Aqueous-organic phase transfer of gold and silver nanoparticles using thiol-modified oleic acid

Alejandra López-Millán, Paul Zavala-Rivera, Reynaldo Esquivel, Roberto Carrillo, Enrique Alvarez-Ramos, Ramón Moreno-Corral, Roberto Guzmán-Zamudio, Armando Lucero-Acuña

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The handling of metallic nanoparticles often requires their dispersion into several polar and nonpolar solvents. Solid-phase stages or polymer-based ligands are commonly required to complete the transfer. The construction of a thiol ligand based in oleic acid, and its ability to efficiently assist in gold and silver nanoparticle aqueous-organic phase transfer is reported. After the transfer, the particles are completely dispersed in an organic solvent, preserving their diameter and morphology, as confirmed by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy and scanning transmission electron micrographs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number273
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2017


  • Gold nanoparticles
  • Oleic acid
  • Phase transfer
  • Silver nanoparticles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Instrumentation
  • General Engineering
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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