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Unstable Reshaping of Gold Nanorods Prepared by a Wet Chemical Method in the Presence of Silver Nitrate

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Abstract:

We characterized the stability of the gold nanorods synthesized by means of a seed mediated growth approach in the presence of AgNO3, which consists of synthesis of small diameter seed particles (∼4 nm) and subsequent growth of these nanoparticles into nanorods by addition to gold salt solution containing cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) in the presence of ascorbic acid. The presence of silver nitrate significantly enhanced the nanorod synthesis as previously reported. However, the synthesized nanorods were unstable and reshaped in aqueous environment; the continuous blue-shift of the 2nd plasmon bands was monitored and the changes in the nanorod morphologies were also observed by electron microscopy with increasing storage time. This reshaping was observed at wide CTAB concentration range regardless of the removal of the unreacted gold or silver ions.

Keywords: NAIL-SHAPED NANORODS; PLASMON BANDS; SEED MEDIATED GROWTH; SOFT TEMPLATE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2006.009

Publication date: November 1, 2006

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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