Gold nanostructures: Engineering their plasmonic properties for biomedical applications

Min Hu, Jingyi Chen, Zhi Yuan Li, Leslie Au, Gregory V. Hartland, Xingde Li, Manuel Marquez, Younan Xia

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The surface plasmon resonance peaks of gold nanostructures can be tuned from the visible to the near infrared region by controlling the shape and structure (solid vs. hollow). In this tutorial review we highlight this concept by comparing four typical examples: nanospheres, nanorods, nanoshells, and nanocages. A combination of this optical tunability with the inertness of gold makes gold nanostructures well suited for various biomedical applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1084-1094
Number of pages11
JournalChemical Society Reviews
Issue number11
StatePublished - Oct 30 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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