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Controlled growth and optical response of a semi-hollow plasmonic nanocavity and ultrathin sulfide nanosheets on Au/Ag platelets

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Abstract

Herein, we report a strategy to construct a semi-hollow plasmonic nanocavity and grow ultrathin sulfide nanosheets inside. The competition and cooperation of Au deposition with Ag etching based on flat Ag nanoplates are proposed. For the establishment of the semi-hollow nanocavity, Au shells are grown on Ag nanoplates, which serve as a stable frame, followed by partial etching of the Ag nanoplates. By controlling the thickness of the initial Ag nanoplates or the injected amount of etchant, the nanocavity size is fine-tuned. Significantly, the remaining unetched Ag layers provide a flat platform for the growth of 2D ultrathin sulfides of Ag2S and CdS inside the semi-hollow plasmonic nanocavity. Strong plasmon resonance and large local field enhancement are exhibited inside the plasmonic cavity where the ultrathin semiconductor sulfides are grown, indicating strong plasmon–exciton interactions in the hybrids. Furthermore, this synthetic approach is extended to grow other metal sulfides such as Bi2S3 and PbS. The combination of a flat plasmonic cavity with ultrathin semiconductor nanosheets in this study provides a new strategy for the development of unique plasmon-based hybrids with excellent optical properties.

Graphical abstract: Controlled growth and optical response of a semi-hollow plasmonic nanocavity and ultrathin sulfide nanosheets on Au/Ag platelets

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The article was received on 03 Oct 2017, accepted on 08 Dec 2017 and first published on 11 Dec 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7NR07362C
Citation: Nanoscale, 2018, Advance Article
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    Controlled growth and optical response of a semi-hollow plasmonic nanocavity and ultrathin sulfide nanosheets on Au/Ag platelets

    Y. Xie, G. Pan, Y. Li, K. Chen, Y. Lin, L. Zhou and Q. Wang, Nanoscale, 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7NR07362C

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