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Journal of Nanoparticles
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 168916, 8 pages
Research Article

Rapid Green Synthetic Protocol for Novel Trimetallic Nanoparticles

Department of Chemistry, Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar, Tamil Nadu 608 002, India

Received 31 December 2012; Accepted 16 January 2013

Academic Editor: Hamed Bahmanpour

Copyright © 2013 B. Karthikeyan and B. Loganathan. 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.


Metallic nanocomposites and nanotubes can be rapidly prepared under microwave irradiation (MW) from an aqueous solution of metallic precursors in the presence of trisodium citrate as a reductant. For the nanotubes nanoparticles are stabilized by poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) (PVP), a protecting agent. PVP is a typical capping and structure-directing agent used for the synthesis of various metallic nanostructures. In this work, we have demonstrated for the first time an MW irradiation approach for the synthesis of trimetallic nanocomposites and nanotubes. The resulting nanohybrids were characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopic analysis, high-resolution scanning electron microscopy (HR-SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopic analysis (EDX), and X-ray diffractometer (XRD) techniques.