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Room Temperature Synthesis of Aminocaproic Acid-Capped Lead Sulphide Nanoparticles

Author(s): Abdellah Ajji | Saïd Elkoun | Jayesh D. Patel | Frej Mighri

Journal: Journal of Biophysical Chemistry
ISSN 2153-036X

Volume: 03;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 125;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Semiconductor | Nanoparticles | Lead Sulphide | Mesoporous | BET | XPS | FTIR

Aminocaproic acid (ACA) mixed methanolic lead acetate-thiourea (PbAc-TU) complex as precursor for fabrication of lead sulphide (PbS) nanoparticles (NPs) has been explained. The size, structure and morphology of as-prepared ACA-capped PbS NPs were systematically characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Transmission electron mi-croscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Uv-vis spectroscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) techniques. The obtained results show that the synthesized PbS NPs are nanocrystalline, size quantized and their agglomeration shows a mesoporous network of 8.7 nm in pore size. The binding nature of ACA molecules on PbS surface was studied by thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron (XPS) techniques. Results indicate that ACA acts as a soft template that restricts the growth of PbS NPs through its binding to Pb surface via nitrogen lone pair.
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