Bimetallic Multifunctional Core@Shell Plasmonic Nanoparticles for Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance Based Sensing and Electrocatalysis
Smart bimetallic core@shell nanoparticles were fabricated based on gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) decorated with pH-sensitive polymer shell. Concretely, AuNPs having poly(4-vinylpyridine) (P4VP) on the surface were first fabricated through surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-ATRP). Then, they were mixed with selected metal precursor solutions followed by reduction using reducing agent. The metal NPs thus introduced were uniformly distributed in P4VP polymer shells. In order to explore the diversity and viable function of the resultant nanostructures, we controlled the size of AuNP, pH, selectivity of metal precursors, etc. We investigated the structural alteration during the sequential synthetic process. The bimetallic nanostructures of AuNP@P4VP nanocomposites containing another type of metal NP at the P4VP periphery exhibit a controlled sensing property in terms of the change in the refractive index of surrounding media and a typical electrocatalytic activity for methanol oxidation reaction.