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Nanostructured NiZn ferrites were synthesized using two different techniques: first, a precipitation procedure in the reverse micelles of a CTAB/1-hexanol/H2O microemulsion, and second, precipitation in a bulk aqueous solution. XRD measurements, magnetic measurements, TEM imaging, analytical measurements and thermal analyses were used in an attempt to reveal the chemical pathway that leads to the formation of NiZn ferrite in the microemulsion and in the bulk aqueous solution. It was found that reverse micelles do not act as inert nano-sized reactors that influence only morphological properties of the synthesized powders, but have a decisive influence on the identity of the final product when compared to the non-microemulsion procedure, and therefore present the molecular structures which are actively engaged in the chemical pathway according to which the herein presented room temperature synthesis of NiZn ferrite nanoparticles takes place. The influence of the initial pH on the chemical pathway of reverse-micellar synthesis and the morphology of the synthesized particles was discussed after initially it was found that the pH of the precipitation ought to be higher than 8 in order to obtain the desired ferrite as a final product.


NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, volume 266, issue 1-3, in 2005. DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2005.06.022

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