Spontaneous assembly of subnanometre-ordered domains in the ligand shell of monolayer-protected nanoparticles

Alicia M. Jackson, Jacob W. Myerson, Francesco Stellacci

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Abstract

The spontaneous assembly of subnanometer-ordered domains in the ligand shell of monolayer-protected nanoparticles is discussed. The properties of materials can be created and improved either by confining their dimensions in the nanoscale or by controlling their nanostructure. A new class of nanostructured nanosized materials that show ordered phase-separated domains at an unprecedented molecular length scale is described. Scanning tunneling and transmission electron microscope images of monolayer-protected metal nanoparticles, with ligand shells composed of a mixture of molecules, show that the ligands phase-separate into ordered domains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-336
Number of pages7
JournalNature Materials
Volume3
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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