Simple fabrication of metallic colloidal doublets having electrical connectivity

Joseph J. McDermott, Darrell Velegol

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A method is described for fabricating metallic colloidal doublets of gold - gold, silver - silver, and gold - silver. Individual gold and silver spheres of micrometer diameter were synthesized by the aggregation of nanoparticles. Then, by controlling aggregation using ionic strength, yields of doublets above 20% were obtained by the salting-quenching technique. The gold - gold and silver - silver homodoublets were very stable mechanically, even in sonication; the gold - silver heterodoublets were slightly less stable than the homodoublets in sonication. Electrical connectivity between the gold-silver heterodoublets was verified by observing the autoelectrophoresis of gold - silver doublets in 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. The generality of the salting out and quenching technique is demonstrated here, and the finding that the particles are electrically connected will be of great significance in a number of applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4335-4339
Number of pages5
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 15 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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