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Tomoya Taguchi, Katsuhiro Isozaki and Kazushi Miki Enhanced Catalytic Activity of Self-Assembled-Monolayer-Capped Gold Nanoparticles Advanced Materials 24

Article first published online: 12 SEP 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201202979

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An unprecedented substrate-selective catalytic enhancement effect of an alkanethiol-self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) is reported. In the supported 2D-array of AuNPs, the alkanethiol-SAM acts as a protein-like soft reaction space in which the substrate molecules are encapsulated through non-covalent intermolecular hydrophobic interactions, and thus catalytic reactions are accelerated at AuNP surfaces.

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