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International Journal of Polymer Science
Volume 2013, Article ID 235850, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/235850
Research Article

Facile Solventless Synthesis of a Nylon-6,6/Silver Nanoparticles Composite and Its XPS Study

1Centro Conjunto de Investigación en Química Sustentable UAEM-UNAM (CCIQS), Facultad de Química, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Km. 14.5 de la carretera Toluca-Atlacomulco, 50200 San Cayetano, MEX, Mexico
2Facultad de Química, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Paseo Colón y Paseo Tollocan, 50120 Toluca, MEX, Mexico
3Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Apartado Postal 70-360, 04510 México, DF, Mexico
4Instituto de Física, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Apartado Postal 20-364, 01000 México, DF, Mexico

Received 14 February 2013; Revised 22 April 2013; Accepted 9 May 2013

Academic Editor: Carmina Menchaca-Campos

Copyright © 2013 Raúl A. Morales-Luckie 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.

Abstract

Silver nanoparticles were synthesized and supported on thin nylon membranes by means of a simple method of impregnation and chemical reduction of Ag ions at ambient conditions. Particles of less than 10 nm were obtained using this methodology, in which the nylon fibers behave as constrained nanoreactors. Pores on nylon fibres along with oxygen and nitrogen from amide moieties in nylon provide effective sites for in situ reduction of silver ions and for the formation and stabilization of Ag nanoparticles. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis showed that silver nanoparticles are well dispersed throughout the nylon fibers. Furthermore, an interaction between nitrogen of amides moieties of nylon-6,6 and silver nanoparticles has been found by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS).