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Multicolor Layer-by-Layer films using weak polyelectrolyte assisted synthesis of silver nanoparticles

Pedro Jose Rivero*, Javier Goicoechea, Aitor Urrutia, Ignacio Raul Matias and Francisco Javier Arregui

Author Affiliations

Nanostructured Optical Devices Laboratory, Electric and Electronic Engineering Department, Public University of Navarra, Edif.Los Tejos, Campus Arrosadía, 31006, Pamplona, Spain

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2013, 8:438  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-8-438

Published: 22 October 2013

Abstract

In the present study, we show that silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) with different shape, aggregation state and color (violet, green, orange) have been successfully incorporated into polyelectrolyte multilayer thin films using the layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly. In order to obtain colored thin films based on AgNPs is necessary to maintain the aggregation state of the nanoparticles, a non-trivial aspect in which this work is focused on. The use of Poly(acrylic acid, sodium salt) (PAA) as a protective agent of the AgNPs is the key element to preserve the aggregation state and makes possible the presence of similar aggregates (shape and size) within the LbLcolored films. This approach based on electrostatic interactions of the polymeric chains and the immobilization of AgNPs with different shape and size into the thin films opens up a new interesting perspective to fabricate multicolornanocomposites based on AgNPs.

Keywords:
Multicolor films; Layer-by-Layer assembly; Silver nanoparticles