The spontaneous self-organization of dissimilar ligands on the surface of metal nanoparticles is a very appealing approach to obtain anisotropic "spherical" systems. In addition to differences in ligand length and end groups, a further thermodynamic driving force to control the self-assembled monolayer organization may become available if the ligands are inherently immiscible, as is the case of hydrogenated (H-) and fluorinated (F-) species. Here, we validate the viability of this approach by combining 19F NMR experiments and multiscale molecular simulations on large sets of mixed-monolayer-protected gold nanoparticles (NPs). The phase segregation of blends of F- and H-thiolates grafted on the surface of gold NPs allows a straightforward approach to patterned mixed monolayers, with the shapes of the monolayer domains being encoded in the structure of the F/H-thiolate ligands. The results obtained from this comprehensive study offer molecular design rules to achieve a precise control of inorganic nanoparticles protected by specifically patterned monolayers.
|Titolo:||Patchy and Janus Nanoparticles by Self-Organization of Mixtures of Fluorinated and Hydrogenated Alkanethiolates on the Surface of a Gold Core|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||2.1 Articolo su rivista |
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