Surface Modification of Gold Nanostars Through the Changes on Gold Seed Concentrations

Juan Carlos Martinez Espinosa, Miguel Jose Yacaman, German Plascencia Villa, Victor Hugo Romero Arellano, Ana Karen Zavala Raya

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Due to its excellent optical properties, gold nanomaterials with anisotropic morphology are playing an important role in biomedical applications, specifically in the use of Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) technique for biological assays. In this work, we verified the behavior of the star shape nanoparticle peaks obtained by chemical synthesis (precursor reactant: HAuCl4, cationic surfactant: CTAB) and whose peaks were formed from the different concentrations of gold seeds (55, 65, 75 and 85 ul) which were added to the total solution (5.275 ml). The shape and size of the nanoparticles was verified with a Hitachi S-5500 microscope with a BF & DF SEM/STEM detector, and for the diameter distribution (hydrodynamic) was carried out by the dynamic light distribution technique with a Malvern DLS system Zetasizer Nano ZS. Particle sizes (peak-to-peak considering) were obtained with variations from 107 to 166 nm. The results suggest adding 75 ul of gold seeds to obtain uniform nanostars with well defined peaks. These gold nano-stars could be applied for identification of specific membrane markers for the study of different types of cancer by the SERS technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2449-2454
Number of pages6
JournalMRS Advances
Issue number41
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • chemical synthesis
  • nanostructure
  • optical properties
  • scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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