About this Research Topic
Spinel ferrites, chemically and thermally stable magnetic materials, with the general formula MFe2O4 (M - metal cation) remain the subject of extensive research due to their ever-increasing field of applications.
These versatile materials have applications in microelectronic and magnetic devices, magnetic data storage, gas sensing, adsorbents, water purification, catalysis, photocatalysis, antibacterial activity, as contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging and in thermally activated cancer therapy to name just a few.
Small changes in the chemical composition can be achieved by cation substitution or doping with noble metals. Particle morphology modification can be achieved by optimization of synthesis parameters, loading with other chemical or biological materials or by synthesis methods such as solid-state reactions, sol-gel, and high energy ball milling. These modifications have significant effects on the resulting properties and applications of the end materials.
The main goal of this Research Topic is to bring together researchers from different backgrounds working on magnetic spinel ferrite nanoparticles. The aim is to highlight recent progress and further advance research into optimization and advancement of synthesis methods of this group of materials in order to design, characterize and achieve improved properties in view of the specific requirements of the wide existing and new application fields of these materials.
Areas of interest could include, but are not limited to:
• Novel and optimized synthesis methods of magnetic spinel ferrite nanoparticles
• Spinel ferrite 1D, 2D systems and heterostructures
• Characterization and properties of magnetic spinel ferrite nanostructures
• Multifunctional spinel ferrite magnetic nanomaterials
• Applications of magnetic spinel ferrite nanoparticles for biomedical drug delivery, hypothermia, and cancer therapy
• Antibacterial activity of magnetic spinel nanoparticles
• Applications of magnetic spinel ferrite nanoparticles for gas sensors, as adsorbents, in water purification, heterogeneous catalysis, and photocatalysis
Keywords: Spinel ferrites, Magnetic materials, Nanostructures, Magnetic spinel ferrite
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