Preparation of highly dispersed gold nanoparticles inside the porous support assisted by amphiphilic vinyl maleate copolymer

Yukiko Takahashi, Waki Yukita, Maya Chatterjee, Toshishige M. Suzuki

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An amphiphilic copolymer composed of maleic acid and alkyl (C18) vinyl monomer was encapsulated into the porous support. A series of colloidal gold nanoparticles of known size was substantially immobilized in the composite porous supports based on cross-linked polyacrylate ester and cross-linked polystyrene resin. Maleic acid moiety of the amphiphilic copolymer can act as a stabilizer for gold nanoparticles in analogy to citric acid, whereas alkyl chains play a role for the stable accommodation of the amphiphilic copolymer. Maleic acid stabilizes the gold nanoparticles by flexing the geometrical arrangement of the linear polymer. Presence of C18 alkyl chain in the poly(C18-vinyl maleate) is indispensable to act as spacing group that prevents mutual aggregation of gold nanoparticles. On the other hand, gold nanoparticles with average diameter of less than 8 nm were spontaneously formed by treatment of the composite resin beads with aqueous HAuCl4 solution, subsequently dispersed inside the pores of resin beads as observed by TEM. We have also elucidated the catalytic activity of the material with the hydrogenation of cinnamaldehyde in supercritical carbon dioxide. Notably, apparent size effect of gold was observed in the selectivity of the reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1476-1482
Number of pages7
JournalReactive and Functional Polymers
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Oct 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Amphiphilic vinyl maleate copolymer
  • Encapsulation
  • Gold nanoparticles
  • Porous polymer substrate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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