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Construction of Spherical Assembly of Gold Nanoparticles Using Tetra[(methylthio)methyl] silane as Ligand

  • Mathew M. Maye (a1), I-Im S. Lim (a1), Jin Luo (a1), Li Han (a1), Daniel Rabinovich (a2), Sandy Chen (a1), Michael P. Maye (a1) and Chuan-Jian Zhong (a1)...

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This paper reports a study on the assembly of gold nanoparticles via a tetradentate organosulfur ligand, tetra[(methylthio)methyl] silane. We have characterized the evolution of the assembly from individual nanoparticles to spheres (30 ∼ 160 nm) of linked nanoparticles using UV-Visible, TEM, and AFM techniques. We have also demonstrated that the assemblies could be effectively disassembled via manipulating the ligand chemistry. Intriguing assembly-substrate interactions were observed, which could be related to interfacial hydrophobicity. Implications of these findings to the development of abilities in interfacial manipulation of the nanostructures are also discussed.

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