Silver nanoparticles are nowadays of great interest; either for their antibacterial properties or as a conductive filler in electronic applications. In both cases, silver nanoparticles have to be optimally dispersed in a polymeric matrix while meeting stringent cost targets customary to such large volume markets. Vapor phase processes are seen as highly investment-intensive leading to small chances of meeting cost targets, while recently published wet processes for silver nanoparticles suffer from drawbacks regarding cost effective large scale production. In some cases , the starting silver concentrations in the reactive medium are so low that large capacity reactors and time-consuming concentrations would have to be implemented. In other cases , the starting concentrations are satisfactory, but the proposed synthetic routes involve non-friendly organic solvents and inconvenient experimental conditions. A new cost-effective preparation route for silver nanoparticles is presented here. Highly concentrated silver nanoparticles (above 40 wt%) are thus obtained without any concentration step in mild conditions and under atmospheric pressure.
Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 1, Nanotechnology 2008: Materials, Fabrication, Particles, and Characterization – Technical Proceedings of the 2008 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, Volume 1
Published: June 1, 2008
Pages: 716 - 718
Industry sector: Advanced Materials & Manufacturing
Topics: Nanoparticle Synthesis & Applications