Preparation of gold nanoparticles (GNP) aqueous suspensions by a new method involving Tiron
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A new method is proposed to produce gold nanoparticles (GNP) by in situ reduction of a gold salt dissolved in water. The reducing agent used is Tiron instead of the citrate anion most often mentioned in literature. The influence of various parameters has been investigated, such as the content of Tiron with respect to that of the precursor of gold HAuCl4, or the initial pH of the solution after mixing of reactants. It is shown that Tiron also exerts a positive influence as a dispersant, which impedes agglomeration of gold nanoparticles. The typical average size of GNP synthesized in the present work is close to 7 nm.
KeywordsGold Nanoparticles Photon Correlation Spectroscopy HAuCl4 Tiron Photon Correlation Spectroscopy
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