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Structure and microstructure of near infrared-absorbing Au–Au2S nanoparticles

  • Mei Chee Tan (a1), Jackie Y. Ying (a2) and Gan Moog Chow (a3)


Near infrared (NIR) absorbing nanoparticles synthesized by the reduction of HAuCl4 with Na2S exhibited absorption bands at ∼530 nm, and in the NIR region of 650–1100 nm. The NIR optical properties were not found to be related to the earlier proposed Au2S–Au core-shell microstructure in previous studies. From a detailed study of the structure and microstructure of as-synthesized particles in this work, S-containing, Au-rich, multiply-twinned nanoparticles were found to exhibit NIR absorption. They consisted of amorphous AuxS (where x = 2), mostly well mixed within crystalline Au, with a small degree of surface segregation of S. Therefore, NIR absorption was likely due to interfacial effects on particle polarization from the introduction of AuxS into Au particles, and not the dielectric confinement of plasmons associated with a core-shell microstructure.


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Structure and microstructure of near infrared-absorbing Au–Au2S nanoparticles

  • Mei Chee Tan (a1), Jackie Y. Ying (a2) and Gan Moog Chow (a3)


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