Pal, Sudipto and De, Goutam (2009) Reversible transformations of silver oxide and metallic silver nanoparticles inside SiO(2) films. Materials Research Bulletin, 44 (2). pp. 355-359. ISSN 0025-5408

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Reversible transformation of silver oxide and metallic nanoparticles inside a relatively porous silica film has been established. Annealing of Ag-doped films in oxidizing (air) atmosphere at 450 C yielded colorless films containing AgO(x). These films were turned yellow when heated in H(2)-N(2) (reducing atmosphere) due to the formation of Ag nanoparticles. This yellow coloration (due to nano Ag(0)) and bleaching (conversion of Ag(0) -> Ag(+)) are reversible. Optical and photoluminescence spectra are well consistent with this coloration and bleaching. The soaking test of the air-annealed film in Na(2)S(2)O(3) solution supports the presence of Ag(+). Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy studies reveal the formation of Ag-oxides and Ag nanoparticles in the oxidized and reduced films, respectively. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nanostructures; Thin films; Sol-gel chemistry; X-ray diffraction; Optical properties
Subjects: Crystal Chemistry, Thermodynamics, Phase Equilibria
Divisions: Sol Gel
Depositing User: Bidhan Chaudhuri
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2012 07:53
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 07:53

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