Hetero-colloidal metal particle multilayer films grown using electrostatic interactions at the air-water interface

Murali Sastry, K. S. Mayya

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The formation of nanoparticle multilayer films by electrostatic immobilization of surface-modified colloidal particles at the air-water interface has been recently demonstrated by us. In this paper, we extend our study to show that multilayer assemblies consisting of metal particles of different chemical nature (hetero-colloidal particle superlattices) and size can be deposited by the versatile Langmuir-Blodgett technique. Multilayer films consisting of a different number of bilayers of gold and silver colloidal particles have been deposited and characterized using quartz crystal microgravimetry and UV-visible spectroscopy measurements. It is observed that while layer-by-layer deposition of the different colloidal particle assemblies is possible by this technique without a detectable variation in the cluster density in the different layers, a degree of post-deposition reorganization of the clusters occurs in the film. In addition to this aging behavior, the effect of different organic solvents on the reorganization process has also been studied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-190
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nanoparticle Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Air-water interface
  • Colloidal particles
  • Electrostatic complexation
  • Langmuir-blodgett films
  • Nanoparticles
  • Superlattices

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