Preparation of Biopolymer-Coated Magnetite Nanoparticles for Magnetic Resonance Image Contrast Agent
The magnetite nanoparticles were synthesized using the sonochemical method with oleic acid as surfactant. The average size of the magnetite particles can be controlled by the ratio R = [H2O]/[surfactant] in the range of 2 to 9 nm. The size of the magnetite nanoparticles prepared by this method shows the narrow distribution. To prepare biopolymer(β-glucan)-coated magnetite nanoparticles, β-glucan solution was added to the magnetic colloid suspensions under the ultrasonication at room temperature. The β-glucan coated magnetite colloidal suspensions of various concentrations did not agglomerate for 15 days, indicating their good stability. The β-glucan-coated magnetite colloidal suspensions exhibited the enhancement of MRI contrasts in vitro.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: February 1, 2009
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