|A method including encapsulating or capping metallic nanoparticles by a
dendrimer or a polymer with binding sites for metal particless or metal
ions dispersed in a fluid; modifying the fluid to disrupt the interaction
of the dendrimer or polymer with the particles; and subsequently or
concomitantly sintering or partially consolidating the zero valent metal.
A method including introducing a first metal salt and a second metal salt
into a dendrimer or a polymer with binding sites for metals or metal
ions; reducing a metal ion of the first metal salt to a zero valent first
metal and a metal ion of the second metal salt to a zero valend second
metal; disrupting an interaction between the dendrimer or the polymer and
the first metal and the second metal; and sintering or partially
consolidating the first metal and the second metal.