Data from: Seedless gold nanostars with seed-like advantages for biosensing applications
Phiri, Masauso Moses; Mulder, Danielle; Vorster, Barend Christiaan (2019), Data from: Seedless gold nanostars with seed-like advantages for biosensing applications, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.78nb548
Gold nanostars (AuNSs) are seen as promising building blocks for biosensors with potential for easy readouts based on naked-eye and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy detection. We present a seedless synthesis strategy for AuNSs that has the advantages of the seeded methods. The method used ascorbic acid as a reducing agent and silver nitrate as an anisotropic growth control assisting agent. AuNSs with multiple branches and diameter of 59 nm were produced. They showed good stability when capped with PVP and modified with an enzyme in relatively strong ionic conditions. We investigated their application in plasmonic sensing by modifying them with glucose oxidase and detection of glucose. The AuNSs were found to be a good scaffold for the enzyme, proved to stable and sensitive as transducers. Thus, the AuNSs showed good promise for further applications in plasmonic biosensing for in vivo biomedical diagnosis.