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Journal articles made easy: Detecting iron


This article looks at measuring iron in a variety of solutions using a scalable RGB technique. It will help you understand the research the journal article is based on, and how to read and understand journal articles. The research article was orginally published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A.

Type of Activity

working independently



Age Group

Undergraduate & Postgraduate


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2.  European Union's (EU) drinking water standards, Council Directive 98/83/EC of 3 November 1998 on the quality of water intended for human consumption, L:1998:330:0032:0054:EN: PDF, accessed 2 September 2013.

3.  J. M. Garcia, F. C. Garcia, F. Serna and J. L. de la Peña, Polym. Rev., 2011, 51, 341–390 

4. H. El Kaoutit, P. Estevez, F. C. Garcia, F. Serna and J. M. Garcia, Anal. Methods, 2013, 5, 54–58


Journal articles made easy are journal articles from a range of Royal Society of Chemistry journals that have been re-written into a standard, accessible format. They contain links to the associated Chemistry World article, ChemSpider entries, related journal articles, books and Learn Chemistry resources such as videos of techniques and resources on theory and activities. They should facilitate students understanding of scientific journal articles and how to extract and interpret the information in them.