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Effect of Core Size on the Partition of Organic Solutes in the Monolayer of Water-Soluble Nanoparticles:  An ESR Investigation

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posted on 30.11.2005, 00:00 by Marco Lucarini, Paola Franchi, Gian Franco Pedulli, Cristina Gentilini, Stefano Polizzi, Paolo Pengo, Paolo Scrimin, Lucia Pasquato
ESR spectroscopy has been used to study the interaction of para-pentylbenzyl hydroxyalkyl nitroxide with the monolayer of water-soluble protected gold clusters having a core diameter ranging from 1.6 to 5.3 nm. The solubilization of the nitroxide probe in the more hydrophobic environment of the monolayer strongly depends on the size of the gold core. In particular, the partition equilibrium constant increases as the nanoparticle diameter decreases. These results have been attributed to the different packing of the chains in the monolayer resulting from the different radius of curvature of the investigated nanoparticles. This represents, to the best of our knowledge, the first report demonstrating that the core size of metallic nanoparticles affects the solvating properties of the protective organic monolayer.

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