Hollow Gold Nanoparticles Produced by Femtosecond Laser Irradiation

Juan Carlos Castro-Palacio, Konstantin Ladutenko, Alejandro Prada, Guillermo González-Rubio, Pablo Díaz-Núñez, Andrés Guerrero-Martínez, Pedro Fernández de Córdoba, Jorge J Kohanoff, José Manuel Perlado, Ovidio Peña-Rodríguez, Antonio Rivera

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Metallic hollow nanoparticles exhibit interesting optical properties that can be controlled by geometrical parameters. Irradiation with femtosecond laser pulses has emerged recently as a valuable tool for reshaping and size modification of plasmonic metal nanoparticles, thereby enabling the synthesis of nanostructures with unique morphologies. In this letter, we use classical molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the solid-to-hollow conversion of gold nanoparticles upon femtosecond laser irradiation. Here, we suggest an efficient method to produce hollow nanoparticles under certain specific conditions, namely that the particles should be heated to a maximum temperature between 2500 and 3500 K, followed by a fast quenching to room temperature, with cooling rates below 120 ps. Therefore, we advance the experimental conditions to efficiently produce hollow nanoparticles, opening a broad range of possibilities for applications in key areas, such as energy storage and catalysis.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Early online date17 Jun 2020
Publication statusEarly online date - 17 Jun 2020

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    Castro-Palacio, J. C., Ladutenko, K., Prada, A., González-Rubio, G., Díaz-Núñez, P., Guerrero-Martínez, A., Fernández de Córdoba, P., Kohanoff, J. J., Perlado, J. M., Peña-Rodríguez, O., & Rivera, A. (2020). Hollow Gold Nanoparticles Produced by Femtosecond Laser Irradiation. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpclett.0c01233