Magnetic Bimetallic Fe/Ag Nanoparticles: Decontamination and Antimicrobial Agents
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Bimetallic iron and silver containing nanoparticles (Fe-Ag NPs) have numerous applications in optical, medical, and remediation fields. This chapter reports the synthesis and characterization of bimetallic Fe-Ag NPs with core-shell structures. These bimetallic NPs can be applied to remove phosphate and reduce nitrate in the aqueous solution. Bimetallic Fe-Ag NPs also showed their effectiveness in transforming the halogenated aromatic contaminants in the environment. The silver NPs in the bimetallic Fe-Ag NPs generally enhance the removal of pollutants in water. Examples of antimicrobial and antifungal properties of bimetallic Fe-Ag NPs are given. Bimetallic Fe-Ag NPs are magnetic and can be easily separable after the water treatment. Bimetallic Fe-Ag NPs are promising materials for decontamination of water. 2013 American Chemical Society.