Novel interparticle spatial properties of hydrogen-bonding mediated nanoparticle assembly

Li Han, Jin Luo, Nancy N. Kariuki, Mathew M. Maye, Vivian W. Jones, Chuan Jian Zhong

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

113 Scopus citations


Results of an investigation of hydrogen-bonding mediated interparticle assembling and spatial properties from extremely dilute concentrations of the mediation agent are reported. Nanoparticles consisting of highly monodispersed decanethiolate-capped gold nanocrystal cores and α,ω-mercapto-alkanoic acids are highlighted as a model system. The formation of a stable ordered array is demonstrated via manipulating the constituents in solution. Infrared reflection spectroscopy, spectrophotometry, transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy have been utilized to probe the interparticle structural and spatial properties. A "squeezed" interparticle spatial model involving both hydrogen-bonding at the carboxylic acid groups and cohesive van der Waals interaction through interdigitation of the capping decanethiolate molecules is concluded to be responsible for the interparticle assembling forces. This interparticle spatial property depends on the relative amount of the hydrogen-bonding mediation agent, nanocrystal core size, and size monodispersity. Implications of these findings to the creation of well-defined nanostructures from nanoscale building blocks toward functional nanomaterials are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-37
Number of pages9
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 14 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Novel interparticle spatial properties of hydrogen-bonding mediated nanoparticle assembly'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this