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Smart Materials Research
Volume 2011, Article ID 390273, 7 pages
Research Article

Incorporation of Decanethiol-Passivated Gold Nanoparticles into Cross-Linked Poly(Dimethylsiloxane) Films

1Department of Metallurgy and Ceramics Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1-S7-6 Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8550, Japan
2Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577, Japan

Received 18 May 2010; Accepted 11 November 2010

Academic Editor: C. R. Bowen

Copyright © 2011 Motohiro Tagaya and Masaru Nakagawa. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Cross-linking degree of a poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) film was controlled, and the incorporation of hydrophobic decanethiol-passivated gold (Au) nanoparticles into the film was investigated. FT-IR spectra indicated that the hydrosilylation reaction between a vinyl group and a hydrosilyl group occurred with the cross-linking. The swelling degree of the film in toluene changed with a cross-linker concentration, indicating the control of the cross-linking degree of PDMS film. By EDX analysis, the amount of incorporated Au nanoparticles increased with decreasing a cross-linker concentration, indicating the enlarged free volume of the film. The Au nanoparticle-PDMS composite film containing a cross-linker at 6 wt% showed brown color attributed to plasmon resonance of Au nanoparticles, suggesting the Au nanoparticles in the film at monodispersion state. The UV-visible absorbance of the composite film decreased without spectralshift by swelling with toluene, and the changes were reversible. The aggregation among Au nanoparticles in the composite film after calcination also depended on the cross-linking degree. Thus, the control of cross-linking degree of PDMS film successfully leaded to a simple way of fabricating the Au nanoparticle-PDMS composite film at the mono-dispersion state.