Patterned silver nanoparticle films by an ion complexation process in thermally evaporated fatty acid films

Saikat Mandal, S. R. Sainkar, Murali Sastry

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The formation of silver nanoparticle films in a patterned manner on suitable substrates is described. The protocol for realising such structures comprises of the following steps. In the first step, patterned films of a fatty acid are thermally evaporated onto solid supports using suitable masks (e.g. a TEM grid). Thereafter, the fatty acid film is immersed in silver nitrate solution and Ag+ ions entrapped in the lipid matrix by electrostatic complexation with the carboxylate ions of the fatty acid molecules. The final step involves the reduction of the Ag+ ions in situ thus leading to the formation of silver nanoparticles within the patterned lipid matrix. The process of metal ion incorporation and reduction may be repeated a number of times to increase the nanoparticle density in the lipid matrix. The silver nanoparticle density may also be increased by dissolution of the fatty acid molecules in suitable solvents. The process of Ag+ ion entrapment and formation of silver nanoparticles within the patterned lipid matrix has been followed by quartz crystal microgravimetry, UV-VIS spectroscopy, FTIR, SEM and EDX. The process described shows immense potential for extension to assemblies of nanoparticles in more intricate patterns as well as to the growth of semiconductor quantum dots in such patterns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1613-1621
Number of pages9
JournalMaterials Research Bulletin
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • A. Composites
  • A. Nanoparticles
  • A. Thin films
  • B. Chemical synthesis
  • B. Intercalation

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