Ursidae: The Undergraduate Research Journal at the University of Northern Colorado

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Murielle Watzky


With the increased use of silver nanoparticles in modern day applications, kinetic information on the mechanism of their formation is useful for further studies on its reactivity in a biological environment. Silver nanoparticles were synthesized using a modified Turkevich method. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized using UV-Visible spectroscopy. The data obtained were plotted as a function of time, and rate constants for the nucleation (k1) and autocatalytic surface growth (k2) were extracted. Comparing the k1 (~10-3) and k2 (~10-1) values supports a two-step mechanism of slow nucleation and fast autocatalytic surface growth.

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