Yolk/Shell Assembly of Gold Nanoparticles by Size Segregation in Solution

Jinjian Wei, Kenichi Niikura, Takeshi Higuchi, Takashi Kimura, Hideyuki Mitomo, Hiroshi Jinnai, Yasumasa Joti, Yoshitaka Bessho, Yoshinori Nishino, Yasutaka Matsuo, Kuniharu Ijiro

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We demonstrate that binary mixtures of small and large gold nanoparticles (GNPs) (5/15, 5/30, 10/30, and 15/30 nm in diameter) in the presence of a glucose-terminated fluorinated oligo(ethylene glycol) ligand can spontaneously form size-segregated assemblies. The outermost layer of the assembly is composed of a single layer of small-sized GNPs, while the larger-sized GNPs are located in the interior, forming what is referred to as a yolk/shell assembly. Time course study reveals that small and large GNPs aggregate together, and these kinetically trapped aggregations were transformed into a size-segregated structure by repeating fusions. A yolk/shell structure was directly visualized in solution by X-ray laser diffraction imaging, indicating that the structure was truly formed in solution, but not through a drying process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3274-3277
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Mar 16


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