Synthesis and Characterization of Bimetallic Gold-Silver Core-Shell Nanoparticles: A Green Approach


Bimetallic gold-silver core-shell nanoparticles were prepared by chemical reduction in aqueous solution, following a method that was friendly to the environment, allowing us to use this for medicinal purposes. Gold nanoparticles were synthesized, and silver cations were then reduced on the nanoparticles. Using the optical properties of metallic nanoparticles, surface plasmon resonance was determined by UV-Vis spectroscopy, and the values obtained for gold and silver were approximately 520 nm and 400 nm in wavelength, respectively. The absorption peaks of the surface plasmon band show a clear red-shift due to size effect in the case of the silver surface, and a plasmon coupling effect, in the case of gold. To obtain a better understanding of the coating conditions, high resolution transmission electron microscopy was used. The average hydrodynamic size and the size distribution of the synthesized nanoparticles were obtained by dynamic light scattering. The development of this process, which is benign for the environment, opens the possibility for many applications in the areas of renewable energy, medicine and biology.

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Calagua, A. , Alarcon, H. , Paraguay, F. and Rodriguez, J. (2015) Synthesis and Characterization of Bimetallic Gold-Silver Core-Shell Nanoparticles: A Green Approach. Advances in Nanoparticles, 4, 116-121. doi: 10.4236/anp.2015.44013.

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