keywords: nickel ferrite nanoparticles, colloidal, water dispersible, single source precursor, monodisperse, thermal decomposition.
In this paper, highly crystalline and water dispersible nickel ferrite nanoparticles were synthesised by the hot injection thermolysis of heterometallic pivalate cluster ([Fe2NiO(O2CtBu)6(HO2CtBu)3]) in triethylene glycol (solvent) and polyvinyl pyrrolidone (capping agent) at the boiling point of the solvent (285 °C.( The nanoparticles were characterised by Powder X-ray Diffraction (p-XRD), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Selected Area Electron Diffraction (SAED) and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS). The p-XRD showed crystalline pure phase of nickel ferrite nanoparticles and TEM revealed a spherical morphology of average size 7.0 ± 0.7 nm. The as synthesised nanoparticles are directly water dispersible without any post modification process.