Date of Award

5-21-2004

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S.

Degree Program

Chemistry

Department

Chemistry

Major Professor

O'Connor, Charles

Second Advisor

Fang, Jiye

Third Advisor

Wiley, John B.

Fourth Advisor

Stokes, Kevin

Abstract

Au-coated magnetic Fe nanoparticles have been successfully synthesized by partial replacement reaction in a polar aprotic solvent with about 11 nm core of Fe and about 2.5 nm shell of Au. In this work, a combination of TEM (transmission electron microscopy), XRD (X-ray Powder Diffractometry), EDS (Energy disperse X-ray spectroscopy), SQUID (Superconducting Quantum Interference Device), TGA (Thermograviometric analysis), UV-visible absorption spectroscopy and Faraday rotation were employed to characterize the morphology, structure, composition and magnetic properties of the products. HRTEM images show clear core-shell structure with different crystal lattices from Fe and Au. SQUID magnetometry reveals that particle magnetic properties are not significantly affected by the overlayer of a moderately thick Au shell. The Au-coated particles exhibit a surface plasmon resonance peak that red-shifts from 520 to 680 nm. And all the above characterizations show that in this sample, there are no Fe oxides inside the particle.

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