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(Reference retrieved automatically from Web of Science through information on FAPESP grant and its corresponding number as mentioned in the publication by the authors.)

AN UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL EXPERIMENT ON THE SYNTHESIS OF Au NANOPARTICLES AND THEIR SIZE-DEPENDENT OPTICAL AND CATALYTIC PROPERTIES

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Author(s):
da Silva, Anderson G. M. [1] ; Rodrigues, Thenner S. [1] ; Macedo, Alexandra [1] ; da Silva, Rafael T. P. [1] ; Camargo, Pedro H. C. [1]
Total Authors: 5
Affiliation:
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Quim, Dept Quim Fundamental, BR-05508000 Sao Paulo - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Journal article
Source: Química Nova; v. 37, n. 10, p. 1716+, 2014.
Web of Science Citations: 14
Abstract

The synthesis of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) 15, 26, and 34 nm in diameter, followed by the investigation of their size-dependent optical and catalytic properties, is described herein as an undergraduate level experiment. The proposed experiment covers concepts on the synthesis, stabilization, and characterization of Au NPs, their size-dependent optical and catalytic properties at the nanoscale, chemical kinetics, and the role of a catalyst. The experiment should be performed by groups of two or three students in three lab sessions of 3 h each and organized as follows: i) synthesis of Au NPs of different sizes and investigation of their optical properties; ii) evaluation of their catalytic activity; and iii) data analysis and discussion. We believe that this activity enables students to integrate these multidisciplinary concepts in a single experiment as well as to become introduced/familiarized with an active research field and current literature in the areas of nanoparticle synthesis and catalysis. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/19861-6 - Controlled metal nanomaterials for catalysis applications
Grantee:Pedro Henrique Cury Camargo
Support type: Regular Research Grants