Interactions of phenyldithioesters with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs): Implications for AuNP functionalization and molecular barcoding of AuNP assemblies

Blakey, Idriss, Schiller, Tara L., Merican, Zul, & Fredericks, Peter M. (2009) Interactions of phenyldithioesters with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs): Implications for AuNP functionalization and molecular barcoding of AuNP assemblies. Langmuir, pp. 1-10.

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The interactions of phenyldithioesters with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) have been studied by monitoring changes in the surface plasmon resonance (SPR), depolarised light scattering, and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). Changes in the SPR indicated that an AuNP-phenyldithioester charge transfer complex forms in equilibrium with free AuNPs and phenyldithioester. Analysis of the Langmuir binding isotherms indicated that the equilibrium adsorption constant, Kads, was 2.3 ± 0.1 × 106 M−1, which corresponded to a free energy of adsorption of 36 ± 1 kJ mol−1. These values are comparable to those reported for interactions of aryl thiols with gold and are of a similar order of magnitude to moderate hydrogen bonding interactions. This has significant implications in the application of phenyldithioesters for the functionalization of AuNPs. The SERS results indicated that the phenyldithioesters interact with AuNPs through the C═S bond, and the molecules do not disassociate upon adsorption to the AuNPs. The SERS spectra are dominated by the portions of the molecule that dominate the charge transfer complex with the AuNPs. The significance of this in relation to the use of phenyldithioesters for molecular barcoding of nanoparticle assemblies is discussed.

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ID Code: 29567
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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: Phenyldithioesters, Gold Nanoparticles , AuNPs, Molecular Barcoding
DOI: 10.1021/la9023162
ISSN: 0743-7463
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY (INCL. STRUCTURAL) (030600) > Structural Chemistry and Spectroscopy (030606)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > School of Physical & Chemical Sciences
Deposited On: 08 Jan 2010 05:26
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:23

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