The size evolution of gold nanoparticles synthesized using tannic acid with initial gold chloride concentrations ranging from 0.2 - 2 mM at various tannic acid to chloroauric acid molar ratios (ranging from 2:1 to 12:1) has been analysed. Dynamic light scattering spectroscopic and tramission electron microscopic analyses were performed to assess the size of formed gold nanoparticles. Two different patterns of nanoparticle size evolution were obtained; the size evolution trend below 1 mM chloroauric acid concentration was found to be different from the one obtained at gold chloride concentrations higher than or equal to 1 mM. In case of sizes obtained for less than 1 mM gold chloride concentration, a general decrease in particle size was observed with increase in gold salt concentration. On the contrary, for the particles synthesised using chloroauric acid concentrations higher than or equal to 1 mM, with increase in gold salt concentration, a general increase in nanoparticle diameter was seen. For the molarities 0.2 and 0.5 mM, with increase in tannic acid/ chloroauric acid ratios, first the size decreases and then increases and finally reaches saturation. Particles formed at molarities greater than equal to 1 mM do not exhibit plateaux in their size rather initially decrease and then increase in response to increasing tannic acid/chloroauric acid ratios except for 2 mM concentration at which a small saturation is observed. The findings enumerate that higher gold chloride concentrations leave a significant impact on the sizes of gold nanaparticles obtained using tannic acid as a reducing agent of chloroauric acid solution.
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