Strategies for Organizing Nanoparticles into Aggregate Structures and Functional Materials

James J. Storhoff, Robert C. Mucic, Chad A. Mirkin*

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In this review, we focus on some of the most successful approaches to date for organizing nanoparticles into macroscopic aggregates and functional materials. The preparation and resulting properties of two- and three-dimensional arrays of nanoparticles are detailed, and some potential uses for these materials are discussed. Although many types of nanoparticles can be organized into such structures, this review focuses specifically on Au and CdE (E = S, Se) nanoparticles. Gold nanoparticles are easily prepared, highly stable, well-studied, and excellent models for other metal colloids. CdE colloids are the most extensively studied semiconductor nanoparticles and hold much promise in the optoelectronics field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-216
Number of pages38
JournalJournal of Cluster Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1997


  • Aggregate structures
  • Cadmium selenide
  • Cadmium sulfide
  • DNA
  • Gold

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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