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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2015, Article ID 364763, 8 pages
Research Article

Preparation and Characterization of Natural Zeolite Modified with Iron Nanoparticles

1Center for Applied Physics and Advanced Technology, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Boulevard Juriquilla 3001, 76230 Santiago de Querétaro, QRO, Mexico
2Metallurgical Research Institute, UMSNH, Ciudad Universitaria, Edificio U, 58000 Morelia, MICH, Mexico

Received 1 May 2015; Accepted 10 August 2015

Academic Editor: Xuping Sun

Copyright © 2015 Alvaro Ruíz-Baltazar et al. 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.


This study is aimed at investigating the structural and morphological characterization of natural and modified zeolite obtained from the state of Oaxaca (Mexico). Iron nanoparticles were used for the zeolite modification. The iron nanoparticles were loaded on the zeolite surface by homogeneous nucleation. Adsorption kinetic models of pseudo first and second order were surveyed. The characterization of pristine and modified zeolite was performed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). From the results, three main phases were identified: clinoptilolite, mordenite, and feldspar. We could also determine the adsorption capacity of the zeolites by means of adsorption kinetic models.