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In recent years, new strategies for silica coating of inorganic nanoparticles and organic nanomaterials, which differ from the classical methodologies, have emerged at the forefront of materials science. Silica as a coating material promises an unparalleled opportunity for enhancement of colloidal properties and functions by using core-shell rational(More)
The dependence of the spectral width of the longitudinal localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of individual gold nanorods protected by a silica shell is investigated as a function of their size. Experiments were performed using the spatial modulation spectroscopy technique that permits determination of both the spectral characteristics of the LSPR of(More)
We describe a simple and efficient methodology for the aqueous synthesis of stable, uniform, and size tunable Au@Ag core-shell nanoparticles (NPs) that are stabilized by citrate ions. The synthetic route is based on the stepwise Ag reduction on preformed Au NPs. The final size of the core-shell NPs and therefore their optical properties can be modulated at(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)
In this tutorial review, we summarise recent research into the controlled growth of gold nanoparticles of different morphologies and discuss the various chemical mechanisms that have been proposed to explain anisotropic growth. With the overview and discussion, we intended to select those published procedures that we consider more reliable and promising for(More)
Gold nanoparticles are readily oxidized by Au(III) in the presence of cetyl-trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB). Oxidation occurs preferentially at surface sites with higher curvature. Conversely, oxidation with cyanide ions in the absence of CTAB leads to uniform oxidation over the whole surface. Examples of the spatially directed oxidation are provided using(More)
Hydrophobic interactions constitute one of the most important types of nonspecific interactions in biological systems, which emerge when water molecules rearrange as two hydrophobic species come close to each other. The prediction of hydrophobic interactions at the level of nanoparticles (Brownian objects) remains challenging because of uncontrolled(More)
The thermoresponsive optical properties of Au nanorod-doped poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (Au NR-pNIPAM) microgels with different Au NR payloads and aspect ratios are presented. Since the volume phase transition of pure pNIPAM microgels is reversible, the optical response reversibility of Au NR-pNIPAM hybrids is systematically analyzed. Besides, extinction(More)
The layer-by-layer (LBL) assembly method, combined with the seeded growth technique, have been used to deposit gold shells on the surface of hematite (alpha-Fe(2)O(3)) spindles. While the LBL method yields dense coatings of preformed Au nanoparticles, when AuCl(-)(4) ions are further reduced by a mild reducing agent, thicker, rough nanostructured shells can(More)