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Gold Nanostructures from Cube-Shaped Crystalline Intermediates

Halder, Aditi and Ravishankar, N (2006) Gold Nanostructures from Cube-Shaped Crystalline Intermediates. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 110 (13). pp. 6595-6600.

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Conventional bottom-up approaches for building nanostructures rely on the ability to synthesize nanoparticles of different shapes and sizes in a controlled manner that are then assembled to produce useful structures. Here, we present an alternate approach for producing nanostructures based on the formation of a crystalline intermediate in which the metal ion can be reduced in a controlled manner. Partial reduction of HAuCl4 by a long-chain amine results in the formation of a cube-shaped crystalline intermediate in which Au is present in a +1 oxidation state. By control of the nucleation of the metal in the intermediate, a variety of nanostructures can be synthesized. Here, we present results on the formation of superlattices, hollow cubes, nanotubes, and extended hollow structures starting from the intermediate. Direct evidence for the formation of metal within the intermediate by in situ electron-beam-induced reduction in the transmission electron microscope is presented.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Material Science > Nanostructured materials
Divisions:Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Chemistry
ID Code:3855
Deposited By:JNCASR
Deposited On:27 Jan 2009 09:52
Last Modified:27 Jan 2009 09:52

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