Sonochemical synthesis of nanocrystalline LaFeO3

M. Sivakumar, A. Gedanken, W. Zhong, Y. H. Jiang, Y. W. Du, I. Brukental, D. Bhattacharya, Y. Yeshurun, I. Nowik

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Nanocrystalline perovskite-type LaFeO3 with particle size of about 30 nm was prepared by a sonochemical method using iron pentacarbonyl and lanthanum carbonate as starting materials. The overall process involves three steps: formation of lanthanum carbonate using lanthanum nitrate and urea; reaction of the so-formed lanthanum carbonate with iron pentacarbonyl resulting in the formation of a precursor; calcination of the precursor to obtain nanocrystalline particles of LaFeO3. Transmission electron microscopy revealed the particles to have a mean size of about 30 nm. Study of the magnetic properties of nanocrystalline LaFeO3 particles shows a coercivity of ∼250 Oe, while the saturation magnetization is ∼40 memu g-1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)764-769
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
StatePublished - 2004


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