Photochemical Preparation of Silver Nanoparticles Supported on Zeolite Crystals

Abstract : A facile and rapid photochemical method for preparing supported silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) in a suspension of faujasite type (FAU) zeolite nanocrystals is described. Silver cations are introduced by ion exchange into the zeolite and subsequently irradiated with a Xe–Hg lamp (200 W) in the presence of a photoactive reducing agent (2-hydroxy-2-methylpropiophenone). UV–vis characterization indicates that irradiation time and intensity (I0) influence significantly the amount of silver cations reduced. The full reduction of silver cations takes place after 60 s of a polychromatic irradiation, and a plasmon band of Ag-NPs appears at 380 nm. Transmission electron microscopy combined with theoretical calculation of the plasmon absorbance band using Mie theory shows that the Ag-NPs, stabilized in the micropores and on the external surface of the FAU zeolite nanocrystals, have an almost spheroidal shape with diameters of 0.75 and 1.12 nm, respectively. Ag-NPs, with a homogeneous distribution of size and morphology, embedded in a suspension of FAU zeolites are very stable (∼8 months), even without stabilizers or capping agents.
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Moussa Zaarour, Mohamad El Roz, Biao Dong, Richard Retoux, Roy Aad, et al.. Photochemical Preparation of Silver Nanoparticles Supported on Zeolite Crystals. Langmuir, American Chemical Society, 2014, 30 (21), pp.6250-6256. ⟨10.1021/la5006743⟩. ⟨hal-01963784⟩



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