Polyethylene-Grafted Gold and Silver Nanoparticles Using Catalyzed Chain Growth (CCG)
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We report an efficient synthesis route for the formation of gold/silver-core–PE-shell nanohybrids in a simple self-assembly approach using PE with strong aurophilicity and argentophilicity, via thiol- and trithiocarbonate terminated moieties. This united the unique properties of polyethylene (PE) with gold and silver nanoparticles, using the well-defined end-group design of PE. These nanocomposites showed a similar solubility as PE, as confirmed by dynamic light scattering, and could be fully incorporated into a polyethylene matrix with different particle contents, as visualized by transmission electron microscopy. Using UV/vis-spectroscopy, we observed reversible, thermoresponsive aggregation/deaggregation properties in the nanohybrids, validating the strong and effective anchoring of PE on gold/silver surfaces.