X-Ray Absorption of Gold Nanoparticles with Thin Silica Shell
Silica-coated gold (Au) nanoparticles were prepared and their morphological and X-ray absorption properties were investigated. These core–shell type nanoparticles are very stable in aqueous media and may be suitable for an X-ray contrast agent in biological systems. Transmission electron micrographs confirmed well-separated and relatively homogeneous morphology of the nanoparticles in highly concentrated colloids. Peak position for Au plasmon resonance was red-shifted with increasing shell thickness. X-ray absorption by the colloids of silica-coated Au nanoparticles was stronger than that by those of silica-coated AgI nanoparticles, a recently investigated X-ray contrast agent, at similar experimental conditions.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2006-11-01
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