Hydroxy propyl cellulose capped silver nanoparticles produced by simple dialysis process

L. Francis, A. Balakrishnan, K. P. Sanosh, E. Marsano*

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Silver (Ag) nanoparticles (∼6 nm) were synthesized using a novel dialysis process. Silver nitrate was used as a starting precursor, ethylene glycol as solvent and hydroxy propyl cellulose (HPC) introduced as a capping agent. Different batches of reaction mixtures were prepared with different concentrations of silver nitrate (AgNO3). After the reduction and aging, these solutions were subjected to ultra-violet visible spectroscopy (UVS). Optimized solution, containing 250 mg AgNO3 revealed strong plasmon resonance peak at ∼410 nm in the spectrum indicating good colloidal state of Ag nanoparticles in the diluted solution. The optimized solution was subjected to dialysis process to remove any unreacted solvent. UVS of the optimized solution after dialysis showed the plasmon resonance peak shifting to ∼440 nm indicating the reduction of Ag ions into zero-valent Ag. This solutionwas dried at 80 8C and the resultant HPC capped Ag (HPC/Ag) nanoparticles were studied using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for their particle size and morphology. The particle size distribution (PSD) analysis of these nanoparticles showed skewed distribution plot with particle size ranging from 3 to 18 nm. The nanoparticles were characterized for phase composition using X-ray diffractrometry (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)989-992
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Research Bulletin
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Chemical synthesis
  • Metals
  • Nanostructures
  • Polymers
  • X-ray diffraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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