Microwave-assisted syntheis of highly crystalline, multifunctional iron oxide nanocomposites for imaging applications

Marc J. Williams, Enrique Sánchez, Esther Rani Aluri, Fraser J. Douglas, Donald A. MacLaren, Oonagh M. Collins, Edmund J. Cussen, James D. Budge, Lara C. Sanders, Martin Michaelis, C. Mark Smales, Jindrich Cinatl Jr., Silvia Lorrio, Dirk Kreuger, Rafael T. M. de Rosales, Serena A. Corr

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We report a single-step approach using a microwave-assisted method for a multifunctional magnetic nanocomposite comprising superparamagnetic iron oxide cores, a polyelectrolyte stabilizer and an organic dye with no requirement for post-processing. We demonstrate the intimate link between synthetic methodology (microwave heating with polyelectrolyte stabilizer) and resulting properties (particle size, shape, magnetism) and how this underpins the functionality of the resulting nanocomposites.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83520-83528
Number of pages9
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number87
Early online date22 Aug 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Aug 2016


  • microwave-assisted approach
  • multifunctional magnetic nanocomposites
  • superparamagnetic iron oxide
  • polyelectrolyte stabilizer
  • stabilisers
  • synthetic methodology
  • microwave heating
  • polyelectrolyte stabilizer
  • nanocomposites
  • biomedical imaging

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