Instant synthesis of gold nanoparticles at room temperature and SERS applications

R. Britto Hurtado, M. Cortez-Valadez, L. P. Ramírez-Rodríguez, Eduardo Larios-Rodriguez, Ramón A.B. Alvarez, O. Rocha-Rocha, Y. Delgado-Beleño, C. E. Martinez-Nuñez, H. Arizpe-Chávez, A. R. Hernández-Martínez, M. Flores-Acosta

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Nowadays, gold nanoparticles (AuNps) can be used in a variety of applications, thus efficient methods to produce them are necessary. Several methods have been proposed in this area, but NPs production time is one limitation of these approaches. In this study, we propose a high competitive method to synthesize gold colloidal nanoparticles, instantaneously, using no-toxic reducing agents. These substances allow the instantaneous synthesis at room temperature, even without magnetic stirrers, ovens or ultrasonic baths. Optic analysis showed two absorption bands, associated with surface Plasmon as function of HAuCl4 concentration. The nanoparticles synthesized have a 10–20 nm size, seen by the transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Therefore, it was possible to obtain several geometric patterns of AuNps, and the synthesis was performed reducing significantly processing time. Additionally, Mie and Fuchs theories were used to predict the location of the absorption bands linked to the plasmon surface in gold nanoparticles. The Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) effect was analyzed considering natural zeolite (Chabazite) as analyte, in order to determinate its possible application in soil analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2658-2663
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number34
StatePublished - 6 Aug 2016

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  • Geometrical gold structures
  • Gold nanoparticles
  • Instant synthesis
  • SERS effect in minerals
  • Surface plasmon in cubic and spherical gold nanoparticles


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