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Self-Assembly of Ag2S Colloidal Nanoparticles Stabilized by MPS in Water Solution

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posted on 22.07.2020 by Svetlana V. Rempel, Yulia V. Kuznetsova, Andrey A. Rempel
Self-assembly of colloidal Ag2S nanoparticles (NPs) was studied in the presence of (3-mercaptopropyl)­trimethoxysilane (MPS). Solutions with different molar ratios of Ag2S/MPS were prepared. The appearance of nano- and microtubes was detected. Self-organized NPs were studied with optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Silicon nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (29Si NMR) was used to study polycondensation of MPS molecules. Geometrical parameters of the nano- and microtubes depended on the molar ratio of Ag2S/MPS. The scheme and mechanism of self-assembly of Ag2S NPs in nanotubes in the presence of MPS were proposed. The effect of MPS on the preservation of the initial stoichiometry of Ag2S NPs was discussed.