Gold Nanoclusters, Gold Nanoparticles, and Analytical Techniques for Their Characterization

Germán Plascencia-Villa, Rubén Mendoza-Cruz, Lourdes Bazán-Díaz, Miguel José-Yacamán

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Many reliable and reproducible methods exist for manufacturing gold nanoparticles with the desired and specific compositions, structures, arrangements, and physicochemical properties. In this report, we review the key principles guiding the formation and growth of nanoclusters, their evolution into nanoparticles, and the role and contribution of coatings. We describe a range of imaging methods for characterization of nanoparticles at atomic resolution and a range of spectroscopy methods for structural and physicochemical characterization of such nanoparticles. This chapter concludes with a short review of the emergent applications of nanoparticles in biosciences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages32
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745
ISSN (Electronic)1940-6029


  • Amino acids
  • Ascorbic acid
  • Capping agents
  • Carboxy mercaptobenzoic acid
  • Citrate
  • Electron microscopy
  • Glutathione
  • Monosaccharides
  • Nanoclusters
  • Nanoparticles
  • Nanostructure
  • Physicochemical properties
  • Scanning transmission electron microscopy
  • Spectroscopy
  • Superatoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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