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Diacetylene-containing ligand as a new capping agent for the preparation of water-soluble colloidal nanoparticles of remarkable stability

Diacetylene-containing ligand as a new capping agent for the preparation of water-soluble colloidal nanoparticles of remarkable stability
Diacetylene-containing ligand as a new capping agent for the preparation of water-soluble colloidal nanoparticles of remarkable stability
A new type of strategically designed functional ligands was used to cap gold nanocrystals and form robust colloidal nanoparticles, resistant to pH changes, temperature, and ionic strength variations as well as ligand-exchange reactions.

The nanoparticles are coated with ligands that polymerize upon UV-irradiation, consequently embedding the particles in a stable organic shell. The ligand consists of an anchoring thiol group, which binds directly to the nanocrystal surface and two units, one hydrophobic and one hydrophilic.

The hydrophobic alkyl unit contains a diacetylene group, which undergoes a 1,4-topochemical polymerization leading to a poly(enyne) structure during UV-irradiation. The hydrophilic unit contains an oligo-ethylene glycol chain, which ensures water solubility, and a terminal carboxylic group. Derived particles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy, and visible spectroscopy. Their stability was investigated and compared to particles capped with nonpolymerized ligands.
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Bartczak, Dorota
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Kanaras, Antonios G.
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Bartczak, Dorota
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Kanaras, Antonios G.
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Bartczak, Dorota and Kanaras, Antonios G. (2010) Diacetylene-containing ligand as a new capping agent for the preparation of water-soluble colloidal nanoparticles of remarkable stability. Langmuir. (doi:10.1021/la9044013).

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Abstract

A new type of strategically designed functional ligands was used to cap gold nanocrystals and form robust colloidal nanoparticles, resistant to pH changes, temperature, and ionic strength variations as well as ligand-exchange reactions.

The nanoparticles are coated with ligands that polymerize upon UV-irradiation, consequently embedding the particles in a stable organic shell. The ligand consists of an anchoring thiol group, which binds directly to the nanocrystal surface and two units, one hydrophobic and one hydrophilic.

The hydrophobic alkyl unit contains a diacetylene group, which undergoes a 1,4-topochemical polymerization leading to a poly(enyne) structure during UV-irradiation. The hydrophilic unit contains an oligo-ethylene glycol chain, which ensures water solubility, and a terminal carboxylic group. Derived particles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy, and visible spectroscopy. Their stability was investigated and compared to particles capped with nonpolymerized ligands.

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Published date: 15 January 2010

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Local EPrints ID: 79550
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/79550
ISSN: 0743-7463
PURE UUID: bbf80119-8b71-45a6-8efa-e83478d79117
ORCID for Antonios G. Kanaras: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9847-6706

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Date deposited: 26 Mar 2010
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:37

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