Author(s): Zhu MQ, Wang LQ, Exarhos GJ, Li AD
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Abstract Thermosensitive gold nanoparticles were fabricated by conjugating Au with a thiol-terminated poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) or PPA; this polymer stabilizer exhibits a temperature transition while undergoing a hydrophilic to hydrophobic transformation. The introduction of PPA onto gold nanoparticles has sensitized Au nanoparticles with unique temperature dependence. At low temperature (25 degrees C), the solutions containing PPA-functionalized gold nanoparticles are transparent, whereas higher temperatures (30 degrees C) lead to opaque suspensions. The thermosensitive property of PPA-functionalized Au nanoparticles is reversible, and the clear-opaque suspensions can be repeated many times.
This article was published in J Am Chem Soc
and referenced in Journal of Nanomedicine & Nanotechnology