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Hybrid nanostructures composed of semiconductor and plasmonic metal components are receiving extensive attention. They display extraordinary optical characteristics that are derived from the simultaneous existence and close conjunction of localized surface plasmon resonance and semiconduction, as well as the synergistic interactions between the two(More)
The plasmon coupling between a Au nanorod and a small Au nanosphere has been studied with scattering measurements, electrodynamic simulations, and model analysis. The spatial perturbation of the nanosphere leads to distinct spectral changes of the heterodimer. The plasmonic responses, including Fano resonance, are remarkably sensitive to the nanosphere(More)
Transition metal oxides are widely used in solar cells, batteries, transistors, memories, transparent conductive electrodes, photocatalysts, gas sensors, supercapacitors, and smart windows. In many of these applications, large surface areas and pore volumes can enhance molecular adsorption, facilitate ion transfer, and increase interfacial areas; the(More)
Ag/Ag2S hybrid nanostructures have recently received much attention, because of their synthetically tunable plasmonic properties and enhanced chemical stability. Sulfidation of pregrown Ag nanocrystals is a facile process for making Ag/Ag2S nanostructures. Understanding the sulfidation process can help in finely controlling the compositional and structural(More)
The formation of different Au nanocrystal core-resin shell structures through the control of the nanocrystal assembly and shell polymerization is investigated. 4-Mercaptophenol is employed together with formaldehyde as the resin monomers. 4-Mercaptophenol molecules bond to the surface of Au nanocrystals so that the resultant phenolic resin can intimately(More)
With the development of Au nanorods for a number of biomedical applications, understanding their cellular responses has become increasingly important. In this study, we systematically evaluated the cellular uptake behaviour and cytotoxicity of Au nanorods with various surface coatings, including organic cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), poly(sodium(More)
Morphological control of multimetallic nanostructures is crucial for obtaining shape-dependent physical and chemical properties. Up to date, control of the shapes of multimetallic nanostructures has remained largely empirical. Multimetallic nanostructures have been produced mostly through seed-mediated growth. Understanding the role played by starting(More)
Gold nanorods have attracted intensive interest owing to their localized surface plasmon resonance properties and enormous potential applications. The transverse plasmon of Au nanorods is usually weaker than the longitudinal one, hampering certain plasmonic applications. Herein we report on the intensification of the transverse plasmon resonance by coating(More)