Magnetic Nanostructures Group

Group Leader: Josep Nogués



  • Enhanced Ultrafast Nonlinear Optical Response in Ferrite Core/Shell Nanostructures with Excellent Optical Limiting Performance

    Perumbilavil S., López-Ortega A., Tiwari G.K., Nogués J., Endo T., Philip R. Small; 14 (6, 1701001) 2018. 10.1002/smll.201701001.

    Nonlinear optical nanostructured materials are gaining increased interest as optical limiters for various applications, although many of them suffer from reduced efficiencies at high-light fluences due to photoinduced deterioration. The nonlinear optical properties of ferrite core/shell nanoparticles showing their robustness for ultrafast optical limiting applications are reported. At 100 fs ultrashort laser pulses the effective two-photon absorption (2PA) coefficient shows a nonmonotonic dependence on the shell thickness, with a maximum value obtained for thin shells. In view of the local electric field confinement, this indicates that core/shell is an advantageous morphology to improve the nonlinear optical parameters, exhibiting excellent optical limiting performance with effective 2PA coefficients in the range of 10−12 cm W−1 (100 fs excitation), and optical limiting threshold fluences in the range of 1.7 J cm−2. These values are comparable to or better than most of the recently reported optical limiting materials. The quality of the open aperture Z-scan data recorded from repeat measurements at intensities as high as 35 TW cm−2, indicates their considerably high optical damage thresholds in a toluene dispersion, ensuring their robustness in practical applications. Thus, the high photostability combined with the remarkable nonlinear optical properties makes these nanoparticles excellent candidates for ultrafast optical limiting applications. © 2018 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

  • Tunable Magnetism in Nanoporous CuNi Alloys by Reversible Voltage-Driven Element-Selective Redox Processes

    Quintana A., Menéndez E., Isarain-Chávez E., Fornell J., Solsona P., Fauth F., Baró M.D., Nogués J., Pellicer E., Sort J. Small; 2018. 10.1002/smll.201704396.

    Voltage-driven manipulation of magnetism in electrodeposited 200 nm thick nanoporous single-phase solid solution Cu20Ni80 (at%) alloy films (with sub 10 nm pore size) is accomplished by controlled reduction-oxidation (i.e., redox) processes in a protic solvent, namely 1 m NaOH aqueous solution. Owing to the selectivity of the electrochemical processes, the oxidation of the CuNi film mainly occurs on the Cu counterpart of the solid solution, resulting in a Ni-enriched alloy. As a consequence, the magnetic moment at saturation significantly increases (up to 33% enhancement with respect to the as-prepared sample), while only slight changes in coercivity are observed. Conversely, the reduction process brings Cu back to its metallic state and, remarkably, it becomes alloyed to Ni again. The reported phenomenon is fully reversible, thus allowing for the precise adjustment of the magnetic properties of this system through the sign and amplitude of the applied voltage. © 2018 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  • Unravelling the Elusive Antiferromagnetic Order in Wurtzite and Zinc Blende CoO Polymorph Nanoparticles

    Roca A.G., Golosovsky I.V., Winkler E., López-Ortega A., Estrader M., Zysler R.D., Baró M.D., Nogués J. Small; 14 (15, 1703963) 2018. 10.1002/smll.201703963.

    Although cubic rock salt-CoO has been extensively studied, the magnetic properties of the main nanoscale CoO polymorphs (hexagonal wurtzite and cubic zinc blende structures) are rather poorly understood. Here, a detailed magnetic and neutron diffraction study on zinc blende and wurtzite CoO nanoparticles is presented. The zinc blende-CoO phase is antiferromagnetic with a 3rd type structure in a face-centered cubic lattice and a Néel temperature of TN (zinc-blende) ≈225 K. Wurtzite-CoO also presents an antiferromagnetic order, TN (wurtzite) ≈109 K, although much more complex, with a 2nd type order along the c-axis but an incommensurate order along the y-axis. Importantly, the overall magnetic properties are overwhelmed by the uncompensated spins, which confer the system a ferromagnetic-like behavior even at room temperature. © 2018 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim


  • Lateral Magnetically Modulated Multilayers by Combining Ion Implantation and Lithography

    Menéndez E., Modarresi H., Petermann C., Nogués J., Domingo N., Liu H., Kirby B.J., Mohd A.S., Salhi Z., Babcock E., Mattauch S., Van Haesendonck C., Vantomme A., Temst K. Small; 13 (11, 1603465) 2017. 10.1002/smll.201603465. IF: 8.643

    The combination of lithography and ion implantation is demonstrated to be a suitable method to prepare lateral multilayers. A laterally, compositionally, and magnetically modulated microscale pattern consisting of alternating Co (1.6 µm wide) and Co-CoO (2.4 µm wide) lines has been obtained by oxygen ion implantation into a lithographically masked Au-sandwiched Co thin film. Magnetoresistance along the lines (i.e., current and applied magnetic field are parallel to the lines) reveals an effective positive giant magnetoresistance (GMR) behavior at room temperature. Conversely, anisotropic magnetoresistance and GMR contributions are distinguished at low temperature (i.e., 10 K) since the O-implanted areas become exchange coupled. This planar GMR is principally ascribed to the spatial modulation of coercivity in a spring-magnet-type configuration, which results in 180° Néel extrinsic domain walls at the Co/Co-CoO interfaces. The versatility, in terms of pattern size, morphology, and composition adjustment, of this method offers a unique route to fabricate planar systems for, among others, spintronic research and applications. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

  • Magnetically-actuated mesoporous nanowires for enhanced heterogeneous catalysis

    Serrà A., Grau S., Gimbert-Suriñach C., Sort J., Nogués J., Vallés E. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental; 217: 81 - 91. 2017. 10.1016/j.apcatb.2017.05.071. IF: 9.446

    We study the optimization of the catalytic properties of entirely magnetic Co–Pt compact and mesoporous nanowires of different diameters (25–200 nm) by using magnetic actuation. The nanowires are a single-entity, robust, magnetic-catalyst with a huge catalytically-active surface area. We show that apart from conventional parameters, like the size and morphology of the nanowires, other factors can be optimized to enhance their catalytic activity. In particular, given the magnetic character of the nanowires, rotating magnetic fields are a very powerful approach to boost the performance of the catalyst. In particular, the magnetic field induces them to act as nano-stirrers, improving the local flow of material towards the active sites of the catalyst. We demonstrate the versatility of the procedure by optimizing (i) the degradation of different types of pollutants (4-nitrophenol and methylene blue) and (ii) hydrogen production. For example, by using as little as 0.1 mg mL−1 of 25 nm wide Co–Pt mesoporous nanowires (with ∼3 nm pore size) as catalysts, kinetic normalized constants knor as high as 20,667 and 21,750 s−1 g−1 for 4-nitrophenol and methylene blue reduction, respectively, are obtained. In addition, activity values for hydrogen production from borohydride are as high as 25.0 L H2 g−1 min−1, even at room temperature. These values outperform any current state-of-the-art proposed catalysis strategies for water remediation reactions by at least 10-times and are superior to most advanced approaches to generate hydrogen from borohydride. The recyclability of the nanowires together with the simplicity of the synthetic method makes this approach (using not only Co–Pt, but also other mesoporous magnetic catalysts) very appealing for very diverse types of catalytic applications. © 2017 Elsevier B.V.

  • Maximizing Exchange Bias in Co/CoO Core/Shell Nanoparticles by Lattice Matching between the Shell and the Embedding Matrix

    González J.A., Andrés J.P., López Antón R., De Toro J.A., Normile P.S., Muniz P., Riveiro J.M., Nogués J. Chemistry of Materials; 29 (12): 5200 - 5206. 2017. 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b00868. IF: 9.466

    The exchange bias properties of 5 nm Co/CoO ferromagnetic/antiferromagnetic core/shell nanoparticles, highly dispersed in a CuxO matrix, have been optimized by matching the lattice parameter of the matrix with that of the CoO shell. Exchange bias and coercivity fields as large as HE = 7780 Oe and HC = 6950 Oe are linked to the presence of a Cu2O matrix (0.3% lattice mismatch with respect to the shells). The small mismatch between Cu2O and CoO plays a dual role: it (i) structurally stabilizes the CoO and (ii) favors the existence of a large amount of uncompensated moments in the shell that enhance the exchange bias effects. The results indicate that lattice matching may be a very efficient way to improve the exchange bias properties of core/shell nanoparticles, paving the way to novel approaches to tune their magnetic properties. © 2017 American Chemical Society.

  • Metamirrors Based on Arrays of Silicon Nanowires with Height Gradients

    Otte M.A., Garcia-Martin A., Borrise X., Sepulveda B. Advanced Optical Materials; 5 (4, 1600933) 2017. 10.1002/adom.201600933. IF: 6.875

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  • Novel Ba-hexaferrite structural variations stabilized on the nanoscale as building blocks for epitaxial bi-magnetic hard/soft sandwiched maghemite/hexaferrite/maghemite nanoplatelets with out-of-plane easy axis and enhanced magnetization

    Belec B., Dražić G., Gyergyek S., Podmiljšak B., Goršak T., Komelj M., Nogués J., Makovec D. Nanoscale; 9 (44): 17551 - 17560. 2017. 10.1039/c7nr05894b. IF: 7.367

    Atomic-resolution scanning-transmission electron microscopy showed that barium hexaferrite (BHF) nanoplatelets display a distinct structure, which represents a novel structural variation of hexaferrites stabilized on the nanoscale. The structure can be presented in terms of two alternating structural blocks stacked across the nanoplatelet: a hexagonal (BaFe6O11)2- R block and a cubic (Fe6O8)2+ spinel S block. The structure of the BHF nanoplatelets comprises only two, or rarely three, R blocks and always terminates at the basal surfaces with the full S blocks. The structure of a vast majority of the nanoplatelets can be described with a SR∗S∗RS stacking order, corresponding to a BaFe15O23 composition. The nanoplatelets display a large, uniaxial magnetic anisotropy with the easy axis perpendicular to the platelet, which is a crucial property enabling different novel applications based on aligning the nanoplatelets with applied magnetic fields. However, the BHF nanoplatelets exhibit a modest saturation magnetization, MS, of just over 30 emu g-1. Given the cubic S block termination of the platelets, layers of maghemite, γ-Fe2O3, (M), with a cubic spinel structure, can be easily grown epitaxially on the surfaces of the platelets, forming a sandwiched M/BHF/M platelet structure. The exchange-coupled composite nanoplatelets exhibit a remarkably uniform structure, with an enhanced MS of more than 50 emu g-1 while essentially maintaining the out-of-plane easy axis. The enhanced MS could pave the way for their use in diverse platelet-based magnetic applications. © 2017 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  • Photochemically Activated Motors: From Electrokinetic to Diffusion Motion Control

    Zhang K., Fraxedas J., Sepulveda B., Esplandiu M.J. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces; 9 (51): 44948 - 44953. 2017. 10.1021/acsami.7b15855. IF: 7.504

    Self-propelled micro/nanomotors that can transform chemical energy from the surrounding environment into mechanical motion are cutting edge nanotechnologies with potential applications in biomedicine and environmental remediation. These applications require full understanding of the propulsion mechanisms to improve the performance and controllability of the motors. In this work, we demonstrate that there are two competing chemomechanical mechanisms at semiconductor/metal (Si/Pt) micromotors in a pump configuration under visible light exposure. The first propulsion mechanism is driven by an electro-osmotic process stemmed from a photoactivation reaction mediated by H2O2, which takes place in two separated redox reactions at the Si and Pt interfaces. One reaction involves the oxidation of H2O2 at the silicon side, and the other the H2O2 reduction at the metal side. The second mechanism is not light responsive and is triggered by the redox decomposition of H2O2 exclusively at the Pt surface. We show that it is possible to enhance/suppress one mechanism over the other by tuning the surface roughness of the micromotor metal. More specifically, the actuation mechanism can be switched from light-controlled electrokinetics to light-insensitive diffusio-osmosis by only increasing the metal surface roughness. The different actuation mechanisms yield strikingly different fluid flow velocities, electric fields, and light sensitivities. Consequently, these findings are very relevant and can have a remarkable impact on the design and optimization of photoactivated catalytic devices and, in general, on bimetallic or insulating-metallic motors. © 2017 American Chemical Society.

  • Remanence plots as a probe of spin disorder in magnetic nanoparticles

    De Toro J.A., Vasilakaki M., Lee S.S., Andersson M.S., Normile P.S., Yaacoub N., Murray P., Sánchez E.H., Muñiz P., Peddis D., Mathieu R., Liu K., Geshev J., Trohidou K.N., Nogués J. Chemistry of Materials; 29 (19): 8258 - 8268. 2017. 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b02522. IF: 9.466

    Remanence magnetization plots (e.g., Henkel or δM plots) have been extensively used as a straightforward way to determine the presence and intensity of dipolar and exchange interactions in assemblies of magnetic nanoparticles or single domain grains. Their evaluation is particularly important in functional materials whose performance is strongly affected by the intensity of interparticle interactions, such as patterned recording media and nanostructured permanent magnets, as well as in applications such as hyperthermia and magnetic resonance imaging. Here, we demonstrate that δM plots may be misleading when the nanoparticles do not have a homogeneous internal magnetic configuration. Substantial dips in the M plots of γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles isolated by thick SiO2 shells indicate the presence of demagnetizing interactions, usually identified as dipolar interactions. Our results, however, demonstrate that it is the inhomogeneous spin structure of the nanoparticles, as most clearly evidenced by Mössbauer measurements, that has a pronounced effect on the δM plots, leading to features remarkably similar to those produced by dipolar interactions. X-ray diffraction results combined with magnetic characterization indicate that this inhomogeneity is due to the presence of surface structural (and spin) disorder. Monte Carlo simulations unambiguously corroborate the critical role of the internal magnetic structure in the δM plots. Our findings constitute a cautionary tale on the widespread use of remanence plots to assess interparticle interactions as well as offer new perspectives in the use of Henkel and δM plots to quantify the rather elusive inhomogeneous magnetization states in nanoparticles. © 2017 American Chemical Society.

  • Seeded Growth Synthesis of Au-Fe3O4 Heterostructured Nanocrystals: Rational Design and Mechanistic Insights

    Fantechi E., Roca A.G., Sepúlveda B., Torruella P., Estradé S., Peiró F., Coy E., Jurga S., Bastús N.G., Nogués J., Puntes V. Chemistry of Materials; 29 (9): 4022 - 4035. 2017. 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b00608. IF: 9.466

    Multifunctional hybrid nanoparticles comprising two or more entities with different functional properties are gaining ample significance in industry and research. Due to its combination of properties, a particularly appealing example is Au-Fe3O4 composite nanoparticles. Here we present an in-depth study of the synthesis of Au-Fe3O4 heterostructured nanocrystals (HNCs) by thermal decomposition of iron precursors in the presence of preformed 10 nm Au seeds. The role of diverse reaction parameters on the HNCs formation was investigated using two different precursors: iron pentacarbonyl (Fe(CO)5) and iron acetylacetonate (Fe(acac)3). The reaction conditions promoting the heterogeneous nucleation of Fe3O4 onto Au seeds were found to significantly differ depending on the precursor chosen, where Fe(acac)3 is considerably more sensitive to the variation of the parameters than Fe(CO)5 and more subject to homogeneous nucleation processes with the consequent formation of isolated iron oxide nanocrystals (NCs). The role of the surfactants was also crucial in the formation of well-defined and monodisperse HNCs by regulating the access to the Au surface. Similarly, the variations of the [Fe]/[Au] ratio, temperature, and employed solvent were found to act on the mean size and the morphology of the obtained products. Importantly, while the optical properties are rather sensitive to the final morphology, the magnetic ones are rather similar for the different types of obtained HNCs. The surface functionalization of dimer-like HNCs with silica allows their dispersion in aqueous media, opening the path to their use in biomedical applications. © 2017 American Chemical Society.

  • Unveiling a New High-Temperature Ordered Magnetic Phase in ϵ-Fe2O3

    García-Muñoz J.L., Romaguera A., Fauth F., Nogués J., Gich M. Chemistry of Materials; 29 (22): 9705 - 9713. 2017. 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b03417. IF: 9.466

    Iron oxides are among the most abundant materials on Earth, and yet there are some of their basic properties which are still not well-established. Here, we present temperature-dependent magnetic, X-ray, and neutron diffraction measurements refuting the current belief that the magnetic ordering temperature of ϵ-Fe2O3 is ∼500 K, i.e., well below that of other iron oxides such as hematite, magnetite, or maghemite. Upon heating from room temperature, the ϵ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles' saturation magnetization undergoes a monotonic decrease while the coercivity and remanence sharply drop, virtually vanishing around ∼500 K. However, above that temperature the hysteresis loops present a nonlinear response with finite coercivity, making evident signs of ferrimagnetic order up to temperatures as high as 850 K (TN1). The neutron diffraction study confirms the presence of ferrimagnetic order well above 500 K with Pna'21' magnetic symmetry, but only involving two of the four Fe3+ sublattices which are ordered below TN2 ≈ 480 K, and with a reduced net ferromagnetic component, that vanishes at above 850 K. The results unambiguously show the presence of a high-temperature magnetic phase in ϵ-Fe2O3 with a critical temperature of TN1 ∼ 850 K. Importantly, this temperature is similar to the Curie point in other iron oxides, indicating comparable magnetic coupling strengths. The presence of diverse magnetic phases is further supported by the nonmonotonic evolution of the thermal expansion. The existence of a high-temperature ferrimagnetic phase in ϵ-Fe2O3 may open the door to further expand the working range of this multifunctional iron oxide. © 2017 American Chemical Society.

  • Voltage-Induced Coercivity Reduction in Nanoporous Alloy Films: A Boost toward Energy-Efficient Magnetic Actuation

    Quintana A., Zhang J., Isarain-Chávez E., Menéndez E., Cuadrado R., Robles R., Baró M.D., Guerrero M., Pané S., Nelson B.J., Müller C.M., Ordejón P., Nogués J., Pellicer E., Sort J. Advanced Functional Materials; 27 (32, 1701904) 2017. 10.1002/adfm.201701904. IF: 12.124

    Magnetic data storage and magnetically actuated devices are conventionally controlled by magnetic fields generated using electric currents. This involves significant power dissipation by Joule heating effect. To optimize energy efficiency, manipulation of magnetic information with lower magnetic fields (i.e., lower electric currents) is desirable. This can be accomplished by reducing the coercivity of the actuated material. Here, a drastic reduction of coercivity is observed at room temperature in thick (≈600 nm), nanoporous, electrodeposited Cu–Ni films by simply subjecting them to the action of an electric field. The effect is due to voltage-induced changes in the magnetic anisotropy. The large surface-area-to-volume ratio and the ultranarrow pore walls of the system allow the whole film, and not only the topmost surface, to effectively contribute to the observed magnetoelectric effect. This waives the stringent “ultrathin-film requirement” from previous studies, where small voltage-driven coercivity variations were reported. This observation expands the already wide range of applications of nanoporous materials (hitherto in areas like energy storage or catalysis) and it opens new paradigms in the fields of spintronics, computation, and magnetic actuation in general. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim


  • 3D Visualization of the Iron Oxidation State in FeO/Fe3O4 Core-Shell Nanocubes from Electron Energy Loss Tomography

    Torruella P., Arenal R., De La Peña F., Saghi Z., Yedra L., Eljarrat A., López-Conesa L., Estrader M., López-Ortega A., Salazar-Alvarez G., Nogués J., Ducati C., Midgley P.A., Peiró F., Estradé S. Nano Letters; 16 (8): 5068 - 5073. 2016. 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b01922. IF: 13.779

    The physicochemical properties used in numerous advanced nanostructured devices are directly controlled by the oxidation states of their constituents. In this work we combine electron energy-loss spectroscopy, blind source separation, and computed tomography to reconstruct in three dimensions the distribution of Fe2+ and Fe3+ ions in a FeO/Fe3O4 core/shell cube-shaped nanoparticle with nanometric resolution. The results highlight the sharpness of the interface between both oxides and provide an average shell thickness, core volume, and average cube edge length measurements in agreement with the magnetic characterization of the sample. © 2016 American Chemical Society.

  • Effective ionic-liquid microemulsion based electrodeposition of mesoporous Co-Pt films for methanol oxidation catalysis in alkaline media

    Serrà A., Gómez E., Golosovsky I.V., Nogués J., Vallés E. Journal of Materials Chemistry A; 4 (20): 7805 - 7814. 2016. 10.1039/c6ta02035f. IF: 8.262

    Pt-based direct methanol fuel cells are attracting increasing interest as environmentally friendly alternative energy sources. However, the high price of Pt and the difficulty to prepare favourable morphologies for catalysis (e.g., mesoporous materials) are hampering their development into feasible products. Here, we demonstrate a novel approach to efficiently grow mesoporous films of Pt-poor alloys (Co3Pt and CoPt3), based on electrodeposition in ionic liquid-in-water (IL/W) microemulsions. The high proportion of the electrolytic aqueous solution in the IL/W microemulsion favors a significant deposition rate, while the presence of IL drops induces the formation of highly mesoporous films. The mesoporous alloys, with pores in the 8-11 nm range, exhibit excellent durability in acidic and alkaline aggressive media, maintaining their peculiar morphology. The structures are very efficient for the catalysis of methanol electro-oxidation in alkaline media, with minimal poisoning of the catalysts. These results pave the way to develop simple, versatile environmentally friendly fuel cell catalysts to commercialize new viable ecological alternative energy sources. © 2016 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  • Electrochemically synthesized amorphous and crystalline nanowires: Dissimilar nanomechanical behavior in comparison with homologous flat films

    Zeeshan M.A., Esqué-De Los Ojos D., Castro-Hartmann P., Guerrero M., Nogués J., Suriñach S., Baró M.D., Nelson B.J., Pané S., Pellicer E., Sort J. Nanoscale; 8 (3): 1344 - 1351. 2016. 10.1039/c5nr04398k. IF: 7.760

    The effects of constrained sample dimensions on the mechanical behavior of crystalline materials have been extensively investigated. However, there is no clear understanding of these effects in nano-sized amorphous samples. Herein, nanoindentation together with finite element simulations are used to compare the properties of crystalline and glassy CoNi(Re)P electrodeposited nanowires (φ ≈ 100 nm) with films (3 μm thick) of analogous composition and structure. The results reveal that amorphous nanowires exhibit a larger hardness, lower Young's modulus and higher plasticity index than glassy films. Conversely, the very large hardness and higher Young's modulus of crystalline nanowires are accompanied by a decrease in plasticity with respect to the homologous crystalline films. Remarkably, proper interpretation of the mechanical properties of the nanowires requires taking the curved geometry of the indented surface and sink-in effects into account. These findings are of high relevance for optimizing the performance of new, mechanically-robust, nanoscale materials for increasingly complex miniaturized devices. © 2016 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  • Galvanic Replacement onto Complex Metal-Oxide Nanoparticles: Impact of Water or Other Oxidizers in the Formation of either Fully Dense Onion-like or Multicomponent Hollow MnOx/FeOx Structures

    López-Ortega A., Roca A.G., Torruella P., Petrecca M., Estradé S., Peiró F., Puntes V., Nogués J. Chemistry of Materials; 28 (21): 8025 - 8031. 2016. 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b03765. IF: 9.407

    Multicomponent metal-oxide nanoparticles are appealing structures from applied and fundamental viewpoints. The control on the synthetic parameters in colloidal chemistry allows the growth of complex nanostructures with novel morphologies. In particular, the synthesis of biphase metal-oxide hollow nanoparticles has been reported based on galvanic replacement using an organic-based seeded-growth approach, but with the presence of H2O. Here we report a novel route to synthesize either fully dense or hollow core/shell metal-oxide nanoparticles (MnOx/FeOx) by simply adding or not oxidants in the reaction. We demonstrate that the presence of oxidants (e.g., O2 carried by the not properly degassed H2O or (CH3)3NO) allows the formation of hollow structures by a galvanic reaction between the MnOx and FeOx phases. In particular, the use of (CH3)3NO as oxidant allows for the first time a very reliable all-organic synthesis of hollow MnOx/FeOx nanoparticles without the need of water (with a somewhat unreliable oxidation role). Oxidants permit the formation of MnOx/FeOx hollow nanoparticles by an intermediate step where the MnO/Mn3O4 seeds are oxidized into Mn3O4, thus allowing the Mn3+ → Mn2+ reduction by the Fe2+ ions. The lack of proper oxidative conditions leads to full-dense onion-like core/shell MnO/Mn3O4/Fe3O4 particles. Thus, we show that the critical step for galvanic replacement is the proper seed oxidation states so that their chemical reduction by the shell ions is thermodynamically favored. © 2016 American Chemical Society.

  • Highly efficient electrochemical and chemical hydrogenation of 4-nitrophenol using recyclable narrow mesoporous magnetic CoPt nanowires

    Serrà A., Alcobé X., Sort J., Nogués J., Vallés E. Journal of Materials Chemistry A; 4 (40): 15676 - 15687. 2016. 10.1039/c6ta07149j. IF: 8.262

    Toxic nitro-compounds, such as 4-nitrophenol, are one of the most common wastewater industrial pollutants. Thus, efficient ways to neutralize them are actively pursued. Here novel procedures to degrade these types of compounds based on the use of mesoporous magnetic nanowires are demonstrated. Fully-mesoporous magnetic narrow (25 nm) CoPt nanowires with an extraordinary effective area are grown using ionic liquid-in-water microemulsions in alumina templates. These mesoporous nanowires are shown to be efficient catalysts for the hydrogenation of 4-nitrophenol by electrocatalysis. Additionally, these nanowires also present exceptional conventional catalytic activity when used in conjunction with NaBH4, particularly when magnetic stirring is utilized. In fact, magnetically actuated mesoporous CoPt nanowires drastically outperform all state-of-the-art 4-nitrophenol catalysts. Additionally, given their magnetic character, these nanowires can be easily recycled and reused. Thus, the outstanding catalytic performance of mesoporous CoPt nanowires makes them excellent candidates for wastewater treatment agents. © 2016 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  • Modeling the collective magnetic behavior of highly-packed arrays of multi-segmented nanowires

    Agramunt-Puig S., Del-Valle N., Pellicer E., Zhang J., Nogués J., Navau C., Sanchez A., Sort J. New Journal of Physics; 18 (1, 013026) 2016. 10.1088/1367-2630/18/1/013026. IF: 3.570

    A powerful model to evaluate the collective magnetic response of large arrays of segmented nanowires comprising two magnetic segments of dissimilar coercivity separated by a non-magnetic spacer is introduced. The model captures the essential aspects of the underlying physics in these systems while being at the same time computationally tractable for relatively large arrays. The minimum lateral and vertical distances rendering densely packed weakly-interacting nanowires and segments are calculated for optimizing their performance in applications like magnetic sensors or recording media. The obtained results are appealing for the design of multifunctional miniaturized devices actuated by external magnetic fields, whose successful implementation relies on achieving a delicate balance between two opposing technological demands: the need for an ultra-high density of nanowires per unit area and the minimization of inter-wire and inter-segment dipolar interactions. © 2016 IOP Publishing Ltd and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft.

  • Spontaneous formation of spiral-like patterns with distinct periodic physical properties by confined electrodeposition of Co-In disks

    Golvano-Escobal I., Gonzalez-Rosillo J.C., Domingo N., Illa X., López-Barberá J.F., Fornell J., Solsona P., Aballe L., Foerster M., Surinãch S., Baró M.D., Puig T., Pané S., Nogués J., Pellicer E., Sort J. Scientific Reports; 6 ( 30398) 2016. 10.1038/srep30398. IF: 5.228

    Spatio-temporal patterns are ubiquitous in different areas of materials science and biological systems. However, typically the motifs in these types of systems present a random distribution with many possible different structures. Herein, we demonstrate that controlled spatio-temporal patterns, with reproducible spiral-like shapes, can be obtained by electrodeposition of Co-In alloys inside a confined circular geometry (i.e., in disks that are commensurate with the typical size of the spatio-temporal features). These patterns are mainly of compositional nature, i.e., with virtually no topographic features. Interestingly, the local changes in composition lead to a periodic modulation of the physical (electric, magnetic and mechanical) properties. Namely, the Co-rich areas show higher saturation magnetization and electrical conductivity and are mechanically harder than the In-rich ones. Thus, this work reveals that confined electrodeposition of this binary system constitutes an effective procedure to attain template-free magnetic, electric and mechanical surface patterning with specific and reproducible shapes.

  • Tailoring Staircase-like Hysteresis Loops in Electrodeposited Trisegmented Magnetic Nanowires: A Strategy toward Minimization of Interwire Interactions

    Zhang J., Agramunt-Puig S., Del-Valle N., Navau C., Baró M.D., Estradé S., Peiró F., Pané S., Nelson B.J., Sanchez A., Nogués J., Pellicer E., Sort J. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces; 8 (6): 4109 - 4117. 2016. 10.1021/acsami.5b11747. IF: 7.145

    A new strategy to minimize magnetic interactions between nanowires (NWs) dispersed in a fluid is proposed. Such a strategy consists of preparing trisegmented NWs containing two antiparallel ferromagnetic segments with dissimilar coercivity separated by a nonmagnetic spacer. The trisegmented NWs exhibit a staircase-like hysteresis loop with tunable shape that depends on the relative length of the soft- and hard-magnetic segments and the respective values of saturation magnetization. Such NWs are prepared by electrodepositing CoPt/Cu/Ni in a polycarbonate (PC) membrane. The antiparallel alignment is set by applying suitable magnetic fields while the NWs are still embedded in the PC membrane. Analytic calculations are used to demonstrate that the interaction magnetic energy from fully compensated trisegmented NWs with antiparallel alignment is reduced compared to a single-component NW with the same length or the trisegmented NWs with the two ferromagnetic counterparts parallel to each other. The proposed approach is appealing for the use of magnetic NWs in certain biological or catalytic applications where the aggregation of NWs is detrimental for optimized performance. © 2016 American Chemical Society.

  • Tunable High-Field Magnetization in Strongly Exchange-Coupled Freestanding Co/CoO Core/Shell Coaxial Nanowires

    Salazar-Alvarez G., Geshev J., Agramunt-Puig S., Navau C., Sanchez A., Sort J., Nogués J. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces; 8 (34): 22477 - 22483. 2016. 10.1021/acsami.6b05588. IF: 7.145

    The exchange bias properties of Co/CoO coaxial core/shell nanowires were investigated with cooling and applied fields perpendicular to the wire axis. This configuration leads to unexpected exchange-bias effects. First, the magnetization value at high fields is found to depend on the field-cooling conditions. This effect arises from the competition between the magnetic anisotropy and the Zeeman energies for cooling fields perpendicular to the wire axis. This allows imprinting predefined magnetization states to the antiferromagnetic (AFM) shell, as corroborated by micromagnetic simulations. Second, the system exhibits a high-field magnetic irreversibility, leading to open hysteresis loops attributed to the AFM easy axis reorientation during the reversal (effect similar to athermal training). A distinct way to manipulate the high-field magnetization in exchange-biased systems, beyond the archetypical effects, was thus experimentally and theoretically demonstrated. © 2016 American Chemical Society.


  • A new reversal mode in exchange coupled antiariomagnetic/ferromagnetic disks: Distorted viscous vortex

    Gilbert D.A., Ye L., Varea A., Agramunt-Puig S., Del Valle N., Navau C., Lopez-Barbera J.F., Buchanan K.S., Hoffmann A., Sanchez A., Sort J., Liu K., Nogues J. Nanoscale; 7 (21): 9878 - 9885. 2015. 10.1039/c5nr01856k. IF: 7.394

    Magnetic vortices have generated intense interest in recent years due to their unique reversal mechanisms, fascinating topological properties, and exciting potential applications. In addition, the exchange coupling of magnetic vortices to antiferromagnets has also been shown to lead to a range of novel phenomena and functionalities. Here we report a new magnetization reversal mode of magnetic vortices in exchange coupled Ir20Mn80/Fe20Ni80 microdots: distorted viscous vortex reversal. In contrast to the previously known or proposed reversal modes, the vortex is distorted close to the interface and viscously dragged due to the uncompensated spins of a thin antiferromagnet, which leads to unexpected asymmetries in the annihilation and nucleation fields. These results provide a deeper understanding of the physics of exchange coupled vortices and may also have important implications for applications involving exchange coupled nanostructures. This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  • Applications of exchange coupled bi-magnetic hard/soft and soft/hard magnetic core/shell nanoparticles

    López-Ortega A., Estrader M., Salazar-Alvarez G., Roca A.G., Nogués J. Physics Reports; 553: 1 - 32. 2015. 10.1016/j.physrep.2014.09.007. IF: 20.033

    The applications of exchange coupled bi-magnetic hard/soft and soft/hard ferromagnetic core/shell nanoparticles are reviewed. After a brief description of the main synthesis approaches and the core/shell structural-morphological characterization, the basic static and dynamic magnetic properties are presented. Five different types of prospective applications, based on diverse patents and research articles, are described: permanent magnets, recording media, microwave absorption, biomedical applications and other applications. Both the advantages of the core/shell morphology and some of the remaining challenges are discussed. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.

  • Enhanced magnetic properties in antiferromagnetic-core/ferrimagnetic-shell nanoparticles

    Vasilakaki M., Trohidou K.N., Nogués J. Scientific Reports; 5 ( 9609) 2015. 10.1038/srep09609. IF: 5.578

    Bi-magnetic core/shell nanoparticles are gaining increasing interest due to their foreseen applications. Inverse antiferromagnetic(AFM)/ferrimagnetic(FiM) core/shell nanoparticles are particularly appealing since they may overcome some of the limitations of conventional FiM/AFM systems. However, virtually no simulations exist on this type of morphology. Here we present systematic Metropolis Monte Carlo simulations of the exchange bias properties of such nanoparticles. The coercivity, H C, and loop shift, H ex, present a non-monotonic dependence with the core diameter and the shell thickness, in excellent agreement with the available experimental data. Additionally, we demonstrate novel unconventional behavior in FiM/AFM particles. Namely, while H C and H ex decrease upon increasing FiM thickness for small AFM cores (as expected), they show the opposite trend for large cores. This presents a counterintuitive FiM size dependence for large AFM cores that is attributed to the competition between core and shell contributions, which expands over a wider range of core diameters leading to non-vanishing H ex even for very large cores. Moreover, the results also hint different possible ways to enhance the experimental performance of inverse core/shell nanoparticles for diverse applications.

  • High Temperature Magnetic Stabilization of Cobalt Nanoparticles by an Antiferromagnetic Proximity Effect

    De Toro J.A., Marques D.P., Muñiz P., Skumryev V., Sort J., Givord D., Nogués J. Physical Review Letters; 115 (5, 057201) 2015. 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.057201. IF: 7.512

    Thermal activation tends to destroy the magnetic stability of small magnetic nanoparticles, with crucial implications for ultrahigh density recording among other applications. Here we demonstrate that low-blocking-temperature ferromagnetic (FM) Co nanoparticles (TB<70K) become magnetically stable above 400 K when embedded in a high-Néel-temperature antiferromagnetic (AFM) NiO matrix. The origin of this remarkable TB enhancement is due to a magnetic proximity effect between a thin CoO shell (with low Néel temperature, TN, and high anisotropy, KAFM) surrounding the Co nanoparticles and the NiO matrix (with high TN but low KAFM). This proximity effect yields an effective antiferromagnet with an apparent TN beyond that of bulk CoO, and an enhanced anisotropy compared to NiO. In turn, the Co core FM moment is stabilized against thermal fluctuations via core-shell exchange-bias coupling, leading to the observed TB increase. Mean-field calculations provide a semiquantitative understanding of this magnetic-proximity stabilization mechanism. © 2015 American Physical Society.

  • Origin of the large dispersion of magnetic properties in nanostructured oxides: FexO/Fe3O4 nanoparticles as a case study

    Estrader M., Lopez-Ortega A., Golosovsky I.V., Estrade S., Roca A.G., Salazar-Alvarez G., Lopez-Conesa L., Tobia D., Winkler E., Ardisson J.D., Macedo W.A.A., Morphis A., Vasilakaki M., Trohidou K.N., Gukasov A., Mirebeau I., Makarova O.L., Zysler R.D., Peiro F., Baro M.D., Bergstrom L., Nogues J. Nanoscale; 7 (7): 3002 - 3015. 2015. 10.1039/c4nr06351a. IF: 7.394

    The intimate relationship between stoichiometry and physicochemical properties in transition-metal oxides makes them appealing as tunable materials. These features become exacerbated when dealing with nanostructures. However, due to the complexity of nanoscale materials, establishing a distinct relationship between structure-morphology and functionalities is often complicated. In this regard, in the FexO/Fe3O4 system a largely unexplained broad dispersion of magnetic properties has been observed. Here we show, thanks to a comprehensive multi-technique approach, a clear correlation between the magneto-structural properties in large (45 nm) and small (9 nm) FexO/Fe3O4 core/shell nanoparticles that can explain the spread of magnetic behaviors. The results reveal that while the FexO core in the large nanoparticles is antiferromagnetic and has bulk-like stoichiometry and unit-cell parameters, the FexO core in the small particles is highly non-stoichiometric and strained, displaying no significant antiferromagnetism. These results highlight the importance of ample characterization to fully understand the properties of nanostructured metal oxides. © 2015 The Royal Society of Chemistry.


  • A combinatorial study of the mechanical and magnetic properties of a gradually nitrided austenitic stainless steel single crystal

    Menéndez, E.; Templier, C.; Abrasonis, G.; Lopez-Barbera, J.F.; Nogués, J.; Temst, K.; Sort, J. CrystEngComm; 16 (17): 3515 - 3520. 2014. 10.1039/c3ce42379d. IF: 3.858

  • Direct evidence for an interdiffused intermediate layer in bi-magnetic core-shell nanoparticles

    Juhin A.; Lopez-Ortega A.; Sikora M.; Carvallo C.; Estrader M.; Estrade S.; Peiro F.; Baro M.D.; Sainctavit P.; Glatzel P.; Nogues J. Nanoscale; 6 (20): 11911 - 11920. 2014. . IF: 6.739

  • Green electrochemical template synthesis of CoPt nanoparticles with tunable size, composition, and magnetism from microemulsions using an ionic liquid (bmimPF6)

    Serrà, A.; Gómez, E.; López-Barbera, J.F.; Nogués, J.; Vallés, E. ACS Nano; 8 (5): 4630 - 4639. 2014. 10.1021/nn500367q. IF: 12.033

  • Interdependence between training and magnetization reversal in granular Co-CoO exchange bias systems

    Menendez E.; Dias T.; Geshev J.; Lopez-Barbera J.F.; Nogues J.; Steitz R.; Kirby B.J.; Borchers J.A.; Pereira L.M.C.; Vantomme A.; Temst K. Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics; 2014. 10.1103/PhysRevB.89.144407. IF: 3.664

  • One-pot electrosynthesis of multi-layered magnetic metallopolymer nanocomposites

    Özkale, B.; Pellicer, E.; Zeeshan, M.A.; López-Barberá, J.F.; Nogués, J.; Sort, J.; Nelson, B.J.; Pané, S. Nanoscale; 6 (9): 4683 - 4690. 2014. 10.1039/c3nr06131k. IF: 6.739

  • Oxide wizard: An EELS application to characterize the white lines of transition metal edges

    Yedra L.; Xuriguera E.; Estrader M.; Lopez-Ortega A.; Baro M.D.; Nogues J.; Roldan M.; Varela M.; Estrade S.; Peiro F. Microscopy and Microanalysis; 20 (3): 698 - 705. 2014. 10.1017/S1431927614000440. IF: 2.161

  • Structural determination of Bi-doped magnetite multifunctional nanoparticles for contrast imaging

    Laguna-Marco, M.A.; Piquer, C.; Roca, A.G.; Boada, R.; Andrés-Vergés, M.; Veintemillas-Verdaguer, S.; Serna, C.J.; Iadecola, A.; Chaboy, J. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics; 16 (34): 18301 - 18310. 2014. 10.1039/c4cp01392a. IF: 4.198


  • Controlled 3D-coating of the pores of highly ordered mesoporous antiferromagnetic Co3O4 replicas with ferrimagnetic FexCo3-xO4 nanolayers

    Pellicer, E.; Cabo, M.; López-Ortega, A.; Estrader, M.; Yedra, L.; Estradé, S.; Peiró, F.; Saghi, Z.; Midgley, P.; Rossinyol, E.; Golosovsky, I.V.; Mayoral, A.; Prades, J.D.; Suriñach, S.; Baró, M.D.; Sort, J.; Nogués, J. Nanoscale; 5: 5561 - 5567. 2013. 10.1039/c3nr00989k. IF: 6.233

  • Correlating material-specific layers and magnetic distributions within onion-like Fe3O4/MnO/¿¿Mn2O3 core/shell nanoparticles

    Krycka, K. L.; Borchers, J. A.; Laver, M.; Salazar-Alvarez, G.; Lopez-Ortega, A.; Estrader, M.; Surinach, S.; Baro, M. D.; Sort, J.; Nogues, J. Journal of Applied Physics; 113 0 2013. 10.1063/1.4801423. IF: 2.210

  • Improving the magnetic properties of Co-CoO systems by designed oxygen implantation profiles

    Menéndez, E.; Demeter, J.; Eyken, J.V.; Nawrocki, P.; Jedryka, E.; Wójcik, M.; Lopez-Barbera, J.F.; Nogués, J.; Vantomme, A.; Temst, K. ACS applied materials & interfaces; 5: 4320 - 4327. 2013. 10.1021/am400529r. IF: 5.008

  • Magnetic properties of single crystalline expanded austenite obtained by plasma nitriding of austenitic stainless steel single crystals

    Menéndez, E.; Templier, C.; Garcia-Ramirez, P.; Santiso, J.; Vantomme, A.; Temst, K.; Nogués, J. ACS applied materials & interfaces; 5: 10118 - 10126. 2013. 10.1021/am402773w. IF: 5.008

  • Mesoporous oxide-diluted magnetic semiconductors prepared by co implantation in nanocast 3D-ordered In2O3-y materials

    Pellicer, E.; Menéndez, E.; Fornell, J.; Nogués, J.; Vantomme, A.; Temst, K.; Sort, J. Journal of Physical Chemistry C; 117 (33): 17084 - 17091-17091. 2013. 10.1021/jp405376k. IF: 4.814

  • Optimizing the Refractive Index Sensitivity of Plasmonically Coupled Gold Nanoparticles

    Varea, A.; Pané, S.; Gerstl, S.; Zeeshan, M.A.; Özkale, B.; Nelson, B.J.; Suriñach, S.; Baró, M.D.; Nogués, J.; Sort, J.; Pellicer, E. Plasmonics; 1: 1 - 8. 2013. 10.1007/s11468-013-9659-y. IF: 2.425

  • Ordered arrays of ferromagnetic, compositionally graded Cu 1-xNix alloy nanopillars prepared by template-assisted electrodeposition

    Varea, A.; Pané, S.; Gerstl, S.; Zeeshan, M.A.; Özkale, B.; Nelson, B.J.; Suriñach, S.; Baró, M.D.; Nogués, J.; Sort, J.; Pellicer, E. Journal of Materials Chemistry C; 1 (43): 7215 - 7221. 2013. 10.1039/c3tc31310g. IF: 6.108

  • Polarizability and magnetoplasmonic properties of magnetic general nanoellipsoids

    Maccaferri, N.; González-Diaz, J.B.; Bonetti, S.; Berger, A.; Kataja, M.; Van Dijken, S.; Nogués, J.; Bonanni, V.; Pirzadeh, Z.; Dmitriev, A.; Åkerman, J.; Vavassori, P. Optics Express; 21 (8): 9875 - 9889-9889. 2013. 10.1364/OE.21.009875. IF: 3.546

  • Resolving material-specific structures within Fe3O 4|γ-Mn2O3 core|shell nanoparticles using anomalous small-angle X-ray scattering

    Krycka, K.L.; Borchers, J.A.; Salazar-Alvarez, G.; López-Ortega, A.; Estrader, M.; Estradé, S.; Winkler, E.; Zysler, R.D.; Sort, J.; Peiró, F.; Baró, M.D.; Kao, C.-C.; Nogués, J. ACS Nano; 7: 921 - 931. 2013. 10.1021/nn303600e. IF: 12.062

  • Robust antiferromagnetic coupling in hard-soft bi-magnetic core/shell nanoparticles

    Estrader, M.; López-Ortega, A.; Estradé, S.; Golosovsky, I.V.; Salazar-Alvarez, G.; Vasilakaki, M.; Trohidou, K.N.; Varela, M.; Stanley, D.C.; Sinko, M.; Pechan, M.J.; Keavney, D.J.; Peiró, F.; Suriñach, S.; Baró, M.D.; Nogués, J. Nature Communications; 4 2013. 10.1038/ncomms3960. IF: 10.015

  • Tuning the magneto-optical response of nanosize ferromagnetic Ni disks using the phase of localized plasmons

    Maccaferri, N.; Berger, A.; Bonetti, S.; Bonanni, V.; Kataja, M.; Qin, Q.H.; Van Dijken, S.; Pirzadeh, Z.; Dmitriev, A.; Nogués, J.; Åkerman, J.; Vavassori, P. Physical Review Letters; 2013. 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.167401. IF: 7.943


  • Cuando el desorden genera magnetismo

    Menéndez, E. ; Sort, J. ; Varea, A. ; Concustell, A. ; Suriñach, S. ; Montserrat, J. ; Lora-Tamayo, E. ; Baró, M. D.; Nogués, J. Revista Española de Física; 26-gen.: 31 - 37. 2012. .

  • Distinguishing the core from the shell in MnO x/MnO y and FeO x/MnO x core/shell nanoparticles through quantitative electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) analysis

    Estradé, S.; Yedra, L.; López-Ortega, A.; Estrader, M.; Salazar-Alvarez, G.; Baró, M.D.; Nogués, J.; Peiró, F. Micron; 43: 30 - 36. 2012. 10.1016/j.micron.2011.04.002.

  • EEL spectroscopic tomography: Towards a new dimension in nanomaterials analysis

    Yedra, L.; Eljarrat, A.; Arenal, R.; Pellicer, E.; Cabo, M.; López-Ortega, A.; Estrader, M.; Sort, J.; Baró, M.D.; Estradé, S.; Peiró, F. Ultramicroscopy; 122: 12 - 18. 2012. 10.1016/j.ultramic.2012.07.020.

  • Mesoscopic model for the simulation of large arrays of bi-magnetic core/shell nanoparticles

    Margaris, G. ; Trohidou, K. N. ; Nogués, J. Advanced Materials; 24: 4331 - 4336. 2012. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201200615.

  • Strongly exchange coupled inverse ferrimagnetic soft/hard, Mn xFe 3-xO 4/Fe xMn 3-xO 4, core/shell heterostructured nanoparticles

    López-Ortega, A.; Estrader, M.; Salazar-Alvarez, G.; Estradé, S.; Golosovsky, I.V.; Dumas, R.K.; Keavney, D.J.; Vasilakaki, M.; Trohidou, K.N.; Sort, J.; Peiró, F.; Suriñach, S.; Baró, M.D.; Nogués, J. Nanoscale; 4: 5138 - 5147. 2012. 10.1039/c2nr30986f.


  • Designer magnetoplasmonics with nickel nanoferromagnets

    Bonanni, V.; Bonetti, S.; Pakizeh, T.; Pirzadeh, Z.; Chen, J.; Nogués, J.; Vavassori, P.; Hillenbrand, R.; Åkerman, J.; Dmitriev, A. Nano Letters; 11: 5333 - 5338. 2011. 10.1021/nl2028443.

  • Graded Anisotropy FePtCu Films

    Dumas, R.K.; Chaolin Zha; Yeyu Fang; Bonanni, V.; Lau, J.W.; Nogues, J.; Akerman, J. IEEE Transactions on Magnetics; 2011. .

  • Grain boundary segregation and interdiffusion effects in nickel-copper alloys: An effective means to improve the thermal stability of nanocrystalline nickel

    Pellicer, E.; Varea, A.; Sivaraman, K.M.; Pané, S.; Surinach, S.; Baró, M.D.; Nogués, J.; Nelson, B.J.; Sort, J. ACS applied materials & interfaces; 3: 2265 - 2274. 2011. 10.1021/am2004587.

  • Nanostructured MnGa films on Si/SiO2 with 20.5 kOe room temperature coercivity

    Zha, C.L.; Dumas, R.K.; Lau, J.W.; Mohseni, S.M.; Sani, S.R.; Golosovsky, I.V.; Monsen, Á.F.; Nogués, J.; Åkerman, J. Journal of Applied Physics; 110 2011. 10.1063/1.3656457.

  • Plasmonic nickel nanoantennas

    Chen, J.; Albella, P.; Pirzadeh, Z.; Alonso-González, P.; Huth, F.; Bonetti, S.; Bonanni, V.; Åkerman, J.; Nogués, J.; Vavassori, P.; Dmitriev, A.; Aizpurua, J.; Hillenbrand, R. Small; 7: 2341 - 2347. 2011. 10.1002/smll.201100640.

  • Probing vertically graded anisotropy in FePtCu films

    Dumas, R.K.; Fang, Y; Kirby, B.J.; Zha, C.; Bonanni, V.; Nogués, J.; Åkerman, J. Physical Review B; 2011. .

  • Role of anisotropy configuration in exchange-biased systems.

    Jiménez, E.; Camarero, J.; Perna, P. ; Mikuszeit, N. ; Teran, F. J.; Sort, J. ; Nogués, J. ; García-Martín, J. M.; Hoffmann, A.; Dieny, B.; Miranda, R. Journal of Applied Physics; 109 (7): 07D730. 2011. 10.1063/1.3562507.

  • Role of the oxygen partial pressure in the formation of composite Co-CoO nanoparticles by reactive aggregation

    De Toro, J.A.; Andrés, J.P.; González, J.A.; Riveiro, J.M.; Estrader, M.; López-Ortega, A.; Tsiaoussis, I.; Frangis, N.; Nogués, J. Journal of Nanoparticle Research; 13: 4583 - 4590. 2011. 10.1007/s11051-011-0418-8.

  • Tuneable magnetic patterning of paramagnetic Fe60Al40 (at.%) by consecutive ion irradiation through pre-lithographed shadow masks

    Varea, A.; Menéndez, E.; Montserrat, J.; Lora-Tamayo, E.; Weber, A.; Heyderman, L.J.; Deevi, S.C.; Rao, K.V.; Suriñach, S.; Baró, M.D.; Buchanan, K.S.; Nogués, J.; Sort, J. Journal of Applied Physics; 109 2011. 10.1063/1.3590158.

  • Two-, Three-, and four-component magnetic multilayer onion nanoparticles based on iron oxides and manganese oxides

    Salazar-Alvarez, G.; Lidbaum, H.; López-Ortega, A.; Estrader, M.; Leifer, K.; Sort, J.; Suriñach, S.; Baró, M.D.; Nogués, J. Journal of the American Chemical Society; 133: 16738 - 16741. 2011. 10.1021/ja205810t.


  • 983-991 Nanocrystalline electroplated Cu-Ni: Metallic thin films with enhanced mechanical properties and tunable magnetic behavior

    Pellicer, E.; Varea, A.; Pané, S.; Nelson, B.J.; Menéndez, E.; Estrader, M.; Suriñach, S.; Baró, M.D.; Nogués, J.; Sort, J. Advanced Functional Materials; 20: 983 - 991. 2010. 10.1002/adfm.200901732.

  • Continuously graded anisotropy in single (Fe53 Pt 47)100-x Cux films

    Zha, C.L.; Dumas, R.K.; Fang, Y.Y.; Bonanni, V.; Nogués, J.; Åkerman, J. Applied Physics Letters; 97 2010. 10.1063/1.3505521.

  • Exchange bias like effect in L10 (111) FePt-Based Pseudo Spin Valves

    Zha, C.L.; Muduli, P.; Nogues, J.; Åkerman, J. Journal of Physics: Conference Series; 2010. .

  • First-order reversal curve analysis of graded anisotropy FePtCu films

    Bonanni, V.; Fang, Y.; Dumas, R.K.; Zha, C.; Bonetti, S.; Nogués, J.; Åkerman, J. Applied Physics Letters; 97 2010. 10.1063/1.3515907.

  • Magnetic measurements as a sensitive tool for studying dehydrogenation processes in hydrogen storage materials

    Menéndez, E.; Garroni, S.; López-Ortega, A.; Estrader, M.; Liedke, M.O.; Fassbender, J.; Solsona, P.; Suriñach, S.; Baró, M.D.; Nogués, J. Journal of Physical Chemistry C; 114: 16818 - 16822. 2010. 10.1021/jp105631z.

  • Making flexible magnetic aerogels and stiff magnetic nanopaper using cellulose nanofibrils as templates

    Olsson, R.T.; Azizi Samir, M.A.S.; Salazar-Alvarez, G.; Belova, L.; Ström, V.; Berglund, L.A.; Ikkala, O.; Nogués, J.; Gedde, U.W. Nature Nanotechnology; 5: 584 - 588. 2010. 10.1038/nnano.2010.155.

  • Out-of-plane magnetic patterning based on indentation-induced nanocrystallization of a metallic glass

    Sort, J.; Bonavina, L.F.; Varea, A.; Souza, C.; Botta, W.J.; Kiminami, C.S.; Bolfarini, C.; Suriñach, S.; Baró, M.D.; Nogués, J. Small; 6: 1543 - 1549. 2010. 10.1002/smll.201000510.

  • Out-of-plane magnetic patterning on austenitic stainless steels using plasma nitriding

    Menndez, E.; Stinville, J.-C.; Tromas, C.; Templier, C.; Villechaise, P.; Rivìre, J.-P.; Drouet, M.; Martinavicius, A.; Abrasonis, G.; Fassbender, J.; Baró, M.D.; Sort, J.; Nogús, J. Applied Physics Letters; 96 2010. 10.1063/1.3453567.

  • Pseudo spin valves using a (112)-textured D022 2.3-2.4Ga fixed layer

    Zha, C.L.; Dumas, R.K.; Persson, J.; Mohseni, S.M.; Nogues, J.; Akerman, J. IEEE Magnetics Letters; 1 2010. 10.1109/LMAG.2009.2039774.

  • Size-dependent magnetic behavior and spin-wave gap in MnF2 epitaxial films with orthorhombic crystal structure

    Golosovsky, I.V.; Sokolov, N.S.; Gukasov, A.; Bataille, A.; Boehm, M.; Nogués, J. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials; 322: 664 - 667. 2010. 10.1016/j.jmmm.2009.10.036.

  • Size-dependent passivation shell and magnetic properties in antiferromagnetic/ferrimagnetic core/shell MnO nanoparticles

    Lopez-Ortega, A.; Tobia, D.; Winkler, E.; Golosovsky, I.V.; Salazar-Alvarez, G.; Estrade, S.; Estrader, M.; Sort, J.; González, M.A.; Suriñach, S.; Arbiol, J.; Peiró, F.; Zysler, R.D.; Baro, M.D.; Nogués, J. Journal of the American Chemical Society; 132: 9398 - 9407. 2010. 10.1021/ja1021798.

  • Synthesis of compositionally graded nanocast NiO/NiCo2O 4/Co3O4 mesoporous composites with tunable magnetic properties

    Cabo, M.; Pellicer, E.; Rossinyol, E.; Estrader, M.; López-Ortega, A.; Nogués, J.; Castell, O.; Suriñach, S.; Baró, M.D. Journal of Materials Chemistry; 20: 7021 - 7028. 2010. 10.1039/c0jm00406e.


  • Assessment of catalyst particle removal in multi-wall carbon nanotubes by highly sensitive magnetic measurements

    Pellicer, E.; González-Guerrero, A.B.; Nogués, J.; Lechuga, L.M.; Mendoza, E. Carbon; 47: 758 - 763. 2009. 10.1016/j.carbon.2008.11.007.

  • Controlled generation of ferromagnetic martensite from paramagnetic austenite in AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel

    Menéndez, E.; Sort, J .; Liedke, M.O.; Fassbender, J .; Suriñach, S.; Baró, M.D. ; Nogués, J. Journal of Materials Research; 24: 565 - 573. 2009. .

  • Direct evidence of imprinted vortex states in the antiferromagnet of exchange biased microdisks

    Salazar-Alvarez, G.; Kavich, J.J.; Sort, J.; Mugarza, A.; Stepanow, S.; Potenza, A.; Marchetto, H.; Dhesi, S.S.; Baltz, V.; Dieny, B.; Weber, A.; Heyderman, L.J.; Nogués, J.; Gambardella, P. Applied Physics Letters; 95 2009. 10.1063/1.3168515.

  • Direct magnetic patterning due to the generation of ferromagnetism by selective ion irradiation of paramagnetic FeAl alloys

    Menéndez, E.; Sort, J.; Liedke, M.O. ; Fassbender, J. ; Gemming, T.; Weber, A .; Heyderman, L.J.; Rao, K.V.; Deevi, S.C. ; Suriñach, S. ; Baró, M.D.; Nogués, J. Small; 5: 229 - 234. 2009. .

  • Discrimination between coupling and anisotropy fields in exchange-biased bilayers

    Geshev, J.; Nicolodi, S.; Da Silva, R.B.; Nogús, J.; Skumryev, V.; Baró, M.D. Journal of Applied Physics; 105 2009. 10.1063/1.3079795.

  • Emergence of noncollinear anisotropies from interfacial magnetic frustration in exchange-bias systems

    Jiménez, E.; Camarero, J.; Sort, J.; Nogués, J.; Mikuszeit, N.; García-Martín, J.M.; Hoffmann, A.; Dieny, B.; Miranda, R. Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics; 80 2009. 10.1103/PhysRevB.80.014415.

  • Exchange bias in L10 (111)-oriented FePt-based pseudo spin valves

    Zha, C.L.; Nogués, J.; Akerman, J. IEEE Transactions on Magnetics; 45: 3881 - 3884. 2009. .

  • Highly asymmetric magnetic behavior in exchange biased systems induced by noncollinear field cooling

    Jimnez, E.; Camarero, J.; Sort, J.; Nogús, J.; Hoffmann, A.; Teran, F.J.; Perna, P.; García-Martín, J.M.; Dieny, B.; Miranda, R. Applied Physics Letters; 95 2009. 10.1063/1.3236768.

  • Improved magnetoresistance through spacer thickness optimization in tilted pseudo spin valves based on L10 (111)-oriented FePtCu fixed layers

    Zha, C.L.; Fang, Y.Y.; Nogús, J.; Åkerman, J. Journal of Applied Physics; 106 2009. 10.1063/1.3211964.

  • Magnetic proximity effect features in antiferromagnetic/ferrimagnetic core-shell nanoparticles

    Golosovsky, I.V.; Salazar-Alvarez, G.; López-Ortega, A.; González, M.A.; Sort, J.; Estrader, M.; Suriñach, S.; Baró, M.D.; Nogués, J. Physical Review Letters; 102 2009. 10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.247201.

  • Magnetization reversal in circularly exchange-biased ferromagnetic disks

    Tanase, M.; Petford-Long, A.K.; Heinonen, O.; Buchanan, K.S.; Sort, J.; Nogués, J. Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics; 79 2009. 10.1103/PhysRevB.79.014436.

  • Nonzero orbital moment in high coercivity ε-Fe2O 3 and low-temperature collapse of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy

    Tseng, Y.-C.; Souza-Neto, N.M.; Haskel, D.; Gich, M.; Frontera, C.; Roig, A.; Van Veenendaal, M.; Nogués, J. Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics; 79 2009. 10.1103/PhysRevB.79.094404.

  • Simultaneous in-plane and out-of-plane exchange bias using a single antiferromagnetic layer resolved by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism

    Nogús, J.; Stepanow, S.; Bollero, A.; Sort, J.; Dieny, B.; Nolting, F.; Gambardella, P. Applied Physics Letters; 95 2009. 10.1063/1.3232213.


  • Cubic versus Spherical Magnetic Nanoparticles: The Role of Surface Anisotropy

    G. Salazar-Alvarez; J. Qin; V. Sepelak; I. Bergmann; M. Vasilakaki; K. N. Trohidou; J. D. Ardisson; W. A. A. Macedo; M. Mikhaylova; M. Muhammed; M. D. Baro; J. Nogués Journal of the American Chemical Society; 130 (40): 13234 - 13239. 2008. 10.1021/ja0768744.

  • Direct measurement of depth-dependent Fe spin structure during magnetization reversal

    W.A.A. Macedo; B. Sahoo; J. Eisenmenger; M.D. Martins; W. Keune; V. Kuncser; R. Röhlsberger; O. Leupold; R. Rüffer; J. Nogués; K. Liu; K. Schlage; I. K. Schuller Physical Review B; 78: 224401. 2008. 10.1103/PhysRevB.78.224401.

  • Enhanced exchange bias effects in a nanopatterned system consiting of two perpendicularly coupled ferromagnets

    A. Bollero; B. Dieny; J. Sort; K.S. Buchanan; S. Landis; J. Nogués Applied Physics Letters; 92 (2): 22508. 2008. 10.1063/1.2833124 .

  • Exchange biased magnetic vortices

    A. Hoffmann; J. Sort; K.S. Buchanan; J. Nogués IEEE Transactions on Magnetics; 44: 1968 - 1973. 2008. 10.1109/TMAG.2008.924547.

  • Ion mass dependence of irradiation-induced local creation of magnetism in Fe60Al40 alloys

    J. Fassbender; M.O. Leidke; T. Strache; W. Möller; E. MEnéndez; J. Sort; K.V. Rao; S.C. Deevi; J. Nogués Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics; 77: 174430. 2008. 10.1103/PhysRevB.77.174430.

  • Magnetic properties of Ni-NiO (ferromagnetic-antiferromagnetic) nanocomposites obtained from partial mechanochemical reduction of NiO

    J. Nogués; V. Langlais; J. Sort; S. Doppiu; S. Suriñach; M.D. Baró Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; 8: 2923 - 2928. 2008. 10.1166/jnn.2008.010.

  • Patterning of magnetic structures on austenitic stainless steel by local ion beam nitriding

    E. Menendez; A. Martinavicius; M.O. Liedke; G. Abrasonis; J. Fassbender; J. Sommerlatte; K. Nielsch; S. Suriñach; M.D. Baro; J. Nogués; J. Sort Acta Materialia; 56: 4570. 2008. 10.1016/j.actamat.2008.05.014.

  • Tailoring the magnetization reversal of elliptical dots using exchange bias

    J. Sort; K.S. Buchanan; J.E. Pearson; A. Hoffmann; E. Menendez; G. Salazar-Alvarez; M.D. Baró; M. Miron; B. Rodmacq; B. Dieny; J. Nogués Journal of Applied Physics; 103: 109. 2008. 10.1063/1.2840467.

  • Two-fold origin of the deformation-induced ferromagnetism in bulk Fe60Al40 (at%) alloys

    E. Menéndez; J. Sort; M.O. Leidke; J. Fassbender; S. Surinach; M.D. Baró; J. Nogués New Journal of Physics; 19: 103030. 2008. 10.1088/1367-2630/10/10/103030.


  • Cold compaction of metal¿ceramic (ferromagnetic¿antiferromagnetic) composites using high pressure torsion

    E. Menéndez; J. Sort; V. Langlais; A. Zhilyaev; J. S. Muñoz; S. Suriñach; J. Nogués; M.D. Baró Journal of Alloys and Compounds; 434: 505 - 508. 2007. .

  • Enhanced coercivity in Co-rich non-stoichiometric CoxFe3-xO4+¿ nanoparticles prepared in large batches

    G. Salazar-Alvarez; R.T. Olsson; J. Sort; W.A.A. Macedo; J.D. Ardison; M.D. Baró; U.W. Gedde; J. Nogués Chemistry of Materials; 2007. 10.1021/cm070827t.

  • Magnetic Instability Regions in Patterned Structures: Influence of Element Shape on Magnetization Reversal Dynamics

    X. F. Han; M. Grimsditch; J. Meersschaut; A. Hoffmann; Y. Ji; J. Sort; J. Nogués; R. Divan; J. E. Pearson; D. J. Keavney Physical Review Letters; 2007. .

  • Microstructural evolution during solid state sintering of ball-milled nanocomposite WC-10 mass% Co powders

    E Menéndez; J Sort; A Concustell; S Suriñach; J Nogués; M.D. Baró Nanotechnology; 2007. .

  • Reversible post-synthesis tuning of the superparamagnetic blocking temperature of ¿-Fe2O3 nanoparticles by adsorption and desorption of Co(II) ions

    German Salazar-Alvarez; Jordi Sort; Abdusalam Uheida; Mamoun Muhammed; Santiago Suriñach; Maria Dolors Baró; Josep Nogués Journal of Medicinal Chemistry; 2007. .

  • Strong temperature dependence of antiferromagnetic coupling in CoFeB/Ru/CoFeB

    N. Wiese; T. Dimopoulos; M. Rührig; J. Wecker; G. Reiss; J. Sort; J. Nogués Europhysics Letters; 78: 67002. 2007. doi:10.1209/0295-5075/78/67002.

  • Synthesis and size-dependent exchange bias in inverted core-shell MnO-Mn3O4 nanoparticles

    G. Salazar-Alvarez; J. Sort; S. Suriñach; M.D. Baró; J. Nogués Journal of the American Chemical Society; 129: 9102 - 9108. 2007. 10.1021/ja0714282.

  • Tailoring deformation-induced effects in Co powders by milling them with ¿-Al2O3

    E. Menéndez; J. Sort; S. Suriñach; M.D. Baró; J. Nogués Journal of Materials Research; 22: 2998 - 3005. 2007. .