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Chem Commun (Camb). 2012 Feb 4;48(11):1677-9. doi: 10.1039/c2cc16356j. Epub 2011 Dec 21.

Freezing the self-assembly process of gold nanocrystals.

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  • 1Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Washington University, St Louis, MO 63130, USA.


The ability to stop the self-assembly of gold nanocrystals at a desired stage of the process provides new leverage to understand and control the dynamics of self-assembly. Herein, competitive ligands are used to unfavor the interaction of the cross-linker with the gold surface and terminate the growth reaction of gold nanoparticles and nanorod chains.

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