Speciation of nanoscale objects by nanoparticle imprinted matrices.


Hitrik M, Pisman Y, Wittstock G, Mandler D. Speciation of nanoscale objects by nanoparticle imprinted matrices. NanoscaleNanoscale. 2016;8 (29) :13934 - 13943.

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The toxicity of nanoparticles is not only a function of the constituting material but depends largely on their size, shape and stabilizing shell. Hence, the speciation of nanoscale objects, namely, their detection and sepn. based on the different species, similarly to heavy metals, is of outmost importance. Here we demonstrate the speciation of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and their electrochem. detection using the concept of "nanoparticles imprinted matrixes" (NAIM). Neg. charged AuNPs are adsorbed as templates on a conducting surface previously modified with polyethylenimine (PEI). The selective matrix is formed by the adsorption of either oleic acid (OA) or poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) on the non-occupied areas. The AuNPs are removed by electrooxidn. to form complementary voids. These voids are able to recognize the AuNPs selectively based on their size. Furthermore, the selectivity could be improved by adsorbing an addnl. layer of 1-hexadecylamine, which deepened the voids. Interestingly, silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were also recognized if their size matched those of the template AuNPs. The steps in assembling the NAIMs and the reuptake of the nanoparticles were characterized carefully. The prospects for the anal. use of NAIMs, which are simple, of small dimension, cost-efficient and portable, are in the sensing and sepn. of nanoobjects. [on SciFinder(R)]


CAPLUS AN 2016:286369(Journal; Online Computer File)