Chemical and Biomolecular Research Papers -- Faculty Authors Series


Date of this Version

January 2008


Published in Published in Nanotechnology 19 (2008), 065604 (5 pp); doi: 10.1088/0957-4484/19/6/065604. Copyright © 2008 IOP Publishing Ltd. Used by permission.


Silver nanocubes were synthesized for the first time in large quantities on gold seed in the presence of a polyelectrolyte using microwave heating for 60–120 s. Our experiment indicates that the polyelectrolyte directs the growth of the particle in a specified crystallographic direction resulting in the faceted particle, i.e. a nanocube. The nanocubes are stable for at least 2 months in ambient conditions.