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Nanopod Formation through Gold Nanoparticle Templated and Catalyzed Cross-linking of Polymers Bearing Pendant Propargyl Ethers

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posted on 03.11.2010, 00:00 by Ke Zhang, Joshua I. Cutler, Jian Zhang, Dan Zheng, Evelyn Auyeung, Chad A. Mirkin
A novel method for synthesizing polymer nanopods from a linear polymer bearing pendant propargyl ether groups, using gold nanoparticles as both the template and the catalyst for the cross-linking reaction, is reported. The transformations involved in the cross-linking process are unprecedented on the surface of a gold particle. A tentative cross-linking mechanism is proposed.