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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2013
  • pp: 205–215

Controlled self-assembly of gold nanoparticles mediated by novel organic molecular cages

Wounjhang Park, Kazunori Emoto, Yinghua Jin, Akihiro Shimizu, Venkata A. Tamma, and Wei Zhang  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 3, Issue 2, pp. 205-215 (2013)

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Artificial nanocomposite structures offer a pathway to the development of engineered materials with novel macroscopic properties. Manufacturing the composite materials in a highly efficient yet precise manner remains a challenge and self-assembly of functional nanomaterials offers an attractive solution. In this paper, shape-persistent three-dimensional cage molecules have been used, for the first time, for the self-assembly of gold nanoparticles. The modular construction of cage molecules allows for precise control of inter-particle spacing down to the molecular level. Furthermore, the ability to change the number and flexibility of binding sites provides a means to tune the self-assembly process. We have designed and synthesized two types of cage molecules equipped with different numbers of binding groups with different flexibility. A systematic analysis of the optical and structural characterizations show that the inter-particle spacing within the self-assembled structures are precisely controlled by the choice of the cage molecules. These results highlight that the new self-assembly approach based on molecular cage linkers provides nanometric control over the self-assembled structure.

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(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

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Original Manuscript: October 19, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 28, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: December 21, 2012
Published: January 9, 2013

Wounjhang Park, Kazunori Emoto, Yinghua Jin, Akihiro Shimizu, Venkata A. Tamma, and Wei Zhang, "Controlled self-assembly of gold nanoparticles mediated by novel organic molecular cages," Opt. Mater. Express 3, 205-215 (2013)

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