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Fabrication of Metal Nanoparticles Using Hydroxylated Ionic Liquids

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Metal nanoparticles were successfully synthesized from the self-regulated reduction of hydroxylated ionic liquids in aqueous phase without additives. A new water-phase synthesis of gold and palladium nanoparticles using N-(2-hydroxyethyl)-N-methylmorpholinium tetrafluoroborate is described. Transmission electron microscopy was performed to characterize the metal nanoparticles. The average sizes of the gold and palladium nanoparticles were 4.3 nm and 3.2 nm, respectively. Hydroxylated ionic liquids served as both reductants and protective agents, significantly simplifying the preparation of nanoparticles. The produced particles were highly crystalline in structure with a face-centered cubic (fcc) lattice. Finally, we showed preliminary results that suggest different hydroxylated ionic liquids can also be used to prepare various metal nanoparticles.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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