Orla M Wilson

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In this article we describe the synthesis, characterization, and applications of dendrimer-encapsulated nanoparticles (DENs). These materials are synthesized by a template approach in which metal ions are extracted into the interior of dendrimers and then subsequently chemically reduced to yield nearly size-monodisperse particles having dimensions of less(More)
The dephasing of particle plasmons is investigated using light-scattering spectroscopy on individual gold nanoparticles. We find a drastic reduction of the plasmon dephasing rate in nanorods as compared to small nanospheres due to a suppression of interband damping. The rods studied here also show very little radiation damping, due to their small volumes.(More)
The synthesis, characterization, and catalytic properties of 1-3 nm-diameter bimetallic PdAu dendrimer-encapsulated catalysts are reported. Both alloy and core/shell PdAu nanoparticles were prepared. The catalytic hydrogenation of allyl alcohol was significantly enhanced in the presence of the alloy and core/shell PdAu nanoparticles as compared to mixtures(More)
The synthesis and characterization of 1-3-nm diameter, structurally well-defined, bimetallic AuAg dendrimer-encapsulated nanoparticles (DENs) are reported. Three different bimetallic structures were examined: AuAg alloys synthesized by cocomplexation and subsequent reduction of dendrimer-encapsulated Au3+ and Ag+ and core/shell [Au](Ag) and [AuAg alloy](Ag)(More)
We report a particle size dependence for the rate of hydrogenation of allyl alcohol using 1.3-1.9 nm Pd dendrimer-encapsulated nanoparticle (DEN) catalysts. For particles with diameters of <1.5 nm and containing <147 Pd atoms, the modulation in catalytic activity is due to the electronic properties of the particle. For the larger particles, 1.5-1.9 nm in(More)
The primary objective of this study was to elucidate the structure of protein conjugated silver nanoparticles prepared by chemical reduction of AgNO(3) and bovine serum albumin (BSA) mixture. The role of BSA in the formation of Ag/BSA nanoparticles was established by UV-Vis Spectroscopy. The association of silver with BSA in Ag/BSA nanoparticles was studied(More)
We report the synthesis, characterization, and catalytic activity of titania-supported bimetallic PdAu particles prepared using dendrimer-encapsulated nanoparticle (DEN) precursors. Single-particle energy-dispersive spectroscopy indicates a homogeneous distribution of bimetallic nanoparticles having compositions closely related to the metal-ion ratios used(More)
Self-assembly of carbon nanotubes Introduction This talk addresses the self-assembly of carbon nanotubes (CNTs). In order for useful and potentially important structures and devices to be built from CNTs it is essential that the nanotubes be manipulated and organized in some way. One of the most promising routes to such structures and devices appears thus(More)
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