New pathway for the controllable synthesis of gold nanoparticles on platinum substrates and their derivatives of polypyrrole/gold nanocomposites

Yu Chuan Liu, Chung Chin Yu

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The synthesis of gold nanoparticles with controllable particle sizes and densities on platinum substrates was first developed by sonoelectrochemical methods in this study. First, an Au substrate was cycled in a deoxygenated aqueous solution containing 0.1 M HCl from -0.28 to +1.22 V vs. Ag/AgCl at 500 mV/s with different scans. The durations at the cathodic and anodic vertexes are 10 and 5 s, respectively. After that Au-containing complexes were found existing in this aqueous solution. Subsequently, the Au working electrode was immediately replaced by a Pt electrode and different cathodic overpotentials and reduction time were employed under controlled sonication to synthesize Au nanoparticles on the Pt electrode. Then pyrrole (Py) monomers were encouragingly found to be autopolymerized to form polypyrrole (PPy)/Au nanocomposites on the Pt substrate due to the electrochemical activity of some unreduced species of the positively charged Au-containing complexes, which were incorporated into the deposited Au nanoparticles during the sonoelectrochemical reduction in a specific condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-213
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Electroanalytical Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 15 2005
Externally publishedYes



  • Autopolymerization
  • Gold nanoparticles
  • Nanocomposites
  • Polypyrrole
  • Sonoelectrochemical methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry

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