Acrylic based films containing thermo-chemically synthesized magnetite nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared by UV-curing. A stable dispersion of Fe3O4 NPs in n-hexane was added to polyethylene glycol diacrylate (PEGDA) oligomer or to hexanediol diacrylate (HDDA) oligomer, producing a blend whose viscosity matches the processing requirements for inkjet printing technology. Morphologic characterization is provided by means of Field Effect SEM on a representative nanocomposite section.
By real-time FT-IR analysis it was shown that Fe3O4 NPs are able to initiate radical chain-grown polymerization under UV light, for what concerns the HDDA matrix. Tight cross-linked transparent polymeric films were obtained after 1 minute of UV irradiation.
The magnetic properties of the produced films were studied by means of an Alternating-Gradient Force Magnetometer (AGFM) in the temperature range 10 – 300 K and up to 18 kOe. The isothermal magnetization curves of both HDDA and PEGDA -based nanocomposites showed that these hybrid systems must be described as interacting superparamagnets (ISP) characterized by inter-particle magnetic interactions dominating over intra-particle effects.