The formation of an epitax between silver carboxylates and silver bromide in the initial stages of silver soap crystallization

D. R. Whitcomb, J. Dong, B. Lin, Alon V McCormick, H. T. Davis

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Abstract

The presence of an epitaxial interface between the silver carboxylate and silver bromide nanocrystals in photothermographic imaging materials has been debated for many years. This type of an interface has been observed in model systems, and the reaction conditions used to prepare the silver soap (in the presence of the silver bromide) are conducive to the formation of that interface. In order to determine if this interface can be detected at any stage of formation of the silver soap during its preparation in the presence of silver bromide nanocrystals, we have undertaken cryogenic TEM investigations to freeze the reaction and reveal the formation of the silver stearate (AgSt) microstructure at the very initial stages of the reaction, which precedes significant crystal lattice formation. We found 5 nm-sized AgSt micelles, which aggregate to produce larger (50-100 nm in size), loosely packed crystals, but AgSt nucleates on AgBr when 50 nm cubic grains are added to the NaSt dispersion prior to the AgNO3. After nucleation, the AgSt micelles form structures via an epitaxial interface on at least one corner of every available AgBr cubic crystal. Complete details of this reaction process and the implications to subsequent silver soap crystal growth will be discussed in this talk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICIS '06
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Congress of Imaging Science - Final Program and Proceedings
Pages237-239
Number of pages3
StatePublished - Oct 5 2006
EventICIS '06: 30th International Congress of Imaging Science - Rochester, NY, United States
Duration: May 7 2006May 11 2006

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NameICIS '06: International Congress of Imaging Science - Final Program and Proceedings

Other

OtherICIS '06: 30th International Congress of Imaging Science
CountryUnited States
CityRochester, NY
Period5/7/065/11/06

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    Whitcomb, D. R., Dong, J., Lin, B., McCormick, A. V., & Davis, H. T. (2006). The formation of an epitax between silver carboxylates and silver bromide in the initial stages of silver soap crystallization. In ICIS '06: International Congress of Imaging Science - Final Program and Proceedings (pp. 237-239). (ICIS '06: International Congress of Imaging Science - Final Program and Proceedings).