Acta Phys. -Chim. Sin. ›› 2011, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (06): 1273-1286.doi: 10.3866/PKU.WHXB20110604

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Morphology-Controllable Noble Metal Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Optical Property and Growth Mechanism

CAO Yan-Li1, DING Xiao-Long1, LI Hong-Chen1, YI Zhao-Guang1, WANG Xiang-Fu1, ZHU Jie-Jun2, KAN Cai-Xia1   

  1. 1. Department of Applied Physics, College of Science, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 211100, P. R. China;
    2. National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, P. R. China
  • Received:2010-12-06 Revised:2011-04-02 Published:2011-05-31
  • Contact: KAN Cai-Xia
  • Supported by:

    The project was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (10704038, 51032002).


In the past two decades, noble metal nanoparticles have been the focus of intensive research due to their unique properties. Researchers have made many efforts to synthesize noble metals with sizes in the nanometer scale and investigated their size- and shape-dependent properties. In this article, we firstly give a brief review on recent synthesis of noble metal particles. Then we mainly discuss their growth mechanism and the relationship between the shape and optical properties. Finally, we highlight a number of potential applications of noble metal materials in some fields.

Key words: Noble metal, Nanoparticle, Morphology control, Optical property, Growth mechanism


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