Polydimethylsiloxane is a non-flammable, non-toxic silicon-organic polymer that can be used as a reducing agent in the synthesis of colloidal gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). AuNPs synthesized in PDMS take various shapes and sizes; however, it is not known how to control their synthesis. Therefore, finding a means to control the synthesis of AuNPs in PDMS could potentially result in control over the chemical and physical transformations and further, control over the mechanical and physical properties.
Control of AuNP Synthesis in PDMS
by Danny Glickman