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Inorg Chem. 2010 May 3;49(9):3965-7. doi: 10.1021/ic100431k.

Metal nanoparticles via the atom-economy green approach.

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Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012, India.


Metal nanoparticles (NPs) of Cu (air-stable), Ag, and Au have been prepared using an atom-economy green approach. Simple mechanical stirring of solid mixtures (no solvent) of a metal salt and ammonia borane at 60 degrees C resulted in the formation of metal NPs. In this reaction, ammonia borane is transformed into a BNH(x) polymer, which protects the NPs formed and halts their growth. This results in the formation of the BNH(x) polymer protected monodisperse NPs. Thus, ammonia borane used in these reactions plays a dual role (reducing agent and precursor for the stabilizing agent).

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