Aqueous synthesis of highly monodisperse sub-100 nm AgCl nanospheres/cubes and their plasmonic nanomesh replicas as visible-light photocatalysts and single SERS probes

Jang Ho Joo, Hyunku Shin, Kihun Kwon, Soonwoo Hong, Han Jung Ryu, Yeonho Choi, Jae Seung Lee

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Despite the distinctive electrochemical and photocatalytic properties of nanostructured silver chloride (AgCl), the shape- and size-dependence of their properties have not been thoroughly investigated to date. The most substantial reason responsible for this incomplete study and the subsequent limited applications is the failure in controlling the structure of AgCl nanomaterials, mainly owing to the challenging synthetic conditions including organic phase and high reaction temperature. In this work, we reported a rapid one-pot room-temperature aqueous synthesis of highly monodisperse sub-100 nm AgCl nanomaterials with various shapes and sizes by controlling the precursor (Ag+ and AuCl4 -) ratios. The remaining unreacted metal precursors (Ag+ and AuCl4 -) used to produce AgClNC were subsequently reduced by ascorbic acid on the surface of the synthesized AgCl nanomaterials to form Ag/Au bimetallic nanomesh structures (AgClNC#AuAgCMs and SMs). After the removal of the AgCl nanotemplates, only nanomesh structures (AuAgCMs and SMs) were obtained. Importantly, we successfully decreased the size of the AgCl nanomaterials which were replicated into bimetallic spherical and cubic nanomesh structures that were small enough (∼100 nm) to show intense surface-plasmon-absorption bands. Based on these unique chemical and physical properties, we could take advantage of the plasmonic photocatalysis properties of the complex comprising semiconducting AgCl/metallic nanomesh replica for the complete removal of the environmentally harmful Cr6+ in the presence of sacrificial agents such as formic acid. Finally, the novel bimetallic nanomesh structures proved themselves to exhibit intense surface-enhanced Raman scattering properties in a single-particle enhancing the electromagnetic field.

Original languageEnglish
Article number295604
Issue number29
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Apr 29

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the NRF funded by the Korean government, MSIP (NRF2015M3A9D7031015, NRF-2018R1A1A1A05079384 and NRF-2016R1A5A1010148). The electron microscopy images and XPS spectra were obtained at the Seoul center and Busan center of the Korea Basic Science Institute (KBSI, Republic of Korea), respectively.

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© 2019 IOP Publishing Ltd.


  • AgCl
  • SERS
  • metal-semiconductor
  • photocatalysis
  • surface plasmon resonance
  • template synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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