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OBTAINING SOLUTIONS OF SILVER NANOPARTICLES UNDER PLASMA DISCHARGE.

UDC 541.18.02; 546.57

Introduction

The specific properties of metals in the ultrafine and nanosized state provide great opportunities for the creation of new effective materials and their use in various industries.

Of particular interest are nanoparticles of silver and concentrated aqueous dispersions on their basis. The combination of physico--chemical and antibacterial properties makes them promising for use in water purification and water treatment technologies, chemical industry, biotechnologies, medicine and others.

Thus, there information on the efficiency of the introduction of nanosized silver particles with increased chemical, biological, bactericidal and antimicrobial activity into a matrix of metal oxyhydroxide, polymer films of various composition for controlling pathogens, water treatment, and sewage is presented in papers [1-3].

The structure and properties of nanoparticles of metals are largely determined by the method of their obtaining. The most common way of obtaining nanoparticles of silver is to restore the silver salts using a wide range of reagents--reducing agents. However, the need for the use of reducing components sharply narrows the scope of their subsequent application use. Therefore, the development of new highly effective and innovative technologies aimed at obtaining nanosized particles of silver and concentrated aqueous dispersions on their basis is currently relevant.

Today, among the innovative methods of obtaining nanosized compounds, one of the most environmentally a friendly and energy--saving method is the use of plasma discharges [4].

Thus, in [5-8], authors report the possibility of obtaining nanoparticles of metals and their oxides directly by means of a plasma discharge generated between electrodes immersed in a liquid [5, 6], at the boundary of the phase separation of the "gas--liquid" under reduced pressure [7, 8] and others.

At present, plasma discharges are used mainly in the gas phase. For this purpose corona, barrier or spark plasma discharges are used. Contact nonequilibrium low--temperature plasma (CNP) is promising in terms of practical application among plasma--chemical discharges.

The plasma discharge is generated between the electrode that located in the gas phase and the liquid surface in the volume of which the second electrode is located. Thus, the chemical transformations at the boundary of the phase distribution are due to the complex influence of electrochemical oxidation--reduction; reactions of photolysis initiated, UV--irradiation; the flow of charged particles from the gas phase to the surface of the liquid medium [9, 10].

Variation of the composition of liquid phases makes it possible to control the routes of chemical transformation and the composition of obtained products. In [11], the authors show the effectiveness of the use of CNP for obtaining of nanosheets of silver from aqueous solutions of metal salts in a single technological step without the use of reagents--reducing agents.

Optimizing factors of plasma--chemical influence on the processed medium are: discharge current strength, reactor pressure, duration of plasma exposure, concentration of solutions, temperature and acidity of solutions. The study of the indicated parameters of plasma production of inorganic particles of silver has a scientific and practical interest.

The purpose of this work is to investigate the effect of the discharge current of a contact non--equilibrium low--temperature plasma on the composition of solutions of nanoparticles of silver.

Materials and methods. The research was carried out in a gas--liquid reactor of periodic action volume of 100 ml. Used electrodes made of stainless steel X18H10T. The cathode (d=4 mm) is located in the liquid part, and the anode (d=2.4 mm)--at a distance of 10 mm from the surface of the solution. The volume of the solution in the reactor was 70 ml. Continuous circulation of cold water provided of cooling of the reaction mixture.

The pressure in the reactor was 80 [+ or --] 4 kPa. To obtain a plasma discharge to the electrodes, a voltage of 500 ... 1000 V was applied. The current strength was maintained at 120 [+ or --] 6 mA. The plasma processing time of the solutions varied from 10 seconds to 14 minutes. Solutions were prepared by dissolving the nitrate of the argentum in distilled water at a given ratio.

The oxidation--reduction potential (ORP) was measured 30 seconds after the treatment of the CNP solutions was stopped using the I--160MI ionomer using platinum and chloride electrodes. The spectra of colloidal solutions were obtained on a UV--5800PC spectrophotometer using a quartz cuvette in the wavelength range of 190 ... 700 nm.

Microphotographs of nanoparticles were obtained on a raster electron microscope REM--106I with an increase of 100.2000 times. Using an electron microscope, images were obtained in the mode of operation in secondary electrons. The limiting residual pressure in the column microscope was no more than 6.7--[10.sup.--4] Pa at a current of 76 mA gun. An additional analysis of the particle size was carried out by the method of dynamic light scattering on the VASCO device (wavelength of laser -658 nm).

Results and discussion

According to the Mi--Droude theory, the optical properties of colloidal solutions of nanoparticles of metals are characterized by the presence of a pronounced resonant absorption spectrum of the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) in the visible spectrum. The positions of the maximum SPP serve as a characteristic of both the form of the existence of colloidal silver in the aqueous medium and the size of the nanoparticles [12, 13]. Scientists have reliably established that the maximum absorption of silver nanoparticles of spherical shape is characterized by the presence of a maximum absorption in the range 400.440 nm [13]. The [Ag.sup.0] atoms and [Ag.sup.+] ions in the solution serve as material for the further formation of nanoparticles.

It is believed that the formation of nanoparticles is preceded by a series of intermediate stages of the formation of stable small clusters, the "clumping" of which leads to the formation of quasimetallic and nanosized particles. In particular, the neutral atoms [Ag.sup.0] and [Ag.sup.+] ions form such a "family" of "magic" clusters [14]:

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In order to determine the laws of the influence of the plasma discharge current on obtaining solutions of silver nanoparticles, samples of concentration in the range from 0.085.0.5 g/l were processed at different values of current strength in the chain, but at constant pressure in the reactor. According to experimental data, the optical densities of formed silver solutions of different concentrations, shown in Fig. 1, were constructed.

The analysis of the data shows that for all initial concentrations of solutions, an increase in the current strength of discharge from 120 to 220 mA helps to reduce the duration of the maintenance required for the formation of nanosheets of silver.

In addition, it was found that in all investigated solutions, the time interval of formation of stable small clusters, preceding the formation of nanosheets of silver, is much longer with a current of 120 mA and measured in minutes compared with an interval of 30 seconds. At a current of 220 mA.

For the investigated solutions, when the current is applied with a force I=120 mA, the induction period for the formation of [Ag.sup.2+.sub.4] clusters is due to the [Ag.sup.2+] dimerization, during the action of the CNP, characterized by the presence of a SPR peak in the characteristic range of 260.280 nm.

In all cases, the formation of [Ag.sup.2+.sub.4] clusters is observed after the first seconds of plasma discharge on the treated medium and remains until the formation of clusters of the [Ag.sup.2+.sub.8] structure. The relative stability of the [Ag.sup.2+.sub.4]+ cluster is due to the potential variable E (n), which depends on the small values of n in the equilibrium equation [12-14]:

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The increase in the duration of the treatment of the CNP solution leads to the stable formation of [Ag.sup.2+.sub.8] clusters whose lifetimes are measured, in some cases, tens of minutes and is characterized by different data, the main absorption band in the range 270 (290) ... 330 nm. For further growth of the number of particles there are quasimetal centers, for which a wide absorption band with a maximum of 350 ... 370 nm is characteristic. The final formation of nanoparticles at a current of 120 mA occurs from the second to the fourth minute of processing; At a current of 220 mA, after 30 ... 40 seconds, the peaks of SPR at 560 nm are shifted, which is evident in the formation of particles of a non--spherical shape.

For the concentration of silver nitrate in a solution of 0.12 g/l at a current of 120 mA, the formation of the nanoparticles is observed in the fourth ... sixth minute; at a current of 220 mA the greatest intensity of peaks is observed in 30.40 seconds. At the initial concentration (silver nitrate in solution), 0.2 g/l, the nanoparticles is fixed at the fourth ... sixth minute and 30 ... 40 seconds at a current of 120 and 220 mA, respectively. At concentration of silver nitrate in a solution of 0,5 g/l the time necessary for reception of nanoparticles of silver, makes 14 minutes and 8.10 minutes at a current of 120 and 220 mA, respectively.

An important characteristic of the compounds formed in the aqueous medium during the treatment of CNP is the oxidation--reduction potential, which characterizes the content of oxidized and reduced forms of all redox pairs present in the solution. The nature of the dependence of the magnitude of the oxidation--reduction potential (ORP) on the time of treatment of solutions with low--temperature plasma is conveniently analyzed in the form of a graphical comparison of the values of ORP with the initial concentrations of solutions. The obtained results are presented in Fig. 2.

Implementation of plasmochemical treatment at a current of 120 mA for all studied time intervals of plasma influence on aqueous solutions of silver allows us to observe a logical change in ORP: initially, ORP is reduced to a certain "concentration limit", then sharply increases, but with further increase in the content of the precursor is almost unchanged.

The increase in the current strength of the processing changes the nature of the law: "concentration limit" is observed at higher values of the precursor in the solution, after which the value of ORP is sharply reduced.

Obviously, the yield of a product of the oxidation--reduction transformation of [H.sub.2]O and silver in both cases is determined by a combination of a significant number of factors (for example: plasmachemical outputs of their radical particles, redox potentials, concentrations, acidity of solutions, temperature) and therefore it is difficult to predict and requires additional research.

In processed CNP solutions of silver as the main reactive components should be considered relatively stable non--radical particles--products of oxidation and recovery of water molecules and the recovery of silver ions.

The set of data obtained gives grounds to consider that the current strength in the chain during the plasma influence on solutions for the formation of nanoparticles is a factor affecting the yield of oxidative agents, and, as a consequence, the target product.

The observed laws to be explained by the change in the size of the "cathode spot" formed by the plasma discharge torch on the surface of the solution in the plasma--chemical reactor. As is known, the surface of the phase separation "liquid--gas" in the plasmochemical reactor acts as a bipolar electrode, the outer part of which serves as a cathode, and the inner part of the surface layer of the liquid phase is an anode.

It is obvious that the intensity of plasmochemical processes should be determined by the area of the bipolar electrode, because in this zone of solution most of the chemical transformations that are caused by fluxes of charged particles of the plasma are realized. In the course of experiments on measuring the area of the "cathode spot" it was found that the variation of the current strength of the plasma discharge affects its size (Fig. 3).

It was also found that in addition to the current strength of the plasma discharge, the area of the "cathode spot" defines the distance from the anode to the surface of the solution. The obtained pattern can be explained by changing the rate of the process of generation of ionized particles in the gas phase. Obviously, the higher the number of electrons and molecules in the gas phase, the greater the number of effective collisions, which lead to ionization of particles and radiation in the visible range of the electromagnetic spectrum. As the number of electrons increases and at constant pressure in a plasma--chemical reactor (i.e., at a constant concentration of molecules), the rate of generation of ions will reach a certain limit value.

Moreover, the smaller the distance between the electrodes, the less the number of gas phase molecules will be involved in the plasma discharge, and less number of ionized particles will dissipate as they move from the anode to the cathode. Increasing the efficiency of the process of obtaining nanosheets of silver is possible by increasing the current density in the chain and subject to the propagation of a plasma torch (ie, a cathode spot) on the entire surface of the solution in the reactor.

The above mentioned optical density data of silver nanoparticles obtained at different values of current strength indicate a slight difference in the formed nanoparticles, both in size and form. To characterize nanoparticles of silver synthesized using contact non--equilibrium plasma at different values of current strength, the samples were subjected to electron microscopic examination. The concentration of silver nitrate used in the study of aqueous solutions was 0.5 g/l. The obtained results are shown in Fig. 4.

According to electronic microscopy under the action of a plasma discharge at both values of the current strength, a dispersed phase of nanoparticles is formed. With values of a current of 120 mA, the average size of the formed particles is 19.27 nm. An increase in stomp strength of up to 220 mA helps to produce particles with a larger mean of 29.64 nm.

Conclusions

The paper presents the results of the study of obtaining aqueous solutions of silver nanoparticles using a discharge of contact non--equilibrium low--temperature plasma. It was established that the current strength of the chain in the process of plasma influence on silver nitrate solutions is a factor affecting the output of oxide compounds and the target product. The regularities of the change in the oxidation--reduction potential of aqueous solutions of nitrate argentum from the concentration of silver nitrate, the duration of plasmochimic discharge and strength The effect of the plasma discharge current on the dimensional parameters of the particles obtained is investigated. It is established that as a result of the plasma discharge a dispersed phase of nanoparticles is formed mainly of a spherical shape with a diameter of 50 nm. When the values of the current strength of 120 mA, the average size of the formed particles is 19.27 nm. An increase in the stomp strength of up to 220 mA helps to produce particles with a larger average size of 29.64 nm.

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DOI10.15276/opu.2.52.2017.14

Received March 13, 2017

Accepted June 06, 2017

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M.I. Skiba (1), PhD, A.A. Pivovarov (1), DSc, Prof., A.K. Makarova (1), V.I. Vorobyova (2), PhD, I.A. Vasylenko (1), PhD, Assoc. Prof., A.A. Pasenko (2), PhD, Assoc. Prof.,

(1) Ukrainian State University of Chemical Technolodgy, 8 Gagarin Ave., Dnipro, Ukraine, 49005; e-mail: anmak123@mail.ru

(2) National Technical University of Ukraine "Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute", 37 Peremohy Ave., Kyiv,

Ukraine, 03056

Caption: Fig. 1. The dependence of the optical density of the obtained solution of silver nano-particles on the current strength (* - 220 mA; O - 120 mA) and the concentration of silver nitrate C, g/l: 0.085 (a); 0,12 (b); 0.2 (c); 0,5 (d)

Caption: Fig. 2. The comparison of the oxidation-reduction potentials of the silver solution with the concentration of solutions depending on the duration of the plasma processing and the current strength: I=120 mA (a), I = 220 mA (b); * - 1; O - 1.5; [**] - 2; + - 4; [***] - 6; [****] - 8; [*****] - 10; [#] - 12; X - 14; + [##] 0.5 min

Caption: Fig. 3. The dependence of the area of the cathode spot on the current strength in the chain at the distance between the surface of the solution and the anode 3 (1), 5 (2), 7 (3), 8 (4), 10 (5) mm

Caption: Fig. 4. Microphotographs (SEM) of silver particles (a, c) and distribution of the received nanoparticles using the contact non-equilibrium low-temperature plasma at the current strength in the circuit 120 mA (a, b), 220 mA (c, d)
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