Benito Rodríguez-González

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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
It happens inside: highly active nanoreactors are prepared by encapsulating dendritic Pt nanoparticles (NPs) grown on a polystyrene template inside hollow porous silica capsules. The catalytic activity of these Pt NPs is preserved after encapsulation and template removal. Different metals, such as Ni, can thus be reduced inside the capsules, thereby leading(More)
Rational nanostructure manipulation has been used to prepare nanocomposites in which multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were embedded inside mesoporous layers of oxides (TiO(2), ZrO(2), or CeO(2)), which in turn contained dispersed metal nanoparticles (Pd or Pt). We show that the MWCNTs induce the crystallization of the oxide layer at room temperature(More)
The acoustic vibrations of gold nanorods coated with palladium were investigated as a function of Pd amount using ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy. Both the extensional and breathing vibrational modes of the nanorods were coherently excited and detected. This permits precise determination of their periods, which were found to decrease and increase with Pd(More)