The influence of polyethyleneimine (PEI) addition on the crystal size distribution (CSD) of Au was investigated. PEI is a water-soluble cationic polyelectrolyte acting as a reducer of AuCl4- and a stabilizer of precipitated Au nanocrystals. The CSD can be controlled by the PEI dosage, and an increase in PEI dosage decreased both the size and the size distribution width of the obtained Au nanocrystals. The idea of PEI-assisted reductive crystallization of Au may be helpful in the production of nanometals by using a simple batch crystallizer. Au nanocrystals with narrow CSD were precipitated via a polyethyleneimine (PEI)-assisted reductive crystallization process and the influence of PEI addition on the crystal size distribution of Au was investigated. An increase in PEI dosage decreased both the size and the size distribution width of the obtained Au nanocrystals.
- Polyelectrolyte additive
- Reactive crystallization
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering