Microemulsion-mediated synthesis of nanosize molybdenum sulfide particles

E. Boakye, L. R. Radovic, K. Osseo-Asare

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A microemulsion-based method for the synthesis of molybdenum sulfide nanoparticles is reported. Molybdenum sulfide particles in the size range 10-80 nm have been precipitated in water-in-oil microemulsions (water-containing inverse micelles) formulated with polyoxyethylene (5) nonylphenyl ether (NP-5). The particles were synthesized in the NP-5/cyclohexane/water microemulsion system by acidifying ammonium tetrathiomolybdate solubilized in the water cores of the inverse micelles. Particle characterization was accomplished by chemical analysis, transmission electron microscopy, and ultraviolet/visible spectroscopy. The small size and the cage-like nature of the microemulsion water cores limit particle growth and aggregation. The particle size was found to be a function of the water-to-surfactant molar ratio and the average number of ammonium tetrathiomolybdate ions solubilized per water core. These trends are rationalized in terms of classical nucleation theory and aggregative growth concepts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-129
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Colloid And Interface Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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