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Highly fluorescent few atoms silver nanoclusters with strong photocatalytic activity synthesized by ultrashort light pulses

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Santillan, Jesica M. J. [1] ; Muneton Arboleda, David [2] ; Muraca, Diego [3] ; Schinca, Daniel C. [1, 4, 5] ; Scaffardi, Lucia B. [1, 4]
Total Authors: 5
[1] UNLP, CIC, CONICET, Ctr Invest Opt CIOp, Camino Centenario & 506, RA-1897 La Plata - Argentina
[2] UNLP, CONICET, INIFTA, Inst Invest Fisicoquim & Teor Aplicadas, Diagonal 113 & 64, La Plata - Argentina
[3] Univ Estadual Campinas, Inst Fis Gleb Wataghin, Campinas - Brazil
[4] Schinca, Daniel C., UNLP, Fac Ingn, 115 \& 49, RA-1900 La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina.Santillan, Jesica M. J., UNLP, CIC, CONICET, Ctr Invest Opt CIOp, Camino Centenario & 506, RA-1897 La Plata - Argentina
[5] UNLP, Fac Ingn, 115 & 49, RA-1900 La Plata, Buenos Aires - Argentina
Total Affiliations: 5
Document type: Journal article
Source: SCIENTIFIC REPORTS; v. 10, n. 1 MAY 19 2020.
Web of Science Citations: 0

While there are conventional chemical synthesis methods to generate metal nanoclusters (NCs), many of them are adversely affected by the unavoidable contamination of the nanoproduct solution, resulting in aggregation, background noise in analytical chemistry, toxicity, and deactivation of the catalyst. In this work, physical method of ultrafast laser ablation as a ``green{''} synthesis approach together with mechanical centrifugation to obtain silver NCs, simplifying widely the chemical synthesis requirements, is proposed. Remarkably, compared with conventional methods for synthesizing Ag NCs, this new approach starts with a colloid that contains nanosized particles as well as smaller species, managing to obtain colloids with few atoms NCs by centrifugation. Those colloids were analyzed by fluorescence spectroscopy observing UV bands corresponding with HOMO-LUMO cluster transitions. Besides, independent HRTEM measurements were made confirming the presence of few atoms Ag NCs, as well as small NPs in different formation stages. Equally important, photocatalytic efficiency of the obtained NCs was studied through degradation of Methylene Blue (MB) when it was mixed with as-prepared or highly centrifuged colloid, showing an enhanced photocatalytic efficiency of 79% as compared to 57% for pure MB after 180min of illumination. Consequently, this work contributes to establishing a simple approach to synthesize highly fluorescent and photocatalytic NCs. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 17/10581-1 - Emergent phenomena in reduced dimension systems
Grantee:Pascoal Jose Giglio Pagliuso
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants