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ERIC Number: EJ1082435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Undergraduate Laboratory Experiment Modules for Probing Gold Nanoparticle Interfacial Phenomena
Karunanayake, Akila G.; Gunatilake, Sameera R.; Ameer, Fathima S.; Gadogbe, Manuel; Smith, Laura; Mlsna, Deb; Zhang, Dongmao
Journal of Chemical Education, v92 n11 p1924-1927 Nov 2015
Three gold-nanoparticle (AuNP) undergraduate experiment modules that are focused on nanoparticles interfacial phenomena have been developed. Modules 1 and 2 explore the synthesis and characterization of AuNPs of different sizes but with the same total gold mass. These experiments enable students to determine how particle size affects the AuNP optical properties and ligand binding capacities. Module 3 investigates the fundamental mechanism governing organothiol self-assembly onto AuNPs and explores the fate of the sulfur-bounded hydrogen (RS-H) for organothiols on the AuNP surface. A benchtop centrifuge, a UV-vis spectrophotometer, and pH strips are needed. The depth of required chemistry knowledge is appropriate for upper-level chemistry students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: CHE1151057; EPS0903787