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Hybrid Materials Combining Photoactive 2,3-Didecyloxy Anthracene Physical Gels and Gold Nanoparticles

Sangeetha, Neralagatta M. and Bhat, Shreedhar and Raffy, Guillaume and Belin, Colette and Loppinet-Serani, Anne and Aymonier, Cyril and Teret, Pierre and Maitra, Uday and Desvergne, Jean-Pierre and Del Guerzo, Andre (2009) Hybrid Materials Combining Photoactive 2,3-Didecyloxy Anthracene Physical Gels and Gold Nanoparticles. In: Chemistry Of Materials, 21 (14). pp. 3424-3432.

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Official URL: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/cm901225s

Abstract

Organic/inorganic hybrid gels have been developed in order to control the three-dimensional structure of photoactive nanofibers and metallic nanoparticles (NPs). These materials are prepared by simultaneous self-assembly of the 2,3-didecyloxyanthracene (DDOA) gelator and of thiol-capped gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). TEM and fluorescence measurements show that alkane-thiol capped AuNPs are homogeneously dispersed and tightly attached to the thermoreversible fibrillar network formed by the organogelator in n-butanol or n-decanol. Rheology and thermal stability measurements reveal moreover that the mechanical and thermal stabilities of the DDOA organogels are not significantly altered and that they remain strong, viscoelastic materials. The hybrid materials display a variable absorbance in the visible range because of the AuNPs, whereas the strong luminescence of the DDOA nanofibers is efficiently quenched by micromolar amounts of AuNPs. Besides, we obtained hybrid aerogels using supercritical CO2. These arc very low-density porous materials showing fibrillar networks oil which fluorinated gold NPs arc dispersed. These hybrid materials are of high interest because of their tunable optical properties and are under investigation for efficient light scattering.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy rights of this article belongs to American Chemical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Organic Chemistry
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2009 09:23
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:40
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/22093

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