1 Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark2 unknown
The product of ball milling of magnetite and amorphous silica (40 mole% Fe3O4 in SiO2) for an extended period of time (800 h) in a closed vial, has been investigated by Mossbauer spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and infrared spectroscopy. It is found that the milling induces extensive reduction of Fe(III). The material constitutes a mixture of ultrafine Fe-rich spinel particles (magnetite/maghemite) and ail amorphous Fe(II)-containing silicate with a magnetic transition temperature of approximately 25 K. The amorphous phase has a rather high Fe content and is distinctly differenct from the initial amorphous silica.
Nanostructured Materials, 1999, Vol 12, Issue 1-4, p. 233-236