We report on the successful preparation and characterization of fluorescent magnetic core∕shell Fe3O4∕ZnSe nanoparticles (NPs) with a spherical shape by organometallic synthesis. The 7 nm core∕3 nm shell NPs show good magnetic and photoluminescence (PL) responses. The observed PL emission∕excitation spectra are shifted to shorter wavelengths, compared to a reference ZnSe NP sample. A dramatic reduction of PL quantum yield is also observed. The temperature dependence of the magnetization for the core∕shell NPs shows the characteristic features of two coexisting and interacting magnetic (Fe3O4) and nonmagnetic (ZnSe) phases. Compared to a reference Fe3O4 NP sample, the room-temperature Néel relaxation time in core∕shell NPs is three times longer
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