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HCl-Retarded Gold Nanorod Growth for Aspect Ratio and Shape Tuning

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Traditionally, gold nanorods (GNRs) are mostly prepared via a seed-mediated growth approach, which usually produce an initial burst growth followed by slower kinetics and generate dogboneshaped GNRs with relatively small aspect ratios (ARs). We demonstrate here that the growth of GNRs can be effectively retarded by addition of hydrochloric acid (HCl), leading to the formation of symmetric, long GNRs with high ARs. Furthermore, time-dependent kinetic analysis of GNR growth reveals two completely different growth modalities: in the absence of HCl, the GNR growth is rapid, reaching a concentration of 0.64 nM in 10 min. Its AR also rapidly reaches a maximum value of 4.1 at 2 min and then gradually decreases to 3.3 over 5 h. In sharp contrast, in the presence of HCl additive, the GNR growth happens very slowly, reaching a concentration of 0.33 nM at 7 h, and the AR also grows slowly to reach a maximum value of 5.3 at 3 h. These growth modalities endow different formation mechanisms of GNRs, which determine their aspect ratios and shape.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2016

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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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