Iron Oxide Fe3O4 Powder Properties And Preparation

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Iron oxide An inorganic substance having a chemical composition of Fe3O4. This is known as magnetic iron oxide.

Iron Oxide Fe3O4 Powder Properties

Iron oxide is not soluble in organic solvents, such as water and alkali solution. Ferroferric oxide, a natural iron oxide, is insoluble when it is exposed to acid. It can also be easily made into iron oxide (Fe2O3) by humidifying the atmosphere.
Mixed valence iron oxide, black Fe3O4 has a melting point at 1597degC. It also has a density 5.99g/cm3. Fe3O4 is not soluble but can be dissolved in water. The natural form is magnetite at room temperatures. It is strong in sub-magnetism as well as high conductivity.

Fe3O4 exhibits anti-corrosion properties. To bluish steel parts, also known as baking or blue-burning. It is useful to enhance corrosion resistance, aesthetics and gloss.

Iron Oxide Fe3O4 Powder Preparation

There are several traditional ways to prepare nano-Fe3O4: hydrothermal, sol-gel, and precipitation.

1. Precipitation method
Due to its ease of operation and high product purity, uniform composition and low price, the precipitation method is most popular for nanoparticle preparation. This method can also be used for large-scale production. The most common methods for precipitation include hydrolysis, co-precipitation and ultrasonic precipitation.

2. Hydrothermal or Solveothermal method
Hydrothermal (solvothermal), chemical reaction can be described as any chemical reaction that is carried out using fluids. These include organic solvents (aqueous solutions) and steam at high pressure. This hydrothermal-prepared Fe3O4 has a small and relatively homogeneous particle size. It can also be used to dop up multivalent ions.

3. Microemulsification method
Two immiscible solvents are used to create an emulsion. Surfactants act by dividing the fluid into smaller spaces. In order to create nanoparticles with condensed structure, morphology, and crystal growth through nucleation, crystal, co-creation, and coalescence processes, the microreactor restricts them.

4. Sol-gel method
Hydrolysis and polymerization are used to make a homogeneous sol of metal oxides and metal hydroxides. This gel is then concentrated. For superfine oxide powder, heat is used to dry the gel.

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