Plasmon-tunable Au@Ag core-shell spiky nanoparticles for surface-enhanced Raman scattering
localized surface plasmon resonance, gold, silver, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy
A facile synthetic approach has been developed to prepare uniform and size-tunable spiky Au@Ag core-shell nanoparticles (NPs) to tailor the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) properties. The gradual assembly of small Au nanocrystals allows the size of spiky Au NPs to be modulated from tens to several hundreds of nanometers by tuning the concentration of initial Au seeds and Au source; and the thickness of the Ag shell can be adjusted with stepwise reduction of Ag(I) ions. The LSPR bands of such spiky Au@Ag core-shell NPs resemble those of pure spiky Au NP cores of similar sizes in near-infrared region, and increasing the Ag shell thickness results in a blue shift and broadening of the LSPR band in the near-infrared region. Additionally, the spiky Au@Ag core-shell NPs exhibit improved surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity as compared to the bare spiky Au NPs and spherical Ag@Au NPs. This work has offered a facile route to synthesize plasmonic metal NPs with LSPR band in 650 to 800 nm that show strong enhancement of localized electromagnetic field, which provides an effective SERS substrate for SERS imaging and detection in biological fluids and tissues.
Tsinghua University Press
Zhulin Huang,Guowen Meng,Xiaoye Hu,Qijun Pan,Dexian Huo,Hongjian Zhou,Yan Ke,Nianqiang Wu, Plasmon-tunable Au@Ag core-shell spiky nanoparticles for surface-enhanced Raman scattering. NanoRes.2019, 12(2): 449–455