The effects of cations on the absorption spectra of silver sols have been investigated by the UV-vis spectrometry and TEM. Experiments showed that injection of certain amounts of transition metal cations into silver sols resulted not only in the aggregation of silver nanoparticles but also in the appearance of a new band centered near 510 nm in the absorption spectra of silver sols. However, the new band was not observed in the presence of alkaline earth metal cations or the Mv2+ cations. The peak position of the new band depends on the nature as well as the concentration of metal cations used. Comparing the peak positions of the new bands, it was found that the new band induced by the injection of Cr3+ was red-shifted with respect to those induced by Cu2+, Zn2+, or the Cd2+ cations. It is reasonable that this band near 510 nm should be attributed to the coeffects of the adsorption of metal cations onto the surfaces of silver nanoparticles and the aggregation of silver nanoparticles. © 2003 Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.
Liu, Y., Liu, C. Y., Chen, L. B., & Zhang, Z. Y. (2003). Adsorption of cations onto the surfaces of silver nanoparticles. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 257(2), 188–194. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0021-9797(02)00027-9