Sep 8, 2009

Photochemical synthesis of silver particles in Tween 20/water/ionic liquid microemulsions

Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Masafumi HaradaSeiji Isoda


Metal particles of silver (Ag) were synthesized by the photoreduction of silver perchlorate (AgClO(4)) in water-in-ionic liquid (ILs) microemulsions consisting of Tween 20, water and ionic liquids. The ILs were tetrafluoroborate anions associated with the cations 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([BMIm][BF(4)]) and 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([OMIm][BF(4)]). The time evolution of Ag particle formation by photoreduction using UV-irradiation was investigated by UV-Vis, cryo-TEM, extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) measurements. The average diameter of the metallic Ag particles prepared in the water-in-[BMIm][BF(4)] and water-in-[OMIm][BF(4)] microemulsions was estimated from TEM to be 8.9 and 4.9nm, respectively, which was consistent with that obtained from the SAXS analysis. Using Guinier plots in a low q-range (<0.16nm(-1)), we demonstrate that the average diameter of the water droplets that consisted of aggregates of ionic precursors of AgClO(4) before reduction and Ag particles after reduction, in the microemulsions, was estimated to be about 20-40nm. The diameter of the water droplets increased as a function of photoreduction time because of...Continue Reading

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Surfactant [EPC]
1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate
Endogenous Surfactants
Plain X-ray
Digestive Surfactants
Silver Compounds, Inorganic
Pulmonary Surfactants
Particle Size

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