Understanding metal-enhanced fluorescence and structural properties in Au@Ag core–shell nanocubes†
Au@Ag core–shell structures have received particular interest due to their localized surface plasmon resonance properties and great potential as oxygen reduction reaction catalysts and building blocks for self-assembly. In this study, Au@Ag core–shell nanocubes (Au@AgNCs) were fabricated in a facile manner via stepwise Ag reduction on Au nanoparticles (AuNPs). The size of the Au@AgNCs and their optical properties can be simply modulated by changing the Ag shell thickness. Structural characterization has been carried out by TEM, SAED, and XRD. The metal-induced fluorescence properties of probe molecules near the Au@AgNCs were measured during sedimentation of the Au@AgNCs. The unique ring-like building block of Au@AgNCs has dual optical functions as a fluorescence quencher or fluorescence enhancement medium depending on the assembled regions.