Silver, gold and the corresponding core shell nanoparticles: Synthesis and characterization

Fraser Douglas, Ramon Yañez, Josep Ros, Sergio Marín, Alfredo de La Escosura-Muñiz, Salvador Alegret, Arben Merkoçi

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Simple strategies for producing silver and gold nanoparticles (AgNP and AuNP) along with the corresponding core shell nanoparticles (Au-Ag and Ag-Au) by reduction of the metal salts AgBF4 and HAuCl4 by NaBH4 in water will be presented. The morphologies of the obtained nanoparticles are determined by the order of addition of reactants. The obtained NPs, with sizes in the range 3-40 nm, are characterized by transmission electronic microscopy (TEM) and UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, so as to evaluate their qualities. Moreover, a direct electrochemical detection protocol based on a cyclic voltammetry in water solution that involves the use of glassy carbon electrode is also applied to characterize the prepared NPs. The developed NPs and the related electroanalytical method seem to be with interest for future sensing and biosensing applications including DNA sensors and immunosensors. © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-106
JournalJournal of Nanoparticle Research
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008


  • Ag-Au nanoparticles
  • Au-Ag nanoparticles
  • Colloids
  • Cyclic voltammetry
  • Gold nanoparticles
  • Silver nanoparticles


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