Production of Iron Particles Using Mulberry Leaves
Production of nano metal particles using plants has become a major interest of relevant researchers in recent years. The techniques aforenamed are simple to apply, environmentally friendly, cost-effective, reproducible and sustainable; Extracts of various plants or parts of plants such as leaves, root, latex, seeds and stems have been used as reductants. Some examples of these plants are green tea, black tea, coffee and grape leaves etc. The key active agent for these productions are believed to be polyphenols, present in the plant parts. Iron nano particles are one of the most preferred targets because of environmental applications of zero valent iron, and also easy reduction of iron (III) salts to the zero valent forms. There are many reports on producing nano sized iron and iron oxides using plants and, the structures of nano particles have been identified by many investigators 0.1 M FeCl3 solution as Fe source and mulberry leaves extract, which is produced from the extraction process using %78 ethanol, as reducing agent have been used in this study. Sizes of the particles produced were observed to be ranged from 50 to 560 nm after the analyses using a Zetasizer (Malvern). This result shows that mulberry leaves can be a proper agent for the environmental friendly and sustainable production of iron nanoparticles.
Keywords� Iron particles, Production, Mulberry leaves.