, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 749-755
Date: 08 Oct 2008

Controllable synthesis, characterization, and magnetic properties of nanoscale zerovalent iron with specific high Brunauer–Emmett–Teller surface area

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This article reports a novel approach for the controllable synthesis of nanoscale zerovalent iron (NZVI) particles with specific high Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) surface areas. Borohydride reduction is a primary and effective liquid phase reduction method for the synthesis of zerovalent iron nanoparticles. However, previous methods for synthesizing NZVI did not suggest a standard technique for controlling the size of particles during the synthesis process; in addition, previous literature generally reported that NZVI had a BET surface area of <37 m2/g. In this communication, a novel approach for the controllable synthesis of NZVI particles with specific high BET surface areas is presented. As a result, the BET surface areas of the NZVI particles synthesized increased to 47.49 and 62.48 m2/g, and the particle sizes decreased to 5–40 and 3–30 nm. Additionally, the physical and chemical properties of the synthesized NZVI particles were investigated by a series of characterizations, and magnetic analysis indicated that the synthesized NZVI particles had super-paramagnetic properties.