Spontaneous assembly of ordered chemically distinct subnanometer domains on the surface of gold nanoparticles is discussed. The nature of the reaction of gold with thiol groups immediately lends itself to the formation of gold nanoparticles coated with both homogeneous and mixed monolayers. Surface engineering through self-assembly of subnanometer-ordered domains on the surface of nanoparticles looks promising. It may also be worth asking if the concept can be generalized to organic systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-282
Number of pages2
JournalNature Materials
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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