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Polymer and Carbon Spheres with an Embedded Shell of Plasmonic Gold Nanoparticles

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posted on 15.12.2015, 14:10 authored by Mostofa K. Khan, Mark J. MacLachlan
Gold nanoparticle (AuNP)/resin nanosphere composites have been prepared in a novel process where the resin functions as both the host and reducing agent. Electron tomography showed that the AuNPs are organized into a concentric shell fully embedded in the resin nanospheres. Pyrolysis of the composite spheres afforded microporous N-doped carbon nanospheres with a pseudoshell of embedded AuNPs. These new composites with uncapped plasmonic nanoparticles have excellent potential for biomedical, catalysis, energy storage, and sensing applications.