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Volume 23, Issue 3, May 2012, Pages 328-333
Fauziatul Fajaroh | Heru Setyawan | W. Widiyastuti | Sugeng Winardi
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A simple surfactant-free electrochemical method is proposed for the preparation of magnetite nanoparticles using iron as the anode and plain water as the electrolyte. This study observed the effects of certain parameters on the formation of magnetite nanoparticles and their mechanism in the system, including the role of OH− ions, the distance between electrodes and current density. We found that OH− ions play an important role in the formation of magnetite nanoparticles. Particle size can be controlled by adjusting the current density and the distance between electrodes. Particle size increases by increasing the current density and by decreasing the distance between electrodes. Particle formation cannot be favored when the distance between electrodes is larger than a critical value. The magnetite nanoparticles produced by this method are nearly spherical with a mean size ranging from 10 to 30 nm depending on the experimental conditions. They exhibit ferromagnetic properties with a coercivity ranging from 140 to 295 Oe and a saturation magnetization ranging from 60 to 70 emu g−1, which is lower than that of the corresponding bulk Fe3O4 (92 emu g−1). This simple method appears to be promising as a synthetic route to producing magnetite nanoparticles.