Functional superstructures constructed from metal nanoclusters (MNCs) hold great promise in providing highly tunable photoluminescence (PL), catalytic activity, photothermal stability, and biological functionality. However, their controlled synthesis with well-defined size, structure, and properties remains a significant challenge. Herein, we introduce a novel approach that combines depletion attraction and thermal activation to induce the in situ formation of spherical superclusters (AuSCs) from Au(I)-thiolate complexes within the assembly. Extensive characterization and electron tomographic reconstruction reveal that Au(I)-thiolate complexes can be sequentially transitioned into metallic Au0, resulting in hollow nanoshell-like structures with consistent size (∼110 nm) and diverse shell configurations. Our results demonstrate that AuSCs with thinner shells, containing a high concentration of Au(I)-thiolate complexes, exhibit the highest PL, while AuSCs with thicker shells, containing high concentrations of metallic gold atoms and low ligand density, show remarkable peroxidase-like nanozyme activity in the 3,3′,5,5′-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) oxidation reaction.
- Jufo-taso 3
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- Materials Science(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry