Multilayered gold-nanoparticle/polyimide composite thin film through layer-by-layer assembly

Langmuir. 2007 Sep 25;23(20):10102-8. doi: 10.1021/la0635045. Epub 2007 Aug 24.


A novel type of composite thin film consisting of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and polymide (PI) was fabricated through layer-by-layer (LBL) assembly. To fabricate such films, bare AuNPs and a poly (amic acid) bearing pendant amine groups, namely, amino poly (amic acid) or APAA, were synthesized and assembled in an LBL fashion. Without any organic encapsulation layer on their surface, AuNPs were bound directly to APAA chains at the amine sites; X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study suggested that the binding was based on a combined effect of metal-ligand coordination and electrostatic interaction, with the former dominating over the latter. An approximately linear growth of the film started from the second layer of AuNP as revealed by the UV-vis spectroscopy, and the degree of particle aggregation was higher in the first AuNP layer than in the subsequent layers due to the differences in the density of binding sites. The resultant assembly was heated to imidize the APAA, thereby creating a robust composite structure.