Hyperstiochiometry Activity in Metal Nanoparticle Interaction (HYPER Activ)

Project: Research project

Grant Program

ORAU Grant

Project Description

This project will investigate an innovative synthesis route for bulk scale synthesis of high purity and size controlled production of nanosized particles, such as silver and gold through a different chemical process than is currently utilized, thus leading to useful materials with a strong scientific and economic interest.

Key findings

The major HyperActiv Project results are listed below:
1. The HyperActiv Project research goals were achieved. The whole range of noble metals (silver, gold, platinum, palladium and ruthenium) nanoparticles were synthesized under hyperstoichiometry conditions via silicon-hydride chemistry. Various solid substrates were used for silicone-hydride modification and therefore for the noble nanoparticles attachment. The synthetic approach was proven for successful scale-up from nano to macro range with extended range of noble metal nanoparticles loading. The major research novelty of the Project is in the synthetic procedure in general (one-pot, environmentally clean, redox synthesis) as well as in the extended list of noble metal nanoparticles formed and selection of substrates utilized.
2. Site survey at the Pavlodar (mercury contaminated lake-reservoir Bylkyldak, RK) and nearby lakes and wetlands was performed. A recorded track of environmental mercury contaminated samples of water, soil and sediment (GPS controlled, filmed and photographed), was collected.
3. Training needs for early-stage researchers was followed by the following training: communications (knowledge transfer), internships (ICP in Almaty, EKSTU in Ust’ Kamenogorsk and TU in Japan), field trip practice training (contaminated site in Pavlodar), and a knowledge dissemination (per-reviewed articles, project and conference paper writing and presentation). Beneficiaries were early-stage researchers (undergraduate and graduate students) at the Nazarbayev University.
4. A strong and sustainable research network contributes significantly to nanoparticle research and to mercury decontamination was formed during the HyperActive Project lifespan
Effective start/end date7/31/151/29/19


Metal nanoparticles