Francesco Stellacci1 Zhi Luo1

1, EPFL, Lausanne, , Switzerland

The ligand shell of nanoparticles has been the focus of many characterization approaches. Starting from some spectroscopic methods (infrared spectroscopy, and nuclear magnetic resonance mainly), and some density determination (thermal gravimetric analysis), the field has moved towards scanning probe microscopy that has allowed the establishment of unique morphologies like Janus, stripe-like, and random. New techniques have been recently developed to address the ligand shell characterization challange (MALDI-TOF, EPR, small angle neutron scattering, to name a few). In this talk, I will review the state of the art and try to show how to combine a few of such techniques to rapidly and reliably characterize the ligand shell of many nanoparticles.