A series of gold nanoparticles functionalized with TEMPO-modified disulfide 2 have been prepared and studied by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, UV-vis, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). In order to increase the packing of spin labels on the particle surface, heat-induced size evolution and ligand exchange reactions were used. The optimized synthesis included a one-pot reaction at room temperature that led to gold nanoparticles with a controlled large size (ca. 7 nm) and high coverage of radicals. These nanoparticles showed a |Δms| = 2 transition at half-field, which gives direct evidence of the presence of a high-spin state and permits an EPR study of the nature of the magnetic coupling between the spins. The results showed dominant antiferromagnetic interactions between radicals, but at lower temperatures, a ferromagnetic contribution was observed.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Physical Chemistry C|
|Early online date||5 Sep 2014|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Sep 2014|