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Liquid-Phase Synthesis of Inorganic Nanoparticles

  1. Gabriel Caruntu,
  2. Daniela Caruntu,
  3. Charles J. O'Connor

Published Online: 15 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia370

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

How to Cite

Caruntu, G., Caruntu, D. and O'Connor, C. J. 2009. Liquid-Phase Synthesis of Inorganic Nanoparticles. Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. .

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  1. University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, USA

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  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2009


In this article we review some of the most representative liquid-phase synthetic methodologies for the preparation of inorganic nanoparticles. Metallic nanoparticles and alloys have been chosen as a model to discuss the preparation of colloidal nanocrystals and their functionalization with organic molecules. Of a particular interest have been the synthetic methodologies allowing not only the compositional control of the nanoparticles but also the size/shape of the nanoparticles along with their ability to organize into hierarchical architectures suitable for different technological applications.


  • wet chemical synthesis;
  • nanoparticles;
  • chemical reduction;
  • “green chemistry”;
  • thermal decomposition;
  • self-assembly;
  • core-shell structures