Massively ordered microstructures composed of magnetic nanoparticles

Myunghwan Byun, Jun Wang, Zhiqun Lin

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Magnetic γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticle toluene solution was placed in a restricted, axially symmetric geometry composed of a spherical lens on a Si substrate (i.e., sphere-on-Si geometry), forming a capillary-held solution. The solvent evaporation led to the self-assembly of γ- Fe 2O3 nanoparticles into hundreds of spatially well-ordered, gradient concentric 'coffee rings'. The rings were two nanoparticle layers high with a monolayer of nanoparticle thin film formed in between. The ring width ranged from submicron to a few microns. The center-to-center distance between adjacent rings was on the order of a few microns. The size and packing of γ- Fe2O3 nanoparticles, both within individual microscopic rings and in between, were dependent upon the preparation of the γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticle toluene solution.

Original languageEnglish
Article number264014
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number26
StatePublished - 2009


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