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Green Method to Form Iron Oxide Nanorods in Orange Peels for Chromium(VI) Reduction

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A green method for synthesizing iron oxide nanorods within orange peel pith has been developed. Orange peel pith functions as both a support and a reducing agent for iron ions. The nanorods were characterized using scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Results of the characterization indicate that iron is deposited on the surface of orange peel primarily in the form of iron, iron(II) oxide and magnetite. The nanoparticles grow to form nanorods in the range of 20–40 nm of diameter. The biocomposite was then tested for Cr(VI) reduction and removal from aqueous solutions, exhibiting removals as high as 96% for concentrations of 10 mg/L and 76% for 50 mg/L, which is almost 4 times the removal capacity of orange peel alone.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2013-03-01

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