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Journal of Nanomaterials - Volume 2014 2014, Article ID 361791, 8 pages -

Research ArticleCentro de Investigación en Química Aplicada, 25294 Saltillo Coahuila, Mexico

Received 18 January 2014; Accepted 28 April 2014; Published 28 May 2014

Academic Editor: Claude Estournès

Copyright © 2014 Rubén Sierra-Ávila et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The synthesis of copper nanoparticles was studied by wet chemical methods using copper sulfate pentahydrate CuSO4·5H2O and nitrogen ligands allylamine AAm and polyallylamine PAAm as stabilizers. The results suggest that the use of these ligands leads to the exclusive formation of metallic copper nanoparticles Cu-NPs. The use of partially crosslinked polyallylamine PAAmc leads to nanoparticles NPs with low yields and high coating content, while linear PAAm leads to NPs with high yields and low coating content. The chemical composition of the particles was determined by XRD and average particle diameters were determined by the Debye-Scherrer equation. TGA analysis provided evidence of the content and thermal stability of the coating on the nanoparticles and PAAm. The morphology, particle size distribution, and presence of PAAm coating were observed through TEM. The use of AAm in the synthesis of NPs could be a good alternative to reduce costs. By using TGA, TEM, and DSC techniques, it was determined that synthesized NPs with AAm presented a coating with similar characteristics to NPs with PAAm, suggesting that AAm underwent polymerization during the synthesis.




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