Formation and NMR Spectroscopy of ω-Thiol Protected α,ω-Alkanedithiol Coated Gold Nanoparticles and Their Usage in Molecular Charge Transport Junctions
2011 (English)In: Langmuir, ISSN 0743-7463, E-ISSN 1520-5827, Vol. 27, no 14, 9057-9067 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) coated with stabilizing molecular monolayers are utilized in areas ranging from life sciences to nanoelectronics. Here we present a novel and facile one-pot single phase procedure for the preparation of stable AuNPs with good dispersity, which are coated with α,ω-alkanedithiols whose outer ω-thiol is protected by a triphenylmethyl group. Using dielectrophoresis we were able to trap these AuNPs, coated with ω-thiol protecting groups, in a 20 nm gold electrode nanogap. The ω-thiol group was then deprotected under acidic conditions in situ once the AuNPs were correctly positioned in the device. The subsequent deprotection resulted in an increase of conductance by three orders of magnitude, indicating that the isolated dithiol coated AuNPs were fused into a covalently bonded network with AuNP-molecule-AuNP as well as electrode-molecule-AuNP linkages. Furthermore, complete characterization of the AuNP surface-bonded alkanedithiols was achieved using a series of one- and two-dimensional NMR spectroscopy techniques. Our spectra of the molecule-coated AuNPs show well resolved signals, only slightly broader than for free molecules in solution, in contrast to many earlier reported NMR spectral data of molecules attached to AuNPs. Complementary diffusion NMR spectroscopic experiments were performed to prove that the observed alkanedithiols are definitely surface bonded species and do not exist in free and unattached form.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 27, no 14, 9057-9067 p.
Chemistry, Materials Science
Chemical Sciences Engineering and Technology
Research subject Engineering Science with specialization in Materials Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-154968DOI: 10.1021/la2019007ISI: 000292617800056OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-154968DiVA: diva2:422851
FunderSwedish Research Council