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Silver polymer nanocomposites by photoreduction of AgNO3 and simultaneous photocrosslinking of the acrylic matrix: effect of PVP on Ag particle formation

  • Rabia Nazar EMAIL logo , Marco Sangermano , Alessandra Vitale and Roberta Bongiovanni


We studied the effect of poly-N-vinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and its concentrations on the photoinduced formation of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) as well as Ag-polymer nanocomposites. First, the effect of PVP concentration on the photoinduced reduction of Ag nitrate (AgNO3) in solution was studied by UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy monitoring the plasmon band of Ag. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) results showed that Ag NPs formed in the presence of stabilizer up to 4 wt% were narrower; the size distribution was also narrower. The PVP also had a significant influence on the formation of polymer nanocomposites by simultaneous photoinduced synthesis of NPs and polymerization of the acrylic matrix; NPs embedded in the crosslinked polymer were well dispersed, as detected by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and showed an average diameter of 20 nm.


The authors would like to acknowledge the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan for financing the PhD scholarship of Rabia Nazar.


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Received: 2017-05-09
Accepted: 2018-02-06
Published Online: 2018-08-07
Published in Print: 2018-08-28

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