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Gold(I)–Alkanethiolate Nanotubes

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  • Yu Xin Zhang,

    1. Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering KAUST-NUS GCR Program and Minerals, Metals, and Materials Technology Center Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260 (Singapore)
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  • Hua Chun Zeng

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    1. Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering KAUST-NUS GCR Program and Minerals, Metals, and Materials Technology Center Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260 (Singapore)
    • Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering KAUST-NUS GCR Program and Minerals, Metals, and Materials Technology Center Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260 (Singapore)
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Abstract

A solution approach to assembling Au(I)-alkanethiolates into nanotube structures at room temperature is presented, in which Au(I) cations and alkanethiolate ligands are coordinated into thin platelet forms that then evolve into an open tubular configuration (see figure). The organic–inorganic hybrid nature of the nanotubes, their ability to be modified, and their high stability make them of interest for practical applications.

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