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Gold nanobowls (AuNBs) of ~5 nm in diameter grown on multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) were successfully synthesized via galvanic replacement of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). A 3-fold Raman signal enhancement of MWCNT was observed when Au replacement with Ag approached to completion. Moreover, AuNBs can be readily released from CNT surface via sonication with 1-octanethiol (OT). Our current method demonstrates a novel technique on producing smallest dimension of AuNBs so far simply achieved in wet chemical process.
Date of Conference: 20-23 Feb. 2011