Exploiting Metallophilicity for the Assembly of Inorganic Nanocrystals and Conjugated Organic Molecules

Mariona Dalmases, Elisabet Aguiló, Jordi Llorca, Laura Rodríguez*, Albert Figuerola

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Abstract

The accurate engineering of interfaces between inorganic nanocrystals and semiconducting organic molecules is currently viewed as key for further developments in critical fields such as photovoltaics and photocatalysis. In this work, a new and unconventional source of interface interaction based on metal–metal bonds is presented. With this aim, an AuI organometallic gelator was exploited for the formation of hydrogel-like nanocomposites containing inorganic nanoparticles and conjugated organic molecules. Noteworthy, the establishment of metallophilic interactions at the interface between the two moieties greatly enhances interparticle coupling in the composites. Thus, we believe that this new hybrid system might represent a promising alternative in several fields, such as in the fabrication of improved light-harvesting devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2190-2196
Number of pages7
JournalChemPhysChem
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 18 2016

Keywords

  • conjugation
  • gold
  • hydrogels
  • metallophilicity
  • nanoparticles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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