Unravelling Thiol’s Role in Directing Asymmetric Growth of Au Nanorod–Au Nanoparticle Dimers
KAUST DepartmentAdvanced Membranes and Porous Materials Research Center
Applied Mathematics and Computational Science Program
Chemical Science Program
Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division
Electrical Engineering Program
Nanostructured Functional Materials (NFM) laboratory
PRIMALIGHT Research Group
Physical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division
Online Publication Date2015-12-17
Print Publication Date2016-01-13
Permanent link to this recordhttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/621670
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AbstractAsymmetric nanocrystals have practical significance in nanotechnologies but present fundamental synthetic challenges. Thiol ligands have proven effective in breaking the symmetric growth of metallic nanocrystals but their exact roles in the synthesis remain elusive. Here, we synthesized an unprecedented Au nanorod-Au nanoparticle (AuNR-AuNP) dimer structure with the assistance of a thiol ligand. On the basis of our experimental observations, we unraveled for the first time that the thiol could cause an inhomogeneous distribution of surface strains on the seed crystals as well as a modulated reduction rate of metal precursors, which jointly induced the asymmetric growth of monometallic dimers. © 2015 American Chemical Society.
CitationHuang J, Zhu Y, Liu C, Shi Z, Fratalocchi A, et al. (2016) Unravelling Thiol’s Role in Directing Asymmetric Growth of Au Nanorod–Au Nanoparticle Dimers. Nano Lett 16: 617–623. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b04329.
SponsorsThis research was supported by baseline research funds and competitive research funds (FCC/1/1972-03-01) to Y. H. from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society (ACS)
CollectionsArticles; Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Research Center; Applied Mathematics and Computational Science Program; Physical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division; PRIMALIGHT Research Group; Electrical and Computer Engineering Program; Chemical Science Program; Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering (CEMSE) Division
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