Use of chemical functionalities to control stability of nanoparticles

G. Guisbiers, M. José-Yacaman

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This chapter is introducing and reviewing the concept of surface energy which is tremendously important in order to correctly describe the physicochemical properties of nanostructures. Indeed, by shrinking the size of a material down to the nanoscale, the presence of atoms at the surface increases and cannot be neglected anymore as it was at the bulk scale. Furthermore, the effect of capping agents on the stability of those nanostructures is also discussed. Finally, this chapter gives the reader a broad and deep insight into the physicochemistry of nanoparticles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Interfacial Chemistry
Subtitle of host publicationSurface Science and Electrochemistry
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780128098943
ISBN (Print)9780128097397
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Capping agents
  • Faceting
  • Ligands
  • Melting temperature
  • Shape effect
  • Size effect
  • Surface energy
  • Surface-to-volume ratio
  • Thermal stability
  • Thermodynamics
  • Wulff construction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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