Title

Formation of Protein−Metal Oxide Nanostructures by the Sonochemical Method:  Observation of Nanofibers and Nanoneedles

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2007

Publication Source

Langmuir

Abstract

The sonochemical reaction of iron pentacarbonyl is explored in water and in water with the protein BSA (bovine serum albumen). In water, the reaction is found to produce spherical nanoparticles of magnetite (Fe3O4) with a particle size distribution of <10 to ∼60 nm. In water with BSA, the reaction produces either nanofibers or nanoneedles, depending on the concentration of BSA. The nanofiber and nanoneedle samples are found to be mixtures of goethite, lepidocrocite, and hematite (α-FeOOH, γ-FeOOH, and α-Fe2O3, respectively). The sonochemical reaction of iron pentacarbonyl with BSA in water is thought to proceed through the thermal decomposition mechanism for iron pentacarbonyl with BSA acting as a templating agent.

Inclusive pages

10342–10347

ISBN/ISSN

0743-7463

Comments

Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher

American Chemical Society

Volume

23

Issue

20

Peer Reviewed

yes