Green room temperature synthesis of silver-gold alloy nanoparticles

Traore N, Uttinger M, Cardenas Lopez P, Drobek D, Gromotka L, Schmidt J, Walter J, Apeleo Zubiri B, Spiecker E, Peukert W (2023)

Publication Language: English

Publication Status: Published

Publication Type: Journal article, Original article

Publication year: 2023



DOI: 10.1039/d2na00793b


Metallic alloy nanoparticles (NPs) exhibit interesting optical, electrical and catalytic properties, dependent on their size, shape and composition. In particular, silver-gold alloy NPs are widely applied as model systems to better understand the syntheses and formation (kinetics) of alloy NPs, as the two elements are fully miscible. Our study targets product design via environmentally friendly synthesis conditions. We use dextran as the reducing and stabilizing agent for the synthesis of homogeneous silver-gold alloy NPs at room temperature. Our approach is a one-pot, low temperature, reaction-controlled, green and scalable synthesis route of well-controlled composition and narrow particle size distribution. The composition over a broad range of molar gold contents is confirmed by scanning transmission electron microscopy-energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (STEM-EDX) measurements and auxiliary inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy measurements (ICP-OES). The distributions of the resulting particles in size and composition are obtained from multi-wavelength analytical ultracentrifugation using the optical back coupling method and further confirmed by high-pressure liquid chromatography. Finally, we provide insight into the reaction kinetics during the synthesis, discuss the reaction mechanism and demonstrate possibilities for scale-up by a factor of more than 250 by increasing the reactor volume and NP concentration.

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Traore, N., Uttinger, M., Cardenas Lopez, P., Drobek, D., Gromotka, L., Schmidt, J.,... Peukert, W. (2023). Green room temperature synthesis of silver-gold alloy nanoparticles. Nanoscale Advances.


Traore, Nabi, et al. "Green room temperature synthesis of silver-gold alloy nanoparticles." Nanoscale Advances (2023).

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