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Optimal synthesis and characterization of Ag nanofluids by electrical explosion of wires in liquids

Eun Ju Park1, Seung Won Lee2, In Cheol Bang2 and Hyung Wook Park1*

Author affiliations

1 School of Mechanical and Advanced Materials Engineering, UNIST 100 Banyeon-ri, Eonyang-eup, Ulju-gun, Ulsan Metropolitan City 689-798, Republic of Korea

2 Interdisciplinary School of Green Energy, UNIST, 100 Banyeon-ri, Eonyang-eup, Ulju-gun, Ulsan Metropolitan City 689-798, Republic of Korea

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Citation and License

Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6:223  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-6-223

Published: 15 March 2011

Abstract

Silver nanoparticles were produced by electrical explosion of wires in liquids with no additive. In this study, we optimized the fabrication method and examined the effects of manufacturing process parameters. Morphology and size of the Ag nanoparticles were determined using transmission electron microscopy and field-emission scanning electron microscopy. Size and zeta potential were analyzed using dynamic light scattering. A response optimization technique showed that optimal conditions were achieved when capacitance was 30 μF, wire length was 38 mm, liquid volume was 500 mL, and the liquid type was deionized water. The average Ag nanoparticle size in water was 118.9 nm and the zeta potential was -42.5 mV. The critical heat flux of the 0.001-vol.% Ag nanofluid was higher than pure water.