The role of pH, metal ions and their hydroxides in charge reversal of protein-coated nanoparticles
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In this study, we investigated charge inversion of protein-coated Au nanoparticles caused by the addition of metal ions. The addition of hydrolyzable metal ions (Lewis acids) can induce drastic pH changes and depending on this pH, the metal ions (e.g. M3+) are readily converted into the hydrolyzed species (MOH2+, M(OH)2+) or even into hydroxides (M(OH)3). Adsorbed metal hydroxides were identified to cause the charge inversion of the NPs by using a combination of cryo-TEM, EFTEM and ζ-potential measurements. Show more
Journal / seriesPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
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PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
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