Energetics of Self-assembly and Chain Confinement in Silver Alkanethiolates: The Enthalpy-Entropy Interplay


Andrey A. Levchenko, Chanel K. Yee, Atul N. Parikh, and Alexandra Navrotsky, Chemistry of Materials 17, 5428-5438, 2005

The energetics of silver alkanethiolates with various long-chain lengths, formed through stepwise hierarchical assembly involving primary directional interactions between Ag and S forming the inorganic core and secondary stacking facilitating the formation of the three-dimensional structure, were directly assessed by in situ synthesis calorimetry. The thermal evolution of the materials is discussed in terms of confinement and synergy between enthalpy and entropy factors.