Unfolding diffusion-based Ag nanoparticle growth in SiO2 nanofilms heat-treated in air via in situ optical microspectroscopy

José A. Jiménez, Mariana Sendova

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Scopus citations


In situ optical microspectroscopy has been demonstrated effective in resolving diffusion-based growth from oxidation processes for Ag nanoparticles (NPs) embedded in silica nanofilms during thermal processing in air atmosphere. The choice of an elevated heating rate for achieving the desired terminal temperatures at which optical properties are monitored allows for increasing the sensitivity of the technique for the elucidation of NP growth. Silver NPs have been indicated to grow via Ag diffusion in an early stage of thermal treatment up to 10 min in the 570-600 °C temperature range. The isothermal time variation in Ag NP size was monitored by fitting the experimentally obtained surface plasmon resonance profiles with spectra calculated by Mie theory. The spectroscopic data was then analyzed in the context of crystal growth theory. The analysis of the time-dependent isotherms has allowed for estimating the activation energy for the process at 3.2 eV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)968-972
Number of pages5
JournalOptical Materials
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Crystal growth
  • Nanostructures
  • Surface plasmon resonance
  • Thin films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Computer Science(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Unfolding diffusion-based Ag nanoparticle growth in SiO<sub>2</sub> nanofilms heat-treated in air via in situ optical microspectroscopy'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this