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Issue 12, 2013
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Asymmetric organic/metal(oxide) hybrid nanoparticles: synthesis and applications

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Asymmetric particles (APs) with broken centrosymmetry are of great interest, due to the asymmetric surface properties and diverse functionalities. In particular, organic/metal(oxide) APs naturally combine the significantly different and complementary properties of organic and inorganic species, leading to their unique applications in various fields. In this review article, we highlighted recent advances in the synthesis and applications of organic/metal(oxide) APs. This type of APs is grounded on chemical or physical interactions between metal(oxide) NPs and organic small molecular or polymeric ligands. The synthetic methodologies were summarized in three categories, including the selective surface modifications, phase separation of mixed ligands on the surface of metal(oxide) NPs, and direct synthesis of APs. We further discussed the unique applications of organic/metal(oxide) APs in self-assembly, sensors, catalysis, and biomedicine, as a result of the distinctions between asymmetrically distributed organic and inorganic components. Finally, challenges and future directions are discussed in an outlook section.

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The article was received on 10 Dec 2012, accepted on 21 Jan 2013 and first published on 24 Jan 2013

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3NR34014G
Nanoscale, 2013,5, 5151-5166

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    Asymmetric organic/metal(oxide) hybrid nanoparticles: synthesis and applications

    J. He, Y. Liu, T. C. Hood, P. Zhang, J. Gong and Z. Nie, Nanoscale, 2013, 5, 5151
    DOI: 10.1039/C3NR34014G

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