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A galvanic exchange process visualized on single silver nanoparticles via dark-field microscopy imaging

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Abstract

The study of the galvanic exchange (GE) mechanism is beneficial for designing and developing new bimetallic nanocrystal structures with excellent bifunctional catalytic properties. Herein, we have visually demonstrated a GE process by real-time monitoring of the reaction between silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) and Au3+ at the single nanoparticle level using light scattering dark-field microscopy imaging. The localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) scattering spectral shifts of the AgNPs which reveal the Ag removal rate and Au deposition rate on the surface of the AgNPs can be observed. Furthermore, a pixel meta three color channel method has been introduced for analyzing the scattering light color changes of plasmonic particles to reveal the kinetics of the atomic deposition process on a single AgNP during GE, thus making the reaction kinetics of the GE process directly observable. Therefore, this study provides an efficient and promising approach for understanding the GE mechanism and exploiting its reaction kinetics.

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The article was received on 06 Mar 2018, accepted on 01 Jun 2018 and first published on 04 Jun 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8NR01879K
Citation: Nanoscale, 2018,10, 12805-12812
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    A galvanic exchange process visualized on single silver nanoparticles via dark-field microscopy imaging

    J. Zhou, T. Yang, W. He, Z. Y. Pan and C. Z. Huang, Nanoscale, 2018, 10, 12805
    DOI: 10.1039/C8NR01879K

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