The Potential of Fe-Based Magnetic Nanomaterials for the Agriculture Sector

Jia Le Wee, Ming Chiat Law, Yen San Chan*, Sook Yan Choy, Angnes Ngieng Tze Tiong

*Corresponding author for this work

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Iron-based magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) have been studied extensively for the past few decades. They have been applied in various applications, particularly in the biomedical sector. Due to their excellent physical and chemical properties, they have also been used widely in the agricultural sector. MNPs can be synthesized inexpensively and applied in large scale agricultural activities. This paper highlights the applications of iron-based MNPs in the agricultural sector mainly as antimicrobial agents, plant growth promoters, site-targeted delivery agents, nanosensors, detection and remediation for pesticide residue. Furthermore, the toxicity and transport of iron-based MNPs in the soil-plant system are also elucidated. These aspects have to be well-understood before MNPs can be fully implemented effectively this pin the agricultural sector. Lastly, a hybrid nanomaterial, which is consisted of iron and magnesium oxide (MgO) nanoparticles (NPs), is proposed. This hybrid nanomaterial is expected to overcome the shortcomings of iron-based MNPs.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere202104603
Issue number17
Early online date3 May 2022
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2022


  • Agricultural application
  • environmental chemistry
  • hybrid magnetic magnesium oxide nanoparticles
  • iron oxide
  • nanoparticles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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