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ISRN Nanotechnology
Volume 2012, Article ID 297863, 5 pages
Research Article

Size Control of Gold Nanoparticles Synthesized by Laser Ablation in Liquid Media

1Département de Physique, Université de Montréal, C.P. 6128, Succursale Centre-Ville, Montréal, QC, Canada H3C 3J7
2Centre Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications, INRS, 1650 Lionel-Boulet, C.P. 1020, Varennes, Qc, Canada J3X 1S2

Received 9 November 2011; Accepted 7 December 2011

Academic Editors: R. B. Azevedo, L. A. Dykman, and M. Tommasini

Copyright © 2012 Daria Riabinina 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.


We investigate the influence of salt, acidic, and basic solutions (citrate, NaOH, and HCl) on the size of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) synthesized by laser ablation in aqueous media. We found that NP size increases from 3 nm to 13 nm when Zeta potential varies from −100 mV to −10 mV whatever the concentration and the nature of chemical solution are namely, citrate, NaOH, and HCl. These results demonstrated that the final size of gold NPs produced by laser ablation in liquid media is mainly governed by the charge-dependent growth mechanism.