Size-controlled syntheses and hydrophilic surface modification of Fe 3O4, Ag, and Fe3O4/Ag heterodimer nanocrystals

Xiaomin Li, Honglei Si, Jin Zhong Niu, Huaibin Shen, Changhua Zhou, Hang Yuan, Hongzhe Wang, Lan Ma, Lin Song Li

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High-quality, monodisperse, and size-controlled Fe3O 4, Ag, and bifunctional Fe3O4/Ag heterodimer nanocrystals (NCs) have been synthesized successfully. In the synthesis of Fe3O4 NCs, dodecanol was chosen as the substitute of 1,2-hexadecanediol and "size control" was achieved by simply adjusting the proportion among the ligands instead of utilizing seed-mediated growth. In the synthesis of Ag NCs, organometallic silver acetylacetonate (Agacac) was used as precursors and tunable particle size could be easily obtained by adjusting the reaction temperatures. By using different sized Fe3O4 NCs as seeds, Fe3O4/Ag heterodimer NCs with particle sizes tuned from 5 to 16 nm for Fe3O4 and 4 to 8 nm for Ag were successfully synthesized and superparamagnetism were maintained. We found that the size of Ag attached on the Fe3O4 NCs relied on the size of Fe3O4 seed. UV-vis absorption spectra and TEM investigations revealed that the bigger the Fe3O4 NCs seed used, the bigger the Ag NCs that were obtained from the heterodimer NCs. In addition, we demonstrated that all of these NCs were successfully transferred into water by surface modification with biocompatible carboxylic acid groups, which made them meet the basic requirement for biolabeling and biomedical applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10984-10989
Number of pages6
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number45
StatePublished - Dec 7 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry


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