Gold nanorod crystal growth: From seed-mediated synthesis to nanoscale sculpting

Catherine J. Murphy, Lucas B. Thompson, Davin J. Chernak, Jie An Yang, Sean T. Sivapalan, Stefano P. Boulos, Jingyu Huang, Alaaldin M. Alkilany, Patrick N. Sisco

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Gold nanorods have received tremendous attention in recent years due to their exciting potential applications in chemical sensing, biological imaging, drug delivery and phototherapeutics. A seed-mediated growth procedure in aqueous solution has been developed to produce these colloidal materials in reasonable quantities, with tunable shape. Details of the reaction chemistry, role of impurity ions, and their influence on the final product shape are still under debate. Subsequent chemistry on preformed nanorods can yield a variety of new shapes and functionalities for numerous applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-134
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2011


  • Gold
  • Nanorod
  • Shape
  • Synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • Surfaces and Interfaces


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