Selective patterning of gold surfaces by core/shell, semisoft hybrid nanoparticles

John Moraes, Kohji Ohno, Thomas Maschmeyer, Sébastien Perrier

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The generation of patterned surfaces with well-defined nano- and microdomains is demonstrated by attaching core/shell, semisoft nanoparticles with narrow size distribution to microdomains of a gold-coated silicon wafer. Near monodisperse nanoparticles are prepared using reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization, initiated from a silica surface, to prepare a polystyrene shell around a silica core. The particles are then used as-prepared, or after aminolysis of the terminal thiocarbonyl group of the polystyrene shell, to give thiol-terminated nanoparticles. When gold-coated silicon wafers are immersed into very dilute suspensions of these particles (as low as 0.004 wt%), both types of particles are shown to adhere to the gold domains. The thiolated particles adhere selectively to the gold microdomains, allowing for microdomain patterning, while particles that contain the trithiocarbonate functionality lead to a much more even coverage of the gold surface with fewer particle aggregations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)482-488
Number of pages7
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Core/shell nanoparticles
  • Gold surfaces nanopatterning
  • Silica particles

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