A thermogravimetric study of alakanethiolate monolayer-capped gold nanoparticle catalysts

Mathew M. Maye, Sandy Chen, Wai Ben Chan, Lingyan Wang, Peter Njoki, I. Im S. Lim, Jennifer Mitchell, Li Han, Jin Luo, Chuan Jian Zhong

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The application of molecularly-capped gold nanoparticles (1-5 nm) in catalysis (e.g., electrocatalytic oxidation of CO and methanol) requires a thorough understanding of the surface composition and structural properties. Gold nanoparticles consisting of metallic or alloy cores and organic encapsulating shells serve as an intriguing model system. One of the challenges for the catalytic application is the ability to manipulate the core and the shell properties in controllable ways. There is a need to understand the relative core-shell composition and the ability to remove the shell component under thermal treatment conditions. In this paper, we report results of a thermogravimetric analysis of the alkanethiolate monolayer-capped gold nanoparticles. This investigation is aimed at enhancing our understanding of the relative core-shell composition and thermal profiles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-218
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
EventQuantum Dots, Nanoparticles and Nanowires - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Dec 1 2003Dec 5 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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