Synthesis Of Ag Nanoparticles On Polymer Surface: 150 KeV Ar Ion Irradiation Of Ag-PVC Bilayer

Jai Prakash1*, A. Tripathi2, G. B. V. S. Lakshmi2, V. Rigato3, Jalaj Tripathi1, D. K. Avasthi2

1Department of Chemistry, M M H College Ghaziabad-201001(Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut), India

2Inter University Accelerator Centre (IUAC), Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110067, India

3INFN Laboratori Nazionali di Legnaro, via Dell’ Università 2, 35020 Legnaro, Padova, Italy

Adv. Mater. Lett., 2013, Ion Beam Special Issue, 4 (6), pp 408-412

DOI: 10.5185/amlett.2012.ib.104

Publication Date (Web): Mar 16, 2013



Thin metal films of Ag (~10 nm) deposited on spin coated PVC film on quartz substrate, were irradiated with 150 keV Ar ions at fluences varying from 5×1015 to 5×1016 ions/cm2 and characterized with Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) techniques. RBS spectra show sputtering of the Ag film. As a result of ion irradiation, isolated Ag nanoparticles are formed on the surface. The size and size distribution of Ag nanoparticles are found to be dependent on ion fluence. Contact angle measurements were carried out to study the hydrophilic nature of the surface at varying fluences. Results are explained in the framework of sputtering from the surface due to dense collision cascade resulting from Ar ion and Ag/PVC film interaction.


Metal-polymer (Ag-PVC), Ion irradiation, Collision cascade, Ag nanoparticles, Contact angle measurement.

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