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ISRN Materials Science
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 691032, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/691032
Research Article

Wet Synthesis of Monodisperse Cobalt Oxide Nanoparticles

Organic III, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Tarnaka, Hyderabad 500-007, India

Received 31 December 2011; Accepted 19 February 2012

Academic Editors: F. M. Labajos, B. Luan, and M. Padmanaban

Copyright © 2012 Taimur Athar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Ultrafine and monodispersable colloidal cobalt oxide nanoparticles were successfully synthesized quantitatively via soft chemical approach with controlled particle size and microstructural properties for their use in technological applications. The particle size, shape, and other microstructural properties are directly influenced by their reaction conditions. The FT-IR studies give information for phase purity, and ultraviolet absorption spectroscopy helps to study the optical properties. Thermal analysis gives the information about thermal stability. With the help of X-ray diffraction pattern, the size of the particle was calculated. An electron microscope studies help in morphological characterization, and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method gives information about surface area. Cobalt oxide nanoparticle tends to orient itself with its narrow size distribution having a crystal size around 50 nm.