Chitosan as a capping agent: Insights on the stabilization of gold nanoparticles

Antonio Franconetti, Jose M. Carnerero, Rafael Prado-Gotor, Francisca Cabrera-Escribano, Carlos Jaime

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© 2018 Elsevier Ltd A theoretical method based on Dissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD) was applied for the study of the interaction between coarse-grained models of chitosan and gold nanoparticles. These models were used to understand the role of chitosan in the stabilization of gold nanoparticles (5 and 7 nm). In addition, this stabilization was also supported by synthesized and characterized chitosan-gold nanoparticles comparing their stabilities with typical citrate-gold nanoparticles. Finally, the role of chitosan as a capping agent through the steric and electrosteric mechanisms in aqueous media with different pH values was also evaluated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)806-814
JournalCarbohydrate Polymers
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019


  • Chitosan
  • Coarse-grained model
  • DFT calculations
  • DPD simulations
  • Electrosteric
  • Gold nanoparticles


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