Mechanistic Study of Photomediated Triangular Silver Nanoprism Growth
This article presents a mechanistic study of the photomediated growth of silver nanoprisms. The data show that the photochemical process is driven by silver redox cycles involving reduction of silver cations by citrate on the silver particle surface and oxidative dissolution of small silver particles by O2. Bis(p-sulfonatophenyl)phenylphosphine increases the solubility of the Ag+ by complexing it and acts as a buffer to keep the concentration of Ag+ at 20 µM. The silver particles serve as photocatalysts and, under plasmon excitation, facilitate Ag+ reduction by citrate. Higher Ag+ concentrations favor a competitive thermal process, which results in increased prism thickness.