Morphology study of gold-chitosan nanocomposites.

Research paper by Haizhen H Huang, Qiang Q Yuan, Xiurong X Yang

Indexed on: 04 Dec '04Published on: 04 Dec '04Published in: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science


Gold nanoparticles were prepared in the presence of chitosan via reduction of HAuCl4 with sodium borohydride. The gold-chitosan nanocomposite was formed by adsorbing chitosan molecules onto the gold nanoparticle surfaces. The resulting gold nanoparticles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy and UV-vis spectroscopy. Morphology of gold-chitosan nanocomposite films was investigated by polarized optical microscopy. The morphology of chitosan crystal cast from the prepared nanocomposite was much different from that cast from chitosan solution due to the possible nucleation of gold nanoparticles. A branched-like structure or a cross-linked needle-like structure could be formed in nanocomposite films with different casting volumes.