Type I collagen-mediated synthesis and assembly of UV-photoreduced gold nanoparticles and their application in surface-enhanced Raman scattering
Wei, Gang Wang, Li Sun, Lanlan Song, Yonghai Sun, Yujing Guo, Cunlan Yang, Tao Li, Zhuang # ×
Amer chemical soc
Journal of physical chemistry c vol:111 issue:5 pages:1976-1982
We reported a simple method to synthesize gold nanoparticles (NPs) by photoreducing HAuCl4 in acetic acid solution in the presence of type I collagen. It was found that the collagen takes an important role in the formation of gold NPs. The introduction of collagen made the shape of the synthesized gold nanocrystals change from triangular and hexangular gold nanoplates to size-uniform NPs. On the other hand, thanks to the special characters of collagen molecules, such as its linear nanostructure, are positively charged when the pH < 7, and the excellent self-assembly ability, photoreduced gold NPs were assembled onto the collagen chains and formed gold NPs films and networks. A typical probe molecule, 4-aminothiophenol, was used to test the surface-enhanced Raman scattering activity of these gold NPs films and networks and the results indicated good Raman activity on these substrates.