Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, Volume 10, Issue 7, pp 1225–1229

A version of Stöber synthesis enabling the facile prediction of silica nanospheres size for the fabrication of opal photonic crystals

Authors

  • Diego Adolfo Santamaría Razo
    • Materials Science and Chemical Engineering DepartmentPolitecnico of Torino
  • Luca Pallavidino
    • Materials Science and Chemical Engineering DepartmentPolitecnico of Torino
  • Edoardo Garrone
    • Materials Science and Chemical Engineering DepartmentPolitecnico of Torino
    • Materials Science and Chemical Engineering DepartmentPolitecnico of Torino
  • Emiliano Descrovi
    • Materials and Microsystems Laboratory χLab-Physics DepartmentPolitecnico of Torino
  • Angelica Chiodoni
    • Materials and Microsystems Laboratory χLab-Physics DepartmentPolitecnico of Torino
    • Materials and Microsystems Laboratory χLab-Physics DepartmentPolitecnico of Torino
Brief Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s11051-008-9373-4

Cite this article as:
Santamaría Razo, D.A., Pallavidino, L., Garrone, E. et al. J Nanopart Res (2008) 10: 1225. doi:10.1007/s11051-008-9373-4

Abstract

A sol-gel synthesis procedure based on the method proposed by Stöber et al. (J Colloid Interface Sci 26:302–315, 1968) has been adopted for the one-step preparation of mono-dispersed silica nanospheres. An excellent control of the particle diameter over a wide range is obtained by varying the amount of silicon alkoxide only, while the concentration of all other components is kept fixed: this allows the fabrication of artificial opals with a finely tuned and precisely predictable lattice parameter.

Keywords

3-D Photonic crystalsSynthetic opalsBragg reflection peakMonodispersed silica nanospheresSelf assemblyColloids

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