Compartmentalization of gold nanoparticle clusters in hollow silica spheres and their assembly induced by an external electric field

Kanako Watanabe, Tom A.J. Welling, Sina Sadighikia, Haruyuki Ishii, Arnout Imhof, Marijn A. van Huis, Alfons van Blaaderen, Daisuke Nagao

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Assembly of plasmonic nanoparticle clusters having hotspots in a specific space is an effective way to efficiently utilize their plasmonic properties. In the assembly, however, bulk-like aggregates of the nanoparticles are readily formed by strong van der Waals forces, inducing a decrease of the properties. The present work proposes an advanced method to avoid aggregation of the clusters by encapsulating into a confined space of hollow silica interior. Hollow spheres incorporating gold nanoparticle clusters were synthesized by a surface-protected etching process. The observation of inner nanoparticles with liquid cell transmission electron microscopy experimentally proved that the nanoparticles moved as a cluster instead of as dispersed nanoparticles within the water-filled hollow compartment. The hollow spheres incorporating the nanoparticle clusters were assembled in the vicinity of electrodes by application of an external AC electric field, resulting in the enhancement of Raman intensities of probe molecules. The nanoparticle-cluster-containing hollow spheres were redispersed when the electric field was turned off, showing that the hollow silica spheres can act as a physical barrier to avoid the cluster aggregation. The Raman intensities were reversibly changed by switching the electric field on and off to control the assembled or dispersed states of the hollow spheres.

本文言語English
ページ(範囲)202-210
ページ数9
ジャーナルJournal of Colloid And Interface Science
566
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2020 4月 15

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 電子材料、光学材料、および磁性材料
  • 生体材料
  • 表面、皮膜および薄膜
  • コロイド化学および表面化学

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