Quick formation of single-crystal nanocubes of silver through dual functions of hydrogen gas in polyol synthesis

Yun Tack Lee, Sang Hyuk Im, Benjamin Wiley, Younan Xia

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High yields of 40-nm silver nanocubes were produced in 20 min by bubbling hydrogen gas through a conventional polyol synthesis. Hydrogen gas both accelerated the reduction rate and generated nitric acid in situ. Twinned seeds were selectively dissolved by balancing the reduction rate with etching by nitric acid, so that only single crystals were produced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)479-483
Number of pages5
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number4-6
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Aug 15


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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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