632 pages, illustrations
Compiling all the information available on the topic, this ready reference covers all important aspects of iron oxides. Following a preliminary overview chapter discussing iron oxide minerals along with their unique structures and properties, the text goes on to deal with the formation and transformation of iron oxides, covering geological, synthetic, and biological formation, as well as various physicochemical aspects. Subsequent chapters are devoted to characterization techniques, with a special focus on X-ray-based methods, magnetic measurements, and electron microscopy alongside such traditional methods as IR/Raman and Mossbauer spectroscopy. The final section mainly concerns exciting new applications of magnetic iron oxides, for example in medicine as microswimmers or as water filtration systems, while more conventional uses as pigments or in biology for magnetoreception illustrate the full potential. A must-read for anyone working in the field.
PART I: Formation, Transformation
- Geological Occurrences and Relevance of Iron Oxides
- Reductive dissolution and reactivity of Ferric (hydr)oxides - new insights and implications for environmental redox processes
- Formation and transformation of iron-bearing minerals by iron(II)-oxidizing and iron(III)-reducing bacteria
- Controlled biomineralization of magnetite in bacteria
- Ferritins iron mineralization and storage: from structure to function
- Iron oxides in the human brain
- The chiton radula: a model system for versatile use of iron oxides.
- Mineralization of goethite in limpet radular teeth
- Synthetic Formation of Iron Oxides
- Oriented attachment and non-classical formation in iron oxides
- Thermodynamics of Iron Oxides and Oxyhydroxides in Different Environments
PART II: Characterization Techniques
- Introduction to standard spectroscopic methods: XRD, IR/Raman and Mössbauer
- TEM and associated techniques
- Magnetic measurements and characterization
- Total X-ray Scattering and Small Angle X-ray Scattering for Determining the Structures, Sizes, Shapes, and Aggregation Extents of Iron (Hydr)oxide Nanoparticles
- X-ray Absorption Fine Structure spectroscopy in Fe oxides and oxyhydroxides
PART III: Applications
- Medical Applications of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles
- Iron nano-particles for water treatment. Is the future free or fixed?
- Actuation of iron oxide based nanostructures by external magnetic fields
- Iron Oxide-Based Pigments and their Use in History
- Magnetoreception and Magnetotaxis
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Currently a private lecturer at the University of Potsdam, Germany, Damien Faivre studied physical chemistry at the Claude Bernard University in Lyon, France, spending a year as an exchange student at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He continued with his doctoral thesis in geochemistry at the Institute for Earth Physics in Paris, France and, while still a PhD student, worked at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, USA. In 2005, he joined the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany, as Marie Curie Fellow of the EU to study the properties of magnetosomes and their formation mechanisms, and two years later moved to the Department of Biomaterials at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, as group leader to combine his interests in bio- and biomimetic formation and the assembly of magnetic iron oxides, for which he was awarded a grant from the ERC in 2010.