Conductive and SERS-active colloidal gold films spontaneously formed at a liquid/liquid interface Academic Article uri icon


  • We show that water-soluble gold thiocyanate salt [KAu (SCN) 4] spontaneously formed electrically-conductive and surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-active films at the interface between water and pentane. Microscopy and spectroscopic analyses reveal that the films comprised of condensed Au nanoparticles, assembled via crystallization of KAu (SCN) 4 and self-reduction of the Au3+ ions by the thiocyanate ligands. Importantly, the pentane phase was crucial in promoting the crystallization/reduction reactions. The Au films exhibited useful applications, including excellent conductivity and SERS sensing. We also show that the new film self-assembly process could be readily harnessed for producing macro-scale Au patterns.

publication date

  • January 1, 2016