Iron Flakes

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iron flakes are flat, irregularly shaped pieces of metal in a wide range of sizes. American Elements produces iron flakes that are ideal for use as substrates in thin film chemical and physical vapor deposition processes like thermal and electron beam evaporation, Low Temperature Organic Vapor Deposition (LTOVD), Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD), Organometallic and Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) for microelectronics, optics, magnetics and hard resistant coatings.

These small particles of pure iron look like a light powder and are often used in science experiments to show the direction of a magnetic field as they attract the north poles of other iron or steel flakes in their vicinity. Also known as iron filings, these ferromagnetic particles are traditionally obtained from metal working operations from the scrap material filed off larger iron or steel parts.

The human body requires iron for a number of essential functions, including transporting oxygen in the blood. A diet rich in iron is important for all people, especially pregnant women and children. In fact, iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency worldwide.

Iron deficiency is most commonly caused by a lack of dietary intake, and can lead to anemia in which the red blood cells don’t carry enough oxygen to the tissues. Some food sources of iron include lean meat, poultry, eggs and fortified cereals. Seafood is another excellent source of iron. One medium enriched bagel (toppings excluded) contains 3.75 mg of iron, while four large mollusks such as oysters or mussels provide nearly 10 mg.