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Adsorption of anionic gold nanoparticles by a layer of cationic microgel particles deposited on a gold-coated, quartz surface: studied by quartz crystal microbalance and atomic force microscopy
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Physical and Analytical Chemistry.
2011 (English)In: Soft Matter, ISSN 1744-683X, Vol. 7, no 14, 6660-6670 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The uptake of gold [Au-MES] nanoparticles by pH-responsive poly(2-vinylpyridine) [P2VP] microgel particles, deposited on a surface, has been studied using a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring [QCM-D]. QCM-D, which has not previously been applied to such systems, has been shown to be a promising technique for their analysis, especially when combined with a complementary technique such as atomic force microscopy [AFM]. The QCM-D technique, which provides information on mass and viscosity changes of material adsorbed to a surface, has been used to follow the adsorption of microgel particles to a surface, their subsequent swelling and collapse due to changing the system pH, and the uptake of Au-MES nanoparticles by the P2VP particles. Microgel particles with differing cross-linker content have been compared, following uptake by microgel particles in both their collapsed and swollen states. Qualitative differences in the QCM-D response were observed between microgels with differing cross-linker content (and hence different swelling properties). It was shown that uptake of Au-MES nanoparticles acted to fully and irreversibly collapse the swollen P2VP microgels, inhibiting their pH response. The Sauerbrey relationship was used to equate frequency changes measured by QCM-D to mass allowing sorption amounts for the uptake of Au-MES nanoparticles by P2VP particles to be obtained for these surface-constrained systems.

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2011. Vol. 7, no 14, 6660-6670 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-157217DOI: 10.1039/c0sm01319fISI: 000292985500038OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-157217DiVA: diva2:435875
Available from: 2011-08-20 Created: 2011-08-20 Last updated: 2011-08-20Bibliographically approved

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