Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

, Volume 127, Issue 3, pp 1879–1888 | Cite as

Molecular conductors as nanoparticles in the presence of long-chain alkyl imidazolium salts or amphiphilic molecules

Synthesis and thermoanalytical studies
  • Soukaina Foulal
  • Souad El HajjajiEmail author
  • Laszlo Trif
  • Abdelaziz Sabbar
  • Imane Chtioui
  • Dominique De Caro
  • Christophe Faulmann
  • Pascale De Caro


Nanoparticles of two molecule-based conductors, namely TTF·TCNQ and TTF[Ni(dmit)2]2, have been prepared in organic solution in the presence of ionic or nonionic species bearing a long-chain alkyl group, acting as growth-controlling agents. The size, morphology, and state of dispersion of the nanoparticles depended on the nature of the growth-controlling agent and the reaction temperature. In the presence of a long-chain alkyl-based ionic liquid at −50 °C, electron micrographs evidence that TTF·TCNQ nano-objects are frequently elongated, whereas TTF[Ni(dmit)2]2 nanoparticles are aggregated. In the presence of a neutral long-chain alkyl-based imine at room temperature, nanoparticles are spherical (mean diameter <20 nm) and well dispersed. Vibration spectra evidence that the amounts of charge transfer for TTF·TCNQ and TTF[Ni(dmit)2]2 as nano-objects are very similar to those for the same phases as bulk materials. According to the thermoanalytical investigations, the prepared nanoparticles are stable thermally up to approximately 200 °C, and their decomposition is generally a multi-step process. Their heat treatment results in various sulfur-containing volatiles (CS2, SO2, H2S); moreover, HCN is also detected in the case of nitrogen-containing molecules (TCNQ).


Tetrathiafulvalene Metal dithiolene complexes Nanoparticles Ionic liquids N-Octylfurfuryl-imine Thermoanalytical measurements 



The authors would like to thank CNRST-Morocco for a grant (S. F.) and Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche-France for a grant (I. C.). We would also like to thank CNRS-Toulouse and Université Paul Sabatier-Toulouse.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Soukaina Foulal
    • 1
  • Souad El Hajjaji
    • 1
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  • Laszlo Trif
    • 2
  • Abdelaziz Sabbar
    • 3
  • Imane Chtioui
    • 4
    • 5
  • Dominique De Caro
    • 4
    • 5
  • Christophe Faulmann
    • 4
    • 5
  • Pascale De Caro
    • 6
    • 7
  1. 1.Laboratoire S3ME, Faculté des SciencesMohammed V University in RabatRabatMorocco
  2. 2.Functional Interfaces Research Group, Institute of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Research Centre for Natural SciencesHungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary
  3. 3.Equipe Matériaux, Nanomatériaux, Faculté des SciencesUniversité Med VRabatMorocco
  4. 4.LCC (Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination)CNRSToulouse Cedex 4France
  5. 5.UPS, INPTUniversité de ToulouseToulouse Cedex 4France
  6. 6.INPT-ENSIACET, LCA (Laboratoire de Chimie Agro-Industrielle)Université de ToulouseToulouseFrance
  7. 7.UMR 1010 CAIINRAToulouseFrance

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