Template Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles with an Organic Molecular Cage

Ryan McCaffrey, Hai Long, Yinghua Jin, Aric Sanders, Wounjhang Park, Wei Zhang

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We report a novel strategy for the controlled synthesis of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) with narrow size distribution (1.9 ± 0.4 nm) through NP nucleation and growth inside the cavity of a well-defined three-dimensional, shape-persistent organic molecular cage. Our results show that both a well-defined cage structure and pendant thioether groups pointing inside the cavity are essential for the AuNP synthesis.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1782-1785
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number5
StatePublished - 5 Feb 2014

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-2C00-61690


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