Mössbauer spectroscopy of ZnxMg1-x Fe2O4 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.74) nanostructures crystallized from borate glasses

  • S. El Shabrawy
  • M. Miglierini
  • P. Schaaf
  • D. Tzankov
  • M. Georgieva
  • R. Harizanova
  • C. Rüssel
Research Paper


Glasses in the system 51.7 B2O3/9.3 K2O/1 P2O5/10.4 Fe2O3/(27.6 − y) MgO/y ZnO (with y = 0, 1, 2.5, 5, 7.5, 10, 13.8, and 20) were prepared by the conventional melt quenching method. The glass samples were thermally treated at 560 °C for 3 h in ambient conditions. Using 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy, the effect of the substitution of MgO by ZnO in the glass network and the effect on the precipitated crystallized phase was studied. The results showed that the ratio of Zn2+:Mg2+ in the precipitated crystals increases with the ZnO concentration in the glass. The isomer shift values indicated that iron occurs as Fe3+, which is distributed at the tetrahedral (A) and the octahedral [B] sites. Introducing ZnO leads to a relative increase of the Fe3+ concentration at the B sites at the expense of that occupying the A sites. This indicates the precipitation of ZnxMg1-x Fe2O4 nanoparticles, where Zn2+ ions favorably occupy the A sites. The average hyperfine field of the samples showed a strong dependence on the Zn concentration. At the highest Zn concentration of 13.8 and 20 mol%, the samples are paramagnetic, while for the smaller ones, the samples are superparamagnetic.


Mössbauer spectroscopy Glass crystallization Ferrites Nanoparticles Magnetic properties 


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Part of this study was funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Bundesministerium für Forschung und Technologie via DESY PT under grant 05K16Sl1.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. El Shabrawy
    • 1
    • 6
  • M. Miglierini
    • 2
  • P. Schaaf
    • 3
  • D. Tzankov
    • 4
  • M. Georgieva
    • 4
  • R. Harizanova
    • 5
  • C. Rüssel
    • 1
  1. 1.Otto Schott Institute of Materials ResearchJena UniversityJenaGermany
  2. 2.Department of Nuclear ReactorsCzech Technical University in PraguePragueCzech Republic
  3. 3.TU Ilmenau, Institute of Materials Science and Engineering and Institute of Micro and Nanotechnologies MacroNano®IlmenauGermany
  4. 4.Department of PhysicsUniversity of Sofia “St. Kl. Ohridski”SofiaBulgaria
  5. 5.Department of PhysicsUniversity of Chemical Technology and MetallurgySofiaBulgaria
  6. 6.Faculty of Science, Physics DepartmentUniversity of MenofiaShebin ElKoumEgypt

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