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ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2014 Feb 12;6(3):1999-2002. doi: 10.1021/am5000068. Epub 2014 Jan 16.

Fabrication of bifunctional gold/gelatin hybrid nanocomposites and their application.

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School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing , Beijing 100083, China.


Herein, a facile method is presented to integrate large gold nanoflowers (∼80 nm) and small gold nanoparticles (2-4 nm) into a single entity, exhibiting both surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and catalytic activity. The as-prepared gold nanoflowers were coated by a gelatin layer, in which the gold precursor was adsorbed and in situ reduced into small gold nanoparticles. The thickness of the gelatin shell is controlled to less than 10 nm, ensuring that the small gold nanoparticles are still in a SERS-active range of the inner Au core. Therefore, the reaction catalyzed by these nanocomposites can be monitored in situ using label-free SERS spectroscopy. In addition, these bifunctional nanocomposites are also attractive candidates for application in SERS monitoring of bioreactions because of their excellent biocompatibility.

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