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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 781595, 10 pages
Research Article

Size Control of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Using Reverse Microemulsion Method: Morphology, Reduction, and Catalytic Activity in CO Hydrogenation

Department of Chemistry, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, P.O. Box 9177948974, Mashhad, Iran

Received 8 May 2013; Revised 15 August 2013; Accepted 6 September 2013

Academic Editor: Mohamed Afzal Pasha

Copyright © 2013 Mohammad Reza Housaindokht and Ali Nakhaei Pour. 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.


Iron oxide nanoparticles were prepared by microemulsion method and evaluated in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. The precipitation process was performed in a single-phase microemulsion operating region. Different HLB values of surfactant were prepared by mixing of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and Triton X-100. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), surface area, pore volume, average pore diameter, pore size distribution, and XRD patterns were used to analyze size distribution, shape, and structure of precipitated hematite nanoparticles. Furthermore, temperature programmed reduction (TPR) and catalytic activity in CO hydrogenation were implemented to assess the performance of the samples. It was found that methane and CO2 selectivity and also the syngas conversion increased as the HLB value of surfactant decreased. In addition, the selectivity to heavy hydrocarbons and chain growth probability ( ) decreased by decreasing the catalyst crystal size.