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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2015, Article ID 230987, 7 pages
Research Article

Vertical Graphene Nanosheets Coated with Gold Nanoparticle Arrays: Effect of Interparticle Spacing on Optical Response

1School of Chemistry, Physics, and Mechanical Engineering and Institute for Future Environments, Queensland University of Technology, GPO Box 2434, Brisbane, QLD 4001, Australia
2Manufacturing Flagship, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, P.O. Box 218, Lindfield, NSW 2070, Australia
3Plasma Nanoscience, Complex Systems, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia

Received 19 December 2014; Accepted 6 March 2015

Academic Editor: Venkatram Nalla

Copyright © 2015 Angus Mcleod et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Vertical graphene nanosheets have advantages over their horizontal counterparts, primarily due to the larger surface area available in the vertical systems. Vertical sheets can accommodate more functional particles, and, due to the conduction and optical properties of thin graphene, these structures can find niche applications in the development of sensing and energy storage devices. This work is a combined experimental and theoretical study that reports on the synthesis and optical responses of vertical sheets decorated with gold nanoparticles. The findings help in interpreting optical responses of these hybrid graphene structures and are relevant to the development of future sensing platforms.