297 Hierarchical Molecular Complexity Via Gold Nanoparticles

Thursday, November 5, 2009: 12:00 PM
Ballroom C+D (Camino Real Hotel)
Juan Noveron , Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX
Brenda M. Porta , Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX
Gold nanoparticles (Au-NP) are excellent scaffolds to construct multifunctional nanoscale systems. Current methods allow for the preparation of Au-NP with predetermined size and shape, and the ability of thiol-containing molecules to bind on their surface allows for the preparation of innovative molecular architectures on their surface. We investigate the use of Au-NP as platforms to build hierarchical molecular complexity at the nanoscale. Using redox-active first-row transition metal ions and designed ligands, we aim to develop functional nanosystems with applications in medicine and catalysis.