Facile Synthesis of Ag Nanorods with No Plasmon Resonance Peak in the Visible Region by Using Pd Decahedra of 16 nm in Size as Seeds

Ming Luo, Hongwen Huang, Sang Il Choi, Chao Zhang, Robson Rosa Da Silva, Hsin Chieh Peng, Zhi Yuan Li, Jingyue Liu, Zhike He, Younan Xia

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This article describes a seed-mediated approach to the synthesis of Ag nanorods with thin diameters and tunable aspect ratios. The success of this method is built upon our recent progress in the synthesis of Pd decahedra as uniform samples, together with controllable sizes. When used as a seed, the Pd decahedron could direct the deposition of Ag atoms along the 5-fold axis to generate a nanorod, with its diameter being determined by the lateral dimension of the seed. We were able to generate Ag nanorods with uniform diameters down to 20 nm. Under the conditions we used for growth, symmetry breaking occurred as the Ag atoms were only deposited along one side of the Pd decahedral seed to generate a Ag nanorod with the Pd seed being positioned at one of its two ends. We also systematically investigated the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) properties of the Ag nanorods. With the transverse mode kept below 400 nm, the longitudinal mode could be readily tuned from the visible to the near-infrared region by varying the aspect ratio. As an important demonstration, we obtained Ag nanorods with no LSPR peak in the visible spectrum (400-800 nm), which are attractive for applications related to the fabrication of touchscreen displays, solar films, and energy-saving smart windows.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10523-10532
Number of pages10
JournalACS Nano
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Sep 15 2015



  • galvanic
  • nanorods
  • palladium
  • replacement
  • seed-mediated growth
  • silver

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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