Hypothesis: Heterogeneous nucleation of silver oxide (Ag2O) onto oxide microparticles (OMPs) followed by spontaneous thermal decomposition produce nanostructures made of OMPs decorated with silver nanoparticles (OMP|AgNPs). Experiments: Colloidal chemistry methods have been used to produce the decoration of OMPs with silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), by carrying out the Ag2O precipitation/thermal decomposition. The process is driven in water enriched acetone medium containing NaOH, NH3, AgNO3 and SiO2MPs as substrate. Optical and morphological properties of OMP|AgNPs were characterized by using STEM, EDS, HRTEM and Raman spectroscopy. Findings: A new synthetic method to decorate OMPs (TiO2, SiO2) with metallic AgNPs in a single step/single pot reaction is proven effective to produce OMP|AgNPs either in aqueous or water enriched media.
- Metal-oxide adhesion
- Silver oxide
- Thermal decomposition
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry