Magnetic field assisted growth of highly dense α-Fe2O 3 single crystal nanosheets and their application in water treatment

Dong Lin, Biwei Deng, Stephen A. Sassman, Yaowu Hu, Sergey Suslov, Gary J. Cheng

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Highly dense 2D nanostructures are desirable in photocatalysis, water treatment and energy storage, due to their high surface to volume areas. This paper describes a novel approach combining thermal stress and magnetic force to generate highly dense α-Fe2O3 nanosheets on the surface of various iron substrates, including plates and powders. This technique involves the thermal oxidation of iron substrates on a hot plate with a magnetic field. The Lorentz force acting on the ions induced by the magnetic field facilitates the lateral growth of nanosheets. This effect results in a highly porous nanostructure consisting of dense 2D nanosheets with extremely large BET surface areas. The application of these nanosheets is explored in water treatment. Electron microscopic studies indicate that these nanosheets show a parabolic relation with time of thermal oxidation for the growth in the width direction. A comparison of heavy metal (As, Cr) ion adsorption of nanosheets and nanowires was also performed, which shows that nanosheets have a much better adsorption rate than nanowires.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18621-18626
Number of pages6
JournalRSC Advances
Volume4
Issue number36
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Nanosheets
Water treatment
Single crystals
Magnetic fields
Nanowires
Nanostructures
Iron
Ions
Adsorption
Lorentz force
Oxidation
Photocatalysis
Substrates
Heavy Metals
Thermal stress
Powders
Energy storage
Heavy metals
Electrons

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Magnetic field assisted growth of highly dense α-Fe2O 3 single crystal nanosheets and their application in water treatment. / Lin, Dong; Deng, Biwei; Sassman, Stephen A.; Hu, Yaowu; Suslov, Sergey; Cheng, Gary J.

In: RSC Advances, Vol. 4, No. 36, 2014, p. 18621-18626.

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Lin, Dong ; Deng, Biwei ; Sassman, Stephen A. ; Hu, Yaowu ; Suslov, Sergey ; Cheng, Gary J. / Magnetic field assisted growth of highly dense α-Fe2O 3 single crystal nanosheets and their application in water treatment. In: RSC Advances. 2014 ; Vol. 4, No. 36. pp. 18621-18626.
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