Synthesis and Applications of Iron Nanoparticles Toward Environmental Remediation
AbstractThe applications of iron nanoparticles are numerous, ranging from drug delivery to wastewater treatment. We followed a number of different methods for synthesizing magnetic and nonmagnetic iron nanoparticles. A couple of the nanoparticles were characterized using a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). Furthermore, we tested the different nanoparticles using a Fenton-like system, through which it was determined that iron nanoparticles were the most effective, as catalysts, when prepared using sodium borohydride. The degradation of Methylene Blue, using the sodium borohydride synthesized iron nanoparticles, was monitored via Ultraviolet-Visible (UV) spectroscopy, as well as Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC).