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A Brief Note for ISMPC13

August 21, 2013
My ISMPC13 poster on Brust-Schiffrin synthesis of Ag nanoparticles and growth mechanism study.

My ISMPC13 poster on Brust-Schiffrin synthesis of Ag nanoparticles and growth mechanism study.

Two years later since the last conference in Finland, the 3rd International Symposium on Monolayer Protected Clusters (ISMPC13) was held in Colorado State University at Pingree Park from 7/31 to 8/3. This was a small conference with concentrated topics, and was very intense and informative. There were 20+ talks and 20+ posters this year. The topics were highly focused on monolayer protected Au, Ag and other transition metal nanoclusters with catalytic and biomedical applications.

There are four main characters in this conference.

1. Most groups are using Mass Spec to characterize their NPs. Only a few provide TEM images as subsidiary information but the NPs in the images are seemingly not homogeneous, which are claimed to be attributed from the damage by the electron beam.

2. As for applications, biological imaging and therapeutics seem to be hot topics. Some groups have already started to test the excursion of Au NPs on mice. But no such studies for silver or other metals.

3. There are lots of collaborations between calculation, synthesis, and characterization groups. A good number of groups send their particles to a few other labs for Mass Spec.

4. Ag44 has become a new hot topic in Ag clusters. But all of them are in aqueous systems with aromatic ligands. This may have to do with steric effect and the electron affinity of the functional groups being used.

After all, this conference was a great opportunity to exchange information and generate ideas with colleagues who are working on the same field. The things one can learn from it are more than doing months of experiment. I look forward to the next ISMPC in Japan.

PS:

Thanks Dr. Chris Ackerson for hosting ISMPC13 and his students for providing transportation support, and Dr. Terry Bigioni and Dr. Christine Aikens for co-chairing this conference.

Links to previous and current conferences:

ISMPC08 at University of Jyvaskyla (Finland)

ISMPC11 at University of Jyvaskyla (Finland)

ISMPC13 at Colorado State University (United States)

Cabins in Pingree Park in which We lived and had conference.

Cabins in Pingree Park in which We lived and had conference.

Beautiful mountain area.

Beautiful mountain area.

The sky seems clearer at an altitude of 1.5 miles from the sea level.

The sky seems clearer at an altitude of 1.5 miles from the sea level.

 

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