Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol.447, 40-49, 2015
A one-step short-time synthesis of Ag@SiO2 core-shell nanoparticles
A performance of shell-thickness precise control in silver-silica coating core-shell nanoparticles is presented. 60 nm sized citrate-stabilized silver nanoparticles are directly silica coated using a modified Stober process. Tetraethyl orthosilicate is used as a silica precursor and ammonium hydroxide as catalyst in an alcoholic solvent to promote the seeded silica growth. By simply varying the synthesis reaction time from 4 to 60 min, the silica shell thickness is increased from 5.1 nm to 76.4 nm. This well-controlled synthesis is then transposed to 40,80 and 100 nm sized silver cores in order to show the independence of the silica shell growth on the nanoparticle core size. Optical properties, i.e. localized surface plasmon resonance, of the produced silver-silica core-shell are also investigated. (C) 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Keywords:Nanoparticles;Silver-silica core-shell;One-step synthesis;Kinetics growth;Localized surface plasmon resonance