ABSTRACT: We demonstrate a promising synthesis route based on pulsed laser dewetting of bilayer films (Ag and Co) to make bimetallic nanoparticle arrays. By combining experiment and theory we establish a parameter space for the independent control of composition and diameter for the bimetallic nanoparticles. As a result, physical properties, such as the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR), that depend on particle size and composition can be readily tuned over a wavelength range one order of magnitude greater than for pure Ag nanoparticles. The LSPR detection sensitivity of the bimetallic nanoparticles with narrow size distribution was found to be high-comparable with pure Ag (∼60 nm/RIU). Moreover, they showed significantly higher long-term environmental stability over pure Ag.
Nanotechnology 07/2012; 23(27):275604. · 3.98 Impact Factor