The relevance of light in the formation of colloidal metal nanoparticles
“The possibility of using colloidal silver and gold as condensors for electron storage in artificial photosynthesis has prompted the recent renewed interest in these areas.” This statement by Fendler and co-workers in 1983 is even more relevant in today's science and technology. In this tutorial review we summarize research regarding the use of light in the synthesis of metallic nanoparticles. We describe how light of different energies induces a variety of chemical events that culminate in the nucleation and growth of metal nanocrystals. Light can thus be used as a handle to direct metal nanocrystal growth and improve tunability and reproducibility.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Nucleation and crystallisation