Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


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Published by American Institute of Physics. J. Applied Physics 95, 7151-7153 (2004). ©2004 American Institute of Physics. Permission to use.


FePt and Fe3O4 nanotubes are produced by hydrogen reduction in nanochannels of porous alumina templates and investigated by electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and superconducting quantum interference device magnetometry. Loading the templates with an Fe chloride and Pt chloride mixture, followed by hydrogen reduction at 560 °C, leads to the formation of ferromagnetic FePt nanotubes in the alumina pores. An Fe nitrate solution, thermally decomposed at 250 °C and reduced in hydrogen for 2.5 h at the same temperature, yields Fe3O4 tubes. The versatility of the method indicates that materials with a wide range of parameters can be produced.

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