Synthesis and Microstructural Analysis of Benzylthiol-functionalized Au Nanocrystals

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We report on the synthesis and microstructural and microanalytical analysis of dodecanethiol and benzylthiol-stabilized Au nanoparticles (diameter range between 2 nm and 10 nm). Stable functionalized gold nanoparticles were synthesized by using two different routes: a two-phase liquid-liquid method and a one-phase method. The size, strain, shape and crystalline structure of the nanocrystals were determined by a full-pattern X-ray powder diffraction analysis and high-resolution electron microscopy. The chemical environment of the Au nanocrystals and their interaction with the thiols was investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Photoluminescence spectroscopy measurements show a characteristic IR emission at λ=960 nm of small sized Au nanocrystals (∼3 nm). The origin of this IR emission line seems to be correlated to the Au-S bonding and the size of the nanoparticles.

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Vitale, F., Mirenghi, L., Piscopiello, E. et al. Synthesis and Microstructural Analysis of Benzylthiol-functionalized Au Nanocrystals. MRS Online Proceedings Library 959, 202 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1557/PROC-0959-M02-02

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