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Physical constraints on the redox growth of nanoparticles in solution
Author(s): Mark T. Spitler
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Paper Abstract

At the nanometer scale several physical principles govern the growth of nanoparticles through redox reactions in solution. These include the competition between diffusion and electron transfer for a redox agent at the surface of a very small particle, the dependence of electron transfer kinetics upon the size of the nanoparticle, and a coulomb charging of the nanoparticle which affects the kinetics of the reaction. Using the growth of a metal nanoparticle as an example, mathematical models describing these principles have been formulated, and rates of growth predicted as a function of particle size, electrochemical potential of the redox agent, and the rate constant for electron transfer. The growth rate is seen to be nonlinear with time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 August 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6325, Physical Chemistry of Interfaces and Nanomaterials V, 632508 (30 August 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.680893
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Mark T. Spitler, National Renewable Energy Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6325:
Physical Chemistry of Interfaces and Nanomaterials V
Mark Spitler; Frank Willig, Editor(s)

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