Rafael Abargues - Optical properties of different polymer thin films containing in situ synthesized Ag and Au nanoparticles

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      R Abargues, K Abderrafi, E Pedrueza, R Gradess, J Marques-Hueso,   J L Valdes, J Martinez-Pastor (2009) NEW JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY 33:   8. 1720-1725


      Here we report on the in situ synthesis of Ag and Au   nanoparticles inside several polymer matrixes by solid-state   chemical reduction of a metallic salt. Poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI),   poly(hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA), poly(vinylpyrrolidone)   (PVP), novolak, poly(4-vinylphenol) (P4VP),   poly(4-vinylphenol)-co-(methyl methacrylate) (P4VP-co-MMA) and   poly(styrene-co-allyl alcohol) (PS-co-AA) were able to reduce   Ag(I) and Au(III) to the corresponding nanoparticles during the   baking process. The nanoparticle diameters of Ag and Au were   found to range from 2 to 25 nm. TEM also indicated a uniform   distribution of nanoparticles embedded in the thin film. This   approach is suitable for controlling the size of the   nanoparticles and its homogeneous distribution in the polymer   matrix.

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