TITLE

Enhanced thermal stability of silica-encapsulated metal nanoshells

AUTHOR(S)
Radloff, C.; Halas, N. J.
PUB. DATE
July 2001
SOURCE
Applied Physics Letters;7/30/2001, Vol. 79 Issue 5
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A silica-encapsulating layer of a 60–70 nm thickness is fabricated around composite nanoparticles consisting of a silica core and a gold shell (metal nanoshells). The outer silica layer provides greatly enhanced thermal stability to the nanoparticle, effectively raising its melting temperature by 300° relative to uncoated nanoshells. Both spectroscopic and microscopic structural evaluations are used to assess changes in the nanostructure when subjected to potentially destructive heating cycles. This encapsulation method may prove valuable in enhancing the thermal stability of other types of assembled nanostructures and nanoscale photonic materials. © 2001 American Institute of Physics.
ACCESSION #
4864254

 

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