Droplet synthesis of silver nanoparticles by a microfluidic device

Lei Xu, Jinhui Peng, Mi Yan, Di Zhang, Amy Q. Shen

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Silver nanoparticles are synthesized by the reduction of metal salt solutions from sodium borohydride in a microfluidic chip. The influence of different operating conditions on silver particle diameter, morphology, size distribution, and elemental compositions has been investigated. The results demonstrated that ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) serving as a complexant significantly affected the particle size of synthesized silver nanoparticles. An increase in the silver nanoparticle mean diameter was observed with decreasing NaBH4/AgNO3 molar concentration ratios, and increasing fluid flow rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)186-193
Number of pages8
JournalChemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016


  • Droplet synthesis
  • Microfluidics
  • Reduction method
  • Silver nanoparticles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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