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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 33, Number 3
BKCSDE 33(3)
March 20, 2012 

Poly(ethylenimine)-Stabilized Hollow Gold-Silver Bimetallic Nanoparticles: Fabrication and Catalytic Application
Kuan Soo Shin,* Ji Hoon Kim, In Hyun Kim, Kwan Kim*
Au-Ag, Hollow nanoparticles, Poly(ethylenimine), Catalyst, 4-Nitrophenol
Hollow gold-silver bimetallic nanoparticles (AuAg-HNPs) have been synthesized and their optical and structural properties were characterized. Initially Ag nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) were prepared using poly(ethylenimine) (PEI) as a reducing and a stabilizing agent simultaneously. AuAg-HNPs could then be synthesized via galvanic replacement reaction in a PEI aqueous solution by reacting sacrificial Ag template with a precursor compound of Au, i.e., HAuCl4. Due to the presence of abundant amine functional groups in PEI, which could act as the dissolving ligand for AgCl, the precipitation problem of Ag+ in the presence of Cl from HAuCl4 salt was avoided. On this basis, the relatively high concentrations of HAuCl4 and PEI-stabilized Ag nanoparticles could be used for the fabrication of AuAg-HNPs. Because of their increased surface areas and reduced densities, the AuAg-HNPs were expected and confirmed to outperform their solid counterparts in applications such as catalysis for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol in the presence of NaBH4.
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