Synthesis of gold hexagonal bipyramids directed by planar-twinned silver triangular nanoprisms

Michelle L. Personick, Mark R. Langille, Jinsong Wu, Chad A. Mirkin*

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The direct growth of planar-twinned Au nanoparticles (NPs) in high yield remains a challenge in shape-controlled NP synthesis largely because suitable planar-twinned seeds for Au NP growth have not been identified to date. Herein we describe the use of planar-twinned Ag triangular nanoprisms as a means to dictate Au NP twin structure. In a one-pot process, the Ag triangular nanoprisms first undergo oxidative Au replacement, forming Ag-Au alloy nanoframes and concomitantly releasing Ag+ into solution, which then directs subsequent Au NP growth through an underpotential deposition process. The planar-twinned structure of the initial Ag nanoprism is maintained throughout particle growth. Using this method, we have successfully synthesized Au hexagonal bipyramids in high yield for the first time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3800-3803
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number10
StatePublished - Mar 13 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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