemical sensing properties of TiO(2)-graphene nanocomposite.

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    Fan, Yang; Lu, Hai-Ting; Liu, Jin-Hang; Yang, Chun-Peng; Jing, Qiang-Shan; Zhang, Yu-Xia; Yang, Xing-Kun; Huang, Ke-Jing

    2011-03-01

    A facile hydrothermal method has been developed and shown to be effective for the preparation of TiO(2)-graphene nanocomposite. The as-prepared nanocomposite was characterized using FT-IR spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The TiO(2)-graphene modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE) exhibited remarkable electron transfer kinetics and electrocatalytic activity toward the oxidation of dopamine (DA). Furthermore, the oxidation of common interfering agent such as ascorbic acid (AA) was significantly suppressed at this modified electrode, which resulted in good selectivity and sensitivity for electrochemical sensing of DA. These results demonstrate that the TiO(2)-graphene hybrid material has promising potential applications in electrochemical sensors and biosensors design.

  10. Preparation of Nanosized AlOOH and Its Application in Polymer-inorganic Nanocomposites

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    LIAO Haida; ZHANG Lianmeng; WU Bolin

    2008-01-01

    With industrial grade Al(OH)3 as raw materials, the self dispersion nanosized AIOOH crystal powder were prepared by the sol-hydrothermal method. The results of XRD and TEM show that the nanosized AIOOH could automatically disperse to a single-dispersing state in water without surface modification, dispersant, additive and accessional conditions (ultrasonic wave dispersing, ball-mill dispersing). The application results of the product indicate that the nanosized AIOOH can be composed into a toughened nanocomposites without surface modification. Accordingly, the self dispersion characteristic and mechanism of hydrothermal crystallization and charging composite dispersion of nanosized AIOOH are found, and a new technique of preparing polymer/inorganic nanocomposites is proposed, which is called blending compositing new techniques of sol even dispersing at quasi-homogeneous phase.

  11. Preparation, characterization and mechanical properties of rare-earth-based nanocomposites

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    Musbah S.S.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This study reports research related to different preparation methods and characterization of polymer nanocomposites for optical applications. The Eu-ion doped Gd2O3 nanophosphor powder with different nanoparticle content was embedded in the matrix of PMMA. Preparation was carried out by mixing molding (bulk, electrospinning (nanofibers and solution casting (thin films with neat particles and particles coated with AMEO silane. Among the pros and cons for proposed methods, the mixing molding enables to avoid solvent use while the best deagglomeration and nanoparticle distribution is gained using the electrospinning method. The results of dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA and nanoindentation revealed that the storage modulus of the composites was higher than that of pure PMMA and increased with nanophosphor content. Surface modification of particles improved the mechanical properties of nanocomposites.

  12. Facile hydrothermal preparation of niobium pentaoxide decorated reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites for supercapacitor applications

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    Murugan, M.; Kumar, R. Mohan; Alsalme, Ali; Alghamdi, Abdulaziz; Jayavel, R.

    2016-04-01

    Facile synthesis of graphene-Nb2O5 composite has been reported. Graphene oxide was prepared by the modified Hummer's method. The metal oxide (Nb2O5) was introduced to the graphene to form the composite by the hydrothermal method. The prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA). SEM and TEM results revealed that the metal oxide particles are uniformly dispersed on the surface of thin sheets of well-defined multilayered graphene structure. Thermal stability of the graphene metal oxide nanocomposites was also investigated. The CV measurements reveal a significant enhancement in the specific capacitance reaching 321 Fg-1 at a scan rate of 10 mV s-1. With promising electrochemical characteristics, Nb2O5 decorated graphene nanocomposite are explored as potential electrode material for supercapacitor applications.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of in situ prepared poly (methyl methacrylate) nanocomposites

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    Shahzada Ahmad; Sharif Ahmad; S A Agnihotry

    2007-02-01

    Hybrid materials, which consist of organic–inorganic materials, are of profound interest owing to their unexpected synergistically derived properties. These hybrid materials replaced the pristine polymers due to their higher strength and stiffness in the recent years. In the present work, studies concerning the preparation of poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), PMMA/SiO2, and PMMA/TiO2 nanocomposites are reported. These nanocomposite polymers were synthesized by means of free radical polymerization of methyl methacrylate using benzoyl peroxide as an initiator in a water medium. Further `sol–gel’ transformation based hydrolysis and condensation of Ti and Si alkoxides were used to prepare the inorganic phase during the polymerization process of MMA.

  14. Preparation, morphology, and antibacterial properties of polyacrylonitrile/montmorillonite/silver nanocomposites

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    Hwang, Jiunn-Jer, E-mail: jiunnjer1@hotmail.com [Department of Chemical Engineering, Army Academy, Taoyuan 32092, Taiwan, ROC (China); Ma, Te-Wei [Department of Chemical Engineering, Army Academy, Taoyuan 32092, Taiwan, ROC (China)

    2012-10-15

    Modified montmorillonite was intercalated with polyacrylonitrile (PAN) and then reacted with AgNO{sub 3}. Plate-like clay, with anionic charges and a large surface area, was the dispersant of the silver ions. Aqueous 3% NaBH{sub 4}-reduced Ag{sup +} (in situ) was utilized to prepare a series of polyacrylonitrile/montmorillonite/silver nanocomposites (PAN/o-MMT/Ag). The presence of silver particles with diameters of 50-100 nm was confirmed by X-ray and SEM observations. XRD diffraction peaks were obtained at 38.2 Degree-Sign , 44.4 Degree-Sign , 64.6 Degree-Sign and 77.6 Degree-Sign . AFM and TEM were used to evaluate the surface roughness of the nanocomposites and the dispersion of the silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) therein nanocomposites. Adding o-MMT made the nanocomposites rougher. The AgNPs were primarily located in the layered silicate nanofiller. In addition, the silver in nanocomposites was released to the water and dominant form of silver was nanoparticle in the water was verified by particle size analyzer and atomic absorption spectrometer. A higher F value (F = [AgNO{sub 3}/CH{sub 2}CH(CN)], which was the molar ratio of the salt to the PAN repeat unit) of the PAN/3 wt.% o-MMT/Ag nanocomposites corresponded to larger average particle size and more AgNPs in the 2 wt.% AgNPs solution. The bactericidal property of AgNPs solution, which was obtained by soaking PAN/o-MMT/Ag nanocomposite films in distilled water, was evaluated by the paper disc diffusion method. The results revealed that the AgNPs solution did not inhibit the growth of filamentous fungi but was quite effective against tiny bacteria of Gram (+) Staphylococcus aureus, Gram (-) Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumonia. In particular, using a 2 wt.% AgNP solution that was obtained by soaking PAN/3 wt.% o-MMT/Ag nanocomposite (F = 0.20) for 24 h in distilled water showed the most effectively inhibited growth of bacteria (16.4 mm). Its antibacterial activity still remained, yielding an inhibition zone

  15. Activated charcoal-magnetic nanocomposite for remediation of simulated dye polluted wastewater.

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    Ahmed, Md Juned K; Ahmaruzzaman, M

    2015-01-01

    Herein, we report a straightforward way to fabricate activated charcoal-magnetic nanocomposite (AC-MNC) by chemical precipitation for the sequestration of methylene blue (MB) from a simulated solution. The synthesised nanocomposite was characterised by Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) techniques. A good uniformity in the spherical AC-MNC particles is observed from a TEM image with an average particle size diameter of around 25 nm. AC-MNC possesses a specific surface area of 387.28 m2 g(-1) with easy dispersibility and magnetic separation. The nanocomposite demonstrates an MB sequestration capacity of 147.71 mg g(-1). The high efficiency of the nanocomposite is rationalised on the basis of H-bonding and electrostatic interaction between the electropositive N-atom of MB and electronegative oxygen-containing functional groups on the composite surface. Moreover, the exhausted AC-MNC can be efficiently regenerated by microwave irradiation followed by elution with methanol. The renewed nanocomposite showed good reusability. Thus, the synthesised AC-MNC proved to be an interesting and potential material for the remediation of MB-contaminated aqueous solution.

  16. Polyurethaneurea-silica nanocomposites: Preparation and investigation of the structure-property behavior

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    Malay Heinz, Özge; Malay Heinz, Ozge; Oğuz, Oğuzhan; Oguz, Oguzhan; Koşak, Çağla; Kosak, Cagla; Yılgör, Emel; Yilgor, Emel; Yılgör, İskender; Yilgor, Iskender; Menceloğlu, Yusuf Z.; Menceloglu, Yusuf Z.

    2013-01-01

    Accepted Manuscript Polyurethaneurea-Silica Nanocomposites: Preparation and Investigation of the Structure-Property Behavior Ozge Malay, Oguzhan Oguz, Cagla Kosak, Emel Yilgor, Iskender Yilgor, Yusuf Z. Menceloglu PII: S0032-3861(13)00691-5 DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2013.07.043 Reference: JPOL 16366 To appear in: Polymer Received Date: 6 April 2013 Revised Date: 3 July 2013 Accepted Date: 19 July 2013 Please cite this article as: Malay O, Oguz O, Kosak C, Yilg...

  17. Preparation and characterization of porous titania-grafted poly(styrene-divinylbenzene)/maleic anhydride nanocomposite microspheres

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    2010-01-01

    Mesoporous titania-grafted poly(styrene-divinylbenzene)/maleic anhydride [P(St-DVB)/MA] nanocomposite microspheres were prepared by an open ring reaction method.The titania nanoparticles were first modified by attachment of amino groups to their surface to prevent particle aggregation,and to allow the nanoparticles to covalently bond the polymer microspheres,the surface of which was modified by attachment of MA functional groups to enable the polymer to retain their porous structures and to react with the amino groups on the surface of the titania particles.The porous nanocomposite microspheres were detected by FTIR,SEM,TEM,XRD and UV-Vis spectrophotometry.The results indicated that the nanocomposite microspheres were composed of nanosized titania uniformly distributed on the surface,and exhibited better UV absorbing property than pure polymer microspheres or unmodified titania.Furthermore,compared with pure porous polymer microspheres,the nanocomposite microspheres showed more efficient UV protection and slow release of Parsol-1789(a photo-reactive and cosmetic agent) held inside the porous network of the microspheres.

  18. Preparation and structural stability of ordered nanocomposites: opal matrix - lead titanates

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    Samoylovich, M. I.; Mkrtchyan, A. R.; Belyanin, A. F.; Bagdasaryan, S. A.; Kiziridi, A. A.

    2016-06-01

    The conditions for the formation of nanocomposites based on the basis of lattice packings of SiO2 nanospheres (opal matrices) with included crystallites of lead titanates (PbTiO3 and PbTi3O7) in interspherical nanospacing are considered. For the formation of nanocomposites are used sample opal matrices with dimensions of single-domain regions ≥0,1 mm.3 The diameter of SiO2 nanospheres was ∼260 nm. Obtained nanocomposites volume >2 cm3 in filling >20% of interspherical nanospacing PbTiO3, PbTi3O7 crystallites were size of 16-36 nm. Using X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy are studied composition and structural stability when heated nanocomposites to 550°C, which allowed the identification of a local phase transition with change of the space group. The dependence of the composition of synthesized materials on the conditions of their preparation is submitted.

  19. Preparation, characterization and electrical study of gum arabic/ZnO nanocomposites

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    Puspendu Barik; Ashis Bhattacharjee; Madhusudan Roy

    2015-10-01

    Gum arabic (GA)-mediated chemical synthesis was carried out for obtaining ZnO nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) (particle size of ZnO ≈ 40 nm) which, in turn, was used for preparing ZnO–biopolymer nanocomposites. The dielectric study of this synthesized products is reported in this paper. The synthesized products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared, and transmission electron microscopy for their structure and morphology study. The frequency dependence of dielectric constant and dielectric loss of these GA–ZnO nanocomposites were analysed in the frequency range of 100 Hz–5 kHz. In addition, the dielectric property of these nanocomposites (0–15 wt% filler concentration) was analysed with respect to frequency in the temperature range 30–80°C. A high dielectric constant of 275 is achieved for the sample with 10 wt% of ZnO filler. The dielectric property of GA–ZnO nanocomposites is attributed to the interfacial and orientation polarization.

  20. Preparation, characterization and dye adsorption of Au nanoparticles/ZnAl layered double oxides nanocomposites

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    Zhang, Yu Xin; Hao, Xiao Dong; Kuang, Min; Zhao, Han; Wen, Zhong Quan

    2013-10-01

    In this work, Au/ZnAl-layer double oxides (LDO) nanocomposties were prepared through a facile calcination process of AuCl4- intercalated ZnAl-layered double hydroxides (LDHs) nanocomposites. The morphology and crystal structure of these nanocomposites were characterized by Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), and N2 sorption analysis. By tailoring the process parameter, such as calcination temperature, heating time and the component composition, the adsorption properties of methyl orange (MO) on the Au/ZnAl-LDO nanocomposites were investigated in this work. In a typical adsorption process, it was found that 0.985 mg of MO (0.01 g L-1, 100 mL, 1 mg of MO in total) can be removed in 60 min by utilizing only 2.5 mg of Au/ZnAl-LDO (Au content, 1%) as adsorbents. Our adsorption data obtained from the Langmuir model also gave good values of the determination coefficient, and the saturated adsorption capacity of Au/ZnAl-LDO nanocomposites for MO was found to be 627.51 mg/g under ambient condition (e.g., room temperature, 1 atm). In principle, these hybrid nanostructures with higher adsorption abilities could be very promising adsorbents for wastewater treatment.

  1. Preparation and thermal properties of mesoporous silica/phenolic resin nanocomposites via in situ polymerization

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    J. Lv

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available In order to enhance the adhesion between inorganic particles and polymer matrix, in this paper, the mesoporous silica SBA-15 material was synthesized by the sol-gel method. The surface of SBA-15 was modified using γ-glycidyloxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GOTMS as a coupling agent, and then mesoporous silica/phenolic resin (SBA-15/PF nanocomposites were prepared via in situ polymerization. The structural parameters and physical properties of SBA-15, SBA-15-GOTMS (SBA-15 surface treated using GOTMS as coupling agents and E-SBA-15/PF (SBA-15/PF nanocomposites extracted using ethanol as solvent were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, N2 adsorption-desorption, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA. The thermal properties of the nanocomposites were studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA. The results demonstrated that the GOTMS were successfully grafted onto the surface of SBA-15, and chemical bonds between PF and SBA-15-GOTMS were formed after in situ polymerization. In addition, it is found that the in situ polymerization method has great effects on the textural parameters of SBA-15. The results also showed that the glass transition temperatures and thermal stability of the PF nanocomposites were obviously enhanced as compared with the pure PF at silica contents between 1–3 wt%, due to the uniform dispersion of the modified SBA-15 in the matrix.

  2. Preparation and characterization of the hydrophilic nanocomposite coating based on epoxy resin and titanate on the glass substrate.

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    Sadjadi, M S; Farhadyar, N

    2009-02-01

    The hydrophilic organic-inorganic nanocomposite hybrid coatings were prepared using Tetrabutyl titanate. A simple sol-gel method has been developed for the preparation of nanocomposite coatings, at a molecular level and providing suitable conditions to obtain a complete conversion. The films were prepared on the glass substrates by dip-coating from a sol containing alcoholic tetrabutyl titanate which after the curing treatment, the gel forms a stable thin homogeneous nanocomposite coating. The obtained films were transparent to visible light and their surface hydrophilicity values were increased by increasing titania content in the water damp permeable self leveling flooring system. Characterization of the nanocomposite coating were performed by Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Atomic force microscopy (AFM) analysis and contact angle test for water on TiO2 films that gave evidence of a strong interaction between the organic and inorganic phase with the formation of titania domains in the nanoscale range.

  3. Magnetic nanocomposites of Fe3O4/SiO2-FITC with pH-dependent fluorescence emission

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    Yu Zhang; Shang Wen Yan Gong; Lu Jin; Shuang Man Li; Zhong Ping Chen; Ming Ma; Ning Gu

    2009-01-01

    This paper describes the formation of magnetic and fluorescent nanocomposite particles which consist of superparamagnetic Fe3O4 core, SiO2 shell and organic dye (FITC) coating layer on their surface. The obtained nanocomposites possess typical superparamagnetism and exhibit clear green fluorescence image. And their fluorescence emission is pH-dependent, which would be applied to pH sensing.

  4. Microstructure, magnetic and elastic properties of electrodeposited Cu+Ni nanocomposites coatings

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    A. Chrobak; M. Kubisztal; J. Kubisztal; E. Chrobak; Haneczok, G.

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: The paper presents systematic studies of fabrication and properties of Cu+Ni nanocomposite coatings obtained by electrodeposition technique. Special attention is paid to establish the influence of fabrication conditions and microstructure of the coating material on its magnetic and elastic properties. Design/methodology/approach: The results were obtained by applying electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS, PARSTAT 2273, roughness factor), magnetization versus temperature measure...

  5. Novel kojic acid-polymer-based magnetic nanocomposites for medical applications

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    Hussein-Al-Ali SH

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Samer Hasan Hussein-Al-Ali,1 Mohamed Ezzat El Zowalaty,2,5 Mohd Zobir Hussein,3 Maznah Ismail,1,4 Dena Dorniani,3 Thomas J Webster6,7 1Laboratory of Molecular Biomedicine, 2Laboratory of Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics, Institute of Bioscience, 3Materials Synthesis and Characterization Laboratory, Institute of Advanced Technology, 4Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia; 5Faculty of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Jazan University, Jazan, Saudi Arabia; 6Department of Chemical Engineering and Program in Bioengineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA; 7Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials Research, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Abstract: Iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs were synthesized by the coprecipitation of iron salts in sodium hydroxide followed by coating separately with chitosan (CS and polyethylene glycol (PEG to form CS-MNPs and PEG-MNPs nanoparticles, respectively. They were then loaded with kojic acid (KA, a pharmacologically bioactive natural compound, to form KA-CS-MNPs and KA-PEG-MNPs nanocomposites, respectively. The MNPs and their nanocomposites were characterized using powder X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, vibrating sample magnetometry, and scanning electron microscopy. The powder X-ray diffraction data suggest that all formulations consisted of highly crystalline, pure magnetite Fe3O4. The Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis confirmed the presence of both polymers and KA in the nanocomposites. Magnetization curves showed that both nanocomposites (KA-CS-MNPs and KA-PEG-MNPs were superparamagnetic with saturation magnetizations of 8.1 emu/g and 26.4 emu/g, respectively. The KA drug loading was estimated using ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy, which gave a loading of 12.2% and 8.3% for the KA

  6. A Controllable Synthetic Route for Preparing Graphene-Cu and Graphene-Cu2O Nanocomposites Using Graphene Oxide-CuO as a Precursor

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    CHEN Li; ZHU Junwu; BI Huiping; MENG Xiaoqian; YAO Pengcheng; HAN Qiaofeng

    2015-01-01

    The development of convenient method to obtain graphene-based nanocomposites is a key issue for their application. Herein, we described a facile route for synthesizing graphene-Cu and graphene-Cu2O nanocomposites using graphene oxide-CuO as a precursor. Remarkably, the different nanocomposites could be formed just by varying the reaction temperature and time. This work provides a feasible route for the preparation of graphene-based nanocomposites with various constituents.

  7. A novel shape transformation of Fe MgO nanocomposites: microstructural, magnetic and hyperfine investigations

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    Mukherjee, S.; Kumar, S.; Das, D.

    2007-08-01

    Fe-MgO nanocomposites synthesized by the mechanical high-energy transfer technique were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy, Mössbauer spectroscopy and dc magnetization studies. By varying the duration of milling, powder with different grain sizes in the range 17-40 nm was produced. XRD and Mössbauer measurements could not detect the presence of any form of iron oxide in the nanocomposites. Transmission electron micrographs showed a shape transformation from spherical to acicular-like geometry in the samples ball milled for more than 36 h. Dc magnetization measurements show an increase in the coercive field with decrease in average grain size, with a sharp increase at the point of shape transformation. A marked decrease from the expected values of saturation magnetization and magnetic moment per formula unit was observed. This decrease was ascribed to the magnetic dead layer formed at the surface of the nanoparticles, which increased with the increase in milling time. The nanocomposites ball milled for more than 36 h exhibit a two-component Mössbauer spectra due to the presence of two phases: a crystalline phase and an additional phase corresponding to the atoms residing at the grain boundaries between the crystallites. The grain boundaries give rise to a distribution of hyperfine magnetic fields, typical of an amorphous-like compound.

  8. A novel shape transformation of Fe-MgO nanocomposites: microstructural, magnetic and hyperfine investigations

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    Mukherjee, S [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Kolkata Centre III/LB-8, Bidhannagar, Kolkata 700 098 (India); Kumar, S [Department of Physics, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700 032 (India); Das, D [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, Kolkata Centre III/LB-8, Bidhannagar, Kolkata 700 098 (India)

    2007-08-07

    Fe-MgO nanocomposites synthesized by the mechanical high-energy transfer technique were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy, Moessbauer spectroscopy and dc magnetization studies. By varying the duration of milling, powder with different grain sizes in the range 17-40 nm was produced. XRD and Moessbauer measurements could not detect the presence of any form of iron oxide in the nanocomposites. Transmission electron micrographs showed a shape transformation from spherical to acicular-like geometry in the samples ball milled for more than 36 h. Dc magnetization measurements show an increase in the coercive field with decrease in average grain size, with a sharp increase at the point of shape transformation. A marked decrease from the expected values of saturation magnetization and magnetic moment per formula unit was observed. This decrease was ascribed to the magnetic dead layer formed at the surface of the nanoparticles, which increased with the increase in milling time. The nanocomposites ball milled for more than 36 h exhibit a two-component Moessbauer spectra due to the presence of two phases: a crystalline phase and an additional phase corresponding to the atoms residing at the grain boundaries between the crystallites. The grain boundaries give rise to a distribution of hyperfine magnetic fields, typical of an amorphous-like compound.

  9. NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/graphene nanocomposites with tunable magnetic properties

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    Heidari, Elham Kamali [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay (Hong Kong); Ataie, Abolghasem, E-mail: aataie@ut.ac.ir [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Sohi, Mahmoud Heydarzadeh [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kim, Jang-Kyo [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay (Hong Kong)

    2015-04-01

    Novel NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/graphene nanocomposites were synthesized via facile, one-pot solvothermal route, and the effects of processing conditions and composition on their magnetic properties have been studied. The nanocomposites consisted of monolayer graphene sheets decorated with uniformly dispersed NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles of 6 nm in diameter. Increases in solvothermal temperature and time gave rise to improved crystallinity of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles and thus enhanced magnetic properties, while a high NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} content resulted in a similar ameliorating effect on saturation magnetization, demonstrating tailored functional properties. A magnetic interaction between NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/graphene was observed. - Highlights: • NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/graphene nanocomposites were synthesized via solvothermal route. • 6 nm NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles uniformly dispersed on monolayer graphene sheets. • Magnetic properties were tailored by changing the processing parameters. • A magnetic interaction between NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/grahene was observed.

  10. Osteogenic activity and antibacterial effect of zinc oxide/carboxylated graphene oxide nanocomposites: Preparation and in vitro evaluation.

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    Chen, Junyu; Zhang, Xin; Cai, He; Chen, Zhiqiang; Wang, Tong; Jia, Lingling; Wang, Jian; Wan, Qianbing; Pei, Xibo

    2016-11-01

    The aim of this study was to prepare nanocomposites of carboxylated graphene oxide (GO-COOH) sheets decorated with zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) and investigate their advantages in the field of bone tissue engineering. First, ZnO/GO-COOH nanocomposites were synthesized by facile reactions, including the carboxylation of graphene oxide (GO) and the nucleation of ZnO on GO-COOH sheets. The synthesized ZnO/GO-COOH nanocomposites were then characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectra, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The biocompatibility, osteogenic activity and antibacterial effect of ZnO/GO-COOH nanocomposites were further investigated. In the nanocomposites, ZnO nanoparticles with a size of approximately 12nm were uniformly decorated on GO-COOH sheets. Compared with GO-COOH and the control group, ZnO/GO-COOH nanocomposites significantly enhanced ALP activity, osteocalcin production and extracellular matrix mineralization as well as up-regulated osteogenic-related genes (ALP, OCN, and Runx2) in MG63 osteoblast-like cells. Moreover, ZnO/GO-COOH nanocomposites had an antibacterial effect against Streptococcus mutans. These results indicated that ZnO/GO-COOH nanocomposites exhibited both osteogenic activity and antibacterial effect and had great potential for designing new biomaterials in the field of bone tissue engineering.

  11. Preparation of ZnO/Ag nanocomposite and coating on polymers for anti-infection biomaterial application

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    Sadeghi, Babak

    2014-01-01

    ZnO/Ag nanocomposites coated with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) were prepared by chemical reduction method, for anti-infection biomaterial application. There is a growing interest in attempts in using biomolecular as the templates to grow inorganic nanocomposites in controlled morphology and structure. By optimizing the experiment conditions, we successfully fabricated high yield of ZnO/Ag nanocomposite with full coverage of high-density polyvinyl chloride (PVC) coating. More importantly, ZnO/Ag nanocomposites were shown to significantly inhibit the growth of Staphylococcus aureus in solution. It was further shown that ZnO/Ag nanocomposites induced thiol depletion that caused death of S. aureus. The coatings were fully characterized using techniques such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Most importantly, compared to uncoated metals, the coatings on PVC promoted healthy antibacterial activity. Importantly, compared to ZnO-Ag -uncoated PVC, the ZnO/Ag nanocomposites coated was approximately triplet more effective in preventing bacteria attachment. The result of Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA) indicates that, the ZnO/Ag nanocomposites are chemically stable in the temperature range from 50 to 900 °C. This result, for the first time, demonstrates the potential of using ZnO/Ag nanocomposites as a coating material for numerous anti-bacterial applications.

  12. Multifunctional nanocomposite based on halloysite nanotubes for efficient luminescent bioimaging and magnetic resonance imaging

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    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Tao Zhou,1 Lei Jia,1 Yi-Feng Luo,2 Jun Xu,1 Ru-Hua Chen,2 Zhi-Jun Ge,2 Tie-Liang Ma,2 Hong Chen,2 Tao-Feng Zhu2 1Department of Physics and Chemistry, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo, Henan, 2The Affiliated Yixing Hospital of Jiangsu University, Yixing, Jiangsu, People’s Republic of China Abstract: A novel multifunctional halloysite nanotube (HNT-based Fe3O4@HNT-polyethyleneimine-Tip-Eu(dibenzoylmethane3 nanocomposite (Fe-HNT-Eu NC with both photoluminescent and magnetic properties was fabricated by a simple one-step hydrothermal process combined with the coupling grafting method, which exhibited high suspension stability and excellent photophysical behavior. The as-prepared multifunctional Fe-HNT-Eu NC was characterized using various techniques. The results of cell viability assay, cell morphological observation, and in vivo toxicity assay indicated that the NC exhibited excellent biocompatibility over the studied concentration range, suggesting that the obtained Fe-HNT-Eu NC was a suitable material for bioimaging and biological applications in human hepatic adenocarcinoma cells. Furthermore, the biocompatible Fe-HNT-Eu NC displayed superparamagnetic behavior with high saturation magnetization and also functioned as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI contrast agent in vitro and in vivo. The results of the MRI tests indicated that the Fe-HNT-Eu NC can significantly decrease the T2 signal intensity values of the normal liver tissue and thus make the boundary between the normal liver and transplanted cancer more distinct, thus effectively improving the diagnosis effect of cancers. Keywords: halloysite nanotube, lanthanide complex, iron oxide, luminescence, contrast agent

  13. Magnetic poly(ε-caprolactone)/iron-doped hydroxyapatite nanocomposite substrates for advanced bone tissue engineering.

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    Gloria, A; Russo, T; D'Amora, U; Zeppetelli, S; D'Alessandro, T; Sandri, M; Bañobre-López, M; Piñeiro-Redondo, Y; Uhlarz, M; Tampieri, A; Rivas, J; Herrmannsdörfer, T; Dediu, V A; Ambrosio, L; De Santis, R

    2013-03-06

    In biomedicine, magnetic nanoparticles provide some attractive possibilities because they possess peculiar physical properties that permit their use in a wide range of applications. The concept of magnetic guidance basically spans from drug delivery and hyperthermia treatment of tumours, to tissue engineering, such as magneto-mechanical stimulation/activation of cell constructs and mechanosensitive ion channels, magnetic cell-seeding procedures, and controlled cell proliferation and differentiation. Accordingly, the aim of this study was to develop fully biodegradable and magnetic nanocomposite substrates for bone tissue engineering by embedding iron-doped hydroxyapatite (FeHA) nanoparticles in a poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) matrix. X-ray diffraction analyses enabled the demonstration that the phase composition and crystallinity of the magnetic FeHA were not affected by the process used to develop the nanocomposite substrates. The mechanical characterization performed through small punch tests has evidenced that inclusion of 10 per cent by weight of FeHA would represent an effective reinforcement. The inclusion of nanoparticles also improves the hydrophilicity of the substrates as evidenced by the lower values of water contact angle in comparison with those of neat PCL. The results from magnetic measurements confirmed the superparamagnetic character of the nanocomposite substrates, indicated by a very low coercive field, a saturation magnetization strictly proportional to the FeHA content and a strong history dependence in temperature sweeps. Regarding the biological performances, confocal laser scanning microscopy and AlamarBlue assay have provided qualitative and quantitative information on human mesenchymal stem cell adhesion and viability/proliferation, respectively, whereas the obtained ALP/DNA values have shown the ability of the nanocomposite substrates to support osteogenic differentiation.

  14. Characterization of silver/polystyrene nanocomposites prepared by in situ bulk radical polymerization

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    Vukoje, Ivana D., E-mail: ivanav@vinca.rs [Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, P.O. Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Vodnik, Vesna V., E-mail: vodves@vinca.rs [Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, P.O. Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Džunuzović, Jasna V., E-mail: jasnav2002@googlemail.com [Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy (ICTM)-Center of Chemistry, University of Belgrade, Studentski trg 12-16, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Džunuzović, Enis S., E-mail: edzunuzovic@tmf.bg.ac.rs [Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Karnegijeva 4, 11120 Belgrade (Serbia); Marinović-Cincović, Milena T., E-mail: milena@vinca.rs [Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, P.O. Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Jeremić, Katarina, E-mail: kjeremic@tmf.bg.ac.rs [Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Karnegijeva 4, 11120 Belgrade (Serbia); Nedeljković, Jovan M., E-mail: jovned@vinca.rs [Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, P.O. Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia)

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Synthesis and characterization of polystyrene nanocomposites based on Ag nanoparticles. • The glass transition temperature decreased in nanocomposites with respect to the pure polymer. • Resistance of the polymer to thermal degradation enhanced with Ag nanoparticles content. - Abstract: Nanocomposites (NCs) with different content of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) embeded in polystyrene (PS) matrix were prepared by in situ bulk radical polymerization. The nearly monodisperse Ag NPs protected with oleylamine were synthesized via organic solvo-thermal method and further used as a filler. The as-prepared spherical Ag NPs with diameter of 7.0 ± 1.5 nm were well dispersed in the PS matrix. The structural properties of the resulting Ag/PS NCs were characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, while optical properties were characterized using optical absorption measurements. The gel permeation chromatography (GPC) measurements showed that the presence of Ag NPs stabilized with oleylamine has no influence on the molecular weight and polydispersity of the PS matrix. The influence of silver content on the thermal properties of Ag/PS NCs was investigated by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The results indicated that resistance of PS to thermal degradation was improved upon incorporation of Ag NPs. The Ag/PS NCs have lower glass transition temperatures than neat PS because loosely packed oleylamine molecules at the interface caused the increase of free volume and chain segments mobility near the surface of Ag NPs.

  15. Preparation and characterization of potato starch nanocrystal reinforced natural rubber nanocomposites.

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    Rajisha, K R; Maria, H J; Pothan, L A; Ahmad, Zakiah; Thomas, S

    2014-06-01

    Potato starch nanocrystals were found to serve as an effective reinforcing agent for natural rubber (NR). Starch nanocrystals were obtained by the sulfuric acid hydrolysis of potato starch granules. After mixing the latex and the starch nanocrystals, the resulting aqueous suspension was cast into film by solvent evaporation method. The composite samples were successfully prepared by varying filler loadings, using a colloidal suspension of starch nanocrystals and NR latex. The morphology of the nanocomposite prepared was analyzed by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). FESEM analysis revealed the size and shape of the crystal and their homogeneous dispersion in the composites. The crystallinity of the nanocomposites was studied using XRD analysis which indicated an overall increase in crystallinity with filler content. The mechanical properties of the nanocomposites such as stress-strain behavior, tensile strength, tensile modulus and elongation at break were measured according to ASTM standards. The tensile strength and modulus of the composites were found to improve tremendously with increasing nanocrystal content. This dramatic increase observed can be attributed to the formation of starch nanocrystal network. This network immobilizes the polymer chains leading to an increase in the modulus and other mechanical properties.

  16. Nanocomposite metal/plasma polymer films prepared by means of gas aggregation cluster source

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    Polonskyi, O.; Solar, P.; Kylian, O.; Drabik, M.; Artemenko, A.; Kousal, J.; Hanus, J.; Pesicka, J.; Matolinova, I. [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, V Holesovickach 2, 18000 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Kolibalova, E. [Tescan, Libusina trida 21, 632 00 Brno (Czech Republic); Slavinska, D. [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, V Holesovickach 2, 18000 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Biederman, H., E-mail: bieder@kmf.troja.mff.cuni.cz [Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, V Holesovickach 2, 18000 Prague 8 (Czech Republic)

    2012-04-02

    Nanocomposite metal/plasma polymer films have been prepared by simultaneous plasma polymerization using a mixture of Ar/n-hexane and metal cluster beams. A simple compact cluster gas aggregation source is described and characterized with emphasis on the determination of the amount of charged clusters and their size distribution. It is shown that the fraction of neutral, positively and negatively charged nanoclusters leaving the gas aggregation source is largely influenced by used operational conditions. In addition, it is demonstrated that a large portion of Ag clusters is positively charged, especially when higher currents are used for their production. Deposition of nanocomposite Ag/C:H plasma polymer films is described in detail by means of cluster gas aggregation source. Basic characterization of the films is performed using transmission electron microscopy, ultraviolet-visible and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopies. It is shown that the morphology, structure and optical properties of such prepared nanocomposites differ significantly from the ones fabricated by means of magnetron sputtering of Ag target in Ar/n-hexane mixture.

  17. Preparation and Properties of Nanocomposites from Pristine and Modified SWCNTs of Comparable Average Aspect Ratios

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    Smith, Joseph G.; Delozier, Donavon M.; Watson, Kent A.; Connell, John W.; Bekyarova, E.; Haddon, R.; Yu, A.

    2008-01-01

    Low color, flexible, space-durable polyimide films with inherent and robust electrical conductivity to dissipate electrostatic charge (ESC) have been under investigation as part of a materials development activity for future NASA space missions. The use of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) is one means to achieving this goal. Even though the concentration of SWCNTs needed to achieve ESC dissipation is typically low, it is dependent upon purity, size, dispersion, and functionalization. In this study, SWCNTs prepared by the electric arc discharge method were used to synthesize nanocomposites using the LaRC(TradeMark) CP2 backbone as the matrix. Pristine and functionalized SWCNTs were mixed with an alkoxysilane terminated amide acid of LaRC(TradeMark) CP2 and the soluble imide form of the polymer and the resultant nanocomposites evaluated for mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties. Due to the preparative conditions for the pristine and functionalized SWCNTs, the average aspect ratio for both was comparable. This permitted the assessment of SWCNT functionalization with respect to various interactions (e.g. van der Waals, hydrogen bonding, covalent bond formation, etc.) with the matrix and the macroscopic effects upon nanocomposite properties. The results of this study are described herein.

  18. Polypyrrole-polyaniline/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} magnetic nanocomposite for the removal of Pb(II) from aqueous solution

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    Afshar, Amirhossein; Sadjadi, Seyed Abolfazl Seyed; Mollahosseini, Afsaneh; Eskandarian, Mohammad Reza [Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-02-15

    Lead ion which is engaged in aqueous solution has been successfully removed. A novel technique was utilized for the separation and absorption of Pb(II) ions from aqueous solution. Magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} coated with newly investigated polypyrrole-polyaniline nanocomposite was used for the removal of extremely noxious Pb(II). Characteristic of the prepared magnetic nanocomposite was done using X-ray diffraction pattern, Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Up to 100% adsorption was found with 20mg/L Pb(II) aqueous solution in the range of pH=8-10. Adsorption results illustrated that Pb(II) removal efficiency by the nanocomposite increased with an enhance in pH. Adsorption kinetics was best expressed by the pseudo-second-order rate form. Isotherm data fitted well to the Freundlich isotherm model. Upon using HCl and HNO{sub 3}, 75% PPy-PAn/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanocomposite, desorption experiment showed that regenerated adsorbent can be reused successfully for two successive adsorption-desorption cycles without appreciable loss of its original capacity.

  19. Preparation of poly(ethylene terephthalate/layered double hydroxide nanocomposites by in-situ polymerization and their thermal property

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Terephthalate (TA intercalated layered double hydroxides (LDHs were synthesized using hydroxides as raw materials, and poly(ethylene terephthalate (PET/LDH nanocomposites with different contents of TA intercalated LDHs were prepared by in-situ polymerization. The structure, morphology and thermal property of PET/LDH nanocomposites were investigated. The TA intercalated LDHs were partially exfoliated and well dispersed in PET matrix. The PET/LDH nanocomposites exhibit enhanced thermal stability relative to pure PET, confirmed by the thermogravimetric analysis results. The results of differential scanning calorimetry suggest that LDH nanoparticles could effectively promote the nucleation and crystallization of PET.

  20. Magnetic porous carbon nanocomposites derived from metal-organic frameworks as a sensing platform for DNA fluorescent detection.

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    Tan, Hongliang; Tang, Gonge; Wang, Zhixiong; Li, Qian; Gao, Jie; Wu, Shimeng

    2016-10-12

    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have emerged as very fascinating functional materials due to their tunable nature and diverse applications. In this work, we prepared a magnetic porous carbon (MPC) nanocomposite by employing iron-containing MOFs (MIL-88A) as precursors through a one-pot thermolysis method. It was found that the MPC can absorb selectively single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) probe to form MPC/ssDNA complex and subsequently quench the labelled fluorescent dye of the ssDNA probe, which is resulted from the synergetic effect of magnetic nanoparticles and carbon matrix. Upon the addition of complementary target DNA, however, the absorbed ssDNA probe could be released from MPC surface by forming double-stranded DNA with target DNA, and accompanied by the recovery of the fluorescence of ssDNA probe. Based on these findings, a sensing platform with low background signal for DNA fluorescent detection was developed. The proposed sensing platform exhibits high sensitivity with detection limit of 1 nM and excellent selectivity to specific target DNA, even single-base mismatched nucleotide can be distinguished. We envision that the presented study would provide a new perspective on the potential applications of MOF-derived nanocomposites in biomedical fields. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Bulk Al/SiC nanocomposite prepared by ball milling and hot pressing method

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    GU Wan-li

    2006-01-01

    Nano-sized Al/SiC powders were prepared by mechanical alloying method. Two sorts of SiC particle,i.e.,nano-sized and popular micron-sized SiC were utilized. The particle size and microstructure of the milled powder were characterised. Effects of the particle size and agglomerate state of SiC,as well as the microstructure of Al/SiC nanocomposite were studied by SEM and TEM. The results show that nano-sized SiC particles is dispersed in aluminium uniformly after ball milled for only 2 h,whereas the similar process need about 10 h for popular micron-sized SiC particle. The bulk Al/SiC nanocomposite can be fabricated by hot pressing the nano-sized Al/SiC powders at temperature about 723 K under pressure of 100 MPa.

  2. Preparation of PVA/amino multi-walled carbon nanotubes nanocomposite microspheres for endotoxin adsorption.

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    Zong, Wenhui; Chen, Jian; Han, Wenyan; Cheng, Guanghui; Chen, Jie; Wang, Yue; Wang, Weichao; Ou, Lailiang; Yu, Yaoting; Shen, Jie

    2017-03-23

    A novel polyvinyl alcohol-amino multi-walled carbon nanotube (PVA-AMWCNT) nanocomposite microsphere was prepared successfully for the first time and used for endotoxin removal. The resulting AMWCNT modified PVA microsphere was characterized by SEM, Raman spectrum and fluorescence image, which indicated AMWCNT was dispersed into the macropores of PVA microsphere uniformly. The PVA-AMWCNT microspheres showed better adsorption capability and faster adsorption equilibrium for endotoxin in aqueous solution when compared to the PVA microsphere with polymyxin B (PMB) as ligand. More noteworthy, the PVA based microspheres had little nonspecific adsorption in simulated serum. Therefore, PVA-AMWCNT nanocomposite microsphere with an excellent haemocompatibility has a great potential application in clinical blood purification.

  3. Preparation and characterization agar-based nanocomposite film reinforced by nanocrystalline cellulose.

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    Atef, Maryam; Rezaei, Masoud; Behrooz, Rabi

    2014-09-01

    Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) was prepared from microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) with particle size of 24.7 μm using sulfuric acid hydrolysis technique. The obtained NCC revealed size of 0-100 nm, which the major part of them was about 30 nm. Then different contents (2.5, 5 and 10 wt%) of these NCC incorporated in agar film solution and the morphology, structure, and properties of the nanocomposite films were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transforms infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), mechanical, physical and optical testing. Results showed that the water vapor permeability (WVP) and water solubility (WS) of the agar-based nanocomposite films significantly (P0.05). In addition, swelling percentage, transparency and light transmission of the films were decreased by incorporating NCC into polymer matrix.

  4. PREPARATION OF POLYSULFONAMIDE/TiO2 NANOCOMPOSITES BY SOL-GEL

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    WANG Xiaopeng; WANG Weitao; MA Ji; DENG Jie; LIU Li

    2006-01-01

    Polysulfonamide (PSA) was synthesized at room temperature, the polymerization based on terephthaloyl chloride and 3,3 '-diaminodiphenylsulfone in the common solvent N,N -Dimethyl-acetamide (DMAc). Polysulfonamide/titanium oxide nanocomposites were prepared by sol-gel method. Tetrabutyl titanate(TBT) was added into the polysulfonamide solution, at the same time ,some water was mixed to make the TBT hydrolyze. In the process, hydrochloric acid was used to catalyze the reaction. The polysulfonamide chemistry structure was characterized by FT-IR spectrum. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) was employed to observe the microstructure of the composite film. The thermal property was investigated by TGA.The results show that we have succeeded to synthesize the polysulfonamide, TiO2particles were well distributed in the composite film and average size was about 20 nm on average, the heat-resistance of nanocomposite was batter than the pure polysulfonamide.

  5. Preparation and properties of aqueous castor oil-based polyurethane-silica nanocomposite dispersions through a sol-gel process.

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    Xia, Ying; Larock, Richard C

    2011-09-01

    Waterborne castor oil-based polyurethane-silica nanocomposites with the polymer matrix and silica nanoparticles chemically bonded have been successfully prepared through a sol-gel process. The formation of silica nanoparticles in water not only reinforces the resulting coatings, but also increases the crosslink density of the nanocomposites. The (29)Si solid state NMR spectrum indicates the formation of silica and the TEM indicates that the nanoparticles are embedded in the polymers, resembling a core-shell structure. The silica nanoparticles in the polymer matrix play an important role in improving both the mechanical properties and the thermal stabilities of the resulting nanocomposites. This work provides an effective and promising way to prepare biorenewable, high performance nanocomposite coatings.

  6. Synthesis of talc/Fe3O4 magnetic nanocomposites using chemical co-precipitation method.

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    Kalantari, Katayoon; Bin Ahmad, Mansor; Shameli, Kamyar; Khandanlou, Roshanak

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this research was to synthesize and develop a new method for the preparation of iron oxide (Fe(3)O(4)) nanoparticles on talc layers using an environmentally friendly process. The Fe(3)O(4) magnetic nanoparticles were synthesized using the chemical co-precipitation method on the exterior surface layer of talc mineral as a solid substrate. Ferric chloride, ferrous chloride, and sodium hydroxide were used as the Fe(3)O(4) precursor and reducing agent in talc. The talc was suspended in deionized water, and then ferrous and ferric ions were added to this solution and stirred. After the absorption of ions on the exterior surface of talc layers, the ions were reduced with sodium hydroxide. The reaction was carried out under a nonoxidizing oxygen-free environment. There were not many changes in the interlamellar space limits (d-spacing = 0.94-0.93 nm); therefore, Fe(3)O(4) nanoparticles formed on the exterior surface of talc, with an average size of 1.95-2.59 nm in diameter. Nanoparticles were characterized using different methods, including powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, emission scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. These talc/Fe(3)O(4) nanocomposites may have potential applications in the chemical and biological industries.

  7. Preparation, characterization and gas permeation study of PSf/MgO nanocomposite membrane

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    S. M. Momeni

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Nanocomposite membranes composed of polymer and inorganic nanoparticles are a novel method to enhance gas separation performance. In this study, membranes were fabricated from polysulfone (PSf containing magnesium oxide (MgO nanoparticles and gas permeation properties of the resulting membranes were investigated. Membranes were prepared by solution blending and phase inversion methods. Morphology of the membranes, void formations, MgO distribution and aggregates were observed by SEM analysis. Furthermore, thermal stability, residual solvent in the membrane film and structural ruination of membranes were analyzed by thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA. The effects of MgO nanoparticles on the glass transition temperature (Tg of the prepared nanocomposites were studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC. The Tg of nanocomposite membranes increased with MgO loading. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectra of nanocomposite membranes were analyzed to identify the variations of the bonds. The results obtained from gas permeation experiments with a constant pressure setup showed that adding MgO nanoparticles to the polymeric membrane structure increased the permeability of the membranes. At 30 wt% MgO loading, the CO2 permeability was enhanced from 25.75×10-16 to 47.12×10-16 mol.m/(m².s.Pa and the CO2/CH4 selectivity decreased from 30.84 to 25.65 when compared with pure PSf. For H2, the permeability was enhanced from 44.05×10-16 to 67.3×10-16 mol.m/(m².s.Pa, whereas the H2/N2 selectivity decreased from 47.11 to 33.58.

  8. Preparation and characterization of porous carbon–titania nanocomposite films as solar selective absorbers

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    Cheng, B.; Wang, K.K.; Wang, K.P.; Li, M.; Jiang, W.; Cong, B.J. [State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Song, C.L. [State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials and Applications for Batteries of Zhejiang Province (China); Jia, S.H. [Weihai Blue Star Glass Holding Co., Ltd., Weihai 264205 (China); Han, G.R. [State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials and Applications for Batteries of Zhejiang Province (China); Liu, Y., E-mail: liuyong.mse@zju.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials and Applications for Batteries of Zhejiang Province (China)

    2015-06-25

    Highlights: • The nanocomposites porous C/TiO{sub 2} film were fabricated via PIPS method. • The HRTEM reveals the size of carbon nanoparticles is about 1.1 nm. • The PVP advantages residual carbon content but suppresses its crystallization. • The film exhibits high α (0.928–0.959) with low ε (0.074–0.105) for single layer. - Abstract: Newly proposed selective solar absorbers of porous carbon–titania nanocomposite films with a well-defined interconnected macropores structure were prepared via a polymer-assisted photopolymerization-induced phase-separation method. The microstructure and optical properties of as-deposited nanocomposite films were characterized and discussed in detail. The results show that non-ionic water-soluble polymer polyvinylpyrrolidone works as a sol modifier advantaging the mean size of the interconnected macropores, residual carbon content, and films thickness, but suppresses the order degree of the carbon remained in the films. The high-resolution transmission electron microscopy demonstrated that a small amount of graphite particles with size of around 1.1 nm embedded in the cavity of the porous while the wall of the porous consists of amorphous carbon and titania composites. The single layer of as-prepared porous C/TiO{sub 2} nanocomposite films exhibits high solar absorptance (α = 0.928–0.959) with low thermal emittance (ε = 0.074–0.105), yielding an optimized photothermal conversion efficiency η = α − ε of 0.864 corresponding to a film thickness of around 338 nm, indication of such film is fair enough to serve as an excellent solar absorber.

  9. Comparison of heterogeneous fenton process and adsorption process on magnetic nanocomposite for ciprofloxacin removal from aqueous solutions

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    MT. Samadi; R. Shokohi; R. Harati

    2016-01-01

    Background: Continuous input of antibiotics to the environment can cause many potential problems such as antibiotic resistance in pathogens. Objective: The aim of this study was to compare heterogeneous fenton process and adsorption process on magnetic nanocomposite for ciprofloxacin removal from aqueous solutions. Methods: This experimental study was conducted at the Hamadan University of Medical Science in 2014. The efficiency of magnetic nanocomposite for ciprofloxacin removal was as...

  10. Whole-Pattern Fitting and Positron Annihilation Studies of Magnetic PVA/α-Fe2O3 Nanocomposites

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    Prashanth, K. S.; Mahesh, S. S.; Prakash, M. B. Nanda; Ningaraju, S.; Ravikumar, H. B.; Somashekar, R.; Nagabhushana, B. M.

    2016-06-01

    A low-temperature solution combustion method was used to synthesize α-Fe2O3 nanoparticles. Magnetic polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)/α-Fe2O3/NaCl nanocomposites were prepared by solvent cast method. The Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results are in confirmation with X-ray diffraction (XRD) results indicating the formation of nanocomposites. The microcrystalline parameters, crystallite size ( ), lattice strain ( g in %), stacking faults ( α d ), and twin faults ( β) of prepared polymer nanocomposites were evaluated by whole-pattern fitting technique. The refinement was carried out using the computed microstructural parameters in which the twin faults and stacking faults did not vary much and statistical deviation was less than 5 %. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) was used for microstructural characterization. PALS results show that the ortho-positronium (o-Ps) lifetime (τ3) increases gradually as a function of nanoparticle concentration and about 219 ps increase observed from1.50 to1.71 ns at 3 wt%. This indicates the increase of free volume hole size ( V f ) from 54.47 to 72.18 Å3. The o-Ps intensities ( I 3) decrease indicating the inhibition of o-Ps formation upon incorporation of nanoparticles into PVA. The increase in I 2 values suggests the increased annihilation at the interface region. Positron lifetime parameters, viz., o-Ps lifetime, and its intensities indicate the effect of quenching and inhibition upon incorporation of metal oxide nanoparticles and inorganic salt into PVA.

  11. Preparation of polypropylene/montmorillonite nanocomposites by intercalative polymerization: Effect of in situ polymer matrix functionalization on the stability of the nanocomposite structure

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    YANG KeFang; HUANG YingJuan; DONG JinYong

    2007-01-01

    The copolymerization of propylene and 5-hexenyl-9-borabicyclo[3.3.1]nonane (5-hexenyl-9-BBN) has been conducted with an MgCl2/TiCl4 catalyst intercalated in an organically modified montmorillonite (OMMT) with triethylaluminum (AlEt3) cocatalyst and diphenyldimethoxysilane (DDS) external donor. This polymerization process simultaneously results in both the exfoliation of MMT layers to realize the preparation of polypropylene (PP)/MMT nanocomposites and the implantation of reactive borane groups in the formed PP matrix. The polymer-borne borane groups have been able to undergo an efficient hydrolysis process under very mild reaction conditions (40℃, 3 h, in THF), introducing hydroxy groups into PP without sacrificing the polymerization-formed nanocomposite structure (the exfoliation of MMT). The resultant hydroxyl-functionalized PP/MMT nanocomposites exhibit enhanced structural stability against processing compared with those based on unfunctionalized PP matrix.

  12. Magnetic hyaluronate hydrogels: preparation and characterization

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    Tóth, Ildikó Y., E-mail: Ildiko.Toth@chem.u-szeged.hu; Veress, Gábor; Szekeres, Márta; Illés, Erzsébet; Tombácz, Etelka, E-mail: tombacz@chem.u-szeged.hu

    2015-04-15

    A novel soft way of hyaluronate (HyA) based magnetic hydrogel preparation was revealed. Magnetite nanoparticles (MNPs) were prepared by co-precipitation. Since the naked MNPs cannot be dispersed homogenously in HyA-gel, their surface was modified with natural and biocompatible chondroitin-sulfate-A (CSA) to obtain CSA-coated MNPs (CSA@MNPs). The aggregation state of MNPs and that loaded with increasing amount of CSA up to 1 mmol/g was measured by dynamic light scattering at pH~6. Only CSA@MNP with ≥0.2 mmol/g CSA content was suitable for magnetic HyA-gel preparation. Rheological studies showed that the presence of CSA@MNP with up to 2 g/L did not affect the hydrogel's rheological behavior significantly. The results suggest that the HyA-based magnetic hydrogels may be promising formulations for future biomedical applications, e.g. as intra-articular injections in the treatment of osteoarthritis. - Highlights: • Novel hyaluronate(HyA)-based biocompatible magnetic hydrogels were prepared. • Chondroitin-sulfate-A coating is needed to disperse magnetite particles in HyA-gel. • Rheological behavior of hydrogels was independent of the magnetite content (<2 g/L). • Gels remained in stable and homogeneously dispersed state even after 90 days storage. • Magnetic HyA-gels are promising candidates for use as intra-articular injection.

  13. Preparation and Properties of Ethylene Vinyl Acetate Copolymer/Silica Nanocomposites in Presence of EVA-g-Acrylic Acid.

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    Tham, Do Quang; Tuan, Vu Manh; Thanh, Dinh Thi Mai; Chinh, Nguyen Thuy; Giang, Nguyen Vu; Trang, Nguyen Thi Thu; Hang, To Thi Xuan; Huong, Ho Thu; Dung, Nguyen Thi Kim; Hoang, Thai

    2015-04-01

    Here we report a facile approach to enhance the dispersibility of ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA)/silica nanocomposites (for the EVA/silica nanocomposites and interaction between silica nanoparticles (nanosilica) and EVA by adding EVA-g-acrylic acid (EVAgAA) as a compatibilizer, which was formed by grafting acrylic acid onto EVA chains with the aid of dicumyl peroxide). The above nanocomposites with and without EVAgAA were prepared by melt mixing in a Haake intermixer with different contents of silica and EVAgAA. Their structure and morphology were characterized by Fourier transform infra-red (FT-IR) spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), and the mechanical, rheological, dielectrical, and flammability properties of the nanocomposites were also investigated. The FT-IR spectra of the nanocomposites confirmed the formation of hydrogen bonds between the surface silanol groups of nanosilica and C=O groups of EVA and/or EVAgAA. The presence of EVAgAA remarkably increased the intensity of hydrogen bonding between nanosilica and EVA which not only enhanced the dispersion of nanosilica in EVA matrix but also increased the mechanical, viscosity and storage modulus of EVA/silica nanocomposites. In addition, the flammability of EVA/silica nanocomposites is also significantly reduced after the functionalization with EVAgAA. However, the mechanical properties of EVA/silica nanocomposites tended to level off when its content was above 1.5 wt.%. It has also been found that the dielectric constant value of the EVA/EVAgAA/silica nanocomposites is much lower than that of the EVA/silica nanocomposites, which is another evidence of the hydrogen bonding formation between EVAgAA and nanosilica.

  14. Effect of super heat treatment on crystallization behavior and magnetic properties of Nd_(4.5)Fe_(77)B_(18.5) nanocomposites

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    盛洪超; 曾燮榕; 邹继兆; 谢盛辉

    2010-01-01

    Melt-spun Nd4.5Fe77B18.5 ribbons were prepared under various superheat temperatures.The microstructure characteristics,crystallization behavior,and subsequent magnetic properties of Fe3B/Nd2Fe14B nanocomposite magnets were investigated using X-ray diffraction,differential thermal analysis,and vibrating sample magnetometry.It was shown that melt spinning at different quenching temperatures caused the as-quenched ribbons to have distinctive crystallization behavior.Depending on superheat temperature,phase tra...

  15. The biocompatibility and anti-biofouling properties of magnetic core-multishell Fe@C NWs-AAO nanocomposites.

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    Lindo, André M; Pellicer, Eva; Zeeshan, Muhammad A; Grisch, Roman; Qiu, Famin; Sort, Jordi; Sakar, Mahmut S; Nelson, Bradley J; Pané, Salvador

    2015-05-28

    Soft-magnetic core-multishell Fe@C NWs-AAO nanocomposites were synthesized using anodization, electrodeposition and low-pressure chemical vapour deposition (CVD) at 900 °C. High chemical and mechanical stability is achieved by the conversion from amorphous to θ- and δ-Al2O3 phases above 600 °C. Moreover, the surface properties of the material evolve from bioactive, for porous AAO, to bioinert, for Fe@C NW filled AAO nanocomposite. Although the latter is not cytotoxic, cells do not adhere onto the surface of the magnetic nanocomposite, thus proving its anti-biofouling character.

  16. Preparation and application of streptavidin magnetic particles

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    ZHANG ZhiFeng; ZHU HongLi; TANG YiTong; CUI Ting; GENG TingTing; CHEN Chao; CUI YaLi

    2007-01-01

    Two kinds of streptavidin magnetic particles, namely streptavidin GoldMag particles and streptavidin amino terminal particles were prepared by the methods of physical adsorption and covalent interaction respectively. The streptavidin coated on magnetic particle surface, crucial to many applications, was greatly influenced by the choice of the different buffer. Compared with Dynalbeads(r)M-270 streptavidin, the binding capacity for biotin of different streptavidin magnetic particles was determined by enzyme inhibition method, and the coupling capacity and activity of biotinylated oligonucleotide on their surface were also analyzed. The results indicated that the streptavidin GoldMag particle prepared by physical adsorption was stable in STE (NaCl-Tris-EDTA) buffer that was frequently used in nucleic acid hybridization and detection. The streptavidin amino terminal particles prepared by covalent interaction could be used both in STE buffer and PBS (phosphate buffered saline) buffer. The biotin binding capacity for 1 mg of streptavidin GoldMag particles and streptavidin amino terminal particles was 4950 and 5115 pmol respectively. The capacity of biotinylated oligonucleotide (24 bp) coupled on 1 mg of GoldMag and amino terminal magnetic particles was 2839 and 2978 pmol separately. These data were about 6-7 times higher than those of Dynabeads(r)M-270 streptavidin. The hybridization results with FITC-labeled complementary probe on magnetic particle surface demonstrated that the oligonucleotide coupled on streptavidin magnetic particles had high biological activity.

  17. Preparation and application of streptavidin magnetic particles

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    2007-01-01

    Two kinds of streptavidin magnetic particles,namely streptavidin GoldMag particles and streptavidin amino terminal particles were prepared by the methods of physical adsorption and covalent interaction respectively.The streptavidin coated on magnetic particle surface,crucial to many applications,was greatly influenced by the choice of the different buffer.Compared with DynalbeadsM-270 streptavidin, the binding capacity for biotin of different streptavidin magnetic particles was determined by enzyme inhibition method,and the coupling capacity and activity of biotinylated oligonucleotide on their sur- face were also analyzed.The results indicated that the streptavidin GoldMag particle prepared by physical adsorption was stable in STE(NaCl-Tris-EDTA)buffer that was frequently used in nucleic acid hybridization and detection.The streptavidin amino terminal particles prepared by covalent interaction could be used both in STE buffer and PBS(phosphate buffered saline)buffer.The biotin binding ca- pacity for 1 mg of streptavidin GoldMag particles and streptavidin amino terminal particles was 4950 and 5115 pmol respectively.The capacity of biotinylated oligonucleotide(24 bp)coupled on 1 mg of GoldMag and amino terminal magnetic particles was 2839 and 2978 pmol separately.These data were about 6-7 times higher than those of DynabeadsM-270 streptavidin.The hybridization results with FITC-labeled complementary probe on magnetic particle surface demonstrated that the oligonucleotide coupled on streptavidin magnetic particles had high biological activity.

  18. Electrocatalytic degradation of methylene blue on PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes prepared by pulse electrodeposition.

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    Yao, Yingwu; Zhao, Chunmei; Zhao, Manman; Wang, Xiao

    2013-12-15

    PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (P) were prepared by pulse electrodeposition and used for the electrocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB). The SEM and XRD tests show that PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (P) possess more compact structure and finer grain size than PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (D) prepared by direct electrodeposition. The electrochemical measurements show that PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (P) have higher oxygen evolution overpotential and the oxidation regions of MB and water are significantly separated. The experimental parameters on electrocatalytic degradation of MB by PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (P) were evaluated, such as initial MB concentration, current density, pH value and supporting electrolyte concentration. The results indicate that MB and COD removal efficiency of PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (P) reach 100% and 72.7%, respectively, after 120 min electrolysis at initial 30 mg L(-1) MB concentration at current density of 50 mA cm(-2) in 0.2 mol L(-1) Na2SO4 supporting electrolyte solution, and the degradation of MB follows pseudo-first-order kinetics. Compared with PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (D), PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (P) show higher COD removal efficiency and instantaneous current efficiency with MB degradation. The experimental results demonstrate that PbO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite electrodes (P) possesses the excellent electrocatalytic properties and show great potential applications in refractory pollutants.

  19. Magnetic epoxy nanocomposites with superparamagnetic MnFe2O4 nanoparticles

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    Jiangnan Huang

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Manganese iron oxide (MnFe2O4 nanoparticles successfully served as nanofillers for obtaining magnetic epoxy nanocomposites. The viscosities of MnFe2O4/epoxy resin liquid suspensions increased with increasing the nanoparticles loading except the suspension with 5.0 and 1.0 wt% loading, whose viscosities were lower than that of pure epoxy. The introduction of MnFe2O4 nanoparticles showed a lower onset decomposition temperature and glass transition temperature (Tg, which decreased with increasing the nanoparticles loading. The storage modulus and tensile strength of 1.0 wt% MnFe2O4/epoxy were a little higher than that of pure epoxy. The coercivity of MnFe2O4/epoxy nanocomposites with 5.0 wt% (44.7 Oe and 10.0 wt% (43.9 Oe displayed much higher than that of pure MnFe2O4 nanoparticles (14.94 Oe. The magnetic moment (m of nanocomposites (1.354 μB for 10 wt% MnFe2O4/epoxy are higher than that of pure MnFe2O4 nanoparticles (1.244 μB. The increased real permittivity observed in the nanocomposites was attributed to the interfacial polarization. The intrinsic permittivity of the MnFe2O4 nanoparticles was also calculated.

  20. Enhanced Stability and Reusability of Alcohol Dehydrogenase Covalently Immobilized on Magnetic Graphene Oxide Nanocomposites.

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    Liu, Liangliang; Yu, Jingang; Chen, Xiaoqing

    2015-02-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) has a unique planar structure and contains many functional groups. As a functional material, it can be functionalized with biomolecules and nanomaterials for various applications. In this study, Magnetic GO (MGO) nanocomposites were synthesized according to covalent binding of amino Fe3O4 nanoparticles onto the GO surface and the as-made nanocomposites were successfully applied as supports for the immobilization of alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH). Compared with free ADH and Fe3O4 nanoparticles immobilized ADH (MNP-ADH), the MGO immobilized ADH (MGO-ADH) exhibited a wider pH stability range and a better thermal stability. Furthermore, the MGO-ADH exhibited better storage stability and reusability than MNP-ADH after recovered by magnetic separations. The MGO-ADH maintained 35.1% activity after 20 days storage and lost about 20.4% activity after ten times usage. The Michaelis constant (Km) of MGO-ADH was close to that of free ADH. The results showed the MGO nanocomposites were appropriate for the immobilization of enzyme. As a novel support, MGO nanocomposites effectively increased the stability of enzyme, allowed the reuse or continuous use of enzymes and therefore improved the potential use in practical.

  1. Nanocomposite Nd-Fe-Ti-B magnets produced by melt spinning and flash annealing

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    Hosokawa, Akihide; Takagi, Kenta; Kuriiwa, Takahiro

    2017-10-01

    We have attempted to fabricate a nanocomposite Nd-Fe-Ti-B magnet. Flash-lamp rapid annealing treatments were performed for melt-spun ribbons to obtain the α-Fe/Nd2Fe14B composite microstructure, and the evolution of magnetic properties by the annealing was studied by vibration sample magnetometer (VSM). It was found that the magnetic properties were improved by relatively short-time annealing at the temperatures near the crystallization temperature. Further higher-temperature and longer annealing treatments resulted in deterioration of the magnetic properties. For the selected samples, recoil curves were measured to analyze the spring-back behaviors. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was performed to investigate the microstructural factors for the deterioration of the magnetic properties. The relation between the variation of the magnetic properties (coercivity, saturation magnetization and recoil permeability) and the microstructural factors were discussed.

  2. Designing a Virtual laboratory for Simulating to Production of Nanocomposite NdFeB Magnets

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    Musa Faruk Çakir

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The talent figure for a permanent magnet is the multiplication of the maximum energy (BHmax. Less volume magnet is required for the production of magnet flux density if the BHmax value is higher. Mathematical functions are obtained from the data related to resiudal flux density, magnetic coercitivy, permanent magnet flux product capability, Curie temperature and density which were obtained as a result of the studies on different NdFeB alloys in the laboratory. Besides this, mathematical functions of NdFeB hard magnet’s resiudal flux density are obtained by adding elements. In this study, a virtual laboratory for producing nanocompositedNdFeB magnet has been designed. The virtual laboratory software has been used to simulate NdFeB hard magnets for industrial utilities.

  3. Preparation, Characterization and Optical Properties of Host-guest Nanocomposite Material Mordenite-silver Iodide

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    2003-01-01

    Silver iodide nanoclusters were successfully prepared in the channels of mordenite by a heat diffusion method. Powder X-ray diffraction, adsorption technique and infrared spectroscopy were used to characterize the prepared materials, which showed that the guest silver iodide had been encapsulated in the channels of mordenite. The optical properties of the solid phase diffuse reflectance absorption of nanocomposite material NaM-AgI were studied, showing that the absorption bands of the diffuse reflectance absorption of the prepared material moved to the region of high energy. The absorption peak of the material prepared shifted to the region of high energy. Namely, blue shift was caused. This has demonstrated the incorporation of silver iodide into the channels of the zeolite. We observed the luminescence and surface photovoltage spectra of NaM-AgI sample, proposing the mechanisms of the photoluminescence and photovoltaic responses.

  4. Preparation,Characterization and Optical Properties of Hostguest Nanocomposite Material Mordenite—silver Iodide

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    ZHAIQing-zhou; QIUShi-lun

    2003-01-01

    Silver iodide nanoclusters were successfully prepared in the channels of mordenite by a heat diffusion method.Powder X-ray diffraction.adsorption technique and infrared spectroscopy were used to characterize the prepared materials,which showed that the guest silver iodied had been encapsulated in the channels of mordenite.The optical properties of the solid phase diffuse reflectance absorption of nanocomposite material NaM-AgI were studied,showing that the absorption bands of the diffuse reflectance absorption of the prepared material moved to the region of high energy.The absorption peak of the material prepared shifted to the region of high energy.Namely,blue shift was caused.This has demonstrated the incorporation of silver iodide into the channels of the zeolite.We observed the luminescence and surface photovoltage spectra of NaM-AgI sample,proposing the mechanisms of the photoluminescence and photovoltaic responses.

  5. Preparation of silver-hydroyapatite/PVA nanocomposites: Giant dielectric material for industrial and clinical applications

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    Uddin, Md Jamal; Middya, T. R.; Chaudhuri, B. K.

    2015-02-01

    Pure hydroxyappatite Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2 (or HAP) was prepared from eggshell and potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KH2PO4) by a simple self-chemical reaction method. The clean eggshell was heated at 800 °C in air giving the source of CaO. Appropriate amount of CaO was dissolved in KH2PO4 solution at 37°C for few days. The PH value decreases with increasing the duration of preparation of HAP. Silver nanoparticles derived from silver nitrate solution using black tea leaf extract had been introduced to hydroxyapatite due to its biocompatibility. The unique size- dependent properties of nanomaterials make them superior and indispensable. In this work, hydroxyapatite-silver nanoparticles/polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) composites with 4 different concentrations of hydroxyapatite (1-4 wt %) were prepared by bio-reduction method. Several techniques like XRD and SEM were used to characterize the prepared samples. Frequency dependent capacitance and conductance of the samples were measured using an impedance analyzer. The results showed a remarkable increase in dielectric permittivity (~5117) with low loss (~0.23) at1000 HZ and room temperature (300K) for 4wt% Hydroxapatie-Silver/PVA nanocomposite. Such nanocomposite might be directly applied in manufacturing clinical devices and also for embedding capacitor applications.

  6. Preparation and Properties of PTFE-PMMA Core-Shell Nanoparticles and Nanocomposites

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    Diego Antonioli

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The preparation of polytetrafluoroethylene-poly(methyl methacrylate (PTFE-PMMA core-shell particles was described, featuring controlled size and narrow size distribution over a wide compositional range, through a seeded emulsion polymerization starting from a PTFE seed of 26 nanometers. Over the entire MMA/PTFE range, the particle size increases as the MMA/PTFE ratio increases. A very precise control over the particle size can be exerted by properly adjusting the ratio between the monomer and the PTFE seed. Particles in the 80–240 nm range can be prepared with uniformity indexes suited to build 2D and 3D colloidal crystals. These core-shell particles were employed to prepare nanocomposites with different compositions, through an annealing procedure at a temperature higher than the glass transition temperature of the shell forming polymer. A perfect dispersion of the PTFE particles within the PMMA matrix was obtained and optically transparent nanocomposites were prepared containing a very high PTFE amount.

  7. Preparation of magnetic composite based on zinc oxide nanoparticles and chitosan as a photocatalyst for removal of reactive blue 198

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    Nguyen, Van Cuong; Giang Nguyen, Ngoc Lam; Hue Pho, Quoc

    2015-09-01

    In this study a novel magnetic composite used as a photocatalyst with combination of zinc oxide nanoparticles and chitosan (ZnO/Fe3O4/CS) was synthesized by a simple co-precipitation method. The role of the prepared magnetic nanocomposite is to improve the removal efficiency of textile dye due to the photocatalytic activity of zinc oxide nanoparticles and reusable capacity of Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles. Constituents and structure properties of ZnO/Fe3O4/CS were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Magnetic property of the prepared composite was determined by vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The results demonstrated that ZnO/Fe3O4/CS nanocomposite dramatically improved the removal efficiency of reactive blue 198 dye (RB198) with high photocatalytic activity and easy separation by a permanent magnet. In addition, the photocatalytic activity of the prepared composite was also performed under different parameters such as contact time, initial pH, the amount of composite and initial concentration of RB198. Interestingly, ZnO/Fe3O4/CS nanocomposite still showed high removal efficiency after recycling three times and performed in a real textile dyeing wastewater.

  8. Synthesis of highly hydrophobic floating magnetic polymer nanocomposites for the removal of oils from water surface

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    Chen, Mudan, E-mail: chenmudan@163.com [National Special Superfine Powder Engineering Research Center, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094 (China); Jiang, Wei, E-mail: climentjw@126.com [National Special Superfine Powder Engineering Research Center, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094 (China); Wang, Fenghe [Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023 (China); Shen, Ping; Ma, Peichang; Gu, Junjun; Mao, Jianyu; Li, Fengsheng [National Special Superfine Powder Engineering Research Center, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094 (China)

    2013-12-01

    The removal of organic contaminants, particularly oil spills from water surface is of great technological importance for environmental protection. In this article, we present a novel, economic and environment-friendly core–shell composite material based on magnetic hollow Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles (MNPs) that was fabricated by two-step process, which can fast and efficiently separate oils from water surface under a magnetic field. The magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles (MNPs) were coated with a polystyrene layer successfully to form water-repellent and oil-absorbing surfaces, which could float on water and selectively absorb lubricating oil up to 3 times of the particles’ weight while completely repelling water. More importantly, the oils could be readily removed from the surfaces of nanocomposites by a simple treatment and the nanocomposites still kept highly hydrophobic and superoleophilic characteristics, so the nanocomposites have an excellent recyclability in the oil-absorbent capacity. Several techniques such as transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) were used in the characterization of the materials. In addition, magnetic force and oils removal capability tests were also performed. It will open up a potential and broad application in wastewater treatment.

  9. Synthesis of highly hydrophobic floating magnetic polymer nanocomposites for the removal of oils from water surface

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    Chen, Mudan; Jiang, Wei; Wang, Fenghe; Shen, Ping; Ma, Peichang; Gu, Junjun; Mao, Jianyu; Li, Fengsheng

    2013-12-01

    The removal of organic contaminants, particularly oil spills from water surface is of great technological importance for environmental protection. In this article, we present a novel, economic and environment-friendly core-shell composite material based on magnetic hollow Fe3O4 nanoparticles (MNPs) that was fabricated by two-step process, which can fast and efficiently separate oils from water surface under a magnetic field. The magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles (MNPs) were coated with a polystyrene layer successfully to form water-repellent and oil-absorbing surfaces, which could float on water and selectively absorb lubricating oil up to 3 times of the particles’ weight while completely repelling water. More importantly, the oils could be readily removed from the surfaces of nanocomposites by a simple treatment and the nanocomposites still kept highly hydrophobic and superoleophilic characteristics, so the nanocomposites have an excellent recyclability in the oil-absorbent capacity. Several techniques such as transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) were used in the characterization of the materials. In addition, magnetic force and oils removal capability tests were also performed. It will open up a potential and broad application in wastewater treatment.

  10. Magnetically Triggered Monodispersed Nanocomposite Fabricated by Microfluidic Approach for Drug Delivery

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    Yassine, Omar

    2016-01-01

    Responsive microgel poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) or PNIPAM is a gel that can swell or shrink in response to external stimuli (temperature, pH, etc.). In this work, a nanocomposite gel is developed consisting of PNIPAM and magnetic iron oxide nanobeads for controlled release of liquids (like drugs) upon exposure to an alternating magnetic field. Microparticles of the nanocomposite are fabricated efficiently with a monodisperse size distribution and a diameter ranging from 20 to 500  µ m at a rate of up to 1 kHz using a simple and inexpensive microfluidic system. The nanocomposite is heated through magnetic losses, which is exploited for a remotely stimulated liquid release. The efficiency of the microparticles for controlled drug release applications is tested with a solution of Rhodamine B as a liquid drug model. In continuous and pulsatile mode, a release of 7% and 80% was achieved, respectively. Compared to external thermal actuation that heats the entire surrounding or embedded heaters that need complex fabrication steps, the magnetic actuation provides localized heating and is easy to implement with our microfluidic fabrication method.

  11. Magnetically Triggered Monodispersed Nanocomposite Fabricated by Microfluidic Approach for Drug Delivery

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    O. Yassine

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Responsive microgel poly(N-isopropylacrylamide or PNIPAM is a gel that can swell or shrink in response to external stimuli (temperature, pH, etc.. In this work, a nanocomposite gel is developed consisting of PNIPAM and magnetic iron oxide nanobeads for controlled release of liquids (like drugs upon exposure to an alternating magnetic field. Microparticles of the nanocomposite are fabricated efficiently with a monodisperse size distribution and a diameter ranging from 20 to 500 µm at a rate of up to 1 kHz using a simple and inexpensive microfluidic system. The nanocomposite is heated through magnetic losses, which is exploited for a remotely stimulated liquid release. The efficiency of the microparticles for controlled drug release applications is tested with a solution of Rhodamine B as a liquid drug model. In continuous and pulsatile mode, a release of 7% and 80% was achieved, respectively. Compared to external thermal actuation that heats the entire surrounding or embedded heaters that need complex fabrication steps, the magnetic actuation provides localized heating and is easy to implement with our microfluidic fabrication method.

  12. Compositions, structures, and catalytic activities of CeO₂@Cu₂O nanocomposites prepared by the template-assisted method.

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    Bao, Huizhi; Zhang, Zhenhua; Hua, Qing; Huang, Weixin

    2014-06-10

    CeO2@Cu2O nanocomposites were prepared from Cu2O cubes and octahedra by the template-assisted method involving the liquid (Ce(IV))-solid (Cu2O) interfacial reaction. Their compositions, structures, and catalytic activities in CO oxidation were studied in detail. Under the same reaction conditions, CeO2@Cu2O nanocomposites prepared from cubic and octahedral Cu2O templates exhibit different compositions and structures. With an increasing amount of Ce(IV) reactant, a smooth CeO2-CuOx shell develops on the surface of Cu2O cubes and eventually void cubic core/multishell Cu2O/CeO2-CuOx nanocomposites form; however, a rough CeO2-CuOx shell develops on the surface of Cu2O octahedra, and eventually hollow octahedral CeO2-CuOx nanocages form. The formation of different compositions and structures of CeO2@Cu2O nanocomposites was correlated with the different exposed crystal planes and surface reactivities of Cu2O cubes and octahedra. The catalytic activity of CeO2@Cu2O nanocomposites in CO oxidation depends on their compositions and structures. The most active CeO2@Cu2O nanocomposites become active at 70 °C and achieve a 100% CO conversion at 170 °C. These results broaden the versatility of Cu2O nanocrystals as the sacrificial template for the fabrication of novel nanocomposites with core/shell and hollow nanostructures and exemplify the morphology effect of Cu2O nanocrystals in liquid-solid interfacial reactions with respect to the composition, structure, and properties of nanocomposites prepared by the template-assisted method.

  13. Strain-induced macroscopic magnetic anisotropy from smectic liquid-crystalline elastomer-maghemite nanoparticle hybrid nanocomposites.

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    Haberl, Johannes M; Sánchez-Ferrer, Antoni; Mihut, Adriana M; Dietsch, Hervé; Hirt, Ann M; Mezzenga, Raffaele

    2013-06-21

    We combine tensile strength analysis and X-ray scattering experiments to establish a detailed understanding of the microstructural coupling between liquid-crystalline elastomer (LCE) networks and embedded magnetic core-shell ellipsoidal nanoparticles (NPs). We study the structural and magnetic re-organization at different deformations and NP loadings, and the associated shape and magnetic memory features. In the quantitative analysis of a stretching process, the effect of the incorporated NPs on the smectic LCE is found to be prominent during the reorientation of the smectic domains and the softening of the nanocomposite. Under deformation, the soft response of the nanocomposite material allows the organization of the nanoparticles to yield a permanent macroscopically anisotropic magnetic material. Independent of the particle loading, the shape-memory properties and the smectic phase of the LCEs are preserved. Detailed studies on the magnetic properties demonstrate that the collective ensemble of individual particles is responsible for the macroscopic magnetic features of the nanocomposite.

  14. Poly (γ-glutamic acid)/beta-TCP nanocomposites via in situ copolymerization: Preparation and characterization.

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    Shu, Xiu-Lin; Shi, Qing-Shan; Feng, Jin; Yang, Yun-Hua; Zhou, Gang; Li, Wen-Ru

    2016-07-01

    A series biodegradable poly (γ-glutamic acid)/beta-tricalcium phosphate (γ-PGA/TCP) nanocomposites were prepared which were composed of poly-γ-glutamic acid polymerized in situ with β-tricalcium phosphate and physiochemically characterized as bone graft substitutes. The particle size via dynamic light scattering, the direct morphological characterization via transmission electron microscopy and field emission scanning electron microscope, which showed that γ-PGA and β-TCP were combined compactly at 80℃, and the γ-PGA/TCP nanocomposites had homogenous and nano-sized grains with narrow particle size distributions. The water uptake and retention abilities, in vitro degradation properties, cytotoxicity in the simulated medium, and protein release of these novel γ-PGA/TCP composites were investigated. Cell proliferation in composites was nearly twice than β-TCP when checked in vitro using MC3T3 cell line. We also envision the potential use of γ-PGA/TCP systems in bone growth factor or orthopedic drug delivery applications in future bone tissue engineering applications. These observations suggest that the γ-PGA/TCP are novel nanocomposites with great potential for application in the field of bone tissue engineering.

  15. Thermal Stability and Kinetic Study of Isotactic Polypropylene/Algerian Bentonite Nanocomposites Prepared via Melt Blending

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    Fayçal Benhacine

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Isotactic polypropylene (iPP/bentonite nanocomposites were prepared via melt blending using bentonite clay originated from Maghnia (Algeria. This clay was, at a first stage, used in its pure form (PBT and then organically modified by Hexadecyl ammonium chloride (OBT. The effect of Maghnia bentonite dispersion on the iPP matrix was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD and transmission electronic microscopy (TEM. DSC results evidenced that unmodified or organomodified bentonite can act as a nucleating agent increasing the rate of crystallites formation. Moreover, a thermogravimetry analysis confirmed a significant enhanced thermal stability of IPP/clay nanocomposites compared to pure IPP. The Flynn-Wall-Ozawa and Tang methods were applied to determine the activation energy Ea of the degradation process. The apparent activation energy  Eα of thermal degradation for IPP/clay nanocomposites was much higher than that of virgin iPP. Comparatively to PBT, results indicate that OBT has an important effect on pure iPP thermal stability. Tensile modulus, tensile strength, and elongation at break were also measured and compared with those of pure iPP.

  16. Preparation of RHA-silica/graphene oxide nanocomposite for removal of nickel ions from water

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    Tien, Tran Thi Thuy; Tu, Tran Hoang; Thao, Huynh Nguyen Phuong; Hieu, Nguyen Huu

    2017-09-01

    In this study, silica was synthesized from rice husk ash (RHA-SiO2) by precipitation method. Graphene oxide (GO) was prepared by modified Hummers method. RHA-SiO2/GO nanocomposite was fabricated by in-situ one-step method using 3-Aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APS) as a coupling agent. The nanocomposite was characterized by using X-ray Fluorescence, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) specific surface area. The adsorption of RHA-SiO2/GO for Ni2+ ions from water was investigated and compared with the precursors. Ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy was used to quantify the amount of the initial and the residual Ni2+ concentration. The maximum adsorption capacity of the nanocomposite for Ni2+ calculated from Langmuir isotherm model, which was 256.4 mg/g. In addition, the adsorption data were well-fitted to the pseudo-second-order kinetic equation. Accordingly, this study demonstrated that RHA-SiO2/GO could be used as a highly efficient adsorbent for removal Ni2+ ions from aqueous solution.

  17. Preparation of C60 Nanowhiskers-SnO2 Nanocomposites and Photocatalytic Degradation of Organic Dyes.

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    Park, Hae Soo; Ko, Weon Bae

    2015-10-01

    C60 nanowhiskers were prepared using a liquid-liquid interfacial precipitation (LLIP) method. Tin oxide (SnO2) nanoparticles were synthesized by a reaction of tin (IV) chloride pentahydrate with ammonium nitrate in an electric furnace. The C60 nanowhiskers-SnO2 nanocomposites were calcined in an electric furnace at 700 °C under an inert argon gas atmosphere for 2 h. The crystallinity, morphology and optical properties of the samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and UV-vis spectrophotometry. The photocatalytic activity of the C60 nanowhiskers-SnO2 nanocomposites in the degradation of the organic dyes, such as methylene blue, methyl orange, rhodamine B, and brilliant green, under ultraviolet light at 254 nm by UV-vis spectrophotometry was evaluated and compared with that of C60 nanowhiskers and SnO2 nanoparticles. The experimental results showed that C60 nanowhiskers-SnO2 nanocomposites exhibited remarkably higher photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes compared to C60 nanowhiskers and SnO2 nanoparticles.

  18. Preparation and Characterization of Polyurethane Nanocomposites Using Vietnamese Montmorillonite Modified by Polyol Surfactants

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    C. N. Ha Thuc

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This study focuses on the preparation of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU nanocomposite using Vietnamese montmorillonite (MMT as the reinforced phase. The MMT was previously modified by intercalating polyethylene oxide (PEO and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA molecules between the clay layers. X-ray diffraction (XRD results of organoclays revealed that galleries of MMT were increased to 18.2 Å and 27 Å after their intercalation with PEO and PVA, respectively. Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU nanocomposites composed of 1, 3, 5, and 7%wt organoclays were synthesized. The result of XRD and transmission electron microscopic (TEM analyses implied that the PEO modified MMT was well dispersed, at 3%wt, in polyurethane matrix. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopic (FTIR has confirmed this result by showing the hydrogenous interaction between the urethane linkage and OH group on the surface of silicate layer. Thermogravimetric (TG showed that the organoclay samples also presented improved thermal stabilities. In addition, the effects of the organoclays on mechanical performance and water absorption of the PU nanocomposite were also investigated.

  19. Preparation of BiVO4-Graphene Nanocomposites and Their Photocatalytic Activity

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    Xuan Xu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We prepared BiVO4-graphene nanocomposites by using a facile single-step method and characterized the material by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible diffuse-reflection spectroscopy, and three-dimensional fluorescence spectroscopy. The results show that graphene oxide in the catalyst was thoroughly reduced. The BiVO4 is densely dispersed on the graphene sheets, which facilitates the transport of electrons photogenerated in BiVO4, thereby leading to an efficient separation of photogenerated carriers in the coupled graphene-nanocomposite system. For degradation of rhodamine B dye under visible-light irradiation, the photocatalytic activity of the synthesized nanocomposites was over ∼20% faster than for pure BiVO4 catalyst. To study the contribution of electrons and holes in the degradation reaction, silver nitrate and potassium sodium tartrate were added to the BiVO4-graphene photocatalytic reaction system as electron-trapping agent and hole-trapping agent, respectively. The results show that holes play the main role in the degradation of rhodamine B.

  20. Experimental Preparation and Numerical Simulation of High Thermal Conductive Cu/CNTs Nanocomposites

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    Muhsan Ali Samer

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Due to the rapid growth of high performance electronics devices accompanied by overheating problem, heat dissipater nanocomposites material having ultra-high thermal conductivity and low coefficient of thermal expansion was proposed. In this work, a nanocomposite material made of copper (Cu reinforced by multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs up to 10 vol. % was prepared and their thermal behaviour was measured experimentally and evaluated using numerical simulation. In order to numerically predict the thermal behaviour of Cu/CNTs composites, three different prediction methods were performed. The results showed that rules of mixture method records the highest thermal conductivity for all predicted composites. In contrast, the prediction model which takes into account the influence of the interface thermal resistance between CNTs and copper particles, has shown the lowest thermal conductivity which considered as the closest results to the experimental measurement. The experimentally measured thermal conductivities showed remarkable increase after adding 5 vol.% CNTs and higher than the thermal conductivities predicted via Nan models, indicating that the improved fabrication technique of powder injection molding that has been used to produced Cu/CNTs nanocomposites has overcome the challenges assumed in the mathematical models.

  1. Preparation and characterisation of polyamide 11/montmorillonite (MMT) nanocomposites for use in angioplasty balloon applications

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    Halim, Khairul Anwar A. [Department of Polymer Engineering, Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone (Ireland); School of Materials Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Perlis (Malaysia); Farrell, Joseph B. [Department of Polymer Engineering, Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone (Ireland); Kennedy, James E., E-mail: jkennedy@ait.ie [Department of Polymer Engineering, Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone (Ireland)

    2013-12-16

    With increased demands on catheter balloon functionality, there is an emphasis to blend new materials which can improve mechanical performance. Polymer nanocomposites were prepared by melt blending polyamide 11 (PA 11) with organically modified montmorillonite nanoclay. The effects of incorporating the nanoclay on the short-term mechanical properties of PA 11 were assessed using a design of experiments (DoEs) approach. X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and dynamic mechanical thermal analysis techniques (DMA) were used to characterise the morphology of the nanocomposites. Design of experiments studies revealed that the optimum nanocomposites properties can be achieved by carefully controlling the melt compounding parameters. XRD and TEM data proved that exfoliated clay morphologies existed within the matrix at low clay loading (2%). Whereas the interaction between the polymer matrix and nanoclay was quantified in the DMA spectra, showed a significant increase in storage modulus (up to 80%). The reinforcing effect of nanoclay within the PA 11 was further investigated using mechanical testing, where significant increases in the ultimate tensile strength and strain at break of reinforced tri-layer balloon tubing were observed. - Highlights: • TEM reveals the coexistence of exfoliated and intercalated nanostructures. • Isothermal crystallisation studies found that the nano-clays reduced the crystallisation time. • Significant increase in the storage modulus was due to the reinforcing effect of the nano-clay platelets. • It was observed that the activation energy values decreased due to the presence of nanoclay.

  2. Properties of Eco-friendly Acrylic Resin/Clay Nanocomposites Prepared by Non-aqueous Dispersion (NAD) Polymerization

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    Kim, Yeongho; Lee, Minho; Jeon, Hyeon Yeol; Min, Byong Hun; Kim, Jeong Ho [Univ. of Suwon, Hwaseong (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Young Chul [Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-02-15

    Eco-friendly acrylic resin/clay nanocomposites containing pristine montmorillonite (PM) or modified clays (30B and 25A) were prepared from acrylic and styrenic monomers using non-aqueous dispersion (NAD) polymerization. Effect of nanoclays on physical properties of polymerization product and resulting nanocomposites was investigated. In view of NAD particle stability, addition of nanoclay at the beginning of polymerization is proved to be good. Results of gel fraction, acid value and viscosity of the NAD product showed that nanocomposites containing clay 25A showed better physical properties than the ones with other clays. GPC results exhibit the increase in molecular weight and decrease in polydispersity index for the 25A nanocomposite. Increase in layer distance confirmed from XRD analysis showed good dispersion of 25A in the nanocomposite. Thermal and dynamic mechanical analysis showed that highest glass transition temperature and storage modulus for 25A nanocomposites. These results indicate that 25A nanoclay gives the best properties in the process of non-aqueous dispersion polymerization of acrylic resin/nanoclay nanocomposites.

  3. Microstructure and magnetic properties of directly quenched Nd2Fe14B/α-Fe nanocomposite materials at different temperatures

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    盛洪超; 曾夑榕; 靳朝相; 钱海霞

    2014-01-01

    Directly quenched Nd9.5Fe81Zr3B6.5 nanocomposite permanent magnets were prepared under different melt treatment conditions, i.e., the melt temperature was varied prior to ejection onto the quenching wheel. The effect of quenching temperature on the microstructure and magnetic properties of the alloys was studied by X-ray diffractometry, transmission electron microscopy and magnetization measurements. It is found that a finer and more uniform microstructure can be obtained directly from the melt quenched at lower temperature. With increasing initial quenching temperature, the optimal quenching speed decreases and the microstructure of the ribbons becomes coarser and more irregular. As a result, the magnetic properties of the alloys are deteriorated. It is believed that the break of the pre-existing Nd2Fe14B clusters and decrease in number of the developing nuclei of Nd2Fe14B phase with increase in quenching temperature may be the causes for the change of the microstructure and the magnetic properties of the ribbons.

  4. Preparation and Characterization of Magnetic Chitosan Microcapsules

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    Xiaopeng Xiong

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available By dispersing aqueous precipitant in liquid paraffin to prepare a W/O emulsion then adding chitosan (CS solution, CS microcapsules have been successfully prepared. It is a facile way to prepare polymer microcapsules by using aqueous precipitant or nonsolvent as template, which avoids the removal of template and would free from the necessity to cross-link the microcapsule as usual methods to directly form dense shell. The hollow feature of the obtained materials is revealed. The diameter of the microcapsules ranges from several μm to over 100 μm. Magnetic CS microcapsules have been prepared in this way when Fe3+ and Fe2+ were mixed with CS to prepare a mixture starting solution. The appearance and microstructure of the composite microcapsules were studied. The results indicate that the formed Fe3O4 nanoparticles are embedded in the CS matrix evenly due to strong interaction between the Fe3O4 nanoparticles and the CS molecules. The Fe3O4 content and the magnetic properties of the composite microcapsule were measured. The composite microcapsules were calcined in air at 700°C to prepare pure inorganic hollow microspheres. It is general to prepare hollow polymeric or composite particles by using this method.

  5. Studies of SmCo5/Fe nanocomposite magnetic bilayers with magnetic soft x-ray transmission microscopy

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    Shahzad, F.; Siddiqi, S. A.; Im, M.-Y.; Avallone, A.; Fischer, P.; Hussain, Z.; Siddiqi, I.; Hellman, F.; Zhao, J.

    2009-12-04

    A hard/soft SmCo{sub 5}/Fe nanocomposite magnetic bilayer system has been fabricated on X-ray transparent 100-200 nm thin Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} membranes by magnetron sputtering. The microscopic magnetic domain pattern and its behavior during magnetization reversal in the hard and soft magnetic phases have been individually studied by element specific magnetic soft x-ray microscopy at a spatial resolution of better than 25nm. We observe that the domain patterns for soft and hard phases switch coherently throughout the full hysteresis cycle upon applying external magnetic fields. We derived local M(H) curves from the images for Fe and SmCo5 separately and found switching for both hard and soft phases same.

  6. Refinement of the microstructure and enhancement of the magnetic properties in alpha-Fe/(Nd,DY)(2)Fe14B annealing nanocomposite using the two-step technique

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    Chen, Wei; Zhao, X.; Hu, J.J.

    2006-01-01

    The Nd8-xDyxFe87.5B4.5 (x = 0- 1.0) nanocomposites have been prepared by melt spinning and subsequent two-step heat treatment technique. The crystallization behaviors, microstructures and magnetic properties of the samples have been investigated. The experimental results show that the crystalliza......The Nd8-xDyxFe87.5B4.5 (x = 0- 1.0) nanocomposites have been prepared by melt spinning and subsequent two-step heat treatment technique. The crystallization behaviors, microstructures and magnetic properties of the samples have been investigated. The experimental results show....... A dramatic enhancement of remanence J(r) from 0.84 to 1.1 T, coercivity H-cj from 417 to 520 kA/m and energy product (BH)(m) from 76.8 to 110 kJ/m(3) have been obtained in Nd7Dy1Fe87.5B4.5 (30 vol%alpha-Fe) nanocomposite....

  7. Effect of Additives on Characterization and Photocatalytic Activity of Tio/ZnO Nanocomposite Prepared via Sol-Gel Process

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    Shahram Moradi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available TiO2/ZnO nanocomposites were prepared by the sol-gel method with and without addatives such as carboxy methyl cellulose (CMC, poly(ethylene glycol (PEG, polyvinylpyrrolidon, (PVP, and hydroxylpropylcellulose (HPC. The characteristics of the prepared TiO2/ZnO nanocomposites were identified by IR spectra, X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS methods. The additives have a significant effect on the particle size distribution and photocatalytic activity of TiO2/ZnO nanocomposites. The photocatalytic activity of the synthesized nanocomposites was investigated for decolorization of methyl orange (MO in water under UV-irradiation in a batch reactor and the results showed that the photocatalytic activity of the nanocomposites have been increased by CMC, PEG, PVP, and HPC, respectively. SEM has shown that the particle size distribution of TiO2/ZnO nanocomposite in the presence of HPC was better than the other samples.

  8. Optimization of coating solution for preparation of antibacterial copper-polyethylene nanocomposite

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    Ghorbani, Hamid Reza; Molaei, Mazaher

    2017-06-01

    Polyethylene film was coated with copper nanoparticles and its antibacterial properties were investigated. To make nanocomposite film, the solutions containing the copper nanoparticles were prepared using polyamide resin in six different concentrations of copper nanoparticles (1%, 2%, 3%, 5%, 7% and 10 wt%). Corona discharge was used to improve the nonpolar surface of polyethylene and prepare it for coating. Corona discharge was carried out in 5 min with power of 10 000 W. Characterisation of nanoparticles and the coated surface were performed using dynamic light scattering (DLS), x-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The antibacterial activity of polyethylene-copper nanocomposite against two type of bacteria including gram-negative Escherichia coli and gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus was measured by disc-diffusion method. In addition, the optimum concentration of copper nanoparticles was determined about 5 wt%. The current technique of coated film preparation reduces the amount of required nanoparticles which finally offers lower production cost.

  9. Preparation of MWCNT-Fe3O4 Nanocomposites from Iron Sand Using Sonochemical Route

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    Rahmawati, R.; Melati, A.; Taufiq, A.; Sunaryono; Diantoro, M.; Yuliarto, B.; Suyatman, S.; Nugraha, N.; Kurniadi, D.

    2017-05-01

    The composites of multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) and magnetite (Fe3O4) nanoparticles from iron sand were successfully prepared via the sonochemical route. In this experiment, the MWCNT-Fe3O4 nanocomposites were prepared with different compositions of MWCNT (0.01%, 0.02%, and 0.04%) with the constant composition of Fe3O4 particles. The characterizations were performed by means of X-Ray Diffractometry (XRD), Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR) Spectrometer and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) integrated with Energy Dispersive X-Ray (EDX). The XRD data analysis showed that the Fe3O4 crystallize in spinel structure in nanometric size. Furthermore, the crystallinity of the samples tended to reduce by increasing the MWCNT compositions. The SEM images showed that Fe3O4 tend to agglomerate in nanometric size. The FTIR spectra detected the functional groups of Fe-O bonding that showed the existence of Fe2+ and Fe3+. In the composites, the Fe3O4 nanoparticles were physically mixed with the MWCNTs constructing a unique structure. The as prepared MWCNT-Fe3O4 nanocomposites have the potential for bio-applications.

  10. Synthesis and Identification of Fe3o4/Clinoptilolite Magnetic Nanocomposite

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    A. mollahosseini; M. Toghroli

    2015-01-01

    In the present work, magnetic zeolitehave been synthesized by insitu method using combination of iron oxide nanoparticlesFe3O4 and clinoptilolite. Fe3O4nanoparticleshave been synthesized electrochemically and then clinoptilolitewas added to solution. The Fe3O4 nanoparticles synthesized at the temperature of 90? C with applying the potential of 8V for 1800 seconds. The synthesized nanocomposite characterized by IR spectra,scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and XRD methods.Results shows that na...

  11. In situ synthesis of magnetic CaraPVA IPN nanocomposite hydrogels and controlled drug release

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    Mahdavinia, Gholam Reza, E-mail: grmnia@maragheh.ac.ir; Etemadi, Hossein

    2014-12-01

    In this work, the magnetic nanocomposite hydrogels that focused on targeted drug delivery were synthesized by incorporation of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), kappa-carrageenan (Cara), and magnetite Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. The magnetic nanoparticles were obtained in situ in the presence of a mixture of polyvinyl alcohol/kappa-carrageenan (CaraPVA). The produced magnetite-polymers were cross-linked with freezing–thawing technique and subsequent with K{sup +} solution. The synthesized hydrogels were thoroughly characterized by transmittance electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) techniques. The dynamic swelling kinetic models of hydrogels were analyzed according to the first- and second-order kinetic models and were found that the experimental kinetics data followed the second-order model well. Drug loading and release efficiency were evaluated by diclofenac sodium (DS) as the model drug. The in vitro drug release studies from hydrogels exhibited significant behaviors on the subject of physiological simulated pHs and external magnetic fields. Investigation on the antibacterial activity revealed the ability of drug-loaded hydrogels to inactivate the Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bacteria. The mucoadhesive properties of the hydrogels were studied and the hydrogels containing kappa-carrageenan showed good mucoadhesiveness in both simulated gastric and intestinal conditions. - Highlights: • In situ synthesis of magnetic kappa-carrageenan/PVA nanocomposite hydrogel. • Low salt sensitivity of magnetic nanocomposite hydrogels was observed. • The release of diclofenac sodium from hydrogels was pH-dependent. • The release of diclofenac sodium from magnetic hydrogels was affected by external magnetic field. • The hydrogels containing carrageenan component showed high

  12. Interface interaction and inter-osmosis effect of Fex (SiO2)1-x nanocomposite materials on magnetic properties

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    熊永红; 熊曹水; 李铁; 李玉芝; 王德兴

    1999-01-01

    Fex(SiC2 )1 - x nanocomposites prepared by using mechanical alloying method were reported. The mi-crostructure character and magnetic properties of Fex (SiO2) 1 - x nanocomposite samples with different Fe content and different ball milling time were studied by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Mossbauer spectroscopy, and Faraday magnetic balance in a wide temperature range. The results indicate that the mi-crostructure and magnetic properties are closely related to ball milling time and Fe content. When Fe content is less than 20 wt% , the sample after 80-h ball milling has very complex microstructure. Small α-Fe grains and Fe cluster are implanted in SiO2 matrix. And there are not only isolated α-Fe granular and Fe cluster, but also nanometer scaled sandwich network-like structure. Fex (SiO2) 1 - x nanocomposite samples display a rich variety of physical and chemical properties as a result of their unique nanostructure, strong interface interaction and inter

  13. Bulk nanocomposite permanent magnets produced by crystallization of (Fe,Co)-(Nd,Dy)-B bulk glassy alloy

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    Zhang, Wei; Inoue, Akihisa

    2002-03-01

    The glass-forming ability, thermal stability, and magnetic properties have been investigated for an Fe67Co9.4Nd3.1Dy0.5B20 glassy alloy with a large supercooled liquid of 48 K before crystallization prepared by copper mold casting. The glassy phase is formed in a rod form with a diameter of 0.5 mm. The crystallized nanocomposite structure consists of Fe3B, α-Fe, and Nd2Fe14B phases, and the remanence (Br), coercivity (iHc) and maximum energy product (BH)max are 1.19 T, 244 kA/m, and 92.7 kJ/m3, respectively, for the rod of 0.5 mm in diameter annealed at 913 K for 600 s.

  14. Influence of magnetic anisotropy on the superferromagnetic ordering in nanocomposites

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    Mørup, Steen; Christiansen, Gunnar Dan

    1993-01-01

    Magnetic interaction between ultrafine particles may result in superferromagnetism, i.e., ordering of the magnetic moments of particles which would be superparamagnetic if they were noninteracting. In this article we discuss the influence of the magnetic anisotropy on the temperature dependence o...

  15. Preparation, characterization, and antibacterial activity of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/PAMA/Ag–TiO{sub 2} nanocomposite

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    Allafchian, Alireza, E-mail: Allafchian@cc.iut.ac.ir [Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Institute, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156–83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Jalali, Seyed Amir Hossein [Institute of Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156–83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Natural Resources, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156–83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Bahramian, Hamid; Ahmadvand, Hossein [Department of physics, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156–83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-04-15

    We have described a facile fabrication of silver deposited on the TiO{sub 2}, Poly Acrylonitrile Co Maleic Anhydride (PAMA) polymer and nickel ferrite composite (NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/PAMA/Ag–TiO{sub 2}) through a three-step procedure. A pre-synthesized NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} was first coated with PAMA polymer and then Ag–TiO{sub 2} was deposited on the surface of PAMA polymer shell. After the characterization of this three-component composite by various techniques, such as FTIR, XRD, FESEM, BET, TEM and VSM, it was impregnated in standard antibiotic discs. The antibacterial activity of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/PAMA/Ag–TiO{sub 2} nanocomposite was investigated against some gram positive and gram negative bacteria by employing disc diffusion assay and then compared with that of naked NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/Ag, AgNPs and NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/PAMA. The results demonstrated that the AgNPs, when embedded in TiO{sub 2} and combined with NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/PAMA, became an excellent antibacterial agent. The NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/PAMA/Ag–TiO{sub 2} nanocomposite could be readily separated from water solution after the disinfection process by applying an external magnetic field. - Highlights: • A novel NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/PAMA/Ag–TiO{sub 2} magnetic nanocomposite has been prepared. • This nanocomposite displays potent antimicrobial activity. • The antibacterial effect was evaluated by the disk diffusion method. • Recyclable antibacterial activity of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/PAMA/Ag–TiO{sub 2} was studied.

  16. SiO2-coated magnetic graphene oxide modified with polypyrrole-polythiophene: A novel and efficient nanocomposite for solid phase extraction of trace amounts of heavy metals.

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    Molaei, Karam; Bagheri, Hasan; Asgharinezhad, Ali Akbar; Ebrahimzadeh, Homeira; Shamsipur, Mojtaba

    2017-05-15

    The synthesis of a novel nanocomposite comprised of SiO2-coated magnetic graphene oxide modified with a pyrrole-thiophene (mGO/SiO2@coPPy-Th) copolymer is reported in the present work. The nanocomposite was applied for the fast magnetic solid phase extraction (MSPE) of trace levels of copper, lead, chromium, zinc and cadmium from water and agricultural samples. The nanocomposite was prepared in three steps: (1) decoration of graphene oxide sheets with magnetite nanoparticles thorough a facile one-step chemical reaction strategy; (2) chemical grafting by a silica layer to obtain high stability in acidic solutions; and (3) surface modification by coPPy-Th via simultaneous oxidation polymerization of pyrrole and thiophene in the presence of mGO/SiO2 composite. The nanocomposite was subsequently characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) techniques. Several important experimental variables that could affect MSPE performance, including the pH of the sample, sorption time, sorbent dosage, eluent type and its concentration, eluent volume and elution time, were investigated and optimized. Under optimal conditions, the limits of detection for the target heavy metals ranged from 0.15 to 0.65μgL(-1). The maximum sorption capacity of the mGO/SiO2@coPPy-Th nanocomposite was 201, 230, 125, 98 and 80mgg(-1) for Cu(II), Pb(II), Zn(II), Cr(III) and Cd(II), respectively. Finally, the feasibility of the proposed method was investigated for the extraction and determination of the target metals from real matrices.

  17. Dependence of coercivity on phase distribution and grain size in nanocomposite Nd2Fe14B/α-Fe magnets

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    Feng Wei-Cun; Gao Ru-Wei; Li Wei; Han Guang-Bing; Sun Yan

    2005-01-01

    The dependence of coercivity on the grain size in nanocomposite Nd2Fe14B/α-Fe magnets with different distributions of magnetically soft and hard phases is investigated by means of statistical mean. The calculations show that when there exists no soft phase, the coercivity of magnets decreases monotonically with hard grain size reducing. For a given volume fraction of hard phase, the coercivity of nanocomposite Nd2Fe14B/α-Fe magnets with a random distribution of soft and hard grains shows a peak value as a function of hard grain size. When the hard grain size is larger than an optimum value of soft grain size (15nm), the nanocomposite Nd2Fe14B/α-Fe magnets with the multilayer structure of soft and hard grains can possess a higher coercivity than that with the random distribution of soft and hard grains.

  18. A new kinetic–mechanistic approach to elucidate electrooxidation of doxorubicin hydrochloride in unprocessed human fluids using magnetic graphene based nanocomposite modified glassy carbon electrode

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    Soleymani, Jafar [Hematology–Oncology Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz 51664 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hasanzadeh, Mohammad, E-mail: Mhmmd_hasanzadeh@yahoo.com [Drug Applied Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shadjou, Nasrin [Department of Nanochemistry, Nano Technology Center, and Faculty of Chemistry, Urmia University, Urmia (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Khoubnasab Jafari, Maryam [Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Gharamaleki, Jalil Vaez [Hematology–Oncology Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz 51664 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Yadollahi, Mehdi [Department of Organic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Tabriz University, Tabriz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Jouyban, Abolghasem [Pharmaceutical Analysis Research Center and Faculty of Pharmacy, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-04-01

    A novel magnetic nanocomposite was synthesized in one step using polymerization of magnetic graph oxide grafted with chlorosulfonic acid (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}–GO–SO{sub 3}H) in the presence of polystyrene. The prepared magnetic nanocomposite was characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), dynamic differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), (Thermo-gravimetric/differential thermal analysis (DTA)), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), and UV–Vis techniques. Magnetic nanocomposite was casted on the surface of the glassy carbon electrode (PS/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}–GO–SO{sub 3}H/GCE) and used for the detection and determination of doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) in human biological fluids. The cyclic voltammograms (CVs) of the modified electrode in aqueous solution displayed a pair of well-defined, stable and irreversible reductive/oxidation redox systems. CV study indicated that the oxidation process is irreversible and adsorption controlled. In addition, CV results indicated that DOX is oxidized via two electrons and three protons which is an unusual approach for the oxidation of DOX. A sensitive and time-saving procedure was developed for the analysis of DOX in plasma, cerebrospinal fluid, and urine with detection limit of 4.9 nM, 14 nM and 4.3 nM, respectively. - Highlights: • A novel magneto-polymeric nanocomposite (PS/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}–GO–SO{sub 3}H) was synthesized. • Application of PS/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}–GO–SO{sub 3}H toward detection of DOX was investigated by electrochemistry. • A new kinetic–mechanistic approach to elucidate electrooxidation of DOX was obtained. • DOX was detected in plasma, cerebrospinal fluid, and urine.

  19. Magnetic properties of nanostructured spinel ferrites and nanocomposite Nd2Fe14B/-Fe permanent magnets

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    A Narayanaswamy

    2005-11-01

    This paper presents some of the important magnetic properties of the nano-structured spinel ferrites such as Ni0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 and Mn0.67Zn0.33Fe2O4 and also that of the nanocomposite Nd2Fe14B/-Fe permanent magnetic material. The increase in the magnetic transition temperature of Ni-Zn ferrite from 538 K in the bulk state to 592 K when the grain size is reduced to 16 nm is correlated to the enhancement in the AB super-exchange interaction strength because of an increase in the magnetic ion concentration in the A-site on milling, as shown by the EXAFS and in-field Mössbauer studies. The particle size has been tailor-made by varying the concentration of the oxidant in the case of Mn-Zn ferrite. The critical particle size for the superparamagnetic limit has been found to be 25 nm with an effective magnetic anisotropy constant of 7.78 kJ m-3 which is about an order of magnitude higher than that of the bulk ferrite. The exchange coupling is found to be strengthened in the nanocomposite magnet Nd2Fe14B/-Fe, when the grain boundary anisotropy is removed by thermal annealing and thus facilitating the enhancement of the energy product.

  20. Visible-Light Active and Magnetically Recyclable Nanocomposites for the Degradation of Organic Dye

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    Helin Niu

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Recyclable visible-light photocatalyst Fe3O4@TiO2 with core-shell structure was prepared by a simple synthetic strategy using solvothermal crystallization of titanium precursor on preformed Fe3O4 nanopartiles. The photo-degradation reaction of neutral red aqueous solution was tested to evaluate the visible-light photocatalytic activity of the as prepared Fe3O4@TiO2 nanoparticles, which show excellent photocatalytic activity compared with commercial P25 catalyst. Moreover, the Fe3O4@TiO2 nanocomposites can be easily separated from the reaction mixture, and maintain favorable photocatalytic activity after five cycles. The high visible light absorption of the Fe3O4@TiO2 nanocomposites may originate from the absence of electronic heterojunction, excellently dispersity and the high specific surface area of the as-synthesized Fe3O4@TiO2 samples.

  1. Visible-Light Active and Magnetically Recyclable Nanocomposites for the Degradation of Organic Dye.

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    Niu, Helin; Wang, Qinmin; Liang, Hongxia; Chen, Min; Mao, Changjie; Song, Jiming; Zhang, Shengyi; Gao, Yuanhao; Chen, Changle

    2014-05-21

    Recyclable visible-light photocatalyst Fe₃O₄@TiO₂ with core-shell structure was prepared by a simple synthetic strategy using solvothermal crystallization of titanium precursor on preformed Fe₃O₄ nanopartiles. The photo-degradation reaction of neutral red aqueous solution was tested to evaluate the visible-light photocatalytic activity of the as prepared Fe₃O₄@TiO₂ nanoparticles, which show excellent photocatalytic activity compared with commercial P25 catalyst. Moreover, the Fe₃O₄@TiO₂ nanocomposites can be easily separated from the reaction mixture, and maintain favorable photocatalytic activity after five cycles. The high visible light absorption of the Fe₃O₄@TiO₂ nanocomposites may originate from the absence of electronic heterojunction, excellently dispersity and the high specific surface area of the as-synthesized Fe₃O₄@TiO₂ samples.

  2. Polyolefin nanocomposites

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    Chaiko, David J.

    2007-01-02

    The present invention relates to methods for the preparation of clay/polymer nanocomposites. The methods include combining an organophilic clay and a polymer to form a nanocomposite, wherein the organophilic clay and the polymer each have a peak recrystallization temperature, and wherein the organophilic clay peak recrystallization temperature sufficiently matches the polymer peak recrystallization temperature such that the nanocomposite formed has less permeability to a gas than the polymer. Such nanocomposites exhibit 2, 5, 10, or even 100 fold or greater reductions in permeability to, e.g., oxygen, carbon dioxide, or both compared to the polymer. The invention also provides a method of preparing a nanocomposite that includes combining an amorphous organophilic clay and an amorphous polymer, each having a glass transition temperature, wherein the organophilic clay glass transition temperature sufficiently matches the polymer glass transition temperature such that the nanocomposite formed has less permeability to a gas than the polymer.

  3. Iron oxide nanocomposite magnets produced by partial reduction of strontium hexaferrite

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    Tikkanen Jussi

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Isotropic bulk nanocomposite permanent magnets were produced with strontium hexaferrite, SrO·6Fe2O3, and magnetite, Fe3O4, as the magnetically hard and soft components. A novels synthesis scheme based on the partial reduction of SrO·6Fe2O3 was employed. In two parallel experiments, nano- and microcrystalline SrO·6Fe2O3 particles were compacted into pellets along with a controlled, understoichiometric amount of potato starch as a reducing agent. The pellets were then sintered in a passive atmosphere. Based on XRD and room temperature magnetic hysteresis measurements, it was concluded that a fraction of the SrO·6Fe2O3 input material had been reduced into Fe3O4. In comparison with pure SrO·6Fe2O3 control pellets, these composites exhibited maximum energy product increases in excess of 5 % due to remanence boosting. The improvement of magnetic properties was attributed to an efficient exchange spring coupling between the magnetic phases. Interestingly, as the synthesis scheme also worked for microcrystalline SrO·6Fe2O3 , the method could presumably be adapted to yield crystallographically oriented bulk nanocomposite magnets.

  4. Synthesis of Fe3O4@SiO2-Ag magnetic nanocomposite based on small-sized and highly dispersed silver nanoparticles for catalytic reduction of 4-nitrophenol.

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    Chi, Yue; Yuan, Qing; Li, Yanjuan; Tu, Jinchun; Zhao, Liang; Li, Nan; Li, Xiaotian

    2012-10-01

    In this work, we report a facile method to generate core-shell structured Fe(3)O(4)@SiO(2)-Ag magnetic nanocomposite by an in situ wet chemistry route with the aid of polyvinylpyrrolidone as both reductant and stabilizer. This method can effectively prevent Ag nanoparticles from aggregating on the silica surface, thus resulting highly dispersed and small-sized Ag nanoparticles. The as-prepared nanocomposite is composed of a central magnetite core with a strong response to external fields, an interlayer of SiO(2), and numerous highly dispersed Ag nanoparticles with a narrow size distribution. Furthermore, the Fe(3)O(4)@SiO(2)-Ag nanocomposite showed high performance in the catalytic reduction of 4-nitrophenol and could be easily recycled by applying an external magnetic field while maintaining the catalytic activity without significant decrease even after running 15 times.

  5. Sol-gel synthesis of electrospun BaO/MnO nanocomposite fibers and their magnetic characterization

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    Vijayakumar, G.N.S. [Department of Physics, R. M. K. Engineering College, R. S. M. Nagar, Kavaraipettai (India); Materials Research Centre, Department of Physics, Velammal Engineering College, Chennai (India); Rathnakumari, M.; Sureshkumar, P. [Materials Research Centre, Department of Physics, Velammal Engineering College, Chennai (India)

    2012-02-15

    A new approach, combining in-situ sol-gel process with electrospinning, was used to prepare magnetic barium acetate/manganese acetate/poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) composite nanofibers. The composite gel was synthesized by sol-gel method in the presence of 10 wt.% PVA aqueous solution. PVA was used as stabilizer and polymeric matrix. The resultant barium acetate/manganese acetate/PVA composite nanofibers were calcined at 1023 K for 5 h. This formed BaO/MnO nanocomposite crystalline fibers with average diameter less than 100 nm and were characterized with Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis (EDAX), powder X-ray diffractometer (XRD), UV-Vis-Spectroscopy (UV) and Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) respectively. These composite fibers exhibited a uniform cylindrical morphology, with the BaO/MnO nanoparticles implanted in the fibers. M-H curves were obtained at 300 K and 20 K. From the M-H curves, room temperature ferromagnetism was observed at 300 K. At low temperatures, the ferromagnetic behavior was masked by the paramagnetic behavior. The saturation magnetization at 300 K was found to be 0.004 emu /g and the saturation magnetization at 20 K was found to be 0.658 emu /g. The magnetization at 20 K was found to be very large and it was several times larger than at 300 K. (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  6. Preparation of a novel core-shell Ag-graphene@SiO2 nanocomposite for fluorescence enhancement.

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    Yin, Dongguang; Liu, Binhu; Zhang, Le; Wu, Minghong

    2012-06-01

    A facile one-pot water-in-oil microemulsion method has been developed for the synthesis of a novel core-shell Ag-graphene@SiO2 nanocomposite with fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) doped in the shell. During the preparation process, reducing both Ag+ and graphene oxide, and loading of Ag nanoparticles on graphene were occurred in the microemulsion simultaneously. Then FITC was covalently doped in the silica shell through a copolymerization reaction with tetraethoxysilane (TEOS). The morphology and optical properties of the nanocomposite were characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM), UV-Vis spectrum, fluorescence emission spectrum and FT-IR spectrum, respectively. The results showed that the emission intensity from the as-prepared nanocomposite was 3-fold higher than that of control silica nanoparticles in which graphene was absent. The graphene in the as-prepared nanocomposite exhibited an enhanced effect for the metal enhanced fluorescence (MEF). This enhancement offers a potential increase in overall nanoprobe detectability. This work could provide new insights into fabrication of Ag-graphene based nanocomposites and facilitate their application.

  7. Preparation and Evaluation of the Chelating Nanocomposite Fabricated with Marine Algae Schizochytrium sp. Protein Hydrolysate and Calcium.

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    Lin, Jiaping; Cai, Xixi; Tang, Mengru; Wang, Shaoyun

    2015-11-11

    Marine algae have been becoming a popular research topic because of their biological implication. The algae peptide-based metal-chelating complex was investigated in this study. Schizochytrium sp. protein hydrolysate (SPH) possessing high Ca-binding capacity was prepared through stepwise enzymatic hydrolysis to a degree of hydrolysis of 22.46%. The nanocomposites of SPH chelated with calcium ions were fabricated in aqueous solution at pH 6 and 30 °C for 20 min, with the ratio of SPH to calcium 3:1 (w/w). The size distribution showed that the nanocomposite had compact structure with a radius of 68.16 ± 0.50 nm. SPH was rich in acidic amino acids, accounting for 33.55%, which are liable to bind with calcium ions. The molecular mass distribution demonstrated that the molecular mass of SPH was principally concentrated at 180-2000 Da. UV scanning spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy suggested that the primary sites of calcium-binding corresponded to the carboxyl groups, carbonyl groups, and amino groups of SPH. The results of fluorescent spectroscopy, size distribution, atomic force microscope, and (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy suggested that calcium ions chelated with SPH would cause intramolecular and intermolecular folding and aggregating. The SPH-calcium chelate exerted remarkable stability and absorbability under either acidic or basic conditions, which was in favor of calcium absorption in the gastrointestinal tracts of humans. The investigation suggests that SPH-calcium chelate has the potential prospect to be utilized as a nutraceutical supplement to improve bone health in the human body.

  8. Preparation and characterization of gamma irradiated Starch/PVA/ZnO nanocomposite films

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    Akhavan, Azam; Khoylou, Farah; Ataeivarjovi, Ebrahim

    2017-09-01

    In this study starch/PVA/ZnO nanocomposite films with antibacterial activity were prepared and modified using gamma irradiation for packaging applications. ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized from Zn(OH)2 using hydrothermal process and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The prepared ZnO NPs were incorporated into blend films of starch and poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) with different concentrations from 0.1 to 1 wt% using solution casting method. The results of SEM confirmed good dispersion of ZnO NPs into the films while FTIR spectroscopy showed interactions between ZnO particles and starch/PVA blend. The nanocomposite films were irradiated at the dose range of 1-5 kGy. It was found that gamma irradiation induces a significant reduction in water absorptions of the films at the dose of 3 kGy. Different trends were observed for the tensile and elongation properties of the irradiated films. Based on the results, the bacterial growth on the films was effectively inhibited when the dosage of ZnO NPs was only 0.5 wt%.

  9. High photoactive TiO2/SnO2 nanocomposites prepared by laser pyrolysis

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    Scarisoreanu, Monica; Fleaca, Claudiu; Morjan, Ion; Niculescu, Ana-Maria; Luculescu, Catalin; Dutu, Elena; Ilie, Alina; Morjan, Iuliana; Florescu, Lavinia Gavrila; Vasile, Eugeniu; Fort, Carmen Ioana

    2017-10-01

    TiO2/SnO2 nanocomposites have been prepared by laser pyrolysis of volatile TiCl4 and SnCl4 precursors introduced together or separately in the reaction zone in the presence of air as oxidant and ethylene as sensitizer. Prior to the obtaining of TiO2/SnO2 nanocomposites with the different Sn concentrations (1.1-4.8 at.%), the best experimental conditions were identified for preparing pure anatase phase TiO2 samples considered as photoactive reference sample. The TiO2/SnO2 composites were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) techniques. The structural results show the presence of both TiO2 main phases: anatase (65-82% - the majority one) and rutile, as well as of small amounts of SnO2 tetragonal phase, all those with mean crystallite dimensions in the 8-22 nm range. Laser synthesized TiO2/SnO2 samples have a lower band gap energy and some of them (containing 1.8 or 4.8 at.% Sn) show higher photoactivity in the process of Methyl Orange solutions UV discoloration when compared with the P25 Degussa commercial sample.

  10. Preparation, characterizations and photocatalytic activity of a ZnO/TiO2 nanocomposite

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    Lachom, Vichuda; Poolcharuansin, Phitsanu; Laokul, Paveena

    2017-03-01

    Nanoparticles of TiO2, ZnO and nanocomposite ZnO/TiO2 were prepared via a co-precipitation method. The precursor powders were calcined in air at 400 and 500 °C for 2 h. Crystallite sizes of the calcined samples ranged from 11–43 nm. The XRD patterns of ZnO/TiO2 powder showed two phases of anatase and wurtzite, with no ZnTiO3 impurity phase. TEM images showed three types of particles in the ZnO/TiO2 samples: a fine particle type of TiO2 and submicron ellipsoidal and rod-like particles of ZnO. The energy gap (E g) of the calcined powders was evaluated using UV–vis absorption spectra and found to be in the range of 3.15–3.60 eV. Photodegradation efficiencies of the prepared samples in methyl orange aqueous solution were investigated under UVA irradiation. The results showed that nanocomposite ZnO/TiO2 calcined at 400 °C exhibited the highest apparent rate constant (k), and a higher capacity for methyl orange removal than TiO2 and ZnO nanoparticles.

  11. Facile preparation of nickel/carbonized wood nanocomposite for environmentally friendly supercapacitor electrodes

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    Yaddanapudi, Haritha Sree; Tian, Kun; Teng, Shiang; Tiwari, Ashutosh

    2016-09-01

    We are reporting a facile way to prepare nickel/carbon nanocomposites from wood as a novel electrode material for supercapacitors. The surface morphology and the structure of the as-prepared electrodes were studied by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results indicate that after high-temperature carbonization process, the wood is converted into graphitic carbon with nickel nanoparticles uniformly distributed within the three dimensional structure of the wood. Electrochemical characterization such as cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and galvanostatic charge-discharge measurements were conducted. These results showed that the introduction of nickel into the carbonized wood improves the specific capacitance and the cyclic stability of the nanocomposite electrode over that of the pure carbonized wood electrode. The composite electrode displayed an enhanced capacitive performance of 3616 F/g at 8 A/g, and showed an excellent capacitance retention after 6000 charge-discharge cycles. These results endow the nickel nanoparticles impregnated carbonized wood with a great potential for future application in supercapacitors.

  12. Hybrid magnetic – Semiconductor nanocomposites: optical, magnetic and nanosecond dynamical properties

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    Emam, A.N.; Girgis, E.; Mostafa, A.A. [National Research Center, Dokki, Giza (Egypt); Guirguis, O.W. [Biophysics Department, Faculty of Science, Cairo University, Giza (Egypt); Mohamed, M.B., E-mail: monabmohamed@gmail.com [National Institute of Laser Enhanced Science, Cairo University, Giza (Egypt); NanoTech Egypt for Photoelectronics, Dreamland, Giza (Egypt)

    2015-07-15

    A series of colloidal CdSe quantum dots doped with different concentration of cobalt ions has been prepared via organometallic pyrolysis of a mixture of cadmium stearate and cobalt dithiocarbazate. The conditions required for successful doping depend on the source of cobalt ions and the dopant concentration. The structure and morphology of the prepared nanocrystals have been characterized using X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), and Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM). Slight shift in the interplaner space was observed in the XRD pattern of the doped nanocrystals. Formation of separate cobalt nanoclusters has been observed in the TEM images upon increasing the cobalt concentration more than 2% of the original cadmium concentration. This was confirmed by magnetic measurements of the prepared samples. Room-temperature ferromagnetism has been observed, in which the switching field increases as the cobalt ratio increases. Increasing the cobalt ratio more than 5% increases the coercivity due to formation of Co{sup 0} nanoclusters. Moreover, the presence of localized magnetic ions in semiconductor QDs leads to strong exchange interactions between sp band electrons and the magnetic ions d electrons. This would influence the optical properties such as absorption, emission, as well as nanosecond relaxation dynamics. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Hybrid semiconductor-magnetic nanostructure was prepared via chemical method. • Room-temperature ferromagnetism for hybrid CdSe–Co quantum dots has been observed. • Co{sup +2} ions induces slight shift in the interplaner space distance of the doped QDs. • Hybrid CdSe–Co QDs have better quantum yield than pure CdSe QDs. • Hybrid CdSe–Co nanocrystals have faster electron-hole dynamics than pure CdSe QDs.

  13. TiO2 and SnO2 magnetic nanocomposites: influence of semiconductors and synthetic methods on photoactivity.

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    Mourão, Henrique A J L; Ribeiro, Caue

    2011-09-01

    A number of reports have been published on use of TiO2 in thin films, magnetic nanocomposites, or heterostructures such as TiO2/Ag and TiO2/SnO2, as catalysts for water decontamination. Hence, semiconductor materials such as SnO2, associated with TiO2 in such nanocomposites, should be assessed in depth for such applications, especially those involving complex structures, such as magnetic photocatalytic nanocomposites. The present study describes the synthesis, characterization and testing of the photocatalytic potential of TiO2 or SnO2 magnetic nanocomposites obtained by the polymeric precursor and the hydrolytic sol-gel methods. The nanocomposites TiO2/CoFe2O4 and SnO2/CoFe2O4 were synthesized from polymeric precursors while TiO2/Fe3O4 and SnO2/Fe3O4 were synthesized by the hydrolytic sol-gel method. The materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (FEG/SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The photocatalytic potentials were evaluated by rhodamine B dye photodegradation under UV-C radiation. Compared to SnO2, the nanocomposites with a coating of TiO2 were found to show better photocatalytic activity, but the SnO2 magnetic nanocomposites showed some photocatalytic activity, even though SnO2 is reported to be inactive for these purposes. As for the synthesis method, the nanocomposites obtained from polymeric precursors had smaller surface areas, but higher photocatalytic activity, than those obtained by the hydrolytic sol-gel method. This observation was attributed to the higher crystallinity and a more active surface resulting from calcination of the polymeric precursor material.

  14. Preparation of TiO2/Kaolinite Nanocomposite and Its Photocatalytical Activity

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    LEI Shaomin; GONG Wenqi; BAI Chunhua; QU Yi; GU Yongqin; XIONG Bihua; WANG Cheng

    2006-01-01

    Titanium dioxide/kaolinite nanocomposite was prepared by the sol-gel method, with layered kaolinite as a substrate and Ti( OC4 H9 )4 as a precursor. The effects of hydrolysis, drying and calcination on the production of nanometric titanium dioxide were discussed. The optimal conditions for preparation wereobtained through experiments. The 1- 10 nm thick monolayer anatase nano TiO2 crystal was produced under the conditions as follows: hydrolyzed at 37-42 ℃ for 4 h, dried at 70-80 ℃ for 1 h, and calcined at 550-650 ℃ for 3 h. The rate of degradation of 40 mg/ L azo dye and 20 mg/ L acid red dye can reach 96% and 81.45% , respectively.

  15. Preparation and characterization of polymeric nanocomposite films for application as protective coatings

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    Gagliardi, S.; Rondino, F.; D'Erme, C.; Persia, F.; Menchini, F.; Santarelli, M. L.; Paulke, B.-R.; Enayati, A. L.; Falconieri, M.

    2017-08-01

    Addiction of ceramic nanoparticles to acrylic polymers provides a simple and effective means to produce paints with important properties, such as mechanical resistance and tailored wettability, even though for optimal performances, an engineered nanoparticle distribution would be desirable. In this paper we report on the realization and on the morphological and functional characterization of nanocomposites where the nanophase is distributed on the surface of acrylic polymer films, in order to enhance the expression of surface-related properties. To this aim, commercial titanium oxide and silicon oxide nanopowders were dispersed in water and the suspensions were air-sprayed on polymeric films prepared by paint brushing, thus producing a nanostructured ceramic surface coating. Control of the pH of suspensions and acrylic acid functionalization of the surface of titania were used together with high power ultrasonic treatments in order to control dimension of the aggregates in the sprayed suspensions. Optical microscopy, mechanical profilometry, and atomic force microscopy were used to characterize the nanocomposite surface morphology and correlate it to the coating functional properties, evaluated through mechanical abrasion tests and contact angle measurements; also, colorimetry on coated stones was performed in order to test the impact of the coatings on the aesthetical appearance and their photostability under UV irradiation. Results show that the nanostructured ceramic layer slightly improves the resistance of coatings to mechanical abrasion in case of polymer films prepared from latexes. The nanocomposite surface layer does not affect the wettability of the polymer, which remained slightly hydrophilic; this behavior is likely due to inadequate distribution of the nanophase. On the other hand UV-induced superhydrophilicity was observed when the concentration of surface titania nanoparticles is about 0.6 mg/cm2. Colorimetric analysis on historical and Carrara

  16. Preparation and Structural Properties of Free Films from Rapeseed Oil-Based Rigid Polyurethane-Montmorillonite Nanocomposites

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    Sergey Gaidukov

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The preparation of free standing films of biobased rigid polyurethanes (PU from rapeseed oil (RO and diethanolamine (DEA polyol and its modification with organomontmorillonite (OMMT nanoparticles are described. Heat enthalpy of the interaction during in situ mixing of RO/DEA polyol and OMMT is measured in isothermal profile. The Fourier transform infrared spectral analysis (FTIR-ATR is used to determine the urethane group concentration and hydrogen bonds formation in PU and PU/OMMT nanocomposites. X-ray diffraction shows the formation of intercalated and exfoliated structures of OMMT. The glass-transition temperature is used to demonstrate the formation for the intercalated and exfoliated nanocomposites of an interphase with a possible compact structure and the altered polymer chain mobility. The prepared PU/OMMT nanocomposites are also characterized by the enhanced thermal degradation characteristics upon heating in air atmosphere.

  17. Preparation and Solar Light Photocatalytic Activity of N-Doped TiO2-Loaded Halloysite Nanotubes Nanocomposites

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    Cheng, Zhi-Lin; Sun, Wei

    2015-10-01

    A novel method to prepare N-doped TiO2-loaded halloysite nanotubes (N-TiO2/HNTs) nanocomposites was achieved by using the chemical vapor deposition in autoclave. The N-TiO2/HNTs nanocomposites obtained by the different form of the doping N source were studied through a series of characterizations. The XRD, SEM, and TEM characterizations verified the anatase structure of TiO2 nanoparticles with the size of ca.20nm loaded on the outer surface of HNTs. The UV-vis characterization of the N-TiO2/HNTs presented a further red-shift compared to the pure N-TiO2 nanoparticles.. The XPS characterizations confirmed the N element doped into the crystal structure of TiO2 nanoparticles. The photocatalytic activities of N-TiO2/HNTs nanocomposites prepared were evaluated by degradation of phenol at room temperature under simulated solar light irradiation.

  18. Preparation, characterization, and antibacterial activity studies of silver-loaded poly(styrene-co-acrylic acid) nanocomposites.

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    Song, Cunfeng; Chang, Ying; Cheng, Ling; Xu, Yiting; Chen, Xiaoling; Zhang, Long; Zhong, Lina; Dai, Lizong

    2014-03-01

    A simple method for preparing a new type of stable antibacterial agent was presented. Monodisperse poly(styrene-co-acrylic acid) (PSA) nanospheres, serving as matrices, were synthesized via soap-free emulsion polymerization. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy micrographs indicated that PSA nanospheres have interesting surface microstructures and well-controlled particle size distributions. Silver-loaded poly(styrene-co-acrylic acid) (PSA/Ag-NPs) nanocomposites were prepared in situ through interfacial reduction of silver nitrate with sodium borohydride, and further characterized by transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Their effects on antibacterial activity including inhibition zone, minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC), minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC), and bactericidal kinetics were evaluated. In the tests, PSA/Ag-NPs nanocomposites showed excellent antibacterial activity against both gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus and gram-negative Escherichia coli. These nanocomposites are considered to have potential application in antibacterial coatings on biomedical devices to reduce nosocomial infection rates.

  19. Initial Magnetization Curve and Hardening Mechanism in the Nanocomposite Nd8Fe85Nb1B6 Ribbon

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    2001-01-01

    The melt-spun Nd8Fe85Nb1B6 ribbon was prepared by the single roller method with the tangential speed of 20 m/s. A mixture of Nd2Fe14B and α-Fe phases with the average crystalline grain size of about 20 nm was found to exist in the as-quenched ribbons. The initial magnetization curve of the nanocomposite Nd8Fe85Nb1B6 ribbon can be divided into four sections by the inflection points on it. The magnetically hardening mechanism corresponding to each section was investigated. The initial susceptibility of the Nd8Fe85Nb1B6 ribbon is higher than that of the Nd15Fe85B9 powder, which may be attributed to the reversible magnetization rotation in the central region not influenced by the exchange-coupling effect within the α-Fe grains.The above-mentioned magnetization rotation leads to the formation of equilibrium 180 deg. domain walls at the boundaries of the α-Fe grains. With the increase of applied field, these domain walls are compressed reversibly towards the Nd2Fe14B grains and eventually invade into them.The irreversible movement of the domain walls in the Nd2Fe14B grains accounts for the steepest growth of magnetization with the applied field. Finally, the magnetically inhomogeneous “core regions” are formed in the Nd2Fe14B grains, and the magnetization rotation in these“core regions”indicates the end of the whole initial saturation process.

  20. Exploring the structural and magnetic properties of TiO{sub 2}/SnO{sub 2} core/shell nanocomposite: An experimental and density functional study

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    Chetri, Pawan; Basyach, Priyanka; Choudhury, Amarjyoti, E-mail: ajc@tezu.ernet.in

    2014-12-15

    TiO{sub 2}/SnO{sub 2} core/shell nanocomposite is prepared via a simple sol–gel method and the properties are compared with the individual TiO{sub 2} (core) and SnO{sub 2} (shell). The corresponding characterizations are carried out in terms of structural and magnetic properties of TiO{sub 2}/SnO{sub 2}, TiO{sub 2} and SnO{sub 2} nanosystems. Structural properties are studied via XRD, TEM, Raman spectroscopy, FTIR and XPS. Magnetic characterization is performed by measuring Moment vs. Applied Field for all the samples and Moment vs. Temperature for TiO{sub 2}/SnO{sub 2} core/shell nanocomposite. We also went for a better insight with the help of theoretical measures. First principle calculations have been executed using “Density Functional Theory” (DFT)-based MedeA VASP package to compare the results of TiO{sub 2}/SnO{sub 2} with TiO{sub 2} (1 1 0) and SnO{sub 2} (1 1 0) surface calculations and its effect on the magnetic nature of the specific nanoparticles. XRD, RAMAN and FTIR gave indirect evidence of formation of core shell nanostructure while TEM micrographs provide the direct evidence of formation of core shell nanostructure. The magnetic study shows a higher saturation magnetization for the core/shell nanostructure compared to pristine TiO{sub 2} and SnO{sub 2}. In this report, we have attempted to relate this experimental observation with the results of the first principle calculations. - Graphical abstract: Above pictorial presentation (from left) represents the model for TS, TiO{sub 2} and SnO{sub 2} used for DFT calculation and the obtained magnetic results for all the prepared systems. - Highlights: • Synthesis of TiO{sub 2}/SnO{sub 2} core/shell nanocomposites by a simple sol–gel technique. • The nanocomposites show better magnetic property than pristine nanoparticles. • DFT based calculations also support the experimental evidences.

  1. General synthesis of magnetic mesoporous FeNi/graphitic carbon nanocomposites and their application for dye adsorption

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    Wang, Yangang, E-mail: ygwang8136@gmail.com; Yao, Mingcui; Chen, Yuting; Zuo, Yuanhui; Zhang, Xiaodong; Cui, Lifeng, E-mail: lifeng.cui@gmail.com

    2015-04-05

    Graphical abstract: Magnetic mesoporous FeNi alloy/graphitic carbon nanocomposites with different Fe/Ni molar ratios have been synthesized through a simple nanocasting method using mesoporous silica SBA-15 as the template. It was observed that high content of magnetic FeNi alloy nanoparticles with the sizes of 3–6 nm were well dispersed into the walls of graphitic mesoporous carbon matrix, and the obtained magnetic nanocomposites with uniform mesostructure and high surface areas can be used as efficient and recycled adsorbents in the removal of dye from wastewater. - Highlights: • Novel magnetic mesoporous FeNi alloy/graphitic carbon nanocomposites were synthesized. • The synthesis was achieved by a simple nanocasting method using mesoporous silica SBA-15 as the template. • Highly dispersed FeNi alloy nanocrystals were well embedded in the graphitic mesoporous carbon walls. • The obtained magnetic mesoporous nanocomposites have high surface areas and saturation magnetization. • The nanocomposites can be used as efficient and recycled adsorbents in the removal of dye from wastewater. - Abstract: A series of magnetic mesoporous FeNi/graphitic carbon nanocomposites have been synthesized through a simple nanocasting method using mesoporous silica SBA-15 as the template. Metal nitrates and natural soybean oil are respectively used as the magnetic particle precursors and carbon source, which can be infiltrated into the silica template after impregnation, grinding mix and heat treatment. X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption–desorption, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, transmission electron microscopy, vibrating-sample magnetometry and thermogravimetric analysis techniques are used to characterize the samples. It is observed that high content of magnetic FeNi alloy nanocrystals with the sizes of about 3–6 nm are well homodispersed into the walls of graphitic mesoporous carbon matrix, and the resulting nanocomposites have a uniform

  2. Boron Drug Delivery via Encapsulated Magnetic Nanocomposites: A New Approach for BNCT in Cancer Treatment

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    Yinghuai Zhu

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Ortho-carborane cages have been successfully attached to modified magnetic nanoparticles via catalytic azide-alkyne cycloadditions between 1-R-2-butyl-Ortho-C2B10H10(R=Me,3;Ph,4 and propargyl group-enriched magnetic nanoparticles. A loading amount of 9.83 mmol boron atom/g starch-matrixed magnetic nanoparticles has been reached. The resulting nanocomposites have been found to be highly tumor-targeted vehicles under the influence of an external magnetic field (1.14T, yielding a high boron concentration of 51.4 μg/g tumor and ratios of around 10 : 1 tumor to normal tissues.

  3. Preparation, characterization, and antibacterial activity studies of silver-loaded poly(styrene-co-acrylic acid) nanocomposites

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    Song, Cunfeng [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Materials, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China); Department of Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China); Chang, Ying; Cheng, Ling; Xu, Yiting [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Materials, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China); Chen, Xiaoling, E-mail: tinachen0628@163.com [Department of Endodontics, Xiamen Stomatology Hospital, Teaching Hospital of Fujian Medical University, Xiamen 361003 (China); Zhang, Long; Zhong, Lina [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Materials, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China); Dai, Lizong, E-mail: lzdai@xmu.edu.cn [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Materials, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China)

    2014-03-01

    A simple method for preparing a new type of stable antibacterial agent was presented. Monodisperse poly(styrene-co-acrylic acid) (PSA) nanospheres, serving as matrices, were synthesized via soap-free emulsion polymerization. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy micrographs indicated that PSA nanospheres have interesting surface microstructures and well-controlled particle size distributions. Silver-loaded poly(styrene-co-acrylic acid) (PSA/Ag-NPs) nanocomposites were prepared in situ through interfacial reduction of silver nitrate with sodium borohydride, and further characterized by transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Their effects on antibacterial activity including inhibition zone, minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC), minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC), and bactericidal kinetics were evaluated. In the tests, PSA/Ag-NPs nanocomposites showed excellent antibacterial activity against both gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus and gram-negative Escherichia coli. These nanocomposites are considered to have potential application in antibacterial coatings on biomedical devices to reduce nosocomial infection rates. - Highlights: • A new type of antibacterial agent (PSA/Ag-NPs nanocomposites) was synthesized. • The antibacterial activity against S. aureus and E. coli was studied. • Inhibition zone, MIC, MBC, and bactericidal kinetics were evaluated. • PSA/Ag-NPs nanocomposites showed excellent antibacterial activity.

  4. COMPARISON OF POLYAMIDE 66/MONTMORILLONITE NANOCOMPOSITES PREPARED FROM POLYAMIDE 6 AND POLYAMIDE 66 BASED MASTER-BATCHES

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    Qing-quan Yang; Zhao-xia Guo; Jian Yu

    2008-01-01

    Two master-batches,polyamide 66 (PA66)/organo-montmorillonite (OMMT) and polyamide 6 (PA6)/OMMT,prepared by melt compounding with methyl methacrylate (MMA) as co-intercalation agent,have been used to prepare nearly exfoliated PA66/montmorillonite (MMT) nanocomposites.The resulting nanocomposites are compared in view of their morphology and properties.Nano-scale dispersion of OMMT is realized in both types of nanocomposites,as revealed by XRD,TEM and Molau tests.PA66/MMT nanocomposites having superior mechanical properties and heat distortion temperature (HDT) can be obtained from either PA66/OMMT or PA6/OMMT master-batch.Those from PA6/OMMT have lower tensile and flexural properties,and HDT than those from PA66/OMMT due to the presence of less stiff and less thermal resistant PA6.The crystallization behavior and crystal structure of the matrix in both types of PA66/MMT nanocomposites are also investigated by DSC and WAXD.

  5. One-pot preparation of unsaturated polyester nanocomposites containing functionalized graphene sheets via a novel solvent-exchange method

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    This paper reports a convenient one-pot method integrating a novel solvent-exchange method into in situ melt polycondensation to fabricate unsaturated polyester nanocomposites containing functionalized graphene sheets (FGS). A novel solvent-exchange method was first developed to prepare graphene oxi...

  6. Synthetic aspects and characterization of polypropylene–silica nanocomposites prepared via solid-state modification and sol–gel reactions

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    Jain, Sachin; Goossens, Han; Picchioni, Francesco; Magusin, Pieter; Mezari, Brahim; Duin, Martin van

    2005-01-01

    A new route is developed by combining solid-state modification (SSM) by grafting vinyl triethoxysilane (VTES) with a sol–gel method to prepare PP/silica nanocomposites with varying degree of adhesion between filler and matrix. VTES was grafted via SSM in porous PP particles. Bulk polymerization unde

  7. Synthetic aspects and characterization of polypropylene-silica nanocomposites prepared via solid-state modification and sol-gel reactions

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    Jain, S; Goossens, H; Picchioni, F; Magusin, P; Mezari, B

    2005-01-01

    A new route is developed by combining solid-state modification (SSM) by grafting vinyl triethoxysilane (VTES) with a sol-gel method to prepare PP/silica nanocomposites with varying degree of adhesion between filler and matrix. VTES was grafted via SSM in porous PP particles. Bulk polymerization unde

  8. Study on the Preparation and Characteristics of Cellulose/Silver Iodide Nanocomposite Film.

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    Lee, Yang Hun; Han, Sung Soo; Kang, Young Ah; Shin, Eun Joo

    2016-06-01

    In this study, the structure and properties of an organic-inorganic composite material prepared from cellulose doped with fine particles of silver iodide (AgI) were examined. The preparation of the composite involved the complexation of cellulose with polyiodide ions, such as I- and 13-, by immersion in iodine/potassium iodide (I2/KI: 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1.0 M) or potassium iodide (KI: 0.6, 1.2, 1.8, 2.4, 3.0 M) aqueous solutions followed by reaction in a silver nitrate (AgNO3:1.0 M) aqueous solution. These procedures resulted in the in situ formation of fine β-AgI particles within the cellulose matrix. The characteristics and conductivities of prepared cellulose/silver iodide (AgI) nanocomposite films with different I2/KI and KI concentrations were investigated. AgI particle formation and aggregation increased on increasing I2/KI and KI concentrations as determined by SEM. X-ray results showed that KI could penetrate the cellulose crystal region and form AgI particles. The electrical conductivities of nanocomposite films treated with KI were higher than that of I2/KI at < 1.0 M of I2/KI and 3 M of KI, although the weight gain by AgI formation was lower than that of I2/KI. This was also attributed to the formation of smaller AgI particles and crystal defects. Highest electrical conductivity (3.8 x 10(-7) Ω(-1) cm(-1)) was obtained from the cellulose films (1.25 x 10(-11) Ω(-1) cm(-1)) treated with the aqueous solutions of 1.0 M I2/KI and 1.0 M AgNO3.

  9. Preparation and Photocatalytic Activity of BiOBr/TiO2 Heterojunction Nanocomposites

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    谭欣; 李香利; 于涛; 赵阳

    2016-01-01

    An efficient visible-light-responsive BiOBr/TiO2 heterojunction nanocomposite was fabricated success-fully using in-situ depositing technique at room temperature by introducing BiOBr onto the surface of TiO2 nano-belts pre-prepared by hydrothermal reaction and etched with H2SO4. The obtained particles were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, XPS, UV-Vis DRS and PL techniques. BiOBr/TiO2 heterojunction nanocomposites with differ-ent mass ratios ofm(BiOBr)/m(TiO2)were discussed in order to get the best photocatalytic activity, and BiOBr/TiO2-1.0was proved to be the optimal mass ratio. BiOBr/TiO2-1.0 exhibited excellent photocatalytic activ-ity in the degradation of RhB compared with TiO2 nanobelts, pure BiOBr and the mechanical mixture of TiO2 nano-belts and BiOBr. At last, a possible mechanism of photocatalytic enhancement was proposed.

  10. Preparation and characterization of glycerol plasticized-pea starch/ZnO-carboxymethylcellulose sodium nanocomposites.

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    Yu, Jiugao; Yang, Jingwen; Liu, Baoxiang; Ma, Xiaofei

    2009-06-01

    Among natural polymers, starch is one of the most promising biodegradable materials because it is a renewable bioresource that is universally available and of low cost. However, the properties of starch-based materials are not satisfactory. One approach is the use of nano-filler as reinforcement for starch-based materials. In this paper, a nanocomposite is prepared using ZnO nanoparticles stabilized by carboxymethylcellulose sodium (CMC) as the filler in glycerol plasticized-pea starch (GPS) matrix by the casting process. According to the characterization of ZnO-CMC particles with Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), Ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TG), ZnO (about 60 wt%) is encapsulated with CMC (about 40 wt%) in ZnO-CMC particles with the size of about 30-40 nm. A low loading of ZnO-CMC particles can obviously improve the pasting viscosity, storage modulus, the glass transition temperature and UV absorbance of GPS/ZnO-CMC nanocomposites. When the ZnO-CMC contents vary from 0 to 5 wt%, the tensile yield strength increase from 3.94 MPa to 9.81 MPa, while the elongation at break reduce from 42.2% to 25.8%. The water vapor permeability decrease from 4.76 x 10(-10) to 1.65 x 10(-10) g m(-1) s(-1) Pa(-1).

  11. Preparation of TiO2/epoxy nanocomposites by ultrasonic dispersion and their structure property relationship.

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    Bittmann, Birgit; Haupert, Frank; Schlarb, Alois Karl

    2011-01-01

    By the insertion of nanoparticles into a polymer matrix a considerable improvement of mechanical properties can be achieved. Therefore, a homogeneous distribution of fillers within the matrix is required. In the present paper the dispersion of TiO(2)-nanoparticles in a DGEBA (diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A) epoxy resin by means of an ultrasonic horn was studied. The systematic examination of process parameters of a previous study was completed in order to determine the optimum processing window leading to a good dispersion result without degrading the molecular structure of the epoxy resin. Therefore, particle sizes were examined using a dynamic light scattering device, and the effect of the ultrasonic treatment on the resin was surveyed by FT-IR spectroscopy (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy). Furthermore, the mechanical performance of the nanocomposites was examined for various contents of TiO(2)-nanoparticles to show that the materials prepared by ultrasonic dispersion show an improved property's profile. In order to understand the reinforcing mechanisms of nanoparticles in the polymer matrix providing improved mechanical properties, scanning electron microscope (SEM) pictures of the fracture surfaces of the samples were carried out, which revealed that nanocomposites show a significantly rougher surface than the neat epoxy resin. This indicates a change in the fracture mechanisms.

  12. Ultrathin free-standing polyelectrolyte nanocomposites: a novel method for preparation and characterization of assembly dynamics.

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    Ferri, James K; Dong, Wen-Fei; Miller, Reinhard

    2005-08-11

    We present a new opportunity for the investigation of the dynamics of electrostatic ultrathin-film assembly and the elucidation of time scales required for layer-by-layer adsorption of polyelectrolytes using a novel pendant drop technique which allows for the synthesis of free-standing nanocomposites. In short, a charged molecular template, i.e., a lipid monolayer, is deposited on a pendant drop and compressed to present a defined surface charge density to the subphase of the drop. The subphase is then cycled alternatively between solutions of polycations, saline, and polyanions by injection and withdrawal of liquid from coaxial capillaries on which the drop was formed, resulting in encapsulation of the drop volume by a polymeric composite membrane. The in situ dynamics of the process are followed by axisymmetric drop shape analysis. As a model, nanocomposites of dimyristoyl phosphatidyl glycerol-(polyallylamine hydrochloride/polystyrene sulfonate)(n=1-3) were prepared. The characteristic time scales for assembly range from 1 to 4 min and increase with film thickness. It is also demonstrated that small-amplitude (>1%) perturbations in the film density during adsorption prolong the assembly. Both these results underscore the nonequilibrium nature of these materials.

  13. Direct Preparation of Few Layer Graphene Epoxy Nanocomposites from Untreated Flake Graphite.

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    Throckmorton, James; Palmese, Giuseppe

    2015-07-15

    The natural availability of flake graphite and the exceptional properties of graphene and graphene-polymer composites create a demand for simple, cost-effective, and scalable methods for top-down graphite exfoliation. This work presents a novel method of few layer graphite nanocomposite preparation directly from untreated flake graphite using a room temperature ionic liquid and laminar shear processing regimen. The ionic liquid serves both as a solvent and initiator for epoxy polymerization and is incorporated chemically into the matrix. This nanocomposite shows low electrical percolation (0.005 v/v) and low thickness (1-3 layers) graphite/graphene flakes by TEM. Additionally, the effect of processing conditions by rheometry and comparison with solvent-free conditions reveal the interactions between processing and matrix properties and provide insight into the theory of the chemical and physical exfoliation of graphite crystals and the resulting polymer matrix dispersion. An interaction model that correlates the interlayer shear physics of graphite flakes and processing parameters is proposed and tested.

  14. Preparation and Properties of Organically Modified Sepiolite/ High-performance Epoxy Nanocomposites

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    LU Hai-jun

    2006-01-01

    Fibrous organic sepiolites (OSEP) and novel epoxy/OSEP nanocomposites were prepared, and different methods were investigated to produce an intercalated/exfoliated structure of OSEP. Experimental results show that the modifier molecules can be easily adsorbed by the sepiolite, but the layer space (d001) of the sepiolite, linked by means of covalent bond, remains unchanged. A proper method to solve this problem appears to exert large shearing force on the original sepiolite followed by its organic modification (OSEP2). The morphology observation shows that there are formed an even dispersion of nano-sized OSEP2 fibers in epoxy resin and a structure intercalated by epoxy molecules, which lead to significantly improved mechanical properties. Impact strength of the epoxy/ OSEP2 nanocomposite increases from 32.1 kJ/m2 to 44.4 kJ/m2, 38.3% higher than that of pristine matrix with 3 wt% OSEP2 content. It is also noted that the flexural strength of the OSEP/epoxy composites has risen by about 3% higher than that of the pure epoxy resin.

  15. PREPARATION AND PROPERTIES OF CLAY/POLY(N-ISOPROPYLACRYLAMIDE-co-ACRYL AMIDE) NANOCOMPOSITE HYDROGELS

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    LIU Xiaoli; LIU Yang; Zhang WEI; JIANG Yongmei; GU Chunju; ZHU Meifang; Adler H.J.

    2006-01-01

    A series of clay/poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-acrylamide) nanocomposite hydrogels (S-N-M gels) have been successfully prepared by in situ polymerization. The mechanical properties,swelling behavior of S-N-M gels and the transparency changes during polymerization of S-N-M gels have been systematically investigated. Compared to traditional hydrogeb, S-N-M gels show excellent tensile properties and their swelling ratio increases with increasing acrylamide (AAm) content. The results of stress relaxation indicate that the stress loss decreases with increasing AAm content. It was surprisingly found that the transparency during all S-N-M gel synthesis changes abruptly, and the changes become more abrupt with increasing N-isopropylacrylamide content. It was concluded that the fact may be related to the hydrophilicity of copolymers. The weaker the hydrophilicity of copolymer, the more apparent the transparency change during S-N-M gels polymerization. We believe the relationship between hydrophilicity of copolymer and transparency changes will help to design novel nanocomposite hydrogels.

  16. Preparation and characterization of new nano-composite scaffolds loaded with vascular stents.

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    Xu, Hongzhen; Su, Jiansheng; Sun, Jun; Ren, Tianbin

    2012-01-01

    In this study, vascular stents were fabricated from poly (lactide-ɛ-caprolactone)/collagen/nano-hydroxyapatite (PLCL/Col/nHA) by electrospinning, and the surface morphology and breaking strength were observed or measured through scanning electron microscopy and tensile tests. The anti-clotting properties of stents were evaluated for anticoagulation surfaces modified by the electrostatic layer-by-layer self-assembly technique. In addition, nano-composite scaffolds of poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid)/polycaprolactone/nano-hydroxyapatite (PLGA/PCL/nHA) loaded with the vascular stents were prepared by thermoforming-particle leaching and their basic performance and osteogenesis were tested in vitro and in vivo. The results show that the PLCL/Col/nHA stents and PLGA/PCL/nHA nano-composite scaffolds had good surface structures, mechanical properties, biocompatibility and could guide bone regeneration. These may provide a new way to build vascularized-tissue engineered bone to repair large bone defects in bone tissue engineering.

  17. Preparation and Application of Nano-composite Poly(vinyl alcohol) Gel Electrolyte in Electrochemical Capacitor

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    陈赟; 谭强强; 徐宇兴

    2012-01-01

    A nano-composite polymer gel electrolyte was prepared using titanium oxide nanowire,poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA),lithium salt and organic solvent N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP).The obtained electrolyte has the potential for application in electrochemical capacitor,the PVA in it is in an amorphous state.The ionic conductivities of electrolytes increased after addition of the nanowire,and the electrolyte with 3%(ω) of nanowire exhibited the highest ionic conductivity of 3.2 mS/cm at 20 ℃,as measured by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.The temperature dependence of the conductivity was found to be in agreement with the Arrhenius equation.Functioning as separator and electrolyte,this nano-composite PVA gel electrolyte was used to assemble the electrochemical capacitor with active carbon film as electrodes.The compositing of nanowire may extend the life of electrochemical capacitors as they keep more than 90% of their capacitance after 5 000 cycles of charging and discharging.

  18. Preparation and microwave absorption properties of Ag-doped BaTiO{sub 3} nanocomposites

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    Zhang, Meng; Zheng, Ji, E-mail: zheng_ji@tju.edu.cn; Liang, Lu; Jiang, Fei; Wang, Ying

    2014-11-15

    In this paper, a series of novel Ag doped BaTiO{sub 3} (Ba{sub 1−x}Ag{sub x}TiO{sub 3}) nanocomposites have been successfully synthesized via the sol-gel method. The XRD pattern indicates that the structure of the synthesized samples is exactly the same as the pure BaTiO{sub 3}, which belongs to the tetragonal system. Besides, the prepared materials were characterized by employing scanning electron microscope (SEM), of which the results show that the morphologies of the samples are closer to tetragonal with an average diameter below 100 nm. Moreover, for the sample with x equal to 0.8%, the maximum reflection loss of 26.8 dB is obtained at 14.8 GHz. Most importantly, for those samples with less than 1% Ag doped, the bandwidth with the loss above 10 dB are even wider than 2 GHz. - Highlights: • We synthesized Ba{sub 1−x}Ag{sub x}TiO{sub 3} nanocomposites using the sol–gel method. • The microwave absorption properties of Ba{sub 1−x}Ag{sub x}TiO{sub 3} samples were discussed. • The maximum reflection loss reaches 26.8 dB for the sample when x equals to 0.8%. • The bandwidth is wider than 2 GHz for samples with modicum Ag doping.

  19. Preparation and enhanced properties of polyaniline/grafted intercalated ZnAl-LDH nanocomposites

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    Hu, Jinlong; Gan, Mengyu; Ma, Li; Zhang, Jun; Xie, Shuang; Xu, Fenfang; Shen, JiYue Zheng Xiaoyu; Yin, Hui

    2015-02-01

    The polymeric nanocomposites (PANI/AD-LDH) were prepared by in situ polymerization based on polyaniline (PANI) and decavanadate-intercalated and γ-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTS)-grafted ZnAl-layered double hydroxide (AD-LDH). FTIR and XRD studies confirm the grafting of APTS with decavanadate-intercalated LDH (D-LDH). The extent of grafting (wt%) has also been estimated on the basis of the residue left in nitrogen atmosphere at 800 °C in TGA. SEM and XPS studies show the partial exfoliation of grafted LDH in the PANI matrix and the interfacial interaction between PANI and grafted LDH, respectively. The grafted intercalated layered double hydroxide in reinforcing the properties of the PANI nanocomposites has also been investigated by open circuit potential (OCP), tafel polarization curves (TAF), electrochemical impendence spectroscopy (EIS), salt spray test and TGA-DTA. The experimental results indicate that the PANI/AD-LDH has a higher thermal stability and anticorrosion properties relative to the PANI.

  20. Preparation and Characterization of New Nano-Composite Scaffolds Loaded With Vascular Stents

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    Tianbin Ren

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available In this study, vascular stents were fabricated from poly (lactide-ε-caprolactone/collagen/nano-hydroxyapatite (PLCL/Col/nHA by electrospinning, and the surface morphology and breaking strength were observed or measured through scanning electron microscopy and tensile tests. The anti-clotting properties of stents were evaluated for anticoagulation surfaces modified by the electrostatic layer-by-layer self-assembly technique. In addition, nano-composite scaffolds of poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid/polycapr-olactone/nano-hydroxyapatite (PLGA/PCL/nHA loaded with the vascular stents were prepared by thermoforming-particle leaching and their basic performance and osteogenesis were tested in vitro and in vivo. The results show that the PLCL/Col/nHA stents and PLGA/PCL/nHA nano-composite scaffolds had good surface structures, mechanical properties, biocompatibility and could guide bone regeneration. These may provide a new way to build vascularized-tissue engineered bone to repair large bone defects in bone tissue engineering.

  1. Efficient phosphate sequestration for water purification by unique sandwich-like MXene/magnetic iron oxide nanocomposites

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    Zhang, Qingrui; Teng, Jie; Zou, Guodong; Peng, Qiuming; Du, Qing; Jiao, Tifeng; Xiang, Jianyong

    2016-03-01

    Rationally tailored intercalation for two-dimensional (2D) layered MXene materials has aroused extraordinary enthusiasm for broadening their applications. Herein, a novel sandwiched structural 2D MXene-iron oxide (MXI) material, prepared by selectively exfoliating an Al layer followed by magnetic ferric oxide intercalation, exhibits remarkable applicability to trace phosphate sequestration in the environmental remediation realm. Compared with commercial adsorbents, the resultant MXI nanocomposite exhibits a fast separation in 120 s together with the superior treatment capacities of 2100 kg and 2400 kg per kg in simulated and real phosphate wastewater applications, respectively. Such efficient sequestration is ascribed to the formation of a unique nano-ferric oxide morphology. The ultrafine nano-Fe2O3 particles can intercalate into the interior layers of MXene, widening the layer distance, and stimulating the available overlapping activated layers; while the efficient phosphate removal can be achieved by the strong complexation onto the embedded magnetic nano-Fe3O4 with a unique sandwich-structure as well as the stimulated Ti-O terminal within MXene. Apart from the fact that this approach suggests a complementary means for environmental remediation, it opens a new trajectory to achieve the functionalization of MXene.Rationally tailored intercalation for two-dimensional (2D) layered MXene materials has aroused extraordinary enthusiasm for broadening their applications. Herein, a novel sandwiched structural 2D MXene-iron oxide (MXI) material, prepared by selectively exfoliating an Al layer followed by magnetic ferric oxide intercalation, exhibits remarkable applicability to trace phosphate sequestration in the environmental remediation realm. Compared with commercial adsorbents, the resultant MXI nanocomposite exhibits a fast separation in 120 s together with the superior treatment capacities of 2100 kg and 2400 kg per kg in simulated and real phosphate wastewater

  2. Collagen based magnetic nanocomposites for oil removal applications

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    Thanikaivelan, Palanisamy; Narayanan, Narayanan T; Pradhan, Bhabendra K; Ajayan, Pulickel M

    2012-01-01

    ...) is prepared by a simple process utilizing protein wastes from leather industry. Molecular interaction between helical collagen fibers and spherical SPIONs is proven through calorimetric, microscopic and spectroscopic techniques...

  3. Synthesis and characterization of magnetic of Ni/ABS nanocomposites by electrical explosion of wire in liquid and solution blending methods

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    Thuyet-Nguyen, Minh; Hai-Nguyen, Hong; Kim, Won Joo; Kim, Ho Yoon; Kim, Jin-Chun

    2017-03-01

    Nanomaterials have attracted great attention from chemists, physicists and materials scientists because of their application benefits and special properties. Thermoplastics have been used in many applications such as molding of non-electrical components, conducting, magnetic field and 3D printing. Nanocomposites are known as a material which blends the best properties of components, a high performance material exhibits unusual property combinations and unique design possibilities. In this research, we focused to investigate and report primary results in the synthesis of magnetic nanocomposites based on acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), which are useful and important thermoplastics. Nickel nanopowder was prepared by electrical explosion of wire in a liquid were used as magnetic component. The composites were prepared by following steps, first the obtained Ni nanopowders were incorporated into the ABS matrix via a solution blending method (drop-casting), and then the solvent was evaporated. The characterizations of obtaining composites were analyzed by field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-Ray Diffraction analysis and vibrating sample magnetometer.

  4. Magnetic Cellulose Nanocrystal Based Anisotropic Polylactic Acid Nanocomposite Films: Influence on Electrical, Magnetic, Thermal, and Mechanical Properties.

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    Dhar, Prodyut; Kumar, Amit; Katiyar, Vimal

    2016-07-20

    This paper reports a single-step co-precipitation method for the fabrication of magnetic cellulose nanocrystals (MGCNCs) with high iron oxide nanoparticle content (∼51 wt % loading) adsorbed onto cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs). X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), and Raman spectroscopic studies confirmed that the hydroxyl groups on the surface of CNCs (derived from the bamboo pulp) acted as anchor points for the adsorption of Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The fabricated MGCNCs have a high magnetic moment, which is utilized to orient the magnetoresponsive nanofillers in parallel or perpendicular orientations inside the polylactic acid (PLA) matrix. Magnetic-field-assisted directional alignment of MGCNCs led to the incorporation of anisotropic mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties in the fabricated PLA-MGCNC nanocomposites. Thermomechanical studies showed significant improvement in the elastic modulus and glass-transition temperature for the magnetically oriented samples. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and XRD studies confirmed that the alignment of MGCNCs led to the improvement in the percentage crystallinity and, with the absence of the cold-crystallization phenomenon, finds a potential application in polymer processing in the presence of magnetic field. The tensile strength and percentage elongation for the parallel-oriented samples improved by ∼70 and 240%, respectively, and for perpendicular-oriented samples, by ∼58 and 172%, respectively, in comparison to the unoriented samples. Furthermore, its anisotropically induced electrical and magnetic properties are desirable for fabricating self-biased electronics products. We also demonstrate that the fabricated anisotropic PLA-MGCNC nanocomposites could be laminated into films with the incorporation of directionally tunable mechanical properties. Therefore, the current study provides a novel noninvasive approach of orienting nontoxic bioderived CNCs in the presence of low

  5. The role of combined addition of Ti and B in magnetic hardening of devitrified Pr{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B/(Fe{sub 3}B,{alpha}-Fe) nanocomposite magnets

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    Zhang, W.Y.; Stoica, M.; Eckert, J.; Ehrenberg, H. [IFW Dresden, Institute for Complex Materials, P.O. Box 27 01 16, 01171 Dresden (Germany); Chang, H.W.; Chang, W.C. [Department of Physics, National Chung Cheng University, 168, San-Hsing, Min-Hsiung, Yi 621 (China)

    2008-05-15

    Pr{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B/(Fe{sub 3}B,{alpha}-Fe) nanocomposite magnets with high coercivity have been prepared by devitrification of Pr{sub 9}Fe{sub 88.5-x}Ti{sub 2.5}B{sub x} (x=7, 9, 11, 13, and 15) amorphous ribbons. Similar to Zr and Nb, Ti substitutes rare earth sites and participates in forming the (Pr,Ti){sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B phase. The increasing amount of nonmagnetic TiB{sub 2} with increasing x in the nanocomposite magnets may precipitate along the grain boundaries and refine the microstructure by inhibiting the grain growth, and results in a continuous increase of coercivity. It also leads to an increase of the fraction of soft phases in the nanocomposites, which enhances the remanence. The squareness of the demagnetization curves is also improved by appropriate B addition. As a result, the energy product attains a maximum value of 129.6 kJ/m{sup 3} for x=13. A more obvious shoulder and significantly enhanced coercivity (2424 kA/m) in the hysteresis curves at 70 K was observed for the sample with x = 15 in comparison with the ribbon with x=7. This further demonstrates that B addition promotes the formation of TiB{sub 2} and the Fe{sub 3}B soft phase in good agreement with XRD results. Accordingly, the introduction of a proper amount of nonmagnetic phases can enhance the magnetic properties of the nanocomposite magnets. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  6. Preparation, characterization, dielectric properties and diffusion studies of styrene butadiene rubber (SBR)/manganous tungstate (MnWO4) nanocomposites

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    Jasna, V. C.; Ramesan, M. T.

    2017-06-01

    Nanocomposites based on SBR with different content of manganous tungstate nanoparticles were prepared and characterized by FTIR, UV-visible spectroscopy, XRD, SEM, TGA, DSC and impedance analysis. The interaction between nanoparticles and the elastomer was clear from the shift in peaks of UV and FTIR. XRD and SEM analysis showed the uniform arrangement of nanoparticles in SBR matrix. Glass transition temperature, thermal stability and dielectric properties of composites were enhanced by the addition of nanoparticles. Sorption studies of nanocomposites were done in aromatic solvents at different temperature. Sorption data obtained were used to estimate the thermodynamic properties.

  7. Controlled silver delivery by silver-cellulose nanocomposites prepared by a one-pot green synthesis assisted by microwaves

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    Silva, Ana Rosa; Unali, Gianfranco, E-mail: ana.rosa.silva@ua.pt [Structured Materials Expertise Group, Unilever Discover Port Sunlight, Quarry Road East, Bebington CH63 3JW (United Kingdom)

    2011-08-05

    Controlled silver release from cellulosic nanocomposites was achieved by synthesizing silver nanoparticles, under microwave heating for 1-15 min, in a one-pot, versatile and sustainable process in which microcrystalline cellulose simultaneously functions as reducing, stabilizing and supporting agent in water; chitin, starch and other cellulose derivatives could also be used as reducing, stabilizing and supporting agents for silver nanoparticles and the method was also found to be extensible to the preparation of noble metal (Au, Pt) and metal oxide nanoparticle (ZnO, Cu, CuO and Cu{sub 2}O) nanocomposites.

  8. FACILE REGULATION OF GLUTARALDEHYDE-MODIFIED GRAPHENE OXIDE FOR PREPARING FREE-STANDING PAPERS AND NANOCOMPOSITE FILMS

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    Ye-qiang Tan; Yi-hu Song; Qiang Zheng

    2013-01-01

    Colloidal suspensions of glutaraldehyde (GA) crosslinked or grafted graphene oxide (GO) sheets were fabricated by simply tailoring the feed sequence.The different structures were confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectra and X-ray diffraction.As demonstration of the utilities,the different colloidal suspensions were used to prepare free-standing papers by flow-directed filtration and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)-based nanocomposite films by casting.Free-standing papers from GA crosslinked GO sheets exhibited better mechanical properties than unmodified GO paper,while nanocomposite films from GA grafted GO exhibit higher tensile strength and Young's modulus.

  9. Large-Strain Transparent Magnetoactive Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Meador, Michael A.

    2012-01-01

    A document discusses polymer nano - composite superparamagnetic actuators that were prepared by the addition of organically modified superparamagnetic nanoparticles to the polymer matrix. The nanocomposite films exhibited large deformations under a magnetostatic field with a low loading level of 0.1 wt% in a thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer (TPU) matrix. The maximum actuation deformation of the nanocomposite films increased exponentially with increasing nanoparticle concentration. The cyclic deformation actuation of a high-loading magnetic nanocomposite film was examined in a low magnetic field, and it exhibited excellent reproducibility and controllability. Low-loading TPU nanocomposite films (0.1-2 wt%) were transparent to semitransparent in the visible wavelength range, owing to good dispersion of the magnetic nanoparticles. Magnetoactuation phenomena were also demonstrated in a high-modulus, high-temperature polyimide resin with less mechanical deformation.

  10. Preparation and properties of carbon nanotube/polypropylene nanocomposite bipolar plates for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells

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    Liao, Shu-Hang; Yen, Chuan-Yu; Weng, Cheng-Chih; Lin, Yu-Feng; Ma, Chen-Chi M.; Yang, Ching-Hung; Tsai, Ming-Chi; Yen, Ming-Yu; Hsiao, Min-Chien; Lee, Shuo-Jen; Xie, Xiao-Feng; Hsiao, Yi-Hsiu

    This study aims at the fabrication of lightweight and high performance nanocomposite bipolar plates for the application in polymer electrode membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). The thin nanocomposite bipolar plates (the thickness polypropylene (PP) with different crystallinities including high crystallinity PP (HC-PP), medium crystallinity PP (MC-PP), low crystallinity PP (LC-PP) were prepared to investigate the influence of crystallinity on the dispersion of MWCNTs in PP matrix. The optimum composition of original composite bipolar plates was determined at 80 wt.% graphite content and 20 wt.% PP content based on the measurements of electrical and mechanical properties with various graphite contents. Results also indicate that MWCNTs was dispersed better in LC-PP than other PP owing to enough dispersed regions in nanocomposite bipolar plates. This good MWCNT dispersion of LC-PP would cause better bulk electrical conductivity, mechanical properties and thermal stability of MWCNTs/PP nanocomposite bipolar plates. In the MWCNTs/LC-PP system, the bulk electrical conductivities with various MWCNT contents all exceed 100 S cm -1. The flexural strength of the MWCNTs/LC-PP nanocomposite bipolar plate with 8 phr of MWCNTs was approximately 37% higher than that of the original nanocomposite bipolar plate and the unnotched Izod impact strength of MWCNTs/LC-PP nanocomposite bipolar plates was also increased from 68.32 J m -1 (0 phr) to 81.40 J m -1 (8 phr), increasing 19%. In addition, the coefficient of thermal expansion of MWCNTs/LC-PP nanocomposite bipolar plate was decreased from 32.91 μm m -1 °C -1 (0 phr) to 25.79 μm m -1 °C -1 (8 phr) with the increasing of MWCNT content. The polarization curve of MWCNTs/LC-PP nanocomposite bipolar plate compared with graphite bipolar plate was also evaluated. These results confirm that the addition of MWCNTs in LC-PP leads to a significant improvement on the cell performance of the nanocomposite bipolar plate.

  11. Preparation and Characterization of Electrospun Fibers of Poly(methyl methacrylate - Single walled carbon nano-tube Nanocomposites

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    Bibekananda Sundaray, Ph.D.

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Electrospinning is a versatile method of preparing polymer nanocmposite fibers. Electrospun nanocomposite fibers of poly(methyl methacrylate and single walled carbon nanotubes were prepared. The fibers were characterized by SEM, TEM, TGA and Raman spectroscopy. These fibers show dramatic improvement in the electrical conductivity compared to the polymer. The temperature dependent electrical resistance measurements show a one dimensional variable range hopping model (1-D VRH type of conduction mechanism operating in these types of systems.

  12. Structure of nanocomposites of Al–Fe alloys prepared by mechanical alloying and rapid solidification processing

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    S S Nayak; B S Murty; S K Pabi

    2008-06-01

    Structures of Al-based nanocomposites of Al–Fe alloys prepared by mechanical alloying (MA) and subsequent annealing are compared with those obtained by rapid solidification processing (RSP). MA produced only supersaturated solid solution of Fe in Al up to 10 at.% Fe, while for higher Fe content up to 20 at.% the nonequilibrium intermetallic Al5Fe2 appeared. Subsequent annealing at 673 K resulted in more Al5Fe2 formation with very little coarsening. The equilibrium intermetallics, Al3Fe (Al13Fe4), was not observed even at this temperature. In contrast, ribbons of similar composition produced by RSP formed fine cellular or dendritic structure with nanosized dispersoids of possibly a nano-quasicrystalline phase and amorphous phase along with -Al depending on the Fe content in the alloys. This difference in the product structure can be attributed to the difference in alloying mechanisms in MA and RSP.

  13. Preparation of polyamide 6/silica nanocomposites from silica surface initiated ring-opening anionic polymerization

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    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Polyamide 6/silica nanocomposites were synthesized by in situ ring-opening anionic polymerization of ε-caprolactam in the presence of sodium caprolactamate as a catalyst and caprolactam-functionalized silica as an initiator. The initiator precursor, isocyanate-functionalized silica, was prepared by directly reacting commercial silica with excess toluene 2,4-diisocyanate. This polymerization was found to occur in a highly efficient manner at relatively low reaction temperature (170°C and short reaction times (6 h. FTIR spectroscopy was utilized to follow the introduction and consumption of isocyanate groups on the silica surface. Thermogravimetric analysis indicated that the polyamide 6 was successfully grown from the silica surface. Transmission electron microscopy was utilized to image polymer-functionalized silica, showing fine dispersion of silica particles and their size ranging from 20 to 40 nm.

  14. Preparation of novel polymer–metal oxide nanocomposites with nanophase separated hierarchical structure

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    K Nam; Y Tsutsumi; C Yoshikawa; Y Tanaka; R Fukaya; T Kimura; H Kobayashi; T Hanawa; A Kishida

    2011-12-01

    This article deals with preparation of nanocomposite which comprised of nanophase separated structure of polymer chains and metal oxide. By grafting poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate), poly(HEMA) on the surface of titanium which is covered by passive titanium oxide by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) and executing anodic polarization, hierarchy nanophase separated structure with controlled thickness can be obtained. The titanium ions would be cationically charged and completely filled up the unoccupied binding sites of the polymer chains via electrochemical reaction, eventually covering the polymer chains with titanium oxide. However, this structure can be obtained when the anodic polarization is executed at initial applied voltage exceeding 10 VSCE. The control of thickness is possible by controlling the initial applied voltage. These results prove that the conventional polymer can form composite structure with metal oxide without using fillers or special polymers designed for composite.

  15. High-frequency magnetic permeability of single- and multilayered (Co41Fe39B20) x (SiO2)100- x nanocomposites

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    Tarasova, O. S.; Sitnikov, A. V.; Kalinin, Yu. E.; Starostenko, S. N.; Granovskii, A. B.

    2016-12-01

    Thin film single-layered (Co41Fe39B20) x (SiO2)100- x nanocomposites at x = 30-80 at % and multilayered nanocomposites composed of 176 pairs of [(Co41Fe39B20)60(SiO2)40]/[(Co41Fe39B20)60(SiO2)40 + O2] have been prepared via ion-beam sputtering of the complex target. The concentration dependences of the magnetic permeability of single-layered films at a frequency of 50 MHz are characterized by maximum losses near x = 60 at %, whereas the percolation threshold with respect to the electric conductivity is x = 50 at %. The high-frequency magnetic permeability of films has been measured by the resonator method in the frequency range of 0.1—10 GHz. As is shown, while the single-layer film passes to the multilayered structure, the ferromagnetic resonance frequency shifts from 1.5 to 2.5 GHz, and the imaginary part of the magnetic permeability attains 200 that is presumably due to the inhibition of the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy component.

  16. A ternary TiO2/WO3/graphene nanocomposite adsorbent: facile preparation and efficient removal of Rhodamine B

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    Zhang, Yong-qiang; Li, Xiao-hui; Lü, Jie; Si, Chong-dian; Liu, Guang-jun; Gao, Hong-tao; Wang, Pi-bo

    2014-08-01

    Ternary TiO2/WO3/graphene (TWG) nanocomposites were prepared by a facile salt-ultrasonic assisted hydrothermal method. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and nitrogen adsorption-desorption. Both anatase TiO2 and orthorhombic WO3 formed in the nanocomposites, along with a highly disordered overlay of individual graphene nanosheets. Polyhedral and spherical TiO2 and WO3 nanoparticles of uniform size 10-30 nm were densely anchored to the graphene sheets. The maximum specific surface area of the products was 144.59 m2·g-1. The products showed clear abilities for the removal of Rhodamine B in the absence of illumination. Furthermore, the adsorption activity of the products exhibited only a slight decrease after three successive cycles. The results demonstrate that the ternary nanocomposites could be used as a high-efficiency adsorbent for the removal of environmental contaminants.

  17. Evolution of carbon nanotube dispersion in preparation of epoxy-based composites: From a masterbatch to a nanocomposite

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    M. Aravand

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available The state of carbon nanotube (CNT dispersion in epoxy is likely to change in the process of composite production. In the present work CNT dispersion is characterized at different stages of nanocomposite preparation: in the original masterbatch with high CNT concentration, after masterbatch dilution, in the process of curing and in the final nanocomposite. The evaluation techniques included dynamic rheological analysis of the liquid phases, optical, environmental and charge contrast scanning electron microscopy, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and dynamic mechanical analysis. The evolution of the CNT dispersion was assessed for two CNT/epoxy systems with distinctly different dispersion states induced by different storage time. Strong interactions between CNT clusters were revealed in the masterbatch with a longer storage time. Upon curing CNT clusters in this material formed a network-like structure. This network enhanced the elastic behaviour and specific conductivity of the resulting nanocomposite, leading to a partial electrical percolation after curing.

  18. Preparation and characterization of polyacrylamide-modified kaolinite containing poly [acrylic acid-co-methylene bisacrylamide] nanocomposite hydrogels

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    Zaharia, Anamaria; Sarbu, Andrei; Radu, Anita-Laura

    2015-01-01

    Novel nanocomposite hydrogel structures based on cross-linked poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and kaolinite (Kaol), modified with different loadings of polyacrylamide (PAAm), were prepared by inverse dispersion polymerization. Ceric ammonium nitrate as an initiator in the presence of nitric acid was used...... to graft PAAm from the Kaol surface. The surface-modified Kaol showed enhanced interactions between the filler and the PAA matrix, through interactions between amino (-NH2) from PAAm and carboxylic groups (-COOH) from PAA. The XRD and TEM measurements confirmed the exfoliated nanocomposites with the Kaol...... filler. The swelling degree (SD) of the swollen hydrogel nanocomposite was increased following the addition of polyacrylamide-modified Kaol particles into the hydrogel structures. Rheological characterization showed that an increase in the storage modulus (G') could be a consequence of a good dispersion...

  19. Effective removal of toxic metal ions from aqueous solutions: 2-Bifunctional magnetic nanocomposite base on novel reactive PGMA-MAn copolymer@Fe3O4 nanoparticles.

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    Hasanzadeh, Reza; Moghadam, Peyman Najafi; Bahri-Laleh, Naeimeh; Sillanpää, Mika

    2017-03-15

    In this study, effective novel magnetic nanocomposite particles (MNCPs) were prepared based on iminodiacetic acid grafted poly (glycidylmethacrylate-maleicanhydride) (PGMA-MAn) copolymer. For this purpose, firstly Fe3O4 nanoparticles reacted with 3-aminopropyl triethoxysilane for the production of magnetite nanoparticles containing amine groups (MNPs-NH2). Then iminodiacetic acid reacted with PGMA-MAn copolymer to produce iminodiacetic acid grafted PGMA-MAn copolymer (ID-g-PGMA-MAn). Finally, the MNPs-NH2 reacted with the ID-g-PGMA-MAn and the reaction was completed by propylenediamine (PDA) to produce MNCPs. Structure, magnetic property, size, and porosity of the prepared magnetic nanocomposite were investigated by FT-IR, XRD, VSM, EDX, SEM and BET analyses. The ability of these MNCPs for removing Pb(II) and Cd(II) from water and wastewater was studied, and the effects of different parameters (pH, adsorbent dosage, metal ion concentration, contact time and agitation) on the adsorption process were investigated. The isotherm models were used to describe adsorption equilibrium. The results showed that the best fit was achieved with the Langmuir isotherm equation, yielding maximum adsorption capacities of 53.33 and 48.53mg/g for Pb(II) and Cd(II), respectively. The kinetics equations were used for modeling of adsorption data and it was shown that pseudo-second-order kinetic equation could best describe the adsorption kinetics. Furthermore, phenol pollutant can be removed effectively by metal ions of the nanocomposite-metal complex; therefore, the synthesized adsorbent was useful not only in recovering toxic metal ions but also in the treating phenol pollutants in wastewater.

  20. Stress induced anisotropy in CoFeMn soft magnetic nanocomposites

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    Leary, A. M., E-mail: leary@cmu.edu; Keylin, V.; McHenry, M. E. [Materials Science and Engineering Department, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213 (United States); Ohodnicki, P. R. [Functional Materials Development Division, National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), 626 Cochrans Mill Road, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15236 (United States)

    2015-05-07

    The use of processing techniques to create magnetic anisotropy in soft magnetic materials is a well-known method to control permeability and losses. In nanocomposite materials, field annealing below the Curie temperature results in uniaxial anisotropy energies up to ∼2 kJ/m{sup 3}. Higher anisotropies up to ∼10 kJ/m{sup 3} result after annealing Fe-Si compositions under stress due to residual stress in the amorphous matrix acting on body centered cubic crystals. This work describes near zero magnetostriction Co{sub 80−x−y}Fe{sub x}Mn{sub y}Nb{sub 4}B{sub 14}Si{sub 2} soft magnetic nanocomposites, where x and y < 8 at.% with close packed crystalline grains that show stress induced anisotropies up to ∼50 kJ/m{sup 3} and improved mechanical properties with respect to Fe-Si compositions. Difference patterns measured using transmission X-ray diffraction show evidence of affine strain with respect to the stress axis.

  1. Stress induced anisotropy in CoFeMn soft magnetic nanocomposites

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    Leary, AM; Keylin, V; Ohodnicki, PR; McHenry, ME

    2015-05-07

    The use of processing techniques to create magnetic anisotropy in soft magnetic materials is a well-known method to control permeability and losses. In nanocomposite materials, field annealing below the Curie temperature results in uniaxial anisotropy energies up to similar to 2 kJ/m(3). Higher anisotropies up to similar to 10 kJ/m(3) result after annealing Fe-Si compositions under stress due to residual stress in the amorphous matrix acting on body centered cubic crystals. This work describes near zero magnetostriction Co80-x-yFexMnyNb4B14Si2 soft magnetic nanocomposites, where x and y < 8 at. % with close packed crystalline grains that show stress induced anisotropies up to similar to 50 kJ/m(3) and improved mechanical properties with respect to Fe-Si compositions. Difference patterns measured using transmission X-ray diffraction show evidence of affine strain with respect to the stress axis. (C) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.

  2. Adsorption of Acid Red 114 onto Fe3O4@Caffeic acid recycable magnetic nanocomposite

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    YILDIZ, Aylin

    2016-01-01

    In this study, the adsorption capacity of caffeic acid (CFA) functionalized Fe3O4 magnetic recyclable nanocomposite (Fe3O4@CFA MNCs) for removal of industrial dye Acid Red 114 (AR 114) was investigated. The max. adsorption (qm) of the Fe3O4@CFA MNCs for AR114 was 333 mg/g without pH correction of the solution. Compared with other studies these adsorbent possess very adsorption capacity for AR114 dye. The adsorption isotherm data and the process of adsorption kinetics were fitted using the Lan...

  3. Preparation of Tween 80-Zn/Al-Levodopa-Layered Double Hydroxides Nanocomposite for Drug Delivery System

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    Aminu Umar Kura; Samer Hasan Hussein-Al-Ali; Mohd Zobir Hussein; Sharida Fakurazi

    2014-01-01

    We incorporated anti-Parkinsonian drug, levodopa (dopa), in Zn/Al-LDH by coprecipitation method to form dopa-LDH nanocomposite. Further coating of Tween-80 on the external surfaces of dopa-LDH nanocomposite was achieved through the oxygen of C=O group of Tween-80 with the layer of dopa-LDH nanocomposite. The final product is called Tween-dopa-LDH nanocomposite. The X-ray diffraction indicates that the Tween-dopa-LDH nanocomposite was formed by aggregation structure. From the TGA data, the Twe...

  4. Preparation and Characterization of Chitosan-Humic Acid-Zerovalent Iron Nanocomposite for Nitrate Reduction in Water

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    Caroline Avosuahi Akinremi

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available A new zerovalent iron chitosan-humic acid nanocomposite was prepared and tested for nitrate ion reduction in water. Humic acid was used for intramolecular cross-linking of the chitosan linear chains to increase the active sites on the chitosan biopolymer and then further used as a stabilizer to synthesize zerovalent iron nanoparticles by the reduction of iron (II chloride with sodium borohydride. Characterization of the products was carried out using infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscope, energy dispersive X-ray, and X-ray diffractometer. Batch experiments were conducted for the reduction of nitrate in water using different concentrations of the products in different concentrations of nitrate ion and at different contact time. The adsorption equilibrium data for the nitrate solution gave a favorable adsorption according to the Langmuir equation. Varying the nanocomposite-to-nitrate ion ratio generally led to faster nitrate reduction, with the pseudofirst-order rate constant for the adsorption increasing with increase in nanocomposite-to-nitrate ion ratio. Nitrate removal efficiency of zerovalent iron chitosan-humic acid nanocomposite was further confirmed using real water samples obtained from drainage waste and river with an initial nitrate concentration of 18.00±0.01 and 12.00±0.12 ppm, respectively. The reduction of nitrate in water using the nanocomposite was concluded to be highly effective.

  5. Preparation and characterization of agar-based nanocomposite films reinforced with bimetallic (Ag-Cu) alloy nanoparticles.

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    Arfat, Yasir Ali; Ahmed, Jasim; Jacob, Harsha

    2017-01-02

    Agar-based active nanocomposite films were prepared by incorporating silver-copper (Ag-Cu) alloy nanoparticles (NPs) (0.5-4wt%) into glycerol plasticized agar solution. Thermo-mechanical, morphological, structural, and optical properties of the nanocomposite films were characterized by texture analyzer, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transforms infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and surface color measurement. Tensile strength and the melting temperature of the film increased linearly with NPs loading concentration. Color, transparency and UV barrier properties of agar films were influenced by the reinforcement of Ag-Cu NPs. XRD analysis confirmed the crystalline structure of the Agar/Ag-Cu nanocomposite films, whereas the smoothness and the homogeneity of film surface strongly reduced as observed through the SEM. The nanocomposite films exhibited a profound antibacterial activity against both Gram-positive (Listeria monocytogenes) and Gram-negative (Salmonella enterica sv typhimurium) bacteria. Overall, the agar nanocomposite films could be used as packaging material for food preservation by controlling foodborne pathogens and spoilage bacteria.

  6. 聚合物基有机-无机纳米复合材料的制备、性能及应用%Preparation, Properties and Application of Polymeric Organic-Inorganic Nanocomposites

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    任杰; 刘艳; 唐小真

    2003-01-01

    Six preparation methods for polymeric organic-inorganic nanocomposites and their respective mecha-nisms and features are reviewed. The extraordinary properties of polymeric organic-inorganic nanocomposites arediscussed,and their potential applications are evaluated.

  7. Use of silane coupling agent for surface modification of zinc oxide as inorganic filler and preparation of poly(amide–imide)/zinc oxide nanocomposite containing phenylalanine moieties

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    Shadpour Mallakpour; Maryam Madani

    2012-06-01

    A series of novel poly(amide–imide)/ZnO nanocomposites with modified ZnO nanoparticles contents was prepared by ultrasonic irradiation. For this purpose, surface of ZnO nanoparticle was modified with -aminopropyltriethoxysilane as a coupling agent. Then the effect of surface modification on dispersion of nanoparticles, thermal stability and UV absorption property of the obtained nanocomposites were investigated. The resulting novel nanocomposites were characterized by several techniques. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy analyses of the nanocomposites were performed in order to study the dispersion of nanofillers in the polymer matrix. According to thermogravimetry analysis results, the addition of ZnO nanoparticles improved thermal stability of the obtained nanocomposites. Since the resulting nanocomposites contain phenylalanine amino acid and ZnO, they are expected to be biocompatible as well as biodegradable.

  8. Preparation of copper (I) oxide nanohexagon decorated reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite and its application in electrochemical sensing of dopamine

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    Sivasubramanian, R., E-mail: rss@psgias.ac.in; Biji, P.

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • Cu{sub 2}O nanohexagon–reduced graphene oxide (rGO) nanocomposite has been prepared by in-situ reduction method. • The rGO-Cu{sub 2}O/GCE exhibited excellent catalytic properties for dopamine due to the synergistic action of the nanocomposite. • The proposed sensor is highly selective toward dopamine in the presence of ascorbic acid and uric acid. - Graphical Abstract: - Abstract: An electrochemical sensor using copper (I) oxide nanostructure decorated reduced graphene oxide (rGO) nanocomposite has been proposed for selective detection of dopamine. The rGO–Cu{sub 2}O nanocomposite was synthesized by in-situ chemical reduction method and was characterized using Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis, X-ray Diffraction (XRD) patterns, Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR), UV–vis and Raman Spectroscopy, respectively. From Cyclic Voltammetric (CV) studies, it was inferred that rGO–Cu{sub 2}O/GCE exhibits excellent electrocatalytic activity toward dopamine, which is attributed to the enhanced conductivity as well as the synergistic effect of the nanocomposite. The sensing was carried out using Differential Pulse Voltammetry (DPV) wherefrom a Limit of Detection (LOD) of 50 nM with a linear range from 10 µM to 900 µM was estimated. The effect of potential interfering agents such as Uric Acid (UA), Ascorbic Acid (AA), glucose, K{sup +}, Na{sup +}, Cl{sup −}, and SO{sub 4}{sup −} ions toward sensing were investigated. The performance of the sensor toward the estimation of dopamine in human blood and urine samples were analyzed. The facile method for the preparation of a nanocomposite in conjunction with the low detection limit and the wide linear range for dopamine sensing is the advantage of this present study.

  9. Effect of MnCuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} content on magnetic and dielectric properties of poly (O-Phenylenediamine)/MnCuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposites

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    Kannapiran, Nagarajan [PG and Research Department of Chemistry, Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore 641020, Tamil Nadu (India); Muthusamy, Athianna, E-mail: muthusrkv@gmail.com [PG and Research Department of Chemistry, Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore 641020, Tamil Nadu (India); Chitra, Palanisamy [PG and Research Department of Chemistry, Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore 641020, Tamil Nadu (India)

    2016-03-01

    Poly o-phenylenediamine (PoPD)/MnCuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposites with three different ratios of MnCuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (10%, 20%, 30% w/w) were synthesized by in-situ oxidative chemical polymerization method ammonium persulphate used as oxidant, while MnCuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles was prepared by auto-combustion method. The structure, morphology and magnetic properties of synthesized PoPD/MnCuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposites were characterized by FT-IR, UV–visible absorption spectra, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). FTIR spectra and XRD were confirmed the formation of the PoPD/MnCuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposites. The morphology of PoPD/MnCuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposites is visualized through SEM and TEM. The spherical morphology of the PoPD was confirmed using SEM analysis. Dielectric properties of PoPD/MnCuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposites at different temperatures have been performed in the frequency range of 50 Hz–5 MHz. The optical absorption experiments of PoPD/MnCuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocomposites reveal that the direct transition with an energy band gap is around 2 eV. - Highlights: • Green synthesis of PoPD (the polymerization carried out only in aqueous medium) by in-situ chemical polymerization method. • For the first time, PoPD incorporated with MnCuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} with lesser particle size. • The auto combustion reaction, support to achieve less particle size. • Ferrite content affects the magnetic properties of the nanocomposites.

  10. Preparation, characterization, and biological properties of organic-inorganic nanocomposite coatings on titanium substrates prepared by sol-gel.

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    Catauro, Michelina; Bollino, Flavia; Papale, Ferdinando

    2014-02-01

    When surface-reactive (bioactive) coatings are applied to medical implants by means of the sol-gel dip-coating technique, the biological proprieties of the surface of the implant can be locally modified to match the properties of the surrounding tissues to provide a firm fixation of the implant. The aim of this study has been to synthesize, via sol-gel, organoinorganic nanoporous materials and to dip-coat a substrate to use in dental applications. Different systems have been prepared consisting of an inorganic zirconium-based matrix, in which a biodegradable polymer, the poly-ε-caprolactone was incorporated in different percentages. The materials synthesized by the sol-gel process, before gelation, when they were still in sol phase, have been used to coat a titanium grade 4 (Ti-4) substrate to change its surface biological properties. Thin films have been obtained by means of the dip-coating technique. A microstructural analysis of the obtained coatings was performed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The biological proprieties have been investigated by means of tests in vitro. The bone-bonding capability of the nanocomposite films has been evaluated by examining the appearance of apatite on their surface when plunged in a simulated body fluid (SBF) with ion concentrations nearly equal to those of human blood plasma. The examination of apatite formation on the nanocomposites, after immersion in SBF, has been carried out by SEM equipped with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. To evaluate cells-materials interaction, human osteosarcoma cell line (Saos-2) has been seeded on specimens and cell vitality evaluated by WST-8 assay.

  11. Effect of Gallium Addition on Magnetic Properties of Nd2Fe14B-Based/α-Fe Nanocomposite Magnets

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    2007-01-01

    The influence of Ga addition on the crystallization behavior and the magnetic properties of nanocomposite Nd2Fe14B-based/α-Fe magnets was investigated. It was found that the addition of 0.2% did not change the crystallization temperature of amorphous alloy, but the magnetic properties were improved significantly because of the strong exchange coupling interaction between the hard and soft magnetic phases. The optimum magnetic properties with iHc=600.3 kA·m-1, Br=0.75 T, and (BH)max=88.03 kJ·m-3 were obtained in bonded Nd9.5(FeCoZr)83.8Ga0.2B6.5 magnet with 15 m·s-1 wheel speed and 670 ℃ annealing treatment. The apparent improvement of magnetic properties originates from the grain refinement calculated using the Scherrer formula from corresponding XRD patterns and the excellent rectangularity of the demagnetization curve.

  12. Photoinduced cytotoxicity by a platinum diimine complex employing magnetite-silica nanocomposites as delivery vehicles.

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    Zhang, Zhigang; Li, Haisha; Dai, Ruihui; Chai, Aiyun

    2015-10-01

    Tartaric acid-modified core-shell magnetite-silica nanocomposites were prepared by a sol-gel method, and characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering. Then the nanocomposites were employed as carriers of a photoactive platinum diimine complex. Photoinduced cytotoxicity by the photosensitizer-loaded nanocomposites in different human carcinoma cells has been studied by cell viability assay. The results suggest that the as-synthesized nanocomposites have good stability in water, and the cytotoxicity induced by the platinum diimine complex in red light can be significantly enhanced when the photosensitizer is loaded with the magnetic nanocomposites.

  13. Preparation of a novel KCC-1/nylon 6 nanocomposite via electrospinning technique

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    Aghakhani, Ali [Material and Energy Research Center, Department of Semiconductors (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kazemi, Ensiyeh; Kazemzad, Mahmood, E-mail: m-kazemzad@merc.ac.ir [Material and Energy Research Center, Department of Energy (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-10-15

    In this research, a novel nanofibrous composite of KCC-1/nylon 6 was prepared using electrospinning techniques. First, fibrous silica nanospheres (KCC-1) were synthesized via conventional polycondensation method with a new solvent system. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images showed a spongy spherical morphology with a uniform distribution of particle sizes and an average diameter of around 305 nm. Synthesized KCC-1 nanospheres are considered as mesoporous materials due to their high BET specific surface area of 576 m{sup 2} g{sup −1} and BJH average pore diameter of 3.28 nm. The KCC-1/nylon 6 composite was fabricated by preparing a dispersion of nanosilica (10–50 % w/w) in a solution of nylon 6 (15 % w/v) in formic acid. Upon applying a high voltage, the nonwoven electrospun KCC-1/nylon 6 composite nanofibers were obtained. The KCC-1 nanospheres were arranged in line along the nylon 6 fibers like rosary beads wrapped in the polymer. Based on the SEM images, we obtained a well-distributed nanocomposite even at higher silica content. The prepared KCC-1/nylon 6 composite showed 29–55 % higher BET specific surface area compared with pure nylon 6 nanofibers which makes it a good candidate to be used as a sorbent material for environmental or drug delivery applications.

  14. Optical and magnetic properties of PAA@Fe nanocomposite films

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    Jing-jing Zhang

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available A simple method to fabricate porous anodic alumina films embedded with Fe is reported. The films exhibit vivid structural colors and magnetic properties after being synthesized by an ac electrodeposition method. The optical properties of the samples can be effectively tuned by varying the oxidation time of aluminum. The coercivity mechanism of the Fe nanowires in our case is consistent with fanning reversal mode. PAA@Fe films can be used in many areas including decoration, display and multifunctional anti-counterfeiting applications.

  15. Influence of zirconium addition on the microstructure and magnetic properties of nanocomposite Nd10.1Fe78.2-xCo5ZrxB6.7 permanent magnets

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    FENG Shanshan; NI Jiansen; WANG Zhanyong; WU Yisheng; ZHOU Bangxin; XU Hui

    2007-01-01

    Nanocomposite Nd10.1Fe78.2-xCo5ZrxB6.7 (x = 0, 1.5, 2.5, 2.7, 3, 4) permanent magnets were prepared by melt-spun and annealing. The microstructure and magnetic properties of the permanent magnets were investigated. The resuits reveal that the addition of Zr element significantly reduces the grain size and improves the thermal stability of the amorphous phase. A fine nanocomposite microstmcture with an average grain size of about 35 nm can be developed at a wheel speed of 16 m·s-1 with the content of Zr up to 2.7 at.%. After optimal annealing (710℃ x 4 min), the magnetic properties of the Nd10.1Fe75.5Co5Zr2.7B6.7 bonded magnets were achieved as follows: Br= 0.72 T, jHc= 769 kA·m-1, and (BH)max = 85.0 kJ·m-3.

  16. Preparation of magnetic polymer particles with nanoparticles of Fe(0).

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    Buendía, S; Cabañas, G; Alvarez-Lucio, G; Montiel-Sánchez, H; Navarro-Clemente, M E; Corea, M

    2011-02-01

    Iron nanoparticles (Fe(0)), were encapsulated into polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), by means of emulsion polymerization techniques in a semicontinuous process. The final average diameter of the composite particle was calculated until three times of average particle of iron particles and were stabilized with a non-ionic surfactant. They were then characterized by scanning electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering. Their magnetic properties were determined by parallel field vibrating-sample magnetometry method. The results indicated that the magnetic properties are a function of polymer concentration in the nanocomposite particle.

  17. Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of CuFe2O4 Nanoparticles and Starch-Based Magnetic Nanocomposites

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    Gh. Nabiyouni

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Magnetic CuFe2O4 nanoparticles were synthesized by a facile microwave-assisted reaction between Cu(NO32 and Fe(NO33. The magnetic nanoparticles were added to starch to make magnetic polymeric nanocomposite. The nanoparticles and nanocomposites were characterized using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The magnetic properties of the samples were investigated using an alternating gradient force magnetometer (AGFM. The copper ferrite nanoparticles exhibited ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature, with a saturation magnetization of 29emu/g and a coercivity of 136 Oe. The distribution of the CuFe2O4 nanoparticles into the polymeric matrixes decreases the coercivity (136 Oe to 66 Oe. The maximum coercivity of 82 Oe was found for 15% of CuFe2O4 distributed to the starch matrix.

  18. Synthesis and magnetic properties of carbon-coated Ni/SiO2 core/shell nanocomposites

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    AU; ChakTong

    2009-01-01

    A simple method for the synthesis of carbon-coated Ni/SiO2 core/shell nanocomposites is reported. The Ni nanoparticles were coated with silica layers via a combined procedure of sol-gel fabrication and hydrogen reduction prior to carbon coating via acetylene decomposition at an appropriate temperature. It was found that the anti-acid ability of the Ni/SiO2 composites was greatly enhanced after carbon coating. The results of magnetization measurement show that the real part (μ′) of complex permeability of the as-obtained sample is almost independent of frequency, and the imaginary part (μ″) stays small up to a frequency of 1 GHz. The encapsulation of Ni particles with SiO2 results in the rise of Ni nanoparticles resistivity. The outcome is the reduction in effect of eddy current at high frequency, making the real part μ′ almost constant and the imaginary part μ″ very small. Thus, this simple method may be effective for preparing composites of soft magnetic properties, especially in the high-frequency range.

  19. Synthesis and magnetic properties of carbon-coated Ni/SiO2 core/shell nanocomposites

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    TANG NuJiang; L(U) LiYa; ZHONG Wei; AU ChakTong; DU YouWei

    2009-01-01

    A simple method for the synthesis of carbon-coated Ni/Si02 core/shell nanocomposites is reported. The Ni nanoparticles were coated with silica layers via a combined procedure of sol-gel fabrication and hydrogen reduction prior to carbon coating via acetylene decomposition at an appropriate temperature. It was found that the anti-acid ability of the Ni/SiO2 composites was greatly enhanced after carbon coating. The results of magnetization measurement show that the real part (μ') of complex permeability of the as-obtained sample is almost independent of frequency, and the imaginary part (μ") stays small up to a frequency of 1 GHz. The encapsulation of Ni particles with SiO2 results in the rise of Ni nanoparticles resistivity. The outcome is the reduction in effect of eddy current at high frequency, making the real part μ' almost constant and the imaginary part μ" very small. Thus, this simple method may be effective for preparing composites of soft magnetic properties, especially in the high-frequency range.

  20. Enhancement of the thermo-mechanical properties and efficacy of mixing technique in the preparation of graphene/PVC nanocomposites compared to carbon nanotubes/PVC

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    Mudassir Hasan; Moonyong Lee

    2014-01-01

    Thin films of poly vinyl chloride (PVC)/multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) and PVC/graphene (GN) nanocomposites were prepared by mixing in the presence of different quantities of nanoparticles. Film casting was performed using tetrahydrofuran as a solvent. The as-prepared PVC/MWCNT and PVC/GN nanocomposites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, dynamic mechanical analysis, and diffused reflectance spectroscopy. Only the PVC/GN nanocomposite films were evaluated further for detailed mechanical analysis because of the poor dispersion of MWCNTs in PVC. The PVC/GN nanocomposite films were thermo-mechanically more stable than the PVC films. These nanocomposites have potential as a replacement material for PVC and PVC/MWCNT owing to their better dispersion and high stability.

  1. Enhancement of the thermo-mechanical properties and efficacy of mixing technique in the preparation of graphene/PVC nanocomposites compared to carbon nanotubes/PVC

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    Mudassir Hasan

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Thin films of poly vinyl chloride (PVC/multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT and PVC/graphene (GN nanocomposites were prepared by mixing in the presence of different quantities of nanoparticles. Film casting was performed using tetrahydrofuran as a solvent. The as-prepared PVC/MWCNT and PVC/GN nanocomposites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, dynamic mechanical analysis, and diffused reflectance spectroscopy. Only the PVC/GN nanocomposite films were evaluated further for detailed mechanical analysis because of the poor dispersion of MWCNTs in PVC. The PVC/GN nanocomposite films were thermo-mechanically more stable than the PVC films. These nanocomposites have potential as a replacement material for PVC and PVC/MWCNT owing to their better dispersion and high stability.

  2. Facile preparation of polypyrrole/graphene oxide nanocomposites with large areal capacitance using electrochemical codeposition for supercapacitors

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    Zhou, Haihan; Han, Gaoyi; Xiao, Yaoming; Chang, Yunzhen; Zhai, Hua-Jin

    2014-10-01

    A simple and low-cost electrochemical codeposition method has been introduced to fabricate polypyrrole/graphene oxide (PPy/GO) nanocomposites and the areal capacitance of conducting polymer/GO composites is reported for the first time. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) are implemented to determine the PPy/GO nanocomposites are successfully prepared and the interaction between PPy and GO. The as-prepared PPy/GO nanocomposites show the curly sheet-like morphology, superior capacitive behaviors and cyclic stability. Furthermore, the varying deposition time is implemented to investigate the impact of the loading amount on electrochemical behavior of the composites, and a high areal capacitance of 152 mF cm-2 is achieved at 10 mV s-1 CV scan. However, the thicker films caused by the long deposition time would result in larger diffusion resistance of electrolyte ions, consequently exhibit the relatively lower capacitance value at the high current density. The GCD tests indicate moderate deposition time is more suitable for the fast charge/discharge. Considering the very simple and effective synthetic process, the PPy/GO nanocomposites with relatively high areal capacitance are competitive candidate for supercapacitor application, and its capacitive performances can be easily tuned by varying the deposition time.

  3. Enhanced photoluminescence in transparent thin films of polyaniline–zinc oxide nanocomposite prepared from oleic acid modified zinc oxide nanoparticles

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    Sajimol Augustine, M., E-mail: sajimollazar@gmail.com [Department of Physics, St. Teresa' s College, Kochi-11, Kerala (India); Jeeju, P.P.; Varma, S.J.; Francis Xavier, P.A. [Division for Research in Advanced Materials, Department of Physics, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi-22, Kerala (India); Jayalekshmi, S., E-mail: lakshminathcusat@gmail.com [Division for Research in Advanced Materials, Department of Physics, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi-22, Kerala (India)

    2014-07-01

    Oleic acid capped zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles have been synthesized by a wet chemical route. The chemical oxidative method is employed to synthesize polyaniline (PANI) and PANI/ZnO nanocomposites doped with four different dopants such as orthophosphoric acid (H{sub 3}PO{sub 4}), hydrochloric acid (HCl), naphthalene-2-sulphonic acid and camphor sulphonic acid (CSA). The samples have been structurally characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopic techniques. A comparison of the photoluminescence (PL) emission intensity of PANI and PANI/ZnO nanocomposites is attempted. The enhanced PL intensity in PANI/ZnO nanocomposites is caused by the presence of nanostructured and highly fluorescent ZnO in the composites. It has been observed that, among the composites, the H{sub 3}PO{sub 4} doped PANI/ZnO nanocomposite is found to exhibit the highest PL intensity because of the higher extent of (pi) conjugation and the more orderly arrangement of the benzenoid and quinonoid units. In the present work, transparent thin films of PANI and PANI/ZnO nanocomposite for which PL intensity is found to be maximum, have been prepared after re-doping with CSA by the spin-coating technique. The XRD pattern of the PANI/ZnO film shows exceptionally good crystallanity compared to that of pure PANI, which suggests that the addition of ZnO nanocrystals helps in enhancing the crystallanity of the PANI/ZnO nanocomposite. There is a significant increase in the PL emission intensity of the PANI/ZnO nanocomposite film making it suitable for the fabrication of optoelectronic devices. - Highlights: • Oleic acid capped zinc oxide nanoparticles are synthesized by wet chemical method. • Polyaniline/zinc oxide nanocomposites are prepared by in-situ polymerization. • Polyaniline and polyaniline/zinc oxide thin films are deposited using spin-coating. • Enhanced photoluminescence is observed in polyaniline

  4. Shape-memory properties of magnetically active triple-shape nanocomposites based on a grafted polymer network with two crystallizable switching segments

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    A. Lendlein

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Thermo-sensitive shape-memory polymers (SMP, which are capable of memorizing two or more different shapes, have generated significant research and technological interest. A triple-shape effect (TSE of SMP can be activated e.g. by increasing the environmental temperature (Tenv, whereby two switching temperatures (Tsw have to be exceeded to enable the subsequent shape changes from shape (A to shape (B and finally the original shape (C. In this work, we explored the thermally and magnetically initiated shape-memory properties of triple-shape nanocomposites with various compositions and particle contents using different shape-memory creation procedures (SMCP. The nanocomposites were prepared by the incorporation of magnetite nanoparticles into a multiphase polymer network matrix with grafted polymer network architecture containing crystallizable poly(ethylene glycol (PEG side chains and poly(ε-caprolactone (PCL crosslinks named CLEGC. Excellent triple-shape properties were achieved for nanocomposites with high PEG weight fraction when two-step programming procedures were applied. In contrast, single-step programming resulted in dual-shape properties for all investigated materials as here the temporary shape (A was predominantly fixed by PCL crystallites.

  5. A facile approach for the synthesis of magnetic separable Fe3O4@TiO2, core-shell nanocomposites as highly recyclable photocatalysts

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    Xin, Tiejun; Ma, Mingliang; Zhang, Hepeng; Gu, Junwei; Wang, Shuangjie; Liu, Mengjiao; Zhang, Qiuyu

    2014-01-01

    A facile and efficient approach for the fabrication of Fe3O4@TiO2 nanocomposites with a good core-shell structure has been demonstrated. The approach employed involved the coating of successive titania shell on Fe3O4 core using a mixed solvent method with the catalysis of ammonia followed by the crystallization of TiO2 through solvothermal method. The as-obtained core-shell structure was composed of a central Fe3O4 core with a strong response to external fields, whereas the outer titanium oxide coating was useful for the degradation of organic contaminants. The results showed that Fe3O4@TiO2 nanocomposites exhibited high degree of crystallinity, excellent magnetic properties at room temperature. Furthermore, the as-prepared Fe3O4@TiO2 nanocomposites exhibited good photocatalytic activity toward the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) solution, which meant that they can be used as efficient and conveniently recoverable photocatalysts. In addition, the mechanism of coating by ammonia catalysis was also investigated.

  6. Cobalt oxide magnetic nanoparticles-chitosan nanocomposite based electrochemical urea biosensor

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    Ali, A.; Israr-Qadir, M.; Wazir, Z.; Tufail, M.; Ibupoto, Z. H.; Jamil-Rana, S.; Atif, M.; Khan, S. A.; Willander, M.

    2015-04-01

    In this study, a potentiometric urea biosensor has been fabricated on glass filter paper through the immobilization of urease enzyme onto chitosan/cobalt oxide (CS/Co3O4) nanocomposite. A copper wire with diameter of 500 µm is attached with nanoparticles to extract the voltage output signal. The shape and dimensions of Co3O4 magnetic nanoparticles are investigated by scanning electron microscopy and the average diameter is approximately 80-100 nm. Structural quality of Co3O4 nanoparticles is confirmed from X-ray powder diffraction measurements, while the Raman spectroscopy has been used to understand the chemical bonding between different atoms. The magnetic measurement has confirmed that Co3O4 nanoparticles show ferromagnetic behavior, which could be attributed to the uncompensated surface spins and/or finite size effects. The ferromagnetic order of Co3O4 nanoparticles is raised with increasing the decomposition temperature. A physical adsorption method is adopted to immobilize the surface of CS/Co3O4 nanocomposite. Potentiometric sensitivity curve has been measured over the concentration range between 1 × 10-4 and 8 × 10-2 M of urea electrolyte solution revealing that the fabricated biosensor holds good sensing ability with a linear slope curve of 45 mV/decade. In addition, the presented biosensor shows good reusability, selectivity, reproducibility and resistance against interferers along with the stable output response of 12 s.

  7. Corrigendum to "Preparation of Nafion-sulfonated clay nanocomposite membrane for direct menthol fuel cells via a film coating process" [J. Power Sources 165 (2007) 1-2

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    Kim, Tae Kyoung; Kang, Myeongsoon; Choi, Yeong Suk; Kim, Hae Kyung; Lee, Wonmok; Chang, Hyuk; Seung, Doyoung

    The author regrets that the above paper was printed with an error in the title. The correct title reads: "Preparation of Nafion-sulfonated clay nanocomposite membrane for direct methanol fuel cells via a film coating process".

  8. Ziegler-Natta catalyst for polypropylene and polyethylene nanocomposites preparation; Catalisador Ziegler-Natta para a obtencao de nanocompositos de polipropileno e polietileno

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    Silvino, Alexandre C.; Dias, Marcos L.; Bezerra, Ana Beatriz F., E-mail: mldias@ima.ufrj.b [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (IMA/UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Macromoleculas Profa. Eloisa Mano; Jaconis, Selma; Gambetta, Rossano; Fernandes, Rodrigo M. [Quattor Petroquimica S.A., Maua, SP (Brazil)

    2009-07-01

    Polypropylene and polyethylene nanocomposites are well known for their improved properties when compared with the neat polymers. In this work we report the preparation, characterization and the activity studies of a fourth generation Ziegler-Natta catalyst for the preparation of polyolefin/clay nanocomposites. The catalyst was prepared treating an organo-modified silicate with magnesium and titanium compounds. The content of titanium and that of the magnesium of the catalyst were determined by UV-vis spectroscopy and atomic absorption respectively. The first results show that the catalyst is active for propylene polymerization being suitable for polypropylene/clay nanocomposite preparation. The catalyst activity for ethylene polymerization was also investigated. The X-ray diffraction patterns of the polyethylene samples suggest the clay exfoliation occurs in the in situ polymerization, even with high clay loading (about 9 %) indicating that a nanocomposite was formed. (author)

  9. Magnetic and Crystalline Microstructures of Fe-Pt-B Nanocomposite Ribbons

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    FANG Yi-Kun; CHANG Cheng-Wu; CHANG Wen-Cheng; XIA Ai-Lin; CHEN Qiang; GE Hong-Liang; HAN Bao-Shan

    2005-01-01

    @@ We investigate magnetic and crystalline microstructures of melt-spun (Fe0.675Pt0.325 )100-xBx (x = 12, 14, 16, 18,20) nanocomposite ribbons after optimal thermal treatment using a magnetic force microscope. The magnetic microstructures are characterized by darker spots adjacent to brighter ones in a sub-micro scale and in random distribution. It is found that the strength of the exchange coupling interaction between the crystals in the 10-100 nm scale, implied by the maximum value (δM)max of the Henkel plot, could be roughly described by the ratio of the average width of the magnetic spots w to the average crystal size D for the ribbons. Moreover, we find that the intrinsic coercivity jHc of the ribbons is sensitive to their crystal sizes, and the smaller D, the higher jHc. Finally, by using roughness analysis, the curve of the root mean square values (δφ)rms of the phase shift of the magnetic force images versus the boron content x is obtained, which is qualitatively consistent with that of the magnetization σ12 koe of the ribbons versus x.

  10. Evidence of interface exchange magnetism in self-assembled cobalt-fullerene nanocomposites exposed to air

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    Lavrentiev, V.; Stupakov, A.; Lavrentieva, I.; Motylenko, M.; Barchuk, M.; Rafaja, D.

    2017-03-01

    We report on the establishing of an exclusive magnetic effect in air-exposed CoxC60 nanocomposites (x > 2) created through self-assembling in the depositing mixture. In order to verify the influence of ambient air on the CoxC60 mixture film, we have studied in detail the film magnetization at rather low temperatures, which provides their ferromagnetic behavior. Tracing the possible exchange bias effect, we distinguished a clear vertical shift of the hysteresis loops recorded for the air-exposed CoxC60 films in the field cooling (FC) regime. The detected vertical shift of the FC loops is caused by an uncompensated magnetic moment M u induced by exchange coupling of the Co spins at the Co/CoO interface. This interface arises due to the oxidation of small Co clusters distributed in a C60-based matrix of self-assembled composite films, which occurs during air exposure. The core–shell structure of the Co/CoO magnetic clusters (about 2–3 nm in size) consisting of a ε-Co core and fcc-CoO shell was confirmed by means of transmission electron microscopy. Established interface magnetism testifies to a composite nanostructure in the CoxC60 mixture film with x > 2 and explains the influence of air exposure on the film structure. The discovered magnetic effect implies a new application potential for cobalt-fullerene composites in sensors and catalysis.

  11. Preparation of highly exfoliated polyester-clay nanocomposites: process-property correlations.

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    Dalir, Hamid; Farahani, Rouhollah D; Nhim, Vireya; Samson, Benjamin; Lévesque, Martin; Therriault, Daniel

    2012-01-10

    A large number of polyester nanocomposite batches featuring different kinds of nanoclay surface modifiers and up to 6 wt % nanoclay were manufactured using a solvent-based technique. Montmorillonite platelets modified with ammonium ions of different chemical architectures were examined to study the effect of ammonium ions on the extent of surface reactions with long-chain fatty acids. The ammonium montmorillonite was first dispersed and suspended in acetone. This suspension was further esterificated with dotriacontanoic (lacceroic) acid to form high density brushes on the clay surface. This led to achieving higher basal plane spacing of the montmorillonite platelets due to the reduction of electrostatic interactions holding them. The outcome of the surface esterification was analyzed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The esterificated ammonium-modified clays were then mixed by five different mixing strategies based on the use of a three-roll mill mixer (TRM) and/or ultrasonication (US) to obtain the desired polyester-nanoclay dispersion, intercalation, and exfoliation. The dispersion states of the modified nanoclay in polymer were characterized from XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and low and high magnification transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Mechanical, thermal, and barrier properties of the resulting composites were experimentally characterized. The Mori-Tanaka method along with an orientation distribution function was used to verify the experimental effective stiffness of the polyester nanocomposite systems. The aspect ratio of nanoclays and their level of intercalation and/or exfoliation after mixing were also confirmed by the comparison of the experimental diffusivity results with those of Fick's diffusion model. Systems having 4 and 6 wt % esterificated ammonium nanoclay and prepared according to a combined TRM/US mixing procedure showed optimal performance with balanced properties and processing

  12. n-Alkylamine-assisted preparation of a high surface area vanadyl phosphate/tetraethylorthosilicate nanocomposite

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    Ferreira, João Paulo L., E-mail: billbrujah@yahoo.com.br [Departamento de Química, Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Av. Bandeirantes 3900, Ribeirão Preto, SP 14040-901 (Brazil); Zampronio, Elaine C.; Oliveira, Herenilton P. [Departamento de Química, Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Av. Bandeirantes 3900, Ribeirão Preto, SP 14040-901 (Brazil)

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: CuK{sub α} X-ray diffraction patterns of the VP, VPOc, VPOcT, VPOcT200 and VPOcT500. Highlights: ► TEOS and octylamine incorporation into the VP was achieved by expanding the lamellar. ► The specific surface area increased from 15 m{sup 2} g{sup −1} in VP to 237 m{sup 2} g{sup −1} in VPOcT. ► The VPOcT exhibited thermal resistance up to 200 °C in air. ► Upon thermal treatment up to 500 °C, the surface area increased to 838 m{sup 2} g{sup −1}. -- Abstract: We have developed a vanadyl phosphate/tetraethylorthosilicate (VPO/TEOS) nanocomposite comprised of silicate chains interleaved with VPO layers, prepared by using an n-alkylamines such as octylamine as the structure directing agent. The nanocomposites were synthesized by reacting amine-intercalated vanadyl phosphate with tetraethylorthosilicate via the soft chemistry approach. The synthetic procedure encompassed the exfoliation of the layered vanadyl phosphate as well as the reorganization of this exfoliated solid into a mesostructured lamellar phase with the same V–P–O connectivity as in the original matrix. TEOS incorporation into the vanadyl phosphate was achieved by expanding the lamellar structure with n-alkylamine (Δd = 13 Å with n-octylamine). The specific surface area increased from 15 m{sup 2} g{sup −1} in the vanadyl phosphate matrix to 237 m{sup 2} g{sup −1} in VPOcT, and the isotherm curves revealed the characteristic hysteresis of mesoporous materials. Upon thermal treatment up to 500 °C, the surface area increased to 837 m{sup 2} g{sup −1}, which is suitable for catalytic purposes.

  13. Magnetic and electrical properties of oxygen stabilized nickel nanofibers prepared by the borohydride reduction method

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    Srinivas, V. [Department of Physics and Meteorology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur West Bengal 721 302 India (India)], E-mail: veeturi@phy.iitkgp.ernet.in; Barik, S.K.; Bodo, Bhaskarjyoti [Department of Physics and Meteorology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur West Bengal 721 302 India (India); Karmakar, Debjani; Chandrasekhar Rao, T.V. [Technical Physics and Prototype Engineering Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Bombay 400085 India (India)

    2008-03-15

    Fine nickel fibers have been synthesized by chemical reduction of nickel ions in aqueous medium with sodium borohydride. The thermal stability and relevant properties of these fibers, as-prepared as well as air-annealed, have been investigated by structural, magnetic and electrical measurements. As-prepared samples appear to have a novel crystal structure due to the presence of interstitial oxygen. Upon annealing in air, the fcc-Ni phase emerges out initially and develops into a nanocomposite subsequently by retaining its fiber-like structure in nano phase. The as-prepared sample is observed to be weakly magnetic at room temperature, but attains surprisingly high magnetization values at low temperatures. This is attributed to the modified spin structure, presumably due to the presence of interstitial oxygen in the lattice. Development of a weakly ferromagnetic and electrically conducting phase upon annealing in air is attributed to the formation of the fcc-Ni phase. The structural phase transformations corroborate well with magnetic and electrical measurements.

  14. Preparation, characterisation, and in vitro evaluation of electrically conducting poly(ɛ-caprolactone)-based nanocomposite scaffolds using PC12 cells.

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    Gopinathan, Janarthanan; Quigley, Anita F; Bhattacharyya, Amitava; Padhye, Rajiv; Kapsa, Robert M I; Nayak, Rajkishore; Shanks, Robert A; Houshyar, Shadi

    2016-04-01

    In the current study, we describe the synthesis, material characteristics, and cytocompatibility of conducting poly (ɛ-caprolactone) (PCL)-based nano-composite films. Electrically conducting carbon nano-fillers (carbon nano-fiber (CNF), nano-graphite (NG), and liquid exfoliated graphite (G)) were used to prepare porous film type scaffolds using modified solvent casting methods. The electrical conductivity of the nano-composite films was increased when carbon nano-fillers were incorporated in the PCL matrix. CNF-based nano-composite films showed the highest increase in electrical conductivity. The presence of an ionic solution significantly improved the conductivity of some of the polymers, however at least 24 h was required to absorb the simulated ion solutions. CNF-based nano-composite films were found to have good thermo-mechanical properties compared to other conducting polymer films due to better dispersion and alignment in the critical direction. Increased nano-filler content increased the crystallisation temperature. Analysis of cell viability revealed no increase in cell death on any of the polymers compared to tissue culture plastic controls, or compared to PCL polymer without nano-composites. The scaffolds showed some variation when tested for PC12 cell attachment and proliferation, however all the polymers supported PC12 attachment and differentiation in the absence of cell adhesion molecules. In general, CNF-based nano-composite films with highest electrical conductivity and moderate roughness showed highest cell attachment and proliferation. These polymers are promising candidates for use in neural applications in the area of bionics and tissue engineering due to their unique properties.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of polyaniline-Fe@C magnetic nanocomposite powder

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    Fleaca, C. T.; Dumitrache, F.; Morjan, I.; Niculescu, A.-M.; Sandu, I.; Ilie, A.; Stamatin, I.; Iordache, A.; Vasile, E.; Prodan, G.

    2016-06-01

    We report the synthesis of novel magnetic nanocomposite based on polyaniline (PANI) matrix and Fe-C nanoparticles. These hydrophobic Fe-FexC@C nanoparticles (having diameters under 20 nm) were synthesized by laser pyrolysis from Fe(CO)5 and C2H4/H2 and dispersed in water using sodium carboxymethylcellulose, followed by the PANI coating using ultrasonication-assisted oxidative polymerization of aniline hydrochloride. The structure of the resulted composite was characterized by Transmission Electron Microscopy, X-ray diffraction and also by Raman and Infrared spectroscopy. The composite powder shows ferromagnetic behavior with low coercivity and 6.4 emu/g saturation magnetization, having also electric and electrochemical behavior similar with pure PANI reference.

  16. Fabrication of magnetic Fe@ZnO0.6S0.4 nanocomposite for visible-light-driven photocatalytic inactivation of Escherichia coli

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    Peng, Ziling; Wu, Dan; Wang, Wei; Tan, Fatang; Ng, Tsz Wai; Chen, Jianguo; Qiao, Xueliang; Wong, Po Keung

    2017-02-01

    Bacterial inactivation by magnetic photocatalysts has now received growing interests due to the easy