Kinetic Study of

Gold Nanoparticle Formation


By: Ashley Cetnar

Supervisor: Dr. Kenneth J. Klabunde


Welcome to my webpage.  This page summarizes my experience doing research for the Summer 2008 in the lab of Dr. Klabunde.

Project Goals:  To find the kinetics of the digestive ripening process for gold nanoparticles.

Research Strategy:

         Use both Solvated Metal Atom Dispersion and Inverse Micelle procedures to synthesize a product to undergo reflux.

         Before, during, and after digestive ripening, collect UV-VIS absorption.

         Analyze absorption graphs to find the rate of the reaction.

         Compare changes in ligand concentration, gold concentration, and temperature of reflux.


*    Research Progress

*    Ethics class

*    Helpful Vocabulary

*    Professor Larry Weaver's Lectures 

*    Gold Nanoparticle pictures

*    About Me

*    Final Presentation

*    Final Report


Here is a web page with TEM pictures of my first sample.


Kansas State University Physics Department  REU Program sponsored by NSF Grove City College Other REU Projects 2008

American Physical Society Statements on Ethics American Institute of Physics