Hydrophobic dendrimers as templates for Au nanoparticles

Marc R. Knecht, Joaquin C. Garcia-Martinez, Richard M. Crooks

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We report the synthesis, characterization, and extraction of Au dendrimer-encapsulated nanoparticles (DENs) prepared in organic solvents. DENs composed of 31 and 55 Au atoms were prepared using organic solvents and poly(amidoamine) (PAMAM) dendrimer templates modified on their periphery with dodecyl groups. The spectral and microscopic properties of the resulting materials were identical to those prepared using water-soluble PAMAM dendrimers. It was possible to extract the organic-soluble DENs into water using the water-soluble thiols tiopronin and glutathione. The properties of the resulting monolayer-protected clusters were nearly identical to those of the precursor DENs. A mechanistic model for the extraction process is discussed. The synthetic methodology reported here provides a convenient method for preparing DENs of non noble metals such as Ni and Fe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11981-11986
Number of pages6
Issue number25
StatePublished - Dec 6 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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