In the period of December 11-13, 2017, NanoBioMedical Centre hosted professor Luis Pereira from the New University of Lisbon, who gave the lecture: "Oxide nanoparticles for printed electrical and electrochemical devices on paper".
It has been long known that the physical encapsulation of oleic acid-capped iron oxide nanoparticles (OA–IONPs) with the cetyltrimethylammonium (CTA+) surfactant induces the formation of spherical iron oxide nanoparticle clusters (IONPCs). However, the behavior and functional properties of IONPCs in chemical reactions have been largely neglected and are still not well-understood. Herein, we report an unconventional ligand-exchange function of IONPCs activated when dispersed in an ethyl acetate/acetate buffer system. The ligand exchange can successfully transform hydrophobic OA–IONP building blocks of IONPCs into highly hydrophilic, acetate-capped iron oxide nanoparticles (Ac–IONPs). More importantly, we demonstrate that the addition of silica precursors (tetraethyl orthosilicate and 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane) to the acetate/oleate ligand-exchange reaction of the IONPs induces the disassembly of the IONPCs into monodispersed iron oxide–acetate–silica core–shell–shell (IONPs@acetate@SiO2) nanoparticles. Our observations evidence that the formation of IONPs@acetate@SiO2 nanoparticles is initiated by a unique micellar fusion mechanism between the Pickering-type emulsions of IONPCs and nanoemulsions of silica precursors formed under ethyl acetate buffered conditions. A dynamic rearrangement of the CTA+–oleate bilayer on the IONPC surfaces is proposed to be responsible for the templating process of the silica shells around the individual IONPs. In comparison to previously reported methods in the literature, our work provides a much more detailed experimental evidence of the silica-coating mechanism in a nanoemulsion system. Overall, ethyl acetate is proven to be a very efficient agent for an effortless preparation of monodispersed IONPs@acetate@SiO2 and hydrophilic Ac–IONPs from IONPCs.
"Electrochemical control of chemical content and structure of GOF and RGO-metal composites to improve their capability to hydrogen sorption”. The project is implemented under the program OPUS 13 National Science Centre Poland.
The Organizing Committee of the NanoTech Poland 2018, 6th-9th June 2018 held in Poznań, has a great pleasure to invite you to attend this scientific event and to enjoy the community of professionals in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology.