Publication Date

Summer 2018

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Young-Seok Shon (Director), Stuart Burris, Chad Snyder, and Les Pesterfield

Degree Program

Department of Chemistry

Degree Type

Master of Science


Gold monolayer-protected nanoclusters (MPCs) with average diameters of 1-5 nm protected by alkane- and arenethiolates were synthesized. Mixed-monolayer protected nanoparticles (MMPCs) were prepared by functionalizing hexanethiolate-protected MPCs with either 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid (MUA-MMPC), 11-mercaptoundecanol (MUO-MMPC), or 4-aminothiophenol (ATP-MMPC) using ligand place exchange. Presentation of various chemical reagents such as nucleophile, acid, or base and change in physical environment through ultrasonic and thermal irradiation resulted in changes to particles and their physical properties. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) was used to measure maximum temperature of the derivated thermogravimetric peaks (Tmax,DTG) as a means of comparing temperature dependence of mass loss. The absorption spectrum within the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) band was monitored over time throughout chemical and ultrasonic treatments to assess stability of these particles in solution.

MUA-MMPCs and ATP-MMPCs were self-assembled with Cu2+, poly(sodium 4- styrenesufonate), poly(allylamine hydrochloride), generation 2 polyamidoamine dendrimer, and C60 fullerene as linking molecules on functionalized glass substrates using a layer-by-layer approach resulting in nanoparticle multi-layer films. The thin films were characterized using UV-vis spectroscopy during deposition, and then before and after chemical treatment, and thermal and ultrasonic irradiation to assess stability of nanocomposites.

Finally, an in-situ cross-linking approach was used to deposit gold MPC-C60 thin film nanocomposite on functionalized glass substrate. UV-vis spectroscopy was used to monitor deposition rates of the resulting film in comparison with the MPC-C60 multilayer film assembled layer-by-layer. These MPC-C60 nanocomposites were also characterized using conductive atomic force microscopy (C-AFM).


Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics | Chemistry | Materials Chemistry | Other Materials Science and Engineering