The organic layer of thiol-protected Au nanoparticles (ca. 3 nm in diameter) was cross-linked using ring-opening metathesis polymerization or Michael addition of polyfunctional amines. The shell cross-linked nanoparticles showed increased stability toward thermal treatment and oxidative etching. The Au core of cross-linked nanoparticles was removed in an attempt to prepare hollow capsules. However, Au etching resulted in insoluble materials.
- HOLLOW POLYMER CAPSULES
- GOLD CLUSTER MOLECULES