The vast majority of theses in this collection are open access and freely available. There are a small number of theses that have access restricted to the WWU campus. For off-campus access to a thesis labeled "Campus Only Access," please log in here with your WWU universal ID, or talk to your librarian about requesting the restricted thesis through interlibrary loan.
Date Permissions Signed
Date of Award
Department or Program Affiliation
Master of Science (MS)
Bao, Ying (Materials scientist)
Rider, David A. (Materials scientist)
Gold nanoparticles, particularly gold nanorods, have been widely used as sensors and imaging agents due to their unique and tunable morphology-dependent properties and intriguing plasmonic resonance. However, the increasing need of new materials with enhanced properties and functionality led scientists to discover novel hybrid nanomaterials, which involves the formation of two or more components into one nanoplatform. Hence, gold nanorod-based hybrid nanomaterials exhibit simultaneous synergistic effects between the phenomenal plasmonic properties from gold nanorods and the intrinsic properties of the other constituents. The functionality of gold nanorod-based hybrid nanomaterials greatly increases due to its enhanced performance characteristics, which directly impacts the research interests in the chemical, biological, and environmental fields. In this work, we successfully fabricated several different types of gold nanorod-based hybrid nanomaterials: silica coated gold nanorods, metals-tipped silica coated gold nanorods, silica encapsulated silver coated gold nanorods, and silica encapsulated Pt plated gold nanorods. The fundamental understandings of each of these hybrid nanomaterials are investigated in terms of its mechanism and plasmonic properties, as well as its impact on various applications such as surface enhanced Raman scattering and catalysis.
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
Nanoparticles--Research; Nanostructured materials; Materials handling; Composite materials
Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author’s written permission.
Wang, Maggie, "Plasmonic-based hybrid nanomaterial: from synthesis to application" (2020). WWU Graduate School Collection. 968.