Designing hollow nano gold golf balls

Preston B. Landon, Alexander H. Mo, Chen Zhang, Chris D. Emerson, Adam D. Printz, Alan F. Gomez, Christopher J. Delatorre, David A.M. Colburn, Paula Anzenberg, Matthew Eliceiri, Connor Oconnell, Ratnesh Lal

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Hollow/porous nanoparticles, including nanocarriers, nanoshells, and mesoporous materials have applications in catalysis, photonics, biosensing, and delivery of theranostic agents. Using a hierarchical template synthesis scheme, we have synthesized a nanocarrier mimicking a golf ball, consisting of (i) solid silica core with a pitted gold surface and (ii) a hollow/porous gold shell without silica. The template consisted of 100 nm polystyrene beads attached to a larger silica core. Selective gold plating of the core followed by removal of the polystyrene beads produced a golf ball-like nanostructure with 100 nm pits. Dissolution of the silica core produced a hollow/porous golf ball-like nanostructure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9937-9941
Number of pages5
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 9 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • gold shell
  • hierarchical
  • hollow
  • nanocarrier
  • porous
  • template

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science

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