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ERIC Number: EJ1145962
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Introducing Students to Surface Modification and Phase Transfer of Nanoparticles with a Laboratory Experiment
Alkilany, Alaaldin M.; Mansour, Sara; Amro, Hamza M.; Pelaz, Beatriz; Soliman, Mahmoud G.; Hinman, Joshua G.; Dennison, Jordan M.; Parak, Wolfgang J.; Murphy, Catherine J.
Journal of Chemical Education, v94 n6 p769-774 Jun 2017
A simple, reliable, and cost-effective experiment is presented in which students synthesized citrate-capped gold nanoparticles (GNPs), functionalized them with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), and transferred the PEG-GNPs from water to the organic phase dichloromethane. The experiment introduces students to nanotechnology with foci on important concepts including surface modification of nanoparticles, colloidal stability, and phase transfer. The proposed experiment was evaluated at three different universities to confirm its reproducibility and versatility. Collectively, the proposed experiment is suitable to be implemented into colloid- or nanoscience-related curricula.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany; Jordan; Illinois (Urbana)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A