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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2013, Article ID 537976, 6 pages
Research Article

Rod-Shaped Magnetite Nano/Microparticles Synthesis at Ambient Temperature

Department of Chemistry, University of Pune, Ganeshkhind, Pune 411007, India

Received 5 June 2012; Revised 24 July 2012; Accepted 8 August 2012

Academic Editor: Ioannis Kourkoutas

Copyright © 2013 Balaprasad Ankamwar and Ashwini Thorat. 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.


Here, we reported room temperature synthesis of Fe3O4 rod-shaped nano/microparticles by chemical reduction method from FeCl3 precursor and NaBH4 as the reducing agent in the presence of the pyrrole as a capping agent. The magnetic Fe3O4 particles were characterized by several methods, such as SEM, XRD, FTIR, and TGA. The average aspect ratio of Fe3O4 rod-shaped particles was ~2.8. These particles were redispersed in deionised water to form a colloidal solution and showed magnetic properties. This economical synthesis route is scalable, and Fe3O4 particles can be exploited for various applications such as MRI contrast enhancement, biodiseperations, Ni-Fe batteries, and as a catalyst.