Magnetic nanoparticles: When atoms move around

Kazuhisa Sato

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The degree of atomic ordering in magnetic nanoparticles decreases strongly with the particles size is discussed. Excellent magnetic properties, a high-temperature annealing step is required to recover the atomic order. The researchers annealed disordered Fe (Co) or Pt (Pd) atoms (CoPt) nanoparticles at 500 °C for up to a maximum of 16 hour. When the nanoparticles become smaller, coordination at the surface is progressively reduced. The continuous disordering has been attributed to the surface-induced disorder related to platinum segregation onto the particle surface. It also presents some fresh perspectives for designing nanoparticles for industrial applications, such as ultrahigh-density magnetic-storage media.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)924-925
Number of pages2
JournalNature Materials
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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