PerspectiveMaterials Science

Nanocubes and Nanoboxes

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Science  13 Dec 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5601, pp. 2139-2141
DOI: 10.1126/science.1080007

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Nanotechnology applications will require highly accurate, reproducible methods for making nanoparticles of specific size and shape. In her Perspective, Murphy highlights the report by Sun and Xia, who report a promising synthesis route that yields silver nanocubes and gold nanoboxes with well-defined crystallographic surfaces. The method allows the sizes of the structures to be tuned.