Volume 90 Issue 12 | p. 37 | Concentrates
Issue Date: March 19, 2012

Star-Fruit-Shaped Gold Nanoparticles

Shape combines two useful nanoparticle structures, rods and stars, into one
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: starfruit, gold nanoparticles, nanorods, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

Researchers continually seek to craft nanoparticles with complex, exotic structures to produce unique properties. Now a duo of chemists has made gold nanoparticles that look like star fruit (Langmuir, DOI: 10.1021/la300218z). Eugene R. Zubarev and Leonid Vigderman of Rice University thought that combining star shapes and rod shapes into one particle could lead to ideal materials for chemical detection techniques such as . . .

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