Seedless, surfactantless wet chemical synthesis of silver nanowires

K. K. Caswell, Christopher M. Bender, Catherine J. Murphy

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We report a method to make crystalline silver nanowires in water, in the absence of a surfactant or polymer to direct nanoparticle growth, and without externally added seed crystallites. The reaction is one in which silver salt is reduced to silver metal, at 100°C, by sodium citrate, in the presence of NaOH. Hydroxide ion concentration is key to producing nanowires, which are up to 12 microns long, instead of nanospheres.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)667-669
Number of pages3
JournalNano letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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