Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 42, Issue 22, pp 9205–9209 | Cite as

A facile two-step hydrothermal route for the synthesis of γ-Fe2O3 nanocrystals and their magnetic properties

  • Hongliang ZhuEmail author
  • Deren YangEmail author
  • Luming Zhu
  • Hong Yang
  • Dalai Jin
  • Kuihong Yao


This paper proposes a facile two-step hydrothermal route for the synthesis of maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) nanocrystals. The synthesis route included two steps: (i) hydrothermal synthesis of Fe3O4 nanocrystals, and (ii) hydrothermal oxidation of the Fe3O4 nanocrystals to their γ-Fe2O3 counterpart. Phase transition from γ-Fe2O3 to hematite was studied by in situ XRD; the γ-Fe2O3 nanocrystals exhibited enhanced phase transition temperature (>600 °C). The magnetization curves revealed that the γ-Fe2O3 nanocrystals showed ferromagnetic behavior with high saturation magnetization of 68 emu/g at room temperature.


Fe3O4 Hydrothermal Synthesis Hydrazine Hydrate Maghemite Ferromagnetic Behavior 



This work was supported by the Open Foundation Project of the State Key Lab of Silicon Materials (No. 200601). We also thank Prof Chunmu Feng (Zhejiang University) for PPMS measurements.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Lab of Silicon Materials Zhejiang UniversityHangzhouP.R. China
  2. 2.Center of Materials EngineeringZhejiang Sci-Tech UniversityXiasha University Town, HangzhouP.R. China

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