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Seed-mediated growth of noble metal nanocrystals: crystal growth and shape control

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Abstract

Controlled synthesis of noble metal nanocrystals has received enormous attention due to the ability of tailoring the properties of nanocrystals by tuning their shape, size, and composition. The seed-mediated growth method is one of the most reliable and versatile methods to control the shapes of noble metal nanocrystals. This feature article highlights recent strategies regarding shape-controlled synthesis of noble metal nanocrystals by the seed-mediated growth method, with the aim of introducing new strategies and offering new mechanistic insights into nanocrystal shape evolution. Critical parameters affecting the nucleation and growth of noble metal NCs are systemically introduced and analyzed. New developments of extended seed-mediated growth methods were also introduced. Finally, the perspectives of future research on the seed-mediated growth method are also discussed.

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Submitted
12 Jan 2013
Accepted
02 Feb 2013
First published
06 Feb 2013

Nanoscale, 2013,5, 3172-3181
Article type
Feature Article

Seed-mediated growth of noble metal nanocrystals: crystal growth and shape control

W. Niu, L. Zhang and G. Xu, Nanoscale, 2013, 5, 3172
DOI: 10.1039/C3NR00219E

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