The aim of this work was to investigate the surface structure of aqueous hematite dispersions characterized by a large variability of morphology and particle size combining structural investigations obtained from Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) techniques with in vitro particle size distributions and zeta potential measurements from Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) technique, and we achieved a self-consistent and detailed characterization of hematite particles whose sizes and morphologies could be correlated to the synthesis conditions (type of added anion, Al substitution and pH). Surface AFM characterization provided an accurate analysis of particle microstructure and also indicated that the growth of microcrystals followed different surface roughness. DLS, AFM, and TEM techniques furnished complementary information on the average particle dimensions, whose variation could be attributed to the morphological difference of hematites, ranging from platy to regular or irregular hexagonal or ellipsoidal shape. Finally, a correlation between the average particle dimensions and the measured zeta potential was also been found in aqueous dilute suspensions characterized by neither pH nor-ionic-strength-control, for which a drop of zeta potential from positive to negative values was detected for hematite particle dimensions larger than a threshold size of ∼150. nm. © 2012 Elsevier Inc.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcis.2012.02.003|
|Codice identificativo ISI:||WOS:000302446900017|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-84858747590|
|Titolo:||Characterization of synthetic hematite (alfa-Fe2O3) nanoparticles using a multi-technique approach|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|