Innovative gold nanoparticle patterning and selective metallization

E. S. Kooij*, M. A. Raza, B. Poelsema, H. J.W. Zandvliet

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We present a simple procedure to selectively deposit gold nanoparticles using pure water. It enables patterning of nanoparticle monolayers with a remarkably high degree of selectivity on flat as well as microstructured oxide surfaces. We demonstrate that water molecules form a thin capping layer on exposed thiol molecules within mercaptan self-assembled layers. This reversible capping of water molecules locally deactivates the thiol groups, therewith inhibiting the binding of metallic gold nanoparticles to these specific areas. In addition, we show that this amazing role of water molecules can be used to selectively metallize the patterned gold nanoparticle arrays. Employing an electroless seeded growth process, the isolated seeds are enlarged past the percolation threshold to deposit conducting metal layers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNSTI
Subtitle of host publicationAdvanced Materials - TechConnect Briefs 2015
EditorsBart Romanowicz, Matthew Laudon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781498747271
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Event10th Annual TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo 2015 - Washington, United States
Duration: 14 Jun 201517 Jun 2015
Conference number: 10


Conference10th Annual TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
OtherHeld Jointly with the 18th Annual Nanotech Conference and Expo, and the 2015 National SBIR/STTR Conference


  • Gold nanoparticles
  • Metallization
  • Patterning
  • Selective deposition
  • Self-assembly


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