Helium nanodroplet assisted synthesis of bimetallic Ag@Au nanoparticles with tunable localized surface plasmon resonance⋆
Institute of Experimental Physics, Graz University of Technology, Petersgasse 16, 8010 Graz, Austria
2 Institute of Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis & Graz Centre for Electron Microscopy, Graz University of Technology, Steyrergasse 17, 8010 Graz, Austria
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Received in final form: 22 March 2019
Published online: 21 May 2019
Nanoparticles with tunable localized surface plasmon resonance have been prepared by synthesis in helium nanodroplets. Subsequent surface deposition allows for the formation of substrates which can be employed for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). The assembly of Ag@Au core@shell clusters of about 5 nm diameter in helium droplets with different Ag:Au ratio allows to tune the surface plasmon resonance between the plain Ag resonance at 447 nm and the Au resonance at 555 nm. For the fabricated substrates only a single plasmon resonance is observed in the UV/vis absorption spectra. The prepared nanostructures have been functionalized with 4-methylbenzenethiol (4-MBT) molecules and SERS spectra have been recorded. The results demonstrate the potential of the helium droplet synthesis approach, opening up a new route to the formation of tailored plasmonic nanoparticles and functional nanostructures.
Key words: Clusters and Nanostructures
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