Size-dependent passivation shell and magnetic properties in antiferromagnetic/ferrimagnetic core/shell MnO nanoparticles

Alberto Lopez-Ortega, Dina Tobia, Elin Winkler, Igor V. Golosovsky, German Salazar-Alvarez, Sonia Estrade, Marta Estrader, Jordi Sort, Miguel Angel González, Santiago Suriñach, Jordi Arbiol, Francesca Peiró, Roberto D. Zysler, Maria Dolors Baro, Josep Nogués

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Abstract

The magnetic properties of bimagnetic core/shell nanoparticles consisting of an antiferromagnetic MnO core and a ferrimagnetic passivation shell have been investigated. It is found that the phase of the passivation shell (γ-MnM 2O 3 or Mn 3O 4) depends on the size of the nanoparticles. Structural and magnetic characterizations concur that while the smallest nanoparticles have a predominantly γ-Mn 2O 3 shell, larger ones have increasing amounts of Mn 3O 4. A considerable enhancement of the Néel temperature, T N, and the magnetic anisotropy of the MnO core for decreasing core sizes has been observed. The size reduction also leads to other phenomena such as persistent magnetic moment in MnO up to high temperatures and an unusual temperature behavior of the magnetic domains. © 2010 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9398-9407
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume132
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2010

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