Extent and mechanism of metal ion incorporation into precipitated ferrites

Sivan Klas*, Yael Dubowski, Gumelar Pritosiwi, Joachim Gerth, Wolfgang Calmano, Ori Lahav

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The ability of many noniron metals to be incorporated into the structure of ferrites is being utilized in numerous industrial and environmental applications. The incorporation of some of these metals during Fe(II) oxidation-induced precipitation at moderate temperatures (80-100°C) appears to be limited, for reasons not fully understood, and to extents not always agreed (e.g., Ni2+, Cr3+). In this paper, the incorporation maxima of six metals into the structure of precipitated ferrites (in terms of x in MexFe3-xO4, Me represents a noniron metal) were concluded to be 1.0, 1.0, 0.78, 0.49, 0.35, and 0.0 for Zn2+, Co2+, Ni2+, Al3+, Cd2+ and Cr3+, respectively. With the exception of the much larger Cd2+, these values were associated with kinetic considerations controlled by the H2O exchange rate between the hydration shells surrounding the dissolved metal ion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-135
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Coprecipitation
  • Ferrite
  • Ion incorporation
  • Isomorphous substitution
  • Substituted magnetite


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