Dendronized Metal Nanoparticles-Self-Organizing Building Blocks for the Design of New Functional Materials
Technical Report,06 Feb 2013,05 Nov 2015
National Center for Scientific Research Strassbourg France
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This work is a project to synthesize hybrid materials made from spherical metal nanoparticles . By functionalizing the nanoparticles with proto-mesogenic ligands, the group enables them to self-organize into lamellar, columnar, or cubic structures, and this organization enables them to exhibit original or enhanced optical and magnetic properties, and the mesomorphic nature of the structures should enable a dregree of tuning via external stimuli. Initial results were encouraging but structural characterization and evaluation of physical properties proved to be a challenge. Chemistry is complete, structural characterization is underway, and functional characterization has begun.