[Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology] Plant-mediated Synthesis in a Microfluidic Chip Y
Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs) were plant-mediated synthesized in a microfluidic chip at room temperature. The formation process and particle size distribution (PSD) were numerically simulated by a multiphase flow model incorporating reactive kinetics and population balance equation (PBE). The influences of flow rate on particle size distribution were demonstrated in detail by both experimental research and simulative analysis.
It was found that there was an identified flow rate of the microfluidic chip distinguishing the influences into two stages. At the first stage, mixing efficiency was the restrictive factor while residence time was the restrictive factor at the second stage.
It has been concluded that the identified flow rate is the balance between mixing efficiency and residence time at which the average particle size can achieve the maximum value.
Hongyu Liu, Jiayang Huang, Huan Zhang, Jie Wang, Junfu Wei Accepted manuscript online: 9 March 2017 DOI: 10.1002/jctb.5268