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Issue 42, 2017, Issue in Progress

Gold coated iron phosphide core–shell structures

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Core–shell particles Fe2P@Au have been prepared beginning with Fe2P nanorods, nanocrosses and nanobundles prepared from the solvothermal decomposition of H2Fe3(CO)93-PtBu). Iron phosphide structures can be produced from a single-source organometallic precursor with morphological control by varying the surfactant conditions to yield fiber bundles and dumbbell-shaped bundles ranging from nanometers to microns. Derivatization of the surfaces with γ-aminobutyric acid was used to attach Au nanoparticle seeds to the surface of the Fe2P nanoparticles followed by completion of the Au shell by reduction with formaldehyde or aqueous HAuCl4/CO, with the latter giving somewhat better results. Shell thickness ranged from an incomplete, partially coated Au shell to a thickness of 65 ± 21 nm by varying the amount of gold decorated precursor particles. Increasing the thicknesses of the Au shells produced a redshift in the plasmonic resonance of the resulting structures as was observed previously for FeOx@Au.

Graphical abstract: Gold coated iron phosphide core–shell structures

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26 Jan 2017
08 May 2017
First published
15 May 2017

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RSC Adv., 2017,7, 25848-25854
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Gold coated iron phosphide core–shell structures

A. T. Kelly, C. S. Filgueira, D. E. Schipper, N. J. Halas and K. H. Whitmire, RSC Adv., 2017, 7, 25848 DOI: 10.1039/C7RA01195D

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