PhD Defense by Yiren Wu

THE SCHOOL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

 

GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

 

Under the provisions of the regulations for the degree

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

on Tuesday, November 20, 2018

1:00 PM
in MoSE 3201A

 

will be held the

 

DISSERTATION DEFENSE

for

 

Yiren Wu

 

“Colloidal Silver Nanocrystals and Their Derivatives:  Synthesis, Properties, and Applications

 

Committee Members:

 

Prof. Dong Qin, Advisor, MSE

Prof. Zhiqun Lin, MSE

Prof. Vladimir Tsukruk, MSE

Prof. Angus Wilkinson, CHEM

Prof. Donggang Yao, MSE

 

Abstract:

 

Silver nanocrystals have received growing interests owing to their fascinating localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) properties and spectacular applications in surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). Despite remarkable success, Ag nanocrystals are highly susceptible to oxidative etching and only exhibit limited catalytic activities. To address these issues, the first part of my thesis documents the development of synthetic approaches to enrich Ag nanocrystals with a second noble metal for the generation of Ag@Ag-Pd core-frame nanocubes and Ag@SiO2/Au nanoparticles. I also demonstrated these bimetallic nanocrystals as bifunctional probes for in situ monitoring the catalytic reactions by SERS. In the second part of this thesis, I turned the synthesis of Ag@Ag-Pd core-frame nanocubes into a model system for investigating the heterogeneous nucleation in nanocrystal growth with a molecular probe. I demonstrated that 2,6-dimethylphenyl isocyanide was a sensitive probe for in situ atomic-level tracking of the heterogeneous nucleation of Pd on Ag nanocubes by SERS. I discovered that the isocyanide group could bind to one, two, and three adjacent Pd atoms to generate the atop, bridge, and hollow binding configurations, respectively, and give different vibrational frequencies, making it possible to characterize Pd atoms being deposited onto different facets of Ag nanocubes. This in situ SERS offers an opportunity to investigate the role of reaction temperature and the type of Pd(II) precursor in affecting the reduction, deposition, and surface diffusion involved in heterogeneous nucleation. Collectively, my thesis opens up new possibilities for the rational design and synthesis of bimetallic nanocrystals involving Ag and another noble metal such as Pt, Ru, Rh, and Ir.

Event Details

Date/Time:

  • Tuesday, November 20, 2018
    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: MoSE 3201A