Investigating catalytic properties of composite nanoparticle assemblies

Mathew M Maye, J. Luo, Y. Lou, N. K. Ly, W. B. Chan, E. Phillip, M. Hepel, C. J. Zhong

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We present herein recent findings of an investigation of catalyst assembly and activation using metallic nanoparticles encapsulated with organic monolayers. Gold nanocrystals (2-5 nm) encapsulated with thiolate monolayers assembled on electrode surfaces, were found to be catalytically active towards electrooxidation of CO and MeOH upon activation. The activation involved partial removal of the encapsulating thiolates and the formation of surface oxygenated species. A polymeric film was also used as a substrate for the assembly of the nanoparticle catalysts. When the polymer matrix was doped with small amounts of Pt, a remarkable catalytic activity was observed. These catalysts were characterized utilizing cyclic voltammetry and atomic force microscopy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
EditorsS. Moss
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventSelf-Assembly Processes in Materials - Boston,MA, United States
Duration: Nov 26 2001Nov 30 2001


OtherSelf-Assembly Processes in Materials
CountryUnited States


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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Maye, M. M., Luo, J., Lou, Y., Ly, N. K., Chan, W. B., Phillip, E., Hepel, M., & Zhong, C. J. (2002). Investigating catalytic properties of composite nanoparticle assemblies. In S. Moss (Ed.), Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings (Vol. 707, pp. 221-226)