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Inverse-Micelle-Encapsulated Water-Enabled Bond Breaking of Dialkyl Diselenide/Disulfide: A Critical Step for Synthesizing High-Quality Gold Nanoparticles

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posted on 31.10.2012, 00:00 by Oksana Zaluzhna, Ying Li, Thomas C. Allison, YuYe J. Tong
Inverse-micelle-encapsulated water formed in the two-phase Brust–Schiffrin method (BSM) synthesis of Au nanoparticles (NPs) is identified as essential for dialkyl diselenide/disulfide to react with the Au­(III) complex in which the Se–Se/S–S bond is broken, leading to formation of higher-quality Au NPs.