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ERIC Number: EJ1110418
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Nanofabrication and Electrochemical Characterization of Self- Assembled Monolayers Sandwiched between Metal Nanoparticles and Electrode Surfaces
Cea, Pilar; Martín, Santiago; Gonza´lez-Orive, Alejandro; Osorio, Henrry M.; Quintín, Pablo; Herrer, Lucía
Journal of Chemical Education, v93 n8 p1441-1445 Aug 2016
Nanoscience and nanotechnology have reached the syllabi of many upper-division undergraduate and master level courses all over the world. There is therefore a growing need for practical exercises that illustrate the fabrication, characterization, properties, and applications of nanomaterials. Here we describe an advanced-level laboratory experiment in which students had the opportunity to fabricate surfaces modified by ordered monolayers and nanostructured materials. The surface modification was quantified by means of a quartz crystal microbalance, while the electrochemical properties of the nanoarchitectures were assessed using cyclic voltammetry experiments. Electron transfer across self-assembled monolayers mediated by gold nanoparticles was presented as a topic for discussion, and consideration of potential practical applications of the observed phenomena (catalytic and electrocatalytic processes, as well as development of optical, (opto)electronic, and photovoltaic devices with enhanced properties) was proposed as a further reading exercise.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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