Direct growth of size-controlled gold nanoparticles on reduced graphene oxide film from bulk gold by tuning electric field: Effective methodology and substrate for surface enhanced Raman scattering study

Y. Hu, L. Lu, J. Liu, Wei Chen

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Electric field dependent size-controlled gold nanoparticles (NPs), with a mean size ranging from 8 nm to more than 60 nm, are directly grown from bulk gold onto reduced graphene oxide (rGO) film in 0.2 M HCl aqueous solutions by electrochemical method. The Au NPs' distribution, from gradient with small area uniformity to the large area homogeneous all over the rGO film, is fully dependent on the electric field distribution between two electrodes. The particle size could be controlled by both the applied voltage and reaction time. By employing a uniform electric field, a high density Au NPs-graphene hybrid film with the particle size of tens of nanometres could be obtained for a surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) active substrate showing a high sensitivity of detecting rhodamine B molecules with the concentration as low as nM level, which may offer an effective way for size and distribution controlled fabrication of graphene based noble metal nanocomposites for potential utilization in detection and catalysis. © 2012 The Royal Society of Chemistry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11994-12000
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Chemistry

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