Gupta, Shweta and Singh , Nahar and Sastry, Murali and Kakkar , Rita and Pasricha, Renu (2010) Controlling the assembly of hydrophobized gold nanoparticles at the air–water interface by varying the interfacial tension. Thin Solid Films, 519 (3). pp. 1072-1077. ISSN 0040-6090

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Controlled assembly is the key to harness the nanoscale properties of nanoparticles in most technological applications and it has been an important challenge as it leads to the manipulation of interparticle properties. The present work depicts the control of the assembly of nanoparticles in the monolayers by evaporation kinetics and particle interactions at the air–liquid interface. In the presence of attractive particle–particle and particle–monolayers interactions, nanoparticles self assemble into a superlattice structure upon drying from a colloidal suspension on to the preformed lipid monolayers. This self-assembly mechanism produces monolayers with long-range ordering. However, rapid dewetting and high rate of evaporation can significantly undermine the extent of ordering. Using gold nanoparticles as vehicles for experimentation and by changing the monolayers and solvent, we here demonstrate that the extent of ordering of nanoparticles can be controlled.

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Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to M/s. Elsevier B.V
Subjects: Materials Science
Depositing User: Ms Neetu Chandra
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2012 07:27
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2012 07:27

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