Morphology-dependent voltage sensitivity of a gold nanostructure

Yu Huang, Mark C. Pitter, Michael Geoffrey Somekh

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Gold nanostructures of various morphologies, including nanospheres, nanorods, nanoprisms, and thin films, were immobilized on ITO-coated coverslips in order to investigate the response of their scattering to potential. Shifts in the plasmon band obtained by potential-modulated spectroscopic imaging indicated that the voltage sensitivity of the gold nanostructure is dependent on its morphology, with nanospheres exhibiting the lowest sensitivity and ultrathin gold films exhibiting the highest. The effects of potential on gold nanoparticles are in qualitative agreement with Mie and Gans' theories in which the shift of the gold plasma frequency is due to the charging-discharging of the nanoparticles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13950-13961
Number of pages12
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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