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J Phys Chem B. 2006 Oct 5;110(39):19315-8.

High-temperature seedless synthesis of gold nanorods.

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  • 1Centre for Micro-Photonics, Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, P.O. Box 218, Hawthorn, 3122 VIC, Australia.


We demonstrate seedless synthesis of gold nanorods at high temperatures up to 97 degrees C. Using the correct silver nitrate concentration is crucial for formation of rod-shaped particles at all temperatures. We observed a decrease of nanorod length with increasing temperature, while the width stays constant throughout the temperature range. From kinetics studies, we show 3 orders of magnitude increase in nanorod growth rate when the temperature is raised from room temperature to 97 degrees C. From the temperature dependence of the growth rate, we obtain a average activation energy for growth on all facets of 90 +/- 10 kJ mol(-1). High-temperature synthesis of gold nanorods presents a more attractive method for scalable flow-based production of gold nanorods.

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