Surfactant-Assisted Preparation of Novel Layered Silver Bromide-Based Inorganic/Organic Nanosheets by Pulsed Laser Ablation in Aqueous Media

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  • C. He,

    1. Nanoarchitectonics Research Center (NARC), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Central 5, 1-1-1 Higashi, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8565 (Japan)
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  • T. Sasaki,

    1. Nanoarchitectonics Research Center (NARC), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Central 5, 1-1-1 Higashi, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8565 (Japan)
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  • Y. Zhou,

    1. Nanoarchitectonics Research Center (NARC), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Central 5, 1-1-1 Higashi, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8565 (Japan)
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  • Y. Shimizu,

    1. Nanoarchitectonics Research Center (NARC), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Central 5, 1-1-1 Higashi, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8565 (Japan)
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  • M. Masuda,

    1. Nanoarchitectonics Research Center (NARC), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Central 5, 1-1-1 Higashi, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8565 (Japan)
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  • N. Koshizaki

    1. Nanoarchitectonics Research Center (NARC), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Central 5, 1-1-1 Higashi, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8565 (Japan)
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  • This study was partially supported by Industrial Technology Research Grant Program 2005 from New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan. Chun He thanks Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellowship for financial support for this work.

Abstract

A novel layered AgBr-based inorganic/organic nanocomposite was prepared by pulsed laser ablation (PLA) of Ag in aqueous media in the presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), and the formation mechanism of two-dimensional nanosheet was discussed. TEM observations indicate that the obtained AgBr-based inorganic/organic nanocomposite possesses a well-defined two-dimensional shape and that the size of the nanosheet can be changed with the surfactant concentration in the solution. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern was composed of a series of peaks that could be indexed to (00l) reflections of a layered structure, and the basal spacing of 20.0 Å indicated that the surfactant was included between the AgBr interlayers in an interdigitated bilayer arrangement. In contrast, a layered inorganic/organic nanocomposite cannot be formed at a CTAB concentration lower than the critical micelle concentration (CMC). Based on our detailed investigation, we proposed the nanocomposite formation process, that is, that negatively charged inorganic AgBr was produced by a strong reaction between the ablated Ag species and the bromide ions, which are concurrently assembling with cationic surfactant molecules controlled by the charge-matching mechanism.

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