Polymer Science Series B

, Volume 55, Issue 11–12, pp 634–642 | Cite as

Preparation and stabilization of silver nanoparticles by a thermo-responsive pentablock terpolymer



Thermo-reversible silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) were prepared by the sodium borohydride reduction of silver nitrate (AgNO3) in the presence of a pentablock terpolymer, poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-b-poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(propylene oxide)-b-poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM150-PEO136-PPO45-PEO136-PNIPAM150). The pentablock terpolymer-stabilized silver nanoparticles (Pentablock-S-Ag) were characterized by UV-VIS spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). At temperatures below lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of Pentablock-S-Ag solutions, the obtained Ag-NPs are well-dispersed with spherical shape, and their sizes mainly depend upon the molar ratios of pentablock terpolymer to AgNO3; at temperatures above LCST, the size of Ag-NPs decreases and their aggregates are observed due to the collapse and shrinkage of the thermo-responsive PNIPAM and PPO segments. A reversible dispersion-aggregation process upon recyclically changing temperature is also observed.


Silver Nanoparticles Surface Enhance Raman Scattering Polymer Science Series Ethylene Oxide Lower Critical Solution Temperature 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chengdu Institute of Organic ChemistryChinese Academy of SciencesChengduChina
  2. 2.University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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