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Journal of Catalysts
Volume 2013, Article ID 910489, 5 pages
Research Article

Morphology-Controlled Synthesis and Characterization of Magnetic Iron Oxide Nanocrystals and Their Potential Applications in Selective Oxidation of Alcohols and Olefins

1Department of Chemistry, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya (A Central University), Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh 495009, India
2NanoScience Technology Center, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32826, USA

Received 14 September 2012; Revised 15 November 2012; Accepted 17 December 2012

Academic Editor: Mohammed M. Bettahar

Copyright © 2013 Subhash Banerjee and Swadeshmukul Santra. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A protocol for the preparation of iron oxide nanocrystals of two different (nanorods and octahedrons) morphologies has been developed and the synthesized nanocrystals were well characterized by TEM and XRD. These two nanocrystals have been applied for the selectivie oxidation of aryl-methanol and vinyl-arene. Moreover, the magnetic catalysts have easily separated from reaction mixture by a magnet and are reused without appreciable loss of catalytic activity. The oxidation processes avoid the use of toxic catalysts and volatile and hazardous organic solvents.