UCL Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering


New CNIE article by Nidhi Kapil published in Chemical Communications (Royal Society of Chemistry)

7 October 2021


Our new article on the "Gold nanoparticles with tailored size through ligand modification for catalytic applications " has just appeared, open access, in Chemical Communications (Royal Society of Chemistry), and can be read here.

In this article, we have reported a facile approach to synthesise gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) using various gold precursors. The core size of these AuNPs can be precisely tailored by varying the steric hindrance imposed by bound ligands. These materials can be used for various technological applications and their catalytic applications are demonstrated in this article. This work is the result of excellent collaboration with researchers from the UCL Centre for Nature-Inspired Engineering (CNIE) and SABIC, who also funded this project.

The team consisted of PhD student
Nidhi Kapil (just successfully defended her PhD thesis), MSc student Fabio Cardinale (now a Process Engineer at LyondellBasell), former post-doctoral fellow Dr Tobias Weissenberger (now a researcher at Fraunhofer IMM), senior researcher Dr Panagiotis Trogadas, Chief Scientist Dr T. Alexander Nijhuis (SABIC Europe), former post-doctoral fellow Dr Michael Nigra (now Assistant Professor at the University of Utah) and CNIE Director Prof Marc-Olivier Coppens. Congratulations to the entire team!

N.Kapil, F.Cardinale, T.Weissenburger, P.Trogodas, T.A.Nijhuis, M.Nigra, and M.-O. Coppens, 2021, Gold nanoparticles with tailored size through ligand modification for catalytic applications. Chem.Comm. DOI: 10.1039/D1CC04165G (open access).