, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 213-219
Date: 31 Mar 2010

Luminescence Study of Silver Nanoparticles Obtained by Annealed Ionic Exchange Silicate Glasses

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The photoluminescence of silver nanoparticles glasses obtained by ionic exchange and annealing is investigated for various ionic exchange times. These glasses are prepared by immersion of silicate glass samples in a molten salt bath of molar concentration 10% AgNO3 in NaNO3 at T = 320 °C. Scanning electron microscopy measurement in electron diffraction scattering (EDS) configuration confirms the silver presence in the various glasses, and the UV/visible absorption gives the evolution of the spectra after ionic exchange and plasmon resonance apparition after annealing. After annealing at 450 °C, both diagnostics inform us about the particles’ formation and the silver rediffusion. Silver nanoparticle growth after annealing prior leads to photoluminescence exaltation and quenching for the longest exchange samples. Subsequently, we propose potential mechanisms of the nanoparticle formation with an initial depolymerization of the silicate network during the ionic exchange and repolymerization during annealing.