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Keywords:

  • gold nanorods;
  • hollow nanostructures;
  • nanocrystals;
  • nobel metals
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Noble-metal nanostructures containing gold (Au) nanorods in the center were synthesized by employing Au nanorods as templates for epitaxial growth of silver (Ag). The immediate products, Au@Ag core–shell nanocrystals with an octahedral shape, were transformed into noble-metal (Au, Pd, and Pt) hollow nanostructures containing Au nanorods in the center, via galvanic replacement reactions (see figure).