Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 53–58

Low temperature synthesis of iron containing carbon nanoparticles in critical carbon dioxide

Authors

  • Takashi Hasumura
    • Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre, Toyo University
  • Takahiro Fukuda
    • Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre, Toyo University
  • Raymond L. D. Whitby
    • School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular SciencesUniversity of Brighton
  • Ortrud Aschenbrenner
    • School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular SciencesUniversity of Brighton
    • Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre, Toyo University
Brief Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s11051-010-0142-9

Cite this article as:
Hasumura, T., Fukuda, T., Whitby, R.L.D. et al. J Nanopart Res (2011) 13: 53. doi:10.1007/s11051-010-0142-9

Abstract

We develop a low temperature, organic solvent-free method of producing iron containing carbon (Fe@C) nanoparticles. We show that Fe@C nanoparticles are self-assembled by mixing ferrocene with sub-critical (25.0 °C), near-critical (31.0 °C) and super-critical (41.0 °C) carbon dioxide and irradiating the solutions with UV laser of 266-nm wavelength. The diameter of the iron particles varies from 1 to 100 nm, whereas that of Fe@C particles ranges from 200 nm to 1 μm. Bamboo-shaped structures are also formed by iron particles and carbon layers. There is no appreciable effect of the temperature on the quantity and diameter distributions of the particles produced. The Fe@C nanoparticles show soft ferromagnetic characteristics. Iron particles are crystallised, composed of bcc and fcc lattice structures, and the carbon shells are graphitised after irradiation of electron beams.

Keywords

Nanoparticles Carbon Iron Ferrocene Critical carbon dioxide UV laser Composite nanomaterials

Supplementary material

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