A high local DNA concentration for nucleating a DNA/Fe coordination shell on gold nanoparticles†
Preparing DNA/Fe coordination nanoparticles in solution requires a high concentration of DNA. Herein we grew a DNA/Fe shell on DNA-functionalized gold nanoparticles. Taking advantage of the high local DNA density, the required DNA concentration decreased 60-fold, and the size can be controlled. This hybrid material allowed drug loading and colorimetric sensing.