2D freestanding Janus gold nanocrystal superlattices

Qianqian Shi, Daniel E. Gómez, Dashen Dong, Debabrata Sikdar, Runfang Fu, Yiyi Liu, Yumeng Zhao, Detlef M. Smilgies, Wenlong Cheng

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2D freestanding nanocrystal superlattices represent a new class of advanced metamaterials in that they can integrate mechanical flexibility with novel optical, electrical, plasmonic, and magnetic properties into one multifunctional system. The freestanding 2D superlattices reported to date are typically constructed from symmetrical constituent building blocks, which have identical structural and functional properties on both sides. Here, a general ligand symmetry-breaking strategy is reported to grow 2D Janus gold nanocrystal superlattice sheets with nanocube morphology on one side yet with nanostar on the opposite side. Such asymmetric metallic structures lead to distinct wetting and optical properties as well as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) effects. In particular, the SERS enhancement of the nanocube side is about 20-fold of that of the nanostar side, likely due to the combined “hot spot + lightening-rod” effects. This is nearly 700-fold of SERS enhancement as compared with the symmetric nanocube superlattices without Janus structures.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1900989
Number of pages6
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2019


  • freestanding
  • Janus
  • plasmonic
  • self-assembly
  • superlattices

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