Diffusion linked solidification model of axisymmetric growth of gold nanorods

Tyler R. Ray, Catherine J. Murphy, Sarah C. Baxter

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Colloidal gold nanospheres have been used in a variety of applications since the Middle Ages, when artisans blended tissue paper thin gold sheets into molten glass, creating stained glass panels with rich ruby red hues. Despite both substantial interest and well-established procedures for producing nanoparticles of various shapes, little is known about the growth mechanisms that govern the formation of shapes such as rods, cubes, tetrahedrons, and dog-bones. Understanding these mechanisms is an important step in developing applications using nanoparticles. With more finely defined controls, metallic nanoparticles could be fabricated or grown in desired shapes with far less trial and error, offering greater potential for complex and functional nanostructures. In this work, a cellular automata model is used to model the growth of high aspect ratio gold nanorods. One mechanism that has been suggested for nanorod growth is competitive binding between the colloidal gold in solution and a surfactant, which functions as a structure-directing agent. The model incorporates experimental conditions in the framework of this competitive binding. Results suggest that cellular automata modeling can be a computationally efficient means of modeling the competitive and non-deterministic interactions involved in the growth of gold nanorods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Mathematical Modeling and Experimental Methods for Materials and ructures
Subtitle of host publicationThe Jacob Aboudi Volume
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSolid Mechanics and its Applications
ISSN (Print)0925-0042

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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