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Ultrasmall Hollow Gold–Silver Nanoshells with Extinctions Strongly Red-Shifted to the Near-Infrared

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posted on 2011-09-28, 00:00 authored by Varadee Vongsavat, Brandon M. Vittur, William W. Bryan, Jun-Hyun Kim, T. Randall Lee
Hollow gold–silver nanoshells having systematically varying sizes between 40 and 100 nm were prepared. These particles consist of a hollow spherical silver shell surrounded by a thin gold layer. By varying the volume of the gold stock solution added to suspensions of small silver-core templates, we tailored the hollow gold–silver nanoshells to possess strong tunable optical extinctions that range from the visible to the near-IR spectral regions, with extinctions routinely centered at ∼950 nm. The size and morphology of these core/shell nanoparticles were characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Separately, X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used for measuring their elemental composition; UV–vis spectroscopy was used to evaluate their optical properties. Given their relatively small size compared to other nanoparticles that absorb strongly at near IR wavelengths, these easy-to-synthesize particles should find use in applications that require ultrasmall nanoparticles with extinctions comfortably beyond visible wavelengths (e.g., medicinal therapies, diagnostic imaging, nanofluidics, and display technologies).

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