Synthesis of size-controlled and highly monodispersed silica nanoparticles using a short alkyl-chain fluorinated surfactant†
Saravanan Nagappan, Anandhu Mohan, Anju Maria Thomas, Jong-Man Yoo, Nadim Eid, Ildoo Chung, Bruno Ameduri, Chang-Sik H
Highly monodispersed silica nanoparticles (SiNPs) were synthesised using a fluorinated surfactant, HOCH2CH(CF3)CO2H, and its efficiency was compared with efficiencies of five other surfactants. The size of the SiNPs (∼50–200 nm) was controlled by controlling the surfactant amount. The short alkyl-chain fluoro surfactant was found to be more efficient at producing monodispersed SiNPs than its long alkyl-chain fluoro or non-fluorinated surfactant counterparts.
Silica nanoparticles, dispersion, FTIR