Facile Synthesis of Monodispersed Ag NPs in Ethylene Glycol Using Mixed Capping Agents

Suyue Chen, Jacob R. Drehmel, R. Lee Penn

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Capping agents play an important role in the synthesis of silver nanostructures in polyol solvents. In this work, we demonstrate that using a small amount of tannic acid (TA), a reducing capping agent, in addition to poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP), a protective capping agent, can lead to the production of monodisperse spherical silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) that are stable with respect to particle aggregation for at least 100 days and have particle sizes ranging from 16 to 28 nm depending on the TA concentration. We hypothesize that the complexation between PVP and TA can lead to the formation of a stable particle coating and a fast Ag+ reduction rate at a relatively high TA concentration. Both effects can benefit the formation of small spherical Ag NPs with narrow size distribution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6069-6073
Number of pages5
JournalACS Omega
Issue number11
StatePublished - Mar 24 2020

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The authors thank the Nanostructural Materials and Processes (NMP) program at the University of Minnesota and Carestream Health for financial support. Parts of this work were carried out in the Characterization Facility, University of Minnesota, which receives partial support from NSF through the MRSEC program.

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