Mechanical Properties of Au Supracrystals Tuned by Flexible Ligand Interactions

Abstract: Here mechanical properties of face cubic centered colloidal crystals obtained out of equilibrium by solvent evaporation of coated Au nanocrystals suspension, called supracrystals, are reported as a function ligand chain length (n) and interparticle edge-to-edge distance within the supracrystals (δpp) for two nanocrystal sizes (d). Young’s modulus (E*) and hardness (H) are independent of δpp and of the supracrystal morphology. Both E* and H are in the range of few tenths of a MPa to a few GPa.