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Stabilizer specific interaction of gold nanoparticles with a thermosensitive polymer hydrogel

Murugadoss, A. and Khan, Aslam and Chattopadhyay, Arun (2010) Stabilizer specific interaction of gold nanoparticles with a thermosensitive polymer hydrogel. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 12 (4). pp. 1331-1348.



We report the experimental results on temperature-dependent studies of interactions between a novel biocompatible thermosensitive polymer hydrogel and different stabilizing agent capped gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) with particle size ranging from 5 to 20 nm. Stabilizing agents such as thioglycolic acid, tryptophan, and phenylalanine have been used as capping agents for Au NPs. The poly-N-isopropyl acrylamide-co-acrylic acid (pNIPAm-AAc) with 3.0 +/- A 0.7 mu m in size was synthesized by radical polymerization of a selected mixture of N-isopropyl acrylamide (NIPAm), methylene-bis-acrylamide and acrylic acid (AAc). The capped Au NPs were mixed with a solution of pNIPAm-AAc hydrogel. The temperature-dependent properties of the mixture were studied by UV-vis spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering based particle size analysis, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The observations indicated change in the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) depending on the nature of the stabilizer, with hydrophobic ones lowering the value while hydrophilic stabilizers increasing the same. Also, the optical absorption due to Au NPs, when stabilized with hydrophobic groups, reduced significantly at above LCST along with significant blue shift of wavelength maximum.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Material Science > Nanochemistry
ID Code:8894
Deposited By:CSMNT
Deposited On:25 Aug 2010 09:06
Last Modified:25 Aug 2010 09:06

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