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On the Mechanism of Phase Transfer Catalysis in Brust-Schiffrin Synthesis of Metal Nanoparticles

Perala, Siva Rama Krishna and Kumar, Sanjeev (2013) On the Mechanism of Phase Transfer Catalysis in Brust-Schiffrin Synthesis of Metal Nanoparticles. In: LANGMUIR, 29 (48). pp. 14756-14762.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/la403652k


The two-phase Brust-Schiffrin method (BSM) is used to synthesize highly stable nanoparticles of noble metals. A phase transfer catalyst (PTC) is used to bring in aqueous phase soluble precursors into the organic phase to enable particle synthesis there. Two different mechanisms for phase transfer are advanced in the literature. The first mechanism considers PTC to bring in an aqueous phase soluble precursor by complexing with it. The second mechanism considers the ionic species to be contained in inverse micelles of PTC, with a water core inside. A comprehensive experimental study involving measurement of interfacial tension, viscosity, water content by Karl-Fischer titration, static light scattering, H-1 NMR, and small-angle X-ray scattering is reported in this work to establish that the phase transfer catalyst tetraoctylammonium bromide transfers ions by complexing with them, instead of encapsulating them in inverse micelles. The findings have implications for particle synthesis in two-phase methods such as BSM and their modification to produce more monodispersed particles.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: LANGMUIR
Additional Information: copyright for this article belongs to AMER CHEMICAL SOC, USA
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2014 05:40
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2014 05:40
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/48141

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