Functionalization of iron oxide nanoparticles with methacrylate-based monomers for preparation of nanocomposites

Nanocomposites with a high and uniform loading of magnetic nanoparticles are very desirable for various applications. In this study, a simple and scalable route for preparing nanocomposites with a high and uniform loading of magnetic nanoparticles is presented. The magnetic iron-oxide nanoparticles were functionalized with a methacrylate-based monomer that copolymerized in a toluene solution with the methyl methacrylate (MMA) monomer. The resulting suspensions of magnetic nanoparticles decorated with the PMMA chains in toluene were colloidal even in the presence of a magnetic field gradient. Nanocomposites were precipitated from the suspensions. The TEM investigation of the prepared nanocomposites revealed that the magnetic nanoparticles were homogeneously dispersed in the PMMA matrix, even in amounts up to 53 wt.%. The uniform dispersion of the nanoparticles in the PMMA matrix was attributed to good solvation of the grafted PMMA chains from the magnetic nanoparticles by the PMMA chains of the matrix. The nanocomposites were superparamagnetic and exhibited large values for the saturation magnetization of up to 36 emu/g. Moreover, the nanocomposite with the largest amount of incorporated nanoparticles exhibited relatively large values for the specific power loss when subjected to alternating magnetic fields, giving this material great potential for the magnetically induced hyperthermia-based treatment of cancer.


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9Th International Conference On Times Of Polymers And Composites: From Aerospace To Nanotechnology, 1981, 020067
Presented at:
9th International Conference on Times of Polymers (TOP) and Composites - From Aerospace to Nanotechnology, Ischia, ITALY, Jun 17-21, 2018
Year:
Jan 01 2018
Publisher:
Melville, AMER INST PHYSICS
ISSN:
0094-243X
ISBN:
978-0-7354-1697-0
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