Electrocatalysis by Polyoxometalate-Protected Gold Nanoparticles

Mingfu Zhang, Ira A. Weinstock, Yifeng Wang

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Electrocatalysis by polyoxometalate (POM)-monolayer protected gold nanoparticles is herein demonstrated using a newly discovered phenomenon that makes it possible to observe the electrochemistry of dilute aqueous solutions of these colloidal nanostructures. To preserve the integrity of the gold nanoparticles' electrostatically-stabilized POM-monolayer structures, deposition and drying of the POM-protected metal(0) NPs on the electrode surface must be avoided. Overcoming this constraint, we here show that POM-monolayer protected gold nanoparticles can be induced to reversibly associate with electrode surfaces, resulting in dramatic current amplification and well behaved, quasi-reversible cyclic voltammetric behavior at remarkably small electrolyte concentrations, thus making it possible to investigate electrocatalysis by dilute aqueous solutions of POM-protected gold NPs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)771-779
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Cluster Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Electrochemistry
  • Gold nanoparticle
  • Monolayer
  • Polyoxometalate
  • Self-assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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