Precipitation of silver nanocrystals was carried out in a poly(acrylic) acid (PAA) solution by using a single-jet crystallizer. The influence of the feeding rate, the injection position and the PAA dosage on the crystal size distribution (CSD) was clarified. The precipitated silver nanocrystals agglomerate with each other, forming an agglomerated microcrystal. In the presented case, smaller feeding rates caused smaller crystal sizes and narrower CSD widths. PAA, which is a water-soluble polyelectrolyte, successfully inhibited agglomeration and crystal growth, and decreased the crystal size and the CSD width. Thus, this idea may also facilitate the production of other nano-/microcrystalline particles.
- Industrial crystallization
- Polyelectrolyte additive
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering