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Colloidal Au–Cu alloy nanoparticles: synthesis, optical properties and applications

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Abstract

In this review, we discuss the recent advances in the shape-controlled synthesis and characterization of colloidal Au–Cu alloy nanostructures. Then we review the studies on the plasmonic properties of the Au–Cu alloy nanoparticles, which are different from that of the nanoparticles composed of pure Au or Cu due to the synergism between Au and Cu. The Au–Cu nanoparticles with tunable composition and geometry have been applied in heterogeneous catalysis for many reactions such as CO2 reduction and have shown good catalytic activity. They have also been demonstrated to be effective in killing tumor cells using photothermal therapy. At the end of this review, we provide our perspective on the future work on the synthesis and applications of Au–Cu alloy nanoparticles.

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The article was received on 21 Nov 2017, accepted on 03 Apr 2018 and first published on 04 Apr 2018


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7QM00538E
Citation: Mater. Chem. Front., 2018, Advance Article
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    Colloidal Au–Cu alloy nanoparticles: synthesis, optical properties and applications

    S. Thota, Y. Wang and J. Zhao, Mater. Chem. Front., 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7QM00538E

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