Thiol-functionalized MCM-41 mesoporous materials with a well-defined pore size of 40 Å may be used to discriminate between colloidal gold and silver particles in a mixture. More specifically, the thiol-functionalized MCM-41 material selectively entraps colloidal gold particles (size 35 Å) in the pores from a mixture of the gold and silver particles of size 70 Å. The gold particles are held in the matrix via thiolate linkages and this process has been studied using UV-vis spectroscopy and thermogravimetry/differential thermal analysis. This approach is promising for application in bioseparation methodologies as well as in the generation of one-dimensional superstructure assemblies.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry