Nano Research

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Ag+-assisted heterogeneous growth of concave Pd@Au nanocubes for surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)


heterogeneous growth, nanocube, concave, seeded growth


ABSTRACT AgNO3 is often used in the preparation of Au nanostructures since Ag-based substances (AgBS) can selectively be adsorbed on Au(100) and significantly modulate the growth of Au nanocrystals. High-index-faceted Au nanostructures have demonstrated excellent performance in catalysis and surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), thus attracting the interest of many researchers in the past several decades. Herein, high-index-faceted Pd@Au concave nanocubes (CNCs) were prepared using AgBS as growth-directing agents in the heterogeneous growth of Au on Pd nanocubes (NCs). During the growth of Pd@Au CNCs, Au atoms are initially deposited on the Pd{100} facets leading to the formation of thin Au shells, and then AgBS are quickly adsorbed on the formed Au(100), favoring the growth along and the formation of Pd@Au CNCs. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), high angle annular dark field (HAADF), and scanning transmission electron microscopy EDS (STEMEDS) were used to systematically investigate the growth of Pd@Au CNCs. We also demonstrated that the high-index-faceted Pd@Au CNCs exhibited excellent SERS performances.

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Tsinghua University Press