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Self Assembly and Encoding of Polymer Stabilized Gold Nanoparticles with Surface-Enhanced Raman Reporter Molecules

Merican, Zul, Schiller, Tara L., Hawker, Craig, Fredericks, Peter M., & Blakey, Idriss (2007) Self Assembly and Encoding of Polymer Stabilized Gold Nanoparticles with Surface-Enhanced Raman Reporter Molecules. Langmuir, 23(21), pp. 10539-10545.

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Abstract

Polymer stabilized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were prepared and encoded with a range of Surface Enhanced Raman reporter molecules. A range of as-synthesized polymers produced by reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization were demonstrated to self assemble at the surface of AuNPs dispersed in water. The method involved the coprecipitation of polymer-gold conjugates by the addition of polymer dissolved in a water miscible solvent, to gold AuNPs dispersed in water. This method represents a significant simplification of the preparation of polymer stabilized AuNPs compared with other published methods, in that the AuNPs do not need to be first transferred to an organic solvent. The process enabled the phase transfer of the AuNPs to an organic solvent in which the RAFT polymer was soluble. The polymer stabilized AuNPs were characterized by a range of methods including UV-Vis spectrometry, TEM and ATR-FTIR. Furthermore, 1H pulsed field gradient spin echo (PGSE) NMR was utilized to characterize the self-diffusion of the polymer stabilized AuNPs. Finally, we then demonstrated that these polymer stabilized AuNPs maintained their ability to be encoded with surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) reporter molecules.

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ID Code: 10006
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: This article is freely available from the American Chemical Society website 12 months after the publication date. See links to publisher website in this record.
Keywords: nanoparticles, polymer, stabilized, surface, enhanced Raman, biassay
DOI: 10.1021/la702218b
ISSN: 0743-7463
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > MACROMOLECULAR AND MATERIALS CHEMISTRY (030300) > Synthesis of Materials (030306)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY (INCL. STRUCTURAL) (030600) > Structural Chemistry and Spectroscopy (030606)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY (INCL. STRUCTURAL) (030600) > Colloid and Surface Chemistry (030603)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 American Chemical Society
Copyright Statement: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the ACS web page 12 months after publication. See link to ACS website.
Deposited On: 08 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:40

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