Synthesis and corrosion study of zirconia-coated carbonyl iron particles

Rui Shen, Shai N. Shafrir, Chunlin Miao, Mimi Wang, John C. Lambropoulos, Stephen D. Jacobs, Hong Yang

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This paper describes the surface modification of micrometer-sized magnetic carbonyl iron particles (CI) with zirconia from zirconium(IV) butoxide using a sol-gel method. Zirconia shells with various thicknesses and different grain sizes and shapes are coated on the surface of CI particles by changing the reaction conditions, such as the amounts of zirconia sol, nitric acid, and CI particles. A silica adhesive layer made from 3-aminopropyl trimethoxysilane (APTMS) can be introduced first onto the surface of CI particles in order to adjust both the size and the shape of zirconia crystals, and thus the roughness of the coating. The microanalyses on these coated particles are studied by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and X-ray-diffraction (XRD). Accelerated acid corrosion and air oxidation tests indicate that the coating process dramatically improved oxidation and acid corrosion resistances, which are critical issues in various applications of CI magnetic particles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-56
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Colloid And Interface Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbonyl iron
  • Coating
  • Corrosion
  • Magnetic particle
  • Sol-gel
  • Zirconia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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