Gold coated iron phosphide core-shell structures

Anna T. Kelly, Carly S. Filgueira, Desmond E. Schipper, Naomi J. Halas, Kenton H. Whitmire

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Core-shell particles Fe2P@Au have been prepared beginning with Fe2P nanorods, nanocrosses and nanobundles prepared from the solvothermal decomposition of H2Fe3(CO)93-PtBu). Iron phosphide structures can be produced from a single-source organometallic precursor with morphological control by varying the surfactant conditions to yield fiber bundles and dumbbell-shaped bundles ranging from nanometers to microns. Derivatization of the surfaces with γ-aminobutyric acid was used to attach Au nanoparticle seeds to the surface of the Fe2P nanoparticles followed by completion of the Au shell by reduction with formaldehyde or aqueous HAuCl4/CO, with the latter giving somewhat better results. Shell thickness ranged from an incomplete, partially coated Au shell to a thickness of 65 ± 21 nm by varying the amount of gold decorated precursor particles. Increasing the thicknesses of the Au shells produced a redshift in the plasmonic resonance of the resulting structures as was observed previously for FeOx@Au.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25848-25854
Number of pages7
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number42
StatePublished - 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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