Adding new functions to organic semiconductor nanowires by assembling metal nanoparticles onto their surfaces

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  • Alejandro L. Briseno - , University of Washington (Author)
  • Stefan C.B. Mannsfeld - , Stanford University (Author)
  • Eric Formo - , University of Washington (Author)
  • Yujie Xiong - , University of Washington (Author)
  • Xianmao Lu - , University of Washington (Author)
  • Zhenan Bao - , Stanford University (Author)
  • Samson A. Jenekhe - , University of Washington (Author)
  • Younan Xia - , University of Washington (Author)


We report a new class of organic-inorganic hybrid nanostructures prepared by decorating small-molecule single-crystal organic nanowires with gold, platinum, and palladium nanoparticles. We demonstrate that field-effect transistors can be fabricated from the hybrid nanostructures with a mobility and current on/off ratio of 0.01 cm2 V-1 s-1 and ∼103, respectively. To further illustrate the applicability of the hybrid nanowires, we carried out simple hydrogenation reactions to demonstrate their catalytic properties. Combined, our results open the possibility of utilizing the hybrid nanomaterials for a multitude of applications in areas such as bio- and chemical sensing, catalysis, and nanoelectronics.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5395-5398
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of materials chemistry
Issue number44
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


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