Adsorption and diffusion of small metal particles in polymer matrices

K. R. Shull*, A. J. Kellock

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We have studied the properties of colloidal gold dispersions in matrices of poly(2-vinylpyridine) as part of a detailed study of this model polymer/metal composite system. The results described above indicate that two dimensional metal particle dispersions with well controlled surface densities can easily be prepared by a simple adsorption process. This result can be understood in qualitative terms by requiring that the gold particles carry a layer of polymer chains with them when they diffuse, thereby increasing the effective particle radius. Such a polymer layer is in fact expected, based on earlier results which indicate that equilibration at the PVP/gold interface is exceptionally slow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalPolymeric Materials Science and Engineering, Proceedings of the ACS Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering
StatePublished - Dec 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Polymers and Plastics

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