Date of Award

Summer 2014

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Alexander Wei

Committee Member 1

Chengde Mao

Committee Member 2

Scott A. McLuckey


In this project we present a systematic study on the synthesis of crystalline iron nanocubes by thermal decomposition of an iron sandwich complex, ( π-C5H5)Fe0(π-C 6H7), in the presence of oleylamine and oleylamine.HCl as surfactants and n-decane as a solvent. The presence of oleylamine.HCl is essential for the reproducible formation of crystalline iron cores.^ Reaction parameters such as temperature, surfactant concentration, effect of counterion, and organoiron reagent structure were investigated in order to obtain iron nanoparticles with uniform size and shape. The nanoparticles, which were characterized by TEM, HRTEM, SAED, and XRD, were determined to have core/shell structures, with the former composed of bcc-Fe and the latter composed of iron oxide (Fe3O4 or Fe2O 3).