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Fabrication of Worm-Like Nanorods and Ultrafine Nanospheres of Silver Via Solid-State Photochemical Decomposition

Author(s): Navaladian S | Viswanathan B | Varadarajan TK | Viswanath RP

Journal: Nanoscale Research Letters
ISSN 1931-7573

Volume: 4;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 471;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Ag nanorods | Nanospheres | CTAB | PVP | Photochemical decomposition | WH plot

Abstract Worm-like nanorods and nanospheres of silver have been synthesized by photochemical decomposition of silver oxalate in water by UV irradiation in the presence of CTAB and PVP, respectively. No external seeds have been employed for the synthesis of Ag nanorods. The synthesized Ag colloids have been characterized by UV-visible spectra, powder XRD, HRTEM, and selected area electron diffraction (SAED). Ag nanospheres of average size around 2 nm have been obtained in the presence of PVP. XRD and TEM analyses revealed that top and basal planes of nanorods are bound with {111} facets. Williamson–Hall plot has revealed the presence of defects in the Ag nanospheres and nanorods. Formation of defective Ag nanocrystals is attributed to the heating effect of UV-visible irradiation.
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