Chemically Selective Imaging of Individual Bonds through Scanning Electron Energy-Loss Spectroscopy : Disulfide Bridges Linking Gold Nanoclusters
Sokołowska, Karolina; Luan, Zhongyue; Hulkko, Eero; Rameshan, Christoph; Barrabés, Noelia; Apkarian, Vartkess A.; Lahtinen, Tanja (2020). Chemically Selective Imaging of Individual Bonds through Scanning Electron Energy-Loss Spectroscopy : Disulfide Bridges Linking Gold Nanoclusters. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 11 (3), 796-799. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b03496
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As proof-of-principle of chemically selective, spatially resolved imaging of individual bonds, we carry out electron energy-loss spectroscopy in a scanning transmission electron microscopy instrument on atomically precise, thiolate-coated gold nanoclusters linked with 5,5′-bis(mercaptomethyl)-2,2′-bipyridine dithiol ligands. The images allow the identification of bridging disulfide bonds (R–S–S–R) between clusters, and X-ray photoelectron spectra support the finding.