Size effect of properties in hybrid of gold nanoparticles and calamitic mesogen

C.H. Yu, C. Welch, B.J. Tang, C.J. Schubert, G.H. Mehl
University of Hull, UK

Keywords: liquid crystalline, mesogen, gold, self-assemble, nanoparticle


In this contribution we describe the synthesis and investigation of Au NPs functionalized with organic mesogenic groups which self-assemble into liquid crystalline phases. A nematic mesogenic liquid crystalline laterally reacts with functionalized gold via a siloxane group using Karstedt’s catalyst. Compared to earlier work where NPs were in the size of 1.5- 2.5 nm, we report here on larger than 5 nm sized particles.