Honors Projects


This work reports the development of Silver nanoparticles implanted into a polymer as a solar absorber. The plasmonic nature of silver nanoparticle allows for adjustments to be made in its UV-VIS-NIR absorbance spectrum. A combination of different sized/shaped particles could result in ideal absorption of the majority of the solar spectrum. Allotting this with the stability of a polymer leads to potential solids or solutions that could work as a solar absorber. Tests were also performed to determine whether or not UV-C irradiation during synthesis effects the characteristics of silver nanoparticles, in particular the absorbance. Successful synthesis of silver nanoparticle in solid and solution form using a strong reducing agent was achieved, then implanted into a polymer material. UV-C light irradiation during synthesis led to relatively higher absorbance levels in Ag nanoparticles solid and colloidal form. Silver nanoparticles with different plasmon frequencies combined with the effect of UV-C irradiation during synthesis have potential for solar absorbing technology.


Physics and Astronomy



First Advisor

Farida Selim

First Advisor Department

Physics and Astronomy

Second Advisor

Andrew Layden

Second Advisor Department

Physics and Astronomy

Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2017