Franca Albertini

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In Ni-Mn-Ga ferromagnetic shape memory alloys, Co-doping plays a major role in determining a peculiar phase diagram where, besides a change in the critical temperatures, a change of number, order and nature of phase transitions (e.g., from ferromagnetic to paramagnetic or from paramagnetic to ferromagnetic, on heating) can be obtained, together with a(More)
Slime mold Physarum polycephalum is a single cell visible by an unaided eye. The slime mold optimizes its network of protoplasmic tubes to minimize expose to repellents and maximize expose to attractants and to make efficient transportation of nutrients. These properties of P. polycephalum, together with simplicity of its handling and culturing, make it a(More)
Giant magnetically induced twin variant reorientation, comparable in intensity with bulk single crystals, is obtained in epitaxial magnetic shape-memory thin films. It is found to be tunable in intensity and spatial response by the fine control of microstructural patterns at the nanoscopic and microscopic scales. A thorough experimental study (including(More)
We report on the effects of annealing on the martensitic phase transformation in the Ni-based Heusler system: Mn50Ni40Sn10 and Mn50Ni41Sn9 powder and Co50Ni21Ga32 nanoparticles. For the powdered Mn50Ni40Sn10 and Mn50Ni41Sn9 alloys, structural and magnetic measurements reveal that post-annealing decreases the martensitic transformation temperatures and(More)
A nanocomposite material is obtained by coupling superparamagnetic magnetite nanoparticles (Fe3O4 NP) and vapor phase grown zinc oxide nanostructures with 'tetrapod' morphology (ZnO TP). The aim is the creation of a multifunctional material which retains the attractive features of ZnO (e.g. surface reactivity, strong UV emission, piezoelectricity) together(More)
We report a complete structural and magneto-thermodynamic characterization of four samples of the Heusler alloy Ni-Co-Mn-Ga-In, characterized by similar compositions, critical temperatures and high inverse magnetocaloric effect across their metamagnetic transformation, but different transition widths. The object of this study is precisely the sharpness of(More)
Monodispersed Fe3O4 nanoparticles with comparable size distributions have been synthesized by two different synthesis routes, co-precipitation and thermal decomposition. Thanks to the different steric stabilizations, the described samples can be considered as a model system to investigate the effects of magnetic dipolar interactions on the aggregation(More)
We validated here the applicability to hyperthermia treatment of magnetic nanocapsules prepared by the sequential layer-by-layer adsorption of polyelectrolytes and magnetic, Fe3O4 nanoparticles. For the shell preparation around a nanodroplet liquid core, biocompatible polyelectrolytes were used: poly l-lysine as the polycation and poly glutamic acid as the(More)
The correlations between structure and magnetism in @Co(0.9 nm!/Au(5 nm)#3N multilayer films with different number of repetitions N510, 30, and 50, have been studied by the combined use of complementary structural and magnetic techniques, such as x-ray reflectivity, x-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy, alternating gradient force(More)