Green Synthesis of Nickel–Copper Mixed Ferrite Nanoparticles: Structural, Optical, Magnetic, Electrochemical and Antibacterial Studies

  • B. Gayathri Manju
  • P. RajiEmail author


The nickel–copper mixed ferrite nanoparticles [Cu1−xNixFe2O4 (x = 0, 0.5, 1)] NPs were prepared a by combustion method using Aloe barbadensis extract as a green reducing agent. The structural, functional, morphological, optical, magnetic, electrochemical properties of the sample were investigated using x-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, ultraviolet–visible (UV–Vis) spectrophotometry, photoluminescence, vibrating sample and cyclic voltammetry. The XRD patterns showed that all compositions with a cubic spinel structure and a crystallite size of 52 nm were reduced to 29 nm after nickel addition in copper ferrite and 35.85 nm for nickel ferrite. The UV–Vis absorption spectrum shows that the nickel-substituted copper ferrite band energy (Eg) increases as the crystallite size decreases. Measurements of magnetization obtained at room temperature revealed a soft ferromagnetic behaviour and saturation magnetization, coercivity value increased with the substitution of nickel. The maximum specific capacitance of 114 F g−1 was obtained at the scan rate of 5 mV s−1 for copper–nickel mixed ferrite NPs. A study of antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli, Klebsilla pneumonia, Staphylococcus aureus, and Bacillus subtilis using a well-diffusion method was performed. Nickel substitution on the copper spinel ferrite NPs revealed a major influence on structural, optical, magnetic, electrochemical and magnetic properties of the product obtained.


Sol–gel Aloe vera electrochemical magnetic properties 


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The authors are grateful for the financial support given by the Management of Mepco Schlenk Engineering College. The authors are also thankful to Thiru. A. Tenzing, Correspondent; Dr. S. Arivazhagan, Principal; and Dr. A. Marikani, Senior Professor and Head, Department of Physics, Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi, for their constant support and encouragement.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsMepco Schlenk Engineering CollegeSivakasiIndia

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