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The effect of the presence of poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP) on the copper nanoparticle formation, obtained by UV irradiation of ethanol solution of Cu(acac)2 (acac = 2,4-pentanedionato), was investigated. At 254 nm, in conditions of light completely absorbed by complex, the PVP exhibited protective and stabilizing effects, as shown by the formation of a colloidal copper solution and by a block of the heterogeneous process, which leads to thin film formation on the quartz walls. The colloidal solution was tested for several months by plasmon position and it was found that it remained unaltered in inert atmosphere, but returned to the starting complex on contact with air. The PVP ability to control the particle size was investigated by carrying out photoreduction sensitized by Hacac at 254 and 300 nm, in the presence of PVP concentration varying from 0 to 0.2 M. In this range it was possible to obtain copper …
Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 
1 Oct 2008

Salvatore Giuffrida, Lucia L Costanzo, Giorgio Ventimiglia, Corrado Bongiorno

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Volume: 10 Issue: 7 Pages: 1183-1192
Journal of Nanoparticle Research