Grignard functionalization of weinreb amide-modified Au nanoparticles

Christopher J. Thode, Mary Elizabeth Williams

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Reactions of Grignard and organolithium reagents are staple transformations in organic chemistry. However, their use in the chemical functionalization of monolayer-protected metallic nanoparticles is unprecedented. In this letter, we report the reaction of Au nanoparticles bearing a mixed monolayer of alkanethiol ligands that are methyl- and N-methoxy-N-methyl amide-terminated. The latter of these rapidly undergoes reaction with organometallic reagents, achieving high yields (in some cases, nearly quantitative) in only a few hours without the need for high pressure, temperature or catalysts. We assess the feasibility of this reaction with a range of organometallic reagents on the basis of both surface reaction yield and also the stability of the particles (defined as the mass % Au particles recovered vs a control). Demonstrating the utility of these strong organometallic reagents opens the door to a large class of reactions that are underutilized within the field of nanomaterials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5988-5990
Number of pages3
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 17 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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