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Chem Soc Rev. 2006 Nov;35(11):1084-94. Epub 2006 Sep 6.

Gold nanostructures: engineering their plasmonic properties for biomedical applications.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-1700, USA.


The surface plasmon resonance peaks of gold nanostructures can be tuned from the visible to the near infrared region by controlling the shape and structure (solid vs. hollow). In this tutorial review we highlight this concept by comparing four typical examples: nanospheres, nanorods, nanoshells, and nanocages. A combination of this optical tunability with the inertness of gold makes gold nanostructures well suited for various biomedical applications.

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