Date of Award
M.S. in Chemistry
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Steven R. Davis
Au144-xCux(SR)60 alloy nanomolecules were synthesized and characterized by using ESI-MS to atomic precision. A maximum of 23 copper atoms replace the gold atoms; when the number of copper atoms is higher than eight, a surface plasmon-like peak appears at ∼520 nm. Based on the fundamental, elemental properties of Au and Cu, we predict a mixed atomic ordering and incorporation into the Au12 and Au 42 shells of the proposed icosahedral structured model. Alloy nanomolecules reported here could have potential applications in the field of catalysis and optical sensors.
Dharmaratne, Asantha Champika, "Effective tuning of bimetallic composition of gold-copper nanomolecules and the emergence of plasmon-like feature in optical spectra" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1287.