De, Goutam and Licciulli, A and Massaro, C and Tapfer, L and Catalano, M and Battaglin, G and Meneghini, C and Mazzoldi, P (1996) Silver nanocrystals in silica by sol-gel processing. Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 194 (3). pp. 225-234. ISSN 0022-3093

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Silver nanocrystal doped silica films were prepared by the sol-gel process. The sol was prepared from 1:0.12: 12:0.2:6:7 molar ratios of Si(OC,H,),:AgN0,:H,0:HNOs:C;H, 0H:C~H90H. The glassy, highly transparent film with high dopant concentration (silver/silicon atomic ratio = 0.12) was successfully prepared by the dip-coating method. After drying in air at 60°C for 30 min, samples were heat-treated, in air, at 300, 350, 400, 450, 500 and 550°C using 30-100 min soaking periods for each step in a cumulative heating procedure. Measurements on the films were made by ultraviolet-visible and infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and transmission electron microscopy. Mechanisms of silver colloid formation in the densitied silica matrix with respect to the thermal treatment are discussed. To understand the formation of silver nanocrystals from the silver silicate network, the corresponding doped bulk gel samples were analyzed by X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Engineering Materials
Divisions: Sol Gel
Depositing User: Bidhan Chaudhuri
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2012 08:29
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2012 08:29

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