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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 357069, 6 pages
Research Article

A Simple Approach for the Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles Mediated by Layered Double Hydroxide

1Instituto de Química, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, CT Bloco A, Lab 641, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 21941-909, Brazil
2Instituto de Química, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Macaé, RJ 27930-560, Brazil
3Instituto Alberto Luiz Coimbra de Pós Graduação e Pesquisa de Engenharia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, CT Bloco F, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 21949-900, Brazil

Received 11 June 2013; Accepted 30 August 2013

Academic Editor: Marinella Striccoli

Copyright © 2013 Aires da Conceição Silva 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.


The present work introduces a new procedure to obtain gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). AuNPs (77–213 nm) were obtained in the absence of any classical reducing agents in a medium containing Mg2+/Al3+ layered double hydroxide (LDH) and N,N-dimethylformamide. XRD analysis showed the presence of crystalline phases of gold in the Au/LDH composite. The 2 values of peaks corresponding to the LDH interlayer distance indicated that metallic NPs were deposited on the surface of the material. Furthermore, atomic force microscopy (AFM) analysis showed that AuNPs tend to agglomerate in a nonclassical halter-like shape.