Data from: Modified HEPES one-pot synthetic strategy for gold nanostars
Mulder, Danielle; Phiri, Masauso Moses; Jordaan, Anine; Vorster, Barend Christiaan (2019), Data from: Modified HEPES one-pot synthetic strategy for gold nanostars, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.7nf7d35
Gold nanostars are being utilized more regularly in the biosensing field. Despite their useful attributes, there is still a need to optimize aspects of the synthesis and stability. The seedless, synthetic method comprised of 4-(2-hydroxyethyl)-1-piperazineethanesulfonic acid (HEPES) is a facile, rapid method, however, produces heteromorphic nanostars. The modification of a HEPES method resulted in a silver-assisted, seedless gold nanostar synthesis method. The nanostars resulting from this method were monodispersed, multi-branched and approximately 37nm + 2nm in diameter. It proved to be a repeatable method that produced homogenous and robust nanostars. Once functionalized with polyvinylpyrrolidone 10 000, the new nanostars were observed to be stable in various environments such as salt, ionic strength and cell culture medium. In conclusion, the addition of the silver nitrate improved the morphology of the reported HEPES nanostars for the purpose of nanobiosensor development.