Universal solvent restructuring induced by colloidal nanoparticles

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Zobel M, Neder R, Kimber SAJ
Journal: Science
Publication year: 2015
Volume: 347
Journal issue: 6219
Pages range: 292-294
ISSN: 0036-8075
eISSN: 1095-9203


Colloidal nanoparticles, used for applications from catalysis and energy applications to cosmetics, are typically embedded in matrixes or dispersed in solutions. The entire particle surface, which is where reactions are expected to occur, is thus exposed. Here, we show with x-ray pair distribution function analysis that polar and nonpolar solvents universally restructure around nanoparticles. Layers of enhanced order exist with a thickness influenced by the molecule size and up to 2 nanometers beyond the nanoparticle surface. These results show that the enhanced reactivity of solvated nanoparticles includes a contribution from a solvation shell of the size of the particle itself.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Neder, Reinhard Prof. Dr.
Professur für Allgemeine Mineralogie/Kristallographie
Zobel, Mirijam
Lehrstuhl für Kristallographie und Strukturphysik

External institutions with authors

European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

How to cite

Zobel, M., Neder, R., & Kimber, S.A.J. (2015). Universal solvent restructuring induced by colloidal nanoparticles. Science, 347(6219), 292-294. https://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1261412

Zobel, Mirijam, Reinhard Neder, and Simon A. J. Kimber. "Universal solvent restructuring induced by colloidal nanoparticles." Science 347.6219 (2015): 292-294.


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