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Development of new methods for the synthesis of plasmonically-active precious metal rods and shells

Funding: 2006: $20,000
2007: $40,000
2008: $40,000
2009: $20,000

Project Member(s): Cortie, M.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)
AGR Matthey (AGR Matthey Partnership Fund)

Start year: 2006

Summary: This project is a collaboration between industry and academia to develop a scientific understanding of the issues inherent in the large scale production of speciality gold and silver nanoparticles. The shapes of interest are `core-shell particles¿ and `nanorods¿, which have optical absorptions that can be tuned into the near-infrared. These particles are currently being investigated around the world for uses in biomedical imaging, in solar glazing, in medical applications, and ultra-sensitive chemical analyses. The mechanisms by which these particles can be produced by wet chemical synthesis will be clarified, and novel methods to achieve reproducible production of them in large quantities explored.


De Silva, KSB, Keast, VJ, Gentle, A & Cortie, MB 2017, 'Optical properties and oxidation ofα-phase Ag–Al thin films', Nanotechnology, vol. 28, no. 9, pp. 095202-095202.
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Keywords: gold nanoparticles, precious metals, silver nanoparticles, nanorods, nanoshells, core shell particles,

FOR Codes: Nanotechnology, Materials Engineering not elsewhere classified, Colloid and Surface Chemistry, Manufactured products not elsewhere classified, Nanotechnology not elsewhere classified, Essential Oils (e.g. Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Boronia, Sandalwood), Materials engineering not elsewhere classified , Essential oils