The decomposition of gold hydroxide to give metallic gold is known to take place around 300 °C in dry environments. However, little information about the gold hydroxide stability in wet environments has been recorded. Here, we present experimental evidence which shows that aqueous/water-enriched gold(iii) hydroxide colloids decompose spontaneously to form gold nanoparticles at temperature values above the freezing point of water. Based on this reaction, we developed a method to decorate silica spheres with gold nanoparticles by precipitation and decomposition of gold(iii) hydroxide onto the silica surface in wet media by a simple one-pot/one-step protocol. The silica-gold nanostructures are prepared in high yield and with a low level of by-products.
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