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Chemistry. 2013 Sep 23;19(39):13099-104. doi: 10.1002/chem.201301071. Epub 2013 Aug 12.

Preparation and functions of hybrid membranes with rings of Ag NPs anchored at the edges of highly ordered honeycomb-patterned pores.

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  • 1Key Laboratory of Colloid and Interface Chemistry, Shandong University, Ministry of Education, Jinan 250100 (P.R. China), Fax: (+86) 531-8856-4750.


We report a new, simple strategy to apply honeycomb films for the patterning of colloidal particles. By combination of a "bottom-up" breath figure method and the electrochemical properties of the honeycomb films of ferrocenyl-based oligomers, highly ordered hybrid membranes coated with ring-like patterning of 0D- and 1D-Ag nanoparticles (NPs) have been fabricated. One interesting phenomenon is that the nucleation and adsorption of Ag dots occurred preferentially at the edges of the micropores. The hybrid membranes exhibited richly electrochemical activities towards reduction of iodate and enhanced effectively catalytic reduction of organic dyes. We believe that this method can be used to decorate and/or assemble functional metal NPs such as Au, Pd, and Cu on honeycomb-patterned materials for the further applications of photonics, sensors, and catalysis.

Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.


catalytic reduction; colloids; electrochemistry; honeycomb films; hybrid membranes

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