Possible morphologies of Au Nanoparticles

12 Ideal polyhedral structures

Click the image for detailed comparisons of the ideal polyhedra with calculated gold structures.

IcosahedronDecahedrontwinned truncated octahedrontrigontruncated octahedrontruncated cubeoctahedroncuboctahedroncubecubo-truncated rhombic dodecahedronrhombic dodecahedronocto-truncated rhombic dodecahedron

The 12 morphologies of nanogold were calculated by considering both kinetic and thermodynamic influences. The above are all ideal structures. (A. S. Barnard, Accounts of Chemical Research, 2012, 45, 1688-1697.) The real structures can be made by polymer encapsulation.

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