Photochemical Routes for Metal Nanoparticle Synthesis

Authored by: Katherine L. McGilvray , J.C. Scaiano

CRC Handbook of Organic Photochemistry and Photobiology

Print publication date:  March  2012
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439899335
eBook ISBN: 9781466561250
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The synthesis of metal nanomaterials has received considerable attention in the past few decades owing to the enhancement of chemical, catalytic, and optical properties of the metal upon approaching dimensions on the order of the Bohr radius. 1 Several photochemical routes have been established for the synthesis of colloidal nanoparticles, where selection of reducing agent, stabilizing agents, and irradiation conditions all play a role in particle yield. This chapter will review different photochemical methodologies for particle generation as well as highlight their applications.

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