Oxidation kinetics of plasmonic Ag particles in SiO2 nanofilms: Interlinking particle size to atmosphere-film-substrate system properties

José A. Jiménez, Mariana Sendova, Margarida Puga-Lambers

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A quantitative real-time assessment of the oxidation kinetics of Ag nanoparticles (NPs) embedded in nano-thin SiO2 films deposited on soda-lime glass has been carried out by a process-selective refinement of in situ optical microspectroscopy under ambient conditions. The temperature dependence of Ag NPs oxidation in the nanocomposite films was studied during thermal processing in air in the 673-773 K temperature range. An Arrhenius-type analysis of the exponential decay of the peak intensity of the surface plasmon resonance of the NPs allowed for estimating the activation energy of the process at 4.54 (±0.53)×104 J mol-1. Transmission electron microscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry are further employed in an effort to discuss the real-time optical spectroscopy information in a broader context regarding the possible physico-chemical multistep interactions in the air-nanofilm-substrate system as a whole.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1487-1491
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • A. Nanostructures
  • A. Non-crystalline materials
  • A. Thin films
  • D. Optical properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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