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Research Highlight #14:

Rapid Synthesis of Small Silver Nanocubes by Mediating Polyol Reduction with a Trace Amount of Sodium Sulfide or Sodium Hydrosulfide

A. R. Siekkinen, J. M. McLellan, J. Chen and Y. Xia;
Department of Chemistry, University of Washington

We show here the fastest route to monodispersed silver nanocubes. By adding a trace amount of sodium sulfide (Na2S) or sodium hydrosulfide (NaHS) to the conventional polyol synthesis, the reaction time was significantly shortened from 1626 h to 38 min. By merely adjusting the reaction time, monodispersed silver nanocubes of 2545 nm in edge length were rapidly and routinely produced on relatively large scales. These small nanocubes are of great interest for biomedical applications by way of generating gold nanocages with plasmon resonance peaks tunable to the near-infrared region through a galvanic replacement reaction.

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Chemical Physics Letters, 432 491-496 (2006).