ISSN print edition: 0366-6352
ISSN electronic edition: 1336-9075
Registr. No.: MK SR 9/7

Published monthly

Fabrication and characterization of Fe3O4@Ag nanoparticles adsorbent for the simultaneous measurement of chromium and manganese in steel factory effluent samples by X-ray fluorescence using experimental design optimization

Mohammad Behrad, Seyed Mosayeb Daryanavard, and Fayezeh Samari

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Hormozgan, Bandar Abbas, Islamic Republic of Iran



Received: 26 June 2022  Accepted: 17 July 2023


A rapid and simple method was optimized through experimental design and validated for the separation of chromium and manganese with magnetic sorbent of Fe3O4@Ag and 2-(2-thiazolylazo)-p-cresol ligand from the effluent of a steel factory. The adsorbed metals on the magnetic sorbent were simply separated using a magnet and collected on filter paper to measure with an X-ray fluorescence device. The infrared spectroscopy, ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, and wavelength-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy were used to characterize and follow the steps of the constructed sorbent synthesis. The surface response methodology was used to achieve better figures of merit and more accuracy. Optimal values for the three effective parameters of the response pH, sorbent amount, and sample solution volume were obtained to be 6.0, 4.0 mg, and 50.0 mL, respectively. Under optimum conditions, the detection limits of 0.5 µg mL−1 and 1.6 µg mL−1 for chromium and manganese ions were achieved, respectively. The acceptable linear range of 2.0–100.0 and 5.0–100.0 µg mL−1 was obtained for chromium and manganese, respectively. To show the efficiency of the method, the heavy metals of chromium (20.0 µg mL−1) and manganese (30.0 µg mL−1) were measured with a high accuracy (n = 3), and the recovery was 98% and the relative standard deviation was 2.1% in the real samples of the effluent of a steel factory.

Keywords: Magnetic nanoparticles; Solid-phase extraction; X-ray fluorescence; Chromium; Manganese; Wastewater

Full paper is available at

DOI: 10.1007/s11696-023-02992-0


Chemical Papers 77 (11) 7003–7013 (2023)

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

SCImago Journal Rank 2021
European Symposium on Analytical Spectrometry ESAS 2022
© 2024 Chemical Papers