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Synthesis of Complex Shape Gold Nanoparticles in Water–Methanol Mixtures

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Gold nanoparticles with shapes which varied from spheres to multipods and polygons were prepared with a seedless approach in water/methanol mixtures in the presence of polyvinyl alcohol using sodium ascorbate as the reducing agent. The shape of Au nanoparticles is critically affected by the water/methanol ratio, as well as by the ratio of hydrogen tetrachloroaurate (HAuCl4) to sodium ascorbate and the concentration of HAuCl4 in the reaction mixture. A decreased ratio of water to methanol below 30/70 leads to the formation of multi-branched nanoparticles with the size in the range of 30–70 nm at relatively low HAuCl4 concentration, whereas polygons are formed when HAuCl4 concentration increases. The polyvinyl alcohol stabilized multi-branched Au nanoparticle colloids were stable at room temperature for a period of at least six-month.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: July 1, 2006

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