Journal article

Tailoring the polyelectrolyte coating of metal nanoparticles

DI Gittins, F Caruso

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2001

Abstract

Controlling the surface properties of nanoparticulate materials is necessary if they are to be exploited in applications such as colloidal crystals or biolabeling. By tailoring the polymer flexibility and the electrostatic forces involved in polyelectrolyte adsorption onto highly curved gold surfaces, through variation of the total salt concentrations suspending the chains and spheres, it is shown that irreversible polyelectrolyte wrapping of gold nanoparticles can be effected. By consecutively exposing the nanoparticles to polyelectrolyte solutions of opposite charge, polyelectrolytes can be deposited in a layer-by-layer sequence, yielding gold nanoparticles coated with uniform polyelectrol..

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