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Issue 29, 2012
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Synthesis and characterization of Au-core Ag-shell nanoparticles from unmodified apoferritin

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Abstract

Narrow-size distributed, water-soluble Au-core Ag-shell nanoparticles with a size range from 1 to 5 nm are synthesized using unmodified apoferritin as a template. Fast protein liquid chromatography reveals that the nanoparticles are formed inside the apoferritin cavity and are stable in aqueous solution. Electron microscopy shows that the particles are uniform in size and composed of both Au and Ag. In addition, extended X-ray absorption fine structure confirms that the particles have a core–shell structure with a Au core covered with a Ag shell. By varying the loading amounts of the silver precursor, the Ag shell thickness is controlled from one layer to several layers.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and characterization of Au-core Ag-shell nanoparticles from unmodified apoferritin

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The article was received on 01 Feb 2012, accepted on 11 May 2012 and first published on 16 May 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2JM30633F
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2012,22, 14458-14464
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    Synthesis and characterization of Au-core Ag-shell nanoparticles from unmodified apoferritin

    T. Li, S. Chattopadhyay, T. Shibata, R. E. Cook, J. T. Miller, N. Suthiwangcharoen, S. Lee, R. E. Winans and B. Lee, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 14458
    DOI: 10.1039/C2JM30633F

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