Multi-layer nanoshells comprising a metallic or conducting shell
AuthorHalas, Nancy J.; Radloff, Corey J.
Composite particles containing metallic shell layers are provided. The particles may include a coating layer, such as of a protective or electrically non-conducting material, over an outermost metallic shell layer. The particle preferably has a plasmon resonance associated with at least one metallic shell layer. The coating layer preferably imparts improved thermal stability to the plasmon resonance. Further, the present invention relates to particles that include at least two metallic shell layers, separated by a coating layer. The addition of a second metallic shell layer preferably allows the plasmon resonance of the shell layer to be more red-shifted with respect to a colloidal particle of the metal that the plasmon resonance of a particle of the same size but with only a single metallic shell.
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