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Nanoscale Surface Curvature Effects on Ligand–Nanoparticle Interactions: A Plasmon-Enhanced Spectroscopic Study of Thiolated Ligand Adsorption, Desorption, and Exchange on Gold Nanoparticles

Nanoscale Surface Curvature Effects on Ligand–Nanoparticle Interactions: A Plasmon-Enhanced Spectroscopic Study of Thiolated Ligand Adsorption, Desorption, and Exchange on Gold Nanoparticles
Hui Wang, Guangfang Grace Li, Qingfeng Zhang, Xiaoqi Fu, Esteban Villarreal
The interfacial adsorption, desorption, and exchange behaviors of thiolated ligands on nanotextured Au nanoparticle surfaces exhibit phenomenal site-to-site variations essentially dictated by the local surface curvatures, resulting in heterogeneous thermodynamic and kinetic profiles remarkably more sophisticated than those associated with the self-assembly of organothiol ligand monolayers on atomically flat Au surfaces. Here we use plasmon-enhanced Raman scattering as a spectroscopic tool combining time-resolving and molecular fingerprinting capabilities to quantitatively correlate the ligand dynamics with detailed molecular structures in real time under a diverse set of ligand adsorption, desorption, and exchange conditions at both equilibrium and nonequilibrium states, which enables us to delineate the effects of nanoscale surface curvature on the binding affinity, cooperativity, structural ordering, and the adsorption/desorption/exchange kinetics of organothiol ligands on colloidal Au nanoparticles. This work provides mechanistic insights on the key thermodynamic, kinetic, and geometric factors underpinning the surface curvature-dependent interfacial ligand behaviors, which serve as a central knowledge framework guiding the site-selective incorporation of desired surface functionalities into individual metallic nanoparticles for specific applications.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b01593

DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b01593

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