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Highly Monodisperse Colloidal Magnesium Nanoparticles by Room Temperature Digestive Ripening

Kalidindi, Suresh Babu and Jagirdar, Balaji R (2009) Highly Monodisperse Colloidal Magnesium Nanoparticles by Room Temperature Digestive Ripening. In: Inorganic Chemistry, 48 (10). pp. 4524-4529.

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Nanoclusters of 25 nm sized Mg-THF have been prepared by the solvated metal atom dispersion method. Room-temperature digestive ripening of these nanoclusters in the presence of hexadecylamine (HDA) resulted in highly monodisperse colloidal Mg-HDA nanoparticles of 2.8 ± 0.2 nm. An insight into the room-temperature digestive ripening process was obtained by studying the disintegration of clusters for various Mg:HDA ratios. The Mg colloids are quite stable with respect to precipitation of particles under Ar atmosphere. Using this procedure, pure Mg(0) nanopowders were obtained in gram scale quantities. The Mg powder precipitated from the colloid was fully hydrided at 33 bar and 118 °C. Initial desorption of H2 from samples of MgH2 was achieved at a remarkably low temperature, 115 °C compared to >350 °C in bulk Mg, demonstrating the importance of the size on the desorption temperatures.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Inorganic Chemistry
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Chemical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2009 08:16
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:33
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/20563

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