A new method of dispersing the aggregated strontium hexaferrite (SrFe 12O19) magnetic nanoparticles in organic solvents such as propylene glycol monomethyl ether acetate (PGMEA), propylene glycol (PG), and glycerol, by an ultrasonic bath is reported herein. The particles size of SrFe12O19 after treatment with the PGMEA is in the range 70-100 nm. The structure of dispersed SrFe12O19 was characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HR SEM) and thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA). This dispersed material was used for the preparation of a topical magnetic cosmetic product as follows: The dispersion of SrFe12O19 in PG was mixed with "Dermud-Ahava Body Cream", an 'oil in water' emulsion of a Dead Sea mineral cosmetic, "AHAVA", and the magnetic properties of the created composite were determined. The ferrimagnetic behavior of the composite has been demonstrated as being very similar to the behavior of strontium hexaferrite itself.
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Acknowledgements This project was carried out as part of the NFM-MAGNET program sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. We thank the MAGNET management for their financial and moral support.
- Dead Sea
- Magnetic cosmetics
- Strontium hexaferrite (SrFeO)