The monodisperse Fe3O4 nanocubes with controllable sizes from 6.5 to 30.0 nm have been synthesized in organic phase. By the formation of surfactant bilayers with charged hydrophilic ions of α-cyclodextrin, Fe3O4 nanocubes were successfully "pulled" into water from hexane for a possible biomedical application. The Fe3 O4 nanocubes with the surfactant bilayers show a good stability in aqueous solution compared with those in aqueous solution which were transferred from organic phase by ligand exchange using PVP with strong binding group. The hysteresis loop at 300 K of Fe3O4 nanocubes with different sizes reveals that a size-dependent behavior of saturation magnetization and the nanocubes with a size less than 25 nm show a typical superparamagnetic behavior at room temperature. The comparison of magnetization of the hydrophilic Fe3 O4 nanocubes in CD and PVP aqueous solution reveals that the surfactant bilayers can provide a good stability of magnetization.
- Phase transfer
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering