Benito Rodríguez-Gónzalez

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Metallic nanoparticles exhibit exceptional optoelectronic properties with applications in plasmonics, biosensing and nanomedicine. Recently, new synthesis techniques have enabled precise control over the sizes and shapes of metal nanoparticles, occasionally leading to morphologies that cannot be properly characterized using standard techniques. An example(More)
The synthetic architectures of complex inorganic nanostructures, including multifunctional hollow capsules, are expected to play key roles in many different applications, such as drug delivery, photonic crystals, nanoreactors, and sensing. Implementation of novel strategies for the fabrication of such materials is needed because of the infancy of this(More)
Novel colloidal composites have been designed to incorporate multiple functionalities that allow optical detection, magnetic manipulation, molecular trapping, and thermal response. Such particles are made of gold nanoparticle cores covered by a thin layer of metallic nickel and a poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (pNIPAM) shell. While the gold cores provide(More)
The volume phase transition of colloidal microgels made of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM) is well-studied and it is known that the transition temperature can be influenced by copolymerization. A series of poly( N-isopropylacrylamide- co-allylacetic acid) copolymers with different contents of allylacetic acid (AAA) was synthesized by means of a simple radical(More)
Emissive molecular probes based on amino acid moieties are very appealing because of their application as new building blocks in peptide synthesis. Two new bioinspired coumarin probes (L1 and L2) were synthesized and fully characterized by elemental analysis, infrared, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, UV-vis absorption and emission spectroscopy, matrix-assisted laser(More)
Multipod Au nanoparticles (nanostars) with single crystalline tips were synthesized in extremely high yield through the reduction of HAuCl(4) in a concentrated solution of poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) in N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF), in the presence of preformed Au nanoparticle seeds, but with no need for external energy sources. Nanostar dispersions display(More)
The growth mechanism from pentatwinned (PTW) gold nanorods into truncated quasi-decahedral particles when a gold salt (HAuCl₄) is reduced by N, N-dimethylformamide (DMF) in the presence of poly(vinylpyrrolidone), was elucidated through a combination of different techniques, including transmission and scanning electron microscopy, high resolution TEM and(More)
A time-resolved study of the formation of AuAg alloy nanoparticles during boiling of AgNO3 and HAuCl4 in the presence of sodium citrate has been performed by monitoring the UV-visible spectra of the solutions. This study reveals clear differences with respect to the formation of pure Au particles, and suggests that gold and silver nanoparticles nucleate(More)