Structuring reductive media containing protic ionic liquids and their application to the formation of metallic nanoparticles

Meriem Anouti*, Johan Jacquemin

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Abstract

Herein, we present a facile method for the formation of monodispersed metal nanoparticles (NPs) at room temperature from M(III)Cl3 (with M = Au, Ru, Mn, Fe or V) in different media based on N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) or water solutions containing a protic ionic liquid (PIL), namely the octylammonium formate (denoted OAF) or the bis(2-ethyl-hexyl)ammonium formate (denoted BEHAF). These two PILs present different structures and redox-active structuring properties that influence their interactions with selected molecular compounds (DMF or water), as well as the shape and the size of formed metal NPs in these solutions. Herein, the physical properties, such as the thermal, transport and micellar properties, of investigated PIL solutions were firstly investigated in order to understand the relation between PILs structure and their properties in solutions with DMF or water. The formation of metal NPs in these solutions was then characterized by using UV–vis spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements. From our investigations, it appears that the PILs structure and their aggregation pathways in selected solvents affect strongly the formation, growths, the shape and the size of metal NPs. In fact by using this approach, the shape-/size-controlled metal NPs can be generated under mild condition. This approach suggests also a wealth of potential for these designer nanomaterials within the biomedical, materials, and catalysis communities by using designer and safer media based on PILs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalColloids and Surfaces A: Physiochemical and Engineering Aspects
Volume445
Early online date13 Jan 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2014

Keywords

  • Protic ionic liquids
  • Water
  • DMF
  • Micellar properties
  • Metal nanoparticles
  • GOLD NANOPARTICLES
  • AQUEOUS-SOLUTION
  • PHYSICOCHEMICAL PROPERTIES
  • CAPILLARY-ELECTROPHORESIS
  • SILVER NANOPARTICLES
  • COLLOIDS
  • CATALYSIS
  • BEHAVIOR
  • SIZE
  • MICROEMULSIONS

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