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Synthesis and characterization of Fe- and Co-based ferrite nanoparticles and study of the T-1 and T-2 relaxivity of chitosan-coated particles

Hoque, Manjura S and Srivastava, C and Srivastava, N and Venkateshan, N and Chattopadhyay, K (2013) Synthesis and characterization of Fe- and Co-based ferrite nanoparticles and study of the T-1 and T-2 relaxivity of chitosan-coated particles. In: JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE, 48 (2). pp. 812-818.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10853-012-6800-9

Abstract

In pursuit of newer and more effective contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging, we report in this article the use of biocompatible chitosan-coated ferrite nanoparticles of different kinds with a view to determine their potential applications as the contrast agents in the field of nuclear magnetic resonance. The single-phase ferrite particles were synthesized by chemical co-precipitation (CoFe2O4 and Fe3O4) and by applying ultrasonic vibration (CoFe2O4 and Co0.8Zn0.2Fe2O4). Although magnetic anisotropy of CoFe2O4 nanoparticle leads to finite coercivity even for nanoensembles, it has been reduced significantly to a minimum level by applying ultrasonic vibration. Fe3O4 synthesized by chemical co-precipitation yielded particles which already possess negligible coercivity and remanence. Substitution of Co by Zn in CoFe2O4 increases the magnetization significantly with a small increase in coercivity and remanence. Particles synthesized by the application of ultrasonic vibration leads to the higher values of T-2 relaxivities than by chemical coprecipitation. We report that the T-2 relaxivities of these particles are of two orders of magnitude higher than corresponding T-1 relaxivities. Thus, these particles are evidently suitable as contrast agent for T-2 weighted MR images.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to SPRINGER, NEW YORK
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Depositing User: Francis Jayakanth
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2013 08:56
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2013 08:56
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/45775

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